Mohammed bin Rashid attends Godolphin’s Elite Army coronation as winner of George V Stakes

LONDON: Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Thursday attended the coronation of Godolphin’s Army Elite, jockeyed by Kieren Fallon and trained by Saeed bin Surour, as the winner of the 1.5-mile concluding King George V Stakes (Handicap) on the third day of Royal Ascot.

The prize for victorious Elite Army was handed over to Sheikh Juma bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum on behalf of Godolphin.

U.A.E. horses also won the first three places in Group Three Tercentenary Stakes. Cannock Chase, owned by Saeed Suhail and ridden by Ryan Moore, finished the race first, followed by Mutakayyef, owned by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and U.A.E. Minister of Finance, and ridden by Paul Hanagan, in the second place, and Postponed, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Obaid Al Maktoum, and ridden by jockey Andrea Atzeni.

Queen Elizabeth II crowned four-year-old Leading Light, jockeyed by Joseph O’Brien, as the winner of the Ascot Gold Cup, Group One, the two-and-a-half-mile Royal Ascot’s most prestigious race, for four-years-old horses, which a total prize fund of GBP375000.

HRH Princess Hayan bint Al Hussain, Wife of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, U.A.E. sheikhs, owners and a big crowd of British horse racing fans, attended the race.


Zayed Future Energy Prize official meet Argentine renewable energy companies

BUENOS AIRES: Director of Sustainability at Masdar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Government-owned Mubadala, and Director of Zayed Future Energy Prize, has met with representatives of Argentine renewable energy small and medium sized (SMEs) and non-governmental organisations, as part of efforts to attract more companies from South America to the 2015 edition of the prize.

In her presentation during the meeting, Al Hosany highlighted the mission, process of application and selection of winners of the prize which is one of the driving forces behind innovative energy solutions and the growth of clean energy sector.

Zayed Future Energy Prize recognises the achievements of governments, companies, NGOs, individuals and institutions in response to climate change and sustainable global energy resources.

U.A.E. Ambassador to Argentina, Abdul Khaleq Al Yafea’, attended the meeting at the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship.


Shell delivers course on role of natural gas in MENA’s Sustainable Energy Future

ABU DHABI: Members of Masdar Institute of Science of Technology s Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program learnt about the role of gas and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in securing a sustainable energy future in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region during a one-day workshop organised by Shell.

The workshop was part of Shell s continuous commitment to learning and development initiatives in Abu Dhabi. The YFEL program, an outreach initiative of Masdar Institute, has an annual calendar of events including a number of workshops that provide the young professionals with learning opportunities, real-life interaction and experiential engagements aimed at enhancing their career development.

The Shell workshop included interactive presentations on the role of gas and LNG in addressing energy shortfalls in the region while addressing climate change concerns. It also featured a discussion on the MENA region s energy opportunities and challenges, and a set of short presentations on new innovative solutions developed by Shell to bring stranded gas reserves to markets.

A leadership engagement, featuring Mounir Bouaziz, Shell Vice-President for Commercial/New Business Development MENA, and Country Chairman of Dubai & Northern Emirates, and Steven Griffiths, Executive Director, Institute Initiatives, Masdar Institute, addressed future energy trends and the links between natural gas as the cleanest fossil fuel and sustainability.

“In this region, as well as in other parts of the world, all energy sources will have to be mobilised to meet growing energy needs. Policy makers will determine the energy mix of their respective countries based on a number of factors: security and flexibility of supplies; cost competitiveness and environment and health,” said Bouaziz.

“The environmental and health benefits of natural gas cannot be under-estimated. It is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and emits 50% less CO2 than coal when burned for power generation. Gas also emits less of the sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and small particles polluting the air of many cities.

This is truly a significant feature. According to the World Health Organisation, one person dies every second from diseases related to air quality. These unique benefits put natural gas at the core of any viable energy solution for sustaining economic growth and preserving the environment,” he added.


Emirates Airline increases capacity to San Francisco and Houston

DUBAI: Emirates Airline, Skytrax Airline of the Year 2013, is adding passenger and cargo capacity in San Francisco and Houston on December 1st and 3rd respectively when it switches from operating the routes with a Boeing 777-300ER to its iconic double-decker Airbus A380.

