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Sheikha Fatima hails Emirati's Woman Day, praises UAE leadership on empowerment of Emirati women
posted on 27/08/2015

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has expressed her pleasure at dedicating the 1st Emirati Women's Day, observed on 28th August, to honour mothers of the martyrs and the women working in the armed forces.
In a speech made to mark the day, Sheikh Fatima praised the support given to the UAE women by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates..
Sheikha Fatima has underscored the cohesion between the leadership and citizens, citing the orders of the UAE President to make 30th November each year Martyr's Day to remember the gallant sons of the UAE who have sacrificed their lives to elevate the nation's flag among other nations.
She called on Emirati women to sustain their gains and harness available resources to advance their cause, urging them to take part in the next Federal National Council elections.
Sheikha Fatima also endorsed the logo for Emirati Women s Day which symbolises the unique identity of Emirati women and depicts the country s flag with an illustration of a woman on one section.
Earlier this year, August 28th was declared Emirati Women s Day. The date marks the anniversary of the creation of the GWU in 1975, and is considered a chance to celebrate Emirati women s achievements since the group was founded.
The GWU has continued its mission, thanks to the unlimited support 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, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.
Sheikha Fatima expressed her satisfaction with the response and enthusiasm of young Emirati women joining up for national service. She received female officers who gave a presentation on national service for women. "We have proudly been seeing young Emirati women thronging the recruitment centres to join up and express their loyalty to, and love for, their country, and their readiness to make sacrifices for the sake of their country and for protecting its sovereignty, achievements and gains."
She added that Emirati women have proven beyond doubt their efficiency in any role assigned to them in service of the nation, including the Armed Forces, national service, police and security.
Sheikha Fatima recalled that the enlisting of Emirati women in the Armed Forces dates back to the era of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a legacy sustained by the incumbent President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to build a formidable armed forces. She noted that, "We observed, on 8th December last year, the silver jubilee of the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School."
She said that Emirati women have been enlisting in the Armed Forces in droves, despite the fact that they were not obliged by any law to do so. "It reflects the legendary epic of loyalty to the homeland and the leadership as well as willingness to take on national responsibility and partnership in the defence of national sovereignty, dignity and national gains."
"We greet Emirati women for their deep allegiance and genuine belonging, selflessness, generosity and constant readiness to defend the nation and national gains."
Sheikha Fatima noted the strong presence of Emirati women in all the units of the Armed Forces, including Air Force and Air Defence, and their ability to make it to the rank of brigadier.
She thanked all officials of National and Reserve Service Authority for their efforts and reiterated her support for them.
The march of women's advancement commenced with the establishment of the UAE on 2nd December, 1971. This was part of the ambitious programme of development launched by the founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for the building of the homeland and the raising up of its citizens, based upon his recognition that women represent half of society.
The establishment of the General Women's Union on 27th August, 1975, with the unlimited support of Sheikh Zayed and under the chairmanship of the pioneering leader of women's empowerment, H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, represented a starting point in the march of women's progress and empowerment.
The General Women's Union has completed a continuous series of ambitious strategies, programmes and plans to strengthen the capacities of women and activate their role in community service, as well as promoting their position locally, regionally and internationally.
The National Strategy for the Advancement of Women, launched by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, in 2002, is one of the major achievements of the march of the Union, most notably of all in the progress of women empowerment.
The strategy, which was prepared by the General Women's Union, national teams of all governmental and non-governmental institutions in the country, experts of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, is based on the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates and all of the items and articles included therein pertaining to ensuring the rights of women in various fields.
The strategy provides a roadmap for the empowerment of women in eight main areas: education, health, the economy, law-making, the environment, the social domain, information, political participation and decision-making. The UAE was the first country in the region to launch such a strategy, keeping pace with strategies of international action for the advancement of women. It follows on from the National Plan of Action for Women in the UAE, approved by the General Women's Union in 1999.
The UAE has also implemented its commitment to legislative protection for the rights of the family, women and children, through joining the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, as well as the International Convention concerning Employment of Women during the Night, as well as by signing other agreements aimed at achieving full gender equality in rights and duties.
With regard to political and economic empowerment in the UAE, women have achieved further gains, quality and outstanding achievements, ahead of women in many other parts of the world, as part of the efforts aimed at promoting the country's renaissance and political empowerment programmes, as well as the strategy of the 5th Ten-Year plan to empower citizens, launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which attached particular importance to the empowerment of women in all areas.
Today, women in the UAE are key partners in leading the drive towards sustainable development and occupy the highest positions in the executive, legislative and judicial sovereignty authorities, as well as having a strong presence in the Arab, regional and international women's arenas. This enhances and supports participation by Emirati women in political life, where they hold numerous high positions, including several ministerial portfolios, membership of the Federal National Council and participation in the diplomatic corps, the judiciary, the public prosecution authorities and the boards of directors of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
At present, women hold around 30% of the senior jobs related to the decision-making process, 10% of the jobs in the diplomatic corps, 7 seats on the Federal National Council, representing 17.5% of the total number of seats, one holding the post of Senior Deputy FNC Speaker. UAE women at present also hold four ministerial positions as well as the position of the Secretary General of the Cabinet.
UAE women are also involved in the Military and Police service, rising to the rank of Brigadier. One UAE woman currently serves as Chairperson of the Arab Women Organisation.
Women's participation in economic activities, including the membership of the workforce, has risen since the founding of the Women Business Council. There are now over 22,000 women members of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, running nearly 25,000 economic and commercial projects with investments of up to Dh45 billion.
On 9th December 2014, the UAE Cabinet agreed that there should be women members on the boards of trustees of all governmental authorities, institutions and companies.
Women in the United Arab Emirates have occupied the highest positions with the support of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.
In addition, Emirati women can be found working efficiently and with a high degree of competence amongst the citizens working in the field of space research at the Emirates Space Agency and in the new development strategy based on a knowledge economy and innovation, including renewable energy, nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the manufacture and launch of satellites, aviation technology industry, and technology for the military weapons industry.
The UAE's efforts in the field of women's empowerment is not restricted to achieving steady successes and achievements for Emirati women in all areas, but has also reached out to support of women in the region and the world in general, this being demonstrated in its welcoming, last September, of the hosting of the UN Women Coordination Office in Abu Dhabi, with the support of Sheikha Fatima, to strengthen the work of the UN and to expand its presence and activities in the region and the world.
The UAE has also announced its provision of aid to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, by donating US$5 million to the UN's core budget between 2014 2016, to contribute to support of gender equality, women's empowerment, and peace and security programmes.
Women in the country now rank first globally in educational attainment, according to the annual report of the World Economic Forum in 2012, by obtaining 10,000 points, and came in 81st position in political empowerment of women with 1,206 points on the WEF index, ranking 122nd globally in the economic participation index with 4,751 points.
The UAE also was first among Arab countries in the Gender Gap Index for 2012 issued by the World Economic Forum in 2013, which covered 113 countries.
According to the index, the UAE has maintained its lead in the Arab region in the field of the economic and political participation of women. The World Report ranks the gender gap in the countries surveyed in four key areas, namely access to health care, education, political participation and economic equality.
The election of the UAE to membership of the UN Executive Board for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for a three-year period, 2013-2015, demonstrates the trust that the UAE has gained. It is also an indication of the results of the global report by the Global Agenda Council World Economic Forum in 2014, in which the UAE took first position globally in the women's respect index, an international acknowledgment of the comprehensive achievements of Emirati women, particularly in achieving full gender equality, and the country's notable progress in the political, economic, social, scientific and other women empowerment indexes.
The UAE continues its efforts to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in all areas to integrate their full participation in the country's sustainable development plans and programmes.
The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced during the global Government Summit held in Dubai in February, 2015, the formation of the UAE Gender Balance Council, designed to activate the role of women as an essential partner in building the country's future, in line with the UAE's plans to strengthen their position in society and in employment, and their role as educators of the future generations, the mainstay of the family, and their role in the construction of the main building blocks of society.
Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak also launched, in March 2015, the Strategy for Empowerment of Emirati Women in the UAE, 2015-2021, which provides a framework and reference for all federal and government institutions and civil society organisations in developing plans and work programmes to empower women in all areas of sustainable development, in an effort to provide them with a good quality of life.
Her Highness expressed confidence in the strategy's contribution to women's future progress which the country seeks for its people through partnerships with government and federal institutions, civil society organisations and regional and international organisations and bodies, and for the strategy to serve as a framework in the development of plans and programmes in the UAE. This would raise the UAE to a position on a par with developed countries in the field of women's empowerment and leadership.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has expressed his delight that women enjoy their rights. "We have made women's empowerment an urgent national priority, and thanks to proper planning, our nation has achieved a good track record in the field of women's rights where she enjoys full rights, and exercises activities without any discrimination," he said, adding that, "All doors are open for women to achieve further progress and development."
In the view of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "The UAE went beyond the stage of women's empowerment. We are now empowering the community through women."
Sheikha Fatima also said that the concept of women's empowerment in the UAE is no longer just a term or a theoretical concept, but has turned into a practical reality, embodied in the active participation of women in different spheres of public life, thanks to the wise leadership of His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his vision and belief in the absolute necessity in investing in human capital as the most effective way of building the nation.
The United Arab Emirates has occupied a pioneer role in the empowerment of women in the region. They occupy leading posts in the public and private sectors in the UAE. Two thirds of students in government universities are women.
Emirati women also play a greater and more effective role in the development process in the UAE in all fields through the empowerment programme launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MoFA, said in a statement on World Women s Day, that the Ministry had taken the steps to appoint three woman ambassadors abroad in Sweden, Spain and Montenegro, as well as the UAE Permanent Representative to UN and the UAE s Consul General in Milan.
It added that the number of woman diplomats at the MoFA is now 148, while 30 woman diplomats work at UAE missions abroad. "This reflects the shrewd vision of the UAE leadership to back women, being essential components of Emirati community, whose efforts are on an equal footing with men in the comprehensive development being experienced by the UAE. Women are also in leading and decision making posts.
The UAE President is keen on empowering women in all fields and at all levels so that they become effective partners in the nation-building. "The state, since its inception on 2nd December, 1971, focused on women's development by empowering them to play their natural role as effective partners in the sustainable development process", Sheikh Khalifa stated.
He said on 9th December, 2009, that, "We look at women as a main component of the UAE community. They are partners of men in all work places. What has been attained by Emirati women was not accidental development, but a culmination of long efforts outlined by the late leader and UAE founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had encouraged and empowered women to exercise her rights on an equal footing with men."
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said, "We have exceeded the phase of the women's empowerment, as we enable the community through women, and our economy to strengthen women to play a greater role in the development of our government services as they occupy the leading posts." Sheikh Mohammed said in his book, "Flashes of Thought" that, "We launch development projects run by women. We develop our infrastructure, health and education services even our military forces, depending on women in all these fields." The existence of women in all these fields is logical, as about 70 percent of the graduates from universities today are women.
Sheikh Mohammed said, "Women constitute over 65 percent of the total staff in the Cabinet. 30 percent of them occupy the leading posts. Even my daily work depends mostly on women, as 85 percent of the team in my office are Emirati women."
For his part, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that the UAE is well ahead in the empowerment of women to play their social role, a legacy chalked out by the late Sheikh Zayed by Sultan Al Nahyan. He noted that Sheikh Zayed had persevered to provide all the facilities and remove the impediments to encourage Emirati women to play their role in the development of the community - a move that has reflected on the UAE s humanitarian and social role at the global level.
Sheikh Mohamed underlined the fact that the themes of equality, solidarity and cohesion do not distinguish between man and woman.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has become a symbol of giving, determination and is seen as one of the most important woman leaders in the world, due to her outstanding and leading role in the field of empowering women and defending their cause not only in the UAE, but also regionally and internationally.
The effort that has been exerted by Sheikha Fatima in the field of supporting Emirati women since the establishment of the General Women s Union in August 1975, has become obvious in the light of the prestigious stature of the UAE women.
Emirati women become ministers, FNC members, judges and diplomats, in addition to their effective and prominent role in contributing to the overall development in the country through full participation alongside men in various work places.
Sheikha Fatima has also added other humanitarian dimensions to the general women s work through her important initiatives, which aim at protecting women and providing all kinds of comprehensive care, in addition to safeguarding women s dignity in various regions in the world.
In his speech while addressing the UN General Assembly in 2013, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, pointed out the successes that have been achieved by UAE women in building the society.
Sheikh Abdullah said that the UAE has achieved a host of outstanding successes in the field of women's empowerment. He recognised their vital role in societies, noting that protection of women from discrimination in various areas, "is a necessity and should be given care by the international community." He added that the UAE is proud of its serious steps in this regard, citing that the country has acquired an outstanding rank among the countries in the region in this field.
Sheikh Abdullah also said in a previous speech that the UAE s constitution guarantees equal rights for men and women, where women enjoy the same legal status, as they have the right to get education and work on equal footing as men.
He added that the constitution prohibits any discrimination in salaries between women and men, pointing out that the UAE has joined a number of international agreements on human rights, including the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. He also emphasised support for the international efforts in women s empowerment issues.
Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the fact that the UAE cooperates with international mechanisms for human rights, adding that the UAE is ranked 38th according to the Woman s Empowerment Index. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284709045.html

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs' report on occasion of Emirati Women's Day on 28th August 2015
posted on 27/08/2015

The UAE has not spared any effort in its creation of an environment that supports women and enables them to play an important role in the success of the nation, with men as their partners in achieving the nation's goals and in establishing its greatness and progress. The Emirati women have proven their ability to easily manage the tasks assigned to them in various fields.
The UAE s leadership gives great importance to the empowerment of women and to advancing their status in all fields, especially since Emirati women have achieved many accomplishments in the past four decades since the establishment of the country---accomplishments that were supported by the prudent vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who believed in the women s important role in the progress and prosperity of the nation and in the nation's ongoing journey of development and generosity.
The basis of this approach was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who founded the UAE and played an integral role in supporting women and including them in every field, making women equal partners of men in the process of building the nation as part of his innovative plans for development and for the advancement of humanitarian goals when he took over as Ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966 and later succeeded in establishing the UAE 43 years ago. It was included in the constitution that men and women should be equal, making a public admission of women s status and role in the advancement of the nation and its people.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, played an integral part in the provision of support and guidance to Emirati women and in the advancement of their status. As a result of her support in every field, women now hold 66 percent of governmental jobs; of which 30 percent are senior leadership decision-making positions and 15 percent are technical and academic jobs in fields such as medicine, pharmacology and nursing. Women are also undertaking important jobs in the regulatory sectors of the Armed Forces, Police and Customs departments.
Following this approach to the empowerment of women, the UAE announced during the Government Summit 2015 the establishment of the UAE Gender Balance Council under the leadership of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women's Establishment, to support the Emirati women s role in all fields of work, as the equal distribution of men and women in the workplace has become one of the most important factors in the success and prosperity of civilised nations.
Gender balance with regard to both rights and duties is the primary path to achieving happiness, security, stability, a high standard of living and progress. Based on this concept, the UAE has been a leader in this domain as it has made men and women equal in all aspects of life and has achieved progress in women's empowerment by helping them achieve greater levels of success, which in turn advances society as a whole.
The establishment of this Council is a clear reflection of the prudent attention being paid by the government and leadership to the essential role of women in the nation's journey towards advancement in recognition of their great successes in every field. It also makes clear to the world that the UAE spares no effort to support women in the workplace and to provide them with opportunities to participate in achieving the nation's vision as equal partners of men in every field. The UAE is determined to provide greater stability and a higher standard of living for Emirati women. Abundant support and encouragement from the country's visionary leadership has been provided to national women since the UAE was established. The UAE is set to become a leading figure in achieving gender balance, a concept that is already part of the Emirati society's daily life.
This is especially clear in the UAE s efforts to eliminate all differences between genders in compliance with Emirati society's deep-rooted traditions. The UAE was built on the principle of inclusion of all individuals, whether men or women, in society, as described in the constitution with respect to rights and duties. The UAE is committed to providing women with rights that their counterparts in other countries have yet to receive, making the country a role model for others in the region and in the world for women's empowerment and support.
This will add a new dimension to the UAE's vision for women going forward, as their leadership and experience will help greatly in achieving the goals for which the Council was created. It will also provide women with more rights and opportunities to adopt a greater role in their partnerships with men to serve society. Women are tipped to get women 50 percent of the seats of the Federal National Council in the future, whereas they currently occupy only 15 percent of seats. In the future also, women are also expected to be granted 50 percent of the ministerial portfolios. These are all unprecedented gains for Emirati women.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima has announced Emirati Women s Day will be celebrated on August 28, 2015, as an annual event that will celebrate Emirati women and announce to the world that the UAE is a model for women's empowerment for many other countries in the region and the world. Emirati women have been considered partners to men on the road to development and generosity ever since the establishment of the UAE on December 2, 1971.
The UAE places great importance on the contribution of women to the diplomatic corps, having opened the doors for Emirati women to hold positions as diplomats in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in creating new procedures to ensure balance between women s familial duties and their careers. These measures have empowered Emirati women to work in the political arena by entering the diplomatic corps through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Emirati women have been assigned as ambassadors to Sweden, Spain and Montenegro and as a permanent representative of the UAE in the UN. The UAE's consul in China and general consul in Milan are also Emirati women. Other women have held senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where three female diplomats were assigned as administrative heads at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seven women were assigned to the diplomatic corps as vice presidents at the ministry s headquarters, and 54 women were assigned as department heads for the ministry in addition to their job at the headquarters.
The number of women currently employed in the diplomatic and consulate corps within the ministry s headquarters has reached 166 women, in addition to 29 women in the UAE s foreign diplomatic delegations, 96 women working in administrative posts in the civil service department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 4 women working in foreign administrative posts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284712933.html

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Sheikha Fatima salutes mothers of martyrs on 1st Emirati Women's Day
posted on 27/08/2015

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has expressed her pleasure at dedicating the 1st Emirati Women's Day, observed on 28th August, to honour mothers of the martyrs and the women working in the armed forces.
In a speech made to mark the day, Sheikh Fatima praised the support given to the UAE women by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.
Below is the full text of Sheikha Fatima's speech: Under the prudent leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and in line with his directives, the 28th of August each year will be marked as the Emirati Women's Day. This decision reaffirms the right of the UAE women to be honoured, thanked and appreciated by society for the sacrifices they have been making. It also illustrates the wise leadership's strong conviction in the important role that women play in the peace and development efforts, and in countering all forms of gender discrimination and violence.
Highlighting the important role women play in the society, the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, once said: "Nothing pleases me more than seeing Emirati women assuming their role in society and achieving their rightful position. Nothing should hinder the march of women's progress. Like men, women have the right to assume the highest positions according to their abilities and qualifications."
Since the establishment of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, the country has been steadily making progress in achieving gender equality, with the impact of political, social and economic developments being carefully taken into consideration. The UAE continuously reviews the status of the Emirati women and seeks to benchmark the development being made against international agreements and directives, including those of the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the post-2015 Development Agenda and those on sustainable development and of the 20 Years After Conference on Population and Development.
Most of the world's countries set aside a day annually to celebrate women's achievement and to assert their roles in sustainable development and their right to take up high positions as agreed by religious teachings, national legislation and international conventions. Celebrations of such a special day are joined by governments, civil society organisations and individuals. The celebrations reflect a sincere collective desire to guarantee all basic human rights to women, to achieve gender equality and to eliminate all forms of social, cultural and political discrimination against women.
We in the UAE are blessed with a wise and honest leadership who have devoted themselves to their people and have made the welfare of citizens a priority.
We are also blessed with people who cherish their leadership and who are eager to serve and defend their country. The UAE has become a modern state and a role model for efficient legislation, policies and practices on human rights, particularly the rights of women.
The UAE women enjoy the support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.
The UAE government is keen on promoting human rights, guaranteed by the constitution and by local legislation and by the international treaties ratified by the UAE. It works tirelessly to provide welfare for citizens.
We are well aware of the sacrifices women make for their country. They have offered their own sons as martyrs who will be immortal in the nation's memory and history. We salute our martyrs for their dedication and we salute their mothers for their composure.
On this day, the 28th of August 2015, we dedicate our celebration of the first Emirati Women's Day to the mothers of the martyrs who did not hesitate to offer their sons as heroes and martyrs for the sake of their motherland. We also dedicate it to the women in military service who left the life of comfort and luxury to protect their country and to see its flag flying high.
We are pleased to see our leadership and our people coming together as one, as President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared that the 30th of November every year will be observed as 'Martyrs' Day' in memory of and in tribute to the sacrifices offered by the nation's martyrs and its loyal people, who offered their lives to keep the UAE flag flying aloft while they were performing their national duties inside and outside the country, in civilian, military and humanitarian fields.
I urge my fellow Emirati women to maintain the achievements made and to work harder towards more achievements, progress and empowerment. I also urge Emirati women to actively participate in the upcoming Federal National Council elections, in order to play an effective role in the next legislative chapter.
May Allah the Almighty grant you further success and bestow strength on you to safeguard our country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284708711.html

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Dubai Police gives a big thanks to women
posted on 27/08/2015

The head of Dubai Police has thanked the emirate's female officers to mark Emirati Women's Day.
Maj Gen Khamis Al Mazeina, commander in chief of Dubai Police, also congratulated the leadership and thanked them for specifying a day in celebrating women and recognising their roles.
He said Emirati women had reached high ranks in the military and police force and are dedicated to their duty with strength and bravery. Maj Gen Al Mazeina said women were maintaining the important gains and achievements of the country.
He said Dubai Police gave women special attention though initiatives in support of their empowerment, which resulted in their excellence in serving the country.
Dubai Police has also established the Dubai Women's Police Council for Community Service to give direct care to the family and community, and it played a pivotal role in the development of their power, the chief said. "The council provides initiatives and programmes that consolidate human values, support familial ties that guarantee stability and community safety, and empowers women in co-operating in solving social issues and trends, strengthening cooperation between police force and the community, and exchange knowledge and expertise in local and international entities that support women issues,” he said.
Dr Mishkan Al Awar, president of Dubai Women's Police Council for Community Service, said this celebration was a happy one for every Emirati woman in all aspects of the Armed Forces, National Service, police and security specifically.
"I would like to show my thanks and appreciation to all women who have contributed in imposing a strong presence for the powerful women in these fields. They have proven that giving, sacrificing and redemption does not stand on one gender without the other, and thanks to the rich career experience they had the credit in encouraging other women to compete in such fields that require willpower, determination and intellectual as well as physical durability,” she said. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/dubai-police-gives-a-big-thanks-to-women

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Mohamed bin Zayed's Majlis hosts lecture on equality, leadership
posted on 27/08/2015

The Majlis of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, last night hosted a lecture titled, "How we build a culture of containment, leadership and equality", by the CEO and Chairwoman of the Xerox Corporation, Ursula Burns.
The lecture was attended 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, 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, senior officials, and members of the diplomatic corps in the UAE.
Burns began her lecture with a vote of thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for hosting the lecture at his Majlis.
She emphasised the importance of diversity in different organisations and the need to hire people of different ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, as well as the need to empower women and to encourage education.
Burns lauded the efforts made by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for the development of UAE women.
She also commended the establishment of the Gender Balance Council, chaired by H.H. Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Burns said the UAE government had attached great importance to the active engagement of women in society and referred to the appointment of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), as the first woman minister in the UAE.
She recounted her experience when she became the first African-American woman to serve as CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
After assuming the office of CEO previously held by Anne M. Mulcahy, she also became the first woman to succeed another woman in a Fortune 500 company. Burns has been featured multiple times by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. In 2014, she was listed as the 22nd. Burns also holds positions on the board of directors for the Exxon Mobil Corporation as well as the American Express Corporation.
Outside of her corporate endeavours, Burns is an advocate of education for women pursuing careers in STEM fields. The organisations she works with include the National Academy Foundation, MIT, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the U.S. Olympic Committee and many more. Her commitment to education has inspired her to co-found the organisation, Change the Equation, which focusses on improving educational programmes in the United States for STEM, (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284713021.html

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Double record for passenger figures at Abu Dhabi International Airport in July 2015
posted on 27/08/2015

July was a record breaking month for passenger figures at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Not only did the total number of passengers traveling through the airport hit the two million mark for the first time ever, but the figure for the departing passengers alone also reach a record, with over a million travellers leaving from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
A total of 2,100,929 passengers used the airport in July, compared with 1,703,995 in the same month of 2014, an increase of 23.3%, taking the average daily number of passengers to over 60,000. Within these numbers, 1,113,108 passengers departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport in July, also the first time this has happened in a single month.
Aircraft movements reached 15,059, representing a 14.2% increase over the 13,188 movements reported in July 2014. Cargo activity was also on the rise in July 2015, recording 68,888 metric tons handled; a 2.1% increase when compared to July 2014. Etihad cargo which represents 91.5% of the airport total cargo grew by 3.0%.
Commenting on the latest passenger figures, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said, "We are proud to have passed not one but two significant milestones in a single month, with the total number of passengers reaching 2 million for the first time in Abu Dhabi International Airport's history and recorded departures of more than 1 million."
"The rate at which passenger numbers are increasing year on year continues to follow an upward trend. The figures in July 2015 were boosted by Ramadan and the Eid Al Fitr holiday, as well as the summer holiday season. Throughout the year, and in particular at these busy times, we aim to ensure that standards of service, safety and security, remain consistently high, helping us achieve our vision to become the world's leading airports group. The Midfield Terminal Building, which is being built to meet this increasing growth, continues to progress, and as each day passes the project resembles more closely what it will look like once completed," he added.
In July 2015, the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were London Heathrow, Bangkok, Doha, Manila, and Bombay, accounting for 16% of all traffic. . – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395284704053.html

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Dubai Duty Free to reap DSS rewards as travellers increase
posted on 27/08/2015

The Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) period is proving to be very successful for the Dubai Duty Free, with the additional travellers arriving in Dubai during the summer helping to transform "flyers into buyers."
Salah Tahlak, senior vice president of corporate communications at Dubai Duty Free (DDF), said that DDF has experienced a positive impact on its retail operations at both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport that are directly attributable to the increasing number of travellers arriving in Dubai during DSS this summer.
"With many travellers using Dubai as a travel hub during the DSS period, the large influx of passengers to Dubai International has generated a significant positive impact to our retail operations. Likewise, passenger traffic at Al Maktoum International Airport - Dubai World Central has also increased in number, which is obviously an added opportunity for Dubai Duty Free," Tahlak said.
The DDF shops have been witnessing increasing sales across all product categories with the increasing spending largely due to GCC and other regional visitors who constitute the biggest segment of travellers to Dubai for Dubai Summer Surprises.
Tahlak added: "We are pleased to see notable positive results for Dubai Duty Free in the field of operations, as we have seen an increase in consumer spending across all categories during the DSS period. An increase in travel within the wider GCC and Middle East region is also seen due to a fact that UAE is a short haul destination and traditionally they have been a strong market for the UAE during DSS."
Over the past two decades, DSS has transformed from a small summer event to one of the world's largest and longest running summer festival of its kind. It continues to contribute towards Dubai's retail and tourism goals of attracting more visitors to the emirate, which has resulted in an increasing number of passengers travelling through Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport and shopping at Dubai Duty Free.
Asked about any special promotions that encouraged visitors to purchase on arrival, Tahlak said: "We rolled out innovative promotions and matchless offers that are intended at further enhance the overall shopping experience of visitors from around the world which includes great discounts ranging from 15 per cent up to 50 per cent across a wide range of selected products and top brands, including gifts with purchase on some products."
"We also launched two gold promotions in partnership with Malabar and Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux, to give shoppers the opportunity to win a guaranteed gold coin or one kilo gold bar. There is also a discount up to five per cent for travellers, who choose to use the retailer's website for online pre-order shopping so they can make their purchase even before they arrive here," he added. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/dubai-duty-free-to-reap-dss-rewards-as-travellers-increase

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Etisalat UAE mobile app tops one million downloads
posted on 27/08/2015

Etisalat UAE's mobile app has achieved more than one million downloads since its launch in the second quarter of 2014. The app has registered over 56 percent increase in downloads in 2015 due to enhancements focused on improving customer experience.
The interactive mobile app was launched to offer customers a range of smart services literally at their fingertips; usage tracking, bill payments, recharges, instant subscription to bundles and packages, live chat, parking payments and much more.
Etisalat's survey revealed an overwhelming response with 96 percent of users frequently accessing the app. The number of payment transactions on the app increased by 70 percent in the first two quarters of 2015. Most customers preferred the interactive self-care app to connect with Etisalat, with more than 50,000 conversations through the ‘live chat' feature.
Muhammad Al Fahim, Vice President of Digital Customer Experience at Etisalat, said, "At a time and age when people's dependence on their mobile devices has increased so much, our aim was not just to launch an app, but to create an experience. Keeping that in mind, we made the necessary investments, listened to our customers' feedback, and used it to introduce additional features and enhancements. The response has been extremely rewarding. It has effectively become a new communication channel to engage with our customers, helping us further strengthen our relationship with them."
The recent addition of features such as international credit transfer, data gifting, multiple payments in one transaction as well as earning and redeeming Etisalat rewards, is expected to further increase the usage of the app.
The survey also recorded a positive climb in the overall app experience and usage, with 76 percent of customers finding the app customer friendly, more personalised and easy to use.
The Etisalat UAE mobile app can be downloaded for free on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows platforms. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395284694021.html

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September fuel prices likely to be lower compared to August
posted on 27/08/2015

The UAE Ministry of Energy will announce new fuel prices for the month of September today
In a tweet, Dr Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Chairman of the Fuel Price Committee, said the fuel prices are likely to be lower for the month of September than the previous month.
The fuel price committee will take into account average international prices in deciding the fuel prices for the following month.
The committee will be chaired by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Energy. Other members include Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance, CEO of Adnoc Distribution, and CEO of Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc).
The Ministry had increased petrol prices by about 24 per cent and reduced diesel prices by 29 per cent in a landmark decision taken last month to support the national economy, lower fuel consumption, protect the environment and preserve national resources.
The new fuel prices will be announced as oil prices tumble across the globe. From a peak of $115 (Dh422.39) in June last year, oil prices reduced to less than $45 this week.
According to credit ratings agency Fitch, pre-tax energy subsidies in the UAE will amount to $12.64 billion, or 2.87 per cent of GDP, in 2015.
The figure is 4.62 per cent of GDP for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and for Kuwait and Qatar it is 1.81 per cent and 1.64 per cent respectively.
Fitch said the successful implementation in the UAE while oil prices are low could increase public acceptance of subsidy reform elsewhere in the region, boosting the prospects for reform.
Gary Dugan, Chief Investment Officer at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi said the deregulation of fuel prices is a long term positive that helps to reduce government expenditures at a time when income is down significantly due to the fall in oil prices.
"I think other countries such as Saudi will have to follow the example of the UAE given that the gap between government revenues and income is forecast by the IMF to be close to 20 per cent of GDP,” he told Gulf News.
"Given the fall in the spot price of crude oil the assumption will be that the fuel price should fall.”
In January, Kuwait raised domestic diesel and kerosene prices but retracted the decision later due to criticism from parliament members. Oman has been studying gasoline prices while Bahrain has increased the price of natural gas for the industry. Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/energy/september-fuel-prices-likely-to-be-lower-compared-to-august-1.1573577

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Mayor of Munich receives UAE Consul General
posted on 27/08/2015

MUNICH: Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, has received the UAE Consul General in Munich, Khalid bin Ghelaita Al Muhairi, in his office.
The mayor said his city is popular for the UAE visitors and many other nationalities, citing tolerance and co-existence enjoyed by the city. Earlier, the mayor contested in the elections under the logo of "Munich, a cosmopolitan city with heart".
The UAE consul general congratulated the mayor on winning the election, calling for more co-operation between the consulate and the municipality.
He briefed the mayor about the efforts being exerted by the consulate to strengthen friendship between the UAE's visitors and local population in Munich in particular and the Bavaria State in general. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284711677.html

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National Election Committee receives 2,549 volunteer applications to assist in organising the Federal National Council Elections 2015
posted on 27/08/2015

Tariq Hilal Lootah, Under-Secretary of Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Head of the Elections Management Committee, said the qualification and training programme for Electoral Centre teams has gained overwhelming interest from citizens, non-profit organisations and national institutions, adding that it is an important step, which highlights their contribution to the successful implementation of the 2015 electoral process and a reflection of their awareness of the Federal National Council Elections.
He was addressing second press conference on the electoral programme updates, which was held on Wednesday, 26 August 2015. The event was attended by Dr. Saeed Al Ghafli, Assistant Undersecretary in the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs and member of the National Election Committee, Dr. Hashim bin Sarhan Alzaabi - Executive Dean at Higher Colleges of Technology – Dubai, Staff Col Mohammed Al Mulla of the National and Reserve Service Authority, Ahlam Saeed Allamki - Head of Research and Development at the General Women's Union, Mariam Al Nuaimi - Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), Ali Sultan Hadad - Advisor and Board Member of the We are Emirates Association, Sahar Ahmed Al Obaid - Director of the Emirates Volunteers Association and Deputy Head of the Arab Union for Voluntary Work, Advisor Alaa bin Marwan, Deputy Director General of Asa'ad Shaab Volunteer Team and Saif Al Dhaheri -Director of Safety and Prevention Department at the National Emergency Disasters Management Authority.
Tariq Lootah added that the response to the call of action to participate in implementing the electoral process has been positive with a notable number of citizens applying to volunteer their services. It is also reflected in the number of calls received by the National Election Committee's dedicated Call Centre. A number of enquiries were received from citizens seeking details on how they can participate and contribute to this key national activity, reaffirming genuine public support in achieving successful electoral outcomes in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism.
Tariq Lootah added that the qualification and training programme for the Electoral Centre team that has been launched in cooperation between the National Election Committee and Higher Colleges of Technology is the first-of-its-kind to offer specialised certificates to the participants. He said that the programme has attracted a large number of qualified participants who have expressed their readiness to assist in the electoral process reflecting the culture of political development in the society.
He said that the National Elections Committee registered 2,549 volunteer applications representing a wide spectrum of specialisations including from leading national and civil institutions known for their successful roles and efforts in supporting various national initiatives. He said that all the applications were reviewed by a specialised committee, and 1,400 male and female Emirati citizens were provided training based on the specific needs of the Electoral Centres.
He added: "The National Elections Committee aims to guarantee the effective training of volunteers while providing them with fully-rounded knowledge on the different aspects of the electoral process to enable them to contribute to the electoral process actively. We instil the proper skill sets to equip them to deal with technical matters and unexpected situations that may arise during the Election Day, which is planned for 3rd October."
The National Elections Committee will train the 1400 volunteers through 150 sessions conducted by 20 specialised trainers across eight centres in the UAE at Madinat Zayed, Al Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, Al Ain, Sharjah, Al Ruwais and Abu Dhabi through morning and evening sessions from 23 August to 17 September.
Tareq Lootah extended his appreciation of the important role that Higher Colleges of Technology plays in enhancing the skillsets and knowledge of the volunteers who are participating in managing the electoral process, adding value to its implementation and overall performance.
He also thanked all national institutions that have helped in motivating citizens, including Emirates Identity Authority, National Service Authority, National Emergency Disasters Management Authority, Community Development Authority – Dubai, Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), We are all Emirates Committee, Emirates Volunteers Association, General's Women's Union and the Asa'ad Shaab Volunteer Team. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284711876.html

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How Adec plans to safely transport kids to schools
posted on 27/08/2015

Transport authorities have promised safety to thousands of school children when they board school buses on the very first day of the 2015-2016 academic year that starts from September.
The Smart System - launched by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) and Emirates Transport - has three electronic systems fitted in school buses for student safety.
In the first system, the number of students boarding a bus will be counted electronically (e-Counting) and it will accurately determine the number of students in the bus.
The second system includes the bus-checking (e-Inspection) system for which the driver has to walk to the end of the bus to press a button, therefore crossing each and every single seat to check if any student is left behind. The third is a motion detecting system - a sensor that detects any movement inside the bus at the time when the bus engine is shut down at the end of the journey, providing an alert message to the driver in case any child is still on the bus.
The system will provide safe bus transportation steps for 1,300 kindergarten and Cycle 1 school students.
Adec Director-General Dr Amal Al-Qubaisi said the safety of students during their journey to and from school is a joint-responsibility of all parties concerned to achieve a maximum degree of security and safety for school students.
She added that apart from the bus driver and bus supervisors' role to take care of the children, the main aim behind launching the Smart System was to include "extra" security through a fully equipped bus that guarantees continuous monitoring of children inside the bus and while boarding the bus.
Today, while we launch this new world-class system ...we cannot help but recall those children who met with accidents during their daily trips to and from schools, during which some of them were injured while two girls passed away. We pray for these children and for their families who we hope are blessed with patience and fortitude," said Dr Al Qubaisi.
On October 7, 2014, three-year-old Nizha Aalaa died after allegedly falling asleep and being locked for nearly six hours inside her school bus.
She added: "Increasing bus efficiency and the provision of safe and comfortable seats for all students will help reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption, in addition to encouraging the use of public transport for school children, thus preserving the eco-system."
Also, as per the discussions between Adec and Emirates Transport, the latter is required to provide 100 new buses for Abu Dhabi public schools among which 26 buses should be equipped to transport students with kinetic disabilities. According to the contract, an additional 72 buses will be required for the new academic year due to the growing number of schoolchildren.
Al-Qubaisi stressed on Adec's commitment to exert efforts to ensure highest level of security and safety for students and that it aims to prevent the occurrence of any accidents. She called on all individuals and institutions to act with zeal and determination to maintain the UAE's security and stability.
On his part, Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, General Manager of Emirates Transport Foundation, stressed that the foundation is keen to provide the best it can in order to maintain the safety of students and school buses.
He affirmed that the Smart System inside the buses shall provide practical solutions to avoid leaving students inside a school bus, to spot their movements and use of school buses, check their disembarking and recognising each student inside the bus. The new technology will help keep students safe, he added.
Trial run of 'smart' buses
Al Jarman pointed out that the bus drivers have been trained (before the start of the new academic year) by plying the buses on their routes without students. The new drivers and supervisors were oriented with all geographical areas where they will work, in addition to coordination meetings held with schools about the distribution process in accordance to residential areas.
Growth of school transportation
Al Jarman announced that with the start of the current school year, and through our partnership with Adec, 2,090 buses with the capacity of 137,000 seats will be provided. These will provide transportation to 98,000 students daily from and to 254 public schools, via 63,900 assembly point across 3,056 regular routes across Abu Dhabi. The number of bus drivers is 2,027 while bus supervisors stand at 2,439 out of whom 78 per cent are Emiratis.
Training is provided to bus drivers and supervisors through Emirates Transport Centre for training. Moreover, 4,100 observation and monitoring visits were conducted by transportation coordinators and 770 communication visits with school administrations across the emirate.
Raising awareness
Adec and Emirates Transport have developed a plan to raise awareness among different school transport operations to enhance safety and security elements. The plan targets several categories: school administrators, students, parents, and all society segments, so that there are 0% school transportation accidents.
Both parties stated that they will implement a public media campaign throughout the academic school year, with focus on four major objectives: (1) promotion of community partnership with media channels (2) raising social awareness on the importance of school transport services (3) standardisation of media messages and (4) highlighting security levels in school buses.
Adec will also liaise with parents on latest safety and security measures introduced to school busses. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/education/how-adec-plans-to-safely-transport-kids-to-schools

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JAD portal strengthens recruitment
posted on 27/08/2015

The Jobs Abu Dhabi (JAD) portal has continued to witness widespread success and demand as it reinforces its status as the preferred recruitment channel for the emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2015, attracting over 107,433 applicants.
A key initiative under the e-Government Program of the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), the portal has effectively served as an employment website that connects Abu Dhabi's government and private sector employers with jobseekers around the world. It has successfully attracted 613,872 registered job seekers; 4,894 employer registrations; 15,571 jobs postings; and 11,068,099 total number of visitors, with an average of 3,000 jobs posted every year. JAD has also extended its visibility to 155 countries.
Ahmed Al Hashimi, senior manager of e-Government Services at ADSIC, stated: "Jobs Abu Dhabi continues to notably support Abu Dhabi's rapid economic development and growth, as the most popular service within the Abu Dhabi e-Government Portal. Over the years, JAD has increased employers reach to a vast pool of local and global talent in order to meet their human capital and various recruitment needs across a multitude of specialisations and sectors, in a highly convenient, user-friendly and efficient manner that connects candidates to top employers."
Al Hashimi went on to say that ADSIC managed to continually improve and expand the portal's services over the last eight years by working closely with international HR experts and partners, in order to establish a truly comprehensive employment digital gateway, with increased focus on delivering additional personalised services for government entities and new customer-centric enhancements.
Bridging the gap between employers and job seekers, JAD has emerged as the number one job search engine in Abu Dhabi and is not directly involved in the actual recruitment process, which is managed at the discretion of employers and at the individual entity level instead.
Al Hashimi added: "We highly encourage employers from the government and private sectors to join Jobs Abu Dhabi and benefit from its vast resources, as it provides the market with unmatched access to human capital and direct immediate impact on businesses and their operations."
JAD also crossed another key milestone in its operations during the sixth edition of the annual virtual job gathering; e-Fair, which was organised by ADSIC last May.
The 2015 e-Fair aimed to bring Abu Dhabi employers and job-seekers together and witnessed excellent turnout with 20,260 total visits, 91 employers, 13,400 job vacancies, 5,710 job seeker registrations, and 107,433 CVs received. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/technology/jad-portal-strengthens-recruitment

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Lego certified stores coming to Dubai
posted on 27/08/2015

Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), a Dubai-based retail and hospitality conglomerate, plans to bring Lego certified stores to Dubai for the first time.
The stores will open in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif in August, and The Dubai Mall later this year. It also plans to have stores in Kuwait this year (360 Mall and The Avenues).
The first Lego certified store in the Middle East opened at Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall in November 2014.
Lego is a popular line of construction toys consisting of interlocking plastic building blocks for children.
Dubai will also see Legoland Dubai, a Lego theme park that is set to open in 2016. The Legoland theme park, which will be the first in the Middle East and the seventh worldwide, will make up the first phase of Meraas Holding's Dubai Parks & Resorts master development in Jebel Ali.
Covering an area of three million square feet, Legoland Dubai will include more than 15,000 Lego model structures made from over 60 million Lego bricks. This includes more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions set in six themed areas — Lego City, Adventure, Lego Kingdom, Create, Lego Factory and Miniland.
Lego, founded in 1932, sells its products in more than 130 countries.
MAF's other attractions include Ski Dubai, Magic Planet, Little Explorers, iFly Dubai and Wahooo! Waterpark. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/retail/lego-certified-stores-coming-to-dubai-1.1573405

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Khalifa University students experience the world of clean energy
posted on 27/08/2015

Five Khalifa University students recently had the opportunity to delve into the world of clean energy during their internship with British energy company, Amec Foster Wheeler. Hussain Abdullaziz, Hind Alhamiri, Budour Al Yammahi, Alanoud Alabdouli, and Abdelaziz Alzaabi, were all chosen to travel to the UK in order to gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of sustainable energy options that the company is involved in.
The month-long visit gave students the opportunity to be introduced to the operations of the company's training rig facilities and laboratories, the Hunterston power station and visits to the National Nuclear Laboratory's Cumbria labs, the Gen2 training centre, where they viewed a simulator of the Pressurised Water Reactor, the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester and the institute's facility in Cumbria, UK.
They also engaged in interactive seminars and training sessions in reliability engineering, scheduling and design software, project management, commercial awareness and technical sketching, as well as engaging in an engineering practical, where they discussed and derived key Critical Safety Functions and Safety Functional Requirements, before moving on to apply this as part of a case study.
Hussain commented on his experience, saying "I had prior opinions about the nuclear industry. However, upon completing this visit my opinions have changed. I would now consider joining the nuclear industry."
"We are very pleased that our students had the opportunity to travel to the UK to work with Amec Foster Wheeler, and experience the myriad ways they can work in the clean energy sector," said Dr. Tod Laursen, President. "Nuclear energy is at the centre of the UAE's future energy goals, and spurring student interest in working in this sector is vitally important. Khalifa University is dedicated to developing the UAE's nuclear energy leaders and clean energy leaders of tomorrow, and these exciting internships are a part of that journey." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284692643.html

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Tawam Hospital now offers lung cancer screening - a first for the UAE
posted on 27/08/2015

Tawam Hospital, in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the SEHA Healthcare System, is now offering the first lung cancer screening in Abu Dhabi and in the UAE. The programme includes a low-dose computed tomography, LDCT, lung cancer diagnostic screening at its Thoracic Surgery clinic and aims to improve early detection and reduce the risk of lung cancer mortality, the first time such an initiative has been put in place for the disease.
Within the programme, a patient's risk factors will be assessed by a physician and may then be asked to undergo a screening using a low-dose CT machine followed by a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation.
Systematic reviews published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that LDCT screening can reduce lung cancer mortality, therefore saving lives, and it is also cost-effective. Well-known international cancer associations and preventive medical task forces have also endorsed the use of LDCT screening.
Most cases of lung cancer reported in Abu Dhabi are male patients over 50 years old. Lung cancer is also the leading cause of cancer death among UAE male nationals. In fact, 89.2 percent of Abu Dhabi patients diagnosed with lung cancer found that they had stage three or four cancer at the time of diagnosis, making it more challenging to eliminate the cancerous cells.
"Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer worldwide and is a grave issue for the UAE population. The disease is in dire need of being addressed with a solid plan of action. Our screening facility is the first of its kind in the country to screen specifically for lung cancer. This shows our hospital staff's determination in preventing, detecting and reducing the likelihood of lung cancer," said Dr. Ali Omar Al Dameh, Thoracic Surgery Consultant.
Lung cancer is the growth of malignant cells in the airway passage or bronchi and is normally associated with smoking. There are two types of lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, SCLC, which accounts for 20 percent of lung cancer and has more possibility in spreading to other organs, and non-small cell lung cancer, NSCLC, which is the most common and accounts for 80 percent of lung cancer cases.
The risk factors of lung cancer include smoking, air pollution, exposure to toxic chemical substances, bronchitis, family history of lung cancer, previous history of lung cancer and age, which is mainly 50 years and above. In order to avoid lung cancer, the public is encouraged to stop smoking and avoid exposure to smoking and air pollution.
Tawam Hospital is part of the SEHA Health System, owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which is responsible for the curative activities of all public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395284686006.html

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Al Tayer: Completion rate of Seih Assalam Road dual carriageway expansion hits 40%
posted on 27/08/2015

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has announced that the dual carriageway widening project of the 12 km-long Seih Assalam Road has so far reached 40% of completion, and is set for opening in December.
Al Tayer made this statement during a site tour of the project where he reviewed road construction and lighting works, and the shifting of power cables, water lines and the rainwater drainage network. The project encompasses broadening the existing road stretching from Bab Al Shams Hotel and the Dubai International Endurance City to the roundabout of the Cycling Rest Point on Al Qudra Road to a two-lanes motorway in each direction.
"Three new roundabouts will be constructed at intersection points. The scope of works include street lighting, constructing a storm-water network, protecting or shifting the existing utility lines in some areas, erecting metal rails on the median to fend off casual U-turns, repainting ground markings, and conserving the existing trees," Al Tayer added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395284697311.html

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Gargash group donates 20 light vehicles, 10 power generators for relief operations in Yemen
posted on 27/08/2015

The Gargash Group has donated 20 light trucks and 10 power generators as part of the relief operations in Yemen to ease the suffering of people there.
The move follows the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and a follow-up by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284701239.html

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Yemeni President's Office Director praises UAE'S humanitarian role in Aden
posted on 27/08/2015

ADEN: Mohammed Marm, the Director of the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's Office, has praised the great humanitarian role being played by the UAE in restoring the situation in the province of Aden, in sectors such as health, water, electricity, education and other areas.
He made the comments in a speech on the occasion of the Declaration of the Southern Resistance's acceptance of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's decision on its integration into the Army.
Marm also said that the UAE had provided six-months of salaries to staff in the water sector, in order for them to continue their work and restore water to affected areas, in addition to supporting the electricity sector.
He added that the UAE has pledged to support the educational process in the province of Aden and neighbouring provinces, where the country has offered more than $10million to help the education sector get back on track.
Marm also pointed out the role of the UAE in the refurbishment and rebuilding of Aden International Airport, which is now able to receive civil and military aircraft, and will soon receive commercial flights. He also touched on the UAE's efforts to restore the security apparatus, by providing vehicles for security facilities in addition to the refurbishment of police stations and security staff to manage them.
He expressed his optimism for Aden's future and encouraged everyone to celebrate the victories achieved. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284691978.html

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FBMA, UAE Taekwondo and Karate Federation sign MoU
posted on 27/08/2015

The Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, FBMA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE Taekwondo and Karate Federation during a press conference that was held at the FBMA headquarters yesterday.
Major-General Nasser Abdul Razaq Al Razooqi, President of the UAE Taekwondo and Karate Federation, and Dr. Moza Al-Shehhi, Board Member of the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, signed the MoU.
During the signing ceremony Dr. Moza Al-Shehhi said, ' The successes of the march of Emirati ladies in the field of sports could not reach such level of progress without the unlimited care of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Mother of the Nation, and the dedicated support and guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza, Chairman of the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, and President of the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club.
The focus of the MoU is to ensure that more girls are practicing the sport of Karate by providing superior training in a safe and private environment. The academy and the federation aim to achieve a noticeable presence for UAE ladies in the international field of these sports.
The MoU has several clauses that stipulate cooperation between both parties with the goal of spreading awareness about these sports in Abu Dhabi and other emirates by combining the federation's technical expertise and the financial, marketing and media support of the academy.
This collaboration will begin with weekly open training sessions hosted by the academy in Abu Dhabi and sponsorship for the national athletes to represent the UAE in training camps and international competitions in Indonesia and Japan.
Dr. Al-Shehhi added, "the MoU with the UAE Taekwondo and Karate Federation is a result of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza's strong leadership in motivating Emirati youth to become more active, and the academy's continuous efforts to facilitate a healthier and more active lifestyle.'.
Dr. Al-Shehhi commended the efforts of the UAE Taekwondo and Karate Federation, led by Major-General Nasser Al Rozouiqi, President of the Federation, on his guidance through the major growth of the sport in the nation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/sports/1395284693933.html

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Fazza and Shooting Championship to be held in Italy
posted on 27/08/2015

Saqr Nasser Al Raisi, the UAE Ambassador to Italy, has praised the support 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, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses the Rulers of Emirates, to the sports.
While addressing the media delegation, he said the UAE leaders are interested in sports given its significant role in bringing people closer. He cited the directives of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to support sportspersons and sports.
He thanked H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, for his directives to hold the Fazza Shooting Championship in Italy.
The UAE ambassador referred to the historic relations between the UAE and Italy, and added that the trade exchange between the UAE and Italy stood at US$9.5 billion. There are 12,000 Italians residing in the UAE. He also underlined the success of the UAE at Expo Milan 2015. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395284712550.html

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