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DHL HOLDS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE IN DUBAI

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Updated : April 16, 2015 0:0  ,
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The Logistics giant launches “Internet of Things in Logistics” trend report at the conference

DHL, the world’s leading logistics service provider, and Cisco Systems released a new white paper entitled “Internet of Things in Logistics” at the DHL Global Technology Conference in Dubai today.

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the networked connections of physical objects – not limited computers in the classic sense of network connections, but in all aspects of the physical world – for example, shoes that can tell its owner the number of steps taken, sensors on parking meters that can inform drivers of available parking lots. In the logistics and supply chain industry, IoT will have game-changing consequences from creating more last mile delivery options for customers to more efficient warehousing operations and freight transportation.

Rob Siegers, President, Global Technology Sector, Customer Solutions and Innovation, DHL said: “We are just at the cusp of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. The DHL Trend Report estimates that less than 1 per cent of all physical objects that can be connected to the internet are connected today. By 2020, Cisco estimates that computers (including PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones) will represent just 17 per cent of all Internet connections – the overwhelming 83 per cent will stem from IoT, which includes wearables and smart-home devices.”

The report was unveiled at the DHL Global Technology conference, held from 14 to 16 April in Dubai. Themed “Connecting Markets, Trends and People, the conference was attended by over 150 C-level executives from the leading companies in the technology sector and focused on innovation and major emerging trends.

Commenting ahead of the forum, Nour Suliman, CEO, DHL Express Middle East and North Africa, said: “As the figures show, technology growth is impacting and driving our business and as such we need to stay ahead of the curve. Products too are evolving at a speed where existing business models are ever-changing and new players are surfacing. As leaders in the provision of logistics, there is a tremendous opportunity for DHL to observe how we can shape the industry with our customers; and ensure we are continuously at the forefront of the next wave of technology.

“The UAE and Dubai in particular are keeping up with these changes and moving towards becoming a Smart City. All these dynamics coupled with Dubai’s geographical location make it an excellent global logistics hub connecting the world in a fast paced industry that is constantly innovating to meet customer demand. Dubai is the perfect location to host this conference as we shift towards increasing our footprint in emerging markets of Middle East and Africa and the city acts as the spring board to reach these markets and close the gap.”

“The IoT is offering a whole new level of opportunity for technology leadership in Dubai. IT will be in the spotlight to enable actionable information, build new connections and open new revenue streams for organizations throughout the country. As Dubai continues to invest in technology today and in the future, the implications are already transformational as it enjoys a stronger economy, job growth, and improved education, healthcare, and citizen services. By leveraging the IOT and the new era of the Internet of Everything (IoE) Dubai can achieve a potential value of AED 17.9 billion (USD 4.87 billion) by 2019.” said Dr. Bernd Heinrichs, Managing Director IoE EMEAR & Open Berlin IoE Innovation Center.

The Trend Report is part of DHL’s ongoing efforts in exploring technology innovations which would revolutionize and positively impact the logistics industry. The logistics leader has been a pioneer in leveraging innovative technology solutions to continually explore the use of cutting edge technology for the industry. Recently the company announced the use of augmented reality in operations in warehouses, during transportation and last-mile delivery which could be enhanced by computer-generated sensory input such as videos or graphics. The company was also behind the world’s first commercial deployment of the DHL Parcelcopter, which delivered emergency medications and other goods to the North Sea Island of Juist.

The IoT and its possibilities of enabling new business models promise benefits for the entire logistics value chain, including warehousing operations, freight transportation, and last mile delivery. Difficult operational and business challenges of today may be solved by improved operational efficiency, safety and security, and customer service. The IoT enables monitoring the status of assets, parcels, and people in real time and removes operating blind spots throughout the value chain. In addition, new automated processes and applied analytics are expected to optimize how people, systems, and assets work together and to result in lower costs.

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HID Recognized for Its Design Expertise as Bahrain’s ePassport Wins Multiple Prestigious Awards

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HID has recently achieved global recognition for its Bahrain ePassport project, clinching several top honors. These include the distinguished London Design Awards, the High Security Printing Award, and the iF Design Award. This suite of praises reinforces HID’s leadership in security design, showcasing its innovative approach to integrating cutting-edge security features with aesthetic and cultural elements.

Craig Sandness, Senior VP and Managing Director for Citizen Identity at HID, shares, “Our design philosophy is centered around seamlessly weaving security into the fabric of the document’s design. The Bahrain ePassport is a prime example of this approach, where innovation meets artistry. This is not just our success; it’s a shared victory with our Bahraini partners, local artists, and calligraphers. Together, we’ve crafted a document that is as secure as it is symbolic of Bahrain’s rich heritage.”

The Bahrain ePassport, celebrated for its innovative design, marks a milestone in document security by introducing the world’s first document-embedded hashtag, #teambahrain. This feature is more than a nod to digital savviness; it’s a strong symbol of national unity and a testament to HID’s ability to integrate modern digital elements with traditional security measures.

HID’s work on the Bahrain ePassport has been recognized across several categories in the London Design Awards, including Gold awards in Service Design for Government, Cultural, and Best User Experience categories, underscoring the project’s excellence in functionality, cultural sensitivity, and user engagement. The High Security Printing Award for Best New ePassport for EMEA and the iF Design Award in the Publications and Communications category further validate HID’s skill in creating secure, user-centered design.

The collaboration between HID, Bahraini authorities, and local artisans highlights HID’s commitment to incorporating local culture into its security designs. This partnership approach not only enriches the document’s aesthetic appeal but also enhances its acceptance and significance among citizens, demonstrating HID’s leadership in creating identity solutions that respect and celebrate cultural heritage.

“As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Bahrain ePassport, we look forward to continuing our journey of innovation,” adds Sandness. “We invite governments and organizations worldwide to join us in this journey of creating secure, innovative solutions that pave the way for the future of identity documentation.”

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Fitness First Marks Mother’s Day with Four Days of Free Access

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As Mother’s Day approaches, Fitness First is proud to honour and celebrate all mothers with a special gift of health and wellness. From 21 to 24 March, Fitness First invites all mums to enjoy complimentary access to its state-of-the-art facilities at any of its UAE-based clubs.

Recognising the invaluable role of mothers in our lives, Fitness First is opening its doors to mothers of all ages and fitness levels, offering them the opportunity to prioritise their well-being and embark on a journey to better health. Whether it’s a rejuvenating yoga session, an invigorating cardio workout, or a strength training class, Fitness First provides a wide range of fitness options tailored to meet the diverse needs and preferences of every mother.

In addition to offering access to top-notch gym facilities and equipment, mums visiting Fitness First during this special period will also have the opportunity to participate in group fitness classes led by certified instructors, and connect with other like-minded individuals in a supportive and motivating environment.

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Visa-free countries for UAE residents looking to book last-minute getaways this spring term break

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As UAE schools gear up for the upcoming spring term break starting from 25 March, residents are planning for their well-deserved getaways, ready to embark on new adventures and explore the world. Global travel marketplace, Skyscanner recommends these visa-free travel destinations for UAE residents this spring term break.

Ayoub El Mamoun, Skyscanner Travel Expert, invites families and adventure seekers alike to explore these captivating visa-free destinations

Seychelles starting from AED 2,711 – “A tropical haven with pristine beaches and lush greenery, Seychelles is perfect for family retreats. Explore Anse Lazio’s white sands or snorkel in vibrant coral reefs for a blissful escape.”

Georgia starting from AED 1,703– “Steeped in rich history, Georgia welcomes UAE residents to explore ancient monasteries, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities. Georgia is becoming a regular tourist haunt for UAE residents given the sudden influx of Georgia tour packages and the family activities to be experienced.”

Jordan starting from AED 1,752 – “A treasure trove of ancient history and natural wonders, Jordan is a captivating family destination. From the rose-red city of Petra to floating in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, Jordan promises a timeless family adventure.”

Malaysia starting from AED 1,903 – “A melting pot of cultures and landscapes, Malaysia invites families to explore bustling Kuala Lumpur, beautiful Langkawi beaches, and vibrant neighborhoods in Georgetown. Trek lush rainforests in Taman Negara or dive into the colourful underwater world of the Perhentian Islands. Try Skyscanner’s multi-city search too to explore all that Malaysia has to offer.”

For travellers still deciding on a destination to visit this upcoming break, a Skyscanner ‘Everywhere’ search is one of the easiest ways to be inspired. Ordered by cheapest price, a search to ‘Everywhere’ shows travellers all the destinations available for your desired travel departure.

Skyscanner’s Everywhere search tool reveals return flights to visa-free destinations such as Thailand from AED 1,891, Philippines from AED 1,932, Azerbaijan from AED 1,634 and Malaysia from AED 1,976 round trip.

With the convenience of visa-free travel to various destinations, the options for an unforgettable getaway are endless. So pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for a stress-free holiday.

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