Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 August 2019, (AETOSWire): Digital Venture has signed an agreement with Amadeus, a global technology provider for the travel industry, to become the exclusive distributor for its innovative and unique media solutions inventory for Amadeus travel itinerary documents and CheckMyTrip for all advertising demands in the GCC, Levant, Egypt & Italy regions.

Digital Venture will, work directly with advertisers and agencies in the regions. Through these Amadeus media solutions products, Digital Venture will provide its clients with direct access to engage with global confirmed passengers before, during and after their trip experience, with points of sale in the exclusive regions.

Amadeus’ media solutions advertising products are travel documents issued by travel agencies and “CheckMyTrip” mobile app, which help brands with specialized targeting criteria to deliver personalized offers to booked travelers. These criteria include language, booking class, business category, origin, destination, connection, connection duration, trip duration, booking dates, class of service, trip elements booked, trip companion, affluence, gender, trip purpose and many more.

Commenting on this strategic alliance, Digital Venture CEO, Sami Hamade said, “Travelers are attentive and receptive to their trip context. Interaction at these key stages increases brand recall. Offer relevant content at the time and place when the audience demands it. We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to having partners join us in creating success stories”

Sol Freixa, Global Director for Travel Advertising Sales & Marketing, Travel Channels, Amadeus said, “With one of the fastest growing online travel sectors in the world, it is no surprise that the region is deeply committed to digital transformation. Travel advertising plays a key role in this as it allows retailers to reach travelers in new, interactive ways, at the right moment. It’s against this backdrop, we are pleased to have partnered with Digital Venture to support our future growth in the region and positively impact traveler journeys.”

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2019, (AETOSWire): Desert Golf, a division of Desert Group, has successfully completed the 18 hole greens renovation at the Arabian Ranches golf course - two weeks ahead of schedule.

The championship golf course was closed to pave way for a greens renovation due to the invasion of foreign grasses, which had affected the uniformity, appearance and smoothness of the greens.

The Arabian Ranches greens renovation process entailed a comprehensive survey of all 18 greens, followed by excavation and the careful precise shaping of the subgrade of all the greens in order to mirror the final levels. A consistent depth of USGA greensmix was then added and shaped to meet original design contours. Finally, the greens were planted with certified Platinum TE Paspalum sprigs, an environmentally sustainable, salt-tolerant turfgrass, which was refrigerated and shipped by air from the United States of America.

Platinum TE features a dark green colour and due to its very fine leaf texture provides a tight compact canopy surface that provides exceptional ball puttability.

“The renovations were aimed at elevating the golfing experience and the Arabian Ranches golf course is now looking pristine complete with United States Golf Association-approved greensmix,” said Rory Hutchison, General Manager, Desert Golf.

It is expected that the golf course will be open for play sometime in October.


About Desert Golf

Desert Golf, a division of Desert Landscape Construction, Desert Group was established in 2006 and has since involved in the construction and renovation of several top golfing facilities. Known for their highly skilled golf construction and refurbishment capabilities they thrive on working closely with the best golf designers in the world.

Desert Golf has a team of experts with extensive experience in golf construction, maintenance and renovation who are able to produce outstanding playing surfaces.

Some of the work done by Desert Golf includes Jumeriah Golf Estate, home of the prestigious “Race to Dubai” Golf Tournament as well as the Tiger Woods at Al Ruwaya, Akoya and most recently Dubai Hills for Emaar.

“We at Desert Group offer a range of services that extends from design and landscape construction to turf maintenance and plant nursery capabilities that are focused towards customer needs and are unparalleled in the region”, Michael Mascarenhas, Group CEO, Desert Group. *Source: AETOSWire

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2019, (AETOSWire): Today the 17th Edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) 2019 was launched with an unexpected number of visitors in the first opening day. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of Emirates Falconers’ Club and is ongoing until the 31st of August 2019.

The slogan for this year’s edition is “Together to Consolidate Sustainable Hunting Initiatives.” As such, all the activities and activations will highlight the definitions of sustainable hunting among a universal audience in order to stress on the environmental balance between hunting and preserving various birds of prey.

The 17th edition combines 11 sectors and they are: Veterinary Products & Services, Hunting Guns, Media, Outdoor Leisure Vehicles and Equipment, Hunting Tourism and Safari, Arts and Crafts, Equestrian, Falconry, Fishing and Marine Sports, Hunting and Camping Equipment and the Promotion and Preservation of Cultural Heritage. This is in addition to the Arena that is dedicated to horse, camel, and dog shows.

Today there was a workshop that discussed the Illegal Trade in Birds of Prey that was held today on the sidelines of the initiatives of the exhibition. It was held in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers’ Club and Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of ADIHEX and Her Excellency Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, and a number of local and international officials.

The workshop reviewed the mechanisms of the process and efforts taken by local and international institutions aiding the efforts of the International Association for Falconry and Emirates Falconers’ Club, who organized the workshop, to promote the elimination of illegal trade of birds of prey.

In the current edition of ADIHEX there will be the ‘ADIHEX Awards’ for individuals and organizations contributing to the success of the exhibition. The exhibition is organizing a Camel Auction in the arena during the five days of the exhibition.  There is also an Art Auction that showcases very special artistic pieces and paintings by talented artists.

ADIHEX also hosts an Innovation Hub which is a platform for all amateurs, small companies, and anyone interested in hunting, equestrian, and falconry to showcase their special pieces. During the show there is a daily Falcons Auction being held for the first time and runs throughout the five days of the exhibition.

The exhibition is also hosting various competitions and cultural and entertainment activities that are curated for visitors with prizes worth more than one million dirhams.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- International General Insurance Holdings Limited today reported earnings for the first half of 2019.

IGI reported a net profit of $13.75 million for the first six months of 2019, compared to $11.02 million last year, and a 12.2% rise in gross written premiums from $165.87 million in June 2018 to $186.12 million in June 2019.

The Group recorded an overall underwriting profit of $25.88 million for the six months ending 30 June 2019, which reflected a 9% increase from the 2018 result of $23.75 million.

IGI reported growth in most major lines of business, with Casualty, Engineering, Ports & Terminals and Financial Lines contributing the most in dollar growth.

Annualized return on equity for the period ended 30 June 2019 came in at 8.7%, compared to 7.2% for the same time period in 2018. IGI’s book value per share has grown to $2.358 at the end of June 2019 from $2.271 at the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, IGI reported an investment income result of $7.3 million for the first half of 2019, compared to $4.88 million for the first half of 2018.

IGI posted a combined ratio of 92.84%, compared to 91.28% in June 2018.

“The insurance market is in a healthier position than it has been for a long time,” said Mr. Wasef Jabsheh, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IGIH. “Rates are continuing to gradually rise, and the outlook remains positive for the rest of 2019. Our results reflect a clear strategy of disciplined underwriting and profitable growth as IGI continues to move ahead with its diversification and expansion strategy, which has kept us strong in challenging times.”

“We are working on a number of exciting developments and business expansion projects, which are expected to materialise in the near future.”

On 22 August 2019, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its ‘A-‘ insurer financial strength ratings with stable outlook for IGI Bermuda and IGIUK.

Highlights for the first half of the year, as at 30th June 2019, are as hereunder, along with those for the previous year:



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About IGI:

International General Insurance Holdings Limited is registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) with operations in Bermuda, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, Morocco and a wholly owned subsidiary in the U.K.

IGI Bermuda is a class 3B (re)insurer regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA). This subsidiary is the principal underwriting entity for the Group. The Group also has a branch in Labuan, Malaysia, registered as a second-tier offshore reinsurer.

Both IGI Bermuda and IGI UK are rated A- with a stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s and A- (Excellent) with a positive outlook by A.M Best Company.

IGI Group of companies underwrites a worldwide portfolio of energy, property, engineering, casualty, legal expenses, directors and officers, financial institutions, general aviation, ports & terminals, marine liability, political violence, forestry and reinsurance treaty business.

International General Insurance Holdings Limited had assets in excess of US$ 950 million as at 30th June 2019.

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New York, United States of America, August 29, 2019, (AETOSWire): Many challenges face the Middle East in terms of economic development, but one business executive is inspiring others in the region. Mohammed Alsherebi—a Saudi Arabian business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who also serves as a senior partner and external director for a leading global management consulting firm—is preparing to launch a new ecosystem to facilitate business between Middle Eastern markets and the top global markets, as facilitated by the Saudi “Vision 2030” plan.

Vision 2030 is intended to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil while diversifying its economy, in part via development of public service sectors including health and education, as well as infrastructure, tourism, and recreation. While developing the Middle East’s society, economy, and nation, Vision 2030 targets transforming the Middle East to become the ‘new Europe.’ This plan is reported to have a major economic contribution around the world, similar to the million-plus new jobs created in the United States, from deals announced during the first year since the launch of Vision 2030.

Many reforms resulted last year in the wake of Vision 2030, including greater support for women’s empowerment, inclusion, diversity, and human rights. For example, for the first time in the country’s history, 2019 marks the year when women could apply for passports and travel without a male guardian’s permission, adding to the recent lift of the ban on women’s driving. The plan also affects Saudi women at work, calling for a rise in women’s workforce participation to 30 percent, barring gender-based discrimination at work, and resulting in more women entering leadership roles in the country’s largest banks and the stock exchange, as well as top diplomatic positions.

Money was rechanneled and restored to public wealth, resulting in financing trillions of dollars in economic projects such as the launch of the largest investment fund in history (PIF) and numerous projects to develop new zones and cities, including NEOM, the Red Sea, and Amaala. Many records were also set last year in the region, including development of the largest company in history (Aramco), the largest renewable energy project in history (200 GW of PV capacity), the largest VC fund in history (Vision Funds with SoftBank), the world’s largest entertainment park (Qiddiya), and the world’s largest city park (King Salman Park).

Alsherebi is launching the new ecosystem to facilitate business from the top providers in the Middle East to major global markets in multiple sectors including oil, petrochemicals, banking, telecommunications, food, health care, and retail. The same ecosystem also facilitates business from selected top global brands to major business opportunities in the Middle East in multiple sectors such as investment, management, technology, engineering, and entertainment.

“Alsherebi is a global influencer and true thought leader who impacts and inspires millions of followers across various media platforms,” said James Gorman, a former senior partner at the same consultancy firm. “He is passionate about helping the most innovative entrepreneurs build legendary companies, from idea to IPO. I am confident that the launch of his new ecosystem will be transformational for economic and business development throughout the Middle East, and in helping to further the goals of the Vision 2030 plan.”

About Mohammed Alsherebi

Mohammed Alsherebi holds BS and postgraduate degrees in industrial engineering and business, earning the highest academic distinction from Harvard Business School, New York University (NYU), and the University of California. Alsherebi is founder of the Centillion Company, which controls more than 10 companies in various fields and geographies including Nama Company, a leading local partner for the top 10 largest corporations in the region, including Saudi Aramco and SABIC.

Decades of experience in his core functions of investment, strategy, technology, and innovation back Alsherebi’s new initiative to facilitate business between Middle Eastern markets and the top global markets, as facilitated by the Saudi “Vision 2030” plan. Alsherebi has served on McKinsey & Company’s Executive Global Panel since 2009 and as an advisor and counselor to McKinsey clients, other international firms, and for multiple subsidiaries of McKinsey, including McKinsey implementation, Elixir integration, and Digital McKinsey. He advises leaders of governments, investments, and businesses with focus on strategy, digital strategy, and investment funds.

Alsherebi’s expertise in consulting incorporates three main components:

  • Helping organizations in the private and public sector execute bold business strategy to perform exceptionally in the digital age, including in areas such as revenue growth, market entry, country expansion, product development, pricing improvements, and other strategic issues.
  • Digital strategy. Helping clients use digital to create value, including technologies in cognitive computing, data and analytics, AI, and cloud computing.
  • Strategy for investment. Advising investment leaders across the entire investment life cycle such as deal generation, due diligence, value creation plans, and portfolio management.

Alsherebi also sits on the board of several institutions and holding multiple leadership roles at major Fortune Global 500 companies.

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 15: The Public Institute for Social Security (PIFSS) has initially approved the merger of Kuwait Finance House and the Ahli United Bank (Bahrain), according to a technical study prepared by the institution’s management and investment arm, reports Al-Qabas daily.

PIFFS confirmed that Article 3 of Decision No. 5 of 2017 shall have the highest authority in determining the rules and programs of investing the corporation’s funds and issuing the necessary investment decisions. Sources noted that the Wafra International Investment Company (Kuwait) participated in the evaluation and study process, and stipulated in its approval to open the books of both banks and start the process.

It said that it set a minimum exchange rate, which is subject to a rigorous examination process, pointing out that the book value of the total shares of KFH in the books of the due diligence report on Feb 28, 2019 was 202.6 million dinars, and the market value as of the same date was 233.33 million dinars.

The corporation denied any fears of imposing fines on the Future Bank of Iran, in which Ahli United Bank (Bahrain) contributes one third of the capital, stressing that in case of imposing fines on the bank, it will be charged to it, within the limits of the contribution and does not bear another entity either Ahli United Bank or PIFFS shall be subject to any penalties as a result of penalties that may be imposed, but shall be charged to the Future Bank only within the limits of the contribution to the capital and assets of the Bank.

With the authorities still busy in evaluation and land acquisition, work on any of the nine special economic zones (SEZs) to be set up in the country under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has not yet begun, Dawn has learnt. — AP/File

ISLAMABAD: With the authorities still busy in evaluation and land acquisition, work on any of the nine special economic zones (SEZs) to be set up in the country under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has not yet begun, Dawn has learnt.

Most of these economic zone projects — which will be established in the federal capital, all the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas — are either at the stage of land acquisition or their feasibility reports are being finalised, according to the information provided by the government to the National Assembly in response to a question asked by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker from Narowal Mehnaz Akber Aziz.

The nine SEZs are Rashakai Economic Zone in Nowshera (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa); China Special Economic Zone, Dhabeji (Sindh); Bostan Industrial Zone (Balochistan); Allama Iqbal Industrial City, Faisalabad (Punjab); ICT Model Industrial Zone, Islamabad; Industrial Park on Pakistan Steel Mills Land at Port Qasim near Karachi (Sindh); SEZ at Mirpur (AJK); Mohmand Marble City (formerly Fata) and Moqpondass SEZ in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The official document shows that none of these SEZs have so far been provided with basic amenities as utility departments are still doing calculations and making evaluations.

Authorities yet to complete groundwork for nine zones under CPEC

While an agreement between the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zone Development Management Company (KPEZDMC) and the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) for the development of Rashakai SEZ in Nowshera had been signed on Nov 3, 2018, the government expects that “work on off-site infrastructure facilities” for the project will begin on Oct 31, according to the official document.

As far as the provision of basic amenities is concerned, the document says that PC-1 for the provision of electricity will be submitted by Aug 30. The power division will then evaluate the proposal and process for funding through the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

“The petroleum division is making necessary arrangements for provision of gas at the zero point of the zone,” it says, adding that the provincial government will ensure provision of “adequate supply of water”.

The document says that 1,530 acres for the China SEZ at Dhabeji has already been reserved/ earmarked by the Board of Revenue in Sindh. A detailed feasibility study had been completed in April 2018 by Consortium of Consultants (EY Ford Rhodes, Osmani & Co, RIAA Barker Gillette and IBA Karachi), it says. “The preparation of Request for Proposals and draft concession agreement shall be ready for the developer solicitation through international competitive bidding” by the end of this month, it adds.

Service providers K-Electric, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) had shared official estimates along with the details of external infrastructure availability and the tentative timelines for provision of electricity, gas and water to the doorstep of the SEZ. The PC-I for 32MW of electricity prepared in coordination with K-Electric was submitted to the power division, Islamabad, on May 29.

Similarly, the Balochistan industries department had already completed and submitted the feasibility study of Bostan SEZ. An application seeking Bostan SEZ notification as per SEZ Act, 2012, is currently “under evaluation by the Board of Investment (BoI)”, according to the document.

The earth-breaking ceremony of Allama Iqbal Industrial City (M3), Faisalabad, is expected by the month end. The government claims 80 per cent land for the project has been acquired while efforts are still on for acquisition of remaining land. An application will soon be submitted to the BoI under the SEZ Act, 2012. The Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company is carrying out a detailed study for the zone development, as the firm’s demand of utilities will be calculated and forwarded to the power division for funding through the PSDP.

Due to non-availability of public land in the federal capital, the Islamabad SEZ project has been delayed. The National Industrial Park Management Company (NIP) and the BoI had discussed the requirement for land at I-17 Sector of Islamabad with the Capital Development Authority (CDA). “However, the CDA has conveyed in writing regarding non-availability of public land in the ICT,” the official document says.

It says the BoI also received an application from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) for establishing National Science and Technology Park (SEZ) in May. “The evaluation and viability of the project is under process at the BoI”, it explains. Nust also submitted an undertaking that electricity and gas requirement would be met through integral arrangements.

About the Industrial Park on Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) land in Karachi, it says the Board of Directors had approved in principle the proposal last year but “the matter is still under consideration between the management of the NIP and the PSM. They will organise meetings shortly to resolve the issue of land and its pricing,” the National Assembly was informed.

The Mirpur SEZ in AJK is being developed in two phases. The document says that land measuring 178 acres has already been acquired by the Industries Department for Phase I. For the Phase II, it says “land measuring 717 acres has been transferred, whereas acquisition of 193 acres is in progress”. For land acquisition, Rs270 million has been paid to the collector. The consultant has submitted draft feasibility study, PC-I and master plan. The draft feasibility report is, however, under revision due to new demarcation of land. The estimated cost for SEZ Mirpur establishment is around Rs6.749 billion.

Similarly, the government says that 350 acres have been acquired in erstwhile Fata for setting up of Mohmand Marble City and a feasibility study is being conducted.

While 250 acres have been acquired for Moqpondass SEZ (Gilgit) and a feasibility study has been submitted by the Gilgit-Baltistan industries department, the National Assembly was informed that a “formal application for declaration of SEZ as per provisions of the SEZ Act 2012 is still awaited”.


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