Dubai Retains The Position As Second-Largest Retail Hub

In a yet another outstanding achievement, Dubai is crowned as the second-largest in the list of worlds’ most important retail hubs. This is the fifth time that city has achieved this honor.

Dubai has 57 percent of international retailers, while the topper in the list London has 57.9 percent of international retailers. Dubai may soon acquire the top position if it continues with this global expansion.

Presently, The Emirate has around 62.6 percent of brands from Europe and 60.6 percent of brands from United States. In the year 2013, it witnessed 19 new retail entrants and in the present time due to the development and expansion of various malls, the Emirate has become a centre of attraction for many new retailers and international brands.

Hamad Buamim, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and Chief Executive Officer affirmed that Dubai offers “advanced infrastructure” for retail businesses. He said “The UAE economy has been witnessing steady growth over the last few years. Dubai has clearly benefitted from the economic competitiveness and the emirate’s retail sector continues to be driven on the back of strong growth exhibited by tourism, aviation and capital inflow.”. He also added that “Retail constitutes nearly a third of Dubai’s gross domestic product and we expect the industry to continue showing strong growth in the coming years,”

On this occasion, George Kostas, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Properties talked about the growing demand of the industry and also expressed that their recent announcement about the increase in investment will be make sure that they meet the future demands of the industry.

As the demand is rising, more and more retailers are trying to enhance their business activities across nations. This has resulted in the increase of new entrants on the city level which is said to have gone up by 26 percent every year.

Dubai’s love for fashion and luxury is merging with the growing demands and hence, it is quite possible that this emirate will certainly rise as a giant hub in the fashion industry.

Anil Kumble to Coach the Blue-Army

The Indian Cricket Board has entrusted former skipper and ace spinner Anil Kumble with the responsibility to lead team India as head coach. Former Indian captain Anil Kumble will hold the post for one year. It is after 16 years that an Indian player is appointed as the head-coach of the team after Kapil Dev resigned in September 2000.

Kumble’s first assignment as the Head-coach of the blue-army will be to lead them for four-Test tour of the West Indies. “I have an opportunity to make a difference. I have an opportunity to be part of the journey and if I can be part of the journey where we see Indian cricket rise to where we all want it to be, then I think it’s wonderful. I feel privileged, like I already mentioned. It is an honor, again to be a part of the team.” Kumble said expressing his delight.

Announcing his appointment, the BCCI showed its immense belief in the caliber of the star cricketer and said, “As for the one-year period, Kumble is now transforming himself from being a great on the cricketing field to probably becoming a great coach that we expect him to be.”

Anil Kumble is one legendary cricketer. In a fabulous international career of 18 years, Kumble picked up 956 international scalps. He played 132 Tests taking 619 wickets at an average of 29.65 and was made the captain of test team in 2007. He is known for his best figures of 10 for 74 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999. He is the highest Indian wicket taker in both Test matches and One-Day Internationals and is third in the international list behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.

Even after his retirement from the field in 2008, Kumble’s connection with the cricket continued as he took up administrative roles. He was selected as president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association in November 2010. He also served as the chairman of National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and also got the privilege to head the BCCI’s technical committee.

Roberto Carlos Attends the NAS Ramadan Sports Tournament

The former Brazilian defender and a Real Madrid star-player Roberto Carlos reinforced the close ties between Brazil and the UAE with his attendance at the concluding night of the fourth Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Ramadan Sports Tournament. Carlos was a special guest at the final of Futsal competition in Dubai where Al Joker was crowned as the winner.

Carlos was excited to be present at the nail-biting finale of the Futsal competition and asserted that he is a keen follower of the Futsal games. He emphasized on the development of Futsal at the foundation level among the young players as it can improve their skills a lot. “Nearly every great footballer has played futsal at some point of his life. Futsal gives you the basics and we need to encourage our youngsters to play futsal during their growing years. Futsal is the right sport that can only be helpful in aiding the development of players,” the ace footballer insisted.

He also acknowledges football as the biggest bond connecting the two nations. “Football and football players have long been the biggest ambassadors for Brazil all over the world. I feel proud to be at this wonderful sports complex and witness such an exciting and close final between two great teams,” Carlos said during an interview at the event. “One of the salient points in developing football has been this Brazilian connection with countries all over the world, and I am pleased to see this close connection between the UAE and Brazil,” he added.

In an 11 year long club career with the Real Madris, Carlos played a total of 584 matches matches in all competitions and scored 71 goals, in the process winning for La Liga titles and three Uefa Champions League crowns. The annual Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament takes place during Ramadan each year. A number of exciting sports competitions like paddle tennis, archery, volleyball, and running are organized to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan as developing the mind and body are integral parts of the month. The tournament this year was held under a new theme ‘Limitless Abilities’ in keeping with the aim to encourage sports for special needs athletes.

Huawei P9 launch in South Africa

One of the leading Chinese mobile manufacturing companies Huawei unveiled its P9 series in South Africa in the first week of June 2016. Huawei P9 is the world’s first co-engineered Leica dual-camera smartphone. The launch also uncovered two other primary devices of the range – P9 Lite and P9 Plus.

The phone’s USP is its dual camera which is co-engineered by the premium German camera manufacturer Leica. The first camera of the P9 is a standard 12 megapixel camera with an RGB sensor that can take photos in full color; the second camera contains a monochromatic sensor and takes black-and-white photos. The device also offers professional photography option like changing ISO, shutter speed, and focus. And its 8 MP front camera can keep the user on top the selfie game.

“We are excited to give our users the ultimate smartphone photography experience. Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to their everyday lives,” says Charlene Munilall, GM at Huawei Consumer Business Group.

The phone comes with a new-generation 2.5 GHz processor and 3000 mAh battery and a finger-print sensor. The device comes with either 32 GB or 64 GB RAM which can be extended upto 128 GB.

The phone’s look is also amazng with diamond-cut edges, aluminium unibody and superior grade glass. Huawei P9 is available in three colurs: Haze Gold, Ceramic White and Titanium Grey. Its 5.2 inch screen comes with a resolution of 1080p.

The Huawei P9 can be purchased at a price of Rs. 12,999 from all local operators. P9 Plus is priced at Rs. 15,000. For the customers with lower budget the P9 Lite can be an apt choice with a retail price of Rs. 4,499. But the phone lacks the dual camera.

The Huawei P9 series has garnered immense popularity among the customers of the region and the sales have surpassed the company’s expectations. According to Huawei with the support of its tremendous growth in the South African market the companiy’s global market share has increased to 8.5%.

Building Blocks of Life Found

In a recent discovery, Rosetta Spacecraft has detected amino acid glycine, a key building block of life, in the Comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko directly for the first time. This discovery supports the various theories related to the relation between life’s ingredients and the cosmic bodies. An instrument known as the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) mass spectrometer was used to discover the element.

Rosetta is a space probe built by the European Space Agency launched on 2 March 2004. It became the first spacecraft to orbit a comet on 6 August 2014 when it reached Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It made its first detection in October 2014 when it was just 10 km from the comet. The other detection was in March 2015, when it was 30–15 km from the nucleus during a flyby.

Katherine Atwigg, principal investigator of the ROSINA instrument at the Center of Space and Habitability of the University of Bern said that “This is the first unambiguous detection of glycine in the thin atmosphere of a comet”. According to her, this discovery suggests that glycine is a common particle in the areas of universe where celestial bodies have formed. She also revealed that ““At the same time, we also detected certain other organic molecules that can be precursors to glycine, hinting at the possible ways in which it may have formed.” The spacecraft also found phosphorus which is also one of the key components of DNA and cell membranes.

Earlier there was a long debate on whether comets and asteroids have any relation in the beginning of life, and this recent discovery seems to clear that debate by proving that comets do have a potential part in the creation of life. This is a crucial discovery that will unfold many secret related to the mysteries of beginning of life.

New Badminton Governing Body for the UAE

Keeping the increasing popularity of Badminton in the region in view, the UAE formed a new governing body to oversee the ongoing development of the game. The UAE Tennis Association now rechristened as the UAE Table Tennis and Badminton Association will enhance the governance, administration, grassroots development and event delivery for both sports by sharing the resources.

The formation of the governing body, facilitated by Falcon and Associates, was announced by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and His Excellency Dawood Al Hajri, President of the UAE Table Tennis Association, with the Badminton World Federation President Poul-Erik Hoyer witnessing this important event.

His Excellency Saeed Hareb, who is also Chairman of the BWF Dubai World Superseries Finals Organising Committee, commented on the announcement by saying, “The formation of the UAE Badminton and Table Tennis Association is a fantastic milestone for the growth and development of the sport.” He further added, “The creation of this national association will no doubt increase participation in the UAE and further enhance the governance, development and administration structures currently in place. This is certainly an exciting time for badminton in the UAE and Dubai Sports Council looks forward to working very closely with the UAE Table Tennis and Badminton Association to promote badminton to an ever wider audience.”

Dawood Al Hajri’s name was announced as the new President of the Association, with Hassan Al-Zarouni appointed as Secretary General, Abdulrahman Al-Menhali as Treasurer and Ghazi Al Madani as a board member.
Accepting the position of the President of the Association, Al Hajri said, “The growth trajectory of badminton over the past two years has been nothing short of remarkable since the Shuttle Time Dubai programme was introduced as part of the agreement to host the BWF World Superseries Finals in Dubai. The association will further promote the growth of the sport in the region by developing a strategic and coordinated approach to the long-term development and sustainability of badminton in the UAE.”

Eastern Africa is All Set to Reach the Sky

Expanding the aerial reach of the continent, East African countries are all making headway in the airlines industry. While Uganda is all set to reintroduce its national airline, carriers in Tanzania and Rwanda are also amplifying their presence. Kenya is also expected to raise its capital in Kenya Airways, where the government has 29 per cent shares. The Airlines is also reestablishing itself for a better outcome.

Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s President said in a cabinet meeting that he wishes to revive the airline that went bankrupt earlier in the year 2001. He said that at the present time, Uganda has a stronger economic situation and is looking forward to start its own Airline for “Ugandan travelers are suffering because of, apparently, not having a national airline.”

In Tanzania, to acquire more aircrafts in the state-controlled airline Air Tanzania, the government has also allocated various funds in its last month’s budget as well.

In this rapid race of strengthening the fleet of the country, Rwanda too is going to start its first two Airbus A330 long race jets in the upcoming months. The country also has eight aircrafts that serve the people. In addition, the country also wants to become a regional trade hub and to achieve that it is planning to begin air travel to Asian and European countries from next year.

Keeping in mind the need to strengthen their economic position on the globe, these East African countries are on their move to develop airports and airlines for a better and faster transportation system.

Modi’s 5 Nation Tour

Ever since Narendra Modi acquired the chair of the Prime Minister of India 2 years back, he has been working untiringly to improve the countries relations with other nations across the globe. He has been on a whirlwind of foreign trips to improve India’s image on a global scale.

Recently he concluded his 22nd foreign trip visiting Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the United States, and Mexico. It was a 5-day 5-nation tour packed with over 45 engagements. The PM had visited the US and Afghanistan earlier too (it was his fourth trip to the US) but it was his first visit to Qatar, Switzerland and Mexico.

The tour was concluded at a strategic time, days before India’s bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group had to be discussed at the 26th plenary meeting of the group held in Seoul, South Korea. With this visit he managed to win crucial support from Switzerland, the US and Mexico for its application to join the exclusive group.

PM Modi also garnered support from the US and Qatar towards India’s stance on terrorism. The US and India also resolved to increase their efforts to fight the menace of terrorism by strengthening their bilateral ties and also gaining support from other like-minded countries.

The visit also proved as a fuel to ‘Make in India’ initiative of the NDA government as the US showed its interest in developing defense industries through the export of goods and technologies to the Indian soil. The US also assured financial assistance for India’s clean energy initiative and the countries announced the formation of a $20 million US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) program. The initiative will be equally supported by both the countries and will provide clean and renewable electricity to almost 1 million households by 2020.

Also, India and Switzerland agreed to accelerate the sharing of financial information regarding taxpayers’ bank balance, dividends, interest income and sales proceeds used to calculate capital gains tax to tackle the issue of unaccounted illicit wealth.

The success of the trip was later put to question after Switzerland and Mexico took a U-turn on their stance to support India’s NSG bid at Seoul, South Korea.

SOS Children’s Villages Improving Conditions of India

SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organization which is internationally recognized. They provide safe and secure homes to the homeless and orphaned children across the nations. The organization functions in 133 countries across the world.

It has been 50 years that this organization started working in India and since then it has pays a great attention towards the issues related to children who are in need of care and protection. Today it has around 32 SOS Children’s Villages and over 25, 000 beneficiaries across the country. Established in 1949, the organization provides not only a caring family but also takes care of the other facilities such as quality education, healthcare, and individual care.

The organization works on four pillars namely, The Mother, Brothers and Sisters, The House, The Village. According to these pillars, a child is given a caring parent, corporative siblings, homely accommodation and healthy environment which collectively lead to a better upbringing of the child and make him independent strong and morally active.

The organization runs two flagship programmes namely, Family Based Care (FBC) and Family Strengthening Programme (FSP). Under Family Based Care, SOS covers approximately 6500 girls and boys in 32 children’s villages where they look after every need of the child from his childhood to adolescence. The other program Family Strengthening Programme runs in the slum areas near SOS Villages and aims to help the poor families by educating their children and providing them healthcare facilities as well. Through these programs and initiatives, SOS strives hard to bring a change in the pathetic condition of homeless children and poverty stricken families of India.

For their outstanding contribution towards the society, the organization has been awarded with various illustrious awards numerous times. Some of them are, Save the World Award (2009), the Mother Teresa Gold Medal (2008) and The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize (2002) etc.

SOS Children’s Villages vigorously contribute towards a better and educated India and also encourage and highlight the need of such organizations in the nation.

Majid AL Futtaim to Increase Investments in the UAE

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading retail and Hospitality Company of The Middle East and North Africa, announced an investment increase of Dh30 billion over the next ten years in the UAE. Apart from strengthening the economic state of the Emirate, this investment will also boost up the retail sector of the country which is growing rapidly in the present time.

In this mega investment, this flourishing conglomerate plans to develop 10 new state-of the-art shopping malls under its City Centre brand, six hotels, a mixed-use community, 28 cinemas and 40 Carrefour outlets as well as expand six existing malls. Further, the company also plans to renovate and expand existing properties by enhancing their grandeur and beauty. The group said that it will undertake six expansions to its existing malls, including major extensions to City Centre Ajman and City Centre Me’aisem, which will turn them into regional malls. The company will also launch its first super-regional mall in Sharjah that will make it one of the best shopping destinations for the shoppers of the Emirate.

The company’s chief executive, Alain Bejjani proudly stated that “For more than two decades, driven by our vision to create great moments for everyone, everyday, we have continually transformed the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure both here in the UAE and across the Mena region. In doing so, we have contributed to Dubai and the UAE becoming among the top global tourist and retail destinations, enhanced the lifestyle of their residents”.

These investments, particularly in the retail sector, are transforming the fashion and retail industry of the country. Today, cities of the UAE have turned into a favorable destination that offer best shopping experiences to the customers.