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People & Places


  • Emirates Aviation University, the academic wing of the Emirates Group, has been awarded an overall score of 5 Stars by QS Stars University Ratings for its outstanding performance and academic excellence across a wide range of categories. The university is the first non-federal educational institution to receive a 5 Stars QS rating in the region.

  • Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has amplified its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to support those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to provide additional safety for medical staff interacting with patients, the Etihad Airways Medical Centre (EAMC) collaborated with Etihad Engineering to develop personal protective equipment (PPE) that would add an additional layer of protection for healthcare professionals.

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait, in collaboration with Marafie Foundation and Marafie Group rolled out a new initiative designed to support their community, last month for Ramadan. With the distribution of more than 15,000 meals, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait made it their mission to help people in need, and those affected by COVID-19 pandemic in Kuwait. 

  • Abu Dhabi Airports, in partnership with Etihad Airways, facilitated a significant number of special flights from Abu Dhabi to 14 destinations, and repatriation flights for UAE Nationals and residents to Abu Dhabi from 12 destinations, until May 30, 2020. Thermal screening took place at passenger and staff entrances and COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing was available for all passengers and employees. All workspaces and common areas were being sterilised throughout the airport with the support of CoDI BOT UGV robots, designed to sterilise staff areas, cargo facilities and passenger aircraft cabins.

  • Majid Al Futtaim, the leading Emirati holding company, launched the VOX Cinemas Drive-in on the rooftop of Mall of the Emirates. The new experience opened to the public on Sunday, May 17, where the movie lovers enjoyed the magic of cinema from the safety and comfort of their car. All staff followed Majid Al Futtaim’s strict health and safety measures to ensure that physical distancing was maintained at all times. Once parked, audiences could simply tune into a designated radio frequency for the movie audio to be streamed straight into their car.

  • Marloes Knippenberg, CEO of Kerten Hospitality, specialist-mixed use operator, has been awarded by CEO Today Business Woman of the Year Award 2020. Marloes is the only leader from the hospitality industry who has been recognised with this global award given to CEOs who have demonstrated expertise in taking their organisations to new heights. Marloes’ innovative mindset has established Kerten Hospitality as a disruptive, dynamic international hospitality group dedicated to the management of mixed-use developments in key global destinations.

  • As Dubai begins to reopen its private beaches, guests can plan a much awaited and well-deserved staycation at Jumeirah Al Naseem. As per government directives, the hotel is strictly abiding by the social distancing measures, operating at prescribed occupancy percentages with temperature checks on arrival, placing sun beds two metres apart and ensuring all guests wear masks when transiting in public areas.

  • The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit supporting the sustainable development of tourism through the funding of leading organizations in the world through the foundation's three pillars: Planet, People and Wildlife. It recently announced four Tread the Pledge Fund recipients who would each be awarded a $2,500 grant to help them continue their efforts in supporting local communities around the world. One such fund recipient was Walkers4Water/Charity Water (global), which helps bring clean water to thousands of people in remote communities by raising funds. All of the funds go to the project and the donors can then directly track it online. Their most recent project was in Mali.


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