Emirates wins award for cabin innovation

Emirates unveiled its new business class cabin featuring a new configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 layout. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 29 September 2018

Emirates wins award for cabin innovation

Emirates airline has won the Corporate Innovator Middle East 2018 award from Global Finance Magazine. It was recognized with the accolade for its innovation investment in cabin products and modern onboard concepts.

The Innovators Awards are an extension of Global Finance’s Best Digital Bank awards which have run for the past 19 years. The 2018 Innovators Awards recognize companies that encourage and promote a culture of innovation and high standards of excellence.

Nirmal Govindadas, Emirates’ senior vice president, corporate treasury, received the award on behalf of the airline on Tuesday at the Global Finance awards ceremony, which was attended by leading financial institutions, fintechs and other key influencers within the digital and innovation space.

Emirates last November revealed its new Boeing 777-300ER cabins with enhancements across all classes, including the game-changing fully enclosed first class private suites. The airline took inspiration from the automotive industry and worked closely with Mercedes on a number of design details. What resulted were suites that offer up to 40 square feet of private space, as well as myriad lighting and climate control features.

Customers were also introduced to world-firsts like a NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seating position, “virtual windows” for suites in the middle aisle that use real-time fiber-optic camera technology, and a personal video call service for first class customers. Since the new Emirates Boeing 777-300ERs entered service in December 2017, response has been very positive, and Emirates will continue to introduce this latest product to more markets as it takes delivery of new aircraft.

Emirates also unveiled its new business class cabin featuring a new configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 layout.  

The airline’s newly revamped A380 OnBoard Lounge also entered service last year, impressing customers with modern finishes, more seating options, mood lighting, and other technological features.

Huawei honored for CSR initiatives

King Salman with Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East.
Updated 18 November 2018

Huawei honored for CSR initiatives

Huawei, a global provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices, has won first prize of the King Khalid Responsible Competitiveness Award. This announcement was made during the annual awards gala, which took place on Nov. 12 at Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. During the event, King Salman recognized Huawei for its excellent sustainability practices and responsible competitiveness leadership, as well as its management capabilities and innovative social and environmental initiatives. 

Launched in 2008, the King Khalid Responsible Competitiveness Award is the first and only award focused on responsible competitiveness and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the Kingdom, and Huawei is the first ICT company to win first place in the award’s history. 

As digital transformation sweeps across the globe, ICT technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, cloud computing and
more will unlock new values of growth and innovation and uplift societies and organizations to great heights of prosperity. 

The award recognized Huawei for its transformative impact in driving forward the Kingdom’s ICT sector as a whole in line with the government’s digitization goals, the National Transformation Program and Vision 2030. In particular, Huawei was celebrated for deploying their most advanced technologies, high-quality products and secured networks in the Kingdom.

Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East, said: “We are deeply humbled to receive such recognition from Saudi Arabia’s leadership. In the Kingdom, Huawei is determined to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. The improvement is endless on the road to providing customers with high-quality products and services. Today’s award is a milestone for us to continue to surpass ourselves. We will continue to play an active role in driving Saudi Arabia’s ICT sector development and grow together with our local partners, openly collaborating to build an ever deeper pool of ICT talent empowered to enable digital transformation.”