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تواصل توسع شركة أركيبيلاغو إنترناشيونال بتوقيع اتفاقية جديدة في دبي

جاكرتا، إندونيسيا، 15 شباط/فبراير، 2020 / بي آر نيوزواير / — أعلنت شركة آركيبيلاغو إنترناشيونال Archipelago International، شركة إدارة الفنادق الأكبر المملوكة بصورة خاصة والمستقلة في جنوب شرق آسيا، عن شراكة استراتيجية جديدة مع ميسون بريفي، وهي واحدة من أسرع شركات المنازل السياحية وشركات إدارة تأجير العقارات نموا في دبي.

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وستسمح اتفاقية الترخيص بدخولآركيبيلاغوإلى سوق الإمارات العربية المتحدة مع علامة ميسون بريفي التجارية لفاخرة التي تدعمها العلامة التجاريةآتسون.ستتيح الصفقة، التي تتضمن دمجميسون بريفي في منصة فنادقآركيبيلاغو، وصولميسون بريفي إلى خبرةآركيبيلاغوفي التوسع والتوزيع والتسويق والبنية التحتية للشركات في جنوب شرق آسيا.

في العام 2018، أعلنتميسون بريفي عن ضمان استثمار رأس المال من الفئةأبقيمة 4 ملايين دولار من قبل مستثمر خاص. يؤمن كل من الاستثمار من الفئة أ واتفاقية الترخيص معآركيبيلاغومنصة مناسبة لـميسون بريفي لتوسيع مخزون الغرف لديها في المستقبل.

وفي معرض تعليقه على الصفقة، قال جيرارد بيرن، المدير الإداري لشركة آركيبيلاغو أوفرسيز، “على الرغم من أنها ليست فريدة من نوعها في السياق الدولي، فإن هذه هي الصفقة الأولى من نوعها في دولة الإمارات، وهي لا تعمل فقط على استكمال أهداف الحكومة الإستراتيجية الخاصة بتوفير غرف الفنادق لزوار معرض اكسبو في دبي 2020، ولكنها أيضًا تتيح لعملائنا من جنوب شرق آسيا خيارات أوسع عند زيارة دبي مباشرةً أو عبر المدن المقدسة في المملكة العربية السعودية، كجزء من حزمة العمرة أو الحج زائد “.

وفي بيان مشترك حول الصفقة قال بول مالي ورامي شماع، المؤسسان المشاركان والمديران المشتركان لميسون بريفي، بعد أن نجحنا في تأمين استثمارات كبيرة خاصة من الفئة أ  في العام 2018، كان من الضروري أن نوفر البيئة المناسبة لذلك الاستثمار للعمل ولمساعدتنا على تحقيق أهدافنا الطموحة للنمو على مدار السنوات الثلاث القادمة. آركيبيلاغوتوفر لنا هذه المنصة، وإلى جانب العلامة التجارية أستون وسمعةآركيبيلاغوبشكل عام، سواء في هذه المنطقة أو في جنوب شرق آسيا، نشعر بالثقة تجاه هذا المرحلة التالية من تطورنا “.

حول آركيبيلاغو إنترناشيونال

تديرآركيبيلاغوإنترناشيونالأكبر محفظة في إندونيسيا تضم أكثر من 150 فندقًا مع 100 عقار جديد قيد التطوير في جنوب شرق آسيا ومنطقة البحر الكاريبي والشرق الأوسط. ومع توفرها على 20,000 غرفة في أكثر من 60 مدينة، تشمل العلامات التجارية الراقية للمجموعة آستون، ألانا، كوليكشن باي آستون، هاكسلي، كامويلا، هاربر، كويست، نيو، فيفهوتيلز ونوماد.

عن ميسون بريفي

تأسست ميسون بريفي في آذار/مارس 2017 على يد بول مالي ورامي شماع، وهي واحدة من أسرع شركات منازل العطلات نمواً في دبي وشركات إدارة تأجير الشركات، مع محفظة تضم أكثر من 200 شقة ذات جودة عالية، وبنتهاوس وفيلات في أفضل المواقع في جميع أنحاء دبي. توفر ميسون بريفي للضيوف نكهة حقيقية لدبي من خلال تقديم تجارب “بعيدة عن الوطن” تمنح الضيوف مساحة وراحة أكبر من الفندق، مع توفير تجربة حجز سلسة ومستوى عالٍ من الضيافة التي تشتهر بها منطقة الشرق الأوسط. تعمل ميسون بريفي على زيادة العائد على الاستثمار لأصحاب العقارات من خلال الاستفادة من الطلب القوي على الإيجار قصير الأجل من قطاعي الشركات والسياحة. كما تقدم للمالك حلولاً مرنة لإدارة وتحسين الأصول العقارية السكنية والعقارية.

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ValueLabs Acquires Iconic Design House, Indi Design

HYDERABAD, India, Feb. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –ValueLabs, a global technology services provider, has acquired one of the most iconic design houses in India, Indi Design Private Limited. With this acquisition, ValueLabs’ offering in the solutions segment expands to include Brand and Business Consulting.

Indi Design was founded in 2009 by Sudhir Sharma. They are very well known for the Brand design work for Bajaj Auto, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finserv, and Varroc. With partner offices in Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Hanoi and Riyadh, Indi Design has become increasingly involved in management consulting, organizational design and the design of products, services, environments and digital experiences. They also publish India’s only design magazine “Pool / Design India” and host “India’s Best Design Awards.”https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_hlewnszo/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

Sudhir Sharma is a highly reputed thought leader in the Design community. He was on the jury panel of the inaugural Cannes Lions for Design 2008, Adfest, Spikes Asia, Dutch Design Awards, Design Turkey, IXDA New York. He is a member of the India Design Council and is an Alumnus of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Global Council for Design.

Commenting on the acquisition, Sudhir said, “When Design and Tech come together, we create new benchmarks in creativity and innovation. Tech is reorganizing Design thinking in ways that were not possible earlier. My whole team and I are very excited about the possibilities this development throws up.”

Arjun Rao, CEO of ValueLabs said, “Indi Design’s approach fits very well with our Digital Flywheel™, taking our business strategy and UX offerings to a much higher level, enhancing the overall value proposition we offer our clients. With this world class Design & UX capability, powered by all things Tech in Data & Analytics, Automation and Product Development, we now have a package that not many in the world can offer!”https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_17cnc4om/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

ValueLabs’ award-winning in-house UX group has already furthered their position in the Design industry. ValueLabs’ clients now get access to Indi Design’s offerings of Brand thinking along with a comprehensive Design background.

About ValueLabs

ValueLabs is a global technology company focused on Product Development, Data Technology and Digital Services. Powered by The Digital Flywheel™, ValueLabs provides end-to-end solutions in the fields of Customer Experience, Data & Analytics, Product Development, and Automation. Over the last 22 years, the company has expanded to 30 locations, 5500 associates, 150 clients worldwide, and recorded an industry-leading client Net Promoter Score (NPS) of over 75 in 2019.

About Indi Design

Indi Design is an international Brand, Design & Innovation consultancy firm. Founded in Pune, India, Indi Design helps create, manage and communicate an organisation’s vision for their brand. They have partner offices in Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Hanoi and Riyadh. Indi Design has become increasingly involved in management consulting, organizational design and the design of products, services, environments and digital experiences.

About The Digital Flywheel™

The concept of The Digital Flywheel™ was developed using the following four elements: Design, Data & Analytics, Automation and Product Development. We have Business Strategy at the core of The Digital Flywheel™, to stay aligned with our clients’ digital transformation goals. Each element of The Digital Flywheel™ amplifies the other, creating sustainable business momentum.

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Qatar Golf Association set to host Qatar Open Championship

Doha, Qatar Golf Association is upping its preparations to host the 34th edition of Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship, which will take place from February 20-22, 2020.

The event is one of the oldest in the region and sees wide participation from players all over the world. This year’s edition will see 110 players participating from 35 countries.

The organizing committee will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce the details of the competition.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid receives Ethiopia’s PM.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, today received at his palace in Zabeel the visiting Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, and his delegation.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, welcomed the Ethiopian Prime Minister and stressed the strong bilateral relations between the UAE and Ethiopia based on friendship and mutual interest.

He hailed Abiy Ahmed’s efforts aimed at achieving peace in the African continent in coordination with his counterparts and African leaders and devote himself to achieving progress, development and prosperity for the peoples of the continent.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also highlighted the hard work carried out by the Ethiopian Prime Minister on the journey of development and modernisation in his country to provide jobs and modern life for his people.

He also expressed the UAE’s readiness to provide logistical assistance and expertise to Ethiopia to enable it to achieve the aspirations and goals of its people.

Ahmed expressed his happiness at visiting the UAE and the friendship that its leadership brings along with the continuous cooperation and coordination in all regional issues, peace and development in his country in particular and the Horn of Africa in general.

He also expressed his admiration at the UAE’s overall renaissance and the attention provided by its leadership to qualify the human cadre who assumed a global position in modernisation, creativity and innovation, which made the UAE an inspiring model for many countries in the region to benefit from its successful experience and to use its successful expertise in the technical, management, investment and other fields related to achieving sustainable development.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group; Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Mohammed Ibrahim AI Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court, Government of Dubai, and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, attended the meeting.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UAE leaders congratulate President of Serbia on National Day.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent two similar messages to President Vucic, as well as to Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of Serbia, on the occasion.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UAE Ambassador: Bahrain’s National Action Charter confirms people’s rallying behind HM King Hamad’s leadership.

UAE Ambassador to Bahrain, Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has stressed that the adoption of the National Action Charter,NAC, confirms the Bahraini people’s rallying behind His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s leadership which, he said, has succeeded in achieving development and prosperity over the past two decades.

In a statement marking the 19th Anniversary of the National Action Charter which was carried by Bahrain News Agency, BNA, the UAE Ambassador extended deepest congratulations to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, as well as the Bahraini people, wishing the kingdom further progress and prosperity across various fields.

Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan said that in 2001, the Bahraini people had re-affirmed its genuine solidarity and unity, as well as inherent attachment to its homeland and the Arabian Nation when it endorsed the National Action Charter’s provisions and articles by 98.4%, noting that HM King Hamad’s assertion that the successful reform project is the one that emanates from the conscience of the people paved the way for Bahrain to join modern countries which ensure freedom and stability, and protects human rights and welfare.

The UAE Ambassador pointed out that he had noticed the Bahraini people’s strong love for NAC Anniversary, and interest in, being a turning point in the kingdom’s modern history, and an event which allowed the kingdom to embark on landmark economic, urban and civilisational achievements, all of which aim to benefit the Bahraini citizens.

He wished Bahrain ever-lasting security and stability, as well as more success at the international level thanks to its wise policies and sound stances in support of the right, in accordance with the interests of the Bahraini, GCC and Arab peoples. He also expressed hope that the distinguished fraternal Bahraini-UAE relations will progress further.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Hundreds of tractors paralyse Valencia as Spanish farmers protest

Valencia, Thousands of farmers paralyzed the center of Valencia in the east of Spain on Friday with around 900 tractors as part of ongoing protests against low prices.

Spokespeople for the organizers said there were almost 10,000 participants in what was one of the biggest protests in the history of [Spanish] farmers.

There were also rallies in other cities, including Lucena in Andalusia and Lleida in Catalonia, according to Deutsche press agency (dpa).

The demonstrators say there is an existential crisis in the sector.

In Valencia they chanted slogans like: Please, Pedro, help us or we will perish! in an appeal to the socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The farmers had already taken to the streets in other cities in the past few weeks.

The UPA small farmers’ association, which organizes the protests with other groups, complains that there are six supermarket chains that have kept prices under control and kept them very low.

Sanchez has shown solidarity with the demonstrators: On Twitter, he said his government was determined to help.

Agriculture Minister Luis Planas has already met representatives of the large supermarket chains for the first time.

Spain is one of the largest agricultural producers in Western Europe: According to official figures, the country’s agricultural and livestock industry recently employed around 800,000 people, who also produce a lot of food for other European countries.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

Beijing, China reported 2,641 new virus cases Saturday as it escalates measures to contain the outbreak and reassure an anxious public.

The figure is a major drop from the higher numbers in recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented. The number of new deaths rose slightly to 143, bringing the total fatalities in mainland China to 1,523. The number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 66,492, according to China’s National Health Commission.

COVID-19, a disease stemming from a new form of coronavirus, has spread to more than two dozen countries since December, when the first infections appeared in central China. Egypt on Friday counted the first infection on the African continent, The Associated Press reported.

Saturday marks the second day the number of new cases fell since a spike Thursday, when the hardest-hit province of Hubei began including clinical diagnoses in its official count. Using the wider scope of classification, the central Chinese province reported 15,152 cases, including 13,332 that were diagnosed using doctors’ analyses and lung imaging, as opposed to the prior standard of laboratory testing.

Hubei health authorities said in the notice that the new method was adopted to facilitate earlier treatment for those suspected of infection.

Further confusion surfaced around a discrepancy of more than 1,000 cases between the Thursday and Friday reports. National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng said Friday that the decrease in numbers was due to an adjustment made in Hubei’s count after repetitive counting was discovered.

The ruling Communist Party is seeking to repair public trust broken in 2002 and 2003 during the SARS epidemic.

The current fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic is a major test of China’s system and capacity for governance, Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a Communist Party Central Committee meeting Friday, according to state media.

In response to the shortcomings and deficiencies exposed by the epidemic, (the government) should work to strengthen areas of weakness and close up loopholes, Xi said.

China has imposed unprecedented measures in a sweeping campaign to contain the virus. Cities in Hubei with a combined population of more than 60 million have been placed under lockdown, with outbound transportation halted and virtually all public activities suspended.

People returning to Beijing will now have to isolate themselves either at home or in a concentrated area for medical observation, said a notice from the Chinese capital’s prevention and control work group published by state media late Friday.

According to The AP, the notice warns there will be legal consequences for those who don’t comply with the 14-day quarantine. It did not elaborate on how the isolation will be enforced. While Beijing returnees were previously ordered to self-quarantine for two weeks, that measure allowed for occasional outings and implementation varied across neighborhoods.

Chinese officials have warned that COVID-19 may spread further as migrants return to their jobs in cities or other provinces after a prolonged Lunar New Year holiday.

To accommodate the high number of confirmed and suspected cases, Hubei has constructed makeshift hospitals and reappropriated other public facilities to house patients. At a press briefing in Wuhan on Saturday, the newly appointed head of Hubei’s provincial health commission, Wang Hesheng, said they aimed to ensure that zero patients went without treatment.

More than half of the confirmed cases in Hubei have been treated using traditional Chinese medicine, Wang said.

The virus has taken an economic toll, as many countries have placed travel restrictions on recent visitors to China and airlines have suspended China routes due to low demand.

Alibaba, the first major Chinese company to report quarterly earnings since the emergence of the coronavirus, said Thursday that the outbreak is having significant impact on China’s economy … potentially affecting the global economy.

The overall revenue growth rate at Alibaba will be negatively affected in the quarter ending this March, said Alibaba CEO Daniel Yong Zhang.

Liang Tao, vice chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said at a Saturday briefing that Chinese banks have provided more than 537 billion yuan ($76.9 billion) in credit support to industries such as retail, catering and tourism that have been most severely affected by the outbreak.

Earlier this week, the government reported that consumer inflation spiked to an eight-year high of 5.4% in January over a year earlier, driven by a 4.4% rise in food costs. But Fan Yifei, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China, said he believes large-scale inflation will never happen in the country.

A team of experts led by the World Health Organization is slated to begin their mission in China alongside Chinese counterparts this weekend.

Particular attention will be paid to understanding the transmission of the virus, the severity of the disease and the impact of ongoing response measures, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

The U.S. government was preparing to fly home Americans from aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship that’s been quarantined at Yokohama in Japan, Wall Street Journal reported.

About 380 Americans and their families will be offered seats on two State Department flights, Henry Walke, director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the paper. They are arriving in the U.S. as early as Sunday, he said, adding that those with a fever, cough or other symptoms won’t be allowed on the flights.

So far, 218 people from the ship have tested positive for the virus. Japan’s Health Ministry allowed 11 passengers to disembark Friday, saying that those above 80 years of age, with underlying medical conditions as well as those staying in windowless cabins during the 14-day quarantine can stay at a designated facility on shore.

Source: Bahrain News Agency