VeeamON 2017 unveils new features and initiatives in the Big Easy


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By Shereen Shabnam

One of the take home messages from the recent VeemON 2017 conference in New Orleans was understanding how Veeam enables its resellers and service providers to help customers move to and manage data in a Multi-Cloud or Hybrid Cloud environment, while greatly expanding the total addressable market to manage and protect public cloud and physical workloads.

With a number of key announcements, we learnt how the new Veeam Accredited Service Partner (VASP) program drives partner services revenue and engagement, with award-winning support as well as how Veeam is strengthening its leadership position with two models – Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market. We bring you highlights from each day of the conference in New Orleans.

DAY 1 Highlights

The day started with a keynote by Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President of Veeam on the need for availability, which was the theme of this year’s VeemOn event. He touched on Veeam’s growth, market share, and why Availability is a requirement for Digital Transformation.

The team also announced that Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that delivers Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, is unveiling several partner-centric initiatives and offerings to help them drive revenue growth and leverage business opportunities as customers move to a Multi-Cloud or Hybrid Cloud environment.

The new offerings in Veeam ‘Always-On Cloud’ Availability Platform enable service providers and resellers to help customers migrate to and manage data in a Multi-Cloud environment while greatly expanding revenue opportunities to manage and protect public cloud and physical workloads.

The new offerings and programs, specifically designed and priced for service delivery model, include and support:

  • Migrating, Managing and Protecting Public cloud (AWS, Microsoft Azure and other) workloads, physical servers and endpoints with NEW Veeam Availability Console and Veeam Agents;
  • Protecting Enterprise Mission-Critical Applications with NEW Veeam CDP and vCloud Director Integration for greatly-enhanced Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) capabilities;
  • Tape as a Service to help customers meet compliance requirements for archival and retention;
  • Microsoft Office 365 with NEW Multi-Tenancy, multi-repository and automation capabilities in Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365;
  • A NEW Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Directory to connect VARs and VCSPs;
  • Increased Professional Services Revenue and customer satisfaction with the NEW Veeam Accredited Service Provider program.

To understand the brand’s reach, we learn that Veeam has 47,000 Veeam ProPartners and 15,000 VCSPs offering backup and disaster recovery services, including 2,900 partners who use Veeam Cloud Connect to offer backup and disaster recovery in the Cloud.

During the different sessions through the day and with endorsements from partners, customers and resellers, it was evident that Veeam is a preferred and an indispensable partner for innovative cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions to help global customers protect critical business applications and data.


DAY 2 Highlights

Day 2 revealed how Veeam brings powerful innovations designed to deliver to consumers a seamless Digital Life experience. Users want the confidence of knowing that their information is available whenever and wherever they need it. The key take home messages from the second day that the NEW Veeam Availability Suite v10 drives non-stop business continuity, digital transformation agility and analytics & visibility to new levels.

We also learnt how NEW Veeam CDP helps customers to protect and recover Tier-1 and mission-critical applications and that the NEW Veeam Availability for AWS offers industry’s first cloud-native, agentless backup and Availability solution to protect AWS apps and data. The NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows provides ‘Always-On Cloud’ Availability for Windows-based physical servers and endpoints, as well as applications running in Microsoft Azure, AWS and other public clouds.

It was also announced that the NEW Extending Veeam ‘Always-On Cloud’ Availability Platform with new Universal Storage API framework; IBM, Lenovo and Infididat join Veeam’s storage partner ecosystem.

Veeam helps businesses across the globe enable seamless Digital Life experiences with Veeam Availability Suite for the ‘Always on Cloud’ and Veeam Availability Suite delivers a fundamentally new kind of solution by providing the following:

  • Non-Stop Business Continuity to deliver user confidence that their Digital Life will be available when, where and how they want it. Instantly recover – cross-cloud anything to anywhere. Backup, replication and continuous data protection (CDP) for Multi-Cloud or Hybrid Cloud environment wherever it is: private, public, managed or SaaS;
  • Digital Transformation Agility provides easy, secure and reliable cross-cloud data management and migration. Choose your Cloud, your way. Veeam delivers a software-defined, hardware and cloud agnostic platform so you can adapt to user requirements as they change;
  • Analytics and Visibility with actionable insights for data management, operational performance and compliance across your entire infrastructure. Enterprises can now monitor, analyze and act with confidence. Veeam and its ecosystem of partners provide robust data analytics and discovery, simplified data management, workflow automation and more.

According to Peter McKay, co-CEO and President at Veeam. “As enterprises move to the Cloud, Veeam ensures Availability of services, applications and data in Multi-Cloud and Hybrid-Cloud environments.

He added, “Over the last 10 years Veeam has been the primary innovator in the space, with many industry first capabilities and highly differentiated solutions for private, managed, public and SaaS clouds, and at VeeamON we’re raising the bar even further. With these new innovations across the Platform and ecosystem, Veeam is once again pioneering the market.”


DAY 3 Highlights

Day 3 saw us doing more interviews with key Veeam management and we learnt how Veeam and Microsoft Extend Storage Alliance will Deliver Unprecedented Availability for the Always-On Cloud.

Veeam enables businesses to deliver the Digital Life experience users expectation by protecting applications and data running in Hybrid Cloud and leveraging cloud backup and disaster recovery based on Microsoft Azure and Veeam ‘Always-On Cloud’ Availability Platform for non-stop business continuity, agility and lower costs.

Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ has new capabilities protecting applications and data running in Hybrid Cloud, leveraging backup and disaster recovery based on Microsoft Azure and Veeam “Always-On Cloud” Availability Platform.

When a disaster strikes, businesses of all sizes need a reliable solution for on-demand DR in the cloud. Day 3 highlighted the long-standing alliance between Veeam and Microsoft that allows customers to benefit from the following:

  • Non-Stop Business Continuity – leveraging cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) based on Veeam “Always-On Cloud” Availability Platform and Azure
  • Digital Transformation Agility – through easy, secure and reliable Veeam-powered cross-cloud data management and migration to leverage Azure’s agility and flexibility
  • Reduced cost by utilizing Veeam’s flexible platform and Azure consumption model

The cloud makes disaster recovery affordable for businesses of any size, but many of them still struggle to properly manage the complex disaster recovery process, including data restore and network setup and configuration for seamless user experience.

The NEW Veeam Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure simplifies and automates a disaster recovery in Azure, helping businesses maintain business continuity and availability of critical workloads with all-encompassing on-demand DR in Azure. Veeam DR in Azure combines Veeam Direct Restore and NEW Veeam PN (Veeam Powered Network).

The NEW Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is a powerful solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a DR site in Azure using lightweight software-defined networking (SDN). It helps maintain business continuity and availability by eliminating the complexity of VPN deployments and is designed for businesses of all sizes and service providers.

Veeam also announced a new Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR) support for cloud object storage as an Archive Tier extent. This new functionality, arriving with Veeam Availability Suite v10, enables customers to archive Veeam backups to Azure Blob storage. This native support helps customers to leverage Azure to reduce long-term data archival, retention and compliance costs.

Microsoft announced that it will enable all Azure customers to access and use disks in Azure up to 4TB in size (previously 1TB). This enhancement means Veeam customers can fully realize a more cost-effective solution using a Veeam virtual appliance to back up four times as much data in Azure Storage. This feature will be available mid 2017.

Veeam then announced an update to its SaaS Availability solution, Veeam Backup for Office 365, which more than 11,000 organizations are already using, just four months after release. In this update, a multi-tenant architecture enables protecting larger Office 365 deployments with a single installation, while empowering Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSPs) to deliver Office 365 backup services.

Furthemore, Veeam has introduced enhanced automation options via RESTful API and PowerShell SDK to minimize management overheads, improve recovery times and reduce costs. And looking ahead, the next version of Veeam Backup for Office 365 is already in development, which will include much-requested support for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.


The St. Regis Dubai to host Art Noor’s ‘Fragrance of Faith’


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Art collection showcased at Le Patio throughout Ramadan as part of the ‘Your Perspective Art exhibition’ series

United Arab Emirates: The St. Regis Dubai, in collaboration with Sulty Events and Entertainment will open the second of a series of “Your Perspective: Art Exhibition” featuring Art Noor’s ‘Fragrance of Faith’ in the surrounding area of ‘Le Patio’ on the second floor of the hotel from May 24th till 2nd of July, 2017.

Art Noor is the UAE based artist who paints abstract expressionistic canvases, with an extraordinary ability to explore the mystical and the sacred whilst finding the path to connect with the sublime. ‘Fragrance of Faith’ demonstrates the diversity of Noor’s artistic endeavors and style while introspecting on his artistic interpretations of life and spirituality, which synergize with the spirit of holy month of Ramadan.

According to Faiek El Saadani, Hotel Manager, The St. Regis Dubai, “Ramadan is a month of reflection and we want our guests to feel the beauty and joy of art inspired by the culture and heritage of the region during the holy month in the serene surrounding area of ‘Le Patio’. We welcome you to spend this special time with us.”

Vanessa de Caires, Owner of Sulty Events and Entertainment Dubai said,” Inspired by Art Noor’s original 99 Names of Allah series, we are delighted to bring the new set of paintings by the artist to The St. Regis Dubai, which is an ideal venue for culture and heritage projects in Dubai. Each painting has a meaning and we hope to further enrich visitor’s knowledge of the beauty behind each of the names portrayed in the art pieces.”

According to artist Noor, art is a very good way to reflect upon the beauty of the creator’s attributes and Ramadan is a good time to reflect upon the meaning behind each of the names of Allah, and what message there is for us. Most of his art pieces come with a summary of thinking behind the beautiful meanings of names and attributes.

The art selected in this initiative are ideal as masterpieces in art galleries and private collector’s residences. Diplomats, Art Collectors, regional Business leaders and media will be attending the opening night of the exhibition.

The China International Development and Investment Corporation Limited and Coral Coast PR support the Event.



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EXCLUSIVE - MICHAEL Michael Kors Kaftan Capsule Collection (12).jpgMichael Kors is pleased to announce a new capsule of Kaftans and handbags designed especially for the Middle East.

Capturing the brand’s relaxed glamour, and polished aesthetic, the capsule collection showcases three unique Kaftans in varying designs, including graphic leaf-print and floral-embellished versions. Floral studded updates to the Ava, Selma and Ginny handbag groups complement the luxe Kaftans, creating the perfect elegant pairing for any Iftar gathering.

These special styles will be available in May 2017 in Michael Kors retail stores in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.





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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has scooped two prestigious awards on the sidelines of this year’s ITB, further highlighting the destination’s appeal on the global stage.

Ras Al Khaimah was recognised as the association’s ‘Emerging Tourism Destination of 2017’. The UAE’s most northern emirate was named ‘best emerging destination’ during a ceremony which honours individuals and organisations across the global travel trade sector that have excelled in the promotion of tourism.

Additionally, RAKTDA’s award-winning ‘Beyond A Journey’ destination video has added another string to its bow by picking up the coveted Five Star Award at The 16th GOLDEN CITYGATE Awards – the international film, print, multimedia competition for cities, hotels and the tourism industry.

British Polo Day celebrates the UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration


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Saturday 18th March 2017: British Polo Day, presented by RJI Capital, returned to Abu Dhabi for the first of its 2017 events. Some 200 guests and VIPs including HH Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan, HE Philip Parham, the British Ambassador, the Earl of Tyrone and Bear Grylls came together to celebrate the best of UAE and British traditions.

The UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and HRH The Prince of Wales in October 2016, with HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan giving a stirring speech stating the aims of increasing the visibility of the UK in the UAE and vice versa in order to give greater focus, depth and contemporary relevance to the long-standing relationship between the two nations. The unique cultural programme has been initiated to strengthen existing relationships and broker new ones between people, institutions and businesses. The British Polo Days in the UAE provide such a platform, with the best of British and the UAE on display, with Harrods, Bentley, Royal Salute and Hackett all supporting. There was also a chance to introduce our new global partner, Chelsea Barracks, the exceptional new neighborhood development incorporating 5 new garden squares in Belgravia, London, to the guests. Other new partners included VistaJet and YPI Luxury Yachts, further cementing the British Polo Day community.

This spectacular event took place, for the 7th year, at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, the private royal polo ground of HH Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. The glamorous black-tie evening kicked off with a bicycle polo demonstration, a sport played in the Olympics over 100 years ago, with players from the regiments of Cavalry and Guards competing in Bentley and Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi Teams respectively for The Thesiger Trophy.

Next Stuart Wrigley captained the Oxbridge team, sponsored by Chelsea Barracks, against the Abu Dhabi team, sponsored by Vista Jet, who were victorious.

The highlight exhibition polo match of the evening – The British Polo Day Plate –saw the home team RJI Capital Ghantoot Polo Team play the visiting Royal Salute British Exiles, with both sides led onto the field of play by the first two Bentley Bentaygas in the UAE the opening ceremony. The RJI Capital Ghantoot Polo Team rode to victory.

British Polo Day Abu Dhabi’s official prize giving ceremony saw the winning teams collecting the bespoke-commissioned British Silverware British Polo Day trophies presented by HH Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan bin Muburak Al Nahyan and Ron Wahid, Chairman and CEO of RJI Capital. The agile Curacho, ridden by Sami Al Namsi, was named Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ‘Best Playing Pony’ by Marc de Panafieu, Brand Director for Middle East.

Following the prize-giving ceremony, guests sat down to a delicious three-course dinner prepared by the InterContinental Abu Dhabi followed by a live charity auction raising a total of $20,000 for Women And Health Alliance International (WAHA) launched by Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al-Nahyan, the Sumba Foundation and Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry of the United Kingdom, together with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, that helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho and Botswana get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

Guests bid fiercely for lots including a safari of a lifetime to Kenya with The Safari Collection, a stay at the beautiful Cape View Clifton, a special Dinner at Wiltons and a trip to the amazing Nihiwatu on Sumba Island in Indonesia for the British Polo Day held there later this year.

The next event is British Polo Day Dubai held on Friday 24th March at the Al Habtoor Polo Club & Resort where the British teams will play against Habtoor Polo and the Gulf Team.


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Saturday 18th March at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club

The event is presented by RJI Capital, and partnered with Royal Salute, Harrods, Bentley, Chelsea Barracks, VistaJet, YPI Yachts, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hackett London, Justerini & Brooks, Charles Russell Speechlys, Nyetimber, British Silverware, True Luxury Travel, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Clinova, Taylor Morris Eyewear, DR Harris, Floris, Cassabo and Brompton.



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Fact and Figures

New Achievements

In February 2017 Deloitte in Annual Global Retailers Report has ranked LuLu Group as the top retailer in the Middle East and 27th among the top 50 fastest growing retailers in the world.
Following the announcement Chairman for LuLu Group, Yusuffalli M.A said: “Today, it is completely a consumer-driven market and the shopper needs only the very best. We have been continuously innovating in all aspects of our business process, right from store layout to product offering and pricing structure. We see no slowdown in our industry and we intend to go ahead with our announced expansion plans. Currently, we have 133 stores which will reach 150 by mid-2018, with new stores coming up in almost all GCC countries.”


What is the success secret of LuLu?

The main goal is simply to make customers happy with diversity of products, the price policies and attention to details.

LuLu offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs of the consumers under one roof. Firmly following the tagline “LuLu, where the world comes to shop”, the Group has always tried to be a one stop shop for the multi-ethnic community of the region with an international mix of products as well as staff of different nationalities. The 500,000 plus shoppers who patronize LuLu daily are the true testament to the popularity of the LuLu brand.

This international character fully reflected at Grocery and Hot Food section where the menu consist of more than 20-30 dishes prepared every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner for each of cuisines type – Arabic, Indian, Filipino and Continental.


Facts about LuLu Kitchen:

We prepare over 20 different types of world foods from Indian and Chinese to Arabic, Thai and many more countries of the world

We import different types of spices – nearly 40 – from all over the world to complement our in house produced quality foods

Our menus change daily from breakfast to lunch and evening dinner. We offer over 30 varieties of dishes per setting

We have over 20 different types of biryanis and this goes up with promotion’s or festivals. Did you know we sell over 600,000 Shawarmas’ a year in Dubai?

We prepare all our salads and cuts fruits within our stores in Dubai and we sell over 100 types of salads, and over 500,000 kilos of fruits

Facts about LuLu Fish & Meat Section

We sell many types of meat: specialty and organic ranges, Wagyu beef, Venison, Angus beef, organic beef, Camel meats, gazelle meat, ducks, turkeys, Quails and rabbit meats

IMG_8418Facts about LuLu Bakery

We import almost 100 different product ranges from various countries across the world, USA, UK, Spain, Italy, India, Canada France and the Philippine’s to sell in our bakeries in Dubai

We source and use ingredients from suppliers from around the world to make our specialty products and ranges. These countries include Germany, Holland, Belgium, Australia, Austria, Indonesia. Did you know we sell over 200000 white bread loafs in Dubai?

We sell many types of health-related ranges such as Organic and Vegan. As an example: all our Bridor range is Organic.

We make in house 60 specialty breads, 70 Arabic products and 21 specialist Filipino products .

All our specialty bread, Arabic and French bread are vegan with no milk or eggs added so almost 100 breads fall into this category.


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The hash tags we use are #HappyAtLuLu    #LuLuHypermarkets

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LuLu, Where the World comes to shop!








  • Fourth consecutive edition will be held alongside 2nd International Motor Show Abu Dhabi & 3rd Custom Show Emirates
  • Two unique vehicles will receive special awards for their unparalleled design and technology

International car manufacturers expressed their delight as the 4th consecutive Middle East Car of the Year Awards (MECOTY), which will be held on 30th March 2017 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, reached its final round after 9 months of conducting regional test drives and voting.

‘’ We are delighted to be nominated in three categories at the 2017 Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) awards which is recognised as the most prestigious awards in the regional automotive industry. We also appreciate our customers for their support and loyalty in making Toyota and Lexus one of the most admired automotive brands in the region.” said Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative of Middle East & North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation.

The nominees underwent a stringent voting process by a select panel of 15 judges, who are handpicked to represent their respective countries, including; UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Oman & Saudi Arabia.

“The Middle East Car of the Year is an important award by jurors with a wealth of experience in the automotive field, who report impartially on the quality, performance and value of each product they test. We look forward to participating in the 2017 Middle East Car of the Year awards.’’ – Andrew Savvas, Brand Director, Volkswagen Middle East.

Getting nominated at the annual MECOTY awards is a true testament for manufacturers that proves that their models are in line with consumer needs and re- affirms their commitment of providing world-class vehicles and after sales service.

Speaking about this year’s awards, Bruce Robertson, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover MENA said: “It is an honour to have two of our newest and most highly acclaimed Jaguar vehicles in the running for the fourth edition of the Middle East Car of the Year awards. After a world-first launch at the Burj Khalifa in May, we are excited to see the Jaguar F-PACE performance crossover nominated for ‘Compact Premium Performance SUV’ at MECOTY 2017 as it continues to make a big impact in the automotive industry with its unrivalled dynamics, design and everyday usability. The Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is the first series production Jaguar to be developed by our Special Vehicle Operations unit and has no doubt been nominated for ‘Premium Performance Coupe’ due to its precision engineering, performance and design. We look forward to seeing how both of these vehicles continue to resonate with audiences in the region.”

“We are pleased with the three nominations the Ford brand received from the esteemed panel of MECOTY jurors,” said Sue Nigoghossian, General Manager, Communications, Ford Middle East & North Africa. “Ford Motor Company thrives to design and build cars, trucks and SUVs that not only win awards, but that customers want and value. With the compact Ford Figo, the all-new Ford Edge crossover and the new Ford Ranger compact pickup we have a lineup of strong contenders in their respective categories.”

Voting lines were made open from Feb 15 – March 15 2017 for the highly coveted ‘Public COTY’ award, which registered in excess of 94,000 unique votes from around the world in its previous edition. Two unique vehicles will also receive special awards during the ceremony for their unparalleled design and technology features.

“We are proud to announce nominations of the all new SUV KOLEOS and the new D- segment Talisman for the Middle East Car of The Year 2017. Renault is keeping up with its offensive in the SUV segment through the all new Koleos, which combines style, comfort and advanced technology. It has all the hallmarks of a charismatic SUV. We are also confident with the Talisman, which delivers the best engine performance of its category. Talisman offers a distinctive blend of comfort and driving enjoyment.”

– Marwan Haidamous, Managing Director of Renault Middle East.

“We are honoured to have our new signature premium sedan S90 nominated to MECOTY Awards this year. This nomination further provides a strong signal that Volvo is on the right track with its new design, engineering, and technology direction especially in the luxury segment,” said Emre Karaer, General Manager of Volvo Cars MENA. “The new S90 forms the second chapter in the complete renewal of Volvo’s product range which began in 2015 with the award winning SUV XC90 and it’s expected to become a major player in the executive sedan segment in coming years,” Karaer added.

The 4th MECOTY will be held on 30th March 2017, alongside the 2nd International Motor Show Abu Dhabi & 3rd Custom Show Emirates at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Full list of jury & nominations can be found on

The Future of Making Things Becomes a Reality


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Regional Designers, Architects and Construction Professionals Experience the Future of Making Things at Autodesk University Middle East

Venturing into the fifth edition of Autodesk University Middle East (AU Middle East) at the Dubai World Trade Center recently, I had some exciting hands on experience that involved cutting edge innovation with 3D printing technologies, Virtual Reality and brought me up close to Engineering and Entertainment software that left me and the other visitors enthralled.

As promised, the event provided a platform for Autodesk users across the region to learn, connect, and explore, showcasing new ways that buildings, products and more are being designed, made and used, and the effect revolutionary new technology will have on this region.

Speaking to numerous exhibitors, organisers and spokespeople, we found that this year’s event provided an inspiring platform for everyone in the industry to get insights into the future of design; whether that is architectural, technological or fashion.

According to Callan Carpenter, VP, Global Named Accounts at Autodesk, “Technology is radically disrupting the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, built, and used. As a result, the implication for the future of making things is huge. Our aim was to inspire the regional design community via insightful keynotes, specialized industry classes, Autodesk Certification exams, and premium networking opportunities.”

Autodesk delegates were engaged with a number of keynote sessions by industry experts to learn what the future of making things in the region has to offer. Sessions included Tom Wujec and Callan Carpenter’s opening keynote on The Future of Making Things, the accessibility of Autodesk Cloud Services, a 4D simulation workshop, and many more.

Louay Dahmash, Head of Autodesk Middle East and Turkey said, “AU Middle East was created to enable industry professionals to engage with global speakers like Tom Wujec and take a peek into the latest technology innovations that have continually disrupted the way buildings are designed and constructed in our region. It was also a great platform for attendees to understand what technologies are going to shape the manufacturing and entertainment industries and discover how these inventions are changing the future of making things in the Middle East.”

During the walkthrough of the exhibition, I explored the Autodesk Gallery to came across stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe that gave an in-depth look as to how Autodesk has helped talented individuals imagine, design, and create a better world.

Autodesk showcased how VR and real-time technologies are bringing architectural designs to life all while exploring insights in the Gulf region on the value of BIM (Building Information Modeling), and what factors are holding back entities from adopting it.

It was an experience packed with elements of innovation including 3D printing technologies, advances in Virtual Reality, and the latest technology available to designers and engineers.

Autodesk University (AU) is a series of conferences and an online learning destination focused on inspiring and energizing Autodesk software users, partners, and industry leaders about the future of design and engineering.

Formerly the event was hosted as Autodesk University Extension Dubai. With the growth of the event over the last four years, Autodesk Middle East transformed the event into a full-fledged Autodesk University event to inspire more people in the region to design, build and create a better world.

Now in its 24th year, the AU conferences bring together more than 25,000 participants at live events in 15 countries through classes, forums, and keynotes with product experts and thought leaders. Hundreds of thousands more participate through AU online, which offers free year-round access to learning content and inspirational industry talks from the AU conference events.

The annual event has become a magnet for the regional design community and acts as a catalyst to further accelerate innovation and growth across diverse sectors in the Middle East.





Michael Kors is pleased to announce the launch of ‘#WHATSHEWANTS’, a creative campaign for Mother’s Day 2017 in the UK. Supporting the wider ‘#WHATSHEWANTS’ initiative, the campaign highlights products that make perfect gifts for mothers.

The range of MICHAEL Michael Kors gifts are brought to life using unique three-dimensional paper showpieces, based around a graphic floral theme in pop and pastel colours. Using specially developed techniques the campaign captures the magic of the product in an imaginative and inventive way.

The carefully curated selection of product featured in the ‘#WHATSHEWANTS’ campaign includes two new styles, the Daniela Crossbody and Pouches Camera Bag in Oyster, which are exclusive to the Middle East. Supporting these hero styles is the must-have Mercer Bag in both Acorn and Denim/Admiral colourways, designed to be personalised with the floral guitar straps. All pieces are from the Spring 2017 line and will be available within select Middle East stores.


BenQ W11000 – Innovative DLP 4K UHD Home Cinema Projector


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BenQ unveiled their ultimate digital home cinema projector W11000 – the one and only DLP 4K UHD projector to earn prestigious THX Certification. Fully meeting Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) requirements for 4K UHD with true 8.3-millionpixel resolution, W11000’s THX certification ensures cinematic performance to replicate the precise experience of attending a commercial digital cinema.

BenQ’s harnesses the advanced DLP 4K UHD DMD with XPR technology, W11000 produces 3840 x 2160 distinct pixels for true 8.3-millionpixel 4K UHD resolution. Single-DMD DLP technology ensures absolute image integrity and colour accuracy without artefacts that can be introduced by panel alignment issues, especially critical at 4K with much finer pixels than 1080p. BenQ’s highly optimized 4K optical system then employs 14 high-resolution elements, a true zoom system, and special low-dispersion lens coatings to preserve spectacular visual quality for an authentic digital cinema experience.