DQG invites submissions for UAE Innovation Award

Fatma Buti Al-Mheiri, chair of UAE Innovation Chapter
Updated 03 October 2019

DQG invites submissions for UAE Innovation Award

Dubai Quality Group (DQG), in association with Team Power International, is accepting submissions from local government entities, NGOs, and private sector companies in the UAE for the third cycle of the UAE Innovation Award.

Launched in 2016, the award, which strongly supports the UAE National Innovation Strategy, is one of the latest initiatives under DQG, a nonprofit organization set up by Dubai Economy in 1994 to promote excellence and innovation in the region.

The award has now widened participation to include applications from revenue-generating local government entities, in addition to private sector companies and NGOs.

Top performing organizations will be announced and appreciated at an awarding ceremony in February 2020, coinciding with UAE Innovation Month.

Submissions to the award will close on Nov. 14, and organizations interested in applying this year are invited to attend a complimentary awareness session on Oct. 17.

Hassan Omar, chairman of DQG, said: “The UAE Innovation Award is the latest strategic initiatives of DQG, and we are pleased to announce the third cycle of the award under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.”

Fatma Buti Al-Mheiri, chair of UAE Innovation Chapter, said: “The UAE Innovation Award this year has opened submissions to revenue-generating local government entities and NGOs, in addition to private sector companies, thus spreading the benefits of the award on a wider scale. The award framework and criteria have been designed based on world-class innovation concepts and best practices and will be an excellent tool for companies to assess and raise their innovation level. By spreading innovation culture, we are pleased that the UAE Innovation Award will significantly contribute to the achievement of the national innovation strategy aimed at making the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world.”


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.