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DIC to organise contest for tech developers.

The competition reflects DIC's efforts in driving Dubai leadership's innovation strategy forward by empowering entrepreneurs and inspiring creative ideas.

In line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Internet City (DIC), the Mena region's largest ICT cluster, has announced that it will organise the first round of its tech developer competition, 'Decode Dubai', on January 24, 2015.

The competition reflects DIC's efforts in driving Dubai leadership's innovation strategy forward by empowering entrepreneurs and inspiring creative ideas.

Decode Dubai will bring together more than 80 tech entrepreneurs and developers who will compete in groups to solve problems and provide solutions by building mobile and web apps around the theme of 'improving the lives of Dubai residents through public services'.

The judging panel will evaluate the apps and decide upon a winning team, who will be awarded a cash prize of Dh20,000. There will also be cash prizes for the runners-up, and the three winning teams will be supported and mentored by the in5 innovation centre. The winner and runners-up will be announced on January 25, 2015.

The competition will engage the community and strengthen the skills of developers, tap into new ideas, and explore ways these ideas can be taken further. Decode Dubai will provide opportunities to strengthen the entrepreneurial and technology landscape in Dubai and across the region, and give developers the opportunity to develop something new, bringing about strong ideas and creativity.

Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, said: "Innovation and entrepreneurship play a fundamental role in achieving growth across different business sectors in the UAE, and 'Decode Dubai' falls within the framework of our commitment to promote and support the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his new innovation strategy. The event is a reiteration of the importance of the new innovation initiatives for the tech ecosystem, and the competition will ignite ideas, nurture talent, and develop new products.

"Today, we have over 70 companies in our in5 innovation centre, with more than 500 applicants and ideas. Decode Dubai will bring together developers to pioneer innovative solutions, and this will support our continued efforts to facilitate innovation and empower entrepreneurs going forward."


Al Hilal Bank launches card for women

Al Hilal Bank has announced the release of its new 'Laha' credit card, a first-of-its-kind card that is specially designed for female customers in the UAE. The 'Laha Al Hilal Card' has a built-in applet that can absorb the scent of any perfume.

It comes with several exclusive benefits, rewards and privileges such as murabaha profit-free purchases, platinum dining offers, complimentary airport lounge access and discounts from women-oriented brands.

According to the company's senior executives, the Laha Al Hilal Card was developed for young, ambitious and empowered women who desire elegant products that differentiate them from the rest. To commemorate the release of this product, Al Hilal Bank has partnered with Hind Al Oud -- Arabic Perfume to create a special scent that will be called 'Laha Al Hilal Perfume' which will come along with the Laha Al Hilal Card package in a special box.

Mohammed Zaqout, executive vice president, head of personal banking group, Al Hilal Bank, said: "Al Hilal Bank develops products and services that make our customers stand out and showcase their potential as individuals and as citizens. Our Laha Al Hilal Card celebrates the beauty, strength, vision, passion and character of women and encourages them to dream big and achieve even bigger. We want the holders of this unique card to be proud of being a woman and exploring possibilities together with Al Hilal Bank."


Etisalat introduces tablet data bundles

Etisalat on Saturday announced the UAE launch of the 4G-enabled Nexus 9 LTE by Google, the world's first Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet, available to customers on post-paid and prepaid plans. It has a 8.9-inch screen, with 8 mega-pixel main camera and 1.6MP front facing, and is powered by a 64-bit processor and BoomSound speakers.

The device will be available across all etisalat business centres and key retail outlets in the UAE.

In response to the evolving tablet usage for data-specific needs, etisalat has launched affordable tablet post-paid data bundles that offer customers flexible purchase options on a 12-month and 24-month contract basis. For Dh200 per month, post-paid customers can buy a Nexus 9 tablet with a minimum 1GB data allowance. Customers can choose to upgrade their data plan with extra Dh100 or Dh200 per month for 5GB or 10GB respectively.

Prepaid customers can get a contract-free tablet-data bundle on an upfront payment basis with 1GB free data for the first month and Dh99 per month thereafter.

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Date:Jan 17, 2015
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