India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may introduce new modes of electronic verification of customers for financial institutions, including live video, according to two payment company executives privy to the plans. In a meeting with industry executives last week, RBI officials indicated they were keen on rolling out a digital authentication method that would use the XML internet format to extract limited information on customers from the Aadhaar database. This wouldn’t include the biometrics collec…


2018-12-10

 Zee founder and Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra does not believe that life is coming a full circle for the broadcasting company as it is once again looking for a foreign partner. After all, when it started out in 1992, Zee partnered with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in the broadcasting and distribution businesses. “Those times were different and these are completely different times. We are looking for a technology partner as India is way behind the world as far as tech goes,” says Cha…


2018-12-10

Hero Future Energies, the renewable power venture of the New Delhi-based Munjal family, is close to buying the solar power generating assets of Waaree Energies Ltd in a ₹500-550 crore deal, said two people aware of the development. Mumbai-based Waaree is primarily a maker of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and an engineering, procurement and construction company in solar energy. It also has a 100 megawatts (MW) portfolio as an independent power producer, of which 50MW in Madhya Pradesh and 2…


2018-12-10

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), which bought stakes in Den and Hathway cable networks in October, has created seven subsidiaries to handle its fast-growing telecom and content businesses, a senior company official said. These subsidiaries are Jio Content Distribution Holdings, Jio Internet Distribution Holdings, Jio Television Distribution Holdings, Jio Cable and Broadband Holdings, Jio Futuristic Digital Holdings, Jio Digital Distribution Holdings and Jio Digital Cableco Pvt. Ltd, the official s…


2018-12-10

Myntra’s chief executive officer (CEO) Ananth Narayanan has resigned from his role with his position set to be abolished, and Flipkart executive Amar Nagaram has been tasked with heading Myntra, three people directly aware of the developments said. Key Myntra leaders such as chief revenue officer Mithun Sundar, who took charge in April, and human resources head Manpreet Ratia, who also oversaw operations, supply chain and customer experience at Myntra, have also resigned, said the people cited…


2018-12-10

Tata-group owned Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (IHCL) is revamping its budget hotel brand Ginger and is looking to sell some of its assets to make it profitable by the end of the current financial year, top company executives said. Formed in 2004 under Roots Corp. Ltd, a subsidiary of IHCL, Ginger hotels made losses in the last three financial years. In 2017-18, it posted losses of ₹19.07 crore. IHCL, which also runs Taj luxury hotel chain, plans to double the number of Ginger hotels to over 100 prope…


2018-12-09

Dubai Land Department, DLD, has organised the 10th edition of its Dubai Property Show, DPS, in Mumbai with the participation of a number of leading developers. The premium real-estate exhibition, which is set to run from 7th – 9th December, was inaugurated by Mohamed Saleh Ahmed Al Jalah Al Teneji, Consul General of the UAE in Mumbai, Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency, RERA, Majida Ali Rashid, CEO of the Real Estate Promotion and Investment Management Sector at DLD, …


Rohit S, an airline pilot, had enough of Facebook. With over 1,000 friends and part of at least a dozen groups on subjects ranging from planes to politics, the 34-year-old found himself constantly checking his phone for updates and plunging headlong into increasingly noisy debates, where he had little personal connect. While he had originally signed up with Facebook a decade ago to reconnect with school classmates, he found himself more and more disconnected from the sprawl the social n ..  R…


2018-12-09

When I watched Manmarziyaan and fell in love with Taapsee Pannu’s character Rumi, a question my mother had asked two and a half decades ago after seeing Hum Aapke Hain Koun came back to me: Don’t these girls need to study? Go to work? There are so many ways in which Rumi is terrific—the angry walk that has the kinetic energy of a bullet, the hockey kit that looks cooler than a rockstar’s guitar, the taking off for a run when she’s hurting, the complete lack or abandon of artifice w…


2018-12-09

In 14 November, 32-year-old Garima Arora’s Bangkok restaurant Gaa was awarded a Michelin star, making her the first Indian woman to win the honour. While the Michelin star is a global standard of culinary excellence, in this instance, the honour represents something bigger—a transcending of gender and race barriers.  On 20 November, chef Amninder Sandhu was introduced as the sole Indian contestant on the newest international cooking show on Netflix, The Final Table. The show brings togethe…


2018-12-09

 The finance ministry on Saturday said buyers of real estate properties for which completion certificate is issued at the time of sale will not have to pay GST. However, Goods and Services Tax (GST) is applicable on the sale of under-construction property or ready-to-move-in flats where completion certificate is not issued at the time of sale. “It is brought to the notice of buyers of constructed property that there is no GST on sale of complex/ building and ready-to-move-in flats where sale …


Bike manufacturer Royal Enfield would soon set up its subsidiary in Thailand under its plan to strengthen overseas presence, a top official said on December 7. The company which ships its products to over 51 countries from India would be setting up a subsidiary to manage operations in Thailand, Royal Enfield, Head-India Business, Shaji Koshy said.................


Dubai’s Emaar Properties has invited newlyweds Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas  to say their vows again at the Burj Khalifa The pair hosted an extravagant concert on Sunday last for their star-studded wedding at a lavish Indian palace. Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26 performed an opulent Indian music and dance routine as their friends and family clapped along at the Umaid Bhawan palace in the western city of Jodhpur....................


2018-12-08

The plastic cards sitting in your wallet got some limelight this year. As on September 30, 2018, there are 990 million debit cards and 42 million credit cards in the country compared with 847 million debit cards and 36 million credit cards in the beginning of the year, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). With increasing number of transactions, the regulator and bankers are looking to provide security and convenience for your wallet. Here is a look at what changed for your credit card a…


2018-12-08

Hotel booking start-up Oyo Hotels and Homes, which has grown into India’s leading hotel chain in just five years, has over 6,000 corporates booking hotel rooms with them every month under its corporate business solution — Oyo B. The SoftBank-backed start-up has now come up with Oyo B Direct to cater specifically to the needs of independent corporate travellers, small-scale business travellers, who do not often have dedicated resources to manage company travel. In an interview with Livemint…


2018-12-08

SoftBank hired Facebook Inc. executive Kirthiga Reddy as a partner at its $100 billion Vision Fund, the first woman to join a group of just a dozen that oversees the world’s biggest pool of technology investments. Kirthiga Reddy has joined SoftBank Investment Advisors, which manages the giant fund globally, to focus on frontier and enterprise technology globally, according to a SoftBank spokeswoman. She will work closely with senior managing partner Deep Nishar, the spokeswoman added. Kirthig…


2018-12-08

Future Retail Ltd, the retail arm of Future Group, which owns footwear brands such as Converse, Sketchers and Clarks, is expected to clock ₹1,600 crore in revenue from footwear sales this year with a target of ₹2,500 crore in 2019. Future Group founder and chief executive officer Kishore Biyani said that they are aggressively focusing on footwear to drive the fashion business. He was speaking at the launch of the company’s fashion departmental store, Central, in New Delhi—its 44th in Ind…


2018-12-08

 The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday called for a forensic audit of 74 housing projects of Unitech Ltd that are in various stages of construction. The audit would be carried out by Grant Thornton and the projects under audit would be from 2006 onward. A bench headed by justice D.Y. Chandrachud also asked the financial auditor to place before it the draft terms of the audit and decide the time frame before the next date of hearing. The auditor would be at liberty to obtain details such as permanent…


India has decided not only to support development projects in neighbouring Maldives on a bilateral basis but also join hands with USA, Japan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to develop islands in the key Indian Ocean region. Delhi is expected to announce a financial package during new President Ibu Solih’s December 17 trip to assist Maldives overcome a budget crisis and fund various civilian projects, persons familiar with the issue told ET. Solih will be in India on his maiden state ..  Read mor…


China and India may be talking about improving their trade relationship but there is little action to go with the words. According to Indian government officials and representatives of various Indian trade bodies, progress is very slow - and may even be getting slower after last weekend's truce between the United States and China in their trade war. Both India and China have sought to rebuild trust after a armed standoff over a stretch of the Himalayan border last year. 


In a bid to bring transparency in political advertisements in the run-up to 2019 general elections, Facebook Thursday made it compulsory for advertisers to disclose their identity and location before any such advertisement material can be run on the popular social media platform and Instagram. Beginning early next year, Facebook will also start showing a disclaimer on all political advertisements by providing details of those placing the advertisements. Also, an 'online searcha ..  Read more…


A team of executives from messaging app WhatsApp held detailed discussions with government officials on Tuesday about allowing traceability of messages that trigger public unrest, indicating the first sign of willingness by the Facebook-owned platform to engage further on what is a key demand by India. The company, which offers end-toend encryption for users of its messaging app, has resisted demands by the Indian government to enable traceability of messages to curb rumours. Senior off ..  R…


The country’s third largest software services firm HCL Technologies has announced that it is acquiring select IBM software products for $1.8 billion. The acquisition which is the largest in the history of HCL, is expected to close by mid-2019. The products which represent a total addressable market of more than $50 billion include, Appscan for secure application development, BigFix for secure device management, Unica for marketing automation, Commerce for omni-channel eCommer ..  Read more …


The battle between Singh brothers reached a new low with Malvinder Mohan Singh alleging that he was assaulted by his younger brother Shivinder Mohan Singh at their Connaught place office. However, sources on the other side rubbished the allegations calling them “lies” and that Shivinder wouldn’t hurt a bird. “Today is December 5, 2018. A little after 6 pm Shivinder Mohan Singh assaulted me at 55, Hanuman road. He physically hit me. He hurt me. He injured me here. He broke this button an…


2018-12-07

Six months ago, Bharti Airtel Ltd was the undisputed leader in India’s telecom market with the largest subscriber base, highest profit and maximum revenue market share. The entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd however resulted in a bruising tariff war, which forced even a large corporate house like the Tata Group to exit the industry. Following a year-long consolidation, only two other private players were left in the field—Bharti Airtel and entity resulting from the merger of Vodafone Ind…


2018-12-07

In an apparent rescue act, Etihad Airways PJSC of Abu Dhabi has offered to guarantee loans worth $150 million that Jet Airways (India) Ltdneeds to keep the airline operational, two people directly aware of discussions between the two airlines said. The development follows several rounds of talks between the two sides which also included a potential equity infusion by Etihad Airways and adding a third Indian partner, said the two people cited above. Both requested anonymity as the talks are …


When it comes to the top 10 cities for economic growth, India is set to dominate over the next two decades, according to Oxford Economics. Surat, a diamond processing and trading center in the north-western state of Gujarat, will see the fastest expansion through 2035, averaging more than 9 percent, Richard Holt, Oxford’s head of global cities research, wrote in a report. All of the 10 fastest over that period will be in India. While economic output in many of those Indian citi ..  Read mo…


Unilever has spent about $30 billion to acquire 50 brands over the past decade and GSK is the proverbial cherry on the cake, said chief executive officer Paul Polman, adding that the company needs to leverage the acquired brands as major growth pillars of the future. He was speaking at the final leg of a two-day annual investor conference held in Mumbai. on Monday, Hindustan Unilever, the local unit of the Anglo-Dutch consumer company, announced a deal to merge GlaxoSmithKlin ..  Read more at…


Uber, which has identified India as a priority market, has touched annualised bookings rate of $1.64 billion in the third quarter, according to a report by CNBC. The report quotes an internal email from Uber’s India head Pradeep Parameswaran to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and CFO Nelson Chai among other executives. India is Uber’s only major market in Asia after it sold its operations in China, Russia and eight other countries across Southeast Asia. The email, according to the report, said t ..…


2018-12-06

To improve transparency of how banks price their home and auto loan rates, the RBI has mandated the use of external benchmarks for their floating rate loans instead of the present system of internal benchmarks. The external benchmarks are one of the following: RBI’s policy repo rate, Government of India’s 91 days Treasury Bill yield produced by the Financial Benchmarks India Private Ltd (FBIL), or Government of India 182 days Treasury Bill yield produced by the FBIL, or any other benchmark …


2018-12-06

Whitney Wolfe Herd is tired of saying the same things all day. But the 29-year-old Tinder co-founder, who is in India to launch Bumble, knows that it’s important for her to introduce the country to what is known in much of the rest of the world as “a feminist dating app”. Dressed in all white with a multi-coloured stole wrapped around her neck, Herd looks no less celebrity-like than actor Priyanka Chopra, an investor in Bumble and the face of the brand. But Herd, who is also the founder of…


2018-12-06

Food delivery startups Swiggy and Zomato are scouting for acquisitions. While Zomato announced the purchase of drone startup TechEagle, Naspers-backed Swiggy is in early talks with several companies for possible buyouts, said two people familiar with the matter. Investor interest in food-tech startups does not seem to ebb with top players Swiggy and Zomato, and at least three other companies, inching towards closing their next funding round.........


Politics is one conversation that can make every head turn. You can miss sports, movie, the latest trends but you can’t turn your eyes away from diplomacy and country affairs. How is the current government performing and who will win the 2019 Lok Sabha election is always up for debate. While for us it is just a conversation that takes place over a cup of steaming tea, for Gaurav Pradhan it is a passion that drives him.       A top ten global social CIO, cyber security, Information Technolog…


It's not every day that a start-up founder wakes up to appreciation from business magnates such as Richard Branson. But for the founders of Stumagz, Sri Charan Lakkaraju and Frederick Devarampati, the day arrived in all its glory when Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, tweeted about their start-up and wished them good luck. Stumagz's innovative idea, which is to create a digital campus ecosystem for colleges, has been inspired by Branson's first venture Student magazine. When Lakkaraju a…


India and the UAE have agreed to a currency swap that is expected to boost economic ties between the two countries, it was announced on Tuesday. In an official statement, the Indian government explained that through the agreement, both countries can make payments in their own currency without involving a third currency, such as the dollar.     The swap is for 35 billion rupees or AED 1.8 billion ($496m).


China is now keen to import pomegranate, grapes, soyameal, fish oil and fish meal from India apart from non-basmati rice and sugar it had decided to buy earlier. Beijing will send teams to inspect pomegranate and grape orchards, and soy processing units this month. In a meeting last week with Chinese vice minister Hu Wei, India also pushed for exporting okra, sapota (chikoo), milk and bovine meat to China while Beijing made a case for New Delhi to resume imports of milk and dairy produ ..  Re…


2018-12-05

 The process of filing tax returns will soon become a lot easier, with the tax department planning to introduce pre-filled fields based on information already available with it, cutting out the tediousness of this annual chore. Data available from entities that deduct tax at source such as employers and banks would be used to offer pre-filled tax return forms to people, Sushil Chandra, chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), said, adding that work on this project was on. A pre-fille…


2018-12-05

Come March, booking a seat on a helicopter will be just a tap of an app away. Fly Blade, the largest arranger of helicopters for civilian travel in the US, is starting its helicopter services in the country through a joint venture with local venture capital firm Hunch Ventures. The new company, Blade India, will offer intercity helicopter services, though it will be initially available only in Mumbai. Flights would depart from Juhu and Mahalaxmi, connecting with heliports in Pune and Shirdi. It …


2018-12-05

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2018-12-05

Once the most preferred stock in the automobile sector, owing to its storied motorcycle brand Royal Enfield, Eicher Motors Ltd has lost about ₹17,900 crore in market capitalisation so far in 2018, according to data provided by Bloomberg. To explain the fall, analysts cite factors such as slowing sales growth off a high base for Royal Enfield, increasing brand fatigue for the classic British brand’s limited portfolio, reduced waiting periods owing to higher production capacity and increas…


2018-12-05

Businessman Vijay Mallya, undergoing extradition trial in a UK court over fraud and money laundering charges by Indian authorities, has offered to pay back “100% of the principal amount” owed to banks. In a series of tweets, Mallya, said: “I am offering to pay 100% back. I humbly request the banks and government to take it.” In another tweet, Mallya, who had fled to the UK in March 2016, said: “For three decades running India’s largest alcoholic beverage group, we contributed thousa…


2018-12-05

S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday lowered the credit rating of Tata Motors Ltd and its luxury car unit Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc (JLR), citing weaker-than-expected profitability at JLR. JLR has been hit hard due to trade tensions between China and the United States, low demand for diesel cars in Europe and worries over Brexit.......


2018-12-05

Ride-hailing giant Grab has had a pretty illustrious year, with regular rounds of funding injected into the company over the year. Most recently, Hyundai and Kia pumped in another US$250 million into the firm, bringing its total fundraising to US$2.7 billion. Following this, Grab asserted that it is financially on track to raise over US$3 billion by the end of this year. Rumours that PayPal will be the newest addition to its shining list of investors also surfaced last month. If this deal go…


Christian James Michel, a British middleman wanted by Indian investigative agencies in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, has been taken to the Dubai International Airport to extradite him to India, Khaleej Times has learnt.After the Court of Cassation last month upheld a lower court order which said that Michel could be extradited, he was kept under detention at the police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID). As per the Indian government's request, he will be extradit…


2018-12-04

Saudi Arabia's national carrier Saudia is set to launch direct and regular flights to Calicut in India on Wednesday, following a three-year hiatus.Saudia will operate three flights a week from Riyadh, and four flights from Jeddah, using a daily Airbus A330-300 aircraft fitted to provide the best comfort and comfort for guests, with 298 seats, 36 business class seats and 262 economy seats.....


2018-12-04

Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra recently partnered with e-commerce platform Amazon.com to build a wedding registry which lists all items she would like people to gift her for the wedding. Chopra’s registry includes products as basic as a bedsheet set, dinner plates, a raincoat for her pet dog and some fancy options such as an OLED TV, a bar cart with champaign saucers, and a professional smoothie blender.......


2018-12-04

Instagram users in India could shop for products within the app itself from next year, beginning with an affiliate model, four people aware of the matter said. Initially, tapping the “buy” button next to an image will take the user to the merchant’s web page to complete the purchase. Later, users will be able to make the purchase within Instagram itself. “By the mid of next year, the platform will have a ‘buy’ button, which will redirect users to the product page based on a cost per …


2018-12-04

Bharti Airtel Ltd will focus on premium customers and expand its broadband service across India’s top 100 cities, instead of copying Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd’s ambitious plan to create a fibre-optic network across the country. The New Delhi-based telecom operator’s fibre-based broadband internet strategy is akin to what it has recently announced for its wireless customers, wherein it will only hold onto users who spend at least ₹35 a month on recharges, so that the network experience i…


Middle East

2018-12-10

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) held its Authorisation Roundtable to discuss key aspects of the authorisation process. The discussions also addressed the DFSA’s 2019 priorities for new applicants seeking a licence to provide financial services in or from the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”). Key regulatory priorities discussed at this event included combating financial crime and digitalisation, in line with the Dubai Government initiatives, whilst ensuring …


2018-12-10

Dubai Airports, Execujet and Lions Clubs International officials gave a warm Dubai welcome to the two determined aviators who are piloting small aircraft around the globe in a bid to raise awareness for the inclusion of people with disabilities. The project, organised by Lions Clubs International, has a clear objective of globally promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities to combat discrimination and to raise funds for the association Humanity & Inclusion. The two pilots, Mike Lomberg…


2018-12-10

Dubai Airports, Execujet and Lions Clubs International officials gave a warm Dubai welcome to the two determined aviators who are piloting small aircraft around the globe in a bid to raise awareness for the inclusion of people with disabilities. The project, organised by Lions Clubs International, has a clear objective of globally promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities to combat discrimination and to raise funds for the association Humanity & Inclusion. The two pilots, Mike Lomberg…


SOS alerts would soon be sent to UAE residents' Facebook accounts when a child is reported missing. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has teamed up with Facebook to launch the Nidaa (Arabic for alert) system, which is the first of its kind in the region that helps find missing children. According to officials, the system is activated once a parent officially reports his/her child missing to the police. Nidaa will automatically notify Facebook users in the area from where the child is reported missi…


2018-12-09

Oman-based companies will have to secure the Ministry of Manpower’s go ahead before they can hire expats, local daily Times of Oman reported this week.A new traffic light-themed online system is currently being rolled out in Oman, in which companies’ Omanization quotas are being monitored.Under this new system, companies that meet Omanization standards set by the government will receive a green signal online, allowing them to proceed with hiring expat employees..............


2018-12-09

When Joe Mansueto, one of the most successful investors in the US, looked around for his successor as CEO of Morningstar, he had little hesitation: Kunal Kapoor, the Indian-born executive who worked his way up to the post of president in a 20-year career with the Chicago company, was the obvious man.Mansueto and Kapoor share a similar investment philosophy that made the 43-year-old a natural choice to lead the financial giant to the next stage. Both believe in the intrinsic value of taking a lon…


2018-12-09

Oman’s ban on expatriates owning land in the country’s top tourist destination Dhofar will lead to a rise in the value of real estate, according to local daily Times of Oman. The ban allows expats to only be able to own land in and around Salalah, which lead to positivity from locals of Dhofar who felt that the ban would benefit the economy as a whole. “Since this decision states that non-Omanis can only own properties in Salalah and no other wilayat in the governorate of Dhofar, investmen…


The number of people staying in Airbnb accommodations in the UAE will more than double during New Year’s Eve, according to statistics from the company. According to Airbnb, the platform has seen an 108 percent spike in bookings during the New Year period, a figure which is expected to increase closer to the date. United States and UK-based visitors top the list of those booking Airbnb properties, along with domestic travellers from inside the UAE...............


Emaar Properties’ Dubai Creek Harbour has launched Sunset residences, a new apartment complex located near Dubai’s Creek Beach. The community – which includes one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments – includes private gardens and a number of “resort-style” amenities, Emaar said in a statement.     Nearby buildings include Dubai Creek Tower, Creek Marina and Dubai Square, a planned retail community.......


Beam, a Dubai-based mobile payments platform, will expand in seven new markets in 2019, according to co-founder Shezan Amiji. “Now we’ve demonstrated and proven value for both the consumer and for the merchant. It’s about taking to the next level and opening up new markets,” he said he said in an interview with CNBC. Since launching in the UAE in 2012, Beam has built a user base of approximately a million users, Amiji noted, adding that in the next six months the company plans to expand …


The region is in need of a major ‘innovation’ shake up, according to one of Saudi Arabia’s top medical scientists. Dr Hayat Sindi, who is one of the first female members of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, said that regional governments must inject more ‘creativity’ into school curricula. Saudi national Sindi told Arabian Business: “The education system needs to be more hands-on and more creative. We have to encourage more imagination and creativity. Parents also must enc…


Kuwaiti aviation authorities have revoked the licence of Kuwait National Airways – commonly known as Wataniya Airways – for failing to take steps to remedy operational problems that led to a wave of delays and cancellations earlier this year, Kuwait’s Arabic newspaper Al Jarida has reported. In September, Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended the carrier’s licence for three months after 1,500 passengers were left stranded abroad because of cancellations......…


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to launch the kingdom’s new King Salman Energy Park project – known as SPARK – on Monday. The project, located between Dammam and Al Ahsa in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Region, is being developed, operated and managed by Saudi Aramco in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones..............


2018-12-09

Dubai Land Department, DLD, has organised the 10th edition of its Dubai Property Show, DPS, in Mumbai with the participation of a number of leading developers. The premium real-estate exhibition, which is set to run from 7th – 9th December, was inaugurated by Mohamed Saleh Ahmed Al Jalah Al Teneji, Consul General of the UAE in Mumbai, Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency, RERA, Majida Ali Rashid, CEO of the Real Estate Promotion and Investment Management Sector at DLD, …


2018-12-09

  Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled special offers and fine services involving a highly enjoyable experience of spectacular fireworks on the New Year ’s Eve (Monday 31 December 2018) aboard marine transit modes (Dubai Ferry, Waterbus and Abra). The event underlines RTA’s efforts to bring joy and entertainment to various residences, visitors and tourists descending on Dubai from all over the world to celebrate this annual event.  “This service is offered in the co…


2018-12-09

Hosted IFC's 6th Annual FinTech CEO Summit – first edition to be held outside Washington D.C. Cementing Dubai’s position as one of the world’s top 10 FinTech hubs andthe region’s most comprehensive FinTech market Over 80 FinTech-related companies benefit from the collaborative, enabling environment DIFC offers Growing network of global alliances and US $100 million fund in place to accelerate funding and growth of FinTech AED 10 million dedicated for the expansion of the FinTech Hive wor…


2018-12-09

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, the 5th Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) will start on Monday, Dec 10. During the opening session of the event, which is organized by RTA, and co-organized by DEWA, Emaar, DP World and PMI, the winners of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management (HBMA for Innovation in PM) will be decorated.  This year, the …


Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) started to implement new baggage rules at Sharjah Airport on December 4. The new rules, which will include luggage specifications, will boost operational performance, reduce improper baggage handling and enhance the airport's competitiveness in the region. SAA notified the representatives of all airlines operating at Sharjah Airport about the new policy, and informed them that the airport will not receive or handle any baggage that does not comply with its new pol…


2018-12-09

The limousine service which is a luxury service with a driver meets the demands of customers in the tourism sector such as hotels, organisers of touristic trips or airlines and other customers who work for governmental or private institutions.


Making it possible for the tourists and residents to watch three fireworks on the New Year's Eve, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled special offers and services on Monday. December 31, 2018, aboard marine transit modes (Dubai ferry, waterbus and abra). "This service is offered in the context of RTA's continuous efforts to engage with customers and offer them a superb opportunity to savour the thrilling fireworks display of the city on the New Year's Eve, while on aboard ma…


A number of lower limb amputees from the UAE, who had forgotten how to run, feel and experience life independently, were given a chance to running, playing sport and get inspired by motivational sessions by world record holder German paralympian Heinrich Popow. The running clinic - organised by prosthetic limbs manufacturer Otto Bock Middle East - saw Heinrich demonstrate and encourage amputees living in the UAE to try out running blade prosthetics. Heinrich was in Dubai to hold running clinics …


Students are in for a three-week-long treat as winter holidays for UAE private schools are coming up next week. Private schools with foreign curriculum are off from December 16 and will return to school on January 6, according to the UAE Ministry of Education's (MoE) 2018-2019 academic year calendar. Private schools that follow MoE's curriculum and public schools are off for four weeks, starting from December 16 and are back in classrooms on January 13. Though, private schools in Dubai are allow…


For the first time, Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will take part in Mebaa Dubai, the Middle East's leading business aviation exhibition. Located at Chalet A15, ACH will display a new ACH145 cabin model equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the range of interior designs by partner brands and designers: ACH Editions. The model will showcase the interior design inspired by the luxury-class saloons of the automotive manufacturer matched with the features of the outstanding me…


GCC, MENA, SA, CEA, EU, UK, USA, SEA… name a geographic abbreviation, and depending on how many customers he’s flying over its skies at any moment, Paras Dhamecha will tell you about it’s economic health. “Nigeria,” for instance, “is a hotspot for business again,” he says. “Most of our customers there are from the oil and gas industry, and things dipped when oil prices first fell through, as well as with the political unrest around the recent elections. But now there’s a stable…


Two Saudi-designed satellites were launched into space earlier this morning from China. The satellites, which were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, will be used to provide high-resolution images of the planet’s surface from low earth orbits, help with urban planning, monitor movements and changes on the earth’s surface, and provide government agencies with services, in particular, high-resolution images.................


Dubai’s Emaar Properties has invited newlyweds Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas  to say their vows again at the Burj Khalifa The pair hosted an extravagant concert on Sunday last for their star-studded wedding at a lavish Indian palace. Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26 performed an opulent Indian music and dance routine as their friends and family clapped along at the Umaid Bhawan palace in the western city of Jodhpur....................


In the UAE, Thumbay Group founder and president Thumbay Moideen is already well known as one of the country’s success stories, having turned a chance meeting decades ago into a huge and diversified – and expanding – business conglomerate. But rather than rest on his laurels, Thumbay is ready to embark on a new journey that will see the company spread as far afield as West Africa and the Balkans.     The Thumbay Group story began in earnest in 1997, when Thumbay – a third generation…


Hundreds of visitors at the Mall of the Emirates were treated to the longest cake of this festive season, prepared by a team of 12 chefs of the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. Friday saw the return of the UAE's largest charity cake sale at the Mall of the Emirates that is expected to raise more than Dh100,000 for charity. The Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale, now in its 13th year, aimed to sell a record 800 metres (roughly 1,800 pieces) of cake and donate the proceeds to Emirates Red Cresc…


2018-12-08

لقائد العام لشرطة ابوظبي والقائد العام لشرطة دبي يشهدان جلسة عصف ذهني بعنوان "مجلس الريادة الأمني"


An unidentified motorist was so fed up with massage card distributors, took matters into his own hands and put up a card of his own on his car. The Dubai-based musician, Harris Dio Smith, saw the hilarious message and posted a photo on his Facebook page that has since gone viral, according to the City Vibes. In all caps, the message read 'do not put card please!' in an effort to shoo away card distributors that are apparently rampant in Al Barsha area.


Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has launched the Dubai Audio Library, the largest Arabic audio library in the world. The library, which targets seven million visually impaired people in the Arab world, is an initiative undertaken by the RTA in collaboration with the website Bookshare.org. The launch of the initiative coincides with International Volunteers Day. Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA; …


The UAE Embassy in Paris just issued a series of tweets for its citizens on their official twitter handle. The warning reads: "The UAE Embassy recommends that residents and citizens of Paris be prepared for the protests due to take place on Saturday, December 8.    "We advise that you do not leave your residence under any circumstances and avoid the Champs-Élysées and Place du Trocadéro, Place Vendôme, Place de l'Étoile, and any gardens or squares near the Élysées Palace as well as…


Huawei Saudi Arabia will officially open its first flagship showroom in Riyadh in January 2019 which will be its largest in the Middle East and Africa region. The Chinese electronics giant said the move demonstrates its "commitment towards the kingdom and its trust in the local market". Pablo Ning, vice president of Huawei Saudi Arabia said: “We are honoured to inaugurate Huawei’s first flagship showroom... which is our way of demonstrating our commitment to the Saudi market and our apprecia…


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday approved the formation of the Dubai International Communication Committee (DICC). Initiated by the Government of Dubai Media Office, the committee seeks to promote "effective and positive engagement" with international media to raise the profile of Dubai’s major achievements and initiatives. Sheikh Mohammed also approved the Media Briefings Programme, which aims to keep local, regional and in…


Ariana Bundy, the Iranian-American celebrity chef, has chosen Dubai to open her debut restaurant. The popular TV chef and cookbook author is due to open Ariana’s Persian Kitchen at The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences which is due to open on the Palm next year. “The stunning design of the resort convinced me that this was the ideal time and place to open my first restaurant,” said Bundy.....


Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector grew at its fastest rate this year in November, as the economy show signals that it is recovering from austerity measures imposed at the start of 2018. The Emirates NBD Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for Saudi Arabia rose to 55.2 in November from 53.8 in October, the highest reading this year. However, the PMI in November is still below the series average of 57.7, and the year-to-date average is lower than it was for the same period in 2017, indicating…


2018-12-07

The RAK Department of Finance along with the Electronic Government Authority, EGA, announced the extension of their partnership with RAKBANK as exclusive acquiring bank and STS PayOne as a leading regional provider of ePayment solutions, to launch RAK SmartPay as an integrated e-payment system in Ras Al Khaimah. This was announced during a press conference held today at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah. The implementation of the project, which was developed on STS PayOne's SmartGate, …


2018-12-07

Global trade enabler, DP World, today announced the successful closing of the acquisition of 100 percent of the Unifeeder Group, an integrated logistics company with the largest and best-connected feeder and growing shortsea network in Northern Europe with connectivity to approximately 100 ports. Unifeeder operates the largest and most densely connected common user container feeder and an important and growing shortsea network in Europe, serving both deep-sea container hubs and the intra-Europe …


2018-12-07

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group today unveiled a specially commissioned art piece named ‘From the Heart of Zayed’. The art piece, designed and created by Elygraf, a Filipino artist based in Dubai, was commissioned by Emirates Group to pay homage and celebrate the legacy of the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates who continues to inspire present and future generations…


India has decided not only to support development projects in neighbouring Maldives on a bilateral basis but also join hands with USA, Japan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to develop islands in the key Indian Ocean region. Delhi is expected to announce a financial package during new President Ibu Solih’s December 17 trip to assist Maldives overcome a budget crisis and fund various civilian projects, persons familiar with the issue told ET. Solih will be in India on his maiden state ..  Read mor…


The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued several federal decrees to establish the UAE Embassy in Zimbabwe and appoint and promote members of the diplomatic corps. The decrees were published in the latest edition of the Federal Official Gazette and stipulate the establishment of the UAE Embassy in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, as well as the transfer of Saqr Nasser Ahmed Abdullah Al Raissy, UAE Ambassador to Italy and Non-Resident Ambassador to Macedonia and San Rem…


Some 5,000 fake social media accounts were blocked in the UAE through a smart system, the Dubai Police said on Wednesday as they launched their new awareness campaign against online fraud. Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation and Investigation, said at the campaign's launch that the Dubai Police have partnered with telecommunications firm Etisalat to closely monitor suspicious social media activity and block bogus accounts. Mohammed Al Zar…


Dubai-based DP World on Thursday announced the takeover of the Unifeeder Group, an integrated logistics company with connectivity to approximately 100 ports in Northern Europe. Unifeeder operates the largest and most densely connected common user container feeder and an important and growing shortsea network in Europe, serving both deep-sea container hubs and the intra-Europe container freight market, DP World said in a statement. The transaction valued at €660 million ($747 million) will enha…


ADNOC Distribution, the UAE-based fuel and convenience retailer, has announced the start of operations in Saudi Arabia. The company, a unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, said two service stations opened this week, one near Riyadh and one in the Eastern Province. This marks the first phase of a commitment the company made at the time of its IPO in December 2017 to grow its business, not only in the UAE but also internationally.   The company added that it is currently reviewing a num…


2018-12-06

The key roles of women and youth in realising the sustainable economic development in the UAE, the Arab region, and beyond, and the importance of boosting their participation in all market sectors will be brought under the spotlight next week by a group of business leaders and economic experts, at the Sharjah FDI Forum 2018. These discussions will be held as part of the forum’s fourth edition titled "Shaping the Future of Economies", on 10th and 11th December, 2018, at the Al Jawaher Reception…


2018-12-06

 The first "Emirati-Lebanese Investment Forum" began today in Abu Dhabi. The forum was jointly organised by the Ministry of Economy and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ADCCI, in cooperation with the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Lebanon. The forum was launched by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and Mohamed Shuqair, Chairman of the Lebanese Economic Authorities and Cha…


2018-12-06

The inaugural Digital Economy Conference, DEC 2018, will be held in the nation's capital, Abu Dhabi. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Summit will take place on 16th and 17th December at the Emirates Palace. DEC 2018, organised by the Council of Arab Economic Unity within the League of Arab States, will illustrate and discuss a vision for the digital economy throughout t…


2018-12-06

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the country’s central bank, to cooperate in the authorisation and supervision of banks and insurers operating in both markets. The MoU was signed by the Chief Executive of the DFSA, Bryan Stirewalt, and the Deputy Governor of Bank Negara, Jessica Chew Cheng Lian. The official signing took place on the sidelines of the 2018 International Conference of B…


South East Asia

To be a tech-driven, modern accommodation brand that is available on every relevant street corner in Southeast Asia—and, possibly, the world. Such is the ambition of RedDoorz, an online  hotel booking platform which promises high-quality amenities and services in affordable accommodations. The company partners with existing budget hotels which they rebrand under their name—a name that guarantees a pleasant stay that won’t burn a hole in one’s pocket. Read more: https://business.inquire…


Aside from being heavily tech-oriented, Filipino Gen Zers—those born in 1996 and later—are looking to work not just for money, but for companies that are socially and environmentally responsible, and can provide them with opportunities to experience new things in their careers, says a recent study commissioned by information technology company Dell Technologies.Read more: https://business.inquirer.net/261952/attracting-the-filipino-gen-z#ixzz5ZFxFtmu3 


The two Dennis Uys in the local business scene might end up as partners in the telecommunications space. Converge ICT Solutions, a fixed broadband company that is seeking to go nationwide, signaled its openness to a commercial agreement with the Mislatel Consortium, a venture backed by China Telecom that was confirmed as the new major telco player last month. Read more: https://business.inquirer.net/261981/telco-rivals-may-end-up-as-partners#ixzz5ZFw0TRAP 


Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution inaugurated the special economic zone (KEK) in Galang Batang, Riau Islands, over the weekend. “The economic zone, which has an estimated investment value of Rp 36.25 trillion [US$2.5 billion], is expected to become a major production center for aluminum and its downstream products,” he said as reported by Antara news agency. Darmin added that the new KEK would lift economic activity in the region through the employment of over 23,300 workers. In…


2018-12-10

 International hospitality chain Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts is coming to Jakarta by the middle of next year. Its parent company, French multinational hospitality group AccorHotels, said in a statement on Tuesday that the first Swissôtel in Indonesia would be located in a mixed-use lifestyle mall complex in Pantai Indah Kapuk in North Jakarta, which belongs to local property developer, the Agung Sedayu Group. Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue will feature 412 spacious rooms, six restaurants, …


Go-Jek is one of the most sought-after employers for young people and founder Nadiem Makarim shared some advice for them based on his eight-year experience transforming Go-Jek from a ride-hailing app with only 20 drivers into a US$9 billion Southeast Asian unicorn. One of his pieces of advice is not to listen to too many experts, including himself, while another is to embrace luck.  Here are the nine pieces of advice he shared with young people to survive and thrive during an invitation-on…


Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company has forecast fast growth for e-commerce in Indonesia, predicting sales to reach US$65 billion annually by 2022, eight times the $8 billion recorded in 2017. “Our research suggests some 30 percent of online commerce – sales worth US$2.5 billion in 2017 – is additional spending that would not have existed if not for online commerce,” said Simon Wintels, a partner of McKinsey, in a statement received on Monday. McKinsey noted that the bu…


Several factors have forced numerous small and medium-sized hoteliers to put their properties on the block. Some industry observers are astonished to see so many hotel operators put their properties up for sale during the high season, when they are expected to reap profits. A recent news report said about 50 small and medium-sized hotels in Chiang Mai are in dire financial straits because of plunging Chinese guests. The decline of the Chinese market has forced some operators in that market to se…


2018-12-10

A tranche of seemingly populist policies has been sprouting forth from the military-led government, pointing to something much more than a bid to boost domestic demand amid a murky economic outlook. Critics... link:https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1590826/whiff-of-populism-in-latest-schemes


2018-12-10

Many businesses in Ho Chi Minh City have prepared more than enough goods at stable prices for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 5.Nguyen Ngoc An, General Director of Vissan Joint Stock Company, the country’s leading food producer, said the company began its plans for the year’s biggest holiday a few months ago.The company would supply 3,200 tonnes of fresh meat and 2,800 tonnes of processed foods, 15-20 percent higher than for last Tet. It also planned to launch many …


2018-12-10

The logistics sector has been the bottleneck for Vietnam’s economic development, but offers plentiful opportunities for local startup companies with the application of technologies.In a report on the Vietnamese logistics market released by the business data and information provider StoxPlus, the percentage of logistics cost over the nation’s total gross domestic product (GDP) is 20.8 percent, much higher than the world’s average rate of 10-11 percent........


2018-12-10

The first-ever centre for examining fine art works and photographs has been opened by the Department for Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Vi Kien Thanh, director of the department, said the centre was inaugurated after eight months of preparation due to the fact that there have been many convincing imitations of famous artists’ works sold in the country.The centre will work as a public service, Thanh said, adding that while no other indi…


2018-12-10

An international cuisine festival, the sixth of its kind was held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Service Department for Diplomatic Corps at the Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound in Hanoi on December 9.Opening the annual event, Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga, who is spouse of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and sponsor of this year’s edition, thanked international friends, embassies, ASEAN Women's Circle of Hanoi and businesses for their participation and contributions…


2018-12-10

 Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia and Vietnam’s Thien Minh Group on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a new low-cost airline in Vietnam.Under the MoU, the two sides will invest in aircraft to form a fleet for the new airline.According to Thien Minh Group’s CEO Tran Trong Kien, the fleet will mainly consist of Airbus A320s and A321s, both short- to medium-range, narrow-body aircraft.......


2018-12-10

How can family businesses encourage the next generation to take over the reins? Reuters Plus Correspondent Anita Kapoor speaks with Ng Siew Quan, Head of PwC’s Centre for Family Business Excellence and Asia Pacific Entrepreneurial and Private Clients team, on preparing for the next generation of leaders in family businesses. Watch the video highlights above, and delve further into the discussion by listening to the podcast below..................


VENTURE capital firm Golden Equator Capital's (GEC) move to launch a S$120 million fund with Korea Investment Partners (KIP) earlier this year comes on the back of push-pull factors - the need for South-east Asian startups to expand into North Asia, and the growing interest of.........


ECONOMIC growth across the South-east Asia region is expected to slow in 2019 to 5 per cent, after an estimated 5.3 per cent in 2018, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales' (ICAEW) latest Economic Insight report on the region...............


Singtel's wholly owned Australian telco Optus confirmed on Monday (Dec 10) that it had successfully acquired regional licences in the country's auction of a new 5G mobile high-speed network. Optus won 47 regional lots for a total amount of A$185.1 million (S$182.4 million) across North and Central Queensland, South East Queensland/Northern New South Wales, regional Victoria and South Australia, Tasmania and Southern/Western NSW..............


2019 will be packed with activities designed to take Singaporeans on a reflective journey into the past and give them insights into the island’s rich 700-year history.....


A firm believer of XRP, Mr Ken Tan continued pumping money into the cryptocurrency over the course of this year — even after the prices of cryptocurrencies have fallen from its peak between last December and January this year. Thus far, the 36-year-old businessman has poured about S$100,000 into cryptocurrencies, including the S$15,000 that he invested in November last year when prices skyrocketed.   “When we saw it (prices) went up to the peak, (my wife and I) were like really FOMO-ing (fe…


For Lee Zhi Peng, deciding not to go to university was, contrary to what others may think, not a difficult decision to make.  After finishing national service in 2010 and waiting to start his studies at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), he took up an internship at technology start-up MatchMove. A non-techie then, the six-month stint opened up a whole new world to him. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/no-degree-singaporean-entrepreneur-upcode-academy-11003992


It is 9am on a Monday morning and I have just rolled out of bed, still in my pyjamas. There is a cup of strong Italian Moka pot-brewed coffee waiting for me in the kitchen. Well, it is barely tepid by now because my partner brewed it about an hour ago, before leaving for his office. I reply to WhatsApp messages and scroll through Instagram as I caffeinate myself. How idyllic isn’t it? It sounds like the life of a taitai, or some might say, #freelancelife.   Well, hold up on the eye-rolling fo…


German car and truck manufacturer Daimler launched on Thursday two new bus models to meet the growing demand for more comfortable and safer buses for public transportation. The new buses – the Mercedes-Benz OF 1623 RF and O500RS 1836 -- were designed for medium and long-haul trips, said Daimler Commercial Vehicles Indonesia (DCVI) president director Markus Villinger during the launch ceremony in Tangerang, Banten. The components of the buses, which are produced in Brazil, will be assembled in …


2018-12-09

This app provides a more secure alternative to physically keeping their golds at home or in safety deposit boxes. Using the app is easy and convenient and simply requires the creation of an account with an email and a password.   Gold is often seen as a lucrative form of investment. However, most people have the misconception that gold transactions can only be done offline. That viewpoint is about to change with the launch of the new Treasury app, which provides a new approach to investing go…


2018-12-09

Share:LinkedinfacebookTwitter The sellers will be required to physically have the gold products on hand before they can actually offer them to potential buyers online. More importantly, the transaction should also be finalised through clearing, which means that the product should be received upon completion of payment.   According to a recent report, the Indonesian supervisory body for futures commodity trade (Bappebti) is preparing a set of regulations for those who purchase gold online. T…


2018-12-09

 Vietnamese wood and furniture firms need to improve their designs, distribution and brands to enable Vietnam to become a global furniture hub, a conference heard in Ho Chi Minh City on December 7.Huynh Van Hanh, deputy chairman of the Handicrafts and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (Hawa), said Vietnam was among the world’s largest furniture exporters, trailing only China, Germany, Italy, and Poland.He quoted Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as saying at a recent conference that Vietnam…


2018-12-09

A meeting was held in Hanoi on December 8 to introduce cooperation opportunities between Vietnam’s small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and PUM Netherlands senior experts - a volunteer organisation committed to the sustainable development of SMEs in developing countries and emerging markets.The event, organised on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the Netherlands, aimed to intensify people-to-people exchanges, thus opening up new cooperation oppor…


2018-12-09

 A coffee processing factory expected to become the biggest of its kind Vietnam when fully operational was put into operation in Nhon Trach 3 Industrial Park, the southern province of Dong Nai, on December 8.The first phase of the plant, invested with 30 million USD by the Tin Nghia coffee company, is designed to produce 3,200 tonnes of coffee products per year.The capacity is set to reach 5,000 tonnes in 2019 and 10,000 tonnes of instant and ground roasted coffee in 2021, with total investment…


Cafes offering healthy, fresh and innovative brunches are popping up all over the world, but Vicky Lam was lucky enough to fall in love with the meal in Australia, the meal's spiritual home. Wet scrambled eggs from Cre Asion. The Yakuza pancake at Edition Coffee Roasters. The "crazily good" duck rolls and noodles at Glider. Ms Lam remembers them all................


