Dubai Customs Reinforces its eTransformation Strategy with Nexthink


48b6f14deadcOne of the oldest government departments, Dubai Customs achieves excellence in all areas and is 100% smart for its adoption of innovative technologies to enhance its operations and meet the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021.

Dubai Customs processed over 2.241 million transactions (Q1 2016) comprising of 19 main services as a result of its comprehensive work strategy. Building on this momentum; the department significantly relies on technology to support its rapid growth and deliver new services. As a result, the IT infrastructure of Dubai Customs is becoming increasingly complex with 23 centers across the country. As a government entity, responsible for handling highly sensitive information while respecting strict regulatory requirements, IT security is a paramount concern. With Nexthink, Dubai Customs now has real-time visibility of how its IT infrastructure is functioning from an end-user (employee) perspective; giving the IT team meaningful insights on how to resolve issues quickly – ensuring reliable, secure and speedy access for all end-users and customers; and to showcase Dubai as a leading partner in worldwide free trade.

Khalid Sulaiman, Manager Solution Support, at Dubai Customs said“We searched extensively for an IT Analytics solution to help us better manage our comprehensive IT Infrastructure. The Nexthink platform provides meaningful insights by offering real-time alerts and notifications of any emerging problems. In effect, it offers Dubai Customs a window into the future to proactively address issues before they can affect the infrastructure as a whole. Nexthink enables us to significantly improve efficiency and productivity.”

“Dubai Customs is on the leading edge of technology adoption and has established itself as not just a national, but a global leader in trade facilitation and security protection. Nexthink’s real-time analytics provide the IT team meaningful data and actionable insight, to proactively identify service and performance issues even before employees can contact IT support,” said Ahmed Seleem, Regional Manager, at Nexthink“The partnership with Nexthink helps empower Dubai Customs to both safeguard its legacy and lay the foundation for a technology-driven future,” added Seleem.

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Through a looking glass


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Im sure we are not far from a sci-fi life in reality. As days and months go we are constantly being introduced to the next -gen, smart, futuristic and what not devices. So much so that newer devices are being introduced to the market that is more portable and easy to carry around packed more and more with feature- rich capabilities – one better than the other. These are now called wearable technology catering to a whole new audience “on the go”. Opening a whole wide window for developers to create newer apps, software, etc.. Anywhere you go, everyone has one a high-tech gadget for work or pleasure. How dependent we have become – i cant complain they have made our lives so much easier and productive.
Speaking of wearable technology, I was given a Moverio BT-200 to try and test for a while now. The Moverio is a ready to wear smart glass technology by Epson that allows you to project (very similar to a projector instead you wear them) images, video, documents, etc. on a floating screen. 


So lets see the features:
Ideal for:
– I liked the idea of having a portable device when traveling or when having those long waits
– Also good use for kids / teens when sitting back of a car or researching
– Good space saver with small rooms
– Enjoy content in private while still experiencing the innovative micro-projection and see-through imaging technology
– A good alternative to TV/ iPad when you don’t want to disturb anyone late at night 🙂
– Small business presentations
Look & Display:
– Binocular, transparent, wearable display: You can view content, front and center, on “floating”80-inch perceived screen The display is bit grainy at times and advisable to project it front of a more darker background. These binocular, transparent smart glasses – each lens has its own display. Though the glasses are light it feels a bit heavy after a long continuous wear. It is comes with a front-facing camera and motion tracker projecting 2D or 3D images in front of you.
– Enjoy a wide range of content — interactive track pad and smart navigation menus put Android-based games, apps and content at your fingertips
– Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity — allows you to browse the web, stream content, check email, etc. You can also play games but it kept giving an error when trying to connect.
– The BT-200 can also connect with other devices, including smartphones, using Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA and Miracast.
Camera and motion tracker built in — ideal for hands-free applications
– Removable memory — built-in card slot supports up to 32GB microSDHC card
– Battery Life: It runs about four to five hours
Availability: Available in major retail stores in the UAE costs approx. AED 2,545/-

I enjoyed trying all the features and feeling like sci-fi spy:). I believe little more improvisation and the glasses definitely have lot of potential for being the next best cool product
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GGICO selects Levtech to implement Microsoft Dynamics


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Abhilash Nair, IT Manager, GGICO

GGICO a conglomerate listed publicly in the Dubai Financial Market, with widely diversified activities in real estate, retail, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing and services – selects Levtech to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX & CRM.

With a view to streamline Group operations, GGICO systematically pursued the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM at the Head Office. A key requirement was the real estate division’s need to centralise and streamline their operations so that the team could respond to everyday functions from property sales/marketing to maintenance more effectively.

In addition, Levtech introduced a new solution called ‘LevEstate’ that extends the functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics AX to help GGICO manage the entire life cycle of a customer interaction from leads, property listings, sale transaction to facility management. Microsoft Dynamics AX also ensured that the back-office financial operations and inventory management processes were effectively managed.

“There are several functions within a Group company that requires unconstrained communication between every department, partners and the customer. Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP along with LevEstate offers a comprehensive and flexible platform for us to manage key processes across financials, inventory management, investments, property sales activities and maintenance effectively,” said Abhilash Nair, IT Manager, GGICO. “We are glad to have partnered with Levtech as their expertise and robust add-on solution offers the agility and scalability for us to manage our sales processes more effectively and provide high quality customer service,” added Nair.

Anilesh Kumar, Business Development Director, Levtech Consulting said, “We are glad to assist GGICO in achieving their business objectives by offering a customer-centric solution that covers all aspects of the operations. Following the implementation, GGICO has seen improved collaboration between departments; allowing them to offer improved services to its customers. We now look forward to extending the LevEstate solution to cover additional aspects of the business such as a customer portal, marketing automation, call telephony and social media integration. We also plan to further leverage reporting and BI capabilities on Dynamics AX and CRM, in the next phase.”

Shiamak Davar to Choreograph Dubai event AIBA


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The first edition of the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards (AIBA) 2015 organized by Benchmark Media in association with Al Bustan Group today announced that Shiamak Davar will choreograph all the dance performances at the awards ceremony; which will take place on the 29th May, 2015 at Meydan Racecourse.

Entertainment Icon, Shiamak Davar is better known as the “Guru of Contemporary Dance” in India. He is largely responsible for modernizing India’s dance scene especially in the film and theatre industry. The National Award winning choreographer has led the world into embracing a dance movement that is beyond the ordinary, enthralling people in what can aptly be called the Shiamak Movement. Shiamak’s ability to bring grandeur to each piece incorporating sets, properties, costume and lights makes his choreography world class.

Shiamak Davar said, “Bollywood is extremely popular the world over and I’m looking forward to taking it to this magnificent city with AIBA. I love choreographing stage shows and this is another fantastic opportunity to showcase the larger than life experience that Bollywood brings. Dance truly bridges cultures and I’m sure this will be a landmark event”. The Shiamak Davar Dance Company that is known to be the most professional and disciplined performing arts troupe in India will be performing with the biggest stars from Bollywood at this award show. The acts will be an electric mix of Bollywood, Arabian and Western dance moves.

The event that will bring in over 150 Bollywood stars to Dubai, have begun tickets sales and can be purchased across all UAE Exchange outlets as well as online. For more info, please visit at www.aibagulf.com

Karan Johar and Manish Paul to host awards in Dubai


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Benchmark in association with Adplay and Al Bustan Group, have launched The first Arab Indo Bollywood Awards (AIBA) 2015. The awards will be held on April 9, 2015 at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai. Recognising the best talent in the B-Town industry, AIBA is all set to roll out the gold carpet to over 150 Bollywood stars. Award categories will recognise the best from the field of acting, direction, music, choreography and scripting.

Supervised by Crowe Horwath, the pre-selection 8-menber jury have arrived at the final nomination list, which is now open for public voting. In addition, the event features a three day star-fest and celebration; allowing fans to get the most out of their experience with their favourite celebrities. The event will begin with a roadshow on the 8th April followed by the Awards ceremony on the 9th April and after-party with the stars on the 10th April.

Hosted by popular producer/ director Karan Johar and Manish Paul, the awards is set to be a festival of talents from Bollywood and the Arab world. Featuring over four hours of celeb-interaction, entertainment and performance from Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Varun Dhawan, Parineethi Chopra, Neha Dhupia, Kanika Kapoor, Meet brothers and many others.

MAIN JURY NOMINATIONS:

BEST FLIM

1. HYDER

2. QUEEN

3. PK

4. ANKHON DEKHI

5. TWO STATES

6. FILMISTHAN

BEST DIRECTOR

1. RAJAT KAPOOR – ANKHON DEKHI

2. RAJKUMAR HIRANI – PK

3. VIKAS BHAL – QUEEN

4. VISHAL BHARDWAJ – HYDER

5. ABHISHEK VERMAN- 2 STATES

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

1. SHAHID KAPOOR – HYDER

2. SALMAN KHAN – KICK

3. AAMIR KHAN – PK

4. VARUN DHAWAN – HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIYA

5. SANJAY MISHRA – ANKHON DEKHI

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

KANGANA RANAUNT – QUEEN

PRIYANKA CHOPRA – MARY KOM

PARINEETI CHOPRA – HASSETOH PHASSE

DEEPIKA PADUKONE – FINDING FANNY

ALIA BHATT – 2 STATES

BEST MUSIC

YO YO HONEY SINGH – SUNNY SUNNY ( YARIYAN)

ARIJIT SINGH – MANWALAGE ( HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIYA)

MEET BROTHERS – BABY DOLL ( RAGINI MMS-2)

ANKIT TIWARI – GALIYAN ( EK VILLAN)

HIMESH RESHAMIYA – JUMME KI RAAT (KICK)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ – JAGAVE SARRI REHNA (DEDH ISHQIYA)

BOSCO CEASER- TU MERI ( BANG BANG)

AHMED KHAN- JUMME KI RAAT ( KICK)

SUDESH ADHANA- BISMIL ( HYDER)

BEST LYRICS

ANVITA DUTT – LONDON THUMAKDA (QUEEN)

RASHMI SINGH – MUSSKURANE (CITY LIGHTS)

MANOJ MUNTASSIR – GALLIYAN (EK VILLIAN)

GULZAR – BISMIL ( HYDER)

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER MALE

ARIJIT SINGH – SAMJAWAN ( HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIYA)

ANKIT TIWARI – GALIYAN ( EK VILLAN)

SUKHWINDER SINGH – BISMIL ( HYDER)

KK AND VISHAL DADLANI – TUNE MAARI ENTRYIA ( GUNDAY)

SHAAN – CHAAR KADAM – PK

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER FEMALE

KANIKA KAPOOR – BABY DOLL ( RAGINI MMS-2)

SHREYA GHOSHAL – MANWALAGE ( HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIYA)

SULTANA , JYOTI NOORAN – PHATAKA GUDDI ( HIGHWAY)

CAERMAN SHREEPADA- ZEHRANZAB

BEST PERFORMANCE IN COMIC ROLE – MALE

PANKAJ KAPOOR – FINDING FANNY

VIR DAS – SHADDI KE SIDE EFFECTS

GOVINDA – HAPPY ENDING

SHARIB HASIM – FILMISTHAN

SOURAB SHUKLA – KICK

ABHISHEK BACHCHAN – HAPPY NEW YEAR

BEST PERFORMANCE IN COMIC ROLE – FEMALE

DIMPLE KAPADIA- FINDING FANNY

AMRITA SINGH – 2 STATES

KIRON KHER – KHUBSOORAT

RATNA PHATAK – KHUBSOORAT

SANDHYA MRIDUL- RAGINI MMS 2

BEST PERFORMANCE IN NEGATIVE ROLE

NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUE – KICK

TAHIR RAJ BASHIN – MARDANI

KAY KAY MENON – HAIDER

RITESH DESHMUKH – EK VILLAN

BEST ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE

HUMA QURESI – DEDH ISHQIYA

LISA HAYDON – QUEEN

REVATI – 2 STATES

TABU- HAIDER

SEEMA PHAVA- ANKHON DEKHI

MOST PROMISING DEBUT MALE

DARSHAN KUMAR – MARY KOM

TIGER SHROFF – HEROPANTI

TAHIR RAJ BASHIN – MARDANI

SHARIB HASIM – FILMISTHAN

FAWAD KHAN – KHOOBSURAT

MOST PROMISING DEBUT FEMALE

KIRTI SHANNON – HEROPANTI

DAISY SHAH –

PADRA LEKHA – CITY LIGHTS

MOST PROMISING DEBUT DIRECTOR

SAJID NADIADWALA – KICK

VINIL MATHEW – HASSETOH PHASSE

ABHISHEK VARMAN- 2 STATES

NITIN KAKKAR – FILMISTHAN

TICKET PRICES are as follows and can be booked in leading indian outlets and supermarkets as well as aibagulf.com:
Star Enclave AED.5000 (only 600 tickets & Couple Entry) 
VIP AED.800 (single) 
VIP AED.1500 (Couple Entry)
GOLD AED.300 (Single Entry) 
GOLD AED. 500 (Couple Entry)

RTA Opens Centre At Al Qusais Metro Station


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Roads Transportation Authority (RTA) opens a Business and Legal Administration Centre at Al Qusias Metro station. – ‘Fixit Express’.

Fixit’s new centre will offer a range of business administrative services; including processing all kind of legal/ government applications such as Emirates ID, DEWA, Etisalat, e-Jari, RERA amongst others. In addition, it also offer visas processing, processing medical applications, works as a mediator between selected consulates and facilitates setting up of businesses within the UAE.

Jacob Philip, General Manager, Fixit Express said, “We are glad to open Fixit centre at Al Qusais Metro centre. Fixit has grown tremendously over the last year and transacted over 400,000 documents annually. Today we have 15 branches within UAE and plan to open 3 more within the first quarter of the year. Fixit is a trusted source for individuals and businesses to complete all legal and government related transactions efficiently.”

At the inauguration, Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency said: “We are glad to have Fixit open a centre at Al Qusais metro, which will bring convenience to residents and businesses. Fixit offers legit and efficient business and legal administrative transactions.”

Fixit Express will open 3 more branches soon in Dubai – Dubai World Central, Jumeirah lake Towers and Bur Dubai.

Dubai Municipality Recognises His Excellency Salem Almoosa with Award


His Excellency Salem AlMoosa Receives Award from Rashad M. Bukhash, Director of Architectural Heritage Dept. Dubai Municipality and Chairman of Architectural Heritage Society, UAE

His Excellency Salem Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders, was recognised by Dubai Municipality for his efforts in supporting Dubai Municipality’s bid in listing the Dubai Creek among the World Heritage Site of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

His Excellency Salem Almoosa, who grew up in the Shindagah area of old Dubai, used his memories to identify and recreate the old Dubai map. He served as a historical reference in identifying unknown houses, shops, locations, roads, sikas, and other historical sites that the youth were not aware of their existence. His sharp memory and expertise in community planning were exceptionally useful in identifying homes, owners and their reasons of demolition – if any.

The award was handed to His Excellency Salem Almoosa by Rashad M. Bukhash, Director of Architectural Heritage Dept. Dubai Municipality and Chairman of Architectural Heritage Society, UAE on 6 January, 2015.

His Excellency Salem Ahmad Almoosa said: “The project has taken me back to my childhood and to the city of Dubai in which I grew up. It has been a refreshing experience. Although I have seen the emirate grow from a desert to a modern city, revisiting its early days has highlighted how Dubai has grown at an exponential rate. The Dubai Creek has been at the core of this development – opening up the UAE’s rustic lands to new people, experiences and way of life. Inasmuch, Dubai Creek deserves the title of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

“This project will also support in heritage conservations, which will go a long way in helping Emirati youth and expats who call Dubai their home to better understand the evolution of the emirate, and be proud of its achievements, and carry forward the traditions. I am glad to have been part of this effort as protecting our cultural heritage is the duty of each individual not just the government.”

Dubai Creek has brought together civilizations – with the oldest documented instance in the 15th century when Venetian merchants travelled here to buy pearls. The project is a part of Dubai’s architectural conservation efforts that has seen architects, archaeologists, historians, heritage conservationists and government officials taking part. Dubai currently has renovated 178 historical buildings across the emirate.

New tech & gadgets online shop


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http://www.ensureshopping.com claims to exclusively offer a range of IT and Mobility products to shoppers across GCC, in the best possible time and at very competitive rates. Based out of Dubai, UAE, the online shopping portal aims to reach IT and Mobile Connectivity products to the discerning customers based in the UAE and across the Gulf.

http://www.ensureshopping.com offers products from leading global IT & Telecom brands. Ensureshopping offers a secure payment gateway and a credible logistics partner which ensures deliveries reach the customer within 24 to 48 hours. For customers who do not use Credit and Debit cards, the portal offers ‘Cash on Delivery’.

“The Middle East has a high Internet penetration and some statistics hint at over 90% internet penetration in UAE. With more consumers shopping online and a number of online shopping options, consumers have started looking for differentiated experiences online. At ensureshopping.com we have tried to bring a new experience i.e. the fun of bargaining online through our ‘Bargain Center’. For a selected range of products on ensureshopping.com, consumers can give their price and we try to match it. This helps us understand the perceived value of products listed on the site which could help us in future pricing decisions. We believe we are the first portal in Middle East to offer the concept of bargaining online. In addition, we are also reaching out to corporates to assist them with their IT purchases through our ‘Corporate’ section. We know that consumers who work for corporates shop online, therefore, it’s the right time for corporates to also explore shopping online and get more value for their IT purchases.” says Rahul Nanda, General Manager- ensureshopping.com.

Ensure Shopping also offers ‘Bargain Centre’ where a customer quotes his or her own price for a specific product and then a Customer Service Representative contacts them on approval of their quoted price. Consumers/ shoppers have the option of quoting a discount of upto 50% on the listed price and then the site managers will oversee whether the product can be given away at the quoted discount or no.

http://www.ensureshopping.com offers Corporate consumers with great price packages and express delivery options.

Levtech awarded Microsoft Gulf Dynamics Partner of the Year


levtech Levtech Consulting, a leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions and services, has recently received the Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year for FY14 awarded by Microsoft Gulf. The company was honored as the leading Microsoft Dynamics partner for demonstrating exceptional sales and implementation of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM in the Middle East. With a YOY growth rate of 91% in FY 2013, Levtech Consulting was also nominated amongst the top 50 Microsoft partners, also known as the Inner Circle, for Microsoft Dynamics.

Speaking at the event, Maureen Mansour, Dynamics Partner Sales Executive at Microsoft Gulf said, “We are pleased to award Levtech Consulting with this prestigious recognition for their successful implementations and exceptional business consultancy for our Dynamics customers in the Gulf region.”

“We are delighted to win this coveted recognition from the Microsoft Gulf subsidiary for our consistent sales and implementation success. We have worked hard to reach the number one spot over the last 5 years since inception, and this is definitely a key milestone for us. We believe that retaining the top spot is more important than getting there, and look forward to putting efforts in the right direction and remaining committed to our customers, who have made this commendation possible. I thank all our customers, employees and Microsoft team members for their consistent support,” said Manjunath T.R

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