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SHARM EL-SHEIKH: The 26th Arab Summit started here yesterday. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud headed the Kingdom's delegation to the Summit.
Addressing the Summit, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said 'A few days ago, this city witnessed the convening of the World Economic Conference, in which embodied the support of Arab and international community for Egypt. Today, we meet to deliberate on ways for overcoming the political and security crises many Arab countries suffer, and to address the various challenges that confront us.' As quoted by Saudi Press Agency, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also said 'The excruciating reality of terrorism, internal conflicts, and bloodshed experienced by a number of Arab countries are only the inevitable result of an alliance between terrorism and sectarianism, which is led by regional powers whose blatant interventions in the Arab region have resulted in undermining security and stability in some of our countries. In Yemen, the foreign intervention enabled the Houthi militias to overtake the legitimate authority, occupy Sanaa, and disrupt the implementation of the Gulf Initiative which has sought to preserve Yemen's unity, stability and security. The response of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to the call of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to hold the Riyadh Dialogue Conference in Riyadh under the umbrella of GCC General Secretariat meant to provide Yemen a safe passage to stability and to ensure a return to the normal status within the framework of the Gulf Initiative and its implementation mechanism that have enjoyed Arab and international support.' 'As the Houthi militia -- backed by regional powers that aim at extending their dominance on Yemen and using it a base for their influence in the region -- continues its intransigence and rejection of the warnings of the Yemeni legitimacy, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Security Council and all peace initiatives, and as it moves forward in its aggression against the Yemeni people and its legitimate authority, and threatens the security of the region; the brotherly and friendly countries participating in the Determination Storm have accepted the request of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi for a stand by Yemen and its people and legitimate authority, to deter the Houthi aggression which represents a major threat to the security and stability of the region and the international peace and security, and to counter terrorist organisations,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also said 'As we never wished to have resorted to taking this decision, we emphasise at the same time that Riyadh opens its doors to all Yemeni political parties committed to Yemen's security and stability, to meet under the umbrella of GCC and within the context of maintaining the legitimacy, rejection of any legitimacy breaching, ensuring the return of the State control over all Yemeni territory, returning to the State all weapons, and holding no threat the security of neighbouring States. We hope that those who rebelled against the legitimacy, will listen to the voice of reason and stop depending on the power of foreign forces, and stop tampering with the security of the Yemeni people by promoting sectarian and seeding terrorism.' 'The Determination Storm operation will continue until these objectives are achieved, so that the Yemeni people are able to enjoy security and stability. In this context, we express our appreciation and thanks to the countries participating in the Determination Storm operation as well as the countries all over the world supporting this operation which will, Allah Willing, contribute to supporting peace and security in the region and the world,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.
'The Palestinian cause is at the forefront of our concerns. The stance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is firm as is always based on fundamentals and foundations that aim at achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the region, and on the recovery of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their legitimate right to establishing their independent state with Al-Quds as its capital, which is consistent with the resolution of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative in 2002 which was welcomed by the international community and ignored by Israel,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said.
'The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that the time has come for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities, by the issuance of a Security Council resolution adopting the Arab Peace Initiative, exercising its power towards accepting it, and appointing a high international envoy to follow-up the implementation of the international resolution relevant to the initiative,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also said, ''The scourge of extremism and terrorism is among the challenges facing the Arab nation, targeting the security and stability of our countries, and requiring us to be vigilant and be in solidarity when taking necessary actions to confront and eradicate its roots.' 'The Syrian crisis stands still. As it continues, the suffering of the Syrian people continues as the regime shells villages and cities by planes, toxic gases and explosive barrels, and rejects all regional and international efforts to find a peaceful solution. Any effort to end the Syrian tragedy shall be based on the Geneva Declaration I, and we cannot imagine the participation of blood stained killers of the Syrian people in determining the future of Syria,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.
'On the other hand, we are still following with serious concern the developments in Libya, with the hope that security and stability would be achieved in this dear country,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said.
