Red Sea Translation Interprets at 23rd Arab Regional Conference for Girl Guides
ABU DHABI, 6 – 8 September 2022 – Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi and his team were invited to provide interpretation services for this inspiring international conference.
The event was held at the illustrious Erth Abu Dhabi (Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel) and Adel and the team provided the equipment and related Arabic-English interpretation services, with Adel at the helm.
We attach a YouTube Short of Adel at the conference:
Although ostensibly for Girl Guides, the events were often intense and attended by dignitaries and representatives of the movement from the Arab region and beyond.
We have attached excerpts from some of the articles, photos and videos making the rounds in the UAE media.
News Coverage of the Conference
23rd Arab Regional Conference for Girl Guides kicks off in Abu Dhabi
The conference, organised by the UAE Girl Guide Association (UAEGGA) in cooperation with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Arab Region, bears the slogan “Together we thrive”, and is being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).
In addition to the UAE, a number of Arab countries are participating, including Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt, in addition to representatives of the WAGGGS.
The conference will witness the election of the new Arab Regional Committee for Girl Guides and a review of the Arab regional strategic plan, as well as a discussion of the developments made at the regional level by reviewing the regional report for the triennium. The round-table will also witness a review of the initiatives of the world association, the future direction of the global strategic movement, in addition to various other topics related to the regional guiding movement.
In 1988, the UAE had only a few schools and Emiratis were mostly sent abroad for further education.
But Sheikha Fatima, who is also head of the Girl Scouts initiative, supported the project with a firm belief that it would lead to the progress and development of women in the UAE.
Encouraged by Sheikh Zayed, who travelled as far as Ras Al Khaimah to attend their events along with rulers from other Emirates, Emiratis began sending their daughters to join the group in the hopes it would equip them with the skills they would need in the future.
“We were elated,” said Shaikha Al Jaberi, member of the Emirates Girl Guides Committee.
“Whenever there was any event or activity, they would immediately send their daughters. They wanted their daughters to be independent and to have strong personalities.”
Young girls learnt how to tie different kinds of knots, how to start fires without matches and other skills that endowed them with a sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
Red Sea Translation Team Interprets at Dubai Expo 2020
Dubai, 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022: Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi and his team were invited to provide interpretation services on behalf of a number of major translation and event company partners for the 6 month EXPO 2020 which was moved forward to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In spite of the pandemic, the Expo saw participation from 192 countries with a staggering 24 million visitors.
Adel and the team were kept busy on-site with Arabic-English simultaneous interpretation, with the ongoing need to provide PCR test results a frequent challenge. Where possible, interpretation was performed remotely but nevertheless, Adel reported enjoying the on-site vibe immensely, along with the excitement that EXPO 2020 generated.
Several other projects were completed during short breaks from EXPO and we shall report more about these in a future article.
For those that missed the EXPO, this short video sums it up succinctly:
Red Sea Translation Interprets for Dubai International Equestrian Conference 2019
DUBAI 21-23 March 2019: The Red Sea team had the privilege of being invited to facilitate Arabic-English interpretation at one of the region’s foremost equestrian events, the 3rd edition of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre between 21 and 23 March 2019.
Certificate awarded to Red Sea Translation by the esteemed Mustafa Ali bin Ahmed Amsham, Director of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference 2019
The conference, titled “Dubai – the Heartbeat of the Equestrian World” ran alongside the Dubai International Horse Fair which included horse shows and the exhibition of equestrian art.
Panel discussions translated by the Red Sea Translation team ranged from regional cooperation to the breeding of the region’s exquisite Arabian horses and included topics such as Arabian women and youth in equestrian sport, education as well as animal welfare. Opening speeches featured dignitaries such as HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nayah, HE Mirza Al Sayegh and Mustafa Ali bin Ahmed Amsham (Director of the conference).
Top regional interpreter colleagues Khalil Jayousi and Tarek Galmeran presided over the interpretation efforts with Red Sea CEO Adel Alhaimi making a personal appearance over the weekend. Red Sea Translation Ops Manager Belkacem Boudia was also present to ensure everything ran smoothly.
The team spent a considerable amount of time at the event and was refreshed to view some of the magnificent horses on show as well as the amazing exhibitions of equestrian art on display.
A splendid horse from the Dubai International Horse Fair 2019
The following video shows some highlights from the 15th Dubai International Horse Fair which ran in tandem with the conference:
More information available from the following websites:
Red Sea Translation – Still Serving Partners in the Industry!
Red Sea Translation continues to serve its partners in the translation industry, maintaining an attitude of humility and mutual cooperation in spite of its growth over the years.
Red Sea’s founder, Adel Alhaimi interpreting in collaboration with local translation partners
Red Sea Translation’s founder, Adel Alhaimi has remained loyal to old partners and associates and continues to collaborate in many events, partnering with some of the region’s long-standing translation companies to provide a service to the industry, especially in assisting with simultaneous interpretation.
Below we share some pics showing the action inside the Interpreters Booth – and at times, the view from within.
A recent event where Adel Alhaimi was invited to facilitate simultaneous interpreting
Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi going live at recent Simultaneous Interpreting event
Behind the mic at a November Conference – Adel Alhaimi
Red Sea Translation Founder hard at work in November 2018 Conference
A moment of Consecutive Interpretation during an event calling for both Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation
The world of the Conference Interpreter
Red Sea Translation’s commitment to the industry also extends to non-profit community projects such as the establishment of the UAE’s first Translators Club, a not-for-profit voluntary association aiming to set industry standards and to be a support, networking and information-sharing platform.
Although work schedules held the club back during 2018, the club is still available as a useful networking forum. Translators and interpreters in the UAE are welcome to connect via the club’s WhatsApp Group:
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:
Adel Alhaimi interprets for UAE Visa Amnesty Media Briefing
KHALIFA CITY, ABU DHABI 25 JULY 2018: Adel Alhaimi was invited to conduct consecutive interpretation at a media briefing for the UAE Visa Amnesty 2018 Initiative.
The event was held by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and Adel was present to interpret at the invitation of Dubai’s Deep Knowledge Translation, in collaboration with the prestigious Al Syed company, “Translation in Dubai”.
Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashedi, Director of Residency Affairs at the authority introduced the initiative which runs under the heading: “Protect yourself by modifying your status”.
Adel Alhaimi getting set to interpret for Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship
The campaign aims to bring relief to thousands of expats who have either overstayed their visas or who have fallen foul of the law through a series of misfortunes – often outside their own control.
The Abu Dhabi government portal provides details of the initiative:
The “Protect yourself by modifying your status” initiative, which has since received spectacular media coverage, was officially introduced to local and international media through the 25 July media briefing – which Adel was privileged to attend in order to conduct Arabic-English interpretation services.
Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashdi, Acting Director-General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports Department at FAIC
Following the media briefing, one of the local news media reported on it as follows:
“Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashedi, Director of Residency Affairs at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said in a media briefing that applicants will receive their exit clearance a day after they submit their applications.
Brigadier Al Rashedi urged visa violators to take advantage of it as amnesty allows illegal residents to leave the country without paying fines or regularise their residency status.
“This is a great opportunity for illegal residents to avail the facility of rectifying their status legally during the amnesty period or leave the country without paying fines,” Brigadier Al Rashedi said.
He asserted that the authority has provided all kinds of arrangements to facilitate the amnesty seekers in the country and encourage illegal stayers to come forward and avail the benefits of the initiative.
The initiative aims to make the “Emirates free from violators”.
Brigadier Al Rashedi also clarified that the initiative includes all kinds of residency rules violators — those who overstayed, fled from their company’s sponsors or homes.”
UAE China Week – Adel Alhaimi interprets at Prospects for UAE-China Relations Symposium
ABU DHABI 17 JULY 2018: Adel Alhaimi was invited to assist with communication at a symposium held by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), hosting a number of dignitaries including:
Ambassador Ni Jian, of the People’s Republic of China
Ambassador Ali Obaid Al-Dhaheri (UAE Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China)
Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi (ECSSR Director General)
Adel helped facilitate English-Arabic simultaneous interpreting for this event, held at the prestigious Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at Abu Dhabi’s ECSSR headquarters.
Adel Alhaimi interpreting at ECSSR UAE-China Symposium
The Symposium was held at the start of UAE’s “China Week”, an event the country hopes to host annually.
The ECSSR listed some in-depth information on China week – and the Symposium – on its website:
Overview of the Symposium (Courtesy of the Symposium’s Program):
“UAE-China relations provide an inspiring model for relations between friendly countries because they are not only comprehensive, diverse, and not limited to a particular aspect, including political, economic, cultural, military, and defense dimensions, but there is also a strong political will to support these relations, contributing to the interests of the two nations.
The great economic and development potential of the United Arab Emirates and the great capabilities of China offer various opportunities for bilateral cooperation. At the same time, the political understanding between the two countries, embodied in identical visions of regional and international issues, makes them two active pillars in the efforts to maintain peace and security in the region and the world.
The continuous development of UAE-China relations, which have been translated into an increase in mutual trade and investment; and the development of bilateral cooperation in the areas of energy, infrastructure, trade, investment, and space, reiterates that these bilateral relations are ready for a new and more advanced stage. This new stage will reflect the aspirations of the leaders of the two countries to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership.”
Adel Alhaimi interprets for National Oilwell Varco Course
DUBAI – JUNE TO JULY 2018. Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi was invited, in collaboration with Half Time Translation, to provide consecutive interpreting services for an oil rig course hosted by multinational giant, National Oilwell Varco.
National Oilwell Varco is an American multinational corporation with headquarters in Houston, Texas and has branches worldwide, including in Dubai.
The intense and highly technical course spanned 15 consecutive days – and focused on drawworks, the equipment used in drilling to reel the drilling line.
Adel Alhaimi facilitating Consecutive Interpretation – National Oilwell Varco Course
Asked about the course, Adel admitted it was challenging but also educational and well run, interspersed with lighter moments of great energy and enthusiasm by all.
Adel with the trainers and delegates – National Oilwell Varco
The following video on the multi-cultural, multi-national human resources of the company, gives us a glimpse of NOV’s global nature:
Simultaneous Interpreting – Recent UAE Education Projects in Dubai and Ajman
UAE – NOVEMBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi continues to provide freelance services to partners in the industry. Recently he was called upon to conduct simultaneous interpretation at a number of workshops and courses in Dubai and Ajman, all relating to various aspects of UAE Education.
We present some pic’s to keep our readers up to date.
View from the Interpreter’s Booth
Adel during a break Dubai Regional Workshop on Leading the Curriculum Process
A number of the workshops related to STREAM Principal Training and were headed by Stem Education’s Dr Lorna Finman and Matt Rawley.
STREAM Principal Training by Stem Revolution
Adel Interpreting at Education workshop – Ajman
UAE Education is gearing up for great advances in the coming period and Red Sea looks forward to continuing to play its small role in this significant arena.
Simtran invites Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi to interpret at ADIPEC 2017 – one of the largest and most prestigious oil events in the world
ABU DHABI 16 NOVEMBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited by Simtran (Dubai) to conduct Simultaneous Interpreting at one of the world’s largest oil and gas events, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, hosted by ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company).
Simtran invites Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi to interpret at ADIPEC 2017
It has been reported that 100,000 attendees and over 2,2oo exhibitors participated in the event – and Adel felt privileged to be invited to assist.
View from the Interpreter’s booth in-between sessions
The ADIPEC website gives some mind-blowing statistics on the size of the conference and exhibition and we invite you to take a look:
Surprizingly, the event does not seem to have received the coverage it deserves in the mainstream media, but Gulf News covered some aspects:
“Adipec was attended by top executives from Saudi Aramco, BP, China National Petroleum Corporation, Total, Pemex, among others apart from energy ministers from UAE, Lebanon, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain and Sudan.”
Adel gratefully accepted the challenge to perform at optimum level and was satisfied that he put every effort into delivering the critical and strategic speeches at a high level of excellence.
The pressure on an interpreter at an event of this scope is immense – this is not a job for the faint-hearted – and we look forward to Adel providing us with some insights on how simultaneous interpreters cope (and thrive) on the job.
A special word of thanks to Antony at Simtran for the opportunity to participate in the event.
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 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 Develops and Presents Interpreting Course for Dubai Public Prosecution
DUBAI OCTOBER 2017: Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi was invited by Experts ME institute to develop and present a three-day Workshop attended by Prosecutors, Interpreters and Translators from Dubai’s Public Prosecution Department.
Adel presenting the course
The course covered areas such as interpretation theory and technique, the challenges of Court Interpreting (and the specific needs of the Public Prosecutors) , the responsibility for maintaining ongoing self development, remaining up to date with the latest technology among other topics. It included role plays, simulations and practical exercises. Self and Peer Assessment were geared towards stimulating self development.
As usual, Adel went out of his way to make the course interesting and stimulating
One of Adel’s trademarks is flexibility and he adapts his courses to suit not only the level of the delegates (who in this instance operate at the highest levels in society) but also to cater for their specific needs.
The whole team of delegates
The Presentation of Course Certificates
Adel Alhaimi with his Certificate as Trainer
Adel Alhaimi Course Facilitator Certificate of Appreciation
Adel Alhaimi with the Head of the Public Prosecution Department and Course Delegates
The course was a huge success and enjoyed by all. A special thanks goes to Experts ME Institute, who invited Adel to develop and conduct the course.
For any inquiries about Interpreting Courses and Facilitation, please feel free to contact the Institute or inquire from Adel in connection with Simultaneous / Consecutive Interpretation.