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Al Maktoum Foundation signs contract to implement 10 water pumping stations in Sudan
posted on 02/09/2014

KHARTOUM: In implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and U.A.E. Minister of Finance, and sponsored by the Al Maktoum Foundation, the foundation has signed a contract for the implementation of 10 water stations in South Darfur and West Kordofan in Sudan, at a cost of Dh1 million.
Mohammed Obaid bin Ghannam, Secretary-General of the Al Maktoum Foundation, said in a statement that the regions for the wells have been selected very carefully and that areas experiencing water scarcity that leads to a consequent struggle to supply tribes, in addition to the lack of clean water, guided the allocation of five wells in South Darfur and another five in West Kordofan.
Mr. bin Ghannam added that the project serves more than half a million people, and it is expected that these stations will lead to the stabilisation and reconstruction of large areas in the regions.
He said out that each water station consists of artesian wells, a water storage tank with a capacity of 25 cubic meters, pump and generator, and pipes for water distribution to citizens. Additionally, the wells are surrounded by protective wire and supply irrigation for animals in proportion to the nature of the pastoral zone.
A delegation from the Al Maktoum Foundation, headed by the Secretary-General and with the membership of Hamdan Hamid Mohammed, Cultural Counsellor of the Authority, visited Sudan last week and met with Ahmad Mohamed Adam, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, signing in his presence a contract with companies qualified to execute the project, which is expected to be completed within four months. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269121307.html

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Sultan Al Jaber attends launch of renovation project of Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo
posted on 01/09/2014

CAIRO: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E. Funded Development Projects in Egypt, has announced that a renowned Emirati personality who plays greater role in supporting culture, education and preservation of heritage, incurred the expenses of face-lifting the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
Dr. Sultan made the remarks here yesterday, while attending the launch of project to renovate the museum, deemed the biggest Islamic museum in the world. It includes 1,000 antique pieces. The event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Archaeology, Dr. Mamdouh el-Damati and Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Najla Al Ahwani.
The renovation project, which aims to conserve the Islamic heritage, comes in line with a string of the U.A.E. funded development projects in Egypt.
Dr. Sultan said the U.A.E. leadership issued the directives to provide all forms of support to Egypt, including preservation of the unique heritage enjoyed by Egypt.
El-Damati hailed the U.A.E. the material, technical and art support to Egypt, citing that the U.A.E. has extended its hands to renovate and restore the museum. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395269101940.html

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ERC is implementing developmental projects worth Dh53 million in Palestine
posted on 27/08/2014

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is currently undertaking a number of health, educational, religious and developmental projects in the occupied Palestinian territories valued at Dh 53 million.
ERC Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, emphasised the determination of the U.A.E. key relief agency to provide sustained assistance to the Palestinian people with the aim of supporting socio-economic development and easing their daily suffering.
He said the ERC was coordinating with the Palestinian Red Crescent, government bodies, non-governmental organisations, as well as with local municipalities and councils in the West Bank to implement these projects for the benefit of underprivileged Palestinians in Jerusalem, villages and refugee camps.
Rehabilitation of disabled persons, he added, had taken the lion's share of allocated funds at Dh 23 million. Education came second with Dh 20m, followed by Mosques with Dh 3.6m, health with Dh 3.5m while the remaining funds were channelled into soup kitchens projects.
Of the major projects were the Dh 21 million Emirates fund for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. The three-year project is carried out via the Palestinian Social Affairs Ministry and will serve 519 disabled persons. The ERC also offered Dh 7.3m in support of the Birzeit University and Dh 2.2m for purchasing medicines for thalassemia patients. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268943699.html

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U.A.E. volunteer initiative provides medical treatment for thousands of children in Asia
posted on 25/08/2014

An Emirati team of medical volunteers have provided medical treatment for thousands of children in Asia as part of the "Zayed Giving" initiative, with the participation of senior doctors, nurses, and volunteers from leading university hospitals around the world.
Dr. Shamsa Al Owr, Executive Director of the Initiative of Doctors of Poor, said that the volunteer medical teams are comprised of senior paediatricians, cardiologists and general practitioners who are working in villages across Asia to help underprivileged children through therapeutic and preventative programmes.
The Zayed Giving initiative comes within the framework of the Campaign to Cure One Million Children and Elderly People around the world, and has so far reached around 10,000 children in Indonesia, India and Pakistan.
Dr. Al Owr said, "The teams focused on providing treatment to underprivileged children requiring medical attention, including children with congenital deformities and those requiring surgical intervention." Al Owr went on to say that Emirati medical personnel were also part of the initiative, which is, she explained, a prominent example of the spirit of volunteerism in the U.A.E., supported by the U.A.E. government and its people under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and with the follow-up of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and in implementation of the vision of 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.
Dr. Abdullah Shihab, Cardiology Consultant, and one of the U.A.E. volunteers in the programme, said that in its next phase, the initiative will step up the prevention services it provides by introducing new technology that will help early detection of disease, and double the number of volunteer programmes to reach more people around the globe through four diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and training teams. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268871243.html

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Sheikha Lubna praises U.A.E.’s humanitarian efforts
posted on 24/08/2014

While the U.A.E. has a history of helping people in need across the world, it has only recently been acknowledged as one of the top donor countries, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has said.
In an interview with The National, the Minister for International Cooperation and Development said the U.A.E. has been provisionally named the largest foreign aid-donor country in the world in terms of ratio of official development assistance to gross national income last year.
"Put simply, this means that on a per capita basis, in the year 2013, the U.A.E. is the largest donor in the world for providing development assistance to countries most in need of aid, as determined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,” she said.
Sheikha Lubna said the total U.A.E. humanitarian aid provided to the Syrian crisis from 2012 to this year had reached Dh580 million.
"This includes help provided to support refugees in neighbouring countries, such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Other significant humanitarian projects include a US$16 million (Dh59m) demining project in Kandahar, Afghanistan,” she said.
And last year the U.A.E. sponsored a project that delivered increased access to basic healthcare services in Gaza for women and children.
"From a children's health perspective, the U.A.E. provided assistance to support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation alliance in Afghanistan, which aims to increase access to immunisation for children in poor countries. The U.A.E. also provided for a project in Sudan that covered the expenses for children's heart operations,” the minister said.
The U.A.E. also supplied pharmaceutical and medical equipment for field hospitals for women in Tunisia and Libya, and made funding available for the construction of a number of hospitals and clinics for women in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
Sheikha Lubna is also keen for the next generation of Emiratis to become increasingly involved in humanitarian affairs.
"It is one of the top long-term priorities of the ministry and we have various initiatives aimed at raising awareness,” she said.
The minister said she also appreciated the initiatives of more than 40 organisations in the U.A.E. that work in the humanitarian, development and charity sectors.
"These donors provide their own, distinct set of employment initiatives for Emirati youth. Some of the larger donors are the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and the U.A.E. Red Crescent Authority,” she said.
It was announced yesterday that 5.8 million Pakistani children have been vaccinated against polio during the months of June and July in a programme launched under the directives of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, and an initiative of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to eradicate polio worldwide.
The U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme said the campaign had targeted children in 23 areas in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal region.
It vaccinated 3.5 million children in June, and 2.4 million in July, bringing the total number of vaccinated children to almost six million.
The World Health Organisation has warned of the danger of a polio epidemic in Pakistan, which in 2011 recorded the highest number of polio cases in a decade, with 198 cases.
In 2012, 58 cases were recorded, while last year, there were 93 confirmed cases. In the first seven months of this year, 99 cases were recorded, compared to 24 cases in the same period in 2013.
Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world that remain polio-endemic. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/sheikha-lubna-praises-uaes-humanitarian-efforts

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Upon directives of U.A.E. President over five million Pakistani children vaccinated against polio
posted on 24/08/2014

ISLAMABAD: The U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme announced that over 5.8 million Pakistani children were vaccinated against polio during the months of June and July, in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to boost the health sector's preventive programmes in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The move also comes in line with the initiative of 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, to eradicate polio worldwide.
The programme said the U.A.E. vaccination campaign has scored huge success by exceeding the targeted sector by higher percentages in 23 areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal region. It vaccinated 3, 486,069 in June, and 2, 388, 031 in July, bringing the total number of the vaccinated children to 5, 870, 500.
The administration of the programme noted that during July the vaccination was stepped up in the displaced people areas and the tribal region to reach out for those not yet vaccinated for years. It managed to vaccinate 2, 380, 831 children under six in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal region.
It emphasised the importance of the Sheikh Mohammed's initiative to eradicate polio in the world's most difficult and disease incubator areas, adding that the initiative reflects the U.A.E. leadership humanitarian support to people of Pakistan, who had helped the campaign to carry out its work easily and successfully. They appreciated the U,A.E. and its leadership for their humanitarian stance.
Earlier the World Health Organisation warned of the danger of polio epidemic in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which recorded in 2011the highest number of polio cases in 10 years, a total of 198 cases. In 2012 a total of 58 cases were recorded, while in 2013, a total of 93 cases were recorded. In the first seven months of this year, 99 cases were recorded, compared to 24 cases in the same period in 2013. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, which remain polio-endemic. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268842263.html

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U.A.E. looks forward for world of peace and fraternity: Lubna Al Qasimi
posted on 20/08/2014

U.A.E. is looking forward to a world in which peace and fraternity prevails, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (Micad) said urging for better international efforts and common visions for protecting the lives of international humanitarian and aid workers.
"Humanitarian work is one integrated whole, and a consistent system where our effective response to crisis-hit areas represents the beginning that eventually leads to the protection of the lives and safety of humanitarian and relief teams," added Sheikha Lubna who is also the Chairperson of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, in a statement on the World Humanitarian Day.
Praising aid workers for their effective role and sacrifice of their stable lives for the sake of supporting the lives of others reeling under humanitarian crises and disasters around the globe, Sheikha Lubna said, "We appreciate the extent of the challenges facing them and these show us the other side of their personalities as unseen soldiers whom we do not see until they die or fall victim to attacks during their holy mission. In addition to remembering this tragedy which disturbs international humanitarian work, we should also seek to reduce and counter the risks these aid workers are exposed to." "We very well understand that we are unable to deliver aid of whatever volume, value or quality (to those in need) without the help of these (aid workers) who defy the dangers of conflicts, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and endemic diseases," added Sheikha Lubna.
Celebrated this year under the theme 'The World Needs More', the World Humanitarian Day falls on 19 August, the day in 2003 when Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 aid workers were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.
This occasion, Sheikha Lubna noted, should always serve as a reminder of the importance of those victims, particularly through the drawing up of clearly-defined policies and plans and coordination between all states and effective humanitarian agencies.
World Humanitarian Day was commemorated for the first time on 19 August 2009 after UN General Assembly (GA) on 11 December 2008 adopted GA Resolution A/63/L.49 on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations. Subsequent years have focused on a particular theme. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268755661.html

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Sharjah to host region's first 'Investing in the Future Conference' on protecting refugee children, adolescents
posted on 20/08/2014

The U.A.E.'s emirate of Sharjah will host the region's first 'Investing in the Future Conference' which will discuss ways of protecting refugee children and adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on 15 and 16 October 2014.
The conference will be organised under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, in response to the increasing number of refugees in war torn countries in the region by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with The Big Heart, and with the participation of over 300 leaders, government officials and regional and international experts involved in refugee affairs and child protection in war torn areas.
It aims to put measures in place to ensure children and refugees in the Middle East and North Africa are protected from the danger of all forms of exploitation and violence. It further endeavours to provide comprehensive rights for refugee children, particularly the right to shelter, food, healthcare, psychological treatment and education.
As one of the main objectives of the conference is to provide the youth in the MENA region with a platform of engagement and awareness on Child/Youth displacement issues, a Youth Forum has been organised to run parallel to the main event. The forum will host a number of workshops and sessions, and is expected to be attended by approximately 500 university students, faculty members and academics.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi said: "Hosting this first of its kind conference in Sharjah is in line with the directives of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah to protect the rights of refugees – especially children – and to put the instruments in place that help protect these vulnerable children." Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi emphasised that every child has the right to grow up in a safe and stable environment and to live a decent life. She stressed the necessity for organisations and individuals around the world to take responsibility for children and insisted that the international community must ensure that children's rights are upheld and sustained.
She stated that U.A.E. has a strong humanitarian legacy, established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May Allah Rest His Soul in Peace), who founded the principles of fulfilling humanitarian deeds for disadvantaged and afflicted people in the country and the world.
Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi added: "The Investing in the Future Conference seeks to make recommendations and adopt steps to protect the rights of refugee children, and to put the necessary measures in place to protect them from exploitation and violence, giving them confidence and hope of a better future." On the occasion, António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said: "This conference comes at a crucial time. Children currently constitute more than half of the refugees in the Middle East and North Africa, and the impact of this displacement is serious as interrupted childhoods threaten to become lost futures. As such, the aim of this event is not only to determine how we can work together to better protect refugee children and adolescents today, but also how to take collective and concerted action to improve the future for these children." He added: "Hosting the conference in Sharjah is prudent – Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi advocates for refugees and supports UNHCR's work in providing protection to refugee children and has generously offered to host the event. We are very grateful for the support and resources provided by Sheikha Jawaher and the close cooperation with UNHCR." The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established in December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives.
The Big Heart Campaign was launched in June 2013 under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi to support Syrian refugee children. The campaign has succeeded in raising US$13 million over the past year and contributed in meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees through the provision of emergency healthcare, clothing, blankets, shelter, and food. The campaign was turned from emergency relief to education, as part of the efforts that aim to bring Syrian refugee children back to school to complete their education after they fled their war-torn country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268751853.html

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Sheikh Khalifa Mosque 2nd largest in Jerusalem
posted on 18/08/2014

Work on The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque being constructed in the Al Aizariya area, in the eastern suburb of Jerusalem, is almost complete.
When open, the mosque, which is funded and managed by The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, will accommodate 6,000 worshippers, and will be the second largest mosque in the West Bank after Al Aqsa Mosque.
In an exclusive interview with Emirates News Agency (WAM), a spokesman from the Khalifa Foundation said that work on the project has reached its final stages, and that the mosque is one of many Emirati projects being implemented in the Palestinian territories, especially in Jerusalem, where the foundation has funded schools, homes, hospitals, women's centres, orphanages and facilities for people with special needs.
The official said that the five-floor grand mosque is expected to be open in time for the upcoming Eid Al Adha prayers in October and will serve more than 100,000 people living in the eastern, northern and southern parts of Ramallah, and north of Bethlehem, where several neighbourhoods and Palestinian villages are located.
The spokesperson went on to say that the structure is built using natural stone, while the mosque's mihrab (imam's pulpit) which was imported from Turkey, is made of luminous materials which radiates light as though lit by thousands of light bulbs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395268677007.html

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Al Jaber: U.A.E. Project in Egypt to provide 600 buses for Greater Cairo
posted on 15/08/2014

CAIRO: Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, U.A.E. Minister of State, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), accompanied by Army Major General El Arabi Al-Serwi, Governor of Suez, toured yesterday the GB Auto, a leading manufacturer of bus and commercial vehicles, and Ain Sokhna Port, managed by U.A.E. terminal operator DP World.
At the GB Auto facility, Al Jaber viewed the final model of buses which the U.A.E.
Project in Egypt will supply 600 of them to the Transport General Authority. 300 buses will be manufactured by U.A.E.-based bus manufacturers Hafilat Industries while the remaining 300 will be built by Egyptian auto importer and manufacturer Ghabbour Auto. The fleet will meet 30% of the public transport programme requirements of Greater Cairo and ease traffic movement.
Al Jaber said,' The U.A.E. leadership's instructions are to continue supporting Egypt and implementing development projects in consistence with specific time schedule and specifications that cater to Egyptian citizen's interest.' 'The important projects we saw today at Ain Sokhna confirm the availability of abundant promising opportunities which will enable Egypt to address challenges thanks to dedication and perseverance of its people to build their nation and its national economy as well as to its leadership's ambitious, constructive measures. We are confident that Egypt has tremendous abilities and that its people will work hard to realise stability, growth and progress.' For his part, Governor of Suez Major General El Arabi Al-Serwi expressed gratitude of Egyptian people to the U.A.E. for its generous support, which reflects the longstanding, solid rock bilateral ties.
The U.A.E. project in Egypt, he said would help the transport authority in Cairo to replace the long-serving public buses with new brand ones, ensuring high levels of safety and better services to passengers.
During the tour of the bus manufacturing plant, Chairman of GB Polo Buses Manufacturing Rauf Ghabbour, said in the first phase would see the delivery 300 buses in three batches from November 2014 to January 2015.
The delegation also toured DP World Sokhna Port where they were briefed by Ibrahim Alhammadi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DP World at DP World Sokhna on future expansion plans.
The width of the access channel is 350m, sufficient for double-lane navigation. The harbour basin has a depth of 17m, sufficient for container vessels exceeding 8,000 TEU and bulk carries of up to 150,000 DWT.
In addition to expanding its facilities, DP World Sokhna aims to attract further industries to be located at the port.
By 2020 DP World Sokhna plans to develop into an administrative and management nodal-centre, acting as a hub for product transport chains. The port will provide all the necessary and most modern infrastructure, facilities and services. In addition to the most advanced information and communications systems required to guide the most efficient flow of goods, Alhammadi said.
The port project, he added, would generate 1102 direct job opportunities and another 465 indirect jobs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395268626994.html

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Mohamed bin Zayed receives Australian Prime Minister
posted on 14/08/2014

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 received here on Wednesday the visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his accompanying delegation.
Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Australian prime Minister and expressed the hope that his visit would contribute in furthering relations between the two friendly countries.
He added that U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had always sought to deepen cooperation and partnerships with all friendly countries.
The meeting touched on cooperation, current regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest.
The Australian Prime Minister said he was pleased with his visit to the UAWE and his meeting with Sheikh Mohamed. He renewed his country's keenness to further enhance bilateral ties with the U.A.E. and lauded the progress witnessed by the U.A.E. in all fields. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268606641.html

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Sultan Al Jaber, Egyptian official inspect U.A.E.- funded development projects in Egypt
posted on 14/08/2014

QALYUBIA, EGYPT: Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, U.A.E Minister of State, and Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-funded Development Projects in Egypt, accompanied by Eng. Mohammed Abdul Dhaher, Commissioner of Qalyubia Province, yesterday toured a number of development projects being funded by the U.A.E. in Egypt.
Al Jaber said the U.A.E. wise leadership issued the directives to implement the projects in all fields to improve services being provided to citizens in Egypt, adding that the accomplishment of all projects by the hands of Egyptian, and as per schedule "reflects ability of the Egyptian people to deliver whenever there is a support and conducive atmosphere." He added that the U.A.E. would not spare any effort to ensure stability and welfare of Egypt, citing that the move "is a continuation of the legacy of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which is sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan." The U.A.E. implements the development projects in the areas of education, health, construction and others in Egypt, with the aim to improve the living conditions and provide more job opportunities there. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268599203.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid instructs U.A.E. Suqia to provide potable water to Gaza
posted on 05/08/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has instructed the U.A.E. Suqia Water Aid Foundation to give top priority to the provision of potable water to Gazans who are suffering acute shortage of water as a result of Israeli bombardment, and to act swiftly to provide enough water supplies despite tremendous challenges to realise that goal amidst the continuous Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the U.A.E.'s firm commitment to standing beside the Palestinian people in their just causes and its keenness to support the people of Gaza in their ordeal.
'Lack of clean drinking water resources constitutes one the most daunting challenges our people of Gaza are facing today. Therefore, we have instructed the Water Aid Foundation to act immediately to deliver ample quantities of the vital resource to the people of Gaza in a way that complements the massive efforts being made by the U.A.E. in partnership with other international organisations and agencies specialised in transporting essential relief supplies to Gaza Strip within the context of U.A.E. President's urgent humanitarian initiatives,' Sheikh Mohammed said.
He added, 'Provision of clean drinking water is not a luxury, rather it is a duty and if delivery of water in time of peace is taken for granted it is necessary and imperative for those besieged under shelling. The U.A.E. will continue its campaign to provide water to millions of persons all over the world and deliver the message of love, peace and goodness to all peoples of the earth.' Sheikh Mohammed recently ordered an air-bridge to relieve the people of Gaza, and instructed Dubai International Humanitarian City to add more giant air transport carriers, like the Boeing 747, to airlift essential relief assistance to Gaza.
The air-bridge has provided freight capacity of 150 tones of humanitarian assistance per day from Dubai to Amman from where it is trucked to Gaza.
The Gaza Water Aid is part of the intensive efforts the U.A.E. Suqia Water Aid campaign is making to provide drinking water in different parts of the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
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Dubai Cares concludes Ramadan campaign with two new programmes in Kenya and Uganda
posted on 04/08/2014

Dubai Cares, the U.A.E.-based philanthropic organisation, has marked the successful conclusion of its "What If?" Ramadan campaign with the announcement of two new programmes in Kenya and Uganda.
Focused on improving teaching and learning capabilities using Information Communication Technology (ICT), the two new programmes will tackle issues stemming from lack of opportunities, developmental stagnation and insufficient support for teachers in developing countries.
Announcing the launch of the programmes, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said, "The role of the teacher has evolved with the focus on education shifting from Education for All to Learning for All. In this climate, our two new programmes prepare and qualify teachers and students in Kenya and Uganda to meet the educational demands and challenges of the modern era by using Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education." In both countries, Dubai Cares will work in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) to roll-out the teacher training and school improvement programs, to test and demonstrate the transformative potential of using mobile phone technology, desktop computers and tablets.
Similar to many Dubai Cares initiatives, the two new programmes in Kenya and Uganda are in line with the ‘Global Education First Initiative' launched by United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in September 2012 and aimed at renewing and reinvigorating global commitments to education.
The launch of the two programmes also aligns with the U.A.E.'s emphasis on humanitarian support. The nation's founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, built robust humanitarian foundations for the country, which was the leading global donor of development aid against the national income in 2013. In 2012 alone, U.A.E. donor organisations contributed Dh 15.8 million to Uganda and Dh 7.9 million to Kenya.
"The late Sheikh Zayed believed that investing in people was the best possible way to invest in the future and this is what we are trying to accomplish at Dubai Cares. The importance of education in giving ambition wings is something we as a community innately understand. Thanks to the foresight of our forefathers, we are now part of a nation that is progressive, inclusive and global in outlook. Irrespective of the country we are from, our futures and aspirations are interlinked in a global society. By breaking down the barriers to education for children in developing countries, we are building up a prosperous and productive future for the next generation," said Tariq Al Gurg.
Dubai Cares announced the two new programmes upon the successful conclusion of its "What if" Ramadan campaign, which urged the U.A.E. community to take a step back and imagine the lives of children in developing countries, especially those who have to forgo school to help their families earn a living.
The campaign highlighted the harsh living conditions primary-age children in developing countries have to face on a daily basis as well as the debilitating effects of poverty on these children.
"Our Ramadan Campaign struck a chord with the local community as we encouraged them to step into the shoes of children who have to struggle to access quality education. The U.A.E. community rallied around the campaign, making generous donations and spreading the word far and wide," concluded Al Gurg. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
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UAE polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan scales new heights
posted on 03/08/2014

ISLAMABAD: The U.A.E. massive campaign to vaccinate three million children under five against poliomyelitis (polio) in Pakistan was successful, the U.A.E. Project to Assist Pakistan (U.A.E. PAP) has announced.
The large-scale preventive health initiative, under the slogan 'Health for All - Better Future', is being carried out on the directives of the U.A.E. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and comes as part of the initiative of 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, to eradicate polio in the world.
The campaign is a humanitarian initiative aimed at vaccinating 3.643 million Pakistani children against polio over a period of three months - June, August and September, 2014.
Sheikh Mohamed had previously donated 440 million (around US$120 million) as a contribution in support of the global effort to eradicate polio by 2018, with special focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan. This contribution is the second one to be provided by Sheikh Mohamed for delivering life-saving vaccines to children all over the world.
U.A.E. PAP management said that June had seen the vaccination of 3,048,669 children in 23 districts in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other tribal areas in Pakistan.
It said that the overwhelming success of the campaign to reach the three million mark in the first month of the three-month initiative proves the U.A.E.'s affective efforts, under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa, to deliver its noble, humanitarian goals and improve health wellbeing of people and health prevention against diseases and epidemics.
U.A.E. PAP also stressed on the leading role the U.A.E. is playing in assisting needy, poor people and supporting international efforts and UN programmes to protect communities from diseases and epidemic as well as crises and disasters and secure decent life to them.
'Sheikh Mohamed's initiative is important for Pakistan given the fact that the targeted regions are the world's largest and deeply plagued by polio but indicators of significant success have emerged from the first day of the campaign,' U.A.E. PAP noted.
Mobile units have overcome geographical challenges that prevented previous local and international campaigns from reaching these areas, which accounted for 95 per cent of Pakistan's polio cases in the past six months, resulting in wider spread of the disease into other areas. Mobile medical teams have ventured into difficult remote mountainous regions to deliver vaccines.
However, the U.A.E. efforts were fruitful thanks to the good planning, perfect field implementation, concerted coordination between the U.A.E. PAP and other stakeholders including command of Pakistani army, local and federal Pakistani health authorities, and the World Health Organisation.
Pakistan is one of three countries where polio is still categorised as an endemic viral infection. WHO warned of the polio situation in Pakistan which reported 198 cases in 2011, the highest in ten years, compared to 58 cases in 2012 and 93 in 2013. 99 cases were registered in the first seven months of the current year compared to 24 in the same period last year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268290203.html

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ADFD funding in underdeveloped countries hit Dh61b
posted on 31/07/2014

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, or ADFD, which is celebrating its 43rd anniversary this month, has funded Dh61 billion development projects in the underdeveloped countries.
Established on July 15, 1971 on the directive of the U.A.E.'s founder President, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ADFD is one of the most prominent development aid providers in the world and a role model in providing financial aid to fight the cause of global poverty.
The development finance institution articulates the U.A.E.'s continued commitment to support the development process of emerging countries. Towards this priority, the Fund offers soft loans and manages government grants to projects that play a key role in shaping the growth of these countries.
In addition, it also makes long-term investments and direct contributions that stimulate the private sector in the recipient countries and plays an essential role in accelerating economic growth.
ADFD's funding strategy focuses on sectors that are vital for both economic and social development such as agriculture, electricity, water, transportation, industry, renewable energy, as well as social, health and housing services.
Over the years, the fund has consistently responded to the changing directions of global development aid by increasing its capital from Dh8 billion to Dh16 billion, and lately by developing its five-year strategy (2012 - 2016).
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of ADFD, said: "The fund has become a pioneering example in the field of development aid. Starting with a capital of Dh500 million in 1971, the total value of the grants managed and loans provided by the fund by the end of the second quarter of 2014 reached Dh61 billion including Dh27.7 billion short and long-term loans, and Dh41 billion provided as government grants. The fund has so far financed 416 development projects in 69 countries around the world, reflecting its continuing commitment in playing an effective role in alleviating poverty in developing countries, and setting them on a development path.
In the Arab world, ADFD has provided more than Dh54 billion to finance projects in Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Lebanon, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Comoros Islands.
In Asia, ADFD has financed projects worth Dh3.691 billion in Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mongolia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Maldives.
Additionally, it has provided around Dh2.73 billion to fund projects in Africa that have widely benefitted countries including Mauritius, Seychelles, Gambia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Tanzania, Lesotho, Senegal, Uganda, Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Cape Verde. Elsewhere, the Fund has provided Dh1.2 billion to finance development projects in countries such as Turkey, Malta, Albania and Montenegro, among others.
In 2009, ADFD signed a partnership agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to provide soft loans worth Dh1.28 billion to finance renewable energy projects in developing countries, across a seven year period (Dh183 million a year).
In 2013, the fund continued its support for developing countries by providing loans to finance projects in Mauritania, Albania, Bangladesh and Kenya.
In the first half of 2014, ADFD signed a number of financing agreements with countries including Gambia, Senegal, Zambia, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Mauritania to provide development aid totalling over Dh534 million. 
 - Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/uaebusiness/2014/July/uaebusiness_July307.xml§ion=uaebusiness

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Emirati Charity Works Authority bestows nearly Dh1 million on orphans in Nablus Palestinian
posted on 24/07/2014

NABLUS: The Emirati Charity Works Authority has bestowed nearly Dh1 million on orphans sponsored by the authority in Nablus, whose number has now risen to more than a thousand.
Ibrahim Rashid, Director of the Human Appeal International Office in the West Bank, said in a speech during a ceremony to hand over the donation in the presence of a number of senior officials that the Authority will remain with the Palestinian people in the light of their suffering of injustice.
He stressed that the humanitarian role of the Authority is to continuously help Palestinians to overcome the tragic events they are exposed to in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Authority is also keen to take care of orphans, with the proliferation of this category because of the successive events in Palestine.
Ibrahim Rashid added that The Emirati Charity Works Authority is considered to be the largest sponsor of Palestinian children and is caring for nearly 20,000 orphans. With the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Authority supplements this category with more support and assistance whereby approximately Dh2 million has been allocated to the sponsored orphans. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development celebrates 43rd Anniversary
posted on 24/07/2014

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the Abu Dhabi government-controlled leading provider of foreign development aid has reiterated U.A.E.'s continued commitment to support the development process of emerging countries.
Marking its 43rd anniversary this month, the fund which was established on July 15, 1971 on the directive of the U.A.E.'s founder President, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in a report has said that ADFD is today one of the most prominent development aid providers in the world and a role model in providing financial aid to fight the cause of global poverty.
Towards this priority, ADFD offers soft loans and manages government grants to projects that play a key role in shaping the growth of these countries. In addition, it also makes long-term investments and direct contributions that stimulate the private sector in the recipient countries and plays an essential role in accelerating economic growth.
ADFD's funding strategy focuses on sectors that are vital for both economic and social development such as agriculture, electricity, water, transportation, industry, renewable energy, as well as social, health and housing services.
Over the years, the fund has consistently responded to the changing directions of global development aid by increasing its capital from Dh8 billion to Dh16 billion, and lately by developing its five-year strategy (2012 - 2016).
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director- General of ADFD, said that "On the occasion of ADFD's 43rd anniversary, we would like to record our appreciation and gratitude to late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who established this fund out of his deep conviction that it is the duty of the U.A.E. to lend a helping hand to friendly countries, and contribute to the economic development and improved living standards of those countries." Al Suwaidi added that the fund has become a pioneering example in the field of development aid. Starting with a capital of Dh500 million in 1971, the total value of the grants managed and loans provided by the fund by the end of the second quarter of 2014 reached Dh61 billion including Dh27.7 billion short and long-term loans, and Dh41 billion provided as government grants.
The Fund has so far financed 416 development projects in 69 countries around the world, reflecting its continuing commitment in playing an effective role in alleviating poverty in developing countries, and setting them on a development path.
Among the major projects managed by ADFD are Ma'rib Dam in Yemen, which was financed by a government grant in 1986 and is considered one of the largest projects in Yemen. Other projects include Egypt's Sheikh Zayed City, a housing projects funded with Dh735 million government grant, Sheikh Zayed Canal built using an Dh348 million grant, and the Tangier Port in Morocco financed with Dh367 million. On a global scale, the Fund has contributed to the financing and managing of several projects in sectors including water and electricity, road and transportation, education and health in Arab, Asian and African countries.
In the Arab world, ADFD has provided more than Dh54 billion to finance projects in Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Lebanon, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Comoros Islands.
In Asia, ADFD has financed projects worth Dh3.691 billion in Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mongolia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Maldives.
Additionally, it has provided around Dh2.73 billion to fund projects in Africa that have widely benefitted countries including Mauritius, Seychelles, Gambia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Tanzania, Lesotho, Senegal, Uganda, Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Cape Verde. Elsewhere, the Fund has provided Dh1.2 billion to finance development projects in countries such as Turkey, Malta, Albania and Montenegro, among others.
In 2009, ADFD signed a partnership agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to provide soft loans worth Dh1.28 billion to finance renewable energy projects in developing countries, across a seven year period (Dh183 million a year).
In 2013, the U.A.E. Government provided three development grants within two GGC programmes to support development in Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain, estimated at a total value of US$19 billion. Of this Dh9.19 billion has been allocated to Bahrain and Dh4.6 billion to Jordan and Morocco towards developing vital growth projects in these countries.
In 2013, the fund continued its support for developing countries by providing loans to finance projects in Mauritania, Albania, Bangladesh and Kenya. In the first half of 2014, ADFD signed a number of financing agreements with countries including Gambia, Senegal, Zambia, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Mauritania to provide development aid totalling over Dh534 million.
The projects financed by ADFD undergo intensive technical and economic assessment to ensure their viability in stimulating sustainable economic development in the beneficiary countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268058216.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi chairs first meeting of National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid
posted on 23/07/2014

The National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid held its first meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and head of the committee.
The committee discussed its action plans and reviewed contributions of the U.A.E. on humanitarian front especially its response to crises and humanitarian disasters.
Sheikh Lubna speaking on the occasion said that the directives of the U.A.E.'s wise leadership represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on advancing the contributions of the U.A.E. in terms of humanitarian action have provided a stimulus for the members of the committee to continue further efforts in order to maintain the achievements made by the State to respond to humanitarian crises.
The meeting reviewed many topics on the agenda particularly committee's specifications which represents the application of the vision and policy of the U.A.E. to respond to humanitarian crises in coordination with the relevant authorities.
The committee will also propose a media plan in coordination with the National Media Council, and will refer reports periodically to the cabinet about the humanitarian response of the U.A.E.
The meeting also discussed U.A.E.'s contributions in a number of humanitarian issues and crises, in particular its aid to the displaced Syrian people and its efforts in providing support to Palestinians in Gaza Strip.
The meeting was attended by a number senior officials from the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268022842.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment carrying out 38 Ramadan humanitarian projects in 35 countries
posted on 22/07/2014

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, on directives from Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is carrying 38 humanitarian projects in the U.A.E. and overseas to help the needy during the Holy Month of Ramadan, announced Ibrahim Bu Malha, Advisor to Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, on Monday.
At a total value of more than Dh38.5 million, the establishment's Ramadan projects include the distribution of Zakat money, or alms, food rations and other aid in 35 countries in cooperation with their local charities and agencies, said Bu Malha, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, in a press briefing at the establishment's head office.
More than 27,000 families benefited from the Establishment's projects in the targeted countries which include 14 countries in Asia and 16 in Africa, in addition to U.S.A., Canada and Haiti.
In his remarks at the conference, the official commended U.A.E. Water Aid campaign, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the first day of Ramadan, to raise donations for providing five million people worldwide with access to fresh drinking water through digging wells, providing water pumps and water purification equipment.
Bu Malha also noted that U.A.E. has marked Zayed Humanitarian Day and the 10th death anniversary of the nation's Founding Father and leading philanthropist, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on 19 Ramadan which corresponds to 17 July. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
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Fashion exhibition supports water aid initiative
posted on 22/07/2014

Emirati designers have come together once again to host a charity fashion exhibition for a cause. The four-day ‘Designs for hope' exhibition, which was held at Dubai Ladies Club on July 15, raised Dh500,000 in support of the U.A.E. Water Aid initiative (U.A.E. Suqia).
The initiative was recently launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, with the aim of providing five million people in developing countries with improved access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.
In its second edition, the exhibition featured collections from 16 Emirati fashion labels, where each designer donated several pieces that were sold for Dh1,000 regardless of their original value. All proceeds from the event will be given to the water aid initiative.
Last year's fashion exhibition raised Dh300,000 to help prevent and cure blindness for patients across the world from the sale of more than 300 abayas, jalabiyas and kaftans.
"The timing of the launch of this campaign has come at a crucial moment in the timeline of this cause. Currently, millions of people around the world are suffering from preventable misfortunes such as famine and drought, in third world nations,” said Mona Al Merri, Chairperson of Dubai Women Establishment and Vice-President of Dubai Ladies Club.
Designer Mariam Al Medfaei, who donated 20 items from her fashion store 1001 Abayas, told Gulf News that she is one of many designers who are keen about being involved in community service and charity events. Mariam, who is taking part in the exhibition for the second time, pointed out the huge impact of Shaikh Mohammad's charity initiatives and the importance of the community's support.
The U.A.E. Water Aid campaign has already received Dh140 million in donations, exceeding its Dh125 million target ahead of schedule. The campaign aimed to provide clean drinking water to five million people across 60 countries, and achieved 112 per cent of its target on the 17th day of its launch. Figures by the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that more than 3.4 million die every year due to thirst and diseases caused by unclean water. The funds raised will help provide clean drinking water to 5.6 million people around the world. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/fashion-exhibition-supports-water-aid-initiative-1.1362470

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Lubna Al Qasimi hails U.A.E. humanitarian international status
posted on 19/07/2014

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), Head of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has commended the U.A.E. humanitarian record chalked out by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
She added that the active role played by U.A.E. in all the humanitarian and development fields worldwide earned the country a prestigious global status.
Sheikha Lubna underscored that the MICAD, donor agencies and strategic partners of the Ministry look forward to the humanitarian philosophy and spirit of giving demonstrated by the U.A.E. leadership.
The U.A.E. minister was speaking at the inauguration of second Ramadan Gathering of the Strategic Partners of MICAD, held in Abu Dhabi in the presence of directors and representatives of the U.A.E. donor agencies, humanitarian and charity bodies.
Sheikha Lubna said the MICAD has been stepping up joint and fruitful cooperation efforts with the strategic partners to build a constructive partnership model to sustain the U.A.E. humanitarian method and record as well.
She noted that the dream has become true as the U.A.E. was ranked world's top donor in terms of humanitarian and development aid compared to its national income in accordance to the initial data of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
Sheikha Lubna said that these days the U.A.E. observes the legacy of international humanitarian figure, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the U.A.E.. She seized the opportunity to greet the U.A.E. President and Vice President, Supreme Council Members, Their Highnesses Rulers of 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, on the occasion.
She also thanked H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, for their follow up of the humanitarian efforts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267886246.html

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U.A.E. grants Dh 44 million for victims of Syrian crisis
posted on 18/07/2014

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, The Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), Head of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, has said that the under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the U.A.E. has attained a reputable status as one of the world's largest donors of developmental assistance, especially in terms of its growing contributions and support for refugee crisis around the world, best demonstrated in the U.A.E.'s commitments towards brotherly Syrian refugees.
Sheikha Lubna's statement came as she attended yesterday the signing ceremony of three agreements whereby U.A.E. has granted Dh 18.4 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to help refugees in Al Zaatari and Al Azraq Refugee Camps in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The U.A.E. will also grant the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Dh 25.7 million to provide feeding and health care programmes for children below 5 years of age, pregnant and breast feeding women inside Syria.
Addressing a press conference on the occasion she said that this amount is part of the value of the second commitment announced by the U.A.E. during the Kuwait Second International Pledging Conference for Syria early 2014. The overall pledge was Dh 220 million. "Directives from the U.A.E.'s wise leadership were issued to allocate the whole amount for the Syrian refugees to alleviate the suffering of our brotherly Syrians and as a response to the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) for the benefit of people inside Syria and the UN Syria Regional Response Plan for Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries through the UN organisations and humanitarian programmes," she explained.
Sheikha Lubna extended utmost appreciation to Sheikh Khalifa, for his continuous directives to allocate maximum assistance to support Syrian people in their time of crisis. She also expressed appreciation for the similar directives of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the support and follow-up of 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 as well as the close supervision of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Under the two agreements signed with the UNHCR, the U.A.E. will provide Dh 7.3 million for the improvement of health care services in both Al Zaatari and Al Azraq Syrian refugee camps. Another Dh 11 million will be spent on the provision of water supplies and sanitation in Al Zaatari Camp.
According to the third agreement with the UNICEF, the U.A.E. will provide Dh 15.7 million to feed children less than 5 years of age as well as pregnant and breast feeding women inside Syria.
She told that around 115,000 victims will benefit from the U.A.E.'s new assistance, including 58,000 children and 30,000 women.
The three agreements were signed by Hazza Mohamed Al Qahtani, Ministry of International Cooperation And Development Under-Secretary and Mr. Rida Omran, UNHCR regional representative to the GCC, and Dr. Ibrahim El-Ziq, UNICEF Gulf Area Representative.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Rida Omran said, "As the Syrian crisis continues without any solution in the horizon, we have to continue to do everything we can do. Signing these two agreements with MICAD today and the generous assistance given by the U.A.E. represent a constructive cooperative approach by our partners to ensure maximum effect and difference. The UNHCR highly appreciates the existing partnership with the U.A.E. and MICAD in particular.
For his part, Dr. Ibrahim El-Ziq, UNICEF Gulf Area Representative indicated that reports coming from Syrian doctors and from neighbouring countries show an increase in the number of children suffering from acute malnutrition and seeking treatment. This, he said, is a great source of concern as malnutrition is the reason behind so many cases of child mortality.
"We are very grateful for the generous support of the U.A.E. government under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is no wonder that the U.A.E. has achieved the first position as the world's largest donor country. This latest support will enable UNICEF to ensure that malnourished children receive proper care in a functioning health facility and continuously screen children for malnutrition to help in early intervention and monitoring which will save thousands of children's lives," he said. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267845568.html

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Sheikha Fatima offers 60 million sterling pounds gift to set up world’s first centre for research into rare diseases in children
posted on 17/07/2014

Plans to open the world's first centre dedicated to paediatric research into rare diseases at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), one of the world's leading paediatric hospitals, are to become a reality thanks to a 60 million sterling pounds gift from H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the United Arab Emirates, as well as Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood.
The gift is a gesture of gratitude to GOSH for the care the hospital has provided to sick children from around the world, including more than 750 children from the United Arab Emirates who have been patients at GOSH over the past four years alone. These patients are among the 220,000 visits that GOSH has every year, treating children from more than 95 countries worldwide.
In keeping with the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had a profound and active interest in global issues affecting the wellbeing of children, the gift is also in recognition of GOSH's ability to lead ground-breaking research, and discover more effective treatments and cures for children with rare diseases from around the world.
The centre is a partnership between GOSH, University College London (UCL) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. The building, whose site is adjacent to the hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health, is set to bring hundreds of clinicians and researchers together where they will see patients and access state-of-the-art laboratory facilities under one roof.
Rare diseases represent a considerable health burden globally as taken together they affect one in 17 people at some stage of their lives. They are particularly prevalent in children and nearly one third of the children affected will die before their fifth birthday. GOSH and UCL are uniquely placed to translate ground breaking research into better treatments and cures as together they have more dedicated paediatric researchers into rare disease and see more children with rare diseases than anywhere else in the world.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak said, "The most important work that we can undertake as a global society is to improve the health of future generations so that communities can thrive and grow. To reach this goal, we must form collaborative partnerships that have the potential to benefit all children. We are honoured to support the mission and work of Great Ormond Street Hospital." Baroness Blackstone, chair of Great Ormond Street Hospital said, "This gift is truly transformative and we are incredibly grateful. There is an urgent and compelling case to use our expertise and harness the recent advances in science and technology to accelerate the discovery of new treatments and cures in this area.
This facility will be a centre of excellence for translational research and a beacon of hope for children with rare diseases around the world." Professor Michael Arthur, University College London President and Provost, said, "In recent years GOSH and UCL have achieved some amazing breakthroughs in the treatment of rare diseases and it is without question the partnership between academic science and clinical medicine that has made the progress possible.
"This state-of-the-art centre will enable a step change in research. In particular it will drive our experts to progress new and personalised ways of to diagnose and treat these children by further developing gene and cell therapies and manufacturing increasingly complex medical devices." Representing H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Professor Maha Barakat will visit Great Ormond Street Hospital to mark the announcement. On her visit she will meet some of the patients that could benefit from the research that will be undertaken in the new centre.
Professor Maha Barakat said, "For more than 160 years, Great Ormond Street Hospital has provided children with the medical care they have needed, and this new centre will be an extension of this essential work. We are indebted to the people of Great Ormond Street Hospital who dedicate themselves to helping thousands of children every year who are suffering from life-threatening and life-limiting conditions." The centre will be built on a plot of land on Guilford Street in London. The award-winning architects Stanton Williams are working with the clinical and academic staff to create a high quality building with outstanding research and clinical facilities. Currently the first phase of the public consultation process is underway, with the centre expected to open in 2018.
It is anticipated that the centre will house approximately 400 academics and clinical staff and feature more than 150 laboratory bench positions. The outpatients' facility will accommodate 48 clinical staff, and 140 patients with accompanying family members.
The total cost of the centre is expected to be 90 million sterling pounds. The full cost has been met by 20 million sterling pounds of fundraising income from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and 10 million sterling pounds grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Research Partnership Investment Fund. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267806530.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi speech on Zayed Humanitarian Day Work
posted on 17/07/2014

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Co-operation and Development, President of Zayed University and President of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, has affirmed that the celebrations of Zayed Humanitarian Day Work remind us of the first man of humanity in our modern world, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
In a speech on the occasion, Sheikha Lubna said that the United Arab Emirates' helping hands extend to all needy people in the world, regardless of race, religion or colour, to alleviate the suffering of those affected by conflict, humanitarian crises and natural disasters, and provide them with a decent living.
Sheikha Lubna emphasised that the U.A.E.'s ranking in first position globally as the most important country in the world in providing development assistance grants, compared to its national income, last year, according to preliminary data of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is a global recognition and appreciation for the U.A.E..
Sheikha Lubna added that the late Sheikh Zayed represents the source of generosity and giving, and he is the one who has instilled a love of giving in the hearts of his people, and that people must remember him on this day for his humanity and generosity to all, which made the Emirates a global humanitarian platform for giving.
She said that the U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, followed the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed in providing support for needy people worldwide.
At the end of her speech, Sheikha Lubna prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
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