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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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Dukhan Bank announces the June draw winners of its Thara'a savings account prize…

Doha, Qatar – 12 June 2021 – Dukhan Bank announced the names of the most recent round of draw winners for Thara’a, its Shariah compliant savings account, at the Bank’s headquarters.  As the draw results showed, the bank clients Ameera  Al-Saadi and Ahmed Al-Kaabi each won a cash prize of 10,000 Qatari Riyals. Also, a cash prize worth 5,000 Qatari Riyals was awarded to Ossama Eliwa, A.Aziz  Fakhroo, Nojoud   Al-Jaber, Mohamed Elserhy, Khalifa Al-Abdulla, Dhabya Al-Mannai, Humood Al-Shamari, Hamad Al-Marri, Fatima Abdulla, Eman Shreiteh, Jamal Al-Baker, Prem Kasilingam, Ahmad   Elatrash, Mohammad Qusad, Ricci Morales, Hasina ......read more

MEEZA Attains for its First time 4 Microsoft Gold Certifications…

Doha, Qatar –12 June 2021 – MEEZA, Qatar’s pioneering Managed IT services and solutions provider, has been awarded 4 Gold certifications in the domains of Cloud Platform, Application Development, Application integration and Data Centre offerings hence achieving the Gold Partner status by Microsoft. The enhanced partnership status recognizes MEEZA’s outstanding efforts in bringing to market best-of-breed skills and services as it aligns closely with its top-tier strategic partners across its vast ecosystem. Furthermore, such an achievement validates MEEZA’s continued support for the Government’s “Cloud First” directives and once again positions ......read more

QIB and Mastercard Announce Cards Summer Campaign…

Doha, Qatar - 12 June 2021:  Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has partnered with Mastercard to launch the 2021 edition of its annual ‘Cards Summer Spends’ promotion for Mastercard Credit and Debit cardholders.  Customers who will use their QIB Mastercard Debit Card internationally or Mastercard Credit Card locally or internationally between 1st June and 31st August 2021 will automatically qualify to win prizes up to QAR 100,000.  For every QAR 5,000 weekly spend, customers will receive one entry into the weekly draw throughout the period of the promotion. Over the course of the ‘Cards Summer Spends' promotion, QIB and Mastercard will award a total of 13 ......read more

My First GROHE: Keep it Simple with GROHE Baulines for the Kitchen…

● Functional allrounder with easy installation and smart features  ● Affordable, high quality: No need to compromise with GROHE Baulines  ● Simple comfort: GROHE Baulines impresses with minimalism in design and function    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10th June 2021: The complexity of everyday life can be overwhelming – no wonder people are seeking simplicity in their homes. This desire to keep things simple is evident in all areas of life - from the way people work to their choice of products for their home. Most people are not experts when it comes to kitchen interiors. Therefore, they are looking for brands and products they can ......read more

Education Above All Foundation and World Bank Partner to Enroll 35,000 Out-of-School Children in Djibouti…

Doha, June 10, 2021:   Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s ‘Educate A Child’ program and the World Bank signed on June 8, 2021 a partnership agreement to enroll up to 35,000 out-of-school children in Djibouti. This first partnership will implement an innovative results-based funding model to provide support to the Government of Djibouti based on the number of out-of-school children enrolled.   Access to education at all levels continues to be one of Djibouti’s major challenges, with at least one in five school-age children never having attended school. Children are missing out on the ability to gain vital skills and learning ......read more

A Unique Collaboration Between Riyasat and Alfardan Medical With Northwestern Medicine Lays Down the Foundations of Healthy Eating in the Fine Dining ...…

The royalty-inspired Indian restaurant’s superfood healthy menu is set to offer a dazzling experience with various plant-based options June 10, 2021 - Doha, Qatar – Riyasat, located in the opulent St.Regis Doha, sets new standards In the fine dining Indian cuisine, by introducing the concept of a superfood healthy menu on June 13. Building around the impression of purity, cleansing, and supporting emotional health, the menu focuses on offering guests a selection of Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy free exciting signature dishes.  The idea of introducing this exclusive new health-conscious superfood menu became possible in collaboration with Alfardan Medical with ......read more

Zulal Wellness Resort and Chiva-SPM Host 12 Hours of Open Wellness Talks to Celebrate Global Wellness Day…

The event will mark the 10th annual Global Wellness Day established to raise awareness about the importance of wellbeing for individuals and society Free of charge, the workshops will be open for everyone, in line with Zulal and Chiva-Som’s commitment to spread the culture of wellness and bring a positive change to people’s lives globally  Doha, Qatar – 10 June 2021:   Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, Qatar’s largest wellness resort, and the world’s first to blend Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) with a holistic approach, teams up with Chiva-Som for a 12 hour-long virtual celebration of Global Wellness ......read more

Qatar Viewpoint: Back to (Gas) Basics…

June 10, 2021:   Macro: Back to (gas) basics Qatar's renewed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) expansion plans could have important economic and market implications over the medium-term. Qatar Petroleum (QP) is planning to increase LNG production capacity in 2027 by 63% to 126mtpa. We estimate the economy could now double in size, with nominal GDP reaching cUS$300bn by 2027. This is likely to boost sovereign creditworthiness, economic activity and twin surpluses. Still, the growth model post-2027 is unclear without reforms. Qatar - GCC macro ties not yet warming up The resolution of the Qatar-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rift is unlikely to lead to major macro gains, in ......read more

Ogilvy PR Names Matt Buchanan as Global Head of Consumer PR…

10, June 2021:   Ogilvy PR has appointed Matt Buchanan as its new Global Head of Consumer PR.  In this new role for the agency, Buchanan will report to Ogilvy PR’s Global CEO Julianna Richter and will lead consumer brand communications globally – evolving the go-to-market strategy, driving innovation, enhancing capability and overseeing multi-market consumer brand business. A 25-year brand communications veteran, Buchanan has run Ogilvy’s PR business in the UK since early 2019. He has more than two decades experience leading agencies specialising in consumer brand communication, spanning the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Prior to Ogilvy, ......read more

Maintain Summer-Long Gorgeous Hair with these Essential Treatments from Sukin…

June 10, 2021:  It’s a fact that hydration is vital for overall health including that of the hair, but did you know that dehydration is also the root cause of brittle hair and split ends. Most people living in the Middle East are exposed to regular sun, wind, and chlorinated water, all of which affects hair follicles negatively, stripping them of all moisture. This problem is further compounded during summer months when temperatures rise. So, giving your hair extra care during this period is a no-brainer. The good news is by incorporating a few treatment essentials to your routine such as Sukin’s Hydrating Replenishing Masque Treatment and Oil, you can summer-proof your ......read more

Olay Skin Experts Debut New Body Wash in the UAE!…

June 09, 2021:  From the makers of Olay – comes the new Olay Body Wash which is now available in United Arab Emirates! Imported from United States, the new Olay Body Wash comes in two collections: Ultra Moisture and Fresh Outlast – designed to moisture your skin; while enhancing your shower experience with nature-inspired ingredients such as Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Lavender and more!      With more than 65 years of skin science, Olay’s mission is to deliver visible skin transformation from head to toe. Made with a proprietary combination of petrolatum, Vitamin B3 Complex and skin care ingredients, the curated Body Wash collection deeply ......read more

Festival City Celebrates World Ocean Day in Raising Awareness on Preserving the Ocean's Cleanliness and Biodiversity in a Month Long Campaign…

Through interactive displays and partnerships with Doha Festival City’s sustainable brands, the Mall will raise awareness around preserving the Ocean’s cleanliness and biodiversity All activities will be conducted under the umbrella of ‘Festival Cares’ and ‘Qatar Unites’ Us CSR initiatives launched by Al-Futtaim group in Qatar    Doha, Qatar – 09, June 2021:  Doha Festival City, Qatar's one and only choice for shopping, dining, and entertainment, is pleased to announce the launch of the first-of-its kind World Ocean initiative. Until June 30, 2021, the Mall will be engaging with its customers through several ......read more

ACS Doha Celebrates a Year at Its New Al Kheesa Campus…

Doha, Qatar – 8, June 2021 – ACS International School Doha has held a ceremony to mark the completion of its first year at its new landmark school campus in Al Kheesa. A commemorative plaque was unveiled at the school, in the presence of Mr Robert Cody, Head of School, with parents from the Parent School Organisation in attendance.  A student from ACS Doha read out a personal message from Mr Tim Cagney, Chief Executive of ACS International Schools. Now fully established as ACS Doha’s new home, the COVID-secure campus spans 60,000 square metres and has been designed to accommodate almost 2,500 students. In addition to dedicated Early Childhood, Lower, Middle ......read more

Bassel Gamal, QIB's Group CEO, Reveals What He Believes Is Islamic Banking's Biggest Challenge…

Group CEO of Qatar Islamic Bank, Bassel Gamal Mr. Bassel Gamal, QIB’s Group CEO, gave an interview to Forbes Middle East magazine. Featured on the cover page, where he shed light on QIB’s development and growth achieved despite the COVID-19 challenges. He stated that the great success the Bank has achieved on the level of digitizing its products and services was only realized thanks to the complete dedication of the Bank’s employees and to the continuous support of the Board of Directors. Below is Forbes interview: Globally, the $2.2 trillion Islamic banking industry seems to be facing up to economic challenges, with S&P Global Ratings predicting that it could ......read more

Snoonu Launches a ‘No Riders Under the Sun' Initiative to Protect its Drivers from the Summer Heat…

Starting from mid-May, Snoonu has halted deliveries via their vast fleet of motorbikes during the day, transitioning exclusively to car deliveries for the summer season  08 June 2021 – Doha, Qatar:  Qatar’s leading tech startup, Snoonu, is pleased to announce the launch of its ‘No Riders Under the Sun’ initiative, aimed at preserving the health and wellbeing of its employees during the hottest summer months in Qatar.  Since mid-May, deliveries between 10am and 5pm are being completed exclusively via Snoonu cars to protect drivers from the harsh elements of the sun and heat and to ensure that humane working conditions are maintained for all ......read more

Double Success for Rado at the iF Design Awards 2021…

June 08, 2021:  Elegant, self-confident, resilient – and now award-winning, too: not one but two Rado design collaborations have won the renowned iF Design Award 2021. The True Square YOY and the True Square Formafantasma have thus joined the long list of Rado timepieces whose visionary design has been rewarded with an international award.   The iF Design Award has been presented since 1954. The competition this year was fiercer than ever before: almost 10,000 entries were up for the vote by the international jury in nine different categories. The collaboration with the design studios YOY and Formafantasma has brought the Rado brand two awards this year. Both models ......read more

The Hamilton International School Launches the Ali AlFardan Scholarship for Students…

- The scholarship, in recognition of outstanding academic excellence, provides free tuition for one year at The Hamilton International School    - The scholarship named to celebrate the accomplishments of Mr Ali AlFardan   June 07, 2021, Doha, Qatar: The Hamilton International School, part of International Schools Partnership (ISP), has launched the Ali AlFardan Scholarship for Excellence in Education for the academic year 20212.    The scholarship, which covers a full year’s tuition fee at The Hamilton International School, will be awarded to one student who has a proven track record of academic excellence and a commitment to their wider ......read more

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) Extend Partnership with New Project in Uganda and South ...…

412,000 learners and youth from local communities will be reached through the “Mobilising the Power of Grassroots Youth as Advocates, Peacebuilders and Active Citizens in Conflict Affected Communities of Uganda and South Sudan” project   Doha, 6 June 2021 – EAA and WPDI have launched a new project in Uganda and South Sudan as part of their ongoing efforts to mobilise the power of education for peacebuilding. Empowering youth, a large demographic segment in the two countries, with skills and knowledge essential for human rights advocacy and sustainable peacebuilding, the project will lend agency to participants as global citizens, particularly in areas of ......read more

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