OTT platform Intigral brings Jawwy TV to Egypt

OTT platform Intigral brings Jawwy TV to Egypt
Viewers can enjoy both linear TV and subscription video-on-demand offerings, including Western, Arabic and Khaleeji content.
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Updated 29 December 2020

OTT platform Intigral brings Jawwy TV to Egypt

OTT platform Intigral brings Jawwy TV to Egypt

Intigral, an over-the-top content provider in the MENA region, has announced a strategic partnership with Orange Egypt, an internet data network provider in Egypt, to offer its subscribers access to Jawwy TV app. This expansion is being enabled by a strategic partnership with Tpay Mobile, a digital payments platform in the Middle East and Africa. 

Orange subscribers can benefit from an extended free trial of 30 days to Jawwy TV. The offer enables viewers to enjoy both linear TV and subscription video-on-demand offerings, with countless content titles across multiple genres including Western, Arabic and Khaleeji series and movies, documentaries and lifestyle shows, as well as children’s content.

Subscribers will also be able to watch more than 50 free-to-air and encrypted channels that cater to the tastes and preferences of all family members, such as Rotana, MBC, National Geographic and FOX HD. Moreover, Jawwy TV’s extensive video-on-demand library comprises Jawwy TV Exclusive movies, including the latest Egyptian movies as well as Jawwy TV’s original productions. Additionally, the app offers aggregated content from leading global content providers such as Fox+, StarzPlay, Cartoon Network, Wide Khaliji, and many more.

Markus Golder, CEO of Intigral, said: “We are delighted to delve into the Egyptian market through several fruitful collaborations, the latest being the strategic partnership with Orange, regarded as the country’s fastest internet network — an endeavor which will provide an invaluable opportunity for Jawwy TV to reach more audiences in MENA.”

Ahmed El-Abd, chief commercial officer at Orange Egypt, said: “Orange is bringing its customers access to 25,000 titles through this partnership and taking the digital customer experience a step further. 

“Digitization is now the new norm. Hence, availing a wide range of content and cooperating with one of the leading content providers in the region is a very important step for Orange content strategy.”


New destination management company in KSA announced

New destination management company in KSA announced
Updated 19 May 2021

New destination management company in KSA announced

New destination management company in KSA announced

On the second day (May 17) of the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Saudi firm Ajlan and Bros. Holding Group and Desert Adventures Tourism announced the signing of a partnership agreement, setting the course to establish a full-service destination management company in Saudi Arabia. 

Desert Adventures Tourism is the first Dubai-based destination management company to announce its plans to extend into the Kingdom in a joint venture with a well-known Saudi partner. 

The two companies are joining hands with the aspiration to build the leading destination management company in the Kingdom, based on innovative tourism products, highest quality of service and unique experiences for travelers. 

“Saudi is an exciting, fast-growing tourism destination that offers the world’s travelers a diverse, culturally rich experience, redolent of Arabian mystique and grounded in authentic Saudi hospitality,” said Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO of the Saudi Tourism Authority. “Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, we have seen considerable growth in visitation and spending across many regions of the country and we are optimistic about the future of tourism in Saudi. This is a great time to welcome Ajlan and Bros. Holding Group and Desert Adventures Tourism to the Saudi tourism ecosystem and we look forward to collaborating with them, as well as with our other partners, in bringing new, competitive products and services to the market.”

Ajlan and Bros. is one of the largest private sector conglomerates in the Middle East, with diversified businesses in textiles, real estate, maintenance, logistics, and entertainment. In line with Vision 2030, the group has embarked on a significant diversification program in the Kingdom and the MENA region, which includes the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

With its 25 years of experience in destination management in the UAE, Jordan and Oman, Desert Adventures Tourism has been a partner of choice for many worldwide tour operators due to its stability, consistency, and ultimately, quality of service.  

During the virtual signing ceremony, Fahad bin Saad Alajlan, sponsor of tourism and hospitality at Ajlan and Bros, said: “Ajlan and Bros. are committed to helping realize Saudi Vision 2030 and increasing the prosperity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through this partnership, we will not only become a market leader in this sector but also create new jobs and support elevating the Kingdom as a prime tourism destination.” 

Peter Payet, chief executive of Desert Adventures Tourism Middle East, added: “We are excited to enter into this partnership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We believe that combining Ajlan and Bros’ strength and Desert Adventures Tourism’s expertise will result in a highly successful venture with a unique tourism offering of ‘Saudi by Saudis’ and providing highest levels of quality.”


NH Hotels to make Mideast debut with Dubai property

NH Hotels to make Mideast debut with Dubai property
Updated 19 May 2021

NH Hotels to make Mideast debut with Dubai property

NH Hotels to make Mideast debut with Dubai property

Mid and upscale hotel brand, NH Hotels, is to debut in the Middle East region later this year with the launch of NH Dubai The Palm. Currently in the final stages of development, the new 533-key property will open its doors in December. 

Located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, a global landmark, the hotel will be part of Seven Hotel and Apartments, a mixed-use development consisting of a hospitality tower and a residential tower. The hotel will be easily accessible on The Palm’s main trunk, adjacent to the largest mall on The Palm and close to the Palm Fountain at The Pointe, which launched recently as the world’s largest fountain. Dubai’s other key tourist attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina are all within easy reach. 

The new 14-story property will offer 227 hotel guest rooms and suites, in addition to 306 serviced apartments. Facilities will include multiple restaurants and bars, three spa treatment rooms, a kids’ club and four meeting rooms. For the active, there will be a gym fully equipped with the latest equipment. In addition, the hotel will be home to a rooftop infinity pool, creating the perfect “Insta” spot. 

The hotel’s interiors will be bold, original and energetic, bringing bursts of color and an abundance of local character.

NH Dubai The Palm is owned by luxury real estate and hospitality developer Seven Tides, with a portfolio including Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort and Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate. 

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing NH Hotels to the Middle East and launching in Dubai is a great fit for the brand. The hotel will perfectly complement the existing portfolio of hotels Minor operates within the city, alongside Anantara, Avani and Oaks, widening the offering available for our guests. We look forward to bringing this exciting new hotel to the market working alongside our partners Seven Tides.” 

Abdulla bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides, added: “We have built a close working relationship with Minor over the past eight years, initially with the launch of Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort in 2013. Being a mid to upscale brand, NH will complement Anantara and provide cross-marketing opportunities along with the five-star Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate hotel, another Seven Tides property that is under Minor management.” 

NH Dubai The Palm will be the first of the brand to launch in the Middle East and will join an existing portfolio of more than 240 NH Hotels properties worldwide.


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.