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.

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.

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.

Events Calendar: Summer in Camana Bay

Summer is sweeter in Camana Bay where the days seem to be longer, the seas tend to be calmer, and the outfits are flirty. There are also events, summer specials, outdoor movies, and kids’ camps to be enjoyed throughout the season.

For summer events at Camana Bay, check out Drum Circle, and the Flavour Tour. Explore the local produce of avocados, ackees, mango, guavas, June plums, guineps and more at the weekly Farmers & Artisans Market.

Moonlight & Movies is an event that guests can enjoy every Tuesday at The Crescent during the months of June, July, and August.

  • Every Tuesday enjoy a different movie that families can experience under the stars after eating at one of Camana Bay’s signature restaurants or pack a picnic to enjoy during the movie
  • All movies are displayed on a big outdoor screen
  • Movies playing in July include Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Puss in Boots, Stardust, Kung Fu Panda 2, and MegaMind. Movies playing in August include Charlotte’s Web, Nacho Libre, Flushed Away, and Top Gun

Kids’ camps available in Camana Bay include Music Camp, the 4th Annual Camana Bay Multi-Sport Summer Camp, the 2nd Annual Summer Art Camp, Budding Chef Summer Classes, Shutterbugs Photography Camp, Camana Bay Basketball Camp with Orlando Magic, and the Starfish Village.

  • Kids as young as age 4 and as old as age 17 can participate in the programs which last varied periods of time.

There are also plenty of other things that can be done in Camana Bay like enjoying the shops, going to the top of the Observation Tower, or taking the kids to story time at Books & Books.

Camana Bay was developed by Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., a subsidiary of Dart Enterprises owned by Ken Dart. The Cayman Islands hot spot has something to offer for vacationers or residents of all ages.

Sweetlife Festival Returns to Washington DC in May

Sustainability, organic, local foods, carbon offsets, collection, recycle, redeem, are all contemporary buzzwords associated with a rising movement of environmental responsibility and sustainability by encouraging an integration of these values into everyday life and also as a solution for social problems as well as the health benefits of a preservative, additive free, sustainable diet.

In the Washington, D.C. area there is a home for this type of vision, it is SweetGreen. SweetGreen started in 2007 by three college students. In only 7 years, it has blossomed into 10 stores across D.C., 3 stores in Maryland and 1 in Massachusetts.

SweetGreen’s founders came together with five hundred people in 2010 to fellowship with like-minded people in the community the original store serves. That gathering, combined with live music and in only 4 years, grew into the SweetLife Festival. The festival hosts over twenty-thousand people and over 20 musical acts on its solar powered stage including, Lana Del Ray, Foster the People, Fitz and the Tantrum and platinum rap artist Two Chainz along with many other groups an individual artists.

This party with a purpose is held in the Merriweather Post Pavilion, located in Columbia, Maryland, which is thirty minutes from the D.C. metro area. It is a celebration and a continuation of the values on which SweetGreen was founded. This means the festival is carbon neutral, achieved by the purchase of green tags and state-of –the-art solar panels.

Parking at the Pavilion is always free but for more sustainable travel they are providing a “Rock and Bus” billed as luxurious and affordable and also the new ride sharing system Uber. The waste from the festival is used in making compost through a company called Fatworm Composting. Each vendor is charged with providing compostable containers, napkins and utensils. Even event goers can get into the act with a system that offers free stuff in exchange for their trash.

The food section of the party is provided through a large farmers market where festival patrons can purchase sustainable food and also meet and learn from the farmers with the vision to pursue these sustainable, organic methods. The festival even features sustainable beer companies including Flying Dog, who will be featuring beer brewed specifically for the event.

The purpose for the party and all proceeds go to SweetGreen in Schools, which educates the surrounding community and schoolchildren about the importance of sustainable eating. The program is in its third year and is collaborating with the DC Farm to School Network. The festivals partners are Kenny Produce Company, Honest Tea, Uber, Flying Dog, Acme Paper Supply Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka of Texas, Kind Healthy Snacks and The Nature Conservancy.