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Lighthouse - September, 2014.

Chairman’s Message


Many will know that my family home is in Kerala, Southern India. However you may not know that this time of year holds a very special meaning for me, my family and all fellow Malayalees.  “Onam” is our cultural belief festival where we celebrate the annual homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. Between 29th August and 10th September, a grateful Kerala presents accolades in memory of this benevolent king who sacrificed everything for his subjects. Beautiful floral displays, colourful clothes, games, dances, sports, music and snake boat races are all bound in unison as families partake in the traditional Onam meal.

Onam’s gentle message of unity, peace and love, is one that brings hope in a world currently filled with tragic news from near and far. I visualise that all cultures have similar legends and that we can unite, to build nobler societies, by relating them to our younger generations. It is the attitude of people which causes problems.  I believe that by adopting an attitude and approach to life, similar to the Onam ethos, we may engender love amongst communities and promote non-violence.

Just as Onam highlights Kerala, in a similar way “Lighthouse” is a stage for C.S.S. and its achievements. This is our family magazine, which is why your views are so relevant.  As we regard all your feedback as meaningful we are pleased to learn that “Lighthouse” is being well received.  I hope that my message, particularly in this edition, emphasises the importance of you being members of our C.S.S. family. Similar to the message of Onam, if we embrace a positive attitude, sincere friendships, honourable trust and a belief in doing our best for others we are bound to happily achieve our aims.  Accordingly I convey to everyone Onam Wishes –

“Onashamsakal”


Expanding with New Facilities


With the freight and logistics sector on an upward rise, given the recent growth the UAE is experiencing, CSS Group is pleased to announce that it is in the preliminary stages of developing a new state of the art office and warehouse facility adjacent to its flagship Container Freight Station in the Jebel Ali Freezone. The new office building will be having a sprawling size of over 15,000 sq. ft. with warehousing facilities of over 30,000 sq. ft. The planned expansion is an evidence of how CSS Group has embraced opportunities of growth by strategically ensuring that their infrastructure is aligned with the constantly evolving economy of the UAE.
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308 Tonne Transformer Movement


The team at CSS Projects, Oil & Energy, recently undertook a transformer movement from Derince, Turkey to the Ras Al Khor substation in Dubai. The volume of the cargo was 1000 CBM, and included a 308 tonne power transformer and accessories. Given that the weight of the transformer was greater than the crane gear a special 650 tonne crawler crane had to be arranged at both origin and destination ports to arrange the loading and unloading of the transformer.  As the shipment was time sensitive, the team at CSS had to ensure that there were no delays at any stage of the shipment until the final destination. Once it reached the port of destination, the transformer was discharged onto a 14 axle hydraulic trailer at Jebel Ali port and was then moved to the electric substation for final installation by jacking & skidding method. “This movement is a great example of how the team here at CSS Projects, Oil & Energy is able to handle movements that require multiple special handling methods, especially in the case of time sensitive shipments. The experience the team consists of gives them the confidence to immediately address the situation on hand and provide the client with the most effective solution in the given time frame,” added Raj George Sr. VP, Projects Oil & Energy.


FPS AGM 2014


The FPS Group Annual General Meeting and its week-long programme of associated meeting and events will be held at the Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center, Oporto, Portugal from October 20-25, 2014. This year’s FPS AGM theme is, “New era, new spirit.”

The week long programme begins with Welcome to Oporto Advisory Board meetings, on Monday October 20th followed by an executive summit on Tuesday, October 21st for all full members. This will be followed by a welcome dinner for all those attending the AGM and conference. The AGM itself will take place on Wednesday October 22nd, followed by two days of 1:1 meetings on the 23rd and 24th of October. On Saturday October 25th, there will be an (optional) city tour for all the attendees of the AGM. Representing CSS Dubai is Siby C. Kurian, Sr. General Manager, Sales & Marketing and Dean Landers, General Manager, CSS Kuwait.

“The AGM is an excellent opportunity for all the group members to share and discuss the business growth and strategize for the next year. The annual general meeting is an important occasion in the FPS calendar, which provides the unique chance for its members to participate in business discussions, hear presentations and talks on specific topics by experts and express your views. CSS Group looks forward to attend the FPS AGM in the most scenic Portuguese ambiences and to participate with other members,” added Siby C. Kurian.


A Passionate Move


A similar tale to “Homeward Bound,” a remake of a 1963 film titled “Incredible Journey”, which is  the story of two dogs and a cat who undertake an incredible journey to reunite with their owners, CSS Homeward Bound recently handled the relocation of a Havenese cross (K9) and a male cat from Kathmandu to Senegal.

Weighing 5 and 6kg’s, the pets flew in from Nepal with a stopover in Dubai for two days. Given the sensitive nature of the cargo, CSS Homeward Bound was able to expedite permissions with the Ministry of Environment and DNATA as it requires an inter-terminal transit. CSS Homeward Bound also arranged for the pets to be taken care of by the Dubai Kennels and cattery, as direct flights to Dakar are only every two days from Dubai.

CSS Homeward Bound ensured that all formalities were expedited and taken care of given the sensitive nature of the cargo before they arrived at their final destination on the 27th of June.  “Here at CSS Homeward Bound we treat your personal belongings as one of our own, and this is truly evidence of the care and consideration that the team took especially for this transfer.  This has always been our differentiating factor from other relocation companies in the region and continues to be the cornerstone of our success and loyalty with our customers,” added Suku Sudhakaran, General Manger, CSS Homeward Bound.

CSS Homeward Bound would like to thank the following  organizations for their whole hearted support and cooperation in ensuring that the pets were reunited with their owners in Senegal; Qatar Airways, Emirates Sky Cargo, DNATA, Ministry of Environment and Orient International Relocations.


CSS Attends Dubai Trade Conference


“TRADESHIELD- DUBAI TRADE’S SINGLE WINDOW FOR CARGO INSURANCE SERVICES”

Dubai Trade, the premier cross-border trade facilitator, and Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC), one of the region’s leading providers of insurance solutions for individuals and corporates, recently organized a forum to announce the official launch of Tradeshield for online cargo insurance.

Being a NAFL Member, CSS Group was invited to attend the event titled, “The Importance of Cargo Insurance in Trade and Logistics.” The half-day forum held at the Dubai Marina Hotel and saw industry professionals come together to discuss the key issues and developments in the cargo insurance sector, including recent advances in e-commerce in the region.

Industry expert, David Phillips the President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, was also a key host and speaker at the forum. David Phillips, President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, while delivering the forum’s principle presentation, said: “Protecting the business interest during cargo movements is crucial to ensure a successful trade deal for traders and their customers or suppliers. The industry has witnessed a substantial growth in demand on Cargo Insurance services throughout the years. We appreciate Dubai Trade’s initiative in launching the Tradeshield service, which will help many companies in our industry to be more secured and save much of their precious time.”

As one of the leading freight forwarders in the region, CSS Group participated in the conference as part of it’s commitment to keep abreast recent trends in the freight forwarding sector. The new initiative has been embraced by CSS as it helps to further instill consumer confidence in the freight forwarding sector in the region, thus encouraging growth in this key sector.


CSS Group Featured on BBC World News


With all eyes on a possible lifting of sanctions on a resource rich Iran, BBC World News had a special feature on highlighting the opportunities that would be available especially for the freight forwarding and logistics sector in the region. Titled, “Iran attracts investors hoping for trade sanction relaxation,” the BBC World News filmed part of its segment at the CSS Group’s Container Freight Station based in Jebel Ali Freezone. Iran’s nuclear talks have been extended until November, but whilst the negotiations continue, many companies have been re-building business relations with their Iranian counterparts driven by the enormous potential the lifting of the trade restrictions would bring. CSS would like to extend a special thanks to Mark Lobel and Ola Naguib from the BBC for giving them the opportunity to be a part of the ground-breaking series.


He Reem Al Hashimy Makes Presentation To Bie


HER EXCELLENCY REEM AL HASHIMY, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EXPO 2020 HIGHER COMMITTEE AND MINISTER OF STATE FOR THE UAE, UPDATED THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS (BIE) ON THE UAE’S PREPARATIONS FOR HOSTING EXPO 2020, IN PARIS LAST MONTH.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for the UAE, updated the General Assembly of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) on the UAE’s preparations for hosting Expo 2020, in Paris last month. This was the first formal address to the General Assembly made by the Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee since winning the right to host the World’s Fair. “Dubai Expo 2020 will be the platform to continue to execute on our country’s visionary leadership around the need for connectivity and mobility, economic opportunity and sustainable practices as the pillars of today’s interdependent world,” she said, in her speech to the assembly. “The infrastructure and the progressive policies that serve this vision will continue to grow in size and quality to serve the participants and the visitors of Dubai Expo 2020. Our goal to deliver on an Expo with seamless operations will leverage the national efforts to implement a greater vision shaping the next 50 years of our country,” she added. Al Hashimy also pointed out that while Expo2020 was a win for Dubai, the event will also have great impact throughout the MENASA region. “The tremendous support we received in November marked a significant victory, not only for us but for all countries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Our support base ranged from the countries of the North as well as the South – the East as well as the West.?This recognition furthers our commitment to develop an inclusive platform that allows our partners on this global stage to truly showcase the best they have to offer, and — in that journey — create linkages and partnerships with others,” she said.?The delegation to the BIE was led by HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee. “The Dubai Expo 2020 road map is well progressed as we resolutely honour our commitment to create a truly transformative World Expo, that through partnerships and collaboration will seek to foster innovative, inspirational and practical solution-creation for our collective future,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed.


DP World – Most Outstanding Performance 2013


At the end of last year it was with great pride that DP World received the country’s highest business accolade, the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award for Most Outstanding Performance for 2013.

The award was presented by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, to His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World.

The UAE has succeeded in becoming a role model of excellence for the world. Clear policies of innovation in all fields have strengthened the UAE’s position as a role model and leader. Based on this the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Awards were devised to provide additional support to the private sector and to stimulate outstanding performance across the UAE. The path to economic growth and prosperity requires creativity, innovation and excellence across all sectors.

The Award not only recognises organisations with exceptional performance strategies but also aims to increase the understanding and implementation of business excellence.

DP World has always been guided and inspired by the vision of His Highness; therefore the award serves as a reminder that we are headed in the right direction as a company and as a contributor to the economic development of the region. DP World’s Vision, Mission and Values played a key role in winning the award, which have been created in line with strategic vision for Dubai and the UAE.

Vision

Sustainable value through global growth, service and excellence

Mission

A global approach to a local business environment where excellence, innovation and profitability drive our core business philosophy of exceptional customer service

Our Values

  • Commitment to our people and our customers
  • Profitable global growth
  • Responsible corporate and personal behavior
  • Excellence and innovation


Our Mission of a global approach to a local business environment where excellence, innovation and profitability drive our core business philosophy of exceptional customer service correlates directly with the framework of MRMBA. For this reason, the award carries an extra significance as it is a reflection of our core Vision, Mission and Values.

One of the primary reasons to apply for the award was to measure ourselves against peers in the region. Part of this is to ascertain how we are progressing as a company and in what areas we can improve, to better serve our customers.  Participation in MRMBA allows us to evaluate aspects and functions of our business, which in turn continues to foster new innovations and better ways of serving our customers.

For us, innovation and implementation of new technology is important in the way we serve our customers and offer efficiencies that allow us to be port of choice for the region. Innovations can only come to fruition through collaboration with all our stakeholders at various levels. Recently we have made DP World services accessible on Dubai Trade’s mobile website in order to better increase efficiencies for our customers. The mobile friendly website will allow customers to have access to DP World UAE Region services round the clock at their convenience. It is challenges faced by our stakeholders that breed new innovations and in turn help DP World offer new ways of doing business.

DP World, since its inception has embarked on a journey to innovate and offer services that are in the best interest of the customers and are anchored by Dubai’s true place as a trading hub. Winning the award in 2013 is a great achievement for everyone associated at DP World, but it’s just part of a continuous process in increasing excellence, innovation and profitability that drive our core business philosophy of exceptional customer service. This award inspires us to aim for even higher standards of service thereby keeping us at the forefront of progress.

Courtesy of
DP World UAE Region


Traditional Children’s Games


Dating back to as early as 2600 BC, games have been a universal part of human experience and are present in all cultures. Games play an important role in the development of children and this is true throughout the world. Like everywhere there are traditional games that are specific to this region.

Emirati traditional games can be categorised based on whether the child was born on the coast, in the desert, or in the mountains, and whether they were played by girls, boys or both. However, these games are not specific to just one region, as tribes used to travel from one place to another, in search of work. For example, camel herders used to travel to the coast in summer months to join diving expeditions, and all these movements influenced and spread the children’s games. Some of them are to be found throughout Arabia, or even beyond. A lot of the games can be recognised universally, just with a few slight changes. For example Gabat Mestal is very similar to tag where there is a thief that needs to be caught.

El Karrabi is a game that maybe isn’t as recognisable. El Karrabi, or Fort and Water, is played by either boys or girls facing each other in two lines and while holding one foot behind them, they hop towards each other while trying to push their opponent over.

A lot of the games can include cultural traditions and expressions, traditional craftsmanship, performing arts, and social practices and rituals. These are what make the games unique to this region.


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