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    Governments Urged to Establish ‘Green Lanes' to Aid Tourism Recovery and Promote Bilateral Travel Agreements

    • Singapore developing a set of common safety standards with regional governments to allow cross-border travel   • Saudi Arabia’s US$61 billion stimulus package to support tourism business recovery     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3 June 2020:  Tourism strategies to support industry recovery and the use of technology and analytics to create resilience, took centre stage on the second afternoon of Arabian Travel Market’s virtual event, ATM Virtual.    The ‘Bouncing back: tourism strategies for the future’ session, which took place on Tuesday 2nd June, discussed the long-term tourism development strategies put in place by the region’s governments to provide a catalyst to recovery when travel patterns return to relative normality.   The ......read more

    12th World Chambers Congress in Dubai postponed to November 2021

    • Buamim: WCC 2021 theme is now more relevant than ever before, as chambers around the world realise the need to adapt to a fast-changing business landscape and leverage Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies    • Congress is the largest event of its kind for the World Chambers Federation, comprising a network of 12,000 chambers of commerce from 100 countries     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2020:  The 12th World Chambers Congress in Dubai, originally scheduled for February 2021, has now been postponed to November 2021 to coincide with the new dates for Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced.   Co-organised by Dubai Chamber and the ICC World Chambers Federation, the upcoming Congress will now be held on November 23-25, 2021 under the ......read more

    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

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    1,248 beneficiaries of the Department of Students' Affairs at Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Islamic Culture in 2019

    49 nationalities from 6 continents   Dubai, 13 January 2020:   Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Islamic Culture of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) announced that 1,248 students, of 49 nationalities, from 6 continents, benefited from the courses organised by the Department of Students’ Affairs at the center in 2019. The center’s data indicated that students were between 9 to 72 years of age, which underscores the inclusive nature of the center’s courses.   Courses organised by the Department of ......read more

    Saud Al Mazrouei: 2020 budget highlights Sharjah's commitment to growth, development and progress

    Sharjah, 13 January 2020:    The Emirate of Sharjah is experiencing strong economic growth and moving strongly towards further development and progress, said HE Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE).   Al Mazrouei made his remarks on the occasion of approving the Emirate’s largest ever general budget on Sunday by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The director affirmed that Sharjah is progressing towards greater ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Dream Ball 2020 Aims to Raise Funds to Improve Health and Well-being of 74,000 Syrian Refugees

    • Taking place on 23 January, 2020 at Emirates Palace • Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance • Held in benefit of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon • UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Helena Christensen and UNHCR High Profile Supporter Kat Graham to attend     United Arab Emirates; January 12, 2020:   Following the success of the inaugural 2019 ball, Abu Dhabi based collective Sawtouna is hosting this year’s event with the aim of helping to ......read more

    Stage set for 16th SteelFab 2020 at Expo Centre Sharjah

    Sharjah, 11 January 2020:  Technology is set to take centre stage as the region’s premier metal working, metal manufacturing and steel fabrication industry event gets ready to roll on Monday (Jan 13) at Expo Centre Sharjah. A trusted platform for the past 16 years, the four-day SteelFab 2020 will once again become a gateway for latest technology and innovations from across the world, besides serving as an important platform for the regional fabrication industry to meet, network and share experiences. More than 300 exhibitors from 35 countries have confirmed their ......read more

    MoHAP Unveils its Visiting Consultants Program for January 2020

    Dubai, January 11, 2020: The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, had recently announced its Visiting Consultants Program for the month of January 2020. An elite group of more than 23 consultants are visiting 10 of MoHAP’s hospitals to provide therapeutic and diagnostic services in accordance with the best international practices. The 10 hospitals are; Al Qasimi Hospital, Kuwait Hospital (Sharjah), KhorFakkan Hosptial and Al Qasimi Hospital for Women & Children, Saqr Hospital & RAK Physiotherapy and Sports Medical Center in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Dibba ......read more

    Creek Customs and Deira Wharfage Centers dealt with 18,000 vessels in 2019

    Musabih:  Maritime sector is essential for the local economy Dubai – 08 January 2020: Figures released by Dubai Customs showed that the Creek Customs Center and Diera Wharfage Center have dealt with 18,000 vessels in 2019 compared to 15,603 in 2018.   During his evening tour to the two centers, Director General of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih pointed out the high quality services provided to clients have contributed significantly in facilitating traffic of vessels and speeding up the declaration process.  “At Dubai Customs we keep developing ......read more

    HBMSU signs MoU with Alexandria University to enrich smart learning system in Arab world

    Dhahi Khalfan Tamim: Our cooperation shows the deep-rooted and solid UAE-Egyptian relations Essam El-Kurdi: Alexandria University is keen on positioning the e-learning system as the future of education Mansoor Al Awar: We will continue to share our successful experiences in developing a system that transcends the boundaries of traditional education Agreement to help train teaching sector in smart learning and lifelong learning UAE, January 7, 2020- In the presence of H.E. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of Hamdan ......read more

    Federal Transport Authority- Land & Maritime explores ways to strengthen cooperation and coordination with Kazakhstan on road transport development

    Republic of Kazakhstan’s Ambassador in UAE visits FTA UAE, 6 January 2020 – H.E. Eng Ahmed Mohammed Shareef Al Khoori General Director of the Federal Transport Authority- Land & Maritime (FTA) held a meeting recently with His Excellency Madiyar Menilbekov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Arab Emirates, at the FTA office in Abu Dhabi. H.E Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Shareef Al Khoori welcomed the Kazakh delegation and discussed FTA’s pioneering innovative projects and initiatives being implemented in accordance with the Authority’s regulatory ......read more

    Inaugural edition of Policeman's Carnival kicks off this Thursday

    Carnival to mark conclusion of pre-event activities held ahead of the graduation ceremony of higher education students and 27th batch of cadets Marking the conclusion of an array of pre-event activities organized by the Dubai Police Academy ahead of the graduation ceremony of higher education students and 27th batch of cadets, the Academy will organize the first ‘Policeman Carnival’ of its kind, starting off this Thursday (January 9, 2020) running until January 15, 2020 at City Walk. Highlighting the role of Dubai Police in contributing to the happiness of the society and ......read more

    Tabreed increases its stake in Saudi Tabreed to 28%

    Saudi Tabreed commissions the 20,000 RT King Khalid International Airport plant   January 02, 2020:    The National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the leading international district cooling developer based in the UAE, has acquired an additional 8 percent stake in Saudi Tabreed, its district cooling investment vehicle in Saudi Arabia held jointly by Vision Invest (formerly ACWA Holding), IDB Infrastructure Fund II of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and others, bringing its ownership up to 28 percent. Khaled Al Qubaisi, Tabreed’s Chairman, ......read more

    Exciting Discounts, Valuable Prizes, and Unprecedented Deals Await Visitors to Sharjah Spring Promotions 2020

    Sharjah, December 31, 2019: The new season of the Sharjah Spring Promotions 2020, which is organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, in association with the Sharjah Economic Development Department, Sharjah Municipality, and Sharjah Commerce &Tourism Development Authority, has kicked today Wednesday and will run until February 16. The eagerly-awaited event is featuring numerous activities and exciting discounts of up to 75%. This is in addition to raffle draws on valuable prizes offered by the shopping malls participating in the event. This year’s ......read more

    The World's Tallest Building Captivates the Globe with Spectacular New Year's Eve Show in Downtown Dubai

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 02, 2020:  Emaar, the master developer of the Burj Khalifa, wowed over 2 billion people across the globe with a breathtaking pyrotechnic show on the world’s tallest building to ring in 2020. In a mesmerising story, the Burj Khalifa transformed through animation, light, sounds and a synchronized fountain show taking viewers on a journey at the onset of a new decade.  Following the traditional 10 second digital countdown on the lit façade of Burj Khalifa, the clock struck midnight, signilling the Downtown Dubai skyline to be filled with a ......read more

    The Ups Foundation Flies Urgent Relief From UAE to Flood-stricken Somalia

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 31, 2019:   UPS (NYSE: UPS), in collaboration with UNHCR, announces the delivery of close to 100 tons of relief items to bring critical supplies to victims of the recent flooding in Somalia which has affected half a million people and uprooted 400,000 from homes. The relief efforts and collaborations in Somalia are just the latest in UPS’s history of supporting communities in times of need. In 2018, UPS and The UPS Foundation responded to 29 major world disasters and invested $16 million in funding, in-kind, and technical support for ......read more

    2019 ends and 2020 begins on a high note with the opening of Fazza Championship for Falconry-Telwah

    Dubai, 31 December 2019:   To mark the end of 2019 and usher in the New Year on a high note, the new season of Fazza Championship for Falconry-Telwah, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), opened with strong competitions on Monday at Al Ruwwayyah desert area.   The new season of the annual heritage sport, held under the directives of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, kicked off with the RC (remote controlled) airplane for the Sheikhs and General Public categories. In the hotly-contested Sheikhs category, ......read more

    Emirates Post issues special commemorative stamps to mark 110 years of postal services in the UAE

     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 December 2019:   Emirates Post issued a series of distinctive commemorative stamps to celebrate 110 years of postal services in the country, which began with the opening of the first postal office in Dubai.  Commenting on this special issuance, HE Abdulla Mohammed Al Ashram, Acting Group CEO of Emirates Post Group said: “The Post’s history plays a prominent role in introducing the civilization as well as the cultural and social traditions of the country, and documenting with stamps the heritage and customs of its people ......read more

    Emirates Post encourages customers to renew their PO Box before 29 February

    Corporate PO Box can now be linked to Trade License  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 December 2019: Emirates Post has announced that customers can renew their PO Box subscriptions starting today and encourages them to do so before 29 February 2020. Customers can renew their PO Box at any Emirates Post Customer Happiness Centre, via the website www.epg.gov.ae or the EPG Mobile Services app. Customers have the opportunity as from now to subscribe for three years instead of one.  Customers living in a villa across the UAE, can choose MyHome and have their mail delivered once or ......read more

    Middle East chefs spread the word on the quality of European butter

    Dubai-based chefs Dima Hamati and Waseem Aleisa and Saudi Arabia-based chef Ahmad Fraijeh have had recipes using the finest French butter published in an exclusive industry recipe book.    29th December 2019:   Three Middle East-based chefs have been selected by CNIEL, The French Dairy Board, and the European Union to feature in a prominent recipe book, showcasing the depth in quality and taste of European butter. The recipe book, which comes in an easy to use magazine format, features advice, recipe suggestions using the finest European butter as well as a ......read more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Unilever empower young eco-activists working towards a sustainable future

    • His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi urges youth and industry to change attitudes towards plastic consumption and waste management as the only viable solution to the plastic issue • Young activists present their expectations and recommendations to the brands and the companies behind them Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 December 2019 – Unilever Gulf organized a working session with 30 young environmental activists from various GEMS Education schools in Dubai and American University of Sharjah, where the activists shared their expectations and proposed solutions ......read more

    Voting for the UAE Nation Brand logo ends Dec.31

    7.2 million votes from all over the world  Voting campaign garnered 370 million social media views  UAE, India, US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Morocco, Canada, Algeria and Tunisia top the list of participating countries in the vote  Public vote to help plant millions of trees across the world  Voting is open online via www.nationbrand.ae until Dec. 31, in line with New Year’s Eve celebrations     Dubai, Dec. 28, 2019:  Voting for the logo of the UAE Nation Brand will continue until Dec. 31, marking the end of ......read more

    SCCI: The New Season of Sharjah Spring Promotions 2020 to Begin with the New Year

    Sharjah, December 28, 2019:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, said that the new season of “Sharjah Spring Promotions 2020” will begin on January 1 and run until 1 to February 16, 2020. This came during the coordination meeting held recently to follow up on the ongoing preparations, as part of the SCCI’s keenness on developing the promotions offered. Held at the SCCI headquarters, the meeting discussed the current arrangements and the organizational mechanisms followed by the organizational committee throughout the promotions duration to ......read more

    Learning Emirati tradition is more fun at Heritage Winter Camp

    Dubai, December 26, 2019:  To build their personality and learn more about local Emirati culture in a fun and engaging way, at least 75 young Emiratis – aged between 10-16 years old – were selected to participate in the second edition of Winter Camp, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC) in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Education.   The week-long winter camp for boys began on December 22 and will run until December 28 at a camel farm in Al Nakhra, Dubai. The girls’ winter camp, organised in cooperation with the Association of ......read more

    Dubai Police Academy launches 'Touching Mother's Heart' initiative for the third consecutive year

    Initiative recognizes important role of mothers in raising future leaders Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the graduation ceremony of 27th batch of students Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 25 December 2019:Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and following the directives of Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police; the Dubai Police Academy has announced its 'Touching Mother's Heart' initiative in conjunction with the graduation of the ......read more

    Dubai Customs discusses bilateral trade cooperation with Beninese Consul General

    Dubai, UAE, 25 December 2019: Director General of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih held a meeting with His Excellency Adamu Aba Bajnan, Consul General of Benin in Dubai. The two discussed means of boosting cooperation between Benin and Dubai especially in bilateral trade and customs.    “It’s very important for us to boost ties of partnership with Beninese diplomatic missions and businesses. We have priorities which include delivering a leading customs expertise to the world” said Musabih. “Benin is an important trade partner to Dubai. The total ......read more

    Khalifa Fund throws spotlight on four successful projects at Al Dhafra Festival 2019

    Fund’s ‘Sougha Establishment’ showcases its diverse portfolio of traditional products at annual event Abu Dhabi, 24 December 2019: The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) is throwing the spotlight on four local projects during its participation in the 13th edition of Al Dhafra Festival, which aims to highlight the rich culture and heritage of the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula. The Fund is also showcasing the diverse portfolio of locally handcrafted products under the social initiative, ‘Sougha Establishment.’ KFED's presence at the annual ......read more

    Ministry of Economy announces plans for the SME sector for the year 2020

    Dr. Adib Al Afifi: The plan includes training programs to empower entrepreneurs; new channels to connect with global and regional markets; and extensive participations in specialized exhibitions Abu Dhabi, 24 December 2019: The National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy, the executive arm of the UAE SME Council, announced its plan to support and stimulate the country’s SME sector and promote entrepreneurship during the year 2020. The details of the strategic plan were announced today (24 December 2019) during a press conference held by the ......read more

    UAEU Scientists, physics department are part of the team that discovered highest energy ever released from the most powerful cosmic explosion in the Universe.

    The researchers Dr. Aquib Moin and Saleh Nasri , Physics Department ,UAEU, with an international team of astronomers have detected record-breaking energy release from an extremely violent and powerful explosion. This is the highest energy radiation that has ever been detected from a cosmic explosion in the Universe. The source of this radiation was a “Gamma-Ray Burst”, an extremely powerful explosion which occurred in a distant galaxy about 4.5 billion light-years away. “Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the most powerful explosions in the Universe that are thought be ......read more

    Dubai Customs discusses more cooperation in governance with Singaporean counterpart

    Dubai – 24 December 2019: Strategy and Corporate Excellence Department at Dubai Customs discussed best governance practices with their counterparts in Singapore. During her official visit to Singapore, Samira Abdul Razzak, Senior Manager of Quality Assurance at Dubai Customs touched upon the latest practices and frameworks of governance in Singapore Customs, and the latest programs and initiatives adopted by the international firms in Singapore.  The two sides exchanged experience and knowledge in customs transparency and governance. This comes within Dubai Customs efforts in ......read more

    SLC introduces the Dubai government structure and discusses linguistic rules for drafting legislation with the participation of a number of Dubai government entities

    UAE, 23 December 2019 – In support of its continuing efforts to enhance the legislative system in Dubai and spread awareness about the legal sector, the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) organised an event to introduce the current government structure in the Emirate of Dubai with the participation of 36 government entities. In addition to that, the SLC organised a training programme for legal employees working in 38 government entities on the ‘Linguistic Rules for Drafting Legislation’. Senior Legal Advisor, Mohammed Al Etawi, Head of the SLC ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop organizes introductory workshop on Global Stars Rating Program

    December 23, 2019: Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) recently organized a special introductory workshop covering the use of the Global Stars Rating Program (7 Stars). Present during the event were H.E. Fahad Ahmed Al Raeesi, Deputy CEO of Dubai Government Workshop, accompanied by the workshop's management and service teams. The workshop was aimed at educating participants about the Global Stars Rating Program, which grades performance based on a ‘two to seven’ star rating system. The workshop also looked towards classifying the services offered by the DGW--including the ......read more

    Online registration for EXPO 2020 exhibitors from Dubai Customs

    Dubai – 23 December 2019: As part of its efforts in developing services delivered to exhibitors and participants of EXPO 2020, in fulfilment of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Customs appointed and approved the customs clearance system as an authorized economic operator in coordination with EXPO office. Dubai Customs is working now on a customs procedure guide to help EXPO 2020 exhibitors learn about the different services available for them.  Commenting on this, Abdullah Mohammed Al ......read more

    Cooperation between ESMA & Dubai Chamber to involve the private sector in reviewing legislation

    Dubai, December 22, 2019 – The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), that will see the two entities collaborate, share knowledge and involve the private sector in reviewing legislation with the aim of ensuring ease of doing business.  Under the terms of the agreement, business groups and business councils established under the umbrella of Dubai Chamber will evaluate policies issued by ESMA and provide feedback and suggestions for improving them. Working groups would ......read more

    More countries join the standardisation initiative of International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)

    • 37 recognised accreditation bodies worldwide have made their standardisation commitments with IHAF, and the number continues to grow • Top 4 out of 5 halal exporting countries are IHAF members • 5 out of 10 top countries in the global Islamic economic indicators of halal food are IHAF members   Dubai, UAE, December 22, 2019: The credibility of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF), the world’s first halal accreditation network, is highlighted even further as the number of countries and international organisations that are joining its ......read more

    TORRENTE RETAINS WORLD TITLE IN DRAMATIC STYLE AS ANDERSSON WINS GRAND PRIX OF SHARJAH

     Team Abu Dhabi’s defending champion edges out Swede on countback after Chiappe’s last lap slide   Sharjah, UAE, 21st December, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente retained his UIM F1H2O World Championship title in the most dramatic fashion today, edging out Sweden’s Jonas Andersson on a countback after the Swede won the Grand Prix of Sharjah.   Andersson looked set to claim the F1H2O crown for the first time until a damaged trim on the last lap for three-times world champion Philippe Chiappe saw Torrente squeeze past the Frenchman to ......read more

    Emiratis top 20th Fazza Championship for Youlah qualifying rounds

    Dubai, 21 December 2019:   Emirati Yuweels (Youlah performers) dominated the first two qualifying rounds of the 20th Fazza Championship for Youlah, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) at Global Village’s Meydan Fort every Friday.   The UAE’s very own Abdullah Ali Al-Ketbi topped the first group with an almost perfect score of 49 out of possible 50 points. Al Ketbi hit the sensors four times and was able to catch the rifle three times. His Ghutra or traditional headdress fell during the performance but that did not affect his over-all ......read more

    Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi discusses cooperation between UAE and Nicaragua in land and marine sectors

    FTA – Land & Maritime receives Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua in Abu Dhabi UAE, December 19, 2019: H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime (FTA), received an official delegation recently from the Republic of Nicaragua led by H.E. Denis Moncada Colindres, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua recently at the UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. H.E. Dr. Al Nuaimi welcomed the Minister of ......read more

    Al Zarooni Inaugurates WFZO Regional Office in Serbia and Discusses the Role of Freezones with the Serbian Finance Minister

    - National Company Industrial Zones (NCIZ) in Bulgaria appointed national point of contact for the Bulgarian Free Zones 21 December 2019, Belgrade, Serbia: His Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Chairman of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO) recently met with Serbian Minister of Finance, Siniša Mali in Serbia. The meeting was held to explore the role of Serbian free zones in advancing Serbian economic growth and managing the growth and sustainability of foreign direct investment through Serbian free zones. The agenda of the meeting included a set of proposals ......read more

    UAE Ministry of Health Senior Officials Conduct Inspection Visit to Globalpharma

    Inspection tour part of the MoHAP’s strategy aimed at implementing national standards Dubai, UAE, 21st December 2019: GlobalPharma, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC,  hosted His Excellency Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practice and Licence Sector in the UAE Ministry of Health and Chairman of the UAE Supreme National Blood Transfusion Committee, and his accompanying delegation, Dr Ruqaya Al Bastaki, Director of Drug Department, Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP); and Dr Rita Al Shalouhi, Expert in Pharmaceutical Policies; ......read more

    Emirates Steel signs Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club

    - Emirates Steel employees will receive chess training and equipment from the club, alongside supporting one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest cultural institutions Abu Dhabi, UAE – 21 December 2019: Emirates Steel, the only integrated steel plant in the UAE and a subsidiary of the General Holding Corporation (SENAAT), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club. The MoU seeks to develop chess playing abilities amongst employees at Emirates Steel, alongside supporting the growth of community activities in the heart of Abu Dhabi.  The MoU ......read more

    Glnl accredits Dubai Customs as first innovative customs organization in UAE and worldwide

    Dubai Customs receives “Leader” level accreditation from GInI Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: Unprecedented achievement in support of Dubai’s competitiveness Dubai – 21 December 2019: Dubai Customs has received a “Certified Innovative Organization”- Leader level certificate from the Global Innovation Institute to be the first customs organization in the UAE and worldwide to be graced with this accreditation.   Certified Innovative Organization is a unique certification reserved exclusively for businesses and government agencies. Through a process ......read more

    DLD concludes awareness project on ‘Dubai REST' application in government entities

    • The first campaign covered five government entities with customer satisfaction exceeding 95% Dubai, UAE, 21 December 2019: Dubai Land Department (DLD) announced the conclusion of the awareness project for the Dubai Real Estate Self Transaction (REST) smart application that it launched at government entities. The project constituted the participation of five government entities, whose services are linked to the Real Estate Registration and Services Sector, including Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme (SZHP), Dubai Municipality Al Twar Center, Dubai Courts - Personal Status Court, ......read more

    Community Development Authority Launches Study to Create Impactful Strategies to Enhance Social Responsibility in the Emirate of Dubai

    December 18, 2019: The Community Development Authority (CDA), has embarked on a journey to strengthen social development in Dubai, while simultaneously achieving the goals of Dubai’s Strategic Plan. The aim of this journey is to provide CDA, and the emirate of Dubai, with insights into the current practices that are taking place within the social sector as well as to notice any gaps in the sector that should be attended to. Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, Social Planning and Development Sector at Dubai Community Development Authority noted, “With every milestone we achieve, our ambitions ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber highlights the latest developments of exporting food products to Saudi Arabia

    • Meeting discussed the future of the industrial sector and ways to improve its performance • Workshop organized in cooperation with Saudi Food and Drug Authority • Al-Awadi: Saudi’s participation reaffirms UAE-Saudi constant cooperation and coordination in the economic sector      18 December 2019:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, today (Wednesday) held an expanded meeting with representatives of Sharjah industrial sector to introduce them to the latest developments with regard to exporting food products to Saudi ......read more

    Emirates Post issues commemorative stamp to celebrate Abu Dhabi Chamber's Golden Jubilee

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 December 2019:  Emirates Post issued a distinctive commemorative stamp to celebrate the golden jubilee of The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since its establishment 50 years ago in 1969, the Chamber has been supporting its members and guiding the commercial and industrial private sector in the emirate, as well as advancing and protecting their interests in all government agencies and official institutions.  Considered the private sector’s representative, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry continually works on ......read more

    DMT Welcomes Ambassadors and Officials to World Urban Forum Reception

    The event, hosted by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), aims to mobilise international support for the World Urban Forum in 2020 Abu Dhabi, 17th December 2019: A welcome reception for ambassadors of more than 30 countries was hosted by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Ambassadors and officials came together for the event, which aims to support the World Urban Forum (WUF10) that will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2020. The introductory reception highlighted opportunities available at WUF10 for the respective ......read more

    Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development receives accreditation for six ISO standards

    Abu Dhabi, December 17, 2019: The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) has revealed that it has successfully obtained accreditation for six International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, covering the Fund’s quality management systems. The accreditation was granted by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). KFED was able to receive international accreditation for ISO 9001, ISO 45001, ISO 14001, ISO 10001, ISO 10002, and ISO 10004. The recent accomplishment is part of the Fund’s efforts to contribute to achieving the Abu Dhabi government’s ......read more

    Dubai's Spectacular Line-up of NYE Celebrations

    The city’s state-of-the-art venues are set to host a variety of events to ring in the start of a new decade in true Dubai style    Dubai, UAE; 17 December 2019:   The city is gearing up for a new year to remember, and if you’re looking for a way to ring in the new decade, look no further than Dubai Calendar, the city’s all access pass to events not to be missed. With a line-up that promises to appeal to all tastes and budgets, New Year’s Eve 2019 is sure to be one for the record books!  Dubai residents and tourists are promised an ......read more

    Islamic Conference of Health Ministers officially inaugurated

    Abu Dhabi, 16 December 2019:   The 7th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) Health Ministers was officially inaugurated today (Monday) in Abu Dhabi with high-profile attendees featuring Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ministers of Health and high-level representatives from the OIC Member States and representatives of international organizations. Hosted by the UAE and organized by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) in cooperation with OIC, the conference is scheduled to run from 15 to 17 December under the theme ......read more

    Fujairah Terminals Continues Extensive Expansion with State-of-the-Art Cranes

    Arrival of Quay Cranes to Significantly Increase Handling Capability and Improve Operations     Abu Dhabi–UAE, December 16, 2019:   Fujairah Terminals, wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, today announced the arrival of two new quay cranes at Fujairah Port as part of its extensive expansion plans.     The brand new state-of-the-art Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, which are among the biggest currently available from manufacturers, were purchased from ZMPC China.     As part of the ongoing AED 1 billion expansion ......read more

    Dubai Police Academy announces date of graduation ceremony of higher education students and 27th batch of cadets

    Dubai,  December 15, 2019 - The Dubai Police Academy has revealed the completion of preparations being made for the coming graduation ceremony of higher education students, including the 27th batch of cadets, which is set to take place on January 15, 2020 at the Coca-Cola Arena located at City Walk. The announcement was made today (15th December 2019) during a press conference held at the Police Officers’ Club in Dubai. Aside from the coming graduation rites, the Dubai Police Academy also announced this year's pre-event activities 'Policeman Carnival,' which is set ......read more

    Dubai Customs organizes conversation around future of trade in coming 50 years

    Dubai – 15 December 2019:   In response to the leadership’s recent announcement of getting ready for the next 50 years in the UAE through developing leading projects and initiatives, Dubai Customs organized a customs meeting to discuss the future of trade and the latest trends in the supply chain.  Next year, 2020, has been announced to be the year of getting ready for the next 50 years in the UAE. UAE’s 50th anniversary falls in 2021, marking 50 years since the historic union of the emirates. In the meeting, HE Director General of Dubai Customs, ......read more

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