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    Dubai Customs salutes UAE's 1st global customs efficiency ranking

    Dubai, UAE, 21th June 2017:  Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation highly applauded the UAE’s achievement of topping the world’s Efficiency of Customs Procedures Index at the annual report of the Global Competitiveness of 2017. The book is issued by the Global Competitiveness Centre of the International Institute for Administrative Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, which is one of the most important specialized colleges in the world in this field.  Bin Sulayem pointed out that the achievement reflects the UAE wise leaders’ vision of making the UAE the best country in all spheres by 2021.  He added:” The top ranking the UAE boasts in areas of customs is another accolade added to the country’s record of global ......read more

    Al Rawdah donates over 70 tonnes of products to Dar Al Ber Charity

    Marks Dubai’s Year of Giving by helping feed families throughout 2017 Dubai, UAE – June 21, 2017:  Emirates Modern Poultry Co., also known as Al Rawdah, has donated over 70 tonnes of food products since the start of the year to Dar El Ber Society – an NGO that looks after families in need across the Middle East and Africa. Al Rawdah matched its initial donation of 10 tonnes in February with another 10 tonnes in May. In the lead up to Ramadan, the poultry brand has donated another 50 tonnes of products to the charity.  “Al Rawdah is known for being a homegrown brand that is bringing food security to the nation through high-quality products. But we also want to help make sure that families in need across the region have access to food. Each tonne of food products we donate feeds 80 families, and ......read more

    Dubai Judicial Institute Strengthens International Ambassador Programme

    Latest training course invited 104 MBA students to learn about Business Setup and the UAE’s judicial system in Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 June 2017: Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI) – the governmental entity that provides legal and judicial training in accordance with Dubai Government directives – has strengthened its Ambassador Programme “Safeer” by providing a training course for international students in collaboration with SP Jain School of Global Management. The day-long course was delivered by lecturer Mohammed Al Yafei, Project Manager of the Ambassador Programme and Legal Researcher at Dubai Judicial Institute. The course was attended by 104 MBA students from Canada, India, Korea, the Philippines, the USA and Vietnam, and provided a comprehensive overview of the UAE’s legal and ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Organizes Ramadan Majlis on Endowment in Year of Giving

    Grand Mufti Dr Ahmed Al Haddad shares insights on maximizing potential of endowments as Guest of Honor at event Dubai-UAE: 21 June, 2017 – As part of its Year of Giving initiatives, the Department of Endowment Development at Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) organized a Ramadan majlis under the theme ‘Endowment and the Year of Giving’.  Dr Ahmed Al Haddad, Grand Mufti of Dubai was the guest of honor at the majlis of Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum in Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba area. His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of AMAF, Ahmed Bu Shihab, Director of AMAF’s Endowment Development Department, and several other AMAF officials also participated in the event.   In his opening speech, Dr Al Haddad highlighted the importance of endowments in Islam since the ......read more

    G4S, in partnership with UAE Red Crescent, helps distribute free Iftar meals at Jebel Ali tents

    DUBAI - June 21, 2017:  G4S UAE, the world’s leading integrated security solutions provider, supported the UAE Red Crescent - Dubai to serve a total of 50,000 Iftar meals to labourers at three Ramadan tents in Jebel Ali industrial area during the holy month of Ramadan.   The company has provided volunteers to serve free Iftar meals from the beginning of the holy month at the three big tents that were installed close to the labour accommodations in the Jebel Ali industrial area, where migrant workers make up the majority of the population.  Each tent served meals to more than 1000 people every day helped by volunteers from G4S and the UAE Red Crescent, Dubai. The initiative is part of G4S’ commitment to the UAE’s ‘Year of Giving’ initiative and to support the underprivileged people at a ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Distributes 400 Iftar Meals Daily to Laborers through Holy Month

    Dubai - UAE: 20 June 2017:  As part of sustained efforts in line with the UAE Year of Giving and reflecting the spirit of solidarity during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) is distributing Iftar meals to laborers in select locations in Dubai in the vicinity of labor camps throughout the month.   In collaboration with a popular restaurant, a dedicated team from AMAF is coordinating the distribution of 400 iftar meals daily to fasting laborers at Bilal Mosque and Al Aref Mosque.   His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, said: “The Holy Month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to express our appreciation to these blue-collar workers for their significant efforts that make a vital contribution to the UAE’s ......read more

    Dubai Customs announces working hours of its centers during Eid Al-Fitr holiday

    Dubai, UAE, 20th June 2017:  Dubai Customs announced the official working hours at its customs centers during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, to help individuals and companies clear their goods without any delay.  Air customs centers at Dubai Cargo Village, Dubai Airport Free Zone- gate number (5), and Dubai Flower Center will work round-the-clock; whereas inspection section at Dubai Multi Commodities Center will work on Saturday 24 June from 9am to 2pm, and in case the holiday extended to 2nd July, Thursday 29th June will be a working day.  Jebel Ali Inspection Center and Dubai Logistics City Inspection Center will work round-the-clock during Eid holiday; whereas, Jebel Ali customer service center will work from the third day of Eid, from 8am to 2pm.  Port Rashid Customer Service Center will work on Wednesday and ......read more

    Dubai to Establish the World's First Collective Endowment Park

    June 20, 2017 - Dubai, UAE:: The city of Dubai, which is renowned for interweaving innovation into its economic, commercial and cultural goals, is now blending it into charity.  The city is working on the establishment of the first collective-endowment park in the world – the Endowment Park project which will be established by Dubai Municipality & Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC). The new park combines the business model of collective outsourcing (a concept that has been successfully used in many economic projects) with the concept of innovative endowment adopted by MBRGCEC.  The Endowment Park will be established with the members of the UAE community donating the palm trees, which in turn will become an agricultural endowment.  The Endowment Park is located next ......read more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Completes Distribution of Mir Ramadan to Underprivileged Families

    Initiative Helps Families Meet Daily Needs during Holy Month Dubai-UAE: 19 June, 2017 – In line with the UAE Year of Giving and reflecting the spirit of generosity and social solidarity that embodies the Holy Month of Ramadan, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has completed the distribution of Mir Ramadan donations to more than 150 underprivileged families in Dubai to help them meet their daily requirements throughout the month.  Under its ‘Good Partner’ initiative, AMAF also leveraged its synergies with some of the most prominent supporters of charity and social work from the public and private sector in providing donations. The Endowment Development Department at AMAF distributed 300 food baskets to 150 underprivileged families in partnership with Umm Al-Momineen Center and Tarahum Charity ......read more

    Dubai Outlet Mall and the UAE Red Crescent join hands to give free Eid clothing to 50 underprivileged children

    Dubai, June 19, 2017:  Dubai Outlet Mall, the UAE Red Crescent Authority and Rawafed Centre joined hands this Ramadan to provide free Eid clothing and other items to 50 underprivileged children in the UAE. This is a part of Dubai Outlet Mall’s commitment to the ‘Year of Giving’ programme of 2017, announced by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  The initiative titled “Joy of Eid – Making a Difference in this Year of Giving”, saw the Rawafed Centre bringing the children to the mall and helped by the UAE Red Crescent volunteers. The children gathered for Iftar at the mall and were taken to the different outlets and were helped to pick brand news clothes and various items of their choice.  Speaking about the activity, Mohammed Khammas, CEO Al Ahli ......read more

    Jawaher Al Qasimi Calls on World Leaders to Further Efforts to Restore Peace

    Her Highness’ call for action coincides with World Refugee Day 2017 Sharjah, 19 June 2017 Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children and Chairperson of the Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), has strongly urged world leaders to escalate all relief efforts to control the unprecedented global refugee crisis, restoring peace and stability in countries and regions affected by war and unrest.  Her Highness’s call, which aims to double-up global efforts to end the plight of refugees and associated humanitarian tragedies that threaten the future of younger generations, coincides with the World Refugee Day being celebrated on 20 June this year.    Her Highness highlighted that the unacceptable humanitarian conditions ......read more

    Khater Massaad's Former Georgian Chief Aide Found Guilty of Fraud in Georgia and Ordered to Return 951 Hectares of Land Worth US$16.4 Million

    Khater Massaad appointed Gela Mikadze as CEO of Rakeen Georgia while he was CEO of RAKIA (Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority). Mikadze has now been found guilty of serious fraud in the Tbilisi City Court, Georgia. On 16 June, Judge Maia Svianadze ordered Georgia Golf & Resort LLC, a company connected to Mikadze, to return land that he stole from Rakeen Georgia. The case revolves around 951 hectares of land in Mukhrovani that was bought by Mikadze on behalf of Rakeen Georgia. The land was bought in 2007 from a close associate of Mikadze for approximately GEL 27,200,000 (US$16,451,000), over 10 times the actual value of the land. Mikadze approved this deal and then through a web of deceit and fraud sold the land in July 2012 for just GEL 2,000,000 (approx. US$ 1,200,000) – a fraction of what it was then worth (GEL ......read more

    Emirates Youth Council launches Youth Circle forum titled “Youth and Volunteering”

    18 June 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Youth Circles Forum, held under the title "Youth and Volunteering" on Tuesday night, witnessed the launch of the Meet My Hero Campaign, which was born out of the close cooperation between the Emirates Youth Council and the Moral Education Committee. The forum focused on highlighting the most important topics associated with volunteering, in parallel to the launch by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, of the Year of Giving in 2017. The Meet My Hero Campaign aims to shed light on specific genuine and humanitarian Emirati and Arab values and showcase the importance of these values to society, especially where the youth are concerned. The campaign achieves this by highlighting the roles played by some to promote and spread these principles, ......read more

    Schon Properties and Al Hamad Group of Companies offer Iftar for 700 labourers as part of Year of Giving initiative

    Dubai, June 18, 2017:  Schon Properties, a leading private real estate developer in the UAE, and Al Hamad Group of Companies, the premier construction group, jointly organised an Iftar for 700 labourers working on construction of their joint venture, iSuites – a cluster of 2,550 branded hotel apartments project, with a development value exceeding Dh3.2 billion. This initiative comes part of the partners Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme as they both strengthen their CSR outreach in line with the spirit of the Year of Giving and the UAE government’s vision. The Iftar dinner programme was held at the Al Hamad Labour Camp – where the labourers converged after a day’s hard work to break their fast.  Mr Danial Schon, President of Schon Properties attended the iftar joined by senior ......read more

    Minister of Climate Change and Environment Releasing 30,000 Fish in Marine Protected Areas in Dibba, Fujairah

    His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, is releasing several big sized (150 grams) Rhabdosargus sarba (Qabit) and finned black seabream (Sha’am) fish in the waters of marine protected areas in Dibba, Fujairah. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is collaborating with "Fish Farm” to release 30,000 fish marine protected areas in each emirate, starting in Fujairah, with the aim of promoting the sustainability of fish stock for future generations. The move comes within the framework of the ‘Year of Giving’ initiative launched by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.  The Ministry of Climate ......read more

    PCFC organizes its Ramadan Suhur gathering

    Dubai – 15 June 2017:  The Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation held its Ramadan Suhur gathering to its staff in the presence of Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and senior directors and heads of PCFC’s subsidiaries at Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Maktoum Hall. The gathering included a number of events including Taraweeh prayers, a lecture on positivity and self-development delivered by Mohammed Al Qahtani, the Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking, and an Islamic lecture delivered by His Excellency Sheikh Sulaiman Al Jubailan, plus a number of entertaining activities.  Bin Sulayem commented on the event: “At the beginning I am pleased to congratulate President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin ......read more

    TIME banks on Al Shabab for Ramadan food donation

    Dubai, UAE, June 14, 2017:  UAE-headquartered TIME Hotels has embraced the spirit of giving by distributing 200 Iftar boxes to the needy through Al Shabab Al Arabi Club. The food bank donation is in line with the UAE’s Year of Giving campaign launched by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The 200 boxes were prepared by staff at the TIME Oak Hotel & Suites and TIME Grand Plaza Hotel, with delivery managed by the Al Shabab Al Arabi Club in coordination with Dubai Municipality. The boxes contained: biryani, salad, hummus, dates, a Ramadan sweet, pickles and juice. Mohamed Awadalla, CEO of TIME Hotels, said: “It is important, especially during this the Holy Month of Ramadan, that we remember those less fortunate than ourselves. This is a tremendous gesture from Al Shabab Al Arabi ......read more

    57 Young People of Determination Became du Volunteers to Mark

    Zayed Humanitarian Day this Ramadan du invited students from the Rashid Centre, Mawaheb Centre, and the Tender Hearts Arena to experience the joy of giving at its Mawaed Al Rahman initiative #KindnessLivesOn Dubai, UAE, 14 June 2017:  In celebration of Zayed Humanitarian Day in the Year of Giving, du invited young people of determination from the Rashid Centre for the Disabled, Mawaheb Centre, and the Tender Hearts Arena to experience the joy of volunteering and giving back to the community. 57 students altogether joined the initiative and, together, packed of boxes of essential Ramadan ingredients for families in Dubai and the Northern Emirates in line with #KindnessLivesOn.  Held on the 19th day of Ramadan, Zayed Humanitarian Day celebrates the UAE’s Founding Father, who, through his life, upheld the principles ......read more

    96 Takatof Volunteers bring joy to Children with Terminal Illnesses

    Sponsored by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation  ABU DHABI, 14 June 2017:  Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization set up by the Abu Dhabi government to facilitate public-private funded initiatives to improve the welfare of youth across the UAE, concluded its annual Ramadan Charitable Football Championship in Ajman Youth Club yesterday, which focused on raising awareness and engaging youth in helping children with terminal illnesses.  The Football Championship was sponsored by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corpora-tion and engaged around 96 volunteers between the ages of 18-32 from across the UAE, all of whom competed to take the lead on granting the wishes and brining joy to ill children from across the nation. The Takatof Ramadan Football Championship is in line with the vision set forth by ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid: UAE National Climate Change Plan Consolidates Efforts and Assures UAE's Role in tackling this Global Challenge

    Cabinet Endorses the UAE National Climate Change Plan 2050, the 1st in the Region, Dubai-UAE: 14 June, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on his Twitter account that the UAE Cabinet has endorsed during its meeting yesterday the National Climate Change Plan 2050, which aims to emphasize UAE’s proactive approach towards sustainable development, raise the quality of life across the country and identify priorities. It also aims to integrate efforts to bridge gaps and strengthen cooperation between the public and private sectors. His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The National Climate Change Plan builds on the existing policy and institutional framework for ......read more

    Dubai Electronic Security Center Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Dubai

    13 June, 2017 Dubai, UAE Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Dubai to promote research in information security, telecommunications and information systems. The MoU was signed by H.E Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Chief Executive Director of DESC and H.E Dr. Essa Mohammed Al Bastaki, Director of University of Dubai, in the presence of a number of representatives from both sides This partnership will strengthen the empowerment of leaders and national capabilities in the field of information security in the UAE, as well as support the enhancement of the status of individuals in the society and encourage them to strive and work hard. It also comes in line with Dubai’s Cyber Security Strategy, which aims to strengthen Dubai’s position as a world leader in ......read more

    EPG Offers Buses to Transport Iftar Meals This Ramadan in Sharjah

    June 12, 2017 - Dubai, UAE Emirates Post Group, on its fifth year of participation in providing Iftar meals for the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation's Ramadan Project, will provide transportation for collection and distribution Iftar Meals in Emirate of Sharjah. Mr. Sultan Al Midfa, CEO of the Postal Operations said: "EPG is an in coordination with Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has so far distributed 1.7 million Iftar meals in the past five years; as this annual Ramadan Iftar meals project is in preparation for the activities and charitable programs that are being implemented during the holy month of Ramadan.” He added that this joint cooperation also strengthens the social responsibility of the parties and supports the role assigned to each party in the fields of national activities.  This partnership ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Conference Marks UAE's Year of Giving

    11/06/2017 Annual Dubai Dialogue conference highlights the role of public-private partnerships in supporting the UAE’s Year of Giving H.E. Al Mansoori: We are developing a more systematic CSR methodology through incentives, monitoring, and measurement indicators H.E. Buamim: Positive impact of CSR policies and strategies could be maximised if organisations align their efforts Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently hosted its annual Dubai Dialogue conference at its premises which focused on the UAE’s Year of Giving and highlighted the important role that public-private partnerships can play in achieving the objectives of the national initiative. The event, organised by the Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business, was attended by 150 delegates, including H.E. Sultan bin Saeed ......read more

    In-line with Initiative of the Year of Giving

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre visits Dubai Hospital to draw a smile on the faces of children June 11, 2017  Dubai United Arab Emirates In line with the initiative of the Year of Giving and its social responsibility, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre employees and engineers visited the Pediatric Department at Dubai Hospital, aiming to bring happiness to children with critical illnesses and provide support to overcome the disease. During the visit, the Centre's staff held interactive space workshops and painting sessions inspired from the space world. They also organized read stories to the kids and selections from "The Red Planet" MBRSC kids magazine. All the staff, accompanied by doctors and nurses, had a tour to children who had difficulties to roam around the place. The employees distributed giveaways to ......read more

    UAE-IAA Promotes Excellence in Internal Audit Practices in Government and Private Sectors

    Nominations open for 3rd cycle of UAE-IAA’s ‘Best Practice in Internal Audit Award’ for all government and private sector entities Winners to be announced at the 7th Chief Audit Executive Conference in November this year Award encourages sharing best practices among organisations facilitating a better governed business community and generating awareness of internal auditing among smaller business entities Dubai, June 11, 2017: Committed to ensuring excellence in internal auditing practices across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UAE Internal Auditors Association (UAE-IAA) has announced the 3rd cycle of its ‘Best Practice in Internal Audit Award’. The award is open to all government and private sector entities, including semi-government and government owned establishments.   His Highness ......read more

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    Ministry of Health and Prevention chairs second meeting of Board of Trustees of the pharmaceutical Sector

    UAE, June 17, 2017 - H.E. Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing of the Ministry of Health and Prevention and chairman of the pharmaceutical board of trustees in UAE, chaired the recently held second meeting of the Board of Trustees of the pharmaceutical sector. Executives from local and international pharmaceutical company attended the meeting, in addition to local drug distributors, executives from private pharmacy chains, Ministry and local health authority’s officials. H.E. Dr. Al Amiri said that the Board of Trustees was formed ......read more

    UAE ranked 1st among Arab Countries & 35th worldwide in Global Innovation Index 2017

    Jumps six places from 2016, achieves one of the highest growth rates among top tier innovative countries Sultan Al Mansoori: ‘New achievement strengthens status of the UAE as a leading regional and international economic destination’ ‘Result reflects magnitude of ambitious national efforts to make the UAE a global hub for innovation’ ‘Innovation is the focus of national economic development and building strategic partnerships with different countries’ Hussein Al-Hammadi: ‘We adopt the best practices of innovation in education to make the ......read more

    ‘Art of Giving' Opens Under Kind Patronage of H.E. Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher Al Maktoum at FN Designs

    As part of her CSR initiatives, H.E. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum announced the opening of a new exhibition ‘Art of Giving’ at FN Designs. The show not only brings together works of over 20 local artists but also has a special contribution from one of India’s most acclaimed fashion designer Ritu Kumar. The various artists have collaborated together to donate one of their most outstanding pieces to the exhibition and funds raised from the sale of the artworks will be used to provide assistance to people in need.  The exhibition will run until July 31, 2017 at FN ......read more

    DED- Ajman seizes 158,415 counterfeit auto parts in Al Helio

    UAE, June 13, 2017 - The Department of Economic Development – Ajman’s (DED – Ajman) Directorate Control and Consumer Protection recently seized a total of 158,415 counterfeit car parts from 14 international brands in Al Helio area. The DED- Ajman and Ajman Police discovered the fake auto parts in a joint operation carried out to secure consumer markets, combat commercial fraud, and protect consumer rights. Aside from the confiscation of the counterfeit products, legal action is being pursued against the violators. Mohammed Al Kutbi, Director of DED – Ajman’s ......read more

    Dubai Outlet Mall celebrates Environment Day 2017 by planting saplings with kids from the community

    To celebrate Environment Day 2017, the Dubai Outlet Mall (DOM) invited children from various schools to plant saplings along with the Mall Management around DOM to contribute towards conserving the environment.  ...read more

    Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce seizes fake printing supplies for HP printers in four raids

    Intercepted counterfeits deliver setback against manufacturing and distribution of fake printing supplies Dubai, June 8, 2017:  HP has announced multiple seizures of counterfeit printing supplies destined for HP printers. The company supported Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce officials, alongside the local police force, who confiscated more than 145,000 illicit items in separate actions. Between December 2016 and February 2017, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce conducted several raids at both warehouses and showrooms of four major counterfeiting syndicates. Some of those ......read more

    Dubai Customs organizes “Path of Happiness” training

    Dubai, UAE 8th June 2017:  Training Centre at Dubai Customs organized a training workshop entitled “Path of Happiness” which aims at raising awareness around happiness amongst Dubai Customs staff. Dr Shaikha Al Ghafiri, acting director of Dubai Customs' Training Centre pointed out that the training workshop is part of the UAE’s vision to provide attractive environment to staff and clients.  “Supported by Dubai Customs high management, the Training Centre organized this workshop as the first one in Ramadan. This will help have happier and more ......read more

    Salma Humanitarian Relief Program Launches Ramadan Campaign in Collaboration with TECOM Group, The Dubai Mall, Emirates NBD, RTA, Jumeirah, Choithrams

    His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais: Endowment model is a viable solution to help victims of conflicts and natural disasters Dubai-UAE: 08 June, 2017:  The Salma Humanitarian Relief Program, an initiative of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) executed by Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), has announced the launch of its annual Ramadan campaign. In line with the UAE’s pioneering humanitarian role, the Salma program provides halal food relief to victims of wars and natural disasters across the globe.  In partnership with TECOM Group, Emirates NBD, Roads ......read more

    UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science meets leading researchers and influential policymakers in the United States

    Alya Al Mazroui, Manager of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement: “Our meetings demonstrated that our Program has helped position the UAE as an international hub for the next generation science and technology needed to ensure our common water security” Dr Lawson, founder, SPEC Incorporated: “The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is playing a major role in catalyzing the growth of the international networks needed to identify new frontiers in weather research” Abu Dhabi-UAE: 8 June, 2017:  The UAE Research Program for Rain ......read more

    Emirates Post Group stops all types of postal services to Qatar

    Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017:  Emirates Post Group, upon instructions of the Government of the United Arab Emirates, has suspended all postal services to Qatar in all its postal offices in the UAE from June 6, 2017, or until further notice. This decision also includes advising all customers that apart from temporarily stopping the delivery of mail items to the State of Qatar, all undelivered items will also be returned with corresponding postal fees according to the procedures and regulations. ...read more

    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Launches ‘My Community' Volunteer Programme

    His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi: Programme is in line with the objectives and pillars of the Year of Giving ‘My Community’ programme aims to foster culture of volunteerism Abu Dhabi-UAE: 7 June, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), in a bid to enhance civic responsibilities, and instil a spirit of social solidarity and volunteerism within the community, today launched its ‘My Community’ programme, as part of the Fund’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandate.  In addition to strengthening the principles and values of ......read more

    Customs World showcases Dubai Customs experience to Ghani Vice-President and Officials

    Customs World takes part in Port Efficiency Conference in Ghana Dubai, UAE 7th June 2017:  In a step to develop relations with Ghana and to build up more momentum towards an official business partnership, a delegation from Customs World, a subsidiary of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), has recently visited the Republic of Ghana to attend the Port Efficiency Conference in the Ghani capital Accra.  The delegation included Faisal Eissa Lutfi, CEO of Customs World, and Adolphe Chaiban, Head of Development at Customs World. Ghana organized this conference and ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Reaches a Record of 66 Thousand Registered members by End of Q1 2017

    1607 new registers in the first quarter Sharjah, June 7th, 2017:  Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has revealed that the the number of its registered members has reached a new record of 66,295, after registering 1607 new companies in the first quarter of 2017. The new record is a new testimony of the attractive investment environment Sharjah offers.  Total number of new and renewed memberships has reached 16,799 by the end of the quarter, compared to 16,132 year-on-year, recording a growth rate of 4%. His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah ......read more

    Choithrams partners with Unilever to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5

    This year’s awareness drive will focus on water conservation and protection of the environment Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017:  Choithrams in association with Unilever celebrates World Environment Day on June 5 for the 4th consecutive year.With rapid development and change in the UAE, awareness on sustainability has become more important than ever. Choithrams will launch a conscious initiative on June 5thto replacethe plastic bags used in their stores with paper bags, while continuing their successful collaboration with Unilever towards environmental sustainability since 2013. This ......read more

    Dubai Free Zones Council Approves Joining Taqdeer Award, Supports 10X Initiative

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Chairs Sixth Council Meeting  Dubai-UAE: 6 June, 2017:  In his capacity as Chairman of the Dubai Free Zones (DFZ) Council, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, presided over the sixth council meeting, held at the Executive Council Office in the Emirates Office Tower. The meeting approved proposals for DFZ Council to join the Taqdeer Award and support the Dubai leadership’s 10X Initiative. The session kicked off with a brief about the Taqdeer ......read more

    Proven Saudi Arabia Advises on the Political Withdrawal from Qatar

    Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017:  Proven Saudi Arabia, the leading business support provide for the KSA provides insight to businesses operating within Saudi on the effect to working processes after the announcement of the diplomatic withdrawal from Qatar. Proven SA confirms that Qatari nationals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will now need to take actions to leave the country within 14 days. Despite the severance of ties, Saudi Arabia, according to Al-Arabiya English, said it would provide all facilities and services needed by Qatari pilgrims who are currently in the Kingdom. The 14-day ......read more

    Americana Foods and Ekhaa Society collaborates on 2,000 Iftar meals to orphans in Ramadan

    Jeddah, KSA, 6 June, 2017:  Americana Foods, is distributing 2,000 Iftar meals and gifts to underprivileged children during the holy month of Ramadan to orphanages around Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as part of the charitable partnership between Americana Foods and Ekhaa for Orphans Care Society. Every Friday, during the Ramadan period, over 500 Iftar meal boxes will be provided to foster the spirit of joint charitable, humanitarian cooperation between Ekhaa for Orphans Care Society and Americana Foods, one of the region’s biggest food brands. The Iftar meal boxes will contain ......read more

    Sharjah Youth Engage in tree plantations for World Environment Day, 2017

    Our Earth is being ravaged under constant stress from the ever increasing population and pollution. Planting trees is still one of the best ways for people to overcome environmental hazards. The youth possess a great potential and spirit to change society. They can change any calamity into an opportunity. All they need is proper guidance and encouragement. A group of environmental enthusiasts under the leadership of Humaid Habeeb's, engaged in a tree planting activity with the support of hotel Holiday International Sharjah and Marbella Resorts Sharjah. The event saw over 80 students from ......read more

    Al Manar Model School Students join McDonald's UAE and the Emirates Environment Group in an effort to ‘Plant a Greener Future'

    Dubai, UAE - 05 June, 2017:  McDonald’s UAE, with the support of the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), continues its efforts to implement its ‘Planting a Greener Future’ campaign in order to build a more environmentally conscious community. McDonald’s UAE and EEG have partnered with Al Manar Model School in Sharjah to participate in the initiative’s fourteenth tree planting activity. Students between the ages of 11 and 12 planted an assortment of indigenous trees as an investment in the future and to learn more about caring for the ......read more

    Statement Attributed to His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment On World Environment Day

    (June 5, 2017) On the occasion of World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 every year, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The changes in people’s relationship with nature in recent decades, including the intensive exploitation of nature’s resources beyond its ability to regenerate, are a major cause of the current global environmental degradation. “As part of our cultural heritage embodied by the practices of our forefathers, improving the relationship between people and nature and restoring the ......read more

    Senior delegation led by Brazilian Agriculture Minister successfully completes four-nation visit to strengthen agribusiness ties with GCC

    UAE, June 5, 2017- His Excellency (H.E.) Blairo Maggi, Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, successfully completed his visit to the GCC, throwing the spotlight on the high quality of Brazilian goods, especially agriculture and livestock, as well as drawing interest from potential investors. Maggi was accompanied by a delegation composed of senior government officials, multinational companies, and leading private sector organizations such as the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC). The Brazilian delegations stops included Kuwait, followed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. According to ......read more

    #I'mWithNature - Green Hope's campaigns for World Environment Day

    Our youth organisation, Green Hope Foundation, celebrated World Environment Day with a multitude of youth actions showing our support for the environment. As Future Generations, we believe that it is our responsibility to take actions, TODAY, and create a future that is equitable and sustainable . We need to celebrate World Environment Day everyday and we did this through a month full of activities leading up to 5th June. Our youth members, some as young as 6, spent hours cleaning beaches, collecting several bags of litter. We also planted 70 saplings to mitigate climate change. Our ......read more

    Dubai Sat-2 captures satellite image of The Great Mosque of Mecca

    Celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2017:  Celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan, DubaiSat-2, a satellite owned and operated by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) captured a satellite image of The Great Mosque of Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. DubaiSat-2 captures high resolution satellite images (1 meter) used for urban planning and mapping, monitoring environmental changes and disaster management. The satellite’s camera features a 1-metre panchromatic resolution and a 4-metre multi-spectral resolution (coloured images) and can store 512 ......read more

    Climate outcast Trump surrenders US global leadership - Greenpeace

    Amsterdam, June 4, 2017:  Denouncing Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, Greenpeace International said the decision would cost the US its global leadership position and its share of the economic benefits of the clean energy transition. Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director, said: “Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will turn America from a global climate leader into a flat earth society of one. It is a morally-bankrupt decision that Trump will come to regret. Global climate action is not a legal or political debate, it is an ......read more

    OMO and Comfort launch the 8th year of “Share a Touch of Love this Ramadan” Initiative in partnership with Emirates Red Crescent & Uber, in line with The Year of Giving

    Dubai, UAE, June 3, 2017:  OMO and Comfort have been global household names for decades, helping mothers care for their families by ‘sharing an extra dose of love’. This Ramadan, the iconic brands are back again with their annual community clothes donation drive, for the eighth year in a row, across the UAE in partnership with Uber and the Emirates Red Crescent and in line with The Year of Giving initiative by the UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  “Share a Touch of Love this Ramadan” with OMO and Comfort encourages ......read more

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