Top leaders from Asia to speak at 6th ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave

Top leaders from Asia to speak at 6th ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave
Professor Dr. Gowher Rizvi and Muna Al-Gurg will speak at the event.
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Updated 07 June 2021

Top leaders from Asia to speak at 6th ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave

Top leaders from Asia to speak at 6th ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave

Top leaders from Asia and around the world will convene at the sixth ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave of 2021 on June 8. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan, UAE cabinet member and minister of tolerance and coexistence, and in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Economy, the monthly leadership series brings together prominent voices of Asia in dynamic dialogues focusing on post-pandemic socioeconomic recovery. It will be held at the cutting-edge virtual venue, the ABLF City, developed by SMART IEDEA. 

This month’s ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave will see a lineup of speakers, including: Professor Dr. Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the prime minister of Bangladesh; Meenakshi Lekhi, member of parliament, India; Muna Al-Gurg, director, retail, Easa Saleh Al-Gurg Group, UAE, and chairwoman, Young Arab Leaders; Nadia Zaal, co-founder and CEO, Al-Barari and Zaya Group, UAE; Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative; and Sujata Keshavan, founder and creative director, Varana, India. 

A world-renowned historian, academician and former editor of Contemporary South Asia, Professor Dr. Rizvi will discuss strategies that Asian economies ravaged by the impact of COVID-19 can adopt to stage a recovery. Professor Dr. Rizvi has worked at Oxford University, the University of Warwick, the University of Canterbury, Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Virginia and has also been the representative of the Ford Foundation in Delhi. 

A leading lawyer of the Supreme Court of India, Lekhi will discuss ways in which nations can leverage the benefits of multilateralism to resolve pressing socioeconomic issues. Known for her visionary leadership, entrepreneurial prowess and philanthropic initiatives, Al-Gurg’s session will explore the potential for a youth-focused, digital-empowered and sustainable financial model to return to pre-pandemic levels of growth. As chairwoman of the Young Arab Leaders, a not-for-profit organization, she facilitates initiatives focussed on education, entrepreneurship and youth development in the region. 

Zaal, a UAE-based real estate titan, known for launching the Zaya Nurai Island, a boutique luxury resort hotel that adopts the best practices in sustainability, will share key inputs to enable leaders to reach their full potential amidst the current unpredictability. 

Zaal passionately promotes sustainability at the island, introducing public solar lighting throughout the area and use of electric buggies for transportation. 

Along with Platinum Partner Aditya Birla Group, a global Indian conglomerate and Fortune 500 company, this month the ABLF Talks Virtual Conclave is joined by DP World, a UAE-based multinational global supply chain solutions provider.


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. 


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.


Porsche goes to extremes for new Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche goes to extremes for new Taycan Cross Turismo
Updated 14 June 2021

Porsche goes to extremes for new Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche goes to extremes for new Taycan Cross Turismo

Coinciding with the arrival of the first models, Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE is celebrating the new electric Taycan Cross Turismo with a thrilling video that showcases the versatile model being pushed to its limits in two remote locations with opposing climatic extremes. It is the first time that an automotive brand has released a campaign video captured entirely by a first-person view (FPV) drone in such challenging conditions.

Two identical race tracks, one in the sandy desert in Liwa (UAE) and the other on a snow-blanketed frozen lake north of the Arctic circle in Levi (Finland), play host to the project, titled Drive2Extremes, which sees the Taycan Cross Turismo power between two contrasting worlds. Taking the viewer on this visual journey is the FPV drone videography of Johnny Schaer, heralded as one of the world’s top drone pilots and better known as Johnny FPV.

Reflecting the nature of the Taycan Cross Turismo, the world’s first electric cross utility vehicle, the landmark hero film features groundbreaking FPV drone cinematography capturing epic driving moments, extreme landscapes and genuine, compelling human performances.

Key to the project’s success and the visual appeal is the unique combination of exciting young talent. Drone innovator Schaer and Emmy-award-winning director Nicholas Schrunk link seamlessly with professional racing driver and Porsche driving instructor Jukka Honkavuori, to create the world-merging edit, captured between the biting cold of Levi and the blistering heat of Liwa.

Chief Executive Officer at Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE Dr. Manfred Braeunl said: “Innovative, exciting, and bursting with Porsche DNA, this model proclaims ‘adventure’ and an ‘active lifestyle.’ With this leading-edge production, we want to highlight the versatility and durability of the all-new Taycan Cross Turismo for a creative, ambitious and individual lifestyle.”

Markus Peter, marketing director at Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, added: “By partnering up with innovative content creators, we authentically showcase the car in new perspectives and create curiosity, enhancing the awareness for our electric products.” Three derivatives of the Taycan Cross Turismo are now available, all featuring the Performance Battery Plus as standard, offering up to 456 km of range from the 93.4 kWh battery. 

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo generates overboost power of up to 350 kW (476 PS), accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed 220 km/h, with the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo further in front. The Turbo model is the most powerful of the three, delivering up to 500 kW and accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. Its top speed is 250 km/h.

The new models feature all the assets of the Taycan sports saloon, including the 800-volt architecture, two-speed transmission on the rear axle, and high recuperative power of up to 275 kW.

The Drive2Extremes video has been released on Porsche’s official YouTube channel as well as on the Porsche Newsroom.


BinDawood hosts blood donation drive for employees

BinDawood hosts blood donation drive for employees
Updated 14 June 2021

BinDawood hosts blood donation drive for employees

BinDawood hosts blood donation drive for employees

Marking World Blood Donor Day, BinDawood Holding Company organized a blood donation campaign for its employees in cooperation with King Abdul Aziz University Hospital on June 8 at the BinDawood Holding headquarters in Jeddah. World Blood Donor Day is observed on June 14 annually to raise awareness of the need for safe blood products as a lifesaving gift. 

The 2021 slogan for World Blood Donor Day is “Give blood and keep the world beating” and BinDawood Holding’s employees were keen to share social responsibility and help create awareness among the wider Saudi community on the call for more people to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health. 

Employees signed up for available spots to donate blood. Before drawing blood, hospital nurses conducted a check-up on all donors to make sure the employees were healthy and met all criteria to donate their blood. After the donation, employees were directed to a waiting area where they could rest and have a snack and drink before carrying on with their day. 

Ahmad A.R. BinDawood, chief executive of BinDawood Holding, said: “We are very pleased to partner with King Abdul Aziz University Hospital and host this blood donation event at the BinDawood Holding headquarters. Thank you to all of our team members who donated blood, embracing the call for donations and inspiring others to do the same.” 

The donation event was hosted while taking into consideration the current COVID-19 rules and regulations. Employees signed up for specific times in order to maintain physical distancing. 

BinDawood Holding is one of the leading grocery retail operators of hypermarkets and supermarkets in the Kingdom. The company has a total of 74 stores, of which 51 are hypermarkets and 23 are supermarkets, each located strategically across the country and operating under two complementary brands: BinDawood and Danube.


Red Sea Development Company appoints two new members to advisory board

Red Sea Development Company appoints two new members to advisory board
Updated 14 June 2021

Red Sea Development Company appoints two new members to advisory board

Red Sea Development Company appoints two new members to advisory board

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has appointed two industry experts to its global advisory board. 

The new appointees, who have a combined experience of more than 50 years in the hospitality and tourism sector, will play a pivotal role in directing The Red Sea Project toward welcoming its first guests at the end of 2022.

Frances-Anne Keeler, former deputy CEO of Tourism Australia and former executive director of Europe at VisitBritain, and Piers Schmidt, founder of Luxury Branding, join the company’s existing international advisory board of eight world leaders in business, investment, tourism, sustainability and conservation with immediate effect. 

John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC, said: “As we prepare to welcome our first visitors to the destination next year, our focus is turning toward how we share the treasures of The Red Sea Project. We are delighted to welcome the new advisory board members, whose experience will be instrumental in our preparation for launch.” 

Keeler has more than 25 years of experience across hospitality and tourism, business and events and education and financial services. In her previous positions, she has led international strategy, marketing and operations across multiple markets. Keeler has used her industry knowledge to launch her own tourism strategy consulting firm. She chairs the boards of various tourism initiatives, including Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, the national platform for digital tourism information in the region and Chocolateria San Churro, a unique Spanish chocolate café experience with more than 50 stores in Australia.

Schmidt brings over 25 years of experience in advising luxury brands. In 2002, he founded Luxury Branding, an advisory boutique for leaders seeking to create the world’s most hospitable brands. His experience includes the branding and roll-out of One&Only Resorts, extending the Giorgio Armani brand into hospitality and codifying five trophy assets into the Dorchester Collection. Schmidt is also a visiting professor on the MBA program at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, a prestigious hospitality school in Switzerland. 

The Red Sea Project has already passed numerous significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests when the international airport and the first hotels will open next year. All 16 hotels planned in Phase I will be opening by the end of 2023. 

Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include a luxury marina, and entertainment and leisure facilities.