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UAE to be showcased for its exemplary business leadership among other nations of Asia

posted on 25/11/2015

The sixth annual edition of the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Series will be held on Sunday Nov 29, 2015, under the patronage and presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, UAE, who has said, "The work of the ABLF celebrates regional and international dialogue and co-operation to promote growth and create a better future for the region." The event rolls out under the theme of ‘Technology and Disruptive Innovation in 21st Century Asia' with an important showcase on Women's Empowerment at the Forum in honour of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood "Mother of the Nation".

The ABLF 2015, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Chamber brings leaders and business giants from across Asia together to support the investments into UAE and promote the UAE as the new global business epicentre. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO and Chairman of Emirates Airline and Group has said "I support the ABLF's effort and initiative to celebrate the achievements of Asia in a common forum and its commitment to showcase excellence, sustainability and development."

While enabling UAE's economic engagement with other Asian nations, through joint ventures and investments, the ABLF also promotes sustainable development that drives the Asian century towards a more equitable and responsible future.

Over the years, the ABLF outreach in Asia has engaged with over 27,000 top-level business leaders and organisations; manifested over 23 well-attended forums for Business, International Relations, Trade, Governance and Policy in 14 countries across Asia, with over 68 global leaders felicitated at the spectacular ABLF Award Ceremonies in the UAE. It is a place for top-level business leaders, to network with private and public enterprise, policy makers, economists, investors, entrepreneurs and knowledge agencies, who are jointly committed to leveraging business opportunities and socio-economic growth with sustainable benefits for all.

"I am glad about the diversity of subjects being discussed, which provides young people with insights into the businesses around them and how they tackle some of their biggest issues", opines the Minister of Energy, UAE, Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazrouei.

With a global attendee profile, the ABLF 2015 will feature confirmed presence of leaders such as Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Mohamed Thani Murshed Ghannam Al Rumaithi, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Chamber; Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Chamber; Kamal Nath, Former Union Cabinet Minister, Government of India; Amr Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, CEO, Al-Dabbagh Group; P. Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister, Government of India; Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP, Government of India; Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai FDI; Ms Umran Beba, Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer, PepsiCo AMEA; Yusuffali M.A., Managing Director, Emke Group, UAE; Dr Hayat bint Sulaiman bin Hassan Sindi, Member, Shura Council, KSA; Khalid Kalban, CEO, Dubai Investments PJSC, UAE; Mohi-Din Bin Hendi, President & Chairman of the Board, Bin Hendi Enterprises LLC; Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, UAE; Abdul Aziz Al-Hosni, Chairman of Qurum Group, Oman amongst others.

Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Managing Director, Dubai Expo 2020, has said, "The ABLF Series has a prominent history in the UAE, and we do our best to support it."

The ABLForum will address the social impact of women in leadership and their influence on economic growth and development through a key showcase, which has the support of Dr Maitha Salem Alshamsi, Minister of State, UAE and Mariam Mohamed Al Rumaithi, Chairperson, Abu Dhabi Businesswomen's Council, along with support and participation from the 17 Chapters of the EBWC across the UAE will be at the event. The ABLF Series 2015 will also receive representation from the leaders of the prestigious Government Summit from the UAE Prime Minister's Office.

Also, in celebration of the UAE's year of innovation, the Forum will discuss how technology and innovation is changing the way the world does business. From the leaders, who have shaped the mainstream industrial forces that govern the growth of Asia, come important leadership lessons, discussions on intra-Asia growth and regional and international methods and ideas for sustainable development and long-term growth.

"It is impressive to see leading businessmen from Africa, Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, in Dubai, discuss important issues that are facing the wider region today and how Dubai can play a role in leading it in the future." commented Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, UAE, when he spoke at the ABLF.

The forum sessions will culminate into the ABLF Grand Awards Ceremony that showcases exceptional leaders of UAE and Asia. It recognises excellence, innovation, good governance and best business practices in the region, whose achievements and initiatives have ensured that this century truly belongs to Asia.

"The ABLF Series' 2014 agenda brought together the very best people from Asia. As a host to outstanding events such as this, the UAE has become a productive, exciting, peaceful and prosperous country that welcomes a wide variety of people, cultures and ethnic groups", says Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri Minister of Economy, UAE.

The ABLF Series 2015 is a ‘watch this space' moment as Asia consolidates its strengths and UAE prepares to receive the best of business spirit this November. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launches first innovation fund worth Dh 2 billion

posted on 25/11/2015

DUBAI, 25th November, 2015 (WAM) -- Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday launched the ‘Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation', worth Dh 2 billion. The fund is designed to provide financing solutions for innovators across various sectors within the UAE, and support them in transforming ideas and suggestions into innovation projects which will contribute to the country's national innovation strategy and to achieving the UAE Vision 2021.

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation is a federal government initiative represented by the Ministry of Finance, MoF. The programme has been established to enhance funding opportunities in areas of innovation, by providing reasonable funding to entrepreneurial innovators and guaranteeing access to commercial loans required to finance their projects. It will also contribute to creating a supportive environment for innovation through the collaboration of various financial institutions and funding entities within the UAE, including commercial banks, investment funds, family businesses and other funding entities.

The announcement of the fund's launch was made during the Financing Innovation and Innovative Financing conference, which was hosted by the Ministry of Finance at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown Hotel, as part of the ministry's participation in UAE Innovation Week. The conference was held in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and a number of ministers and heads of local federal entities. Younis Haji Al Khoori, Under-Secretary of MoF, assistant under-secretaries, heads of departments, and employees also attended the conference, on behalf of the MoF.

