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1. Air Arabia – Air Arabia is a low-cost airline with its head office in the Sharjah Freight Center, Sharjah International Airport, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Air Arabias main base is Sharjah International Airport, there is also a hub in Ras Al Khaimah and focus cities in Alexandria and Casablanca. Air Arabia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization, the airline started operations on 28 October 2003 with the first flight from Sharjah, UAE to Bahrain International Airport. The airline was profitable from the first year of being in business and it launched an initial public offering for 55% of its stock early in 2007. Air Arabia launched in October 2003 and was the first Low Cost Carrier in the Middle East, the airline was listed on the Dubai Financial Market and traded under ticker symbol, is now a holding company with assets worth over AED10 billion. The airline began generating a profit in the first year of operation, Air Arabia today consists of a group of airlines and companies offering travel and tourism services across the Middle East and North Africa. The board of directors consists of 7 members, the current board was elected in March 2014 for a period of 3 years. Arabia closely monitors its boards actions and discourages the trade of shares within the board members, in 2014 the board members did not participate in any trade of Air Arabia Shares. The airport is 15 kilometres away from central Dubai, Air Arabia has created joint ventures at three international bases. The airline received its license on 22 May 2010, with commercial flights beginning 1 June 2010. The fleet in Egypt consists of three aircraft, two operating a service and one carrying charter traffic from Europe to the Red Sea. In January 2015 Air Arabia announced the acquisition of a 49% stake in Petra Airlines, the principal shareholder of Petra Airlines, the RUM Group, retain a 51% stake in the airline, which will be rebranded as Air Arabia Jordan in early 2015. It will initially operate 2 Airbus A320 aircraft and there are plans to develop a new hub in Amman, first flights of this new airline took place during week commencing 18 May 2015, with launch destinations being Kuwait, Sham el Shiekh, Erbil, and Jeddah. The Maroc fleet consists of four aircraft serving mainly European destinations, due to the uncertain political and economic situation prevailing in Nepal and lack of local government support, FlyYeti operations were suspended in 2008. The aircraft body is painted in three different colors red, grey and white, the tail and each aircraft engine bears the company logo of a Gull. In the second quarter of 2015 Air Arabia rolled out Airewards program which is the first loyalty programme by a Low Cost Carrier in the Middle East, the Airewards model is based on the price paid towards Air Arabia services rather than the distance of the flight. Points can be earned on any goods or services spent towards the airlines while travelling through its UAE or Morocco base. This online loyalty programme offers flexibility when redeeming points, with the availability of a variety of payment and reward options, points can be earned and shared with anyone, Airewards act like a currency with 100 points equal to USD one
2. DAMAC Properties – DAMAC Properties is a property development company in the Middle East, based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The company is part of the DAMAC Group, on 4 November 2013, DAMAC Properties announced a plan to raise around $500 million from a sale of global depository receipts on the London Stock Exchange. On 3 December 2013, DAMAC Properties became the first Dubai Real Estate Company from the Middle East region to list on the London Stock Exchange through a global depository receipts programme, DAMAC Properties has released a second residential development in Dubai known as AKOYA Oxygen. On 8 December 2014, the announced that Tiger Woods would design the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai. The course was announced to be designed by world-renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse. This follows its 42 million square foot development, DAMAC Hills, other developments that have been led by DAMAC Properties include Ocean Heights in Dubai, and Park Towers in the Dubai International Financial Centre. In 2014, and more recently, in 2016 VICE News uncovered allegations that its development projects in the UAE violate practically unenforceable local labor laws. Donald Trump is a partner in at least one of these projects
3. Dnata – Dnata is one of the largest suppliers of combined air services in the world offering aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents. With a global footprint of 37 countries, dnata employs over 20,000 employees for its operations worldwide, Dnata was established in 1959 in Dubai, UAE, with just five employees. The name originates as an acronym for ‘Dubai National Air Travel Agency’ and it has grown significantly with the first international expansion seen in 1993. In December,2010, dnata acquired Alpha Flight Limited, expanding the company even further to cover 62 airports in 12 countries. In November,2015, dnata acquires RM Ground Services, in Brazil expanding your operations to 38 countries and operates out of 75 airports across five continents servicing over 150 airlines. Dnata employs over 6,500 people who handle passenger, cargo, ramp, headquartered in Dubai, Mercator also has an office in Thailand. Dnata Travel provides assistance in the areas of corporate and government travel, luxury holidays, events, groups and incentives, retail, there are 202 locations across the GCC with operational presence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dnata Travel is also the managing partner for the Hogg Robinson Group in the Middle East and West Asia. Through the acquisition of Alpha Flight Limited in 2010, Dnata operates an international flight catering service across 62 airports and 12 countries, with an annual turnover of GBP360 million, the company serves 120,000 meals on a daily basis. Official website dnata UK website dnata Switzerland website Mercator website Calogi website
4. Emirates (airline) – Emirates is an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is owned by the government of Dubais Investment Corporation of Dubai. It is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 3,600 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport, Cargo activities are undertaken by Emirates SkyCargo. Emirates had the longest non-stop commercial flight from Dubai to Auckland until it was surpassed by Qatar Airways, during the mid-1980s, Gulf Air began to cut back its services to Dubai. As a result, Emirates was conceived in March 1985 with backing from Dubais royal family, with $10 million in start-up capital it was required to operate independently of government subsidy. Pakistan International Airlines provided training facilities to Emirates cabin crew in its academy, the airline was headed by Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the airlines present chairman. In the years following its founding, the airline expanded both its fleet and its destinations, in October 2008, Emirates moved all operations at Dubai International Airport to Terminal 3. Emirates operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and is one of the few airlines to operate an all-wide-body aircraft fleet. As of September 2016, Emirates is the largest Airbus A380 operator with 83 planes in service, since their induction, Airbus A380 planes have become an integral part of Emirates fleet, especially on long-haul heavily trafficked routes. As a result, Emirates was conceived in March 1985 with backing from Dubais royal family, the Royal Familys Dubai Royal Air Wing also provided the airline with two used Boeing 727–200 Adv. The airlines first flight, flight EK600, was Dubai–Karachi on 25 October 1985, maurice Flanagan, who previously worked at British Airways, Gulf Air, and BOAC and at the time was overseeing Dnata, was appointed chief executive officer of the new airline. To acknowledge his services for aviation, in 2000, Flanagan was made CBE in the Queens Birthday Honour List and he would be joined at the airline by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and now-Emirates president Tim Clark. Current chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has since inherited the role of CEO, during its first year, it carried about 260,000 passengers and 10,000 tons of freight. To highlight the early success, Gulf Air, during Emirates first year of operations, suffered a 56% drop in profits. By 1986, the airline had added such as Colombo, Dhaka, Amman. In 1987, a second Boeing 727 was purchased from the Dubai Government, on 3 July, Emirates received its first bought aircraft, an Airbus A310, and with two examples, launched daily non-stop services to London Gatwick on 6 July 1987. The airline in 1987 added Frankfurt via Istanbul, and Malé, by the end of 1987, Emirates was serving 11 destinations. This was followed by an expansion into the Far East market in 1989, with flights to Bangkok, Manila and Singapore, during the first decade of operations, Emirates recorded strong growth averaging 30%
5. Etihad Airways – Etihad Airways is a flag carrier and the second-largest airline of the UAE. Its head office is in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003. In 2015, Etihad carried 14.8 million passengers, a 22. 3% increase from the year, delivering revenues of US$9.02 billion. Its main base is Abu Dhabi International Airport, in addition to its core activity of passenger transportation, Etihad also operates Etihad Holidays and Etihad Cargo. Etihad established its own alliance, Etihad Airways Partners, in 2015. Booking for these airlines is consolidated under one network, as of 12 October 2016, Etihad Airways is rated as one of a small number of 5-star airlines by Skytrax. The name Etihad is an informal romanisation of إتّحاد ittiḥād, which means union, Etihad Airways was established as the second flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates in July 2003 by Royal Decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who wanted an airline for Abu Dhabi. Darwish Alkhoory, the personal pilot for Sheikh Zayed, established the airline. It started with an initial capital of AED500 million. Services were launched with a flight to Al Ain on 5 November 2003. On 12 November 2003, Etihad commenced commercial operations with the launch of services to Beirut, prior to the establishment of Etihad, Gulf Air was the airline which was based at Abu Dhabi International Airport and was also co-owned by Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman. In June 2004, the placed a US$8-billion aircraft order for five Boeing 777-300ERs and 24 Airbus aircraft. Its first A380 was delivered in December 2014, the airline announced what was the largest aircraft order in commercial aviation history at the Farnborough Airshow in 2008, for up to 205 aircraft—100 firm orders,55 options and 50 purchase rights. Etihad reported its first full-year net profit in 2011, of US$14 million, in December 2011, Etihad announced it had taken a 29. 21% stake in Air Berlin, Europes sixth largest airline, and James Hogan was appointed Vice Chairman. It followed this up with minority stakes in other airlines—Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, the Serbian Government retained 51% of the shares. The new company is named Air Serbia, in 2013, Etihad Airways planned to buy a stake in the airline following the governments announcement in September 2012 that foreign airlines could take a stake of up to 49% in Indian carriers. At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Etihad announced that it was acquiring a 33. 3% stake in the Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, Darwin was rebranded as Etihad Regional from March 2014. On 1 August 2014, Etihad agreed to take a 49% stake in the Italian flag carrier Alitalia for an estimated €560 million, the deal was closed on 8 August 2014
6. Etisalat – As of February 2014, Etisalat is the 14th largest mobile network operator in the world, with a total customer base of more than 167 million. Etisalat was named the most powerful company in the United Arab Emirates by Forbes Middle East in 2012, on 31 December 2015, Etisalat reported consolidated revenue of AED51.7 billion and net profits of AED8.3 billion. The total market capitalization of the company currently is AED87.7 billion and it is one of the only two telecommunications service provider companies in the country, the other one being Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company. Etisalat is one of the Internet hubs in the Middle East and it is also the largest carrier of international voice traffic in the Middle East and Africa and the 12th largest voice carrier in the world. As of October 2008, Etisalat has 510 roaming agreements covering 186 countries and enabling BlackBerry, 3G, GPRS, Etisalat operates Points of Presence in New York, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore. In December 2011 Etisalat announced the launch of Etisalat 4G LTE Network. Emirates Telecommunication Corporation – Etisalat was founded in 1976 as a company between International Aeradio Limited, a British Company, and local partners. In 1983 the ownership structure changed – United Arab Emirates government held a 60% share in the company, in 1991 the UAE central government issued Federal Law No. 1, which gave the corporation the right to provide the telecommunications wired and wireless services in the country and it also gave the firm the right to issue licenses for owning, importing, manufacturing, using or operating telecommunication equipment. This practically gave Etisalat both regulatory and control powers, which completed the monopoly of the giant in the UAE. In order to safeguard the countrys development, the law made provisions for the development of the telecommunication sector in the country. The increase of exchange lines from 36,000 in 1976 to more than 737,000 in 1998 was one of the important indicators of Etisalat networks growth, the Corporation is the largest contributor outside the oil sector to development programmes of the UAE Federal Government. Etisalat has also won accolades from across the region for its nationalization programme, in November 2013, it was also announced that Etisalat would be the official sponsor of Cyprus First Division side Anorthosis Famagusta. Etisalat UAE is headquartered in Abu Dhabi and includes three regional offices – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Northern Emirates, the Northern Emirates regional center is based in Sharjah and covers the telecoms operations in the emirates of Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. In the UAE, Etisalat operates where mobile penetration is already among the highest in the world 200%, Etisalat became known for its efforts to roll out its Fibre-To-The-Home network in the UAE. By the end of 2009, Etisalat had completed the FTTH roll-out for 85% of households in Abu Dhabi, iZone can be accessed by either purchasing prepaid cards, or if using an existing account. Dial-up and ISDN Internet access services are billed by the hour, whereas the domestic and residential cable, other Internet links, aimed at business users, have traffic utilization plans and relatively high rates when exceeding the allocated bandwidth quota. This has caused bad publicity for Etisalat and is a source of criticism
7. Flydubai – Flydubai, legally Dubai Aviation Corporation, is a government-owned low-cost airline with its head office and flight operations in Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport. The airline operates between a total of 95 destinations, serving the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe from Dubai, in July 2008, the government of Dubai established the airline. Although flydubai is not part of The Emirates Group, Emirates supported flydubai during the initial establishing phase, the first of these aircraft was delivered on 17 May 2009. Scheduled flights commenced on 1 June, with services to Beirut, Lebanon, since then, the route network has been significantly expanded. On 13 February 2013, flydubai announced that it was in talks with Boeing, on 19 June 2013, the airline announced that it would be adding Business Class service to its flights. The company was formed on 19 March 2008 as a venture by the Government of Dubai, the Government of Dubai also owns Emirates Airlines, however, the common ownership is the only connection between the two airlines. Even though the airline did get help from its sister airline initially. Also, there was a move of executives, but the major bulk of the hiring comes from outside the Emirates group. The CEO of the company is Ghaith Al-Ghaith, who spent over 22 years with Emirates, the chair of the company is Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who is also the chairman of the Emirates group. Flydubai operates entirely out of Dubai and currently has its headquarters in Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport, initially, flydubai had intentions to operate from the new Al-Maktoum International Airport in the Dubai World Centre in Jebel Ali. The key trends for flydubai over recent years are shown below, As of May 2017, the airline currently has one hub and operates out of Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport. However, to accommodate for the airline and the expansion of the national airline at DXB. The airline began with 70 flights per week to Amman, Beirut, Chittagong, Doha, Kathmandu, Kuwait, in November 2010, flydubai agreed a sale and leaseback deal with Avolon on another four 737-800s. On 17 November 2013 at the Dubai Airshow, Boeing and flydubai announced a commitment for about 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 11 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. This commitment was valued at about US$11.4 billion at list prices, on 6 January 2014, flydubai finalised its Boeing 737 MAX order. The order was finalised with an order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 11 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft and this order is valued at US$8.8 billion at list prices. As of December 2016, the fleet consists of the following aircraft. The livery has the company website flydubai. com printed on the front, the airline has not issued any special livery design yet
8. Jumeirah (hotel chain) – Jumeirah Group is a Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain and part of Dubai Holding. Jumeirahs portfolio includes the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai and it also includes two five-star luxury serviced residences, Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre in Dubai and Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living London. Jumeirah Groups activities include management of Wild Wadi Waterpark, spa brand Talise, Jumeirah Restaurants, Jumeirah Sirius is Jumeirahs recognition and rewards programme. Professional golfer Rory McIlroy was the global ambassador from 2007 to 2012
9. Lulu Hypermarket – Lulu Hypermarket is a hypermarket chain and retail venture started by Lulu Group International in 2000. M. A. Yousuf Ali is the director of the group that is based in Abu Dhabi. LuLu has over 35,600 employees of various nationalities and it is one of the largest retail chains in Asia and is the biggest in Middle East with 128 outlets in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. They also have 13 malls all over the GCC and India with a planned to come up in Malaysia which after opening will be the largest mall in Malaysia. Research firm Deloitte, recently placed it amongst the world’s 50 fastest growing retailers, LuLu Group International opened its first supermarket in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 1995, when the retail business scenario in the region started to change with the entry of Continent. Later, more LuLu Supermarket stores were opened in different parts of Abu Dhabi There are also several Lulu stores found in the emirate of Dubai, in the late 1990s, the LuLu Center department stores were launched, and the group expanded to other countries in the Middle East. In 2000, the first Lulu Hypermarket store was opened in Dubai, with this launch, the Group embarked on an aggressive expansion plan. It soon grew into a chain with outlets across the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman. On March 10,2013, LuLu Hypermarket was opened in Kochi, the group has started construction of the Lulu Mall in Thiruvananthapuram, which upon completion will be the largest shopping mall in India and the 5th largest in Asia. The Group that follows the tagline LuLu, where the world comes to shop is hailed as a one-stop-shop for the community of the region with an international mix of products. As of August 2016, there are 124 LuLu Hypermarkets in the GCC countries, one in India at Kochi, Kerala, in April 2013, LuLu Group launched its UK operations in Birmingham with the inauguration of a logistics and packaging facility under the name, Y International. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility procures and exports food, non-food, chilled, date coding and labeling for different countries, translation of labels, Halal and other relevant certifications are also carried out here. About 60 British nationals are employed at the facility which hopes to create 200 jobs soon, three in the capital city, Riyadh and one each in Khobar and Jubail. Latest outlet opened in Dammam in January 2016, LuLu Hypermarket has partnered with banks in the Middle East to create co-branded cards that help loyal customers gain special privileges and rewards every time they shop. The ADCB LuLu Credit Card in association with the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank helps users gain points on every AED1 spent at any Lulu outlet in the UAE. The LuLu Doha Bank Shopping Credit Card in association with Doha Bank gives cardholders a 5% rebate on every purchase made from a LuLu outlet in Qatar, Shopping points can also be accumulated and redeemed on purchases. LuLu Hypermarket is involved in corporate social responsibility initiatives. The agreement aims at rehabilitating people with special needs by involving them in a productive, in February 2013, LuLu teamed up with Dubai Cares to adopt schools in Gaza and Nepal thereby improving the infrastructure of primary school classrooms
10. Mashreq (Bank) – The Dubai-based Mashreqbank psc is the oldest privately owned bank in the United Arab Emirates. Founded as the Bank of Oman in 1967, Mashreq was the first UAE bank to install ATM cash dispensers, the first to issue debit and credit cards, Mashreq has 12 overseas offices in nine countries, including Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa. The oldest local bank in the United Arab Emirates, Mashreq Bank has provided banking and financial services to millions of customers and businesses since 1967. It was established in Dubai as the Bank of Oman, prior to formation of the UAE, in 1993, the bank changed its name to Mashreq Bank and is now one of the UAE’s leading financial institutions. It has a retail and corporate banking presence throughout the Persian Gulf, with branches in Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait. Mashreq is well known as the most innovative bank in the UAE, historically, Mashreq has facilitated economic activities across various sectors in the UAE while maintaining its cautious approach and applying prudent risk management policies. It has the distinction of achieving uninterrupted profitable growth for the last 46 years in line with the UAE economy, the Mashreq branch network extends across the UAE, with 50 percent of households banking with the company. It also has service centers in key retail locations and one of the largest ATM networks in the country. In addition the bank has offices in 11 countries across Europe, North America, Asia. The first branch of the Bank of Oman – as it was back then – opened in Deira in 1967. The next few years saw additional branches open in Al Ain, in 1971 the UAE was formed and the Qatar-Dubai Riyal was replaced with the Dirham as the official currency of the state, a move which would go on to epitomize the state’s growth. The Bank of Oman soon became the first UAE bank to open a branch in Doha and it took just another five years for the bank to establish a branch network, reaching 10 local branches in 1976. The Deira headquarters opened a year later and all of the head ofﬁce functions – previously housed in various branches – moved to the building, soon after, Khorfakkan, Riqqa and Dhaid branches were inaugurated, as the bank’s assets crossed the AED2 billion mark. From 1978 the company turned its focus to more international ventures, business extended to markets in Egypt, Pakistan, London and Hong Kong. In addition, with the opening of branches in Kalba, Dibba, Fujairah and Um Al Quwain, a training centre, which began life as a library, was established in 1981 to help workers enhance their skills and knowledge. Subsequently it expanded to a fully ﬂedged training facility catering to all learning, as a department it managed all in-house and external training needs of the bank. Shortly after this, it became the first local bank to introduce credit cards with Visa tie-up, in 1983 the bank introduced the UAE’s ﬁrst ATM dispenser. This was made possible by connecting all of the branches to a central database, the bank started issuing Visa travelers cheques in the same year and became the first bank in the region to get global Visa network connectivity
11. Mouawad – The firm has headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with a Middle East headquarters at Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai. Founded in 1891 in Beirut, Lebanon by David Mouawad, the firm is now led by 4th generation co-guardians Fred Mouawad, Alain Mouawad, the firms jewelry and watch design and manufacturing divisions are located in Switzerland and Asia Pacific. His son Fayez Mouawad expanded the business in the 1950s when he moved to Saudi Arabia and he was able to capitalize on the Middle Easts increased oil wealth by making personalized jewelry for people in the area. As jeweler to kings and the aristocracy, Fayez fashioned outstanding pieces and unique creations, the firm moved into the European and worldwide market under Fayezs son Robert Mouawad. He had initially studied in Europe to become a doctor but returned after being convinced by his father to join the family business. He started as a salesman with Mouawad in order to learn the business from the ground up, in the early 1970s, Robert moved the headquarters to Geneva, Switzerland. He took many risks with the firm by purchasing some of the worlds largest diamonds and he expanded the brand into Europe, Asia, and North America and began producing watches in the early 1990s. He’s also contributed to the education and research through support of the Gemological Institute of America whose campus in Carlsbad. In 2010, Robert Mouawad left the firm to focus on his real estate group, the Robert Mouawad Foundation and he officially retired on January 1,2010, and the company was then led by his sons Fred Mouawad and Pascal Mouawad. Alain Mouawad joined to head up the division in January 2013. Over the years the Mouawad family has acquired a collection of diamonds that is one of the worlds finest in private hands, a good number of the largest diamonds in existence take their place among the gems in the collection. These diamonds include the Ahmedabad which is a pear shaped diamond that weighs 78.86 carats with a D-VS1 Grade, Mouawad is the owner of the Indore Pears which are linked to the Malabar Hill Murder. In January 1925, armed men attacked a car in Bombay which was being driven by an official of the Bombay Corporation, the passenger in the vehicle was a young Muslim woman who was the subject of the attack. The official was killed and four British officers came to the aid of the woman, robbery was not the motive for this crime as the young woman was believed to be a dancer at the Court of Tukoji Rao III. The woman escaped from being a concubine and the murder was believed to be retaliation and it was agreed that the crime on Malabar Hill could not be ignored, Mumtaz Begum had recognized her assailants as an aide-de-camp of the Maharajah and members of the Indore army and mounted police. The Maharajahs involvement in the crime was never made public but he was asked either to appear at the subsequent official inquiry or abdicate in favor of his son, in the following year he chose the latter course. While traveling in Switzerland after his abdication, he met Nancy Ann Miller, amid much publicity the couple married in 1928. The bride embraced the Hindu religion and subsequently known as the Maharanee Shamista Davi Holkar
12. Novo Cinemas – Novo Cinemas is a movie theatre chain owned by Gulf Film LLC operating in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. It is headquartered in Dubai and considered as the largest cinema chain in the Middle East, established in 1989 in the U. A. E. Gulf Film was acquired in 2012 by the ELAN Group, the Grand Cinemas brand name was launched in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2000. It was relaunched on May 6,2014 as Novo Cinemas, the Grand Cinemas operation is owned by Gulf Film. Established in 1989 in the UAE, Gulf Film was acquired in 2012 by Qatar Media Services, in July 2005, Grand Cinemas launched the first IMAX in the Middle East at Ibn Battuta Mall Megaplex in Dubai. In July 2007, the Grand Cinemas franchise expands into Lebanon under the ownership of local businessman Selim Ramia, the company continues presently as an independent entity despite the 2014 rebrand in the U. A. E. Movie Masters also operates Ace Cinemas
13. Rotana Hotels – Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC is a hotel management company in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe region. Capital City Centre and The Residences by Rotana and its headquarters is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Where it was founded in 1992 by Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr, Rotana manages under its Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana brand the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel in Dubai. It was for 5 consecutive years with 333 m the worlds tallest hotel, the Rotana Hotel Management Corporation was founded in 1992 and is operating across the Middle East and Africa. 1993 The Rotana opens its first hotel, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi,1995 Nael Hashweh joins Rotana whilst Imad W. Elias bringing factors critical to the future success of the company. 1999 was the opening of Sharjah Rotana in Sharjah, UAE and Al Ain Rotana in Al Ain, additional openings in Dubai, UAE, during 2000 were Rihab Rotana and Towers Rotana. 2008 Rotana engages in a revitalization project resulting in the unveiling of its new product brands, Arjaan by Rotana and Rayhaan Hotels. Opening of Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City and Media Rotana in Dubai, UAE.2009 Rotana launched its new budget hotel concept, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, a soaring 72 floor tower structure,333 metres high opened as the worlds tallest hotel. 2010 Opening of the second Centro Hotel by Rotana, Centro Barsha in Dubai
14. Thuraya – Thuraya, from the Arabic name for the constellation of the Pleiades, Thurayya, is a regional mobile satellite phone provider. The company is based in the United Arab Emirates, it provides coverage to more than 162 countries in Europe. With about 350 roaming partners worldwide,1100 employees, Thuraya also offers GSM roaming services over land-based mobile GSM networks, as well, Thuraya sells a dual mode satellite phone with both GSM and satellite capabilities. The company is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and its shareholders consist of investment companies, Middle Eastern and North African telcos, Etisalat is a major shareholder. Transceivers communicate directly with the using a antenna of roughly the same length as the handset and have a maximum output power of 2 Watts. QPSK modulation is used for the air interface, Thuraya SIM cards will work in regular GSM telephones and ordinary GSM SIM cards can be used on the satellite network as long as the SIM provider has a roaming agreement with Thuraya. As with all geosynchronous voice services a noticeable lag is present while making a call, due to the relatively high gain of the antennas contained within handsets, it is necessary to roughly aim the antenna at the satellite. As the handsets contain a GPS receiver it is possible to program the ground position of the satellites as waypoints to assist with aiming. The service operates on L-band carriers assigned in blocks to areas of coverage referred to as spotbeams, which are Thuraya’s equivalent to cells or service areas. In L-band,34 MHz of bandwidth from 1.525 GHz to 1.559 GHz is assigned for downlink communication, uplink and downlink channels are 1087 paired carrier frequencies, on a raster of 31.25 kHz. A Time Division Multiple Access time slot architecture is employed which allocates a carrier in timeslots of a fixed length, every Thuraya phone and standalone transceiver unit is fitted with a GPS receiver and transmits its location to the Thuraya gateway periodically. The built-in GPS capability can be used for waypoint navigation, Thuraya operates two communications satellites built by Boeing. Thuraya 1 The first satellite, named Thuraya 1, had deficient solar panels and could not operate properly and it was launched on 21 October 2000 by Sea Launch on a Zenit 3SL rocket. At launch it weighed 5250 kg, the satellite was used for testing and backup until May 2007, when it was moved to junk orbit and declared at its end of life. Thuraya 2 Thuraya 2 was launched by Sea Launch on 10 June 2003 and it is located in geosynchronous orbit at 44° E longitude, inclined at 6.3 degrees. The satellite can handle 13,750 simultaneous voice calls and this satellite currently serves most of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia. The craft had a weight of 3200 kg and a life of 12 years. The two solar-panel wings, each containing five panels, generate 11 KW electric power