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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince attends lecture on digitisation

posted on 28/06/2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday attended a lecture on digitisation, delivered by Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties.

Al Abbar's lecture "Digitisation: Where Do We Stand?" is the sixth in a series of lectures hosted by the Majlis of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed during Ramadan.

The lecturer stressed that Arabs should change to become producers and not just consumers of digitised content which, he argued, is now is now in control of our reality, from home delivery and investment in the hotel industry to large-scale projects.

"The UAE has made huge progress in this field and is way ahead of other Arab countries, thanks to the wise policy pursued by the wise leaders" Al Abbar said.

He noted that an e-commerce, banking and logistics corporation will be launched by the end of this year in the UAE.

Prerequisites for catching up with the digital age include to taking great interest in the development and quality of education, legislation and infrastructure, he said.

He noted that the UAE was among the first Arab countries to fulfil these prerequisites.

The audience at the lecture included H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman; Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC); H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, and H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


FNC's first session of 16th legislative chapter concludes

posted on 28/06/2016

Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, has said that discussions during the first session of the 16th legislative chapter of the FNC highlighted the unique relationship between the Council and the government in finding effective solutions to the needs of the citizens in line with the vision of the UAE leadership.

Al Kaabi said the Council sessions reflected the success of the political empowerment programme launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a framework for parliamentary experience and a development platform to better serve society in all major areas.

"The cooperation of representatives of the Federal government in meeting the requirements and recommendations of the members of the Council brings to light the maturity of parliamentary experience in the UAE. It also highlights the role played by the Federal National Council in raising political awareness and supporting the government in its initiatives. The Council represents the practical application of the leadership's directive to activate the partnership between the executive and supervisory authorities to take forward the development march of the UAE," Al Kaabi said.

The Minister of State praised the role of Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, in managing the sessions of the Council. The minister also thanked the Council members for their contributions during the first session, saying that they highlighted the deep understanding of the role of the Council in meeting the needs of UAE citizens in various fields.

Al Kaabi also commended the efforts of the General Secretariat of the Federal National Council, led by Dr. Mohammed Salem Al Mazroui, Secretary-General of the Federal National Council, and the rest of the team at the Secretariat.

Expressing gratitude to the ministers and members of the government for their keen participation in the sessions, Al Kaabi said the government's representation at the Federal National Council sessions achieved high attendance rates from the ministers, During the first session, the Council discussed 17 federal laws, as well as three major topics, including a policy of the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector, a policy on protecting society from drugs, and a Ministry of Health policy on preventive healthcare. Discussions on these topics led to 34 recommendations.

Noura Al Kaabi said that members of the federal government displayed significant interaction and responded to the questions submitted by Federal National Council members. Answers were given orally to 26 questions while answers to seven questions were given in writing. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Federal Supreme Court issues ruling on Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood case

posted on 28/06/2016

The State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court on Monday sentenced two Arab nationals to three years and six months in prison for running an international group affiliated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE, without a license from the government, and for cooperating with the secret organisation before it was dissolved.

In four other cases, the court ordered that three Emiratis are to be referred to an advisory council, put under probation and banned from travel for six months on a count of posing a terrorist threat.

Defendant M.M. was acquitted of the same count.

The court also heard a number of state security cases.

A number of the relatives of the defendants and representatives of the media were in attendance. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


KF launches campaign to distribute food parcels to families in Gaza Strip

posted on 28/06/2016

GAZA: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, KF, yesterday launched a campaign to distribute food parcels to the underprivileged in governorates in Gaza Strip.

The gesture is in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the follow up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Foundation.

A KF official source said that the campaign, launched in Khan Yunis Governorate, will include all Gaza Strip governorates during the coming days. About 15,000 families in Gaza will benefit from the campaign.

He also added that the distribution process, in co-operation with Palestinian Centre For Human Perseverance, has achieved huge successes in terms of organisation and the selection of beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries praised the Emirati humanitarian gesture, especially KF, which expresses the support of the UAE people and wise leadership for the Palestinian people. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Majeed wins Sheikh Zayed Cup, Norway’s Storen tops in Ladies Race in The Netherlands

posted on 28/06/2016

DUINDIGT, THE NETHERLANDS:Qatar's Majeed, under Gaetan Faucon, won the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 3) race in a thrilling finish while Ziyadd, owned by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, emerged as the new European Triple Crown winner.

In one of the most hotly-contested races held under the umbrella of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Majeed prevailed in a close finish over Sir Bani Yas under Julien Auger at the Duindigt race course in The Netherlands yesterday.

The two grey Arabians battled stride for stride in the final 50 metres before Majeed forged ahead to win the 1900m. race and carry away a major slice of the 35,000 Euros on offer in the Group 3 contest.

Lightning Bolt under Richard Mullen finished third, despite the jockey filing a protest for intervention by the winner, but the Stewards ruled the race was fair and Majeed and Sir Bani Yas stayed first and second.

Meanwhile, Ziyadd, under Pierantonio Convertino, seemed to have left it late but did well to finish in the top half and collect the 5-points which helped the 4-year-old to emerge as the new European Triple Crown champion.

Trained by Antoine Watrigant for owner H.H. Sheikh Mansour, Ziyadd had won the previous leg in Rome and had also finished fourth to Muraaqib in the first leg in Toulouse to finish with 18 points, while Sir Bani Yas and Lightning Bolt ended up with 13 points each.

The H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race over 1800m. was also run on Sunday, and Norway's Silja Storen, on L'Eau du Tigre, showed her class in the final stages to finished ahead of Fajr Qardabiyah under Carol Bartley from Great Britain, while Janine Smith from Canada on Raya C ran into third place.

Storen has now qualified to race in the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship finale on November 6th and the Norwegian from Oslo said she was delighted with the win. "Thanks to H.H. Sheikh Mansour and the Festival for providing us with these opportunities to race," she said.

Praising her horse, L'Eau du Tigre, Storen said, "What an amazing horse. Got a super race on the inside, going third. When I got an opening on the inside I told her to go and she cruised home. I had to look back several times to ensure I was safe. Loveliest ride."

Apart from the two premier races of the Festival, the Wathba Stud Farm Cup II, which caters for the grassroots level, was also held on Sunday. James D.A, ridden by Belgian Anna van den Troost, won the 1800m. race with Rodin, under Anthony Deau, and Saqlawia, under Julien Auger, finishing second and third respectively.

Saeed Ali Al Nowais, UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies and Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Margreet de Ruiter of Dutch Arabian Racing gave away the trophies to the winners of the three races.

Also in attendance were Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Abohaimed, Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the Hague, from Palestine Dr. Nabil Abuznaid, from Egypt Taher Farhat, from Libya Breik A. B. Swessi, from Morocco, Abdul Wahab Bluki, from Jordan, Ahmed Mufleh, from Pakistan, Mazen Ahmed Khan and from India, J.S Mukul.

Saeed Ali Al Nowais and Ms. Sawaya thanked all the envoys from friendly countries who attended the races and also congratulated H.H. Sheikh Mansour on his horse Ziyadd winning the European Triple Crown.

"I was in Rome for the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference organised by the Festival and it was a great experience. The UAE and H.H. Sheikh Mansour are doing a great job of not only promoting Arabian horse racing, but also keeping alive a UAE tradition," Al Nowais said.

"Today's race meeting was of the highest quality, and both The Netherlands and the UAE share a common goal in Arabian horse racing," he said.

Ms. Sawaya said, "The last four years, the European Triple Crown in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan series was won by one horse, Ameretto. Now we have a new champion in the 4-year-old Ziyadd. The European Triple Crown in Europe and the Triple Jewel in the US are two great race series' in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, and have gained in quality and popularity."

"We also remember and thank the late Mr. Wieger de Ruiter, who was Head of Arabian Racing and a friend of the Festival and helped in promoting our races here in The Netherlands, including the WAHRC in The Hague," Ms. Sawaya said.

"The Festival is growing in stature and we will be announcing a major partner towards the end of the year," she added.

The VIP guests later visited a Photo Exhibition organised by Morhaf El Asaf, who displayed his pictures capturing various aspects of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour Festival.

The H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates Airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare.

It is sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travel, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites - Abu Dhabi by Jannah, and Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Karting: Sisters Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi do father Khaled proud with Portugal showing

posted on 28/06/2016

Sisters Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi put their karting skills up against some of the best in their class in Portugal, and each qualified for the final day in their respective divisions.

The daughters of Khaled Al Qubaisi — who last week took third place at 24 Hours of Le Mans as part of Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing — took part in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy competition in Portimao, Portugal over the weekend.

Hamda advanced to the second round in the Academy Class while Amna advanced to the final in the OK Class. For Hamda, it was her first experience on the 1.531km circuit. She previously took part in the Circuit International d'Aunay Les Bois in France in April.

In a press release, Khaled Al Qubaisi discussed the valuable experience his daughters gained.

"Both Amna and Hamda now know that girls can compete and take pole position and win the heats in a mixed cluster," he said. – The Naitonal -