Conference discusses key themes and hosts visits of His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State, and His Eminence Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, to UAE

 Al Remeithi: Gathering reflects importance of promoting a global culture of peace and reinforcing the key concept of citizenship

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4 February 2019—(AETOSWire): The ‘Global Conference of Human Fraternity’  opened with a welcome from HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Minister of Tolerance, to an event that “encourages compassion, respect and understanding among different communities, cultures and religions”, and a call to “counter extremism, prejudice, hate, aggression, greed, and oppression that violate the very idea of human fraternity.”

Taking place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the conference is convened by the Muslim Council of Elders, an Abu Dhabi-based independent international organisation headed by His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, to discuss the encouragement of fraternity as a core human value.

Dr Sultan Faisal Al Remeithi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders, said: “This distinguished forum in Abu Dhabi reflects the important cultural and humanitarian role that the UAE plays in promoting a global culture of peace and reinforcing the key concept of citizenship while remaining respectful of diversity and tolerance of different faiths.”

The conference is being held in conjunction with the inaugural visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State to the UAE. Under the theme “Make me a Channel of Your Peace”, Pope Francis’s visit – the first of its kind to the Arab Gulf region - represents a call for global fraternal collaboration based on peaceful dialogue and cooperation, mutual tolerance, and a rejection of extremism and violence.

Highlights of the day included two sessions devoted to exploring “Principles of Human Fraternity” and “Common Responsibility for Achieving Human Fraternity” through insights from senior government, religious and intellectual leaders on the critical importance of promoting fraternity, tolerance and citizenship awareness as ways of preventing extremism and conflict.

The first session, chaired by Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, featured an all-female panel of experts discussing the role of women in achieving productive cooperation filled with trust, respect, and love. The second session featured a call by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, for mutual tolerance based on every individual’s understanding of how others may see things differently, including everyone’s path to God.

Both sessions were framed by intensive workshops on tolerance, humanity and coexistence, which discussed ways in which fraternity could be reinforced and spread as a global value. Among the many topics discussed at these workshops was the need for peaceful coexistence as every man, woman and child wants access to peace, justice, dignity, cooperation and most importantly love as shared traits among humankind. Delegates also stressed the practice of human fraternity as a foundation for collaboration across different nationalities and religions.    

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According to studies, patients who have dialysis at home have better treatment outcomes and improved self-reported quality of life

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 27 January 2019, (AETOSWire): In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there are reports of more than 2,000 patients receiving dialysis, and this number is expected to increase by 100% by 2023. The high incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the UAE has been attributed to the prevalence of diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Home dialysis offers patients a number of benefits, and NMC ProVita International Medical Center – a subsidiary of the UAE’s largest private healthcare provider, NMC Healthcare – is offering this service to patients in the UAE through Reaya Mumayaza.

Multiple studies have shown that patients who have dialysis at home have better treatment outcomes and improved self-reported quality of life. Home dialysis is less expensive, it reduces the risk of infection and the lack of travel time is a significant benefit, especially for people with mobility issues.

Home dialysis offers greater scheduling flexibility, fewer food restrictions and better outcomes. The treatment can also be administered for longer times and more frequently, which is less stressful for the patient’s body. For the majority of people, dialysis involves being connected to a machine in hospital three to four times per week for at least three hours each time, and some patients have to travel long distances to receive the treatment.

Mr. Abdulla, the son of a patient named Osha Saeed, said, “It is such a relief that my mother can have dialysis at her bedside now. We no longer need to travel back and forth to the hospital and she can receive the treatment in familiar surroundings.”

Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director of NMC Health, said, “We seek to enhance our patients’ quality of life with customised care and personalised services improving overall health and well-being of our communities. We are very pleased to offer this elite home service providing each patient with their own dialysis unit to reduce the risk of infection. This will improve the efficiency of our medical care while eliminating unnecessary travel time for patients and reducing the burden on the UAE’s inpatient dialysis centres.”

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 10 percent of the world’s population is affected by CKD. While home dialysis is relatively new here, in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Mexico, the Netherlands and New Zealand, around 20% of the people who receive dialysis opt for home dialysis.

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GV1 Fits on Palm and Simply Works on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C™


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 January 2019, (AETOSWire): BenQ, the global No.1 DLP projector brand, unleashes an instant entertainment for lifestyle trendsetters with its newest creation GV1, a portable LED projector. BenQ GV1 is a palm-sized, light-weighted portable LED projector to carry entertainment literally anywhere!


This compact projector GV1, is battery operated and streams movies, videos, and music via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USC-C without setup hassle or connectivity concerns.


Manish Bakshi, Managing Director of BenQ Middle East & Turkey said, “GV1 is a trend setter product for all avid lifestyle consumers. One can carry entertainment everywhere without the cables hassle or even Wi-Fi connectivity, streaming audio-visual content anywhere, anytime! As a brand our objective is to cater to the fast-changing trends of the consumers and GV1 encapsulates all the features required for a fine on-the-go projector.”


Use it anywhere, anytime!

GV1’s portability and instant readiness uncover unlimited new ways for users to watch large-scale entertainment in a wide range of situations like - while cooking for family, gathering with friends, collaborating at work, or even during workouts.


Palm-size projector with upto 100” screen

A convenient adjustment hinge allows 15˚ of tilt range for GV1’s high-mounted projection lens, enabling 77cm of vertical image offset for the 100” projected image to be placed at a comfortable viewing height. Together with automatic keystone correction, GV1 produces beautifully optimized picture quality without any setup hassle.


Easy connectivity

GV1 ensures uninterrupted entertainment via dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as direct hotspot wireless streaming capability when Wi-Fi is not available. In addition, GV1 includes a single USB-C port which can stream media via DisplayPort over USB and read and play media files directly from USB-C flash drives.


Equipped with a 5-watt chambered speaker, GV1 doubles as a portable Bluetooth speaker at the touch of a button. Its 3-hour battery life is ideal for get together, full-length family movie nights, and instant-on entertainment without any cords whatsoever.


Powered by ultimately durable Digital Light Processing, the 2015 Academy Award of Merit Oscar® winning technology used in 90% of the world’s digital cinemas, GV1 delivers long-lasting DLP picture quality with precise colors and razor-sharp clarity coupled with a 30,000-hour maintenance-free LED light source.


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Global Best Practice Discussions on Board Oversight, Internal Audit and Financial Risk at the Central Bank Governance Forum 2019


  • Governance of central banks, emerging challenges and opportunities, and data innovations for the financial sector are key topics to be discussed at an international forum in Dubai
  • Aimed at high-level central bank officials, the forum attracts representatives from about 60 institutions across the globe, bringing expertise and experience from around the world to Dubai



Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 January 2019, (AETOSWire): Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are convening a high-level Central Bank Governance Forum in Dubai on January 28-30, 2019.


The 3-day forum will bring together governors and officials of central banks from 47 countries. In its fifth year this year, the forum will focus on board oversight, internal audit functions, financial risk management and data innovations, aimed at central bank officials at the governor and deputy governor level, board members and senior staff with risk management, data and audit responsibilities. A total of about 60 institutions will be participating in the forum, with representatives from central banks and their external auditors, regional and global development and financial institutions from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Western Hemisphere.


Dr Ashraf Gamal El Din, CEO of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, said, “While corporate governance refers to the ways in which companies are directed, controlled and regulated, we must also examine how governments approach their responsibilities and ensure that the banking systems in their countries are sound. The effective governance of central banks is essential. The 2019 Central Bank Governance Forum is part of Hawkamah’s ongoing focus on the governance of regulators.”


Other topics that will be discussed in this year’s Central Bank Governance Forum include the role of the Central Bank’s board, good practices in terms of board composition, board effectiveness, internal control bodies and the internal audit function in central banks.

Mr. George Kabwe, Division Chief in the IMF Finance Department said, “In response to increasing interest from various central banks, we have added a third day to the forum. We will explore emerging issues facing central banks, including enterprise-wide financial risk management before and after the global financial crisis, lender of last resort operations, data analytics and financial technology (FinTech).”

Established in 2006 to bridge the corporate governance gap in the region, Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance was founded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Financial Corporation (IFC), the World Bank and other international organisations and by regional organisations including the Union of Arab Banks (UAB) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) works to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty around the world. Created in 1945, the IMF is governed by and accountable to the 189 countries that make up its near-global membership. The IMF's primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system, the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund's mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that affect global stability.

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EMSCULPT - the body sculpting procedure simulate the effects of 20,000 sit-ups in 30 minutes.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 January 2019, (AETOSWire): Weight gain is a serious problem in the UAE. While luxurious and sedentary lifestyle are the key factors that drive this condition, EMSCULPT – a body sculpting procedure is being recommended by medical experts to decrease fat thickness and increase muscle density which is now available for the 1st time in Dubai.

A lot of clinical studies for EMSCULPT reported an average 19 percent reduction in fat and a 16 percent increase in muscle mass for the treated area. The study further suggested that the machine uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology, which produce high-intensity muscle contractions meant to simulate the effects of 20,000 sit-ups in 30 minutes.

Michael Davis, COO NMC Healthcare, said, “We’re here to let everyone know that as a company, NMC is committed to CosmeSurge and we’re dedicated to the field of aesthetic care. We hold a firm belief that the cosmetics industry in the UAE is something that can only get better and stronger with time. Utilising technology such as EMSCULPT, we intend to continuously provide our customers with safest and the latest the industry has to offer. Our goal is to ensure that the residents of the UAE have access to the best, and can be rest assured that CosmeSurge will surely be at the forefront of bringing innovative technologies witnessed in LA, New York, Paris or London. Bringing EMSCULPT to Dubai is an example of us keeping our commitment to this promise.”

EMSCULPT is a new approach to body shaping category, and is the first and only non-invasive body sculpting procedure for men and women that treat fat and build muscles. It creates a unique electromagnetic field that penetrates the skin to impact the muscle tissue as well as fat.

“Weight gain is a major problem in the UAE and can result in complications, paving way for critical illnesses. Despite the intense workouts at gym, there are certain areas that leave the fat untouched. As such, several patients are opting for EMSCULPT that make them feel stronger and happier” said Lea Debian, Nutritionist of CosmeSurge.

EMSCULPT builds and strengthens muscles and burns belly fat without the time-consuming struggle of exercise. Being the world’s only non-invasive procedure, the technique is not only easy and comfortable, but also requires no recovery time, anaesthesia or needles. While the standard procedure lasts for just 30-minutes, four treatments over a two-week period are recommended, patients generally experience improvement in their body right after the treatment, which continues to improve for several weeks following the treatments.

“While EMSCULPT can be used by any type of patient, the treatment is ideal for women wanting to shed the post-pregnancy fat, or men who have bulging tummies and yet find it difficult to exercise on a daily basis. The supramaximal muscle contractions that EMSCULPT offers is something that can’t be achieved at the gym, which encourages several men and women to undertake this procedure to build muscles,” added Lea.

EMSCULPT is an outstanding treatment procedure for someone who is committed to improving their health. As the procedure offers 92 to 95 percent muscle contraction, it’s a good incentive to maintain good health and wade off illnesses.

About CosmeSurge

Founded in 2002, CosmeSurge is one of the region’s most trusted brands for cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. It offers modern, high quality dermatology and plastic surgery treatments, in addition to dentistry services at fourteen clinics located all across the GCC. In the UAE, CosmeSurge’s clinics are located at Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah. Outside the UAE, the clinic has its presence across Oman-Muscat, as well as on London’s Harley Street. Continuing its expansion, CosmeSurge aims to forge partnerships with leading experts in Los Angeles and other overseas cities.

While each clinic is staffed with highly qualified plastic surgeons, dermatologists and aestheticians, the state-of-the-art facilities at CosmeSurge provides over sixty cosmetic treatments for different areas of the body.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 January 2019, (AETOSWire): TruDoc 24x7, the MENA’s leading 24x7 Population Health Management Provider, participated at this year’s Arab Health, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, from 28 - 31 January, to showcase their new 24x7 Population Health Management Solution including the 24x7 Virtual Clinic Booth, which allows patients to connect with full-time licensed doctors for reliable medical advice.

The current health care market has reached unmanageable levels, where unnecessary over utilization has led to perpetual increase of medical insurance premiums. In addition to the financial impact, there are serious potential clinical damages due to unnecessary clinical procedures and or medications.

“TruDoc 24x7’s aims to align consumers/employees and payers/employers by having full time doctors who are paid a salary with no incentives and who tell patients what they need not what they can afford through NHS International Guidelines” added Raouf Khalil, CEO & Founder of TruDoc24x7.

After realizing that, in healthcare, virtual services alone aren’t enough to change consumer behavior, TruDoc 24x7 transitioned from its previously recognized brand of Mobile Doctors 24-7, which was a basic telemedicine provider to a comprehensive 24x7 Population Health Management company. This new strategy and whole gamut of entry point solutions has allowed the company stratify its members and ensure they are directed to appropriate level of care as well as avoid unnecessary overutilization, thus achieving the appropriate balance between quality and cost, as it has been concluded that $40 billion of Arab world’s spending on healthcare is wasted.’

According to the American Medical Association ‘70% of non-life-threatening conditions could be resolved by speaking to a doctor over the phone. TruDoc’s 24x7 Population Health Management (PHM) Solution provides members with 24x7 access to comprehensive service solutions for healthy, acute or chronic conditions, whilst they are travelling via its mobile application, at the office through an on-site Virtual Clinic Booths, or at home via a Hospital at Home Program including 24x7 telemonitoring.

The company also provide Chronic Disease Management Programmes for conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia and Lower Back Pain to name a few along with second opinion service from medical consultants and experts recognized in their fields globally. The company’s PHM ensures the alignment of consumers/employees and payers/employers by informing patients the truth about what they need not what they can afford in accordance to international guidelines. TruDoc 24x7’s doctors are paid a flat salary with no incentives. This is truly a concierge service that actually saves money and ensures the right balance between quality and cost. In addition, TruDoc 24x7 shares the clinical and financial outcome reports along with utilization trends and analytical recommendations for increasing Return on Investment.

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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, January 20, 2019, (AETOSWire) -- Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East's first and largest private exploration and production company, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to sponsor the World Games taking place 14-21 March, underscoring its commitment to empowering people of determination and encouraging their inclusion in all aspects of life in line with the Year of Tolerance.

Crescent Petroleum is an Official Supporter of the Games, an has committed to provide financial support as well as volunteers and specialised care workshops for parents of World Games athletes in collaboration with its non-profit sister-organisation, High Hopes Pediatric Therapy Center.

Crescent Petroleum has long supported causes related to people of determination, with a focus on projects that enable people with special needs to develop, progress and live fuller lives. Crescent Petroleum’s sister organisation, High Hopes, is an early intervention paediatric therapy centre based in Dubai that caters to children with special needs up to 14 years old, helping them develop, progress, and lead fuller lives under the supervision of the most experienced and specialised therapists. The not-for-profit centre offers a holistic solution for parents from across the region and regularly holds expert talks, training sessions, and workshops in addition to participating in conferences to build greater awareness of special needs in the region.

“We are proud to be sponsoring the Special Olympics World Games and supporting a cause that is integral to our goals and dear to our hearts,” said Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Petroleum. “The empowerment of people with determination is central to our community efforts, and in this, the Year of Tolerance, it is an important initiative to support. We aim our efforts to further the cause of inclusion and help people of determination to become thriving, contributing members of society.”

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is an integral part of local, national and regional plans to expand opportunities for people of determination in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s shared vision of a unified and inclusive society.

Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Managing Director of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “With two months to go, excitement is building across the UAE and across the world as preparations for the World Games reach their closing stages. It is great to have the support of so many organisations across the UAE who together will help us to deliver the biggest and most inspirational event this country has ever hosted.

“Volunteers are the backbone of the Games, and with the support of volunteers from organisations like Crescent we will ensure Abu Dhabi 2019 is an unforgettable experience for thousands of athletes, families and fans from around the world.”

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of Walk Unified, a walk organized by the LOC at Khawaneej Mamsha in Dubai on Tuesday evening. Walk Unified is an inclusive community initiative where people with intellectual disabilities and those without walk alongside each other in celebration of a more unified world.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year, welcoming more than 7,500 athletes from 192 nations to the UAE.


About Crescent Petroleum:                                            

Crescent Petroleum is the first and largest private exploration and production company in the Middle East, with over 48 years of experience as an international operator in numerous countries including Egypt, Yemen, Canada, Tunisia, and Argentina, in addition to its continuing operations in the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. 

Headquartered in Sharjah in the UAE, Crescent Petroleum has international offices in the UK and three locations across Iraq, as well as affiliated offices in Egypt and Bahrain. Crescent Petroleum is also the largest shareholder in Dana Gas, the Middle East’s first and largest regional private-sector natural gas company.

About High Hopes Pediatric Therapy Center

High Hopes is an Early Intervention Pediatric Therapy Center based in Dubai that caters to children with special needs from the ages of 0 - 14 years old. It is a place where these very special kids can develop, progress, and also have fun under the supervision of the most experienced and specialized therapists. The not for profit center offers a holistic solution for Dubai parents who would otherwise have to travel to disparate locations to deliver the right combination of service and care for their special needs children.

About Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019  

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is an integral part of local, national and regional plans to expand opportunities for people of determination in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s shared vision of a unified and inclusive society.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019. From 14 – 21 March, over 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 192 countries will participate in 24 officially sanctioned Olympic-style sports in world-class venues throughout Abu Dhabi.‫ 

The first ever Special Olympics World Games to be held in the Middle East and North Africa will also be the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement, with inclusion of people of determination with intellectual disabilities in every aspect of the event. 

For more information on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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