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Sharjah Ruler supports establishment of ‘Arabic Tongue Council’ in Nouakchott

posted on 29/06/2017

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has called for the establishment of ‘Arabic Tongue Council' in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, to be an educational and scientific incubator for the elite of Mauritanian-Arab scholars.

Sheikh Sultan's initiative comes as part of his perpetual efforts in establishing Arabic academies and other institutions, which support and promote the language.

The new council aims to encourage the use of classical Arabic in the fields of media, education and culture. It also seeks to facilitate language rules in addition to exploring its secrets, encouraging the teaching of sciences, mathematics and other subjects in Arabic as well as enhancing research, authoring, publishing and innovation.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Mohammed Al Ameen Weld Al Sheikh, the Mauritanian Minister of Culture, praised the project, citing H.H.'s continued support of the Arabic identity and the key components of the Islamic culture.

Mohammed Safi Al Mestghanmi, the Secretary-General of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah, underlined the vision of the Ruler of Sharjah and his support to the Arabic language with his prudent vision of building a great cultural project based on the principles of Arab and Islamic identity.

The founding committee of the council announced the launch during a ceremony held at the Royal Suites Hotel in Nouakchott, Mauritania, which was attended by a distinguished group of intellectuals, scholars and researchers.


Mohamed bin Zayed gets phone call from Bill Gates

posted on 29/06/2017

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Wednesday a telephone call from Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

During the telephone call, Bill Gates extended the congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, and also wished the UAE more progress.

He thanked Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for his strong and effective partnership with the foundation, and for their joint efforts in the field of humanitarian services and social initiatives, especially in combating diseases and health risks that threaten the lives of children in poor communities.

Bill Gates referred to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed's recent directives to support the polio eradication campaign with a donation of US$30 million in support of the global efforts to eradicate poliomyelitis.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi thanked Bill Gates for his congratulations and good feelings.

During the phone conversation, they stressed the importance of continued concerted efforts and bolstering of cooperation and coordination with concerned charitable international organisations to achieve the best solutions and results in the field of humanitarian work.


Six million beneficiaries from Zayed Giving medical caravans

posted on 29/06/2017

CAIRO: A total of 900,000 children and elderly people across Egyptian villages have been offered free medical treatment through more than 55 medical caravans as part of the Zayed Giving Initiative, bringing to over six million the number of children and old people who have benefited from the scheme across the world.

The mobile hospitals, which are fully equipped with advanced medical equipment and supervised by a joint UAE-Egyptian medical volunteer team, follow the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on declaring 2017 as the #Year of Giving.

The initiative, which reflects the privileged relations between the UAE and Egypt and comes in continuation of the leading role played by the country in humanitarian aid, is conducted in collaboration with the Dar Al Ber Association, Saudi-German Hospital, the Sharjah Charity House, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the Emirates Volunteer Centre.

The Zayed Giving Initiative is a unique model for humanitarian work at local and international levels. Since its inception in 2003, the initiative has made valuable contributions to various areas of community services and volunteering including health, education, environment and culture. The initiative works in line with the guiding principles laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, and pursued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, 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.


Emirates Red Crescent delivers relief aid to underprivileged families in Hadramaut Valley

posted on 29/06/2017

HADRAMAUT: Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) distributed on Wednesday the food aid provided by the UAE to poor and low-income families in the Tarim Province and surrounding areas, in an effort to help the people of Hadramaut, and to meet the needs of Yemeni citizens as well.

The ERC dispatched a relief convoy, which was received by beneficiaries with a great joy. They thanked and wished well the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the ERC for its continued relief aid to ease their suffering.

Ahmed Al-Neyadi, deputy head of the ERC team in Hadramaut, said during the distribution that the distribution of this relief aid comes in order to meet the needs of the people and normalise the lives of families who suffer difficult economic conditions, especially in the service and humanitarian fields.

He also pledged that the ERC would continue carrying out these humanitarian projects and ensure the relief assistance reaches out to all citizens in need in the various provinces of Hadramaut amid critical circumstances created by the Houthi and Saleh militias.

Al Neyadi reiterated that the ERC would continue to distribute aid in all of Hadramaut districts to the beneficiaries to alleviate their suffering.


Over 625,000 tourists in 157 ships welcomed to Dubai this cruise season

posted on 29/06/2017

The 2016-2017 Dubai Cruise season officially concluded with the departure of the final ship, the C.S. Sea Princess, from Port Rashid recently after a stopover in Dubai the luxury ship's only port of call in the GCC to Aqaba as part of a 104-night round trip around the world.

This marked the end of a successful season for Dubai Cruise Tourism, which saw over 625,000 cruise tourists visit the city via a total of 157 ship calls, reflecting an increase of 15 percent and 18 percent, respectively, when compared to the 2015-2016 season. It also saw Thomson Cruises, the first UK-based cruise line home porting in the region, in addition to inaugural visits from TUI's Mein Schiff 1 Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star and MSC's MSC Fantasia among the eight other maiden ship calls.

Commenting on the success of the 2016-2017 season, Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, Director of Dubai Cruise Tourism, said, "We are very pleased with the success of our 2016-2017 cruising season, and with the city's sustained popularity as a winter cruise destination. We are grateful to DP World, Dubai Airports, Dubai Immigration, Dubai Customs, Emirates Airlines and our other key public and private sector stakeholders for their continued co-operation, which has led to an ever-increasing number of cruise operators looking to anchor in the emirate. Bolstered by our recent success and our upcoming partnerships over the coming seasons, we are confident we will achieve our strategic goal of welcoming 1 million tourists to Dubai by the 2020-21 cruise season."

The C.S. Sea Princess, an 857-foot long ship from Princess Cruises, made her way to Dubai from Colombo, bringing almost 3,000 tourists to the city. Her stop in Dubai was in close succession to one made earlier by her sister ship from Princess Cruises, the C.S. Majestic Princess. A brand-new vessel built in Italy earlier this year, it made its maiden call to Dubai carrying over 3,500 passengers and over 1,300 crew members.

The Dubai Cruise 2017-2018 season is set to commence on 25th October, with the arrival of cruise ship Seabourn Encore. More recently, Dubai Cruise also announced that P&O Cruises would be home porting in Dubai for the first time during the 2018-2019 season.


Yas Mall attracts more than 250,000 visitors on first Eid Al Fitr day

posted on 29/06/2017

Yas Mall, a leading entertainment and shopping destination located in the heart of Yas Island, witnessed a large turnout of 250,000 visitors and shoppers on the first Eid al Fitr day, which saw the discount campaign launched by the mall for the first time in the capital, Abu Dhabi.

The visitors and shoppers, included tourists from Gulf Cooperation Council States, who spent their vacation in the UAE and stayed at Yas Island's hotels, while many top destinations on Yas Island held several activities and special shows.

Saoud Khoory, General Manager of Yas Mall, said this initiative highlighted the special position of Abu Dhabi as a leading entertainment and shopping destination, and also as a leading commercial centre in the capital.

"We are looking forward to co-operating with various government authorities to receive more visitors from around the world, to witness a high-level shopping and entertainment experience at Yas Mall, while highlighting the participation of over 340 stores in the Yas Mall discount campaign," he added.


Dubai Economy, launch Digital Protection initiative

posted on 29/06/2017

The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector at Dubai Economy and, the Middle East's largest online retail and marketplace website, have announced co-operation on the ‘Digital Protection' initiative for consumer rights protection.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the CCCP and aims at promoting consumer confidence in the region's growing e-commerce industry and makes the first certified e-commerce website to display the consumer protection logo of Dubai Economy.

The MoU was signed by Mohammad Ali Rashed Lootah, CEO, CCCP, and Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and Co-Founder of This initiative is the latest in a series of measures adopted by the CCCP to regulate e-commerce in the emirate of Dubai, promote compliance and global best practices among commercial establishments, both online and offline.

The CCCP has been actively ensuring that the retail sector continues to develop in Dubai and remain transparent and regulated as it grows. It has been working closely with for many years to safeguard consumer rights in the Middle East, including initiating strict measures against counterfeiting.

Lootah said, "In line with the economic agenda of Dubai, we support the transformation of Dubai into an innovative service-based economy to enhance its business environment and accelerate productivity and growth. The ‘Digital Protection' initiative certifies e-commerce websites as per our consumer protection policies and focusses on training them on complying with the UAE laws and regulations. We are pleased to co-operate with, the largest e-commerce website in the Middle East, in this initiative that aims at providing better customer experience, increased consumer protection, and faster response to customer issues, as well as ensuring the regulations of the e-commerce laws."

Mouchawar commented, "Our customers' trust is a top priority for We have been working closely with the CCCP for many years to benchmark our service standards and policies, as well as any applicable laws in accordance with the global best practices. As the Middle East is increasingly becoming a key player in global e-commerce and the expectations of our connected consumers are rising, there is a need to continuously evolve and enhance the e-commerce experience. Our co-operation with the DED is a significant step in this direction for and will help promote consumer confidence and encourage online shopping in the region."

The areas identified by the CCCP and in which the former will guide are sharing of best practices and training their employees on the consumer complaint resolution mechanisms.


TRA launches series of advice on the ransomware "Petya"

posted on 29/06/2017

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) advises the users to be aware of the updated version of the ransomware "Petya", which started spreading globally on Tuesday and breached thousands of computers and servers around the world.

'The breach disabled, encrypted, and locked users from accessing their computers without paying a sum of Bitcoin, and that's when a group of hackers developed a new version of the ransomware "Petya"by exploiting the same gap in the operating system Windows, named ExyernalBlue in the SMBv1 protocol. This virus restarts the victim's device, encrypts the Master File Table, and exchanges the Master Boot Record with a series of malicious software instructions that shuts down the device,' the TRA said in a notification about #Petya virus.

The TRA Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) announced that there hasn't been any reported cases of breach by this virus in the UAE.

To avoid exposure to the virus, the TRA advises individuals to follow these steps: - Always keep a backup copy.

- Avoid opening links and files from an unknown source.

- Use the original anti-virus programmes.

- Update the software of your phone and computer constantly.

- Avoid surfing untrusted sites.

In case of exposure to the virus, the TRA advises the individuals to do the following: - Do not obey the hackers, there is no guarantee that paying the ransom will lead to the decryption of the files.

- If the attacked device is the company's computer, inform the Information Technology Department immediately.

- If the attacked device is your personal laptop, take it to the authorized agent.

- Don't open any untrusted emails - Update the software of all your personal devices This virus changes its signature constantly, so we advise to follow the TRA social media channels (Facebook TheUAETRA, Instagram TheUAETRA, Twitter @THEUAETRA) or TRA website to get the latest updates.


Seven Emirati students to visit Airbus training centre

posted on 29/06/2017

Airbus and Al Bayt Mitwahid Association Wednesday announced the names of seven UAE students, selected to be part of the inaugural Future Scientists programme launched with the support of the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council.

The seven students, selected to represent the UAE's seven emirates, are: Suhail Raeesi, Saoud Morad, Fatmah Al Shehhi, Moza Al Ali, Maryam Al Saffar, Maryam Al Mansoori, Mohammed Al Ameri will visit the Airbus Training Centre in Toulouse, France from 2nd- 8th July 2017.

Over the six days, the students will get an opportunity to train under aerospace experts. Through an engaging, hands-on session, they will get a chance to learn about best industry practices, real-life aerospace challenges and receive expert advice on how they could build a career within the aerospace industry.

Following the classroom sessions, the students will visit Airbus' final assembly lines and witness the manufacturing process behind the A320, the A380 and the all-new A350 XWB jetliner.

Commenting on the students' upcoming visit, Saif Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Al Bayt Mitwahid Association, said, "We are pleased to see the drive to embrace new learning opportunities among the students. They are our future and it is this focus and passion that will help the UAE to progress and take its aerospace industry to the next level. Through the Future Scientist programme, we hope to reach more UAE students in the coming years and give them a platform to learn and train among the best in the aerospace sector."

Future Scientist is a joint programme from Airbus and Al Bayt Mitwahid and seeks to encourage bright Emirati students to discover, explore and choose a career path within the aerospace industry. A memorandum of understanding, MOU, was signed by Saif Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Al Bayt Mitwahid Associations and Mikail Houari, President, Airbus Africa and Middle East in February 2017, underlining the programme vision and objectives.

Mikail Houari, President, Airbus Africa and Middle East, said, "Airbus is a keen supporter of investing in education and talent development among the communities we operate in. As the UAE's long-term partner in progress, we are excited to share our passion for the aerospace sector. We hope to inspire the Emirati youth through the Future Scientists programme, and build a world-class talent pool that the global aerospace industry can ultimately benefit from."

Future Scientists will provide up to 21 Emirati high-school students the opportunity to discover the aeronautics industry over a period of three years. At the end of the programme, the students will receive an internship at Airbus or its industry partners' facilities in the UAE and an opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals.


Empower presents best practices and innovations at International District Energy Association’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow in U.S

posted on 29/06/2017

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), the world's largest district cooling services provider, shared some of its latest best practices and innovations at the International District Energy Association's (IDEA) 108th Annual Conference & Tradeshow held in Scottsdale, USA, from 26th to 29th June 2017.

"District Cooling has emerged as one of the best solutions to meet energy efficiency needs in response to global warming. The UAE has made considerable progress in this field and it was a pleasure to share and exchange some of the best practices and innovations implemented by Empower with our peers at the prestigious IDEA Annual Conference &Exhibition," Bin Shafar said.

He also presented his views and opinions on the pace of change in the district cooling during Global Leaders Plenary Panel Discussion which shed light on - ‘Sustaining Our Success'. He presented a ‘look ahead' on the industry, sharing insights on policies, business models and emerging trends related to more resilient and sustainable energy for cities, communities and campuses.

The panel discussions were focussed on a variety of areas and topics, such as the panellists' industry experiences of district energy in Canada, China, Germany/European Union, Japan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom & U.S., impact of renewable energy on district energy business models and the transition, Business Continuity and Reliability – with the support of global case studies of real time crises, environmental policies supporting district energy business and role of governments, policy-gaps, industry trends in countries – towards public or private engagements in DC business, optimisation towards operational efficiency, drives of capital investments, features that drive industry growth, challenges in expanding DC network in the Middle East region, critical success factors in starting new DC business, Microgrids – trends and possibilities, and educating and engaging local governments in advancing the deployment of district energy.

The panel discussion was also enlivened by audience interactions and live polls.

"District Cooling contributes to sustainable development through its efficiency and impact on carbon reduction. Over the years, several companies and organisations have worked together to capture a growing niche market, catering specifically for the transition to a low-carbon and green economy through the consolidation of knowledge and looking to district cooling as an enabler of efficiency and managing the energy-water nexus," Bin Shafar said.

With the technology witnessing advancement in the past few years, the industry has developed a sizeable footprint with several million tons of capacity in place to serve the varied cooling needs of customers. As the industry grows rapidly while dealing with the challenges of managing resources, meeting climate objectives and creating customer value, platforms as these help outline the intent, structure and current status of the technology," he added.

The 108th IDEA Annual Conference & Tradeshow brought together distinguished personnel from utilities sector, district cooling providers, developers, master planners, contractors, consultants and technology leaders to discuss and benchmark crucial challenges on how to seize new opportunities and make it effective for the surrounding communities. The conference presented in-depth real life case studies of ongoing and completed projects, keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions and more.

In addition, attendees at the conference also had an opportunity to interact with industry subject experts in an informal conversational setting aimed at promoting discussion, raising questions, sharing insights and continuing conversations on key topics.

The IDEA Annual Conference & Tradeshow is organised by International District Energy Association (IDEA), the century-old and US-based association for district energy industry. Prominent companies from the industry participate in this event, as well as experts and scientists from all over the world. Many workshops, seminars and meeting are held during the conference, and many important topics on district cooling are discussed.

Empower's participation at the Conference is in line with its efforts to enhance its presence globally, in an attempt to achieve better communication with global key players in the energy and cooling sectors.

Empower currently operates more than 1.250 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World trade Centre Residences, Dubai Design District, among others.


2.89 mn passengers used public transport during Eid al-Fitr holiday: RTA

posted on 29/06/2017

The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has revealed that a total of 2,891,557 people used public transport in Dubai during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Nasir Hamad Bu Shehab, CEO of the Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, RTA, said, "During the Eid Al Fitr holiday, the Dubai Metro carried 1,500,899 riders between the Red Line (980,278) and the Green Line (520,621). The number of passengers that used the Dubai Tram was 55,889, while public buses were used by 1,153,555 and marine transport by 181,214 people.

"The RTA had charted out a comprehensive plan for managing public transport movement during the Eid Al Fitr holiday, which is marked by intense traffic especially in certain hotspots like Dubai Mall-Burj Khalifa Downtown. The plan was developed to ensure the integration of mass transit and traffic systems to ensure a smooth mobility of people from and to those areas," he added.


Manchester City and Etihad Airways team up to empower young community football leaders in week-long summit

posted on 29/06/2017

MANCHESTER UK: The Manchester City Football Club (Manchester City) and Etihad Airways have joined forces to train youth leaders around the world, who are tackling social issues in their communities by delivering youth-led football projects.

Returning for the third year, the Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit welcomed more than 50 young leaders from Manchester City's global network of community projects to the city's state-of-the-art training facility, City Football Academy. The week-long programme saw leaders from Manchester and 11 cities in India, Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Australia and the Americas, take part in a variety of on and off-the-pitch workshops to develop their community football leadership and coaching skills.

As the official summit partner, Etihad Airways connected young people from the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi with their peers by flying them over to Manchester. The young leaders are working in community football in Abu Dhabi and used this as an opportunity to enhance their skills.

The Abu Dhabi representatives joined other leaders from projects in Beijing, Bandung (Indonesia), Mexico City, New York, Melbourne, Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, Barranquilla (Colombia), Kolkata and Sao Paulo.

The delegates, between the ages of 16 and 30, are currently delivering community football projects addressing a range of issues affecting young people, such as gang crime, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and obesity, besides creating safe spaces for children to play football. This was the first international travel experience for several delegates.

Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer for Manchester City FC commented, "We are extremely proud that our community footprint continues to grow and develop every year, both locally where City Football Group has Clubs in Manchester, New York City and Melbourne and also globally. This summit epitomises the power of football to change lives and we're delighted to be working with Etihad Airways to connect the young leaders together."

"We have brought young leaders from different backgrounds, speaking a number of different languages and yet they all share a common goal to make a difference through football. Using our community philosophy and years of experience, we are equipping the young leaders with the tools they need to go out and deliver life-changing projects in their communities," he added.

Patrick Pierce, Vice President of Marketing Partnerships at Etihad Airways, said, "Etihad Airways has a duty to contribute to communities around the world. By flying delegates into Manchester for the Cityzens Giving Young Leader Summit, we are honoured to connect young people who seek to address complex social issues in their home cities. This is another powerful example of using the medium of football to tackle a wide range of social problems and give young people a brighter future."

The week also saw leadership master classes from Club experts, including members of the City Football Group's Leadership Team. There were also practical sessions on event management, safeguarding, monitoring and evaluation.

On the final day, leaders put all their newly found knowledge and experience into practice as they organised and delivered two highly successful football festivals for 240 local school children and Manchester City fans.


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