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Sheikha Lubna ranked 42 among 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine

posted on 28/05/2015

Minister of International Cooperation and Development of UAE, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, has been ranked 42 among the 100 most powerful women in the world, according to the Forbes, an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc.

The magazine announced that Sheikha Lubna stood first among the most powerful women in the Arab countries for the year 2015. She ranked 55 in 2014 and 67 in the year 2013.

The magazine writes that as Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Sheikha Lubna has led the United Arab Emirates into an unprecedented amount of philanthropy. The oil-rich country contributed US$5.4 billion to foreign nations in 2013, a steep climb from the US$1.6 billion donated in 2012, giving more than any other nation at a rate of 1.3 percent of the country's income.

Sheikha Lubna has also contributed to charities in her own time, volunteering with Friends of Cancer Patients Society and serving on the Board of Directors for the Dubai Autism Centre. In 2004, she became the first woman in the country's history to assume a cabinet position when she was appointed as Minister of Foreign Trade. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Jawaher Al Qasimi launches International Childhood Cancer Fund and donates US$1million

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GENEVA, 28th May, 2015 (WAM) -- Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society, FoCP, and International Ambassador for the World Cancer Declaration of the Union for International Cancer Control, UICC, has launched the International Childhood Cancer Fund to support children with cancer worldwide.

The fund, the first of its kind in the world, is launched in cooperation with the UICC, and aims to save the lives of many of the 90,000 children who die of cancer each year. The fund will collect donations and provide financial support for awareness campaigns, provide healthcare and treatment, and fund emergency relief projects to provide care for children with cancer.

Sheikha Jawaher, also International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, announced a donation of US$1 million through The Big Heart Foundation, to be the fund's first revenue. She expressed her delight to be launching the International Childhood Cancer Fund, saying, "The fund will help alleviate the suffering of many children, especially those in low and middle-income countries which result in the deaths of eight children per 10 diagnosed with cancer, thus contributing to saving the lives of 30,000 children a year."

She added, "The major challenge in combating childhood cancer is the difficulty of determining the risk factors that require medical intervention, unlike cancers in adults, which can be detected through awareness programmes and medical check-ups."

Sheikha Jawaher said, "What is the value of money if it is not used to prevent human suffering? Would not our lives become more beautiful when our children are safe and well and have access to better healthcare? International solidarity is essential to reduce child mortality and give them the opportunity to enjoy life. This requires substantial financial resources, government and community support and increasing support for healthcare systems, particularly in the area of children's tumours, so as to contribute to reducing mortality rates to 40-50%. This would be a big achievement and should be the main focus for us all."

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi continued, "The fall in child cancer deaths is normally associated with strong healthcare systems, which can detect cancer early, diagnose it accurately and provide effective treatment. In this way childhood cancer can be cured by providing immediate and necessary treatment. Equal access to treatment, care and support for children with cancer is an important human right and must be on the agenda of health and humanitarian organisations at the international level, simply because cancer does not discriminate between children in one country or another. Any child of any age, anywhere in the world, can be struck by this deadly disease. Every effort must be made to increase survival rates in countries where people do not have sufficient financial resources for early detection and treatment."

The International Childhood Cancer Fund was launched two weeks after Sheikha Jawaher visited the Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE 57357) in Cairo, the largest paediatric cancer hospital in the Arab region, and called for free treatment, healthcare and psychological support to all children with cancer worldwide. She said that her mission is to reduce the suffering of children with cancer and mitigate the pain for their families and the burden on society and is in ongoing discussions with the UICC to find effective ways to do so.

She called on all authorities, organisations and institutions around the world to support the fund and to be active contributors to the survival of more children. She added that the UICC is an ideal partner for the fund, due to its professionalism and long experience in working with top scientists, doctors and researchers around the world to reduce cancer mortality worldwide.

The UICC President, Professor Tezer Kutluk, said, "We at UICC congratulate Sheikha Jawaher for her dedication to children with cancer, and are delighted to work with her and FoCP on this important initiative. As a paediatric oncologist, I am aware of the many challenges facing children with cancer around the world, particularly those from poorer backgrounds who have limited access to health infrastructure. While we have many effective treatments for childhood cancer that have raised survival rates significantly over the last 50 years, it is of great concern that these treatments are not available or accessible to so many children."

Dr. Cary Adams, UICC Chief Executive, also expressed gratitude for Her Highness's contribution. He said, "Her Highness' commitment to our vision where all children, no matter where they live, are given the best opportunity to survive cancer, is highly commendable. Through her support, we will be able to reinforce the strong civil society movement and advocate for greater attention to childhood cancer. In the poorest parts of the world, even if children with cancer are referred to the appropriate services, they are often diagnosed very late. This inequality in access to timely diagnosis, treatment and care is unacceptable. For many families, the costs of childhood cancer are simply unaffordable and families often have to make heart-breaking decisions around treatment for their child."

During the ceremony, the UICC President and UICC Chief Executive honoured Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi for her efforts over the years in fighting against childhood cancer worldwide, and helping to alleviate the suffering of the children with cancer.

Sheikha Jawaher was accompanied by Ameera Bin Karam, President of Board of Trustees and a founding member of FoCP, Sawsan Jaafar and Noha Safar, board members of FoCP, Noura Al Noman, Director-General of Sheikha Jawaher's Executive Office, and Erum Mazhar, Advisor at the Executive Office. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mars missions help nations build scientific capabilities and develop technology

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The benefits of Mars missions, space exploration and satellite developments were highlighted on the second day of the Global Space and Satellite Forum 2015, held in Abu Dhabi.

The objective of the second day of the forum was to present different programmes and approaches to Mars, and how various projects are developed and organised to meet their mission objectives. The session presented innovations in programme management, technology development, meeting science objectives and furthering the exploration of Mars.

Omran Sharaf, Project Manager, Emirates Mars Mission, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre explained how the UAE's Mars mission is a mission of hope for the nation and for the youth of the region. He demonstrated that the mission is about contributing to society, building scientific capabilities and achieving sustainable development within the UAE.

Omran emphasised the point that the government has set a goal of adding value and not just doing what others have done, specifically from the science point of view. Space exploration will lead to giving back to society and serving humanity he added.

"It's been proven that a lot of space technologies and infrastructure, directly or indirectly lead to development of science capabilities. The Mars mission is a catalyst to help us reach that goal. It will help us get the ball rolling, in terms of building knowledge. The Mars mission will allow us to improve techniques of monitoring climate, data utilisation and image processing. This all stems from space technology which can help lead to benefits in other industries such as healthcare. It will create new opportunities for scientists and engineers," commented Omran.

Dr. Mike Mcgrath, Director of Engineering, LASP, University of Colorado Boulder explained that significant investment and time is needed and such missions continue to be difficult. He remarked that there is an optimism, attitude and approach that looks forward to the challenge in the UAE. "The people are motivated and focused. The level of teamwork is remarkable. The Mars mission is about culture and cultural interaction, it will help advance the world."

James Crocker, Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems Company International, Lockheed Martin raised the point that the from last 10 mars missions, only 7 missions succeeded. Failure is a part of learning and he regularly tells the third generation of mars explorers. Crocker concluded by saying that when we succeed in Mars missions, it changes the way we look at the world and changes the way we look at ourselves.

The forum also presented the contribution of satellites to solving critical social and economic Issues.

Billions of dollars are available in universal service funds and nations throughout the world have been formalising national broadband plans. The panel discussed what needs to be done in order to assure that satellite-based solutions are included in those plans.

Distance education and, more recently, tele-health have proven to be well served by satellite-based connectivity. With the introduction of state-of-the-art satellite technologies, the panellists discussed what the future is for the vital public sector services.

Samer Halawi, CEO, Thuraya commented: "Our purpose as a satellite telecommunications company is to save and improve lives. For example, one person on a migrant boat that was sinking in the Mediterranean Sea last summer had a Thuraya phone; he had no credit but was able to call customer service. This led to the saving of 500 lives. We want to help improve communications and keep people connected across the world."

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Yahsat said: "We are engaged in remote locations, focusing on improving connectivity. Yahclick is having a profound and important impact across the region. Beyond business and commercial plans, domestically we are interested in knowledge transfer and deepening the understanding of space and satellite communications."

George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic echoed Masood's sentiment by saying that there is a direct correlation in rise of broadband penetration and increase of economic growth across the world.

GSSF announced that it will resume as an annual space event, a congress that brings together the world's top space leaders in the UAE. It will enhance Abu Dhabi's position as a regional space hub. The GSSF will have a new name -- the Global Space Congress.

The forum, organised by Streamline Marketing Group (SMG), is officially endorsed and hosted by the UAE Space Agency. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Buzz Aldrin lectures at Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis

posted on 28/05/2015

The Majlis of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, hosted on Tuesday a lecture for the US former astronaut and second person to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

The lecture was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, senior officials and diplomats.

Aldrin started his lecture, entitled, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration," by commending the efforts made by the UAE to explore Mars through a mission to send an unmanned probe called Hope to Mars by 2021.

"I am impressed with the pace of your mission. Your approach in developing capabilities to design and operate complex probe is exemplary," he added.

Aldrin spoke about his 1969 experience when he and Neil Armstrong went to the Moon on the Apollo 11 mission and stepped onto the lunar surface in what was described as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as "Dr. Rendezvous." The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programmes, and are still used today. He also pioneered underwater training techniques, as a substitute for zero gravity flights, to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world's first successful spacewalk, overcoming prior difficulties experienced by Americans and Russians during extra-vehicular activity (EVA).

On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. They spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned with 46 pounds of moon rocks. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world's largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavour.

Upon returning from the moon, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award. A 45-day international goodwill tour followed, during which he received numerous distinguished awards and medals from 23 other countries.

Named after Buzz are Asteroid "6470 Aldrin" and the "Aldrin Crater" on the moon. Buzz and his Apollo 11 crew have four "stars" on each corner of Hollywood and Vine streets on the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Since retiring from NASA and the Air Force, Col. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure America's continued leadership in human space exploration. He devised a master plan for missions to Mars known as the "Aldrin Mars Cycler" – a spacecraft system with perpetual cycling orbits between Earth and Mars.

Dr. Aldrin has received three US patents for his schematics of a modular space station, Starbooster reusable rockets, and multi-crew modules for space flight.

He founded Starcraft Boosters, Inc., a rocket design company, and Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation, a non-profit devoted to addressing science literacy for children by igniting their passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) through delivering hands-on STEAM activities and inspirational messages.


UAE leads in financial policies, says Global competitiveness Report

posted on 28/05/2015

The United Arab Emirates has maintained, for the third consecutive year, its global lead in financial policies and topped regional rankings in overall competitiveness, according to the Global Competitiveness Report for 2015.

The UAE also featured among the world's top three in the key pillars of global competitiveness index, including government efficiency and financial policies, while maintaining its ranking as 12th in a global competitiveness index.

"We congratulate the leadership and people of the UAE on this achievement and we look forward to making further progress," said Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Chairwoman of the Emirates Competitiveness Council (ECC).

Al Hashimy added that despite regional challenges such as the drop in oil prices, the UAE continues to invest in human development and to drive innovation.

Abdullah Nasser Lootah, ECC Secretary General said the Global Competitiveness Report, published annually by the World Economic Forum, is one of the key sources that help the council to measure performance. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


UAE ranks first in Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure

posted on 28/05/2015

The United Arab Emirates has ranked first globally in Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure, according to a major annual report by the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development, IMD. The World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015, released yesterday, ranks the UAE first in Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure, outweighing Singapore, the US, the UK, France and Germany.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Chairman of Dubai Airports and President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said, "Even as number one, we have a duty to do better tomorrow. Aviation is one of the main engines driving Dubai's emergence as a global centre for trade, commerce and tourism."

He said that a business and regulatory environment, spearheaded by Civil Aviation bodies, is supporting Dubai's growth by encouraging competition through Open Skies policies, world-class infrastructure and efficient operations, adding, "The ripple effects of this are being felt. With every US$100 of activity in the aviation sector, a further US$72 is added in other sectors of the local economy from supply chain connections and expenditures."

"For every 100 jobs created in aviation, an additional 116 jobs are created elsewhere in Dubai. Everything points in the direction that these figures will grow significantly in the next five years, leading to Dubai hosting Expo 2020. Today, Emirates Airline connects over 140 cities, facilitating traffic flow across six continents. By 2020, Emirates expects to carry 70 million passengers per year on over 300 aircraft, and we will continue to strengthen our global footprint, supported by a solid base that will further develop our operations and infrastructure," he added.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, said, "The UAE has a clear and solid vision, not only to enhance its competitive capabilities, but also to set an example for the international community.

"Ranking first in Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure in a relatively short period of time reflects the amount of effort deployed by the local aviation industry and the determination to achieve this success," he added.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA, said, "It is an honour to obtain such an assessment result by an internationally renowned institution and to accomplish the best result worldwide. It could not have been done without the clear vision supported by a strong will to excel and progress."

He added, "For the UAE to score the highest in the world is testimony to our clear commitment to continue to strive in supporting and enhancing aviation infrastructure. The local aviation industry has worked tirelessly to profoundly implement a culture of competitiveness."

The IMD report is based on more than 330 sub-indices based on statistical indicators and questionnaire data. In the questionnaire data, business executives attributed the UAE's attractiveness to economic dynamism, a business-friendly environment, competent government, reliable infrastructure and a competitive tax regime. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abdullah bin Zayed leads UAE delegation to 42nd session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers

posted on 28/05/2015

KUWAIT: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, headed a UAE delegation to Kuwait to participate in the 42nd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which was launched yesterday.

In his opening speech of the two-day ministerial meeting, held under the theme, "Joint Vision in Promoting Tolerance and Rejecting Terrorism," His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, reiterated his country's position in condemning the terrorist attack on a mosque in Saudi Arabia, which claimed tens of victims, stressing Kuwait's support to all actions Saudi has taken to confront terrorism and maintain its security.

He also expressed his deep gratitude to Saudi Arabia for what it has achieved during its presidency of the last OIC session, and for its efforts in contributing towards strengthening Islamic action.

The Kuwaiti Emir added, "We are required to intensify our efforts with the world to address the phenomenon of terrorism practiced by terrorist organisations, that has threatened the security of our countries and our stability in order to achieve the aspirations of our peoples."

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, yesterday met a number of Arab and Foreign Ministers on the side-lines of the 42nd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

In separate meetings, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah met with Abdulsalam Hadliye Omar, Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs; Salahuddin Rabbani, Afghani Foreign Minister; Robert Dussey, Togolese Foreign Minister; Erlan Abdyldayev, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan; Rashid Meredov, Foreign Affairs Minister of Turkmenistan; Abdoulaye Diop, Foreign Minister of Mali; Moussa B. Nebie, Minister of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of the Republic of Burkina Faso; Vatma Vall Mint Soueina, Mauritanian Foreign Minister; and Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives.

During the meetings, issues of common interest were discussed, besides ways of enhancing cooperation and developing bilateral relations in order to achieve common interests with these respective countries.

The ministers also discussed the most prominent topics on the agenda of the conference and issues related to supporting and strengthening the role of the OIC at the regional and international levels.

During the 42nd session, ministers are expected to discuss political, economic, social, cultural and technological issues as well as conflicts in the Islamic world.

In a special session to be held on the side-lines of the conference, ministers will also discuss the development of an effective strategy to combat terrorism, violent extremism, and Islamophobia.

The special session aims to strengthen the OIC's position and its procedures, which are aimed at putting an end to terrorism, extremism, hate speech, and Islamophobia through the adoption of special OIC initiatives.

The ministerial meeting will also discuss sensitive and important developments in the region, especially the situation in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Libya and the worrying developments in respect to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Counter-DAESH working group convened second meeting in Abu Dhabi

posted on 28/05/2015

The UAE and Germany yesterday co-chaired the second meeting of the working group on stabilisation of the global coalition against DAESH at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi.

Representatives from Iraq and 28 countries and multilateral organisations met to discuss specific areas where the coalition can support the Iraqi Government's efforts to provide security and access to public services in areas liberated from DAESH.

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, opened the meeting and emphasised the working group's strong support for Iraq in this critical phase. Faris Al Mazrouei, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs, and Dr. Clemens von Goetze, Director-General for Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near and Middle East of the German Federal Foreign Office, co-chaired the working sessions of the meeting.

The working group on stabilisation is one of five coalition working groups that are coordinating specific coalition activities, including military support, counter-finance, counter-messaging, and efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters.

In addition to co-chairs Germany and the UAE, membership in the working group includes: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Iceland, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Arab League, EU and United Nations.

The working group on stabilisation will continue to meet regularly to consult and coordinate, in a bid to assist in the ongoing Iraqi Government's stabilisation efforts. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Faisal Al Tenaiji: We need more open, transparent political landscape

posted on 28/05/2015

TOKYO: Empowering young generations, directing their ideas and channelling their enthusiasm towards democracy remain tremendous challenges that today's world faces, a young UAE MP has said, calling for creating a political environment that is more representative, open, transparent and accountable.

Faisal Al Tenaiji, member of the Federal National Council, told the IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Tokyo that the significance and severity of these challenges were misunderstood.

'We are all here aware of this critical situation and the urgent need for the youth to participate, a matter that requires significant efforts and focus more than any time before,' he said, warning of the risks of isolation and discontent which might result in lowering of interest in the democratic process.

'Individuals may not engage in this process if they feel their vote has no value and if they think politicians don't represent them. Isolation of youth may result in mistrust, and more violence and conflicts,' he cautioned.

'As young MPs, we are responsible for making a difference from our positions of influence and power, and through cooperation, we derive power and inspiration from each other so as to be able to work together within our countries and beyond,' he said.

The Tokyo gathering, he explained, is to conceptualise a vision for adjusting frameworks and mechanisms to absorb not only youth's ideas but also their aspirations for the world they would like to live in. However, the room before them to realise that is limited.

If parliaments, he noted, could not become representative, aspirations of young generations would be off limit.

According to him, creating a more representative, open, transparent and accountable political environment needs young MPs who are willing to listen, change and innovate in order to establish a model parliament that is responsive and open to new ideas.

Concluding his statement, the UAE MP encouraged fellow MPs to present an insightful vision for peaceful, positive transformation and change for all.

The IPU conference in Tokyo brings together young MPs from around the world to identify solutions to key global issues that impact heavily on youth.

More than 220 young MPs, including 69 women, will attend the IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians at the Japanese parliament, the National Diet, on 27 and 28 May.

The Conference is an annual global youth-led political platform to define policies and action to tackle the challenges faced by young people.

The focus of the Tokyo conference will be on democracy, peace and prosperity. Statistics show that young people are suffering a disproportionate and worsening impact in the global financial and economic crisis, and are significantly more likely than the rest of the adult population to be unemployed.

The Conference, jointly organised by IPU and the National Diet of Japan, was attended by the Speakers of both Japanese Houses of Parliament, Tadamori Oshima and Masaaki Yamazaki, the President of IPU, Saber Chowdhury of Bangladesh and the Secretary General of IPU, Martin Chungong.

Issues under the spotlight will include the continuing impact of the economic crisis and ways of working towards young people's vision of a prosperous world. The MPs will examine how they can empower their peers to address the socio-economic challenges they are facing.

With UN figures suggesting that 600 million young people are living in conflict zones, and amid growing concerns over the engagement of youth in violent extremism, the role of young people in eliminating violence and conflict will also be explored.

Special attention will be paid to the issue of violence against youth, including young women and girls.

The event is part of IPU's work to increase youth political participation and input into decision-making, backed by its Forum of Young Parliamentarians – a youth-led permanent international structure which brings together young legislators from all around the world.

IPU believes it is crucial for young people to be fully engaged in the democratic process, and to be better represented in the world's parliaments. IPU statistics show that in 2014 only 1.7% of the world's MPs were aged under 30.

Five years ago IPU adopted a major resolution on Youth Participation in the Democratic Process, calling for fresh action from states, parliaments, political parties and other relevant groups to draw more young people into the formal democratic process. The Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians will renew this world commitment for youth in politics. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Saif bin Zayed attends signing of Cooperation and Intelligence Exchange Agreements with UK

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Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, attended on Tuesday the signing of two cooperation and intelligence exchange agreements between the UAE and the UK.

Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Keith Bristow, Director-General of the National Crime Agency (NCA), signed the cooperation agreement. The agreement is aimed at boosting cooperation in the fight against crime between the UAE Ministry of Interior and the NCA in the UK.

The agreement also aims to further promote and foster cooperation between both parties in all areas of police work, to exchange expertise and develop training programs. Additionally, the agreement seeks to provide liaison officers to handle evidence collection and exchange of information processes related to crime fighting, and offer support to victimised UAE and UK citizens.

The intelligence exchange agreement was signed by Colonel Dr. Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Abu Dhabi Police, and Ian Redhead, Chief Executive of ACRO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) in the UK. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Tunisian Prime Minister, Montenegro Minister of Economy visit UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano

posted on 28/05/2015

MILAN: Tunisian Prime Minister Al-Habib Al-Said yesterday visited the UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

The head of the Tunisian government expressed admiration for the 'Family Tree,' a short film which gives an insight into the challenges the UAE people faced before the discovery of oil in the 1960s.

Montenegro's Minister of Economy, Vladimir Kavaric, also toured the pavilion and said he was impressed with the resilience of the UAE's forefathers to address and tackle challenges that he described as 'very complicated' and almost impossible to find solutions to them.

He told WAM during his visit to the UAE Pavilion of his admiration for the pavilion's design.

He said the central theme of Dubai Expo 2020 , 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,' highlights mobility, sustainability and opportunities, subjects that remain of international concern and need collective action to solve them. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Lubna Al Qasimi receives Romanian Economy Minister

posted on 28/05/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has lauded the progress taking place in the UAE-Romanian ties and cooperation, thanks to the keenness of the two countries' leadership to boost these and tap the tremendous opportunities for constructive partnerships.

Sheikha Lubna said the UAE, under the 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 His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was eager to strengthen its relations with other countries and develop partnerships and vibrant cooperation with them.

Sheikha Lubna was speaking during a meeting yesterday with the Romanian Minister of Economy, Trade and Tourism, Mihai Tudose, who is leading a high-profile official economic and developmental delegation on a visit to the UAE, about the prominent standing the UAE occupies in the international humanitarian work, its active role in supporting international development causes and its response to humanitarian appeals to assist those affected by crises and catastrophes. Sheikh Lubna also reviewed the successful efforts being made by the UAE to deliver on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its engagement in talks regarding the post-2015 Development Agenda.

For his part, the Romanian minister commended the UAE's national development strategies and its outstanding place among advanced nations as well as its contributions to international development efforts.

He expressed Romania's desire to advance partnership ties with the UAE in various fields. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai announces crude oil price for August

posted on 28/05/2015

The Department of Oil Affairs of the Government of Dubai has announced that it has notified customers that the official price of Dubai crude oil to be delivered in August, will be US$0.05 lower than the average daily settlement price of the Oman Crude Oil Financial Contract in Dubai Mercantile Exchange for contracts being traded during the next month.

Abdullah Abdul Karim, Director-General of the department, told Emirates News Agency, WAM, that the department sets the price of Dubai crude oil in the market to parallel Oman's oil prices, which reinforces the transparency of their pricing process commitment and sets a fair value for crude oil in the Middle East.

The official monthly price of Dubai crude oil, with the transition to the pricing of futures contracts, is determined in advance, wherein a differential price is set three months in advance, M-3, while the official final monthly price is determined at the end of the second month, M-2.

DME Oman crude oil is considered a benchmark for pricing crude oil by the countries that produce it, and it gives them a differential price that reflects the quality of the product.

Every day at 12:30 p.m. Dubai time, Dubai Mercantile Exchange determines the daily settlement price of the Oman contract, which is the average price of transactions made within the five minute period from 12:25 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dubai time.

On the last circulating day of the month, the settlement window lasts for 30 minutes from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dubai time. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


DGCX and Bank of China sign MoU

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The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, DGCX, yesterday announced the signing of an MoU with the Bank of China, BOC. The agreement creates a framework for both institutions to work together to enhance interaction and collaboration between the derivatives and financial markets of the UAE and China.

The MoU paves the way for greater exchange of market information and industry best practices between the two institutions. The leadership role that both institutions play in their respective regional markets places them in an ideal position to drive greater collaboration between the financial sectors of both countries.

Commenting on the MoU, Gaurang Desai, Interim CEO of DGCX, said, "This is another partnership that supports our efforts to create closer ties between the UAE and Chinese derivatives and financial markets. Collaboration between markets is key for sustained business growth. The signing of this MoU with the Bank of China has been guided by our larger vision of contributing to the development of our national and regional markets."

Wu Shiqiang, General Manager of the Financial Institution Department of BOC, said, "We are pleased to sign this agreement with DGCX. Pursuing excellence is one of the bank's guiding principles and we believe this MoU will support us in our effort to promote quality and excellence through market collaboration. Through this MoU, we will be able to gain better insights into opportunities for partnerships with the UAE financial sector."

The MoU is one among a growing number of industry partnership agreements signed between the UAE and China in the last few years. The agreements provide a platform for expanding cooperation and promoting investments in each other's countries.

Bank of China's core business is commercial banking, including corporate banking, personal banking and financial markets services. It is the only Chinese bank to be included in the group of Global Systemically Important Banks for 4 consecutive years. It also stands out as the only bank in China to be part of the Global 500 for 26 continuous years. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Foreign investors set sights on UAE

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Foreign institutional investors on the UAE bourses have made a beeline ever since the UAE index was upgraded to emerging market from a frontier one.

Net investment flow from foreign investors during 2014 reached Dh4 billion, when UAE markets were upgraded to emerging market status by the MSCI, the global index provider. This compares with Dh1.7 billion worth of net investment in 2013.

Foreign institutional investors on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange more than doubled to 791 in September 2014 over the previous year, and analysts feel that this has resulted in the bourse getting more stable money.

"There is a genuine international focus on what we do in the region. There is a better understanding that the Saudi, UAE and Qatar markets are becoming and would become more institutionalised over time. The benefits are also in operating in higher standards than previously used to be the case,” Saleem Khokhar, head of equities at National Bank of Abu Dhabi's asset management group told Gulf News.

"We are seeing more positive steps. We have also seen index balance going up but the real kicker would come in when Saudi Arabia is formally inducted,” Khokhar said.

MSCI, which has a stand-alone index on Saudi markets, hopes to include the Gulf's biggest equity market in 2017.

The MSCI upgrade has proved to be another big milestone for the exchange, which enabled institutional investors to play in the market ensuring liquidity, Essa Kazim, the chairman of the Dubai Financial Market, said in an interview to Gulf News in March.

"After the MSCI upgrade, we gave managed to attract different pool of liquidity, especially the index trackers. Today they are forced to have positions to just reflect the index. This is an opportunity for us to work on as a developed market as majority of criteria from system, operations, efficiency, risk and capability point of view so I think it's just a matter of time,” Kazim said.

However, the DFM wants to get more institutional investors on board, even as the challenge for the exchange is to get more companies into initial public offerings.

"Some of the of the companies we have talked to is out of the concern of keeping the assets unaffected under the umbrella of an institutional set-up. Majority of the family owned businesses are very successful ... I don't think they would come to the market [out of a] need for financing requirements,” he said.

"Certain companies would have wished to have been public when they faced some challenges during the global financial crisis. If they were listed they could had tapped different means of financing. Rather than be dependent on banks, they could have issued sukuks, debt instruments or invited a strategic partner etc. The incentive for them would be the matter of continuity and sustainability, which is critical,” he added.

Other sectors

The bourse also wants to get more companies from tourism, retail, health, education, logistics and transportation sectors to be presented on the DFM to represent the real economy.

Currently, the capital markets have mostly companies in real estate, banks and financial institutions, which contribute to only 35 per cent of Dubai's GDP.

"What is needed is more diversity in investments that we can invest into, as the index has been dominated by a couple of sectors. We would like to see more depth and breadth to the markets. As a sophisticated investor, one needs to have an access to derivatives etc.”

The DFM chairman said they plan to soon start derivative contracts at Nasdaq Dubai. – Gulf News -


TCA Abu Dhabi kicks-off Abu Dhabi Summer Season Roadshow

posted on 28/05/2015

A tourism roadshow is visiting three countries in the region offering the opportunity to explore Abu Dhabi Summer Season's offers, events and much more to encourage potential GCC visitors to spend a thrilling summer experience across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region over the next few months.

The delegation is being led by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, which is presenting the three-month long season of headline theatre shows, comedy acts, famous singers, illusionist and international children's performances across the emirate from June 11th until September 5th.

In addition, hotels, attractions and malls across Abu Dhabi are also joining in the festivities and delivering excellent summer promotions and offers for visitors and residents during the period. More than 40 offers for hotel rooms are presented emirate-wide, while shopping malls offer mega-promotions and some stunning prizes to be won for 12 consecutive weeks.

Joined by leading UAE-based event organisers, the TCA Abu Dhabi Roadshow kicked off in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and will next head to the capital, Riyadh, and then on to Al Khorbar in the Eastern Province. The roadshow then ventures to Kuwait on June 2nd before ending in Muscat, Oman, on June 4th.

Promising ‘Fun for All', the Summer Season will host more than 60 performances in venues across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and the Western Region, including Saudi singing sensation Mohammed Abdo, Sesame Street Live, Hans Klok - the world's fastest illusionist, Mythbusters and Arabic and Western comedy nights, as well as a range of other leading shows.

"During our last summer season, we saw a highly impressive increase of 20% in our guest arrivals into our hotels and hotel apartments over the previous year to 786,376, with guest nights from visitors within the GCC increasing by 25%. Hotel occupancy also grew, even with an additional 2,495 rooms across the emirate," said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of Tourism Sector, TCA Abu Dhabi.

"We are looking to again further increase the number of visitors coming to the emirate this summer and have already had an excellent first quarter of the year in terms of visitor numbers. Working with our event organisers, who are travelling with us from the UAE to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman, we want to display why Abu Dhabi is such an attractive proposition for families to come and visit and spend their summer while offering them an unforgettable summer season."

The shows begin on July 18th with an Eid Al Fitr celebration, starring Mohammed Abdo live in Abu Dhabi at the du Forum on Yas Island and Emirati singer Habeeb El Yasi in Al Ain on the same night, followed by an appearance the following evening in Abu Dhabi. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abu Dhabi Ports welcomes Schmidt ME Logistics to Khalifa Port’s trade and logistics zone

posted on 28/05/2015

ABU DHABI, 28th May, 2015 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi Ports yesterday celebrated the ground-breaking of Schmidt ME Logistics' new facility in Khalifa Port's industrial, trade and logistics zone, Kizad.

The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Wolfgang Hoppmann, CEO of Schmidt ME Logistics, along with senior company representatives and Kizad officials.

Schmidt ME Logistics specialises in the packaging, product handling and intermodal transportation of dry bulk products, in addition to providing value added services to include patent technologies exclusive to Schmidt Logistics. Schmidt ME Logistics will cater for the dry petrochemical and mineral industries across the region and internationally.

The new dry bulk logistics centre, which is the company's second branch in the UAE, will cover 21,000 square metres and represents a capital investment of DH20 million.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said, "Today, Schmidt ME Logistics is one step closer to securing the business advantages that benefit investors locating in Khalifa Port's trade and logistics zone.

"Logistics connectivity and greater trade facilitation are, in essence, tools to further increase the nation's prosperity. The supply chain connections available through Khalifa Port, and the exceptional transport infrastructure, allow investors to receive materials and reach customers and markets quickly, easily and cost effectively securing the competitive advantage. Kizad now has more than 70 investors who benefit from its outstanding access to markets, and at least ten of them will be fully operational by the end of this year."

Dr. Hoppmann added, "The proximity to Khalifa Port and the supply chain connections readily available will increase the speed in which we deliver our services, expand our reach and ease the complexity that is usually faced with distribution networks allowing us to continue providing quality services as well as delivering on-time and safe transportation as well as cost effective strategic logistics solutions."

At the moment, the company's primary export destinations are Saudi Arabia and Oman, and customers include W.R. Grace and Co, Borouge, BASF, and Grand Mills Abu Dhabi. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abu Dhabi Terminals opens Polymer Packing Facility at Khalifa Port

posted on 28/05/2015

Abu Dhabi Terminals, ADT, manager and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, KPCT, has celebrated the opening of a polymer packing facility which is centrally located inside the container terminal.

The state-of-the-art packing facility, with an annual production capacity of 700,000 metric tonnes, was designed and constructed by ADT to provide Borouge company more flexibility in their supply chain network.

Part of the celebration included the recognition of the construction team consisting of Schmidt ME Logistics as design consultant, Tebodin as project manager, Zublin as main civil contractor for the facility development, HPPT as the equipment supplier and Agility as the operator for the packing plant.

Abu Dhabi Terminals says that building a packing facility inside the container terminal is part of the its value-added services to reduce supply chain costs by providing port-centric solutions in the form of integrated container handling, 2.5 million sq. ft. of warehousing and high-end packaging solutions.

Reflecting on the opening, Martijn van de Linde, CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals, explained, "We understand the increasing need for faster product delivery and bringing our customers closer to the markets they serve. Khalifa Port Container Terminal ships directly to more than 50 international destinations and is ideally located next to Kizad, 75 kilometres from Mussaffah and just 45 kilometres from Jebel Ali."

"The investment in the new packing facility is testament to our commitment to add value to our customers by significantly improving the efficiency and speed of the supply chain," he concluded. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Borouge and Borealis announce opening of a dual-branded sales office in Morocco

posted on 28/05/2015

Borouge and Borealis have announced the opening of a dual-branded sales office in Casablanca, Morocco. Borouge and Borealis, leading providers of innovative, value-creating plastics solutions, through the new venture, aim to boost cooperation between the two parties.

In its statement on the occasion, Borouge said the new office aims to meet the growing demand for polyolefins and better serve customers in the promising North African market, in particular in the area of energy and infrastructure.

The new legal entity established for this dual-branded venture is owned by Borealis and registered in Morocco. The sales office's initial focus will lie primarily on the energy and infrastructure segment, where Borealis and Borouge have well-established track records in the region as preferred suppliers. The Morocco sales office will boost ongoing development of the existing Borealis specialty business and drive strategic expansion of infrastructure business.

"To achieve our strategic objectives in this promising market, it is essential to leverage growth by way of our successful Borealis-Borouge partnership," said Alfred Stern, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins. "We can achieve greater economies of scale more quickly in selected segments and in key countries, and develop the supply chain in accordance with market requirements. Ultimately, we will be able to create value for our customers and better support their growth in this market by applying a joint Borealis-Borouge approach."

"There are many significant benefits to changing over to a direct sales channel system," explained Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, Senior Vice President Middle East Africa, Borouge. "Establishing this dual-branded sales office in Morocco brings many important advantages to both Borouge and Borealis as it enables us to cultivate even better customer relationships and ensure a deeper understanding of the North African market potential." - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ADCB launches "Purely Business" web portal to support SMEs

posted on 28/05/2015

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, ADCB, announced yesterday the launch of 'Purely Business', a web portal dedicated to supporting the small and medium-sized enterprise, SME, business community developing in the UAE.

Purely Business is a support network that provides knowledge, solutions and resources to help ambitious people develop their commercial venture.

Commenting on the launch, Martin Roussel, Head of Business Banking at ADCB, said, "ADCB has always sought to be a reliable partner to the SME community in the UAE by delivering innovative solutions and excellent service to its customers. The launch of Purely Business is a testament to the bank's commitment to supporting the economic diversification in the UAE by enabling business ideas to flourish and facilitating the growth of SMEs is a core part of our strategy." - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Al Ghuwaifat Customs Centre foils attempt to smuggle banned substances into UAE

posted on 28/05/2015

General Administration of Customs - Abu Dhabi inspectors at Al Ghuwaifat border have foiled an attempt to smuggle 5.55kg of hashish and 1,353 tramadol pills into the UAE, which were found in the possession of three travellers entering Abu Dhabi.

According to a press release issued by the Administration of Customs, Department of Finance, the morning shift inspectors suspected a person travelling into the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in his vehicle, accompanied by two other passengers. Upon inspection, the three travellers were caught in the possession of 5.55kg of a brown substance and 1,353 pills hidden in their clothes.

The seized substances were examined and proven to be hashish and tramadol pills, which can only be consumed with a doctor's prescription. The case and the illegal substances were transferred to the concerned authorities to take all necessary legal actions.

Mohamed Khadem Al Hameli, Acting Director-General of the General Administration of Customs- Abu Dhabi, praised the efforts of customs officials to protect their homeland from any potential risks and to maintain security.

Al Hameli said, "The General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi continuously works to enhance the efficiency of its operations and inspectors' skills in using the latest passenger inspection tools, systems and procedures. This helps to improve the department's performance and supports its role in ensuring stability and safety in the UAE as well as maintaining security through the country's land, sea and air ports."

The Al Ghuwaifat border post is considered the largest and most important land port in the UAE. Over 2.5 million vehicles entered and exited the country through the border in 2014.

The General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi works to facilitate the movement of passengers and goods by adopting the latest devices and detection equipment when inspecting trucks, vehicles, passengers, luggage and packages. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abu Dhabi Municipality looks to boost Capital’s look

posted on 28/05/2015

Under the auspices of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, President of the General Women's Union, and Chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council, the Abu Dhabi City Municipality concluded events of Assematy initiative at Al Khatam.

Assematy campaign is a strategic initiative that had been on the go for five years starting mid-2010 and ending by mid-2015.

Events that took place from May 17 to 24, targeted students of public and private schools, residents and various spectrums of the community at Al Khatam area.

The initiative is part of the vision of the Capital's municipality that aims at improving the appearance of the city, combating negative practices in all metropolitan and suburban areas, and enhancing the ongoing efforts of municipalities to improve the health, safety and security of the community and the environment, and improve the appearance of cities and suburban areas.

The municipality explained the key factors underlining the campaign which were highlighted by the spread of distorting elements in the area in a way contrary to the government drive of maintaining the cleanliness of the city and ranking it among the top cities worldwide.

As many of these distorting elements are caused by community members, it was vital to launch an educative campaign with the aim of launching an effective community participation towards, removing all disfiguring aspects, raising the awareness about the harms and negative effects on residential areas, and nurturing a healthy and clean environment.

Previous events of Assematy were hugely popular and contributed to diffusing a sustainable culture of direct participation in maintaining the appearance and cleanliness, and fostering the values of combating negative attitudes and maintaining the appearance of the city.

Campaign in phases

The initiative is divided into time phases seeking to achieve objectives by engaging all community members. The ultimate objective is to make the public and government organisation work hand-in-hand to maintain the appearance of the city.

The current phase is the sixth phase of the campaign which moved from Al Muroor area to Al Mushriff, Al Karama, Al Bateen, Baniyas, Al Bahya and other areas leading up to Al Khatam now. The new aspect of the Assematy campaign is the focus on raising participation of public and private entities in the initiative.

The municipality is supporting and participating with government bodies who are key strategic partners that have a huge role in the success of this initiative and realising its objectives.

These include: the community police, Abu Dhabi Educational Council (Waste Management – Abu Dhabi), Health Authority, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Civil Defence, Emergency and Public Health, Zayed Humanitarian Foundation, General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments, Farmer Services Centre, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, and Emirates Heritage Club.

Programmes of Assematy at Al Khatam include a variety of events such as a workshop to maintain the beautiful appearance, removing graffiti, cleaning mosques, sorting and recycling waste, first aid workshop, handling accidents, safe house workshop, religious duty towards the capital, free drawing corner, contests and quizzes, women forum, women awareness workshop, open men's day, a visit to a model farm and awareness visits to houses. Through the initiative, the municipality is seeking to improve the general appearance of the Capital. – Khaleej Times -§ion=nationgeneral


Nomination is the best form of admiration

posted on 28/05/2015

The public is being urged to nominate people they admire for the prestigious Abu Dhabi Awards after a fantastic two-week response to the campaign.

The number of nominations so far has passed the 6,000 mark which is more than double the average amount in previous years. And a hugely encouraging factor has been the understanding that anyone can make a nomination and anyone can be nominated — and multiple nominations can be made.

Online at is the easiest way to nominate, but you can also nominate at booths in shopping malls across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, or look out for one of the 90 nomination drop-boxes across the Emirate.

"The first two weeks of the Abu Dhabi Awards campaign have been really positive,” said Sara Al Mansoor, from the Abu Dhabi Awards organising committee.

"People are coming forward to share with us stories of individuals who they feel deserve an Abu Dhabi Award.”

"The awards are designed to highlight those who have made a positive contribution to Abu Dhabi society.” "Anyone can nominate or be nominated, and the recipients are selected solely on the merit of their actions, not on the number of nominations they received. It only takes one nomination for someone to be considered for an award.”

The nomination period for the Abu Dhabi Awards 2015 runs until June 27.

The awards recognise those members of the community who have made a difference to the lives of people in Abu Dhabi through their good deeds. Anyone considered to have made a positive contribution to the emirate of Abu Dhabi can be nominated for an award regardless of their age, gender or nationality. Even someone who lives overseas is eligible, as long as they have added to the goodness of the community in Abu Dhabi.

The reach of the awards is far and wide, it ranges from fields of health, education, environment and charity, or simply individuals who have inspired others.

After nominations close, all entries will be evaluated by the Abu Dhabi Awards Committee, comprising leading dignitaries, officials and senior industry figures, who will produce a shortlist of the most qualified candidates. – Khaleej Times -§ion=nationgeneral


NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Centre announces inaugural season of performing arts

posted on 28/05/2015

ABU DHABI, 28th May, 2015 (WAM) -- New York University Abu Dhabi's Arts Centre has announced its Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016 line-up of music, theatre, dance, poetry, film, and family programmes.

Curated to form a collective tapestry of artistically adventurous experiences, each free and public event, from dance with a scientific twist and songs from post-Independence West Africa, to a Korean laptop ensemble and Arabic jazz, will be held at the University's Saadiyat Island campus.

Leading the creation of the public arts community at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYUAD Arts Centre Executive Artistic Director, Bill Bragin, said, "Abu Dhabi is an incredible nexus of north and south, east and west, a really cosmopolitan city that is investing in arts and culture as part of its identity. At NYU Abu Dhabi, we are looking to be a part of this dynamic and transformative effort by building an arts destination and a cultural sector for Abu Dhabi and the region, by shaping and redefining the arts and by making them accessible. We are thrilled that our first full season will include some of the world's most influential master artists, alongside innovative artists from younger generations, nearly all of whom will be performing in the UAE for the very first time."

Bragin said that the 2015-16 programme was developed to foster relationships between performing artists and the city by encouraging active involvement between artist and audiences. In addition to their public performances, visiting artists will engage in other activities designed to engage with the local community and build local capacity, such as guest teaching sessions at NYUAD, leading master classes and workshops, and giving artist talks.

Reservations for free tickets will be opened approximately one month prior to most events. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Early bird offer for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

posted on 28/05/2015

Formula One enthusiasts in the UAE have an excellent opportunity to avail of the Yas Marina Circuit ‘Early Bird' discount worth up to 30 per cent for tickets to the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The offer ends on May 31.

Time is running out for people to book their tickets and take advantage of this superb offer and guarantee their place track side, with this year promising an incredible array of enhanced entertainment and hospitality options to race goers.

With a theme of ‘Go Beyond' for 2015, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the biggest sporting and entertainment weekend in the UAE calendar and a must-attend event.

Early Bird tickets are still available online at and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre 800927 or 02-6599800, as well as through all Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores. – Khaleej Times -§ion=formula1