Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 11 November 2018: The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) Department of International Programs and Partnerships hosted a committee visit for a Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) delegation to explore possible US partnerships for student exchange programs.

The KEI provides education abroad programs allowing students to complete major-specific and general education requirements, gain practical experience, and enhance their understanding of the world through cultural and social immersion. The KEI Faculty Steering Committee included KEI President and Managing Director, Eduard Mandell, Director of Program Operations, Julie Pollard, and other Steering Committee Members: University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Dr. Ghadir Zannoun; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Associate Professor of History and International Studies, Dr. Edgar Francis; Moravian College Director of International Studies, Christian Sinclair; Augsburg University Assistant Professor, Dr. Maheen Zaman; University of Houston Associate Professor and Program Director of Middle East Studies, Dr. Emran El-Badawi; University of Georgia Professor of Religion and Linguistics, Dr. Adel Amer; University of Wyoming Program Director of Middle East Studies, Eric Nigh; University of Wyoming Associate Vice Provost, Dr. Anthony Ogden; and University of Kentucky Assistant Director of Education Abroad, Mrs. Niamh Minion.

The Committee spent two days at AURAK meeting with President, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, Vice President of Student Success and Academic Affairs and Provost, Professor Stephen Wilhite, the Associate Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Denise Gifford, the deans, and various faculty to discuss exchange opportunities and curriculum. The Committee toured both the University facilities and the city of Ras Al Khaimah and met with the current KEI student attending AURAK.

Professor Hassan is deeply attentive to the continual development of AURAK’s international student exchange program, “In a global economy we need to be able to understand each other. We have to respect each other and be able to work together. International student exchange experiences are crucial for students in the acquisition and development of multicultural relationships and traditions essential for successfully expanding across cultural divides.”

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 November 2018: NMC Healthcare was awarded the prestigious Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards which took place last week.


Organised by GFC Group, Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards, Middle East, the region's largest finance and investment conference recognises excellence and outstanding achievement to issuers, borrowers and market professionals for their work on landmark transactions.


The Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year award was presented to NMC Healthcare CFO, Mr Prashanth Shenoy for the group’s syndicated multi-loan which was signed off in March 2018.


The US$2,000,000,000 syndicated loan was utilised to refinance some existing debts as well as to support the group’s growth strategy in making accretive acquisitions.


Speaking about the award-win, Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director NMC said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this award which serves as a testament to the standards of professionalism under which we operate at NMC. This accolade is also proof that, with the right partners and the right structures in place, NMC has the potential to scale new heights through acquisitions and consolidations.”


Mr Manghat, who can be credited with spearheading the successful listing of NMC Healthcare in the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange, added: “Such recognition is a clear sign of how we do things properly at NMC, which will undoubtedly inspire even more confidence in our shareholders.”


Upon accepting the award Mr Shenoy stated: “We are honoured to be recognised for our achievements by a jury of some of the world’s most influential international investors from leading banking and finance institutions. The award serves to highlight the hard work and unfailing commitment of the NMC Healthcare team and our partners.”


Today, private healthcare operator NMC Healthcare offers international services across 17 countries.


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 November 2018: Dubai’s most influential Pan-Latin Restaurant, Lounge and Bar - Toro Toro - unveils a refreshed approach and a glamourous refurb just in time for the winter season. The popular homegrown concept reveals its seductive new look and feel this October, alongside the introduction of flamboyant new dishes created by the award-winning Chef Patron Richard Sandoval. After undergoing a month-long renovation, the venue will welcome you back every day from 7 PM to 1 PM on weekdays and until 2 AM on Thursday and Friday.


Maintaining its position as the trend leading Pan-Latin concept in Dubai, the venue now boasts some unique new interiors incorporating flashes of foliage, tribal Latin patterns, Palm leaves and dark walls alongside


uber-chic leather furniture. Another new exciting feature is an open kitchen bringing the passion, sounds, smells and energy of Latin America to you. Toro Toro’s now famous bull’s horns that adorn the walls seem to have taken a trip into the Amazon and met their shaman. They will be an Instagram-worthy moment for a new generation of revellers.

“We first conceptualised the unique destination in 2011 with Richard Sandoval to bring the best of Pan-Latin American tastes to Dubai in a way that Dubai hasn’t seen before,” says Pam Wilbly, Complex General Manager, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa and Grosvenor House Dubai. “The investment in the revamp is in line with our vision to grow with current trends and to lead new ones for the hospitality industry. We love to challenge the market whilst maintaining our signature brand values of honesty and integrity with our world-class food, stellar ambience and our renowned signature service paired with unique soundtracks from our DJs.”

Located at the celebrated Grosvenor House and offering stunning views of the Marina, Toro Toro has been at the forefront of bringing to residents and visitors an unparalleled F&B offering in Dubai. Toro Toro’s creation was led by the famous Latin chef Richard Sandoval in partnership with the luxury property.


“Dubai was our first expression of the Toro Toro concept and is our flagship venue worldwide. We are excited to unveil an exciting new look and bring a refreshing Pan-Latin experience to the city once again,” says Richard Sandoval. “We are always evolving our offering to keep you entertained and engaged, and I love what we have done with Toro Toro at the Grosvenor House. We have retained our DNA so you can expect the experience you loved, but we have added some much more flair which is exciting. It’s timely and opens a new colourful new chapter for Toro Toro.”


Signature Toro Toro favourites will still be on the menu, including crafted Churrasco-style meats as well as plenty of exciting new dishes such as beautifully balanced Seabass Coconut Ceviche. Fans of the popular ladies’ night are also in for a treat as the bustling Monday night remains on the program but with some sophisticated new twists throughout the season.  


You can look forward to imbibing fresh cocktails and enjoying Richard Sandoval’s expression of Pan-Latin cuisine in the revamped space where inspiration - drawn from the Latin American Amazon - can be seen through bold and colourful décor, flirtatious uniforms, passionate and relaxed service plus a vibrant music programme that features a diverse line-up of Dubai’s hottest DJs.


Dubai’s groundbreaking Pan-Latin experience is back and has brought with it a new lust for life. 



About Toro Toro

Located on the prominent edge of Dubai Marina, Toro Toro presents the UAE’s first Pan-Latin restaurant and lounge. On the ground floor of Tower Two, Grosvenor House Dubai, Toro Toro (meaning bull) offers a multitude of tastes from across the South American region including Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Colombia by renowned South American celebrity chef Richard Sandoval. Toro Toro offers visitors a stylish yet relaxed experience. With the menu consisting of small plates and big plates, bursting with traditional and earthy specialities, the emphasis is on sharing and spending time with family and friends.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4 November 2018, (AETOSWire): Building on the success of The GALLIARD in Istanbul, Founding Partner, Ahmet Uras and his team hosted the official opening party at their Dubai offering at The Address Downtown Hotel. The reveal of the eagerly awaited venue was attended by top media, Dubai’s leading influencers, Hollywood A-listers and VIPs during a glamorous cocktail party featuring a spectacular performance by the multi-platinum American recording artist: Kelis and the musical stylings of the talented violinist Hanine El Alam. The Turkish concept showcased its exciting facets such as a bustling open kitchen; sophisticated cocktail bar and an open-air terrace that boasts up-close and stunning views of the iconic Burj Khalifa. As Dubai’s most eagerly awaited hotspot opened its doors to guests, they were entertained by dancing waiters, flamboyant service, live entertainment and much more. If the opening party is anything to go by, the stylish concept promises to wow foodies, party-goers and jet-setters alike.


“I was delighted to celebrate the opening night of The GALLIARD to almost 1,000 guests and thrilled to see The GALLIARD come to life in Dubai,” says Ahmet Uras. “By sharing my passion for fusion food with innovative twists at The GALLIARD, I am proud to introduce my brainchild to the city. We look forward to welcoming everyone from diners, connoisseurs and dancers to experience the unique rhythm of The GALLIARD.”


With captivating interiors, the scenic area incorporates light woods, verdant greenery and memorable flashes of gold. Before entering the sophisticated dining room, the scene is set, simulating an art exhibition as guests arrive through an intriguing passageway including artwork from the well-known Turkish talent, Haydar Ekinek.



Diners can expect an evening full of memorable moments with chefs and waiters breaking into song and dance, theatrical menu items served at their tables and world-class dishes at The GALLIARD.

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Locations: Address Downtown

Opening hours;

Sun – Thurs: 4:30pm – 3am

Fri – Sat: 11:30am – 3am

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For more information, please use the following links; Facebook: The Galliard Dubai and Instagram: @thegalliarddubai




The GALLIARD is a contemporary Turkish-Mediterranean fusion brasserie and lounge, that first opened in Istanbul in 2013. Founded by Ahmet Uras, the famous concept is named after the popular ‘galliard’ dance that gained popularity in France, Spain and Italy during the Renaissance period.


Amidst interiors that reflect influences from Turkey, the Mediterranean region and even New York; light woods, abundant greenery and notable artworks are featured in the restaurant. Guests can experience the open kitchen, bar; dinner or terrace seating and be treated to memorable signature dishes such as; neck & leg soup; homemade ‘manti’ - Turkish pasta with ground beef; slowly roasted lamb shank served with orzo risotto and rotisserie organic baby chicken fried in butter. Open from late afternoon until late, The GALLIARD presents an ongoing series of live entertainment acts, live DJs and unmatched talent showcasing their musical stylings unexpectedly, every day of the week.


Boasting stunning terrace views of the iconic Burj Khalifa, The GALLIARD is the experiential hotspot in Downtown, welcoming guests to dine, dance, drink and take in incredible sites where hubbly bubbly is also served.



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IRVING, Texas--- Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) (NYSE: FLR) announced today that its joint venture team, FDH JV, has successfully generated first steam into Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) Clean Fuels Project in Kuwait.

“This significant milestone marks the completion and turnover of the first utility units by the Fluor-led joint venture and KNPC is advancing these units into operation with our ongoing support,” said Al Collins, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “The 12,000-plus craft workers at site have been backed by joint venture project team members across three continents, a global operation for a mega-sized project. Accomplishing this milestone shows we are set to deliver the remaining units in the project to support KNPC’s ambitious Clean Fuels Program.”

This project is being executed on the three KNPC-owned and operated refineries in Kuwait. As part of the Clean Fuels Project, KNPC plans the retirement of existing processing facilities at Shuaiba and a major upgrade and expansion of the Mina Al Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries to integrate the refining system into one complex with full conversion operation. The Fluor-led joint venture with Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Heavy Industries is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction as well as associated pre-commissioning and testing support for the Mina Abdullah Package 2. After commissioning, both the Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refineries will have a capacity of 800,000 barrels-per-stream day to supply local and international demand for clean fuels meeting the most stringent environmental requirements.

The American Society of Safety Engineers recently recognized the project with its 2018 Gold Award in Health, Safety and Environmental Excellence. The strong safety culture at site was achieved by active engagement at all levels of the organization and a relentless focus on risk identification and mitigation. This engagement has enabled the workforce to achieve 60 million work hours without a lost-time incident.

About Fluor Corporation

Founded in 1912, Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that transforms the world by building prosperity and empowering progress. Fluor serves its clients by designing, building and maintaining safe, well executed, capital-efficient projects around the world. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 153 on the Fortune 500 list with revenue of $19.5 billion in 2017 and has more than 56,000 employees worldwide. 


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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 5 November 2018: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) announced, today, its plans to launch a new integrated gas strategy and increase its oil production capacity to 4 million barrels per day (mmbpd) by the end of 2020 and 5mmbpd by 2030, following approval from the Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC), the highest governing body of the oil and gas industry in Abu Dhabi. The company also announced capital investment growth of $132.33 billion between 2019-2023 and new discoveries of 1 billion barrels of oil.

ADNOC’s gas strategy will add potential resources that will enable the UAE to achieve gas self-sufficiency, with the aim of potentially transitioning to a net gas exporter. ADNOC also announced new discoveries of gas, totaling 15 trillion standard cubic feet (tscf). The gas strategy will sustain LNG production to 2040 and allow ADNOC to seize incremental LNG and gas-to-chemicals growth opportunities, where they arise, from the UAE’s dynamic demand-supply position and evolving energy mix.

Speaking at the annual SPC meeting, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, said: “Our historic gas self-sufficiency strategy marks an important new, accelerated phase in the delivery of ADNOC’s 2030 growth strategy. We will continue to unlock and deliver increased and commercially viable production from our oil and gas reserves, in response to the world’s growing demand for energy.

“The incremental increase in our oil production capacity will enable ADNOC to continue to be a reliable and trusted energy supplier that has the flexibility and capacity to respond and capitalize on the forecasted growth in demand for crude.”

“At the same time, the substantial investments we will make, in the development of new and undeveloped reservoirs, gas caps and unconventional resources, will ensure we can competitively meet the UAE’s growing demand for power generation and industrial use while maintaining our international commercial commitments and seizing incremental LNG and gas-to-chemicals growth opportunities,” H.E. Dr. Al Jaber added.

ADNOC’s integrated oil and gas strategy underpins its $45 billion downstream investment plans, announced in May, which will see the company triple production of petrochemicals to 14.4 million tons per year by 2025. In May, at its Downstream Investment Forum, ADNOC unveiled a blueprint to create the world’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex in Ruwais, which will enable it to further stretch the value of every barrel it produces.

The discovery of significant new oil reserves endorses the Abu Dhabi government’s decision, earlier this year, to open six geographical oil and gas blocks for competitive bidding. Based on existing data from detailed petroleum system studies, seismic surveys, log files and core samples from hundreds of appraisal wells, estimates suggest these new blocks hold multiple billion barrels of oil and multiple trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The first exploration and production licenses are expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2019.

The licensing strategy represents a major advance in how Abu Dhabi unlocks new opportunities and maximizes value from its hydrocarbon resources. It is also consistent with ADNOC’s approach to expanding its strategic partnerships across all areas of its business. The successful bidders will enter into agreements granting exploration rights and, provided defined targets are achieved in the exploration phase, be granted the opportunity to develop and produce any discoveries with ADNOC, under terms set out in the bidding package.

Industry projections, H.E. Dr Al Jaber highlighted, validate ADNOC’s integrated oil and gas strategy. For the first time, the world is on the verge of consuming 100 million barrels of oil per day, with oil consumption increasing by an additional 10 million barrels per day by 2040, he said. Over the same period, demand for natural gas will increase by 40 percent, while the market for higher-value polymers and petrochemicals will grow by 60 percent.


ADNOC is a major diversified group of energy and petrochemical companies that produces about 3 million barrels of oil and 10.5 billion cubic feet of raw gas a day. Its integrated upstream, midstream and downstream activities are carried out by 14 specialist subsidiary and joint venture companies. 


*Source: AETOSWire


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1 November, 2018  The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) announced the finalists for the 2018 MEPRA Awards today, with more than 30 agencies and in-house communication teams shortlisted to win across 26 categories. Finalists will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze during a black-tie gala event on 28th November 2018 in Dubai.


This year marks the 10th edition of the ceremony, the communications industry’s most prestigious event, which celebrates and recognises the most creative and impactful practitioners in the Middle East. The annual MEPRA Awards is open to all Middle East based agencies, corporates, government organisations and non-profits working in the communications profession.


APCO Worldwide, ASDA’A BCW, Cicero & Bernay, Four Communications Group, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Seven Media and Weber Shandwick MENA are in the running to win the coveted Large Agency of The Year award, while Acorn Strategy, Brazen, Kekst CNC, Markettiers, SOCIATE and Taqarabu Hybrid Communications will compete for the Small Agency of the Year title. The sought-after In-House Team of the Year award is also split by size, with Emirates Global Aluminium and Etihad Aviation Group vying for Large In-House Team of the Year and Dubai Properties and Marriott International contending for Small In-House Team of the Year.


For the first time the Dave Robinson Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year Agency & Corporate winners will receive a MEPRA Academy scholarship. Both the agency and corporate winners will be rewarded with eight complimentary training sessions from the 2019 MEPRA Academy calendar to assist with their continuous professional development.


This year saw 231 entries submitted for the 10th MEPRA Awards, which were assessed by a panel of more than 50 regional and international industry experts to select the 2018 finalists and winners. The judging process was also reviewed by AMEC CEO Barry Leggetter, who served as an independent adjudicator.



MEPRA Awards Judge and Managing Director of Hanover Middle East, Jonty Summers said:

“The quality of entries submitted for this year’s Awards is very strong. There are some real stand-out entries, highlighting how public relations teams in this region are delivering impactful business results for organisations through creativity, storytelling and thoughtful planned campaigns. This year’s MEPRA competition is tough, and those recognised as finalists should be immensely proud of their work.”


This year, shortlisted entries were limited to 10 per category. For categories, which received a larger collection of entries, only the top 10 were shortlisted, even if the submission reached over the 70% scoring threshold. This was the case for Best Use of Influencer, Best use of Digital PR, Best Use of Traditional Media Relations, Best Sustainability and Social Impact Campaign, Best Integrated Campaign, Corporate Reputation and Best Launch Live Event or Stunt.


MEPRA Awards Adjudicator and AMEC CEO Barry Leggetter said:


“I was impressed not only by the high standard of the entries but the sheer vibrancy of public relations work in the Middle East that the entries showed. What I liked was the care the judges took to provide entrants with constructive feedback and a clear rationale behind their scoring. Having a judging panel of 54 judges gave a high level of transparency to make sure each entry was scored fairly and ethically.”


For the first time, the MEPRA Awards will be preluded by a series of industry events under the brand name REMAP, which including a creative communications congress, and masterclass workshops. The two-day festival will focus on the evolution of modern public relations, building connections through content and tapping into the minds of content creators to unleash the undiscovered realm of creative thinking. REMAP will provide practitioners from across the region the chance to learn, share knowledge and celebrate the best through one event in Dubai.


The 2018 MEPRA Awards and REMAP Festival is supported by corporate and agency partners including, APCO Worldwide, Etihad Aviation Group, Mubadala Investment Company, Four Communications Group, Hanover Middle East, Multiply Consultancy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Kingston Stanley, ACWA Power, Middlesex University Dubai and PRWeek.


Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 MEPRA Awards Gala. Visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the full list of finalist visit: /awards    

About MEPRA:

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) is the leading industry body for the public relations and communications industry in the Middle East. MEPRA has more than 1,000 members, which include consultancies, corporates with in-house public relations functions, and individual industry professionals. The organisation was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. MEPRA drives growth and sets standards of excellence in regional public relations. It is the unique voice for the industry and aims to nurture the development of public relations professionals. 

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