Emirates SkyCargo, Gargash partner for motor rally

From left, Robert Hazelwood, CEO automotive division, Gargash Group; Karim Corm, regional brand manager FCA; Shehab Gargash, managing director and group CEO, Gargash Group; Moaza Al-Falahi, Emirates vice president, cargo product development and UAE national affairs.
Updated 01 August 2018
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Emirates SkyCargo, Gargash partner for motor rally

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, and Gargash, one of the largest distributors of premium and luxury cars in the UAE, have partnered to transport two Alfa Romeos from Dubai to London for the prestigious Gumball 3000 motor rally.
The cars, an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, were transported to England on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter. The aircraft can carry up to 100 tons of cargo and its wide main-deck doors allows for the transportation of large and outsized cargo.
Both cars will compete as “Team Alfa” in Gumball 3000, an annual celebrity motor rally established in 1999, which takes place on public roads at locations around the world. During the first leg of the rally, in the first week of August, Team Alfa will travel from London to Bologna. For the second leg of the rally the cars will drive around iconic locations in Japan, including the historic cities of Osaka and Kyoto, and Mt. Fuji. The rally will end in Tokyo on Aug. 12 and Emirates SkyCargo will fly both cars back home to Dubai from Japan.
Team Alfa’s participation in the Gumball 3000 rally will mark the 100th year of operations for Gargash, an established name for premium and luxury cars in the UAE.
“Emirates SkyCargo would like to congratulate Gargash Group on their centenary this year,” said Moaza Al-Falahi, Emirates vice president, cargo product development and UAE national affairs.“We are excited to be taking part in this momentous occasion by supporting them in the Gumball 3000 rally. The Alfa Romeos, which will be sporting the Emirates logo throughout the rally, are getting first class treatment under Emirates Wheels and will be handled by our trained and experienced staff at Dubai, London and Tokyo.”
“In our 100th year, we are proud to be associated with Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates, a truly iconic representation of the UAE’S global enterprising spirit,” said Shehab Gargash, managing director and group CEO, Gargash Group. “Emirates SkyCargo has proven to be an indispensable partner as we begin our epic journey from London to Tokyo.”


ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

Updated 18 September 2019

ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

With the aim of discussing how the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) can expand their relationship and integrate the gender themes into ICD’s operations and businesses, a meeting was held between Ayman Amin Sejiny, CEO of ICD; Wendy Teleki, head of We-Fi secretariat; and Samir Suleymanov, director strategic initiatives, World Bank, at ICD’s premises in Jeddah recently. The parties discussed the development and promotion of women’s entrepreneurship through innovative sustainable solutions to increase women’s access to economic opportunities in developing countries. 

Teleki highlighted the main objectives of We-Fi, which is to support women entrepreneurs around the world through programs that provide financing, capacity building and also promote enabling environments that allow women to become entrepreneurs and grow their businesses. We-Fi uses an ecosystem approach to develop programs at the country level that will break down barriers and create more opportunities for women.

During the meeting, Ayman said: “ICD and We-Fi are working together to enhance their initiatives and mandates in supporting the female society in all ICD’s member countries. We want to ensure that our lines of finance and our relationship with the 102 directly connected financial institutions we are dealing with will further enhance the funding, training to women entrepreneurs and to provide the required necessary support to women in all our member countries.”

Teleki said that We-Fi has six implementing partners (IP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is one of them. “IsDB, along with ICD is supporting women entrepreneurs in fragile countries. In Yemen, they have a very interesting ongoing program named BRAVE Women. They target to train up to 500 women to learn to develop business plans in fragile and high-risk contexts and up to 400 of them will get access to funding on a matching grant basis. This program aims also to develop the relationship between those women entrepreneurs with the local banks and also lead companies to make sure those women have access to finance and markets to grow their businesses. Moreover, the IsDB and ICD will be implementing soon this BRAVE Women program in two other countries to improve the women’s entrepreneurship potential in key economic sectors and we look forward to seeing those programs happening in future,” she said.

We-Fi is a global platform that seeks to support over a 100,000 women around the world in the next five years and mobilize at least $2 billion from the public and private sector for further activities.