From Dubai to Istanbul – Damsco Group: A bridge of Investments in the Middle East

The chairman of Damsco Group, Mr. Mohannad Fayez Al Masre, presided the Group’s delegation to the “Badeer First Conference for Business and Investment Opportunities” held in Istanbul on the 5th and 6th of December, 2018, at the Hilton Hotel in Bomonti, Istanbul.

The conference was sponsored by Damsco Group – Dubai, under the patronage of the Turkish Presidency Office and the Turkish Ministry of Commerce and Basic Care.

More than 150 investors from 58 countries attended the conference that listed 150 projects worth $3 billion, covering the sectors of tourism, energy, industry, advanced technologies, defense, construction, health, agriculture and livestock.

Damsco Group’s Timeline of Achievements:

Established In: Damascus, 2004.

First Investments: Stock Exchange Market, Main Foods Commodities Trade, Trade of Motor Oils and accessories.

First Expansion: Baghdad, 2008.

Expansion of Investments to: The oil and energy sectors, as well as bidding in food tenders.

Second Expansion: Dubai, 2011.

Second Expansion of Investments to: The real estate market, media marketing and organizing government events.

Third Expansion: Istanbul, 2017.

Third Expansion of Investments: (in addition to the previous investments) electric power generation enterprise, trading of minerals and oil derivatives.

During the four years following its establishment in Damascus, the company was able to register a remarkable growth in its revenues. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Mohannad Al Masre, opened a company branch in Baghdad in 2008 to add new investments in Iraq.

In 2011, the group entered the UAE’s competitive arena by opening an office in Dubai, followed by another branch in Istanbul, Europe, in 2017.

Damsco Group at Badeer Conference

The group’s pavilion attracted participants and visitors from different businesses and industries, as well as the media and other interested parties. The visitors observed the Group’s projects and investments in the Middle East and Turkey.

Mr. Mohannad Al Masre, Chairman of the Group, delivered the Group’s speech at the opening of the conference, in which he mentioned Damsco Group’s accomplishments in the Middle East and its successive achievements in various investment fields. He stressed the importance of the Badeer Conference as a platform for communication between Arab and Turkish entrepreneurs to venture into joint economic projects, adding that this initiative offers investment opportunities for foreign companies in Turkey.

Badeer Conference – Goals and Expectations

The conference seeks to increase direct foreign investments in Turkey and better equip them. According to the conference organizers, the Badeer platform will provide accurate information to foreign investors about the investment environment in Turkey and theproject-based incentive system, providing project consultation and facilitation, in a healthy environment that brings together local and foreign investors within a sound participatory structure, which will ensure the successful implementation of the proposed projects.

The Badeer Conference is an economic platform established by the efforts of Arab and Turkish entrepreneurs in Istanbul, in 2017.

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Mohannad Al Masre Praises The Investment Soil In Turkey

The Syrian businessman, Mohannad Al Masre, said that the investment soil in Turkey is “fertile” commercially, financially, agriculturally and industrially, and praised the support the Turkish government provides to foreign investors.

In an interview with Anadolu, Mohannad Al Masre, who is the chairman of Damsco Group, stressed that the relationship of Arab businessmen with Turkey, especially in commercial affairs, provides an environment for them to invest and develop.

He referred to his participation in the name of “Damsco” in the “Bader” conference for the world of business and investment opportunities, which was sponsored by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and organized by the Investment Office of the Republic and the Turkish Ministry of Trade.

Dozens of foreign investors from about 50 countries seeking to implement projects worth 3 billion dollars divided into 150 projects participated in the conference held in Istanbul early this month.

Mohannad Al Masre noted that his group, Damsco, seeks to move forward towards implementing future projects using smart and technological applications, as well as “employing its expertise and capabilities in the Turkish commercial, financially, agricultural and industrial fertile soil.”

He pointed out that the “Damsco” group was established in Damascus in 2004 and started active in the world of securities and foodstuff trading, to extend to Iraq in the year 2008 and add other sectors to its field of work, to reach the United Arab Emirates in the year 2011.

