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Abu Dhabi allocates Dh37.3 billion for development projects


posted on 21/04/2014

Several infrastructure and service projects worth Dh37.3 billion were yesterday approved by the Abu Dhabi Government to enhance the emirate's development and economic growth.
The projects, ranging from road and electricity networks, to water drainage and sewerage systems and housing complexes were approved at the Abu Dhabi Executive Council's meeting chaired by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
This is the first meeting of the council after it was restructured recently.
The move is in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to spare no effort to ensure that Emirati citizens enjoy a dignified and stable standard of living.
Five-year plan
These projects will be implemented in the current year as part of five-year allocations of Dh330 billion that were approved earlier by the council.
This year's allocations include Dh12.7 billion for housing and social facilities, Dh11.9 billion for government management, Dh3.1 billion for economic affairs, Dh2.5 billion for health care projects and Dh2.4 billion for the education sector.
"The UAE, through the translation of its comprehensive development vision, is mainly targeting UAE human resources, out of its solid belief in man as the main capital and pillar for the success of any future development plans,” Shaikh Mohammad said.
He highlighted the great attention extended by the wise leadership to the youth generations, empowered with knowledge and skills that enable them to battle challenges and build a bright future.
These allocations will help boost Abu Dhabi's plans to develop its economy as well as support the private sector's involvement as a key partner of the government sector. The allocations also include Dh17.5 billion for the water and electricity sector, Dh568 million for food commodities,
The council approved the construction of 348 housing units worth Dh637.2 million in Al Shuaiba and Al Shuwaib residential projects.
Infrastructure
The Al Shuwaib housing project is being set up over an area of 390,000 square metres, and comprises 186 housing units costing Dh333.9 million, while Al Shuaiba occupies an area of 420,000 square metres, and includes 162 housing units costing Dh303.3 million.
The council also approved road and infrastructure projects in different parts of the emirate, including electricity network, water drainage, sewerage, telecom, parking lots and pedestrian crossings.
It approved a 112km-long road costing Dh515 million in Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi, and a Dh237 million, 20km-road in Mohammad Bin Zayed City.
The council also awarded the construction of the National Rehabilitation Centre to a contracting company. The project involves the building of a rehabilitation unit for drug addicts, administrative and service buildings. It also approved the construction of a road network and the upper interchange of the Abu Dhabi airport, as well as setting up new spaces for nine craft. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Government relations department established in Sharjah


posted on 19/04/2014

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has issued Amiri decree no. 36 for 2014, establishing the Department of Government Relations in the emirate.
According to the decree, a law regulating the new department's tasks, objectives and mandate shall be issued.
The decree shall be effective from the date of publishing in the official gazette. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE's Clear and Modern Political Vision


posted on 18/04/2014

The Akhbar Al Sa'a (News of the Hour) Bulletin highlighted that His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has said that the UAE's future political outlook is a clear, concise and modern one which reflects the late Sheikh Zayed's political stance.
In an editorial entitled "UAE's Clear and Modern Political Vision", the bulletin discussed the country's main focus and vision based on the speech given by His Highness when he addressed a U.S. Congress delegation last Tuesday.
According to the bulletin, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE's main priority is to strengthen its human resources in order to achieve and maintain steady progress towards the country's development.
The nation's second focus, said H.H. Sheikh Mohamed, is to invest in education, which has a large role in equipping new Emirati generations for the future.
The third important element mentioned was the UAE's plan to look into other resource revenues (outside petrol and gas) in order to diversify sustainability.
Lastly, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed also added that the country's fourth ambition was to continue striving to become a more distinguished and accomplished nation, despite all its remarkable achievements.
On UAE foreign policy, His Highness said that the country maintains its deep-rooted foreign policy principles, established by the nation's founding father, of developing friendly relations through building successful partnerships and cooperation with friendly and sisterly countries.
His Highness said another goal was to work with friendly countries to establish stability and development in the Arab region and the Middle East to benefit its people and carry them towards a brighter future.
A third foreign policy principle is the importance of pursuing tight cooperation between Arab nations to support development in the Arab world that distances itself from conflict and extremism. Sheikh Mohamed reflected upon the UAE's experience, and said that the country's core values which are based on tolerance, forgiveness and non-interference are key values to adhere to in order to help the Arab world overcome any sensitive challenges.
In conclusion, the editorial stated that this clear vision is what attracts officials, politicians, parliamentarians, journalists and intellectuals from all over the world to turn to the UAE for an accurate diagnosis of the overall problems facing the Arab region and the Middle East and to seek solutions on how to overcome them.
The editorial went on to say that the UAE represents an international role model which plays an important part in addressing crises in the region and its wise leadership is looked up to for its ability to achieve stability, hope and optimism in a region filled with tension and instability. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE participates in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Ministerial Meeting in Hiroshima


posted on 13/04/2014

Hiroshima, Japan: A high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday participated in the 8th ministerial meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) held in Hiroshima, Japan.
The UAE delegation was led by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state, with the participation of Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
During the meeting, ministers and senior officials discussed the progress of the NPDI initiative and highlighted the important contributions and working papers made in advance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference being held 28 April to 9 May, 2014 in New York City. The meeting also discussed pressing international cases of non-proliferation, including the ongoing nuclear programs in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Iran.
"The UAE is an active member of multiple international initiatives promoting non-proliferating efforts," said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state. "Our non-proliferation credentials are well recognised within the international community. The UAE remains committed to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and to working with our international partners to promote its full implementation." In 1995, the UAE became a non-nuclear weapon state party to the NPT and concluded a comprehensive safeguards agreement with the IAEA in 2003 with an additional protocol in 2009.
The NPDI ministerial was held at Hiroshima, where the first war-time atomic bomb in history was dropped. Ministers visited the Cenotaph for atomic bomb victims and the Peace Memorial Museum. During the meeting, ministers were universal in their calls for a systematic and continued reduction of all types of nuclear weapons and for full implementation of comprehensive safeguard agreements with additional protocols as verification standards.
On the sidelines of the event, the UAE delegation met the Australian delegation where they discussed areas of common interest.
The ministers welcomed The Hague Communiqué which addresses the threat of nuclear terrorism and the need for stronger international cooperation in the areas of nuclear security. The Communique was adopted at the recent Nuclear Security Summit held in the Netherlands in March 2014, which was attended by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The NDPI meeting concluded with a joint statement from the ministers re-affirming their commitment and shared goals to advance the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation agendas.
NPDI is a cross-regional, ministerial-level group initiated by 10 countries including the UAE. It focuses on practical steps that will take forward the consensus outcomes of the 2010 NPT Review Conference. Other member countries include Australia, Japan, Canada, Chile, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland and Turkey. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid emphasises importance of inter-cultural communication


posted on 11/04/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has emphasised the importance of human, social and cultural communication between people of UAE and peoples of other countries, as well as the building of new bridges to achieve cultural rapprochement as the optimal way of bolstering human relations away from economic and political interests which govern relations between countries.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid made his remarks as he received a delegation from Nu Skin China, the Chinese arm of a U.S.-based skin care direct seller which is organising a journey for 16,000 of its employees to UAE where they will get a first-hand experience of the country's tourist attractions and achievements. Nu Skin's corporate trip is aimed at honouring its employees for the record revenues they achieved in 2013.
For their part, members of the Chinese delegation expressed their gratitude for the warm welcome they received in Dubai during their visit. They also expressed their delight at meeting H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. They described the meeting as an incentive for them and a generous gesture which reflects the hospitality of UAE towards visitors.
The company's delegation members were keen on having a photo opportunity with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to document the meeting which expressed UAE's interest in guests. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Government of Dubai's Achievements Exhibition 2014 kicks off


posted on 09/04/2014

In line with directives from Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Government of Dubai's Achievements Exhibition 2014, organised by the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP) on the theme "Local Government and Global Achievements", yesterday kicked off at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
DGEP The two-day event is organised in coordination with the Ministry of Economy in conjunction with the 4th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) which focuses on foreign direct investment and the best ways of attracting investors to the economies of UAE and other Gulf countries.
A host of economy ministers, senior officials, decision makers, business leaders, investors, analysts and experts are participating in the show. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Dubai Courts showcase smart services during prestigious government exhibition


posted on 09/04/2014

Dubai Courts are showcasing their unique achievements during their participation in the Dubai Government Achievements Exhibition, which is being held from 8th-10th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The Courts are highlighting a set of notable e-Projects, including ‘Al-Salfa' - an integrated remote case registration e-Service, ‘Sure' - a pro bono legal consultation programme, the e-Notary Public service, the Amicable Dispute Settlement Centre (civil and commercial), and the ‘Nebras' mobile app, along with many other services. The products being showcased by the Courts are aimed at every customers' experience and helping them to complete their dealings and applications with speed and accuracy.
Taresh Eid Al-Mansouri, Director of Dubai Courts, noted that the Courts' numerous e-Services came into existence under implementation of the directives of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed recommended the transformation of government services into smart services. This step will contribute to facilitating and accelerating the customers' transactions and dealings, thus enhancing the competitiveness of the UAE globally.
Speaking on Dubai Courts' involvement at the Dubai Government Achievements Exhibition, Al-Mansouri said that the Courts aims to provide an opportunity for those interested to cast their eyes over local, national or international experiences. The Courts' initiatives are centred around achieving the vision of the Courts, ‘Pioneering in Courts Work', as well as achieving one of the Courts' strategic objectives, which is to promote community confidence in the judicial system, its capabilities and potential.
"e-Transformation and smart services in Dubai Courts cover all judicial and administrative sectors. These services highlight the unique experiences of the partnership between the public and private sectors in the e-Systems development in the judicial sector. This can all be credited to our Interactive Department, who have had a head-start in the provision of such services in the Courts," Al-Mansouri added.
The first of its kind in the Middle East, ‘Al-Salfa' e-Service enables law firms and all litigants to register cases electronically, record every detail, upload identification papers, and send them to Dubai Courts online.
Another programme, ‘Sure', involves volunteer lawyers offering free legal consultations and advice to litigants on a wide variety of cases and lawsuits. Dubai Courts provides 950 pro bono legal advice hours for litigants via ‘Sure'. The initiative is implemented in conjunction with the Courts' strategic partners, the Dubai law firms.
The e-Notary public service, which is considered a revolution in the certification process over the Internet, includes 14 different types of certification that are provided by the Notary Public Department within the courts of Dubai. This step has been well received and roundly applauded for saving both time and effort. The service is available in both Arabic and English languages and takes only a matter of a few minutes to complete. The main benefits of the service are security and confidentiality, which is achieved by utilising special features such as water marking and bar-coding.
Among the services showcased at the exhibition was the ‘Nebras' mobile app, which comprises many services of interest to Dubai Courts litigants and customers. The services offered by this app include the ability to access case status, next session date, hall number through case number inquiry, case year and case type. In addition, the app provides an easy way to search the both UAE federal and Dubai local law, along with the latest news of Dubai Courts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Dubai Municipality showcases milestone achievements at Dubai Government Achievements Exhibition


posted on 08/04/2014

Dubai Municipality will highlight its milestone achievements at the Government of Dubai's Achievements Exhibition 2014, which is being held under supervision of the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP) under the theme: "Local Government and Global Achievements" from 8th - 10th April, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Mohamed Al Noori, Director of Corporate Marketing and Relations Department at Dubai Municipality, said, "The DM stand will highlight its most prestigious achievements and developments in the field of green buildings, gardening, agriculture and food control, in addition to other activities.
"It also will explain its steps in implementing the Smart Government Project launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The municipality has formed an internal committee to supervise its smart transformation and put forward an 'IDubai' draft project to provide integrated services on mobile phones to ensure easier life for the community," Noori said.
"Dubai Municipality is the Strategic Sponsor of the Government of Dubai's Achievements Exhibition 2014 that offers a great opportunity for government institutions to showcase their achievements and services as well communicate with stakeholders," he added.
Government entities will interact with their customers and listen to their suggestions with the aim of upgrading their services.
"As Strategic Sponsor, Dubai Municipality will seek new partnerships to further develop its institutional performance as well as exchange expertise under the supervision of DGEP, the initiator of such partnerships," he concluded.
Dr. Ahmed Nuseirat, Coordinator General, Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) said, "In addition to providing the best ways to enhance communication with customers, this exhibition serves as an important platform to further enhance cooperation and integration among government departments and institutions in Dubai, while celebrating their success and excellence in a global context." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE Government Leaders Programme adds category


posted on 07/04/2014

The UAE Government Leaders Programme in the Prime Minister's Office has launched a new category, Creative Leadership, for young Emiratis in the government and private sector.
This will provide training at participants' workplaces.
The new category will focus mainly on leadership development, strategic planning, communication, decision-making, project management and creativity.
The duration of the first batch of the programme will be from June 2014 to November 2015.
In order to qualify for the programme, candidates must have a university degree or equivalent from a recognised university and be 22 to 28 years old.
They must also have two to five years of work experience, and be proficient in Arabic and English, said Obaid Al Ketbi, director of the programme.
"The addition of the new category follows the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to support and nurture national talents and build their leadership capabilities,” said Ohood Al Roumi, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/uae-government-leaders-programme-adds-category-1.1315779

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Government of Dubai's Achievements' exhibition to be held from 8-10 April under the theme "Local Government and Global Achievements"


posted on 06/04/2014

In line with the vision and under the directive of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP), the Secretariat General of the Dubai Executive Council is holding the ‘Government of Dubai's Achievements' exhibition under the theme "Local Government and Global Achievements" from April 8 to 10, 2014, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The show, to be held in coordination with Ministry of Economy, coincides with the 4th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM 2014), the leading regional event, which this year focuses on promoting Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and effective ways to attract investors to various economy sectors in the U.A.E. and the Gulf region.
The world's one-of-kind exhibition is a pioneering government initiative that has attracted participation of Dubai government departments and institutions to showcase their achievements, practical initiatives, development projects and services. This exhibition is in line with the implementation of U.A.E. Vision 2021 with regards to excellence at the international level.
The Government of Dubai's Achievements Exhibition is sponsored by the Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), where several other government departments in Dubai will participate in it including the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), Dubai Police, Dubai Courts, Dubai Public Prosecution (DPP), as well as Roads '&' Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Economic Council (DEC), International City for Humanitarian Services, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment.
Abdullah Al Shibani, Secretary-General of the Dubai Executive Council, and chairman of Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) said, "The Government of Dubai's Achievements Exhibition is organised in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, offering an ideal platform for government bodies to collaborate and share expertise by displaying their emerging projects, initiatives and customer services." "The aim of this exhibition is to highlight the strides made by the Government of Dubai in all sectors to provide better life to the community. We are proud to say this exhibition will successfully showcase to the local and international community the achievements of Dubai government departments and strengthen the partnership between government agencies as well as create new development opportunities performance upgrade. It will also encourage adoption of best practices at both institutional and individual levels as well as achieving the institutional knowledge management at the level of Dubai government," Al Shibani added.
Ahmed Nuseirat, Coordinator General, Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) added: "We at DGEP seek to upgrade the performance of the government departments by raising awareness of a culture of excellence, innovation and quality, while at the same time introducing best management practices and ensuring that proven work processes are adopted in the government sector." Nuseirat added that this show will help accelerate the implementation of strategic plans of Dubai in the run-up to Expo 2020, as the success of Expo is linked to collaboration of government departments and high levels of innovation in providing government services upgrading infrastructure and ensuring sustainable development." Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing '&' Exhibitions, organisers of the show, said, "The Government of Dubai's Achievements Exhibition, that will be held in coordination with Ministry of Economy as part of the 4th AIM, represents an important opportunity to show the achievements of Government of Dubai and spotlighting its key services. It is also an ideal meeting point to connect with customers and strengthen the lead position of Dubai. Moreover, many topics will be discussed on the sidelines of the exhibition such as new dynamic government approach to public services." This is the second edition of the event. The inaugural edition held in 2012 was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed honours winners of government excellence awards


posted on 02/04/2014

Dubai Police, RTA attain lion's share in the awards, followed by Dewa and Dubai Municipality.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honoured the winners of the 17th edition of Dubai Government Excellence Awards (DGEA) in a ceremony held on Tuesday morning at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The event was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group; Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum; Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Court of Ruler of Dubai; Lt.-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai; Juma Al Majid, Chairman of the Juma Centre for Culture and Heritage, heads of departments in Dubai and other dignitaries.
After watching a 3D animation video chronicling the most important achievements between the 16thand 17th editions of the programme, Sheikh Mohammed honoured the winners of all categories of the DGEP.
The General Headquarters of Dubai Police and Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai attained the lion's share in the awards, followed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Municipality. The four won the awards at the categories of work teams and individual level.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Ali Ateeq Majid Al Marri from the General Headquarters of Dubai Police won the award of category of distinguished new employee, while woman distinguished employee award was won by Loulowa Yousif Al Asmakh from the RTA. Employee Saeed Suhail Butti Al Ayali of the General Headquarters of Dubai Police won the award of distinguished employee in the field, while Fouad Ali of the General Headquarters of Dubai Police and Dina Mohammed Abdul Al of the Dubai Health Authority won the distinguished employee awards in the specialised posts.
Speaking on the occasion Sheikh Mohammed said: "We honour our nation when we honour those who serve it to give its citizens abundantly without limits. Our nation is worthy of honour, sacrifice and loyalty by providing it with further cultural and human accomplishments as well as maintaining its national gains and raising its status in a race towards the first place globally.”
The honoured include the distinguished new employee, distinguished female employee, category of distinguished employee in a specialist role, distinguished technical and engineering employee, distinguished administrative and financial employee, distinguished government employee, distinguished technical project, distinguished field initiative, distinguished team performance, distinguished joint government project category, distinguished eGovernment category, best customer satisfaction and best in innovative employees besides unsung heroes and other categories.
Dubai Media Incorporation was accorded a special honour for its outstanding cooperation with the programme by highlighting it in the media. The Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University was also accorded a special honour for hosting the programme's various events and activities as well as for providing logistical support.
Sheikh Mohammed also honoured 15 winners who were given special attention in recognition of the outstanding services they provide to the public.
At the end of the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed congratulated the winners, including government bodies, employees and work teams who deserved the honour for their sincere efforts. "We encourage the winners and praise their faithfulness and dedication in the creative national work.” – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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'The Journey' video brings Mohammed bin Rashid’s story to life


posted on 01/04/2014

The Government of Dubai Media Office (DGMO) yesterday launched "The Journey", a video map highlighting the most important achievements of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The map showcases the ambitious achievements which have earned global glory for Dubai and the UAE and positioned them on a par with the world's most advanced nations. It highlights the record-breaking feats that have made Dubai, and the UAE, a model for evolution and a beacon of development in the region and the world at large.
Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said, "Using 3D graphics, ‘The Journey' has been created in the form of an electronic map which navigates users to sites that were the scene of the most important achievements associated with His Highness' name. 3-D technology has been combined with a rare collection of photographs, in addition to clips related to the key events covered in this journey, which abounds with successes and achievements." The seven-and-a-half minute video was launched via the official website of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, www.sheikhmohammed.ae and His Highness' YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/HHSMohammedBinRashid ‘The Journey' takes viewers on a visual and information tour shedding light on the achievements that have been made thanks to His Highness' guidance, supervision and follow-up in all fields - be it economic, cultural or sports or areas of humanitarian work and volunteering as well as other paths in which the UAE has made distinguished and qualitative achievements, thanks to His Highness' vision.
The DGMO ensured the selection of the most important and the most prominent of a long list of successes that gave Dubai its well-merited standing among the best cities in the developed world and cemented its position as a beacon for growth and development in the region.
The map traces the official positions held by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, starting from assuming the position of Chief of Dubai Police and Public Security in 1969 to taking up the post of Defence Minister of the UAE in 1973, becoming Crown Prince of Dubai in 1995, and assuming the position of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai since 2006.
The work pays special tribute to economy and development. It highlights a series of achievements through which Dubai has created a deeply influential strategy in its rich march of development and modernisation. Among these key achievements are the opening of Port Rashid in 1972, the establishment of Jaddaf Dubai in 1977, construction of the Dubai World Trade Centre in 1978, the opening of Jebel Ali Port in 1979, the launch of Emirates airline in 1985, and the launch of the Dubai Shopping Festival in 1996.
The map also displays, in ascending order, a range of achievements that were born in the context of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
It was the birth of a new phase in the evolution of Dubai when the emirate chose to enter the era of ‘knowledge-based economy', laying the foundations of a group of qualitative and giant projects which have made the emirate the focus of world attention as a unique model in the areas of growth and development in the Arab region.
Some major projects in this period included the launch of the Dubai Quality Award (1994), Dubai Government Excellence Award (1997), Dubai Internet City (1999), the opening of Burj Al Arab Hotel (1999), as well as the launch of Dubai Media City (2000), and the Arab Media Forum (2001). The same year witnessed the launch of the e-Government project, as well as the establishment of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Small and Medium Enterprises, followed by Dubai Healthcare City (2002).
Navigating between time and place, the work also showcases the launch of the Dubai International Financial Centre - DIFC (2002), the opening of Palm Jumeirah (2008), Dubai Metro (2009), and the opening of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building by far in the world (2010) -- right down to the year 2013, during which Dubai made a range of achievements of great significance, such as the launch of the strategic plan for developing Dubai as the hub for the global Islamic economy, and the launch of ‘Smart Government', in addition to the conclusion of the Emirates Airline's biggest deal in the history of global civil aviation. The video map extends to cover a wide range of economic, social, cultural as well as sport achievements accomplished thanks to the futuristic vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed.
The UAE's winning of its bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai crowns the most important achievements of 2013. The event will create a lasting legacy for more than 2 billion people who live in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid meets Mohamed bin Zayed for talks on national issues


posted on 01/04/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at Al Mamoura Building yesterday.
During the meeting, they discussed a variety of issues regarding the nation and welfare and wellbeing of its citizens under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his sound directives for mobilising all resources and potentials for the progress of the country and prosperity of its people.
H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, and a number of senior officials attended the meeting. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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UAE Vice President grants Mohammed bin Rashid Sash to mother of martyr Tareq Al Shehi


posted on 22/03/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has presented the 'Mohammed bin Rashid Sash' to the mother of martyr of duty, Tareq Al Shehi on the occasion of 'Mother's Day".
Sheikh Mohammed visited Hessa Abdullah Al Qadhi at her residence in Sham Area in Ras al-Khaimah and decorated her with the "Mohammed bin Rashid Scarf".
The Vice President affirmed that the highest degrees of sacrifice is that the Mother offers her precious son for the sake of the homeland.
He added that the mother of the martyr and all mothers of Emirati martyrs are the true model of the UAE mothers and they are a role model for all mothers and they worth permanent honouring and appreciation.
Sheikh Mohammed also pointed out that martyr's reputation and love demonstrate good morals, noble values and principles that have been instilled in him since early childhood, adding that honouring is a kind of thanks and appreciation for the mother of Tareq.
He also reiterated that Tareq is martyr of the whole UAE and not only his family and he is the son of the UAE and his mother's sacrifice for the homeland makes her a model for all Emirati mothers.
The Vice President added that Tareq's sons will be under his personal care and guard since the UAE is only one family and the country never forgets those who sacrificed their lives for its sake and names of mothers of the martyrs would be immortal in the history of the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Lt. General Misbah bin Rashid AI Fattan, Director of the Office of the Vice-President, and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Abu Dhabi Government and UAE Central Bank sign US$ 20bn refinancing agreements with Dubai Government


posted on 17/03/2014

The Abu Dhabi Department of Finance and Central Bank of the UAE yesterday announced the signing of an agreement between Abu Dhabi Government and Dubai Government for refinancing of a US$ 10 billion loan, and the Central Bank of the UAE also signed an agreement for re-discounting of bonds issued by Dubai Government of US$ 10 billion value.
In both cases, the tenure was set at five (5) years renewable, with a fixed interest rate of 1 per cent through the entire tenure.
Dubai Government was granted these facilities, which fall due during the current year, back in 2009.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Department and Chairman of Dubai's Supreme Fiscal Committee, signed for the Dubai Government, while Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, signed for Abu Dhabi Government, and Khalifa Mohamed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE, signed on behalf of the Central Bank.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum expressed his thanks and gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE "May Allah Preserve him" and H.H. General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for their continued support of the national economy. He also highlighted that their wise directives and sound steps during the past years were instrumental in enabling the UAE to successfully encounter the economic challenges resulting from the global financial crisis, acting as a major engine for the sustainable economic development the country is currently witnessing.
These agreements are made within the context of its parties continued efforts to boost the competitiveness of the UAE economy on both regional and international levels, and to reflect the upturns Dubai domestic economy has witnessed over the past few years, which played a crucial role in drawing a number of major investment schemes and important events, latest of which was the success of the UAE's (represented by Dubai) bid to host Expo 2020.
In his statement, Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, said, "The UAE ranks 30th amongst the world's largest economies, a fact that reflects its significant economic status and role. The signing of these agreements is aimed at boosting the economic recovery the country is witnessing, and would contribute to realisation of the vision of our wise leadership, which aims at supporting sustainable economic development and ensuring prosperity and welfare for the UAE and its people. I would also like to reiterate Abu Dhabi Government's firm commitment to support and develop the UAE economy to new levels by providing an attractive investment and economic environment which would enhance its competitiveness on both regional and international levels." Khalifa Mohamed Al Kindi stated, "Signing of these agreements is consistent with the UAE's prudent financial policy which aims at supporting and promoting economic growth. We, at the Central Bank, are constantly seeking to maintain a strong economy and a sound banking sector." It is noteworthy that refinancing of these loans would further boost growth and prosperity of UAE economy and is expected to reflect positively on the various industrial, commercial and real estate sectors, and hence further establish the UAE's position as a leading economy on both regional and international levels. – Emirates News Agency,

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Abu Dhabi Executive Council members sworn in before Mohamed bin Zayed


posted on 17/03/2014

Upon the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, new members of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council took oath here yesterday before His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces at Al Mushrif Palace.
The sworn in ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Transport, Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Authority Affairs, Hamad Mohammed Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Finance and Nasser Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Energy Authority and Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi stressed keenness of the UAE President on updating and developing integrated government services to boost the competitiveness of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi so as to meet the needs of the country, citizens and preserve the national identity.
He added that huge responsibility is awaiting the members of executive council to further push sustainable development and keep pace with innovative and effective initiatives to upgrade the government performance. He noted that there are mechanisms to gauge government work in the executive council in order to improve the performance and work efficiency.
Sheikh Mohamed wished them success in their new duties and thanked the former executive council members for their efforts during their tenure in office.
For their part, the new members pledged to the UAE President to work harder with loyalty and self-denial to implement his directives in service of the dear homeland and Emirati people.
The following members took oath before the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi: Saeed Eid Al Ghafli, Chairman of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Ali Majed Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development, Dr. Amel Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council, Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Deputy General Commander of Abu Dhabi Police. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Khalifa reshuffles Abu Dhabi Executive Council


posted on 16/03/2014

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi Emirate, has issued an Emiri decree appointing His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
The President also issued a second Emiri decree on the restructuring of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. According to the decree, the following Sheikhs and officials were appointed: H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Crown Prince Court, member H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, member Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Transport, member Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, member Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Authority Affairs, member Hamad Mohammed Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Finance, member Nasser Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Energy Authority, member Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority, member Saeed Eid Al Ghafli, Chairman of the Department of Municipal Affairs, member Ali Majed Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development, member Dr. Amel Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council, member Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Deputy General Commander of Abu Dhabi Police, member. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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UAE calls for more efforts to stamp out extremism


posted on 14/03/2014

Baghdad: The United Arab Emirates has urged the international community to exert more efforts towards eradicating extremism.
Fares Al Mazrouei, UAE's Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs, who is heading the country's delegation to the Counter-terrorism conference in Baghdad, said in a speech yesterday that the international community was still witnessing growing forms of terrorism and organised crime.
"The UAE believes that the motives of extremism and terrorism are not linked to a certain ethnicity, culture or belief and renews through this gathering its condemnation of terrorism," he added.
Al Mazrouei expressed the hope that the conference will arrive at tangible outcomes to further strengthen efforts to fight terrorism in all its forms. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Decree on Dubai fiscal policy issued


posted on 14/03/2014

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued Decree No 15 of 2014 amending some provisions of Decree No 24 of 2007, concerning the formation of the Supreme Committee of Fiscal Policy in Dubai.
As per Decree No 15, the text of Article 01 of Decree 24 of 2007 has been amended to read: "A permanent committee is formed under the name ‘The Supreme Committee of Fiscal Policy in Dubai' with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum as Chairman; the Director-General of the Dubai Ruler's Court Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani as Vice-Chairman, and with the membership of the Director-General of the Department of Finance in Dubai Abdul Rahman Al Saleh, the CEO and Managing Director of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Governor Essa Kazim.”The decree is effective from the date of its issuance and shall be published in the official Gazette. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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President confers First Class Independence order on Arab Labour Organisation's Director-General


posted on 13/03/2014

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has bestowed the "First Class Independence Order" on Director-General of the Arab Labour Organisation, Ahmed Mohammed Luqman, in recognition to his outstanding services to the joint Arab action.
H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, received the Director-General of the Arab Labour Organisation, this morning at the Presidential Palace and decorated him with the Order.
Sheikh Mansour congratulated Luqman for receiving this honour, commending his meritorious contribution at Arab and international levels.
During the meeting, he also stressed the important role of the Arab Labour Organisation in boosting the march of joint Arab action.
Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour and Rashid Al Amri, Under-Secretary for the Government Coordination Department at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs attended the meeting.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has bestowed the "First Class Independence Order" on Director-General of the Arab Labour Organisation, Ahmed Mohammed Luqman, in recognition to his outstanding services to the joint Arab action.
H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, received the Director-General of the Arab Labour Organisation, this morning at the Presidential Palace and decorated him with the Order.
Sheikh Mansour congratulated Luqman for receiving this honour, commending his meritorious contribution at Arab and international levels.
During the meeting, he also stressed the important role of the Arab Labour Organisation in boosting the march of joint Arab action.
Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour attended the meeting. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Sultan Al Qasimi approves Dh15.4 billion budget for Government of Sharjah


posted on 13/03/2014

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved the general budget of the Government of Sharjah, which translates his strategic vision for the emirate in various economic, social and infrastructure development fields.
Throughout the process of preparing the general budget for 2014, the wise directives of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah crystallised into hard work on bringing happiness and prosperity to Sharjah citizens and residents and continuous development of the scientific and cultural characteristics that distinguish the emirate locally and regionally, given that it represents a cultural tributary and a scientific edifice for other societies.
Walid Al Sayegh, Director General of Sharjah's Central Finance Department, noted that the general budget had increased in terms of expenditure by nearly 7 percent, amounting to Dh15.4 billion compared to Dh14.5 billion in 2013. The increase was particularly in wages and salaries, which have gone up by 16 percent compared to 2013. Operating expenses have also risen by 9 percent compared to last year.
With regard to the sectoral distribution of the general budget, 47 percent has been allocated to the economic sector. The social development and infrastructure sectors have been allocated about 11 percent and 26 percent respectively. As for the government services sector, it has been allocated nearly 16 percent. These indicators reflect the extraordinary attention given by the government to the development of Sharjah's economic and social systems, for the purpose of strengthening its competitive role in many critical areas, including education, culture and economy, on the regional and international levels.
Al Sayegh clarified that total government revenue has jumped by 8 percent compared to 2013, which reflects the great efforts exerted by government departments and organisations to increase revenues and develop government services for clients and the entire society.
The Director General of Sharjah's Central Finance Department affirmed that the budget process of the Sharjah Government, which is based on many performance indicators in several strategic government sectors, has contributed to improving the methodology of preparing the general budget, linking it to government priorities and directing it towards areas that achieve welfare and prosperity in the emirate. This enhances Sharjah's ability to continue developing its solid base culturally, socially, medically and economically. – Emirates News Agency,

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Abdullah Ghobash launches Ministry of State website


posted on 07/03/2014

Abdullah bin Mohammed Saeed Ghobash, Minister of State, has launched the website of the Ministry of State in response to, and in line with, the vision of the U.A.E. government, which aims to contribute in the facilitation of customer services and give speedy access to information and services provided by the Federal government through its website.
Ghobash pointed out that the launching of the new website, http://www.minister.gov.ae, comes in accordance with the best local and international standards to facilitate access to information and speedy completion of government transactions, noting that the site was created to support the use of services electronically according to specific standards for federal sites as issued by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
Ghobash noted that the launching of the federal government electronic services by the Ministry reflects the significant progress achieved by the U.A.E. in the field of technology, noting that Government practices have now reached advanced levels that are similar to the practices of companies and the private sector in the provision of services, which will enable the government to achieve its goal of becoming a "smart government".
The website, which launched in both Arabic and English languages, also includes relevant 'contact us' information, which gives up-to-date contact numbers to facilitate communication with the Ministry, in addition to an illustrated map to the Ministry's website. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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President issues Decree appointing Lubna Al Qasimi as President of Zayed University


posted on 05/03/2014

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a Federal Decree appointing Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, as President of Zayed University. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohamed bin Zayed names Lubna member at ADFD


posted on 26/02/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has issued a resolution appointing Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, as member at the board of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:

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Ratings launched for government service centres


posted on 25/02/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has stressed that all service centres at Ministries and federal institutions will comply with the Star System Rating.
He added that the classification of these centres would be from two stars to seven stars, according to the standards of provision of services to the private sector, noting that external auditors will participate in the rating process to ensure the neutrality of the evaluation panel.
Sheikh Mohammed said the number of stars indicating the rating of a government centre would put be on plates outside the centre so that a client knows the level of service, adding that: "It is the right of every official to know the level of his/her services compared to the rest of the ministries." The remarks were made during the launch of results of the first phase of rating of 75 government centres assessed in accordance with the new Star Rating System. Three government service centres attained a five-star rating.
Sheikh Mohammed also launched the first five-star plate in accordance with the new classification of the service centre in the office of the Ministry of Justice in Abu Dhabi. Some 33 government service centres were rated four stars, while another 39 centres were rated three stars. The assessment process will cover all the customer service centres in the federal agencies spread across the country by the end of 2014.
Sheikh Mohammed said, "We stated before that we want the government service centres to be like hotels. And today as we start implementation, 5, 000 employees have been trained on the new measures of rating. We have so far assessed 75 government centres. Our objective is to evaluate 400 government service centres in the next months.
He added that the UAE government seeks to compete with the private sector to convey a message to all that the government service centres are innovative and hospitable, noting that "the essential part of the government service is the way to offer it. And the most important of all transactions is the satisfaction of clients." Sheikh Mohammed underscored that the value of an employee lies in his/her service to public. "This is our approach, vision and government method".
He added that the rating of the government service in accordance to the star rating system is an Emirati experience launched by Emirati cadres. "We have asked them to stick to the world's private sector standards when assessing the institutions. Our aim is to make the UAE one of the exporting countries regarding the best world practices in providing the government services," he said.
The project to evaluate the service centres launched by Sheikh Mohammed would achieve a quality shift in the efficiency of government services and elevate them to the international standards.
The event was attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Hadef bin Joan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, Musbeh bin Rashid Al Fattan, Director of office Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director General of Protocol and Hospitality. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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