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U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Dedication Ceremony

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Department of State is proud to announce that the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem will be dedicated on Monday, May 14. Ambassador David M. Friedman will preside over the dedication ceremony and Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan will lead the Presidential Delegation to the historic opening along with Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Advisor Ivanka Trump, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

As the President stated on December 6, 2017, the historic opening of our embassy recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government. Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Harry S Truman, became the first nation to recognize the State of Israel. Moving our Embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal; rather it is a necessary condition for it. We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders.

Consulate General Jerusalem will continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate responsible for U.S. relations with the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority. The United States continues to support the status quo with regard to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. The Administration is firmly committed to pursuing a lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians that promises a brighter future for both.

While in Jerusalem as the Head of Delegation, Deputy Secretary Sullivan will also meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Yuval Rotem, and members of both our Embassy and Consulate General staff.

The Department will livestream the Dedication Ceremony on and

PM Call With Prime Minister Netanyahu

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister held a telephone call with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today.

The Prime Minister condemned the Iranian rocket attacks against Israeli forces, and said we strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression.

The Prime Minister noted our statement calling on Iran to refrain from any further attacks, and for calm on all sides.

They agreed it was vital for the international community to continue working together to counter Iran’s destabilising regional activity, and for Russia to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks.

The Prime Minister reiterated our position on the Iran nuclear deal, noting that we and our European partners remain firmly committed to ensuring the deal is upheld, as the best way of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

‘Start Egypt’ Discovers Entrepreneurs Across The Country

UK-funded Start Egypt programme has just completed a discovery mission for the country’s future entrepreneurs

'Start Egypt' discovers entrepreneurs across the country

‘Start Egypt’ discovers entrepreneurs across the country

Partnering with Techne Drifts and Entreprenelle, Start Egypt has toured nine Egyptian cities as part of its road shows and its female founders’ workshops. Start Egypt experts from Flat6Labs headed to Alexandria, Port Said, Assuit, Sohag, Suez, Mansoura, Tanta, Luxor, and Aswan.

In November 2017, the British Embassy in Cairo partnered with IFC and Flat6labs, offering a GBP 2 million, around EGP 47 million, grant to inspire and support thousands of Egyptian entrepreneurs through a number of entrepreneurial support services, awareness activities and a unique incubation program.

The StartEgypt road shows and workshops focused on building the resilience and know-how of future entrepreneurs to help them start their own business, attract investments, and face potential challenges. During its tour, Start Egypt offered incubation opportunities to the best new social enterprise ideas.

The programme also offered financial prizes at its latest competition in Alexandria, which took place at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

  • First prize, worth EGP 7,000 , went to GreenAlex: a start-up aimed at collecting and recycling used cooking oil, plastics and paper.
  • Second prize, worth EGP 5,000 , went to Materials Solved: a start-up developing software engineering, data analysis, computer graphics, and art to transform very complex scientific ideas to animations and illustrations.
  • Third prize, worth EGP 3,000 , went to La Verte: a start-up providing an online platform providing fresh and healthy food catering service.

Ambassador John Casson said:

The future of the Egyptian economy is not just traditional companies and it is not just Cairo. Egyptian talent is found all over Egypt and that’s why we decided to go looking for them. StartEgypt is looking for the next big thing in the world of Entrepreneurship. Planning to provide future Egyptian entrepreneurs with advice, exposure and finance, StartEgypt is turning those who have brilliant social enterprise ideas to the champions of the inclusive economy of Egypt.

IFC Country Manager for Egypt, Libya and Yemen Walid Labadi said:

Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across Egypt is vital to boost economic development and improve lives. Start Egypt, the outcome of our partnership with Flat6Labs, is raising awareness about this across the country and is helping entrepreneurs overcome the financial obstacles and realize their potential.

Flat6Labs’ Programme Director of Start Egypt Hassan Mansi said:

Throughout my StartEgypt road show journey, I found that young Egyptians have became fully aware of their local communities’ problems and are working on developing ideas and start-ups to solve them. That was very inspiring and it pointed that the economic growth of this country’s near future will come from this specific sector, start-ups and SMEs.

Over 1,200 applicants have applied to join the incubation programme of Start Egypt. For more information, please visit

Middle East Luxury Cosmetics Market Is Expected To Grow At A CAGR Of 8.6% During The Forecast Period (2016-2024)

Middle East Luxury Cosmetics Industry Research Report 2016-2024

Goldstein Research

Goldstein Research

According to Goldstein Research, one major trend in the market is growing knowledgeable and inquisitive consumer population in Middle East. As verified by the vast demand for designer brand sales in UAE, consumers now pay more attention to worth, rather than just the brand or product itself. Middle East Luxury Cosmetics Market Outlook also includes product development, marketing strategy and investment strategies adopted by major market players in order to expand their business across the globe. Additionally, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia accounted for the largest market share of more than 35% of Middle East luxury cosmetics market in 2017.In Middle East GCC countries are fastest growing markets for luxury cosmetic products owing to highest per capita spending over cosmetic products.

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Market Segmentation

On the basis of our in-depth analysis, Middle East luxury cosmetics market can be segmented as follows:

By Product Type
  • Skin care
  • Hair care
  • Makeup
  • Fragrances
  • Hygiene Products
By End Users
  • Premium Consumers
  • Professionals
By Demography
  • Men Cosmetic Products
  • Women Cosmetic Products
By Distribution Channels
  • Online Channel
  • Offline Channels (Beauty Specialty Stores Etc.)
Based on Country
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • Iran Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • Qatar Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • Oman Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • Kuwait Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • Bahrain Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • Jordan Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}
  • Rest of Middle East Luxury cosmetics Market {Market Share (%), Market Size (USD Billion)}

“Middle East Luxury cosmetics Market Outlook 2024” contains detailed overview of the Middle East luxury cosmetics market. On the basis of our in-depth analysis, market can be segmented in terms of market segmentation by product type, by demography, by distribution channels and by end-users.

Further, for the in-depth analysis, Middle East Luxury cosmetics Market Report encompasses the industry growth drivers, market challenges, risk analysis, market attractiveness, BPS (Base Point Scale) analysis, Porter’s five force model and SWOT analysis. This market report also includes competitive outlook of some of the major players profiling of companies such as L’oreal, Shiseido, Unilever, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, LVMH, Coty, Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Clarins, Clinique, Lancôme, Beiersdorf, MAC, Revlon and Avon Products. The company profiles include business strategy, geographical revenue distribution, major information of the companies which encompasses business outlook, products, services and industries catered, financial analysis of the company and recent developments. Overall, the report represents the Middle East luxury cosmetics market trends along with market forecast that will help industry consultants, technology providers, existing players searching for expansion opportunities, new players searching possibilities and other stakeholders to align their market centric strategies according to the ongoing and expected trends in the future.

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Based in the US, Goldstein Research currently has a strong presence in the American and Asian countries. In the next five years, we strive to expand our reach to 50+ nations spanning across Europe, Asia and parts of the Middle East and Africa. We strive to realize a strong brand presence globally through our quality research and forecasting solutions.

Our mission is simple: to develop insightful business solutions, help our clients make powerful future decisions to keep them well ahead of the game which is the market, and leave a mark across businesses and communities through our well-defined ideas and clear cut forecasts. Our market research reports provide in-depth analysis of global and regional variations along with competitors’ overview. Our analysts working on Consumer Retail research  reports to help various tech-giants, tech start-ups and entry players to assess the current and upcoming business scenario. We believe in vigorous examination of the current market scenario and build around creative ideas and approaches that are most suitable to our clients’ needs and business agenda.

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Qatari And British Airmen Celebrate RAF 100th Anniversary In Doha

Senior airmen from the United Kingdom and Qatar gathered together to reflect on a century of RAF achievement and to look forward to the next 100 years

RAF 100th Anniversary

RAF 100th Anniversary

On 1st April the Royal Air Force celebrated its 100th birthday. To commemorate this, the Defence Section at the British Embassy organised a dinner on Thursday 26 April at the Shangri-La Hotel. The guest of honour in attendance was His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of State for Defence Affairs, who stopped by to convey his personal best wishes and congratulations.

The RAF was the first unified air force in the world to be independent of Army and Navy control; since its formation, it has been at the forefront in resolving crises, conflict and, importantly, humanitarian operations to save lives.

Qatari friends and partners were invited to attend the dinner which was hosted by Air Marshal Stuart Atha, the RAF’s Deputy Commander Operations and HE Staff Major General (pilot) Mubarak Mohammed Al-Khayareen, Commander of the Qatar Amiri Air Force. Senior airmen from the United Kingdom and Qatar gathered together to reflect on a century of RAF achievement and to look forward to the next 100 years, which will begin with the formation of a joint UK/Qatari Typhoon Squadron. In a year of celebration for the RAF, this event is the most senior taking place outside of the UK.

Attendees at the dinner included His Excellency Ajay Sharma, Air Chief Marshall Sir Glenn Torpy, Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, Air Marshal Stuart Atha, HE Staff Major General (pilot) HE Mubarak Mohammed Al-Khayareen, Major General Ali Abdulla Al-Muhannadi, Air Commodore Patrick O’Donnell, Air Commodore Roddy Dennis, Brigadier Yousef Shaheen Al-Ateeq, Colonel Mohammad Al-Mansoori, and Lieutenant Colonel Faisel Al-Ghanem. Also attending were senior members of BAE Systems and RAF personnel deployed at Al-Udeid Air Base, including Senior Aircraftsman Tom Elwick, the most junior airman on the Base.

Air Marshal Stuart Atha, RAF Deputy Commander Operations, who said:

it is a great pleasure to host such a significant event here in Doha.

Throughout its first 100 years, the RAF has been innovative and involved in operations across the globe, and I don’t see that changing over the next century.

Key to our continued success will be partnerships and none is more important than that between the RAF and the Qatari Air Force. The joint Typhoon squadron is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships and to deliver a world class capability.

I am delighted to be in Doha and to have the opportunity to commemorate the RAF’s past, celebrate its present and to look to the future with optimism and confidence in the company of senior Qatari aviators.

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