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Camel beauties head for Al Dhafra fest

posted on 19/12/2014

For several days now, the Western Region highway has been busy with trucks arriving from all over the Arabian Gulf, bringing in some of the most beautiful and most valuable camels from the region to compete in this year's Al Dhafra Camel Festival.

Taking place in Madinat Zayed from December 20 to January 1, the annual festival of Bedouin traditions is expected to be bigger and more eventful than ever.

Organised by the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi (CPHFC), the festival will give away more than Dh55 million in prizes, which include 225 four-wheel drive vehicles for the 15 competitions that will take place daily.

"We don't know yet how many participants are going to come, as camel owners are arriving everyday from the UAE and other parts of the Gulf, setting up camp in the desert and they will register for the competitions daily. We do expect, though, thousands of camels to be here for the next 10 days,” Abdullah Al Qubaisi, director of Projects Management at the CPHFC, told Khaleej Times.

Apart from 72 competitions for the camel beauty shows, the festival is organising this year 14 other contests related to Emirati traditions, including the best milking camel, saluki race, falconry, dates and dates packaging, photography, handicrafts and classic cars competition.

For the first time this year, there will be a horse race too and a competition for the best handmade cover for the winning camels.

Opened to Emirati artisans aged between 20 and 60 years, the heritage camel cover must be handmade and include traditional Emirati ornaments such as Al Tarabish (tassels) or Al Telli (weaved silver and golden threads).

The top 10 winners will receive a total of Dh100,000, with Dh30,000 awarded to the best looking cover.

"We would like to reactivate and stimulate the practice and dependence on handicrafts among Emiratis in general. The competition and the prizes were set to encourage our people to give their best in the field of traditional crafts, so as to meet the significance of the event and its key heritage and historical merit,” said Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei, director of Al Dhafra Festival's Heritage Competitions.

Favourites from the past eight editions of the festival are back this year too, including the traditional souq, where about 100 Emirati women will sell their hand-crafted products (anything from oil perfumes to dresses and spices), and the camel auction, where racing camels may fetch hundreds of thousands of dirhams.

The festival will be open to the public from 9am till sunset daily. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2014/December/nationgeneral_December166.xml§ion=nationgeneral








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Etihad Airways launches A380 and B787 in Abu Dhabi

posted on 19/12/2014

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has capped an incredible 12 months by unveiling its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft to more than 200 of the world's media in Abu Dhabi.

The doors to the airline's two new flagship aircraft – in the distinctive new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi' livery – were opened for the first time to reveal the new cabin interiors, which include the ultra-luxurious Residence by Etihad, the only three-room suite in the sky.

Etihad Airways also unveiled a new cabin crew uniform at a spectacular catwalk fashion show. It's the first major uniform re-launch since the airline's formation in 2003 and incorporates the same colours used for the cabin interior and new aircraft livery.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "As we have done so many times in our short history, we are reshaping the landscape of modern air travel in our own way.

"Today is the culmination of many years of hard work and tremendous endeavour by hundreds of people both in our airline and outside.

"With the launch of these aircraft, we usher in a new era of unparalleled luxury, comfort and service. These innovations represent our vision for the future." In addition to the media event at Abu Dhabi airport, Etihad Airways is also hosting an event for travel industry partners and one for the airline's staff today, ensuring that by the end of the day more than 1,500 people will have toured the two new aircraft.

The fashion show saw 22 Etihad Airways cabin crew showcasing the new uniform which has been designed by Italian couturier, Ettore Bilotta. It combines elegance, comfort and practicality and the colours are derived from the new brand identity.

Bilotta, in collaboration with the airline's Guest Services and Guest Experience divisions, chose a warm chocolate brown as the base colour for the different uniform variations.

A deep purple colour is added for cabin crew and lounge staff, and a burnt orange accent colour for ground crews and Special Services personnel.

Following yesterday's events, the A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft will continue test operations before starting commercial flights. The A380 will operate daily to London Heathrow from 27th December and the 787 to Dusseldorf from 1st February 2015.

The entry into commercial service of the A380 will see the introduction of The Residence by Etihad, a new cabin that has captured the imagination of the air travel industry since it was unveiled in May 2014.

The Residence by Etihad features a living room, separate ensuite shower room, and bedroom, and as another first in the airline industry, a dedicated butler.

Measuring 125 square feet in total, The Residence by Etihad is located on the forward upper deck of the A380 and is for single or double occupancy.

The A380 is also the only Etihad Airways aircraft to offer the First Apartment which is a complete living space with a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5 inch long fully-flat bed.

The First Suite on the Etihad Airways B787 offers guests an enhanced suite with chilled mini-bar, complete privacy and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed.

A total of 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the A380, and the B787 has 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

The Economy Smart Seat also debuts on the A380 and Boeing 787 and has enhanced comfort with the unique ‘fixed wing' headrest on each seat.

Etihad Airways will take delivery of four A380s and three Boeing 787-9s in 2015. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395274013393.html


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Jebel Ali Port efficiently handles biggest sugar carrier in world

posted on 19/12/2014

Jebel Ali Port welcomed the biggest sugar carrier in the world, carrying 106 thousand tons of sugar imported from Brazil by Dubai's Al Khaleej Sugar Refinery, the world's largest stand-alone refinery.

Welcoming the world's biggest sugar carrier at Jebel Ali Port were Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, in presence of Jamal Al Ghurair, Managing Director of Al Khaleej Sugar Co. (LLC), along with a host of DP World officials.

Bin Sulayem said: "Our flagship Jebel Ali Port has become a destination for some of the world's most important and largest bulk carriers. This reflects the global standing of Dubai as a regional and international trading and business hub, which is further strengthened by colossal industrial projects, such as Al Khaleej Sugar Refinery. The cutting-edge port facilities in Dubai, led by Jebel Ali Port- the world's largest man-made harbour, joined with top customs facilitations and services offered in the emirate and the attractive features tailored by JAFZA and other free zones for traders and investors, have contributed to Dubai's prestigious foothold on the global trade landscape." "Guided by the farsighted vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the importance of upgrading Dubai's port industry to accommodate a larger volume of trade, DP World is increasing the handling capacity of Jebel Ali Port and other ports in the emirate. Jebel Ali Port now serves a huge variety of customers from around the globe, all to the same extremely high standard. The expansion of Jebel Ali Port, currently taking place, through establishing Container Terminal 3, adds 4 million TEU capacity to the Port, taking its total handling capacity to 19 million TEU," he added.

The Chairman of DP World further noted that Jebel Ali Port's Container Terminal 3 has a modern infrastructure, featuring 19 quay cranes installed alongside a 1,860 metre long and 18 metre deep quayside that can handle 10 of the world's largest container vessels simultaneously. The 19 quay cranes are remotely operated from a sophisticated control room off the quayside, in safety and comfort, largely by Emirati nationals, including females, who will also make up the majority of the 50 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry crane (ARMG) operations team.

In the first nine months of 2014, Dubai's sugar trade amounted to Dh4.2bn, recording 2.53 million tons of sugar. Sugar imports to Dubai reached Dh2.8bn, while exports valued at Dh1.16bn and re-exports at Dh278.7m. For 2013, Dubai's sugar trade scored Dh6bn (3.2 million tons of sugar), of which Dh3.42bn are imports, Dh1.97bn are exports and Dh564m are re-exports.

Jebel Ali Port features world-class facilities for handling food products, such as sugar, rice and flour. It incorporates latest technologies for unloading these products and ensuring they reach consumers at highest quality, in coordination with government authorities concerned with foodstuff trading. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395274013159.html


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DP World shareholders approve London de-listing, acquisition of JAFZ

posted on 19/12/2014

DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, on Thursday said its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and the acquisition of Economic Zones World FZE (EZW), owner of the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ).

A company statement said that the resolutions put to shareholders at the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of DP World Limited, held at The Wheelhouse, Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali, Dubai yesterday, Thursday, relate to the acquisition of Economic Zones World FZE (‘EZW'), owner of the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ), the delisting of DP World Limited Securities from the London Stock Exchange and the confirmation of the appointment of Mark Russell as an Independent Non-Executive director of the Company, who was appointed to the Board with effect from 11 August 2014. All the resolutions have been passed.

Welcoming the shareholders' voting in favour of the EZW acquisition, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said, "The integration of DP World and EZW will reinforce our leadership in the high-growth Middle East region and enhance our integrated port and logistics offering to customers by optimising investment. It is a compelling strategic move that will allow us to co-ordinate planned expansion, deliver an improved customer proposition, accelerate growth and enhance shareholder value.

We thank our shareholders for recognising the strong strategic rationale for the combination of Jebel Ali port and free zone and look forward to working with our colleagues to offer seamless supply chain services." Reiterating the Board's commitment to corporate governance, Bin Sulayem added, "We also thank our shareholders for supporting our decision to delist from the London Stock Exchange. We reaffirm our commitment to maintaining a high standard of corporate governance, in line with DFSA best practice and NASDAQ Dubai rules." It is anticipated that the EZW transaction will be completed during Q2 2015 and the delisting will take effect on or about 21 January 2015, being in any event not less than 20 London business days from today's date. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395274015781.html


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Mohammed bin Rashid unveils Customer Services Centres' Rating plaque at DIFC Courts

posted on 19/12/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has emphasised that the focus on customers and clients is a fundamental pillar in the success of any organisation.

His Highness said this during the unveiling of a Customer Services Centres' Rating plaque at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, which received a 5-star rating. DIFC Courts is the first non-federal entity to be classified according to the accredited Star Rating System. Also present at the unveiling were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

Sheikh Mohammed said, "Our ultimate goal is to make the UAE a source of best management practices with regard to improving services, and we are proud of our experience in rating service centres; an Emirati experience carried out by our Emirati citizens." The ceremony was also attended by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai.

The UAE is the first country in the world to adopt this rating system for government service centres based on a comprehensive operational framework that emulates the standards applied in hotels, banks and aviation companies.

The project is part of the Emirates Government Service Excellence Programme and is managed by the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. It embodies the practical steps to develop government services according to the international standards and rate all federal customer service centres based on the development of services and responding to customers' requests. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395274003475.html


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UAE commits US$1 million to UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund

posted on 19/12/2014

NEW YORK: The UAE last night provided a US$1million donation to UN's Central Emergency Response Fund that allows humanitarian organisations to respond to the world's urgent crises.

Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, announced the contribution at the High-Level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, yesterday.

The conference, chaired by the Fund's Under-Secretary-General, Valerie Amos, who is Emergency Coordinator and the head of the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, highlighted CERF-funded projects from around the world and sought political and financial support for operations in 2015.

The UAE's contribution reflects the country's increasing cooperation with UN humanitarian activities.

In her statement to over 250 senior representatives from UN Member States and Observers, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, foundations and private sector firms, Ambassador Nusseibeh commended Under-Secretary-General Amos' leadership, and said, "Today we celebrate the good work that CERF has done in the over 88 countries it has operated in this year, and commit ourselves to helping OCHA continue to provide rapid, effective and efficient humanitarian aid." She also highlighted the urgent need for concerted action by the international community to help refugees across the world in the upcoming months of winter.

Since the CERF was established in 2006, billions of dollars have been disbursed to help millions of people in dire need of assistance in 88 countries. Funds come from the voluntary contributions of over 125 countries and private-sector donors.

– Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273989036.html


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Sharjah Ruler guest of honour in UNESCO's celebration of World Arabic Language Day

posted on 19/12/2014

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah was the guest of honour in a ceremony organised yesterday by UNESCO in Paris to celebrate World Arabic Language Day.

Sheikh Sultan was received by Abdullah Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Abdullah Muharib, Director General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Abdullah Musabah Al Nuaimi, UAE Permanent Representative to the UNESCO, senior officials, diplomats, writers and artists.

The celebration opened with a poem extolling the Arabic language and a welcome speech delivered by Dr. Ziad Aldrees, President of the Advisory Board of the Plan for the Development of Arab Culture and Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to UNESCO who highlighted the link between the Arabic language and Islam.

"Islam did the Arabic language a great favour. It protected it from the threats of extinction like what happened to other languages," he said.

In her speech, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, welcomed Sheikh Sultan and thanked him for his continuous support to the organisation's activities related to Arabic language, including the Sharjah Prize for Arabic Language, which is organised by the UNESCO since 1998.

She added that Sheikh Sultan's attendance of the event was of great significance as it highlighted the link between the Arabic language and other cultures which is evident in the Arabic Alphabets and the Arabic calligraphy.

Sheikh Sultan opened the Arabic calligraphy exhibition, held as part of the event and displayed works by leading Arab and foreign calligraphers. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-arab-international/1395274032000.html


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Saeed Al Murry wins MoI Award for Best Societal Screenplay

posted on 19/12/2014

Dubai International Film Festival, DIFF, has announced Saeed Salmeen Al Murry as the winning filmmaker for the first Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay, an award worth $100,000. Al Murry received the award for his project ‘Going to Heaven', a screenplay highlighting a social issue through the eyes of a child.

Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Al Shimmari, Deputy Chairman of the Ministry of Interior's Cinema Awards Committee, said that the Best Societal Screenplay Award at the DIFF reflects the vision of the Ministry of Interior, MoI, to prioritise the promotion and establishment of the community's trust and partnership in every societal issue.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Shimmari said, "The ministry supports projects related to enriching the cinematic industry, and anything that contributes to building community awareness and to the discussion of important social issues. Film is a successful and guaranteed method for impacting others, as it directly addresses the conscience of the recipient and helps to engage the public in exposing negative, social phenomena and security challenges. It also promotes the sense of individual responsibility and positively develops their participation." Saeed Salmeen Al Murry hailed the continued efforts of the MoI in supporting the community through its multiple services. "Winning this prize increases the size of responsibility that I place upon myself as a director in order to achieve the difficult task of producing additional films that resonate well with the audience. This award is a strong motivation for fellow citizen directors to walk the same path," he said.

Al Murry pointed out that the UAE is well-known, and that its participation in international festivals widely opens doors to deliver realistic social messages and stories from the heart of UAE society. "Winning awards such as this will encourage those that work in this field to participate in local and international festivals," he said.

Masoud Amr Allah Al Ali, Artistic Director of DIFF, welcomed the new initiative presented by the MoI, which demonstrates the power of the cinema and its ability to communicate with society in a leading way.

He pointed out that the Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay is to "Honour the efforts of the filmmakers who are casting light on social issues, and fulfilling the main goals of the cinema and its role in serving our society." The script portrays the life of a child who yearns for the warm embrace of his grandmother, as his life is devoid of any tenderness.

The film features Sultan, an 11-year-old who lives with his father, Abu Sultan, a cruel stepmother, and Fatima, his seven-year-old stepsister. Sultan longs for the lost compassion of his mother, and the only respite he can find is through his love for the aquarium fish in his home. While Fatima tries to console and comfort Sultan, he still yearns for more. Learning that his grandmother lives in a remote area, he decides to embark upon a journey to find her. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273996755.html


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UAE seals air transport relations with Vietnam

posted on 19/12/2014

The United Arab Emirates, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, has signed an Air Services Agreement, ASA, with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on 16th December during the UAE-Viet Nam Business Leaders Forum which was held in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai.

The agreement was signed by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the UAE and Chairman of GCAA, and Dinh La Thang, Minister of Transport of Vietnam. Witnessing the ceremony was the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam. The ceremony was also attended by Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA and Omar bin Ghaleb, Deputy Director-General of the GCAA.

The Agreement allows complete flexibility on the routes, capacity, number of frequencies and types of aircraft, in any type of service, passenger or cargo.

Al Mansoori stressed the importance of this type of Air Transport Agreements, which will contribute to boosting trade, tourism and investment between the UAE and Vietnam, taking into account that now both Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines operate direct services between the two countries.

Al Mansoori, said, "The 14 direct flights per week by Emirates Airlines and Etihad connecting Hanoi to both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have contributed significantly to increasing trade and strengthening ties among business communities in the two countries. I foresee several opportunities for the UAE and Vietnam to come together to establish stronger synergy. We look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship moving forward." Saif Al Suwaidi said, "Air Services Agreements like the one signed with Vietnam will contribute to boosting trade, tourism and investment between the UAE and Vietnam, taking into account that now the designated carriers of the UAE and Vietnam can operate direct services between the two countries." Laila Ali bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Assistant Director General, Strategy and International Affairs, said, "The UAE is always determined to strengthen its international collaboration in air transport and shall continue its far-reaching and sound advances toward opening and liberating skies with countries of the world." The UAE has concluded Air Transport Agreements with over 160 countries, of which 123 are open skies or fully liberal arrangements. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273995457.html


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ENEC public forums focus on the latest updates in the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme

posted on 19/12/2014

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, the organisation responsible for the development and operation of the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy programme, recently held public forums in Silla and Abu Dhabi.

Attendees at Silla and the Abu Dhabi public forum heard from the CEO and Senior Management on the latest developments and progress of the UAE's nuclear energy programme.

The forums were held in Silla, which welcomed more than 300 attendees, and Abu Dhabi at the ADNEC Exhibition Centre, where over 150 people attended. Sessions were conducted in Arabic with English translation and covered a range of topics including construction updates and human capital development.

A panel of ENEC's Emirati experts explained the benefits of nuclear energy and the particular safety aspects ENEC is using and how safety is embedded in ENEC's culture. Career development and training programmes were also a key focus of the forums as ENEC looks to recruit the UAE's brightest talent.

ENEC's Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Al Hammadi, said, "As part of our commitment to transparency, we are proud to continue working with the public and explaining the contribution of the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy programme to the economic and social growth of the UAE. We are delighted to see so many residents present and it was a great opportunity to hear their questions and answer them with the latest updates on the progress of ENEC's development." ENEC recently announced that the organisation has grown to more than 1,300 employees, with Emirati nationals making up over 60% percent of its workforce in line with the company's Emiratisation target. By 2020, ENEC will require approximately 2,500 employees to power the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy programme, and ensure the safe and efficient operation of its four nuclear energy reactors. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395274004769.html


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Dubai announces crude oil price for March

posted on 19/12/2014

The Department of Oil Affairs of the Government of Dubai has announced that it has notified its customers that the official price of Dubai crude oil, to be delivered in March 2015, will be US$1 lower than the average daily settlement price of the Oman Crude Oil Financial Contract in Dubai Mercantile Exchange for contracts being traded over the next month.

Abdullah Abdul Karim, Director-General of the department, told Emirates News Agency, WAM, that the department sets the price of Dubai crude oil in the market to parallel Oman's oil prices, which reinforces the transparency of their pricing process commitment and sets a fair value for crude oil in the Middle East.

The official monthly price of Dubai crude oil - with the transition to the pricing of futures contracts - is determined in advance, wherein a differential price is set three months in advance (M-3), while the official final monthly price is determined at the end of the second month (M-2).

DME Oman crude oil is considered a benchmark for pricing crude oil by the countries that produce it, and it gives them a differential price that reflects the quality of the product.

Every day at 12:30 p.m. Dubai time, Dubai Mercantile Exchange determines the daily settlement price of the Oman contract, which is the average price of transactions made within the five minute period from 12:25 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dubai time.

On the last circulating day of the month, the settlement window lasts for 30 minutes from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dubai time. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395274004859.html


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Foreign investors sold Dh 3.4 bn worth of shares on Dubai Financial Market

posted on 19/12/2014

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) announced that the value of shares bought by foreign investors, or non-UAE nationals, from December 14 to 18, reached about Dh3.3 billion, while value of stocks they sold stood at Dh3.4 billion, with net foreign investment on the market reaching Dh134.4 million during the period, as aggregate sell.

Value of shares bought by foreigner investors comprised 48.9 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 50.9 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 Dh2.7 bn, comprising 40.6 per cent of the total value of stocks traded during the period. The value of stocks sold by institutional investors during the period reached Dh2.4 million, representing 35.1 per cent of the total value of stocks traded during the period.

Net institutional investment on the market stood at Dh371.4 million during the period, as an aggregate buy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395274014135.html


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Education Ministry's 2015-2021 plan promotes Arabic at schools

posted on 19/12/2014

The UAE Ministry of Education's 2015-2021 development plan incorporated a number of approved projects and programmes for promoting Arabic at the country's schools, enabling students to master it and instilling its values in them, said Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education.

Minister Al Hammadi added that the move is in line with the government's keen interest in promoting the language of the Holy Quran, the mother tongue and the carrier language of Islamic civilisation and modern science to the whole world.

The minister made his remarks in a speech read out by Marwan Al Sawaleh, Undersecretary of the ministry, at a celebration organised at University of Sharjah to mark the annual World Arabic Language Day.

These efforts, Minister Al Hamamdi added, are based on President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's statement that 'Arabic is the carrier of our identity', and on the relevant directives and unprecedented initiatives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "the UAE takes great interest in our native language and spares no efforts to preserve its stature locally, regionally and internationally." World Arabic Language Day is observed annually on 18 December. The event was established by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2010 to seek to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organisation. December 18 was chosen as the date for the Arabic language as it is the day in 1973 when the UN General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395274023183.html


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UAE envoy, Egyptian defence minister attend funerals of aircraft crash martyrs

posted on 19/12/2014

CAIRO: A military funeral was held yesterday for the four martyrs from the UAE and Egyptian armed forces who were killed yesterday in a military aircraft crash during a joint training exercise.

Present were UAE Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Arab League Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhaheri, Egyptian Defence Minister Lt. general Sidqi Subhi, Egyptian Interior Minister Major general Mohammed Ibrahim and Egyptian Chief of Staff Lt. General Mahmoud Hijazi.

The UAE Ambassador also joined a funeral prayer at Al Maza military airport on the souls of the UAE martyrs Saif Khalaf Saif Al Zaabi and Abdullah Ali Al Hamoudi, as well as the two Egyptian martyrs.

Al Dhaheri conveyed condolences of the UAE leadership, government and people to the Egyptian defence and interior ministers. He also offered condolences to the families of the martyrs.

The Egyptian defence minister also offered Egyptian leadership, government and people's condolences to the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-arab/1395274028653.html


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