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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Saving a patient from ‘amputation’ With Complicated Surgeries Now Facilitated in the Country, Patient’s Choose to Avoid Travel
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates –(AETOSWire)- Recently, a team of doctors at Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah were tasked with treating a 42-year-old patient; Ahmed Mansouri, name changed for confidentiality purpose, who was a long-term diabetic. The patient had developed severe infections in both feet. His left foot in particular had suffered considerably; deteriorating from ongoing complications. In a bid to save his foot, Mr. Mansouri was offered the opportunity to undergo ‘free flap’ surgery, the first of its kind in Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah. The surgery, which would require a team of highly trained specialists. The patient underwent a 12-hour operation with intensive post op follow-up on the Intensive Care Unit and subsequently on the normal wards. He was discharged a few weeks later walking on his feet with the operation a success
Initially under the care of the General Surgical team, Mr. Mansouri was subsequently referred to Dr Harpal Jadeja, a UK trained Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma whose specialist interest included the treatment of diabetic feet. Surgery was performed to clean the wound and it was found that the infection had destroyed a significant number of tendons and skin. Dr Harpal requested the input of Dr Nadeem Akhtar, a UK trained Consultant in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Both surgeons were concerned that the amputation could be the only option if they could not control the infective process. To bring infection under control, extensive debridement were carried out over a number of weeks and the wound dressed regularly. Input was also obtained from Dr Brian, Consultant Endocrinologist and Dr Hussam, a Consultant in Infectious Diseases. This ultimately resulted in a defect of 13 by 10 cm with exposed bones and the loss of one of his toes.
Having experience with such cases in the UK, both Dr. Harpal and Dr. Akhtar discussed the treatment options with the patient. After extensive deliberation, free flap surgery was finalized to treat this condition. Free Flap surgery is an advanced Plastic Surgery technique where tissue is transferred from one part of the body to another by taking the tissue with its blood supply and connecting it to another blood supply in a different area of the body. ‘It was the first surgery of its kind at the hospital, and both the patient, his family and the entire team of medical staff which consisted of an Orthopedician, Endocrinologist, Radiologist, a General Surgeon, Physiotherapist and a Plastic Surgeon, were delighted with the results’, said, Orthopedic Consultant Dr. Jadeja. He also added, ‘Given the decline of the patient’s foot and the onset of complications, we were proud to successfully treat Mr. Mansouri’s foot using the free flap surgery, where a donor of healthy tissue from the patient’s forearm was transferred to the infected area.’
Foot-care for diabetics should be taken seriously, and in the case of any doubt, it’s always best to seek medical advice from a specialist. Whilst there are often alternative procedures, the loss of the best option can be devastating for both patient and medical team. Seeking specialist help as early as possible greatly favours the odds for having such a complex procedure completed at the highest rate of success.
Mr. Mansouri commented, “As my condition was already quite severe, I wanted to remain hopeful, but the possibility of amputation and further infection was still a reality I had to consider. Other than the extreme of amputation, there were prosthetics and plastic surgeries. Amputation in particular would have affected my confidence and mobility moving forward as a father. I had full faith that the team of doctors would do their best to work on my foot via the ‘free flap surgery’, and I appreciated the professionalism, support and honesty with which the doctors and surgeons openly told me that the process didn’t guarantee a 100% success. Since the operation, I’ve been in good health, and have been following a regimen of daily mobility exercises, and more mindful nutritional choices, along with post-operation medication and care to speed up the healing process.”
Both doctors worked in tandem with the medical personnel at Al Zahra hospital to give Mr. Mansouri world class treatment. Following the procedures, they finalized their comments, explaining the potential severity, learning curve and future treatments for patients in similar positions as well as those suffering from major lower limb trauma and who could potentially be saved from amputation if free flap were available. They echoed a desire to let the public be informed of the importance of accurate diagnoses, and the possibility of cases such as Mr. Mansouri’s being treated in the UAE as a team of highly qualified doctors from the Emirates, Gulf and UK are available to work meticulously on future cases.
About Al Zahra Hospital: Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah is one of the largest tertiary private hospital in the Emirates of Sharjah with all medical and surgical specialties under one roof. The hospital has 137 inpatient beds, 7 Operating Theaters, 24 hours emergency services and ambulance support. The Hospital also offers state-of-the-art radiology, pathology, intensive care and critical care services.
Our well-trained clinicians are committed to provide highest standards of quality and medical excellence. We endeavour to provide individualized care and delightful healing experience to each one of our patients, every time.
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 11 November 2018: The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) Department of International Programs and Partnerships hosted a committee visit for a Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) delegation to explore possible US partnerships for student exchange programs.
The KEI provides education abroad programs allowing students to complete major-specific and general education requirements, gain practical experience, and enhance their understanding of the world through cultural and social immersion. The KEI Faculty Steering Committee included KEI President and Managing Director, Eduard Mandell, Director of Program Operations, Julie Pollard, and other Steering Committee Members: University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Dr. Ghadir Zannoun; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Associate Professor of History and International Studies, Dr. Edgar Francis; Moravian College Director of International Studies, Christian Sinclair; Augsburg University Assistant Professor, Dr. Maheen Zaman; University of Houston Associate Professor and Program Director of Middle East Studies, Dr. Emran El-Badawi; University of Georgia Professor of Religion and Linguistics, Dr. Adel Amer; University of Wyoming Program Director of Middle East Studies, Eric Nigh; University of Wyoming Associate Vice Provost, Dr. Anthony Ogden; and University of Kentucky Assistant Director of Education Abroad, Mrs. Niamh Minion.
The Committee spent two days at AURAK meeting with President, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, Vice President of Student Success and Academic Affairs and Provost, Professor Stephen Wilhite, the Associate Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Denise Gifford, the deans, and various faculty to discuss exchange opportunities and curriculum. The Committee toured both the University facilities and the city of Ras Al Khaimah and met with the current KEI student attending AURAK.
Professor Hassan is deeply attentive to the continual development of AURAK’s international student exchange program, “In a global economy we need to be able to understand each other. We have to respect each other and be able to work together. International student exchange experiences are crucial for students in the acquisition and development of multicultural relationships and traditions essential for successfully expanding across cultural divides.”
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 November 2018: NMC Healthcare was awarded the prestigious Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards which took place last week.
Organised by GFC Group, Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards, Middle East, the region's largest finance and investment conference recognises excellence and outstanding achievement to issuers, borrowers and market professionals for their work on landmark transactions.
The Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year award was presented to NMC Healthcare CFO, Mr Prashanth Shenoy for the group’s syndicated multi-loan which was signed off in March 2018.
The US$2,000,000,000 syndicated loan was utilised to refinance some existing debts as well as to support the group’s growth strategy in making accretive acquisitions.
Speaking about the award-win, Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director NMC said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this award which serves as a testament to the standards of professionalism under which we operate at NMC. This accolade is also proof that, with the right partners and the right structures in place, NMC has the potential to scale new heights through acquisitions and consolidations.”
Mr Manghat, who can be credited with spearheading the successful listing of NMC Healthcare in the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange, added: “Such recognition is a clear sign of how we do things properly at NMC, which will undoubtedly inspire even more confidence in our shareholders.”
Upon accepting the award Mr Shenoy stated: “We are honoured to be recognised for our achievements by a jury of some of the world’s most influential international investors from leading banking and finance institutions. The award serves to highlight the hard work and unfailing commitment of the NMC Healthcare team and our partners.”
Today, private healthcare operator NMC Healthcare offers international services across 17 countries.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 November 2018: Dubai’s most influential Pan-Latin Restaurant, Lounge and Bar - Toro Toro - unveils a refreshed approach and a glamourous refurb just in time for the winter season. The popular homegrown concept reveals its seductive new look and feel this October, alongside the introduction of flamboyant new dishes created by the award-winning Chef Patron Richard Sandoval. After undergoing a month-long renovation, the venue will welcome you back every day from 7 PM to 1 PM on weekdays and until 2 AM on Thursday and Friday.
Maintaining its position as the trend leading Pan-Latin concept in Dubai, the venue now boasts some unique new interiors incorporating flashes of foliage, tribal Latin patterns, Palm leaves and dark walls alongside
uber-chic leather furniture. Another new exciting feature is an open kitchen bringing the passion, sounds, smells and energy of Latin America to you. Toro Toro’s now famous bull’s horns that adorn the walls seem to have taken a trip into the Amazon and met their shaman. They will be an Instagram-worthy moment for a new generation of revellers.
“We first conceptualised the unique destination in 2011 with Richard Sandoval to bring the best of Pan-Latin American tastes to Dubai in a way that Dubai hasn’t seen before,” says Pam Wilbly, Complex General Manager, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa and Grosvenor House Dubai. “The investment in the revamp is in line with our vision to grow with current trends and to lead new ones for the hospitality industry. We love to challenge the market whilst maintaining our signature brand values of honesty and integrity with our world-class food, stellar ambience and our renowned signature service paired with unique soundtracks from our DJs.”
Located at the celebrated Grosvenor House and offering stunning views of the Marina, Toro Toro has been at the forefront of bringing to residents and visitors an unparalleled F&B offering in Dubai. Toro Toro’s creation was led by the famous Latin chef Richard Sandoval in partnership with the luxury property.
“Dubai was our first expression of the Toro Toro concept and is our flagship venue worldwide. We are excited to unveil an exciting new look and bring a refreshing Pan-Latin experience to the city once again,” says Richard Sandoval. “We are always evolving our offering to keep you entertained and engaged, and I love what we have done with Toro Toro at the Grosvenor House. We have retained our DNA so you can expect the experience you loved, but we have added some much more flair which is exciting. It’s timely and opens a new colourful new chapter for Toro Toro.”
Signature Toro Toro favourites will still be on the menu, including crafted Churrasco-style meats as well as plenty of exciting new dishes such as beautifully balanced Seabass Coconut Ceviche. Fans of the popular ladies’ night are also in for a treat as the bustling Monday night remains on the program but with some sophisticated new twists throughout the season.
You can look forward to imbibing fresh cocktails and enjoying Richard Sandoval’s expression of Pan-Latin cuisine in the revamped space where inspiration - drawn from the Latin American Amazon - can be seen through bold and colourful décor, flirtatious uniforms, passionate and relaxed service plus a vibrant music programme that features a diverse line-up of Dubai’s hottest DJs.
Dubai’s groundbreaking Pan-Latin experience is back and has brought with it a new lust for life.
About Toro Toro
Located on the prominent edge of Dubai Marina, Toro Toro presents the UAE’s first Pan-Latin restaurant and lounge. On the ground floor of Tower Two, Grosvenor House Dubai, Toro Toro (meaning bull) offers a multitude of tastes from across the South American region including Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Colombia by renowned South American celebrity chef Richard Sandoval. Toro Toro offers visitors a stylish yet relaxed experience. With the menu consisting of small plates and big plates, bursting with traditional and earthy specialities, the emphasis is on sharing and spending time with family and friends.