U.A.E. celebrates Eid Al Fitr today posted on 28/07/2014
The U.A.E. will celebrate the first day of Eid Al Fitr today, the moon sighting committee announced on Sunday.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, who chaired the committee's meeting in Abu Dhabi, greeted the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and the U.A.E. people on the occasion.
Eid prayers will be held at hundreds of mosques and musallas across the country. Different parts of the country will host special events and celebrations to mark the festive season. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?section=nationgeneral&xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2014/July/nationgeneral_July183.xml
U.A.E. leads the way with global food aid programme posted on 28/07/2014
A local newspaper urged the rest of the world to follow the initiative taken by the U.A.E. to help the people of Gaza.
In its editorial yesterday, Gulf News said: 'The worth of a nation can be gauged from its ability to correctly differentiate between a time to talk and the time to act. In announcing a global food aid programme for crisis-hit zones across the world, the U.A.E. has, once again, shown how admirably it gets its priorities right. Its first delivery of a 100,000 high-quality, halal meals to the people of the conflict-ridden Gaza will happen in the coming days, providing a vital resource to these traumatised and destabilised people.
'With the conflict continuing with no real end in sight, and with more than a 1,000 Palestinians having been killed so far by Israel's brutal military, the political ramifications of this crisis are threatening to distract the world's attention from acknowledging the scale of human tragedy unfolding on a daily basis. In such a scenario, the U.A.E.'s Salma food aid programme named in honour of Salma Al Sharhan, U.A.E.'s first nurse under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, offers a stark counterpoint to the failure of the international community to similarly rise to the occasion.
'What Gazans need right now are concrete measures to alleviate their suffering because diplomatic efforts alone do not put food into the mouths of the starving and dispossessed in a war zone.
As the world's largest hub of humanitarian aid, and a benefactor nation with a global relevance, the U.A.E. has shown the way forward. The rest of the world would do well to follow it.' – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268186478.html
Arab Parliament denounces escalation of violence in Libya posted on 28/07/2014
CAIRO:The Arab Parliament (AP) has condemned the escalation of extremism and violence in Libya, warning that the situation threatens the Arab national security.
AP President Ahmed Mohammed Al Jarwan demanded all involved parties to exert maximum efforts to preserve territorial integrity and unity of Libya and realise political and security stability.
He affirmed AP's support for Arab diplomatic efforts aimed at preserving unity of Libya and reconcile warring factions.
He called for immediate halt to fighting between armed groups that shed Arab blood. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395268185152.html
U.A.E.’s space programme could inspire innovation posted on 28/07/2014
The U.A.E.'s space programme could inspire innovation and spur further diversification of the country's economy.
A mission to Mars would promote a focus on making breakthroughs in the development of new technologies, which could be patented and sold to foreign space agencies.
It could also inspire thousands of Emiratis to pursue careers in the space industry, opening the door to new research bodies and university courses in aerospace engineering.
Robert Zubrin, the president of the Mars Society, said the government was encouraging Emiratis to "become a pioneer and an explorer of new worlds”.
"Out of that challenge, you'll get millions of young scientists and engineers,” he said.
Although only a minority will end up participating in the space programme, there are opportunities for others to do all kinds of things.
"They'll contribute to the energy industry, will contribute to medical research and they will become technological entrepreneurs. This could lead to the development of a Silicon Valley in the U.A.E..
"The 40-year-old men and women who built the computer industry here in the US in the 1990s were the little 10- and 12-year-old boys in the 1960s who were inspired to enter science by our Apollo programme.”
Dr Zubrin said it was not only desirable but essential for the U.A.E. to pursue technological innovation.
"Having oil wealth is all well and good, but ultimately, if it wants success in the long term, the wealth of a nation has to come from developing its talent.”
The U.A.E. has invested Dh20 billion in space technology, through the Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in Dubai, and Al Yah Satellite and Al Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications in Abu Dhabi.
Strata, a Mubadala Aerospace subsidiary in Abu Dhabi, provides parts for global aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus.
Abdul Ismail, the chief executive of the consultancy Interplanetary Expeditions, said the key parts were there.
"Spacecraft technology is essentially just an extension of aviation-related technologies,” he said. "What will they eventually do is just mimic what they've done successfully with their aviation elements, and introduce new space-related technologies. With space technologies you do get breakthroughs, and with breakthroughs you get new intellectual property.”
When Canada's space programme first started, a firm called Spar Aerospace developed a robotic arm that could extend the antenna on a basic communications satellite.
The technology was patented and has since been upgraded to act as a key component on the Nasa shuttle, as well as on the International Space Station, at a benefit of billions of dollars to the Canadian economy. In addition, a modified version of the arm is used to conduct brain surgery.
Former commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut who was visiting the U.A.E. last week, said there was still a lot of scope for innovation.
"Every one of those pieces of hardware that are currently being used is new and is ripe for improvement,” he said. "There's not an assembly line churning out Mars vehicles. If this was the automotive industry, it's currently 1904.
"If we're talking about launching a satellite to orbit the Earth, we understand it very well. But going to Mars? We're way behind in inventing it all. The person who comes up with the designs will control the industry. It's inevitable that in this process the U.A.E. will invent some things that the rest of the world is going to use.” – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/science/uaes-space-programme-could-inspire-innovation
TRA issues Twitter guidelines for U.A.E. users posted on 28/07/2014
Twitter users should be aware of local laws when posting potentially inflammatory content, the country's telecommunications regulator has warned.
Tweets must comply not only with Twitter's terms of service, but also U.A.E. laws and regulations, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said in its "white paper” on the social network.
About 360,000 users in the U.A.E. write about 2.5 million tweets each day, said the TRA, which has published reports on Facebook and other popular social-networking sites to promote awareness about their usage in the country.
"The laws of the U.A.E. prohibit the publication of content which is contrary to public morals, the principles of Islam and the social and moral welfare of the U.A.E., or any content that contains irreverence towards Islam and any other heavenly religions,” the report said.
"The content must also respect the U.A.E. Government, its leadership, political institutions and ultimately the U.A.E.'s cultural heritage and social norms and customs.”
Also prohibited are threats of violence, as well as hate speech, threatening or graphic content that contains gratuitous violence, or any content that is offensive "for a nation or its government”, according to the report.
Users must not publish other people's private information or photos and videos on Twitter without their consent, as is the case with other social networks such as Facebook, the TRA said.
A man faced charges in June for posting on Instagram a 15-second video of a sleeping family without consent.
Other reports are available as part of the U.A.E. Social Media White Papers for Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and other services.
Fifty-seven per cent of internet users in the country use Twitter. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/technology/tra-issues-twitter-guidelines-for-uae-users
Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club ink joint agreement posted on 28/07/2014
In the presence of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the U.A.E. President, Chairman of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, the club yesterday signed a joint agreement with Etihad Airways as the official carrier for club teams for all its trips and competitions in which it participates on a global level.
The agreement was signed by Hareb Mubarak Al-Muhairi, the Vice President for Commercial Affairs at Etihad Airways and Ahmed Habroush Al Rumaithi, Director of the Office of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan in the presence of Hasan Al Hammadi, Senior Vice President, Chief Executive, and Muhanad Al Hashimi, Director of Government sales in Etihad Airways.
Ahmed Habroush reaffirmed that the directives of Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, have been credited with the success of this agreement.
Al-Muhairi added that the partnership with Etihad Airways is the result of positive cooperation between government and private institutions in particular, saying, "We seek together to achieve a common goal of the national vision for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which aims to promote the emirate's capital at the level of tourism." He pointed out that sport has become a tool for the global spread of the U.A.E.'s international tourism and the global role of great club teams through its various activities. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/sports/1395268178667.html
Emirates Red Crescent continues to fund meals in Al Khalil posted on 28/07/2014
The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is maintaining its commitment to fund Takiyat Ibrahimi, an ancient charity soup-kitchen near the Al Ibrahimi Mosque in Al Khalil (Hebron), which has been distributing thousands of meals to underprivileged people from the city and neighbouring towns.
In an exclusive interview with WAM, Sheikh Tayseer Abu Sunaina, kitchen supervisor, said that the Emirates Red Crescent has made year-round generous donations to the kitchen, which has distributed 73,000 meals so far this year, and funded 20,000 meals which the kitchen distributed to disadvantaged people during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Takiyat Ibrahimi serves-up hot meals, up to three times a week, for around 10,000 people each month.
Abu Sunaina said that the U.A.E.'s aid initiatives in Palestine have been implemented since the days of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and continue under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The supervisor also expressed his appreciation for all the continuous support that the ERC is providing to the people of Al Khalil. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268178480.html
Khalifa Foundation distributes food packages to Palestinian families in Jerusalem, West Bank posted on 28/07/2014
RAMALLAH: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has distributed 8000 food packages to needy Palestinian families in Jerusalem and other areas in the West Bank, as part of its Ramadan-long humanitarian operation.
An official from the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation said Representative Office of U.A.E. to the Palestinian National Authority and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) are collaborating on the implementation of foundation's food aid programme for Ramadan.
The foundation's annual relief programme targets poor families in Jerusalem and refugee camps that face economic hardships, the official noted In the past few days, UNRWA distributed the 8000 food packages to Palestinian families in Kalandia, Jenin, and Ain al-Ma', Nablus, and Eastern Jordan Valley. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
Nahyan honours 30 Islamic calligraphers for completing Quran copy by hand posted on 28/07/2014
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, on Saturday honoured 30 Islamic calligraphers for reproducing a complete copy of the Holy Quran during a three-day calligraphy event.
The calligraphers who hail from 11 Arab and Muslim countries handed over the copy of the divine scripture they meticulously reproduced by hand to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, at the conclusion of its three-day sixth edition of Ramadan Forum for Quran Calligraphy, for assessment and proofreading.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak described the reproduction of a copy of the complete Holy Quran by hand in such a short time as an achievement that U.A.E. is proud of, and as an honour for the calligraphers themselves.
He commended the interest 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 in such initiatives that affirms the value of national culture which revolves around Arabic language.
Sheikh Nahyan also hailed the participation of women in this year's calligraphy event alongside men where they proved they are not less skilled in this Islamic art. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268181379.html
National Ambulance Company steps-up medical response alertness for Eid-Al-Fitr posted on 28/07/2014
The National Ambulance Company, NAC, has announced that it has stepped-up its preparedness to dealing with emergencies across the country during Eid-Al-Fitr, by increasing the number of medical personnel and ambulances available in an effort to swiftly respond to any emergency.
Ahmad Al Hajiri, CEO of the NAC, said that all emergency calls to 999 and 997 will be responded to as soon as possible, adding that ambulance services will be positioned at 24 different sites around the clock in Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al-Khaimah, Umm Al Qaiwain and Al Fujairah to provide medical attention to members of the public, when needed. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395268180529.html RETURN TO TOP | WAM
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Golden double for U.A.E. ladies endurance team in Verona posted on 28/07/2014
VERONA, ITALY: The U.A.E. ladies team registered a golden double winning the individual gold as well as the team gold in the HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported first-ever H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup, a world class ladies competition being held here in Europe for the first time.
In Verona in Italy on Saturday, the U.A.E.'s Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi on Rivergum Drifter took the individual gold while the U.A.E.'s Aya Abdulla Redha on Quersick Niellans took the bronze and along with Alia Al Khafajy on Exclusiva (6th place) managed to pip Bahrain to win the team gold medal.
Ayesha Al Romaithi on TRA Clica finished 18th while the fifth member of the U.A.E. team, Shathra Al Hajjaj on Eros was eliminated after the third stage as her horse went lame.
Bahrain's Sheikha Najla bint Salman Al Khalifa took the silver in the individual event and led Bahrain to a team silver in the 7-team competition.
Over 70 lady riders from 15 countries took part in the 120-km ride. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268188098.html