Canon to host Frontiers of Innovation Forum in partnership with MEED

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Updated 12 August 2017
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Canon to host Frontiers of Innovation Forum in partnership with MEED

Canon Middle East will host the second edition of “Frontiers of Innovation Forum 2017.” The forum in partnership with MEED will be held on Sept. 28 and aims to provide a platform for driving innovation, share ideas, gain insights, experiences and generate solutions.
This year, the Frontiers of Innovation Forum will focus on important updates and discussions on the “Dubai cybersecurity strategy,” “The role of digital transformation in the development of UAE,” “Entrepreneurs and SMEs and their role in unlocking innovation across the UAE,” “Role of private sector in driving the innovation agenda of the UAE,” and “Interpretation of innovation in a smart city environment.”
Anurag Agrawal, managing director, Canon Middle East, said: “Canon’s Frontiers of Innovation Forum acts as a conduit in bringing the government and businesses together with the objective of identifying opportunities on how to continuously innovate and contribute to the UAE’s Vision 2021 goals. Canon will continue to deliver the best possible offering for its customers and support the larger vision of the government through ongoing innovation.”
“We again thank MEED to have partnered with us as we continue to strive to find innovative solutions to build smart cities,” he added.
The Frontiers of Innovation Forum 2016 findings focused on big data and the Internet of Things combined with the latest technology and developments affecting all aspects of our lives, bringing about efficiencies and change.
“As the UAE plays an increasingly important role in the global economy it is imperative that it remains efficient and competitive on the world stage. Engaging with the private sector to promote innovation and develop new technologies is key to maintaining this edge, while at the same time helping expand new sectors that create white collar employment opportunities,” said Richard Thompson, editorial director, MEED.
The UAE government has put the development of a culture of innovation at the heart of its Vision 2021 strategy as it seeks to develop the country as a knowledge hub and create more efficient cities that meet the aspirations of future generations. Canon said it is perfectly positioned to make an important contribution to the success of the UAE’s vision.


Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

Updated 17 July 2018
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Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

The historic Al-Alamein Hotel has officially reopened after a major facelift by Emaar Hospitality Group that makes it among the finest resorts along the Mediterranean.

The opening event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, VIP guests, top media figures, as well as other public figures.

Situated in the picturesque setting of Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, the hotel’s glamorous design ethos and refurbished retro-modern interiors hark back to the glory days of the 1960s, when the resort first opened.

The remodelled designs blend vintage charm with contemporary style, evoking a sense of nostalgia to the golden age of Egyptian music and cinema. “The refurbishment of Al-Alamein Hotel provides an example of our determination to offer a hotel that is on a par with, or rather superior to, world-class resorts,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar. 

“We strive for nothing less than the highest global standards for our customers and our developments in Egypt including Al-Alamein Hotel, of which renovation costs totaled EGP 1.5 billion ($84 million),” Alabbar added.

While the building stays true to its rich heritage, visitors can expect modern comfort and style everywhere, from the bar and restaurants to the corridors and rooms.

There is something remarkable around every corner of the resort. An impressive assortment of black and white photographs of Egypt’s most celebrated classical actors and singers festooning columns at the lobby offer visitors much to marvel at once they walk into the building.

The hotel is also home to the renowned Umbrellas sculpture by Greek artist George Zongolopoulos, a poetic structure of steel umbrellas that stretches 13 meters into the sky, offering a dramatic reinterpretation of Abdel Halim Hafez’ classic oldie “Dokko Elshamasy” or “Fix the Umbrellas on the Beach.” One of the most photographed modern sculptures worldwide, the piece was first displayed at the Venice Biennale in 1995, where it drew international attention, and will now delight visitors to this Egyptian vacation spot.

The hotel also boasts a magnificent collection of art works and sculptures by a large number of local and global artists, including an iconic mosaic mural of late legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and another one featuring colorful ancient boats.

Al-Alamein Hotel is part of a thriving residential and tourist community Emaar is developing in Marassi, the company’s flagship Mediterranean landmark in Egypt. These include several hotels already launched such as Vida Marassi Marina, Address Marassi Beach Resort and Address Marassi Golf Resort + Spa. Marassi will be home to seven luxury hotels with up to 3,000 rooms.