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UAE property market posts robust growth in first quarter – wknd.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Shawwal 25, 1443
Published: Mon 23 May 2022, 8:24 PM
The real estate market activity in Abu Dhabi and Dubai remained strong in the first three months of 2022 on the back of a string of government initiatives, economic growth, and improved market sentiment, market analysts said.
Across Abu Dhabi’s residential and office market, around 3,800 residential units were delivered in Q1 2022, spread across different areas of Abu Dhabi including Al Raha Beach, Al Reem Island, Yas Island and Saadiyat Island and several other residential areas, according to property market experts at Asteco, a leading property management firm.
Numerous residential and mixed-use projects located within the Investment Zones are expected to start construction in 2022 and a large majority of Abu Dhabi developers are now considering developing new residential and mixed-use projects in different areas of Abu Dhabi as a result of the generally positive market sentiment, Asteco analysts said in a report.
Average villa rental rates grew by two per cent in Q1 2022, with some developments recording increases of close to 10 per cent. Average annual increases stood at five per cent.
In Dubai, the new apartment supply picked up significantly in the first quarter of 2022 with the handover of 6,250 units, compared to less than 4,000 in the previous quarter. However, the villa market lagged behind considerably with only 250 units completed and handed over.
The report also indicated that the new supply for 2022 in Dubai is likely to fall short of earlier estimates. Delivery is now expected to reach a total of 29,000 apartments and 3,250 villas by year-end, with several projects likely to be delayed and to spill over into 2023.
“New supply — current, and future — is scattered throughout Dubai with deliveries in established communities, such as Dubai Marina and Business Bay, as well as in upcoming developments including Port De La Mer, MBR City, Dubai Hills Estate, Damac Hills 1 and 2. New project launches (off-plan, under construction, and completed developments) continued to be well received by investors and end-users,” said the report.
In Dubai, villas continued to be the predominant focus of demand, and the limited number of new handovers translated into higher rental and occupancy rates. Annual rental growth in the villa market was rather significant at 25 per cent, while average apartment rental rates rose by 14 per cent.
Office rental rates also grew by 4.0 per cent on average over the last three months, although net effective rents may have been influenced by additional incentives. Annual changes stood at 6.0 per cent, Asteco said.
“The positive benefits of Expo 2020 will no doubt be felt across a wide range of sectors for many years. The tangible benefits resulting from infrastructure upgrades and the repurposing (legacy) of the site for start-up companies is apparent. However, perhaps the most important legacy will be in the new business partnerships created, increased tourism, and the refocusing of Dubai towards the Digital Economy, not to mention, the continuing strides Dubai is making to facilitate this transition,” said the report.
District 2020 will retain more than 2.8 million sqft of Gross Floor Area of Leed Gold and Platinum structures from Expo 2020 Dubai. These will be transitioned in phases into residential, commercial, and cultural neighbourhoods, with a population of 145,000 at full capacity. In addition, 108 serviced land plots of residential, hospitality, commercial, and mixed-use will become available for sale at a later date. The total GFA planned for build out is 28 million.
Apartment rental rates across the Northern Emirates improved marginally with average increases of 2.0 per cent over Q1 2022 and 1.0 per cent annually.
Sharjah office rental rates, for the first time in nearly five years, recorded positive quarterly and annual growth of 3.0 per cent on average. Nonetheless, landlords will continue to offer incentives in the form of rent discounts and flexible payment terms.
Sales transaction activity in Sharjah, as well as Ajman, remained strong, particularly pertaining to the villa market. Sharjah apartment sales prices remained more or less unchanged over the last quarter and annual increases averaged 8.0 per cent.
The real estate market in Al Ain remained relatively stable over the last six months with modest improvements in demand and activity across all sectors, Asteco said.
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New Zealand participation at World Expo crucial to build 'soft power' globally – Stuff

Shuttering international tourism, with a decrease of almost 20 per cent* in contributions to exports, the pandemic severely impacted New Zealand’s economy. Expo 2020 represented a lifeline to join more than 30,000 businesses in promoting their brands on a global platform.   
While New Zealand’s national borders remained closed to all travellers, the Kiwi pavilion at Expo 2020 hosted more than 1.24 million visitors from March 2021-October 2022. Those who experienced Aotearoa’s immersive storytelling concept at Expo, themed kaitiakitanga or ‘Care for People and Place’, also got to sample exceptional Kiwi cuisine and wine at Tiaki restaurant and enjoy performances from or interact with New Zealand’s leading youth representatives.
Since its inception in 1851, World Expo has continued to be one of the most enduring global mega-events, unrivalled in its scale, duration and visitor numbers. Themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Dubai’s Expo hosted 192 participating countries and welcomed 24 million visitors over six months, making it the world’s largest gathering since the pandemic started. 
Essentially, Expo 2020 functioned as New Zealand’s ‘shop window’ to the world, says CEO of New Zealand Story, David Downs.
"Expo gave us the opportunity to retain mindshare and brand presence in the world when we couldn’t welcome people here," says Downs. "It’s critical for a small country that we project ourselves globally, showcase our products and services and continue to retain and build New Zealand’s ‘soft power’ (the ability to have an influence).
"It will take time for the trade deals and business transactions to come to fruition, but one very relevant stat is the lift in ‘Net Promotor Score’ (NPS) of people going through the Kiwi pavilion," Downs says. "Before entering, the NPS of people who were asked ‘would you recommend New Zealand’ was -20 (most didn’t know) to +67; that means at least 67 per cent of people marked 9 or 10 out of 10 when they left. This is an amazing increase, influenced by their time in the pavilion."
New Zealand’s innovative architectural design in Expo’s Sustainability District, that told the story of the world-first legal status accorded to the Whanganui River in 2017, resonated with international consumers seeking an authentic story, Downs says. "The experience continued through the events held in the meeting spaces and Tiaki restaurant, which collectively showed New Zealand to be a sophisticated and modern country, with a core set of strong values." 
As a hub for Europe, The Middle East and North Africa, Dame Julie Christie says the scale of Expo 2020’s 438-hectare development on the outskirts of Dubai was "mind-boggling".  
A Steering Group member for New Zealand’s participation at Expo, Christie says the event helped push international perceptions beyond Aotearoa being just a beautiful country to visit. "We moved beyond mountains and lush forests to demonstrate that New Zealand is a great country to partner with, to do business with, because we care. That message got through.
"This Expo was very much about business, rather than past Expos where Aotearoa has concentrated on tourism," Christie says. "That’s why our theme of ‘Care for People and Place’ worked so well, we took inspiration from New Zealand’s indigenous environmental ethos of kaitiakitanga – the connection and responsibility between people and the natural world.  We invested in [new tech] to show that you can innovate while still caring for people and place."
With the pavilion, and the hit that was full-service, 100-seater restaurant Tiaki, Christie says New Zealand punched well above its weight at Expo. "We certainly didn’t have the biggest budget, but we captured people’s hearts with our authentic story, the knowledge of our guides, our hospitality and the amazing food at our restaurant. The Kiwi burger became legendary."   
For the entrepreneurs, performers, chefs and speakers who travelled from New Zealand, Expo was a once-in-a-lifetime event, says Commissioner General for New Zealand at Expo, Clayton Kimpton. "It boosted our reputation as producers of premium quality food and beverage, strengthened people-to-people links and has been a catalyst for future opportunities." 
Outside of the sports arena, Expo represents one of few opportunities for the international community to get together and celebrate our achievements and who we are, he says: 
"New Zealand has a lot to offer, whether it’s our innovation, open-mindedness, diversity, or our ‘Care for People and Place’.  The world can learn a lot from us, and we learn from others too."
As an exporter of produce to more than 120 countries, New Zealand must be present in a competitive global market to stay top of mind, says Kimpton, who upon reflection, considers the biggest achievement over six months of Expo to be how the Kiwi pavilion experience made its 1.24 million visitors feel. "All were welcomed with ‘kia ora’, made to feel part of our story and experienced our incredible cuisine and hospitality. That’s what people will remember."  
Built from scratch in the middle of the desert, Expo 2020 Dubai is transitioning into a sustainable smart city (District 2020) after closing doors on 31 March. 
Find out more about New Zealand’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai here New Zealand at Expo 2020 Dubai – Care for People and Place or view the NZ Pavilion virtually here nzpavilionvirtualtour.co.nz
*Source: Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), www.tia.org.nz/about-the-industry/quick-facts-and-figures/ 
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India-UAE Start-up Corridor to enhance start-up ecosystem between two nations – Daijiworld.com

Dubai, May 25 (IANS): FICCI LEAD, a technology and business incubator of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) recently inked a landmark MoU to launch the ‘India-UAE Start-Up Corridor’. The objective of the initiative is to enhance and expand the start-up ecosystem between India and the UAE.
It will also further the vision of the leadership of both countries under the recently signed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Around 10 technology-led innovative start-ups from various sectors, including financial services, education and logistics, have been shortlisted for the inauguration of the India-UAE Start-Up Corridor in Dubai.
This initiative would create an ecosystem to embolden the engagement between start-ups, investors, incubators, corporations, and entrepreneurs to scale their business and strengthen their position in the global market.
It will target a minimum of 50 validated start-ups based in India and the UAE over a period of five years with the vision to grow 10 of them into unicorns (start-ups valued at more than $1 billion) by 2025.
The MoU between FICCI LEAD and DIFC is a follow on to the MoU that was signed between FICCI LEAD, Indian Angel Network (IAN), Turbostart, India and MCA Management Consultants, UAE, on January 26 this year at Expo 2020 Dubai, wherein a venture capital fund of $150 million was announced.
Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority said: “Since DIFC’s establishment in 2004, we have demonstrated our commitment to building and maintaining sustained, long-lasting partnerships with the Indian market. Indian banks, insurers, law firms and wealth managers have already chosen DIFC as their preferred global financial centre in the region and we are delighted to be working with FICCI LEAD to build a corridor that will attract more Indian start-ups to set up here.”
Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman of FICCI Start-Up Corridor & FICCI Lead said: “This landmark MOU is the beginning of an important partnership on enhancing opportunities in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems between India and the UAE. FICCI remains committed to progressively scaling this India-UAE Start-Up Corridor in collaboration with our partner, DIFC, and help convert at least 10 start-ups into unicorns.”
Aman Puri, Consul General of India, Dubai said: “I am certain that this MoU between FICCI LEAD and DIFC will foster deeper collaboration between the start-up ecosystems of India and the UAE and bring in opportunities to further the momentum set by interactions during Expo 2020 Dubai. We are excited for the coming years that will witness the emergence of new soonicorns and unicorns in both countries and contribute to finding innovative solutions to global challenges.”
S. Venkatesh, Managing Partner, MCA, said: “This MOU is a significant step in enabling the Indian start-ups to have a launch pad in the UAE and widen their market reach to GCC and beyond. He added that MCA is proud to be participating in this great initiative to further economic growth.”
Manoj Nayak, Founder of 6th Sense, said: “The India-UAE Start-Up Corridor has been initiated at the right time to bring more prosperity to both the countries and to the global economy. Nayak added that 6th Sense is proud to be part of this programme.”
India had launched Start-Up India, envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in January 2016 to give impetus to the indigenous ecosystem and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. India now boasts of the world’s third-largest ecosystem for start-ups. Additionally, over the past five years, India has leapfrogged in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking to 63rd position among 190 nations, from 142nd position in 2014. In 2020, India also joined the group of Top 50 countries in the Global Innovation Index (GII) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
The UAE aims to create 20 unicorns by 2031 and already the leader in the MENA region in terms of tech transformation, digital acceleration and embracing innovative ideas.
Since 2007, FICCI has been an active player in the ecosystem and has supported 1,000+ start-ups/innovators with more than Rs 125 crore.
The start-up enterprises supported by FICCI have been able to generate 140,000+ jobs and leverage more than five times capital from external market sources. More than 100 companies have been provided access to the global markets across the US, South Asia and Africa.
 
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UAE: Abu Dhabi Awards recipient inspires youth to pursue STEM careers – Khaleej Times

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Shawwal 24, 1443
Published: Thu 5 May 2022, 3:47 PM
Last updated: Thu 5 May 2022, 11:38 PM
Fatima Al Kaabi, a recipient of the Abu Dhabi Awards, says being recognised for her works in innovation has motivated her to work harder to continue pushing and inspire young people in UAE and the region, especially girls.
Through volunteer tutoring and workshops, Al Kaabi aims to encourage them to pursue science, engineering and technology programmes. The 20-year-old Emirati was honoured as the youngest inventor in 2015 by the UAE Pioneers Award, and later in 2017, received the Abu Dhabi Awards.
Established in 2005, the Abu Dhabi Awards honours individuals who have selflessly contributed to supporting and benefiting the UAE community.
The Abu Dhabi Awards is considered the Capital’s highest civilian honour and the nomination period for the 2022 campaign is running for a period of eight weeks between April 21 to June 16, 2022. Members of the community are asked to nominate unsung heroes who have selflessly touched the lives of other people in the UAE.
Al Kaabi, who is currently pursuing a computer engineering course at Virginia Tech in the US told Khaleej Times she seeks to bring her knowledge back home and work on improving technology in the UAE.
She has had a passion for creativity and innovation since she was seven years old. Her love of science was immediately recognised by her parents, who nurtured her fondness for experimenting and chasing her dreams.
Recalling the moment when she was honoured for her innovations at a young age, Al Kaabi said: “I was humbled by the recognition from the Abu Dhabi Awards, especially from an inspiring leader, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Getting the award was a life-changing experience.
“I am happy that the work I was doing was contributing positively to my community that has supported me over the years and receiving that recognition just pushed me to work harder to continue pushing young people in Abu Dhabi and the UAE to follow their passions in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”
The Emirati says she has always been inspired when it comes to STEM. “I incredibly enjoy helping people and problem solving. STEM gave me the chance to explore two areas that I really enjoy, which are engineering and science,” said Al Kaabi.
“At a young age, I have always been curious about inventions around me and different technologies. After a while, I got very curious and started learning how to create my own inventions and Innovations using simple components around me.”
After being honoured by the Abu Dhabi Awards in 2017, the Emirati has worked on multiple projects involving educating young people on STEM, and especially encouraging young women in the Middle East and the world, to pursue the field and navigate the challenges that come with that.
“I’ve had the honour to work with big organisations globally on empowering women such as the UN Girls Education Initiative, the Malala Fund and big companies like Lego to inspire young girls to be creative and innovative,” said Al Kaabi.
The Emirati has been making positive contributions to the community of Abu Dhabi by creating social platforms around innovation and creativity. Through volunteer tutoring and workshops, she has shared her passion for and knowledge of the sciences to encourage her generation to strive for excellence.
In 2016, Al Kaabi obtained an internationally accredited certification for peer-to-peer training and counselling. She has also participated in more than 22 student activities and events covering all educational levels.
The last invention she worked on was the Teleporter in 2017, which was a robot that attends school for sick children. “It navigates through campus and helps children who have to leave school for health issues be able to attend classes through this robot and interact with their friends,” she explained.
“After Covid-19, this invention became important in giving children the cancer to attend school during these difficult times.”
The Emirati took a small break from inventing since she graduated from high school in 2019 and focused more on education and empowerment efforts while being in college.
Al Kaabi says she opted for a computer engineering major at the college because it combines both her technical interests while also building a foundation in software programming that are both needed when creating new technologies and building new inventions.
“Many of the skills that I gained over the years while working on my inventions have made my time in college easier and inspired many of the projects that I’ve created for my classes. My inventions have helped me with my education in college and I definitely see my time in college inspiring me to contribute more to the world of engineering and STEM in general.”
Al Kaabi’s advice for young inventors is to continue improving. “When I started in STEM, I was seeking perfection with all my inventions and no matter what I did, it never felt complete. That is the charm of working with technology and working in STEM in general. There is always room to improve, learn and to grow,” she said.
“Continue to educate yourself and find an area you are interested in and start brainstorming ideas to support the field that you like. Setting a focus for yourself and finding a purpose to work towards will help you.”
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UAE: Vertical farm launched in Dubai restaurant – FreshPlaza.com

Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek collaborates with GreeenTech to launch a vertical farm inside the hotel’s seafood restaurant Fish Market, Dubai.  
The new farm will be set up at the hotel’s much-loved seafood restaurant Fish Market. The team at the outlet already prides itself on ensuring all products are fresh and ethically sourced, and now they will be able to add their own homegrown vegetables to the menu. The farm will officially open at the end of May, where lettuce and radish will be cultivated in the restaurant.   
GreeenTech displayed their innovation at the Czech Republic pavilion this year during Dubai’s Expo 2020. It was there that the Hydroponic farm caught the eye of Jan Hanak, a Czech national and General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. With Radisson Hotel group’s commitment to net zero in mind, Jan was keen to implement the technology at the landmark property. Despite being the first five-star hotel to open in Dubai in 1975, Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek is already leading the way in its commitment to sustainability with modern technology and solutions. The hotel won the MENA Green Building Award last year after implementing solar panel boilers. 
Jan Hanak, General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, said: “Our hotel was fortunate to be one of the few official catering partners at Expo 2020, and this is something that we are very proud of. We were exposed almost daily to the innovative and technological solutions of the future on display at the pavilions, and we knew we wanted to be a part of continuing the legacy of Expo as soon as we met the team at GreeenTech. Our hotel has a history full of firsts, from being the first five-star hotel in the city to launching Dubai’s first brunch. We are glad that we can now continue that by launching Dubai’s first Hydroponic farm, and I know the team at GreeenTech are very excited as well.” 
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Cultural Visa opens horizons for creativity and excellence for talents across Dubai's cultural and creative industries – ZAWYA

The Authority contributed by approving certificates of accreditation for the cultural visa for creative and talented people in various fields of the cultural and creative industries
Supporting and empowering creative and talented citizens and residents and attracting global talents to come live and work in Dubai is a prominent pillar of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s strategic roadmap. The Authority pursues this pillar as part of its journey towards creating a stimulating infrastructure for cultural and creative industries, enabling a sustainable and prosperous ecosystem that supports Dubai’s economic growth and enhances its position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent as well as the global capital of the creative economy.
The Authority contributed by approving certificates of accreditation for the cultural visa for creative and talented people in various fields of the cultural and creative industries. Dubai Culture empowered them and opened horizons of creativity for them to contribute to the development of their capabilities and projects in an environment rich with integrated and high-level systems based on international best practices. This, in turn, enhances the contribution of the cultural and creative industries to the creative economy and Dubai’s GDP, thus achieving the objectives of the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy.
Today, we are highlighting the experience of a number of talents who had obtained a cultural visa and the impact it had on their professional and personal lives. We are also shedding light on the future prospects that became available to them upon being granted the cultural visa.
Esraa Ramadan said: “Receiving the cultural visa was a positive boom that encouraged me to double my efforts in creating a major impact through my art. It also helped me develop my skills and granted me access to different cultures and schools of thought. On a personal level, it granted me greater confidence by allowing me to rely on myself as a practising artist and graphic designer. Recently, I had the honour of participating in the Dialogue art exhibition at Al Owais Cultural Foundation with a series of my recent surreal oil paintings that highlight stories of Egyptian queens. I will continue this series soon along through upcoming new works.”
Ali Najm says: “The cultural visa changed many aspects of my life. When I was in my country, I was 27 years old, carrying the responsibilities of a 60-year-old. After moving to Dubai, I feel like I am 16 years old and can start over again to achieve my dreams. This opportunity allowed me to mingle with many diverse cultures, which gave me new experiences in my field of music. The cultural visa is an opportunity for all my talented friends because of its great advantages and its wonderful contribution to their careers. My next steps are to work on achieving my goals, forming my own band and organising cultural concerts across the UAE as a means of giving back to this country that embraced me.”
Karim Tamerji explained that the cultural visa enhanced his sense of appreciation as a creative and gave him a sense of responsibility to give back by supporting and promoting Dubai’s creative industry. It also allowed him to plan for the long term, adding: “Due to the various opportunities presented to me, I was able to challenge and explore my craft in a different medium and scope, opening up other creative possibilities, which is why I recommended fellow artists to apply and obtain the cultural visa.”
“Since obtaining the visa, I have participated in many events, such as ‘Sikka Art and Design Festival’ and ‘Mother of the Nation Festival’ in Abu Dhabi. In addition to my work in mural and installation projects, I will participate in various upcoming events and focusing on exploring the metaverse.
Dolcy Semaan, in turn, spoke about the impact obtaining a cultural visa had on her career, saying: “The privilege of obtaining a cultural visa was one of the most memorable moments in my life. It is a source of inspiration that leads to better productivity and enhances my sense of community. The visa granted me freedom and access to various musical events that took place throughout the year without being restricted by a sponsor. In fact, Dubai has been a land of opportunity for many, and I personally have always imagined myself as one who would one day exercise my passion and leave a mark in this country. The cultural visa has become a passport to gaining access to more knowledge towards enhancing my skills. I am currently working on producing some commercials with many media agencies locally and internationally, and I am preparing to participate in a radio programme that addresses the professional and personal lives of singers and actors.”
Aleksei Afanasiev expressed his gratitude to Dubai Culture for this initiative, noting that the moment he received the approval letter, he felt as if he had won an Oscar, which, in his view, is the greatest appreciation for his contribution to Dubai’s art scene, adding: “Since getting the cultural visa, the greatest advantage was being able to continue my work independently. The cultural visa provided me with the opportunity to further grow and develop my career and share my knowledge and experiences with new upcoming regional cultural organisations. Last year was a pivotal moment for me, as I was able to consult cultural organisations, national pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai, and new art spaces and galleries. Currently, I am working with an established international gallery to expand its market in the UAE. This is certainly a great opportunity for me to apply my knowledge and expertise, and I certainly look forward to further growth of the local art scene with more of such strong opportunities coming up.”
Through the experiences of the talents and the impact of obtaining a cultural visa on their professional careers, the level of support and effort that Dubai Culture is making to various creative and talented people to enhance their local and global presence is evident. This is also reflected in the visa’s impact on Dubai’s global position as a leading city in the creative industries, affirming the Authority’s role as a key player in the UAE’s soft power strategy as well as its commitment to providing local creative product and promoting it globally. This reinforces the emirate’s distinctive cultural identity as a modern, resilient city capable of facing all challenges.
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Tier Mobility expands across 10 districts in Dubai – Gulf Business

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Al Khawaneej, Business Bay, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina Promenade, Greens, Jumeirah Beach Cycle Track, and Palm Jumeirah are among the new districts
Tier, the shared micro-mobility provider, has increased its fleet in Dubai in response to the Road and Transport Authority’s (RTA) recent statement, introducing its e-scooters in an additional 10 Dubai districts.
Al Khawaneej, Business Bay, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina Promenade, Greens, Jumeirah Beach Cycle Track, and Palm Jumeirah are among the districts.
The e-scooters solely consist of the latest, most advanced model, the Tier 5, with safety features such as three independent brakes, gripping grips, broad big tires, in-app navigation, and a bright light. Tier has also equipped its current model with signal indicators that provide 360° visibility, making it the first e-scooter in the Middle East with this capability.
Tier has progressed significantly from its initial launch in Dubai, entering the market as the first provider to use swappable battery technology, thus setting and leading industry standards for sustainability. The company has also set major collaborative milestones in its journey in Dubai. In 2021, Tier had announced its partnership with the e-commerce platform, Noon.com, where all Noon VIP customers were given free minutes to use Tier, encouraging customers to switch to a sustainable method of transportation.
The micro-mobility provider then furthered their collaborations, by partnering with Talabat, the region’s online food and e-commerce delivery platform, becoming the first company to launch e-scooter delivery at Expo 2020. The e-scooters were provided for staff members to get around the Expo 2020 site to deliver food and beverage orders with an environmentally-friendly and efficient method of transportation.
Tier’s first launch in Dubai witnessed e-scooters used predominantly in areas such as Downtown and JLT and has since welcomed the rapid expansion across the remaining areas within the region.
Read: Tier begins e-scooter service in Dubai after getting RTA nod
In line with the vision to further provide a larger audience in Dubai with an environmentally-friendly transport method, Amir Melad, general manager, Middle East of Tier, commented, “We look forward to further expanding our fleet in Dubai, the expansion was made possible thanks to our partnership with RTA, allowing us to further provide residents in Dubai with our sustainable transport method. This move has further established our position in the Middle East market as we continue our rapid growth. We also found that more than 20 per cent of Tier’s trips served as a first and last-mile connection to Dubai metro stations and we will continue to work on providing our services at a wider scale with the addition of new areas to meet this demand.”
Read: Tier Mobility launches e-bikes in the Middle East
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UAE jobs: Emirates begins 6-week recruitment drive – Khaleej Times

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Shawwal 24, 1443
Published: Tue 17 May 2022, 11:03 AM
Last updated: Tue 17 May 2022, 11:08 AM
Emirates is now hiring people from 30 cities across the globe until June 2022.
In this latest drive, Emirates’ teams will travel from Australia to the UK. They will also visit dozens of European cities, as well as Cairo, Algiers, Tunis and Bahrain.
Abdulaziz Al Ali, Emirates Group’s Executive Vice President for Human Resources said: “There’s no more exciting airline than Emirates for anyone interested in a flying career, and we’ve received tremendous interest since we began our recruitment drive for cabin crew in November.
“While parts of the application process are done online, we always make the effort to meet our candidates in person whenever we can, and that is why our Talent Acquisition team is doing a whirlwind 30-city tour over the next 6 weeks to assess prospective candidates.”
All Emirates crew are based in Dubai, with company-provided accommodation, tax-free salary and more benefits.
Those who are interested can read more about the Emirates cabin crew role, and apply online at: https://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/cabin-crew/
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Bulgari and Dubai Culture announce winner of first Bulgari Contemporary Art Award – ZAWYA

The Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority attended the award ceremony held at the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
Rome, Italy: In the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Member of the Dubai Council, Bulgari, the leading Italian brand in the world of jewellery and luxury, and in partnership with Dubai Culture, announced the winner of the first edition of the Bulgari Contemporary Art Award during a ceremony held at the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The winner was chosen from a shortlist of three art pieces selected by the award’s jury.
The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Consul-General, Italian Consulate (Dubai); Paolo Glisenti, Italy’s Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai; Jean Christophe Babin, Group CEO of Bulgari; Lucia Boscaini, Brand Curator at Bulgari; Her Excellency Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture; and Dr Saeed Mubarak bin Kharbash, CEO of the Arts and Literature Sector at Dubai Culture.
A panel of three experts — Giuseppe Moscatello, Nujoom Alghanem and Patricia Millns FRSA — visited the exhibition held from 3 to 8 February at the Van de Goudenberg Art Gallery in the Dubai International Financial Centre to celebrate the participating works. Among the 15 artworks, the committee shortlisted three artists: Juma AlHaj (UAE), Dubai-based Kamal Alzubi (Jordan), and Dubai-based artist Nima Nabavi (Iranian-American), who the jury selected for the winning artwork.
Nima Nabavi received a trophy that celebrates the aesthetic and cultural dialogue between Rome and Dubai by combining a silhouette inspired by Bulgari’s iconic doorways and storefronts with architectural ornaments inspired from Dubai’s Al Fahidi and Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhoods. The trophy was designed by Emirati designer Kamla AlOlama and produced by Asateer, an Emirati studio founded by Mohammed AlSuwaidi specialising in contemporary products that reflect the rich Emirati heritage.
The trophy uses materials with great cultural significance, a frame fabricated from the rich woods of the UAE’s national tree, Al Ghaf, an emblem of heritage and perseverance. The design also incorporates native mother-of-pearl inlaid motifs and brass.
Nima Nabavi expressed his happiness at winning the award and thanked Bulgari and Dubai Culture for giving him the opportunity to share his artistic vision. He also extended his gratitude to the experts and jury for selecting his work for the award.
The winning artwork was exhibited at the Italy Pavilion in Expo 2020. The artist was also offered the opportunity to experience Rome through the eyes of Bulgari as part of a week-long journey through the brand’s universe. He will experience the beauty of Bulgari’s colourful gems and visit the DomvsAvrea museum space in the Maison’s flagship store in Rome as well as attend workshops with Bulgari designers and exclusive tours of historical sites and cultural locations particularly linked with Bulgari’s patronage, initiatives and inspiration. In addition, the winning piece will be exhibited at venues associated with Dubai Culture and Bulgari, according to a pre-defined schedule.
Launched in July 2021, the Bulgari Contemporary Art Award opened the door for UAE national and resident artists to submit artworks under the theme ‘Beauty Connects People’ that had them creatively express how beauty connects people and how cities like Dubai and Rome are linked by their inspirational beauty and innovation.
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TIER mobility has further expanded its fleet in Dubai, UAE – ZAWYA

RTA has announced the operation of E-Scooters in 10 Dubai Districts from Q1 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: TIER, the world's largest shared micro-mobility provider, has expanded its fleet in Dubai in direct response to the recent announcement made by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA), with the introduction of its e-scooters in an additional 10 Dubai districts. The trial phase of TIER e-scooters proved successful as a suitable means for individuals commuting over short distances and first and last-mile trips with a customer satisfaction rating of 82% achieved during the pilot phase.
In the past year, TIER has seen an increasing demand for the use of e-scooters in Dubai, and shares the same vision and mission; to provide the UAE with access to reliable, safe, environmentally-friendly, and affordable transport. TIER will continue to support Dubai’s vision of becoming a futuristic, smart, and sustainable city and since launching under RTA’s pilot phase in October 2020, its scooters have traveled a total distance of more than 1.3 million kilometers and has helped save more than 18,500 kg of CO2. The recent update by RTA has allowed TIER to provide its e-scooters across 10 districts in Dubai, in high-demand areas including; Al Khawaneej, Business Bay, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina Promenade, Greens, Jumeirah Beach Cycle Track and Palm Jumeirah.
TIER has seen significant development since its initial launch in Dubai, entering the market as the first provider to use swappable battery technology, thus setting and leading industry standards for sustainability. The company has also set major collaborative milestones in its journey in Dubai. In the summer of 2021, TIER had announced its partnership with the e-commerce platform, Noon.com, where all Noon VIP customers were given free minutes to use TIER, encouraging customers to switch to a sustainable method of transportation. The micro-mobility provider then furthered their collaborations, by partnering with Talabat, the region’s leading online food and e-commerce delivery platform, becoming the first company to launch e-scooter delivery at Expo 2020. The e-scooters were provided for staff members to get around the EXPO 2020 site to deliver food and beverage orders with an environmentally-friendly and efficient method of transportation. TIER continues to expand its offerings in the UAE, establishing themselves as the leading micro-mobility provider in the region.
TIER’s first launch in Dubai witnessed e-scooters used predominantly in areas such as Downtown and JLT and has since welcomed the rapid expansion across the remaining areas within the region. In line with the vision to further provide a larger audience in Dubai with an environmentally-friendly transport method, Amir Melad, General Manager, Middle East of TIER, comments, “We look forward to further expanding our fleet in Dubai, the expansion was made possible thanks to our partnership with RTA, allowing us to further provide residents in Dubai with our sustainable transport method. This move has further established our position in the Middle East market as we continue our rapid growth. We also found that more than 20% of TIER's trips served as a first and last-mile connection to Dubai metro stations and we will continue to work on providing our services at a wider scale with the addition of new areas to meet this demand.”
The partnership between TIER and the RTA has been key to establishing its position in the market and has helped solidify TIER's commitment to ensuring a liveable and safe future for current, and future generations. The e-scooters solely consist of the latest, most advanced model, the TIER 5, which has state-of-the-art safety features including three independent brakes, grippy handlebars, wide large tires, in-app navigation, and a bright light. In addition, TIER has equipped its latest generation with signal indicators that offer 360° visibility, the only e-scooter that has this feature in the Middle East region. 
All residents and tourists can use TIER e-scooters simply by downloading the global app, which will allow them to use the service when traveling to any of the 20 countries where TIER is located. Upon downloading the app, users can search for a TIER e-scooter on the virtual map and unlock it by scanning the QR code. Riders can use TIER’s hassle-free virtual parking system to finish the journey by simply finding a designated safe parking location and pressing the ‘End Ride’ button.
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About TIER Mobility
TIER Mobility is the world's leading shared micro-mobility provider, with a mission to Change Mobility for Good. By providing people with a range of shared, light electric vehicles, from e-scooters to e-bikes and e-mopeds, powered by a proprietary Energy Network, TIER helps cities reduce their dependence on cars. Founded in 2018 by Lawrence Leuschner, Matthias Laug, and Julian Blessin, TIER is headquartered in Berlin and currently operates in 210+ cities across 20 countries in Europe and the Middle East. With a focus on providing the safest, most equitable, and most sustainable mobility solution, TIER has been climate-neutral since 2020.
TIER’s investors include SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Mubadala Capital, Northzone, Goodwater Capital, and White Star Capital. For more information, visit www.tier.app.
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