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    UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science meets with leading researchers in UK

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 15 August 2017:   The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science hosted a series of meetings with leading UK researchers working on climatology and meteorology as part of its summer 2017 European roadshow.  Reflecting its growing international status as a rain enhancement leader, the Program held meetings with noted experts and leading scientific institutions in London and nearby cities on 10-15 August. Following a meeting with one of the awardees of the Program’s Second Cycle, Professor Giles Harrison of the University of Reading, the team visited the European Center For Medium Weather Forecasts, the European Space Agency and Imperial College.   His Excellency Dr Abdullah Al Mandous, Director of the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), said: “The UAE Research more

    Dubai Land Department Awarded Two ISO Certificates in Quality and Environmental Management Systems

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 August 2017: Dubai Land Department (DLD) has recently been awarded two ISO certificates for its Quality Management System (9001: 2015) and Environmental Management System (14001: 2015). Mohammed Sultan Thani, Supervisor of the Services Monitoring Department at Dubai Land Department, commented: "DLD is pleased to have received these ISO certificates, which reflect our eagerness to adopt best practices and international standards in our integrated performance management and development system. The two certificates have been awarded in recognition of the efforts made across our various departments and teams to achieve the highest quality in our performance, customer service and development of internal systems. DLD has also been recognised for its commitment to protecting the environment through a more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to Supply 9,500 Tons of Fertilizers to Farmers

    Distribution starts from next week  Ministry offers fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, organic agriculture supplies at half price Dubai-UAE: 10 August, 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has commenced its yearly drive to provide financial and technical assistance to farmers in the UAE as part of its priority to encourage local farmers to switch to innovative, eco-friendly farming patterns and promote local agricultural production.   The Ministry’s efforts support the Year of Giving initiative, launched by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the national food security strategy.     Every year, MOCCAE conducts a survey to identify the needs of farmers and understand the essential requirements to be supplied during the next more

    Dubai Chamber hosts workshop on VAT compliance in UAE retail sector

    First workshop on VAT compliance organised by the Chamber in cooperation with the UAE’s Federal Tax Authority More than 400 participants attended the event to learn more about VAT implementation and mandatory registration procedures  Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday organised and hosted a workshop in cooperation with the UAE’s Federal Tax Authority which aimed to familiarise retailers in the country with the forthcoming value-added tax (VAT), as well as mandatory registration procedures associated with the new tax.   The workshop, hosted at the Chamber’s premises, was attended by over 400 participants representing various retailers in the UAE. The event is part of the second phase of the joint effort by the Ministry of Finance and the more

    Saudi Arabia halts Commercial and Working Visit Visas for UAE Muslim residents during Hajj season

    Dubai, UAE – 09 August 2017:  Effective 07 August 2017, Muslim residents in the UAE are unable to apply for Commercial and Working Visit Visas for Saudi Arabia as consular processing is suspended during the busy Hajj season. The temporary suspension has been put in place by Saudi authorities in efforts to regulate the activity of foreign nationals in the Kingdom.  During the annual pilgrimage season, Saudi Arabia welcomes Hajj visa applicants and suspends other visa categories to the Muslim population. As a result, Muslim residents in the UAE, regardless of nationality, with invitation letters and pre-approved Commercial or Working Visit Visa notifications from Mecca, Jeddah and Medina will be required to re-apply for visas upon the lift of the suspension. Alternatively, inviting sponsors can issue new invitation more

    HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed honors one of the largest donors to the Faraj Fund

    Firoz Merchant donated AED 15 Million till date Dubai, UAE; August 08, 2017:  Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE honored Firoz Merchant, a Dubai based Indian businessman, who is one of the main donors to the Faraj Fund. The ceremony took place at the Ministry of Interior headquarters. This award is an acknowledgment for Merchant’s work and efforts to help insolvent prisoners and their families in the UAE through his donation of AED 15 million till date to the Faraj Fund.  Merchant received the ‘Community Service Medal’ for his philanthropic efforts in supporting the Faraj Fund during ‘The Year of Giving’. Merchant’s humanitarian work resulted in releasing many indebted prisoners and bringing happiness and joy to more

    Empower to participate at World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2017)

    Dubai, UAE, 6 August July 2017:  Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, will participate at the fourth edition of World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2017), organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, set to be held during 24-25 October at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. “We’re very excited to participate at the upcoming WGES. At Empower, we’re trying to raise the bar on building district cooling efficiency and our participation at WGES will not only help us to spur new ideas, but also shape the industry by presenting information on the benefits of district cooling technology,” said  Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of more

    S&P Global Ratings: State of Kuwait Ratings Affirmed At 'AA/A-1+'; Outlook Stable

    Overview We anticipate Kuwait's large government and external net asset positions will continue to afford the authorities space to gradually consolidate government finances without weighing on growth. We are therefore affirming our 'AA/A-1+' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Kuwait. The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Kuwait's public and external balance sheets--backed by sizeable financial assets--will remain strong over the forecast horizon, offsetting risks related to lower oil prices, Kuwait's undiversified oil economy, its relatively nascent parliamentary system, and regional geopolitical tensions. Rating Action On Aug. 4, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'AA/A-1+' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign more

    Ministry Of Climate Change and Environment Issues Circular on Egg Imports from Netherlands

    Dubai, UAE: 03 August, 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) issued a circular to the concerned local authorities to ensure that the country's markets are free of contaminated eggs imported from the Netherlands. The Ministry also tightened the controls on shipments of eggs and other food products to ensure their safety and fitness for human consumption. Entities responsible for implementing the circular include the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the municipalities of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.  The decision is based on the findings of a technical report following the warning issued by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) regarding eggs produced in the country.  According to the report, the eggs are unfit for human more

    Barclays Sponsors UAE's First Government Accredited Entrepreneurship Programme

    The Mind Cloud Entrepreneurship Programme and Dubai Business Women Council offer tailor-made, certified courses aimed at students, SME entrepreneurs and corporate employees   Dubai, UAE – August 1, 2017:  Barclays announced its sponsorship for the Mind Cloud Entrepreneurship programme, the UAE’s first government accredited initiative for entrepreneurs. The initiative aims to elevate the entrepreneurship skills for participants, in collaboration with Dubai Business Women Council, the UAE’s leading platform for the personal and professional development of women in the emirate and beyond. The holistic, all-inclusive programme has drawn support of VIP facilitators including representatives from LinkedIn, who led the course tuition.  The initiative provides support to the UAE’s drive to build a more

    Dubai Chamber showcases emirate's potential as global industrial hub at INNOPROM 2017

    Chamber held more than 100 meetings with public and private sector stakeholders at INNOPROM 2017 in Ekaterinburg, Russia Event visitors informed about Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, Dubai Chamber services and support Dubai, UAE, July 30, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently participated in INNOPROM 2017, Russia’s largest international industrial trade fair, as part of its efforts to showcase Dubai’s potential as a global hub for emerging industries.   The conference and exhibition, held in Ekaterinburg, featured a Dubai Chamber stand which provided visitors with an overview of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, the emirate’s economy and business environment, and Dubai Chamber services and support.   Representatives of Dubai Chamber’s Azerbaijan more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Holds First Stakeholder Meeting on National Air Emissions Inventory

    Dubai, UAE: 29 July 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) kicked off the process of establishing a national air emissions inventory in Dubai, holding the first stakeholder consultation for participants from both federal and emirate-level entities. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the Federal Authority for Competitiveness and Statistics, the Federal Authority for Land and Marine Transport, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, Sharjah City Municipality, Bee’ah Company-Sharjah, The Environment Protection and Development Authority-Ras Al Khaimah, Waste Management Authority-Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman Municipality, Umm Al Quwain Municipality, Public Works and Services Department-Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah Municipality and Civil Aviation Authority. The inception meeting more

    Kurita Leading water treatment sets up MENA HQ in Jafza

    Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2017:  Kurita, a leading Japanese company specialising in water treatment technology, has opened its regional headquarter in Jebel Ali Free Zone “Jafza” to serve its customers spread across the GCC and the Middle East. The company held an opening ceremony of their offices here in the presence of Michiya Kadota, President and Representative Director of Kurita Water Industries Ltd. , David Olivet, Chief Executive Officer of Kurita Middle East, Abdullah Bin Damithan, Director of Commercial, DP World, UAE Region, Ahmad Al Haddad, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Jafza. David Olivet said that the company has been operating in the Gulf region and the Middle East since 2007 through its delegates and agents in various countries, but recently decided to establish a regional headquarter to manage its more

    Arab leadership style can teach people worldwide lessons in teamwork

    Five ways global leaders can learn from Arab leadership styles, according to LBS expert   Dubai, UAE, 27 July 2017:  In the Middle East, it’s important to invest time in building business relationships. This is according to Randall S Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute at London Business School. Although business customs can vary slightly from country to country in the region, leaders are expected to be and tend to be accessible, with a widely-adopted open-door approach in the Arab business world, Professor Peterson’s research has found.   For example, in the UAE, 80% of the population are expatriates with large groups of Europeans, Asian Muslims, as well as people from around the Arab region. “The nature of the diverse and more

    Young Future Energy Leaders Group Visits BASF Headquarters in Germany

    Visit Included Trip to Europe’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sessions with Experts in Green Buildings and Solar Energy Abu Dhabi-UAE: 26 July 2017: Eight members of the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program visited the Ludwigshafen headquarters of the largest chemical producer in the world, BASF, to learn how innovations in chemical engineering are helping to solve some the world’s biggest challenges, like providing clean water to a growing population and achieving energy efficiency. YFEL is an outreach program of the Masdar Institute, part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology. During the three-day visit, the YFEL members toured various BASF site facilities, including one of the largest wastewater treatment plant in Europe, and the BASF Competence Center Fuels and Lubes. They also received more

    Dubai Chamber shortlisted in 2017 World Chambers Competition

    Chamber has been nominated for the Best Unconventional Project Award and will present Dubai Innovation Index at 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney H.E. Buamim: Nomination is a recognition of Chamber’s strong commitment to supporting the development of business in Dubai Dubai, UAE. July 26, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been named as a finalist for the Best Unconventional Project award in the 2017 World Chambers Competition.   The Chamber, set to present its nominated project at the 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney this September, is the only chamber of commerce from the Middle East and North Africa region that has been shortlisted within this award category.   The project, the Dubai Innovation Index, was initially launched by Dubai Chamber in 2015 as an annual more

    Ajman's Al Zorah Nature Reserve Designated as Wetland of International Importance

    Dubai-UAE: 25 July, 2017:  Al Zorah Nature Reserve in Ajman has been officially declared as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, making it the seventh site in the UAE on the Ramsar List.  The declaration recognizes the achievements of the UAE in the field of nature conservation and protection of endangered land and marine species. The Ramsar Convention, also known as the Convention on Wetlands, aims to protect wetlands, restore their basic ecological functions, and develop their economic, cultural and scientific role as well as recreational value. His Excellency Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Director General of Ajman’s Municipality and Planning Department, said: “The designation of Al Zorah Nature Reserve as Ramsar Site No. 2309 places the protected area on the global map and more

    Dubai Chamber to participate in 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney

    12,000 chambers of commerce from over 100 countries to participate in the biennial event H.E. Buamim: Our participation in the Congress falls in line with the Chamber’s strategy of exploring new opportunities for members and attracting global companies to Dubai Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced that it will be actively participating in the 10th World Chambers Congress which is being organised and hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce’s World Chambers Federation (WCF).   The Congress will take place September 19th-21st, 2017 in Sydney, Australia, with around 12,000 chambers of commerce from over 100 countries participating in the unique biennial event.   As a Platinum Sponsor of the Congress, Dubai Chamber will be representing the more

    Dubai Chamber adds 8,900 new members in H1-2017

    New Membership grows by nearly 10,9% to reach 210,000 in the first half of 2017 Dubai Chamber members’ exports and re-exports increase over 6% to AED 146.7bn Saudi Arabia is top export market for Dubai Chamber members 465,680 Certificates of Origin issued at a rate of around 2,500 per day The Chamber received 350 visiting delegations from 34 countries Dubai, UAE. July 23, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said a total of 8,900 companies joined as members within the first six months of 2017, while it saw its new membership increase by 10.9% year on year.   Dubai Chamber members’ exports and re-exports grew by 6.1% during the first half of 2017 to AED 146.7 billion, compared to AED 138.3 billion in the same period of last year. The Chamber’s total membership reached 210,000 more

    Abu Dhabi Government Grants US$18 Million to Strengthen Power Supply in Guinea

    Capital comes from US$90 million Abu Dhabi government grant earmarked for Guinea Guinea’s National Dispatch Centre cornerstone-laying ceremony draws attendance of Guinean President Centre to support West African Power Pool programme Project to serve more than 10 million people Abu Dhabi-UAE: 22 July, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity in development aid, attended the official cornerstone-laying ceremony of Guinea’s National Dispatch Centre in the presence of His Excellency Alpha Condé, President of Guinea, and His Excellency Mamady Youla, Prime Minister of Guinea.   ADFD allocated US$18 million (AED66 million) for the construction and operation of the centre from the US$90 million (AED330 million) Abu Dhabi government grant earmarked for development projects more

    Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council Verifies Accuracy of 4,871 Legal Measuring Instruments, 9,010 Pre-packaged Products in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 22 July, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the entity responsible for developing quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, carried out a series of inspections in H1 2017 to verify the accuracy of legal measuring instruments and pre-packaged products used in the Abu Dhabi market and ensure their compliance with the applicable standards. As part of the drive, the Council inspected over the past six months 4,871 legal measuring instruments, including trade scales, gold, jewellery and precious metal scales, oud and Arabian perfume scales, weighing platforms, shipping scales and petroleum meters, as well as 9,010 pre-packaged products. Sultan Al Mehairi, Director of Information Service and Engagement at QCC, said: “The inspection drive aligns with QCC’s mandate of developing more

    Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre Opens Nominations for 5th Edition of Islamic Economy Award

    Award Under Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Line with Directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum   Dubai-UAE: 19 July, 2017 – The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) announced the commencement of nominations for the fifth edition of the Islamic Economy Award (IEA).   Launched in 2013 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the award recognises the efforts of institutions and entrepreneurs across the globe in offering the best innovative concepts that align with Islamic economy standards and have a positive impact on global socio-economic development.   The award is a joint initiative of DIEDC and Dubai Chamber of more

    Empower extends support to ‘State of Green Economy' Report

    The sponsorship is a reflection of Empower’s years of success and adoption of innovative strategies to minimise the environmental impact   Dubai, UAE, 19 July 2017:  Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, will extend its support to the ‘State of Green Economy’ Report by Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), as a Platinum Sponsor. The Green Economy Report sheds light on Dubai’s accomplishments and achievements in developing and applying green economy charters in all the different sectors. It also highlights Dubai’s support for green economy and the reduction of carbon emissions.   “We are delighted to extend our support to the State of Green Economy Report. While the publication presents more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Oversees Spraying Organic Insecticide on 26,000 Palm Trees Affected by Dust Spider

    Effort is Part of Year of Giving Initiatives Launched in Cooperation with Private Sector Dubai-UAE: 19 July 2017:  In line with the "Year of Giving" initiative declared by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has launched a series of projects in cooperation with the private sector. MOCCAE is overseeing the spraying of 26,000 palm trees affected by the dust spider with an organic insecticide in the northern, central and eastern regions of the country and is also facilitating 1,000 liters of the organic insecticide in cooperation with Swaidan Trading Company for the project.  His Excellency Sultan bin Alwan Al Habsi, Assistant Under Secretary for Regions at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, said that the project is more

    Emirates Post offers enhanced Promotional Stamps service to organizations and companies

    Dubai ,July 18, 2017:  Emirates Post Group has enhanced its Promotional Stamps service, which targets public and private institutions to celebrate their special occasion and milestone achievements by creating postage stamps. The service enables government and private institutions to mark their historic occasions by issuing special stamps, designed in association with Emirates Post Group. Mr. Abdullah Mohammad Al Ashram, acting CEO of Emirates Post Group, said: "A promotional postage stamp issued through Emirates Post can go a long way in promoting the company’s event and profile, and record it for posterity through postage stamps issued in the UAE. This service represents a unique and innovative marketing tool for institutions and companies to commemorate special events.” He added that the Promotional more

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    Department of Economic Development - Ajman successfully completes automation of its administrative and customer services

    UAE, 16 August 2017- The Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) revealed the successful completion of its Unified Automation Platform initiative, resulting in automation of its administrative and customer services. The achievement, which is part of the department’s continuing move to drive in digital and smart transformation across its operations, represents a strong impetus to align the business processes with the latest technical developments--increasing the efficiency of transactions and upgrading the quality of the services provided to its customers and more

    Ajman DED launches new issuance procedure in line with Ajman's digital plan

    UAE, 14 August 2017- Driven by its vision of building a competitive economy that supports the digital transformation in Ajman, the Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) has launched a new version of the new licensing and trade license model, reflecting its commitment to government integration as a key pillar for investment promotion. The move represents a strong impetus to align the new model with Ajman's digital corporate identity, which aims to enhance the harmony between government departments in line with the objectives of Ajman Vision 2021 to create a more

    Department of Economic Development - Ajman and Ajman Cultural Center commits to maintaining fruitful cooperation to help achieve sustainability for the emirate

    UAE, July 29, 2017- The Sustainability Team of the Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) recently held a coordination meeting with the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development Center to help develop more ways and means aimed at reinforcing joint cooperation between the two government entities. The meeting focused on the development of key guidelines, standards and practices to bolster the emirate’s efforts towards achieving sustainability. During the meeting, both parties emphasized on the need to deepen the joint efforts between the two parties, which more

    Sharjah Summer Campaign boosts Sharjah's vision to become global tourism hub for cultural and family destinations

    July 26, 2017- The Emirate of Sharjah’s vision to become one of the world’s leading summer destinations and a global hub for family-oriented leisure and tourism received a new boost with the active participation of the local tourism and hospitality industry in the first ever Sharjah Summer Campaign. The initiative aims to position the emirate as an ideal summer destination for local, regional, international markets, in line with its goals to attract 10 million tourists, under the ‘Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021’. A host of the hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, and more

    Ministry of Economy discusses cooperative prospects with Japan

    Abu Dhabi, July 25, 2017: H.E. Abdullah Al Saleh, the Ministry of Economy’s Undersecretary for Foreign Trade and Industry, discussed various means for further developing economic and trade cooperation with Japan during a meeting held with H.E. Yasushi Akahoshi, President of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), in Dubai. The two sides expressed their satisfaction with their advanced level of economic and trade relations and their mutual keenness to develop effective mechanisms for cooperation, the exchange of experiences, and facilitating investment in a number of vital more

    Department of Economic Development – Ajman conducts inspection of 1,307 business units for Q2 2017

    UAE, July 24, 2017-  The Department of Control and Consumer Protection of the Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman) has successfully carried out the inspection of over 1,307 businesses in the emirate, which includes shopping centres, outlets, malls, shops and markets, during the second quarter of 2017. The department was also able to issue 246 violations against businesses that were found to be in non-compliance with DED-Ajman rules and regulations. The figures were part of DED-Ajman's Q2 2017 report. According to DED-Ajman's Department of Commercial Fraud, a more

    Department of Economic Development - Ajman issues 1,052 new licenses during Q2 2017

    UAE, July 19, 2017-  The Department of Planning and Development at (DED-Ajman) has revealed the latest performance indicators covering the movement of business licenses issued by the Department of Registration and Economic Licenses. For the second quarter of 2017, the department released a total of 1,052 new licenses while 165 licenses were revoked or cancelled.  Official statistics and figures showed a growth of 12.3 per cent in the number of renewals made during the second quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of the same year. The total number of renewals was 6,286, more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Masdar and Bee'ah to Develop Integrated Study on Waste Management

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    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation to Sponsor Repair of Fire-damaged Family House in Al Warqaa

    Project Valued at AED380,000 Dubai-UAE: 17 July, 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has announced that it will sponsor the complete repair works of an Emirati family’s house in Al Warqaa area of Dubai that was damaged by fire and resulted in the death of a five-year-old child in April 2017.  The fire injured several other family members and destroyed about 70 percent of the house, rendering it uninhabitable. News of the tragic event prompted AMAF as a strategic partner of the UAE’s Year of Giving to support the family in its hour of more

    P&O Ports Agrees Lease Deal for Port de Sète, to serve South of France

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    DED Ajman launches 9 new electronic services for registration & licensing and 3 services for control & consumer protection

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    Abu Dhabi's e-Government Gears up for the 2017 Esri User Conference in the U.S.

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    Dubai Internet City and Dubai Science Park nurture green economy by collecting tonnes of e-waste in 18-hour initiative

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    Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council Recalls 2,363 Products in 21 Categories Following Inspection Campaigns on Controlled Products

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    Pinsent Masons Announces Sponsorship of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East

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    Greenpeace urges G19 including Saudi Arabia to go above and beyond the Paris climate deal

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    Ministry of Health & Prevention hosts second meeting of GCC's Central Registration Committee for Medical Devices &Manufacturers

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    Abu Dhabi Post Offices Attract Higher Number of Customers Because of Multiple Services

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    UAE competes with 11 countries in bid for Category B membership in International Maritime Organization's Executive Council

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    Landfill to landscape: Bee'ah and Foster + Partners ink deal for innovative transformation of waste site

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    New labour camp wellness and happiness initiative launched in Dubai

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    Sheraa initiates Ramadan Giving Program to mentor orphans from Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation

    Program aims to inculcate an entrepreneurial mindset and develop their confidence Sharjah, UAE: (June 27, 2017):  Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center) - a launch pad for aspiring young entrepreneurs in the UAE - has launched a Ramadan Giving Program where the Sheraa team and other participants introduced orphans supported by the Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation to the world of entrepreneurship. The initiative is the result of a collaboration with ‘The Mawada Project’, an organization aimed at creating opportunities for the UAE’s youth to volunteer for social more

    Evonik Launches Young Spirit School Campaign to Re-awaken Interest in Science

    24 June 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirate – Evonik, one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies, recently launched in the Arabian Peninsula a school campaign aimed at re-awakening the interest in science. “We always look for ways to contribute to the communities that we operate in. This was the reason we launched Young Spirit school campaign almost fifteen years ago in Germany where the company is headquartered” said Michael Wring, President of Evonik Gulf FZE, Middle East and North Africa. “As our global presence became more prominent, the more

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Launches Humanitarian Accelerators

    Accelerators dedicated to improving financial efficiency of humanitarian organisations; adapting advanced technology to serve the humanitarian sector. Dubai, UAE: 24 June, 2017:  UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today launched the Humanitarian Accelerators, a first of its kind initiative in the Arab World which aims to gather skilled professionals in the cause of aiding the humanitarian sector. The accelerators will be dedicated to improving the financial efficiency of humanitarian organisations and more

    Dubai Customs salutes UAE's 1st global customs efficiency ranking

    Dubai, UAE, 21th June 2017:  Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation highly applauded the UAE’s achievement of topping the world’s Efficiency of Customs Procedures Index at the annual report of the Global Competitiveness of 2017. The book is issued by the Global Competitiveness Centre of the International Institute for Administrative Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, which is one of the most important specialized colleges in the world in this field.  Bin Sulayem pointed out that the more

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