‘Call My TV’ takes digital communication to a whole new level

Huawei recently launched its new TV, the Huawei Vision S, which is now available for pre-order in the Kingdom. (Supplied)
Huawei recently launched its new TV, the Huawei Vision S, which is now available for pre-order in the Kingdom. (Supplied)
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Updated 09 June 2021

‘Call My TV’ takes digital communication to a whole new level

Huawei recently launched its new TV, the Huawei Vision S, which is now available for pre-order in the Kingdom. (Supplied)

RIYADH: Every year we come across new and interesting pieces of technology and every year we are tempted to grab them all to set up at home. Sure, we have the constant run of smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables and a whole lot more, but one type of product that does not really see many upgrades is the TV.

Since the transition from traditional TVs to smart TVs took place, the role of what a TV plays at home has changed from just playing available content to becoming another Internet hub with access to a wide range of features.

However, not everyone changes their TVs as frequently as smartphones or tablets and to be honest, there never really is a reason to. Well, until now that is.

Huawei recently launched its new TV, the Huawei Vision S, which is now available for pre-order in the Kingdom, and which boasts a wide range of features that steps it up to become the next-generation TV in the market. 

Shifts in lifestyles and world views have driven the innovative features in Huawei Vision, as much as technological progress has. Following in the footsteps of texting, voice calling, and video calling, smart TV calling will help usher in an era of intimate distance-proof communications. It’s an outstanding example of how technology can bring people closer together, rather than driving them apart.

The Huawei Vision S can do a lot more than just any other smart TV; it can seamlessly interact with all of the other pieces of tech lying around at home. Here are a few reasons why the Huawei Vision S is one of the perfect solutions for all your TV needs, making it the must-have tech upgrade this season:

Video calls, now from your TV

Did you ever think that one day you would be able to make video calls from your TV? And we are talking about actually making and receiving video calls on your TV itself. With the Huawei Vision S, it is possible.

The Huawei Vision S has made TV calling a new social style that involves a trendy form of digital communication, which is poised to fundamentally change the way we communicate. The next-generation TV makes this possible via housing the distinctive 1080p MeeTime Full HD Video Calls, which was designed to take video calls to a completely new level from the comfort of your home, whilst using not a smart phone — but rather a smart TV.

Thanks to the magnetically attached 13 MP camera, you can make 1080p MeeTime Full HD Video Calls on the Huawei Vision S. However, this extends beyond just any video call.

Because of the unique video calling transfer feature, you can seamlessly transfer a call from any of your devices, such as a smartphone, to the TV without breaking the flow of the call. This means that if you are on a video call on your smartphone or laptop, you can easily transfer that call to the Huawei Vision S and use the camera, display and audio on the TV itself, freeing up your device for other use.

Increased connectivity

Worried about network bandwidth issues during video calls? The Huawei Vision S has thought of that too!

With its unique automatic network bandwidth adjustment feature, the Huawei Vision S and MeeTime can detect a drop in network strength and will automatically reduce the quality of the call instead of dropping the call entirely.

Sharing and streaming with ease thanks to the distributed multi-device collaboration

Another cool feature is how the Huawei Vision S fits in the structure with all the other connected devices at home. This enables a next-generation interaction between all devices paving the way for seamless sharing between devices. For instance, with OneHop projection, you simply have to tap your smartphone on the TV remote to instantly stream the display without any complex screen mirror steps! Do not worry about any private messages popping
up either, because the privacy features ensure all of that personal stuff stays on your smartphone alone, not being displayed on the TV.

Gamers can also enjoy the distributed gaming feature, which allows using the smartphone as a wireless controller, giving them a console-like experience with immersive gaming.

Stunning picture and impeccable sound

With any TV, the picture and sound quality is a key factor, especially since it becomes the hub for home entertainment. Keeping this in mind, it is evident that Huawei has pulled out all the stops with the Huawei Vision S. In terms of display quality, you get full 4K resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate that covers up to 92 percent of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut, while a Honghu Picture Engine works with motion estimation and motion compensation resulting in smooth images and videos.

Viewers’ eyes protection is also made possible by TÜV Rheinland-certified low blue light and flicker-free technologies.

When it comes to audio, the Huawei Vision S comes with four 10 W horn speakers, including two 10 full-frequency speakers, and two 10 W high-frequency speakers. This is complemented by a massive 1L sound cavity, all of which works together to provide high quality sound with strong bass and soft edges. Additionally, the Huawei Histen algorithm brings out sharp details in texture and timbre, isolating human voices and enhancing them, even in the noisiest environments.

Price and availability

The Huawei Vision S is now available for pre-order through the online Huawei Store, eXtra Stores and across selected retailers. It is available in two different sizes — the 55-inch model priced at SR3,499 ($933) and the 65-inch model priced at SR4,499 — with gifts worth SR2,042 that include a Huawei MatePad, a three-month Huawei Video subscription, a three-month Starzplay subscription, a three-year warranty and a special entertainment gift.

Indeed, if you are looking for a new smart TV that truly crosses all the boundaries set by traditional smart TVs, then the Huawei Vision S is the way to go.


RE/MAX launches island brokerage firm in Dubai

RE/MAX launches island brokerage firm in Dubai
The collaboration aims to make the mystique of the island lifestyle accessible, by providing island plots as well as facilitating the purchase of holiday homes.
Updated 24 June 2021

RE/MAX launches island brokerage firm in Dubai

RE/MAX launches island brokerage firm in Dubai
  • The RE/MAX Collection offers rare, differentiated and sophisticated properties to affluent homebuyers and sellers around the world

The Kleindienst Group, a European real estate developer in the UAE, has partnered with RE/MAX, an American international real estate brokerage firm with a network of 135,000 agents around the world, to create RE/MAX Island, a Dubai-based brokerage firm that specializes in island premium holiday home properties. With onshore and offshore offices, RE/MAX Island will service its network of clients and dream island properties worldwide.
RE/MAX Island is an integral part of the larger The RE/MAX Collection, the luxury segment of RE/MAX. The RE/MAX Collection offers rare, differentiated and sophisticated properties to affluent homebuyers and sellers around the world.
The collaboration aims to make the mystique of the island lifestyle accessible, by providing island plots as well as facilitating the purchase of a complete range of premium holiday homes including beachfront mansions, suites, apartments, villas, floating villas, penthouses and island houses of character, all of them located in highly sought-after destinations.
Offering a comprehensive range of services to customers, RE/MAX Island’s portfolio of up to 100 island premium properties spans island plots for investors and premium holiday homes suitable for both end-users and investors, alike.

We are pleased to see that the demand for premium holiday homes and island properties has surged since COVID-19. Josef Kleindienst Chairman of Kleindienst Group

Josef Kleindienst, Chairman of Kleindienst Group

Parisa Seif, managing director of RE/MAX Island, said: “Following many years of experience in the industry, RE/MAX brings a wealth of expertise to the market and a fresh new approach to brokerage services in the UAE with a global influential network of leads and agents. We are delighted to forge this partnership with The Kleindienst Group and to add value to global real estate market attracting a selection of Dubai’s leading agents and supporting them on their journey to success.”
Josef Kleindienst, chairman of Kleindienst Group, said: “This venture follows a difficult time for the real estate market, as in many other industries. However, we are pleased to see that the demand for premium holiday homes and island properties has surged since COVID-19 as many people have rethought every aspect of their lives, including whether or not to invest in a second home.
“Buyers of second homes are prioritizing outdoor space, a home office for remote working situations and greater privacy post-lockdown. When it comes to motives, prospects are also more likely to seek a property clearly positioned as a secondary home with leisure amenities and ease of access, that can also be upgraded as the family’s temporary primary residence in case of a lockdown in the future.”
Khaled Nasser, RE/MAX regional director, Egypt and the UAE, credits the growth in the region in part to several important recent additions to the company’s value proposition. “We recently unveiled several new training programs, educational resources and enhancements to our technology suite so RE/MAX agents could leverage these unique competitive advantages to help them succeed in this incredibly dynamic market,” he said.


Styli raises funds for Children with Disabilities Association

Styli raises funds for Children with Disabilities Association
Styli’s team visited the CWDA center last week to see the rehabilitation efforts for disabled children.
Updated 24 June 2021

Styli raises funds for Children with Disabilities Association

Styli raises funds for Children with Disabilities Association
  • Established in 2019, Styli is the Saudi e-commerce gateway for trendy, carefree fashion, offering more than 25,000 styles for men and women sourced from across the globe

Styli, Landmark Group’s online-only fast fashion brand in the Kingdom, successfully raised funds during the holy month of Ramadan, and matched up customer donations with products of equal value for the Children with Disabilities Association (CWDA). The funds and products were handed over at a recent ceremony held at the CWDA center.
Upon the Styli team’s visit to the CWDA center last week, Menon Unnikrishnan, general manager at Styli, Landmark Group, said: “We are delighted to work with the Children with Disabilities Association and are immensely proud of the work they do to support this community in the Kingdom. Our philanthropic efforts were made possible by the generous contribution of Styli customers during the holy month of Ramadan and our own donation of products of equivalent value. This partnership is very much in alignment with Styli’s CSR efforts in the Kingdom, and we will continue to support the CWDA and other similar organizations that contribute to the well-being and social welfare of the Saudi citizens.”

BACKGROUND

The Children with Disabilities Association is now one of the largest child rehabilitation institutions in the region, providing care and support to disabled children from birth until they are 12.

A spokesperson from the CWDA said: “As an entity working to maximize the quality of life through rehabilitation and education for disabled children in Saudi Arabia, such partnerships provide a significant relief to our cause, helping us continue to aid the approximately 4,000 children in our care in the Kingdom. We look forward to continuing to work with Styli and thank them and their customers for the generous spirit they have shown.”
Having begun their journey in 1982, the CWDA is now one of the largest child rehabilitation institutions in the region, providing care and support through rehabilitation and education to disabled children from birth until they are 12 — across 11 branches supported by a community of 4,900 members.
Established in 2019, Styli is the Saudi e-commerce gateway for trendy, carefree fashion, offering more than 25,000 styles for men and women sourced from across the globe.


SAL to provide logistical support for upcoming major events

SAL to provide logistical support for upcoming major events
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Updated 24 June 2021

SAL to provide logistical support for upcoming major events

SAL to provide logistical support for upcoming major events
  • SAL provides premium ground handling services for multiple airlines at Saudi Arabia’s local airports and logistical support with cargo chain solutions

SAL Saudi Logistics Services and Sela, the first full-fledged sports marketing/management firm in the Kingdom, have signed an agreement to provide logistic solutions and services at main airports to support the organization of Sela’s seasonal entertainment events and activities, especially the company’s upcoming events by the end of the year. The signing ceremony took place at SAL’s headquarters in Jeddah between SAL’s CEO Omar Hariri and Loai Kamakhi, general manager, business solutions at Sela.

We are excited to utilize all logistic support Sela needs to deliver unique sports and entertainment events in the Kingdom successfully.
Omar Hariri
CEO of SAL Saudi Logistics Services

Hariri stressed the importance of this strategic partnership, which he said aims to enhance the ground handling services in and out of the Kingdom. “Sela is one of the leading companies in the region, and we are excited to utilize all logistic support Sela needs to deliver unique sports and entertainment events in the Kingdom successfully. We are sure this cooperation will result in higher quality service for all the upcoming events in the Kingdom,” he said.

HIGHLIGHT

The signing ceremony took place at SAL’s headquarters in Jeddah between SAL’s CEO Omar Hariri and Loai Kamakhi, general manager, business solutions at Sela.

Kamakhi added: “Working side by side with SAL is a huge step forward for both companies and contributes to Sela’s goal of unlocking the outstanding potential of logistics, especially in the field of events and entertainment. It is also a promising opportunity to exchange expertise and empower the Saudi national caliber as per the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
SAL provides premium ground handling services for multiple airlines at Saudi Arabia’s local airports and logistical support with cargo chain solutions. The company also connects all means of transportation with regional airports to make a more significant contribution to Vision 2030 and transform the Kingdom into a global logistic hub.


Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector

Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector
Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, Hilton’s area president for MEA and Turkey, with Bushra Al-Qahtani, operations manager at Hilton Riyadh, and other team members at the hotel.
Updated 23 June 2021

Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector

Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector
  • Hilton Riyadh General Manager Hans Schiller said: “At Hilton Riyadh, we continue to see great success in helping our female team members take on leadership roles as a result of their incredible determination and our training and mentoring programs”

Saudi Arabia has seen many changes in several industries locally, including more women in leadership roles. Talented and committed female professionals are now given the opportunity to shine and lead, and have already proven capability and success. The tourism and hospitality industry is also witnessing many changes, including the increase of females in the industry.
Aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, Hilton has always been committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This includes equipping female team members with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to achieve their professional aspirations. One shining example of this is Bushra Al-Qahtani, the operations manager at Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences, who aimed high and is realizing her ambitions through the support of Hilton and her team.
Hilton Riyadh General Manager Hans Schiller said: “At Hilton Riyadh, we continue to see great success in helping our female team members take on leadership roles as a result of their incredible determination and our training and mentoring programs.”

At Hilton Riyadh, we see great success in helping our female team members take on leadership roles as a result of their determination and our training programs.
Hans Schiller
General Manager of Hilton Riyadh
Hotel and Residences

Schiller added: “I have known Bushra for several years now and have been lucky to mentor her prior to her joining Hilton Riyadh. Bushra has rotated in several departments and hotels, which is highly recommended in Hilton to gain hospitality exposure and skills. She demonstrates many great leadership qualities, and I personally see a potential future general manager in her.”

The current changes happening in Saudi Arabia make me optimistic that we will have many women in leadership roles in the coming years.

Bushra Al-Qahtani, Operations Manager at Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences

Al-Qahtani, 37, began her journey in tourism when she changed her career path and went to the US to pursue a masters in tourism and hospitality. She then returned to Saudi Arabia and joined a local hotel as a customer service executive in 2016. Following that, she joined Hilton in 2018 as front office manager and today she is the first Saudi female at Hilton to take on the role of an operations manager.
“I owe Hilton a great deal, as the career growth I have experienced is exceptional, and I credit this accomplishment to the many hours of online training and in-person mentoring I received. In addition, rotating across different departments has taught me many skills that I couldn’t have gained through training,” Al-Qahtani said. “At Hilton, I was provided with many resources to support my career growth such as [email protected], Women in Leadership and Shine, which is one of the most powerful operations programs in the industry. Also, through LinkedIn Learning, I completed several Harvard Management courses.”
She added: “The current changes happening in Saudi Arabia make me optimistic that we will have many women in leadership roles in the coming years. Make sure to always speak out when you think it matters, it will make a difference.”
Tariq Al-Harbi, deputy general manager at Hilton Riyadh, said: “I have worked with Bushra for over three years now, and I think she is a great role model for young Saudi women. In the past five years, I have seen incredible changes in our industry including the increase of knowledgeable and hardworking Saudi women, and this makes me feel very optimistic about the future of hospitality in the Kingdom.”


JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography

JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease.
Updated 23 June 2021

JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography

JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography
  • Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JCAH) has been identified as one of two organizations in the Kingdom, and one of three in the GCC with Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accreditation in adult thoracic echocardiography.
“Achieving the noninvasive cardiovascular echocardiography laboratory accreditation by the IAC, is another example of JHAH’s clinical excellence,” said Dr. Fahd Algurashi, acting chief of staff at JHAH. “I want to thank the technical and clinical teams in the Heart and Vascular Institute for their commitment and determination during the time of accreditation where JHAH was granted a three-year term of IAC accreditation.”
Accreditation by the IAC means that JHAH’s noninvasive cardiovascular echocardiography laboratory underwent an intensive application and review process and was found to be compliant with the published standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprising a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enabled both the critical operational and technical components of JHAH to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

HIGHLIGHT

Accreditation by the IAC means that JHAH’s noninvasive cardiovascular echocardiography laboratory underwent an intensive application and review process and was found to be compliant with the published standards.

“We are very proud of achieving IAC accreditation in echocardiography,” said Dr. Eric McWilliams, chief of cardiology division, Heart and Vascular Institute. “This formal assessment from an internationally recognized committee is a testament to the quality of the echocardiography service here at JHAH. This is a reassurance to our patients that their echo studies are being performed by and interpreted by professionals operating at a very high standard.”
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of all adult deaths (42 percent) in Saudi Arabia and according to the American Heart Association, more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease. This amounts to about one every 40 seconds. As a result, cardiac services have remained a priority since Saudi Aramco and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) partnered to start JHAH. Together, physicians, nurses, administrators, and technologists from JHM and JHAH remain dedicated to enhancing JHAH’s already strong cardiology service.