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Abdullah bin Zayed launches ‘Emarati, wherever I am’ Campaign as part of 43rd National Day

posted on 27/11/2014

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister yesterday launched a campaign, ‘Emarati, wherever I am', as part of the celebrations of the 43rd National Day of the U.A.E..

In a tweet on the occasion, H.H. wrote: "Brothers and sisters wherever you are, please join us in celebrating the anniversary of the U.A.E. National Day. No matter how far you are, you will always remain in our hearts... and we look forward to your contributions to mark these precious moments." Contributions will be made through a dedicated website "www.emaratiwhereveriam.ae".

The ‘Emarati, wherever I am' campaign is an invitation to all the citizens of the U.A.E. living or visiting abroad to participate in the 43rd U.A.E. National Day by posting video clips of their celebrations, not exceeding 3 minutes, on a dedicated website. The clips will be used in the production of a short film on the U.A.E. National Day celebrations around the world, which will be broadcast in December.

The campaign hashtag launched by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah witnessed massive engagement from the public to express loyalty and dedication to serve the country. Tweeters showed their strong connection to the country and leadership and the campaign concept that targets Emaratis worldwide.

The special website launched for this campaign, www.emaratiwhereveriam.ae, includes detailed information on how to participate in the campaign and how to film the clips, and contains guidelines that must be followed during filming. It also includes instructions about the registration process and uploading of the video clips. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-national-day/1395273046795.html


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Abu Dhabi to undertake its largest overseas promotion campaign in 2015

posted on 27/11/2014

Abu Dhabi is planning its largest overseas promotion campaign to date taking in 24 trade exhibitions and 13 road shows across 34 cities in 25 countries, an official of the Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, has announced.

Mubarak Al Nuami, Director of Promotions and Overseas Offices at TCA Abu Dhabi, said, "We are expanding our footprint to new markets – namely Serbia, South Africa, Holland and Azerbaijan whilst established road show product will be extended to take in new destinations including Amsterdam." "The inclusions are based on increasing airlift patterns and identified potential outbound growth." New to the TCA Abu Dhabi Promotions line-up are two events scheduled for February – the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition and IFT Serbia Travel Exhibition, which will run in Belgrade. In March, TCA's long-standing European roadshow, which normally takes in London, Frankfurt, Milan and Paris, will roll out, for the first time to Amsterdam.

"We have been receiving increasing number of Dutch hotel guests over the past 18 months and now benefit from significant airlift out of the Netherlands with both KLM and Etihad Airways servicing the route daily. Again, a dedicated campaign to stimulate the organic growth being achieved, should deliver significant returns." In the first nine months of this year, 16,161 Dutch guests checked into Abu Dhabi's 156 hotels and hotel apartments, which was a 35% rise on the same period in 2014. The Dutch guests generated 57,997 guest nights, which was up 33% year-on-year and they stayed, on average, just short of four nights.

April will mark Abu Dhabi's debut appearance at World Travel Market Africa and underpin the destinations new focus on the African market with a full time representation office in Johannesburg. The same month, the emirate's tourism industry will also be out in force, for the first time, at the Kazakhstan International Tourism Fair in Almaty. The Azeri capital of Baku will also feature in a destination road show in September which will also take in the Kazakh capital of Almaty. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395273030104.html


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Expo 2020 Dubai higher committee maps out key deliverables to BIE general assembly

posted on 27/11/2014

As the U.A.E. prepares to mark the one year anniversary of the country winning the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, has officially led the U.A.E. delegation to the General Assembly of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed marked the occasion by paying tribute to all those that contributed to the U.A.E.'s selection and pledged that Expo 2020 Dubai would be an event for all, and serve as a decisive catalyst for positive change and collaboration for the region and the world.

"During the successful bid process, many were instrumental in the unprecedented level of support and enthusiasm that played such an influential role in the United Arab Emirates winning the rights to host Expo 2020 Dubai. Together, we have all made history and have earned the opportunity to lay defining foundations for a collective and collaborative future that will touch the world uniquely and positively - one that I am confident your continued support will enable us to deliver," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed.

"Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the Expo 2020 Dubai theme and its subthemes, Opportunity Mobility and Sustainability, will drive the content and provide the prism through which we can explore, connect and address local, regional and global challenges." Addressing the BIE's 168 member states in Paris, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of Dubai Ruler's Court, and Vice-Chairman of Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, formally presented the U.A.E.'s vision and update on developments for hosting the event, including highlighting core deliverables required for the mandatory Registration Phase, a legally binding process for the ratification of Expo 2020 Dubai, expected to be completed in November 2015.

"Over the last 12 months, we have worked to lay a solid foundation to deliver all the necessary requirements for the Registration Phase as well as to put in place mechanisms to allow for the world-class delivery of this event, and its subsequent legacy taking us well beyond 2020," said His Excellency Al Shaibani.

The last year has seen a number of key initiatives undertaken. In January 2014, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, issued Decree No (49) of 2013 on the formation of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee under the supervision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

The Higher Committee saw a continuity of its members from the successful bid phase with further appointments to see a much more country wide focus of entities needed to deliver an exceptional event.

In June 2014, His Highness also issued decree 30/2014 establishing the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau to oversee the preparation and delivery of Expo 2020.

Reem Al Hashimy, the U.A.E. Minister of State, was appointed as Director-General for the Bureau as well as Managing Director of the Higher Committee.

The last 12 months have seen a robust validation process of the Expo 2020 Dubai Registration Dossier, a mandatory requirement set forth by the BIE, and the development of the necessary implementation strategies. This is being achieved through the building of strong capabilities within the team and through augmented skills and expertise with strong consulting and delivery partners across various functions like master planning, construction programme delivery, sustainability, commercial planning, marketing communications and commercial sponsorship.

The Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau has also been working closely with partners and stakeholders around theme workshops for engagement with industry experts to develop advisory panels for its subthemes, Mobility, Opportunity and Sustainability.

Additionally, the Bureau is developing key outreach programmes targeted at enabling more structured opportunities for entities across the government, semi-government, private sector and entrepreneurial communities to contribute to, participate in, and benefit from the scale and scope of activities around the Expo and legacy.

"What is important, over the next six years, is that we create an environment that will stimulate demand generated across diverse sectors, directly and indirectly, and that we link this demand to the delivery, operation and service needs of the Expo. This demand will be a catalyst for growth for businesses across the wider region - from raw materials and manufacturing, to products and services providers. Similarly, we expect to actively seek to engage with the private sector and solicit their participation when we launch our procurement process - for companies of various scales from start-ups, to SMEs to multinationals," said Al Shaibani.

"Furthermore, the development of the necessary assets to accommodate the number of visitors is also well underway, with a robust global tourism and outreach programme being supplemented by growth in hotel and attraction infrastructure as well as the economic and social initiatives needed to maximise its impact." During the General Assembly, Al Shaibani also presented key milestones for 2015 centred around the work-streams currently underway, an outward reaching engagement programme and the upcoming BIE deliverables, all of which will significantly increase momentum throughout the year, both domestically and internationally around Expo Milan 2015, which runs May through to the end of October.

Kicking off activations in the U.A.E., Expo 2020 Dubai will begin a number of public initiatives across the emirates as it looks to engage and galvanise residents with interactive and educational content on World Expos in general, Expo 2020 Dubai in particular, and most significantly, to help build a greater sense of its relevance to all facets of society.

In addition, a number of initiatives to support the development and progression of the theme, subthemes, and community engagement, as well as legacy strategies, goals, activities and plans will be implemented over the course of 2015. Youth involvement will also be a priority focus in 2015 with efforts to engage volunteers for Expo Milan 2015 expected to begin in Q1 of next year.

Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau will also launch its commercial and partnership programme in 2015 - a global outreach effort which will seek to attract corporates, investors and entrepreneurs. The tendering processes across a number of work streams will also commence next year, including the appointment for construction works at the Expo Dubai 2020 site in Jebel Ali.

Moving into the second half of 2015, Expo 2020 Dubai's focus very much moves to its participation in Expo Milan 2015, which is being held under the theme 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase within the U.A.E. pavilion, providing it with a dynamic platform to build awareness and solidify relationships with future participants, partners and potential visitors.

After the conclusion of Expo Milan 2015 in October, the Higher Committee will await the approval of Expo 2020 Dubai's Registration Dosser in November 2015 by the BIE General Assembly.

"In merely one year, Expo 2020 Dubai has set a fast and productive pace. The 2015 strategy will focus on completing the BIE Registration, harnessing the convening power of the World Expo and of the U.A.E. to inspire global creativity and stimulate new partnerships and dialogue," added Al Shaibani.

In November 2013, the United Arab Emirates won the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020. This will be the first time that the World Expo is staged in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). Since the first Great Fair of 1851, World Expos have continued to be one of the largest and most enduring global mega-events. Lasting six months, World Expos attract millions of visitors who explore and discover pavilions, exhibits and cultural events staged by hundreds of participants including nations, multilateral organisations and businesses.

Dubai's World Expo is held under the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, echoing the powerful spirit of partnership and co-operation that has driven the U.A.E.'s success in pioneering new paths of development and innovation. Through this theme, Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as a catalyst, connecting minds from around the world and inspiring participants to mobilise around shared challenges, during a World Expo of unprecedented global scope, under the sub-themes of: Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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Mohamed bin Zayed, President of Portugal hold talks

posted on 27/11/2014

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, yesterday received at Al Mushrif, Dr. Anibal Cavaco Silva, President of the Republic of Portugal, who is paying an official visit to the U.A.E..

President Cavaco was accorded an official reception at Al Mushrif Palace. The Portuguese President and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi headed to the podium of honour, where the national anthems of the two countries were played and 21 canon shots were fired in salute to the guest of the country. Then the Portuguese President shook hands with the U.A.E. officials, while Sheikh Mohamed greeted senior officials accompanying President Cavaco.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed and President Cavaco discussed bilateral relations, focussing on political, economic, trade and cultural areas, and ways to strengthen them in the best interest of the two countries and peoples.

Welcoming the visit of the President of Portugal and the delegation accompanying him, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi expressed his satisfaction at the visit, which comes within the framework of friendship and cooperation between the two countries at a time when bilateral relations are growing.

"We are happy to meet you, Mr. President, in the U.A.E. to discuss the interest of our countries and push forward our bilateral relations to achieve more progress," Sheikh Mohamed said.

He added that the U.A.E., led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, looks forward to strengthening cooperation ties with the Republic of Portugal.

On his part, President Cavaco expressed his satisfaction at visiting the U.A.E., hoping this visit would help boost further the cooperation ties between the two countries. He noted that Portugal is interested in boosting its relations with the U.A.E. in all fields, especially in economic and trade areas. He commended the urban development being experienced by the U.A.E..

The talks also covered trade exchange and joint venture projects, as well as ways to boost cultural, educational, tourism and renewable energy cooperation. They also tackled the latest regional and international developments. Sheikh Mohamed and President Cavaco exchanged views about the stance of both countries towards these issues.

At the conclusion of talks, both the sides underlined that "this visit is a new breakthrough for enhancing the U.A.E.-Portuguese relations in various fields." They expressed their satisfaction at the pace of growth of relations and the importance of exchanging visits, ideas and proposals to further develop the bilateral work.

Sheikh Mohamed hosted a banquet in the honour of the President of Portugal and the delegation accompanying him.

The event was attended by Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), H.H.Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the U.A.E. President, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Transport Department and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, a number of ministers and senior civil and military officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273064349.html


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Abdullah bin Zayed chairs U.A.E.-Portuguese Joint Committee meeting

posted on 27/11/2014

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, stressed the U.A.E.'s interest in developing relations with the Republic of Portugal to reflect the ambitions and directives of both countries' leaders in a way that serves the common objectives and interests in the areas of politics, economy, trade, investment and health.

Sheikh Abdullah made the remarks yesterday while chairing the first ministerial meeting of the U.A.E.-Portuguese Joint Committee, held in Abu Dhabi. The Portuguese side was headed by the country's Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas. Among others present were Sheikha Najla Al Qasimi, U.A.E.'s Ambassador to Portugal, and a number of senior officials from both countries.

Welcoming the Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister and the delegation accompanying him, Sheikh Abdullah thanked them for their visit to Abu Dhabi to attend the first meeting of the U.A.E.-Portuguese Joint Committee. He hoped for fruitful resolutions that would further push forward the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The U.A.E. Foreign Minister expressed his satisfaction at the growth of relations, noting that the ties have been keeping pace with the latest developments to achieve the basic interests of both friendly peoples. He added that the U.A.E. and Portugal enjoy distinguished historic relations, adding that the holding of the first meeting yesterday "reiterates our commitment to strengthen the bilateral relations, exchange views on issues of mutual concern, implement joint venture projects that could benefit the two sides, explore more opportunities in the areas of investment and come up with proposals to overcome any obstacles that can hamper the development of relations." Sheikh Abdullah said the volume of trade exchange between the two countries stood at $200 million in 2013, adding that "this meeting is a chance for us to explore more ways to increase this." He stressed the importance of private sector in this respect.

He said over 20 Portuguese companies are represented in the U.A.E., while over 500 Portuguese companies operate directly in the U.A.E. market, noting that the U.A.E. companies are eyeing the Portuguese market to strike partnerships with their Portuguese counterparts in a way that promotes the bilateral relations and achieves the joint interest of the two countries.

The U.A.E. Foreign Minister said the cooperation ties between the two countries have been growing steadily, stressing on the need to enhance coordination between the two sides in the international organisations, conferences, and mutual support of nominations made by each side.

He underscored that the U.A.E. has unique prerogatives in terms of strategic location, advanced infrastructure and easy implementation of projects. "I call upon Portuguese companies and businesspersons to benefit from these strengths that the U.A.E. economy enjoys." Sheikh Abdullah noted that the two countries are connected by seven weekly flights of Emirates Airlines, and called for increasing cooperation in the field of aviation to address obstacles that the national carriers face, by signing an open spaces agreement.

He called for implementation of the agreements, especially in the areas of economy and investment, as well as ensuring investment opportunities to businesspersons and national companies interested to invest in both countries through exchange of official visits at the level of senior officials of private and public sectors in both countries, setting up of business councils and focusing on more future opportunities.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed the need for the joint committee to continue its work and follow up on its resolutions, thanking the heads and members of the preparatory committee for their efforts to make the meeting successful. He expressed the hope that the next meeting will be convened in Lisbon.

On his part, the Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister said the volume of trade exchange between the two countries has been increasing, and that there were cooperation opportunities between the two countries. He welcomed the U.A.E. investments in Portugal, noting that his country will do whatever it takes to strengthen the bilateral relations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273067843.html


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Abdullah bin Zayed delivers Mohamed bin Zayed's letter to Iraqi PM

posted on 27/11/2014

BAGHDAD: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, on Wednesday, stressed that the U.A.E. under President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen on maintaining the best relations with Iraq in all spheres in a way that lives up to aspirations of the leaders of both countries and serves the interests of their brotherly peoples.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah made his remarks as he handed over a letter from 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, to Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of Iraq.

He was welcomed upon his arrival in Baghdad by Iraqi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim al-Jafari.

During the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah conveyed to Prime Minister al-Abadi the regards of Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and 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, as well as their best wishes for further progress for Iraq and its brotherly people.

He also underscored the bilateral relations between the two countries and the ways of enhancing and promoting them in various spheres.

On his part, Prime Minister al-Abadi requested H.H. Sheikh Abdullah to covey his regards to Their Highnesses Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

He emphasised that Iraq is keenly interested in strengthening its relations with the U.A.E. and that Iraq attaches special importance to these relations due to the U.A.E.'s unique stature and the historic relations between the two brotherly countries.

Welcoming H.H. Sheikh Abdullah and the delegation accompanying him, the Iraqi prime minister lauded the outstanding bilateral relations between the U.A.E. and Iraq and their growth and development in all spheres.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the bilateral relations between their two countries and ways of strengthening them and also discussed matters of mutual interest.

During the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed stressed that the U.A.E. will continue to back the political process that leads to the achievement of security, justice, equality and the political participation by all Iraqis since the security and stability of Iraq provide the foundations of security and stability in the whole region. He further stressed that the U.A.E. stands by the brotherly people of Iraq against the challenges facing their country.

"We stand by brotherly Iraq as it is making efforts for reconstruction and achievement of peace and safety and in combating the forces of terrorism which poses a danger to all the countries of the region and defaces the values of our true religion, Islam," H.H. Sheikh Abdullah said further stressing the need for consolidating the values of social justice and equality which can remove the feelings of despair and marginalisation.

Later, Prime Minister al-Abadi hosted a luncheon in honour of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.

Iraqi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim al-Jafari, and the U.A.E. Ambassador to Iraq, Abdullah Ibrahim Al Zawi Al Shehhi attended the meeting and the luncheon.

During his meeting with H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said that the threat of terrorism faced by Iraq and the countries of the region requires the cooperation of all brotherly counties and the concerted political and security efforts The Iraqi premier also said to Sheikh Abdullah, "Your coming to Baghdad in these critical circumstances is such a good gesture, and your visit is welcomed and appreciated, especially as Iraq faces existential threat and challenge, which also threaten all the states of the region and requires them all to cooperate in all political, social and security areas in order to defeat terrorism represented by Daesh terrorist gangs.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the Iraqi government includes all political blocs. He also highlighted that the tribes are fighting besides the Armed Forces "and we work hard to give a sign of hope to the people of Iraq and to restore normal life, step up reconstruction efforts, liberate all cities and help the displaced people return home with full dignity." On his part, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said, "We look forward to deepening the relations between our two countries. Your success is our success, and the difficult challenges facing the region require us to cooperate at various levels." He added, "We have no choice but to support Iraq and support your government which gave great hope to the Iraqis and managed to get the support of the international community against the terrorist gang, Daesh." H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan handed the Iraqi prime minister an official invitation to visit the United Arab Emirates. Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273084483.html


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Mohammed bin Rashid: We expect our media to lead and keep up with the comprehensive development of the country

posted on 27/11/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has called local media organisations to continue their efforts in developing content and product of Emirati media to match the comprehensive development march taking place in the country and to bear in mind the citizens' best interest and needs.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid indicated the national achievements in economy and government services and requested media community to pick up equivalent development processes. He also called media to keep up with best international practices, attract international competences, utilise latest technologies and foster young Emirati talents.

His Highness expressed his gratitude and appreciation for local media and its significant role. He also stressed on their significant role in preparing young Emiratis and giving them the opportunities to acquire the required skills. Sheikh Mohammed also encouraged local media organisations to prepare the second the third tiers of leadership.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid asserted that to develop the Emirati media we must count on the efforts and innovation of young Emiratis capable of taking our media to new horizons during the next phase.

"We expect our media to lead and open doors for our young talents. As we need creative engineers, doctors and managers, we also need creative journalists and media workers. I would like to see young media leaders in the second and third tiers," said H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

He also expressed great confidence in Emirati media organisations.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid made his comments during the official inauguration of the second edition of the Emirati Media Forum (EMF). He was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Media Inc.

Held at the Emirates Towers, the forum attracted a host of writers, journalists, thinkers, editors in chief, senior officials from local media organisations and international media figures.

Organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the one day forum discusses several local media issues including the development of media content, the future of local media and the public's expectations. The forum also presents the unique experience of Abu Dhabi media in the field of Emiratisation. The forum also case-presents and discusses the creditability and the emerging role of social media in spreading rumours.

During the opening session, U.A.E. Minister of State and Chairman of Sky News Arabia, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, delivered the opening speech. Al Jaber asserted that the U.A.E. local media needs to become proactive and anticipative, provide deep analysis and interpretation for the current events, under carry its social and cultural responsibilities, deliver our message and voice to the world and reflects our sound peaceful culture.

Minister Al Jaber said that the local media is expected to take the initiative, duple the effort to reflect accurate image about our values and take an active role in presenting the reality of our religion, traditions and civilisation.

He added that the leadership has paved the way for us to excel in various sectors, take the lead and be the happiest nation. He indicated that all these achievements came real due to the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and 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.

Minister Al Jaber said, "Over the past years, U.A.E. media has registered many successes and achievements and we need to adopt balanced and objective strategy that shall contribute in enhancing and bolstering U.A.E. creditability regionally and internationally".

"When I call for a proactive role, I do not mean exaggeration but rather I call our national media to be an icon for ethics and professionalism" Al Jaber urged the U.A.E. media to explain and echo the government's political views and promote the global positions of U.A.E..

For her part, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office and Chairperson of Dubai Press Club, Mona Ghanem Al Marri expressed her gratitude to U.A.E. Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continues support to the media sector, particularly media persons. Al Marri also noted the significant role of U.A.E. media in the development process of the United Arab Emirates ever since its establishment 43 years ago.

In her speech, Al Marri pointed out to the challenges facing the local and international media, namely the challenges presented to traditional media by social media, which have introduced new wave of competitions. She also touched on possible answers to challenges posed by social media, which can be encapsulated in creating good content, increasing interactivity and attracting the youth who constitute two-thirds of social media users.

Al Marri called on local media institutions to give media students more opportunity to partake in shaping the local media. She also emphasised on the importance of having confidence in young people's creative skills and innovative ideas.

The Emirati Media Forum, an initiative of Dubai Press Club (DPC), was launched in 2013 with aim of providing an out-of-the-box dialogue platform that looks into Emirati media and, in the same time, facilitate a fertile ground for young Emirati talents to come face to face with media professionals and elites. The DPC's Emirati Media Forum focuses on U.A.E. domestic media, taking into consideration its interaction with the regional and international media through dedicating such unique platforms as the Arab Media Forum and the Arab Journalism Award to discuss on issues impacting regional and international socio- political scenario.

Concluding the opening session, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid posed group photos with the officials of EMF's strategic partner, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), EMF's official partner, Etisalat, EMF media partner, Abu Dhabi Media, as well as with the Dubai Press Club team. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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U.A.E. calls for building societies that respect and empower women

posted on 27/11/2014

NEW YORK: The United Arab Emirates has placed great emphasis on addressing issues related to violence against women through preventive measures, campaigns to raise awareness, protection, and policy initiatives. The U.A.E. has strong policies on girls' education, women's legal rights, as well as the provision of treatment and rehabilitation support to victims, and it is continuing to develop a comprehensive policy on domestic violence.

Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, the U.A.E.'s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, made the remarks at the Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women yesterday at the United Nations Headquarters.

In her speech, following UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Ambassador Nusseibeh thanked Mr. Ban Ki-Moon for launching UNiTE, a campaign to eliminate violence against women, in 2008 and expressed her appreciation for the work of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura, as well as all the distinguished speakers at the conference in standing up to violence against women across the world.

She stated that despite the efforts being made, the prevalence of violence against women -- in acts committed domestically, within the community, or by the state -- remained too high in every corner of the world. She said, "When half the world's population has to live in fear, live with the consequences of violence, or in the worst cases, lose their lives, this is not just a problem for women; it is a problem for all of us -- families, communities, societies, states. If the act is global, the consequences are too." Ambassador Nusseibeh discussed the need to adopt new strategies and approaches to address the root causes of the problem and enable women, as agents of their own empowerment and safety, to live without the threat of violence. She cited new evidence and data in support of comprehensive, participatory dialogue and programmes on gender relationships and the lack of acceptability in using violence. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273042209.html


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Amnesty International's report on U.A.E. is untrue, illogical, say Int'l Organisation for Peace, Care and Relief, Int'l Goodwill Club condemn

posted on 27/11/2014

The International Organisation for Peace, Care and Relief (IOPCR), a non-governmental organisation with a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the claims made by Amnesty International in its recent report on the freedom of expression in the U.A.E. as untrue and illogical and short and falling far short of credibility.

Tarek Hamdan, Regional Director of IOPCR and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sharjah-based International Goodwill Club, in his statement, described International Amnesty's report as "completely untrue, illogical and lacks credibility, accuracy and transparency and reflects an imbalanced picture of the state of freedom of expression and human rights in the U.A.E.." "The report incorporated misleading claims and unfounded assumptions generated through a dubious methodology and erroneous research conducted by the organisation. It is based on unknown sources, its data and accounts lack credibility and does not honour the fundamentals of organisational report-writing. In addition it was published to coincide with the U.A.E.'s recent designation of 85 terrorist organisations. It also completely ignored the information and answers provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in response to the inquiries of the organisation which was not seeking impartiality or credibility as it claimed," IOPCR's statement said.

"The basic freedoms and respect of human rights represent an essential part of the principles and values upheld by the society of the U.A.E. which made significant achievements in this respect including the hosting of nationals of more than 200 countries in a society that is blessed by stability, peace and tolerance, and that guarantees all the rights and freedoms of all its members and residents. This is further consolidated by the fact that the International Goodwill Club, that has 297 goodwill ambassadors from international civil society organisations from across the world in its membership, has a regional headquarters in the U.A.E.," the statement added.

Hamdan noted that he will hold a press conference in the presence of a large number of goodwill ambassadors to condemn this report and call for holding accountable the Amnesty International's officials who published this misleading, defacing and incredible report.

The International Goodwill Club is an Egypt-based non-profit humanitarian organisation with a regional headquarters in the U.A.E. and is involved in organising activities for countering humanitarian crises. Ninety percent of the club's proceedings go to humanitarian activities. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273090209.html


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AbuDhabi Taxi App now available on iOS and Android

posted on 27/11/2014

The "AbuDhabi Taxi" mobile App will now be available on iOS and Android supported smart phones and devices, the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars has said.

"This user-friendly App which offers convenience to book a taxi in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain region of U.A.E., registers over 25,000 bookings a month (833 bookings a day). And it is a part of a larger initiative titled Smart Government a pioneering initiative in the region which aims to provide government based online services across the spectrum of corporate and community life," according to the Centre.

The launch of the App on iOS and Android reflects Centre's intent to reduce the number of calls received by the call centre.

Several new features to an already extensive feature list have also been added and many more will be introduced in the coming months, the Centre said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395273050608.html


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ADNEC expects 51 percent Emiratisation of workforce

posted on 27/11/2014

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company yesterday announced that it has achieved 50 percent Emiratisation in its total workforce, raising the number of Emirati employees in the company from last year's percentage of 44.

The company expects this figure to rise to 51 percent by end of 2014, as part of its strategic objective to nurture and develop future Emirati business leaders. ADNEC currently employs a total of 103 Emiratis, of which 45 percent are women. The 47 female Emirati employees represent 68 percent of the total female workforce at the company.

Humaid Matter Al Dhahi, acting group CEO of ADNIC, said: "Business tourism is central to the future economic success of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. And we recognise how important it is that Emiratis choose this industry as a fulfilling and rewarding career, so we are creating pathways to achieve this priority. The industry's success rests on the quality of talent it is able to attract and retain.

"We also understand that in order to develop the best talent we must invest in their progress and we continue to create unique learning opportunities for both established and new employees," continued Al Dhahi. "Our annual strategic plan has been carefully developed and is regularly updated to ensure that it meets the evolving demands of each department, and that it continues to arm employees with the skills required for sustained professional success." ADNEC has developed a comprehensive training programme that aims to develop a number of skills among national employees at the company. The three-phased programme involves firstly, the recruitment of uniquely qualified individuals by promoting the company as an attractive place to work. The second element of the programme involves offering competitive employment terms with optimum benefits; and the third element prioritises the provision of training to employees to give them the best chance of professional success.

The training programme – the second of ADNEC's three elements – is the ADNEC-Excel London scholarship programme.

The initiative allows key ADNEC staff to spend up to eight weeks at the UK's leading exhibition venue, where Excel experts share insights and experience with the trainees through mentoring and workshops.

"The retention and development of national talent is a top priority for ADNEC," said Al Dhahi. "Moving forward, our business will ensure the provision of quality training, career development opportunities and performance incentives for our workforce that allows nationals to continue to make a contribution to the success of our organisation." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395273048726.html


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