- The most awarded sedan of the year, the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia reinvents the premium mid-size sedan segment with an unprecedented level of Italian craftsmanship, class-leading performance, state-of-the-art technology and a true passion for driving
- Nominees include all-new or significantly updated vehicles that fall under the base-price cap of $80,000 and have an on-sale date in January 2018
The editors of Car and Driver today named the Alfa Romeo Giulia – including the record-breaking Giulia Quadrifoglio – to its annual “10 Best Cars” list for 2018, which recognises the best cars on the market under $80,000.
The 10 Best nomination process has three official rules: the vehicle cannot exceed an $80,000 price tag; a sample vehicle must be available for testing by mid-September of the current calendar year; and the vehicle must be on sale to the public by January of the following calendar year.
“Every year, we gather all the new sub-$80,000 cars for a meta test of automotive virtue,” said Car and Driver. “Sixty-five cars, ten days, 26,000 miles, 58 ballots, 502 doughnuts, one rainstorm, zero traffic citations. We crunched the numbers and here you have it: the 10 Best Cars for 2018.”
Rather than limiting entries to only all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles, Car and Driver invites returning winners as eligible for its 10 Best awards, making the pool of candidates much larger and more competitive.
“High-fidelity steering and innately easy response define the Giulia as it comes to life in your hands. The efforts are never high, but a deliberate grip on the wheel is required as the Alfa shifts and pulls, subtly but faithfully exposing where there’s grip and where there’s none,” said Car and Driver. “Acceleration comes earlier and earlier as confidence builds. And even with iron rotors, our car’s brakes never fatigued”
Alfa Romeo Giulia models feature an all-new, all-aluminium, 2.0-litre, direct-injection turbo engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to launch from 0-60 mph (0-100 kmh) in 5.1 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 149 mph (240 kmh).
As the lineup’s “halo” model, the Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport knowhow with its twin-turbocharged V6 engine featuring best-in-class 505 horsepower, 0-60 mph (0-100 kmh) in 3.8 seconds and a record-setting 7:32 lap time around the legendary Nürburgring – the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan.
- Dubai based Jamal Alsharkas is announced as the winner of the second Audi Innovation Award for his design ‘EZ Move’.
- Second place winner is Benjamin Piper for ‘iLuminating Space’ and Ricardas Blazukas from Kuwait achieved third place for his design ‘Monumental Shadow’.
- The theme for the third Audi Innovation Award will be announced on wwww.audiinnovationaward.com in January 2018.
Over 180 registrations from throughout the Middle East and Levant regions were received for the second Audi Innovation Award. A respected panel of designers, architects, professors and experts from throughout the region judged the 2017 theme ‘Autonomy’ to select the top three submissions. At Design Week Dubai, Jamal Asharkas was victorious for his ‘EZ Move’ innovation and is rewarded with $25,000 worth of consultancy to protect and develop his design. In addition, his award includes a visit to the Audi factory in Germany to meet with the company’s automotive designers. Second and third places were won by Dubai based Benjamin Piper and Ricardas Blazukas, from Kuwait with ‘iLuminating Space’ and ‘Monumental Shadow’ design projects .
For the 2017 Audi Innovation Award, the theme ‘Autonomy’ is inspired by the leadership that Audi has in the field of autonomous driving. The challenge for designers who took part in the competition, was to explore design solutions that are capable of regulating themselves in response to changing environmental circumstances and different user requirements, with minimal human intervention.
Commenting on the theme for 2017, Enrico Atanasio, Brand Director of Audi Middle East said “With everything we do, we strive to improve the daily life of our customers: Giving back to them the most valuable thing in these days: time – we call this the 25th hour. Keeping our customers connected to the world and surprising them with sustainable solutions and unique experiences. It has been fascinating to see how the designers would interpret the theme of Autonomy into self-sustaining innovative ideas, and we congratulate Jamal for ‘EZ Move’ as a product that could change people lives in the future, giving them the freedom to move around cities.
‘EZ Move’ is the first innovation of its kind to give those with mobility challenges and visually impaired people, the freedom of movement, freedom of choice and the dignity of being in control of their own destination.
On receiving the trophy, a thrilled Jamal Asharkas enthused “My idea for ‘EZ Move’ came from an injury I experienced in 2016 and the doctor advised me to keep active but the difficult part was depending on others for assistance. It was from here I thought it is necessary to design a product that can give personal freedom. My product also has the potential to explore different applications, such as, visual impairment, navigation for tourism, physical injury and personal training. The Audi Innovation Award has given me a fantastic opportunity to showcase my idea. For me, it could help a lot of people and Audi Middle East are supporting me to reach that achievement.”
The winner of the first Audi Innovation Award was Jordanian designer Sahar Madanat, who perfectly demonstrated the 2016 theme ‘Alternative’ by interpreting a seemingly resolved everyday object and redefining it for a new use. Her innovative multifunctional tableware set enables one-handed users to cut food and navigate between courses while concealing the limitations imposed by their disability. She is now in the process of finding a partner to commercialize the product in both local and international markets.
William Knight, Managing Director and Head of Design of Art Dubai Group said “We were very excited to see what the second year of the Audi Innovation Award would bring in terms of talented creativity in the region and showcasing the shortlisted projects to Dubai Design Week audiences. Audi has always represented progressiveness and stylish design so this award perfectly expresses our partnership. It is fantastic to see how successful the award is becoming in inspiring a new generation of designers.”
The three shortlisted candidates were each awarded up to $2,500 towards the presentation of their concept model at Dubai Design Week and the prizes for the overall winner of the Audi Innovation Award include a trophy and a trip to the Audi factory in Ingolstadt, Germany to experience the automotive design journey at Audi headquarters. In addition to this, Audi Middle East awards $25,000 worth of consultancy to cover items such as IP registration, legal counselling and business development.
The third Audi Innovation award will be announced on the website http://www.audiinnovationaward.com in January 2018.
Two shopping malls of LIP win at the 2017 RECon MENA Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards
Renowned in the Retail industry for steady growth and promoting excellence, Line Investments & Property L.L.C (LIP), the region’s leading shopping mall development and management specialists across the Middle East won two awards at the recent RECon ME & North Africa convention’s Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards.
At a gala evening held at the Ritz Carlton DIFC for retailers, shopping centre leaders and related industry stakeholders, the mall management of Avenues Mall, Oman walked away with a gold award for Marketing Excellence Cause Related Marketing while the mall management of Al Wahda Mall won a Silver Award for NOI (Net Operating Income) Enhancement Excellence Marketing and Sponsorship.
Prior to the Awards evening, Line Investments & Property (LIP) management team showcased their upcoming projects, including Mall of Umm AL Quwain, and the malls in Sharjah and Silicon Oasis to trade and industry visitors.
Lulu Group International Director, Mr. Salim M.A., said, “Our team across the region continuously engage with brands and retailers to understand their needs based on current industry trends. Both awards symbolise the hard work of our colleagues and is a honored recognition by our industry peers.”
According to Marcello Larizza, the General Manager at Line Investments & Property LLC in Dubai, Sharjah & Northern Emirates, the awards are a testament of the commitment to professional enhancement and to CSR initiatives for the communities around projects. He reiterated the importance of recognising industry trends while bringing in new innovations to offer unique opportunities to brands and retailers.
Line Investments & Property LLC see value in events such as RECon MENA to meet developers, brands and retailers to collaborate on new and existing projects.
Toshiba recently launched a new initiative, the Mastering Memory Roadshow. Toshiba Middle East and Africa kick-started the roadshow in Dubai, before bringing it all the way to South Africa, and then back to the Gulf. For the event, they’ve invited world renowned Memory Master, David Thomas
A Sunday Time’s best-selling author, David Thomas has broken Guinness® and world memory records in the past. David has successfully harnessed his unique talents to become sought after motivational speaker, memory master and media personality. In the last 20 years, he has spoken in 21 countries, been in the media over 500 times in the media and appeared on television in 150 countries.
David flew in to conduct a Masterclass on how to improve memory by discovering new ways to upgrade memory skills, which is especially useful in an information-driven society where good memory can be a strong advantage; helping us become more organized and increasing our learning abilities. David’s masterclass actually boasts of an 80% increase in memory retention rates for delegates.
A first-of-its-kind initiative by Toshiba MEA, the roadshow prioritizes students and the youth as they are the future generation. In this regard, Toshiba has partnered with universities in Johannesburg and Cape Town for this interactive and highly enlightening event – namely, University of Witwatersrand-Johannesburg and University of the Western Cape this October 2017.
Toshiba Middle East and Africa’s General Manager, Santosh Varghese shares “We are truly excited about this initiative. We have been working hard to bringing the Mastering Memory Roadshow to life, and making it available in South Africa. In line with Toshiba’s ongoing campaign, we want to help students preserve their memories not only in Toshiba’s acclaimed storage solutions, but also in their own minds. Hence, the roadshow gives attendees the power to master their analogue memories as well as their digital ones.”
The range of storage solutions from Toshiba suit a variety of specific data storage requirements with smart and easy backup solutions. Always at the forefront of innovation, Toshiba storage devices work with the latest technologies and gadgets, including the newest mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cameras. In today’s world where our memories are stored as digital documents, photos and videos, Toshiba gives users peace of mind through fast, simple and reliable backup of data.
The roadshow commenced in Dubai, followed by Johannesburg and Cape Town capping off the trip in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia towards the end of October. Toshiba hopes this roadshow would be the first of many, and are looking forward to bringing it to schools and universities around the region.
- Thursday, 30 November – free admission
- Friday, 1 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Saturday, 2 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Season Tickets (Friday and Saturday) – in advance AED500, on the day AED600
- Children under 12 admitted free
- Special Reserved Seating and Corporate Hospitality packages are available – please visit: www.dubairugby7s.com
- Emirates Skywards Members can redeem tickets for the event using their Miles; members should visit the Sports and Culture section of Skywards at www.emirates.com to avail this offer
If you browse health related websites and social media pages on a regular basis – chances are, you have stumbled upon a post or two about the rise of Veganism. While some might argue that celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Wilde might have influenced this generation to adopt Veganism just like fashion and beauty trends – many individuals pursue Veganism to claim the benefits that come with this healthy lifestyle, to stand against animal cruelty around the world and guarantee a sustainable source of food.
This plant-based diet has been proven to boost energy, provide younger looking skin and reduce the chances of life threatening issues like heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Luckily, vegan food options have become increasingly accessible at restaurants, supermarkets and food outlets – providing nothing but healthy alternatives to animal products.
ENCAS offers a wide range of gourmet and vegan friendly products prepared from all natural ingredients without compromising on the taste. The Carré raw bites are made of a biscuit base, delicious fillings and a chocolate top. The bites are free from gluten, dairy, grains, preservatives and refined sugar, and the preparation method is limited to preserve the nutritional value and quality of ingredients.
The Carrés are available in four different flavour variants and three different sizes. The sophisticated Carré boxes were named after major cities around the world to give the sweet escape that one deserves at any time of the day. The New York-New York!. Beautiful Istanbul, Stop to Zanzibar and Magical Bali include 4 mini bites with various flavours to match all tastes. While the Dubai With Love box includes an assortment of 12 or 36 mini Carrés. Not to mention the new range of delicious spreads, ideal for adding that sweet indulgence to your yogurt/oatmeal based breakfast or to your mid- afternoon snack.
We are excited about the new Marks & Spencer Food store in the Gulf that will be located at the Dubai Marina Walk. Being an expat British, I like to try things from my Dad’s home country as it reminds me of visits to see his family.
The outlet will be huge. Trading from 300 square metres, the new standalone food format makes it even easier for customers to access a carefully selected range of Marks & Spencer high quality food and drink, including tasty treats, kitchen cupboard essentials and tempting meal ideas. The new store will also have a 16-seater M&S Café, where customers can take-away delicious Fairtrade, 100% Colombian Arabica Coffee and butter-rich pastries on the go, or take their time to enjoy the quintessentially British Fish & Chips.
I can’t wait to try the perfectly prepared Scottish Lochmuir™ Salmon Fillets in a Soy, Ginger & Chilli Marinade or translating the theatre of restaurant desserts into something its customers can serve at home, such as the mouth-watering Chocolate Melting Dome. Earlier this summer, Marks & Spencer also unveiled its completely transformed M&S Café at Dubai Festival City, which includes a sit down, table-waited service, with new menu options such as Maple Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Salad, Prawn & Avocado Wrap and Super Berry Smoothie – which are also available at the new M&S Marina Walk store.
The new food store complements Marks & Spencer’s existing 28 clothing and food stores across the Gulf and online presence via http://www.marksandspencerme.com. Globally, Marks & Spencer has c.1,000 UK stores selling food, as well as 30 standalone food stores internationally.
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 700,000+ shoppers who patronize LuLu daily are the true testament to the popularity of the LuLu brand.
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. Currently, LuLu Group is operating 136 stores across UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, with more new stores coming up.
Products are sourced from 21 countries including UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Brazil, apart from local sources. LuLu Central Logistics is a fully integrated logistics and warehouse management unit of LuLu. In UAE, LCL has more than 2.4 million sq. feet warehouse space to serve the needs of UAE residents.
Some quick facts about LCL (DIP) unit are:
• 24 hour & 7 days a week operation.
• The whole Logistics chain is integrated & paperless – receiving, storing reorder from store, picking & loading, dispatch to store, receiving at the store.
• 1st in Middle East to start “voice picking”
• 200+ trailer trucks deliver goods into LCL (DIP) each day.
• 12 containers of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are received each day.
• 8000+ different skus are delivered each day into LCL (DIP)
• 45,000 skus are stocked at any given point in time
• 350 truck-trips each day between the LCL (DIP) & stores in UAE
• Each day, about 15,000 skus are sent to the stores
• All LCL trucks are temperature controlled and fitted with GPS to enable quick, safe transport to the stores
• The LCL (DIP) also has food repacking and central kitchen for UAE
- o 2.5 tons assorted sweets produced and sent to stores each day
- o 400 varieties of items are made in the central kitchen
- o 100 chefs from 8 countries to cater to the needs of LuLu’s diverse customers
- o Free from cookies, sweets also made here.
- o 7 tons of rice is sent to the stores each day
- o 3 tons of pulse is sent to the stores each day