Emirates Airline says the A380 will offer an additional 135 seats to San Francisco and 137 to Houston, representing a 38 percent increase in overall passenger capacity, and 80 percent more seats across the premium cabins.

“Since 2007, we have carried over 2.3 million passengers on the San Francisco and Houston routes, and our flagship A380 will allow us to connect even more people and facilitate trade between these important U.S. cities and the Middle East, India, Africa and beyond.” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. We look forward to bringing this experience to our customers in San Francisco and Houston.”

The Emirates service from San Francisco operates daily as EK226, departing San Francisco at 3:30PM and arriving in Dubai the following day at 7:25PM. EK 225 departs Dubai at 8:50AM and arrives at San Francisco International Airport at 12:50PM the same day.

Emirates’ daily flight EK211 to Houston departs Dubai at 9:30AM and arrives at 4:05PM. The return flight, EK212, takes off from George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 6:25PM and lands in Dubai at 7:05PM the next day.

San Francisco and Houston will be Emirates 4th and 5th U.S. gateways serviced by an A380, joining New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas/Fort Worth which is due to commence on October 1st. This latest announcement means that by December, Emirates will be serving both its Texan destinations with an A380 service.

Emirates Airline started flying to Houston in December 2007, directly connecting the city with the energy sector hubs in Dubai and the Middle East.

San Francisco is a city which Emirates has served since December 2008. As a world-renowned corporate and tourism destination, it offers global travellers access to incredible culture and cuisine from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley. Emirates ties to the City by the Bay extend beyond the airport, as a proud supporter of the San Francisco Symphony orchestra.

San Francisco and Houston will be the 31st and 32nd destinations on Emirates network serviced by the A380.


14 Emirati students from Masdar Institute to attend workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship at MIT

ABU DHABI: A group of 14 U.A.E. national students from the research-oriented Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have begun their first-hand experience of the entrepreneurial and diverse culture that are part of the technology, engineering, and innovation-focused programmes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during a two-week summer workshop in the US, it was announced today.

The Masdar Institute students are being led by Dr. Behjat F Al Yousuf, Dean of Students, and Dr. Irfan Saadat, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The programme aims to provide participants with an opportunity to receive hands-on exposure to entrepreneurship, business, and emerging technologies. Comprising special sessions, as well as site visits to incubators and start-up companies, the workshop will foster the entrepreneurial spirit among the Emiratis. Guest speeches, discussions about books and case studies illustrating important lessons for new entrepreneurs will also be part of the workshop.

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said, “The summer workshop at MIT will provide Emirati participants with a global perspective on innovation and building additional capabilities. The support of the UAE leadership continues to enable us to offer specially designed courses to the youth.

We believe the workshop will prove beneficial to the participants in their academic and professional lives.” Participants will choose between two options-one on the MIT Professional Education (PE) course on Energy, Sustainability, or the second being Life Cycle Assessment or Beyond Smart Cities .

The programme will include interactive sessions on innovation, workshops at the MIT Self Assembly Lab, and methodologies to help build innovation-driven start-ups. The U.A.E. national youth from Masdar Institute will also get an opportunity to visit some of the most successful young startup companies at the MassChallenge Accelerator, the innovation district in Boston, and museums.

Mouza M. Al Kaabi of the Engineering Systems and Management programme believes the workshop will increase her understanding of 3D printing and connect it with recent findings in the field to further prepare her for her research work.

Al Kaabi said, ” The workshops in 3D printing are related to my research topic. I read about Skylar Tibbits and the self-assembly lab when I first decided to work with 3D printing as a tool for sustainable design. I am also exploring smart materials to understand the methods and tools used to make the composite materials, to reach certain properties that outperform the conventional material used in today s construction. I hope to conduct this research that will be tested through 3D printing.”


More choice to and from Paris as Etihad Airways expands codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles

ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways has extended its codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles to include the island carrier s new services between Paris and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to commence on 2 July 2014.

Operated by Air Seychelles brightly-coloured Airbus A330-200 aircraft featuring 18 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy Class, the Air Seychelles flights will link the French capital s Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport twice weekly with the Seychelles via Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new Air Seychelles services, providing guests and cargo customers with more travel options to and from France.

Etihad Airways flies twice daily between Paris CDG and Abu Dhabi, connecting to the Seychelles and more than 50 other destinations across the Gulf region, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Indian Subcontinent.

Beyond Paris CDG, the U.A.E. flag carrier also offers connections with codeshare partners Air France and SNCF French Railways to more than 20 French domestic destinations and a further 10 European cities.

Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad Airways, said: “Our partner Air Seychelles return to Paris marks another milestone in its journey of growing its international operations by flying to and from more key destinations.

“France is also an important market for Etihad Airways, and providing more travel options between Paris and Abu Dhabi is central to our strategy of adding depth to our network.

“The new Air Seychelles twice weekly services will complement Etihad Airways existing twice daily operations between the two cities, facilitate more passenger and cargo traffic in both directions, and further cement the already strong trade, cultural and tourism ties between France, the U.A.E., and the Seychelles.”


Sharjah Baby-Friendly Emirate Campaign organises panel discussion to encourage organisations to join campaign

SHARJAH: The Sharjah Baby-Friendly Emirate Campaign recently organised a panel discussion at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.

The event aimed to introduce the campaign and its activities to representatives of a number of government departments and authorities as well as nurseries in the emirate of Sharjah.

The gathering aimed at encouraging these entities to join the campaign and get the official accreditation as a baby- and mother-friendly places.

Dr Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, Director of the Executive Committee of Sharjah Baby-Friendly Emirate Campaign, said that the campaign reflects the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife H.H Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, to boost Sharjah s cultural role not only as a capital of Arab and Islamic culture, but also as a capital of children s rights and the culture of women s empowerment, while ensuring an unwavering commitment to provide a healthy life to all members of the community.

She added: “Through these sessions and meetings, we seek to encourage more organisations and nurseries to join the campaign as part of the campaign s strategic plan to target organisations in the central and eastern regions and to complete accreditation of the remaining organisations in the emirate of Sharjah.

We intend, also, to highlight the importance of breastfeeding to child health and to explore possible ways to raise awareness on the vital importance of supporting breastfeeding in community for the health and welfare of the next generations.” Eman Rashid, Deputy Director of the Executive Committee of Sharjah Baby-Friendly Emirate Campaign, presented the mother friendly workplace initiative launched by the campaign with the aim of providing appropriate facilities for working mothers to take care of their children at the workplace.

She provided detailed clarification about the phases and requirements of accreditation, including adoption of mother friendly workplace policies and provision of a maternity room at the workplace. She presented examples of the accredited workplaces in Sharjah.

The panel discussion included a short film about the campaign and its positive results over the past two years. The campaign s work team conducted more than 548 meetings and visits to several government and private bodies and facilities in Sharjah to familiarise them with the campaign s objectives and benefits.

The campaign has also conducted 40 training courses and educational workshops, along with basic training approved by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF to 915 providers of maternity and child health care in government and private health facilities in Sharjah, equivalent to 95 per cent of the total maternity and child health care staff in public and private health facilities. Training and awareness sessions were, also, provided to 963 professionals at organisations and nurseries.


U.A.E., Ethiopia discuss economic partnership

DUBAI: Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of U.A.E. General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) received yesterday an Ethiopian delegation, led by Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Transport.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, GCAA’s Director-General, Wosenyelesh Hunegnaw, Ethiopian Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority, and Abdul Qader Rasqwa, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the U.A.E. attended the meeting.

During the meeting, Al Mansouri said that Ethiopia enjoys rich natural resources and promising investment opportunities in a number of fields such as: infrastructure, oil, gas, tourism, hospitality and food industries. He also expressed his aspiration to make progress in a number of investment projects to serve the interest of two sides.

The parties also discussed bilateral relations and fields of joint cooperation in addition to ways to enhance them in various fields, including civil aviation field between the two sides.

Al Suwaidi affirmed his keenness to bolster cooperation ties, which would provide advanced opportunities to further enhancing trade, investment and tourist relations between the two governments.

He added that Emirati investments in Ethiopia stood at $3 billion in the tourist and hospitality fields, while the volume of trade exchange touched $1 billion in 2012.

GCAA’s Director-General added that non-oil trade, excluding Free Zones, reached $809 million between the two countries in 2012, as the trade surplus touched $629.2 million in favour of the U.A.E., adding that the U.A.E.’s non-oil exports to Ethiopia stood at $ 87.4 million, while the re-exports were $ 632 million and the imports stood at $ 90 million.

Ethiopian exports to the U.A.E. in the first half of 2013 reached $ 49 million. The U.A.E. ranked 10th among Ethiopia’s trade partners. Ethiopia’s imports from the U.A.E. in the first half of 2013 touched $171million, while the U.A.E. ranked eighth in the list of trade import partners in Ethiopia.


Abdullah bin Zayed meets with Crown Prince of Norway

OSLO: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, met with the Crown Prince of Norway, Haakon Magnus, in Oslo today.

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the U.A.E.’s keenness to boost bilateral relations with Norway and develop mechanisms of joint cooperation and coordination in many areas to meet the ambitions and aspirations of both countries and peoples.

He pointed to the importance of meetings and mutual visits between officials of the two countries in order to expand the areas of cooperation.

For his part, Prince Magnus expressed his admiration for the cultural development witnessed by the United Arab Emirates, expressing confidence in a promising future for bilateral ties that bind his country with the U.A.E., particularly in the fields of trade, investment and tourism.


Saif bin Zayed calls for unifying, implementing best practices in Naturalisation and Residency sector

ABU DHABI: H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has urged the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs Sector to unify procedures, implement advanced international best practices and continue to develop and provide quality services to customers, in pursuance of the Ministry s strategy 2014-2016.

Sheikh Saif chaired the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs council meeting at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, during which the attendees discussed the sector s policies and strategies, in accordance with the future vision of the Ministry of Interior s overall strategy.

The meeting was attended by Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior for the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs; Advisor Rashid Salem Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the Federal Demographic Council (FDC); Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Director General of the Headquarters Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police; as well as directors general of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs in the UAE and all the members of the Council for the development of the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Sectors.

The meeting comes within the framework of activating the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs Sector s council. It also reflects the commitment of Sheikh Saif to improve the services provided by the sector and his direct supervision of the sector s development plans consistent with the Federal Government s plans to shift to smart Government.


Etihad Airways says it is not in talks with Malaysia Airlines about possibility of an equity investment in the carrier

ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways confirms that it is not in talks with Malaysia Airlines about the possibility of an equity investment in the carrier, according to the statement issued by Etihad Airways and obtained by Emirates News Agency (WAM).


Hamdan bin Mohammed restructures Dubai International Marine Club

DUBAI: H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, has issued a decision restructuring the Board of Directors of Dubai International Marine Club.

The Board will implement the club’s annual programmes and bolster its global stature in the maritime sports.

The decision comes within the executive regulation of Dubai clubs. It named Saeed Mohammed Harib as chairman of the Board and Khalid Mohammed Al Zahid as deputy chairman, in addition to five members.

The resolution will be effective from the date of issuance and annuls previous decisions that contradict with its provisions.


Sheikh Abdullah meets with President of Norwegian Parliament

OSLO: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, today met with the President of the Storting, Norwegian Parliament, Mr. Olemic Thommessen.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the friendly relations between the U.A.E. and Norway and ways of enhancing and developing them to serve the common interests of the two countries, particularly in parliamentary, economic, investment and energy fields, and the exchange of visits and experiences, and discussed the promising opportunities existing in both countries.

Sheikh Abdullah also exchanged views with Mr. Thommessen on the overall regional and international developments and issues of mutual concern.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah emphasised the importance of bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in all fields.

For his part, the President of the Storting welcomed Sheikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation, noting that this visit reflects the common keenness of the leaderships of the two countries to exchange visits and meetings, and to continue further development of bilateral relations in the interest of both countries and their peoples.


Sheikh Abdullah reviews bilateral relations with Norwegian Counterpart

OSLO: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, today met his Norwegian counterpart, Borge Brende, in Oslo.

During the meeting, the parties reviewed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and ways of boosting them to new horizons at all levels for serving the interests of the two peoples and countries.

They also discussed a number of topics of mutual interest in the regional and international arenas.

Sheikh Abdullah asserted the U.A.E. s keenness to open new horizons of cooperation with Norway, especially in areas of political, economic, investment and renewable energy.

On his part, Norway’s Foreign Minister welcomed H.H. Sheikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation, noting that Norway has outstanding and advanced relations with the U.A.E., in the fields of economy, trade, investment and energy in particular.

He also noted the regional and international stature of the U.A.E. and the achievements it has made in all spheres.


U.A.E. expresses concern about instability in Arab, Muslim countries

JEDDAH: The U.A.E. has expressed deep concern about unfolding events triggered by the sectarianism and terrorist acts, said U.A.E. senior official, while addressing the 41st session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which concluded in Jeddah today.

Abdullah bin Mohammed Saeed Ghobash, Minister of State and Head of the U.A.E. delegation to the session underlined that the U.A.E. always sticks to the rules of tolerance, non-violence, recognition of others and respect for human rights. It has been working harder to spread the culture of moderation, tolerance, spirit of love and peace, adding that the U.A.E. exerts efforts to fight terrorism, extremism and religious intolerance and excessive hatred.

“The fundamentals of the U.A.E.’s foreign policy are based on the obligation of belonging to the (GCC), the Arab and Muslim world, commitment to strengthen and expand the scope of friendship with all countries of the world, observance of good neighbourliness, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in its internal affairs, resolution of conflicts through peaceful means, commitment to the Charter of the United Nations and international conventions and the rules and provisions of international law.”

“Based on these principles, and in order to preserve the security and stability of the GCC, the U.A.E. government reiterates its regret over continuous Iranian occupation to the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa, and calls for the restoration of its full sovereignty over the islands. We emphasise that all actions and measures taken by Iran are vain and contrary to the international law.

We urge Iran to respond to the repetitive peaceful and sincere calls of the U.A.E. for a just settlement of this issue either through direct negotiations between the two countries or resorting to the International Court of Justice to settle the dispute in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter and the provisions of international law,” he said.

The U.A.E. Minister pointed out that the latest developments have led to widespread fear about the fate of national state, shaking of its foundations, undermining of its economy and infrastructure, adding that the status quo threatens to plunge youth of the region into an endless cycle of extremism, violence and despair given lack of opportunities and fear of the future.

He added that the U.A.E. has met its commitment to continue sending the relief aid to the Syrian people, calling for concerted regional and international efforts to provide humanitarian needs to the displaced Syrians to ease their suffering.

Regarding the Palestine issue, he said peace would not be attained unless through withdrawal of Israel from all occupied Palestinian territories since 1967, including Eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and occupied territory in Southern Lebanon, as well as setting up of a viable independent Palestinian state.

Ghobash said the U.A.E. backs the peaceful settlement based on the legitimate international resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

He added, “We look with satisfaction to the positive developments in the Arab Republic of Egypt given our faith in the pivotal role of Egypt in the security and stability of the Arab region and the world.

We applaud the leadership and people of Egypt for the successes in the implementation of future map, which resulted in election of Abdel Fattah al-Size, as President of the Arab Republic of Egypt to continue to the path of democracy based on contribution of all spectrums of society under the policy of moderation, renunciation of violence and counter-terrorism and non-use of religion as a means of exclusion, classification and rejection of sectarianism and hatred.” Ghobash said the U.A.E. backs Egypt’s leadership and people at this critical stage to consolidate stability, development and civil constitutional rule, calling on all OIC member states to provide all kinds of support and assistance to the Egyptian leadership.

He denounced violence in Mali, Central African Republic and Islamphobia in non-Muslim countries.


ADFCA urges public to follow official food warnings and disregard rumours

ABU DHABI: Muhammad Jalal Al Raisi, Manager of Communication and Community Services at the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, has stressed the importance of following officially released information relating to all local or international food product safety concerns.

Mr. Al Raisi said that the public should refrain from relying on false rumours and spreading misleading information from unknown sources, through the use of social media platforms, which can lead to public confusion and concern. He also advised residents to educate themselves and verify any information they receive before sharing it with others.

Al Raisi slammed the latest gossip which claims that the emirate s market has contaminated juice products which contain carcinogens, which effect the immune system or cause kidney failure, saying that these rumours can cause unnecessary economic losses to businesses in Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Al Raisi added that rumours like the presence of a cancer-causing ingredient in a brand of juice and another regarding the dangers of the use of aluminium packaging products, plastic and foam cups for food have all been previously denied by the government and are perfectly safe for human use.

Another report which has been circulating, and which Al Raisi said the department had previously denied, is the existence of any pork-derivative food products in the market.

The Manager stressed that the public should always rely on official announcements and confirmations pertaining to food product safety.


Dubai Municipality opens smart oases in RCD, DRHC

DUBAI: Mohamed Abdul Karim Julfar, Assistant Director-General for Corporate Supports Services, Dubai Municipality, has inaugurated ‘smart oases’ in both the Rashid Centre for the Disabled, RCD, and Dubai Rehabilitation and Handicapped Centre, DRHC.

Mr. Julfar said Dubai Municipality has donated 24 computers and 16 tablets to these centres with the aim of supporting their humanitarian efforts in the field of providing best quality education and treatment for children with special needs.

“Dubai Municipality is keen to support constructive humanitarian initiatives in different fields, and it has joined the hands with hundreds of institutions both locally and globally to help people have better living conditions,” he said.

“The civic body encourages community members and institutions to get involved in charity and community development initiatives in different ways, to the extent that it has been giving the Dubai International Award, for best practices that improve living conditions all over the world, since 1995, which is considered one of the most prestigious global awards,” he added.


GAIAE signs contract with Obaid Al Abdi Contracting

ABU DHABI: The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, GAIAE, has signed a contract worth AED 4.95 million with Obaid Al Abdi Contracting to construct a three-storey building in the Emirate of Sharjah.

The contract was signed by Dr. Mohammed Matar Al Kaabi, Director-General of GAIAE, and Abdulrahman Khalil, Director-General of Obaid Al Abdi Contracting, in the presence of Khaled Mohammed al Neyadi, Executive Director for Endowment Affairs.

Al Kaabi hailed the moral and material support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces.


Dubai Culture hosts Open Day to recruit Emiratis

DUBAI: The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Culture, is expanding its workforce to make way for Emiratis to join the Authority in its mission towards highlighting the city s creative industries in the run up to Expo 2020.

Dubai Culture will host an Open Day on June 21st at the InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, for Emiratis to discover a number of opportunities in the Authority across a variety of departments.

Khalid Al Doobi, Director of Human Resources, Dubai Culture, said, “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has envisioned that Dubai Expo 2020 will undoubtedly be the best that the world has ever seen and keeping that in mind, through the Open Day, we are looking to strengthen our cultural workforce by attracting the brightest creative talent to play an integral role in spearheading our growth over the next few years.”

The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority hosts regular initiatives for all employees within the organisation that promote knowledge and understanding of arts and culture, instil its internal brand values of creativity and present insights on the Authority s strategy to establish Dubai as the cultural hub of the region.


Al Ain Zoo showcases the endangered Arabian Oryx

AL AIN: Al Ain Zoo has profiled its conservation and breeding efforts related to the Arabian Oryx, while celebrating its successful re-introduction programmes in the U.A.E..

Commenting on the importance of the Arabian Oryx and the Zoo s conservation efforts, Muna Al Dhaheri, Chief of Conservation and Education at Al Ain Zoo, said, “In an effort to continue fulfilling the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Al Ain Zoo has adopted several conservation programmes highly focused on captive management and breeding, propagation, and reintroduction of endangered species such as the Arabian Oryx. As part of its conservation efforts, Al Ain Zoo took part in a re-introduction programme of the Arabian Oryx back in 2007, which was implemented by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi.” The late Sheikh Zayed directed his attention towards saving this animal not only for its natural and environmental presence, but also for its cultural value in the U.A.E..

Propagation programmes of the Arabian Oryx, one of Al Ain Zoo s most successful programmes, assisted in changing its classification on the International Union for Conservation of Nature s (IUCN) Red List of threatened species from ‘extinct in the wild’ to ‘near threatened’.

The Arabian Oryx is known for its ability to fully adapt to the desert environment and reduce its need for water consumption during the summer. When water is scarce, the Arabian Oryx can supply themselves with water from dew drops that form on the surface of plants.


Sheikh Hamdan approves partial up-zoning amendment for Abu Hail and Al Bida’a

DUBAI: H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and U.A.E. Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has approved a partial amendment regarding the up-zoning of Al Bida a and Abu Hail areas in Dubai.

The provision will re-zone some land from residential use to multi-storey residential and detached villas. This will enable land owners to re-construct on their property as per the new use and specifications, as well as enable them to utilise their land in an economically viable manner.

The decision is part of the government s plan to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the emirate and upgrade the development of some areas to match the rapid growth and urbanisation in Dubai.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said that DM is always keen, through its annual plans, to study the refurbishment of older areas to achieve the strategic objectives for Dubai.