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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

    Other Top Stories from Government, Legal and Humanity
     
    Customs Transactions in Dubai Skyrocket 60% to 4m in Q1, 2020

    Dubai – 13 April 2020:   Against all odds and despite the many challenges and hurdles facing the world market due to the outbreak of Covid-19, customs transactions in Dubai skyrocketed 60% to reach 4 million in Q1, 2020, from 2.5 million in the corresponding quarter last year. This reflects the resilience of Dubai economy and its ability to cope with changes and challenges.    Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation said the wise directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al ......read more

    Expo Centre Sharjah Participates in UFI Online Session, Discusses Economic Impact of COVID-19

    Sharjah, April 12, 2020:  Expo Centre Sharjah has called to provide all forms of support and assistance to help revive the exhibition industry worldwide. The centre also called for pooling efforts of those involved in the exhibitions industry to overcome the consequences of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to provide the necessary expertise and knowledge to support this vital sector in accordance with the best international practices These remarks were made during the “UFI” online session, which involved the participation of HE Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of ......read more

    UAE Labs Get World's First Connected Management System to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

    GCC’s largest lab operator Pure Health brings InterSystems TrakCare Lab Enterprise system, the first and only laboratory business management solution, to support the UAE’s COVID-19 testing initiatives   Dubai, UAE, April 12, 2020:   InterSystems, a global leader in healthcare information systems and technology solutions, has signed an agreement with Pure Health, the largest laboratory operator in the GCC, to deploy InterSystems TrakCare Lab Enterprise (TCLE) system, the first and only laboratory business management solution, to support the UAE’s ......read more

    Ministry of Economy announces reduction in fees for 94 of its services

    In accordance with UAE Cabinet Resolution 20 of 2020 Al Mansoori: Move represents important step to reduce the cost of business and support the economy during the current stage Reduction rates in some services reach 98 per cent Financial impact on the business sector is estimated at AED 113 million Abu Dhabi, 12 April 2020: The Ministry of Economy has announced a new list of service fees, reflecting a reduction across 94 of its offered services, particularly provided by the Ministry to the public covering individuals, companies and the business sector. The move is being made in ......read more

    SCCI Lauds Private Sector Commitment to the Preventive Measures Over COVID-19

    Sharjah, April 12, 2020:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, said that its call to the business community and the private sector to adopt precautionary measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been met with a great response through the commitment to carrying out all safety instructions and the implementation of the remote working system. The SCCI has intensified its efforts to make sure that the business is running smoothly while implementing the precautionary measures across the emirate to contain the spread of the virus. Baking ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Encourages the Private Sector to Contribute to the Community Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19

     The Chamber has launched a page on its website that contains information about the fund's participation mechanism and goals  Buamim: The private sector will play an essential role in supporting the fund and strengthening public- private partnership   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 011, 2020:    Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a webpage, on its website, to appeal to the private sector to support its fight against Coronavirus and contribute to The Community Solidarity Fund against COVID-19.   The new webpage, which ......read more

    Beauty Company, Cosnova, Launches “Keep Your #kisstance”, a Solidarity Campaign With Victims of Covid-19- Donating Up to 1 Million Euros to Doctors Without Borders

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 08, 2020:    One of the leading German cosmetics companies, cosnova, which holds some of the beauty world’s favorite brands such as essence and CATRICE, is supporting in the fight against the Coronavirus with the campaign “Keep your #Kisstance” For every person who expresses their solidarity with #kisstance on social media and encourages the idea of social distancing, cosnova will put another five Euros in the donation pot. The aim is to reach a total of 1 million Euros together for the frontliners while spreading social awareness ......read more

    Dubai Customs Launches Customs Inspector Safe Passage in Response to Covid-19

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 08, 2020:     Dubai Customs’ Administrative Affairs Department designed a mobile safe passage for the safety and security of its inspection officers. This comes in line with the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and other health authorities in the UAE to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  The new customs inspection mobile cabin has been designed in cooperation with a manufacturing company and it is intended to protect inspectors and sterilize them before embarking on their inspection routines.  The safe ......read more

    Dubai Cares and UAE Ministry of Education Launch Education Uninterrupted Campaign to Ensure Equitable Access to Distance Learning Among All UAE Children and Youth

    • Nation-wide fundraising campaign aims to provide ICT devices to students who are not equipped with the necessary tools to join their peers in distance learning  • Organizations from the public and private sector as well as individuals across the UAE can make financial and in-kind donations of devices to support the campaign   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 08, 2020:  Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) today launched “Education Uninterrupted”, a nationwide ......read more

    Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce set to organize first Arab Brazilian Chamber Webinar

    Initial session to cover topic, 'Brazil and Arab Countries: the food supply chain, current perspectives and challenges' Rubens Hannun: This webinar will help increase comprehension and convey Brazil’s vision to businesses and governments in Arab countries. April 7, 2020 - The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has revealed completion of preparations for their first webinar, which will be streamed live on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 4:00 PM UAE time. The event, which is the first in a series of special meetings, will center on discussions under the topic ......read more

    SCCI Discloses Details of its Online Services Statistics in March

    Sharjah, April 7, 2020:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, has recently revealed the statistics for its online services during March, where the number of memberships reached 467, 27 new memberships and 440 renewed memberships respectively, while the number of the certificates of origin reached 1346, besides 50 attestations. The number of new members from the free zones reached 25 during the same period. These numbers reflect the success of the SCCI in enhancing its online and smart services to cater to the needs of Sharjah’s business community and enable ......read more

    Sharjah Business Community Hails SSCI's Efforts in Supporting its Interests Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

    Sharjah, April 6, 2020:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, has successfully managed to enhance its role as a representative and voice of the business community and the private sector to overcome the challenges they face, through the coordination with the Sharjah Executive Council, the relevant government agencies, and the chamber’s strategic partners from the private sector, in light of the global changes and developments due to the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). This is in addition to the vital role of the SCCI’s sectoral business groups in ......read more

    Emirates Post Reduces Operating Hours in Dubai Based Centres

     New move in line with government directive to combat the spread of COVID-19     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 April 2020:   Named a vital service, Emirates Post remains open for business however will further reduce working hours on a temporary basis at all its Dubai-based Customer Happiness Centres. This decision is in line with the latest directives of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Starting Monday, 6 April 2020, all Dubai based Emirates Post Customer Happiness Centres ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop launches second session of 'DGW Youth Council'

    Move follows success of first edition and in line with UAE government's continuing efforts to support Emirati youth UAE, 5 April 2020: Dubai Government Workshop has revealed the coming launch of the second session of its 'DGW Youth Council,' an initiative aimed at enhancing the role of Emirati youth in building and creating the future. The 'DGW Youth Council' is also meant to give the younger generation key encouragement in pursuing the path towards excellence, creativity and innovation, based on the commitment of the DGW in the directives of the national government and ......read more

    Dubai Chamber President & CEO Hamad Buamim: Several Multinationals and Family Businesses Have Pledged Support for Community Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19

    H.E. Hamad Buamim:     - Dubai  Chamber will help blue collar workers who have completed their projects  to return home - The Chamber will be assisting blue collar workers in the construction and real estate projects, especially those who completed their work and were unable to return home as airports closed around the world. - The Chamber will make an initial contribution of AED10 million, towards the newly established fund - The Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business will be playing a larger role in the upcoming period, incentivising ......read more

    SCCI Calls on Property Owners to Reschedule Rental Payments for Those Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

    Sharjah, April 5, 2020:  The Representative Committee of the Real Estate Sector Business Group of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, has called on the property owners in the Emirate of Sharjah to adopt the same approach of Sharjah government in terms of delaying the rent payments for those who were affected by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), especially for commercial properties. Such procedures would help enable tenants and business owners to maintain their businesses, in light of the global economic consequences due to the COVID-19 ......read more

    Jebel Ali Customs Center Provides Customs Clearance Service to Clients Through Smart Services

    Dubai – 4 April 2020:   To help with the containment of the coronavirus outbreak, Dubai Customs boosted its centers’ preparedness to provide all services to companies and complete transactions online. Companies can enjoy smart services of Dubai Customs to benefit from the excellent facilitations available including booking an inspection date, which will be done fast and with minimal contact.   Using Dubai Customs’ smart channels, clients can access all the services and clear their shipments without any need for a physical visit to the Jebel Ali ......read more

    SCCI Opens Online Registration for Sharjah Excellence Award 2020

    Sharjah, April 4, 2020:  The Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Excellence Award stated that the registration for the seven categories of the award is now open and will last until the end of October 2020. The 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 SCCI called on the business communities in the UAE and GCC to take part in the Award and to make use of its numerous benefits, including the awareness programs and ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Digital Authority Launches the “Abu Dhabi Connect” Project

    The initiative helps save more than AED714m for customers and 737,000 working hours for government entities   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 4 April 2020:   The Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), the government entity that leads the digital transformation in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has announced the launch of the “Abu Dhabi Connect” project under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Government Services ecosystem, "TAMM", through which more than 50 hard-copy documents have now been transformed and integrated with the services of 24 government ......read more

    Corona Virus: A Curious Guide for Courageous Kids

    Art Jameel teams up with science association Pleiadi and the network of Italian Children’s Museums to produce a bilingual free guide for children      Dubai, United Arab Emirates  | March 31, 2020 – Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East and beyond, today releases Corona Virus: A curious guide for courageous kids the first bilingual (Arabic/English) free guide on the health crisis for children. It is produced in collaboration with the science association Pleiadi and the network of Italian ......read more

    Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi launches new incentives for AFZ companies

    Ajman Free Zone has more than 8,000 companies and more than 30,000 investors     Ajman, United Arab Emirates - March 30, 2020:  His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Free Zone (AFZ), issued a decision to introduce a package of economic incentives for AFZ, China Mall, and its affiliates. The aim is to alleviate the economic effects the world is experiencing today and its implications for business.   These incentives include several features such as reducing and eliminating certain fines and fees, as well as adding new facilities. ......read more

    Dubai Cares Joins UNESCO's Global Education Coalition to Provide a Unified Response to the Need for Distance Learning for All Children and Youth Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

    Dubai, UAE, 30 March 2020:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has joined the UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition for COVID-19 Response to help countries find solutions for distance learning in order to minimize educational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The global coalition, which is a multi-sector partnership, brings together international organizations, private sector and civil society to fast-track advice on technology, pedagogy and content to allow countries to set up digital learning solutions, in order to provide ......read more

    Lootah BCGas and Dubai Chamber Announce AED 15 Million Covid-19 Support Programme

    Initiative will support more than 50,000 homes and nearly 500 businesses in UAE    • Lootah: We are keen to be part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s strategy to support business continuity and stimulate the national economy • Buamim: This is a timely initiative that reflects the contribution of the private sector as a partner in Government’s efforts to meet the current challenges • The programme offers discounts of up to 20% on the cost of gas consumption   Dubai, UAE, 29/03/2020: Lootah BCGas, a subsidiary of ......read more

    Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Announces Global COVID-19 Relief Efforts

    “It is in the spirit of togetherness that we will rise.” — Ralph Lauren     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 30, 2020:    In response to COVID-19, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, formerly known as the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, is committing $10 million to help our teams, our partners and our communities impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.    “At the heart of our Company, there has always been a spirit of togetherness that inspires our creativity, our confidence and most importantly our support for one ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Launches Electronic Attestation Service and Enhances Its Range of Smart Services

    • Buamim: We intend to implement the concept of smart chamber in alignment with the vision of smart Dubai and to develop and enrich customer experience • With the launch of the electronic attestation service, 98% of Chamber’s core services are now available online • The whole process of electronic attestation from submission to payment, to approval will not exceed four hours     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 30, 2020:    As part of  commitment to the vision of Smart Dubai, and to facilitate business operations for customers ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop joins unified efforts in support of ‘Earth Hour'

    UAE, 29 March 2020: The Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) joins the whole nation in its support and celebration of the Earth Hour initiative, an annual event aimed at encouraging individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour, from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM as a symbol of commitment to the planet. Locally organized in part by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Earth Hour looks towards increasing awareness about the dangers and impact made by climate change and global warming. H.E. Fahad Ahmed Al-Raeesi, CEO, DGW, shared that their ......read more

    SCCI Provides Online Attestation Services for All Transactions

    Sharjah, March 28, 2020:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, SCCI, has recently revealed the activation of online attestation services for all transactions through the chamber’s website or the smart application instead of coming in person to the customer happiness centers. The move comes as part of the precautionary measures adopted by the SCCI to combat the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications on the business sector and to ensure the health and safety of customers while maintaining business with the same level of efficiency. The SCCI explained that the ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Closes All Cultural Sites in the Emirate

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 25 March 2020: In line with precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has decided to temporarily close all cultural sites in the emirate starting from today until further notice. Closed cultural sites include Bait Al Oud, Berklee Abu Dhabi and Al Qattara Art Centre. Those sites offered limited art classes, with restrictions according to health and safety measures. DCT Abu Dhabi had already closed other cultural sites in the emirate including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al ......read more

    Expo Centre Sharjah Adopts Several Precautionary Measures at Headquarters and in Dhaid & Khor Fakkan Branches

    Sharjah, March 24, 2020: In an effort to ensure the highest levels of prevention for employees and customers and in support of the urgent measures taken by the country and Sharjah government in particular to curb the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the Expo Centre Sharjah has recently carried out a number of precautionary and preventive measures at the centre headquarters and its branches in Al Dhaid and Khor Fakkan cities. These measures include the daily sterilization and disinfection of all buildings and exhibition halls, sterilizing the surfaces and all work tools as well as ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Urges the Private Sector to Implement Remote Working for Their Employees' Safety and Business Continuity

    • Chamber launches campaign #BeSafeWorkSmart    • Buamim: The private sector needs to show its commitment to the precautionary measures implemented by the Government, by facilitating remote work for its employees   • Buamim: Working remotely has become easier and faster with the advanced technical infrastructure available in the UAE   • The Chamber has implemented “ work from home” and has a wide range of e-services to ensure that business continues uninterrupted    Dubai, UAE: In a video message to the ......read more

    Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group Pledges AED 10 Million to DHA to AID Covid-19 Prevention Measures

    Group’s Charity Foundation donation to Dubai Education Zone will aid E-learning Dubai, UAE 24th March 2020:   Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group (ESAG), the leading Dubai-based multidivisional conglomerate, has announced a multi-million-dirham package to support the UAE Government initiatives and efforts amidst the ongoing social and economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In support of the UAE Government initiatives and to help the community, ESAG will contribute AED 10 million to Dubai Health Authority for medical supplies, while the Easa Saleh Al Gurg ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Activates Its Role as the Voice of the Business Community to Support Public - Private Partnerships

    • The Chamber strengthened its partnership with the Ministry of Economy    • Coordinated a meeting of the fruit and vegetable traders working group with the Ministry and reached an agreement to establish an emergency committee covering all supply and distribution chains to monitor the smooth flow of goods   • Discussions were held with government departments to provide incentives and put in place exceptional measures   • Had a discussion with our members to understand their concerns and reassure them of the measures being put in place ......read more

    Ajman Sewerage Cuts Service Fees by Up to 100 Percent

    Ajman, UAE, March 21, 2020:  Under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, Ajman Sewerage Private Company Limited (ASPCL) has announced today that it will offer discounts starting from 20% up to 100% of the service fees on some of its services, effective May 1st, 2020.  This move follows an announcement by H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council aimed at ensuring health and safety of the community while safeguarding the sustainability, efficiency and ......read more

    Sea Cruises, Desert Camps, Safaris and Floating Restaurant Activity Suspended with Immediate Effect

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 19 2020: In line with recommended preventative measures for Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi is instructing all tour operators in Abu Dhabi Emirate to immediately suspend services and activities for all sea cruises, desert camps, safaris and floating restaurants.  The suspension of activities and services comes into force with immediate effect and will be in place until further notice. In order to guarantee the health and safety of all residents, visitors and employees of these services, DCT Abu Dhabi will ......read more

    Senior Citizens and People of Determination to Benefit From Free Delivery by Emirates Post

    • PO Box owners over the age of 60 to receive bi-weekly, contactless home deliveries starting March 21st  • People of Determination with a PO Box subscription can also avail of this service by contacting Emirates Post Customer Contact Centre team   Dubai, UAE, Thursday March 19, 2020: As part of its ongoing efforts to combat the transmission of the COVID-19, Emirates Post will ensure all PO Box owners over the age of 60 years and People of Determination will receive their mail as well as small parcels delivered free of charge to their home on a bi-weekly ......read more

    Sharjah Commerce And Tourism Development Authority Initiates Hotel Establishment Inspection Campaign In The Emirate

    In line with national efforts to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus March 19, 2020 - The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) revealed that it has started to implement an emirate-wide awareness campaign designed to support local hotel establishments in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The move falls in line with the nation's continuing efforts to raise the level of precautionary and preventive measures against COVID-19, in response to recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). The SCTDA also confirmed that a series of ......read more

    Emirates Post Announces Stringent Measures to Protect the Wellbeing of Its Customers and Staff and Introduces Contactless Deliveries

    In line with UAE government directives to protect the public and limit the spread of COVID-19, Emirates Post has announced a series of precautionary and rigorous measures to safeguard the health and wellbeing of its staff and customers across the organization and limit the spread of the virus in the UAE.   • Introduction of contactless postal deliveries  As of March 17, all deliveries of postal items by Emirates Post will be contactless. To limit contact, delivery drivers will now place all items outside the intended recipient’s door. From a safe distance, ......read more

    Trade Bank of Iraq Donates Us $ 5 Million to the Iraqi Ministry of Health to Help Combat Coronavirus

    Baghdad/ Dubai, 17 March 2020: Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI), today announced US $5 million in funding to support Iraqi Ministry of Health’s efforts to combat the threat of COVID-19. Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman & President of Trade Bank of Iraq signed off the relief fund to help the Ministry of Health acquire appropriate resources in response to the coronavirus. Ministry of Health will use the funds to curb the spread of the virus by early detection and effective quarantine efforts. Faisal said: “This fund is our way of supporting the Ministry of Health to enhance their ......read more

    HE Mohamed Al Khalifa Al Mubarak Says 'Ghadan 21' Programme Will Enhance the Capital's Competitiveness and Accelerate Its Economic, Social and Developmental Growth

    HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) comments on the launch of the “Ghadan 21” programme: “We would like to express our gratitude to HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his vision and national efforts, especially with the launch of the new stimulus package as part of the ‘Ghadan 21’ Accelerator Programme. This stimulus package will help bolster economic growth and facilitate a rapid recovery from the ......read more

    Important Public Circular from FEWA

    “The Federal Electricity and Water Authority request its valued customers to apply for its services through its Mobile Application and Website, as part of the precautionary measures aimed at maintaining public health and safety.”     ...read more

    Dubai Chamber to Tap Into Smart Services, Partially Implement ‘Remote Work' Plan as of Tomorrow

    - The measures help ensure business continuity and the safety of employees and customers. - The Chamber offers a bundle of smart services for its customers, having transformed 97% of its services to smart services.   Dubai, UAE, 15/03/2020 – The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be launching a partial  ‘Remote Work’ programme tomorrow (Monday, March 16, 2020), as part of the preventive measures undertaken to address the risks of Coronavirus (COVID-19).   Taken in coordination with relevant government entities, the measures ......read more

    More Than 47,000 Beneficiaries of Services Offered by IACAD in 2019

    • 54 services were offered in 2019 • Islamic Affairs Sector services had the highest number of beneficiaries, as 44,286 customers benefited from it • IACAD ranked eighth according to the results of the 2019 Government of Dubai Customer Happiness and Mystery Shopper Index surveys, achieving a percentage of 87.1%   Dubai, 15 March 2020: The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) announced that the number of beneficiaries from its services reached 47,381 in 2019. Beneficiaries received 54 services from IACAD across various sectors ......read more

    Dubai Airport Freezone Authority Contribution to Dubai's Foreign Trade Jumps to AED 164 Billion

    - 12.6% growth in the total value of DAFZA foreign trade  - Trade surplus of AED 19.4 billion  - 36.6% growth in revenues of multinational companies  - 135% growth of total space occupied by multinational companies   Dubai, UAE, March 15, 2020: Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) played a key role in boosting Dubai's economic growth, with a 12% contribution to the emirate’s foreign trade in 2019, compared to 11.2% in 2018, out of a total trade value of AED 1.37 trillion recorded last year. This came as a direct result of the incentives and ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop successfully organizes fishing equipment recycling campaign to help support Emirati fishermen

    Initiative held in collaboration with Dubai Fishermen Cooperative Association UAE, 15 March 2020 - Dubai Government Workshop (DGW), in cooperation with the Dubai Fishermen Cooperative Association (DFCA), successfully organized a ‘Fishing Equipment Recycling’ campaign aimed at supporting local Emirati fishermen and to also attract citizens to work in the fishing sector. The initiative was held in the presence of H.E. Fahad Ahmed Al-Raeesi, CEO of DGW and H.E. Omair Bin Omair Al Rumaithi, Chairman, DFCA. During the campaign, iron filings and wood shavings were recycled to be used ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Remains Committed to Activating Public-private Sector Partnership to Deal With Global Challenges

    • Dubai Chamber meets Business Groups and Councils to evaluate economic landscape and to focus on building economic competitiveness  • Buamim: The economic incentive package is reflective of our wise leadership’s commitment to the interest of the investors and to support the business community in the face of global challenges    Dubai, UAE:  His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, affirmed that the Chamber is committed to strengthening the partnership of public and private sectors to face global ......read more

    ADDED announces formation of new ‘Economic Collaboration Committee' during a roundtable session with private sector leaders

    Move aimed at empowering private sector's role as a key driver in Abu Dhabi's sustainable development efforts Abu Dhabi, on 11 March 2020; H.E. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), revealed the launch of a new initiative, the ‘Economic Collaboration Committee,’ which is aimed to enhance collaboration and coordination between the public and private sectors, especially across the efforts directed towards achieving sustainable development. The announcement was made during a roundtable meeting for investors and ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Presents 35 Businesses with CSR Label for Their Efforts in H2 2019

     Since its launch in 2010, the Label has been awarded to 413 organisations by Dubai Chamber    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 11, 2020:    Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry honoured 35 companies and organisations with its Dubai Chamber CSR Label for the second half of 2019.   The Chamber organised a ceremony at its headquarters to highlight these companies’ outstanding performance in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR). In total, the Chamber has honoured 413 organisations since the Label was launched in ......read more

    Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance Announces Winners of the 22nd Cycle of Its Annual Award

    The Award featured 114 winners in the local and gulf categories   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 March 2020:   The Board of Trustees of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance chaired by H.E. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, announced the results of the 22nd Cycle of the Foundation’s Awards. The Award featured a total of 114 distinguished winners from the education sector, with 95 winning the local competitions and 19 winning the GCC competitions. The winners will be honoured at the end of April 2020 at ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop honors top employees

    UAE, 9 March 2020 - The Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) honored its outstanding employees in a ceremony held recently under the theme ‘Towards the next 50 years.’ The Workshop yearly holds the event to recognize its distinguished staff who have consistently shown exemplary work performance and greatly contributed to the organization’s overall operational efficiency, in line with the UAE’s initiative to bring happiness to the people and promote the welfare of local society. The celebration this year highlighted the employees’ pivotal role in DGW’s readiness ......read more

    3 UAE Researchers Get AED 7.5 Million Grant From UAE Ministry of Education for Project on Updating Mathematics Curriculum

    The winning project focuses on integrating numerical computing content into math courses Dubai, March 8, 2020: A group of three UAE researchers, including Dr. Firuz Kamalov of Canadian University Dubai (CUD), have been awarded the Collaborative Research Program Grant 2019 by the UAE Ministry of Education, Higher Education Affairs, for their proposal on updating the current mathematics curriculum at university and high school level. The grant amount is AED 7.5 million spread over 3 years.  The Ministry launched the Collaborative Research Program Grant in 2019 with the goal of ......read more

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