AUS launches ‘iLead’ career preparation program

AUS launches ‘iLead’ career preparation program
Students in the School of Business Administration at American University of Sharjah can now further explore their career options.
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Updated 12 May 2021

AUS launches ‘iLead’ career preparation program

AUS launches ‘iLead’ career preparation program

Students in the School of Business Administration (SBA) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) can now further explore their career options and connect their academic studies with their professional goals and personal growth through the newly established iLead program, which launched this semester. 

A comprehensive development and career preparation program, iLead is a pioneer program in the region benchmarked against leading US universities. It will guide students to make the most of their years at SBA and prepare them for joining the workforce. 

“iLead gives our students an early start and a broader understanding of personal growth, career exploration, and the tools to perform job searches, as well as an updated view of the workplace skills required. We use internationally recognized tools that are well-known to recruiters. Participants will also be given the choice to take personal strengths and career path finder assessments, such as the Gallup Strengths Finder for Students. They will go through a three-stage program beginning with the Early Start phase that targets first- and second-year students, the Career Launch phase targeting second- and third-year students, and the Young Leader phase targeting fourth-year students,” said Eleni Papailia, senior manager of internships and placement at SBA. 

The free, no-credit and voluntary course is delivered through a combination of self-paced learning as well as group activities, and has students take personal strengths assessments, work on case studies and presentations, and attend workshops. iLead participants will be given a LinkedIn endorsement and a certificate upon the completion of the program. 

“Throughout the program, students will become familiar with competencies that will help them meet their early career goals. In essence, iLead contributes to our students’ readiness for professional life, personal leadership and good citizenship,” said Dr. Saad Mohsen, professor in finance and associate dean for undergraduate programs at SBA. 

SBA students welcomed the news about the iLead program. Varun Nagaraj, a second-year accounting student, said: “Having a structured career path and a preparation program is vital to secure our dream jobs. This program is key in giving students all the tools and knowledge they require to join the workforce and perform efficiently.”

Dr. Narjess Boubakri, dean of SBA, spoke about the advantages the program presents: “I am so glad to introduce the iLead program to our students. Through iLead, we aim to promote better well-being, greater engagement and academic achievement for all our students at SBA. Our ultimate purpose is to help our students thrive during their years at SBA and to adequately prepare them for their transition to the ever-changing world of work.”


Abdullah Al-Othaim moves up to rank 65th on Forbes Middle East Top 100 list

Abdullah Al-Othaim moves up to rank 65th on Forbes Middle East Top 100 list
Updated 15 June 2021

Abdullah Al-Othaim moves up to rank 65th on Forbes Middle East Top 100 list

Abdullah Al-Othaim moves up to rank 65th on Forbes Middle East Top 100 list

Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets Company has advanced 29 places in Forbes Middle East’s annual ranking of the top 100 largest companies in the region in 2021. The company ranked 65th among major industrial, financial and economic companies in the Middle East, strengthening its position from last year’s 94th rank.

The company also progressed among other Saudi companies, moving to the 24th place from last year’s 31st. Forbes also raised its estimate of the company’s market value to $3.2 billion for 2021 after it was estimated at $2.2 billion last year.

Board member and CEO of Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets Company Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al-Othaim said: “We’re proud of the continuous selection of the company among the 100 largest companies in the Middle East by Forbes. In light of the excellent customer services offered to customers, we are very optimistic about the promising future of the company and its sustainable growth and success.”

He added: “We managed to achieve high sales rates and excellent market share growth in the previous three years by adopting an aggressive growth strategy, with an increasing number of branches numbering at 257 across the Kingdom, which reflects the company’s eagerness to serve all segments of society and contribute to the economic growth of the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030, under the guidance of my Lord, King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, may God bless them.”

Al-Othaim believes teamwork is the key to the success of his company. He expressed his gratitude to the company’s employees for their pivotal role in the success achieved over the recent years, and hoped the collaborative efforts continue in the coming period.

The monthly global magazine, Forbes, provides specialized financial and economic reports with close monitoring and analysis of financial statistics, growth, revenues and assets of large companies around the globe. It is published in seven different languages, including an Arabic version issued for the Middle East region.


How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style

How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style
Updated 14 June 2021

How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style

How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style

The household TV used to be the dominant medium for entertainment — but the rapid growth of the internet in recent decades has chipped away at this, even causing many families to cut the cord. Smartphones and laptops have largely taken the place of traditional TVs, and many households have come to regard their TV as a decorative ornament, rather than an essential device.

The release of the next-generation TV — the Huawei Vision S — turns the notion of the traditional TV on its head, making groundbreaking cross-screen capabilities and intelligent features broadly accessible, via the new HarmonyOS operating system. 

Following in the footsteps of texting, voice calling and video calling, TV calling will help usher in an era of distance-proof communications. This new and trendy mode of communication is an excellent example of how technology can bring people closer together, not just by smartphones, but also even with the big screen in your living room.

1080 p MeeTime Full HD Video calls

Take for example cameras and video calls, a feature we have seen more on smartphones, tablets or even laptops. Huawei has taken these and implemented them into the TV segment, seen on the Huawei Vision S, with a few tweaks for optimization. This means that users can enjoy 1080 p MeeTime Full HD Video calls, right from the comfort of their living room, through the Huawei Vision S’ magnetically attached 13 MP camera. However, that is not all, because through this functionality and MeeTime’s support on multiple devices, users can automatically transfer calls from other devices to the TV itself, without breaking the flow of things. Meanwhile, keeping in mind the network limitations and user comfort, this feature also includes automatic network bandwidth adjustment, which detects the strength of the network and reduces the call quality accordingly, without needing to drop the call entirely.

OneHop screen projection: Smooth and seamless

The Huawei Vision S has been designed with the user’s comfort in mind. Its remote control features an NFC tag, which when tapped against by a Huawei phone, the phone screen is projected to the expansive Huawei Vision S display without missing a beat. The image quality on the Vision S is consistently superb, with support for 60 fps high frame rate video, and lag at under 100 ms. The phone and the Huawei Vision S do not even have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network or paired in order to have content projected. The feature is easy to use, making it effortless to share and showcase your favorite movies, videos, shows and games.

Phone mirror screen controls: A Lifesaver

Huawei Vision S comes equipped with a smart screen control feature that allows you to navigate on the vast display with nimble ease, by having your phone touchscreen serve as the remote control. When the phone screen is mirrored on the Huawei Vision S, the Huawei Vision app and the touchscreen controls take effect on the big screen. The full array of smartphone apps is also at your disposal, putting all of your favorite content on full display. This frees you from having to depend on an unwieldy remote control, allowing you to watch from the comfort of your couch without having to move a muscle.

Huawei Vision app also spares you from having to type on remote control, enabling you to do so on your phone instead, when you are searching for a movie or show to play on your Huawei Vision S. When the phone and Vision S are paired, and the input assistance function is enabled, a pop-up prompt will automatically appear on the phone whenever the system detects that you need to input text, offering unmatched convenience. This makes the seemingly boundless Huawei Vision S screen just as easy to use and navigate as your handheld smartphone.

Distributed gaming, with a phone-turned-gamepad

The Huawei Vision S is as exciting as it is user-friendly. The distributed gaming capabilities enable you to transfer mobile games to the Vision S, and turn your phone into a dedicated gamepad in a matter of seconds, to control the action down to the very last detail. The unique attributes of the Huawei Vision S ensure that gaming graphics are crystal clear, with ultra-low 30ms latency and silky smooth performance. Big screen gaming has never been so easy, or so accessible!

Distributed multi-device collaboration brought to life

Huawei’s distributed all-scenario intelligence is the product of years of painstaking R&D, and designed to distribute intelligence across every facet of daily life. The distributed architecture that forms the bedrock for the Huawei Vision S facilitates seamless connections between all of the devices at the user’s disposal — matching each scenario encountered with the right device, so that services and features are fluid, rather than walled off on separate devices. This also inspires a myriad of newly immersive and interactive user experiences, including multi-screen collaboration, which connects the Huawei Vision S with the user’s smartphone, for effortless video calling and a range of other engaging services.

Huawei Vision S represents the next natural stage, following the evolution from traditional TV sets to internet TV to smart screens. It blazes a trail for other smart screen and TV products to follow, offering an ahead-of-its-time paradigm in which next-level intelligence flows to and from the living room, engaging and entertaining the entire family. 

Price and availability

The Huawei Vision S is now available in the Kingdom in two different sizes: The 55-inch model is priced at SR3,499 ($933) and the 65-inch model is priced at SR4,499, with gifts worth SR2,042 that include a Huawei Watch GT, a three-month Huawei Video subscription, a three-month Starzplay subscription, a three-year warranty and a special entertainment gift. You can purchase it through the online Huawei Store, Huawei’s flagship store in Riyadh Park, Huawei Experience Stores and eXtra Stores. 


Global Village: Region’s most successful SME ecosystem?

Global Village: Region’s most successful SME ecosystem?
Updated 15 June 2021

Global Village: Region’s most successful SME ecosystem?

Global Village: Region’s most successful SME ecosystem?

Global Village, the UAE and wider region’s leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping and entertainment, has begun its preparations for Season 26. Inviting investors and the wider business community to take advantage of strong forecasts for the coming season, the park announced that more than 4.5 million guests came through their doors in the recently concluded Silver Jubilee season. This is an exceptional achievement in light of the current situation and affirms Global Village’s strong market position. 

Bader Anwahi, CEO, Global Village, said: “Whether business owners are beginning a new journey or broadening their horizons, Global Village has always provided a platform to turn ambition into business success. We are proud to support SMEs and help them achieve their goals, and we will once again bring our experience and resources together to support fresh ideas from our partners. We are also committed to serving as a launchpad for international businesses to pilot their concepts in the region. Our infrastructure, reputation and strong foothold in the market presents businesses with unparalleled opportunities. With the robust conclusion of our Silver Jubilee season we are now looking forward, with renewed optimism, to building on this accomplishment to ensure next season’s success.”

For entrepreneurs considering joining Global Village’s partnership ecosystem for the upcoming 26th season, recent figures highlight the potential business advantages that await. From October through to May, Global Village showed itself to be a mainstay of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, breaking barriers and establishing new standards while showcasing Dubai’s “open for business” message to the world. The park welcomed no fewer than 4.5 million visitors over the 190-day Silver Jubilee season, with 78 cultures represented in 26 pavilions across the park, more than 300 food and beverage outlets and 3,500 retail outlets. This resulted in over 5,000 commercial partners and exhibitors gaining valuable business during the six-month season. 

Global Village places a large number of facilities at the service of their partners. A dedicated team works hand in hand with even the most inexperienced entrepreneurs to give them the best chance of success. The digital transformation that Global Village is undertaking underscores the agility of the teams and the considerable investments being made to secure future success. The award-winning Global Village mobile app launched in Season 25 ensures guests can find information on businesses and quickly locate every outlet through the GPS-powered venue navigation system. The next-generation “GV Pay” e-wallet also gives guests the option of contactless and cashless payment across the destination, ensuring smooth and seamless business operations.

Global Village also provides a plethora of promotional opportunities. Season 25 partners were invited to get involved in the achievement of 25 Guinness World Records, giving them great PR exposure. A fashion shoot with Zahrat Al-Khaleej — an Arabic luxury fashion magazine — showcased products from different pavilions and significantly boosted both reputation and sales for many fashion and accessories artisans and boutiques across the park. In Season 26, the teams are planning creative new activities, which will form part of the park’s continued efforts to support the UAE business ecosystem and help entrepreneurs attain business success.


Toyota lauds ALJ Motors for customer service excellence

Toyota lauds ALJ Motors for customer service excellence
Updated 15 June 2021

Toyota lauds ALJ Motors for customer service excellence

Toyota lauds ALJ Motors for customer service excellence

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors (ALJ Motors) has won three awards from Toyota Motor Corporation in recognition of its outstanding customer service as the authorized distributor in Saudi Arabia. 

One of the awards is the “Gold Award” distinction for after-sales service — the highest customer service commendation given by Toyota to its worldwide distribution partners. It recognizes ALJ Motors’ provision of exceptional customer services.

With this, ALJ Motors has exceeded its 10th year in a row in winning the “Gold Award” for customer service. Moreover, to mark this milestone, Toyota has given ALJ Motors the prestigious “Decade of Outstanding Customer Delight Award.” 

ALJ Motors has also been given the “Gold Award” distinction in the “Excellence Award in Sales and Marketing” for its work in reaching customers and serving their needs. 

ALJ Motors has been working together with Toyota for more than 65 years — providing a premium experience of automotive ownership and after-sales services in Saudi Arabia. It has considerable expertise across the mobility value chain and works to continuously improve products and services for its guests and partners. It is committed to investing in Saudi Arabia and delivering on its “guest first” philosophy that prioritizes the needs of customers. 

Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, welcomed Toyota’s recognition of ALJ Motors’ commitment to excellent service. He said: “At Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, our guests are our top priority and Toyota Motor Corporation has recognized the excellent standard of customer service provided by our associates. We will remain focused on our ambition to constantly improve our products and services and to enhance the mobility sector in Saudi Arabia. These awards only demonstrate our passionate commitment to our guests, which has always been a significant driving force behind our strategy.”

Shinji Miyamoto, chief officer of Toyota’s Customer First Promotion Group, praised ALJ Motors for its commitment to customer service over the last decade. He said: “I want to congratulate Abdul Latif Jameel Motors on these achievements. These awards are a tribute to the dedicated daily efforts of the organization’s customer service personnel whose continued focus on excellence embodies Toyota’s Kaizen principle.”


Feyan makes hundreds of children’s wishes come true

Feyan makes hundreds of children’s wishes come true
Updated 13 June 2021

Feyan makes hundreds of children’s wishes come true

Feyan makes hundreds of children’s wishes come true

RIYADH: Feyan — Naif Alrajhi Investment Group’s community service arm — launched its “Eidikum Alaina” initiative for the second consecutive year, motivating children to give and offer toys to other children in need. Feyan partnered with Kayan Association for Orphans to implement the initiative and ensure toys are delivered to the right families, drawing more than 250 smiles on children’s faces.
In its first edition, the initiative called on children to gather toys from their homes to offer and deliver them to their less fortunate peers in Riyadh. This year, building on last year’s success, the team launched a landing page where children shared their wishes for other kids to make them come true. A list of wishes was available on the page; kids were able to log in and choose the toy they wanted to provide, prepare it and wrap it as a gift and write the beneficiary’s name on it so that the team could pick it up and deliver it. From skateboards to Xbox and Barbie houses, toys are offered with love, creating a beautiful synergy and a sense of pride in giving and sharing for the joy of Eid.
“The initiative is meant to teach children about the importance of giving by motivating them and engaging them in catering to other kids’ wishes,” said Noura Naif Alrajhi, Feyan’s director. She added: “As an investment group, our community service is directed toward investing in people and enticing them to engage and give. We are proud of our partnership with Kayan Association for Orphans and happy to celebrate the smiles we have drawn through this initiative for Eid for the second year.”
The initiative engaged hundreds of children across the Kingdom.