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Interview with Asil Attar, CEO of Al Yasra Fashion

December 12, 2018:  Q&A WITH ASIL ATTAR    1. Tell us about the relationship between DKNY and Al Yasra Fashion. How has it evolved during the years?   The relationship between DKNY and Al Yasra is one of the best. DKNY has always had a strong presence in the region and a very strong and loyal customer base.  GIII Apparel Group are the new owners of DKNY and bought the brand from the LVMH Group in 2016.  They have a vision to re-focus their energy on the DNA of the brand as it used to be. We have a very strong relationship with GIII on multiple levels – we work closely together on ......

    Aseel Al-Hamad tells CNN: Nothing is impossible

    August 26, 2018:  To celebrate the lifting of Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, drove Renault Sport’s 2012 Formula One car around the 2018 French Grand Prix track and became the first Saudi woman to drive a Formula One car.   On this month’s episode of The Circuit, host Amanda Davies meets Al-Hamad to learn more about her hopes for a future full of possibilities for female drivers.   Key Quotes:   Aseel Al-Hamad on her unique opportunity to inspire women in Saudi Arabia: “I have a ......

      Inspired by Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030: Nader Sabry

      Nader Sabry, a space tech entrepreneur and mentor, is the creator of the world’s first physiological prayer mat. His online retail company, TIMEZ5, is focused on using space technology to tend to the health and wellness needs of the Muslim/Islamic lifestyle, an economy globally valued at over $2 trillion. Sabry’s prayer mat works in three ways: it reduces pain, improves posture support, and increases energy when praying or meditating. It has a five layer system, which works to achieve those three benefits. Arab News interviewed Sabry to learn more about his work, his views on Saudi innovators and why he wants to be a part of the ......

        Inaugural OBG Business Barometer: Qatar Ceo Survey Published

        Country is adapting to challenges, results indicate   Doha, February 06, 2018:  Almost all decision-makers interviewed for the first release of the Business Barometer: Qatar Survey carried out by Oxford Business Group (OBG) remain upbeat about the local business environment, despite the ongoing boycott implemented by some of its GCC neighbours.   As part of its survey, the global research and consultancy firm asked over 100 high-level executives from across the country’s industries a series of questions aimed at gauging business sentiment. The results of the survey which was done on a face-to-face basis, ......

          A Chat With Mr. David Benedek, the man behind BDK Perfumes.

          I was invited at Robinsons, a Luxury Shopping Destination, to interview a very dynamic, enterprising, enthusiastic and probably the youngest perfume designer- Mr. David Benedek. Mr. David(BDK) has his very own individual perfume house that is based at that Palais Royal, Paris. He demonstrates a strong passion about his work. Furthermore, he grew up in a perfume heaven (Perfume shop in Paris) with his grandparents and parents owning a perfume store. Later, he went on to study Economics and Management. Eventually, his passion drove him to specialize in the field of perfumery and cosmetics.  BDK prefumes are known to be long lasting ......

            Mohsin Abrar – Photographer, United Arab Emirates

            Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2016:   They say that anyone can pick up a camera and start taking beautiful photographs as long as the camera that they use is of utmost quality type. I disagree. If you are naturally born gifted with a third eye like Mohsin Abrar, regardless what camera is at hand – a photograph might be as well taken from the Creator Himself.  Photos that not only depicts the beauty of this world – but also life’s lessons. Did you study photography? No.  I self-taught.  I started photography only three years in Dubai. What do you mean three years? I just picked up my first ......

              Salalah Rotana Resort Q&A with Omer Kaddouri, Rotana's President & CEO

              Why did Rotana choose Salalah for their first hotel in Oman? Oman has always been a key growth market for us to expand into. We pride ourselves in identifying new and upcoming travel destinations people wish to visit and Salalah is growing in popularity. The opening of Salalah Rotana Resort is an exciting one for us, not only does it take us one step closer to reaching our ultimate vision but it has strengthened the company’s standing as the leading hotel management company in the region. Posted on www.godubai.com In which ways do you want to contribute to the Salalah region? The resort is the largest stand alone hotel in the ......

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Middle East Hotels Ready to Capitalise on Workation Trend, says ATM…

• The pandemic and progressive IT companies have accelerated demand for remote working • ‘On the go’ bleisure stays increasingly popular with Gen Z singletons, white collar millennials and other digital nomads    January 18, 2021:    Hotels throughout the Middle East region are preparing to capitalise on the pent-up global demand for workations, driven in the main by the social restrictions imposed by governments across the world over the past ten months.   According to research conducted as well as commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, the organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), many travel experts are expecting a surge in ......read more

North Field Expansion to Give Qatar's Construction Sector A Post-pandemic Boost…

Oxford Business Group and AlJaber Engineering team up for new Covid-19 Response Report Doha, January 18, 2021:  A new Covid-19 Response Report (CRR) produced by Oxford Business Group (OBG), in partnership with AlJaber Engineering (JEC), looks in detail at the projects expected to boost construction activity in Qatar as the pandemic eases, led by the major expansion works planned for the North Field. The CRR provides in-depth analysis of the country’s response to Covid-19 in an easy-to-navigate and accessible format, focusing on key data and infographics relating to the socio-economic landscape.  In its coverage, OBG considers the key part that the ambitious North ......read more

Herbal Essences Taps into Nature's most Powerful Ingredients with the new Potent Aloe Vera Haircare Range…

January 18, 2021:    Herbal Essences, owned by the conglomerate Procter & Gamble, is venturing further into the trend for plant-based beauty products with the introduction of a new “Potent Aloe Vera” sulfate-free line. The collection, whose star ingredient is Aloe Vera has been sustainably and responsibly harvested from Mexico, and authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the world’s leading botanical institutions with more than 260 years of experience in plant science. Herbal Essences is the first-ever and only global hair care brand to have its botanicals endorsed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as being certified by PETA. The ......read more

QIB posts profit of QAR 3,065 Million in 2020 Board proposed to distribute 40% cash dividends to Shareholders Total Assets grew by 6.6% to reach QAR ...…

Doha, Qatar 18 January, 2021:  His Excellency, Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has announced that QIB has achieved net profit attributable to shareholders of QAR 3,065 Million for the fiscal year 2020 compared to QAR 3,055 Million for the year 2019, despite the impact of Covid-19 and the decline in oil prices. The Bank maintained the basic earnings per share at QAR 1.21.  QIB Board of Directors proposed a dividend distribution to shareholders of QAR 0.40 per share i.e. 40% of the nominal share value, subject to approval of Qatar Central Bank and QIB’s General Assembly. Total Assets of the Bank has ......read more

Ogilvy Names James Kinney as Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Chief People Officer for North America…

January 17, 2021:   Ogilvy announced today that James Nicholas Kinney has been appointed Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Chief People Officer for North America.  In North America, James will oversee all aspects of talent management, recruitment, learning & development, and wellbeing working with Jag Dhanji, who was recently appointed Global Chief People Officer, and Devika Bulchandani, who is joining the company as CEO of Ogilvy North America.  As Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer he will partner with leaders across the company’s global network to develop and evolve practices, policies, and programs to ......read more

S&P Global Reassigns Rating of ‘A- with Stable Outook' for QLM Life and Medical Insurance Company QPSC…

Qatar - January 17, 2021:   Subsequent to the successful listing of QLM’s stock at the Qatar stock exchange  followed by withdrawal of parental guarantee by QIC, S&P Global Ratings has reassigned its ‘A negative’ issuer credit and financial strength ratings on QLM Life and Medical Insurance Company QPSC with the outlook stable. The current rating is based on stand-alone strength of QLM’s own strong market position as a leading life and health insurance company and its good performance track record coupled with excellent capital adequacy. Fahad Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Chief executive officer of QLM, stated: ‘We are encouraged by ......read more

Unique Spatial Sound Technologies for Ambient Room-filling Sound with Sony's Latest Premium Wireless Speakers…

 SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000   • Ambient room-filling sound with Immersive Audio Enhancement and 360 Reality Audio • Sound calibration providing effortless adjustment for optimum audio performance • Smart and easy operation for seamless music enjoyment     16 January 2021 – Sony today announced the SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000, its latest premium wireless speakers. Equipped with Sony’s unique spatial sound technologies and packed with smart features, the speakers fill your room with your favorite background music. The ambient room-filling sound creates a calm atmosphere, allowing you to relax as if you were at your ......read more

The Most Inclusive Range of Primers to Offer 24hr Correction for Any Skin Type, Any Skin Tone…

January 16, 2021:   At MAKE UP FOR EVER, we believe that the first unavoidable step for a perfect complexion is a great PRIMER. We have developed STEP1 PRIMERS, hand in hand with our makeup up artists, creating the most inclusive range of primers creating a new wide range for any skin types any skin tone, all day long...  Our new 24H long-lasting range of primers allows you to create your own routine between 9 skin and color correcting primers, the first step to embracing your individuality and boosting your confidence.    ALL-DAY PERFORMANCE FOR EVERY SKIN The all-inclusive range features 9 primers which instantly correct the most common skin concerns ......read more

World Gold Council ETF 2020 Report and Gold Outlook 2021…

The World Gold Council has released its Gold Outlook 2021 as well as its ETF Flows report for December (and the full year 2020).   The 2021 Outlook envisages another well supported year for gold investment (after finishing 2020 up 24%), while consumption should benefit from the nascent economic recovery, especially in emerging markets.    The report includes analysis based on the WGC's gold valuation tool Qaurum which suggests gold's performance may be boosted further by the prolonged low interest rate environment which all but removes the opportunity cost of investing in gold.  Pulling from his work on World Gold Council’s newly released ......read more

Dukhan Bank Announces the Grand Prize Winner (QAR 1 million) of Thara'a Savings Account…

Doha, Qatar – January 14, 2021 – Dukhan Bank has announced Ameera Al-Saadi as the winner of its QAR 1 million Thara’a grand prize. The draw was conducted under the supervision of a representative of the qualitative license and market control department at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Thara’a, Dukhan Bank’s Shari’ah compliant savings account and the first in Qatar’s Islamic banking sector, offers account holders the chance to benefit from cash rewards up to 1,000,000 Qatari Riyals. Based on several criteria, Thara’a account holders are eligible for a number of periodic draws for cash prizes. Totalling 3,300,000 Qatari Riyals, ......read more

Qatar FinTech Hub Hosts First Demo Day for the Incubator and Accelerator Programs…

Innovative and Globally Leading FinTechs to Showcase their Products on 18 January  Dukhan Bank announced as Demo Day Sponsor The Qatar Fintech Hub Programs are backed by Qatar’s financial ecosystem and developed by Qatar Development Bank in collaboration with a host of esteemed partners and stakeholders Doha, Qatar – 13 January 2021: Qatar FinTech Hub (QFTH), co-founded by Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and established to support the growth of the FinTech industry in Qatar, has announced that Demo Day for Wave 1 of its flagship Incubator and Accelerator Programs will take place virtually on 18 January 2021. The QFTH Demo Day, which is sponsored by Dukhan Bank, ......read more

QIB Ranks ‘Third Strongest Islamic Bank in the World' and ‘Eighth Strongest Bank in the Middle East' in The Asian Banker's 2020 Rankings for the 500 ...…

13 January 2021 - Doha, Qatar: The Asian Banker Magazine has ranked Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) as the ‘Third Strongest Islamic Bank in the World’ and ‘Eighth Strongest Bank in the Middle East’ in its 2020 Rankings of the 500 Strongest Banks. The Asian Banker’s 500 Strongest Banks Rankings is one the world’s highly credible and widely followed annual rankings of strongest banks based on financial statements. The rankings are based on detailed and transparent scorecards that rank commercial and Islamic banks on six areas of financial performance, including the ability to scale, balance sheet growth, risk profile, profitability, asset quality and ......read more

A Warm Summer Rain in Winter: The New Head Shower GROHE Tempesta 250…

● Full face Rain spray which covers the whole body  ● 250 mm diameter in round or square design  ● Sustainable enjoyment thanks to the water-saving GROHE EcoJoy technology   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 January 2021:  Gentle, delicate droplets of water caress the skin and cover it completely: GROHE’s new Tempesta 250 head shower now ensures a warm summer rain in your own shower – even in winter. Relax under its full face Rain spray and generous diameter of 250 mm, confident that your luxurious shower is also eco-friendly, thanks to the water-saving EcoJoy function. The technology limits the flow of water to a sustainable 9.5 ......read more

Schneider Electric Unveils New Sustainable Energy Products at CES 2021…

• Schneider Electric unveils new sustainable energy products at CES 2021, focuses beyond smart to resilient and sustainable Homes • The leader in digital transformation of energy management evolves smart home technology to focus on efficiency, resilience and sustainability • New solutions bring enhanced safety and control while delivering sustainable energy management choices directly to homeowners   13 January 2021:  Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced at CES 2021 the expansion of their Wiser smart home ecosystem, furthering discussion around the Smart and Sustainable ......read more

Samsung Introduces Latest Innovations for a Better Normal at CES 2021…

Samsung enhances the home experience with products like Samsung Bespoke 4-Door Flex,  110-inch MICRO LED, and JetBot 90 AI+. Continuing sustainability efforts, Samsung announces Galaxy Upcycling at Home  and expansion of eco-packaging for TV products in 2021   January 12, 2021:  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. shared its vision for the future at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company introduced new products at its virtual press conference, showing how it’s continuing to innovate by creating solutions that are flexible, intelligently connected, and use AI to understand context to make daily life seamless.    ......read more

Canon Recognizes 3 Leading Photographers from the UAE, KSA & Jordan for their Ambassador Program…

Canon EMEA expands Ambassador Programme to over 100 leading international photographers and filmmakers including, Jorge Ferrari (UAE), Tasneem Alsultan (KSA) and Muhammed Muheisen (Jordan)        Originally launched in 2008, the pioneering initiative brings together some of the world’s best photographers and videographers from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to collaborate with Canon and share its passion for visual storytelling.   12th January 2021:   In 2020, Canon EMEA expands its world-renowned Ambassador Programme with 59 new professionals joining the ranks. The first of its kind, the Canon EMEA Ambassador ......read more

The University of Queensland wins Ericsson Innovation Awards 2020…

January 12, 2021:  Team WakeShare from The University of Queensland, Australia, announced as the winners of the 2020 Ericsson Innovation Awards with novel fuel-efficient shipping solution. Entries from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and Stanford University, US, take second- and third place respectively. Information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, such as the Internet, wireless networks, cell phones, and other communication mediums, have a potential to reduce the global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030. Ahead of a critical decade of sustainability action, the 2020 Ericsson Innovation Awards challenged a new generation of innovators to ......read more

Add Extra Sparkle to Your Holidays With Make Up for Ever's 2020 Holiday Collection…

NEW AND LIMITED-EDITION PRODUCTS THAT WILL ADD SPARKLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON   January 12, 2021:    MAKE UP FOR EVER is launching products to add extra sparkle to the end of the year and festive season. MAKE UP FOR EVER has upgraded their holiday offer with this exciting launch which includes brand-new ROUGE ARTIST SPARKLE LIPSTICK in five gem-stone shades, gorgeous LIMITED-EDITION PACKAGING of the best sellers, and must-have LIMITED-EDITION BRUSHES in the SPARKLE KIT. Indulge in this black collection loaded with silver sparkles and discover these 5 inestimable treasures.  STAR PRODUCT: ROUGE ARTIST SPARKLE LIPSTICK This lipstick contains the well-loved formula ......read more

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