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Arab World Institute hosts premiere of "Sheikh Zayed: An Arab Legend"

posted on 22/05/2015

PARIS: Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) on Wednesday hosted the debut show of a documentary on the rich life of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. A production of the Franco-German TV network ARTE (Association Relative a la Television Europeenne), the documentary will be aired on ARTE+7 at 10:50 p.m., UAE time, on 26th May.

"Cheikh Zayed Une Legende Arabe" (Sheikh Zayed: An Arab Legend), was directed by former French Minister of Culture and Communication, Frederic Mitterrand. The documentary sheds light on Sheikh Zayed's sagacity, diplomacy, vast knowledge of the influential political powers in the Arab region as well as his popularity and efforts to promote friendship and cooperation with neighbours in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf.

In a statement to WAM, Mitterrand described Sheikh Zayed as a global epitome of the peace-lover and a man with a realistic vision based on promoting peaceful coexistence and reconciliation and rejecting disputes. These traits, said the director, bolstered the UAE's stature internationally and enabled it to achieve great success in the sphere of international diplomacy.

"The great achievements of the UAE are attributed mainly to Sheikh Zayed's vision for the concept of the state and its development," the director said citing the late leader's generosity and unwavering commitment to the poor among his other traits that earned him and his country increased international respect.

Some rare photos used in the documentary had never been published before. They were kept in the archives of oil companies since 1960, Mitterrand noted.

"The main reason behind producing the documentary is to introduce this global personality to Europe and the West. He is credited with establishing a state that the world today looks up at with great admiration. It is also aimed at introducing Sheikh Zayed's sagacity and insights."

"Thanks to the sagacity, farsightedness and plans, and the joint efforts of Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, the UAE has earned a well-deserved place among the world's oil producers and built a diverse economy with non-oil sectors," Mitterrand added, noting that the prosperity of the UAE has enabled its citizens to enjoy the best social services, namely free education, housing and healthcare, the benefits that paved the way for fast-paced growth and record development. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE marks International Day for Biological Diversity

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The UAE is joining the world's countries on Friday to observe the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), celebrated on 22nd May every year.

The 2015 IDB's theme of "Biodiversity for Sustainable Development" reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post - 2015 Development Agenda for the period 2015 to 2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.

The celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity aims to draw attention of governments, communities and individuals about biodiversity and the raising of environment awareness on issues pertinent to biodiversity, which has been experiencing remarkable deterioration due to various factors.

In a statement, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said that the UAE continues to build on previous achievements to bolster protection of biodiversity and the ecosystems.

The UAE's effort, he said, seeks to advance its regional and international stature based on the UAE Vision 2021, the UAE National Agenda, the UAE's Strategy for Green Development as well as the strategic plans drawn up by the federal government and the local governments.

The minister added that the UAE also continues to be an active player at the relevant international conventions, organisations and meetings where it mobilises regional and international efforts to protect biodiversity and combat illegal trade in endangered species of wild flora and fauna. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


EAD nurtures passion for biodiversity in the young

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The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, is raising awareness of local and global natural heritage among children by publishing six encyclopaedic books on biodiversity, on the occasion of World Biodiversity Day on 22nd May.

Aimed at students aged eight to twelve, the six "Endangered Species" books highlight several critically endangered animals along with details and scientific facts about these species and their current status in terms of daily risks and threats. The series spans terrestrial wildlife, birds, marine life, reptiles, amphibians, and the plant kingdom.

The series of books will serve as important reference material for both students and teachers, with the aim of promoting and supporting the schools' academic curriculum. The books, published both in English and Arabic, are currently in the process of being distributed to school libraries for the upcoming academic year and will also be available online.

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of EAD, said, "We are confident that many understand the definition of biodiversity which relates to all forms of life on earth. There are several millions of species that are yet to be identified, we hope that these books inspire a new generation of biological studies. The United Arab Emirates is located in a desert and arid area, with one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Plants and animals here are overcoming many challenges to survive, however this land is still able to accommodate an amazing number of plants and animals, with as many as 800 plant species, 64 terrestrial and marine mammals, 67 reptile species, and 430 bird species already identified."

However, scientists estimate that one of every eight species of birds, four species of reptiles, and three species of amphibians are on the brink of extinction. 75% of the world's fish species are also in imminent danger. With the loss of almost 31% of the world's forest cover, the ecosystem has already lost many of its resources and habitats for animals.

Biodiversity is crucial to human existence, the loss of species has a direct impact on our environment such as pollution, introduction of invasive species, and climate change. Human interference is a key factor in such ecological damage.

"By nurturing a love of nature and biodiversity among the children, we are laying the foundations of a generation that will protect and conserve the environment," said Fozeya Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Director of Environmental Outreach at EAD.

Al Mahmoud added, "At EAD, we believe that we can preserve and conserve nature in all the spheres of the environment and the living world. Neglecting the link between human beings and the animal kingdom will diminish one's sensitivity towards environmental issues as they get older."

Biologist Edward Wilson in his book entitled, 'Biophilia hypothesis: the bond between human beings and other living systems', which he published in 1984, talks about the bond between humans and other living systems, a subconscious result of "pantheism hypothesis". From this perspective comes the need to raising environmental awareness among students and the youth, and instil a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

The six books about biodiversity were written and published in association with The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, based in India, a pilot programme, "Green Curriculum", which aims to incorporate environmental concepts into the curriculum in-line with Abu Dhabi Education Council's (ADEC) curriculum, which is being implemented within the framework of an effective cooperation between EAD and ADEC. The pilot programme targets kindergartens and primary public schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to be expanded on a larger scale in the coming years to target the largest number of students.

The "Green Curriculum" programme also falls in line with one of the most important key objectives set by Abu Dhabi's Executive Council, which is finding an environmental conscious community capable of contributing towards achieving Abu Dhabi's Environment Vision 2030 goals. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Arab Information Ministers approve UAE proposal on culture of tolerance and counter-terrorism

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CAIRO: A UAE proposal on the role of the media in promoting values of tolerance and combating extremism was approved today by the 64th meeting of the Arab Information Ministers' Council, which was held under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates, at the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo.

Ibrahim Al Abed, Director-General of the National Media Council, NMC, chaired the meeting. The UAE delegation also included Juma Al Leem, Director of the Media Content Department at the Council, and Ali Al Shamili, in-charge of Arab League Affairs at the UAE Embassy in Cairo.

The Council emphasised the vital important role of Arab media organs in spreading the culture of tolerance and fighting extremism as part of a holistic media strategy that makes better use of both traditional and modern media platforms to build a public opinion that advances values of tolerance, both theoretically and practically, among individuals and groups. It is also intended to promote dialogue and interaction among Arab-Islamic nations and other peoples by highlighting the values of the Arab-Islamic civilisation, which denounce practices of fanaticism, extremism and terrorism.

The UAE-proposal to the 64th Ordinary Session of Arab Ministers of Information Council in Cairo says,' tolerance is one of the finest values that contributes to sustainability and progress of human communities, elevates the value of peaceful co-existence, and addresses common destiny in terms of geography or culture where all work together to realise common human goals under an environment of diversity that builds, rather than destroys. "

"It is the responsibility of social, educational and cultural institutions to disseminate the values of tolerance and counter-terrorism. However, media actors remain the key facilitator to reaching these goals, given their far-reaching ability to reach out to millions of peoples and to spread information to influence public opinion through news and through other entertainment, religious, cultural and marketing programmes."

"To succeed in this critical mission, media actors should have a comprehensive, long-term strategy with specific goals that all media and community stakeholders should pursue together so as to be able to realise them."

The blueprint also calls for fostering Arab intellectual and media talent to produce media content that preaches the values of tolerance, accepting and respecting others, and also to attract most influential personalities and institutions in the West so as to interact and communicate with Arab communities through conferences, researches and studies with the aim of presenting the values of Arab civilisation. It also calls for the launching of massive media campaigns to counter the extremist ideology within the Arab world and the wider world, so as to expose the dark sides of this ideology.

The UAE proposal also calls for providing cultural and media opportunities to young generations to practice their right to communication and to responsible cultural expression that serve their nations.

The proposal stresses that extremist religious rhetoric should not be given space in the media, adding that the media should also ensure that it does not unintentionally contribute to spreading that discourse. On the contrary, it notes,, media should give more space to the tolerant, moderate religious message and work to develop the media message to become more responsive to values of tolerance, accepting the views of others and endorsing the concept of peaceful co-existence, in addition to countering terrorism.

The UAE proposal also recommends that a series of media initiatives be launched to deliver these goals. These include the launching of specialised e-channels and media platforms in Arabic whose core objective is to build a culture of tolerance and to counter extremist and terrorist ideology. Another proposed initiative is the launching of a media and intellectual training programme to qualify media persons and enable them to address extremist ideology through adoption of a media discourse that defends these values. The strategy also calls for inviting international journalists and opinion makers to come to the Arab region to get an insight into the reality of tolerance and co-existence and for the culture of tolerance and counter-terrorism to be incorporated into the curricula of colleges of journalism and mass communications.

The UAE proposal stresses the need for establishing units to monitor Arab and international media coverage of extremist ideology and its trends within public opinion using creative analysis approaches, and for the forging of partnerships between media establishments and other cultural, educational and social institutions to produce intellectual materials and release them into the media.

It also notes that any media effort will not be able to deliver the desired target of promoting values of tolerance without depending on reputable intellectual, legal, religious and moral references at regional and international levels.

The 64th Ordinary Session of Arab Ministers of Information Council agreed to celebrate the Arab Media Day on 21st April every year in recognition of the role of media in the Arab World. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


UAE selected Deputy of Executive Office of Arab Information Ministers' Council

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CAIRO: At the conclusion of the 64th meeting of the Arab Information Ministers' Council in Cairo, the council has elected the UAE as a deputy of the new Board of the Executive Office for the coming two years. It also elected Egypt as president of the term.

The new formation includes Tunisia, Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq and Djibouti in addition to Egypt and the UAE.

It is also scheduled that the Executive Office will hold its 4th edition next November at the general headquarters of the Arab league to follow up the implementation of the council's issued resolutions.

The 64th meeting of the Arab Information Ministers' Council began today under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates, represented in the National Media Council, at the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo.

The participating UAE delegation to the meeting was led by Ibrahim Al Abed, Director-General of the National Media Council, NMC. The delegation also included Juma Al Laim, Director of the Media Contents Department at the Council and Ali Al Shamili, in-charge of Arab League Affairs at the UAE Embassy in Cairo. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


2nd batch of injured Yemenis arrives in UAE for medical treatment

posted on 22/05/2015

The second batch of injured Yemenis affected by the violent assault by the Al Houthi militia, arrived today in Abu Dhabi to receive medical treatment in the UAE's hospitals.

The move came as per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The 30 wounded persons are suffering from fractures in the legs, arms, head, amputation and birth defects due to the on-going events in Yemen.

The arrival of this batch is seen in the framework of the humanitarian initiative of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa in the light of the strong fraternal relations between the UAE and Yemen and solidarity with the people of Yemen. The move also came in the light of the UAE's humanitarian efforts to address the suffering of the Yemenis, enhance their humanitarian conditions and support them in their confrontation with the Al Houthis.

An Emirati plane carrying the Yemenis arrived in the UAE early this morning with the co-operation of the Emirates Red Crescent and the armed forces. At the airport, they were received by a number of health department officials in addition to ambulances with the latest international medical equipment.

The hospitals in the country were ready to receive the injured and provide medical treatment as well as cater to all their needs during their stay in the country.

Dr. Matar Al Darmaki, Acting Group Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), said, "SEHA is carrying out a pioneering role in such cases through managing of medical procedures, which is the first of its kind in the Arab region."

On their part, the injured Yemenis appreciated the UAE's stance towards Yemen as was expected from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Emiratis. They also prayed to the Almighty to preserve Sheikh Khalifa and the UAE people as well as grant the country permanent security and stability.

They also expressed their happiness at receiving medical treatment in the UAE, while noting that they were confident that they would be well cared for. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


President of Nepal hails efforts of UAE Voluntary Medical Team

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KATHMANDU: Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal, has commended the efforts of the UAE Voluntary Medical Team that is working in Nepal under the auspices of the "Zayed Giving Initiative".

President of Nepal was briefed on the humanitarian tasks of the hospital under the chairmanship of the Emirati Heart Surgeon, Dr. Adel Al Shamri, and Prof. Dr. Ram Makaju, Head of the University Hospital in Nepal.

The President of Nepal hailed the preparations and equipment of the Emirati-Nepali mobile field hospital in preparation for its official opening in the near future, in the presence of representatives of several international humanitarian and relief agencies and senior Nepali officials.

During his visit to the field hospital, the President of Nepal met with the Emirati-Nepali medical, administrative and technical teams and listened to a detailed explanation of missions provided by the hospital that comes as a manifestation of the strong and solid relations between the two countries.

President Yadav also praised the efforts of the Zayed Giving Initiative and the Saudi German Hospitals Group and its partners who provided logistical support for the establishment of the UAE mobile field hospital.

He also expressed his thanks and appreciation to the voluntary medical teams of both countries who, he said, provided a role model for joint action to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of those injured by the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Cares highlights the importance of evidence in education policy making at the World Education Forum 2015

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Dubai Cares has participated in the World Education Forum 2015, hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, which took place in Incheon, South Korea, from May 19th-22nd. The organisation also took part in a panel discussion entitled, "Using Evidence in Policy Making and Practice". The discussion tackled the need for a strong evidence-base in education outcomes, what programmes work best to change those outcomes, and the systems in place to widely implement those programmes.

The forum, attended by South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, and presented a unique platform for global leaders in education, ministers, policy-makers, representatives of UN Agencies, international NGOs, civil society and foundations, teachers, experts and the private sector to take stock of achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the Education For All, EFA, goals and education-related Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, and to agree on a joint position for the education goal and targets in the post-2015 development agenda, which will be adopted by UN Member States at the UN High-Level Summit in September, 2015.

During his participation in a panel discussion alongside Ministers of Education, chief executives from international NGOs and senior representatives from the World Bank, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, said, "In light of scarce resources, we all want to know which solutions and approaches give us the biggest education gains. We need to systematically and thoroughly test different solutions to help us choose between many seemingly good ideas. The more we learn through rigorous testing and evaluation, the closer we get to understand the key elements for success."

Dubai Cares actively supports initiatives that promote evidence-based programming. For instance, the UAE-based organisation is part of The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education, PSIPSE, which aims to identify and accelerate innovation in secondary education, contribute to policy-based reforms, and capture and disseminate learnings to key stakeholders.

Dubai Cares is also part of the Building Evidence in Education, BE2, network, which engages bilateral and multilateral organisations committed to increasing the quality of education research, promoting the use of evidence in education programming and strengthening donor research collaboration.

"Until recently, we had limited knowledge about what works and what doesn't work in the fight against poverty, specifically in the sphere of education and learning. We must continue funding evidence-generating efforts in developing countries as there is immense value in learning from the outcomes of our work. Evaluation and research allow us to learn why a certain approach works while others do not, and which elements should be mended or abandoned. More evidence will not only help us utilise funds better, but will also enable us to mobilise more resources to achieve a greater impact," Al Gurg concluded.

Dubai Cares has strategically supported interventions that have proven to work, which provide important lessons on priority actions and enabling success factors. Examples include: Read India, a Dubai Cares programme, in partnership with Pratham, which has shown that reading camps can effectively boost reading levels in marginalised areas, and that many innovative solutions can be found by thinking ‘outside the classroom'.

Another example is Literacy Boost, a Dubai Cares programme in partnership with Save the Children, consisting of a number of methodologies aimed at enhancing reading skills in early grades through in-classroom and home-based interventions. It focuses on the core skills that research shows are central to learning to read. School-based deworming is a third example, in which Dubai Cares partnered with The END Fund and Thrive Networks to implement.

In the last decade, school-based deworming has been one of the great success stories of evidence-based decision-making in developing countries.

Several research studies have demonstrated that deworming has immense long lasting gains at very low costs. Dubai Cares currently supports several deworming interventions in partnership with several organisations and governments. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


UAE partakes in WHO's side event; reiterates commitment to effective partnerships for underprivileged women and children

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GENEVA: The UAE and other countries and international humanitarian organisations participating in the 68th World Health Assembly sponsored a side event on health and well-being in emergencies.

In his speech during the event, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva, Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, said the UAE, through the support provided by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, GWU, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has backed the efforts of HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and key stakeholders to address gaps in humanitarian work and upgrade the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, a UN programme directed at improving women's and children's health in the developing world.

He noted that 80 million people, of whom 60 million are women and children in 22 countries, live in conflict zones and fragile settings and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Al Zaabi cited data confirming the life threatening implications of this convergence between humanitarian crises, poverty and youth: 60 percent of preventable maternal deaths and 45 to 53 percent of under-five children's deaths take place in settings of conflict, displacement and natural disasters.

Worldwide, women and children are up to 14 times more likely than men to die in a disaster, he noted, urging the international community not to let down these women at the critical moment of childbirth in fragile infrastructure and bad medical and social and settings.

In February, the UNFPA convened an experts meeting in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima. The meeting focused on reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health in humanitarian crises with the purpose of formulating policy recommendations for incorporation in the next global strategy for the United Nations Secretary General's "Every Woman Every Child" initiative.

The Abu Dhabi Declaration was drafted by the Development and humanitarian experts in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNC&A health), and it was recommended as offering the basis for RMNC&A health and wellbeing across the development and humanitarian continuum, over the life course and for every woman and every child wherever they may be.

The UAE representative also noted that the UAE took two steps in this direction: an initiative at the Mrajeeb al-Fhood refugee camp in Jordan for preventing sexual violence, protecting women and children in fragile settings, and the Sheikha Fatima Fund for Refugees which helps women refugees learn skills to earn a living and support their families.

Regulations, coordinated funding and sustainable healthcare systems need to be put in place to promote gender equality in humanitarian assistance and development plans.

To this end, the ambassador announced that the UAE and the World Bank will host an experts meeting in June to discuss ways of funding humanitarian aid and development to strengthen women's and children's health. He also reiterated the UAE's strong commitment to building effective partnerships to help underprivileged women and children. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Comprehensive air transport agreement is necessary to carry forward the GCC-EU dialogue: UAE GCAA

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A delegation from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, led by Laila Hareb, Assistant Director-General for Strategy and International Affairs, has participated in the third round of GCC-EU Aviation Dialogue recently held in Doha.

The two-day meeting, which was attended by 23 officials from GCC member countries and 17 officials from the European Commission and EU member states, held extensive talks which resulted in beneficial and mutually satisfactory results, according to the GCAA.

"The UAE, along with GCC States, has been committed to the on-going dialogue with the European Commission," said Laila Hareb, adding, "We aim to ink a comprehensive agreement based on liberated skies; all other discussion items can be discussed within this framework.

"This GCC-EU round resulted in the discussion of several issues relating to safety and aviation security, air navigation, and training in the Arab Gulf Region and Europe."

Laila Hareb gave a presentation on the positive impact of UAE national carriers' operations on the European economy, saying that Dubai's flagship airline, Emirates Airline, contributes 6.8 billion Euros (US$7.6 billion) to the European Union economy.

"The airline operations, which include 220 unique connections to European destinations, supported 85,100 jobs across the EU in the 2013-2014 financial year," she said.

Ms. Hareb also presented figures demonstrating Etihad Airways' positive impact on European economy. Etihad Airways' core operations in the European Union contributed a total of US$1 billion to the combined GDP of the 28 EU member nations and supported more than 11,000 jobs.

She added that Etihad Airways carried 3.3 million passengers to and from EU economies in 2014, connecting 618,000 travellers onto flights by EU codeshare partners, and accommodating 368,000 of their passengers on their flights.

A joint statement released after the meeting stated that the parties stress the importance of continuous dialogue and cooperation in various civil aviation fields and agreed to form two working groups, one in charge of technical matters such as air navigation while the other is to consider the necessary procedures for entry into a comprehensive agreement on air transport between the GCC and EU countries.

The two sides also agreed to hold the 4th round of GCC-EU Aviation Dialogue before the end of this year, 2015, in an EU country, in order to finalise the 3rd round meeting results. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


FANR seeks public comment on draft Regulatory Guide for Safety Significance Evaluations for Modifications for Nuclear Facilities

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The United Arab Emirate's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) today released a draft nuclear safety regulatory guide and invited the public to review the draft and comment.

FANR has drafted Regulatory Guide 23 for Safety Significance Evaluations for Modifications for Nuclear Facilities, which provides guidance on the process and criteria that FANR licensees should use to determine when prior regulatory approval is required to implement modifications at nuclear facilities.

The regulatory guide applies only to modifications that may affect nuclear safety during construction, and it is aimed at supporting FANR licence conditions and regulations such as Regulation 1 for Management Systems for Nuclear Facilities.

The draft regulatory guide is available on the FANR website Members of the public can send their comments to [email protected] for the next 30 days (from 21 May 2015 to 20 June 2015). FANR's Safety, Security and Safeguards Glossary can help interested readers to understand the specific terminology used in this regulatory guide. FANR will consider all comments before preparing the final regulatory guide.

As with previous regulatory guides, this draft regulatory guide has already been made available for 30 days to local and federal government entities for their comments.

FANR recognises the importance of the public's comments and maintains the highest standards of transparency in accordance with Article 9 of Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

Since FANR's establishment on 24 September 2009, the nuclear regulator has asked its stakeholders to review and comment on its regulations and regulatory guides. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Chamber seeks stronger bilateral ties with Mongolia

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Prime Minister of Mongolia, Chimed Saikhanbileg has lauded Dubai's economic growth model as very impressive, and calling upon UAE companies to look for joint cooperation ventures with their counterparts in Mongolia.

He also said that there are ample opportunities for UAE companies to invest in Mongolia's mining, agriculture and livestock sectors.

This came during his visit today leading a 50-member Mongolian delegation to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, DCCI, head office in Dubai, where he was received by Majed Al Shamsi, 1st Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber.

The meeting was attended by Abdullah bin Mohammed Saeed Ghobash, Minister of State, Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber, and representatives of the business community.

Welcoming the Mongolian delegation, Majid Al Shamsi, stressed on the importance of enhancing bilateral ties between Dubai and Mongolia, which he said will be further strengthened following this high-profile visit by the country's Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation.

"Dubai can be a strong and strategic partner for Mongolia. The city's economy is led by pillars of trade, tourism, logistics and financial services while its location is a major benefit, offering a gateway to consumers across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia," he said.

Calling both Dubai and Mongolian businesses to look for new areas of economic cooperation, Al Shamsi stressed that both the sides have to enhance bilateral ties and trade exchange as Dubai's total non-oil trade with Mongolia last year valued AED 60 million which positions the country as the emirate's 164th largest trade partner.

Al Shamsi reiterated Dubai Chamber's commitment to provide all possible facilities to help Mongolian investors in building up a base in Dubai while reaching out to a large number of consumers in the region and beyond. He also expressed his willingness to cooperate with the Mongolian business community for the achievement of common goals between the two sides. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Foreign Investors Purchased AED1.44b worth of shares on Dubai Financial Market

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Dubai Financial Market (DFM) announced that the value of shares bought by foreign investors, or non-UAE nationals, from 17th to 21st May, 2015, reached AED 1.44 billion, while value of stocks they sold stood at AED 1.41 billion, with net foreign investment on the market reaching AED 34.6 million during the period, as aggregate buy.

Value of shares bought by foreigner investors comprised 45.3 per cent of the total value of stocks traded during the last five days, while value of stocks sold by foreign investors during the same period represented 44.2 per cent of stocks traded during the period, a DFM press release said on the market activities over the past five days.

The value of stocks bought by institutional investors during the week reached AED 867.8 million, comprising 27.2 per cent of the total value of stocks traded during the period. The value of stocks sold by institutional investors during the period reached AED 735.6 million, representing 23.1 per cent of the total value of stocks traded during the period.

Net institutional investment on the market stood at AED 132.3 million during the period, as an aggregate buy. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


SEWA completes domestic piped gas network in new residential districts

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Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has completed a project to introduce piped natural gas for domestic use in new residential communities in the emirate.

The domestic gas supply service is in line with SEWA's commitment to provide high quality supply of electricity, water and gas, and with its continuous development of its facilities to meet the increasing demand and improve the quality of various services rendered to the customers throughout the emirate by using state-of-the-art technologies.

Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of SEWA, said the vital service was introduced in line with directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to establish critical infrastructure projects that provide basic living standards, and encourage the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel so as to conserve the environment.

In conjunction with this new service, SEWA also arranges conversion of cookers and ovens fired by LPG cylinders to the natural gas system to be supplied by Sharjah Gas Distribution Networks which covers all of Sharjah. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Nahyan bin Mubarak opens "UAE in the Eyes of Chinese" Exhibition

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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, today opened a photography exhibition, "UAE through a Chinese Eye" at the National Theatre in Abu Dhabi.

The opening of the exhibition, organised by Emirates Heritage Club in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy, was attended by Huang Jiemin, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the UAE.

The opening ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Shakhbut bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, along with a number of the club's officials and a number of attendees.

During his tour of the exhibition, Sheikh Nahyan was briefed on the exhibition's contents, which include 120 photographs taken by a number of Chinese photographers and the Chinese News Agency, reflecting many aspects of life in the United Arab Emirates and official visits by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to Beijing.

Sheikh Nahyan expressed his happiness at opening of the exhibition, which sheds light on various aspects of life in the UAE, and re-affirms the outstanding relations between the People's Republic of China and the UAE.

The Chinese ambassador stressed the importance of cooperation with the Emirates Heritage Club, which resulted in providing a distinctly unique exhibition which mirrors the cultural exchange between the two peoples of China and the UAE. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Sultan Al Qasimi opens news Sharjah Municipality building

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H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, today inaugurated the new building of the Sharjah Municipality in Al Masali.

In attendance were H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, other Sheikhs, chairmen of government departments, heads of municipalities and municipal councils and senior local civilian, military, and municipal officials.

The new landmark joined a series of other buildings, designed and built on magnificent Islamic architecture and decoration.

As he toured the building, Sheikh Sultan viewed the historic record which chronicles the government and municipal work in Sharjah City Municipality, one of the oldest in the UAE, which dates back to 1927. He then watched a documentary on the construction phases of the building.

The four-storey building was built on a total area of 100,000 square metres at a total cost of AED200 million and houses 200 rooms including prayer rooms for men and women, a library, theatre, activity halls and a parking area that can accommodate up to 250 vehicles. New innovative, green construction technologies on energy efficiency, lighting, ventilation and isolation, and sewerage were used.

Later, Sheikh Sultan honoured a number of government entities and contracting companies for implementing the project. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Nahyan bin Mubarak receives UAE intellectuals, thinkers, and writers

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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, has stressed the importance of meetings that deal with the efforts of intellectuals, thinkers, and writers in community building.

Sheikh Nahyan made the statement while receiving a large number of writers, poets and members of the Emirates Writers Union in the presence of Afra Al Sabri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and Habib Al Sayegh, Chairman of the Union.

During the meeting, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak welcomed the attendees and expressed his pleasure at meeting with them, pointing to the important and active role played by writers and intellectuals in the promotion of societies.

He also stressed the ministry's keenness to overcome all the challenges that may face the cultural, literary, and publication fields, expressing his personal willingness to participate in various cultural and literary meetings, events and forums in the country.

The Minister hailed the continuous support provided by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for culture and intellectuals. He also offered thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, for his active role in supporting the cultural sector and his quest to achieve the UAE's renaissance.

He expressed his thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his active role in the field of cultural development, and also thanked Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and the Rulers of the Emirates, for their on-going efforts in the cultural sector. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Final Multaqa Zayed National Museum talk explores late Sheikh Zayed’s strategy for country’s development

posted on 22/05/2015

The Multaqa Zayed National Museum series drew to a close on Wednesday with a talk at Manarat Al Saadiyat, which discussed the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's leadership that brought people together, turning his vision of unity in the UAE into a reality.

Led by Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor, Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Adnan Pachachi, Politician and Diplomat, the final talk, entitled: 'The Five Year Plan' was moderated by Jumaa Al Darmaki, Head of Museums and Collections, Zayed Centre for Studies and Research.

Salama Al Shamsi, Project Manager of Zayed National Museum, said, "Leading up to the eagerly anticipated opening of the Zayed National Museum, Multaqa Zayed National Museum fostered a profound dialogue between the museum and its public, providing insight into the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's legacy and vision for the UAE. Zayed National Museum will tell the story of the country's development through the life and achievements of the country's founder, where it will celebrate the deep Emirati culture and heritage for all audiences."

Bringing the narrative of the Zayed National Museum to life ahead of the museum's opening, the Multaqa Zayed National Museum series of talks took place across various locations including Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn and Al Ain Palace Museum, and reached a cross section of audiences throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Zayed National Museum will celebrate the unification of the Emirates and their transformation into a modern nation under Sheikh Zayed, 1918–2004, the ‘Father of the Nation,' within the context of the Middle East and the world. The museum will introduce its visitors to an unparalleled collection of art and artefacts from ancient and living cultures of the UAE and the wider Middle East. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ADP Security Support Department and Los Angeles Police Department exchange expertise

posted on 22/05/2015

The Security Support Department at Abu Dhabi Police, ADP, has demonstrated their exceptional abilities in handling challenging tasks during a two-day training exercise with the Los Angeles Police Department, LAPD.

In the training rounds, organised in cooperation with a specialised team from the LAPD, the ADP proved their capabilities in commanding police patrols, handling serious reports, and navigating various weather conditions in accordance with the best international practices.

After the exercise, Alexander Penrith, Training Manager at the LAPD, commended the high competency of the ADP Security Support officers. He noted that their abilities reflected advanced vocational training, which they have received through the modern methods adopted by the ADP in order to effectively combat crime. Penrith also lauded the high professionalism and capabilities of the female Security Support police officers, acknowledging their determination to overcome the challenges they face.

Captain Mohammed Ibrahim Al Balas, Operations Planning Branch Manager at the Security Support Department, explained that being involved in the daily tasks of the LAPD represented a unique opportunity for exchanging expertise and reviewing their experiences. This enhances the capabilities of the Security Support officers and their efficiency in performing their duties, regardless of the presence of difficulty or danger. It is also an appropriate opportunity to showcase the advanced levels of the Security Support force.

The Security Support Department team's visit and training sessions come as a step in the preparation for various joint efforts in field and security programmes that are to be implemented on the streets of Los Angeles. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


DP World tees up another 5 years as sponsor of DP World Tour Championship

posted on 22/05/2015

Dubai is set to remain at the epicentre of golf on The European Tour for the foreseeable future after global port operator DP World announced today that it will continue to be the title sponsor of the DP World Tour Championship, the season ending tournament of The Race to Dubai, for at least another five years.

The move reinforces Dubai's position as a major trading, business and tourism destination. The agreement, which will run until at least the 2020 season, will see DP World support the US$8 million tournament, in addition to the company's existing sponsorship of European Tour events in India, Hong Kong, China, Turkey and at this week's BMW PGA Championship in England.

DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said: "The DP World Tour Championship is an event of enormous significance for Dubai and the UAE and reinforces our position on the calendar of international sport and as a centre for tourism and trade. The extension of our title sponsorship dovetails with Dubai's hosting of Expo 2020, an event which will see the world come to the Emirate and further enhance the goal of attracting 20 million tourists per year.

"We are delighted to be again involved as the event offers us a great opportunity to connect with the world, our customers and our partners through one of the most popular sports. We look forward to continuing our association as a global business, and as a barometer of world trade, with a global sport."

George O'Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: "The support DP World has shown The European Tour has been evident right from the start of The Race to Dubai and the strength of their on-going commitment is further evidenced with today's announcement.

"We thank Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem for his personal vision and we look forward to working with him and all his staff as we continue to make the DP World Tour Championship a fitting end to The European Tour season."

The DP World Tour Championship – which will celebrate its seventh staging this year on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November– is already recognised globally as one of golf's premier tournaments.

Its Roll of Honour reads like a Who's Who of the game itself – Lee Westwood (2009), Robert Karlsson (2010), Alvaro Quiros (2011), Rory McIlroy (2012), and Henrik Stenson (2013 & 2014) – and this year's tournament will see the top 60 players on The Race to Dubai once again battle for a share of the US$8 million tournament prize fund, with the winner taking home US$1.3 million.

In addition, the leading 15 players on The Race to Dubai at the end of the tournament will share the US$5 million Bonus Pool, with the eventual European Tour Number One pocketing US$1.25 million.

Over 55,000 spectators attended the 2014 DP World Tour Championship, a third of whom were international visitors. The global television reach exceeded 450 million people via 40 broadcasters worldwide delivering a cumulative global TV equivalency of US$259million.

Dubai's position as the global trade hub in a region of two billion people is underlined by the role of Jebel Ali Port which together with the Jebel Ali FreeZone contributes to 20% of its GDP. With the addition of Dubai World Central airport this will increase to 50% by 2020. Jebel Ali is the largest port between Singapore and Rotterdam and is the only non- Asian port to make the world's top 10. It has also been voted the world's most productive port by the Journal of Commerce.

In 2013, the DP World Tour Championship delivered a US$44million gross economic benefit to Dubai according to independent market research agency Repucom.

The DP World Tour Championship has also raised over US$250,000 during the previous six tournaments to support local UAE charities Special Needs Foundation Group and Friends of Cancer Patients. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –