British Airways resumes daily flights between Abu Dhabi, London

ABU DHABI: Zayed International Airport has welcomed the first British Airways flight to Abu Dhabi as it touched down this morning, following a four-year pause of the route.

The new route connecting London and Abu Dhabi adds the growing list of international carriers now operating from the state-of-the-art terminal at Zayed International Airport.

Further strengthening trade and tourism links between the UAE and UK, the new route caters to the growing demand for further flights connecting the global tourism and business hubs of London and Abu Dhabi.

London Heathrow is one of the top five destinations for passengers count at Zayed International Airport with 290,000 passengers flying this route in the first quarter of 2024.

Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “We extend a warm welcome to British Airways as they start operating at Zayed International Airport with a daily schedule that promises to enrich connectivity and invigorate both business and tourism
between the UAE and the UK. Our new award-winning and cutting-edge terminal offers visitors an unparalleled experience to the vibrant UAE capital, where they will be greeted with Emirati hospitality at its finest.”

Calum Laming, Chief Customer Officer at British Airways, added, ‘We are really excited to be celebrating our Abu Dhabi route launch. The new daily British Airways flight connects Abu Dhabi with London Heathrow and beyond provides our customers with another amazing destination within our expansive global network, further growing our connections with the UAE. With four cabins to choose from, including First, we are confident customers will enjoy our exceptional and original British Airways service brought to life by our incredible colleagues.”

The UAE and the UK have enjoyed historically long standing ties, and the launch of daily British Airways flights between Zayed International Airport and London Heathrow further solidifies this relationship, strengthening the cultural and economic bonds betwee
n the two countries.

Source: Emirates News Agency

ADCB’s brand value surges over 8% in 2023, reaching AED 10.5 billion

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has seen the value of its brand increase 8.7 percent over the last year to reach AED 10.5 billion, according to the 2024 Banking 500 report from Brand Finance, the leading global brand valuation consultancy.

As a result, ADCB has moved up four places to rank 109th in Brand Finance’s latest report on the top 500 banking brands globally.

ADCB Group CEO Ala’a Eraiqat was also recognised amongst the world’s top 10 bank CEOs for Brand Guardianship while ADCB being the only financial institution from the region to be represented in this top 10 global list.

Brand Guardians are CEOs who are sustainably building business value by balancing the needs of all stakeholders including employees, investors, and the wider society.

ADCB also maintained its AA+ Brand Strength Ranking, with a Brand Strength Index (BSI) rating of 78 percent, up from 76 percent in 2023, driven by solid familiarity and consideration scores both for the sector and in comparison to other regional compet

Notably, ADCB ranks the highest in the UAE in the familiarity and consideration metrics. Strategic partnerships and digital initiatives, coupled with a continued focus on exceptional customer experience propelled ADCB’s growth and brand value over the last 12 months.

Savio D’Souza, Senior Director at Brand Finance, commented, ‘ADCB is continuing to solidify its reputation as a financial powerhouse in the UAE, as evidenced by promising improvements across key metrics in this year’s ranking. The bank’s robust growth is fuelled by its strong financial position, while its distinguished record of innovation, digital transformation initiatives, and steadfast leadership in climate action have further bolstered its performance and global standing. These initiatives enhance loyalty amongst current stakeholders while strategically positioning ADCB to attain new, ambitious targets.’

According to Brand Finance data, ADCB has also enhanced its brand strength and reputation through its commitment to ESG. The bank
scores the highest amongst UAE banks on all three ESG metrics, ‘committed to environment”, “committed to social aspects”, and ‘well managed and well governed’.

In November 2023, the Bank showed regional leadership when it joined the global Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) and tripled its sustainable finance commitment to AED 125 billion by 2030. This followed the integration of sustainability into ADCB’s five-year corporate strategy, with full Board oversight.

As part of ADCB’s focus on building a future-ready bank, it continues to invest significantly in its long-standing digital transformation programme driving scalable growth, higher productivity and enhanced customer engagement, all of which will continue to enhance the value and strength of ADCB’s brand.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Second Industrialists Career Exhibition launches in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: The second edition of the Industrialists Career Exhibition began today in the presence of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Ghanam Butti Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis), and Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT).

The exhibition, organised by MoIAT in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre), the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis) and ADNOC Group, runs from 9am to 4pm from 21 until 23 April. It aims to empower Emirati talent to join the private sector through quality employment and training opportunities with national companies and institutions.

The second edition of the Industrialists Career Exhibition for jobs in industry and advanced technology aims to provide more than 800 jobs for Emaratis from over 80 industrial, technological and service companies in addition to training opportunities at some of the countr
y’s leading training centres. For the first time, the exhibition aims to create 150 jobs for people of determination.

Additionally, the platform also aims to promote enablers and incentives offered under the National In-Country Value (ICV) Programme, which supports localization of supply chain and Emaratisation. The exhibition is organized in line with the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology, Operation 300bn, the National ICV Programme and the Make it in the Emaratis initiative to enhance the role of the private sector as well as national talent in the UAE’s economic growth.

Empowering Emirati nationals

Al Suwaidi said: ‘Under the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology, the ministry is committed to boosting the growth and competitiveness of the national industrial sector through capacity building. This includes empowering and upskilling Emirati talents and providing them with a wide range of job and training opportunities, helping them
to secure quality jobs and ultimately contributing to the national economy.’

‘The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is committed to working with Nafis and ADNOC Group , as well as government agencies and national companies to implement projects that enhance the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the industrial sector. The Industrialists Career Exhibition is an integrated platform that brings together companies, training institutions, and Emarati jobseekers with the aim of filling vacancies within local industrial companies.’

He noted that the initiative aims to provide more than 1,000 new job opportunities before end of the year, including 800 jobs in the current second edition.

Al Suwaidi added: ‘We call on Emaratis to visit the exhibition, explore the wide range of jobs, and benefit from the training opportunities that open new horizons for development and job opportunities. This initiative strengthens the UAE’s efforts to become a global center for sustainable and advanced in
dustries, which are among the most important strategic sectors contributing to the country’s GDP.’

Promoting growth and prosperity

Ghannam Al Mazrouei emphasised the importance of career exhibitions that specialize in highlighting jobs available to nationals in the industrial and advanced technology sectors.

He said: ‘The Industrialists Career Exhibition proved a huge success in its first edition last year, providing hundreds of job opportunities for Emirati youth in addition to many training opportunities through some of the leading training institutes in the UAE.

‘The Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council offers all training programmes supported through the Industrialist Programme. It does this through the Nafis programme, which is an initiative led by the government to enable emaratis working in the private sector to develop their skills in line with international standards.’

He added: “We develop the training programmes for technical and soft skills in cooperation with industrial companies and train
ing institutions. This role significantly contributes to enhancing Emiratization and economic sustainability in the country.”

Al Mazrouei praised the role of strategic partners in promoting emiratization programmes and commended MoIAT for launching initiatives that contribute to sustainable economic growth.

He added: “Developing the national economy by building partnerships between the public and private sectors is one of the main objectives of the Nafis programme. The Industrialist is testament of these fruitful partnerships.’

Employment and training opportunities

Yaser Saeed Al Mazrouei, ADNOC Executive Director, People, Commercial and Corporate Support, said: ‘ADNOC is dedicated to bolstering the national economy and empowering Emirati talent through the In-Country Value Programme. Our strategy includes prioritizing Emiratization in major contracts and hosting career exhibitions to facilitate Emirati recruitment in the private sector towards ensuring sustainable employment opportunities for UAE nationa
ls, fostering their active participation in the labor market. Additionally, it enhances our operational sustainability and competitive advantage by supporting companies that effectively incorporate Emirati talent in tender evaluations. We have successfully enabled over 11,500 Emirati talents in private sector roles in our supply chain, collaborating with our strategic partners.’

He added: ‘Through initiatives, like the Industrialists Career Exhibition, we continue to empower talented UAE nationals and contribute to the advancement of the UAE’s economic growth and overall prosperity.’

Building on the first edition

The first edition of the Industrialists Career Exhibition was held in October 2023. The exhibition welcomed 3,000 Emiratis, offering on-the-spot interviews, training and recruitment opportunities. More than 73 companies and enterprises working in the industry and advanced technology sector participated in the first edition, providing more than 500 jobs to nationals.

It is noteworthy that an MoU w
as previously signed between the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) and the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis) to collaborate to empower and upskill talent as well as provide job opportunities for UAE nationals as part of the National In-Country Value (ICV) Programme.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE medal tally swell to 144 at Gulf Youth Games UAE 2024

DUBAI: Emirati athletes continue to demonstrate their dominance in the inaugural Gulf Youth Games, hosted by the UAE until 2nd May, under the theme ‘Our Gulf is One… Our Youth is Promising’.

Their remarkable performances have propelled them to a total of 144 medals, showcasing the prowess of rising stars of the host nation athletes.

With 48 gold, 55 silver, and 41 bronze medals, the UAE strengthen their lead in the medal tally. This achievement is attributed to the outstanding performances across disciplines such as athletics, chess, and badminton, with an additional 26 medals secured, further reinforcing the country’s position at the top.

In the medal table, Saudi Arabia maintained their second position with 54 medals (25 gold, 16 silver, and 12 bronze), while Kuwait followed closely in third with 57 medals (14 gold, 21 silver, and 22 bronze). Oman stayed on fourth stop with 31 medals (14 gold, 6 silver, and 11 bronze). Bahrain are on fifth place with 30 medals (9 gold, 8 silver, and 13 bronze), while Q
atar hold sixth place with 18 medals (8 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze).

On the fifth day of the competition, UAE national athletics team shone brightly, clinching 12 colorful medals. As of the competitions held two days ago, they secured the Athletics Championship title of the first Gulf Youth Games UAE 2024 with a total of 36 medals: 12 gold, 13 silver, and 11 bronze.

Simultaneously, UAE chess team showcased their dominance in the individual rapid chess tournament at the Sharjah Chess and Cultural Club. They claimed eight medals on Saturday, including three gold, two silver, and three bronze, bringing their total tally to 14 medals: seven gold, two silver, and three bronze.

Additionally, the UAE Badminton team displayed remarkable prowess on the tournament’s second day, securing six colorful medals – one gold, two silver, and three bronze.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Middle East Academy ENT Conference unveils new technique for treatment of chronic sinuses

DUBAI: Dr. Moaz Tarbishi, Consultant ENT, Co-Chairman and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Middle East Academy ENT Conference, which is currently being held at the Intercontinental Festival City Hotel, revealed a new technique for the treatment of chronic sinuses that has given excellent results to all patients who have undergone treatment in the country

Dr. Moaz Tarabishi said that the new technique is a plastic stent similar to heart stents that directs cortisone to the nasal bumps directly and without exposing the body’s organs to cortisone for only two months, after which the stent dissolves, and the patient feels that all the symptoms associated with the sinuses have disappeared completely.

He highlighted that chronic sinusitis involves the formation of bumps, growths in the sinuses, or inflammation of the sinus lining. This prevalent condition obstructs mucus drainage, leading to nasal congestion and difficulty breathing. Patients may experience swelling or pain around the eyes. Symptoms of
chronic sinusitis include a runny nose with thick, discoloured mucus, nasal congestion, and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead. Additionally, it can impair the senses of smell and taste. Traditionally, treatments included surgery or medications such as antibiotics, nasal sprays, or intravenous injections. However, cortisone has emerged as an effective treatment, although it can lead to complications elsewhere in the body.

Dr. Moaz Tarabishi pointed out that the most important features of the stent that is installed is that it only directs a small amount of cortisone to the fleshy bumps only for a period of 6 months, after which the plastic stent dissolves in the body, which avoids the patient complications of cortisone and at the same time the patient gets rid of the symptoms associated with the sinuses

On the other hand, the conferees at the Middle East Academy conference discussed during their meetings over 3 days the latest and latest developments related to hearing, cochlear implants, r
ehabilitation for patients with hearing problems, chronic sinus infections, snoring, apnaea and imbalance problems, in addition to the latest diagnostic technologies, pioneering surgical developments and emerging treatment methods, where the lecturers gave various lectures on allergic rhinitis, ear, nose and throat surgery for children, rhinoplasty, head and neck surgery, and surgery Ear, vestibular fixation, sinuses, audiology and others.

The workshops for the TSESI Sinus course are scheduled to start tomorrow at the Neurology and Spine Hospital in Dubai Science Park, to allow the largest possible number of doctors to attend specialised workshops.

Source: Emirates News Agency