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

    Emirates Mars Mission improves UAE’s overall Soft Power score by 5% compared to last year UAE moves seven places up from last year in the ‘Respected Leaders’ category to reach the 7th globally  The Index was launched in the virtually-held Global Soft Power Summit attended by decisionmakers and specialists Mohammed bin Rashid: The UAE is not a place in the globe, but the globe in one place   • UAE sits at the top 10 for its strong and stable economy • UAE ranks 9th globally in ‘affairs people follow closely’, climbing 8 places up from last year • UAE classified among top 15 countries in the world in COVID-19 response and future growth potential • The General Public selected UAE among top 14 great places to visit  • UAE improves rankings in ......read more

    Dubai Municipality gets 9 new certificates of international standards

    Dubai, 25 February 2021: Dubai Municipality has obtained nine new certificates of conformity with international standards specialized in the fields of administrative systems in addition to renewing 10 international certificates, after evaluation and auditing of them by specialized international auditing companies from UK and Germany. The achievement comes within the framework of the Municipality’s keenness to enhance the sustainability of efficiency and quality standards in its various sectors. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said: "We, in Dubai Municipality, always strive to follow the best strategies aimed at applying international standards in all practices, in line with the Dubai Government Excellence Program system, in order to enhance the achievement of leadership goals in the areas of ......read more

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

    Emirates Environmental Group brings together over 200 entities to participate in the 25th Can Collection Day Campaign in the Year of “Towards the Next Fifty”. EEG Collects 1,500 kg of Aluminium Can and mitigates 23 MTCO2E, saves 341 Million BTU of Energy  and 36 m3 of Landfill space. Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) has yet again reunited the nation for its 25th Cycle of the Can Collection Day. The programme gathered more than 200 entities from all over the country to participate. It is with the help and true efforts of numerous corporations, hotels, academic institutions and families that EEG managed to collect 1,500 kg of Aluminum Cans for recycling on Thursday -25th of February 2021.  Mrs. Habiba Al Mar’ashi Chairperson of EEG said: “In celebrating the silver jubilee of this national ......read more

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

    United Arab Emirates -  February 25, 2021:   Leading detergent brands Tide and Ariel have announced plans today to donate one million washes to frontline workers in 54 public and private hospitals across Saudi Arabia before the end of March 2021.  As healthcare workers and first responders fight the pandemic, Tide and Ariel have launched  their COVID-19 relief campaigns: Tide’s “Protect the Protectors” and Ariel's “Tough for the Toughest”  to supply frontliners and their families across the kingdom with their innovative anti-bacterial fabric-care products that ensure thorough cleaning from all dimensions, eliminating dirt and stains while removing up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. Tide and Ariel have joined hands to inaugurate the donation roadshow that aims to ......read more

    SCCI Stresses Keenness on Boosting Economic Ties between Sharjah, Egypt

    Sharjah, February 24, 2021:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) underlined its eagerness to strengthen all forms of economic relations between Sharjah and Egypt, increase the volume of bilateral trade between the two friendly countries, and stimulate economic activities in the emirate to launch more investment ventures. The statements made on the sidelines of the meeting held at the Chamber premises between HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, and HE Ashraf Deeb, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Dubai. Present at the meeting were HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of the SCCI, Counselor Wael Fathy, Consul of the Republic of Egypt in Dubai, Ashraf Hamdy, Minister Plenipotentiary of Commerce, Head of the Economic and Commercial Office at the Consulate. While ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Joins UAE Innovates 2021 Activities

    Dubai - 21 February 2021: Dubai Municipality is joining the activities of the UAE Innovates 2021, organized by the General Secretariat of Dubai Executive Council, from 21 to 27 February, to enhance the Municipality's directions towards promoting the values of creativity and innovation in its various sectors. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, emphasized the Municipality's keenness to participate in the activities of UAE Innovates 2021, which is a forum for embodying and translating the directives of the wise leadership towards achieving happiness and the highest levels of living standards for the members of the society, by making innovation a method of work, a pattern for government development, and an essential tributary of development and sustainability.  He added that the Municipality pays ......read more

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

    • 15 programs launched in 2020 bringing the total number of programs to 227 since inception • Dubai Cares rolled out a nationwide fundraising campaign in support of students from low-income families in the UAE • Dubai Cares launched RewirEd, a new global education platform with the vision to rewire education for a prosperous and sustainable future • The United Nations Department of Global Communications (UN DGC) approved Dubai Cares as a member of its association     Dubai, UAE, 21 February 2021:  Despite the massive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social and economic sectors around the world, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, remained committed towards helping achieve SDG4 by rolling out global education initiatives that advocate for children ......read more

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

    • ‘Sharjah Startup Studio’ delivers a jab of hope to startups leading the post-covid recovery • UAE’s first government-backed startup studio will take startups from idea to company, and position them to power the nation’s digital transformation      Sharjah, February 20, 2021   The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) has launched its latest program, the Sharjah Startup Studio (S3), designed to build enduring businesses that will accelerate the region’s digital transformation and contribute to the growth of the non-oil economy in the UAE.   The first government-backed startup studio in the UAE will go beyond the traditional method of education-based programs, taking a more hands-on approach to venture building. S3 will dedicate a team of ......read more

