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Dubai – Farzal Dojki’s company Next GenI has worked with over 50 tech startups in the GCC, deploying hundreds of engineers and millions of hours over the past 10 years
Building a tech team for a tech product is like a “fun roller coaster experience”, says Farzal Dojki, founder of NextGenI, a firm that works with the founders of tech startups to build their tech teams, or with enterprises in their push towards digital innovation.
As an industry veteran who has worn many hats, Dojki will be the first person to say that not everything has been smooth sailing. After receiving a CS and Economics degrees from Austin and NYU, he worked in the US as a software developer for two very large firms. However, when he returned to Pakistan in 2005, his first job was at a small company.
“We did not use the term ‘startup’ back then,” he recalls. “That was a big change in my life, and exposed to me the fun of working in a small team of passionate builders. Jeff Bezos’s 2-pizza-theory is the best explanation of where the fun stops and bureaucracy starts. After that, I worked for a few more years at two small companies, and I loved it.”
However, when a fourth startup that he worked for shut down, he decided that it was time to go solo. “That was the genesis of Next Generation Innovations. Over the past 10 years, we have done over a 100 projects, of which there have been around 50 pure startups, and of them, more than 20 have gone on to raise series A or more.”
Dojki stressed that NextGenI works with a wide range of companies as long as it is innovative work. “We are a boutique firm; that is our biggest advantage, and we wish to retain this advantage as it helps overcome challenges. We answer not to our shareholders, but to our employees and our customers.”
He noted that the size of a potential client’s personnel team could literally be one person for an idea stage firm, or over 10,000 people for an enterprise. “This breadth of experience is only navigable if we focus on one core area, and for us, that core service is fast innovation. We only take on work if it is innovative, and we are confident that we can be the best people to solve it.”
Culture and Tourism Department – Abu Dhabi reduces annual tourism licensing fees, and sets its roof at 1,000 dirhams. The new fixed drawing structure applies to current and new businesses. This initiative is part of the forestry efforts to accelerate the growth of the tourism sector #in_Abu Dhabi.
@dctabudhabi has reduced the annual tourism business licence fee, capping it at AED1,000. The new fixed-fee structure applies to existing and new businesses and is the latest initiative to accelerate the growth of the tourism industry #inAbuDhabi.
Economic Development Department – Abu Dhabi reminds commercial companies of the need to refrain from commercial marketing via direct telephone within the Emirate. Enforcement sanctions are imposed on violators by the rule of law to protect consumer rights and privacy.
@AbuDhabiDED has reminded businesses not to conduct telemarketing in the emirate. Violators will be penalised, ensuring the protection of customers’ rights and privacy.
The Governmental Documents Department, in coordination with the Emergency and Crisis Management Committee in Abu Dhabi Emirate, approves the condition for vaccination and dose supported for the entry of all government employees to work, as of Monday, January 10, 2022.
The decision is enforced on all governmental authorities in the Emirate, and the procedure is exempted from those who have a certified medical excuse as decided by the specialized health authorities, and this update aims to strengthen preventive and precautionary measures in government parties and institutions, and to maintain public health.
Abu Dhabi Digital Authority is working with Telecommunications and Trend Micro to promote cybersecurity capabilities of government authorities in #Abu Dhabi through the Cyber Eye initiative, which uses technology is the first of its kind to detect cyber threats in case of them, and to perform Effective proactive counterparts.
Doing Business in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi announces 71% reduction in requirements to start a new commercial business
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) is proud to announce that the Abu Dhabi Government has achieved a reduction of 71% in requirements to start a new commercial business, making it significantly easier to set up a new venture in Abu Dhabi across all types of commercial activities.
A special taskforce launched in April 2021, led by ADDED as part of its ‘Investor Journey Program’, has coordinated with more than 20 government entities and the private sector to achieve a reduction of 71% in requirements across all activities. The reduced requirements, which act as pre-requisites to starting operations for a new business, reduce time and cost needed to embark on a new venture.
Abu Dhabi reduces business setup and licence renewal fees to AED1,000
– As part of ongoing efforts to enable the private sector
– Led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, in collaboration with multiple government entities including Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
As a result of collaborative efforts led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), in collaboration with multiple government entities including Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, business setup fees in Abu Dhabi emirate have been reduced to AED1,000 – a reduction of more than 90 per cent. Licence renewal fees also have been reduced to AED1,000.
The new fees include six activities within the business licence, and will cover all fees from Abu Dhabi Government entities such as ADDED, the Department of Municipalities and Transport, membership fees for Abu Dhabi Chamber, CoC (Certificate of Conformity) issuance fee, and fees required by Abu Dhabi regulating entities dependent on the type of business. Several fees have been removed entirely while others have been considerably reduced.
A unified system helping you find Abu Dhabi government services and information.
The Abu Dhabi Government is keen to provide all possible means of convenience to the Emiratis and residents; following the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to provide the best governmental services to the UAE nationals, residents and investors, and enhance the country’s development.
The portal and the TAMM – Abu Dhabi Government Service Centres enable customers to complete a group of governmental services through one point of contact, without the need to visit the different Government entities to finalize the relevant transactions, by providing smart innovative solutions that enrich the customer experience, in accordance with the best global practices.
In a further precautionary measure to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee is undertaking the ‘National Sterilisation Programme’ in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, starting from 19 July 2021.
Under the programme, sterilisation will take place daily between midnight and 5am. During these hours, traffic and public movement are restricted.
The public must stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out, or to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine. Those who wish to step out of the house in the emirate of Abu Dhabi need to apply for a movement permit through the website of Abu Dhabi Police.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee has approved allowing only those vaccinated to enter some public places, after vaccinating 93 percent of target groups in the emirate and to preserve public health.
ADDED Introduces Exporter Capabilities to ATLP via “Abu Dhabi Export Gateway”
Platform to Collect Trade Data and Provide Exporters with Tools, Insights to Better Target Overseas Opportunities
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of Abu Dhabi Ports, part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, has announced the incorporation of Abu Dhabi Export Gateway as part of the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP).
These are the most up-to-date rules for entering Abu Dhabi as of Feb 2022…
ARTICLE UPDATED FEBRUARY 5, 2022
With all the changes to rules and regulations for travelling into the capital, updates that have been necessary to balance safety with normality in the capital, it’s important to keep yourself up to date on the latest requirements and restrictions.
This guide is all about explaining simply, the most important up-to-date rules for accessing Abu Dhabi, and public spaces within the emirate.
And your starting point really should be the Alhosn Green Pass.
Circular | In accordance with NCEMA’s published land entry regulations, we urge all hotel and tourism establishments and attraction venues to assist tourists in following the entry guidelines when entering Abu Dhabi.
Procedures to enter the emirate from within the UAE have been updated by Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee.
Effective Thursday, 30 December 2021, in addition to using EDE scanners to rapidly detect potential Covid-19 cases, all entering Abu Dhabi will require a green pass for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result for those who are not vaccinated.
To enter the emirate from within the UAE, vaccinated people will now show green status on Alhosn App and unvaccinated categories are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours.
The updated entry requirements are in line with efforts to continue enhancing precautionary measures to protect public health #InAbuDhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced a further update to the ‘Green List’ of countries for inbound travel into Abu Dhabi, as it supports the easing of travel restrictions whilst maintaining safety protocols. All travellers arriving from the updated ‘Green List’ destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi remains to be the safe, awe-inspiring and culturally rich destination you last visited. We are ready and open to welcome you once again. Find out about the procedures to keep you safe while travelling to and across our emirate.
Quarantine guidelines for travellers to the UAE
Anyone wishing to the enter the UAE must present a negative result of the RT-PCR test. All travellers will be tested again on arrival. If the test result is positive, you must stay in isolation for as many days as prescribed by the emirate of your residence. If you violate home quarantine rules, you would be liable to a fine of AED 50,000.
The following quarantine guidelines will be applied to UAE citizens, residents and tourists arriving at Abu Dhabi from 5 September 2021.
Vaccinated travellers arriving from ‘green’ countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival and another on day 6 from arrival, if staying in the emirate. They are not required to quarantine themselves.
Vaccinated travellers arriving from other countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival and again on day 4 and day 8, if staying in the emirate. They are not required to quarantine themselves.
Unvaccinated travellers arriving from ‘green’ countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival and again on day 6 and day 12 from arrival. They are not required to quarantine themselves.
Unvaccinated travellers arriving from other countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and take another PCR test on day 9 from arrival.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases, effective Sunday, 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband. pic.twitter.com/8kxtQGJYS2
Quarantine guidelines for travellers to Dubai
If you are an expatriate resident of the UAE or a tourist to the UAE, you must present a negative result of a PCR test at the departure airport. This test should have been conducted within 96 hours before travelling to Dubai.
If you are an expatriate resident of the UAE or a visitor to the UAE, you must present a negative result of a PCR test at the departure airport. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours before travelling to Sharjah. This is as per rules issued on13 April 2021.
Residents and visitors must take an RT-PCR test upon arrival at Sharjah’s airport and quarantine themselves until they receive the results. If the result is positive, you must stay in isolation for 14 days and follow the instructions of Ministry of Health and Prevention.
UAE flights: Abu Dhabi removes quarantine requirement for Covid-vaccinated passengers
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated travel procedures for citizens, residents and visitors entering Abu Dhabi from abroad.
Effective from Sunday, September 5, Covid-vaccinated travellers from all destinations arriving to Abu Dhabi will not need to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from destinations that are not on the ‘green list’ must quarantine for 10 days.
UAE travel: How to apply for humanitarian exemption for re-entry?
Stranded expatriates in ‘red list’ countries wishing to return home to their families in the UAE can apply for travel exemption ‘on humanitarian grounds’ through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) web portal and mobile application, Khaleej Times has learnt.
Travel agencies who have been facilitating this service have confirmed that many passengers, including those who have taken their vaccinations outside the UAE, have made their way back to the country.
Relaxed travel curbs ‘to boost UAE aviation and hospitality recovery’
The easing of travel restrictions to and from the UAE will further boost the recovery of the country’s aviation and hospitality sectors this year, according to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
Requirements governing travel to the UK and India, two of the UAE’s top source markets, have been relaxed and this is expected to draw more tourists to the Gulf nation and improve transit flows, the lender said in its weekly economic research report.
Abu Dhabi announced that it will reopen to international tourists from 24 December 2020 and travellers from across the globe will be allowed entry to the capital.
No quarantine if travelling from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list
Any visitors travelling from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list will be exempt from quarantine requirements and can enter the destination by following a series of procedures that include COVID-19 tests.
For a full list of ‘green’ countries, regions and territories, please click here
Travelling from countries outside the ‘green’ list
Travellers from outside the ‘green’ list can still travel into Abu Dhabi but following the latest protocols and guidelines. For more info please click here.
Before making any travel arrangements to Abu Dhabi, please ensure the following:
Contact your airline for important travel information and familiarise yourself with the guidelines and regulations set by relevant authorities
Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check your visa requirements here
If you are travelling with Etihad Airways, you’ll be covered by Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover. Cover is included with every Etihad Airways ticket for travel up to 31 March 2021 – click here.
Etihad Airways has introduced a comprehensive Wellness guide, with all the information you need to know about travelling safely (read more on Abu Dhabi’s travel guide here).
Ahead of departure
Travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure.
Upon entering the emirate, travellers will be given a PCR test at the airport and must wait for the negative result to be received. International travellers from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list, will no longer be required to self-isolate upon receiving a negative result. Travellers from other countries will be required to self-isolate for 10 days only.
All travellers will need to take a PCR test on day six for those staying for six days or more, and on day 12 for those staying for 12 days or more.
Departure from Abu Dhabi
Please ensure you are familiar with the travel and health requirements of the destination you are headed to.
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!
You also find out more about WHO’s recommendations for getting vaccinated on our public advice page on COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccines can protect you from serious illness and death from COVID-19. But DYK that after being vaccinated, you should STILL:
Wear a mask
Keep a safe distance
Cough/sneeze into your elbow
Keep hands clean to protect yourself. Here’s why:
WHO recommends children and adolescents do at least 60 minutes/day of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity throughout the week. They should also limit the amount of time spent sitting or looking at the screen for recreational purposes.
Have you ever stopped to think about how many times a day you use water from a faucet? During Drinking Water Week (May 1–7, 2022), learn more about where your drinking water comes from and what makes it safe to use.
We all rely on safe drinking water, and it’s important to know how water gets to our faucets and what makes it safe to use.
Many federal, state, and local organizations work with communities to protect source water, such as lakes, rivers, and groundwater. Protecting our water sources is an ongoing challenge. Stopping sewage from seeping into drinking water sources by repairing broken septic systems and maintaining sewer systems can greatly reduce germs in our source water.
Here are helpful tips to ensure you stay in good health throughout the month
This year, Ramadan is projected to begin on Saturday, April 2, and end on Monday, May 2 (although dates may vary). More than 1 billion people around the world will be recognizing this Islamic holy month through prayer and dawn to dusk fasting – a spiritual discipline of prayer and reflection.
