Culture Summit 2018 – A Dream Assignment for Interpreter Adel Alhaimi
ABU DHABI APRIL 2018: Adel Alhaimi was privileged to be invited to facilitate simultaneous interpretation for one of the world’s top cultural events.
Culture Summit is an invitation-only forum “convening leaders from the arts, policy, technology and media” from around the world. The USD 5,000 a head registration fee included sumptuous dining and featured some of the region’s (and the world’s) most prestigious cultural figures including top leaders, artists, speakers and performers.
Adel Alhaimi interpreting at Culture Summit 2018
The summit is characterized by the overall aim to identify ways that culture can raise awareness, build bridges and promote positive change.
The summit included a staggering 450 participants from 80 different countries, spread across a series of 65 workshops.
“This year’s programme, titled Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far, Creativity and Purpose, will focus on partnerships that are unique, different, and which blend tradition and innovation. Workshops, presentations, and performances throughout the event will engage participants in expanding on their ideas about the role of culture in improving our world. A special portion of the programme will take place at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, with events and tours scheduled exclusively for participants of CultureSummit 2018.”
AJMAN – 1 TO 5 APRIL 2018 – Adel Alhaimi assists at 4th Arab Gulf Education Forum: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited to assist with Consecutive Interpretation at the Arab Gulf Education Forum 4 held in Sharjah.
The forum, held in two different locations, included 370 workshops in total, 25 different partners, 90 different trainers and was intended to target 8,800 educational delegates.
“His Excellency Dr. Hussain Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, and HE Dr. Saeed Musabih Al Kaabi, President of the Sharjah Education Council, have attended the events of the Forum, accompanied by education experts and knowledge leaders, as well as a large number of audience that is interested in education, like international knowledge leaders, as well as students.”
The Forum was divided into two different groups. Adel facilitated Arabic<>English communication at a series of discussions and workshops in the first group of the Forum, which comprised of a staggering 250 workshops held at the Ajman Teacher Training Institute.
According to the Ministry of Education, The aim of the Forum this year was “to achieve a pioneering educational experience in the UAE’s STREAM education approach and to enhance the role of educational policies to support the STREAM approach to education.”
This was perceived as one of the most important objectives of the Forum in promoting the region’s “culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among Emirati schoolchildren, and to boost the STREAM-based community partnership to prepare the Emirati generations for the era of knowledge economy”.
Cultural Feast – Adel Alhaimi Interprets for Sharjah Art Foundation
SHARJAH MARCH 2018: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was recently invited to participate in the Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting and was privileged to enjoy a cultural feast while in the process of interpreting.
As the Art Foundation puts it, the March Meeting is an “annual gathering of artists, art professionals and institutions concerned with the production and dissemination of art in the region and internationally”.
The various exhibitions, performances and discussions stretched from the 16th to the 19th of March 2018 and were spread across a number of venues, from Al Mujeijah Square to the old planetarium.
Adel enjoyed the creative and stimulating discussions but also commented on the challenges faced by the simultaneous interpreter in capturing and conveying the aesthetic sense of creative pieces – as well as remaining true to the style of the artists striving to express their deep and often complex world views.
EXTRACT FROM THE FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE:
March Meeting 2018: Active Forms panel discussions and talks: Dar Al Nadwa, Calligraphy Square, Sharjah
Wael Shawky’s The Song of Roland: The Arabic Version: Calligraphy Square, Sharjah
Neo Muyanga’s Naham – Songs of light and weight: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
Neo Muyanga’s A revolting talk: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
Neo Muyanga’s Tsohle – A revolting mass: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
Active Forms: Works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection: Gallery 6, Bait Gholoum Ibrahim, Bait Al Aboudi, Bait Abdul Raheem Jasem in Al Mureijah Square, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Arts Square, Sharjah and the Old Sharjah Planetarium
Over 50 speakers participated in the event, which ended after 21:00 nightly.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi, who heads up the Simultaneous Interpretation team reported on a flurry of activity during February 2018.
We list some of the many events he covered during this period:
AML / CFT INTERNATIONAL TEAM VISIT – Abu Dhabi 5-6 February 2018
With the prevention of financial crimes such as money laundering and the financing of terrorism being at the top of many countries’ agenda, this is what the International Monetary Fund has to say on the topic:
ICIE ENTREPRENEUR FORUM – DUBAI 7-9 February 2018
Adel also interpreted at the ICIE (International Center for Islamic Econony) Forum.
INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY – MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DUBAI – 13 February 2018
Adel was also privileged to interpret for the Ministry of Education and the new curriculum introducing the concepts of Innovation and Creativity in regional education, as part of the government’s strategy leading up to 2020.
DUBAI – 26-28 FEBRUARY 2018: Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi, Dr Ralph Leo and Jeremiah Cady collaborated with OPlus in providing a team of simultaneous interpreters to cover the second workshop for the Middle East & North Africa CSP and Innovation Program.
The program was co-hosted by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and World Bank.
Adel Alhaimi led the team of two Arabic-English and two French-Arabic Simultaneous Interpreters, in addition to coordinating the Interpretation equipment and booths for the event.
Adel Alhaimi and Dr Ralph Leo – DEWA CSP Workshop Dubai
DEWA recently reported the event on their website, outlining the significance of the workshop:
“Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Bank Group co-host a workshop on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Markets, System Value, and Financing. This is part of the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund (CTF)-supported MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Programme (KIP). The workshop explains how Dubai is successfully integrating CSP into its power system at a market-changing drop in price. Participants exchange expertise and best practices related to CSP technologies and financing, and how it contributes to greening energy systems alongside other renewables.”
The workshop abounded in dignitaries, as reported by the Emirates News Agency which goes on to outline the event in detail:
“Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, inaugurated the workshop at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights hotel.
Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Erik Fernstrom, Energy and Extractives Global Practice Manager at the World Bank, and DEWA’s Executive Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents were present. The workshop was also attended by officials from the World Bank, experts and specialists, and representatives of utilities, developers, and investors from around the world.
In his keynote speech, Al Tayer thanked the World Bank Group for organising this workshop in Dubai.
“The main challenges to implementing clean energy strategies are: funds and prices, the efficiency and intermittency of renewable energy, regulatory and legislative frameworks, engagement with the private sector, and capacity building. In Dubai, we have dealt with these challenges through the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050, and its 5 main pillars of infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and an environmentally-friendly energy mix,” noted Al Tayer.
He said, “In Dubai, we have a holistic approach to the energy sector that has contributed to the UAE, represented by DEWA, being ranked first in the world for getting electricity according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 report. In 2017, DEWA achieved the lowest Customer Minutes Lost (CML) worldwide at 2.68 minutes. The major projects launched by DEWA have contributed to reducing the cost of solar projects globally.
“This workshop reflects the accelerating pace of energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa and the desire to develop a whole range of clean and competitive clean energy solutions to underpin economic growth. DEWA has proven time and time again its ability to innovate and lead both in technology early adoption as well as scaling up project development with remarkable operational effectiveness and efficiency,” said Fernstrom.”
December 2017 a busy month for Simultaneous Interpreters
DUBAI AND ABU DHABI – DECEMBER 2017: Not even two weeks into December and it was already evident that peak season for conventions and conferences had arrived. This period spells a high-adrenaline time for freelance simultaneous interpreters like Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi, especially as advance preparation is crucial to operate effectively in this field.
Some of the bigger conferences Adel assisted in during the past week were:
RTA 49th Leadership Forum – Dubai
This prestigious event was held in Dubai, hosted by the UAE’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Behind the mic – Adel getting ready to interpret – RTA Conference Dubai
Adel Alhaimi in the Interpreter’s Booth – RTA 49th Conference
Red Sea Update – Recent Simultaneous Interpreting Events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
UAE – NOVEMBER 2017 Red Sea Translation’s Freelance services to the Translation Industry Update: Adel Alhaimi was recently invited to provide Simultaneous Interpreting at a number of international and local conferences.
MS International Federation
The conference revolved around awareness and management of Multiple Sclerosis in the region and was held in Dubai (the 3rd Middle East North Africa Committee for Treatment and Research in MS)
WAIPA Conference Dubai – View from the Interpreter booth
Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority 15th Advisory Committee
This event took place on the 30th of November and Red Sea’s Adel was at the site to assist with Simultaneous Interpreting.
Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority 15th Advisory Committee
Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Committee Meeting – Adel in the Booth
Taking a break after a busy session
Adel reported that this busy final week in November was interesting and packed with information – and one wonders about the incredible amount of information interpreters have to process on a routine basis. Nevertheless, the stimulation, the challenge and the prestigious trappings of the job are a constant driving force with its own rewards.
Simultaneous Interpreting – Recent UAE Education Projects in Dubai and Ajman
UAE – NOVEMBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi continues to provide freelance services to partners in the industry. Recently he was called upon to conduct simultaneous interpretation at a number of workshops and courses in Dubai and Ajman, all relating to various aspects of UAE Education.
We present some pic’s to keep our readers up to date.
View from the Interpreter’s Booth
Adel during a break Dubai Regional Workshop on Leading the Curriculum Process
A number of the workshops related to STREAM Principal Training and were headed by Stem Education’s Dr Lorna Finman and Matt Rawley.
STREAM Principal Training by Stem Revolution
Adel Interpreting at Education workshop – Ajman
UAE Education is gearing up for great advances in the coming period and Red Sea looks forward to continuing to play its small role in this significant arena.
Simtran invites Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi to interpret at ADIPEC 2017 – one of the largest and most prestigious oil events in the world
ABU DHABI 16 NOVEMBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited by Simtran (Dubai) to conduct Simultaneous Interpreting at one of the world’s largest oil and gas events, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, hosted by ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company).
Simtran invites Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi to interpret at ADIPEC 2017
It has been reported that 100,000 attendees and over 2,2oo exhibitors participated in the event – and Adel felt privileged to be invited to assist.
View from the Interpreter’s booth in-between sessions
The ADIPEC website gives some mind-blowing statistics on the size of the conference and exhibition and we invite you to take a look:
Surprizingly, the event does not seem to have received the coverage it deserves in the mainstream media, but Gulf News covered some aspects:
“Adipec was attended by top executives from Saudi Aramco, BP, China National Petroleum Corporation, Total, Pemex, among others apart from energy ministers from UAE, Lebanon, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain and Sudan.”
Adel gratefully accepted the challenge to perform at optimum level and was satisfied that he put every effort into delivering the critical and strategic speeches at a high level of excellence.
The pressure on an interpreter at an event of this scope is immense – this is not a job for the faint-hearted – and we look forward to Adel providing us with some insights on how simultaneous interpreters cope (and thrive) on the job.
A special word of thanks to Antony at Simtran for the opportunity to participate in the event.
Adel Alhaimi, Creative Leadership & Innovation Course – and LEGO®
DUBAI, OCTOBER 6, 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi enjoyed a day immersed in LEGO and innovative ideas when he was invited to assist with Consecutive Interpretation for a course on Creative Leadership and Innovation in Dubai’s Rove Downtown Hotel.
Creative Leadership and Innovation Course, Dubai
Life has its lighter moments, even in the life of an interpreter (which can become a stressful swirl of technical jargon at times) and it was refreshing for Adel to participate in a program designed to stimulate creative thought and innovation.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi at the Creative Leadership and Innovation course
Despite the seemingly “fun” aspect of such a course, the demands on the Interpreter still remain high, with a need to remain creative – so as to facilitate communication in a way that will complement the program.