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    Dubai Quality Group announces the Formation of the UAE Innovation Chapter

    The UAE Innovation Chapter – first of its kind in the UAE & Middle East formed by DQG  Dubai, UAE, September 24, 2018:  Dubai Quality Group proudly announces the establishment of the UAE Innovation Chapter, in association with Team Power International. The chapter is a first of its kind think tank to be launched in the UAE & the Middle East to connect & build a community of Innovation Experts & Professionals throughout the UAE.    Operating under this new Chapter is the MasterMindPro – a unique social network of Innovation Professionals. With its Mantra “Innovative Solutions on Demand”, the MasterMindPro has the primary objectives of building a professional community of entrepreneurs, trusted and innovative Trainers, Consultants and Assessors; Enabling ......read more

    World Green Economy Summit 2018 to underscore role of youth in global green economy movement

    Fifth edition to highlight (CLIX) initiative launched by Ministry of Climate Change & Environment  Dubai, UAE, 23 September 2018:   The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2018 is set to emphasise the role of young men and women in global efforts to build a green economy when it opens in Dubai in October. Organizers of WGES made the announcement as the UAE joins the worldwide celebration of the United Nations’ International Youth Day, marked on Sunday, 12 August 2018, in growing recognition of the need to engage the youth in decision-making processes and other activities that affect them.  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and organized by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and World ......read more

    Henley & Partners welcomes new Citizenship-by-Investment Program in Montenegro

    Dubai, UAE, September 23, 2018:  Henley & Partners, the leading global investment migration firm, has announced that it will be launching a Montenegro citizenship-by-investment program in October in collaboration with the Government of Montenegro. It follows the recent decision by another European nation, Moldova, to award Henley & Partners the mandate to design, implement, and promote its new Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program.  Commenting on the citizenship-by-investment programme launched by the Government of Montenegro, Marco Gantenbein, a member of Henley & Partners’ Global Executive Committee and Managing Partner of Henley & Partners Dubai  said, “Montenegro is aiming to develop a sustainable economic model by offering investment opportunities across various trade and ......read more

    Astrophysicists Measure Precise Rotation Pattern of Sun-like Stars for the First Time

    Equators of Sun-like stars rotate up to two and a half times as fast as higher latitudes, NYU Abu Dhabi researchers have discovered   Fast Facts Scientists measure differential rotation on Sun-like stars for the first time Sun-like stars rotate up to two and a half times faster at the equator than at mid- to high-latitudes, a finding that challenges current science on how stars rotate Studying how stars spin can provide insights into how stars, including the sun, generate magnetic activity Abu Dhabi, September 22, 2018:   Sun-like stars rotate up to two and a half times faster at the equator than at higher latitudes, a finding by researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi that challenges current science on how stars rotate.   Until now, little was known about the precise rotational patterns of Sun-like ......read more

    Kalyan Silks Flood relief

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2018:  Mr. T.S Pattabhiraman, Chairman & Managing Director, Kalyan Silks hands over the cehque of Rs. 55 lakhs collected by Kalyan Silks to Shri. A.C. Moideen, Minister for Local Administration, Kerala and Shri, V.S. Sunil Kumar, Minister for Agriculture towards the Chief Minister's flood relief fund. The function was held at Swami Vivekananda Sarva Dharma Maitri Auditorium, Thrissur, on September 16. Shri. Prakash Pattabhiraman, Shri. Mahesh Pattabhiraman, Executive Directors, Kalyan Silks, Smt. Akitha Jayarajan, Mayor, Thrissur Corporation, Smt. Beena Murali, Deputy Mayor, Shri. Mahesh, Corporation Councilor, Shri C.A Salim, President, Chamber of Commerce, Thrissur were also present on the occasion.

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    Dubai Health Authority officials to get leadership training

    Second cycle of ‘Health Pioneers’ programme launched  United Arab Emirates, Dubai, September 19, 2018: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched today the second cycle of the ‘Health Pioneers’ training programme.  The eight-month leadership programme will take place in collaboration with GE Healthcare. The previous cycle took place last year in collaboration with Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government and more than 400 officials benefitted from the programme. HE Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the DHA, said: “In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we are keen to foster and develop young national talent in the health sector. The DHA focusses on continuous training and medical ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Takes Top Spot in 2018 Safest Cities in the World Ranking

    International indices place Abu Dhabi as the safest city in the world Abu Dhabi, 19, September 2018:   Abu Dhabi has been named the safest city in the world for the second year running by Numbeo, a website that curates and collates data to develop the world’s largest user-contributed database about cities and countries worldwide.  Surpassing more than 300 cities across the world, including Tokyo, Japan, Basel, Munich, and Vienna, the UAE’s capital has once again topped the list as the most secure city in the world, with the emirate's safety index rising from 86.46 points for the first half of last year to 88.26 points during the first six months of this year.  HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, at the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, said: “Safety is paramount ......read more

    New retirement visas likely to drive long-term inheritance planning for UAE expats

    DIFC Wills Service Centre expects significant increase in Will registrations as residents protect their property and investments after retirement September 19, 2018 - Dubai, UAE: The head of the DIFC Wills Service Centre says he’s expecting a significant increase in the number of foreign residents registering new Wills as a result of the Government’s recently announced 5-year retirement visa. Sean Hird, Director of the WSC, says the retirement visa is the latest in a series of carefully calibrated Government legal initiatives to ensure that the UAE remains the GCC’s top destination for overseas investment. He believes that foreign residents and business owners who choose to stay after retirement will now commit to firm financial planning, rather than putting off important decisions. In particular, he expects ......read more

    Dubai to host 13th IAMRA conference in 2018

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 19, 2018:  Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the 13thInternational Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) conference will take place from October 6-9 in Dubai. DHA will host the conference in association with the 3rd Dubai Health Regulation Conference. This is the first time IAMRA is hosting a conference in the Middle East region. IAMRA has 113 members from 47 countries and the organization shares a common goal that patients should have access to highly qualified and competent medical staff.   HE Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA thanked HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid for his patronage and for supporting this conference. Al ......read more

    The Dubai Business Women Council meets with the UN Assistant Secretary-General to discuss cooperation

    Dubai – 18 September 2018 The Dubai Business Women Council held discussions with HE Yannick Glemarec, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme in UN Women, who headed a delegation consisting of 20 representatives of various cultural and economic sectors, during a meeting Yesterday at the headquarters of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.   The visiting delegation was received by HE Dr. Raja Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council; HE Faiza Al Sayed, Vice-President of the Dubai Business Women Council; the Board members of the Dubai Business Women Council; and Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah, the Secretary General of the University Leadership Council (ULC). The two sides discussed methods of enhancing cooperation to empower women in the business ......read more

    Volunteers from the UAE join hands with the community in Tasset Peulh village in Senegal to build a new community school

    Thirteen UAE-based volunteers join school-building mission in Senegal    United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 17 September 2018:  60 Senegalese school children welcomed the promise of a new school in their community which is in the process of being constructed in the local community in Tasset Peulh village in Senegal, under the umbrella of Dubai Cares’ Volunteer Globally initiative. Upon completion, the primary school premises will benefit 60 school children, 60 illiterate adults and 300 villagers. Earlier this week, thirteen UAE-based volunteers, who represented 9 nationalities, travelled to Senegal to set the foundation for the educational centerpiece of the community by donating their time and energy for a great cause.    It is estimated that approximately 38% of Senegal’s ......read more

    Sharjah's Recognition as ‘Accessible City for Physically Disabled' Hailed as Historic Step Towards Empowerment

    Emirate to Be Declared ‘accessible City for Physically Disabled’ on October 31 at United Nations by World Federati0n of Disabled Dubai, UAE, September 15, 2018:  Top officials and heads of various government entities have welcomed steps being taken by the United Nations recognising Sharjah as the “Accessible City for the Physically Disabled,” hailing it as yet another feather in the Emirate’s cap and a proud milestone in its journey of inclusive progress and empowerment. The Emirate is to be formally declared the ‘Accessible City for the Physically Disabled’ during the World Cities Day at the United Nations in New York on October 31, 2018 by the World Federation of the Disabled.    Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police Major General ......read more

    Sheikh Zayed, the First Falconer and Nature Protector

    11th September, 2018-ABU DHABI-The first edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) was hosted in Abu Dhabi in 2003, with the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former UAE president honoring the event by visiting the exhibition.  Sheikh Zayed then ordered that ADIHEX becomes an annual event and since then the exhibition is held annually in the UAE capital. ADIHEX has since then expanded into the world’s largest exhibition for hunting, equestrian and heritage preservation. This year’s ADIHEX is dedicated to celebrate the legacy of Sheikh Zayed the first falconer, and one of the most significant naturalists in the world, who has since the 1930s, envisioned the need to strike a balance between falconry conservation and heritage, hunting and preservation of birds and ......read more

    DHA launches 3rd edition of Bekom Naftakher (You Are Our Pride) initiative

    The program aims to motivate DHA employees to excel in their jobs and join the authority’s drive in creating a first class medical system in Dubai. Employees who take part and excel in this program will be awarded. In 2017, DHA facilities served more than 4 million customers.    UAE, Dubai, September 11, 2018:  The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched the 3rd edition of Bekom Naftakher (Your are our Pride) initiative. This year’s initiative will focus on increasing employee satisfaction and happiness, the initiative includes more award categories to ensure a wider participation of DHA employees. It aims to encourage all DHA employees from different specializations to be innovative; spread the culture of creativity and it gives them an opportunity to join the authority in its developmental ......read more

    DIHAD Offers a Ray of Hope to Syrian Children at ‘Mrajeeb Al Fhood' Refugee Camp in Jordan

    Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 11  September 2018: Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition – DIHAD, in cooperation with the UAE Red Crescent Authority and the support of the UAE Embassy in Jordan, launched earlier a humanitarian initiative to support the Syrian refugees in the Emirati- Jordanian Refugee camp ‘Mrajeeb Al Fhood’ in Zarqa Governorate, near the Jordanian capital, Amman. The campaign, involved providing and distributing a total of 2,400 school bags, stationery and other essential educational supplies for the students of the camp. The initiative aims for giving a hand to the Syrian refugee children and bringing a smile to their faces, by providing the necessary school supplies before the start of the new academic year.  DIHAD delegation headed by Dr. ......read more

    Majid Al Futtaim and UNICEF Partner to Help Send 1 Million Children to School by 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9 September 2018:   Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have announced their partnership to help send one million children to school by 2020. The two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims at providing quality education opportunities for the most vulnerable and marginalized children across the MENA region, starting with 200,000 direct beneficiaries which will include children, parents and teachers.   Aligned to Majid Al Futtaim’s socio-economic sustainability goal, ‘Transforming Lives’ and the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), the partnership will focus on improving access to integrated and ......read more

    P&O Marinas Signs MoU with Dubai SME

    Dubai – Sat. 8 September 2018: Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) subsidiary P&O Marinas signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai SME. The agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, to boost mutual cooperation in introducing best services to their clients towards realising the vision of Dubai Government in support of Dubai’s economy.   Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Mannaei, CEO of P&O and Executive Director of Mina Rashid, and Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, signed the MoU which will see both parties provide facilitations and additional advantages to each other’s clients in order to promote economic activity and support Dubai’s efforts in attracting more business and ......read more

    Sharjah Authorities Vow Effective Steps to Check Accidents Involving Children in High-Rise Buildings

    Call for Public-private Partnership to Enforce Greater Safety of Children; Stricter Compliance of Building Norms  Dubai, UAE, September 05, 2018:  Top Sharjah officials and heads of various government entities and departments who met Wednesday to discuss the recent tragic accidents of children falling off high-rise buildings emphasised that a number of effective and innovative measures have been taken in partnership with all stakeholders to deal with the problem. They reaffirmed their commitment to enforcing all possible safety and security standards in high-rise buildings and residential units in the Emirate according to highest global standards, calling for a public-private partnership to deal with the problem and prevent such tragedies in the future. The meeting was presided over by HE Thabit Al Turaifi, Director ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi achieves Investors in People accolade

    Abu Dhabi, 5 September 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has been awarded Investors in People (IIP) accreditation after achieving the standards set by the international people management organisation. In addition to the main IIP award, DCT Abu Dhabi also achieved Health and Wellbeing Silver Level accreditation in recognition of its Wellness Programme. DCT Abu Dhabi is the first organisation in the Middle East to achieve this accolade, reflecting the Department’s commitment to high performance through best-practice people management.  Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what is required to lead, support and manage people effectively in order to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the standard is the Investors in People ......read more

    UAE Visa-Free Entry Announced for Citizens of El Salvador

    Dubai, UAE, August 30, 2018:  Effective immediately, citizens of El Salvador are eligible for visa-free entry into the United Arab Emirates for stays of up to 90 days.     Effective immediately, citizens of El Salvador are eligible for visa-free entry into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for stays of up to 90 days. Travellers will receive an entry stamp upon arrival. Previously, nationals of El Salvador had to apply for a UAE visa prior to travel.     How Fragomen can assist?   Fragomen will continue monitoring the situation and will revert with additional information as developments occur.     

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    Malabar Group offers INR 7 Crore to Kerala flood relief

    Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2018:  Malabar Group has announced a contribution of total 7 crore Indian rupees to the Kerala flood relief. The flood that swept away almost half of Kerala has cost many life and property. The overall loss is yet to be estimated, however honourable Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and government is leading a very commendable rehabilitation work. To support the activities of Chief Minister, Mr. MP Ahammed Chairman-Malabar Group handed over a cheque of INR 2 crore yesterday at Trivandrum, Kerala. He also committed a financial help of INR 5 crore for rebuilding and repairing houses lost and damaged in the flood. This includes RS. 1 crore collected from the employees of Malabar Group. Hence, the total relief from Malabar Group is 7 crore Indian rupees. The entire relief activities will be routed through Malabar ......read more

    Sharjah Xposure Unveils New Competition Categories

    International Photography Festival Allocates Category For Government Staff, Says SGMB Director Allay SHARJAH, Sharjah Government Media Bureau, Aug 29, 2018 –   Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) has unveiled the details of the 2018 Xposure International Photography Festival, to be held from November 21-24, 2018 at Expo Centre Sharjah, with the addition of several new competition categories and attractive opportunities for photography professionals and enthusiasts.   Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Xposure, the region’s first-of-its-kind and immensely popular International Photography Festival attracts globally-acclaimed and award-winning photographers, as well as amateurs and photography enthusiasts from ......read more

    Emirati Women's Day

    HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi: Dubai, UAE, August 28, 2018:  We congratulate Emirati women on this occasion which has become a national day for celebrating their many achievements in all fields. Women have been essential in the establishment of the UAE and in its continuous development, thanks to the vision of our late Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was a great advocate for a woman’s right to learn, work and become involved in all aspects of government, society and life. We have dedicated this year to celebrate Zayed’s philosophy of elevating women’s status, pushing for the advancement of the Emirati society as a whole and raising the UAE’s profile in terms of legislation and laws that safeguard women’s rights and ......read more

    Dubai Islamic Bank donates AED 5 Million for Kerala Flood Victims

    Dubai, UAE, August 28, 2018:  In response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to coordinate urgent relief campaign for the affected victims from Kerala floods, Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has donated AED 5 million to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment (MBRCH), in support of the establishment’s efforts to help thousands of flood-affected people in Kerala state in southern India following the catastrophic conditions they are living in from the effects of devastating floods, which is the ......read more

    Al Mazrouei: The UAE has provided women with all elements of support and opportunities

    Sharjah, 28, August 2018:  On the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day, HE Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Sharjah Airport International Free Zone Authority and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, stated that the UAE has provided women with all elements of support and opportunities that has enabled them to attain remarkable achievements and expand their participation in the development of the UAE. Al Mazrouei said: “The Constitution of the UAE, the UAE vision 2021, the local government strategies, and the Emirati Citizen's Code of Values and Conduct have all focused on empowering women, developing their capabilities, and continuing  to build on the achievements that they have attained since the formation of the Union, following the path set by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.” Al Mazrouei ......read more

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    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Teams Up with Key Partners to Deliver Unbeatable Deals in Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2018

    In partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Al Masaood Automobiles, Zomato, Rayna Tours, MBC Group, Yak Events, Xceed Events and Envie Events  Abu Dhabi, 4 July 2018:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has teamed up with eight organisations in the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi to offer the best edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season.  The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED), Al Masaood Automobiles, Zomato, Rayna Tours, MBC Group, Yak Events, Xceed Events and Envie Events are all collaborating with DCT Abu ......read more

    Linde and Evonik enter into strategic partnership for membrane-based natural gas processing

    Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  The technology company The Linde Group and the specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries have concluded an exclusive cooperation agreement on the use of membranes for natural gas processing. The two companies will jointly promote membrane technology – Evonik on the membrane and polymer side and Linde’s Engineering Division as the system integrator for the complete membrane package units. Evonik’s established membrane technology will serve as the basis. The joint product will be marketed by Linde as the “HISELECT™ powered by ......read more

    AUS research team to convert organic wastes into soil amendments

    Sharjah, UAE. July 4, 2018:   Researchers from the American University of Sharjah’s College of Engineering have embarked on a two-year research project to investigate the conversion of commonly available organic wastes (such as food and agricultural wastes) into biochar. AED 630,000, was allocated for the project. Biochar is a highly stable form of carbon that does not contribute to the greenhouse effect and that is used worldwide to improve soil properties for plant growth. It can be produced from nearly any organic material. The AUS team will determine how to use ......read more

    Emirates BWC and NAMA Highlight the Need for Better Integration of Women in Economy at Kazakhstan's Global Silk Road Forum

    Farida Al Awadhi: Women are essential to the realisation of UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Centennial Plan 2071 Reem BinKaram: Women constitute 70% of university graduates in the UAE  Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  The Emirates Business Women Council (Emirates BWC) and NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) have represented the UAE at the Forum of Mayors of the Cities of the Silk Road Countries “Global Silk Road”, which took place in Astana on July 2 and 3, marking the 20th anniversary of Astana becoming the capital of Kazakhstan. The two-day event presented ......read more

    Ideal Standard offers down-to-earth tips to save water at home

    Backed by water conservation technologies and products   Dubai, UAE, July 03, 2018:  Water is a precious commodity and today, more than ever before, increasingly erratic weather patterns, population increases and changes in lifestyle have put pressure on our water supplies. Hence, it is important that we use water carefully. Ideal Standard, one of the leading providers of innovative bathroom solutions,is a keen believerin taking practical steps nowthatwill ensure there is enough water to go around for years to come.   With building regulations now emphasising the ......read more

    1.75m passengers used Hatta crossing last year

    Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:  A total of 1.75m passengers travelled through the Hatta border crossing in 2017, and more than 152,000 declarations were carried out, and 3904 seizures.   Mohammed Al Muaini, Director of Land Customs Centers Management at Dubai Customs said that Hatta border crossing plays a major role in enhancing trade and passenger movement between Dubai and Oman and has become a main point for land transport. Al Muaini said that Hatta’s border is important due to the services and facilities it offers to passengers and traders, goods and ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund announces Financial Support for Lamsa

    Lamsa is the largest Arabic language children’s education app in the region To encourage youngsters to continue expanding their knowledge through new avenues of creativity, in line with the UAE National Agenda 2021 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – July 2, 2018:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), operated by the Emirates Development Bank (EDB) explores funding in innovative businesses in the fields of renewable energy, transportation, education, health, water, technology and space. EDB today announced its financial support for Lamsa brand and ......read more

    Jafza and GDRFA simplify and speed up transactions for free zone companies

    Over 150,000 Jafza-based employees to benefit with visa transaction time cut to 24 hours Sultan Bin Sulayem : New phase of cooperation to enhance processes Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2nd July 2018:  Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the region’s trade enabler and leading business hub, today signed a cooperation agreement with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to further simplify existing visa procedures and improve customer experience. Under the agreement, the GDRFA will provide enhanced services to companies operating in Jafza and ......read more

    PCFC discusses means of growth with businesses in Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, June 30, 2018:  Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) augmented its partnership with trade and business groups in Dubai through an open dialogue with them in the quarterly Consultative Council organized recently.  The Dubai Customs Consultative Council meeting was headed by Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. The meeting was attended by heads of business groups, investors and businessmen in different economic sectors in Dubai, and Dubai Customs’ senior management including ......read more

    Dubai Cares to host 10 editions of Volunteer Emirates in collaboration with Senses Residential and Day Care for Special Needs in Dubai

    In each of the 10 editions, volunteers will provide essential care and engaging in fun activities to positively impact children First edition took place today with the participation of 20 volunteers Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 30 June 2018:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced that it will be hosting 10 editions of its popular local volunteering initiative, Volunteer Emirates, in collaboration with Senses Residential and Day Care for Special Needs in Dubai. The first edition took place today at the center that ......read more

    Dubai Customs organizes a fitness and martial arts workshop

    Dubai – 30 June 2018:   Dubai Customs’ Training Center organized a two-day fitness workshop which was attended by 20 employees, a number of partners and people of determination from RAK Club. The sports workshop aimed at improving employees’ fitness and raising awareness around the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. The workshop was led by Haithum Al Zarouni from the Customs Intelligence Department.  Al Zarouni enlightened the participants with the best self-defense techniques and how to increase physical responses.  The end of the workshop ......read more

    Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud discusses the lifting of the Saudi driving ban: “This isn't something you go back from”

    Dubai, UAE, June 27, 2018:  In the wake of Saudi Arabia lifting its female driving ban, Executive VP of the Saudi Sports Authority Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud joins CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to discuss the future of women’s rights in the country.   Key quotes below:   On the lifting of the female driving ban: “To be able to experience in my home country what I experienced growing up in The States: movies, socialising, mobility those are monumental shifts that yes obviously we would have liked to have seen sooner but the fact that ......read more

    Quote of Fahad Al Gergawi CEO of Dubai FDI

    “It is estimated that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) contribute 40 per cent to Dubai’s GDP and employ 42 per cent of the total workforce. The significance of such enterprises must not be overlooked as they are responsible for substantial employment and income generation opportunities across the world, thus playing a major role in poverty alleviation, socio-economic and sustainable development. The new series of policies announced by federal and emirate governments are set to transform the nation’s business ecosystem by enhancing the ease of doing business, supporting ......read more

    The 'Taqdeer Award' helps facilitate excellent relations between companies and their employees

    UAE, June 26 2018- Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Surour, Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai and Chairman of the Taqdeer Awards, has announced the launch of this year’s edition of the Awards, which will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The Taqdeer Awards has achieved qualitative achievements in building a collaborative relationship between institutions and workers in safeguarding their mutual interests and ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop holds brainstorming sessions to help modernize its 'Strategic Plan for 2018-2021'

    UAE, 26 June 2018- Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) successfully organized a brainstorming session recently to review its Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 and to discuss its vision to lead the vehicle maintenance services with high quality and efficiency. Held under the CEO of His Excellency (H.E.) Humaid Sultan Al Mutaiwei, Executive Manager, DGW, the sessions saw the participation of all of its organizational units. During the event, attendees discussed how to form the future vision of DGW in the coming years--provide world class services to achieve customers' happiness while also exploring ......read more

    UAE launches first-ever World Tolerance Summit to promote diversity through innovation

    WTS, an initiative of the International Institute of Tolerance, part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, follows the announcement of the International Day of Tolerance and will be held from November 15-16, 2018 attracting global leaders to forge collaboration for productive pluralism UAE is the first country in the world to appoint Ministers for Happiness, Tolerance, and the Future to promote cultural understanding, peace and tolerance among mankind World Tolerance Summit is an initiative of the International Institute for Tolerance, a think tank created to ......read more

    Dubai Customs organizes 6 training workshops to fight smuggling

    Dubai – 25 June 2018: Dubai Customs Training Center organized 6 training workshops during the first quarter of 2018 as part of its efforts to develop inspectors’ skills in combating smuggling and illegitimate trade. The courses targeted 100 officers who learnt about the latest methods of recognizing different types of drugs and chemical precursors and latest methods of combating smuggling.   Dr Shaikha Al Ghafiri, Director of Dubai Customs' Training Centre said:” Dubai Customs prevents illegitimate trade and smuggling of drugs and all restricted goods as ......read more

    Dubai Customs makes 540 drug seizures from January to June

    Dubai – 25 June 2018:  Marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is observed on 26 June, Dubai Customs announced its latest figures for drug seizures made in January to 22nd June.  It made 540 seizures: Coastal Customs Centre Management made 4 seizures, Air Customs Centre Management made 23 seizures, Land Customs Centre Management made 290 seizures, Jebel Ali Customs Centre Management made 7 seizures and Dubai Airport’s Passenger Operations Department made 216 seizures.  There were different types of restricted drugs ......read more

    DWTC announces up to 70 per cent reduction on FZ licensing and incorporation fees to catalyse business growth aligned with the leadership's mandate to proactively accelerate Dubai'

    Dubai, UAE, June 25, 2018:  Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) announced up to 70 per cent reduction on licensing and incorporation fees within the DWTC Authority (DWTCA), a free zone offering offshore licenses for businesses, and One Central, the world-class lifestyle development at the heart of Dubai’s Central Business District, to spur business and benefit multi-sector growth. DWTC’s programme will provide highly competitive offerings with the twin objectives of supporting the inward flow of greater FDI and accelerating private sector contribution to Dubai’s GDP in line ......read more

    ADNEC forges strategic partnership with SEHA for inaugural edition of Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

    Abu Dhabi, June 24, 2018/ADNEC/ The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced its partnership with SEHA as Official Healthcare Provider for the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) 2018, which will be held from 17th to 20th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. SEHA will be present at the show with a fully equipped mobile clinic and a team of medical experts, to provide healthcare for participants and visitors. Alex Nicholl, Show Director of ADIBS said: “It gives us great pleasure to partner with SEHA, in order to ......read more

    Sharjah's Economic Realities Focal Point of Statistics and Community Development Department's New Survey Project

    GDP, salaries of male and female workers, and growth by sector to feature in survey findings  Sharjah, June 19, 2018:  The Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) has announced the launch of a new economic survey project in Sharjah, which aims to offer a real-time analysis of sector-by-sector growth and transformation in the emirate, highlighting the changing economic milieu and key factors responsible for Sharjah’s continued growth.  The survey will focus on the role and percentage contribution of public- and private-sector establishments ......read more

    Commitment and Protection – the increasing importance of DIFC Wills amid economic change

    By Sean Hird   Dubai, UAE, June 19, 2018:  The UAE has always been an engine for change in the Middle East and the next big transformation is just around the corner.   Changes in business and residency law are planned which will have sweeping effects on the lives of non-Emirati residents.   They will affect how we do business, where we live, how we invest and, ultimately, how we plan our futures and those of our families.    At the DIFC Will Service Centre we are watching closely. We believe these developments will further commit foreign residents to the ......read more

    Orolia Awarded $34 Million Contract to Deliver Personnel Recovery Devices to the US Army

    Innovative Positioning Beacon Will Increase Soldier Survivability  Dubai, United Arab Emirates June 18, 2018:  Orolia, a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army. This PRD is a dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army's Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS). The PRD will be capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode) to ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Launches State-of-the-art Airport Installation to Inspire Dxb Transit Passengers to Stopover in Dubai

    ‘MyDubai Experience’ enables passengers to virtually explore Dubai Interactive and immersive digital installation draws on wide array of content to optimally showcase Dubai’s destination offerings Passengers register to receive free personalised stopover itineraries plus entry into monthly competition offering a chance to win their luxury holiday in Dubai Dubai, UAE; 18 June 2018:   Passengers travelling through Dubai International (DXB) can now virtually explore Dubai and experience the wide array of offerings available, thanks to a new, ......read more

    Dubai Customs showcases its experience to Chinese delegates

    Dubai – 18 June 2018:   Dubai Customs received a Chinese delegation this morning who came to learn about Dubai Customs’ experience in developing and disrupting customs business. Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih welcomed the Chinese delegates who came from Yiwu City in Zhejiang Province.   From Dubai Customs, Abdullah Mohammed Al Khaja, Executive Director of Clients Management Division, Younis Othman, Director of IT Department, and Eman Al Suwaidi, Director of Customs Declaration Management attended the meeting.     The ......read more

    Indian Businessman Mohammed Aref Donates 560 Flight Tickets to Free Inmates Through Faraj Fund

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 June 2018:  Indian businessman Mohammed Aref aided Faraj Fund in freeing 560 prison inmates by providing flight tickets which will facilitate the recipients’ return to their home countries.  The generous gesture expresses his commitment to philanthropy during Ramadan and was regarded to be one of the most commended initiatives carried out during the holy month. Saqr Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, the Executive Director of Faraj Fund commented, “Aref’s donation is allowing us to serve the needs of 560 inmates who will be safely ......read more

    Dubai Cares partners with Idealz in support of providing children and young people in developing countries access to quality education

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2018:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Initiatives, has partnered with Idealz Enterprises LLC to promote charitable donations through a unique incentive scheme. Idealz, founded in 2016 by Jad Toubayly and Easa Al Gurg, is a unique ecommerce store which sells self-branded sport-chic apparel and stationery. Customers join the platform and with every purchase are given the opportunity to win luxury prizes. Integral to this process is the proposition to donate to Dubai Cares. Any customer who opts to donate to Dubai Cares is ......read more

    The Dubai Business Women Council enhances the skills of its members through the 'Spirit of Zayed' initiative

    By partnering with leading international companies to develop the expertise of the programme’s participants Dubai, UAE, June 12, 2018:  In conjunction with 'Zayed Humanitarian Day' and the ‘Year of Zayed’, The Dubai Business Women Council has partnered with leading international companies to offer the 'Spirit of Zayed' mentorship programme, which represents an initiative that gives working women the skills and expertise that they need to excel and innovate.  The 'Spirit of Zayed' mentorship programme, which was first launched at the ......read more

    GSK distributes 8,500 ecofriendly Iftar meal bags to people across the GCC

    GSK launches a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, supported by the Year of Zayed, to further values of sustainability and human development Out of the 8,500 ecofriendly Iftar meal bags distributed by 130 GSK volunteers, 2,500 were given to people in the UAE Dubai, 12 June 2018:  In the spirit of Ramadan and in line with the values of the late Sheikh Zayed, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global, science-led healthcare company, distributed 8,500 ecofriendly Iftar bags last week to people across the GCC, of which 2,500 were delivered in the UAE, in support of the Year ......read more

    Jawaher Al Qasimi Makes Worldwide Plea to Strike Child Labour at its Very Roots

    Call marks the ILO World Day Against Child Labour    Jawaher Al Qasimi: Respect for the rights of children is a humanitarian commitment and a definitive requirement in civilised societies    The world’s reform begins with a happy childhood rich with love and care   Sharjah, June 11, 2018:  Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, has made a strong call for a renewed global commitment urging greater cooperation among world ......read more

    Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center distributes Eidia on first day of Eid

    Iconic mascots Omeir and Ghbeisha to interact with kids and visitors at Dubai’s City Walk    Dubai, 11 June 2018:   The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) is promoting the generous custom of distributing Eidia or money handed to kids on the first day of Eid, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.   Leading this event are HHC’s iconic mascots Omeir (wearing traditional kandoora) and Ghbeisha (dressed in abaya) who will be interacting with children and visitors at City Walk Dubai from 5pm to 7pm on the first day of Eid Al Fitr.  The ......read more

    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) launches fundraising campaign to help Rohingya Refugees

    UAE, June 11, 2018: Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organisation, has launched a fundraising campaign for Rohingya Refugees who have fled targeted violence in Myanmar for refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. This campaign was launched to support MSF’s medical operations for Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar. So far, MSF has created 10 health posts, three primary health centres and five inpatient health facilities, including a 100-bed inpatient hospital. In addition to medical care, MSF teams are working to provide clean water. MSF ......read more

    Dubai Summer Surprises Calendar of Events Revealed

    Dubai Tourism announces full-line up of summer sales, events and promotions Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 10 June 2018:  Offering an exciting six-week programme of summer activities sure to keep both residents and tourists entertained, Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), Dubai’s annual summer festival will return to the city from 22 June – 4 August 2018. With just over two weeks left until the start of DSS 2018, the organisers Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), has revealed the ......read more

    Colgate-Palmolive and Surge Middle East partner to educate thousands of children about water conservation in the UAE

    The partnership is part of the global Colgate Save Water campaign with Champion Swimmer Michael Phelps   Dubai, UAE, 10 June, 2018:   Continuing its long-standing commitment to saving water, the Colgate-Palmolive Company has launched a new partnership with Surge Middle East - a global non-profit organization for water, sanitation, and hygiene projects - to raise awareness about water conservation among schoolchildren in the UAE as part of its global “Save Water” campaign.    The Colgate Save Water campaign is supported by champion swimmer ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange donates bus to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

    UAE, 09 June 2018 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has announced a donation of a bus to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), which will be used as a transportation facility for students participating in the SMCCU-organized learning programs and educational field trips. The move falls in line with the ‘Year of Zayed’ initiative and forms part of Al Ansari Exchange’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which aims at reinforcing the company’s thrust towards charitable ......read more

    Ministry of Health and Prevention Undersecretary inspects readiness of Al Amal Hospital for Mental Health and Dibba Al Hosn Health Centre

    UAE, 9 June 2018 - His Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Mohammad Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), recently visited the Al Amal Hospital for Mental Health in Dubai and the Dibba Al Hosn Health Centre. Accompanied by H.E. Yousif Mohammed Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Hospital Sector, the visit is part of the Ministry's regular inspection of local health facilities to help determine the current level of health services provided to UAE residents and nationals while also conducting an on-the-spot review of the performance of medical ......read more

    DWTC events drive AED 12.7bn in economic value for Dubai, fuelling record 3.3% contribution to emirate's GDP

    Total economic output from large scale events grows 8% to generate AED 22.5 billion from 103 large-scale events Sales within MICE sector drive more than four-times value in overall non-trade business activity and support over 84,000 jobs International participants contribute 75% of direct economic output – Spending nine-times more per event than domestic counterparts   Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2018:  Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) events accounted for a record AED 12.7 billion in retained value towards Dubai’s economy, equivalent to 3.3 percent of the ......read more

    Consulate General of India Mr. Vipul came as CHIEF GUEST at the blood donation camp organized by Indian community during Ramadan

    Over 350 people participated during 2 days of camp Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2018:  Indian Community (Sarbat Da Bhalla , Sewa, Baba Jujhar Singh  ,Dastar Laher and Awaaz Welfare Society Dubai) & Indian Club in U.A.E organized Blood Donation Camps in association with DHA Dubai at 2 locations wherein Mr. Vipul , Consulate General of India was the Chief Guest and also participated as a donor. It was huge success like every year as many as over 300 people participated and donated blood at Latifa Hospital.   SEWA team organizes these camps every year to contribute back ......read more

    Kalimat Foundation for Children's Empowerment Supports UAE Libraries with Braille, Audio and Large-print Books

    Distributed 840 books in line with its ‘Ara’ initiative As part of its ‘Ara’ initiative, launched to promote awareness about the issues of blind and visually impaired children, the Sharjah-based non-profit, Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment (KF), has provided 840 copies of braille, audio and large-print books to support Dar Al Kutub libraries in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain as well as to all Sharjah Public Libraries branches.  The move is in line with KF’s goal to enable children with special needs better access to books and knowledge, which ......read more

    Greenpeace expedition finds plastic pollution and hazardous chemicals in remote Antarctic waters

    Dubai, UAE, June 7, 2018:  Laboratory analysis of water and snow samples, gathered during a recent Greenpeace expedition to the Antarctic, has revealed the presence of microplastics and persistent chemicals, respectively, in the majority of samples tested. “We may think of the Antarctic as a remote and pristine wilderness,” said Frida Bengtsson of Greenpeace’s Protect the Antarctic campaign, “but from pollution and climate change to industrial krill fishing, humanity’s footprint is clear. These results show that even the most remote habitats of the ......read more

    Dubai's hospitality sector continues to offer growth potential beyond 2020

    Investment opportunities are supported by ongoing government efforts to expand non-hydrocarbon industries and the private sector’s involvement, according to a KPMG-INHOCO study  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 June 2018:  Investment in Dubai’s hospitality industry is expected to grow well beyond the next two years, although margins are gradually converging with global norms, according to a joint report by KPMG and International Hospitality Consulting Group INHOCO entitled “Accommodating the Future: the Dubai hospitality sector beyond 2020”. The ......read more

    Greek Prime Minister praises UAE's global maritime feats during visit to DMCA pavilion at ‘Posidonia 2018'

    June 06, 2018. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently gained deeper insights into Dubai's pioneering experience in building one of the world’s most competitive, attractive, and comprehensive maritime cluster. The top Greek official praised the world-class achievements and competitive edge of Dubai, making it at par with the world's most important maritime and logistics centers. This took place during his visit to the pavilion of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) on the opening day of ‘2018 Posidonia Exhibition’ which held ......read more

    Residents in UAE, Egypt and KSA take action to reduce food waste

    A Danfoss survey reveals that 83% of respondents understand the impact of food waste on the environment and 77% actively take action to reduce their waste footprint While residents are trying to not throw their leftover food away throughout the year, 79% reported they are especially more conscious of this during Ramadan Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 6 June 2018:   Danfoss, the global leader in engineering solutions, commissioned a survey to assess the sustainable food consumption of residents in the UAE, Egypt and KSA, and how well they are complying to their ......read more

    The Indian Hotels Company Limited (Ihcl) Joins in Beating Plastic Pollution as India Hosts World Environment Day

    IHCL leads the industry with Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans being the company’s first  “Zero Single Use Plastic Hotel.” Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2018:  As India takes center stage as the global host of World Environment Day 2018, South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) addresses this year’s theme #BeatPlasticPollution with its first ever “Zero Single Use Plastic Hotel”, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans.  In line with IHCL’s commitment to safeguard the environment, ......read more

    BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana and Jumeira Rotana Hosts an Iftar with SNF Children with Special Needs

    5 June 2018, Dubai, UAE:   BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana and Jumeira Rotana Dubai embraced the Holy Month of Ramadan today by celebrating it together with the Special Needs Future Development Centre (SNF). The hotels invited children with special needs along with their families to break their fast together with the hotel teams. All families, Teams and Management of SNF joined for Iftar and enjoyed a delectable array of Arabian dishes to break their fast. To complete the event and make it more memorable, the teams of both hotels distributed gifts from Babyshop to all students and ......read more

    Executive Director of TAQATI Aref Abou Zahr Statement on World Environment Day 2018

    “Pollution levels are becoming dangerously high and adoption of measures aimed at ensuring lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources has become our immediate priority. The significance of awareness programs must not be overlooked in making environmentally responsible behavior a part of our core values. We remain committed to encouraging general members of the community to be responsible for their own environment, through various campaigns. On the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day, we urge every individual to be environmentally responsible and minimize ......read more

    CEO of Etihad ESCO, Ali Al Jassim's Statement on World Environment Day 2018

    “As consumption of resources keep rising at unprecedented rates, it is important to remember that these resources are non-replenishable. Irresponsible consumption and various day to day practices that pollute the environment can irreversibly destroy them, thereby depriving our future generations of the benefits our ancestors passed on to us. We are blessed with rich biodiversity in the surrounding Arabian Gulf, which houses a diverse marine ecosystem. Plastic pollution has emerged as one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time and the impact of this environmental degradation ......read more

    PCFC's Customs World receives Dominican Customs delegation

    Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2018:  As part of its efforts to promote and advance customs systems worldwide, Customs World, a subsidiary of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), received a high level delegation from the Dominican General Directorate of Customs.   The delegates had the chance to learn about the advanced services and smart customs systems that Dubai Customs delivers to its clients which can be utilized based on the agreement between Customs World and the Dominican General Directorate of Customs. Dubai Customs, under this agreement, will provide technical help ......read more

    Khalifa Fund customer happiness indicator reaches 72% in 2017

    Abu Dhabi, June 02, 2018: The customer happiness indicator in Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development reached 72 per cent in 2017. This achievement is in line with the fund's strategy to support its customers and implement the objectives of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, which aims to ensure customer satisfaction and provide the highest quality of services. It meets the ‘Customer Happiness Formula’ launched by the UAE Government, aimed at integrating the concepts of happiness in customer service centers as a practice and become a culture imbibed in all government entities. The result ......read more

    Sharjah Ramadan Majlis Debates State of Women's Sports

    Dubai, UAE, June 2, 2018:  Sharjah Ramadan Majlis Debates State of Women’s Sports Leading women associated with various UAE sports bodies called for greater public and private support and a big push to women’s sports in the country in order to help women compete with the best of the best in regional and international championships.  Taking part in the Sharjah Ramadan Majlis debate on ‘Arab Women in Sports and Global Aspirations’ (May 30) at Al Majaz Amphitheatre, leading figures associated with women’s sports called for a whole new approach to give ......read more

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