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London Array proves viability of large-scale renewable projects as it celebrates two years of successful operations

posted on 05/07/2015

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the inauguration and completion of London Array – the world's largest offshore wind farm. The sophisticated, 630-megawatt wind power project – and Masdar's largest international investment to date – continues to deliver clean and reliable energy to more than half-a-million homes throughout the United Kingdom.

Since its launch, London Array has produced more than 5-terawatt hours of affordable, renewable electricity, while mitigating more than 2 million tons of CO2 emissions.

"As the largest operating offshore wind farm, the London Array has helped lead the way for the global renewable energy sector," said Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy and clean-technology company. "London Array's performance over the past two years is a powerful example of renewable energy's emergence as a cost-effective means to deliver clean power to millions of citizens – no longer are renewables an expensive alternative power for the few."

Spread out across 100-square kilometres, equal to 10,000 football pitches, the construction of this expansive offshore windfarm pushed the limits of design and logistics, with 60 sea vessels and 1,000 people at the installation's site at that time. Those efforts resulted in 175 wind turbines that, today, power nearly one in 50 British homes.

"The London Array is a testament to the UAE's status as a responsible and innovative energy leader, and is one reason why Masdar has earned its reputation in the marketplace as one of the world's most forward-thinking energy companies," Dr Belhoul added.

A joint venture between E.ON (30%), DONG Energy (25%), La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (25%) and Masdar (20%), the London Array is located in the outer Thames Estuary in the United Kingdom, 20 kilometres off the coast of Kent in southeast England.

The components of the offshore installation are also impressive as each wind turbine has a circumference that is equivalent to one and a half times the size of London's Wembley Stadium's football pitch. The turbines are designed to run for more than 20 years, 24-hours a day and seven days a week.

The development of London Array positioned Masdar as a leader in the offshore wind power sector and enabled the company to pursue further projects, such as the 402-megawatt Dudgeon offshore wind farm under construction in the North Sea.

In the Middle East, Masdar is also partnering on the development of onshore wind farms in Jordan and Oman. Globally, Masdar has 1.5 gigawatts of clean energy in operation or under development.

Masdar is Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company which works to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today's fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirates' long-term vision for the future of energy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


History made, Solar Impulse 2 gears up for next leg

posted on 05/07/2015

After making history by flying non-stop for five days and nights, Solar Impulse 2 is gearing up for its next challenge — a flight from Hawaii to Phoenix, USA and onwards to New York, Europe and back to Abu Dhabi.

The aircraft is expected to clock an estimated 20,000 kilometres over the next five legs of the flight, heading back to Abu Dhabi, from where it began the historic journey in March. An estimate 390 hours of flight time will be required to complete the remaining legs.

Solar Impulse 2 not only created an aviation record by completing its 177-hour journey from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii on Friday morning (8pm UAE time), but also achieved a historic first for renewable energy.

Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of Solar Impulse and the second pilot of the team, said that the flight proved that "nobody now can say that renewable energy cannot do the impossible”. He added, "Flying day and night, five days five nights … What André Borschberg has done today is the most extraordinary flight you make.”

He added: "Would you imagine that André's flight was longer than all the other single-seater aeroplane flights who had fuel? That's an incredible message. Now you fly longer with no fuel than with fuel, so what André Borschberg has done is not only a historic first for aviation but a historic first for renewable energy.”

However, the challenges don't stop with the completion of this journey, as Solar Impulse 2 prepares for its next leg, flying from Hawaii to Phoenix, USA, for 100 hours straight, with Picard at the helm.

André Borschberg, CEO of Solar Impulse, flew non-stop for over four days, recording the longest ever solo flight in the history of aviation, all without using a single drop of fuel.

The flight had its challenges before being able to start this leg of its journey, with the aircraft being grounded in Japan for over three weeks, and having to go through two delays due to unfavourable weather conditions over the Pacific.

Remarkably, once the aircraft was in the air, the flight did not run into any major problems, even with all the challenges and risks it faced while in the air. During the journey André Borschberg would only take occasional 20-minute sleeping breaks.

On arrival Piccard, alongside members of the Solar Impulse team, enthusiastically greeted Borschberg.

Speaking to the media after landing, Borschberg said he felt good and was "disappointed” that the flight was over. "Interestingly not really [feeling exhausted], I'm also astonished [by this] but we got so much support during the flight from so many people, I got messages all the time in the cockpit, it gave me so much energy, there was no way to stop or to fail.”

"When I was planning to come [for the landing] I was disappointed that the flight was already over”.

Explaining how he coped with the long flight, he said, "I do a lot of yoga and meditation … It gives a lot of benefits, one benefit is you become an observer about what you do. I take a distance and I understand the way I react and it helps me change my reaction to become less stressed.”

Borschberg spoke on some of the challenges he faced during the flight, including one on the day of the landing, "There are sometimes special moments like this morning, for example, we were surprised to get into clouds where we didn't expect, so you have moments where you have to get all your resources together to be able to move forward,” he explained.

The Solar Impulse 2 began its historic journey across the world on March 9 when it flew out of Abu Dhabi. The aircraft is expected to complete its journey by landing back in Abu Dhabi sometime in late July or early August.

The aircraft's wingspan is longer than that of a jumbo jet, but it weighs only 2.3 tonnes — about the same as a car. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


The complex task of building moving sand-dune walls at the UAE pavilion in Milan

posted on 05/07/2015

Hundreds of intricate panels expertly made by engineers and workers in a factory in southern China were fitted together perfectly to build the giant, dune-inspired structure that is attracting thousands of people at the Milan Expo.

The sand-textured UAE pavilion walls were created using 330 moulds to replicate the patterns and ridges of dunes on to 903 panels made at a unit near Panyu city.

"People are touching it and can't believe it's concrete; they say it looks and feels like sand,” said Trevor Gregory, chairman of CanBuild, a Hong Kong-based architectural project management company. "An actual sand dune ridge moves up and down through the canyon so every panel is different. You not only see ripples, you also see splits in the ripples.”

Dunes in Al Ain were photographed to capture the vivid colours of the sand. A blend of yellow, orange and red pigments replicated vibrant shades on to the pavilion walls.

The CanBuild team constructed a mock-up last year based on the concept design mapped out by lead architects Foster + Partners. Production of glass-reinforced concrete (GRC) panels began in October last year and continued for four months.

A large area at the CanBuild yard was cleared to test sheets that varied in height from the size of a double-decker bus to a three-storey house.

"We had to make panels that connected together perfectly,” Mr Gregory said. "Nine panels together was the maximum we could do because that was over 200 square metres in a day. GRC is a special material with which you can do special things.

"It's a very strong material in terms of tensile strength. If that was normal concrete, the panels would have weighed 10 times more and would have been impossible to install. Plus, you would never get the fineness of detail.”

Working to the deadline was key, said John Bottomley, director of CanBuild. "We had up to 140 people working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The most challenging task was to keep within the time frame due to the 330 different types of moulds that needed to be fabricated, coupled with the high degree of complexity.”

The final batch was shipped to Milan in March, in time for the expo opening on May 1. "The size was designed from the start to fit inside a container,” Mr Bottomley said. The pavilion also needed to be easily dismantled so it could be transported to its final home in Masdar City when the expo ends in November.

"GRC is robust, which is ideal for the desert environment and allows good ventilation,” said Gerard Evenden, senior executive partner at Foster + Partners. "This is essential in keeping the building cool in both climates.”

The project was a creative challenge for engineers usually involved in building homes and bridges. CanBuild has also worked on projects in the UAE including Masdar, the Zabeel Palace boundary wall and the Dubai Metro. "The UAE pavilion is really a construction project but it's quite unique because people are not treating it like a building but like a work of art,” Mr Gregory said. – The National -


Abu Dhabi Classic FM honoured in New York

posted on 05/07/2015

Abu Dhabi Classic FM was acknowledged in New York Festival's International Radio Program Awards. The station, owned by Abu Dhabi Media, which publishes The National, received a Finals Certificate in the Children/Young Adult category for its hour-long morning programme Kids' Classics. Broadcasting at 6.30am from Sunday to Thursday, the show is led by host Damian Watson, who teams up with his fictitious sidekick, the bumbling producer Ludvig, as they play popular orchestral pieces, including music from Disney films and other children's favourites. Station manager Mathew Sansom was in New York to pick up the certificate. "We're thrilled to get recognition on this global stage,” he said. "Huge kudos to Damian and to the rest of the team.” Abu Dhabi Classic FM is broadcast on 91.6 Abu Dhabi, 105.2 Al Ain and 87.9 Dubai. – The National -


Drydocks World marks key milestone in completing the world’s largest turret

posted on 05/07/2015

Drydocks World has marked a major milestone in successfully completing the world's largest turret mooring system with H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group attending the sail-away and completion ceremony to celebrate the occasion.

At almost 100 meters high, weighing over 11,000 tons and with a diameter of 26 meters, the turret will ensure the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility can operate safely in the most extreme weather conditions.

This innovative FLNG storage and production facility will be stationed by Shell at its Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia, unlocking new essential energy resources offshore to meet growing demand.

Drydocks World has constructed the world's largest turret for SBM Offshore, Technip and Shell; the excellent teamwork and dedicated personnel involved ensured the highest possible standards in safety, quality and operational excellence. With over 5 million LTI-free man-hours completed on the turret project, this is a testament to the impeccable safety record the organisation maintains.

The company has said that this project confirms Drydocks World's position as a leader in turret fabrication, strengthening the company's position as one of the few worldwide specialists capable of delivering such large-scale projects. Drydocks World has delivered 5 modules for the Shell FLNG turret mooring system and delivery of module 5 represents the completion of the crown jewel of this project, with the turret being the heart of the Prelude FLNG. Dubai is well known for their record-breaking construction projects, and completion of the world's largest turret is Drydocks World's contribution towards the continuation of recording breaking projects in Dubai.

"This project exemplifies the global nature of the offshore industry, with designs completed in Monaco, construction in Dubai, the modules shipped to South Korea, and for use off Australia, together our companies have come together to create innovative technology for the global energy sector. Drydocks World has worked with SBM Offshore on several key industry-leading projects, in addition to a strategic alliance agreement with Shell on the repair and maintenance side, and we have had the privilege of working with Technip on numerous occasions. The opportunity to again work jointly on this pioneering project has been very successful, and Drydocks World looks forward to working together on many more projects in the future," according to the Drydocks. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Water Aid bolsters UAE’s global position in humanitarian aid

posted on 05/07/2015

The UAE has established its global position in humanitarian initiatives and humanitarian aid, and its leading role in promoting human solidarity. It has an effective role in the international efforts to combat humanitarian challenges. The UAE has a strong presence in the areas of humanitarian aid and emergency and long-term aid in all parts of the world.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree establishing the UAE Water Aid Foundation as non-profit organisation. Based on the decree, the Board of Trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation was formed. It is chaired by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DEWA and membership of one representative each from Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, Emirates Red Crescent, UAE University, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, and two representatives from DEWA. The Board of Trustees is valid for three years with the possibility of extension.

Moreover Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi was assigned as Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation. Since its establishment, UAE Water Aid has become a distinguished organisation that provides humanitarian aid to the needy and distressed around the world.

"His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum established the UAE Water Aid Foundation with the noble intention of enhancing the global position of the UAE and supporting countries world around the world by coordinating humanitarian efforts and initiatives to improve the living conditions of poor and disaster-stricken areas, and achieve the sustainable development of all humanity. It also shares international efforts to provide potable clean water, and fight water-related diseases that threaten lives," said Mohammed Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

Al Tayer noted that establishing the Foundation by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a great support to international efforts to provide clean water to millions of people around the world. The UAE Water Aid Foundation provides clean water to the needy, conducts studies and research to support producing water using solar power, contribute to financing and supporting water-technology projects to combat drought, and supervise a million-dollar annual award for researches that develop new technologies and mechanisms to produce water using solar power.

The UAE Water Aid Foundation works to provide potable water to the needy, the disadvantaged, and those who are in distress around the world. It contributes to finding permanent and sustainable solutions to water scarcity around the world. This is done using the latest technologies, desalinating water using solar power, and providing new and innovative technological solutions for communities that suffer from scarcity and contamination of drinking water. The Foundation will conduct studies and research to tackle water scarcity, particularly using solar power. This achieves the Foundation's objectives and supports it in carrying out the tasks entrusted in it. This is done in coordination and partnership with educational, academic, and international organisations.

"The UAE Water Aid Foundation recently launched a number of campaigns to distribute water to Ramadan tents and mosques in collaboration with associations and charities in the UAE, in addition to relief assistance to Yemen in cooperation with the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation. The Foundation is also cooperating with DEWA in the field of research and development on desalination and purification of water using solar energy. The foundation also will cooperate with The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment for the provision of water in various countries of the world , based on the a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed previously," said Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation.

In June 2014, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the UAE Water Aid ‘Suqia' campaign to provide access to fresh drinking water for 5 million people around the world. The campaign has great response from society and achieved remarkable success. It surpassed its targets, collecting over Dh180 million, enough to provide water to over 7 million people around the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


DoF- Abu Dhabi wins 2015 Adam Smith award for ‘Best in Class Treasury Solution in the Middle East’

posted on 05/07/2015

The Department of Finance (DoF) – Abu Dhabi has received an Adam Smith award in the ‘Best in Class Treasury Solution in the Middle East' category; during the eighth "Adam Smith" award presentation ceremony.

The awards are organised annually by Treasury Today, a magazine which specialises in financial affairs and capital markets.

DoF – Abu Dhabi received the award for its implementation of a Treasury Single Account (TSA), which plays a key role in improving transparency and enhancing the efficiency of government financial operations. The Adam Smith Awards programme is recognised as one of the ultimate international benchmarks for achievements in corporate treasury. The awards are presented to financial institutions to celebrate their innovation, creativity and excellence in the corporate treasury sector. The awards ceremony was attended by over 200 treasury officials and financial experts from 23 countries across the world.

Commenting on this award-win, Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of DoF- Abu Dhabi stressed the Department's commitment to fulfilling the vision of the UAE's wise leadership to develop the financial management system under decentralisation, standardise financial policies and accounting systems, as well as implement best practices for the TSA. The TSA plays an important role in strengthening the ability of government entities to manage their budgets efficiently, ensuring accountability and control over public spending.

Al Suwaidi said: "DoF- Abu Dhabi seeks to implement an effective and efficient financial management system by working in accordance with a unified government vision, as well developing the Emirate's financial infrastructure and framework. This helps to enhance the government's financial operations, raise transparency levels and also enables the Department to plan according to accurate data in order to support sustainable development and economic prosperity within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi."

He continued: "TSA improves the efficiency of managing costs, expenses and receipts, and facilitates a standardised financial reporting framework as well as a level of autonomy for government entities. This in turn enhances DoF's role in the process of developing financial policies."

Salah Mohamed Al Weswasi, Executive Director of Policy and Financial Systems Sector at DoF- Abu Dhabi said: "Developing a TSA will result in adopting a zero-based balanced system for all financial transactions. The required balance for payments and cash by government entities which fund their operational and capital operations from the general budget of the Abu Dhabi Government will be transferred on a daily basis to their secondary accounts from DoF's central account. This will ensure that payments are timely and surpluses are collected, monitored and managed effectively."

The panel of judges of the Adam Smith Awards base their assessment on a number of elements when selecting winners from financial institutions located in Europe, North and South America, Africa and the Middle East. The assessment includes evaluating the systems and programmes in place for the optimal use of resources and highest return on investment, in addition to the approved framework for the structure and organisation of the treasury department. The judges also assess these institutions' ability to enhance the speed and efficiency of their financial operations based on the latest IT systems as well as solutions which are specifically customised to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and quality in financial operations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


President, VP and Mohamed bin Zayed congratulate US President on Independence Day

posted on 05/07/2015

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory cable to US President Barack Obama on the occasion of his country's Independence Day.

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces have also dispatched similar congratulatory cables to the US president on the same occasion. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Hazza chairs Emirates ID board meeting; stresses Authority will spare no effort to back FNC elections

posted on 05/07/2015

H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID or EIDA) has emphasised that the Authority will spare no effort to back the Federal National Council (FNC) elections to be held on 3 October.

Speaking during a meeting of the new board of Emirates ID, H.H. Sheikh Hazza underscored the effective role the Authority plays in the UAE's progress in various spheres, the government services and the shift to smart government in particular.

This is the first meeting of the new board of Emirates ID in 2015 after President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan reconstituted it by virtue of Federal Decree No. 56 for 2015.

H.H. Sheikh Hazza noted that the elections require Emirates ID to mobilise all its capabilities to support the process which he described as a national celebration with the new smart application, the National Election Committee (NEC) app, launched recently to offer an interactive platform for the FNC elections where voters should use their Emirates ID cards.

He also underscored the importance of the Authority's vital work towards completing electronic linkage with all other authorities in the country.

He urged concerned departments to redouble their efforts to complete the vital projects to enhance real-time data exchange, simplify services in the private and public sectors, streamline procedures, reduce costs and provide citizens and expatriates excellent, secure and effective services that meet international standards.

During the meeting, the board discussed the 2014-2015 budget, the use of procedures of institutional governance in all projects and the application of regulations for federal human resources.

The Emirates ID's board members who attended the meeting were: Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour; Ahmed Mohmmed Al Hemairi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Mohammed Ahmed Al Shehhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy; Staff Major General Eisa Saif Al Mazrouie, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces; Major General Awadh Hadher Al Mehairi; Abdullah Saif Al Nuaimi; and Saeed Abdullah Al Ghafli, Director-General of Emirates Identity Authority. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai Charity Association announces phase-2 of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Village in Mauritania

posted on 05/07/2015

Dubai Charity Association has launched the second phase of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Village in Southern Mauritania in southern Mauritania in collaboration with the Nubian Vault Association (AVN, Association la Voute Nubienne).

In the second phase of the project, 31 houses, a mosque, a school, a clinic and a popular market were built at a cost of up to Dh600,000.

Ahmed Mesmar, Secretary-General of the Association made the announcement in a press conference held at the Association on the occasion of the Zayed Humanitarian Work Day.

Mr Mesmar said each house is 42 square metres, consists of two rooms and a lounge and can accommodate a five-member family. It would be "sustainable and solid," he said, adding that the construction of the second phase of the village will take a year and will be completed by the month of Ramadan next year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Zayed Humanitarian Forum announces mobile hospital for Paediatric cardiology in Africa

posted on 05/07/2015

The Zayed Humanitarian Forum has announced the launch of the first mobile hospital for Paediatric-cardiology in Africa in accordance with sophisticated devices for open-heart surgeries and catheter operations.

The hospital will provide diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical and preventive services for the needy children with congenital heart anomalies in the African continent, starting from Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea under the supervision of a group of voluntary senior doctors and surgeons.

A number of voluntary organisations from five Arab countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and Sudan have contributed to the launch of the initiative which represents a great role model for humanitarian work and community partnership.

Dr. Adel Al Shamri, CEO of the Zayed Giving Initiative said that this mobile hospital will work under supervision of a team of representatives from several local and Arab voluntary institutions, including the Zayed Giving Initiative and the Dar Al Ber Society. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Ambassador briefed on services provided by the Emirati-Jordanian Camp for Syrians

posted on 05/07/2015

Bilal Rabie Bilal Al Bodour, UAE Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, has been briefed on the services provided to the brotherly people of Syria in the Emirati-Jordanian Camp, located in Mereijeeb Al Fuhood.

The UAE ambassador was visiting the Emirati-Jordanian Camp yesterday, where he was also briefed on the role of the Emirates Red Crescent's team stationed in the camp.

The UAE's Ambassador hailed the role and performance Emirates Red Crescent's team, expressing his thanks to them for the services they provided to the brotherly people of Syria.

He pointed out that the UAE and the Kingdom of Jordan have full compatibility in all political fields, and economic and social cooperation. He pointed out that this camp embodies the good cooperation as there is positive communication between the Jordanian government and the camp's management.

He expressed hope that the Syrian crisis will not last long and they will return safely to their country.

During his visit, Al Bodour was accompanied by Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Vice Chancellor United Arab Emirates University. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals upholds jail sentence against ''money exchange ghost"

posted on 05/07/2015

Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals has upheld a sentence of seven years and two months in jail against an Asian woman for attempted robbery at gunpoint at a money exchange in Abu Dhabi in March, and for breaching the UAE's residency laws.

The case is known in the media as the 'money exchange ghost,' as the Asian woman wore a black abaya (local traditional dress for women), black gloves and a headscarf when she attempted the robbery.

The Asian lady threatened the employees of the exchange with what turned out to be a fake plastic gun. Her attempt failed when an employee managed to overpower her and seized the gun.

The convict will spend seven years in jail for attempted robbery, threatening to kill others and disrupting public security. The additional two-month jail term were handed down to her for illegal stay in the country in violation of the UAE Federal Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners.

The convict will be deported from the country after completing her sentence.

She confessed to the court that she planned the robbery to pay off her debts. The woman said she carried out the attempted robbery on the same day she came up with the scheme, and bought an abaya, a black face veil and a toy gun.

Later, she denied the charges and claimed that she was just "kidding". The court, however, rejected her claims and explained that using a toy gun had the same effect as a real firearm could have had since it caused the victims to panic because they believed their life was really under threat and they could have accordingly responded to the demands of the attacker who brandished the gun. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Hamdan bin Zayed chairs RCA board meeting

posted on 05/07/2015

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) presided this evening over a meeting of the Authority's board of directors.

Present were Dr. Hamdan Musalam al Mazrouei, Chairman of the RCA board, the board members and Dr. Mohammed Atiq Al Falahi, RCA Secretary General.

Sheikh Hamdan stressed the importance of adopting creative initiatives aimed at rallying philanthropists, organisations and firms for the RCA programmes and creating constructive partnerships with them.

The board discussed a number of topics, including the programmes implemented recently for the affected people in Yemen, Syrian refugees and displaced people in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamdan attended signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the RCA and Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) for joint cooperation in different fields.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Hamdan Al Mazrouei and Mohammed Al Mahmoud, managing director of the ADMC.

Al Mazrouei said the MoU would open new horizons for cooperation to serve humanitarian and volunteering works in the UAE. He emphasised the role of the media as a strategic partner to the RCA.

Al Mahmoud said cooperation with the RCA was a key component in ADMC's strategy which is aimed at contributing in community development and building enlightened generations to serve Abu Dhabi and the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Khalifa Foundation hosts Iftar banquet, distributes food baskets in Togo

posted on 05/07/2015

LOME: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF) hosted a grand Iftar banquet at the Islamic Union Centre in Togo, which was also attended by the Egyptian and Libyan ambassadors besides others.

Abdelmola Ahmed Alhuraishi President of the Islamic Union Centre said the banquet is part of Iftar meals project carried out by the Centre in cooperation with KF.

KF has dispatched 5000 Iftar meals to be distributed in various locations across the country to the needy families and people with special needs.

Abdelmola extended thanks and appreciation to the UAE's leadership, people and KF for this humanitarian gesture held for the third year in a row. KF has so far distributed 790 Iftar meals to the needy families and other beneficiaries.

The distribution of aid came within the Ramadan programme implemented by KF outside the country and covers 65 countries across the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


ERC distributes 1000 Iftar meals in Al-Aqsa Mosque

posted on 05/07/2015

JERUSALEM: The Emirates Red Crescent has distributed 1000 Iftar meals at Al-Aqsa Mosque yards over the past two days as part of its Ramadan Programme in Palestine.

The Emirates Red Crescent's office in Palestine oversaw hosting Iftar banquets, which saw a large turnout for its continued presence in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa years ago.

Sheikh Azzam Khatib, Director-General of Jerusalem's Awqaf Department said that the Emirates Red Crescent has a continuous presence in the Al-Aqsa.

He pointed out that food is distributed daily among the fasters in Khassaki Sultan Tekke, which is sponsored by the Emirates Red Crescent and provides about a thousand daily Iftar meals. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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