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NIA Partners with Jarsh Safety to Launch the World’s First AC Safety Helmet

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Dubai’s NIA Limited, the exclusive regional distributor of a wide range of consumer electronics and home appliances, has announced the UAE launch of the world’s first AC Safety Helmet for the outdoor workforce and field executives. Manufactured by India’s tech and safety start-up Jarsh Safety, the Jarsh-NIA AC Helmet works on patented solid-state cooling technology to provide cooling up to 24ºC.

In the presence of  M.T.H Nia, Founder, and Chairman of Nia Limited, the state-of-the-art AC Helmet was unveiled at the India Pavilion of the Dubai Expo 2020 by Kamran Birjees Khan, Chief Executive Officer of NIA Limited, and Kausthub Kaundinya, CEO of Jarsh Safety. “In line with the UAE Government’s endeavours to advance workforce welfare standards, NIA Limited is proud to introduce to the UAE and the wider region this game-changing safety and comfort gear from Jarsh Safety, India’s award-winning start-up,” said Kamran.

Earnestly participating in the UAE’s march to set global benchmarks in workforce welfare, NIA Limited was the Platinum Sponsor for the fourth edition of Taqdeer Award, part of the Dubai Government Excellence Programme, held in May this year. The Jarsh-NIA AC Safety Helmet is a game-changer for the construction and outdoor workforce, especially in a region that is characterised by extreme working conditions during the summer months. “The industrial helmet has not seen much innovation in over a hundred years, since its inception in 1919. In 2021, we are changing the way the world sees safety,” said Kausthub.

The UAE takes its workforce’s health and safety seriously. Construction and industrial workers are not permitted to work during the hottest hours of the day during the summer. In addition, the UAE law mandates that workers should be provided with safety gear and suitable clothing to protect them against injuries and dangers. “The world’s first AC Safety Helmet is designed to keep the industrial, construction and other outdoor workforce and executives comfortable while in a high-temperature environment,” said Kamran.

“As a UAE-based corporate, we believe it is our social responsibility to bring the AC Safety Helmet to the region and use this technology to enhance the workforce’s comfort,” said Kamran. He added that the collaboration with Jarsh Safety was in line with NIA Limited’s undertaking to spur innovation by supporting start-ups and offering technology-led solutions to long-standing challenges.

The Jarsh-NIA AC Helmet offers a unique opportunity for construction firms and industrial units to prioritise the comfort of their workforce without compromising on productivity. The use of the AC Helmet is not only socially responsible, but it also offers commercial benefits as studies have shown that extreme temperatures can cause thermal exhaustion and heat stress, leading to a decline in productivity.

NIA Limited has an extensive network of subsidiary companies in the UAE and across the Middle East. It is the official and exclusive regional distributor of some of the world’s largest consumer electronics and home appliance brands, including AEG, Blueair, Bluewater, Daewoo, Gree, Haier, Technogas, and Winia, among others. Specialising in HVAC (heating, venting and air-conditioning) technology, NIA Limited has been in the UAE since the 1980s.

“The UAE and the wider region is committed to the health, safety, welfare, security, and dignity of its workforce. We hope to see the AC Safety Helmet being adopted as an industry-standard in line with that commitment,” Kamran added. Twenty-somethings Kausthub Kaundinya, Sreekanth Kommula, and Anand Kumar made a prototype of the Jarsh AC Helmet in 2016 after experiencing discomfort while using safety helmets. Realising its potential in bettering the lives of those at the bottom of the workforce pyramid, they formed a manufacturing start-up and quickly scaled up the helmet’s production.

“We started our journey from a garage office and, over the years, brought smiles to thousands of workers across India. Jarsh Safety is now going global,” said Kausthub. “We strongly believe that the joint NIA-Jarsh mission can help alleviate the working conditions of the workforce across the world,” he said.

The AC Safety Helmet will now be available in the UAE and across the region through NIA Limited’s unparalleled distribution network. Powered by a rechargeable battery that requires zero maintenance, the Jarsh-NIA AC Safety Helmet offers UAE and regional organisations a cost-efficient way of ensuring that their workforces remain safe, comfortable and healthy irrespective of the ambient conditions.

The AC Helmets improve productivity while ensuring the safety and comfort of the workforce. The helmet comes with a pre-installed rechargeable battery pack. “The premium model for senior executives has a battery life of two hours while the heavy-duty model for the skilled workforce has a 10-hour battery backup,” said Mr. Kausthub. “Four vents across the helmet provide a uniform cooling experience, keeping the user sweat-free, comfortable and productive on the job,” he said.

The Jarsh-NIA AC Helmet will be available in four variants:

  1. Model C: For machine operators. Model C increases operator efficiency and it can be directly connected to the machine’s low-voltage power source for unrestricted use.
  2. Model S: For skilled technicians. Model S enhances workforce productivity and its battery pack offers 10 hours of comfort on a single charge.
  3. Model E: For management, architects and executives. Model E is designed for comfortable field visits and its battery pack offers 2 hours of comfort on a single charge.
  4. Model W: For welding equipment operators. Model W offers additional protection for the eyes, face, and neck area. Its battery pack offers 2 hours of comfort on a single charge.
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HUAWEI Launches GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity

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Huawei has officially kicked off the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity. From 5 January 2024 to 29 February 2024, participants can showcase their digital art skills in an online activity that embodies Huawei’s commitment to fostering creativity. The HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is a platform for creative individuals or anyone passionate about creating. With Huawei tablets designed to deliver delightful creative features, the activity aims to inspire creativity and empower more people to engage in artistic pursuits and to bring to life the concept of ‘Creation of Beauty’.

Recently, Huawei elevated the creative experience with the release of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2”, the ultimate tablet for creativity. It features a flexible OLED screen and an ultra-thin and lightweight design, with a stunning 94% screen-to-body ratio. Paired with the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), which offers a 10,000+ pressure sensing level, the tablet enables mastery over a variety of artistic styles. Designed for creative minds, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” ensures that your artistic vision is captured with unmatched precision and ease.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” pre-orders are now available in the UAE at a price of AED3,399 with gifts worth AED 1,696 including HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2, the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), Magnetic Keyboard, 3 months of free HUAWEI Care + and Microsoft Office 365. Customers who order the 512GB version of the tablet will also receive the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2. The MatePad Pro 13.2” is available on Huawei’s official website and retailers.

Following this launch, the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is extending the invitation to those passionate about art to continually inspire and energise their creative spirit. If you believe that to create is a universal calling, Huawei invites you to pick up your digital brush and ‘GoPaint’!

HUAWEI GoPaint will reward winners with a creation fund, including:

  • Best Creative Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Visual Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Storytelling Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Most Popular Award (2 winners): $5000
  • Honourable Mention (15 winners): $2000

How to Participate
To participate in the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity, simply submit your artwork in either of the following methods, before the submission deadline, 29 February 2024 at 24:00 Beijing Time (GMT +8):

Method 1: Open My HUAWEI app on your phone or tablet, register within the app, and submit your work on the GoPaint page in the app.

Method 2: Post your work on Instagram or Facebook with #HUAWEIGoPaint, and mention the huaweimobile official account.

A Creative Journey Through Culture, Cityscapes, and Characters

HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity consists of three conceptual categories:

  • Culture – Culture is the calling of all creators, the essence of our soul, where experience meets inspiration, and possibilities are endless.
  • City – If the world is a blank canvas, its cities are the lines, dots and brushstrokes that colour it.
  • Character – We are nothing without the people around us. The everyday acts of kindness, bravery, love, and resilience that give our lives meaning and purpose.

Submission Requirements
Artworks should be submitted in either JPG or PNG format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and a file size of no more than 20 MB. Each uploaded work must have a 30 to 80-word text description. Participants are encouraged to carefully review each category before submitting their work to the most suitable one. Participants can only use HUAWEI tablets to create their artwork – any model is acceptable.

For more details, please visit the official website: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/campaign/gopaint/

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Nothing Apparel Drop 1 Announced

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Nothing, the London-based consumer tech brand, has announced the first of several Limited Drops for its inaugural Apparel collection. The first two pieces will be available to purchase on nothing.tech from 11:00 GMT on Thursday 7 December and at Nothing Store Soho.

GCC customers can get their hands on the Limited First Drop exclusively at the Nothing Pop-up in Soledxb festival,  from 8-10 December and from 11th December onwards at FRAME Boutique till stock last. An ode to the 1970s IBM factory floor, the Labcoat embodies Nothing’s founding design principle: transparency.

Product details below:

  • Regular fit and thigh length
  • Multiple pockets with zip closures
  • Back bottom hem vent for mobility
  • Right chest pocket with multiple compartments and zip closure
  • Inside adjustable waist with drawstring
  • Hanger loop at back neck
  • YKK Natulon zippers made from recycled materials including PET bottles. Yarn used in the tape is made from 99% post-consumer recycled material.
  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
  • 100% biodegradable plant-based packaging

To top things off, there is the Transparent Cap (one size) that pairs effortlessly with Nothing’s Transparent Labcoat (available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes). Conceptualised with teenage engineering, Nothing Apparel is focused on quality-driven wardrobe staples designed to withstand the test of time, featuring a line of caps, coats, tracksuits and more.

The Transparent Cap will be sold at AED 149 and the Transparent Labcoat at AED 699. Further Apparel drops will be announced in 2024. Apparel will be available in all current markets where Nothing sells directly to consumers on nothing.tech.

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Monkey Distribution to Open More Funko Stores in the Region

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Monkey Distribution, the official franchise operator for Funko in the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled plans for an extensive retail expansion in the region. Set to launch in December, two new Funko stores will join the thriving retail landscape, building on the success of Monkey Distribution’s inaugural Funko franchise at Dubai Hills Mall last year.

The upcoming locations are poised to offer a diverse product range encompassing various categories within the expansive Funko universe. From a plethora of collectables to trendy Loungefly fashion accessories, games, toys, and more, consumers can anticipate a vibrant pop culture experience.

The first of the two new Funko stores will make its debut within Dubai Mall, situated on the second floor, starting December 1, 2023. Known as the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment, and leisure, Dubai Mall provides a fitting backdrop for Funko enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the brand’s captivating offerings. Subsequently, on December 15, 2023, Abu Dhabi will witness the opening of another Funko store within Reem Mall, also on the second floor.

Funko’s Chief Commercial Officer, Andy Oddie said, “We are excited to announce the opening of our new partnership stores as we increase our footprint in the United Arab Emirates region this December. The expansion is a testament to the demand for our unique pop culture products and reflects our commitment to providing our global fanbase with regional retail experiences.”

The eagerly awaited Funko store in Dubai Mall is set to offer an exclusive 96-square-meter retail experience for shoppers, while the Funko destination in Reem Mall will provide a 94-square-meter immersive world for customers. These new locations are poised to serve as vibrant and captivating portals into the expansive universe of a globally renowned entertainment and lifestyle brand.

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