DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 5 February 2020, (AETOSWire): Corporate Connections, the Charlotte-headquartered global network of business owners and C-Level executives, has launched its first chapter in the UAE. This falls in line with line with Dubai’s strategies to connect with the world and accelerate business growth with the Expo 2020. The chapter in Dubai is Corporate Connections’ first in the region.


Corporate Connections provides global business leaders the ideal setting for generating exceptional and measurable results through executive networking opportunities. The international community of networking has active chapters in USA, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, India, Mexico and growing. The organization connects successful business executives, who are active in high-performance teams that focus on advanced referral, relationship marketing and networking strategies.


Established in 2004, the premier platform for accelerating executive-level connections is facilitating largescale businesses grow by building referrals generating relationships for hundreds of members around the world. Corporate Connections provides a global business network, resources and developmental opportunities for members with massive scope and performance.


Commenting on the launch of the organization, Mr. Robert Gervais, Global President, Corporate Connections, said, “We are pleased to launch here in the UAE, as the part of expanding operations across the Middle East. Our aim is to help the world of business and individuals continue to flourish by providing members with a well-structured referral business development system based on relationships. The UAE is an ideal nation with visionary rulers and progressive minded business leaders with entrepreneurial zeal. At times, these leaders feel lonely at the top and are missing the company and counsel of like-minded business owners. The UAE is a business hub and, hence, the value of connections is higher.”


“The members of first Corporate Connections chapter in the UAE represent a wide range of businesses – from hardware supplies to chemical supplies and automotive sales to manufacturing. We understand that the number of networking organizations is limited in the region. The target profile for Corporate Connections is a business owner or a C-Level executive, who is in business for over five years and a top line of over US $5 million. Most importantly, we are attracting people who have an ‘abundance’ mindset,” he added.


Mr. Chirantan Joshi, National Director – UAE, Corporate Connections, said, “Networking helps to accelerate business growth through business opportunities and recommendations. Networking is a relationship building process and we know that people do business with people they like and trust. Active networking increases your circle of connections and thus your opportunities for growth. I would say that networking can help you accelerate business growth.”


According to Joshi, networking accrues tangible benefits in terms of business opportunities but also builds companies’ social capital that are goodwill, friends, peer groups and emotional intelligence. “Corporate Connections provide its members solutions based on four primary goals that include increasing business opportunities through qualified introductions, upskilling members through learning and development events, peer advisory through master mind sessions, and building global connections by giving access to the members in other countries,” he added.


The members of Corporate Connections get the opportunity to develop business relationships, gain access to advanced professional development opportunities and to participate in peer advisory groups. The organisation’s proven model helps executives build strategic and tactical relationships through a structured and supportive environment comprised of other successful business executives. The members meet twice a month to build relationships and trust in a structured and tested format which ultimately helps them to get tangible and intangible personal and business benefits.


About Corporate Connections

Corporate Connections is a global community of successful business executives and owners who are active in high-performance teams that focus on advanced referral, marketing and networking strategies. Established in 2004, Corporate Connections helps business leaders identify and develop business opportunities in a collaborative environment. Embodying its Core Values, members provide each other with a personalized level of support that catalyzes commerce, nurtures networks and fosters friendships. The Corporate Connection members generate measurable results through strategic connections, which is done through regular and structured meetings with select business professionals who meet defined leadership criteria. For more information, please logo on to



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Gaucho Dubai Announces AED 250,000 Valentine’s Day Experience

Dubai restaurant creates a “Diamond Dining” experience - a luxurious and stress-free evening creating the ultimate proposal


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 06, 2020-(AETOSWire) -  Award-winning Argentinian restaurant, Gaucho Dubai, has gone all out this Valentine’s Day to one very special wedding proposal. The stylish restaurant located in Dubai’s DIFC, is offering a their “Diamond Dining” luxury experience that takes care of everything for one lucky couple culminating in the ultimate wedding proposal.


The uber exclusive proposal package costs AED 250,000 (USD $68,000) and comes with a checklist of sparkling elements that will surely wow any potential spouse. The fairytale evening starts with the couple being whisked away in a chauffeur driven Bentley carriage to indulge in a once in a lifetime seven-course meal (full menu below) with rare vintage wine pairings in Gaucho’s exclusive private dining room. The candle lit table for two will be surrounded by 300 red roses from Maison de Fleurs and will have 2002 Boerl & Kroff Champagne on ice. Once relaxed in the elegant private dining space, guests will then be presented with his and hers Rolex Datejust watches, engraved Gaucho steak-knives and of course the important 1.5 carat Pave Diamond engagement ring, from Tiffany & Co. 


Gaucho’s General Manager Juan Pablo commented, “We at Gaucho appreciate how nerve-wracking creating the perfect wedding proposal can be so, we wanted to take some of the pressure away from guests and assist in creating what is a very special memory. We love hosting and we especially love creating lasting moments for our guests. Valentine’s Day is always a fantastic night to be in the restaurant and we wanted to take it to another level with our exclusive one off “Diamond Dining” experience!”


To book Gaucho’s “Diamond Dining” experience or for further information, please contact Gaucho’s private guest relations manager, Bea Uribarri before 10th February on + 971 4 422 7898


For those not looking for an “I do”, Gaucho will also be offering a special four-course set menu priced at AED 500. Late night live entertainment will be available upstairs, as chic restaurant and lounge Indie DIFC hosts the ‘Love Caravan’. To book please contact enquire online at


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Location: Gaucho Dubai, Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC - Dubai

Phone: + 971 4 422 7898


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Diamond Dining package must be booked before 10th February

Only one experience available 

50% off must be paid on booking to secure reservation 


Diamond Dining Menu

Seven-course meal with wine pairings, to be served by the executive chef, with an explanation on each dish and the origin of ingredients.


Wild Sea Bass Ceviche topped with the finest Almas Caviar


Japanese A5+ grade Kagoshima Sushi decorated with gold leaf


Smoked Burrata with Alba white truffles, figs and 100-year-old balsamic vinegar dressing


A5+ grade Tajima Kobe Steak served on a Himalayan salt plate with foie gras escalopes


Seafood Platter of king crab, USA lobster tail, wild Madagascar tiger prawns, baby octopus & baby scallops


Burnt Peaches, burned in an aged black label whisky and served with crème fraiche and to finish


Gold Plated Chocolate Truffles


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 6, 2020 –(AETOSWire)- Although some treatments have little to no effect on the reproductive health of a patient, in certain other cases, cancer treatments are likely to impair the ovaries or testes, causing temporary or permanent infertility. 

Hence it is essential for patients to consult their oncologists or other treating doctors on the long-term impact such treatments can have on their reproductive function, and their chances of having children.

Dr. Monikaa Chawla, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Consultant at Fakih IVF said, “As cancer treatments can impact a patient’s fertility, they need to discuss the various fertility preservation options with their doctor beforehand, understand the risks involved with such treatments and the costs associated with them. Besides chemotherapy, doctors must brief patients regarding the various surgical or radiation therapies, and the impact each of these could have on the reproductive health.”

Dr. Hussein Kandil, Specialist Urology at Fakih IVF said, “By the time cancer treatment ends, the recovery of the reproductive function is unpredictable, as it depends on the type and duration of therapy given. Additionally, in male patients even if the sperm numbers have not dramatically declined, other parameters may get undoubtedly altered e.g. DNA-integrity which determines the potency of sperm function, hence it is advised to postpone pregnancy for some time until full recovery of the testis.”

The risk of infertility highly depends on the type and dosage of medication used. In women, age is also a contributing factor, especially as older women have fewer eggs increasing their chances of becoming infertile after the treatment. Hence in such cases women consider several fertility preservation options. Some of the most common procedures include egg or embryo freezing, a procedure involving the isolation of mature eggs from the ovary for future use. Patients opting for this procedure must consult with their oncologist regarding the safety of the procedure and the number of cycles of stimulation required before the cancer treatment.

“Depending on the number of eggs or embryos frozen in the first cycle, doctors can suggest the need of undergoing more cycles. One must remember that freezing more eggs increases the chances of conceiving in the future,” said Dr Chawla.

Men battling cancer are also looking at options that can increase their chances of having a child despite battling the disease. Fertility preservation for men includes collecting and freezing their semen prior to the cancer treatment. The sperm can then be thawed and used to fertilize eggs of the partner when considering starting a family.

As fertility preservation is increasingly becoming common among individuals battling life threatening diseases, it is imperative to consult your healthcare practitioner seeking the ideal treatment option before proceeding with the surgery.

Fakih IVF Fertility Center is one of the leading Infertility, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Genetics and IVF centers in the GCC region with centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai. With several state-of-the-art technologies, the center is continually advancing in the field of reproductive medicine across the region.

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LAGOS, Nigeria--(BUSINESS WIREAETOSWire)-- Gabon Special Economic Zone (“GSEZ”) has gone through a reorganisation that has resulted in the creation of three separate verticals; Arise Port & Logistics (“ARISE P&L”), ARISE Integrated Industrial Platforms and ARISE infrastructure Services. ARISE P&L now comprises of A.P. Moller Capital, Olam International (”Olam”) and AFC. AFC has partnered with Olam since the investment in GSEZ in 2016, while the new investor, A.P. Moller Capital, has substantial experience in operating and developing transport and logistics infrastructure assets.

AFC announces an additional investment of EUR 48 million, increasing its stake in ARISE P&L from 21% to 26%, with A.P. Moller Capital having 43% ownership and Olam having 31%. The initial focus will be on investing in and expanding the ecosystem in existing mineral and general cargo ports in Gabon, as well as developing new infrastructure to support ecosystems in Mauritania, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo and Nigeria. Other projects include starting a new cargo port in Nouackchott (“ARISE Mauritania”) and a bulk terminal in San Pedro, Cote D’Ivoire – both of which are already in advanced stages of development.

Samaila Zubairu, President & CEO of AFC, commented: “This is a significant milestone for the development of AFC’s ecosystem strategy in West Africa. We are very proud of the progress made in diversifying the economy of Gabon to include value addition of forestry and mineral resources. This new platform will enable us replicate this success in other African countries. The combined expertise of AFC, A.P. Moller Capital and Olam will position this new venture as a strategic leader in infrastructure development in Africa. We are excited to see this grow.”

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About AFC -

AFC, an investment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 with an equity capital base of US$1 billion, to be the catalyst for private sector-led infrastructure investment across Africa. With a current balance sheet of approximately US$5.07 billion, AFC is the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution in Africa with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody’s Investors Service. AFC successfully raised US$1,150 million (US$650 million and US$500 million) in 2019, US$500 million in 2017 and US$750 million in 2015 through Eurobond issuances; out of its Board-approved US$3 Billion Global Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme. All Eurobond issues were oversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA.

AFC’s investment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus on financial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development and risk capital to address Africa’s infrastructure development needs and drive sustainable economic growth. AFC invests in high-quality infrastructure assets that provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. To date, the Corporation has invested over US$6.6 billion in projects within 30 countries across Africa.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4 February 2020, (AETOSWire): Johnson Controls International, a global leader in building technologies and solutions, has joined the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) as one of its latest affiliate members under the Private Sector Platform. The company’s commitment to sustainability dates to its inception in 1885, underscored the importance of private sector investments to advance the green economy through research and development, as well as collaboration with governments.


Johnson Controls, which operates in 150 countries, sees its role within the WGEO as a leading strategic partner that will have a positive impact in enhancing the partnership and mutual cooperation between private and public sectors through initiatives that promote innovative solutions involving clean and sustainable energy.


His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of WGEO, said: “The WGEO has always maintained its keenness towards enhancing the private sector’s involvement in finding sustainable solutions that contribute in supporting the global goals of the ‘Green Economy Agenda.’ WGEO welcomes Johnson Controls’ strong commitment and participation to this global goal, while continuously leading many organizations in their quest to energy efficiency through its works. It sets a fine example to the world’s businesses that one can be driving growth while ensuring environmental sustainability through technology and innovation.”


HE Al Tayer added: “The WGEO has a pivotal role in promoting the widespread acceptance of the green economy, and its growing importance across all levels. We believe in the power of change inherent in joint action, especially when all stakeholders have an opportunity to contribute to the efforts and plans for the transition to a global green economy.”


Tomas Brannemo, VP & President, Building Solutions, EMEALA, Johnson Controls, said: “Leading bold change and collaborating on breakthrough projects and technologies is only possible when there is a platform for collaboration, and WGEO provides this platform as an international organization dedicated to facilitating partnerships.  Johnson Controls shares these common values with WGEO. We have a strong commitment to promoting sustainable economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability. It is clear to us that business plays a crucial role in the transition to a green economy by providing environmental benefits in conjunction with economic opportunities.”


Johnson Controls is a company formed by Warren Johnson long before carbon footprint and climate change have become headlines of the day. It was launched to explore new ways to harness and conserve energy resources, and as a result of today, it has developed a culture of customer-focused innovation. The company has implemented over 3,000 energy-saving projects around the world, contributing to billions of dollars of energy savings as well as a reduction of more than 26 million metric tons of carbon emissions from its clients’ facilities.


From his side, Claude Allain, Vice president & General Manager Middle East & Africa, Johnson Controls, said: “The opportunities of the green economy are so widespread across the globe they can be compared to the industrial revolution. However, investments to advance the green economy are required to scale it and Johnson Controls as a company plays an active role by investing in R&D, partnering with universities, and collaborating with local governments to ensure we have the talent and right regulatory framework for the green economy to thrive.”


The company finds it imperative to work on solutions that will enable smart cities and healthy communities to thrive, considering the world’s growing population predicted to live in cities by year the 2050 and thereby integrating sustainability in companies’ operations has increasingly become a priority.


Since inception in 2016, spearheaded by the UAE in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, the WGEO has been working with businesses and other private organizations to catalyze key areas that would drive activities for the green economy such as unlocking green capital, harnessing frontier technologies, facilitating public-private partnerships, and promoting international cooperation and knowledge sharing of innovative and scalable projects.


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- Using Unimoni Kuwait’s mobile app and website, customers can now transfer money anytime anywhere at competitive exchange rates.  


Kuwait City, 08 December 2019: Unimoni Exchange WLL (“Unimoni Kuwait”), a renowned financial solutions provider and a Finablr company, today announced the launch of its online money transfer service as part of its digital offering in Kuwait. With the introduction of the new online service, customers can now send money using the Unimoni Kuwait mobile app or website at competitive exchange rates, seamlessly and securely from anywhere, anytime.


Unimoni Kuwait’s mobile app, available on iOS and Android, comes with a user-friendly interface that includes features such as real-time transaction tracking, rate alert through email and SMS, voice command and secure login options using One Time Passwords (OTP), fingerprint or face recognition. Registered customers of Unimoni Kuwait can directly log in to the mobile app (Unimoni Kuwait) or website ( and send money straight away. New customers have to complete a simple one-time registration process, at any of the conveniently-located Unimoni Kuwait branches before using the online money transfer service.


Commenting on the launch, Pradeep Kumar, Group Chief Executive Officer of Unimoni, said, “Technology continues to seep into human lives to the extent that it adds convenience and provides greater control to individuals. As a group, we are focused on empowering people all over the world to fulfil their aspirations by providing them with cutting-edge financial products and services, delivered through omni-channel touchpoints. The launch of our online service in Kuwait is a significant milestone, one that enables us to elevate our customers’ money transfer experience to new highs through technology.”



Vivek Nair, Country Head of Unimoni Kuwait, said, "Technology-enabled services are making strong inroads into Kuwait, engaging more people through intuitive user experiences. Our new online money transfer service seeks to meet the evolving needs of customers, who prefer to have access to financial services anytime and from anywhere, as part of an enhanced user experience. We are grateful to the Central Bank of Kuwait and our well-wishers for their continued support in our endeavour to bring a wide portfolio of products to the market.”


Unimoni Kuwait operates through 12 retail outlets in the country and offers a range of money transfer and foreign currency exchange solutions for retail and corporate customers.

LONDON, November 16, 2019 –--(BUSINESS WIRE)--  The prestigious World Branding Awards, the ultimate global brand recognition accolade – now in its 10th edition, saw 318 brands from 41 countries named “Brand of the Year” in a dazzling ceremony held at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace today. The brands were nominated by over 230,000 consumers across the globe.

Beijing Tong Ren Tang, CHAI LI WON, CoCo, Heinz, IKEA, LEGO®, Netflix, Neutrogena®, Spotify, and Yakult were celebrated as Global Tier award winners.

Regional Tier winners included Aramex (United Arab Emirates); Elkjøp (Norway); H&M (Sweden); Lancôme (France); Naturgy (Spain); Optical 88 (Hong Kong); LuLu (United Arab Emirates); Isetan (Japan); and ZALORA (Singapore).

Kuwaiti brands honoured as National Tier winners included Al Salam International Hospital (Healthcare – Hospitals), Aqua Gulf (Water), GIG (Insurance), Mabanee (Property Developer), Riva (Fashion Brand), and The Avenues (Shopping Centre/ Mall).

Winners are uniquely judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. Seventy percent of the scoring process comes from consumer votes. There can only be one winner in each category per country.


“The Awards are an acknowledgement to the tireless effort of the teams that build and maintain their brand presence in an ever-changing market,” said Richard Rowles, Chairman of the World Branding Forum.


“A good brand needs to offer a meaningful experience to their customers, while remaining relevant and distinctive,” said Julian Andersen, Managing Director, World Branding Forum. “The world is full of brands, but a truly exceptional brand has to ensure that people know what they stand for. Brands that win show that they have set the standard for what is expected of other brands to be at the top of their game.”


Now in its sixth year, the awards are organised by the World Branding Forum, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing branding standards. It organises and sponsors a range of educational programmes. The Forum also publishes branding news on its website that reaches a global audience of over 34.4 million.


The event was hosted by Jemma Forte, presenter for ITV, BBC1, BB2 and Channel 4. For more information and the full list of winners, visit

About the World Branding Forum

The World Branding Forum (WBF) is a registered global non-profit organisation. Its aims and activities are to raise the standards in branding for the good of the industry as well as consumers. The WBF produces, manages and supports a wide range of programmes covering research, development, education, recognition, networking and outreach. For more information, visit


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