Physicians at Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi performed its first Intrauterine Fetal Blood Transfusion for a fetus on 23 weeks of pregnancy suffering from severe anemia. The transfusion, a life-saving procedure, was done on 4 sessions. Advanced ultrasounds & lab investigations suggested that an infection by a virus called 'Parvo' virus transmitted from the mother caused the hydrops and fetal severe anemia. The Emirati baby, Mezna, was born on 30 weeks of pregnancy & is in good health.
Overview: PAL Aerospace Services Aircraft Maintenance LLC (PAL Aerospace LLC) is an Emirati-owned, Abu Dhabi based company with over a decade of presence in the UAE. PAL Aerospace LLC delivers a range of aviation and aerospace solutions, including engineering design, modification, integration, operations, in-service support, parts distribution and aircrew training with the support of the PAL Group of companies under Exchange Income Corporation.
The PAL UAE Logistics Centre will support both Civil and Military markets for fixed and rotary-wing fleet aircraft. This Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and highly qualified staff to support AOGs and 24/7 operations globally. PAL is in the process of attaining all relevant registrations, qualifications, permits, and quality standards including General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Approval, AS 9110C, AS 9120B and CAR 145.
The UAE’s advantageous geographical location as well as being in the Abu Dhabi Airport Logistics Park, is ideal for the development of the PAL Spare Parts and Logistics Centre into a key regional hub for:
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CAE and Emirates announced today, following the 2019 Dubai Airshow, the sale of two Boeing 777X full-flight simulators and associated training suites of the CAE XR Series models. The carrier also has options for four additional training suites.
With orders of 126 Boeing 777X aircraft, Emirates is the biggest customer of the new upgraded 777 aircraft.
“CAE is honored to support Emirates’ pilot training program as the airline readies for the entry-into-service of its new Boeing 777X fleet,’’ said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We have been partners with Emirates for more than 25 years, and this latest program selection serves as a testament to the value CAE brings to its key airline partners.’’
Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer for Emirates Airline said: “As we begin plans to integrate the Boeing 777X into our fleet over the course of the next two years, we are pleased to once again work with our longstanding partner CAE to provide our flight deck crew with best-in-class training technology. We want to ensure our flight deck crew are prepared to operate the B777X variants as they enter operation, and combined with CAE’s track record of execution and innovation, I am confident we will benefit from the best training equipment available.’’
CAE has won 4 out of 5 airline training programs for the new Boeing 777X aircraft. Emirates’ first brand-new Boeing 777X FFS will be delivered by the beginning of 2021. CAE announced in 2017, the sale of the world's first airline-operated Boeing 777X FFS to Lufthansa Aviation Training. In 2018, CAE sold three Boeing 777X FFSs to Qatar Airways and most recently CAE sold a Boeing 777X FFS to an undisclosed Asian airline.
26 October 2019, UAE: United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) in Abu Dhabi announced the execution of the constructions work of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children expansion project, which includes the construction of a new building adjacent to the current building in Abu Dhabi Gate City. Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical, and Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital broke ground on the six-story building in the presence of a number of officials from UEMedical group and the project constructors, contractors and consultants.
Alongside the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi said, “After conducting a thorough market study, and as we witnessed Danat Al Emarat’s growing patients’ volumes and the positive clinical outcomes, the decision was to invest 300M Dirhams to build a new facility adjacent to the existing hospital expanding our capacity to almost double and expanding the range of medical services offered. With the expansion, UEMedical assets increased to a value of 4.2 Billion Dirhams. The new building consists of 6 floors highly equipped, and includes 100 new beds, increasing the total number of hospital beds to 225.”
“As we continue to build an advanced network of healthcare facilities for our nation, this expansion comes in line with the growing interest in women and child healthcare services, which are highly supported by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF,” Mr. Al Shorafa added.
He also said that the decision to start the expansion project followed detailed studies on the needs and requirements in Abu Dhabi, based on the Department of Health Abu Dhabi reports, identifying specialties needed in the Emirate, capacity gaps and beds required especially in the fields of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology.
“Danat Al Emarat Hospital is considered a referral center for high risk pregnancies, encompassing a full fledge fetal medicine department, level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric surgery and pediatric subspecialties such as pediatric gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology and more; in addition to an advanced minimal invasive gynecology surgery center and bariatric and metabolic surgery center, both accredited as Centers of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). With the new facility, we will be able to accommodate the growing needs of Abu Dhabi’s population and beyond.”
The project will be completed by end of 2020, with 3 contracting and consulting companies overseeing the project; including Eastern International LLC, Amar Golden Design, and the renowned American architectural firm HKS, who designed the existing tower of Danat Al Emarat.
Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital stated, “the expansion will include 3 additional high-tech operating rooms, 16 equipped delivery rooms, and additional 30 consultation rooms for the outpatient specialty clinics. The expansion will also include a bigger pharmacy in the new building and a larger neonatal intensive care unit (NICU Level III) increasing our capacity to 40 NICU beds fully equipped to serve our newborns in line with advanced international standards and protocols.”
“The expansion will be accompanied by an increase in the medical and technical staff, attracting over 500 new employees, including 100 physicians in different specialties and 200 nurses who will join us during the final stages of the constructions project by the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2020,” Mr. Mariano concluded.
SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) announces that it has been awarded a general engineering, project management and technical support services contract from Al Yasat Petroleum, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), with an estimated value of approximately $52 million CAD.
Under the three-year agreement, extendable for two years, SNC-Lavalin will partner with Al Yasat Petroleum extending the engineering and project support arm, in line with the Al Yasat Smart Growth Operating Model. The scope of work includes conceptual studies and design, front end engineering and design (FEED), execution planning, detailed engineering for small works and specialized studies. SNC-Lavalin will support Al Yasat in managing sub-contracts, procurement services and market surveys. As part of this agreement, SNC-Lavalin will also provide its digital expertise to help Al Yasat in the ambitious digital transformation plan using latest technologies. Project support includes project services and securing Al Yasat with manpower to be part of an integrated project management team.
“With over 50 years of presence in the Middle East, we have built a reputation for creating long-term value for leading international and national oil companies. This win underpins our successful track record and strategic approach to growing our business in engineering and consulting services,” said Craig Muir, President, Resources, SNC-Lavalin. “We are proud to support Al Yasat Petroleum on this project, and we will ensure it is efficiently delivered to the highest quality standards by combining our traditional engineering expertise with innovative solutions and digital technologies.”
Covering two concession areas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Al Yasat drives effective and efficient exploration and development of new areas, onshore and offshore. The onshore concession area is located to the Southwest of Abu Dhabi and measures 7800 km², the offshore concession area is located to the Northwest of Abu Dhabi and covers six fields with a total area of 582 km². The offshore area consists of fields at Bu Haseer, Belbazem, Umm Al Dholou, Umm Al Salsal, and Yaser.
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Hans Fraikin (left) and James Spence (right) of the Libra Project - the world's first private democratised and tokenised green utility. Chris Whiteoak / The National
When Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Libra Project first set up in 2017, its founders never imagined that two years down the line they would be mistaken for one of the biggest companies in the world.
Libra Project plans to develop, fund and operate renewable energy power plants that provide clean electricity in developing parts of the world by using blockchain to reduce the cost of funding. The start-up’s goal to improve 100 million lives by 2030 will be funded by selling a security token that allows investors to choose which projects to build based on their positive impact as well as profits.
How often does one of the biggest companies in the world create a spin-off that happens to have the same name as your brand.
Hans Fraikin, Libra Project
How often does one of the biggest companies in the world create a spin-off that happens to have the same name as your brand.
Hans Fraikin, Libra Project
So when Facebook unveiled its digital coin Libra on June 18, a reserve-backed digital currency pegged to a basket of government-issued currencies set to go live in 2020, it left Libra Project's founders in a spin.
Both Facebook and Libra Associatoin, a membership organisation founded by Facebook's subsidiary Calibra and 27 other organisations that will govern the cryptocurrency, declined to comment.
As well as sharing a name, Facebook’s Libra will allow customers to make purchases or send money with zero fees, while Libra Project will roll out its fully compliant digital token later this year – similarities that caused confusion.
Hans Fraikin, founder and chief executive of Libra Project, says while some team members considered Facebook’s concept “a threat”, he saw it “as an opportunity – an incredible piece of serendipity if not cosmic luck”.
“How often does one of the biggest companies in the world create a spin-off that happens to have the same name as your brand that you registered in the UK, the US and Europe a year and a half before? The way I saw it was that all of a sudden this increased our brand value exponentially.”
James Spence, founding partner of the venture, says Libra Project's website experienced a 2,000 per cent spike in the first three days after Facebook's announcement. While some visitors registered names and contact details, the company was also trolled by anti-Facebook campaigners.
“We don’t want people to affiliate us with Facebook,” says Mr Spence. “They have some trust issues, so we’ve had to reach out to our partners and assure them that we are not Facebook. We are the Libra Project, we own our name and have registered and they should have no concerns about doing business with us.”
Libra Project was first set in motion when Mr Spence and co-founder and chief technology officer Alexander Alzamora brainstormed ideas on how to fund renewable energy projects.
Mr Alzamora, who has worked in the sector for 10 years, was finding traditional fundraising mechanisms challenging, prompting Mr Spence, with a background in financial services, to suggest a different way to drive capital to projects.
“We looked at the traditional fund model and did not like the middle man mentality – with the lack of choice and the decisions being made for profit rather than for the actual impact they are going to make,” says Mr Spence. “We then looked at using blockchain as a way to give a vote to the token holders about which projects would be built."
Mr Spence says any impact delivered by the projects is transmitted transparently onto blockchain along with the financial transactions and the returns. The impact will be measured by using Internet of Things devices that capture data such as levels of air pollution at a project’s source.
The clean tech impact investor will operate in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, by building biomass, solar, waste heat recovery and waste-to-energy projects in the Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa regions - growth areas for energy consumption.
In Southeast Asia, for example, the population is set to increase to 715 million people in 2025 from 615 million in 2014, according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. In turn, electricity demand will grow 4 per cent annually, doubling demand from today according to the International Renewable Energy Agency ’s 2018 ASEAN Remap report, as governments increasingly look for renewable options.
One initiative, Libra Project, is considering is a waste heat recovery system at a Philippines cement plant. When the plant is active, it prevents 35,000 people living in nearby villages from accessing power, Mr Spence says.
“By putting a waste heat recovery system on that cement plant – that’s funded by the tokenisation system – instead of becoming a consumer of electricity off the grid, it becomes a generator of clean energy electricity and it’s self-sufficient,” says Mr Spence. “We are selling electricity to the cement plant and the investors own the equipment providing that electricity and they own the revenue coming back.”
To fund the company, the founders reached out to friends and family for the Series A round of $500,000 (Dh1.8 billion) in 2018. While the holding company, Libra Project Asset Management, is registered in London, UK, the operation and maintenance arm to oversee the projects is registered in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City and the Digital Securities issuance company is registered in Abu Dhabi Global Market (for the international market) and in Delaware (for the US market).
The company has seven projects in the pipeline and is currently closing a deal on the acquisition of three biomass plants in Thailand, which will help approximately 10,000 homes in the area receive electricity with a carbon offset of 87,253.9 tonnes annually.
“We are launching globally but the US is the toughest financial market from a security point of view in line with SEC [US Securities and Exchange Commission] regulation,” says Mr Spence. “Once we have the sign-off in the US, that’s pretty good to take to the rest of the world. There will be a few changes for the UK, Europe and this market but the bulk of the work is done."
Libra Project hopes to roll out the digital token in the third quarter of this year, however, Mr Spence says Facebook’s Libra coin “delayed” the launch and the company's Series B funding while it took “a step back to assess the situation”.
“We’ve now decided we are good to move forward," Mr Spence says.
Of the $1.5m Libra Project is looking to raise, about $500,000 is already reserved, with about $925,000 left to sell at $100 a share, which offers investors equity in the holding company and a corresponding amount of tokens.
It was in January this year that Libra Project first heard that another entity was interested in their name. They were contacted by a law firm, which said it was representing an anonymous partner. The partner wanted to buy some of Libra Project’s domains.
“When we opened the company we registered 32 domain titles to try and secure our IP so that other people could not clone our site as we grew,” says Mr Spence.
“We told the lawyer we had certain domains we wanted to keep but there are others we might be willing to part with if the price was right as long as there was no conflict with what the other company was doing."
Facebook and Libra Association, which has one domain, Libra.org, as its official site, declined to comment on any past or future plans to purchase additional domains.
While Libra Project has not sold any domain names yet and is not considering legal action over the name, there has been some crossover.
Facebook’s coin is called Libra but many media outlets have referred to the venture as Libra project.
“That is causing some confusion for people trying to buy [our token] when we’re not selling it yet," says Mr Spence.
Last month Facebook said it would not proceed with the launch of its cryptocurrency until regulatory concerns are addressed, as the US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took the unusual step of saying he had serious concerns it could be used for illicit activity.
Ultimately, Libra Project hopes Facebook may want to tie up with them in the future.
Mr Spence adds: "I hope Facebook look at what we are doing and the environmental and social impact we are trying to create and come in to support us.”
$100. That is a lot cheaper than most investments in impact – for those you will be asked to place $10,000 for 10 years.
It's like any digital security; if you need your money back tomorrow then you just sell it at the market price. And we won’t be charging a fee. A lot of platforms charge a 5 per cent bid spread on the buy and sell price – ours will be at the market rate.
When people first buy our digital security there will be a lockaway period; we can’t have people buying and selling coins until the projects are built. Once the project starts generating a revenue, we’ll put it out there for the retail market to resell. The length of the lock-in period is yet be fully discussed and disclosed.
You won’t specifically own assets in one project, you’ll own a share of the whole company — so multiple projects that are all generating a revenue. You are getting returns on your $100 share — as your percentage over the whole of the company.
We are looking at funding the first couple of projects alternatively so that we already have a working revenue model before the investors come in. That takes away a lot of the risk if we already have an income coming into the company.
With any investment in the world you can lose your money. But when you buy the security you own the physical assets. If there had to be a liquidation ... [the physical assets] would get sold and the investors would get priority for any disbursement.
We’re not going to the retail market yet. We’re going to accredited investors to start off … the retail market will take some time. It costs a lot to be signed off by all the regulators globally for the retail segment. By the time we get to that stage, we will already have most of the power projects built through the accredited investors.
National Reference Laboratory (NRL), part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, today announced that it has signed a Laboratory Referral Services Agreement with United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading private healthcare operators.
NRL will become the exclusive provider of referral laboratory testing to all facilities of the UEMedical healthcare network in the UAE, including its flagship hospital Danat Al Emarat for Women & Children, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, HealthPlus Fertility Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi. Patients of UEMedical network will benefit from NRL’s high-quality standards, specialized logistics solutions and comprehensive menu of more than 4,700 tests, one of the largest test menus globally thanks to NRL’s partnership with LabCorp, the world’s leading diagnostics company.
Abdulla Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Head of Mubadala Healthcare, said: “Mubadala has built a network of world-class healthcare providers and we are continuously looking for opportunities to partner with private healthcare providers. This partnership allows us to deliver better results and outcomes for the patients, to provide unified laboratory services across all healthcare facilities of UEMedical, and, ultimately, to have a positive impact on the healthcare sector across the country and the region.”
Commenting on the collaboration, Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO & Managing Director of UEMedical, said: “As one of the emirate’s leading healthcare providers, our partnership NRL, one of the most experienced providers of laboratory solutions in the region, will complement our group laboratory department with additional services and improved deliverables. NRL’s expertise will be very well received by our network of physicians and patients, who are eager to gain access to best-in-class laboratory referral services. This collaboration will help us make another significant stride towards achieving our goals to provide the highest levels of care to the residents of the UAE and support the nation’s healthcare transition to innovative, patient-centric services.”
Patient samples from all of UEMedical’s facilities across the UAE will now be exclusively handled by NRL and tested either in-country by NRL or by LabCorp in the USA.
Abdul Hamid Oubeisi, Chief Executive Officer of NRL, added: “We are very pleased that UEMedical has agreed to partner exclusively with NRL for laboratory referral services. This new partnership further demonstrates the trust that healthcare providers place in our services and quality. We look forward to providing UEMedical’s facilities with advanced, best-in-class laboratory diagnostic services across a wide range of disciplines, ensuring optimum and seamless treatment journeys for all their patients.”
Majd Abu Zant, Chief Operating Officer of UEMedical said, “Across our different facilities in the UAE, we serve over 200,000 patients who will be benefiting from our collaboration with NRL offering now the full spectrum of laboratory tests complementing the performed tests in our in-house laboratory. We are indeed joining hands today to deliver high end diagnostic services to the community of Abu Dhabi and beyond.”
NRL’s robust logistics solutions will guarantee sample integrity and timely sample transport from UEMedical’s facilities across the UAE, and will deliver reliable and fast test results. Additionally, best-practice connectivity solutions, including a web-portal and a two-way real-time interface between NRL’s Laboratory Information System and the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) of UEMedical, will ensure an accurate and efficient process for test ordering and results delivery. This paper-less system will help reduce the risk of human error and work duplication, and will greatly enhance quality and patient outcomes. Via the interface connection, physicians will be able to access and order from NRL’s comprehensive test menu 24/7. Laboratory results will be reported in real-time and automatically stored in each patient’s unique EMR.
NRL operates the largest network of laboratories in the Middle East accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), widely recognized globally as the leading accreditation body for clinical laboratories. Its network of laboratories in the UAE encompasses a total of 10 facilities, including two reference laboratories owned by NRL and 8 on-site laboratories managed by NRL on behalf of its hospital or medical center clients. In addition, NRL offers referral testing services to a host of clients in the country and the region.
04 July 2019. Makateb Business Center (Makateb) joins the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi as Gold Member. Makateb is a group of business centers that offer a full range of serviced offices, tailored to any arrangement required. MBC have the expertise required to meet the needs of their clients and they make sure that they continue to be their partners of choice. Makateb currently operates two business centers, in Ajman and Abu Dhabi.
With a view to expanding in the GCC, Makateb is looking to partner with investors and or building owners for mutual benefit through its Franchise offering or Management Contracts.
To learn more of the services MBC are offering, please go to their website at www.makatebgcc.com
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) announced today that it is reducing its trading commission fees starting 1st of July 2019 thus making ADX among the MENA region’s least expensive stock markets with regards to trading commissions. This initiative is designed to reduce costs on investors, build confidence, increase liquidity, as well as attract more investors into the Exchange.
The new initiative not only reinforces ADX’s competitive position, it is also a key step towards achieving the Ghadan 2021 plan's objective of removing barriers and lowering the cost of doing business in Abu Dhabi. The seeds of the initiative were first sown in June 2018 with the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces of a three-year, AED 50 billion stimulus package for Abu Dhabi.
ADX continuously seeks to launch new initiatives aimed at diversifying investment products available to its stakeholders. This approach helps facilitate the expansion and diversification of the Emirate’s economy. It will also allow Abu Dhabi to compete as a primary center for attracting FDI as well as contributing to the Emirate’s sustainable development goals.
Commenting on this initiative, H.E. Khaleefa Al Mansouri - ADX Acting Chief Executive said: “Through this initiative and the introduction of other investment opportunities, the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) is providing additional incentives for both local and international investors to invest on the Exchange providing liquidity into the market and helping to finance listed companies’ projects which will support the of expansion their business.”
The ADX is reducing its trading commission with a range from 50% up to 90%. ADX cost for annual transactions of less than AED 250 million will be 5 basis points (0.05%) of the transaction value. For transactions in excess of AED 1 billion over the period of 1 year, the cost will range to one basis point.
In other words, an investor who trades AED 500 million a year will be charged 5 basis points over the first 250 million and then a commission lower than 250 million during the year. The Exchange’s trading commission has also been reduced for transactions exceeding AED 1 billion by 90% from the previously implemented transaction fees which makes ADX one of the region's least expensive stock markets in terms of trading commission. Prior to the implementation of this new initiative, ADX has set up a number of awareness sessions for the stakeholders in order to familiarize them with the new mechanism.
The number of institutional investors in the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchanges (ADX) at the end of May 2019 was 8395, including 6318 foreign investors. During the first five months of this year, institutional investors traded AED 1.5 billion compared to AED 890 million in the same period of 2018, an increase of 73%. This shows a positive trend on a medium to long term basis.
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