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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
     
    2019 ADBC Business Activity report shows 63.9 per cent increase in new economic licenses issued in Abu Dhabi

    Commercial licenses represent 95 per cent of newly issued licenses in 2019 More than 2,000 Instant licenses were issued in Abu Dhabi in 2019   Tajer Abu Dhabi licenses increased by 97 per cent in 2019 as compared to 2018 Abu Dhabi, 08 March 2020: The 2019 Business Activity report issued by the Abu Dhabi Business Centre (ADBC) of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development's (ADDED) reveals that the department issued approximately 18,628 new economic licenses in 2019, reflecting a growth of 63.9 per cent as compared to the 11,366 licenses that were issued in ......read more

    Statement of SLC Secretary General H.E. Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar Al Muhairi Marking International Women's Day

    UAE, 8 March 2020 - "Empowering women has always been on top of the UAE’s strategic priorities, inspired by the insightful vision and prudent policies 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 Their Highnesses Members of the Federal Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates. In implementation of our wise leadership’s directives, women in the UAE are playing a significant role in driving the UAE growth and sustainable ......read more

    Aster Volunteers and Emirates NBD take to Al Qudra Desert for Green Choices Clean Up Initiative

    Dubai, UAE, 08 March 2020:   Aster Volunteers and Emirates NBD employees joined hands to clean up plastic wastes from Al Qudra Desert. The initiative saw 181 participants gather to remove up to 79 bags of harmful waste from the area for the benefit of the desert’s natural habitat.  Al Qudra desert is popular among UAE residents for desert trips and overnight camping. However, disposable waste which are often left behind can have a negative impact on the surrounding greenery and wildlife. It is said that almost 50% of the camel deaths in UAE are caused due to ......read more

    Women Run 31% of Companies in Ajman Free Zone

    Ajman, United Arab Emirates (March 8, 2020):   A recent audit revealed that 31% of the companies currently trading in Ajman Free Zone (AFZ) have been founded by women.       Striking a gender balance among employees is a crucial goal for AFZ especially in line with the UAE Gender Balance Council’s vision which seeks to reduce the gender gap across all government sectors as well as enhance the UAE’s ranking in global reports regarding gender equality. In celebration of International Women’s Month, AFZ announced the inaugural launch of the ......read more

    Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai Supports ‘Dubai Cares Walk for Education'

    The Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai team participated recently in the 11th edition of ‘Dubai Cares Walk for Education’ to support the cause for millions of children around the world who are deprived of the opportunity to learn. The event was held at Dubai Creek Park last February 14, 2020. Mr. Simon Moore, General Manager of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, said. “We are proud to extend our support to this great cause to demonstrate our solidarity with children in less developed parts of the world who walk long distances to simply access their basic right to education. As ......read more

    Emirates Post Announce the Winners of Its PO Box Campaign

     The UAE’s leading postal and express provider launched a competition to encourage the renewal of customer postal box subscriptions   Dubai - United Arab Emirates, 08 March 2020: Emirates Post has announced the winners of their PO Box campaign that aimed to encourage customers to rent a new mailbox or renew their existing subscriptions. Due to the high demand, Emirates Post has extended the terms of the postal box rentals until the end of March 2020.  The electronic prize draw took place at Emirates Post Group headquarters. In attendance were: Mr. Yousuf Mohamed ......read more

    Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salem Al Qasimi Inaugurates Acres 2020

    Sharjah, March 5, 2020: His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday, opened the 7th edition of the Real Estate Investment Exhibition (ACRES 2020) at the Expo Centre Sharjah. With the participation of more than 40 local and international real estate companies and developers, ACRES 2020 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, collaboratively with the Sharjah Real Estate ......read more

    Dubai Customs Dealt With 20.44m Items of Luggage Onboard 88,000 Flights at Terminal 3 in 2019

    Dubai – Saturday 07/03/2020: Statistics released by Dubai Customs showed that Dubai Customs’ Passenger Operations Department has dealt with 20.44 million passengers’ items of luggage on board 88,000 flights arriving into Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport in 2019. They also completed 34,200 customs transactions and made 1301 seizures (1198 criminal seizures and 103 customs seizures). An advanced full body scanner was behind a number of seizures including a female passenger’s drug muling attempt who hid 82 cocaine capsules that weighed 1,157 grams in her guts. ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop obtains classification certificate following compliance with requirements for vehicle repair facilities and service centers

    UAE, 4 March 2020: The Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) was recently awarded with a certificate of classification in recognition of its adherence to Cabinet Resolution No. 61 of 2019, or the UAE’s regulations on the conformity requirements for vehicle maintenance establishments and service centers. DGW was one of the first entities in the country to obtain the certificate, which was received on behalf of the Workshop by Aqil Mustafa Al Janahi, Director of Engineering Maintenance Department, from H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy and Chairman of the Emirates ......read more

    Dubai Customs Develops World Platform for Best Practices and AEO Mutual Recognition Agreements

    Dubai – 4 March 2020:   The World Customs Organization has approved Dubai Customs’ initiative of launching an international platform for the best practices and Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) mutual recognition agreements among AEO members.  Dubai Customs will lead the way in facilitating the exchange of secure data between the WHO and the member customs administrations.  The WCO endorsed the initiative in the latest Brussels SAFE sessions last October. Dubai Customs was selected to develop the AEO platform owing to its world class status in customs ......read more

    IACAD Adopts International Standards in Mosque Care

    Dubai, 4 March 2020: The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) supervises the process of building mosques in Dubai. This is part of its vision to be a sustainable and leading destination for Islamic and charitable efforts in building mosques in the emirate of Dubai. There are several ways to serve mosques, such as building, restoring and maintaining them, or by praying, dhikr and dua’a (supplication), as well as conducting lessons in them. All the aforementioned enhance the cultural and social aspects within the community. Mr. Mohammed Ali Ahmed bin ......read more

    Ambassador of Arab Culture Benedetta Paravia takes H.H. Sheikh Mohammed's WIN VICTORY LOVE Gesture to International Platforms

    Benedetta is the producer of the famous TV series Hi Emirates and Hi Dubai, that feature Emirati and expat women achievers   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 04, 2020:   The Italian Ambassador of the Arab Culture, Princess Benedetta Paravia, a Dubai-based philanthropist, presenter, producer and song writer, is taking the WIN VICTORY LOVE sign of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, to the international platforms.  Benedetta, during her recent visit to the ......read more

    Over 3,000 Emiratis Have Already Applied to Be the UAE's Next Astronaut

    •        33% of applicants are women •        Applications open until 31st March 2020 •         MBRSC announced that two Emirati astronauts will be selected from the second batch of applications     Dubai, UAE – 4 March 2020:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced interim insights into the registrations for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, which has already received over 3,000 applications from Emirati men and women eager to carry the ......read more

    Emirates Post Set to Launch Digital Location Happiness Initiative

    Customer Happiness Centres will become even easier to find on social media, navigation systems, mobile apps, and online directory platforms   Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 03 March 2020:   Emirates Post, the UAE’s leading postal and express provider, is testing a brand-new offering designed to ensure they are discoverable on today’s mobile digital mapping platforms, apps, search engines and in-vehicle navigation systems across any device. As part of its commitment to investing in digital solutions; Emirates Post has embraced a digital location ......read more

    HBMSU launches University Entrepreneurship Programme

    Move falls in line with ‘Fifty Year Charter’ and unified effort to prepare cognitively qualified entrepreneurs H. E. Khalfan Belhoul: Provide an environment that embraces young talents, develops their capabilities and supports their contribution in vital sectors Help youth and innovators to enter the world of entrepreneurship with confidence and knowledge Dr. Mansoor Al Awar: The programme is the crowning achievement of our leading efforts as one of the first supporters of the national directives towards the creation of entrepreneurs, innovators, nation builders and ......read more

    Aster Volunteers Hands Over 100th Aster Home to Kerala's Flood Victims of 2018

    01 March 2020 - Dubai: Aster Volunteers, the CSR arm of Aster DM Healthcare have successfully completed the building of 100 ‘Aster Homes’ for the 2018 flood victims of Kerala. The keys of the 100th home were handed over to the beneficiary by the Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Pinarayi at an event held at Kochi Municipal Corporation Town Hall. This marks the completion of the first set of handovers out of the 250 Aster Homes which was announced as a part of the Rebuild Kerala initiative to help thousands of people who have lost everything they possessed. The Chief Minister had ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop organizes session to discuss innovative & creative ideas as part of 50-year preparations

