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    Abu Dhabi Exports Office and Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Partnership to Help Sharjah Exporters Expand International Business

    Sharjah-UAE: 02 June 2020 –  Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX) and the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) are partnering together on a strategic initiative to help boost exports from one of the leading manufacturing hubs in the region that provides a significant contribution to the UAE’s GDP.  ADEX, the UAE-wide export financing entity founded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), and SCCI, represented by the Sharjah Exports Development Centre (SEDC), signed a memorandum of understanding today (MoU) to partner together to support marketing and promotion of the emirate as a strategic international trade partner while empowering SCCI members to explore new international export markets and business growth opportunities by tapping into the unique suite of financial products and services provided by ......read more

    Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education and Sawiris Foundation for Social Development Sign MoU Agreement to Support Education Opportunities for Youth Across Egypt

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 2, 2020:  Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education and Sawiris Foundation for Social Development today announced the signing of an MoU to support education opportunities for youth across Egypt. The MoU agreement aims to see both foundation platforms collaborate through their respective youth programs to advance the education and development of young people in Egypt. With COVID-19, distance learning platforms are now more crucial than ever, and key to ensuring and continuing the education of youth, despite global challenges. Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), and Eng. Noura Selim, Executive Director of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD), signed the MoU during a virtual ceremony to provide youth across Egypt with access to the ......read more

    ‘America's Favourite Teacher' Stephen Ritz Outlines His Urban Farming Vision in Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Virtual Session

    Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the educator and environmentalist discussed how green technology can change the world  Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 02, 2020: The American educator, urban farmer and innovator Stephen Ritz revealed how his tower garden-growing technology is flourishing in the UAE during the latest Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) Virtual Session. The talk, titled ‘Changing the World with the Power of a Plant’, on Thursday covered Ritz’s rise to fame through his innovative teaching methods in some of the USA’s poorest communities, his ongoing projects in the UAE, and the numerous books he has published.  As the 30th edition of ADIBF has been postponed until next year, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu ......read more

    Environmental Conservation an Increasing Concern for UAE Residents Ahead of World Environment Day

    Rising online searches for recycling, plastic in the ocean and paper alternatives to single-use plastic goods    Dubai, UAE – 02 June, 2020: UAE consumers are growing increasingly interested in environmental conservation issues, especially in regards to ‘plastics in the ocean’ and ‘recycling’, which top associated online searches by the country’s residents ahead of World Environment Day (05 June), according to back-search data collected by SEMrush, the award-winning digital marketing suite. The UAE’s most searched environmental-related term between May 2019 and April 2020 was ‘recycling’, which registered a 51 per cent rise for combined Arabic and English searches over 12 months, while specific English searches for ‘plastic recycling’ grew 49 per ......read more

    Emirates Post Unveils Modern New Website and Look

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 31 May 2020:  Emirates Post has unveiled a new logo and website, part of an ongoing business transformation process that has seen the vital sector entity update its organisational structure, brand architecture, and systems in line with evolving customer needs.  Emirates Post’s new logo and website reflects the brand’s orientation as a contemporary and digitized organisation. The modern updated logo maintains the Emirati identity reflected in the organization’s falcon and represents its key sub-divisions – Retail, Parcels & Express, and International.   “Over the past two years, we have been building a new Emirates Post – modern, digitized and accessible to all. Our aim was to create convenient and streamlined processes that people can rely on ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Government Launches Integrated Stimulus Package to Support the Emirate's Economy and to Ensure Continuity of Business

    • Comprehensive measures cover all business sectors in Ras Al Khaimah  • Highest levels of coordination and engagement between decision makers in government entities and free zones  • Three levels of support comprise payment deferrals, fee exemptions and consultancy services  • Planting trees replaces paying some fines in decision aimed at sustaining the environment • Includes support for 15,000 companies and 25% discount on new residence visas for family members • Extensive package includes exemption from exhibition charges and support for Emirati entrepreneurs • H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdullatif Khalifa, Secretary General of Ras Al Khaimah Executive Council: o Prudent leadership is keen to offer all means of support and empowerment to the business community o ......read more

    Dubai Culture Welcomes More Than 2,300 Students in Virtual Guided Tours at Etihad Museum in the First Month of Its Launch

    • More than 65 virtual guided tours for school students from all over the Emirates • Overall satisfaction from the tours is at 96% • The addition to Al Shindagha Museum and other museums to the virtual guided tours • The experience consolidated Etihad Museum’s premier position among the Ministry of Education’s approved destinations for trips for the year 2020.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 30, 2020:   More than 2,300 students from 6 public schools and 8 private schools in UAE took part in the virtual guided tours of Etihad Museum that were organised by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority via the Dubai 360 website and a virtual meeting platform. The visits highlighted the details of the museum, drawing inspiration from the story behind the establishment of the ......read more

    Dubai Customs and Omani Counterpart Discuss Post-Covid19 Era

    Dubai – 23 May 2020:  Director General of Dubai Customs HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih continued his video meetings with directors of customs organizations around the world to discuss means to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the global supply chain.    Recently, Musabih met with Colonel Khalifa bin Ali Al-Syabi, Director General of Omani Customs and discussed means to boost mutual cooperation and plans and programs in place to prepare for the post-covid19 era.  The video meeting covered topics including better mutual trade, combating illegal trade practices, and how to ensure smooth traffic of passengers through Hatta and Wajaja border crossings which will resume soon.  During the meeting, Musabih talked about Dubai Customs experience in handling the corona virus through awareness and ......read more

    Dubai Chamber and Al Tamimi & Co discuss Covid-19 and Force Majeure in the UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 19, 2020:    As part of its continuous efforts to keep the business community in Dubai informed with the latest legal developments and to help the private sector protect their businesses during the current circumstances, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Al-Tamimi & Co, organized a webinar on “Covid-19 and Force Majeure in the UAE which was attended by 479 participants from various sectors of the business community. The webinar aimed to introduce the impact of Covid-19 on the business sector and its legal implications. It also aimed to identify whether Covid-19 constitutes a force majeure event and the impact of force majeure on key industries such as shipping, logistics, aviation and real estate. The webinar was moderated by Essam Al-Tamimi, ......read more

    “We'll Get Through This” Campaign Continues Amid Remarkable Interaction by Government Departments

    Sharjah, May 19, 2020: The recently launched campaign by the Sharjah Consultative Council, SCC, represented by the Financial, Economic and Industrial Affairs Committee, is witnessing a considerable interaction by the heads and representatives of government authorities and departments in the Emirate of Sharjah, as well as media outlets, radio stations, and social media platforms. Held under the theme “We’ll get through this”, the campaign aims to highlight the stimulus package adopted by the Sharjah government to support the public and private entities, business sectors, and individuals and to curb the economic repercussions of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). In this context, the SCC published, on its social media pages, a video highlighting the campaign objectives and messages, in addition to daily posts that ......read more

    Dubai Customs: Strategic Plan to Curb Corona

    Dubai – 18 May 2020:  Inspired and following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Customs works in tandem with other government departments and shares and views the latest updates about covid19 through an operations room working around the clock. In support of the national efforts in the UAE to contain and curb the spread of Covid-19, Customs Inspection Division at Dubai Customs is following a strategic plan to handle this crisis.  Inspection Division plays a vital role in sustaining food and medical supplies in the local market through facilitating trade without compromising safety and security of society.  “Dubai Customs is playing an increasingly important role during this difficult time to secure borders, ......read more

    Jameel Institute at Imperial College London Launches New Tool to Help Hospitals Manage Pandemic Capacity

     The Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics at Imperial College London has launched a new digital tool to help hospitals around the world manage capacity more effectively   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 17, 2020:    With countries across the world strengthening hospitals’ response to the surge in patients requiring critical care during the COVID-19 crisis, the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) at Imperial College London has launched a new digital tool that helps hospitals and public health services manage critical capacity more effectively, enabling them to meet the increased demand.   Developed by researchers from the Jameel Institute, the tool – called the J-IDEA Pandemic Hospital Planner – can calculate the ......read more

    Dubai Sports Council Thanks Wise Leadership for Its Protection and Care of the Community

    Mansoor Bin Mohammed chairs meeting of the Board, which discusses budget for upcoming season and appointment of Emirati assistant coaches in team games like football   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 17, 2020:   The Dubai Sports Council has thanked and lauded the country’s wise leadership for their vision and support during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, and their efforts to protect the nation and the members of its community from the virus. The Council also hailed the leadership for ensuring the smooth supply of essentials and other daily requirements of the community, as well planning and preparing for the post-COVID-19 period. The Council also commended Al Nasr and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai clubs for hosting COVID-19 drive-through test centres at their premises, and thanked all the volunteers from Dubai ......read more

    Emirates Post Launches ‘Epostcard' to Connect Friends and Families

    Digital app to create customised postcards with personalised image, copy and video   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 17 May 2020:  Emirates Post has launched ‘epostcard’ – a digital postcard application that will allow users to create customised physical postcards for friends, families, colleagues, and stakeholders.  The ‘epostcards’ app, which can be downloaded from iOS App Store and Google Play Store, will allow individuals to design bespoke postcards to send to friends and family and for companies to send to employees and stakeholders. The app allows users to tailor images and create copy, in addition to adding videos that will be uploaded and accessible via a QR code on the physical postcard. Based on individual specifications, Emirates Post will print the physical postcards ......read more

    Dubai Customs and Spanish counterpart convene by video conference on trade and covid19

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 16, 2020:   Director General of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih and Pilar Giradu Porigu Director of Spanish Customs held a video meeting to discuss the latest updates about the outbreak of Covid-19 and its negative impacts on economy and the global supply chain. The two sides also talked about the efforts taken in the two countries to curb the spread of coronavirus through a number of strict precautionary measures and stimulus packages to support the economy.  Musabih said Dubai Customs managed to deliver quality services during the hard time without any disruption. “Thanks to our sophisticated technological infrastructure, it was not a big deal for us to work from home and at the same time maintain security and ensure safety of our inspectors working at the frontlines. ......read more

    ICBA Launches New Community Initiative on Zayed Humanitarian Day

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 14, 2020:   On Zayed Humanitarian Day, which is observed every year on the 19th day of the month of Ramadan, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) launched a new community initiative in line with the vision of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, to work together with local partners and authorities to boost food security, raise awareness among local communities about agriculture and promote healthy eating habits, especially in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dubbed 3N, or the power of triple noon (derived from the Arabic letter ä, which is pronounced as noon), the three Arabic letters of the initiative represent three key actions: grow, harvest and share. Under the initiative, ICBA will work with local partners and authorities to grow ......read more

    Emirati High School Student Contributes His Savings Fund to Ma'an's ‘Together We Are Good' Programme to Benefit Those Affected by the Current Situation

     Abu Dhabi, 14 May 2020:   Ma’an’s ‘Together We Are Good’ programme has witnessed many generous gestures during the past six weeks, with contributions from Abu Dhabi citizens and resident of all ages and nationalities.    A recent contribution by Emirati high school student demonstrates the lengths that people all across the Emirate are going to in order to support those in need during the current health and economic situation.   Abdulla Al Jahmani, a 16-year-old student in the 11th grade at a school in Al Ain, has contributed AED15,000 from his savings that he planned to use to start his own project once he graduates high school.   Speaking about the reasons behind his contribution, Abdulla, said: “I am happy to make a contribution to the ‘Together We Are ......read more

    Dubai Customs Launches Virtual Assessment Center During Outbreak

    Dubai – 13 May 2020:   HR Department at Dubai Customs developed a virtual assessment center to replace the traditional assessment one during the coronavirus outbreak. Employees now can be assessed against a number of metrics and KPI’s through online platforms.  This will help in overall development, and determine training needs for each employee. One of these assessments will cover the inspection sector to help evaluate inspectors’ skills and knowledge, and identify their competencies and training needs.   Earlier, Dubai Customs had launched “Inspection job outlook” initiative which targeted 174 inspection officers of different ranks to identify their points of strength and assess their development needs.  “The whole world is changing dramatically due to the ......read more

    Paying the Ransom Doubles Cost of Recovering from a Ransomware Attack, According to Sophos

    o Global survey shows the average cost of recovery is $1.4 million if organizations pay the ransom, $730,000 if they don’t o SophosLabs reports on Maze ransomware techniques that increase pressure to pay o 49% of the organizations surveyed in the UAE witnessed a significant ransomware attack in the last 12 months   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2020:   Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today announced the findings of its global survey, The State of Ransomware 2020, which reveals that paying cybercriminals to restore data encrypted during a ransomware attack is not an easy and inexpensive path to recovery. In fact, the total cost of recovery almost doubles when organizations pay a ransom. The survey polled 5,000 IT decision makers in organizations in 26 countries across six ......read more

    Positive Glimpses of Prayer and Fond Memories Win Xposure #homecaptured Global Contest's Fourth Week Prizes

    Sheik Shehriyar UAE resident, Ajman takes home the first prize of US$ 1,000;  India’s Raj Pawar wins US$ 750 as runner-up   Sharjah - May 13, 2020:  Xposure International Photography Festival’s #HomeCaptured contest winded up its fourth week with homegrown talent, UAE resident Sheik Shehriyar from Ajman winning the first prize of US$ 1,000, and while Raj Pawar from Solapur, India claiming the runner-up position, winning US$ 750.  Underlining the inner strength one receives through prayers, especially when one seeks a ray of hope that pierces through the darkness to heal, Sheik Shehriyar’s image titled ‘Prayers’ also drove home the message of #stayhomestaysafe, emphasising the need to keep loved ones in our prayers during the current challenging ......read more

    KhalifaSat Captures Image of Duomo di Milano In Italy and the Vacant Streets Around it During the Lockdown

    Dubai, UAE, 13 May 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an image of the Duomo di Milano and its surrounding neighbourhood in the city of Milan, Italy taken from space by KhalifaSat, during the period of lockdown initiated to curb the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The maze of empty streets visible in the picture is a reminder of the time when Italy’s capital of finance and fashion came to a standstill as authorities tried to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus. In response to the pandemic, the Italian government had progressively worked to contain the disease and declared a total national lockdown on March 10. Through testing and retesting, rigorous quarantining and other important measures, Italy has gradually begun to flatten the curve.  KhalifaSat was fully developed at ......read more

    SEHA and Emirates Red Crecent Hand Out 1,000 Care Packages

    Providing the workforce with tools and informative guides to minimize the spread of COVID-19.    Abu Dhabi, May 13, 2020:  Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and the Emirates Red Crescent collaborated to provide the workforce in Emirates Humanitarian City, Abu Dhabi 1,000 care packages that include body towels, liquid soap and shampoo, toothpaste, sanitizer and educational guides on preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting Group Chief Operations Officer, SEHA, said: “The UAE’s leadership have always given priority to the wellbeing of the nation’s workforce, who are integral to the development of the country and its infrastructure. We are grateful to the Emirates Red Crescent who have joined forces with us to bring SEHA’s vision to life ......read more

    Masala King Dhananjay Datar to Sponsor the Repatriation of Indians From UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2020:   There is promising news for thousands of stranded Indians waiting for their return from UAE to India on the background of current COVID 19 pandemic. The air traffic between these two countries is already started and the process of registration of names with Indian Consulate and ticket booking has also started. Dr. Dhananjay Datar, Chairman & Managing Director of Al Adil Trading Company popurly knows Masala King is extending his co-operation in sponsoring the air ticket expenses of the needy travellers coming back to India.  Dr. Datar said he will contribute to the ticket expense and COVID testing fees for Indians from the UAE who are waiting to get repatriated. Dr. Datar said this is a personal initiative from his side to help those who are unable to meet the expenses in ......read more

    E-mortgage System Contributes to DLD's Commitment to Precautionary Measures and Enhances Remote Work System

     The aim is to reduce the percentage of customer visits and procedures to one step through one platform     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2020:   Dubai Land Department (DLD), through its Registration and Real Estate Services sector, was able to demonstrate the effectiveness of its advanced infrastructure during the exceptional circumstances resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19, after it provided many solutions to maintain its communication with its customers and provide them with services, including the e-mortgage registration service. The process of registering e-mortgages is carried out via either banks or real estate registration trustee offices that provide all real estate transaction services. The mortgage service helps support DLD’s commitment to the precautionary measures and ......read more

    Zoho Brings Its Global Assistance Efforts to UAE With New Vertical Relief Plan

    Targeted programs introduced to aid organizations across non-profit and government sectors and retail industries     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 12, 2020:   Zoho Corporation, a global technology company that offers the most comprehensive suite of business software applications in the industry, has introduced its Vertical Relief Plan (VRP) in the UAE. The VRP is comprised of programs and tools to assist businesses and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across two verticals: non-profits & government, and retail.     "We are so grateful to all the workers who are helping us weather this storm," said Sridhar Vembu, Zoho co-founder and CEO. "Beyond those on the front lines, there are workers in industries who are struggling, who are persevering, who are ......read more

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    Frieslandcampina Serves Up Support to Heroic Frontliners Tackling Covid-19

    Maker of Rainbow is sharing hot Karak tea with sanitisation workers across the UAE. The initiative is part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 10 million meals drive.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 05 May, 2020:   FrieslandCampina, the global manufacturer of consumer dairy products, has launched an initiative to support the UAE government’s COVID-19 sanitisation and containment efforts. As Dubai Municipality staff and sanitisation workers are deployed to sanitise the city’s streets, FrieslandCampina is providing hot ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Strengthens its Outreach to the Private Sector with a Series of Digital Events

    • 18 e-seminars that attracted 800 participants were held in March and April   • Chamber participated in 38 e-meeting with various business groups, councils and associations during the same period     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 05, 2020:   As part of its efforts to support business continuity and ensure that private sector benefits from its various services and initiatives, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised 18 digital seminars during March and April, covering various areas of the Chamber's activities, and attracted ......read more

    The World Free Zones Organization Attracts Unparalleled Global Interest With the Online Edition of Its 6th Annual International Conference

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 05, 2020:   The World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) released 30 exclusive videos online on 30 April 2020 for its sixth Annual International Conference (AICE) featuring five panel discussions and in-depth interviews with global experts under the theme: ‘Value Creation in Free Zones – Building Stakeholders Resilience’. 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 AICE took a unique and innovative approach to knowledge sharing ......read more

    The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development launches a new initiative to contribute to the Provision of Basic Food Commodities

    Initiative seeks to tackle the risk of food shortages due to trade restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic 05 May 2020 – The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment & Development (AAAID) has announced its plans to set an emergency mechanism which can help provide the needs of Arab countries for basic food commodities and increase inter-Arab trade of these products through the companies in which the Arab Authority and other companies contribute. The AAAID also indicated plans to provide information on the quantities of surplus available for export from these commodities in ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Brings Together Public and Private Sector to Discuss the Challenges of Covid-19 and Next Phase Developments

    - The virtual meeting was chaired by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed and attended by HE Reem Al Hashimy and representatives of the business community   - HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed: Dubai has been a role model in facing this uncertain time and managing the crisis and the concerted efforts of the public and private sectors will make Dubai overcome these challenges.   - Representatives of the private sector: We have great confidence in government measures that have proven effective in containing the virus, mitigating its consequences and protecting lives while preserving the ......read more

    “The Future is in Our Hands”

    Hand-crafted messages to reflect a community on a new journey, this Ramadan   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 04, 2020:   Hands, the creators of exquisite handmade carpets since 1881, has announced a nationwide design campaign to engage with the community this Ramadan from 2-15 May 2020.     Reflecting on a possible slower-paced and simpler new way of life post COVID-19, and inspired by the growing international movement for climate change, and Mahatma Gandhi’s crusade to “live simply, so others may simply live”, Hands invites ......read more

    Al Mansoori: Digital technologies play a major role in driving collective global response to COVID-19 crisis

    G20 economic ministers discuss role of digital technologies in enhancing business resilience during extraordinary Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting Abu Dhabi, 3 May 2020: H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, participated in the extraordinary G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting, which was attended by economic ministers of all G20 member states. The meeting was held virtually under the presidency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is also the host of G20 meetings for the year 2020. During his participation in the meeting, Al Mansoori said that digital ......read more

    UAE Joins A Joint Ministerial Statement To Ensure Continuity Of Global Supply Chains

    10 countries from across the world accede to the joint ministerial statement Al Mansoori: Statement strengthens joint regional & global efforts to facilitate movement of trade & other necessary goods across borders Abu Dhabi, 3 May 2020: The UAE has joined a joint ministerial statement issued by several countries around the world, expressing their commitment to keeping the supply chains open in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative by New Zealand and Singapore stipulates that the signatory countries pledge their commitment to ensuring the continuity and ......read more

    Malabar Gold & Diamonds Pledges 2.5 million Meals to the Needy - Distributes Food Kits Across GCC & Far East

    o Sets asides AED 1.6 million for relief activities  o 15,000 food kits being distributed to stranded laborers and families across GCC and Far East o Part of CSR initiatives; beneficiaries are being identified through respective embassies, regional & charitable associations, and customers o Kit includes food provision for a family or a group of bachelors for 30 days     As millions of people across the globe endure one of the biggest crisis the world has ever seen, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, one among the largest jewellery retailers with over 250 stores ......read more

    Dubai Customs Pushes Shipping Against Tide of Coronavirus

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 02, 2020:     Dubai Customs continues its recognizable role in facilitating legitimate trade, enhancing the national economy and supporting the national efforts against the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.  In Q1,2020, around 24.314m tons of goods passed through Dubai Customs’ sea and air shipping centers despite the international economic downturn due to the pandemic crisis. Dubai Customs’ inspectors are working very hard on the frontline to ensure smooth and streamlined flow of goods into the local, regional ......read more

    Dubai Customs and Bahraini Counterparts Convene by Video Conference on Covid-19

    Dubai – 02 May 2020:  Dubai Customs and Bahrain Customs convened by video conference to discuss the latest updates about the outbreak of Covid-19 and its negative impacts on economy and the supply chain. The meeting included Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs and President of Bahrain Customs, Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The two sides praised the efforts taken in the two countries to curb the spread of coronavirus through a number of strict precautionary measures and stimulus packages to support the economy.  Musabih ......read more

    Ajman Free Zone Completely Digitizes Business Set-Up as it Links its Services with Ajman Pay

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 02, 2020:   As part of its efforts to further improve the efficiency of its services using fast and reliable digital solutions, Ajman Free Zone has announced its strategic move to link its digital services with Ajman Pay, a smart digital payment portal, to provide an innovative payment option that will meet the demands of businesses and investors based in Ajman.    The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement was done virtually through UAE Pass between Fatima Salem, Acting General Manager of Ajman Free Zone, and His Excellency Marwan Ahmed Al ......read more

    Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination Teams Up With Microsoft to Accelerate Remote and Assistive Learning

    Teachers are using Microsoft innovative technology to communicate with students and engage them into various activities including, assistive reading and writing, as well as equip them with interpersonal and self-reliance skills   30 April 2020; Dubai, United Arab Emirates:   Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO), today, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to enhance its remote learning initiative. The MoU signed between HE. Abdullah Al Humaidan, General Secretary at ZHO and Sayed Hashish, General Manager, Microsoft ......read more

    Lulu Launches Ramadan Sharing is Caring Donation Drive This is 8th Year in Support of Dubai Cares

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 30, 2020:   LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, is launching “Sharing is Caring”, an annual campaign from leading brands Maggi, RS, Al Shifa in LuLu stores with the support of Integral Shopper that promises an AED 1 donation to Dubai Cares for every discount coupon redeemed by customers. From 14th April till 26th May, customers can avail the instant cash discount coupons, with the initiative running across LuLu stores in the UAE.    LuLu Group International Director Salim M.A said: “This is 8 years ......read more

    World FZO Launches its 6th Annual International Conference Online from Dubai on Thursday, 30 April

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2020:   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 World Free zone Organization's 6th Annual International Conference will be launched online from Dubai on Thursday 30 April, with the overarching theme of ‘Creating Value in Free Zones – Building Stakeholder Resilience’ . The global online event will address five key areas to help free zone operators, authorities, government officials and private companies work together to ......read more

    Al Zahia Community Supports Families of Sharjah by Donating Two Tons of Essential Food Items

    In partnership with Sharjah Charity International and Carrefour, the donation allows families in need to avoid exposure amid the current pandemic Sharjah, UAE, 28 April 2020:  Sharjah Holding PJSC – a strategic partnership between Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Sharjah Asset Management – is welcoming the Holy Month by donating two tons of essential food items to families in need. Co-led by Al Zahia and Sharjah Charity International, the initiative will benefit the vulnerable families across Sharjah whose lives have been disrupted by the current pandemic. The ......read more

    Dubai Government Human Resources Department and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University help Establish a Culture of Remote Work and Productivity in the UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2020:   Inspired by the vision of the wise leadership to make Dubai Government a full-fledged smart city by the end of 2021, the Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHRD), in partnership with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), has revealed the launch of a new online training course, 'Remote Working and Productivity,' which will be available in both Arabic and English. The release of the new course offering falls in line with the ongoing national efforts aimed at enhancing the efficiency, quality and reliability ......read more

    Dubai Customs and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Convene by Video Conference to Discuss Covid-19 Updates

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2020:   Dubai Customs and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China convened by a video conference organized by the Chinese Consulate to discuss and exchange knowledge about the coronavirus outbreak.  HE Li Xuhang, Chinese Consul General to Dubai welcomed the participants confirming that coronavirus doesn’t recognize geographical borders.  “It has spread now in 200 countries affecting millions of people around the world, making it an enemy to everyone.”  Li Xuhang thanked the UAE in general and Dubai ......read more

    DGW reinforces implementation of precautionary measures to curb spread of COVID-19

    Move aims to reduce impact of virus and demonstrates DGW's keenness towards protecting the health, safety and welfare of employees and customers UAE, 28 April 2020: Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) has revealed its move to bolster its implementation of precautionary and preventive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce its impact through the issuance of a series of circulars and directives aimed at protecting the health and safety of its employees and customers. H.E. Fahad Ahmed Al-Raeesi  CEO of DGW, said, "DGW continues to keep itself up ......read more

    Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce & Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil to host 3rdArab Chamber Webinar on Brazilian-Arab relations

    Session to announce the launch of the Brazil-Arab Parliamentary Group April 28, 2020-The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) announced that it will host the 3rd Arab Chamber Webinar on Brazilian-Arab bilateral relations in partnership with the Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil to announce the launch of the Brazil-Arab Parliamentary Group, an organization that aims to build ties between the Brazilian Congress and the parliaments of Arab countries. The webinar titled ‘Brazilian-Arab bilateral relations: Encouraging and developing inter-regional exchange’ will be ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority: Adapting to the New Normal During Social Distancing

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2020:   Social distancing has provided a unique opportunity to re-frame how we engage and interact with children. With the vast majority of adults working from home and students participating in e-learning, it is crucial that we unite with parents and guardians to navigate this new landscape and teach children habits and lifestyle skills that will allow them to stay healthy, confident, curious, able to learn and develop strong values.    Healthy Lifestyles and Hygiene Practices   It is important for children to ......read more

    Ajman Free Zone Reports Surge in E-Commerce License

    Ajman, United Arab Emirates - April 27, 2020:    Ajman Free Zone has witnessed a surge in their e-commerce package where business owners can establish a digital platform to introduce their products online. The package is particularly suited to businesses in the F&B, Fashion & Jewellery, Automotive, Media & Entertainment including events ticketing, industrial equipment and home, office and personal utilities trade. There has also been a rise in demand for Freelancer and Pioneers Licenses during the past six months. Figures show a triple-fold increase in the ......read more

    Dubai Customs Resolves 61 IPR Disputes, Valued Dh8.2m in Q1 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 26, 2020:    Dubai Customs plays a pivotal role in combating counterfeiting and securing society and trademark owners from the hazards of counterfeited products. Dubai Customs raises public awareness and takes any IP violations very seriously being a world leading department in protecting intellectual property rights.    On the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, which is celebrated worldwide on 26th April each year, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs said:  “This year, the World Intellectual ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Discusses the Legal Impacts of COVID-19 on Business and Employment

    In Collaboration with Clyde and Co LLP    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 26, 2020:   Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, co-organised a webinar with Clyde& Co on "The Legal Impact of COVID -19 on employment in the UAE", which was attended by 278 participants from various sectors of the business community. The webinar aimed at helping employers and employees deal with the impact of COVID-19 on their business. It focused on the nature of this working relationship, provided guidance to the concerned parties and updated them on the latest policy ......read more

    Choithrams, Al Jalila Foundation Team Up Against COVID-19

    Choithram International Foundation announces a grant to Al Jalila Foundation, donates personal protective equipment kits to keep the most vulnerable in Dubai’s frontline safe   Date: Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 26, 2020:    Choithram International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Choithrams, the leading supermarket chain in the UAE, has announced an emergency grant to Al Jalila Foundation, a member of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. The grant of AED 100,000 will boost the Foundation’s response capacity towards securing ......read more

    IMA Research Foundation Launches 2020 Call for Research Proposals

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2020:   IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, has launched its 2020 Call for Research Proposals through the IMA Research Foundation (IRF). The IRF is dedicated to funding relevant, thought-provoking research that furthers the knowledge and scope of accounting and financial management. To date, the IRF has bestowed more than $1 million in research grants to academics and doctoral students. The call welcomes grant proposals that address research questions ......read more

    MA'AN Launches New Initiative to Help Provide Nutritious Meals to Those in Need in the Abu Dhabi Community During the Holy Month of Ramadan

    • The Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an launches “Together We Share” that will aim to provide nutritious meals for affected communities in Abu Dhabi, Ain and Al Dhafra during the Holy Month of Ramadan • Ma’an is calling on all residents to contribute funds to this brand new initiative, which will be used to feed affected workers living in Abu Dhabi as part of its ‘Together We Are Good’ programme       Abu Dhabi, 24 April 2020:   In a move consistent with Abu Dhabi’s values of community ......read more

    Community Members Encouraged to Donate Blood

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2020:    The DHA-run Dubai Blood Donation Centre (DBDC) is encouraging donors to continue donating blood during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Dr Mai Raouf, Director of DBDC said: “We are very thankful to the community for their dedication towards this life-saving and humanitarian cause. We would like to request them to continue donating blood during the Holy month of Ramadan. We are following all necessary protocols and processes to ensure safety of blood donors, recipients and all our staff members.” Dr Raouf said, ......read more

    Jebel Ali Port and Jafza Lead With the Region's First Transition to ISO 45001:2018 Certification'

    Lloyd’s Register Recognition for Excellence in Health and Safety Systems Boosts DP World, UAE Region Drive Against COVID-19   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2020:    DP World, UAE Region has received a timely, boost to its efforts to combat the COVID-19 challenge by becoming the first Port and Free Zone operator in the Middle East to attain the updated transition of Occupational Health and Safety Management System certification (ISO 45001: 2018) for international best practices and standards from Lloyd’s Register. The certification was awarded for ......read more

    Collaboration between Ministry of Economy & Abu Dhabi Ports to Accelerate Economic Growth

    Abu Dhabi, 23 April 2020; The Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Ports announced a collaborative plan, aiming to accelerate economic growth through exchange of information and attraction of global investors. The scope of collaboration includes strengthening trade relations between the UAE and partner countries, supporting commercial missions and delegations abroad, in addition to encouraging foreign trade and investment through joint seminars and workshops. H.E. Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs, said that this cooperation with ......read more

    Flying the Flag for Middle East Conservation!

    IFHC to Share Houbara Success Story at Earth Optimism Digital Summit 2020   Abu Dhabi-based International Fund for Houbara Conservation Fund is the only regional entity to participate in first-of-its-kind ‘masterclass in saving in the planet’   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 23 April, 2020:  The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), the global leader in pre-emptive species conservation, will share its expertise, knowledge and success with the world at the Earth Optimism Digital Summit 2020, a digital summit that will highlight global success ......read more

    British Expat Pledges Support for Low-Income Families Through Ma'an's ‘Together We Are Good' Programme

    Abu Dhabi, 22 April 2020:  Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta has pledged to assist low-income families on a monthly basis through Ma’an’s ‘Together We Are Good’ programme, as good deeds continue to sweep the city.    The British expat, who has lived in the UAE for 16 months, contacted Ma’an offering to provide AED 500-1000 a month for families who have a reduced income because of the current health and economic challenges.   The contribution comes as Ma’an launched a new toll-free helpline (800-3088) and a specially created microsite ......read more

    Dubai Police and the Community Development Authority reach 5,277 senior citizens and residents through “Secure Together”

    Teams to follow up on social, health and psychological cases, ensuring that senior citizens and residents stay home and protected from infection Initiative receives support of the community members with the approaching holy month of Ramadan, via text messages designated for that 21 April 2020: Dubai Police General Command and the Community Development Authority announced that “Secure together” initiative launched earlier this month in implementation of the rational leadership directives to provide full care to senior citizens and residents in Dubai, was able to register ......read more

    UPS Adds Over 200 Flights in April to Support Project Airbridge Coronavirus Relief Efforts

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 21, 2020:   UPS (NYSE:UPS) said it has added over 200 company-owned and chartered air freighter flights in April to support FEMA’s Project Airbridge and other healthcare-related missions. Project Airbridge is a public-private partnership to get vital and life-saving equipment to where it is needed with greater speed. These additional flights serve to meet the soaring demand to ship test kits, personal protective equipment and other supplies necessary for the global response effort.  “With our scale and flexible global network, ......read more

    Refinitiv Releases Findings of MENA Financial Crime Survey for 2020

     New regional emerging trends in data management, UBO, and digital ID adoption  Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon stand out for their strong focus on compliance activities in 2019     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 21, 2020:    Refinitiv today released the sixth edition of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Financial Crime Survey for 2020 featuring new regional compliance trends investment in data, adoption of Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO), and deployment of digital ID programs. According to the findings ......read more

    Jameel Institute at Imperial College London Addresses the International Monetary Fund's Spring Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Livelihoods

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 21, 2020:    Kristalina Georgieva, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), chaired a discussion last week with Neil Ferguson, Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics at Imperial College London, and his colleague, Azra Ghani, on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on livelihoods. The discussion was held as part of the IMF’s annual Spring Meeting, hosted online this year due to COVID-19. Addressing the IMF’s forecast that the global economy will begin to recover in the second half of ......read more

    Employees of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs Give Back to the Community of Abu Dhabi With a Contribution to the ‘Together We Are Good' Programme

    •         With the blessing and support of H.H Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, employees from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs came together to contribute funds that will provide relief to affected residents in need through Ma’an’s ‘Together We Are Good’ programme   Abu Dhabi, 21 April 2020:   Employees from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, under the support and guidance of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, have joined together to support ......read more

    SCCI Opens Registration for Free for Sharjah Excellence Award 2020

    Sharjah, April 20, 2020:  The Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Excellence Award recently announced that the registration in the seven categories of the Award edition 2020 is free for all economic enterprises. Sharjah Excellence Award is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI. The move comes as part of the stimulus initiatives launched by the SCCI within the economic stimulus package adopted by the Sharjah government to ......read more

    The SME Rise Collective Announces First Recipients of Their Sme Support Initative

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 20, 2020:   The SME Rise Collective began its story a week ago, but in this short time amazing things are already starting to happen and already The Collective has covered 2 agency salaries for 3 months and will be supporting 2 SMEs with their marketing for 3 months.  Created in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic and its effect on small businesses, The SME Rise Collective was developed to support in stimulating the economy, and ensuring that as many SMEs as possible, and their staff survive this time.  It is in essence a call to ......read more

    SCAD: Abu Dhabi's Weekly Price Index Falls by 0.7% in the Second Week of April

    Covering a selected basket of consumer goods   Abu Dhabi, 20 April 2020:   According to the latest issue of the ‘Weekly Price Index Report’ released by the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD), for a selected basket of food and non-food consumer goods, the index decreased by 0.7% to 103.0 points in the second week of April 2020, down from 103.7 points in the previous week. However, the index advanced by 3.0% in the second week of April 2020, compared with February 2020 as a reference month. The food component of the index increased by 2.3% and ......read more

    Agthia Group Shareholders Approve 15% Cash Dividend During 15th Annual General Meeting

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 19, 2020:   Agthia Group PJSC, one of the region’s leading food and beverages companies, held its 15th Annual General Meeting on Thursday April 16th virtually over video conference. During the AGM, shareholders approved a cash dividend of 15% for an amount of AED 90 million. Among other published and approved agenda items, Agthia announced election results of its board. The Group’s board members now include, HE Khalifa Sultan AlSuwaidi, HE Salmeen Obaid Alameri, HE Khamis Mohamed Alshamsi, HE Khalaf Abdulla Alhammadi, Mr. Gianluca Fabbri, Mr. ......read more

    Dubai Customs Completes 22 Enhancements of its Customs Systems

    Dubai – 19 April 2020:  Dubai Customs’ IT Department has remotely completed 22 major enhancements to its systems. The step covered a number of internal and external customs systems and aimed at facilitating procedures and supporting clients’ businesses in fulfilment of the stimulus package launched by the Dubai Government for the Covid-19 outbreak period.    These enhancements reflect and confirm the vision of Dubai Customs as a leading customs administration that can meet the expectations of the supply chain and the local market against any economic ......read more

    KIKLABB: Licensing & Workspaces Launches Virtual Trade Licenses in Dubai

    KIKLABB: Licensing & Workspaces has announced the launch of Virtual Trade Licenses in Dubai that allow customers to set up a business without leaving their homes. The KIKLABB experts will guide through the entire company formation set up process including arranging customer licenses and visas from the convenience of their couch. Tasawar Ulhaq, CEO of KIKLABB, said, "The coronavirus is a human tragedy that has caused sweeping changes throughout the business world. To support business continuity, at KIKLABB we have created a very special corporate package with heavily discounted ......read more

    Dubai Customs Enhances Streamlined Trade of Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 18, 2020:    Dubai Customs has put more efforts to ensure facilitated and streamlined passage of medical supplies and pharmaceutical products in this hard time in which the whole world sees a vicious outbreak of the Covid-19. Making available of local, regional and global needs of medical supplies in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and prevention is a priority at Dubai Customs.  Dubai Customs has provided all its customs centers with different equipment to ensure quick delivery of pharmaceutical and medical supplies to the ......read more

    Sheikh Zayed Book Award Honours 2020 Winners with Virtual Ceremony

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 18 April 2020:   Held 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, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious and lucrative literary prizes, held a virtual livestream ceremony yesterday evening to honour the winners of its 14th edition. In light of precautionary measures being taken to combat the current global pandemic, the winners were honoured via a live broadcast on the Award's YouTube channel and its social ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Develops a Guide on the National Disinfection Program

    It aims to help the private sector manage its operations smoothly and urges companies to adhere to the program     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 16, 2020:   The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a streamlined guide to the National Disinfection Program, with the aim of helping the private sector learn how to manage their businesses smoothly during the implementation of the national disinfection drive. This guide is an added service provided by the Chamber to provide companies and the private sector with adequate information from a reliable ......read more

    Two Young Emirati Boys Donate AED 1,000 to ‘Together We Are Good' Programme by Ma'an

    Abu Dhabi, 15 April 2020:   Two Emirati children, aged eight and seven, have contributed AED 1,000 to the ‘Together We Are Good’ programme run by the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an, in the latest example of the community spirit, which is sweeping Abu Dhabi.    The friends, Ahmed Yehia Al Hashimi and Meshal Mubarak Al Rashedi, are encouraging other members of the community to contribute towards the national effort to mitigate the current health and economic challenges.   The contribution is the latest example of how the residents ......read more

    Sharjah Realty Transactions Hit AED3.6b in Q-1

    • Al Shamsi: 18,537 transactions recorded across Sharjah in first three months • Al Shamsi: Real estate investment is founded on strong bases up to all challenges   Government Communication Department - Sharjah Real Estate Registration Department - 14/04/2020  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 14, 2020:   The Emirate of Sharjah has recorded up to 18,537 restate transactions, worth AED 3.6 billion, in the first quarter of 2020, as per the latest report of the Sharjah Real Estate Registration Department (SRERD). The said transactions were ......read more

    UL Outlines Importance of Collaboration to Help Prevent Cyberthreats in Middle East

    Dubai, 14 April 2020:   UL, a global safety science leader, has advised authorities in the Middle East to continue stepping up their efforts to help protect the region from cyberattacks. With the widespread use of technology and with the Middle East establishing itself as a key market for trade and tourism, countries are facing constant challenges to stop cyberattacks.  According to a report published by SonicWall Cyber Threat, 7.2 billion malware attacks were launched in the first three quarters of 2019 while there were 151.9 million ransomware attacks. With the ......read more

    DLD Launches ‘Together' Initiative in Cooperation With JOP Management Companies

    Dubai, UAE, 14 April 2020:   Dubai Land Department (DLD), through its Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), announced the launch of a new CSR initiative called ‘Together,’ in cooperation with a number of jointly owned property (JOP) management companies in Dubai. The new initiative, which aims to provide support for tenants and landlords, confirms the solidarity of all efforts in the UAE, within the framework of national initiatives, in light of the current conditions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. Accordingly, RERA and its partners will provide the ......read more

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