Bahrain

Women empowerment
Nov 23

Women empowerment

Yesterday her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa honoured public and private sector organisations that have empowered women in their sectors. We salute Her Royal Highness for the award for women empowerment that mainly aims at placing capable and qualified women in jobs through which they...

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 Feline Lower Urinary Tract Infection (FLUTI)
Nov 22

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Infection (FLUTI)

Feline lower urinary tract disease involves the structures that make up the lower portion of the urinary tract. Urinary bladder and the urethra. FLUTI previously referred as feline urologic syndrome (FUS). The potential causes of this infection are bladder infection, bladder stones, inflammation of the bladder or...

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Innovative SMEs in a Globalized Market: Go Global Strategy
Nov 22

Innovative SMEs in a Globalized Market: Go Global Strategy

I was intrigued by the definition of the key performance indicator (KPI) set by Leipzig University innovation center in Germany. The KPI is to establish 40 SMEs per year.  This explains the high number of SMEs in Germany. Moreover, the department for the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship at...

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The cold war Fashionistas win. Politicians lose
Nov 21

The cold war Fashionistas win. Politicians lose

I have changed…so much. When I used to write in my 20s and 30s I used to look at everything in a positive manner but once I hit my 40s I changed. I guess this was probably the byproduct of maturity. I have officially entered the stage where I feel I should put to test what I’ve always advocated for....

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Driverless Cars 
Nov 21

Driverless Cars 

Earlier this year Dubai announced driverless flying cars within months. The flying cars is fitted with a touchscreen to the front of the passenger seat displaying a map of all destinations in the form of dots. It has preset routes and the passenger selects the intended destination. The vehicle will then start...

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Innovative cities : Bahrain as a model of excellence
Nov 19

Innovative cities : Bahrain as a model of excellence

Cities are designed to achieve many goals including the attainment of order, efficiency, and equity. Cities consume about 75% of world natural resources and 80% of energy. It is projected that by 2040, cities will contribute to 75% of global GDP. Cities were branded as digital, smart and innovative through harnessing...

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Enough is Enough
Nov 19

Enough is Enough

What a relief when Saudi announces Enough is Enough...what a relief when the biggest Arab power stands up to Hizbollah and Iran and issues a stark warning and announces that they would not be allowed to do what they have been doing to us for decades. Saudi through its foreign minister Adel AlJubeir said it this week...

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The feat of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Nov 16

The feat of Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first and only museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, presents around 600 pieces in a modern, light-filled structure in harmony with its desert-island setting.  This feat of art and history stands unparalleled in this region and it is expected to awe and surprise all visitors...

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Soon to be heroes of our parliament
Nov 15

Soon to be heroes of our parliament

It has been years since I typed a few words to express what I believe in or feel about something and fortunately the home I have always belonged to, the Tribune opened its door once again to me to start a journey I had always enjoyed every minute of…writing. So to start, I had to choose a topic I had been...

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Supporting Corporates with Information Technology
Nov 07

Supporting Corporates with Information Technology

It is important to build into the strategy of every corporate board the critical role that Chief Information Officers can take in order to support the business objectives through technology.  This will mean to translate the business objectives into IT-specific objectives owned by the CIOs.  These will in...

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Social innovations for sustainable development: Innovators without borders
Nov 06

Social innovations for sustainable development: Innovators without borders

When the founder of Grameen Bank, Mohmmad Yunus, proposed a micro-finance model of a social enterprise, he simply wanted to address unmet market needs in society.  This is the essence of social innovation for sustainable development. Many new ideas that underpin social innovations like Khan Academy, Doctors...

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The futuristic city of Neom
Nov 02

The futuristic city of Neom

We all heard the intriguing announcement by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, regarding the construction of the most anticipated cities, Neom. This future destination of a city has been labeled civilization leap for humanity, which will serve as a...

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Technological innovations for a sustainable future: The case of Bahrain
Oct 31

Technological innovations for a sustainable future: The case of Bahrain

The key indicators for energy use in Bahrain reveal the imperative to make a transition to low carbon economy to cope with climate change risks. Specifically, Bahrain has a sound industrial infrastructure in terms of oil and gas as reflected in its high capacity to refine oil and its gas production grows at about 4%...

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General goal of major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in new era
Oct 30

General goal of major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in new era

General Secretary Xi Jinping’s report on the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China made a top-level design for China’s diplomacy in the new era and made clear the goal we strive for. The report stressed that the CPC strives for both the wellbeing of the Chinese people and human progress....

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Oct 25

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as Feline Aids, most closely resembles HIV contracted by humans. It is not often fatal for cats, as they can live for years as carriers and display no symptoms. The immune system eventually gets attacked and becomes compromised, causing failure. The virus devastates a...

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Chief Information Officers Serving Corporate Boards
Oct 24

Chief Information Officers Serving Corporate Boards

Many have mixed and somehow conflicting understanding of the role that Chief Information Officers play in the board. The initial thought will be to align the IT objectives and provide IT services according to the ever-changing business needs. As any organization, the business requirements are dynamic and change...

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An important window for observation and perception of contemporary China
Oct 19

An important window for observation and perception of contemporary China

Yesterday the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China opened in Beijing. At this momentous and auspicious moment, I am honour to introduce the book Xi Jinping, The Governance of China to my Bahraini friends. China’s reform and opening-up have been continuing for nearly four decades and have made...

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Succession planning
Oct 17

Succession planning

Succession planning is not simply about discovering people for top leadership positions; it is the process for identifying and developing internal people with the potential to fill key leadership positions in an organisation: effective management of succession involves building a pipeline of employees ready to step...

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Caring for your bird
Oct 11

Caring for your bird

Smaller birds like budgies, cockatiels, canaries and finches are the most common pet birds. You should choose a bird that will best suit your lifestyle. The tiniest members of the parrot family, parakeets (budgies) are the easiest to keep. Finches and canaries are also generally less messy and independent. Cockatiels...

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Goodbye Arabia
Oct 10

Goodbye Arabia

After almost 40 years bar a month, I am saying goodbye (ma’asalamah) to Arabia this month after living 72 per cent of my life here in Bahrain (34 years) and previously the United Arab Emirates (6 years) and going back home to the United Kingdom with a lifetime of treasured memories. My ‘Arabian...

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Organisation culture
Oct 10

Organisation culture

During the last two decades the world has seen a sharp increase in the number of multinational companies. The 21st century has seen Internationalisation‘ become the primary strategy for companies which intend to expand their business from one nation to another according to a recent Business Week‘ article,...

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Create more beautiful future of the bilateral relations between China and Bahrain
Sep 30

Create more beautiful future of the bilateral relations between China and Bahrain

This year marks the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. 68 years is just a short episode compared with the time-honored China’s history of over five thousand years and rich Chinese civilization. But the past 68 years, especially the past 39 years after the adoption of the...

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Build a community of shared future for mankind and realize mutual benefit and win-win result
Sep 24

Build a community of shared future for mankind and realize mutual benefit and win-win result

On the auspicious occasion of the double happiness of the Islamic New Year and the coming Chinese traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Bahrain, I would like to extend my sincere greetings and best wishes to all the Bahraini friends and Chinese nationals in Bahrain. Firstly, Mid-Autumn...

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Innovation for competitiveness in GCC Region: New impreatives
Sep 18

Innovation for competitiveness in GCC Region: New impreatives

Innovation in GCC is key to enable the region to cope with the post-oil era. The imperatives for innovation-based economy in GCC include securing jobs for young population and meeting the demand for water, energy and food. Realizing that fact that by 2020 the GCC population will grow to be a bout 50 million; the real...

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Parents, protect  your kids from  ‘suicide’ games
Aug 14

Parents, protect your kids from ‘suicide’ games

Manama : Game developers and cyber security experts have called upon users of smart devices in the Kingdom to be vigilant against “suicide games” like ‘Blue Whale’ that are trending on internet and online games stores. Parents are also advised to rationally monitor their children’s...

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Leaders in the digital world
Jul 26

Leaders in the digital world

We are living in a digital world, and digital business is the norm. And leaders must take a cue from such world in order to venture into the future. Certainly digital business leaders should harness an adventurer’s zeal for the digital business leadership journey to inspire others, but should temper what can be...

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Whats Up?
Jul 24

Whats Up?

Disclaimer : This is not my story.  The choices before me are aplenty. (a) stop reading or typing anything on my smartphone without wearing reading glasses; (b) stop staring at the WhatsApp messages as soon as my eyes open in the morning; (c) “resign” from the numerous WhatsApp groups so as to...

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Technological feat in exploring Jupiter
Jul 18

Technological feat in exploring Jupiter

Yet again the technology and Science news recently have been focusing on Juno the spacecraft which has been circling the biggest and most mysterious planet in our solar system, Jupiter.  I was astounded by the complexity of what went into Juno spacecraft, the myriads of electronics and computer systems that...

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Commercial aspects of  virtual and augment reality
Jul 12

Commercial aspects of virtual and augment reality

We have seen the evolution and spread of the futuristic looking technologies that keep amazing individuals everywhere, and on the top of the list are virtual and augmented realities.  We have seen many entertaining uses of these technologies, however, the real benefits lie in the commercial uses by different...

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Guard against cyber-attacks
Jul 04

Guard against cyber-attacks

In today’s highly digital era, cyber-attacks have become an imminent major threat to not only organisations and institutes, but society as well. With the power of technology, these cyber-attacks are unleashed on a large scale with a global reach to millions of devices in relatively no time.  We have...

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Renewable energy in the Arab World:  Innovations in business models
Jul 04

Renewable energy in the Arab World: Innovations in business models

Renewable energy presents new windows of opportunity in terms on public-private partnerships, investment models and innovations in finance and business models. Firms and local communities can be both energy users and producers if net-metering or feed-in-tariff is applied for solar and wind energy. Cities and rural...

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Deliver an even brighter future for Hong Kong
Jul 02

Deliver an even brighter future for Hong Kong

Over the last two decades, the practice of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong, like the growth of a seedling, has become strong and robust despite wind and rain and yielded many fruits. The SAR system established under the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the...

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Fungal infection in aquarium fishes
Jun 28

Fungal infection in aquarium fishes

Fungal infections are  the most common diseases seen in tropical fish. Because fungal spores are found in all fish tanks, they can quickly colonize and create problems in stressed, injured, or diseased fish. Initially, you’ll notice a gray or whitish growth in and on the skin and/or fins. Eventually, as...

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Net Neutrality Protests
Jun 28

Net Neutrality Protests

I was puzzled recently when I came to know that major websites like Amazon, Kickstarter, Reddit, Mozilla and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will join an online protest in July 2017 in an event that was labelled “Internet-wide day of action”.  This protest is meant to protect net...

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Simplifying air travel
Jun 14

Simplifying air travel

Air travel and customs have always been a nuisance and now more than ever because of the heightened security and threats. As a result, many initiatives have been started to improve this situation. The most important one is the Fast Travel Program by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) which aims...

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Fighting cyber threats with intelligence
Jun 07

Fighting cyber threats with intelligence

With the recent wide attack of WannaCry, which had devastating effects and damage, it has never been more important to form Cyber Threat Intelligence.  There are different types of Cyber Threat Intelligence that can apply in different ways at different points in the attacker lifecycle. Open Source Intelligence...

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Say no to Tobacco!
Jun 01

Say no to Tobacco!

May 31st has been declared as the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The need for such a day is very important these days as around 7 million people are killed annually due to tobacco use, listing it as the one of the leading cause of preventable illness and death. The theme WHO...

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The next generation of e-commerce
May 31

The next generation of e-commerce

The rise of ecommerce a decade ago had a severe business impact on many high-street stores; everything has changed especially consumer buying behavior. Hence, many big stores are set to transform shopping by establishing a seamless link between the online and offline worlds.   In the near future, almost every...

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Message on Africa Day 2017
May 25

Message on Africa Day 2017

Africa Day 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.  The international community has entered the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an all-out effort to tackle global poverty,...

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 Importance of Deworming
May 17

Importance of Deworming

One of the most basic pet care responsibilities is to ensure that your pets are free from internal worms. Two important reasons for controlling worms are the debilitating physical effect on the animal especially in puppies and to minimize or eliminate the risk of human infections with some of the parasites. Most pet...

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WannaCry: New and  Unique Cyberattack
May 17

WannaCry: New and Unique Cyberattack

Since last week the Internet and news in general were abuzz with a new type of malware called “WannaCry” or “WannaCrypt”. This malware has around more than 2 million infections around the globe and is considered to be the largest ransomware campaign ever. So what is about this attack that makes...

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Bahrain Charities raise their voices
May 15

Bahrain Charities raise their voices

Just Imagine that 80% of the charities in the Kingdom of Bahrain do not have licenses, to raise funds for charity or even to accept donations. This was confirmed in a recent study published in a local Arabic newspaper in Bahrain, in which 48 charity societies have participated, representing 46% of all the 104...

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Internet of things analytics: Knowledge of the future
May 10

Internet of things analytics: Knowledge of the future

We have been hearing almost nonstop about Internet of Things (IoT) and the big revolution we are heading toward. IoT can enable the communication and control of equipment and machines remotely by means of reading and taking the necessary action based on data obtained from sensors. And these sensors can generate huge...

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Observations on the UPR report
May 09

Observations on the UPR report

Last week, the 27th Session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place in Geneva, where human rights concerns in Bahrain came under close scrutiny by a panel of countries.   The handling of human rights issues in Bahrain was criticized most of which seem to have resulted due to little or no...

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Succession Planning, the forgotten strategy
May 03

Succession Planning, the forgotten strategy

Many organizations might not give the necessary priority and attention to succession planning, as many might think simplistically that it is concerned with lining up individuals for future promotions. However, it is so much more. Succession planning is about planning for future positions to be given to the right and...

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Solving challenges through engagement
May 01

Solving challenges through engagement

It seems gone are the days when ‘free visa’ and run away workers were picked up from places where they illegally work, hailed to a waiting van and headed to the police station. They remain at the detention centre until the right sponsor is contacted; who can come forward at his own convenience, may be days...

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All set for big fat Indian wedding
Apr 27

All set for big fat Indian wedding

Manama : The ‘sangeet’ function of the first big fat Indian wedding in Bahrain is all set to take place at the Ritz-Carlton private island today.  The three-day wedding is of Diya Mehta, daughter of business tycoon and CEO of Rosy Blue, Russell Mehta, and Ayush Jatia, son of business tycoon Amit...

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Leadership style with digital influence
Apr 25

Leadership style with digital influence

As digital business goes to the core of the products and services and permeates across all aspects of the enterprise, digital business leadership must become a team sport. No individual leader will ever have the perfect blend of all the needed leadership traits. While remastering personal leadership should be pursued,...

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40pc employees in Bahrain looking to switch industry
Apr 21

40pc employees in Bahrain looking to switch industry

Manama : Almost half of the employees in the region are contemplating an industry change for the near future, according to the results of a survey. Forty-seven per cent of respondents of a regional survey by Bayt.com and Yougov said they are considering an industry change for the next few months. Among the...

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Premier’s honours, Bahrain’s pride
Apr 20

Premier’s honours, Bahrain’s pride

During much of the last few decades, news of political turmoil, social instability and economic uncertainty have dominated the profiles of most of the Arab world.  Even today we are still in the mess, far from solving our challenges. These unfortunate events have concealed the major ongoing developments that...

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