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Acronis adds DeviceLock’s leading device control and endpoint data leak prevention solutions to its list of capabilities in order to deliver an even higher level of cyber protection to every business

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 21 July 2020 –(AETOSWire) - Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, today announced the acquisition of DeviceLock, Inc., a leading provider of endpoint device/port control and data leak prevention software for enterprises and government institutions around the world. As part of the agreement, DeviceLock will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acronis.

 

A clear leader in endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) protecting 4 million computers in more than 5,000 organizations worldwide, DeviceLock enjoys a global customer presence across a wide variety of business types, including banking and finance, medical, pharmaceutical, government and defense, manufacturing, and retail.

 

DeviceLock DLP is designed to stop data leaks at the source, as nearly two thirds of serious data leakage incidents are caused by employees, contractors or visitors – whether through unintentional mistakes or malicious intent. DeviceLock solutions provide top-class protection of valuable data from this serious insider threat. The acquisition of these new capabilities will help advance Acronis’ mission to deliver world-class cyber protection to every business.

 

Acronis will integrate DeviceLock’s technology into the Acronis Cyber Platform, making new services available through the Acronis Cyber Cloud Solutions portal. At the same time, Acronis will continue to work on new versions of the DeviceLock DLP complex while maintaining full technical support.

 

Together with DeviceLock’s full DLP suite, Acronis will offer customers and partners a simple and affordable approach to preventing data leaks from corporate Windows and Mac laptops, desktop computers, and virtualized Windows sessions and applications, covering the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection — safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of all data, applications, and systems.

 

“By adding DeviceLock’s solutions to our portfolio of cyber protection products and services, we’re giving our partners and customers an easy way to deliver an unprecedented level of functionality among endpoint DLP solutions in an affordable price range,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Acronis' Founder and Executive Officer. “We are looking at both developing new solutions internally, as well as acquiring additional leading vendors to add even more capabilities to our existing repertoire. The world of IT security is always changing, and we are determined to continue evolving our solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of the market.”

 

Acronis sees the value in offering DeviceLock’s services to its community of 50,000 partners in the IT channel, enabling MSPs and service providers to better manage the data protection needs of their clients. Acronis’ ability to meet infrastructure deployment requirements by location, budget, and use case provides them with the best in control and flexibility, to deliver cyber protection with Acronis Cyber Protect. Acronis plans to continue enhancing its cyber protection offerings, and adding capabilities requested by partners and customers.

 

“By merging with Acronis, we can accelerate product innovation, expand our distribution channel, and leverage our existing technology to meet customer requirements,” said Ashot Oganesyan, DeviceLock CTO and Founder. “With the knowledge gained from nearly a quarter century of experience providing device control and endpoint data leak prevention solutions, we are certain that this acquisition will protect millions more users and ensure secure and reliable data protection deployments worldwide.”

 

About Acronis

Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions. With award-winning AI-based anti-malware and blockchain-based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment – from cloud to hybrid to on-premises – at a low and predictable cost.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, including 100% of the Fortune 1000, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages. For more information, please visit www.acronis.com.

 

About DeviceLock, Inc.

 

Established in 1996, DeviceLock, Inc. provides device control and endpoint data leak prevention software solutions to businesses of all sizes and industries. Protecting 4 million computers in more than 5,000 organizations worldwide, DeviceLock has a vast range of corporate customers including financial institutions, state and federal government agencies, classified military networks, healthcare providers, telecommunications companies and educational institutions. For more information, visit DeviceLock at www.devicelock.com and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DeviceLock/

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) announced today that it has been appointed by Azimut (DIFC) Limited to provide asset servicing and portfolio reporting for its Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) funds in the Middle East.

Azimut (DIFC) Limited’s Dubai-managed funds provide its investors with access to a range of investment strategies, private wealth solutions and mutual funds, both proprietary and third-party. As custodian for its DIFC fund range, Northern Trust will deliver portfolio reporting and local servicing in its client’s time zone directly from the United Arab Emirates.

Azimut (DIFC) Limited is part of the Azimut Group – one of Italy’s leading independent asset managers with €54.5 billion of assets under management (as of 31 May 2020). Headquartered in Milan, the group was founded in 1989 and is listed on the Italian stock exchange.

Michael Slater, head of Middle East and Africa at Northern Trust comments: “Azimut is a prominent European asset manager requiring a Middle East asset servicing solution. The combination of Northern Trust’s technology, local presence and ability to provide global custody in over a hundred countries supports Azimut’s strategic growth objectives by delivering servicing and solutions in its working week and time zone. Our business supporting Middle East funds continues to grow – underpinned by our global scale and expertise in supporting the full spectrum of investment strategies.”

Giorgio Medda, global head of Asset Management and Azimut Group Co-CEO, said: “As we continue to grow our investment solutions offering for our clients in the Middle East, we are committed to providing them with efficient and best-of-class services. Northern Trust’s multi-asset class expertise, technology platform and sound financial standing offer us a solid and secure base for our ambitious expansion plans.”

Northern Trust began servicing clients in the Middle East in 1987. Today, from its offices in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, it provides a comprehensive range of solutions to a portfolio of clients that include many of the largest sovereign wealth funds, central banks, inter-governmental/governmental organizations, asset managers and family offices in the region.

About Northern Trust

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has a global presence with offices in 22 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and across 22 locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of March 31, 2020, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US $10.9 trillion, and assets under management of US $1.1 trillion. For more than 130 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/terms-and-conditions.

About Azimut (DIFC) Limited

Azimut is Italy’s leading independent asset manager (active since 1989). The parent company Azimut Holding was listed on the Italian stock exchange on 7 July 2004 (AZM.MI) and, among others, is a member of the main Italian index FTSE MIB. The shareholder structure includes over 1,900 managers, employees and financial advisors, bound by a shareholders’ agreement that controls c. 21% of the company. The remaining is free float. The Group comprises various companies active in the sale, management and distribution of financial and insurance products, with Registered Offices mainly in Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Monaco, Switzerland, Taiwan, Brazil, Egypt, Singapore, Mexico, Australia, Chile, USA, UAE and Turkey. In Italy, Azimut Capital Management SGR sells and manages Italian mutual funds, Italian alternative investment funds, as well as being active in the discretionary management of individual investment portfolios. Furthermore, Azimut Capital Management SGR, following the demerger by incorporation of Azimut Consulenza SIM, distributes Group and third party products in Italy via a network of financial advisors while Azimut Libera Impresa focuses on the Alternatives business. Overseas main operations are Azimut Investments SA (formerly AZ Fund Management founded in Luxembourg in 1999), which manages the multi strategy funds AZ Fund 1 and AZ Multi Asset and the Irish AZ Life DAC, which offers life insurance products.

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  • In a first-of-its-kind citizenship-driven partnership, P&G and IOC pledge to take action to make progress in key areas: equality and inclusion, environmental sustainability and community impact
  • Athletes for Good Fund established to grant support for athlete causes that are advancing important work against shared values
  • Agreement encompasses global rights to the IPC and Paralympic Games for the first time
  • At one-year-to-go mark, P&G launches new film series The Measure of Greatness, which celebrates Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls leading with love

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- As the world marks one year to go until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) affirmed the company’s commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, with confirmation of its Worldwide Partnership for the next four Olympic and Paralympic Games. Building upon the success of the last 10 years of partnership and the values shared by both organisations to improve life and create a better world, P&G and the IOC are committing to a first-of-its-kind, citizenship-driven partnership to advance important work in key areas – equality and inclusion, environmental sustainability and community impact – through Los Angeles 2028. For the first time, P&G has also secured global marketing rights to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Paralympic Games through the IOC-IPC long-term collaboration agreement, under which the IOC oversees the IPC and Paralympic Games commercial programmes.

 “As a TOP Partner of the IOC for the past 10 years, we are extremely proud of the work we’ve done together,” said P&G Chief Brand Officer, Marc Pritchard. “As we look forward to the next decade, we recognise the opportunity and the responsibility to use our sponsorship of the Olympic Games for broader impact. In the spirit of the Olympic Movement, we’re making a shared commitment through our partnership to create positive change in the world in the areas of equality and inclusion, environmental sustainability and community impact. We will use each of the next four Games as a milestone to measure progress and leave a meaningful legacy behind.”

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Procter & Gamble has been a true partner to the IOC and a powerful force in supporting the ideals of the Olympic Movement. As we mark one year to go until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we are delighted to announce that we will be “stronger together” with P&G until 2028. Looking to the future, we have prioritised clear purpose-led initiatives that support the IOC’s vision of building a better world through sport.”

As a global Partner, P&G will continue to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Milano-Cortina 2026, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028.

Athletes for Good Fund

In line with the IOC’s mission of supporting athletes and putting them at the heart of the Olympic Movement, as part of P&G’s next chapter of Olympic and Paralympic partnership, the company will launch the Athletes for Good Fund, a joint initiative between P&G, the IOC and the IPC that will issue grants to the causes that Olympic and Paralympic Games athletes and hopefuls are supporting to advance important work against shared core citizenship values. The Athletes for Good Fund will award a total of 52 grants over the course of the next year through an application process on the IOC’s Athlete365 platform—representing one for every week leading up to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls who are working with organisations that are building and serving their communities in the areas of community impact (COVID-19 relief), equality and inclusion, and environmental sustainability are eligible to apply.

The Measure of Greatness

In celebration of the one-year-to-go mark, and for the athletes facing an extended road to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, P&G has honoured all existing athlete partnerships, extending many through 2021. Through a digital video series entitled The Measure of Greatness P&G will also highlight the stories of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls from around the world who are stepping up to take meaningful action to serve their communities in 2020.

Pritchard continued: “While the world around us may have changed in the last few months, our purpose as an Olympic Games sponsor has not. We’ve always celebrated the journey athletes take on the road to their Olympic dreams and acknowledged the many people who supported them along the way. As part of this new journey to Tokyo, we know that the one-year-to-go moment will take on a new meaning for athletes, their families and fans alike. We remain steadfast in our support for athletes and we are honoured to elevate the stories of exceptional Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls who have stepped up to lead their communities in 2020 – not through their athletic performances, but through their compassion, their humanity, and their love.”

Shining a light on Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls who have demonstrated what it means to inspire on and off the field of play, The Measure of Greatness tells the uplifting stories of athletes who have used this moment to step up to a different stage in service to others. From fighting on the front lines in the medical field against the COVID-19 pandemic, to lifting their voices for racial equality, to using their resources to direct medical equipment and food to those most in need, these athletes epitomise how people can lead with love during challenging times.

The Measure of Greatness digital film tells the inspiring athlete stories of the following Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls:

  • Kim DaybellGreat Britain, Paralympic Table Tennis: Kim was due to start training full time to prepare for Tokyo but instead returned to work full time as a medical SHO (senior house officer) managing COVID-19 patients in a London hospital. He has been working 40-60 hours each week in the hospital, while still staying mentally and physically fit for his continued journey on the road to Tokyo 2020.
  • Simone Manuel, United States, Swimming: As the first Black woman to win an individual medal in Olympic swimming, Simone is an outspoken advocate for challenging racial stereotypes in competitive swimming and has consistently used her platform to educate her followers on how to be actively anti-racist, amplify Black voices and to encourage all people to dream big and beyond stereotypes. Since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, Simone has also used her platform to support organizations that connect the food insecure with much-needed meals.
  • Kento Momota, Japan, Badminton: Momota-san donated 10 per cent of his prize money from his 2019 tournament winnings (USD 50,000) to the Tokyo Medical Association in support of COVID-19 relief efforts and helped in the donation of 200,000 masks to students and medical staff in Japan. He has also dedicated his time to mentoring youth badminton players, offering encouragement and motivation as they navigate this time away from sport.
  • Pamphinette (Pam) Buisa, Canada, Rugby: Pam co-organised a peace rally for Black lives in Victoria, Canada, and is a prominent voice in the Canadian athletic community, encouraging others to engage in anti-racist work and equitable reconciliation. Additionally, Pam has joined forces with several women in her community to establish and fundraise for a COVID-19 relief fund for people in need on Vancouver Island.

“While the rescheduling of the Olympic Games was disappointing for me, I immediately realized that there were more important things that needed to be done to help our community, our country and our world. I knew I had an important opportunity to use my voice and my resources to offer support to my community during this unprecedented time,” said Simone Manuel. “Additionally, it has been incredible to witness and participate in a pivotal moment in history where we are collectively fighting for equality for all.”

The Measure of Greatness can be viewed at: 

As part of the partnership, P&G will lend its expertise and thought leadership to the IOC on how to grow, accelerate and bring innovation to the IOC’s digital capabilities, products and assets. This effort supports the IOC’s strategy to engage people with the Olympic brand and maintain long-term relevance both during and outside of Games time.

Jiri Kejval, IOC Marketing Commission Chair, said: “This extension to our agreement with P&G is another clear sign of the enduring appeal of the Worldwide Olympic Partner programme, as well as the commitment of our Partners to support and promote the Olympic values globally. By redistributing 90% of the revenues it generates, the IOC is able to support sport and athletes globally, all year round.”

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit https://www.pg.com/ for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

About the International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

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BANGALORE, India & MECHELEN, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 4C, one of the largest Salesforce partners in UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Established in 1997 with its headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium, 4C is an independent Salesforce Platinum Partner and one of the leading customer-centric consultancies in Europe and the Middle East. 4C has deep capabilities across multiple Salesforce clouds including Sales, Marketing, Field Services and specializes in transforming Quote-to-Cash processes with Salesforce’s Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) and Billing solutions. 4C has successfully delivered over 1500 projects, for more than 500 customers and is one of EMEA’s most certified Salesforce partners with over 1000 Salesforce certifications.

With over 350 employees based out of local offices in London, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen and Dubai, 4C has a robust Salesforce practice in the UK, France, Benelux, the Nordics and the United Arab Emirates regions. This acquisition significantly strengthens Wipro’s position as a leading provider of Salesforce solutions in these markets. Wipro has a well-established Salesforce business in the Americas, Japan and Australia which was reinforced with the Appirio acquisition in 2016. 4C will be consolidated as part of Wipro’s Salesforce practice, which provides market leading solutions globally around multiple Salesforce clouds and its ecosystem of products.

“We are excited to have the team at 4C join us. They bring in a rich blend of deep Salesforce expertise across multiple clouds coupled with a team of multi-faceted, multilingual experts with strong regional knowledge. This combination along with Wipro’s reach across the region and industry, will help us become a dominant player in Europe and a leader in Salesforce’s Quote to Cash domain,” said Harish Dwarkanhalli, President, Cloud Enterprise Platforms (CEP), Wipro Limited.

"Wipro shares the same values as we do. Their global presence, robust digital transformation consulting and delivery capabilities and significant investment in the European market, provides an excellent platform for the growth of our employees. We will now leverage this opportunity to take the next leap in building companies for the future for our customers, not just locally but across EMEA," said Johan Van Genechten, Chief Executive Officer, 4C.

Angelique de Vries-Schipperijn, EVP and GM of Northern Europe, Salesforce, said, “Our partners are at the center of our growth. 4C’s strong regional focus and strength in multi-cloud implementations and Quote-to-Cash (CPQ/CLM), coupled with Wipro’s strong consulting strength provide an unassailable advantage to Salesforce customers in EMEA.” She further added, “Wipro had previously acquired Appirio and now with 4C, it has even further enhanced its depth and experience in Salesforce capabilities and resources.”

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be closed in the quarter ending September 30, 2020.

About 4C

4C helps companies unlock commercial value and achieve business transformation by consistently putting the company's customer first. 4C is EMEA’s largest independent Salesforce Platinum Partner. It offers unrivalled expertise in best-of-breed advisory and implementation services centred around Salesforce and its ecosystem. 4C provides thought leadership via a centre of excellence in the domains of Quote-to-Cash (CPQ & Billing), Customer360 (including MuleSoft, Einstein & Tableau), e-Commerce, Field Service and the DocuSign Agreement Cloud. 4C is passionate about client success and takes the time to understand its clients’ challenges, forging long-term relationships with them. 4C leverages local relevant industry knowledge and capabilities to deliver EMEA and local projects across a wide range of industries: manufacturing, financial services, hi-tech and non-profit, for midsized companies all the way up to enterprise businesses. Established in 1997, 4C is headquartered in Belgium with offices spanning the UK, France, Nordics, the Netherlands and the Middle East.

About Wipro Limited

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 180,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements

Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.

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Eudinson Uy and his pregnant wife planned to return to their home in the United Arab Emirates after a vacation in Armenia, but due to a subsequent lockdown of the Gulf country over the coronavirus pandemic, she ended up giving birth there.

Four months later, the Filipino couple and their baby boy are still stuck in Armenia, like thousands of others now trying to return to the UAE, which relies on a vast foreign workforce.

“I have called the UAE Embassy here in Armenia, immigration in Dubai, and all the hotlines and emergency hotlines given by the UAE, but all of them said they cannot help us even if my wife is pregnant,” Uy said.

Before the lockdown, foreign workers who had planned work trips or holidays, or to give birth near family back home, flew out of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven emirates home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. They left behind jobs, families, homes and other responsibilities, to which they had always planned to return.

On July 7, Dubai reopened to tourists. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has meanwhile launched efforts to return an estimated 200,000 people to the UAE, but the rules remain unclear and many have had their applications rejected.

 
Eudinson Uy, right, poses for a photograph with his wife, Allaina Pelayo, and their infant son Benjamin Timoteo, in Yerevan, Armenia. They are among the hundreds of thousands of foreign residents of the UAE who now are stuck abroad. — AP

 

Some members of a Facebook group for foreign workers stranded outside said they applied and got rejected over 10 times. One woman said she applied 21 times.

The rules remain particularly unclear when it comes to newborns. Many new mothers who traveled outside the Emirates to give birth found themselves unable to bring back their children. All UAE residents — including children — require a national ID number to return.

The Emirati government does not issue newborns a national ID until they have a residency visa. But many parents could not get their children visas because Emirati embassies abroad were closed due to the pandemic.

“It’s like a Catch-22,” said Minna Joseph, who has been in Canada since February. “A lot of mothers just have no idea how to bring back their babies.”

Joseph was planning on returning in March but is currently in Vancouver, waiting to bring her newborn son back.

Dubai opening to tourists helped some return, as Westerners and those from the Gulf Cooperation Council states get visas on arrival in the UAE. But others, including those from the Asian nations that supply the Emirates its army of labourers, cleaners, taxi drivers and office workers, need a visa issued beforehand.

Dubai also instituted a new system that links newborn babies to their mothers’ IDs. But the UAE’s six other emirates all have their own immigration rules. Abu Dhabi, for instance, still has its border closed off to the other emirates, requiring a recent negative Covid-19 test before allowing people in.

When the UAE shut down air travel in March, Emirati citizens abroad were able to come back home, but the foreign workers found it much harder. The government made only occasional exceptions for emergencies and humanitarian cases.

“We felt discouraged about what they told us; that they cannot help us even if my wife is pregnant,” Uy said. “We really felt sad seeing that they have repatriated to UAE some people who are not even in an emergency case, like my wife.”

Foreign medical workers have been on the front lines of treating Covid-19 patients in the Emirates, which has reported nearly 55,000 cases and at least 333 deaths since the outbreak began.

At one point, the government released a 

 of Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, saying he “teared up” while watching residents singing the UAE national anthem and commended their loyalty.

Many of those stuck outside the country feel their loyalty has not been rewarded.

They include Iqra Kamran, a 25-year-old who recently gave birth to her daughter in Karachi, Pakistan. She and her husband were separated for months after he was allowed to return to their home in the UAE. She was not able to join him with their child until Dubai introduced its new system at the end of June.

“My husband is living in UAE and serving UAE for I think eight years or nine years,” she said. “So they should favour us.”

Officials in Dubai and at the federal level in Abu Dhabi did not respond to requests for comment.

While countries around the world took unprecedented measures in the wake of the pandemic, shutting their borders to travelers, many have since allowed their residents back.

Joseph is still waiting for that chance in Canada with her newborn and her four-year-old daughter Kataleia. Her husband, Stefan, in Dubai, tries to be part of their lives, despite the 11-hour time difference.

“You know it’s really sad. It’s really difficult,” she said. “Thank God for video calls, it’s really great. Stef gets to read Kiki a story every night.”

 

Alongside its first e-stroller, CYBEX unveils charismatic and top performance baby gear for contemporary Middle East lifestyle

 

Abu Dhabi, 14th July 2020: CYBEX has launched its new e-PRIAM, which features ground-breaking technologies and innovative designs. The new contemporary stroller is targeted towards style-conscious Middle East consumers, with a clear focus on Millennials e-generation. Active parents in the region are entering smart parenting with products whose core purpose is to offer technology attributes that reflect their contemporary lifestyle without compromising functionality. The advanced e-PRIAM stroller developed by CYBEX answers their expectations with substance.

 

PRIAM travel philosophy: The e-PRIAM utilizes smart technology to easily adapt to gliding up and down slopes and to rough surfaces like sand, gravel or cobblestones – ideal for all manner of terrains. The advanced e-PRIAM electronic stroller has smooth visual aesthetics and is tailor-made to cope with the challenges of parental active life, the smart technology ensures that baby travels in style while making every ride that much safer, with parents keeping their energy and enjoying travelling comfort. Combining the luxurious aspects of its seat unit and chassis with the convenience of the electric motor ranks e-PRIAM as a world class piece of parenting equipment perfectly suiting today’s urban lifestyle.

 

As the first CYBEX e-stroller, e-Priam encapsulates all of the brand philosophy to create charismatic and contemporary lifestyle products that prioritise functionality. Technical innovations guarantee the highest safety standards and intuitive handling. E-Priam reflects and reinforces CYBEX’s positioning as both a leader in child safety and an innovative lifestyle and fashion brand for parents. With e-Priam CYBEX brought innovative and intelligent technology to the stroller market and create a flagship model that presents itself as an iconic access code to explore the  brand.”

Engineering drives best-in-class quality and meets the highest of parenting demands: CYBEX is recognized as a leader in car seat technology offering a full line of child seats including its Z-LINE products and its  flagship model, the e-Priam. German Engineered CYBEX products provide strollers with clear competitive attributes. The electric motor and sensors are discretely incorporated in the PRIAM frame and all technical elements are fully integrated.

Design, Safety, Functionality are CYBEX DNA. A fine-tuned combination of unique design, maximum safety, and intelligent functionality. This is illustrated by CYBEX’s Platinum line rated first in many respects especially in regard to safety grades and user-friendly handling. CYBEX sets new standards in child safety and presents a track record of approximately 400 awards that highlight achievements and proven technical records in product development. Recently the child car seats of the Z-LINE has been awarded with the best grade from both the Stiftung Warentest, the most important consumer test institute in Germany and ADAC for the Best in Class Car Seats with exclusive first-ever side impact certification and energy- absorbing shell. CYBEX strollers are produced by most modern manufacturing technologies and certified assurance. Quality engineers monitor and check production to last details and every single material being used has passed extensive test procedures.

High-end style and performance: Personalization is now the norm for exclusive brands, CYBEX’s collections deploy the concept with subtlety. Taking a flower in full bloom as a symbol of feminine strength, the SPRING BLOSSOM collection illustrates this approach with unparalleled touch of sophistication and elegance. The CYBEX for Scuderia Ferrari Collection is a testament to the Italian brand legacy capturing its rich heritage of excellence, uniqueness, and high performance, all are common values shared by CYBEX and reflected through its model line-up. As CYBEX stands for, modern parents are inspired by a genuine passion for excellence and exclusivity.

 

e-Priam technical specifications:

(to be added as a separate document)

 

About CYBEX

Established in 2005, the German company CYBEX is globally recognized for the iconic design, innovative technology, easy functionality, and superior safety features on all its products for stylish adults embarking on parenthood. 

In early 2014, CYBEX joined Goodbaby International Holding Limited. The group is one of the world’s leading enterprises for the development and production of child and teen goods. 

Find more information at www.Cybex-online.com.

United Arab Emirates: July 14, 2020: Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier, today marked the inauguration of its operations with its first flight to Alexandria in Egypt. A second Air Arabia Abu Dhabi flight will operate from the UAE’s capital to the Nile city of Sohag on July 15.

The launch ceremony was attended by senior leadership teams of Etihad Aviation Group, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Air Arabia, Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi among other guests. 

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are proud to launch Air Arabia Abu Dhabi operations today with the first flight to Alexandria. This joint venture between Etihad and Air Arabia will offer the nation’s citizens and residents a great new option for air travel from the UAE’s vibrant capital city. We look forward to expanding our codeshare partnership to provide more connections to and from Etihad’s global network onto Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s growing list of destinations”

Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to witness Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s first flight and commencement of operations as the UAE capital’s first low-cost carrier. Abu Dhabi International Airport, with its innovative health and safety technology, is well positioned to cater to the emirate’s growing aviation and tourism industries including the increasingly popular low-cost air travel sector. We are looking forward to introducing passengers travelling aboard Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to our own unique brand of Arabian hospitality and a seamless travel experience.”

Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “We are delighted for the launch of Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s first flight and we thank all partners who supported us in achieving today’s milestone. We look forward to expanding Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s destination network as more airports open up while providing our customers with a new value-for-money option to travel from and into the capital.”

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has started its operations with two Airbus A320 aircraft based at Abu Dhabi International Airport, offering the same value-for-money product and services provided by Sharjah-based Air Arabia.

Customers can now book their direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Egypt by visiting Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call centre or through travel agencies.

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi was formed following an agreement by Etihad Airways and Air Arabia to establish an independent joint venture company that will operate as a low-cost passenger airline with Abu Dhabi International Airport as its hub. The capital’s first low-cost carrier follows the business model of Air Arabia and complements the services of Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi thereby catering to the growing low-cost travel market segment in the region.

Schedule to Alexandria, effective 14 July to 24 October 2020 (all times local)

Flight

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

Aircraft

Frequency

3L  401

Abu Dhabi

15:00

Alexandria

16:55

Airbus A320

Tue/Thu/Sat

3L  402

Alexandria

17:35

Abu Dhabi

23:25

Airbus A320

Tue/Thu/Sat

 

Schedule to Sohag, effective 15 July to 21 October 2020 (all times local)

Flight

Departure

Time

Arrival

Time

Aircraft

Frequency

3L  413

Abu Dhabi

14:20

Sohag

16:00

Airbus A320

Wed

3L  414

Sohag

16:40

Abu Dhabi

22:10

Airbus A320

Wed

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