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    IGCF 2017: HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi Welcomes International, Regional Participants in Keynote Address

    HH Ruler of Sharjah Urges Societal Participation for Inclusive Development International Government Communication Centre, Government Communication Fund Launched Guest of Honour Emphasises Contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sharjah, UAE, March 22, 2017:  The Sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) was officially inaugurated with keynote speeches from His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, and HE Ali Ahmadov, Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. Present on the occasion were HE Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), HE Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan ......read more

    IGCF 2017: Unifying Public, Private Sectors Can Fast-track Socio-Economic, Environmental Change

    Prominent panellists discuss joint capabilities of public, private sectors in creating sustainable change, generating opportunities  Dr Muhammad Yunus: Youth should be job creators, not job seekers Jeffrey Sachs: UAE has excelled at placing people at heart of public policy, global governments must develop effective public sector leadership Badr Jafar: Private sector, entrepreneurs can be change-makers through understanding sustainability, corporate governance business case Sharjah-UAE: 23 March, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, today attended the second session of the opening day of the sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017), being held from March 22 to 23 at Expo Centre Sharjah. Eminent speakers taking part in the ......read more

    Strong brand drives growth for RSM

    RSM reports 7.6% fee income growth in 2016, after its first full year operating as a unified, global brand 20% increase in cross-border services to internationally-active middle market clients Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 22, 2017:  Leading audit, tax and consulting network, RSM, has reported growth in global fee income of 7.6% for the year ending 31 December 2016. Total fee income for the period increased to US$4.87billion. Following its successful global brand launch in late October 2015, RSM firms around the world have used the past year to embed and strengthen the RSM brand in their national markets, focusing on a unified vision to be the provider of choice to middle market businesses worldwide. A single, consistent and identifiable brand has significantly raised the profile of RSM’s global capability ......read more

    Salma Humanitarian Relief Program Launches Two New Food Products at DIHAD 2017

    Dubai-UAE: 21 March, 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has launched two new food products as part of its acclaimed salma Humanitarian Relief Program that distributes ready-to-eat halal meals to those affected by wars and disasters worldwide. With this move, the Foundation seeks to expand the available food options to increase the scope and number of its beneficiaries as well as the program’s geographical footprint.  AMAF unveiled the products at the 14th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD 2017), held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 21 to 23. The Foundation’s exhibition stand introduced participants and visitors to the salma program and its latest developments.  The new additions to the Salma halal menu comprise a ......read more

    Emirates Post issues stamps featuring the symbols of National Program for Happiness and Positivity

    To boost happiness and positivity on International Happiness Day Dubai, March 20, 2017:  Emirates Post Group has issued a set of commemorative stamps that feature 8 designs included in the National Program for Happiness and Positivity: the sun, UAE flag, smiling face, family and friends, the sea, the date palm, the cloud and the flower. Her Excellency Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for Happiness, lauded Emirates Post Group’s initiative of issuing the commemorative stamps, which capture the vision of the UAE government to spread the culture of happiness and positivity in UAE society. She said such creative initiatives enhance interaction among people and spread happiness and positive values to enable converting government agencies into happiness departments through policies, programs and working ......read more

    World Celebrates a Decade of Earth Hour for a Future of Climate Action

    Individuals and organisations across the UAE unite in global effort to prevent climate change with a myriad of events Dubai, UAE, March 20, 2017:  Ten years after the world’s first Earth Hour in Sydney put climate change in the spotlight, WWF’s landmark movement is set to once again unite millions of people around the globe to shine a light on climate action. The world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, which mobilizes individuals, communities and organizations globally to do their part to help change climate change, will take place on the 25 March and is being led locally by Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF (EWS-WWF). To mark Earth Hour in the UAE, individuals and organizations are invited to join EWS-WWF, and millions of people across the planet, to support #EarthHourUAE by switching off the ......read more

    Seventy Leaders from UAE Government Entities Conclude Dubai Data Compliance Course

    Dubai-UAE: 19 March 2017 – The Dubai Data Establishment (DDE) announced the conclusion of the Dubai Data Compliance Course that was designed in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) and targeted leaders from 14 government entities in the UAE. The course focused on topics pertaining to data classification, publication and exchange among collaborating entities to boost customer experience and analyze performance in a way that can enhance Dubai’s competitiveness and improve the happiness of its citizens and residents. His Excellency Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of MBRSG, said: “The nature of today’s government work, which is characterized by a growing global tendency towards digitization, forces us to make fundamental changes to data management and classification ......read more

    US Scholar to Address Feminism Under Islamic Law

    Doha, Qatar – March 19, 2017 – Distinguished scholar and Islamic and US constitutional law expert Asifa Quraishi-Landes will host a special session on women’s empowerment and rights under Sharia law, at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), on Wednesday, March 22.  Quraishi-Landes currently serves as assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in Islamic law and U.S. constitutional law. Her session, "How not to talk about Muslim Feminism," is the first of a series of interdisciplinary lectures, that are part of NU-Q’s newly introduced Middle East Studies minor.  The minor at NU-Q provides students with a critical understanding of the region’s cultures, histories, societies, politics, intellectual contributions, and mediated ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation to Highlight Achievements of salma Humanitarian Relief Program at DIHAD 2017

    Dubai-UAE: 19 March 2017 - Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) will showcase the achievements of its acclaimed salma Humanitarian Relief Program that supports the world’s most vulnerable people by providing them pre-packed halal meals that do not require cooking or refrigeration and can be stored and used over an extended period of time, as part of its outing at the 14th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD 2017). Set to run at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 21 to 23, AMAF’s stand at the definitive event will offer visitors detailed insights into the program’s efforts at ensuring continued food relief to victims of wars and natural disasters in the world’s hot-spots, without discrimination based on ......read more

    Sharjah Government Communication Award Jury Holds Final Round of Evaluations to Select Winners in 11 Categories

    GCA registers 36% increase in submissions this year receiving 179 entries compared to 132 in 2016  ‘Best Government Social Media Engagement’ category receives largest number of submissions Sharjah,UAE: 16 March, 2017:  The Sharjah Government Communication Award’s (GCA) judging panel convened for its concluding round of evaluations to finalise winners in 11 categories that will be announced at a special ceremony on day one of the sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017). To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, IGCF 2017 will take place from March 22 to 23 at Expo Centre Sharjah under the theme ‘Societal Participation…Comprehensive Development’.  Held at ......read more

    United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Dubai Cares join UNICEF in calling for investment in Early Childhood Development

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 March 2017:  Dubai Cares, the global philanthropic organization based in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and UNICEF, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), came together today in Dubai at a two-day event to urge greater investment in early childhood development (ECD). The event kicked-off with the official Middle East and North Africa launch of the Lancet Series Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale, one of the world’s most renowned medical journals, which revealed that an estimated 43 percent of children under-five in low-and middle-income countries are at risk of poor development and emphasized the importance of nurturing care -- nutrition, stimulation and protection -- for all children in the earliest ......read more

    Sharjah Business Women Council: Supportive initiatives to create a work conducive environment that inspires and motivates women

    Local and international events organised to explore opportunities that help support and inspire women entrepreneurs  Hind bint Majid Al Qassimi: Sheikha Jawaher's support is the main driver for SBWC's milestones We continue to develop women's entrepreneurial spirit SBWC has 1296 members in various business areas Businesswomen represent 39%, while professional women comprise 40% of SWBC’s total members Sharjah, 16 March 2017:  Since the UAE gained its independence in the 1970’s, Emirati women have worked side-by-side with their male counterparts towards the nation’s advancement and achievement. The invaluable efforts and sound guidance by the UAE’s wise leadership to uplift women’s status have led the UAE to topping global ranking in terms of treating women with respect and ......read more

    Louis Moinet donates Luxury Timepiece to help orphans in India

    Dubai, March 15, 2017:   Ateliers Louis Moinet has donated a luxury timepiece worth Dollars Ten Thousand (approximately) to help improve the lives of orphans in India. The luxury Swiss watchmaker has donated a Limited Edition Twintech Chronograph LM-16.10.50 luxury timepiece to www.educateanorphan.org – the world’s first virtual charity developed by two teenagers to raise awareness about the plight of orphans and not plead for funds. The superbly-elegant Twintech Chronograph is a triumph of ergonomic watchmaking design, with its rectangular shape and unique dial setup. From the elegant case to the intricate dial, you’ll see that a great deal of dedication and time has been devoted into the development of the Twintech Chronograph.  The automatic movement with three sub-dials has no less than 150 moving ......read more

    IGCF 2017 'Youth Circle' to Inspire Young Emiratis to Create Innovative Solutions for Social Wellbeing

    SHEIKH SULTAN BIN AHMED AL QASIMI: THE WORLD NEEDS THE YOUTH AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS Sharjah, UAE, March 14, 2017:  The sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) is set to host a ‘youth circle’ on the first day of the high-profile event, being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, from March 22 to 23 at the Expo Centre Sharjah.   The youth circle, titled ‘The Role of Government Communication in Motivating Youth to Participate in the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,’ will draw the participation of over 30 young people between 15 and 30 years of age from various backgrounds and specialisations.  The youth circle will be led by HE ......read more

    True Change Needs Leadership from Top, Says Ex German President Kohler, Nobel Laureate Satyarthi Says Role of Governments in Fighting Poverty Critical

      IGCF 2017 TO DEBATE UN 2030 AGENDA AND CHALLENGES FACING THE GLOBE; MORE THAN 2,500 WORLD LEADERS, EXPERTS TO ATTEND Sharjah, UAE, March 13, 2017:  We are all travelling in one boat and have to work together for a sustainable future and growth and government communication can play a critical role in getting us there.  This was the thrust of the media interaction of some of the world leaders and influencers who are set to speak at the Sixth Edition of International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) 2017, being held on March 22-23 at the Expo Centre Sharjah. Being held with the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the Forum’s theme this year is ‘Societal Participation, Comprehensive Development’, as it focuses on the United ......read more

    Emirates Post hosts UPU Symposium on Growth of EMS in Arab region

    Dubai, March 12, 2017:  Emirates Post Group hosted a symposium on ‘Positioning EMS for Growth’ for senior managements of Arab region from March 7 to 9 in Dubai, under the aegis of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The inaugural day’s program was addressed by Mr. Patrick Richon, Chairman of EMS Cooperative, Groupe La Poste, Ms. Jane Dyer, Manager, EMS Unit, UPU, and Acting CEO of Emirates Post Group Mr. Sultan Al Midfa, among others.  Mr. Sultan Al Midfa commented: “This UPU symposium provided innovative ideas on the growth of EMS, with special focus on success stories from the region and the challenges facing the region’s postal organisations. We are pleased to welcome the participants from the region and UPU representatives.” In a message to the symposium, UPU Director General ......read more

    IGCF 2017 to Feature Six Emirati Undergraduate Students in 'Green Chair Initiative'

    Annual programme enables university students to interface with global specialists in government communications  Sharjah, UAE, March 12, 2017:  The Sixth Edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF), which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, will once again feature the Green Chair Initiative – a special programme designed to groom young Emiratis in global best practices in the sphere of government communications. Organised by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), the Green Chair Initiative will comprise six pre-selected undergraduate media and communication students from the University of Sharjah, Ajman University, and Higher Colleges of Technology.  Each undergraduate will be ......read more

    Sharjah Announces Launch of International Government Communication Centre

    Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi: New Centre to Work as World-class Media Research and Resource Platform; to Be Launched at International Govt Communication Forum on March 22  Sharjah, UAE, March 11, 2017:  In an extraordinary move, HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, has announced the launch of the International Government Communication Centre (IGCC), ahead of the Sixth Edition of International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017), being held from March 22-23 in Sharjah with more than 2,500 world leaders, influencers and international experts in attendance.  The first of its kind platform in the region, the International Government Communication Centre will be managed by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) and is being seen as yet another extraordinary initiative by ......read more

    Dubai Business Women and Educationalists Team Up With UN Developers To Drive Gender-Balanced Leadership Debate For Innovation And Change

    Regional ‘first’ collaboration explores gender parity’s role in inclusive organisational success  Dubai, UAE – 9 March, 2017:  Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), the UAE’s leading platform for the personal and professional development of women in the emirate, has teamed up with the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to explore business strategies to increase female workforce engagement as part of thriving, sustainable economies.  In a best practices forum held today, organisations from a cross-section of Dubai’s business sectors offered valuable success insights in to how the region’s private and public sectors have transformed prevailing gender parity issues into rewarding business solutions. Panellists included ......read more

    Messages from His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, to the women of the UAE on the occasion of International Women's Day.

    Messages from His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, to the women of the UAE on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Sisters and daughters, employees of RAK Government:  On this day, as the world celebrates International Women's Day, we stand proudly in front of the world as the sons and daughters of this generous country to acknowledge your world-class achievements. You are our partners in building this country. You are our backbone in overcoming challenges. With you, there are no limits to our ambition. With you, our hopes are infinite. Through your success, our spirit of determination grows. From your uniqueness, positivity and leadership increase.  I would like to congratulate all of you on this day, and I am pleased to see you ......read more

    Dubai Customs wins El Baz Award for 3rd time

    Dubai, UAE, 6th March 2017:  Dubai Customs won The El Baz Award for Excellence in Organizational Sustainability under the public sector category for the third time. The Award was developed and launched by Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart university (HBMSU) to encourage organizations to continue and develop more in CSR and support the implementation of CSR that is fit for the 21st Century.  Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department at Dubai Customs received the award today (Monday 6th March) from His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and the award’s certificate from H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Governors of (HBMSU) in a special award ceremony that was  held under ......read more

    Sharjah Executive Council to Meet Ex Finland PM Alexander Stubb Ahead of 6th Edition IGCF

    SHARJAH GOVERNMENT MEDIA BUREAU WORKSHOP TO HOST STUBB AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THE UN 2030 AGENDA   Sharjah, UAE, March 5 , 2017:  The Sharjah Executive Council is all set to meet with HE Alexander Stubb, the former Prime Minister of Finland and Member of Parliament, during a workshop organised by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), as part of preparations for the 6th edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, from March 22 to 23 at the Expo Centre Sharjah.   In line with the theme of the upcoming 6th edition of IGCF, “Societal Participation…Comprehensive Development”, the special session will discuss the challenges ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Inaugurates Endowment Residential Project in Al Warqaa

    Project Funded by Late Hamel bin Khadem Al Ghaith Al Qubaisi’s Endowment Comprises 72 Apartments Dubai-UAE: 4 March, 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has inaugurated its new endowment residential project in Al Warqaa area in Dubai, funded by the endowment of the late Emirati philanthropist Hamel bin Khadem Al Ghaith Al Qubaisi.  The Foundation will use the proceeds to finance its Family Village that provides shelter, education, psychological and healthcare support to orphans in a balanced and stable environment.  The project consists of twin residential buildings with six floors each in addition to a ground floor, comprising a total of 72 apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms. The built-up area spans 11,580 square feet. With a cost of almost AED40 million, the project is expected to ......read more

    DIHAD Supports Orphaned Refugees Through ‘Fly For Peace' Campaign

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4th of March, 2017:  In a first-of-its-kind campaign in the Middle East, a ‘Fly For Peace’ exhibition will take place at DIHAD Conference & Exhibition happening from 21st to 23rd of March, 2017 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre,  featuring orphaned refugees’ artworks that reflect their hopes for a peaceful future. This campaign was initiated by DIHAD's International Scientific Advisory Board (DISAB) in cooperation with Bilqees Sarwar Foundation, the charitable arm of Dubai-based humanitarian relief manufacturing company, NRS International. The event goes in line with DIHAD’s 14th edition theme of ‘The Impact of Crisis and Disasters on Children.’ Making dreams fly through the #FlyForPeace concept The Fly For Peace initiative ......read more

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi Honors Winners of Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work

    Under Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi The Award attracted 42 projects and 2732 voluntary contributions, and produced 13428 volunteering hours Sharjah, 2 March 2017:  Guided by the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work held on Wednesday at Al Qasimia University’s Auditorium a special ceremony dedicated to honoring winners of its 13th and 14th editions held in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The ceremony was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Member of Sharjah Executive Council and Chairman of Central Finance Department.  In her opening speech, Afaf Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work, expressed her deep gratitude to ......read more

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    Envirol reveals move to upgrade and expand food waste recycling plant in Dubai

    March 22, 2017: Envirol, a joint venture initiative between Dubai Municipality and BLUE (a member of Alserkal Group), has revealed its plans to expand and upgrade its current recycling facilities in Dubai. The announcement was made today (March 22, 2017), during a ground breaking ceremony for the expansion at the Envirol Recycling Plant in Al Aweer. The expansion work for the recycling plant, which is the MENA region’s first grease trap waste treatment plant, is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Present during the ground breaking ceremony were Talib Abdulkarim ......read more

    Department of Economic Development – Ajman inaugurates Al Nakheel Center

    UAE, March 15, 2017- The Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) has revealed the inauguration of the new Al Nakheel Customer Service Center at Ajman Corniche Road. The new customer center is being seen as an important addition in the move to provide smoother, faster and easier transaction procedures for customers. Strategically located near some of Ajman's most vital hubs, the Al Nakheel Customer Service Center is expected to service over 10,000 customers coming from Al Nakheel, Lewarah Al Rashidiya and Al Rumailah His Excellency Ali Essa Al Nuaimi, Director ......read more

    Smart Dubai Announced as Platinum Sponsor for Inaugural World Happiness Summit

    UAE, March 11, 2017- Smart Dubai announced that they will be attending the inaugural World Happiness Summit as Platinum Sponsors of the event. Smart Dubai’s participation at the summit supports their ongoing initiative to make Dubai the happiest city on earth. The World Happiness Summit takes place in Miami from March 16 till 19 and is set to be a global gathering focused on exploring the key elements of happiness and wellbeing with the goal of increasing happiness around the world. "At Smart Dubai, we are committed to impacting individual happiness by enabling innovation across ......read more

    Alstom delivers on time the first metro trainset to Riyadh

    March 6, 2017 – Alstom, as a part of FAST consortium , hands over to Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) the first of the 69 metro trainsets for Riyadh that will circulate on the lines 4, 5 and 6. The production of the metro trainsets is well on track and Alstom has set to meet its deadline and deliver all the metro trainsets by end 2018.   ADA launched in 2013 a project to build a metro network that would be 176 km-long and include six lines and 85 stations. Alstom, as part of the Fast consortium , is in charge of supplying a full integrated metro system for lines 4, 5 and 6 ......read more

    Globe Express Services seeks to empower underprivileged children with its ‘One Shipment One Dollar' initiative

    March 09, 2017: Globe Express Services (GES) has revealed that its commitment to ’Make a Difference’ and give back to the community has widely been reflected in its newly launched ‘One Shipment One Dollar’ social campaign, an initiative that seeks to help underprivileged children in pursuing their right to an education. The global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program will bring hope and joy to young generations worldwide.  Under the initiative, GES will donate USD 1 for every executed shipment across any of their international offices throughout the ......read more

    Smart Dubai Office to be official city partner for the World BlockChain forum

    UAE, March 5, 2017 - Smart Dubai, the government office driving Dubai’s citywide smart transformation with a vision to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth, is announced as the official City Partner for the World Blockchain Forum being held at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai on March 6th, 2017.  H.E Dr.Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office said: “We have all learned a lot about Blockchain technology over the past year. It is now time to implement. With the launch of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy by His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ......read more

    Smart Dubai showcases key smart initiative at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Spain

    UAE, March 2, 2017- H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, recently showcased Smart Dubai's experience of transforming the emirate into a completely smart city to a number of future city leaders during the key session on the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. During the presentation, H.E. Dr. Bin Bishr said: “Our vision is to make Dubai the happiest city on earth with a pledge to ensure the happiness of its people in everything we do. We have realized that technology can create a ......read more

    Dubai Chamber explores potential to boost trade with Eurasia

    Food export briefing attended by 350 delegates from Eurasia and UAE Event brought together food traders and manufacturers from the UAE, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently organised a number of briefings to highlight trade and business opportunities that Eurasian food exporters can offer companies in the UAE. Hosted on the sidelines of Gulfood 2017, the briefings were held over the course of two days, while the events were attended by 350 delegates from the UAE and ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Pays Debts of 25 Families Valued at AED6.167 Million

    Initiative Aligns with UAE Year of Giving, Enhances Spirit of Social Solidarity Dubai-UAE: 01 March 2017:  In line with the UAE Year of Giving, and in its sustained bid to support underprivileged segments of society including widows, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) paid out the debts of 25 families, whose bread winners had passed away in 2016, with a total allocation of AED6.167 million.   The initiative is part of AMAF’s commitment to enhancing the spirit of social solidarity, supporting families in dire need, and encouraging values of tolerance and social ......read more

    Sixth IGCF Culmination of Previous Editions

    Registration for Attendees, Volunteers Now Open on Forum’s Website  Sharjah, UAE, March 1, 2017:  Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) has unveiled that the sixth edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) will serve as a culmination of the recommendations of the previous five editions, which discussed numerous topics related to sustainable development, the main focus of this year’s IGCF. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, IGCF 2017 will run from March ......read more

    Emirates Post Group completes Phase 1 of “I Deliver Happiness” Training Program

    More than 1,000 employees to be trained in customer happiness under the program Dubai, February 28, 2017:  Emirates Post Group recently completed Phase 1 of the training program “I Deliver Happiness” that targeted Delivery staff. The program was brought to a close with a team building exercise for 80 staff members during a ceremony held at Zaabeel Park in Dubai. This program, launched in line with the Federal Government initiative to raise “Customer Happiness Index” aims to cover more than 1000 employees from the Operations field comprising courier and ......read more

    South Africa Visa Application Centre launched in Dubai for enhanced convenience to residents of the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, February 28, 2017:  In a move to bring enhanced visa application services to the residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the Embassy of South Africa launched a South Africa Visa Application Centre in Dubai. Services at the centre commenced on 01 February 2017. The centre was officially inaugurated by H.E. Mr. MK Lekgoro, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the United Arab Emirates, at a ceremony held on 28 February 2017. The conveniently located centre is situated at WAFI Mall, Level 2, Falcon Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai.  With South Africa being a ......read more

    Smart Dubai board holds its 8th meeting amidst more successes achieved locally and globally

    UAE, February 28, 2017 - The Board of Directors of the Smart Dubai Office held its 8th meeting, which was presided over by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board. The meeting complements the efforts exerted to implement the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with a vision for Dubai to become the happiest and smartest city on Earth and a benchmark city for smart city implementation around the world. Key agenda points for the meeting included a review of the ......read more

    Statement from the Office of the Attorney General of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

    Ras Al Khaiamah, UAE: 28 February 2017:  Seeking to actively enforce its pivotal role in the eradication of corruption hotbeds, over the last two years the Department of Public Prosecution initiated investigations into a number of offenses of fraud committed against public funds, and misfeasance in public office, in addition to other related crimes. The investigations follow legal complaints filed against Dr Khater Massaad, Karam Al Sadeq, and others accusing them of fraud, willful damage to Public Entities and unjust enrichment therefrom, which took place during their tenure as ......read more

    UAE wins award for best pavilion at OTM 2017 Exhibition in India

    Abu Dhabi, February 27, 2017: The UAE won an award for best pavilion at Outbound Travel Mart (OTM) 2017, the latest edition of India's biggest travel trade show held recently in the city of Mumbai. The pavilion organized under the theme ‘Visit UAE’ scored the highest marks for decoration and design. The UAE delegation to this year’s OTM included representatives from the tourism bodies of all the emirates who participated under the umbrella of the Ministry of Economy. Various other tourism stakeholders including Emirates Airline, hotels, destination management companies ......read more

    H.E Ahmad Bin Shafar appointed as Special Advisor to UN Environment on implementing District Cooling worldwide

    Recognizing Dubai as global role model within the “global district energy in cities” initiative: Dubai, 27 February 2017:  HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of the Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), has been chosen by the United Nations Environment to become the special advisor on district cooling within its “global district energy in cities” initiative.  This distinction comes after the remarkable intervention of H.E Bin Shafar at the second steering committee meeting of the UN Environment’s‘ global district energy in ......read more

    6th Edition of International Government Communication Forum to Bring Together Top Diplomats in UAE

    Meeting on Sidelines of IGCF in Sharjah to Discuss Unsustainable Development Goals, Explore International Best Practices  SHARJAH, UAE, February 27, 2017:  The Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) today announced that the sixth edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) will organise a special meeting with members of the diplomatic corps in the UAE on the sidelines of the two-day event. The gathering will be held in collaboration with the Department of Government Relations in Sharjah that is responsible for enhancing cooperation between ......read more

    Sharjah Girl Guides Raises AED 23,000 through Cookie Sales

    100-year international guiding tradition continues to inspire community spirit Sharjah, 25 February, 2017:  Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG) has successfully concluded its annual ‘Cookie for a Cause’ campaign, which took place from 12-16 February, raising AED 23,000 for orphans through Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation, while highlighting the importance of community values and social responsibility. SGG guides (aged 12-15) and brownies (7-11), sold over 1100 packs of cookies, provided by renowned bakery Zo’s Kitchen, at AED 20 each at American University of Sharjah, ......read more

    Emirates Environmental Group organizes 20th annual UAE ‘Can Collection Day' campaign

    February 25, 2017- In line with efforts to promote sustainability, the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) recently organized its 20th annual Can Collection Day campaign. More than 150 entities from across the UAE, representing from every segment of the society joined the environmental friendly nation-wide initiative. Surpassing its annual target of recycling 27,000 kg of aluminum cans for the year 2016, it has set an ambitious target to recycle 28,000 kg of cans by the end of the year.   The successful Can Collection Day demonstrates support for the ‘Year of Giving’ ......read more

    38 EPG managers officials honoured for successfully completing Al Tomouh management development program

    Dubai, February 22, 2017:  The Human Resources Department of Emirates Post Group honoured 38 managers for successfully completing the Tamouh management development program in 2016.  This is the first batch to complete the intensive training program which consisted of 8 modules, covering key elements of effective management, including training, research and discussions on many disciplines, ranging from leadership competencies, planning for future, and ‘my vision’ based on the books "My Vision” and “Flashes of Thought” written by His Highness ......read more

    UAE Gender Balance Council hosts three-day workshop at 2017 World Government Summit, to accelerate the implementation of SDG 5

    As part of ‘SDGs in Action @ WGS’  SDG 5 team wins third place during closing ceremony, for innovative ‘GAME–IN’ solution  Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2017:  HE Mona Al Marri: “Innovation is at the heart of the UAE’s development strategy, and we’re confident that the SDG 5 working group’s ‘GAME-IN’ campaign has the potential to make a tangible difference and act as a catalyst for change in the years to come.” Dubai, 21 February 2017: In line with the UAE’s commitment to support the ......read more

    Dulsco to plant 270 ghaf trees across UAE

    Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2017: Dulsco, a regional pioneer in waste management services and human resource solutions has come forward to plant 270 ghaf trees across UAE. As part of Year of Giving, Dulsco decided to plant ghaf trees for every sustainable message that was posted on the plastic bottle wall during EcoWaste 2017 Exhibition. Dulsco received 270 messages and the company will be planting 270 ghaf tress across UAE in association with various government agencies, communities including students. The tree planting campaign was initiated on Feb 4th to support the UAE National ......read more

    Successful Trials in Saudi Arabia Prove Satellites, Aerial Sensors Can Save Date Palms

    Experts at Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture to showcase game-changing solutions for regional date palm farmers Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 February 2017:  As the progressing lethal infestation of the red palm weevil beetles continues to threaten date production across the region, scientists are preparing to present the successful results of Saudi Arabian trials at the upcoming Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA). Bill Haraka, Managing Director at Dutch organisation TEC-IB, the creators of DateGIS, a multi-spectral satellite data gathering system for date farmers, ......read more

    Dubai Customs hosts unified IPR workforce

    Dubai, UAE, 19th February 2017:  Dubai Customs’ Intellectual Property Rights Department (IPR Department) hosted a meeting for the Unified IPR Workforce which coordinates IPR activities among ministries and relevant authorities in the UAE.   Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department at Dubai Customs headed the meeting in Dubai Customs main building in the presence of Abdullah Al Tillai of the Ministry of Economy, Mohammed Al Daleel from the Federal Customs Authority, Ahmed Mohammed Sarhan from the National Media Council, Ibrahim Bahzad from the Department of Economic ......read more

    International ATIBT Forum to highlight the importance of improved international cooperation to combat illegal timber logging

    A report titled Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade – Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses stated that forestry crime including corporate crimes and illegal logging accounted for up to $152 billion every year The Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade indicates that around 30 per cent of the world’s timber is coming from illegal forest conversion  Dubai, UAE, 19 February 2017:  A steady stream of 180 industry professionals and consumers will walk the halls of Dubai WoodShow 2017 to attend the international ATIBT Forum that will run in Dubai from ......read more

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