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S&P Global Ratings: State of Kuwait Ratings Affirmed At 'AA/A-1+'; Outlook Stable

Overview We anticipate Kuwait's large government and external net asset positions will continue to afford the authorities space to gradually consolidate government finances without weighing on growth. We are therefore affirming our 'AA/A-1+' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Kuwait. The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Kuwait's public and external balance sheets--backed by sizeable financial assets--will remain strong over the forecast horizon, offsetting risks related to lower oil prices, Kuwait's undiversified oil economy, its relatively nascent parliamentary system, and regional geopolitical tensions. Rating Action On Aug. 4, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'AA/A-1+' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign ......read more

Kuwait wins three regional project quality awards

Kuwait City, Kuwait, 07 May 2017:  Kuwait won three GCC awards at the recently concluded 2017 MEED Quality Awards for Projects, the region’s premier recognition programme for completed projects in the Gulf region. Shamal Az Zour Al Oula’s Az-Zour North One Power and Water Plant Project won the GCC Power Project of the Year as well as the GCC Mega Project of the Year awards, while AGi architects’ Three Gardens Project received the GCC Residential Project of the Year award. The triple-award was an improvement from last year’s performance for Kuwait in the regional awards programme when it won one trophy, and is testament to the country’s robust projects industry. According to the MEED Insight GCC Construction Outlook 2017 report, Kuwait had one of the strongest construction markets in the ......read more

Hamdan bin Mohammed Introduces Dubai Font to the World and directs Dubai Government Entities to Adopt it in their correspondence

Created in collaboration with Microsoft, the Font harmoniously and fully integrates Arabic and Latin texts Hamdan bin Mohammed: Dubai Font combines the authenticity of the past and the aspirations of the future The Dubai Font is the first Microsoft font created by a city and named after it The font can be accessed globally by more than 100 million users across the world through Microsoft Office 365 Dubai Font, designed for 23 languages, enables everyone to express and communicate Latin typeface is a bouquet of fonts which includes multiple languages   Government of Dubai Media Office – May 1, 2017:  Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the Dubai Font– Microsoft’s first font to be ......read more

Taima Abdullah Al Omari Crowned Winner of Arab Reading Challenge in Kuwait

Minister of Education honours ARC participants and winners Kuwait: 18 April, 2017 Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) participants were honoured at a ceremony held under the patronage of the Minister of Education His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulatif Al-Fares and ARC Secretary General Najla Al Shamsi at the Kuwait National Library. His Excellency honoured Taima Abdullah Al Omari, the Kuwait ARC champion who is in the 11th grade at Al Ratqa High School, and Dr. Mubarak Raja Al Otaibi, the winner of the distinguished supervisor award for the state. His Excellency stated, “We are proud of our schools and students, who made excellent progress at the second round of the Arab Reading Challenge. We congratulate Taima Al Omari and Dr. Mubarak Al Otaibi, and wish them success as they enter the fourth and final stage of the challenge on ......read more

Journey to End Hunger by Fatafeat and beIN encouraging the masses to take Action against Hunger – Inspiring Campaign Continues to Exceed Expectations

Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2016:  #Against_hunger, the enduring campaign by Fatafeat and beIN, is receiving overwhelming appreciation and participation from the masses to help thousands of unprivileged people in the Arab world. The inspiring ongoing campaign #against_hunger aims to create awareness in the Arab world regarding the alarming situation of people suffering from hunger and poverty. Fatafeat and beIN donated meals among needy families in Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syrian refugees and set to reach other penurious areas.  During this journey, Fatafeat had the opportunity to meet with unprivileged and poor families in Egypt and Lebanon, to share their messages and stories of grief with the world. These stories will be shared through Fatafeat platforms and will help the world connect with the deprived people in the Arab ......read more

Tribecog unveil intelligent food waste platform

Tribecog announced today the launch of their compact food collection units in answer to the growing problem of food waste in hotels and restaurants. It is an area of concern that is very topical as food waste is just an important issue as food security and according to a study by the United Nations 32.7% of food produced globally is wasted each year. Even in the best-run kitchens there will be some food waste and although the priority is to reduce how much food is wasted in the property considering how best to dispose of unavoidable waste has always been a problem. The Tribecog platform allows for an installation of an intelligent food collection unit that reduces the volume of the food waste by up to a factor of ten and at the same time de-odourises, de-vermins and de-noises the waste process. The container is then emptied ......read more

Morocco to Host One of the Largest Gatherings of Arab Women Parliamentarians for a Gender-balanced Policy Agenda

The Arab Women Parliamentarians for Equality “Ra’edat” Forum 2016 Women parliamentarians from the Arab States region unite to make a difference for sustainable development. While the Arab States region is at a crucial point of transition in history, gender equality and inclusion must be on the top of the region’s priorities. Dubai, UAE, February 9, 2016:  Over 150 women parliamentarians and international organizations representatives from twenty countries gather in a regional forum in Rabat (Morocco) on 9 and 10 February, 2016 to discuss a unified agenda towards a more gender-responsive policy in the region and the inclusion of women in politics. The Forum is organized by the Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality “Ra’edat”, in Arabic (Pioneers), the European Union and UN ......read more

Mazola restores faith in humanity by supporting refugees in the Middle East

Mazola’s helping hand has reached more than 5,000 Syrian refugee families. The refugee and displacement problem is one of the most complex humanitarian issues facing the Middle East today. With more than four million Syrians fleeing their home country and seeking refuge in neighbouring Middle Eastern countries it is obvious that this is one of the largest refugee evacuations in recent history.  In response to the growing refugee humanitarian crisis, Mazola has stepped up their response to support the Syrian refugees. Joining efforts with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) which operates under Royal guidance and George and Sami Khoury & Co (GSK) their distributors in Jordan, Mazola has donated Mazola food products and blankets amongst the needy, throughout sites in Jordan. The food and blanket supply has ......read more

Largest waste management organisation in GCC partners with Kingdom of Bahrain

Averda consolidates leading regional positon with 5 year agreement  Dubai, 15 December 2015: Leading waste management provider, averda, has added the Kingdom of Bahrain to their growing list of partners in the GCC following an international tender which averda won on technical and financial merit. In a 5 year contract signed in Bahrain on the 8th of December with the Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning, averda will deliver a range of waste management and sustainable solutions using proven systems and technology tailored to the kingdom’s specific needs.   The partnership is timely as environmental issues in the GCC are becoming ever more important, with member states now seeking sustainable solutions using proven methods and technology to safeguard the environment for future generations. The ......read more

Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim opens 2015 edition of Critical Communications Middle East in Dubai

Region's most important communications event to showcase new advancements in TETRA technologies, simplifying the move to LTE  Exciting two-day show complements UAE's celebration of 2015 as the 'Year of Innovation' Dubai, October 6, 2015- H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and General Security, led the opening ceremony of the third edition of the annual Critical Communications Middle, the region’s most essential East Conference and Expo in critical communications, which will run from today (October 6, 2015) to October 7, 2015 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. The event is expected to be attended by more than a thousand communication experts, thought leaders and professionals and will serve as a strategic platform to showcase the latest communication ......read more

Most Powerful Arab Women 2015: Laying the foundations for future generations

• Forbes Middle East has unveiled 3 new lists celebrating the successes of Arab women – The 100 Most Powerful Arab Business Women; The World’s 10 Most Powerful Arab Women and The 10 Most Powerful Arab Women in Government • Lubna Al Olayan leads the 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen list • Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi ranks first in the government sector • The Kuwaiti women prove their effectiveness by occupying 12 places, and Saudi Arabia leads with 6 positions • Nemat Shafik leads the Arab women globally • Egypt has the most number of entries in total at 22, followed by the UAE and Lebanon at 17 • Top 40  women leaders are from the Investment and Financial Services and Diversified sectors • 15 women are working in the banking sector and 6 ......read more

UAE saddened by the loss of Sheikh Rashid, son of Dubai's ruler

UAE - Dubai, 19 September 2015: Today, UAE mourns the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the eldest son of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE. Sheikh Rashid died of a heart attack on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Sheikh Rashid, will leave a special place in people’s hearts. He was a known football fan and owner of Zabeel Racing International. He was a very prominent sports enthusiast who had joined several international and local competitions; has wowed many of his followers and made the country proud by winning 2 Gold medals in the 2006 Doha Asian Olympics and many other sporting contests. Everyone was saddened by this loss and has been offering prayers and condolences. The Dubai ruler’s court has declared a three-day ......read more

Zenith lent its support to the Eric Abidal Foundation over the weekend

Tennis showed its most charitable side during the classic tennis tour at the Barcelona Royal Polo Club Zenith was situated in a marquee on the central tennis court at the Barcelona Royal Polo Club, where they wholeheartedly lent their support to the Foundation established by former French footballer, Eric Abidal. The Swiss watch brand helped raise funds for the Eric Abidal Foundation and its projects that are aimed at improving the lives of children and teenagers fighting cancer on a daily basis. Zenith’s presence did not just last throughout the weekend during the matches and tournament, but it also extended its support and involvement in the gala dinner held at the Fairmont hotel. For the event, the brand donated two watches for the fundraising tombola that was drawn during the dinner on Sunday evening in the gardens of ......read more

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Dubai and Al Manshar Rotana Kuwait in collaboration with WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Middle East organized a charity campaign for the labourers.

Kuwait, July, 2015 – On the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan, as part of the hotel’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, a flagship property of Rotana, previously certified as the world’s tallest hotel by Guinness Book of World Records along with Al Manshar Rotana Kuwait, the only five star Rotana property in Kuwait, and WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading professional services firms with 31,000 employees based in more than 500 offices, across 39 countries organized the charity campaign for construction workers in Middle East. Nearly 500 packages containing food and basic hygiene items were prepared and distributed in several employee accommodations of local construction companies in Al Quoz Industrial area and in Kuwait. Commenting on the project, Karim Nahas, the General ......read more

Road accidents a major source of medical evacuations of business travellers in region

New road safety training from International SOS for business travellers aims to increase awareness Dubai – 5 July 2015 – Road accidents are a major hazard for UAE-based business travellers in the region, according to the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company International SOS,  and one of the top five causes of medical evacuations led by International SOS globally. UAE-based executives are travelling increasingly widely in the Middle East and Africa, International SOS research has found. Many of the countries they visit rank poorly for road safety, with some recording amongst the highest rates of road accidents in the world. In an effort to help organisations manage this risk for their travelling workforces, International SOS and its joint venture partner Control Risks are ......read more

Roche Middle East employees unite to raise funds for children in need

Proceeds from the activity donated to Bait-Al-Khair in UAE towards their Orphan Fund Project and to be used to support vulnerable children in Malawi as well as around the world, in alignment with the company’s global efforts. Roche Children’s Walk 2015 received combined support from the company’s employees in UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran (joining for the first time) and Pakistan; who organized various fund raising activities internally to raise donations A global initiative which saw its 12th anniversary this year, Roche employees from 131 company sites across the world, used 24 hours to change a child’s future Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 June, 2015: To support the cause of changing a child’s future, Roche Children’s Walk 2015 saw employees from the ......read more

CAREEM launches regional 'Be CAREEM' Ramadan CSR campaign supporting six initiatives

Digital campaign goes viral in aid to raise awareness on initiatives local communities can support to make a difference Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2015 – CAREEM, MENA’s leading app for booking private, chauffeur-driven cars has launched a regional Ramadan CSR campaign across the 18 cities it operates in, actively involving all its employees and avid consumers to support their local communities to make a difference. The campaign, ‘Be CAREEM’, was launched through a captivating video on social media today and will target the region stretching from Morocco to Pakistan, in an attempt to raise awareness of various initiatives its respective communities can support and participate in for the betterment of its people. “Our business is to connect people,” said Mudassir Sheikha, CAREEM’s co-founder and ......read more

HTC gives the Middle East region an opportunity to share, win and donate with #HTCramadan

Give back this Ramadan by sharing your unique view on the Holy Month Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2015: HTC announced its Ramadan campaign, #HTCramadan, which will give winners the opportunity to benefit Habitat for Humanity, an international charity organisation, and win an HTC One M9 just by participating. From the start of Ramadan on June 18 until Eid, HTC invites social media users throughout the Middle East to share images and posts in English, Farsi or Arabic to illustrate one of the themes each week; Family, Time to Pray, Ramadan in my City, and Eid Celebrations.  Participants can submit their entries for the theme of Family between June18 and 24; Time to Pray from June 25 to July 1; Ramadan in My City from July 2 to 8; and Eid Celebrations from July 9 to 15. Each week brings a new theme for participants to engage with, thus ......read more

UAE Ministry of Environment and Water calls for participation in the GCC Award for the Environment and Wildlife

June 23, 2015 - The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water has called upon all individuals, institutions and companies working in the environment and wildlife sector to participate in the Gulf Cooperation Council Award for the Environment and Wildlife. The award aims to encourage individual and collective initiatives undertaken to preserve the environment and wildlife, inspiring innovation and creativity to contribute towards sustainable development while raising awareness among GCC countries. The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf - Secretariat General has announced the launch of Gulf Cooperation Council Award for the Environment and Wildlife 2015. The award seeks to play an effective role in the preservation of the environment and conservation of natural resources and at the same time stimulate Gulf society to foster ......read more

FoCP launch “I deserve a life” Zakat Campaign to help cancer patients in the UAE

Ramadan campaign approved by Scholarly Fatwa Committee Sharjah, June 22, 2015: Celebrating the month of giving this Ramadan, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) has launched the third edition of its "I deserve a life” Zakat Campaign in order to provide treatment and care for cancer patients who cannot afford it themselves. FoCP, the region’s leading cancer specific charity, will use Zakat money paid by individuals and organizations to cover treatment costs of cancer patients in the UAE. The Permanent Fatwa Committee in Sharjah has approved the campaign which means that the Zakat fund can be spent on patients’ treatment, provided they are unable to afford it themselves. Therefore, FoCP has been given the go ahead to collect Zakat funds in order to support its campaigns to treat several types of cancer, including ......read more

Jawaher Al Qasimi calls for united effort to help the 51 million refugees worldwide

Big Heart Foundation mark World Refugee Day with $500,000 for vulnerable female refugees “With nearly 51 million refugees the situation is reaching humanitarian crisis levels,” Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Sharjah, 20 June 2015: Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, has called for immediate international action to help the rising numbers of refugees fleeing war and arriving in neighboring countries, homeless and hopeless. Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi said, “The real crisis in a war continues long after the fighting stops with families torn apart and people left stateless, homeless, and without hope. If the international community does not come together and take action on the world’s refugee ......read more

Davidoff Cool Water Presents 'Love the Ocean'

UK announces world's largest single marine reserve Following 2012 National Geographic Prisitne Seas Expedition Davidoff Cool Water is proud to share that following the 2012 National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition funded with their support, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of the world’s largest contiguous ocean reserve, setting aside 322,000 square miles (830,000 square kilometers) around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific for special protection. Home to at least 1,249 species of marine mammals, seabirds and fish, the new reserve protects some of the most near-pristine ocean habitat on Earth. National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition to the area in March 2012 revealed a vibrant ecosystem that includes the world’s deepest-known living plant, a species of ......read more

Bin Fahad heads UAE delegation to global conference entitled ‘International Decade for Action-Water for Life' in Tajikistan

June 10, 2015 - H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, headed the UAE delegation to a milestone global conference tackling the implementation of the International Decade for Action-‘Water for Life 2005-2015,’ held on June 9 to 10, 2015 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan. The participation of the UAE in the conference reflects the country’s strong commitment to take on a more active role in regional and international efforts towards developing sustainable solutions to environmental issues, especially in countries experiencing water shortage. The UAE remains steadfast its efforts to meet its vision for establishing sustainability in the country and beyond. Minister Bin Fahad mentioned that although the world has seen remarkable improvement in the past decade as a result of the green ......read more

6th Green Economy Annual Conference recommends forming of Operations & Communications Group

UAE, June 03, 2015 - Participants of the 6th Green Economy Annual Conference, organized recently by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), have recommended a formation of an Operations and Communications Group. The group will include the Central Bank of the UAE, Ministry of Environment and Water, and UNEP FI and will lead in the undertaking of a number of measures such as implementation of the Green Economy within the framework of the UAE’s Green Growth Strategy and encouraging investment, banking and economic sectors to transform to a sustainable Green Economy. The recommendation reflects the successful development and implementation of the strategies and policies in line with the UAE’s Green Growth Strategy, allowing the ......read more

Sheikh Mohammed's tweets released as book “Glimpses of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tweets”

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum do the honors Rashid Centre for Disabled celebrated Rashid Cultural Season, the centre’s best annual event this year in a grand way with aplomb and enthusiasm at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.  Cultural Season celebrated the release of ‘Glimpses of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tweets’ – the much awaited book containing the humanitarian tweets of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Glimpses of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tweets is published in several different languages and also contains photographs of paintings of His Highness’s tweets which were transformed into art by artists who participated in Rashid’s Dubai International Art ......read more

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Sharjah, October 8, 2017 - The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) organized a new Gulf promotional tour which included a number of cities in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, taking place from 1 to 4 October.  Meetings were held with tourism industry professionals and representatives of major travel and tourism companies in the cities of Kuwait, Khobar, Riyadh and Jeddah ......read more

Expedition to scale live volcanic mountain in Tanzania to raise ‘epilepsy awareness'…

Team from UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are taking part in this initiative to help the cause of 65 million people suffering from this challenge around the globe, it is the 4th most common neurological condition Dubai, UAE, May 9th, 2017: Epilepsy warrior and adventure enthusiast, Medina Ilyassova, will lead a group of 12 people to Tanzania on a ‘Wild Lion Expedition’. In ......read more

Gartner Says Governments in Middle East and North Africa to Spend US $11.97 Billion on IT in 2015…

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Gucci Parfums partners with CHIME FOR CHANGE to support children and women refugees affected by ...…

Nearly half a million dollars was donated to seven projects CHIME FOR CHANGE, the innovative global campaign founded by Gucci, promotes Education, Health and Justice for girls and women around the world. In 2014 - its first year of partnership with CHIME FOR CHANGE – Gucci Parfums exceeded its $1 million donation goal, transforming girls’ and women’s lives ......read more

National optimism rises across the Middle East, while support for free speech falls…

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Dubai Courts smart app wins ‘Smart Government Shield' award in Kuwait…

UAE, 23 March, 2015 - Dubai Courts has revealed that its Dubai Courts Smart Application, the world’s first of its kind judicial based smart services app, has been awarded the ‘Smart Government Shield Award’ at the UAE level category of the 6th Smart Government Competition held in Kuwait. The award was received by Abdulrahim Ahmad Almudhareb, Director – IT Department, Dubai ......read more

‘Gulf Forum to Enhance Food Security and Support Small and Medium Scale Farmers' highlights Gulf's ...…

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Best m-Government Service Award finalists announced…

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AMAF Participates in Minors' Care Conference in Kuwait…

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UAE Ministry of Economy Launches Website for 15th GCC Joint Exhibition…

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