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Emirates Launches Limited Edition Upcycled Luggage

The “Aircrafted by Emirates” bags, suitcases, and accessories are made from retrofitted airline interiors.

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In August 2022, Emirates began to retrofit the interior cabins of all 120 of its Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. The ongoing multi-billion-dollar project is the largest of its kind and expected to take 2 years to complete.

Now, to show off its commitment to the environment and showcase its spirit of innovation, Emirates has revealed a unique capsule collection of luggage, bags, and accessories made from upcycled materials from retrofitted airliners.

The limited-edition range features suitcases, backpacks, handbags, cardholders, toiletry bags, belts, and shoes. All the items are handmade by four of the fourteen Emirates tailors working in the company’s dedicated cabin workshop. The items will be displayed at the Dubai Airshow in DWC from 13-17 November and are also available to order. All proceeds from their sale will be donated to Children in Need via the Emirates Airline Foundation.

Many materials have been repurposed for the new collection, including aluminum from headrests, leather from A380 onboard lounges, and even fur from a captain’s seat. The environmental credentials of the retrofit project are impressive: From the 16 aircraft retrofitted so far, over 14,000kg of materials have been recovered. When completed, Emirates aims to have collected 270 kg of leather and 627kg of seat fabric from each airliner.

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Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President for Engineering, Ahmed Safa, said: “At Emirates, we are committed to constantly evolving our sustainability efforts and looking at every aspect of our products and supply chain. We knew these materials could be given a second life because they were originally of very high quality. We challenged our team to be as creative and innovative as possible, and here we are, with our own accessories workshop in Emirates Engineering Center”.

Each piece from the collection will be handmade to order, so customers can also request personalized laser engravings. Fashion-conscious Emirates fans can register their interest soon, but the special items will be available in strictly limited quantities.

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LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology

Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.

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LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.

Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.

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The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.

Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.

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The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.

The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.

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