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Mohamed bin Zayed, Italian Prime Minister discuss cooperation ties

posted on 22/10/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, yesterday held talks with the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on bilateral relations, issues of mutual interest, and the latest regional and international developments.

On an official visit to Italy, Sheikh Mohamed and the delegation accompanying him met the Italian PM at Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi Palace in Rome.

Renzi welcomed the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, stressing that the visit would further strengthen the mutual friendship and boost the bilateral relations between the U.A.E. and Italy, and their two peoples as well.

During the meeting attended by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the U.A.E. Foreign Minister, the two sides discussed ways to enhance the bilateral relations in all fields in the light of distinguished friendship, joint interests, joint coordination and cooperation on issues of mutual concern.

The talks also focussed on cooperation ties, especially in the areas of economy, investment and trade, and the outcome of the successful visit of the Italian PM to the U.A.E. in February. The visit had promoted a common vision to push forward the bilateral relations to realise the aspirations of the two countries and their friendly peoples.

Sheikh Mohamed emphasised the interest of the U.A.E. in furthering the ties and building stronger partnerships with Italy in all sectors, noting that the U.A.E., led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, based its foreign policy on building stronger and balanced relations with friendly countries in accordance with the principles of mutual respect and friendship.

Addressing the Italian PM, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said, "Your recent visit to the U.A.E. was fruitful, given your interest in pushing forward the economic cooperation between the two countries. We in the U.A.E. share with you the same interest in giving an opportunity to strengthening of the bilateral relations."

The Italian Prime Minister described the visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi as 'vital' and reflects the growth of relations between the two countries in all fields, and provides a strong motive for development of joint projects.

Renzi reiterated the interest of Italy in strengthening the ties with the U.A.E., adding that this meeting "represents an opportunity to discuss joint cooperation on the areas of politics, economy, investment and industry, as well as exchange views on a number of issues of mutual concern." The two sides also exchanged views on the latest Arab, regional and international issues.

They stressed at the end of the meeting their satisfaction on the growth of relations between the U.A.E. and Italy in the light of keenness of the leaders on continuous development of the relations and joint vision on international cooperation to ensure peace, security and stability in the region and world at large.

Among those who attended the meeting were Mohammed Ahmad Al Bawardi Al Falasi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority (EAA); Saqr Nasser Al Raisi, U.A.E.'s Ambassador to Italy; and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, and Italian Ambassador to the U.A.E. Giorgio Starace.

The Italian Prime Minister hosted a banquet in honour of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi attended by a number of ministers, senior officials and Italian businesspersons.

Renzi took Sheikh Mohamed in a tour to historic Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Mohamed bin Zayed meets Italian Defence Minister

posted on 22/10/2014

ROME: His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, on Tuesday met Italy's Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti, as part of his visit here.

During the meeting, attended by the U.A.E. Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the two sides reviewed a number of areas of military and defence coordination and cooperation, and the progress of joint action on exchanging expertise between the U.A.E. and Italy in light of their growing ties of friendship and cooperation.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and the Italian defence minister also discussed matters of common interest and the regional and international developments. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohammed bin Rashid receives Duke of Westminster

posted on 22/10/2014

Mohammed bin Rashid receives Duke of Westminster

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Tuesday received Britain's Duke of Westminster.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, were present.

Sheikh Mohammed and the Duke had cordial discussions on cultural and tourist relations between the U.A.E. and UK in general and the cities of Dubai and Westminster in particular.

The Duke congratulated Sheikh Mohammed on the U.A.E.'s winning the bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, saying that Dubai deserved the win, given its prominent international profile. He also praised the progress of the U.A.E. under its wise leadership, which, he said, had provided its people with all amenities of comfortable life and happiness, and had built cultural, economic and humanitarian bridges with other nations of the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


U.A.E.-UK Taskforce holds 12th meeting in Abu Dhabi, issues joint communique

posted on 22/10/2014

The U.A.E.-UK Taskforce has held its 12th meeting in Abu Dhabi and issued the following joint communique.

-- Communique of the U.A.E.-UK Taskforce meeting: "The twelfth meeting of the U.A.E.-UK Taskforce was hosted on 21 October in Abu Dhabi by Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, the U.A.E.'s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The UK was represented by FCO Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Tobias Ellwood.

The Taskforce was established in July 2010 following the visits of British Prime Minister David Cameron to the U.A.E., and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the U.A.E. Foreign Minister to the UK, with the intention of further strengthening ties between the two countries. It remains an important mechanism in the bilateral relationship.

The Taskforce discussed the strong commercial relationship between the two countries, including significant Emirati investments in the UK agreed over the last few months.

Representatives of the U.A.E.-UK Business Council, Nasser al Suwaidi and Richard Oliver, updated the Taskforce on the outcomes from the Business Council meeting held the day before and highlighted the ongoing success of the Council since its establishment in 2011. This includes making progress towards the joint target of increasing bilateral trade to Dh 71.2 billion by 2015. The Taskforce also discussed the Double Taxation Agreement, explored opportunities for partnership in renewable energy in the developing world, and saw the signing of an Air Services Agreement.

The ministers acknowledged the success of the electronic visa waiver system for Emirati citizens launched by the UK in January 2014 and discussed ways to further streamline the system. Also discussed was cooperation in tackling crime, in particular the repatriation of criminal proceeds.

Educational cooperation was on the agenda, with agreement reached on the need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Higher Education; the recognition of UK qualifications in the U.A.E. and a Memorandum of Understanding on the British Council were also discussed.

The Ministers agreed to improve coordination between the two countries on development and humanitarian issues.

The two Ministers also discussed regional issues and ways to confront the common threat of ISIL throughout the region. The Ministers agreed that both countries must work together to combat extremism. The Ministers confirmed that in both Iraq and Syria, the UK and U.A.E. are determined to support those who are committed to inclusive, non-sectarian government and the rule of law, and who are on the front line in resisting terrorists and extremists.

Speaking after the Taskforce Dr Gargash said, "The U.A.E. values its relationship with the UK and our Taskforce meetings have been instrumental in helping to maintain an open and sustained dialogue between our countries." Mr Ellwood said, "The UK and the U.A.E. enjoy a close partnership based on deep historical links and shared interests. The Taskforce, now in its fourth year, is important to both our countries. I am pleased that we were able to agree to strengthen our partnerships across education, renewable energy and investment. We also agreed the vital importance of our shared endeavour in tackling the threat posed by ISIL." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


U.A.E. leads other countries by example in combating human trafficking: UN human rights official

posted on 22/10/2014

A United Nations Human rights official on Tuesday praised the U.A.E.'s record on combating human trafficking and noted that victims of the crime receive the best treatment, shelters and services from the U.A.E. concerned authorities based on the country's effective anti-human trafficking legislations that guarantee the rights of all of the victims and punish the perpetrators.

Obaid Ahmed Al Obaid, Director of the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, said the U.A.E. is leading others by example in the area of combating human trafficking, and expressed his hope that other countries in the region would follow in this reliable model that the U.A.E. provides for anti-trafficking efforts, especially in terms of providing relevant legislations and facilities.

Al Obaid was speaking during the opening of the three-day inaugural training workshop on "International Cooperation and Victims of Human Trafficking", organised by the UN centre and Dubai Foundation for Women and Children at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel.

The workshop is aimed at strengthening efforts to investigate human trafficking cases, bring traffickers to justice, and train law enforcement personnel on identifying and protecting victims he noted.

On her part, Afra Al Basti, Executive Director of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, said choosing U.A.E. as the host of the workshop recognises its success in combating human trafficking and providing the best care for the victims over the past years.

"Human trafficking was cut by 60 percent in U.A.E. in the past year alone while the rate was going up in other courtiers. The success of the U.A.E.'s anti-human trafficking experience is attributed to the keen interest of the country's wise leaders in protecting human rights and dignity," added Al Basti.

The UN Human Rights Training Centre was established by the General Assembly in 2005 "to undertake training and documentation activities according to international human rights standards and to support such efforts within the region by governments, UN agencies and programmes, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organisations". The Centre was by the High Commissioner in May 2009. The main objective of the Centre is to strengthen human rights knowledge and skills within its region of operation.

The geographical mandate of the Centre covers 25 countries, the majority of which are situated in the Arab region and three are situated in South-West Asia.

Within its specific training and documentation mandate, the centre works in close coordination with regional representatives in the field, heads of country offices, human rights units of peace missions and coordinators of regional units at Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, headquarters. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Egyptian Defence Attaché: U.A.E. is Egypt's biggest supporter

posted on 22/10/2014

Colonel Yasser Sabri Shalabi, Defence Attaché at the Egyptian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, has acclaimed the U.A.E.'s stance towards Egypt, saying that the U.A.E. has been and remains one of the biggest supporters of Egypt and of the world.

These comments were made during a speech given by the Egyptian Defence Attaché to the U.A.E. during a reception in Abu Dhabi yesterday evening to celebrate Egyptian Armed Forces Day and the 41st anniversary of the October War Victory in 1973.

"The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the U.A.E., was one of the biggest supporters of Egypt, its people and its army," he remarked. Quoting the late father of the nation's words, "Egypt is the heart of the Arab Nation," Shalabi pointed out that this approach has been continued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Egypt's Defence Attaché also praised the generous stance of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, towards Egypt, noting that His Highness Sheikh Mohamed and H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, visited Egypt on a regular basis and that Egypt remains in their hearts.

He also praised the position of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister, for his pro-Egyptian stance, saying, "We will never forget the lion of Arab foreign policy, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, when he stood before the UN General Assembly, explicitly announcing that the safety and security of Egypt goes hand in hand with the security of all Arabs and that it is indisputable that no one has the right to interfere in Egypt's internal affairs, under the context of the distinguished relations between Egypt and its brotherly Arab countries." Shalabi expressed his thanks to the U.A.E. for its diplomatic and economic support of Egypt, saying, "I would like to give thanks, appreciation and respect on behalf of the people of Egypt and its army to the U.A.E. - a country of generosity, peace and security - and to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his diplomatic and economic support of Egypt, as well as to Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates and the Crown Princes of the Emirates." He went on to say that the memory of the glorious October War - a war of pride and dignity - will continue to be celebrated. He then took the opportunity to pray to God Almighty to keep victory on the side of the leaders of the Egyptian Armed Forces, the people of Egypt, the Egyptian army, and all Arab and Muslim nations.

The event was attended by a number of state officials and ambassadors of Arab and foreign countries accredited in the state, military attaches of Arab and foreign countries, including Ihab Imam, Egyptian Ambassador to the U.A.E. and a number of journalists and members of the Egyptian community in the country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Khalifa Foundation distributes 50,000 school bags to disadvantaged students in Palestine

posted on 22/10/2014

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for humanitarian work has implemented part of its programme to support the education sector in the Palestinian territories, where it has distributed 50,000 school bags to students in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The initiative is part of the foundation's humanitarian aid programme to provide assistance to students in the Palestinian territories, given the current humanitarian crisis being experienced by the Palestinian people.

Some 30,000 school bags were distributed to students in the Gaza Strip, and 20,000 bags were distributed in the West Bank.

Palestinian families extended their thanks and appreciation to the U.A.E. and to the Khalifa Foundation for the various annual programmes it has implemented in the Palestinian territories, especially in camps and villages. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Sharjah's environment sector set to grow by 15 percent

posted on 22/10/2014

Sharjah's environment sector is expected to grow by 15 percent to almost Dh1 billion by 2016, up from this year's Dh780 million, powered by a portfolio of ground-breaking eco-tourism projects currently under way.

According to a study by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, the environment sector is one of the emirate's four key sectors identified as major areas of potential growth. The three other sectors are travel and tourism, healthcare, and transport and logistics.

Highlighting the sector's promising future, Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, said, "Although the environment sector is now worth Dh780 million, the Sharjah government is keen to expand further in this field, through attracting foreign direct investment into solar energy generation plants and water desalination projects." Al Sarkal indicated that the environment sector is set to grow by 15 percent, up to almost Dh1billion by 2016, as he outlined the immense potential that the Emirate of Sharjah has in the eco-tourism industry, especially with the diverse range of eco-friendly projects currently undertaken by Shurooq to leverage this potential.

"The environment sector is composed of three sub-sectors, namely renewable energy, waste management, and energy efficiency. The U.A.E. has one of the highest per capita waste levels in the world, with environmental challenges very much on the federal government's agenda, and Sharjah has carved out its niche as the U.A.E.'s pioneer for renewable energy alternatives," the Shurooq CEO clarified.

"With the U.A.E. leading the renewable energy charge in the Gulf region, the U.A.E. market potential is expected to reach Dh183 billion by 2020, with annual growth of 15 percent during the period from 2012-2020," Al Sarkal said.

With regards to energy efficiency, the U.A.E. is adopting an ambitious renewable energy plan as it aims to boost investment in clean energy technology over the next few years and expects to attract Dh367 billion of investments in alternative and sustainable energy projects by 2020, including renewable energies, biofuel, urban development projects and wastewater recycling, the Shurooq CEO outlined.

He said that solar power technologies have the highest potential for the U.A.E. and Sharjah, which is a good renewable energy components manufacturing platform for the MENA region, due to its strategic location, logistics infrastructure, cheap labour costs, and developed manufacturing base with ready availability of various components.

"We abide by eco-friendly standards in our tourist and leisure projects, and we have also initiated a host of eco-tourism projects and green initiatives in line with the emirate's eco-friendly approach aimed at preserving the environment and ensuring a better life for generations to come," Al Sarkal said.

Among these projects are the Kalba Eco-tourism project, the Sir Bu Nuair Island project, Al Jabal Resort, The Chedi Khorfakkan, Al Majaz Waterfront, and the newly opened Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park.

"Shurooq aims through the development of the Kalba eco-tourism initiative, which is being implemented in collaboration with the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, EPAA, in Sharjah, to curb the environmental degradation that accompanies the destruction caused by killing animal and plant life, and to preserve biodiversity, re-habitat some endangered species, as well as the development of the eco-tourism sector," Al Sarkal added.

Speaking on this unique project, Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Sharjah EPAA, said, "The project is the largest of its kind in the development of eco-tourism facilities in the U.A.E. and the region. It boasts of natural reserves rich in their bio-diversity, natural resources and topographical characteristics that will help rehabilitate and re-introduce rare and endangered animals." Khalid Al Huraimel, CEO of Bee'ah said, "Being at the forefront of positive environmental change, we launched a number of programmes to educate the public about sustainable waste management. This approach stems from our responsibility to work with the community and educate our society in the simple ways they can adapt and thereby contribute to turning waste into recycled resources, which can later be re-used by both the community and economy.

"Our aim is to lead the development of sustainable and economically viable solutions for waste management. We are working to tackle waste in the region and invest heavily in advanced waste management infrastructure and state-of-the-art technologies, to reach our ultimate goal of leading the Emirate of Sharjah to become the first city in the Middle East to achieve Zero-Waste-To-Landfill by 2015," he said.

"By 2015 everything in Sharjah is going to be recycled, and that will make it the first Arab nation that recycles everything. This is a huge area that is going to be developed through a range of single-minded initiatives, so as to attract more companies that would like to work with us, Al Huraimel emphasised. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mubadala announces winners of Youth Award

posted on 22/10/2014

Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi based investment and development company, has announced the winners of its inaugural Youth Award during the Mubadala Youth Forum.

Hamad Al Kaabi, Mishal Al Marzooqi and Alia Al Hazami were recognised for their inspirational achievements and positive impact on the community.

Commenting on the Mubadala Youth Award, Nadine Saleh Hassan, Head of Social Development and Partnerships at Mubadala, said, "We are delighted with the response the Mubadala Youth Award received. It is amazing to see the passion that people have for their community and their drive to contribute to its progress and we are very pleased to be recognising these inspirational individuals." Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Education Council, delivered the keynote opening address highlighting the importance of having a global outlook to sustain the U.A.E.'s development.

Under the theme, "Our Future, Your Ambition", the Youth Forum was attended by hundreds of students from across the U.A.E.. It offered students the opportunity to interact with Emirati business leaders and role models as they consider the varied career opportunities at the heart of Abu Dhabi's economic development. The event concluded on a high note with students attending a workshop that provided practical experience with interview skills and emphasised the importance of teamwork and interpersonal skills to productivity in the workplace.

Commenting on the additions to this year's Youth Forum, Mubadala's Nadine Saleh Hassan said, "From the Mubadala Youth Award and ADMAF Comic Arts Awards to the practical workshops and the Mubadala asset stations, our aim was to make the forum as engaging and informative as possible. We understand young people's appetite for learning and we hope that we've given them a balanced and rich experience that will help them as they enter the professional phase of their lives." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohammed bin Rashid approves Education Ministry's plan for 2015-2021

posted on 22/10/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has endorsed the 2015-2021 plan of the Ministry of Education, that stresses innovation as a key factor in the coming years.

He also directed speeding up the plan's implementation, stressing the importance of developing the educational process in the U.A.E. widening its concept and bringing it on par with modern scientific ideas, thus leading to innovation in the sector to attain the objectives of the national agenda indicators as given in the U.A.E. Vision 2021.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, while launching the strategy, said, "Thanks to the keen interest shown by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the field of education, the coming years will witness a complete change in the educational system, which would basically be built on innovation and will be aligned with the national strategy of innovation." He added that the strategy focuses on knowledge integration in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other fields, all of which contribute towards strengthening the knowledge economy.

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; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; and Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education were present.

Sheikh Mohammed added, "We do care about the future of the Emirati citizens and need to see their educational contributions, which would add to the country's march towards renaissance, thus making a quantum leap in this sector inevitable." "We look forward to acquiring the latest 21st century skills and are preparing a generation of innovators and talented persons through encouraging a national culture that encourages innovation," he added.

He also pointed out, "I feel happy when I see the Emirati students' achievements, not only in case of university students or graduates, but also of those in primary stages. We wish that every U.A.E. student becomes a model of innovation and invention for the benefit of the U.A.E.'s people and society." Sheikh Mohammed affirmed, "I am directly supervising and following up the educational process, and the government will ensure all kinds of support. Everyone should shoulder his or her responsibilities." He also underlined the importance of developing national evaluation tests at par with international standards, preparing unified educational standards in order to move towards collaborative education which is based on innovation and best utilisation of modern technology.

He also urged educators to pay extra attention to talented students at all schools and stages, stressing that educational plans should keep pace with developments in other sectors and must help build a national knowledge-based economy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Emirates Consumer Price Index increased by 0.93 percent in September 2014

posted on 22/10/2014

The overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 0.93 percent in September 2014 compared to August 2014 on the rise of major consumer groups, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday.

'The CPI rose to 122.33 in September 2014 from 121.20 in August, up 2.91 percent year-on year on the base year (2007 =100),' the NBS said in its monthly CPI report for September.

The report noted that Education was the major contributor to the CPI rise in September, increasing 3.84 percent.

The findings of the CPI for September 2014 at the national level indicated increases in the major expenditure groups: Food and Soft Drinks 0.92 percent, Beverages and Tobacco 0.02, Textiles, Clothing and Footwear 0.95, Housing, Water, Electricity and Gas 1.51, Culture and Recreation 0.02 percent, Education The report noted that other groups whose CPI saw down trend included; Furniture and Household Goods at 0.01 percent, Health 0.06 percent, Transport 0.09 percent, and Communications 0.01 percent.

At the Emirate level, the CPI surged 0.97 percent in Abu Dhabi, 0.76 in Dubai, 0.55 in Sharjah, 0.66 in Ajman, 0.23 in Ras Al Khaimah, 0.15 in Fujairah and 0.47 in Umm Al Qaiwain. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Federal Supreme Court to issue verdict on Al Nusra Front and Ahrar Al Sham Brigade case in December

posted on 22/10/2014

The Federal Supreme Court, headed by Judge Mohammed Al Jarah Al Tunaiji, will issue its verdict on the case of 15 people accused of joining two terrorist organisations - Al Nusra Front and Ahrar Al Sham Brigade - on the 9th of December.

The court yesterday heard pleas of four defence lawyers who demanded the acquittal of their clients.

The public prosecutor has accused 15 people of enrolling and joining, and of collecting and transferring funds to, two terrorist organisations outside the country, Al Nusra Front and Ahrar Al Sham Brigade. Both entities are affiliated to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation.

Of the 15 accused, 11 appeared in the court where some of their relatives, representatives of the media and members of civil society organisations in the country were also present. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


U.A.E. clinch four medals at Asian Para Games

posted on 22/10/2014

The U.A.E. opened their account with four medals which included three silver and a bronze at the 2nd Asian Para Games for the physically challenged. The U.A.E. lie fifth in the medal count. China top the table with 29 gold.

It was a great start for the U.A.E. paralympians in the South Korean port city of Incheon where the Games continue till October 24.

First to hit silver was Abdullah Al Aryani, who was edged out into second place in the 10m air rifle shooting event. This was followed by another silver elsewhere when an impressive second attempt saw Ahmed Al Hosni with a heave of 24.69 metres stand on the podium following the men's discus in his category, the official U.A.E. team media statement said.

Reliable Mary Matrooshi landed silver for the third time for the U.A.E. when she powered her javelin to a distance of 30.96 metres.

Mary's solid show inspired her colleague Aisha Al Khalidi who finished in bronze spot in the shot put with a distance of 3.49 metres in the Games which sees over 4,500 athletes taking part. Elsewhere from the main stadium, the highly favoured U.A.E.'s men's wheelchair men's basketball squad went down fighting in their opening rounds. Mohamed Fadel Hamli, president of the Federation of the U.A.E. Disabled Sports Federation and member of the International Paralympic Committee, praised the support and technical staff who make it possible for the physically challenged U.A.E. sportspersons to do well in international competition.

On Aryani's show, he said: "Aryani's was another great performance after his London Olympics and the Fazza Championship medals. We dedicate the achievements to our wise leaders.” The U.A.E. contingent of 58 participants have another tight schedule facing them in the coming days.

The cagers have to play plucky Chinese Taipei in their qualification game, while the archers have to take on the might of the Chinese from the mainland and Taipeh, South Korea and Japan.

Mohammed Al Shehhi has been shaping up well in the men's archery competition while fencer Mohammed Al Habsi runs into strong opposition early in his category of competition. Sarah Kaabi, M. Ali., Y. Rashidi, Aisha, Abdulaziz Shukaily, Sara Sinani, Abdullah Mesbahi and Hassan Mlaleih are all medal contenders in the various discus, shot and javelin categories.

It's been smooth sailing for Rashid, Yahya Al Balushi, Nawara Ketbi Slujan, Salem Shehhi and Mohammed S. in the early rounds of the men's 100m categories while 400m sprint ace Marwan Dahmani is a strong medal prospect. – Khaleej Times with inputs from U.A.E. TEAM Media. -§ion=nationsports


Zayed Marathon aims for 50,000 runners in Cairo

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The Zayed Marathon in Cairo hopes to attract 50,000 runners this year to support paediatric cancer patients in Egypt, organisers said on Monday.

Donations from the December 5 event will go to the Children's Cancer Hospital 57357 in Egypt, said Lt Gen Mohammed Al Kaabi, chairman of the board of directors of the Armed Forces Officers Club.

The hospital, which depends fully on donations to treat all children with cancer, is one of the largest of its type in the world.

Currently, the facility has more than 20,000 cancer patients and 8,000 under treatment.

The 10km race is held in memory of the U.A.E.'s founding President, Sheikh Zayed, who underwent a kidney transplant in the United States in 2000.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, established the marathon in New York and Abu Dhabi to raise awareness about kidney disease, from which Sheikh Zayed suffered.

"After helping thousands in need of treatment for kidney disease Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed decided to organise the third leg of the Zayed Marathon in Cairo to support children suffering from cancer,” Lt Gen Al Kaabi said.

The total prize money is 1 million Egyptian pounds (Dh513,000).

The run has four categories: professional male and female runners, a general race for male and female runners, children below 17 years, and people with special needs.

The event coincides with this year's National Day celebrations.

Arabic and western performers will entertain competitors and spectators alike at the entertainment village.

Other attractions include a national heritage booth that will be organising entertainment and educational activities.

It is being organised by the Armed Forces Officers Club in coordination with the U.A.E. Embassy in Cairo and the Children's Cancer Hospital 57357.

Donations can be deposited directly into hospital's bank account at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in Khaleej Al Arabi Road. – The National -