NFT: Where is the internet leading us?

Musfir Khawaja, Co-Founder nftONE.me

It would not be factually incorrect to assume that a considerable population of the world lives and dies while on the internet. The internet as we know has come a long way. From sending emails and messages to buying automobiles, one would think that there is not much left the internet cannot do. But industry experts say the show is just getting started because with NFTs, the internet has morphed into one big decentralized investment bank.

In simple terms, NFTs are the first step in the securitization of digital data. Most people think that NFTs are digital art, memes, music or audio but in reality, any data whose ownership is recorded on to the block chain, becomes an NFT.

You (anyone, anywhere) can sell anything digital (including images, video, audio, any other forms of digital data) by simply documenting its usage terms on to a smart contract on a block chain, creating a token out of it and then selling it to the highest bidder.

With an increase in the adoption of block chain technologies and the growing popularity of decentralized finance, NFTs have risen as a new asset class. To be fair, they are very speculative in nature. The digital data (lets for argument value assume is your photo of Dubai’s skyline) that you are selling as an NFT may or may not sell at all. There has to be a good reason for anyone to buy an NFT (Digital Asset). Lets look at some scenarios below

  1. Trader mindset: Investor buys into a digital asset because they feel its undervalued presently and will quickly appreciate in value.
  2. Collector mindset: The collector appreciates the aesthetic or collectible value of the digital asset and buys it to keep it in their collection.

For creators, NFTs open a new revenue stream. Where people earlier were collecting only physical art, digital art is fast catching up as a store of value and culture. Digital screens are everywhere, digital art is easy to load and even easier to store.

Recently, an NFT of “The Pontifex Carpet” was sold for over US$ 85,000 in Dubai, UAE.  The Pontifex carpet was gifted by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Pope Francis during a visit to the Vatican City. In September 2016, the two met to discuss the strengthening of the diplomatic relations between UAE and the Vatican as well as the promotion of inter-religious harmony.

In this scenario, the collector considers this digital asset as a store of value, culture and history at the same time. The NFT represents a watershed moment in history, a unique gift and involves two very influential people alive in this day and age.

This asset could be sold for much higher in the secondary market if a new collector decides it is imperative for them to collect this NFT for whatever reason.

Now imagine a less established creator trying to sell a photo of Dubai’s skyline as an NFT. Could it sell as an NFT? Yes, but who will buy this as a digital asset that by definition should appreciate in value over time.

The answer is a bit complicated as the buyers will be either people who believe that buying this photo is a sound financial investment and it will be highly sought after in a few months could jump at this opportunity or those who want to buy the photo as digital art and are happy to receive an in-tangible return on their investment by only looking at it or perhaps using it to fill an empty space in their otherwise empty wall.

Most buyers in the NFT space today, however, are traders who are speculating on a sharp increase in value of a certain digital asset. This could very easily turn out to be dud investments in three to six months’ time but in order to hedge their risk, these buyers hype up the value of that digital asset and then invite others to buy it from them at a higher price because they want the new buyer to believe the asset is still undervalued and soon it will appreciate even further.

If you are considering getting into the NFT space, do your own extensive research before buying a digital asset. You must have a reason to buy it.

Blending Interactivity with Health and Education

BenQ 4K UHD 86” Education Interactive Flat Panel Display

By Shereen Shabnam

The highlight of my 2020 reviews was BenQ’s 86″ Germ Resistant Education Interactive Flat Panel, RP8602, designed for an engaging and healthy teaching and learning environment.

Installed with proficient cloud features including cloud whiteboard, the plug and play RP02 enhances class preparation participation and fosters collaboration beyond locations and platforms. The smart IFP is also packed with advanced air quality sensors, germ-resistant screen, and eye-care solutions for a healthily, smooth and fun teaching and learning experience.

Real-Time Collaboration for Learning and Student Engagement

Being married to an educator and having a child in University, the favourite feature in my household was the Cloud Whiteboard and Sticky Notes for Classrooms.

The panel is packed with teacher and student friendly features. BenQ’s EZWrite 5 software is the leading annotation solution for interactive and collaborative classroom scenarios. Teachers and students can enjoy enhanced interactivity by using EZWrite Cloud Whiteboard to collect, categorize, edit, and share notes between the IFP and mobile devices.

EZWrite 5 comes with dual pens that allow two users to write or draw simultaneously with different colors, making it ideal for lively classroom activities.

The panel is perfect for creative education as EZWrite 5 has a brush mode that is ideal to inspire creation in art classes. Users are guaranteed to enjoy an effortless experience that feels like writing and drawing with actual pens and brushes.

EZWrite’s handwriting recognition feature allows users to instantly convert written text, numbers, forms, and drawings into easily legible digital text without having to switch modes. Teachers can directly open EZWrite 5 with a simple tap of the IFP’s NFC sensor and immediately begin creating vibrant notes with various colored pencils, backgrounds, and palm erasers. This quick and convenient access streamlines teaching flow and helps keep students focused.

EZWrite’s built-in Floating Tool empowers teachers to write on top of any app, video, website, document, or image. Whether using Windows, Mac, Chrome, or Android, a teacher can take notes on top of any on-screen content and save them.

We also like the X-Sign Broadcast that can push alerts, messages, and announcements during class. Unlike traditional classroom messaging systems, X-Sign Broadcast ensures immediate message delivery as well as group notification.

We enjoyed using the panel a lot more using InstaShare, designed for seamless wireless presentation and collaboration during lectures and meetings. It allows the smooth streaming of visual, audio files, and Full HD quality videos. Users can also mirror and control all digital content across the devices including BenQ IFP, PCs, tablets, and smartphones, empowering contributors to enrich their sessions with a variety of multimedia resources.

A Healthy Learning Environment & Boardroom

During this pandemic, health matters. BenQ IFP ensures classrooms and boardrooms can embrace innovation without compromising the health users by providing air quality sensors, smart eye-care technology, and germ-resistant screen.

BenQ Air Quality Sensors provide real-time data on key environmental parameters by detecting temperature, humidity, and monitoring PM 2.5 and CO2 concentration level.

The Smart Eye-Care solution also functions intuitively with the help of the embedded motion sensor. For a smooth and comfortable viewing experience, the RP02 series is equipped with short-range PIR buttons, which will automatically activate Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light features by detecting the movement of users close to the screen.

The Germ-Resistant Screen is empowered by a multilayer coating of the non-toxic, enduring nano ionic silver agent that kills most germs accumulating on screen surfaces and prevent cross-infection or epidemic in classrooms.

The ionic silver’s antimicrobial feature remains effective even after thorough cleaning or long periods of use. For a smooth and comfortable viewing experience, the RP02 series is equipped with short-range PIR buttons, which will automatically activate Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light features by detecting the movement of users close to the screen.

Verdict

With all the innovative and interactive health and education features, we love the BenQ Interactive as it provides the ultimate device management solution for productivity in the classroom and in the boardroom.

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Toshiba Gulf FZE to highlight Memory and Storage Solutions at GITEX 2020

Canvio Flex, Canvio Gaming Hard Disk Drives and Kioxia Memory Products to take centre stage at the Toshiba Stand

Toshiba Gulf FZE will be highlighting its key memory and storage solutions at Hall 4, Stand C10 at GITEX 2020, held from Dec 6th -10th, 2020. Activations include a Twitter competition where winners can walk away with four Canvio Flex External Hard Disk Drives while GITEX visitors can also enjoy KIOXIA shows at the stand and attend interesting free  seminars related to Digital photography, in particular aerial photography and cinematography using drones and UAVs.

“KIOXIA”(Previously Toshiba Memory ) branded products showcased will include microSD/SD memory cards, USB memory and SSDs, specifically designed for enabling end-users to store their digital way of life wherever and whenever they want for use with smartphones, tablets and PCs, digital cameras and more.

Kioxia puts great emphasis on retaining the same excellent quality, performance and reliability standards, that consumers are used to expect from the formerly known Toshiba Memory product line-up, dedicated to the development and production of innovative class-leading flash storage solutions.

Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE said, “We have had a history of building great brands over the past few decades and we are confident that in a short time Kioxia’s brand equity will echo that narrative. We have been eagerly awaiting to show this at GITEX 2020 and are keen to propel the Kioxia brand baton forward. With our legacy competence and experience of serving the MEA market (including South Africa) over the last several years, combined with our value chain of highly driven and proven channel partners and distributors, we proudly look forward to place the Kioxia brand firmly not just in the MEA market footprint but also in our customers’ minds and hearts.”

Also highlighted at GITEX will be Canvio® portable storage lineup with new applications and designs, adding new Canvio FlexTM and Canvio GamingTM models along with new colors and textures.

Canvio FlexTM is the new USB-C® portable storage designed for PCs/Mac® computers/iPad Pro® mobile digital devices/Tablets for cross platform compatibility. Canvio GamingTM is the new portable game storage designed for game consoles and gaming PCs. The next generation of Canvio® designs delivers seamless portability, high storage capacity and broad compatibility for various USB devices.

“The Canvio® series delivers data storage excellent for a broad range of use cases and applications. The two new models, Canvio FlexTM and Canvio GamingTM, allow gamers and multi-platform users respectively to expand storage seamlessly and across various devices. They can take their favorite content on the go in a sleek, portable design,” adds Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Digital Products and Services Division, Toshiba Gulf FZE.

The Canvio® portable storage Series illustrates our commitment to advancing consumer HDD design to meet the evolving needs for storage solutions suited for a broad range of users, including multi-platform users, gamers, business professionals, outdoor photographers, and students. There’s a model that fits everyone’s needs. The new Canvio® models will be available at major retailers in the fall of 2020.

Toshiba Gulf FZE will be in Hall 4, Stand C10 at GITEX 2020, offering seminars and activations that helps to prepare for future Jobs and enhance your photography hobby in the digital transformation era .

 

Aruba Unveils New Secure AI-Powered Solutions and Vision for the Reimagined Workplace

New Approach to Working in 2020 and Beyond Uses Aruba’s AI-powered, Cloud-Native Platform to Deliver Enterprise Access and Enforce Safe Work Habits Tailored To Hybrid Work Environments

 

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today unveiled a suite of innovative workplace solutions and a new vision for three return to work scenarios – returning to the office and venues, working from home, and ultimately, the office reimagined. With Aruba’s AI-powered, cloud-native networking solutions as their foundation, each scenario provides pragmatic steps organizations can take today to expedite business recovery and implement contact tracing and touchless solutions that enhance the health and wellness of employees and visitors.

There’s no question that the new state of work will be much different from office life prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mandate to shut down non-essential physical offices and businesses tested the effectiveness of fully virtual workforces, which has been successful when the right networking technologies and tools are in place. We will return not to one, but to many kinds of workplaces – traditional offices, homes, on the road – within which our safety must be ensured, and between which we must move seamlessly without retraining or compromise.

“The new fluid workplace requires contextual awareness, adaptability and scalability on a global scale – all without security gaps,” said Partha Narasimhan, CTO and HPE Senior Fellow for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “Throughout the pandemic, Aruba’s AI-powered infrastructure has adapted to optimize customers’ reimagined work environments at half a million customer sites worldwide, with massive teleworkforces dispatched to work from home, and for essential mobile workforces.”

Return to the Office and Venues

Traditional offices and buildings are relying on AI-powered contact and location tracing tools to enable social and physical distancing monitoring solutions that make the workplace safer for employees, students, patients, customers, and fans. Through Aruba-led innovations or implemented in concert with Aruba Technology Partners, these solutions use IoT and Bluetooth radios already built into Aruba access points and managed from a single pane of glass. The solutions operate on customers’ existing Aruba infrastructure, eliminating the need for rip and replace, and leverage cloud-based applications that are easy to activate and affordable to deploy.

• Contact and Location Tracing – Aruba will be releasing a new set of native contact and location tracing tools for existing Aruba infrastructure customers based on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This will be demonstrated at Aruba Atmosphere Digital on June 9, 2020. For expanded capabilities, Aruba Technology Partners AiRISTA Flow, CXApp, Kiana Analytics, Modo Labs, and Skyfii integrate with Aruba infrastructures to monitor social distancing and group sizes, and generate contract tracing trees of potentially exposed individuals.

• Contactless Visitor Management – In the new work environment, organizations are looking to avoid physical contact with front desk receptionists or using shared, self-service tablets for check-in. Aruba and its digital workplace partners, such as Envoy, allow pre-registration, automated host notification, and auto-generated individualized visitor Wi-Fi credentials – all with zero human-to-human contact.

• Video and AI-based Health Monitoring – Proactively identifying and assisting COVID-infected guests and employees keeps everyone in the workplace safer. HPE Pointnext and Aruba’s technology partners can deliver and support contactless thermographic solutions that measure forehead temperature of groups of people simultaneously. Ideal for lobbies and other high traffic areas, the solution incorporates automated voice response and interfaces with access control portals.

Working from Home

An effective long-term work-from-home solution has to deliver a secure, enterprise-like experience that enhances efficiency, creativity, and productivity.  Unlike solutions that use repurposed consumer network equipment, Aruba provides enterprise-class telework hardware coupled with plug-and-play installation, identity-based security, and cloud native management for rapid, simple and scalable deployment. Field-proven since 2008, Aruba’s work-from-home solutions scale to accommodate organizations of any size, and are available with FIPS 140-2 validation for defense-related telework.

• Secure Remote Access to Business-Critical Resources – Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs) and gateways extend access to enterprise applications and services hosted on-premises or in the public cloud, anywhere employees work. Compatible with broadband and cellular networks, RAPs provide both Ethernet and wireless connectivity so employees can use IP phones, VDI terminals, trading consoles, and mobile devices at remote locations with the same security and quality of service they enjoy in the office.

• Seamless, Secure Access While on the Road – Aruba Virtual Intranet Access (VIA) VPN software client provides secure connectivity to laptops, phones, and tablets. Unlike other VPN solutions that require the customer to set up additional layers of protection, VIA includes an embedded firewall that intelligently segments the traffic and enforces the security policies down to each user.

“For too long organizations have treated working locations as a binary choice – we’re either assigned to an office or are remote workers,” said Ryan Anderson, VP of Digital Innovation for Herman Miller. “The current requirement to work remotely has blown the doors open for a new hybrid workplace reality that experience designers and technologists alike need to account for in the future. A comfortable, secure and reliable work-from-home setting will be a key requirement for this new era.”

The Office Reimagined

The recent trend for the modern corporate office – to deliver open, collaborative work spaces – will soon need to be revalidated. Moving forward, organizations are considering lasting changes in office layout and frequency of employee visits that are more on-demand and modular than ever before. This type of next-generation space poses challenges to traditional networking and security infrastructure intended for a static work environment.

The office will become increasingly smart using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IoT sensors, and other capabilities that were invested in during the COVID-19 reopening phase, but then may be repurposed to provide employee experience-enhancing applications, as well as security and crisis capabilities, should any type of health or other emergency resurface. To help customers through this office and workstyle transformation, Aruba has established relationships with key leaders in the field of office architecture, design, and furnishings, such as Herman Miller, whose products, in conjunction with Aruba’s AI-powered infrastructure, can help customers redefine next generation spaces. For more information read: Strategies for Returning to the Workplace after COVID-19

To experience what Aruba has to offer for the Reimagined Workplace and the Intelligent Edge, join us starting June 9, 2020 for Aruba Atmosphere Digital: https://www.arubanetworks.com/atmosphere/

 

NetApp Architects Application-Integrated Data Management for Kubernetes with Project Astra

NetApp introduces vision for enterprise-class data services for stateful, cloud-native applications with any Kubernetes distribution on any cloud

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leader in cloud data services, today introduced Project Astra, a vision for a software-defined platform that is currently in development with the Kubernetes community. Project Astra will deliver the industry’s most robust, easy-to-consume, enterprise-class storage and data services platform for Kubernetes that enables both application and data portability for stateful applications.

Although companies everywhere are rapidly adopting Kubernetes, many organizations lack reliable data and application services, and have difficulty making application data as portable as the applications themselves are in Kubernetes. Yet to meet the standards that CIOs expect, IT teams and site reliability engineers must find a way to store, govern, protect, and replicate the data for both stateless and stateful cloud-native applications with enterprise-class cloud storage and data services.

Project Astra is being purpose-built for and in collaboration with Kubernetes developers and operations managers to help bridge the fundamental gap that exists between the popularity of containers today, the capabilities and user experience they require, and their ability to deliver true, comprehensive portability. NetApp’s vision for Project Astra is to enable companies to work seamlessly with their choice of Kubernetes distribution, on any cloud.

Project Astra leverages the underlying technology delivered through NetApp’s public cloud partners and enhances it through Kubernetes-native integration of data services with applications.

NetApp is working with the Kubernetes community to further develop technology that advances the user experience and extends the promise of Kubernetes to data-rich workloads. Together, NetApp and the Kubernetes community are building a platform to help you:

• Discover applications with your Kubernetes of choice, whether on your premises or in any cloud

• Integrate and unify applications and data management

• Deliver NetApp’s expertise in data and Kubernetes both as a service and as built-in capabilities

• Extend the promise of portability for all workloads, including stateful, data-rich apps

“Project Astra represents the next major step in the evolution of storage and data services for Kubernetes,” said Anthony Lye, senior vice president and general manager of NetApp’s Cloud Data Services business unit. “We are making a decisive and long-term commitment to addressing the data challenges of Kubernetes, together with the communities and platforms that use it. Project Astra will provide a software-defined architecture and set of tools that can plug into any Kubernetes distribution and management environment.”

Project Astra builds on NetApp’s experience in enabling customers to manage petabytes of container data with NetApp® Trident and NetApp Kubernetes Services and adds a specific focus on the developers and operations managers who are innovating with containers today.

“As the first product manager for Kubernetes with Google back in 2014, I’m thrilled to be at NetApp as we continue to lead the effort to tackle the very real challenges that organizations are facing,” said Eric Han, vice president of product management for NetApp’s Cloud Data Services business unit. “I’ve been inspired by the potential of Kubernetes to transform IT services—and by the passion of the community that has helped to build Kubernetes to its prominence today. In a few short years, Kubernetes has become the de facto choice in orchestrating container environments. Yet there is still potential, and a need, to further evolve. With Project Astra, NetApp is delivering on the true promise of portability that professionals working with Kubernetes require today and is working in parallel with the community and our customers to make all data managed, protected, and portable, wherever it exists.”

Kubernetes developers and operations managers who are interested in participating can sign up here.

Fortinet’s New Partner Program Addresses Evolving Security Landscape and Business Needs

Fortinet’s Engage Partner Program Offers Channel Partners New Enablement Initiatives and More Flexibility to Drive Business Growth

News Summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, recently introduced its new Fortinet Engage partner program. The program provides partners with specializations focused on growing markets, including SD-WAN and cloud, customized support and engagement flexibility to accelerate their business growth and expansion.

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet

“With today’s digital innovations being a catalyst for organizations to evolve their networks and security strategies, we have transformed our partner program so partners can untap new opportunities and rising markets, including SD-WAN. Building on our investment in our partners, the new program offers specializations, updated enablement initiatives and tailored support for unique business models to further partner success.”  

Helping Partners Keep Up With Digital Innovations

Organizations are rapidly evolving and expanding their networks to keep up with the digital economy. By 2023, IDC predicts that the global economy will finally reach “digital supremacy” with more than half of all GDP worldwide driven by products and services from digitally transformed enterprises. As organizations transform their networks, security plays a critical role and also needs to evolve to keep up with new business demands.

Recognizing this, Fortinet designed new enablement initiatives and specializations, allowing partners to take advantage of digital innovations and this changing landscape. Fortinet’s Engage partner program provides greater flexibility on partner engagement, offers customized support to partners’ business models and allows partners to specialize in emerging areas through tailored training and certifications.

Expanding Partner Opportunities Through New Partner Program

Fortinet’s Engage partner program addresses the required technology and sales skills needed from new network ecosystems, such as next-gen branch offices and dynamic cloud environments comprised of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud. The new program is based on three main concepts, including:

  • Specializations: Partners are able to select an area of specialization to receive additional support and benefits in their chosen areas. These include: Dynamic Cloud, Secure Access and Branch, Secure SD-WAN and Data Center. Customized training and certifications are available for each of these specializations to help partners upskill in emerging areas, further enabling partners to capitalize on growth opportunities.   
  • Business Model: Fortinet offers specialized support for partners that fit the following three business models: MSSP partners, Market Place partners and Traditional Integrator partners. By offering customized support for these unique business models, Fortinet is evolving its partner program to further embrace growing business areas such as the selling of managed services. 
  • Engagement: Partners have greater flexibility when determining the level of engagement they want to have with Fortinet. They’re able to select the type of expertise they want developed, the benefits and the revenue stream. This allows partners to select how they want to work with Fortinet to grow their business. As a result, there are four new levels of partnership outlined in the program ranging from Fortinet Advocate, Fortinet Select, Fortinet Advance and Fortinet Expert. More information about what these levels entail is available here.

Partner Supporting Quotes

“As a longtime Fortinet partner, Infosec Partners has been providing our customers with advanced security through the company’s Security Fabric platform approach. Just as the security landscape is everchanging, so are the business needs of our customers. Recognizing this, Fortinet’s new partner program allows us to take full advantage of the growing opportunities that the expanding digital marketplace provides through extensive, tailored support and specializations in areas like SD-WAN, Secure Access and Branch as well as bespoke decoy and deception controls”

Mark Oakton, CISO, Infosec Partners

“Fortinet has the unique combination of product innovation and partner enablement initiatives. Fortinet’s new partner program builds on its existing initiatives, providing specializations focused on high growth areas to enable partners like us to further expand our business. We look forward to leveraging enhanced aspects of the program as we continue to invest in our partnership.”   

– Koshy Oommen, Director – Infrastructure and Security at Intertec Systems LLC 

“As the Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) market has grown and evolved Fortinet has maintained a steady presence, providing new and innovative solutions to Layer 3 Communications. This enables us to meet the security requirements of our customers. Seeing the new partner program add more incentives for different business models is a true testament of Fortinet’s commitment to helping MSSPs like us grow our managed security services, ultimately leading to maximizing profitability.” 

-Rodney Turner, President & CEO at Layer 3 Communications

“As our customers migrate to the cloud, they depend on NuSpective Solutions to help design and deploy their cloud environment for optimal scale, performance and security. With security being a critical part of our customers’ cloud strategy, Fortinet has been an invaluable partner in helping us provide greater value to our customers in this endeavor. We are pleased with the Dynamic Cloud specialization and the additional training available to us through the new partner program. This enables our team to expand our knowledge and expertise in this growing space.” 

 -Dave McMorrow, Principal and Co-Founder at NuSpective Solutions

“We’re excited about Fortinet’s new partner program. The Missing Link has heavily focused on leveraging Fortinet’s NSE Institute training and certification to become a leading provider, and the results speak for themselves. Fortinet has consistently been one of our fastest-growing vendors, year after year. The granularity and specificity of this program lets partners choose which areas and capabilities they wish to specialize in, including growing markets like SD-WAN. We look forward to continuing to invest in Fortinet to ensure The Missing Link can continue to provide the best level of service, innovation, and security to its clients.”

– Aaron Bailey, Chief Information Security Officer at The Missing Link

“Fortinet continues to provide MSSPs outstanding support as it evolves its new partner program’s enablement to further focus on modern business models like ours. Fortinet has been instrumental in our business success, and we look forward to building on our partnership as we continue to expand our managed services offerings and deliver ever-increasing value to our customers.”

-Brian Page, Chief Technology Officer at Xiologix

Fast and efficient charge for multiple devices with Anker Innovations’ PD chargers

Fast and efficient charge for multiple devices a hit with consumers

Anker Innovations’ PD chargers that can be used to power a wide variety of different devices are gaining popularity as they are designed to deliver the fastest possible charging speed at the shortest time to any USB-C or Lightning devices that support Power Delivery.

Faraz Mehdi, Regional Sales Head at Anker Innovations MEA said, “Anker’s world class innovations are reflected in its products. Unlike most PD chargers that are optimized for just one device, Anker accessories cater to multiple devices without compromising on the speed of charging. If your phone takes near 3 hours for a full charge, then you need an Anker charger and cable for a more efficient charge.”

Proven to be faster than inbox chargers, Anker has incorporated the PD Technology in wall chargers, cables, PowerBanks, car chargers and desktop chargers.

The PD chargers are perfect for all types of devices such as laptops, tablets, phones, hand held gaming consoles, audio products and smart watches.

Anker will be showcasing their products at Gitex 2019 in Sheikh Maktoum Hall at Booth SM B1.

Help AG Advances AI-powered Cybersecurity Abilities with Exabeam Partnership

Further augmenting its capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for cybersecurity, Help AGtoday announced a new partnership with Exabeam, the Smarter SIEM™ company. As the Middle East focus partner for Exabeam, Help AG will bring to market Exabeam’s industry-leading security information and event management (SIEM) and user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) solutions. This will empower regional enterprises to detect, investigate and respond to cyberattacks more efficiently and effectively.

This new partnership is in line with Help AG’s AI strategy. Over the last year, the security services and solutions provider has worked closely with several industry-leading technology vendors to develop and deliver practical and impactful use-cases for AI in the context of cybersecurity. 

Explaining how Exabeam furthers this strategy, Stephan Berner, CEO at Help AG said, “Through the application of AI to critical labour-intensive tasks, Exabeam expertly enables cybersecurity teams to refocus their efforts on risk rather than events. This is especially beneficial in the region, as these solutions can alleviate the workload on understaffed IT teams, while delivering an elevated ability to detect and mitigate the impact of complex cyberattacks.”

Exabeam is a recognised leader in the SIEM and UEBA marketplace. It offers the comprehensive  Exabeam Security Management Platform (SMP) that enables organizations to take advantage of big data, advanced analytics, and automation capabilities toreduce time to investigate and contain threats by 51 percent. Exabeam’s solutions integrate seamlessly with key technologies in Help AG’s portfolio – such as security solutions from Splunk and Vectra – as well as with cloud environments such as Microsoft Office 365, AWS, Google, and Salesforce. These integrations allow Help AG to unlock the full potential of our customers’ existing cybersecurity investments.

“Exabeam’s solutions perfectly complement the security technologies that form the core of Help AG’s product portfolio, thereby enabling us to create highly effective turn-key solutions for our customers. Furthermore, we have deployed these solutions within our own Cybersecurity Operations Centre (CSOC), thereby enhancing our 24×7 Managed Security Services (MSS) offering,” Berner said.

“As a truly advanced provider of cybersecurity services in the Middle East, Help AG is an ideal partner for Exabeam,” said Brett Candon, VP, EMEA Channels, Exabeam. “Together, we can help more enterprises investigate and respond to security events in minutes, not days, and enable security operations center analysts to work smarter. They are a welcome addition to our Exabeam Partner Program.”

Eight simple hacks to stop travel sickness

Worried passengers are being advised on how to ease the symptoms of travel sickness when commuting this summer.

The holiday car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com have researched eight easy solutions to prevent holidaymakers from experiencing travel sickness.

Travel sickness is caused by consistent movements during travelling and is found to be most common among children and pregnant women. 

Simple tips such as sitting at the front of the car and rolling down the windows can make a big difference to anyone who develops symptoms of headaches and dizziness.

A spokesperson from StressFreeCarRental.com said: “One of the biggest fears for travellers is getting travel sickness which could lead to a trip being ruined.

“Using simple methods such as chewing gum and staying away from scrolling on your phone can relax symptoms such as nausea.

“Following this essential advice can make all the difference for passengers and allow them to get to their destination with a peace of mind.”

Here are eight helpful tips from StressFreeCarRental.com to prevent travel sickness:

Roll down the windowsTaking in the fresh air is vital when a passenger is experiencing sickness. Breathing in the fresh air can ease nausea symptoms. When travelling by plane, turn on the air conditioning to relax the sickness feeling.

Stay hydrated 

Water is key to reducing the severity of a headache caused by travel sickness. Drink plenty and avoid the temptation of a glass of prosecco or fizzy drinks.

Pack the gum 

Having chewing gum can relax your stomach, as the coolness can relax stomach muscles and takes your mind off the pain. Bring both peppermint and ginger flavoured gum to help the sickness.

Snack lightly Avoid heavy and greasy foods on the journey. Choose some lightly salted snacks such as seaweed bites or dry crackers which won’t disturb the stomach pains.

Play some good tunesDistraction is one of the best ways to help your mind forget about the burden of travel sickness. Play your favourite songs on the radio at a low volume to focus your mind on something else other than feeling sick.

Bring a sick bag A last resort option may be needed if you can’t do anything to stop sickness. Having a sick bag on board can make you feel calmer, as you know there is another option available.

Get in the front seat Whether it’s in a family car-hire or a road-trip with friends, sitting at the front lets you focus on the road and minimise the likelihood of travel sickness. 

Stay off the screenAs tempting as it can be, scrolling on social media can worsen headaches by straining your eyes from looking at bright screens. It’s best to put the phone away until the end of journey.

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Old World Luxury with Modern Comforts: Kempinski Engelberg

Shereen Shabnam

When it comes to nature, the best place to enjoy mountain scenery, hiking, skiing is in Engelberg, in the heart of Central Switzerland. A few days at the Kempinski Palace Engelberg saw us enjoying a host of activities that included long walks, taking a cable car ride up to the mountains, experiencing a heart stopping suspension bridge walk, sliding down a mountain to trying local cuisine and more.

We arrived in Engelberg using the luxurious Swiss Trains to the attractive village is known for its famous monastery and unforgettable alpine experience surrounding the Engelberg-Titlis area.

We arrived at the Kempinski in time to enjoy their 1st anniversary since opening as well as celebrating the brand which was founded 125 years ago and currently has 79 five start hotels in 34 countries across the globe.

The Kempinski Palace Engelberg is an exceptional tourist destination at any time of year and exudes new charm after being extensively renovated, restored and extended with the addition of a new building. For the design, local materials such as wood and stone is used and influenced by local craftsmanship and traditional techniques, which are given a modern twist and inspired by Alpine motifs.

The charm and the unique history of the historic hotel complex was retained using modern construction methods and resulted in a luxurious retreat, with spectacular views of the nearby mountains.

The hotel regained its status as a luxurious, elegant and comfortable year-round destination for both Swiss and international travellers for rest and relaxation end of day after the thrill of sports such as skiing, bobsleigh and skeleton in winter and hiking in the spectacular nearby mountains.

As we entered the impressive lobby, we were greeted with refreshing drinks in a relaxed area with an informal vibe and a view of the inviting landscape of the adjoining gardens.

The winter garden is a perfect place for a morning cup of coffee or afternoon cup of tea, with a focus on relaxation and enjoying the unique views. The décor convinces with its cool texture and its shape against the background of the original terracotta floor tiles.

Before our wholesome dinner, we headed to the “Palace Bar” for mocktails and immersed ourselves in an ambient area complete with a fireplace lounge and a horseshoe-shaped bar. This warm atmosphere richly decorated ceiling is a popular meeting place for guests.

Breakfast was served in the “Cattani Restaurant” connected to the Winter Garden and we had impressive views of the mountain landscape while sipping steaming coffees and hot chocolate.

The hotel has an impressive spa complete with a sauna and steam room, but it is the relaxation lounge that impresses us the most. The Spa focuses on the forces of nature, restoring clients inner balance using the restorative effects of plants, flowers, and herbs in all treatments. The Spa is equipped with a fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment such as bikes, treadmills, cross trainers and more.

The pool area uses differences in depth to create stepped seating areas made of dark stone, which radiate both feelings of intimacy and a unique appeal. The pool speaks for itself with its glazed frontage, providing panoramic views of the mountains.

The rooms and suites stand out with their warm atmosphere thanks to the use of materials such as brushed oak and luxurious light-brown leather. The bathroom was large and designed like a private oasis of wellness and relaxation. We found more hidden treasures during our hotel tour as we noted expressive mosaic and marble elements, historic floor tiles and antique serving trolleys.

While staying at the hotel, we took a trip to the top of Mt. Titlis using the Titlis Xpress and the TITLIS ROTAIR, the world’s first revolving cable car.  On Mount Titlis, we experienced the Titlis Cliff Walk, Ice Flyer Chairlift, Titlis Glacier Park and had a wonderful lunch with scenic views of the alps.

Kempinski Palace Engelberg is easily accessible thanks to its central location by the spa gardens and proximity to the Engelberg train station. Getting to the hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the train station.

We flew SWISS to Zurich from Dubai and used the SWISS Travel System trains to get Engelberg. Exploring Switzerland using the Swiss Travel Pass by train, bus and boat is always a wonderful experience with panoramic views on trains or relaxed boat cruises.

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Turkish Hospitality: Rixos Bab Al Bahr

Shereen Shabnam

Located on the pristine beach of Al Marjan Island, Rixos Bab Al Bahr has an all-inclusive concept that has proven to be a success with both local and international visitors. The ‘All inclusive – All Exclusive’ stay at Rixos Bab al Bahr is a signature offering from Rixos Hotels, who are experts in luxury all-inclusive concept.

We stayed at the Rixos Bab Al Bahr and experienced the essence of traditional Turkish hospitality, as is the trademark of the hotel chain. The concept very aptly accommodates the Turkish hospitality philosophy of extending attention and services beyond imagination, making every guest’s experience an exclusive one.

Rixos Bab Al Bahr’s iconic pyramid-shaped buildings are home to 715 luxurious rooms and suites, with stunning views of the ocean. Housed along the white sandy beach of Marjan Island, and the resort’s eight swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts offers something for everyone at the hotel, regardless of their age or lifestyle.

There are also eight swimming pools, motorised water sports and the Teen’s Club offers a busy activity schedule with DJ classes, billiards and PS4 tournaments.

The five-star hotel offers an all-inclusive package that gives visitors access to dine free at any of its seven restaurants. Rixos Bab Al Bahr proudly presents an assortment of Restaurants and Bars of true gastronomical experiences from all around the world. Guests looking for something more relaxed can head to the Lobby Lounge that offers a wide selection of freshly brewed coffee and teas. The Pool Bar and the Sea & See beach bar are also great places to enjoy the sun and sand.

The hotel offers a mix of deluxe and premium rooms as well as family, junior, senior and king suites, the property is ready to cater to all family sizes. The ‘All inclusive – All exclusive’ stay at Rixos Bab Al Bahr includes unique dining experiences in several restaurants and bars, a night club, spectacular evening entertainment programs, Rixy Club and Teen’s Republic, Rixos Royal Spa with a marvelous Turkish Hammam, on-site souk for local artifacts, accessories and souvenirs. Active guests can enjoy water activities and excursions at an additional charge.

The ultra ‘All Inclusive – All Exclusive’ offer at Rixos Bab Al Bahr goes beyond comfortable stay and limitless dining. A daily dose of live entertainment designed by resort’s dedicated, professional and extremely talented entertainment team caters to the preferences of guests of all ages.

The Resotrt’s live shows and performances features a live band performance of different genre of music as well as instrumental and acoustic to set the mood with dance shows, and performances by artists of international eminence.

The water sports facilities at the resort under the supervision of a well-trained team. Guests can go sailing or kayaking at leisure, surrender to the winds as they go windsurfing, opt for banana or jet skiing if they enjoy riding the waves or go fishing for a pastime.

For families traveling with kids, staying at the Rixos Bab Al Bahr, will benefit from the exclusive Rixy Club that offers an exceedingly proficient and multi-lingual team, dedicated to turning children’s experiences to memorable moments through age-tailored entertainment programs.

My daughter toured Teen’s Republic, the club for the teenagers offering a gamut of activities. Guests can also indulge in the exclusive shopping haven at the resort that sells local artifacts, souvenirs and accessories and take back home tangible memories of our weekend away.

For down time, enjoy the Rixos Royal Spa, which has a myriad of treatments and rituals as well as contemporary practices specific to Rixos’ Turkish heritage like the Turkish Hammam, which is one of the spa’s signature areas, delivered with great authenticity.

Ras Al Khaimah is only a short drive from Dubai and the Emirate features endless sandy beaches, untouched deserts and favorable weather all year round, which facilitate an array of tourist attractions.  And Rixos Bab Al Bahr is a must stop to get an all-inclusive worry free few days to relax and unwind.

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A Feast for the Eyes

Madame Butterfly at Westin Mina Seyahi

Natasha Dury

On returning to Dubai, my first big outing involved experiencing an entertaining and multisensory dining experience complete with a series of contemporary cabaret performances at Papillon, Westin Mina Seyahi.

Papillon proved to be a restaurant with a difference, as the exhilarating Madame Butterfly dinner show returned for its second season with brand-new creative performances brought to life by the vision of local talent Layla Kardan and her creative team.

The cast were vibrant, dynamic and brought electric energy to the stage that is not often seen in Dubai. Every Wednesday, diners can enjoy the Madame Butterfly experience with a dinner package starting from an incredible AED 395 per person.

The cabaret performances in between meal courses allow guests to immerse themselves into an entertainment mode as professional dancers, contortionists and vibrant dancers rock the stage at Papillon. The music is just right for each skit that is performed.


The lush Madame Butterfly menu is created and overseen by Chef Vinod Mani with a mix of sharing and a la carte courses from 8pm to 11pm with unlimited drinks. We shared the starters of burrata and cherry tomato salad done to perfection and crispy calamari dish.

There is a choice of four main courses that suits different diets and as we were five on the table, we were able to try all the dishes and each one was a delight to taste and savour. The dishes same with sides on the table to share. The desserts were equally perfect and will please those who love chocolates and sorbets.

Papillon is an intimate venue that seats 80 guests and transforms the room into a perfect venue for date nights, girls’ nights out, boys get together outings and it is suitable for special celebrations and occasions.

The Madame Butterfly dinner and show takes place from 8pm to 11pm every Wednesday. It is a perfect venue for both date nights and to enjoy as a group with friends.

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What to expect when you’ve been hit with REvil ransomware

By Harish Chib, vice president, Middle East & Africa

REvil, also known as Sodinokibi, is a widely used, conventional ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) offering that has been around since 2019. Criminal customers can lease the REvil ransomware from its developers, adding their own tools and resources for targeting and implementation. As a result, the approach and impact of an attack involving REvil ransomware is highly variable. This can make it hard for defenders to know what to expect and look out for.

The following information may help IT admins facing or proactively concerned with the impact of a REvil ransomware attack. The findings are based on insights from the Sophos Rapid Response team, which has investigated multiple cyberattacks involving REvil.

What to do immediately: contain and neutralize

The first thing you need to do is determine whether the attack is still underway. If you suspect it is, and you don’t have the tools in place to stop it, determine which devices have been impacted and isolate them immediately. The easiest option is to simply disconnect from all networks. If the damage is more widespread than a few devices, consider doing this at the switch level and taking entire network segments offline instead of individual devices. Only shut down devices if you can’t disconnect the network.

Second, you need to assess the damage. Which endpoints, servers and operating systems were affected, what has been lost? Are your backups still intact or has the attacker deleted them? If they are intact, make an offline copy immediately. Also, which machines were protected? They’ll be critical in getting you back on your feet.

Third, do you have a comprehensive incident response plan in place? If not, you need to identify who should be involved in dealing with this incident. IT admins and senior management will be required, but you may also need to bring in outside security experts and consult with cyber insurance and legal counsel. Should you report the incident to law enforcement and/or inform data protection authorities? There is also the question of what information you should give to employees, many of whom are likely to find a similar ransom note on their desktop.

Last, but definitely not least: you’ll need to contact these and other key people, such as customers, to let them know what’s happening, but the attackers may be eavesdropping so don’t use your normal channels of communication. If the intruders have been in your network for a while, they’ll probably have access to email, for instance.

What defenders can do

There are some proactive steps you can take to enhance your IT security for the future, including:

  • Monitor your network security 24/7 and be aware of the five early indicators an attacker is present to stop ransomware attacks before they launch
  • Shut down internet-facing remote desktop protocol (RDP) to deny cybercriminals access to networks. If you need access to RDP, put it behind a VPN or zero-trust network access connection and enforce the use of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Educate employees on what to look out for in terms of phishing and malicious spam and introduce robust security policies
  • Keep regular backups of your most important and current data on an offline storage device. The standard recommendation for backups is to follow the 3-2-1 method: 3 copies of the data, using 2 different systems, 1 of which is offline. Also test your ability to perform a restore
  • Prevent attackers from getting access to and disabling your security: choose a solution with a cloud-hosted management console with multi-factor authentication enabled and Role Based Administration to limit access rights
  • Remember, there is no single silver bullet for protection, and a layered, defense-in-depth security model is essential – extend it to all endpoints and servers and ensure they can share security-related data
  • Have an effective incident response plan in place and update it as needed. If you don’t feel confident you have the skills or resources in place to do this, to monitor threats or to respond to emergency incidents, consider turning to external experts for help

Conclusion

Dealing with a cyberattack is a stressful experience. It can be tempting to clear the immediate threat and close the book on the incident, but the truth is that in doing so you are unlikely to have eliminated all traces of the attack. It is important that you take time to identify how the attackers got in, learn from any mistakes and make improvements to your security. If you don’t, you run the risk that the same adversary or another one might attack again in the future.

The Arab Water Council and Partners Convene the Environment & Development Forum 2022; The Road to Sharm El Sheikh Climate Change COP27 under the Patronage of the Government of Egypt Presidency of COP27

To be convened by the Arab Water Council under the patronage of the Government of Egypt Presidency of Climate Change COP27, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, the Environment and Development Forum 2022 will take place at InterContinental City Stars Cairo, Egypt from September 11 to 13, 2022 gathering national, regional and international partners, in preparation for the upcoming COP27.

The three-day Forum brings together thought leaders across different sectors and industries in this unique Event highlighting environment and development climate change impacts and solutions including adaptation and mitigation measures in several sectors.  Themes to be discussed include clean and renewable energy, sustainable development, ecological conservation, biodiversity protection, CO2 emissions control, food and water security under climate change, as well as sustainable transportation and cities.

Pre COP discussions will have a significant impact in supporting thepreparation for the Climate Change COP27 through forming of relevant visions and initiaives and improving collaboration amongst decision makers and environment and sustainable development experts.

 The Forum will focus on developing recommendations for the Sharm El Sheikh COP27, highlighting innovation and advancement in environment protection and identifying key challenges facing climate change and the best sustainable development strategies to overcome them.

H.E. Professor Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Arab Water Council President, World Water Council Honorary President and Former Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation of Egypt

H.E. Professor Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Arab Water Council President, World Water Council Honorary President and Former Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation of Egypt said: “We are pleased to convene the Environment and Development Forum as a global platform for innovators, experts, government representatives, and international organizations to discuss climate change impacts, and measures to mitigate and adapt to this global challenge.  The event will also host an Expo to demonstrate technologies and innovations in the field”.

H.E. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, COP27 Envoy and Ministerial Coordinator reiterated, ” The lack of sustainable measures has affected the planet’s equilibrium, and we hope this Forum will be a platform for cross border cooperation and collaboration to address climate change challenges.  In fact, we see the EDF 2022 as a key milestone for Egypt in preparations for the COP27 of the UNFCCC. The Forum will pave the road with concrete ideas and innovative solutions for the future generations by which they can face climate change impacts, as well as overcome all negative impacts of urbanization, population growth, and thus head towards the achievement of sustainable development”.

H.E. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, COP27 Envoy and Ministerial Coordinator

The interactive Forum will discuss key eight Main Themes and three Cross-cutting Themes, all addressing climate change challenges on most countries’ agendas.  Research & Development, Policies & Strategies, Green Finance, Knowledge Sharing, Skills & Human Capital Development, Creativity and Technology Innovation are tools and solutions which will be discussed.  A Youth and Innovation Stage will provide an opportunity for a platform to demonstrate youth initiatives.

There will be more than 50 speakers in the panel discussions andnumerous technical workshops covering key challenges and trends.  The world-class international exhibition for the latest innovative technologies and equipment will provide a meeting place for stakeholders to watch.  The EDF Awards are yet another aspect of the -Forum, created to recognize and honour best practices for Waste Reduction, Net Zero initiatives, Innovative Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation Products, Green Building and Best Water Savings and Reuse.

With the presentation of new technologies in the environment and development, the Forum intends to look for solutions for climate change, environmental governance, waste management, land resources management, clean energy transformation, sustainable growth and sustainable transportation.

Sponsors and exhibitors will be showcasing their products, technology and innovations in the climate change space for over 800 conference delegates who are committed to driving change, reducing their carbon emissions and building more sustainable futures for their business.   More than 30 countries will be attending. The attendees include Ministers and Government Agencies, Global Policy Makers & Regulators, International & Regional Organizations, Chief Executive Officers, Managing Directors, General Managers, Directors for Climate Change Action, Water and Agriculture Experts, Heads of Carbon Capture and Utilization, Chief Technology Officers, Carbon Management Technologists, Scientists and Researchers, Heads of Climate Change, Heads of Clean Energy & Sustainability, Chief Economists, Heads of Finance & Investment and local and international media.

The Forum COP27will be organised by Great Minds Events Management, a Dubai-based multi-faceted event management company of international repute, having organized numerous successful Forums and exhibitions that highlight critical issues faced by various economic sectors and industries across the MENA region.

Pearl Yachts To Showcase Both Flagship And Best Seller At Cannes Yachting Festival 2022

Pearl Yachts is preparing the most exciting models for the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. The bestselling Pearl 62 and the flagship Pearl 95 will entice guests to visit the all-British brand and enjoy the industry’s landmark event in the presence of good company and unique yachts.

Pearl is pleased to announce the yard’s participation in the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival from the 6th to the 11th of September. The Pearl 62 is returning to Cannes after a successful debut at the show last year, this time accompanied by her big sister, the flagship Pearl 95, offering guests an A-to-Z image of how exterior designer Bill Dixon and interior designer Kelly Hoppen CBE are a perfect match for the brand, flawlessly adapting their world-famous British styling across the range. The result is a testament to atelier shipbuilding, where each model is recognized as a member of the Pearl family while retaining an identifying personal sparkle.

Compact, Complete, and Competitive

Measuring 18.6m, the Pearl 62 is the only yacht in the size-class to offer accommodations for eight guests across four cabins, including a full beam owner’s suite with a private entrance, plus the owner’s choice of a crew cabin or jet ski garage. Other highlights include an aft galley open to the cockpit, a vast flybridge, a foredeck lounge, and the benefits of Volvo IPS pod drive propulsion, including joystick control.

Smart at Scale

The flagship Pearl 95 boasts a full beam owner’s cabin on the main deck, as well as an expansive beach club with fold-down buttresses. She has proven to be an award-winning combination of performance, style and quality, taking the title of ‘Best Layout’ at the World Yachts Trophies. The Pearl 95 went on to receive further recognition with the awards of ‘Best Interior Design – Power Yachts’ and ‘Best Main Saloon’ at the International Yacht and Aviation Awards.

British Design, Inside and Out

Award-winning naval architect Bill Dixon is behind the innovation and superb seakeeping that characterise Pearl Yachts, penning smart lines to sharpen each model’s streamlined exterior. And for the interiors, no other yacht builder works with the world-renowned designer Kelly Hoppen CBE. Her ever-evolving style, defined by a subtle fusion of clean lines and neutral tones, intuitively balanced with an opulent warmth, has been honoured with numerous prestigious awards. Every Pearl is a canvas, upon which Kelly’s unmistakable design philosophy takes shape into a unique and surprising yet coordinated interior.

Looking ahead to 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival, Pearl Yachts Managing Director, Iain Smallridge said, “As we prepare to set a course for the French Riviera, we reflect on all the accomplishments of this busy year. And so, it’s with great pride that we will participate in the industry’s headline event with two of our treasures: the bestselling Pearl 62 and the flagship Pearl 95. Guests are guaranteed a good time and should expect to see something absolutely unique in the market.”

Grooming Essentials by LOOKFANTASTIC

Upgrade your grooming closet with LOOKFANTASTIC’s curated edit of must-have essentials for the contemporary gentleman. Choose from an extensive range of haircare, bath and body, shaving, skincare and more!

  1. grüum Ultimate Shave Gift Set (AED 250): A shaving kit filled with pre- and post-shave essentials to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. This shaving kit contains an ice-smooth shave gel, a gentle face cleanser and a chamomile infused moisturizer.
  2. Dolce&Gabbana The One Men Royal Night Eau de Parfum (AED 551): An olfactory voyage to the Middle East with priceless ingredients, tease the senses with a fusion of musky and woody notes.
  3. VICHY Dercos Aminexil Clinical 5 Men 21 Monodoses (AED 425): Formulated with five active ingredients and a combination of aminexil, a hypoallergenic hair treatment that is chemically proven to target hair loss while simultaneously strengthening the hair and the scalp.
  4. NEOM De-Stress On The Go Collection (AED 132):  A travel friendly grooming bundle containing NEOM’s award-winning bath & shower oil, a coca butter and shea butter infused hand balm and a pulse point fragrance to soothe one’s mind and senses.
  5. Kérastase Chronologiste Youth Revitalising Pre-Shampoo, Shampoo and Masque Bundle (AED 499): A complete revitalizing haircare set from Kérastase which includes a pre-cleanse treatment, a shampoo, and a hair masque. The pre-cleanse is a richly textured treatment that ensures a deep clean by lifting away pollutants from the hair, while the hyaluronic acid formulated hair masque works to lock in essential moisture to the hair, preventing excessive dryness and frizz.
  6. Ralph Lauren Polo Black Eau de Toilette (AED 330): Top notes of fruity mango and sage, combined with a base of patchouli and sandalwood, reveal a dark, mysterious fragrance for men with a woody aroma. 
  7. The Ordinary the Balance Set (AED 115): A skincare bundle featuring The Ordinary’s four signature skincare products. It includes the infamous hydrating squalene cleanser, an exfoliating 2% salicylic acid masque, and a 10% niacinamide + hyaluronic acid serum.
  8. MUGLER Alien Man Eau de Toilette Refillable (AED 385): A powerful EDT featuring a blend of woody and spicy top notes of dill and beechwood with base notes of osmanthus flower and white amber.
  9. MÁDARA Infinity Care System Set (AED 395): This skin-care duo includes both a serum and an essence.  Enriched with a unique combination of ingredients, the ultra-light weight serum works to targets redness, hypersensitivity, and uneven skin tone, while the essence works to enhance hydration and comfort to the skin.

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DUBAI AVIATION CITY CORPORATION CONCLUDES FIRE SAFETY CAMPAIGN, AWARDS PARTICIPATING COMPANIES

In the presence of HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), and other senior executives, the DACC OHSE Department concluded its 2022 Fire Safety Campaign within Dubai South, which witnessed the participation of 51 companies that helped promote fire safety culture throughout the community in line with the UAE’s Fire and Life Safety Code and with the cooperation of the Dubai Civil Defense.

During the campaign the OHSE safety team highlighted fire safety hazards and the importance of maintaining fire and life safety compliances across all operational facilities. The campaign also witnessed the awarding of participating companies, as well as the Dubai Civil Defense Dubai South Fire Station which received a special appreciation award for its outstanding support during this initiative.

Commenting on the campaign’s conclusion, Ali Abdulla- SVP – Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said: “We are pleased with the campaign’s success and the positive response and awareness received from all our partners at Dubai South. We would like to thank all the companies that took part in this campaign which promoted the safety and well-being of companies and employees working at Dubai South. We look forward to hosting more events to enhance the safety and health culture within Dubai South”

Dubai South was launched as a Dubai Government project in 2006, representing an emerging 145-square-kilometre, master-planned city based on the happiness of the individual. The city is identified as Dubai’s flagship urban project and is designed to create 500,000 jobs in an integrated economic environment that supports all types of businesses and industries.

SAMI Aerospace signs a contract with Airbus Helicopters Arabia

SAMI Aerospace to build its rotercraft technical support capabilities with Airbus Helicopters Arabaia

SAMI Aerospace, a SAMI business division, has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters Arabia, the Kingdom’s subsidiary of Airbus helicopters to support SAMI in building its technical capabilities to provide rotercraft technical support to Saudi Armed forces.

This agreement will play a key role in equipping the staff with vital helicopter airframe maintenance skills and enhance its repair capabilities for landing gears, engines, engine accessories, and blades within the Industrial Partnership Agreement with GAMI, the local MRO players, and the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC), a SAMI’s subsidiary.

Commenting on the contract, Eng. Walid Abukhaled said: “We are pleased to further strengthen our partnership with Airbus, a major helicopter manufacturer in the industry. This contract will contribute greatly to our ongoing technology and human capital localization efforts through extensive training to accelerate development. We look forward to welcoming Airbus Helicopter’s dedicated staff, who will enable our national talents to gain valuable experience throughout the duration of the agreement.”

Mickael Bertrand, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Arabia, said: “It is with great pride that we embark on this new collaboration with SAMI Aerospace. We are dedicated to empowering one of the region’s most significant industry players through our own personnel’s expertise. This contract also represents an invaluable opportunity to be part of and strengthen our support to the Kingdom’s rapidly developing defense ecosystem.”