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UAE fully committed to UN's 'Every Woman Every Child Everywhere' initiative: official

posted on 24/04/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The UAE is fully committed to the Every Woman Every Child Everywhere, or EWECE, a United Nations' global multi-stakeholder partnership that provides a unique platform to mobilise efforts across sectors to deliver on an integrated agenda for women's, children's and adolescents' health and wellbeing, according to Rym Abdullah Al Falasy, Secretary-General of the UAE Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Member of the High-level Steering Group for the UN partnership.

The UAE's commitment to this global movement is driven by the directives of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Al Falasy said during a recent meeting of the EWECE's High-level Steering Group in Washington, D.C.

Launched by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, the Every Woman Every Child initiative puts into action the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, which presents a roadmap to ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation and ensuring their well-being. In 2015, with the support of the UAE, UN's humanitarian partners added a new strand, ‘Everywhere', recognising that women and children in fragile and humanitarian settings must not be overlooked when it comes to accessing reproductive health care.

This global strategy is at the centre of UAE's attention as it aims to boost sustainable development and assistance for all children and women, and in particular those affected by natural disasters and wars, Al Falasy added.

She noted that the third meeting of a UN anti-bullying committee will be hosted by Abu Dhabi that the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood is prepared to work with the committee to support its initiatives.

She expressed the hope that the meeting would contribute towards achieving common goals and supporting relevant initiatives.

All stakeholders should intensify their efforts in assisting all women, children and adolescents wherever they are, to ensure their safety and psychological stability, Al Falasy noted while stressing that Sheikha Fatima pays great attention to the Every Woman Every Child Everywhere initiative. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302609952


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Sharjah Charity International donated AED4 million to ‘For You Somalia’ campaign

posted on 24/04/2017

Sharjah Charity International donated AED4 million for the relief campaign targeting vulnerable people in Somalia, under the slogan "For You Somalia", which aims to eliminate suffering caused by the drought crisis affecting large areas of the country.

The campaign is an implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in co-operation with the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, and all UAE charity organisations and foundations.

Abdullah Mubarak Al Dukhan, Secretary-General of Sharjah Charity International, said that AED1.5 million was allocated to the relief campaign, in response to the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, reflecting the spirit of international co-operation led by the UAE, to relieve affected people suffering from successive crises. A further AED2.5 million was also allocated as emergency aid, distributed by a delegation of the organisation to vulnerable Somali people, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the UAE Embassy in Mogadishu, with donations from the organisation currently totalling AED4 million.

He stressed that the role of the organisation not only involves the campaign's financial support, but it also supports affected people in the north and south of Somalia, since its inception 28 years ago by its founder, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as a donor organisation that provides assistance both inside and outside the UAE. He also noted that a relief caravan was directly employed, including a delegation from the organisation that was sent to distribute urgent aid, such as food and clothing, and provide medicine and treatments for patients, especially those infected with cholera caused by the drought in the north and south of the country, as well as clean water to combat the drought in Somalia.

He added that the UAE is on high alert to prepare and support the "For You Somalia" campaign, with the co-operation of all national charity organisations and the participation of the public and private sectors, reflecting the success of the goals of the Year of Giving initiative.

He also stressed that Sharjah Charity International strongly supports the wise leadership in saving and supporting underprivileged populations around the world.

He further highlighted that the UAE's first position in humanitarian giving for the fourth consecutive time reflects the sincerity of its giving, stressing that the UAE gives without waiting for something in return, as the wise leadership was raised on social solidarity and promoting the values of giving by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610043


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UAE Embassy in London hosts banquet for participants in UK-GCC Public Private Partnership Conference

posted on 24/04/2017

LONDON: Embassy of the UAE in London has hosted a lunch banquet in honour of a delegation from the UAE Ministry of Economy and private organisations and British investors participating in the UK-GCC Public Private Partnership Conference in London, to bolster ties among the business communities in both countries.

In remarks delivered at the banquet, UAE Ambassador Sulaiman Hamed Al Mazrouei hailed the deep ties between the UAE and the UK and spoke about bilateral trade and opportunities for British investors in the UAE.

The UAE and the UK are working towards increasing their bilateral trade to 25 billion GBP by 2020.

The UAE delegation to the conference was headed by Abdullah Al Saleh, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Economy. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302609957


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ERC commences first phase of developmental projects in Yemen's Socotra Archipelago

posted on 24/04/2017

SOCOTRA: Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) delegation, currently visiting Yemen's Archipelago of Socotra, has launched the first phase of its development projects there.

The move follows the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, along with the follow up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed that the directives of the UAE President strengthen the UAE's development and humanitarian initiatives in Yemen, which is facing great humanitarian challenges. These instructions demonstrate the desire of the wise leadership for solidarity with those affected, he added.

He added that the wise leadership monitors the developments of the situation in Yemen and the humanitarian consequences, while directing to intensify rescue and development efforts to meet the needs of Yemeni people in all areas.

Sheikh Hamdan stressed that supporting Yemeni people in Socotra "is a humanitarian duty required by Islamic region and Arab traditions. This duty does not stop at certain borders and is not only exclusive to certain countries, because humanity is greater than borders and languages."

He noted that the ERC would not spare any effort to revamp its leading humanitarian role in Yemen to alleviate suffering of people there.

The ERC started implementing the directives of the wise leadership by establishing vital development projects, following the destructive storms that struck the Socotra Archipelago during previous years.

The authority's delegation, headed by Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, accompanied by a number of Yemeni officials, launched other development projects in Socotra, including the first phase of Sheikh Zayed City with 161 houses, a clinic, a school, a public council for residents, a mosque with a capacity of 600 worshippers, and entertainment facilities including a children's park and football field.

In his speech, Dr. Al Falahi stressed that the UAE, due to its diligence, proactively responded to the humanitarian call following the natural disasters and storms that struck the Socotra Archipelago during previous years. Through its humanitarian arm, the ERC, assisted the needy and strengthened its response to reach out those affected. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610037


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CEO of AFP pays tribute to Emirates News Agency's professionalism and credibility

posted on 24/04/2017

PARIS: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Agence France-Presse (AFP) Emmanuel Hoog, has praised the high professionalism and credibility of Emirates News Agency (WAM).

During his meeting with Mohamed Jalal Al Rayysi, Executive Director of WAM on the sidelines of the meeting of the heads and directors of Arab news agencies, he said the Emirates News Agency "enjoys a high credibility and transparency in handling of events. It is a reliable source of news."

Hoog expressed his satisfaction at the meeting between WAM and AFP and the mutual desire to deepen cooperation between the two parties, describing the ties as "sincere and influential in the media environment."

Mohammed Jalal Al-Rayysi stressed the importance of strengthening relations with the AFP, which has a long history in media practice an professionalism. "We are very pleased with the presence of the regional office of AFP in Dubai," he said.

Al Rayysi added that the cooperation between the two parties in the field of news exchange and related fields of digital media was emphasised during the meeting. He stressed the importance of the meeting as it provided a great opportunity for the two parties to discuss the future of the press in the world, especially in the Middle East.

He underlined that the Arab news agencies agreed with their French counterpart to increase cooperation and mutual benefit.

The talks between the heads of the Arab news agencies and the Chief of Agence France-Presse touched on the cooperation relations between the AFP and the Arab agencies in various fields, including the areas of training, supervision, and exchange of information between the two parties.

The delegation of the Emirates News Agency visited the headquarters of the AFP while in Paris, where it was briefed on various departments, the latest technologies and programmes used by the Agency. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610035


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UAE and Azerbaijan focus on nine areas of future cooperation

posted on 24/04/2017

The sixth session of the UAE-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Committee, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, and co-chaired by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and his counterpart, Shahin Mustafayev, Minister of Economic Development in Azerbaijan, concluded on a high note.

It was also attended by Eng. Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Under-Secretary of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Economy; Sahil Babayev, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan; Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Hamel Al Qubaisi, UAE Ambassador to Azerbaijan, and Dashgin Shikarov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the UAE, alongside an elite of senior officials and representatives of government authorities and business sectors from both sides.

Those at the committee's meeting discussed economic co-operation and enhancing bilateral relations by concentrating on developing future co-operation in the nine major areas of agriculture, industry, renewable energy, tourism, the environment, water, communications, modern technology and air transport, as well as developing trade and investment exchanges and strengthening ties between the business communities in both countries.

During the meeting, both ministers highlighted the achievement since the last session of the joint committee, and in light of the visit of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to Azerbaijan on 2nd April, 2015, and the visit of Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, to the UAE on 2nd February, 2016.

The minutes of the meeting referred to several promising joint projects in the fields of logistical services, free trade zones and medical industries. One of the most prominent projects is an agreement signed by DP World, the Ministry of Economy in Azerbaijan and the Port of Baku on 7th September, 2016, to establish the Alyat Free Trade Zone in Azerbaijan, considered one of the most prominent success stories achieved by the UAE-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Committee.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri highlighted the importance of the meetings of the UAE-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Committee, that witnessed regular sessions during the past eight years, translating the joint desire and mutual care to elevate the level of economic and technical co-operation between the two friendly countries.

He referred to the growing averages for trade exchange during recent years, as the total number of non-oil foreign trade between the two countries reached over US$605 million during 2015, including the free zone trade, while it increased during the first nine months of 2016 to $228 million.

He also said that the country has witnessed continuous annual growth in the size of direct foreign investment flows, which registered approximately $11 billion in 2015, despite the regional and international economic challenges. The UAE took the leading place among the Arab countries in receiving investments, in addition to its prominent position as the largest Arab investor outside the region.

The Azeri Minister of Economy said that Azerbaijan economy still largely relies on the oil sector, as its contributes 70% of the gross domestic product for the country.

He noted that the total size of Emirati investments in the Azeri market reached some $800 million, while the Azeri investments in the UAE stood at $300 million. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610025


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Global travel and tourism sector eyes Dubai as ATM opens its doors

posted on 24/04/2017

Travel professionals from across the world's hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai on Monday for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region's leading travel industry exhibition.

Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said, "We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry. The growth and scale of ATM 2017 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region."

"The growth we observe in the regional industry is spurred by visionary national agendas, and a favourable and thriving business environment. With a series of mega-events scheduled for the coming years, including Expo 2020, this growth will undoubtedly continue. Following the success of the 2016 exhibition, where agreements worth US$2.5 billion were signed, it is expected that ATM 2017 will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors across 65 national pavilions," he added.

Running until Thursday, 27th April, ATM 2017 will explore the latest industry trend of experiential travel as its main theme, and feature four days of business networking opportunities, seminars and ministerial meetings at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

On the Global Stage, the opening session, 'The legacy of Expo 2020', will take place from 12.30pm on Monday 24th April. The session will assess the role of Expo 2020 Dubai in delivering the UAE government's long-term vision for economic diversification.

Also, at 3.30pm on Monday, more than 20 ministers will meet with industry leaders from across the MENA region at the UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum.

On the first and second day of the show, ILTM Arabia will debut with an invitation-only series of one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments between suppliers of luxury products and representatives of destinations from around the world.

At the ATM Travel Tech Theatre, the seminar programme will focus on the show's 2017 theme. Sessions will focus on Marketing to Experiential Travellers, Blogging, Social Media, Mobile, Tech and Hospitality Technology.

Exploring the trillion-dollar Muslim lifestyle and food industry, the Global Stage will also host the inaugural ATM Global Halal Tourism Summit 2017 from 12.20pm on Wednesday, 26th April.

The global Muslim travel market was valued at $151 billion in 2015, representing around 10 percent of the global international tourism market, and by 2021 that value is expected to reach $243 billion. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610020


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Dubai utility DEWA issues Regulations for Electrical Installations 2017 booklet

posted on 24/04/2017

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has issued its Regulations for Electrical Installations 2017 booklet to provide dealers, consultants, electrical engineers and technicians with a guide for the installation and checking of electrical connections, ensuring both their protection and customers.

"DEWA is committed to achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, by offering world-class services in adherence with our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility. By issuing this booklet, we aim to build bridges of trust with our stakeholders, by ensuring continuous development, according to the latest international standards of safety and security in the workplace," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, in an emailed press release.

DEWA has achieved a safety and security score of 98 per cent and is considered a leading organisation in this field. DEWA has also achieved a zero-accident rate, and became the first organisation in the world to win both the Sword of Honour for health and safety and the Globe of Honour for Environment from the British Safety Council for five consecutive years, he added. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302609946


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237,716 containers inspected, 348 seizures recorded in 2016: Jebel Ali Customs Centre:

posted on 24/04/2017

Jebel Ali Customs Centre, the modern facility and one of the major customs centers in Dubai, boasted a number of quality achievements during 2016.

The centre recorded 348 seizures of restricted, fake and prohibited materials. This means a 24% increase compared to 2015 which recorded 281 seizures. The centre, which includes a client centre and seven inspection units, also inspected 237,716 containers and carried out 605,000 customs transactions last year.

Yousuf Al Hashemi, Director of Jebel Ali Customs Centre noted that the seizures contained more than 700,000 tramadol narcotic pills, and quantities of Naswar tobacco derivative, silica powder, smuggled cigarettes, fake goods, and endangered sandal wood in coordination with local and global security authorities.

"Thanks to the use of the latest technologies and devices, we had a much better performance compared to previous years following the vision and directives of our wise leadership. The figures of the first quarter of 2017 are promising: Around 729,000 customs transactions carried out so far using the latest systems including Mirsal 2 system which enables clients fulfill their requirements and fill out their applications online without the need of personal attendance".

"We have a number of plans for the future which will help develop Jebel Ali Operations room including a radioactive vehicle and container scanning unit. The inclusion of sophisticated inspection tools has raised commitment and performance levels in Jebel Ali from 42% in 2010 to 91.7% in 2013. In 2016, client satisfaction went up to 87%, and employee satisfaction reached 88% " he added.

Naser Al Jumairi, Director of Jebel Ali and TECOM Customs Centre explained that a Dubai Customs unit was opened at gate 11 for more convenience and client satisfaction.

Ahmed Al Jamri, Director of Jebel Ali Inspection Centre said the center has five advanced container scanning devices and five cargo scanning devices. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610017


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Al Midfa re-elected as Regional Board Director of Airports Council International Asia-Pacific

posted on 24/04/2017

Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, was re-elected to serve a second term as Regional Board Director, during the 12th Regional Assembly of the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific, held in Doha, Qatar, last week.

Al Midfa was re-elected for another three-year term, as one of the 13 Regional Board Directors, by a majority of votes by the council's 102 members.

Recognised as one of the most influential events in the aviation community in the Asia-Pacific region, the annual meeting was attended by key industry leaders and experts representing airports and industry partners, including airlines, regulators and suppliers, from all over the world and addressed major issues affecting the aviation industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

Al Midfa said, "My colleagues and I are looking forward to raising the level of cooperation between aviation partners and strengthening regional partnerships among major airports".

He added, "The council creates an important platform for industry stakeholders to share ideas and recommendations that may help boost performance and introduce new concepts to develop standards and make a difference in the future of the aviation industry within the geographical area of the council".

ACI Asia-Pacific, one of the five regions of the ACI, is based in Hong Kong and represents 102 members operating 579 airports in 48 countries in Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East. The only global trade representative of the world's airports, ACI, is made up of five geographical regions - Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and North America – and represents airports' interests with governments and international organisations, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610013


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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival welcomes 110,000 visitors in first four days

posted on 24/04/2017

An impressive 110,000 people from around the region have stepped through the doors of the Expo Centre Sharjah during the first four action-packed days of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF).

The enormous variety of interactive activities, seminars, workshops and debates is drawing many families and schoolchildren as well as renowned authors, historians, researchers and academics. Among its main goals, the ninth edition of SCRF, which runs until April 29, aims to develop children's skills and capabilities, using a methodology that blends fun and entertainment with education.

SCRF's activities are divided into a number of programmes; The Children's Programme features 1403 activities, and hosts 55 guests from 22 countries; The Cookery Programme includes 83 activities conducted by 14 guests from 14 countries, incorporating live cooking demonstrations, cooking competitions and the Little Chef; and The Cultural Programme brings together 60 guests from 23 countries, taking part in more than 40 activities.

It is also hosting ‘Brain: The Inside Story', being organised by the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It is a first-of-its-kind exhibition in the UAE which aims to explain the secrets of the human brain on a thrilling journey that will last throughout the event.

The 11-day SCRF is a fun-packed, entertainment-filled festival of discovery, creativity and excitement and an interactive platform that also brings together some of the world's best children's authors to read their popular works to their fans. SCRF also offers an ideal platform for publishers to showcase their new titles. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610006


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