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Dubai Customs receives the grand prize from Ideas UK Association

posted on 26/11/2014

Dubai Customs (DC) has been crowned at the top of the world's innovation and creativity realms upon winning the grand prize from Ideas UK Association for the year 2014; hence becoming the first government entity in the globe to receive this prestigious recognition.

Dubai Customs also secured the platinum level accreditation for implementing suggestions system. DC is the first government department of its kind to earn such accreditation worldwide for the fifth consecutive year, with a full score for two successive years.

Dubai Customs was awarded the "Grand Idea of the Year" award for its recent famous invention, Al-Kashif Vehicle, the first of its kind innovation in the Middle East and the whole world. The Al-Kashif idea has been adopted in many countries worldwide.

Introduced 72 years ago by Ideas UK, the "Grand Idea of the Year" trophy is the world's first-rate acknowledgment in the area of innovations and suggestions. It is annually presented to the best organisation worldwide in the field.

The awarding ceremony was held by Ideas UK Association and brought together several government and private organisations from around the globe, including 9 public and private institutions representing the U.A.E..

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, said, "The prestigious global award received by Dubai Customs from Ideas UK is an expression our commitment to nurturing a solid culture of innovation and creativity among our employees, so as to keep pace with the vision and aspirations of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which drive us to ensure that ‘Innovation is a daily government practice and a firm corporate culture' by meeting the goal set by His Highness in turning generation of ideas into an organisational process within all governmental departments." Ahmed Mahboob Musabih received the team that represented Dubai Customs in the recent Ideas UK Conference and Awards event.

The team was headed by Hussain Fardan, Manager of Suggestions and Complaints Department, Mohammed Al Khanjari, inventor of Al-Kashif vehicle, Abdullah Hussain, communication networks idea owner; Salim Al Jabti, cameras idea owner. Ahmed Mahboob praised the team's outstanding efforts which culminated in DC winning the Grand Prize on a world stage.

Ahmed Mahboob affirmed that DC will continue developing its award-winning Suggestions System, adding that "this will be among the organisation's top priorities for the next stage in order to increase efficacy of customs performance using employees' creative ideas aiming to leverage our services and operations." The proceeds Dubai Customs generated from the implementation of staff suggestions between 2005 and the second half of 2014 amounted to almost Dh 1 billion, following the application of as many as 1364 suggestions, he said.

Ideas UK is an non-profit association with a mission to promote employee involvement programs worldwide. The association is aimed at assisting organisations, in both the Public and Private sectors - to develop robust ideas and suggestions systems and to provide a forum for membership networking. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395272990921.html


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Etihad Guest appoints Emirati national as new managing director

posted on 26/11/2014

Yasser Al Yousuf, an Emirati national, has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways' award-winning loyalty programme, and its partners Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional.

Effective immediately, Yasser assumes the role at a time of rapid growth in the business as Etihad Guest continues to evolve into a broad-based lifestyle programme.

Etihad Guest is one of the existing programs within Etihad Airways' new loyalty business, Global Loyalty, which holds majority stakes in other airline loyalty programs, including top bonus (airberlin), Jet Privilege (Jet Airways) and upon completion of the acquisition in January 2015, Mille Miglia (Alitalia).

Yasser has a strong background in the loyalty industry having worked at Emirates Skywards, and more recently at Du. He joined Etihad Airways in 2013, and has held a number of senior roles within Etihad Guest since then, including Head of Services and Head of Coalition Partnerships.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: "Yasser has a proven track record in the industry and passion to meet the needs of the increasing number of travellers looking to gain more value from their travel experience.

"This is a tremendous opportunity that will allow him to utilise his in-depth experience and knowledge whilst also continuing to play a leading role in the expanding loyalty business of Etihad Airways and its partners." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395272965297.html


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Brand Dubai implements art project in the parking lots of Emaar Boulevard

posted on 26/11/2014

In collaboration with Emaar Properties , Brand Dubai, a subsidiary of the Government of Dubai Media Office, has completed the preparation works in the parking lots of Emaar Boulevard, Downtown to launch a set of new artworks under the umbrella of "Dubai Speaks to You" as part of the initiative's ambitious plan to layout more creative artistic attractions in the emirate.

"Dubai Speaks to You" adopts innovative solutions to advance the artistic standards in the emirate, reflect the modern and cosmopolitan spirit of Dubai and activate proactive partnership with major real-estate developers.

Noora Al Abbar, Director of Communication and Innovation in the Government of Dubai Media Office, said: "Brand Dubai's initiatives and projects are distinguished by innovation and the ability to express Dubai's unique style. We are trying to echo the city's spirit as an emerging cosmopolitan with a distinctive identity. "Dubai Speaks to You" endeavours to deliver Dubai's message as home for beauty, innovation, hope and peace." Brand Dubai team is now following up the final designs to assure accordance with the project's original vision and application of modern technical and artistic techniques. Inspired by natural elements and Dubai's lifestyle, the proposed artworks elicit the beauty and diversity of the city in a global and dynamic dialogue. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272977157.html


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DEWA wins U.A.E. Ideas Award for innovation in promoting e-Government

posted on 26/11/2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has won the U.A.E. Ideas Award 2014 for promoting e-Government at the U.A.E. Ideas Conference in Dubai.

A team of Generation division received the award for its One-Way Data Device that was custom-designed for DEWA.

The device ensures safe transmission of data from power stations to a shared platform. This builds a knowledge base for decision-makers, enabling them to access data through smart devices.

Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation at DEWA presented the award to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA. He also praised the winning team members and commended their efforts to enhance the operational and industry competitiveness of DEWA.

The team members who were honoured for developing the One-Way Data Device included Nasser Lootah, Tayeb Al-Khaja, Vice President of Plant 2, Mohammed Zulfiquer, Senior Manager of Instrument and Control (Plant2), Khaled Kuley, Deputy Manager of Instrument and Control Maintenance, (Plant2), Mohammed Islam, Senior Engineer - Instrument & Control (Plant1), and Mohammed Faisal, Senior Technical Assistant.

DEWA sponsored the third Ideas Emirates Award, showing its commitment to supporting events and activities that recognise creative ideas that contribute to further developing the business environment of the U.A.E.. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395272970960.html


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Emirates Red Crescent implements second phase of relief programme in Kashmir

posted on 26/11/2014

SRINAGAR, Kashmir: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has implemented the second phase of its relief programme for those affected by the recent floods in Kashmir.

The programme is being conducted in collaboration with the U.A.E. Embassy in New Delhi and the Indian Red Cross Society.

Deputy Secretary-General for International Aid at ERC Humaid Al-Shamsi said the distribution of relief materials to flood victims in Kashmir is part of ERC's relief programme, which is overseen by the U.A.E. Embassy in New Delhi.

The first phase of the programme had received a warm welcome from those affected by the floods in the area. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395272970577.html


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Bee’ah to purchase top-range electric fleet for waste collection

posted on 26/11/2014

Bee'ah, an environmental and waste management company, has signed a contract with Alke, an Italian company which specialises in the manufacture of electric units, to purchase the first 10 eco-friendly electric units, specially made for waste collection from cities, sports centres, airports, camping sites and tourism villages.

Bee'ah aims to consolidate the emirate of Sharjah's status at the forefront of cities adopting the best environmental practices locally and regionally, making Sharjah the Middle East's Environmental Capital, in accordance with the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which ensures an environmentally sustainable future for coming generations.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee'ah, said: "Bee'ah seeks to find economically feasible and sustainable solutions for the environment sector and to reduce carbon emissions in the emirate of Sharjah. We will therefore harness all available technologies and techniques to preserve and protect the environment." The Vehicle-Purchase Agreement is an important part of the company's strategy, and seeks to bring about a radical change in communities for the better. "Our fleet of waste collection and street cleaning vehicles – completely free from emissions – is a major step forward towards boosting Bee'ah's leading position in environmental management in the region, " he added.

"The electric units that we are acquiring provide environmentally sustainable solutions to meet the challenges in the communities in which we operate, allowing us to strengthen our operations in new areas which are inaccessible for the current fleet, reduce carbon emissions, and all the while maintain the same level of performance." Bee'ah has previously supplied its 500 street cleaning and garbage collection vehicle-fleet with tracking system GPS, in order to enhance the productivity levels of cars, develop more effective tracks, and thus ease the carbon footprint. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395272963891.html


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Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors on its third day

posted on 26/11/2014

The Higher Organising Committee of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2014 has announced that this year, the festival attracted more than 15,000 people on its third day, following a grand opening ceremony that rallied over 20,000 U.A.E. citizens, residents, and tourists.

The festival, which will run until December 12, is being held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, having been launched by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and held with the support 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.

Delegates from Belarus, Georgia, and Saudi Arabia toured various attractions such as the "Memories of a Nation" wing, which included rare historical and cultural pictures of the U.A.E., and the "Zayed and Horses" gallery, where portraits of legendary horses from the Al Nahyan stables were on display.

Humaid Al Neyadi, Vice Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2014 and General Manager of the Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Mansour, attributed the strong turn-out to the diverse attractions in this year's festival.

Al Neyadi pointed to the Memories of a Nation display of historical milestones and facts being shared with the public for the very first time as one example of these attractions. "(The wing contains) nine sections that display some of the rarest pictures of the U.A.E.'s late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in addition to many other exhibitions that portray his great accomplishments in various fields at various stages of the U.A.E.'s foundation," Al Neyadi explained. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272973773.html


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