ArabBrains MENA Education Innovation Technology Investment Networking Events News Social Media Blogs Fri, 27 May 2016 08:45:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gulf Software Distribution and NetSuite sign strategic agreement to drive cloud ERP in Middle East Fri, 27 May 2016 08:45:34 +0000 gulf softwareNew Subsidiary of Gulf Business Machines, the Region’s Largest IT Solutions Provider, Launches NetSuite Practice to Meet Growing Demand for Cloud ERP

NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Gulf Software Distribution (GSD) has joined the NetSuite Solution Provider Partner Program as a strategic partner. GSD – a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the number one provider of IT solutions in the Gulf region – has been appointed Master Solutions Provider by NetSuite and plans to spearhead its partner business in the region. This strategic alliance allows GSD to deliver NetSuite to meet the growing demand for cloud ERP among businesses in the Middle East.

“The Middle East, and Gulf area in particular, is an incredibly exciting and high-growth region comprising multiple markets with diverse industries and a strong contingent of multinational organizations,” said Mark Woodhams, SVP and Managing Director of EMEA at NetSuite. “NetSuite has operated in the region for some years but the partnership with GSD, which has a presence in every country in the region, marks a step change in our market footprint. Companies operating in the dynamic business environment of the Middle East need proven cloud ERP solutions that can transform the way they do business and help to deliver their innovation and growth objectives.”

Partnering with NetSuite allows GSD to establish an immediate cloud ERP presence in the Middle East. Under the partnership GSD plans to distribute NetSuite via partners including Gulf Business Machines, and sell directly to businesses in industries including IT, Services, Finance & Banking, and Retail. It already has a team trained up on NetSuite which can provide implementation, support, customization, and integration services.

As a high-growth region with a vibrant economy and fast-developing IT sector, enterprises in the Middle East are increasingly upgrading from legacy systems to cloud ERP solutions to accommodate the need for scalability and agility that the local business environment demands.

Philippe de Mazieres, General Manager of GSD, commented: “The cloud market in the Middle East has matured greatly in the past two years and the climate is ideal for our business partners to offer NetSuite’s best-in-class solutions to their enterprise customers. Our promotion of NetSuite’s software and cloud suite gives NetSuite faster access to our business partners and extends their reach in the Middle East thanks to the strength of our relationships. Additionally, our partner GBM can allow NetSuite to deepen its footprint in the Gulf with access to a wide range of business, from high-profile companies to small- and medium-sized enterprises.”

Today, more than 30,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of cloud-based financials/enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software applications for businesses of all sizes. Many FORTUNE 100 companies rely on NetSuite to accelerate innovation and business transformation. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud business management software to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates.

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DEWA releases tender for 3D-printed R&D Laboratories at Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park Fri, 27 May 2016 05:45:43 +0000 HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWADubai Electricity and Water Authority ( DEWA ) has released an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the construction of 3D-printed Laboratories, to conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technologies, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site project in the world. The Solar Park will generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030.

The park will feature the new lab, build with 3D-printing technology, under the umbrella of the Research & Development (R&D) Centre. The labs will conduct research on drones, and 3D-printing technology to support DEWA ‘s ongoing projects. The lab will conduct research on the use of drones to develop the performance of photovoltaic panels to increase their efficiency, credibility, and lower their cost, as well as study and test different photovoltaic technologies. DEWA has been using drones for the last three years to monitor its electricity and water production, transmission and distribution systems.

“The EOI to construct the 3D-printed labs at the solar park reflects our efforts to achieve the directives of our wise government. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA .

“In adherence with the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai gives priority to environmental sustainability and the happiness of its citizens, residents and visitors, w to provide a healthy environment for the public. This supports the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart, integrated, connected city that is clean, healthy, and sustainable.

DEWA gives priority to R&D, sustainability, renewable energy, and photovoltaic technology, in adherence with DEWA ‘s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, and the Dubai Innovation Strategy to make the Emirate one of the most innovative cities in the world. DEWA ‘s Innovation Centre includes a number of clean energy R&D laboratories for solar power, smart grids, energy efficiency research, drone research, and solar-powered desalination. The total investment on the centre will be AED 500 million. This reflects DEWA ‘s commitment to improve innovation standards,” added Al Tayer.

The test labs will be constructed using 3D-printing technology. The 4 main labs include the Electronics Laboratory, the Software Laboratory, the Mechanical Laboratory, and the Prototype Laboratory. The project will also include an outdoor-testing facility. The Electronics Laboratory will conduct electrical design and repair services for drones that can be used by R&D staff, and DEWA employees. Our staff will be able to design and build customised circuits for different drone applications.

The Software Laboratory will develop and provide DEWA with innovative products, research, and educational solutions. The lab will solve issues and develop solutions to meet national objectives and DEWA ‘s requirements, and will run tests on avionic systems, flight controls, and electric power units. The Software Laboratory pursues basic research in all aspects of the design, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of software systems. Particular areas of interest include operating systems, mobile computing, cloud computing, virtualisation, distribution systems, and software engineering.

The Mechanical Laboratory will conduct theoretical and experimental investigations into phenomena related the behaviour of certain materials, and combustion. This lab will develop prototypes for different products that allow engineers to further develop their ideas. The outdoor flight-testing facility will feature a landing area equipped with sensors, and a power, water, and data line. This area will allow researchers to test different sensors, actuators, and systems, and will cover a ground space of 20×20 metres.

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Green Forum at the British University in Dubai makes recommendations for innovation towards sustainable development Fri, 27 May 2016 03:39:05 +0000 the british universityThe British University in Dubai hosted the Green Forum to celebrate the success of a university-industry-government collaboration in a study trip to Scandinavia and discuss the feasibility of applying innovative green concepts in the UAE. The trip was organized by BUiD and supported by Al Maktoum Foundation, ENOC, Alkhaleej Sugar, Al Habtoor, and Alrostomani. The Green Forum was attended by senior representatives of the sponsors, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, TECOM, RTA, and Atkins.

Professor Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD Vice Chancellor, welcomed the returning participants and expressed the University’s gratitude to the sponsors. He added, ” BUiD ‘s involvement in sustainability started in 2006 with the launch of our MSc. Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, and continues to the present day with a range of new programmes and academic activities. BUiD has always been at the forefront of the nationwide efforts to advance the cause of sustainability and we are very proud to have organized the trip to Scandinavia”.

University Council Member, H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Board Member of the Al Maktoum Foundation, praised BUiD ‘s efforts in organizing this most important trip and endorsed attempts to reach out to other countries’ experiences to benefit from their know-how.

Eng. Eisa Maidoor, Deputy Director General of Dubai Municipality had served as delegation leader and gave a brief presentation on the gains in experience and knowledge of participants and proposed recommendations for advancing sustainability practices with respect to environmental, social and economic development. In particular he recommended setting performance standards for urban development, developing an integrated public transportation network, the use of clean energy, and the central role of education in advancing awareness of sustainability.

The delegation gave presentations under the headings of urban planning, transportations, waste management and energy in which they key issues such as global warming, climate change, alternatives to fossil fuel, national energy security, the environmental impact of transportation, and the need for proper urban planning taking into consideration improved energy efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. The impact of waste on the environment, the use of waste as a source of energy, and the implementation of waste management were also discussed.

The success of this trip is a testament to BUiD ‘s willingness to encourage knowledge and show its commitment in supporting the Green Agenda in the UAE.

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The Sustainable City welcomes Dubai Properties delegation Thu, 26 May 2016 08:35:27 +0000 sustainable citiesMohammed Al Habbai visits the first fully integrated and operational sustainable community in the region.

A delegation from Dubai Properties (DP) visited ‘The Sustainable City’ (TSC) – the region’s first fully integrated and operational sustainable community – in Dubai this week.

Mohammed Al Habbai, Chief Executive Officer for Urban Planning and Infrastructure of Dubai Properties , led the DP party in their visit that focused primarily on strengthening partnership ties between Dubai Properties and Diamond Developers.

In welcoming the DP delegation, Engineer Faris Saeed, the CEO and Co-Founder of Diamond Developers, stressed that The Sustainable City’s innovative concept, unique components and state-of-the-art facilities are considered are in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.

Commenting on the occasion, Faris Saeed said: “We’re honored to welcome Mohammed Al Habbai and his team to The Sustainable City. It is an opportunity for us to discuss how establishing a development such as this one is in accordance with the green vision of the city of Dubai and helps to lower its carbon footprint, with zero emissions and a 50% reduction in electricity among its many environmentally friendly features.”

“We’re pleased to have been invited to see the development of The Sustainable City, and proud to see such a unique project that stands as a model for sustainable living globally, thereby assuring Dubai of its place as the leader in the field of sustainability worldwide,” said Mohammed Al Habbai.

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African beekeeping stops mites wiping out hives Thu, 26 May 2016 05:31:56 +0000 Wellcome Trust
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By SciDev.Net – Inga Vesper

Traditional African beekeeping methods offer better protection against hive-destroying varroa mites than pesticides which, according to a study, are losing their potency.

The mites, which attach to bees and suck their body fluids, are increasingly resistant to pyrethroids, according to a study, published yesterday in PLOS One.

The research shows that genetic mutations are enabling the mites to survive persistent spraying efforts.

As a result, the mites are wreaking havoc among bee populations in Europe and the United States, the research says. But bee farmers in most developing countries have little to fear from the mites, says Richard Ridler, the chairman of Bees Abroad, a charity that supports indigenous beekeeping methods.

The main difference is that African bee farmers are relaxed about swarming, which happens when a bee colony splits, or absconding, when bees abandon a hive, Ridler explains. “When bees swarm or abscond, the majority of mites are left behind, because they mostly live in the bee brood,” he says.

“In Africa, hives are not even treated for varroa. And farmers get away with this because their style of beekeeping is different.”

Joel Gonzáles-Cabrera, Rothamsted Ridler says that Western bee farmers spend a lot of time preventing swarming, despite it being a natural process, as it temporarily halts honey production. But housing large bee populations in close proximity and preventing swarms encourages the spread of varroa mites, he explains.

Varroa mites originally affected only the Asian bee, which has developed resistance to the parasite. But in the early twentieth century, the mites jumped species to the European bee, the paper says.

The mites have since spread around the world, killing untreated hives within about three years from the start of infestation.

According to the Rothamsted Research institute in the United Kingdom, the effectiveness of common pesticides has declined since the 1990s, when the mites developed resistance to pyrethroid-based poisons. The new research on varroa mite DNA allows scientists to run a test on mites and find out if they are part of the mutated strain that is resistant to pesticides.

“The diagnostic test should help beekeepers to decide whether to use pyrethroid-based chemicals to control this highly damaging parasite,” says lead author Joel Gonzáles-Cabrera, a scientist at Rothamsted.

But for developing countries, the priority should be to support traditional and indigenous beekeeping styles to ensure local bee farmers do not become reliant on expensive pesticides or lose their swarms to varroa, says Ridler.

“In Africa, hives are not even treated for varroa,” he says. “And farmers get away with this because their style of beekeeping is different.”

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du selects Ericsson as IT managed services partner Thu, 26 May 2016 03:23:18 +0000 du

  • Ericsson enters into long-term partnership to manage and operate du ‘s IT infrastructure
  • Ericsson assumes end-to-end responsibility for IT infrastructure, application operations, and security compliance
  • Ericsson’s global tools, processes and ways of working to improve performance and support high-quality customer experiences

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and du , a telecommunications operator based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have agreed a new long-term partnership in which Ericsson will manage and operate du ‘s IT infrastructure.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will deploy its global tools, processes and ways of working on an end-to-end basis to improve du ‘s infrastructure performance and support high-quality customer experiences.

Ericsson will manage du ‘s IT service desk, data center operations, and user computing and enterprise system management processes. In addition, Ericsson will manage IT application operations for du ‘s Enterprise Support Systems (ESS) and Operational Support Systems/Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS).

Ericsson’s responsibilities also include ensuring IT security compliance for du ‘s IT environment, as well as supporting du in all future IT infrastructure projects.

Farid Faraidooni, Chief Operations Officer, du , says: “Today, IT systems play a pivotal role in operators’ business process and service quality assurance. To stay ahead of the game, we are collaborating with Ericsson to support our rapid growth and ambition to continue delivering best-in-class services and overall experiences to our customers.

“Ericsson’s solutions will enable us to optimize service quality and reduce time to market, while simultaneously becoming more lean and efficient in our operations.”

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa, said: “Today’s announcement reflects our long standing partnership with du . In the midst of the digital transformation, we bring our IT expertise and understanding of the challenges and opportunities in order to serve the digital agenda for du .”

“It also strengthens Ericsson’s presence in the United Arab Emirates and highlights our technology and services leadership, which is paving the way for realizing the Networked Society in the country.”

Ericsson’s telecom IT managed services offering includes all activities typically performed when running an IT environment. As a managed services partner, Ericsson brings cross-domain IT expertise and an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing operators today.

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Monster Employment Index: Healthcare is the fastest growing occupation in the Kingdom; HR & Admin shows strong potential for growth Wed, 25 May 2016 08:50:16 +0000 mei

  • Demand for HR and Admin professionals showed 4% increase in April 2016, as compared to the same time last year, with strong potential for further growth

Saudi Arabia is creating strong employment opportunities for Healthcare, HR &Admin and Sales and Business Development professionals, as shown by the latest Monster Employment Index.

Demand for healthcare professionals has been growing tremendously over the past few months and is now leading the charts with a growth of 37% in April 2016, as compared to the same period last year.

The second most in demand occupation is HR & Admin, and this is reflective of the recently announced 2030 vision.

On April 25th, Deputy Crown Prince HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced Saudi Arabia’s post oil strategy – the 2030 vision. The vision aims to diversify the Saudi economy and steer it away from oil dependency to further benefit from the vast resources the Kingdom has. “Saudi human resources are vital for the plan to work. Saudis are able to work in all sectors of the economy to help care for future generations,” said Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

“Based on the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, there will be job opportunities for human resource professionals and executive assistants and this growth will certainly trickle down to other industries, too. Although demand for HR & Admin professionals showed a modest annual growth of 4% in April 2016, we are optimistic about the growth prospects of this occupation and expect to see a positive and gradual increase, in line with Vision 2030,” said Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, (India, Middle East, South East Asia and Hong Kong).

 Moreover, King Salman has approved the launch of the King Salman Program for Human Resources Development, which aims to boost the productivity of government employees, in addition to improving the workplace environment.

The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity in the Middle-East based on a real-time review of tens of thousands of employer job opportunities, culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.

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Zain KSA provides VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling for iPhone users Wed, 25 May 2016 05:35:09 +0000 zain-logo

  • Only operator in the Kingdom and Middle East to provide both services.

Zain Saudi Arabia launched the new VoLTE service on iPhone devices with the latest iOS 9.3.2, in corporation wit Apple the company announced.

Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, Chief Technology Officer at Zain KSA said “VoLTE offers more options to our customers over 168 city and province covered with LTE services. This service will grantee smooth transition between Wi-Fi Calling without call dropping”

Among only 11 countries around the world, Zain KSA is the only operator in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East to provide Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE for iPhone users.

Eng. AlDeghaither added “With VoLTE, users can conduct their calls faster than ever, reducing the call setup time from 8 seconds to just 1 second. In addition to making voice calls while browsing the internet using the LTE network.”

” Zain KSA is working rapidly on the expansion of it’s state-of-the-art 4G/LTE network, to reach over 90% of the populated areas in the kingdom, we are also aiming to provide the latest and most advanced technologies to our ever-growing customer base”

AlDeghaither Said “Saudi Arabia is one of the five most digitally engaged countries in the world. Striving to keep up with the high demand on the digital services, we developed and expanded our LTE Advanced network, while also investing more on the network as part of our transformation plan”.

Zain KSA recently announced the launch of WiFi Calling service, allowing Zain customers to send and receive calls and SMS using Wi-Fi connection. The service is available automatically for iPhone users on Zain network.

Zain customers using iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE devices, will be able to use VoLTE, Wi-Fi callin, and LTE Advance

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The Kingdom of Bahrain Wins the “Global Best to Invest Award” In the Middle East & Africa Wed, 25 May 2016 03:32:59 +0000 Khalid Al RumaihiEconomic Development Board – Bahrain has been honored at the eighth annual “Global Best to Invest Awards”, which has recognized the Kingdom as the top country to invest in per capita in the Middle East & Africa.

The Kingdom of Bahrain ranked 1st among four GCC countries, with the UAE ranked 2nd, Saudi Arabia ranked 4th and Oman 5th. The annual “Global Best to Invest Awards” ranks the best countries for business based on capital investment, corporate expansion, and FDI. In addition to that, the index utilizes data from the following sources: the World Bank Doing Business Report, the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, the United Nations Human Development Index, and GDP growth.

Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the EDB , commented on the announcement:

“The Economic Development Board is pleased that Bahrain has been recognized by this prestigious award. It reflects the hard work and dedication of our team and the support we have been given throughout the year by our colleagues at other government entities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts.

“This has been a very successful year in spite of the challenging global economic conditions but Bahrain’s strong fundamentals are driving positive economic growth and allowing us to create a supportive business environment for investors. I hope we can continue to build on the foundations we have established so that next year is as successful as the last.”

Bahrain has the freest economy in the Middle East and North Africa according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Economic Freedom. In addition, the Kingdom’s low operating costs, mature regulatory environment and skilled local workforce, make it an attractive destination for international investors.
The Annual “Global Best to Invest” Award were launched in 2008 by Site Selection Magazine, published by Conway Inc.

Conway, headquartered in the United States, publisher of the Conway Analytics Report and a family of online industry newsletters, has been a trusted advisor to corporations, government economic development and investment promotion agencies around the world since 1954. Conway employs over 80 people in 10 offices in seven countries.

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Etisalat opens at Abu Dhabi International Airport Tue, 24 May 2016 08:22:40 +0000 Etisalat-logoEtisalat , one of the Middle East’s leading telecommunications operators, has opened a 24/7 kiosk in the Arrivals Hall at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

Passengers landing in the UAE’s capital will be able to buy a local Etisalat SIM card from the kiosk, which will also offer a range of pre-paid and post-paid products, smart devices and e-Life (home) packages. Existing Etisalat customers can benefit from the installed smart payment machine to settle their bills, or to re-register their accounts.

A specially designed ‘Visitor Line’ SIM card by Etisalat will be available at the kiosk for arriving passengers for as low as AED100. The ‘Visitor Line’ has a validity of just 60 days, and customers who purchase this option can subscribe to any of Etisalat ‘s Visitor Line Packs, which are valid for 14 days and can be used to talk, surf and text. The Visitor Line and Visitor Packs can also be recharged multiple times from any Etisalat outlet and authorized retailers across the UAE, through Etisalat ‘s self-care mobile application – Etisalat UAE or by dialing 101 or sending an SMS to 1012.

” Abu Dhabi International Airport is the gateway to the UAE capital and it is our mandate to provide our guests with the highest quality services. The Etisalat outlet is another great facility for passengers arriving into the UAE and a welcome addition to the many premium services we offer here at AUH to enhance the passenger experience,” said Daniel Cappell, Abu Dhabi Airports’ Acting Chief Commercial Officer.

Suhail Awadi, Vice President Retail Sales’ consumer at Etisalat said, “We understand the importance of staying connected with family, friends and work for the millions of visitors who travel to the UAE every year. Etisalat ‘s presence at the Arrivals Hall in the UAE is a great facility not just for visitors arriving in the UAE, but also for returning residents, all of whom now have access to our products and services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making their stay or return to the country convenient, pleasant and hassle-free.”

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