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New York: Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, in a statement at the High Level event of the General Assembly of the United Nations, held yesterday on the Contribution of Women, the Young and Civil Society, affirmed the United Arab Emirates' support of the inclusion and integration of gender equality and women's right and empowerment as a cross cutting constant principle in the new set of development goals post 2015.
She said that the United Nations and it's bodies, including UN - Women is a central partner to ensure that Gender Equality is in the centre of the post 2015 development agenda.
In her speech, Ambassador Nusseibeh referred to figures indicating that women and girls are vital and effective contributors to the well-being of the family and the development of the community in general. She said, "investing in women and girls - particularly in their education - results in significant improvement and progress in health, nutrition, income, and the rates of the survival of children".
She emphasised that in order to succeed in achieving the broader objective of the global development agenda beyond 2015, "eradication of poverty", "it is incumbent upon all stakeholders and partners to end inequality and provide the opportunity for all segments of society, including women, children and young people, to contribute to the overall development process".
Nusseibeh said that in order to address these issues, the international community should focus on a number of important points such as the need to ensure that the future Millennium Development Goals address the gaps and challenges specifically those related to women and girls. She pointed to the fact that Women in developing countries continue to constitute the largest segment of the poor, the unemployed and the economically marginalised, which requires a development agenda that is more gender-sensitive and where gender equality and women's empowerment are considered top priorities.
Nusseibeh talked about the development challenges in the Middle East region, saying that the demographic transformations occurring in the Middle East region, led to an unprecedented youth bulge, with those under 25 comprising 70 per cent of the total population. She said the UAE believes that the youth are a driving force for positive change therefore, policies and programmes for young people dedicated to address their economic needs and harness their energies and initiatives should be a key part of the Post-2015 development.
Expressing the UAE's pride of its achievements in areas of women's empowerment, as well as the commitment of the government to do more to empower women in society, Nusseibeh highlighted the important leading role of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, in the advancement of women at the economic, social, educational and political level, pointing that Sheikha Fatima's leadership has contributed to the promotion of women status and the enhancement of her contribution to development in all areas and helped the integration and women to adjustment of women in the new developments occurring at the national and international levels, leading to significant changes in the Emirati society as a whole.
She said the UAE hosts about two hundred nationalities from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds who work and live in the country in peace and harmony under the umbrella of a national policy characterised by moderation, tolerance and investment in human resources as a priority development strategy where " women enjoy all rights and economic empowerment and participation in decision-making", she added.
Ambassador Nusseibeh also said that the UAE is well aware that lack of resources and technical capacity, climate change and conflicts, pose significant challenges and major obstacles to developing countries for the implementation of development programs, including the empowerment of women and youth. Therefore, fulfilling international obligations to official development assistance constitutes a major step in achieving the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.
The UAE will be participating in the C58th session of the Committee on the Status of Women's taking place in the UN head Quarters f in New York from 10-21 March with a delegation headed by Noura Al Suwiadi , General director, of the General Women Union. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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World marks on March 8 World Woman's Day to highlight women's social, economic and political achievements, as well as future endeavours. The day also celebrates the deeds of women who had campaigned and strongly advocated the women's rights.
Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director of the General Women's Union said in a statement on this occasion that "I congratulate all women across the globe on advent of the great event, World Woman's Day, on which the whole world celebrates the achievements of women. We appreciate the women gains at global level in general and UAE level in particular.
She said that the UAE national woman is a partner in the development process, citing the full support to women outlined by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a legacy being sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses Ruler of Emirates and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Al Suwaidi noted that the clarity of leadership's vision on making Emirati women a core of the development process, was behind the successes attained by Emirati women in a record period compared to their counterparts in other countries worldwide.
She said there are four Emirati woman ministers in the Cabinet, four women judges, two public prosecutors and 17 woman assistant public prosecutors and marriage officials, and three ambassadors. Emirati women also occupy 60 per cent of the technical jobs such as medicine, teaching, pharmacology and nursing. They have also joined the regular forces such as armed forces, police and customs.
Al Suwaidi referred to the recent directives of the UAE President on provision of houses, plots and financing to build houses for Emirati widows and those married to foreigner husbands. She also noted that the UAE President issued a decree entitling children of foreign fathers born to Emirati women to apply to access Emirati nationality when at 18. The children will enjoy the health and education services as Emiratis. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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The first Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to Dr Rafia Ghubash, founder of the Women's Museum, UAE, at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, for her work in raising the profile of Emirati women poets, especially of Ousha bint Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Suwaidi. She accepted the award from Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor and festival Director Isobel Abulhoul.
Al Habtoor congratulated her and said, "I am very pleased to present this honour to Dr Rafia Obaid Ghubash, she works tirelessly to raise the profile of women in our country. She has single-handedly opened the Women's Museum — a spectacular museum that showcases women throughout our history including renowned Emirati poet Ousha bint Khalifa Al Suweidi. Dr Ghubash is a role model for all women, not just Emirati women.”
Abulhoul said: "Dr Rafia Ghubash should be congratulated for her hard work in bringing the work of poet and legend Ousha bint Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Suwaidi to the attention of the young of today, and reawakening interest in the beautiful work of Ousha, whom we are honouring as Festival Personality this year. We would like to thank Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor for his support in instituting this award, which further celebrates literary achievement in the UAE.”
Ghubash, who is Ousha Al Suwaidi's official biographer, is a Full Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist and President of the Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology and holds both the UK and Arab Board Certificates in Psychiatry (BCO Psych. 1990, and ABCO Psych. 1997). She has also served as a member of WHO's Scientific Committees, World Future Council in Germany, Advisory Council for the UNDP and the Board of Trustees of the Shaikh Khalifa Educational Awards in the UAE.
Her many honours and awards include the Rashid Awards for Distinguished Scientist (1988 and 1992), Al-Owais Research Award (1992, 1994 and 1995), Award of Distinction for Citizens from Umalmomenien Women Association (2002), and the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Award for Medical Sciences (2003/2004).
The Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognise outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the world of literary endeavour and is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to literature in the UAE. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2014/March/nationgeneral_March54.xml§ion=nationgeneral
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The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) has released its Annual Report 2013, which contains achievements for the year 2013.
The annual report lists successive achievements realised throughout the whole year and which had great effects at the Federal Government level.
Through this report the Authority aims at highlighting its most significant achievements during 2013 within the area of implementing the best practices of human capital management at the federal government level, this being for the purpose of confirming its keen desire to proceed with dedication, innovation, and excellence in order to maintain its accumulated gains.
The year 2013 witnessed a great movement and a typical rise/prosperity at the Federal Government level and FAHR strongly contributed in such movement, and this may be evidenced through its successive launches of systems and initiatives with the aim of strengthening the human capital in the Federal Government. In terms of Human Resources policies and legislations, the Human Resources Regulation was launched at independent federal authorities in order to standardise the concepts and rules of the Human Resources in the Federal Government.
In addition to that, a System for Jobs evaluation and description was launched in the federal government for the purpose of assessing all the federal jobs in a specific methodological way which ensures realisation of equalisation and harmony at the federal government level.
Concerning the human resources systems, the Authority continued using Human Resources Management System "BAYNATI" and launched a trial version of Performance Management Electronic System at several federal authorities; it has also launched a set of smart apps with an aim to keep pace with the requirements of the Smart Government Initiative.
FAHR launched the second session of the strategy of human resources in the Federal Government of 2014 to 2016 after it had been approved by the Council of Ministers. The strategy aims at consolidating the national competences and developing federal human capital and effective planning of human resources to upgrade productivity in federal entities. Further, the strategy aims a disseminating institutional culture and creating a stimulating work environment and guaranteeing the rendering of all administrative services in accordance with criteria of quality, efficiency and transparency.
One of the prominent initiatives and projects the FAHR intends to complete and launch through this session of the strategy of human resources in the federal government is the establishment of a centre for dialogue and knowledge communication in the human resources to achieve international path-finding and development of smart applications within the human resource management system of the federal government (Bayanati) and issue of a human resources procedures manual and preparation of a survey of wages and salaries in the labour market.
In 2013 the Authority created its own page on the social communication site "Instagram" to transmit through which its recent occasions, events and initiatives other than its distinct account which is periodically updated on Youtube as there were more than 7,000 periodical viewers of 60 video vintages.
In 2013 FAHR developed its website and enriched it with all developments in the policies, systems, programs, news, pictures video vintages, introductory shows and circulars for employees of the federal government. Thus, it is a lighthouse which guides all parties and .specialists concerned.
The Authority's website meritoriously succeeded to have the 3rd rank at the level of federal government in terms of quality and excellence in accordance with the report on the websites of the federal authorities which is annually issued by the UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority as it obtained the rate of 98.2%/ In the past year, the website recorded about 191,000 visits out of which 155,000 in the United Arab Emirate.
The number of promotions that have been approved in the ministries and federal bodies operating the HR Management Information System, "BAYANATI," during the past year amounted to 3,139, in 18 ministries and federal entities, of which 2,404 were in the Ministry of Education, 158 in the Ministry of Labor, and 92 in the Ministry of Health.
In his opening message of the report, Humaid Al Qatami, Minister of Education and Chairman of FAHR, said :'The last year was rich with strategic government initiatives which contributed in creating a significant phase, generally, for the UAE history and, specifically, at the level of Federal Government Institutions.' 'Excellence has become a life style in the federal government and we will never quit it. This is because such excellence ensures our achievement of the top ranks whether theoretically or practically, in addition to the achievement of the best levels of competitiveness, and accordingly the achievement of leading position at an international level which the wise leadership has been seeking, especially His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, and Their Highnesses Rulers of Emirates,' he added.
'We confirm that the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources will proceed in the implementation of the fully launched human resources systems, legislations and polices, and will also continue launching other systems, legislations and polices which fulfill the expectations and ambitions of the UAE Vision 2021, the Federal Government Strategy, and the National Agenda for the next seven years,' he affirmed.
'The Authority will also exert its best efforts to help the Human Resources Departments at Ministries and Government Authorities, and the employees of the Federal Government of whom we are proud and whom we consider as the essential motive for the comprehensive process which our beloved country UAE is witnessing.' Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar, Director General of FAHR, said :'The year 2013 witnessed many innovative achievements and constituted a typical move in the full sense of the word, not only at the Authority level but also at the level of ministries and federal authorities. A Human Resources Strategy in the Federal Government was launched for the years 2014-2016 and the Information Management System of the Human Resources "BAYANATI" was developed and activated , and a "bundle" of the Authority's services were transferred to Smart Services.
He added that 650 excellent federal employees were honored as per the results of the Federal Government Employees Performance Department, and the Government Gate Project for knowledge "Maaref" was launched, in addition to the List of Human Resources in independent government authorities, and a system for the evaluation and description of jobs was prepared, and One Hour Human Resources Initiative was launched, in addition to many other initiatives. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Tokyo: Shintaro Ishihara, co-leader of opposition Japan Restoration Party, said he will support government-proposed nuclear power plant exports to the United Arab Emirates in defiance of his party's opposite policy.
"Utilisation of nuclear power is human progress," Ishihara said during a speech at a meeting of a party panel on energy issues, according to Jiji Press.
It is ridiculous that the party decided in December on its opposition to Japan's bilateral nuclear cooperation pacts with Turkey and the UAE, said Ishihara who heads the panel. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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The 22nd edition of Dubai International Boat Show has recorded swift boat sales within hours of the show opening, with Dubai-based Sunseeker Middle East signing a deal for the flagship 48 metre superyacht, the SS 155, worth more than Dh 153 million (?25.5 million).
The tri-deck SS 155, Sunseeker's newest flagship, is the largest and most advanced yacht that they have ever produced. Accommodating up to 12 guests and 10 crew, the yacht is ideally suited for long distance cruising, with the latest generation of hull design.
Sunseeker Middle East said that they were naturally delighted to be among the first exhibitors to sign a deal on the first day of this year's show, and to have again sold one of their flagship products, following the success of their 40 metre range.
Leading Turkish megayacht builder, Bilgin Yachts Shipyard, reported a sale of a 50 metre superyacht worth Dh 114 million on day three of the show, according to Yildirim Bilgen, Sales Executive, and Mustafa Aksu, Sales Manager, Bilgin Yachts Shipyard. The luxury vessel, Bilgin 164, was sold to an Egyptian national and boasts six magnificent staterooms - an owner's suite on the main deck, as well as a VIP cabin and four guest cabins, all situated on the lower deck.
Solid leads and sales have also been reported by more international and regional yacht and boat manufacturers within the first days of the show, with big deals expected to continue to take place. Small to medium sized boats are proving a big hit with visitors, as the leisure boating community continues to take advantage of growing inner waterways and marinas.
UAE-based Al Shaali Marine has opened the show with a bang, with the sale of their 88-foot yacht, AS 88, which was debuted at the 2014 Dubai International Boat Show. Sold to a local owner of a real estate company in Dubai, the luxury vessel is worth more than Dh 9 million and is expected to be based locally.
"We proudly unveiled the AS 88 for the first time here in Dubai, knowing that the Dubai International Boat Show draws serious buyers for our luxurious yachts and vessels, and were delighted to have been able to announce its sale on the first day it was debuted," said Dr. Sultan Al Shaali, Chief Executive Officer of Al Shaali Marine.
Showcasing more than 430 boats on display - including the stunning 88.5 metre Nirvana and 88 metre Quattroelle, two of the show's largest ever superyachts - and over 750 exhibiting companies and brands, The Dubai International Boat Show, running from 4 - 8 March 2014 at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi continues to be the leading platform for sales in the Middle East, with a number of stunning launches, great deals and exciting activities taking place. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) is continuing its participation in the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin, the world's leading travel trade show, which kicked off on Wednesday.
Running until 9 March, Shurooq is participating in the 5-day B2B event for the 7th consecutive year in line with its strategy and ongoing efforts to make the best of major international events and platforms in promoting Sharjah as a leading and investment destination in the region and the world.
Shurooq's stand attracted high levels of interest and widespread acclaim with dignitaries and VIP's visiting the Authority's including, Nasser Ahmed Mahrazi Minister of Tourism of Oman and Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.
The authority is represented by a delegation led by Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and includes Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer of Shurooq and Elie Armaly Director of Business Development of Shurooq, Fidel Faraj, Head of Asset Management of Shurooq, Hazem Sawaf marketing and communications manager at Authority (Shurooq), Mohammed Fadhil Al Mazroui, Al Majaz Waterfront Manager, and Hatem Heidar, Tourism Executive at Shurooq.
Highlighting the importance of participation, Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), said, "ITB Berlin is the world's leading travel trade show that offers an ideal platform to key professionals and decision makers in the global tourism industry, including tourism and travel agencies, hoteliers, tour operators and airlines, to benefit from the leading think tank of the global tourism industry. ITB Berlin offers us a precious opportunity to promote Sharjah on the global stage and highlight the Emirate's business potential and investment opportunities, powered by a portfolio of groundbreaking projects currently underway, as well as by its unique attraction offerings and tourist landmarks.
"We are very keen to take part in this premier event every year as it gives us a great opportunity to meet and network with key industry leaders. Sharjah has seen some extremely exciting developments since we were here last and we have a lot to share with this year's visitors. Making the best use of this global event, we have conducted a series of B2B meetings with members of participating delegations and representatives of leading international travel agencies, hoteliers and investors, to explore broader horizons of cooperation, familiarise them with remarkable developments taking place in the Emirate's promising tourism industry, and highlight its tourist destinations as well as the investment opportunities available in the Emirate's key four sectors identified by Shurooq as major areas of potential growth, namely travel and tourism, environment, healthcare, and transport and logistics." Shurooq's CEO highlighted a number of its mega including Al Jabal Resort - The Chedi Khorfakkan, Sir Bu Nair Island, the Heart of Sharjah, Al Bait Hotel, Al Majaz Waterfront, the Flag Island, the Kalba Eco-tourism project, Al Montazah Amusement and Waterpark, and Al Hisn Island - Dibba Al Hisn, stressing that each of these have been carefully designed to stimulate the local economy, while also providing foreign investors with unique opportunities to capitalise on the phenomenal growth being witnessed in the tourism and leisure sector.
In the run-up to its participation in ITB Berlin, Shurooq organised seminars in Germany's two most populous cities, Hamburg and Berlin which was attended Mr. Abdulrahman Ahmed Jaber, Head of the Economic Department at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates - Berlin. The seminars, which took place on the 3rd and 4th of March, form part of the Shurooq's overall strategy of promoting Sharjah as a regional hub for international investment.
The relations between the UAE and Germany witnessed further development and growth in the recent years, especially in trade. According to the latest figures, the trade between Germany and the UAE jumped by 23 per cent in 2012 over the previous year, to EUR10.5bn. Preliminary results show significant further gains in 2013, meaning bilateral trade has almost trebled over the last decade. That makes the UAE the largest Arab market for German products, accounting for almost a third of imports into the region. There are more than 1,000 German companies in the UAE, while around 12,000 German national also live in the country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Berlin: The revenues of Ajman hotels and hotel apartments increased by 34.6 per cent in 2013, Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) announced on the sidelines of ITB-Berlin; the world's most important tourism exhibition.
Ajman hotel revenues reached over Dh 154,92. million in 2013, compared to over Dh 123. 1 million in 2012, while the revenues of hotel apartments were estimated at over Dh 59. 8 million in 2013, compared to Dh 36. 4 million, according to Faisal Al Nuaimi, the ATDD General Manager.
Ajman Saray hotel was inaugurated in Ajman in 2013, bringing the number of hotels to 11 compared to 10 in 2012, while the hotel apartments remained 18, Al Nuaimi said. The number of total hotel rooms and units reached 2610 in 2013, compared to 2503 in 2012, he added.
As for hotel occupancy, the rates reached 48.47per cent in 2013, Al Nuaimi said, adding that the occupancy of hotel apartments reached 86per cent, compared to 60 per cent in 2012. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Etihad Cargo, part of United Arab Emirates (UAE) national airline Etihad Airways, will enhance its Chinese cargo services later this month when it increases bellyhold cargo capacity between Abu Dhabi and Chengdu.
Effective 30 March, cargo capacity to and from Chengdu will grow 40 per cent to 930 tonnes per month, a result of the current five times a week Airbus A330 passenger service between Abu Dhabi and Chengdu moving to a daily operation.
Chengdu is a leading economic, transportation and communications centre in China, where nearly half of the world's Fortune 500 companies have operations. Situated in Sichuan province which is home to more than 80 million people, Chengdu is also one of China's biggest markets for Foreign Direct Investment.
Etihad Cargo is the only operator that provides a direct air link between Chengdu and the UAE capital, where cargo can connect seamlessly to destinations across the globe.
The increase in cargo capacity between Abu Dhabi and Chengdu comes against a background of increasing trade flows to and from China. In 2013, Etihad Cargo carried more than 73,000 tonnes of goods to and from China, up 33 per cent on 2012 (54,903 tonnes).
Beyond increasing bellyhold cargo operations into Chengdu in 2014, Etihad Cargo will continue to deploy substantial maindeck freighter capability to Shanghai (seven per week), Hong Kong (six per week), Beijing (two per week), and Guangzhou (two per week). These services will operate using a mix of Airbus A330F, Boeing 777F and Boeing 747F aircraft.
The airline will also continue to offer daily bellyhold cargo capability between Abu Dhabi and Beijing, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, and with its equity partner Air Seychelles, between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong.
Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad Airways, said: "Our additional services to Chengdu provide shippers with convenient, daily access to points all across our global network. Today, we offer just over 19,000 tonnes of monthly cargo capacity to and from China, with unique direct access out of China to the Indian subcontinent market, where we offer services from Shanghai and Hong Kong to the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Dhaka.
He added, "As a direct result of increased demand for our cargo services, tonnage carried between our Chinese destinations and the rest of our global network has grown significantly over the past 12 months, and our forward projections for 2014 are looking positive." – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Etihad Airways is operating extra flights today to help clear the backlog of passengers affected by yesterday's runway closure during dense fog at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The airline has also drafted hundreds of extra staff across its network to assist passengers whose travel plans were impacted due to the failure of the airport's runway landing systems.
Flights to destinations across the Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent and Western Europe have already departed today as the flight schedule gradually returns to normal.
Passengers are advised to expect ongoing delays as a result of the large number of flights and passengers affected.
"Yesterday's circumstances were beyond our control. We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption and apologise to all passengers who continue to be affected," Etihad Airways said in a statement.
It added, "In Abu Dhabi we are providing accommodation for more than a thousand guests who have missed their onward connections." Passengers are advised to visit the Etihad Airways website at www.etihad.com or contact the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000 for more information on the status of flights in and out of Abu Dhabi Airport. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Sharjah Charity Society (SCS) spent Dh 65.6 million last year on humanitarian and charitable programmes in the benefit of thousands of needy Emirati and resident families within the UAE.
Abdullah Sultan bin Khadem, Executive Director of SCS, said scores of applications were under study for new recipients of assistance in the current year.
SCS's assistance, he added, had eased suffering of underprivileged families, poor students and defaulters inside and outside the UAE.
He indicated that the SCS intended to include new categories to its humanitarian network in future.
Saleh Al Shuwaihi, head of local assistance committee, said Dh 6.3 million were given as monthly assistance, stipends stood at Dh 6.6 million, and over Dh 4 million to poor students. Housing sector received more than Dh 10 million in 2013 and prisoner families get about Dh 2 million. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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A new English-language book charting the evolution and prospects of the world order was released by renowned Emirati thinker Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR).
Closely following the successful launch of the original Arabic publication on January 27, 2014, 'Prospects for the American Age: Sovereignty and Influence in the New World Order' seeks to provide a scholarly examination of the global balance of power among states and economic blocs, suggests a model for the classification of states according to their levels of power and influence in the world, and discusses the important question of whether the United States of America will remain the dominant power of the age.
The Introduction seeks to deliver a new thesis on the power structure of the new world order and details the main themes of the book. It presents the hypothesis of the study, posing several key questions including: what are the factors that indicate the existence of a new world order? What are the most influential forces in that order? How is that order structured? And what are the most important and influential factors determining the nature of the world order? The Introduction also presents the main premise of the book that the United States of America is the dominant pole in the new world order, and that the world will continue to exist in an American age that is expected to extend for at least a further five decades. The qualitative supremacy of the United States of America is proven inescapable according to the data, statistics and information presented, as well as the scales and variables of comparison adopted by the author in terms of economics, military advancement, energy resources, transportation/logistics, education, culture, and technological progress. According to these measures, the structure of the new world order may be described as a pyramidal hierarchy, with the United States of America alone at the top, followed by a second tier comprising Russia, China and the European Union, a third tier consisting of Japan, India and Brazil, and a final tier representing the rest of world. The Introduction serves as a basic foundation for the analysis presented in the following seven chapters, which examine the emergence, current status, and future prospects of the new world order in its various dimensions.
'The Arab region is a central arena in the world and the focus of a variety of conflicts that are of direct relevance to the prospects for the American age,' Dr. Al-Suwaidi suggests at the book signing ceremony.
The author cites the Syrian crisis and the recent toppling of long-standing political regimes in some Arab countries that date to before the development of the new world order, such as in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia. The author believes that, in light of the obstacles to development faced by many Arab states, it is difficult to say that the near future will herald improvements in these countries' circumstances, particularly in light of the worsening internal crises in major Arab nations like Egypt, Syria and Iraq, and the strategic expansion of regional non-Arab powers to fill the void left by the declining regional role of traditional Arab powers.
The conclusion of the book also claims that economics will not simply be a factor in the calculation of states' roles and positions in the new world order, but rather the central engine of change for small and mid-sized powers.
The book represents a significant contribution to the body of Arab literature on the development of the global order and the ever-evolving balance of power between states. It presents an informed view that is comprehensive, objective and analytical, grounded in a broad base of statistics, data and related information, and will be of interest to scholars, researchers and general readers alike.
Under the heading, "The New World Order: Features and Concepts," the first chapter of Al-Suwaidi's new book presents a theoretical paradigm for the concept of the new world order in its various dimensions.
Chapter II, "Factors Influencing the Structure of the New World Order," examines patterns of influence and interaction within the world order, and discusses relations among civilizations, relative power in international relations, economic factors, military superiority, technological development, levels of knowledge, various relevant challenges and variables, and the behavior of major powers.
Chapter III, "The New World Order: Decisive Junctures," aims to draw a comprehensive analytical map to assist in understanding the historical transformations of the world order and, ultimately, the nature of contemporary global realities. The historical review presented in this chapter may be considered unique, in that it tackles the evolution of the world order from the emergence of the Ottoman state in the East through the ages of the Spanish, Portuguese and other empires of the West. It is an effort to present a balanced, scholarly chronicle of the world order, without neglecting the influence of the East on international relations throughout history.
Chapter IV, "The New World Order: Economy, Trade and Energy," focuses on the role of economic factors in determining the structure of the new world order and the hierarchy of powers within it. It reveals that despite the spectacular rise of the Chinese economy over the past two decades, it still represents only half that of the United States of America, and China remains among the ranks of developing countries in terms of its GDP per capita. While the US economy is characterized by flexibility and a high reliance on innovation and internal forces for growth, China depends on foreign investment and low-cost labor in export-oriented industries. This could make China more vulnerable to adverse economic shocks in the future.
The author also expects that developments in the energy sector will greatly affect the ranking of powers in the new world order. The United States of America will increasingly become self-dependent in terms of energy, utilizing its various innovations in the field of shale oil and gas extraction, and its gradual shift toward reliance on unconventional energy sources from the western hemisphere (the Americas), giving it a strong comparative advantage in the future.
Chapter V, "Public Opinion and the New World Order: A Survey of the UAE Population," presents the findings of a public opinion survey in the UAE concerning the new world order. The survey cites nationality, age, gender and educational level as explanatory variables of the differences in public opinion toward the new world order.
In Chapter VI, "Prospective Structural Changes and their Consequences for the New World Order," the author discusses potential structural and strategic changes in the new world order over the coming five decades, suggesting that sustained unipolarity will have a variety of impacts on the world. The author anticipates that US influence in international financial institutions will increase, and that over the next decade Washington will reduce its dependence on oil from regions plagued by risk and instability - such as the Middle East - and that this will affect US policy in such regions.
In Chapter VII, "The New World Order: Future Outlook," the author confirms that the new world order will be characterized by a number of key features that will act as important determinants of the ranking of world powers in the future. These include the growing importance of technologically advanced and unconventional systems of production and communication to replace decaying conventional systems, and an increasing reliance on genetic engineering, cloning and nanotechnology in finding solutions to key issues such as achieving food and water security, narrowing the energy resource gap, achieving breakthroughs in medicine, and further developing human capabilities. Other features include increasing pressure on the capitalist system to develop in order to sustain itself in the face of economic shocks. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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A collection of Emirati fairy tales and fables will be preserved in a book for the next generation that will help youngsters get re-introduced to the rich tradition of storytelling.
Organised by the Abu Dhabi Music and Art Foundation (ADMAF), students came up with the idea to contribute to the legacy of the Emirati storytelling tradition and help keep this important cultural heritage alive.
A group of 74 students enrolled at the Academic Bridge Programme at Zayed University catalogued and published a collection of UAE fairy tales with the aim of preserving them for future generations, the university announced earlier this week.
The book, titled Kharareef, includes 50 fairy tales and fables in the Emirati dialect to evoke the genuine voice of the characters.
"Kharareef started as a classroom initiative and developed into a project titled Story Mile, which highlights the best of Emirati visual and narrative art in a collection of traditional Emirati fables and fairy tales,” Dr Wayne Jones, the director of the Academic Bridge Programme at ZU, told Gulf News.
"This is the second edition of the project and it consists of all new works of visual and narrative art. The Story Mile project was exhibited at Khalifa Park in the Six Continents Festival. Last year, a group of students also produced 48 tales, which were displayed at the capital's corniche,” Jones said.
Around 120 talented writers and illustrators, whose average age is around 20, have been involved in the Story Mile project over the two years.
Noora Ali Al Mansouri, a student at the Academic Bridge Programme, said, "I wrote Al Roua'a and Saber – the Brave story. Most Emiratis don't remember these stories from the past, but now that they are written, many of them will learn more things about the UAE's culture. Such stories teach us values like bravery and patience.”
"I was one of the artists who transferred the student's stories into illustrations. I wanted to translate the Emirati culture and traditions into art,” Aisha Al Hamrani, a student at the college of art at ZU, said.
"Art has always been the best way to present any culture or history. Unfortunately, we did not have the chance to document all the aspects of our culture by ourselves due to the poverty and illiteracy we lived in before the discovery of oil. Now, I am proud to help as much as I can to document what we have learnt from our ancestors,” Aisha added.
When asked how students collect the Emirati stories, Dr Jones said: "Stories are original pieces of work created by ZU students. They were provided with characters who were presented as guardians of Emirati values and culture. They were also given some themes such as bravery, respect and selflessness. Based on this, students wrote their stories.”
Kharareef will remain displayed at the Six Continent Festival at Khalifa Park until the end of March.
The book will also be displayed at the Book Fair. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/education/emirati-fables-preserved-for-future-readers-1.1300630
posted on 08/03/2014
"The night, Binds me like a page in a book, And when the morning surprises me, With its sun, the red apple, I would stand.”
Verses like these, recited by award winning Emirati poet Khalid Al Budoor and others, accompanied by the slow, rhythmic tunes of the Oud set against the backdrop of a silent desert, opened up minds and hearts at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature's Desert Stanza.
Held away from the fast-paced city life, nearly 170 authors and poets gathered under the starry sky at a base camp in Al Aweer.
The second Desert Stanza, back by popular demand, also hosted Beijing-born poet and painter Yan Li, former Poet Laureate from the UK Andrew Motion, German performance poet Frank Klotgen, Lemn Sissay — the first poet to be commissioned to write for the London Olympics — and renowned Emirati poet Khulood Al Mualla.
While participants were treated to a Bedouin camp that gave them an insight into the traditional way of Emirati life — with camels and falcons on display — the desert proved to be the main attraction.
Upon entering the camp, a large calligraphy display made from sand out of a nearby dune caught everyone's attention. A soft red light that shone upon the sand feature added to its beauty.
The artist behind the calligraphy piece was Shadi Al Matroushi, the first Emirati sand sculptor and Consul General of the UAE in Mumbai, India.
As each of the six poets recited their works on stage, the odd passing of an airplane above prompted them to pause until the whirring engine sounds faded into the distance.
With no distractions other than the cold breeze, the poems — recited in the native tongue of the poets — brought visitors together as they listened to the depth, struggle and intensity captured in their words. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/poets-gather-for-recitation-under-the-stars-1.1300327
posted on 08/03/2014
Do you want to know how many camels there are in the UAE but have no clue where to look for an answer? Is it correct to take flowers to a funeral? Are you fuming because you were stood up for dinner by your Arab friend and want to know why you were treated so cavalierly*?
A literature festival would seem an unlikely place to have such concerns addressed but then, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is like no other literary festival. Come Friday and you can have all these perplexing questions — and a lot more — answered at the innovative session at the InterContinental in Dubai Festival City where the walking encyclopedia of Emirates etiquette, also known as Ali AlSaloom, will take the floor.
The 34-year-old is an expatriate's best friend in the UAE. Whether you are from Iceland, Zanzibar or Mongolia and whether you have been to the Emirates or not, his is the name that springs to mind if you want advice on anything related to the Emirates. "You ask and I'll answer,” promises the Ask Ali site (www.ask-ali.com) started seven years ago by the Emirati to befriend non-Emiratis.
"I often come across expatriates who say they don't have any Emirati friend, even though they may have lived in the Emirates for 20 to 30 years. It breaks my heart,” says the UAE's self-styled culture ambassador who has dedicated his life to "being an Emirati friend for all expatriates & residents who come to the UAE from day one”.
The idea for the web site began to take root when Ali began his career in a hotel and found himself flooded with questions about the UAE by curious visitors.
"How come everyone is asking these questions when the answers should be available online!” he thought at first. Then he began surfing the Net to see if the answers were available and found some were but a lot of the information was incorrect. So to answer people's queries about the UAE — which could be anything from the procedure for getting a visa, how to set up a business, or if one could kiss a woman in public — he started the Ask Ali portal.
Wherever he is and no matter how busy his schedule, Ali finds time to answer the questions asked from all over the world, usually in 24 to 48 hours. In seven years he has answered over 7,000 questions — with tact, humour and lots of patience. The popularity of the site led to an Ask Ali television show and a column in daily.
It also led to two bestselling mini guides that have sold over 125,000 copies — A Guide to Abu Dhabi and A Guide to Dubai. Ali calls them the "first insider guide to the UAE written by an Emirati”. By Emiratis, of Emiratis, but for both expatriates and residents of the UAE including Emiratis as well. This is the USP of the mini guides as well as Ali's cultural consultancy, Embrace Arabia.
He describes what led to the group's inception.
"When I was working in the hospitality industry, a lot of people used to ask me questions about the UAE and indeed, the entire region. While answering them, my Master's degree in branding would encourage me to search for similarities between their culture and ours to explain things to them, instead of emphasising differences. I don't tell people we do something differently. I say, we have a different story. And this feeling of similarity encourages people. It also helps dispel the cultural stereotypes that have grown up.”
Soon he had gathered a team and they had put together a wealth of information. Armed with this information Ali began holding workshops for local and international firms and whoever else was interested in getting the cultural nuances right.
"There were other organisations to provide intercultural training — for instance in hotels, restaurants and government institutions — but that training was conducted by non-Emiratis,” he says. "It's great to see many non- Emiratis interested in our culture and talk about it to others but it's also crucial that we as Emiratis get involved in this field and raise awareness about our culture in the way we believe it should be shared. Wherever we go around the world we would always search for locals of that society and country to share with us their stories about their place and this is what we believe in here”.
So in 2007 the Embrace Arabia cultural consultancy was born, consisting of Emiratis who speak more than one language and can seamlessly interact with people from different countries and strata. Today, Maestro Enterprises has expanded to five companies.
In the midst of this flurry of activities, Ali is still soldiering on with Ask Ali, that now also offers tips for travelling in the UAE, information about Islam, and a crash course in commonly used Arabic phrases.
"There is always a way of making money,” he says, asked why he continues to bother with a venture that doesn't bring in any revenue. "It is not an issue of how much I have in my pockets but how much I can give others. I want to share whatever I have – courage, inspiration, knowledge — with friends, family members and even strangers. It's an issue of changing the world, enhancing what's there.” – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?section=todayevent&xfile=/data/todayevent/2014/March/todayevent_March7.xml