Sharjah gears up to host 48th Watch and Jewelry Middle East Show

Sharjah gears up to host 48th Watch and Jewelry Middle East Show
Saif Mohamed Al-Midfa
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Updated 29 September 2021

Sharjah gears up to host 48th Watch and Jewelry Middle East Show

Sharjah gears up to host 48th Watch and Jewelry Middle East Show

The emirate of Sharjah is gearing up to host the 48th edition of the Watch and Jewelry Middle East Show, the largest event of its kind in the UAE and the region.

The event, which is organized by Expo Centre Sharjah from Oct. 5-9 with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will see the participation of hundreds of global watch and jewelry design and manufacturing companies, along with the participation of local companies and Emirati designers.

Extended on an area of 30,000 square meters, the exhibition is expected to showcase state-of-the-art products of jewelry, gemstones, pearls and watches inspired by contemporary trends, traditions and different cultures around the world with the highest levels of technology, creativity and excellence.

The show provides an opportunity to visitors to win a BMW X2, in addition to daily raffle draws for gold and diamond prizes.

“The Watch and Jewelry Middle East Show is considered one of the largest international economic events hosted by Sharjah and enjoys a prominent position among a large segment of businessmen, investors, traders, experts, and workers in the field of manufacture and design of watches and jewelry locally and regionally,” said Saif Mohamed Al-Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah.

He noted that the Expo Centre was keen to be in direct contact with local and international exhibitors and jewelry designers, who expressed their eagerness to participate in the exhibition, as it provides to them a perfect opportunity to forge partnerships and showcase their latest products before visitors who are looking to grab the top deals and unique products.

Al-Midfa underlined that the Expo Centre acquired an outstanding reputation upon resuming exhibitions and events, thanks to its firm commitment to implementing the utmost precautionary measures to ensure the safety of everyone.


Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed to deliver talk at Cairo Water Week 

Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed to deliver talk at Cairo Water Week 
Updated 23 October 2021

Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed to deliver talk at Cairo Water Week 

Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed to deliver talk at Cairo Water Week 

The Cairo Water Week, considered the biggest water-related event in Egypt, aims to promote water awareness and discuss innovative approaches to face the most pressing water-related challenges.
Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed will participate in the Cairo Water Week conference, which will take place from Oct. 24-28.
The conference theme is “Water, Population and Global Changes: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute, in coordination with the Stockholm Environment Institute, the week is considered the biggest water-related event in Egypt.
It aims to promote water awareness and discuss innovative approaches to face the most pressing water-related challenges.

Dr. Al-Rasheed’s talk is titled “Could private investment contribute to just resilience and food security in climate-affected agriculture? Gulf-East Africa linkages.” He will deliver the talk on Oct. 27 at 2.55 p.m. (Egypt time).

Dr. Al-Rasheed will discuss the transboundary investment that provides Saudi Arabia’s food security and regional security.

The African countries will achieve sustainability’s triple bottom line (profit, people, and planet) from transboundary investments.

Saudi Arabia and African countries are facing various challenges to meet sustainability, such as climate change, food security, and water security resilience.

The agriculture sector is the foremost consumer of water in Saudi Arabia at 84 percent, while the world consumes 70 percent of total water requirements.

The Saudi predicament regarding water scarcity has driven the leadership to outsource food security internationally.
Saudi Arabia’s investment in African countries is one of the best alternatives for securing food security because several of these countries enjoy fertile soil, an abundance of water, low-cost labor, and are neighboring Muslim countries.

The Cairo Water Week 2021 is organized around five themes: Water and Global Change, Advances in Water Management, Water and Society, Regional and Sectoral Cooperation for Water Security, and Innovation in Hydro-Sciences.
The five related themes and a number of subtopics will be addressed during the event through various plenary and technical sessions that will be organized by reputable international and regional organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Development Program, the World Bank, Economic, and Social Commission for West Asia, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, and many other high-level international institutions.

Dr. Al-Rasheed is the co-author of “Public Governance and Strategic Management Capabilities: Public Governance in the Gulf States” with Paul Joyce. He is now writing “Saudi Arabia’s Transformation: Sustainability and Uncertainty” together with Joyce. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Biosystems Engineering.


LG brings new intelligence to connected living in GCC

LG brings new intelligence to connected living in GCC
Updated 20 October 2021

LG brings new intelligence to connected living in GCC

LG brings new intelligence to connected living in GCC

With the proliferation of mobile devices and tablets, alongside Internet of Things integration, the smart home market continues to expand at a rapid pace and scale. In the GCC, the smart home market is expected to increase from $803.40 million in 2020 to $5.47 billion by 2027, representing a compound annual growth rate of 31.55 percent.

With this rise, homeowners are now inundated with more choice than ever before, but choosing which smart home products and services to invest in can be a daunting experience. Seeking to be a lifestyle innovator that serves a truly intelligent way of living, LG is deploying its proprietary LG ThinQ technology within its home appliances and accompanying smartphone application for a more seamless and enjoyable smart home experience.

Acting as the central nervous system of the smart home, the LG ThinQ app enables users to remotely operate, manage and optimize LG ThinQ-enabled appliances from wherever they may be. With a simple Wi-Fi connection, homeowners can easily connect their appliances to the application, managing all devices from a centralized dashboard. Powered by machine learning and AI, LG ThinQ studies user patterns and preferences for a uniquely personalized experience.

Customized clothing care

Among the portfolio of LG ThinQ-enabled washing machines available today, LG’s AI DD series features added benefits for a more intelligent wash cycle. The new technology of the LG Inverter Direct Drive Motor with AI not only detects the weight of laundry, but also the softness of fabrics to automatically determine the most optimal washing pattern. With this feature, LG AI DD washing machines can provide up to 18 percent less fabric damage, prolonging the life of garments.

Using the LG ThinQ app, homeowners can control and monitor the operation of their washing machine both inside and outside the home via Wi-Fi connectivity, including checking the remaining time on the cycle and receiving a message once the washing is complete.

Sparkling clean dishes

LG QuadWash dishwashers feature multi-motion spray arms and high-pressure jets, providing maximum coverage to get dishes clean the first time round. Dishwashers embedded with LG ThinQ technology not only enable remote operation, but also keep users in the know via the smartphone application, which provides updates on the cleaning status and notifies upon completion of a cycle. To prolong the lifespan of the dishwasher, LG ThinQ also alerts the user when the appliance should be cleaned, avoiding performance issues.

Keeping food fresh

LG’s InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerators have become synonymous with keeping food fresher for longer, thanks to their intelligent system that reduces cold air loss. To elevate this agenda and offer a truly customized experience, LG ThinQ technology recognizes the timings when the refrigerator is most often opened and runs in power mode accordingly to maintain freshness. It also learns when ice is most actively used by those in the home, activating an express function known as Smart Ice Plus ahead of time. With the LG ThinQ app, users can remotely monitor their refrigerator, adjust the temperature and even receive alerts when the door has been left open.


OWSC to launch ‘largest of its kind’ sporting event in UAE

OWSC to launch ‘largest of its kind’ sporting event in UAE
Updated 20 October 2021

OWSC to launch ‘largest of its kind’ sporting event in UAE

OWSC to launch ‘largest of its kind’ sporting event in UAE

OWS Capital Investments, a Dubai-based multi-platform investment company, has announced the launch of the World Football Series, an original concept that promises to be one of the largest sporting events in the region.

The tournament, formed alongside retired French football legend Ibrahim Ba, is due to launch later this year and will include high-profile names of football players that have molded the industry in the past decades.

“Having played with some of the biggest football teams and players in the world, I wanted to reunite some of my friends with the sport that they love most. Not only that, but I also wanted to create an event that would connect the people of the region, after what has been one of the most isolating times that my generation has ever experienced,” said Ba.

“I am very excited to be working with my close friend, Oweis Zahran, and his team on this exciting project that will surely be one that the region has never seen before and one that will remain in the history books for years to come,” added the former football star, who played for the French national team as well as international clubs such as A.C. Milan, A.C. Perugia Calcio, Bordeaux and Olympique de Marseille to name a few.

Set to be held in the UAE, the tournament expects to receive global exposure and interest. Visitors can expect a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience watching the stars compete against one another.

Zahran, managing director of OWS Capital, said, “All of us at OWS Capital, truly believe in the importance of unity and human connection and, when it comes to uniting people, nothing does that quite like football. We are genuinely excited to bring what will be one of the biggest football events that the region has ever seen come to life.”

OWSC is responsible for launching the first Steve Harvey Golf Classic outside of the US. This high-profile event will be held on Nov. 29 and will include a long list of Hollywood attendees.


Saudi-owned Rasan participates in GITEX Fintech Surge 2021

Saudi-owned Rasan participates in GITEX Fintech Surge 2021
Updated 20 October 2021

Saudi-owned Rasan participates in GITEX Fintech Surge 2021

Saudi-owned Rasan participates in GITEX Fintech Surge 2021

Rasan, a Saudi-owned fintech and insurtech company, is participating in the ongoing GITEX Global 2021 to help drive innovation and create value in the insurance and finance industry through its innovative solutions.

Under the theme, “Shining a light on the intersection between technology and finance,” GITEX Fintech Surge 2021 features innovations across banking, asset and wealth management, insurance, regulation and more. GITEX, which runs until Oct. 21 at Dubai World Trade Centre, comes at a time when the Middle East and North Africa fintech market is slated to reach $ 2.5 billion by 2022.

Rasan, a pioneer in regional insurtech through its Tameeni platform, is showcasing its various innovations in health and motor insurance as well as other solutions and multi-sided platforms. The company’s primary aim is to highlight three core points:

1. Simplicity — Share its success story on making its technology intuitive for its broad user base

2. Pioneering — Offering innovative and unprecedented solutions in the insurtech and broader fintech markets in Saudi Arabia and the MEA region

3. Sustainability — Awareness about its role in promoting sustainable economic growth and improving economic productivity

“We are excited and proud to be taking part in this year’s Fintech Surge, which is a powerful platform to showcase innovative products to an audience who are seeking new technology and innovative solutions and partnerships,” said Moayad Alfallaj, CEO of Rasan.

The company launched Tameeni Motor, through its brokerage partner IHC, the first authorized and licensed online insurance aggregator in Saudi Arabia by the Saudi Central Bank, bringing a digital disruption in the regional insurtech industry.

“Our platforms — Tameeni Motor, Tameeni Health and Treza — designed and developed in Saudi Arabia, are fully integrated with insurer systems, giving customers the ability to solicit insurance quotes, compare coverage and prices in just two-three minutes and then purchase their preferred insurance instantly,” Alfallaj added.

Rasan has helped more than 4 million users through Tameeni Motor and Tameeni Health and enabled clients to issue/renew policies during the pandemic. The platform has completely removed the need for printing, by offering an end-to-end digital experience, resulting in a saving of a whopping SR120 million ($31.9 million) worth of cost for printing and 30,000 to 60,000 trees.

Alfallaj explained that Rasan’s vision is to empower stakeholders to collaborate seamlessly and in real time across their insurance and financial interactions, while providing world-class human experience, extending the boundaries of digital innovation and closely aligning with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.


Jeddah’s IMC named among ‘most wired’ hospitals

Jeddah’s IMC named among ‘most wired’ hospitals
Updated 20 October 2021

Jeddah’s IMC named among ‘most wired’ hospitals

Jeddah’s IMC named among ‘most wired’ hospitals

The Jeddah-based International Medical Center has been recognized as a “Digital Health Most Wired” organization for applying core and advanced technologies into its clinical and business operations to improve healthcare in the communities it serves.

The announcement was made by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, recognizing IMC as a “2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired” certified level 9 institution.

CHIME conducts annual surveys to assess how effectively healthcare organizations use technology to improve patient care.

“Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. Their trailblazing commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry in how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning and courage to overcome all challenges.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to be recognized as level 9 for the second consecutive year by the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program. This reassures our wellness and IMC care commitments to our patients with the best of technological advancements. Focus has always been to engage with patients and to bridge the patient and care provider gap with the use of technology. For us, digital transformation is at its forefront balancing the IMC’s way of patient care,” said Dr. Walid Fitaihi, chairman and CEO of IMC.

“The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program recognizing IMC with a level 9 score is another achievement for IMC’s digital transformation that always puts patients first. Digital transformation has enabled better care for our patients, which is aligned with our vision,” said Dr. Khalid Alem, deputy CEO of IMC.

Muhammad Siddiqui, chief information officer at IMC, said: “This award is a true testament to our commitment to using technology to improve patient care and deliver the best outcome. This recognition sits on top of the mantle because it recognizes our innovation in the unprecedented COVID-19 surge earlier this year and our success story. IMC will not stop there and will continue to strive to implement the latest advances in healthcare, ensuring that all our patients receive the best outcomes and amplifying the patient experience.”

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: Acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: Infrastructure, security, business/disaster recovery, administrative/supply chain, analytics/data management, interoperability/population health, patient engagement and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest.

This is the fourth year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to include more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.