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Mohammed bin Rashid and Mohamed bin Zayed meet to discuss national matters

posted on 22/09/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday met with His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, to exchange brotherly talks and discuss issues of concern for the nation and citizens.

Their Highnesses reviewed their follow-up efforts to implement the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the provision of more possibilities to achieve glory and pride in the nation, and provide a decent life for citizens.– Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abdullah bin Zayed participates in UN "HeForShe" campaign

posted on 22/09/2014

NEW YORK: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, has attended the "HeForShe" solidarity campaign. The event was organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women.

The event was attended by H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Honorary Chairperson of the Sharjah Business Women Council, with the participation of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and a number of senior political and cultural figures, United Nations officials, representatives of civil society and a number of international celebrities led by UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador, British actress Emma Watson, with Matt Damon, Antonio Banderas and Patrick Stewart.

Speaking on the occasion, the UN Secretary-General said, "States have an obligation to address violence against women. But we also need to change attitudes", noting that one in three women is a victim of violence – "but this is man's issue".

"Men are responsible for most of the threats and violence against women. Often, these men are close to the victims – fathers, husbands, boyfriends or supervisors," said the UN chief, declaring, "We need to say to men and boys: Do not raise your hands in violence – raise your voices to stop it – and to support human rights for all." In a speech after the event, Sheikha Jawaher said, "We, as Emirati women, are proud of what we have achieved in the United Arab Emirates, we are blessed with great leaders like the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and other rulers of the U.A.E. who have always been and still are the father, brother, supporter, son and advocate for Emirati women helping them to reach to the highest local and global positions." Sheikha Jawaher also commended the role played by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and his efforts in support of Emirati women at the international level, strengthening their role and their presence outside the state.

"HeForShe" is a global solidarity movement to end gender inequality by 2030. The goal is to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change in the effort to achieve equality. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Arab Parliament condemns terrorist attack near Egyptian Foreign Ministry

posted on 22/09/2014

CAIRO: Speaker of the Arab Parliament has condemned the terrorist bomb explosion which has taken place near the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo leaving two police officers dead and a number of security personnel and civilians injured.

Ahmed Mohamed Al Jarwan, in a statement, emphasised that "such coward terrorist acts are aimed at hampering Egypt's political and economic development plans." Expressing his condolences to the Egyptian police, who he said are making big sacrifices and offering martyrs on daily basis, the speaker of the Cairo-based pan-Arab parliamentary body wished for "an end to sinful terrorism targeting the Arab Nation." .– Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed opens Cityscape Global

posted on 22/09/2014

The curtain rose on the 13th edition of the Middle East's largest and most influential international real estate event, Cityscape Global, in Dubai yesterday, hosting more than 280 exhibitors from 28 different countries.

The event, the largest in its history, was officially opened by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group Al Maktoum, and is supported by Dubai Land Department.

Taking place until 23rd September at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Cityscape Global is co-hosted with three dedicated and expert-led conferences, and an awards ceremony at the world's tallest hotel.

Reinforcing the sustained investor confidence in the local market, all major U.A.E. developers have a commanding presence at Cityscape Global this year, including Foundation Sponsors, Emaar Properties, Damac, Nakheel and Dubai Properties, all taking centre stage to showcase their latest developments to potential regional and international investors.

Now in its 13th year, Cityscape Global continues to be the annual meeting point for real estate investors, developers, regional and city investment promotion authorities, architects, designers and other real estate professionals currently driving real estate growth and development across global emerging markets. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Nakheel unveils The Palm Gateway beachfront residential, retail and leisure complex

posted on 22/09/2014

Dubai developer Nakheel has announced the launch yesterday of The Palm Gateway – a three-tower waterfront living and leisure complex with more than 1,300 homes, a beach club, retail, dining and health and fitness facilities.

Located at the entrance to Palm Jumeirah with convenient transport links to other parts of the island and the rest of Dubai, The Palm Gateway comprises three individually- designed high-rise residential buildings – the tallest topping 260 metres – with one, two and three bedroom apartments, available for lease.

The trio of towers will be constructed on the existing Palm Monorail Gateway terminal, the roof of which will be transformed into a 15th floor podium with infinity pool, shops and sports facilities set in extensively landscaped grounds. The Monorail is linked to Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro, offering convenient travel for residents and visitors at The Palm Gateway.

Palm Gateway will also have its own beach club and park – a shaded, landscaped complex with a diverse range of waterfront dining and shopping options, pool, barbecue areas and fitness facilities, including a jogging track.

Unveiling the project at the Nakheel stand at Cityscape Global, Nakheel Chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said, "The Palm Gateway brings yet another iconic, landmark project to our flagship, world-famous development of Palm Jumeirah, and adds hundreds more residential and retail units to our leasing portfolio.

"The project combines luxury beachfront living, exciting shopping, dining and entertainment and some of the best water and city views in the Middle East, and promotes sustainability, with its extensive health, wellbeing and fitness facilities and convenient transport links for travel within the surrounding areas and across Dubai." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Properties announces Maram Residence

posted on 22/09/2014

Real estate developer, Dubai Properties (DP), has revealed details of its new luxury development, Maram Residence, offering a premium living experience in the heart of Dubai, with starting prices from Dh1.7 million.

The developer also announced that the contract awarding process has begun, with the piling and enabling contract being awarded to NSCC contracting company.

The developer in a press release said that Maram Residence will cater for the increased demand from regional and international investors looking for premium luxury residences in Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai's Meraas Holding launches new destination island 'La Mer'

posted on 22/09/2014

Dubai-based real estate developer, Meraas Holding, on Sunday launched 'La Mer', a mixed-use development that will take shape in Dubai's exclusive beachfront district Jumeirah in the vicinity of Pearl Jumeirah Island. Construction of "La Mer" is set to commence in Q4 2014.

Conceptualised to integrate a minimalist and contemporary design, La Mer's pristine location will ensure uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai's iconic skyline. The development will spread across 9.5 million square feet of existing and reclaimed land. Comprising four distinct zones - the beach, a leisure and entertainment hub, North Island, and South Island - 'La Mer' will feature commercial, leisure, residential and hospitality components.

The announcement was made at Cityscape Global 2014, the region's leading real estate event running from September 21-23 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman, Meraas Holding, said, "Meraas Holding is committed to play a vital role in developing key Dubai entertainment and touristic projects in line with Dubai's Tourism Vision 2020, which under the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sets the guidelines for Dubai to attract 20 million in 2020 by being the preferred tourist destination.. Our feasibility studies have confirmed that La Mer will be one on the projects which will positively contribute to Dubai's economy and set new global benchmarks for beachfront developments.

"The project will innovatively combine upscale living with distinctive retail and leisure attractions, an integrated outdoor living environment and engaging beach activities. La Mer will emerge as a world-class destination in the heart of Jumeirah." On North Island and South Island, La Mer will include fully integrated residential neighbourhoods that comprise a total of 688 apartments and villas as well as a 160-key hotel to meet the expected influx of tourists. The project will also launch a range of retail and F&B concepts, some of which will mark their foray into Dubai.

Centrally located, the core value of the project is its leisure and entertainment hub that adds a whole new dimension through its offerings that focus on water play, beach sports in addition to skate boarding, outside gymnasia and youth activities. As part of its leisure and entertainment component, the project will additionally include two marinas for yachts, and a park.

The existing beaches are to be redeveloped in order to offer improved high quality beach amenities to Dubai's resident community and visitors. Meraas Holding is a Dubai-based real estate company with operations and assets in the U.A.E. and overseas. The company operates with a mission to create integrated master-planned communities that embody global standards of sustainability and quality. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Meydan announces launch of new projects at Cityscape Global

posted on 22/09/2014

The Meydan Group has announced two major new projects yesterday at Cityscape Global: Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City District Eleven and Meydan Avenue, two mixed-use developments in Dubai.

District Eleven is a suburban mixed-use community development featuring parks, private schools and retail businesses with two prime residential areas. The residential areas cover a total ground floor area of 450,000sqm and 210,000sqm respectively.

One of the unique elements to District Eleven is the launch of Kent College Canterbury – Meydan, a strategic partnership between Meydan Group and one of the most respected educational institutes in the U.K. The school will eventually accommodate up to 2,000 students; sport and recreational facilities will include football and rugby fields, cricket grounds and a running track.

Meydan Avenue, previously known as Diamond Business Park, will offer a blend of residential, commercial, retail and recreational facilities enhanced by the sports and leisure attractions featured at Meydan, as well as a comprehensive range of conference and exhibition services, as well as the new Meydan Arena, positioned close to The Meydan Hotel, with the Dubai skyline serving as a dramatic backdrop to special events and functions.

Completing the range of developments at Meydan Avenue will be the new Meydan Headquarters, a 17,500sqm facility with 11,600sqm available as leasable office space to local and international businesses.

Meydan Chairman, Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, said, "We are building desirable communities in Dubai which will become integral areas for living and working in the years to come. It's an exciting time for us at Meydan as construction is underway on both of these major new projects and will soon be coming to life." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Deyaar unveils master plan for Dh3.5bn new upscale development ‘Midtown’ at Cityscape 2014

posted on 22/09/2014

Deyaar Development PJSC has unveiled the masterplan of its 5.5 million sq. feet (build up) upscale development, Midtown by Deyaar, at Cityscape 2014.

The English lexicon defines Midtown as "the central part of the city between the downtown and uptown areas. "With the downtown and uptown areas of Dubai already established, Deyaar found it appropriate to name its iconic township as Midtown," the company said in an announcement.

Saeed Al Qatami, CEO of Deyaar, said, "We are happy to announce the showcase of ‘Midtown', which is set to prove an exceptional addition to our product portfolio and complement Deyaar's pivotal role in the development of the region's property landscape. ‘Midtown' will continue Deyaar's tradition of quality projects taking design-led luxury living to a new level in the region. This project will create a distinctive cultural ambience that enriches the lifestyle of its occupants." He added, "Deyaar's strategy to continue diversifying its portfolio of developments and services has helped the company establish itself as a pioneer in the local real estate market. And through its collaboration with global real estate experts, Deyaar has proven its commitment to innovation and creativity. Designed by OMA, which enjoys an impeccable reputation in architectural design, ‘Midtown' is a sterling example of Deyaar's ongoing priority to bring to market best in class real estate offerings." ‘Midtown by Deyaar' will include a total of 27 buildings. The masterplan comprises two hotels on the northern and southern tips, along with 13 separate residential buildings on the east side of the development, and 12 buildings clustered into four groups. While three buildings are joined into one group on the west side of the master plan, all the 27 buildings will share a one level podium covering retail, parking, and essential services.

The development will be located adjacent to Jumeirah Golf Estates on the southern end. The development overlooks Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the skyline of Dubai including Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Islands, and Jumeirah Village Circle from the northern side. On the east side, it is skirted by the Dubai International Media Production Zone, and is 10 minutes away from Al Maktoum International Airport and 15 minutes from the city centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


UPC hosts first Seychelles Strategic Plan charette

posted on 22/09/2014

Under the visionary leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the strategic direction of H.H. General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, to enhance bilateral relations and collaboration between the U.A.E. and Seychelles Governments, plans being drawn up by the Abu Dhabi Government and the Republic of Seychelles to secure sustainable growth for the island nation will be discussed tomorrow, 22nd September, at a progress meeting for stakeholders.

The first stakeholder charette for the Seychelles Strategic Plan will be held in Victoria, the Seychelles capital, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) announced yesterday.

Entitled, "Where Are We Now?", the charette will reflect on work the UPC has undertaken so far to establish a baseline for the project and consider aspirations for the Seychelles. Stakeholders will also explore opportunities and constraints for growth, and begin discussions on where growth could potentially be located in the future.

Over the three days of the Charrette, stakeholders will work together to develop understandings and identify the key issues to be addressed by the Plan.

The Seychelles Strategic Plan, a collaborative project between the Republic of Seychelles and the Abu Dhabi Government, commenced with a formal kick-off meeting on 26th May 2014. The aim of the project is to develop a plan that will articulate a clear vision for the future of the Seychelles, a country spanning more than 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.

Effective engagement with stakeholders and the community forms one of the cornerstones of the Seychelles Strategic Plan. It will enable a visionary yet deliverable plan to be developed which has buy-in from a broad range of stakeholders.

Stakeholders will examine the key findings in the Existing Conditions Report, which has been prepared by the UPC after a thorough analysis of issues relating to the economy, planning and land use, housing, community facilities, transport, utilities, heritage and architecture, the environment, climate change, flood risk and natural hazards, security and demographics.

By the end of the charette, stakeholders will understand the purpose of the project; they will have discussed and agreed the key issues that the Seychelles Strategic Plan needs to resolve, explored and agreed the vision, discussed the opportunities for and constraints to growth, and identified possible growth scenarios for the next phase of the project.

Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager, UPC, said; "The first Seychelles Strategic Plan charette will demonstrate the progress the UPC has made so far as we work towards a thorough development plan that considers all issues relating to the sustainable growth of a nation.

Success of the plan will depend on stakeholders engaging in its preparation so that it reflects their aspirations, can be delivered and that there is alignment across the public and private sector on the country's priorities. This charette is therefore an important opportunity to provide feedback on our proposals and ensure that the plan reflects the Seychellois context." Christian Lionnet, the Seychelles Minister for Land Use and Housing, commented; "Never before has a small island state benefitted from the preparation of such a detailed plan, which will no doubt set the urban development framework for sustainable growth of the Seychelles up to 2040. Once established, it will guide the decision-making process, identify development and investment projects and also provide clarity, direction and confidence while moving forward.

"The plan preparation process will enhance ownership and will provide Government Ministries with the necessary technical skills to implement and update the plan as and when necessary. I am very excited to view the end product," Lionnet added.

The Seychelles Strategic Plan will cover all of the islands that comprise the Seychelles, with particular focus on the main island of Mahe. A framework plan will be developed for Mahe and a detailed Master Plan will be developed for Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles.

The plan will set out the urban development framework for the sustainable growth of the Seychelles over the next 20 years, and will address priorities for the nation, such as: facilitating economic growth and diversification, protecting the environment by ensuring development is undertaken in appropriate locations and in a sustainable manner, appropriate allocation of land for residential and economic use, protecting the character and heritage of the Seychelles, and preserving and enhancing its social and cultural aspects, to ensure a high quality of life for all. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Etisalat’s mobile app crosses quarter million downloads

posted on 22/09/2014

Etisalat has revealed that over a quarter million users have downloaded the company's new mobile app, Etisalat U.A.E., in just over a month.

Etisalat launched the interactive self-care app to offer customers a range of smart services at their fingertips – mobile account tracking, bill payments, instant subscriptions to packages and bundles, parking payment and much more.

The high number of downloads on both smartphones and tablets confirms the growing demand of mobile content and services in the U.A.E.

Khaled ElKhouly, of Etisalat, said, "We launched the Etisalat U.A.E. app as an essential and valuable channel of interaction with our customers who are increasingly using their mobile devices for routine services round the clock. Our new app broke the quarter million download barrier in just over a month which is an enormous achievement for us. The massive number of transactions such as purchase of new plans and services, as well as bill payments is another indication of the app's success." New data from Etisalat also pointed out the popularity of the app's live chat feature, which is regularly used by travellers as well who enquire about Etisalat's roaming packs most suited to their voice calls or data requirements.

Furthermore, the mobile app recommends products and services customised to each user's current package and usage, and has received positive feedback for its simplicity, design and usability. "Since launch, we have made many enhancements to the app to improve user experience. For example, the individual registration login access has been simplified and at the same time, it is more secure. We have also made major technical improvements to offer real-time information to the users", added Elkhouly.

Other major developments include the ease with which customers can view previous mobile bills, up to six months old.

Elkhouly concluded, "In coming months, we intend to load many more exciting features to the app, making sure that it delivers high quality access and benefits to its users." The app can be downloaded for free on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows platforms. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Ministry of Interior and Etisalat launch E-services ahead of GITEX 2014

posted on 22/09/2014

The Ministry of Interior and the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Etisalat, have announced an array of new e-services scheduled to be launched in the coming few days, prior to GITEX 2014. This step is in pursuance of their commitment to develop police services aimed at boosting community members' security and safety.

Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the Office of H.H. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection at the Ministry of Interior, said, "The cooperation with Etisalat embodies the vision of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, who described the partnership between the public and private sectors as fruitful and successful, and contributes to the development of police services. It also personifies the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Interior to develop smart interactive services via mobile phones.

Major General Al Nuaimi reiterated the keenness of the Ministry of Interior to achieve its vision according to the U.A.E.'s National Agenda for the next seven years, via an array of projects and initiatives related to police and security work.

Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director-General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police, noted that the development and sustainability of smart services are the most effective means to ensure customer satisfaction and to provide security enablers that would achieve the leadership' vision intended to maintain national gains.

