Watch Out for the Latest Interpretation Scam – UAE
With Covid-19 panic shutting down economies in countries worldwide and millions of workers in lockdown or quarantine conditions, scammers are stepping up their attempts to fleece professionals, taking every opportunity to shake their victims down.
This time they’re getting hungrier – and bolder.
The latest attempted scam involves impersonating ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Drilling Company) and requesting quotations for interpretation and translation services. ADNOC logos and letterheads are being brazenly used along with official looking RFP documents.
Official looking document with ADNOC logo
Of course, when someone at our online office saw an RFP email from “ADNOC”, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity for members of the Red Sea team or our partners. It looked too good to be true – and experience has taught us that if something looks “too good to be true”, it probably is!
So we took basic precautionary steps:
STEP 1: Who was the email actually from?
In this case, it was a dead giveaway, the email came via zohomail, using an address from a .com site, not an authentic ADNOC website.
STEP 2: What website was the email coming from?
The responses were to be sent to the same email at the site impersonating ADNOC using the same cheap .com site:
The event received worldwide media coverage and we list a number of articles below:
UAE- Abdullah bin Zayed attends final event of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0
ABU DHABI, 24th October 2018 (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 Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, attended the final event of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0, in the presence of The Duke of York, Founder of Pitch@Palace, at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.
Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED), founding partner of Pitch@Palace UAE and GCC, announced the four winners of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0.
The winners are: Saif Al Darmaki, for Artelus, which is an AI start-up company that utilizes artificial intelligence to provide screening solutions for the ‘forgotten billion,’ a term reflecting the billion people around the world who do not have access to primary healthcare screening. Abdullah Al Shimari, for Foodate, an online-based smart system for Food & Beverage services. It provides high-end tech-savvy services through an eCommerce gateway, which includes business tools like customized eCommerce web/app, smart management tools and payment gateways. Hala Sulaiman, for Alrawi, a new application that looks towards enhancing digital capability through audio book creation and distribution of Arabic books translated to a wide range of languages. Alharith Al Atawi, for One GCC, which is a breakthrough app that helps match the skills of today’s line of job seekers with potential employers.
H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said at the closing event: “The country believes in its youth and their potential to make a positive difference. Youth are the pillars of development, and any investment in encouraging their creativity, ideas and abilities, and equipping them with the right knowledge and guidance, will yield substantial results and contribute to the process of progress in the country.”
H.H added: “The wise leadership is making every effort to encourage young minds to innovate, think fearlessly and help in the smooth transition of the country into a post-oil era. In this context, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched the “Tomorrow 21” – “Ghadan 21″ plan, the Abu Dhabi Accelerated Development Program, aimed at stimulating businesses and enhancing knowledge and innovation, giving the Emirate a competitive edge and bolstering its economic, developmental and social progress.”
Sheikh Abdullah also affirmed Abu Dhabi’s keenness to continue its pioneering role as a global hub of innovation and creativity by promoting entrepreneurship among citizens, providing support to ensure their success and creating a platform to implement their ideas and converting them into fruitful projects.
H.H. thanked His Royal Highness for supporting the Pitch@Palace UAE and GCC, by providing youth with timely advice and guidance to start their dreams and achieve success in their businesses.
H. H Sheikh Abdullah, along with The Duke of York, toured the Khalifa Fund Innovation Oasis exhibition held on the sidelines of event and met with the Entrepreneurs supported by the Fund and its local partners. His Highness discussed with them their ideas and ambitions, providing them with timely advice.
HRH The Duke of York said; “It is an enormous pleasure to be here at Pitch@Palace GCC. Pitch has been expanding in this area for two years to include other members of the GCC. I believe very strongly that enabling entrepreneurship is a team effort. We need to build a community that gets behind and encourages these startup businesses, and working with colleagues here makes our job easier. Pitch works for entrepreneurs in a country, with the county, to give them that doorway to help their business move forward.”
He added: “The one thing that makes more of a difference than anything else are the connections that you – the Audience – can make. You’re going to have a ‘lightbulb moment’ when you realize exactly who you can put these businesses in touch with. All of you can make an enormous difference to these businesses when you make that serendipitous connection.”
Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, commended all local, regional Entrepreneurs of this year’s Pitch@Palace competition, which has become a frontrunner in promoting innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
He said: “Ever since the launch of Pitch@Palace UAE last year, we have been able to achieve tremendous success in encouraging Emirati youth to become entrepreneurs. We owe our thanks and gratitude to our wise leaders, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for their continuous support and encouragement. The competition provides the perfect platform for innovation and creativity to flourish. It also encourages our young entrepreneurs to dream big and benefit from global exposure and exchange of experiences.”
Al Nowais pointed out that since its establishment, Khalifa Fund has taken upon itself the responsibility of supporting and developing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as instilling a culture of entrepreneurship in UAE society in an effort to empower the young generation and strengthen their leadership skills.
He added: “Khalifa Fund has been a major contributor in promoting the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub for innovation and projects that rely entirely on advanced technologies. Right from inception until today, we have approved more than 1,400 projects with loans equaling AED 1.66 billion. The successful projects financed by the Fund exceeded 80 per cent. We conducted over 800 targeted campaigns that attracted more than 18,000 Emiratis to avail of its services. The Fund’s specialized team provided timely advice, guidance and training to over 8000 Emiratis, of which over 60 per cent were women. While start-ups accounted for 79 per cent of approved projects, and 21 per cent were growth. Over 8 per cent of our active portfolio are exporting and more than 10 of our projects are now being franchised, which indicates a doubled investment rate and the success of the fund in supporting young local entrepreneurs to think creatively and harnesses new technologies, Artificial Intelligence and robots to serve fellow human beings and their homeland.”
The winners will be able to participate in Pitch@Palace Global 2.0 and showcase their innovative projects at St. James’s Palace in London this December. Entrepreneurs from the UAE and the Gulf region will be given an opportunity to present their ideas before an elite group of businessmen, investors, and high-level company executives, hosted by The Duke.
On 28th November, 2016, His Royal Highness The Duke of York and His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces attended the launch of Pitch@Palace UAE event in Abu Dhabi. Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development was selected to be the strategic partner of this prestigious international competition in the Gulf Region.
Following the celebration of the launching of this initiative, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said, “We welcome such qualitative and creative initiatives that will enhance the possibilities and capabilities of Entrepreneurs and give them the opportunity to benefit from prestigious international expertise in various fields.” His Highness thanked The Duke of York, for launching this initiative.
His Highness added the drive by UAE to diversify its economy and create an innovation based culture to reduce dependence on oil resources has been the direction given by the father of the nation His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Following this direction UAE can now boast global recognition in terms of economic growth and prosperity. His Highness also pointed out the critical role Khalifa Fund has played in cultivating a culture of Entrepreneurship, capacity building of national Entrepreneurs, funding start ups and supporting the transition to a knowledge based economy.
It is a tremendous honour to be partnering with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and The Khalifa Fund to deliver Pitch@Palace UAE.
The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 to support Entrepreneurs with a platform dedicated to accelerating and scaling early stage entrepreneurial businesses. In the last 3 years, the UK platform has grown and now see an opportunity to build access and connectivity for Entrepreneurs across the world. Pitch@Palace Global, through Pitch@Palace UAE, will support Emirati Entrepreneurs grow their business networks and audience. In due course, we hope via the Pitch@Palace network to help businesses develop into new markets and find new partners and investors. Developing this connectivity will support the growth of all of the entrepreneur alumni, building prosperity and creating jobs in and between the Entrepreneurs and markets.
His Royal Highness is very pleased to bring the unique formula to the UAE and to partner with Sheikh Mohammed, together they are committed to developing entrepreneurial activity. The Duke of York wishes all potential Entrepreneurs in the UAE and more broadly in the GCC every good fortune and encourages you to apply to be part of Pitch@Palace.
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.”
Culture Summit 2018 – A Dream Assignment for Interpreter Adel Alhaimi
ABU DHABI APRIL 2018: Adel Alhaimi was privileged to be invited to facilitate simultaneous interpretation for one of the world’s top cultural events.
Culture Summit is an invitation-only forum “convening leaders from the arts, policy, technology and media” from around the world. The USD 5,000 a head registration fee included sumptuous dining and featured some of the region’s (and the world’s) most prestigious cultural figures including top leaders, artists, speakers and performers.
Adel Alhaimi interpreting at Culture Summit 2018
The summit is characterized by the overall aim to identify ways that culture can raise awareness, build bridges and promote positive change.
The summit included a staggering 450 participants from 80 different countries, spread across a series of 65 workshops.
“This year’s programme, titled Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far, Creativity and Purpose, will focus on partnerships that are unique, different, and which blend tradition and innovation. Workshops, presentations, and performances throughout the event will engage participants in expanding on their ideas about the role of culture in improving our world. A special portion of the programme will take place at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, with events and tours scheduled exclusively for participants of CultureSummit 2018.”