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Dubai Healthcare City organizes Autism Walk to Raise Public Awareness

(ME NewsWire) — Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the world affecting 1 in 91 children born today. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.

To celebrate the month of April, which is autism awareness month, Dubai Healthcare City in collaboration with the Child Early Intervention Medical Center will be organizing a walk for Autism at Zabeel Park on Wednesday, April 30th 2011, at 5.00 pm.  This cause will support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Hundreds of children and families are expected to participate in the walk this year.  The children would be entertained by Dubai Drums.  Other activities would include face painting, bouncy castles, coloring activities, painting exhibition, magic show, balloons, clowns, refreshments , an art and craft bazaars.

There will also be a health and safety area where children and adults can avail general health and dental check-ups by qualified medical and dental professionals.  A road and safety campaign will also be organized by RTA demonstrating various safety measures to children.

Dr. Ayesha Abdullah, Managing Director of the Sciences Cluster at TECOM Investments, said: “We are proud to be a part of this thoughtful initiative and look forward to supporting further charity-driven events that seek to improve the well-being of our society. DHCC is committed to raising awareness on autism through its centers that cater to children with Autism as a part of its mission to bring quality care close to home.”

“The aim of the walk is to raise awareness and acceptance of these children and help integrate them into society through participation of different activities,” said Dr. Hibah Shata, the Managing Director of Child Early Intervention Medical Center.

“It is important to get the children integrated into the community and participate with their peers” said a parent of a 6 year old child with autism.

This year Emirates Bank, Samsung Medical Center-Index holdings ,Communicrafts events LLC, Byrne Equipment Rental LLC,Dubai Dolphinarium  are the Gold Sponsors for the  “Walk for Autism”. American Hospital , Dr. Nicolas and Asp, Park Regis Kris Kin hotel, Deah Hydraulics LLC , Abela and Co.are the Silver sponsors for the initiative.

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Bloomberg L.P. Opens Its 10th Global Hub in Dubai

March 17, 2011 1 comment

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)– Bloomberg L.P. officially opened its 10th global hub in Dubai today, tripling the size of its office to accommodate the company’s expanding news operations and customer support for its growing client base in the region.

Located in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), this global hub will support regional customers of the growing Bloomberg Professional® service, which is used by more than 300,000 of the world’s leading business and financial professionals. The Dubai hub will house Bloomberg’s expanding news operations and will provide support and development resources for Bloomberg’s recently launched Islamic Finance platform (ISLM), a comprehensive solution that increases transparency and provides analytical tools to maximize investment performance in the growing Shariah finance market.

“The Middle East and the UAE have long demonstrated an impressive rate of growth and a significant market opportunity for Bloomberg, and we have continued to invest in the region,” said Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P.

The announcement was made at Bloomberg client event in Dubai, where local Government and financial dignitaries, Bloomberg executives and clients attended an office opening with keynote address from His Excellency Ahmad Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

H.E. Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of DIFC, said, “The launch of Bloomberg’s new global hub is a testament to the business and economic fundamentals of Dubai, the Middle East and DIFC. DIFC is fully committed to facilitating the growth of our clients by providing them with the support and infrastructure needed to grow their respective businesses and we are delighted to see Bloomberg being such a prime example of this.”

“Our expanded reporting team in the Gulf region is providing the market-moving news that our customers now expect from Bloomberg,” said Tim Quinson, Bloomberg News Executive Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Bloomberg News first began covering the region with a single desk in Dubai in the 1990s. Today, Bloomberg has bureaus in eight cities across the region, delivering breaking news on companies, markets, economies and politics to its growing audience worldwide.

“We look forward to working closely with local clients to develop our regional capabilities, delivering enhanced and responsive analytics, news and data like the recently launched Bloomberg Islamic Finance platform,” said Max Linnington, Bloomberg’s regional head.

Bloomberg’s ISLM platform has extensive resources for investing in fixed income, equities and money markets that comply with Shariah including more than 1,500 Islamic bond issues, over 35,000 Shariah-compliant stocks and details on more than 250 Shariah scholars. For more information on Bloomberg’s product offering go to ISLM on the Bloomberg Professional® service, visit www.bloomberg.com, call customer service at +971-4-364-1000, or email Stefanos Thomatos at sthomatos@bloomberg.net.

About Bloomberg

Bloomberg is the world’s most trusted source of information for financial professionals and businesses. Bloomberg combines innovative technology with unmatched analytics, data, news, and display and distribution capabilities, to deliver critical information via the Bloomberg Professional® service and multimedia platforms, including Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets magazines. Bloomberg’s media properties span television, radio, digital and print, making up one of the world’s largest news organizations. Headquartered in New York, the company employs more than 12,900 people in 166 locations around the world.

A Major Milestone in the Region’s Telco Space: Gulf Bridge International Successfully Completes its First Cable Landing in the UAE

March 15, 2011 1 comment

(ME NewsWire) — Doha,Qatar — In a milestone achievement, Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, has announced the landing of its cable at Fujairah in the UAE. The cable will connect to du’s landing station.

To be launched later this year, the GBI Cable System is a high capacity, fiber-optic communications cable which will connect all the countries of the Gulf region to each other and provide onward connectivity to Europe, Africa and Asia. The cable landing in Fujairah is the first of ten planned cable landings around the Gulf region.  This connectivity will ensure that the GBI Cable System will offer the most comprehensive geographic reach of any subsea network in the region.

Board Member and CEO of Gulf Bridge International, Mr. Ahmed Mekky commenting on the achievement said “Today’s landing is another significant step towards the launch of the GBI Cable System, which was designed and built to position the Middle East as strategic communications hub between the mature markets of Europe and North America and the rapidly growing markets of Asia and Africa.”

“We are committed to our vision of Connecting the World to the Gulf. GBI will offer our customers greater choice, value, diversity and resilience. We are also glad to work hand in hand with a number of outstanding companies such as ‘Du’, who are going to help us realize this vision.” Mr. Mekky added.

Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, du, said: “We welcome the landing of GBI’s state-of-the-art submarine cable on our shores. This is momentous both from a commercial and a customer point of view. Once operational, it will not only expand choice of connectivity but more importantly will significantly enhance redundancy in operations. We congratulate GBI on this achievement and look forward to the day when the cable system is launched.”

Over the next few months, the cable ship, “Responder”, will be working in the Gulf waters with a fleet of other specialized ships, to continue the installation process of the GBI Cable System, which is configured as a self-healing ring within the Gulf. The GBI Cable System deploys several state-of-the-art technologies, such as the new dual-stage repeaters and wavelength monitoring units that guarantee flawless and error-free operations throughout the entire system.

About Gulf Bridge International

GulfBridgeInternational (GBI) is a private company dedicated to connecting all the nations of the Gulf region to one another and to the rest of the world, using the latest fiber optic technologies. The GBI cable will be developed and owned by GCC investors who are building this strategic infrastructure to serve the entire region. GBI intends to be the carrier’s carrier of choice for traffic to and from the Gulf, facilitating social and economic growth in the region.

For more information, please visit www.GBIinc.com

About du

du, the integrated telecom service provider in the UAE, launched mobile telecommunication services in February 2007 across the UAE, in addition to internet and pay TV services that du provides in some of the free zones of Dubai. Call Select, du’s nationwide fixed line services for voice telephony, was launched in July 2007. By the end of 3rd quarter of 2010, over 4 million people in the UAE had chosen to become du mobile customers.

Among du’s many firsts is its historic Number Booking Campaign for both individuals and business, Pay by the Second billing system, Mobile TV, Mobile Payments, first of its kind ‘WoW’ recharge card (which offers customers the choice between ‘more credit’, ‘more time’ and now the ‘more international’ recharge option with additional credit on international calls) and Self Care.

For business customers, du business offers include Closed Business User Group and preferred International Destinations. du Broadcast Services division brings scalable media technology platforms and telecommunication solutions to the broadcast community through its world-class teleport (Samacom) and Master Control Room (MCR) facilities.

du products and services for consumers and business are available through du’s retail network, currently numbering 37 du shops located in strategic locations across the UAE, including the recently opened flagship store located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. In addition, customers can access du products and services at more than 3000 authorised dealers or through the du e-shop, accessible at http://shop.du.aedu shops are a one-stop-shop for mobile service, carrier select and the payment of service bills.

du is 39.5 per cent owned by the UAE Federal Government, 19.75 per cent by Mubadala Development Company, 19.5 per cent by Emirates Communications & Technology Company LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. It is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name du.

UAE: Excellence and Quality meet as DEWA Launches Staff E-Learning Programs

(ME NewsWire) — Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) strengthens  its initiatives to implement the e-learning system as part of its steady march towards excellence and building up an integrated society based on knowledge. DEWA, meanwhile, takes into consideration attracting and bringing in the most up-to-date technologies and solutions and integrating them into its various e-operations. DEWA has launched several e-learning programmes including New Employees Programme, which includes Time Management and Pressures, Successful Work Team, Decision Making & Problem Solving, e-management intended to DEWA Middle Management Staff.

This initiative is accompanied by the process of personnel development, enhancing the level of job performance, and    fine-tuning    their skills using the best scientific techniques and methods, as it believes in the effectiveness of the learning system based on research and knowledge collection. As a result, DEWA has created e-learning programmes for its staff.

In this regard, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD & CEO of DEWA stated: “DEWA gives due care to its employees  and developing their capabilities at workplaces in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. These directives stress the importance of paying great attention to manpower and providing them with everything necessary to raise their level of performance and job satisfaction. Also, DEWA strategy aims to encourage and develop its employees’ capabilities and provide them with all the necessary tools, courses and programmes so as to enhance all employees’ performance level and polish their skills in order to promote work environment”.

“DEWA’s initiative to implement e-learning system is regarded as part of its strategy to adopt the most state-of-the-art technologies either in services or in training its employees,” HE Al Tayer further added.

On his part Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Vice President – HR, said: “DEWA has launched monthly e-Courses including the monthly e-Training Programme, which aims to enlarge the scope of knowledge and educate all employees on e-Training System. Every month we present some e-courses in different administration-related fields to develop and enhance employees’ efficiency.”

“Applying and implementing the e-Learning system is considered an introduction that supports the process of training and development. This system is based on an essential component – Learning Management System (LMS), which is designed to help in managing, following up and evaluating training and on-going learning. Also, this programme enables users either administrators or trainees to benefit from the applications of the system depending on their own needs and requirements,” Dr Al Akraf added.

Dubai electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is one of the first Government Departments to implementthe e-Learning in work environment so as to enhance the efficiency and performance of its employees. This can be clearly seen through its march and accomplishments as it is always gaining world prestigious prizes in the field of excellence and quality. Consequently, it has established a very high position on the local, regional and international levels.

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Media & Marketing, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa)

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