Monthly Archives: December 2012


Ray University offers key guidelines for selecting the right online degree program to further your education


For professionals worldwide, nothing can be more important than an advanced degree from a recognize institute. An accredited and globally recognized degree will guarantee your dream job, and is the first step towards a bright and promising future. In today’s competitive world, the importance of a degree is paramount as it helps you stand out and improve your career prospects. However, acquiring a traditional degree in today’s busy world is not an easy undertaking, for it entails a great deal of hard work and commitment on the part of a student. It’s also very expensive and inflexible. Online education is the perfect alternative to its traditional counterpart, offering students and professionals the opportunity to pursue their education without impinging on their personal, social, or professional commitments.

The online education industry has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, thanks to a mushroom growth of online institutes. However, not all institutes are genuine or credible, with many of them offering a subpar education for heavy sums of money. Therefore, it’s important to choose a right university which provides degrees that are respected and recognized by employers worldwide. In this regard, Ray University offers important guidelines for selecting the right institution to pursue your education.

Selecting online university – Conduct an extensive search to shortlist the best universities providing online programs that are recognized, self-paced and above all affordable. Based on these factors, select and enroll in the degree of your choice. Firstly, ensure the university is internationally accredited so that it is respected by employers and institutions. Then, make an assessment of the mediums through which you will learn. For example, reviewing demo of the university’s learning management system and the interactivity and convenience it offers. You also need to assess the way you will take exams and move forward with the degree requirements. Research on student and career support services that the university offers. This should include internship and/or job placement services as well as resume writing services, interviewing tips, portfolio enhancement, etc. Affordability is an important factor to take into consideration. Check if the university provides scholarship and whether you are eligible for it. Also compare the university’s fee structure with other education providers. Many employers value online degree on the same dais as traditional degrees. Ensure that your degree is respected and accepted by companies.

Selecting the right degree program – Choose a degree relevant to your experience. If you’re a marketer, then getting a degree in business administration and choosing marketing as your major is a better option. However, if you want to change your career path and switch to another industry, then choose a degree program accordingly.

To find out more, you can speak to student counselors, alumni and current students of the university through social media before proceeding with the enrollment.

About Ray University:
Ray University is a world-renowned university that specializes in providing accredited online education to students irrespective of their geographical locations. The flexible, student-driven programs allow students to pursue their studies without sacrificing their personal, social or professional commitments. In addition to affordable, globally recognized degree programs, the University provides an expanded range of benefits such as complimentary student and alumni services, credits transfer facility, financial assistance program and round the clock academic support. To learn more about Ray University’s convenient online education programs please log on to its official website at

Sharjah launches new UAE landmark on National Day

A new UAE landmark symbolising national pride, in the form of a massive flagpole, was inaugurated in Sharjah on National Day on Sunday by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah. The 123 metre flagpole development, touted as the world’s seventh tallest, was officially opened on the new Flag Island destination opposite the old Al Jazeera Park.

Feelings of patriotism ran high as live TV coverage of the ceremony showed a giant UAE flag being raised to the apex in the presence of Shaikh Sultan and other top government officials and VIP guests.

It took 11 minutes for the flag to reach its final hoisted position at the flagstaff’s top.

41 Sharjah Police officers and 41 UAE military personnel (their number was selected to reflect 41 years of UAE independence) took part in the flag-raising ceremony after the Sharjah Ruler activated an e-button for its launch.
A number of onlookers and seafarers waving UAE flags gathered nearby.

The idea for Flag Island was submitted by Mudhir Al Mezka, a resident who had called in during a popular live programme – Al Khat Al Mubasher – that often sees Shaikh Sultan address callers. Shaikh Sultan honoured Al Mezka during the event. Meanwhile, Shaikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) presented the Sharjah Ruler a gift containing flagpole memorabilia. Shurooq in collaboration with the Sharjah Department of Public Works and other government bodies started work on the project just weeks before National Day.

Plans for similar flagpoles have been initiated in the northern emirates as part of renewed government enthusiasm to promote symbols of national unity and pride. The Sharjah flagpole is of the same height as the one in Abu Dhabi. A slightly shorter flagpole is also installed in the Union House in Dubai.
The race against time to erect the newest one in Sharjah was taken on by Trident Support, which has constructed the world’s tallest free-standing flagpole in Tajikistan. Flag Island is located opposite the area previously known as Montazah Al Jazeera, facing the line of government buildings along the creek extending from Khalid Lagoon.

The flagpole is designed to be the centrepiece of a tourist attraction that will eventually include an open amphitheatre, art gallery, shops, restaurants and cafes. A design symbolising the unity of the seven emirates is located at the flag’s base.
Afterwards, the road along Mamzar lagoon was bumper-to-bumper with a National Day parade led by police marshalls and joined by well-wishers.

EHL Management Services Rebrands to Mediclinic Middle East

Name change for Welcare Hospital, The City Hospital and all EHL and Welcare clinics in Dubai


Dubai, UAE: Following the news in October that majority shareholder Mediclinic International had acquired all remaining interests in EHL Management Services, the company’s new brand was unveiled today by H.H Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and Dr. Edwin Hertzog, Chairman of Mediclinic International, in a ceremony at Mediclinic City Hospital.

Now known as Mediclinic Middle East, which reflects its position as one of the world’s leading healthcare providers, all hospital and clinics which are part of the group will come together under a single Mediclinic name:

– Welcare Hospital becomes Mediclinic Welcare Hospital
– The City Hospital becomes Mediclinic City Hospital
– EHL Dubai Mall Medical Centre becomes Mediclinic Dubai Mall
– EHL Arabian Ranches Clinic becomes Mediclinic Arabian Ranches
– EHL Meadows Clinic becomes Mediclinic Meadows
– Welcare Clinic Ibn Battuta becomes Mediclinic Ibn Battuta
– Welcare Ambulatory Care Centre becomes Mediclinic Al Sufouh
– Welcare Clinic Qusais becomes Mediclinic Qusais
– Welcare Clinic Mirdif becomes Mediclinic Mirdif
– Emirates Diagnostic Clinic (closed) becomes Mediclinic Beach Road (opening)

Mediclinic International is one of the 10 largest listed private hospital groups in the world with 52 healthcare facilities in Southern Africa, 14 in Switzerland and 10 in the UAE. That such a well-respected name in the global healthcare industry has invested so heavily in the region is great news for UAE residents who demand an international standard of healthcare on their doorstep. In addition, patients of Mediclinic Middle East also have access to the huge bank of knowledge and expertise in our sister platforms in Switzerland and Southern Africa.

Further exciting developments within Mediclinic Middle East include the opening of Mediclinic Beach Road, a brand new 20,000 square feet primary healthcare facility in the Sheikh Hamdan Complex in Jumeirah 1, due to open on 12.12.12.

Background notes

Mediclinic International
Mediclinic International, founded in 1983, is an international private hospital group with operations in South Africa, Namibia, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, and has been listed on the JSE, the South African securities exchange, since 1986. The Group’s head office is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Mediclinic currently has a market capitalisation of approximately R27.6bn and 652.3m ordinary shares in issue.
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Mediclinic Middle East
Mediclinic Middle East is the largest private healthcare group in Dubai with two hospitals and eight operational clinics which include: Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, Mediclinic City Hospital, Mediclinic Dubai Mall, Mediclinic Arabian Ranches, Mediclinic Meadows, Mediclinic Al Sufouh, Mediclinic Ibn Battuta, Mediclinic Al Qusais, Mediclinic Mirdif and Mediclinic Beach Road.
The business currently employs around 1,900 staff, has the capacity to operate 334 beds, and sees in excess of 600,000 patients per annum in its facilities.

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For more information, contact:

Arun Avamil
Mediclinic Middle East
Tel: + +971 4 4495285

UAE Celebrating 41st National Day

The UAE comes alive on the the occasion of the 41st National Day being celebrated on Sunday with a range of events from fireworks displays, cultural parades, and exhibitions that captivated thousands of residents and visitors alike.

Throughout the country, city streets and buildings were virtually painted in red, black, white, and green as hundreds of residents displayed UAE flags of all sizes in their villas, apartment buildings, and commercial centres.

Families took advantage of the fair weather and spent the day in parks and beaches. But there were those who stayed at home in preparation for Sunday’s big event. Others went for family trips in resorts in Fujairah, Al Ain, and Umm Al Quwain.

“Right now we’re celebrating with the family at home. But on National Day, my friends and I will go to Jumeirah for our own parade. We will put UAE flags on our cars and parade our cars on Jumeirah Beach Road,” Majid Ahmad, 15, an Emirati, told Gulf News.



Expat communities from UK, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also participating in the activities of the National Day

Travel & Tourism Companies in UAE Must Embrace Online Marketing

Tourism industry in the UAE is showing positing trends in Dubai. The recent numbers show that the tourism is one of the booming sectors of UAE. This poses competition among the stake holders as well as open new avenues for reaching new customers across the world by embedding key strategic online marketing tactics, noted key industry speakers at an event at the Sofitel Hotel in Jumeirah Beach Residence.

The  event, organized by and Google, was attended by more than 200 experts from major travel and tourism companies, focused on the role of online marketing in increasing sales; better reach for new customers; boosting website traffic, in addition to reaching and engaging new clients directly. The event also discussed the impact of the Internet to develop and increase corporate business; effective online marketing campaigns; Travel and tourism trends and the future of the industry, in addition to how to assess the performance of the marketing spend.

Mr. Shadi Banna, Managing Partner,, speaking about Commenting on his company’s organization of the seminar said: “Online marketing is one of the most vital tools which keeps companies continuously connected to their customers.”  “It’s a cost effective way, and if done properly, it will provide companies a better chance to increase their customer base, since response rates for e-marketing are higher in comparison with other tools” he added.

According to a report released by the World Travel and Tourism Council, UAE accounts for 41% of total investment in the travel and tourism sector in the Middle East. The report also predicted that the volume of investments in the tourism sector in the UAE will grow by 7% yearly.
“In light of these positive indicators witnessed by the travel and tourism sector in UAE, is always keen in raising the efficiency of small and medium enterprises operating in this field, by introducing programs designed to help them benefit from modern technologies in digital marketing, which has proven to be the fastest way to reach new customers from around the world,” added Banna.
Marie de Ducla, Industry Head Travel – Gulf, Google, said: “In terms of technology adoption, customers in the Middle East are recognized as being sophisticated and technology savvy, which is evident in the high mobile and internet penetration rates. Hence, travel and tourism companies must prioritize their online marketing tools to advance their businesses and retain new customers.”

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