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:
Checking for ADNOC’s website, we verified the correct website: http://adnoc.ae/
Of course, the fake site, http://adnoc-bidding.com was set up to redirect directly to the legitimate ADNOC site – but that is a simple, easy trick any website administrator can do.
Moral of the story? We have to keep our wits about us and check and double-check any attractive offers. Failing to do so means, at worst getting scammed – and at best, wasting valuable time.
Red Sea Translation Interprets for DIB’s Sharia Department Forum
DUBAI 27 APRIL 2019: The Red Sea Translation team was invited to facilitate Arabic-English interpretation at Dubai Islamic Bank’s 4th Sharia Department’s Forum 2019, held at The Palace Downtown Hotel.
Red Sea Translation interprets at DIB’s 4th Sharia Dept Forum 2019
The Forum, chaired by Moosa Khoory, head of the bank’s Sharia Department, covered topics such as:
- ISO Certification
- EFQM Certification
- 5-Star Service
- Sharia Compliance Rating
- Sharia & Artificial Intelligence
- Happiness Index
The view from the booth – one of the two simultaneous interpreters on standby
The Red Sea Team were all on hand to ensure everything went smoothly. One of the region’s top Arabic-English interpreters also partnered with the Red Sea team for the event.
A special word of thanks to ROI – ME DMCC (who invited the Red Sea Team to participate) – and especially to Ms Monica Chikani and her team for their exceptional levels of professionalism:
Red Sea Translation Interprets at WETEX 2018 Press Conference
GRAND HYATT HOTEL, DUBAI, 8 OCTOBER 2018: Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi was invited by Mr Zakariyya Rahahleh to collaborate in interpreting for DEWA’s press conference, announcing the 20th Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2018).
Adel Alhaimi Interprets for DEWA’s WETEX 2018 Press Conference – Getting set for the event
WETEX, will be held from 23-25 October 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and will cover an area of 78,413 square metres, with the participation of more than 2,100 exhibitors from 53 countries. The exhibition under the theme ‘At the forefront of sustainability’, will be organised under the umbrella of Green Week in conjunction with the third Dubai Solar Show, the region’s largest solar energy exhibition, covering an area of 14,000 square metres.
Adel Alhaimi Interprets for DEWA’s WETEX 2018 Press Conference
Adel conducted simultaneous interpretation at the fast-paced and highly technical conference.
A speech by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Founder and Chairman of WETEX was followed by a question-and-answer session and Adel covered both sections, as well as the introductory speeches by the M.C. of the event.
The conference was extensively covered in both local and international media and we list one of the articles below:
Leadership, Agility and LEGO – Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi facilitates Course Interpretation
DUSIT THANI HOTEL DUBAI 16 – 18 SEPTEMBER 2018: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited to interpret the proceedings at a course for UAE Public Servants.
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi with Course Facilitator and Delegates
The three-day interactive workshop included sessions with LEGO® and was facilitated by a professor from Spain.
The delegate’s leadership agility came into the spotlight as they developed various models as part of their innovative planning.
The delegates’ interactive LEGO projects
Adel reported that he tried to use an interpreting style that would bridge the cultural gap between the delegates and the facilitator as he tried to convey each side’s messages, making the interpreted messages interesting and avoiding verbosity that would be over the heads of the delegates.
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 – taking a break (RTA 49th Leadership Conference Dubai)
Empowering Youth Through Education Summit – Abu Dhabi
The summit conference was administered by Connec-ME Education and was held in Abu Dhabi on 12 December 2017.
We share some pics from the event:
View from the Interpreter’s Booth – getting set for Empowering Youth through Education Summit
Working in seclusion behind the scenes, it is easy to overlook the critical contribution of the Simultaneous Interpreter – Adel at the Empowering Youth summit
Medical Conference Interpretation – Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi
The week also included a short project for a medical conference at the well-known Cleveland Clinic (Abu Dhabi) at the request of the Tarjama Translation company.
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 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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
Adel Alhaimi Interprets at UX Conference – this was during a private conference in Dubai which gave Adel a pleasant break from bigger events. Nevertheless, Simultaneous Interpreting is still challenging and requires intensive concentration.
Adel takes a break during a recent UX conference in Dubai
The conference took place on December 6 and as this was a private event, we will simply give you a little bit of information about UX or User Experience design:
“User experience design (UX, UXD, UED or XD) is the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product. User experience design encompasses traditional human-computer interaction (HCI) design, and extends it by addressing all aspects of a product or service as perceived by users.“
The venue was located in Dubai
Simultaneous Interpreting is one of Adel’s strong points and he delights in providing this service to clients from all sectors.