News in brief from around the world for May 25.


Emirates to speed up airport experience

Emirates has launched its “Together” initiative in collaboration with Dubai Customs, Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai Police and Dubai Airports. The initiative aims to improve traveller experience at the airline’s Dubai international airport hub with practical solutions based on “smart, speed, saving, service, safety and security”.


DMCC chief eyes Western Australia ties

In an effort to strengthen bilateral relations between Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and Western Australia, the DMCC executive chairman, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, met Deidre Willmott, the chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA).


Chartered Institute for IT signs agreements

The Middle East section of the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) has signed memorandums of understanding with Heriot-Watt University Dubai and the University of Bolton Ras Al Khaimah. The agreements were signed by Adel Al Hashmi, the chairman of BCS, and Stephen Gill, the head of mathematical and computer sciences at Heriot-Watt and Fathima Shemim, the computing programme head at University of Bolton RAK.


RAK unveils centre for corporate registration

The government of Ras Al Khaimah yesterday unveiled RAK International Corporate Centre as its premium corporate registry jurisdiction for international businesses in the emirate. The Centre was formed following the merger of RAK International Companies and RAK Offshore.


“Higher net-worth or more sophisticated investors will, in our view, always demand face-to-face advice.”

Ronit Ghose, a Citi analyst, speaking after Betterment, a US online investment adviser – or ‘robo-adviser’ – overhauled its entire brand.


Bee’ah launches new company EvoTeq

Bee’ah, Sharjah’s environmental management company, announced the launch of a new company called EvoTeq. Bee’ah also signed two new business agreements in its quest to work on innovative tech-based solutions for the region’s environmental issues.


Dubai and Kenya Chambers to cooperate

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a deal yesterday to establish a framework for economic cooperation and stronger trade ties between Kenya and the emirate.


Northern Trust opens branch in ADGM

US asset manager Northern Trust yesterday announced the opening of its new branch office in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The branch will offer Northern Trust’s range of asset servicing and asset management solutions directly to institutional investors and affluent individuals across the region.


Yas Island call for events sponsors

Yas Island wants to host events all year round to boost visits to the island and add to Abu Dhabi’s economy. Miral is inviting second round of sponsorships until June 23 to be part of the scheduled Harry Potter in concert and festivals like Taste of Abu Dhabi on Yas.


Turkish Airlines adds Saudi routes

Turkish Airlines is launching new flights from several cities in the Middle East to key tourist destinations in Turkey. The new direct flights from Saudi Arabia will be from Jeddah to Ankara and Trabzon; Riyadh to Antalya and Trabzon; and from Medina to Ankara. Additional connecting flights include the cities of Dammam, Yanbu and Al Qassim, all travelling to Trabzon. There will be others from Kuwait, Erbil in Baghdad, Sulaymaniyah in Iraq and Amman in Jordan.

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