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September, 2020

DUBAI CYBER INDEX LAUNCHED


Dubai launched the “Dubai Cyber Index” in July 2020. Developed by the Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC), this initiative aims to support the efforts of the Dubai Government to ensure the highest cybersecurity standards, thereby paving the way for a safe cyberspace. The first initiative of its kind in the world was launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai – Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
This initiative highlights Dubai leadership’s keenness to launch projects and initiatives that enhance the Emirate’s position as a global leader in innovation, safety, and security, intending to position it as an international role model for cybersecurity. It aims to create a strong foundation for a free, safe, and resilient online world for both individual users and organizations as well as keen on promoting healthy competition among government entities in the field of cybersecurity, encouraging excellence and in the process driving rapid technological progress and digital transformation.
Major General Talal Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Chairman of the Dubai Electronic Center, says, “Dubai continues to reinforce its leadership in the digital and cyber sector by consolidating the efforts of all government and private institutions and individuals to provide secure cyberspace. It also seeks to make Dubai the most electronically secure city in the world. The Index will measure the progress and readiness of the government entities to assess cyber risks and deter threats”.

Aim of the Index

The Dubai Cyber Security Strategy launched in 2017, ensures high security commensurate with the technological advancements and transformations and preparedness to deal with challenges and risks that crop up during such a massive transformation. “The Dubai Cyber Index will further raise the security and safety standards of Dubai’s electronic infrastructure. This is particularly important as the world we live in is characterized by a constantly evolving communication technology landscape and is increasingly dependent on advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. It is critical to creating a robust supportive framework to ensure the security and safety of information systems,” said Al Falasi.

The DESC monitors government entities to ensure compliance with its Information Security requirements and effective and secure communication networks and information systems, thus setting up the highest benchmark of cybersecurity in the Emirate. They are also well versed in supporting entities in setting up specialized security operation centers and utilizing advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies and Big Data analysis to anticipate potential cyber threats.


September, 2020

PROJECT- ROUTE 2020


A part of the leadership’s vision to promote the UAE’s sustainable development, “Route 2020 Project” is a part of Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) master plan to provide integrated multi-modal mass transit systems comprising metros, tram, buses, and marine transport.

Focused on building a globally benchmarked infrastructure and services, it aims to meet UAE’s aspirations themed “Towards the Next 50 Years”. Inaugurated by H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai by unveiling an artwork inspired by the phrase “I believe in God” written in Arabic and taken from His Highness poem “The Beginning of the Fifty”, the ceremony was attended by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council.

“The UAE has exceptional goals and ambitions. Today we are moving with confidence, determination, and a clear vision to attain the highest levels of excellence in various fields. Our objective is to provide people with everything that ensures their well-being, stability, and happiness and establishes a prosperous future for the coming generations. The world is entering a phase that brings unprecedented challenges that some may not be prepared to deal with. However, we have a strategy designed to tide over unforeseen challenges and create a positive future. Our nation is equipped with the plans, competencies, and expertise needed to navigate these challenging global circumstances. We can overcome all obstacles while sustaining our progress and generating new opportunities,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

The AED11 billion Route 2020 project links seven stations and is a 15 km extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line from Jebel Ali Station to Expo 2020 Station and is scheduled to open to the public in September this year.

The brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Metro, and Route 2020 reflects His Highness’ belief that the superior Metro infrastructure system serves as the backbone of transit systems connecting the key areas of Dubai.

Route 2020 has 46,000 riders per hour in both directions (23,000 riders per hour per direction). RTA’s studies expect the number of riders using Route 2020 to reach 125,000 per day in 2021, and 275,000 riders per day by 2030.

The Expo 2020 Station is expected to record about 35,000 Expo visitors during weekdays and increase to 47,000 during weekends. This number accounts for 29% of the total expected number of daily visitors of the Expo”, explained Al Tayer. The new project aims at creating a vital future link between several Dubai communities and serves as a symbol of sustainability, progress, and innovation for present and future generations.


September, 2020

UAE’S FIRST “E- DELIVERY ORDER” INTRODUCED BY DUBAI TRADE


The “Electronic Delivery Order” has been introduced by Dubai Trade, DP World’s single window platform for cross border trade. This sophisticated new technological tool will allow supply chain stakeholders to handle complex import processes with the click of a mouse.

Beneficial in COVID Times

The E-Delivery Order is tailored to support trade, logistics, and supply chain players from the pandemic’s operational disruptions. With the new highly digitized process in place, shipping agents, freight forwarders, and Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO’s) can avoid over the counter operations that require physical visits.

The company has successfully processed more than 17,000 transactions for 1400+ customers and aims to keep growing and adding to this number. Few of the global customers who have availed of Dubai Trade’s services include shipping agents Ocean Network Express, Peninsula Shipping, Hapag Lloyd Middle East, Gulf Agency Company (GAC), and top freight forwarders Globelink West Star Shipping Kuehne+Nagel and Freight Systems DWC. The E-Delivery Order promises and delivers a cost-effective, efficient, and time-saving mechanism on the Dubai Trade Portal to users from the safety of their homes.

Mohammed Al Muallem, the CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said, “Adapting to new technological innovations in the trade and logistics industry has become imperative in these days of global uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dubai Trade’s “E-Delivery Order” minimizes cargo clearance turnaround time, increases competitiveness, eliminates paperwork, creates greater visibility in cargo flow, thus liberating the UAE’s trading community from the inefficiencies of manual intervention and related costs.

Hussain Alblooshi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Trade, added, “We have always been pro-active when it comes to innovation for companies using the Dubai Trade e-platform and aim to provide unparalleled trade solutions in the UAE. We are proud to introduce a country-first Electronic Delivery Order in the UAE’s trade ecosystem. This automation will make the existing manual process redundant and reduce the operational costs while helping the company adopt sustainable delivery processes. Our customers will be happy to know that the new system eliminates 80% of paperwork and physical visits and cuts turnaround time by a similar count. Additionally, customers will experience seamless automated payment collections and reconciliations, lower overhead costs, and costs related to operating counters.”

Throughout history, Dubai Trade has been known for its best-in-class e-services and its ability to integrate various trade and logistics service providers in Dubai under a single window. Indeed the “E-Delivery Order” marks a step forward in digitizing the management of logistics to increase the resilience of the trade and logistics sector, which has been classified as an essential service by the UAE government.


March, 2020

CSS TO IMPLEMENT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AS A SOLUTION BY ETISALAT


CSS’s top management team met with Etisalat for the initial discussions to implement the Etisalat Video Surveillance as a Solution (VSAAS) along with a Smart Messaging Platform. Etisalat Video Surveillance as a Solution provides business enterprises with value-added services that address their security and regulatory compliance requirements.

Enabled by the state-of-the-art onsite video surveillance technology that will be deployed at CSS, Etisalat can proactively use, manage, troubleshoot, and support this solution. Hamad Mohammed Al Marzooqi, VP of Etisalat Managed SMB, Khalid M Yateem, Director of Etisalat Managed SMB and Jithesh Vijakumar, Sales Manager, Etisalat attended the meeting, along with the CSS team, which included Chandrakala, Krishna Kaladharan, Susanth Shekar, Pothen Thomas, and Arun Snehajan. A visit to the Innovation Center has also been scheduled for the near future.

The first-of-its-kind video surveillance solution in the UAE, this one-stop solution, is for all our video surveillance needs. From end-to-end managed services, security surveillance with analytics, web and mobile access, business intelligence and upgradable cloud storage, other features include end to end managed services, heat maps, people counting, a security system, and a queuing management solution.

Enabling this solution at the CSS office premises will help us manage our business more efficiently while increasing our business productivity. This partnership resounds with Etisalat’s tagline, which says, ‘Your business grows with us.’ Enabling this solution will increase the safety and security of our premises, resources, and assets and allow us to optimize our operations.


March, 2020

DUBAI LAUNCHES WORLD LOGISTICS PASSPORT AS PART OF THE DUBAI SILK ROAD STRATEGY


Dubai has launched the World Logistics Passport as part of the implementation of the first phase of the Dubai Silk Road strategy. To boost the role of the Dubai Silk Road strategy, it seeks to enhance the demand for Dubai’s products and services and integrated transportation systems. It also gives further impetus to the growing role played by Dubai Customs in regional and international trade.

Offering a set of special operational and financial advantages, the World Logistics Passport will connect key government bodies with logistics service providers. It can prove to be advantageous for businesses and shipping companies by facilitating commercial transactions with government entities like Dubai Customs and Dubai Trade.

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has emphasized that the Dubai Silk Road strategy will spur economic growth which will further strengthen Dubai’s position as a global economic and business hub, powered by its exceptional connectivity and logistics services. The Dubai Silk Road strategy also offers state-of-the-art logistics services using the latest smart applications.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, reiterated, “Dubai’s sophisticated logistics services will further enhance its value offering for investors and businesses by saving time and effort and reducing their operational costs. This is a powerful tool that will eventually lead to increased revenues. We are keen to offer investors and businesses new advantages in conducting global trade.”


January, 2020

DUBAI EXPO 2020: “CONNECTING MINDS, CREATING THE FUTURE


An Expo is a world fair or an extravagant international exhibition designed to showcase achievements of nations. The word Expo was derived from the French word “Exposition Universelle” which means Universal Exposition. There are two types of Expos that are conducted in different parts of the world; one being World Expo (formally known as International Registered Exhibitions) and other being Specialized Expo (formally known as International Recognised Exhibitions). Since the 1928 Convention Relating to International Exhibitions came into force, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has served as an international sanctioning body for international exhibitions. As per the norms, a bidding process began in 2011 between four different Countries and Dubai was declared the winner. This triumph and jubilation led to the massive event called Dubai Expo 2020.

Theme of Expo 2020:
Expo 2020, is the First World Expo that is being conducted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region;
1. starting from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. The event which is hosted in the heart of Dubai shall welcome 200 international countries and about 25 million or more visitors. It will be one big step towards efficient development.
2. The Expo will be held in the name of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’ The goal is to connect people and innovative ideas, leading the people of the world towards a better tomorrow.
3. Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability shall be the core themes of the Expo and it will connect nations, multinational corporations, non-government organisations and millions of visitors from all over the world, providing an opportunity to see future innovations, marvel at unique architecture, experience diverse cultures, taste cuisines from all over the world, and enjoy live performances, art and other entertainment.

Initiatives in the Expo 2020:
1. Al Wasl Plaza is one of the biggest initiatives taken in the Expo and it is said to bring together a physical manifestation of the main theme of the Expo; it is the site where the event will be conducted and each participating country will have its own pavilion to showcase their achievements and innovations.

2. World Majlis is a dialogue programme aimed at facilitating global conversation and creating connection between people and ideas. It brings together various government, professional, academics and cultural backgrounds in a meetings space where people will share informed opinions to help shape decision for communities.

3. Expo Live is an innovation and partnership programme launched by Expo 2020 to promote creative solutions that improve
lives while preserving the planet. Expo Live will support to demonstrate the power of a World expo in bringing a progressive and a prosperous future.

4. Global Best Practice Programme is a series of best practices from around the world have been selected to be showcased in the event. A total of 25 Best practices in five different categories have been selected by an international jury that can be replicated, adapted and scaled for a greater global impact.

Interesting facts on the Expo 2020

  1. Expo 2020 Dubai will have a dedicated metro station capable of carrying 23,000 passengers per hour in each direction.
    Dubai’s metro system is driverless.
  2. The Expo site is 4.38sq km in size, or 613.5 football pitches if you prefer.
  3. There will be a ‘Superstore of the Future’ on site which will be 3,000sqm in size.
  4. 25 million visitors are expected to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, Australia’s population is a similar number.
  5. Expo is expected to create almost 300,000 jobs. The majority in the tourism sector.
  6. 90% of the materials used to construct the site will be used to create legacy buildings after the event.
  7. Uber has signed an agreement with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority to test flying cars during the event.
  8. The Expo 2020 Dubai logo was inspired by a ring found in the UAE at 4000-year-old archaeological site.

 

EXPO 2020: A massive phenomenon for the Country and the people
Each new beginning, every new initiative, any new product brings a lot of changes and development in the society and and the Expo is no different, it also aims in bringing the best for the people and the residents of UAE.

  1. According to Expo 2020 Executive Body, Dubai’s Expo 2020 is expected to yield $24.2 billion in revenue;
  2. Expo 2020 will provide 277,000 new job opportunities and will have a positive impact on small and medium enterprises
    (SMEs);
  3. It is predicted to boost the economy of the Emirates by an average of 6.4 percent every year from 2014 to 2016 – ultimately increasing to 10.5 percent by 2020;
  4. The UAE government has predicted that revenues of up to $17.7 billion will be generated if the Expo is a success, which organizers feel is certain;
  5. Some analysts have predicted that by 2020, the UAE could garner as much as $150 billion in foreign direct investment in sectors such as real estate, hospitality, and tourism;
  6. The Expo 2020 is expecting 25 million visitors, 17 million of which will be international, this naturally will give a big thrust to the tourism and hospitality industries;
  7. For the Expo, Dubai is constructing a massive new city over an area of 1,082-acre. This project itself has generated 15% of the city’s new jobs. The figure is expected to double as the city gets closer to 2020.

 

Conclusion:
Thus Expo 2020 Dubai will be a celebration of human brilliance and achievement and an opportunity for people to connect from different corners of the world, to experience the best of art, culture, geography, science, technology, innovation and invention and to set into motion millions of new thoughts and ideas that will make a lasting impact in our lives.

Throughout its history, UAE has shown the world what is possible through its remarkable development. With Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai will go a step further in inspiring the next generation to spark innovations that will underline the next 50 years of human progress.


November, 2019

CSS HOSPITALITY & HOTEL LOGISTICS ACHIEVES ANOTHER MILESTONE WITH THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF JA LAKE VIEW HOTEL IN DUBAI


The 348-room, 5-star property was set up by CSS in a record time of 4 months across 13,500 FF&E items!

JA Lakeview opened its doors on September 22nd, becoming the third property in the 128-acre resort complex in Jebal Ali, Dubai. The hotel which includes 348 guest rooms, three swimming pools, new restaurants and a rooftop bar was completely set up by the CSS Hospitality & Hotel Logistics division of CSS Group.

This is one of the most recent hotel projects which was handed over successfully in 2019 by CSS Hospitality & Hotel Logistics that has a growing portfolio of hospitality clients in the region as well as international markets.

Rosh Manoli, General Manager – Sales & Marketing of CSS Group said, “We are very happy with the results that we were able to achieve for JA Lake View which included the delivery of furniture from our warehouse to the site and installation of artwork. What sets us apart from our competition is that we have our own integrated team from the point of managing the freight transportation across all suppliers, to warehousing, placement and installation services. This allows our clients to have clear visibility of the entire operations and helps us provide a consolidated solution for our customers.”

“The Operator and us from the owner’s team are extremely pleased with the effort, team spirit and your commitment to complete such a project in record time of 4 months. Considering the 13,500 items CSS has received, catalogued, unpacked and placed without major incident is truly a testament to your professionalism and organization”.
Steve Hall
Project Manager – Dutco Group


January, 2019

Unique Joint Venture Between DP World and SMS Group to Revolutionise Global Port Logistics


DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO RADICALLY IMPROVE OPERATIONS

World’s first high bay container storing system to be ready for 2020 World Expo in Dubai

Dubai, UAE/Dusseldorf, Germany, 17 December 2018: An international joint-venture formed by global trade enabler DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS group will revolutionize the way that containers are handled in ports. A new and intelligent storing system will be applied for the first time ever at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.

The High Bay Storage system was originally developed by SMS group subsidiary AMOVA for round the clock handling of metal coils that weigh as much as 50 tons each in racks as high as 50 metres. AMOVA is the first company to transfer this proven technology to the port industry.

Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack compartment. Containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, creating 200 percent more capacity than a conventional container terminal, or creating the same capacity in less than a third of the space.

Thanks to the rack’s design each container can be accessed without having to move another one, enabling 100 percent utilization in a terminal yard. The system brings big gains in speed, energy efficiency, better safety and a major reduction in costs. Costs are further cut by the ability to shorten the time taken to load and unload mega-ships by as much as 30 percent.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said: “DP World’s experience and expertise in moving cargo coupled with the technology of AMOVA will ensure the system is remarkably efficient and relevant for present and future operations. As a world first in our industry we are tremendously excited by its potential and groundbreaking features. Our engagement in new technologies is a major priority and we have become known for seeking ways that transform the way goods are moved across the world. Innovation is part of our DNA and at the heart of our success.”

Burkhard Dahmen, CEO of SMS Group, said: “Our subsidiary AMOVA has optimized this technology in industrial applications for the metals industry over several decades. The application for container terminals is a direct result of our “New Horizon” strategy, in which SMS transfers technology from the metallurgical sector to other industries.”

Dr. Mathias Dobner, CEO of the joint venture, said: “This new container handling technology allows cities to use their expensive and sensitive land and waterfront areas more effectively. Our system will significantly increase the productivity of handling ships on the quay. This means that quay walls can be shortened by a third. This disruptive innovation will greatly improve the financial performance of container ports, and well as their overall appearance.”


January, 2018

CSS DUBAI HOSTS WEEK LONG SEASON’S GREETINGS SPECIAL


THE FIVE-DAY EVENT TOOK PLACE AT THE CSS GROUP JAFZA OFFICE FROM THE 17TH TO THE 21ST OF DECEMBER, 2017
21st December, 2017: The CSS Group’s office in JAFZA, Jebel Ali, UAE held a week full of short games every morning, getting our valuable resources an alternative start to their day. The CSS Group is big on getting their employees and members of staff involved in interacting more with each other, thus improving team work within the organization.
The week started off with Untangling Christmas Lights in under two minutes on the 17th of December, 2017 – winner being Sami Liju from CSS HQ.

The CSS Group proceeded to play a Christmas-themed Jenga, with the winner being Anjali Krishnan from CSLC 1, on the 18th of December, 2017. Rules of Engagements – from anywhere between confessions, singing Christmas songs until the next person’s turn and more! Guess the Object was played on the 19th of December, 2017 with players being blindfolded. The winner of this game being Fazeena Mohammed from CSS HQ.

An epic game of Holiday Greetings Pictionary – with four teams of 3 – was held the next day, winners being Jackie Leano, Archa Bitto and Fathima Sidhique from CSLC 1. The week-long game ender on the 21st of December, had ‘Pick Christmas Ornaments with Chopsticks’, winner being our very own Sabu from the CSS Group Support Staff in CSLC 1.
The CSS Group’s Marketing division hosting these games, as well as the amazing Happy Holidays Committee, was incredibly proud of the turn-out and hopes next year will be as equally exciting!



More on the 21st of December, 2017:
The CSS Group held their Annual Christmas High Tea with members of the CFS team later that day. Cakes and decorations adorned the CFS warehouse at JAFZA, Jebel Ali with the Chairman, T.S. Kaladharan giving a brief speech, followed by distribution of amazing Holiday Greeting’s edibles.


November, 2017

CSS HOSPITALITY & HOTEL LOGISTICS – FOR COMPLEX NEEDS AND CHALLENGES



The Group’s Hospitality & Hotel Logistics division provides tailor-made logistics services to local and international luxury industries. CSS’s Hospitality & Hotel Logistics specializes in the management and implementation of Hotel Logistics solutions.
Armed with an aggressive wealth of experience in delivering, transportation, warehousing and installation solutions for International Luxury Hotels, the division offers turnkey solutions for large-scale construction projects and efficient, comprehensive maintenance and supply concepts logistics solutions for developers, hotel operators, FF&E and OS&E suppliers, and international agents for procurement.

The CSS Group’s extensive Supply Chain Management facilities include storage provisions throughout the Middle-East, state-of-the-art lifting and loading equipment and a fleet of vehicles for land transportation. Cargo is secure and monitored round the clock.
“A comprehensive and innovative approach is required when it comes to this unique division of Hospitality & Hotel logistics. We have system procedures to ensure fool proof execution, from shipping to warehousing to installation – as per a client’s planned room layout – conforming to all standards required for the job,” mentioned Rosh Manoli, Deputy General Manager, Sales & Marketing CSS Dubai.

The CSS Group’s decades of experience and diversified services, ranging from Ocean freight management to heavy equipment logistics to relocation and removals, has strengthened its resolve in becoming a global leader in the shipping and logistics industry.

“The CSS Hospitality & Hotel Logistics team provides customized solutions, keeps up with real time communication and displays global standards.” continued Rosh.
The CSS Hospitality & Hotel Logistics team is fully equipped to meet any demand from the industry, be it pre-opening or project execution phases


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