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    United Nations Environment Assembly - Green Hope makes an impact

    Dubai, UAE, March 20, 2019:  A Green Hope youth delegation comprising of members from Dubai , Canada and Sweden made an indelible impact at the 4th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly ( UNEA ) which concluded in Nairobi on 15th March. The UNEA is the world's foremost event on environmental sustainability and was attended by ministerial delegations from 193 countries as well as hundreds of civil society stakeholders. It was an honor for Green Hope to be the youngest accredited organisation at this year's UNEA . Green Hope delegates gave substantive inputs during the negotiations. The highlight was a side event organised by Green Hope themed "Youth Empowerment and Sustainable Consumption" where the Environment Ministers of Suriname and NIcargua spoke alongwith eminent civil society representatives from ......read more

    Ministry of Health follows best international practices in the Medical Examination for Residency

    Dr. Hussein Al Rand: Medical fitness examination for residency purposes falls within the top prioritized services    UAE, Dubai, March 19, 2019: The Ministry of Health and Prevention is very keen to upgrade all medical services provided to the public. The residence-visa medical check-up, which falls within the ministry’s priorities, are being developed day after day to immunize the society against infectious diseases, speed up medical examinations procedures with high accuracy and help obtain the residence-visa swiftly and ensure the happiness of the community members using innovative and leading work mechanisms. The Medical examination centres for Residency offer a wide range of services including typing residency visa forms, conducting medical examinations and issuing Emirates ID (Departments of Preventive ......read more

    Dubai Customs empowers youth at UAE Career Fair 2019

    Dubai, UAE, March 18, 2019:  “Empowering national youth is our goal” is the logo and vision that embedded Dubai Customs’ efforts in recruiting and attracting Emirati university graduates to work with them. With this logo Dubai Customs is taking part in the UAE Career Fair 2019 with more focus on the people of determination (special needs) segment. A total of 60 vacancies will be dedicated for the people of determination.  “We adhere to the ten commandments of governance released by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai ” said Mohammed Al Ghaffari, Director of HR Department at Dubai Customs “ With the fifth commandment in mind (Make your work team) we empower and qualify younger generations as part of Dubai Customs overall ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber: Positive Indicators on the Economic Growth in the Emirate during the Last Two Months

    March 18, 2019 - Dubai, UAE: Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) has revealed positive indicators on the economic growth in the Emirate of Sharjah despite the global and regional business environment challenges.  The chamber said: “The beginning of the year 2019 witnessed a remarkable growth in terms of the number of the new memberships, certificates of origin and transactions. The matter that reflects the investor confidence in the investment environment in the Emirate of Sharjah, as well as the rewarding opportunities availed by the Emirate for the working companies in it.” Sharjah Chamber stated that January 2019 recorded a growth of 28% in the numbers of the new memberships, compared to the same month of the year 2018, where the new memberships were 513. While this month recorded 5236 ......read more

    Dubai Customs inks “Virtual Stock Guarantee” MoU with Dubai Free Zones Council

    HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum: The agreement supports the 50 Year Charter in creating the first virtual commercial zone in the region Sultan bin Sulayem: We follow the directives of our wise leadership in developing initiatives to facilitate business activities and maintain economic growth Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni: The Virtual Stock Guarantee provides more cash flexibility to different companies and licensed customs warehouses within the free zones More than 18,000 Free Zone companies and 37 customs warehouses can benefit from the initiative Dubai United Arab Emirates, 17 March 2019:   Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai of facilitating business procedures, Dubai Customs signed a memorandum of understanding with the ......read more

    Dubai Customs concludes 24th edition of Carpet & Art Oasis 2019

    Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2019:  Dubai Customs concluded the 24th edition of its Carpet & Art Oasis 2019, which ran this year under the theme “Mix of art and innovation”. The exhibition was organized on the City Walk, one of Dubai’s vibrant places, and it drew 63,000 visitors over 26 days. A total of 15 local exhibitors, specialized in rug and carpet trade, participated in the event which occupied 3,100m2 and featured more than 15,000 exquisite and rare carpets.  A number of activities took place during the exhibition, including a wall mural on the theme of tolerance which was painted to enhance the role of the UAE as an ideal place for co-existence and peaceful life.  Among the participants was Ms Suhaila Al Khazali, the first Emirati female carpet manufacturer. She helped raise awareness around ......read more

    Dubai Customs joins Ministry of Climate Change's Innovation Talks

    Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2019:   Under the sponsorship and presence of His Excellency Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dubai Customs, represented by the Service Innovation Department, joined the Innovation Talks organized by the Ministry.  A number of influential personalities and leaders in the field of innovation from the public and private sectors enriched the sessions with their insight and knowledge including Dr Mohammed Al Marzouqi from the Emirates University, the Emirati inventor Ahmed Majan, and Captain Khalid Al Mazrouei from Dubai Police.  A number of success stories on how theoretical innovation has been turned into practical projects and applications were told in the event. Hussam Juma, Director, Service Innovation Department at Dubai Customs outlined Dubai ......read more

    DFSA signs MoU with Bank Al Maghrib

    Dubai, UAE; March 14, 2019:   The Dubai Financial Services Authority ("DFSA") has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") with Morocco’s Bank Al Maghrib to cooperate in the authorisation and supervision of banks operating in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Kingdom of Morocco. The MoU was signed by the Chief Executive of the DFSA, Bryan Stirewalt, and Abdellatif Jouhari, Governor of Bank Al Maghrib, on 13 March 2019 in Rabat.  Stirewalt said: “The MoU between the DFSA and Bank Al Maghrib will drive greater transparency in relation to the functioning and operations of banks of mutual interest. By promoting stable and transparent financial services in our respective jurisdictions, the MoU will contribute to strengthening investor confidence and promoting ......read more

    Child Safety Department Launches ‘Cyber Safety Ambassadors' Initiative for Youth

    In collaboration with several federal and local entities Programme aims to educate 11-18-year-olds about best Internet practices Sharjah, March 14, 2019:  The Child Safety Department (CSD), a subsidiary of Sharjah's Supreme Council for Family Affairs, has launched the ‘Cyber Safety Ambassadors’ initiative, to provide Sharjah children and youth with required skills and training to deliver awareness workshops to their peers and colleagues pertaining to internet safety.  The initiative was launched in collaboration with a number of federal and local entities, including the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Ministry of Community Development (MOCD), Khalifa Empowerment Programme – Aqdar, and Sharjah Police Headquarters. The announcement was made at an event held yesterday ......read more

    Dubai Customs celebrates the Emirati Children's Day

    Dubai – 14 March 2019:   In conjunction with the Emirati Children’s Day, which is celebrated annually on 15th March 2019, Dubai Customs organized, on Thursday, a number of events that targeted the children of its Nursery and Childcare Center, the parents and the employees.  The events included a workshop around the balanced character, exchange of gifts between children, taking photographs wearing the costumes of the cartoon characters Jamrook and Jamrooka, in addition to a small fair that sold family and child necessities and free medical checkups for the children.  The event comes in response to the announcement of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development ......read more

    Dubai Cares announces two Education in Emergencies programs in Iraq and Indonesia at DIHAD

    AED 10.9 million program in Iraq supports the nationwide rehabilitation of education services and targets 27,035 children, young people and teachers Post-earthquake and tsunami program in Indonesia facilitates the resumption of education for 13,000 children and young people Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 March, 2019:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, revealed today plans to scale-up its program in Iraq in an effort to support the rehabilitation of education services in Mosul and Baghdad following the large-scale displacement crisis that hit the country. The new AED 10,900,960 (USD 2,967,459) program will be implemented in partnership with War Child UK and builds on the work carried out with a previous grant of AED 1,836,750 (USD 500,000) in 2017. Dubai Cares also announced the ......read more

    DWTC caters for more than 1,000 high profile large-scale external events in 2018

    Catering for over two million people per year, DWTC reaffirms its position as a best-in-class event services provider Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11th March 2019:   Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has revealed that its hospitality division – Hospitality by DWTC - catered for 1,056 high-profile external events in 2018, serving a total of 415,293 guests. As the region’s leading turnkey catering solutions provider with a solid reputation for delivering events of all sizes and excellence, DWTC continues to strengthen Dubai’s competitiveness as a regional event destination. Mohammed Al Jumairi, Vice President - Event Operations, Dubai World Trade Centre, said, “The impressive results for 2018 are a testament to the competency of the entire Hospitality by DWTC team – from chefs to service staff ......read more

    UAE Court takes stern action against DishTV India dealer

    Ruling upholds three-month jail sentence, shop closure and fine of AED 50,000  Confiscated DishTV India set top boxes, smart cards and remote-controls to be destroyed Dubai, UAE; March 11, 2019:   The UAE’s highest Court, the Court of Cassation, has rejected the appeal by an illegal DishTV India dealer and sentenced him to three-months imprisonment and a fine of AED 50,000 for infringing the copyrights and related intellectual property of OSN.   The dealer was caught by the authorities during a raid and over 2,000 illegal set top boxes, smart cards and a substantial amount of cash was seized.   In addition to the jail term and fine, the court upheld the decision to destroy all the confiscated DishTV India set top boxes, smart cards and remote-control units. The convicted dealer must ......read more

    New vaping law better for UAE than tobacco tax hike – legal experts

    Regulations will help counter threat from black market, online sales of counterfeit electronic smoking devices says STA’s Sunil Thacker Dubai, UAE, 11 March, 2019:   New regulations permitting the sale of electronic smoking devices in the UAE can have more positive effects than the 100% tax hike implemented on cigarettes in 2017, legal experts believe. STA Law Firm says the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, which are expected to be available in UAE stores from mid-April, could see more people, particularly young smokers, switching from tobacco. Senior Partner Sunil Thacker also says the new regulations will help counter the threat from black market or online sales of counterfeit devices which can be dangerous, with reports of some blowing up in people’s faces. “The 100% tax hike on tobacco ......read more

    Al Mouj Muscat holds a Fire Evacuation Drill

    Muscat, 11 March 2019 –   Al Mouj Muscat, Oman's lifestyle and leisure destination, recently held a Fire Evacuation Drill at one of its residential buildings, Marsa 2-Block A. The drill is aimed to promote awareness around fire safety within the community and ensure that all residents are best prepared for any emergency evacuations.  This activity falls in line with the newly established Al Mouj Emergency and Evacuation Management Plan which covers all possible emergency types that could happen in the development. As well, it was conducted as a learning exercise for all participants and was in accordance with the requirements of the Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance.   The evacuation drill witnessed the use of a specialised rescue chair to move a mobility impaired person from the ......read more

    Religious Communities speak about their contributions to uphold the Rights of Children

    Interfaith Alliance Mobile Exhibition takes place in Geneva on sidelines of Human Rights Council 40th session 9 March 2019 - Dubai, UAE: The celebration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most ratified international treaty ever, provides an excellent opportunity to both celebrate the achievements made to protect and promote the rights of the child and reflect on the challenges ahead.  Children today are faced with new threats, posed by global trends, including but not limited to, online sexual exploitation and abuse, environmental degradation, protracted armed conflicts and mass displacement.  Following similar efforts in Abu Dhabi, and Davos, with technical and logistic support provided by the United Arab Emirates, the Interfaith Alliance met on the sidelines of the Human Rights ......read more

    Dubai Customs organizes women's “Tolerance Parade” in conjunction with International Women's Day

    Dubai – 9 March 2019: Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih and Maj. Gen. Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence participated in the women’s “Tolerance Parade” at Maydan racecourse for a distance of 4 kilometers. The parade was organized by Dubai Customs in conjunction with the International Women’s Day which is celebrated globally on 8th March. More than 500 female employees from 14 government entities took part in procession, in addition to mothers of people of determination (people of special needs). The event, organized by the Women’s Committee at Dubai Customs, comes as part of the series of events that Dubai Customs has in place for the Year of Tolerance.   The women’s “Tolerance Parade” is the first gathering of Dubai ......read more

    Speech by His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais Minister of Health and Prevention on International Women 's Day 2019

    March 09, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The World today marks the International Women's Day in recognition of women’s accomplishments and achievements made by countries and governments to improve their status in the social, educational, rights and legislative sectors. It is also in acknowledgment of their contribution to all spheres of life, which led to impressive developments in the lives of societies and peoples. We are very proud that the UAE has been at the forefront of countries empowering women through providing equal opportunities in educational, health care, employment and career advancement sectors as well as granting them remarkable representation in the political and administrative decision-making.  This has come to fruition thanks to vision of the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the ......read more

    Emirates Post encourages people to send messages of support to Special Olympics UAE athletes

    Dubai, UAE – 07 March 2019: To celebrate the upcoming Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 (14-21 March), Emirates Post is encouraging people to send messages of support to the participating Special Olympics UAE athletes. Post boxes and postcards, which have been designed by students and Abdulla Lutfy, Special Olympics UAE athlete, will be placed at various locations across the United Arab Emirates where members of the public can write personalised messages. These will then be delivered by Emirates Post to the UAE National team. The activation will be located at Dubai Festival City on Sunday, 10 March (10am–9pm) and at venues hosting Special Olympics events including Zayed Sports City and Hamdan Sports Complex for the duration of the Games.  Four of the five chosen postcard designs feature several winners of ......read more

    UAE Civil Defence Teams Undergo Training in Installation, Inspection and Maintenance of Fire Pumps

    United Arab Emirates -  March 6, 2019:  Global safety science company, UL, is helping put the UAE at the forefront of fire safety and prevention.   They hosted a training session for UAE Civil Defence inspection teams and were briefed on international codes and standards requirements of design, installation, testing, inspection and maintenance of fire pumps.   The event, which took place at the Civil Defence Academy in Abu Dhabi, saw officials representing Civil Defence departments from each emirate carry out detailed inspections and testing of a wide-range of fire pumps and related equipments.   During the training programme, experts from UL also held detailed workshops to advise officials on how to spot counterfeit equipment and the importance of brand protection.   UL’s team, which included ......read more

    Al Maktoum Foundation donates AED 300,000 to Abu Dhabi University Student Fund

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 5 March 2019:  Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has received a funding donation from the Al Maktoum Foundation worth AED 300,000. The donation was allocated towards the students’ fund in a bid to continue providing access to world-class education for students and boost their academic success.    In a special ceremony held at Abu Dhabi University’s Dubai Campus, H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh, Director General at the Office of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Chairman of the Al Maktoum College Board of Directors, presented the check to Abu Dhabi University in the presence of Dr. Waqar Ahmad, ADU Chancellor, Dr. Ibrahim Sidawi, ADU-Dubai Campus Director, Mr. Ian Mathews, ADU Vice Chancellor, and Dr. Philip Anthony Hamill, Associate Provost, Student ......read more

    DAFZA's non-oil foreign trade reaches AED 146 billion in 2018

    HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum: DAFZA affirms its role in achieving 2018 goals in strengthening the economy and attracting foreign direct investment HE Mohammed Al Zarooni: DAFZA’s foreign trade growth in 2018 has proven once again the effectiveness of its strategic approach  11 % is DAFZA’s contribution to Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade  DAFZA reports total revenue growth of 8% Net profit has increased by 5% whilst EBID has increased by 4% Increase in total assets by 3%  22% of growth has been recorded in the number of registered companies at DAFZA   03 March 2019, Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has announced that its 2019 budget has increased significantly to AED 1 billion. This increase is a reflection of DAFZA unwavering commitment to ......read more

    Dubai Cares delegation visits India to formally close successful education program and launch new Early Childhood Education Intervention

    Over 600,000 children benefited from Dubai Cares’ literacy & numeracy and school readiness support  Delegation renews partnership with Pratham to support more than 300,000 children    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3 March 2019: A delegation led by His Excellency Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, recently visited India to witness the successful conclusion of its education program, launched in 2013 in partnership with Pratham. The program focused on enhancing literacy and numeracy skills, as well as Early Childhood Education (ECE) services. In recognition of the successes and impact of this program, the visit also saw the launch of a new ECE program that aims to tackle the challenges and gaps in Early Childhood Education ......read more

    Sharjah's Electronic Platform ‘Injaz' to Save Time and Effort, Boost Productivity

     Move Part of Emirate's Efforts to Support the Elderly as Member of Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities   United Arab Emirates, Dubai -  March 3, 2019:  Asma Al Khudari, Director of the Executive Office of Higher Committee for Follow-up of Sharjah’s Membership of Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities, stressed that Sharjah is sparing no effort to improve the quality of life for all its people by digitalising all government services and by unveiling initiatives such as the new electronic platform, Injaz. The platform is aimed at saving time and effort and boosting productivity by simplifying government services.  Addressing a workshop at the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences to introduce the new electronic platform, Injaz, Al Khudari said that the Executive Office is making every ......read more

    Ministry of Health and Prevention Announces its Participation in the “National Sports Day” activities

    Al Owais: A sports initiative illustrates the country of happiness, tolerance, and crossroads of culture Al Rand: A consolidation of intimacy and positive spirit notions in an atmosphere of recreational sport activities UAE, Dubai, March 2, 2019: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced its participation in the events of the 4th edition of the “UAE National Sports Day” initiative, which will be held on March 7, under the theme “Emirates Unite US”.  This initiative aims at strengthening the positive interaction among the social fabric that gathers community segments including multi nationalities and cultures living peacefully and happily in the UAE. The UAE: The Tolerant Oasis H.E Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, emphasized the importance of ......read more

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    Dubai Customs showcases its role in combating counterfeited goods at INTA Conference

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:   Dubai Customs have recently participated in the 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP in Dubai, organized by the International Trademark Association (INTA).  Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department at Dubai Customs submitted a paper to the conference in which he talked about Dubai Customs role in combating counterfeiting. The event saw the attendance of 600 intellectual property experts and trademarks owners.  Ozair pointed out that intellectual property rights are gaining more ground and ......read more

    KPMG global revenues grow to record US$29bn in FY 2018

    KPMG MESA reports aggregated revenue growth of 17.2 percent during the same period   Dubai, 15 December 2018:  KPMG International has announced record aggregated network revenues of US$29 billion for the fiscal year ending 30 September 2018 (FY18), up from $26.40 billion in FY17.    In the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) region, KPMG member firms reported an aggregated revenue growth of 17.2 percent for the fiscal year ending 30 September 2018 and revenues across the core functions of Audit, Tax and Advisory grew by double digits.    Global ......read more

    How the world searched for 2018

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  We look forward to this time of the year all year long. It’s when we take a look at the past 11 months and remember the people, events, and topics that captured our attention which got us to ask and discover. We gathered the most trending queries in each of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE. The lists had a few things in common, especially between Egypt and Saudi Arabia where the more traditional songs dominated the top songs list. Football was also a common theme between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who both competed in this year’s World ......read more

    His Highness Sheikh Saud discusses collaboration with British Consul-General Andrew Jackson

    Ras Al Khaimah Ruler and diplomat held talks on opportunities to improve and broaden cooperation between the Emirate and the United Kingdom December 12, 2018, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates:   His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today welcomed the British Consul-General for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Andrew Jackson. Sheikh Saud and Mr. Jackson discussed ways of enhancing cooperation in areas of interest in Ras Al Khaimah and endeavored to work collaboratively to achieve mutual objectives. Also present ......read more

    Dubai being crowned as the ‘Champion City' for District Cooling Solutions: International District Energy Association (IDEA) District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow 2018 ends on a

    Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower named as 2018 IDEA Global leader   The participants stressed the importance of finding adequate financing for district cooling projects to drive the growth of the industry  Dubai, UAE, 11 December 2018:   The 8th edition of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow 2018 ended today with a high note, Dubai being crowned as the ‘Champion City’ of the district cooling sector globally, showcasing a cooling capacity of nearly 2 million refrigerator tons. In addition, ......read more

    Immigration Amnesty Extended Further

    Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has announced that the amnesty for illegal residents in the United Arab Emirates will be extended further until 31 December 2018.     The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has announced that the amnesty for illegal residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be extended further until 31 December 2018.     The initiative, called ‘Protect Yourself by Modifying Your Status’, allows foreign nationals to regularize their status by either leaving ......read more

    Dubai Cares' program in Kenya harnesses the power of technology to boost learning outcomes

    Dubai Cares delegation visits Kenya to monitor and evaluate its Information Communication Technology (ICT) program Program benefits over 106,000 children and 1,300 teachers  Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 9, 2018:  In an effort to assess the success of its program and build strong relationships with the children, their families, teachers and local authorities, a Dubai Cares delegation, led by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, visited Kenya to monitor and evaluate the ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber organizes a delegation to Kenya and Uganda with the participation of 30 national companies

    Sharjah, UAE, 8 December 2018:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), which is being represented by the Sharjah Exports Development Center that falls under the chamber’s umbrella, will organize a trade mission to Kenya and Uganda, as part of its strategy to find and develop marketing opportunities for local industries in promising foreign markets, and especially in the African markets. The chamber’s trade mission will launch on Monday, along with the participation of 30 national companies that operate in various manufacturing and industrial sectors such as ......read more

    Director of Dubai Customs inspects facilities at Dubai Airport

    Musabih: Technological innovations facilitate passenger traffic at Dubai airports Dubai, UAE 8 December 2018:   Director of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih visited the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai International Airport on Sunday 2nd December 2018 to review the facilities provided to passengers. He congratulated the inspection officers on the UAE 47th National Day and thanked them for their hard work and vigilance.  Musabih pointed out that inspection officers at the airport are very welcoming and helpful to passengers, and this is no strange to Emiratis, ......read more

    Dubai Customs honors strategic partners in CSR initiatives

    Dubai, December 8, 2018:   In conjunction with the International Volunteer Day, which is observed annually on 5th December, Dubai Customs organized an award ceremony to honor its strategic partners and sponsors who participated in the Department’s voluntary initiatives in 2018.  “In line with the Year of Zayed, Dubai Customs launched 60 voluntary charity, awareness, health and safety, sports and cultural initiatives” said Ahmed Mahboob Musabi, Director of Dubai Customs “We are happy for the success that our Ghayyath Voluntary Team achieved in ......read more

    Dubai Customs wins 3 awards from Ideas UK 2018

    Dubai, UAE: 5th December, 2018:   Dubai Customs bagged three awards at the latest Ideas UK 32nd International Conference 2018, held in Manchester, UK. The Department won the Platinum Accreditation for the ninth year in a raw, scoring 100% for the sixth consecutive year, the idea of the year for The Advisor (World's First Customs Training and Explosives Suitcase), innovated by Mohammed Al Khinjari, and a shield for the X-Patrol (Middle East's First Customs Patrol Vehicle), by Saeed Al Katbi. Dubai Customs’ participation in the conference was very positive and played ......read more

    UAE Innovation Award is now accepting submissions till the 20th December 2018

    200 assessors from different nationalities underwent three comprehensive interactive workshops Dubai, UAE, December 05, 2018:  Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, Dubai Quality Group is pleased to announce the 2nd cycle  of UAE Innovation Award 2019 to spread innovation in the UAE private sector. The UAE Innovation Award winners will be announced at a special ceremony during February 2019, coinciding with the UAE ......read more

    Green Hope's November Advocacy

    Dubai, UAE, December 04, 2018:  November was a very impactful month for Green Hope. We were honoured to be a part of the Parliament of the World's Religions which took place in Toronto. I had the privilege of speaking at two panels--one on the Earth Charter and the other on Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.  Green Hope was in Helsinki , Finland, this month where we won the Innovator of the Year Award from 100 amazing innovations globally for our work on using Education for Sustainable Development as a transformative tool to empower children and youth. I was also invited to ......read more

    SCA, the DFSA and the ADGM's FSRA reach agreement on the licensing and promotion of investment funds

    Dubai, UAE, 28 November 2018:   The Securities and Commodities Authority (“SCA”), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (“FSRA”) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) announced today that they had reached agreement on facilitating the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE.    The three authorities signed the regulatory agreement in Dubai in the presence of H.E. ......read more

    PCFC celebrates 47th National Day

    Dubai – November 28,  2018:   Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, with its subsidiaries: DP World, Dubai Customs, Tarakhees, Dubai Trade and JAFZA celebrated today (Wednesday 28th November 2018) the 47th UAE National Day at Port Rashid under the theme “Zayed..story of a nation” in the presence of Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and the heads of PCFC entities and more than 1,500 employees.  Sultan bin Sulayem congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin ......read more

    Quote for Commemoration Day by acting CEO of Emirates Post Group

    Dubai, UAE, November 28, 2018:  Marking Commemoration Day, HE Abdulla Mohammad Alashram, acting CEO of Emirates Post Group said: “On behalf of Emirates Post Group we would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to the martyrs’ families and extend our appreciation towards this nation’s armed forces. Today, we recognise their eternal bravery, sacrifice, and dedication.  Commemoration Day is a bright chapter for the UAE to recall and memorialize with utmost pride the sacrifices and courage of the soldiers that answered the call of duty to ......read more

    DWTC Leads with Sustainability and Energy Diversification Initiatives

    A range of environmentally friendly initiatives across DWTC developments and business offerings harness solar power, reduce waste and cut energy consumption Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 November 2018:   Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) continues its commitment of supporting Dubai’s vision for leadership in energy security and efficiency through its energy diversification initiatives. In line with Dubai Clean Energy Strategy’s aim of generating 75 per cent of its energy consumption from clean sources by 2050, DWTC is championing a range of resource and energy ......read more

    In Partnership with Zayed University L'Oréal Honours Remarkable GCC Women Scientists at L'Oréal-UNESCO ‘For Women in Science' Middle East Fellowship 2018

    Five outstanding GCC postdocs and Ph.D. student were awarded for their groundbreaking research, and for inspiring future generations.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates. November 27th, 2018:   The fifth edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship Awards ceremony was held yesterday to recognize five extraordinary GCC women for their contribution to the field of science. The awards ceremony was hosted at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City Hotel, in partnership with Zayed University.   This year’s awards celebrated the ......read more

    Deloitte Middle East announces admission of 30 new partners, directors and principals

    Dubai, UAE, November 26, 2018:  Deloitte hosted its Middle East annual partners meeting in November 2018 in Dubai with over 175 partners from the Deloitte Middle East practices who were joined by senior partners from the global Deloitte network. The meeting’s theme was “Forward Bound” and focused on the trends affecting the business landscape – such as Industry 4.0, tax developments in the GCC, and business risks, including financial, regulatory, reputational, strategic, operational and cyber security. Diversity, inclusion, and strategies to achieve gender parity ......read more

    Dragon Mart debuts at Big 5 International Building & Construction Show 2018

    Dubai, 26 November 2018:   Dragon Mart – the world’s largest Chinese retail and trading hub outside China – is participating at the Big 5 International Building & Construction Show at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time, from today until 29 November. Dragon Mart is showcasing a comprehensive range of building-related products, including building interiors, finishes, coatings, sealants, adhesives, flooring, ceiling and walling materials, kitchen and bathroom fittings, lighting fixtures and more from its most prominent tenants. Omar Khoory, ......read more

    MBRU enhances the skills of government employees with First Aid training for the Dubai Protocol Department

    Initiative to equip government employees with first aid skills aligns with the Year of Zayed objective to invest in knowledge and capabilities  Dubai, 26 November 2018:   Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) provided a First Aid training program for employees of the Protocol Department – Dubai, the latest initiative in MBRU’s mission to advance health in the UAE. Healthcare professionals from MBRU, the first medical university in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), shared their medical expertise and health knowledge with employees ......read more

    Dubai Customs takes part in NASA's Cross Industry Innovation Summit

    Dubai – 25 November 2018:   Dubai Customs took part in NASA’s  3rd Cross Industry Innovation Summit in Space Center Huston, USA on 7 and 8 November 2018. Dubai Customs became the first customs department in the world to take part in this renowned summit.  A number of the best technology experts, scientists, executive directors, and entrepreneurs from different countries participated in the summit to connect, discuss common challenges, benchmark innovations, discuss analogies along various industry lines, and then explore solutions and identify new strategies ......read more

    DP World Headquarters achieves carbon neutrality

    25th November 2018, Dubai, UAE:   To mark DP World’s achievement of carbon neutrality from its global headquarters in Dubai, Dubai Carbon has issued the VP Group Health, Safety and Environment of  DP World, Mr. Nabil Battal a certificate for Net Zero Carbon Emissions.  Setting an aspirational example to private organisations around the UAE on how to operate in line with the UAE’s Vision 2021 agenda of building a sustainable environment and infrastructure whilst preserving the environment, DP World’s global headquarters in Jebel Ali is now carbon ......read more

    PCFC showcases its achievements on Smart Dubai stand in Barcelona

    Dubai, UAE, November 22, 2018:  Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) participated in the 8th Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona from 13 to 15 November as part of Smart Dubai stand which included 11 government and semi-government departments. HE Mohammed Al Shamsi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Barcelona visited the stand and listened to a presentation from Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department at Dubai Customs about PCFC’s role in turning Dubai into the happiest and smartest city on earth.  PCFC ......read more

    Dubai Customs launches “Masar” program for better strategic planning and corporate performance

    Dubai – 21 November 2018:   Within its efforts to upgrade corporate performance and operations, Dubai Customs launched “Masar Strategic Planning and Corporate Performance Program” which is expected to help automate operational plans and KPI’s for all units in the Department.  The launch took place in the presence of Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, Juma Al Ghaith, Executive Director of Customs Development Division at Dubai Customs, Abdullah Al Khaja, Executive Director of Customer Management Division, Farid Hassan Al Marzouqi, ......read more

    DWTC awarded by Dubai Municipality for continuous support of UAE Food Bank

    In 2017, approximately 3 percent of DWTCs total production of food was distributed to the UAE Food Bank Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20th November 2018:   Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has been awarded by Dubai Municipality for its continued support of the UAE Food Bank. The award demonstrates DWTC’s commitment to fostering a culture of giving and social responsibility in the UAE, as well as preserving the environment through waste management. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE Food ......read more

    Dubai Health Authority discusses mental health on Universal Children's Day

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2018: The world now has more young people than ever before — of the 7.2 billion people worldwide, more than three billion are younger than 25 years, making up 42 per cent of the world population. According to World Health Organisation, around 1.2 billion of these young people are adolescents aged between 10 and 19.  On Universal Children’s Day, Dr Nadia Dabbagh, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Rashid Hospital and Programme Lead for the Mental Health Strategy at DHA, speaks about child and adolescent ......read more

    Abu Dhabi to host 2nd India-UAE Strategic Conclave opening doors of next-level mutual growth opportunities

    Key leaders from business and government sectors will congregate to lay the blueprint for greater economic cooperation between the two countries. Abu Dhabi – November 19, 2018:   The capital city of Abu Dhabi will host the second edition of Economic Times India-UAE Strategic Conclave on November 27, 2018 under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Tolerance.  The day-long Conclave will feature key discussion topics including ‘Fresh ideas for the strategic ties’, ‘Encouraging ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Extends Its Support to Local Turtle Rehabilitation Project

    Dubai Sustainable Tourism commends Jumeirah Group’s conservation efforts with the release of 50 rehabilitated sea turtles into the Arabian Gulf at Jumeirah Al Naseem Dubai, UAE; 19 November 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has joined hands with the Jumeirah Group in support of their conservation efforts across the emirate. In an event that took place on the beach in front of Jumeirah Al Naseem on Thursday 15 November, Jumeirah conservationists, with the support of Dubai Tourism, released 50 rehabilitated turtles back into ......read more

    Dubai Customs' Smart Innovator Platform recognized by (GInI)

    Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2018:   Business Innovation Department at Dubai Customs achieved a recognition from the Global Innovation Institute (GInI)®, the USA for its Smart Innovator Platform. The platform, now fully accredited by (GInI), was built and put into practice following the directives of the Director of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih of assigning ten hours a month for each department to brainstorm and come with new innovations that help build new work models, strategies and ideas.  Ahmed Mahboob Musabih received the smart innovator platform team in ......read more

    Ministry of Tolerance takes initiatives to promote and spread tolerance, coexistence, and happiness in world societies

    Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2018:  UAE Minister of Tolerance and Chairman of the Higher Committee of the International Institute for Tolerance, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, has announced two major initiatives as a commitment to the promotion of tolerance. The announcement was made during the opening day of World Tolerance Summit which is being held in Dubai. In his speech, HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan said that the Ministry of Tolerance is committed to focus on prospering from pluralism and embracing diversity through innovation and collaboration. He said ......read more

    Deloitte and ISRA: The necessity for global common practices for Sukuk

    Dubai, UAE, November 14, 2018:  For nearly two decades, financial regulators and investment institutions around the world have been committed to strengthening practices in Islamic capital markets, and leverage standards for Sukuk as a key investment asset class. There has also been strong commitment from industry standards setters and other business supporting institutions (BSIs) to address practice differences and inconsistency. Deloitte’s Islamic Finance Knowledge Center in the Middle East, in collaboration with the International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA), has just ......read more

    Alstom delivers first Dubai metro trainset on time

    Dubai, UAE, November 13, 2018:   Alstom, leader of the ExpoLink consortium , has delivered to the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) the first of the 50 Metropolis trainsets that will run on the city’s Red and the Green lines. The train, produced at Alstom’s site in Katowice in Poland, arrived in Dubai after being shipped from Bremerhaven Port in Germany. Alstom will conduct initial static and dynamic tests in the depot over the next few months.    In 2016, the Alstom-led ExpoLink consortium, also composed of ACCIONA and Gulermak, has ......read more

    World Tolerance Summit details unveiled

    WTS 2018 held on November 15 and 16 under patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid  It brings together more than 1, 500 government leaders and peacebuilding ambassadors Two-day event includes panel discussions and workshops involving speakers and thought leaders WTS mainly aims to formulate strategies that help create violence-free society Dubai, UAE, November 12, 2018:  The International Institute for Tolerance will organize the World Tolerance Summit (WTS 2018) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister ......read more

    Kate Hudson Named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme

    Dubai, UAE, November 12, 2018:  Golden Globe winning actress, author and entrepreneur Kate Hudson was today appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The Romebased humanitarian agency provides food assistance to more than 90 million people in more than 80 countries.   Hudson’s appointment as a WFP Goodwill Ambassador will be celebrated during a special ceremony hosted by Michael Kors on 7 November in Los Angeles, California.  With a career spanning more than 25 years, Kate Hudson is a role model both on and ......read more

    Real Estate Register Law: Supreme Legislation Committee's Explanatory Note on Article 11 – Part 1 of 3

    Dubai, UAE, November 11, 2018:  On July 5th, the Secretary General of the Supreme Legislation Committee sent a letter to the Managing Director of the Dubai Courts, accompanied by the Explanatory Note to Law No. 19/2017 and its amendment to Article 11 of Law No. 13/2008.   Article 11 addresses the rules and procedures to be adopted in case the purchaser violates his obligations to execute the off-plan sale contract concluded between him and the developer.   As stated in the Explanatory Note, it came at the request of the Dubai Courts. The need appears to have stemmed ......read more

    The Sharjah Stamp Exhibition celebrates the Year of Zayed

    Sharjah – 6 November 2018:  In celebration of the Year of Zayed, the management of the 9th Sharjah Stamp Exhibition, which is being organized by the Emirates Philatelic Association and hosted by Mega Mall Sharjah during November 13-17, has announced that it will showcase a collection of stamps that were issued during the era of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which will include the 2 commemorative stamps that were launched in 2003 in honour of Sheikh Zayed’s Accession day. In March of 2003, Emirates Post announced that it will organize a stamp design contest ......read more

    Dubai Customs organizes workshop on blockchain technology in customs business

    Dubai, UAE, November 04, 2018:   Business Innovation Department in Dubai Customs organized a workshop for the employees on the blockchain technology in customs field. Renowned American blockchain expert Chris Benet, an influencer in blockchain and founder of Aenea company, the leading company in empowering growth with blockchain, took part in the 4-day workshop which saw the participation of 68 male and female employees from different departments in Dubai Customs.  The workshop is part of Dubai Customs efforts to capitalize on the blockchain technology and support the Dubai ......read more

    EDCC organizes largest UAE Pavilion at debut SNSR in Saudi Arabia

    November 04, 2018:  The Emirates Defense Companies Council (EDCC), is taking part in the Saudi National Security and Risk Prevention Expo (SNSR), which opened today in Riyadh and is being held under the patronage of HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia. Patronized by Tawazun Economic Council and organized by the EDCC, the UAE Pavilion at the SNSR features 25 leading Emirati companies, specialized in defense and national security-related products and services. Sultan Abdulla Al Samahi, Acting General Manager of the EDCC, ......read more

    Dubai Customs carries out 203,650 smart transactions during “Week without Service Centers”

    Dubai, UAE, November 03, 2018:  Dubai Customs carried out 203,650 transactions through its smart channels during the Week witout Service Centers Initiative, which comes in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.  The week-long initiative, led by the Dubai Government’s Department of Finance (DOF) under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the ......read more

    Dubai Customs helps brand owners to recycle 18 m counterfeit items

    Dubai, UAE, November 03, 2018:  Within its efforts towards more coordination with the Brand Owners’ Protection Group and as part of its commitment towards the environment, Dubai Customs cooperated with the brand owners and helped them recycle 17.91 million counterfeit items.  This step reflects the high level of coordination between Dubai Customs and its stakeholders in supporting green life and protecting the environment. Recycling these items reduces the environmental footprint and helps raise awareness around the importance of proper disposal of these harmful ......read more

    October has been a very active and engaging month for Green Hope.

    We planted 375 trees in Toronto to offset our carbon footprint and conducted a neighbourhood recycling campaign in the UAE. Dubai, UAE, November 01, 2018:  Our team in Canada, conducted a workshop for teachers at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education during the fall 2018 Toronto Schools Board's  Eco-Schools Conference titled 'Engaging With EcoJustice: Environmental Education & Equity in Action'.. I was  privileged to speak at the One Young World Summit at The Hague at the Environment Plenary! It was a great honor to ......read more

    Labour Awareness Training Now Mandatory for Employees in Select Professions in the Mainland

    31 October 2018; Dubai UAE:  New employment residence permit applicants in select professions must now attend an awareness session on labour regulations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), before their employment contract is approved by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).    This new requirement is in line with the opening of a number of ‘Tawjeeh’ service centres, designated by the MOHRE to offer guidance on rights and responsibilities of employers and employees prior to any contractual engagement. The process, however, does not apply to ......read more

    DAFZA and DIEDC launches first of its kind Halal Trade and Marketing Center

    31 October 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:   Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) have launched the first of its kind Halal Trade and Marketing Centre, in the presence of His Excellency Rustam Noor Ali Minnikhanov, President of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan and His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of DIEDC. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the 4th Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES), an event that is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin ......read more

    ICAEW: Consolidation of regulatory laws will help Saudi Arabia attract foreign investment and meet Vision 2030 goals

    Dubai, UAE, October 31, 2018:  Achieving Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 requires consolidation of regulations in order to attract foreign investment, create new jobs and transfer private sector skills to the public sector. This was the consensus during accountancy and finance body ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty roundtable about how Saudi business is evolving to support a thriving economy. The event was held at the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) in Riyadh, in partnership with the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants ......read more

    Dubai Health Authority signs MoU with Dar Al Ber Society

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 30, 2018: Dubai Health Authority (DHA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dar Al Ber Society at the DHA headquarters. The MoU strengthens the long-standing cooperation between the two entities and aims to boost efforts to assist underprivileged patients who cannot afford treatment. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA and Abdullah Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Dar Al Ber Society. Al Qatami said that humanitarian initiatives have always held an important place at ......read more

    Sharjah Police launches a public auction in cooperation with Emirates Auction

    Sharjah, UAE, 30 October 2018:   The Sharjah Police Headquarters, in cooperation with Emirates Auction, the leading company in the field of management and organization of public and online auctions in the Middle East, announced the launch of a public auction for 56 distinguished vehicle number plates from category 3, which includes a 1 one-digit number plate, 4 two-digit number plates, 15 three-digit number plate, 20 four-digit number plates, and 16 five-digit number plate. The auction will take place on November 10 at 5:00 pm at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre. ......read more

    Dubai Sports Council and CDA sign MoU to make Dubai clubs “child-friendly”

    Dubai, UAE, October 30, 2018:  In the framework of cooperation between government entities to serve the nation and society, the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to unify their efforts in the field of community development and child protection, and work together to promote sports as a way of life. The MoU was signed at the headquarters of DSC by HE Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and HE Ahmed Abdulkarim Julfar, Director General of CDA, in the presence of Nasser Aman Al ......read more

    IHC Member Launches First Dubai Appeal to Help Restore Sight to Region's Blind

    The Fred Hollows Foundation, member of International Humanitarian City, Dubai, launches its first local campaign  A simple surgery can bring sight to the 15 million people who are needlessly blind across Middle East, South Asia and North Africa There are 50,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who need eye surgery or treatment Dubai, UAE, October 29, 2018:  The Fred Hollows Foundation, based at International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, has launched its first UAE campaign calling for funds to help restore sight to the more than 15 million people who are blind across ......read more

    Dubai Cares' programs in Rwanda on track to deliver a transformative change in children and young people's education

    Dubai Cares’ delegation visits schools in Rwanda to monitor and evaluate progress of its programs Programs address key education challenges linked to Early Childhood Education and youth empowerment  Over 2,500 children and 16,000 young people benefit from both programs Dubai, United Arab Emirates -29 October 2018:   A delegation led by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, visited Rwanda as part of a monitoring and evaluation trip to witness the progress of its two programs launched in 2017. The first program of the UAE-based global ......read more

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