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D-Link has been participating in GITEX since 1997 and the networking company has utilized the platform to successfully interact with end-customers and partners to share new ideas, solutions and get a firsthand feedback from them. Sakkeer Hussain, Director, Sales and Marketing, D-Link Middle East and Africa (MEA), discusses GITEX focus and some new product launches

What is the key focus of your participation at this year’s GITEX?

This year, we will be having two dedicated stands highlighting the two main segments we are catering to, the Consumer and the Business segment.
On the business solutions stand in Za’abeel Hall, Stand ZL-D6, we’ll be showcasing our 4K2k resolution/60frames per second HD cameras, our 10G Switches range, IP Telephony, Structured Cabling Solutions and our Alliance security and industrial networking for niche verticals such as the transport, oil and gas industry from MOXA and Gajshield.

On the consumer solutions stand in Za’abeel Hall, Stand ZL-B1, D-Link will provide visitors a hands-on experience of their latest range of high-speed Wi-Fi routers, their newest additions of Cloud Products, 4G/LTE fixed and portable routers, Home Automation devices and Cloud-enabled IP cameras.

Are you launching any new products at the show?

In almost every product group, we are launching newer, upscale product versions. Most recent to D-Link’s portfolio is our “Home Connect” series with products using 802.11ah, Z-Wave and Zigbee-based technologies helping people to implement a complete smart home solution. The “Home Connect” category includes simple-to-use, app-enabled cloud products like power management devices, home sensors, cameras, Smoke/water detectors, door/window alarms aimed at enhancing and enriching human life.

Another highlight of the show will be the new range of panoramic Cloud Cameras, the new wireless AC routers, our new series of L2/L3 Managed 10G switches and the new models covering IP Telephony, SMB Wireless, Structures Cabling.

Discuss demand for dual band routers?

D-Link dual band routers and access points have always been popular.  Not only they support newer WiFi technology they also offer the fastest wireless connections.  When you have dual band or triple band like some of D-Link high end routers, it is like having multiple wireless routers or access points at your disposal.  You can effectively distribute all your wireless devices on each bands, thus making your wireless network at home or office is as efficient and fast as possible.

Comment on new 4G LTE routers- what kind of networks are they meant to suit?

D-Link 4G LTE routers are meant for offices with no fixed internet available like construction sites or mobile offices.  It is also designed for people that are always on the go.

Another main purpose of 4G LTE router is for Internet redundancy or Internet failover.  For places or offices that cannot afford Internet downtime, this is a good failover system that will ensure Internet connectivity even if your ADSL or leased line connection goes offline.

Elaborate on your 4G LTE range

D-Link believes that everyone have different needs, so we created a diverse portfolio for 4G LTE devices.  We have 4G LTE routers for power users with mobile offices or as an Internet failover for places that cannot afford to have Internet down times.  D-Link also have 4G LTE pocket WiFi for those that requires mobile internet access anytime and anywhere.  For individuals that needs 4G LTE but doesn’t require a pocket WiFi since they only have one device to connect to, D-Link have 4G LTE dongles for these type of users.

Will you be recruiting new channel partners? If yes, for which markets?

D-Link has been very successful in establishing an efficient partner network in the region. We will be further expanding our reach. We would like to make sure that D-Link SMB Solutions and consumer solutions will be available throughout the region.

 

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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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