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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.


The Abu Dhabi Department Of Finance Improves IT Governance With Nexthink

The Financial Arm of the Government, Abu Dhabi Department of Finance (DOF) has selected Nexthink to implement IT governance; to provide best-in-class financial services and continuity of facilities to local businesses as well as employees.

The DOF plays an essential role in maintaining and developing the government’s financial system, by linking all local government entities and overseeing an integrated management system for financial resources. For such a significant operation, proper functioning of the IT infrastructure and early diagnosis of issues is crucial; to ensure service to employees (end-users) and local businesses is unaffected at all times. Nexthink provides DOF real-time visibility of their infrastructure and accurately shows how software and IT services are being consumed within the entity; enabling the resolution of issues much faster.

“Nexthink provides essential visibility and insight into IT operations and security for IT governance, enabling us to better manage demand, deliver value and protect against risk. Nexthink helps us improve efficiency and productivity, enabling us to resolve issues faster and provide a more proactive level of support,” said Dr. Hazem Turki Alkhatib, CIO, Abu Dhabi Department of Finance. “Also with enormous volume and confidential data, we have a strict security policy that involves our security team to be on the lookout for any suspicious activities. With Nexthink’s investigative IT analytics technology, we are able to detect malware before it spreads into our network and compromises any data.”

The Abu Dhabi DOF strives for continued excellence and innovation by improving asset and savings management, controlling costs and efficient service delivery. Recognized for adopting the latest technologies, the IT team of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance is responsible for delivering software and services to more than 2,500 employees (end-users) located in its head office and branches across the emirate of Abu Dhabi. With Nexthink, the IT team of DOF is now able to gather comprehensive performance metrics and accurately measure the health of its infrastructure; by receiving real-time alerts concerning non-compliant user behavior and issues therefore improving the quality of service through a better utilized network.

“We are pleased to work with the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance and support its mission to foster an effective financial management framework across the Abu Dhabi government. The IT Analytics solution provided by Nexthink can offer tangible benefits to governmental agencies such as Abu Dhabi Department of Finance to enhance operational efficiency, reduce IT costs, secure data and streamline IT services,” said Maged Eid, Regional Director, Nexthink.

ZEETEX opens its signature Café Zee in UAE



Café Zee”, ZEETEX’s signature café, opened its first outlet in the Middle East in conjunction with its distributor, Formula Tires. Worldwide; following its first cafe in Naples, Italy, last year. For every café that ZEETEX opens at its distributor’s premises, UAE based ZAFCO- the company that operates the ZEETEX auto parts brand globally- sponsors the education of 100 needy children.

Zafar Jafri, Senior Vice President- Sales at ZAFCO, said: “With Café Zee we strive to create a relaxed atmosphere at ZEETEX dealerships so that getting your car serviced can be a pleasant experience as you enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks at our café. We plan to open two more Café Zee outlets in the Middle East by the end of this year and gradually expand the presence to all countries we operate in. For every café we open, we sponsor the education of 100 underprivileged children through the non-profit organization called ‘Smile’ based in India.”

The café was designed by Italian designer Stefano Cavacelli.

According to Mostafa Tahiri, Managing Director of Formula Tyres, “We are excited to be part of the Zee Café project that helps to educate children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Also the café will be a value addition for our customers who can now sit back and enjoy snacks and beverages at the café as our mechanics work on their vehicle.”

Established in 2005 by ZAFCO, ZEETEX product portfolio comprises tyres, batteries and lubricants and it offers over 500 differentiated items for the automotive industry.

Celebrate ‘Pascua’ with an authentic afternoon of Mexican food and drinks

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Fuego, Souk Al Bahar’s hottest Mexican restaurant announces their Easter menu serving a variety of traditional specialities, carefully crafted for this special period. Pascua –  which literally translates into Easter, is a joyous period in Mexico – a time for the whole family to come together, eat, drink and be merry.

This Easter menu available for Easter Sunday will be a set-menu with a wide variety of choices available. To complement each dish, Agave expert Eugenio has carefully paired selected traditional Mexican beverages for an ultimate taste experience. The meal will  commence with a light chipotle infused cream of corn soup, served with breads and garnish.
Guests will then move onto starters, where diners will have the choice of prawns in tangy tamarind and mango sauce, or pastry of beef chorizo with potatoes. For the mains, daring guests can opt for the ox tongue in tomatillo sauce whilst guests with a rich palate could opt for the prawns heirlooms, oven cooked with cheese and wild mushroom. Also on the menu is
chicken breast served Milanese style or the ultimate Mexican delicacy – stuffed and baked  poblano chillies. Finally, to end on a happy and sweet note, Chef Jose will be offering  Mexican style cheese cake or the all-time favourite molten chocolate lava cake.

This special menu is being offered only on Easter Sunday, 20th April and is priced at AED 299 per person inclusive of 3 selected beverages. Kids under the age of 10 eat free and get a surprise Easter gift.

An App for Grandparents


JOHNSON’S Baby today announced the launch of the JOHNSON’S Baby Grandparents Frame and App, which will help make distances smaller and bring families closer by allowing parents to instantly share photos with their children’s grandparents as the vast majority of grandparents in the Middle East aren’t familiar with technology and therefore aren’t engaged in any social platform.

Nurturing close relationships between grandparents, parents and children is so important for everyone in the family, but due to long distances and busy lives this can be challenging for many expat families living in the Middle East. Grandparents therefore miss out on many special moments in their grandchildren’s lives.

All people need to do is download the App to their iOS or Android smartphone, set up the Wi-Fi enabled digital frame in their parents’ home and then they can snap away and share their special moments instantly, without grandparents having to use any technology. So grandparents can share in their grandchildren’s first steps, birthday parties and holidays no matter where they are in the world.

“For more than 125 years JOHNSON’S® Baby has been caring for babies and families. We understand how important it is to maintain a strong bond between parents, grandparents and children.” Said Naureen Mohammed, Marketing Manager, JOHNSONS® Baby, Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan. “We hope that by raising awareness of this app JOHNSONS® Baby can help families of expats living across the Middle East to share their indescribable moments.”

The JOHNSON’S Baby Grandparents App is available to download free on iOS and Android devices. To download visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jnj_grandparents_frame_2


Nexthink Awards Emitac Enterprise Solutions Partner of the

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As an initiative to acknowledge top performing partners, Nexthink, the unique provider of End-user IT Analytics, awarded Emitac Enterprise Solutions as “Platinum Partner of the Year” in the Middle East. Emitac Enterprise Solutions was recognized for its outstanding performance and customer service in 2013 that significantly helped improve Nexthink’s growth in the region.

Emitac Enterprise Solutions has been a strategic partner of Nexthink since 2012, delivering integrated and innovative solutions to customers and enabling them to achieve true value from their IT investments. Emitac Enterprise Solutions and Nexthink’s joint customers in the region include the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, Abu Dhabi Municipality, du, and ADCO amongst others.

“We would like to congratulate Emitac Enterprise Solutions for its performance in 2013. Emitac Enterprise Solutions’ strong expertise and market knowledge has helped extend our customer reach in the Middle East,” said Maged Eid, Regional Director Middle East, Nexthink. “Nexthink is fully committed to helping our partners succeed by providing training, marketing and support resources that enable our partners to leverage End-user IT Analytics in building a sustainable growth engine for their business,” added Maged.

Miguel Angel Villalonga, CEO, Emitac Enterprise Solutions said, “Emitac Enterprise Solutions is proud to receive the Partner of Year award, which truly reflects our commitment and team efforts. Nexthink’s End-user IT Analytics is the perfect complement to our solution portfolio and our vision, bringing IT departments a new level of visualization and actionable insight, which helps companies run their operations more efficiently. We look forward to a stronger collaboration in the future.”

Nexthinkprovides real-time visibility and analytics on the usage of the entire IT infrastructure and endpoints from the end-user perspective. All important end-user related events, for example changes in the IT infrastructure, application usage, bandwidth, error messages and crashes, as well as potential security risks and the performance of IT services are recorded and visualized from the end-user perspective.

iSurf Tablets Launches In The Middle East And Africa

isurf-2Singaporean tablet manufacturer, iSurf PTE Limited; today announced its entry into the Middle East and Africa through an exclusive distribution tie-up with Mitsumi Distribution. Feature-rich iSurf tablets will now be available in 8 distinct models; targeting a wide-consumer audience.

With a new clamshell design, the iSurf range is based on latest Android Jelly Bean operating system. The tablets are slim, light and come in different form factor featuring 8000 mAh long battery life. The high end Tablet features a 10.1-inch display with a 2048 x 1536 Retina pixels resolution and 5.0 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front facing camera. Connectivity options on the tablets include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G/ 2G. The iSurf product offers a higher memory, faster processor, multi-touch/multi- tasking, FM Radio, Internet browsing, TV, Music, Video streaming and social networking. The tablet also comes pre-loaded with games like Angry birds with other popular applications.

Mr. Zhong, Regional Director, iSurf Technology said, “We are delighted to partner with Mitsumi to launch our innovative solutions to consumers in the Middle East and Africa. We invest extensively on product Research and Development; iSurf range truly exemplifies this. The all-new 8 models are suitable for consumers of different budget and age groups offering complete connectivity, entertainment and productivity.”

Mitesh Shah, Managing Director, Mitsumi Distribution said, “We are glad to partner with iSurf, acting as a gateway to the MEA market. With decades of channel experience, strong team, logistic facility; we are well-equipped to help iSurf target the region. The tablets are a breakthrough in consumer technology and we will continue to see strong demand.”

New York’s favourite ‘Cronut’ now available in Abu Dhabi

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Known for its exquisite, mouth-watering and gourmet desserts, pastries and cakes; Blossom Sweets introduces new flavours and offers this autumn.

The new menu will  include seasonal and new flavours and ingredients; such as lavender, pumpkin, caramel cinnamon/ spice, nuts, berries and more. The patisseries will also include its Emirati/ Arabian fusion specialities to the menu. The patisserie will also be offering the famous ‘Cronuts’ – hybrid of doughnut and croissant in its stores. 

Lamia Al Hashly said, “Blossom Sweets special autumn treats are the perfect way to welcome the cooler months. From cakes, pies, spice to fruits our desserts are so comforting and appealing. Available throughout October and November, these desserts are ideal to satisfy a sweet craving, for parties or as gifts.”

Available until 30th November 2013 – offers/ flavours include:

  • New Yorkers Craving: Available is rose and nutella with salted nuts, the Cronuts are simply irresistible.
  • Loyalty Card: The patisserie will offer loyalty cards as a way of thank-you to its regular customers. The card will offer seasonal discounts and offers.
  • Autumn Glass shots: Flavours include Pistachio and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Persian Pashmak
  • Ice Warm: Pumkin cheesecake Gelato; a creamy mix of pumpkin puree and ice-cream on a crispy crust.
  • All things Spice n Nice: An extra spiced carrot cake.
  • Arabian Autumn Delights: Rose cardamom infused gelato and lemon with mint gelato available exclusively this season.
  • Eid Al Adha: Celebrating this festive season, Blossom Sweets will offer newly introduced Pistachio Rose cake and rose water macaroons. Price ranges from AED 7 AED to AED 500.
  • Spooktecular Treats: This Halloween, Blossom Sweets will offer cake-pops, cupcakes, lollies, and cakes in various spooky designs and flavours. Value Pack of 12 customised theme based cupcakes for AED 240.
  • World Diabetes Day: Blossom Sweets will prepare offer Low sugar avocado mouse cake and low sugar oat-meal cookies.

Winter collection/ offers: To be announced soon

20 new Arabian And Asian Inspired Flavours exclusively this ramadan and eid

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Blossom Sweets will introduce 20 unique treats inspired by Middle Eastern and Asian flavours; including low calorie and sugar-free.

Celebrating the holy month; Blossom Sweets will feature a wide selection of sensational treats and gift hampers starting from 9th July, 2013. Ramadan a time for reflection and giving; the patisserie will also give 5 per cent of every purchase to the Red Crescent Society.

Lamia Ahmed Al Hashly, Owner, Blossom Sweets said, “We would like to wish residents and our customers Ramadan Kareem. Sweets and desserts are an essential part of every meal and especially a sign of hospitality to visitors during Ramandan. Keeping this element in mind as well as the popular flavours savoured during this time, we wanted to offer our customers something unique. We will also be introducing desserts with low-cal and sugar free options.”

Amna Al Hashly, Managing Director, Blossom Sweets said, “The new flavours incorporate requests from our customers which further reflects our competency and passion to offer exciting and unique desserts. Ramadan is a time of reflection and giving and Blossom Sweets will give five per cent of every sale to Red Cresent Society. We would like all residents and customers to be part of this effort.”

This includes:

  1. Banoffee pie
  2. Chai cake with honey-ginger cream
  3. Baklawa cream with roasted nuts
  4. Kunafa with saffron and rose water cream
  5. Short bread fresh mango tart with frangipane
  6. Rose Mahalabia cheese cake
  7. Date and hazelnut roulade
  8. Sago rice pudding
  9. Sticky date cake with toffee sauce
  10. Short bread mango tart, Bonoffee cups
  11. Arabic coffee pot de cream
  12. Mango cup cake
  13. Falooda cups
  14. Strawberry panna cotta with star anis comport
  15. Apricot kamardine cups
  16. Mini rose water mahalabia cups
  17. Kunafa with cream cups
  18. Skinny fruit cake
  19. Sticky date pudding cups
  20. Sugar Free avocado moose cake

Pure Gold Jewellers launches special ‘Mum’ pendants

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Pure Gold Jewellers has launched a special Mother’s Day pendants collection symbolizing the eternal bond of love between a mother and her child. All the three pendants in the collection are carefully crafted with diamonds and coloured stones set in a golden heart. Perfect as a keepsake the pendants feature unique designs including a pendant with ‘My Mother My Life’ engraved in Arabic rendering it a personal touch.

According to Karim Merchant, CEO & MD of Pure Gold Jewellers: “Our special edition Mother’s Day pendants are uniquely designed trendy jewellery to be treasured forever. In designing them, we have strived to capture the essence of the greatest unconditional love that we will ever experience in our lives, the love of a Mother. Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to honour one’s Mother and show the love and affection she so richly deserves. Our pendants are cheerful and exquisite with a multitude of colourful precious stones and sparkling diamonds; they are also expressive and personal with ‘Mum’ engraved in gold, and the designs reflecting the strong bond between a mother and her child.”

The pendants price range start at a very affordable price of AED 799 with 0.05 carat diamonds and a beautiful precious stone. There is also a beautiful pendant for AED 1,099 with 0.1 carat diamonds lining the heart set in gold with a blend of turquoise and golden colour precious stones.

The Arabic calligraphy ‘My Mother My Life’ pendant is set in gold and 0.1 carat diamonds with a multitude of precious stones in orange, green, blue and purple. It is available for a price of AED 1,799.

The special Mother’s Day pendants are available from Pure Gold Jewellers outlets internationally.