SAFR® from RealNetworks Receives Axis Awards for Best Ecosystem Partner in the Middle East and in Africa

Award recognizes SAFR’s collaboration on key projects, high quality of their solutions, and close alignment with Axis’ business practices and beliefs

Seattle, WA, June 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SAFR from RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) ), a leader in high accuracy, low bias facial recognition, is pleased to announce that Axis Communications, a global leader in network video and surveillance products, has chosen SAFR as Best Ecosystem Partner 2020 for both the Middle East, and for Africa.

The awards were presented during the Axis Annual Partner Awards in a virtual ceremony held on 23 June 2021, as part of Axis Innovates event. The awards celebrated and acknowledged the efforts of Axis’ partners by recognizing them for key projects and achievements throughout the year.

“At Axis, we strive to offer solutions of the highest quality. Through our extensive network of Ecosystem Partners, we are able to offer the best solutions addressing the complex and ever-evolving needs of our customers. We are proud of our partnership with SAFR. This award is in appreciation of their support, extensive collaboration, and high quality of their solution offering, combined with aligned business practices and beliefs,” said Ettiene Van Der Watt, Regional Director – Middle East and Africa at Axis Communications.

“Axis’ worldwide leadership and quality products are a perfect fit for our highly accurate, high-performance facial recognition platform,” said Walter Candelu, SAFR’ Vice President for the Middle East. “We look forward to furthering our relationship into the future.”

About SAFR

SAFR ( is the world’s foremost facial recognition platform for live video intelligence. It taps the power of AI to help the world get back to work. Whether it’s used for occupancy counting, face mask detection, or touchless entry control, SAFR can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, or with a VMS. SAFR enhances security, heightens situational awareness, and delivers insights that improve operational efficiency and protect the health and safety of people everywhere.


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Emirates Business Rewards programme celebrates small and medium sized businesses with limited time incentive

DUBAI, To mark UN Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day and the vital role that they play in post-pandemic recovery, Emirates is empowering small and medium sized enterprises to get back into the skies and turn their travel budgets into rewards by debuting a Business Rewards incentive for new members who sign up for the programme. Small and medium sized businesses who sign up for an account to Emirates’ Business Rewards corporate loyalty programme from today, 27 June to 27 July 2021 will receive a bonus of 10,000 Business Reward Points, the equivalent of one Economy Class return ticket to selected destinations in Europe.

Emirates currently has over 20,000 small and medium sized businesses enrolled in its Business Rewards programme, and is providing a gamut of benefits including simplified enrolment, easier earning and redemptions, greater flexibility on retaining and using points as well as upgrade opportunities, even on last minute bookings.

With countries easing their entry restrictions, business travel has begun accelerating, and small and medium size enterprises have become key drivers of demand with the flexibility to make travel plans quickly as new opportunities emerge.

Emirates has been supporting small and medium sized business hit by the pandemic. Emirates Business Rewards programme members are taking advantage of the airline’s flexible booking policies, which are among the most generous in the industry for stress-free travel planning, in addition to its multi-risk insurance cover. Since the outset of the pandemic, Business Rewards programme members were provided additional reassurance with extensions on their points validity if travel plans needed to be adjusted.

Knowing their travel plans are protected, top destinations for Business Rewards programme members have been frequenting during the pandemic include London, Manila, Paris, Cairo, Milan and Beirut. Dubai also continues to be a key destination regularly visited by Business Rewards members, mainly due to its open business environment throughout the pandemic, world-class infrastructure and thriving start-up ecosystem.

The airline continues to work hard to restore its network and schedules to enable small and medium sized businesses to visit clients and ramp up their business development activities as cities around the world gradually ease travel restrictions.

Businesses of all sizes can also ensure their health and safety expectations are taken care of throughout their journey. Emirates has lead the industry with clear, consistent and properly implemented safety measures at every touchpoint, including a contactless travel journey and digital verification solutions such as the IATA Travel Pass to ensure it remains the preferred airline for business travellers.

Emirates has a long track record of supporting small and medium sized businesses, not only through its Business Rewards programme, but also through its procurement of products and services across the business. Hundreds of small and medium sized businesses in a range of industries from around the world have benefitted from showcasing their products to a global travel audience, providing a boost to their growth plans.

In the UAE, Emirates prioritises SMEs as part of its tendering process, and is actively committed to work with government stakeholders like Dubai SME in identifying businesses and evaluating the performance of active suppliers on a regular basis. As a result, according to the Dubai SME report 2020, which summarises support provided to SMEs, Emirates ranked first among semi-governmental organisations, investing in procurement contracts worth over AED 79 million. It also ranked among the top five organisations supporting small to medium size businesses in Dubai.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE announces 2,122 new COVID-19 cases, 2,077 recoveries, 4 deaths in last 24 hours

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 266,342 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement, the Ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 2,122 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 626,936.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced 4 deaths due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,796.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 2,077 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 605,618.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ministry of State for FNC Affairs, FNC General Secretariat explore enhancing coordination

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MFNCA) held its regular coordination meeting with the General Secretariat of the Federal National Council (FNC) to discuss upgrading coordination processes pertaining to the discussion of draft laws in the Council.

The meeting also discussed ways to enhance the relationship between the government and the FNC to further integrate executive and legislative authorities in the UAE, in line with the leadership’s directives.

Additionally, the Ministry and the General Secretariat processed requests to discuss general topics and reviewed the FNC’s recommendations. They also discussed preparations for the conclusion of the second cycle of the 17th legislative chapter, and to invite government employees to attend Council sessions.

MFNCA Under-Secretary Tariq Hilal Lootah and Dr. Omar Abdulrahman Salem Al Nuaimi, FNC Secretary-General, were both present at the meeting, along with Afra Al Basti, FNC Assistant Secretary-General for Parliamentary Communication and Assistant Secretary-General for Legislation and Oversight; Dr. Ahmed Al Hadabi, Director of MFNCA’s Coordination and Monitoring Department; and several senior officials, department heads and team leaders from both entities.

Lootah praised the teams in both the MFNCA and the FNC General Secretariat for their efforts and role in proposing innovative and effective solutions to strengthen the relationship between the government and the Council, and open up broader prospects for coordination between them.

“The second cycle of the 17th legislative chapter witnessed many accomplishments that further strengthened cooperation and integration between the government and the FNC, enhancing coordination between them on matters that are in the best interest of the UAE and its people,” Lootah said. “These achievements help embed the core tenets of the Emirati parliamentary model, which is rooted in the UAE’s values of solidarity and cooperation to achieve development, progress, and prosperity.”

For his part, Dr. Al Nuaimi stressed the importance of these meetings in developing mechanisms for cooperation and communication between the two entities, as well as in organising work requirements and supporting the FNC in exercising its constitutional powers, in line with the leadership’s vision to upgrade parliamentary practices and meet citizens’ aspirations.

This meeting is part of a series of meetings the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs organises on a regular basis to discuss methods to communicate and cooperate with various authorities, in order to facilitate procedures, organise coordination processes, develop cooperation mechanisms and achieve the Ministry’s strategic objectives.

Source: Emirates News Agency