Adel assists with interpreting at the International Civil Defense Day Conference in Abu Dhabi. The Conference took place on 6 March 2017 and the focus was on Fire Prevention and Adel was privileged to attend, assisting as a Simultaneous Interpreter.
Speakers included HE Sale Khaled AlQasimi, First Lr Taher Hassan Al Taher, James Arthur Bychowski, David Stanley Brown, Christopher Tan Eng Kiong and Grant Nigel Lupton,
Adel giving us a wave from the Translator’s Booth, Fire Prevention Conference
ABU DHABI : More fire stations and better training for security guards in building safety are two of the new measures designed to cut fire deaths in the UAE by 15 per cent in the next four years.
Civil defense commanders on Monday also announced plans to cut the number of fires by 10 per cent.
Officials said the average response time has fallen to 7 minutes and that more stations will open to further reduce that.
They also said building employees and residents can do more to help reach these goals.
Major General Jasim Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Commander General of Civil Defence at the Ministry of Interior, said in many cases residents have 90 seconds to get out of a burning building before the risk of casualty rises significantly.
“This is the most critical time in every fire,” he said at the International Civil Defence Day conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
“We are faster than the international standard response time to a fire, which is 8 minutes. We have already achieved 7.1 minutes.
“Unfortunately, the civil defense can’t reach there during that very short time [90 seconds].
“So, we aim to further reduce fire response times by opening more fire service stations and training more residents of buildings, the community and security guards, who are the first to respond to fires.”
Typical training and advice includes how to alert occupants to a fire, going from door-to-door and checking handles for heat before carefully entering a flat.
Security officers are advised to ensure they do not break glass in buildings that could allow smoke to escape into public areas.
“We’ve had instances where security guards responded very well and saved lives,” Maj Gen Al Marzouqi said.
“The idea is not how you respond to the incident, but the idea is how well you train the people who are first responders to the scene.”
Maj Gen Al Marzouqi said the ministry has set targets for each emirate to ensure all are up to standard.
UAE law states that all building owners must train a number of occupants depending on the size and height of the building.
In a low-rise building of less than 15 metres in height, 10 per cent should be given fire training.
In a high-rise of 23 metres or more, that should rise to 30 per cent of occupants.
The fire safety conference also heard from Christopher Tan Eng Kiong, senior assistant commissioner at Singapore Civil Defense.
“Technology keeps evolving but that still can’t solve the problem of firefighting until we invest in human resources and the community – and professionally train them,” he said.
“Homeowners, industry workers, schoolteachers, medical professionals and everyone in the society needs to be trained.”
In addition to improving the response time to fires, experts said much more could be done by homeowners and residents.
Dubai Civil Defense has estimated that 70 per cent of fires are caused by either electrical short circuits or goods stacked up on balconies.
There are 20 fire safety regulations being introduced, including the need to install fire alarms in private villas.
Salem Al Qassimi, director of product conformity at the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, said: “We are working with civil defense on three things – enhancing quality standards of products in Abu Dhabi to take those to the higher level, conformity schemes that focus on fire safety and certification for installing fire prevention products.”
Dubai security, safety, and fire protection showcase gets underway featuring 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries
Dubai, UAE: Intersec 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, got underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today (22 January), featuring 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries.
The 19th edition of the annual showcase was flagged off by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was accompanied by senior government officials, organisers, and high-ranking representatives from the regional security industry.
Running for three days and spanning 56,300sqm, Intersec 2017 is five percent larger than the previous edition, underscoring the prevalent opportunities in a regional security and fire safety market that will more than double in size over the next five years.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials in Dubai: 15-20 January 2017.
The five day course was specially designed by Adel and the Red Sea Team – and adapted to suit the officials’ specific requirements which included Sight and Military Interpreting. The course was a huge success and we look forward to running many more!
Adel Alhaimi and Ralph Leo (PhD)
A special note of thanks to Mr Ralph Leo (PhD) who was called in to assist with Simultaneous Interpreting evaluations.
The delegates were assessed and their needs identified and the course was customized to boost their interpreting skills. Aside from theory, a great number of practical exercises were conducted, in Consecutive, Sight and Simultaneous Interpreting.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi Runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials
We look forward to providing this much needed service to the industry to a wider extent in the coming months and we also plan to design a one-month intensive training course for Interpreters.
FOR INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT ADEL AT +971 50 343 2511 (MOBILE / WHATSAPP).
Our course is designed to equip Interpreters to handle a wide variety of on-the-job challenges and to perform at their peak. The course involves a lot of practical work and evaluation.
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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.