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Saif bin Zayed receives "Dana of the Emirates", reviews her accomplishments

posted on 13/10/2015

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior received in his office at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters on Monday, the young Emirati girl, Dana Sulaiman Al Bloushi.

Dana already holds a number of certificates from NASA and is the youngest astronaut candidate involved in exciting programmes in the fields of aeronautics and space administration at NASA in the United States.

Dana, the 9-year old ‘Whiz Kid', presented her spacesuit embroidered with the name of Sheikh Saif, along with the medals she acquired as a gift to Sheikh Saif, in recognition of his unlimited support to reinforce her early emerging talents.

Sheikh Saif gratefully accepted the gifts, but asked the young girl to keep them in her possession, as an incentive in her journey of excellence and innovation.

Sheikh Saif said, "The UAE takes pride in the achievements of its children, as well as their scientific excellence, which has earned them prestigious international statures in various fields." He also hailed the support of the higher leadership, in order to empower children in the UAE, who are the builders of the future and the hope of the country.

Sheikh Saif also met with Sulaiman Mohammed Ismail Al Bloushi, who accompanied his two children, his son, Adeeb, and his 9 year-old daughter Dana, who is the youngest astronaut candidate undergoing training at Nasa.

Dana showed H.H. Sheikh Saif the nine distinguished certificates she acquired for completing ground-based, air-based and naval training courses in space and rocket science, and two gold medals for success and excellence.

For his part, young inventor Adeeb Al Bloushi promised His Highness Sheikh Saif to achieve more excellence in his future plans and to win a Nobel Prize, which is his future goal to further elevate the name of the UAE.

The proud father, Sulaiman Al Bloushi, praised the attention and support shown by H.H. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. He said, "Meeting Sheikh Saif is an incentive for us to exert more efforts. Sheikh Saif's congratulations to my children, Adeeb and Dana, make us more determined to reflect an honourable image of the UAE in all fields of science and knowledge, as we forge ahead to make Dana's dreams come true." He added that His Highness nicknamed the young girl ‘Dana of the Emirates', to encourage her to achieve the aspirations of her generation of UAE youth and show excellence in international forums."

He added that his daughter expressed her overwhelming feelings and happiness to meet Sheikh Saif. She stressed that Sheikh Saif's trust in the young girl was well placed, just like her brother, the young inventor Adeeb Al Bloushi.

Al Bloushi added that the support of Sheikh Saif to his daughter inspired her to achieve her dreams and reach her scientific aspirations.

It is worth mentioning that Dana looked up to her brother, and followed in his footsteps. Together, they marched into the space training program, and completed an honourable scientific journey filled with achievements in the USA.

Dana comes from a family renowned for its talent, innovation, creativity, and excellence. She received the support and guidance that every child dreams of, to achieve her dreams. She got inspired by the success of her brother, the youngest Emirati inventor, Adeeb Al Bloushi, who is two years older than her, who made significant contributions in the field of healthcare despite of his young age. Adeeb followed the path of scientists and worked day and night and shown early signs of innovation. He focused on scientific inventions to cater to the needs of society.

Dana underwent advanced practical trainings in space science (live and simulation training); rocket design, programming, and launch, her rocket design impressed the officials in Huntsville, as well as the space robot (in the field of design, programming and control of robotic mechanisms) at the space camp in the State of Alabama. Later, at the Space Centre Houston, Dana and her brother Adeeb were awarded a gold medal from the Space College for their excellence; especially in underwater neutral buoyancy training for astronauts and zero-gravity environment training. Dana looks forward to raising the flag of the UAE aloft in all her participations and work, and proving that the children of the UAE are the generation of future builders and are capable of innovation and excellence. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


MoEW launches National Blue Carbon Project report at Ecocity World Summit 2015

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The Ministry of Environment and Water, MoEW, yesterday launched the National Blue Carbon Project report, marking the first national quantification of the UAE's Blue Carbon stocks, which will help guide decision-making in coastal ecosystem preservation and climate change mitigation.

The project was a collaborative initiative managed and facilitated by a partnership between MoEW and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, AGEDI, and implemented in collaboration with the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, EAD, alongside the local authorities of the other emirates.

The report was launched at the Ecocity World Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi by the Ministry in collaboration with AGEDI and EAD, who had joined to celebrate the launching of the report. Alongside the event, Dr. Stephen Crooks, one the project's two principle investigators, presented its findings.

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said, "The National Blue Carbon Project report aims to broaden the scope of knowledge of blue carbon, its associated ecosystem services and the importance of assessment across coastal environments. This project is the first of its kind in the region and looks towards strengthening the UAE's leading position in issues concerning the environment, biodiversity and climate change at both regional and global levels."

He also said that the Blue Carbon Project represents an important step in efforts to conserve biodiversity and mitigate climate change, which is one of the main objectives of the National Strategy for Biodiversity, improving the contribution of ecosystems in carbon stocks by 2021 to help mitigate climate change by strengthening the capacity of marine and coastal ecosystems to absorb greenhouse gases. These systems have a better ability to absorb than any other source.

The project is an important landmark in the efforts to transform the national economy into a low-carbon green economy, in line with the UAE Green Growth Strategy, by linking biodiversity and ecosystem services to economic standards, where, "the value of natural resources" and "best use of resources" are key elements in the major sights supporting the mechanism for strategy implementation.

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of EAD, added, "Coastal ecosystems are an extremely important part of our culture and heritage, and they must be protected to safeguard our future, and this is something that can only be facilitated with access to timely, actionable information. This collaborative project is a reflection of a shared commitment to helping to guide decision-making towards environmental sustainability across the UAE, and for generations to come." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sultan bin Tahnoun opens 70th Conference of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Transport Department and Chairman of the Zoo and Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain, yesterday opened the 70th Conference of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2015.

The four-day event, being organised for the first time in the Middle East, will be held in Danat Al Ain Resort.

In his speech on the occasion, Sheikh Sultan welcomed the audience, members of the Board of Directors and participants in the conference who represent international zoos at the Al Ain Zoo.

He also praised international organisations which have paid attention to conservation of nature and preservation of various species of animals for over 80 years, as well as their efforts exerted to prevent the extinction of a number of animals.

Sheikh Sultan also expressed happiness on the occasion of the 80 anniversary of the event in Al Ain. He noted that hosting of this event for the first time in the Middle East is significant for the UAE and the Al Ain Zoo.

He also spoke about the establishment of the institution by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1968, as he was one of the first leaders who worked to preserve nature and his legacy was instilled in the Emiratis who followed in his footsteps.

In his speech during the event, Ghanim Mubaarak Al Hajeri, Director General of the Zoo and Aquarium Public Institution, said, "This is a very distinguished day which gathers together prominent figures of the Zoo and Aquarium Public Institution across the world as well as nature conservation and animal welfare representatives." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Ambassador participates in "Expo after Expo: the legacy of Expo 2015

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MILAN: Saqr Nasser Al Raisi, Ambassador of the UAE to Italy, delivered the UAE's speech in "Expo after Expo: the legacy of Expo 2015", last Saturday at the headquarter of Expo Milan 2015, in response to an invitation of the Italian Government and the organsing committee of Expo Milan 2015.

Al Raisi talked about the international concept regarding Expo Milan 2015 and the UAE's view, as well as merits of joint cooperation between Expo Milan 2015 and Expo Dubai 2020.

A number of ministers of the Italian Government and key officials including Ministers of Agriculture, Environment, Justice, Higher Education, other senior Italian officials, and number of experts participated in the event.

The UAE diplomat extended thanks on behalf of the Government of the UAE and the organisers of Dubai Expo 2020 for the warm welcome since the beginning of the opening ceremony seen by millions on television, who enjoyed the songs sung by Andrea Bocelli, and the charming music composed by the Chinese pianist, Lang Lang in front of Piazza del Duomo, Milan.

He said that Expo Milan 2015 will leave a notable and valuable legacy within the provided Charter of Milan to the United Nations, which aimed to promote the sustainability of the world in terms of agricultural and food perspective, adding, " With all these notable achievements in reality, including the promotion and support of the Italian economy and highlighting Milan as a desirable destination, we can only say that 'Milan, you have done well and said, "Bravissimo Milano!".

Al Rais also added, ' As you know, we will organise Dubai Expo 2020 and we know the huge responsibility laid on us and the work ahead. We are sure that it is necessary to choose a slogan which will be associated with era and the world we live. It was necessary for us to find an outstanding model that reflects the identity and spirit of the UAE, as well as represents the current needs of the whole world. We have chosen a strong and persuasive slogan that provides a comprehensive logo."

He noted that the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' realises that human being is a social creature who is being driven by basic instincts which pushes him to cooperate so as to find collective solutions and achieve common goals that cannot be devoid by any newspaper in the world today.

He also added, ' We are planning to organise an event which concentrates on sustainability principle, wishing to promote climate change forums into new levels of international dialogue."

Al Raisi confirmed. ' Our success in organising Dubai Expo 2010 in a distinguished image would enhance the UAE's reputation at the international arena, where we are going to present a very outstanding event." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Ambassador participates in Arab Parliaments Conference in Jordan

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AMMAN: Bilal Rabie Bilal Al Bodour, UAE Ambassador to Jordan, has participated in the Arab Parliaments Conference, "Objectives of Sustainable Development in 2030", which began yesterday in Jordan.

The conference, which is being held under the patronage of Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan, Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund, saw the participation of parliamentarians and specialists from 24 Arab and foreign countries.

The conference aims to enhance the knowledge of parliamentarians on the demography and sustainable development issues in the Arab world and discuss their role in supporting relevant legislations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Ambassador presents credentials to Azeri Foreign Minister

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BAKU: The newly-appointed UAE Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Hamel Al Qubaisi, has presented a copy of his credentials to Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, at the Azeri Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries as well as ways to enhance them. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE a model of an inclusive society, Karzai says

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Hamid Karzai, former president of Afghanistan, praised the UAE as a model of an inclusive society and a source of inspiration for its guiding principles of tolerance and innovation.

Karzai told Gulf News late on Monday that he was appreciative of the role played by the UAE in Afghanistan, conveying his gratitude to the people and government, for being a steadfast supporter of Afghanistan in the past 14 years.

"UAE, as a fellow Muslim country with a deep bond of affinity with Afghanistan, has been supporting the cause of peace, security and development alongside the international community. UAE's assistance in building homes, roads, schools, hospitals and mosques is deeply appreciated by the Afghan people,” Karzai said.

Earlier, after visiting the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Karzai told a packed house at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research that he was greatly impressed by "this magnificent architectural treasure”.

Karzai, who served two terms as president of Afghanistan between 2004 and 2014, said the marble mosaic originating from many countries and the artful blend of historical and cultural elements from different civilisations make the mosque a stunning landmark of the Muslim world.” But it is not just about the architecture; it is about celebrating a culture of peaceful co-existence and promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and dialogue among religions and civilisations. As UAE continues to be a great beacon of openness and moderation, it is imperative that we, the Muslims, our scholars, Ulema, and decision-makers endeavour to promote a culture of tolerance and interfaith harmony.”

Karzai suggested to this end, the United Nations, governments, religious and civil society organisations must also spearhead efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and outreach; and curb the rise of Islamophobia by challenging stereotypes and misconceptions.

"We should appeal to the media and public opinion makers, particularly in the West, to educate and to build bridges between various cultures rather than equating differences with incompatibility, threat and fear. The world must recognise that extremists and terrorists have foremost carried out immense atrocities against Muslims around the world; the terrorists must not be allowed to hijack our great faith. They are indeed the instrument of distorting a peaceful religion and tainting the image of Islam and Muslims around the world,” he said.

On a roadmap to rectify the failings of the past and reverse the threat that terrorism is posing against our common security, Karzai said the world's great powers need to come together and build a new international security and economic order based on multilateralism, mutual respect, equity, dialogue and cooperation.

"There is a need to rise above narrow national interests and realise that our security and prosperity are increasingly interdependent. No country should seek only their own absolute well-being and security at the expense of others. Most important of all, no government must be allowed to use extremism to advance its geostrategic goals,” he said.

The former Afghan president said the challenge for all of us here today is to move beyond zero-sum games. "It is equally important to build a global consensus and international partnerships that would advance a cooperative and inclusive security paradigm, engaging all powers from America and Europe to China, Russia and India, to respond effectively and jointly to the diverse security challenges. We need a common platform for cooperation to deter and confront all acts of terrorism and to eradicate its roots and sanctuaries. "

Karzai said the Muslim world has experienced unprecedented upheavals in the last few years. "The infiltration of radical ideologies has deeply bruised Muslim countries. Islam, a peaceful and tolerant religion and a creative civilisation, is today wrongly equated by some in the West with radicalism and intolerance. Many of the most violent conflicts today are situated in our countries and some of the most heinous acts of terrorism are committed by those who claim to be Muslims.”

Karzai stressed that was in sharp contrast to our glorious past and Islam's tenets of tolerance, peace and progress.

"Islam enriched humanity with numerous scientific, literary and cultural achievements and made novel contributions to philosophy, science, medicine and many other walks of life. Islam cared about life and culture and made significant advancements in art and literature. Religious dogmas were alien in Muslim societies. We lived up to the truth and the eminence of the divine injunction that "all humans are equal in the sight of God”, and that humans are born into different tribes and distinctions to know each other better.”

Karzai concluded that in order to confront the menace of terrorism, "we must first address the fault lines that can be used to sow division and violence in the Muslim countries. We must work diligently to advance better education and to achieve higher and more equitable living standards. We need to keep pace with the trend of advancements in the world and live in greater harmony with other religions and cultures”. – Gulf News -


ADASI named strategic partner for the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference, UMEX 2016

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The Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2016, which will demonstrate the latest defence technologies across land, sea and air at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 6-8 March next year, has announced its strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI), the region's first reliable one-stop solutions provider within the autonomous systems industry.

The partnership agreement was formalised at a ceremony attended by Staff Brigadier Pilot Ali Bin Musleh Al Ahbabi, Director of Office of H.H Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Homaid Al Shemmari, Chairman of ADASI, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of ADNEC and Ali Al Yafei, CEO of ADASI.

Scheduled to run from March 6 to 12, 2016, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the upcoming edition of the biennial Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week (ADAAW) will converge a number specialised aviation and aerospace events.

The second edition of UMEX, organised by ADNEC in cooperation with the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, will showcase new, advanced unmanned technologies and demonstrate the utilisation of such technologies in both civil and military scenarios. The exhibition attracts regional and international experts working in the field, providing a platform for the industry as a whole to meet, exchange ideas, discuss technology, develop partnerships and explore business opportunities, in the defense sector which is expected to see spend of over USD one billion in the MENA region alone in the next ten years.

As UMEX's Strategic Partner, ADASI will be showcasing its holistic world-class advanced unmanned systems solutions, its end user requirement analysis model to deliver tailored solutions and its ancillary services including equipment selection and procurement support.

Homaid Al Shemmari, ADASI Chairman said, "We are delighted to announce our partnership with UMEX 2016 building on our long-term association with IDEX. This sponsorship reflects our aim to promote the UAE's defence industry, especially around the promising area of unmanned systems, and enable the security of our critical national infrastructure, in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 initiative."

He continued, "We are contributing to Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision this through the development of a competitive, locally based capability in autonomous systems, by providing opportunities for the next generation of Emirati defence industry leaders, in collaboration with the some of the world's leading international unmanned systems organisations to provide world-class solutions."

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of ADNEC said, "We welcome this strategic partnership with ADASI, one of the leading specialised, next generation technology companies in the defence industry. UMEX is a unique opportunity for the world's unmanned systems sector to come together under one roof to showcase their technologies to a unique range of potential GCC government and military clients, drive relationship building, collaboration, innovation and join development across the industry and act as a catalyst for the further development of the UAE's unmanned systems capability, of which ADASI is an integral part.

Ali Al Yafei, CEO of ADASI expressed his pleasure in ADASI being chosen as UMEX 2016 UMEX 2016 strategic partner for a second year running, by saying: "This cooperation is a continuation of a long and fruitful relationship between IDEX and ADASI which essentially endorses our ambition to benefit and nurture the autonomous systems industry here in the UAE. This enables us to establish a vital foundation that will increase and encourage the participation of Emiratis in this sector."

This is a must-attend event for the global aviation and aerospace sector. UMEX 2016 will run concurrently with Abu Dhabi and Al Ain biennial Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week roadshow and bringing together a whole host of global and aviation exhibitions to include; the first edition Simulation Exhibition and Conference; third edition of the Global Aerospace Summit; the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, as well as the first edition of the Middle East Aviation Career Exhibition & Conference and the eighth edition of the Red Bull Air Race. Each consisting of a number of industries largest international players in the trade, defense, entertainment, and sports industries sectors with a focus on providing a one stop shop of solution providers under one roof.


Musanada and Department of Transport on target to complete new Airport Road and interchange

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Abu Dhabi General Services Company, Musanada, in cooperation with the Department of Transport, DOT, has announced that the work of the Abu Dhabi International Airport Road network and interchange is progressing in line with the schedule, which will allow the delivery of the project during the fourth quarter of 2017 as planned.

"The project is an initiative of DOT's 2014-2019 strategic plan, aiming to enable the transport sector to effectively and efficiently serve the economic sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi," said Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, DOT's General Director of Main Roads. "The design work was completed back in 2013 and the construction work was later awarded by Musanada by tender."

The project aims to connect the new passenger terminal of Abu Dhabi International Airport to the E10 carriageway, providing direct access to and from the capital, Dubai and Al Ain, in addition to the widening of the E10 Abu Dhabi to Al Shahama Road from its existing 4 lanes to 5 lanes in both directions, together with the widening of the Presidential Flight road.

"With an 11.85 percent actual percentage of completion to date, all works are progressing as per the plan carefully developed by Musanada to deliver the project in accordance with highest international standards and specifications and as per the agreed schedule," said Omar Matar Al Mansouri, Musanada's Acting Roads Director.

Al Mansouri reiterated Musanada's constant commitment to the best sustainable green standards, by making sure that the project follows best practices to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. Several workshops and training sessions were held for the various team members, addressing sustainability-related principles and guidelines necessary to ensure implementation of the sustainability programme mandated by the government of Abu Dhabi.

Al Mansouri said that there was close cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Airports Company and all concerned authorities to ensure adherence to the agreed schedule, and that the project would be delivered as planned, i.e. simultaneously with the opening of the new Abu Dhabi International Airport Mid-Field Terminal.

He praised and highlighted the efforts made by the various teams who efficiently managed to overcome all the challenges facing the project, whether those related to the design and associated approvals, or to dealing with 'in situ' soil, to ensure the works progress as planned and in accordance with the highest standards. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


SKMC reaches 2,500 paediatric cardiovascular surgery milestone

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The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, SKMC, is setting a global benchmark for excellence in the treatment of the country's paediatric congenital heart disease surgery cases, said Dr. Aref Al Shehhi, Deputy CEO, after the completion of its milestone 2,500th surgery during the summer.

"SKMC is committed to putting patients first, regardless of the emirate in which they are a resident, and irrespective of their race, nationality, or socio-economic status. If our world-class, pioneering physicians can save lives, they will, no matter how complex the surgeries may be. We believe we are setting a global benchmark for the treatment of the country's paediatric cardiac patients," said Dr. Al Shehhi.

"We have always worked as a team at SKMC, like a 12 person orchestra. Every day we are saving lives and improving the ongoing quality of life of our patients with congenital heart disease, some of whom are only hours old," said Dr. Laszlo Kiraly, Consultant and Division Head, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, consultant cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at SKMC, and Chair of Cardiac Sciences Institute, added, "We regularly perform complex surgeries that would otherwise have to be performed overseas at great risk to the patients, as well as cost to the government. The paediatric cardiac centre here at SKMC has completely removed those burdens while acting as a tremendous source of pride for the entire hospital and SEHA system."

SKMC's Paediatric Cardiology Programme, which began in April 2007, acts as a referral centre for the entire region, with patients coming from all seven emirates as well as from outside of the UAE, to benefit from its internationally-recognised standards of excellence.

SKMC is managed by Cleveland Clinic and is a part of the SEHA HealthSystem. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Zayed Giving Initiative launches the region's first training programme on field medicine

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Zayed Giving Initiative, a unique UAE model for humanitarian work at local and international levels, has launched a path-breaking programme for training medical professionals in field medicine to undertake local and international humanitarian missions as part of its medical voluntary team.

Co-supervised by the National Programme for Development of Medical Professionals' Skills (Maharat) and the National Training LLC (Tadreeb), the programme will offer training to doctors and nursing staff in field medicine with the aim of building and developing their capacities and skills in specialisations of disaster medicine, trauma, resuscitation and emergency medicine in order to run Emirates world humanitarian and voluntary mobile hospitals.

Dr. Adel Al Shamri, CEO of the Zayed Giving Initiative, revealed that hundreds of doctors had enrolled in the programme to gain skills to improve their performance and obtain internationally accredited certificates, particularly in emergency medicine, intensive care and surgery.

He noted that the field medicine programme, the first of its kind in the region, aims to instil the culture of charitable and voluntary work and allow administrative, medical and technical staff to engage in the missions of the Emirates medical, voluntary field and mobile hospitals.

Dr. Shamsa Al Owr, Executive Director of the Initiative of Doctors of Poor, said the Zayed Giving Initiative and the National Training LLC (Tadreeb), had trained more than 10,000 medical professionals from public and private institutions over the last ten years. These training programmes were conducted in partnership with the University of Georgia in the United States, American Trauma Society and European Resuscitation Council.

She added that trained medical teams had treated three million children and conducted more than 7,000 surgeries in different parts of the world.

'In future, we will focus our attention on field medicine,' she added.

Since its inception in 2003, the Zayed Giving Initiative has made valuable contributions to various areas of community services and volunteerism including health, education, environment and culture. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sharjah Ruler offers condolences on the death of nation's martyr Sultan Al Mazrouie

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H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has offered condolences to the family of nation's martyr, Sultan Saeed Mohammed Al Mazrouie.

He attained martyrdom while performing his national duty as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition's ‘Operation Restoring Hope' in support of the legitimate government of Yemen.

While visiting the mourning tent in Kalba yesterday, Sheikh Sultan expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased. He also prayed to Almighty Allah to grant his soul rest in Paradise and grant patience and solace to his family. Sheikh Sultan was accompanied by a number of Sheikhs and officials.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Sultan accepted condolences along with the family of the deceased, other officials, dignitaries, UAE citizens and expatriate residents. The family of the nation's martyr hailed Sharjah Ruler's visit, which could alleviate the repercussions emerging from the death of martyr Sultan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


ERC re-operates hospital in Yemen

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ADEN: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has rehabilitated a hospital in the Directorate of Ramah in Yemen and is now ready to welcome patients as part of a series of health and educational projects the ERC is implementing to help Yemenis recover from the unfortunate events taking place there.

An ERC representative told a launch ceremony that the vital project comes as part of several projects the ERC is undertaking to rehabilitate infrastructure facilities in the Governorates of Hadramout and Al Mahrah. The project is of special importance as it lies in the midst of the desert directorates and on the international highway that links Yemen with the GCC countries.

ERC representatives and Yemeni officials toured the hospital and were briefed by its director on the healthcare services it provides to patients in these directorates.

Beneficiaries expressed their happiness and thanks to the ERC for operating the health facility in Ramah. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Laudable work by ERC in Aden: paper

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A UAE paper has said that the provision of humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Yemen by the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is highly laudable.

Among its various initiatives, the ERC has now rehabilitated a hospital in the Directorate of Ramah in Yemen which is ready to welcome patients as part of a series of health and educational projects the philanthropist body is implementing to help Yemenis recover from the unfortunate events taking place there.

"This project is of special importance as it lies in the midst of the desert directorates and on the international highway that links Yemen with the GCC countries," said Gulf Today in an editorial on Tuesday.

It may be recalled that the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations, YCMHRV, recently exposed the Houthi militia/Saleh group's recklessness towards human suffering by documenting a series of heinous crimes committed by that group.

The unprecedented rights violations occurred at all levels and in all forms ever since Houthis gained control over the capital, Sana'a, last September.

As per the YCMHRV report, between September 2014 and August 2015, 3,074 people were murdered, about 20 percent of whom were women and children and 7,347 civilians wounded due to random shelling, at least 25 percent of whom were women and children.

The ERC group has embarked on admirable activity on the ground. More than 50 schools in Aden have been revamped and maintenance work will continue to cover 154 schools. Also, a number of health facilities, water and electricity works, electricity, sewerage and parks and others are being included in the plan.

On a daily basis, the ERC teams are providing a large number of food and relief parcels for more than 4,000 Yemeni families in Aden. It is not just that. The authority is said to be planning to send a bigger number of its teams to various regions in Yemen to distribute thousands of parcels of various kinds of food and relief, as well as undertake complete reconstruction of service and infrastructure facilities.

Major-General Jaafar Mohamed Saad, Aden's new governor, has already stated that the results of the efforts exerted by the ERC have been seen in different fields, which proves the genuineness of the brotherly relations between the UAE and Yemen.

"At a time when critical circumstances have engulfed Yemen, it is heartening to note that the UAE's leadership and people have been lending unwavering support to that country, proving that a friend in need is a friend indeed," concluded the Sharjah-based daily. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Batman, Avengers and Hello Kitty to star at Comic Pavilion at SIBF 2015

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Lovers of Marvel's creations such as the Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Captain America, Iron Man and more will be delighted with the Comic Pavilion featuring at the Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF, 2015 for the first time. Organised in partnership with ComicCave, the UAE's largest distributor of comics, the 150 sq. metre Comic Pavilion will be sited in the main hall during the fair from November 4th -14th at the Expo Centre, in participation with 26 specialised publishing houses.

The Comic Pavilion is suitable for all age groups and in addition to teenage favourites and superheroes, there will be cartoon characters and Hello Kitty for younger visitors to the book fair as well as Manga, the Japanese graphic novel for older visitors.

Action figures and toys as well as books will also be on sale and there will be a range of activities, events and signings.

Faisal Al Naboodah, Sales Officer, International, said, "This is an exciting new addition to the Book Fair and is sure to delight visitors young and old. Aimed at all ages, it will feature favourite brands and genres such as Marvel's Avengers, which is one of the biggest movies of the year globally. In 2015, everywhere you look you see comics and whilst we expect young adults to enjoy visiting the Comic Pavilion, we also expect it will be overrun with youngsters keen to enjoy a read with their favourite superheroes."

Fans of the comic genre will get the opportunity to choose between specialised titles such as Attack On Titan, a Japanese comics series with more than 52.5 million copies in print, or a highly anticipated book, 'Sandman: Overture', a graphic novel by the English author, Neil Gaiman. Also available is 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' by Luc Besson, based on a French comic book which is also a hotly anticipated new movie. Graphic novels in the Walking Dead series are also on display. The show is aired in over 200 markets and fans can purchase a selection of the series during the event.

Because lovers of comics are also usually consumers of t-shirts, toys and games based on their favourite comic characters, selected merchandise will also be on sale during the book fair. Comic conventions from Shanghai to San Diego, Angouleme to Jakarta, draw hundreds of thousands of people every year, often with visitors dressed as their favourite comic book heroes and organisers of this year's SIBF are anticipating a great response from visitors to the Comic Pavilion. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Four Metro stations to have libraries

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Four Dubai Metro stations will have public libraries as part of the Roads and Transport Authority's initiatives to cultivate the reading habit, it was announced on Monday.

The initiatives follow the Arab Reading Challenge recently launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The challenge aims at fostering the reading habit across the Arab world and envisages encouraging more than a million students read 50 million books during the current academic year.

RTA's initiative, know as Read More, comprises five mini steps, being conducted in collaboration with the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

"The first of the five initiatives will see public libraries established in four Metro stations. A variety of books will be on display, and the Metro stations will be fitted with book bar codes to be scanned by smartphones to encourage riders to read during transit time,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.

In the second step, RTA will set up five ‘Knowledge Chairs' at three locations, one each at Ibn Battuta Mall and Mall of the Emirates, one each at Al Barsha and Deira customer service centres, and one more at the RTA Head Office.

"The Knowledge Chair is a circular chair surrounded by books and scientific references, which can be used by anyone. Our initiatives are aimed at nurturing the culture of reading among all and particularly among school and university students, broadening the scope of their knowledge and thinking, besides filling their free time with useful activities. After all, books are the best companion,” he added.

The third initiative offers support to school libraries and a government library at Hatta covering various administrative fields, self-improvement, and short stories, among others.

In an interesting step, the fourth initiative will see the creation of four audio stories for the visually impaired.

The audios will be made in coordination with a number of distinguished media members in various languages, including Arab, English, Urdu and Malayalam, which will then be posted on social media channels.

"The RTA will donate the audio copies to Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired,” said Al Tayer.

The fifth initiative is a short story contest aimed to encourage university and school students to write short stories, the topics of which will be selected in coordination with the RTA Traffic Department. The project will be announced on social media and the winning stories will be published in RTA's Salama magazine, and winners will walk away with attractive prizes. – Gulf News -


90 countries to participate in IJF Judo Grand Slam Championship in Abu Dhabi

posted on 13/10/2015

90 countries will gather to participate in the IJF Judo Grand Slam Championship 2015 in Abu Dhabi from October 29th to November 1st, being held in conjunction with the IJF World Junior Championships, Abu Dhabi 2015, from 23rd October to 27th October.

Mohammed bin Thaloub Al Dirie, President of the UAE Wrestling, Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing Federation and Chairperson of the Tournament's Organising Committee, said that the International Judo Federation has set next Thursday as a deadline for registration to participate in the tournament.

The event will feature 620 male and female international competitors. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -