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Mohamed bin Zayed visits U.A.E. national patient in hospital


posted on 22/08/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, visited an Emirati national currently receiving medical treatment in Al Mafraq Hospital, to inquire about his health condition, under the framework of His Highness's keenness to follow up on the wellbeing of U.A.E. citizens.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed visited Khalifa Saeed Fadhel Al Hamli, and exchanged pleasantries with him and his family, and after being reassured of his health progress, the Crown Prince wished him a speedy recovery.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, during the visit.
On his part, Mr. Al Hamli expressed his thanks and appreciation to His Highness for the kind visit, and said that His Highness's care for the wellbeing of U.A.E. citizens reflects the close and cohesive relationship between the Emirati leadership and its citizens.
Members of the Al Hamli family also expressed their great happiness and privilege for the visit, saying that the visit follows in the footsteps of the wise leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed on taking care of his citizens. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268803354.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid highlights importance of social media networking as his followers exceed six million


posted on 10/08/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum followers on social media have exceeded six million across various channels.
Sheikh Mohammed took to Twitter to thank his followers by saying "My social media followers exceeded 3 million on Twitter, 2 million on Facebook and 1 million on both Instagram and Google+. I extend my thanks to all followers and to everyone interacting with us through providing new comments, suggestions and ideas." Stressing the importance of social media networking in the world today, he noted that such channels "created new opportunities, removed all barriers and made the audience part of our development plans." He continued, having a tremendous influence, today social media channels serve as an open parliament and cannot be ignored or misled. His Highness also praised the positive participation from his followers who use social media networking to offer suggestions, ideas and initiatives that add impetus to the socio-economic growth of the U.A.E.
Sheikh Mohammed also thanked his followers for the tremendous support regarding efforts directed at helping human beings irrespective of religion, colour or ethnicity.
In 2013, Sheikh Mohammed took to social media to ask followers to join a brainstorming session. "We want every man, woman and child to join us in the biggest ever national brainstorming session to find new ideas for health and education," His Highness said through his Twitter account. "Education and health concern all of us, so I invite all of U.A.E. society to think collectively of creative solutions," he continued.
Marking his accession as the Ruler of Dubai in 2014, Sheikh Mohammed launched the Twitter hashtag ‘Thank-you Khalifa' (in Arabic) in recognition and appreciation of U.A.E. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whom he called "a man of efforts and initiatives, which touch us all." The initiative made waves in record time as it reverberated through more than millions of accounts on social media websites in less than a week.
On the advent of the holy month of Ramadan this year, Sheikh Mohammed announced the ‘UAE Water Aid' campaign through social media. The success was overwhelming. More than Dh180 million of donations were collected during the fasting month with aim to provide clean drinking water to more than seven million people in poor countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268475260.html

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U.A.E. leaders send condolence messages to President of China


posted on 04/08/2014

The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of condolence to President Xi Jinping of China on the victims of the earthquake which hit south-western China earlier on Sunday.
Similar cables were sent to the President of China by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE lauds statement of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Israeli aggression on Gaza


posted on 02/08/2014

The U.A.E. yesterday highly treasured the statement made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, in which he spoke about the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip.
In his statement to the Islamic, Arab nations, international community, the U.A.E. said, King Abdullah addressed the trial (discord) that threatens the Arab and Islamic nations and its danger of terrorism and terrorists on the Arab and Islamic scene and how it distorts the image of the tolerant Islam and its fine values and principles that advocate accord rather than discord and expresses a rich, prosperous civilisational legacy that sedition and sedition mongers will never reach.
King Abdullah's statement comes at a delicate juncture while we are witnessing the continuous brutal Israeli aggression against the innocent civilians in Gaza. We are also hearing a rhetoric of terrorism that doesn't represent our Arab and Islamic Nation and a defeat from the international community in regards to the horrific scenes of targeting children, women and elderly people in Gaza.
The statement of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, as usual, is truthful and responsible, embodying the historic stances of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It also clearly reflects stances of the U.A.E. and its people.
King Abdullah's statement reveals a blessing approach that renounces sedition and terrorism, refuses bidding on pains and victims and holds all states responsible towards what the Palestinian people in Gaza are subjecting to in form systematic aggression and violence.
The U.A.E., while highly appreciates the firm, transparent stances of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his central role in supporting the Palestinian Cause - the central and foremost cause of the Arab - reaffirms its full solidarity with these stances and its full support for the Palestinian people in confronting the brutal Israeli aggression.' – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395268286842.html

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Khalifa sends condolences to Algerian President on plane crash victims


posted on 26/07/2014

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria on the victims of the plane crash.
Sheikh Khalifa expressed heartfelt condolences to President Bouteflika, Algerian people and families of the victims.
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have also dispatched similar cables to the Algerian president. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268122327.html

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Hamdan bin Mohammed launches Stars Rating System for Government Services Delivery Channels


posted on 23/07/2014

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, commissioned the launch of the Star Rating System for all service delivery channels in the Government of Dubai including Call Centres, Websites, Smart Applications, as well as Customer Service Centres.
The launch of the Star Rating System for all service delivery channels comes in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the U.A.E. towards improving and developing government work leading to highest level of customers' satisfaction. The move also realises the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, in the transformation to the Smart Government model.
"We want to deliver an exceptional experience to Customers of Government of Dubai across all service delivery channels and we don't want that to be limited to Service Centres. Instead, we want to encourage smart and innovative methods to reach the public in order to create the best Smart Government model," H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said.
The Dubai Crown Prince also approved six new categories for the "Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government" aimed to encourage government entities to raise the competencies of all service delivery channels and reward individuals who contribute to achieving this strategic goal.
The Star Rating System will determine the level of all service delivery channels used by the Dubai customers through assessment and classification of not only Service Centres, but surpassing that to other service delivery channels. The system also aims to stimulate positive competition between service providers in order to improve public services in Dubai to unprecedented levels and deliver exceptional customer experiences.
The evaluation criteria for the Star Rating System for all service delivery channels are based on the guiding principles of ‘Dubai Model' for Government Services which is recognised internationally by six specialised and well-respected organisations as well as the criteria of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government. It also takes into consideration requirements of the star classification implemented on the federal level as well as the evaluation criteria issued by Dubai Smart Government. The system includes several perspectives including star rating for customer service centres, call centres, websites, and Smartphone applications.
The Government of Dubai has evaluated a number of customer service centres during the previous year (2013) and their classification will be updated to the new Star Rating System as follows: Bronze Centre (Qualified Centre) 4 Stars Silver Centre (Excellent Centre) 5 Stars Gold Centre (Model Centre) 6 Stars Platinum Centre 7 Stars The Star Rating System allows Dubai government entities to compete in the ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government' in the specific categories for service delivery channels. The categories are Best m-Government Service Award, Best Service Star Award, Best Service Centre Manager/Director Award, Best Service Centre. Further categories have been added in order to support the Star Rating System which are Best Call Centre Award, Best Call Centre Manager Award, Best Website, Best Website/Smartphone Application Manager.
The Star Rating System is added as a main component of the ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Programme for Smart Government' and will be administered by Dubai' The Model Centre in The Executive Council of Dubai to provide the necessary support to government entities. The Executive Council of Dubai will receive applications for Star Rating for all service delivery channels, and will assist government entities to apply for the Star Rating throughout the year . Participating entities will then be assessed by Dubai' The Model Centre while Star Rating Plates with the classification will be distributed to different service delivery channels within Dubai (customer service centres, call centres, electronic websites, and smart applications) by Dubai' The Model Centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268031301.html

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Mohamed bin Zayed: U.A.E. will remain a staunch supporter for Arab brothers


posted on 22/07/2014

The U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will remain a staunch supporter for Arab brothers, based on the longstanding and deeply embedded approach initiated by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, has affirmed.
'President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is keen to cherish and promote Sheikh Zayed's legacy of standing beside sisterly countries, making every effort to alleviate their suffering and backing their drive to serve their interest, as well as supporting humanitarian issues across the world,' His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said as he received members of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-funded Development Projects in Egypt led by Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State, who paid a courtesy visit to extend Ramadan greetings.
In the presence of a group of stakeholders, supporters and media representatives, Sheikh Mohamed and his guests exchanged greetings on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan, praying to Allah to return it with further progress, glory and prosperity for the U.A.E. leadership and people.
Sheikh Mohamed said that he appreciated the relentless efforts the team had made in cooperation with the Egyptian government to launch and implement a package of inclusive development initiatives that support Egyptian citizens by concentrating on vital sectors like energy, housing, education, healthcare, infrastructure and utilities as well as economic aid.
'The U.A.E. will remain at the forefront of countries supporting Arab brothers and will not hesitate to play any active role in supporting them, alleviating their suffering and enabling them to face the heavy burdens they endure in a way that enhances their stability and brings goodness to them,' the Crown Prince said.
'We will stay on this course because standing with our brothers means standing with ourselves.' Sheikh Mohamed was briefed by the team on the progress of work of the coordination office which oversees U.A.E.-funded projects in Egypt. H.H. has instructed the team to put on more effort to expedite delivery of these projects, ensuring swiftness and efficiency in implementation so as to generate better economic and social benefits for Egyptians.
Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-funded Development Projects in Egypt, expressed the team's profound thanks and gratitude to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for their support, instructions and follow up, saying, "Without which we could not have made this tangible progress in this mission. We will pursue our mandate guided by Sheikh Mohamed's instructions which have made a good impression on the team and which have provided them with a catalyst and enthusiasm to continue the work and deliver the hoped for results.'
The team included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Higher National Security Council, the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation, Emirates Red Crescent, the Federal Authority of Electricity and Water, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority, Abu Dhabi Finance Department, Secretariat-General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Emirates Liquefied Natural Gas Co., Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, International Petroleum Investment Co., Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Mubadala Development Co., Mubadala Petroleum, Masdar, and Al Dhahera Agricultural Co..
Media representatives in attendance included those from the National Media Council, Emirates News Agency (WAM), Arabic dailies; Al Ittihad, Al Bayan, Al Khaleej, Emarat Al Youm, Al Roya, and Al Watan, and both Abu Dhabi TV and Dubai TV.
– Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268006247.html

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56 diplomats sworn in


posted on 20/07/2014

A new batch of 56 United Arab Emirates diplomats took the oath of office on Saturday before Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Abdullah welcomed the new batch of diplomats, comprising 41 men and 15 women, saying that the U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will spare no efforts in equipping its citizens with educational qualifications, knowledge and technical capabilities.
He also affirmed the ministry's keenness to absorb qualified and efficient citizens to represent the country locally and abroad.
Following the swearing in ceremony, Sheikh Abdullah urged the new diplomats to work hard towards preserving serving their country and preserving its image.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, assistant foreign ministers and officials at the ministry. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395267928125.html

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Citizens’ satisfaction with life in Emirates surges


posted on 19/07/2014

U.A.E.'s 97 per cent satisfaction rating far exceeds the All Europe Index at 72 per cent as well as those of other leading European nations such as Belgium at 93 per cent.
Citizens in the U.A.E. are even more satisfied with their lives in the Emirates than they were in 2011. Citizens of the U.A.E. feel they enjoy a good quality of life, one that surpasses life in Europe.
For this U.A.E. Opinion Survey, custom market research group TNS took into account a sample of 5,000 Emirati citizens from each of the seven emirates between December 2013 and March 2014. The company recently conducted a nationwide survey (similar to the one in 2011) and found that citizens across the U.A.E. expressed an even higher degree of satisfaction with their overall quality of life, compared to 2011, with 97 per cent of respondents stating that they were either "very satisfied” or "fairly satisfied” — an increase of six percentage points.
"Such high levels of satisfaction can only happen in a country where the overall sentiment is that of optimism and positivity,” said Hamilton-Clark, CEO of TNS Mena.
Compared to a similar measure, the Standard Eurobarometer 80, Hamilton-Clark highlighted that Denmark and Sweden are also at the same level, with 97 per cent of citizens stating a high degree of overall satisfaction.
"The U.A.E. satisfaction rating among nationals is on par with indices for Scandinavian countries, considered the ‘gold standard' in such surveys,” Hamilton-Clark said, adding that "the U.A.E.'s 97 per cent satisfaction rating far exceeds the All Europe Index at 72 per cent as well as those of other leading European nations such as Belgium at 93 per cent, United Kingdom at 90 per cent, and Germany at 89 per cent.” – Khaleej Times -
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/July/nationgeneral_July102.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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UAE anti-terror law a right move


posted on 09/07/2014

A U.A.E. paper has said that recent events in the region and around the world have shown us that no country is immune to the threat posed by terrorists who are determined to wreak havoc and spread fear in the name of some misguided religious and political philosophy.
"It is time all countries come together to fight it and the U.A.E. is doing its bit to crackdown on this dangerous threat," said Gulf News in its editorial on Tuesday.
It continued, "These external forces are failing to understand the respectful and tolerant nature of the U.A.E.. Their thinking is being twisted by radicals or blinded by hate, shaped by distorted ideologies or purposely misled by leaders who twist religious beliefs with ignorance and fear-mongering. And the U.A.E. can have no truck with such forces." "In the past year, the U.A.E. has faced three separate cases where external forces tried to plot trouble internally. Above all, though, the safety and security of all who live and work in the U.A.E. is paramount there can be no let-up in the battle against militants or terrorists who would seek to destabilise the country." "The Government is to be commended for fast-tracking legislation with tough anti-terror measures to target those who would act in or support or finance acts of terror." "Under the draft law, those who willingly participate in terrorist acts or cells, finance or provide succour to those who would commit terrorist acts, or support terrorism in all its ugly guises, face death penalty, life imprisonment and stiff punitive fines," added the paper.
"This new bill strengthens current legislation in a number of areas that are already in place. For example, laws against money laundering by those who seek to finance their nefarious acts have already been put in place and this bill further strengthens those provisions." "This welcome bill also strengthens penalties against those who would pass on information to others about the U.A.E., its judiciary and its administration, making them subject to the bill's stiff provisions." "Make no mistake: There can be no quarters given to those who would scheme, plot, finance or act in any way to harm the safety and security of all," concluded the Dubai-based daily. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395267531204.html

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News About President's Health mere rumours, says Mohamed bin Zayed


posted on 07/07/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces visited yesterday, Suhail Shahin Al Marrar at his residence at Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Mohamed exchanged greetings and cordial talks on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan and its virtues which consolidate cohesions, communication which are deep-rooted in the Emirati society, praying Al Mighty Allah for health to the leader of the march, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi emphasised that all news at social media network sites about President's health are mere rumours and Sheikh Khalifa's health is fine, urging everyone to be cautious and validate in the transfer of information and news "in order to use modern technology and social networking sites for the benefit of our society and country.' He also prayed to Al Mighty Allah to spread security, progress and welfare across the precious homeland and preserve our wise leadership and all Emiratis and residents on this precious land.
The audience also wished Al Mighty Allah to preserve the U.A.E. and further progress and welfare, preserve President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his country in order to continue the march of giving and have mercy on the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the founding fathers of the UAE.
Suhail Al Marrar and his family extended thanks to Sheikh Mohamed for accepting their invitation which translates the strong bonds and communication between the U.A.E. leadership and Emiratis.
Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Abdullah Mohair Al Ketbi and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazroui, Under-Secretary of the Diwan of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
A number of patriotic poems were recited to highlight the merits of the prudent leadership and its great keenness on achieving more attainments, in addition to consolidating national gains to reach the highest standards of welfare and progress for the U.A.E..
The poems also reflected the great love, loyalty and belonging of the Emiratis to their country and wise leadership. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Hamdan bin Mohammed sets up ‘Supreme Legislation Committee’


posted on 06/07/2014

In his capacity as Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has issued Resolution No. (13) of 2014 setting up the ‘Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai' under the chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
The resolution also names Eisa Abdul-fattah Kazim as Deputy Chairman of the aforementioned committee while Resolution No. (14) of 2014 names seven professional members of the committee including its secretary general. Both resolutions are effective from their date of issuance and shall be published in the official gazette.
Sheikh Hamdan also issued Executive Council Resolution No. (12) of 2014 concerning the regulations governing the work of the ‘Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai.' The resolution sets the work of the committee in line with the Government of Dubai Strategic Plan with aims to develop the legislative process.
As per the new resolutions, the ‘Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai' acts as the sole entity entrusted with all aspects of the legislation process in the emirate of Dubai. In addition, it will represent the local government and its entities in matters concerning federal legislation and international agreements. The committee may seek support from representatives of local government entities and professionals in order to fulfil its duties.
The committee is responsible for issuing explanatory memoranda and bylaws relating to legislation in force in the emirate of Dubai, and provide legal consultation for government entities on legislation. It is also tasked with forming technical committees to review any proposed amendments to legislations in force in the emirate of Dubai.
In addition, the committee will also put in place procedures for monitoring the implementation of legislations by local government entities. It will also represent the emirate of Dubai in committees formed to consider and negotiate any conventions, agreements or memoranda of understanding with external bodies and to give opinion on the same before joining, signing or ratification.
All government entities in the emirate of Dubai, including free zones authorities, are required to provide the new committee with all legislations currently in force within a maximum period of three months. In addition, new legislation should be passed to the committee within one month before their effectiveness.
As per Resolution No. (12) of 2014, which annuls provisions that contradict it in any resolution, the committee will file reports directly to the Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267441107.html

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Government work development must cope with national agenda, says Mohammed bin Rashid


posted on 24/06/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has emphasised the importance of coordination, doubling national efforts nationwide and developing government work mechanism in accordance with national agenda to achieve the U.A.E.'s aspirations.
Sheikh Mohammed made the remark yesterday at Emirates Towers in Dubai, while reviewing the steps of implementing the national agenda, which was launched last January for seven years in line with the U.A.E. Vision 2021 that coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the U.A.E..
Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai attended the meeting.
The national agenda includes projects in the educational, health, economic, police, housing, infrastructure and government service sectors.
Sheikh Mohammed said, " I am pleased to be familiarised with these findings, which make us closer to our objective represented in achieving our national vision. This is a good start, but the accomplishment of our goals to make our people the happiest people in the world, and to make our country among the developed countries, require hard work and double efforts with an unwavering determination towards the future." " I have confidence in Emiratis and their role in serving the country. They are true partners who work together and under one umbrella to contribute to the U.A.E.'s success after achieving U.A.E. Vision 2021." The Vice President also urged all public officials in government departments to implement the national agenda in the field, and follow-up work progress to achieve the goals in time.
He also emphasised that the implementation of the national agenda and development of government work will be under his follow-up.
Sheikh Mohammed added, " We affirmed while launching the national agenda of U.A.E. Vision 2021 on the importance of working as one team to achieve the goals. And today we underscore that innovation and outstanding performance represent the way to achieve the aspirations of the U.A.E.'s leadership and people."
The team reviewed the steps and efforts which safeguard the implementation of national agenda, including the coordination with the federal government, and local departments in the country, as well as organising preliminary workshops to attain a comprehensive and sustainable development nationwide. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Kazakhstan exempts Emiratis from pre-entry visa requirement


posted on 24/06/2014

The Republic of Kazakhstan has exempted U.A.E. nationals from the pre-entry visa requirement with effect from mid July 2014, U.A.E. official has said.
Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhahiri, Director of the Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the decision comes as a culmination of distinguished bilateral relations at all levels between the leaders of the U.A.E. and Kazakhstan.
The exemption decision will come into effect from 10th July, while the visit duration for U.A.E. citizens will be 15 days for each visit.
Al Dhahiri welcomed the positive step taken by Kazakhstan, noting that it would further strengthen the growing ties between the two friendly countries, encourage movement and tourism, as well as open more new economic, trade and investment horizons for businesspersons in both countries.
For his part, Kazakh Ambassador to U.A.E. Khairat Lama Sharif said the exemption of the U.A.E. citizens from the pre-entry visa requirement into Kazakhstan aims to reinforce the bilateral relations, and create conducive atmosphere for businesspersons and foreign tourists.
He added that President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced the exemption of citizens of 10 advanced states from the pre-entry visa requirement, adding that they include countries, which have demonstrated the high-level investment activities in Kazakhstan such as U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, U.A.E., Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
The Kazakh envoy noted that with effect from 15th July, the U.A.E. citizens could travel to Kazakhstan without the pre-entry visa condition to visit its historic, tourist and natural landmarks, as well as get introduced to the Kazakh culture and establish trade ties. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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U.A.E. participates at high-level ministerial meeting on Middle East peace in Luxembourg


posted on 24/06/2014

LUXEMBOURG: U.A.E. Minister of State, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber has participated at a high level ministerial meeting in Luxembourg, where critical issues impacting regional peace and the future development of the Middle East were discussed.
The humanitarian crisis in Syria, the deteriorating situation in Iraq, the Middle East peace process and developments in Egypt were the focus of the discussions, during the meeting which was co-chaired by the U.A.E., Luxembourg and the International Peace Institute (IPI), an independent international not-for-profit think tank.
A number of Foreign Ministers together with senior representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) attended the meeting.
Dr. Al Jaber on the occasion said: "This was a timely opportunity to exchange views and ideas on developments in the Middle East. In particular, our talks focused on the humanitarian crisis afflicting Syria, the situation in Iraq and their wider impact on the Middle East peace process. The efforts being made to bring stability to Egypt were also discussed.
"Peace and security are the keys to unlocking economic prosperity and human development in the region. Finding new and innovative solutions to the region s overlapping and interlinked conflicts, is central to creating the necessary conditions for a sustainable future across the Middle East." Among those taking part in the informal working dinner were the Foreign Ministers of Lebanon, Greece, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Norway, Malta and Sweden, as well as the deputy Foreign Ministers of Slovakia and Bulgaria. Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the PLO s Executive Committee and Peter Maureer, President of the ICRC also participated.
The gathering, which followed the Chatham House rule of non-attribution, was the latest in a series of informal ministerial meetings, involving the U.A.E., which have focused on geopolitical events in the Middle East.
Federal Supreme Court issues verdicts in case of al-Qaeda cell
The State Security Circuit at the Federal Supreme Court, chaired by Judge Falah Al Hajiri, has handed down sentences ranging from life, seven years imprisonment and deportation for seven of the defendants in the case of the nine people accused of joining and forming a cell affiliated to al-Qaeda and of funding the Al Nusra Front (Jebhat al-Nusra).
The court acquitted two defendants due to a lack of evidence.
The defendants were accused of establishing an al-Qaeda cell in the U.A.E. to promote and recruit new members to join terrorist organisations such as the Al-Nusra Front to fight against the Syrian government. They were also accused of collecting money to finance terrorist acts abroad. Two of the defendants were also accused of launching a new website and running it to publish information on al-Qaeda, to promote its ideas and to recruit more cadres.
The defendants Mohammed Suhaib bin Al Hadi and Rushdi bin Faraj Al Furjani were acquitted from all charges, while the other defendants were exonerated of the recruitment charges. The court sentenced Rafat Mohammed Harb Abu Sabha to life imprisonment on the first and third charges of belonging to the terrorist organisation. It sentenced the defendants Ibrahim Anthwan Ibrahim Dagher, Wadia bin Abdul Qader Bonni, Ramzi Salem Al Tawati, Rabia Abdul Qader bin Suleiman, Badr Nader Mohammed Gazawi, Yousef Ahmed Gadoura to seven years imprisonment on the charges of belonging to the terrorist organisation.
It fined Wadia bin Abdul Qader and Bader Nader Mohammed Gazawi Dh1 million . The court has also issued an order that those convicted should be deported after serving their jail terms. It also ordered the confiscation of all seized electronic gadgets referred to in the technical report presented to the court.
The verdicts were issued in the presence of eight defendants, while one defendant was convicted in absentia.
The court session was attended by the relatives of defendants, defence lawyers, representatives of media and civil society organisations, and a representative from the Embassy of Tunisia. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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U.A.E. ranks high for order and security for residents


posted on 22/06/2014

The U.A.E. has ranked ninth in the world in providing order and security for its residents, according to a recent study.
The Rule of Law Index also found that, for the third consecutive year, the country took top place in the Middle East.
Overall, taking into account all the survey's categories, the U.A.E. ranked first in the region and 27th in the world. The index is administered by the non-profit organisation World Justice Project (WJP) and it measures the adherence of countries to the rule of law.
Its objective is to provide governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, academia and civil societies with independent and reliable data to make targeted and effective reforms.
The U.A.E.'s public institutions were found to be relatively well developed and free of corruption, ranking 17th globally, up from 23rd in the previous ranking.
"We don't measure all countries in the region but, of those that we did, the Emirates has the highest rule of law,” said Juan Botero, executive director with the US-based WJP.
"Institutions in the U.A.E. are modern and they're so young compared to more established democracies, which have been around for thousands of years. So in the newness of them, the fact that they're ranking so high is remarkable, especially compared to developed countries.”
Government officers in the U.A.E. were commended for being found accountable for misconduct.
"It's a very high rank globally, considering that many of these countries have had mature democracies for centuries,” Mr Botero said.
"So there's room for improvement, as for every country, but it's still a very high marking, in my opinion.”
The U.A.E. ranked 23rd globally in regulatory enforcement, 33rd for civil justice and seventh on criminal justice, up from its previous ranking of 12th.
"The court system is efficient and relatively independent by regional standards,” said the report. "Nonetheless, due process violations, lack of access to civil courts and discrimination of marginalised groups remain areas in need of attention.”
The U.A.E. also ranked 42nd in constraints on government powers, 52nd in open government and 73rd in fundamental rights.
"The most serious rule of law challenges facing the region are its deficient protection of fundamental rights, limited accessibility of official information and relatively weak constraints on government powers,” the report noted.
The Middle East and North Africa region ranked in the top half of the world in most categories, including order and security, control of corruption, regulatory enforcement and effective civil and criminal justice. The worst overall rankings in the region were Egypt at 74th and Iran at 82nd, among the 99 countries in the index.
"Morocco showed the most improvement in the region during the past year, while Iran deteriorated the most,” the report said.
"Egypt saw a significant deterioration in the area of constraints on government powers.” – The National – Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-ranks-high-for-order-and-security-for-residents

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's article "The Emigration of Minds" receives international media attention


posted on 18/06/2014

The recent article by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, entitled "The Emigration of Minds", has proven to be an international success, having been translated into 16 languages in 49 countries, and re-printed in 59 newspapers within a week of its first publication.
In the article, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid examines the global phenomenon relating to the millions of human capital immigrants and the new direction that emigration of the minds is taking, while sharing explanations of new studies which put the U.A.E. is in the forefront of countries to attract these knowledge professionals.
The article was published in 12 European and 15 Asian countries as well as in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and many major newspapers in the Arab world and Africa.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed s article began with his experience at the Mons Officer Cadet School in the U.K., which he said was a time when many of the best Arab minds sought out international opportunities in search of a better life.
Sheikh Mohammed said that in recent times, studies have shown that the influx of human knowledge began to demonstrate a reversing trend in response to the changing global economy. He explained these changing trends, saying that the picture is not always bleak and that history doesn't move in a fixed direction; nor is the world a consistent place.
The U.A.E. has joined other emerging economies as a leading destination for attracting global talent, according to the study, which named Spain, U.S., Italy, U.K. and Ireland as some of the main countries from which professionals emigrate.
In the article, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also said that the U.A.E. s number one position in attracting human capital knowledge and minds can be used as a model by other countries in the region or around the world.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid concluded that the future will bring about many new trends and shifts in this field reflecting the nature of competition between countries. He added that wise nations are the ones which believe in the potentials of humankind and appreciate the true value of the human mind, ideas and creativity. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid amends law concerning security service providers in Dubai


posted on 13/06/2014

In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued Law No. 10 of 2014 amending provisions of Law No. 24 of 2008 concerning security service providers and users in the emirate of Dubai.
The new Law replaces Articles II, VI, X, XII of Law No. 24 of 2008. Article II of the new law amends wording indications and definitions of: security service provider, important business sectors, important complexes, important events, security systems, security services and the competent department which is the Department of Protective Systems affiliated with the police.
Article VI of the new law defined the tasks and competencies of the Department of Protective Systems such as setting the terms and fees for license issuance and renewals for security service providers; auditing the records of the service provider, systems and services; taking appropriate action in the light of the outcome of such audit process; and liaising with police security departments to issue security requirements for security systems technical specifications, updates... etc.
Furthermore, Article X of the new law states that the law be enforced in all areas of the emirate of Dubai including free zones and special development areas.
Law No. 10 of 2014 includes an addition to Article IV of Law No. 24 of 2008 concerning the security service providers and users in the emirate of Dubai. The addition obligates owners of important complexes to provide security requirements as per the technical specifications stated in the by-laws of the amended law and the conditions set by the competent department.
The law is effective as from its issuance date and shall be published in the Official Gazette. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid sets up Dubai Centre for E-Security


posted on 12/06/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued Law No. 11 of 2014, establishing the "Dubai Centre for E-Security".
The centre will be a corporate body and enjoys legal status, financial and administrative autonomy. It aims to protect information, communication networks and government information system in Dubai. It also aims to develop and modify the use of necessary means in the e-security, and develop efficient ways to save and swap information among all government authorities in the emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed also issued Law No. (11) of 2014, on the formation of Dubai Centre for E-Security's Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of Mohammed Dhaen Al Qamzi.
The decision will be effective from the date of its issuance, and shall be published in the official gazette.
Law No. 11 of 2014 has specified functions of the Centre regarding government information security in Dubai, including the setting up the emirate's policy in the field of government information security, implementation and setting up of the necessary regulations to ensure e-security in the emirate, in addition to overseeing and preparing a strategic plan to address any risks, threats or attacks on the government information in coordination with the competent government departments.
The centre will combat cybercrimes of all its types and coordinate with government, regional and international organisations regarding the centre's work field, as well as providing technical and logistics support to all government entities in Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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U.A.E and WEF to create 'Future of Government Smart Toolbox'


posted on 12/06/2014

In partnership with the Government Summit, the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government has launched a "Future of Government Smart Toolbox” report to help governments use technology to build better trust and deliver more efficient public services.
The Smart Toolbox, which reflects the cooperation between the government of the U.A.E and the WEF, aims to improve government performance in key areas such as trust, leadership, security, innovation, anti-corruption, bureaucracy and delivery of services.
"The U.A.E government has embraced innovation and set high benchmarks in government efficiency and trust. We are happy that the Government Summit partnership with WEF has led to a tangible and positive outcome as the Smart Toolbox, which takes trust in government as a unifying theme. It also highlights the role of the Government Summit as an international platform to enhance the future of government administration around the world,” said Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, U.A.E Minister of Cabinet Affairs.
"The partnership between the World Economic Forum and the Government Summit come from the joint vision for offering services which lead to stability and prosperity for all,” added Al Gergawi.
He clarified that the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the Government Summit as annual event aim to develop government actions and to be a platform to exchange experiences, develop studies and build the talent of leaders in the modern government administration throughout the year.
Al Gergawi stressed that the world is changing constantly and rapidly and the governments need to review the plans and strategies to reach to the customer's expectations especially with the current massive technical developments.
Pointing out that governments have the largest base of customers in the world, offering their services to seven billion customers, Al Gergawi stated that governments have to be constantly innovative in delivering services and look for creative solutions to meet the needs of customers in all circumstances and areas.
Al Gergawi asserted that the U.A.E has also achieved major steps incorporating advanced technology within government service delivery, becoming the first country in the region to focus on the importance of technology in enhancing government services.
"The U.A.E launched the e-Government initiative in 1998 and established the Dubai Internet City in the year 1999. With the launch of the Government Summit, the U.A.E has also announced the Mobile Government initiative,” said Al Gergawi.
"The U.A.E government has launched during the second Government Summit the U.A.E ‘Drones for Good' Award which highlights the real use of technology to help humanity. The U.A.E has been ranked number one in the Middle East and Africa region and second in the world in the ‘Government Usage of ICT' index in the Global Information Technology Report for 2014, released by the World Economic Forum,” he added.
The priority of the "Future of Government Smart Toolbox” report is to consider ways in which information technology can improve governance and reduce the feelings of alienation among the governed, identifying the trends that will change the future of government.
The report will help leaders envision the future they want for their countries and map it out in the context of uncertainty. The most effective initiatives, the Council observed, often arise from partnerships between government and the private sector.
The Smart Toolbox shares insights on how technology can strengthen good government – for example, by enabling greater transparency of government actions through open data, empowering citizens to have faster and more accurate access to online services, and helping to strengthen responses to aid civilians.
The Smart Toolbox also explores the risks and challenges of an increasingly digital era, including the often expensive and complex need to keep pace with changing tools and technology, the divides that can expand between user groups that have less ease of use, and the security and protection of data and information.
The report explains that the public sector leaders around the world face a daunting challenge to deliver good government in the 21st century. They are under increasing pressure to deliver more and better services to a growing urban population, and to manage complex issues, from macroeconomic uncertainty to international conflicts, in an environment of diminishing trust in government, increasing bureaucratic complexity and natural resource constraints. – Emirates 24│ – Read more: http://www.emirates247.com/news/government/uae-and-wef-to-create-future-of-government-smart-toolbox-2014-06-10-1.552308

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Mohammed bin Rashid stresses importance of upgrading social services


posted on 11/06/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has underlined that the social development is a fundamental focal point in the comprehensive development process in line with U.A.E. vision 2021.
"The directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan are inspirational and clear for achieving integrated social development that includes all categories of the community, taking into account requirements of each category," adding that services are provided to Emirati citizens to qualify them to discharge their effective role in achieving prosperity." Sheikh Mohammed made the remarks yesterday, while attending a session of government innovative laboratory, organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs at Marriott La Marquis Hotel in Dubai.
He was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mariam bint Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocols and Hospitality in Dubai.
The Vice President said the implanting of social development culture "is an important index for progress and prosperity. Achieving this requires work methodology that keeps pace with future requirements so as to enable all societal categories become more effective." He added that hopes are pinned on human resources to achieve aspirations, and boost social services, being top priorities of national work strategy.
Sheikh Mohammed underscored that the family is a nucleus of society and secret behind its success, adding that the provision of decent living conditions to citizens ensures societal stability. He commended the efforts, awareness and contribution of the productive families to the development process, calling for provision of all forms of support to them to sustain their role in development.
He noted that Emiratis are core of nation-building, stressing the need for developing child capacity in early stages. "Genuine investment in early childhood is fundamental to the countries." Sheikh Mohammed said that the childcare in the U.A.E. is inseparable from its human rights perspectives, including men, women, youth children, workers, disabled people and others.
He called on participants in the laboratory to adopt innovative ideas in delivery of social services and modern programmes that ensure stability of Emirati families through provision of decent living conditions to all family members.
Earlier Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid issued the directives to introduce the experience of "The Government Innovative Laboratory" at all federal institutions to further develop public services. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid launches U.A.E. Government Youtube Channel


posted on 10/06/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday launched the official U.A.E. Government Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/uaegov and affirmed that the federal government is determined to make its services available to all through the easiest and fastest possible ways.
"We want to take our services to people before they come to us. We want to shorten distances and save time in regards to the needs of nationals and expatriates, on the one hand, and what we offer them, on the other," H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said as he chaired the cabinet meeting in presence of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Affirming that the new Youtube channel will play an important role in enabling people to access and use government services easily, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid said it will represent a reference for us with regards to increasing the efficiency of government services and giving nationals and expatriates easy access to them." "We harness social networks to make people happier, develop government work and utilise all that modern technology and means of communication in order to benefit and serve the interests of the country and all those living in it." The initiative of launching U.A.E. Government Youtube Channel - the first official platform of its kind on the video-sharing website to offer explanation of the services offered by the U.A.E. federal government to nationals and expatriates - underlines the wise leadership's efforts to employ state-of-the-art communication technologies for government work.
The channel will be an exclusive official source of news on the federal government to keep its audience updated through news reports, press briefings and conferences as well as preparations for the launch of the government's programmes.
U.A.E. Government Youtube Channel offers a diverse and rich content focusing on the services of federal ministries and entities in addition to disseminating a variety of news on the activities of the federal cabinet.
The several sections of the channel will be highlighting government services, illustrating procedures of government services using infographic, in addition to introducing the general public to the personal lives of the federal government officials and shedding light on the backstage of government work during the implementation of projects. Other sections focus on the initiatives and awareness campaigns of ministries and federal departments, highlight achievements and Emirati success stories, as well as lectures and panel discussions by government teams. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid writes on 'The Brain Regain'


posted on 09/06/2014

In 1968, while studying at the Mons Officer Cadet School in the United Kingdom, I needed to visit a hospital. There I met a doctor who, to my surprise, spoke fluent Arabic. I learned that he was new to the UK, so I asked if he intended to stay long or return home. He replied with an Arabic saying that translates as: "My home is where I can eat.”
That doctor's words stayed with me for many years, because they underscored the contradiction between our idealised view of "home” and the harsh realities of life that push talented people to leave.
The doctor was a classic case of the "brain drain” phenomenon that has afflicted developing countries for decades. These countries spend scarce resources educating doctors, engineers, and scientists, in the hope that they will become engines of prosperity. Then we watch with dismay as they migrate to the West, taking with them the promise of their talent.
It is, of course, everyone's right to choose a better life, wherever in the world they wish. We understand why they go. Talent is drawn – like a magnet – to opportunity.
For the countries left behind, however, it feels like an endless vicious cycle: they need talent to create opportunity; but without opportunity, talent gravitates to the bright lights of the West. Indeed, the United Nations and the OECD report that migration for work has risen by one-third since 2000. One in nine university graduates from Africa now lives and works in the West. Many will not return: skilled workers are six times more likely to stay away.
But now something remarkable is happening: in some countries, the brain drain has reversed its flow. The causes are fascinating, and there is reason to be optimistic that the vicious cycle can be broken, transforming the balance of hope and opportunity between developing and developed economies.
A new study by LinkedIn, the world's largest online professional network and recruitment platform, has measured the net international movement of talent among its members. Topping the list as a destination for talent is my own country, the United Arab Emirates, with a net talent gain of 1.3% of the workforce in 2013. Other net "talent magnets” include Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, South Africa, India, and Brazil.
Most interesting, fewer than one-third of net talent importers are developed countries. In fact, the top talent exporters in this study are Spain, the UK, France, the United States, Italy, and Ireland. Rich countries that until recently had been tempting away our brightest minds are now sending us their own.
Of course, this is only one study, and many poor countries still suffer from a chronic talent exodus. OECD data show that many countries in Africa and Latin America have migration rates for graduates above 50%.
We do know that brain drain is often a function of safety and security as much as economic opportunity. Part of the tragedy playing out in Middle Eastern countries beset by conflict and instability is that if only their most talented sons and daughters could apply their skills at home, they would become part of the solution: agents of peace through development. This makes it all the more important to examine how some developing countries succeeded in reversing the outward flow.
The basic ingredient is opportunity. Talent flows naturally to countries that create an environment for economic growth; that make life easy for enterprise; that attract and welcome investment; and that nurture a culture of achievement. Skills are attracted to challenge and possibility.
Opportunity on this scale is becoming a scarce commodity in many parts of the West. Not so in the developing world – at least among countries with the appetite and determination to deploy strong governance and continually raise their competitiveness.
Second, quality of life matters greatly. A generation ago, many talented individuals would consider working outside the West a "hardship posting.” Today, standards of living in the U.A.E., for example, are among the highest in the world. We have shown that the business of reversing the brain drain is also the business of creating a better life for citizens and residents. Building happiness is, after all, the primary business of good government everywhere.
Ours is a story of great hope for the Middle East in particular, where generations of conflict and despair have driven high levels of outward migration. I have always argued that, besides good governance, the best solutions to the divisions and strife of the Arab world lie in grassroots development and economic opportunity. Now, we have shown that it is possible to reverse the forces that had driven away our most talented young people.
Another source of hope: this turnaround can happen remarkably quickly. Research shows that small countries suffer disproportionately from brain drain. But we have shown that even for a small country like the U.A.E., and even in a region divided by conflict, it is worth building an island of opportunity.
But let me be clear: reversing the brain drain is about more than plugging a leak. It means flipping a vicious cycle into a virtuous one. By attracting the best talent from around the world, we can create a vibrant and diverse society that fuels innovation and prosperity – which in turn attracts still more talent.
To make this work, we must believe in people. Human beings – their ideas, innovations, dreams, and connections – are the capital of the future. In this sense, the "brain regain” is not so much an achievement in itself as it is a leading indicator of development, because where great minds go today, great things will happen tomorrow.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai.

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U.A.E. calls for unity in fight against hunger


posted on 06/06/2014

KAZAN, RUSSIA: The U.A.E. has called on delegates to the International Summit on Economic Cooperation between the Russian Federation and Countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to unite and harness available natural resources in the fight against hunger and poverty, and voiced its support to efforts to enhance global food security using innovative approaches relying on state-of-the-art tools of scientific research in agriculture, animal resources and development.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, who led U.A.E. delegation of representatives of government agencies and the private sector to Kazan Summit 2014, stressed on the importance of strengthening food security, food production integration between Muslim countries, and investments in halal food industry and facilitating their access into international markets.
Al Mansouri added that it is wise to work on strengthening cooperation between Muslim countries and the Russian Federation, and to invest in research, development and agriculture in order to ensure food security for future generations.
Minister Al Mansouri also said that U.A.E. s regular participation in the annual summit shows how serious it takes the issue of enhancing the economic and political cooperation with Russia.
U.A.E. delegation was a guest of honour at the two-day summit at which decision makers and senior officials discussed the prospects of cooperation between Russia and OIC members on food security issues in particular, and sought to strengthen the foundations of cooperation between the two sides.
Al Mansouri added that U.A.E.-Russian relations are constantly evolving and gaining more strength thanks to constant efforts of the leaderships of both countries. He also pointed out that the latest visit of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces, to Moscow last September, contributed strongly to the strengthening U.A.E.-Russian partnerships and economic relations. He further pointed out that their economic relations reflect their political and friendly relations, and that this has a significant effect on driving growth of joint economic projects between the two countries.
President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, in his opening speech of the summit, welcomed the delegation of U.A.E. which he hailed as a model Muslim state which knew how to make economic and political progress, advance to a prominent stature among the world's nations and become a role model for many developing countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Hazza bin Zayed: Security of Emiratis and residents is U.A.E.'s top priority


posted on 06/06/2014

H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has affirmed that the security of Emiratis and residents is U.A.E.'s top priority and is above any other consideration, and that U.A.E. will not allow any attempt whatsoever to damage its security under any pretext or slogan.
"Extending a helping hand to a brotherly or friendly state is the core of the policy U.A.E. is keenly committed to: first, out of its recognition of its humanitarian duty and second, out of its keen interest in building the best relations with the rest of the world," said H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed in an interview with the U.A.E. Joint Command and Staff College magazine.
He hailed the leading role U.A.E. Armed Forces plays in peacekeeping operations around the world as part of U.A.E.'s cooperation with international organisations.
Speaking on the situation of labourers in U.A.E., H.H. Sheikh Hazza affirmed U.A.E.'s commitment to international conventions, agreements and laws regulating foreign or expatriate labour relations.
He noted that U.A.E. laws which guarantee freedom of speech and expression also hold to account those who abuse the media as words sometimes damage national cohesion and stability.
Following are excerpts from H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed interview with the U.A.E. Joint Command and Staff College magazine.
"U.A.E., under the directives 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 under the keen follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, has a clear approach in this regard. Security and safety are among the pillars of development and stability in U.A.E. Our country would not have been this fast-paced development in the past few decades if it had not had a clear vision that puts the security of Emiratis and residents above any other consideration, and that does not allow any attempt whatsoever by any body to damage this security under any pretext or slogan.
Everybody knows that terrorism is a global threat which requires the commitment of all efforts to counter as it works on destroying development, disfiguring the achievements and seeks to destabilise peaceful coexistence, jeopardise security and safety and create sedition and division between the ranks of this unified country in order to destroy its stability and progress.
Those with terrorist agendas hide behind fake fronts of religion and Da wah (preaching) to carry out their bigot plans and goals of creating sedition and division, which is against the teachings of Islam and its principles of tolerance, love and coexistence.
Thanks to U.A.E.'s wise security policy and to the fair laws, those were not able to find a way to achieve their goals and implement their agendas. Do not forget that this success relied mainly on Emiratis' awareness of these suspicious plans, and their opposition to the destructive ideology which seeks to undermine their security, stability and achievements." Regarding any change to the national security policies, U.A.E. is extremely committed to continuous development and does not rest on laurels, seeks to adopt the best practices and at the same time follows closely the global relevant developments. Therefore we can say that practices are in in a state of continuous development and evolution thanks to the periodical reviews of policies and measures which proved to be a large-scale success.
Since its establishment by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, U.A.E. has been keenly interested in extending a helping hand to every brotherly and friendly state as this is the core of the policy U.A.E. leadership is committed to today: first, out of its recognition of its humanitarian duty and second, out of its keen interest in building the best relations with all the world.
Everybody now recognises the leading role U.A.E. Armed Forces plays in peacekeeping operations around the world as part of U.A.E.'s cooperation with international organisations, in the United Nations and its initiatives and resolutions in particular, as well as with regional entities such as the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the League of Arab States. In all cases, U.A.E. Armed Forces is interested to benefit from its multiple participation in the peacekeeping operations around the world. In doing so, U.A.E. Armed Forces tap necessary expertise of brotherly an friendly states as well as sharpen their field skills, which makes them continue to play a professional role that we are all proud of, raise the flag of U.A.E. high in all spheres and missions and make a large and effective contribution to the international respect for U.A.E. which we recognise everyday during meetings with officials from all other countries.
U.A.E. is keenly committed to international conventions, agreements and laws regulating foreign or expatriate labour relations. U.A.E. has always shown its interest in developing labour laws so as to be more harmonious with those laws and guarantee the rights of labourers. This matter was studied on the ground without considering the texts, laws and standards alone sufficient.
He noted that U.A.E. laws which guarantee freedom of speech and expression also hold to account those who abuse the media as words sometimes damage national cohesion and stability.
U.A.E. has proven its credibility in regards to this matter, and international organisations hail U.A.E.'s measures to achieve more guarantees of the rights of labourers. This was evident in the recent International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
These policies and U.A.E.'s commitment to international laws represent a real guarantee for the stability of environment of labour. This is also evident in economic indices which show U.A.E. is on the right track in this field.
First and foremost, U.A.E. is a state of law, and any step taken by the country's leadership is in harmony with the effective laws.
It is noteworthy that U.A.E. laws U.A.E. laws which guarantee freedom of speech and expression also hold to account those who abuse the media as words sometimes damage national cohesion and stability. Therefore, it is important that all types of media should not be abused in order to damage the interests of nationals and individuals. It is also equally important that it is strictly not allowed to use the media in order to offend religious and national figures and damage relations with brotherly and friendly states. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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