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GGICO selects Levtech to implement Microsoft Dynamics


Abhilash Nair, IT Manager, GGICO
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


Shiamak and the Dance Company

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)

New Star in the World of Gastronomy “Estrellas”


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Melia Dubai, Spanish group Melia Hotels today announced that it will introduce a new rooftop restaurant and bar, “Estrellas Skyline Lounge.” “Estrellas” means “stars” in Spanish will officially open on the 1st of April, 2015.

Designed by prominent Italian architect, Marco Mangili, Estrellas Skyline décor is inspired by the city lights and the stars that illuminate the famous skyline of Dubai. Sophisticated and vibrant it will feature an indoor restaurant, a stylish pool lounge and a dance floor. Estrellas will serve an exciting mix of gourmet Mediterranean, Indian and Arabic cuisine as well as molecular gastronomy-inspired dishes. Open all days and until early hours; Estrellas will host a resident as well as international DJ(s).

“I am excited about the launch of our new lounge, Estrellas Skyline, which will offer guests an exceptional dining experience with great food against a stunning ambience. Everything from the view, to the menus, the interiors and even the uniforms are visually entertaining. We want people to come to the venue and find even the littlest details to be amusing to them. The Estrellas Skyline menu has been engineered by Melia Dubai’s Head Chef, Praveen Singh, who is part of the successful team behind Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor.”said Marko Janssen, General Manager of Melia Dubai.

Bollywood Awards To Be Held In The UAE


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Benchmark Media announced the 1st edition of the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards (AIBA) in association with Adplay and Al Bustan Group; to promote Indian Cinema in the Arab World and to reach out to millions of fans across the GCC. Introduced exclusively to the UAE; AIBA will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre on 10th April, 2015 acknowledging the best from the field of acting, direction, music, choreography and scripting.

The nominations and nominees will be selected from the 2014 Hindi films. The Pre-selection Jury Committee of 8 members has reviewed the films that have been applied by the Indian producers. 25 awards will be given across 3 categories – Main, Technical and Special Awards. The final nominations will be voted 50 percent by the jury and 50 percent by the people, which is processed, audited and supervised by Crowe Horwath. Except for the Special Award category; residents and fans can either cast their vote online (www.aibagulf.com) or at the ballot boxes, which will be kept at 100 UAE Exchange outlets in the UAE from 25th February, 2015.

Announcing the launch of the AIBA – Abdullatif Alsayegh, Chairperson of AIBA said, “UAE has just won the bid for EXPO 2020 and now we will have the privilege of hosting the AIBA in our country. We want to show the world that we are not confined to only getting in the Guinness Book of records but also have the potential to showcase an event such as this. We feel so proud as a nation that we will create a space for ourselves in the world of entertainment. We feel so determined on this new artistic journey – the impact it will have and how it will connect people and countries. “

Tigmanshu Duliya, Indian Director and Jury chairperson said, “GCC brings in some of the best audience in the world as it brings in so much diversity and Indian cinema is favoured by most – including Indians, Arabs and other Expats. We look forward to bringing these millions of fans closer to their favourite stars.”

Producer and organiser of AIBA – Habeeb Rahman, MD of Benchmark Media concluded, “UAE has grown tremendously over the years and shown such potential to host world-class events. AIBA will celebrate Bollywood’s style and glamour. It is about time that UAE offers its very own awards that will attract opportunities and collaborations into the country, foster local talent, bring best practices and bridge communities together. We are determined to make this event a success.”

2015 AIBA Jury and committee members:
Tigmanshu Duliya, Jury Chairperson Goldie Behal
Javed Jaffery
Arbaaz Khan
Sreedhar Raghavan
Komal Nahata
Shyam Shroff

2015 Nomination categories:
Main Awards
Special Awards (By The Jury)
Best Picture
Best Direction
Performance In A Leading Role – Male
Performance In A Leading Role – Female
Performance In A Supporting Role – Male
Performance In A Supporting Role – Male
Performance In A Comic Role
Performance In A Negative Role
Best Story
Music Direction
Best Male Playback Singer
Best Female Playback Singer

Technical Awards
Screenplay
Dialogue
Cinematography
Editing
Art Director
Choreography
Special Effects
Original Background Score
Costume Designing
Make-Up
Song Recording
Sound Recording
Sound Re-Recording

Special Awards (By The Jury)
Personality Of The Year
Outstanding Indian Achievement In International Cinema
Outstanding Achievement In Indian Cinema
Outstanding Contribution To Indian Cinema
Lifetime Achievement Award
Excellencein Indian Cinema
Honour To Legend

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.

Isam K. Kabbani Deploys Nexthink’s Solution Across Its Group


Zohdi El-Saadi, Chief Information Officer, IKK Group Established by Sheikh Isam Kabbani, the IKK Group is recognized as one of the top 50 companies in Saudi Arabia in the construction industry. IKK Group today announced that it is deploying Nexthink’s IT analytics solution through its partner ProgressWays to better serve its customers and enable the group to further diversify its operations.

IKK Group understands that technology is key to help the organization meet its business objectives. IKK Group’s Centralized Information Technology Department (CITD) is tasked with delivering high level of service to its customers across 6 locations; including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Oman and Lebanon. Any IT failure or service disruption can impact customer service and harm IKK Group’s reputation. With the help of ProgressWays, Nexthink offers improved visibility, and can easily detect issues and identify patterns in its IT environment – ensuring enhanced performance and efficiency.

Zohdi El-Saadi, Chief Information Officer, IKK Group said, “We can see how our IT infrastructure is operating and transforming, in real-time with Nexthink. This new insight helps our IT departments connect, communicate and collaborate. We are able to generate reports for senior management in just a few clicks, which saves our IT support team around 50% of time compared to generating these reports the old fashioned way before using Nexthink.”

Ghassan I. Alkahlout, Regional Director, Nexthink said, “Nexthink offers IKK Group insightful information of its IT infrastructure; giving early warning of impending issues and the ability to discover bottlenecks and proactively take action before end-users are impacted. This enables the IT team to detect and solve problems faster.”
Wael F. Suleiman, VP Sales, ProgressWays said, “Initially the IT team spent a lot of time and resources to discover and resolve issues across different locations. With Nexthink, IKK Group’s IT department has the visibility into the challenges employees (end-users) face, and can transition from reactive to proactive IT support, and improve problems. ProgressWays will continue to work closely with the IKK IT team to help deliver its business objectives.”

An all day Mexican celebration – Ariba Ariba!


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Fuego a contemporary Mexican restaurant located at Souk Al Bahar has planned an all day pre celebration for Mexican Independence day. The event will take place this 13th September, 2014.

From 11 to 5:00pm – Promoting Mexican culture & tradition; Fuego will host a small Mexican Mercado (Bazaar) featuring art & handicraft, street food stalls & free giveaways. The entry is free and open to all.

Come evening (8:00 to 12 midnight) – Fuego will go full out to end the celebration with a fun filled party. It will feature over 15 traditional & popular Mexican dishes, selected beverages & entertainment. Furthermore the Mexican ambassador will make a special appearance and celebrate in festivities. Entry is priced at AED 299/-