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10, 000 workers observe International Workers' Day in 7 locations in Abu Dhabi

posted on 01/05/2016

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has stressed that the ministry's celebration of the International Workers' Day, which falls on 1st of May each year, is a recognition of the role that labourers played in the comprehensive development being experienced by the UAE, led by its wise leadership.

He added that observing this event boosts the workers' status in the society, and further sheds light on their rights, which are protected by the government.

Sheikh Nahyan said the theme, "Emirates of Zayed Gathers Us," evokes values and legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, who had during his lifetime sponsored and supported the labourers, and hence became the international symbol of compassion and generosity.

He added that the UAE and its leadership are still on the track chalked out by Sheikh Zayed to support the workers to promote the communal cohesion advocated by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Nahyan praised the role of partners of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in sponsoring such a large event.

Sheikh Nahyan's remarks came as the ministry organised Labour Day activities at seven different locations in Abu Dhabi under the theme: "Emirates of Zayed Gathers Us." The sessions were attended by over 10, 000 workers.

He said, "We meet today as a mark of love for Emirates of philanthropic Zayed, which brings us together in the framework of unity, fraternity, solidarity and co-existence." He also expressed his satisfaction at being among the UAE workers who had come from different countries "to stay among us in the UAE. We are proud of their contribution to the nation building and progress."

The UAE minister paid rich tribute to the labourers, citing their loyalty and dedication towards building the UAE. He pledged his full support to this essential category of the society.

For his part, Mohan Jashanmal, Chairman of the Indian Professional Business Group, said the UAE passed through different stages, characterised by several kinds of success until it reached the knowledge economy stage, thanks to the shrewd vision of the late Sheikh Zayed and follow up by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Other dignitaries expressed their pride in the values of tolerance and co-existence that prevail in the UAE.

The workers who represent various nationalities expressed their satisfaction at participating in the events graced by four ministers and other senior officials.

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, Afra Al Saberi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, and a number of Arab and foreign ambassadors, senior local and federal officials and representatives of expatriate residents were present.

Sheikh Nahyan unveiled the memorial plaque presented to him by the workers in recognition of the UAE and its leadership.

The ceremony included cultural and assorted contests and offering of prizes to encourage participants to develop their knowledge and cultural abilities. There was a session to detect workers who have talents in singing, diction and acting. They were given a chance to present them on the stage. There were also health education programmes and medical and preventive check-ups, as well as cultural performances, including a film highlighting the UAE's past, present, and the various development phases it has witnessed.

The programmes also included presentation of popular and traditional dishes from various countries. Gifts were distributed to workers at their headquarters on Yas Island and seven locations in the industrial zones. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


‘Smart’ Jebel Ali police station officially inaugurated

posted on 01/05/2016

The environment-friendly Jebel Ali police station was officially opened on Thursday.

Dubai Police Chief Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina and Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, and other police officials officially opened the building, which has been in operation for months.

The new building is fitted with the latest smart technologies, and follows green building standards.

Maj Gen Al Mazeina said moving the station from the old building near Jebel Ali Port to the new one on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road was approved after discussions and studies that took the Dubai's development into consideration.

Dubai will also be getting six such new police stations in the near future. Maj Gen Al Mazeina said two of them will be new stations — in Al Khawaneej and Al Aweer — and the other four will be replacements of existing stations in Bur Dubai, Al Faqa'a, Hatta and Lahbab. – Gulf News -


New street names represent UAE culture and values

posted on 01/05/2016

Some new street names in Abu Dhabi can be tongue-twisters for expatriates, but the woman in charge of the Onwani project says the names are of great cultural significance.

Street names such as Ghmaysah, Qarn 'Uwyan, Al Nashrah and Al Meel – all in areas off Muroor Road – may leave people scratching their heads, but Badriyah Al Shehhi said they were known among Emiratis and expatriates would get used to them.

The manager of the Department of Municipal Affairs' addressing division oversees Onwani, a project to name about 18,000 streets across Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain and the Western Region.

The division, which has to name 6,000 streets in the capital, has covered 1,000 of them.

"Locals love these names, as we are very much familiar with these names and it doesn't sound unusual to us," said Ms Al Shehhi, adding that people faced pronunciation difficulties anywhere in the world.

"These names belong to our local culture. We need other nationalities to get familiar with our culture, understand its meaning and its roots."

Ghmaysah is in Al Nadhra, in the Western Region, while Al Nashrah denotes flags hoisted on the rooftops of houses marking the return of the owner from Haj, or the arrival of an important guest or newborn.

Al Meel is a settlement in the Western Region that is home to an ancient castle of the same name, and Qarn 'Uwyan is a place in Masaken, in the Eastern Region.

Qarn is a sandy hill covered by protruding rocks and 'Uwyan is a bend or twist.

Emiratis said it was fitting that the emirate's street names should be given a local flavour.

"If you go to France you will find purely French names. I am not familiar with that and find it difficult to read but it represents their language, identity and culture, and we should respect that," said Saeed Janahi, an Abu Dhabi resident.

"It's just a matter of time. Gradually you start pronouncing these names as locals do.

"In fact, young generations forgot the old names and places that were related to their culture and identity, so these names will remind them and create curiosity to find its cultural significance."

The street names being adopted are generally the names of people, places and islands in remote regions of the emirate.

A team of researchers came up with the names to use in Onwani, examining each and cross-examining it with historical records to see if it should be used.

"Teams have reviewed all historical backgrounds and records of these names and worked on accurate pronunciation," Ms Al Shehhi said. "If you go to any country you find names you don't understand but that's their culture, and they are familiar with those names."

Another Emirati, Abdullah Al Shakeeli, said: "I love the Arabic names and it's easy to pronounce, as it's our own language.

"Those expatriates who don't know or understand, it's a good opportunity for them to try to learn our language and culture."

Anyone who wished to understand the historical significance and meaning of the new street names can scan the QR code on each signpost. – The National -


Mohammed bin Rashid attends English 2000 Guineas Classic at Newmarket racecourse

posted on 01/05/2016

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday attended the 2000 English Guineas Classic at Newmarket racecourse.

He was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.

Godolphin Team's Hawkbill, ridden by William Buick, won the New Market Stakes, and Folkswood galloped to win the Handicap Stakes race.

The event was attended by a number of Sheikhs, owners and fans. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Marwan bin Ghalita elected president of UAE Football federation

posted on 01/05/2016

Marwan bin Ghalita has been elected as president of the UAE Football Association for the new term 2016/ 2020.

bin Ghalita got 19 votes during the elections that took place this morning at the National Archives in Abu Dhabi. The other contender, Yousuf al-Serkal, received 15 votes.

Abdullah Nasser Al Junaibi and Saeed Obaid Al Teneiji were elected as vice-presidents of the UAE Football Association. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –