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Unlocking Growth: The Strategic Benefits of Establishing An Offshore Business Presence in Dubai

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In recent years, an increasing number of UK residents have been drawn to the vibrant and robust business landscape of Dubai, seeking opportunities and a strategic base for their professional future. The appeal lies not only in the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere but also in the host of advantages offered by the offshore business environment.

In this article, Turner Little will explore the key factors driving the surge in UK businesses establishing a presence in Dubai and delve into the specific benefits they stand to gain.

1. Tax regime and efficiency

One of the primary attractions of setting up an offshore location in Dubai is its favourable tax regime. The emirate boasts a low-tax environment with low corporate tax and no income taxes, offering businesses a competitive edge and increased profitability. Additionally, the efficient tax system simplifies compliance procedures, reducing the administrative burden on businesses, allowing them to focus on their core operations.

2. Corporate privacy and confidentiality

Dubai offers a robust framework for corporate privacy and confidentiality. The legal system prioritises business confidentiality, protecting the privacy of corporate entities and their stakeholders. This ensures a secure and discreet environment for businesses, allows them to operate with confidence and security.

3. Asset protection

Establishing an offshore presence in Dubai provides a shield for business assets. The legal structure in Dubai safeguards assets against potential risks, creditors, or legal disputes. This protection feature enhances the overall stability and security of the business, allowing it to thrive without undue and mitigating exposure to external threats.

4. Regulatory framework

Dubai’s robust regulatory framework is renowned for its business-friendly policies. The government is committed to fostering a pro-business environment, streamlining bureaucratic processes, and facilitating ease of doing business. This approach minimises red tape and accelerates the setup and operation of businesses, contributing to a conducive atmosphere for growth.

5. Infrastructure

Dubai’s world-class infrastructure is a major draw for businesses. The city’s modern amenities, state-of-the-art facilities and strategic location as a global business hub make it an ideal base for companies looking to expand internationally. The well-developed infrastructure ensures seamless connectivity, efficient logistics and access to a diverse talent pool.

6. Reporting and record keeping

Dubai emphasises transparency and adherence to international standards in financial reporting. The regulatory authorities enforce rigorous reporting and record-keeping requirements, instilling confidence in investors and stakeholders, this commitment to transparency enhances the credibility of businesses operating in Dubai’s offshore jurisdiction.

Alongside the above benefits of establishing an offshore business in Dubai, there are several key factors that will influence any business owner’s decision to initiate the move to an offshore location. From our expertise, these are the four factors you must consider when deciding if this is the correct location for you and your business.

1. Speed

Are the processes for company formation and business operations swift and streamlined, ensuring that entrepreneurs and business owners can establish a presence rapidly and capitalise on emerging opportunities with minimal delay.

2. Privacy

Does the location offer commitment to corporate confidentiality and data protection and provide businesses with a secure environment. Sensitive information should remain private to help foster trust among clients, partners and investors.

3. Local tax regime

Does the location offer minimal to no corporate and income tax to increase the attractiveness of the offshore location, allowing businesses to maximise profits and allocate resources more efficiently.

4. Reputation

Is the global reputation of the location business-friendly and progressive, to help add credibility to businesses operating within its jurisdiction. A positive reputation can help enhance a company’s reputation and open doors to international partnerships and collaborations.

In conclusion, the rise of UK businesses establishing an offshore presence in Dubai is a testament to the strategic advantages offered by the emirate. From a favourable tax regime and corporate privacy to robust infrastructure and a pro-business regulatory framework, Dubai provides a conducive environment for growth and success. As businesses increasingly recognise the benefits of operating in this dynamic hub, the trend of establishing an offshore presence in Dubai is poised to continue on the upward trajectory.

RAKEZ Offers Dynamic Business Solutions for F&B Industry at Gulfood

Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) is at the annual Gulfood exhibition, the region’s largest F&B event, which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Center through 22 February. RAKEZ is dedicated to offering global investors complete business solutions for establishing and growing their presence in the UAE’s flourishing food and beverage industry.  

The country’s F&B sector is experiencing a significant boom, driven by growing expat population, high disposable incomes, diverse cultural tastes, and a robust GDP. A Statista report highlights the industry’s bright future, projecting that per capita spending in the UAE’s F&B sector will reach approximately AED 14,000 by 2025. This optimistic outlook positions the UAE as a fertile ground for F&B businesses seeking growth and innovation.  

RAKEZ Group CEO, Ramy Jallad, said, “A new global chapter is unfolding in the future of food with great technological advancements being unveiled at Gulfood. It’s time to innovate for a more sustainable, thoughtful, and brighter future for the entire F&B ecosystem across the world. RAKEZ is committed to being at the forefront of this transformation, providing a nurturing environment for F&B companies to thrive in Ras Al Khaimah and seamlessly cater to the regional markets.”  

RAKEZ is home to nearly 1,000 F&B companies, spanning diverse sectors within the industry, including F&B trading, catering and F&B services, distribution and logistics, as well as F&B manufacturing, among many others. At this year’s Gulfood, RAKEZ is showcasing its tailored business set-up solutions designed to support over F&B 5,500 exhibitors and investors from more than 190 countries in leveraging the opportunities presented by Ras Al Khaimah’s dynamic economic landscape and the wider UAE market.  

RAKEZ’s regular participation in Gulfood is a testament to its ongoing commitment to the F&B industry, offering unmatched opportunities for businesses to connect, collaborate, and create a sustainable future for food globally.

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Kuwait Committed to Waste Recycling

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Plastic bottles are collected inside the fish-shaped sculpture and are regularly removed

Kuwait’s Scientific Center stated that it is committed to recycling and sorting waste based on its type, providing containers for electronic waste, paper waste, and clothing waste, all with the goal of preserving the environment.

Speaking to KUNA, the Center’s General Manager Msaed Al-Yaseen said that the recycling program at the center is a key initiative to address the problem of plastic pollution, aiming to educate the community, particularly highlighting the risks it poses to marine life.

The center collaborates with various entities in the country to preserve the environment and achieve sustainable development goals by promoting environmental awareness through recycling programs and utilizing waste to generate economic returns for the state, he underlined.

Al-Yaseen clarified that in 2020, the center created a sculpture titled “The Last Catch,” resembling the iconic Kuwaiti zubaidi fish, serving as a collection point for plastic bottles, promoting recycling to mitigate the environmental hazards of plastic pollution.

He mentioned that the sculpture was a collaboration with Kuwaiti artist Jassem Al-Nashmi under the center’s sustainability program, an initiative that aims to enhance environmental preservation and awareness of pollution effects.

Plastic bottles are collected inside the fish-shaped sculpture and are regularly removed through a partnership between The Scientific Center and a local recycling company, he stated.

After collecting the plastic bottles, the company sorts, cuts, and washes them, transforming them into plastic pellets ready for use in various industries then exporting some of the processed material to other countries.

He emphasized that environmental cleanliness, particularly the oceans being free from plastic materials, is a global goal, pointing out that waste recycling and pollution control have become international demands due to the significant threat these materials pose to the seas and oceans.

He underscored the need to spread environmental awareness and community consciousness to preserve the environment from pollution risks, achieving environmental sustainability aligned with sustainable development goals.

Trading Global Oil Volatility: Top 5 Effective Strategies for Success

Whether you’re just getting into trading or you’re a seasoned professional, knowing how to diversify and manage your portfolio is something you must be doing well. It’s estimated that roughly 18% of British adults trade stocks in the UK, proving just how popular it can be.

However, putting all your money into stocks doesn’t always guarantee a big return on investment. One asset you could trade instead is the global oil market and while profits aren’t guaranteed in this market either, there are several strategies you can incorporate into your trading to give your chances of success a boost.

So, if you want to add a new asset to your portfolio, our guide below is filled with top tips for you to try when trading the global oil market

Why should I trade oil?

Oil is great to trade because of its high liquidity and volatility, which gives traders an opportunity to trade any fluctuations to return a potentially huge profit. Some of the best oil instruments that you can trade include Brent and WTI, which we’ll cover later on.

How can I successfully trade the global oil market?

So, if oil seems like a commodity you’d like to add to your trading portfolio, make sure you take the right steps to give yourself the best chance of being successful. Some of the ways you can do this include:

  1. Learn what moves crude oil – Understanding what impacts the supply and demand of the oil industry can help to make more informed decisions.
  2. Understand the people that invest in it – The oil market is heavily invested by retail traders who tend to put money into assets when they make front-page headlines. This can subsequently lead to high climaxes and collapses, which can put your money at risk or lead to huge profits.
  3. Inspect the long-term chart – Take a look at the long-term chart of the oil market to see when it tends to rise and fall, and what may have caused this. This can help you make more informed investments should something happen in the world.
  4. Use a funded trading platform to develop your knowledge and skills – This can help you understand when to trade oil and when to avoid buying, making your investments safer.
  5. Choose between Brent and WTI Crude Oil – Pick the one you’d prefer to trade and become an expert in that particular asset. Brent is typically used as the benchmark of two-thirds of all oil pricing and WTI is the preferred pricing model in the U.S.

Ready to start trading oil? Get started today and begin reaping the reward of your well-informed trades!

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New Trailblazing Recruitment Agency to Transform the Way Businesses Recruit in the UAE with a Unique Cultural Approach

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Serial entrepreneur, Ryan Jackson, has today launched the revolutionary recruitment consultancy, Culture First Recruitment, in Dubai, promising to redefine the rules of recruitment by placing ‘culture’ at the forefront of talent acquisition.

Unlike traditional approaches, Culture First Recruitment believes that cultural fit is the driving force behind an organisation’s success rather than purely focusing on a candidate’s academic or experience credentials. In a world where ‘culture’ often remains a buzzword, Culture First Recruitment is rewriting the narrative and positioning culture at its heart to build high-performing teams – propelling businesses to new heights.

Culture First is already working in the education sector in the UAE to deliver exceptional talent to meet the needs of education providers. The business also works to find culturally aligned Emirati citizens to meet inclusion figures.

Ryan Jackson, CEO and Founder of Culture First Recruitment and internationally recognised serial entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, said on the launch of Culture First Recruitment:

“We are delighted to see Culture First Recruitment already thriving in Dubai. As a business, we are committed to creating a future where cultural alignment becomes the cornerstone of recruitment.

“Culture First Recruitment is driven by the belief that a workforce united by shared values and a common cultural vision, becomes a powerhouse of creativity, innovation, and overall excellence.”

Jackson, who relocated from the UK to Dubai in 2022 after spending two years in Bali, has two children currently experiencing the UAE education system with outstanding results. Jackson commented “At Culture First, we recognise just how important finding the right fit, is. And this is none more prevalent than in the education sector. With a mixture of cultures, faiths, languages, and backgrounds, finding the right talent to work with such a varied room of students is imperative. I’ve seen first-hand the amazing education system on offer in Dubai and I’m excited to be able to work within such a growing sector to bring even more talented individuals to the forefront.”

The mission of Culture First Recruitment is clear—to elevate the recruitment game and embrace a future where cultural alignment reigns supreme, revolutionising the hiring landscape in the UAE.

As part of Culture First Recruitment’s launch in the UAE, the founder, Ryan Jackson is offering businesses the opportunity to join a FREE webinar every Wednesday on how to master talent acquisition. To sign up for the free webinar, please visit here.

Culture First Recruitment invites businesses in Dubai to experience a recruitment journey like never before. For organisations looking to build teams that not only excel individually but also seamlessly collaborate as a cohesive unit, Culture First Recruitment is the partner of choice. Please visit culturefirstrecruitment.com for more information.

For those looking to find a new career with a business that values culture, please visit: culturefirstrecruitment.com/jobs

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All-Stars Jury Announced for the Second Edition of the ABS Digital Art Prize, First Prize of its Kind to Celebrate NFT Art

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  • Launched in 2022 by the Swiss private bank Arab Bank Switzerland, the Prize is the first award by a major institution to recognize and celebrate digital artists in the NFT space.

 

  • The jury, presided by Claire Silver, includes Dave Krugman, William Mapan, Marjan Moghaddam, Nicolas Gonet, and Rani Jabban.

 

  • The call for applications of this second edition will open on the theme “Journey(s) in Art: Pushing the Boundaries”’ on January 15, 2024 and will run for two months, offering the winning artist(s) the chance to gain a 15,000CHF prize and visibility opportunities across the globe. 

 

After the successful launch of the world’s first Digital Art Prize recognizing NFT artists in January 2023, the private bank Arab Bank Switzerland, patron of the arts and pioneer in digital assets, continues to bridge traditional and digital worlds. This second edition further establishes the Prize as a staple in the digital art field, and sees major creators joining the jury in its quest for the next rising digital artist.

 

The jury will comprise of:

  • Claire Silver, President of the second ABS Digital Art Prize, is an anonymous Artificial Intelligence artist renowned for exploring themes of innocence, trauma, the hero’s journey, and how our view of them will change in an increasingly transhumanist future. Claire’s art can be found in the collection of the LACMA, has been sold at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and has been exhibited all over the world. 
  • Dave Krugman is a New York based Photographer and founder of ALL SHIPS, a creative community gathering artists and creatives. His photography is rooted in the idea that beauty lies at the confluences of certain circumstances, to be uncovered and brought to light by careful observation and well-practiced technique.
  • William Mapan, based in Paris, is regarded as one of the most talented generative artists of his generation. William’s ability to convey emotions through code remains unseen. His abstract digital paintings, renowned for their unique interplay of color and texture, evoke tangible emotions as though created from traditional materials like paint, charcoal and graphite. 
  • Marjan Moghaddam, Winner of the first, 2023 ABS Digital Art Prize, is a leading female 3D artist and OG Crypto Artist exhibiting animation, print, sculpture, installation, and AR/VR. She has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian and is a Tenured Professor of Digital Art in Brooklyn. 

 

Completing the jury for the second time are Rani Jabban, Managing Director of Arab Bank Switzerland and Nicolas Gonet, Board Member of Gonet & Cie and Arab Bank Switzerland. 

 

Rani Jabban, Managing Director of Arab Bank Switzerland, added:  “We’re proud to be joined by prestigious artists and collectors from the digital art world for the second consecutive year, a reflection of the confidence and importance of this Prize in the space.”

 

The call for application will start on 15th January until the 15th March 2024, and will need to be related to the theme “Journey(s) in Art, Pushing the Boundaries”. This creation, a unique piece, will be minted on the occasion or will have already been minted (eth or tezos) in 2023 or 2024 and still in the possession of the artist.

 

After a pre-selection and deliberation phase, the jury will announce and celebrate the winner of this second edition during the Non Fungible Conference in Lisbon. In addition to a Prize of 15,000 CHF and being included in the Arab Bank Switzerland’s Digital Art Collection, the winner will be offered significant networking and visibility opportunities at special events around the world. 

Fire safety

How to Protect Your Business With 5 Simple Steps

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As winter approaches, the likelihood of indoor fires surges within businesses. This heightened risk stems from various factors, including the increase in the use of central heating systems, the installation of festive decorations in workplaces and end-of-year fatigue. The Detailed Analysis of Fires Attended by Fire and Rescue Services Report published by the government in September has revealed that between 2022-23: 

  • A staggering 29% of fires stem from mishandled equipment or appliances
  • Misuse of appliances caused 13% of fires in 2023
  • Flames sparked by flammable items and coming into contact with heat accounted for more than 15% of last year’s blazes
  • Worryingly, 43% of fires go unnoticed by smoke detectors across the UK  

 

To protect your employees, customers, and assets, it’s crucial to take measures to mitigate this risk. In response, Simon Walter, Director at health and safety consultancy firm Rhino Safety, has compiled a set of invaluable tips to help you maintain a secure business environment throughout winter.

 

Conduct a Risk Assessment

Conducting a thorough fire risk assessment involves several key steps. Initially, identify fire hazards and at-risk individuals. Then, evaluate and mitigate these risks, record findings, and provide training as well as develop an emergency plan. Regularly review and update the assessment. Consider the specific needs of vulnerable individuals. If conducting the assessment yourself, use standard guides. If not, appoint a professional risk assessor. Seek advice from your local fire and rescue authority, but remember, they won’t conduct assessments for you.

 

Install smoke alarms

Installing smoke alarms on every level of your workplace is an important step in keeping employees safe. Installing them is just the first step, you must test your smoke alarms regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Most experts recommend testing your smoke alarms once a month. You should ensure that the batteries are changed at least once a year. Put a date in your calendar and stick to it. 

Whilst ensuring your smoke alarms are always working, if they aren’t in the right place, then the smoke won’t reach them. According to research,  43% of fires where the smoke alarm didn’t go off, it was because the fire products did not reach the detector. 

 

Have a fire escape plan

Creating and practising a fire escape plan regularly is an important step in keeping everyone safe in the event of a fire. This plan should outline the steps that all employees should take to evacuate if a fire occurs.

To create a plan, start by drawing a floor plan of your workplace. Be sure to include all doors, windows, and stairways, as well as any other potential exits. Next, identify two ways out of each room, in case one of the exits is blocked by fire or smoke.

Once that’s done, run through the plan with everyone in the company. You can even practice it so that they become familiar with what to do in the event of a fire. Everything from how to leave safely, to where the designated meeting place is. This may seem extreme, but having a plan ensures that nobody panics in the event of a fire. 

 

Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords

Overloading electrical outlets and using frayed or damaged electrical cords are common causes of indoor fires. To prevent these types of fires, don’t overload electrical outlets or use damaged chords. Last year,  29% of all accidental fires were caused by the misuse of equipment or appliances

When using electrical outlets, be sure to avoid plugging in too many devices at once. Each outlet is designed to handle a certain amount of electrical current, and using too many devices at once can cause the outlet to overload and potentially start a fire. To avoid overloading an outlet, use a power strip or surge protector to distribute the electrical load among multiple outlets.

In addition to avoiding overloading outlets, it is also important to never use frayed or damaged electrical cords. Frayed or damaged cords can easily become a fire hazard, as the exposed wires can short-circuit and cause a fire. If you notice that an electrical cord is frayed or damaged, stop using it immediately and replace it with a new one.

 

Stay informed 

Staying informed about fire safety and being prepared to take action in the event of a fire is an important part of keeping employees safe. To stay informed, it is helpful to read up on fire safety guidelines and tips and to attend any fire safety presentations or classes that may be offered in your area.

Educate yourself about common causes of fires and how to prevent them. This includes learning about the proper use and maintenance of appliances and electrical devices, the dangers of smoking indoors, and the importance of having working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your office.

Stay up to date with local news and emergency alerts and consider signing up for a fire safety class or training. Many fire departments offer classes and workshops on fire prevention and response, which can provide valuable knowledge and skills for staying safe in the event of a fire.

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Verofax is Selected by PwC Middle East Among Top Future50 Climatech Start-Up

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Verofax a compliance and commerce SaaS solution provider has been selected among the top Future50 climate tech start-ups by PwC Middle East to help enterprises’ accelerate on their path to Net Zero.

PWC had scoured the region and short-listed from 500 businesses across 11 categories of impact. Verofax was selected among top 6 Climate Change Management and Report (CCMR) startups for its sustainable traceability solution to help decarbonize industries and enable validated exports in line with recent regulations like EU’s Carbon Border Tax (CBAM).

PwC Middle East revealed the 50 pioneering start-ups in the Middle East at Net Zero Future50′ launch event highlighting the groundbreaking technologies and achievements in climate management and carbon emissions reporting, in addition to opportunities and challenges in growing and scaling climate tech businesses.

Dr Yahya Anouti, Partner at Strategy& and Sustainability Leader at PwC Middle East, said: “Climate tech innovation in the Middle East is being driven by some of the most dynamic entrepreneurs in our region, championing new technologies to accelerate the path to net zero. As we stand just days away from the world’s most important climate conference — COP28, taking place here in the United Arab Emirates, we are excited to shine a light on regional innovators whose organisations, we feel, are making the biggest difference in reducing emissions and accelerating decarbonisation in our region. The PwC Net Zero Future50 – Middle

East report identifies leading organisations in this space, and discusses the challenges they face in their ambition to grow and scale. Their range and diversity highlights the vibrancy of the start-up and small companies scene in the region. “

 

Verofax’s automates compliance, traceability and verification

As more countries are looking to decarbonize their economy, the EU and US have recently introduced regulations to curb imports of high-emission commodities such as steel, Aluminum, cement, fertilizers, chemicals and energy. The EU Carbon Border Tax regulation came into effect on August 17 and reporting became mandatory for exporters on October 1st. Existing ERP systems are not built to aggregate data across supply chain and prevent double counting. Thus compliance with operational standards for measuring and reporting in accordance with ISO 14064 standards becomes an unsurmountable challenge for exporters needing to have their multi-tier supply chain comply with such operating procedures, which increases cost significantly. Not complying is also not an option with up to 35% of revenue in tariffs levied at

European Union border customs. The problem necessitates commodity passporting and emissions tracking without the risk of double counting.

Wassim Merheby, CEO of Verofax, said, “Existing ERP systems are siloed by design, which hinders the capability of having immutable data and certifications verified on interoperable system for all stakeholders from material collectors to recyclers, exporters, customs and clients. Verofax offers an award-winning Digital Passporting and traceability solution for multi-tier supply chain verification, enabling seamless compliance and verification of Carbon emissions. The Gulf region trails behind India and other markets that recycle up to 80% of targeted commodities. Recycling can reduce emissions by up to 95%, thus markets with lower recycling threshold are at risk of being priced out of the EU market. The UAE for example, exports $1.5B to the EU mainly Aluminum, and recycles under 10% to date. With Verofax emission verification and commodity passporting, exporters have a great opportunity to trail a path towards export growth.”

Patricia Keating, Scale Lead at PwC Middle East, mentioned “In our analyses of the Middle East climate technology landscape, we see the founders of climate tech companies driving innovation that’s helping to reduce emissions and accelerate decarbonisation. We found that the largest share of our NetZero Future50 companies are working ontechnologies within the sectors responsible for most GHG emissions: With Industry, Manufacturing and Resource Management contributing 29% of Middle East GHG emissions and Energy at 46%.”

Verofax Digital passporting & Traceability solution for compliance verification automation ensures the validation of commodities emissions, commodity provenance, prevent recycling double counting, across tiered supply chain. By calculating and verifying low carbon emissions from mining or waste material collection, Recycling, repurposing and transportation, exporters will lower their costs and increase market access to EU & US in compliance with regulations.

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Increased London Flights to Mauritius Welcomed

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Air Mauritius will boost its frequency from five weekly flights to a daily service to London and move its operations from London Heathrow Airport to London Gatwick Airport from 29th October 2023. The move is welcomed by British tourists and second home owners who according to a study by Trip Advisor put Mauritius as a top 3 trending destination in 2023.

As a holiday destination Mauritius attracts over 1.3 million tourists each year to enjoy its beautiful turquoise sea, lush tropical beauty and high end hotels.  The island is also a popular place to live and own a holiday home. From 2014 to 2022 Mauritius issued a total of 1,198 residence permits to UK nationals of which 11% are retirees.

The lifestyle and 2,900 hours of sunshine a year are a big draw, but so too are the high-quality amenities, good infrastructure and services, and a hospital system that meets international standards. There are also many favourable tax advantages such as no inheritance or wealth tax, no foreign exchange controls, no capital gains tax and foreign ownership of property is allowed.

The leading resort community in Bel Ombre, Mauritius, Heritage Villas Valriche has welcomed the new flights and believes the improved accessibility will make Mauritius even more attractive to those looking for a holiday home in the sun.

Heritage Villas Valriche is a collection of 288 luxury villas and is in its last phase of development in a unique location in the preserved south of Mauritius.

Sales Manager Christophe Piquet says: “The additional flights are a bonus and makes the island even more accessible. With only a 3 hour time difference between us and the UK there is no jet lag when you travel here, and that also makes working from here easier too.”

The development has now introduced some stunning contemporary villa designs, with an excellent choice of ocean, golf course or mountain views. Beautifully arranged within mature landscaped gardens and palm lined avenues, the luxury collection of contemporary villas have been designed by a leading team of architects to complement the stunning natural surroundings. In addition, there is also a range of generous plots of sale for those who would prefer to design and build their own luxury residence.

Villa ownership comes with an electric golf cart to get around the estate, and privileged access to a range of world class facilities and services, including golf club membership, access to an exclusive sports centre and pool, a private beach club and to two 5* hotels  Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali with spas. There is also an excellent choice of first-class restaurants and bars to choose from.

The estate will appeal to nature lovers as it is close to an azure blue lagoon teeming with marine life and there is an enchanting nature reserve to explore, on the doorstep.

Each villa is built on a private land plot ranging from 600m2 to 2,600m2. 1 000 m2 plots start from $552,633 and off plan contemporary villas start from US$1,300,000 including land and registration fees.

The development is part of the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) which gives owners residency rights for the owner and their family.

Example Property

Villa Bright – Price US$1,300,000
This fabulous 2/3- bedrooms villa is located next to a nature reserve in the preserved south of Mauritius and is just a few moments’ walk from the turquoise-coloured Indian Ocean and a long sandy beach.

The 162 sq.m home has a contemporary architecture, with large glass doors opening from the living area onto a patio with seating and dining area, and an outdoor pool alongside the fairway of hole 14 of the famous Château Golf Course.

The home also benefits from 24/7 hour security and maintenance of your villa and the landscaped common areas.

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RAKEZ and Amazon UAE Collaborate to Empower SMEs to Grow Online

RAKEZ and Amazon UAE MoU Signing Ceremony

Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) and Amazon UAE have entered into a strategic collaboration to enable businesses registered within the hub to sell their products to millions of customers across the UAE on Amazon.ae. The initiative is aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to scale their businesses online, by enabling them to leverage Amazon’s capabilities, tools, services, programs and people to navigate the digital economy.

 

The collaboration was cemented through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RAKEZ Group CEO Ramy Jallad and Amazon Seller Success Director in MENA Jasmin Frick.

 

As part of the collaboration, members of the RAKEZ business community will have access to a suite of Amazon’s services including tools for seamless seller registration and onboarding; seller education through on-site training, in-person workshops and live webinars; and support teams to ensure a smooth digital journey.

 

RAKEZ Group CEO Ramy Jallad said, “With the UAE’s e-commerce industry expected to reach USD 9.2 billion in 2026, SMEs operating in the online space have a huge potential to unlock greater success. In this light, we are thrilled to collaborate with Amazon, to provide the SMEs in our community the opportunity to gain access to Amazon’s array of capabilities to reach new heights.”

 

RAKEZ is home to over 18,000 companies, with a significant number of SME businesses focused on product sales. Jallad added, “By providing SMEs with the tools to scale up, we anticipate a surge in online sales, innovations, and the strengthening of the UAE’s online retail landscape. This aligns with our ongoing mission to support the SME sector in Ras Al Khaimah and underscores our commitment to bolstering the UAE’s overall non-oil economic diversification.”

 

Jasmin Frick, Director of Seller Success at Amazon MENA, said, “At Amazon, SMEs are core to our customer-centric mission. Our sellers play a pivotal role in enriching our customers’ experience, offering a wider selection of products and competitive prices. Selling on Amazon.ae offers sellers an opportunity to expand their footprint as they tap into our business model to better serve the millions of customers that visit Amazon every day across the UAE. This is closely aligned with our goal of hosting products from 100,000 businesses, including local SMBs, on Amazon.ae by 2026, in alignment with Dubai’s Economic Agenda D33.”

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Saudi Tourism Authority and JCB Sign a MoU to Boost Tourism in Saudi Among Global JCB Cardmembers

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Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCB) have reached a historic agreement aimed at boosting tourism in Saudi among JCB cardmembers globally. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 15 October 2023 and signifies a significant milestone in collaboration between the two entities.

Alhasan Aldabbagh, President of Asia Pacific Markets at Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), said: “We are thrilled to partner with JCB International, a global leader in payment and technology. This is a great opportunity for our tourism industry, as it will offer more convenience, familiarity, and security for Japanese travelers and other Asian tourists who prefer to use cashless payment methods. We believe this collaboration will enhance the appeal of Saudi as a destination for international visitors and support our vision of becoming a leading global tourism hub.”

The partnership with JCB is anticipated to unlock various opportunities for cooperation between Saudi and Japan. Notably, Japan is one of the 57 countries eligible for Saudi’s e-visa and visa on arrival, with special benefits such as a free one-night hotel stay for tourists flying onwards on SAUDIA as part of Saudi’s 96-hour Stopover Visa program.

Other key initiatives include VisitSaudi.ja portal in Japanese and joint marketing campaigns with leading travel trade partners to create excitement all year round. Japanese holidaymakers can also take advantage of special hotel offers from local Destination Management Companies (DMC), with attractive deals inviting them to discover the true home of Arabia on their terms.

Mr. Yoshiki Kaneko, President and CEO of JCB International Co., Ltd, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership: “This is a great chance for us to promote exciting travel experiences to Saudi for our cardmembers. Like Japan, Saudi is a truly unique destination, with fascinating nature, culture and history.”

He added, “We’ve been working closely with the leading local banks in Saudi such as SNB, Alinma Bank, Riyad Bank, ANB, and Bank Al Jazira on merchant and ATM enablement to ensure JCB’s 154 million card members enjoy a seamless experience in Saudi.”

This partnership signifies an important step in enhancing tourism, facilitating travel, and fostering greater cultural exchange between Saudi and Japan.

