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    Customs World develops RIISE: first of its kind leading-edge Customs platform

    Dubai – 16 February 2019: Customs World, a subsidiary of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), created a first of its kind platform based on the accumulative experiences of Dubai Customs.  RIISE, the new platform, will be rolled out globally to empower different countries with a cost-effective and sustainable customs system that allows to effectively and transparently manage core customs activities and conduct trade in the global market. The disruptive system has been developed as a flexible, plug-and-play solution that can be deployed and customized based on the customer's requirements. The new system is expected to raise the ranking of the UAE and the countries that will use it on the global indexes, increase revenues, facilitate trade and secure borders and the supply chain. RIISE, which was developed ......read more

    DAFZA to showcase its premium services to the F&B Industry at Gulfood

    DAFZA to highlight strategic initiatives that support Halal foods industry, including the Halal Industry Guidebook  DAFZA to show optimal storage solutions for F&B companies, within the light industrial units   February 16, 2019; Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) announced its participation in the 24th edition of Gulfood, which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Center between 17-21 February, under the theme “The World of Good, The World of Food”.   DAFZA is one of the UAE’s biggest supporters of the Halal food industry, and will highlight its efforts to promote the sector through initiatives such as launching “Dubai Global Gateway to Halal Industries: Your Guide Step by Step” in Arabic, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The guide ......read more

    Ajman Free Zone announces official commitment to culture of innovation at “Digitalized Workplace” forum

    Ajman Free Zone personnel will become certified innovation practitioners through an affiliation with Global Innovation Academy   Ajman, UAE (February 14, 2019) - Ajman Free Zone used its Innovation Forum, marking the UAE’s National Innovation Month, to announce its participation in a global accreditation scheme aimed at strengthening the culture of innovation across all of the organisation’s operations.    The announcement was made at the Digitalized Workplace Forum, Marsa Ajman, by Ali Matar Al Hosani, Human Resources Director for Ajman Free Zone, following addresses by representatives of both local and international companies who place innovation at the centre of their organisations.      Starting from this month, Ajman Free Zone will work closely with The Global ......read more

    Greece partners with VFS Global to launch Visa Application Centres in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman

    Greek Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Riyadh by H.E. Mr. Ioannis Taghis, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia New centres opened in light of growing numbers of visa applications to Greece   February 11, 2019   Greece in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide, announced the opening of two Visa Application Centres in cities of Riyadh and Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Greece also opened it’s very first visa application centre in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman.   The centres started accepting visa applications for Greece from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman from January 2019. With the launch of these new centres ......read more

    Dubai Cares and UNICEF announce the Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development at the World Government Summit

    Declaration is a follow-up to the official MENA launch of the Lancet Series Advancing Early Childhood Development    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 10, 2019: The United Arab Emirates witnessed today the announcement of the “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development” at the World Government Summit in Dubai, by Dubai Cares and UNICEF, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC). The “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development,” issued, responds to the growing scientific consensus that children’s early development directs their mental and emotional trajectories throughout life, with major implications for the economy and stability of their communities.   The United Arab Emirates hailed this declaration ......read more

    Emirates Post commemorates silver jubilee of Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR)

    Dubai, UAE – 10 February 2019:  Emirates Post has issued a commemorative stamp on the occasion of Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research’s (ECSSR) silver jubilee. The special-edition stamp celebrates the significant accomplishments of the ECSSR, which has cemented its position as a preeminent think tank since its inception 25 years ago, and supports the plans and vision of our Founding Father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Abdulla Mohammad Alashram, Acting Group CEO of Emirates Post Group, said: “Emirates Post is committed to supporting national institutions and we are proud to issue this commemorative stamp to celebrate 25 successful years of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). ECSSR’s continuous accomplishments, ......read more

    DJI's 7th Annual Football tournament concludes 1st round of qualifying stage

    The round witnessed a high level of professionalism in an atmosphere of enthusiasm from the teams’ fans Dubai Police excels with 15 goals against the General Civil Aviation Authority   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10th February 2019: Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI) concluded the first qualifying round of its 7th annual football tournament ‘Tolerance Tournament’ on Wednesday, 6th February 2019. The matches to date revealed a high level of professionalism with a total of 69 scored goals. Round two of the qualifying stage commenced on 6th February and will continue till Monday, 11th February.   In spite of the cold weather, DJI’s football field was filled with large crowds of fans who cheered the teams for providing wonderful, enthusiastic performances and unrivalled encouragement, ......read more

    Dubai Customs receives Oman Chamber of Commerce delegation

    February 09, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Passengers Operation Department of Dubai Customs received a delegation from the Oman Chamber of Commerce with the aim of exchanging experience between GCC entities and discussing means of customs cooperation.  The visitors were received at terminal (3), Dubai International Airport by Khalifa Malek, Inspection Manager and Salim Al Mazimi, Senior Manager of tariff section. The delegation was headed by Badr bin Saif Al Oufi, Assistant General Manager of Department of Administrative Affairs at Oman Chamber of Commerce and a number of officials.    The visitors toured the place and learnt about different plans and programs in place on handling passengers and luggage and methods used to recognize and seize different restricted, and prohibited goods. The visitors viewed the world class ......read more

    The Government of Umm Al Qaiwain signs a cooperation agreement with Emirates Auction

    Dubai, UAE – 07 February 2019 The Government of Umm Al Qaiwain has signed a cooperation agreement with Emirates Auction, the leading company in the field of management and organization of public and online auctions in the Middle East. The cooperation agreement states that the company is responsible for organizing exclusive auctions on assets owned by all the departments that fall under the Emirate’s Government. The agreement was recently signed at the headquarters of the Executive Council of Umm Al Qaiwain, in the presence of Sheikh Saif bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Chairman of the Economic Development Department of Umm Al Qaiwain; and Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Chairman of the Department of Finance in Umm Al Qaiwain. The agreement aims to strengthen the cooperation between the two sides in the field ......read more

    Emirates Post celebrates Human Fraternity Meeting with Commemorative Stamp

    Stamp illustrates the country’s supreme humanitarian message for tolerance and coexistence  UAE, 05 February 2019:  Emirates Post has issued a commemorative stamp to mark The Human Fraternity Meeting held in the capital, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in the presence of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and His Eminence the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb Sheikh Al-Azhar. The commemorative stamp, decorated with the picture of the two prominent religious figures, His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb Sheikh Al-Azhar, reflects the values of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and ......read more

    DFSA suspends licence of Morgan Gatsby Limited

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 5, 2019:  The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), the independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), announced the suspension of the licence of Morgan Gatsby Limited (MGL) for a period of 12 months, consistent with its aim to protect direct and indirect users of the financial services industry in the DIFC.      MGL’s licence was suspended due to serious concerns related to the adequacy of its human and financial resources, its non-compliance with DFSA rulebook requirements, and its failure to deal with the DFSA in an open and cooperative manner.     Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive of the DFSA, commented: “The DFSA will take immediate action to ensure the interests of ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber honours the winners of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Network Award 2018 on Wednesday

    Sharjah – 2 February 2019 The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has announced that the winners of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Network (ShjSEEN) Award 2018 will be revealed on Wednesday during a ceremony organized by the chamber. The award ceremony will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. The announcement took place during a recent meeting between the board of trustees for the award, which was held at the headquarters of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was headed by HE Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was also attended by members of the board of trustees for the award, as well as HE Mohamed Ahmed ......read more

    Dubai Customs tops Happiness Meter 2018 with 98%

    Dubai – 2 February 2019: Dubai Customs hit a new record on Smart Dubai Office’s Happiness Meter scoring 97.49%. This is the highest percentage reached by a government department since the launch of the happiness meter, and is above the 95% bar, which is the targeted percentage for client happiness in Dubai by the year 2020.  Dubai Customs topped the medium government entities with 1.75 million votes -21.87% of total number of votes for the happiness meter 2018. Dubai Customs received 1.5 million votes from clients for the quality of online smart services, and this takes 98.23% of the total number of votes given under this category of happiness meter 2018.  Dubai Customs reached this level of client satisfaction and happiness thanks to its responsive interaction with the traders, businessmen, investors and ......read more

    DFSA joins launch of Global Financial Innovation Network

    Dubai, UAE, 31 January 2019: The Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) is pleased to announce the launch of the next phase of the Global Financial Innovation Network (“GFIN”). The GFIN – a group of 29 international organisations including the DFSA – is inviting applications from firms looking to take part in a testing pilot for innovative financial products, services or business models across more than one jurisdiction.   This pilot cross-border testing follows last year’s consultation on the GFIN that garnered positive feedback for creating an environment that allows firms to simultaneously try and scale new technologies across multiple jurisdictions.   This pilot is as much a trial for GFIN members as it will be for firms that stand to benefit from the opportunity to ......read more

    Dubai Trade Shortlists Nominees For It's 11th E-services Excellence Award

    Shipping agents for general cargo to be honoured for electronic services adoption Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 January 2019:   Dubai Trade, the smart trade solution provider in Dubai and a subsidiary of DP World, announced that its 11th E-Services Excellence Award (ESEA) will feature three new categories including two for re-exporters announced by Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai, in partnership with Dubai Trade. The new categories include the Electronic Services Award to Shipping Agent for General Cargo Service, the Emerging Re-exporter of the Year, and Champion Re-Exporter of the Year. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the ESEA ceremony will be held in February to appreciate ......read more

    Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global introduce new Thailand eVisa service for Saudi travellers

    Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global collaborate to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service for eligible travellers from 21 countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia*) eVOA holders save time and get a faster immigration service at dedicated Immigration counters at major airports in Thailand Travellers receive their travel authorisation online pre-departure within 24 to 72 hours of application being submitted A new ‘Express eVisa On Arrival’ service is also available for approval within 24 hours Applications to be submitted on https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/  or at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe January 30, 2019:  In line with the Government of Thailand’s initiative to promote tourism, the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has partnered with VFS Global ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Municipality launches Barjeel Green Building Regulations, in presence of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi

    ‘Ras Al Khaimah Government considers the launch of Barjeel an important milestone in the urban development and modernization of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah’ – H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 29 January 2019:   In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has officially launched Barjeel, Ras Al Khaimah’s Green Building Regulations, in a stakeholder workshop held at Rixos Bab Al Bahr Ras Al Khaimah. The workshop was attended by a large number of officials from Government entities, developers, consultants, contractors and media representatives. Barjeel, which covers all new buildings in Ras Al Khaimah, is the most important program of the RAK Energy Efficiency ......read more

    Pirelli Recognized by CDP as a Leader in Actions to Combat Climate Change

    Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2019:  Pirelli & C. SpA has been recognized as a global leader in corporate climate action by CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), achieving a place on the CDP Climate Change A list. An international non-profit organization, CDP gathers, distributes and promotes information on environmental questions and the A rating is the highest possible score awarded to a company, taking into consideration the effectiveness of its efforts to cut emissions, reduce climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. CDP’s mission is to drive companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.  The recognition by CDP confirms Pirelli’s constant commitment to sustainability. Pirelli is also the world leader in Sustainability in the ......read more

    Dubai Cares joins forces with World Economic Forum on 3-year Plan to Boost Future Skills for 15 million people by 2021

    Partnership will contribute towards broader efforts that will result in 15 countries and 15 million people benefiting from training, upskilling and reskilling by 2020 Dubai Cares’ funding will enable stronger focus towards developing countries Dubai, United Arab Emirates –January 27, 2019:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced a new strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF) during its annual meeting in Davos to support the reskilling revolution with a push to provide skills to 15 million people by 2021. Dubai Cares’ AED 5,510,250 (USD 1.5 million) funding will be equally allocated to two critical 3-year programs managed by WEF’s Centre for the New Economy and Society (CNES). The CNES vision is to build dynamic and inclusive ......read more

    Dubai Customs launches warehousing awareness campaign for 21k companies

    Dubai, UAE, January 26, 2019:   Dubai Customs launched a campaign to develop the warehousing systems of free zone companies in Dubai. The campaign was announced in September 2018 and started in the beginning of 2019.  The campaign aims at educating more than 21,000 companies about the importance of their warehousing systems’ consistence and compliance with the Dubai Customs smart system, which will be of mutual benefit to both sides.    Ekhlas Al Mutawa, Director of Post Clearance Audit Department, said:  “In order to facilitate services for clients, a team from the audit department holds meetings and regular visits to our client companies based on the free zones. We encourage them to create smart warehousing system compatible with Mirsal 2; the smart secure administrative electronic ......read more

    Law Students Told They Can Play Important Role In Shaping Legal System for 21st Century UAE

    STA Law Firm’s Rizvi says, government policy on legal reform will benefit from involvement of next generation home-bred lawyers Dubai, UAE, 26 January, 2019:   The UAE’s next generation of lawyers have been told that they can provide important input to help create a modern legal system vital for the nation’s future prosperity. Zisha Rizvi, who has built a highly successful career as a Partner at STA Law Firm, says that the government’s policy for ongoing legal reform will benefit from the involvement of UAE law students. She says that the raft of new laws introduced last year and those expected to be introduced in 2019 will foster foreign investment, boost economic development, and attract more young local-based talent into the legal profession. “The government has a very clear strategy ......read more

    Dubai Customs launches National Project Fair for 30 companies

    Dubai, UAE, 26 January 2019:   Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih inaugurated the National Project Fair as part of the 2nd UAE Customs Week activities which take place this year under the theme “Smart Borders”.  The inauguration took place in the presence of Dubai Customs executive directors, government representatives and owners of national projects.  The Fair supports member companies in the Mohammed bin Rashid Fund for SME. It serves as an ideal platform for these small and medium companies to promote their products. During his tour, Musabih viewed a number of local projects for the 30 companies taking part in the fair and operate in different fields including training and management consultation, security, cultural services, events management, furniture and design, food ......read more

    DWTC Signs MoU With Global Producer FiveCurrents

    Partnership with DXB Live - the experiential arm of DWTC - reaffirms aim to deliver ‘Destination Dubai’ through world-class events and productions Award-winning FiveCurrents to curate spectacular live content and entertainment Dubai, UAE, January 24, 2019:  Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has signed an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Los Angeles-based live content creators, FiveCurrents, to deliver exceptional experiences and powerful events in the UAE, through DXB Live, the experiential arm of DWTC.   FiveCurrents is one of the world’s premier creators of live content, which captures the power of human emotion to craft unforgettable experiences. FiveCurrents has produced Olympic ceremonies from London to Sochi, regional games ceremonies on four continents, national ......read more

    Implementation Date Announced for Long-Term Residence Permits

    22 January 2019; Dubai, UAE:   Executive summary  The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that the issuance of long-term residence permits for investors, outstanding students, foreign nationals with exceptional talents, and similarly-situated foreign nationals, as determined by the UAE government, will begin on 3 February 2019.  Categories of applicants A five-year residence permit will be available to the following categories of foreign nationals:  •        Investors in the UAE real estate market;   •        Entrepreneurs and up to three executives working for the qualifying entrepreneur;  •        Exceptional students; and  •        Spouses and children of the above ......read more

    Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture signs contract for the first independent sewage treatment plant project (ISTP) in the Kingdom

    The project has a designed capacity of 350 thousand cubic meters per day  22nd January 2019:  HE Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Chairman of the Water and Electricity Company, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for Privatization in the Environment, Water and Agriculture Sectors - Eng. Abdulrahman Al Fadley signed a Sewage Treatment Agreement (STA) for the development of the new wastewater treatment plant in Dammam. The plant has a designed capacity of 350,000 cubic meters per day and an initial capacity of 200,000 cubic meters per day and will serve the western region of Dammam. The project is the first independent sewage treatment plant project (ISTP) to be tendered to investors under a Build- Own- Operate-Transfer (BOOT) model and was awarded to the consortium led by the Metito Group and comprising the ......read more

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    Al Mouj Muscat Starts 2019 with Biggest Ever Marathon Hosted in the Sultanate

    Dubai, UAE, January 21, 2019:   Al Mouj Muscat, Oman’s leading Integrated Tourism Complex and lifestyle destination, hosted the biggest ever Al Mouj Muscat Marathon on January 18 and 19 with almost 8000 runners taking part, a 25% increase compared to 2018 edition. The two-day festival of running attracted a record numbers of visitors to Al Mouj Muscat.  Commenting on the success of the race, Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, CEO of Al Mouj Muscat, said: “The record-breaking 2019 Al Mouj Muscat Marathon saw 103 different nationalities taking part, demonstrating the ......read more

    Dubai Quality Group announced the Eng. Hassan Omr, the elected chairman for 2019-2021

    DQG concluded the Annual General Meeting & the election process for the new Board of Directors  Building on its impressive momentum, Dubai Quality Group aims for an innovative & fruitful year ahead as they announce the achievements of 2018   Dubai 21st January 2019, UAE:   Dubai Quality Group (DQG) concluded the Annual General Meeting by holding the Board of Directors (BOD) Election for the period 2019-2021, announcing Eng. Hassan Omr the new elected chairman. DQG’s financial results for the year 2018 were presented by Mr. Unnikrishnan the financial ......read more

    3rd Emirati Programmer launched to boost investment in future skills

    UAE, 20 January 2019 - In the presence of H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University’s (HBMSU) Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, the third edition of the “Emirati Programmer” program was launched recently following the success of the two past editions, which have helped establish a solid foundation for creating Emirati national graduates equipped to lead in using advanced technology in serving the nation's goal of building a ......read more

    Dubai Customs launches 24th edition of Carpet & Art Oasis 2019

    Dubai, UAE, 20 January 2019: Carpet & Art Oasis 2019 kicked off under the patronage of Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC). Themed “Mix of art and innovation”, the 24th edition of the exhibition organised by Dubai Customs features more than 15,000 exquisite and rare carpets, and runs from 20th January to 14th February. It was inaugurated in the presence of Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, executive directors, consul generals of different countries, and owners of carpet ......read more

    Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Courts sign MOU to support education and promote social values

    Dubai, UAE, January 20, 2019:  The Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Courts have signed a cooperation agreement to unify the efforts of the two parties in raising awareness about the importance of education and social values among the youth. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Dubai Sports Council by HE Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and HE Taresh Eid Al Mansouri, Director General of Dubai Courts. The agreement falls within the framework of the UAE’s national agenda and Vision 2021, with focus on creating awareness about the ......read more

    Dubai Customs kicks off activities at UAE 2nd Customs Week 2019

    Dubai – 19 January 2019:   Dubai Customs activities for the UAE 2nd Customs Week kick off on Sunday 20th January 2019 under the theme “Smart Borders”, and continue to 24th January 2019.  The UAE 2nd Customs Week will help educate all segments of society and encourage them support customs activities and role in society and the national economy.  Commenting on the event, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs said:  “It’s very important to help everyone learn the essential role customs departments in the UAE play to sustain ......read more

    Tafawuq Facility Management wins significant World Trade Center Abu Dhabi FM contract

    19 January 2019 - Tafawuq Facility Management, a subsidiary of the UAE-based Eltizam Asset Management Group, and a leading provider of integrated facilities management services, announced that it has been awarded a significant facilities management services contract by the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi for a period of three years initially. Chris Roberts, CEO, Eltizam Asset Management Group, said: “Winning prestigious projects such as the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi reflects the success of our strategic roadmap for business growth and expansion in the region. By adhering to the ......read more

    UCM awards the world's first honorary doctorate to an Arab personality from the UAE

    UDubai – United Arab Emirates, 19 January 2019:   CM, an innovative Higher Educational Institution with branches in  Malta, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain represented by Manuela de Martino, the President of UCM and Professor Fausto Gennuso, the Director General of UCM, honored Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding and Executive Chairman of DIHAD and DISAB, with an honorary doctorate, becoming the world’s first Arab personality from the UAE to be awarded an honorary doctorate by UCM.  This unique recognition comes in line with Dr. ......read more

    UAE residents go on a two-week Camel Trek across the UAE desert

    Dubai, UAE, January 17, 2019:  The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) has successfully kicked-off  the 5th edition of the annual Camel Trek on Wednesday.   Ten brave UAE residents have joined the 700 km camel trek which started from Ghayathi, in the western region of Abu Dhabi.  This year’s camel trek is the fifth edition organized by HHC.    Hind bin Demaithan Al Qemzi, HHC Director of Events, said: “The trekkers come from various nationalities, including an Emirati, American, British, Argentinean, French, Algerian and Indian. They were ......read more

    The UAE-Kosovo Economic Forum launches a new phase of economic partnerships

    Sharjah, UAE, 17 January 2019:  HE Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, stated that the ties between both the UAE and Kosovo are historically strong, which extend back to the time of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He remarked these ties grew into an integrated economic partnership, which resulted in ground-breaking agreements on the avoidance of double taxation, and the protection and promotion of investment and civil aviation, among others.   Al Mansoori said this during the UAE-Kosovo Economic Forum, ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop launches DGW Youth Council

    UAE, January 16, 2019 - Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) has revealed the creation of Dubai Government Workshop Youth Council, an initiative aimed towards developing the role of today's youth and encouraging them to pursue the path to excellence, creativity and innovation. The move falls in line with the government's directives to empower the Emirati youth and serve as pioneers in building the future of the UAE. The announcement is part of the recently released National Youth Guide and Agenda, which was issued by the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs & the Future to create a conducive ......read more

    Hadef & Partners signs Memorandum of Understanding with Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

    Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2019:   Leading UAE law firm, Hadef & Partners has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become the official legal supporter of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.   The agreement will see almost 100 of Hadef & Partners’ highly-experienced lawyers from the UAE, Middle East and international arena provide legal advisory services from their Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices in the build-up to, during and after the World Games.    Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will take place between 14 – 21 March ......read more

    Dubai Cares makes milestone achievements during the Year of Zayed 2018

    24 new programs added to the organization’s portfolio and 4 new countries benefited from Dubai Cares education interventions Approximately 3,000 volunteers engaged in local and global community engagement initiatives Dubai, United Arab Emirates – January 16, 2019:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, today unveiled the scale and impact of its efforts and achievements during 2018, which marked the “Year of Zayed”. As of today, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization has launched 183 programs worth AED ......read more

    Dubai Customs uncovers luggage theft at Dubai International Airport

    Dubai, UAE, January 15, 2019:   Dubai Customs arrested a passenger, of an Arab nationality, with his girlfriend, while attempting to steal passengers’ suitcases at Dubai International Airport.  The seizure started in response to reports of luggage disappeared at the arrival hall. The airport terminal was bustling with activity during the Christmas period with thousands of passengers travelling to and from Dubai.  Ibrahim Al Kamali, director of passenger operations at Dubai Customs commented: “We received reports of disappeared luggage. A team of ......read more

    Deloitte: Transfer Pricing lands in the Middle East

    Deloitte Middle East launches Volume 1 of its Transfer Pricing Whitepaper Series: Preparing for Transfer Pricing Legislation in the Middle East82% of respondents of the Deloitte survey agree that transfer pricing structures are under critical evaluation in the MENA region Dubai, UAE, January 14, 2019:  Deloitte Middle East has launched the first volume of its whitepaper series to help businesses best prepare for Transfer Pricing (TP) Legislation in the Middle East. The first volume of the series covers the results of a Transfer Pricing client survey of businesses operating in the ......read more

    Fairgreen launches eco-friendly challenge to encourage sustainable New Year's resolutions

    Students and the community invited to take part in the #Fairgreen12 eco-challenge as Dubai’s first sustainable school empowers the next generation to build an eco-friendly future    Dubai, UAE – 13 January, 2019:   Fairgreen International School has launched an eco-friendly challenge for students and the community to embrace sustainable New Year’s resolutions that will contribute to protecting the planet and overall health and wellbeing.    Starting in 2019 the #Fairgreen12 Challenge encourages the public to submit eco-resolutions ......read more

    Saudi Visa Application Process in Dubai Restricted to Holders of UAE Residence Permits

    January 13, 2019:  Foreign nationals who are not residents of the United Arab Emirates can no longer apply for visas to Saudi Arabia through the Saudi visa application centre in Dubai.    Foreign nationals who are not residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can no longer apply for visas to Saudi Arabia through the Saudi visa application centre in Dubai.  Although no official announcement has been made, this information was conveyed to Fragomen verbally by a representative of the Saudi visa application centre in Dubai – VFS Tasheel ......read more

    Dubai Customs thwarts attempt to smuggle 5m Captagon pills

    Dubai, UAE, January 12, 2019:  Cooperation between different customs departments and good planning have led to thwarting an attempt to smuggle large number of Captagon pills at Jebel Ali & Tecom Customs Center, just a few days before 2019 unfolds. The illegal shipment was tracked by customs intelligence personnel who shared the information and images of the shipment through the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO).  The Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO) is a regional centre for collecting and analysing data, which also disseminates information throughout ......read more

    UAE tap water is safe to drink – just keep storage tanks clean

    New company launched by Culligan dispels myths that tap water itself is unhealthy  Dubai, UAE; 7 January 2019:   Drinking tap water in the UAE is safe and healthy, as long as water tanks are cleaned regularly and maintained properly. That is the emphatic message from a newly established company which is dispelling myths about tap water by emphasising that the danger lies in storage tanks, not the water itself. Culligan KMA has been set up to provide a range of cleaning services for water tanks in villas, apartment buildings, hotels and public buildings. The new ......read more

    Empowering Rohingya refugee children - A Green Hope initiative

    Dubai, UAE, January 07, 2019:  A 5 member team from Green Hope  ( from Canada & Dubai ) spent the last 10 days of 2018 engaging rural women and children in remote parts of Bangladesh in the sustainable development process. Our mission was to realise the United Nations mandate of "Leave No One Behind" as we march towards a sustainable future. It was an unbelievably moving experience -- our efforts were like a drop in their ocean of misery but we feel that we have planted some seeds of change which will surely bring about greater inclusivity. We spent Christmas with ......read more

    Deloitte holds 2019 Middle East Tax Conference in Dubai: The future of tax – connected and data driven

    Dubai, UAE, January 06, 2019:  Deloitte will be holding its flagship Middle East Tax Conference for the year 2019 in Dubai on February 10-11, 2019. This is the 12th consecutive year of Deloitte’s Middle East Tax Conference to update practitioners and clients on global and regional tax updates. At the 2019 conference, Deloitte professionals and client panels will present on global taxation trends and tax technology solutions, in addition to topical ME matters. These include transfer pricing implementation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the future tax function in a digital age in ......read more

    Dubai Customs participates in “Saving Digital Customs in the Arab World” Conference in Amman

    Dubai, UAE, January 05, 2019:  Dubai Customs participated in “Saving Digital Customs in the Arab World” Conference in the Jordanian capital Amman, which aimed to spread successful practices in customs field.  Hussam Juma, Director of Service Innovation Department delivered a presentation on the enterprise architecture which is a practical solution that puts components of an organization together. It helps in faster and more accurate decisions, with more room for change and adaptation, whilst saving time and efforts.  Enterprise Architecture is a Dubai Customs ......read more

    Dubai Customs introduces Masar program to Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority delegation

    Dubai, UAE, January 03, 2019:   A visiting delegation from the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) was at Dubai Customs to learn about the best practices and experiences implemented in its recently launched ‘Masar’, a Corporate Strategic Planning and Performance Management System aimed at automating the process of corporate strategy, operational plans and KPIs update and development across the organization.  A team from DC’s strategy and corporate excellence department welcomed the delegation and walked them through Masar’s objectives, processes ......read more

    Emirates Post enhances postal services in time for P.O. Box renewals

    Upgrade PO Box subscriptions to MyHome to receive post at doorstep Extended renewal option of up to three years Dubai, UAE, January 02, 2019:   Emirates Post has undertaken a positive restructuring of its product offerings providing enhanced services and experiences. The most recent solution is offering MyHome services, available before exclusively to residents of a villa, which enabled mail delivery to one’s home either once or twice a week – based on subscription package, is now available to residents living in apartments as well.  Obaid Mohammed ......read more

    Internal Auditors Association (UAE IAA) opens HASAAD training programme to non-Emiratis

    Emiratis constitute 22% of IIA members  Abdulqader Obaid Ali: “Emiratis to account for 44% in internal auditing in the coming years” Dubai, December 30, 2018:   The UAE Internal Auditors Association (UAE IAA) has achieved a new success in training and qualifying Emiratis to work in the internal auditing domain. With the percentage of UAE nationals, both males and females, in the Association reaching over 22% by end of 2018 and their numbers are expected to double in the coming years.  At a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, the Association had honoured ......read more

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