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Dubai satellite captures image of Mecca from space

posted on 02/07/2015

As Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan, one of Dubai's satellites has captured a stunning image of Mecca from high above the earth.

The one metre resolution image was released by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre on Wednesday, offering a unique perspective of the holy site to mark the arrival of the holy month.

DubaiSat-2 was launched in 2013 to capture high-resolution images and is the second UAE owned satellite to orbit the earth in an observational capacity.

It was built mainly by Emirati engineers based in Dubai and Korea. The project saw the team of Emirati engineers play a crucial role in the design and the manufacture of the satellite, while working alongside their Korean counterparts.

The images will be used for environmental projects, urban planning and infrastructure development, disaster management, mapping, scientific research and to provide specialised reports.

The centre's next project, DubaiSat-3, is set to launch in 2017. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/dubai-satellite-captures-image-of-mecca-from-space


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UAE condemns terrorist attacks in North Sinai

posted on 02/07/2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the terrorist attacks which took place in North Sinai yesterday and resulted in martyrdom of several Egyptian army personnel.

In a statement issued yesterday, the ministry renewed UAE leadership, government and people's stand by the brotherly Arab Republic of Egypt in the face of terrorism and extremism.

"Such cowardly terrorist operations would not thwart Egypt's march to end terror and attain stability," the statement said.

The statement reaffirmed the UAE's full solidarity with Egypt and support to its efforts to fight and to eliminate terrorism and violence against the brotherly country and its people.

The ministry urged the international community to rally efforts and to shoulder responsibilities in fighting terrorist and extremist groups. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282750461.html


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Abdullah bin Zayed meets with Scotland's former First Minister

posted on 02/07/2015

LONDON: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, yesterday met with Scotland's former First Minister, Alex Salmond. During the meeting, they reviewed the existing bilateral relations between the UAE and UK as well as ways to enhance them for the benefit of the two friendly peoples and countries.

They also exchanged views on the latest developments in the regional and international arenas.

Among those who attended the meeting, Abdul Rahman Ghanim Al Mutaiwee, the UAE Ambassador to the UK and Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282757786.html



Abdullah bin Zayed, UK counterpart discuss bilateral relations

LONDON, 2nd July, 2015 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, yesterday discussed with U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the existing bilateral relations between the UAE and UK as well as ways to enhance them in the best service of the two friendly peoples and countries.

The two sides reviewed the distinguished historic ties and bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, investment and cultural domains as well as ways to bolster them to the advantage of the joint interests.

They also tackled coordination and consultation fields regarding a number of international dossiers and the top priority was given to ways to fight terrorist organisations as well as emphasised the importance of exerting all efforts are aimed to bring peace, security and stability in the region.

The two sides also exchanged views on the latest developments in the regional and global arenas. Abdul Rahman Ghanim Al Mutaiwee, the UAE Ambassador to the UK attended the meeting. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282756827.html


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Abdullah bin Zayed, UK counterpart discuss bilateral relations

posted on 02/07/2015

LONDON: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, yesterday discussed with U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the existing bilateral relations between the UAE and UK as well as ways to enhance them in the best service of the two friendly peoples and countries.

The two sides reviewed the distinguished historic ties and bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, investment and cultural domains as well as ways to bolster them to the advantage of the joint interests.

They also tackled coordination and consultation fields regarding a number of international dossiers and the top priority was given to ways to fight terrorist organisations as well as emphasised the importance of exerting all efforts are aimed to bring peace, security and stability in the region.

The two sides also exchanged views on the latest developments in the regional and global arenas. Abdul Rahman Ghanim Al Mutaiwee, the UAE Ambassador to the UK attended the meeting. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282756827.html


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Abdullah bin Zayed meets UK Defence Secretary

posted on 02/07/2015

LONDON: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, yesterday met with Michael Fallon, UK Secretary of State for Defence in London.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, especially in the defence ad military domains as well as ways to enhance them. They also exchanged views on the latest developments in the regional and international arenas.

Sheikh Abdullah also met with Sir Kim Darroch, UK National Security Adviser in London.

During the meeting, they reviewed the existing bilateral relations between the UAE and UK as well as ways to enhance them in the best service of the two friendly peoples and countries. They also exchanged views on the latest issues and developments regionally and internationally.

Among those who attended the meeting, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Abdul Rahman Ghanim Al Mutaiwee, the UAE Ambassador to the UK and Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282756783.html


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Mohammed bin Rashid emphasises media's crucial role in facing challenges

posted on 02/07/2015

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received yesterday editors-in-chief of local newspapers, national media leaders, representatives of Arab and international news agencies, press and TV channels, operating in the UAE.

Present at the Ramadan evening, organised by the Dubai Government Media Office, were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Incorporated, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of National Media Council (NMC), Mona Ghanim Al Marri, Director General of Dubai Government Media Office and Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim, Chairman of the MBC Group.

Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the media personalities and exchanged greetings on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Vice president said the responsibility of media towards the Arab community is increasing day by day with the growing challenges facing the region. He urged the media to adhere to professional integrity, objectivity, and accuracy in reporting news about regional developments.

"We want a media that builds and helps people achieve a better future for the current and future generations, a media that drives creativity in all walks of life," he said.

Sheikh Mohammed went on to say that media should not only inform, but also educate and strive to reach areas where knowledge and cultural resources are scarce.

"There is no question that books are the prime source of enlightenment. Yet, the rapid development in media technology has contributed in expanding sources of information," he stated.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed appreciation for the role played by the media in the UAE in reflecting the progress of the country's ambitious development drive. He called on the different media organisations to nurture Emirati talents in media fields and to provide proper training to them and ensure their development.

Sheikh Mohammed engaged in talks with the members of the media community about political, economic and sports topics.

Members of the media expressed their delight at meeting Sheikh Mohammed and benefitting from his ideas and vision in all fields. They also lauded his humanitarian and charitable initiatives, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, and commended the UAE government's approach in providing means of happiness to the people. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282746419.html


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Mohamed bin Zayed receives Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team

posted on 02/07/2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces received this evening at Al Bateen Palace members of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team who won the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In the meeting attended by H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the team members and exchanged with them greetings on the occasion of the holy month of Ramada. He congratulated them on the win and wished them further success in future competitions.

Sheikh Mohamed praised the determination of the team members, saying achievements in sports were necessary to maintain the image of the UAE in international arenas.

The team members who won the race aboard their boat Azzam thanked Sheikh Mohamed for his unlimited support to different sports in the UAE and pledged to continue success in future competition.

The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team sealed a historic double triumph, winning the overall race title and the in-port race trophy as well.

Present were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chairman of the Board of Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs (ZHO), H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan and Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Transport Department and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282752670.html


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Sheikh Zayed’s chief interpreter gives insight into founding of UAE

posted on 02/07/2015

From the admiration of his people to his belief in progression, guests at Wednesday evening's Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis were given an insight into the founding President, Sheikh Zayed.

The country's early years were recounted by Sheikh Zayed's chief interpreter, Zaki Nusseibeh, who was the focus of the fourth lecture in the series, which runs throughout Ramadan. Dr Nusseibeh, 69, moved to what is now the UAE in 1967, working as a journalist for several international newspapers and agencies before swiftly moving on to his new role, as interpreter for Sheikh Zayed, one year later.

Decades ago, the country's future appearance would have seemed but a dream to residents and visitors, he said.

"It would've been impossible for anyone who arrived in Abu Dhabi in the 1960s, when Qasr Al Hosn was the only stone building there, to predict or even dream of such a miracle,” said Dr Nusseibeh during the lecture, entitled Abu Dhabi between Yesterday and Today: Personal Impressions.

Although the country's growth was not without struggle, any crisis that came its way was dealt with by Sheikh Zayed, Dr Nusseibeh said. Before its formation, the future of the country was put under stress after the UK's announcement that the Labour government would withdraw its security umbrella from the region before Abu Dhabi and its neighbours were capable of building their own security and political systems, he said.

"There were regional and international concerns over a security vacuum that could lead to the emirates dissolving as independent political units, which could have further augmented tensions in an already conflict-stricken region, but Sheikh Zayed did the undoable at the time. He built a modern state capable of providing welfare and protection for its citizens and contributing to the stability and the security of the region.”

Dr Nusseibeh also spoke of two historical misconceptions regarding the UAE.

"The first misconception was that Britain was behind the idea of forming the union, while, in fact, it was the late Sheikh Zayed who drove that historical endeavour despite many reservations from British officials regarding its success,” he said.

At the time, Dr Nusseibeh said, most internal and external players rejected the idea of the federation and tried to hinder it. Nevertheless, Sheikh Zayed, in no doubt about the union, was determined.

"The second misconception was that the bilateral agreement for union between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 1968 paved the way to expedite the establishment of the union. It was only the starting point for a long and laborious journey that was at constant risk of failure, that Sheikh Zayed and the founding fathers struggled with.”

The guest speaker shared with the audience rare footage of Sheikh Zayed addressing thousands of Emiratis who followed him to the airport, one day, to show their support.

Dr Nusseibeh also shared anecdotes of his time with Sheikh Zayed, notably, when the duo, who were in Spain, watched Neil Armstrong land on the Moon in 1969. "Members of Sheikh Zayed's entourage joked about it that it must have been some sort of joke, and he wasn't pleased. He told them, that ‘Man is capable of everything with hard work and determination'.

"He'd be very proud to know of his countrymen's Mars mission,” said Dr Nusseibeh, cultural adviser at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

The lecture was attended by members of the royal family including Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, National Security Adviser, Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed, chairman of the board of trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and other sheikhs, ministers, ambassadors and members of the media. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/20150701/sheikh-zayeds-chief-interpreter-gives-insight-into-founding-of-uae


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Lubna chairs UAE delegation at Tidewater Meeting in Netherlands

posted on 02/07/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid said that despite the success achieved at Millennium Development Goals, but the current preliminary indications aimed to determine strategy of post-2015, undoubtedly confirms that the challenges are still found in the field of safeguarding basic human rights such as health, education, food, security and water issues.

This came during Sheikha Lubna's speech at the in augural session of Tidewater Meeting in Netherlands which concluded yesterday in Amsterdam. Sheikha Lubna highlighted the UAE's foreign contributions to support international development issues.

Sheikha Lubna said, " As we reach 2015 , as a target for achieving Millennium Development Goals, there are some risks and changes which threaten the future of international developments such extremism which increases wars and waste country's assets and potentials of countries as in Yemen, Syria and Somalia.

Sheikha Lubna also emphasised that the UAE could accomplish notable successes at the foreign aid field, especially in the previous two years (2013-2014), as the country could provide the greatest amount of assistance more than any other countries across the world as a share of its national income.

She added that the UAE has been highly recognised as a result of these achievements which represent a real translation to the visions of the UAE leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikha Lubna reviewed policies and philosophy of the UAE foreign aid, stressing that foreign aid is a core part of the UAE's history and identity. She added that the UAE has provided aid to those in need since the year of its foundation in 1971.

She reiterated that through the country's aid, the UAE aims to improve the lives of less fortunate and limited resources communities. The aid also aims to promote peace, stability and security in the region as well as enhancing sustainable development.

Abdullah Al Naqbi - UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Sultan Al Shamsi. Assistant Undersecretary for International Development, Ministry of International Cooperation and Development attended the meetings. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282750505.html


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UAE heads ‘Internet of Things’ expert group at ITU

posted on 02/07/2015

GENEVA: The International Telecommunication Union, ITU, has agreed to create a new research committee for the Internet of Things, a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, during the consultative group meeting for the telecommunication standardisation sector.

The focus is on implementing the Internet of Things to smart cities and communities in order to meet the needs of standardisation of the Internet of Things' technologies. This is to be achieved by creating a single platform combining engineers and experts from industry, telecom operators, ITU member states and relevant organisations, to exchange visuals, examine the challenges and solutions while coming up with recommendations and unified global standards in this field.

The United Arab Emirates was nominated for the presidency of the committee, with Nasser Al Marzouqi, representative of the UAE at the ITU, as the Chairman of the committee. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Japan, Spain, South Korea, Argentina, Italy, and China were all nominated as Vice-Chairmen of the Committee, reflecting the great interest by ITU member states in the work of the new research committee.

With regard to the UAE's ascension to the committee leadership, Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, said, "The move is another indicator of the UAE's privileged place and strong trust the world has for the nation under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. The leadership has always been keen to emphasise the development of plans and strategies to reach a sustainable environment, infrastructure and integrated telecommunications network that is both smart and sophisticated. The concept of the Internet of Things, machine to machine communication, and big data analysis as part of the important issues that will affect vital sectors including health, education, transport and other sectors, will be one of the most important pillars of the shift to smart and sustainable cities."

He added, "The UAE's presence at this high-profile international forum is an embodiment of the support the UAE leadership provides towards national excellence in all fields. And it reflects the competence and strength of national expertise and confirms that it is truly deserving of trust and appreciation of other members of the ITU."

In his role as chairman of the new research committee, Nasser Al Marzouqi said, "The technology networks of the Internet of Things will improve our understanding of how modern cities are facilitated and managed, providing a lot of opportunities to increase efficiency.

"With participants representing many stakeholders in the ICT field, the new research committee will have an active role in the advancement of converting existing systems to high-efficiency systems, helping to bridge the digital divide and to increase global communication and the transition to smart sustainable cities," he added.

The ITU defines the Internet of Things as "a global infrastructure for information acquisition, enabling advanced services through the interconnection of things (physical and virtual), based on information and communications technologies, operating on existing and evolving technologies. The things are objects of the material world (material things) or from the information world of (virtual things), with the potential to be identified and incorporated into telecommunications networks.

The name of the new research committee is "Internet of Things and its applications, including smart cities and communities". It is expected that the application of the Internet of Things' technology will lead to the interconnecting of an estimated 50 billion devices to the web by 2020. This will affect almost all aspects of daily life and The Internet of Things will contribute to the convergence between the industrial, public utilities, health care and transport industries amongst many other industries that represent the pillars of Internet of Things' technologies, and their various applications.

In related developments, the ITU agreed on 5G-network speed, in principal, at a conference in the U.S. city of San Diego, California, which was attended by a 12-member UAE delegation. They decided that the speed of the 5G networks should reach up to 20 Gbps, which is 20 times faster than the currently available 4G networks, although the actual speed will vary from user to user, effectively ranging between 100 and 1000 Mbps, depending on various factors.

The 5G networks will boost the Internet of Things market growth significantly, providing great speeds as well as the control of a million devices working on the Internet of Things, allowing better control of smart home devices.

All the details concerning 5G network standards will be determined in October after the approval of the 193 member states of the ITU. The launch of the 5G networks will take place in 2019, and it is expected to enter commercial service in 2020, due to the necessary commercial approvals. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282715727.html


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Bank of China GM rings market bell to celebrate listing of two billion Renminbi bond on Nasdaq Dubai

posted on 02/07/2015

Tian Jun, General Manager, Bank of China Abu Dhabi Branch, yesterday rang the market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a two billion Renminbi (Chinese Yuan, or US$322 million) bond on Nasdaq Dubai.

The listing underlines the exchange's success in attracting securities from Chinese and other international issuers seeking a high-visibility listing in the Middle East. Bank of China will use the capital raised to support cross-border trade and infrastructure activities linking various regions of the globe under China's ‘One Belt, One Road' strategy.

The bell ceremony took place in the presence of Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, and Chairman of Dubai Financial Market DFM, Li Lingbing, Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate in Dubai, and Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of Nasdaq Dubai.

The two billion Renminbi issuance was one of a tranche of bond issues made last month by Bank of China.

Tian Jun said, "If you connect the five branches chosen as issuers, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Hungary, they represent the new Silk Road. It clearly illustrates the main purpose of this issue, and that is to boost financial and trade ties China and 65 countries alongside the Belt and the Road. The successful listing on Nasdaq Dubai shows international investors' confidence in the huge opportunities that our Belt and Road initiative brings to UAE."

Essa Kazim said, "As Dubai expands its role as an important centre for Chinese financial institutions, we welcome Bank of China's growing engagement with our capital markets infrastructure. Dubai will further strengthen its leadership position in linking the Middle East's financial markets to China and other markets for the mutual benefit of all."

Bank of China successfully raised the equivalent of about US$4 billion from the international bond markets from its tranche of bond issues. The multi-currency bonds consist of four currencies comprising Renminbi, Singapore Dollars, US Dollars and Euros, ranging from 2-15 years, and are the first bonds ever issued in support of China's ‘One Belt, One Road' initiative.

Under the initiative, China aims to create a modern Silk Road to improve its connections to Europe and the Middle East. Projects under the plan include railways, highways, pipelines, power grids, and other infrastructure links.

Abdul Wahed Al Fahim said, "Nasdaq Dubai is positioned to promote the capital-raising needs of a growing number of Chinese and other international companies. By facilitating financial markets activity, we are committed to promoting the growth of economic and entrepreneurial initiatives carried out by a range of companies and businesses."

The total nominal value of all conventional bonds listed on Dubai's exchanges has reached US$11.64 billion, the largest total of any exchange in the region.

Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said, "The exchange will further strengthen its close links with international and regional investors in order to enhance the services that we provide for Bank of China and other issuers. The exchange is well placed to support the rapidly growing activities of a range of Chinese businesses active in diverse industry sectors." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395282726097.html


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Central Bank to stop cash withdrawal/deposit service to banks, exchange houses on Saturday of each week

posted on 02/07/2015

The Central Bank of the UAE has announced that, with effect from Saturday 5 September 2015, and as per its notice issued to all banks and exchange houses, it will stop providing cash withdrawal/deposit service to banks and exchange houses on Saturday of each week.

In a statement, the Central Bank said, "This service however shall continue throughout the rest of the weekdays from Sunday to Thursday. This decision has been made after coordination with the UAE Banks Federation."

The apex bank urged all banks and exchange houses operating in the UAE to take, on Thursday, the stock of cash they need to cover their needs for Friday and Saturday.

It added that the arrangements previously established for provision of this service during Eid and other public holidays shall continue, and banks and exchange houses shall be notified, in due course, via a special notice.

The Central Bank said that services relating to payment systems such as the Image Check Clearing System (ICCS), UAE Funds Transfer System (UAEFTS), UAES WITCH, Direct Debit System (DDS), and Wage Protection System (WPS) will remain available, as they currently are, from Saturday to Thursday. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282734519.html


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Emirates upgrades airport shuttle buses to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

posted on 02/07/2015

Emirates' customers can now look forward to an enhanced travel experience, with the introduction of new, bespoke transfer shuttles designed in the iconic Emirates A380 livery.

The complimentary bus service for Economy Class customers that operates between Dubai International Airport to and from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, will now be on the award-winning, sleek buses from VDL Bus and Coach. A widely used and convenient alternative to driving or taking a taxi to the airport, the new buses will not only provide customers with greater comfort, but also a more environmentally friendly journey as well.

Recipients of the Coach of the Year award, these premier buses are more light-weight, fuel efficient, and give off the lowest CO2 emissions.

The upgraded buses are currently in operation, and the service is offered around the clock. Customers can conveniently book online as part of their flight booking experience. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282726185.html


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ADTC and HCT launch new manpower development system to boost Emirati jobs

posted on 02/07/2015

The Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, ADTC, has partnered with the Higher Colleges of Technology, HCT, in Abu Dhabi to launch the first phase of a new online manpower system which will assist Emirati graduates match their skill-sets to jobs in the Abu Dhabi labour market.

The new Mustaqbali, or "My Future", interface is designed to provide HCT students with access to up-to-date information and data relating to in-demand professions and disciplines in the Abu Dhabi labour market.

As a result of using Mustaqbali, the students will gain valuable knowledge of the most prominent employers and requirements of the various disciplines in Abu Dhabi's workforce which match their skills and specialisations. This will ultimately enable new Emirati graduates to access job opportunities and boost the local economy.

Abdulla Abdulaali Al Humaidan, Executive Director of the ADTC, and Dr. Sultan Hussain Karmostaji, Director of the HCT-Abu Dhabi Colleges, attended the event, as well as key officials from each institution.

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the HCT, said that the importance of the cooperation between the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council and HCT lies in providing graduates that are matched with the local labour market.

"The Mustaqbali system reduces the gap between higher education outputs and the future needs of the labour market and higher education inputs. Students get the opportunity of knowing the required specialisations in the coming years on which they can make informed choices," Dr. Al Shamsi said.

Dr. Sultan Karmostaji, Director of Abu Dhabi Colleges, said that 7,412 HCT students in Abu Dhabi will benefit from the programme in its first phase, which will be linked to the Higher Colleges of Technology, Zayed University and the Al Ain University for Sciences and Technology.

The ADTC is currently completing the second phase of this system, which will provide work placement and internships opportunities to students while they are studying in college, thus equipping them with the necessary skills and preparing them for employment following graduation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282716932.html


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Ruler of Ajman allocates 1,100 plots to Zayed Housing Programme and Committee of UAE's President Initiatives

posted on 02/07/2015

H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has ordered the allocation of 1,100 plots in Helio district, Ajman, to the Zayed Housing Programme and the Committee of UAE's President Initiatives.

He stressed the need for easing procedures and speeding up survey of the plots allocated for the Zayed Housing Programme, which were designated for UAE citizens in the emirate to enhance their living conditions.

The Ruler of Ajman urged the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department to speed up procedures in this respect.

During his visit to the Municipality yesterday, Sheikh Humaid was briefed on the urban achievements in terms of infrastructure projects, including roads. He was also briefed by officials about the Emirate of Ajman's urban plan, prepared by the Engineering Affairs' section at the department.

The Ruler of Ajman was received by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, and a number of civic body officials.

He commended the efforts of the department, urging the officials to achieve sustainable development and preserve cultural heritage of the emirate. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282739359.html


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MBRF unveils details of books by Emirati writers about Japan

posted on 02/07/2015

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, MBRF, has announced details about three books being written by Emirati writers after their visit to Japan last April under the ‘Writers Exchange' category of the MBRF Dubai International Programme for Writing, which aims to encourage Arab talent to showcase creative efforts in the local and global community.

In their books, the writers Mohsin Suleiman, Alhonof Mohammed and Talal Salem, present the culture, history and social life of Japan in intricate detail, based on their experiences during their three-week stay there.

Jamal bin Huweireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said, "The Emirati writers have a clear idea about the final form of their literary works which summarise their experiences of life in Japan. They have dealt with topics that highlight the cultural ethics of the Japanese people, their work-life balance as well as their poetry and theatre.

Through the Writers Exchange category, the Dubai International Programme for Writing seeks to raise the level of literary capabilities of young Emirati and Arab writers, and enrich the cultural movement in UAE and the Arab world.

It also showcases the experiences of global writers in the UAE to strengthen the cultural exchange between the UAE and the world and spread knowledge about civilisations and cultures of different peoples. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282726141.html


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Sharjah International Book Fair launch Matchmaking Programme 2015

posted on 02/07/2015

The Sharjah International Book Fair's, SIBF, Matchmaking Programme is now open for applications from International publishing rights professionals who have a catalogue of translation rights to buy or sell.

Hosted as part of SIBF's Translation Rights Centre, the fifth annual SIBF Matchmaking Programme will bring together over 250 rights professionals from across the world this year from November 1st-3rd for an event which centres around the buying and selling of publishing translation rights.

A key event in the international publishing trade, the event attracts top rights professionals in the book industry from over 50 countries. The programme includes introductions to Arab and international publishing professionals, one-to-one matchmaking sessions, networking and hospitality. Attendees will also get the chance to benefit from the SIBF Translation Grant, a US$300,000 fund for rights agreements made during the programme. The SIBF Translation Grant awarded 168 grants in 2014, a 50% increase on the previous year.

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, said, "We are delighted to announce the launch of the SIBF's Matchmaking Programme for 2015. This year delegates will also be invited to attend the influential Arab Publishers Conference taking place in Sharjah on November 2nd-3rd. Past editions have been a great success and it is a testament to the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who believes in the development of reading and culture as a means to unite different countries and cultures of the world to facilitate peace and harmony everywhere."

Any international publishing rights professional who has a catalogue of translation rights to buy or sell, with an interest in doing business in the Arab market, can apply to take part in the Matchmaking Programme. A full hospitality package is available to successful applicants, all applications must be submitted online by Friday 17th July 2015, and successful applicants will be notified via email by mid-August.

As the umbrella organisation for the Sharjah International Book Fair, the Sharjah Book Authority's purpose is to encourage investment in creative industries and provide a platform for knowledge and intellectual exchange among people from different countries and cultures. Through these and other initiatives, Sharjah Book Authority aims to develop the regional printing and publishing sector and support the significant role of writers who bring to light technological advancements and the availability of various sources of information. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282730364.html


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ERC land convoy arrives in Amman to assist Syrian refugees

posted on 02/07/2015

AMMAN: The 18th Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) humanitarian aid convoy, carrying food stuff items for Ramadan and shelter materials, has recently arrived in Amman to ease the suffering of the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the ERC has been providing the humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Jordan through the land convoys, which carry different food stuff items and shelter materials.

Humaid Rashid Al Shamsi, ERC's Deputy Secretary-General for International Aid, said the 18th ERC convoy, included five trucks, carrying 125 tonnes of dates, flour, books, computers, fans, bed sheets and shoes at cost Dh734, 393, to be distributed to the Syrian refugees through the UAE Embassy in Amman. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282740813.html


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5,000 in Somalia benefit from ERC Ramadan programme

posted on 02/07/2015

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has intensified its Ramadan programmes in Somalia and has provided Iftar meals to 5,000 fasting people in a number of areas of Mogadishu.

The Emirates Red Crescent identified areas in densely populated areas, displaced populations and poor neighbourhoods for the distribution of Iftar meals.

Humaid Rashid Al Shamsi, ERC's Deputy Secretary-General for International Aid, said that the ERC has allocated additional funds to expand the reach of the Iftar meal project in the poorest countries, particularly Somalia, in solidarity with their people which has suffered greatly from the scourge of wars, conflicts and natural disasters.

Al Shamsi said that these consequences have exacerbated the problem and led to the displacement of the population who have left towns and villages in search of a better environment for life and a decent living.

He explained that the ERC office in Mogadishu is working in coordination with the UAE Embassy there to implement the Ramadan programmes that meet the needs of the Somali people. He said that the two sides are working together to alleviate suffering and improve life. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282729387.html


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Nahyan bin Zayed chairs 1st meeting of Higher Organising Committee of 2019 AFC Asian Cup

posted on 02/07/2015

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Chairman of Higher Organising Committee of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, extended greetings to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Supreme Council Members, Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan, wishing further development to the UAE under the umbrella of the wise leadership as well as peace and welfare to the Arab and Islamic nations.

This came when Sheikh Nahyan chaired the 1st meeting of Higher Organising Committee of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup yesterday in the presence of members of the committee.

Sheikh Nahyan brought to attention that preparations for organising the first AFC in the UAE, are aimed to position the country among the developed countries. The organising committee gives utmost priority to harnessing and utilising all possible capabilities and potentials which would contribute to continuing successes of the UAE in the field of organising international and continental championships and events.

He added that the organising committee has set the ground to begin preparations to host the tournament. It was also briefed on various ways of contributing towards achieving performance harmony as well as organising efforts which translate UAE's partnership with international sports federations including Asian Football Confederation.

He also reiterated that organising 2019 AFC Asian Cup was a matter of huge importance for the UAE as well as an occasion "to express our pride and gratitude" to the wise leadership and its generosity towards developing sports.

Sheikh Nahyan underscored that hosting and organising international and continental championships and the expertise that is gathered in this way play an important role in positioning the UAE among the countries which have an effective presence in the area of sports. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282745249.html


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New parks and plazas for Dubai under way

posted on 02/07/2015

Nine public parks and public squares are currently being built in Dubai, Hussain Lootah, Director-General, Dubai Municipality, said.

The projects, worth Dh77 million in total, will add more green and leisure spaces in the city.

Lootah said the projects are in line with the aims of the municipality to deliver happiness to people by way of services that benefit the community.

Meanwhile, development works worth Dh6.2 million in Al Mushrif Park are 90 per cent complete and expected to be finished this month.

In December, a Dh4.5 million park will open in Nad Al Sheba 2, followed by a public square in Muhaisnah 1 in the first quarter of 2016, which will cost Dh2.5 million. Another public square, costing approximately Dh2 million, will be completed by next May in Al Twar 2. A third public square project in Al Warqa'a 3, worth Dh23 million, will be ready by March 2016.

Among the projects being implemented is phase three of the Quran Park, valued at Dh26 million. There is also the Dh21.3 million Palm Park that will be ready in December 2016.

The municipality has already completed 11 service projects this year at a cost of Dh79.2 million, he added.

In Oud Al Muteenah, a Dh6 million park is taking shape while in Al Aweer a Dh5 million park in coming up. Another Dh5 million park, in Al Twar 2 is also under construction.

A Dh4 million park is being developed in Al Mankhool. Other projects include the Dh5 million Al Habab park, the Dh4 million park in Al Warqa'a, and a public square in Al Barsha costing Dh1.25 million.

The municipality has this year completed a project for new warehouses and offices for itself and the Public Prosecution, worth Dh8 million.

A new park in Al Garhoud will open early next year at a cost of Dh3.48 million, Lootah added, while a Dh6.3 million park in Al Mizhar 2 will be ready in May 2016. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/new-parks-and-plazas-for-dubai-under-way-1.1543962












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