Marketwatch June – July 2018

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Al Khaliji launches first humanoid robots in Qatar

Al Khaliji Bank (al khaliji) P.Q.S.C. introduced and launched state-of-the-art humanoid robots for the very first time in the state of Qatar. The robots, nicknamed Jassim and Noor, have already adapted to the environment of the bank and begun interacting with both customers and employees on diverse subjects ranging from product and services to general knowledge and fun.

With this launch, the bank aims to sensitise the community on the rapid advances in smart banking capabilities around us. “The technology will complement Al Khaliji’s existing IT infrastructure and help our employees to add a unique experience for our customers,” said Rana Al Asaad, Head of Personal Banking, Al Khaliji. “This addition, we are sure, will only accelerate the need for the bank to bring in more innovative products and services for its customers in the coming days.”

Promoting sustainable food production

Since the Saudi Arabia-led blockade imposed on Qatar a year ago, a number of organisations have launched innovative food security programmes. Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), successfully established an ambitious programme for high school students designed to promote the value of food sustainability.

As part of the ongoing programme, students attended workshops at QBG and gathered knowledge from experts from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the private sector. Participants have also been given the opportunity to meet with local business people who work within the food industry, to learn about the challenges and obstacles that they face on a day-to-day basis.

In addition, QBG also houses a small-scale farm on-site at Education City, growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley and dill – enabling students to learn first-hand how to cultivate produce.

Qatar’s dynamic design duo

Young, up-and-coming and set to create an impact on modern women around the world, Qatari fashion brand, Maqdeem, celebrated the launch of their Resort Collection at La Boutique Blanche. The exclusive event welcomed VIPs, fashionistas and valued customers to meet the creative force behind the brand, sisters Maqdeem and Aisha Al Naama, and view their biggest collection to date.

Guests were introduced to the elegant, ready-to-wear Resort Collection, which features a wide range of timeless pieces that offer endless styling possibilities. From stylish co-ordinates such as wide leg trousers and chic blouses to maxi skirts, dresses and sophisticated tunics in a fresh summer palette, this contemporary collection can be dressed up and down for all occasions.

Perfect for warm weather climates, the pieces are lightweight and versatile and can be worn day or night, making them a must-have addition for your travel wardrobe.

Turkish Airlines announces passenger, cargo traffic results

Carrying on from where they left off last year, Turkish Airlines maintained its success with the same momentum in 2018.

According to the April 2018 Traffic Results, upon the double-digit passenger increases in the first quarter of the year, the total number of passengers carried went up by 6.4 million (15%). This passenger increase enabled the highest April load factor (83.2%) in Turkish Airlines’ history.

Excluding international-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers), the number of international passengers went up by 30%. This has been an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey.

Cargo/mail volume increased by 18% in April 2018, compared to April 2017. Main contributors to the growth in cargo/mail volume were North America with a 27% increase, the Middle East, Africa,  domestic lines, which saw a 26% increase, and Europe, which registered an increase of 19%.

Barwa Bank launches its corporate ATM

In line with its continuous efforts to provide innovative services to its corporate customers in Qatar, Barwa Bank launched its corporate ATM at its main branch recently.

Barwa Bank’s new Corporate ATM service, offering its corporate customers additional features that allow organisations to enhance the efficiency of their day-to-day business flow in the safest and most secure way possible, comes in line with the bank’s commitment to constantly enhance its customers’ banking experience.

On this occasion, Barwa Bank said in a statement: “In line with our commitment to providing innovative and convenient banking products and solutions for our esteemed corporate customers, we have launched our corporate ATM to ensure successful, fast and secure transactions, whilst reducing waiting time.”

The new corporate ATM provides several facilities, such as cash deposit and withdrawal services, cheque deposit services and full-size statement printing – a new feature allowing customers to print statements for up to six months.

Al Meera announces the opening of its 51st branch

As part of its expansion strategy, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (QSC) has opened a second branch in Azghawa.

The opening of the new shopping centre comes as the company aims to bring to life the 2030 vision for Qatar, by providing the highest quality products at competitive prices to the communities in which it operates, as well as keep pace with the urban and population boom which Qatar is witnessing.

The 3350 m2 new store has been equipped to serve residents in the area with fresh sections that Al Meera clients have become accustomed to; the sections include a butchery, fishery, bakery and a delicatessen.

Commenting on the occasion, Eng Salah Al Hammadi, Al Meera’s Deputy CEO, said: “The opening of Al Meera’s new branch brings our seamlessly integrated shopping experience to the residents of Azghawa, and demonstrates our unwavering commitment to meeting our customers’ expectations.”