Simultaneous Interpreting

Adel Alhaimi Interprets at Dubai Government’s HR Lighthouse Conference

Adel Alhaimi Interprets at Dubai Government’s HR Lighthouse Conference on 18 July 2017. Adel conducted simultaneous interpreting for the conference.

Adel Alhaimi interpreting in HR Future Trends 2

The event was hosted at Dubai Mall’s prestigious Address Hotel.

Adel Alhaimi Interpreting in HR Future Trends 3

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).

Adel Alhaimi Interpreting at HR Future Trends 1

The following is an article from WAM Emirates News Agency:


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.

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Adel assists with interpreting at the International Civil Defense Day Conference – Abu Dhabi

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.

Fire Prevention pic

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 assists with interpreting at the International Civil Defense Day Conference in Abu Dhabi

Adel giving us a wave from the Translator’s Booth, Fire Prevention Conference

Fire Prevention Conference Abu Dhabi 2

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.”

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Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi Runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials

Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials in Dubai:  15-20 January 2017.

Course Certificates

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)

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 Army Officers

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.


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.

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Adel Interprets at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) UAE

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

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.

Some information on the UNDP UAE:

Courtesy of

“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.”

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Adel Alhaimi was honored to interpret at DAFZA’s “The Big Conversation”

Adel Alhaimi was honored to interpret at DAFZA – The Big Conversation  – This prestigious event was held at the Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai on 13 December 2016.

Adel Alhaimi in the interpreter’s booth – DAFZA’s “The Big Conversation” 13 December 2016

Adel Alhaimi was honored to interpret at DAFZA – The Big Conversation

Adel and a colleague prepare to interpret at DAFZA’s “The Big Conversation”

Adel Alhaimi at work in the Interpreter's booth - The Big Conversation 13 December 2016

Adel Alhaimi at work in the Interpreter’s booth – The Big Conversation 13 December 2016

Here is what the news media had to say about the event:

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.”

The Big Conversation - Agenda 13 December 2016

The Big Conversation – Agenda 13 December 2016

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Adel at Uxbert event as Conference Interpreter – 12 December 2016

Adel at Uxbert event as Conference Interpreter – 12 December 2016 – This conference was held at the Jumeirah Lake Towers a couple of days ago.

City-scape by Adel Alhaimi during an UXBERT event at Jumeirah Lake Towers

While the event was not open to the public and we can’t publish pic’s, we have some outstanding photo’s of Dubai during a break at the event.

View from Jumeirah Lake Towers during UXBERT event – pic by Adel Alhaimi who attended as Simultaneous Interpreter

Red Sea's Adel Alhaimi takes time to appreciate the scenery - Jumeira Lake Towers

Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi takes time to appreciate the scenery – Jumeira Lake Towers

In an earlier post, we gave some information on UX designs, now we give you the opportunity to learn a little about UXBERT:


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Adel Alhaimi Interprets at UX Conference – December 6, 2016

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

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.

The venue was located in Dubai

The venue was located in Dubai

Simultaneous Interpreting is one of Adel’s strong points and he delights in providing this service to clients from all sectors.

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Adel interprets at the MENA Mining Expo 2016

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 Show 2016

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 interprets at the MENA Mining Expo 2016

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 internationally renown sponsors of the Mining Show

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

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.



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Adel interprets at the 4th Arabian Zoo and Aquarium Conference in Al Ain

November was a busy month for Red Sea Translation, but it had it’s lighter moments – on site in Al Ain, CEO Adel interprets  at the 4th Arabian Zoo and Aquarium conference.

Adel gets ready for simultaneous interpreting

Adel getting ready for simultaneous interpreting at Al Ain

The conference was held by Al Ain Zoo which launched the second Arabian Zoo and Aquarium Association conference, themed: “Conservation and Education in Zoos and Aquariums across the region”.

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.

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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.

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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:


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Tolerance Awards Press Conference – Adel takes the Booth

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.


In the Interpreter Booth - Adel Alhaimi at Tolerance Awards Press conference

Adel and Colleague in Burj Khalifa for the Tolerance Awards Press Conference

Outside Burj Khalifa for the Dove Release Ceremony

Tolerance Awards Press Conference - Releasing the Doves

Some facts about the Awards:

Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance


The idea of the award:

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


Award Ctiteria:

  • 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

فكرة الجائزة:

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.
  • صناعة سفراء للتسامح من الشباب في عالمنا العربي.
  • إبراز نماذج الانفتاح والتسامح وترسيخ الإبداع الفكري والجمالي


معايير اخيتار الجائزة :

  • العالم والمفكر الذي له اسهامات بارزة في نشر قيم التسامح


  • الأديب والروائي الذي حقق جدارة مطلقة بابداعه المتسم بالتعدد الثقافي وحفظ ذاكرة التراث الانساني
  • المبدعين الذين حققوا سبق الريادة في فنون المسرح والرسم والسينما
  • الشباب الذين لديهم مشاريع شبابية مبتكرة تسهم في توفير مضمون شبابي للعديد من الفعاليات


رسالة الجائزة:

تسعى جائزة محمد بن راشد للتسامح لغرس بذور التسامح في المجتمعات العربية عبر تخصيص برامج تركز على صناعة قيادة شبابية متسمة بأعلى درجات المسؤولية والمعرفة والشعور بالانتماء الوطني


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