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UAE ranks ninth in global list of total exports and re-exports of creative goods industries

posted on 23/03/2017

In a recent study issued by the Department of Industry and Trade Information Analysis at the Ministry of Economy, global export of creative goods grew to approximately US$538 billion in 2015, acquiring 3.3 percent of the world's total export of merchandise for the same year.

In line with these findings, the UAE has been positioned in ninth place in the global list of total recorded exports and re-exports of creative goods, valued at US$16.1 billion and accounting for three percent of the world's total exports of creative goods. Meanwhile, the total value of the foreign trade of creative industries was recorded at US$30.7 billion in 2015, reflecting a seven percent increase in the UAE's non-oil trade activities.

Among Arab countries, the UAE accounts for more than 75 percent of the total value of Arab exports of creative goods. According to the World Trade Centre, the value of Arab countries' exports for 2015 is estimated to be close to US$21 billion.

In terms of calculating the contribution of creative exports and the total exports of the top 10 countries, the UAE ranked in first place with a contribution of more than 10 percent of its total non-oil exports and re-exports during 2015, surpassing Italy, India and China at 8.2, 8.0, and 7.5 percent respectively.

The study pointed out that exports of national origin accounted for 41 percent of the total exports and re-exports of the UAE's creative industries commodities during the year 2015, noting that the preliminary data for the period from January to September 2016 amounted to 38 percent, and that national exports of creative commodities has achieved a growth of 120 percent in 2015 as compared to 2014.

The study also revealed that UAE imports of creative industries commodities geographically concentrated in 2015 were from India with 17.4 percent, followed by Malaysia at 12.3 percent, China 11.5 percent, France 10 percent and Italy at 8.9 percent. The top 10 countries accounted for 79.0 per cent of the UAE's total imports of creative goods.

The study was issued by the Department of Industry and Trade Information Analysis at the Ministry of Economy regarding foreign trade of the United Arab Emirates of creative goods industries, as part of the Ministry of Economy's efforts to identify, analyse and disseminate essential data and information with regards to the national economy including the non-oil foreign trade. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302604470


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Dubai Silicon Oasis opens electric vehicle charging stations for free public use

posted on 23/03/2017

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, DSOA, the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis, DSO, the integrated free zone technology park, launched a new initiative that allows electric vehicle owners to use charging stations on its premises free of charge from 22nd March until the end of the year.

As part of its aim to encourage people to purchase or rent zero-emission electric cars, DSOA is granting free use of the charging stations to the public. The stations will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

The initiative follows a series of projects implemented by the authority in line with Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, which promotes energy efficiency while reducing operational costs, with the ultimate objective of shaping Dubai into a city with the world's smallest carbon footprint by 2050.

Commenting on the announcement, engineer Muammar Al Katheeri, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Smart City at DSOA, said, "We are keen to support the vision of our wise leadership to transform Dubai into a sustainable and environment-friendly city by reducing carbon emissions. A pillar of our business model, sustainability allows us to contribute to strengthening the emirate's position as a leading global example for achieving the highest standards in environment conservation."

Reiterating DSOA's support for the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, Al Katheeri emphasised that the authority is committed to its comprehensive CSR strategy based on three main pillars: environment, human capital and community.

"DSOA will continue to develop environment-friendly programs and initiatives in order to raise awareness about the concept of sustainability among the public," he added.

Dubai Silicon Oasis currently has three electric vehicle charging stations installed on its premises, each of which can charge up to two vehicles at once. Aiming to increase the count to seven by 2018, DSOA also continues to implement Green Charger, an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure initiative launched by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA.

In addition, the authority recently introduced four electric vehicles, used by on-ground security patrols and attending facility management units within Dubai Silicon Oasis. DSOA recently received two Golf GTE plug-in hybrid models from Al Nabooda Automobiles, the official distributor of Volkswagen in Dubai and the Northern Emirates for use by Engineering Management and Smart City team within DSO.

Through several smart and environment-friendly projects, DSOA has already surpassed the goals set for Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and succeeded in reducing its cumulative energy consumption by 31 percent. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302604592


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Khalifa University reaches top 80 in Asia university rankings

posted on 23/03/2017

Khalifa University was ranked the 76th best university in Asia, according to the latest Times Higher Education, THE, Asia University Rankings.

This prestigious placement follows the decade-old university's naming as the top university in the UAE, according to 2016 THE World University Rankings and QS 2016 World University Ranking. In addition, the university was ranked fourth amongst Arab countries included in the list and first in the UAE.

Khalifa University scored the highest in the UAE in three out of five categories reviewed by THE: teaching, industry income, and citations. The university also placed highly for its level of international outlook and its high faculty-student ratio.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The Asia University Rankings also use the same 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industries and governments.

However, the indicators are especially recalibrated to reflect the priorities of Asian institutions, particularly in the areas of teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer).

"Asia is known as a global leader in science and technology advancement, innovation and manufacturing," said Dr. Tod Laursen, Khalifa University's Interim President.

"Which is why it is such an honour to be placed so highly in the rankings against other science and engineering focused institutions in South Korea, Japan, China, Singapore and many other countries, that have decades of experience as well as industry and academic connections. For a 10-year-old institution to have been named the top university in the UAE in four different rankings, and to have broken into the top 100 institutions in Asia is a huge achievement, and one that we are very proud of," he added.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Khalifa University's Interim Executive Vice President, said, "This ranking reiterates the university's status locally, regionally and internationally following a series of prestigious international rankings issued by some of the highest international university ranking institutions. Just as the wise leadership of the UAE wanted when they established this university to be a research hub that has a significant impact on emerging industries by supplying them with the right calibre of highly trained Emirati youth, we are truly proud of the fact that we are a university that has been able to draw a clear path and achieve our global ambitions. These Emirati nationals will help achieve the country's economic goals of diversification of income and achieve both prosperity and happiness for the current and future generations." http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302604577


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UAE National Archives launches sign-language documentaries

posted on 23/03/2017

The UAE National Archives has released a series of national documentary films in sign-language for hearing-impaired people, in co-operation with the UAE Deaf Association.

The films, produced as part of an initiative to promote national heritage, culture and patriotism and project the history of the UAE, will be broadcast in sign language on the National Archives' YouTube channel.

The new productions also shine a light on the achievements of the nation's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Qualified sign language translators were involved in the project which seeks to support the integration of people with disabilities into society. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302604495


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