Though continuing to work on projects remotely, the mood was somber at our home offices spread across our different countries.
As the news constantly bombarded us with infection and death statistics, the group’s founder, Adel, decided that enough was enough – and proceeded to lighten the mood by passing fun projects to team members to work on.
We worked on humorous images and inspirational quotes to distract our friends and associates from the barrage of pandemic panic messages. From translating popular Arabic humour to English, to translating a popular and dramatic Arabic song and producing a video with the lyrics, the team had a lot of fun.
Here are some of our attempts – enjoy!
The Court Song by Kathem Al Saher:
And more to come!
Suggestions for new fun material to translate as community projects are welcome!
Red Sea Translation Interprets for Dubai International Equestrian Conference 2019
DUBAI 21-23 March 2019: The Red Sea team had the privilege of being invited to facilitate Arabic-English interpretation at one of the region’s foremost equestrian events, the 3rd edition of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre between 21 and 23 March 2019.
Certificate awarded to Red Sea Translation by the esteemed Mustafa Ali bin Ahmed Amsham, Director of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference 2019
The conference, titled “Dubai – the Heartbeat of the Equestrian World” ran alongside the Dubai International Horse Fair which included horse shows and the exhibition of equestrian art.
Panel discussions translated by the Red Sea Translation team ranged from regional cooperation to the breeding of the region’s exquisite Arabian horses and included topics such as Arabian women and youth in equestrian sport, education as well as animal welfare. Opening speeches featured dignitaries such as HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nayah, HE Mirza Al Sayegh and Mustafa Ali bin Ahmed Amsham (Director of the conference).
Top regional interpreter colleagues Khalil Jayousi and Tarek Galmeran presided over the interpretation efforts with Red Sea CEO Adel Alhaimi making a personal appearance over the weekend. Red Sea Translation Ops Manager Belkacem Boudia was also present to ensure everything ran smoothly.
The team spent a considerable amount of time at the event and was refreshed to view some of the magnificent horses on show as well as the amazing exhibitions of equestrian art on display.
A splendid horse from the Dubai International Horse Fair 2019
The following video shows some highlights from the 15th Dubai International Horse Fair which ran in tandem with the conference:
More information available from the following websites:
RED SEA TRANSLATES FOR PROFESSOR MICHIO KAKU AT RISK & RESILIENCE CONFERENCE, DUBAI
DUBAI 16 DECEMBER 2018: Red Sea Translation, headed by CEO Adel Alhaimi once again had the privilege of facilitating simultaneous interpretation for DEWA , this time at the Risk and Resilience Conference 2018, held at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah.
Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi at Madinat Jumeirah for DEWA’s 2018 Risk & Resilience Conference
After translating the opening speech for HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, the Red Sea team, comprising of Adel Alhaimi supported by colleague Tariq Galmeran, had the rare privilege of interpreting a talk by Professor Michio Kaku, world famous American theoretical physicist.
Adel Alhaimi checking requirements with Professor Michio Kaku
Professor Michio Kaku with team interpreter Tariq Galmeran
Adel met Professor Kaku prior to the event, to discuss any special requirements regarding his speech and was delighted to be able to interpret for him – as Adel has followed, reflected upon and shared Professor Kaku’s work for years.
During the Conference
Adel was quick to note the significance of speakers such as Michio Kaku being invited to UAE, remarking that it clearly shows the progressive and tolerant outlook of the nation.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi greeting speakers on behalf of the interpreting team, to assess their needs
Other speakers included well known international motivational speaker Mark Gallagher (of Formula 1 fame) as well as Formula 1 Champion David Coulthard and other inspirational speakers from abroad.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi with colleague Tariq Atari in the interpreter’s booth – DEWA Risk & Resilience Conference
Red Sea Translation extends a note of thanks to Mosaic Live, who invited Red Sea Translation to participate. As always, top interpreters were chosen for the event and CEO Adel Alhaimi was pleased to hear that the clients (DEWA and Ernst & Young) were pleased with the quality of the English-Arabic interpretation.
Adel Alhaimi interpreting during the DEWA Risk Conference
SOME MIND-BLOWING REFLECTIONS FROM PROFESSOR MICHIO KAKU
ONLINE ARTICLES ON THE DEWA RISK & RESILIENCE CONFERENCE 2018:
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has today organised the ‘Risk & Resilience Conference 2018,’ under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, with the theme ‘Enlightening Today’s Unknowns for Tomorrow.’ The conference, which was organised in partnership with Ernst & Young, was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA; HE Aisha Miran. Assistant Secretary General, Strategy Management and Governance Sector at the Executive Council of Dubai; Dr. Ahmed Al Nusairat, Coordinator General of the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP); Omran Sharaf, the Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager (Hope Probe) at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre; Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group; DEWA’s Executive Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents, and officials from the government and private sectors.
A number of international speakers in risk and resilience took part in the conference, which was organised in Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. These included Michio Kaku, an American theoretical physicist; Mark Gallagher, a motivational speaker in car racing; David Coulthard, a Formula 1 champion; and other prominent experts.
“This year’s conference is particularly important due to the essential role of risk management, resilience, and business continuity in realising DEWA’s updated vision to become a Sustainable Innovative Leading Utility. It also supports DEWA’s efforts to implement the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to be prepared for the rapid changes, according to a vision that not only anticipates the future, but makes it. DEWA operates a rigorous risk management system, bolstering its resilience by anticipating risks and preparing for change, to ensure business continuity. We also adapt our work environment and operations to support national strategies and goals, and deliver uninterrupted supplies of reliable electricity and water services to over 850,000 customers in Dubai according to the highest levels of availability, reliability, and quality worldwide,” said Al Tayer in his keynote speech in the conference.
Professor Michio Kaku, a renowned theoretical physicist, futurist, and popular science communicator, revealed what our future world would look like at this year’s Risk and Resilience Conference 2018 held in Dubai on Sunday.
A keynote speaker at the conference with the theme ‘Enlightening Today’s Unknowns for Tomorrow’, Professor Kaku said the future is bright for countries and governments that capitalise on intelligence capital and Dubai is doing exactly that.
“The engine of prosperity is science and technology. Those countries which embrace those principles will be rich. Those countries that only believe in old fashioned commodities like agriculture and food unfortunately, those prices keep dropping every year and they will be poor in the future,” Professor Kaku told Gulf News at the conference organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) in partnership with Ernst and Young.
Red Sea Translation – Still Serving Partners in the Industry!
Red Sea Translation continues to serve its partners in the translation industry, maintaining an attitude of humility and mutual cooperation in spite of its growth over the years.
Red Sea’s founder, Adel Alhaimi interpreting in collaboration with local translation partners
Red Sea Translation’s founder, Adel Alhaimi has remained loyal to old partners and associates and continues to collaborate in many events, partnering with some of the region’s long-standing translation companies to provide a service to the industry, especially in assisting with simultaneous interpretation.
Below we share some pics showing the action inside the Interpreters Booth – and at times, the view from within.
A recent event where Adel Alhaimi was invited to facilitate simultaneous interpreting
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi going live at recent Simultaneous Interpreting event
Behind the mic at a November Conference – Adel Alhaimi
Red Sea Translation Founder hard at work in November 2018 Conference
A moment of Consecutive Interpretation during an event calling for both Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation
The world of the Conference Interpreter
Red Sea Translation’s commitment to the industry also extends to non-profit community projects such as the establishment of the UAE’s first Translators Club, a not-for-profit voluntary association aiming to set industry standards and to be a support, networking and information-sharing platform.
Although work schedules held the club back during 2018, the club is still available as a useful networking forum. Translators and interpreters in the UAE are welcome to connect via the club’s WhatsApp Group:
Red Sea Translation Interprets at 5th Sharjah Hospitality Forum
SHARJAH, UAE, 14 NOVEMBER 2018: Red Sea Translation Services was invited to facilitate simultaneous interpretation for the 5th Sharjah Hospitality Forum.
Red Sea Translation Interprets for 5th Sharjah Hospitality Forum
Red Sea Translation provided Arabic-English interpreters for the event and interpretation equipment for 200 delegates. The forum was organised by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) and was hosted at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center. Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited to facilitate the interpreting project by Mr Ahmed Kloub, CEO of Incredible Events (www.iEvents.ae) with whom he had collaborated in the past.
Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi interprets at the 5th Sharjah Hospitality Forum
Adel Alhaimi, Red Sea Translation’s Founder was personally involved in the event and was privileged to interpret some of the speeches of the dignitaries personally. These included:
H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa (Chairman of SCTDA)
Mr Michel Julian (United Nations World Tourism Organisation)
Ms Valeria Croce (Business Intelligence Manager – Eurail Group GIE)
Mr Jesse Desjardins (Entrepreneur & Adviser – Global Travel Industry)
Mr Yazan Al Khudairi (Director – Destination Development & Promotion, SCTDA)
Ms Gheed El Makkaoui (Assistant General Manager – Careem UAE)
Mr Mamoun Hmedan (Managing Director Wego MENA & India)
Fifth Sharjah Hospitality Forum highlights latest trends in budget tourism and millennial travel
In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Federal Supreme Council, to further develop and enhance Sharjah’s infrastructure and facilities for the tourism sector, and under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, the 5th Sharjah Hospitality Forum (SHF), organized by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), opened on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center, under the theme ‘Trends of Millennials and Budget Tourism,’ highlighting the role of these demographics in shaping and driving the sector’s key trends.
As efforts to further develop the emirate’s hospitality sector are being intensified to make it an ideal destination for visitors and tourists, including millennials, from all over the world, the hosting of the event complements the pursuit of the goals set by the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021, which aims to attract more than 10 million tourists to the emirate by the year 2021,.
Understanding and catering to the tourism and travel needs of the millennial traveler has become imperative in effectively expanding the tourism and travel industry. In light of these developments, the latest edition of the Hospitality Industry Forum brings together all hotel establishments in Sharjah, stakeholders, real estate investors, local government departments, and tour operators to discuss and explore ways to make the emirate’s tourism and hospitality sector more appealing to budget globetrotters and millennials.
By bringing together leading experts and tourism industry professionals, the fifth Sharjah Hospitality Forum will facilitate the exchange of expertise and knowledge to gain insights that will benefit the future of tourism in the region. During the forum, a series of panel discussions will cover topics ranging from the impact of millennials and the effect of low-cost airlines on the travel and tourism industry among other subjects; the profitability of budget hotels will also be on the agenda. H.E Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, will also recognize the efforts of the participating panelists for their contributions to the development of innovative solutions addressing the challenges faced by the hospitality industry.
His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA, said: “The hosting of the fifth Sharjah Hospitality Forum highlights SCTDA’s keenness to take advantage of market analysis, reports and insights from leading industry experts. We believe that the integration of these findings in our strategy will add significant momentum to the growth of the emirate’s tourism sector, which contributed more than AED 9 billion to the total gross domestic product (GDP) of AED 102.5 billion, accounting for 8.8 per cent of the total contribution of tourism and travel sector to the GDP.”
The Forum’s speakers this year include global hospitality and tourism experts including Michel Julian an officer from the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO), Gheed El Makkaoui, Assistant General Manager of Careem in the UAE; Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, Wego Middle East, North Africa and India and Jesse Desjardins, the creator of the Guest Experience Map.
Sharjah 24: Khalid Jassim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) announced that the Authority organises the fifth Sharjah Hospitality Forum on Wednesday at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre.
Al Midfa said that the Forum will be organised under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council (SEC), highlighting the importance of the Forum.
He said that the Forum is a leading platform that accelerates progress and growth being witnessed by the hospitality sector in Sharjah consistent with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah to support efforts aiming to achieve the objectives of “Sharjah Tourism Vision 2012” aiming to increase to 10 million the number of tourist to the emirate by 2021.
He explained that this year’s forum focuses on addressing tourism- related topics with the participation of a galaxy of experts and specialists in the field to exchange views about the future of this important sector, especially that it witnessed a considerable and tangible increase in the number of passengers to the region. He expressed hopes that the Forum would attract more visitors and tourists next year.
He pointed out that the Forum enhances Sharjah’s efforts and endeavor to promote the tourism sector which contributes to AED 9 billion of the emirate’s AED102.5 GDP.
The event received worldwide media coverage and we list a number of articles below:
UAE- Abdullah bin Zayed attends final event of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0
ABU DHABI, 24th October 2018 (WAM) – Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, attended the final event of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0, in the presence of The Duke of York, Founder of Pitch@Palace, at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.
Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED), founding partner of Pitch@Palace UAE and GCC, announced the four winners of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0.
The winners are: Saif Al Darmaki, for Artelus, which is an AI start-up company that utilizes artificial intelligence to provide screening solutions for the ‘forgotten billion,’ a term reflecting the billion people around the world who do not have access to primary healthcare screening. Abdullah Al Shimari, for Foodate, an online-based smart system for Food & Beverage services. It provides high-end tech-savvy services through an eCommerce gateway, which includes business tools like customized eCommerce web/app, smart management tools and payment gateways. Hala Sulaiman, for Alrawi, a new application that looks towards enhancing digital capability through audio book creation and distribution of Arabic books translated to a wide range of languages. Alharith Al Atawi, for One GCC, which is a breakthrough app that helps match the skills of today’s line of job seekers with potential employers.
H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said at the closing event: “The country believes in its youth and their potential to make a positive difference. Youth are the pillars of development, and any investment in encouraging their creativity, ideas and abilities, and equipping them with the right knowledge and guidance, will yield substantial results and contribute to the process of progress in the country.”
H.H added: “The wise leadership is making every effort to encourage young minds to innovate, think fearlessly and help in the smooth transition of the country into a post-oil era. In this context, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched the “Tomorrow 21” – “Ghadan 21″ plan, the Abu Dhabi Accelerated Development Program, aimed at stimulating businesses and enhancing knowledge and innovation, giving the Emirate a competitive edge and bolstering its economic, developmental and social progress.”
Sheikh Abdullah also affirmed Abu Dhabi’s keenness to continue its pioneering role as a global hub of innovation and creativity by promoting entrepreneurship among citizens, providing support to ensure their success and creating a platform to implement their ideas and converting them into fruitful projects.
H.H. thanked His Royal Highness for supporting the Pitch@Palace UAE and GCC, by providing youth with timely advice and guidance to start their dreams and achieve success in their businesses.
H. H Sheikh Abdullah, along with The Duke of York, toured the Khalifa Fund Innovation Oasis exhibition held on the sidelines of event and met with the Entrepreneurs supported by the Fund and its local partners. His Highness discussed with them their ideas and ambitions, providing them with timely advice.
HRH The Duke of York said; “It is an enormous pleasure to be here at Pitch@Palace GCC. Pitch has been expanding in this area for two years to include other members of the GCC. I believe very strongly that enabling entrepreneurship is a team effort. We need to build a community that gets behind and encourages these startup businesses, and working with colleagues here makes our job easier. Pitch works for entrepreneurs in a country, with the county, to give them that doorway to help their business move forward.”
He added: “The one thing that makes more of a difference than anything else are the connections that you – the Audience – can make. You’re going to have a ‘lightbulb moment’ when you realize exactly who you can put these businesses in touch with. All of you can make an enormous difference to these businesses when you make that serendipitous connection.”
Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, commended all local, regional Entrepreneurs of this year’s Pitch@Palace competition, which has become a frontrunner in promoting innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
He said: “Ever since the launch of Pitch@Palace UAE last year, we have been able to achieve tremendous success in encouraging Emirati youth to become entrepreneurs. We owe our thanks and gratitude to our wise leaders, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for their continuous support and encouragement. The competition provides the perfect platform for innovation and creativity to flourish. It also encourages our young entrepreneurs to dream big and benefit from global exposure and exchange of experiences.”
Al Nowais pointed out that since its establishment, Khalifa Fund has taken upon itself the responsibility of supporting and developing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as instilling a culture of entrepreneurship in UAE society in an effort to empower the young generation and strengthen their leadership skills.
He added: “Khalifa Fund has been a major contributor in promoting the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub for innovation and projects that rely entirely on advanced technologies. Right from inception until today, we have approved more than 1,400 projects with loans equaling AED 1.66 billion. The successful projects financed by the Fund exceeded 80 per cent. We conducted over 800 targeted campaigns that attracted more than 18,000 Emiratis to avail of its services. The Fund’s specialized team provided timely advice, guidance and training to over 8000 Emiratis, of which over 60 per cent were women. While start-ups accounted for 79 per cent of approved projects, and 21 per cent were growth. Over 8 per cent of our active portfolio are exporting and more than 10 of our projects are now being franchised, which indicates a doubled investment rate and the success of the fund in supporting young local entrepreneurs to think creatively and harnesses new technologies, Artificial Intelligence and robots to serve fellow human beings and their homeland.”
The winners will be able to participate in Pitch@Palace Global 2.0 and showcase their innovative projects at St. James’s Palace in London this December. Entrepreneurs from the UAE and the Gulf region will be given an opportunity to present their ideas before an elite group of businessmen, investors, and high-level company executives, hosted by The Duke.
On 28th November, 2016, His Royal Highness The Duke of York and His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces attended the launch of Pitch@Palace UAE event in Abu Dhabi. Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development was selected to be the strategic partner of this prestigious international competition in the Gulf Region.
Following the celebration of the launching of this initiative, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said, “We welcome such qualitative and creative initiatives that will enhance the possibilities and capabilities of Entrepreneurs and give them the opportunity to benefit from prestigious international expertise in various fields.” His Highness thanked The Duke of York, for launching this initiative.
His Highness added the drive by UAE to diversify its economy and create an innovation based culture to reduce dependence on oil resources has been the direction given by the father of the nation His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Following this direction UAE can now boast global recognition in terms of economic growth and prosperity. His Highness also pointed out the critical role Khalifa Fund has played in cultivating a culture of Entrepreneurship, capacity building of national Entrepreneurs, funding start ups and supporting the transition to a knowledge based economy.
It is a tremendous honour to be partnering with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and The Khalifa Fund to deliver Pitch@Palace UAE.
The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 to support Entrepreneurs with a platform dedicated to accelerating and scaling early stage entrepreneurial businesses. In the last 3 years, the UK platform has grown and now see an opportunity to build access and connectivity for Entrepreneurs across the world. Pitch@Palace Global, through Pitch@Palace UAE, will support Emirati Entrepreneurs grow their business networks and audience. In due course, we hope via the Pitch@Palace network to help businesses develop into new markets and find new partners and investors. Developing this connectivity will support the growth of all of the entrepreneur alumni, building prosperity and creating jobs in and between the Entrepreneurs and markets.
His Royal Highness is very pleased to bring the unique formula to the UAE and to partner with Sheikh Mohammed, together they are committed to developing entrepreneurial activity. The Duke of York wishes all potential Entrepreneurs in the UAE and more broadly in the GCC every good fortune and encourages you to apply to be part of Pitch@Palace.
Red Sea Translation Interprets at WETEX 2018 Press Conference
GRAND HYATT HOTEL, DUBAI, 8 OCTOBER 2018: Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi was invited by Mr Zakariyya Rahahleh to collaborate in interpreting for DEWA’s press conference, announcing the 20th Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2018).
Adel Alhaimi Interprets for DEWA’s WETEX 2018 Press Conference – Getting set for the event
WETEX, will be held from 23-25 October 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and will cover an area of 78,413 square metres, with the participation of more than 2,100 exhibitors from 53 countries. The exhibition under the theme ‘At the forefront of sustainability’, will be organised under the umbrella of Green Week in conjunction with the third Dubai Solar Show, the region’s largest solar energy exhibition, covering an area of 14,000 square metres.
Adel Alhaimi Interprets for DEWA’s WETEX 2018 Press Conference
Adel conducted simultaneous interpretation at the fast-paced and highly technical conference.
A speech by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Founder and Chairman of WETEX was followed by a question-and-answer session and Adel covered both sections, as well as the introductory speeches by the M.C. of the event.
The conference was extensively covered in both local and international media and we list one of the articles below:
Red Sea Translation Interprets at International Narrators Forum 2018
SHARJAH 24 – 26 SEPTEMBER 2018: Red Sea Translation LLC was privileged to accept an invitation to conduct simultaneous interpretation in one of UAE’s most noteworthy cultural events, the International Narrators Forum 2018.
The event, saturated in regional and international artistic talent and cultural richness, featured gifted ensembles and artists both young and old.
A team of four simultaneous interpreters presided, interpreting the narratives and speeches into Arabic, French and English, the languages used predominantly in the event. Some of the UAE’s most accomplished simultaneous interpreters joined Red Sea’s CEO Adel Alhaimi to make the project the success it was, including Ramadan Breima, Ihab Elkhatib, and Mouna Oueslati.
With the intricate and poetic language featured in a highly creative forum such as this, simultaneous interpretation becomes an art in its own right; the interpreters have to not only think at lightning-fast speed, but to also dig deep into their creative repertoire of language skills. The Red Sea team proved their worth and were able to successfully convey the richness of the narratives to the audience.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi in the Interpreter’s booth – International Translators Forum 2018
Some of the events lasted well into the evening and the Red Sea team, along with the organizers of the Forum worked hard to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience.
Sharjah: The 18th edition of Sharjah International Narrators Forum (SINF) an event for storytellers, performers, narrators and experts from different countries kicked off its activities on Monday in the presence of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
The three-day event taking place at the Sharjah Expo Centre celebrates storytelling at its most magical, running under the theme ‘Fairy Tales’.
Following a speech from Dr Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, Chairman of Sharjah Institute for Heritage and Chairman of the Supreme Committee, the opening ceremony also showcased a documentary film on the evolution of the Forum and a toastmaster’s speech.
“It is a pleasure to be able to host the eighteenth edition of SINF. The event this year is inspired by fairy tale characters who have made storytelling journey a classic archetype of entertainment and information through the centuries. With several activities in place for the next few days, we are confident that participants and visitors will have an opportunity to experience a world of fantasy, in addition to celebrating the storytelling spirit, global influence and the great work of some our most well-known storytellers,” said Al Musallam.
Weaving song, music and story together, SINF will unfold several distinct programmes in the next few days including solo plays, seminars, round table discussions, workshops, testimonies and much more.
Dedicated to helping the creative professionals celebrate the convergence of storytelling, SINF provides an opportunity for storytellers, narrators and authors from around the world to explore, discover and learn about the intricacies of storytelling.
SHARJAH – 12 AUGUST 2018: Adel Alhaimi, Red Sea Translation founder and managing partner is pleased to announce the company’s formation as a legal entity in the UAE.
الشارقة – 12 أغسطس 2018: يسُر عادل الحيمي، المؤسس والشريك المدير لشركة “البحر الاحمر للترجمة” أن يعلن عن تأسيس الشركة ككيان قانوني داخل دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة.
We would like to thank our clients and our partners in the translation industry for their support. We are entering a new era and as we move forward, our commitment remains fixed – OUR SUCCESS IS LINKED TO HELPING OUR CLIENTS AND PARTNERS SUCCEED!
This latest step puts us in a position to gain greater visibility in the market – and to amplify our voice internationally, as well as to raise the level of service offered to clients and industry partners.
ومن هنا، فإننا نتوجه بالشكر إلى عملائنا وشركائنا في سوق الترجمة لدعمهم لنا، وبينما نحن على أعتاب عهد جديد، ونتطلع إلى المضي قدمًا في هذا المجال، نظل ملتزمون بعهودنا–حيث يرتبط نجاح الشركة بمساعدة عملائها وشركائها للوصول إلى غاياتهم
وبفضل تلك الخطوة الأخيرة التي اتخذتها الشركة، وضعت الشركة نفسها في مكانة تستطيع من خلالها إبراز صورتها بشكل أكبر في سوق الترجمة– والترويج لها في جميع أنحاء العالم، فضلاً عن الارتقاء بمستوى الخدمة التي تقدمها إلى عملائها وشركائها في صناعة الترجمة.
Adel conducting Simultaneous Interpretation
Without our partners in the translation industry, we would not have attained our current level in the region. Certainly, Red Sea Translation has always offered its services to its translation partners, first and foremost – and has bent over backwards to be on call for even the most urgent of assignments, at all hours and right across the country. More recently, Adel cut short an international trip in order to assist one of our partners with an important interpretation assignment, and this reflects our commitment and dedication to our chosen field.
Our particular areas of expertise remain focused on Arabic <> English Interpretation (both Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation), while our English Home Language services department continues to provide an invaluable service to our translation partners.
وبدون مساعدة عملائنا في سوق الترجمة ما كان للشركة أن ترقى إلى المستوى الذي عليه في المنطقة. ومما لا شك فيه أن شركة “البحر الاحمر للترجمة” تسعى دائما الى تقديم خدماتها إلى عملائها–في المقام الأول –كما تسعى جاهدة أن تكون دومًا على أهبة الاستعداد لتنفيذ المهام العاجلة التي تُسند إليها في جميع الأوقات من جميع أنحاء الدولة. ومؤخرا، سافر “عادل” في رحلة قصيرة خارج البلاد لمساعدة أحد عملاء الشركة في إحدى مهام الترجمة الشفهية الهامة، ويعكس هذا مدى التزام الشركة وتفانيها في مجال الترجمة.
تواصل الشركة التركيز في مجالات خبرتها الخاصة على الترجمة الشفهية من اللغة العربية إلى الإنجليزية والعكس صحيح (وتشمل الترجمة الفورية والتتبعية)، في حين يواصل قسم خدمات اللغة الإنجليزية بالشركة تقديم خدمات ترجمة قيمة إلى شركائنا في مجال الترجمة.
Adel Alhaimi facilitating an Interpretation Course
On the community side, we continue to support translators and interpreters – our latest initiative being the formation of the UAE Translators Club, an informal, non-profit association, still in its infancy. The club aims to eventually help raise industry standards and provide a support system through the mutual sharing of experiences and information.
وعلى الصعيد المجتمعي، تواصل الشركة دعمها للمترجمين التحريريين والشفهيين –ويجري الآن تنفيذ المبادرة الأخيرة التي أطلقتها الشركة بخصوص إنشاء نادي للمترجمين في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، على أن يكون هذا النادي جمعية غير رسمية وغير ربحية والهدف منه في نهاية المطاف هو المساعدة للارتقاء بمعايير الترجمة وتقديم نظام داعم لهذا المجال عبر تبادل الخبرات والمعلومات.
Adel – Simultaneous Interpretation
Looking ahead, things can only get better as we continue to assist and encourage translation companies, translators and interpreters to unite in propelling the industry to greater heights of excellence and efficiency.
واستشرافًا للمستقبل، لا يمكن الارتقاء بهذا المجال إلا بمواصلة دعم شركات الترجمة والمترجمين التحريريين والشفهيين وتشجيعهم على الاتحاد لدفع عجلة هذه الصناعة والوصول بها إلى أقصى مستويات التميز والكفاءة.
Adel Alhaimi interprets for UAE Visa Amnesty Media Briefing
KHALIFA CITY, ABU DHABI 25 JULY 2018: Adel Alhaimi was invited to conduct consecutive interpretation at a media briefing for the UAE Visa Amnesty 2018 Initiative.
The event was held by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and Adel was present to interpret at the invitation of Dubai’s Deep Knowledge Translation, in collaboration with the prestigious Al Syed company, “Translation in Dubai”.
Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashedi, Director of Residency Affairs at the authority introduced the initiative which runs under the heading: “Protect yourself by modifying your status”.
Adel Alhaimi getting set to interpret for Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship
The campaign aims to bring relief to thousands of expats who have either overstayed their visas or who have fallen foul of the law through a series of misfortunes – often outside their own control.
The Abu Dhabi government portal provides details of the initiative:
The “Protect yourself by modifying your status” initiative, which has since received spectacular media coverage, was officially introduced to local and international media through the 25 July media briefing – which Adel was privileged to attend in order to conduct Arabic-English interpretation services.
Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashdi, Acting Director-General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports Department at FAIC
Following the media briefing, one of the local news media reported on it as follows:
“Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashedi, Director of Residency Affairs at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said in a media briefing that applicants will receive their exit clearance a day after they submit their applications.
Brigadier Al Rashedi urged visa violators to take advantage of it as amnesty allows illegal residents to leave the country without paying fines or regularise their residency status.
“This is a great opportunity for illegal residents to avail the facility of rectifying their status legally during the amnesty period or leave the country without paying fines,” Brigadier Al Rashedi said.
He asserted that the authority has provided all kinds of arrangements to facilitate the amnesty seekers in the country and encourage illegal stayers to come forward and avail the benefits of the initiative.
The initiative aims to make the “Emirates free from violators”.
Brigadier Al Rashedi also clarified that the initiative includes all kinds of residency rules violators — those who overstayed, fled from their company’s sponsors or homes.”
UAE China Week – Adel Alhaimi interprets at Prospects for UAE-China Relations Symposium
ABU DHABI 17 JULY 2018: Adel Alhaimi was invited to assist with communication at a symposium held by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), hosting a number of dignitaries including:
Ambassador Ni Jian, of the People’s Republic of China
Ambassador Ali Obaid Al-Dhaheri (UAE Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China)
Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi (ECSSR Director General)
Adel helped facilitate English-Arabic simultaneous interpreting for this event, held at the prestigious Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at Abu Dhabi’s ECSSR headquarters.
Adel Alhaimi interpreting at ECSSR UAE-China Symposium
The Symposium was held at the start of UAE’s “China Week”, an event the country hopes to host annually.
The ECSSR listed some in-depth information on China week – and the Symposium – on its website:
Overview of the Symposium (Courtesy of the Symposium’s Program):
“UAE-China relations provide an inspiring model for relations between friendly countries because they are not only comprehensive, diverse, and not limited to a particular aspect, including political, economic, cultural, military, and defense dimensions, but there is also a strong political will to support these relations, contributing to the interests of the two nations.
The great economic and development potential of the United Arab Emirates and the great capabilities of China offer various opportunities for bilateral cooperation. At the same time, the political understanding between the two countries, embodied in identical visions of regional and international issues, makes them two active pillars in the efforts to maintain peace and security in the region and the world.
The continuous development of UAE-China relations, which have been translated into an increase in mutual trade and investment; and the development of bilateral cooperation in the areas of energy, infrastructure, trade, investment, and space, reiterates that these bilateral relations are ready for a new and more advanced stage. This new stage will reflect the aspirations of the leaders of the two countries to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership.”
Adel Alhaimi interprets for National Oilwell Varco Course
DUBAI – JUNE TO JULY 2018. Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi was invited, in collaboration with Half Time Translation, to provide consecutive interpreting services for an oil rig course hosted by multinational giant, National Oilwell Varco.
National Oilwell Varco is an American multinational corporation with headquarters in Houston, Texas and has branches worldwide, including in Dubai.
The intense and highly technical course spanned 15 consecutive days – and focused on drawworks, the equipment used in drilling to reel the drilling line.
Adel Alhaimi facilitating Consecutive Interpretation – National Oilwell Varco Course
Asked about the course, Adel admitted it was challenging but also educational and well run, interspersed with lighter moments of great energy and enthusiasm by all.
Adel with the trainers and delegates – National Oilwell Varco
The following video on the multi-cultural, multi-national human resources of the company, gives us a glimpse of NOV’s global nature:
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi invited to interpret and translate for UAE School Inspection Teams
NORTHERN EMIRATES – MAY 2018: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was recently invited by Alwadi Translation Services (http://alwaditranslationservices.com) to conduct a four- week Consecutive Interpretation assignment as part of the UAE’s School Inspection initiative. The inspection formed part of Abu Dhabi’s drive to assess the standard of education being offered in local schools, to ensure national education remains in line with the goals and objectives of the UAE National Agenda.
Adel joined a team of international educational experts who conducted comprehensive assessments at four different schools, interviewing principals, vice principals, educators and students in line with the UAE’s School Inspection Framework.
The inspections covered areas such as the extent to which the schools fulfilled the educational aspirations expressed in the UAE National Agenda and Vision 2021 – and included aspects such as innovation, inclusion, self-evaluation, and the educational needs of gifted and talented students. Assessments were conducted in line with the School Inspection Framework which spelt out the criteria on which each inspection was based.
Adel translating and interpreting during a school inspection visit
The framework was initially released during 2015 and was revised for the 2017/2018 school years.
Each of the four schools covered by the team took five days to assess and the schools inspected underwent a rigorous inspection process.
Adel, with his background (and keen interest) in education had this to say about the assignment:
“All in all the experience has been interesting and enjoyable, everybody enjoyed it, we learned from one another. It was particularly interesting to learn from the international assessors who shared their individual inputs and who made invaluable recommendations to the principals and educators.”
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”.
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.
Adel Alhaimi Interprets at IRF MENA Regional Congress
DUBAI – OCTOBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was privileged to receive an invitation from Mr Khalil Jayousi, Union International Translation, to conduct Simultaneous Interpretation at the Congress, held in Dubai’s World Trade Centre from the 29th to the 31st October 2017.
Adel was joined by a number of other top local interpreters, pictured below:
From right to left, Ms Heba, Mr Samer, Mr Abu Mahmood, Adel, Mr Ezz & Mr Murad
Adel in the booth – IRF MENA Congress
One of the IRF sessions, Dubai World Trade Centre
Adel shared how he felt especially privileged to receive the honor of interpreting the closing ceremony.
IRF Mena Congress – the final day – Adel was honored to interpret the closing address
Adel in the booth for the closing address
The following articles skim briefly over a few details from this highly significant and information-packed event which hosted a staggering 200 speakers in 50 sessions.
Ahmed bin Saeed opens IRF MENA Regional Congress and Exhibition
Under the patronage of Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum inaugurated the first International Road Federation (IRF) Middle East and North Africa Regional Congress and Exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Hosted by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the event, held under the theme of ‘Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century’, features 200 speakers and 50 sessions. About 70 exhibitors are participating in the event.
The inaugural session was attended by His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development; His Excellency Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel Chairman of the International Road Federation, and His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, along with a number of senior official and representatives of regional governments.
Delivering the keynote speech, the Chairman of the International Road Federation highlighted the role of IRF, which was established in 1948 to assist in rebuilding Europe’s road infrastructure following World War II. He also said that IRF has launched a number of programmes to assist engineers and technicians develop their knowledge and technical skills. He also said that more than 1,400 engineers from 118 countries were trained by the Federation. Al Mogbel further said that the number of autonomous cars will reach 15% of the total by 2030, which will require upgradation of the road infrastructure. The IRF, he said, can provide the technical knowledge required for supporting this change.
Anthony Foxx Former US Secretary of Transportation, who was the conference keynote speaker, praised Dubai’s infrastructure and its roads as well as its mobility solutions. He also threw light on five challenges that the mobility landscape faces – inter-city goods transportation, climate change, technology usage, the impact of technology, and governance for solving traffic problems.
Sheikh Ahmed honoured the sponsors of the events, as well as Anthony Foxx at the event.
Trade Arabia commenting on the first day of the Congress:
A total of 200 speakers from 50 countries are set to take part in the first Mena Congress and Exhibition of the International Road Federation (IRF) opening today (October 29) in Dubai, UAE.
Being held under the theme “Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century”, the event is considered one of the key road-specialist events, and will convene at the Dubai World Trade Center for the first time in the Mena region. The opening ceremony will witness the honouring of sponsors and the keynote speaker.
The Congress, which is hosted by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), will see the participation of specialists and experts from all over the globe sharing expertise in an array of discussion panels. More than 100 papers will be presented, and 200 speakers will deliver speeches.
Fifty sessions will be held to discuss a whole host of fields relating to innovations in smart cities, designs of road safety and smart transit systems, assets and pavement management, partnerships and finance, and issues relating to the environment and sustainability. At the sidelines of the Congress, an exhibition spanning more than three thousand square meters will be held where 70 exhibitors will take part.
“Staging this global event in Dubai is a global endorsement of the confidence reposed by international entities in the high profile of the UAE and its ability to host international events. It is also signals a recognition by the IRF of the massive efforts of the Dubai Government in nurturing the best infrastructure of roads network in the Emirate,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA.
“RTA is exploring the possibility of operating autonomous vehicles on pavements and crossing side roads guided by hi-tech dedicated light traffic signals. It seeks to implement this pioneering global experience for crossing side roads by autonomous vehicles through signalised crossings dedicated to these vehicles. An MoU will be signed during the Congress heralding the first experience of its kind worldwide in terms of using technology and customising the infrastructure to the crossing of roads by autonomous vehicles,” said Al Tayer.
“Over the past decade, the Dubai Government has spent about Dh90 billion ($24.5 billion) for upgrading the infrastructure of roads and transport network in the Emirate, including Dh60 billion for roads sector. Accordingly, the total length of roads network in the Emirate has soared from 8715 lane-kilometre in 2006 to 13594 lane-kilometre in 2016.
“During the same period, the number of lanes crossing the Dubai Creek has jumped from 19 to 48 recording 153% rise. Examples of vital roads network projects include the construction of the 13-lane Business Bay Crossing, replacing the old Al Garhoud Bridge by a 14-lane crossing, constructing the 6-lane Floating Bridge using military technology, and increasing the number of lanes of Al Maktoum Bridge to 11 lanes,” he added.
Abdullah Al Mogbel, chairman of the IRF, said, “For centuries, roads had been the world’s first “social network” providing essential human and economic development. At the International Road Federation, we have tried to capture the connections between roads and trade with a simple slogan “Better Roads. Better World.” The roads we are designing and building today are durable assets. They would serve an increasingly diversified range of uses and vehicles. Events such as these supported by multi-stakeholder platforms, like IRF are essential to achieve a cross-industry consensus around essential questions.”
“IRF and Dubai RTA share a common vision of roads and mobility at the service of a longer-term agenda of growth and sustainability. It is with this shared spirit that we have worked together to develop this program, and that we would continue to further our agenda of constructive engagement around mobility solutions for the 21st century,” added Al Mogbel. – TradeArabia News Service
Adel Alhaimi Develops and Presents Interpreting Course for Dubai Public Prosecution
DUBAI OCTOBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited by Experts ME institute to develop and present a three-day Workshop attended by Prosecutors, Interpreters and Translators from Dubai’s Public Prosecution Department.
Adel presenting the course
The course covered areas such as interpretation theory and technique, the challenges of Court Interpreting (and the specific needs of the Public Prosecutors) , the responsibility for maintaining ongoing self development, remaining up to date with the latest technology among other topics. It included role plays, simulations and practical exercises. Self and Peer Assessment were geared towards stimulating self development.
As usual, Adel went out of his way to make the course interesting and stimulating
One of Adel’s trademarks is flexibility and he adapts his courses to suit not only the level of the delegates (who in this instance operate at the highest levels in society) but also to cater for their specific needs.
The whole team of delegates
The Presentation of Course Certificates
Adel Alhaimi with his Certificate as Trainer
Adel Alhaimi Course Facilitator Certificate of Appreciation
Adel Alhaimi with the Head of the Public Prosecution Department and Course Delegates
The course was a huge success and enjoyed by all. A special thanks goes to Experts ME Institute, who invited Adel to develop and conduct the course.
For any inquiries about Interpreting Courses and Facilitation, please feel free to contact the Institute or inquire from Adel in connection with Simultaneous / Consecutive Interpretation.
Adel Alhaimi Interprets for Abu Dhabi Excellence Award Assessors
OCTOBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited to assist in the communication process as assessors from a number of international locations converged on Abu Dhabi to deliberate on the government’s 2017 Excellence Awards.
Abu Dhabi Awards for Excellence in Government Performance
Adel getting set for the Simultaneous Interpreting sessions
In the Interpreter Booth
Invitations to participate in the 2017 awards were launched at the beginning of the year with an extensive campaign which began in March.
This particular session revolved around the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, which has won several prestigious government awards during the past few years.
Adel Alhaimi interprets at Pitch@Palace UAE – Emirates Palace
OCTOBER 4 2017, ABU DHABI: Adel Alhaimi, in partnership with Near East Translation, had the recent privilege of interpreting at a session of one of the most prestigious entrepreneurship drives in the world, Pitch@Palace, featuring the nation’s leaders and Britain’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
Adel Alhaimi Interpreting at Pitch@Palace – UAE
The Emirates Palace Conference Hall – getting ready
Pitch at Palace – Emirates Palace… the tension building up
The event was organized by Khalifa Fund and took place at Abu Dhabi’s magnificent Emirate’s Palace. His Excellency Hussain Al Nowais, Chairman of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development was one of the dignitaries at the event.
Hamed bin Zayed, Duke of York inaugurate Pitch@Palace UAE
ABU DHABI, 4th October, 2017 (WAM) — Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, and His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, on Wednesday attended the inaugural Pitch@PalaceUAE competition final at the Emirates Palace.
Twelve of the best and brightest entrepreneurs from across the UAE pitched their innovative ideas in front of an audience of more than 600 CEOs, influencers, mentors and business partners.
The winners of Pitch@PalaceUAE were Mansoor Al Kaabi, the owner of Dwak, and Faraj Alfaraj, the owner of Brailleye. The duo will be flown to London to represent the UAE at the global final of Pitch@Palace on 6th December, 2017.
Earlier this week the 12 contestants were put through a two-day boot camp designed to hone their skills.
Prince Andrew said that the concept “adds value to entrepreneurs by finding and developing mentors for innovative businesses”.
“I am a keen and regular visitor to the region and I have been keen to bring Pitch at the Palace to the Middle East, as I see synergies in our attitudes towards innovative businesses, especially with the young demographic of the region,” he said.
Prince Andrew said that those not selected for the finals, had the chance to find success.
“Do not be under any illusion that you are under our organisation now, that is not the point who gets selected to go to London, the point is we are here to support you,” he said.
“All of the projects I have seen definitely have got something that will make them a successful business; the challenges are actually whether they will survive and that they get the right business process engineering advice.”
Adel Alhaimi joins top Interpreters assisting in UAE Education Initiative – Ajman
SEPTEMBER 2017: Adel Alhaimi was among a team of top UAE interpreters facilitating communication between local educators and specialist international trainers at Ajman Teacher Training Center. Adel was invited to participate by Al Shahba Translation.
UAE Education Workshop – in collaboration with Institute of Positive Education
This formed part of an initiative by the UAE Ministry of Education to enhance education in the region and introduce new teaching methodology to local educators.
The September courses culminated in a workshop on Positive Education which brings focus to bear on the well-being of both students and educators.
These latest workshops were run by the Institute of Positive Education, a team of Australian experts, who were invited to share with us from their vast range of know-how and experience.
Some of the Institute’s top trainers presiding here included:
Justin Robinson M. Ed MACE (Director of the Institute)
Jennifer Hanson-Peterson MA
Steve Andrew (Mathematician, Deputy Principal)
Jessica Taylor B. Ed
Adel especially appreciated being present in the presentation by the Institute’s Director, Justin Robinson whose noteworthy talk on the talents of the individual made an impression on him.
Justin Robinson, Director of the Institute of Positive Education
Justin pointed out how important it is to use our talents and sharpen our skills through effort and practice: howit takes effort to turn talents to skills… and that it, in turn, takes effort to turn skills into achievements!
Adel Interpreting for Jessica Taylor – Institute of Positive Education
Adel and Jessica Taylor
Adel Interpreting – Ajman, 19 September 2017
Supporters of the Education Initiative included top UAE Dignitaries!
The Minister of Education himself, His Excellence Hussain Al Hammadi, visited the workshops
Adel expressed his appreciation for the outstanding work being done by the Ministry of Education and for the opportunity to work alongside some of the top trainers in Education internationally – as well as some of UAE’s top Interpreters. A special word of thanks goes to Mr Ahmed Al Hilal of Al Shahba Translation who invited him to participate.
Adel Alhaimi and Ahmed Al Hilal collaborate in Ministry’s drive to enhance UAE Education!
The UAE Ministry of Education has been running a series of workshops and training courses in a bid to enhance education in the region – and, more specifically, to introduce new methodology for facilitating Early Childhood Development.
Adel had the privilege of being invited, by Al Shahba Translation, to assist in the communication process by interpreting for international trainers specially invited to run workshops for local educators.
Sharjah TV provided coverage of the Ministry’s endeavors and showed up at the Ajman Teacher Training Centre to interview trainers and educators. We share a clip of some of the interviews:
The TV crew also interviewed Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi and Al Shahba Translation’s Ahmed Al Hilal, who discussed their role in facilitating communication at the event.
Mr Ahmed Al Hilal (http://firstname.lastname@example.org) is General Manager of the well-known Al Shahba Translation Company in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – and Adel appreciates the invitation to collaborate in this vital drive to propel the nation’s education to greater heights.
Adel Alhaimi Interprets at Dubai Government’s HR Lighthouse Conference on 18 July 2017. Adel conducted simultaneous interpreting for the conference.
The event was hosted at Dubai Mall’s prestigious Address Hotel.
Speakers included Essa Bin Natoof who discussed “Future HR Strategies”, Sarah Davis (Centre and Qualifications Partnerships Manager – Middle East & GCC) on Future Talent Dynamics, and David Jones (Founder and CEO of The Talent Enterprise).
The following is an article from WAM Emirates News Agency:
DUBAI GOVERNMENT HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT ORGANISES 7th EDITION OF ‘HR LIGHTHOUSE’
DUBAI, 20th July, 2017 (WAM) — Dubai Government Human Resources Department yesterday hosted the activities of the “HR Lighthouse” under the title “HR Future Trends” during an interactive conference.
With a wide participation of stakeholders and peers that take active interest in matters surrounding human resources at various government departments and institutions in Dubai, the 7th edition of the HR Lighthouse aims to embody the partnership between the Government of Dubai and various human resources professionals as well as to provide an interactive platform for the exchange of knowledge in addition to serving as an enlightening centre for creative thinking.
The session, which is part of the “HR Lighthouse” conference, discussed the challenges and prospects of the future of human capital. The choice of this hub is an affirmation to the UAE government’s approach and strategies for the future.
Eissa Abdulla Bin Natouf, Director of Insurance Affairs at Dubai Government Human Resources Department, pointed out that the human resources community in the government sector in Dubai is focused on creating an outlook from a human capital perspective within specific pillars, which he outlined employing the development of future scenarios of government work and public services.
He stressed the importance of achieving a tight link between education outputs and future perceptions and models on the labor market and its needs.
Ms. Sarah Davis, Centre and Qualifications Partnerships Manager- CIPD Middle East and GCC, delivered a presentation on the vision of the workforce in the Middle East from the CIPD perspective.
The second presentation was on “The Dynamics of Future Talents”, presented by David Jones, Founder and CEO of The Talent Enterprise, in which he addressed the future characteristics of human capital stemming from the effects of technological developments.
On the sidelines of the HR Lighthouse activities, a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, was signed between Dubai Government Human Resources Department and CEB Consulting, which aims to enhance research and knowledge cooperation in the field of human resources development.
Adel assists with interpreting at the International Civil Defense Day Conference in Abu Dhabi. The Conference took place on 6 March 2017 and the focus was on Fire Prevention and Adel was privileged to attend, assisting as a Simultaneous Interpreter.
Speakers included HE Sale Khaled AlQasimi, First Lr Taher Hassan Al Taher, James Arthur Bychowski, David Stanley Brown, Christopher Tan Eng Kiong and Grant Nigel Lupton,
Adel giving us a wave from the Translator’s Booth, Fire Prevention Conference
ABU DHABI : More fire stations and better training for security guards in building safety are two of the new measures designed to cut fire deaths in the UAE by 15 per cent in the next four years.
Civil defense commanders on Monday also announced plans to cut the number of fires by 10 per cent.
Officials said the average response time has fallen to 7 minutes and that more stations will open to further reduce that.
They also said building employees and residents can do more to help reach these goals.
Major General Jasim Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Commander General of Civil Defence at the Ministry of Interior, said in many cases residents have 90 seconds to get out of a burning building before the risk of casualty rises significantly.
“This is the most critical time in every fire,” he said at the International Civil Defence Day conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
“We are faster than the international standard response time to a fire, which is 8 minutes. We have already achieved 7.1 minutes.
“Unfortunately, the civil defense can’t reach there during that very short time [90 seconds].
“So, we aim to further reduce fire response times by opening more fire service stations and training more residents of buildings, the community and security guards, who are the first to respond to fires.”
Typical training and advice includes how to alert occupants to a fire, going from door-to-door and checking handles for heat before carefully entering a flat.
Security officers are advised to ensure they do not break glass in buildings that could allow smoke to escape into public areas.
“We’ve had instances where security guards responded very well and saved lives,” Maj Gen Al Marzouqi said.
“The idea is not how you respond to the incident, but the idea is how well you train the people who are first responders to the scene.”
Maj Gen Al Marzouqi said the ministry has set targets for each emirate to ensure all are up to standard.
UAE law states that all building owners must train a number of occupants depending on the size and height of the building.
In a low-rise building of less than 15 metres in height, 10 per cent should be given fire training.
In a high-rise of 23 metres or more, that should rise to 30 per cent of occupants.
The fire safety conference also heard from Christopher Tan Eng Kiong, senior assistant commissioner at Singapore Civil Defense.
“Technology keeps evolving but that still can’t solve the problem of firefighting until we invest in human resources and the community – and professionally train them,” he said.
“Homeowners, industry workers, schoolteachers, medical professionals and everyone in the society needs to be trained.”
In addition to improving the response time to fires, experts said much more could be done by homeowners and residents.
Dubai Civil Defense has estimated that 70 per cent of fires are caused by either electrical short circuits or goods stacked up on balconies.
There are 20 fire safety regulations being introduced, including the need to install fire alarms in private villas.
Salem Al Qassimi, director of product conformity at the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, said: “We are working with civil defense on three things – enhancing quality standards of products in Abu Dhabi to take those to the higher level, conformity schemes that focus on fire safety and certification for installing fire prevention products.”
Dubai security, safety, and fire protection showcase gets underway featuring 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries
Dubai, UAE: Intersec 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, got underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today (22 January), featuring 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries.
The 19th edition of the annual showcase was flagged off by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was accompanied by senior government officials, organisers, and high-ranking representatives from the regional security industry.
Running for three days and spanning 56,300sqm, Intersec 2017 is five percent larger than the previous edition, underscoring the prevalent opportunities in a regional security and fire safety market that will more than double in size over the next five years.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials in Dubai: 15-20 January 2017.
The five day course was specially designed by Adel and the Red Sea Team – and adapted to suit the officials’ specific requirements which included Sight and Military Interpreting. The course was a huge success and we look forward to running many more!
Adel Alhaimi and Ralph Leo (PhD)
A special note of thanks to Mr Ralph Leo (PhD) who was called in to assist with Simultaneous Interpreting evaluations.
The delegates were assessed and their needs identified and the course was customized to boost their interpreting skills. Aside from theory, a great number of practical exercises were conducted, in Consecutive, Sight and Simultaneous Interpreting.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi Runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials
We look forward to providing this much needed service to the industry to a wider extent in the coming months and we also plan to design a one-month intensive training course for Interpreters.
FOR INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT ADEL AT +971 50 343 2511 (MOBILE / WHATSAPP).
Our course is designed to equip Interpreters to handle a wide variety of on-the-job challenges and to perform at their peak. The course involves a lot of practical work and evaluation.
Red Sea Translations are committed to making a difference in our field. Contact us to see how we can assist you.
Adel Interprets at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) UAE during December 2016.
The event, presenting a series of crisis intervention exercises was held under the 3RP Knowledge Sharing Governmental Platform and was attended by numerous Government Delegations.
Adel Interprets at United Nations Development Programme – a series of crisis intervention exercises by the 3RP Knowledge Sharing Governmental Platform
Adel found it a great privilege to be invited to interpret in this vital regional initiative.
This 3RP Knowledge Sharing Governmental Platform brought together the five governments of the region most affected by the Syria crisis for a knowledge sharing exercise. They also intended to generate new pathways, networks, and lines of communication between national action figures, as well as to develop a roadmap for future knowledge sharing in the region.
“The United Nations Development Programme has been operational in the UAE since 1977. Since then, It has been working closely with national counterparts on the development of nationally-owned projects, while also founding strong partnerships. The UAE Office is also responsible for UNDP’s operations in Qatar and Oman.
UNDP UAE is managed by the Regional Bureau for Arab States based in the UNDP headquarters in New York. The office is headed by the UNDP Resident Representative, who also serves as the UN Resident Coordinator (UN RC) representing the Secretary General of the United Nations and coordinates the operational activities of the UN system at the country level.
The country programme is fully funded by the UAE Government, which gives the UAE its status as a Net Contributing Country (NCC), as all the other GCC countries that have UNDP offices (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait).
The UNDP office also supports the work of the entire UN Country Team in the UAE by serving as the Secretariat to the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s office in the UAE. UNDP thus organises the UN Country Team (UNCT) monthly meetings, coordinates the joint UNCT events, and facilitates the work of the non-resident agencies by hosting their visiting delegations to the UAE. This support that UNDP provides to the work of the UN Country Team in the UAE is in line with recent progress in one of the key structural aspects of UN reform which is to bring coherence and cohesion to United Nations activities at the country level.”
Amandla! Adel Alhaimi gets to meet Jordanian powerhouse Ehab Shanti, a middle-eastern visionary whose work in the UN and numerous cultural and empowerment projects have made him a legend in the region.
On 15 December 2016, Adel had the privilege of acting as an interpreter at an event hosted by Mr Shanti, president of Amandla Group which has branches in Jordan and UAE. (Amandla, inspired by the South African struggle for justice against apartheid, is, in fact, taken from the Zulu word for “Power”).
Only Mr Shanti could have taken a serious and somber topic – the refugee crisis in the Middle East – and made it come alive through a series of informal discussions, brainstorming and and role-playing, attended by delegates from refugee host countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey. Mr Shanti’s previous role in UNDP has placed him in a unique position from which to facilitate such a challenging forum.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was inspired by the brilliance of the facilitation process and felt honored to have assisted in such a significant and meaningful project.
Mr Ehab Shanti 5th from the right (Adel Alhaimi on extreme right)
Mr Shanti has served on innumerable forums and organizations and aside from his role as a master communicator, is dedicated to serving humanity, reviving art and cultural movements and ceaselessly striving to empower others and we quote from Amandla Group:
“Ehab Shanti is a communications expert with over 15 years of experience. He is the President and Founder of Amandla Group (www.amandlagroup.com), which is a strategic communications consulting firm based in Amman and covering the MENA region. Prior to this, he worked as the Head of Communications of the UNDP in Jerusalem, where he served as the Spokesperson of one of the most sensitive offices of the UN. Called by Al-Quds Newspaper as “the dynamite of the artistic movement,” Mr. Shanti has carried out numerous successful artistic and cultural events that attracted international attention including several art auctions and exhibitions in Jerusalem and Dubai. A Canadian of Arab origin, Mr. Shanti has completed most of his education in Canada and holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Dalhousie University and several BA’s from Carleton University in Art History, Political Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies (High Honors). Mr. Shanti has extensive experience in communications and campaign organization including founding the Amandla Forum.”
Major Dubai Government entities sign multilateral MoU’s during official launch of DAFZA’s ‘The Big Conversation’
“Under the patronage and presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), DAFZA has signed today (Tuesday, December 13, 2016) multilateral Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with several major entities under the Dubai Government – including the Dubai Police, the Dubai Health Authority, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Economic Department, Dubai Customs, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, and Dubai Civil Aviation. The move is also in strategic collaboration with Dubai Smart Office.
This is in line with the inauguration of the ‘Development of Governmental Services’ Innovation Ecosystem’ initiative which aims to create innovative solutions and enhance customer experiences in support of national efforts towards making Dubai the most business-friendly city and a preferred investment destination in the world in line with Dubai Plan 2021. The MoUs were signed in presence of several high-profile government officials, including H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General, DAFZA; H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office; H.E. Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman and Director-General, Dubai Health Authority; H.E. Majid Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Dubai Department of Economic Development; Major-General Dr. Abdul Quddus Al Obaidly, Assistant Commandant General for Quality and Excellence, Dubai Police; H.E. Ahmed Mahboob, Director, Dubai Customs; Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai; and H.E. Mohammed Ahli, Director General, Dubai Civil Aviation.”
Adel Alhaimi Interprets at UX Conference – this was during a private conference in Dubai which gave Adel a pleasant break from bigger events. Nevertheless, Simultaneous Interpreting is still challenging and requires intensive concentration.
Adel takes a break during a recent UX conference in Dubai
The conference took place on December 6 and as this was a private event, we will simply give you a little bit of information about UX or User Experience design:
“User experience design (UX, UXD, UED or XD) is the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product. User experience design encompasses traditional human-computer interaction (HCI) design, and extends it by addressing all aspects of a product or service as perceived by users.“
Red Sea’s Adel interprets at the MENA Mining Expo 2016 – the congress took place on October 25.
Adel in the interpreter’s booth – MENA Mining Expo 2016
The Expo is the largest annual mining show in the Middle East North Africa region and has been running for 9 years. The event has become a marketplace for the latest mining equipment, technology, and services. The event typically brings together government authorities, mining companies, investors, and key solution providers to promote investment, optimize mining operations, and build relationships in the region’s trillion-dollar mining industry.
Adel Alhaimi interprets at the Mining Show 2016
The Mining Show was organized by the Terrapinn Media company, who are already preparing for the 2017 expo:
Some of the show’s global sponsors are featured below:
Some of the international sponsors of the Mining Show
Although Adel is extremely humble and modest about his interpreting skills, few can contest his natural flair for interpreting at high profile conferences as he enjoys the challenge of working under pressure.
Simultaneous interpreting calls for quick thinking and perfect recall of translation terms, among its many other demands such as confidence and a wide knowledge base.
Adel takes a break while another highly competent colleague fills in
Simultaneous Interpreters are scarce and Adel continues to develop and perfect his skills in this challenging and rewarding career.
Over 60 delegates representing zoo and aquarium institutions from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan and Palestine, attended the two-day conference.
Adel (on the far right) with delegates
This assignment was one of the lighter parts of interpreting work – and one close to Adel’s heart, as conservation of the planet and wildlife are aspects which he takes great interest in – and he was happy to contribute in a small way.
On site in Al Ain – Adel interprets at 4th Arabian Zoo and Aquarium Conference
Conference and Simultaneous Interpreting seems like a glamorous and interesting career – and so it is. Nevertheless, it comes with its own set of challenges as one has to have nerves of steel, experience and deep cultural sensitivity. In spite of the intense concentration and fast thinking required, it is highly rewarding – and assignments such as this one, with it’s deep significance for the region (and the planet), makes the job a deeply enriching and satisfying one.
For those who haven’t been to the Al Ain Zoo, here’s a short video clip:
We are thrilled to post some pictures from CEO Adel Alhaimi who was recently privileged to “take the booth” and conduct Simultaneous Interpreting at the press conference for H.E. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s new Global Initiative: The Tolerance Awards.
The press conference took place on 29 October 2016 at Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s highest tower, and closed with the symbolic release of white doves outside the venue.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance in response to tensions in the region and the decline of civilized development in the Arab world on various levels which sparks intolerance, narrow-mindedness and retrenchment of sects and nationalities. This is what the global initiative for tolerance is all about; it embraces the honoring of global icons of tolerance in areas of human thought, literary creativity and aesthetics.
The objectives of the award:
Build young Arab leaders and resources in the field of tolerance
Support intellectual, cultural and media productions related to strengthening the values of tolerance and openness to others in the world
Appoint Ambassadors for Tolerance from the young Arab population
Highlight frameworks of openness and tolerance whilst strengthening intellectual and aesthetic creativity
Scientists who have made prominent contributions in spreading the values of tolerance
Writers and novelists who achieved merit characterized by multiculturalism and preservation of human heritage
Inventors who have paved the way and pioneered in the field of theater, painting, cinema and arts
Young people who have embarked on innovative youth projects that have a direct impact on the provision of future youth generations
Message of the Award:
The Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance seeks to cultivate seeds of tolerance in Arab societies through the allocation of programs focused on youth leadership that is characterized by the highest degree of
responsibility, knowledge and a sense of national belonging.
جائزة محمد بن راشد للتسامح
أطلق صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة،رئيس مجلس الوزراء، حاكم دبي جائزة محمد بن راشد للتسامح كاستجابة واقعية وعملية لأسباب التوتر في المنطقة والتراجع الحضاري العربي في الكثير من المجلات وهو موضوع التعصب والانغلاق والتخندق خلف المذاهب والطوائف والقوميات وهي عبارة عن مبادرة عالمية للتسامح تشمل تكريم رموز التسامح العالمي في مجالات الفكر الإنساني والإبداع الأدبي والفنون الجمالية.
أهداف الجائزة :
بناء قيدات وكوادر عربية شابة في مجال التسامح.
دعم الانتاجات الفكرية والثقافية والاعلامية المتعلقة بترسيخ قيم التسامح والانفتاح على الآخر في العالم.
The days when our ancestors were said to “burn the midnight oil” have long passed – yet little has changed in the quest for perfection. The Red Sea Translation team burning the midnight oil has become a habit lately.
The past year has flown past and Red Sea Translation has seen many interesting tasks and projects.
We celebrated the web-site’s first birthday in August.
But projects and clients and tasks meant no fanfare or celebrations. First things first!
One of the greatest challenges – and the most rewarding one – has been keeping clients happy by meeting almost impossible deadlines without compromising quality.
Our team rose to the occasion and worked almost impossible shifts around the clock to finalize some high priority texts that came our way.
Burning the midnight oil
One of the decisions we had to make was: since the work was so urgent, should we cut corners?
At the end of the day, we decided not to compromise. Each part of the work was painstakingly checked edited, and re-checked until we were happy with it.
Put to the test, the team overcame some difficult hurdles successfully. Management set a culture of support and appreciation, pulling the team together. A feedback strategy was put in place, keeping clients and translators updated every step of the way. In one particular project, the decision was made to create a virtual ops room and bring the client into it by means of a mobile app. The operation was successful and the client got a glimpse of what it takes to complete a large, highly technical translation project.
As I write this, our CEO is once again burning the midnight oil, setting an example for the team. A client with a critical upcoming deal is fighting against time – and Adel and the translators are there, providing 24/7 support and going the extra mile.
“I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the Red Sea Team. You are part of this vision and highly valued. I also wish to extend appreciation to our Web team, editor and a particular vote of thanks to Top Link for your invaluable web expertise and creative input.“
It is a rare honour for Adel Alhaimi, our Red Sea Translations CEO to collaborate with our translation partners in the region and offer his services during the press release for His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid’s Tolerance Award and Institute Launch.
The press release kicks off on the afternoon of the 27th September and we are looking forward to more news from Adel who will be onsite for the whole session.
Adel, representing Red Sea Translations believes that by helping and collaborating with our colleagues, relationships will be forged which will help all the parties involved. And indeed, he has also been honoured to preside over numerous local government authority courses and events, along with other highly proficient partners.
These collaborations form part of Red Sea Translation’s commitment to excellence and high interpretation standards in the industry – and we expect to grow and excel as we tirelessly strive to help others achieve success.
Looking forward to more news from Adel. This post will be updated soon.