Jiad Modern Motors opens MG showrooms in Jeddah, Riyadh

Jiad Modern Motors opens MG showrooms in Jeddah, Riyadh
The new sales, service and spare parts MG showroom in Jeddah is set to dazzle visitors with its modern and spacious design, showcasing a wide range of MG vehicles.
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Updated 02 December 2023
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Jiad Modern Motors opens MG showrooms in Jeddah, Riyadh

Jiad Modern Motors opens MG showrooms in Jeddah, Riyadh

MG Motor, in collaboration with Jiad Modern Motors, a Mohamed Yousuf Naghi company and the official dealer for MG in Saudi Arabia, has opened its first showroom in Jeddah, followed by a second one in Riyadh. These showrooms are the first of six to open under the newly forged partnership between the British-born automotive brand and Jiad Modern Motors, providing an array of MG’s highly popular automotive offerings and an enhanced customer experience to the people of Saudi Arabia.
The new sales, service and spare parts MG showroom in Jeddah, which opened its doors to the public in early November, is located in the city’s Al-Marwah district. The 1,136-square-meter facility is set to dazzle visitors with its modern and spacious design, showcasing a wide range of MG vehicles that cater to diverse preferences. The Jeddah showroom is equipped with top-of-the-line facilities, including a sales showroom, an after-sales service center with a fast maintenance facility and a genuine MG parts center.
In Riyadh, the MG showroom is situated in the As-Sulimaniyah district. The 833-square-meter facility mirrors its Jeddah counterpart in terms of style, sophistication, and offerings of a comprehensive selection of MG vehicles.

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The two showrooms are the first of six to be launched in major Saudi cities by the end of 2023. The third showroom is set to launch in Dammam in the first week of December.

Both showrooms feature MG’s acclaimed range of contemporary models, including the crossover series consisting of the MG ZST, ZS EV, HS and RX5. The brand’s compact sedans — the MG 5, MG 6 and MG GT — are also available for purchase, along with the spacious seven-seater RX8. In addition to these offerings, customers can anticipate the debut of new models such as the MG One, MG HS PHEV and the eagerly awaited MG Whale.
Tom Lee, managing director of MG Motor Middle East, said: “The inauguration of the state-of-the-art showroom in Jeddah and Riyadh, and shortly in Dammam, marks the start of our partnership with Jiad Modern Motors. These facilities are testament to MG Motor’s dedication to providing our Saudi customers with the highest quality products and services. We look forward to continuing to deliver an exceptional customer experience and building lasting relationships with our Saudi customers.”
Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Group Executive Vice President Anees Jamjoom said: “The opening of the new MG Motor showroom in Jeddah and the establishment of the showroom in Riyadh exemplify our commitment to meeting the growing demands of our valued customers in the western and capital regions. These showrooms offer unparalleled sales experiences, an extensive range of high-quality MG vehicles, and exceptional customer service.”
The showroom openings are the latest stage in MG’s remarkable journey in Saudi Arabia, which saw the brand sell more than 30,000 units in 2022 alone. The company plans to continue expanding its presence in the country by not only launching a third showroom in Dammam in the first week of December, but a further three additional showrooms in three more major cities by the end of the year. Coupled with establishing service centers and authorized dealerships in key regions, MG aims to ensure that owners receive better-than-ever service and support.


Maersk innovates system to deliver freshwater from vessels to ports

Maersk innovates system to deliver freshwater from vessels to ports
Updated 14 April 2024
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Maersk innovates system to deliver freshwater from vessels to ports

Maersk innovates system to deliver freshwater from vessels to ports

Freshwater scarcity is an increasing problem faced by regions all over the world. Four billion people — almost two thirds of the world’s population — experience severe water scarcity for at least one month each year, and half of the world’s population could be living in areas facing water scarcity by as early as 2025. With this background, a team of three employees of A.P. Moller — Maersk, who are former seafarers, decided to undertake an innovative project that could store and deliver freshwater from vessels to ports.

Cargo ships undertaking global trade are equipped with freshwater generator systems that produce clean drinking water by distilling sea water using heat energy harnessed from their engines. Traditionally, this system has been used to generate water for consumption only onboard the vessels. However, the excess water produced has been overlooked. Through this innovative project, this untapped resource has been capitalized on by optimizing the process and storing the excess water in tank containers before delivering it to ports.

Each vessel can fill two tank containers on an average sea voyage between two ports. With the process optimized and tank containers stored at the right location onboard, two tank containers with a combined capacity of 50,000 liters can be filled with freshwater. Amongst the first pilot runs were the deliveries at the Port of Colombo and Port of Salalah of two tank containers, each filled with 25,000 liters of freshwater.

Keld M. Christensen, chief executive, Port of Salalah, said: “At Port of Salalah, sustainability is one of our top priorities and we are committed to decarbonizing our operations by 2040. We also recognize that sustainability is not only about decarbonizing supply chains but also protecting our environment and its finite resources. The first tank container of freshwater delivered by Maersk from its vessel is an important milestone that has the potential to pave the path for a larger scheme of things.”

He added: “This project opens doors for many more ships moving around the world, which can replicate this system and create an incredibly large supply of freshwater that can be delivered all around the world to address the ever-increasing challenge of water scarcity.”

A pivotal aspect of the project’s success is its rigorous adherence to quality and environmental standards. The water quality, tested by the Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, an official Sri Lankan government laboratory, met all WHO standards, underscoring the project’s commitment to safety and sustainability. Furthermore, a Life Cycle Assessment study conducted by the Danish Technical University has provided valuable insights into the project’s environmental impact, comparing it favorably against traditional tanker truck water delivery methods.

The fresh water generated and delivered through this innovative project can be used in various ways:

• Consumption at port facilities for basic sanitation, cleaning, and maintenance of offices, warehouses, and restrooms.

• Ship repair at yards for tasks like cleaning vessels, tools, and work areas.

• Container washing before storage or reusing.

• Firefighting at port facilities for emergencies.

• Power generation at power plants located in ports for cooling systems or other processes.


Global wedding experts head to Zimbabwe for annual congress

Global wedding experts head to Zimbabwe for annual congress
Updated 14 April 2024
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Global wedding experts head to Zimbabwe for annual congress

Global wedding experts head to Zimbabwe for annual congress

The 10th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress, known as the world’s strongest B2B platform for destination weddings, is set to begin from April 15 to 17, commencing a voyage on an African adventure. The event is organized by QNA International along with strategic event partner RSVP Events, amidst the breathtaking Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

In the global wedding industry, as the DWP Congress celebrates 10 years of excellence, this annual congress will open doors to endless possibilities in the world of destination weddings. It will have all the heart and soul of the most important gathering for the destination wedding industry.

While talking about the countdown to the DWP Congress, Tapiwa Mukoti, founder and managing director, RSVP Events, Zimbabwe, said: “I am thrilled and beyond excited to be hosting luxury wedding connoisseurs in my homeland, and it is my privilege to showcase the African bounties of Zimbabwe to all the attendees.”

She added: “We have made the best efforts to give a taste of true African hospitality experience during the three days of the congress. From a gala in the wild to a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, there are some amazing experiences waiting in store. I believe Zimbabwe is a rare, undiscovered gem nestled in the crown of Africa that has all the potential to become a sought-after wedding destination.”

Kevin Lee, founder, Luxury Events By Kevin Lee, US, who is one of the world’s most renowned celebrity wedding specialists, said: “I always dream of mystic Mother Nature of the African jungle so getting to see all of that makes me so excited with the beginning of another decade of DWP.”

“Our partnership with the DWP Congress holds significant potential to benefit the African wedding industry in various ways. By being actively involved in this global platform, we aim to showcase the beauty and unique offerings of African destinations, especially Zimbabwe, as ideal locations for destination weddings. As a videography partner, we will have the opportunity to highlight the stunning landscapes and cultural richness of Africa through our work, attracting more attention and interest to the continent as a premier wedding destination,” said Simba Shamu, founder, Amikam Media, Zimbabwe.

Floral designer Gideon Hermosa, founder and CEO, House of Hermosa, Philippines, said: “I’m truly honored to be a part of this year’s DWP Congress and thrilled to attend once again. It’s one of the highlights of my career. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with colleagues from the events industry worldwide.”


Ethiopian Airlines marks 78 years of success in African skies

Ethiopian Airlines marks 78 years of success in African skies
Updated 13 April 2024
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Ethiopian Airlines marks 78 years of success in African skies

Ethiopian Airlines marks 78 years of success in African skies

Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s largest airline group, has marked its 78th anniversary, highlighting a legacy of resilience and innovation since 1946. Group Chief Executive Officer Mesfin Tasew and Chief Commercial Officer Lemma Yadecha accompanied the crew on a flight to Cairo, marking the airline’s inaugural international service. Their involvement extended beyond in-flight duties, as they also provided assistance to passengers during check-in and boarding processes, ensuring a seamless travel experience.

Tasew said: “This event symbolizes our unwavering commitment to our passengers and our belief that true leadership lies in serving others first. Serving our passengers on this special flight to Cairo is not just a tribute to our first international service but a reaffirmation of our commitment to the ethos of servant leadership. From our humble beginning back in 1946, we’ve come to be the aviation giant in Africa that we are now, pioneering African aviation with many first aviation innovation introductions to Africa along the way. As we are maturing beautifully, our commitment only gets stronger.”

In line with the airline’s values of community engagement, passengers received season’s greeting packages and “Happy Fasting” messages, reflecting the airline’s respect for diverse traditions. The packages included a postcard commemorating the anniversary, serving as a tangible reminder of the airline’s enduring legacy.

“Our mission extends beyond transportation,” said Yadecha. “We strive to foster a sense of unity and belongingness among our passengers, regardless of their background or belief. This anniversary is a celebration of unity and diversity. By stepping into the roles of our dedicated ground and flight crew, we honor every individual who has been part of our story. Our service today is a promise of continued service excellence for all our passengers.”

In a display of commitment, all executives at Ethiopian Airlines have taken a hands-on approach to service, personally attending to the needs of the airline’s valued customers. This initiative underscores the airline’s ethos of servant leadership and its dedication to providing an exceptional travel experience.

Celebrating its 78th anniversary, Ethiopian Airlines has reaffirmed commitment to its mission of bridging Africa with the world. The airline remains dedicated to enhancing passenger experience, as evidenced by its consideration to offer complimentary Wi-Fi to Cairo-bound travelers.


Huawei FreeClip: Stylish and comfortable earbuds for active lifestyles

Huawei FreeClip: Stylish and comfortable earbuds for active lifestyles
Updated 13 April 2024
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Huawei FreeClip: Stylish and comfortable earbuds for active lifestyles

Huawei FreeClip: Stylish and comfortable earbuds for active lifestyles

Open-ear earbuds — hate it or love it, this genre of earbuds has added greater diversity to a market that lacks it. For many users, in-ear earbuds may not always be the standard cup of tea, yet they have become the dominant product in the wireless audio consumer market. While in-ear earbuds are suited for audiophiles, their design inherently makes them susceptible to sliding and falling off the ears, and could be uncomfortable if worn for long periods. Open-ear earbuds have sought to address these downsides.

The Huawei FreeClip sports an iconic C-bridge Design, an engineering marvel patented by Huawei. The clip-on open-ear earbuds defy design conventions, offering both comfort and style.

Built for Fitness

The largest demographic of open-ear earbud users is typically athletes who want secure, sweatproof, and comfortable earbuds for workouts. This might be why we have seen most open-ear earbuds being marketed mainly toward active consumers. Huawei spent three years mastering the C-bridge Design and its clip-on mechanism to optimize the FreeClip for fitness enthusiasts. In fact, the C-bridge Design is based on extensive research done on more than 10,000 human ears from all over the world. As a result, the FreeClip can adapt to every ear type and provide a secure and comfortable fit. This is thanks to the C-bridge’s Ni-Ti memory wire core, lightweight build of only 5.6 g each, and optimized 11-degree tilt angle.

All these allow the earbuds to stay on the ears even as you work up a sweat. You can jump, run, and move about without the earbuds slipping off. At the same time, the open-ear design structure brings better breathability to the ears and allows you to stay connected to the real world — important for those dabbling in outdoor sports like running and cycling. These earbuds also carry an IP54-rated water and sweat resistance rating.

Ideal for Workplace

With fewer cubicles and greater collaborative spaces in modern offices, in-ear earbuds can get in the way when you need to work closely with colleagues. The open-ear design of the FreeClip lets users stay focused on work while enjoying their favorite tunes, and also stay aware of their surroundings. This makes it easier for spontaneous interactions with coworkers, and also makes the user seem more approachable.

With a total of 36 hours of battery life with the charging case and incredible call quality, users can get through back-to-back meetings without any battery anxiety. Moreover, with the Reverse Sound Waves System and the C-bridge Design, the FreeClip keeps the audio within the immediate periphery of the ears and reduces sound leakage. This protects the user’s privacy when taking calls around others. Furthermore, the intelligent left-right ear recognition adds a new level of convenience. 

That means users do not have to worry about wearing them correctly and can simply put them on and go.

Fashion Forward

The FreeClip follows Huawei’s new Fashion Forward strategy to transform its wearable technologies into fashion statements. With its earring-like design and two stylish colorways, the FreeClip can pass off as a fashion accessory that complements any outfit.


EazyPay among top 50 fintech companies in Middle East: Forbes

EazyPay among top 50 fintech companies in Middle East: Forbes
Updated 13 April 2024
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EazyPay among top 50 fintech companies in Middle East: Forbes

EazyPay among top 50 fintech companies in Middle East: Forbes

Eazy Financial Services, or EazyPay, a Bahraini financial institute specializing in point-of-sale and online payment gateway acquiring services, has announced its inclusion in the prestigious Forbes Middle East FinTech 50 list. This recognition underscores EazyPay’s commitment to revolutionizing the digital payment landscape and its significant impact on the financial industry across the Middle East.

The Forbes Middle East Fintech 50 is a highly anticipated annual list that recognizes the most disruptive and influential players transforming the financial technology sector in the Middle East. With 23 entries dedicated to payment gateway firms, EazyPay secured the No. 19 spot, solidifying its position as a distinguished leader in the realm of online payment solutions.

Established in 2016, EazyPay’s innovative technology is revolutionizing digital transactions, establishing it as a leader within the MENA fintech landscape. The company’s success hinges on a comprehensive suite of payment solutions catering to the specific needs of both established businesses and agile startups. This adaptability ensures seamless integration and fosters a thriving digital ecosystem. EazyPay’s impact extends beyond facilitating transactions, establishing themselves as strong advocates for financial inclusion. By creating accessible payment solutions, EazyPay empowers previously unbanked or underbanked individuals to participate in the digital economy. This not only broadens the customer base for businesses but also fosters a more equitable financial landscape in Bahrain.

Nayef Tawfeeq Al-Alawi, founder, managing director, and CEO of EazyPay, said: “We are incredibly honored to be recognized by Forbes Middle East. This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire team, who are passionate about making financial services easier and more accessible for everyone in the region.”

Being listed on Forbes Middle East FinTech 50 marks a significant milestone for Eazypay and further reinforces its position as a leading force shaping the future of finance in the Middle East. The company remains committed to continuous innovation and collaboration to create a more inclusive and prosperous financial ecosystem for the region.