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GCC and Arab Coalition reiterate commitment to protecting Yemeni people, backing legitimate government

posted on 26/04/2017

GENEVA: The Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, GCC, and the Arab Coalition for supporting legitimacy in Yemen remain committed to protecting the Yemeni people, backing the internationally-recognised legitimate government and meeting the humanitarian and development needs of Yemen based on their fraternal bonds with Yemen and the fact that they share a common destiny with their neighbour, said a statement by the six-member Arab regional bloc during a high-level pledging conference for Yemen, held today in Geneva, Switzerland.

The GCC continues to be the largest humanitarian donor for Yemen and prioritises reconstruction, development and economic recovery in the country as well as its economic integration with the GCC, said the GCC statement delivered by Bahraini Assistant Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Faisal bin Jabur Al Dosari at the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen.

"Aid provided by the GCC humanitarian agencies and funds account for more than 85 per cent of total aid received by Yemen," he noted.

"The GCC members also give great attention to co-ordination and dialogue in relief and humanitarian work," he added, while urging for wider co-ordination between the United Nations' aid agencies and the Yemeni government.

Aid for Yemen should not be politicised and humanitarian aid delivery should be facilitated, he stressed.

The GCC believes in diplomacy and peaceful solutions to conflicts, Al Dosari further said.

The six members of the GCC are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

The High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen was co-hosted by the governments of Switzerland and Sweden, and was held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610448


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Abdullah bin Zayed visits the oldest high school in Japan

posted on 26/04/2017

TOKYO: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has visited Japan's Hibiya High School, established in 1878, which is considered one of the oldest high schools in the world.

A delegation from the school welcomed H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and gave him a presentation about the school's history and academic specialities.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah viewed the educational system applied in the school, and inspected its various educational facilities.

At the end of the visit, Sheikh Abdullah expressed his admiration for the school and the role it plays in educating the youth, as well as the Japanese educational system.

Sheikh Abdullah was accompanied by Khaled Omran Al-Amiri, UAE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, and a delegation from the UAE's Ministry of Education. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610292


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Abdullah bin Zayed meets UAE scholarship students in Japan

posted on 26/04/2017

TOKYO: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, today met with Emirati students studying at a number of Japanese universities as part of his official visit to Japan.

During his meeting with them, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah was introduced to their academic specialisations and their living conditions in Japan. The minister also heard from the scholarship students on their proposals.

Sheikh Abdullah urged the students to pursue academic excellence through diligence in order to contribute to the nation's development process in the future.

The minister also expressed his delight with meeting the students and their keenness to complete their academic achievements and their aspirations to return home to play an effective role in promoting the natoin's sustainable development.

The UAE students expressed their pride and delight in meeting with Sheikh Abdullah vowing to do their best to make their nation proud. They also expressed their appreciation of their country's support and the services it provides to ensure their journey is completed with ease and comfort.

The meeting was attended by Khaled Omran Al-Amiri, UAE Ambassador to Japan. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610293


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UAE delegation to the UN makes case for regional cooperation on labour mobility

posted on 26/04/2017

NEW YORK: A UAE delegation to the United Nations yesterday began an eighteen-month programme of engagement in high-level intergovernmental negations on labour mobility. The delegation, from the Ministry of Human and Resources and Emiratisation, joined the UAE's Mission to the UN in New York in speaking at a forum convened by the International Organisation for Migration, IOM.

The intergovernmental negotiations, under the auspices of the United Nations, are designed to lead to a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a non-binding commitment to improve the international governance of labour mobility.

Speaking at the forum, the UAE delegation highlighted the role of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, which plays an important role in coordinating relations between GCC states and countries of labour origin. Addressing other member states of the United Nations, the delegation emphasised that regional cooperation is critical in ensuring that labour mobility is well regulated and that the benefits of labour mobility are built on.

In particular, the Abu Dhabi Dialogue has been working to create innovative solutions in three distinct areas: fair recruitment practices, mutual recognition of skills, and the use of technology to regulate labour markets.

The delegation emphasised that it is critical that insights from regional consultative processes like the Abu Dhabi Dialogue find their way into the Global Compact on Migration.

Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman Salem Al Nuaimi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Communications and International Relations at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, who led the UAE delegation, said, "The Abu Dhabi Dialogue is increasingly recognised as one of the most active of the regional consultative processes, and will be an important example when formulating the Global Compact on Migration on how states can cooperate on key issues around labour mobility. This event in New York marks an important moment for us to begin our involvement in the process." http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610288


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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development inspects progress of AED4.6b projects in Morocco

posted on 26/04/2017

A team from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, was recently in Morocco to inspect progress of projects funded by the Abu Dhabi government institution to drive development in the country's key sectors.

The team's visit took place within the framework of the 2013 UAE government grant contribution of AED4.6 billion to the Gulf Development Fund, a programme to finance development projects in Morocco over a five-year period.

These includes projects at Casablanca Port, Kharroub Dam, Al-Muhammadiyah, a college in Tangier, a high-speed train, infrastructure projects in Asilah city, a university hospital and others.

Many of the ADFD-funded projects are in their final stages of completion. Al-Muhammadiyah Port and the Casablanca Port are 95 and 82 percent complete, respectively.

ADFD's support for development in Morocco is part of the UAE-Morocco strong relations driven by the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.M King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

A technical delegation from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development visited Morocco recently to inspect progress of the projects including the Mohammed VI University Hospital project, located in the city of Marrakesh, for which the ADFD contributed $65 million.

The 916-bed state-of-the-art multi-speciality hospital is 75 per cent complete and is expected to open by the end of this year.

Asilah City is home to the Asilah Museum project, now 85 per cent complete, which features a cultural centre planned to attract more tourists.

The ADFD contributed around $140 million to the high-speed train project, now 75 percent complete, and is expected to be launched in December. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610458


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New Emirati free trade zone for European markets announced at Hannover Messe

posted on 26/04/2017

HANNOVER: Abu Dhabi Ports announced yesterday that its Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone will open to European markets, revealing details to an international audience during the sixth annual UAE Business and Investment Forum at Hannover Messe.

Mana Mohammed Saeed Al Mulla, CEO of Khalifa Industrial Zone, KIZAD, noted that the new free trade zone, which boosted the total size of KIZAD free trade space to more than 100 million square metres, has received 130 international and local investors since opening in 2016.

The Business and Investment Forum is a key annual event for raising awareness about foreign direct investment opportunities available to international stakeholders and conducting business-to-business and business-to-government meetings.

Across keynote speeches and three panel discussions, high-level officials and representatives from leading Emirati manufacturers and industry organisations discussed the country's transition to a post-oil economy, innovation and technological applications throughout the UAE, and the national readiness for international investments.

In particular, government officials highlighted the vital role of SMEs to the UAE, describing them as the "backbone" of the economy, as well as noting the strength of German-Emirati trade relations and ongoing direct investments.

Speaking to an audience of international stakeholders and investors, Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy, said, "Collectively, small- and medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of our national economy. SMEs account for over 60 per cent of the UAE's GDP, so we are committed to facilitating their sustained and comprehensive growth – especially those that are directly involved in industrial production."

Also introducing the event was Ali Majed Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development-Abu Dhabi, who spoke of the Emirate's focus on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, 4IR. "This year, we have chosen to highlight the UAE's contribution to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is our aim to drive this revolution and lead the efforts to advance these strategic initiatives into a global movement. Last year, the UAE launched a six-pronged operational programme, representing the first national policy to adopt technologies in support of 4IR," Al Mansouri said.

Ali Abdullah Al Ahmed, the UAE Ambassador to Germany, spoke of the strong business and financial relations between the two countries. Al Ahmed noted that the UAE is Germany's largest trade partner in the Middle East and North Africa region with bilateral trade that amounted to 15.52 billion Euros in 2015, which is equivalent to 30 per cent of the total trade with the region. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610479


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Mohamed bin Zayed receives Australian PM, discusses co-operation

posted on 26/04/2017

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received the visiting Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, at Al Shati Palace on Tuesday.

They discussed co-operation between the UAE and Australia in various trade, economic and investment domains, especially issues related to energy.

Sheikh Mohamed and Turnbull also reviewed their existing co-operation efforts, which has seen further progress and development due to the encouragement and support of the leadership in the two countries to enhance mutual relations in the best interest of both sides.

Sheikh Mohamed and Turnbull discussed several issues and the latest regional and global developments. They also emphasised the importance achieving stability, peace and finding peaceful solutions for crises seen by countries in the region as well as working together to fight terrorist organisations and drying up their sources.

Those who attended the meeting included Dr. Obaid Al Heri Salem Al Ketbi, UAE Ambassador to Australia, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.

Arthur Milton Spiro, Ambassador of Australia to the UAE, and officials from Australia also attended the meeting. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610379


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UAE, Australia discuss ways of developing commercial, investment exchange

posted on 26/04/2017

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister of Commerce, Tourism and Investment, discussed ways of developing commercial and investment exchange between the two countries.

The meeting was held at the ministry's headquarters in Dubai, in the presence of Abdullah Sultan Al Shams Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Industry, the Consul-General of the Australian Embassy in the UAE, and several senior officials and counsellors from both sides.

Both sides stressed their common desire to increase joint co-operation in several vital economic sectors, notably the tourism sector that has promising opportunities for growth and is attracting increasing interest from UAE investors to engage in tourism and hotel projects in the Australian market. They also highlighted the importance of further strengthening co-operation in the aviation sector, as one of the most successful models of co-operation between the two countries.

They discussed co-ordinating the establishment of a joint economic committee this year and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of innovation, which is being drafted by specialists from both sides, to address the latest developments on current negotiations between Australia and GCC countries on the signing of a free trade agreement.

During the meeting, the Australian side expressed their interest in participating in Dubai Expo 2020, which will provide beneficial opportunities for developing joint co-operation between the two countries, and enhancing the presence of Australian investments in both the UAE and the entire region.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri highlighted the growing economic and commercial relations between the UAE and Australia as reflected in their development of commercial exchange, with their non-oil foreign trade reaching US$2.8 billion in 2015 and around $2.1 billion during the first nine months of 2016.

He added that while these are excellent figures, they are still looking forward to developing mutual economic ties during the coming period, in accordance with the economic visions and development goals of both countries. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610430


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ERC sends more aid to Somalia

posted on 26/04/2017

A ship carrying 4,259 tonnes of relief items from the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, left the UAE on Tuesday for Berbera Port in Somalia to support the people who have been displaced and affected by famine and to enhance their humanitarian situation.

The aid, which is worth AED10.3 million, includes food, shelter materials, clothes, blankets, mattresses, and children's health supplies.

The humanitarian aid shipment was sent under the directives of the wise leadership and follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC, to provide assistance to meet the needs of the Somalians.

Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tunaiji, Director of Logistics at the ERC, said that the ship carried 3,819 tonnes of foodstuff, 356 tonnes of water, 51 tonnes of clothing, blankets, blankets and health supplies for children, and 23 tonnes of tents and mattresses.

The ship is expected to arrive at Berbera Port at the beginning of May. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610395


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UAE stocks gain AED 3.5 billion led by First Abu Dhabi Bank

posted on 26/04/2017

UAE stock markets closed in green securing AED 3.5 billion in profits driven by the blue chips, specially those at the banking and real estate sectors.

First Abu Dhabi Bank's share jumped to AED 11.20 after the General Assembly of the new banking entity created following the merger of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank has approved "First Abu Dhabi Bank" as the new name of the bank . The National Union Bank's share reached AED 5.12 while Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank closed up at AED 7.02.

At DFM, EMAAR Properties' share rose to AED 7.24 followed by EMAAR Malls at AED 2.67. At the banking sector, Emirates NBD rose to AED8.13 and Dubai Islamic Bank to AED 5.89.

The ADX General Index closed high at 4564 points, an increase of 0.75 percent while DFM General Index grew by 0.08 percent at 3433 points.

According to market data, a total of 3928 transactions have been conducted worth AED 462 million over 331 million shares. Out of 59 shares traded on Tuesday, April 25, 31 companies closed high, 19 down and nine companies at closed at their last traded prices. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610376


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Sharjah Art Foundation announces details of the second Sharjah Biennial 13

posted on 26/04/2017

The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the details of the second Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj, SB13. Taking place in various locations across Istanbul, 'Bahar', or Spring, is the second of four SB13 off-site projects centred around the keywords water, crops, earth and culinary.

SB13 curator Christine Tohme has invited Zeynep Oz to be the interlocutor who researches and dialogues with the keyword ‘crops'. Oz has conceived and organised a programme of commissioned exhibitions and performances to be presented from 13th May to 10th June 2017, which coincide with Turkey's Hidirellez festival, a celebration of the arrival of spring and revival of nature.

Oz's intervention follows the life cycle of seeds, exploring questions of dormancy and latency as well as states of pauses in our lives and sleep, and connects this cycle to a wider examination of the psychological, institutional and cultural. Seed dormancy, when seeds remain inert due to unsuitable germination conditions, is defined as arrested growth, a temporary halt, a state of rest and a period of waiting. A vital mechanism for enhancing the probability of survival, dormancy ensures the temporal and spatial dispersal of seeds as they wait for their turn to awake.

Inspired by the crucial significance of timing in the processes of seed dormancy, Bahar explores the suspension of activity and the different stages and implications of sleep. The question of whether seeds will remain dormant or people inactive, or whether a source of energy will spur growth or awaken the development process is critical.

Taking place from January 2016 to January 2018, Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj encompasses exhibitions, projects and educational programmes in five locations, expanding the biennial structure across space and time. Curated by Christine Tohme, tamawuj is an Arabic word that suggests the rising and falling of waves, a flowing, swelling, surging or fluctuation, or a wavy, undulating appearance, outline or form.

Tamawuj also seeks to mobilise ongoing conversations. Four interlocutors in as many cities organise projects around keywords that are integral to SB13's conceptual framework. Kader Attia investigated water in Dakar in January 2017, Zeynep Oz considers crops in Istanbul on 13th May, Lara Khaldi will study earth in Ramallah on 10th August, and Ashkal Alwan is to reflect on the culinary in Beirut on 15th October 2017. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610350


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Dubai Tourism champions vocational education with the launch of Dubai College Of Tourism

posted on 26/04/2017

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, also known as Dubai Tourism, has announced the launch of the Dubai College of Tourism, DCT, an institution dedicated to training the next generation of tourism professionals and providing school leavers with an alternative option for further education, that bridges the gap between in-house training and a full bachelor's degree. The Government backed vocational college will be accepting its first batch of students in September 2017.

DCT's mandate is to educate and empower future leaders, entrepreneurs and employees of Dubai's expanding tourism industry, ensuring a steady pipeline of highly trained hospitality professionals for the city.

The opening of the institution is in line with Dubai Tourism's strategy, that aims to welcome 20 million visitors to the city by 2020. In addition, the college will also serve as the base to develop and roll out training and industry on-boarding programmes that encourage young UAE Nationals to be part of the city's evolving tourism sector.

DCT's focus on vocational led education addresses the need to increase the number of technical education options across the emirate, to help students specialise in a particular trade.

The college's practical and flexible vocational courses are focused around five core faculties, tourism, events, hospitality, retail and culinary arts, and have been designed to help young people learn various trade and soft skills from established professionals in the industry.

The educational programmes will be accredited by Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority, KHDA, and DCT has also partnered with Australian vocational educational experts TAFE SA, whose advisors will be providing curriculum development support and teacher training expertise.

Essa bin Hadher, General Manager of DCT, said, "Developing a knowledgeable and well-rounded hospitality workforce that delivers exceptional customer service is key to Dubai's rapidly expanding tourism industry. Supported by the Government, Dubai College of Tourism is dedicated to delivering ‘best-in-class' vocational educational programmes that will develop key skills, provide practical on-the-job experience and ensure we meet the needs of both learners and employers."

"The college's strong relationships with industry stakeholders, many of whom are members of our Advisory Board, will mean that we are best positioned to help our students find jobs after they have completed their training. We will nurture and hone the talent of Dubai's young people, both expat and Emirati, who want to study, work and succeed in the city they have grown up in and call home," he added.

DCT will be welcoming its first intake of students in the college's ‘Introduction to the Tourism Industry' programme in September 2017. Individual and in-depth certificate and diploma courses for each faculty will be introduced from January 2018 onwards.

DCT is now accepting applications for the September 2017 ‘Introduction to the Tourism Industry' programme via the college's website. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610331


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