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Mohamed bin Zayed, Serbian President discuss bilateral ties of friendship, cooperation

posted on 22/06/2017

BELGRADE: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia discussed on Wednesday ways of boosting bilateral ties of friendship and cooperation as well as a range of regional and global issues of mutual concern.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed conveyed regards of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Serbian president and his wishes for further progress and prosperity to the friendly Serbia people.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated President Aleksandar Vucic on assuming the presidency of Serbia, wishing him success in his mission. H.H. said the UAE was looking forward to continue constructive work with Belgrade regarding issues of interest to both countries.

The Serbia president asked Sheikh Mohamed to reciprocate his best wishes to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his wishes for further progress and prosperity to the UAE people.

President Aleksandar Vucic affirmed his country's desire to expand relations with the UAE, given its high-profile status it reached internationally, its distinguished ties and constructive cooperation with other countries as well as its progress and development in all walks of life.

Sheikh Mohamed lauded the advanced level of progress reached by the Emirati-Serbia ties in political, economic and other spheres. H.H. said these ties were on promise for further growth in the years to come driven by factors for evolution including mutual political will, so as to reach close partnership.

The two sides said they were looking forward to furthering cooperation and coordination and to expanding economic and investment partnerships.

They also exchanged views on current international developments and issues of mutual interest.

The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and Juma Rashid Saif Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Serbia.


Mohamed bin Zayed holds talks with French President

posted on 22/06/2017

PARIS: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has met with President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to discuss bilateral relations and the latest regional and international developments. The meeting was held during His Highness's two-day visit to the French capital, Paris.

During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to President Macron, reiterating his congratulations to the President and the people of France on the successful election.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE attaches special importance to relations with France, and continually works to develop these ties across all fields, as they represent a distinctive example of friendly cooperation between states based on understanding, mutual respect and common interests.

The French President welcomed H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Paris, hoping that this visit will contribute to closer cooperation between the two countries, and continuing discussions on regional and international issues of mutual concern. Macron conveyed his greetings to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, wishing him good health and prosperity, and to the UAE and its friendly people, continued progress and development.

The meeting was also attended by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, where Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and President Macron discussed strategic relations between the UAE and France, as well as developments in the region in the cultural, social, educational, economic, and military fields.

The two parties also discussed ways to benefit from investment opportunities between the two countries.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said that his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron provided a renewed opportunity for dialogue on issues of mutual interest, co-ordination on current developments in the region, and co-operation with other countries for regional security and stability.

"Bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates, UAE, and the Republic of France are not limited to the political, military and economic arenas. Rather, they include culture, education and scientific research. This provides a greater depth for our two friendly countries because culture and knowledge can help achieve rapprochement and enhance ties between people. Extremist and terrorist forces work to sabotage relations between people, religions, cultures and civilisations to serve a suspicious agenda that damages global security and peace," Sheikh Mohamed stated.

He further noted that "both the UAE and France share close views and positions on challenges and risks that threaten the security of the Arabian Gulf, the wider Middle East and the entire world. Of these, the danger of extremism and terrorism stands out as it strikes anywhere in the world with no place spared."

"It is time a decisive international position was taken to counter terrorist forces and organisations while drying up their financial and intellectual sources and resources and designating them as the greatest threat to global security and peace. That is because any hesitation in confronting this danger would mean that more innocent blood would be shed and more fear and violence would spread in the entire world.

"What gives us hope is that the world is now more aware of the dangers of terrorism and extremism, more prepared for settling the confrontation in its favour, and more knowledgeable about what it should do to counter this looming danger that targets all of us," he added.

He expressed hope that awareness would lead to the establishment of effective executive mechanisms "for eliminating this disease as soon as possible."

He also appreciated President Macron's keen interest in promoting relations with the UAE in light of a great potential for expansion in economic and trade areas that have witnessed significant development over the past years.

"These relations are expected to grow significantly in the coming years, thanks to the common political will of the leaderships of the two friendly countries," he said.

Other Emirati officials who attended the meeting include Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, and Maadhad Hareb Mughair Al Khaiili, UAE Ambassador to France.


Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, French FM discuss strengthening relations

posted on 22/06/2017

PARIS: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Wednesday met French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss ways of enhancing co-operation between the UAE and France to serve their shared strategic interests.

They explored aspects of existing political, economic, security, scientific and cultural co-operation between the UAE and France, as well as their keen interest in advancing these relations to new venues of joint action and co-operation.

The meeting also touched on the latest developments in the region, as well as regional and international issues of shared concern. This includes fighting terrorist organisations and supporting regional and international efforts aimed at establishing the pillars of security and stability in the region.

Emirati officials who attended the meeting include H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, and Maadhad Hareb Mughair Al Khaiili, UAE Ambassador to France.


UAE condemns terrorist attack in Brussels

posted on 22/06/2017

The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist attack which targeted the Belgian capital's main railway station on Tuesday night.

'The UAE condemns this cowardly act of terrorism and reiterates its firm position against all forms of violence and terrorism, which is targeting all without distinction," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The ministry also expressed the UAE's solidarity with the Belgian Government in its fight against violence, terrorism and extremism, and called on the international community to stand together in confronting and uprooting this serious and dangerous menace, which threatens the security and stability of countries.


UAE Consul General attends opening of World Skills Hong Kong 2017

posted on 22/06/2017

HONG KONG: Nabeela Al Shamsi, UAE Consul General in Hong Kong, attended today the opening of the 'World Skills Hong Kong 2017' convention.

In her remarks as the 'Guest of Honour' for the event, Nabeela Al Shamsi stressed the importance of culture and heritage in driving progress and economic development.

She said that the UAE will be the first country in the Middle East to host the 'World Skills' in October.

"We look forward to welcoming participants from all over the world in Abu Dhabi in October," she added.


NMC launches Youth Media Council

posted on 22/06/2017

The National Media Council, NMC, has announced the formation of the ‘Youth Media Council', aimed at boosting participation of young media professionals in the mainstream media of the country.

"The launch of the Youth Media Council is a testament to the firm belief in youth's capabilities by boosting their participation in this dynamic field, and providing them with a platform to present innovative ideas that will enrich the UAE media sector," said Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs.

The decision was taken during a youth-engagement circle held today at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The new council is based on the findings of a first-of-its-kind survey study which was conducted nation-wide in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates University's Centre for Public Policy and Leadership, entitled: ‘Sources of Youth for Obtaining Information and News'. The study aimed at gaining insights into the reality of the local media sector and ways of enhancing it in line with international trends and developments.

The youth-engagement circle was attended by Shamma bint Sohail Al Mazruei, Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director-General of the National Media Council, Professor Mohamed Albaili, Vice Chancellor of the UAEU, as well as a group of teachers and students from media faculties around the country.

The Youth Media Council is made up of 12 members aged 18 to 30, who serve two-year renewable terms. Membership is equally split among young men and women, and consists of both Emiratis and expats, in addition to a general coordinator from the NMC.

Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui reaffirmed the great impact of media in influencing youth's perspectives on various issues around the world, while urging youth to incur positive change to serve and further enhance their communities.

She said, "It is essential that we identify and benefit from innovative media engagement mechanisms to communicate with the youth segment in light of the rapidly evolving media landscape, particularly, the great role that social media plays in terms of shaping youth's interests."

Al Mazrui commended the study that the NMC developed, highlighting that its key findings paves the way for effective media engagement with youth.

"The youth are a key priority for the UAE's leadership, which views them as the most valuable future resource and the key foundation of sustainable development," added Mansour Al Mansouri "It is essential for us to empower and effectively engage them in the development of the media sector. We should benefit from their creative energy and experiences, all the while encouraging and honing their skills and talents."

"The media sector has witnessed sweeping changes that have notably strengthened digital and social media, establishing them as the preferred source of information and news for young people," the NMC Director-General explained. "This was confirmed by the survey we conducted. These results prompted us to form the Youth Media Council as an advisory body to guide us in developing modern and flexible media messaging and policies that are attuned to the needs of the youth segment. Moreover, the study aimed at developing the role of national media to achieve the objectives of the UAE's government to protect society from distorted and misguided ideas that have a negative impact on youth, while providing them with accurate information to enable them to form a clear and comprehensive outlook."

The study produced data regarding the youths' behaviours and attitudes, as well as the nature of their interaction with media channels. Covering both traditional and new media, the survey provides valuable insight into young people's media consumption preferences and interests. The results helped shed light on their opinions of national media outlets, particularly in light of the vast discrepancies between today's generation and their predecessors when it comes to processing information.


UAE offers ten ambulances to WHO Country Office in Yemen

posted on 22/06/2017

ADEN: The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has donated ten Toyota Landcruiser 4X4 ambulances to the World Health Organisation, WHO, Country Office in Yemen as part of its continuous support for the health sector in the country.

The ERC said that a second batch of ten ambulances would be delivered to the WHO Country Office in Yemen next month.

WHO representative in Yemen praised the UAE for extending much-needed basic requirements for the fragile health sector in Yemen. He also thanked that UAE for its contributions to support the organisation's humanitarian programmes and enhance its resilience to address challenges facing Yemeni governorates.

The ERC signed last month a memorandum of understanding with WHO for supporting the health sector in Yemen.


Zayed Giving Convoys launch 4th phase of medical mission in UAE

posted on 22/06/2017

Following the success of the previous three phases, the Zayed Giving Convoys launched their fourth phase to provide diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services for early detection of chronic diseases within the UAE.

The gesture, which is in line with the ‘Year of Giving' initiative launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a collaborative partnership between the Zayed Giving Initiative, Dar Al Ber Association, the Saudi-German Hospital, and Emirates Medicine Bank.

Dr. Adel Al Shameri, CEO of the Zayed Giving Initiative, said thousands of disadvantaged Emirati and expatriate patients received treatment and medicines in the previous phases.

"Our mobile clinics will travel from Abu Dhabi to the emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Fujairah and Ras al-Khaimah to provide free-of-charge medical services to the targeted groups," he said.

He indicated that the humanitarian and voluntary mission is being led by a dedicated elite of young Emirati caregivers.


Mohamed bin Zayed approves new batch of housing loans in Abu Dhabi for 1,250 beneficiaries

posted on 22/06/2017

As per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, a new batch of housing loans for 1,250 beneficiaries from Abu Dhabi, with the value of AED2.4 billion have been ordered for issuance.

The new batch of loans will cover the needs and demands of citizens to build their homes or to re-build in different areas of Abu Dhabi. The confirmed batch will include 600 loans in new areas, with 400 loans for completing buildings in existing areas, 150 for the purpose of tearing down and rebuilding, 80 for maintenance and expansion, and 20 for maintenance only.

These directives are the result of the desire of the wise leadership of His Highness the President, and His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, to place citizens at the forefront of the priorities of government plans while providing all the necessities of a dignified living and appropriate housing for the beneficiaries and their families, positively reflecting on their social and economic stability and strengthening their contribution to building and development.


Assistance of AED417 mn approved under Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

posted on 22/06/2017

Under the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, 625 beneficiaries have been approved to receive housing assistance at a total cost of AED417 million.

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Programme, said the good news was conveyed ahead of Eid Al Fitr to bring a smile on the faces of the eligible recipients.

"This underscores the leadership's commitment to bring joy to citizens on the happy occasion and the government's persistent efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens," he affirmed.

He added that the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda seeks to decrease the waiting period of eligibility for housing to two years from the date of application.


Emirates Airline's inflight entertainment recognised for 13th consecutive year

posted on 22/06/2017

Emirates Airline has won World's Best Inflight Entertainment award for a record 13th year at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.

The airline also picked up the award for Best First Class Comfort Amenities.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are considered a global benchmark of airline excellence. This year's results were decided by 19.8 million customers across 105 countries. The survey reviewed over 320 airlines from August 2016 to May 2017.

Emirates' inflight entertainment system, ice, was launched in 2003 and has continually led the industry since, winning best in class for 13 years running.

Today, ice features over 2,500 channels of entertainment, including the latest blockbuster movies, award-winning television box sets, live TV, music and computer games. Emirates' commitment to providing a superior inflight experience is anchored in continued product enhancement. In the last year, 28 per cent more entertainment has been added including more varied content giving customers more choices than ever.

New content on ice includes free expert-led LinkedIn Learning courses that cover topics such as leadership, general management, marketing, and creative lifestyle. Emirates has also added uTalk language courses to its learning zone on ice. The series of videos offer beginner lessons for travellers to pick up Arabic, German, French, Spanish or Italian during their flight.

Emirates has invested heavily in connectivity and Live TV on board – today 129 aircraft offer Live TV, including 16 A380s. Wi-Fi connectivity is available on 86 per cent of the fleet with more being upgraded each month. Emirates offers customers across all classes 20MB of free Wi-Fi and each month about 800,000 passengers connect while inflight.

Emirates clinched the Best First Class Comfort Amenities at this year's Skytrax awards following a recent product overhaul across all cabins aimed at enhancing comfort in the air. Among the new products introduced last year is a luxury spa range from award-winning Irish brand Voya. The skincare line was created exclusively for Emirates and is available in the signature A380 shower spa on board and in the First and Business Class washrooms.

Emirates has also partnered with luxury Italian brand Bulgari for its latest designs of the airline's exclusive kit bags. The new set of amenity kits for both First and Business Class feature Bulgari's woody floral fragrance – Eau Parfumee au the noir - and contain skincare essentials to keep customers feeling fresh and pampered throughout the flight.

In December, Emirates also introduced the world's first moisturising lounge wear in its First Class cabins. The suits use Hydra Active Microcapsule Technology which is designed to keep skin hydrated during the flight. They are accompanied by a plush, faux sheep-skin blanket in First Class for a comfortable night's sleep.

Emirates is the world's largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 156 destinations in 83 countries across six continents, with convenient connections through its hub in Dubai.


Dubai Airports anticipates heightened traffic during Eid with over 1.9m passengers expected to pass through DXB

posted on 22/06/2017

Dubai International, DXB, is lining up extra staff and an exciting array of activities, promotions and entertainment as part of its preparations for the Eid holiday rush.

With Eid coinciding with schools across the UAE closing for the summer, Dubai Airports is anticipating heightened traffic during the week with over 1.9 million passengers expected to pass through DXB.

The busiest day for departures will be Friday, 23rd June, with over 76,000 departing passengers while 30th June will be the busiest day for total traffic, departing, arriving and connecting, with over 262,000 customers.

Dubai Airports will augment staff levels and employ passenger flow monitoring technology that allows the airport, airlines and control authorities to detect and deploy staff to areas of high passenger concentration. Further, the airport's new smart gate service, which allows the use of Emirates ID cards upon arrival and departure, will reduce immigration transaction times to 10-15 seconds and alleviate congestion at immigration points.

"Due to the heavy passenger loads we want to remind passengers to give themselves a bit of extra time to get to and through the airport," said Anita Mehra, Senior Vice President of Communication and Reputation at Dubai Airports.


DP World wins awards for global sustainability and education programmes

posted on 22/06/2017

DP World has won Gold for Employee Engagement award at the International CSR Excellence Awards in London, in recognition of its Global Education initiative, and being named Sustainability Champion for its ‘Our World, Our Future' global sustainability programme.

‘Our World, Our Future' was launched in February 2016 to unite DP World's wide-ranging sustainability efforts and ensure maximum impact. Over the past year, it has reached all of DP World's 36,500 employees across six continents, establishing it as a leading responsible business.

The innovative Global Education Programme is being implemented across the world following a pilot study in early 2016. It involves employees delivering lessons in local schools to increase the knowledge of the industry in young people. The modules encourage children to consider a career in the maritime and trade industry, helping develop a future talent for a crucial sector.

The programme aims to reach 34,000 young people by 2020. To date, more than 200 employees have been involved, engaging over 5,500 students across 14 countries.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said, "We are committed to being world leaders in sustainability, a key part of which means helping to develop young people in the communities where we operate, and I am delighted to have our efforts recognised. We know we can play a significant role in improving people's lives, strengthening their communities, and protecting their environment. We take this responsibility very seriously, and I look forward to building on what we've achieved and finding ways for us to continually do more."


Thuraya IP M2M Service launched to connect the Internet of Remote Things

posted on 22/06/2017

Thuraya Telecommunications Company today announced the launch of the Thuraya IP M2M Service to support high volume, high throughput machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The service is powered by Thuraya's real-time, two-way IP network with speeds of up to 444 Kbps, a state-of-the-art Remote Terminal Management (RTM) platform and the Thuraya IP+ terminal.

The new service extends the capabilities of Thuraya's successful IP+ terminal to support a wider range of M2M applications. It is designed for efficient communication between devices and for the control and consolidation of data from remote equipment. The service targets a number of sectors including oil and gas, utilities, renewable energy, banking and government.

The RTM platform provides a rich set of connectivity management features including usage monitoring, connection control, abnormal session management, geo-fencing, firewall management, usage traffic graphs and charts. It's device management features allow users to view a connected terminal's position, signal strength and current status. Users can also reboot and configure the terminal remotely.

Thuraya's acting Chief Commercial Officer, Rashid Baba, said, "The rise in IoT applications and M2M adoption has triggered an increase in demand among several sectors for higher throughput applications deployed over satellite. Some of these solutions include video- and image-capturing for surveillance and security, oil and gas real-time applications, smart-grid Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) recloser connectivity, and wind and solar farm monitoring. Thuraya IP M2M service addresses these requirements while taking operational efficiency for our customers to a whole new level by reducing the total cost of ownership and operation of their IoT apps and services."

Thuraya IP M2M service enhances Thuraya's M2M product range by addressing market requirements for bandwidth hungry M2M applications. It allows users to send bulk amounts of data per month, offering a scalable solution for high-volume SCADA connectivity, remote asset control, and other telemetry requirements.

Rashid Baba added, "Our announcement about joining the LoRa Alliance adds further momentum to Thuraya's M2M aspirations. We are expanding our services and solutions to areas such as rural IoT and M2M connectivity, cargo and shipping, smart agriculture, and smart metering. Thuraya IP M2M service is one of the key components of our exciting FUTURA capability plans, and positions us well to effectively address the market requirements."


Unearthing Sharjah's secrets of archaeology

posted on 22/06/2017

The role of archaeologists in revealing the mysteries of Sharjah's past is being celebrated at a year-long exhibition at Sharjah Archaeology Museum.

Opening this month, the Sharjah Archaeologists Exhibition provides visitors with a fascinating insight into how archaeologists go about excavating a site and documenting their finds. Displays reveal their scientific working methods, as well as the commonly used tools of the trade, including trowels, measuring instruments, and note books.

The exhibition is a tribute to a profession that has helped uncover the story of historical sites, including Mleiha, Sharjah's iconic ancient settlement. Even today, archaeologists are continuing to reveal aspects of ancient civilisations that are thousands of years old, including their culture and rituals, trade practices, social order, diet, and influence on pottery design, art and jewellery.

Manal Ataya, Director-General of Sharjah Museums Department, said, "We are delighted to open the Sharjah Archaeologists Exhibition and draw attention to a profession that has done so much to piece together Sharjah's ancient history.

She added, "Sharjah is proud to be home to Mleiha, one of the region's most important archaeological sites. Thanks to the incredible skills and dedication of teams of archaeologists, we have been able to paint a picture of the civilisations that lived and settled in this area over thousands of years."

"Visitors will gain a thorough insight into the working life of an archaeologist, as well as witnessing some of their most important finds from this area. We aim to inspire a new generation to be the historians and archaeologists of tomorrow and continue unravelling the UAE's rich history," she said.

The UAE's ancient history was largely undocumented until about 50 years ago when archaeologists began excavation works at key sites. The evidence they found indicates human activities taking place from some 125,000 years ago.

Visitors to the Sharjah Archaeologists Exhibition will learn how archaeologists look for evidence of objects left by humans of the past, including hunting tools, weapons, domestic items and jewels. They also seek to uncover such immovable objects as houses and tombs, and even the remains of plants and seeds.

The displays reveal the science behind excavating a site, how it is initially surveyed using photographs, maps and state of the art monitoring devices, how items are marked with identification cards that show the discovery date and location, along with information including its shape and material. The steps taken to protect delicate finds, especially human skeletons from thousands of years ago, are also revealed.

Part of the exhibition is dedicated to actual finds made in Sharjah. These include a Roman glass molded bowl that originated in Dibba in 100AD, and a number of gold beads that were dated back to Mleiha in the same period.


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