Adel Abdullah Saleh Al Haimi – Interpreter and Educator

Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi invited to interpret and translate for UAE School Inspection Teams

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.

https://www.moe.gov.ae/Ar/ImportantLinks/Inspection/PublishingImages/frameworkbooken.pdf

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

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.

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/unified-inspection-framework-will-standardise-uae-schools-ratings-1.128055

Each of the four schools covered by the team took five days to assess and the schools inspected underwent a rigorous inspection process.

School Assessment Interpretation April - May 2018 4

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.”

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Adel Alhaimi assists at 4th Arab Gulf Education Forum

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.

Adel Interpreting at Gulf Teacher's Forum

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.”

https://www.moe.gov.ae/En/MediaCenter/News/Pages/STREAM.aspx

Adel Interpretering Teacher's Forum 3

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. 

Adel Interpreting Gulf Teacher's Forum 2

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”.

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Cultural Feast – Adel Alhaimi Interprets for Sharjah Art Foundation

Cultural Feast – Adel Alhaimi Interprets for Sharjah Art Foundation

SHARJAH MARCH 2018: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was recently invited to participate in the Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting and was privileged to enjoy a cultural feast while in the process of interpreting.

Presentation at Sharjah Art Foundation's March Meeting

As the Art Foundation puts it, the March Meeting is an “annual gathering of artists, art professionals and institutions concerned with the production and dissemination of art in the region and internationally”.

From the interpreter's booth - Sharjah Art Foundation's March Meeting

The various exhibitions, performances and discussions stretched from the 16th to the 19th of March 2018 and were spread across a number of venues, from Al Mujeijah Square to the old planetarium.

Adel enjoyed the creative and stimulating discussions but also commented on the challenges faced by the simultaneous interpreter in capturing and conveying the aesthetic sense of creative pieces – as well as remaining true to the style of the artists striving to express their deep and often complex world views. 

Adel evidently enjoying the Sharjah Art Foundation discussions

EXTRACT FROM THE FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE:

March Meeting 2018: Active Forms panel discussions and talks: Dar Al Nadwa, Calligraphy Square, Sharjah

Performances

Claudia Pagès’ Talk Trouble: Gallery 1 & 2 Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah

Wael Shawky’s The Song of Roland: The Arabic Version: Calligraphy Square, Sharjah

Neo Muyanga’s Naham – Songs of light and weight: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah

Neo Muyanga’s A revolting talk: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah

Neo Muyanga’s Tsohle – A revolting mass: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah

Exhibition

Active Forms: Works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection: Gallery 6, Bait Gholoum Ibrahim, Bait Al Aboudi, Bait Abdul Raheem Jasem in Al Mureijah Square, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Arts Square, Sharjah and the Old Sharjah Planetarium

http://sharjahart.org/march-meeting-2018

Over 50 speakers participated in the event, which ended after 21:00 nightly.

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Simultaneous Interpreting – Adel Alhaimi – Recent Events February 2018

DUBAI AND ABU DHABI – FEBRUARY 2018

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

AML CFT Meeting Abu Dhabi

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:

https://www.imf.org/external/np/leg/amlcft/eng/

ICIE ENTREPRENEUR FORUM – DUBAI 7-9 February 2018

Adel also interpreted at the ICIE (International Center for Islamic Econony) Forum.

http://www.icie.ae/ef/

Entrepreneur Forum 2

Entrepreneur Forum 1

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.

Simultaneous Interpreting 13 February 2018 b

Simultaneous Interpreting 13 February 2018 a

https://government.ae/en/about-the-uae/leaving-no-one-behind/4qualityeducation

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Red Sea Team and Partners Interpret for DEWA World Bank CSP Workshop – Dubai

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

Adel Alhaimi and Dr Ralph Leo – DEWA CSP Workshop Dubai

DEWA Workshop - French Arabic Simultaneous Translation

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.”

https://www.dewa.gov.ae/en/about-dewa/news-and-media/press-and-news/latest-news/2018/02/dewa-and-world-bank-group-co-host-csp-markets-system-value-and-financing-workshop

Adel Alhaimi - Simultaneous Interpreting - DEWA CSP Workshop (video still)

Adel Alhaimi – Simultaneous Interpreting – DEWA CSP Workshop (video still)

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.”

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302670312

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Red Sea Update – Recent Simultaneous Interpreting Events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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)

https://www.msif.org/

MS International Federation - Dubai Conference (Adel conducted Simultaneous Interpreting for the event)

MS International Federation – Dubai Conference (Adel conducted Simultaneous Interpreting for the event)

Adel Alhaimi on standby - MS International Federation Conference Dubai

Adel Alhaimi on standby – MS International Federation Conference Dubai

22nd WAIPA World Investment Conference

This was followed by the 22nd WAIPA World Investment Conference, also held in Dubai from the 27th to the 28th of November and included over 300 participants from 49 countries .

WAIPA Dubai

Adel Alhaimi in the Interpreter's booth - WAIPA Dubai Conference

Adel Alhaimi in the Interpreter’s booth – WAIPA Dubai Conference

http://www.cpifinancial.net/news/post/43651/world-investment-conference-to-empower-investment-promotion-agencies

WAIPA Conference Dubai - View from the Interpreter booth

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 15th Advisory Committee

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Committee Meeting - Adel in the Booth

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Committee Meeting – Adel in the Booth

Taking a break after a busy session

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.

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Simultaneous Interpreting – Recent UAE Education Projects in Dubai and Ajman

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.

Adel Interpreting Nov 2017 D

View from the Interpreter's Booth

View from the Interpreter’s Booth

Adel during a break Dubai Regional Workshop on Leading the Curriculum Process

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.

Stem Stream 1

STREAM Principal Training by Stem Revolution

Adel Interpreting at Education workshop - Ajman

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.

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Adel Alhaimi Interprets at IRF MENA Regional Congress

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

Adel in the booth – IRF MENA Congress

One of the IRF sessions, Dubai World Trade Centre

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

IRF Mena Congress – the final day – Adel was honored to interpret the closing address

In the booth for 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.

 

http://www.mediaoffice.ae/en/media-center/news/29/10/2017/irfc.aspx

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:

http://tradearabia.com/news/CONS_332163.html

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.

Infrastructure

“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

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Adel Alhaimi Interprets for Abu Dhabi Excellence Award Assessors

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

Adel getting set for the Simultaneous Interpreting sessions

In the Interpreter Booth

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.

https://www.adfca.ae/English/AboutADFCA/Pages/Awards.aspx

a group of international assessors and government officials participated in the meetings

The sessions were intense and continued over a period of four days.

Red Sea will continue to follow up on the Awards and update this article once the results have gone public – more coming up soon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adel Alhaimi interprets at Pitch@Palace UAE – Emirates Palace

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

The Emirates Palace Conference Hall – getting ready

Pitch at Palace - Emirates Palace... the tension building up

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.

https://www.khalifafund.ae/SitePages/Home.aspx

Khalifa-fund-Logo

Prince Andrew, Duke of York in Abu Dhabi at an earlier date

Prince Andrew, Duke of York in Abu Dhabi at an earlier date

The event was streamed live and we include the YouTube clip of the event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BiGhICfytc

Some snippets from local news:

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302636464

Wed 04-10-2017 22:18 PM

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.

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/emirati-entrepreneurs-to-pitch-to-investors-in-london-after-clinching-abu-dhabi-competition-1.664227

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.”

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