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    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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read more

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

    Dubai-UAE: 18 July, 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company-Masdar and Bee’ah aimed at developing an integrated study to implement a waste-to-energy conversion facility to serve the emirates of Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.  Followed up by the UAE President's Initiatives Committee, the move is another important step in the country’s journey towards achieving sustainability in line with the vison of the UAE’s wise leadership.  His Excellency Engineer Saif Mohammed Al Shara, Assistant Undersecretary for the External Audit Sector at MOCCAE, Mr. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company; and His Excellency Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief ......read more

    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 need.  His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of AMAF, said: “AMAF works relentlessly to develop and implement a wide range of charity and community projects in line with endowment conditions. We were saddened by the misfortune that befell the ......read more

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

    Container terminal services for Occitanie region Dubai, UAE, 16 July 2017:  P&O Ports has won a three-year management contract to operate the container terminal in the Port de Sète in the south of France under an agreement which can also be converted to a long-term concession in the future. The contract will see P&O Ports operating a container yard with a draft up to 14,5m draft with 457 metres of quay and adjacent 2 hectares land. The container terminal is expected to commence operations in October 2017. Port de Sete is a deep draft port, handling frozen, chilled, general and breakbulk cargo, containers, ro-ro services and livestock alongside cruise and ferry terminals, a marina, cement handling facilities and an agro-industrial complex. Located in the heart of the Occitanie region, Port de Sète has the capacity ......read more

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

    With the participation of 21 Abu Dhabi Government Entities Abu Dhabi, 10 July 2017:  57 employees representing 21 entities from Abu Dhabi’s e-Government are gearing up to participate in the 2017 Esri User Conference (Esri UC), the world's leading Geographic Information Systems (GIS) event, which is set to take place between 10 to 14 July in San Diego, California.  Organised by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the event is considered the largest global GIS gathering that brings together more than 1500 GIS community members to communicate, exchange experiences and share knowledge on the latest technologies and innovations in the industry. Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), the government entity in charge of Abu Dhabi’s ICT agenda and operational framework will be leading ......read more

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

    Dubai Internet City and Dubai Science Park partnered with Uber and Averda for e-waste collection drive Successful e-waste recycling initiative welcomed by Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Uber conducts 60 collection rides in 18 hours, collecting nearly two tonnes of retired electronics Dubai-UAE: 09 July 2017:  Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai Science Park (DSP) have partnered with Uber and Averda in a successful effort to help their partner businesses recycle electronic waste and support them in achieving their environmental goals. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment welcomed the campaign in which Uber carried out a total of 60 collection rides, which is six times as many as in the previous year, resulting in the disposal of nearly two tonnes of retired electronics within an 18-hours ......read more

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

    Inspectors examine a total of 36,291products from 852 establishments Recall linked to non-compliance with safety and quality requirements Abu Dhabi-UAE: 9 July, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the entity responsible for developing quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, has announced the voluntary recall of 2,363 products in 21 categories including toys, electrical appliances, cosmetics, cigarettes and tobacco products. The recall was an outcome of the inspection campaigns on controlled products carried out in H1 2017 during which QCC inspectors examined a total of 36,291 products from 852 establishments.   Following the results of the inspection campaigns, suppliers of the products voluntarily withdrew those that failed to meet relevant safety and quality ......read more

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

    Law firm to sponsor the largest and most active legal association in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, July 9, 2017:   International law firm Pinsent Masons, which has regional offices in Dubai and Doha, has announced its sponsorship of The Association of Corporate Counsel Middle East (ACC Middle East). As the premier industry association for in-house legal professionals, the sponsorship reinforces Pinsent Masons’ reputation as a leading law firm in the region. Through its sponsorship, Pinsent Masons will support the ACC Middle East’s efforts to be the premier professional resource for its members. Furthermore, the ACC Middle East acts as a platform to share knowledge within the legal industry, providing further opportunities for firms to come together to help shape the development of the industry in the region. ACC ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE, July 8, 2017:   As G20 leaders arrive in Hamburg for a two-day summit where climate change will be high on the agenda, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan made the following statement:  “Trump’s decision to renege on the Paris agreement has made a strong joint G20-declaration on climate impossible. Merkel, as the G20 host, must not sacrifice ambition for unity. Instead, we need a G19 commitment to climate action that demonstrates the intent to implement and even go beyond what 195 nations agreed to in Paris.  “The G19 has the responsibility to signal to the world the need for greater ambition. This is the moment for the G19 to show solidarity with people from around the world, and to demonstrate that the transformation to the zero carbon economy is as irreversible ......read more

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

    Abu Dhabi Post Offices, which fall in the 1st Postal Zone of Emirates Post, continue to attract hordes of customers as it offers over 70 postal and non-postal services,  Operating since 1963, the Abu Dhabi Central Post Office is a hub for government services, such as those of Immigration Department and Emirates Identity Authority. The most popular postal services are parcels, followed by EMS and Registered Mail.  The 1st Postal Zone consists of 34 post offices and postal outlets. The 1st Postal Zone has partnerships with government and non-government organisations to serve their customers in key locations such as Tham Dalma, Das Island, Tilah and Liwa. Zone 1 serves an average of 132,170 customers per month. “The presence of government agencies within our main branches in the city of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Madinat ......read more

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

    The leading environmental company has ambitious plans above and beyond its zero waste to landfill target Sharjah, UAE, 03, 07 2017:  Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading environmental energy and waste management company has today signed a major agreement with Foster + Partners, one of the world’s most innovative architecture and integrated design practices. After emerging as the winner of a competitive tender process, the agreement will see the British firm create a masterplan for the redevelopment of what is currently Sharjah’s principal landfill site at Bee’ah’s own Waste Management Centre.  The Centre is located in the Al Saj’ah district of Sharjah and houses recovery and recycling facilities that are among the largest and most sophisticated in the world. Managed by a team of ......read more

    New labour camp wellness and happiness initiative launched in Dubai

    DUBAI - June 27, 2017:  Dubai has witnessed the launch of a new health, wealth and happiness initiative to cater to labour camps, in line with UAE’s ‘Year of Giving’ programme, declared by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The campaign was launched by Century Financial Brokers, the region's leading financial brokerage firm and online trading service provider, aimed to share and multiply happiness with the needy.   Commenting on the HWH initiative, Mr. Bal Krishen, CEO of Century Financial Brokers, said, “We are happy to launch this initiative, which is planned to cater to labour camps in the UAE. We want to create an atmosphere of happiness through donating items related to hygiene, discounts on money transfer and mobile calling vouchers.”  “We ......read more

    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 projects and inculcate important skills and compassion. The Mawada Project was also one of the ten startups that emerged from Sheraa’s inaugural accelerator.  The three-week program involved personalized workshops for the attendees to ......read more

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    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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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, ......read more

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

    UAE, July 11, 2017 - The Department of Economic Development (DEDAjman) has announced the launch of several new electronic services to help facilitate procedures for investors and provide the best services for meeting the needs of a knowledge-based economy, providing infrastructure and legislative support for businesses and investments in Ajman. The new services provided by the Economic Registration and Licensing Department allow customers to: 1. Renew economic licenses 2. Issue economic licenses 3. Revoke economic licenses 4. Renew licenses for joint venture companies 5. ......read more

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

    UAE, July 6, 2017- The Ministry of Health and Prevention recently hosted the second meeting of the GCC Health Council’s Central Registration Committee for Medical Devices and their Manufacturers in Dubai under the chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, the Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing. Also present during the meeting were Dr. Hajed bin Mohammed, Deputy Director General of the GCC Health Council, and other high-level representatives from the member countries. H.E. Dr. Al Amiri said: “Following the outstanding success ......read more

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

    UAE, July 4, 2017- The United Arab Emirates has completed preparations for its candidacy to become a member of the Executive Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the international agency responsible for shipping laws, maritime safety and navigation conventions. The UAE has prepared for the competition in category B along with 11 leading countries in the field of international sea trade such as Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia. The decision to run for the second category falls in line with the UAE’s role as a major player in ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read 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 ......read more

    Al Rawdah donates over 70 tonnes of products to Dar Al Ber Charity

    Marks Dubai’s Year of Giving by helping feed families throughout 2017 Dubai, UAE – June 21, 2017:  Emirates Modern Poultry Co., also known as Al Rawdah, has donated over 70 tonnes of food products since the start of the year to Dar El Ber Society – an NGO that looks after families in need across the Middle East and Africa. Al Rawdah matched its initial donation of 10 tonnes in February with another 10 tonnes in May. In the lead up to Ramadan, the poultry brand has donated another 50 tonnes of products to the charity.  “Al Rawdah is known for being a ......read more

    Dubai Judicial Institute Strengthens International Ambassador Programme

    Latest training course invited 104 MBA students to learn about Business Setup and the UAE’s judicial system in Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 June 2017: Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI) – the governmental entity that provides legal and judicial training in accordance with Dubai Government directives – has strengthened its Ambassador Programme “Safeer” by providing a training course for international students in collaboration with SP Jain School of Global Management. The day-long course was delivered by lecturer Mohammed Al Yafei, Project Manager of the ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Organizes Ramadan Majlis on Endowment in Year of Giving

    Grand Mufti Dr Ahmed Al Haddad shares insights on maximizing potential of endowments as Guest of Honor at event Dubai-UAE: 21 June, 2017 – As part of its Year of Giving initiatives, the Department of Endowment Development at Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) organized a Ramadan majlis under the theme ‘Endowment and the Year of Giving’.  Dr Ahmed Al Haddad, Grand Mufti of Dubai was the guest of honor at the majlis of Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum in Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba area. His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of AMAF, ......read more

    G4S, in partnership with UAE Red Crescent, helps distribute free Iftar meals at Jebel Ali tents

    DUBAI - June 21, 2017:  G4S UAE, the world’s leading integrated security solutions provider, supported the UAE Red Crescent - Dubai to serve a total of 50,000 Iftar meals to labourers at three Ramadan tents in Jebel Ali industrial area during the holy month of Ramadan.   The company has provided volunteers to serve free Iftar meals from the beginning of the holy month at the three big tents that were installed close to the labour accommodations in the Jebel Ali industrial area, where migrant workers make up the majority of the population.  Each tent served meals to ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Distributes 400 Iftar Meals Daily to Laborers through Holy Month

    Dubai - UAE: 20 June 2017:  As part of sustained efforts in line with the UAE Year of Giving and reflecting the spirit of solidarity during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) is distributing Iftar meals to laborers in select locations in Dubai in the vicinity of labor camps throughout the month.   In collaboration with a popular restaurant, a dedicated team from AMAF is coordinating the distribution of 400 iftar meals daily to fasting laborers at Bilal Mosque and Al Aref Mosque.   His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of Awqaf ......read more

    Dubai Customs announces working hours of its centers during Eid Al-Fitr holiday

    Dubai, UAE, 20th June 2017:  Dubai Customs announced the official working hours at its customs centers during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, to help individuals and companies clear their goods without any delay.  Air customs centers at Dubai Cargo Village, Dubai Airport Free Zone- gate number (5), and Dubai Flower Center will work round-the-clock; whereas inspection section at Dubai Multi Commodities Center will work on Saturday 24 June from 9am to 2pm, and in case the holiday extended to 2nd July, Thursday 29th June will be a working day.  Jebel Ali Inspection Center and Dubai ......read more

    Dubai to Establish the World's First Collective Endowment Park

    June 20, 2017 - Dubai, UAE:: The city of Dubai, which is renowned for interweaving innovation into its economic, commercial and cultural goals, is now blending it into charity.  The city is working on the establishment of the first collective-endowment park in the world – the Endowment Park project which will be established by Dubai Municipality & Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC). The new park combines the business model of collective outsourcing (a concept that has been successfully used in many economic projects) with the concept of ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Completes Distribution of Mir Ramadan to Underprivileged Families

    Initiative Helps Families Meet Daily Needs during Holy Month Dubai-UAE: 19 June, 2017 – In line with the UAE Year of Giving and reflecting the spirit of generosity and social solidarity that embodies the Holy Month of Ramadan, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has completed the distribution of Mir Ramadan donations to more than 150 underprivileged families in Dubai to help them meet their daily requirements throughout the month.  Under its ‘Good Partner’ initiative, AMAF also leveraged its synergies with some of the most prominent supporters of charity ......read more

    Dubai Outlet Mall and the UAE Red Crescent join hands to give free Eid clothing to 50 underprivileged children

    Dubai, June 19, 2017:  Dubai Outlet Mall, the UAE Red Crescent Authority and Rawafed Centre joined hands this Ramadan to provide free Eid clothing and other items to 50 underprivileged children in the UAE. This is a part of Dubai Outlet Mall’s commitment to the ‘Year of Giving’ programme of 2017, announced by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  The initiative titled “Joy of Eid – Making a Difference in this Year of Giving”, saw the Rawafed Centre bringing the children to the mall and helped by the UAE Red ......read more

    Jawaher Al Qasimi Calls on World Leaders to Further Efforts to Restore Peace

    Her Highness’ call for action coincides with World Refugee Day 2017 Sharjah, 19 June 2017 Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children and Chairperson of the Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), has strongly urged world leaders to escalate all relief efforts to control the unprecedented global refugee crisis, restoring peace and stability in countries and regions affected by war and unrest.  Her Highness’s call, which aims to double-up global efforts to end the plight of refugees ......read more

    Khater Massaad's Former Georgian Chief Aide Found Guilty of Fraud in Georgia and Ordered to Return 951 Hectares of Land Worth US$16.4 Million

    Khater Massaad appointed Gela Mikadze as CEO of Rakeen Georgia while he was CEO of RAKIA (Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority). Mikadze has now been found guilty of serious fraud in the Tbilisi City Court, Georgia. On 16 June, Judge Maia Svianadze ordered Georgia Golf & Resort LLC, a company connected to Mikadze, to return land that he stole from Rakeen Georgia. The case revolves around 951 hectares of land in Mukhrovani that was bought by Mikadze on behalf of Rakeen Georgia. The land was bought in 2007 from a close associate of Mikadze for approximately GEL 27,200,000 ......read more

    Emirates Youth Council launches Youth Circle forum titled “Youth and Volunteering”

    18 June 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Youth Circles Forum, held under the title "Youth and Volunteering" on Tuesday night, witnessed the launch of the Meet My Hero Campaign, which was born out of the close cooperation between the Emirates Youth Council and the Moral Education Committee. The forum focused on highlighting the most important topics associated with volunteering, in parallel to the launch by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, of the Year of Giving in 2017. The Meet My Hero Campaign aims to shed light on specific ......read more

    Schon Properties and Al Hamad Group of Companies offer Iftar for 700 labourers as part of Year of Giving initiative

    Dubai, June 18, 2017:  Schon Properties, a leading private real estate developer in the UAE, and Al Hamad Group of Companies, the premier construction group, jointly organised an Iftar for 700 labourers working on construction of their joint venture, iSuites – a cluster of 2,550 branded hotel apartments project, with a development value exceeding Dh3.2 billion. This initiative comes part of the partners Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme as they both strengthen their CSR outreach in line with the spirit of the Year of Giving and the UAE government’s ......read more

    Ministry of Health and Prevention chairs second meeting of Board of Trustees of the pharmaceutical Sector

    UAE, June 17, 2017 - H.E. Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing of the Ministry of Health and Prevention and chairman of the pharmaceutical board of trustees in UAE, chaired the recently held second meeting of the Board of Trustees of the pharmaceutical sector. Executives from local and international pharmaceutical company attended the meeting, in addition to local drug distributors, executives from private pharmacy chains, Ministry and local health authority’s officials. H.E. Dr. Al Amiri said that the Board of Trustees was formed ......read more

    UAE ranked 1st among Arab Countries & 35th worldwide in Global Innovation Index 2017

    Jumps six places from 2016, achieves one of the highest growth rates among top tier innovative countries Sultan Al Mansoori: ‘New achievement strengthens status of the UAE as a leading regional and international economic destination’ ‘Result reflects magnitude of ambitious national efforts to make the UAE a global hub for innovation’ ‘Innovation is the focus of national economic development and building strategic partnerships with different countries’ Hussein Al-Hammadi: ‘We adopt the best practices of innovation in education to make the ......read more

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