Saleh Al Abdooli, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat said, "We are honoured by this strategic partnership with the Ministry of Interior. We will be supporting and marketing future services and technology bundles at GITEX 2014, designed to provide security and safety for all community members. This approach stems out of Etisalat's firm belief in its valuable societal role in enhancing individual and family security for all social classes." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Jafza achieves 21 percent growth in H1, 2014

posted on 22/09/2014

Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) has posted over 21 percent growth in the number of new companies conducting business there in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period last year.

363 new multi-nationals have chosen the Free Zone as their regional base in the first six months. Quite a few of these new joiners are Global Fortune 500 companies, according to the flagship free zone operation of Dubai.

More than 50 percent of these new companies come from the Asia Pacific, led by India and China, while 10 percent are from the Americas and the U.K., which reinforces the strategic importance of JAFZA as the hub to serve the thriving Middle Eastern markets.

Ibrahim Mohammed Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of JAFZA and Chief Commercial Officer of Economic Zones World (EZW), parent company of Jebel Ali Free Zone, commenting on the robust growth of the Free Zone, said, "The large number of high profile multinationals that we have attracted in the first half reinforces JAFZA's invincible status as the gateway to the Middle East and a key driver to attracting foreign direct investment into Dubai and the country. JAFZA accounts for almost 40 percent of FDI into the emirate and 20 percent into the U.A.E. The leading sectors that attracted new companies into the Free Zone include machinery and equipment, it and electronics, building materials and foodstuff." JAFZA remains one of the key drivers of Dubai and the U.A.E.'s non-oil economic development. The Free Zone accounts for more than a half of Dubai's exports and a quarter of its total non-oil trade. JAFZA, according to a PwC report, contributes more than 21 percent to the GDP of Dubai.

Al Janahi continued, "Dubai's right to host World Expo 2020 provides further push to the continuously growing trade and commerce in the U.A.E. and the region. As a facilitator, we have launched a number of important initiatives such as Matajircom and Halal Zone that follow and support the government's strategy to fulfil the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the most dynamic economy in the world." During the first half of the year, JAFZA has announced two important initiatives: Matajircom and Halal Zone that are expected to have a strong impact on the U.A.E. and the entire Middle East.

JAFZA is one of the most diverse free zones in the world. It is currently home to 7,500 of the world's finest companies. 17 percent of these companies are in IT and Electronics, 15 percent in construction material, 12 percent in chemical and petroleum products, 12 percent in machinery and equipment, 10 percent in food and healthcare, 9 percent in automotive and 5 percent in logistics sector. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Agricultural Bank of China celebrates listing one billion renminbi bond on NASDAQ Dubai

posted on 22/09/2014

Min Fang, Senior Executive Officer of the Dubai branch of Agriculture Bank of China (ABC), yesterday rang the market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a one billion renminbi (163 million dollar) bond on NASDAQ Dubai.

ABC, China's third largest bank by assets, is the first Chinese issuer to list a bond on an exchange in the MENA region. ABC went public in 2010 in China, raising 22 billion dollars in what was then the world's largest IPO by value.

The bell ceremony took place in the presence of Tang Weibin, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Dubai; Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Chairman of Dubai Financial Market (DFM); Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of NASDAQ Dubai; Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of NASDAQ Dubai; and senior executives of ABC.

Min Fang, Senior Executive Officer of ABC's Dubai Branch, said: "Our decision to issue and list the renminbi bond in Dubai is an important step in our strategy of global expansion. As the MENA region's international exchange, NASDAQ Dubai is the ideal venue to promote our visibility with investors based in the Middle East and neighbouring countries. We intend to further build the presence of the Chinese currency across MENA from our base in Dubai, in order to provide the best possible service to our customers and business partners and strengthen overall economic and financial cooperation between China and the region." The bank opened its first branch in the MENA region in the DIFC in 2013.

Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC and Chairman of DFM, said: "As the economic and financial ties between China and the Middle East expand rapidly, Dubai is well placed to facilitate a continuing broadening and deepening of this important relationship. The Emirate's sophisticated financial infrastructure is available to promote an offshore renminbi market serving the region and facilitate a range of transactions for the mutual benefit of Chinese and Middle East issuers and investors." Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of NASDAQ Dubai, said: "The listing of ABC's bond on NASDAQ Dubai underlines the important role of the exchange as a global hub that links our region with the rest of the world. NASDAQ Dubai's international framework and regulatory standards provide a transparent and stable environment for regional and international market participants alike." Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of NASDAQ Dubai, said: "The exchange is delighted to provide a platform to support the regional activities of ABC, as one of China's most prominent banks with an expanding footprint in MENA countries. NASDAQ Dubai's high international profile is uniquely positioned to serve issuers from China as they increase their business presence in the region and we look forward to building new relationships with Chinese companies." ABC's bond listed on NASDAQ Dubai on September 15, 2014. NASDAQ Dubai is a global leader in bond listings with a nominal value of 26.79 billion dollars currently listed. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai International Film Festival looks for local hires

posted on 22/09/2014

Serving as the finest platform for cinema enthusiasts and talent alike, the latest edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is once again giving U.A.E. nationals and residents the opportunity to be part of the leading film festival in the region.

Set to captivate the region's film fans, the 11th edition of DIFF, which will run from the 10th to the 17th of December, will bring together filmmakers, industry professionals, leading film talent and media, to further cement its reputation as an innovative, exciting and world-class international film festival.

Mohammed Alhousani, DIFF's Senior Manager, Human Resources and Administration, said, "Since its inception in 2004, DIFF has been proud to deliver a Festival to the people of the city and beyond, by the people of the city.

"Those who have joined us in the past have received invaluable hands-on experience in their chosen field with many choosing to return for multiple editions. We very much look forward to welcoming the talented and enthusiastic teams who will help us deliver a fantastic Festival", he added.

Recognised as an exciting working platform for those interested in the media sector, the festival presents a great opportunity to enhance the skills of its recruits, gain behind-the-scenes experience and acquire inside knowledge on how the industry works.

Running from now through to January, the festival's talent acquisition targets qualified and dedicated candidates who seamlessly cater to an array of short-term vacancies across DIFF operations from front of stage to back office, and are valuable parts of DIFF's vibrant dynamic team.

Shreya Radia, who worked in the Marketing and Events department during last year's DIFF, said, "It was such a great experience to be part of DIFF and contribute to the success of the festival. I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to see how things work behind-the-scenes and I can truly say I learnt something new every single day. The role I was allocated to undertake provided excellent experience and has left an indelible impression on me whilst helping me to progress my career." In previous years, hundreds of temporary staff have joined DIFF annually, undertaking roles from registration to red carpet and hospitality to marketing. This an opportunity for candidates to gain a more in-depth understanding of the festival and its needs, and meet and interview with DIFF teams.

Interested applicants must be over 21 years of age, U.A.E. nationals or residents of the U.A.E. and can register online by completing the festival job application on the DIFF website. All applicants should present a passport copy with a valid U.A.E. visa. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


HCT-Sharjah opens U.A.E.’s first hi-tech Online Learning Zone for students

posted on 22/09/2014

Teaching and learning at the HCT Sharjah Women's College (SWC) has taken on a very hi-tech approach with the opening of its state-of-the-art Online Learning Zone (OLZ).

The new facility, which houses over 150 Apple iMac computers and is the first dedicated centre in the region, will give SWC students the opportunity to further develop their independent learning skills through the integration of the latest technology and e-learning environments.

The college's OLZ will cater for an average of 100 students every hour, equating to almost 1000 students every day and is a further progression of the HCT's ongoing commitment to the integration of technology in the classroom, as well as the extension of e-learning environments for its 20,000 students throughout the U.A.E..

The students will complete two hours independent e-learning activities each week in the OLZ, together with blending learning in the classroom and self-guided learning exercises.

"The classroom revision and formative assessments of learning taking place in the Online Learning Zone provide faculty members with valuable data on student learning, further empowering faculty to provide greater student-centred teaching," David Carter, Supervisor of SWC's Learning Resource Centre and Educational Technology, said.

Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, applauded the initiative of the Sharjah Women's College's Online Learning Zone, which he said was part of the HCT's commitment to excellence in education.

HCT-Sharjah Colleges Director, Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi said the OLZ was an integral component of the Higher Colleges of Technology's utilisation of advanced educational technology throughout its campuses, which has seen it as a leader in educational technology integration. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abu Dhabi University amongst Quacquarelli Symonds world’s top 700 universities

posted on 22/09/2014

Abu Dhabi University has achieved yet another academic accolade on the international higher education circuit, after having entered the ranks of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) top 700 world university rankings of 2014 -2015.

For the third year in a row, ADU was chosen from among more than 3,000 universities considered worldwide, and evaluated according to academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, citations per faculty, and international faculty and student ratio.

Commenting on this new accomplishment, Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University's Board of Directors, stressed that it confirms ADU's growing academic international standing, as well as translates the directives of the U.A.E.'s wise leadership in pursuing top rankings in various global competitiveness indicators, especially those pertaining to higher education.

"Although Abu Dhabi University is only in its 11th year since its inception in 2003, it has certainly held its own in the prestigious world-renowned Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking, being selected among the elite 700 from more than 3,000 universities that were reviewed", explained bin Harmal.

Further research into the QS methodology and ranking indicators has shown Abu Dhabi University to have scored amongst the coveted top 401+ in academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio as well as citations per faculty.

Dr. Nabil Ibrahim, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, explained that being one of the world's top 700 universities for a third year in a row is the result of years of hard intensive work, and qualifies as an acknowledgement of the dedication and efforts of the faculty, staff, students and alumni. It is also a salute to the community and strategic partners as their confidence in ADU's educational outcome has played a vital part in its success. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Emirates College for Advanced Education, Australian Research Council sign MoU for joint educational assessment cooperation

posted on 22/09/2014

Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australian Research Council (ARC) as part of its continuous efforts to promote research on educational evaluation and assessment.

Signed by Professor Mohamed Yousif Baniyas, Vice Chancellor of ECAE and Dr. Elizabeth Hartnell Young, Director, ACER Institute at ARC, the agreement aims at bolstering joint cooperation for improving performance of teachers and the learning process at large and recognising the vital importance of educational research for developing and upgrading educational assessment methods. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


U.A.E. paramedics complete study tour of Australia

posted on 22/09/2014

Nineteen U.A.E. Paramedics have returned from a study tour of Australian ambulance services, undertaken as part of continuing Paramedic Degree studies at the Higher Colleges of Technology Men's College in Dubai of the 19 students, 14 of them were from the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) while the remainder were from Abu Dhabi.

The tour lasted three weeks, during which the paramedics spent time with the Queensland Ambulance Service in Brisbane, the NSW Ambulance Service in Sydney and Ambulance Victoria, in Melbourne.

The key focus points of the study tour was to examine organisation structure, clinical governance and standards, ambulance dispatch, disaster planning, major event planning, and a major highlight of the trip was a two day workshop focusing on disaster management, business continuity and pandemic planning.

Another major focus of the trip was to see how international ambulance services have planned for major events. Australia has had plenty of experience having previously hosted World Expos and most recently the Olympic Games.

The paramedics also benefited from experiencing the Clinical Simulation Laboratories at Queensland Ambulance and Queensland University of Technology.

They spent two days of rigorous clinical training conducted in the simulated environment. Scenarios included trauma and medical emergencies.

As well as three weeks of hard work and site visits, the paramedics were also able to experience the culture and life of Australia. They experienced Australian wildlife at Australia Zoo, visited the Gold Coast, experienced the Outback Spectacular show-casing Australian history, and enjoyed the Vivid Light Spectacular at Sydney Harbour. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


EAD and Shell Abu Dhabi delivers environment awareness to hundreds of thousands of students

posted on 22/09/2014

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, EAD, and Shell Abu Dhabi, have renewed their partnership in a move that will continue to bring the Enviro-Spellathon to schools and students across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Enviro-Spellathon is an award-winning annual environmental education programme that targets students across Abu Dhabi schools in primary and intermediate levels, those aged between 4 and 13. The programme, which has been achieving success since its launch in 2000, is in collaboration with the Emirates Wildlife Society in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature, EWS-WWF, and supported by the Abu Dhabi Education Council, ADEC.

The Enviro-Spellathon programme aims to increase children's environmental knowledge and to instil environment friendly behaviour from a young age. At the beginning of each academic year, EAD, in cooperation with schools' coordinators, distributes a series of educational booklets to each school. The booklets contain educational information and activities concerning the local environment that are developed specifically for students in the emirate. At the end of the year, students are tested on the information provided in the booklet in Arabic and / or English.

The sponsorship agreement was signed by Dr. Jaber Al Jabri, EAD's Deputy Secretary-General, and Andrew Vaughan, Chairman of Shell Abu Dhabi.

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, EAD Secretary-General, said, "The success of the Enviro-Spellathon programme was better than we expected, it has attracted nearly 1.4 million students across 92 percent of the schools in Abu Dhabi last year edition alone. EAD distributed over 150,000 awards and certificates to students and coordinators in 366 schools to recognise their efforts." "As we aim to engage and educate Abu Dhabi's community, EAD, in cooperation with Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, published a set of Enviro-Spellathon booklets that will be available exclusively in Braille in Arabic for visually impaired students from Grades 1 to 6. Through producing Braille resources, we're giving visually impaired students the opportunity to become more actively immersed in environmental education by providing them with a hands-on experience in acquiring knowledge," Al Mubarak added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Emirates Environmental Group announces Clean Up U.A.E. Campaign

posted on 22/09/2014

The Emirates Environmental Group yesterday announced the official commencement of the 13th cycle of the Clean Up U.A.E. Campaign, which aims to protect the local environment.

Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, made the announcement at a press conference in Dubai. She underlined that it is the responsibility of every attendee at the conference to ensure that the message is spread and that awareness becomes instilled in the habits of all citizens in the country.

Representatives of government partners and supporters from all emirates were present to express their commitment to this national event.

It was also announced that the campaign will begin in Dubai on 6th December. "Not only will this be the perfect platform to display cooperation, but it will also be filled with the energy of the U.A.E.'s 43rd anniversary of National Day," according to Al Marashi.

As per the schedule, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will host the campaign on December 7th, Sharjah on December 8th, Ras Al Khaimah on December 9th, Fujairah on December 10th, Umm Al Qaiwain on December 11th, and the closing day with a tree planting will be on December 12th in Ajman.

Al Marashi also extended her appreciation for the support received from Al Ain Municipality, Sharjah Municipality, the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (Government of Sharjah), Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation (FNRC), Municipality and Planning – Ajman, RAK Public Works and Services Dep., Abu Dhabi Scout Mission, Abu Dhabi Municipality, and Umm Al Qaiwain Public Works and Services Department so far. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Tram gearing up for opening

posted on 22/09/2014

With less than two months to go for the Dubai Tram to open, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) workers are on overdrive to finish the work in time.

Phase one of the tram system is expected to begin operations on November 11 on the 10.6 kilometre network from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh.

To be served by 11 trains, each with five carriages divided into Gold, Silver and Family, the Dubai Tram is expected to serve 27,000 riders per day.

The first in the world to have platform screen doors at all 11 stations, the electrically powered tram is designed to be one of the safest across the globe.

The trams will operate every six minutes from 5.30am to midnight daily, with each train carrying a maximum of 405 passengers.

Operating at a maximum speed of 50km/h, the tram will take 42 minutes for trip from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh. – Gulf News -


U.A.E.'s 'Little Alonso' wins silverware in Italy

posted on 22/09/2014

Six-year old schoolboy Rashid Al Dhaheri returned home to Abu Dhabi with a big trophy for his efforts in the Trofeo Academy Championkart (Italian Championship) at Ala Karting Circuit near Verona.

The youngster - popularly known as 'Little Alonso' - who is on the final stages of an intensive summer karting campaign in Italy, continued his busy schedule with 12 practice sessions driving more than 180km on the challenging circuit on the foot of the Alps, in sunny and fresh conditions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It did not take long for Al Dhaheri to find his rhythm in the Baby Academy field despite it being his first visit to the karting venue in northern Italy. He was soon at the sharp end of the timing screens and among the pace setters.

In the first heat, starting 16th out of 25 drivers, Al Dhaheri gave a gutsy performance as he powered through the field to take fourth place in the eight minutes heat and again impressing the paddock with his constantly improving race-craft and clean driving.

From second place on the grid Al Dhaheri challenged for the lead in heat two, and managed to hold on to take second place - a good reward for a tough weekend in the category 6-10 years old drivers.

Al Dhaheri is campaigning in the Trofeo Academy Championkart Championship with Parolin kart, and has become a benchmark junior driver for the global manufacturer who has designed a special kart for the diminutive Emirati boy.

At the end of the race weekend, managing director Albino Parolin reflected on Al Dhaheri's showing at Ala: "We are very pleased to have a talented young driver like Rashid in our championship and we hope the newly designed kart suits his talent and performance. I am very pleased with the speed he had throughout the week end."

Al Dhaheri travels to Jesolo for the next round of his Italian campaign, for the race weekend on September 26-28 at the Pista Azurra in Jesolo near Venice. – Emirates 24│7 -