5G services in the UAE announced at Arab Media Forum

UAE telecom providers Etisalat and Du are ready for the 5G network. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 March 2019
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5G services in the UAE announced at Arab Media Forum

  • The 5G network offers faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices
  • An Etisalat official said 5G services will be launched by June

DUBAI: Mobile internet usage for UAE consumers will soon be improved, as local telecom provider Etisalat gears for summer roll-out of 5G enabled smartphones.

“We are expecting new 5G-enabled devices by June. That’s when consumers will get to experience the real 5G. We have already fully deployed the network,” Khalifa Al Shamsi, Group Chief Corporate Strategy and Governance Officer at Etisalat, announced at the Arab Media Forum held at the World Trade Center on March 27-28.

Earlier reports said that although both Etisalat and its rival Du are ready to introduce 5G services to its customers, smartphone vendors have yet to release 5G-enabled devices.  

The 5G network, which offers faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices, will especially be beneficial to media organizations, according to Al Shamsi, as they pursue more innovative ways of reporting.

“Let’s just look at new technology like augmented or virtual reality. It is just a matter of time before news content is customized with these technologies. In the past, the hologram was just science fiction. Now it is for real and is being tested,” he said.


Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

Updated 22 May 2019
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Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It has won numerous awards since its publication and been one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom

LONDON: Arab News has continued its success on the international awards stage by winning two honorable mentions at the DNA Paris Design Awards.

The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.

The honorable mentions were for the categories “Graphic design - Editorial” and “Graphic design - Key art (Posters, covers, illustration).”

"For Arab News to be recognised again on a global scale with this award is a great honor," Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said. “Our women drivers cover has been recognised with eight design awards so far and this highlights just how important this moment in history was for women across the Kingdom.

 “Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever."

The illustration was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. It has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.

The cover has won numerous awards since it was published. In March, it was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.

The DNA Paris Design Awards honors international architects and designers “who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design,” according to its website.