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    Dimitris Tsouroplis discusses the future of work with HBR Arabia

    Dimitris Tsouroplis discusses the future of work with HBR Arabia

    Dimitris Tsouroplis, Director of HR at Crescent Enterprises talks about education and skilling for the future workforce, the new skills required in the workforce to adjust to changes in how we work, and the changes needed in the traditional educational ecosystem to keep up with market demands.

    Badr Jafar talks to Harvard Business Review Arabia

    Badr Jafar talks to Harvard Business Review Arabia

    How can business & philanthropy tackle MENA’s challenges? Why do education & entrepreneurship need to adapt to meet society’s needs? What does hope & opportunity for MENA’s youth look like in the coming years?

    ION completes driverless vehicle tests at Sharjah University City

    ION completes driverless vehicle tests at Sharjah University City

    Smart transportation pioneer, ION, has successfully completed a pilot trial of its NAVYA AUTONOM autonomous shuttle, with the University City of Sharjah.
    The trial was designed to assess the operational efficiency of the driverless…

    ION, Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority announce sustainable ride-hailing service on World Electric Vehicle Day

    ION, Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority announce sustainable ride-hailing service on World Electric Vehicle Day

    The Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, SRTA, has partnered with the UAE-based sustainable mobility solutions company ION to launch a new on-demand ride-hailing service in Sharjah, with a fleet of electric vehicles, EVs, including Tesla Model S and Model 3 by the end of 2020.

    Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, CE-Ventures disburse over AED 700,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to 11 startups

    Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, CE-Ventures disburse over AED 700,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to 11 startups

    Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, Sheraa, and CE-Ventures have disbursed more than AED 700,000 in equity-free grants to 11 startups, offering them a lifeline to ensure they remain afloat as they navigate current economic challenges.

    ION Partners with University Hospital Sharjah to provide sustainable solutions

    ION Partners with University Hospital Sharjah to provide sustainable solutions

    UAE-based sustainable mobility solutions provider ION, which is a joint venture between Bee’ah and CE-Creates, has partnered with University Hospital Sharjah to use ION’s fleet of electric vehicles to provide sustainable transportation…

    ION Partners with University Hospital Sharjah To Provide Sustainable Logistical Solutions

    ION Partners with University Hospital Sharjah To Provide Sustainable Logistical Solutions

    UAE-based sustainable mobility solutions provider ION, announced a partnership agreement today with University Hospital Sharjah to use ION’s fleet of electric vehicles to provide sustainable transportation services for its medical…

    Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center and Crescent Enterprises join hands to support startups amid COVID-19

    Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center and Crescent Enterprises join hands to support startups amid COVID-19

    CE-Ventures has joined forces with the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) to support the UAE startup community and provide equity-free grants to Sheraa’s existing portfolio startups. Ticket sizes will be up to $50,000…

    ION deploys electric vehicles to support Sharjah Medical District

    ION deploys electric vehicles to support Sharjah Medical District

    ION has deployed and repurposed its fleet of electric vehicles to support Sharjah Medical District in the battle against COVID-19…

    Gulftainer fast-tracks medical supply consignments

    Gulftainer fast-tracks medical supply consignments

    Gulftainer has launched an interim and complimentary ‘Express Service Lane’ initiative to prioritise the delivery of medical supply consignments at its ports across the UAE…

    ION primed to get on a fast charge

    ION primed to get on a fast charge

    T&MFE caught up with Choucair recently just as ION was announcing its collaboration with French company, NAVYA to operate and maintain the company’s electric…

    Making a ‘future port’

    Making a ‘future port’

    Ports might have been one of the slowest industries to embrace transformation, but things are changing rapidly against the backdrop of technology and innovation…

    ION drives UAE green ambitions by developing infrastructure for electric vehicle mobility (Zawya)

    ION drives UAE green ambitions by developing infrastructure for electric vehicle mobility (Zawya)

    Building on the UAE’s electric vehicle infrastructure, ION to build and operate electric charging stations in Sharjah, with the support of SEWA and Sharjah City Municipality…

    ION drives UAE green ambitions by developing infrastructure for electric vehicle mobility (Eye Of Riyadh)

    ION drives UAE green ambitions by developing infrastructure for electric vehicle mobility (Eye Of Riyadh)

    The UAE-based sustainable and smart transportation company, has partnered with the Sharjah City Municipality (SCM), and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) to supply, install and operate public electric vehicle charging stations across…

    Badr Jafar on Davos 2020 key themes

    Badr Jafar on Davos 2020 key themes

    Our CEO Badr Jafar speaks to Reuters Live about the World Economic Forum’s key themes of Climate Action, the power of technology and the purpose-driven economy…

    AB Live: The future of e-vehicles in the Gulf region

    AB Live: The future of e-vehicles in the Gulf region

    Samer Choucair, Director, CE Creates, and Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer at Bee”ah discuss their new joint venture ION, the future of electric vehicles in the Gulf region and rolling them out soon in Masdar city…

    Why strategic buyers are key for private equity exits – Neeraj Agrawal

    Why strategic buyers are key for private equity exits – Neeraj Agrawal

    We all know the importance of making a good entrance. In the private equity (PE) investment process, getting the exit right is as critical. However well you have managed your investment in the preceding years, your final return will depend on how well you execute the exit…

    Zebras versus unicorns

    Zebras versus unicorns

    Fostering innovation and entrepreneurialism is a top priority across the MENA region, and the UAE has been at the forefront of this quest. It appears to be bearing fruit, with the region now reportedly home to the highest proportion of millennial entrepreneurs in the world…

    ION and Navya form partnership to deliver sustainable and autonomous transportation offerings in GCC region

    ION and Navya form partnership to deliver sustainable and autonomous transportation offerings in GCC region

    ION, the UAE-based sustainable and smart transportation company, has partnered with NAVYA, a leading company in autonomous driving systems, to operate and maintain the company’s electric and autonomous shuttles as well as promote its vehicles…

    UAE sustainability drive is built on alliances

    UAE sustainability drive is built on alliances

    The World Bank estimates that 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste is produced every year. At the very least, a third of that waste is not managed in a safe manner. If that statistic is not alarming enough, consider this prediction: the World Bank…

    CE-Creates launches Shamal – the next generation of workwear for extreme climates

    CE-Creates launches Shamal – the next generation of workwear for extreme climates

    CE-Creates, the internal business incubation platform of Crescent Enterprises, today announced the launch of Shamal – the next generation of specialized industrial clothing…

    CE-Creates launches Shamal – the next generation of workwear for extreme climates (Construction Business News)

    CE-Creates launches Shamal – the next generation of workwear for extreme climates (Construction Business News)

    CE-Creates, the internal business incubation platform of Crescent Enterprises, today announced the launch of Shamal – the next generation of specialized industrial clothing. In what is a world first, on a technological and entrepreneurial front…

    Crescent Enterprises unveils Shamal, workwear for construction workers (Construction Week)

    Crescent Enterprises unveils Shamal, workwear for construction workers (Construction Week)

    On the sidelines of The Big 5, held from 25 to 28 November 2019, the internal business incubation arm of Cresecent Enterprises has rolled out its Shamal-branded workwear for construction workers…

    UAE’s CE-Ventures leads $17.5m funding for India’s Furlenco

    UAE’s CE-Ventures leads $17.5m funding for India’s Furlenco

    CE-Ventures has led $17.5 million funding to finance Kieraya Furnishing Solutions (Furlenco), an India-based online furniture subscription platform. The move comes in light of India’s growing furniture subscription market…

    Crescent Enterprises and Bee’ah inaugurate sustainable transport company ION; commence operations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah

    Crescent Enterprises and Bee’ah inaugurate sustainable transport company ION; commence operations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah

    ION, the UAE-based sustainable transport company, has been officially established during an inauguration ceremony attended by Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises, and Khaled Al Huraimel…

    Crescent Enterprises Partners with The Big Heart Foundation to support refugees

    Crescent Enterprises Partners with The Big Heart Foundation to support refugees

    UAE-based multinational company donates AED 500,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts…

    Investors boost startup funding

    Investors boost startup funding

    Investors have increased funding levels for startups, showing that the private sector is starting to grasp the importance of supporting entrepreneurship, said Samer Choucair, director, CE-Creates. The firm has grouped its strategy into four stages covering concept development…

    Creating the right environment for electric vehicles

    Creating the right environment for electric vehicles

    If you build it, they will come.” That would definitely appear to be the rationale for Dubai’s development of its electric vehicle infrastructure, with the government keen to achieve its target of 10% of all vehicles on Dubai roads being electric or hybrid by 2030. Last year…

    Oxford Business Group Speaks to Badr Jafar, CEO, Crescent Enterprises, about How Innovation and Entrepreneurship Can Reshape Economies

    Oxford Business Group Speaks to Badr Jafar, CEO, Crescent Enterprises, about How Innovation and Entrepreneurship Can Reshape Economies

    What role can innovation and entrepreneurship play in both Sharjah and the region?
    JAFAR: Sharjah’s emerging role as a hub for start-ups is…

    Specialty Coffeehouse Kava & Chai opens three new locations in Dubai

    Specialty Coffeehouse Kava & Chai opens three new locations in Dubai

    CE-Creates, the internal venture building platform for Crescent Enterprises, announced today that Kava & Chai, the UAE’s home-grown specialty coffeehouse, has opened three additional locations in Dubai…

    Crescent Enterprises’ VC Arm Leads $11M Series A Round In FoodTech Startup FreshToHome

    Crescent Enterprises’ VC Arm Leads $11M Series A Round In FoodTech Startup FreshToHome

    The latest entrant to the UAE’s startup scene, FreshToHome, that supplies fresh meat and fish on demand through an app, has just bagged a series A round of funding worth $11 million…

    Crescent Enterprises Hosts Columbia Business School Students to Share Business Expertise

    Crescent Enterprises Hosts Columbia Business School Students to Share Business Expertise

    Crescent Enterprises, the UAE-based diversified conglomerate, hosted 30 MBA students from New York-based Columbia Business School as part of an educational trip designed…

    CE-Ventures invests in US artificial intelligence company

    CE-Ventures invests in US artificial intelligence company

    UAE-based CE-Ventures, the venture capital arm of Crescent Enterprises, has invested in Silicon Valley-based artificial intelligence (AI) company EdCast in a round worth $33.6 million…

    CE Ventures Leads Seed Round for UAE Food Tech Startup Kitopi

    CE Ventures Leads Seed Round for UAE Food Tech Startup Kitopi

    CE Ventures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) arm of business conglomerate Crescent Enterprises, successfully led a seed funding round to finance Kitopi, a smart kitchen network that cooks and delivers on behalf of restaurants…

    Crescent Enterprises, Emirates Nature-WWF to tackle UAE’s pressing environmental concerns

    Crescent Enterprises, Emirates Nature-WWF to tackle UAE’s pressing environmental concerns

    Crescent Enterprises and the newly rebranded environmental organisation Emirates Nature-WWF (formerly Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF), are stepping up their joint efforts to tackle pressing environmental concerns…

    Sharjah port operator Gulftainer inks 50-year, $600m concession for US port

    Sharjah port operator Gulftainer inks 50-year, $600m concession for US port

    UAE-based independent port operator and logistics company has signed a 50-year, $600 million concession to develop and operate the port of Wilmington in the American state of Delaware, the company has announced…

    Vezeeta, the leading MENA healthcare startup, secures $12M Series C led by STV

    Vezeeta, the leading MENA healthcare startup, secures $12M Series C led by STV

    One of the major structural issues in the Middle East is the lack of consistent healthcare across the region. So this market was clearly waiting to be disrupted by technology…

    Now you can book an environmentally friendly, Careem Electric car on the Careem app

    Now you can book an environmentally friendly, Careem Electric car on the Careem app

    Careem, the region’s leading ride hailing app and only tech unicorn from the region, today announced the introduction of an Electric car type option onto the fleet. Available to book from today, customers will be able opt for an electric…

    Gulftainer subsidiary wins 50-year US port concession

    Gulftainer subsidiary wins 50-year US port concession

    Gulftainer, a Sharjah-based ports operator and part of UAE conglomerate Crescent Enterprises, said its subsidiary GT USA has won exclusive rights to operate and develop a port in the US State of Delaware, subject to approvals…

    Sharjah increases support for start-ups and SMEs

    Sharjah increases support for start-ups and SMEs

    Efforts to expand the role of entrepreneurs and small-scale enterprises in Sharjah are gathering momentum, due to a combination of regulatory changes, new incentives and supporting infrastructure…

    Crescent Enterprises’ Venture Capital Arm Closes Investment In US-Based MedTech Startups

    Crescent Enterprises’ Venture Capital Arm Closes Investment In US-Based MedTech Startups

    UAE-based Crescent Enterprises has led a Series A round of investment totaling US$16 million in ColubrisMX and XCath, two US-based micro-robotic medical device enterprises. This is the first investment announced by Crescent Enterprises since the launch of CE-VC…

    Crescent Enterprises announces new $150m venture capital division

    Crescent Enterprises announces new $150m venture capital division

    Sharjah-headquartered diversified holding company Crescent Enterprises has announced the launch of its new corporate venture capital division with plans to invest up to US$150 million (AED548 million) over the next three years…

    Gulftainer Wins Port and Terminal Operator Award at Seatrade Maritime Awards 2017

    Gulftainer Wins Port and Terminal Operator Award at Seatrade Maritime Awards 2017

    Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent terminal operating and logistics company, has won the prestigious Port and Terminal Operator Award at the Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa 2017 for the second consecutive year…

    Sharjah Children’s Film Festival to kick off on Oct.8

    Sharjah Children’s Film Festival to kick off on Oct.8

    The fifth edition of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF) 2017 will begin on Oct.8, with an unprecedented participation of 124 films from 31 countries. The USA, UAE and France have submitted the highest number of entries with 45, 33 and 29 films…

    Sharjah calls on entrepreneurs to participate in the Sheraa Accelerator program

    Sharjah calls on entrepreneurs to participate in the Sheraa Accelerator program

    The second edition of Sheraa’s accelerator program is now accepting UAE and international entrepreneurs applications for its second cycle. Sheraa, Sharjah’s official entrepreneurship center, is…

    Crescent Enterprises, Sharjah Ladies Club nurture future leaders

    Crescent Enterprises, Sharjah Ladies Club nurture future leaders

    Crescent Enterprises, the UAE-based multinational conglomerate, organised its second Young Entrepreneur Business Camp in collaboration with Sharjah Ladies Club, SLC. The three-day series…

    RAK Ceramics reports healthy Q1 2017 revenue; seeks expansion

    RAK Ceramics reports healthy Q1 2017 revenue; seeks expansion

    Ras Al Khaimah-based tile and ceramic ware manufacturer RAK Ceramics reported a four per cent rise in total revenues to AED 681.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, and is exploring expansion opportunities across the Arabian Gulf and India. Although total…

    Crescent Enterprises partners with Sheraa to develop region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

    Crescent Enterprises partners with Sheraa to develop region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

    In line with the nation’s Year of Giving initiative and with Crescent Enterprises’ commitment to cultivating social entrepreneurship in the MENA region, we have entered an exclusive partnership with Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center Sheraa to devise a framework that harnesses the potential of young entrepreneurs in driving social development…

    GT USA’s Port Canaveral joins Southeast US In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Programme

    GT USA’s Port Canaveral joins Southeast US In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Programme

    Port Canaveral, whose dedicated container terminal is operated by GT USA, the US arm of Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator, has joined the Southeast US In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program, an initiative by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The pilot programme…

    Gama Aviation reports record revenues in 2016

    Gama Aviation reports record revenues in 2016

    Global business aviation services provider Gama Aviation reported record group revenues for last year. In its 2016 year-end…

    New operating system boosts Gulftainer’s productivity

    New operating system boosts Gulftainer’s productivity

    A key milestone in Gulfatiner’s IT transformation strategy was the implementation of the Marine and Container Handling (MACH) Terminal Operating System (TOS). The TOS upgrade…

    Gama Aviation Plc and BBA Aviation Plc merge US management and charter business

    Gama Aviation Plc and BBA Aviation Plc merge US management and charter business

    Gama Aviation Plc teams with BBA Aviation Plc to create the US’s largest Aircraft Management Business…

    Careem closer to creating a million jobs with first close in a $500mn funding round

    Careem closer to creating a million jobs with first close in a $500mn funding round

    Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the Middle East and North Africa, recently announced a first close of its $500 million financing round. The closing of the $350…

    RAK Ceramics Wins UAE Home Interiors Awards

    RAK Ceramics Wins UAE Home Interiors Awards

    RAK Ceramics, one of the world’s largest hi-tech manufacturers of lifestyle ceramics solutions, was named “Editor’s Choice” at The InsideOut Awards 2016, an annual event recognising manufacturers and suppliers that create inspirational home interiors…

    Oxford to Be Gama’s Heavy MRO Hub

    Oxford to Be Gama’s Heavy MRO Hub

    London Oxford Airport is to become Gama Aviation’s business jet MRO hub. Gama completed its reverse takeover of Oxford-based Hangar8 plc in January 2015. Hangar8 managed 50+ business jets, had operations in Africa, and also operated a heavy MRO business jet…

    Gama Experiencing Robust Growth

    Gama Experiencing Robust Growth

    Gama Aviation’s growth path could see it expanding its footprint with newly acquired FBOs in multiple locations in a bid to boost the ground support side of a portfolio that is already strong in aircraft management and charter, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul…

    Gama Aviation Introduces Category Zero handling at Sharjah International Airport

    Gama Aviation Introduces Category Zero handling at Sharjah International Airport

    Gama Aviation has introduced Category Zero handling for its Fixed Base Operations (FBO) at Sharjah International Airport. The handling rates have been designed to encourage light aircraft users to use the airport by ensuring the appropriate charging…

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