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Highlights of major events in 2007

posted on 02/01/2008: 5922 views



Following is a chronicle of the major events that took place last year at local, regional and internationals levels.



Jan 1: UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan urges Abu Dhabi Executive Council to keep abreast of local developments.



Jan 2: Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issues decree on rents



*UAE builds 456 housing units and renovates 4,000 units in Jenin Camp.



*Mansour bin Zayed highlights water resources as a strategic and security priority



Jan 3: 98 day maternity leave including 45 days fully paid approved.



*3+3 policy to boost Emiratisation strategy



*Abu Dhabi Islamic Banks announced plan to issue Dh1.5 bn sukuk



*Nakheel's capital raised to Dh82 bn.



*Sultan bin Zayed receives King of Malaysia



Jan 4: Mohammed bin Zayed attends million's poet competition



Jan 5: Khalifa gets Senegalese President's note.



*Mohammed bin Rashid allocates funds for schools



*Public sector companies instructed to pay salaries on maximum date of 5th of the month.



*Government drafts three-year action plan for ministries.



Jan 6: Abu Dhabi Executives Council reviews report on restructuring of Abu Dhabi government



* Mohammed bin Zayed stresses need for one-team spirit and flexibility to upgrade government performance



*Dubai Shopping Festival attracts one million visitors



Jan 7: Khalifa orders establishment of artificial shelf around Yassat Island



*Mohammed bin Rashid and Mohammed bin Zayed review progress of UAE.



Jan 8: Abu Dhabi launches Dh36 bn gas project



Jan 9: Fujairah Ruler names Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi Crown Prince



*Mohammed bin Rashid voted business personality of 2006



*Abu Dhabi Executive Council passes Abu Dhabi budget for 2007



*Saif bin Zayed inaugurates Hatta-Wajaja border checkpoint e-link



Jan 10: Abdullah bin Zayed carries Khalifa message to Iranian leader



*UAE highlights importance of regional stability and friendship with Iran



*Abu Dhabi government starts good governance at local departments.



Jan 11: Khalifa confers Independence Order on Lebanese president



*Mohammed bin Rashid praise Dubai Metro as a big boost to development and modernisation



*Iris-scanning catches 117,000 infiltrators in four years.



Jan 12: OPEC voices concern over decline of world oil prices : Al Hameli



*GCC reconsiders dollar peg: Al Suweidi



Jan 13: Mohammed bin Rashid praise women's role in development.



*Nearly 48 pilgrims killed in road accident at UAE borders



Jan 14: Federal cabinet issues instruction for employees wishing to pursue higher education.



*Dubai announces pay rise for local departments employees



*Dh250 million for development of Madinat Zayed



Jan 15: Khalifa and King Abdullah of Jordan stress the importance of joint Arab action.



*Mohammed bin Rashid issues Human Resources law in Dubai



*Mohammed bin Zayed holds talks with Italian FM



Jan 16: Khalifa meets Lebanese PM



*Federal Cabinet passes judiciary law.



Jan 17: Khalifa opens 18th GCC football championship



Jan 18: Mohammed bin Zayed and Musharraf review bilateral relations



*Sharjah Ruler opens 17th hope scouting camp



Jan 19: Sharjah Ruler launches public-private partnership initiative



Jan 20: Deputy Ruler of Dubai inaugurates second phase of Sheikh Rashid airport at Penjab



Jan 21: Khalifa orders a plane to airlift Iraqi wounded to UAE for treatment



Jan 22: Khalifa gets notes from leaders of Somalia, Chile and Burundi.



*Mohammed bin Zayed receives Assistant US Secretary of State, calls for backing efforts for peace, security and stability at regional and international levels.



Jan 23: Mohammed bin Rashid stresses during talks with Assistant US Secretary of State need for supporting international just peace in the region.



*Foreign Minister highlights UAE-France's deep ties.



Jan 24: UAE and Pakistani leaders voice support for Palestinian and Iraqi peoples.



*WAM signs cooperation agreement with Italian Adnkronos News Agency



Jan 25: UAE grants 300 million dollars to Lebanon in soft and immediate loans.



Jan 26: UAE Red Crescent completes first phase of housing complex at Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip



Jan. 27: UAE has huge resources to generate clean, renewable energy : Hamdan bin Zayed.



Jan 28: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince urges Iraqis to achieve national reconciliation



Jan 29: Khalifa confers Federation order on Kuwaiti PM, receives CEOs of General Electric and Financial Times



Jan 30: Khalifa, Yemeni president explore prospects of joint cooperation, crown UAE as winner of GCC football cup.



*UAE Red Crescent opens orphanage in Sri Lanka.



Jan. 31: Khalifa receives phone call from Palestinian president.



*Mohammed bin Rashid, Yemeni president hold talks



*Mohammed bin Zayed opens projects on Saadiyat Cultural District.



Feb 1: President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his Yemeni counterpart reaffirm commitment to bolster bilateral relations



*UAE has become a global leader in tourism and investment, says H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.



*Sharjah Ruler calls for a regional strategy to maintain growth rate in the Arab world.



*UAE support Arab League chief efforts to promote reconciliation in Lebanon.



Feb 2: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid gives a residential villa to every player in the UAE National Football team.



*UAE expresses surprise over reports suggesting that it has sent weapons to Gaza, and calls for an immediate end to factional fighting.



Feb 4: Khalifa names FNC members. Nine women join parliamentary work for the first time

Feb 5: Khalifa and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss bilateral relations, Mideast Peace



Feb 6: Khalifa views designs of Cultural City in Saadiyat.



*UAE is keen to see Iraq restore its stability, says Khalifa -Middle East is the key to global stability, says Mohammed bin Rashid -Mohammed bin Rashid orders 20 per cent salary hike to national and expatriates in Dubai



Feb 10: Khalifa hails Mecca Agreement among Palestinian factions -Khalifa amends property law



Feb12: Sky is the limits to our aspirations: Khalifa tells FNC members



Feb 13: Khalifa decrees establishment of National University for Technology, Science, and Research.



*First Book Fair opens in RAK



Feb 14: UAE Cabinet discusses Federal Government Strategy 2008-2011.



*Russian Foreign Minister arrives



Feb 15: Mohammed bin Rashid reviews bilateral cooperation with Russian Georgian President, Greece FM.



Feb 17: Fujairah Ruler decrees establishment of Fujairah centre for small businesses



Feb18: Khalifa open IDEX 2007



Feb 19: President Khalifa praises National Electoral Committee -Mohammed bin Rashid inaugurates DU



Feb 20: UAE lends US$300 million to Lebanon in soft loans



Feb 21: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince tours IDEX -Suzanne Mubarak wins Sheikh Rashid Personality of the Year Award -Sheikha Fatima inaugurates Abu Dhabi centre for people with specials needs



Feb. 22: Deals worth Dh3.37 million signed at the end of IDEX

Feb 23: King of Spain receives Abdullah bin Zayed Feb 26th, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Prince Charles discuss peace in the region



Feb 27: President Khalifa receives Prince Charles



Feb 28: Abu Dhabi Government Excellence Award launched.



Mar 3: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orders reconstruction of quake-hit areas in Pakistan.



*President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan instructs Dubai Police to safeguard the UAE global security reputation.



*A huge gathering forms the UAE human map under the patronage of Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The map was formed under the theme "in devotion to Zayed and loyalty to Khalifa."



Mar 4: UAE Cabinet approves the creation of a National Council for Tourism and Antiquities as well as the enacting of the law on goods that are subject to control.



*Arborisation Week starts in UAE cities under the theme "Agriculture is the lung of the city." Belarusian President arrives in the UAE for talks with President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.



*UAE pledges to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women and children.



Mar 5: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his Belarusian counterpart discuss ways to boost cooperation and economic, trade and investment relations between their two countries.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Belarusian President discuss international and regional political and security situation as well as ways to boost economic, trade and investment relations between UAE and Belarus.



*The 12th Annual Conference of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research opened by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed.



Mar 6: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan stresses that the construction of a satellite Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi realizes Abu Dhabi's ambitions to become a regional cultural hub.



*UAE and France sign agreement to construct a satellite Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum orders 25% salary increase for UAE national university teachers.



*His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah orders a property for each UAE national of Sharjah to advance their living standards.



*President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan confers the Order of Independence of the first degree on Jordan's Grand Mufti.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince inspects prisons and correctional facilities.



*UAE rushes medical relief aid to Somalia upon orders by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to fight Cholera and help people who were affected by Sumatra earthquake.



Mar 8: Vice President visits Gulf Arts and Cultural Exhibition, says it embodies the culture of peace in the UAE.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince witnesses a mass wedding party for 224 bridegrooms.



*Al Serkal elected as president of the UAE Football Association and vice-president of the Asian Football Association.



Mar 9: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan receives a letter from King Mohammed IV of Morocco on the Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara.



Mar 10: Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issues decree appointing members of the board of directors of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.



*UAE International Conference on Addiction inaugurated.



Mar 11: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan receives a letter from President Jacques Chirac of France on the latest development and UAE-France relations.



*Centre for Metrology and Earthquakes set up in Abu Dhabi.



* The Mohammed bin Rashid Humanitarian and Charity Foundation gives away Dh48.3 millions in local aid throughout the year 2006.



Mar 12: 10000 pieces of land handed over to UAE nationals in Abu Dhabi upon orders from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives Head of the Lebanese Future Parliamentary Bloc MP Saad Hariri.



*United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia -ESCWA- honours Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak with the Excellence and Giving Award in recognition of her support to women's issues.



*His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah inaugurates the Sharjah Theatre Days festival



*His Highness Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras al-Khaimah issues a law on development and environmental protection in Ras Al Khaimah.



Mar 13: Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurates the Dubai Business Bay Crossing built to connect Bur Dubai and Deira.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and James Baker discuss the situation in the region and stabilization of Iraq.



*ESCWA experts discuss the situation of Arab women in times of war.



*Deputy Ruler of Dubai inaugurates the UAE Career Exhibition 2007.



Mar 14: Sharjah Ruler gives instructions to set up the Sharjah Award for theatrical scripts.



*Sheikha Fatima calls for international cooperation on enforcing peace and security.



*Abu Dhabi Conference on People with Special Needs inaugurated in Abu Dhabi.



Mar 15: Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum orders the creation of a council for developing judicial system.



*Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed and Moroccan Premier review relations and current developments.



Mar 17: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterates UAE's support to Palestinian national unity and the right to create a Palestinian State.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum gives instructions to encourage Arab youth to go for leadership and change.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum creates the Knowledge and Culture Authority.



*UAE pledges continuous support to Iraq.



Mar 18: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and British MPs discuss the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for comprehensive development.



*UAE Cabinet approves components of 2008 budget plan.



Mar 19: Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and British MP's discuss the UAE parliamentary experience.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives Ali bin Salim Al-Ma'amari.



*Wife of UAE President donates Dh1 million for Rashid Centre for Childcare



*Abu Dhabi International Conference on People with Special Needs inaugurated



Mar 20: Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inspects the Federal Government's strategic planning workshop.



*Sheikha Fatima starts Egypt visit.



Mar 21: Vice President attends a lecture on challenges facing leadership in the Arab World.



*Ajman Ruler honours Rashid Abdullah.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince says the Poet of The Million contest embodied the country's originality.



*Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed says law in the UAE is the top authority.



Mar 22: Sheikha Fatima donates US$ 1 million to Arab Women Organization.



*Britain's Foreign Minister, UAE officials discuss ways to boost cooperation.



*UAE, Serbia establishes diplomatic relations.



Mar 23: Sheikh Khalifa Foundation runs hospitals in Morocco.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum donates a piece of land for building a headquarters for the Zayed International Environmental Award.



*Sheikha Fatima donates US$ 2 million for Egypt's Children Cancer Hospital.



Mar 25: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan leads UAE delegation to the Arab Summit in Riyadh.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum starts official visit to India.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives Belarusian delegation, hails UAE-Belarus cooperation and relations.



*Ajman Ruler receives FNC chairman.



*Afghan President hails Sheikh Khalifa's stands and support to Afghanistan.



*Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed rules out discrepancy in positions of Gulf States on Iran's occupation of 3 UAE islands.



Mar 24: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orders seconding of commission of Yula (arms bearing dance) to GCC states.



Mar 26: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan views scale models of Qasr Al Sarab in Liwa desert.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Indian President discuss ways to develop mutual relations.



*French President receives Sharjah Ruler.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives French senates.



Mar 27: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan says: Our strength lies in solidarity and the Summit is a standing point for common Arab action.



*In a statement to the London-based Hayat daily. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan underscores need for closing ranks at the Summit.



Mar 28: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan receives Yemeni President, Lebanese President, UN Secretary General.



*Agreement on setting Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre in Morocco signed.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurates phase3 of women's HCT.



*UAE, Nauru establishes diplomatic relations.



*Zayed Al Khair Mission performs 34 successful heart surgeries in Syria.



*Winners of Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced.



Mar 29: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan discusses outcome of Riyadh Summit with Mauritanian President, Lebanese Premier.



*Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approves Dubai's environmental plan.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Belarusian President discuss ways to boost economic, trade cooperation.



*Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, former German Chancellor discuss boosting relations between UAE, Germany.



Mar 30: Wife of Syrian President hails Sheikha dubs Sheikha Fatima as landmark in humanitarian giving.



Mar 31: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orders announcement of Bu Sayayeef a marine conservatory on 282 sq. km.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince inaugurates Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, hails President's support to culture.



*Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed witnesses celebration of the Noble Mawlid al-Nabawi, the Qasidat al-Burda (Poem praising the Prophet PBUH).



Apr 1: President issues decree, instituting the Khalifa International Date Palm Award. Vice President calls for world peace as he opens relief conference



Apr 2: Ajman Ruler opens first station of sewerage network



Apr 5: President issues Amiri decree establishing Abu Dhabi Company for Health Services



Apr 7t: Sultan Qaboos discusses with Sharjah Ruler bilateral relations



Apr 8: President orders a grant of Dh 70,000 to each bridegroom in 'Hope mass wedding'



Apr 9: President confers with Tajikistan President



*Vice President issues names board of Dubai Media Incorporated



Apr 10: FAO awards medal to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince



Apr 11: Abu Dhabi Executive Council approves construction of 200 villas in Western Region



Apr 12: President donates US$1 million to Islamic Centre in Beijing



Apr 15: President of Senegal arrives in Abu Dhabi



Apr 17: President sanctions government strategy

*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince issues resolution, amending pay rolls, grades in Abu Dhabi



Apr 19: President issues decree establishing committee for Abu Dhabi media free zone



Apr 23: President of Comoros arrives in Abu Dhabi



April 25: President orders exemption of farmers from loans repayment



*H.H. Sheikha Fatima receives UNIFEM shield



Apr 29: President issues laws, establishing Food Control Authority and Emirates Aluminium



*Abu Dhabi launches Dh11.5b Desert Islands project



Apr 30: President meets with Uruguay leader



*Vice President confers with Japanese Prime Minister.



May 1:



Sheikh Saeed bin Nahyan Al Nahyan dies



*Abu Dhabi Executive Council approves construction of 4,063 houses for citizens



*UAE, Saudi Arabia sign accord on citizens travelling via ID



May 4: President: Attacking Iran will harm the region's interests



May 5: President hails Armed Forces role



*Dubai launches world's biggest shopping mall



May 7: President receives Eritrean leader



*Abu Dhabi Housing Committee re-organised



May 10: Contract signed to build Sheikh Khalifa Hospital in Lebanon



May 11: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives U.S. Vice President



May 13: Iranian President arrives in Abu Dhabi



May 14: Employees at Sharjah local departments get salary increase



May 16: President issues decree to regulate grazing in Abu Dhabi



* Abu Dhabi Crown Prince meets U.S. President in Washington



May 19: UAE sends aid to Somalia



May 20: President of Congo Brazzaville arrives in Abu Dhabi



May 21: Vice President starts state visit to South Korea



May 26: Mohammed Al Gergawi appointed Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Science Foundation



May 27: President issues decree establishing Abu Dhabi Municipal Affairs Department



May 29: President returns following a three-day state visit to Oman



May 30: Vice President orders release of 352 prisoners



May 31: UAE, Vatican establish diplomatic relations



* Sharjah Ruler attends graduation ceremony at Sharjah University.



Jun 2: UAE pledges Dh 300m to Palestinians



Jun 3: Cabinet announces 3-month amnesty to illegal residents



Jun 4: Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic partnership signed



Jun 5: Cyclone Gonu hits east coast



Jun 6: President issues decree establishing Abu Dhabi Media Company



*Sharjah Ruler issues rental law for the emirate



Jun 9: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum named Chairman of Dubai Health Authority



Jun 10: President honoured by Arab-American Anti Discrimination Committee



*Sharjah Ruler orders compensations to the people affected by Cyclone Gonu



Jun 11: Foundation stone laid for Khalifa Hospital in Kazakhstan



Jun 12: UAE, Qatar mull a Dh3.7b joint investment company



*Pakistan President receives UAE FM



Jun 14: President orders Dh 22m to people affected by Gonu Cyclone



Jun 15: President orders US$5million aid to displaced people in Nahr Al Barid Camp



Jun 16: Vice President establishes Dubai Real Estate Corporation



Jun 19: Abu Dhabi Police foils attempt to smuggle 521 kilograms of drugs



*Mohammed bin Rashid orders the set up of a national ad hoc committee on population composition.

Jul 19: Khalifa: The Palestinian cause is the key to Middle East peace.



Jul 21: Khalifa and Sarkozy agree to boost partnership.



Jul 24: Air bridge to help dislocated Darfurians at Khalifa's instructions.



Jul 25: Dh2billion worth of health projects in the Western Region.



Jul 27: Mohammed bin Zayed visits Qatar and confers with Blair.



Jul 29: DH 9.6 billion development projects in the Western Region.



Jul 31: Phase 1 of Yas Island's infrastructure completed.



Aug 8: President appoints Khalfan Al Rumaithi as Director General of the National Authority for Emergency and Crisis Management.



Aug10: Saudi Crown Princes concludes a cordial visit to the UAE.



Aug 11: Khalifa returns home concluding state visits to Syria, Algeria, and France.



Aug 11: UAE and Russia sign judicial cooperation agreement.



Aug 12: Vice President proclaimed as Prince of Arab Youth.



Aug 13: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed orders RCA to extend aid to Mauritania.



Aug 14: Pakistani President bestows Pakistan Crescent Medal on Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed.



*Zayed Military Hospital successfully conducts the first liver transplant in the UAE



*Dubai Police abort drug smuggling attempt.



Aug 15: Zayed Charitable Foundation dispatches urgent aid to flood victims in Sudan, Mauritania, and China.



Aug 19: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed orders the set up of conciliation committees at Judicial Department in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.



*UAE signs international declaration on development of primary health care.



Aug 21: Sharjah Ruler issues decree on protection of power, water and natural gas networks in the emirate.



* Abu Dhabi Crown Prince honours UAE snookers team for winning the Arab Championship in Damascus.



Aug 24: 274,00 students and 27,000 teachers begin new school year.



Aug 26: President of Turkmenistan arrives on a two-day visit to the UAE.



*Khalifa confers Zayed Medal on Turkmen President.



*Vice President tours schools in remote areas and orders instant supplies.



Aug 27: UAE and Turkmenistan joint statement reflects commitment to boosting economic partnership.



Aug 28: ILO praises UAE decision to ban work at noon hours during summer.



Aug 29: Vice President receives South Korean Foreign Minister.



Aug 31: Korean hostages released by Taliban arrive in Dubai amidst strict security measures.



Sept 2: Vice president begins state visit to Vietnam and People's China.



Sept 3: UAE has an impressive record of human rights: Gargash.



Sept 4: At the order of Sheikh Khalifa, Iftar meals for fasting Muslims in Iraq, Palestine and other Arab countries.



Sept 5: Khalifa and King Abdullah discuss Palestinian cause and the situation in Iraq and Lebanon.



Sept 5: Vice President arrives in Vietnam and meets with Vietnamese President and senior officials.



Sept 5-6: Sharjah Ruler begins a three-day visit to Austria; attends the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Sharjah and Austria.



Sept 7: Vice President discusses with Chinese Prime Minister progress of bilateral relations.



*Mubadala and Etisalat strike partnership for launching telecommunication services in Nigeria.



Sept 8: Vice President confers with Portuguese Premier.



Sept 8: Dubai Deputy Ruler inaugurates Gitex Exhibition.



Sept 8: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince inaugurates Al Wahda Mall.



Sept 10: Khalifa pardons 808 prisoners on the occasion of Ramadan.



*Khalifa and Putin attend the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding between the UAE and Russia.



Sept 12: Khalifa views UAE urban Plan September 13: Earthquake hits the north eastern coast.



Sept 16: A US State Department report praises religious tolerance in the UAE.



*Inauguration of the most advanced endoscopy unit at Zayed Military Hospital.



Sept 18: Establishment of diplomatic relations between the UAE and Korea.



*RAK Crown Prince lays foundation stone for Ras Al Khaimah University of Medical Colleges.



Sept 19: President issues decrees for creation of Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.



Sept 20: The UAE condemns assassination of Lebanese MP Antoine Ghanem.



*Mohammed bin Zayed attends a lecture on inter-religious understanding.



Sept 21: the UN appoints Princess Haya as ambassador of peace.



*Abu Dhabi Executive Council approves strategic plans for Emiratisation and development of training programmes.



Sept 24: Abu Dhabi Government orders Dh300 million grant to Emirates Foundation.



Sept 25: Vice President orders authorities not to imprison journalists on account of their reporting activities.



Sept 26: Khalifa orders Dh30 million grant to low0income students.



Sept 28: Dubai International Award selects Dr. Ali Al Sabooni as the Islamic Personality of the Year.



Sept 29: The UAE invites Iran to enter into unconditional negotiations on the occupied islands and calls for countering calls for defragmentation of Iraq.



*Fujairah Ruler announces that the Emirate will enter the oil phase before year end.



Oct 1: UAE Vice President vows UAE support of Lebanon.



*The UN praises President Khalifa's initiative to alleviate the sufferings of Iraqi refugees in Syria.



Oct 2: Chief editors sign code of ethics.



Oct 3: The UAE calls for curbing anti-Islam wave, and condemns terrorism.



Oct 6: The UAE calls on Israel to stop action aimed at uprooting Palestinian cultural identity.



Oct 9: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince honours 8 Arab and foreign journalists killed or injured in action.



Oct 11: UAE Vice President confers with British Prime Minister.



Oct 12: The UAE calls on the international community to pressurize Israel into dismantling its nuclear facilities.



Oct 13: UAE Vice President receives former Pakistani Premier Benazir Bhutto



Oct 14: Abu Dhabi Government launches the biggest translation scheme in the Arab world.



Oct 15: The American Art Association confers cultural pioneering award on Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon.



Oct 16: The UAE reiterates commitment to international human rights accords.



*"I want better life for my people now, not 20 years later," UAE Vice President tells CBS' 60 Minute TV Programme.



Oct 17: The UN selects Abu Dhabi for launching the International Environment Report.



*The UAE calls for an international conference for enforcing anti-terrorism legislations.



Oct 18: The UN praises the UAE efforts to eradicate poverty.



*The UAE launches the ecological footprint project.



Oct 21: The UAE Cabinet consents to private sector investments in water and electricity sector.



*Sharjah Ruler opens the first Gulf Cultural festival.



Oct 22: Sheikha Fatima and Laura Bush discuss women issues.



*UAE-Bahrain committee concludes meetings.



*President Khalifa arrives in Kazakhstan, confers with President.



Oct 23: The UAE calls for protection of children in the developing countries.



*Vice President calls for urgent action to ensure safety of UAE students in California following massive fires there.



Oct 24: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince calls for transforming Abu Dhabi into world-class capital.



*Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed opens the Hunting and Equestrian Show 2007.



*Minister of Higher Education announces scientists without borders initiative, in cooperation between HCT and Colombia University.



*The UAE calls for a more proactive role by the UN in exposing the sufferings of the Palestinian people.



Oct 25: The UAE calls for international cooperation in fighting organised crime.



Oct 26: UAE Vice President begins state visit to Uzbekistan.



Oct 27: UAE Vice President attends signing of investment promotion and double-taxing agreements.



Oct 28: Syrian Premier lauds Sheikh Khalifa's gesture of establishing hospitals in Syria.



Oct 29: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives French Defence Minister; they discuss military cooperation and regional developments.



Oct 29: The UAE calls for bringing Israeli nuclear facilities under IAEA's scrutiny.



Oct 30: UAE vows support for Darfur redevelopment.



Oct 31: German Defence Minister visits the UAE.





Nov 1: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince discusses with Korean Trade Minister business, industry and energy cooperation.



*Sharjah Ruler signs memorandum of understanding for educational cooperation with Scottish delegation.



*UAE and Thailand sign memorandum of understanding for import of labour.



Nov 3: A UAE-Algerian business council created.



Nov 4: Sheikh Abdullah calls for fostering dialogue with intellectuals.



*UAE President returns home from Kazakhstan.



*Interior Minister warns of severe punishment for illegal labour



*UAE elected to the membership of the International Council of the World Hydrological Programme.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives Mauritanian Economy Minister.



Nov 5: UAE Vice President receives letter from Iranian President.



*UAE Vice President opens the new campus of Zayed University in Dubai.



Nov 6: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince attends (Tolerance as a human value) lecture.



Nov 7: UAE President holds talks with Kazakh President.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince launches Abu Dhabi's new media brand.



*UAE and Afghani Foreign ministers sign memorandum of understanding.



Nov 8: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed and Kazakhstan President discuss prospects of cooperation.



Nov 9: Thirty houses built in Fujairah at a cost of Dh24 million, donated by UAE President.



*Abu Dhabi is set to become a cultural hub: former French Education Minister.



Nov 11: Vice President opens 10th edition of Dubai Air Show.



*Abu Dhabi showcases its mega tourist projects at WTM



*Sheikha Fatima proclaimed the international humanitarian personality



Nov 12: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed begins a 3-day visit to Germany.



*Biological Safety and Security Conference begins in Abu Dhabi.



*On the second day of Dubai Air Show: 750 aircraft sold at Dh377 billion.



Nov13: UAE President issues federal law on creation of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.



*UAE refutes Human Rights Watch report on household labour.



*German Chancellor praises the wise policies of Sheikh Khalifa.



*The UAE donates US$0.5 million to UN development programmes.



Nov 14: Sharjah Ruler opens UNESCO's Regional Centre for Educational Planning.

*The UAE calls for restructuring of the Security Council.



Nov 17: The UAE calls for alleviating the sufferings of refugees.



Nov 18: UAE President calls for identifying clean and safe alternative energy sources.



*UAE donates US$150 million for energy, environment and climate change research.



*Creative IT conference opened in Dubai.



*UNESCO extols Vice President's Care initiative.



Nov 19: Vice president opens the second edition of the Federal National council.



Nov 20: UAE President orders raising salaries of Federal civil and military employees.



*Cabinet approves 2008 federal budget.



*University of New York to establish a presence at Saadiyat Island.



* Abu Dhabi Crown Prince launches translation scheme.



Nov 22: Hamed bin Zayed opens French UAE Partnership Exhibition.



*Sheikh Abdulla receives Blair.



Nov 24: Khalifa orders raising salaries of Armed Forces and Abu Dhabi Police.



*Mongolian president arrives on a 3-day visit.



Nov 25: Khalifa holds talks with Italian premier.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives Italian Premier.



*NATO General calls for defence cooperation between NATO and the UAE.



Nov 26: Vice President receives Italian Premier.



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives CEO of Citi Bank Group.



*Khalifa receives President of Seychelles.



Nov 28: Ajman Ruler orders a pay raise for public employees.



*Vice President receives British Trade Minister.



Nov 29: UAE supports international humanitarian law on natural catastrophes.



*The UAE gears up for the 36th national day celebrations.



Nov 30: President of Kazakhstan receives Abu Dhabi Crown Prince.



Dec 1s: UAE has model federal experience: UAE president



*UAE leaders praise remarkable achievements of UAE federation



*UAE works miracles: Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.



*UAE terms Annapolis peace conference as positive step for revival of peace process



Dec 2: President chairs Supreme Council of Federation and honours winners of Emirates Award



*Khalifa reiterates UAE support for GCC progress Foreign Ministers urges Iran to respond to UAE's call for peaceful settlement of islands issue.



Dec 3: UAE president confers with GCC leaders in Doha and meets Iranian President



*UAE Project for Reconstruction of Lebanon builds five schools



Dec 4 : Khalifa expresses satisfaction at Doha summit outcome Abu Dhabi nutrition declaration launched



*Sharjah Ruler donates digital holy Quran copy to book fair



Dec 5: UAE and Yemen hold official talks.



*OPEC maintains its output at Abu Dhabi extraordinary conference



Dec 6: Abdullah bin Zayed meets Yemeni presidents



*Sharjah Ruler receives Arab publishers



Dec 7: Japanese prime minister congratulates UAE on national day



*UAE deminers clear 84 Lebanese villages from unexploded ordinance



Dec 8: Ruler of Sharjah affirms formation of UAE federation in 1971 took the world by surprise.



*Emirates World Heart Group operates 100 heart surgeries for poor Moroccan patients.



*WAM introduces most advanced media technology: Gergawi



*UAE doubles its contribution to UNRWA



Dec 9: Presidents chairs Supreme Petroleum Council meeting in Abu Dhabi and views designs of new ADNOC headquarters.



*UAE makes revolution in agricultural sector: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince



*UAE Red Crescent team in Kabul to inaugurate Sheikh Zayed City



Dec 10: An EU delegation praises UAE's efforts to protect workers' right



*UAE, Azerbaijan sign agreement for fighting terrorism, financial crimes and human trafficking



*State Minister for Foreign Affairs expresses UAE support for international efforts to prevent wars and crises.



*Court of Ruler of Sharjah mourns death of Sheikh Saqr, elder brother of the Ruler.



Dec 11: Presidents calls for reconsideration global policies on education, technology and communications.



*UAE condemns terror attack on civilians in Algeria.



Dec 14: Gambian health minister thanks UAE for humanitarian assistance offered to his country



Dec 15: Khalifa order construction of new Mafraq hospital at total cost of Dh1 billion



*Sheikha Fatima pearl award launched



*Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid instructs revamp of Zayed Housing Programme



Dec 16: President orders 70 per cent pay hike to pensioners



*Abu Dhabi Crown Prince starts three-day visit to Japan for talks with Emperor Akihito



*Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid expresses satisfaction at drafting and implementation of federal government strategy



Dec 17: Emperor of Japan receives Abu Dhabi Crown Prince



*UAE-Japan joint committee holds first meeting in Tokyo



Dec 18: Presidents perform Eid Al Adha prayer at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and receives Rulers of emirates and top officials on occasion of Eid Al Adha



*UAE Red Crescent delivers aid to cyclone-victims in Bangladesh



Dec 20: Khalifa receives Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Rulers of emirates



*President receives municipalities shield in recognition of his support for national development



Dec 22: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed instructs that three field hospitals be built in Pakistan to treat 4000 poor patients



Dec 23: Presidents calls Muslims in UAE to perform rain prayer on Dec. 24th



*Dolphin awards Fujairah-Taweela gas pipeline contract to German company



Dec 24: UAE attracts DH 68.6 bn in Foreign Direct Investment in 2006



*Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed reiterates UAE support for Palestinian cause



*Child theatre festival opened



Dec 25: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince inaugurates Prestige Jet Aviation Company



*National Media Council explores possibility of developing direct transmission programmes



Dec. 26: Sheikha Fatima hostel for girls opened Sri Lanka



*Sharjah Rulers honours winners of Sharjah voluntary works award



Dec 27: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed releases houbara bustard on Aryam island



*UAE, Indonesia ink MoU on labour cooperation



*UAE denounces assassination of former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto



Dec 28: Dubai governments sets rent cap at 5 per cent



Dec 29: UAE ahead of many countries in women's parliamentary participation



Dec 30: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince restructures Abu Dhabi Emiratisation Council



*Sharjah Ruler highlights importance of security



*Demographic committee faces daunting task: Sheikh Saif



*ILO says reports from UAE compatible with its constitution

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