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Global tech leaders explore Web 3.0 economy at Gitex Global 2022

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International pioneers of the Web 3.0 economy are in Dubai, bringing a host of never-seen-before experiences and technology innovations to propel the next digital revolution at the world's largest tech event, Gitex Global 2022.

From Oct 10-14, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is hosting the global tech ecosystem, with over 1,000 thought-provoking speakers and more than 5,000 companies from 90 countries spanning 26 halls and two million square feet of exhibition space.

Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, delivered the opening keynote speech at the Sheikh Rashid Hall Main Stage today. He highlighted that the UAE and Dubai believe in the power of globalisation and creating an ecosystem that allows people to thrive.

Al Olama highlighted how Gitex Global has continued to grow despite the global technology sector undergoing turmoil and uncertainty. He concluded his speech by reiterating that conversations taking place at Gitex Global will create ‘sparks’ that will change the world.

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Dr Tian Qi, Chief AI Scientist, Huawei Cloud, at the Gitex Main Stage on Day 1 at the DWTC. Courtesy Gitex

New Paradigms of AI

Speaking in the Middle East for the first time, Dr. Tian Qi, Chief AI Scientist, Huawei Cloud, delivered an informative session on the new paradigms of AI on Gitex’s main stage on Day 1. Dr. Qi focused on the vast potential that AI can have for the scientific community, highlighting that AI can speed up computation time by a factor of at least 10,000, and can help better predict weather patterns and support in discovery of new medications.

Unlocking the potential of the metaverse

Issues of virtual asset ownership came under the spotlight during an interview between Sébastien Borget, Co-Founder & COO of The Sandbox, and Mike Butcher, Editor at Large at TechCrunch. Borget said the future of the metaverse had to involve users owning their digital assets with the freedom to decide how these assets are used or sold. Web 3.0 and blockchain is a chance to take back ownership of assets, he added.

One of Sandbox’s goals was to showcase its possibilities and this is why it was co-creating with brands such as Atari, so they could own their own space, launch their own gamified experiences and launch content with the community, co-creating and expand their brand creatively.

Building trust in virtual assets

Speaking at the Gitex main stage, Dimitrios Dosis, President of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Mastercard, said Mastercard’s investment in CipherTrace gives insight into cryptocurrencies and provides transparency rather than anonymity, which in turn reinforces greater consumer trust. In addition, Mastercard, strategic sponsor of Fintech Surge 2022, which is taking place until 13 th October as part of Gitex Global, is also working with small- and medium-sized companies to help them access cyber security insurance, he added.

More information is available at www.gitex.com

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T10 League: hosts Abu Dhabi, American pair and Deccan in knockout stage

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Kieron Pollard smashed 26 runs from seven balls when the team needed 46 runs from 18 balls. Supplied

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The final four teams for the knockout stages in the T10 Abu Dhabi League have been spotted after the final round-robin match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday. Interestingly, the freshest two teams in the league and boasting owners from the United States took the top perches on debut.

Table-toppers New York Strikers and Morrisville Samp Army, led by England T20 vice-captain Moeen Ali, are in the mix for the trophy hunt in the sixth season of the tournament. Moeen was yesterday named captain of Sharjah Warriors for the inaugural season of UAE’s own league, the International League T20, which starts January 13 to February 12.

Team Abu Dhabi and Deccan Gladiators make up the top four. On the final day of the round-robin stage, three matches were played out.

Match Day 9

1) New York captain Kieron Pollard and Azam Khan helped pull off an exciting seven-wicket win over Delhi Bulls with two balls to spare on the ninth day of the tournament in Abu Dhabi. Needing a massive 46 runs from 18 balls in chasing Delhi’s total of 112-6, Pollard (26 from 7 balls) and Azam (37, 22b) sealed a thriller in front of a large holiday crowd. Read more about the match here.

2) Team Abu Dhabi spinners Adil Rashid and Fabian Allen restricted Bangla Tigers to 74 for 5 and helped their team register an emphatic eight wicket win.
Chris Lynn cracking an unbeaten 33 off just 17 balls with four boundaries and six, well backed by James Vince’s 29 off 17 balls with four boundaries and a six, to steer Team Abu Dhabi to the target in just seven overs. (Match report)

3) Morrisville Samp Army marched into the play-off stage through a well-fought win by 19 runs over Deccan Gladiators. Samp Army posted 126 for 2 in 10 overs through opener Johnson Charles’ unbeaten 58 and David Miller’s unbeaten 35. Chasing the target, Deccan Gladiators could muster only 107 for 5 in 10 overs. Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s unbeaten knock of 41 runs went in vain. Report

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Jaffer Bhai’s goes ‘glocal’ with its newest branch in DIFC

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Jaffer Bhai’s, the Biryani King of Bombay, inaugurated their newest outlet in Dubai on Tuesday, November 29, ahead of UAE’s 51st National Day celebrations.
The over-the-counter Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) concept in the South Market food court at the Gate Avenue of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Is the four-decades-old legacy group’s third establishment in the UAE after their oldest and flagship restaurant in Karama, and a second one in Al Barsha. “This is also by far our most significant step forward considering the concept of the kitchen and the pan-Asian, pan-European/American clientele it will serve, So this is our first truly global restaurant with a very localised outlook making us a glocal outfit,” said Moin Jaffer Mansuri, the second-generation owner of the chain that first began operations in 1973 in Mumbai before coming to the shores of Dubai in UAE in the nineties. “We have consistently been voted one of Dubai’s best restaurants for biryani but there’s more to us than our dum-cooked rice and meat legacy and our specialist team at DIFC outlet can’t wait to showcase it by catering to everyone, including the resident upmarket executive foodies with a more refined palate and everyone else that loves a hearty workday lunch.”

According to Mansuri, Jaffer Bhai’s DIFC will be mostly targeting customers looking to grab a quick bite on the go, in between work and meetings. “And so, the kitchen here will be serving daily specials including biryanis, kebabs and choicest of desserts. But one thing that we are also introducing here is our own version of the world’s best kathi rolls, something we expect our patrons to absolutely fall in love with,” he added. “This is truly a landmark moment for us. It is always a great sign when we can expand and serve new customers in a completely new market.”
Besides the new additions, guests here can expect Jaffer Bhai’s other wildly popular dishes like the 1952 Gosht Biriyani, Murgh-e-Nargis and all of their famous kebabs.
About Jaffer Bhai’s Restaurants
Since the inception of Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar in Mumbai, India in 1986, it has been the spot synonymous with an unparalleled mouth-watering pot of Indian dum biryani. With a passion in his heart and hands, Moin ‘Jaffer Bhai’ Mansuri, today leads a team of select chefs to serve what has been consistently rated by media, influencers and foodies as one of Dubai’s best biryanis. Jaffer Bhai imbibed the philosophy of pursuing perfection in the biriyani making process from start to the end from his father. He believes in identifying the right ingredients for a quality product and adding a distinct Mughlai flavour from India’s financial capital of Mumbai to create a biryani that has so far wowed more than 50 million customers over five decades of being in business.

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BeingSHE Universe 2022 pageant announced in Dubai

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The much-awaited BeingShe Universe 2022 grand finale was held at Orange Chameleon – Palm Jumeirah on Saturday. The event attracted local and international media, celebrities, fashion designers, influencers, and respectable names in the fashion industry.

This year’s edition, powered by Mai Dubai, was held under the theme ‘Beauty and Fitness in Perfect Balance’.
“This season we were mainly focused on physical fitness,” said Aparna Bajpai, founder of BeingShe organisation, “where the participants were invited for a four-day boot camp which served as the preliminary competition to determine subtitle winners.”

Participants were trained on body posture, personal development, communication, and public speaking in preparation for the Grand Finale night. More than a dozen countries — from the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, and Nigeria to Tunisia, Ghana, Argentina, Kenya, Algeria, Ukraine, Iran, and Lebanon — were represented this season.

Media personality Wassim Mandil hosted the show. A total of five contestants won subtitles based on their performance during the training sessions. Anna Barisova from Russia won the Woman of Substance, Daphine Najjuma from Uganda was named the Most Fit Personality, Tima Shaaban from Lebanon was the Most Empowered, while Najeh Thider won Best Social Media. Subsequently, award-winning pianist and singer Violetta Dikarieva from Argentina/Ukraine won the most beautiful singer title.

During the show, participants competed in three categories which included bridal couture and evening wear as they showcased designs from international fashion designer Walid Atallah and Evin while wearing exquisite jewellery from Mozafarian Jewellers. For the final round, the top 10 contestants took part in an in-depth Q&A session by the jury.

Shania Rosario from Portugal took home the 2022 BeingShe Universe title while Tima Shaaban from Lebanon was crowned BeingShe Universe 2022 ambassador. Outgoing title winner Pooja Kathuria crowned her successor during the ceremony.

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