A Citywide Activation Organised by Arab Fashion Week and JollyTrust
The Seventh Edition of Arab Fashion Week returns to Dubai from 21st- 28th November 2018, headlining the new platform co-organised by Arab Fashion Week and JollyTrust, Dubai Fashion Days by Hala China, a joint initiative by Meraas and Dubai Holding.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Hala China, a joint initiative between Meraas and Dubai Holding, presents Dubai Fashion Days, a citywide fashion festival, co-organised by Arab Fashion Week and JollyTrust. The eight-day celebration of fashion-centric programming seeks to showcase the most exciting design talents from the Middle East, China and the rest of the world, affirming Dubai’s position as both an economic and creative hub for International fashion.
Dubai Fashion Days will transform Dubai’s fashion scene into a citywide activation at key destinations including City Walk and Dubai Design District (d3) and is supported by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council.
This pioneering cultural initiative sees the most powerful and influential fashion and development institutions of Dubai joining forces, to stage an innovative programme of fashion shows, retail pop-ups, industry talks and exhibitions, that is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Chairman of Hala China, said: “The inaugural edition of Dubai Fashion Days at City Walk and d3 aligns with Hala China’s strategy to develop ongoing events and explore opportunities in trade, tourism and investment that can mutually benefit our economies. We have worked diligently to bring together industry experts and stakeholders to create an event that aims to positively impact the fashion world. With a strong offline and online presence, we are confident that Dubai Fashion Days will enable Chinese brands to explore the Dubai market and provide them with international exposure. The event will also establish links between UAE-based designers and the Chinese fashion industry.”
Headlining Dubai Fashion Days is the 7th edition of Arab Fashion Week which will take place at City Walk and d3, featuring runway shows from over 30 international and regional UAE designers including; AMATO COUTURE (UAE), ASMARIIA (RUSSIA), BLSSED (UAE), BAV TAILOR (UK), DIANA MAHRACH COUTURE (USA), DANIELLE BENICIO (BRAZIL), DKLTJU (CHINA), HKFG DUBAI CAR|2IE (HONG KONG), HKFG DUBAI MODEMENT (HONG KONG), HUANG JIA PRODUCTION (CHINA), HUMARIFF (RUSSIA), ILSE JARA (PARAGUAY), JOLLYCHIC (CHINA), JUDY & JULIA (CHINA), LA CAVA (CHINA), MICHAEL CINCO (UAE), MOLLY (CHINA), NINA ZANDIA (UAE), OLD TIMES (CHINA), PEARLA COLLECTION (UAE), SHEIN (CHINA), SOPHIA NUBES (SWITZERLAND), SORAYA B COUTURE (UAE), THISNORTHAT (CHINA), TONY MIRANDA (PORTUGAL), VERRAGEE (CHINA), VRO PARDO (PARAGUAY), WTC (CHINA), XIN IS LU (CHINA), XUNRUO (CHINA),YARA BINT SHAKAR (UAE), YOUPPIE! (CHINA), AND YI DAI MEI (CHINA).
In a first for any International Fashion week, collections shown on the runway will be available immediately for sale on the official e-commerce platforms of exclusive online retail partners JollyChic and MarkaVIP, transforming the runway shows into a practical see-now-buy-now revolutionary customer experience.
Jacob Abrian, Founder and Chief Executive of the Arab Fashion Council commented: “Arab Fashion Week is delighted to co-organise this powerful new initiative together with JollyTrust, in partnership with Hala China. The sum of our collective expertise will propel Dubai into new heights on the International Fashion Week Calendar, by providing designers participating in Arab Fashion Week with the unprecedented opportunity to sell their collections from the runway directly to the consumer.”
“Fashion is an expression of culture and a way to seek resonance. It is also an exploration of the future,” commented David Ding, Co-founder and Executive President of Jollychic, the strategic partner of Dubai Fashion Days and leading mobile e-commerce platform in the Middle East. “Emerging designers in China and the Arab world are becoming increasingly influential. Their voices are being heard and ambitions understood. We are very glad to support them on this journey as they seek to gain visibility on the international fashion stage and shape the future of our industry.”
For the first time, Jollychic will present and live stream their closing show at Arab Fashion Week, via their app, so that those unable to attend the show can still feel immersed in the excitement and can purchase directly from the catwalk.
“We aim to provide a seamless user experience to our clients. We are honored to work with all our partners to make Arab Fashion Week and Dubai Fashion Days a world-class event infused with creativity and technology, leveraging our position as a leading e-commerce platform to close the distance between couture, catwalk and consumer,” said Ding.
Aligned to Dubai Fashion Days, ‘China’s Textile Exhibition’ to be held at d3 will present 20 exhibitors from China, connecting Dubai-based designers with fabric suppliers and manufacturing facilities. It will also provide an ideal platform for designers from the two countries to network and exchange experiences and best practices through a series of talks and workshops led by industry experts.
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 19, 2018:-- Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, officially launched the inaugural edition of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities: Child Dignity in the Digital World Forum.
The two-day assembly is hosted by the UAE on November 19-20 in recognition of the country’s leading role in promoting tolerance and interfaith dialogue.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Saif said: “We are gathered here today under the umbrella of peace, coexistence and tolerance; an approach that was inspired by the ideology, legacy and directives of the late Sheikh Zayed and the teachings of Islam. This approach is also supported by the UAE’s wise leaders, along with nations and people from around the world, who join efforts to consolidate these morals and uphold the values of justice tolerance and love.”
Sheikh Saif noted that the United Arab Emirates has endeavored to strengthen its cultural and religious partnerships to promote positivity, empathy and kindness for the service of humanity.
The opening ceremony also featured a keynote by Fatima Al Kaabi, known as the country's “youngest inventor” and the voice of children and childhood. Al Kaabi called upon religious communities, scholars and clergy to support and protect innocent and over trusting children from the dangers of the online world.
The Forum’s first day saw a number of high-profile panel discussions pertaining to the risks faced by children in the digital world, as well as the implications of online harassment and sexual abuse on children. Special sessions tackled the role of policymakers in protecting children against digital violence and abuse and the role of religious associations in this regard.
The forum brings together 450 guests including religious leaders, NGOs and heads of industry to discuss ongoing social challenges and develop comprehensive solutions for protecting youth from cybercrime.
The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Forum is an expansion of the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress which was held in October 2017 in the Vatican and resulted in the “Rome Declaration” endorsed by Pope Francis. During the congress, the UAE was identified for its reputation for tolerance, and was consulted with to host an international forum to highlight its commitment to developing interfaith dialogue. These efforts resulted in the formation of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities which will have its first event addressing the issue of child dignity online.
The forum is supported by Al Azhar, and is held in partnership with a number of global entities and organizations including Unicef, The Child Dignity Alliance, Arigatou International, The Global Network of Religions for Children, End Violence Against Children, Religions for Peace International, WePROTECT Global Alliance, The Center for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Al Azhar University, World Vision International, Shanti Ashram and International Justice Mission.
Mobile Industry-Focused Event to Highlight Impact of New Technologies Such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and 5G on the Region
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- The GSMA today announced a number of additional high-profile speakers for its Mobile 360 Series – MENA (Middle East and North Africa) conference taking place on the 26-27 November 2018 in Dubai. The mobile industry-focused event, which is now in its sixth year, will cover the key industry issues facing the region, with a particular emphasis on transformative technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and 5G.
“Mobile is having a transformative impact across this diverse region with mobile operators in the GCC states laying the foundations for leadership in 5G and planning ahead to commercial launches, while the region’s emerging markets are seeing rising smartphone adoption,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “We have a incredible line-up of expert speakers this year, ready to outline the key issues and challenges facing the region – we’re looking forward to a thought-provoking and exciting showcase.”
New speakers added to the agenda include:
They join previously announced speakers including:
Being held at the new location of the Westin Mina Seyahi Hotel in Dubai, the two-day Mobile 360 – MENA will bring together senior-level delegates from across the region to discuss the key developments in the mobile industry and their impact on businesss and citizens across the region. Topics will include cybersecurity risk, digital identity and the Internet of Things, as well as an in-depth focus on the policy and regulatory approaches needed to drive further innovation in the 5G era.
A number of new industry sponsors have recently signed up to support the event, including Telecom Egypt, who have joined as Mobile Partner, alongside Mastercard as Industry Sponsor, Irisgard as Showcase Sponsors and Novation City as Supporting Sponsor. They join previously announced sponsors including Etisalat (Host Sponsor), Huawei (Headline Sponsor), and Ericsson, Facebook, Intelsat and Matrixx Software (Supporting Sponsors).
For further information on Mobile 360 – MENA, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.mobile360series.com/mena/. Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 – MENA (#M360MENA) on Twitter @GSMAEVENTS, on Facebook www.facebook.com/Mobile360Series and LinkedIn on www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-360-series. Download the event app for further information: www.mobile360series.com/app/.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.
Poised to Transform Developing World Dairy Industry
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & NEW YORK- At the request of several customers who are in advanced stages of discussion with the company and want it to have a strong local presence, International Dispensing Corporation (IDC; IDND) has established IDC SAMEA (Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa), a regional office based in Dubai. The purpose of IDC SAMEA is to enable, coordinate, and execute turn-key solutions for a large-format aseptic package with The Answer® tap, first to penetrate and transform the dairy industry of Pakistan, and subsequently that of neighboring countries that have similar dairy issues.
IDC SAMEA will manage the entire supply chain – taps, bags, filling equipment, boxes and/or dispensers. Last month IDC announced the formation of the Alliance for Aseptic Foodservice™ (AAF™); IDC SAMEA will work with AAF charter members to deliver its complete solution to dairy customers, with the initial focus on Pakistan. IDC and AAF™ members plan to replicate the success and all the learning from this model into other key geographies.
Pakistan is the world’s fourth largest dairy consuming country, yet less than 10% of the country’s milk is processed and packaged. The rest is in the form of “loose” milk: raw unprocessed milk served from open vats.
IDC SAMEA and its customers will offer fresh milk directly from dairy farms, aseptically processed and packaged in a closed bag-in-box (BIB) system anchored by The Answer®, the world’s only aseptic dispensing tap. An extensive market survey in Karachi conducted by ZAP Logistics, an IDC customer, indicated overwhelming acceptance of the IDC package, appreciation of its push-button ease for pouring, and the taste and quality of the milk.
Commencing its efforts in Pakistan, the group also intends to address similar dairy markets in Bangladesh, India, Turkey, and Africa. IDC SAMEA has already begun marketing the solution in Africa, though Pakistan represents the most imminent opportunity. The closed bulk aseptic package offered by IDC SAMEA has the potential to improve milk quality, safety, waste, and nutrition for well over 2 billion people in those countries and to create a lasting legacy.
Pär Söderlund, former Managing Director for Tetra Pak Pakistan, spearheads the efforts of IDC SAMEA. Mr. Söderlund said: “The Answer® innovation represents a tremendous opportunity in this vast region. We are very excited to offer this solution to the region and to deliver safe, nutritious milk in a very convenient large size package that truly makes a difference.”
Based in New York City, IDC (IDND; www.idcinnovation.com) is a packaging research and development company that creates and manufactures disruptive innovations for the beverage and liquid food industries. The company is best known for its international award-winning The Answer®, the world’s only certified aseptic tap which prevents micro-organisms from compromising product safety even through prolonged unrefrigerated use. The Answer® is used for both low and high-acid beverages, including dairy, dairy-based coffee, juice, tea, and coconut water in large-format foodservice applications and is currently being deployed in the USA, China, Germany, Pakistan, and Mexico. The company’s trademarked BID™ (Bag-in-Dispenser) system is believed to be the industry’s most economical and environmental means of delivering UHT beverages.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2018: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, attended the endorsement of the ‘Abu Dhabi Declaration’. The declaration, issued by the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities: Child Dignity in the Digital World Forum was endorsed and approved by religious and spiritual leaders participating in the two-day assembly, which took place in Abu Dhabi on November 19-20, who pledged to act upon the declaration’s articles and achieve the objectives and obligations outlined by the leaders of the seven major world religions participating in the forum.
In the presence of Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Executive Director of the Martyrs 'Families Affairs Office at the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi’s court, Sheikh Saif accompanied guests on a tour across Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity).
Religious and spiritual leaders from around the world lauded the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Forum as a turning point in the joint global action plan to uphold humanitarian values and protect children in the digital world.
The declaration was ratified at the Wahat Al Karama memorial by religious leaders and delegates from around the world, who pledged to join efforts to prevent child abuse and exploitation, while contributing to develop their physical, social, spiritual and emotional capabilities and potentials.
The declaration indicated that maintaining children’s dignity is key to any society’s progress and stability and is recognized and guaranteed by conventions, laws, regulations and customs in force.
Almost 4.2 billion people are active internet users and children account for more than a quarter of this population. Millions of children are subject to online abuse, sexual exploitation due to the misuse of modern technology innovations. To this end, the Declaration stressed the need for concerted efforts to develop proactive solutions to these objectionable phenomena, out of the firm belief that maintaining child dignity is an ethical, religious and humanitarian obligation.
Participants pledged to promote dialogue and to reinforce partnerships between religious leaders to prevent any kind of child abuse and exploitation in the digital world, while organizing awareness programs to support children’s right to life and human dignity. They also agreed to declare 2019 as the ‘Year of Child Dignity’ to protect children against the dangers of the digital world and shed light on this important issue.
The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Forum is an expansion of the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress which was held in October 2017 in the Vatican and resulted in the “Rome Declaration” endorsed by Pope Francis. The congress recognized the UAE for its reputation for tolerance and was chosen to host an international forum to highlight its commitment to developing interfaith dialogue. These efforts resulted in the formation of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, which tackles the issue of child dignity online.
The forum is supported by Al Azhar and is held in partnership with several global entities and organizations.
The Land of Civilizations Hosts the Japanese Civilization
Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, November 12, 2018: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is hosting in mid-November the largest open amateur sports and cartoon characters simulation event since the establishment of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.
On the sidelines of the tournament, famous cartoon singers and Japanese anime program hosts will perform live shows on Al Qarah Mountain stage, led by Tareq and Mohammed Al Arabi Tarqan, who are known for the composition and performance of a wide range of musical soundtracks of children TV shows and animations, most notably Conan, Mowgli, Ninja Turtles, Zoro, Captain Majed, and Hazeem Al Raa’d.
The most famous site of the world heritage of Al-Ahsa region; Al Qarah Mountain celebrates the Japanese civilization during 14-17 November, with a variety of events starting with the famous Japanese electronic sports competitions such as FIFA19, Fortnite and Tekken 7, through the Japanese cartoon characters’ simulation competition (Cosplay), in addition to a Japanese exhibition on the banks and caves in the mountain.
“The introduction of Japanese civilization in the land of civilizations in Al-Ahsa, which has recently been added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites, is a reflection of the message of Saudi Arabia and Gulf states that are open to other civilizations and people who love peace and harmony,” said Mushary Aljabr, board member at the host organization.
The competitions and associated events will be broadcasted through various media channels that are interested in the amateur electronic sports and anime shows. Recent statistics indicate that Saudi Arabia is in the forefront of sales of electronic games in the Arab markets, with China leading globally, followed by the United States which is competing with Japan in the third place, followed by the German and British markets.
According to Marwan Alshawan, Head of the organizing committee, gifts and prizes will be presented to the competitors and the audience, including a car provided by Kia Aljabr, iPhone devices from Mobily and electronic game devices from Al Jomaih Bottling Plants, in addition to cash prizes of SAR140,000. The competitions will be held under the consideration of specialized arbitration committees, and under the supervision and sponsorship of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.
In addition to Al Arabi Tarqan, the audience will meet a host of social media influencers such as Etookb, S7S, 3boosh, AI Show group, and other creators of channels that are interested in Japanese games and animation.
It is expected that the event will attract more than 30,000 visitors during 4 days at several locations within the event’s area, including its historic cave known for its mild summer and winter temperatures, the outdoor theater, the famous animation shows, the championship platform, the Japanese exhibition, and restaurants and coffee shops.
The event was named “Game Nation” as an expression of the gathering of fans of electronic games and cartoon competitions, and it is organized under the slogan “Are you gamer? Or Do you Love Animations?”
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~The two-day BAO festival announces a never seen before Main Stage and it’s going to be gigantic~
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 November 2018, (AETOSWire): The excitement is mounting as Meydan gets ready to host 12 of the world’s Top 100 DJs at BAO Festival on the 29th & 30th of November. Dubai will be witnessing the headliners - MARTIN GARRIX, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, AFROJACK, DON DIABLO, NERVO, R3HAB, ALOK, SALVATORE GANACCI, BROOKS, DANTE KLEIN, MARCUS SANTORO and DJ LICIOUS perform within a span of 48 hours, making it a never seen before spectacle.
BAO will bring in the most spectacular, immersive and innovative state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design to the electronic dance music industry in the Middle East. The 12 artists will be seen performing against unmatched amount of CO2, intense lasers and flames, making it a never seen before set-up. Dubai skies will be lit up with extensive pyrotechnics used during both the days of BAO.
The organizers of BAO take pride in giving EDM fans a ‘jaw dropping’ stage set up over both days in order to create a magical experience, better than some of the biggest festivals in the world. Inspired by Chinese heritage, a 72-meter long Dragon will be seen wrapped around the main stage highlighting the magnificent landscape of the festival. A 65-meter wide and 25-meter high main stage will be seen supporting the 7m3 Dragon head. Never before has a stage of this magnitude been designed and will be exclusively seen at BAO Festival in Dubai, with the global launch of this massive festival.
This main stage has been designed by the Dutch Create! agency, known worldwide for their intricate stage designs. They have an exciting portfolio working for events like WISH Outdoor Netherlands & Mexico and Dominator Festival. The Belgian creators behind the stages of Tomorrowland- BM, have built the BAO main stage along with the ultimate centerpiece, The Dragon.
BAO project creator Bingchen Li said, “Our aim is to entice fans globally and elevate the overall guest experience from entry to exit – which translates into events that fans want to keep returning to. The main stage creators have been working relentlessly to create a masterpiece and we invite the EDM music lovers across the globe to BAO, the Final Frontier to discover this extraordinary voyage and treasure it for a lifetime.”
The event producers, Envie Events have transformed the events industry in the Middle East by bringing in the most remarkable events to the UAE. Well-known for their exceptional and large format events, fans can expect nothing but the most memorable experience at BAO, making it a journey filled with endless treasures for the festival-goers.
This massive stage set up is not to be missed and is sure to leave the visitors in awe. Embark on this mesmerizing journey and buy your tickets via platinumlist.net. Day and weekend passes are available starting from AED 395 as well as a ticket for the elevated ‘Deluxe Area’ for AED 2,300. Exclusive VIP table packages start from AED 10,000.
We welcome you to BAO - The Final Frontier.
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Date: Thursday & Friday, 29th & 30th November, 2018
Time: 06:00pm to 03:00am
Venue: Meydan, Dubai
Age Limit: Strictly 21+
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