The first Honor 6 Plus buyers received their phones from Chris Sun Baigoing, vice president of online sales, Huawei Consumer Group, as they became available in the Middle East yesterday. Over 5,000 units have been pre-ordered and will be distributed in the coming days.
The Honor 6 Plus is the first smartphone device to feature a bionic parallel and dual rear camera with super max aperture.
At retail price of Dh1,399, the phone can be pre-ordered exclusively on souq.com.
Dubai Duty Free Middle East's best travel retailer
Dubai Duty Free bagged the 'Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year' for the 15th time at the recent Duty Free News International (DFNI) Asia/Pacific Awards for Travel-Retail Excellence held in Singapore.
Sean Staunton, vice president for operations, and Saba Tahir, vice president for purchasing, received the award from DFNI publisher Amanda Felix along with Kapila Gohel, DFNI deputy editor.
The DFNI awards are a celebration of the very best in the duty free industry in the Asia/Pacific Region and are based on votes received from industry partners.
Moresque perfumes launched
Paris Gallery, a leading luxury retailer in the region, has announced the launch of Moresque, a brand that pays tribute to the legacy of Arabic perfumery, art and culture. The brand’s name and identity take inspiration from the splendor of Moorish civilization and architecture.
Moresque perfumes are available exclusively at Paris Gallery stores in Al Ain Mall (Al Ain), Marina Mall (Abu Dhabi) and Dubai Festival City, The Dubai Mall and City Centre Mirdif (Dubai).
Iittala in UAE
Iittala, a part of leading supplier of branded consumer products for the home garden and outdoors Fiskars Group, is set to enter the retail market in the UAE. It will open a shop-in-shop at the Jashanmal Department Store in the Dubai Mall, next month.
The Finnish design brand Iittala will bring Scandinavian lifestyle and design to the UAE for the first time.
Oman's events hub
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the sultanate’s landmark business events hub, has revealed its latest 3D structures and aerial drone images in the lead up to its opening in 2016, at an event in Frankfurt, Germany.
The images were revealed at a press conference held in Imex Frankfurt 2015, the leading worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.
The centre will feature two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 450 people, while the five exhibition halls will feature 22,000 sq m of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 will have a superior fit-out, specialised acoustic treatment, advanced lighting and rigging requirements to act as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 and 2 combined will seat up to 10,000 in theatre-style.
The centre will also include an additional 13 meeting rooms for 80-300 delegates, two well-appointed ballrooms to seat up to 2,590, 10 hospitality suites, a VIP Pavilion, a spacious food-court and a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles.
UAE foreign minister visits Expo Milano 2015
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE, was welcomed at the Etihad Airways and Alitalia joint pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 this week.
Al Nahyan was given a tour of the airlines’ two-storey pavilion by Abdul Qader Hussein Ahmed, Etihad’s vice president - government and international affairs, and members of the airline’s Emirati graduate management programme, who are part of the onsite team at Expo Milano 2015.
Highlights of the ground floor include a multimedia Social Hub and an Imagination Lounge whereas the first floor provides an exclusive lounge for selected guests to experience the airlines’ products.
Air Arabia launches new City Terminal Check-in
Low-cost carrier Air Arabia has expanded its popular City Terminal Check-in network with the opening of a new facility at the Al Ghurair Centre in Dubai, UAE.
The latest facility, located on the ground floor of the Al Ghurair Centre in Deira, was inaugurated by Adel A Ali, Group chief executive officer of Air Arabia.
The new centre will operate seven days a week, from 10 am to 10 pm. It is equipped to accept baggage from 24 up to three hours before departure, which is then transported straight to Sharjah International Airport.
Desso, a leading European carpet manufacturer, has launched Luminous Carpets, a practical application for high traffic sites such as airports. As a result of a collaborative partnership between Philips Lighting and Desso, the carpets integrate LED lighting and light transmissive carpets to provide a patented flooring solution for use in high-traffic environments where signage, images and messages are key for the safe and organised movement of people.
Wall of the town
Kens & Company, a provider of quality finishes and Studio E Hand Painted Wallpaper have partnered bring to the Gulf their collection of authentic Italian polished plaster and artisan metal-leaf as wallpaper.
Unlike costly, site-applied polished plaster finishes with problematic maintenance issues such as cracking and chipping, Studio E Venetian Plaster Collection Wallpaper will not crack or chip - even at corners.
A damaged strip can easily and quickly be replaced with a fresh one so the installation looks perfect again.
Molten Me in Dubai
Leading dessert brand Molten Me has opened its second outlet in the UAE after Abu Dhabi, in Dubai, in collaboration with Glee Hospitality Solutions. - TradeArabia News Service
Mahmoud Obaidi showcases The Imposter Project at the 56th Venice Biennale, an international art exhibition alongside eight notable artists from the Arab World. The exhibition takes place from May 9 to November 22 at the Giardini, the Arsenale and in various locations across the city of Venice.
Obaidi explores the subject of political propaganda through different modes of communication and imagery.
FM Expo opens
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and chairman of Dubai Municipality, led other high-level government officials in the inauguration of FM Expo 2015, the largest dedicated facilities management exhibition in the Middle East, today (May 18), at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The region’s longest-running FM event is being held alongside its three co-located events – Middle East Waste & Recycling, Commercial Cleaning & Hygiene, and Elevators & Access Control – which together will offer visitors a 360 degree view of these inter-connected community management industries. The three-day event will run until May 20.
The recently launched Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE has announced that the biennial contest will offer prizes worth a total of $5 million.
The event is named after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
The first MBZIRC will require competitors to develop aerial and ground vehicles capable of executing tasks in complex, dynamic environments. The challenge will be to create a vehicle that can complete tasks in a simulated disaster response scenario.
It will involve the collaboration of a group of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in a changing environment that requires the robots to carry out a series of tasks using autonomous navigation and environmental interactions. The challenge will be judged by an independent panel made up of international robotics experts.
Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 launched
Bahrain's Al Haddad Motors has launched the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 at an event at its showroom in Tubli. Progressive in design, the GLA 250 is a trusted day-to-day motoring companion ready for any adventure, and with good off-road capability to match.
“The GLA 250 is highly manoeuvrable around the city, lively on the open roads, and dynamic and efficient on the busy streets and highways,” said General Manager of Al Haddad Motors, Graeme Newport. “The high-quality elements, and the flexible interior clearly position the GLA as a premium crossover with a young spirit- making it the most recent model in the new entry level segment that is widening the world of Mercedes-Benz for customers in this region” added Newport.
As a versatile day-to-day companion the GLA 250 has an extremely variable interior. The rear seat backrests can not only be folded down completely, but are also adjustable for angle if required (optional). The large luggage compartment (421 - 1235 litres) is well laid-out and can be loaded without difficulty thanks to the low loading sill and the wide tailgate, which opens and closes automatically as an option.
The GLA 250 exclusively with "Urban" line features a radiator grille with two silver-painted louvres and chrome inserts, 19-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels and also a twin-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper.
Herreras in Dubai
Internationally renowned designers, Carolina Herrera and Carolina Herrera de Baez visited Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE, recently. The mother-daughter duo received a guided tour of Paris Gallery’s largest luxury store in the city by Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al Fahim, CEO of the Paris Gallery Group of Companies.
As an internationally renowned fashion designer and mother of four daughters, Carolina Herrera has built a rich heritage and legacy. Her daughter, Carolina Herrera de Baez joined the family business in 1997 as a creative director at Herrera’s House of Fragrances.
Prior to the store visit, at the Carolina Herrera podium at the Fashion Catwalk, located near to the Paris Gallery store, a crowd of shoppers gathered around to witness the duo launch Herrera Confidential, in the presence of Al Fahim. Herrera Confidential is the most exclusive collection of perfumes that blends the traditional with the contemporary. This unique collection is exclusively available at Paris Gallery and consists of six fragrances and four fragrant pure oils.
Old Navy now in Kuwait
Azadea has launched American fashion apparel brand Old Navy in Kuwait for the first time with a new outlet in Marina Plaza, next to Marina Mall on Salem Mubarak street.
Old Navy is a family-favourite store offering year-round must-haves and seasonal styles at affordable prices.
Audi is showcasing its new technology concept car Audi TT clubsport turbo on the Wörthersee Tour in the Austrian town of Reifnitz from May 13 to 16. The car has a power-boosted 2.5 TFSI engine with very impressive performance data. From 2,480 cc of displacement, the five-cylinder engine produces 600 hp of power and 650 Nm of torque. This means that it produces 240 hp and 260 Nm per liter of displacement. Power is transferred via a manual six-speed transmission.
The sixth edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour will begin on February 15, 2016 with a new route and a combination of long distance open water legs and intense inport racing.
The tour has been revised at the request of sailors seeking new challenges and will see the fleet cross the Arabian Gulf twice with stop overs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Khasab, Sohar and Muscat over the course of two weeks.
Starting on February 15 in Dubai, the tour will kick off with an inshore race before the fleet head off on the first offshore leg to Abu Dhabi.
Two more inshore races in Abu Dhabi and Doha, with valuable points up for grabs, will combine with two of the trickiest offshore legs of the race, the first from Abu Dhabi to Doha through the notoriously difficult oilfields and the second from Doha to a new destination, Khasab in Oman’s northernmost Governorate.
A fifth and final leg, a sprint from Sohar to The Wave, Muscat starting on February 28, will present a double points opportunity designed to end the region’s number one offshore race on an exciting high. - TradeArabia News Service
New Ritu Kumar Collection
Ritu Kumar has launched its Summer 2015 Collection that is now available at the brand's flagship store in BurJuman shopping centre in Dubai. The collection includes both Ritu Kumar line as well as the Label Ritu Kumar range.
Catering to the contemporary women of today, the Ritu Kumar Summer 2015 collection comprises of varied styles for day wear and evening, ranging from kurtis to skirts and suits. The fabrics used include jersey, crepe, cotton georgette, cotton voils .The unique blend of signature Ritu Kumar prints with subtle detailing and sinewy silhouettes result in an array of beautiful creations.
The collection brings impeccably designed traditional wear that ensues the style of the young modern women looking for comfortable yet chic designs with contemporary edge.
Sunshine on Jessica
Jessica Minh Anh, a leading international model and entrepreneur, will mark her 10th history-making fashion production by transforming the award-winning solar power plant, Gemasolar in Seville, Spain, into the world’s most innovative catwalk on July 17. The J Summer Fashion Show will set a new standard by not only promoting the most exquisite designs from five continents, but also the best of advanced technology and environment preservation.
Pushing the visual envelope, Anh will stage the unique catwalk right in the middle of Gemasolar, with the cinematic backdrop of the famous central tower and thousands of cutting-edge shining mirrors. The 100-meter catwalk will be filmed from various angles, using the latest drone technology from above to highlight the sunlight’s effect on the stunning circle-shaped power plant.
Anh is an expert in transforming the world’s most iconic venues into phenomenal catwalks. Jessica produced fashion shows at national symbols such as the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, One World Trade Center, and PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Skybridge among many others. Most impressively, she produced the world’s highest fashion show on the Grand Canyon Skywalk at 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.