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Red Sea Interprets for Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Duke of York

Red Sea Interprets for Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Duke of York

EMIRATES PALACE ABU DHABI – 24 OCTOBER 2018: For the second year running, Red Sea Translation had the privilege of being invited to Khalifa Fund’s Pitch@Palace GCC 1.00 final event.

Red Sea Translation Founder Adel Alhaimi and one of UAE’s other top interpreters,covered the event, providing interpretation equipment and simultaneous interpretation.

Red Sea’s Director Adel Alhaimi at Pitch@Palace GCC 1.00

Pitch@Palace – the view from the Interpreter’s Booth

A special note of thanks to Viola Events who invited us to interpret at the event this year:

MC Maryam Amiri captivated the delegates with her vibrant manner and definitely deserves a mention:

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.

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Pitch@Palace winners at Emirates Palace with Prince Andrew, from left, Abdulla Al Shammari, Saif Aldarmaki, Alharith Alatawi and Hala Ahmed Sulaiman of Alrawi Antonie Robertson / The National

Sight-saving software among the winners of Pitch@Palace

Four winners will go on to compete in Prince Andrew’s global final in London in December

An inventor who designed sight-saving technology after his grandfather went blind is among four aspiring entrepreneurs who won the chance to promote their business to a global audience.

Saif Al Darmaki won over a crowd of leading business figures by telling them he wanted to help the “forgotten millions” who have sight issues.

He was among four young entrepreneurs named as the winners of the Pitch@Palace GCC competition, held at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night.

They will go on to the global final in London in December.

The Pitch@Palace initiative, was founded by the UK’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York, to encourage innovation, and he attended the Abu Dhabi event.

Another successful candidates was Hala Sulaiman, who said she wanted her company, an educational programme that translates Arabic text to audiobooks, to become the “Audible of the Arab world”.

From the Pitch@Palace Website:

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.

A word from the Duke of York

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.


A New Era for Red Sea Translation

A New Era for Red Sea Translation

عهد جديد مع شركة البحر الاحمر للترجمة

SHARJAH – 12 AUGUST 2018: Adel Alhaimi, Red Sea Translation founder and managing partner is pleased to announce the company’s formation as a legal entity in the UAE.

الشارقة – 12 أغسطس 2018: يسُر عادل الحيمي، المؤسس والشريك المدير لشركة “البحر الاحمر للترجمة” أن يعلن عن تأسيس الشركة ككيان قانوني داخل دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة.

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We would like to thank our clients and our partners in the translation industry for their support. We are entering a new era and as we move forward, our commitment remains fixed – OUR SUCCESS IS LINKED TO HELPING OUR CLIENTS AND PARTNERS SUCCEED!

This latest step puts us in a position to gain greater visibility in the market – and to amplify our voice internationally, as well as to raise the level of service offered to clients and industry partners.

ومن هنا، فإننا نتوجه بالشكر إلى عملائنا وشركائنا في سوق الترجمة لدعمهم لنا، وبينما نحن على أعتاب عهد جديد، ونتطلع إلى المضي قدمًا في هذا المجال، نظل ملتزمون بعهودنا–حيث يرتبط نجاح الشركة بمساعدة عملائها وشركائها للوصول إلى غاياتهم

وبفضل تلك الخطوة الأخيرة التي اتخذتها الشركة، وضعت الشركة نفسها في مكانة تستطيع من خلالها إبراز صورتها بشكل أكبر في سوق الترجمة– والترويج لها في جميع أنحاء العالم، فضلاً عن الارتقاء بمستوى الخدمة التي تقدمها إلى عملائها وشركائها في صناعة الترجمة.

Adel conducting Simultaneous Interpretation

Adel conducting Simultaneous Interpretation

Without our partners in the translation industry, we would not have attained our current level in the region. Certainly, Red Sea Translation has always offered its services to its translation partners, first and foremost – and has bent over backwards to be on call for even the most urgent of assignments, at all hours and right across the country. More recently, Adel cut short an international trip in order to assist one of our partners with an important interpretation assignment, and this reflects our commitment and dedication to our chosen field.

Our particular areas of expertise remain focused on Arabic <> English Interpretation  (both Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation), while our English Home Language services department continues to provide an invaluable service to our translation partners.

وبدون مساعدة عملائنا في سوق الترجمة ما كان للشركة أن ترقى إلى المستوى الذي عليه في المنطقة. ومما لا شك فيه أن شركة “البحر الاحمر للترجمة” تسعى دائما الى تقديم خدماتها إلى عملائها–في المقام الأول –كما تسعى جاهدة أن تكون دومًا على أهبة الاستعداد لتنفيذ المهام العاجلة التي تُسند إليها في جميع الأوقات من جميع أنحاء الدولة. ومؤخرا، سافر “عادل” في رحلة قصيرة خارج البلاد لمساعدة أحد عملاء الشركة في إحدى مهام  الترجمة الشفهية الهامة، ويعكس هذا مدى التزام الشركة وتفانيها في مجال الترجمة.

تواصل الشركة التركيز في مجالات خبرتها الخاصة على الترجمة الشفهية من اللغة العربية إلى الإنجليزية والعكس صحيح (وتشمل الترجمة الفورية والتتبعية)، في حين يواصل قسم خدمات اللغة الإنجليزية بالشركة تقديم خدمات ترجمة قيمة إلى شركائنا في مجال الترجمة.

Adel Alhaimi facilitating an Interpretation Course

Adel Alhaimi facilitating an Interpretation Course

On the community side, we continue to support translators and interpreters – our latest initiative being the formation of the UAE Translators Club, an informal, non-profit association, still in its infancy. The club aims to eventually help raise industry standards and provide a support system through the mutual sharing of experiences and information.

وعلى الصعيد المجتمعي، تواصل الشركة دعمها للمترجمين التحريريين والشفهيين –ويجري الآن تنفيذ المبادرة الأخيرة التي أطلقتها الشركة بخصوص إنشاء نادي للمترجمين في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، على أن يكون هذا النادي جمعية غير رسمية وغير ربحية والهدف منه في نهاية المطاف هو المساعدة للارتقاء بمعايير الترجمة وتقديم نظام داعم لهذا المجال عبر تبادل الخبرات والمعلومات.

Adel - Simultaneous Interpretation

Adel – Simultaneous Interpretation

Looking ahead, things can only get better as we continue to assist and encourage translation companies, translators and interpreters to unite in propelling the industry to greater heights of excellence and efficiency.

واستشرافًا للمستقبل، لا يمكن الارتقاء بهذا المجال إلا بمواصلة دعم شركات الترجمة والمترجمين التحريريين والشفهيين وتشجيعهم على الاتحاد لدفع عجلة هذه الصناعة والوصول بها إلى أقصى مستويات التميز والكفاءة.

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Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi invited to interpret and translate for UAE School Inspection Teams

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 ( 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

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.

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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

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.

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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 Abu Dhabi

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.

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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.”

Red Sea Team and Partners Interpret for DEWA World Bank CSP Workshop – Dubai

DUBAI – 26-28 FEBRUARY 2018: Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi, Dr Ralph Leo and Jeremiah Cady collaborated with OPlus in providing a team of simultaneous interpreters to cover the second workshop for the Middle East & North Africa CSP and Innovation Program.

The program was co-hosted by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and World Bank.

Adel Alhaimi led the team of two Arabic-English and two French-Arabic Simultaneous Interpreters, in addition to coordinating the Interpretation equipment and booths for the event.

Adel Alhaimi and Dr Ralph Leo - DEWA CSP Workshop Dubai

Adel Alhaimi and Dr Ralph Leo – DEWA CSP Workshop Dubai

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DEWA recently reported the event on their website, outlining the significance of the workshop:

“Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Bank Group co-host a workshop on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Markets, System Value, and Financing. This is part of the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund (CTF)-supported MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Programme (KIP). The workshop explains how Dubai is successfully integrating CSP into its power system at a market-changing drop in price. Participants exchange expertise and best practices related to CSP technologies and financing, and how it contributes to greening energy systems alongside other renewables.”

Adel Alhaimi - Simultaneous Interpreting - DEWA CSP Workshop (video still)

Adel Alhaimi – Simultaneous Interpreting – DEWA CSP Workshop (video still)

The workshop abounded in dignitaries, as reported by the Emirates News Agency which goes on to outline the event in detail:

“Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, inaugurated the workshop at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights hotel.

Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Erik Fernstrom, Energy and Extractives Global Practice Manager at the World Bank, and DEWA’s Executive Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents were present. The workshop was also attended by officials from the World Bank, experts and specialists, and representatives of utilities, developers, and investors from around the world.

In his keynote speech, Al Tayer thanked the World Bank Group for organising this workshop in Dubai.

“The main challenges to implementing clean energy strategies are: funds and prices, the efficiency and intermittency of renewable energy, regulatory and legislative frameworks, engagement with the private sector, and capacity building. In Dubai, we have dealt with these challenges through the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050, and its 5 main pillars of infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and an environmentally-friendly energy mix,” noted Al Tayer.

He said, “In Dubai, we have a holistic approach to the energy sector that has contributed to the UAE, represented by DEWA, being ranked first in the world for getting electricity according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 report. In 2017, DEWA achieved the lowest Customer Minutes Lost (CML) worldwide at 2.68 minutes. The major projects launched by DEWA have contributed to reducing the cost of solar projects globally.

“This workshop reflects the accelerating pace of energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa and the desire to develop a whole range of clean and competitive clean energy solutions to underpin economic growth. DEWA has proven time and time again its ability to innovate and lead both in technology early adoption as well as scaling up project development with remarkable operational effectiveness and efficiency,” said Fernstrom.”

December 2017 a Busy Month for Simultaneous Interpreters

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

Behind the mic – Adel getting ready to interpret – RTA Conference Dubai

Adel in the Interpreter's Booth

Adel Alhaimi in the Interpreter’s Booth – RTA 49th Conference

Adel Alhaimi - taking a break (RTA 49th Leadership Conference Dubai)

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

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

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 assists with interpreting at the International Civil Defense Day Conference – Abu Dhabi

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.

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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 assists with interpreting at the International Civil Defense Day Conference in Abu Dhabi

Adel giving us a wave from the Translator’s Booth, Fire Prevention Conference

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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 Alhaimi Runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials

Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi runs Interpreter Course for Senior Public Sector Officials in Dubai:  15-20 January 2017.

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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)

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 Army Officers

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.


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.

Red Sea Translations are committed to making a difference in our field. Contact us to see how we can assist you.

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