UAE-based Gulf Craft will showcase its Majesty Yachts at the 2015 Sydney International Boat Show, the largest recreational marine event in the southern hemisphere, which kicked off today (July 30).
The show will run until August 3 at the Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour and the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.
The Majesty Yachts brand’s point of difference is that their yachts are not only fine examples of quality craftsmanship and design, but also meet the rigid safety and construction standards required by any international classification for commercial charter operations, said Captain Richard Morris of Australian Superyachts, Gulf Craft’s exclusive distributor in Australia..
Emirates airline phased out its last remaining Boeing 777-200 from its fleet as part of an aggressive fleet renewal programme.
The airline’s last Boeing 777-200 departed from Dubai International Airport to Arizona via Boston for de-registration on July 14.
With Emirates taking delivery of 24 new aircraft in 2014/15 and 26 new aircraft planned to enter service this year, retiring older aircraft helps Emirates operate one of the youngest fleets in the skies today.
A lucky French tourist on holiday in Abu Dhabi, UAE, walked home with the keys to a Mercedez-Benz car when she was declared the winner of the weekly Abu Dhabi Summer Season raffle draw.
Stephanie Cserep is the fifth winner for the star prize at World Trade Centre Mall and was presented with her prize by representatives of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the organisers of the three-month long season which runs across the emirate and ends on September 5.
For a full list of events and offers see www.abudhabisummerseason.ae.
Virgin Megastore opens in Al Ain
Virgin Megastore, a global leader in retail entertainment, has opened its first store in Al Ain at Al Jimi Mall. The 400-sq-m location offers a wide array of merchandise, including music, videos, electronics books and toys.
The first Virgin Megastore to open in the Arab world was in the United Arab Emirates. Although only the first in Al Ain, the location at Al Jimi Mall is the 13th store in the country. Virgin Tickets are also sold at the stores for popular music, sports and arts events/concerts in the United Arab Emirates.
Coffee with CEO
Jamal Abdullah Lootah (C), CEO at Dubai-based facilities management firm Imdaad, is seen with a group of employees during an initiative termed ‘Coffee with CEO’, a platform for an up-close-and-personal interaction between CEO and the staff.
The initiative falls in line with Imdaad’s mission to build a work environment that values, supports and empowers employees of all ranks and departments as well as promote a culture that respects individuals and rewards achievements.
“Our teams of creative, innovative and highly valued people are fundamental to our success. We consider them as an important stakeholder and our partner towards the realization of our vision of becoming a market leader in the provision of professional FM solutions and services in the region,” said Lootah.
All that glitters is Swarovski
Swarovski, an upscale Austrian chain known for its crystal jewellery, has opened its first boutique at the Oman Avenues Mall in Muscat, offering a collection of crystals, necklaces, bangles, fashion accessories and curios.
Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski produces high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones.
In Oman, the brand is represented by Khimji Ramdas (KR). The new showroom at Avenues Mall follows the same concept of KR’s other Swarovski showrooms at Qurum and Salalah, showcasing a wide range of exquisite designs of brilliantly crafted crystal wear for the modern woman.
'Beat the heat' drive by Alba
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s leading aluminium smelters, has launched its new campaign titled ‘Together we can beat the heat’.
The campaign is aimed at improving safety awareness among the employees and to minimise heat stress related injuries, said a statement from the company.
Camel milk chocolates at Harrods
Dubai-headquartered camel milk chocolate company, Al Nassma Chocolate, is now showcasing its unique assortment to chocolate connoisseurs at the iconic London department store, Harrods.
The first and sole producer of camel milk chocolate in the world, Al Nassma will bring its full range of artisan chocolates and pralines to the Knightsbridge-based store under a retail agreement signed recently.
Atlantis home for rare alligators
Two rare Albino alligators have found a new home at the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, UAE.
Appearing for the first time in the UAE, the uncommon reptiles have taken up residence in the Lost Chambers Aquarium, home to more than 65,000 marine animals, dazzling guests and visitors with their brilliant white skin.
The hotel aims to educate guests about these fascinating reptiles as well as be a part of the species conservation by taking care of them.
Imdaad, a leading provider of integrated facilities management solutions in the GCC, falicitated the UAE’s 12th grade toppers for the school year 2014-2015. Sara Abdul Rahman Ahmad Mohammed Al Ansari and Noorhan Salah Al Deen Ali were awarded for obtaining the highest grade of 99.88 per cent each in Scientific discipline and Hind Ali Salim Mohammed Al Kaabi for securing 99.88 per cent in Literary discipline. Imdaad’s CEO Jamal Abdullah Lootah presented the awards to the students in a ceremony held at the company’s office in Dubai Festival City.
Gates couple 'richest'
Bill and Melinda Gates claimed the top spot on the Wealth-X list of the world’s wealthiest couples released today, with a combined net worth of $85.7 billion.
Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975, married Melinda, a Microsoft employee, in 1994. The couple have two daughters and one son. In 2000, they set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which gives primarily to agricultural development, health, educational and other social causes.
In 2010, the couple joined billionaire investor Warren Buffett to form the Giving Pledge – a campaign to spur the world's wealthiest individuals to commit the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
Spanish retail tycoon Amancio Ortega Gaona and his second wife, Flora Pérez, took the number two spot on the Wealth-X list with a combined net worth of $70.7 billion. Ortega married Flora in 2001, and she currently serves as the vice president of the Amancio Ortega Foundation. Ortega has three children – two from his first marriage, and one with Pérez.
The youngest couple on the Wealth-X list is Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg (31 years old) and Priscilla Chan (30 years old). They boast a combined net worth of $38.5 billion. The couple were married in 2012.
Below are the world’s top 10 wealthiest couples:
1. Bill and Melinda Gates - $85.7 billion - self-made (US);
2. Amancio Ortega Gaona and Flora Pérez -$70.7bn - self-made (Spain)
3. Warren Bufffet and Astrid Menks - $65 billion - self-made (US)
4. David and Julia Koch - $47.5 billion - inheritance (US)
5. Charles and Elizabeth Koch - $47.4 billion - inheritance (US)
6. Wang Jianlin and Lin Ning - $40.7 billion) -self-made (China)
7. Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos - $39.8 billion - self-made (US)
8. Bernard Arnault and Helene Mercier - $38.7 billion - inheritance (France)
9. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan - $38.5 billion - self-made (US)
10. James and Lynne Walton - $36.2 billion - inheritance (US)
MTN Qhubeka team rider Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway during the 16th stage of the 102nd edition of the 201-kiolmetre Tour de France 2015 cycling race between Bourg-de-Peage and Gap, France on July 20. EPA/YOAN VALAT
Super jumbo lands in Bahrain
Dubai’s international airline Emirates recently landed its Airbus A380 aircraft for a one-off service at Bahrain International Airport. The special flight was at full capacity, supporting the sizable traffic over the Eid Holiday period.
This is the third time the airline brings the popular aircraft to the kingdom.
In its first seven months of operations, Emirates has carried over 225,000 passengers to and from Bahrain, and serves the destination with 28 weekly services.