Monthly Archives: January 2017

Sharjah Girl Guides Scale The Heights Of Sir Bani Yas Island

Twenty enthusiastic Guides between 12 to 15 years of age recently set off on an adventurous wildlife hiking expedition to Sir Baniyas Island in Abu Dhabi, organised as part of the third edition of Sharjah Girl Guides’ (SGG) ‘Under the Moonlight’ sleepover camp.

Held under the theme, ‘Discover the Wildlife of Sir Baniyas’, the two-day camp featured several resistance training and teambuilding exercises for the young Guides.

Shaikha Abdulaziz Al Shamsi, Assistant Manager at Sharjah Girl Guides, said: “As envisioned at the conclusion of the second camp, the main focus of the third ‘Under the Moonlight’ sleepover camp was to provide Guides a chance to hone their guiding skills at a location that would provide a truly authentic camping and hiking experience, connecting the girls with their inner strength and with nature.”

“As expected, this one too was a runway success, where 20 enthusiastic Guides were seen supporting their peers, boosting each other’s morale and working as a close-knit team through the challenges and adventures posed by their camping activities and the forces of nature,” she added.

During the two-day camp, the girls set off on 10 km and 25 km hikes within the 1,400-hectar property. They also went kayaking, swimming and snorkelling, witnessing around 13,000 bird and animal species residing in the island, which are indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula.

In the midst of these physically and mentally challenging activities, the Guides were seen picking up physical skills of camping, hiking and kayaking, alongside mental fortitude, self-dependence, responsibility and teamwork. They also learnt how to keep up each other’s morale, trusting and supporting one another by working as a strong cohesive team.

The guiding movement was first established in Sharjah in 1973, after which it spread across the Emirates, giving rise to the Girl Guides Association of the United Arab Emirates in 1979. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SGG aims to inspire and nurture future generations to become progressive global citizens by providing a platform for girls to develop to their fullest potential.

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#MobileFirst: The Importance Of Mobile Optimization

In 2016, mobile overtook desktop as the primary device used to access websites.

In 2017, the following are a given:

1. Today, more people search on mobile phones than computers

2. People are five times more likely to leave a site if it isn’t mobile friendly

3. Over half of mobile users will leave a website if it takes longer than three seconds to load

Because more people search on mobile than on computers, mobile generates more page views. If your site is not mobile friendly, users are less likely to stick around. And if your site is slow, they may go elsewhere. Remember, on the internet competition is just a click away!

Responsive website design is Google’s recommended way to tackle mobile friendly sites. Google has several tools for testing for mobile usability and the ‘Search Console’ has a mobile usability report that details problems on a page-by-page level.

Search Console looks at the following mobile usability issues:

Flash usage – Most mobile browsers do not render Flash and you will want to use more modern technologies.
Viewport not configured – The viewport metatag aids browsers in scaling a page to suit a specific device.
Fixed width viewport – This problem attempts to circumvent mobile design with fixed width pages and is best shelved when a responsive design is adopted.
Content not sized to viewport – Here the page content does not fit the window, and a user has to scroll.
Small font size – This is a scaling issue and requires users to pinch the screen to zoom in.
Touch elements too close – This is a common usability issue where it is too hard to tap a given element without also hitting the neighboring element.
Interstitial usage – A full-screen pop-up often represents poor user experience on a mobile device and is a big no no.

Keyword placement plays a part in how Google finds sites. Google looks for keywords throughout each Web page, but some sections are more important than others. Including the keyword in the Web page’s title is a good idea. Google also searches for keywords in headings. Headings come in a range of sizes, and keywords in larger headings are more valuable than if they are in smaller headings. Keyword dispersal is also important. Webmasters though should avoid overusing keywords.

The Google algorithm’s most important feature is arguably the PageRank system, a patented automated process that determines where each search result appears on Google’s search engine return page. Most users tend to concentrate on the first few search results, so getting a spot at the top of the list usually means more user traffic. Many people have taken a stab at figuring out the exact formula, but Google keeps the official algorithm a secret.

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Selecting #GuestPostSites

It is a given that number of backlinks to your site help in achieving higher Google rankings – that translate to higher traffic to your web site.

It is important to identify the right publishers to ensure that you are part of reputable and high traffic sites. Other than that, you need to be sure you research the following criteria for your guest posts:

• When was the domain registered (Whois)
• Have an authoritative link profile (Page Rank)
• Are related to your site/content
• Cover your demographics/geography
• Only post high quality content
• Have a real following
• Can bring you targeted traffic
• Won’t bury your link in an author bio area far below your content
• Rank well on other search engines
• Have a significant amount of Twitter followers and Facebook fans
• Will even do Social media postings

Here are a few portals that are attracting guest posts from well known brands looking to expand their digital footprint:

www.go-green.ae
www.dubaicityguide.com
www.abudhabicityguide.com
www.uaetoday.com
www.middleeastevents.com
www.middleeasttoday.net
www.pressreleasenetwork.com

Guest blogging is just a great way to grow your business!

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International Bands Treat Visitors To Al Majaz Waterfront With Foot Tapping Tunes

In what visitors witnessed last evening at Al Majaz Waterfront was part of a series of entertaining musical performances by popular international musical outfits – the Latin Street Band, Trio Allegria, and Nina & The Guitar Player – will go on throughout the duration of the Sharjah World Music Festival 2017 (SWMF 2017) organised by Furat Qaddouri Music Centre and sponsored by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), up until 14th January.

Visitors to this leading leisure destination in the emirate, which becomes even more popular during these months with fantastic weather, were seen jiving to a spectacular world music feast created by these artists, who blended tango, jazz, oriental, Caribbean and Latin American beats to create a unique medley of signature sounds.

Trio Allegria from Ukraine featured three female musicians on the flute, violin and cello, who performed a series of fusion compositions blending jazz and Arabic music as well as Tango, classic and flamenco. They also received special appreciation from the audience with famous Lebanese singer Fairouz’s popular Arabic songs.

The Latin Street Band have come all the way from Cuba and Colombia, whose sizzling Caribbean tunes and dancing took viewers through the narrow streets of Latin America. The performers had their viewers cheer with excitement and joy as they shared their street-style performances on Al Majaz waterfront walkways.

Nina and the Guitar Player from Lebanon played nostalgic oriental music combining classical Arabic music and soothing guitar chords. Their performance included popular Arabic compositions by Fairouz’s, Ziad Al Rahbani, and old classical gems by Um Kulthum. The band’s beautiful music and Nina’s golden voice left the audience mesmerised.

In case you were unable to catch these great performances last night, do not be a tiny bit upset because these artists will be giving four more performances at the Al Qasba from 6pm to 10pm on 10th, 12th and 14th January! Their performances will also be featured at Al Majaz Waterfront 11th and 13th at the same time.

All these performances are free for general public and do not require any admission tickets or fee.

Music enthusiasts and visitors to Al Majaz will have also the opportunity to meet Elena Dueto from Ukraine, Tarabich from Syria, and Drums of Love – an international band percussions band – during the course of SWMF 2017.

By organising this extraordinary music festival, Furat Qaddouri Music Centre seeks to boost the cultural and art presence of Sharjah and the UAE, introduce various musical cultures around the world to the UAE community and add a new dimension to the emirate’s repertoire of tourist, art and culture attractions.

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