Al Tayer said, "This pioneering innovation initiative goes hand-in-hand with the vision of our wise leadership to enhance the innovation approach in order to achieve sustainable development, and its goals to establish the UAE as one of the most innovative countries in the world by 2021. The UAE, represented by the Ministry of Finance, has established the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation to provide a suitable environment for innovation and support innovative entrepreneurs, by offering them the necessary funding to establish, manage and develop their innovative projects."

Al Tayer added, "The Ministry of Finance is entrusted with the role of managing and supervising the fund through a comprehensive programme which provides financing solutions to innovators within the UAE, and supports growth and innovation, specifically across the seven sectors outlined in the national innovation strategy. This fund is considered one of the most important financing tools in the region. It is expected to play a significant role in driving growth and economic development within the UAE, and in strengthening the country's position on both a regional and global level."

Al Tayer continued, "We are confident that the fund will achieve its goal to facilitate access to financing solutions for innovators, at a reasonable cost. We look forward to supporting the fund by providing both financial and non-financial services to enhance processes, and improve performance in line with the Ministry and federal government's objective to encourage and support innovation in the UAE."

Capital will be allocated to the fund to create new ways and means of financing innovative projects through commercial banks and financial institutions, in accordance with specific criteria and standards. This information is available during UAE Innovation Week at MoF's stand in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, and City Centre Mirdif in Dubai. In time, the Ministry will provide all documents and information to those requesting funding.

The fund will also provide support to individuals and companies registered in the country, and those who provide exceptional innovative ideas, whether they be techniques, processes, as well as intellectual products or services. Eligible applicants need to have registered their project as intellectual property and the initial stage of the project must already be established. The fund will provide support to all projects, prioritising those related to the seven sectors outlined in the national innovation strategy (renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space). Applicants requesting funding must provide a business development plan to be eligible for funding.

Specific phases for the development of the fund have been established. The pilot phase will be launched during the first half of 2016 with the participation of individuals and companies from various sectors. This will be followed by the official launch of the fund's operations in the second half of 2016.

The fund's management will evaluate all funding requests for further discussion with a group of experts in respective areas, to determine the effectiveness and practicality of each project, and their compliance with the standards set by the fund in terms of the nature of innovative ideas and the commercial aspects related to transforming these ideas into successful projects. A small fee will be charged for all applications, and the amount will depend on each individual request.

The decision to establish the fund was based on specific studies conducted by the Ministry of Finance to identify best global practices in financing innovation projects and achieving the maximum benefits from this initiative. This initiative will play a significant role in supporting innovative leaders across various levels, and the sustainable development of the UAE, as per the national innovation strategy and vision of the UAE government. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mohamed bin Zayed receives UAE Youth ambassadors

posted on 25/11/2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has received a number of students in the 'UAE Youth Ambassadors' Programme', at Al Bahr Palace.

The students briefed Sheikh Mohamed about the activities during their scientific trips abroad and the feedback of those experiences.

The number of students who completed the UAE Youth Ambassadors' Programmes for 2014 and 2015 was 122, representing a number of UAE universities.

Sheikh Mohamed exchanged views with the students, stressing that the state takes interest in them to achieve more progress.

"There are huge challenges, but those who seek success look forward to better future. Therefore, we have to be positive and learn from lessons and experiences of others through benefitting from the best examples to effect changes," the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said.

He added that "Those who want to build a state or nation should be positive and look forward with optimism and confidence. We, in the UAE look beyond 25 years and 50 years. We are looking at you to guide the country from the better to the best."

He noted that the UAE is currently experiencing progress, safety, security and stability that sees it receiving millions of tourists every year, adding, "This will not stop us from working more to provide better education for the next generations based on the concepts of expertise, innovation and creativity to reach advanced levels of greatness and sophistication."

Sheikh Mohamed wished them success in their educational career through excellence, creativity and innovation.

The UAE Youth Ambassadors' Programme was launched in 2012, with the aim of preparing young Emirati citizens to assume prominent positions in strategic sectors, and strengthen ties between the UAE and countries of strategic importance.

The total number of participants in this programme since its inception was 174 – both males and females. A new "Advanced Programme" that includes advanced studies in languages, and functional training in major companies, has been launched. It also includes in-depth discussions with experts in the government and industrial sectors as well as independent research papers.

The advanced programme aims to enhance the understanding of the youth ambassadors of bilateral relations between the UAE and a host countries through independent research projects.

The participants in this programme said it has many scientific, practical and cultural benefits, and provides access to the global experiences and models of success. They added that the programme has boosted their capabilities, scientific and practical skills, and earned them the experiences and practices that would help them carry out tasks and responsibilities to serve the country.

The student ambassadors said the programme has availed them an opportunity to introduce the UAE identity and culture to upgrade relations of friendship and co-operation between the people of the UAE and the peoples of those countries based on mutual respect and common interest. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abdullah bin Zayed participates in UAE Innovation Week

posted on 25/11/2015

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, has taken part in the activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) at the UAE Innovation Week, which will conclude next Thursday.

The MoFA's participation translates the announcement of 2015 as the Year of Innovation by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to hold the UAE Innovation Week.

Sheikh Abdullah wrote his proposal at the "Innovation Wall", which was designed at the hall of the ministry in Abu Dhabi. He also invited all MoFA staff and visitors to present their proposals pertaining to their aspirations towards the UAE diplomacy under the slogan, "I want from the diplomacy".

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, participated in the event.

In a related context, the MoFA activities yesterday organised a number of initiatives and forums as well as interactive workshops for innovation and creativity for the staff of the ministry and the public. The ministry has also organised a 'Creativity in Diplomacy" exhibition aimed to get an insight with best practices in innovation and creativity in the field of diplomacy from various accredited diplomatic missions in the country.

China also participated in the event through its diplomatic innovation experience. The Consular Services and Citizens Affairs department at the ministry has reviewed the most important administrative and e-consulate services provided to UAE citizens inside and outside the country. It also shed light on the most important consular services and procedures at the ministry.

During the 'Creativity in Diplomacy", Mohammad Mir Abdullah Al Raisi, Acting Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, launched the ' Innovation System" which is deemed a platform for creativity as it encourages staff to look for exceptional solutions to address all obstacles.

The ministry also organised a panel discussion under the title, "Orientalism of the Future", which focussed on the ministry's role at the regional and international levels and the importance of promoting the diplomatic field to enhance the country's stature as a regional player in various fields, especially in light of developments in the region and the world changes.

Under-secretaries and assistant foreign minister, heads of departments and others at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the panel discussion.

During the discussion, they exchanged views on the role played by the UAE diplomacy, the importance of enhancing it in various fields as well as the importance of innovation in the development of UAE diplomacy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abdullah bin Zayed meets with Saudi and US counterparts

posted on 25/11/2015

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, last night met with the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to discuss ways to meet the challenges facing the GCC region.

During the meeting, which was held in Abu Dhabi, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah reviewed GCC-US joint relations and ways of enhancing them at all levels within the framework of ongoing communication and coordination between the GCC and the US. The parties discussed the best ways to meet the challenges facing the GCC and how to contribute to the consolidation of international peace and security and building the pillars of stability in the region.

The parties also discussed and exchanged views on various developments in the Arab region and the efforts to resume the peace process in the Middle East, and the efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, particularly the terrorist organisation Daesh, as well as other current regional and international issues. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Emirati serviceman succumbs to wounds sustained in Marib

posted on 25/11/2015

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday announced the martyrdom of Emirati serviceman, Nasser Hassan Mohammed Al Balooshi, who this morning, succumbed to the injuries he sustained while participating in the Saudi-led Arab coalition's ‘Operation Restoring Hope' in Yemen.

Al Balooshi, who was being treated at a hospital in Germany, was injured during the fight to liberate the historical city of Marib.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces extended its sincere condolences to the martyr's family, asking Allah Almighty to bless his soul and to bestow patience and solace upon his family. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Yemeni president meets UAE troops at Al Anad airbase

posted on 25/11/2015

ADEN: Yemeni president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi met Emirati troops at Al Anad airbase in Lahj province on Tuesday, as a new batch of Yemeni resistance fighters completed their training with the UAE Armed Forces.

The Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni army are using the airbase to launch operations against the Houthis in the neighbouring provinces of Dalea and Taez.

Mr Hadi's visit to Al Anad airbase – where UAE Armed Forces are training members of the Yemeni army and local resistance – was his first since being elected president in 2012.

He was accompanied by the Emirati commander of the UAE forces in Yemen, Brigadier Nasser Moshabeb, and the Yemeni commander of the fourth military region in Aden, Major General Ahmed Al Yafei.

Maj Gen Al Yafei lauded the training of pro-government fighters at the base as a big step towards establishing a Yemeni armed forces, capable of defending Yemen and maintaining law and order in Aden.

The Yemeni army – backed by coalition troops and local resistance forces – recaptured Al Anad airbase in August, four months after it fell into the Houthis' hands.

Mr Hadi returned to Aden from exile in Saudi Arabia on November 17 to lead the offensive to liberate Taez from the Houthis. The offensive was launched on November 15.

Later on Tuesday, the president travelled to the Karesh region of Lahj where he visited Yemeni troops and resistance fighters battling the rebels in Al Rahida – Taez's second-largest city.

"The visit of Hadi to the fighters of Al Rahida front will encourage them to liberate Al Rahida as soon as possible,” said the spokesperson of Lahj province, Basem Al Zuraiqi.

The Houthi rebels on Monday "blew up several bridges leading to Rahida to prevent the advance” of loyalist forces, military sources said.

Pro-Hadi troops are now stationed 12 kilometres away from Al Rahida after they regained several positions in clashes that lasted until early Tuesday and left five rebels and two pro-government fighters dead.

Meanwhile, the Khalifa Foundation sent more aid to the Yemeni island of Socotra, which was badly affected by cyclones Chabala and Megh under the direction of the UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The foundation has so far dispatched more than five tons of medical materials and equipment to Socotra, as well as ten tons of blankets and tents, 500 tons of various food items and 1200 barrels of diesel.

The National - * With additional reporting from Agence France-Presse and Wam


Yemen tribal chiefs hail UAE's help

posted on 25/11/2015

A Yemeni delegation of tribal chiefs and leaders from Marib has commended the performance of the UAE soldiers and the country's fraternal spirit in rebuilding the country.

Work is in progress, the delegation said, and the "highly competent" UAE soldiers are "working hand-in-hand with us".

The delegation told Khaleej Times they came to the UAE to show their gratitude and appreciation for the "great assistance" the country is providing by participating in the Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition.

They said the relations between Marib and the UAE are deep-rooted. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan built the main road in the centre of Marib - which leads to the Yemeni capital Sanaa - and the Marib Dam.

"The Arab Coalition forces managed to liberate the historic dam from the forces of darkness," the delegation said.

Meanwhile, Yemeni foreign minister Riyadh Yaseen attacked the Reform party, accusing it of "lagging behind". – Khaleej Times -


Sawab Centre launches new digital space campaign against Daesh

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The Sawab Centre, a joint UAE-United States initiative to counter the extremism of Daesh (ISIL) terrorist organisation on the Internet, has launched the campaign to expose terrorist crimes against women and the deviant organisation's method of exploiting them to achieve its despicable goals.

The word Sawab in Arabic means "doing the right thing" or being on the "right path."

The Centre said in a statement yesterday that the campaign will continue for five days to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, being organised annually by United Nations each year on 25th November.

It said that the campaign would shed light on organised crimes and inhuman exercises meted out to women, and added that the campaign comes in line with the framework of the Centre's activities to expose the propaganda of Daesh and its malicious methods to deceive youth.

The Centre noted that women are strategic targets for terrorists, especially those from the Daesh organisation, who launch organised campaigns to lure them. It added that the terrorist organisation has succeeded in the beginning to recruit a number of women and girls who later proved they had been deceived. Some of them had managed to escape and miraculously survived, while others succumbed to the torture and sexual exploitation.

It noted that Daesh deliberately employed women in several different roles, with an objective to serve its interests, adding that the terrorist organisation set up slavery markets that attracted a number of vulnerable young people. The Daesh's impulsive discourse achieved in the beginnings some success by recruiting some young people, whose dreams subsequently collided with the rocks of death and destruction.

The Centre said that in the beginning the terrorist organisation showed women as commodities to entertain its mercenaries. It also exploited the captive girls as a source of financial revenue through establishing public auctions in which women, girls and children were sold.

The campaign is working to provide a number of illustrations, creative designs and visual expressive sections that aim to clarify the Daesh practices that do not comply with the principles and teachings of Islam, especially those related to the brutal treatment of women. It will also publish infographic cartoons and images that illustrate the work mechanism of the organisation regarding the attraction of new recruits, patterns of recruitment and stages, which end up with disastrous consequences for the new recruits.

The Centre called for solidarity among Arab and Muslim youth to counter the terrorist organisation online, calling on activists against the extremism to republish the message of the Centre to fight the terrorist under the theme: 'United Against Extremism.' Launched in July to create a forum for the silent majority, the Centre's viewers have so far exceeded 150 million. It is an interactive, credible and transparent platform that brings together intellectual and moderate voices.

The Sawab Centre in Abu Dhabi aims to counter online messages, propaganda and recruitment by Daesh. The centre is a joint online engagement initiative, in support of the Global Coalition Against Daesh. It seeks to give a voice to the millions of Muslim and others around the world that stand united against the terrorism and falsehood propagated by Daesh.

To do so, the Sawab Centre will use online communication and social media tools to put things in the right perspective and to amplify those moderate voices that regularly get drowned out by the noise of the extremists. Through its online engagement, the Sawab Centre will counter the false claims and religious misinterpretations that are being propagated by Daesh and will seek to engage with those vulnerable online communities that are an easy prey for Daesh recruiters.

The Sawab Centre will also work with religious leaders, organisations, businesses, and youth in order to amplify their voices, challenge Daesh's doctrine of hate and intolerance, and to highlight and demonstrate the true values and diversity of Islam.

The Centre builds on and links the various other Counter-Extremism initiatives that have been initiated in the UAE in recent years, including the Hedayah Centre to Counter Violent Extremism and the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. These initiatives demonstrate the UAE's strong and enduring commitment to a moderate and tolerant society that is deeply rooted in the UAE's history and traditions, where extremism has no place and no future. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


NMC Media Innovation Forum launched

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As part of the UAE Innovation Week, the National Media Council (NMC), has organised the Media Innovation Forum, attended by a number of media persons and specialists in social media.

The move also comes within the framework of spreading the innovation culture and the latest innovative developments.

The event included lectures, visual presentations and discussion panels, which focussed on the importance of innovation in the media in light of the rapid developments that require creativity and innovation as a method and work style.

Dr. Ammar Bakar, CEO of Y2D opened the forum with the lecture that dealt with the media strategies and touched on incentives to innovation, which lie in technology, market opportunities, established strategy, leadership and vision, organisational structure, human resources and general culture of the institution.

He referred to the digital media revolution and the challenges that followed the diversity of digital communication modes which have changed the nature of the competition among the media institutions.

Dr. Ammar noted that the positive environment in the institutions, is one of the key factors for innovation and creativity.

For his part, Mohammed Saud Jamal, the founder of "I sea App" at Arabia TV Channel, spoke about the App, which was launched officially in mid-2015. Through the App public can send motion video on any new event or an important issue.

Hiba Al Samit, Digital Media Director at Dubai Media Incorporation, spoke of the innovative programme launched by Dubai TV channels such as hologram or 3 dimensional graphics used in the coverage of main events such the UAE's winning to host Expo 2020 Dubai and the Dubai Airshow.

Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of the Hedaya International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), spoke about the media psychology and its role in innovation, citing the UAE hosting of the Hedayah centre, the first world establishment that includes all expertise in combating the extreme violence. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


The National UAE Space Agency and Boeing launch UAE space competition

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The National, Abu Dhabi Media's English-language newspaper, has announced a partnership with the UAE Space Agency and Boeing to launch "The National Space Programme" to coincide with UAE Innovation Week.

The announcement was made at a press conference, where it was disclosed that the programme will feature two competitions: Genes in Space is a DNA analysis experiment competition for high school students, and the Satellite Launch project will see a university team with a winning idea build a data-driven satellite and launch it into space.

Genes in Space challenges students from grades 7-12 to design a DNA amplification experiment using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) process to be conducted in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station. Students can work alone or in teams of up to four. The deadline for submissions is February 3rd, 2016.

The five finalists will be announced at the Global Aerospace Summit being held from March 7th to 8th, 2016, in Abu Dhabi, and will receive mentorship from local scientists as well as specialists from MIT and Harvard as they develop their experiments. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel of scientists, innovators and educators, in May. The winning experiment will be conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station and the winning team will be invited to the United States to view the rocket launch of their experiment to the space station.

