Airbus kicks off Critical App Challenge in Mideast

Airbus’ Tactilon Dabat is an Android smartphone and Tetra radio in one.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Airbus kicks off Critical App Challenge in Mideast

Airbus has kicked off its “Critical App Challenge” for the Middle East to set in motion regional developers and startups to create the best applications for public safety users. Airbus is giving life to a digital ecosystem for its secure device Tactilon Dabat, an Android smartphone and Tetra radio in one. The aim is to establish new digital solutions to help police, firefighters and other professionals improve their work.

The Critical App Challenge’s concept is based on the idea of hackathons: Software pioneers, user interface designers, and business managers work together intensively in a limited amount of time toward building proofs of concept for innovative digital solutions.

Startup companies and app creators from the Middle East can enroll for the online challenge on the website www.criticalappmena.bemyapp.com/

An expert jury will then select the five best participants who can show the most promising and feasible results at the end of September. The winners will subsequently be invited to present their applications at the GITEX exhibition in Dubai from Oct.14-18.

“We are looking for pathbreaking ideas for our Tactilon Dabat. This Critical App Challenge in the Middle East is a unique incentive for inventive minds. Contributors profit from getting special access to mission-critical markets,” said Rahim Zaknoun, head of innovation and developer ecosystem at Secure Land Communication of Airbus.


AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Updated 16 January 2019
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AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Al-Habtoor Group (AHG) has clarified that the group and all its divisions, including Habtoor Hospitality (Habtoor Hotels) have no link or relationship of any kind with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) and its owner Rashid Al-Habtoor.

This is following news released in major Indian and Middle Eastern media about a potential acquisition of the Leela Group of Hotels in India (Hotel Leela venture) by Rashid Al-Habtoor, founder and owner of Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises.

A spokesperson for Al-Habtoor Group said: “We feel obligated to clarify that Al-Habtoor Group in all its divisions and Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises are two separate entities. Habtoor Hospitality, commonly known as Habtoor Hotels, is owned solely by Al-Habtoor Group in the UAE and overseas.”

“... Any actions or business decisions taken by Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises or any of their associates are their sole responsibility, and Al-Habtoor Group is not liable under any circumstance for any damages or liabilities arising directly or indirectly from Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises business ventures.”