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15th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue issues Abu Dhabi Declaration

posted on 18/01/2017

The 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) issued on Tuesday the Abu Dhabi Declaration in which it called for the endorsement of the ACD Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030 to deliver the ACD future collaboration towards sustainable Asia.

Held under the chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in Abu Dhabi, the forum underlined that access to energy, food and water by all citizens "is the prime responsibility of every ACD Member States."

The full text of Abu Dhabi Declaration below: "We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and other Heads of Delegation of the Member States of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), namely the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Kingdom of Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of India, the Republic of Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, the State of Kuwait, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Sultanate of Oman, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of the Philippines, the State of Qatar, the Russian Federation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Singapore, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Having met in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, for the 15th ACD Ministerial Meeting on the 17th January 2017, under the theme: "Abu Dhabi, the Capital of Sustainable Energy", RECALLING the outcomes of the 2nd ACD Summit held in Bangkok on 9 - 10 October 2016 where Leaders adopted the ACD Vision 2030, the Bangkok Declaration and the Statement on Reigniting Growth through Partnership for Connectivity and reaffirmed the commitment to translate the vision into action and maintain positive momentum from the Summit, REAFFIRMING the endorsement of the ACD Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030 to deliver the ACD future collaboration towards sustainable Asia taking into account the suggested elements in the blueprint 2017-2021, which pivots the first steps toward achieving ACD vision, REAFFIRMING the ACD members' commitment in meeting all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, SDG 2, 6 and 7, RECOGNISING that access to energy, food and water by all citizens is the prime responsibility of every ACD Member State, REFERRING to the agreed six consolidated pillars of ACD cooperation areas amongst ACD Member States; the Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to translate the ACD vision into tangible actions through the agreed six pillars and welcomed the report from all Prime Movers and other members on the planned activities and their anticipated outcomes. The Ministers look forward to receiving further positive and tangible reports during the ACD Ministerial (Breakfast) Meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72) in September in New York, RECOGNISING the United Arab Emirates and the People's Republic of China as Prime Movers of the pillar Interrelation of Food, Water, and Energy Security, the Ministers took note with appreciation the outcomes of the meeting of the Prime Movers and Co-Prime Movers of Interrelation of Food, Water, and Energy Security held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 20 December 2016, CONSIDERING the recommendations of the Energy Working Group to provide sustainable, secure and affordable energy, and the importance it attaches to enhanced Asian cooperation, CALLING for strengthening regional cooperation, including all programs and initiatives to facilitate regional trade transit, expand trade, increase investment and promote infrastructure development, WELCOMING the International Specialised Exhibition "Astana Expo 2017" from 10 June to 10 September 2017 dedicated to "Future Energy" which will give an excellent opportunity for scientific and technological cooperation to achieve the goals of sustainability and energy efficiency, STRESSING the importance of economic diplomacy, knowledge sharing, technology transfer, and regulatory transparency in developing a dynamic and efficient Asian market for energy, water, and food, ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of moderation as a balanced approach that can contribute to economic sustainability, inclusive development, as it promotes dialogue, mutual respect, understanding and harmony, RECOGNISING the generous offers of the Islamic Republic of Iran to host the 16th ACD Ministerial Meeting in 2017 and the 3rd ACD Summit in 2018, the Kingdom of Cambodia for hosting the 2nd ACD Tourism Ministerial Meeting in June 2017, the People's Republic of China for hosting the Symposium on "Asia Cooperation Dialogue and the Building of an Asian Community of Shared Future", the Philippines for hosting the ACD Conference on Energy Security and Sustainability in August 2017, the Kingdom of Thailand for hosting an International Training Course on Sufficiency Economy in conjunction with the Working Group on Sustainable Development meeting in August 2017, the Republic of Indonesia for hosting the Workshop of Best Practice on Micro-Hydro Power Plant for Rural Electrification in 2017, EXPRESSING appreciation to the State of Kuwait for continuous support to the ACD Secretariat as it appears in the Letter of Intention, and expressing further appreciation to the Secretary General and the Secretariat for their continuing duties until Member States are able to discuss and agree on the Secretariat's operational details, such as funding model, responsibilities and staffing, NOTING with appreciation the offer of the Kingdom of Bahrain for hosting the ACD Meeting with other Secretaries General of regional organisations/fora in Asia and therefore tasking the ACD Senior Officials to articulate and elaborate this initiative, We, Ministers, agree to: Recognise, understand and highlight the importance of nexus/interrelation between energy, water and food security as critical to achieve long term sustainability.

Facilitate the role of the private sector and academia taking into account the importance of their role in promoting Research and Development to maintain a balance among the aforementioned elements.

Facilitate the creation of new economic opportunities and markets across Asia, with particular focus on the food, energy and water sectors.

Work to increase energy access and connectivity across the Asian countries.

Develop and integrate timely and coherent risk management systems for energy, water, and food security along with upgrading social safety nets to safeguard the poor.

Promote investments including research and development to enhance energy, water and food security and ensuring sustainable development.

Encourage knowledge sharing, technology transfer and capacity building among the ACD Member States.

Encourage Member States which are Prime Movers and Co-Prime Movers in each pillar to establish an open-ended Working Group to discuss action plans and carry out activities in their relevant areas.

Express appreciation to the Government of the United Arab Emirates for the warm hospitability in hosting the 15th ACD Ministerial Meeting and its sideline events.

Adopted in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on 17 January 2017. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395306066234.html


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Abdullah bin Zayed, Kyrgyz Minister of Foreign Affairs sign MoUs on mutual visa waiver, sports

posted on 18/01/2017

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, received on Tuesday Abdyldaev Erlan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, on the sidelines of the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia Co-operation Dialogue held in Abu Dhabi.

The Ministers discussed the latest regional and international developments of mutual interest and ways of enhancing bilateral ties in various fields.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed stressed the importance of boosting co-operation with Kyrgyzstan.

Erlan said Kyrgyzstan is keen to further develop its ties with the UAE and also praised the UAE's prominent standing regionally and internationally.

The duo later signed two memorandums of understanding, MoUs - the first on mutual entry visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports and the second on bilateral co-operation in physical education and sports. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395306059467.html


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ADNOC plans to improve energy efficiency by 10% by 2020

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, said yesterday it would implement a host of measures to increase energy efficiency by 10 percent by 2020. The energy efficiency strategy will reduce ADNOC's gas consumption by 156 million cu. ft. a day, thus saving a total of US$1 billion by that time.

The initiatives to enhance energy efficiency have already cut CO2 emissions by 3.1 million tonnes, the equivalent of 658,800 car rides a year, compared to 2014. Further drop in emissions will happen over the next three years as additional operational efficiencies are introduced.

ADNOC's energy efficiency plans were announced on the second day of the World Future Energy Summit, WFES, part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

As part of its initiative, ADNOC will optimise energy usage, consumption and performance across a range of industry-related activities, and upgrade systems to measure and record data for better energy planning.

"ADNOC's commitment to energy efficiency has already brought significant tangible results," said Omar Al Suwaidi, Director of Gas Management, ADNOC Group. "These efficiencies are going to drive further cost savings and enable us to create maximum value from our gas resources. This will not only improve profitability, but will also enable ADNOC to achieve its strategic goal of meeting Abu Dhabi's rising energy demand from domestic gas supplies."

In addition to its in-house energy efficiency plans, ADNOC is also working on the demand side, encouraging improved energy performances by its stakeholders and contractors in support of an energy-efficient economy in the UAE.

Al Suwaidi, who took part in a WFES panel discussion titled "Decarbonising Business," said ADNOC's energy efficiency initiative proves that environmental sustainability and economic sustainability don't have to be mutually exclusive. Integrating energy-efficient technologies into operations can and does deliver tangible bottom-line business results.

"At ADNOC, we are significantly changing our business practices. For example, we have received ISO 50001 certification for the implementation of an energy management system to further increase efficiency. More cost savings will accrue as new technologies are implemented across our onshore and offshore facilities," he added.

ADNOC is the first major oil and gas company to be awarded ISO 50001 at a corporate level and for its operating companies. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395306051932.html


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ADSW: MoCCAE and Food Security Centre of Abu Dhabi join forces to promote food security in UAE

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The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE, and the Food Security Centre - Abu Dhabi have joined forces to promote food security in the UAE.

A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to this effect was signed yesterday by Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi, Chairman of Food Security Center, Abu Dhabi, at the ministry's pavilion on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW.

The MoU is based on the Federal Government's Strategy and Abu Dhabi Government Vision 2030 and the keenness of both parties to strengthen strategic partnership and unification of joint efforts to activate the food security strategy. It also aims to support food supplies to the country, in order to enable all citizens and residents to get healthy and safe food with nutritional values in all circumstances.

Both parties agreed to nominate one or more of its staff under as "Main Coordinator" to implement the provisions of this memorandum and coordinate all correspondence and communications between the parties. A joint working group will be formed for the implementation of the memorandum if necessary.

Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi said: "Out of the vision and directives of our wise leadership, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment undertakes many tasks related to food security, development of policies, strategies and legislation to enhance food security and diversity and support the national economy. The ministry is keen on activating the strategic partnerships between federal and local government bodies to improve the services provided to the public and to achieve human well-being."

Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi said: "In the framework of our commitment to enhance the efforts of the Food Security Center to enable all citizens and residents to get the healthy and safe food at all time, especially during crises and emergency situation. We hope that the MoU signed with MoCCAE will help us achieve our strategic objectives."

The MoU will outline the administrative and technical cooperation between the ministry and food security centre and identify the possibilities to strengthen strategic partnership, application of food security strategies at national level. It will also determine the communication points with each other in order to facilitate coordination and follow-up, defining roles and tasks to ensure the effectiveness of the MoU.

The MoU, which lasts for one year and is renewable, will contribute to the development of joint programs for the training and development of human and technical capacity and knowledge transfer between the two parties to raise awareness of food security, strengthen the role of UAE's agricultural products to contribute to food security and diversity. The Center can benefit from the infrastructure and logistics available with the ministry and use it in times of crisis. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability/1395306051313.html


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Solar energy making rapid progress in the region, say experts at WFES

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Rooftop solar energy will help drive renewable energy to the next stage of its development in the Middle East and South Asian markets, said industry experts at the World Future Energy Summit and the Solar Expo in Abu Dhabi.

Renewable energy, particularly solar, is making rapid progress in the region, with organisers estimating that buyers at WFES have more than 200 gigawatts of planned capacity to be added within the next decade. The region is already setting the agenda for utility scale projects, with bids for projects in the UAE bringing below 3 US cents per kilowatt-hour during 2016.

Part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017, WFES is being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) from January 16 to 19.

The industry expects to see similar progress in rooftop solar, driven by initiatives such as the Shams Dubai programme by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa), which encourages PV systems on residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The projects themselves can vary in size from just a few solar panels to thousands. One of the initiatives under the Shams Dubai programme is the installation of 88,000 solar panels on buildings belonging to port operator, DP World, which will produce enough energy to power around 3,000 homes.

"We are at a point where solar energy is clearly at the centre of the UAE's electricity plans, and we are beginning to see rooftop solar play an important part in this growth," said Sami Khoreibi, CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Enviromena.

"Official targets are being set for installing rooftop solar panels, and policies allowing customers to sell electricity back into the network are in place. This will fundamentally change the way we think about electricity in the region."

Enviromena has constructed 42 solar projects in nine countries throughout the region, including rooftop solar installations at Yas Marina Circuit and solar carpark shades at Masdar City. It sees rooftop solar as an important growth market.

Rooftop and other small, localised solar projects have multiple benefits. Allowing property owners to invest in solar panels spreads the cost of expanding the electricity supply, while locating generation and consumption in the same place reduces the burden on distribution infrastructure.

Particularly where residential and community projects are concerned, a sense of personal ownership can create an increased appreciation of the resource.

"This has been one effect that has been observed internationally, and there is evidence that it helps build public support for renewable energy," said Khoreibi.

Held under the theme of ‘Sustaining the Clean Energy Consensus; Empowering New Players', WFES 2017 brings together the world's leading technology providers, government delegations, innovators, and thought leaders in Abu Dhabi.

"Within the growing renewable energy market, the falling cost and increasing efficiency of solar energy has particular relevance in the UAE, which is why, together with Masdar, the event's host, we created a dedicated Solar Expo as part of WFES," said Naji El Haddad, group event director at Reed Exhibitions, which organises WFES in partnership with Masdar. "The region is rich in sunlight, and solar energy is a growth industry."

Solar Expo, launched for the 2016 event, is one of four co-located shows now held alongside WFES, which celebrates its 10th edition in 2017. Others include the 5th International Water Summit, held in strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), and the 4th EcoWASTE exhibition and conference, held in partnership with Tadweer, The Center of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi (CWM). Energy Efficiency Expo is the newest event, with its first edition this year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395306048479.html


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Rooftop solar in the spotlight at the World Future Energy Summit Solar Expo

posted on 18/01/2017

Rooftop solar energy will help drive renewable energy to the next stage of its development in the Middle East and South Asian markets, according to leading industry figures at the World Future Energy Summit, WFES, and the Solar Expo in Abu Dhabi.

Renewable energy, particularly solar, is making rapid progress in the region, with organisers estimating that buyers at WFES have more than 200 gigawatts of planned capacity to be added within the next decade. The region is already setting the agenda for utility scale projects, with bids for projects in the UAE bringing in below 3 US cents per kilowatt-hour during 2016.

The industry expects to see similar progress in rooftop solar, driven by initiatives such as the Shams Dubai programme by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, which encourages Photovoltaic system, PV, systems on residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

The projects themselves can vary in size from just a few solar panels to thousands. One of the initiatives under the Shams Dubai programme is the installation of 88,000 solar panels on buildings belonging to port operator, DP World, which will produce enough energy to power around 3,000 homes.

"We are at a point where solar energy is clearly at the centre of the UAE's electricity plans, and we are beginning to see rooftop solar play an important part in this growth," said Sami Khoreibi, CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Enviromena. "Official targets are being set for installing rooftop solar panels, and policies allowing customers to sell electricity back into the network are in place. This will fundamentally change the way we think about electricity in the region."

Enviromena has constructed 42 solar projects in nine countries throughout the region, including rooftop solar installations at Yas Marina Circuit and solar carpark shades at Masdar City. It sees rooftop solar as an important growth market.

Rooftop and other small, localised solar projects have multiple benefits. Allowing property owners to invest in solar panels spreads the cost of expanding the electricity supply, while locating generation and consumption in the same place reduces the burden on distribution infrastructure.

Held under the theme of ‘Sustaining the Clean Energy Consensus; Empowering New Players', WFES 2017 brings together the world's leading technology providers, government delegations, innovators, and thought leaders in Abu Dhabi.

"Within the growing renewable energy market, the falling cost and increasing efficiency of solar energy has particular relevance in the UAE, which is why, together with Masdar, the event's host, we created a dedicated Solar Expo as part of WFES," said Naji El Haddad, Group Event Director at Reed Exhibitions, which organises WFES in partnership with Masdar. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability-events/1395306032063.html


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Masdar takes 25pc stake in world’s first floating wind farm

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Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, has acquired a stake in Hywind Scotland, a 30-megawatt (MW) floating offshore pilot wind farm in the North Sea.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar; Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Tone Skogen, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Philip Parham, British Ambassador to the UAE; Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar; Tom Marchbanks, Regional Manager Middle East, Scottish Development International; Irene Rummelhoff, Executive Vice President, New Energy Solutions of Statoil, attended an official ceremony to announce Masdar's entry into the Hywind Scotland project during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017.

Through the transaction Statoil and Masdar have agreed to share the development risk and Masdar will cover 25 per cent of previous and future costs.

Due to start commercial operation in late 2017, Hywind Scotland is the world's first floating offshore wind farm. The objective of the Hywind pilot farm is to demonstrate cost efficient and low risk solutions for future commercial-scale floating wind farms, a statement said.

"Having met with representatives of Masdar at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) late last year, I am greatly encouraged by this substantial international investment in Hywind Scotland and look forward to the further development of this world-leading 30 MW project, which will be situated 15 miles from Scotland's North East coast," said Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Fair Work, Scottish Parliament.

"When complete, Hywind Scotland will be the first floating wind farm in the UK and its novel technology offers vast, global potential. This pilot project aims to take advantage of Scotland's huge offshore wind resource by operating in waters exceeding 100m depth, demonstrating cost efficient and low risk solutions for commercial scale parks.

"Major investments, such as this one made by Masdar, highlight the importance of continued investment in offshore wind, are a sign of increasing confidence within the sector, and position Scotland at the forefront of the global race to develop the next generation of offshore wind technologies."

Located off the coast of Peterhead in Abderdeenshire, Hywind Scotland consists of five 6MW floating wind turbines anchored to the seabed. The farm covers an area of around four-square kilometres, with the average wind speed in this area of the North Sea is around 10 m per second.

The ongoing construction of monopiles will be followed by assembly at Stord in Norway next summer, before they are shipped to Scotland.

"Masdar is excited to join the team developing the world's first floating wind farm, and to build on our partnership with Statoil," said CEO Al Ramahi.

"Hywind Scotland represents the next stage in the evolution of the offshore wind industry, combining the project management experience and technical expertise of one of the world's largest offshore energy players – and our own capabilities in renewable energy development acquired over the last decade in the UK and international markets," Al Ramahi added. "We see tremendous potential in the commercial application of floating offshore wind technologies."

The partnership also consists of a collaboration agreement which will enable the two companies to work together on clean energy technologies across several markets in the near future.

Hywind Scotland is the second offshore wind partnership between Masdar and Statoil after the Dudgeon wind farm, a 402MW project also due to come on-stream by the second half of 2017.

Dudgeon, Hywind Scotland and the 630MW London Array – currently the world's largest offshore wind farm in operation – will bring Masdar's gross renewable energy generating capacity in the UK to 1.06 gigawatts (GW), enough power to supply 6,600 homes and displace 63,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

Masdar's investments in wind energy also span projects in the Middle East. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics-emirates/1395306046554.html


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Masdar signs agreement with two Qatari power companies to develop sustainable, renewable energy project

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Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, has signed a cooperation agreement with Qatar Electricity and Water Company, QEWC, and Nebras Power, at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, to develop renewable and sustainable energy projects.

In the presence of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, the agreement was signed by Fahd bin Hamad Al Mohannadi, General Manager and Managing Director of QEWC, Khalid Mohammed Jolo, CEO of Nebras Power, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar.

The agreement aims to strengthen mutual cooperation between Masdar, QEWC and Nebras in the development of commercially viable renewable energy projects in the UAE, Qatar, and international markets. It will also promote collaboration on research and development, education, and raising awareness of the importance of sustainable development.

"Our cooperation agreement with QEWC and Nebras Power provides a valuable opportunity for collaboration and knowledge sharing among regional partners who share common goals. This will lead to closer ties, investment and value creation, and ultimately support the wider deployment of renewable energy," Al Ramahi said.

"This agreement will make an important contribution to the evolution of Qatar Electricity and Water Company, which seeks to be a leader in the field of power generation and water desalination in the Middle East. It also supports sustainable development and energy diversification in the State of Qatar, which has set a solar power target of 1.8GW by 2020,' Al Mohannadi said.

"Since its inception, QEWC has worked to meet Qatar's energy and water needs through the development of efficient electricity and desalination projects that utilise modern technologies in collaboration with key partners. These activities support the community and contribute to the development of Qatar's industrial and commercial sectors."

Khalid Mohammed Jolo said, "We hope this agreement will further the aim of Nebras Power to invest in regional and international utilities markets. It will enable all three parties to exchange knowledge and experience and help them to expand their activities in renewable energy and sustainability.

"Through such partnerships, Nebras aims to consolidate its global position in the energy sector, especially in renewable energy, which is one of the most growth important areas for Nebras in line with the national vision of the State of Qatar. We support the vision of Qatar's leadership to compete globally and to excel in sustainable development, research and long-term investment."

Qatar Electricity and Water Company is one of the largest electricity and water desalination companies in the Middle East and North Africa. Its production capacity is 11,098MW for electricity and 535.5 MIG/D for desalinated water.

Nebras Power is mandated to invest in international power generation, water desalination, water treatment, cooling and heating projects. The company also invests in liquid natural gas, LNG, projects and power plant-related fuel loading and unloading facilities.

Nebras Power has a proven track record in developing projects based on the Independent Power Producers, IPP, model and in financing, developing and operating projects around the world. The company also has long-standing partnerships with regional and international developers, investors and banks.

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, is at the forefront of the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean technologies, as a link between today's fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future.

Masdar's clean energy division is a leading developer and owner of utility-scale, grid-connected projects, remote applications providing energy access to communities away from the electricity grid, and carbon abatement projects. Since 2006, Masdar has invested in renewable energy projects with a combined value of US$8.5 billion. Masdar's share of these projects is $2.7 billion.

Masdar's renewable energy projects span the UAE, Jordan, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco, the UK, Serbia and Spain. The electricity generating capacity of these projects, which are either fully developed or under development, is 2.7 gigawatts (GW) gross. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability/1395306045367.html


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DEWA and Masdar to break ground on Phase 3 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

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Construction of the 800 megawatt, MW, phase 3 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will start at the end of this month following the award of the engineering, procurement and construction, EPC, contract for the project.

This was announced yesterday at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, 2017.

A Masdar-led consortium was selected last June by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, to develop what will be the world's largest solar park on a single plot on completion, after setting a record low bid price for solar power generation of US cents 2.99 per kilowatt-hour, kWh.

The EPC contract agreement has been awarded to an international consortium led by specialist renewable energy contractor GranSolar of Spain, alongside Spanish specialist Acciona and Ghella of Italy.

"The agreement with Masdar supports the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support the growth of the promising clean energy sector, and our efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to diversify the energy mix so clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai's total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.

"The directives of His Highness are the roadmap that guides our ambitious initiatives and development projects. The agreement also supports the Dubai Plan 2021 to promote sustainability and happiness in Dubai, and achieve the aspirations of its citizens and residents, and DEWA's vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

Construction of the 16 square-kilometre Phase 3 expansion of the Dubai Solar Park will occur in three stages. The first 200MW stage is expected to be completed by the first half of 2018 and the next 300MW phase is due the following year, with the final 300MW tranche to come on stream in the first half of 2020.

Yesterday's announcement is the latest major milestone for the project, and follows the signing of a power purchasing agreement in November 2016 by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar, and Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DEWA. Under the agreement, both Masdar and DEWA will form a joint venture, Shua'a 2, to lead the construction of Phase 3's next stage of the project.

"This important milestone is a clear demonstration of the strong momentum behind the expansion of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, now including partnerships with GranSolar, Acciona and Ghella, respected international companies with a strong track record in renewables. At Masdar, we are proud to be supporting the UAE in realising its bold clean energy targets, and we are grateful for DEWA's excellent leadership in this benchmark project," said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.

Earlier this month, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the UAE Energy Strategy 2050. The strategy calls for a diversified energy mix with 50% sourced from clean energy. Dubai has also pledged to increase its share of renewables by 7 percent by 2020, 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.

"The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park project marks a new global milestone in the development of renewable energy in the Middle East and the world. The consortium of Gransolar, Acciona Industrial and Ghella is delighted to form part of it, ready to provide its extensive experience in designing, constructing and operating solar energy plants and being fully committed to the DEWA and Masdar vision towards a more sustainable future for the region," said Domingo Vegas Fernandez, representing the consortium.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is expected to displace an estimated 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum on completion in 2030. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability/1395306044107.html


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UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science honours awardees of Second Cycle at ADSW

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Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science Tuesday evening honoured the awardees from USA, Finland, and the UK to share a grant of US$ 5 million of the Second Cycle in a ceremony at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW.

Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, NCMS, awarded the researchers the grant on behalf of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Also in attendance were several high-level dignitaries, diplomats, along with members of research groups from Japan, the UAE and Germany, led by Professors Masataka Murakami, Linda Zou, and Volker Wulfmeyer, named as awardees of the Programme's First Cycle.

Reflecting on the impact of the Programme, H.H. Sheikh Mansour, said: "The UAE is playing an active role in driving research in science and technology to identify solutions to tackle global water security challenges. This comes in support of the ambitious innovation and energy strategies of our country."

He added: "This cutting-edge research could make a real difference for countries suffering from droughts across the world. The success of the First and Second Cycles of the programme testifies to the importance of its goals and demonstrates the excellence of its execution, and through this one of a kind initiative, the UAE is proud to play its part in strengthening water security and positioning our nation as an international hub for advanced research and innovation in this crucial area".

The three awarded scientists leading the research teams that will share the grant are: Dr. Paul Lawson, from the USA, for his work on investigating new approaches to rain enhancement that leverages ice production processes in cumulus clouds. Dr. Lawson founded SPEC Incorporated in 1979, a company that manufactures state-of-the-art airborne cloud physics instruments and has participated in over 50 international research projects.

Prof. Hannele Korhonen, from Finland, for her work on the role of atmospheric aerosols in efficient precipitation enhancement. Prof Korhonen is a Research Professor at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, where she also acts as the Head of the Atmospheric and Ocean Modelling group.

Prof. Giles Harrison, from the UK, for his work on the electrical properties of clouds and on rainfall modeling. Prof Harrison's experimental work also includes making some of the first airborne measurements in UK airspace of the Icelandic volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajokull during the April 2010 flight ban.

The three proposals that received awards this year were selected from 91 global scientific research proposals submitted by teams representing leading international institutions and organisations.

Commending the awardees and their research teams, Juma Al Zaabi, said: "The programme for rain enhancement science reflects the UAE leadership's determination to encourage and support the transformative and bold thinking needed to solve the world's most pressing challenges. These innovative proposals honored by the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science Awards have the potential to further boost UAE's breakthroughs in research and development."

Dr. Abdullah Al Mandoos, Director of the NCMS, said: "The programme for rain enhancement science is generating new insights that could have wider applications for countries suffering from scarcity of natural water resources. Thanks to the UAE's vision, we can look forward to a continued international effort in the field of rain enhancement that could have a real impact on water sustainability in developing regions across the world".

The UAE Research Programme has witnessed an expansion in the geographical participation of the Second Cycle, with over 398 scientists and researchers affiliated to 180 institutes from 45 countries. This includes academia's from 15 additional countries which include Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Hungary, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sweden, and Turkey. The Second Cycle also saw a high level of interest from researchers from the GCC region, with the UAE ranking second for the overall number of pre-proposals submitted this year, right after the USA. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability/1395306054418.html


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Toyota to participate in collaborative research for the creation of a hydrogen-based society in the UAE

posted on 18/01/2017

The Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors, in a joint research programme to explore the potential of hydrogen energy use in the UAE for the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society. As part of the programme, Toyota will begin driving and refueling demonstration tests of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, FCV, in the UAE from May, 2017.

The agreement was announced yesterday at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, in Abu Dhabi. The programme partners will jointly research on key issues involving the establishment of a hydrogen-based society, including hydrogen production, logistics, scalability, and business feasibility. The research is expected to take place in part at Masdar Institute, an Abu Dhabi-based independent graduate research university, which has been part of the discussions on the scope of hydrogen research.

Utilising a hydrogen station that is to be built in May, Toyota will conduct a complete range of driving and refueling tests under extreme heat, dust, and other conditions unique to the local environment. Toyota will also provide short-term leases to UAE government institutions and opinion leaders so as to promote better understanding of FCVs and hydrogen-based societies.

"The UAE has vast potential for the expansion of hydrogen production. The country has excess capacity at hydrogen production facilities located at oil refineries, and the ability to produce hydrogen as a byproduct at caustic soda and other factories, not to mention the production potential from mega solar power stations," said Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation Board of Directors, who gave a speech at the Abu Dhabi Global Action Day at ADSW.

"As the government continues to promote new initiatives and pursues the creation of a hydrogen-based society, the UAE is able to emerge as the world leader of next-generation clean energies," Mr. Uchiyamada added.

As a major oil-producing nation, the UAE has been dependent on oil as its primary industry. The government is currently promoting a new national agenda, UAE Vision 2021, which prioritises air quality improvement, expansion of the use of clean energies, and to make the nation a world leader in infrastructure quality. This collaborative research programme will explore the potential for hydrogen usage in Masdar City, a low carbon neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi, which is built on the principles of sustainable design and stands as a commercially-viable "green print" for future urban development across the Middle Eastern region.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said, "Toyota is among the most innovative companies in the world, with an outstanding track record of pioneering commercially-viable clean technologies for the automotive industry. Masdar is thrilled to be part of this exciting and important initiative with Toyota, ADNOC, Air Liquide, Masdar Institute and Al-Futtaim Motors, which aims to unlock the enormous potential of hydrogen energy use in the UAE. Hydrogen can make an important contribution towards the UAE's target for a 50% low carbon energy mix by 2050."

Toyota announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 in 2015 to help to contribute to the realisation of sustainable societies. The company is taking various initiatives to accomplish the various outlined challenges, which include reducing CO2 emissions from new cars by 90% compared with 2010 levels, among others. Toyota is currently selling the hydrogen-fuelled zero emissions Mirai FCV that only emits water, in Japan, the United States and Europe.

Held on the official opening day of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Abu Dhabi Global Action Day is a conference aimed at turning the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practical and innovative solutions in policy, investment, technology and partnerships, with a focus on the steps to be taken by both the government and businesses. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability/1395306025214.html


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28 French companies participate in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017

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Twenty-eight businesses from France are participating in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017, which is currently being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Under the umbrella of 'Business France', the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, the country is running two French pavilions, one at the World Future Energy Summit, WFES and the other at the International Water Summit, IWS, in Abu Dhabi.

The companies are showcasing their latest technology, innovations and products for the middle east markets in renewable energy, water treatment equipment, wind energy, solar thermal energy and hydroelectric power.

According to Marc Cagnard, Middle East Director at Business France, "The WFES/IWS trade shows represent key events for French companies which are aiming to export. Our country is number one producer of water and waste treatment equipment and number one in water and waste management.

He said that French firms like Veolia and Suez put the nation at the forefront internationally. "We are one of the top five global exporters of air treatment equipment and offer the second-largest wind power potential in Europe. France is also Europe's number four producer of wind and solar thermal energy. Many projects underway in the GCC are attracting high-performing French firms in the renewable energy, water and waste sectors.

"Attending WFES and IWS gives us an opportunity to consolidate French local presence," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability/1395306020523.html


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Expo 2020 Dubai takes part in ADSW

posted on 18/01/2017

Expo 2020 Dubai yesterday unveiled the details of its overall strategy to help accelerate momentum towards a greener and cleaner future, showcased by a Sustainability Pavilion that is envisioned as an inspiration for a new generation of guardians of the earth's welfare.

Designs showing the vision for the structure, which will be located in the heart of the 4.38 sq. km. Expo 2020 Dubai site in Dubai South, and other innovative projects at the heart of its mission, are being exhibited for the first time at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, at Expo's exhibition stand.

The pavilion is expected to be a magnet for Expo 2020 Dubai visitors, especially children and youths, interested in science and best practice sustainability, a key theme of the World Expo. It will continue its immersive and educational mission as a science ‘Exploratorium' after Expo's April 2021 closure.

Expo 2020 Dubai's ambitions align closely with those of the UAE, which has elevated the issue of sustainable progress to become a core pillar of government strategy as seen in the UAE Vision 2021, and numerous sustainability initiatives within the country.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said that the Sustainability Pavilion's structure and its exhibitions were only the building blocks of a more important overall ambition to make a fundamental change to the mindset of its visitors, the nation and the region in which it is hosted.

"Sustainability is at the heart of this World Expo and the legacy we aim to leave behind for the region. Our Sustainability Pavilion will play a major part in this effort, and will serve as an ‘oasis' for sustainable and innovative experiences and practices, linking to the strategy of the UAE government to be a leader in sustainability on a global scale," she said.

"With the world's population growing at such a rate and its consumption of our natural resources expanding ever faster, we need all the converts to a more sustainable way of living we can find and we should start with the young.

"So we see our mission at Expo 2020 Dubai as nothing less than a moral obligation to ensure that these touchpoints of education and inspiration are meaningful, lasting and relevant to the 25 million visits we hope to attract." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-sustainability-expo2020/1395306018375.html


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Bee’ah launches rewards programme at World Future Energy Summit to instil recycling culture among public

posted on 18/01/2017

To encourage a culture of recycling among the public, Bee'ah, the Middle East's leading and award-winning environmental management company, launched Bee'ah Rewards at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and Eco Waste, being held in Abu Dhabi from 16th to 19th January.

It is the first CSR programme of its kind that will reward the UAE people for their recycling efforts and lucky recyclers will win valuable prizes.

Open to the general public as well as potential partners, Bee'ah Rewards will raise awareness about the positive impact of recycling on society and the crucial role it plays in protecting the environment. In addition, Bee'ah's initiatives have been specifically designed to help fulfil the CSR mandate of corporate entities that are interested to adopt the programme.

Commenting on the launch, Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee'ah, said, "Bee'ah Rewards shows our full commitment and dedication towards CSR initiatives. This programme incentivises environmental responsibility, which will increase recycling levels and spread environmental awareness in the community. We are confident that our long-term vision and determination will drive the UAE towards environmental sustainability for future generations."

Bee'ah Rewards will run in conjunction with the Reverse Vending Machines, RVMs, which connect consumers to the rewards system. The simple act of recycling has the opportunity to win numerous prizes, including getaways and holiday packages, Apple TVs, iPads, Nespresso machines and more. Participants will be able to deposit plastic bottles and aluminium cans using RVMs that are strategically placed in malls, government institutions, universities and airports in Sharjah and Dubai. Once the recyclables are deposited, the RVMs will print receipts with a unique barcode. Next, a user will have to use the Bee'ah Rewards tab in Bee'ah's mobile application to create an account and enter the receipt codes. Monthly winners will be selected through a random draw and announced on Bee'ah's social media accounts.

With the introduction of Bee'ah Rewards, the company is confident of increasing recycling rates exponentially in the short and the long term as the programme grows in scale.

"The role of each and every individual is critical to ensure positive environmental change in the UAE. While we continue to lead the movement towards environmental sustainability, we call upon all residents and corporate entities to support this new initiative and secure a green future," Al Huraimel said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395306052881.html


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Dubai grew 2.7% in 2016, 3.1% growth expected in 2017: Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

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His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Chief Executive of the Emirates Group and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee in Dubai, said the economy of Dubai grew by 2.7% in real terms in 2016, despite declining oil prices, sluggish growth in developed as well as many emerging economies, and a mere 1.7% growth in global trade, its lowest since 2008-2009. The emirate is expected to grow by 3.1% in 2017, His Highness added.

Delivering a keynote speech at the ‘UAE Economic Outlook 2017', hosted jointly by the Dubai Department of Economic Development and the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed also revealed that Dubai will announce its future economic outlook twice every year from now onwards, in January and October. The economic outlook will shed light on growth opportunities in the emirate both at the macro-economic and sectoral levels and against the global economic backdrop.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed asserted that sustainability and flexibility are the most notable characteristics of Dubai's ongoing economic and social transformation under its wise and devoted leadership.

"More than three decades ago, our leadership put diversification on the top of the development pyramid in Dubai and the growth vision and strategies adopted since then have all focused on accelerated and sustainable growth. It has led to faster integration of the emirate's economy into the global economy and quantitative as well as qualitative growth away from oil. Real economic growth has averaged five percent a year, while the importance of non-oil economic activities has grown steadily. Our efforts at economic diversification continue unabated with a target of increasing the contribution of the non-oil sectors to UAE GDP from 70% today to 80% during the next 15 years," Sheikh Ahmed said.

"During the past year, the UAE continued the course of diversification and progress and achieved new milestones. This includes a jump of 8 points in the World Bank Doing Business report, from 34th to the 26th easiest country in the world for doing business, and ahead of any other Arab country. The World Bank also recognised the UAE as one of the top 10 most improved business environments over the past year," he continued.

His Highness added that the UAE also topped the list of countries in the Middle East and North Africa region Global Entrepreneurship Index Report 2016, and ranked 19th in the world ahead of countries such as Norway, South Korea, Turkey and Japan. According to the World Competitiveness Report 2016-17, the UAE is second only to Singapore in the Air Transport Infrastructure Quality index that measures the general level of infrastructure in airports and their compliance with international standards.

Reaffirming Dubai's commitment to pursue its decades' old policy of openness, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed said that the emirate will continue to embrace the world economy through welcoming trade, investment, people and ideas. Environmental sustainability is another guiding principle of the UAE 2021 National Agenda that was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to entrench the principle of sustainability in the march towards a diversified and competitive green economy in the UAE, he added.

"We are working to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and to achieve a perfect balance between economic and social development through improving the quality of air, preserving water resources, increasing the contribution of clean energy, and implementing green growth plans. We continue to work closely with the private sector to boost productivity growth and improve the quality of public services. This is the strategic goal that inspired Dubai's Public-Private Partnership Law where we seek a continuous model for exchange of knowledge and experience between the two sectors," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics-emirates/1395306037823.html


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Smart platform seeks to upgrade Dubai maritime sector’s global competitiveness

posted on 18/01/2017

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has launched the Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster (DMVC) initiative which provides an important platform for facilitating effective communication among members of the cluster and removing the constraints of time and distance. The project will also promote engagement among the global maritime community on Dubai's maritime activities based on four main objectives: development of maritime clustering, empowerment, awareness and engagement.

The DMVC forms part of the DMCA's efforts to implement plans under the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy, particularly for improving the competitive elements of the local maritime sector to keep pace with rapid regional and international developments which serves the overarching goal of maintaining a safe, sustainable, integrated and revitalised maritime sector in Dubai.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation in Dubai and Chairman of DMCA, said that the launch of the DMVC is a major step towards transforming the local maritime cluster into one of the most comprehensive and distinctive maritime clusters in the world, in accordance with the wise direction of the government. This unique project aims to promote the world's best maritime practices and facilitates access among industry leaders to Dubai's world-class maritime services. Furthermore, it seeks to increase the level of confidence of regional and international investors in Dubai's business opportunities and activate the role of the maritime sector as a vital link in achieving economic diversification towards a post-oil economy.

"The DMVC is the latest and most significant project for grooming Dubai as a strong contender among the world's most important maritime hubs. The initiative is based on the fundamental objective of upgrading the mechanisms of the local maritime cluster according to the highest standards of competitiveness, inclusiveness and excellence. This platform is capable of attracting foreign investments that would stimulate activities in the maritime sector and drive economic growth, consequently propelling the emirate as a major hub in the global economy," he said.

The DMVC was created to enhance flexibility, efficiency and quality in providing a wide range of integrated services in addition to facilitating virtual communication, engagement and interaction. It is also intended to improve research capabilities, development, innovation, and disaster recovery, the promotion of maritime safety, the reduction of both costs and carbon footprint, and the advancement of the DMCA's sustainability efforts.

The Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster is of strategic importance as it is a major step in enhancing the competitiveness of the local maritime sector in line with the leading steps taken by the emirate to become the world's smartest city. This new initiative offers an integrated platform for promoting research and maritime development and innovation, as it includes comprehensive informative and a knowledge portal for the maritime sector and the maritime virtual centre for innovation, research and training. In addition to the index of the maritime sector, it facilitates access and interaction of the main players in the regional and international maritime sector to an integrated portfolio of smart maritime services and reliable and comprehensive information on key initiatives under the umbrella of the DMCA.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, said: "We are upbeat about the Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster, which provides an informative and interactive platform for supporting national efforts to make Dubai the world's smartest and happiest city by 2021. It is based on smart interactive advantages that enable investors, leaders and stakeholders in the maritime industry to get thorough, comprehensive and reliable information on the services, initiatives and competitive advantages of Dubai, which is fast moving to establish its strong presence on the global economic, commercial and maritime map. We are committed to continue working on creating similar quality initiatives, in line with the strategic orientations to build a renewed and secured sector that is able to drive the comprehensive and sustainable development of Dubai and the UAE." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395306057895.html


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Dubai Crown Prince hands over Smart Government Flag to Road and Transport Authority

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H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, handed over the Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart Government Programme flag to the Road and Transport Authority, RTA, as its "RTA Smart Bus Shelters Initiative" had won the public award category at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government.

RTA, which won the award following a poll on Twitter, held from 18th December, 2016, to 8th January, 2017, will hoist the flag at its building for a year.

Speaking on the occasion, the Dubai Crown Prince said getting customers involved to improve services is a sign of governmental leadership as it shows that the real indicator of the government's performance improvement is public happiness.

The smart shelter offers a wide spectrum of services for commuters, including buying and topping up NOL cards, topping up mobile phones for local and international calls, paying bills of public and private entities, both locally and globally, recharging mobile phones and smart kiosk. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395306049892.html


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SWSF strengthens Sharjah’s unrivalled dedication to women in sport

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The Sharjah Women Sports Foundation, SWSF, is being held up as a shining example of the new strategy to promote women's sports in the UAE in general and in Sharjah in particular.

The foundation is also aiming to highlight the role of the nation's sportswomen in the regional and global arenas, empowering them and enabling them to take part in international championships and events.

In line with the directives of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SCFA, Chairperson of SWSF and wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, the new strategy will focus on raising awareness of women's sport among the community. It will develop and promote interest and ambition as well as enhance administrative, logistical and event management skills according to the best international practices.

The SWSF unveiled its emblem, which includes three Arabic letters; the letter ‘Sh' stands for ‘Sharjah' is coloured red to symbolise willpower, strength and determination; the letter ‘M' stands for ‘Woman' and is coloured blue to symbolise health, loyalty and liveliness, while the yellow-coloured letter ‘R' stands for ‘Sport', symbolising ambition, hope, joy and positivity.

Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Director-General of the SWSF, said that the announcement of the implementation of the new strategy was in line with the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, to elevate women's sports, empower women to compete in regional and international sports events, and achieve glory in sports for themselves, their families, society and country.

"The SWSF seeks to serve the sport sector in all aspects, and reinforces both the ongoing progress and continuing success of women's sports that has resulted from the support of the wise leadership. Sharjah has become one of the favourite women's sports destinations in the region and plays host to a growing number of the most prestigious competitions, given the resounding success of the Arab Women Sport Tournament, AWST, which has been hosted in Sharjah for three consecutive years," she said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/sports/1395306030365.html


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