Sultan bin Ali Al-Owais sets up rental unit

Haleema Al-Owais, director of Sultan bin Ali Al-Owais Real Estate.
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Updated 26 March 2020

Sultan bin Ali Al-Owais sets up rental unit

Sultan bin Ali Al-Owais Real Estate, a UAE-based real estate and asset management company, has announced the establishment of a short-term rental division to cater to the anticipated demand during the Dubai Expo 2020.

The new division is being launched with 250 short-term rental units and all properties are located within accessibility and proximity to the Expo 2020 site.

“Coming from a heritage of real estate development where we build for the purpose of renting out, our principal audience is predominantly made up of expats looking for long-term rentals. However, with the expected influx of people coming into the UAE based on the country’s economic and leisure offerings, this number will only go higher considering the Expo 2020,” said Haleema Al-Owais, director of Sultan bin Ali Al-Owais Real Estate.

“Every market and metropolis has an appetite for different kinds and classes of projects, and if the mix of developments between luxury/high-end, mid-market and affordable housing is in sync with the population it is designed to cater, the UAE demand will always have the potential to match its supply if not exceed it,” she added.

“We have been in the process of developing and acquiring assets with the vision of short-term rentals for the past two years and are confident about the company’s new direction.”

The company that specifically develops properties to rent, and owns and manages a portfolio of over 2,000 properties across the UAE, is known for its emphasis on its long-term rental ethos and retention of residential tenants exceeding 20 years.

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Updated 09 July 2020

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Outstanding students, tutors and colleges from 25 countries, including from the Middle East, saw their achievements recognized at the BTEC Awards 2020 ceremony, held online for the first time due to coronavirus.

Hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC ambassador, Flex, 17 category award winners were celebrated from the UAE and around the Middle East as well as internationally in subjects such as health and social care, performing arts, engineering, IT, business and sport.

Double Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock and architect, TV presenter and campaigner George Clarke were among those presenting awards. 

They were joined by journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern who spoke about her passion for vocational education and the BTEC Awards.

Spanning across 21 categories, the awards showcase the exceptional BTEC learners and teachers that have been nominated to win a gold, silver or bronze BTEC award. Accepted in more than 200 universities worldwide, BTEC is a highly regarded, career-focused qualification, studied in over 60 countries.

The Middle East winners are:

• BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Silver Winner — Finn Page, DESC, UAE

• BTEC Teacher of the Year (schools only) Bronze Winner — James McBlane, British School Al-Khubairat, UAE

• BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Sangeetha Philip, Cambridge International School, Dubai, UAE

• BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Delma Sharyl D’Silva, The Winchester School — Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE

Cindy Rampersaud, senior vice president, BTEC and apprenticeships at Pearson Education, said: “This year I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of BTEC Award nominations we received, and I am delighted to celebrate this year’s winners and the achievements of all learners who will be awarded a BTEC this year. 

Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen how the current pandemic has highlighted the critical role of key workers and individuals who are likely to have followed a vocational educational pathway such as BTEC.”

In the UAE, BTEC qualifications are available in sectors including applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, performing arts, public services, sport, travel and tourism.

Pearson has been delivering BTEC qualifications worldwide since 1984. A recent study revealed that 90 percent of BTEC students are employed full-time after graduating.

Globally, nearly 1 million students studied toward a BTEC in the past year, via 784 approved BTEC centers in 60 countries.

In response to new careers emerging within industries and ongoing change, Pearson is continually adapting and innovating its BTEC curriculum and learning to ensure it is relevant for young people and adults, supporting progression and career aspirations throughout lives.