World Record Breaking Solar Impulse 2 Pilot To Speak At Gulf SOL 2015

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, one of The Solar Impulse 2 pilots, which made global aviation history this weekend, will speak publically for the first time since breaking the world record at the Global Solar Leaders Summit. The summit will take place on 14tth September alongside Gulf Sol 2015, which starts on Monday 14th September until 16th September 2015 at Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai.

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, initiator, chairman and pilot, will address participants of The Global Solar Leaders Summit, discussing the courageous journey of the Solar Impulse 2, his achievements so far and the future of clean energy. His keynote speech entitled Pushing the boundaries of solar innovation will highlight the potential of solar energy and ways to implement renewable energy systems in the future.

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Piccard commented, “Realizing a big dream requires ambition, planning, determination, courage and commitment, in my life, I have always sought to push boundaries and to question limitations.  In this day and age we have seen technological advancements that previous generations could never have thought possible, and yet we still face barriers to harnessing the true potential of these innovations. Every hour, our world consumes around a million tons of oil, not to mention other fossil fuels, and last year carbon dioxide emissions exceeded 40 billion tons.

Through Solar Impulse 2, we want to demonstrate that incredible achievements can be obtained with clean technologies, like flying day and night with an airplane consuming no fuel. I look forward to addressing participants at the Global Solar Leaders Summit in Dubai and imparting knowledge and stimulating debate around this pressing issue, he added.

The plane, which took off from Abu Dhabi earlier this year, has logged 110 hours flying 7,200 km across the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii the longest ever in terms of time spent in the air. The plane laanded in Hawaii on Friday after the four-day leg of its circumnavigation attempt. Piccard will fly the next leg from Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona, which is expected to take four days and nights. From Phoenix, Solar Impulse 2 will head for New York before heading back to the UAE.

Muhammed Kazi, Senior Project Manager, GulfSol 2015 said: We would like to congratulate Dr. Piccard on successfully breaking the world record; this news brings to light the fact that there are no limits to what we can do with solar energy. The conservation of natural resources has become increasingly important and GulfSol 2015 will highlight the need to develop and implement renewable energy. This issue is particularly important in the Middle East where the UAE government has implemented a number of initiatives under UAE’s sustainability vision 2021, which seeks to plan a cleaner future.

The three-day exhibition, will bring together key players in the solar industry across the Middle East and North Africa region. Dedicated to the solar industry, the exhibition is a platform to meet with the top global suppliers of solar products and services. The event will focus on raw materials, components and technology within the solar industry.

Supported by the Ministry of Energy, UAE and Middle East Solar Energy Association (MESIA) the event will kick off on Monday 14th September until 16th September 2015 from 10:00-18:00 each day. For further information, visit http://www.gulf.solar/

Printemps, The Reference Of French Elegance For 150 Years, Becomes “Printemps Palace”

At 150 years old, Printemps is in its prime and full of splendor, more determined than ever to remain a key, thrilling part of a Parisian lifestyle focused on character, inspiration and new discoveries.

Window displays designed by Steve Hiett

The departement store asked the renowned British photographer Steve Hiett to capture the essence of four legendary Parisian luxury hotels: Le Bristol Paris, Le Meurice, Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris. A bold display enhanced by the silhouettes of nine prestigious brands: Alberta Ferretti, Alexandre Vauthier, Burberry, Elie Saab, Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, The Row, Sonia Rykiel and Thierry Mugler. Known as the “director of colour”, Steve Hiett has, since the 1970s, become a fashion legend, with colour-saturated images that radiate energy.

Truly a one-off, a picture was taken at Printemps transformed for the occasion into a luxury hotel. Its rich history, the decorative opulence of its domes, the elegance of its façade; this touch of soul was a true source of inspiration for Steve Hiett, who has created for visitors an unexpectedly graphic and contemporary vision reflecting Printemps’ modern elegance.

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About Steve Hiett

Steve Hiett has always been interested in graphic design and photography. He studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London, but first opted for a career as a musician before becoming an artistic director and advertising film maker. He took his first fashion photographs at 27. He found his passion and from then on dedicated himself fully to this profession, working for the biggest fashion magazines in France and internationally.

La Maison du Chocolat’s Gourmet Escapes invade the atrium

La Maison du Chocolat has created a unique concept exclusively for Printemps: Les Evasions Gourmandes (Gourmet Escapes). Floral notes, poetic moments, a bouquet of sensations; just some of the flavor inspirations, with new and surprising colors and creations.

Delighting the senses of taste and smell, La Maison du Chocolat has fills the heart of the department store, in a decor designed especially for the event. Just as in one’s wildest dreams, chocolate abounds: the subtle notes of an exclusive rose-flavoured chocolate encrusted with pink peppercorns, savory interludes of previously unknown chocolate confections, an éclair extravaganza and limited-edition chocolate macaroons.

A tailor-made welcome and services

Like the personalized services provided in the best luxury hotels, Printemps Haussmann has created for its clientele a range of refined and efficient services, ever more fashionable and exclusive.

To seduce its foreign clientele, the department store provides a tailor-made shopping experience: multilingual store maps, multi-currency payments accepted at all tills, immediate tax deduction at interactive machines to avoid queues, home or hotel delivery, and more.

A Guest Relations team that speaks 14 languages is ready to welcome visitors, direct them throughout the store and coordinate all the services they wish to enjoy.

In addition, Printemps offers 240m² of private lounges for a truly private fashion consultation. A team of 10 multilingual personal shoppers is at their full disposal to guide them through the various lines and suggest shapes and cuts adapted to their needs.

A refined and prestigious selection for the evening

Every season since 2009, new designers and brands at the forefront of chic are displayed in the Espace Maria Luisa, at the centre of the 2nd floor of Printemps Women Store.

Now, a new 50m² space will be dedicated to a selection of evening wear that is one of the most desirable collections of the season. An opportunity to discover creations by Roberto Cavalli, Pucci, Mugler, Elie Saab, Julien Fournié, Alexandre Vauthier and Christopher Kane.

 

Coya Gets ‘SOLE-FUL’ With Sustainability

This summer, Coya Dubai supports its first CSR initiative to promote sustainability in collaboration with ARTSPACE. From July until the 15th of August, this multi-dimensional Peruvian outlet showcases its first public recycled art display by Ocean Sole and a photographic project ‘Genesis’ by renowned Brazilian photojournalist Sebastio Salgado.

Supported by ARTSPACE, Ocean Sole– a collection of colourful, inspiring and handcrafted animal sculptures conveey an important message about marine conservation to Coya Dubai’s guests. Each artistic piece is created with 100% recycled flip-flops- a symbolic medium representing its hazardous qualities to marine wildlife. The foundation of Ocean Sole also raises awareness to the emerging field of sustainable entrepreneurship as each piece highlights the creativity and resourcefulness of the artists– who hail from the coastal communities of Africa–and their efforts to improve their lives through the re-appropriation of other peoples’ waste.

Coya Dubai hoped that Ocean Sole’s vibrant pieces would be a fitting platform introduce the importance of recycling– by showing the possibilities of using recycled and alternative materials in design—to Dubai’s public.

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The project ‘Genesis’ by the social documentary photographer, Sebastio Salgado represents the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. The award-winning photographer travelled an epic, 30 trip expedition in extreme conditions between 2004 and 2011 to capture a series of photographs across landscape, wildlife and indigenous human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures. The black-and-white photography series is conceived as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature and showcase the beauty of a still-pristine planet that has so far escaped the imprint of modern society. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Salgado depicts the name of the project saying, “some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis. We must preserve what exists.”

Set against its main entrance, Coya Dubai showcases his compiled work to visitors, raising awareness to the emblematic message of the piece; reversing the damage done to earth, and driving the importance of preserving it for the future.

Record 40,000 Visitors At Ramadan Night Market In The First Four Days

Thousands of ds of shopping enthusiasts continue to stream into the Ramadan Night Market as the souq completed its fourth day at Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre. The exhibition that opens at 8pm and closes at 2am every night surpasseda staggering 40,000 visitors with the number expecting to grow further. Offering a wide range of products, entertainment and food, the market has been a source of attraction to people from various backgrounds, nationalities and ages. Visitors were seen enjoying themselves milling around the shops, browsing, bargaining and buying, while youngsters were immersed in games, rides and all sorts of fun. The huge food pavilion, of course, remained one of the star attractions with foodies luxuriously picking and choosing among their favourite international culinary.

This is a great place to be, exclaimed Nasreen a visitor at the souq, “Families need avenues like these to relax and enjoy especially given the exceedingly busy lives we lead. At Ramadan Night Market, all my family members can find something that would interest them, similar to a mall, but without having to walk so much. The variety is quite impressive too.

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The gilded, curtained Henna Majlis standing tall in the centre of the hall remained a continuous source of delight for ladies. Decked in traditional floor arrangement, the enclosure was a buzzing place while women and young girls sat patiently watching their hands and feet being embellished with various henna designs.

This is the first time I’m getting my hands painted with henna, and I can’t get over how pretty they look, said Carla, a British national working in Dubai, I think Ramadan Night Market is a great idea since it puts together so much fun under the same roof, and I’d love to explore the rest of the market.

Outlets that sold garments and jewellery drew the most crowds as people did their Eid shopping, besides stocking up generally. Readymade kurtas (long shirts) in traditional Indian and Pakistani designs and sparkling colourful jewellery were very much in demand, while visitors browsed through furniture and decorative knickknacks as well. Most attendees seemed quite happy with the wide range that market offered and enjoyed the bazaar-like environment which they felt provided a refreshing change from regular mall-shopping. The vibrant décor of the hall and organized system was also lauded.

Shopping apart, some visitors claimed they would be returning to the market just to taste the mouth-watering array of cuisines. With over 50 food stalls, the pavilion catered to various taste-buds, offering choices from fresh fruit to juices to Arabic, Indian, Chinese and fast food among others. With everything from traditional to international just a few steps away, decision-making was not easy. As icing on the cake, many food outlets were giving away free coupons.

Sunil Jaiswal, President, Sumansa Exhibitions who are the organisers of the event, said: “It feels great when you see such a great welcome to Ramadan Night Market, and the fact that people love it so much. On the inaugural night, there were people at the entrance of Sheikh Rashid Hall waiting for souq to open its doors. The next day, we clocked in more 700 visitors in just first 10 minutes of the opening. The rising popularity graph simply goes to show that the market is catering to wide range of interests which makes it an ideal family recreational venue.

Besides food, the gaming zones also remained a hot favourite among children and adults alike. While visitors tried their luck in the Play and Win Area, children and teenagers enjoyed themselves immensely on fun rides, merry-go-rounds and other games at Kids Play Area and Fun Play Area. Parents also appreciated the massive play zones where they could keep an eye on their kids as they completed their shopping or grabbed a bite at the same time. Scores of visitors participated in the daily raffle draw as well.

Cutting Chai serves as the Gold Sponsor and Jet Airways as Official Airline partner for this year’s event, while Physique TV is the official TV partner. Official radio partners include 89.1 Radio 4, Channel 4 FM 104.8 and Al Rabia 107.8 FM.

 

Compareit4ME See Huge Growth In Applications During First Half Of Ramadan

Just two weeks into Ramadan, compareit4me.com, the largest financial comparison site in the Middle East, has seen a 70% increase in user applications in the UAE. compareit4me is expected to generate more than 300,000 applications in 2015, boosted by regional expansion and continuous growth in the finance comparison industry as a whole.

After enjoying stellar success in 2014, being named Best Finance Comparison Site in the UAE by IFM Awards, and Best Comparison Site in the Middle East by the Global Banking and Finance Review, the company which is now live in 6 countries has seen huge growth in its platform, which now generates over 45,000 live finance applications each month. They are poised to dominate the market with over 300,000 applications in 2015 – a big increase on its already impressive feat of 200,000 applications in 2014, more than any other comparison platform in the region.

“In past years we have seen a huge increase in the number of people applying during Ramadan, said Jon Richards, CEO of the compareit4me group. “ The first few weeks of Ramadan 2015 achieved even greater numbers and have exceeded our expectations, which can be largely attributed to the earlier arrival of the holy month and the fact that children were still in school”. He added, noting that car loans are one of the most popular products for UAE consumers, with most car dealers dropping prices and adding benefits such as free insurance or servicing.

compareit4me have no doubt benefitted from the wider economy which remains buoyant, with current foreign currency reserves standing at AED12.121 billion (USD33 billion). As rising liquidity and capital adequacy in the region bolsters regional banks’ confidence, financial powerhouses such as ADIB, CBD and Doha Bank in the GCC, a region widely considered to be a key market for facilitating the global growth of Islamic finance, are also taking advantage of the Ramadan shopping craze and aiming to increase customer numbers by offering low rates on financial products such as loans, credit cards, and personal lines of credit.

Though many banks and finance providers see this month as an opportunity to offer discounts and promotions, Richards cautions consumers to consider their commitments and finances carefully before committing to additional finance. He added “It’s easy to get carried away and purchase a new car or take out additional debt because it’s a good deal. Consumers need to think about the long term impact of the debt and most importantly, ensure they can afford the additional commitment should their personal circumstances change”.

“We want to democratize consumer finance in the Middle East and the first step towards achieving that is facilitating accurate product comparisons,” added Richards.  With its services in strong demand from UAE customers, this Ramadan is turning out to be the perfect opportunity to cement compareit4me as a market leader in 2015.