'Regarding nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a clear and firm stance, the call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques added.
'Our economic and development concerns top our priorities. This summit is expected to review what has been achieved in this field, and to remove barriers before the implementation of the Arab Free Trade Zone and the Arab Customs Union. To give more care to the economic issues and to annually follow-up on the decisions taken in this regard, we suggest the integration of both developmental and ordinary summits,' the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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The UAE fighter jets continued their air strikes against Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen's Sana'a and Ma'reb. The strikes are part of Operation: Al Hazm Storm, launched by the Arab coalition to protect the Yemeni people and their legitimate government from the violent and extremist Houthi militias.
In Sana'a, the UAE fighters targeted the Scud air defence systems and Houthis camps while in Ma'reb, they hit air defence systems, command and control centres and logistics storage and supply centres.
All fighter jets returned to their bases safely.
The UAE is participating in operations in Yemen as part of a Saudi-led Arab coalition of over ten countries to protect the Yemeni people and their legitimate government. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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As part of Operation al-Hazm Storm, UAE fighter jets yesterday launched air strikes against Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen, later safely heading back to their bases.
The strikes targeted air defence systems in Sana'a, Sa'ada and Hudaida, as well as surface-to-surface missiles, command and control centres, and logistics storage and supply centres in Ma'reb.
The UAE is participating in operations in Yemen as part of a Saudi-led Arab coalition of over ten countries to protect the Yemeni people and their legitimate government from the violent and extremist Houthi militias.
Fighter jets contributing to operations in Yemen include 30 jets from the UAE, 100 from Saudi Arabia, 15 from Kuwait, 15 from Bahrain and 10 from Qatar. Also participating are forces from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan.
The operations started on Thursday morning, in response to a request from the legitimate government in Yemen. The Arab coalition has since struck at the Houthi rebels, who control vast areas of Yemen. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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The UAE and the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, have recently signed an agreement to conduct a field study about the labour recruitment industry as per the framework of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, to develop an understanding of fundamental challenges facing labour sending/receiving countries.
As per the agreement, the study will target the labour recruitment industry in the UAE, Kerala (India) and Nepal for one year.
Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, and William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the IOM signed the agreement at the Ministry's office in Dubai in the presence of Omar Al Nuaimi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry's Policy and Strategy sector.
Minister Ghobash said, "The signing of the agreement emanates from the keenness of the UAE to continue its active role in developing procedures with regards to receiving temporary contractual labourers to come and serve in different sectors, while providing them with proper protection. Under the agreements of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, mechanisms are being developed between participating countries alongside relevant labour international organisations to exchange new ideas and experiences on best practices that will support and strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation efforts and partnerships."
He added that the study which is conducted between the UAE, India, and Nepal will culminate in a report that provides a comprehensive analysis of the international labour recruitment industry's structural features and the inter-relations between its various stakeholders from prospective workers, to sub-agents, to agents, to recruiters, to employers.
"The study will also develop a set of recommendations to address the structural flaws within the industry."
The two parties also agreed to grant the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad , IIMA, and Zayed University separate non-exclusive licenses to use data generated from their respective activities under the project for educational purposes.
For his part, IOM Director-General William Lacy Swing, thanked the United Arab Emirates, the Ministry of Labour and the relevant parties that will contribute actively to the organisation's agenda.
Regarding the selection of migration corridors to study, IOM has selected Kerala and Nepal for several reasons.
"The main reason was both have sizeable recruitment industries with large numbers of workers going to the Gulf states, and both have well capacitated management studies institutions capable of taking on the research," said Swing.
He further explained that migration to the Gulf is more established in Kerala while it has only more recently emerged in Nepal.
"Thus the study will allow us to look at potential differences that exist based on the maturity of the recruitment sector in different locations. And so, selecting two corridors will allow for comparisons of similarities and differences that can then shed light more broadly on the likelihoods of similarities and differences between other migration corridors across the (ADD) countries which can also be studied at a later date, however, from a management and financial perspective, selecting two corridors fits within the proposed budget and timeframe for the project."
The 18 members of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD), established in 2008 and currently chaired by Kuwait, include seven labour-receiving countries, namely Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Malaysia, and Kuwait, as well as 11 labour-sending countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Observer states include Japan, Singapore, South Korea. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved an impressive reduction in electricity use of 305 MWh and a reduction of 183 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions during Earth Hour 2015 in Dubai. This is an increase of 20% compared to last year, when DEWA recorded savings of 255 MWh of electricity and 153 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Earth Hour event in Dubai was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the Emirates Wildlife Society in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature and Masat Property Management at Bay Avenue Park in Business Bay in Dubai.
The event was attended by Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) and Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), and officials from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and government and private sector staff.
DEWA marked Earth Hour 2015 by displaying the world's largest infinity mirror, measuring 7 square meters. Dubai represented by DEWA broke a new world record that was registered in the Guinness Book of Records. An infinity mirror is a set of mirrors that reflect an image back in a recursive manner, creating a series of smaller reflections that recede into an infinite distance. This infinity mirror communicates DEWA's message that its efforts are infinite.
During Earth Hour, tourist attractions, government and private buildings, and residents across Dubai turned off their lights and unessential electric appliances for a full hour. This underlined the belief by everyone that combining efforts will significantly contribute to establishing a culture of energy conservation, preservation of natural resources and environmental protection.
"Dubai marks the annual Earth Hour event in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to strengthen the leading role of Dubai plays in supporting global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and climate change," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director & CEO of DEWA.
"Dubai was the first Arab city to participate in Earth Hour in 2008. Since then, DEWA has managed to make significant savings and support Dubai's objectives to reduce the use of natural resources and achieve environmental sustainability. This has been aided by the cooperation of DEWA's partners and greater social awareness. During Earth Hour over the last 7 years, DEWA managed to reduce electricity use by 1,291 MWh and saved 775 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions," added Al Tayer.
"DEWA achieved significant results in reducing electricity use over the past 6 years, saving 1,163 GWh of electricity and 5.4 billion imperial gallons of water. This is equivalent to Dh752 million, and over 536,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions."
"The amount of savings achieved during Earth Hour and conservation campaigns reflects the strong environmental awareness among Dubai residents. It also underlines the effectiveness of combined efforts to achieve our objectives to create a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment for the benefit of present and future generations," concluded Al Tayer "On behalf of our parent company DPG, we are proud to extend our support to this initiative for the second year running and to host this event at our flagship retail destination Bay Avenue. Our involvement in this initiative reflects our commitment to promoting energy and water efficiency not only this evening, but on a daily basis. More importantly, initiatives such as these help us all to work towards a greener and sustainable economy," said Arif Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer of MASAT, DPG's dedicated portfolio management company.
Hundreds of residents and visitors attended the Earth Day activities, which started at 5pm. Earth Hour activities includes various entertaining and family activities including clowns, stilt-walking, flower displays, face painting, entertaining contests, souvenirs, heritage activities, and a traditional food corner. Children also celebrated the first anniversary of DEWA's conservation mascots, Noor and Hayat.
At 8:30pm, participants joined millions of people around the world in switching off lights to mark Earth Hour. The Earth Hour Walkathon then started where participants united, and held candles and environmentally-friendly lanterns together. The Walkathon was led by Al Tayer and officials from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and government and private sector staff.
"We are very pleased with the size of public involvement and response to Earth Hour 2015. We recorded the largest participation to date, which underlines DEWA's successful efforts to raise environmental awareness among Dubai residents. This encourages us to continue our hard work and organise awareness campaigns and innovative initiatives that promote awareness of the importance of sensible use of natural resources, and instilling a culture of conservation among all groups and segments of society, particularly children, who were at the lead of the Earth Hour Walkathon, carrying candles and lanterns. They deserve a sustainable future that gives them the right to use natural resources and ensure a prosperous life. This will be achieved by the care and support of our wise leadership," said Amal Koshak, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications at DEWA. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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MANAMA: Abdul Redha Mahmoud Khouri, the UAE Ambassador to Bahrain, has launched has launched the website of the UAE Embassy in the Kingdom of Bahrain in both Arabic and English.
The website is now part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' centralised e-portal of UAE diplomatic missions abroad.
The ambassador expressed his delight at launching the website, which he said, was part of the MoFA's strategy aimed to improve its package of services and mechanisms of work, and to unify identity of the ministry and its missions around the world.
He added that the new e-platform would monitor and highlight major developments since the establishment of the UAE which stood witness to the country's rich economic, civilisational, cultural and tourist assets and enabled it to occupy a prominent stature among countries of the world thanks to the tireless efforts made by its wise leadership and loyal people.
Apart from the reliable, essential information about services the Embassy provides to UAE citizens residing or visiting Bahrain and other browsers, the website, he said, would also highlight important milestones in history of the close, distinguished ties between the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The website will advance efforts aimed at solidifying relations between the two countries and providing a range of economic, media and consular services and information.
'It will be a window through which browsers get the latest news about the Embassy's activities,' he said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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DUBLIN: Dr. Saeed Mohammed Al Shamsi has presented his credentials to President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland as UAE Ambassador to Ireland.
Following the ceremony, Al Shamsi conveyed the regards of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the Irish President and their best wishes for the friendly Irish people.
President Higgins emphasised the significance of bilateral ties between the friendly countries and peoples at different spheres, adding that exchange of high-level official visits has contributed towards a marked increase in trade, cultural, sports and scientific exchange and cooperation.
On his part, the new envoy expressed the keenness of the UAE leadership to further develop relations with Ireland, noting that two-way trade exchange reached more than 357 million Euros in 2014. He added that cultural and sports cooperation is on the rise as a result of events being held in the two countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Infrastructure development initiatives and the services industries remained the major drivers of capital into Dubai in 2014 as the emirate witnessed Dh 28.6 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI).
The latest estimates by Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of the emirate's Department of Economic Development (DED), show that the USA, the UK, India and other European countries such as France and Germany were major source markets.
Dubai FDI said that with clear signs of recovery and iconic projects on board, the real estate sector, financial services, hotels and tourism, alternative/renewable energy, business services, software and IT services were the top sectors together accounting for 78% of investment, or Dh 22 billion in 2014. These sectors also claimed 133 projects, half of the total FDI projects in 2014.
"The latest FDI figures once again prove that Dubai remains the preferred and ideal destination for investors and businessmen, who have confidence in the national economy, which is witnessing steady growth in various sectors. Dubai's hosting of the Expo 2020 has stimulated a major influx of investors and growth opportunities. We welcome all kinds of investments and global companies that are looking for stability and business development in an integrated investment environment," commented Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED.
"A strategic message we have been sending out to investors worldwide is the importance of being in Dubai to grow and expand. From the top FDI sectors in Dubai and projects of scale, it is evident that there is growing realisation of Dubai's ability to facilitate business and competitively serve an expanding consumer market spread across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia," added Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai FDI.
Projects aimed at the regional market captured 84% of the investments in 2014 while the domestic (15%), sub-regional (1.6%) and global (1.1%) markets followed in that order.
Out of a total of 41 source countries, the top ones - US, UK, India, Netherlands, Germany and Italy - generated a total of Dh 23.9 billion throughout the year across 141 projects. In terms of investment, these countries represented almost 84% of the total FDI for the whole year and 59% of the total in terms of the number of projects. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Aabar Investments has seized the initiative with a ground breaking debt by issuing a Euro 2Billion exchangeable bond with a creative structure that combines Aabar's strong reputation as a long-term investor with the financial strength of its parent, International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).
The bond issuance, announced on March 24, highlights the continued strength of Abu Dhabi Government institutions, especially of Aabar, and the confidence the market has maintained in those institutions amid uncertain markets in the region.
The bonds are exchangeable against Aabar's Unicredit stock ownership, amounting to a landmark transaction that has achieved annual cost savings of 3.25% and provided the funding necessary for the company's portfolio of long term development assets to achieve their full value. Most immediately the issuance frees Aabar to settle its Daimler exchangeable bond, allowing it to considerably reduce the cost of its debt.
Aabar manages a portfolio of investments spanning real estate to energy, and is a strategic pillar in the Abu Dhabi government's vision to diversify the economy away from dependency on hydrocarbon revenues.
There are few companies able to complete a transaction of this type. Aabar has attributed its success to: - the strong financial standing of itself and its parent, International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) - its concerted campaign to explain Aabar's business and its growth strategy to investors - Aabar's solid reputation as a bond issuer as evidenced by the significant gains enjoyed by holders of its previous bonds - Aabar's strong credit rating, the strength of its immediate parent, IPIC, and its ultimate parent the Abu Dhabi government The Aabar bond transaction has already claimed several records: - the largest exchangeable bond ever issued by an unrated entity; - the largest exchangeable bond issue in EMEA since 2008 (Deutsche Telekom); - the 7-year tranche is the largest maturity for an exchangeable bond since 2006 The transaction has a tremendous combination of yield and premium, one that stands out in the EMEA's equity-linked market. Since 2009, there have only been three similar transactions with respect to the yield/premium combination.
All of this comes on the back of Aabar's previous bond that picked up the Euromoney Deal of the Year in 2011.
Although the Aabar bonds are called exchangeable, the option only occurs in the final six months of the term. A banker familiar with the details of the transaction described it as "the exchangeable bond you can't exchange".
Usually, when a bond is issued, the company's share price falls as investors sell equity to buy debt. The Aabar issue was so well-arranged that shares of Unicredit achieved a net gain on the day of issue as investors sought to hedge against their bond holding.
The transaction involved settling a bond exchangeable with Daimler shares carrying a premium of 4% per annum and issuing a replacement bond exchangeable in shares of Unicredit carrying a premium of 0.75% per annum. The annual cost saving for Aabar is therefore 3.25%.
"The success of such a novel instrument is a reflection of the strengths and high regard of Aabar Investments as an Abu Dhabi Government entity," said His Excellency Khadem Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Aabar. "Given that this is the largest ever non-rated exchangeable bond, it is clear that Aabar's role and strategy is understood and supported by the global markets. We are proud of the team that has delivered this transaction, one that has transformed and changed the expectations of the market, just as we did with our previous bond." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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With the global household appliance industry expected to reach an estimated value of US$324.2 billion by 2019 , the launch of Shopper Smart Living is on track to meet the growing regional demand for white goods, home appliances and smart home tech being driven by increases in urbanisation and per capita income, as well as continuously evolving design trends.
Co-located with GITEX Shopper Spring at Dubai World Trade Centre and also running from 1 – 4 April 2015, Shopper Smart Living will showcase the best in home appliances, large domestic appliances, high end consumer electronics, studio kitchens, lifestyle appliances, home automation technology, lighting, security systems and energy conservation systems.
"We are delighted to launch Shopper Smart Living and extend our value offering to smart home tech and the latest in home appliances. Now shoppers can update their personal tech and home products at the same time, enjoy exclusive show offers as well as take advantage of exciting competitions and an unrivalled shopping experience" said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, DWTC, organiser of GITEX Shopper Spring.
A number of big name brands and retailers will be present at the show's debut, including ALDRO for home and kitchen appliances, Emax Electronics, General Enterprises Company (GECO), Jacky's Electronics, Makook Smart Living, Moonway Group, Mega Electronics, Samsung Gulf Electronics, Sharaf DG and VRR Trading, bringing the latest in eco-friendly advances, home customisation and appliance trends to create the ideal home environment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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The Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, represented by the Social Media Centre, launched the "Insta-Meylas” initiative, inspired by the lifestyle of the Emirati community. By paying attention to the comments of the public and their interaction with the different topics posted by the centre, "#insta_meylas” will become an interactive platform for understanding public opinion, within a fresh modern vision of the MoI's Instagram account (Instagram-moiuae).
The initiative, which avails of innovative creative approaches, aims at promoting the interactive relation with the public, within a modernised framework that caters to the needs and requirements of the young generation through the various MoI's social media channels using the hashtag #insta_meylas.
First Lieutenant Fatima Al Shehhi, Director of the Social Media Centre at the Security Media Department, explained that the initiative is a part of the development plan of the centre. She noted that the discussion panels between the followers of the ministry's social media channels and their distinguished feedback are an inspiration to the centre's staff members and encourage their creativity.
She said: "Through the initiative, "#insta_meylas” will select a number of comments and interactions made by the public on previous posts, and use them to make a short film, in cooperation with the TV Branch at the Security Media Department, using cutting-edge technologies and the highest standards of artistic direction to achieve a unique film material.”
First Lieutenant Al Shehhi added that the initiative has garnered significant attention and interaction since its introduction on the ministry's social media channels. Thousands of people have already communicated through the channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+.
The MoI's Social Media Centre includes channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+, and covers the news of the MoI as well as all the police general headquarters across the UAE.
The centre also posts awareness messages and initiatives and acquaints the public with the various services offered by the MoI.
The centre's staff members give top priority to interactions with the public and endeavour to promptly answer their queries 24/7.
The centre boasts a wide base of followers, and has become a vital communication channel between the public and the ministry. It has also contributed to promoting security and social awareness through the different media materials that were widely acclaimed by all segments of the public. – The Gulf Today - http://gulftoday.ae/portal/7d70f372-4ff7-4bcd-b381-1f35b6681048.aspx
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Prince Bishop of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, made a historic landslide victory this evening when it won the US$10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan dirt racecourse. The horse won the gold cup and a cash prize of US$ 6 million.
Congratulations poured on Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan on the historic, equestrian achievement. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, yesterday flagged off competitors on the Super Special Spectator Stage at Yas Marina Circuit to officially launch the 25th anniversary edition of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, powered by Nissan.
The 53 riders, including last year's Desert Challenge winner Paulo Goncalves of Portugal and Spain's reigning world champion Marc Coma, were first to tackle the 2.4km test in exhibition style on the Grand Prix circuit.
Immediately afterwards the 48 cars and buggies lined up for the anniversary event and went into action against the clock with Argentina's Lucio Alvarez setting the fastest time. The top ten drivers were then allowed to select their starting position for tomorrow's 262km Yas Marina Circuit Special Stage 1, the first of five demanding desert tests.
Super Special Stage, cars results: 1. Lucio Alvarez / Gabriel Moiset ( ARG / SPA ) Mini All 4 Racing T1.2 1:52.0 2. Khalid Al Qasimi / JoseMarques ( UAE / POR ) Toyota Hilux Overdrive T1.1 1:52.4 3. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel (QAT / FRA ) Mini All4 Racing T1.2 1:52.9 4. Erik Van Loon / Wouter Rosegaar (NED / NED ) Mini All4 Racing T1.2 1:53.0 5. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gotschalk ( KSA / DEU ) Toyota Hilux Overdrive T1.1 1:54.5 6. Orlando Terranova / Bernardo Graue (ARG / ARG ) Mini All4 Racing T1.2 1:55.3 7. Marek Dabrowski / Jacek Czachor ( POL / POL ) Toyota Hilux Overdrive T1.1 1:55.5 8. Harry Hunt / Andreas Schulz ( GBR / DEU) Mini All4 Racing T1.2 1:55.7 9. Nazareno Lopez / Sergio Lafuente ( ARG / URU ) Toyota Hilux T1.1 1:55.8 10. Adam Malysz / Rafal Marton ( POL / POL ) Mini All4 Racing T1.1 1:56.5. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –