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UAE pavilion at Beijing International Book Fair attracts visitors

posted on 29/08/2015

BEIJING: The UAE pavilion at the 22nd edition of the Beijing International Book Fair, has been attracting many Chinese visitors.

While at the pavilion, they visit the Arabic calligraphy and Heritage Village to write their names in Arabic language and try the traditional Emirati clothes, experience henna drawing and taking photographs.

Afra Al Saberi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and the accompanying delegation, toured various pavilions, where they were briefed about publications on different disciplines and the latest editions published by Chinese publishing houses.

She met many Chinese, European and Arab cultural officials and discussed with them ways to strengthen cultural co-operation.

Al Saberi noted that the meetings followed directives from Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, to depict the genuine image of the UAE and its cultural diversity, and strengthen communications with international publishers.


Zayed implanted love of traditional sports in us, says UAE envoy in Italy

posted on 29/08/2015

TODI, ITALY: Saqr Nasser Al Raisi, the UAE Ambassador to Italy, has underlined that the UAE's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, had implanted the love for the sports of his forefathers among Emiratis, who pass them on from one generation to another.

He added that this legacy is being sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Ambassador Al Raisi also thanked H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, for his support to the Fazza Shooting Championship in Italy. He added that the championship earned the UAE a number of gains, among others, promoting the country in terms of technical and organisational aspects.

Majid Al Bastaki, member of the organising committee and head of the media committee, said that the championship has also promoted Fazza Shooting, thanks to the Crown Prince of Dubai who chose Italy to host the championship. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abu Dhabi Police to issue conduct certificates at ADIHEX 2015

posted on 29/08/2015

Abu Dhabi Police will open a counter at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) to issue certificates of good conduct to citizens without criminal records, needed for buying and licensing guns, as well as other hunting weapons.

Organised by Emirates Falconers Club at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the event will run from 9th to 12th September.

Expert and Captain Ismail Abdullah Al Karbi, head of the fingerprinting section at the department of criminal evidence, Abu Dhabi Police, said, "The issuance of certificate of "good conduct" is part of the procedures required to get a licence to buy guns."

The counter has been networked with the Criminal Records System at the Ministry of Interior and the fingerprinting section at the Emirates Identity Authority.


MoI launches "Our Students are a Responsibility" campaign

posted on 29/08/2015

The Ministry of Interior, represented by Traffic Coordination Directorate General, is launching a traffic awareness campaign under the slogan "Our Students are a Responsibility" prior to the start of the new academic year.

This campaign comes as a part of the traffic sector's initiative in line with the MoI's strategy aimed at controlling roads, promoting traffic safety and reducing run-over accidents. It also aims to raise the awareness of students in all educational stages; especially children, about traffic accidents, the need to adhere to traffic laws, and to preserve the safety of students from potential road dangers.

Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, Director General, Traffic Coordination Directorate General, Ministry of Interior, congratulated the UAE school administrations, teaching staff and parents alike on the occasion of the new academic year, and wished the best of luck and success to students in their academic attainment journey. He also called upon motorists, parents and other road users to cooperate with the traffic police, as well as to adhere to traffic laws and instructions established on roads. These measures aim to ensure the safety of students at the beginning of the new academic year, and to reduce accidents, traffic congestion and the resulting negative effects.

He said: "Students of all ages are a major component of human development that needs to be preserved. Despite all the preventive measures taken to protect them from various dangers, there is a need to increase awareness and guidance for parents and caregivers to protect children against potential dangers of the road."

Adding further, he noted that the Traffic Coordination Directorate General at the Ministry of Interior, is carrying out this campaign in cooperation and coordination with the Traffic and Patrols Departments across the UAE, along with the Khalifa Student Empowerment Programme; the Ministry of Education; Dubai's Road and Transport Authority; and other entities concerned with traffic safety in both public and private sectors, with the aim of providing a safe environment, and accident-free roads." Brigadier Al Zaabi also stressed the need for further awareness and guidance to promote traffic safety among students, bus drivers and student transport vehicles.

Brigadier Al Zaabi explained that the campaign will include activities and lectures within the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program, with the aim of raising awareness of entities in charge of student transport. It will also promote awareness of families to urge them to inculcate traffic culture in their children. In conclusion, he pointed that the campaign will include numerous awareness tips and messages via the different media outlets, such as radio, newspapers, magazines, and TV channels. The campaign's theme will also be posted on websites, Facebook, Twitter, Intsagram, and online discussion forums such as blogs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


RTA opens registration in 8th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport

posted on 29/08/2015

The Higher Organising Committee of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) announced the start of registration for receiving submissions for the 8th edition of Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) 2015 from government & semi-government organisations as well as private companies across the UAE.

"The Committee has completed all preparations for staging the eighth round of the Award this year," said Nasir Bu Shehab, Nasser Bu Shehab - Director of Strategic Planning cum Secretary General of DAST, Road and Transport Authority. "Registration in various categories of DAST can be completed through the Award's portal by following simple steps, saving much time and effort of participants and at the same time enhancing the Smart Government practices advocated by the Dubai Government to facilitate the processing of customers' transactions," he continued.

"From inception, the Higher Organising Committee of DAST has been keen on advancing its business processes and aligning them with the massive improvement projects & initiatives set by the RTA . The Committee is also seeking to broaden the scope of participation in the Award to avail opportunity to the largest possible number of government and semi-government organisations and private companies enabling them to contribute to the sustainable transport drive in the UAE in consistence with RTA 's endeavours in this regard," added Bu Shehab.

"DAST is considered a practical manifestation of RTA 's strategy for realising its vision of providing Safe and Smooth Transport for All in keeping with the development taking place in the Emirate of Dubai in various business, economic, tourist, and real estate sectors among others. This initiative is an important tool in engaging the business sector, government and quasi-government organisations and private companies in supporting RTA 's efforts aimed at achieving integration of various modes of public transportation," concluded the Director of Strategic Planning and Secretary General of DAST, RTA .

The Higher Organising Committee of DAST announced earlier last year the introduction of a new category to DAST i.e. the Smart Transport Apps. These apps are related to all initiatives and practices of sustainable transport with the aim of rolling out new concepts to enrich the award and raise its profile in serving mass transport in general and sustainable transport in particular.

It had also introduced two subsidiary categories in 2014 edition of DAST, namely: Sustainable Transport Projects contributed by students of participating universities and schools, and the Most Frequent Users of Public Transportation in the Emirate (Metro, Buses, Water Bus, Water Taxi, Ferry and Abras). – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Art Planet unveils first collection by Emirati artist at mall for charity

posted on 29/08/2015

Drawn towards creativity by the art, design, local landscape and her Emirati heritage and culture, Art Planet's Abu Dhabi-based local artist Um Khalifa Al Rumaithi, together with the UAE Red Crescent and Khalidiyah Mall, presents "Artistic Inspirations”, a series of paintings in aid of charity with 20 artworks on display.

The paintings, a result of spontaneous feelings inspired by nature, tradition, culture in a flurry of colours, are perfect for residences and corporate environments. Um Khalifa started her artistic journey by painting for her children's school activities. According to Um Khalifa, her husband supported and encouraged her to learn and enhance her skills further, so he bought her video training materials of famous artists to learn their styles and develop one herself. She kept painting with every chance she had and started from the basics, with her favourite artist being Bob Ross.

"My desire to create and express ideas and thoughts in a visual way started in 2008 by drawing abstract sand landscapes with acrylic paints and artists canvas. I have always been fascinated by nature, its natural beauty, different shapes and colours,” said Um Khalifa.

"The colours that I express come from creative visualisation. For each painting, I visualise the big picture, draw the basic outline, then paint the base and bring in the details at the end with the hope of bringing the viewer harmony, peace, relaxation and lightness,” adds Um Khalifa.

The timeframe depends on the canvas size and the complexity of the painting. Some of her best pieces were done on a small canvas, taking up to 30 minutes while the large pieces could take three to six hours.

Um Khalifa loves painting and hopes to support more community initiatives taken by the UAE Red Crescent. – The Gulf Today -


Summer extravaganza enters final week

posted on 29/08/2015

The 18th edition of the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), is entering its final week with exciting events for residents and visitors from around the world.

DSS 2015, which began on July 23, has been offering several unique winning and shopping experiences to families and tourists of all ages.

The final week of DSS, from August 30 until September 5, promises to sustain the same level of excitement and thrill among visitors, with a number of family-friendly attractions in store.

Families can choose from a number of venues to make the most of it. Shoppers can look forward to winning great prizes as part of the several promotions running until the end of the season. Up for grabs are superb deals on a wide variety of merchandise.

Attractions during the final week include Madagascar Live! (today at Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre (3pm & 7.30pm); Modhesh World (till today at Dubai World Trade Centre Hall 1-8); Circus Fiesta ( today, at Mercato); Stories of SpongeBob - Live on Stage (till September 2, Dubai Marina Mall); Sonic the Hedgehog, Connecting Families (August 30 to September 5, Ibn Battuta Mall); DSS Starz - Zendaya (August 31 at Mall of the Emirates); Swan Lake Acrobatic Ballet (September 3 -5, Sheikh Rashid Hall, DWTC); Pixels in the City (till September 5, City Walk); and Blocks at Boxpark (till September 5 at Boxpark). – Khaleej Times -