Dubai 10X Delegation Visits Silicon Valley

One of the most prosperous and progressive cities in the world is preparing to become a global center of excellence in terms of tech innovation, and one of its first steps in this regard consists of transforming government services for the benefit of the people.

In late April, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, along with more than 30 government officials from the magnificent port city of Dubai, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates, visited Silicon Valley to meet with tech leaders and present the ambitious Dubai 10X initiative.

What is Dubai 10X?
Dubai 10X is named after a Silicon Valley business mantra that consists of startup companies 10 times more efficient, creative, profitable, and innovative than the status quo. While this initiative focuses on technology, the goal is to continue transforming Dubai into a global center that will be 10 years ahead of other municipalities in terms of governance, public services, business climate, education, and more.

The visit by the Dubai 10X delegation was organized at the highest diplomatic levels of the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Aside from presenting the initiative, the delegation also made clear that Dubai intends to welcome Silicon Valley companies to conduct research and development efforts in the UAE.

Dubai 10X and the Future of the UAE
Some of the companies that participated in Dubai 10X workshops include Autodesk, Airbus, Google, and Uber. The idea is to invite tech leaders to set up shop in Dubai, where they will find incentives to develop solutions that the municipal government can implement as soon as possible.

A major part of the Dubai 10X initiative is to empower citizens of the Emirates, particularly young people, to become interested in technology. To achieve this goal, Dubai 10X will first apply solutions to benefit residents in the style of open-source projects; these solutions will feature a certain level of transparency so that people can understand how they work and thus become inspired.

To a certain extent, Dubai 10X is a hedge play by the UAE, a country that has come to the realization the oil is far from being an infinite resource. In fact, alternative energy generation is a disruptive trend in Silicon Valley; for this reason, Dubai 10X intends to invest wisely now so that people will not have to depend on oil riches in the future.

The successful implementation of Dubai 10X would not only create new jobs but will also position the port city as an attractive tech destination.

Tourism leading businesses in the Grand Cayman

Tourism is among the leading businesses in Grand Cayman. A testament to the statement, the industry of tourism in Grand Cayman has progressively grown over the past recent years. Although there have been low seasons when tourists hardly visit because of the dwindling state of the economy and harsh weather like hurricanes, Grand Cayman possesses some of the world’s interesting sites. Visiting the Cayman Islands has all positive effects. Here are a few interesting and beautiful places to visit in the Cayman Islands besides Ken Dart’s Kimpton Seafire Hotel:

Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is prominent for its central geographical location on the shores of the Caribbean. The beach is fringed with casuarinas as well as coconut palms. The ravishing sweeps the floor with soft sand in addition to sea flanks. This beach has a beautiful view from the north of Georgetown. Although it has hordes of ships with tourist passengers spilling on the shores, the vast stretch of the beach offers a quiet, peaceful path of soft sand for walking and resting. The beach is free from hawkers and vendors hence the peace and quiet. The accommodation provided around encompasses elegant homes along the quiet shores.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is an outdoor garden with animals and plants. For lovers of nature, this is an interesting place to visit on holiday in the Cayman Islands. This park is located on the North of Cayman Islands, and it has a booming collection of several plants species. The park is made of colorful gardens for beautiful scenery. From Iguanas to lizards parading on the beautiful flowers, this park is one of nature’s best gifts. A walk in the beautiful garden creates a peaceful ambiance for rest.

Tukka Restaurant

Tukka restaurant is one of the most famous places in the Cayman Islands. It is located in the West End. The tasty meals it offers will leave an individual’s buds soaking for more food. Taylor Swift, the American singer, and sweetheart was spotted at Tukka restaurant in 2015. She was visiting the Cayman Islands for a vacation. The restaurant is a high-profile area for celebrities as Tom Cruise was equally spotted during the holidays.
George Town

For business related tourist visits, George Town is the capital city and government center of Cayman Islands. This town has shopping centers and is located on the west side of Grand Cayman Islands. The area is a grand financial hub and is the best tourist attraction for business trips. The national museum of Cayman Islands is located in George Town, in the 19th-century building. This building is on Harbor Drive. The museum display local history with historical culture.


The Cayman Islands offers beautiful scenery and historical sites for business and leisure activities. It is among the world’s most praised tourist attractions.

The Tropical Utopia of the Cayman Islands

Nestled in the Caribbean Sea just south of Cuba, three small tropical oases make up the utopia of the Cayman Islands. Surrounded by the rich blue ocean and lined with an exquisitely beautiful turquoise green shore, it is the kind of place most people dream about. It is the place of refuge for celebrities, where they are as common to the beaches as exotic parrots, turtles, and over two hundred species of bird found in the islands. It is a true tropical paradise when it comes to Made in Cayman properties.

From pirates to Christopher Columbus, the Cayman Islands are rich in fascinating history. Step into the Little Cayman Museum to learn more about it. Explore “Rebecca’s Cave” to visit the grave of a young girl lost in from a hurricane in the early thirties. To add mystery to the history, dive into shipwrecks like the Doc Polson Wreck, or dive along the Anchor Wall. The islands are rich in dive sites, exotic fish and perfect beaches to rest on between dives.

Hungry? The Cayman Islands offer fine dining, such as the highly rated Kaibo restaurant located on a white sandy beach, to the adorable Heritage Kitchen where you absolutely must try the Jerk Ribs! From barbecue to cannelloni, there is something for everyone. While you’re eating, do not be startled if Tom Cruise orders a coffee and sits across from you, or if Cameron Diaz eats a dark valrhona chocolate pavé while flipping through a magazine a few tables down. As mentioned, the Cayman Islands are a favorite for celebrity vacation.

The Powerhouse Gym at King’s Sport’s Centre is famed for A-list celebrities training. Such celebrities include Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Taylor Swift was seen having dinner at Tukka restaurant in the East End. The reason for such an attraction for high-profile celebrities is the respect they are given by the locals. They are allowed to enjoy themselves without the harassment of paparazzi, the bombardment of photo and autograph requests, and are essentially treated like everyone else; a rare luxury for someone in the limelight.

This tropical oasis is a rare and beautiful gem in the ocean. From beautiful dive locations to fine dining, there is everything you can hope for in a tropical island vacation. The Cayman Islands exceed all expectations of luxury, relaxation, and beauty, making it an absolute tropical paradise and a vacationer’s dream.

The United Arab Emirates celebrates the 44th National Day

Every December 2nd the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrates its nationalism with an event called UAE National Day. This year Emirati citizens and diplomats attended events hosted by UAE Embassies worldwide. The following provides a few notable celebrations across the globe:

In Washington, DC, UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, hosted a special celebration event gala. The location of the event, Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, was a perfect fit for the celebration as the event also honored the UAE’s newly announced Mars mission.

In Geneva, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, along with other international organizations based in Geneva, hosted a special reception to celebrate the UAE and its National Day.

In Algeria, Ambassador to Algeria, Ahmed Al Nasser Al Mil along with Ambassador to Sudan, Hamad Mohammed Humaid Al Junaibi hosted a special showcase to share the UAE’s achievements and successes.

In New Delhi, the charge d’affaires of the UAE Embassy of India, Saed Mohammed Saed Al Muhairi hosted a special reception.

In Manama, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Abdul Reda Abdullah Al Khouri hosted a special reception. The event was attended by top Bahrain official and guests, such as Bahrain’s prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and special adviser to the prime minister Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

In Japan, Ambassador to Jordan, Bilal Rabia Al Badour also held a special tribute the UAE’s founders and leadership at an event in Amman.

In Morocco, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco Al Asri Saeed Al Dhahiri spoke highly about the UAE leaders who were instrumental at the creation of the nation. These leaders and their sacrifices reflect the nation’s focus on solidarity and cohesion.

In Australia, Ambassador Dr. Obaid Al Hairi Salem Al Ketbi hosted a reception, which was attended by Emirati students studying abroad in Australia, the Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter John Cosgrove, his wife as well as other senior Australian officials and diplomats.

Other National Day events were also held in Bangladesh, New Zealand, Spain, Ethiopia, Thailand, Egypt, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Czech Republic, Belarus, Malaysia, Brazil, and Qatar.

Earth Day 2017: ‘The experts are fighting back’

An exuberant rite of spring” is how the New York Times described 22 April, 1970. In Manhattan, and across America, “huge, light-hearted throngs ambled down autoless streets.” Earth Day had been born, an outburst of protest – and revelry – that involved everyone from save-the-whales activists to opponents of new freeways. Denis Hayes, now 72, was the man tasked with organising it. “What we did was pull together an event that told all of those people, ‘You know you’ve really got something in common and this should be one big movement where we’re supportive of one another’.”

It sparked, he tells me, the most profound change in American society since the New Deal. “We now have different kinds of buildings, different kinds of automobiles, different planes, different lighting, different land use. People are choosing to have diets for environmental reasons, choosing to have one child for environmental reasons.” And all that, he says, “didn’t come from political leadership at the top, it came from a bunch of demands down at the grassroots”.

Read more here.


Get Ready for the 2017 WRAL TechWire Awards

For those who thought 2017 was just going to be another boring year, think again. On April 25th, 2017 we are all in for a treat. This month, the 2017 WRAL TechWire Awards will be held at Google Fiber’s new headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina to honor the state’s most groundbreaking and outstanding companies in the tech industry. Those who attend can expect to be impressed and wowed at the event. It will be the fifth annual event and is scheduled to air from 6:00pm-9;00pm. Over 100 businesses and businesspeople will attend the event and all of the nominees were nominated by the WRAL Techwire readers.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Cindy Whitehead. Cindy Whitehead is a highly successful entrepreneur with a track record of accomplishments. In 2016, Whitehead opened up a company called “The Pink Ceiling” in Raleigh. As one may have guessed, The Pink Ceiling is doing exceptional. With a business acumen set as high as hers, Cindy Whitehead’s leadership

Over 100 businesses and businesspeople will attend the event and all of the nominees were nominated by the WRAL Techwire readers. The keynote speaker at the event will be Cindy Whitehead. Cindy Whitehead is a highly successful entrepreneur with a track record of accomplishments. In 2016, Whitehead opened up a company called “The Pink Ceiling” in Raleigh. As one may have guessed, The Pink Ceiling is doing exceptional. With a business acumen set as high as hers, Cindy Whitehead’s leadership

Cindy Whitehead is a highly successful entrepreneur with a track record of accomplishments. In 2016, Whitehead opened up a company called “The Pink Ceiling” in Raleigh. As one may have guessed, The Pink Ceiling is doing exceptional. With a business acumen set as high as hers, Cindy Whitehead’s leadership skills have continued to pave the way for women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in general. Indeed. She is a pioneer and a marvel in the world of business. At this point, Whitehead is basically competing with herself.

In 2015, she sold Sprout Pharmaceuticals for a whopping 1.5 billion dollars. Given the foundation she has laid down for others to follow, very few people are as worthy as her in being a keynote speaker at the event.

The award can be broken down into 2 main segments, which are for the start-ups and the enterprises. The Start-up Awards segment falls into six different categories. Likewise, the Enterprise Awards segment also falls into six different categories. For the Start-up segment of the show, there will be the Fastest Growing Start-up, Most Steady Start-up, Best Emerging Start-up, Top Start-up Director, Start-up Executive Leader and Most Noteworthy Startup Founder or Investor categories. For the Enterprise Segment, there will be Highest Achieving Enterprise, Most Steady Enterprise, Best Emerging Enterprise, Top Enterprise Director, Enterprise Executive Leader and Most Noteworthy Enterprise Founders or Investors categories. There are three nominees per category, respectively.

In closing, the nomination of each and every businessperson and business was well deserved. Their contribution to the state of North Carolina and the American people are noteworthy. They represent some of the top companies in the tech industry. Also, each company brought something special to the table.

Visit Cayman Islands Today

It is known as one of the most desirable locations on our planet. The Cayman Islands has it all. From beautiful beaches to exclusive resorts, to great places to stay like Kimpton Seafire Resort. Activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, resorts, shopping, and entertainment. With all of the areas covered, it isn’t hard to see why the Cayman Islands are a fantastic place to visit.

When looking for outdoor activities, there are many to choose from. Snorkeling at Turtle Reef, Stingray Island, and the Cemetery Reef allows snorkelers to see aquatic wildlife up close and personal. If interested in sunken ships, the Wreck of the Gamma is remarkable. Caves and Coves offer unique places to explore as well.

Scuba diving has a huge selection as well. Becoming a part of the underwater world of the Cayman Islands reaps remarkable rewards. From the Bloody Bay Wall, considered the best ever by the late Jacques Cousteau, the USS Kittiwake, and Babylon which runs completely around the island, there is so much to see and explore. Choosing the location is the hardest part of scuba diving and snorkeling.

If the outdoor scene isn’t what you are after, there are resorts, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment to choose from. The Cayman Islands offers everything. Restaurants such as the Blue, Calypso Grill overlooking Morgan’s Harbour, and the Cracked Conch are just a few of the delicious places to choose from when hungry.

With the plethora of things to do and the beautiful setting, Cayman Islands are a much sought out vacation spot. Celebrities from all over the planet visit Cayman Islands. Everyone from Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Tom Cruise are just a few of the big name celebs that enjoy the fruits of Cayman Islands. Former President Jimmy Carter once vacationed here and visited Stingray Island to get close to the majestic rays of the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands are a magical place for people who wish to experience island life.

Beautiful Places to Visit in the Cayman Islands

Located in the western Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands are one of the most spectacular vacation destinations in the world. With miles and miles of breathtaking beaches, the views of the crystal clear turquoise waters. The Cayman Islands are made up of 3 islands, the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.

The Grand Cayman is the capital of the Cayman Islands and the largest of the 3 islands. It’s also the most popular and the most populated of the islands known for its beautiful snorkeling and scuba diving waters. Cayman Brac is the 2nd largest island even though it’s only 19 km long by 2 km wide. It has a 43-meter high limestone bluff that soars above the ocean and along the length of the island and is known for its deep sea fishing. The Cayman Brac got its name from the term ‘Brac’ which is Gaelic for ‘bluff.’ Little Cayman is the smallest of the three islands with no more than 10 square miles of turf. It’s known for the incredible distinct wildlife and endangered species that’s part of this island.

The Cayman Islands are the perfect vacation spots that has a plethora of fun activities and eateries that all ages can enjoy. With its beautiful warm climate all year round, visitors from all over the world flock in to savor everything the islands have to offer. Some of the more favored attractions include;

Stingray City – Home to hundreds of stingrays, visitors get a chance to get up close to the stingrays and interact with them while petting and feeding them.

Seven Mile Beach – This beach is praised for having one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It also has the Grand Caymans most popular resorts, with casual eateries and bars sprinkled along the beach with the most stunning views of the ocean.

Mastic Trail – Located in the Grand Cayman, this trail is a nature lover’s dream. The 200-year-old trail winds through tropical trees and shrubs and surrounded by the most colorful plant life.

Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto – Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto lays 46 feet below water south of the Seven Mile Beach, has the most magnificent diving spots of the Grand Cayman. Both Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto can be enjoyed by beginner and intermediate snorkelers alike.

Cayman Turtle Farm – This turtle farm is a fascinating attraction and home to over 7,000 green sea turtles as well as birds, fish, and sharks. The turtle farm was named Las Tortugas by Christopher Columbus when he found an abundance of sea turtles on the Cayman Islands. One of the features that make this turtle farm so popular is the experience visitors get with hands-on interaction with the baby sea turtles.

The Cayman Islands also have a fabulous nightlife with nightclubs, bars, shows, dancing, and restaurants that offer the delicious tastes of the islands with fresh seafood caught daily and prepared by top notch chefs. Some of the best nightlife places include; Paradise Reef, The Green Parrot, Elements Nightclub, Sky Lounge, and Legendz, to name a few.

Many celebrities love visiting the Cayman Islands for some fun and relaxation, but they also enjoy their privacy. Many stars have been spotted there such as Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton who were there shooting a film. Taylor Swift, John Legend, and Alicia Keys have performed there as well. At one of the gyms in the Cayman Islands, Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, and Dwayne Johnson have also been seen there as well.

These are just a few of many fascinating attractions the Cayman Islands have to offer. There are so many activities like fishing, hiking, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing, as well as countless restaurants with first class chefs, bars, and shops.

UAE Ambassador Congratulates NYU Abu Dhabi’s Class of 2016 with Speech

Last month, New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus had their commencement ceremony. The prestigious invitee to address the graduating class made up of 135 seniors from 59 different countries was His Excellency, Yousef Al Otaiba. During the commencement, His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba was presented with the school’s Abu Dhabi Global Leadership Award that was acknowledging his support of the university and his periodic commitment to pursing his goal of implementing a responsible, peaceful, and fair globe.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s speech came at a prudent time where global peace is a subject that requires the recent graduating class to take action in their careers in order to make a positive difference in the world around them.

In his commencement speech, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba remarked on the importance of the wonderful experience that the students shared together while attending NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus. He remarked that even though they were from all over the world, the NYU Abu Dhabi campus was now their home. It is for this reason that he urged students to take the connections that they have fostered as they embark on their professional careers and to not be afraid to seek counsel and guidance from their classmates. He remarked on globalization and how the world is truly more interconnected than ever before. For this reason, he urged the graduating class of 2016 to use this connectivity to stay in touch with colleagues, make professional connections, and to make a difference in the world throughout their careers.

In the later part of his speech, Ambassador Al Otaiba remarked on the importance of advocating for global values that the graduating class of 2016 had learned while studying at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi. He urged the students to think outside the box, practice tolerance, have periodic respect for others, promote peace, and produce a culture of hope in the coming years. He stated that if a new global culture was built upon the foundation of these principles, then the new leaders on the geopolitical scene would lead the world in the proper direction and will subsequently write the next pages of the history of humankind.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s speech was inspirational in a time where the younger generation needed to hear what was needed in the world to promote peace. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s words were memorable, meaningful, and challenged the class of 2016 to get out into the world and make it a better place by applying their education to promote peace.

Craft Chocolate in Los Angeles

America cannot surpass Europe in bean to bar chocolate revolution because Europe has been in the game since 1700. However, bean-bar chocolate has over 60 years of formation in the market, most recently in Los Angeles. Firms have developed over the years to developing crafted chocolate without dairies, wheat, soy and sugar for the vegans. The market for crafted chocolate has also expanded to the point of a supplier company taking over 4 flights a week to get their cocoa directly from the supplying farm in West Africa, Central America among other regions.

Craft chocolates have since then been a preference considering the ration of chocolate versus sugar which is 70%:30%. This is distinct and substances such as preservatives, dairy and emulsifiers are absent. In addition, craft chocolates have a history of originality that has certainly made many firms in Los Angeles consider it as a priority variety at an added price. Bean-bar chocolate has created an evolution and a direct link with the processors and dealers famous in Los Angeles.

Bean to bar chocolates apparently can be dated back during the area of industrial evolution and Christopher Columbus. The variety with an ancient time in history has gained preference like the Artisanal coffee and craft beer. Artisanal has been a preference in Los Angeles over a decade because of the realized secrets of outsourcing cocoa directly from the farmer. This certainly has captured the attention of many with artisanal originality. The crafted chocolates are loved with the uniqueness in flavor and authenticity.

Letter Press Chocolate LA
The company could be a tiny company in Los Angeles, but has gained popularity in making of crafted chocolates. They have the tendency loved by most crafted chocolate lovers which are bean to bar. Certainly it’s a company that understands that there many lovers of chocolate but not so many who love the way chocolates taste the same. Crafted chocolate from Letter Press chocolate LA has been made with originality which is proven by their direct connection to farmers and their concern with agroforestry.

Choco Vivo LA
Choco Vivo makes bean to bar chocolate from the old tradition that dates over 2000 years back of Mayans and Aztecs. Originality is the key and hand ground tendency in their making of crafted chocolates. History has taught them that just as we eat whole vegetables same case applies to whole chocolates.

Mast Bros LA

The Mast Brothers have recently brought craft chocolate to LA by way of New York, where they have their flagship store/factory. They create bean-to-bar chocolate in a variety of flavors and allow visitors to see the whole process of making the chocolate from the cacao bean to the final bar of chocolate.