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U.A.E. scored historic achievements, thanks to wise leadership, says Gargash

posted on 26/11/2014

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs has said that the U.A.E. had harnessed oil wealth during 43 years to build the state of law, justice, equality and provision of decent living to citizens and expatriates as well, thanks to the prudent leadership.

He told over 100 media-persons representing 45 Arab and foreign countries in a gathering held yesterday at St. Regis Corniche Hotel, that the U.A.E. is united, prosperous, stable and looking forward to future along with the vision of the founding fathers.

Gargash congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates, on the 43rd of U.A.E.'s national anniversary.

He noted that the stability, security and the vision of leadership to the future gives the U.A.E. a huge momentum to score more achievements in all levels, citing the political and development successes.

Gargash said, "Our foreign policy shows that the U.A.E. does not look for playing a regional role, but seeks to promote preservation of the integrity of the national values of the countries in order to promote prosperity in the region ripped by problems and painful events. He reiterated the U.A.E.'s concern about spread of Daesh terrorist organisation that threatens the political systems in the region.

He underlined that the U.A.E. is looking forward to creating stronger and stable systems in the region that can support each other in the face of extremism and terrorism, and to maintain the integrity of the national state that "We see threatened in more than one Arab country", calling for addressing the fragmentation happening in the Arab world through cooperation with many countries to tackle this dangerous phenomenon.

Gargash stressed on Egypt's pivotal role and status in the Arab world, noting that moderate Egypt contributes to the moderation in the Arab world.

He said the U.A.E. was clear in its resolution to classify the terrorist organisations, adding that it firmly handles the issue of extremism, which creates incubator ground for terrorism.

The U.A.E. minister noted that the U.A.E. began to respond to the terrorism, incitement and extremism before 20 years during which it was governed by its vision, wisdom and clear policy in tackling the terrorist movements and extremism.

About the resolutions of recent historic Riyadh meeting, Gargash said, "We are hoping for GCC reconciliation to overcome obstacles that had hampered the GCC work. Such a reconciliation should be translated into provision of political and economic support to Egypt because stability of Egypt is the stability of Arab region." He added that the Riyadh meeting succeeded in opening a new page among the GCC states, thanks to the patience and wisdom of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, and great efforts of Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah and 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.

On the most important issues to be discussed at the GCC Summit in Doha next month, Gargash said, "We are hoping for success of the Summit to further boost the integration among the GCC states in all fields, and unify views on strengthening Egypt's stability".

About efforts on ending Iran's occupation of three U.A.E. Islands: Tunb Greater, Tunb Lesser and Abu Musa, the U.A.E. minister, stressed on the U.A.E.'s legal and historic position over the three Islands, referring to the statements issued by the U.A.E. at the GCC Summits or the United Nations Security Council in this respect. He added that those statements were aimed at provoking the other party, but to reiterate the U.A.E.'s legal and historic stance.

Gargash said the U.A.E. has been for over four decades working to find an amicable solution within the framework of international law, and through mechanisms of bilateral dialogue or referral to the International Court of Justice.

About unfolding events in the occupied Jerusalem, Gargash said Israel is leading the region into a serious religious war through threatening the holy sites in Jerusalem, expansion in Jerusalem and the Western Region.

He noted that the Israeli government does not want the two-state solution backed by moderate Arab states, adding that by doing so Israel dismantles the moderate stance in the inflammatory region.

Gargash holds the international community accountable about spread of Daesh and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, noting that similar situation may occur in Libya, which has become a sanctuary for extremism and terrorists who embrace the Muslim Brotherhood ideology.

Gargash said the danger of Brotherhood still looms large in a number of Arab countries, calling for concerted action to address it.

He said he does not see any solution to Syrian conflict, but added that the only solution would come through US- Russian Summit, and rejection of any Turkish intervention in Egypt. "The intervention of Turkey in Egypt's internal affairs is rejected as it opposes stability," Gargash said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


U.A.E. has achieved distinguished stature on the global map of transportation, road and housing sectors, says MoPW Minister

posted on 26/11/2014

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works, has affirmed that the U.A.E. has achieved an outstanding stature on the international map in the fields of transportation, roads and housing, thanks to the pivotal role these sectors have played in the country's economy.

He added that the country's economy is deemed as one of the biggest economies in the world, thanks to the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Supreme Council Members, Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates.

