AstraZeneca Gulf launches LeadAir in Kuwait

A first-of-its-kind initiative in respiratory space
AstraZeneca Gulf launches LeadAir in Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: AstraZeneca
Gulf announced the launch of its new
and innovative respiratory initiative,
LeadAir at a press conference held in
Radisson Blu Kuwait. LeadAir comprises of many physician and patient centric
initiatives including medical workshops
with the Royal College UK, the National
Respiratory Day and the upcoming Aconnect program which provides a
smartphone application (AsthmaMD),
patient education and peak flow meters
to Asthma patients.
The meeting was led by Professor
Adnan Abul, Head of Kuwait Thoracic
Society and Dr Sana Al Mutairi, Consultant
Pulmonologist and Head of Pulmonology
Department at Al Amiri Hospital who
focused on the importance of developing
new and innovative ways to better serve
patients. AstraZeneca was represented by
Moustafa Abdelhady, Country Manager
(Kuwait). The meeting covered current
efforts focused on improving Asthma and
COPD control at large.
Asthma affects approximately 300
million people globally of which only
40%-50% are compliant to their medication. The chronic nature of the disease
and gaps in compliance and diagnosis
result in extensive socioeconomic loss.
According to the Cost of Asthma in
Kuwait study, the prevalence of asthma
in Kuwait was estimated to be 15% of
adults and 18% of children. Asthma, also
causes tangible changes to lifestyle and
As part of the LeadAir initiative, the
A photo from the event
National Respiratory Day was held on Oct
25, 2014. Professor Adnan Abul and Dr
Sana Al Mutairi were chairpersons at this
event with the goal of bringing the global
experience to the local practice. There were
two international speakers, Professor Peter
Calverley from the UK and Professor
Qutaiba Hamid from Canada. Professor
Calverly is a Professor of Respiratory
Medicine at the University of Liverpool.
He provided a review of COPD updates
and gave another lecture titled “The Future
of Asthma Medications”. Professor Qutaiba
is a Professor of Medicine at McGill
University and the Director of the Montreal
Chest Institute. He spoke about the management of severe asthma and special
A large number of asthma patients begin
their treatment journey in the primary
healthcare centers. The medical workshops
bring continuous medical education from
the Royal College UK to GPs enabling
them to better diagnose and treat these
patients. This program will be locally and
internationally accredited and will begin in
November 2014.
Moustafa Abdelhady said: “LeadAir is
an initiative being developed by the respiratory unit of AstraZeneca Gulf to improve
the management of Asthma and COPD in
the region. We will do this by providing
scientific, clinical and lifestyle solutions to
patients and their HCPs. Our objective is to
drive regional leadership in Asthma &
COPD management now and in future
through long term partnerships with local
authorities and society at large.”
Landmark Group initiative garners massive support
Over 8,000 join Beat Diabetes Walkathon
A photo from the event.
Exceptional privileges
KFH launches Visa Infinite
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: Kuwait Finance
House (KFH) launched a new debit card
called Visa Infinite for ‘Priority’ private banking clients. The card offers a range of exceptional and exclusive privileges aimed at meeting the needs of VIP clients.
Private Banking General Manager
Matthew Welch stated that the new card was
designed specifically for ‘Priority’ clients.
Each client is allocated a dedicated relationship manager, who coordinates issuance of
the new card, while also acting as the client’s
personal banker for all other KFH services.
Welch explained that the card provides
clients with a wide range of attractive
lifestyle privileges and support services.
These include access to airport lounges in
more than 500 airports lounges around the
world; special offers and priority booking at
a wide variety of fine dining restaurants; a 24
hour international concierge service to assist
with reservations; ticket booking; car rental,
taxis, etc, plus much more.
In addition, clients benefit from comprehensive emergency support services, which
include multiple-trip travel insurance with
24 hour international support; referral to
medical and legal experts who speak the
client’s language; automatic warranty
extension (up to 24 months) for purchased
products, plus coverage for damage up to
$5,000 per item.
Welch went on to say that the card is
offered free to clients who meet KFH’s criteria for ‘Priority’ private banking and is
initially valid for five years, with automatic renewal thereafter.
Welch concluded by saying that KFH will
continue in its mission to bring world-class
banking and investment services to its clients,
thereby also attracting new clients through
continuous innovation.
Meanwhile, Ihab Ayoub, Visa General
Manager for Middle East and North Africa,
said: “As a leader in premium financial products, Visa is delighted to partner with KFH to
launch the Visa Infinite debit card for the
bank’s priority clients in Kuwait”. He added:
“We congratulate KFH on the launch of Visa
Infinite, and we look forward to working
closely with them to introduce more innovative products for cardholders in the future.”
‘She has right qualifications, experience’
Zain appoints Mrs Al Roudhan
Group Chief Regulatory Officer
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: Zain Group,
the leading telecom innovator across
the Middle East and Africa announces
the appointment of Mrs Eaman Al
Roudhan as Chief Regulatory Officer
of Zain Group effective Nov 1, 2014.
This follows the departure of Saud Al
Zaid who was appointed a board member of the newly formed Kuwait
Telecom Regulatory Authority.
A result focused telecommunications executive, she brings to the role
20 years of experience of which 17
years in telecom executive management and leadership of different business units within Zain Kuwait as well
as several Zain Group affiliates.
She began her telecom experience
having joined Zain Kuwait in 1998, and
together with a small team launched the
first mobile prepaid service in Kuwait,
which went on to dominate the country’s
prepaid mobile customer base. As Zain
expanded across the region, Al
Roudhan’s responsibilities also grew
from 2003 onwards as she was an activeparticipant in the start-up teams in several Zain operations across the Middle
East, namely Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon,
and Saudi Arabia.
In parallel Al Roudhan continued to
play a key role in the transformation of
Zain Group, building operational
teams and establishing solid foundations for business units across all
major telecommunications sectors
including Intelligent Networks, product & service development, strategy
and business planning, roaming,
wholesale and carrier relations, as well
as regulatory affairs. Throughout this
period she orchestrated numerous
strategic alliances with international
and regional operators.
Commenting on the appointment,
Scott Gegenheimer, Zain Group CEO
said, “With the ever increasing importance of telecom regulation in the
Middle East and Africa, Mrs Al
Roudhan has the right qualifications and
industry experience to capitalize upon
Saud Al Zaid’s outstanding work to date
and support all Zain operations in their
exacting dealings with regulators across
the region. It is a particular pleasure to
promote a Zain
home-grown talent to a senior
position, fulfilling our human
resources policy
of capitalizing on
and promoting
our talented leaders from within.”
Al Roudhan
Saud Al Zaid on his appointment as a
board member of the newly formed
Authority, “confident he will play a
constructive role in the enhancement
of the sector in Kuwait and beyond.”
On Mrs Al Roudhan’s part, she said, “I
am honored to have been promoted to
this position, and I appreciate the confidence that has been placed in me by the
Zain Group Board and senior management. Zain is at a fundamental place in its
development as it balances traditional
businesses and operations, with new and
innovative markets and business models,
and it is crucial we act quickly and decisively with all industry stakeholders in
order to maintain our advantage.”
Mrs Al Roudhan is a member of a
number of international standards and
regulatory affairs bodies such as the
GSMA Arab World regional interest
group and the GSMA Chief Regulatory
Officer Group (CROG). She holds a BSc
in Electronics and Telecommunications
Engineering from Kuwait University and
has attended programs at Tokyo Institute
of Technology (TIT), and executive programs at Harvard Business School.
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: A good stretch
of the Gulf Road was dressed in blue
early Saturday morning, as over 8000
thousand people joined the fifth annual
“Beat Diabetes Walkathon”, organized
by the retail and hospitality conglomerate, Landmark Group. The event, which
was held under the patronage of the
Ministry of Health and Dasman Diabetes
Institute, marked a very successful completion for the fifth year in a row.
The Beat Diabetes walkathon marks
the culmination of a year-long timeline
of diabetes awareness drives and activities led by the Landmark Group. Saibal
Basu, Chief Operating Officer,
Landmark Group Kuwait joined the supporters in the 3.1 kms walk, reiterating
the organisation’s support to the cause.
Saibal Basu, Chief Operating Officer,
Landmark Group, said: “the Beat
Diabetes initiative has touched the lives
of millions of people across seven
nations since it was launched five years.
We have been witnessing its growing
popularity year after year and today it
has become an annual event anticipated
by thousands of people who are keen on
fighting diabetes and contributing in
spreading diabetes awareness within the
public. I would like to extend our appreciation and thank every person who
joined us at the walk to spread the message and support the campaign”.
Dr Kazem Behbehani (OBE), DirectorGeneral of Dasman Diabetes Institute, stated: “Dasman Diabetes Institute does not
hesitate to promote and shed light on the
awareness of Diabetes and general health
amongst the public. The involvement of the
Institute in the ‘Beat Diabetes Walkathon’
stems from our mission to improve the
lifestyle of the population of Kuwait.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle, which
includes regular exercise and physical
activity such as the walkathon, is essential
in living well with Diabetes.”
Qualified trainers from the Fitness
First led a mass warm-up session prior
to the walk. Upbeat music added a fun
element to the morning activity.
Participants were also provided with
complimentary t-shirts & caps in blue,
the colour that symbolises the cause universally, and a healthy breakfast.
The Group would like to thank our CoSponsor “Al Ahli United Bank”, Support
Sponsors: “ Mais Al Ghanim, Al Ghanim/
Xerox, Abraaj , Safwan Trading, Fitness
First & Isosstar. Media Sponsors: “Al Rai,
Al Jarida, Al Anba, Arab Times , Al
Seyassah , Al Qabas, Kuwait Times, The
Times, Sarab, Al Hadaf, Watch Styles ,
Business Islamica, Ahlan, The Talk,
Executive Women, Al Yaqza, Bazaar,
Layalina, Samra, Avenues, Lana, Student
Talk, City Pages. Bikers Association: “
Kuwait Riders & Kuwait Dragon Riders,
Phoenician riders & 789 Bikers in Kuwait
Encounter” for their support in spreading
Landmark Group encourages people
to regularly monitor their blood glucose
levels to ensure early detection and better management of diabetes. Through its
on-going campaigns such as ‘Beat
Diabetes, the Group actively seeks
opportunities to raise awareness about
the condition.
The Group’s on-going efforts towards
spreading awareness about diabetes have
reached several thousand residents of
Kuwait. In 2013, more than 6000 residents took part in the Kuwait edition of
the Beat Diabetes walkathon at the Yacht
Club and the Group successfully conducted free blood glucose tests for over
Three thousand people across Kuwait,
during the month of November.
Since its launch of the Beat Diabetes
campaign in the UAE in 2009, the initiative has grown in reach and participation. It
currently has a presence across seven countries, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia and India.
A picture from the event.
Bid to enhance after sales service staff skills
Nissan Al-Babtain invests in technical trainings
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: Abdulmohsen
Abdulaziz Al-Babtain Co WLL, the
sole distributors of Nissan vehicles in
Kuwait, has nominated its staff for various technical trainings overseas to
enhance their competence and ultimately fulfill customer expectations. Al
Babtain group places great emphasis on
the development of its staff to meet the
growing customer expectations.
Saleh Al Babtain, CEO of Al Babtain
group emphasized “Nissan is the flagship brand upon which the success of
Al Babtain has been forged through
every aspect of our daily operations.
The after-sales team provide a vital
interface with our customers and play a
key role for the organization in delivering on our promise of quality. This is an
area we have invested heavily and will
continue to invest in terms of our people and infrastructure. “Manu
Narayanan Puthanthara, from Ahmadi
Body Repairs Service Centre underwent
“Dent & Body Repair — Train the
Trainer Course, in the month of
October 2014 at Nissan Customer
Service Center (Hakkei), Nissan Motor
Limited, Japan.
The course covered the latest techniques of body repairs including various aspects of Dent Repair Safety and
Making of Dent Tools.
Syed Alimuddin Nizamuddin, from
AL RAI Body Repairs Service Centre
underwent “Paint Repairs — Train the
Trainer Course” in the month of
October 2014 at Nissan Customer
Service Center (Yokohama-city), Nissan
Motor Limited, Japan.
Paint TTT Course covered the modern paint techniques including
Gradation painting and Color matching.
Shalaby, Chief Operation Officer, Al
Babtain group, emphasized “The secret of
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The venue for this program is Indian
Syed Alimuddin Nizamuddin at Nissan Customer Service Center, Yokohama, Japan.
success behind Nissan Al Babtain is high
level of skill and dedication of our staff.
Overseas trainings at principal premises, assist to improve the technical
expertise amongst the team and thus
promote the Group’s objective of customer’s excellence.”
Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al Babtain,
Board member and Group HR manager
informed “Our group has a dedicated
“Learning and Development department”
and we have in our campus “Al Babtain
Training Academy” to impart the
Technical and Non-Technical skills
through a range of development courses”.
Rauf, National Service Manager added
“TTT — Train The Trainer” courses
equips the Master Trainer with skills,
knowledge and resources to train the other
staff members locally, thus elevating the
skill level of the pool of technical staff.
Embassy Auditorium at Embassy
Diplomatic Enclave, Kuwait. All the
Alumni of TCB, esteemed committee
members of IEI and Quality professionals
in Kuwait are invited to make the event
successful. We request to confirm your
attendance by email at [email protected],Tel
No. 23911858 from 09.00 am to 5.00 pm
from Saturday to Thursday, latest before
07.11.2014.Invitation cards will be sent to
the confirmed guests shortly.
Al-Najma account daily draw
Al Tijari announces winners
Joyalukkas gold exchange is back
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: Joyalukkas
has announced the Gold Exchange
Offer across its showrooms in GCC,
Singapore and Malaysia. The offer
will be open to all customers across
all GCC, Singapore and Malaysian
showrooms. Customers can walk in
to any Joyalukkas showroom during
the offer period and exchange their
old gold jewelry to new gold jewelry during the offer period.
“The Gold Exchange Offer is very
popular amongst jewelry lovers
because this helps them exchange their
old gold jewelry for brand new collections. This offer is in line with creating
as many convenient schemes as possible to help jewelry lovers make the
most of it,” said John Paul Alukkas,
Executive Director, Joyalukkas Group.
To make the offer special
Joyalukkas Jewellery has procured
many latest designs and collections
from various sources around the world
so that jewelry lovers can make the
most of it. The designs have been
sourced from various parts of the
world and crafted by skilled designers.
Joyalukkas Jewellery showcases over
one million options for customers to
choose from at each of their showroom.
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: Commercial
Bank of Kuwait held the Al Najma
Account Daily draw on 2nd November
2014. The draw was held under the
supervision of the Ministry of
Commerce & Industry represented by
Abdulaziz Ashkanani.
The winners of the 7,000 Najma daily
draw are: Ammar Saleh Al Asmi; Zahour
Hassan Haider; Hardan Khaleef Al
Rajab; Fahed Habib Jumaa; Arjon
Modak Satish.
The Commercial Bank of Kuwait
announces the biggest daily draw in
Kuwait with the launch of the new Najma
account. Customers of the bank can now
enjoy a KD 7,000 daily prize which is the
highest in the country and another 4 mega
prizes during the year worth KD 100,000
each on different occasions: The National
Day, Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Adha and on the
19th of June which is the date of the bank’s
With a minimum balance of KD 500,
customers will be eligible for the daily
draw provided that the money is in the
account one week prior to the daily draw
or 2 months prior to the mega draw. In
addition, for each KD 25 a customer can
get one chance for winning instead of
KD 50.
Commercial Bank of Kuwait takes
this opportunity to congratulate all lucky
winners and also extends appreciation to
the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
for their effective supervision of the
draws which were conducted in an
orderly and organized manner.
They also assist to identify talented staff,
motivate them with advanced trainings
and in turn inspire other coworkers to continuously improve their skills. This will
ultimately result in better quality of work,
higher productivity & increased customer
Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al-Babtain
Co. is the second oldest distributor of
Nissan cars outside Japan. This authorized dealer of Nissan Motor Co, Ltd in
Kuwait has been honoured and awarded
in recognition of its outstanding achievements in Sales & Marketing, Aftersales
Service & Spare Parts and Customer
service for its overall performance
amongst Nissan agents across the world.
Today Nissan Aftersales Network, with 8
service centers and 14 parts outlets, is the
largest network of automotive Aftersales
facilities spread across Kuwait.
Nov 14
Punjabi Sabhyacharak Nite:
Punjab International Cultural Society
associated with Fankaar Arts presents
Punjabi Sabhyacharak Nite 2014, singers
from Punjab (India), include Harinder
Sandhu - Preet - Sukhdeep Grewal, on
Nov 14th, 2014 at 4:00 pm onwards, in
Indian Model School - Salmiya.
For passes contact: 98021003,
Kala (Art) Niram 2014: Kala (Art)
Kuwait has scheduled to conduct their
prestigious program titled as “NIRAM2014” Painting Competition under the
patronage of HE Sunil Jain, The
Ambassador of India, Indian Embassy
Kuwait, on the occasion of Children’s
Day celebration by marking the birthday
of the First Prime Minister of India,
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, on Nov 14, 2014
at Indian Community School, Khaitan, at
2.00 pm.
The program is titled as “NIRAM2014” consists of Painting Competition
for the Indian School Students and a
“Marathon Open Canvas Painting” for the
other attendees including parents, visitors
and Guests. The Painting Competition
will be conducted in four different age
groups. Group ‘A’ from LKG to 1st
Standard, Group ‘B’ from 2nd to 4th
Standard, Group ‘C’ from 5th to 8th
Standard and Group ‘D’ from 9th to 12th
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