We need to attend to the extra waste generated by the COVID-19 response To be resilient, green and minimise waste, health systems & facilities must follow the waste management hierarchy :
— sharing a COVID-19 Update.
What is post-Covid fatigue syndrome? UAE doctors explain
Top pulmonologists in the country list out tips to recover from lingering fatigue.
It has been 10 days since you completed isolation after testing positive for the dreaded Covid-19 and are raring to get back to your ‘normal life’. Yet, you continue to suffer from lingering fatigue, irritability, and lethargy? There is a high probability you have post-Covid fatigue.
How would you know if you have the flu or COVID-19? Should you take both flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine if these are available to you? How does WHO decide on the composition of the flu vaccine? Dr Sylvie Briand explains in Science in 5 this week.
People suffering from chronic conditions have been advised to get a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said that those suffering from conditions such as immune diseases should consult their doctor to see if a third dose was necessary.
Abu Dhabi: A colour coding system will now reflect the user’s vaccination status and PCR test validity on Al Hosn app.
As part of continuous efforts to protect public health, @DoHSocial is offering a free Sinopharm booster dose to those who received their second dose at least six months ago. The free booster is available by walk-in at any of the 100+ vaccination centres across #AbuDhabi.
UAE Covid vaccine: Booster Sinopharm shots now available at over 100 centres in Abu Dhabi
Residents in Abu Dhabi who took the second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine at least six months ago are now eligible to receive booster shots. Read More…
What to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19
Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors. The further away, the better.
Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people. The appropriate use, storage and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.
Join the Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi for a webinar hosted by the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Baker Tilly.
The discussion will revolve around ICV 3.0 and will address certain discussion points like:
Are free zone entities eligible to obtain ICV certificates?
What exactly is required from suppliers to be ICV certified?Join the Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi for a webinar hosted by the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Baker Tilly.
The discussion will revolve around ICV 3.0 and will address certain discussion points like:
Are free zone entities eligible to obtain ICV certificates?
What exactly is required from suppliers to be ICV certified?
Hamad Saif Belmahaina is the ICV Development Manager in the Commercial Directorate ofAbu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). In his role, as Chairman of Certification Bodies Council, Belmahaina is responsible for the smooth implementation and monitoring of the company’s In-Country Value (ICV) program. In addition, part of his role is to monitor and coordinate the ADNOC appointed ICV certifying bodies. Belmahaina has over 12 years’ experience in the Audit field, starting his career in the Financial Audit Department, Dubai. He joined ADNOC in 2014 as a Senior Internal Auditor, before moving to Group Procurement in 2018. He graduated with a Master’s degree in applied finance & Banking, from the University of Wollongong, UAE.
Rami AbuLaila, Vice President, Business Development for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). A leader at the forefront of the energy and sustainability industry, where he has leveraged his extensive experience and expertise spanning strategic planning, industry analysis, operations management, business development and value assurance, to play a key role in the conceptualization, development, and launch of innovative energy initiatives in Abu Dhabi. Possessing a complementary background and superior track record of achievement, Rami’s career history showcases rapid evolution into roles of enterprise-level scope and global impact. Today, Rami is professionally committed to the ADNOC Group, initially serving the Chief Executive Office and more recently its Marketing, Supply and Trading Directorate’s business development team.
To answer your questions in relation to ICV certification process:
Salman Sajid, Executive Director, ICV Practice Leader, Baker Tilly
Mr. Sajid is working as Executive Director in Advisory, and his responsibilities include effective and efficient assignment planning, execution, and delivery, keeping in view company standards. He is currently leading the ICV Practice. He has been instrumental in designing and implementing both programs with a portfolio of 1,900 clients. Salman Sajid is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales and Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.
Date: Monday, July 27, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Complimentary to PBPC Members and Non-PBPC Members
This live webinar is brought to you by CBC Abu Dhabi and participated by several other business councils:
Australian Business Group
British Business Group
French Business Group
Pakistan Business Professional Council
Abu Dhabi, UAE – PBPC Abu Dhabi together with six more business councils hosted a diverse variety of new connections, “Speed Networking: on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at The Marriot Downtown Hotel, Abu Dhabi.
The event was attended by more than 90 members and guests from Australian Business Council, British Business Group, Benelux Business Council, Canadian Business Council, Philippine Business Council and Swiss Business Council.
Speed Networking is an efficient, face-to-face professional networking model similar to “speed dating”, that enables participants to make new contacts through one-on-one focused conversations lasting just two minutes. Speed networking is fast and fun and helps you forge lots of new connections, quickly.