Jameel-Toyota Scholarship at MIT marks 25 years

Jameel-Toyota Scholarship at MIT marks 25 years
The event was attended by current and alumni Jameel-Toyota scholars; Fady Jameel, Community Jameel president, international; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; and Shinichi Yasui.
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Updated 05 January 2020

Jameel-Toyota Scholarship at MIT marks 25 years

Jameel-Toyota Scholarship at MIT marks 25 years

Community Jameel, a global philanthropy, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Abdul Latif Jameel-Toyota Endowed Scholarship program at an event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The event was attended by current and alumni Jameel-Toyota scholars; Fady Jameel, Community Jameel president, international; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; and Shinichi Yasui, Toyota Motor North America executive vice president, research and development.

To enable young people from all over the world to achieve their potential through education, the Jameel-Toyota Scholarship was established in 1994 at MIT, by Mohammed Jameel KBE, founder of Community Jameel and an alumnus of MIT. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Abdul Latif Jameel, whose philanthropic tradition is continued today by Community Jameel, and the Toyota Motor Corporation, in recognition of the longstanding friendship and collaboration between the two organizations.

Over the past 25 years, more than 180 students from 28 countries have completed undergraduate studies at MIT through the Jameel-Toyota Scholarship. Students from countries in Asia, North Africa and Europe are eligible for the scholarship. Many alumni scholars have gone on to establish successful careers in business, academia and industry, in the US and back home. At the anniversary event, Community Jameel unveiled a new network for Jameel-Toyota scholars past and present, which offers mentorship to students and builds ties to Community Jameel’s broad range of philanthropic efforts, including four labs at MIT.

MIT President Reif said: “Through the leadership and vision of the Jameel family, the Jameel-Toyota scholars come to MIT to fulfill their potential. While they are here, they enrich the MIT community with their ideas, energy and talent — and as they move on to successful careers and graduate studies, they use what they learned here to empower communities and improve people’s lives around the globe.”

Fady Jameel said: “Community Jameel has launched the Jameel-Toyota Scholars Network, which focuses on engaging scholars and all students, from the MIT community and beyond, through several key initiatives, including providing them access to a network of alumni mentors and organizing periodic events for networking and knowledge exchange.”

“I am very excited that Toyota continues to assist talented students in pursuing their dreams,” said Yasui of Toyota Motor. “Toyota is a real champion of diversity and inclusion, and advocates for underserved communities. We’re so proud to recognize the academic excellence and perseverance of these scholars, together with Community Jameel.”

The Jameel-Toyota Scholarship is administered by MIT and is open to candidates from eligible countries via MIT Student Financial Services.


Aston Martin launches new online configurator

Aston Martin launches new online configurator
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Aston Martin launches new online configurator

Aston Martin launches new online configurator

Aston Martin has launched a new configurator, designed to elevate the luxury brand’s online digital experience for customers, fans and dealer partners.

A key component of the brand’s transformation plan “Project Horizon” is the rejuvenation of the customer journey, and the new configurator is an important part of that process.

The new configurator simplifies the specification process, allowing customers to intuitively create their most desired Aston Martin. New technologies have enabled the brand to remove the mundane and replace it with a pleasurable experience that offers greater flexibility and a level of convenience that is hugely valuable. For customers who wish to create a unique Aston Martin, the configurator also offers a full suite of personalization, which includes unique options and an extensive selection of paints, leathers and alcantaras.

Offering immersive 3D ultra-high-definition environments, the Aston Martin configurator provides customers with the ability to zoom in on the fine details of the car, which can then be viewed in a cinematic video that clearly shows the full exterior and interior specification chosen. A choice of beautiful backdrops, from a studio environment to real locations helps customers visualize their perfect car. This new, streamlined customer journey can even pick up the exact specification of a car that a customer has seen in an advertisement, recreating the exact look of the selected car.

The configurator is designed to engage, excite and enable the brand’s customers, wherever they are in the purchase journey. At any point in the online process they will be able to switch to personal interaction and schedule an online session with their local dealer who can assist with their configuration. Customers and fans can download a personalized brochure of their configuration, share their favorite configurations to social media and also choose to book a test drive at any point in the process.

Developed in partnership with the digitization experts MHP, the new configurator offers a highly personalized and visual experience, providing the ability to explore all options and custom features at an unprecedented level of detail and in real-time.

Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers said: “We will go above and beyond to deliver perfection to our customers. The experience of buying an Aston Martin should be as pleasurable as owning one and our new configurator has been created with this in mind. Our customers are very busy people, so it is our job to make the buying process as simple and as enjoyable as possible. This new configurator does that. Like many businesses, a proportion of our customers switched over to online buying during the pandemic, so we have improved this process to allow remote customers to receive the full Aston Martin experience.”

In 2020, the Aston Martin configurator saw more than 2 million sessions and this number is expected to grow for 2021.


Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers

Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers
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Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers

Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers

The activities of the Al-Dhaid Date Festival, organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), attracted a large number of applicants for the “Ratab Al-Khalas” competition, which was divided into farms of the Northern Emirates regions and farms in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The festival runs from July 22-25.

The second day was dedicated to the “Ratab Al-Khezini” and the “Ratab Al-Shishi” competitions, while the last two days are dedicated to the “Mazayna” competition of lemons and “Mekhrafa” competition for women.

The fifth edition of the Al-Dhaid Date Festival, which began on Thursday, saw the introduction of two new competition categories, one for local mango and the other for yellow and red figs. The festival’s organizing committee allocated a special pavilion to showcase the products of the 2021 season from the two new categories. On the fourth day of the festival, winners of the local mango and yellow and red figs competitions were honored.

This year’s edition, which is held under the theme “Authenticity of the past and glory of the present,” includes 23 stands for displaying various types of dates. The organizing committee also urged the public to follow the festival’s accounts on social media platforms to learn more about the raffle draws that have several prizes such as iPhone 12 Pro smartphones. Al-Al-Dhaid Date Festival has become one of the most important annual events for palm growers in the eastern and central regions of Sharjah as well as in the other emirates of the country, said Mohammed Musabeh Al-Tunaiji, general coordinator of the festival. He said the festival plays a key role in improving the quality and diversity of local dates through its various competitions.

Therefore, the SCCI was keen to increase the value of the prizes given out in the festival, in addition to introducing new categories that contribute to maintaining the significant position of palm trees and encouraging their cultivation. The festival also aimed to highlight the various types of crops that Sharjah and the other country’s other emirates are known for, Al-Tunaiji added.


India’s EMotorad to launch e-bikes in the UAE

India’s EMotorad to launch e-bikes in the UAE
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India’s EMotorad to launch e-bikes in the UAE

India’s EMotorad to launch e-bikes in the UAE

Indian e-bike company EMotorad has announced that it is launching its first overseas operations in the UAE from Aug. 15.

“The makers of EMotorad e-bikes are thrilled to enter the UAE market as they see it as a major opportunity to redefine mobility across the country,” the company said.

“After building trust with our top-quality products among Indian consumers, EMotorad is excited to showcase its international range of EV products on a global level during the upcoming Dubai Expo in October 2021.”

Aditya Oza, co-founder and CMO, EMotorad, said: “Dubai is the gateway to the world. And our motto to come to the UAE is to cater to a broader segment of the audience. We wish to work very closely with our overseas partners as well as the government. Also, with the Dubai Expo coming, we found this to be the perfect time for us to step in, as it attracts prominent people from around the world.” 

The four flagship e-bikes to be introduced in the UAE by EMotorad are T-Rex, Doodle, Trible and ENER-G. “The bookings will begin from Aug. 1. The brand will also go live on top online marketplaces such as Amazon, Noon.com besides our official website. We will also be tying up with dealers across the UAE,” said Sumedh Battewar, co-founder and CBO at EMotorad.

These bikes have been specifically designed keeping the UAE demography and customer needs in mind. “Among the four e-bikes to be launched in the UAE, Doodle and T-Rex are already doing wonderfully in India. We are adding ENER-G and Trible, which perfectly match their use-cases in this market. While ENER-G is a mini scooter, exclusively designed for the delivery segment, Trible is a tri-fold e-bike for the last-mile commute. And it’s a pick-and-go e-bike that suits the UAE market to perfection,” said Rajib Gangopadhyay, founder, EMotorad.

EMotorad has big plans for the UAE in terms of driving e-mobility across the country in tandem with government initiatives of promoting clean and green transport. “The global shift toward electric mobility is now inevitable. The government of the UAE has always been progressive in terms of promoting new concepts, startups and ideas. And with the support, we are confident to meet the growing demand with quick delivery time. Our smartly engineered e-bikes will benefit the country as a whole as we are bringing an altogether new and exciting way of commuting,” said Kunal Gupta, co-founder and CEO, EMotorad.

EMotorad was founded in 2020 with an aim to promote green mobility. The company has sold more than 10,000 units and reported an annual revenue of $15 million.


Bentley Mulliner celebrates 1,000th bespoke project

The Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, introduced in 2017, is the ultimate accessory for the falconry enthusiast, featuring everything needed for a successful expedition.
The Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, introduced in 2017, is the ultimate accessory for the falconry enthusiast, featuring everything needed for a successful expedition.
Updated 22 July 2021

Bentley Mulliner celebrates 1,000th bespoke project

The Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, introduced in 2017, is the ultimate accessory for the falconry enthusiast, featuring everything needed for a successful expedition.
  • Taking inspiration from the prized Sinjari falcon, just four limited edition examples of the Mulsanne Sinjari were produced in 2016 for select customers in the Middle East

Bentley Mulliner is celebrating its 1,000th bespoke commission since its own dedicated design team was formed. In 2014, the increasing demand for bespoke and personalized vehicles was recognized by Mulliner and a dedicated team was formed.
Since then, the Mulliner team has produced numerous bespoke cars for customers across the Middle East, most notably in the form of the Bentayga Mulliner Pearl of the Gulf, Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, Mulsanne Sinjari and Mulsanne Majestic limited edition models.
The 1,000th bespoke project is for a European customer who wanted two specific interior features to extend the personalization of their Bentley. The first request was the application of Olive Ash — a veneer associated with the heritage of Mulsanne — to the interior of a Bentayga. The second was to introduce a contrast twin stitch to the upper areas of the seats and door trims adding further contrast to the interior.
Seven years earlier, the first project was a small limited edition of 15 vehicles, which focused on increased levels of passenger comfort — the Flying Spur Serenity. The seats and headrests were re-engineered and as part of the broader redesign, a new and unique diamond quilting throughout the cabin was introduced to create a truly bespoke feel. This unique textured leather formed the inspiration of the diamond design that can be seen in the Continental GT Mulliner today.

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The 1,000th bespoke project is for a European customer who wanted two specific interior features to extend the personalization of their Bentley.

Paul Williams, director of Mulliner and Motorsport, said: “Since 2014, our Mulliner design team has averaged three customer commissions a week, showing just how popular bespoke Bentleys are becoming. The only thing all of those designs have in common is that they are for individual customers — apart from that, each one is as unique as the rest.”
Most recently in the Middle East, Bentley created the ultimate collector’s model inspired by the Arabian Gulf’s rich pearl diving heritage — the Bentayga Mulliner Pearl of the Gulf. Just five of these exquisite W12-powered cars were hand-built by Mulliner, each featuring unique Mother of Pearl and Arabian Gulf-themed motifs.
The Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, introduced in 2017, is the ultimate accessory for the falconry enthusiast, featuring a bespoke installation in the rear to house everything needed for a successful falconry expedition. This included a stowage tray with compartments for a GPS bird tracking unit, binoculars and leather bird hoods and gauntlets, as well as individual perches stored in a natural-cork-fabric-trimmed case
Taking inspiration from the prized Sinjari falcon, just four limited edition examples of the Mulsanne Sinjari were produced in 2016 for select customers in the Middle East. They featured captivating exterior colors as well as numerous other bespoke details, including gold-plated transfer overlay images of the Sinjari falcon inside the cabin.
And at the end of 2014, Mulliner unveiled another exclusive series of cars devoted solely to the Middle East region. With only 15 models produced, the ultra-exclusive Mulsanne Majestic took Bentley’s then-flagship model, the pinnacle in luxurious, handmade grand touring, to the next level.


New Zealand to host festival of indigenous peoples at expo

The New Zealand pavilion will present the story of the Whanganui River.
The New Zealand pavilion will present the story of the Whanganui River.
Updated 22 July 2021

New Zealand to host festival of indigenous peoples at expo

The New Zealand pavilion will present the story of the Whanganui River.
  • Indigenous and tribal peoples’ economies provide the foundation upon which many modern societies are built and now flourish

New Zealand’s values-led approach to foreign affairs seeks to ignite connections between Indigenous and tribal peoples globally through the delivery of World Expo’s first-ever Festival of Indigenous and Tribal Ideas “Te Aratini,” during the Tolerance and Inclusivity Week at Expo 2020 Dubai from Nov. 17-19.
Expo 2020 will take place in the UAE, a place which, like New Zealand, is home to more than 200 nationalities. This shared diversity and respect for different cultures provides the ideal platform for Te Aratini to showcase the value of indigenous and tribal cultures.
Te Aratini will mark a culturally significant moment in the history of World Expos with New Zealand leading the collaboration of all participating countries to showcase the untapped potential indigenous and tribal peoples offer to solving global issues.
With the heralding in of Matariki, the Māori New Year, New Zealand is calling for international participants to join Te Aratini and be a part of the movement toward greater inclusion and acceptance of indigenous and tribal peoples’ knowledge and know-how.

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370k people worldwide identify as indigenous peoples.

“For many indigenous and tribal peoples, including Māori, our beliefs are grounded in ‘whakapapa’ (or genealogical connections) that establish relationships between people, the environment and the spiritual world. In the wake of the global pandemic, these beliefs and values can help shape the world’s much needed commitment toward empathy, sustainability, and intergenerational solutions for well-being,” said Nanaia Mahuta, minister of foreign affairs for New Zealand.
“Relationships are the cornerstone of Aotearoa New Zealand’s international connections. It is timely that Te Aratini will create a movement toward enhancing global relationships and exploring how to more proactively empower the resurgence and regeneration of indigenous economies. Globally, we can collectively build back better, fairer, more inclusively and more indigenously,” she added.
Indigenous and tribal peoples’ economies provide the foundation upon which many modern societies are built and now flourish. Approximately, 370 million people worldwide identify as indigenous peoples, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals state that true sustainable development is not possible without “protecting the traditional knowledge and territories of indigenous people.”
Visitors to the New Zealand pavilion will be introduced to the story of the Whanganui River, one of the nation’s most precious natural resources and the first river in the world to gain legal rights under Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017.

The innovative legislation recognizes the river as a living and indivisible whole with indigenous values that guide and support its health and well-being.
The powerful, universal story is designed to encourage visitors to connect with and care for people and places and to create a paradigm shift from exploiting to valuing our relationship with natural resources.