He explained that the group arrived in Turkey in the year 2017, announcing extensive activities in various fields of economic and commercial life such as money, food, cars, oil and its derivatives, real estate, electric power and minerals.

The Turkish Assistant Minister of Industry and Technology Muhammed Fateh Kagir, during the “Bader” conference, called on Arab businessmen to invest in the technology sector, indicating that companies working in this field will witness a major development during the next few years.

While advisor to the president of the ruling Justice and Development Party in Turkey, Yassin Akti, stressed the diversity of investment in the country, describing Turkey as the most important center of attraction for investors in the world.

As for Bader Al-Saeed, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bader Investment Platform, it addressed an increase in the proportion of investments in infrastructure and superstructure, noting the Turkish government’s success in granting confidence to foreign investors.

Mohannad Al Masre – The Head Of The “Damsco” Group Oversees The Distribution Of Aid To The Syrians In Turkey

DAMSCO Group Chairman Mohannad Al Masre supervised the distribution of aid to the Syrians in refugee centers and orphanages in the state of Hatay in southern Turkey, and Atma camp in Idlib, Syria, in coordination with the Turkish Red Crescent.

The aid included thousands of Syrians at home and in Turkey, and included food, blankets and tents, in addition to supporting various professions workshops that would develop the human resources of Syrian young men and women.

Prior to the start of distributing aid, Mohannad Al Masre visited, headed by a delegation from the Damsco group, the Sarnul warehouse of the Turkish Red Crescent, and briefed the officials on the mechanism of the organization’s teams and the assistance it provided to the Syrians in Turkey and the Syrian interior.

At the “Bueno Yugon” shelter for the Syrians, Mohannad Al Masre was briefed about the conditions of the Syrian refugees, visited handicraft education centers, and supervised the distribution of aid to families according to need.

And in the “Kindergarten Hopes Kindergarten” of the Humanitarian Society for Adoption of Children in Conflict, Mohannad Al Masre distributed food baskets to the Syrians, and confirmed that the Damsco group would provide the kindergarten with a heating system.

On the future projects that the Damsco Group intends to implement for the Syrians in Turkey, Al-Masry indicated that they will build an orphanage in Hatay Governorate that can accommodate 80 beds, in addition to opening several vocational rehabilitation centers, starting from a strategic vision, centered around preparing the largest possible segment of the Syrians Qualified to enter the labor market.

The Damsco Group delegation concluded its tour by visiting the Red Crescent Social Center in Hatay, and was briefed on the vocational education programs and other services the center provides to Syrians.

In an exclusive interview with Turk Press, Mohannad Al Masre stressed that the assistance provided by his group stems from his duty as a businessman towards his people and his homeland.

Mohannad Al Masre said that the assistance provided by the Damsco group, which it will provide in the future, will focus on human development assistance, which would raise the technical and professional competence of young men and women for a new stage in the future Syria.

Mohannad Al Masre said: “A large number of Syrians, whether refugees or displaced people, are not professionally qualified to enter the labor market. The preparation of human resources will be a key factor in building Syria after it was destroyed by the war. ”

The Syrian businessman mentioned that the next stage has become different from the eight years of the war that passed, saying: We should not stand like businessmen with no arms, we should roll up our hands and start building our country with our hands and not wait for supplies from abroad.

He pointed out that the volume of materials and goods that the Syrians buy in the liberated lands is very large, which they can produce and manufacture at home, if human resources are available.

The Egyptian encouraged the Syrians to return home, stressing that it would contribute to securing two thousand jobs for them.

He also called on his Syrian businessmen to invest in the Syrian person and not be satisfied with providing aid, encouraging them to direct their investments into the Syrian territories.

The Chairman of Damsco Group expressed his thanks and appreciation for the efforts made by Turkey towards its Syrian guests.

It is worth noting that this step comes within the framework of the pledges made by the “Damsco” group at the BADIR conference for the world of business and investment opportunities in Istanbul, which was held at the beginning of last December under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency and the organization of the Investment Office at the Turkish Presidency and the Turkish Ministry of Trade, with the participation of 50 countries.

It should be noted that the “Damsco” group was established in Damascus in 2004, and started active in the world of securities and foodstuff trading, to extend to Iraq in 2008 and add other sectors to its field of operation, to reach the United Arab Emirates in 2011.

In 2017, the Damsco group arrived in Turkey, announcing extensive activities in various fields of economic and commercial life such as money, food, cars, oil and its derivatives, real estate, electric power and minerals.

Syrian Businessman – Mohannad Al Masre: “Safe Zone” Is A Portal For Development Projects

The Syrian “Damsco” commercial group revealed that the safe area that Turkey intends to establish in northern Syria is a gateway that opens paths for them to implement development projects that contribute to the return of the Syrians to their lands.

The group’s chairman, Mohannad Al Masre, expressed his views to Anatolia in Istanbul, the safe area that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed a few days ago, in northern Syria, and considered it “a gateway to implement development projects that achieve self-sufficiency for citizens.”

The group, which is based in the cities of Dubai and Istanbul, as its two main centers, has conducted a humanitarian tour in the past days on the Syrians camps in the border areas in Turkey and the Syrian interior.

Safe Zone

Mohannad Al Masre went on to say that “Syria is facing a new stage and an important turning point, which differs from the past eight years of the war, requiring all Syrians to roll up their sleeves and start building the country again, headed by businessmen.”

He pointed out that “their group will be the first in implementing many pioneering plans and projects at home, which will create thousands of job opportunities, encourage the return of Syrians, and reduce dependence on foreign aid.”

He stressed “the importance of ensuring security and stability in the Syrian territories, in order to start implementing projects, and that it is a responsibility of all parties.”

He also stressed in this context that “the safe area is a positive step for achieving security and stability in all parts of Syria.”

Last Tuesday, President Erdogan said, in a speech to Ankara, that “Turkey will work to establish a safe zone along its border with Syria, at a depth of 20 miles (32 kilometers).”

As for US President Donald Trump, he announced last Monday that his country intends to establish a buffer zone in northern Syria at a depth of 20 miles.

The idea of ​​a safe zone was first proposed by Turkey during President Erdogan’s visit to Washington in May 2013.

The safe zone aims to protect civilians fleeing the conflict in Syria.

Group’s future projects

Mohannad Al Masre, who called on his countrymen to prepare to return to Syria and build them with their arms again, stressing that “his business counterparts will be at the forefront of this ride, in the event of achieving sustainable stability in Syria, especially after announcing the establishment of the safe zone.”

In response to a question about the projects that the “Damsco” group intends to implement in Syria, he stressed the importance that “these projects are initially focused on the Syrian person, and the development of human resources, in order to prepare the largest number of Syrian young men and women who are able to enter the workforce ”

“On the ground, we have started supporting rehabilitation and training centers in refugee camps and areas near the (Turkish-Syrian) border, with the next steps further crystallizing in northern Syria,” he added.

He pointed out, “The presence of vocational rehabilitation centers affiliated with the group inside and outside Syria, and the aim is through which the Syrians are trained and integrated in the labor market, and displace a great deal of burdens placed on them.”

He attributed the reasons for this to “suffering from a large shortage of expert manpower, and in order to bridge this gap, we have established a platform on the Internet in order to accept applications for free entry to professional courses.”

In his speech, Mohannad Al Masre focused on “the importance of supporting agricultural projects, given the nature of the fertile Syrian lands, and to reduce dependence on food aid coming from abroad.”

Support for small projects

The Syrian businessman considered that “small professional projects and home workshops are part of the culture of the Syrian people, which has been brought up for decades, and we should consolidate this culture and encourage it, and ensure that it does not break from the minds of the Syrians.”

And he added, “We know that the need to develop the real estate sector in Syria is very large, but that the bulk of the support should not be focused on this sector, because it will create an imbalance and will have a negative impact on achieving sustainable peace.”

He also indicated that “the availability of financial liquidity for reconstruction is not sufficient without the presence of professional competencies, explaining that there is a large gap created by the war, in the size of the human resources that left Syria.”

The Turkish role is positive for the Syrians

The Syrian businessman praised the Turkish role “in receiving the Syrians and harboring them on its soil,” expressing “his deep thanks to the government and people of Turkey for their humanitarian dealings with the Syrians.”

And he added, “Through our tour of the Syrian shelters near the border, we have seen how much attention Turkey has paid to the Syrians,” describing the role of the Turkish Red Crescent as “mighty”, in helping Syrians at home.

Mohannad Al Masre concluded by saying, “I sensed a great desire that the Syrians have to return to their country,” considering this desire “as a positive energy and an incentive for him as a businessman, to start a new phase in the country.”

The group was established in Damascus in the year 2004, and it has commercial activities and moved to the UAE in 2011, and opened a headquarters in Turkey in 2017, to carry out numerous relief projects in Turkey targeting Syrian camps, as well as relief projects in the Syrian interior, in cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent.

Mohannad Al Masre Honored In The Zayed Tolerance And Peace Celebration

Mohannad Al Masre, Chairman of the Damsco Group, during the Zayed Day of Tolerance and Peace celebration of the National Day and the Year of Zayed.

Commenting on this, Fayez said: Today I represent the leading DAMSCO group during this celebration, stressing that DAMSCO seeks to employ many young cadres in different Arab countries and cultures.

The celebration program included a short film entitled Zayed Tolerance and Peace and a three-star operetta.

It is worth noting that DAMSCO is a group of companies specialized in the financial world, the stock market and the general trade sectors, from major foodstuffs, mining of minerals, oil derivatives and energy. It also works in the field of digital marketing and organizing governmental and official events at the highest levels with all professionalism and innovation.

Damsco and Abdul Samad Al Qurashi Inaugurate A Joint Collaboration Initiative

Damsco Group, founder and Chairman Mr. Mohannad Al Masre, hosted a dinner party in honor of Sheikh Ihsan bin Abdul Samad Al Qurashi, the CEO of Abdul Samad Al Qurashi Group, on the occasion of signing a joint strategic collaboration agreement between the two groups in the Gulf region.

The honorary dinner took place at the Royal Suite in Four Seasons Resort – Jumeirah Beach Dubai. Members of the board of directors of both groups attended the dinner, as well as prominent personnel in the Emirati and Saudi financial world.

Let us mention that this collaboration will create new investment opportunities for Damsco Group and Abdul Samad Al Qurashi Group in the fields of oil, gas, smart fitness technology, and luxury cosmetics in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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Joint Collaboration Agreement Between the UNHCR and Damsco Company

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a joint collaboration agreement with Damsco to support the UNHCR efforts for the rehabilitation of educational buildings damaged by the war in Syria.

The agreement, which includes the commitment of Damsco company to provide financial support to the rehabilitation of a school in Rif Dimashq governorate, was signed in Damsco’s headquarter in Dubai in the presence of UNHCR’s Regional Private Sector Partnerships Manager for MENA region Mr. Husam Shaheen, and the CEO of Damsco Group Mr. Mohannad Al Masre.

In the context of the event, Mr. Husam Shaheen indicated that the UNHCR hopes this first collaboration with Damsco will be a strategic one and will aid the IDPs and the refugees, especially the Syrians, mentioning that the UNHCR seeks to engage more individuals and partners from the private sector who are capable of helping to cover the growing needs around the globe, especially in the Arab region. He stated that engaging private sector partners, especially individuals and companies, is a strategic necessity for providing humanitarian aides to the IDPs and the refugees.

On his side, Mr. Mohannad Al Masre expressed joy for his company’s partaking in the reconstruction of Syria after the war, saying: “I would like to express my delight for collaborating with the United Nations in projects that support and assist the efforts of the Syrian Government for the rehabilitation of damaged educational buildings. I emphasize that contributing to the reconstruction of Syria is everyone’s responsibility without exception. Therefore, we will rehabilitate a school in Rif Dimashq governorate in collaboration with the UNHCR who is cooperating with the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates. We chose to rehabilitate a school as the first step in this collaboration, because, the school is the primary institution where a person is established and the new generation is shaped. Thus, this will be the first step in the recovery process, and with God’s permission it will not be the last.”

Mr. Al Masre continued: “We will walk with single-minded determination implementing all effort to ensure restoring our homeland to an even better state than it was before the war, as we believe in the value of collaborative efforts for the rehabilitation of the country, which depends on the rehabilitation of the human individual.” And regarding the condition of the children in Syria Mr. Al Masre added: “Unfortunately, a large number of children in Syria are growing unschooled for reasons related to the war making them vulnerable to social hazards. Thus, our choice of this project that aims to rehabilitate the educational sector will guarantee the protection of the children from social hazards in secure schools that also help to increase the level of their self-awareness.”

During the signing ceremony, Mr. Al Masre explained that his last visit to the refugees’ camps was motivated by his deep concern and sincere care for his fellow Syrian nationals everywhere, determined by his resolution and belief in that the strength of Syria is in the unity of its land and its people. He added: “Our work in Damsco is based on a humanitarian vision that serves all the Syrians and gives top priority to the welfare of the country, and the humanitarian development projects that the company plans to undertake are not restricted to a region. The visits aimed to reveal the causes that prevent the return of the Syrian refugees to their homeland, and discover how the company can encourage and help them to return to their homes, through the execution of innovative development projects that create job opportunities and improve their living conditions.”

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Lena Chamamyan: “In Damsco you genuinely feel that you are a Syrian”

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The art never stands passive on the side block indifferent to the changes that affect the community, and touch the circumstances and the quality of life of the human individual.

Lena Chamamyan is an artist who is aware of her responsibility in bringing to light the critical issues and causes of her country.

In her new song “Yakhi Ana Souriyeh” Chamamyan demonstrated the trouble that some people go through in international airports just because they are nationals of certain countries, influenced by unfair prejudice and political conflict.

This is not the first song in which Chamamyan highlights humanitarian issues, but it is the first time her team decides to produce a video clip of the song, the scenes of which were shooted in four different cities: Damascus, Beirut, Istanbul, and Paris. This initiative also gathered the artist Lena Chamamyan with Damsco Events in a first collaborative project between them sponsored by Damsco. In the context of this collaboration, Damasco Media conducted a delightful interview with Lena Chamamyan.

There have been extensive talks about the theme of the song, but will Lena Chamamyan continue embracing such issues in her songs or this is going to remain a single initiative born as a result of your airport encounter?

“YakhiAna Souriyeh” is not the first song in which I convey an issue of this kind, I have two albums “Ghazl El Banat” and “Lawnan” in which I sang about the suffering of the refugees and the oppressed, compelled to entrust their trembling lives to the roaring sea to escape affliction and war. We see new issues such as this emerging in the world every day.

How did the audience react with this song? Initially, the first performance of the song was during the Tunisian summer concerts, and the reaction of the audience and the Tunisian media was awesome. Then came the tours in Europe and Canada with a wonderful reaction too. I realize that many people are touched by the song, because, it represents their situation as Palestinians, Iraqis, Libyans, Tunisians, and other Middle Eastern nationals.

This song is a bit different from your previous ones. Tell us about the technical challenges that an artist faces when adopting a new singing style.

Often, the crowds would like to trap the artist in a certain genre mould, and as soon as you try to escape this type, a heap of reactions onsets. Generally, I am not afraid of change; I even embrace it. “Yakhi Ana Souriyeh” is the first song in which I come this close to the folk genre, but, the musical style of my last two albums was much different from that of the previous ones: “Hal AsmarEllon” and “Shamat”. I will always try to rebel against myself and break the stereotypes imposed upon me either by myself or by others, at the same time, faithfully maintaining my standards in the music and the lyrics. 

Do you entertain the idea of writing and composing again?

Sure, as long as I am inspired. I also like working with other writers and composers as long as their words and music are after my own heart.

What can you tell us about your first video clip experience? How will you describe it?

Different, beautiful, and exhausting. I am a stage person, and I love the stage extravagantly. I also studied acting during my opera studies, so, I did not feel a stranger in front of the camera. Probably, the working team also helped me feel comfortable. I like it when the video clip adds to the taste of the song. I also adore stories; that is why I decided to record a video clip that adds an element to the song performance.

How would you evaluate your collaboration with Damsco Events especially that it is the first one you undertake together? The most beautiful thing in working with Damsco is the warmth and friendliness they embrace you with which makes you feel at home. This feeling of passion and warmth is absent in the western world. In Damsco you genuinely feel that you are a Syrian. I also sensed gentle compassion and noble thought much different from what is common in production companies today. It is delightful to meet people who give heed to the quality, and are not only interested in the profit. I wish they will continue to develop and flourish venturing out to try new things that are authentic and different.

Do you have plans for other collaborative projects with Damsco Events in the near future?

I would much like that. Many projects resemble me and Damsco, representing depth, authenticity, distinction, and innovation, as well as attaining an intimate relationship with the audience and winning the heart of the masses.

What do you think about the role of the Syrian entrepreneurs in supporting the Syrian refugees? Is it possible for large investment companies to have an influential role in humanitarian issues?

We appreciate anyone who can help afflicted humanity and rescue the oppressed. Those of us who are more fortunate, need to help bring some justice to our cause, for which the public opinion remains ignorant. As artists and entrepreneurs, we need to raise public awareness and introduce to the world who we are, what we went through, what we have lost, and what we can give. Arts may convey this to the world, while, entrepreneurs may support such arts. Of course, they can also help Syrians by creating decent job opportunities, for most Syrians are looking for more than mere financial aid, they are looking for opportunities to thrive, create, and achieve.   

Will the crowd of your GCC fans, specifically in the United Arab Emirates have an opportunity to attend your concert there in the near future?

I sincerely wish that. I am longing to meet them, and hope that a new collaboration with Damsco Events will regather me with the beloved in the Gulf and UAE.

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“Yakhi Ana Souriyeh” The Story of a Passport that brought together Mohannad Al Masre and Lena Chamamyan

The talented singer Lena Chamamyan went through exceptional procedures during a business trip from Paris to Tunisia just for being a national of Syria and carrying a Syrian passport. The same issue will be relevant when you replace the name of the country with Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, etc.

This encounter inspired Chamamyan to write and compose her new song “Yakhi Ana Souriyeh”. She released a video clip of the song that was the idea of Chamamyan’s producer and manager Maher Sabra, directed by SaadKadiri and sponsored by Damsco Events, one of Damsco Group’s companies founded and directed by Syrian entrepreneur Mohannad Al Masre.    

With her beautiful angelic voice that reflects both purity and power, Lena Chamamyan’s songs submerge the human soul in an overwhelming aura of romance and serenity. For this, she is acclaimed and adored by myriads of enthralled hearts around the world.

Chamamyan did not record video clips before to maintain her artistic independence and freedom to choose until she was provoked by that encounter which gave birth to “Yakhi Ana Souriyeh”.

This is the first time Chamamyan releases a video clip and her first collaboration with Damsco Events.

Damsco’s sponsorship to this song aligns with its commitment to shed light upon the suffering of the Syrian people, using all possible means to expose and remind the general public of this issue.

The company sees that Lena Chamamyan’s song communicates not only the adversity of the Syrian nationals, but exceeds that to disclose the suffering of all nations and people afflicted by war, political conflicts, and crisis.

During a phone call with Damsco, Dr. Maher Sabra, the manager of the artist Lena Chamamyan, expressed his delight with this pioneering collaboration between Chamamyan and Damsco Events, hoping to undertake such projects again in the future, especially that both parties share a common standpoint from the humanitarian issues and the suffering in the Arab world.

Let us mention that the scenes in “Yakhi Ana Souriyeh” were shot in 4 different cities: Damascus, Beirut, Istanbul, and Paris, and its lyrics are written in Syrian and Tunisian dialects.

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Journalist ZainaYazigi Praises Damsco Group’s Media Enterprise

On Wednesday, the “Arab Media Forum 2019” kicked off in Dubai World Trade Center in the city of Dubai under the theme “Arab Media: From Now to the Future.” The forum extends until 28/3/2019.

Syrian journalist ZainaYazigi conducted the opening session of the forum. During the session she hosted Fabrice Fries Chief Executive of Agence France-Presse (AFP) who spoke about the future of the News Agencies.

Damsco Group attended the forum’s opening session and had a delightful interview with the Syrian journalist ZainaYazigi, who talked about the future of journalism and the challenges that journalists and media professionals face in an era in which everyone has become – as Zaina puts it – a journalist.

Yazigi demonstrated some of the challenges they face as journalists saying: “Today, in this forum, we raised a challenging question that confronts journalists and media professionals. The question is: Do we still have a job? Is our work still relevant today when every individual is a kind of journalist? Everyone has access to the needed resources and technology and even high-quality photography devices, which makes this possible.”

On the other hand, Yazigi said: “Despite this fact, I believe that no party can eliminate the role of the other, but each one uses different tools and platforms. Can professional journalists adapt and enhance their coverage pace? Can they use their tools while maintaining the basic rules of good journalism? This is a serious issue, because, the media has a key role in the development of societies and humanity, introducing positive values, reproaching the guilty, and correcting the path. You can afford to dispense with appliances like the television, but, not with the journalist.”

When Damsco asked ZainaYazigi to evaluate the contribution of entrepreneurs investing in sectors far-off the media, she said: “Without a doubt, most large organizations have a financial problem. Some corporations establish media sites far less expensive than TV stations or media organizations. However, they need to have a clear vision and take heed not to turn into a short-lived fad or an advertisement billboard. They need to hire experts and adhere to the professional guidelines.”

In regards to the importance of caring for Syrian children and youth in refugee camps, and granting them the opportunity to convey their positive energy in a creative media environment, ZainaYazigi indicated: “For me, this is a central concern and a basic issue of utmost importance. At some point, I did not accept or believe in social media. However, with the emergence of the refugees’ issue, I realized the significant role that the social media played in connecting the refugees in the camps with each other, with the aid centers, and with the media, or just as an outlet for stress relief. They are even a great platform to channel the voice of their cry through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram forcing the ignorant media to pay attention and cover their stories. The issue of the refugees is a critical topic, especially that they master the use of the social media and know how to benefit from it. Nevertheless, they certainly need professional training and discovering those who are talented among them. A hindering problem that the refugee encounters today is the need to obtain the right to act freely in a certain environment, in addition to rehabilitation, until – hopefully – we find a solution to the issue of the refugees.”

As for the responsibility of Syrian financial capitals in supporting Syrian talents blooming in the camps, Yazigi advocates: “It can be a social investment too, not just a financial one.”

She highly esteemed the value of the media success of Damsco Gala organized by Damsco Events, one of the companies of Damsco Group founded and directed by the Syrian entrepreneur Mohannad Al Masre, and added: “I am always delighted to see an adequate Syrian capital. We have been accustomed to the coward capitals who invest in certain sectors avoiding projects that carry responsibility, confrontation or debut. I am glad to see a Syrian entrepreneur who is investing in this sector, for the Syrian capital, employs Syrian cadres. Thus, it highlights the Syrian issue, which in turn attracts the Syrian artist and the Syrian audience, especially in the absence of a powerful Syrian media capable of entering a real competition. Therefore, this venture has the potential to become a model in the Arab world.”

The Arab Media Forum gathered over 75 speakers and 200 media figures, scholars and politicians from across the Arab region and the world to discuss a wide range of topics including the relationship between the media and politics.

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Valentine with Abed Fahed in Damsco’s Gala Event

Damsco Events filled Dubai’s starry sky with vibes of love and joy, during its dinner party Damasco Gala, which took place on the 14th of February, with the performances of the stars Nassif Zeytoun, Adam and Yara.

During the event, the Syrian entrepreneur and chairman of Damsco Group, Mohannad Al Masre, presented a birthday cake to the Syrian star Abed Fahed, who celebrated his special day with his wife the journalist Zaina Al Yazigi, in the presence of a vast crowd of fans and guests. In this occasion, the artist Nassif Zeytoun offered one of his songs as a present to the birthday man, wishing him good and prosperity in his personal life and career.

2100 people attended Damsco Gala including journalists and prominent Arab Media personages, like talented artists Elham Shahin and Maha Al Masri, Emirati actors Hamad Al Kubaisi and Louloua, and Syrian actor and director Maher Salibi.

During his talk to the Arab Media which covered the event, the famous singer Nassif Zeytoun expressed his astonishment and fascination with the excellent organization of the large Gala event with such multitude of guests and participants.

The talented artist Yara also expressed her admiration and gladness for having the opportunity to sing in Damsco Gala on Valentine’s day, enjoying a lovely interaction with her fans.

On his turn, the gifted artist Adam entertained the audience with a selection of his songs, and revealed his amazement with the hugeness of the Gala and the vast number of the attendees. Beloved artist Nassif Zeytoun concluded the gala with a delightful performance of his best-loved songs sparkling the hearts of the audience with love and zeal.

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Honoring “Qasioun Eagles”: The Syrian Team

The Syrian community in UAE welcomed the Syrian football team ‘Qasioun Eagles’ with an ardent celebration, after which the Syrian entrepreneur and chairman of Damsco Group  Mr. Mohannad Fayez Al Masre, honored the Syrian national team in the Syrian Arab Republic Embassy headquarters in Dubai.

Mr. Maher Badar, the Head of Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic embassy in UAE received Mr. Mohannad Al Masre.

The Chairman of the Syrian Olympic Committee, MowaffaqJuma, and the head of the sports team, Mr. Fadi Dabbas also attended the honoring ceremony.

During the ceremony, Mohannad Al Masre praised the Syrian team for their achievements in 2019 Asian Cup qualifications, hosted by UAE. He expressed his joy for meeting the team members, and wished them greater accomplishments in the tournament, and winning the Asian Cup.

In his speech he indicated that “Every Syrian individual, in all corners of the world, is proud of the ‘Syrian Eagles’, our eyes are fixed on you, our hearts are with you, and we are confident that you will achieve the highest ranks, and carry the glory of victory to homeland.”

He also added: “This honoring ceremony is a gesture of gratitude from me and Damsco Group employees. Surely every individual in the Syrian community celebrates this opportunity, and was as eager to meet you as we were.”

At the end of the ceremony, the Chairman of Damsco Group thanked the Head of Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic embassy, all administrators and team members of the ‘Qasioun Eagles’, as well as the United Arab Emirates for its hospitality and hosting the Syrian National team.

Mousa Khijo

Damsco Events’ participation in the Beauty Artist Forum in Dubai

Damsco Events’ pavilion at the Beauty Artist Forum in Dubai organized by the World Union Academy of Cosmetology attracted a multitude of beauty experts, media professionals and others interested in the field. Damsco Events is one of Damsco Group’s companies, directed by Mohannad Fayez Al Masre.

Many Emirati personages such as Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, and Arab media professionals such as Ola Al-Faraj attended the forum, with more than 100 beauty experts from the UAE and the GCC countries.

Like all crafts and professions, the profession of Beauty and Cosmetology has developed through time, and no longer depends on the experience of practitioners only, but, has become an industry that adopts academic foundations for the development of its tools and practices. The innovations and developments in the area of this profession, urged to coordinate international meetings and establish workshops, conferences and specialized exhibitions, to exchange experiences and take note of the latest fashion and beauty trends supporting youth projects.

Dubai, though renowned in the fields of real estate, investment, technology and artificial intelligence, has an outstanding footprint in the area of art and attracts the world’s leading fashion and cosmetology producers. The forum featured many workshops and seminars on the pros and cons of the profession, as well as induction in hairstyling techniques and other professional skills in the presence of international beauty expert Manal Hassan Mohammed.

As for Damsco Events, the company presented a unique model for organizing luxurious weddings, banquets, special events and activities through its team of talented experts.

The beauty and elegance in creating stylish table setups in terms of color consistency, professionalism and luxurious designs, while maintaining the quality of used materials and equipment, was conspicuous in its layouts.

According to the World Union Academy of Cosmetology, the objective of the forum is: “To exchange knowledge between beauty experts and the public, and exhibit their works, as well as, advancing the profession of beauty and cosmetology and raising the professionalism of the participants.”

The forum held at the Al Barsha Hall in Dubai on the 5th and 6th of November, 2018, and was organized by the World Union Academy of Cosmetology, an international organization based in Italy, founded in 1937, and opened in Dubai in 2000.

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