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Live on Twitter, Mohammad overhauls UAE Government


posted on 09/02/2016

In a major overhaul of the UAE's federal government structure on Monday, several ministries were restructured and new ministerial positions created to improve efficiency and effective delivery of services.
The sweeping changes were announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during a live dialogue on Twitter as part of the three-day World Government Summit.
The new government will have fewer ministries, but more ministers handling national, strategic and dynamic portfolios.
"In the new structure of the federal government, we will have a roadmap for outsourcing most of the government services to the private sector,” Shaikh Mohammad said.
President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has approved the largest structural changes in the federal government, he added.
The ministries restructured or merged include the ministries of education, higher education, health, labour, social affairs, environment and water, culture, foreign affairs and the cabinet affairs.
Youth
In a major initiative to harness energy of youth, a Council of Youth chaired by a woman Minister of State for Youth whose age is no more than 22 years will be established. The council will have a group of male and female members who will serve as advisers to the government on youth issues.
Similarly, a board of Emirati scientists, researchers and academics has been created to provide scientific advice and knowledge to the government.
In another significant announcement, a new post of Minister of State for Happiness will channel policies and plans to achieve a happier society.
"We introduced the post of Minister of State for Happiness whose mission is to channel policies and plans to achieve a happier society,” Shaikh Mohammad tweeted.
Tolerance
Another ministerial portfolio named ‘The Minister of State for Tolerance' was created to establish tolerance as a fundamental value of UAE society.
In other changes, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education will be merged under one minister supported by two ministers of state.
An independent entity will be created to manage public schools that will be run by a dedicated board. "Public schools will enjoy a great level of power and independence,” Shaikh Mohammad tweeted.
The new entity will be tasked with achieving national educational goals. "We have extended the mandate of the Ministry of Education to supervise all levels from nurseries to higher education,” he added.
Shaikh Mohammad also announced the establishment of a Higher Council of Education and Human Resources to lead comprehensive change for the future.
Health
Shaikh Mohammad also announced a structural change in the Ministry of Health, which has been renamed as Ministry of Health and Prevention.
"We launched an independent entity to oversee and manage public hospitals,” he tweeted. The role of the ministry will evolve to focus more on the protection of society from diseases and preventing diseases, he added. The Ministry of Labour will also see changes as it will become the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
Tanmia, the national human resources development and employment authority, will be attached to the new ministry.
Shaikh Mohammad also announced that the Ministry of Social Affairs has been renamed the Ministry of Community Development. "We have also integrated the marriage fund in the Ministry of Social Affairs,” he said.
Environment
The Ministry of Environment and Water has been renamed the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and the Ministry of Culture will become the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.
The National Council of Tourism and Antiquities will be part of the Ministry of Economy, and the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been extended to oversee UAE's international aid.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also include two ministers of state tasked with overseeing foreign aid and enhancing country's international relations.
The Ministry of International Cooperation and Development will become part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will be called the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Ministry of Cabinet Affairs has been tasked with devising future strategies and to become The Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.
During the live conversation, Shaikh Mohammad also explained that the magnitude of the changes taking place and the high ambitions of the UAE people require a new way of thinking in terms of government structure and work mechanism.
"Change creates bigger opportunities and injects fresh blood and ideas. It compels everyone to think differently, and we will do whatever is good for our people,” he tweeted.
Skill-building

He called for a government that does not think of providing services only, but of building the skills of its citizens and providing an environment that encourages achievements.
"When we say we want a government that places human happiness as its priority and focus of concern, we mean every word,” he said.
Shaikh Mohammad highlighted that today we are at the beginning of a new era whose main themes are development of knowledge, supporting science and research and the use of exceptional young talent.
"We want a government that places man, family, education, knowledge and ambitions as the core of its agenda, a government that ensures fundamental rights of realising one's aspirations.
"We want a government whose main goal is building a utopian society, a tolerant environment, cohesive families, educated generations, and equal economic opportunities for all,” he tweeted.
Shaikh Mohammad described the last decade as one based on building policies, strategies, and tools. "The next 10 years will be a decade of confidently moving forward to the future with its changes, challenges, and competitiveness,” he said.
Key structural changes

New post of Minister of State for Tolerance created to establish tolerance as a fundamental value of the UAE society.
A board of Emirati scientists, researchers and academics set up to provide scientific advice and knowledge to the government.
The Ministry of Cabinet Affairs has been tasked with devising future strategies and will become the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future.
New post of Minister of State for Happiness created to channel policies and plans to create a happier society.
A Council of Youth will be established and chaired by a woman Minister of State for Youth whose age is no more than 22 years. The council will have an elite group of young men and women who will serve as advisers to the government.
Ministry of Health renamed Ministry of Health and Prevention.
Ministry of Social Affairs renamed the Ministry of Community Development.
Ministry of Labour renamed Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
The Ministry of Culture renamed Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.
Ministry of Environment and Water renamed the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
Ministry of Social Affairs renamed the Ministry of Community Development.
Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education will be merged under one minister supported by two ministers of state. Mandate of overseeing nurseries moved to the Ministry of Education.
National Council of Tourism and Antiquities will be part of the Ministry of Economy.
The role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expanded to include supervising the UAE's foreign aid. Two ministers of state will oversee foreign aid. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/live-on-twitter-mohammad-overhauls-uae-government-1.1668607

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Mohammed bin Rashid to announces major structural changes to UAE government


posted on 08/02/2016

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is holding a live conversation with his 10 million followers on social media tomorrow, Monday, at 6:30pm.
Through the hashtag #world_government_summit, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid will express his vision for the next generation of government and announce major structural changes to the UAE federal government in preparation for the next stage of development in the UAE.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid will also spend one hour to answer questions sent by members of the public through the summit's hashtag. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395291283536.html

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Abu Dhabi Executive Council adopts flexible work hours during bad weather conditions to ensure employees' safety


posted on 07/02/2016

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council issued a circular to government entities and companies operating in Abu Dhabi requesting the adoption of controls and regulations, and the taking of necessary measures to guarantee flexible office working hours for employees in bad weather conditions in order to ensure their safety and avoid road accidents.
The circular included a number of guidelines that ask government entities to set the appropriate internal regulations, controls and instructions to guarantee the safety of employees and maintain the work flow. They come in response to occupational and human resources safety and health requirements aimed at supporting the implementation of procedures and regulations proposed in this regard.
The circular further requested coordination with concerned entities to identify bad weather conditions that may require entities to warn their employees and informing them of such conditions using internal communication channels. It also called for raising awareness on the importance of avoiding being on the road during bad weather conditions and bad visibility, and to give priority to external roads.
Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, Head of the Security, Justice, Health and Safety Committee at the Abu Dhabi Executive Council stated that "Guaranteeing the safety of employees is the top priority on the agenda of the Government of Abu Dhabi. The Executive Council's decision improves the performance system and confirms the importance of human capital as the engine of any progress. It was therefore necessary to make available all means possible to ensure the employees' safe arrival to and departure from work according to the best public safety requirements."
He added that "Coordination is ongoing with government entities within the Government of Abu Dhabi to implement a mechanism to immediately execute the circular, and improve communication channels with employees to inform them of such conditions". – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395291230745.html

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A young minister will inject fresh ideas


posted on 06/02/2016

UAE leadership has always believed in the capabilities of the youth in the march to progress, a local newspaper has said.
The Dubai-based daily 'Gulf News' said in a commentary yesterday the youth played a key role in building the UAE. Now, they will have a pivotal role in shaping the future of the nation as it realises its dreams of a space programme, establishes itself as a hub of education and looks at a world beyond oil.
"This is the message that His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, underlined when he asked universities to nominate three men and three women under the age of 25 for a ministerial job. He also asked members of the public to nominate one person. Sheikh Mohammad said youth under the age of 25 comprise half of Arab societies. It is, therefore, natural that attention be given to them and their concerns," the paper said.
It went on to say: "Sheikh Mohammad has always been a role model for the youth, inspiring them to create, innovate and become leaders of society. He believes in their capabilities and their role in society. Sheikh Mohammad has created countless opportunities for them in every sphere and every tier of life so that they can succeed. He has visited educational institutions, stressing that education is the foundation they must build for a bright future."
Sheikh Mohammad assumed the role of Vice-President and Prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai 10 years ago and during this time, he has believed that the youth are needed to inject energy and innovation in society. Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, embodies the trust Sheikh Mohammad has in the capabilities of the youth. She held key positions such as Deputy Chief of Mission at the UAE Embassy in Washington, before she was made Minister of State in the Cabinet. Al Hashimy delivered a rousing speech in Paris when Dubai presented its bid for Expo2020. As Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, she carries a massive responsibility to ensure the success of the event.
The UAE has always led the way in terms of innovation and technology. The leadership realises that is the key to progress. From space and Mars programmes, E-governance to apps that make life easier, the UAE has shown it looks ahead to the future. And the future of a nation is the youth. A minister under the age of 25 will be able to relate to the ideas, dreams and challenges of the youth. The minister will infuse energy and communicate fresh ideas that are needed for development.
The paper concluded by saying the youth will have a voice in the Cabinet. And a country this committed to its youth will always be a pioneer. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395291181249.html

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Higher Committee for Sharjah Consultative Council election announces winners of 21 seats


posted on 02/02/2016

Higher Committee for Sharjah Consultative Council election (HCSCCE), announced on Monday the preliminary list of 21 winners after counting the votes .
A total of 195 candidates, including 43 women, were competing for half of the council's 42 seats spread across Kalba, Khor Fakkan, Al Dhaid, Dibba Al Hisn, Al Batayeh, Mleiha, Al Hamriya and Al Madam. The remaining 21 members of the council will be appointed by the Ruler of Sharjah.
Members of the Higher Committee for the SCC election (HCSCCE) said the first SCC polls recorded a 67 per cent voter turnout.
The total number of votes polled stood at 16,696. The number of male voters stood at 9,694 (58 per cent ) while the female voter turnout was recorded at 7,002 (42 per cent ). – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395291010978.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi inducted as member of the International Committee of Financing Global Education


posted on 31/01/2016

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, confirmed that providing education opportunities for people in developing countries and poor communities has become a key requirement in light of the recently-adopted 2030 Agenda and its accompanying Sustainable Development Goals. As a tool to overcome challenges and cultivate knowledge-based economies, education has become fundamental to achieving sustainable development.
This came as part of Sheikha Lubna's statement during her participation in the second meeting of the International Committee of Financing for Global Education, held yesterday in London, where she was official inducted as a member of the Committee in honor of the UAE's leadership in foreign assistance. The Committee highlighted the UAE's efforts in the education sector as a major part of the campaign to achieve both the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and the newly-established Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
The meeting been attended by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, and Peter Mutharika, Malawi President.
The Committee discusses the mechanisms necessary to create educational opportunities for people in developing countries and poor communities, as well as the millions of children who drop out of school annually around the world. It also addresses the educational needs of refugees and displaced persons, and develops scenarios to help catalyse education efforts to further promote economic growth and stability. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290900507.html

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Sharjah local polls come to an end today


posted on 31/01/2016

The four-day Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) election entered the final day, with counting of votes set to begin at 8pm at Al Qasimia University Auditorium.
According to the directives of the Supreme Committee for the SCC polls, the counting will be broadcast live on all television networks and other media outlets of Sharjah Media Corporation throughout the night until all the results and winners have been announced.
In accordance with the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the first local election in the emirate is being held under the slogan of 'Take Part in Decision Making'.
Citizens, heeding to the call of Dr Shaikh Sultan to involve in the decision making process, thronged polling booths on Saturday, the third day to cast their votes at various polling centres.
Mansour Mohammad Nassar, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for SCC Elections, urged citizens who registered for voting to reach the nearest polling station to cast their votes to select 21 members, the half of the number of seats at SCC.
He added that the day three of the election also saw a number of dignitaries who visited the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, the main polling centre.
Nasser hailed the "remarkable national experience", expressing his satisfaction with the enthusiastic response from the citizens, heralding a new phase of democracy in the country's history.
"Sharjah is witnessing an important period and a new phase of democracy, a democracy that was always present and reflected in our society and our country, as well as in our identity, of which we are proud," he said.
Four candidates withdrew their nominations during the three days of voting held across nine centres.
Ahmed Al Jarwan, Head of Election Management Committee said that there were no violations reported during the last three days of the voting at any of the polls station across the emirate. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/government/sharjah-local-polls-come-to-an-end-today

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Sharjah polls sees strong turnout on second day


posted on 30/01/2016

The second day of voting for the Sharjah Consultative Council (SSC) elections saw strong voter turnout at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club polling station.
Sultan Bin Buti Al Muhairi, Member of the Higher Committee of the Election, announced that for two days of polling, a total of 8,549 voters participated in the nine polling stations in the emirate.
Male voters accounted for 5,099 -- or 59.6 per cent -- while female voters accounted for 3,450, or 40 per cent.
Obaid Al Tunaiji, Head of the Election Committee at Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club polling station, told Gulf News that he expected the numbers to grow as the day progressed. "The centres have the capacity to accommodate large numbers of voters,” he said. "We are the [biggest] centre in terms of number of voters.”
Al Tunaiji said that the process of casting a vote takes less than two minutes for each individual.
With 16 counters and around 37 employees helping voters, the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club polling centre witnessed smooth polling.
The centre also includes police and civil defence operations room, as well as teams from the Ambulance Centre in cases of emergency.
Colonel Mohammad Rashid Bayat, Director of Sharjah Police operations, and member of the Election Committee, told Gulf News that in an event of this nature where there is a large turnout of people, they have all contingency plans in place.
However, he said, everything went off smoothly. "We did not receive any complaints from voters yesterday or today,” he added. "We deployed a number of police patrols to regulate traffic and offer help to people.”
Voters said services provided by the centre were excellent.
Hamda Ali, 37, was proud to be taking part in the voting. "We are honoured to participate in the development of the emirate. This is the least we can do. It is a beautiful thing that we are offered this opportunity to elect people to the council who can convey our issues to the council,” she said.
She was accompanied by her husband and her entire family had voted, she said.
Halima Obaid, 68, came in a wheelchair to vote for the first time in her life. "This is a historic day and we should be part of it,” she said. "I encourage all Emiratis to take part in the elections,” she added.
Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works, expressed happiness at the high voter turnout.
He expressed pride in his participation in this outstanding democratic experience.
Mansour Mohammad Nassar, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for SCC Elections, announced that on the first day of voting, a total of 5,001 voters participated in the nine polling stations in the emirate.
Counting the ballots
Ahmad Saeed Al Jarwan, Head of Election Administration Committee, told Gulf News that 70 voting boxes are being used across the nine polling centres; on Friday, 36 of the boxes were used. Voting began at 8am and there was a break during prayer time (Jumaa prayer).
"We resumed voting at 2pm. Each box carries a code and is secured till the day of counting,” Al Jarwan said.
He lauded the enthusiastic response to the first council polls for Sharjah, describing it as a stepping stone to the emirate's democratic experience.
The Election Committee has made arrangements to begin the counting of votes on Sunday, January 31, which is also the last day of voting, at Al Qasimia University.
Al Jarwan said the counting process will be telecast live on various television channels and media outlets of Sharjah Media Corporation. The live transmission will continue throughout the night until the declaration of results, he added.
Citizens in Sharjah have the opportunity to elect representatives of their choice for half of the 42-member council, making themselves part of the decision-making process and governance in the emirate.
A total of 195 candidates, including 43 women, are competing for seats spread across Kalba, Khorfakkan, Dhaid, Dibba Al Hisn, Bataeh, Maliha, Hamriya, and Maddam in an election that is being held under the slogan of ‘Take Part in Decision Making,' following the directives of His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
Voters are entitled to choose from candidates in the electoral zone they belong to.
Up to 24,952 people above the age of 21, including 13,794 men and 11,158 women, from across the emirate have registered as voters and will be casting their ballots at any of the nine polling stations over the next two days, between 8am and 8pm. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/sharjah-polls-sees-strong-turnout-on-second-day-1.1662270

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Sharjah makes history as citizens cast vote in first Sharjah Consultative Council elections


posted on 29/01/2016

The first-ever historic elections to the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) got off to an exciting start yesterday with citizens turning up in droves with great enthusiasm to cast their votes at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club polling centre in Sharjah city and at dedicated polling centres across the Emirate.
Huge crowds were seen at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club and other polling centres across nine Electoral College constituencies in the Emirate from the morning on the day one of the 4-day long first-of-its-kind electoral exercise, with many of them arriving well before 8am.
Citizens in Sharjah have the opportunity to elect representatives of their choice for half of the 42-member Council, making themselves part of the decision-making process and governance in the Emirate. A total of 195 candidates, including 43 women, are competing for seats spread across Kalba, Khorfakkan, Dhaid, Dibba Al Hisn, Bataeh, Maliha, Hamriya, and Madam in an election that is being held under the slogan of ‘Take Part in Decision Making,' following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Election Committee, who visited the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club to observe the polling on the day one, hailed the Sharjah polls as a positive and historic development.
Noting the popular response to the first direct elections to the SCC, Dr Anwar Gargash emphasised that the democratic experience is part of the vision of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, unveiled through the Tamkeen (Empowerment) programme to empower the people and involve them in the decision-making process.
Dr Gargash praised Sharjah and the Election Committee for the smooth conduct of the first SCC elections and the organised popular participation in the entire exercise. The Minister, who is also Chairman of the National Election Committee, talked about the keenness of His Highness the Sharjah Ruler to encourage and ensure public participation in the governance and decision-making process of the Emirate and thus in its development.
Pointing out to the outstanding democratic experience of the UAE, Dr Gargash said it is a successful role model for the whole of Arab world in terms of addressing the aspirations of the people and national development. Arguing that the ongoing elections reflect the maturity of the UAE's democratic experiment, Dr Gargash said that the direct elections to the Sharjah Council offer a great opportunity to young people to demonstrate their abilities and have their say in the affairs and development of the Emirate.
The elections to the highest advisory and decision-making body in the Emirate are being seen as a historic first and a celebration of democracy. The decision to hold the elections came after His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah announced that the SCC would have half of its 42 members directly elected for the upcoming term, while the rest of the members will be appointed by the Ruler.
Voters are entitled to choose from candidates in the electoral zone they belong to. Up to 24,952 people above the age of 21, including 13,794 men and 11,158 women, from across the Emirate have registered as voters and are set to cast their ballots at any of the nine polling stations over the next four days, between 8am and 8pm.
Speaking earlier Mansour Mohammad Nassar, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for SCC Elections, hailed the "remarkable national experience", expressing his satisfaction with the enthusiastic response to the new phase of democracy in the country's history. "The sons and daughters of the nation have answered the call of the leadership to be involved in the decision-making process and have an effective say in Sharjah's affairs and development. This is a day that His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah has been waiting for, and it makes us all proud," he said.
"Sharjah is witnessing an important period and a new phase of democracy, a democracy that was always present and reflected in our society and our country, as well as in our identity, of which we are proud," he emphasised.
Dr Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Head of the Media Committee of the SCC Elections, also lauded the enthusiastic popular response to the first polls for the Sharjah body, describing it as an important stepping stone to the Emirate's democratic experience. Earlier, Dr Al Midfa said that following the directives of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, the Election Committee has made the arrangement to start the counting of votes on Sunday, January 31, which is also the last day of voting, at Al Qasimia University.
The counting process will be telecast live on various television channels and media outlets of Sharjah Media Corporation. The live transmission will continue throughout the night until the end of the counting and declaration of results, he added. "This is a celebration of democracy which the smiling Emirate of Sharjah truly deserves. This crowning moment has arrived after the journey of 16 long years and after a lot of hard work."
Meanwhile, Tariq Al Naqbi, Director of Sharjah Media Centre (SMC), the media and communication arm of the Sharjah Government, whose team of national employees cast their votes yesterday (Thursday, January 28), said that this is a moment of great national pride for all Emiratis in general and the Emirate of Sharjah in particular. Al Naqbi said that it was a thrilling and incredibly gratifying experience to be part of Sharjah's first and historic elections.
Al Naqbi said: "This is yet another feather in the cap of Sharjah, the Cultural Capital of the Arab and Islamic world, and the UAE and an important milestone in the journey of a young nation. We thank His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and the UAE leadership for offering this opportunity. I believe this is just the first step of an exciting journey for the Emirate and a more promising future and opportunities are in store for Sharjah."
The Sharjah Government entities and departments, which, led by their heads, sent their employees in groups to vote on the day one of the poll, included Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah Department of Economic Development, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Police, Directorate of Human Resources, Sharjah Media Corporation, Department of Culture and Information, Social Services Department, Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), Department of Information and eGovernment, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Education Council and Beeah. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290865003.html

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UAE bent on development, sustainability and global peace, says Nahyan bin Mubarak


posted on 29/01/2016

The tremendous progress UAE has witnessed since 45 years is due to the country's ability to evolve and its steady pursuit of development, sustainability and global peace, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, has said.
Sheikh Nahyan made the remarks during a dinner he hosted last night for a business delegation from the US state of Texas, a delegation from the Washington-based Zayed Institute of Paediatric Surgical Innovations (SZIPSI) and a delegation of the Indian cinema industry.
"The UAE is like an Arab tent which combines under it shadow people from different nationalities, races, cultures and beliefs. The UAE is committed to respecting this diversity and understanding the people's different backgrounds," he said.
Sheikh Nahyan further said the UAE seeks to diversify its resources, recalling a statement by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan that the nation's key investment is its qualified and skilled youth.
"Thanks to the wise policies of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE is now playing a vital role in global stability and development. The country is heavily involved in the international efforts to develop energy and is a force to reckon with in terms of innovation, development and progress in the Middle East," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290861985.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid most "liked" GCC leader on Facebook


posted on 25/01/2016

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the most popular leader on Facebook in the Gulf Cooperation Council, with over 5 million "likes" on the platform, according to a new study by Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm.
Sheikh Mohammed, who joined the social networking site in 2009, also ranks third in the list of the most followed leaders on Facebook from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Sheikh Mohammed, who has more than 11.4 million followers across a number of social networks including twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google +, is a pioneer in using social media platforms in the Arab world.
The study, World Leaders on Facebook, is Burson-Marsteller's latest research into how world leaders, governments and international organisations communicate via social media. Over the past eight years, Facebook has emerged as the platform of choice for world leaders and governments to engage with their constituents. According to the study, 169 of the 193 UN member states maintain an official Facebook page.
"Home to a young, increasingly connected and mobile population, the MENA region is progressing into a dynamic and vibrant area. The UAE, in particular, is known for its open business environment, cosmopolitan nature and impressive adoption of smart devices, making it a model country of what is best about the region," said Sunil John, Founder and CEO of ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller. "With the UAE government's focus on the development of smart services, the leadership remains on the pulse of public consciousness- a value that is captured by the engaging, transparent and informative social media presence of Sheikh Mohammed.
The study also found that 87 heads of state, 82 heads of government and 51 foreign ministers maintain personal pages on the platform. Additionally, as of 4 January 2016, the combined accumulated total of ‘likes' from world leaders reached 230,489,257 and had published a total of 302,456 posts.
"This first study about governments' use of Facebook provides valuable insights about the communications practices of political leaders around the world," said Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO, Burson-Marsteller. "Corporations, NGOs and other sectors can learn a great deal from the way governments and their leaders use Facebook. By showing their human side, they are creating a closer relationship with their citizens." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290702969.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid says UAE a global humanitarian leader


posted on 18/01/2016

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday stressed that the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has become a global humanitarian leader and one of the world's most generous supporters of international humanitarian causes.
He was speaking during the launch of the High-Level Panel report on Humanitarian Financing Report to the United Nations Secretary-General, entitled "Too important to fail – addressing the humanitarian financing gap."
The report which tackles the issue of finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief, was launched here yesterday in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Thanking the United Nations and its secretary-general for launching the report in the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the UAE continues to establish itself as a global humanitarian capital H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance; HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City; Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development of the UAE; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Chairperson of Dubai Cares, and others were present at the event. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290418314.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid unveils five-star rating plaque in Ajman Land and Property Department


posted on 14/01/2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has commended the efforts made by H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, and his direct follow-up to develop all aspects of life in the Emirate of Ajman and to activate the role of government agencies along with developing its work to achieve the ambitions and aspirations of the citizens.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid hailed the Customer Service Centre at Ajman Land and Property Department on receiving its five-star rating in accordance with the Global Star Rating System for Services of the Federal Government.
The remarks were made during Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's visit to the Customer Service Centre at the Land and Property Department in the Emirate of Ajman, unveiling a five-star rating plaque received by the centre and thus becoming the first local government entity evaluated according to the system.
Also present at the ceremony were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, 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, Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Land and Property Department, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, and Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, along with a number of officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290249054.html

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UAE succeeded in innovating government leadership models: Mohammed bin Rashid


posted on 11/01/2016

The UAE Government has succeeded in building ambitious future leaders who are able to drive government development and confidently fulfil the country's target of being among the world's best countries by 2021, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said.
He was addressing a graduation ceremony for 136 graduates of a new cohort of the UAE Government Leaders Programme and the Government Capacity Building Programme.
The ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in the presence of 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, sheikhs and senior officials.
"The achievements being made on a daily basis in the UAE represent the fruit of excellent nationals and outstanding cadres led by my brother, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The government has excelled in preparing efficient Emirati cadres who work as one team to lead government work based on an ambitious and far-reaching vision for the future that we want for our people and our country," Sheikh Mohammed said.
Expressing pride in the role of Emirati youth, he said the graduates are a new addition to the progressive and innovation-driven government work.
"We want you to be ambassadors for the institutional values because leadership is not a job. Rather, it is a responsibility and commitment to the interests of the state and to the realisation of its goals. Real leaders do not sit back in their offices waiting for reports. They should be working on-field alongside their team members to encourage them, follow the tiniest details, communicate with customers to learn about their needs and innovate services that exceed their expectations. They should also be greatly interested in turning their knowledge into results that are tangible for their customers and countering challenges with a firm resolve," Sheikh Mohammed told the graduates.
Sheikh Mohammed added, "We look forward with interest to your roles. You have a great challenge ahead. You are responsible for your families and the state who have great expectations from you. We have great confidence in you and want you to make excellent and positive contribution to government work and the shaping of a future outlook." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290132599.html

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Sheikh Mohammed gets salute in New York's Nasdaq building


posted on 06/01/2016

New York, Dubai: The main facade of Nasdaq building in New York has paid tribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The stock market building mural, which also displays the UAE's national colours, marks the 10th anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed as Ruler of Dubai on New York's Times Square.
The giant mural, which spans several floors, had the hashtag #ThankUShkMohd, which is also trending on Twitter.
Nasdaq (which stands for the US National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations System) is the first electronic exchange where investors can buy and sell stock -- and is one of the world's largest exchanges in terms of market capitalisation, behind only the New York Stock Exchange.
Leaders from all over the world have expressed admiration for the Ruler of Dubai for his visionary leadership and various initiatives, including humanitarian and high-tech projects that have placed Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of innovation.
In the UAE, citizens and resident have lauded the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed for inspiring a generation of forward-looking people.
Sheikh Mohammed marked his 10 years on Monday, January 4, as ruler of Ruler of Dubai. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/americas/usa/shaikh-mohammad-gets-salute-in-new-york-s-nasdaq-building-1.1648936

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A decade of leadership: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and the rise of Dubai


posted on 05/01/2016

In the 10 years that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has been Ruler of Dubai, the emirate has not only defied a global economic crisis, but emerged from it bigger, better, stronger, smarter – and happier.
It was less than a year after his accession as Ruler of Dubai that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid gave an extensive interview to Al Ittihad newspaper on the 35th National Day.
The UAE, said Sheikh Mohammed in December 2006, "is the embodiment of confronting difficulties, overcoming obstacles and conquering the impossible”.
Ten years later, on the anniversary of his accession, it is a statement of faith that holds true.
It is also the case that the achievements of Sheikh Mohammed and the mark he has made cannot be contained by just the past 10 years.
During the 1970s, Sheikh Mohammed was both head of the Dubai Defence Force and Minister of Defence. He was instrumental in the creation of Emirates airline in 1985 and, as Crown Prince, launched the landmark Burj Al Arab hotel in 1999 and instigated the construction of the Palm Jumeirah in 2001.
Those last three are now potent symbols of Dubai as a world city, as is the Burj Khalifa which, in the first four years of his rule, rose from a concrete stump to become the tallest building in the world.
Concrete, steel and glass are certainly some measure of his achievements.
The Dubai of 2015 transports its population on a modern metro network, and welcomes its millions of visitors through the world's busiest international airport and on to an unrivalled collection of luxury hotels.
The city has become a home and a haven for hundreds of thousands in a part of the world that is increasingly uncertain and unstable; it offers prosperity, security and tolerance as much around it slips towards chaos.
Enterprise in all areas is encouraged and rewarded. As a result, since 2006, the emirate's population has grown from 1.4 million to nearly 2.5 million.
This is not the result of a simple economic calculation of the benefits from growth to the country's economy. Sheikh Mohammed has always understood why prosperity is so important.
In his 2013 book, Flashes of Thought, he wrote: "Our region is home to more than 200 million young people. We have the opportunity to inspire them with hope and to direct their energies towards improving their lives and the lives of those around them. If we fail, we will abandon them to emptiness, unemployment and the malicious ideologies of terrorism.”
This understanding of the bigger picture is a hallmark of Sheikh Mohammed, both as Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE. He has a clear understanding of the responsibilities and duties of leadership.
"A true leader does not derive power from his position,” he wrote in Flashes of Thought, "but from his ethics, from people's love for him, and from his knowledge, education and excellence in his field of work.”
It is a philosophy of leadership that runs through the DNA of his first 10 years as Ruler. He is a visible presence both at home and abroad, from the winners' enclosure at Britain's Royal Ascot horse racing festival (one of his great passions) to answering questions live for listeners on local radio, to his Twitter feed that now tops 5.3 million followers.
Social media is an example of his embrace of the modern world. He speaks frequently of his vision to make Dubai the Arab world's first Smart City, where every aspect of life is interconnected in a way that improves life for all, from traffic lights controlled by a single control centre, to a host of services from booking a taxi or paying a utility bill from the screen of a smartphone.
It is also at the core of Vision 2021, unveiled a year ago by Sheikh Mohammed as Prime Minister. In six years, the golden jubilee of the UAE Vision 2021 establishes an agenda of national priorities that include world-class health and education and a knowledge-based economy expressed in a spectacular space mission that will make the UAE the first Arab country to send a probe to Mars.
All of this involves risk to some degree. In 2009, the global economic downturn produced an economic crisis that some international observers doubted Dubai could survive.
That it weathered the storm is another defining chapter of Sheikh Mohammed's leadership, expressed in two more quotes from Flashes of Thought: "To take risk and fail is not a failure. Real failure is to fear taking any risk”, and "An easy life does not make men, nor does it build nations. Challenges make men, and it is these men who build nations”.
It is the nature of Sheikh Mohammed's achievements that to understand them it is as important to look forward as to look back on the past 10 years. Two years ago, the country celebrated as Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020, an international event which Sheikh Mohammed promises will "astonish the world”.
By then, the Business Bay Canal will have been completed, connecting Dubai Creek to Jumeirah with a new park featuring a lagoon and man-made beach. This year three new theme parks will open – Legoland, the Hollywood-themed Motiongate and Bollywood Parks.
If all of this can be distilled to a single word for Sheikh Mohammed's vision, it would be happiness. As he puts it: "Good governance is about nothing more or less than creating happiness. It really is that simple.” – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/a-decade-of-leadership-sheikh-mohammed-bin-rashid-and-the-rise-of-dubai?src=spotlight#page2

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Mohammed bin Rashid receives well-wishers at 10th anniversary of accession


posted on 05/01/2016

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday received a group of well-wishers on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Accession Day as Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, at his palace in Zabeel.
H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, attended the meeting.
Sheikh Mohammed received greetings from Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai Media Department, ministers, FNC members, heads of federal and local institutions, dignitaries and Emiratis.
They expressed their gratitude at the achievements attained by the people in all domains thanks to the prudent leadership and directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the leadership of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who leads a national government which could, in a decade, enhance the concept and culture of the successful government management, and provide all services and facilitations to UAE citizens and expatriate residents in the framework of a wise strategy to achieve human resources, social, economic, technical and creativity development within the UAE Vision 2021.
They also expressed their pride at Sheikh Mohammed's far-sighted vision and exploration of the future with a strong will and open-minded vision to address challenges and provide all factors of success which resulted in accomplishing the aspirations of Emiratis of a decent life, development, scientific and technological progress that have positioned the country among the advanced countries across the world, and contributed to ranking of Emiratis among the tenth happiest people globally.
They also expressed their appreciation for Sheikh Mohammed's efforts and his tireless follow-up of the performance of government departments at the federal and local level.
During his meeting, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid emphasised that he is proud of the working teams which provide assistance to him in implementing the tasked missions which have contributed to reaching international standards in excellence, quality and creativity.
He also praised the national efforts of every UAE citizen at his location, noting that co-operation among all segments of society has resulted in these gains acquired by Emiratis in education, health, creativity, excellence, job opportunities, and a secure and dignified life.
'I pray to Allah Almighty to bless your efforts and work in the best interests of our people so as to accomplish more achievements and national gains under the wise leadership of my brother President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan," he said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289926471.html

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GHO lauds Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's initiatives to spread happiness globally


posted on 05/01/2016

Global Happiness Organisation (GHO), a non-profit organisation that deploys scientific approaches to enhance happiness across the world, has applauded Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for his active and leading role in spreading happiness globally.
In a message of congratulations on HH's tenth accession day, the GHO said that over the last ten years Sheikh Mohammed has ruled with wisdom and vision to bring happiness to people by launching many initiatives which are viewed as references for international best practices to employ innovations to make people much more happy.
'Thank you, Your Highness, for your sustained initiatives that realised happiness for us and will do the same for the future generations. Your initiatives have inspired us, charted the features of our ambitions and made us feel proud of the UAE in general and Dubai in particular as a global destination for happiness,' Saeed Al Nazari, President of GHO UAE, said.
'We, in the GHO, are proud to learn practices from Your Highness' inspirational lifetime achievements and innovative initiatives in spreading knowledge about happiness globally,' he added, noting that HH has become a reference in happiness. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289933874.html

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President Khalifa congratulates Mohammed bin Rashid on 10th anniversary of his accession day


posted on 03/01/2016

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a congratulatory cable to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on the occasion of his upcoming ten year accession day anniversary, wishing him greater benevolence towards his country and his people in the coming decade. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa also thanked the Ruler of Dubai for the advanced administrative, governmental, and developmental experiences he delivered during the past ten years.
In a statement released on the occasion, which will be marked on January 4th, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa said, "My brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has completed ten years of ruling and leading a rational and sophisticated government, one of the most advanced and efficient governments in managing its services, with the testimony of prestigious international organisations. During ten years, he also established transparent systems of government administration in performance and quality standards, smart services, and establishing programmes to prepare future generations of human cadres. In ten years of governance, my brother Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid managed to raise the standard of the government's competitiveness internationally by establishing institutions and work teams that focus on satisfying citizens and making them happy."
He added, "We watched with appreciation over the 10 years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's government, which is characterised with its ability to establish coordination between federal government and local governments, form national teams and formulate strategic plans to achieve the vision of the leadership and continue developing the construction laid down by the founders alongside his fellow members of the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates."
President Khalifa continued, "My brother Sheikh Mohammed completes 10 years in leading a successful, balanced and sustainable national economy and an efficient financial government policy using his teams of ministers and officials. During these 10 years is also when my brother Sheikh Mohammed stood-out with his unique government philosophy in which the function of government officials is to bring happiness to citizens, and where government agencies are managed like the private sector, and rivals it with the services it provides. We observed him over 10 years inspiring thousands of young people and contributing with his brothers Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates in consolidating unity and cohesion among the people of the UAE and its leadership, and promoting a united, coherent and strong Emirati society, standing strong against the stormy changes experienced by our region."
President Khalifa also highlighted that each year on his accession day; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid takes the opportunity to thank others, including mothers, the soldiers and the protectors of the nation, which ignites feelings of pride and enthusiasm in them. "Today, we say to him, thank you Mohammed bin Rashid for all that you have offered the UAE, Arab and Islamic nations, and for the entire world. Thank you for providing your administrative, humanitarian, economic, developmental and intellectual experiences," said the President.
In conclusion, Sheikh Khalifa said, "I would like to thank Sheikh Mohammed on my behalf and that of behalf of my fellow Members of the Supreme Council, and my people. I congratulate him on the occasion of his 10 years of leadership, wishing for him a bigger, more beautiful and more giving decade to come." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289845419.html

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President, VP, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince congratulate world leaders on New Year


posted on 01/01/2016

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent congratulatory cables to Their Majesties, Kings, Presidents and leaders of friendly nations on the advent of the New Year, 2016.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa wished them good health, prosperity and progress for their people.
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also dispatched similar cables of congratulations on the occasion to world leaders. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289817360.html

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UAE news in review 2015: A year of sacrifice and honour for Armed Forces


posted on 31/12/2015

On September 4, the history of the country changed irrevocably.
As dawn broke, people awoke to the news that 45 UAE servicemen had died in Yemen in an attack by Houthi rebels.
It was the greatest single loss of life the country had experienced, but it was a day that would also showcase the UAE people's strength.
Hundreds attended each of the fallen heroes' funerals, whether or not they had known the men.
And as the community mourned, the country's Leaders ensured every UAE citizen who had died defending the country would not be forgotten.
In August, while the country's soldiers continued fighting in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led Operation Restoring Hope, President Sheikh Khalifa announced the country's inaugural Commemoration Day.
Every November 30, the country will celebrate the legacy of those Emiratis who have died performing their civil, military and humanitarian duty in the UAE and abroad.
The men's spirits live on in other ways, too, from the newborn sons they never met, named after their fathers, to the mosques and roads and squares across the country renamed in their honour.
The UAE has shown its resilience, with many sons and brothers of those lost eager to continue the fight to restore peace to the region.
But the fight has been tough, and on December 14, 43-year-old Sultan Al Ketbi died in a Tochka rocket strike on a Red Sea army camp near Taez, taking the death toll since June to around 70.
The names of the fallen will not be forgotten, said Sultan's cousin, Mohammed bin Hwaiden.
"He was a fine man, a son of Al Dhaid, and now he is the first martyr from our city.
"No one will forget his bravery and sacrifice.” – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-news-in-review-2015-a-year-of-sacrifice-and-honour-for-armed-forces

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UAE news in review 2015: Dubai’s year of achievement and mourning


posted on 31/12/2015

It was a year of both considerable achievement and great mourning in Dubai.
Before the end of the year, the emirate's government announced a Dh46 billion budget for 2016 with zero deficit and only 6 per cent of it is from oil revenue. Dubai is leading the way to becoming the first non-oil economy in the Gulf.
The emirate also launched an initiative to measure the happiness and satisfaction of the public in government services.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, approved the launch of the Dubai Innovative Strategy involving 20 initiatives to be implemented over the next three years, to make Dubai the world's most innovative city.
But in September, the whole country was unified in grief for the loss of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed, son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Rashid died of a heart attack aged 33. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-news-in-review-2015-dubais-year-of-achievement-and-mourning

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UAE to remain world's gateway: Mohammed bin Rashid


posted on 29/12/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday visited the Global Village in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed toured a number of pavilions belonging to the 75 participant countries, in addition to some supportive national institutions of the Global Village. The Global Village has been in continuous development both in the infrastructure and entertainment field and in terms of the number of participating countries and pavilions.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality, in Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed started his visit by touring the pavilion of Kuwait, which displays folklore and the national identity of the State of Kuwait. He was also briefed on the Yemeni pavilion and got an insight with some Yemeni folklore, clothing and other national products.
Sheikh Mohammed toured the pavilion of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation which is deemed the most major supportive entity to the event.
During his tour, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed visited the pavilions of a number of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Egypt, and China, and learnt about their folklore and cultural heritage through the exhibited traditional products and art shows.
Sheikh Mohammed concluded his tour by visiting the Fazza Championship for Yola, the immortal, popular sport of the UAE which has been sustained from one generation to another, thanks to the support of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, who pays attention to this national sport to stimulate Emiratis to preserve it as a deep-rooted national cultural heritage.
At the end of his tour, Sheikh Mohammed left the Global Village through the renowned global gate which symbolises the convergence of the world's cultures on the UAE land. Sheikh Mohammed expressed his happiness at visiting this international event which gathers human cultures and civilisations, and stressed that the UAE will continue to be the world's gateway that will never shut down for visitors, tourists and investors, residents, brothers, or friends.
He also reiterated that the UAE's leadership, government and people strive to strengthen the principle of mutual respect with all countries and peoples, build bridges of humanitarian, cultural and economic communication, while simultaneously preserving the national identity, culture and Arab and Islamic roots.
Mohamed Al Mulla, CEO of Arab Media Group, and Ahmad Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of Global Village, also accompanied Sheikh Mohammed during the tour.
The Global Village is Dubai's leading family entertainment and cultural attraction that offers a unique shopping experience at its pavilions, each representing a different country.
The Global Village offers various dining options, entertainment, shopping, and thrilling rides for children at the Fantasy Island. It offers the best family entertainment experience too, with shows ranging from stunt/thrill shows, street performances, bespoke shows and cultural shows from across the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289726053.html

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UAE pressing ahead with achievements, says Mohamed bin Zayed


posted on 29/12/2015

The year 2015 saw the United Arab Emirates making several achievements under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has said.
Addressing an audience at Qasr Al Bahr this evening, Sheikh Mohamed extended greetings to the Arab and Islamic nations on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed's (PBUH) birthday anniversary and wished the people of the UAE and other countries further progress and prosperity in 2016.
"This year, we witnessed tremendous changes, challenges and developments which have had direct and indirect effects on the region and on the UAE," he said.
"Nevertheless," Sheikh Mohamed continued, "the UAE was able to make great achievements on the political, economic and social fronts and scored excellent results in global competitiveness indices. Inspired by our founding fathers and armed with determination and dedication, we will achieve more for the UAE in the future."
Present were H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain, Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Sheikhs, FNC members and citizens.
Sheikh Mohamed also said the UAE saw in 2015 sacrifices of its hero martyrs who will always be immortal in the nation's memory.
"To every mother, father, wife, son and brother of a martyr we lost, I say, we are all your brothers and we will always be close to you. Thanks to your fortitude, we came out stronger, more determined to continue our march and are more coherent."
He said the martyrs' relatives presented a shining example of patience, sacrifice and patriotism.
Sheikh Mohamed underlined the economic, political, military and social achievements made by the UAE, which contributed towards enhancing the country's image worldwide. He added that the UAE's participation in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition as part of the Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen had helped bolster solidarity and cooperation in facing challenges to regional security.
"The UAE has adopted a progressive approach in encouraging innovation and supporting all scientific initiatives, following President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's announcement of 2015 as the year of innovation."
Sheikh Mohamed noted that despite the drop in oil prices, the UAE continued its economic development, thanks to the economic diversification policies. He also said the country presented a pioneering model in social and political representation following election of a woman as speaker of the Federal National Council for the first time in the Middle East.
He said that such a development reflected on the respect and special treatment given by the world to the UAE citizens, citing the recent decision to exempt Emiratis from the visa requirement to the Schengen countries.
Sheikh Mohamed also spoke about the challenges facing the world, including terrorism.
Sheikh Mohamed lauded the role played by Arab and foreign communities in the UAE and their contribution in the country's development. He also talked about UAE hosting the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), saying it wasn't easy for the UAE to be selected as a host for the international agency, given the competition by advanced countries with an impressive track record in the field.
Sheikh Mohamed also referred to the UAE launching the Hope Mars Mission and the progress made in economic and tourism development, saying the country received 20 million tourists, while its airports were used by 100 million passengers in 2015.
He also highlighted the importance of strategic cooperation with the Asian countries and the revival of the ancient Silk Road and detailed the fruitful outcome of his recent visit to China, culminating in a US$ 10 billion joint strategic investment fund.
Sheikh Mohamed said the terrorism has grown in size both regionally and internationally and stressed the role of media and scholars in confronting extremist thought and in exposing the false claims of the terrorist groups which distort the image of Islam and its tolerance teachings for peace, co-existence and tolerance.
He said the current oil prices slump had little impact on the UAE economy and its future plans and this was clearly shown in the country's 2016 budget projections.
Sheikh Mohamed said the Arab Coalition's action in Yemen was timely and that military operations there are carried out in parallel with the political efforts and quest for peaceful solution.
"We wish Yemen stability and prosperity and we believe that sincere Arab cooperation and solidarity can help in the development of the region's countries," he added.
Sheikh Mohamed said that Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, realised the challenges facing the region, leading to creation of Arab and Islamic coalitions.
Sheikh Mohamed affirmed that the UAE will continue its cooperation with the brotherly and friendly countries in fighting terrorism and in confronting current and future terrorism.
He concluded by saying human development will continue to be among the top priorities in the UAE's policies and vision for the future, adding that main allocations for the 2016 federal budget go to vital sectors such as education, healthcare and public services. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289727373.html
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289728839.html
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289731097.html

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Mohamed bin Zayed visits Al Marzoum reserve


posted on 27/12/2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited Al Marzoum Reserve in the Western Region yesterday.
Sheikh Mohamed toured the hunting areas of the reserve and inspected the facilities for the traditional hunting methods, including camel rides and falconry. He was briefed about the services offered to both professional and amateur falconers.
Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied during his tour by Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Committee for Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programmes (CFCHP) in Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falasi, Under-secretary of the Defence Ministry, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Major General Isa Saif bin Abalan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces and Lt. General Juma Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falasi, Advisor to the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Brief presentations were made by Obaid Khalfan Al Mazroeui, Director of Events at the CFCHP and Ahmed bin Hayai Al Mansouri, Director of Al Marzoum Reserve about the role played by this wildlife sanctuary in enriching environmental awareness, as well as the activities and facilities offered to the visitors.
The presentations focused on Al Marzoum Reserve's objective of positioning Abu Dhabi as a global destination for falconry and for traditional sustainable hunting, as well as contributing in the Houbara (Chlamydotis undulata) breeding programmes. They also highlighted falconry as an essential part of the UAE's heritage and national identity.
Sheikh Mohamed lauded the efforts made at the reserve towards conservation of the cultural identity and sustainability of local environment and rich wildlife in the area. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395289658075.html

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