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UPC approves development projects in Q2 2016

posted on 24/10/2016

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) on Monday approved 40 development projects, stretching over an area of seven million square metres, and raising the percentage of approved development projects to three per cent, compared with the same period of 2015.

The UPC also endorsed expansion of the Mayan residential project, located near Yas Links Golf Course, spreading over an area of 69,500 sq. m. The new project, which will include five state-of-the-art buildings overlooking the sea, will provide more than 500 residential unit studios, along with one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

One of Mayan's buildings has already been approved under the pearl rating system (Estidama), which is affiliated with the council, it added. The five new buildings are also seeking to be approved for the Estidama System, the UPC said.

Officials added that 17 projects and four master plans will be carried out on Abu Dhabi's islands, while 12 projects and a master plan will be built on the Abu Dhabi mainland. The UPC also approved four projects and master plans to be executed in Al Ain city, with another two projects in the Eastern Region.

– Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Young Arab and US scientists to seek partnerships at Abu Dhabi symposium

posted on 24/10/2016

Young Arab scientists will meet with US counterparts in Abu Dhabi in November to build partnerships in research and innovation.

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the US National Academy of Sciences, NAS, in partnership with the Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research, and New York University Abu Dhabi, are to jointly host the Fourth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium in Abu Dhabi to be held from 5th - 7th November.

The symposium will discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics, and aims to contribute to building partnerships with high-level individuals and academic institutions in the Arab region.

It will bring together between 80 and 100 scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the US, and 21 countries of the Arab League. The goal of the meetings is to expand scientific exchanges and discussions between young researchers in Arab countries and the US, including the Arab science diaspora, and facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region.

Speaking about the conference, Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost at Masdar Institute, said, "Our decision to join with our partners to host the symposium signifies our belief in bringing together the best scientific minds in the region and the world to inspire innovation. The symposium will help us to build on the impact of our academic and research achievements, as well as our growing reputation as a research-oriented institution. We believe the knowledge exchange resulting from this prestigious conference will substantially raise awareness about the relevance of collaborative research among scientists and engineers from across the Arab and American communities."

Dr. Dalal Najib, Senior Programme Officer at the US National Academy of Sciences and Director of the Arab-American Frontiers programme, said, "The programme provides a platform to engage, connect and empower brilliant young researchers, highlighting that they can be at the forefront of scientific and technological development.

"The symposium is participant-driven and is, therefore, an excellent opportunity for both organising committee members and general participants to strengthen their leadership, communication and organisational skills and expand their professional network. In addition, by convening a group of participants that is diverse, not only in research fields but also geographically, the Arab American Frontiers symposia are building bridges and fostering mutual understanding between countries."

The conference will address topics like ‘Solar Energy and Water for Sustainable Living', ‘Nanotechnology for Next Generation Electronics and Photonics', ‘Exploring the Brain', ‘Advances in Petroleum Geosciences, Oil and Gas Exploration', and ‘New Spacecraft Technologies for Earth and Space Exploration'.

The organising committee, which includes specialists from American and regional institutions, finalised the topics during a recent meeting at Masdar Institute. The co-chairs of the committee are Dr. Nader Behdad from the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Tie Jun Zhang of Masdar Institute. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Education Ministry seeks to promote reading as a lifestyle: minister

posted on 24/10/2016

The Ministry of Education seeks to establish reading as a lifestyle at schools across the UAE to empower students to expand their knowledge, gain more life skills, including self-learning and self-development, as well as to address a severe "crisis in reading", Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, said on Sunday.

"Reading is a need and not a luxury. Peoples who read are more capable of building great civilisations," he said in a statement while commenting on the Arab Reading Challenge, a project launched last year by Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with the goal of getting a million children in the region to read 50 Arabic books each.

During the course of developing curricula, for the subject of Arabic language in particular, the Ministry of Education paid special attention to the need for promoting reading as a daily habit and introduced a special textbook for reading, he noted.

This habit, he further noted, helps people to address various developments at the personal, professional and social levels, as well as achieve stability and success. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE distributes school supplies in Yemen

posted on 24/10/2016

AL MUKALLA: Yemeni school students in Brom Mayfa District, Hadramaut governorate, received some 800 school bags along with boards, chairs and desks from the Emirates Red Crescent team in the first phase of a project to support education in the country.

During the launch ceremony of the project, the head of administration of Brom Mayfa Salah Al Bas and the head of the district's education department Musallam Al Shammasi thanked the UAE humanitarian agency for supporting education in the coastal areas of the governorate.

Head of the UAE relief team in Hadramaut Mattar Al Ketbi stressed that the agency seeks to ease the suffering of students and families affected by the situation in the country.

The initiative, launched in early October, is part of intensive efforts to support all schools in Hadramaut, he noted. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Emirates Red Crescent opens Aden-Abyan highway

posted on 24/10/2016

ADEN, YEMEN: The Emirates Red Crescent on Sunday launched the third and final phase of a project to remove sand and rubble blocking traffic on the 60 kilometre Aden-Abyan highway, called "the death road" by local residents.

Launched on 1st October, the project seeks to reduce accidents and improve the movement of residents between the two provinces.

Residents thanked the UAE and its humanitarian agency for completing the vital project, which will benefit all Yemenis. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Amal Al Qubaisi stresses importance of parliamentarians' role in protecting national sovereignty

posted on 24/10/2016

GENEVA: Voicing her concern about a recently passed law by the US Congress, Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), has urged parliamentarians to protect the sovereignty of states and prevent their being subjected to other countries' judiciary systems.

She added that a number of coordinating meetings had been held at the levels of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States (GCC), Arab and Islamic states to unify the positions on an emergency issue submitted by the GCC bloc, in coordination with the UAE FNC and the Saudi Shura Council, to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

"This is a clear response to the JASTA Act, issued recently by the US Congress, and seen as infringing on all United Nations and international conventions," the FNC speaker said. "It is time for the parliamentarians to tackle whatever violates the sovereignty of our countries, and world at large", she said.

Dr. Al Qubaisi made the remarks after holding meetings with the heads of the GCC, Arab and Islamic states' parliamentary delegations, on the sidelines of the 135th session of IPU and 199th session of the Governing Council of IPU in Geneva.

Dr. Al Qubaisi said she held discussions with Saber Chowdhury, President of IPU, on the need to represent Yemen's parliament with one delegation that represents the legitimacy in Yemen, to restore security and stability to the country.

She also stressed the importance of raising a motion in IPU meetings, so the world's largest parliamentary gathering adopts it to defend countries from being held responsible by the rulings of courts in other countries. This can compromise national sovereignty, international peace and security, Dr. Al Qubaisi warned.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) is a law passed by the United States Congress that narrows the scope of the legal doctrine of foreign sovereign immunity. It amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act in regards to civil claims against a foreign state for injuries, deaths, or damages from acts of international terrorism. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Equatorial Guinea's President calls for stronger ties with UAE

posted on 24/10/2016

Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, called upon Emirati investors to benefit from the various attractive investment opportunities offered by his country to overseas investors.

Lauding Dubai's economic growth, Mbasogo expressed his desire to enhance bilateral ties with the emirate's businesses while assuring them of all cooperation and facilities in entering the promising markets of his country which he said can bring the two countries closer together.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea invited Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), and the emirate's business community to participate in the 4th Africa Arab Summit being held in his country next month adding that the summit is an ideal platform for exchanging ideas and experiences and a solid ground to lay a stronger foundation for future economic cooperation between the two countries.

His words came during a meeting organised in honour of the Equatorial Guinea delegation by the DCCI at its head office on Sunday. The delegation was received by Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, and Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, as well as a number of directors of the Chamber.

Highlighting the importance of the meeting, Al Ghurair said that such meetings with the African countries' heads and decision-makers, help create an ideal platform to identify challenges and to exchange ideas on addressing them.

These meetings also lead to strengthening of bilateral economic relations while facilitating the entry of UAE investors to the African markets which today is a top priority of the business community of Dubai, he added.

Al Ghurair further stressed on the Chamber's strategy of supporting the expansion and competitiveness of the emirate's companies in emerging markets while promoting Dubai as a thriving global business hub.

He added that the Chamber has four international offices in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, and Kenya which are directly helping realise its objectives of strengthening the presence of Dubai businesses in Africa while contributing to the development process of the continent.

Buamim, stressed the importance of holding a dialogue and to cooperate to overcome the challenges faced by Emirati investors in Equatorial Guinea which he said is a new and untapped destination with growing sectors as UAE companies with their extensive expertise can contribute to the economic growth and development of the country.

He pointed out that Dubai's non-oil trade with Equatorial Guinea last year totalled AED 122.7 million, which according to him is not very substantial in light of the enormous potential offered by the two sides. He also emphasised the Chamber's efforts in promoting the investment opportunities available in Equatorial Guinea to its members and the emirate's business community. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE finishes high in World Justice Project rule of law ranking

posted on 24/10/2016

A high ranking official has taken note of the UAE's being recognised by the World Justice Project for its following the rule of law.

Justice is the foundation on which the UAE federation was built and the standard followed in all procedures and legislation, the Under-Secretary of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Yousef Saeed Al Abri, said on Sunday, while commenting on the UAE's high ranking in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index.

The ranking reflects excellence in all spheres in which the UAE continues to make steady progress to live up to the vision of its leaders and the aspirations of its people. It is the fruit of the sincere work and perseverance of all judicial and security authorities, he noted in a statement.

Since its inception, the UAE has adopted justice as its foundation, and the judicial system has always been backed by the country's leadership as the cornerstone of security and social and economic stability, Al Abri added.

He further greeted President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -