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Circ Reports a Phenomenal Start in Abu Dhabi with 500,000km Travelled on E-Scooters in 2019 and Zero Reported Injuries



News Of Emirates – Circ, the micro-mobility champion that took the UAE by storm in July 2019, has revealed that riders have travelled over 500,000km on Circ e-scooters over the company’s first 150 days of operation in Abu Dhabi. The traction in the UAE capital is one of the highest for the company worldwide, with the distance travelled on its fleet equating to riding around the world 12 times over.

With Abu Dhabi as the pioneer of micro mobility in the region and under the guidance of the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), Circ is contributing to Abu Dhabi’s smart city initiatives around sustainability, innovation and efficient transportation solutions.

Having the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the Middle East, Circ has made a large investment to support Abu Dhabi’s Environmental Vision 2030: Circ rides to-date have eliminated 114 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that would have been generated by cars and other vehicles.

As a sign of its broad adoption across the Emirate, Circ has enabled more than 250,000 rides for over 50,000 unique riders. The service has addressed a variety of use cases showing promising signs that people are willing to substitute the car for short distance trips. It starts with leisure rides to explore Abu Dhabi, closely followed by personal errands and then either first-mile / last-mile or office commutes.

Jaideep Dhanoa, Circ MENA Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, says: “Circ’s purpose-built e-scooters have received extraordinary customer feedback since we began operation in July, which is a testament to the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transport that we’ve providing to the city.  As the number one most-downloaded travel application on the UAE iOS App Store and Google Play Store, we’ve successfully embedded micro-mobility into the daily lives of Abu Dhabi residents and visitors. The city’s adoption of affordable micro-mobility transportation options is improving connectivity, facilitating local commerce, enabling access to opportunity, and alleviating traffic congestion and pollution.”  

Bader Al Kalooti, Circ MENA Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, says: “We’ve seen that half of our users (49%) are millennials between the ages of 26 and 35, and yet a large portion (16%) falls within the 40+ age bracket, which indicates that our e-scooters are having a positive impact on the community as a whole. We will therefore continue to lead and grow the market for micro-mobility through investing heavily in technology, operations and best in class hardware.” 

Furthermore, Circ e-scooters were also effective in supporting Abu Dhabi’s mega cultural, touristic and sporting events.  This includes the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019, which was the first event of its kind globally to be serviced by a micro-mobility operator as Circ launched its services on Yas Island ahead of the highly anticipated Race Weekend.  Through collaborative partnerships with leading real estate developers and community stakeholders across the capital city, Circ is currently operational in 13 communities. 

With safety at the core of its operations, Circ has hosted 12 ‘Circ Safety Academy’ sessions since its inception, which serves to educate users about the safe and effective use of the e-scooters.  Going forward, Circ will continue to invest in educating users to adhere to safety precautions, such as driving safely only on cycle paths, wide sidewalks and minor roads, and where and how to park the e-scooters in a responsible way that doesn’t impair pedestrian access, roads or building entrances.  As part of its responsible approach, Circ also provides comprehensive insurance for all its e-scooter rides.

About Circ

Circ was created by a team with a shared vision of safer, cleaner, better-connected journeys. Founded at the end of 2018, the company’s purpose-built e-scooters are now available in 12 countries and enjoyed by hundreds of people every minute. Circ is building a champion for responsible micro-mobility in Europe and beyond, working with city authorities, local communities and other road users to transform urban transportation. Circ is the first regulator-approved e-scooter operator to launch in the Middle East, commencing operations in coordination with Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) in the UAE capital in July 2019, with further expansion across the Middle East and North Africa planned for the coming months.

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Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl Presents Lum’a Spa



News Of Emirates – Be prepared to be pampered and train like true royalty as Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl introduces a dedicated leisure floor on the hotels P3 level. New highlights include Lum’a Spa and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor fitness centers, with a unique elevated running track, an outdoor circuit wrapping the building. The luxury hotel offers a sumptuous retreat with a holistic approach to overall mind, body and soul wellbeing, located in one of the most architecturally striking buildings in the heart of the UAE capital.

Lum’a Spa invites guests to discover a relaxing haven designed with energy restoration and renewed radiance in mind. The 1,900sqm spa houses 11 treatment rooms, relaxation and consultation rooms. Highlighted facilities including Hammam, sauna, steam rooms, an Ice Fountain and sensory experience showers – luminous showerheads combining the effects of light, water and the aroma of different essential oils for a magical atmosphere with increased circulation and body toning benefits, as well as promising ultimate relaxation. 

The new spa offers a traditional, powerful and luxurious selection of spa and wellness experiences using the finest-quality products to reinstate energy. Guests can expect tailored experiences, curated as per individual needs discussed in consultation with an experienced Spa Therapist and team of experts. The bespoke menu features a full array of services from invigorating body scrub, luxurious body polish, reflexology and anti-aging HydroPeptide facials to a variety of massages. This season, indulge in a selection of winter wellness packages designed to deliver flawless full body and pure relaxing self-care.

Whether looking for an escape to rejuvenate or simply an enhanced daily workout, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi welcomes an immersive leisure experience extended over an entirely dedicated floor. The hotel’s leisure offering is completed by a multi-purpose gymnasium which includes a state-of-the-art fitness center spread over 600sqm. It features 92 pieces of the latest equipment and offers a full range of high-tech cardio, strength-training and outdoor gym and fitness areas. Personal training sessions with an expert trainer are available to help guests hone skills and achieve their fitness goals in body transformation, body building, cross fit training, yoga and nutritional support.

The one-of-a-kind elevated running track wraps 350 meters around the perimeter of the building; the outdoor space on 3rd floor allows panoramic views of the most beautiful city sunsets. Not only great spot for running, guests can mix up cardio sessions with weight training equipment installed along the way.

Set on the pristine blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, guests can relax and enjoy world-class amenities, including an outdoor pool complementing the tranquility of Lum’a Spa.  A dedicated children’s pool is ideal for entertainment in perfectly temperature-controlled water, the happy space keeps younger guests busy for hours.  

The new additions further enhance the hotel, Abu Dhabi’s perfect spot to experience lush green palm tree views and the highest quality service, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

The Lum’a Spa is now open daily from 10am to 10pm whilst the fitness center is open 24 hours for our fitness enthusiasts.

For further information or to make a reservation, contact +9712 510 1234.

About Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi & Residences Emirates Pearl

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl is a luxury hotel of extraordinary architecture, standing tall in the prestigious West Corniche district. The new 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi is conveniently accessible to the city’s business hub, high-end shopping districts, and is a short 35-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

For additional information, please visit Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi & Residences Emirates Pearl

About Grand Hyatt 

Around the world, Grand Hyatt hotels unlock the extraordinary in every moment by creating experiences beyond expectation. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global business within major gateway cities and resort destinations, each Grand Hyatt hotel is uniquely designed to reflect its own distinct environment and provides a hub for travelers and locals alike. Grand Hyatt hotels exemplify the pursuit of life lived grandly offering guests superior service, first-class accommodations and an abundance of options within a multicultural backdrop of dramatic architecture and innovative design. Grand Hyatt properties boast inventive restaurants, luxury spas, fitness centers, and business and meeting facilities. Grand Hyatt hotels stand to make every moment memorable through their commitment to living grand every day.

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award Extends Nominations Deadline to 15 January



News Of Emirates – The International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) has extended the last date for nominations for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award to 15 January 2020. The move comes in response to the high uptake from individuals and entities with outstanding achievements in promoting tolerance worldwide. 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the initiative in 2019 in line with the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.

The Award seeks to recognise those who champion tolerance within their communities and across the globe as a means of fostering intercultural communication, encouraging interfaith dialogue and highlighting the true image of Islam as a religion of peace. 

Interested participants can register on in accordance with the criteria and conditions approved by the Award’s Board of Trustees that reflect the highest standards of accuracy, transparency and integrity.

His Excellency Dr Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani, Managing Director of IIT, said: “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award seeks to promote the value of tolerance that the UAE holds dear, and reflects the keenness of the country’s leadership to celebrate global efforts to instil positive values in society.” 

For his part, His Excellency Major General Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award, said: “The high number of nominations emphasises the importance of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award as a global initiative that unifies international efforts to renounce intolerance, prejudice and hatred.” 

He noted that extending the deadline will provide more individuals and entities with the opportunity to submit their nominations for this first-of-a-kind initiative. 

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award aims to develop youth leadership capabilities through carefully designed programmes to shape a new generation of ambassadors of tolerance who dedicate their time and effort to building a cohesive and inclusive global society that believes in diversity as the pillar of a brighter future. The Award also seeks to encourage entrepreneurship and excellence in establishing new benchmarks of tolerance at the national and international levels.

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WCO: Dubai Customs is an example that should be followed globally



News Of Emirates – The World Customs Organization has recently applauded the advanced procedures and services Dubai Customs delivers to its clients. 

Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization stated in his recent visit to Dubai Customs that the Department plays a noticeable part in developing customs work globally. 

The customs work system and methodology in Dubai Customs is a leading example that needs to be followed by other customs organizations in the world, he said. 

Chapa cited Mirsal 2 as a successful system that deserves to be presented before international conferences so that other customs departments learn from it. 

On the sidelines of the WCO Global Communication Strategies Conference which concluded in Brussels, Belgium on 9 October 2019, WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya said hosting the 5th edition of the WCO Global AEO Conference will take place in Dubai  from 10 to 12 March 2020 is an indication of the world-class level that Dubai Customs reached in all aspects.

The World Customs Organization has also confirmed in its Columbus Program that Dubai Customs enjoys a full-integrated strategy and a clear vision enriched with numerous smart initiatives. This has encouraged the WCO experts to consider Dubai Customs as a role model locally, regionally and globally. 

In its report, the WCO stated that Dubai Customs works seriously in line with the WCO vision of supporting legitimate trade and securing borders. 

Through its magazine, the WCO has highlighted the major role played by Dubai Customs in advancing the customs field, citing some impressive projects including the Virtual Corridor, Ideclare and the launch of the Authorized Economic Operator. 

Dubai Customs announced major upgrades on its smart risk engine which raise predicative capabilities by 80%. The AI Predictive Risk Engine uses machine learning algorithms into customs vertical systems to improve time spent by Dubai Customs executing legitimate declarations by implementing modules in risk prediction, fraud detection, valuation price assessment, HS CODE Classification, and exception automation.

Dubai Customs developed a number of programs and applications that facilitated work and reduced the time needed by clients to clear their shipments. These include Mirsal 2, Smart Risk Engine, and Smart Workspace Platform. Dubai Customs has also launched the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) which has seen rapid growth and development since its official launch under the aegis of the Federal Customs Authority (FCA) in October 2016. The AEO program helped catapult the UAE to top the world’s Efficiency of Customs Procedures Index at the annual report of the Global Competitiveness.

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