During his meeting with the visiting media delegations in response to the invitation of the National Media Council (NMC), marking the U.A.E.'s 43rd National Day anniversary, Al Nuaimi said the U.A.E. is now a role model in the field of sustainable development, a strategy not only aimed at reducing reliance on oil as the main source of income and harnessing revenues to build a balanced economy, but also it has made exceptional achievements in infrastructural sectors to support economic, cultural and urban growth.

He added, 'In order to achieve the U.A.E. Vision, which aims to continue the march of the Founder of the Union, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, we realise the fruitful outcome of our wise leadership in the development march." "Based on that far-sighted vision, we have set an effective and strategic goal to play a pioneering and a distinguished role in transportation, roads and housing sectors through enhancing regional and international ties, as well as issuing any laws necessary to safeguard the development and efficiency of these pivotal sectors." Al Nuaimi added that infrastructure projects are major factors in the success of economic growth projects in the country, and, therefore, coordinating with other departments becomes obligatory.

He also gave a detailed briefing on the ministry's projects and achievements in keeping with the U.A.E. Vision 2021. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Lubna Al Qasimi: U.A.E. offered Dh16b humanitarian aid in 3 years

posted on 26/11/2014

The United Arab Emirates provided a total of Dh 16 billion in humanitarian aid during the period between 2010 and 2012 to become one of the world's leading aid donors, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) & Head of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid has said.

Sheikha Lubna made the remarks while speaking yesterday to over 100 visiting journalists from 45 countries on the behest of the National Media Council as part of the celebrations of the U.A.E.'s 43rd national day anniversary.

She said U.A.E.'s humanitarian and charitable aid covered more than 10 countries, including Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Morocco and Kazakhstan and noted that most of the aid focused on the areas of healthcare, energy, education and reconstruction.

Sheikha Lubna also said the U.A.E. continued to provide assistance to the Syrians refugees and highlighted the recent expansion of the refugee camps in Jordan and setting up of a field hospital there to cater for Syrian refugees and the Jordanians in the two areas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Minister of Environment and Water: U.A.E. performs significant role in area of food security

posted on 26/11/2014

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has praised the national companies participating in the Emirates International Date Palm Festival currently on at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Bin Fahad said, "The display of dried camel milk powder in the festival for the first time in the world by Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production represents a global scoop by the U.A.E., one that is worth being proud of.

Bin Fahad added that the U.A.E. is thus contributing towards ensuring provision of healthy food for all, noting that the U.A.E. has become a significant player in the field of food security and the Festival represents a global event to display a lot of national innovation and convergence of global expertise in various fields of agriculture.

Bin Fahad noted to H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, interest in national products as he accompanied him yesterday when he opened the Festival. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


U.A.E., Russia sign legal and judicial cooperation agreements

posted on 26/11/2014

The U.A.E. and the Federal Republic of Russia yesterday signed two agreements for judicial and legal cooperation.

Inked by the U.A.E.'s Minister of Justice, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, and Prosecutor General of Russia, Yury Chaika, in Abu Dhabi, the two treaties deal with extradition of criminals and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

The U.A.E. Minister stressed the importance of exchange of expertise between the two countries, adding that the agreements would contribute towards bolstering mutual legal and judicial cooperation and delivering the countries' shared vision for justice. He said the U.A.E. and Russia would continue their serious, constructive work and discussions in order to make optimum use of their expertise in various judicial fields.

On his part, the Prosecutor General of Russia said he was delighted to have signed the agreements with the U.A.E., hailing his country's ties with the U.A.E. as 'strong and solid.' He said that these agreements would also contribute towards furthering these ties in a way that serves mutual interests of the friendly countries.


Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs hails U.A.E. support in areas of development and fight against maritime piracy

posted on 26/11/2014

Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, hailed the way the bilateral relations have developed between the U.A.E. and his country.

He noted the development of these relations in the economic field and mutual cooperation in the area of fight against terrorism and maritime piracy between the two friendly countries, thanks to the keen interest that both President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and President James Alix Michel of the Republic of Seychelles took in the matter.

The Seychelles Minister congratulated the U.A.E. government and people on the 43rd National Day, which he described as being among those countries in the world that are developing the fastest when it comes to development, prosperity and stability, thanks to its wise leadership's efforts.

In an exclusive interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), he praised the support received from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the keenness 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 in supporting the economy and development in Seychelles and creation of employment opportunities, as well as for achieving sustainable development and fulfilling the requisites for economic growth in the Republic.

The Seychelles' Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasised, "Thanks to the Abu Dhabi government's support for development projects in the Seychelles, we are more stable than before and now we have the greatest tourism and economic opportunities." He also praised the U.A.E.'s stance in support of the Seychelles' efforts to develop its infrastructure and economic reform programmes and improve the living conditions of the residents through construction of new housing, desalination plants, power generation facilities and roads and bridges.

He stated that the two countries have achieved an ideal level of cooperation and a common vision on piracy, the fight against terrorism and extremism and promoting peace in the region, thanks to the efforts of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister.

The Seychelles minister said that there was close cooperation between his country and the U.A.E. in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean and Somalia, and led to significant results within the framework of mounting joint efforts to fight terrorism.

He pointed out that the U.A.E. had signed an agreement with the Republic of Seychelles worth US$15 million to help the Republic's fight against piracy, and regulate fishing and navigation works on the island.

The Seychelles' Foreign Minister said that the military cooperation agreement signed recently between the two countries would contribute towards establish the rules for maintaining the stability and security on the island and in the Indian Ocean region.

He added that the agreement aims at encouraging and facilitating military cooperation between the two countries on the basis of achieving common interests in various fields such as training, defence and security, scientific research and humanitarian operations, peacekeeping operations and cultural activities. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Federal Supreme Court sentences son of convict involved in secret organisation case

posted on 26/11/2014

The Federal Supreme Court, headed by Judge Mohammed Al-Jarrah Al-Tunaiji, yesterday sentenced the son of a man convicted of involvement with a secret organisation to three years in prison and fined him Dh 500,000 after finding him guilty on all charges.

The young man stood accused of joining the secret organisation and establishing and managing a personal profile on a social network with the aim of disseminating false claims and inappropriate messages, as well as damaging the reputation of U.A.E. institutions. He was also charged with communicating with external organisations to provide misleading information about the status of those convicted in the case of the secret organisation and about their living conditions in prison, which led to the confiscation of the electronic devices used in the crime and the closure of his profile page. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


U.A.E., Japan Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement comes into effect on Dec. 24

posted on 26/11/2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) yesterday exchanged diplomatic memos with the Embassy of Japan on the implementation of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income in Abu Dhabi.

The exchange of diplomatic memos confirms that both countries have completed the local procedures to enable enforcement of the agreement with effect from 24th December, 2014.

The DTAA was signed on 2nd May, 2013, in the presence of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan.

The agreement will streamline the tax rights between the U.A.E. and Japan in order to avoid international double taxation that results from the exchange in the fields of economy and human resources.

It sets the tax rates imposed by the source country on interest and revenue. The move reflects the depth of the economic relations between the U.A.E. and Japan, and will enhance mutual investments.

The agreement is also expected to bolster the relations in the fields of economy and human resources between the two countries and strengthen and contribute towards measures to prevent fiscal evasion. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


U.A.E. calls for updating mechanisms of Arab Financial Markets

posted on 26/11/2014

The U.A.E. has called on the Arab Financial Markets to further update mechanisms that commensurate with the needs of investors and market conditions through licensing new financial products and services, and issuance of legislation and regulations to meet the market needs.

The First Arab Capital Markets Conference, which opened here yesterday and organised by the Union of Arab Securities Authorities (UASA) in collaboration with the Securities and Commodity Authority, Thomson Reuters and Arab Monetary Fund, called for introduction of new mechanisms and various technological services. It stressed on the importance of activating the role of corporate governance, enhancing transparency and support mechanism disclosures as well as a commitment to corresponding standards and law enforcement.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, said the trading in the Arab financial markets amounted to $711.61 billion since the start of the year up until November 19, with a total of 22.34 million deals.

"Strong economic blocs requires maximum cooperation in order to overcome the challenges and difficulties faced by our joint work, which comes in the forefront of legislative structures varied and different organisational structures in the Arab stock markets and the difference in the listing and disclosure requirements," said Sultan at a capital markets conference.

Investment managers are likely to increase their allocation to the U.A.E. markets, revealed a report conducted by the Inter-Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation on Investment Climate.

About 47 per cent of the respondents of a survey are likely to increase the funds to the U.A.E. market, while more than 50 per cent of those are likely to increase the allocation to Saudi Markets. The Saudi regulator is likely to open the capital markets to the foreigners next year.

The survey also found that 40 per cent of fund managers expected to increase their equity allocations to Egypt and only 7 per cent to decrease them. The results of the survey also showed that funds are positive on many Gulf stock markets despite the recent slide in oil prices, which has lost more than 25 per cent since the start of the year.

"The capital markets regulator said it is facing challenges due to rapid changes in the capital markets. Following the global financial crisis, the regulator faced challenges to revisit old legislations and they had to come up with new amendments, which took time as they had to go through a set process, said Abdullah Salim Al-Turifi, the Chief Executive of Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority.

The year 2013 witnessed a record 23 deal IPO in the Middle East and North Africa, which raised $3 billion, an increase of 64 per cent in terms of volume and 51 per cent in value terms. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


ADX lists National Investor in Second Market

posted on 26/11/2014

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, ADX, yesterday announced the listing of National Investor in the Exchange's Second Market for private companies under the symbol TNI. The company's shares started trading on the 25th of November.

The listing ceremony was held at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in the presence of Rashed Al Balooshi, CEO of ADX, and Yasser Geissah, CEO of The National Investor, as well as a number of senior staff from both organisations.

The "new" market, where listing does not require full stock exchange disclosure, is also intended to serve as a stepping stone for some companies to go public, and will facilitate that process by providing ownership records. The new initiative will also help improve corporate governance and transparency among companies while strengthening the anti-money laundering efforts.

ADX listing of the National Investor in the Second Market comes in line with its strategic initiatives aiming towards diversifying investment products which will create more vehicles for investing money that will help to stimulate long-term growth and diversification, as well as the encouragement of more institutional investors to the market.

"We are delighted to welcome The National Investor on the ADX growing list of companies," said Rashed Al Balooshi, CEO of ADX. "The National Investor's solid reputation built over two decades of professional and transparent services offered to a substantial client base that includes listed and privately owned companies, financial institutions and high net-worth individuals, makes it an ideal addition to our listing." He continued, "listing of The National Investor is important for the market and the company, whereby it further strengthens its position in the market locally, regionally and globally, and will secure future growth, not to mention also that this process will open the doors to foreign investors and local citizens who are looking for more opportunities to diversify their portfolios".

Al Baloushi added, "As part of the program of best practices that we adopt and apply through the operational mechanisms at ADX, and in line with the strategy and aspirations of ‘Abu Dhabi Vision 2030', we encourage more companies to list their shares on the second market, stressing through his speech the importance of new listings in giving investors more opportunities to diversify their investments and therefore spread their risk further, which consequently helps to enhance stability in the market which in turn will attract more institutional investments to Abu Dhabi in particular and the U.A.E. in general".

TNI's asset management practice manages three funds, including TNI U.A.E. Blue Chip Fund,TNI MENA UCITS Fund and TNI MENA Hedge Fund. These funds are targeted at international and local institutional and sophisticated high net-worth individual investors. TNI asset management has a rigorous investment process coupled with strong buy-side research capabilities, which positions it as one of the leading fund managers in the U.A.E..

"SCA's initiative to allow listing of private companies is a significant step towards the development of the U.A.E. capital markets. TNI, with its strong corporate governance framework and proven track record, will bring further diversity to the ADX exchange," added Yasser Geissah, CEO of TNI. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai Customs receives the grand prize from Ideas UK Association

posted on 26/11/2014

Dubai Customs (DC) has been crowned at the top of the world's innovation and creativity realms upon winning the grand prize from Ideas UK Association for the year 2014; hence becoming the first government entity in the globe to receive this prestigious recognition.

Dubai Customs also secured the platinum level accreditation for implementing suggestions system. DC is the first government department of its kind to earn such accreditation worldwide for the fifth consecutive year, with a full score for two successive years.

Dubai Customs was awarded the "Grand Idea of the Year" award for its recent famous invention, Al-Kashif Vehicle, the first of its kind innovation in the Middle East and the whole world. The Al-Kashif idea has been adopted in many countries worldwide.

Introduced 72 years ago by Ideas UK, the "Grand Idea of the Year" trophy is the world's first-rate acknowledgment in the area of innovations and suggestions. It is annually presented to the best organisation worldwide in the field.

The awarding ceremony was held by Ideas UK Association and brought together several government and private organisations from around the globe, including 9 public and private institutions representing the U.A.E..

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, said, "The prestigious global award received by Dubai Customs from Ideas UK is an expression our commitment to nurturing a solid culture of innovation and creativity among our employees, so as to keep pace with the vision and aspirations of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which drive us to ensure that ‘Innovation is a daily government practice and a firm corporate culture' by meeting the goal set by His Highness in turning generation of ideas into an organisational process within all governmental departments." Ahmed Mahboob Musabih received the team that represented Dubai Customs in the recent Ideas UK Conference and Awards event.

The team was headed by Hussain Fardan, Manager of Suggestions and Complaints Department, Mohammed Al Khanjari, inventor of Al-Kashif vehicle, Abdullah Hussain, communication networks idea owner; Salim Al Jabti, cameras idea owner. Ahmed Mahboob praised the team's outstanding efforts which culminated in DC winning the Grand Prize on a world stage.

Ahmed Mahboob affirmed that DC will continue developing its award-winning Suggestions System, adding that "this will be among the organisation's top priorities for the next stage in order to increase efficacy of customs performance using employees' creative ideas aiming to leverage our services and operations." The proceeds Dubai Customs generated from the implementation of staff suggestions between 2005 and the second half of 2014 amounted to almost Dh 1 billion, following the application of as many as 1364 suggestions, he said.

Ideas UK is an non-profit association with a mission to promote employee involvement programs worldwide. The association is aimed at assisting organisations, in both the Public and Private sectors - to develop robust ideas and suggestions systems and to provide a forum for membership networking. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Etihad Guest appoints Emirati national as new managing director

posted on 26/11/2014

Yasser Al Yousuf, an Emirati national, has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways' award-winning loyalty programme, and its partners Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional.

Effective immediately, Yasser assumes the role at a time of rapid growth in the business as Etihad Guest continues to evolve into a broad-based lifestyle programme.

Etihad Guest is one of the existing programs within Etihad Airways' new loyalty business, Global Loyalty, which holds majority stakes in other airline loyalty programs, including top bonus (airberlin), Jet Privilege (Jet Airways) and upon completion of the acquisition in January 2015, Mille Miglia (Alitalia).

Yasser has a strong background in the loyalty industry having worked at Emirates Skywards, and more recently at Du. He joined Etihad Airways in 2013, and has held a number of senior roles within Etihad Guest since then, including Head of Services and Head of Coalition Partnerships.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: "Yasser has a proven track record in the industry and passion to meet the needs of the increasing number of travellers looking to gain more value from their travel experience.

"This is a tremendous opportunity that will allow him to utilise his in-depth experience and knowledge whilst also continuing to play a leading role in the expanding loyalty business of Etihad Airways and its partners." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Brand Dubai implements art project in the parking lots of Emaar Boulevard

posted on 26/11/2014

In collaboration with Emaar Properties , Brand Dubai, a subsidiary of the Government of Dubai Media Office, has completed the preparation works in the parking lots of Emaar Boulevard, Downtown to launch a set of new artworks under the umbrella of "Dubai Speaks to You" as part of the initiative's ambitious plan to layout more creative artistic attractions in the emirate.

"Dubai Speaks to You" adopts innovative solutions to advance the artistic standards in the emirate, reflect the modern and cosmopolitan spirit of Dubai and activate proactive partnership with major real-estate developers.

Noora Al Abbar, Director of Communication and Innovation in the Government of Dubai Media Office, said: "Brand Dubai's initiatives and projects are distinguished by innovation and the ability to express Dubai's unique style. We are trying to echo the city's spirit as an emerging cosmopolitan with a distinctive identity. "Dubai Speaks to You" endeavours to deliver Dubai's message as home for beauty, innovation, hope and peace." Brand Dubai team is now following up the final designs to assure accordance with the project's original vision and application of modern technical and artistic techniques. Inspired by natural elements and Dubai's lifestyle, the proposed artworks elicit the beauty and diversity of the city in a global and dynamic dialogue. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


DEWA wins U.A.E. Ideas Award for innovation in promoting e-Government

posted on 26/11/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has won the U.A.E. Ideas Award 2014 for promoting e-Government at the U.A.E. Ideas Conference in Dubai.

A team of Generation division received the award for its One-Way Data Device that was custom-designed for DEWA.

The device ensures safe transmission of data from power stations to a shared platform. This builds a knowledge base for decision-makers, enabling them to access data through smart devices.

Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation at DEWA presented the award to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA. He also praised the winning team members and commended their efforts to enhance the operational and industry competitiveness of DEWA.

The team members who were honoured for developing the One-Way Data Device included Nasser Lootah, Tayeb Al-Khaja, Vice President of Plant 2, Mohammed Zulfiquer, Senior Manager of Instrument and Control (Plant2), Khaled Kuley, Deputy Manager of Instrument and Control Maintenance, (Plant2), Mohammed Islam, Senior Engineer - Instrument & Control (Plant1), and Mohammed Faisal, Senior Technical Assistant.

DEWA sponsored the third Ideas Emirates Award, showing its commitment to supporting events and activities that recognise creative ideas that contribute to further developing the business environment of the U.A.E.. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Emirates Red Crescent implements second phase of relief programme in Kashmir

posted on 26/11/2014

SRINAGAR, Kashmir: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has implemented the second phase of its relief programme for those affected by the recent floods in Kashmir.

The programme is being conducted in collaboration with the U.A.E. Embassy in New Delhi and the Indian Red Cross Society.

Deputy Secretary-General for International Aid at ERC Humaid Al-Shamsi said the distribution of relief materials to flood victims in Kashmir is part of ERC's relief programme, which is overseen by the U.A.E. Embassy in New Delhi.

The first phase of the programme had received a warm welcome from those affected by the floods in the area. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Bee’ah to purchase top-range electric fleet for waste collection

posted on 26/11/2014

Bee'ah, an environmental and waste management company, has signed a contract with Alke, an Italian company which specialises in the manufacture of electric units, to purchase the first 10 eco-friendly electric units, specially made for waste collection from cities, sports centres, airports, camping sites and tourism villages.

Bee'ah aims to consolidate the emirate of Sharjah's status at the forefront of cities adopting the best environmental practices locally and regionally, making Sharjah the Middle East's Environmental Capital, in accordance with the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which ensures an environmentally sustainable future for coming generations.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee'ah, said: "Bee'ah seeks to find economically feasible and sustainable solutions for the environment sector and to reduce carbon emissions in the emirate of Sharjah. We will therefore harness all available technologies and techniques to preserve and protect the environment." The Vehicle-Purchase Agreement is an important part of the company's strategy, and seeks to bring about a radical change in communities for the better. "Our fleet of waste collection and street cleaning vehicles – completely free from emissions – is a major step forward towards boosting Bee'ah's leading position in environmental management in the region, " he added.

"The electric units that we are acquiring provide environmentally sustainable solutions to meet the challenges in the communities in which we operate, allowing us to strengthen our operations in new areas which are inaccessible for the current fleet, reduce carbon emissions, and all the while maintain the same level of performance." Bee'ah has previously supplied its 500 street cleaning and garbage collection vehicle-fleet with tracking system GPS, in order to enhance the productivity levels of cars, develop more effective tracks, and thus ease the carbon footprint. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors on its third day

posted on 26/11/2014

The Higher Organising Committee of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2014 has announced that this year, the festival attracted more than 15,000 people on its third day, following a grand opening ceremony that rallied over 20,000 U.A.E. citizens, residents, and tourists.

The festival, which will run until December 12, is being held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, having been launched by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and held with 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.

Delegates from Belarus, Georgia, and Saudi Arabia toured various attractions such as the "Memories of a Nation" wing, which included rare historical and cultural pictures of the U.A.E., and the "Zayed and Horses" gallery, where portraits of legendary horses from the Al Nahyan stables were on display.

Humaid Al Neyadi, Vice Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2014 and General Manager of the Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Mansour, attributed the strong turn-out to the diverse attractions in this year's festival.

Al Neyadi pointed to the Memories of a Nation display of historical milestones and facts being shared with the public for the very first time as one example of these attractions. "(The wing contains) nine sections that display some of the rarest pictures of the U.A.E.'s late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in addition to many other exhibitions that portray his great accomplishments in various fields at various stages of the U.A.E.'s foundation," Al Neyadi explained. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -