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
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.
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 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.”
Red Sea’s Adel interprets at the MENA Mining Expo 2016 – the congress took place on October 25.
Adel in the interpreter’s booth – MENA Mining Expo 2016
The Expo is the largest annual mining show in the Middle East North Africa region and has been running for 9 years. The event has become a marketplace for the latest mining equipment, technology, and services. The event typically brings together government authorities, mining companies, investors, and key solution providers to promote investment, optimize mining operations, and build relationships in the region’s trillion-dollar mining industry.
Adel Alhaimi interprets at the Mining Show 2016
The Mining Show was organized by the Terrapinn Media company, who are already preparing for the 2017 expo:
Some of the show’s global sponsors are featured below:
Some of the international sponsors of the Mining Show
Although Adel is extremely humble and modest about his interpreting skills, few can contest his natural flair for interpreting at high profile conferences as he enjoys the challenge of working under pressure.
Simultaneous interpreting calls for quick thinking and perfect recall of translation terms, among its many other demands such as confidence and a wide knowledge base.
Adel takes a break while another highly competent colleague fills in
Simultaneous Interpreters are scarce and Adel continues to develop and perfect his skills in this challenging and rewarding career.