    UAE, 29 February 2020 – Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) organized a session with an aim to support the country’s preparations for next 50 years and in connection with this year’s ‘UAE Innovation Month.’ The session, held in the presence of the leadership team headed by H.E Fahad Ahmed Al-Raeesi, CEO of DGW, encouraged the Workshop’s employees to come up with creative ideas in the fields of innovation, technology and sustainability, thereby enhancing the organization’s preparedness for the future; and to explore innovative solutions that can help DGW ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Chamber To Honor Winners of Middle East Stevie Awards

    Gala celebration of business leaders at Waldorf Astoria on March 21  Ras Al Khaimah, 29/2/2020: Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce is to honor the winners of the world’s top business awards. The Middle East Stevie Awards recognize innovation in the workplace and the gala prize-giving ceremony will be held in Ras Al Khaimah on March 21.  Sponsored by RAK Chamber, dozens of companies from 12 countries across the MENA region have bagged honors in the first ever Middle East edition of the Stevie Awards. H.E. Mohamed Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Chamber, said ......read more

    du Women Council Rebrands as du Gender Balance Council to Achieve Inclusion and Equal Representation of Genders in the Workplace

    Creating awareness, encouraging discussions and driving sustainable actions regarding diversity is among the Council’s top priorities in line with UAE Vision 2021 Dubai, UAE, 29 February, 2020: du, from the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) Women Council has announced its rebranding as the du Gender Balance Council, aiming  for greater inclusion and equal representation of both genders within the Organisation.  Established in January 2019 as part of du’s commitment to promote gender diversity in a balanced workplace, the Council creates ......read more

    EEG Drive Stops 5,235kg of Aluminum From Going to UAE Landfills; More Than 180 Entities Join Can Collection Day

    27 February 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: From schoolchildren to corporate community and the hospitality sector in particular lined up on Thursday morning to take part in the 24th cycle of the Can Collection Day, an annual national event held by Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), the first-of-it-kind environmental NGO in the UAE. The Can Collection Day 2020 is sponsored by Emirates Global Aluminium and supported by Dubai Municipality, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Tourism and American International School Abu Dhabi. The campaign also received logistical support from ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Commemorates 100 Years of the International Chamber of Commerce

    • Preparations for the 12th World Chambers Congress, which will be held in February 2021 are ongoing in full swing • Buamim: World Chamber Congress 2021 will give a glimpse of how Dubai is truly embracing the future and using pioneering technologies to enhance business and trade. • ICC has always believed that strengthening commercial ties among nations is not only good for business, but also for improving global living standards, reducing inequalities and maintaining peace, a belief that Dubai shares. • Al Shehhi: UAE has drawn inspiration from the work done by ......read more

    HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Presides Over Dubai Sports Council Board Meeting

    Quality management is the foundation of successes, and good governance is not just a slogan, but a course of action - says DSC Chairman   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 27, 2020:    His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, has stressed on the need for Dubai’s sports sector to keep pace with the development in all the other sectors of the Emirate because sports is an integral and essential part of life, and it can contribute to the development of all sectors, at all levels, by increasing happiness and ......read more

    Dubai Customs Honors Winners of Innovator's Award in UAE Innovation Month

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 26, 2020:     Dubai Customs organized a ceremony to celebrate the winners of the Innovator’s Award as part of the events organized by the government department in the UAE Innovation Month.  The ceremony was attended by Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, executive directors, heads of departments and employees. Musabih awarded the winners with certificates of appreciation and honorary shields.  In his statement, Musabih congratulated the employees for their dedication and creativitiy and ......read more

    Five Key Source Markets to Drive Additional 1.4 Million Arrivals to UAE During Expo 2020, Says ATM Research

    • Additional three million international visitors expected to visit UAE over the Expo period of 2020 to 2021 • Arrivals from India, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, UK and Pakistan dominating increase in visitors to UAE by 2021     An additional three million international visitors are expected to visit the UAE during Expo 2020, with arrivals from India, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, UK and Pakistan driving this influx, according to the latest data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from Sunday 19 – ......read more

    Ministry of Economy & Arizona State University sign MoU in the field of innovation

    MoU aims to develop entrepreneurship, innovation and support SMEs Al Mansoori: MoU covers a group of priority sectors in the country's economic policy Abu Dhabi, 24 February 2020: The Ministry of Economy has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Arizona State University (ASU) in the field of innovation and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, and Dr. Michael M. Crow, President of Arizona State University. The MoU forms part of the Ministry’s efforts to develop international ......read more

    Emirates Post Launches the 49th Universal Postal Union's (UPU) Annual Letter Writing Competition for Young People

    Deadline for submission is 31 March 2020 Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 24 February 2020 – Emirates Post announced that participants can now start sending their submissions for the 49th UPU annual letter writing competition for schoolchildren aged between 10 and 15 years, under the new 2020 inspirational theme “Write a message to an adult about the world we live in”.  Organized by Emirates Post as part of the United Postal Union’s global initiative, a United Nations body that oversees the world’s post, the prestigious competition aims to encourage ......read more

    Ministry of Economy & Dubai Customs inaugurate first International Innovation Forum

    Forum to feature 40 innovative projects & host discussions in connection with UAE Innovation Month Dubai, 23 February 2020: The inaugural edition of the International Innovation Forum, a joint initiative by the Ministry of Economy and Dubai Customs in connection with the UAE Innovation Month, opened today (Sunday, February 23, 2020) at the Ministry of Economy in Dubai. The forum aims to provide a periodic platform for innovators and inventors from inside and outside the country to interact with the relevant authorities from research centers, business incubators and private sector ......read more

    First International Innovation Forum Kicks Off (Sunday 23 Feb 2020)

    Dubai – 22 Feb 2020: The activities of the First International Innovation Forum kick off Sunday 23 February 2020 and continues until 27th February. The event is organized by Dubai Customs and the Ministry of Economy as part of the UAE Innovation Month activities. It is the biggest platform where creative people and innovators from different nationalities and backgrounds gather under one roof to showcase their innovations in different sectors including education, and the government and private sectors.   The first International Innovation Forum, which takes place at the ......read more

    The 8th Annual Charity Marathon to Kick Off Tomorrow

    Sharjah, February 21, 2020: Under the theme “Time to Work”, the 8th annual charity marathon, organized by the Friends of Arthritis Patients Society (FOAP) of the Health Education Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), will kick off tomorrow Saturday at 3:00 pm along Al Mamzar beach until Al Qasba Roundabout in Sharjah. The event aims to raise community awareness of arthritis, encourage sports and physical activity, and shed light on the innovative community initiatives organized by FOAP to enhance awareness of health and sports activities, and to mobilize ......read more

    Emirates Post Issues Set of Commemorative Stamps for the New Logo for People of Determination in Cooperation with the Ministry of Community Development

    Symbolizing transition from stillness to independence and self-determination 50,000 commemorative stamps will be available at all Emirates Post Central Happiness Centres starting Thursday, 20th February 2020   • Nasser Ismail:  In line with UAE’s national vision, the Ministry of Community Development is committed to improve the lives of people of determination as part of our social development objectives  • Abdulla Mohammed Al Ashram: The UAE made a lot of progress in its efforts to achieve the full integration of people of determination ......read more

    HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed Visits Dubai Sports Council

    DSC Chairman thanks HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid for entrusting him with the responsibility of overseeing Dubai’s sports sector   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 19, 2020:  His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, has thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for his gracious patronage of the sports sector and for entrusting him with the responsibility of leading Dubai Sports Council. HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed was ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Highlights the Competitive Advantages of the UAE FDI Law

    Chamber organised introductory workshop on FDI developments in collaboration with Clyde & Co. Dubai, UAE – Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai Chamber) organised a workshop titled ‘Key Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment’, to help the private sector to understand the key aspects of UAE FDI Law. Organised in collaboration with international law firm Clyde & Co, the workshop raised awareness about the FDI Law and focused on other important issues like regulations on foreign ownership in the UAE, corporate structuring for foreign investors, economic ......read more

    Dubai Cares Donates 2,000 Books to Wanna Read? Initiative to Instill the Habit of Reading Among Children in UAE Hospitals

    Dubai, UAE, 19 February 2020:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has donated 2,000 books to the UAE’s Wanna Read? initiative as another step in its efforts to promote the culture of reading within the UAE community. Through this partnership, Wanna Read? will distribute the books to pediatric wards at hospitals across the UAE. The books, which comprise of a variety of titles including novels, history and science, will entertain and educate children to help them through the healing and rehabilitation process.  The 2,000-book ......read more

    Upfield Unveils New Plant-Based Products and Spreads Awareness of Nutritional Benefits

    The world’s largest producer of plant-based products showcases new range of 100% dairy free plant-based Flora Plant Cream and Flora Plant Butter at Gulfood 2020 Celebrated Chef Marwan Abi Daoud urges kitchen professionals to proactively explore nutritional benefits of plant-based ingredients Dubai, 18 February 2020: With an increasing number of regional consumers demanding plant-based food products and a growing class of environmentally aware consumers, Upfield, the world’s largest producer of plant-based products, has unveiled a range of plant-based products and new cooking ......read more

    Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group Celebrates 60 Years of Nation Building by Renewing Its Commitment to the UAE's Ongoing Development

    Multidivisional conglomerate includes 27 different companies across a broad range of verticals and over 370 different international brands   February 18, 2020 – Dubai:   Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group (ESAG), the leading Dubai-based multidivisional conglomerate, has marked its 60th anniversary in 2020. The Group has focused its long-established legacy of nation building on the Government of Dubai’s Industrial Strategy 2030 to make the emirate an international hub for knowledge-based, innovative and sustainable industrial activities.  ESAG’s present ......read more

    Registration is Now Open for Dubai Cares' Volunteer Globally in Malawi

    • 15 volunteers will travel to lay foundation for a school in an underprivileged community • Applications can be made through the UAE Volunteers Platform until 24 February     Dubai, UAE, 18 February 2020:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced the return of its Volunteer Globally initiative to Malawi from June 6 to 15, 2020. Interested volunteers can apply today through the UAE Volunteers Platform.   This year’s edition will see 15 volunteers travel to a remote village in Malawi to ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Honours Top-performing Trading Companies

    • A total of 112 companies have been awarded under Exporter of the Month since the launch of the initiative • Member companies recognised for exceptional export performance at recent ceremony    Dubai, UAE: Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently hosted its Exporter of the Month ceremony at its head office where four member companies were recognised for outstanding trade performance during last four months of 2019.   Including the most recent honourees, at total of 112 companies have been awarded under Exporter of the Month since the launch of ......read more

    Sheikh Khaled Al Qasimi Honors Winners of Sharjah Excellence Award 2019

    Sharjah, February 16, 2020:    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Seaports and Customs, honored the winners of the 4th Sharjah Excellence Award 2019, in addition to honoring partners, sponsors, jury committee members, and the award working group. This came during the annual ceremony organized by Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, on Wednesday evening at the Expo Centre Sharjah, in the presence of ......read more

    Dubai Customs Graduates 1st Batch of “Dubai Customs Leaders” Program

    Dubai – 15 February 2020: “Dubai Customs Leaders” training program graduated the first batch of employees who joined the program to develop their leadership competencies and gain learning and skills on how to overcome current and future challenges.  The program, which Dubai Customs launched at the end of 2019, engaged 16 employees from different departments and centers in Dubai Customs.  The 54-hour program, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, ILM, included different sessions that covered topics like personal skills, authorization, ......read more

    Industrial Plant Sustainability and Profitability in the New Digital Economy

    It’s clearer than ever that we a need to be a part of the solution to the climate change emergency. Since Industry uses about one third of all energy consumed in the world, we have a big role in reducing global emissions now and into the future. As our CEO and Chairman Jean Pascal Tricoire said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, we have the technology and the means to do it, we just need to work together to achieve it.   Corporate sustainability makes good business sense. Environmental sustainability improves operational performance, attracts revenue from socially ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports and Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to Cooperate in Charitable and Humanitarian Initiatives

    12 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Airports to enhance its collaborative support of social, charitable, and humanitarian programmes. The agreement will strengthen the Foundation's ‘Emirati Families’ initiative, and showcase its regional impact. The official ceremony was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports; His Excellency Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of the Federal Supreme Council at the Ministry of Presidential ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Launches 2nd Cycle of Mentorship Programme at Africa Tech Summit 2020

    • Over 250 participants visited Dubai Chamber’s stand at Rwanda summit where they learned about the GBF Mentorship Programme’s benefits and opportunities for startups and mentors   • First-of-its-kind programme pairs innovative UAE and African startups with mentors who can provide valuable expertise, support and guidance   Kigali, Rwanda: Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently participated in the Africa Tech Summit 2020 in Kigali, Rwanda, where the organisation launched the second cycle of its GBF Mentorship Programme, which pairs ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) Launches Book With Pomeroy Academy for Tenth World Urban Forum (WUF10)

    Book sheds light on how culture and innovation is shaping sustainable cities of the future Abu Dhabi, 10th February 2020 - The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) today launched a book with leading sustainable educators and researchers, Pomeroy Academy. The book accompanies the 10th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), which is taking place for the first time in the Arab region this week until 13th February. Developed by Pomeroy Academy, and edited by its founder, award-winning architect, academic and television presenter, Professor Jason Pomeroy, the book, entitled ......read more

    Union Coop to Support Dubai Autism Center

    Union Coop to Contribute towards the Provisions of Health and Humanitarian Services to Dubai Autism Center Patients    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 10, 2020:   Union Coop, the largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai Autism Center, which comes within the framework of activating corporate social responsibility by supporting local humanitarian and social institutions, programs and projects.  The MoU was signed by Mr. Harib Mohammed Bin Thani, Director of Operations division, Union Coop, on behalf ......read more

    Dubai Cares Announces Third Round Awardees for E-cubed Research Envelope

      ● AED 7.9 million (USD 2.1 million) awarded to 4 research proposals in Education in Emergencies ● Call for applications in 3rd round received 63 proposals from practitioners and academics in 4 languages   Dubai, UAE, 10 February 2019: Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has awarded a total of AED 7,986,920 (USD 2,174,199) to four research proposals, under its Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) research envelope. E-Cubed was launched in September 2016 on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New ......read more

    Yahsat Receives Commendation for Its Participation at National Science, Technology and Innovation (NSTI) Festival 2020

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 February, 2020: Ahmed Omran, Vice President of Corporate Communications, received an award of appreciation from the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) for Yahsat’s participation in the 4th edition of National Science, Technology and Innovation (NSTI) Festival. Coinciding with the UAE Innovation Month, the event was held to foster a scientific temper among young Emiratis. Members of Yahsat Youth Council participated in various activities, including interactive workshops, space-related talks and games.  Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin ......read more

    The Tenth World Urban Forum Carries Out Five Assemblies

    Opening Day marked by raising of the UAE flag and UN flag together   Abu Dhabi, 8th February 2020:   The Tenth World Urban Forum (WUF10) today launched the Assemblies element of its programme, at the forum’s opening ceremony in Abu Dhabi. WUF10, which is taking place from today until 13 February 2020, is being held in the Arab world for the first time. The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) organised the event in partnership with UN-Habitat. The Assemblies were opened on the first day of the World Urban Forum. To mark this special occasion a ......read more

    Dubai Customs Launches Official Page on Linkedin

    Dubai – 08 Feb 2020:  Dubai Customs launched its official page on Linkedin to connect with clients, employees, and the LinkedIn community. Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih launched the organization’s page on the globally recognized professional platform with the aim of empowering the organization to engage the world’s professional community and attract more talents in preparation for the next 50 years. The launch ceremony was attended by Rajaii Al Khadem, President of Linkedin Middle East and North Africa and a number of senior officials in ......read more

    Dubai Customs Fully Prepared for UAE Innovation Month 2020

    Dubai – 7 February 2020: Dubai Customs is ready for the UAE Innovation Month 2020, which will see the oldest government department in Dubai raise awareness around its vital role in supporting the national economy, securing the borders and promoting Dubai as a global capital of economy.  The UAE Innovation Month was announced to celebrate “innovation” across the nation. The Month-long festival aims to contribute to strengthening the country's position as a global hub for innovation, enhance the development of innovative ideas and capabilities, and creates a ......read more

    Minister of Climate Change and Environment Inaugurates the 3rd East Coast Marine Environment Festival

    Sharjah, February 6, 2020:  HE Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, on Thursday, inaugurated the 3rd edition of the East Coast Marine Environment Festival which takes place at the Kalba Corniche Park.   The three-day event is organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, in cooperation with Kalba Municipality, Sharjah Marine Sports Club, Kalba Fishermen's Association, Kalba Ladies Club, and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. The event is featuring several live shows, heritage ......read more

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