Emaar launches pioneering holiday homes concept

Emaar launches pioneering holiday homes concept
‘South Beach’ is a residential beachfront development in Emaar Beachfront offering a blend of cosmopolitan living and serene seaside lifestyles.
Updated 08 September 2019

Emaar launches pioneering holiday homes concept

Emaar launches pioneering holiday homes concept

Emaar, a Dubai-based global property developer, has announced the launch of Ease by Emaar — a streamlined short-term rental concept that provides global travelers stays in elegant homes handpicked by Emaar in their integrated communities. It is a pioneering concept that provides property management services, handling holiday homes on behalf of investors and providing high return on investment.
The holiday homes market has grown by 161 percent, according to a study by Knight Frank
During the launch event, the developer also unveiled “South Beach,” a residential beachfront development in Emaar Beachfront offering a blend of cosmopolitan living and serene seaside lifestyles. Comprising one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with exquisite furnishings, this will be the first waterfront development to be listed on Ease by Emaar.
“For guests, Ease by Emaar opens a new avenue for visitors to experience a premium lifestyle located in some of the most sought-after destinations in the city. Guests are provided with unrivaled hospitality such as hotel-grade housekeeping and amenities, and a digital mobile concierge, ensuring guests get all the information needed to experience the city, anytime, anywhere,” a press release said.
Other amenities offered to guests include unlimited Wi-Fi, a welcome pack, and on-demand Google Smart Home devices such as Chromecasts for streaming entertainment channels and others. Guests can also get an “Ease Pass,” which provides offers and deals to the city’s major attractions. This includes U by Emaar special upgrades, discounts on Emaar hospitality restaurants, and deals to Emaar entertainment attractions such as At The Top, Burj Khalifa, Reel Cinemas and others.
Residents of South Beach can also engage in watersports activities and various lifestyle amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness center and an extensive choice of play areas for children.
Investors in this development will have the option to let Ease by Emaar manage their property at no additional cost for the first three years post-completion.
Emaar Beachfront, which is easily accessible via Sheikh Zayed Road, features captivating views of the waterfront and access to private beaches.
“For investors, the innovative technological infrastructure offers the opportunity to fill the market gap for short-term rentals and helps them capitalize on an emerging business model, helping them earn substantial returns. Emaar-owned Ease provides an end-to-end property management service, including property setup, reservations management, guest hosting, housekeeping, maintenance, government licensing, and distribution of the listing across Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, Agoda, and over 50 other channels,” the developer said.


Berlin ready to welcome GCC visitors this year

Berlin ready to welcome GCC visitors this year
Updated 17 May 2021

Berlin ready to welcome GCC visitors this year

Berlin ready to welcome GCC visitors this year

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) this week, which is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the first international travel trade event to take place in-person since the outbreak.

The GNTB wanted to raise awareness of what Germany and in particular Berlin, has to offer city, nature and culture enthusiasts living in the GCC countries, by showcasing the many facets and flair of Germany such as customs, crafts, local food and drink, culture and architecture, and the varied countryside and nature on the doorstep of many German cities.

The German capital Berlin is also looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the GCC to discover a reinvented city that has something new to discover on every corner, space for free spirits and a mix of heritage and innovation.

Despite a difficult 12 months, this year has realized many landmark projects in the city, such as the opening of the reconstructed city palace, the prestigious Humboldt Forum, and the reopening of Berlin’s leading art addresses, the Neue Nationalgalerie at the Kulturforum, underlining the intriguing nature of this ever-changing city. 

The U5 metro line also has a new section connecting Berlin’s many cultural attractions, and the new international Berlin airport is also now open, a positive signal for improved global connections at a difficult time for the tourism industry.

Under the Berlin Health Excellence Initiative, launched by visitBerlin in early 2020, the city will also open its doors to medical tourists from the Middle East who visit Berlin in search of “Made in Berlin” medical expertise and cutting-edge medical services that the city is renowned for.

With a recent YouGov survey revealing that nearly half of the UAE and Saudi Arabia survey respondents are planning to make an international trip in 2021, the GNTB is eager to increase the GCC’s share of the 89.9 million overnight stays by foreign visitors it welcomed in 2019. 

Speaking at a press conference at ATM in Dubai, Yamina Sofo, director sales and marketing, German National Tourist Office Gulf Countries, said: “With the success of the national vaccination programs in the GCC countries, particularly in the UAE where more than 11.5 million doses have been administered so far (over 70 percent of the UAE population have received vaccines and 40 percent are fully vaccinated), we remain optimistic that the pre-crisis level of incoming travel from the UAE to Germany can be regained by end of 2022.

“We hope to encourage demand for city and nature holidays coupled with sustainable tourism, which draws attention to the many different ways of discovering destination Germany with its wide range of traditions and attractions.”


UAE’s Jawhara Jewellery bags Consumer Friendly Company certificate

UAE’s Jawhara Jewellery bags Consumer Friendly Company certificate
Updated 17 May 2021

UAE’s Jawhara Jewellery bags Consumer Friendly Company certificate

UAE’s Jawhara Jewellery bags Consumer Friendly Company certificate

Jawhara Jewellery, an award-winning jewelry retailer in the GCC, has become one of the first companies to be honored by the Department of Economic Development (DED) with the Consumer Friendly Company certificate. The win reflects the brand’s goodwill and Jawhara’s dedication to the consumer-friendly environment in Dubai. 

Tamjid Abdullah, deputy CEO of Jawhara Jewellery, said: “Consumer Friendly Company award is a great government initiative to improve customer satisfaction levels and raise consumer confidence in Dubai’s retail offerings. It is an honor to receive the award and we strongly believe that our customers are the core of our business, and therefore delivering great customer service is part of our corporate value. We will continuously strive toward improving our processes and services to ensure the best experience for our customers.”

Launched by the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy, the Consumer Friendly Company award honors private sector businesses for their efforts in raising the bar of customer service standards. 

The assessment was the first-of-its-kind consumer-friendly standards conducted in the region. There are four evaluation criteria grouped under two themes — sustainability and competitiveness. The sustainability theme includes the strategy and communication criteria, while competitiveness covers customer care and development. Businesses are evaluated periodically for consumer-friendliness and their evolving strategic plans and channels for communicating with consumers. The results of the first evaluation provide an opportunity for businesses to elevate their consumer-friendliness across both themes.

Recently, Jawhara Jewellery was also recognized at the Retail Jewellers Award 2021 for the best Mother’s Day jewelry collection of the year. 

Abdullah added: “The team at Jawhara is excited as we are receiving awards for our products and services. This only helps in consumer confidence and instills their trust in our brand and our staff.”

Established in 1907, the Emirati jeweler’s collections are conceived, created and developed by a team of skilled in-house and international designers.

The designs are manufactured and responsibly sourced
from international alliances located in Italy, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, India, Bahrain and Lebanon.


Honeywell launches tech to prevent fake PPE use in Mideast

Honeywell launches tech to prevent fake PPE use in Mideast
Updated 17 May 2021

Honeywell launches tech to prevent fake PPE use in Mideast

Honeywell launches tech to prevent fake PPE use in Mideast

Honeywell has launched digital authentication technology for its personal protective equipment (PPE) manufactured in the UAE in a bid to fight rising counterfeiting in the Middle East and Africa regions. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has buoyed demand for PPE such as N95 respirators, the new market demand has also sparked an increase in counterfeit PPE products, directly affecting retail consumers and especially the medical industry’s frontline workers most exposed to the coronavirus. Seizures of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit N95 respirators have been reported in the UAE and South Africa. Nearly 20 factories selling substandard face masks, disinfectants and hand sanitizers have been uncovered in the UAE since the outbreak of the virus. Around 400,000 counterfeit face masks were seized in Dubai in January this year.

“In response to the growing number of counterfeit PPE products in the Middle East and Africa, we’ve chosen the UAE to be the testing ground for digital authentication technology for our PPE distributed across the region,” said Greg Norton, general manager, fine chemicals and authentication technologies at Honeywell. “This software will not only confirm the authentication of our N95 respirators made in the UAE, it will also help detect counterfeit PPE products to help authorities reduce illicit trade during the pandemic.”

To authenticate the product, the end user scans a digital code embedded in the packaging with their smartphone camera after downloading the Honeywell application for iOS or Android. The software validates the product’s authenticity through a database, letting the end user know it is safe to use and gathers market intelligence data.

Honeywell-branded N95 respirators are produced in the UAE by Strata Manufacturing as part of a strategic collaboration established last year in response to the pandemic. The N95 respirators are certified to meet N95 and FFP2 standards. The Strata-Honeywell operation produces more than 30 million respirators annually.


Global experts to convene for Middle East Energy event

Global experts to convene for Middle East Energy event
Updated 17 May 2021

Global experts to convene for Middle East Energy event

Global experts to convene for Middle East Energy event

Energy professionals from across the world will gather online on Monday for the first day of the inaugural Middle East Energy virtual event.

The online event, which is hosted on an award-winning virtual event platform, will begin with the renewable and clean energy sector week. The first week of the event will address the latest insights, trends and innovations within the industry with specific reference to green hydrogen, and solar and wind energy.

Between now and June 9, Middle East Energy will focus on a different energy industry sector each week. In addition to renewable and clean energy, they include transmission and distribution, critical and backup power, and energy consumption and management. 

Claudia Konieczna, exhibition director, Middle East Energy, said: “Our debut virtual event underscores our commitment to supporting the global energy industry. We have developed a platform conducive to cultivating positive business and networking opportunities during one of the most challenging periods the industry has faced.

“We have brought together energy industry experts from across the globe to deliver a range of high-level sessions throughout each week. Experts this week will address topics including clean energy targets, the adoption of clean hydrogen, solar energy, and the opportunities around wind power. At the same time, we will also host a series of tech talks and product demonstrations.”

Opening the virtual event is Suhail Al-Mazrouei, minister of energy and infrastructure for the UAE, who will deliver a welcome speech to energy professionals from more than 85 countries worldwide.

Sessions on Day 1 include: Energy diversification and the race to meet clean energy targets — strategies to reach net-zero; Realizing the potential of clean hydrogen — Will this be the game-changer for the energy transition?; The tech talk, increasing output of solar panels: and latest innovations in PV module design and installation.

Throughout the four-week online energy event, a series of tech talks, interactive roundtables, panel discussions, thought leadership sessions and remote interviews will occur. In addition, a range of networking opportunities, including hosted buyer meetings, fireside chats, breakout sessions, personalized meetings, and speed networking sessions, have been scheduled.

“The virtual event will focus on forging partnerships, providing insights, and creating the ability to source the latest solutions. The platform will connect users with thousands of potential clients, partners and contacts across the energy market,” said Konieczna.

Connecting businesses for more than 40 years, Middle East Energy, an Informa Markets event, has been an essential part of the economic expansion of the Middle East, introducing new energy solutions to the region to support the build of infrastructure, real estate and commerce. It is now helping governments, organizations and SMEs diversify the generation and supply of energy and build a sustainable future.


Herman Miller launches post-pandemic office collection

Herman Miller launches post-pandemic office collection
Updated 17 May 2021

Herman Miller launches post-pandemic office collection

Herman Miller launches post-pandemic office collection

COVID-19 may not have made any 2020 prediction lists, but it certainly is leaving an impression on how companies and individuals will work in the future. With vaccines rolling out globally, infection rates dropping, and local governments beginning to increase the occupancy of everything from local parks to restaurants, CEOs around the world are looking for new office solutions to fit the future of work.

Herman Miller, which has been at the forefront of major workplace advancements (yes, even the cubicle), has devoted thousands of hours working with companies of every size trying to help them navigate the pandemic and prepare for post-pandemic work environments. This research confirmed what Herman Miller workplace strategists predicted pre-pandemic — organizations were craving holistic solutions that took on all of the challenges that come with designing meaningful workspaces for the present, while simultaneously setting them up for success in an uncertain, fast-changing future.

Enter the OE1 Workspace Collection. OE1 is the latest in a line of office products that embraces the unpredictability of the future by landing squarely at the crossroads of agility, functionality, and modularity. OE1 offers a range of items that can be used to create highly varied work settings yet are flexible enough to adapt to growth, new needs or desires, or even the unexpected — like a global pandemic. 

“While this project was started prior to the pandemic, our research over the last year has only intensified our belief in the relevance of this line,” said Ryan Anderson, vice president of global research and insights at Herman Miller. “With people forced to work outside of offices, traditional means of workplace planning have been challenged by the unpredictability of how people will work now and in the future. These changes will continue, and workspaces need to constantly adapt. Workers are ready for a greater degree of variety, choice and control — people want their environments to work for them, and OE1 is designed to enable that.”

A collection of essential pieces that spans mobile tables, movable walls, height-adjustable workstations, storage trolleys, and more, OE1 directly responds to how and where people want to work, encouraging a reexamination of traditional workplace design while allowing employees to build, test and recreate their spaces. By enabling people to experiment with space, employees will gain confidence as they can not only discover solutions needed in the now, but also adjust rapidly if needed.