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On a mission to preserve the past

posted on 28/02/2015

The UAE's history has not been lost in the sands of time; neither has its culture, heritage and the way in which Emiratis lived.

Thanks to the Hamdan bin Mohammad Heritage Centre (HHC), everything linked to this 43-year-old nation's past is being preserved and revived for generations to come so as to strengthen Emiratis' sense of national identity and familiarise residents with the country's rich heritage.

"Preserving heritage and keeping traditions alive is essential for any country,” Fatma Arif Al Bannay, director of Al Oula radio station and general manager of the Media Office at HHC, said. "A country's heritage is its link to its past, and preserving and promoting national heritage among younger generations is imperative to familiarise them with ancient traditions and ways of life.”

The centre was established on April, 6, 2013 under a decree issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

It has a vision to not only nurture traditional sports and cultural pursuits through various events and competitions such as falconry, youlah, poetry, diving, shooting and hunting, but also preserve and document the UAE's intellectual, scientific and cultural heritage.

"Promoting and popularising Emirati culture and heritage among citizens and residents is at the heart of the founding vision of the centre. Enlisting public support and participation in our events, tournaments and initiatives is fundamental to achieving our objectives,” Fatma said.

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The centre also conducts research on the UAE's heritage, cultural pursuits, history and its people with the aim of building a strong body of reference material for researchers.

Competitions such as the Fazza Championships have today gained global recognition and are considered among the most important heritage sporting events worldwide, thanks to a strong field of competitors and a generous prize fund.

"This has helped connect young Emiratis to their heritage and culture and created opportunities for them to be introduced to traditional sports and to actively participate in them,” Fatma said.

Another initiative called Wathiqati (My Document) aims to provide a strong historical reference for future generations and researchers by preserving and archiving historical documents and collectibles.

However, preserving and promoting heritage is an exercise that demands unwavering commitment, targeted efforts and continuous community engagement, Fatma said.

The centre has so far seen an active response with their Wathiqati initiative with many contributors coming forward with old documents and manuscripts, which has been helping the centre in preserving the history of the UAE.

"True to the inclusive spirit of the UAE, the HHC welcomes everyone in the UAE — whether Emirati or expatriate — to contribute to and participate in our initiatives. Our Fazza Championships, for instance, have been drawing an increasing number of participants and spectators from among the expatriate community as well as tourists, particularly in the falconry championships,” Fatma said.

She pointed out that a 12-day camel trek that the centre organised recently had a half-American, half-British participant apart from 15 Emirati youth, who joined Emirati voyagers on a fascinating cultural expedition through the deserts of the UAE. – Gulf News -


92 modern art galleries at fair

posted on 28/02/2015

Art Dubai, the world's largest annual fair of showcasing artists from around the world, is set to debut at Madinat Jumeirah between March 18-21 and will include 92 modern and contemporary galleries from 40 countries.

Art Dubai is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, while the 2015 Global Art Forum will take on the theme of technology. – The Gulf Today -


Brand Dubai & Meraas partner for Dubai Canvas

posted on 28/02/2015

Brand Dubai, a subsidiary of the Government of Dubai Media Office, has announced cooperation with Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, in organising the first session of Dubai Canvas Festival expected to kick off at THE BEACH opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) from 1st to 7th of March 2015. The event is held with participation from local and international elite artists.

Brand Dubai has chosen THE BEACH to hold this global event as the location is a major attraction and has an outstanding waterfront in addition to its modern public facilities and services. First of its kind in the UAE, Visitor will enjoy an open art gallery in addition to a rare opportunity to meet world's best 3D artists.

Fahad Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer at Meraas said, "We are glad to work with the Government of Dubai Media Office through its innovation arm, Brand Dubai, a well-equipped vehicle for innovation and creativity. We have followed similar ethos when designing THE BEACH, which has today become one of Dubai's major attractions welcoming thousands of visitors every day." Kazim added, "Choosing THE BEACH to host Dubai Canvas Festival is a good call as the location enjoys a spectacular view and covers over 300,000 square feet. We are looking forward to host this international event that introduces a new art school and is anticipated to attract worldwide attention." From her side, DGMO's Director of Communications and Innovation Noora Al Abbar said, "Dubai Canvas celebrates innovation and introduces a new artistic school that has not been explored regionally on such level. It is a qualitative addition to Dubai's cultural agenda and also reflects the emirate's unique characters". Al Abbar expressed her sincere appreciation for Meraas for supporting the festival's objectives.

In addition to exhibiting 3D works for renowned artists, Dubai Canvas Festival offers a variety of events including specialised workshops, lecture by founding father of 3D pavement art Kurt Wenner and a Kids dedicated corner.

Dubai Canvas Festival welcomes visitors from 1-7 March 2015, 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM during weekdays and throughout the day during weekends. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE at the heart of anti-terror push

posted on 28/02/2015

UAE's plan to launch a Contact Group to Counter Extremism is so important and will be a significant part of the on-going wider efforts to make sure that all the nations engaged in the fight against terror are able to share best practices as quickly as possible, including sharing intelligence and ensuring that the wide variety of counter-terrorism measures are effective across all their borders so that the pressure mounted on extremist operations is consistent, commented a local daily.

The fight against extremism will not be won by any one country acting on its own. Even if a particular nation succeeds in recapturing territory or bringing extremists and terrorists to justice, this victory will be short-lived if the action is not part of a worldwide effort to counter what has become a global threat, the Dubai-based English language newspaper, Gulf News, said in its editorial yesterday.

When Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, presented the UAE's plan at the United Nations Security Council this week, he also made the point that continued inaction has a dreadful human cost, with a specific example of the plight of the Syrian and Palestinian people, who have suffered grave violence for far too long without enough international efforts to help them.

The paper wrote, "The coordination required to contain and eradicate Daesh includes a global effort to stop their money flows and their international recruitment." The extremists have managed to attract more than 20,000 deluded people from a wide range of countries, who are fighting in Syria and Iraq, and "these recruits could become a potential terror force when they return to their peaceful home countries," the paper added. Only this week, Daesh yet again promised to expand its terror operations worldwide and it is not alone in threatening the world at large.

Also this week, Somalia-based Al Shabab has threatened to bomb shopping centres in a variety of European and American cities, while other extremist organisations have said they will expand their actions into other Middle Eastern countries as well as Europe and North America.

"This attempt to produce global terror needs a global response, which is what the UAE is helping to organise, building the essential links between the participating nations so that success is possible," the paper concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE decides to resume its Embassy's work in Aden, decries Al Houthi coup d’état

posted on 28/02/2015

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said that the UAE has decided its Embassy would resume work in city of Aden, Yemen.

He said in a statement that this decision comes to consolidate the constitutional legitimacy in the sisterly state of Yemen represented in President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his government, the GCC Initiative and agreed political process in accordance to the recent GCC Foreign Ministers' statement and the United Nations Security Council resolution No. 2201, as well as Yemeni consensus through the inclusive political dialogue.

Dr. Gargash reiterated the UAE's absolute rejection to the Houthi coup d'état and subsequent arbitrary measures on the legitimacy, noting that the security and stability of Yemen "is through restoration of the legitimacy and political process that resulted from the GCC Initiative to preserve the national unity and stability of Yemen."


Faris Al Mazrouei: Military Cooperation Agreement between UAE and Ukraine does not include any arms deals

posted on 28/02/2015

Ambassador Faris Al Mazrouei, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs, has said that the military and security cooperation agreement signed by the United Arab Emirates with the Republic of Ukraine, does not include any arms deals.

He explained that "this agreement is a part of future cooperation framework between the two countries in this respect." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Ministry of Economy and German State of Hessen discuss co-operation

posted on 28/02/2015

Abdullah Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade and Industry Affairs, has discussed with Tarek Al Wazir, the German Minister for Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development of the state of Hessen, ways to develop economic, investment, trade and industrial relations between the UAE and Germany, especially the state of Hessen.

The meeting was attended by Juma Al Kait, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Trade, other senior officials and businessmen from both sides. They discussed the enhancement of co-operation in a number of vital sectors such as technology, renewable energy, industry and SMEs that could further boost the development process in the UAE, as the country is transforming to the knowledge economy.

Al Saleh said the UAE is the main trade partner for Germany in the region, citing that the trade exchange between the two countries stood at about $13 billion in 2013. He called on businessmen from both countries to benefit from attractive investment opportunities in all vital sectors.

The German minister commended the UAE government's efforts for the implementation of the economic diversification policy and future plans for building the knowledge driven economy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Charge d'Affaires at UAE Embassy in New Delhi takes part in Sharjah Airport Free Zone promotional campaign

posted on 28/02/2015

Saeed Mohammed Al Mouhairi, Charge d'Affaires at the UAE Embassy in New Delhi, took part in the promotional campaign organised by the Sharjah International Airport's Free Zone yesterday in collaboration with the India International Engineering and Technology Fair 2015, a biennial event of the Confederation of Indian Industries.

The campaign aims at highlighting the huge potential of the Sharjah International Airport's Free Zone, which offers incentives and facilities for businesses.

Saud Al Mazrouei, Director of the Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah International Airport's Free Zone Authority, said in an interactive session on "Business Opportunities in the Gulf, the Middle East and North Africa: The role of the Sharjah Airport Free Zone to expand your businesses," that the region offers a single window for all requirements of the investment system.

He added that the free zone enjoys a strategic location and outstanding major trade routes that link the East and West, adding that it is a business hub and a gateway to consumers in the GCC, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Indian subcontinent, as well as parts of Africa and the Mediterranean region. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


New road link helps residents of Dubai’s Discovery Gardens

posted on 28/02/2015

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai opened a new section of the First Al Khail Road linking JLT with Discovery Gardens, in order to ease traffic flow.

The new section, which was opened on Friday is a part of phase two of the parallel roads improvement project. It complements the first section opened last October, marking the opening of Qarn Al Sabkha Road linking Sheikh Zayed Road at the JLT junction (5.5 interchange) with Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road.

"The opening of this vital road sector will ease the mainstream traffic flow to Discovery Gardens heading towards the Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road.”

"It will also offer a new ingress and egress to Discovery Gardens besides the sole existing entrance/exit linking the district with the Sheikh Zayed Road,” said Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA.

The RTA has placed a new light signal, which will be controlled on the basis of vehicle density in the area. The existing light signal will be synchronised with the traffic flow on the bridges constructed at the JLT over the new underpass (Qarn Al Sabkha Road) linking Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammad bin Zayed Road, said Maitha.

"An internal Road at the Discovery Gardens will be constructed to meet the needs of residents and visitors of the area, and enhance the existing roads network,” said Maitha.

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The project is part of RTA's master plan for upgrading roads, bridges, crossings and tunnels with the aim of easing the traffic flow in various parts of the Emirate. – The National -


NCMS warns of low horizontal visibility

posted on 28/02/2015

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has renewed its warning urging motorists to be cautious on the roads due to dust and sand stirred up by the winds.

In a statement, the centre urged the motorists to reduce speed and leave adequate space between vehicles on the roads. It has also warned of low horizontal visibility, especially in the open areas.

NCMS has cautioned mariners of dangers due to rough seas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Saud bin Saqr attends Terry Fox Run in Ras al-Khaimah

posted on 28/02/2015

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah yesterday attended the Ras Al Khaimah Terry Fox Run, a charity race to support research on cancer disease, for the 6th year in a row at Al Qawasim Corniche Ras al Khaimah.

RAK Ruler affirmed that the race would contribute to enhancing solidarity values among various institutions and individuals, as well as encouraging them to raise the necessary funds for cancer research. He said that the objective of the event has been achieved thanks to the collaborative efforts of all members of the organising committee, and all the participating departments which have played a major role to make the event successful.

A number of department have donated for this charitable event across the nation, especially in the framework of the big support and interaction from the patronising entities. A number of officials attended the event. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -