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Philip Morris International Received Fourth Consecutive CDP ‘Triple-A' Rating for Climate, Forest, and Water

Announcement comes on the heels of PMI becoming Early Adopter of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)   Dubai, United Arab Emirates ¬– 20 February 2024: For the fourth consecutive year, Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) has received a “triple-A” rating from CDP for its disclosures on climate change, forests, and water security—placing PMI among the world’s leading companies in environmental transparency and action.   PMI has maintained a position on CDP’s Climate A List for the past 10 years, reflecting its commitment to transparency and performance as the company progresses toward achieving its science-based targets, as well as carbon neutrality for scope 1+2 by 2025, and net zero by 2040 for scope 1+2+3. PMI’s efforts to halt ......read more

Ministry of Finance announces the issuance of a federal decree-law concerning federal properties

Key points of the law: • Continuing the development of the legislative environment in the field of inventorying and managing government properties • Organising federal government assets within and outside the state • Efficiently managing and developing the financial resources of the federal government • Establishing an innovative electronic platform for registering federal real estate properties   United Arab Emirates - 19 February 2024: The Ministry of Finance in the UAE announced the issuance of federal decree-law number (35) concerning federal properties for the year 2023. The law aims to further develop the legislative environment in inventorying and managing government properties. The law's application scope includes organising all federal properties, whether real estate assets or ......read more

Guinea's Round Table of Donors in Dubai: A Testament to Global Confidence in Guinea's Development Vision

Dubai, February 14th, 2024 – The Republic of Guinea is poised to make a significant leap towards achieving its ambitious development goals with the upcoming Round Table of Donors (RTD) event, scheduled for February 15-16, 2024, at the prestigious Ritz Carlton Dubai Hotel. Organised by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, this event has already garnered an overwhelming response from the international community, reflecting global confidence in Guinea's potential and strategic development vision. Her Excellency Ms. Rose Pola Pricemou, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, expressed her enthusiasm about the unprecedented international interest in Guinea's development agenda. "The enthusiastic participation from sovereign funds, development banks, financial institutions, and governments ......read more

Undercover Hurdle: Dubai Customs' Sharp Eye Nabs Drug Smuggler Carrying 6.5 kg of Hashish and 3 Grams of Crystal Meth

Dubai – 14 February 2024: Dubai customs officers were alerted while carrying out their duties on a traveler arriving in the UAE through one of Dubai’s land customs outlets. The traveler, displaying signs of nervousness, tried to hasten through the customs inspection. Consequently, the traveler was directed for a manual inspection, leading to the discovery of a transparent plastic bag concealed in a secret pocket of the clothing, containing around 3 grams of crystal meth. Upon a detailed inspection of the traveler's vehicle, rolls containing 6.567 kilograms of hashish were found skillfully hidden. Hamid Mohammed, Director of the Inland Customs Centers Management, highlighted that this interception showcases the vigilance and expertise of Dubai Customs inspectors in interpreting body language and maintaining a heightened ......read more

SKEA signs MoU with Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Program

14 February 2024, Abu Dhabi - UAE: At the World Governments Summit 2024 in Dubai, UAE, under the theme of 'Shaping Future Government’, the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) program, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Program. His Excellency Ahmed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, signed the MoU on behalf of SKEA, whereas His Excellency Ibrahim Salman, General Coordinator of the Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Program, signed the document on behalf of his organization with the attendance of His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications.   According to the MoU, both sides will collaborate to establish an effective ......read more

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development takes center stage at World Government Summit as strategic partner

Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi highlights the summit's role in shaping proactive plans for governments to adapt to global advancements and economic changes Abu Dhabi, February 14, 2024  – Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) participated in the World Government Summit in Dubai as a strategic partner. The three-day event, which took place from February 12 to 14 under the theme of “Shaping Future Governments”, served as a global platform uniting government leaders, thinkers, experts, and decision-makers to exchange insights, anticipate the future, and leverage innovation and technology for the advancement of humanity and development of diverse sectors. His Excellency Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, emphasized the Fund's ongoing commitment as a strategic partner in the World Government Summit and ......read more

High-level UAE Delegation led by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi Participates in the 4th Conference of the Parties Meeting (COP14)

An agreement to extend the hosting of the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species in Abu Dhabi was signed on the sidelines of the meeting Abu Dhabi, 12 February 2024: The United Arab Emirates has sent a high-level delegation headed by Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) to the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties Meeting (COP14) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The delegation also includes representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and members from key government entities. The Convention’s 14th Meeting of the Parties is being held under the slogan “Nature Knows No Boundaries” to highlight the challenges faced by migratory species and the need to strengthen international cooperation to confront ......read more

World Future Energy Summit 2024 to Build on COP28's Change Agenda and Help Realise Transformative Future

Annual summit in Abu Dhabi to accelerate COP28’s transition agreements and renewables pledge by bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, investment incubators, and world-class start-ups  Event in the UAE capital will play key role in furthering COP28 resolutions along the road to reality, says Summit ......read more

UAE Ministry of Finance says OECD's rating of Free Zone Corporate Tax regime will enhance UAE's Global Competitiveness

Mohamed Al Hussaini: The OECD’s ‘Forum on Harmful Tax Practices’ report confirms the international tax community’s confidence in the UAE’s world-class corporate tax system and provides certainty to investors. Designating the UAE’s Free Zone Corporate Tax regime as ‘non-harmful’ will enhance the nation’s global competitiveness and help attract foreign investment and skilled talent. Abu Dhabi, UAE: February 10, 2024 – The UAE Ministry of Finance said the latest review by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on preferential tax regimes has officially recognised the United Arab Emirates Free Zone Corporate Tax (CT) regime as ‘non-harmful’, underscoring the UAE’s robust tax legislation and its alignment with international ......read more

As Part Of Collaborative Efforts To Promote Legislative Culture Among Legal Professionals

Supreme Legislation Committee and Dubai Judicial Institute release ‘Administrative Penalties for Criminal Offences’ book 9 February 2024: The Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC), in collaboration with the Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI), unveiled a new book titled ‘Administrative Penalties for Criminal Offences’. The publication, authored by Ameena Al Fadala, a senior legal officer and head of the Health and Public Safety Legislation Division at the SLC, was released at a special event held at the SLC premises. The launch of this book is part of the ongoing endeavours of the SLC and the DJI to enhance legislative awareness among legal professionals, concerned work teams, and other stakeholders. The book delves into a relatively new concept within local and regional legislative ......read more

Emirates Park Zoo and Resort welcomed into WAZA family, signifying commitment to protecting wildlife

DUBAI – February 08, 2024: Emirates Park Zoo and Resort, a leading destination for wildlife enthusiasts, proudly announces its newfound status as a distinguished Institution Member of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). This recognition highlights the zoo's unwavering commitment to conservation, animal welfare, and global cooperation within the esteemed WAZA community. Following a thorough review by the WAZA Membership Committee and Council, Emirates Park Zoo and Resort has been welcomed as a new Institution Member of the WAZA. This membership places Emirates Park Zoo and Resort among nearly 400 leading institutions worldwide, forming a global community comprising zoos, aquariums, regional and national associations, and private corporations. Dr Walid Shaaban, CEO Group of Emirates Park Zoo and Resort, ......read more

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and Modon Properties Introduce Region's First Smog-Free Tower for a Cleaner Future

The project is part of the MoU signed between EAD and Modon   Abu Dhabi, 8th February 2024: As part of its efforts to maintain air quality and reduce the effects of climate change, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), in partnership with Modon Properties, inaugurated the region’s first smog-free tower at Hudayriat Island. The new air purification tower is an urban innovation designed to enhance air quality in the area and provide an inspirational experience of a clean and green future.   The inauguration was attended by H.E. Mohamed Ahmed Al Bowardi, EAD’s Vice Chairman and Chairman of EAD’s Executive Committee, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development, H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of EAD and H.E Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri, ......read more

Metro Brazil witnesses 210 per cent sales growth in 2023, strategizes market expansion in 2024

The retail and eCommerce company report forecasts GCC addressable market to reach USD 3.5 Billion by 2028, marking a 1.83% growth UAE, February 08, 2024: Metro Brazil, a leading retail and eCommerce company for Brazilian shapewear products in the Middle East, witnessed a remarkable growth in 2023 fuelled by a 210 per cent increase in sales and a 161 per cent rise in the number of orders from GCC countries. The expectational growth is attributed to the company's strategic collaborations, integration of advanced technologies and its state-of-the-art warehouse in Dubai CommerCity free zone. Capitalising on this growth, Metro Brazil aims to expand its footprint across online marketplaces in the Middle East region in 2024, including Amazon, Noon and other leading marketplaces. With the growing demand for shapewear in the GCC, among ......read more

Under the patronage and attendance of Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum 25th edition of the Gulf Engineering Forum kicks off in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 07 February 2024: Under the patronage and attendance of Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Supreme President of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Medical and Educational Sciences, the 25th edition of the Gulf Engineering Forum and its accompanying exhibition kicked off today, Wednesday, under the theme "Smart Engineering for Sustainable Future", with the participation of more than 500 participants, to discuss various topics related to future trends in the engineering sector and its role in enhancing the global sustainability system. The hosting of the event in the UAE coincides with the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, of the year 2024 as an extension of the 2023 Year of Sustainability, reflecting the UAE's commitment to ......read more

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi Celebrates Fruitful Cooperation with 64 Strategic Partners During Its Annual Stakeholders Forum

Abu Dhabi, 7th February 2023: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) yesterday hosted its annual stakeholder forum, celebrating its achievements in the field of environmental preservation while acknowledging its fruitful cooperation with key partners that helped strengthen Abu Dhabi’s global environmental conservation leadership. The forum was attended by Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of EAD, alongside a number of dignitaries, and heads of agencies and institutions from 64 government and private entities. During the forum, the Agency launched the Green Partner Mark, a pioneering motivational programme to celebrate government agencies and private companies that support environmental initiatives and programmes. The programme includes the following categories: supporting, implementing and ......read more

Dubai Customs Champions Global Anti-Drug Efforts, Facilitating Foiling of 2.8 Tons Worldwide

Dubai 04 February 2024: Numerous customs authorities and diplomatic bodies around the world have expressed thanks to the United Arab Emirates for its collaborative endeavors in combatting drug trafficking. Dubai Customs, in particular, has been praised for its active international cooperation with relevant agencies in addressing drug smuggling and countering transnational organized crimes. This joint effort resulted in the confiscation of 2.8 tons of narcotics by customs authorities in various foreign nations. The success is attributed to Dubai Customs' information exchange, involving the tracking of over 1100 international shipments across Asia, Europe, and Oceania throughout 2023. The latest achievement includes thwarting the smuggling of approximately 538 kilograms of pure heroin in a shipment from an Asian country to ......read more

Huawei Applauds Dubai Customs' Digital Excellence, Igniting Innovation in Global Trade

Dubai – 01 February 2024: Huawei, the leading global provider of information and communications technology, applauded the digital customs services and processes offered by Dubai Customs to its clientele, with the goal of streamlining commercial operations and maximizing returns on investment. This commendation took place during a visit by a Huawei delegation in the UAE to the Dubai Customs headquarters. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, alongside Yousef Al-Hashimi, (Acting) Executive Director, Customer Management Division, and Edris Behzad, Director of Client Happiness Department, warmly received the delegation. Included in the visiting delegation were Zhenjun Guo, Director of the Dubai Regional Logistics Center, and Danny Yang, the company's ......read more

Dubai Launches the First Football League for Inmates of Penal and Correctional Institutions in the Region

A new initiative between Dubai Police and Dubai Sports Council • 14 teams competing in a six-player system during the period from February 7 to May 31, 2024   The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and Dubai Police announced the launch of the “General League for Inmates,” the first of its kind in the region dedicated to inmates in penal and correctional institutions, which will be held during the period from February 7 to May 31, in which 14 football teams participate, competing according to the six-six league system, and aims to enhance the practice of activity. Physical exercise inside penal institutions and detention centers. This came during the press conference held at the headquarters of the Dubai Sports Council, in which Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary-General of the Dubai Sports Council, ......read more

Supreme Legislation Committee Statement

Statement by Ahmad bin Meshar Al Muhairi, Secretary General of SLC on the Anniversary of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s accession as the Crown Prince of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Deputy Ruler of Dubai Dubai, 31 January 2024:  The accession of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as the Crown Prince of Dubai, and of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, has marked a turning point in administrative efficiency and institutional excellence of government work in Dubai. The astute policies and visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan have been instrumental in shaping the developmental landscape of the emirate, solidifying its position as a hub for future ......read more

Dubai Customs and GDRFA's 'Successful Marriage' Program Guides 148 Employees towards Lasting Family Bliss

Dubai – 30, Jan 2024: The awareness program for individuals preparing for marriage, involving 148 employees from Dubai Customs and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, has successfully concluded. This program is part of the preparations for the tenth joint mass wedding between the two entities. Titled "Successful Marriage," the program spanned three consecutive days, featuring three training courses held at the main headquarters of Dubai Customs in collaboration with the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai. The primary goal of the "Successful Marriage" program is to equip employees approaching marriage with insights into various aspects of social life. It emphasizes the significance of family, addresses marital challenges, and underscores the ......read more

Dubai Customs Makes History as Sole Customs Department in International Test Commission, Elevating Talent Leadership

Dubai – 27 January 2024: The Assessment and Development Center in the Human Resources Division at Dubai Customs has become a member of the International Test Commission, making Dubai Customs the sole global customs department in the commission. This accomplishment further enhances the government department's reputation for excellence and leadership. The International Test Commission is renowned for its dedication to promoting global best practices, standards, and advancements in testing and assessment. Dubai Customs' membership reflects its credibility in employee evaluation through specialized tools and tests aligned with the latest global practices. According to Mohammed Al Ghaffari, Executive Director, Human Resources, Finance and Administration Division, Dubai Customs’ strategy revolves around developing and ......read more

UAE and Malaysia Enter Strategic Partnership to Boost Digital Infrastructure Development

His Excellency Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi: “The planned increase in the number of data centres in the country will elevate Malaysia's standing as one of the emerging data hubs in Southeast Asia and provide businesses across various sectors with a robust foundation for digitalisation.” Abu Dhabi, UAE, 25 January 2024 – The Ministry of Investment of the UAE and the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry of Malaysia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of establishing a framework for investment cooperation in the digital infrastructure sector with a specific emphasis on data centres in Malaysia.  The agreement was signed by His Excellency Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi, Minister of Investment of the UAE, and His Honorable Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry ......read more

MoHAP takes part in Arab Health 2024 to showcase innovative Projects

Dubai, January 25, 2024:  The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) is set to participate in the 49th Arab Health Medical Expo, scheduled to take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from January 29 to February 1, 2024. At this prestigious event, MoHAP will unveil a series of innovative projects and cutting-edge services, developed to establish a world-class health system aimed at fostering a healthy society with longevity.  During the event, the Ministry will highlight eight key projects, showcasing significant accomplishments in prevention and public health programs, along with the latest systems and technological solutions. These projects align with the Ministry’s objectives under the "We the UAE 2031" vision and commitment to enhancing customer satisfaction, ensuring health sustainability, and ......read more

Youthful Ingenuity Takes Center Stage at the 9th Dubai Customs Week

Dubai – 25 Jan 2024: As part of the ninth Dubai Customs Week, industry experts and professionals convened at the Emirates Towers Hotel for a dynamic panel discussion exploring the theme, "The Future of Customs Operations and the Involvement of Youth in Fulfilling Dubai's Economic Agenda D33." The gathering focused on crucial issues, emphasizing the need to support initiatives for the digital shift and the empowerment of the trade sector. During the discourse, the panel highlighted the pivotal role of artificial intelligence in fostering innovation and ensuring the adaptability of global supply chains. Additionally, conversations recognized the significant contribution of innovative young professionals in propelling technological advancements within the commercial sector, a noteworthy development amidst swift industry ......read more

ERDC Launches National R&D Leadership Program empowering Local Talent to Drive UAE R&D Ecosystem

• The program is a strategic initiative designed to cultivate local talent and foster a more robust R&D ecosystem in the UAE.   • HE Sara Al Amiri – "This program is carefully designed to provide our aspiring local talents with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to expand the impact of R&D endeavors."   Dubai-UAE. 23 January 2024: The Emirates Research & Development Council (ERDC) has launched the National R&D Leadership Program, marking a significant milestone in the UAE’s pursuit of an innovation- and knowledge-based economy.  Overseen by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s General Secretariat team, the program has been launched in collaboration with the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) and Mohammed Bin Rashid ......read more

Dubai Customs Soars to New Heights: Achieving Record-Breaking Performance, Innovation Accolades, and Community Impact in 2023

Dubai 23, January 2023: H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, confirmed the continuous growth of the United Arab Emirates' role as a global trade hub and its influential position in the world economy. He highlighted the significance of the “Economic Principles of the UAE” document approved by the UAE government, emphasizing its role as a guide for achieving worldwide Emirati leadership and establishing a sustainable national economy. The UAE serves as a free and open economic model that enthusiastically embraces international and regional economic and trade collaboration without limitations, acting as a catalyst for foreign trade growth. He noted that Dubai Customs actively supports the strategic plans of the UAE and Dubai, achieving a remarkable ......read more

Dubai Customs Week Unveils "Digital Empowerment: Forging Impactful Partnerships" to Boost Global Trade Security and Flexibility

In its Ninth Edition, the Event Introduces Advanced Customs Inspection Program, Highlights UAE's Economic Partnerships, and Spotlights Digital Transformation Initiatives for Seamless Business Operations Dubai – 22 January 2024: The ninth edition of Dubai Customs Week commenced with the theme " Digital Empowerment: Forging Impactful Partnerships," underscoring the importance of cultivating purposeful partnerships and fostering their development. The event aimed to emphasize the establishment of new alliances to facilitate trade, ensure border security, and enhance the flexibility of global supply chains. Dubai Customs has been organizing the Customs Week for the ninth consecutive year to mark the International Customs Day, celebrated annually on January 26. The government department announced the coordination of ......read more

Dendra, International Environmental Technology Leader, Successfully Completes First Annual Restoration Cycle in Support of UAE's 100 Million Mangrove Initiative

Dendra plans to restore 27.3M mangroves across 10,000 hectares in the UAE over the next 5 years using ecology best practice, AI, drones and its cutting-edge technologies. The organisation has concluded its first annual seeding season targeting the successful restoration of 1 million mangroves in Abu Dhabi.      Abu Dhabi, January 22nd, 2024: Dendra, an international environmental technology leader in restoring mangrove and arid ecosystems, who is supporting the UAE’s efforts in increasing its mangrove cover, has completed its first annual seeding season in an operation that aims to restore 1 million mangroves in Abu Dhabi.   As part of its objectives to support Abu Dhabi’s Climate Change Strategy, Dendra is capturing remote sensing data and analysing over 20,000 Ha of coastline and ......read more

Dubai Customs Issues 13 Key Policy Announcements in 2023

Dubai – 21 January 2024: Dubai Customs reinforces transparency and efficiency with the release of 13 customs policy announcements in 2023. These updates inform stakeholders about the latest customs procedures, covering economic agreements, anti-dumping measures, and trade restrictions on specific goods. “Dubai Customs is committed to keeping stakeholders informed about latest updates in customs procedures and policies through regular announcements on our official websites,” said Ahmed Al Khuroosi, Director of Tariff and Origin Department. "Our Customs authority is dedicated to providing stakeholders with essential information for seamless business operations and transactions," explained Al Khurousi.  “Customs announcements support informed decision-making, ensuring efficient goods delivery and ......read more

New Research Reveals Growing Number of Women in Coral Reef Science Across the Gulf States

Though a gender divide persists in the investigation of this vital ecosystem, study reveals a recent regional increase in female authorship. Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 17, 2024: A team of scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) published new findings on the prevalence and perspectives of women conducting coral reef research across the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) spanning the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, and Red Sea. Their research suggests that despite the persistence of a gender divide in publication output and senior authorship position, more women have authored publications in recent years, reflecting a six-fold increase in publications authored by females over the last decade alone. In the paper titled The growing role of women in coral reef research in the Gulf Cooperation Council published ......read more

Dubai Customs' 'Munaseq' AI Initiative: Global Accolades, 97% Satisfaction, and Seamless Customs Experience

Dubai – 16 Jan 2024: Dubai Customs is persistently advancing its journey by investing successfully in cutting-edge technologies and artificial intelligence, with the goal of delivering a seamless and pioneering customs experience for customers. Through the "Munaseq" initiative, customers can effortlessly obtain the HS Code for their goods in just 10 seconds. This initiative empowers customers to access comprehensive information about the product, including its description, customs duties, and its prohibition and restriction status. This can be achieved by uploading an image or entering product details through the smart application, which incorporates advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ahmad Al-Khuroosi, Director of Customs Tariff & Origin Department at Dubai Customs, ......read more

The Authority of Social Contribution - Ma'an and Department of Municipalities and Transport Join Forces to Support Social Projects Aimed at Enhancing Community Engagement

• Ma’an to support community projects that meet the needs of various segments of society with an estimated value of 28 million AED • Nine parks set to open in various locations in Abu Dhabi to enhance collective activities and stimulate the values of community cohesion • Mahmiyat Al Bateha in Al Ain addresses social priorities within both the infrastructure and social sectors • Three new projects are being launched by the Integrated Transport Center to meet the needs of people of determination and enhance values of integration and community inclusion   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 January 2024: The Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an, Abu Dhabi Government’s official channel to receive social contributions through a dedicated platform. and the Department of Municipalities ......read more

Ministry of Finance Announces Federal Decree-Law No. 11 of 2023 Regarding Federal Government Procurement

Abu Dhabi, UAE: 10 January 2024 – The Ministry of Finance announced the issuance of Federal Decree-Law No. 11 of 2023 on Federal Government Procurement, which sets the general framework for the procurement of products and services in the UAE’s government. The law, based on advanced and flexible international best practices, aims to define the principles, controls, and standards for government procurement operations, enhancing and guiding procurement processes within federal government entities. It aligns with the UAE’s digital agenda and enables its  drive to implement digital procurement systems utilising world-class policies and practices, as well as ensuring equality and fairness among participating suppliers, involving relevant stakeholders and participants in the purchasing process at federal entities, ......read more

RERA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with “Zand Digital Bank” to Appoint it as the Trustee of the Real Estate Development Escrow Account

- Marwan bin Ghalita: Committed to solidifying Dubai’s reputation as a leading real estate investment destination, enhancing the sector’s readiness and sustainability in various aspects   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 09 January 2024: The Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department (DLD), signed a memorandum of understanding with ‘Zand Digital Bank’ identifying Zand as an approved bank authorised by DLD to oversee real estate development escrow accounts and offer associated services.   Real estate escrow accounts are specialised bank accounts designated for real estate projects, serving as repositories for funds collected from off-plan investors or project financiers. The primary objective of the escrow account is to streamline the construction process for ......read more

Dubai Future Foundation and Richemont Challenge Start-ups to make Luxury Retail more Innovative

Dubai, 9 January 2024 – Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) is partnering with Swiss luxury brands holding company Richemont in a competition to solve challenges in luxury retail experience by deploying innovative technologies and solutions.  The Future of Luxury Retail Technologies program, which includes two challenges, is open to UAE-based and global start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs. DFF and Richemont are inviting businesses to create innovative solutions to efficiently manage waiting time in boutiques while improving client experience and engagement, and innovative solutions to recruit younger clientele through unique and engaging experiences.   The program is overseen by the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation, which facilitates dynamic partnerships between start-ups, private ......read more

Dubai Customs Secures TÜV Renewal of ISO 26000 Certification

Reaffirming Commitment to Global Sustainability and Excellence Dubai – 09 January 2024: Affirming Dubai Customs' prominent position both locally and globally in corporate social responsibility, and its commitment to excellence in implementing diverse methodologies for sustainable development, the German registration body "TÜV" has reissued the ISO 26000 certification to Dubai Customs. This renewal follows the government department's successful completion of audit procedures and international recommendations associated with the standard, solidifying global trust in Dubai Customs' continuous endeavors to establish sustainability as a core element of its strategic framework and organizational culture. Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, emphasized the ......read more

Al Jalila Foundation Recognizes the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department for a Decade of Impactful Collaboration Transforming Lives

Dubai - January 4, 2024:  Al Jalila Foundation honored the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in a ceremony recognizing the enduring partnership and invaluable contribution to transforming lives through the Foundation’s impactful giving mission over the last ten years.  The ceremony, held at Al Jalila Foundation, was attended by H.E. Dr. Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, Chairperson of Al Jalila Foundation Board of Directors and Dubai Health Board Member; H.E Ahmed Darwish Al Muhairi, Director General of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, and a number of senior officials from both entities.  Attendees had the opportunity to witness Al Jalila Foundation's impactful work as they toured the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute, including The Center for Communicable ......read more

The UAE and Jordan discuss Elevating Trade and Investment Relations in Amman

- HE Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi met His Excellency Bisher Al-Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan, during his official visit to Amman - HE Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi: “This visit to Amman, Jordan, has demonstrated the mutual will to accelerate the trade and investment momentum between our nations and to provide more opportunities for our business communities in high-potential sectors”   Amman (Jordan) - January 4, 2024: His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, has held talks in Amman with His Excellency Bisher Al-Khasawneh, Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to discuss ways to enhance trade and investment relations and develop opportunities for constructive cooperation between the nations’ respective private sectors.    In his meeting with the ......read more

Rainbow and UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment take Nationwide Recycling Drive to 30,000 Students

• In partnership with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE), the initiative empowers a new generation of sustainability leaders in the UAE • The Recycle to Green initiative is being executed by FrieslandCampina, in collaboration with MoCCAE, Emirates Environmental Group, Emirates Steel and RECAPP by Veolia   Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 3 January, 2024 – FrieslandCampina, one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world and the owner of Rainbow brand in the Middle East, has partnered with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) to launch one of the widest waste management and recycling drives in the UAE.   The initiative is in line with the UAE’s vision for waste management as well as the ‘We The UAE 2031’ vision, which is a national ......read more

Dubai Customs Honors Outstanding Clients in Monthly Recognition Ceremony

Dubai – 02 January 2024: In a continued commitment to enhancing customer happiness and satisfaction, Dubai Customs hosted its monthly recognition ceremony to honor distinguished clients across various categories. The December 2023 ceremony, attended by His Excellency Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director-General of Dubai Customs and CEO of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, witnessed the awarding of several top-performing companies. Also present in the event were Bassma Rafi, Acting Director, Client Happiness Department, and Younis Ibrahim, Customer Service Manager. Director-General of Dubai Customs, said, "Today, we are pleased to celebrate our exceptional clients as part of the monthly recognition initiative launched by Dubai Customs to boost customer happiness and deepen mutual relationships. This is in ......read more

HE Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi: UAE's Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements Break New Ground in 2023

- New trade agreements concluded across 2023 spanning four continents – including the first in Africa, Europe and South America - HE Al Zeyoudi: “Trade is now a central component of the UAE’s domestic success. In the past 12 months, it has become a record-setting driver of growth, a pillar of economic policy, a lynchpin of foreign relations and, at the recently concluded COP28, a new front in the battle against climate change.” Abu Dhabi, UAE, 01 January, 2024: HE Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, says that the UAE’s Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement program has enjoyed exponential growth in 2023, with three deals implemented, two more signed and awaiting implementation, and four agreed – taking the total number of CEPA partners since the launch of the program ......read more

Enhancing Ties: Dubai Customs and Qatari Consulate Collaborate for Trade and Innovation

Dubai – 01 January 2024: H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs and CEO of Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, warmly received the newly appointed Consul General of the State of Qatar in Dubai, H.E. Sa’eed bin Ali Al-Hajri, in his office. During the meeting, Musabah reiterated Dubai Customs' dedication to fostering collaboration with diplomatic entities, business councils, and Gulf-based companies in Dubai. He emphasized the significance of Dubai Customs' commitment to providing a state-of-the-art customs experience by implementing intelligent services across all aspects of customs operations. The discussions served to reaffirm the cordial relations between the UAE and Qatar, with a primary focus on strengthening trade connections and streamlining travel processes to boost the ......read more

Dubai Customs Shares Best Corporate Excellence Practices with Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Dubai – 30 December 2023: In a collaborative effort to exchange knowledge and best practices, Dubai Customs hosted a delegation from the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. The visiting delegation aimed to gain insights into quality and institutional excellence practices. During the visit, they explored Dubai Customs' initiatives aligning with its 2021-2026 strategic plan, focusing on community protection and sustainable economic development through compliance, facilitation, and innovation. The delegation received a briefing on Dubai Customs' assessment processes for both the Dubai Government Excellence Program and internal awards, covering categories, standards, mechanisms, recognition, and participation guidelines. Dubai Customs showcased its commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment through ......read more

Board of Directors of the New Emirates Drug Establishment holds Inaugural Meeting

- The Emirates Drug Establishment is tasked with regulating and managing medical and pharmaceutical products across the country, including free zones. - HE Al Zeyoudi: “The Emirates Drug Establishment aims to enhance the UAE’s leading role in the medical field by developing our national drug manufacturing capabilities, accelerating research and development, and attracting targeted investment.” - Her Excellency Dr. Fatima Al Kaabi: “In line with international best practice, the Emirates Drug Establishment is committed to accelerating development the healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors in the country and enhancing the field’s contribution to sustainable economic growth.”   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 29 December 2023: Following its formation by the UAE Cabinet earlier this ......read more

Blossoming Horizons: Dubai Customs Women's Committee Cultivates Insights at Qatar Expo 2023

Dubai – 29 December 2023: Dubai Customs, committed to empowering women and promoting their international engagement, organized an initiative through its women's committee—a fact-finding trip to the Horticultural EXPO 2023 Doha. The primary goals were to exchange experiences, learn from the practices of participating countries, and stay updated on cutting-edge technologies in sustainable agriculture, food security, and natural resource management. The delegation visited pavilions of various nations, including Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and others. Mariam Khalifa Al Shamsi, the head of the Dubai Customs Women's Committee, highlighted the initiative's alignment with the committee's new strategy, emphasizing impactful initiatives that positively contribute to women's societal roles. The ......read more

NAHA Introduces Youth Rangers to Environmental Careers with Hands-on Experience

Abu Dhabi, 29 December 2023 – As part of their participation in Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi’s Murshed Training Programme, 20 young people aged 14-17 assumed the role of ‘youth rangers’ as part of the second cohort of the programme. They spent four days, collecting data and observing the natural habitat surrounding Jubail Mangroves Park, demonstrating their commitment towards environmental ecosystems and leadership in action.   This year, the Murshed – Youth Rangers Programme spanned across five days, providing intensive educational and practical training for beginners. The program enhanced the knowledge of youth in the field of marine biodiversity and spearheaded their active involvement in environmental conservation. Through hands-on experience, youth rangers gained essential skills to ......read more

Zajel Joins the Decarbonisation Movement in Efforts to Reduce Carbon Footprint

(28 Dec, 2023 Dubai) Reducing carbon footprint for any organisation, means less pressure on the use of fossil fuels. Decarbonisation refers to all methods through which any entity, business, government, or organisation reduce their carbon footprint, mainly greenhouse gasses like CO2 and CH4.  One of the country’s leading logistics and courier service companies, Zajel is looking into different methods in which the company can contribute to the plight against climate change and environmental degradation via various means.  Part of its methods will be in raising awareness amongst employees in simple ways in which carbon footprint can be reduced, whilst the company studies further for ways to shift to alternative energy methods, in lines with the UAEs Net Zero 2050 plan. One of the way’s the company has decided to ......read more

Dubai Customs' Operation ‘Wheelhouse' Thwarts Smuggling of 234.68 Kilograms of Hashish

Cutting-Edge Periscope Technology Uncovers Contraband in Confined Spaces Dubai – 28 December 2023: In a ground-breaking operation dubbed ‘Wheelhouse’, Dubai Customs intercepted the smuggling of 234.68 kilograms of narcotics, specifically hashish. The operation, carried out at the Dubai Creek and Deira Wharfage Customs Center, stopped a wooden ship that raised suspicion upon arrival to the harbour.  Leading the operation, Dubai Customs task force “Siyaj” subjected the vessel to meticulous inspection, utilizing the state-of-the-art Periscope technology designed for examining confined spaces. The device provides high-res images in darkness, facilitating contraband detection. The illicit substances were discovered ingeniously concealed within the ship's wheelhouse. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, ......read more

Dubai Customs Bags Global Customs Innovation Award 2023

Dubai – 27 December 2023: Dubai Customs has solidified its position as the world's leading customs organization in innovation by clinching the prestigious Global Customs Innovation Award 2023. The organization secured the first place in the "Customs Innovation Award" under Track #1, recognizing innovative solutions that have proven their value for customs operations. The award, presented by the Pan-European Network of Customs Practitioners (PEN-CP) in collaboration with the Cross-Border Research Association, commends Dubai Customs for its ground-breaking project on cross-border e-commerce. Competing against more than 20 customs entities worldwide, including from Germany, Hungary, and Australia, Dubai Customs' e-commerce initiative aims to transform Dubai into a global e-commerce hub. The project, leveraging ......read more

Prestigious ‘Nature' Research Journal Showcases Achievements of UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 26 December, 2023 – The pioneering research and technology achievements of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) are featured in a peer-reviewed article published by the Nature Research journal npj Climate and Atmospheric Science.   Titled “Rethinking water security in a warming climate: rainfall enhancement as an innovative augmentation technique”, the article highlights the fact that rainfall enhancement has historically been overlooked as a key component of sustainability and climate change adaptation strategies, and showcases current progress and future directions for rainfall enhancement applications based on NCM’s operational cloud seeding program and its grant-based international research and development ecosystem under UAEREP.   The UAE’s efforts ......read more

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