IFHC announces hatching of its first captive-bred Asian Houbara chick of the season posted on 07/03/2014
The International Fund for Houbara Conservation, IFHC, has announced the hatching of its first captive-bred Asian Houbara chick of the season.
The chick, the first of several thousand which are anticipated to be bred this year in Abu Dhabi, was hatched on the 4th March at the Fund's Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre - Abu Dhabi.
It is also the first to be produced this year as part of the His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project, which breeds and releases Asian Houbara into the wild to restore sustainable wild populations in the U.A.E..
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani, Director-General of IFHC, said, "While this is the first of many thousands of chicks we will be breeding this year, it is still a special moment to savour. It is one of the major milestones of the Fund's state-of-the-art breeding programme and gives us heart for our continuing endeavours to provide a sustainable future for the Houbara." – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE women enjoy great opportunities: Noura Al Kaabi posted on 07/03/2014
The International Business Women Group (IBWG), in cooperation with the Australian, the British, the Canadian and the French Business Groups, recently hosted the International Women's Day Luncheon at Beach Rotana Hotel to celebrate women's achievements.
"Today U.A.E. women achieved great milestones which were considered taboo in the recent past," said Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi media zone authority, in her address at the event, which was attended by business delegates from embassies, government organisations and industry officials in the U.A.E.
Sara Shuhail, Executive Director of Ewa's Shelters, made the opening speech at the event, highlighting the leading role of U.A.E. Women and their participation in the social and economic development.
"Thanks to the continuous support of the U.A.E. government and wise leadership, women in the U.A.E. today enjoy opportunities which were exceptions in the recent past," Al-Kaabi said.
"This support enabled female employees in the public sector to exceed 60 per cent although the average world ratio is around 48 per cent." She also added that women in senior positions in the public sector exceeded 30 per cent, close to the level in advanced countries, where it is around 31 per cent in the US, 37 per cent in Australia, and 35 per cent in Britain.
"Our ambition is to achieve a target of 40 per cent in the media sector by 2030...women in the UAE have also exceeded 62 per cent of the total Emirati workforce in the medical sector while they recorded the highest level of female university graduates as they account for nearly 70 per cent of the total graduates." The Women's Day Luncheon was the third event organised by International Business Women's Group with the cooperation of the British French, Canadian and Australian Business Groups to mark and celebrate Women's International Day. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Etihad Modern Art Gallery hosts "Women Creators" Exhibition posted on 07/03/2014
Etihad Modern Art Gallery has hosted an exhibition entitled "Women/Creators", under the patronage of Sheikha Shamma bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan.
The Gallery was able to provide a unique perspective for art produced by women from the community. Featuring the prominent artists Dr. Najat Makki, Khulood Al Jabir, Isabelle Riou-Teisseire and Giovanna Magugliani.
Khaled Siddiq Al Mutawaa, the Founder of Etihad Modern Art gallery, said, "Being able to showcase the extra ordinary works of these four female artists here at our gallery was one of the very pleasant moments witnessed by the gallery, especially with the support of Sheikha Shamma, and the fact of her being a notable supporter of arts and culture initiatives in Abu Dhabi. The artists were able to demonstrate their individual creativity allowing for a diverse collection, which we believe will have a great impact on the way female artists will be perceived from now onwards." – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Sharjah's Al Majaz Amphitheatre set to open on March 26 posted on 07/03/2014
Al Majaz Amphitheatre, which is phase one of Al Majaz Island project, is expected to open on March 26.
The Dh120 million Roman-style amphitheatre, covering an area of 7,238 square metres, can accommodate up to 4,500 people.
The open-air amphitheatre will be the official venue for the Sharjah Capital of Islamic Culture (SICC) 2014 celebrations and other international cultural and art events. Construction on the theatre started in November 2013 and took three months to be completed.
The first of 24 heritage projects to be rolled out in Sharjah this year, the amphitheatre is expected to leave a lasting impression on Sharjah's cultural calendar as it welcomes a litany of arts events in the years to come.
Osama Samra, Director of Sharjah Media Center (SMC) told Gulf News: "The project, which is being developed at an estimated cost of Dh140 million comprises two phases; phase one is the open-air amphitheatre and phase two will include building different facilities, including restaurants, cafes, landscapes and conference halls.”
The Al Majaz Island project will also include a Dh13 million bridge between the island and Khalid Lagoon.
The opening of the amphitheatre will kick off the Sharjah Capital of Islamic Culture 2014 celebrations with a monumental artistic theatrical display called the ‘The Clusters of Light'.
The performance, which is written by the Saudi poet Dr Abdul Rahman Al Ashmawi and composed by the Bahraini artist Khalid Al Shaikh, will be the one of the largest theatrical and musical production to be made. It will include more than 200 performers from around the world and will be led by four Arab stars — Hussain Al Jasmi, Lotfi Bouchnak, Ali Al Hajjar, and Mohammad Assaf.
The event will also include an oratorio, which is a large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists. The purpose of the event is to create a high-ranking artistic work serving Islam, clarifying its tolerant truth and promoting its human values represented by justice, love and peace, said Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Head of the Sharjah Islamic Culture Capital Executive Committee in a recent statement. The opening ceremony will continue until April 5.
The SMC has also recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Live Nation Entertainment, a live entertainment and ecommerce company, for the venue management of theatre for a period of three years. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/tourism/sharjah-s-al-majaz-amphitheatre-set-to-open-on-march-26-1.1300503
Sheikh Zayed Road will see major diversions by year-end posted on 07/03/2014
Major diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road will begin by year-end as part of phase one of the Dubai Canal project, Gulf News can reveal.
Work on the proposed three-kilometre long Dubai Canal project has been under way since September 2013 and will be carried out in three phases.
Phase one will involve the relocation of underground utility lines from the area and building of a 16-lane flyover on Sheikh Zayed Road.
The diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road will be designed to allow for the construction of the 16-lane bridge that will span the proposed canal, while at the same time ensuring free flowing traffic.
Although the bridge will cover a distance of 550 metres, the diversion on Sheikh Zayed Road will stretch for one kilometre starting just after the Al Safa Salik Gate and extending till the second Interchange. Rising up to 8.5 metres, the flyover will allow luxury yachts and boats to pass under it.
"Our idea is to maintain the capacity of the road, so the speed limit and the number of lanes will remain the same. The traffic on both directions will be only slightly diverted but the movement of traffic will continue to be free flowing,” said Nabeel Mohammad Saleh, director of Roads of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The RTA has worked out a comprehensive diversion plan for the city's busiest motorway that will include building six additional tracks on the landscaped area adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road.
"We will build six temporary tracks on the western side of Sheikh Zayed on the landscaped area opposite Al Mazaya Centre and Emarat Atrium. Traffic heading towards Abu Dhabi will be diverted to the temporary tracks and traffic heading towards Sharjah will be shifted to the tracks that currently serve traffic towards Abu Dhabi,” Saleh said, explaining the diversion plan.
Once the diversion is in place, which will be by the end of this year, work on building the first half of the 16-lane bridge will begin on the side that currently serves traffic towards Sharjah.
Once the first half of the bridge is completed, traffic towards Sharjah will be moved on to the bridge and work on the second half of the bridge will begin in the area that currently serves traffic towards Abu Dhabi.
The temporary tracks will continue to serve the traffic towards Abu Dhabi during the construction of the second half of the bridge.
The diversion work will begin once the relocation of electricity and telecom cables, as well as water and sewage pipelines, from the project area is done.
Currently, work on the relocation of utilities is under way, leading to detours in most of the Al Safa area.
The canal, once completed, will connect the already extended Dubai Creek from Business Bay to the Arabian Sea, cutting across Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road.
Construction work on the Dh2 billion project is being undertaken by Turkish construction firms Mapa and Gunal.
In phase two, which is expected to start in April 2014, work on construction of two bridges of six lane each will be built on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road.
Diversion plans to make way for the construction of these bridges are still not available, but Saleh told Gulf News that RTA will ensure that traffic is affected to the minimum.
Phase three of the project is expected to begin by June 2014 and will involve excavation of the canal.
The excavation work will begin inside Safa Park and will move to both directions once the flyovers are ready.
Al three phases are expected to be completed at the same time by September 2016. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/shaikh-zayed-road-will-see-major-diversions-by-year-end-1.1300479
Abu Dhabi Airports official statement posted on 07/03/2014
As a result to the extreme low visibility conditions at Abu Dhabi International Airport this morning, 37 aircraft were diverted to other airports in the region due to the operational challenges posed by such weather. These flights were diverted as follows: 14 flights to Al Ain Airport, 3 flights to Maktoum Airport in Dubai, and one flight to Al Bateen Airport, in addition to 10 flights diverted to Doha Airport, 6 flights to Muscat, 2 flights to Damam and one flight diverted to Bahrain Airport.
Currently, Abu Dhabi International Airport has resumed take-off and landing operations, and all departments at the airport are working towards minimising the disruption to all travellers.
Passengers and "meeters and greeters" are advised to check their flights' departure and arrival times ahead of travelling to Abu Dhabi International Airport by contacting the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0)2 599 0000 or visiting the Etihad Airways website for more information on the status of flights in and out of Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Passengers travelling on other airlines are advised to contact their respective airline for flight updates or visit Abu Dhabi International Airport website for contact details and updates. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Drydocks World delivers second Modular Capture Vessel - Eagle Louisiana for US posted on 07/03/2014
Drydocks World has announced the completion and delivery of Eagle Louisiana, the second of two Modular Capture Vessels (MCV) for the U.S.
The first MCV, Eagle Texas, sailed away from Drydocks World's yard in August last year. The vessels are the world's first MCVs.
Drydocks World converted the AFRAmax tanker for AET, a global leader in petroleum shipping, which has a 20-year agreement with Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) for the operation of the MCVs.
Ten world-renowned companies form MWCC: ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Shell, Apache, Statoil , BHP Billiton, Hess - all of them committed to safe deepwater drilling in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
The MCVs will operate as normal tankers in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and will be outfitted and deployed for containment services in the event of a deepwater well control incident in the region.
"We have once again proven our exemplary project management capabilities, engineering solutions, commitment to the industry and the drive to face challenges in delivering pioneering projects with world leaders like AET and MWCC," said Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World.
"This is a pioneering project. A newly-fabricated subsea containment assembly will attach to risers and other containment equipment to direct the flow of fluids to the MCVs for processing and storage. We are delighted to have been associated with this ground-breaking project. This accomplishment also represents two million man-hours without a single Lost Time Injury, which together with the four million man-hours on Eagle Texas is quite an outstanding achievement." – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Etihad airways introduces football legend Patrick Vieira as brand ambassador posted on 07/03/2014
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has welcomed international football star Patrick Vieira as the latest high-profile addition to its Guest Ambassador programme.
One of the most accomplished sportsmen of his generation, Vieira has won nine league titles and five national cups during his 17-year career as a midfielder with some of the world's leading football teams, including Manchester City, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Juventus.
He was also part of France's national football team during its 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 victories, and currently serves as Head of the Elite Development Squad at Manchester City Football Club, which is also sponsored by Etihad Airways.
In his new role as Etihad Guest Ambassador, Vieira will work on a number of initiatives to promote Etihad Airways in the UK and other key markets around the world. The agreement builds upon the success of several grass roots sporting initiatives run by Etihad Airways and Patrick Vieira in the past two years, focused on the athletic development of youngsters in key markets around the world.
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways, said, "When we look for Etihad Guest Ambassadors, we look for remarkable men and women who follow their aspirations, excel in their chosen fields, and also reflect the brand values of Etihad Airways. Patrick Vieira, who is one of the football world's biggest success stories, fits the description perfectly." Commenting on his appointment as Etihad Guest Ambassador, Patrick Vieira said, "I have been a regular traveller on Etihad Airways flights since the airline was first established a decade ago and really admire the superior service that is consistently delivered to guests." – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Dubai Int’l Boat Show hosts 42 global, regional launches posted on 07/03/2014
Thousands of visitors recently attended the 22nd Dubai International Boat Show, with many more expected to attend over the weekend to catch a glimpse of the world's most stunning superyachts.
Visitors from 70 countries around the world, including families, maritime enthusiasts, industry professionals and buyers, have already streamed through the exhibition, which showcases 430 boats and 19 superyachts with a total value of Dh1.8 billion.
This is my first time attending the Dubai International Boat Show and this is the perfect place to find almost any type of boat that I could want,” said UAE national Rashed Al Sumaity, an advocate and legal consultant who visited with friends. "Seeing the superyachts was my favourite part, and after talking to exhibitors and being amongst the exciting atmosphere, I'm definitely interested in buying a small boat.”
company, and an avid scuba diver who attends the show every year, was extremely pleased with the Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX) feature of the show. "I love scuba diving, and DMEX is the only exhibition I attend where I can see all the latest technologies in diving equipment. The rest of the show is really enjoyable too; I particularly enjoyed the demonstration of the flying hydro jetpack. I've never seen anything like that before,” he said.
"Dubai International Boat Show 2014 has seen another solid year of visitor attendance, from yachting aficionados to families, demonstrating Dubai's success as a hub for the global and regional leisure maritime market,” said Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice-president, Dubai World Trade Centre, the show's organisers. "We're expecting a strong visitor turnout over the weekend and it is the last chance to see the most luxurious superyachts, enjoy a wide range of family-friendly experiences, and network with exhibiting companies and brands from around the world.”
UK couple Bruce and Louise, who are based in Dubai, are Dubai International Boat Show regulars who own a 31ft sports cruiser and use the show as a way to keep up to date on all their boating needs. "There's no better or more convenient way to see everything that relates to owning a boat — whether it's new equipment, new technologies, or new boats themselves, it's a one-stop-shop for us, and our daughter loves the atmosphere,” Bruce said.
The 750 exhibitors from 50 countries around the world have seen strong sales figures and attendance at their launches of new boats and maritime products. The Dubai International Boat Show 2014 has hosted 42 total global and regional launches. Exhibitors have also seen strong interest in smaller boats, speed boats, and jet skis, thanks to more maritime developments come online, residents and tourists increasingly take to the water for leisure time activities, and the UAE hosting safe inland waterways and modern marina facilities.
Gregor Stinner, CEO of Art Marine, noted: "Dubai is one of the fastest-growing leisure maritime markets in the world, and the Dubai International Boat Show has again set the tone as one of the world's most important maritime exhibitions. We saw an excellent turnout at the launch of our stunning Riva 68' Ego Super yacht, have acquired strong leads from a wide range of buyers, and the event has enabled us to network with a variety of international distributors.”
Among the high-profile launches are the 13.5m Cranchi, an 11m boat from Christ Craft, the 12m Everglade by Gulf Yachts, the 8.9m Qs855 Activ from Delma Marine, amphibious quad skis from Gibbs Sports, and the first-ever amphibious ribs from Asis Boats.
The 22nd Dubai International Boat Show is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9:30pm daily from March 4-8, 2014, at the Dubai International Marine Club - Mina Seyahi. Admission is Dh60 for adults, and is free for children 12 years and younger. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/uaebusiness/2014/March/uaebusiness_March103.xml§ion=uaebusiness
Dubai reaffirms its leading position in travel industry posted on 07/03/2014
Berlin: On the first day of the International Travel Bourse (ITB), the world's biggest travel trade show, Dubai won two prestigious awards, demonstrating its high standing in the global travel industry.
In the ITB Go Asia awards, Dubai was named as ‘Most Popular Destination in Arabia' while the Germany office of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing was named as ‘Best Arabian Tourism Board in Germany'.
Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) Germany office is one of 20 within DTCM's network of overseas offices.
The world's biggest travel trade show, ITB Berlin is taking place in Berlin from March 5 till 9.
The first day of ITB saw Dubai represented by a 70-strong delegation of partners from the Emirate's tourism industry and a contingent of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing senior management, including Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, DTCM.
The 3500 voters of the Go Asia awards were drawn from members of Go Asia, a marketing alliance that brings together common tourists destinations in Asia with suppliers such as airlines, tour operators, hotels and tourists offices.
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world's leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai to global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the Emirate.
DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai's tourism sector; markets and promotes the Emirate's commerce sector; and is responsible for the licencing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the DTCM portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment). – The Gulf Today - http://gulftoday.ae/portal/578734f9-de02-4dda-bba2-3fe71aaa1dbb.aspx
Ahmed bin Saeed receives Arabic version of "Dubai 1962" posted on 07/03/2014
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World, has received the Arabic version of "Dubai 1962", a unique collection of photographs by Japanese photojournalist, Yoshio Kawashima.
Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer, Jafza presented the book, which was published with the support of Jafza.
"Dubai 1962" originally published in 2012 in English, showcases unique and fascinating images taken by the Japanese photojournalist, during his visit to Dubai along with fellow journalist Hiroshi Kato.
Sheikh Ahmed was pleased with the collection of images, which provide a glimpse of the nature of daily life in the emirate, starting from Dubai Creek, passing through the congestion in the streets, right down to the business activities in the souq during that era.
He appreciated Jafza's efforts in producing both the English and Arabic versions, allowing people to know about the rich history of the emirate and way of life in the sixties.
"From the daily life in the souk and along the creek, with the hustle and bustle of the busy street, to the wedding celebrations and the meeting with the benevolent Ruler Sheikh Rashid in his majlis, in this book the Dubai of 1962 is portrayed in its iconic glory.
"Kawashima pictures Dubai as a place in time that is virtually unrecognisable from the city of today, but remains a piece of history to savour and treasure," Sheikh Ahmed wrote in his foreword to the book.
The photographs document the evolution of Dubai as a commercial hub and its strategic location, which made it a centre for commercial traffic.
Ibrahim Al Janahi said, "This book clearly gives a sense of the daily life at the beginning of the sixties, and the emerging characteristics of the U.A.E., and the beginnings of the extraordinary success story which is Dubai. Despite the comparative harshness of life reflecting in the photographs, each image tells the story of a situation and a moment in time that cannot be forgotten." The book shows that Dubai was a leader in the business world even in history, as it is today, he added.
Both Yoshio Kawashima and Hiroshi Kato had come to Dubai for the special coverage of Japanese workers in the oilfields in Kuwait and Dubai, on assignment from the Japanese newspaper, Sankei Shimbun. They found Dubai, then a Trucial State, as a place with endless photo opportunities; as a result, in a seven-day stay in Dubai, Kawashima took more than 200 insightful and fascinating images of daily life in the emirate.
For over four decades, the pictures had been buried in an archive in Japan. A few years ago, when the name of Dubai started appearing in media in Japan, Kawashima and Kato were reminded of their visit, and paid a visit to Dubai Trade and Commerce Marketing offices in Tokyo to meet Kimi Makishima-Akai, who was working as Marketing Manager, to show their photos. Kimi was utterly overwhelmed by the sheer uniqueness of the images.
In 2008, after Kimi and Gota Akai returned to Dubai from Japan, Kimi presented these pictures to Al Janahi, who was very impressed with Kawashima's work and decided to call Kawashima and Kato to Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
President of Iceland laud UAE's role as 'global clean energy partner' posted on 07/03/2014
President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson of Iceland has lauded the key role the UAE has been playing in the global clean energy scene.
In a lecture he gave Wednesday at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), President Grimsson said he was pleased to learn about UAE's experiment and achievements in the fields of clean energy.
The lecture was attended by Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR, officials, and diplomats.
President Grimsson spoke about his country's economic situation during the 2008 global financial crisis, saying the economy at that time was at the brinks of collapse.
"Our country has recovered now, thanks to the approach of investing in clean energy to boost national economy," he added.
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson is the fifth President of the Republic of Iceland. He earned his BA degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Manchester in 1965 and completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the same university in 1970, becoming the first Icelander to earn a doctorate in this discipline. He was appointed a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Iceland in 1970.
He joined the parliament as a deputy member in 1974 and 1975.
Among many international awards he has received is the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize. He was awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of ?s (Norway) in 1997 and Manchester in 2001.
He authored a large number of academic articles that have appeared in both Icelandic and overseas periodicals. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Irish envoy hails UAE, Irish trade, sustainable energy ties posted on 07/03/2014
Recent and upcoming visits of high-level delegations between the UAE and Ireland strongly illustrate the historic links between the two countries, as well as the increasing volume of two-way trade and the willingness to strengthen relations further, according to Patrick Hennessy, Irish Ambassador to the UAE.
Reflecting the continued interest in trade, Ireland's Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan T.D., is also scheduled to visit the UAE in March, while the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be leading a delegation to Ireland later this year. These and other ongoing visits are expected to further strengthen trade relations between the two countries, the ambassador said.
Hennessy was speaking at a seminar titled: Ireland and UAE: A Growing Partnership' held at the Masdar Institute campus. The event, organised under the Masdar Institute Lecture Series programme, was attended by Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, Dr Mohamed Sassi, Interim Dean, Masdar Institute and other officials, faculty members and students. After the seminar, a memento was presented to Hennessy by Dr Moavenzadeh and Dr Sassi. The Irish Ambassador was also given a tour of Masdar City and Masdar Institute campus, where he was briefed about its various sustainable features.
Commending Masdar Institute, the Irish envoy said: "The community you have created here at the Masdar Institute campus in Masdar City is a remarkable testament to the importance of the energy and sustainability agenda - and to the commitment of those who conceived the idea and who are now implementing it. You are not only distinguished in terms of academic excellence but in terms of the role you are playing here at Masdar Institute to place the UAE in the forefront of knowledge and science - at both the national - and international level." Illustrating his country's role in attracting some of the best global brands, Hennessy pointed out that eight of the top 10 global companies in the information and communications technology sector, nine of the top 10 companies in the pharmaceutical sector and 10 of the top online trading companies are based out of Ireland. These companies have chosen Ireland because of the country's conducive business environment and the availability of skilled manpower.
Bilateral trade between Ireland and the UAE reached Dh5 billion in 2012. Predicting that the trade volume will increase further. Hennessy noted the similarities of the two countries in developing skills through education, attracting overseas investments and hosting global brands by creating the right enabling environment.
During a recent visit to the UAE by Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, he announced plans for Ireland to establish a permanent business-promotion office in Abu Dhabi to further facilitate two-way trade. The Irish Prime Minister led a delegation of 87 Irish companies to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar that resulted in 21 business deals worth approximately Dh325 million. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Abu Dhabi, Serbia sign US$1 billion loan agreement posted on 07/03/2014
The Department of Finance- Abu Dhabi (DoF) announced yesterday the signing of a loan agreement with the Republic of Serbia, providing the country a loan of US$1 billion.
The deal was signed after the visit of Aleksandar Vucic, First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, to the U.A.E.. Vucic was received by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi.
The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi by Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Finance and Lazar Krstic, Serbian Finance Minister.
The deal will contribute to strengthening cooperation and relationship ties between the U.A.E. and Serbia, serving the interests of both countries as well as encouraging private and public sectors within the U.A.E. to look for investment opportunities in Serbia.
Al Suwaidi stated, "The relations between the U.A.E. and Serbia continue to grow in various sectors, whereby this agreement reflects the efforts of the two countries to further develop their mutual cooperation and bilateral relations. This agreement also falls in line with the directives, vision and wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the support of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces." For his part, Krstic said, "This agreement reflects the significance and growth of bilateral relations between the two countries. This loan will provide new opportunities for cooperation and will develop economic and trade relations. It will support the Serbian economy and will provide numerous investment opportunities for the two sides. It will also support the goals of joint projects between the two countries." Serbia has a strategic geographic position in Europe and has great potential in the fields of industry, tourism, agriculture and production in addition to having competitive export policies and regulations within Europe and Russian Federation. The country offers investment opportunities in several areas such as technology, agriculture and organic farming as well as real estate construction, due to lower production costs and the availability of raw materials.
In 2013, both the U.A.E. and the Republic of Serbia opened embassies in their respective capitals, a step which contributed to enhancing joint cooperation between the two countries in the fields of aerospace, renewable energy, telecoms and technology.
Last year, Etihad Airways, the national air carrier of the U.A.E., acquired 49 per cent of Serbian airline JAT Airways, which was rebranded Air Serbia. Etihad Airways was awarded a five-year management contract of the Serbian national carrier. Serbia has also signed MoUs with a number of U.A.E.- based companies, including Mubadala, for the purpose of potential production of semiconductors and aircraft components. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Abdullah Ghobash launches Ministry of State website posted on 07/03/2014
Abdullah bin Mohammed Saeed Ghobash, Minister of State, has launched the website of the Ministry of State in response to, and in line with, the vision of the U.A.E. government, which aims to contribute in the facilitation of customer services and give speedy access to information and services provided by the Federal government through its website.
Ghobash pointed out that the launching of the new website, http://www.minister.gov.ae, comes in accordance with the best local and international standards to facilitate access to information and speedy completion of government transactions, noting that the site was created to support the use of services electronically according to specific standards for federal sites as issued by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
Ghobash noted that the launching of the federal government electronic services by the Ministry reflects the significant progress achieved by the U.A.E. in the field of technology, noting that Government practices have now reached advanced levels that are similar to the practices of companies and the private sector in the provision of services, which will enable the government to achieve its goal of becoming a "smart government".
The website, which launched in both Arabic and English languages, also includes relevant 'contact us' information, which gives up-to-date contact numbers to facilitate communication with the Ministry, in addition to an illustrated map to the Ministry's website. – Emirates News Agency, WAM