2018-12-09

Nearly 40 Vietnamese firms are introducing their handicraft products like rattan, brocade and earthware items at the 2018 L'Artigiano in Fiera in Milan, Italy. The 23rd edition of the L’ Artigiano in Fiera takes place from December 1-9. It is an international industry event that’s been celebrating artisans across the world and their creations for more than 20 years. The event is also a rendezvous for Vietnamese handicraft businesses to promote their goods, such as rattan and bamboo product…


2018-12-09

The HCM City Department of Science and Technology has been trying to commercialise research outcomes by linking demand and supply, investing to bring technologies to the market and helping register intellectual property rights.It has created and regularly upgraded the Techmart Online business to business (B2B) portal to offer technology transfer, consultancy and assistance with seeking partners.Universities, research institutes and companies that have technology can join Techmart Online as selle…


2018-12-09

Thailand Post is diversifying its logistics business with the launch of Siamese fighting fish delivery, aiming to help the more than 1,500 fighting fish breeders nationwide and capitalise on high demand... link:https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1589906/thailand-post-nets-fighting-fish-delivery


2018-12-09

The Industry Ministry has finalised four New Year's financial packages worth 250 million baht for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which the mobile cabinet in Nong Khai province is expected to... link:https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1589966/b250m-new-years-present-for-smes-squared-away


Bike manufacturer Royal Enfield would soon set up its subsidiary in Thailand under its plan to strengthen overseas presence, a top official said on December 7. The company which ships its products to over 51 countries from India would be setting up a subsidiary to manage operations in Thailand, Royal Enfield, Head-India Business, Shaji Koshy said.................


2018-12-09

A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday. Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan of Thailand won the title of Miss Asia, and was runner-up to Mexico as Miss World. Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for "Migrantes en el Camino" and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls, according to the Miss World website.........


A boat cuts through waves in the darkness of dawn. Black silhouettes of limestone cliffs loom large as the captain steers his vessel towards a small bay within their cradle.  It's Maya – the crown jewel of Phi Phi Islands in southern Thailand.    With its powdery white sand and crystal-clear blue lagoon sheltered on three sides by towering cliffs, Maya Bay was chosen to portray a fictional paradise beach hidden from the rest of the world in Danny Boyle’s 2000 movie The Beach, starring Le…


 As we approach the start of a new year, some Singaporeans may be considering plans to upgrade — be it from an HDB flat to a condo, or a condo to a … bigger condo or even a landed property? In any case, upgrading your property is a big move that can lead to a lot of financial missteps, so take note of some key precautions: 1. Failing to set aside sufficient funds for unexpected delays   Whether you are upgrading................


Made your list and found out everyone’s been nice? We offer gift suggestions that range from bespoke to just beautiful, while speaking to tastemakers who share their thoughts on the perfect presents to give and receive.


When Bosch Singapore employee Amos Choy woke up with a painful back sprain following an “overzealous” game of basketball the night before, he knew would not be able to turn up for work. “I have back rub and muscle relaxation medication from previous injuries, so I can self-medicate and there was no real need to see the doctor,” the 38-year-old, who works in product communication, told Channel NewsAsia Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/sick-leave-without-mc-compa…


2018-12-08

Wondering why you should work remotely in Hanoi? Remote workers are flocking to Hanoi for its historical background, and they're staying for the Wi-Fi and slow coffee culture. The name itself means “inside the river”, a nod to its prime location along Vietnam’s Red River. For centuries, its position meant that Hanoi was a center for agriculture, a city with so much power that many of Vietnam’s kings made it their capital. ‍ Today, Hanoi tells a different story. Though agricultural acti…


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2018-12-08

Budget carrier Vietjet Air on December 7 announced the opening of a new route linking Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien Giang with Seoul of the Republic of Korea.The event was witnessed by Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Speaker of the RoK’s National Assembly Moon Hee-sang, and Vietjet Chairwoman Nguyen Thanh Ha, among others.The Phu Quoc – Seoul route will operate daily return flights from December 22, with a flight time of around 5.5 hours per …


2018-12-08

 Vinhomes Riverside, a high-end ecological riverside urban complex developed by VinGroup’s Vinhomes, has been named the World’s Best Property at the 2018 International Property Awards (IPA).It is the first Vietnamese real estate project to grab the title, the highest among the IPAs.The high-end project also won the Best International Residential Development and the Best Residential Development Asia Pacific at the 2018 IPA which took place in London earlier this week.The World’s Best Prope…


2018-12-08

 Vietjet Air CEO and President Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao has been recognised as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes.Thao was listed the 44th, up 11 spots compared to last year. According to the magazine, Vietnam’s first self-made billionaire’s estimated network is about 2.6 billion USD, 1.98 billion higher from last year.“I have always aimed big and done big deals. I have never done anything on a small scale. When people were trading one container [of goods], I was alre…


2018-12-08

While growth is set to ease in 2019, Vietnam will still be among the top 10 fastest-growing economies globally, according to the “Economic Insight: South-East Asia” report recently released by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).In the report, ICAEW predicts that economic growth across Southeast Asia (SEA) is expected to slow down in 2019 to 5 percent, after an estimated 5.3 percent in 2018. It attributed the slowdown to US-China tensions.“The resulting slow…


Indonesia will study China’s offer to develop 5G technology in the archipelago, particularly the business model and ecosystem required in such an upgrade. China offered ASEAN countries its services in developing 5G technology at a press conference on the sidelines of  the 2018 Telsom Telmin meeting between regional communications ministry officials in Ubud, Bali, on Thursday. "China is offering [to develop] 5G technology, but it is up to each [ASEAN] country because we need to consider the ec…


Garuda Indonesia launched its “Vintage Flight Experience” on Friday, giving passengers a taste of the past on three routes served by the flag carrier. Passengers on flight GA304 from Jakarta to Surabaya would notice several differences, from attributes and the attires of the cabin crew to brand livery adapted to the "Garuda Indonesia Classic Brand". “In line with the continuous effort of the corporation to improve the service, particularly to give customers a different experience, Garuda I…


2018-12-08

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