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Mohammed bin Rashid launches ‘The Leader of the 21st Century’ model for UAE Government Leaders Programme
posted on 31/07/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has launched ‘The Leader of the 21st Century' model for UAE Government Leaders Programme, designed by the UAE government to achieve a quantum leap in capacity building.
The programme will strengthen the competencies and leadership skills at the federal government level with a view to building effective networking among government leaders and strengthen relations with the private sector.
‘The Leader of the 21st Century' model aims to take the leadership skills of officials at the federal government to the next level by strengthening the skills of the most promising young leaders. They will be provided extensive leadership training to hone their expertise and prepare them to evolve as distinguished leaders at the national, regional and global levels.
Sheikh Mohammed said, "The Leader of the 21st Century model which we have launched today marks a new phase in building distinct national capacities based on innovation and knowledge as we pursue efforts to serve our people and strengthen the position of our nation at the global level."
"I believe in modernisation and development across technological, scientific, economic fields as well as other areas. This is imperative to keep pace with and anticipate rapid global changes, and to ensure that we continue to be at the forefront of the global economy.
"I believe in the youth of the nation and their abilities. They are our renewable wealth, and building their skills is a fundamental priority of our nation. We must prepare our youth for the future and give them the tools that will enable them to proceed ahead in the march of success as well as build on them to create a better future for our citizens.
"The Leader of the 21st Century is extraordinary... keeping up and staying ahead of the rapid changes around, and developing effective and smart solutions to face the challenges. The Leader of the 21st Century is flexible and creative, and supports innovation and creativity as well as encourages the team to embrace the new experiences apart from finding innovative solutions to overcome the challenges."
‘The Leader of the 21st Century' model was launched in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, Ohood Al Roumi, Director General of the Prime Minister Office, Najla Al Awar, Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet; and Abdullah bin Touq, Executive Director of Excellence and Leadership in the Prime Minister Office, and the team of the UAE Government Leaders programme.
‘The Leader of the 21st Century' model has been inspired by the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has set an example to the world in government leadership. A clear vision and an ambitious approach to build a smart future government led by innovation and excellence are at the heart of the model.
The UAE Government Leaders Programme aims to attract talents from both public and private sectors and provide best training opportunities for developing leadership skills through launching of ‘The Leader of the 21st Century' model. In turn, this will also help to build an effective network among all the participants.
With the new model, the UAE government seeks to strengthen the global position of the UAE by preparing and empowering government leaders to achieve the goals of ‘UAE Vision 2021'. It focuses on strengthening relationships between the public and private sectors and accessing global best partnerships by taking into account the needs of the UAE. It also establishes a network that connects elite government leaders in the country.
‘The Leader of the 21st Century' model also supports the UAE National Agenda and UAE Vision 2021 by offering the best training programme for future leaders, instilling in them the required leadership skills for the twenty-first century. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283840834.html

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President of Gabon visits UAE pavilion at Expo Milan 2015, expresses confidence in Dubai's hosting of Expo 2020
posted on 31/07/2015

MILAN: President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, has visited the UAE pavilion, organised by National Media Council (NMC), at Expo Milan 2015.
Received by Mubarak Al Dhaheri, director of the pavilion, President Bongo watched the film 'Family Tree', whose theme focuses on challenges and difficulties, which had been undergone by the Emirati people before the discovery of oil.
He toured the pavilion sections, where he was briefed on the UAE's experience in the light of its participation at Expo Milan 2015.
President Bongo praised the design of the pavilion in terms of advanced technology that portrays the lifestyle of the UAE and progress in all fields.
He expressed his confidence that Dubai will succeed in hosting Expo 2020, citing the UAE's ability to impress the world in hosting this major international event.
Since May, the UAE pavilion has been registering a huge turnout at Milan Expo in which 148 countries, and regional and international organisations are taking part. It has been receiving high-profile officials too. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283844264.html

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UAE humanitarian relief ship arrives in Aden
posted on 31/07/2015

Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the orders of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, a ship carrying humanitarian aid supplies arrived yesterday to the port of Aden, as part of the country's efforts to help people affected by the on-going crisis in Yemen.
The UAE's latest humanitarian shipment to Yemen included a variety of foods and medical supplies to help alleviate the suffering of the brotherly people of Yemen, and comes within the framework of international humanitarian relief efforts implemented by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283827701.html

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UAE delegation takes part in International Conference on Counter Extremism and Violence
posted on 31/07/2015

ROME: The UAE delegation headed by Major General Fares Al Mazrouei, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs, attended the International Conference on Counter Extremism and Violence at the Italian Ministry of Interior in Rome, on Wednesday.
The conference called for associating police preventive work with the international campaign under the auspices of the United Nations to correct the extreme religious discourse, respond to hate and radical ideas by highlighting the true image of Islam through the use of web feeds.
Al Mazrouei was accompanied by Abdul Rahman Al Neyadi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rana Al Dhaheri from the UAE embassy in Rome. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283850506.html

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Global tribute to UAE efforts for integrating people with disabilities
posted on 31/07/2015

LISBON: The eighth Annual International Conference on Integrating People with Disabilities at the University of Lisbon, Portugal "ISEC2015 , has recommended the integration of children with disabilities since childhood.
The event was attended by international experts, who praised the UAE's efforts in integrating the people with disabilities.
Dr. Eman Gaad, Educational Adviser to Down Syndrome Society, Dean of Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai, who addressed the conference as a key speaker, said, "The conference is the world's largest on covering issues of the educational integration of all people with disabilities, including people with Down Syndrome."
She referred to the unlimited support of the UAE led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses the Rulers of Emirates, to the people with Down syndrome.
The Conference is organised annually by the National Association of Teachers of Special Education in Portugal with the participation of 30 countries this year.
It focused on the GCC experience to incorporate the people with disabilities into the community. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283842614.html

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President issues amended law on Federal Customs Authority
posted on 31/07/2015

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued the amended federal law No (8) of the year 2015 on the Federal Customs Authority (FCA) introducing a number of amendments that come in line with efforts of the UAE government to streamline the work to safeguard the community, boost the reputation of the country as a hub nurturing businesses and investments, facilitate trade, and improves the UAE's global competiveness.
The amended law aims to improve the competitiveness of customs work by boosting performance and system. It also seeks to unify all customs procedures, which facilitate work in UAE's border checkpoints.
Comprising 23 articles, the law addresses FCA's mandate, as well as introduces senior management positions of the authority and their mandates. The amended law will replace law no 1 of the year 2003 on establishing the Federal Customs Authority and its previous amendments. The Federal Customs Authority shall be an independent entity and having an independent budget and report to the UAE Cabinet.
The amendments to the law will help improve the role of the FCA in supporting customs work in the UAE which will eventually contribute in the community, boost trade and ease business doing.
The FCA is responsible for customs-related matters in the UAE by developing the general policy on customs in cooperation with local customs entities, supervising and monitoring the implementation of the policy after adoption by the UAE Cabinet. The authority also proposes customs-related legislations and ensures due implementation. The amended law will enable the authority to prepare, unify, adopt customs risk management criteria as well as develop joint regulations to manage risks. It shall also adopt best-in-class practices in customs and ensure implementation across the UAE.
The FCA is also tasked with setting tariffs on customs services and ensuring implementation in cooperation with relevant local entities to be endorsed by the cabinet. In addition, it shall develop and endorse customs procedures for inspection, tariffs, date and licenses as well as monitor the implementation.
The FCA shall inspect imported, exported and in-transit commodities in all customs checkpoints across the UAE. If requested, the body may operate customs checkpoints in the UAE. The FCA also gleans and publishes customs-related data and statistics in the UAE.
Meanwhile, the scope of work of the authority is implementing measures to ensure UAE joins the Customs Union of the Gulf Cooperation Council and any other customs unions. The FCA will develop and endorse a central mechanism in cooperation with relevant local customs entities to levy and distribute customs fees with GCC Member States according to conventions in place. It also provides necessary support to local customs departments if requested and any other tasks as mandated by the UAE Cabinet.
Pertaining to Judicial powers, the FCA's staff, whose duties are set according to Minister of Justice's decree, shall have judicial powers to undertake legal actions according to provisions of the law.
On organisational matters, the amended law introduces a new title of chairing the authority as "Customs Commissioner", a minister-grade position, and shall be appointed by a federal decree for a renewable tenure of three years. It is the most supreme power to oversee the FCA and responsible for manage the affairs and policies of the authority, issue organisational decrees, propose legislations and exercise powers as granted by the law.
The amended law No. (8) of the year 2015 on the Federal Customs Authority will be effective six months after it is published in the Official Gazette. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283834103.html

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Abu Dhabi e-Government wins first-ever 2015 Smart Government Award
posted on 31/07/2015

In recognition of its efforts in implementing Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and driving the cooperative use of geospatial information across a wide range of Government entities in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi e-Government has won the inaugural "2015 Smart Government Award" launched by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) User Conference, held in San Diego, California in the United States on 20th – 21st July.
The two-day knowledge sharing event set the stage for representatives from different government bodies to attend workshops, exchange insights and leverage experiences with GIS organizations and professionals.
Commenting on the award, Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General at ADSIC stated, "We are honoured to receive the 2015 Smart Government Award, as it is a testament by the GIS community's finest experts of our pioneering efforts in leading the implementation of standards, processes and policies, all of which have eased and facilitated implementation of GIS systems by our constituents."
Al Mansoori added , "It has also proved the technology score ability to improve our end-users lives, with notable achievements made in areas such as natural disaster and health hazard detection, evaluation and action, emergency response, and the protection of Abu Dhabi's unique desert landscapes, coastal environments and historical sites, to name a few."
Al Mansoori went on to say that the Smart Government Award will assist in further motivating and inspiring Abu Dhabi-based GIS stakeholders to achieve even greater innovation, integration and adoption of the technology.
"Abu Dhabi's SDI Initiative is an example of what can be accomplished by a nation that recognizes the many benefits that can be derived through the cooperative use of geospatial information," said Jack Dangermond, Esri President. "I am very pleased to honour them with our first Smart Government award."
Saeed Al Mansoori, Executive Director Shared Government Services at ADSIC and Ms. Khawla Al Fahim, Executive Manager – Spatial Data Centre at ADSIC were on hand to receive the Award.
In 2007 ADSIC launched the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) project, which includes more than 70 government and semi-government entities covering more than 11 key sectors from urban planning to local government, utilities to infrastructure, safety to security, environment to cultural heritage, public health, business, and education, among others.
The event also recognized a number of government entities including; the Department of Transport DoT, who won first place in the Esri user application fair, a forum to share apps that is voted on by the Esri Community on 24th of July. Whereas, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) finished second place in the fair.
Furthermore, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) won a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award for their Tourism Dashboard on the 22nd of July. Finally, Al Hosn Gas also won the same award for their real-time gas monitoring dashboard.
The 2015 conference brought more than 15,000 international dignitaries and attendees to the Abu Dhabi Pavilion on the first day of the event AD-SDI provides several operational-level benefits by eliminating redundant data capture and streamlining business operations across government entities through better information access and sharing. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283824836.html

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Passenger traffic up 17.2% at Abu Dhabi International Airport during H1, 2015
posted on 31/07/2015

Abu Dhabi Airports today reported a 17.2% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first half of 2015 (1st January to 30th June), as compared to the same period for last year.
A total of 11,111,577 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport, compared with 9,481,744 in the equivalent period in 2014. The number of aircraft movements during the six months rose to 84,938, representing 15.0% growth compared with 73,862 aircraft movements reported last year. Cargo activity in the first six months of the year comprised 414,203 tons handled, representing a 9.6% increase when compared to the first half of 2014. The month of June alone saw 1,848,080 passengers, an increase of 10.8% as compared with June 2014 (1,667,551 passengers).
Commenting on the half year traffic report, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said, "It is very encouraging to see a constant increase in passenger traffic numbers, despite the challenges it poses. This continuous growth further demonstrates the fact that travellers increasingly see Abu Dhabi both as a destination of choice and as a logical transit point on long journeys. This in turn is further evidence of the airport's rapidly growing status as a vital global transportation hub. The Capacity Enhancement Programme, which is helping us address the more immediate demands of the passenger growth, is on track as part of our commitment to deliver to our promise and present a unique travel experience, through implementing innovative solutions."
Several new destinations were added during the six months including flights to Madrid, Pune, Edinburgh, Venice and Entebbe. Additionally, the frequency of flights between the existing routes increased significantly. Just last month, the airport announced 271 additional weekly flights for its summer programme.
India retained its top spot as the airport's largest market, and traffic to and from the capital to the subcontinent recorded a 57.8% rise during the six months as compared to last year. Saudi Arabia, Germany, Pakistan and the UK were the next largest in terms of passenger volume to and from Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283822550.html

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UAE ranks first in MENA region in terms of private equity investment in 2014
posted on 31/07/2015

UAE and Saudi Arabia have attracted over 75 per cent of MENA investment activity by value in 2014 reflecting their scale and stability and increased availability of larger target assets in the 9th annual report of the MENA Private Equity Association, a non-profit organisation supporting the development of the private equity and venture capital industry in the Middle East and North Africa.
Titled "MENA Private Equity & Venture Capital", the report says 2014 was a significant year for the industry and has demonstrated the highest levels since 2008 in investment values and fund raisings. 2014 has also seen growth in investment and divestment volumes compared to 2013.
The year was characterised by some of the largest private equity deals seen in the region. Fund managers had demonstrable success in assembling and working with consortium partners, including international private equity investors, to close major transactions. Overall, there was a sense of returning confidence and increased opportunities as the region continued to emerge from the impact of the Arab Spring.
The value of investments in Egypt doubled over those seen in 2013 as a growing middle class and movement towards increased political stability remain key factors in attracting private equity investment.
Information technology businesses saw the largest number of transactions as venture capital investors continued to target the sector. The manufacturing sector has become more attractive post the downturn and investments in that sector increased significantly over 2013.
Total number of known investment volumes increased in 2014 to 72 compared to 66 in 2013. Values of disclosed investments has also seen an increase by 118 per cent to USD 1.5 billion.
Total funds raised in 2014 reached the highest level since 2008 at USD 1,229 million compared to USD 744 million in 2013. The average close size also increased to USD 103 million. In 2014, the greatest investment values were in oil and gas and demographic driven sectors such as education, services and food and beverage.
Information technology businesses saw the largest number of transactions as venture capital investors continued to target the sector. The manufacturing sector has become more attractive post the downturn and investments in that sector increased significantly over 2013.
The venture capital industry in 2014 remained broadly consistent with 2013.
Investment activity in 2014 was led by Lebanon. The country is characterised by small and medium size companies. Support from the Lebanese Central Bank has further stimulated interest in investing in start-up companies and SMEs. Jordan, the UAE and Morocco were also notably active in 2014. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395283833401.html

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Farmers compete at Liwa Dates Festival's ratab competition
posted on 31/07/2015

Khallas was one of the last date variety to enter the ratab (half ripe dates) competition at Liwa Dates Festival in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.
UAE's most popular date, khallas drawn not only the largest number of farmers competing in the festival's five ratab varieties competitions, but massive interest from the date palm tree owners, who have come in their hundreds to the festival to see who has achieved the best khallas harvest of 2015.
"We had 180 farmers participating in one of our most popular competitions at the Liwa Dates Festival, the best khallas ratab," said Obaid Al Mazrouei, Director of the festival.
"The reason why is so popular is because it is very sweet and crunchy. It has a distinctive, very good taste not just in its ratab state, but as tamar, when it is dried as well. You will find there is no date palm farm in the emirate without khallas dates," added Al Mazrouei.
A common, commercial variety of dates, khallas is cultivated in various parts of the UAE. The date begins to ripe in mid season, from July, and it becomes full ripe by mid August. A long, egg shaped variety, khallas has a light amber colour when unripe, it becomes yellow when half ripe and brown when fully ripe. Unlike other date varieties, which may differ in size and colour from one region to another, khallas looks and tastes the same everywhere, as long as it is properly cared for.
"It is not the sweetest variety of dates, but it is very sweet, so much so that we have a saying: when you reach khallas (the date), then it's khalas (meaning enough in Arabic)," said Nasser Seif Al Mazrouei, supervisor of the ratab competitions at Liwa Dates Festival.
From the 180 entries, the ratab expert judges selected 20 finalists, based on the look, taste and the health condition of the dates. The early favourites, though, we're not instant winners as the judges had to inspect the farms where they came from as well.
The general upkeep of the farm, recycling materials, the minimum or preferably no use of fertilisers were the main were the main concerns of the judges when inspecting the farms. As per the rules of the ratab competitions, 50 percent of the points were given based on the dates' quality and the other 50 percent based on the farm's upkeep.
The top 15 finalists were awarded with cash prizes starting from Dh 120,000 for the first winner to Dh 5,000 for the 15th place. In parallel with the main ratab competition, there was also a contest for promotional ratab in the khallas, as well as dabbas date categories, which were specifically created for participants who have never won a competition before. The promotional khallas competition offered awards from Dh 70,000 for the first place to Dh 2,000 in the 15th place.
Organised by the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee - Abu Dhabi, this 11th Liwa Dates Festival will conclude on July 30th. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395283833635.html

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