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.”
December 2017 a busy month for Simultaneous Interpreters
DUBAI AND ABU DHABI – DECEMBER 2017: Not even two weeks into December and it was already evident that peak season for conventions and conferences had arrived. This period spells a high-adrenaline time for freelance simultaneous interpreters like Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi, especially as advance preparation is crucial to operate effectively in this field.
Some of the bigger conferences Adel assisted in during the past week were:
RTA 49th Leadership Forum – Dubai
This prestigious event was held in Dubai, hosted by the UAE’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Behind the mic – Adel getting ready to interpret – RTA Conference Dubai
Adel Alhaimi in the Interpreter’s Booth – RTA 49th Conference
Adel Alhaimi, Creative Leadership & Innovation Course – and LEGO®
DUBAI, OCTOBER 6, 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi enjoyed a day immersed in LEGO and innovative ideas when he was invited to assist with Consecutive Interpretation for a course on Creative Leadership and Innovation in Dubai’s Rove Downtown Hotel.
Creative Leadership and Innovation Course, Dubai
Life has its lighter moments, even in the life of an interpreter (which can become a stressful swirl of technical jargon at times) and it was refreshing for Adel to participate in a program designed to stimulate creative thought and innovation.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi at the Creative Leadership and Innovation course
Despite the seemingly “fun” aspect of such a course, the demands on the Interpreter still remain high, with a need to remain creative – so as to facilitate communication in a way that will complement the program.
Adel Alhaimi Interprets for Abu Dhabi Excellence Award Assessors
OCTOBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited to assist in the communication process as assessors from a number of international locations converged on Abu Dhabi to deliberate on the government’s 2017 Excellence Awards.
Abu Dhabi Awards for Excellence in Government Performance
Adel getting set for the Simultaneous Interpreting sessions
In the Interpreter Booth
Invitations to participate in the 2017 awards were launched at the beginning of the year with an extensive campaign which began in March.
This particular session revolved around the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, which has won several prestigious government awards during the past few years.
Adel Alhaimi interprets at Pitch@Palace UAE – Emirates Palace
OCTOBER 4 2017, ABU DHABI: Adel Alhaimi, in partnership with Near East Translation, had the recent privilege of interpreting at a session of one of the most prestigious entrepreneurship drives in the world, Pitch@Palace, featuring the nation’s leaders and Britain’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
Adel Alhaimi Interpreting at Pitch@Palace – UAE
The Emirates Palace Conference Hall – getting ready
Pitch at Palace – Emirates Palace… the tension building up
The event was organized by Khalifa Fund and took place at Abu Dhabi’s magnificent Emirate’s Palace. His Excellency Hussain Al Nowais, Chairman of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development was one of the dignitaries at the event.
Hamed bin Zayed, Duke of York inaugurate Pitch@Palace UAE
ABU DHABI, 4th October, 2017 (WAM) — Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, and His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, on Wednesday attended the inaugural Pitch@PalaceUAE competition final at the Emirates Palace.
Twelve of the best and brightest entrepreneurs from across the UAE pitched their innovative ideas in front of an audience of more than 600 CEOs, influencers, mentors and business partners.
The winners of Pitch@PalaceUAE were Mansoor Al Kaabi, the owner of Dwak, and Faraj Alfaraj, the owner of Brailleye. The duo will be flown to London to represent the UAE at the global final of Pitch@Palace on 6th December, 2017.
Earlier this week the 12 contestants were put through a two-day boot camp designed to hone their skills.
Prince Andrew said that the concept “adds value to entrepreneurs by finding and developing mentors for innovative businesses”.
“I am a keen and regular visitor to the region and I have been keen to bring Pitch at the Palace to the Middle East, as I see synergies in our attitudes towards innovative businesses, especially with the young demographic of the region,” he said.
Prince Andrew said that those not selected for the finals, had the chance to find success.
“Do not be under any illusion that you are under our organisation now, that is not the point who gets selected to go to London, the point is we are here to support you,” he said.
“All of the projects I have seen definitely have got something that will make them a successful business; the challenges are actually whether they will survive and that they get the right business process engineering advice.”
Adel Alhaimi and Ahmed Al Hilal collaborate in Ministry’s drive to enhance UAE Education!
The UAE Ministry of Education has been running a series of workshops and training courses in a bid to enhance education in the region – and, more specifically, to introduce new methodology for facilitating Early Childhood Development.
Adel had the privilege of being invited, by Al Shahba Translation, to assist in the communication process by interpreting for international trainers specially invited to run workshops for local educators.
Sharjah TV provided coverage of the Ministry’s endeavors and showed up at the Ajman Teacher Training Centre to interview trainers and educators. We share a clip of some of the interviews:
The TV crew also interviewed Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi and Al Shahba Translation’s Ahmed Al Hilal, who discussed their role in facilitating communication at the event.
Mr Ahmed Al Hilal (http://firstname.lastname@example.org) is General Manager of the well-known Al Shahba Translation Company in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – and Adel appreciates the invitation to collaborate in this vital drive to propel the nation’s education to greater heights.
Adel Alhaimi Interprets at Dubai Government’s HR Lighthouse Conference on 18 July 2017. Adel conducted simultaneous interpreting for the conference.
The event was hosted at Dubai Mall’s prestigious Address Hotel.
Speakers included Essa Bin Natoof who discussed “Future HR Strategies”, Sarah Davis (Centre and Qualifications Partnerships Manager – Middle East & GCC) on Future Talent Dynamics, and David Jones (Founder and CEO of The Talent Enterprise).
The following is an article from WAM Emirates News Agency:
DUBAI GOVERNMENT HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT ORGANISES 7th EDITION OF ‘HR LIGHTHOUSE’
DUBAI, 20th July, 2017 (WAM) — Dubai Government Human Resources Department yesterday hosted the activities of the “HR Lighthouse” under the title “HR Future Trends” during an interactive conference.
With a wide participation of stakeholders and peers that take active interest in matters surrounding human resources at various government departments and institutions in Dubai, the 7th edition of the HR Lighthouse aims to embody the partnership between the Government of Dubai and various human resources professionals as well as to provide an interactive platform for the exchange of knowledge in addition to serving as an enlightening centre for creative thinking.
The session, which is part of the “HR Lighthouse” conference, discussed the challenges and prospects of the future of human capital. The choice of this hub is an affirmation to the UAE government’s approach and strategies for the future.
Eissa Abdulla Bin Natouf, Director of Insurance Affairs at Dubai Government Human Resources Department, pointed out that the human resources community in the government sector in Dubai is focused on creating an outlook from a human capital perspective within specific pillars, which he outlined employing the development of future scenarios of government work and public services.
He stressed the importance of achieving a tight link between education outputs and future perceptions and models on the labor market and its needs.
Ms. Sarah Davis, Centre and Qualifications Partnerships Manager- CIPD Middle East and GCC, delivered a presentation on the vision of the workforce in the Middle East from the CIPD perspective.
The second presentation was on “The Dynamics of Future Talents”, presented by David Jones, Founder and CEO of The Talent Enterprise, in which he addressed the future characteristics of human capital stemming from the effects of technological developments.
On the sidelines of the HR Lighthouse activities, a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, was signed between Dubai Government Human Resources Department and CEB Consulting, which aims to enhance research and knowledge cooperation in the field of human resources development.
Adel assists with interpreting at the International Civil Defense Day Conference in Abu Dhabi. The Conference took place on 6 March 2017 and the focus was on Fire Prevention and Adel was privileged to attend, assisting as a Simultaneous Interpreter.
Speakers included HE Sale Khaled AlQasimi, First Lr Taher Hassan Al Taher, James Arthur Bychowski, David Stanley Brown, Christopher Tan Eng Kiong and Grant Nigel Lupton,
Adel giving us a wave from the Translator’s Booth, Fire Prevention Conference
ABU DHABI : More fire stations and better training for security guards in building safety are two of the new measures designed to cut fire deaths in the UAE by 15 per cent in the next four years.
Civil defense commanders on Monday also announced plans to cut the number of fires by 10 per cent.
Officials said the average response time has fallen to 7 minutes and that more stations will open to further reduce that.
They also said building employees and residents can do more to help reach these goals.
Major General Jasim Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Commander General of Civil Defence at the Ministry of Interior, said in many cases residents have 90 seconds to get out of a burning building before the risk of casualty rises significantly.
“This is the most critical time in every fire,” he said at the International Civil Defence Day conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
“We are faster than the international standard response time to a fire, which is 8 minutes. We have already achieved 7.1 minutes.
“Unfortunately, the civil defense can’t reach there during that very short time [90 seconds].
“So, we aim to further reduce fire response times by opening more fire service stations and training more residents of buildings, the community and security guards, who are the first to respond to fires.”
Typical training and advice includes how to alert occupants to a fire, going from door-to-door and checking handles for heat before carefully entering a flat.
Security officers are advised to ensure they do not break glass in buildings that could allow smoke to escape into public areas.
“We’ve had instances where security guards responded very well and saved lives,” Maj Gen Al Marzouqi said.
“The idea is not how you respond to the incident, but the idea is how well you train the people who are first responders to the scene.”
Maj Gen Al Marzouqi said the ministry has set targets for each emirate to ensure all are up to standard.
UAE law states that all building owners must train a number of occupants depending on the size and height of the building.
In a low-rise building of less than 15 metres in height, 10 per cent should be given fire training.
In a high-rise of 23 metres or more, that should rise to 30 per cent of occupants.
The fire safety conference also heard from Christopher Tan Eng Kiong, senior assistant commissioner at Singapore Civil Defense.
“Technology keeps evolving but that still can’t solve the problem of firefighting until we invest in human resources and the community – and professionally train them,” he said.
“Homeowners, industry workers, schoolteachers, medical professionals and everyone in the society needs to be trained.”
In addition to improving the response time to fires, experts said much more could be done by homeowners and residents.
Dubai Civil Defense has estimated that 70 per cent of fires are caused by either electrical short circuits or goods stacked up on balconies.
There are 20 fire safety regulations being introduced, including the need to install fire alarms in private villas.
Salem Al Qassimi, director of product conformity at the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, said: “We are working with civil defense on three things – enhancing quality standards of products in Abu Dhabi to take those to the higher level, conformity schemes that focus on fire safety and certification for installing fire prevention products.”