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SITTI participates in Dubai Airport Show

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The Airport Show event is going to take place in Dubai in the period May 17-19, 2022. This exhibition is the largest show in its kind in the region, aiming at creating business opportunities between the world’s leading airport suppliers and service providers and the regional aviation airport decision makers.

SITTI is a founding member of Air Tech Italy (ATI), the Italian association putting together companies providing their products and services to #airports and Air Traffic Control. ATI will be participating in this exhibition in a pavillon dedicated to Italy and its MadeInItaly products, with the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the local embassy.

The participation in this event further marks the international leadership of SITTI in the Air Traffic Control market and related Integrated Products. SITTI has in fact already supplied a significant number of systems to most of the countries in the Arabic peninsula. The extremely positive relationship with local partners and customers allows SITTI to proposing its products and services to all interested stakeholders visiting the show.

Voice Communication Systems (VCS), VoIP gateways, recorders, integrated information solutions, consoles are the main products developed by SITTI to provide customers with a comprehensive solution to their needs.

We wait for you at the Italian Pavillon.

Musa, eight NPFL players, and other talking points from Nigeria’s 30-man list for Mexico and Ecuador

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The two games will be Nigeria’s first since the disappointment of missing World Cup qualification after losing to Ghana via the away goals rule. However, the list for the two matches has generated a lot of reactions.

Although the list is a combination of old and new faces, it has been met with criticism, with many questioning the absence and inclusion of some players.

Pulse Sports Nigeria takes a look at some of the talking points from the Super Eagles 30-man list.

Musa headlines the list as the team’s captain, but his inclusion raises more questions than answers. Although he has been playing regularly for his club Fatih Karagumruk, Musa’s inclusion once again shows that the team is stuck in the past.

The World Cup qualification failure should be the start of a new era, with the introduction of new players. However, this list shows that the Super Eagles are not just ready to phase out the old guards.

Also, considering Musa had hinted that he would retire after the 2022 World Cup, his inclusion likely means that will no longer be the case.

It is even more surprising because the two friendly games would have been the perfect chance to try new players.

But with the Africa Cup of Nations taking place next year, Musa’s inclusion in the Super Eagles’ latest squad means he will be in Ivory Coast next year.

While most of the players in the squad are foreign-based, there is room for eight players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Although eight is a lot, it is a perfect opportunity for these players to show their quality.

Home-based players have found it difficult to break into the national team, with the consensus stating Nigeria’s best players are abroad.

But these eight domestic players can prove their critics wrong with a strong showing against Mexico and Ecuador. It also gives them the chance to correct last year’s disappointing performance of their colleagues against Mexico.

A Nigerian team full of home-based players lost 4-0 to the North Americans in an international friendly last year. However, these eight players can strengthen the cases of domestic players with a strong showing.

While the players that will play are known, there is still no clarity on who will be in the dugout. The Super Eagles are currently without a head coach after Austin Eguavoen and his crew were sacked following their failure to lead Nigeria to the World Cup.

Although the NFF has drawn up a shortlist of names to replace Eguavoen, the football body is yet to reach a decision. With just two weeks to the game against Mexico, it appears the team’s first assistant coach Salisu Yusuf will be in charge.

Since making his debut under Gernot Rohr in 2020, Dessers has not played for Nigeria. However, two years later, the 27-year-old is back in the Super Eagles squad.

Dessers’ recall is well-deserved and should have happened sooner. And with some familiar names out, a good display from Dessers would strengthen his case in subsequent squad announcements.

The ex-Utrecht striker has been one of Nigeria’s best players in Europe this season. Dessers has scored 19 goals and recorded four assists in 39 appearances for Feyenoord this season.

Ten of his strikes have come in the UEFA Europa Conference League, where he would hope to lead Feyenoord to a victory against Roma in the final.

Despite the blend of old and new faces, some big names were left out of the squad. Players like Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu and Wilfred Ndidi were all left out.

Osimhen asked to be excused while Ndidi missed out due to an injury.

Nonetheless, their absence is a chance for the new players to show their worth.

Flavoursome Summer Deals at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

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A summer of indulgence awaits.

Abu Dhabi – Step into a world of refreshing vibes and scrumptious dining experiences at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, a luxury 5-star hotel. Kick-start a picture-perfect summer as you choose between an indoor summer brunch or a special Lotus set menu.

Families and friends are invited to delve into a flavoursome Saturday brunch at Grills@Chill’O. Savour tantalizing flavours as you soak up the lively ambience and taste your way through a wide variety of delicacies including fresh meat grills, sizzling seafood stations and beverages, every Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm. The brunch is priced at AED 255 including soft beverages, AED 350 including house beverages and AED 395 including bubbly. Priced at AED 95 for 7 to 12 years, little ones are also in for a treat with a special kids play area.

If you’re looking to pamper your senses with exquisite Thai flavours, indulge in a special Lotus set menu at Silk & Spice, the hotel’s award-winning Thai restaurant. Dive into an authentic culinary journey with a 4-course set menu featuring two starters, one soup, two mains and one mouthwatering dessert, all in a sharing style. The special set menu is priced at AED 195 including soft beverages and AED 295 including free-flowing grape and will be available daily during lunch and dinner. 

Combining French elegance with an Arabian touch, indulge in vibrant afternoons and toasty evenings at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche.

The Popular Lebanese Restaurant Em Sherif Has Landed In Abu Dhabi

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After expanding to London and across the Middle East, the much-acclaimed Lebanese restaurant Em Sherif has now expanded to Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates, which boasts a large number of Lebanese ex-pats, is now seeing a boom in Lebanese restaurants and businesses bringing Lebanese cuisine into the country.

Such as the other Lebanon-based restaurants, Em Serif Café has opened to offer its fine cuisine to the people in the UAE in a beautiful fancy setting by the sea.

Since the beginning of 2022, Em Serif Café had opened in Harrods, one of the world’s leading luxury department stores in London, with both a Deli and a restaurant, and also a second branch in Egypt, located in Park St in Cairo.

In addition to its multiple expansions, Em Sherif was ranked this year as one of the best restaurants in the 50 Best Restaurants of the MENA, along with 4 other Lebanese restaurants.

You can find the restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Corniche Road, West Bay Abu Dhabi. It opens daily from 12 p.m. till 2 a.m.

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Louver Abu Dhabi to be transformed into Versailles Royal Opera House for a secret soiree

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The auditorium of Louver Abu Dhabi will be transformed into the Versailles Royal Opera House of the 18th century. Experience theater shows curated by the Immersive Playground ( a group known to create multidimensional theater shows).

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The secret soirée is inspired by the ongoing exhibition ‘Versailles and the world’ which is on till June 4. Big surprises, Music, Live performances, Spoken-word poetry, and beatboxing await you.

There will be three-time slots: 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm and the performance will take place this weekend from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15. The cost of the event is Dhs 100 per person and the event lasts for 1 hour.

Alia Saeed Al Shamsi, the acting cultural programming manager as quoted by the national news, said “ The Royal Secret Soiree starts with a walk-through journey meeting characters and becoming a part of the narrative on the way through. This is approximately 30 minutes of the one hour experience”

Another new exhibition at Louver Abu Dhabi is Stories of Paper. The exhibition is about artistic expressions on paper. These expressions mainly come from the exclusive collection of Musée du Louvre, and other cultural institutions and also from private collections. These collections can be drawings, manuscripts, or contemporary installations.

The tickets can be purchased at Virgin Megastores online or in the UAE.

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MultiChoice to invest in Ghana’s film industry, launches Akwaaba Magic Abusua

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MultiChoice Group is expected to continue investing in Ghana’s film and arts industry, which will positively impact the country’s economy.

MultiChoice has already invested $1 million after launching a 24-hour channel; Akwaaba Magic on DSTV and GOtv and later Showmax to showcase authentic Ghanaian content in a bid to revive the industry. 

This is believed to have impacted the economy with over 5,000 direct and indirect jobs created.

Executive Head, West Africa in charge of content, Dr Busola Tejumola, speaking at the 1st anniversary of Akwaaba Magic and launch of Akwaaba Magic Abusua channel in Accra said the company will invest in people, content and infrastructure.

“In just a year, the channel has been able to commission at least 10 series including ‘Dede’, ‘To Have And To Hold’, ‘Sankofa’ but to mention a few”.

“13 features films are currently in production and on-air. We set a very high target after the launch last year and I must say that Ghana didn’t disappoint,” she stated.

MultiChoice to invest in Ghana’s film industry, launches Akwaaba Magic Abusua

According to her, Akwaaba Magic was the 8th most-watched channel on DSTV in its first month and currently remains in the top 20.

Dr Busola Tejumola shared how Akwaaba Magic has helped producers and other players who were hard hit by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Although the launch of Akwaaba Magic Abusua is seen as a bold statement by MultiChoice, it comes as no mean achievement as it was a ‘tussle’ between MultiChoice Ghana and its headquarters in Dubai before being given the nod.

With a presence in 48 countries, Akwaaba Magic Abusua is expected to continue on the trajectory of the Akwaaba Magic channel.  

Chair of MultiChoice Ghana, Richard Darko said Africa Magic channels have made a significant impact on Nollywood contributing $600 million in 2019 to the GDP of Nigeria.

“Nollywood is identified in the economic growth of Nigeria with a planned $1 billion in export revenue. Ghana’s film industry can also become a major contributor to economic growth,” he said. 

Richard Darko, however, pointed out that the lack of a sustainable distribution network made up of cinemas, film festivals, auditoriums and streaming platforms affects the film industry in Ghana.   

Managing Director of MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere indicated that these channels will churn out quality entertainment.

“Productions including ‘Dede’, ‘To Have And To Hold’, ‘Inspector Bediako’, ‘Accra Medic’, among several others shot in Ghana and along with our investment, various communities have been positively impacted,” he mentioned.

Akwaaba Magic is said to have provided the platform for Ghanaians to showcase their talents and provide content to a global audience on Showmax.

MultiChoice maintained that this feat could not have been possible without key stakeholders including the National Film Authority, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, film producers, directors guild, actors guild and independent producers.

As the company continues to push its hyper-local concept with the Akwaaba Magic Abusua channel on DSTV and GOtv, other allied sectors are expected to grow.

Mr Alex Okyere highlighted content piracy, weak regulatory framework, and limited training opportunities, among others as challenges facing the industry and called for close collaboration to address them.

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey shared government’s commitment to movie production as President Akufo-Addo launched a $25 million pitch concept in 2021.

“This was also invariably to improve on the economic fortunes of creatives and practitioners. We will work hard to get investors for the industry,” he assured.   

He assured industry players that government was working on the cultural policy and Creative Arts School which will be established in Kumasi as well as the Creative Fund which will emerge out of the Creative Arts Agency to support practitioners.

He encouraged players to produce quality content and embrace the digital space to reach a global audience as done by Hollywood and other markets.

Mark Okraku-Mantey commended MultiChoice for providing platforms such as Showmax which is selling local content including ‘Eno’ globally.

Meanwhile, Channel Manager, Akwaaba Magic, Kennedy Dankyi- Appah was happy that more of these platforms will give the local industry extra mileage. 

“We’re showing season 1 of ‘Dede’ and ‘Inside Out’  on Akwaaba Magic Abusua, ‘Tanko Villa’ and ‘Rock That Aisle’ every Sunday and Friday on Akwaaba Magic respectively,”  

“We will show ‘High Currency’ and others in the coming month,” he hinted.  

MultiChoice team is in dire need of talent as the company continues to look for the next big star and big producer.

The company is grateful to the subscribers and entreated Ghanaians to patronise Akwaaba Magic and Akwaaba Magic Abusua for the industry to thrive.

Renowned actors, directors and producers including Fred Amugi, Oscar Provincial, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Ivan Quashigah and many stars joined in the anniversary celebration.  

Royal Air Maroc, Emirates Anounce Codeshare Partnership

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Royal Air Maroc, Emirates Anounce Codeshare Partnership

Royal Air Maroc and Emirates Airlines have signed a codeshare partnership that aims to boost flights between Dubai, Casablanca, and other destinations.

The agreement announced on May 10 in Dubai will be valid from the end of the month, and will cover a total of 209 combined destinations, “providing more travel possibilities and choice of air connections to customers of both companies on their flights connecting Dubai Airport and Casablanca-Mohamed V, as well as to other destinations,” according to the airline.

The agreement will allow passengers to benefit from “more competitive fares, seamless connections and easier transfer of luggage to their final destination,” the statement continued.

Emirates customers will have access under the EK code to 17 Moroccan destinations other than Casablanca, as well as to 63 international destinations “including a vast network in North Africa, West Africa, and Central Africa covering 25 metropolises.”

An Emirates A380 at San Francisco International Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Parker Davis)

Royal Air Maroc customers, on the other hand, will be able to access a vast Emirates network under AT code in addition to the Dubai hub, which has more than 130 destinations including 60 cities in the Middle East, the U.S., West Asia and East Asia.

“We are very pleased to conclude this important partnership with Emirates which will strongly contribute to the strengthening of our air traffic and will offer our passengers a wide range of destinations as well as a better customer experience thanks to optimized connections and end-to-end check-in. end, with international airport assistance within the networks of the two companies,” Hamid Addou, Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc, said in the statement.

For his part, Adnan Kazim, Commercial Director of Emirates Airline, said he was “delighted to strengthen our partnership with Royal Air Maroc through this code sharing and thus offer our customers a very wide selection of destinations across Morocco. , as well as a large choice of destinations in Africa. This will help strengthen our network connectivity, and provide business and leisure travelers with greater choice and convenience when connecting between our two airlines. We are determined to expand our collaboration to deliver greater benefits to our customers  .”

This new codeshare agreement coincides with 20 years of Emirates service to Casablanca, which has carried more than 3.4 million passengers between Dubai and Casablanca since 2002, “supporting the country’s tourism industry, developing trade routes, and making Moroccan culture and traditions known to the whole world”.

With Morocco reopening its borders in February, the country has regained 100% of its network in Africa — 21 destinations — and currently operates eight weekly flights to Casablanca.

In line with the carrier’s summer objectives, African passengers flying Royal Air Maroc will soon get complimentary language options as the company amplifies efforts to attract African customers onboard by making cabin announcements in certain African languages as well as recruiting African cabin crew whole offering African gastronomy, and incorporating it into everyday business.

Air Maroc will launch “very soon” a direct line linking Casablanca to Dubai, with four frequencies per week.

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Nomcebo Zikode jets off to Dubai

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Nomcebo Zikode has taken to her social media to reveal that she is jetting out of South Africa. 

The star has been going international with her music and many of her fans are proud of her.

Taking to Instagram, Nomcebo shared photos of herself revealing she is jetting off to Dubai.

She seems so excited and her fans have flooded the comment section to wish her safe trip.

Although, she did not give details of what she is going there to do but we are sure is business and we can’t wait to hear the news.

Nomcebo wrote: “On my way to Dubai, who wanna go with me. Habibi let’s go to Dubai ✈️😜🤗🥰”

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Papua New Guinea and United Arab Emirates Post Expo Economic Cooperation.

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Abu Zabi, United Arab Emirates May 11, 2022 (Issuewire.com) Papua New Guinea successfully hosted PNG/ UAE Post-Expo Economic Cooperation Dialogue in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Economic Cooperation Dialogue is the final event to mark the incredible journey of PNG at Expo2020 Dubai, which marked the beginning of a new journey of cooperation between both countries.

At ministerial and official levels, the PNG and the UAE International Trade Ministries, and the Chamber of Commerce aimed to connect industries and effect government-to-government, business-to-business, and government-to-business engagements with interested and potential investors to explore business opportunities in Papua New Guinea.

The Economic cooperation dialogue between UAE and PNG was honored by the attendance of H.E Timothy Masiu, PNG’s Minister for Information and Communication Technology, H.E Sorio Eoe, PNG’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE’s Minister for Foreign Trade and international cooperation of the Foreign Affairs ministry, besides more partners, investors, and stockholders from UAE, India, and Pacific and European countries.

H.E Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi started the event’s opening remarks, showing the readiness of the UAE government to proceed with future cooperation that opens ideas and opportunities for the next level of Trade and Economic Cooperation between the UAE and PNG. H.E. said: “through the commendable participation at Expo2020 Dubai, Papua New Guinea was able to draw the world’s attention to its untapped economic potential. There is much to build on the bilateral trade level between both countries”.

H.E. Al Zeyoudi also added, “UAE has an existing Economic Cooperation policy with a reform agenda to explore new relationships and further strengthen the relationship for more trade and economic cooperation with all global partners, UAE’s investor-friendly policy openness to the Pacific Island Nations and welcomes new ideas and cooperation in the area’s of the trade and investment.”

H.E. Timothy Masiu also thanked the Government of UAE for supporting PNG in participating in the Expo and introducing PNG to investors, which enhanced the minimal trade and investment activities between the two countries, that had been steadily increased over the last few years from 2017 to establish a trade facilitation framework to facilitate trade and investment onwards between PNG and UAE. H.E Masiu mentioned that both Governments are working on specific areas of cooperation that will add value to the existing bilateral relations and further cooperation between the public and private sectors. These include; the Bilateral Agreement on Double Taxation, the Air Services, and the Investment Promotion and Protection, which are undergoing bureaucratic processes before approval and enforcement by both parties.

H.E. Masiu said “Papua New Guinea is among the top ten (10) gold-producing countries in the world, yet the country is not a major exporter of gold-based products. The government has implemented reform rules and regulations to encourage more businesses to engage in downstream processing to balance the market and improve the quality of golden products… While PNG’s Economy is welcoming cooperation & investment in agriculture, information, communication, technology, green economy, and gold bullion projects, wherein both countries can collaborate to explore business opportunities in PNG”.

Finally, PNG’s Minister of ICT invited the interested investors from the UAE to consider the investment opportunities in PNG for long-term trade and investment partnerships. While assured, PNG is committed to building bilateral relations with the UAE by establishing PNG Trade Office and Diplomatic Mission in the United Arab Emirates in the foreseeable future.