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* DHL launches express services in region

As part of DHL Middle East’s strategy for 2006, a new product portfolio, DHL Express Services, offering more choice and control, has been launched in five countries across the region on January 1, 2006.

Following on from the global launch of DHL’s Time and Day Definite products that took place in Bahrain during January 2005, DHL has launched the range of products for consumers in the Middle East in a two-phase approach. DHL Express Services is now available in Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, and Yemen, to be followed on February 1 with launches in KSA, UAE, Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria and Iran. Speaking at the launch, Phil Couchman, DHL Middle East managing director, said: “The innovation of our range of products means that our customers will have more choice and ultimately more control of their shipment needs. We recognise that every business runs to different deadlines and has different needs; that is why our new product portfolio is based on a logical system of time definite and day definite choices. In simple terms the choice of delivery time, and price, rests with our customers.” DHL provided the new portfolio due to an increasing need of customers to have more choice of transit times; from a pre-9am or pre-noon delivery service and next day express, to second day delivery and express freight for heavyweight shipments.

* Stock dealings at MobileCom

Wireless carrier MobileCom, member of the Jordan Telecom Group, announced on Monday the launch of Mobile Stock Exchange service, which gives customers access through their handsets to view the latest dealings at Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) market. “Launching this service is in sequence with the ever growing needs of our customers. This service is fast and effective as it provides business people with the convenience of acquiring the recent information on stock price fluctuations at ASE through the use of their mobile phones, anytime anywhere, and provide comprehensive information about the ASE market,” said Mickael Ghossein, CEO of MobileCom. The service is available to all subscribers, whether prepaid or postpaid customers. Customers can subscribe to the service by downloading a Java application. The requested download can be done either via SMS or the company’s Yalla portal, which can be accessed using WAP service. The new Yalla also offers MobileCom customers with user-rich content and information including local and international news, weather, horoscopes, a guide to various services such as hotels and banks throughout the Kingdom as well as entertainment.

* Kia’s Rio takes on new shape and form

KIA Motors, Jordan announced the arrival of the “Rio” with its all-new sporty and distinctive look, offering customers more space and power, higher performance, better handling, a smoother ride as well as enhanced fuel economy. “The Rio caters for a younger generation with a dynamic lifestyle all embodied in the KIA identity of being exciting and enabling,” said General Manager of KIA Jordan, Nihad Zacharia. Created by KIA design teams for consumers with a passion for life, the new Rio’s dynamic, youthful, aggressive, sporty and bold appearance has been styled to attract the modern consumer who is always conscious of image. The new Rio offers customers benefits in five core areas: Styling, comfort, performance, refinement and convenience. “We welcome you to our showrooms to experience the all new Rio,” said Zacharia. “We’re expecting the car to be a big hit.”


Close on the heels of winning a series of awards for its innovative products and services at Skytrax, World Travel Market, Arabian Business Awards 2005 and the PAX international Readership Awards, Gulf Air has just received another international award for its brand repositioning. In a global poll, Gulf Air was voted winner of the “Best Client Business Transformation” category, by Landor Associates—an organization providing a complete range of brand consulting and creative design services. The award was given to Gulf Air for demonstrating successful brand-led business transformation and was chosen against competition from extremely strong candidates such as BP, P&G and Fuji Xerox. Landor Creative Director Jon Brash presented the award to Gulf Air President and Chief Executive James Hogan. “We are particularly proud of this award as it honors the best of the best clients from what is widely regarded as the leading brand agency in the world,” said Gulf Air Head of Marketing Shane O’Hare. “The brand has played a significant role in the perception and thus successful turnaround of the Gulf Air business,” O’Hare added.

* Ford awards $12,000 to local environmental projects

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has won a $7,000 grant to help reintroduce gazelles in Jordan’s Ajloun Reserve. Also from Jordan, Hussein Tbeishat has won $5,000 to promote environmental education through theatre. The Grants awarded were part of the 2005 Ford Motor Company’s Conservation & Environmental Grants for the GCC and Levant countries. “Gazelles generally play an important role in the development, maintenance and biodiversity of the environment. Besides being an important food source for large predators, they help create and maintain the grasslands they depend on; preserving them therefore is crucial,” said RSCN’s Nasser Abbassi. Hussein Tbeishat will set up a permanent theater to help Jordanians about environmental issues such as recycling in a fun and interesting manner. This will be the first theater in the Arab world dedicated to spreading environmental awareness.

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