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    Seeking to Attract New Investors for the “Sharjah Food Park” Project

    “Hamriyah Free Zone” Promotes its Competitive Advantages and Services at “Gulfood” UAE, Sharjah, 17 Feb 2019: Hamriyah Free Zone is participating in the “Gulfood 2019” Exhibition in Sharjah, the world’s largest annual event in the Food and Beverage Sector where it will promote the investment advantages and services it offers to local and foreign companies. As it participates in the 24th edition of the Exhibit that launches (tomorrow Sunday) at the Dubai World Trade Center to conclude on the 21st of February, the Free Zone focuses on marketing its leading project “Sharjah Food Park” with the aim of attracting more local and foreign investors. HFZA’s pavilion at the Exhibit hosts a number of free zone companies operating in the Food and Beverage Sector as part of its ......read more

    Customs World develops RIISE: first of its kind leading-edge Customs platform

    Dubai – 16 February 2019: Customs World, a subsidiary of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), created a first of its kind platform based on the accumulative experiences of Dubai Customs.  RIISE, the new platform, will be rolled out globally to empower different countries with a cost-effective and sustainable customs system that allows to effectively and transparently manage core customs activities and conduct trade in the global market. The disruptive system has been developed as a flexible, plug-and-play solution that can be deployed and customized based on the customer's requirements. The new system is expected to raise the ranking of the UAE and the countries that will use it on the global indexes, increase revenues, facilitate trade and secure borders and the supply chain. RIISE, which was developed ......read more

    DAFZA to showcase its premium services to the F&B Industry at Gulfood

    DAFZA to highlight strategic initiatives that support Halal foods industry, including the Halal Industry Guidebook  DAFZA to show optimal storage solutions for F&B companies, within the light industrial units   February 16, 2019; Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) announced its participation in the 24th edition of Gulfood, which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Center between 17-21 February, under the theme “The World of Good, The World of Food”.   DAFZA is one of the UAE’s biggest supporters of the Halal food industry, and will highlight its efforts to promote the sector through initiatives such as launching “Dubai Global Gateway to Halal Industries: Your Guide Step by Step” in Arabic, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The guide ......read more

    Ajman Free Zone announces official commitment to culture of innovation at “Digitalized Workplace” forum

    Ajman Free Zone personnel will become certified innovation practitioners through an affiliation with Global Innovation Academy   Ajman, UAE (February 14, 2019) - Ajman Free Zone used its Innovation Forum, marking the UAE’s National Innovation Month, to announce its participation in a global accreditation scheme aimed at strengthening the culture of innovation across all of the organisation’s operations.    The announcement was made at the Digitalized Workplace Forum, Marsa Ajman, by Ali Matar Al Hosani, Human Resources Director for Ajman Free Zone, following addresses by representatives of both local and international companies who place innovation at the centre of their organisations.      Starting from this month, Ajman Free Zone will work closely with The Global ......read more

    Greece partners with VFS Global to launch Visa Application Centres in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman

    Greek Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Riyadh by H.E. Mr. Ioannis Taghis, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia New centres opened in light of growing numbers of visa applications to Greece   February 11, 2019   Greece in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide, announced the opening of two Visa Application Centres in cities of Riyadh and Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Greece also opened it’s very first visa application centre in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman.   The centres started accepting visa applications for Greece from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman from January 2019. With the launch of these new centres ......read more

    Dubai Cares and UNICEF announce the Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development at the World Government Summit

    Declaration is a follow-up to the official MENA launch of the Lancet Series Advancing Early Childhood Development    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 10, 2019: The United Arab Emirates witnessed today the announcement of the “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development” at the World Government Summit in Dubai, by Dubai Cares and UNICEF, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC). The “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development,” issued, responds to the growing scientific consensus that children’s early development directs their mental and emotional trajectories throughout life, with major implications for the economy and stability of their communities.   The United Arab Emirates hailed this declaration ......read more

    Emirates Post commemorates silver jubilee of Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR)

    Dubai, UAE – 10 February 2019:  Emirates Post has issued a commemorative stamp on the occasion of Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research’s (ECSSR) silver jubilee. The special-edition stamp celebrates the significant accomplishments of the ECSSR, which has cemented its position as a preeminent think tank since its inception 25 years ago, and supports the plans and vision of our Founding Father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Abdulla Mohammad Alashram, Acting Group CEO of Emirates Post Group, said: “Emirates Post is committed to supporting national institutions and we are proud to issue this commemorative stamp to celebrate 25 successful years of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). ECSSR’s continuous accomplishments, ......read more

    DJI's 7th Annual Football tournament concludes 1st round of qualifying stage

    The round witnessed a high level of professionalism in an atmosphere of enthusiasm from the teams’ fans Dubai Police excels with 15 goals against the General Civil Aviation Authority   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10th February 2019: Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI) concluded the first qualifying round of its 7th annual football tournament ‘Tolerance Tournament’ on Wednesday, 6th February 2019. The matches to date revealed a high level of professionalism with a total of 69 scored goals. Round two of the qualifying stage commenced on 6th February and will continue till Monday, 11th February.   In spite of the cold weather, DJI’s football field was filled with large crowds of fans who cheered the teams for providing wonderful, enthusiastic performances and unrivalled encouragement, ......read more

    Dubai Customs receives Oman Chamber of Commerce delegation

    February 09, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Passengers Operation Department of Dubai Customs received a delegation from the Oman Chamber of Commerce with the aim of exchanging experience between GCC entities and discussing means of customs cooperation.  The visitors were received at terminal (3), Dubai International Airport by Khalifa Malek, Inspection Manager and Salim Al Mazimi, Senior Manager of tariff section. The delegation was headed by Badr bin Saif Al Oufi, Assistant General Manager of Department of Administrative Affairs at Oman Chamber of Commerce and a number of officials.    The visitors toured the place and learnt about different plans and programs in place on handling passengers and luggage and methods used to recognize and seize different restricted, and prohibited goods. The visitors viewed the world class ......read more

    The Government of Umm Al Qaiwain signs a cooperation agreement with Emirates Auction

    Dubai, UAE – 07 February 2019 The Government of Umm Al Qaiwain has signed a cooperation agreement with Emirates Auction, the leading company in the field of management and organization of public and online auctions in the Middle East. The cooperation agreement states that the company is responsible for organizing exclusive auctions on assets owned by all the departments that fall under the Emirate’s Government. The agreement was recently signed at the headquarters of the Executive Council of Umm Al Qaiwain, in the presence of Sheikh Saif bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Chairman of the Economic Development Department of Umm Al Qaiwain; and Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Chairman of the Department of Finance in Umm Al Qaiwain. The agreement aims to strengthen the cooperation between the two sides in the field ......read more

    Emirates Post celebrates Human Fraternity Meeting with Commemorative Stamp

    Stamp illustrates the country’s supreme humanitarian message for tolerance and coexistence  UAE, 05 February 2019:  Emirates Post has issued a commemorative stamp to mark The Human Fraternity Meeting held in the capital, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in the presence of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and His Eminence the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb Sheikh Al-Azhar. The commemorative stamp, decorated with the picture of the two prominent religious figures, His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb Sheikh Al-Azhar, reflects the values of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and ......read more

    DFSA suspends licence of Morgan Gatsby Limited

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 5, 2019:  The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), the independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), announced the suspension of the licence of Morgan Gatsby Limited (MGL) for a period of 12 months, consistent with its aim to protect direct and indirect users of the financial services industry in the DIFC.      MGL’s licence was suspended due to serious concerns related to the adequacy of its human and financial resources, its non-compliance with DFSA rulebook requirements, and its failure to deal with the DFSA in an open and cooperative manner.     Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive of the DFSA, commented: “The DFSA will take immediate action to ensure the interests of ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber honours the winners of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Network Award 2018 on Wednesday

    Sharjah – 2 February 2019 The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has announced that the winners of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Network (ShjSEEN) Award 2018 will be revealed on Wednesday during a ceremony organized by the chamber. The award ceremony will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. The announcement took place during a recent meeting between the board of trustees for the award, which was held at the headquarters of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was headed by HE Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was also attended by members of the board of trustees for the award, as well as HE Mohamed Ahmed ......read more

    Dubai Customs tops Happiness Meter 2018 with 98%

    Dubai – 2 February 2019: Dubai Customs hit a new record on Smart Dubai Office’s Happiness Meter scoring 97.49%. This is the highest percentage reached by a government department since the launch of the happiness meter, and is above the 95% bar, which is the targeted percentage for client happiness in Dubai by the year 2020.  Dubai Customs topped the medium government entities with 1.75 million votes -21.87% of total number of votes for the happiness meter 2018. Dubai Customs received 1.5 million votes from clients for the quality of online smart services, and this takes 98.23% of the total number of votes given under this category of happiness meter 2018.  Dubai Customs reached this level of client satisfaction and happiness thanks to its responsive interaction with the traders, businessmen, investors and ......read more

    DFSA joins launch of Global Financial Innovation Network

    Dubai, UAE, 31 January 2019: The Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) is pleased to announce the launch of the next phase of the Global Financial Innovation Network (“GFIN”). The GFIN – a group of 29 international organisations including the DFSA – is inviting applications from firms looking to take part in a testing pilot for innovative financial products, services or business models across more than one jurisdiction.   This pilot cross-border testing follows last year’s consultation on the GFIN that garnered positive feedback for creating an environment that allows firms to simultaneously try and scale new technologies across multiple jurisdictions.   This pilot is as much a trial for GFIN members as it will be for firms that stand to benefit from the opportunity to ......read more

    Dubai Trade Shortlists Nominees For It's 11th E-services Excellence Award

    Shipping agents for general cargo to be honoured for electronic services adoption Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 January 2019:   Dubai Trade, the smart trade solution provider in Dubai and a subsidiary of DP World, announced that its 11th E-Services Excellence Award (ESEA) will feature three new categories including two for re-exporters announced by Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai, in partnership with Dubai Trade. The new categories include the Electronic Services Award to Shipping Agent for General Cargo Service, the Emerging Re-exporter of the Year, and Champion Re-Exporter of the Year. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the ESEA ceremony will be held in February to appreciate ......read more

    Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global introduce new Thailand eVisa service for Saudi travellers

    Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global collaborate to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service for eligible travellers from 21 countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia*) eVOA holders save time and get a faster immigration service at dedicated Immigration counters at major airports in Thailand Travellers receive their travel authorisation online pre-departure within 24 to 72 hours of application being submitted A new ‘Express eVisa On Arrival’ service is also available for approval within 24 hours Applications to be submitted on https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/  or at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe January 30, 2019:  In line with the Government of Thailand’s initiative to promote tourism, the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has partnered with VFS Global ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Municipality launches Barjeel Green Building Regulations, in presence of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi

    ‘Ras Al Khaimah Government considers the launch of Barjeel an important milestone in the urban development and modernization of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah’ – H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 29 January 2019:   In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has officially launched Barjeel, Ras Al Khaimah’s Green Building Regulations, in a stakeholder workshop held at Rixos Bab Al Bahr Ras Al Khaimah. The workshop was attended by a large number of officials from Government entities, developers, consultants, contractors and media representatives. Barjeel, which covers all new buildings in Ras Al Khaimah, is the most important program of the RAK Energy Efficiency ......read more

    Pirelli Recognized by CDP as a Leader in Actions to Combat Climate Change

    Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2019:  Pirelli & C. SpA has been recognized as a global leader in corporate climate action by CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), achieving a place on the CDP Climate Change A list. An international non-profit organization, CDP gathers, distributes and promotes information on environmental questions and the A rating is the highest possible score awarded to a company, taking into consideration the effectiveness of its efforts to cut emissions, reduce climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. CDP’s mission is to drive companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.  The recognition by CDP confirms Pirelli’s constant commitment to sustainability. Pirelli is also the world leader in Sustainability in the ......read more

    Dubai Cares joins forces with World Economic Forum on 3-year Plan to Boost Future Skills for 15 million people by 2021

    Partnership will contribute towards broader efforts that will result in 15 countries and 15 million people benefiting from training, upskilling and reskilling by 2020 Dubai Cares’ funding will enable stronger focus towards developing countries Dubai, United Arab Emirates –January 27, 2019:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced a new strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF) during its annual meeting in Davos to support the reskilling revolution with a push to provide skills to 15 million people by 2021. Dubai Cares’ AED 5,510,250 (USD 1.5 million) funding will be equally allocated to two critical 3-year programs managed by WEF’s Centre for the New Economy and Society (CNES). The CNES vision is to build dynamic and inclusive ......read more

    Dubai Customs launches warehousing awareness campaign for 21k companies

    Dubai, UAE, January 26, 2019:   Dubai Customs launched a campaign to develop the warehousing systems of free zone companies in Dubai. The campaign was announced in September 2018 and started in the beginning of 2019.  The campaign aims at educating more than 21,000 companies about the importance of their warehousing systems’ consistence and compliance with the Dubai Customs smart system, which will be of mutual benefit to both sides.    Ekhlas Al Mutawa, Director of Post Clearance Audit Department, said:  “In order to facilitate services for clients, a team from the audit department holds meetings and regular visits to our client companies based on the free zones. We encourage them to create smart warehousing system compatible with Mirsal 2; the smart secure administrative electronic ......read more

    Law Students Told They Can Play Important Role In Shaping Legal System for 21st Century UAE

    STA Law Firm’s Rizvi says, government policy on legal reform will benefit from involvement of next generation home-bred lawyers Dubai, UAE, 26 January, 2019:   The UAE’s next generation of lawyers have been told that they can provide important input to help create a modern legal system vital for the nation’s future prosperity. Zisha Rizvi, who has built a highly successful career as a Partner at STA Law Firm, says that the government’s policy for ongoing legal reform will benefit from the involvement of UAE law students. She says that the raft of new laws introduced last year and those expected to be introduced in 2019 will foster foreign investment, boost economic development, and attract more young local-based talent into the legal profession. “The government has a very clear strategy ......read more

    Dubai Customs launches National Project Fair for 30 companies

    Dubai, UAE, 26 January 2019:   Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih inaugurated the National Project Fair as part of the 2nd UAE Customs Week activities which take place this year under the theme “Smart Borders”.  The inauguration took place in the presence of Dubai Customs executive directors, government representatives and owners of national projects.  The Fair supports member companies in the Mohammed bin Rashid Fund for SME. It serves as an ideal platform for these small and medium companies to promote their products. During his tour, Musabih viewed a number of local projects for the 30 companies taking part in the fair and operate in different fields including training and management consultation, security, cultural services, events management, furniture and design, food ......read more

    DWTC Signs MoU With Global Producer FiveCurrents

    Partnership with DXB Live - the experiential arm of DWTC - reaffirms aim to deliver ‘Destination Dubai’ through world-class events and productions Award-winning FiveCurrents to curate spectacular live content and entertainment Dubai, UAE, January 24, 2019:  Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has signed an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Los Angeles-based live content creators, FiveCurrents, to deliver exceptional experiences and powerful events in the UAE, through DXB Live, the experiential arm of DWTC.   FiveCurrents is one of the world’s premier creators of live content, which captures the power of human emotion to craft unforgettable experiences. FiveCurrents has produced Olympic ceremonies from London to Sochi, regional games ceremonies on four continents, national ......read more

    Implementation Date Announced for Long-Term Residence Permits

    22 January 2019; Dubai, UAE:   Executive summary  The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that the issuance of long-term residence permits for investors, outstanding students, foreign nationals with exceptional talents, and similarly-situated foreign nationals, as determined by the UAE government, will begin on 3 February 2019.  Categories of applicants A five-year residence permit will be available to the following categories of foreign nationals:  •        Investors in the UAE real estate market;   •        Entrepreneurs and up to three executives working for the qualifying entrepreneur;  •        Exceptional students; and  •        Spouses and children of the above ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Government, Legal and Humanity
     
    Official Statement Issued Regarding Entry and Residency of Qatari Citizens

    Dubai, UAE, July 07, 2018:  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has clarified the official stance of the United Arab Emirates regarding entry and residency of Qatari citizens.    In its latest announcement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has clarified the official stance of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding entry and residency of Qatari citizens.    According to the MOFAIC’s statement, Qatari citizens who currently reside in the UAE are not required to apply for any permission to ......read more

    Ministry of Health and Prevention's Youth Council tackles future challenges and plans during induction meeting in Al Qassimi Women's & Children's Hospital

    UAE, 4 July, 2018- The Youth Council of the Ministry of Health and Prevention at Al Qassimi Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Sharjah held its first induction meeting attended by the Ministry’s staff from Sharjah, Dubai and Ajman’s medical districts. The meeting served as a venue for the young members to discuss the Council’s goals, tasks, and future plans to strengthen the role of the youth in the Ministry’s efforts to build an effective and sustainable health system for a happy society. It was part of a series of upcoming Ministry-led meetings to be ......read more

    ENEC Hosts Knowledge Sharing Forum to Share Best Practices with Local and International Entities

    More than 300 attendees discussed strategy, performance management, innovation, business continuity, risk management and stakeholder management     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 4 July 2018:   The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) today hosted a Knowledge Sharing Forum in Abu Dhabi City. The forum brought together more than 300 delegates representing a diverse range of Abu Dhabi governmental, semi-governmental entities and entities from outside the UAE to learn about the best practices used to develop, manage and implement the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy ......read more

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

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

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

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

    AUS research team to convert organic wastes into soil amendments

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

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

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

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

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

    1.75m passengers used Hatta crossing last year

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

    Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund announces Financial Support for Lamsa

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

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

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

    PCFC discusses means of growth with businesses in Dubai

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

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

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

    Dubai Customs organizes a fitness and martial arts workshop

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

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

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

    Quote of Fahad Al Gergawi CEO of Dubai FDI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dubai Customs organizes 6 training workshops to fight smuggling

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

    Dubai Customs makes 540 drug seizures from January to June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dubai Customs showcases its experience to Chinese delegates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dubai Summer Surprises Calendar of Events Revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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