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

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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. 


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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.


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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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 24, 2018  Nashwa Al Ruwaini, the Emirati entrepreneur was one of the winners of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2018. She was awarded for all her philanthropic efforts in revolutionizing the image of women in the Middle East as well as all her charitable activities that she has undertaken to improve the lives of women and children through her humanitarian organization-the Nashwa Foundation.

Al Ruwaini was granted the award in Mumbai India at a ceremony organized by the Harmony Foundation following a conference with the theme of ‘Protect Her Empower Her’ focused on the empowerment of the girl child where Al Ruwaini spoke about the role of lobbying for laws, society and technology in protecting and empowering young women-a cause Al Ruwaini is very dedicated to. She received the award from the great grandson of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Shri Tushar Arun Gandi in the presence of His Excellency Mohamed Al Jalah Al Teneiji, the UAE Consul General in Mumbai and is the first Emirati woman to win this Award.

On the occasion, Nashwa Al Ruwaini said, “It is such a great honour to win this accolade that I am extremely proud of and that is very dear to my heart. This is especially the case as Mother Teresa is one of my favourite role models who I aspire to be just as charitable and because it serves as a reminder that I need to continue my philanthropic work which I find to be just as important as my professional career. I believe that it is my role and purpose to always give back to the community, especially to women and young girls so that they can lead healthy lives and not be subjected to any form of oppression or injustice and I will continue to work towards this goal especially in the Middle East.”

She also added that under the wise guidance of the UAE leadership, especially Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak also known as the ‘Mother of the Emirates,’ women are provided with all the necessary resources and systems allowing them to succeed, fulfil their goals and be an integral and significant part of the society and that she wished this was the case for all women and young girls in the region.

Former winners of the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice include in 2016 His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the United Arab Emirates, Mahatir Mohamed, the Dalai Lama and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

This year other awardees alongside Nashwa Al Ruwaini include the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Nadia Murad, a Yazidi survivor and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who provides medical, legal, psychological and economic support to survivors of rape.


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25 October 2018, (AETOSWire): Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager for Contract Logistics, took to the stage twice at last week’s inaugural Logistics & Transport Awards: once, to accept the FMCG Logistics Provider of the Year accolade on behalf of the company; and again when he was named Supply Chain Manager of the Year.


The company award recognises GAC’s excellence and innovation in keeping up with growing demand for the fast moving consumer goods sector covering food & beverages, retail, e-commerce and more. It came just months after GAC Dubai clinched the FMCG Supply Chain of the Year Award for the second year running in the Logistics Middle East Awards, and a day after the GAC Group won the Transportation & Logistics accolade in The Maritime Standard Awards.


Neil’s strong organisational and problem-solving skills in managing the complex multi-streamed contract logistics and 3PL operations earned him the Supply Chain Manager of the Year title. Not only has he been the driving force behind the expansion of GAC’s services for the business and daily running of GAC Dubai’s contract logistics operations, he also played a leading role in the planning, construction and opening of the company’s newest facility - a purpose-built, 45,900 pallet position two-chamber temperature and humidity-controlled contract logistics facility at Dubai South.


In accepting the awards, Neil said neither would have been possible without the dedication of his incredible team, the support of the GAC Board and the trust from longstanding customers and partners.


Ronald Lichtenecker, Managing Director of GAC Dubai, added: “It is particularly fitting that we should celebrate this double success in the year that we celebrate the 25th anniversary of GAC’s opening of the first Distribution Centre in Dubai. That same pioneering spirit and commitment to operational excellence has marked the continuous growth and development in the field recognised by these latest awards.”


GAC has been a leader in FMCG supply chain management in the Middle East for a quarter of a century. Its flagship Distribution Centre has over 50,000sqm of warehousing space dedicated to food & beverage and other FMCG cargo and 1,800sqm of purpose-built food grade and general Value-Added Services (VAS) facilities. Its newest contract logistics facility, at Dubai South, is now operational and brings the company’s total capacity in the Emirate to more than 170,000 pallet positions serving local and regional customers.

Editor’s Notes


About GAC Group

GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Emphasising world-class performance, a long-term approach, innovation, ethics and a strong human touch, GAC delivers a flexible and value-adding portfolio to help customers achieve their strategic goals.


Established since 1956, GAC employs over 9,000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.


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In a New Emirati Global Achievement


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 24, 2018—(AETOSWire): His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers’ Club, was elected with a great majority by the delegates as President of the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) at the conclusion of the General Assembly held on the 22nd of October 2018 in Bamberg, Germany. This is a new achievement for the UAE and its valuable efforts in preserving human heritage, preserving falconry and sustainable hunting. Formerly the UAE led one of the most important achievements in falconry history which was the registering of the falconry heritage in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in UNESCO which happened in 2010.


The IAF is a non-profit organization founded to preserve the art of falconry with 115 clubs and falconry institutions in more than 90 countries, representing more than 70,000 falconers around the world.


His Excellency Majid Al Mansouri expressed his pleasure in representing the UAE in the IAF and winning the Presidency, and he said, "The UAE's leadership of the IAF is a crowning of the UAE achievements in this field for decades and it increases the importance of winning the Presidency of the IAF that happened in the year where we celebrate the centennial of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Due to his vision In 1976, falconers gathered from all around the world to discuss the future of falconry, which means that the UAE's leadership of the IAF is an extension of the efforts of Sheikh Zayed, the First Falconer and one of the most important environmentalists in the world, whose vision reached what modern nature protectors later defined as sustainable hunting."



His Excellency extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for their unlimited support in safeguarding heritage in various fields, especially Arab falconry. He also thanked His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates


Falconers’ Club, who has been directing and following up the efforts and achievements of the Emirates Falconers’ Club since its establishment.


In particular, during his tenure as Vice President of the IAF for the Middle East and North Africa region he developed the IAF strategy for this region and as a founding member of the Emirates Falconers’ Club and Secretary General has contributed to the Sheikh Zayed Program to launch falcons which has succeeded in releasing to the wild more than 1,600 falcons. He also established the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and worked on projects to increase Houbara. He was awarded the ‘Best Environmental Personality Award’ in the GCC in 2008.


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