teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi Revealed as World's New 'Home for Infinite Curiosity' in Saadiyat Cultural District

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A multi-sensory immersive exploration of experiential artworks by international art collective teamLab

Latest addition to Saadiyat Cultural District builds on Abu Dhabi's reputation as a cultural capital offering unique and inspiring experiences that spur creativity and innovation

New art space to feature an architectural vision and captivating artworks based on teamLab's original concept of environmental phenomena

Construction of the cultural offering is expected to be completed in 2024

ABU DHABI, UAE, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Abu Dhabi has unveiled the concept of teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi - a multi-sensory art experience that will be a 'home for infinite curiosity', featuring original and constantly transforming artistic installations unique to Abu Dhabi.

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teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi is set to be an immersive, inspirational space where the intersection of art and technology will ignite curiosity, imagination and creativity in all who visit. Slated to be completed in 2024, it is the latest offering of the Saadiyat Cultural District. The 17,000sqm (GFA) teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi building has been conceived with unparalleled installations that will be unique to Abu Dhabi, created through an extensive experimentation process.

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has partnered with Miral, the emirate's leading creator of destinations and experiences, to develop the concept, architecture and facilities, alongside teamLab, the globally acclaimed, interdisciplinary Tokyo-based art collective, known for their unique artistic vision

Strengthening Abu Dhabi's position as a leading cultural centre, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi will sit alongside Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and other major landmarks comprising the Saadiyat Cultural District, adding to the area's creative offering by creating a bridge between history, culture and creativity and immersing visitors in an innovative art experience.

Visitors will be invited to open their minds and embark on a journey through teamLab's new concept of environmental phenomena, which offers a new perspective on the world around us. The featured artworks are created and shaped by the environment which produces the various phenomena. The adapted and unique architecture, conceptualised by teamLab and realised by Abu Dhabi-based MZ Architects, plays an important role in providing the artworks with an environment to evolve freely and organically, as if they were life-forms themselves. The experience will be unique to each visitor, changing with each visit, as they discover a place in which to endlessly explore and transcend the limits of their imagination.

Having created art that is part of the collection of global institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, amongst many others, teamLab's artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects are creating an original concept and unique teamlab Phenomena Abu Dhabi experience for the UAE capital.

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: "Curiosity and imagination are at the core of who we are as human beings, sparking all our discoveries, inventions and innovations through the millennia. Sitting at the intersection of art, technology, nature and high-tech fantasy, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi will offer a world of boundless wonder and creativity to all who visit, encouraging the new perspectives that are so essential to a thriving future. Adding yet another outstanding experience to our world-leading cultural destination, the teamLab Phenomena experience will be unique to Abu Dhabi, reinforcing the emirate's position as a destination of distinction. Providing a journey which will trigger the senses, nurture curiosity, spark imagination, and awaken a thirst for knowledge, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi fully supports our commitment to inspire a new generation of innovators and creators in the emirate and beyond."

Toshiyuki Inoko, Founder of teamLab, said: "It is a great honour for us to be able to open teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi in the Saadiyat Cultural District of Abu Dhabi, a world-leading, future-focussed city. At teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, visitors will be immersed into a world that organically changes and evolves through the participation and actions of the people in it, and it is precisely this physical experience that can expand our senses of value. The future is built upon the grand sum of people's creations. Curiosity drives people towards a deeper understanding of the world and leads to creativity. We believe that imagination decides the direction of this creativity. Our hope is for teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi to create opportunities for curiosity and imagination to be born.

Commenting on the philosophy behind the project, Inoko continued: "teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi is based on teamLab's new concept in which the existence of the artworks are created by the phenomena produced by their environment. The artworks in teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi do not exist independently but are created by the environment which produces the various phenomena. Objects like stones and man-made creations maintain a stable structure on their own. Unlike these, the existence of the artworks in teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi are dependent on their environment. The environment produces phenomena and stabilises their structure - these stabilised phenomena are what create the existence of the artworks.

"Environmental phenomena are released from the material substances that have been responsible for maintaining structures of existence. Elements like air, water, and light that permeate our daily lives are transformed by their environment into unique phenomena that become works of art. The boundaries of their existence are ambiguous and continuous. Even if people destroy the work, the work will remain in existence as long as its environment is maintained. On the contrary, the work will disappear if the environment is not maintained. In time, people's consciousness will expand from existence itself to the environment. A stone can continue to exist in a closed box, sealed off from the outside world, but life cannot sustain its existence in such a box because it is created by its environment. Life is a miraculous phenomenon that emerges from a flow in a continuous world."

To celebrate the official launch of the project, DCT Abu Dhabi has also announced a preview activation for visitors to experience immersive artworks that embody the concept of 'infinite curiosity' ahead of the opening, taking them on a journey of wonder and sensory exploration. This event will take place at Mamsha Al Saadiyat from 24 June to 17 July.

The teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi launch reaffirms Abu Dhabi's vision to enrich the emirate's cultural landscape and foster its Culture and Creative Industries (CCI), positioning the UAE capital as a centre for creativity and innovation. With culture a major driver of social and economic development, the emirate is fast becoming a globally known centre of talent and a leading producer of creative content. Abu Dhabi seeks to broaden artistic and cultural expression by providing its community and visitors with a diverse cultural programme curated to inspire creativity and knowledge development, creating a culturally active and artistically conscious city with strong links to the wider region and the world.

The emirate continues its support and development of cultural institutions, including museums such as the upcoming Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi. The emirate's performing arts, media and gaming sectors will also see further investment in their diverse array of programmes and initiatives.

The Saadiyat Cultural District is an ambitious undertaking that, will be one of the world's pre-eminent cultural destinations. Through its museums, cultural centres, and educational institutions, the District will boast one of the highest concentrations of cultural experience in the world. The area is already home to Louvre Abu Dhabi, the globally celebrated universal museum, and Manarat Al Saadiyat, a cultural centre that contributes to the region's vibrant arts scene with internationally relevant exhibitions and events, workshops and creative programming.

The Saadiyat Cultural District will soon also include the Zayed National Museum, the national museum of the UAE; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, focusing on global Modern and Contemporary art; and the Abrahamic Family House, which will comprise three religious spaces in one complex - a mosque, a synagogue and a church - to inspire and nurture acceptance and peaceful coexistence among people of all faiths.

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HEERLEN, Netherlands and GENEVA , June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- On 31 May 2022, DSM and Firmenich announced that they have entered into a business combination agreement to establish the leading creation and innovation partner in nutrition, beauty and well-being. The merger is to be effected through a public offer for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of DSM in exchange for DSM-Firmenich shares (1:1 exchange ratio) (the "Offer") and contribution of Firmenich shares to DSM-Firmenich in exchange for DSM-Firmenich shares and EUR3.5bn in cash (subject to potential adjustments).

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DSM and Firmenich confirm that they are making good progress on the preparations for the Offer. It is expected that an offering circular that will serve both as an offer memorandum for the Offer and as a prospectus for the offering and admission to listing and trading of DSM-Firmenich shares on Euronext Amsterdam (the "Offering Circular") will be submitted for review and approval to the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the "AFM") in August and in any event no later than 23 August 2022, which under the applicable Dutch rules is the last permissible date for submitting the offer memorandum for the Offer to the AFM for approval.

DSM and Firmenich currently anticipate that the proposed combination will close in H1 2023.

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About DSM DSM has transformed during its 150+ year history into today's Health, Nutrition & Bioscience global leader. The Dutch-Swiss company specializes in nutritional ingredients for food and feed with proven world-leading bioscience capabilities and an international network of high-quality manufacturing sites that underpin a business model of global products, local solutions and personalization and precision. For Health, Nutrition & Bioscience (excluding Materials), DSM delivered EUR7.3bn of sales in the calendar year 2021, with adjusted EBITDA of EUR1.4bn and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 19%.

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Voor de jaarlijkse Betalingsbarometer Azië heeft Atradius bedrijven ondervraagd in zeven Aziatische markten (China, Hongkong, India, Indonesië, Singapore, Taiwan en Vietnam) en in de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten. Hun grootste zorg zijn de wanbetalingen waar zij steeds vaker mee te maken hebben. Door uiterst onzekere economische omstandigheden zijn deze in vergelijking met de resultaten van 2021 toegenomen met maar liefst 60 procent.

"Azië is nog steeds een interessante markt voor Nederlandse exporteurs", aldus Rik Broekman, Head of Commercial van Atradius. "De onderzochte regio is goed voor bijna 7 procent van de Nederlandse goederenexport. De groei in Azië valt dit jaar terug naar 4,5 procent, om in 2023 weer iets te stijgen naar 5 procent. Veel bedrijven in de regio zijn echter wereldwijd actief en voelen de verstoringen in de wereldhandel die het gevolg zijn van de pandemie en geopolitieke spanningen. Daarnaast worstelt de maakeconomie met toenemende kosten van ruwe materialen, transport en brandstoffen. De stijging van het aantal wanbetalingen kan een signaal zijn dat het ondernemersklimaat onder grote druk staat."

50 procent van de uitstaande facturen in de regio wordt te laat betaald (tot 90 dagen na factuurdatum). Het probleem speelt nog sterker bij langdurig onbetaalde handelsschulden (meer dan 90 dagen) die als oninbaar moeten worden afgeschreven. De problemen zijn het grootst in Taiwan, dat kampt met een afschrijvingspercentage van 8 procent: bijna een verdriedubbeling ten opzichte van vorig jaar. In Hongkong en Singapore hebben bedrijven te maken met een gemiddelde stijging van 50 procent. In Indonesië namen de oninbare vorderingen toe met 40 procent. Vietnam is voor het eerst in de Betalingsbarometer van Atradius opgenomen. Bedrijven uit dit land geven aan dat hun liquiditeit steeds meer onder druk staat door zowel afschrijvingen (6 procent van de totale waarde van zakelijke facturen) als onbetaalde handelsschulden, die ongeveer de helft van de waarde van de zakelijke handel vertegenwoordigden.

"De uitkomsten van de Betalingsbarometer Azië zijn verontrustend", vervolgt Broekman. "Gezien de aanhoudende onzekerheid in de markt verwachten we niet dat de trend van dubieuze vorderingen zich snel zal herstellen. Nederlandse exporteurs doen er dan ook goed aan om heldere betalingsafspraken met hun afnemers in de regio Azië te maken."

De Atradius Betalingsbarometer 2022 voor Azië kan worden gedownload van www.atradius.nl (sectie Publicaties). Het onderzoek biedt een diepgaande analyse van hoe bedrijven in belangrijke markten in Azië omgaan met risico's op wanbetaling bij verkopen op krediet aan zakelijke klanten. Onderwerpen die aan bod komen, zijn onder meer betalingstermijnen, de tijd die nodig is om facturen te innen, het beheer van betalingsachterstanden, de gevolgen van betalingsachterstanden voor bedrijven en verwachte zakelijke trends.

Over Atradius Atradius biedt wereldwijd kredietverzekeringen, borgstellingen en garanties, incasso en informatiediensten aan via strategische aanwezigheid in meer dan 50 landen. De producten van Atradius beschermen bedrijven over de hele wereld tegen betalingsrisico's die verbonden zijn aan de verkoop van producten en diensten op krediet. Atradius maakt deel uit van Grupo Catalana Occidente (GCO.MC), een van de grootste verzekeraars in Spanje en een van de grootste kredietverzekeraars ter wereld.

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Vodafone Germany Chooses RealNetworks to Test an Anti-Fraud Voice Call Solution Using KONTXT

Pilot project will gain insights on spam rejection performance and customer experience

SEATTLE, June 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks(®) , a leader in AI-powered digital media software and services, today announced a pilot program with Vodafone Germany to launch a new service called Vodafone CallProtect. Vodafone CallProtect will warn Vodafone Germany customers of potential fraudulent, scam, or spam-type calls. The technology behind CallProtect is RealNetworks' KONTXT(®), an AI-based anti-spam solution for messaging and voice calls, which includes the KONTXT Reputation Service database.

The benefit of RealNetworks technology is the offering of a rich feature set for anti-fraud protection for both voice calls and messaging. Clients of KONTXT decide which modules are activated for data analysis and customer protection. The Vodafone CallProtect pilot project will use the KONTXT Android SDK for call enrichment and the KONTXT Reputation Service for number lookups. The KONTXT Reputation Service database contains known spam numbers provided from leading spam database providers. The Reputation Service is also capable of MSISDN risk rating based on the latest AI/ML technology.

Vodafone CallProtect will be integrated into the Vodafone Secure Net service for Android. Vodafone Secure Net is a mobile network-based security product that helps protect Vodafone customers' mobile devices. When connected to the Vodafone mobile network in Germany, it automatically blocks harmful sites and quickly protects against viruses before they can cause harm. Secure Net users will be able to activate and deactivate the service. Once activated, all incoming calls will be matched against a database to verify if the calling number is a known spam or scam number. If a positive match is detected, an informational message is displayed on the user's phone allowing them to reject the call.

"Global fraudulent call activities increased substantially since the outbreak of the pandemic, which led to the launch of this initiative," said Mathias Grünwald, Director Sales at RealNetworks. "We are excited about Vodafone's decision to partner with RealNetworks to take advantage of our leading anti-fraud solution KONTXT to protect their customers".

CallProtect will be provided for free to existing Vodafone Secure Net users in Germany. The pilot project will be active for six months starting from the launch of the CallProtect service. The goal of the pilot is to gain insights about user acceptance and assess the performance of the service.

About RealNetworks' KONTXT Building on a rich history of digital media expertise and innovation, RealNetworks(®) has created a new generation of products that employ best-in-class artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance and secure our daily lives. KONTXT(®) (kontxt.com) is an industry-leading NLP (Natural Language Processing) platform for categorizing and blocking spam and fraudulent text messages, images, and voice calls, to help carriers build customer loyalty and drive new revenue through text message classification and antispam. For more information, visit: [https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=3577608-1&h=3341943303&u=https%3A%2F%2Fc212.net%2Fc%2Flink%2F%3Ft%3D0%26l%3Den%26o%3D3106777-1%26h%3D1209772609%26u%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.realnetworks.com%252F%26a%3D%25C2%25A0&a=%C2%A0]realnetworks.com.

Media Contact:   Deena Rataezyk drataezyk@realnetworks.com 425-373-6100

KONTXT - KONTXT(TM) helps you defeat fraud and improve customer engagement in real-time.

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