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Etihad Rail and Western Bainoona Group Sign one of the Largest Commercial Partnership Agreements for Stage Two of the UAE's National Rail Network

• The agreement includes rail freight services and transport of construction materials from Fujairah to Industrial City Abu Dhabi and Dubai Industrial City  • Transport of 4.5 million tons annually from the Western Bainoona Group’s facilities    Abu Dhabi, UAE - 3 August 2021: Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s National Rail Network, has signed a strategic partnership with Western Bainoona Group. Etihad Rail will deliver rail freight services to the Group for their construction materials from Western Bainoona Group's facilities in Fujairah to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.   The agreement comes following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, to enable a ......read more

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi to continue to Pioneer Marine Scientific Research in the Region with a new State-of-the-Art Marine Conservation and Fisheries Research Vessel

Abu Dhabi -  03, August 2021: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAD, asserted EAD's ongoing commitment towards protecting the environment and the marine biodiversity in Abu Dhabi and the overall UAE marine ecosystem, and announced that the Agency is building the Middle East's most advanced research vessel. The state-of-the-art, multipurpose marine conservation and fisheries vessel will use environment-friendly technologies in conducting specialized research.  “After the resounding success we have achieved with the dramatic improvement of fish stock numbers in Abu Dhabi waters, due to new policies and legislation, we are proud to be continuing our research on fisheries and all marine biodiversity to ......read more

National Geographic lists Dubai Museum of the Future among the 14 most Beautiful Museums in the World

UAE, August 01, 2021:  The National Geographic listed Dubai Museum of the Future as one of the 14 most beautiful museums in the world for its astounding architecture and sophisticated technological innovations.  The Dubai Museum of the Future, an architectural marvel that sits at the bustling heart of Dubai, is set to become a new global landmark once complete.  His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, said the selection of the Dubai Museum of the Future as a major world icon, even before its completion, captures the UAE’s leading status in innovation, design and architecture. “Dubai has established itself as a center for creativity, thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice ......read more

Etihad Rail Completes Excavation of the GCC's Longest Rail Tunnel as Part of Development of UAE National Rail Network

1.8 km tunnel cuts through the Hajar Mountain towards emirate of Fujairah     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 31, July 2021:  Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE National Rail Network, has completed the longest tunnel in the Gulf Region. Running for 1.8 km, the tunnel is part of Package D on Stage Two. Package D runs for 145 km from Dubai and Sharjah, through the Al Hajar Mountains, toward the emirate of Fujairah. The package includes the construction of nine tunnels through the mountains at a cumulative length of 6.9 kilometres, and additionally includes 54 bridges and 20 animal crossings.   The achievement is an significant step for the project’s development in 2021. The route passes through some of the most complex topographical areas in the construction of the network. In total, the ......read more

Sharjah Customs Foils Smuggling Attempt of 93 kg of Crystal Meth, 3,000 Methadone Tablets

Sharjah, July 29, 2021:  The Sharjah Ports, Customs and Free Zones Authority revealed that Sharjah Customs officials managed to thwart an attempt to smuggle about 93 kilograms of crystal meth and 3,000 methadone tablets into the country.  The seizures were hidden under a container carrying foodstuffs coming from one of the neighboring countries, the Authority said in a statement.  When checking the container upon its late arrival during the Eid al-Adha holidays, Customs officials found out that there were imbalances in the distribution of goods inside the container. As per customs procedures, the shipment was subjected to checks and examined using the latest technologies which led to the discovery of the drugs which were hidden meticulously inside iron cylinders. The drugs were then seized in coordination with the ......read more

Under the Directives of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al Khaimah Offers Financial Support to Nurseries Affected by Covid-19

Government sets aside funding package for nurseries across Ras Al Khaimah that had to temporarily close due to the pandemic July 29, 2021 - United Arab Emirates: Ras Al Khaimah Government has set aside funding to support private nurseries in the Emirate that had to temporarily close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The initiative was launched following a directive from His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and in line with his vision to maintain a high quality and resilient education system in the Emirate.  The funds have been distributed to all nurseries that submitted applications and qualified for support. Many of these nurseries are now back operating after also implementing all guidelines from the Ministry of Health on precautionary ......read more

Dubai Islamic Bank First Half 2021 Group Financial Results

 Improving profitability with total income of AED 5.8 bln and net profit of AED 1.9 bln, up 5% and 18% QoQ respectively.  Net operating profit before impairments reaches AED 3.4 bln, up 4% YoY and 10% QoQ.  Robust growth in customer deposits of 6% year to date to reach to AED 218.3 bln.  Efficiency build up continues with OPEX declining by 15% YoY to AED 1.2 bln.   Sector leading cost income ratio of 26.9%.   Dubai, July 28, 2021:  Dubai Islamic Bank (DFM: DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE and the second largest Islamic bank in the world, today announced its results for the period ending June 30, 2021.    First Half 2021 highlights:   • Total income increased by 5% QoQ to reach AED 5.8 billion YTD despite the challenging economic ......read more

Sharjah Chamber, South Korea Explore Fostering Economic Ties

Sharjah, July 25, 2021:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) discussed with the Consulate General of the Republic of South Korea in Dubai and the Northern Emirates means of enhancing economic cooperation and commercial relations between companies and investment institutions operating in Sharjah and South Korea, supporting partnerships between the two sides in various sectors and economic fields, and investment opportunities available in Information technology, healthcare, tourism, and culture. This came during a visit of HE Moon Byung-Jun, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai to the SCCI headquarters, where he was received by HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, Director-General, SCCI, and Fatima Khalifa Al Mokarrab, Director of International Relations Department, SCCI. While welcoming the visiting ......read more

Emirates Mars Mission Marks Busy First Year

One Year From Launch, EMM and the Mars Hope Probe have Exceeded Planned Mission Goals and Opened up new Fields of Science Observation Dubai-UAE: 20, July 2021:  The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, tomorrow marked a year since the mission’s launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan at 01:58 GST on the 20th July 2020. The mission has not only performed nominally across all areas, but has exceeded its anticipated performance, encompassing a range of additional activities and freeing up valuable resources to perform additional observations. “We’ve had quite a lot of ‘wiggle room’ in addition to our planned parameters and our confidence in our spacecraft has gone from strength to strength, to be ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Approves Board and Advisory Council of Dubai International Chamber

Mohammed bin Rashid: Dubai International Chamber represents a new model that aims to support our international partners who are part of Dubai’s economic development   Responsibilities of Dubai International Chamber:  • Strengthen partnerships with global corporations, investors and entrepreneurs in key strategic markets in Dubai • Develop incentive programmes for international businesses • Review the suggestions of global corporations and investors through board members and advisory council    • Support multinational companies based in Dubai and facilitate international trade services  • Help implement Dubai’s foreign trade plan which aims to expand the emirate’s trade networks to 200 additional cities around the world    Dubai - ......read more

Dubai Customs and the Emirates Intellectual Property Association Discuss More Cooperation in Combating Counterfeits

Dubai – 15 July 2021:  Dubai Customs continues to support efforts for protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights by strengthening cooperation and coordination with the Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA). HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, welcomed Major General Dr. Abdul Quddus Al Obaidli, Chairman of the EIPA. Present at the meeting from Dubai Customs were Mansour Al Malik, Executive Director for Customs Policies and Legislation, Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department, Kholoud Al Hosani, IP awareness and education officer, while the visiting delegation included Colonel Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Muaini, EIPA’s Secretary General, and Fatima Khalaf Al-Hosani, member of the EIPA’s Board of Directors. During the meeting, a visual presentation was delivered ......read more

SCCI Branches Stimulate Development Programs in Eastern, Central Regions

Sharjah, July 12, 2021:  The Branches Department of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) announced the successful completion of the operational plan for the first half of 2021, underlining that the four offices of the SCCI in the regions of Al Dhaid, Kalba, Khorfakkan and Dibba Al Hisn have been successful in achieving all the goals and implementing all the planned programs. The SCCI Branches Department has been keen to assume its role in enhancing and developing its performance towards its affiliated members in an optimal way through the launch of a number of vital and innovative projects and initiatives. This includes membership services through the Chamber’s website in addition to cooperation and coordination with the Department of Economic Development and Tas’heel centers to make it easier for ......read more

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and Etihad Rail Ensure the Highest Sustainability Standards Across Construction of Rail Network

Abu Dhabi, 11 June 2021: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s National Rail Network, have collaborated in implementing sustained environmental stewardship during the planning and construction of the Etihad Rail Project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UAE. The first phase of the project is already operational, while the second phase will extend across the UAE from its border with Saudi Arabia into Abu Dhabi and further Dubai and Sharjah into Fujairah on the east coast. Since the early stages of the project, the two entities have collaborated on a range of initiatives, including habitat conservation, animal protection, and rehabilitating native trees and shrubs across the emirate of Abu Dhabi to conserve UAE’s diverse natural ......read more

Sharjah Chamber holds 17th periodic meeting

Sharjah, July 10, 2021:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) commended the wise approach and vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which has helped Sharjah economy to be more resilient and adaptable and has enhanced its stability and growth, something that reflected on providing a safe, stable, and attractive business environment and boosted Sharjah's position on the global economic map. This came during the 17th periodic meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah Chamber which took place at the SCCI headquarters and headed by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, SCCI, Chairman, in the presence of Sheikh Majid bin Faisal Al Qasimi, First Vice-President of the Chamber, and members of the Board of Directors, HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, ......read more

Dubai Police, Emirates Auction Collaborate to Provide Assistance to on-road broken-down Vehicles

Sharjah, July 8, 2021:  The General Department of Transport and Rescue at Dubai Police and the Emirates Auction, the leading company in the field of the management and organization of public and online auctions in the Middle East have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), under which the latter shall provide assistance to on-road broken-down vehicles. The step comes as part of the joint endeavors of both entities to assist road users and enhance traffic safety and achieve a happier society which is among the most important objectives and directions of the UAE government. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the General Department of Transport and Rescue by HE Brigadier General Dr. Mohammed Nasser Abdul Razzaq Al Razouqi, Director of the General Department of Transport and Rescue at Dubai Police, and HE Omar ......read more

Dubai Customs completes 2nd phase of Innovation League 2021

Dubai – 07, July 2021:  Dubai Customs introduced the 1st Innovation League earlier this year to motivate employees and encourage them to compete and come up with creative ideas that can improve customs procedures and services. The tournament is aimed to promote competition among different customs centers and departments, thus fostering a culture of innovation and creativity within the organization.  Throughout 2021 working teams would compete with each other to find smart and innovative solutions to the challenges faced by Dubai Customs. At the end of the year three winning teams will be announced following jury evaluations.     “The winners will be honored and recognized by H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs,” said Hussain Al Fardan, Dubai Customs’ ......read more

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi Uses Satellites to Track Three Rehabilitated Turtles in Abu Dhabi Waters

Abu Dhabi, 7 July 2021:  In celebration of World Sea Turtle Day which falls on June 16th, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched a large and diverse group of previously rescued turtles back into Abu Dhabi’s waters via the beach at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, so they may return to their natural habitats.  The released group came from a batch of 150 turtles that the EAD is currently rehabilitating at the National Aquarium. From this diverse group, a loggerhead, a hawksbill and a green sea turtle were selected to be fitted with satellite tracking devices fixed to their shells, allowing the Agency to monitor their progress and collect data about their lifestyles and migration paths.  H.E. Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi Police ......read more

du collaborates with Al Jalila Foundation to transform lives in the UAE

Dubai, UAE, 6th July 2021:  du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), welcomed senior personnel from the Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to its Head Office to discuss the recent long-term partnership announcement between the two parties. As part of its annual commitment to giving back to the local community , du will donate AED 1 million to the Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through medical research, education, and treatment in the UAE. du CEO Fahad Al Hassawi personally met with his counterpart Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila where the two discussed the foundation’s latest projects, including the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital, which is currently under ......read more

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi Implements Executive Regulation to Improve Marine Water Quality

Abu Dhabi, 5 July 2021:  The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has begun implementing an executive regulation regarding marine water quality in Abu Dhabi.  The regulation, which was recently approved by the Agency’s Board of Directors, aims to preserve the quality of ambient marine water and sediments by regulating liquid discharges from land-based activities to the marine environment. In addition, the Agency aims to combat the deterioration of ambient marine water and sediments quality by applying measures to environmental impact assessment studies and environmental licensing applications. The regulation strengthens the enforcement measures taken by the Agency, including the environmental assessment, licensing and inspection procedures for development projects and industrial establishments to ensure ......read more

Dubai Municipality Carries Out Campaign to Clean Main Roads

Dubai, 04 July 2021:  As part of its continuous efforts to maintain a distinguished level of public hygiene, Dubai Municipality recently carried out a specialized field campaign to clean the median islands and shoulders of the main roads  in the Emirate. Waste, weeds and rubbish in these areas were cleared in cooperation with a number of government departments such as the RTA and Dubai Police to ensure public safety and the flow of traffic movement for pedestrians and motorists. Eng. Abdulmajeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality, emphasized that the implementation of this campaign comes within the plans of the approved annual field hygiene campaigns and programs, and is an affirmation of the sustained attention given by Dubai Municipality to hygiene in all areas of the emirate, thus ......read more

Sharjah Chamber, Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce explore avenues of cooperation to support education and healthcare sectors

Sharjah, July 4, 2021: The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI)  has explored avenues of cooperation with the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) to build on existing ties in the field of healthcare and education, in light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic During a webinar titled “Adjusting to New Normal in Education and Healthcare sectors in UAE & Austria”, both sides discussed the latest local and global developments and various economic issues of mutual concern. The virtual event is the first in a series of forums to be held by the chamber as part of its initiative “‘Sharaka Experts Talk”.  The online gathering was attended by H.E. Ibrahim Salim Al Musharrakh, UAE Ambassador to Austria, H.E. Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of SCCI, and Senator Dr. ......read more

Dubai Municipality Honors Departments for Pioneering Awards Won in First Half of 2021

Dubai, UAE - 04, July 2021:  Dubai Municipality organized a virtual ceremony to honor its departments that won pioneering awards during the first half of this year. This comes from the Municipality’s belief in the importance of motivating employees in its various sectors to always achieve the best, and in appreciation of the outstanding efforts that were made, which resulted in the Municipality achieving the best results that qualified it to win the most prominent pioneering and global awards.  Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said: “The Municipality's winning of these international awards reinforces the unique position that Dubai occupies in various fields and sectors, as we always strive to innovate the finest ways that contribute to achieving an exceptional leap in all projects and ......read more

According to a new report by Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and Strategy&: Government entities in the Middle East need to intensify their efforts to digitize services

Abu Dhabi, UAE, July 04, 2021: Digital applications are revolutionizing customer service. Customers need personalized service with minimal interactions, which forces public and private service providers to digitally transform their business models, according to a joint study conducted by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and Strategy&, part of the PwC network, entitled “Building the future of public sector digital services.”    These entities must aim for an “invisible government” that enables seamless services. For example, private companies would receive clearances and approvals without filing a request. To provide such a service, government entities should know their customers and facilitate data exchange among them.   Government entities in the region have managed to modernize and ......read more

Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi inaugurates 2nd "Jewels of Emirates" Show at Expo Centre Sharjah

Sharjah, July 01, 2021:  H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah today inaugurated the 2nd edition of the "Jewels of Emirates" show, which is being held under the theme "Glamour of beauty" amid the participation of over 100 local exhibiting companies. The event is being organized and hosted by the Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI). Sheikh Abdullah toured the exhibition halls, where he checked out the latest gold and jewelry collections. He also met with some exhibitors and national pavilions officials, who briefed him on the landscape of the gold industry in the UAE. Sheikh Abdullah was accompanied by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Expo Center ......read more

CSD Marks ‘Stop Cyberbullying Day' with an Informative Session on Ensuring Children's Safety on the Internet

Young CSD cybersafety ambassadors lead the discussion, highlighting key techniques to parents and children to identify, detect and prevent various forms of digital abuse   Sharjah, June 28, 2021:  As the young generations become increasingly dependent on digital platforms for learning, social interactions and entertainment, the Child Safety Department (CSD), an affiliate of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) in Sharjah, recently organised a virtual session titled ‘Sarah’s and Rashid’s Journey with Cyberbullying’, to highlight the dangers associated cyberbullying and ways to protect children online.  In the presence of Nahla Hamdan Al Saadi, Head of Programmes and Events at CSD, the session was led by three young cybersafety ambassadors of CSD, namely, Salama Al Tunaiji, ......read more

Bulky Waste Collection Service receives Happiness Flag in Dubai Municipality

Best initiative that applied customer happiness standards Dubai, 28 June 2021:  Dubai Municipality has organized the third cycle of the Happiness Flag initiative, which aims to enhance the principles of competitiveness and innovation, by nominating a group of the Municipality's most prominent initiatives in the field of implementing the standards of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Program for Government Services and Customer Happiness. The Bulky Waste Collection Service initiative received the Happiness Flag this year, after the unanimous approval of evaluators, who included Rashid Al Kharji, Senior Broadcaster at Dubai Media Incorporated, Adviser Ali Al Amimi, Head of Transport Operations Sector at Dubai Airports, and Ali Al Azzawi, Smart City Experience Consultant. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said: ......read more

Sharjah's Department of Statistics and Community Development Reinforces its Commitment to Quality with four ISO Certifications

Entity passes rigorous audits by the Aurion ISO consultants certification body in 2020 to attain the ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 56001 and ISO 10004 Standards     Sharjah, 27 June 2021:  Sharjah’s Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) has recently crossed significant milestones along its journey of providing quality services to the emirate whilst meeting both customer and regulatory requirements, with its acquisition four ISO certifications.     The government department in Sharjah behind key surveys, including the Sharjah Census , the Emirati household survey ‘Tahdeeth’ and the recently announced survey on ‘Sharjah citizens’ view on wedding expenditure’, DSCD has been using world-class statistical expertise and data gathering systems to ......read more

Dubai Municipality Organizes Virtual Seminar to Celebrate GCC Environment Day

Under the slogan “Best GCC Environmental Practices” Dubai, 24 June 2021:  Dubai Municipality organized a virtual seminar under the slogan, “Best GCC Environmental Practices,” as part of its activities to celebrate the GCC Environment Day, in the context of the Gulf countries’ interest in the environment and awareness programs aimed at enhancing the protection of the local environment and natural resources, in addition to seeing what is new, distinctive and that serves the environmental sectors of other departments.  The symposium witnessed the participation of many authorities at the local and GCC levels to learn about the best practices and innovations through which to preserve the environment and reach to the world.  One of the latest innovations and achievements made by Dubai ......read more

Director General of Dubai Customs Tours Terminal 1, DXB International Airport ahead of Reopening

Dubai – 24 ,June 2021:  H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs welcomed the step of re-opening Terminal 1- Dubai International Airport as of Thursday 24 June, and said it is an important step to accommodate the increasing number of flights and passengers in the coming period.  Musabih reaffirmed customs’ readiness to deal with the passenger and cargo traffic and to provide passengers with an outstanding experience cementing Dubai’s position as a preferred hub for trade and tourism.  Dr. Abdullah Busnad, Executive Director of Customs Inspection Division at Dubai Customs accompanied H.E Ahmed Mahboob Musabih in his visit to Terminal 1 on Wednesday. They were received by Ibrahim Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department, and Khalid Ahmed, Senior Manager, ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid announces the countdown for Expo 2020 Dubai

100 days to go for the World’s Greatest Show  UAE, Dubai, June 24, 2021— His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the countdown for Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest cultural event to convene the global community towards creating solutions for a better future.  In 100 days, the UAE will be the first country in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region to host a World Expo in the largest global gathering since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Expo 2020 Dubai, set to begin on October 1, is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors from all over the world to discover life-changing innovations. The mega event aims to drive collaboration and innovation to develop real-life solutions as the ......read more

Dubai Municipality Launches Campaign on Abandoned Vehicles

Dubai, 23 June 2021:  Dubai Municipality has launched its annual community awareness campaign, My Vehicle, under the slogan, “Clean Vehicle, Sustainable City” with the aim of educating all segments of public about the importance of preserving the aesthetic and civilized appearance of the city by committing not to leave abandoned vehicles, boats and equipment in public places.  The My Vehicle campaign includes raising awareness in the field of sustainable waste management and enhancing community awareness on maintaining the aesthetic appearance as well as having knowledge of laws, regulations and services related to this vital area of interest to all members of the society.  The campaign aims to reduce the behavior of leaving abandoned vehicles, boats and equipment in public places, which abounds in this ......read more

Dubai Customs Highlights Features of 2nd Release of iDeclare Smart Application

Integrated AI to recognize goods and specify customs duties Dubai – 22/6/2021:  H.E Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs said the challenges posed by the spread of Covid-19 pandemic have shown the incessant need to digital shifts in customs services and procedures to better serve global travel, trade and supply chains.  Digital transformation is at the core of Dubai Customs’ strategies and plans to ensure streamlined passenger traffic and trade. For this, the smart iDeclare Application is gaining more importance these days supporting Dubai International Airport in its mission as one of the best airports in the world dealing with the pandemic. For the seventh consecutive year, Dubai International Airport topped global airports in 2020 as the world’s busiest airport despite lockdowns and ......read more

Dubai Municipality's “Way Beyond Standard Contracts and Procurement Process” initiative wins 7-star rating

Dubai, 22 June 2021:  Dubai Municipality, represented by the Contracts and Purchasing Department, won the 2021 International Best Practices Award for its initiative, “the way beyond standard contract and procurement process” winning with a 7-star rating as the best global model out of 68 global participations in the global best practices category.  The initiative aims to adopt ways to enhance innovation in the field of contracts and purchasing, by encouraging technical solutions and technology. The initiative is based on a digital roadmap, which included the creation of data warehouse, smart purchasing systems, high-standard operational standards and customer-centric concepts and their needs.  The International Best Practices Award aims to honor institutions with pioneering achievements and contributions, ......read more

Dubai Municipality becomes First Government Department to Approve Job Titles for Remote Work

Dubai - 22, June 2021:  Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality has approved the job titles for remote work in the Municipality, for jobs that can be done remotely. While choosing the jobs, it was taken into account, ensuring the continuity of providing Municipality’s services and operations efficiently and effectively.  Dubai Municipality is the first government department to approve these titles, which is an embodiment of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.  Dubai Municipality has started implementing the remote work system in normal circumstances and other ......read more

SCCI Officials Tour Sahara Centre's New Expansions

Sharjah, June 21, 2021:  A delegation from the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI), headed by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, recently visited Sahara Centre, the ultimate lifestyle destination in the UAE, to learn closely about the new expansion project, located in the west wing of the mall.   The visit falls within the SCCI's commitment to strengthening communication with all economic facilities and sectors in Sharjah.  The delegation included HE Waleed Abdul Rahman Bu Khatir, SCCI Second Vice Chairman, a number of members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director-General of the SCCI, HE Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of the Expo Center Sharjah, and Ibrahim Rashid Al Jarwan, Director of the Economic Relations and Marketing Department, ......read more

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi Announces Winners of the Tide Turner Plastic Challenge

Abu Dhabi, 21, June 2021:  The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has announced the winners of the Tide Turner Plastic Challenge in celebration of World Sea Turtles Day. The challenge was launched in March, on the occasion of World Water Day, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and was designed to educate students about the harm caused by single-use plastics and invite them to take part in combatting this global problem and become future advocates of change.  Twenty winners were announced from three schools, including: 13 contenders from St Joseph School Abu Dhabi, five winners from Private International School, and two students from Future International Academy. The Tide Turner Plastic Challenge aims to convince the younger generation to reconsider their plastic ......read more

Dubai Customs Organizes 2nd DCCC Meeting with Business Groups Amid High Hopes of Trade Recovery and Prosperity

Dubai – 20 June 2021:  Dubai external trade is moving steadily toward more growth based on a number of success factors including Dubai’s outstanding capability, dynamism and agility in handling the pandemic crisis, and that, coupled with a safe and advanced infrastructure and strategic location, is urging many companies to move their production lines from to the emirate.  This was the highlight of the opening statement of H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Chairman of Dubai International Chamber of Commerce during the Dubai Customs Consultative Council meeting. The meeting was held virtually, in the presence of H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, executive directors, heads of customs departments and ......read more

Municipality Develops Integrated System to Classify Dubai Assets in a Comprehensive Geospatial Dictionary

Dubai, 20 June 2021:  The GIS Center in Dubai Municipality has developed an integrated system for classifying Dubai assets in a comprehensive geospatial dictionary.  The move comes within the framework of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, to transform the Government of Dubai into a fully smart model and make Dubai the address of smart cities in the world.  It is also in implementation of the GIS Center’s tasks related to collecting the emirate’s basic and detailed geographic data and digital information, including descriptive ones, classifying this data and information, setting technical controls with the asset owners, and then providing geographical data, information and a dictionary to it within ......read more

DLD: May 2021 had 4,429 Transactions worth AED 11.11 Billion

● Total of 20,989 real estate sale transactions from January to May worth AED 47.19 billion. ● 1.4% month-on-month increase in overall sales transaction values during May 2021. ● 77% of sales transactions were for apartments and 23% were for villa/townhouses.  ● 62% of sales transactions were in the secondary/ready market and 38% were off-plan.   Dubai, UAE, 20 June 2021: Dubai's real estate market has achieved a new record, the highest over the past four years in terms of the value of real estate sales transactions, thus highlighting the emirate's attractiveness and flexibility in attracting real estate investments, and emphasising Dubai as one of the best global real estate destinations and the most capable of adapting to various conditions and global developments. The 15th ......read more

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund Announces Third Round of Grants to Support Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

• 8 New programs that strengthen continued access to education for refugees, underlining the spirit of strategic Philanthropy   • Third round of the Fund focuses on upskilling refugee youth and providing secondary education access    Dubai, UAE – 20, June 2021:  Coinciding with World Refugee Day on June 20, as the globe takes a moment to acknowledge the crisis of over 80 million forcibly displaced people globally, the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund today announced the launch of the third cycle of grants to provide access to market-driven upskilling courses that pave the way for elevated livelihoods. In addition, the grants will also support refugee youth in Lebanon and Jordan in completing secondary education.   The third round of grants will support eight ......read more

MoHAP, EHS to Showcase a Bundle of Innovative Health Projects and Programs at Arab Health 2021

June 20, 2021:  The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) together with the Emirates Health Services are participating in the 46th Arab Health Exhibition and Conference, which takes place in Dubai between June 21 and 24. A unique package of innovative health services and preventive and curative projects compatible with the latest medical technologies are set to be showcased during the event.  This includes the latest digital health apps and recent developments of personalized medicine and telemedicine services with the aim of helping patients self-manage their curative services. This comes in line with the aspirations of the year of the 50th and the state's orientations to move forward on the way of the government of the future and to enhance the competitiveness of healthcare services in the ......read more

UAE becomes World's Second Country to approve Amgen's Lung Cancer Drug “Lumakras”

June 20, 2021:  The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has recently approved the registration and use of Amgen’s lung cancer drug Lumakras, following the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This step will give lung cancer patients in the UAE early access to this innovative drug in order to help speed up their treatment plan and improve the quality of their life.   This comes as part of the UAE's keenness to attract and provide innovative medicines that prove effective and efficient and adopt them as treatment protocols, which greatly contributes to the development of the drug system in accordance with the best international practices. The medicine registration comes in the wake of the application of MoHAP’s innovative mechanism for its accelerators to evaluate and approve the ......read more

The Flag Island to Celebrate the International Day of Yoga on June 21st

Sharjah - 20, June, 2021:  After the successful edition of the event in 2019, The Flag Island, operated under Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) will organize a special yoga event on 21 June 2021, in conjunction with the International Day of Yoga. The event will be held from 06:00 p.m. to 07:30 p.m., in collaboration with Fitness First, Sharjah. The activity is aimed at promoting awareness about yoga and its benefits for physical, mental and psychological health. Under the supervision of a group of trained Yoga instructors, the event will feature a range of free-of-charge activities including yoga and meditation sessions, and will organize an awareness session explaining how yoga can increase wellness in one's life.  The well-designed fitness program will be a unique opportunity for parents to ......read more

Sharjah Police and Chamber continue Offering Security Awareness to Industrial Facilities

Sharjah, June 17, 2021:  The Representative Committee of the Industry Sector Business Group of the Sharjah Chamber Commerce & Industry (SCCI), in cooperation with the Sharjah Police General Command, organized on Wednesday the second introductory session on the security measures of the industrial facilities in the Emirate of Sharjah.  The session falls within the awareness campaign launched under the theme "Your business safety is a key to thrive" and aims to raise awareness among owners of industrial establishments about security measures to reduce crime rates and increase the feeling of safety. The meeting held at the SCCI headquarters and was attended by HE Lt. Colonel Jassim Al Suwaidi, Head of the Community Policing Department, HE Lalu Samuel, Chairman of the Representative Committee of the ......read more

Abu Dhabi Is the First Location Globally to Recieve the First Shipment of the New Revolutionary Anti-covid 19 Medication

● Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Rafed, GSK, & Etihad Cargo partnered together for expedited approval and receipt of the first batch of the medication last night.  ● MoHAP-approved Sotrovimab medicine can prevent severe cases and death for selected COVID-19 patients by more than 85%    Abu Dhabi, UAE – June 17, 2021: The world’s newest anti-viral treatment for COVID-19, Sotrovimab, is now available for early treatment of certain categories COVID-19 patients in the UAE following a landmark agreement between the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, the country’s leading group purchasing organization (GPO) Rafed, and global innovative biopharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). With the arrival of the first shipment yesterday in Abu Dhabi airport, Abu Dhabi become the first location ......read more

RERA Launches Series of Technical Workshops to Ensure Sustainability of Common-area Services and Maximise Use of Buildings

Dubai, UAE, 15 June 2021:  The Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) at Dubai Land Department (DLD) has strengthened its efforts to ensure the sustainability of services for common areas in the emirate, in addition to improving the use of related buildings, by launching a series of technical workshops to address projects, experiences and models in Dubai, having succeeded in managing the common areas with great efficiency and distinction. HE Eng Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of RERA, commented: “RERA attaches great importance to developing the work system for the common areas in the emirate, given the growing importance of this sector. To this end, RERA's work teams seek to cooperate with various strategic partners and stakeholders from the public and private sectors to work together on establishing innovative and ......read more

Dubai Customs Showcases Leading EXPO2020 Initiatives

Dubai – 14 June 2021:  Dubai Customs showcased its leading smart initiatives for EXPO2020 during its participation in the Liaison Officer meeting for securing EXPO 2020. Dubai Police organized the event in cooperation with local strategic partners. Dubai Customs’ team delivered a presentation on the world-class services it will provide to exhibitors and visitors in the grand event. The government department has launched 24 creative initiatives to facilitate customs procedures and enrich participants’ experience.    Saeed Mustafawi, head of new data section at Customs Declaration Department and the coordinator between Dubai Customs and EXPO2020 office said that Dubai Customs has completed all of its EXPO initiatives and achieved full integration with government partners. The EXPO official clearance ......read more

Dubai Customs Engages Stakeholders in Updating New Release of Client Happiness Charter

Dubai – 13 June 2021:  Within its commitment to achieve highest client happiness, Dubai Customs’ Client Happiness Department organized a number of virtual meetings with the clients and partners to engage them with the evaluation and reviewing of the new release of the Client Happiness Charter. The aim is to ensure updated and continued improvement of services delivered to clients in compliance with the ISO standard 100001:2007 and the application of the best practices in the field.  During the meeting, the clients’ and partners suggestions were noted and recorded to be added to the new charter. “We are committed to make our clients happier by providing the best quality services and procedures to help our clients complete their transactions anytime and anywhere, using Dubai Customs smart ......read more

Emirates Literature Foundation Search Is on for Young Writers

• Story Writing Competitions Now Open   Dubai, UAE, 13 June 2021:  The Emirates Literature Foundation’s search for the nation’s best young story writers has begun, with the launch of its annual creative writing competition for students, the Story Writing Competition.   A fixture on the academic calendar, the competition runs in Arabic and in English and is open to full-time students in schools, colleges and universities in the GCC. It is divided into age-specific categories: 11 and under, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-25.  The winners will be honoured in a special ceremony held during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2022, and the winning entries are published in an anthology.   The competition is tremendously popular, with more than 3,600 stories being entered last ......read more

HE Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi Explores Sharjah's Dynamic Startup Ecosystem as an inclusive, Entrepreneur-Friendly City

• His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, witnesses the launch of Sheraa’s 5-Year Impact Report charting its journey as a leading force in transforming Sharjah’s impact-driven entrepreneurship ecosystem  • Five of Sheraa’s top portfolio startups pitched to the Minister, followed by an open roundtable discussion with 40 founders on entrepreneurship in the UAE   Sharjah, June 9, 2021:  The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) hosted a visit by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, to explore Sharjah’s growing startup ecosystem and Sheraa’s founder-focused approach to ecosystem building, as well as connect with some of UAE’s top startups supported ......read more

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DLD: February 2021 had 3,787 Sales Transactions worth AED 7.43 Billion…

Mo’asher, Dubai’s official sales price index: market continues upwards trend     ● February 2021 had the highest number of secondary/ready sales in a single month since January 2017. ● 67% of sales transaction were in the secondary/ready market, and 33% were in the off-plan market.     United Arab Emirates -  March 201 ......read more

Dubai Municipality celebrates World Water Day 2021…

Dubai, 21 March 2021:  Coinciding with the World Water Day 2021, which falls on March 22 every year, Dubai Municipality will organize a virtual seminar under the slogan "Valuing the importance of groundwater" in both Arabic and English, in the presence of a group of specialists from different countries of the world, in addition to the participation and hosting of various ......read more

Etihad Rail and Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to Cooperate in the Exchange of Services and Training…

Agreement focuses on four key areas: locomotives and wagons lease arrangements, spare parts purchase, special volunteer groups and shared services initiatives  17 March 2021:  Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, announced today its partnership with the Saudi Railway Company (SAR), by signing a strategic agreement establishing a ......read more

Statement by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi Chairman of Ajman Free Zone on declaring 2021 ...…

March 17, 2021 “The announcement of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, making 2021 the Year of the 50th marks another significant chapter in the UAE’s history. This year will see our beloved country further reinforcing its global leadership across all fields by bringing its growth and progress to new levels.  The declaration constitutes an ......read more

Reusing and Recycling; Individual and Collective Actions in the Fight Against Climate Change…

Ahead of COP26, representatives from Saudi Arabia and the UK government discussed climate change issues yesterday in an online roundtable hosted by the British Embassy in Riyadh 16 March 2021: Climate change is the biggest and most urgent challenge of our time. During a live forum hosted yesterday by the British Embassy in Riyadh, experts from private and public sectors and civil society ......read more

The UN World Food Programme and Dubai Cares Partner to Jointly Invest in Health and Nutrition of ...…

Dubai, UAE, 16 March, 2021 – Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today a long-term strategic partnership to enhance school feeding programmes in Africa.  This strategic agreement renews and strengthens the longstanding partnership between WFP and Dubai Cares and focuses on securing the ......read more

Dubai Municipality Promotes Children's Creative Talents in Photography…

Dubai - 16, March 2021:  As part of Dubai Municipality’s efforts to develop children's creative skills and talents in various fields, especially in photography, the Municipality's Children's City, in cooperation with Nikon, is organizing a photography training course for six months.  The training course is aimed at promoting an ideal understanding of the basics of ......read more

MoHAP Calls on Nationwide Participation in ground-breaking Emirati Genome Program…

- Emirati Genome Program will cement the country’s commitment to providing the best healthcare for Emirati citizens  - The program will help scientists and medical professionals develop a predictive, preventive, personalized healthcare system for a healthier future    United Arab Emirates -  March 16, 2021:   The Ministry of Health and Prevention ......read more

Dubai Municipality is 100% Paper-Free…

Dubai, 15 March 2021:  Dubai Municipality has achieved 100% reduction in papers during the year 2020. The total reduction amounted to 20,960,743 papers annually, saving more than Dhs95 million and more than one million working hours. “The implementation of the improvement measures related to the Dubai Paperless Strategy has led to an increase in the percentage of digital completion ......read more

Al-Futtaim Toyota and UAE Government Authorities Confiscate AED10.5 Million worth of Counterfeit ...…

Al-Futtaim Toyota conducted 21 raids with UAE government authorities, as well as training more than 400 officials across 2020   Dubai, UAE - March 15, 2021:  Al-Futtaim Toyota, part of Al-Futtaim Automotive, in collaboration with UAE government authorities and the Economic Development Department, conducted 21 raids for counterfeit parts during 2020. The raids included checks ......read more

Dubai Municipality Launches Qoot Service for Food Sample Testing…

Dubai, 14 -  March 2021:  As part of its efforts to protect the health and safety of the members of the society, Dubai Municipality has launched the Qoot initiative, which aims to improve the food sample testing service. It enables the customer to check the quality and safety of food products to ensure that they are free from disease-causing bacteria and harmful chemicals and that ......read more

Dubai Customs Certified Great Place to Work 2021…

United Arab Emirates -  March 13, 2021:   Director General of Dubai Customs H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih received the “Great Place to Work” certificate, which puts Dubai Customs as the first customs organization to have received such certification.  The certificate was given to Dubai Customs in the presence of Ibrahim Mougharbel, Managing Director, Great Place To ......read more

Celebrating 20 Years of the Arab International Women's Forum…

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, President & Founder Arab International Women’s Forum United Arab Emirates -  March 11, 2021:   On International Women’s Day 2021, AIWF President & Founder Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani reflects on two decades of leadership of AIWF and her commitment to fostering sustainable development with women and youth at its heart Each year, I am ......read more

Oman's Ministry of Heritage and Tourism Rolls out a Robust Program to Revive Tourism in the ...…

The program includes a series of digital workshops and seminars for industry players and local communities  United Arab Emirates -  March 10, 2021:   The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism in the Sultanate of Oman has put in place several digital workshops and seminars that highlight the essence and diversity of tourist destinations in Oman, main touristic experiences and ......read more

Dubai Municipality Wins Innovation Award for the Largest 3d Printed Building…

Dubai, 08 March 2021:  Dubai Municipality has won the UAE Ideas Award organized by the Dubai Quality Group under the slogan, "Nothing is Impossible," for the category of "Innovation in the field of inventions" for constructing the World’s Largest 3D Printed Building. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of ......read more

Philanthropic Mission to End Childhood Pneumonia – Charles Monat Associates (CMA) marks 50th ...…

• 5-year partnership will improve millions of lives through significant investments in healthcare, sanitation, clean water and other basic amenities • CMA and Save the Children will combine knowledge, expertise and resources to combat global health crisis starting in Indonesia, China and Bangladesh   March 08, 2021:   Charles Monat Associates (CMA), a global ......read more

Dubai Municipality Wins Ideas Arabia Award for Applying Ai in Wastewater Treatment Process…

Dubai, 07 March 2021:  Dubai Municipality has won Ideas Arabia international award, organized by Dubai Quality Group, in the "sustainability" category, through the initiative "Applying Artificial Intelligence System to Monitor and Control Wastewater Treatment Processes at Jebel Ali Plant." Eng. Mohammad Al Rayes, Director of Sewage Treatment Network and Plants ......read more

MoHAP Attains BSI Certification in Effective Governance Management…

United Arab Emirates -  March 07, 2021:   In recognition of its success in the implementation of the Effective Governance Management Systems based on trust, accountability, transparency, and fair practices, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has been awarded the Governance Specification Certification (BS13500) from the British Standards Institute (BSI). With this ......read more

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award Continues Efforts to Empower Women…

Under the directions of Hamdan bin Mohammed and Ahmed bin Mohammed   Mattar Al Tayer: The Award is a pioneer in promoting the role of women in sports in the country, the Arab world and the world   United Arab Emirates -  March 07, 2021:   The Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, one of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum ......read more

Dubai's Start-up Charitable Efforts Making a Difference in Children's Lives…

United Arab Emirates -  March 04, 2021:   The e-commerce industry has come a considerably long way from its simple buy-sell model. In 1991 the World Wide Web was created and just 5 years later, over 40 million people had access to the internet with global online sales surpassing $1 billion for the year. This jump gave clear signals of the industry’s later growth but even so, ......read more

Sustainability and Happiness Shaping the Future of Smart Cities: Mastercard, Smart Dubai and Expo ...…

• New report explores the expectations of UAE’s citizens and residents from future Smart Cities • Nearly 79% of residents would be happy living in a smart city  • More than half (53%) of UAE residents highlighted living in a sustainable city as the most exciting innovation for smart cities   4 March - 2021; Dubai, UAE:  Mastercard, Smart Dubai and ......read more

Dubai Municipality Confiscates Huge Quantities of Tobacco and Pan Products…

Dubai, 02 March 2021:  Dubai Municipality has carried out intensive campaigns on stores and warehouses that sell tobacco and its products in the emirate to verify their commitment to the approved health and safety controls and requirements.  In coordination with the Federal Customs and Tax authorities, more than 416,744 packs of cigarettes that do not conform to the approved UAE ......read more

Dubai Customs Organizes 12 Initiatives to Celebrate Month of Reading…

Dubai – 02 March 2021:  Celebrating the Month of Reading, Dubai Customs organized 12 events and initiatives under the theme ‘Al Furdah Reads”, which target employees, clients and society at large with the aim of spreading the love of reading.  Every year, March is observed as the month of Reading in the UAE; it is marked by a rich and diverse calendar of engaging ......read more

Dubai Municipality Honors Creative Ideas…

Dubai, 01 March 2021: Dubai Municipality has submitted 170,267 ideas it received through its unified Suggestion Scheme and the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Council from its beginning in 2008 until 2020. Out of them 17,545 were feasible ideas, through which, the scheme has so far achieved financial savings amounting to approximately Dhs105 million. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai ......read more

UAE Ranks First in the Region and 17th Worldwide in Global Soft Power Index 2021…

Emirates Mars Mission improves UAE’s overall Soft Power score by 5% compared to last year UAE moves seven places up from last year in the ‘Respected Leaders’ category to reach the 7th globally  The Index was launched in the virtually-held Global Soft Power Summit attended by decisionmakers and specialists Mohammed bin Rashid: The UAE is not a place in the globe, ......read more

Dubai Municipality gets 9 new certificates of international standards…

Dubai, 25 February 2021: Dubai Municipality has obtained nine new certificates of conformity with international standards specialized in the fields of administrative systems in addition to renewing 10 international certificates, after evaluation and auditing of them by specialized international auditing companies from UK and Germany. The achievement comes within the framework of the ......read more

EEG hosts the Can Collection Day - 1500 Kgs of Aluminium Cans was recycled…

Emirates Environmental Group brings together over 200 entities to participate in the 25th Can Collection Day Campaign in the Year of “Towards the Next Fifty”. EEG Collects 1,500 kg of Aluminium Can and mitigates 23 MTCO2E, saves 341 Million BTU of Energy  and 36 m3 of Landfill space. Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) has yet again reunited the nation for its 25th Cycle ......read more

Tide and Ariel to Donate a Million Antivirus Washes to Frontliners in Hospitals Across Saudi…

United Arab Emirates -  February 25, 2021:   Leading detergent brands Tide and Ariel have announced plans today to donate one million washes to frontline workers in 54 public and private hospitals across Saudi Arabia before the end of March 2021.  As healthcare workers and first responders fight the pandemic, Tide and Ariel have launched  their COVID-19 relief ......read more

SCCI Stresses Keenness on Boosting Economic Ties between Sharjah, Egypt…

Sharjah, February 24, 2021:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) underlined its eagerness to strengthen all forms of economic relations between Sharjah and Egypt, increase the volume of bilateral trade between the two friendly countries, and stimulate economic activities in the emirate to launch more investment ventures. The statements made on the sidelines of the ......read more

Dubai Municipality Joins UAE Innovates 2021 Activities…

Dubai - 21 February 2021: Dubai Municipality is joining the activities of the UAE Innovates 2021, organized by the General Secretariat of Dubai Executive Council, from 21 to 27 February, to enhance the Municipality's directions towards promoting the values of creativity and innovation in its various sectors. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, emphasized the ......read more

Dubai Cares' Contribution to COVID-19 Global Response in 2020 Highly Regarded by the International ...…

• 15 programs launched in 2020 bringing the total number of programs to 227 since inception • Dubai Cares rolled out a nationwide fundraising campaign in support of students from low-income families in the UAE • Dubai Cares launched RewirEd, a new global education platform with the vision to rewire education for a prosperous and sustainable future • The United Nations ......read more

Sheraa Develops New Formula for Building Startups with the Launch of Sharjah Startup Studio…

• ‘Sharjah Startup Studio’ delivers a jab of hope to startups leading the post-covid recovery • UAE’s first government-backed startup studio will take startups from idea to company, and position them to power the nation’s digital transformation      Sharjah, February 20, 2021   The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) has ......read more

DLD Showcases Latest Projects and Innovations during ‘UAE Innovates' Week 2021…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  February 18, 2021:   Dubai Land Department (DLD) is participating in the UAE Innovates Week 2021 that will be held virtually from 21 – 27 February under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. HE Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director-General of DLD, commented: ......read more

Dubai Customs to Take Part in UAE Innovation Month with 39 initiatives…

Dubai – 18, February 2021:  Dubai Customs has 39 initiatives and events under the “Al Furdah Innovates 2021” that are ready to launch in the upcoming UAE Innovation Month in Dubai (21-27 Feb). The events will address all categories, so there will be 6 events for the clients, 9 events for the partners, 19 events for the employees and 5 events for the society at ......read more

32 Food Outlets Closed in Dubai for Violating Covid-19 Precautionary Measures…

Number of complying food establishments rose to 5,264   Dubai - 16, February 2021:  Dubai Municipality revealed that since the beginning of this year it has ordered the closure of 32 food establishments for violating precautionary measures to combat the Corona virus, in addition to issuing warning notices to 472 outlets. “Within 45 days since the beginning of this year, ......read more

Dubai Municipality wins Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance…

In the Education Supporting Institutions Category Dubai, 15 February 2021:  Dubai Municipality has won the 23rd Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance award, organized by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, in the “Education Supporting Institutions Category.”  The ......read more

British Customs Commends Dubai Customs' Professionalism…

AED21.5b: trade between Dubai and UK in 2020   Dubai – 14, February 2021:  The implementation of Brexit and the following consequences on trade, travel and security were the main highlights of the meeting that took place between Dubai Customs and its British counterpart.  The meeting was organized online, and H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai ......read more

Dubai Customs, First Certified Agile Government Organization in the World…

Dubai – 13 February 2021:  Dubai Customs received Agile Organization Certification from the American Business Agility Institute (BAI), as the first agile government organization worldwide. The Government Department consolidated its position in agility by obtaining four-star rating, the highest agility rating given by BAI, topping other competitors. The next four competitors in the list ......read more

Al Maktoum Foundation Ties-up With Ajman University to Help Underprivileged Students…

Under the terms of an MoU, the Foundation will provide financial assistance to AU’s Thamer Fund for 3 years United Arab Emirates -  February 11, 2021:    Ajman University (AU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Maktoum Foundation to further enhance its support to underprivileged students who are unable to continue their education due to financial ......read more

Dubai Municipality Wins Pioneering Award in Contracts and Procurement…

Winning initiative focused on reducing contractual journey with suppliers while maintaining quality  Dubai, 11 February 2021:  Dubai Municipality has won the CIPS Middle East Supply Management Award in the Public Procurement category, organized by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.  The Municipality’s winning initiative, “Agile Procurement for ......read more

Dubai Municipality Celebrates National Environment Day 2021…

Dubai, 07 February 2021: Dubai Municipality organized a virtual seminar under the slogan "Green Recovery," coinciding with the celebrations of the National Environment Day, which falls on 4th February every year. The symposium witnessed the presence of a group of participants at the local, Arab and international levels.  The symposium shed light on the concept of green recovery, ......read more

Joint Un-Government Tigray Mission Highlights Humanitarian Needs and Path Forward…

United Arab Emirates -  February 07, 2021:  The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, and the Federal Minister of Peace of the Government of Ethiopia, Muferihat Kamil, completed a joint visit to Mekelle in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, aiming to highlight the need for ......read more

NAU Platform Facilitates Shipments of 255k Tonnes Cargo on ‘dhows' Through Dubai Creek in 2020…

A total of 1,762 vessels registered in the easy-to-use mobile app   DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 06 FEBRUARY 2021: “NAU by DP World”, a digital marketplace and an aggregator of cargo ‘dhows’, traditional wooden vessels, has achieved a shipping volume of more than 255,000 tonnes in 2020, with 1,762 dhows registered in the application.  Launched officially ......read more

Dubai Customs discusses more trade cooperation with Germany…

Dubai – 05 Feb 2021: HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs held a videoconferencing meeting with a German delegation headed by H.E. Holger Mahnicke, German Consul General to Dubai to discuss means of enhancing mutual economic cooperation and trade between Dubai and Germany, the role of Dubai Customs in supporting supply chain and the customs facilities provided. The ......read more

Chairman of DP World visits Dubai International Airport…

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem: Dubai is a central hub for storing and distributing Covid-19 vaccine Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: 13.6m items of luggage, 820 seizures in Dubai Airports in 2020 iDeclare boosts Dubai airport’s reputation worldwide   Dubai – 3 February 2021: In a visit to the Dubai International Airport, H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & ......read more

MBRU Researcher Becomes First-ever Emirati to Be Published in Leading Scientific Journal Nature ...…

Dr. Saif Al Qassim co-authored landmark study on molecular motor responsible for transport of cellular cargo in the human body with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania  United Arab Emirates -  February 01, 2021:   Dr. Saif Al Qassim, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) has become the first ......read more

Dubai Customs Wraps Up Successful 4th UAE Customs Week…

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: “UAE Customs Week” gained international reputation with the participation of WCO United Arab Emirates -  February 01, 2021:  H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs said the UAE Customs Week has gained global reputation with the active participation of the World Customs Organization in the 4th UAE Customs Week, held from ......read more

Henkel Donates Hand Sanitizers to Emirates Red Crescent…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates; January 28, 2021: In solidarity with those facing uncertainties brought on by the Coronavirus, Henkel, one of the leading multinational FMCG companies, donated 75,000 pieces of Fa Hand Sanitizers to Emirates Red Crescent.   The initiative followed the transformation of Henkel’s production facilities to produce disinfectants, part of the ......read more

Dubai Customs discusses Youth's Role in Tomorrow's Customs…

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: We developed 237 new customs innovations in 2020 based on young employees’ innovative ideas Saeed Mohammed Al Nathari: Turning dialogue into a daily practice is a priority, and we organized 3,000 discussion panels that targeted 3,000 young people    Dubai – 28 January 2021: Dubai Customs organized a youth’s panel discussion as part of ......read more

UAE Ministry of Tolerance & Coexistence and the Higher Committee launches Festival of Human ...…

United Arab Emirates -  January 28, 2021:  His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence announced the launch of the first edition of the Festival of Human Fraternity.    Organized by the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence and in collaboration with the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, the ......read more

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