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.
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.
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.”
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.”
AJMAN – 1 TO 5 APRIL 2018 – Adel Alhaimi assists at 4th Arab Gulf Education Forum: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited to assist with Consecutive Interpretation at the Arab Gulf Education Forum 4 held in Sharjah.
The forum, held in two different locations, included 370 workshops in total, 25 different partners, 90 different trainers and was intended to target 8,800 educational delegates.
“His Excellency Dr. Hussain Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, and HE Dr. Saeed Musabih Al Kaabi, President of the Sharjah Education Council, have attended the events of the Forum, accompanied by education experts and knowledge leaders, as well as a large number of audience that is interested in education, like international knowledge leaders, as well as students.”
The Forum was divided into two different groups. Adel facilitated Arabic<>English communication at a series of discussions and workshops in the first group of the Forum, which comprised of a staggering 250 workshops held at the Ajman Teacher Training Institute.
According to the Ministry of Education, The aim of the Forum this year was “to achieve a pioneering educational experience in the UAE’s STREAM education approach and to enhance the role of educational policies to support the STREAM approach to education.”
This was perceived as one of the most important objectives of the Forum in promoting the region’s “culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among Emirati schoolchildren, and to boost the STREAM-based community partnership to prepare the Emirati generations for the era of knowledge economy”.
Cultural Feast – Adel Alhaimi Interprets for Sharjah Art Foundation
SHARJAH MARCH 2018: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was recently invited to participate in the Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting and was privileged to enjoy a cultural feast while in the process of interpreting.
As the Art Foundation puts it, the March Meeting is an “annual gathering of artists, art professionals and institutions concerned with the production and dissemination of art in the region and internationally”.
The various exhibitions, performances and discussions stretched from the 16th to the 19th of March 2018 and were spread across a number of venues, from Al Mujeijah Square to the old planetarium.
Adel enjoyed the creative and stimulating discussions but also commented on the challenges faced by the simultaneous interpreter in capturing and conveying the aesthetic sense of creative pieces – as well as remaining true to the style of the artists striving to express their deep and often complex world views.
EXTRACT FROM THE FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE:
March Meeting 2018: Active Forms panel discussions and talks: Dar Al Nadwa, Calligraphy Square, Sharjah
Wael Shawky’s The Song of Roland: The Arabic Version: Calligraphy Square, Sharjah
Neo Muyanga’s Naham – Songs of light and weight: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
Neo Muyanga’s A revolting talk: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
Neo Muyanga’s Tsohle – A revolting mass: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
Active Forms: Works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection: Gallery 6, Bait Gholoum Ibrahim, Bait Al Aboudi, Bait Abdul Raheem Jasem in Al Mureijah Square, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Arts Square, Sharjah and the Old Sharjah Planetarium
Over 50 speakers participated in the event, which ended after 21:00 nightly.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi, who heads up the Simultaneous Interpretation team reported on a flurry of activity during February 2018.
We list some of the many events he covered during this period:
AML / CFT INTERNATIONAL TEAM VISIT – Abu Dhabi 5-6 February 2018
With the prevention of financial crimes such as money laundering and the financing of terrorism being at the top of many countries’ agenda, this is what the International Monetary Fund has to say on the topic:
ICIE ENTREPRENEUR FORUM – DUBAI 7-9 February 2018
Adel also interpreted at the ICIE (International Center for Islamic Econony) Forum.
INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY – MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DUBAI – 13 February 2018
Adel was also privileged to interpret for the Ministry of Education and the new curriculum introducing the concepts of Innovation and Creativity in regional education, as part of the government’s strategy leading up to 2020.
DUBAI – 26-28 FEBRUARY 2018: Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi, Dr Ralph Leo and Jeremiah Cady collaborated with OPlus in providing a team of simultaneous interpreters to cover the second workshop for the Middle East & North Africa CSP and Innovation Program.
The program was co-hosted by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and World Bank.
Adel Alhaimi led the team of two Arabic-English and two French-Arabic Simultaneous Interpreters, in addition to coordinating the Interpretation equipment and booths for the event.
Adel Alhaimi and Dr Ralph Leo – DEWA CSP Workshop Dubai
DEWA recently reported the event on their website, outlining the significance of the workshop:
“Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Bank Group co-host a workshop on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Markets, System Value, and Financing. This is part of the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund (CTF)-supported MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Programme (KIP). The workshop explains how Dubai is successfully integrating CSP into its power system at a market-changing drop in price. Participants exchange expertise and best practices related to CSP technologies and financing, and how it contributes to greening energy systems alongside other renewables.”
The workshop abounded in dignitaries, as reported by the Emirates News Agency which goes on to outline the event in detail:
“Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, inaugurated the workshop at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights hotel.
Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Erik Fernstrom, Energy and Extractives Global Practice Manager at the World Bank, and DEWA’s Executive Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents were present. The workshop was also attended by officials from the World Bank, experts and specialists, and representatives of utilities, developers, and investors from around the world.
In his keynote speech, Al Tayer thanked the World Bank Group for organising this workshop in Dubai.
“The main challenges to implementing clean energy strategies are: funds and prices, the efficiency and intermittency of renewable energy, regulatory and legislative frameworks, engagement with the private sector, and capacity building. In Dubai, we have dealt with these challenges through the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050, and its 5 main pillars of infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and an environmentally-friendly energy mix,” noted Al Tayer.
He said, “In Dubai, we have a holistic approach to the energy sector that has contributed to the UAE, represented by DEWA, being ranked first in the world for getting electricity according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 report. In 2017, DEWA achieved the lowest Customer Minutes Lost (CML) worldwide at 2.68 minutes. The major projects launched by DEWA have contributed to reducing the cost of solar projects globally.
“This workshop reflects the accelerating pace of energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa and the desire to develop a whole range of clean and competitive clean energy solutions to underpin economic growth. DEWA has proven time and time again its ability to innovate and lead both in technology early adoption as well as scaling up project development with remarkable operational effectiveness and efficiency,” said Fernstrom.”
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.
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 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 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.
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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.
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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.”
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.
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.