"Media is a key innovation driver and The National is always keen to support initiatives that raise awareness on important topics, especially ones that reinforce Abu Dhabi's position as an innovative hub. Our collaboration with inspirational industry leaders is strategically aligned with our mission to prepare future leaders and innovators," said Mohammed Al Otaiba, Editor-in-Chief of The National.

"We look forward to having youth across the country, the region and the world use STEM education and space exploration to further their knowledge in the scientific domain," he added.

Additional partners to the project include Abu Dhabi Education Council, Yahsat, Khalifa University, Thuraya, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Ministry of Education, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Twitter, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, and the Emirates Foundation.

Earlier this year, Boeing launched the Genes in Space competition in the US to enhance creativity, collaborative work and critical thinking among young innovators familiarising them with biological and physical sciences. A senior high school student won the first iteration of the competition with an experiment that investigates why astronauts returning to Earth have compromised immune systems. The student experiment will orbit Earth on board the International Space Station in 2016.

"Inspiring and educating the next generation of leaders is at the core of what we do," said Dr. Mohamed Al Ahbabi, Director-General of the UAE Space Agency. "It is critical that we give our future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians engaging opportunities for growth, and we're thrilled to be partnering with The National to support The National Space Programme and challenge our students to think bigger than ever before."

Encouraging students across the UAE to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields is central to the UAE Space Agency's mission and a key tenet of the UAE Vision 2021. Also vital is the exposure of students, educators and the general public to cutting-edge technology in the aerospace industry, as well as its development as a tool for national growth.

"We're proud to work with the UAE Space Agency to bring the Genes in Space competition to the UAE and the Middle East," said Peter McGrath, Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Space Exploration. "Starting with a partnership equally steeped in aerospace science and education, we are confident that the UAE is on track to be a world leader across STEM fields."

The second competition in The National Space Programme features the innovative Satellite Launch project, which challenges university students to pitch a concept for a satellite. The winning team will build a miniature satellite based on the CubeSat framework. The winning team will see their satellite launched and docked at the International Space Station before being released into orbit for data collection. The Satellite Launch project will be open for submissions before the end of the year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Minister of Environment & Water launches five initiatives

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Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, launched five environmental initiatives – ‘Smart Gargoor,' ‘Green Legacy,' ‘Beautiful in Wild & ‘Emirates Nature Reserves' at Dubai Mall and ‘Monitor and Control' in Masdar City – as part of the UAE Innovation Week. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, UAE Innovation Week is being held from November 22 to 28, 2015.

According to Dr. Bin Fahad, the UAE has achieved global leadership in various areas of development and the launched initiatives are projects announced for the first time at the local and global level. He said that the Ministry is working to adopt the concept of innovation in its work to introduce fresh initiatives and projects. He emphasised the importance of innovation in the development of government actions and the achievement of organisational excellence in line with UAE Vision 2021.

The Ministry displayed the first prototypes of the five initiatives at UAE Innovation Week. ‘Smart Gargoor,' which is based on the world's best technologies to be used in a local perspective, sends data on the coordinates of ‘gargoor' (fish traps) and the amount and types of fish inside it, thus enabling easy access to the site and reducing the time spent at sea. The app was developed in cooperation with an international university in Germany and is the latest tool used in fishing operations in the UAE and the world.

The first-of-its-kind in the world, the ‘Green Legacy is an air-purifying device that is fitted to the window of a building and takes advantage of the sun and algae that run on clean-rays air. The project is one of the most important initiatives that will contribute to the promotion of environmental sustainability and the improvement of air quality. It was developed in collaboration with Dubai Ports World and can bring in fiscal returns of up to Dh 1.5 million per year for a building of six (6) floors.

The Ministry also showcased two models – ‘Beautiful in Wild & ‘Emirates Nature Reserves' – in Dubai Mall. ‘Be A Reason for My Stay' uses an innovative 7-dimensional technique to educate the public about endangered animals. The virtual interactive platform for displaying some species of animals has been developed in partnership and cooperation with local institutions such as Dubai Municipality and the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and non-governmental associations such as the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF and IFAW.

The Emirates Nature Reserves' app, on the other hand, uses an innovative 360-degree imaging technology to promote the UAE's natural reserves. The initiative aims to promote eco-tourism in the country as well as educate the public about the importance of these reserves in terms of biodiversity and ecosystems.

Lastly, the ‘Control and Monitoring' initiative was also displayed during UAE Innovation Week in Masdar City. It was developed to monitor air quality across the country and can be accessed through an integrated thermal maps with satellite imagery. It will help determine the effect of emission sites and their impact on the surrounding environment and provide the basis for concerned authorities to take preventive measures.

– Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE, South Africa sign agreement for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion

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The Governments of the United Arab Emirates and Republic of South Africa have signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital gains, and its annexed protocol.

Inked by Hamad Hareb Al Habsi, UAE Ambassador to South Africa, and Nhlanhla Nene, South Africa's Minister of Finance, the agreement will go into force once approved by the competent authorities in both countries.


Sharjah, the first city in the Middle East to launch Smart Wi-Fi Bins

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Bee'ah, the Middle East's award-winning and leading integrated environmental and waste management company, is introducing innovative solar-powered bins across Sharjah that will act as hotspots, in line with the UAE's Innovation Week, which seeks to promote and encourage the finest ideas on innovation from government and private sectors, as well as the public.

Designed and built by BigBelly, a leading provider of bin solutions in the US, the units are being rolled out starting in Sharjah, following an MoU with Bee'ah, where the company committed to several hundred Wi-Fi bins to be deployed across Sharjah and the UAE in prominent locations as soon as early 2016.

This will make Sharjah the first location in the Middle East to have smart bin technology with Wi-Fi hotspot in parallel with leading cities such as London and New York.

The innovative Smart bins will act as Wi-Fi hotspots and are double streamed for increased solar capacity. They also come equipped with sensors to detects when the bin is full, and communicates with the Bee'ah control room allowing "Tandeef's team to make the necessary collection in an efficient and eco-friendly way.

The solar panels provide the energy required to operate the compactor, which allows the bins to collect five times more trash before needing to be emptied.

Commenting on the development, Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee'ah said: "The smart Wi-Fi bins being introduced by Bee'ah are a step forward in environmental innovation, optimally merging efficiency and utility. The fact that Sharjah will be the region's first location to offer them is a testament to our Emirate's growing status as an environmental capital of the Middle East. This technology is part of an innovative suite of ground-breaking products and services we are in the process of rolling out, in line with innovative vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future."

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee'ah added: "At Bee'ah, our top priority is innovation to augment the quality of life among communities in Sharjah and the UAE. How we manage waste is one of the most important challenges of our time. Smart solar-powered technology can change our lives".

Bee'ah's waste collection division, Tandeef – which plays a vital role in providing coherent and sustainable environmental solutions to meet the challenges of the community it serves – consists of 2000 employees operating a fleet of more than 500 vehicles. Its street cleaning and sweeping services and commercial waste collection, alongside facilities for pubic, residential, and office and school recycling, work closely together to provide a seamless integrated environmental solution, which has made Sharjah a model to emulate across the region.

The new solar bins complement Bee'ah's recently launched Tandeef Smart Eco-fleet – a revolutionary expansion for vehicular green technology and state-of-the-art functions. Encompassing sustainable, low noise electric vehicles – a first in UAE waste management – and vehicles that use Compressed Natural Gas to reduce the negative impact of CO2 emissions, the fleet improves the environmental impact of its operations with lower emissions and better efficiency. As evidenced by such developments, Bee'ah is at the forefront of the region's industry in ‘green' innovation, and is constantly seeking avenues and technologies in its quest to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment in Sharjah. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Etihad Airways welcomes guests traveling on airline’s first A380 flights between Abu Dhabi and the US

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, yesterday celebrated the highly-anticipated arrival of its award-winning Airbus A380 service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, welcoming and thanking guests travelling on the first flights between two of the world's top travel destinations.

Today marks the US debut of the airline's exclusive A380 service, including The Residence by Etihad, the only commercially available three-room suite in the sky, luxurious First Apartments, comfortable Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats. The A380 now serves guests travelling on one of the airline's two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York.

"The arrival of our A380 service at JFK International Airport is an important milestone for Etihad Airways as we respond to increased demand from our guests travelling between Abu Dhabi and New York, and it represents the significant growth our airline has undergone in just 12 years of operation," said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Offer.

"Etihad Airways has stayed ahead of the competition by providing our guests with the luxury, comfort, and hospitality they expect and deserve when they fly with us, and by remaining focused on continuing to transform the air travel experience across all cabins of service."

Mr Hogan added, "The revolutionary products found on board Etihad Airways' fleet of A380s completely re-imagines commercial aviation standards and we are proud to bring them to our guests traveling between the US and Abu Dhabi, and beyond." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


KLM’s first Dreamliner touches down in Abu Dhabi after inaugural flight from Amsterdam

posted on 25/11/2015

KLM's new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arrived in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after its inaugural flight from Amsterdam.

The new state-of-the-art airliner will operate between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with seven direct flights per week, connecting its 294 passengers into KLM's global network of destinations. Abu Dhabi is the first KLM route to be served by the new aircraft. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Khalifa Foundation sends aid to Socotra Archipelago

posted on 25/11/2015

In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the foundation is sending aid by sea and air to the Socotra Archipelago.

Consisting of food, blankets, tents and medical supplies to help the people of the island affected by cyclones Chabala and Megh, which left a devastating impact on the infrastructure of the island.

An official source at the Khalifa Foundation said that the aid dispatched so far amounted to more than five tons of medical materials, modern medical equipment as well as ten tons of blankets and tents, 500 tons of various food items and 1200 barrels of diesel fuel. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mohammed bin Rashid Humanitarian Establishment offers Dh2 million to ERC in support of Yemen's relief programmes

posted on 25/11/2015

The Mohammed bin Rashid Charitable and Humanitarian Establishment has donated Dh 2 million to the Emirates Red Crescent in support of its relief and rebuilding programmes in Yemen.

Ibrahim Bumelha, Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Establishment, has presented a cheque of the amount to Mohammed Al Zarounie, head of the ERC branch in Dubai, during a meeting which also tackled humanitarian assistance extended by the UAE to Yemen to alleviate the sufferings of the Yemeni people and improve their living conditions.

Relief programmes being carried out by the Establishment as well as future projects were also discussed.

Upon the directives of the UAE leadership, the Establishment has sent 30 tonnes of relief assistance to Socotra to help those affected by the tropical cyclone Chapala which recently struck the island.

It has sent 130 tonnes of sugar, 135 tonnes of rice and 68 tonnes of edible oil as part of the UAE relief initiatives to help Yemeni people improve their living conditions. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Emirates Red Crescent receives five ISO certificates

posted on 25/11/2015

The Emirates Red Crescent has won two ISO 9001:2008 and two ISO 14001:2004 certificates from UK-based Worldwide Quality Assurance recognising the quality of the agency's services at the Emirati Jordanian Field Hospital in Jordan's Mafraq Governorate and the Emirati Jordanian Refugee Camp (Mrajeeb Al Fhood camp) east of Zarqa, Jordan. The hospital and the camp are both managed by the UAE agency.

Recently, the ERC received ISO 9001-2008 in the scope of management and administration of local human aid, volunteer, fundraising, marketing, and the departments of public relations, media and call centre.

The ERC has become the first humanitarian agency in the world to obtain the five ISO certificates.

The scopes of the latest four ISO certificates are provision for health care services, including medical emergencies, outpatient and inpatient care and diagnostic services for the local and refugees communities, and provision of comprehensive humanitarian assistance services to refugees.

The achievement of the four certifications coincide with the declaration of the higher policy for innovation by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the launch of the UAE Innovation Week (22-28 November).

Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent, Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, received the certificates from A P Naveenan, CEO of Worldwide Quality Assurance, in a ceremony at the agency's head office.

Al Falahi said the ERC is committed to continued development of its services in line with directives from H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and President of the ERC.

Obtaining the ISO certificates is only a tool to improve and develop services the agency provides for beneficiaries inside and outside the UAE, Al Falahi added, noting that the certification is a milestone in the agency's journey of excellence and innovation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Jawaher Al Qasimi calls for global cooperation in the fight against cancer during the World Cancer Leaders' Summit

posted on 25/11/2015

Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP), International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, has called for prioritising and intensifying scientific research and data sharing about cancer between government and civil organisations worldwide to enhance the role of public health programmes in cancer prevention and early detection.

The call was made by Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi during her participation in the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, which recently concluded in Istanbul, Turkey, where she highlighted the need to set priorities for cancer research and strengthen cooperation between government and civil organisations and the importance of collaboration across country borders, across diseases and through public and private partnerships.

The summit focused on the basic needs of healthcare for cancer patients and providing the necessary data for cancer control, highlighting successful examples of national cancer control planning and cross-diseases interventions, as well as issues related to the management of conflict of interest, data sharing and international policy development.

It also discussed the role of charity organisations in supporting health and social care provided to cancer patients, as well as challenges facing patients, with a focus on support services including Neuropsychology, nursing and social services. The summit also discussed the best methods of integrated care by following the example of countries leading in this field.

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi underlined the importance of setting up joint global centres for cancer research and a network of cooperation between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil societies to implement national cancer control programmes.

She highlighted the spiralling global cancer epidemic and pointed out the growing financial and psychological burden and losses caused by cancer deaths. "It would therefore be better for governments, NGOs and individuals to invest in joint international cancer research studies to save lives and protect communities from the emotional and financial consequences of cancer," said Sheikha Jawaher.

"Cancer prevention and control programmes must be given top priority. Cancer takes a huge humanitarian toll, and is a considerable burden as cancer rates are on the rise globally. There needs to be a clear vision for action and identification of responsibilities for each party, and a need to keep pace with the global and regional developments in this field. This is vital to develop concrete action plans that would provide the necessary information to all stakeholders around the world to further contribute to the early detection of cancer and reduce its negative consequences. There is also a need to strengthen the relationship between all stakeholders in order to implement awareness programmes, provide quality palliative care, support skills development and enhance scientific research," Sheikha Jawaher said.

She referred to the landmark achievements made by health institutions that provide treatment for cancer patients through donations from organisations and individuals and called on civil society to support organisations fighting cancer so they can offer free treatment and psychological care to cancer patients, along with awareness programs.

The summit also focused on the care of children with cancer, including the importance of ensuring a good quality of life for them throughout the various stages of their illness and treatment, and the need to provide different kinds of support according to the age of each child. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi said that the International Childhood Cancer Fund, the first of its kind in the world which she launched in May in collaboration with the UICC, is to start raising global awareness to support children with cancer worldwide.

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi further said, "Children with cancer need our support to give them hope for recovery and a chance to lead a normal life. We must put childhood cancer on the development agenda to enable global organisations, in cooperation with local governments, to offer better diagnosis and treatment for children with cancer. I call on all the stakeholders and those who will benefit from the fund to use it as an international incubator in order to collect donations from states, organisations, institutions and individuals. This can then be invested in research studies, awareness campaigns, and strengthening capacity for care, treatment and funding of emergency relief projects for the treatment of children with cancer."

Sheikha Jawaher attended a workshop during the summit, titled, "Integration of Childhood Cancer into Child Health and primary care services". The workshop discussed the progress achieved in the area of child leukaemia and treatment of infections caused by immune deficiency resulting from treatment. The workshop included a presentation on the latest developments on how to choose the most appropriate treatment for each child according to his genetics.

The event was attended by Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health, Mehmet Muezzinoglu, Turkish Health Minister, Francis Contreras, Deputy Minister of Health in Honduras, HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Dr Cary Adams, CEO Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and Past Chair, NCD Alliance Steering Group, Ameera BinKaram, President of the Board of Directors, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, and Dr Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FoCP as well as a large number of health officials and experts in the health and non-communicable diseases from all around the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Presidential Affairs Ministry: Flying the UAE flag at half-mast on November 30th

posted on 25/11/2015

In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to declare the 30th of November of each year as Martyrs' Day, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs has decided that the UAE flag will be flown at half-mast in all government departments and institutions across the country on November 30th, from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m..

The United Arab Emirates marks the 30th of November every year in memory of and in tribute to the sacrifices made by the nation's martyrs and its loyal people, who offered their lives so as to keep the UAE flag flying high while they were performing their national duties within and outside the country, in civilian, military and humanitarian fields. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE National Day Boat Parade at Dubai Marina Yacht Club

posted on 25/11/2015

As part of the celebrations of the UAE's 44th National Day, Dubai Marina Yacht Club will host an afternoon of activities dedicated to the residents of Dubai Marina and the surrounding communities. Activities will include children's games, a treasure hunt, face painting, raffle draws with fabulous prizes, a happy hour of beverages, competitions and face painting. In addition, the public lawns will host live cooking stations.

Visitors can enjoy the parade on December 2nd from the vantage point of Dubai Marina Yacht Club and indulge in the atmosphere of celebration all day long.

The Boat Parade will showcase a diverse range of yachts that will feature a collage of iconic life-size UAE national flags, posters, and designs, and other patriotic designs to make the day truly special.

Dubai Marina Yacht Club is a 3.5-kilometre manmade waterway running through the Dubai Marina residential development. Currently featuring 554 permanent pontoon berths dotted throughout the canal, Dubai Marina Yacht Club also has a purpose-built clubhouse for entertaining social groups and business colleagues.

Dubai Marina Yacht Club is one of the key assets under Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Masdar Institute PhD student wins L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Middle East Fellowship

posted on 25/11/2015

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced that its PhD student Nazek El-Atab has been chosen for the 2015 L'Oreal-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) For Women in Science (FWIS) Middle East Fellowship.

The award was presented to El-Atab by Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Cooperation and President of Zayed University, during a gala ceremony that was held at the Zayed University campus in Dubai.

El-Atab, whose PhD thesis focuses on fabricating novel nano-memory devices with lower power consumption, is one of the four recipients of the Fellowship that carries an award of 20,000 euros. She was chosen from a pool of 10 scientists from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The L'Oreal-UNESCO FWIS Middle East Fellowship Program aims to recognise, honour and empower Arab female scientists whose findings have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge and helped change the world for the better.

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute, said, "We are proud of Nazek El-Atab for becoming one of the four recipients of the prestigious L'Oreal-UNESCO FWIS Middle East Fellowship Program. Her selection shows Masdar Institute's commitment to nurturing and educating the region's most promising young men and women in the field of science and technology. We hope other aspiring students will look up to Nazek as their role model and follow her footsteps in pursuing scientific excellence in the field of sustainability."

El-Atab was selected based on several criteria such as outstanding academic record, the scientific quality of the research project as well as the number, quality and impact of the publications, conference presentations, and patents. The jury also looked into the innovative nature and productivity of the research and its application in science and the ability of the candidate to communicate and promote the sciences to a younger audience and encourage young Arab female scientists.

El-Atab said, "The L'Oreal-UNESCO FWIS Middle East Fellowship will help me buy cleanroom supplies needed for the fabrication of novel low-power non-volatile memory devices using innovative nanomaterials. It will also enable me to attend international conferences and share my findings with peers in the nanotechnology and microsystems engineering fields."

"Masdar Institute played an influential role in my winning of the award and I would like to express my profound gratitude to my advisor Dr. Ammar Nayfeh for his encouragement, guidance and support throughout the course of my research," she added.

Within one year of receiving the L'Oreal-UNESCO FWIS Middle East Fellowship, the recipients are expected to submit a status report on the awarded research project and a final financial expenditure statement on the actual fellowship expenditure incurred through their research project.

El-Atab's faculty advisor Dr. Ammar Nayfeh, who is an Associate Professor in Masdar Institute's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said, "I am extremely proud of Nazek for winning the 2015 L'Oreal-UNESCO FWIS Middle East Fellowship. As her PhD advisor, I can say this award is well-deserved. Nazek exemplifies the ideal PhD student, who goes beyond what is originally required. She has published seminal papers in word class journals on low energy charge-trapping memory devices using nano-particles. I am certain she will be a tremendous ambassador for Masdar Institute and vital asset for the UAE in the future."

The L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships has recognised and honoured over 2,250 women scientists in 115 countries in the past 17 years. The program is offered to promising young women researchers at crucial junctures in their careers when stereotypes and preconceived notions could be most detrimental.

This program rewards talented young female scientists in the field of Life Sciences including biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology and ethology, as well as Physical Sciences such as physics, chemistry, petroleum engineering, mathematics, engineering sciences, information sciences, Earth and Universe sciences.

The jury panel for the 2015 For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship included prominent scientists and was headed by Dr. Christian Amatore, Acting President, Chemistry Department, Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris, France. The L'Oreal – Unesco for Women in Science Middle East Fellowship was launched in 2014 in partnership with Zayed University under the Patronage of Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development of the UAE and President of Zayed University. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Brand Dubai unveils unique public art installation on The Beach in JBR

posted on 25/11/2015

Brand Dubai, a subsidiary of the Government of Dubai Media Office has unveiled a public art installation titled ‘Sand In the Waves' on The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Created by acclaimed New Zealand artist Gary Yong, ‘Sand in the Waves' is a unique piece of public art that uses sand bags to create the shape of a wave. Unveiled on the occasion of UAE Innovation Week, the art installation seeks to create an innovative playground on the beach that enhances the atmosphere of happiness and playfulness for children and families.

Ayesha Bin Kalli, Innovation Executive at Brand Dubai said: "Brand Dubai is keen to work with accomplished artists like Yong to develop public installations that can create a creative ambience in key public areas of Dubai. Our larger objective is to enhance the artistic character of the city in such a way that brings out its identity as a global city of happy, creative and empowered people and a place that deftly blends modernity with its rich cultural heritage."

‘Sand in the Waves' is a tribute to the relationship between the sand and the ocean. Sand is a symbol of time and infinite possibility, impossible to grasp in any permanent way; yet it carries past memories and creates new experiences.

Gary Yong, who also goes by the moniker of Enforce One, is Founder and Director of Cut Collective, an art collective that is well known for its innovative and unconventional public and art. Some of Yong's installations have been displayed in prominent locations in Dubai including Box Park. The art installation ‘Sand in the Waves' can be viewed by the public during UAE Innovation Week from November 22 to 28. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -