Ma’an Social Incubator Program extends deadline

Salama Al-Ameemi, director-general of Ma’an.
Updated 10 June 2019
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Ma’an Social Incubator Program extends deadline

The Authority of Social Contribution — Ma’an has extended the deadline till July 13 in response to the growing interest in its Ma’an Social Incubator Program (MSI) from members of the public and social entrepreneurs in the UAE, the region and the rest of the world. 

It has already received more than 200 expressions of interest from members of the public and social entrepreneurs from different countries, including New Zealand, India, the UK, the US and South America

The Ma’an Social Incubator is a first-of-its-kind program in Abu Dhabi, offering a chance for people to develop their innovative ideas for social impact into a social enterprise or not-for-profit association.

A public workshop will be held in Abu Dhabi this month to give people advice and support on the application process and the deadline to apply has been extended to accommodate this workshop.

Launched in May, the Ma’an Social Incubator will support the winning 10 teams of two or three people to develop their social business ideas every six months. The winning teams are selected according to specific criteria, and the participants will be able to benefit from mentor guidance, milestone funding, office space, business expertise and access to investors. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network with industry experts as well as honing their business skills through workshops and training programs.

Salama Al-Ameemi, director-general of Ma’an, said: “As our first pilot program, it has been really exciting to see the interest and enthusiasm from members of the community for the Ma’an Social Incubator.

“We realize though that the concept of social enterprises is still quite new here in Abu Dhabi and for some people this will be their first time applying to a social incubator program. That is why we want to extend the deadline to give people more time and to offer additional support and advice with the application process through a public workshop hosted by Ma’an.”

“The Ma’an Social Incubator is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring social entrepreneurs to make that first step toward growing a successful and sustainable business that contributes toward the common good.”


New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Updated 24 June 2019
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New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Hyundai’s new Sonata is ready for showrooms, giving the eighth-generation of the mid-size sedan a sleek four-door-coupe look that highlights the brand’s latest “sensuous sportiness” design language.

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio, the redesigned Sonata offers a freshly styled cascading grille framed by distinctive lighting architecture, and an entirely new rear. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs complete the look. New bodywork is built on Hyundai’s latest third-generation platform for a re-engineered driving experience.

“For more than three decades, each new generation of Sonata has raised the bar for quality and value among mid-size sedans, and this latest evolution also sets the standard for style, innovation and technology,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “In a market increasingly divided into niche segments, the all-new Sonata reconsiders customer expectation in the sedan class and offers something sportier and more exciting than what has gone before.”

A hallmark of the new Sonata’s exterior is its Hyundai-first LED daytime running lights — embedded in a chrome strip. The lighting strip appears as chrome when the engine is turned off, but lights up when the driver starts the car. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the path ahead.

Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s new looks. The trend carries down to the instrument design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch. The instrument panel follows a winged shape inspired by stealth aircraft. Visual elements combine to create a levitating effect, while designers have worked to maximize the sense of interior space. One clever application of new technology is a shift-by-wire (SBW) gear selector, which is sleek and technologically advanced, and takes up significantly less space than a traditional gear selector.

Interior fittings include a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a Qi wireless charging pad is available to keep smartphones topped up. Sonata now adds a second-row USB charge port. At the heart of the AVN system is a Bose premium sound system equipped with 12 speakers.

“The all-new Hyundai Sonata delivers a premium experience for driver and passengers,” added Song. “We apply a range of new technologies intuitively, with an emphasis on functional convenience, adding features that we know our customers will use and value.”

The new Sonata features six standard airbags and a range of safety systems, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense technologies.