Issue 14

Barakat Quality Plus : Keeping the Juices Flowing

More than a quarter of a century of ambition has been realised in the form of Barakat Quality Plus (BQP), having witnessed the transformation of creating freshly pressed juices and cut fruit and vegetables into a tasteful art.

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DB Schenker UAE

In the Customer’s Best InterestWriter: Matthew StaffProject Manager: Kane Weller As one of the leading international logistics service providers, DB Schenker’s success in the UAE may not come as a surprise, but the ability to instil such a local and socially-enriching presence despite its global size has certainly made waves as it edges closer to a market-leading position in the country.Evolving from a joint venture between a local business entity and the DB Schenker hub in Germany, the Company’s presence in the UAE has succeeded via its entrepreneurial strategy to go beyond base-level operations across storage, imports and exports, and to expand into more niche products and verticals.The result, as Managing Director (MD), Farook Al Zeer explains, has been the introduction of ‘total logistics’ to a rapidly developing market.“We now have a prolific presence in contract logistics and in select niche products that cater to the important market verticals which are the defining areas of today’s total logistics. Much of it still involves air, sea and road transport, but we have had to decentralise the operations to deal with the individual specialisations that each advanced market product represents,” he says. “Our organisation is relatively young even by the nascent standards of the UAE where trade and commerce, outside of the petroleum industry, has made its presence felt just in the past two decades.“In the past 10 years since we have become a Schenker entity though, we have been speedily adding to our service portfolio by offering value additions and service enhancements along the line. Being part of an industry

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Taking on the ArcticWriter: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Kane Weller Retaining its focus on air charters to Greenland and continually identifying additional services that add value to the customer experience, Norlandair has witnessed organic growth since its founding in 2008, when it acquired the Twin Otter flight operation of Air Iceland. Tracing its roots back to a company with the same name which was founded in the mid-1970s, Norlandair operates across East Greenland and Iceland, providing chartering services in the challenging climate of the Arctic.“An operator in East Greenland is required to operate on skis and big flotation tiers as the landing areas are very often unprepared landing strips or on the glacier,” explains Fridrik ‘Frissi’ Adolfsson , Chief Executive Officer of Norlandair. “We operate in a very niche market, which means any competition we might face is on a global level, rather than a local one; with operators coming from areas such as Canada, where the climate presents additional aviation challenges.” Advantageously, Norlandair’s positioning at Akureyri Airport in Iceland will help the Company to capitalise on the increasing tourism in the area, while also expanding its bouquet of logistics services to include the procurement of goods, offering storage facilities, search and rescue, and med-evac flights.Leveraging the versatility of its three, 19-seat Twin Otter aircrafts, the Company is able to offer scheduled and specialised charter air services across three domestic routes and one international, in close cooperation with Air Iceland. Additionally, Norlandair operates two GA8 Airvan aircrafts which are mainly used for sightseeing, and a seven (luxury seats) or nine-seater (commuter seats)

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Omni Aviation Group

Sky-High Commitment to Aviation ExcellenceWriter: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Kane Weller The gradual evolution of Omni Aviation Group can be measured in both its ability to keep up-to-date with the latest industry trends and the continuous drive to invest in new international markets. Consolidating its technical knowledge and experience over the past 28 years since establishment in the late 1980s, the Group has become a multifaceted operator active in various global markets with knowhow spread across almost all areas of aviation.Comprising helicopter operation, emergency medical services, maintenance, training, handling, consulting, and private and commercial aviation via its three airlines – White Airways, Omni Aviação e Tecnologia and Cabo Verde Express – the Group has shown the capacity to successfully respond to wider aviation challenges and answer the chief needs of its clients through smart investment decisions based on market developments.“As a Group, it is important that we offer a wide range of services and flexible solutions tailored to the needs and expectations of our clients, wherever they may be. In light of this, we are looking to expand our fleet by roughly 30 percent over the next two years, which will increase our ability to address new challenges that the market might impose. Elsewhere, we are seeking significant investments in our flight training school and in our FBO lounges, focusing on internalisation of the services we provide in the medium-term,” summarises Luís Pinto, Chief Financial and Business Development Officer.Omni Aviation was the pioneer in Portugal to start a 24-seven air ambulance operation for the Portuguese Health Ministry, operating two helicopters

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du’s Smart New GenerationWriter: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Donovan Smith Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, UAE’s major broadband and telecom provider, du now serves more than eight million individual costumers, 80,000 businesses and proudly retains a mobile subscriber market share of 46.5 percent.Over time, the Company has become a provider of choice in UAE telecoms with many awards and accolades to its name today; including the Best Enterprise Service award by Telecom World; Broadcast Pro Middle East 2015 award for Best Telco/Broadcast initiative for the du ‘View’ multi-screen service; the Gallup Great Workplace 2015 award; and the Best Satellite Services Innovation of the Year award at the 12th annual Digital Studio Awards, among several others. This translates into unparalleled customer service levels that mirror the rich cultural diversity of the nation, serving customers in a variety of languages across a wide array of technology verticals.“Our business has evolved with the changing times and we are no longer in the business of just providing telephony services. We provide the network infrastructure for connectivity to occur across the entire information and communications technology spectrum, encompassing new growth areas,” says Saleem AlBlooshi, du’s Executive Vice President of Network Development & Operations.“We are taking our role as a responsible corporate citizen seriously and we endeavour to support the UAE Government with its Smart City initiative. We were the first telecom Company in the world to release a Sustainability Report based on GRI-G4 comprehensive guidelines, and today we are the strategic partner of the Dubai Smart Government,” adds Marwan Abdulla Bindalmook, du’s Senior Vice

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Middle East Concrete: Where Building Begins

Middle East Concrete is the only event dedicated to concrete in the region. The event promises to connect professionals with leading global suppliers of high-quality concrete and precast machinery, chemicals, consultants, and a range of other products and services.

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Creative Strategies to Navigate Erratic Energy Economics

The bearish tentacles of low oil prices have stretched far and wide in the global business sector in what is a particularly uncomfortable chapter in an age-old story.

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EuroBLECH Presents 2016 Online Competition

After the great success of the first online competition in 2014, EuroBLECH 2016 is once again presenting running an online competition: “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”. The online competition will reward six organisations or individuals in the sheet metal working industry for best practice, innovation, excellence and outstanding performance in six categories.Following this year’s main theme at EuroBLECH, “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”, the competition categories are focussing on recent developments and trends in the sheet metal working industry. The first category, “Factory of the Future”, will reward organisations or individuals for the clever implementation of smart manufacturing methods. The second category, “Women and Innovations”, is focussing on cutting-edge projects and accomplishments initiated by women in sheet metal working. The best university projects in science and engineering involving sheet metal technology can compete in the category “Academic Excellence”. The category “Original Design” is open to companies producing unusual products made from sheet metal. Finally, “The Young Generation” is seeking for outstanding performance of junior employees and young inventors, and “Clean Technology” will reward eco-friendly solutions and sustainable manufacturing methods.The six winners will be formally presented with an award during a ceremony held at EuroBLECH 2016, 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, which will take place from 25-29 October, 2016 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany.Detailed information about the competition and the entry requirements are now available on the show’s website. All organisations and individuals in the sheet metal working industry are invited to enter if their company or project is

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Iran Shifts Tactics to Lock-in Global Energy Allies

By Daniel Colover, Strategic oil market development director, S&P Global PlattsIran’s new approach to building energy allies is being revealed as the former powerhouse staggers back onto the global stage. The lifting on 17 January of Western-imposed sanctions has given the country a new lease of life. Tehran’s ability to adapt will prove vital as today's market is more competitive than the one it reluctantly stepped back from more than a decade ago.Tehran remains confident that the country can boost its current 3.7 million barrels a day (b/d) of oil production further, enabling it to be able to export 2.2 million b/d by the end of the summer. The country's strategy to regain superiority has started well, but some of this spike in volume may be a case of Iran emptying its full storage capacity. The country's strategy to regain superiority has started well, but some of this spike in volume may be a case of Iran emptying its full storage capacity.Iran is also planning to introduce new oil contracts, widely known as Iran’s Petroleum Contracts (IPCs), and abandon the generally unpopular buyback contracts that were first introduced in the 1990s. The buybacks were introduced as an attempt to bridge the gap between the country’s need to attract foreign oil and gas companies and a ban on private foreign ownership of natural resources under the Islamic republic’s constitution.The market remains to be convinced. The new IPCs are essentially risk service contracts where the contractor is paid back by being allocated a portion of the hydrocarbons produced. However,

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UAE : A Thriving Hub for Entrepreneurs

The UAE continues to serve as a hub for business innovation: a new study shows the number of LinkedIn members noting entrepreneurship has doubled in the past year.

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KSA’s Hotel Industry Professionals Unite

Saudi International Hotel Expo for Equipment & Technology 2016, organised by Hill MICE, takes place from 9-11 October at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Riyadh. The event is the only complete hotel expo held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and functions as an arena to unite hotel industry professionals and better equip their business with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies; meeting international standards needed to remain competitive and unique market players. It is the biggest platform to network with the relevant industry professionals across an assortment of market verticals in a bid to expand the cross-border business.The objective of the Expo focuses on addressing the key business areas including applications; procurement; deployment; implementation; resource planning; and implementing a cost-effective approach using hotel equipment and technology while keeping in-view the present market dynamics. It will feature exhibitors from five different sectors showcasing a wide range of products and services:·         Technological solutions·         Vending machine technology·         Hotel furniture·         Hotel operations equipment·         Hotelware, amenities and accessoriesThe Expo’s mission is to provide a new and wider scope of prospects that unlock the endless growth opportunities in the hotel industry. In 2016, the bar has been raised from 3,300 square metres of floor space to more than 7,000 square metres, with participants new and old from around the globe making an appearance. Saudi International Hotel Expo 2016 is THE platform for hospitality professionals in KSA. More than 100 exhibitors from more than 15 countries are expected to visit the region’s most awaited Expo.EVENT DETAILSWHEN: 9-11 October, 2016WHERE: Riyadh

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Italian Packaging Machinery: 2015 Turnover Close-to 6.2 Billion Euros

The Italian packaging machinery industry is made up of 588 companies employing 27,906 people and generating a turnover of 6,197 million euros, of which 80.7 percent is earned in international markets and 19.3 percent in the domestic market.This is the picture that emerges from the fourth National Statistical Survey of the Italian packaging machinery manufacturing sector conducted by the Research Department of Ucima, the Italian national trade association.In 2015, the industry maintained the previous year’s turnover levels and confirmed its position as one of the most dynamic Italian sectors and the top capital goods industry in terms of total turnover and above all its contribution to total exports.Last year, sales in international markets saw a slight fall in volumes (-0.9 percent), mainly due to the slowdowns in a number of important markets such as Brazil, China and Russia.However, this trend was offset by strong performances in other markets and the final result remained above five billion euros.AnalysisThe top geographical areas of destination for exports were the European Union, which accounted for 35.6 percent of total turnover, Asia in second place with 22.7 percent of the total and non-EU Europe in third place with 11.6 percent.The United States, France and Germany remain the top three individual countries, followed by China, Turkey, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.Domestic Italian sales continue to show a positive trend, amounting to 1,194 million euros in 2015, 1.9 percent up on 2014.In the domestic market, the highest growth was in sales to the pharmaceutical industry (+23.3 percent). In absolute terms, food

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Contamination Expo Series 2016

The Contamination EXPO Series is a major new European event for professionals working in contamination. With 120 seminars, 200 suppliers, 80 masterclasses and exclusive panel discussions, this exhibition and conference will be the top networking event in the industry’s history, bringing together every party from across six sectors.Each co-located event is committed to providing the latest knowledge, products and innovations to manage all aspects of contamination. The event is free to attend and takes place on the 12-13 October at ExCeL London.The Land Remediation Expo, supported by CL:AIRE, CIRIA, SOBRA and RemSoc, focuses on contaminated land, brownfield regeneration and land and groundwater remediation; and will provide innovative solutions, technology and market leading products and services to professionals working in land remediation.The Spill Response Expo, supported by the UK Spill Association and ISCO, will focus on marine spills, inshore spills, and inland spills; and is the UK’s only show highlighting concepts, strategies, innovation and services in the response and intervention of chemical spills.The Clean Air Technology Expo, supported by EIC, will focus on clean city air. The event will include a three hour workshop by Greater London Assembly, and will showcase cutting edge technology, cost-effective services and engineered solutions to airborne contamination control issues from the country’s leading authorities; including environmental specialists, consultants, regulators, and engineers.The Hazardous Material Expo, supported by ARCA, ACAD, UKATA, ATAC and IATP, will focus on asbestos removal and management, and highlight innovative, cost effective and compliant techniques in assessing, managing, treating and removing asbestos.The Water Pollution Solutions Expo, supported by EIC and

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Discussing the Roadmaps Towards the Goal of Zero Accidents

Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC) is delighted to announce the Gulf Safety Forum, which will take place under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar on 30-31 October, 2016 at the Hilton Doha Hotel, Qatar.Jointly organised by Euro Petroleum Consultants and the Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), the Gulf Safety Forum will bring together key industry players from across the Middle East to discuss strategies for continuous improvement of safety procedures, as well as share successful case studies and roadmaps towards achieving the goal of zero accidents. International safety experts and providers of safety tools and technologies will also present the latest methodologies that can assist companies to achieve these goals.It is now widely recognised that as organisations continuously develop and implement change on their safety journey; placing particular emphasis on plant safety, reliability and human behaviour in order to achieve the target of zero accidents. A focus on safety is the number one priority for companies, and both manufacturers and suppliers are developing innovative and effective solutions in these areas. EVENT DETAILSWHEN: 30-31 October, 2016WHERE: Doha, QatarREGISTER: office@europetro-me.comWEBSITE: www.gulfsafetyforum.comFind about more about the region's upcoming events in the latest issue of EME Outlook here. 

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Europe’s Renewable Energy Drive

In the aftermath of POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe conference and exhibition which took place at the end of June, Nigel Blackaby, Conference Director takes a look over some of the pressing issues that need to be addressed to achieve the ambitious targets set at COP21.

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Investing in a Post-Brexit World

The UK's new Prime Minister made it clear during her leadership campaign that ‘Brexit means Brexit’. And with negotiations on the UK's divorce from the EU now firmly underway between Theresa May and counterparts in Germany and France, it's clear that the new leader intends to honour this pledge.

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