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Abu Dhabi Culture Authority participates in Istanbul International Book Fair

posted on 26/02/2017

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is leading a delegation at the 35th Istanbul International Book fair currently taking place in Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 24th to March Aiming to attract new publishers and strengthen relations with its current network, TCA Abu Dhabi is utilising this event to promote Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2017.

The delegation will present Abu Dhabi International Book Fair as a global platform that enables the launch of innovative initiatives to support the spread of reading culture and promote recent developments in the industry to Turkish and international publishers, including copyright protection and translation.

Now in its 35th edition, Istanbul International Book Fair is expected to attract over 400,000 visitors and 250 publishers from Turkey and the Arab World. Many Turkish publishers voiced their interest in participating in the next edition of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which has attracted international interest as a regional hub that gathers leading figures in the world of literature under one roof. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Emirati Women's Day's theme announced

posted on 26/02/2017

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood announced adoption of a new theme for the 'Emirati Women's Day', celebrated yearly on 28th August.

Sheikha Fatima said the new theme 'Women are partners in giving', was adopted to reflect women's role in the community welfare and in the success of the 'Year of Giving' initiative, launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

She added that the announcement of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark 2017 as the Year of Giving, was an extension to the benevolent deeds of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose vision and approach were founded on giving to his people and to the humanity.

"The concept of giving is deep-rooted in the Emirati culture and the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan will always form the basis for the UAE's message of peace and giving," she said.

Sheikha Fatima noted that the new theme highlights social responsibility for all segments of the society, including women, who are the key partners in the country's drive for comprehensive development.

She called on the men and women of the UAE to embrace the theme as one of the many initiatives of the 'Year of Giving'. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


EEG organises 20th annual UAE "Can Collection Day" campaign

posted on 26/02/2017

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) recently organised its 20th annual "Can Collection Day" campaign, as part of efforts to promote sustainability.

More than 150 groups from across the UAE, representing every segment of society, joined the environment-friendly nation-wide initiative, which surpassed its annual target of recycling 27,000 kilogrammes (Kgs) of aluminium cans in 2016, and has set an ambitious target to recycle 28,000kgs of cans by the end of the year.

The successful "Can Collection Day" highlighted support for the "Year of Giving" directive by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, by uniting the people of the UAE to build a sustainable nation. The campaign holds special importance at a time when nations are combining their efforts to minimise various adverse environmental impacts through waste reduction and recycling, to have a positive impact on climate change and pollution control.

Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of EEG, praised the efforts, commitment and co-operation of government agencies, hotels, private organisations, academic institutions and families towards the collection of aluminium cans. The UAE has taken a lead in the field of sustainable development during the last few years, but there is a pressing need to encourage various sectors to go green, she added.

EEG was able to recycle a total of 4,200kg of aluminium, and through this collection, the organisation managed to mitigate 63 MtCO2e emissions and saved 102 cubic metres of landfill space and 956 BTU of energy.

"These figures speak for themselves, and EEG encourages every government organisation, private entity, community and individual in the country to make a positive contribution for the well-being of our planet," Al Marashi said.

She expressed her gratitude to Beverage Packaging AMEA for being the official sponsor and to Del Monte Arabia as campaign co-sponsor. EEG also extended its appreciation for the support of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department, Dubai Municipality; Ajman Tourism Development Department; Al Hamra Mall; the American International School of Abu Dhabi; Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah; Abela and Co.; Al Futtaim Carillion; McDonald's UAE; Blue, a member of Al Serkal Group; Interserve International; Khansaheb Civil Engineering; Tristar Group; United Metal Industrial Co. LLC and Lucky Recycling Ltd.

Since the inception of the "Can Collection Day" campaign in 1997, EEG has collected over 278,339kg of aluminium cans and prevented the disposal of these valuable recyclables to landfills, saving 6,757 cubic metres of landfill space and mitigating 4,178 MtCO2e emissions. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sharjah Girl Guides raise AED 23,000 for orphans

posted on 26/02/2017

The Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG) successfully concluded its annual "Cookie for a Cause" campaign, raising AED23,000 for orphans through the Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation, while highlighting the importance of community values and social responsibility.

SGG guides (aged between 12 and 15) and brownies (aged between 7 and 11), sold over 1,100 packs of cookies, provided by the renowned bakery Zo's Kitchen, for AED20 each at the American University of Sharjah, the University of Sharjah and the Higher College of Technology Sharjah Women's Colleges.

Following in the Girl Scouts' and Girl Guides' cookie-selling tradition, launched nearly a century ago to raise funds for guiding activities, the SGG continued the tradition to raise funds for charity and allowed the girls to not only help other children but to also learn valuable leadership skills and gain experience in different charity programmes.

"The girls made the most of the opportunity to contribute to an extremely worthwhile cause, and at the same time learnt some positive lessons that will help them to develop into responsible and conscientious citizens. The campaign has proved to be highly effective from both a practical and humanitarian viewpoint, perfectly aligned with the UAE's 2017 Year of Giving," said Shaikha Abdulaziz Al Shamsi, Assistant Manager at Sharjah Girl.

Through donations to the Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation, which helps with the development and care of orphans and provides them with financial and moral support, the girls also acquired some basic goal-setting, decision-making, and money management and business ethics skills.

"Our primary goals are to ensure that SGG plays a role in contributing to the local and national community, and also to introduce new experiences which will help the girls later in life. With the "Cookie for a Cause" campaign, we have combined these two elements with equal measure and equal success," Al Shamsi added.

The guiding movement was first established in Sharjah in 1973, after which it spread across the UAE and gave rise to the Girl Guides Association of the United Arab Emirates in 1979. Under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SGG aims to inspire and nurture future generations to become progressive global citizens, by providing a platform for girls to develop to their fullest potential. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -