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    Aster Celebrates 30 Years of Quality Healthcare with a Year of Giving Back Initiatives

    Aster@30 Campaign marked by 5 key initiatives contributing to the development of the health of the community in the GCC and India More than 497,000 lives touched through various activities under the Aster Volunteers Programme Beginning with a single clinic in Dubai in 1987, to operating 316 establishments in 9 countries Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12th December, 2017:  Aster DM Healthcare hosted its 30th Anniversary event to celebrate 3 decades of service as well as the culmination of its Aster@30 2017 campaign. The event also brought to light the social responsibility initiatives and programmes, under the Aster Volunteers umbrella that benefited more than 497,000 lives in the Middle East and India.   The Gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt Dubai was hosted on the 11th of December, the founding day of Aster DM ......read more

    Dubai Customs' Consultative Council discusses means of boosting cooperation in 2018

    Dubai – 11 December 2017:  Chaired by Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs (DC), Chairman of Dubai Customs’ Consultative Council, the Council’s third meeting in 2017 convened recently and was attended by heads of business and trade groups, members of the Council. Boosting cooperation and partnership between DC and business and trade groups in Dubai was one of the main items on the meeting’s agenda. The meeting also discussed the initiatives suggested by clients to contribute to the development of services and customs facilitation efforts, as well as the participation of business groups, corporates, and clients in the Customs Week, due to be held in January next year. The meeting was attended by Juma Al Ghaith, Executive Director of Customs Development Division and vice chairman of the Council, ......read more

    Food Security Center Abu Dhabi to Examine Ways of Enhancing Regional Food Security in View of Ongoing Developments in Middle East

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 10 December 2017 –  The Food Security Center - Abu Dhabi (FSCAD) is set to discuss ways of enhancing food security in the context of the current regional developments as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Security Roundtables, to be held on the sidelines of 8th edition of SIAL Middle East. Set to kick off on December 12, 2017 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the expert-led sessions will draw the participation of senior government officials, CEOs, and specialists in food security and explore potential partnership opportunities between the government and private sectors to achieve the region’s food security goals. His Excellency Khalifa Al Ali, Managing Director of FSCAD, said: "In convening the annual Abu Dhabi Food Security Roundtables, FSCAD seeks to reiterate the importance of ......read more

    Hitachi & Eros Group to Donate Air Purifiers as part of its CSR programme

    United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 10th December 2017:  Eros Group, the leading distributor of world renowned brands in the UAE, in partnership with one of their leading brands Hitachi has outlined a donation of air purifiers to institutions that support children with special needs.  The company’s CSR initiative is aimed at creating awareness about the health hazards of indoor air pollution especially on the health of children. Using air purifiers not only helps in purifying the air that circulates internally, it also helps in reducing triggers such as pet dander (flakes of skin), mold spores, dust and tobacco smoke particles. “Hitachi's global vision is to contribute to the society through the development of superior original technology and products and our corporate and social responsibility (CSR) ......read more

    Emirates Post Group Issues “Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival” Commemorative Stamps

    Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2017:  Emirates Post Group (EPG) has issued commemorative stamps for Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival that is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and as per the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the follow up of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Giving the festival the “Zayed” name is recognition of the pivotal role of the late founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in preserving the history of the UAE and the nation sources of pride for next generations in the future. The festival celebrates the cultural heritage of UAE, highlights the rich diversity of local ......read more

    UAE Marks Effective Global Engagement at 3rd UN General Assembly in Nairobi

    UAE Delegation Highlights Achievements in Global Environmental and Sustainability Issues  Dubai, UAE, 09 December, 2017 –  The UAE delegation wrapped up its participation in the third session of the United Nations General Assembly for Environment (UNEA-3) in Nairobi, held from 4 to 6 December under the theme of "Towards A Pollution Fee Planet".   The UNEA is one of the most important environmental events in the world. Representatives from more than 180 UN member states, hundreds of key decision makers in various environmental fields, businessmen and representatives of international governmental organizations and civil society have participated in the event. The UAE delegation included Dr Saad Al-Numeiri, Advisor to the Minister of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), Dr Mohammed ......read more

    The du Youth Council Holds a Volunteering Day at Al Ain Zoo with People of Determination

    In line with the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the du Youth council held an enriching day at the Al Ain Zoo for children from the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs Dubai, UAE, 07 December, 2017:  In light of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the du Youth Council organised an volunteering activity exclusive for the youth at du at Al Ain Zoo with people of determination, from the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. The children were given a tour around the zoo, and were able to visit the cinema at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre. Throughout the day, the du Youth Council volunteers had the opportunity to engage with the children, and partake in activities that were enriching for all.  The entry for the volunteers and ......read more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Global Green Growth Institute and Korean Embassy Bring UAE Youth Together for Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

    Dubai-UAE: December 6, 2017 –  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), in cooperation with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, held a youth workshop at the Youth Hub in Dubai to discuss topics of climate change adaptation and how young people can get involved. Set against the backdrop of the Youth Climate Mentorship Program launched during COP23 in Bonn, Germany, the workshop brought together 40 students and young professionals with climate change experts from the UAE and the Republic of Korea, who shared insights on local and international practices on adaptation and interacted with audience members. In the face of global climate change and resource scarcity, the UAE government has begun the transition to an environmentally, economically and socially ......read more

    Green Hope on Former US Vice President Al Gore's 24 Hours of Climate Reality telecast

    Dubai, UAE, December 6, 2017:  Green Hope just featured in Former US Vice President Al Gore's "24 Hours of Reality: Be the Voice of Reality" global telecast which is running live from New York since last evening.

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    Massive Economic Losses another Consequence of Violence against Women

    Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Forum hears the cost of violence is more than physical and psychological Sharjah, December 5, 2017:  Delegates at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit, organised by NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, being held in Sharjah, have heard that the prevalence of violence against women is having a devastating effect on economies as well as the horrific trauma suffered by victims and families. Figures quoted in a panel titled ‘The Cost of Violence in Women’s Economic Participation’, said that half of women in the United States had been subjected to violence and one in three were victims of violence from an intimate partner. For many women in work, those attacks resulted in an average of five days away from their jobs, meaning that over the course ......read more

    Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria wins International Children's Peace Prize 2017

    Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017:  Sixteen-year-old Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria has won the International Children’s Peace Prize. In the Hall of Knights in The Hague Mohamad received the award for his tireless efforts to ensure the rights of Syrian refugee children. In the presence of media outlets from all over the world and several prominent guests, such as His Royal Highness Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and a large number of foreign ambassadors, the award was handed out by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Children’s Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Mohamad, himself a refugee as a consequence of the Syrian civil war, has amongst other things built a school in a Lebanese refugee camp. The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of KidsRights, the foundation committed to defending ......read more

    The Fred Hollows Foundation Aims to Reduce Blindness in Region With New Dubai Hub

    International development organisation The Fred Hollows Foundation opens new regional office in the International Humanitarian City (IHC), Dubai 15 million people suffer from blindness in the Middle East and South Asia; the majority of these could easily be treated  Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017:  The Fred Hollows Foundation, an international development organisation that works to eliminate avoidable blindness in more than 25 countries around the world, has announced the opening of a new regional office in International Humanitarian City (IHC), Dubai.    The Honourable John Brumby AO, Chairman of The Foundation, made the announcement with CEO of International Humanitarian City, Giuseppe Saba.   “This new regional base in IHC will help accelerate our efforts to treat some of the millions ......read more

    Phumzile: UN Women uses rigorous methods to monitor and evaluate its programmes

    Special Interview: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women - Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit   “The partnership propel ongoing efforts on women’s economic empowerment, one of UN Women’s key priorities and an integral part of the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”   “Currently, only 11% of architecture and engineering jobs worldwide are filled by women, and about 23% of jobs in computing and mathematics are taken up by them. Globally, women hold only 28% of science and engineering jobs.”   Sharjah, December 03, 2017:   In the wake of the upcoming Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) to be held on 4th and 5th of December at Expo Centre Sharjah, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN ......read more

    More Than 6,000 Bears Donated to Toys With Wings & Emirates Red Crescent for Novo Cinemas' ‘Share a Bear' School Challenge

    UAE school children were encouraged to donate new or gently loved teddy bears in celebration of the release of PADDINGTON 2 Class 2B of Dubai British School donated the most bears at 317, winning a private screening of the film at Novo Cinemas, Dubai Festival City Mall The teddy bears will be distributed by Toys with Wings to less fortunate children around the world 3rd December 2017, Dubai:  Thousands of teddy bears will find new, loving homes with less fortunate children around the world thanks to the generosity of youngsters in Dubai.   More than 6,000 new or gently loved cuddly toys were donated to the ‘Share a Bear' School Challenge, which was spearheaded by Novo Cinemas to celebrate the release of the new PADDINGTON 2 movie on 30th November.   Youngsters from schools across Dubai ......read more

    SENAAT hosts traditional festivities to celebrate the UAE's 46th National Day

    Abu Dhabi – UAE, December 3, 2017:  Senaat (“Senaat” or “the Group”), owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, one of the largest industrial investment holding companies in the UAE, today joined nationwide celebrations for the UAE’s 46th National Day. All employees gathered for a show of solidarity to honour the spirit of the union and celebrate the nation’s 46 years of commendable success, engaging with traditional craftsmen and folklore performers for a refreshing journey through the UAE’s rich culture and heritage. They also participated in quiz competition to enlighten their knowledge about the country’s insightful history and its major achievements. Addressing the employees on the occasion, H.E. Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of Senaat said: “I would like to ......read more

    Dubai Customs reaffirms efforts to combat counterfeit goods with Japanese partners

    Dubai, UAE, December 3, 2017:  Within its efforts to boost UAE trade and enhance protection of trademarks through combating counterfeited products, Dubai Customs’ IPR Department took part in workshop organized in Dubai by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in coordination with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).   In the note he delivered during the event, Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department said: “The UAE takes protecting intellectual property issue very seriously in order to help individuals and corporates utilize their efforts and innovate and develop their ideas in a clean competitive atmosphere. By doing so we are following the directives of our wide leadership and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, Family Village Celebrate 46th UAE National Day

    Dubai, UAE, December 3, 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) and its Family Village, celebrated the 46th  UAE National Day with traditional flair and a host of entertainment, artistic and cultural activities that reflected the UAE’s heritage and the spirit of the union. The celebration drew the participation of AMAF’s employees of all ranks and their families, minors and orphans under AMAF’s care. Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of AMAF, congratulated the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He also extended his best wishes to Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, as well ......read more

    Dubai Customs wins at UAE Ideas 2017

    Dubai – 29 November 2017:  Dubai Customs won the Innovation Shield at the 6th UAE Ideas Conference & Award 2017 which was held on 19th November 2017 at Grand Hyat Hotel in Dubai under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of the Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline & Group and the Honorary Patron of Dubai Quality Group.  Dubai Customs received this accolade on its Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) pogram under (Marketing and UAE external representation) category. The AEO program is a federal program that connects the UAE with the rest of the world in terms of trade and customs. It recognizes traders as trusted operators and provides them with exclusive benefits.  H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber organizes a trade mission to Kenya and Uganda

    Sharjah, 28 November, 2017:  Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organize a trade mission to Kenya and Uganda from the 3rd to the 9th of December, in cooperation with Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi and Saudi Exports Development Authority, aims to strengthen economic relations, raise the rate of trade exchange and establish new and promising investment partnerships with both countries. The Chamber seeks through this trade mission, which is headed by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah Chamber, to support the business communities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia to promote exports of their products, discover new markets that will extend their businesses in Africa and create viable investment partnerships.  This mission includes more than fifty businessmen and investors from both UAE and Saudi ......read more

    Dubai Customs signs agreement to provide IT expertise to Dubai Municipality

    Dubai – 27 November 2017:  In fulfilment of Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and to enhance ties amongst government departments of Dubai, Dubai Customs signed a cooperation agreement with Dubai Municipality which will see it provide the Municipality with methodology and mechanisms adopted at Dubai Customs’ IT Department. This serves the trend of turning Dubai into the happiest and smartest city in the world. The offering includes processes, models, designs, and practices. The agreement was signed by Juma Al Ghaith, Executive Director of Customs Development Division at Dubai Customs and Ahmed Obeid Al Falasi, Assistant Director-General for Corporate Support Sector at Dubai Municipality.  Juma Al Ghaith ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Hands over AED400,000 to Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment

    Dubai-UAE: 27 November 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has donated an amount of AED400,000 to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment to help provide affordable housing solutions for the needy.  His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of AMAF, handed over the cheque to Mohammed Humaid Al Marri, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Finance and Corporate Support at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment at AMAF’s headquarters in Dubai. The donation primarily falls within the purview of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between AMAF and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment in 2015. The agreement mandates the exchange of electronic databases, enabling access to data and information for the mutual benefit of clients. In addition, it seeks to achieve integration between ......read more

    Dubai Customs launches IPR Award 2017-2018 in cooperation with the Ministry of Education

    Dubai – 26 Nov 2017:   Dubai Customs, in cooperation with the Ministry of education, has launched the 10th edition of its IP Award for Schools and Universities 2017-2018, in line with its IPR Department’s plan to encourage full community engagement in IPR protection and to educate students on their intellectual rights.  Participants in the press conference pointed out that the Award aims at measuring the upcoming generation’s awareness of IPR and educating the public about the risks of counterfeiting on consumers’ health and the country’s economy.  The press conference was held at the Ministry of Education’s headquarters in Dubai in the presence of Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Activities Sector and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship ......read more

    The Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment Receives Platinum Accreditation from Ideas UK

    In recognition of the efficiency of its institutional innovation management system,  Dubai-UAE: 25 November, 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment (MOCCAE) has strengthened its track record and global competitiveness in the management of the institutional innovation system by receiving the platinum accreditation from Ideas UK, a company specialized in evaluating the suggestions systems applied in government and private institutions around the world. Fatma Tawakul, Head of the Strategy & Future Department at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, said: "Innovation and creativity are a culture that permeates the UAE society and all its institutions, categories and members, thanks to our wise leadership, which has taken the lead in recognizing the importance of ideas in improving and ......read more

    UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment Convenes Fourth Meeting

    Dubai-UAE: 22 November, 2017:  The UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment held its fourth meeting presided over by His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment. The meeting was convened at the Hayat Regency Hotel, Dubai and attended by Council members from local and federal authorities and the private sector. His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi said: “The UAE’s participation in the 23rd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) in Bonn from November 6 to 17, 2017 affirmed the UAE's commitment to the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement and all relevant international resolutions. It also shows our keenness to continue voluntarily participating in ......read more

    UNICEF, WHO and UAE Officials Gather in Dubai for the 5th Arab Regional Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

    Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan H.E. Jameela Al Muhairi: “The school should fulfil the role of a second mother” H.E. Hessa Bu Humaid: “A strong family is the foundation of a strong society.” Five-day conference aims to bring child protection and welfare issues to the fore before regional and global audience 20 November 2017 – Dubai, UAE:  Under the patronage of Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the 5th Arab Regional Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect was officially inaugurated today at Roda Al Bustan hotel in Dubai, with the participation of more than 400 delegates from across the world, and aims to bring child protection and welfare issues to the fore before a regional and global ......read more

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    Ministry of Climate Change & Environment Organizes 1st Plenary Meeting for the Dubai Declaration Signatories

    32 institutions have signed the Dubai Declaration so far MOCCAE presented each signatory with a memorial shield of the Dubai Declaration as a recognition of their efforts and commitments  Dubai, UAE: 12 September, 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change & Environment (MOCCAE) organized the 1st plenary meeting for the Dubai Declaration signatories, hosted by First Abu Dhabi Bank at JW Marques Hotel Dubai and in partnership with the Central Bank of the UAE. The event was attended by His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and ......read more

    Department of Economic Development - Ajman successfully runs consumer awareness campaign at China Mall

    UAE, September 12, 2017 - The Directorate of Control and Consumer Protection of the Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman) has successfully implemented a new awareness campaign for consumers and investors in the local Chinese market, especially those based in the emirate's China Mall. The campaign is aimed towards increasing more awareness for consumers and investors on their consumer rights and duties while also educating them on the risks of patronizing counterfeit goods like clothing and electronic equipment. As part of the campaign, representatives of the department ......read more

    Emirates Post Issues Year of Giving memorial stamps

    Dubai, UAE, September 11, 2017:  In connection with the declaration of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, that 2017 is the “Year of Giving”, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has directed to develop a comprehensive work frame to activate "Year of Giving 2017" by consolidating the culture of giving and charitable and humanitarian work in UAE. In cooperation with the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Future and as a part of the initiative of "Good ......read more

    Port Development MENA Conference to be held for the first time in Dubai

    The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) will shed light on its comprehensive initiatives promoting maritime safety, secure navigation, and operational efficiency of Dubai’s maritime sector at this year’s Port Development MENA Conference in Dubai. Produced by international conference company IQPC, the event will take place from September 26 to 28, 2017, and see a participation of local, regional, and international port authorities and operators. During this global platform, DMCA will share its experiences in implementing safety regulations in local maritime cluster and enhancing ......read more

    6th UAE-China Joint Economic Committee meeting concludes

    The 6th session of the UAE-China Joint Economic Committee held in the capital of Beijing, China has concluded. The UAE delegation was headed by H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, while the Chinese side was led by Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China.  The two parties reported their achievements in the development of cooperative frameworks in several vital areas of common interest since the fifth session of the Joint Economic Committee. The most notable involved trade, investment, energy, infrastructure, financial services, ......read more

    MOHAP issues warning against risks of malpractice by unlicensed practitioners

    UAE, September 9, 2017- The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has issued a warning against cases of malpractice impacting patients in some medical centers and clinics, that do not comply with the official health regulations. This is part of efforts to raise awareness among the community, and to protect all individuals from malpractice and from medical equipment’s in unlicensed beauty centers as well as nutritional supplements with therapeutic claims and hormonal supplements in fitness centers without having the necessary licensing, and that poses health threats and can cause ......read more

    Dubai Customs' Smart Risk Engine receives highest certification from Glnl

    Dubai – Saturday 9 September 2017:  Dubai Customs has recently received a third level certification on its smart risk engine from the renowned Global Innovation Institute (GInI)®.  The third level is the highest degree of certification the Institute provides. GInI is an international organization providing professional membership associations and certifications in the field of Innovation.  The Institute aims to advance individual careers and transform organizational achievements by advancing the profession of innovation leadership. It does this through its globally ......read more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Conducts Surprise Inspection at Ajman Fish Market

    Dubai-UAE: 07 September, 2017 – As part of a schedule of periodic field visits carried out by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) to audit environmental, agricultural, livestock and fishery facilities in the UAE, the Fish Inspection Section at the Ministry’s External Audit Department conducted a surprise inspection at the Ajman Fish Market and its landing site.  The visit was organized in coordination with Ajman Municipality and the Ajman Fishermen Association to verify the compliance of the fish market with the federal fisheries legislation. The ......read more

    Dubai Maritime City Authority continues to inspect floating restaurants to ensure maritime safety and operational efficiency

    Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) continues monitoring, inspection and follow-up on the work of floating restaurants to ensure compliance with international standards and best practices in line with its efforts to enhance maritime safety, operational efficiency and safe navigation within Dubai's territorial waters. The move is a continuation of efforts to encourage the adoption of best practices by marine operators in terms of organizational, administrative and technical, as well as improving the quality of services provided and upgrading maritime safety standards. Abdullah Bintoaq, ......read more

    Rohingya Muslims… An International Plea for Humanity

    Innumerable speeches have been given on the subject of humanitarianism and the need to care for refugees. These powerful addresses have underlined how the global population is one big family whose members share a common destiny, with humanity being unable to advance its culture and civilisation unless it truly believes in these values. However, few of these speeches are turned into practical actions that face down persecution, challenge oppression and alleviate the suffering of displaced peoples around the world. Today, the plight of Rohingya Muslims is putting our humanitarian ......read more

    Dubai Customs showcases its experience in Fourth Generation System

    Dubai, UAE, September 6, 2017:  Dubai Customs’ Strategy and Corporate Excellence Department held a number of meetings with government organizations to showcase its best practices in applying the 4th Generation System as part of its cooperation with the government departments.  Winning the coveted Distinguished Department in 2016 and a number of other accolades and titles in excellence and performance in 2017 has attracted other government departments to visit Dubai Customs to benchmark against its best practices in application of 4th Generation System.   Rami Abu ......read more

    India and UAE governments working to substantially augment trade and investment relations

    India-UAE Partnership Summit: Investment Implementation to be held at Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa on October 30-31, 2017 will help accelerate two-way investment and bilateral trade India and UAE are working together to substantially augment their trade and investment relations. UAE investments into India are estimated to be around $10 billion including foreign direct investment of almost $5 billion. There is huge scope for UAE to invest in the fast growing Indian economy. Investment by Indian companies and Indians in the UAE are also substantial - estimated to be more than $ 55 ......read more

    Dubai Customs Nominated for 6 Awards in Ideas UK and Ideas America 2017

    Dubai – 5 Sep 2017: Dubai Customs nominated its innovative services and products for renowned international awards for 2017. It qualified for 6 main categories that include the best innovation, the best safety and environment solution, best ambassador and communication director in Ideas America 2017, and best safety and environment solution in Ideas UK 2017.   Dubai Customs is participating in Ideas America and Ideas UK 2017 for the purpose of enticing innovation and encouraging employees work harder to come up with innovative new ideas to attain first place worldwide following ......read more

    DED-Ajman reports 4 per cent of total economic licenses now compatible with ISIC4 system a week after implementation

    UAE, 5 September 2017- Only a week after rolling out its International Standard Industrial Classification System of All Economic Activities Revision 4 (ISIC4) system, the Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) recently announced that a record 4 per cent of the total economic licenses issued in Ajman are already compatible with the international reference classification of the UN Secretariat’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The positive results have further boosted the department’s efforts to enhance its electronic communication with other local ......read more

    Emirates Post Group celebrates Eid Al Adha with orphaned children

    Among “Year of Giving” initiatives  Dubai, UAE, September 5, 2017:  In response to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE designating 2017 as the 'Year of Giving'. Emirates Post Group celebrated 'The joy of EId in their eyes' in cooperation with Awqaf and Minors Foundation. This initiative was held at City Centre Mirdif and was sponsored by the Abarill Group and Magic Planet. The event was attended by a number prof officials and employees of from the Emirates Post Group together with representatives from The National ......read more

    Emirates Intellectual Property Association expresses support for Interpol's fight against global intellectual property crime

    September 03, 2017 -The Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA) has joined the world’s elite organizations involved in fighting intellectual property crimes at the ’11th International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference.’ The conference organized by the International Police Organization (Interpol) took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, US, recently. The UAE delegation consisted of Major General Dr. Abdul Quddus Abdul Razzaq Al-Obaidly, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Quality and Excellence and the leader in initiating ......read more

    Emirates Post Group discusses Cooperation with Universal Postal Union

    Dubai, UAE, August 30, 2017:  Chairman of Emirates Post Group, HE Mohamed Sultan Al-Qadi has received Universal Postal Union Director-General Bishar Hussein and Regional Coordinator of International Development Program for African Countries Mr. Abdellatif  Meskine in the presence of Chief Support Services Officer at Emirates Post Group Mr. Sami Alkhaja, Acting Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Obaid Al Qattami, Director of International Relations Mr. Abdullah Saqr Al Suwaidi and some other officials of Group.  HE Mohammed Sultan Al-Qadi has welcomed the delegation highlighting ......read more

    Supreme Legislation Committee shares its projects with government entities in support of ‘Dubai 10X'

    UAE, August 30, 2017 - The Dubai 10X Program Team at the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) highlighted the most important futuristic projects that support the ‘Dubai 10X’ initiative in a recent seminar held at the SLC General Secretariat headquarters. The seminar was aimed at promoting Dubai as a pioneering environment in the UAE for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, on par with the world’s most developed countries. The meeting was attended by several government entities in addition to the Dubai 10X’s Team leader ......read more

    Higher Committee for Consumer Protection discusses e-consumer protection initiatives during 3rd meeting this year

    H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, chaired the third meeting of the Higher Committee for Consumer Protection (HCCP) for 2017. Participants discussed various strategies for developing and promoting consumer protection in the UAE's markets. The session was held in Dubai in the presence of H.E. Eng. Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, the Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic Affairs; H.E. Humaid Bin Butti Al Muhairi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Commercial Affairs and Consumer Protection Sector; and Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Consumer ......read more

    Ministry of Health and Prevention concludes ‘Junior Chef Program' program

    UAE, August 29, 2017- The Ministry of Health and Prevention, represented by the Department of Health Education and Promotion, concluded the first edition of ‘Junior Chef Program’ program in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and the Sharjah Girl Guides. The program, which started on August 1, 2017 till August 28, 2017, is part of the Ministry’s efforts to reduce obesity in children to 12 per cent by 2021 in line with the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda. ‘Junior Chef Program’ aims to raise children’s ......read more

    UAE seeks to add more value to global trade, transport & shipping

    UAE, 29 August, 2017- The UAE is seeking to add more value to international trade, transport and shipping through its bid to become a Category B member of the Executive Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The candidacy is supported by the UAE’s leading position among international ports, being the first Arab and regional and the third in terms of quality of seaport infrastructure reflecting its pivotal role as a major player in the international maritime sector. The country is determined to continue its major contributions towards promoting the international ......read more

    Costa Rica's First Ambassador to the UAE Pays a Visit to Al Habtoor Group Chairman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

    28 August 2017 – Dubai, UAE:  Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Founding Chairman, Al Habtoor Group welcomed His Excellency Francisco Chaçon Hernández, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in the United Arab Emirates to his office.  HE Hernández, who is Costa Rica’s first envoy in the UAE, is meeting with key businesses throughout the Emirates in an effort to strengthen ties between Costa Rica and the UAE. “Costa Rica has a strong friendship with the UAE and we would like to build on that and explore potential business and investment ......read more

    Supreme Legislation Committee reviews legislative plan of Roads & Transport Authority

    UAE, August 28, 2017- The General Secretariat of the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) has received recently a high-level delegation from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to review the legislative plan of the RTA and discuss the major projects driving the Emirate of Dubai’s comprehensive development. The meeting was held in line with the SLC’s commitment to enhancing joint work with local government agencies and facilitating the exchange, enrichment, and advancement of knowledge. This ensures the development of legislative processes that can ......read more

    Ministry of Economy to strengthen economic & trade relations with Chad

    H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, recently received H.E. Mohamed Hamed Kawa, Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Chad, and his accompanying delegation at the headquarters of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in Dubai. The two sides discussed the strengthening of economic relations between their countries, the importance of cooperation in the field of civil aviation, the potential to increase trade, and the exploration of investment opportunities in priority sectors. They also touched on strategies for introducing the UAE’s ......read more

    Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) joins hands with Dubai Cares to support the 6th edition of ‘Volunteer Emirates'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 28 August, 2017:  In support of Dubai Cares’ overarching mission aimed at positively impacting the lives of children and young people through education, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to sponsor the 6th edition of ‘Volunteer Emirates’, an initiative to provide essential school packs to underprivileged children enrolled in all National Charity Schools in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.  Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, Abdulla Ahmed Al Shehhi, Director of Business Support ......read more

    DMCA continues training holders of marine driving licenses

    The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has revealed the growing demand for marine driving licenses in the Emirate of Dubai as reflected by the high volume of applications for marine crews operating within local waters. In response, the DMCA’s Maritime Traffic Management team ensures the Skippers’ Evaluation course being provided to Skippers with a one-hour briefing class on ‘Marine Knowledge for Boat Operation’ with a focus on deepening and enriching modern marine knowledge in managing operational processes before undergoing formal inspection. This is a step forward ......read more

    Youth actions to conserve our biodiversity - Green Hope's Sunderbans project

    Dubai, UAE, August 28, 2017:  28 youth environmentalists from Green Hope , comprising of our members from UAE and Oman , have just returned from an amazing biodiversity conservation project in the Sunderbans ( India ) which is the world's largest mangrove forest. Green Hope has , over the past 5 years , worked on several aspects of sustainability , involving children and youth , who are the "Future Generations" so that we can take charge of our own destiny and preserve the environment for generations to come.  Biodiversity conservation is one of our major focus ......read more

    Dubai Health Authority Launches Bilingual App for Bidding Process for Vendors Who Provide Services to DHA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2017: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched last week a smart bidding app, known as Smart Mazad, for individuals or companies that want to participate in the bidding process to provide services to the DHA. The aim of the app is to make the process of health investment smart and convenient.   Eman Khalfan Al Jallaf, director of purchasing and contracts department at the DHA, said: “The aim of the app is to make the process of health investment smart and convenient. Smart Mazad is a bilingual mobile app that allows investors and ......read more

    UAE Research Program Team Discusses Leading Innovations in Rain Enhancement in Finland

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 27 August 2017 – This week, the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science hosted a series of meetings with leading Finnish researchers working on climatology and meteorology, measurements and modelling.  Reflecting its growing international status as a rain enhancement leader, the Program held meetings in Helsinki with noted experts and leading scientific institutions this month. The Program team’s visit to Helsinki included a series of meetings and discussions with Professor Hannele Korhonen, an awardee of the Program’s Second Cycle, from the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC relocates its Al Ain Branch to enhance customer experience

    UAE, August 26, 2017 - Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC (ADNTC), the leading takaful operator in the MENA region and one of the most progressive insurance companies in the UAE, has relocated its Al Ain branch to the Abu Dhabi Islamic Building opposite Al Ain Mall. The new location will facilitate key additions and improvements to its operations and services. The relocation of Al Ain branch is part of ADNTC’s continuous efforts to enhance service quality and provide better accessibility to its customers. Osama Abdel-Raouf Abdeen, Chief Executive Officer of ADNTC, said: “We ......read more

    Brazil to highlight potential investment opportunities in Ras Al Khaimah

    UAE, August 26, 2017 -The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) will be hosting the visit of a delegation from the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) as part of the emirate’s move to attract more Brazilian investments into the UAE. The delegation is set to deliver a presentation showcasing potential investment opportunities in RAK to Brazilian business owners during a breakfast meeting to be organized by the ABCC on August 29, 2017 in Sao Paulo. RAKEZ, the organization in charge of RAK's investment authority and free trade zones, will be throwing the spotlight on the many ......read more

    DMCA celebrates Dubai Maritime Training Center's recent achievements

    The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently evaluated the achievements of the Dubai Maritime Training Center (DMTC) for its major accomplishments in establishing new standards for professional maritime training, which is being conducted through integrated training programs designed in collaboration with international experts in order to adapt to rapid changes regionally and internationally. With the goal of making Dubai a leading global destination for maritime training and an ideal market for leading maritime companies, the Dubai Maritime Training Center has taken advanced steps to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council Receives Delegation from Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 22 August, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) today received a delegation from Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). The visit aimed to explore QCC’s expertise in developing quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. During the visit, the SASO delegation was briefed on the mechanisms and procedures followed by QCC in its market surveillance activities in collaboration with Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). QCC also presented ......read more

    The Autism Rocks Support Centre Opens Its Doors In Dubai

    New centre in Dubai Healthcare City to provide world-class therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum.  UAE, Dubai, 21 August 2017:  Autism Rocks, the UK-based charity known for its exclusive collaborations with stars to raise awareness around autism through music, today announced the official opening of its Autism Rocks support centre, located in Dubai Healthcare City. The pioneering facility offers a space in which a carefully selected team of world-class therapists can support children on the autism spectrum and their families to improve their quality of life, enhance their ......read more

    UAE Space Agency discusses cooperation with Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

    The high-level meeting highlighted the role of space sciences and technologies in monitoring and combatting the effects of climate change 21 August 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The UAE Space Agency has discussed means of joint cooperation with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment during a meeting between high-level Space Agency delegates and the Minister of Climate Change and Environment. Discussions included the possibility of providing data on local and international environmental issues, as well as exchanging knowledge and expertise in relevant fields, in ......read more

    Dubai Public Library Receives a Delegation from Dubai Customs Knowledge Club

    Dubai Culture introduces its best practices and performance standards across its libraries Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 August 2017:  Dubai Public Library recently received a delegation from Dubai Customs Knowledge Club, which assessed the library’s best practices, performance indicators and progress in relation to other libraries in the region.  Dubai Public Library’s management team welcomed the Dubai Customs representatives and explained the practices and services it provides to the public, reflecting Dubai Culture’s commitment to partnering with ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Center Reaches 80% Emiratization Rate during the 2nd Quarter of 2017

    Abu Dhabi, 20 August 2017:  Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center (ADSIC), the government entity in charge of developing the UAE capital’s dynamic ICT sector, reached an 80% Emiratization rate during the second quarter of this year, despite challenges in drawing and substituting specialized jobs in Information Technology and Communications. The high rates of Emiratization at ADSIC come as part of a comprehensive long-term plan which was developed by the Center in order to contribute to the UAE’s national strategy and objectives for Emiratization, as a fully-integrated ......read more

    Ajman DED launches ISIC-4 system to facilitate investment activity and promote business competitiveness

    UAE, August 19, 2017- The Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman), launched its ISIC4 system, to enhance electronic communication with other local and federal agencies, to streamline government procedures. The move supports the DED-Ajman’s commitment to developing an ideal environment for investment, while adopting best practices to encourage further investments in the promising opportunities Ajman has to offer. The ISIC4 system is an important tool, and is fundamental in the process of enhancing business competitiveness, as it helps to facilitate over 3.700 ......read more

    Dubai Land Department strengthens its partnerships with government entities

    Coordinating with entities and companies helps DLD to improve its outstanding government performance Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 19th August 2017:  Dubai Land Department (DLD) has strengthened its partnerships with a number of government entities as part of its ongoing efforts to integrate Dubai’s various institutions, improve government performance, achieve the highest standards of excellence and ensure customer satisfaction.  Hamdan Hamad Al-Madhani, Director of Rental Relationship Regulation Department at DLD, commented: "As a result of the enhanced cooperation ......read more

    Department of Economic Development - Ajman successfully completes automation of its administrative and customer services

    UAE, 16 August 2017- The Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) revealed the successful completion of its Unified Automation Platform initiative, resulting in automation of its administrative and customer services. The achievement, which is part of the department’s continuing move to drive in digital and smart transformation across its operations, represents a strong impetus to align the business processes with the latest technical developments--increasing the efficiency of transactions and upgrading the quality of the services provided to its customers and ......read more

    UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science meets with leading researchers in UK

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 15 August 2017:   The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science hosted a series of meetings with leading UK researchers working on climatology and meteorology as part of its summer 2017 European roadshow.  Reflecting its growing international status as a rain enhancement leader, the Program held meetings with noted experts and leading scientific institutions in London and nearby cities on 10-15 August. Following a meeting with one of the awardees of the Program’s Second Cycle, Professor Giles Harrison of the University of Reading, the team visited the ......read more

    Ajman DED launches new issuance procedure in line with Ajman's digital plan

    UAE, 14 August 2017- Driven by its vision of building a competitive economy that supports the digital transformation in Ajman, the Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) has launched a new version of the new licensing and trade license model, reflecting its commitment to government integration as a key pillar for investment promotion. The move represents a strong impetus to align the new model with Ajman's digital corporate identity, which aims to enhance the harmony between government departments in line with the objectives of Ajman Vision 2021 to create a ......read more

    Dubai Land Department Awarded Two ISO Certificates in Quality and Environmental Management Systems

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 August 2017: Dubai Land Department (DLD) has recently been awarded two ISO certificates for its Quality Management System (9001: 2015) and Environmental Management System (14001: 2015). Mohammed Sultan Thani, Supervisor of the Services Monitoring Department at Dubai Land Department, commented: "DLD is pleased to have received these ISO certificates, which reflect our eagerness to adopt best practices and international standards in our integrated performance management and development system. The two certificates have been awarded in recognition of ......read more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to Supply 9,500 Tons of Fertilizers to Farmers

    Distribution starts from next week  Ministry offers fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, organic agriculture supplies at half price Dubai-UAE: 10 August, 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has commenced its yearly drive to provide financial and technical assistance to farmers in the UAE as part of its priority to encourage local farmers to switch to innovative, eco-friendly farming patterns and promote local agricultural production.   The Ministry’s efforts support the Year of Giving initiative, launched by the UAE President His ......read more

    Dubai Chamber hosts workshop on VAT compliance in UAE retail sector

    First workshop on VAT compliance organised by the Chamber in cooperation with the UAE’s Federal Tax Authority More than 400 participants attended the event to learn more about VAT implementation and mandatory registration procedures  Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday organised and hosted a workshop in cooperation with the UAE’s Federal Tax Authority which aimed to familiarise retailers in the country with the forthcoming value-added tax (VAT), as well as mandatory registration procedures associated with the new ......read more

    Saudi Arabia halts Commercial and Working Visit Visas for UAE Muslim residents during Hajj season

    Dubai, UAE – 09 August 2017:  Effective 07 August 2017, Muslim residents in the UAE are unable to apply for Commercial and Working Visit Visas for Saudi Arabia as consular processing is suspended during the busy Hajj season. The temporary suspension has been put in place by Saudi authorities in efforts to regulate the activity of foreign nationals in the Kingdom.  During the annual pilgrimage season, Saudi Arabia welcomes Hajj visa applicants and suspends other visa categories to the Muslim population. As a result, Muslim residents in the UAE, regardless of nationality, ......read more

    HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed honors one of the largest donors to the Faraj Fund

    Firoz Merchant donated AED 15 Million till date Dubai, UAE; August 08, 2017:  Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE honored Firoz Merchant, a Dubai based Indian businessman, who is one of the main donors to the Faraj Fund. The ceremony took place at the Ministry of Interior headquarters. This award is an acknowledgment for Merchant’s work and efforts to help insolvent prisoners and their families in the UAE through his donation of AED 15 million till date to the Faraj Fund.  Merchant received the ......read more

    Empower to participate at World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2017)

    Dubai, UAE, 6 August July 2017:  Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, will participate at the fourth edition of World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2017), organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, set to be held during 24-25 October at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. “We’re very excited to participate at the upcoming WGES. At Empower, we’re trying to raise the bar on ......read more

    S&P Global Ratings: State of Kuwait Ratings Affirmed At 'AA/A-1+'; Outlook Stable

    Overview We anticipate Kuwait's large government and external net asset positions will continue to afford the authorities space to gradually consolidate government finances without weighing on growth. We are therefore affirming our 'AA/A-1+' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Kuwait. The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Kuwait's public and external balance sheets--backed by sizeable financial assets--will remain strong over the forecast horizon, offsetting risks related to lower oil prices, Kuwait's ......read more

    Ministry Of Climate Change and Environment Issues Circular on Egg Imports from Netherlands

    Dubai, UAE: 03 August, 2017:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) issued a circular to the concerned local authorities to ensure that the country's markets are free of contaminated eggs imported from the Netherlands. The Ministry also tightened the controls on shipments of eggs and other food products to ensure their safety and fitness for human consumption. Entities responsible for implementing the circular include the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the municipalities of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.  The ......read more

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