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RTA lifts 5.9 million passengers during Eid Al Fitr holiday 1445 H/2024

Dubai. Roads and Transport Authority. 13th April 2024 Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announces that public transport means, taxis and shared mobility vehicles have transported about 5.9 million passengers during the holiday of Eid Al Fitr 1445H (10 to 12 April 2024). The breakdown indicates that Dubai Metro’s Red and Green Lines served 2.32 million riders, Dubai Tram lifted 115 thousand riders, public buses were used by 1.2 million passengers, and marine transport means ferried 416 thousand riders. Taxis transported 1.6 million passengers, and shared mobility vehicles served 308,000 passengers.  

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UAE Participates in 2024 Spring Meetings of IMF and WBG

His Excellency Mohamed bin Hadi Al Hussaini: Global collaboration is key to advancing sustainable development efforts and establishing effective solutions. Abu Dhabi, UAE: 13 April 2024 – The United Arab Emirates, represented by the Ministry of Finance, announced its participation in the 2024 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) taking place in Washington D.C., from 15 to 20 April 2024. His Excellency Mohamed bin Hadi Al Hussaini, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, will head the UAE delegation, which includes Ali Abdullah Sharafi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary  for International Financial Relations, Hamad Essa Al Zaabi, Director of the Office of His Excellency Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Thuraiya Hamid Alhashmi, Director of International Financial ......read more

Abdullah bin Zayed chairs ADFD's Executive Committee meeting

Abu Dhabi, April 6, 2024 – The Executive Committee of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) held its first meeting for the year 2024, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice Chairman of the ADFD’s Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Executive Committee. The virtual meeting was attended by Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State; His Excellency Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State; His Excellency Fares Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Advisor to the Presidential Court, the Executive Committee members and His Excellency Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. Several topics were discussed during the meeting, including project funding requests in developing countries, and major decisions were taken. His ......read more

HE Al Owais: Enhanced Health Sector Efficiency Boosts UAE's Leading Position in Global Health Rankings

HE Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), stressed that the UAE has successfully developed an integrated healthcare system following the best global practices, thanks to the unlimited support and wise directives of its leadership.  “From harnessing all resources to enhancing quality of life and securing enduring accomplishments, the country’s healthcare system is fundamentally designed to ensure the well-being and happiness of people,” the Minister said. In a statement on World Health Day, which coincides with the World Health Organization’s 76th founding anniversary, celebrated under the theme "My Health is My Right," His Excellency said: “The UAE views healthcare as a fundamental right for both its citizens and residents, with health policies ......read more

RTA announces service hours during holiday of Eid Al Fitr 1445H (2024)

Dubai. Roads and Transport Authority. 5th April 2024 Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the business hours of all services during the holiday of Eid Al Fitr 1445H (2024) covering Customer Happiness Centres, Paid Parking Zones, Public Buses, Dubai Metro & Tram, Marine Transport means, and Service Provider Centres (Vehicle Testing). Service Providers Centres (Vehicle Testing) Service Providers Centers are closed during Eid Al Fitr 1445 Hijri holidays from 29 Ramadan to 3rd Shawwal. Work will resume on 4th Shawwal, provided that Just (Vehicle Testing Service) will be provided Only on 29th Ramadan and 3rd Shawwal 1445 Hijri / 2024 Gregorian. Customer Happiness Centres All Customer Happiness Centres will be closed during the Holidays, provided that Smart Customers Centres of Umm Ramool, Deira, ......read more

World Future Energy Summit to Accelerate Meeting COP28 Climate Goals

Three-day Summit at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre aims to bridge gap between targets set at last year’s UN Climate Change Conference and their successful implementation Businesses and nations to explore pathways to low-carbon economies and reduced emissions, while powerful speaker platform exceeds 160 regional and global experts Abu Dhabi, UAE – April 4, 2024: This month’s World Future Energy Summit hosted by Masdar in Abu Dhabi is set to accelerate the remarkable progress made at COP28 last year, when the landmark ‘UAE Consensus’ was forged at the first-ever UN Climate summit held in the Emirates. The groundbreaking UAE Consensus and its multi-faceted mandates will be at the core of discussions at the World Future Energy Summit, where a dedicated Climate and Environment Conference will ......read more

UAE Ministry of Finance Showcases Social Solidarity During the Holy Month of Ramadan

Abu Dhabi, UAE: 04 April 2024 – The UAE Ministry of Finance today announced the launch of a series of community initiatives during the Holy Month of Ramadan, in line with its commitment to instil the values of giving within the society. These initiatives are part of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to empower people in need and improve their quality of life. His Excellency Younis Haji Al Khoori, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance, said: “The UAE has always been committed to charitable work and harnessing all possible efforts to make it a culture and a way of life within the country and around the world. Thanks to the guidance of our wise leadership, the UAE has succeeded in establishing itself as a global destination for humanitarian work through its continent-spanning initiatives.” He added: “The ......read more

Dubai Cares' Statement on Anera Pausing its Direct Operational Work in Gaza

Yesterday, a convoy of humanitarian aid workers from the World Central Kitchen - the UAE’s partner in the Amalthea Initiative - was targeted by an Israeli air strike, resulting in the deaths and injuries of a number of humanitarian relief workers. This unfortunate event has prompted Dubai Cares’ strategic implementing partner, Anera, to pause its humanitarian operations in Gaza, prioritizing the safety and well-being of its staff members and their families. According to Anera, the organization will continue with its logistics work inside and outside Gaza. However, Anera’s direct operational work in Gaza, which includes food and non-food distribution will be paused. As Anera is Dubai Cares’ implementing partner in Gaza for the provision of urgent humanitarian aid, we are in direct communication with ......read more

Dubai Government Human Resources Department signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University to foster mutual cooperation

The key pillars of the collaboration are human resources, specialised studies, training, and research Dubai, UAE, April 03, 2024: Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR) and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), establishing a roadmap for cooperation. The partnership spans various areas including research, specialised studies, and training. Its primary aim is not only to facilitate the exchange and enhancement of knowledge and skills but also to foster institutional communication channels and community service initiatives. Furthermore, the collaboration seeks to formulate a regulatory framework that outlines the mechanisms for cooperation between both entities in the area of human resources development. His Excellency Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of ......read more

"Give Gaza Goodness" Donation Campaign by Choithram International Foundation and MSF Goes Live

Generosity of people of UAE to help add to the medical and psychological assistance provided to thousands affected by the challenging situation in West Bank and Gaza. Dubai, 02 April, 2024: Dubai's popular supermarket chain Choithrams and 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) team up to bring essential medical care to thousands of people stuck in the challenging situation in the region. From 20th March until 15th May, 2024, Choithram International Foundation will donate towards medical interventions for every purchase of Goodness Foods products marked with special stickers. The products will be available at 39 Choithrams stores in Dubai, online on Choithrams.com, and on food delivery apps. The collaboration Choithrams and MSF will provide much-needed relief to thousands of people in distress, requiring ......read more

RTA and Dubai Police adjust truck movement timings on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road during peak hours

The new timings will take effect on 28th April 2024 Dubai. Roads and Transport Authority. 1st April 2024: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police General Headquarters announced changes to the timings for truck movement on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. The adjustment of timing applies to a section of the road extending from Ras Al Khor Road to Sharjah in both directions during peak traffic hours as of 28th April 2024. The new schedule restricts truck movement in the morning from 06:30 to 08:30 am, and in two periods in the afternoon: the first from 01:00 to 03:00 pm, and a second evening period from 05:30 to 08:00 pm. Hussein Al Banna, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA, said, “The decision to alter truck traffic timings on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road during peak hours was made in ......read more

Dubai Municipality awarded Golden category at Global Environment Award for Environment Management Industry

This achievement is a testament to the efficiency of Dubai Municipality’s sustainable projects Dubai, UAE, April 01, 2024: Dubai Municipality has been awarded the Golden category for Environment Management Industry at the Global Environment Award, which is organized by the Global Energy & Environment Foundation (GEEF). The esteemed award honors exceptional individuals, teams, projects, and organizations for their significant contributions to environmental sustainability and the preservation of natural resources. It serves as a catalyst for fostering excellence in effective environmental management on a global level. The Municipality received recognition for its ‘Sustainability Projects System’ initiative. This initiative aims to showcase the Municipality’s accomplishments and sustainable projects, ......read more

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi Plants 10 Mangrove Trees for Each COP28 Visitor As Part Of The Ghars Al Emarat Initiative

850,000 mangrove trees were planted along Abu Dhabi Emirate’s coastal areas using innovative methods, including drones. The planted mangrove trees will help absorb 170 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere annually. Abu Dhabi, 1st April 2024: As part of the Ghars Al Emarat (UAE Planting) initiative to plant 10 mangroves for each visitor to COP28, which was held from November 30 to December 12, 2023 at Expo City Dubai, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced that it has planted 850,000 mangrove trees along Abu Dhabi’s coastal areas. The mangrove trees were planted in locations that offered the most suitable environments for growth, such as Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, Al Mirfa city, and Jubail Island, and will help absorb 170 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere annually. The Agency ......read more

RTA Dubai awards contracts for developing 22 bus stations and depots

Al Tayer: The project aims to encourage residents to use public transport means for daily travel Dubai. Roads and Transports Authority. 31st March 2024: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a number of contracts under a three-year plan to improve 22 bus stations and depots (16 bus stations and 6 bus depots). The project scope covers carrying out infrastructural works on buildings, providing comprehensive passenger facilities, passenger waiting terminals, driver service offices, bus overnight parking spaces, engine maintenance workshops, and dedicated bus inspections and maintenance bays. The overall objective is to introduce a new, holistic service experience that significantly improves the quality of public transport services. His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the ......read more

UAE Food Bank and Taya Art Production launch ‘Cook of Thousand Meals' initiative, distributing over 20 thousand meals during holy month of Ramadan

Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2024: The UAE Food Bank, an initiative under the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, in partnership with Taya Art Production, launched the ‘Cook of Thousand Meals’ initiative, under which 20 thousand meals were prepared and distributed for Iftar and Suhoor. The program was carried out in Hatta and Za’beel in Dubai, during which over 30 volunteers contributed to the preparing, cooking, and packaging stages. This initiative comes in line with the Bank’s objective of providing 5 million meals to beneficiaries during the holy month of Ramadan. The program’s objective is to unite Emirati chefs and residents to collaborate in preparing and donating meals to the Bank. This initiative aims to foster a sense of community responsibility and cooperation, ......read more

Media Statement on the occasion of Zayed Humanitarian Day: Humaid Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group

On the 19th day of Ramadan, the UAE commemorates the passing of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may Allah rest his soul. He was the visionary leader of our nation's renaissance, whose legacy of generosity and giving has become an integral part of Emirati culture and national identity. Alongside his brothers from the founding fathers, he laid the foundations of humanitarian work, creating a model to be followed both locally and globally. Today, we honour and pay tribute to Sheikh Zayed's legacy by continuing to follow in his footsteps, reflecting on the profound values of generosity and giving he embodied. Sheikh Zayed was a leader who believed the true measure of society's progress and prosperity was in the wellbeing of its people. His legacy remains a timeless model of compassion, extending a helping hand to ......read more

Greenpeace MENA Reveals North Africa's Polluters- Time for Urgent Action!

Breathe out… Don’t breathe in: the air we breathe in North Africa conceals a silent killer that can no longer be ignored. Air pollution is not just a problem; it’s an alarming crisis with consequences too deadly to overlook. Beirut – March 28, 2024 – significant number of premature deaths occur annually due to exposure to air pollution in North African countries, as revealed in a report jointly prepared by Greenpeace MENA and Greenpeace Africa. The report, titled “Major Air Polluters in Africa Unmasked,” reveals shocking data about the continent’s biggest air polluters and how Africans are facing a public health crisis that requires immediate action from the governments. The report reveals a significant number of premature deaths occur annually in Africa due to exposure to air ......read more

Etihad Rail signs agreement for waste management services with BEEAH Group

The agreement supports Etihad Rail’s compliance with Federal Law on Integrated Waste Management The agreement supports Etihad Rail’s commitment to protecting public health, preserving the environment, and promoting sustainable practices [Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates, 28 March 2024]: Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE National Rail Network, announced an agreement for waste management services with BEEAH Tandeef, a subsidiary of BEEAH Group, a leading provider of sustainability solutions in the Middle East. The agreement will ensure that various forms of waste at Etihad Rail’s sites are managed effectively, safely and in an environmentally responsible manner. BEEAH Tandeef will also provide a clear framework for waste treatment in accordance with contractual obligations, in addition to ......read more

5th Ramadan Heroes supports 224,000+ beneficiaries in two weeks

Dubai, UAE, 27 March 2024: The fifth edition of the Ramadan Heroes initiative witnessed a significant response from community members, truly reflecting the essence of the initiative. In collaboration with talabat UAE and the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is proud to announce the success of this humanitarian endeavour, which has garnered over contributions benefitting over 224,000 beneficiaries since its launch two weeks ago. These figures underscore the impactful outcomes anticipated by the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The Ramadan Heroes initiative is part of Dubai Culture's ongoing endeavours to foster solidarity and encourage community members to engage in humanitarian efforts. Under the theme 'Celebrating the Gift of Giving,' this initiative aims to support ......read more

Danone Nutricia becomes GCC's first FMCG company to earn B Corp certification

Certification reflects group’s efforts to decarbonize its value chain in line with UAE Consensus and goals of the Paris Agreement. Dubai, UAE – 26 March 2024: Danone Nutricia Middle East DMCC has become the first FMCG company in the GCC to receive B Corporation certification placing it among some of the most responsible corporations in the region. B Corp certifications are earned through operating with the highest levels of accountability and transparency when it comes to customers, communities, suppliers, the environment, and employees. With the certification, Danone Nutricia joins a community of mission-driven businesses operating as a force for good, working to bring health through food to as many people as possible. The company’s sustainability strategy, the Danone Impact Journey, was a major factor ......read more

Dubai Customs Clinches Elite Award in 2024 Dubai Government Excellence (DGE) program

Dubai – 25 March 2024: Dubai Customs once again secured the prestigious Elite Award in the 2024 cycle of the Dubai Government Excellence (DGE) program. This recognition, presented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, serves as a testament to the government department's commitment to outstanding performance. Attaining the Elite Award motivates all Dubai Customs staff to constantly improve their performance. The goal is to keep enhancing the quality and agility of exceptional customs services for clients, aiding in vital societal protection and trade facilitation tasks benifiting from the Dubai Government Excellence Program, which strengthens partnerships between governmental bodies and the private sector, enhancing customer satisfaction. This has led to ......read more

RTA Dubai launches smart umbrella service

Dubai. Roads and Transport Authority. 23rd March 2024: Dubai’s  Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with UmbraCity, a leading Canadian smart umbrella share service company, has launched a revolutionary ‘free of cost’ smart umbrella service at Al Ghubaiba Bus and Metro station. This innovative proof of concept service is designed to enhance the walkability of Dubai, providing residents and visitors with a convenient and sustainable way to shield themselves from the sun and rain. Aligned with the visionary Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, this initiative underlines Dubai's commitment to fostering a sustainable, healthy, and inclusive urban environment. By integrating advanced technology with practical urban solutions, RTA and UmbraCity are taking a significant step towards realizing ......read more

Meem Foundation donates AED 3 million to Al Jalila Foundation to support health and education programs to empower women and girls

March 21, 2024, Dubai: Al Jalila Foundation, which leads the giving mission of Dubai Health, the first integrated academic health system in Dubai, announced that Meem Foundation, a Dubai-based philanthropic organization, has generously donated AED 3 million to support medical education and treatment programs to empower women and girls. Aligned with Meem Foundation's values of creating pathways for women and girls to achieve economic empowerment and access to healthcare, the donation is earmarked for medical scholarships for aspiring female students, providing them with the opportunity to pursue careers in healthcare and medical treatments tailored for women, including mothers and children, ensuring access to essential healthcare services. Muna Easa Al Gurg, Emirati businesswoman, philanthropist, and founder of Meem Foundation, ......read more

Young climate Enthusiasts promote sustainable living practices by Collectingover 600 kg of waste in Sahim Citizen science clean UPS

Abu Dhabi, 21 March 2024: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) hosted three citizen science cleanups under the Sahim program , which saw over 100 young climate enthusiasts promote sustainable living practices across the emirate. The cleanups took place in Al Bahiya Island, Jebel Hafeet Park, and Mina Abu Dhabi, demonstrating EAD’s commitment to converting climate intentions into actions. The  citizen science cleanups contributed to the collection, analysis and reporting of over 600kg of waste across the three locations, demonstrating the power of collective action. Through this initiative, volunteers are providing detailed insights to environmental conservation researchers, which continue to inform the UAE's related policies. The Sahim programme, which falls under EAD’s naha platform, aims to leverage ......read more

RTA completes traffic solutions in Hatta, Oud Al Muteena1, and Al Sufouh1

The solutions aim to enhance traffic flow and ease congestion Dubai. Roads and Transport Authority. 20th March 2024:  Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has finalised a series of traffic solutions in Hatta, Oud Al Muteena 1, and Al Sufouh 1. The project is in line with RTA’s strategic plan to carry out a range of enhancements in vital locations across Dubai in 2024. These projects aimed at improving the efficiency of the roads network, easing traffic movement, eliminating traffic jam, and elevating safety levels for all road users in the emirate. “RTA is committed to advancing Dubai's infrastructure in response to the direction of our leaders to stay abreast of the rapid urban expansion seen by Dubai. RTA has therefore rolled out traffic solutions at key areas experiencing significant traffic to ......read more

Minister of Climate Change and Environment visits EGA to review progress on bauxite residue pilot plant

United Arab Emirates, 20 March 2024: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, welcomed Her Excellency Dr Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, to review progress on construction of a pilot plant to convert bauxite residue into a manufactured soil. Bauxite residue, a by-product of alumina refining, has been a global waste management challenge since the dawn of the aluminium more than a century ago. Some 150 million tonnes of the material are produced worldwide each year, according to industry experts, with less than two per cent put to productive use. EGA has developed proprietary processes to re-use bauxite residue through almost a decade of scientific research and development. Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of ......read more

Kenya to leverage UAE's Trade for Development Platform to increase technical expertise in global trade

The Trade for Development platform aims to support developing countries and LDCs by developing their technical and functional ability to engage in the multilateral trading system The platform will feature a host of tools to assist developing country officials, negotiators and policymakers including instructional guides from leading global experts on subject areas found in trade agreements. HE Al Zeyoudi: “The Trade for Development platform underlines the UAE’s commitment to enhancing inclusive, sustainable trade and leveraging its power to drive economic growth and prosperity throughout the world.” ABU DHABI – 20th March, 2024: The Ministry of Economy has announced that Kenya is the latest country to secure access to the UAE’s Trade for Development platform, which was launched by His Excellency ......read more

ne'ma Launches ‘Count Your ne'ma' Ramadan Campaign

Community-focused campaign spotlights food waste during the holy month Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 18, 2024—ne’ma, the UAE National Food Loss and Waste Initiative announced the launch of its nationwide Ramadan campaign, "Count Your ne’ ma", which aims to raise awareness and encourage actionable steps to reduce food loss and waste during the holy month. According to ne’ma’s recent National Household Survey, 85% of participants recognise food waste as a crucial national issue. ne’ma the National Food Loss and Waste initiative- a partnership between Emirates Foundation and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, aims to inspire individuals to be more considerate and mindful when it comes to food consumption, emphasizing the importance of reducing waste and ......read more

Brighton College Abu Dhabi and Brighton College Al Ain Donate 954 IT Devices in Support of ‘Donate Your Own Device' Campaign

The DYOD initiative by The Digital School ensures improved access to education for underprivileged pupils and environmental sustainability Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, 19th March 2024: With a generous donation of 954 IT devices, Brighton College Abu Dhabi and Brighton College Al Ain are thrilled to announce their participation in the Donate Your Own Device (DYOD) campaign by The Digital School. The Digital School – one of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), and in partnership with the Emirates Red Crescent, Ecyclex, and ReLoop is geared towards providing a brighter future for aspiring underprivileged pupils worldwide. The Digital School’s DYOD aims to collect 10,000 used electronic devices from individual and institutional donors, refurbish and recycle them to ......read more

Dubai Municipality unveils Dubai's Best Homegrown Produce Competition

The competition will award  AED 100,000  in total, which will be distributed to three winners The first-place winner of the competition will also receive the ‘Dubai’s Best Homegrown Produce Medal’  Registration for the competition will be open for one month and winners will be announced in May 2024  Dubai, UAE, March 18, 2024: Dubai Municipality announced the ‘Dubai’s Best Homegrown Produce Competition’, one of the programs under Dubai Farms, which seeks to support citizen farmers who are productive agricultural entrepreneurs and to promote local agriculture for increased local production, and enhanced food security in the Emirate of Dubai. The move comes in line with the objectives of Dubai Social Agenda 33, aimed at empowering Dubai citizens and increasing their ......read more

Famine imminent in northern Gaza, new report warns

ROME – Famine is imminent in the northern part of the Gaza Strip and the entire population of Gaza is facing crisis levels of food insecurity or worse, according to the new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today. In Gaza’s two northern governorates, where around 300,000 people remain trapped, famine is expected to arrive between now and May. The famine threshold for acute food insecurity has already been far exceeded, while acute malnutrition among children below five years is proceeding at record pace towards the second famine threshold. Non-trauma mortality – the final famine indicator – is accelerating, but data remains limited, as is typical in war zones. Overall, the new report shows that 1.1 million people in Gaza – half of the population – have completely ......read more

RTA expands Traffic Incident Management in collaboration with Dubai Police

The project expands across 17 key corridors spanning 951 km Al Tayer: The project shortened the response time to 6 min and the clearance time to 8 min 22,000 traffic incidents managed, including 9,391 vehicle tows, from November 2022 to January 2024 Injury and fatality rates on roads covered by the project dropped by 6.5% and 5% respectively Al-Marri: Expanding Traffic Incident Management in Dubai adds to the strategic partnership between the two bodies Creating an integrated operational structure to support Dubai's future visions Dubai. Roads and Transport Authority. 17th March 2024: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in coordination with Dubai Police General HQ, announces the expansion of the Traffic Incident Management Unit project. By the end of 2024, four additional main road ......read more

Ministry of Finance Launches Digital Public Consultation on Implementation of Global Minimum Tax in UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE: 15 March 2024 – The UAE Ministry of Finance today announced the launch of a digital public consultation to gather the views of relevant stakeholders on the implementation of the Global Minimum Tax (GMT) or Global Anti-Base Erosion Model Rules (Pillar Two) (GloBE Rules) as well as other tax matters in the UAE. The consultation will be open from 15 March 2024 to 10 April 2024, and accessible via the Ministry’s website or the UAE’s Government Portal. The digital public consultation reflects the Ministry’s belief in the importance of consulting with all stakeholders including the multinational groups operating in the UAE, advisors, service providers, and investors. The consultation is split into two parts – the first, is to gather the views of stakeholders with respect to the potential ......read more

The second edition of the 'Industrialists' Career Exhibition' for Industrial and Advanced Technology jobs will kick off next month in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-UAE. 14 March 2024 – The second edition of the Industrialists Career Exhibition, hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) and ADNOC, is set to take place from April 22-23 at the Abu Dhabi Energy Center, In Abu Dhabi. The event is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) and Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis). The career fair aims to build on the success of the inaugural edition in 2023, which attracted wide participation from industrial companies. The event succeeded in creating 505 job opportunities for Emirati talent in more than 73 companies, as well as training opportunities provided by the ministry's partner training centers. His Excellency Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology said: ......read more

Ministry of Finance Publishes Preliminary Results of UAE Government Finance Statistics for Q4 2023

Government revenues reach AED155.9 billion, whereas expenditures amount to AED131.3 billion His Excellency Younis Al Khoori: The UAE government is keen to diversify its revenue sources, while also ensuring optimal use of financial resources and improved efficiency of government spending. Abu Dhabi, UAE: 14 March 2024 – The UAE Ministry of Finance today published the preliminary results of the UAE Government Finance Statistics Report for the fourth quarter of 2023, unveiling that the government’s revenues amounted to AED155.9 billion, and its expenditures totaled AED131.3 billion. According to the Ministry of Finance’s data, the value of total expenditures amounted AED131.3 billion consisting of net investment in nonfinancial assets and current expenses, including employees’ wages, use of goods and ......read more

MoHAP hosts workshop on donation and transplantation of human organs and tissues

Updating health professionals and relevant authorities on latest developments in organ and tissue donation Addressing inquiries and fostering dialogue to enhance understanding and transparency. Reviewing ethical and medical standards to ensure compliance and efficacy in this domain. Enhancing patient care conditions to instil hope for a better quality of life. Dubai, March 12, 2024: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has organized a comprehensive workshop aimed at updating and informing healthcare professionals and stakeholders about the latest developments in the legislation concerning human organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The workshop provided a platform for addressing queries, sharing insights, and discussing the implementation of current standards to align with international best ......read more

Month of Fasting Begins in the Middle East as the region Grapples with Unprecedented Hunger

CAIRO – The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins this year amidst a persistent food security crisis throughout the Middle East and North Africa driven by conflict, economic challenges, and climate change, a toxic combination pushing millions to the edge, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday. Traditionally, a time of generosity where food takes centre stage, Ramadan has become a huge burden on millions across the region who face high food prices that continue unabated while incomes remain stagnant.  “We get into Ramadan with the region with the worst food crisis in its recent history in the Gaza Strip,” says WFP regional director for Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe Corinne Fleischer. “At the same time, in other countries, protracted conflicts and economic crises are ......read more

Brazil-Emirates Conference looks to deepen bilateral trade and investment ties in high-growth sectors

UAE-Brazil non-oil bilateral trade reached US$4.3 billion in 2023, growth of 42.1 percent compared to 2021. HE Al Kait: "We are united by a common vision for extracting the far-reaching benefits from trade, inward investment and innovation, and are committed, through fora such as the Brazil-Emirates Conference, to supporting each other's long-term, sustainable prosperity." Abu Dhabi, UAE – 11 March 2024: His Excellency Juma Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary for International Trade Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, has commended the strength of UAE-Brazil trade and investment relations during the opening of the Brazil-Emirates Conference, hosted in Abu Dhabi from 6-8 March. Organized by the Group of Business Leaders (LIDE), the Brazil-Emirates Conference brings together public- and private-sector ......read more

Dubai Free Zones Council Discusses Free Zones Model 2030

Ahmed bin Saeed: Committed to Advancing Dubai's Free Zones Model to Enhance Global Investment and Future Economic Industries Empowerment."   Dubai, UAE, 10 March 2024: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Free Zones Council (DFZC), confirmed during the 26th meeting of the Council that it is working to develop performance indicators that will enhance the DFZC’s leading role in diversifying Dubai's economy and attracting international investment. His Highness said: "Over the past decades, Dubai’s free zones have contributed to making Dubai one of the most attractive destinations for investment globally. Today, we are working to enhance these achievements by developing the Free Zones Model 2030, which aims to attract annual foreign direct investments over the ......read more

Arab International Women's Forum appoints Dr Lamya Fawwaz to Board of Directors

Lamya Fawwaz joins the Board of the Arab International Women's Forum, creating considerable impact in 2024 and beyond, supporting women and young leaders across climate action, sustainability, and energy innovation. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 March 2024: The Board of the Arab International Women's Forum is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Lamya Fawwaz to the Board of the Arab International Women's Forum. Dr Lamya Fawwaz is the Executive Director of Brand and Strategic Initiatives at Masdar, director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize and program director of the UAE-led Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative, an institutional partner of AIWF since 2021. On the appointment of Dr Fawwaz to the AIWF Board, HE Mona Al Moayyed, Chair of the AIWF Executive Committee, said: ......read more

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library Organises Shedding Light on the Arab Minds Exhibition Till 31 March

Dubai, UAE, 7 March 2024: In conjunction with the Reading Month in the UAE, and in line with 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 Great Arab Minds initiative which His Highness launched in 2022, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library inaugurated an exhibition entitled Shedding Light on the Arab Minds, set to continue until the end of March. This comes within the framework of its vision and strategy to highlight the achievements of the brilliant minds of writers and creators in the Arab world. The exhibition features more than 165 titles in literary creativity and scientific and economic progress, including works that won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The exhibition highlights the contributions of prominent Arab writers and ......read more

Mohamed bin Hadi Al Hussaini Meets with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dubai - United Arab Emirates, March 7, 2024: His Excellency Mohamed bin Hadi Al Hussaini, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, held a meeting with Her Excellency Amina Mohamed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Ministry of Finance's Diwan in Dubai. The meeting was attended by Ali Abdullah Sharafi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary of the International Financial Relationship Sector at the UAE Ministry of Finance, and Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, where both sides discussed the importance of global partnerships to achieve sustainability and areas of joint cooperation between the two parties. His Excellency highlighted the importance of supporting sustainable development through diversifying and developing funding sources, mobilising capital, and ......read more

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak inaugurates Harrisburg University in Dubai Knowledge Park

Leadership dedicated to maintaining the UAE as a hub for leading international universities across diverse fields. Dubai, UAE, Tuesday, 5 March 2024: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Dubai (HU Dubai), an extension of a leading, independent science and technology-focused university in the USA, has officially inaugurated its new campus at Dubai Knowledge Park, part of TECOM Group PJSC. The grand opening ceremony was led by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, in presence of key senior stakeholders from the University’s leadership, its UAE Senior Advisory Board, TECOM Group and the leaders of HU’s global, regional and local institutional partners in government, academia, industrial technologies, and the private sector. Top of Form Harrisburg ......read more

Old Doha Port Joins the Dubai International Boat Show for the Second Year in a Row and Enters into a Strategic Partnership with Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi to Promote Maritime Tourism

Doha, Qatar, 05 March 2024: In its second consecutive year of participation at the Dubai International Boat Show, among a distinguished assembly of ports and official bodies, Old Doha Port has forged a strategic partnership and cooperation agreement with Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. This initiative aims to bolster maritime tourism and excursions through a series of unique offers and benefits under a mutual advantages program for members of both marinas, ensuring an unparalleled experience for yacht owners and maritime enthusiasts. Marina members at Old Doha Port, the region's latest maritime tourist destination and Qatar's nautical gateway for visiting yachts and large cruise ships. Together with Yas Marina members, are now entitled to a week of complimentary docking every three months at both marinas, effective as of yesterday. ......read more

Ajman 7th International Environmental Conference Climate Neutral City 2050

March 4, 2024: The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department will kick off the highly anticipated Ajman 7th International Environmental Conference, themed "Climate Neutral City 2050," on March 5th and 6th. The event will take place at Sheikh Zayed Convention and Exhibition Center, Ajman University. The event will be attended by international experts, academic professors and specialists in several environmental sectors, presenting a significant opportunity to expand research relations and exchange ideas and experiences within the framework of the International Conference.  The conference agenda encompasses a diverse array of crucial themes aimed at addressing pressing environmental challenges. The interactive sessions and workshops are set to focus on building a shared global vision aimed at climate neutrality, ......read more

Statement by H.E. Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar Al Muhairi SLC Secretary General On Reading Month 2024

3 March, 2024: "Reading Month stands as an annual national cultural event in the United Arab Emirates, highlighting the significance and profound essence of reading and its integral role in weaving our social fabric, in line with the visionary directives of our wise leadership. The events held throughout the UAE during this month reflect the steadfast national commitment to promoting reading as a catalyst for enlightenment, knowledge acquisition, cultural refinement, and human development. The UAE has continually spearheaded strategic initiatives to foster the passion for reading and strengthen the bond between younger generations and books in general and cultural and literary publications in particular. These efforts have not only set global ......read more

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani appointed as GWC Managing Director

Gulf Warehousing Company Q.P.S.C (GWC) – one of the fastest-growing logistics businesses in the MENA region ­– is proud to announce the appointment of Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani as its Managing Director and Board Member. This appointment reaffirms the company’s pursuit of growth within the State of Qatar and beyond.  As a company deeply rooted in Qatar’s economic landscape, GWC is playing a pivotal role in achieving the nation’s ambitions of becoming a global hub for logistics services and enhancing its appeal as a centre for global investment and business. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman, GWC, stated: “Sheikh Abdulla brings a wealth of leadership, experience, and vision as we seek to capitalize on new opportunities and overcome ......read more

Bin Sulayem appoints Nasser Al Neyadi as CEO of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation

H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the Chairman of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), has issued a new decision appointing H.E. Nasser Al Neyadi, as the new CEO of the PCFC.

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Dubai Customs Unveils Groundbreaking Bachelor Degree: Nurturing Trailblazers in Customs and International Trade

Dubai 01 Mar 2024: Dubai Customs has introduced the latest version of the Bachelor's program in Customs and International Trade as part of its dedication to incentivize and inspire department employees towards continuous education for acquiring customs and logistical skills within an accredited academic framework. This collaborative effort with the University of Dubai aims to consistently develop customs competencies for employees and improve their capabilities to continually enhance the customs work.   The program's goal is to strengthen Dubai Customs' position as a global leader in secure customs, supporting the security system's role in safeguarding society and maintaining stability. The department continues to play a crucial role in facilitating legitimate trade, thereby boosting the UAE's standing on ......read more

Dubai Municipality launches updated ‘Knowledge and Innovation Strategy' and ‘Knowledge and Innovation Charter'

30 participants from various government and private entities and educational institutions participated in workshops and panel discussions during the three-day event The Municipality signed Memorandums of Understanding on Intellectual Property Support and the Promotion of Innovation and Knowledge H.E. Al-Hajri: ‘UAE Innovates’ exemplifies the country’s ambition to adopt a visionary approach and foster a knowledge-based economy that reinforces its position among global pioneers in innovation.   Dubai, UAE, February 29, 2024: Dubai Municipality launched the updated ‘Knowledge and Innovation Strategy’ alongside the ‘Knowledge and Innovation Charter’ in conjunction with the UAE Innovation Month, ‘UAE Innovates 2024.’ The launch took place during an exhibition held at ......read more

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