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Mohamed bin Zayed directs building permanent heritage village

posted on 18/12/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has given a directive for building a permanent heritage village in Al Wathba City at the site of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2014, taking place from 20 November to 12 December, said Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President, Chairman of the Emirates Camel Racing Federation and the chairman of the higher organising committee of the festival.

Sheikh Sultan greeted President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the occasion, thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for his supportive initiative and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for following up on the event.

He hailed the success of this year's edition of the festival which attracted more than 60,000 Emirati and expatriate families.

Sheikh Sultan noted that the UAE leaders who provide full support to the country's rich heritage are walking in the steps of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The festival celebrates the UAE's culture and heritage, showcases the rich diversity of its traditions and provides an educational platform for the public. It also illustrates that the UAE's development and progress has not been a coincidence but a legacy of the forefathers' inspiring achievements. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


ADFD: Abu Dhabi-funded housing project in Asilah to be completed soon

posted on 18/12/2014

TANGIER: A 700-unit housing project in Asilah City, Morocco, will soon be completed at a total cost of Dh73 million, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, ADFD said that its three-phased community housing project also includes a museum, a school and a bus station and will be handed over to the Moroccan government in the first quarter of 2015.

The ADFD noted that 400 units were built in the first phase, 200 in the second phase and 100 are under construction in the third and last phase of the project which is part of Abu Dhabi's efforts to support Morocco's economy and resettle residents of the city's slums.

ADFD 's Director-General, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, said that the fund supports the project as part of the UAE's keen interest to contribute towards Morocco's economic development.

He added that sustainable development in Morocco is prioritised by Abu Dhabi's fund, and that the Fund looks forward to further consolidate its fruitful work and developmental support in order to contribute to efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people.

ADFD was established in 1971 as a leading national entity to provide development aid to developing countries in the form of concessionary loans and administering grants on behalf of the government of Abu Dhabi. The aim is to finance development projects in order to support efforts to achieve economic and social development in developing countries. The ADFD also makes investments in order to encourage the private sector in the recipient countries to play an essential role in accelerating the economic development process. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Minister of Environment and Water inaugurates Agricultural Innovation Centre

posted on 18/12/2014

Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, inaugurated yesterday the Agricultural Innovation Centre in Al -Dhaid, Sharjah, aimed to promote latest agricultural advancements and maintain the agricultural sector's sustainability in the UAE through state-of-the-art technological innovations, research works, and relevant consultations.

The Centre will coordinate with top-notch international centres specialising in agricultural technologies through the execution of joint scientific research and partnership programmes and schemes to develop the country's agricultural system.

Speaking on the occasion, Bin Fahad said the Agricultural Innovation Centre falls in line with UAE Vision 2021, which is inspired by the National Work Programme of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and aims to position the UAE as one of the world's best countries by 2021.

The launch also complements the National Innovation Strategy recently unveiled by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This Strategy will strive to make the UAE one of the world's most innovative countries in seven years by focusing on seven major sectors including renewable energy, technology and water.

Bin Fahad added that the Agricultural Innovation Centre is part of the Ministry's strategy to enhance food safety in the country and promote the sustainability of local production. Amidst the growing technological developments in the agricultural sector such as the use of modern techniques and DNA profiling, he said it is imperative to keep the country's research works on agriculture abreast of advanced science and technological developments in order to discover new dimensions of the local agricultural sector.

He added that the research industry is a key pillar of the country's overall development, pointing out that the Centre is poised to promote the latest agricultural advancements and maintain the sector's sustainability through the integration of innovation into the field of agricultural research.

While touring the new Centre, Bin Fahad checked the projects, research and modern technologies and examined their compatibility with the country's climate conditions and limited supply of irrigation water. He was also briefed on the ongoing research about greenhouse and hydroponic systems development as well as the experiments conducted to cultivate quinoa.

Following last year's successful experimental results, the Ministry of Environment and Water is planning to expand the cultivation area for quinoa to introduce the farmers to its uses and benefits. This will pave the way for the integration of quinoa, which is being used in many food industries as it offers lucrative economic returns and has the ability to grow in hot and dry climates.

The Agricultural Innovation Centre encourages innovations to maintain food sustainability and drive sustainable agricultural development. This is in line with its vision of implementing modern technological innovations in the agricultural sector to promote a sustainable industry given the available resources. The Centre's mission revolves around employing local and international expertise to establish sustainable agricultural development in the country.

The Centre further aims to reinforce research in various agricultural applications and segments, including modern innovative technologies, to address the numerous requirements and challenges of modern agriculture. It aims to promote cooperation and exchange of expertise among concerned local authorities and relevant regional and international research centres in the UAE and the rest of the world.

It will also collaborate with international organisations, authorities and industry experts, namely the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Area (ICARDA). The Centre will cooperate with the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), as well as participate in various joint studies covering local agricultural segments, such as a study on the effects of multiple levels of salinity on the production of some salinity-tolerant agricultural and pastoral crops. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Relief Team distributes aid to 569 families of Syrian refugees in Jordan

posted on 18/12/2014

AMMAN: Members of the UAE Relief Team yesterday distributed humanitarian aid to 569 families of Syrian refugees in Jordan, in implementation of the initiative 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, and Honorary President of the Emirates Red Crescent, to provide winter needs for the refugees.

The initiative includes the provision of food parcels, heaters, blankets and other means of heating for the protection of refugees, especially children, from the consequences of the cold winter.

The aid is being distributed in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Amman, the Emirati Relief Team and the Jordanian Red Crescent Society, along with a number of international humanitarian organisations working in the Jordanian arena.

About 14,000 Syrian refugees inside and outside camps in Jordan will benefit from this aid. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE condemns Peshawar terrorist massacre

posted on 18/12/2014

The United Arab Emirates has expressed its denunciation of the cowardly act of terror which targeted a school in the city of Peshawar in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and claimed the lives of 141 citizens, including 132 children.

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces said: "In this painful and difficult moment, we stand by Pakistan and its people in the face of this blind extremism and criminal terrorism and ask Allah the Almighty to bless the young and innocent victims of heinous malice, perpetual hatred and dark violence." "As we pray for the souls of innocent children, we ask Allah the Almighty to grant solace and strength to their parents, families and to the people of friendly Pakistan." Sheikh Mohamed went on to say such despicable acts "strengthen our resolute and firm position against extremism and terrorism because we are well aware that those criminal hands know no limits, mercy, law or religion. We are more convinced now that confronting terrorism is a collective responsibility that requires decisiveness." "As we stand, as we always have, by the government and people of Pakistan, we learn from this deplorable crime that our war against terrorism is our way to guarantee saving lives, maintaining communities and enhancing peace and to eradicate a plague that is aimed at tarnishing our religion of Islam, which is founded on tolerance and love and which is a reflection of our humanity and identity." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sharjah Ruler to attend UNESCO's World Arabic Language Day in Paris

posted on 18/12/2014

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is to attend the celebrations of World Arabic Language Day on Thursday at the headquarters of the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture, UNESCO, in the French capital, Paris.

The Ruler of Sharjah's participation in this event as guest of honour is attributed to His Highness' many contributions to the Arabic language service.

Dr. Ziad Aldrees, President of International Plan for the Development of Arab culture in UNESCO, said, "The choice of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan as guest of honour at the ceremony and His Highness' approval to attend the event, crowned our efforts in Arab cultural development and makes us more keen to be more giving so as to follow H.H. Sheikh Sultan's contribution in supporting the Arabic language." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Nanhua Futures joins DGCX as Broker Member

posted on 18/12/2014

The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, DGCX, announced yesterday that Nanhua Futures Hong Kong, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nanhua Futures (China), the leading Chinese overseas futures company, has been approved as a Broker Member of the Exchange.

Since its establishment in 1996, Nanhua Futures (China) has been actively involved in both commodity and financial futures brokerage services. The company maintains full member status of Shanghai Futures Exchange, Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange and Dalian Commodity Exchange, and is one of the first companies to gain general clearing member status of China Financial Futures Exchange. With registered capital of 510 million RMB, Nanhua Futures is now recognised as one of the top 10 futures companies in China.

Gaurang Desai, Interim CEO of DGCX, said, "We are excited to introduce Nanhua to the DGCX community as a Broker Member. Nanhua offers comprehensive market views and a range of risk management tools to their members, and its addition to our member base further demonstrates our ability to provide a platform for international brokerages to expand and grow their business in the region. DGCX's continually expanding product portfolio coupled with its Emerging Market strategy means that the exchange is well positioned to continue to attract international broker members." "We are delighted to join DGCX as a broker member as this will expand our reach to the Middle East & North African region as well as to the South Asia sub-continent. This collaboration will enable us to provide our members with a secure platform to trade a wide range of regional products. We look forward to growing a strong relationship with DGCX," said David Luo, General Manager of Nanhua Futures Co. Ltd and CEO of Nanhua Futures Hong Kong Co. Ltd.. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


DFM and Bahrain Bourse plan swift transfer of securities from second half of 2015

posted on 18/12/2014

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) signed an agreement with Bahrain Bourse (BHB) to introduce an electronic system to enable investors to transfer their shares easily and quickly.

The MoU creates the general framework that defines the guidelines of the transfer process and administers the relationship between both sides as well as explaining their capacities, the DFM said in a statement.

The two sides agreed to introduce the new electronic system during the second half of 2015, enabling swift share transfers to be executed during the official working hours of the exchanges. The system will not require any official correspondence regarding share transfer, validation and endorsement.

"We are confident that the new arrangement will further strengthen DFM's leading position as the market of choice for GCC- based companies looking for dual listing abroad," said Eisa Kazim, chairman of DFM.

DFM listed securities currently include the three Bahraini companies Gulf Finance House, Al Salam Bahrain Bank, and Arab Insurance Group-ARIG. A total of 4.7 billion shares in those companies have been transferred to DFM.

Currently, about Dh35 billion of shares of Bahraini companies traded on DFM so far this year, representing 10 per cent of total trade value. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


ADPC launches "Maqta Gateway" project

posted on 18/12/2014

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) launched today a new innovative port community system project, "Maqta Gateway", to serve the community by interlinking all of the relevant parties involved in Abu Dhabi's growing import and export trade business.

Taking the "one-stop-shop" philosophy to a new level, "Maqta Gateway" will offer ports, exporters, importers, shipping lines, customs and government agencies a single point of contact and real time information at any time of the day - even via mobile, significantly enhancing processing times and communication procedures.

The system will ensure smooth transport and logistics operations involving Abu Dhabi ports, airports and railway networks. It will feed into wider global supply chain communication platforms and act as an accelerator for development and trade in the Emirate, a core objective for ADPC and a central pillar of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

"'Maqta Gateway' will help facilitate the next generation of trade in Abu Dhabi and will dramatically transform the Emirate's way of doing business. It will make import and export activities more efficient, transparent and thus more time and cost effective while guaranteeing optimum supply chain efficiency," said Capt. Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC.

The official launch of the "Maqta Gateway" project took place at the Emirates Palace where high level government officials and key industry professionals witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between ADPC and partner organisations, all of whom will be integral in developing the system.

These included the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW), Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (ADCA), Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Airports and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT).

"As more than 90% of global trade travels by seas, ADPC's ports are crucial logistics hubs for Abu Dhabi's trade business and services. Handling trade efficiently through our ports involves the close cooperation between all the parties involved and we have to work together to push Abu Dhabi and the UAE to the forefront of cutting edge, supply chain technology and logistics. With this in mind, we sincerely thank the Abu Dhabi leadership and our stakeholders for their full support and collaboration in setting up "Maqta Gateway" project," Al Shamisi added.

As a result of the introduction of "Maqta Gateway" project, ADPC is the first organisation in the GCC region to become a member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA), a global body which promotes the highest possible standards in international port community system operators.

"We are delighted to welcome ADPC as our 26th member and our first member from the GCC and indeed the whole of the Arab world. By joining our association, ADPC has proven to be a valuable candidate in establishing electronic networks and e-services to facilitate global trade," said Alan Long, Chairman, IPCSA.

Maqta Gateway takes its name from the Maqta Bridge which was the first crossing to communicate Abu Dhabi island with the mainland. It was a crucial connection for Abu Dhabi's trade and development and the Maqta Gateway will be a crucial 'bridge' for future business opportunities, both nationally and globally. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


A Window on Korea to open in Abu Dhabi

posted on 18/12/2014

A Window on Korea, WOK, is to be opened at Khalifa Park Library on Thursday 18th of December, by the National Library of Korea.

The WOK offers over 1,931 material services such as K-POP, soap operas, movie materials, as well as the history of Korea, cultural, and academic related books. Over the next 5 years, an additional 1,000 materials will be provided.

The opening ceremony will be attended by Kwon Hae-ryong, Korean Ambassador to the UAE, Jumaa Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Director of the Library and Ryu Chung-young, Director-General of the Planning and Training Department of the National Library of Korea.

WOK has been opening establishments in overseas libraries for seven years, providing Korea-related books, non-book materials, space remodelling, bookshelves and computers. It enhances not only an increased understanding of Korean culture and history but also supports Korean studies abroad and boosts its global image at the same time.

The Korean Ambassador said, "In a relationship spanning many decades, the UAE and South Korea have traversed many common areas of interest with mutual respect and cooperation. This event has a great significance to expand the library-related area between our two nations." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sheikh Saif reviews anti-crime efforts of CID

posted on 18/12/2014

Lt-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has reviewed the investigation management efforts exerted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The efforts included methods of combating crime, using the latest technology and maintaining the gains of the UAE in the fields of security and prosperity in accordance with the best international standards.

Sheikh Saif attended the second annual forum of the Criminal Investigation Department at the Abu Dhabi Police. He commended the honourees while stressing the importance of motivating and encouraging current and future employees and partners to pursue further excellence and enhance their performance in a way that serves society and achieves the aspirations of the nation.

Sheikh Saif and the attendees watched a film highlighting the achievements of the CID made through the use of the best international techniques and quality standards that have led to receiving internationally recognised certifications.

He presented certificates and shields of appreciation to employees and partners in the presence of Major-General Mohammed bin Al Awadhi Al Menhali, Director-General of Police Operations; Major-General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director-General of Central Operations; Brigadier Omair Al Muhairi, Deputy Director of Police Operations; Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate; and Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammd Borshid, Head of the CID at the Abu Dhabi Police.

In his address on this occasion, Col Dr Borshid said the forum forms a link with partners to deepen and strengthen relations with institutions and individuals. "The department will continue to implement projects and initiatives through embracing methods of teamwork and interaction with partners,” he said. – Khaleej Times -§ion=nationgeneral


DFWAC helped 836 cases up to the end of the third quarter of 2014

posted on 18/12/2014

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, DFWAC, has provided care services for 836 cases of domestic violence and child abuse and human trafficking between the beginning of the year and the end of September.

Afra Al Basti, Director-General of the Foundation, said that DFWAC received about 385 new cases during the third quarter of this year, included 26 internal cases who have been sheltered in the foundation, and 359 external cases who were not in need of shelter, but received care and rehabilitation services.

She explained that the cases received during the third quarter of this year included 163 cases of domestic violence, 23 cases of child abuse and just 4 cases of victims of human trafficking, as well as other cases that were received for humanitarian reasons, or for general consultation.

The Director-General of DFWAC confirmed that Emirati nationals made up about 48% of the cases, while other nationalities accounted for 51%, in addition to two other cases with unrecognised nationalities.

She added that the spouse topped the list of abusers in cases that DFWAC received during the third quarter of this year, with 105 external cases and 4 internal cases abused by their spouse.

"The father topped the list of abusers in the internal cases during the same period, as 12 cases were abused by the father, 8 internal cases and 4 external cases suffered this abuse," Al Basti said.

She added that the cases received during the third-quarter included 163 that were subjected to verbal or emotional violence, and 136 exposed to neglect and ignorance. There had been 111 cases of physical abuse, 102 cases of financial abuse and 37 cases of sexual abuse. A single case may be exposed to more than one type of abuse.

Al Basti said that the figures of the third quarter of 2014 give very positive indications, especially with regard to increasing awareness among members of the community on how to deal with violence and resort to seek help from the authorities concerned, as 344 cases communicated directly with DFWA for help, while the rest of the cases were transferred through official bodies and security agencies or through family and relatives.

She added that in the third quarter of last year, 2013, DFWAC received only 93 internal and external cases, and this large increase in the numbers reflects the growing confidence of community members in the foundation, characterising the level of services provided to them, most important of which is to ensure the privacy of customer's data.

Al Basti urged all parties and members of the community to support and cooperate with DFWAC to accommodate the continued increase in the number of cases, noting that the foundation will double its efforts in the coming period to ensure the continued provision of services at the best possible level. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Kite flyers head to Dubai for world record bid on 20th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival

posted on 18/12/2014

Kite flyers from around the world will converge in Dubai next month to participate in the Dubai International Kite Fest (DIKF), as a part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), which runs from 1 January to 1 February 2015.

The 20th edition of DSF, which is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), has a range of world-class events and activities, and the kite-flying is one of several attractions that focuses on offering family fun across the city.

The three- day DSF kite fest from 29 – 31 January 2015, will be held at the beach in Jumeirah 3 (behind Sunset Mall) featuring some of the world's finest kite flying teams from 25 countries , governed and approved by the International Kite Flying Association (USA), according to the organisers Classic Concepts, an event management company.

Organisers will also attempt to break a Guinness World Record with the help of over 15,000 participants who will be flying kites simultaneously at 15 or more locations across Dubai, offering a golden opportunity for kite-flying enthusiasts to be a part of this record-breaking feat.

Dubai International Kite Fest will also see the launch of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative – "Green Dubai – Clean Dubai", as part of efforts to raise awareness about environmental conservation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -