Samsung Galaxy Fold gets UAE royal seal of approval ahead of April 26 launch

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Updated 17 April 2019
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Samsung Galaxy Fold gets UAE royal seal of approval ahead of April 26 launch

LONDON: Samsung said it would launch a smartphone with a folding screen this year, and the question on everyone's lips was whether or not it was something the market really needed.

All of that was shattered when the Korean electronics giant gave media a hands-on preview of its Galaxy Fold ahead of the release in the US on April 26.

The first impressions seemed to be that a folding screen in some circumstances might be a useful innovation, but the $2,000 price tag might put some people off. The Galaxy Fold is set for release in the U.S. on April 26, priced at $1,980. It goes on sale in some European markets on May 3.

But if Samsung wants to crack the Middle East market, the firm could not have done much better than giving a device to the Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum for review.

The self-professed Apple user was given a Fold to test, and he took to his Instagram channel to share his thoughts.

Sheikh Hamdan shared three images in his Stories with his 7.8 million followers, offering a peek at the Fold, and the tech-savvy royal thanked Samsung for giving him a chance to test it early.

The crown prince is no stranger to technology, often sharing his adventures through GoPro footage as well as being one of the first to show off the iPhone X in 2017.


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

Updated 23 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.