Judges named for ‘Innovators Under 35 MENA’

Judges named for ‘Innovators Under 35 MENA’
The committee includes a selection of thought leaders, university professors, deans, investors and entrepreneurs in different sectors from various Arab countries.
Updated 07 July 2019

Judges named for ‘Innovators Under 35 MENA’

Judges named for ‘Innovators Under 35 MENA’

Dubai Future Foundation and EmTech MENA have announced the committee of judges for “Innovators Under 35” in its second year. The winners will present at EmTech MENA 2019 conference in Dubai, which will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of the executive council, in cooperation with Dubai Future Foundation.

Abdul Aziz Al-Jaziri, deputy CEO and COO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “Organizing this global event in Dubai attracts talents from key future sectors, supports innovation and emerging technologies and allows Arab talents the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas to international companies and government entities.

“This initiative is a global platform that aims at shedding light on successes achieved by young Arab innovators in developing emerging technologies, their ability to cope with rapid changes, and contribute positively to the global civilization.” 

The committee includes: Huda Al-Hashimi, assistant to the director-general for strategy and innovation at the prime minister’s office, UAE; Majed Al-Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Production City; Mansoor Al-Awar, chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University; Razan Al-Mubarak, managing director of Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi; Abdul Aziz Al-Jaziri, deputy CEO and COO of Dubai Future Foundation; Bashar Kilani, regional executive, Gulf countries & Levant, IBM Middle East; Dr. Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, dean of the faculty of medicine, Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences; and Dr. Maryam Matar, founder and chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association.

This year’s judges also include: Abdulsalam Haykal, CEO of Haykal; Ossama Hassanein, chairman of Rising Tide Fund; Ziad Sultan, product lead of Google News; Habib Haddad, managing director of E14 Fund; Hassan Sawaf, director of artificial intelligence at Amazon Web Services; Rania Khalaf, director of IBM Research AI, Cambridge MA; Sharif El-Badawi, partner, 500 Startups and chairman, TechWadi; Shahd Attar, principal director at Accenture; Adil Al-Zarooni, CEO of Al-Zarooni Emirates Investments; Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Elm; Abdo George Kadifa, managing director at Sumeru Equity Partners; Fadel Adib, founding director at Signal Kinetics Research Group and assistant professor, MIT; Fatimah Alhamlan, scientist, research center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and assistant professor at Alfaisal University; Lamya Al-Haj, assistant professor at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. 

Additional judges include: Mohammad Hajjiri, interventional electrophysiologist, member of board of trustees, KHCF-USA; Mohamed Qasem, assistant professor in electronic engineering and consultant to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences; Latifa M. Alabdulkarim, AI adviser, MCIT; Moataz Al-Nozhi, dean of computer science, computational and electrical engineering, KAUST; Malak Abed Al-Thagafi, chairperson of Genomics Research Department — Saudi Human Genome Lab site, KACST-KFMC and medical director, Saudi Diagnostic Lab, KFSHI; Nabeel Koshak, CEO, Saudi Venture Capital Company; Nizar Habash, associate professor of computer science, New York University Abu Dhabi; Nidhal Guessoum, professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE; and Hani Enaya, partner, STV; Hala Hanna, director-general of the Solve Community, an MIT initiative; and Hala Qanadilo, senior director of operations, Pfizer Inflammation and Immunology covering North America and international developed markets.


More opportunities at AISJ as school now offers IB program

More opportunities at AISJ as school now offers IB program
Updated 12 April 2021

More opportunities at AISJ as school now offers IB program

More opportunities at AISJ as school now offers IB program

The American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) is the newest IB candidate school in Saudi Arabia.

In January, AISJ received the official notification that their request to offer the IB Diploma Program (DP) was accepted. Their staff is now undergoing training to become certified to teach this curriculum.

This is an important step in deepening the school’s commitment to providing its students with the best possible education. Robert Jackson, AISJ superintendent, said he is thrilled with the school reaching this milestone. “The IB program will complement the stellar components already present in our secondary program allowing for students to have greater choice in their career pathways.”

AISJ is planning on offering the IB DP classes for the 2022-23 school year. In addition to offering the IB DP, AISJ will continue to offer the full suite of pre-AP (Advanced Placement) and AP courses to their high school students. The AP program gives students the chance to take college-level courses, and earn college credit starting as early as grade 9.

While other schools in Jeddah offer the AP and IB programs, AISJ will be the only school to offer both to their high school students. 

“Over the past three years, we have seen our AP Capstone diploma grow by 325 percent. We are projecting that this number will increase in the coming years and felt it was necessary to give students more opportunities at advanced coursework,” Rick VandenBoom, the high school principal said. “IB is a great fit because it will allow our students to pursue the IB diploma, the AP Capstone diploma or students can enhance their university transcript by experiencing a mix of both programs.”

Students at AISJ graduate and move on to attend top universities around the world, including Johns Hopkins, Harvard, King’s College, and McGill.


MYNM welcomes new MINI Hatch & Convertible

MYNM welcomes new MINI Hatch & Convertible
Updated 12 April 2021

MYNM welcomes new MINI Hatch & Convertible

MYNM welcomes new MINI Hatch & Convertible

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM) Company, the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia, has announced the arrival of the new MINI three-door and five-door Hatch and the MINI Convertible. 

The original models in the small car premium segment are moving to the next stage of their evolution. With an intensive makeover for the MINI three-door, MINI five-door and MINI Convertible, BMW Group has confirmed the position of the three models as premium providers of driving fun, expressive design and individual style.

Clear exterior design accents give the new models a purist appearance that emphasizes the hallmark design features. In addition, the innovative multitone roof creates unique individualization opportunities. In the interior, the extensively redesigned cockpit underlines the premium character of the MINI three-door, the MINI five-door and the MINI Convertible. 

Attractive additions to the range of standard and optional equipment, new exterior paint finishes, light-alloy wheels, interior and seating surfaces as well as innovative technology in the areas of chassis, driver assistance systems, operation and connectivity round off the latest update for the BMW Group’s small car models.

A new exterior design language now puts the unmistakable appearance of the MINI in a decidedly purist light. Above all, the enhanced aesthetics ensure that the central design features of the MINI become even more apparent and modern by means of reduction. 

Contrasting colors for the roof and exterior mirror caps are among the most striking design features that have made MINI a pioneer when it comes to customization. In addition to the Jet Black, Aspen White and Melting Silver paintwork, as well as Chili Red for the MINI John Cooper Works, an innovative and globally unique variant of the roof paint finish is offered for the MINI three-door and the MINI five-door. 

The redesigned interior of the MINI three-door, MINI five-door and MINI Convertible is sophisticated, modern and of particularly high quality. 

New to the range are sports seats in the Light Chequered color variant, which complement the Zesty Yellow exterior paint finish. The familiar Black Pearl fabric quality is given a new, expressive check look in hallmark British MINI style. The seams at the transition to the black imitation leather of the seat bolsters feature a color scheme that matches the fabric of the seat surfaces.

The premium look of the hallmark central instrument has also been optimized. An 8.8-inch color touchscreen display, touch-sensitive favorite buttons and Piano Black high-gloss surfaces are now standard features. 

Mark Notkin, BMW Group managing director at MYNM, said: “The new MINI Hatch and Convertible are first and foremost authentic MINIs that have gained even further in personality and substance. They have been refined to emphasize all those things that make MINI what it is: Quality, modernity and identity.” 

“With individual style and personality at the forefront of the MINI brand, these new models offer an enhanced level of customization. With their improved design and power we are confident that MINI lovers in the Kingdom will welcome the latest editions to the MINI collection with open arms.”


LuLu chairman receives Abu Dhabi’s highest civilian honor

LuLu chairman receives Abu Dhabi’s highest civilian honor
Updated 11 April 2021

LuLu chairman receives Abu Dhabi’s highest civilian honor

LuLu chairman receives Abu Dhabi’s highest civilian honor

Yusuff Ali M.A., chairman of retail giant Lulu Group and prominent NRI (non-resident Indian) businessman, has been honored with Abu Dhabi’s top civilian award.

The prestigious Abu Dhabi Award was given to Ali for his outstanding contribution to the emirate’s business and industry, and support to various philanthropic initiatives.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, presented the award to Ali in Abu Dhabi.

“A very proud and emotional moment in my life. I am really overwhelmed and humbled to receive such a great honor from Abu Dhabi where I have been living for the past 47 years,” said the Kerala-born businessman after receiving the honor.

“It was on Dec. 31, 1973, I arrived in the UAE with new dreams and hopes. I have reached here after seeing many ups and downs and various challenges and I take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to the visionary leadership of this great country, especially His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.”

Ali is the only Indian along with other 11 prominent personalities, which include nine UAE nationals, to receive the honor this year. The Abu Dhabi Awards is the Abu Dhabi government’s initiative that recognizes and honors individuals who have selflessly dedicated themselves to support and contribute to the development of the emirate.

Ali, who recently ranked as the richest Indian in the Middle East in the Forbes billionaire list 2021, is also billed as the most influential Indian in the region, thanks to his close relations with the Gulf rulers.

He has received numerous awards, including the Order of the King of Bahrain in 2014, and the British Queen’s Award in 2017. In addition, he is also the first expatriate to get a permanent residency visa in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail

Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail
Updated 11 April 2021

Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail

Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail

Sadara Chemical Company, and SADIG Industries and ILCO Chemicals (SADIG-ILCO), a Saudi-German joint venture focused on the manufacture of a wide range of specialty chemicals, have signed long-term agreements, through which Sadara will supply feedstock chemicals to SADIG-ILCO’s future chemical manufacturing facility in Jubail’s PlasChem Park. This 20-year contract follows a successful primarily agreement that was signed previously between the companies. 

The new agreements were signed by Sadara’s CEO Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer, SADIG Industries’ managing director Ahmed Alubaid and ILCO Chemicals’ technical executive officer Dr. Corvin Volkholz, during a formal ceremony at Sadara’s Business Complex, in Jubail Industrial City, in the presence of Dr. Abdulrahman Alubaid, co-founder of SADIG Industries, and Turki Al-Mady, Dussur’s chief investments officer.

Under the terms of the supply agreements, SADIG-ILCO’s new PlasChem Park facility will offtake ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) from Sadara through the new EO and PO pipelines that are being built by Sadara. Using these products as feedstock, SADIG-ILCO will manufacture a range of specialty chemicals, which will further enable the production of market-ready products in several areas, including cleaners, mining floatation, metal working fluids, industrial lubricants, plastic additives and many other industrial applications.

Sadara CEO Al-Faqeer said: “With Sadara’s differentiated products slate available in local, regional and global markets, along with associated local competitive incentives that are available as well, we are able to demonstrate to investors that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is definitely an attractive destination for exciting downstream manufacturing opportunities that can proudly carry the mark ‘Made in Saudi.’”

Al-Faqeer added: “The specialty chemicals that SADIG-ILCO will produce locally will replace imports and encourage development of new downstream specialty industries.”

SADIG Industries managing director Alubaid said: “SADIG-ILCO is part of SADIG Industries’ growth strategy and will introduce new chemicals that will enable further downstream industries in the Kingdom. It will add value to the local economy and the country’s export portfolio, along with creating quality job opportunities in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The JV will have several different types of batch reactors and flexible reaction capabilities, which enable the JV company to produce a wide range of products that are tailored to the customer requirements and performance needs. The EO-PO project is part of our third generation project lineup with an investment of approximately $70 million.”

Volkholz added: “We are bringing the technical know-how to manufacture specialty chemicals in the Kingdom and SADIG-ILCO will have an important role in diversifying the existing chemical market as well as we are providing tolling services for our customers. By combining our downstream manufacturing experience and technical expertise with Sadara’s specialty chemicals value chain, we will be able to bring many new and exciting products to the Kingdom.”

Al-Mady, chief investments officer of Dussur, said: “Supporting this agreement is in line with our mandate to contribute to Vision 2030 industrial objectives, specifically the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program and National Industrial Development Center priorities.”


World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East

World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East
Updated 11 April 2021

World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East

World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East

Monnaie de Paris, the world’s oldest minting institution, is expanding its presence in the Middle East with a view to bringing the creativity, elegance and history of French craftsmanship in precious metals to the region.

Internationally renowned for their historic expertise and know-how, Monnaie de Paris offers precious metal products that are manufactured by generations of its craftsmen who managed to keep the craft alive for 1,157 years.

The mint today offers a wide range of unique and high-quality precious metal products, including commemorative coins and medals, decorations, jewelry and decorative castings, all rooted in the authentic tradition of the French artistry, and expertly crafted using-age-old techniques. The company’s reputation has led to numerous creations in collaboration with prestigious names such as Cartier, Baccarat, Boucheron and Van Cleef and Arpels.

The company’s move to reinforce its regional position follows the successful release of numerous limited editions designed exclusively for prestigious names in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, among other countries in the region.

Monnaie de Paris released special edition thank-you medals for frontline workers in Saudi Arabia in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It also made a special souvenir medal for Al-Muhaidib Group, and created a customized limited edition of birth medals to celebrate UAE newborns.

“Highly valued globally, and in the Middle East in particular, the French products are synonymous with premium quality, style and know-how. Making the most of our deeply rooted expertise, we are committed to meeting our clients’ expectations, offering them a wide range of medals, castings and trophies crafted from the finest metals,” said Mahdi Al-Ouardighi, spokesperson for Monnaie de Paris in the Middle East.

The ambitious plan by Monnaie de Paris to strengthen its regional presence and become a partner in the precious metal industry, including commemorative medals, corporate VIP gifts, museum procurement and finest gifts, is because the Middle East is set to witness major international events, most notably Dubai Expo 2020, due to open in October 2021.

The region will also be a venue for major sports events such as the FIFA World Cup 2022, scheduled to take place in Qatar from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022, while the Saudi port city of Jeddah will host the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in November this year.

“The Middle East is a growing marketplace, as it is set to host several major trading and sports events. We aim to tap into new markets in the region, driven by our longest standing philosophy that reflects our history and inspires the creation of unique, simple, and timeless products,” added Al-Ouardighi.