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After Covid-19 Close Shave, It’s Time For Africa Boost Its Healthcare

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Improving healthcare in Africa is a moral imperative and a strategic opportunity

In an increasingly interconnected world, the strength of a nation’s health security and systems holds paramount importance. Nowhere is this truer than in the diverse, young, and energetic continent of Africa, where the need to fortify health security has become a pressing imperative.

It is widely acknowledged that adequate healthcare infrastructure is the backbone of a strong health system. This includes hospitals, clinics, laboratories, supply chains, manufacturing, and data management systems.

Improving healthcare in Africa is a moral imperative and a strategic opportunity. Africa can unlock its human potential, accelerate economic growth, and contribute to global security and stability by investing in health.

Moreover, by strengthening its health systems and capacities, Africa can better prepare for and respond to future health threats, including pandemics such as Covid-19, which posed an unprecedented challenge to the continent’s healthcare system, testing its capacity, resources, and resilience.

Read: Base technology for Africa on the best scienceUndoubtedly, the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the gaps and weaknesses in Africa’s health security, such as inadequate surveillance, testing, tracing, isolation, treatment, and vaccination. It also brought into focus unprecedented opportunities for change and growth.

As the continent grapples with existing health challenges and prepares for potential future crises, strengthening health security and systems has become not just an aspiration but a necessity.

Current disparities across countries include inadequate infrastructure, equipment, and supplies; shortage of skilled health workers; weak health information systems; low access and coverage; high out-of-pocket expenditures; insufficient domestic funding; weak governance and accountability; and frequent outbreaks and emergencies. These challenges hamper Africa’s ability to provide quality services to its population.

A multi-faceted approach is needed to address both immediate concerns and long-term systemic issues. For instance, domestic and international health financing is a vital pillar that catalyses infrastructure development, human resource expansion, supplies, and training. The challenge lies in aligning public and private financing for harmonisation and high impact.

Similarly, re-evaluating administrative and development finance structures, emphasising preventive and promotive care, and fostering collaborative coordination between state and non-state partners are crucial steps that should be emphasised.

One of the key areas that requires urgent attention is the development of resilient health information systems that can provide timely and accurate data for decision-making and resource allocation.

Read: GATES: Invest in Africa’s youthWith reliable data, monitoring health outcomes, tracking progress, identifying gaps, and responding to emerging threats is easier. Data also enables accountability and transparency, which are essential for building trust and confidence among stakeholders.

Another important aspect of strengthening health security and systems is promoting community engagement and empowerment.

Communities are not only beneficiaries of health services but also active agents of change who can contribute to health promotion, disease prevention, and outbreak response. Engaging communities in designing, implementing, and evaluating health interventions can enhance their ownership, participation, and satisfaction.

Moreover, empowering communities with knowledge, skills, and resources can enable them to demand and access quality services, protect their rights, and hold duty-bearers accountable.

Nevertheless, a robust health workforce becomes indispensable for effective healthcare delivery. Therefore, Africa must focus on training and retaining healthcare professionals, providing ongoing education, and creating incentives to work in underserved areas.

The growing brain-drain of skilled medical practitioners from Africa heading to other countries for greener pastures is a thorn that must be managed as it often undermines efforts by different African countries to be self-sufficient in terms of health human capital.

In a rapidly changing technological landscape, where virtually every sector relies on data, timely and accurate data is critical for making informed decisions within and outside Africa’s health systems.

Strengthening health information systems can enhance disease surveillance, resource allocation, and policy formulation. Additionally, digital health solutions can bridge geographical gaps and improve access to healthcare services, especially in remote regions.

At the same time, encouraging research and innovation within the healthcare sector can lead to disease prevention, diagnostics, and treatment breakthroughs. Collaborations between governments, academia, and the private sector can foster an environment where local solutions are developed to address Africa’s unique health challenges.

Read: WHO: Health workers’ exodus leaves Africa vulnerableLeveraging Africa’s demographic dividend, a youthful population will drive positive change. Investing in health education, promoting healthy lifestyles, and engaging the youth in healthcare advocacy can create a generation that benefits from improved health systems and actively contributes to their betterment.

Such deliberate health programming will fast-track Africa’s dream of achieving universal health care, shifting from our idea of curative services to that of buying medicine.

Minimising deaths, mainly caused by communicable diseases, road and transport accidents, and the lack of rescue and ambulatory services, is essential, reducing out-of-pocket health financing at the family unit. Turning these progressive and sustainable ideas into reality requires commitment, collaboration, and sustained effort from governments and international organisations.