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

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  February 18, 2021:   Dubai Land Department (DLD) is participating in the UAE Innovates Week 2021 that will be held virtually from 21 – 27 February under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. HE Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director-General of DLD, commented: “DLD continues to play an important and vital role in the UAE’s path towards enhancing innovation and digital transformation through several innovative services that facilitate customer procedures, enhance investor trust, and strengthen the position of Dubai’s real estate sector, which is one of the most globally prominent. Our services and innovations across our various sectors and organisations are also consistent with the ......read more

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

    Dubai – 18, February 2021:  Dubai Customs has 39 initiatives and events under the “Al Furdah Innovates 2021” that are ready to launch in the upcoming UAE Innovation Month in Dubai (21-27 Feb). The events will address all categories, so there will be 6 events for the clients, 9 events for the partners, 19 events for the employees and 5 events for the society at large.  “Innovation has turned into an essential component in Dubai Customs’ work environment. Our services and operations are continuously developing and improving in accordance with our vision of adopting the best world practices to consolidate Dubai’s position as a global trade hub,” said Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs. “The challenges posed by the spread of covid-19, which has rapidly ......read more

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

    Number of complying food establishments rose to 5,264   Dubai - 16, February 2021:  Dubai Municipality revealed that since the beginning of this year it has ordered the closure of 32 food establishments for violating precautionary measures to combat the Corona virus, in addition to issuing warning notices to 472 outlets. “Within 45 days since the beginning of this year, the Municipality inspectors had carried out 5,841 field inspection visits to ensure that the food establishments are adhering to the procedures and controls set by the health authorities to combat the spread of the new Corona virus,” said Sultan Al Taher, Manager of Food Inspection Section in the Municipality. “While 32 food establishments in Dubai were temporarily closed, the number of committed food establishments amounted to ......read more

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

    In the Education Supporting Institutions Category Dubai, 15 February 2021:  Dubai Municipality has won the 23rd Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance award, organized by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, in the “Education Supporting Institutions Category.”  The Municipality’s winning initiative, “CSR Activities in the Field of Environmental Sustainability for the Education Sector,” is considered one of the most important pioneering initiatives in the field of supporting the environmental education system and disseminating sustainable environmental knowledge in the UAE, to instill a culture of environmental protection and prepare future generations with the highest levels of awareness on important ......read more

    British Customs Commends Dubai Customs' Professionalism

    AED21.5b: trade between Dubai and UK in 2020   Dubai – 14, February 2021:  The implementation of Brexit and the following consequences on trade, travel and security were the main highlights of the meeting that took place between Dubai Customs and its British counterpart.  The meeting was organized online, and H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs confirmed to H.E. Bill Williamson, Director of British Customs that Dubai Customs will provide all what is necessary to British businesses and investors to help them overcome any challenges that might result from them leaving the trading bloc.  Britain has officially left the European trading block and started applying new procedures from the first day of the new year.  On his part, Mr. Williamson highly commended the ......read more

    Dubai Customs, First Certified Agile Government Organization in the World

    Dubai – 13 February 2021:  Dubai Customs received Agile Organization Certification from the American Business Agility Institute (BAI), as the first agile government organization worldwide. The Government Department consolidated its position in agility by obtaining four-star rating, the highest agility rating given by BAI, topping other competitors. The next four competitors in the list were private sector companies from different countries. The California based institute has 2,500 members from 94 countries around the world. In its report, BAI stated Dubai Customs’ agility stood at 94%, topping 90% of the 1,030 organizations and companies evaluated. These included 170 companies and establishments that work in the same field as Dubai Customs, which means that Dubai Customs is at the top 10% of agile ......read more

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

    Under the terms of an MoU, the Foundation will provide financial assistance to AU’s Thamer Fund for 3 years United Arab Emirates -  February 11, 2021:    Ajman University (AU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Maktoum Foundation to further enhance its support to underprivileged students who are unable to continue their education due to financial barriers. Under the MoU, Al Maktoum Foundation will provide financial assistance to augment the Thamer Fund at Ajman University.    The Chairman of Thamer Fund, H.E. Abdullah Al-Mazroei along with Dr. Karim Seghir, AU Chancellor welcomed the delegation representing the Foundation at Ajman University campus where the MoU was signed. The delegation comprised of H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Wins Pioneering Award in Contracts and Procurement

    Winning initiative focused on reducing contractual journey with suppliers while maintaining quality  Dubai, 11 February 2021:  Dubai Municipality has won the CIPS Middle East Supply Management Award in the Public Procurement category, organized by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.  The Municipality’s winning initiative, “Agile Procurement for lasting value through benchmarking,” aims to improve customer experience, solve the issues they raise and enhance their satisfaction level as well as re-engineer and design contract processes in line with Dubai government strategies of digital transformation and paperless transactions, by developing systems and reducing human interference in the implementation of operations and providing services. The winning initiative focused on reducing ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Celebrates National Environment Day 2021

    Dubai, 07 February 2021: Dubai Municipality organized a virtual seminar under the slogan "Green Recovery," coinciding with the celebrations of the National Environment Day, which falls on 4th February every year. The symposium witnessed the presence of a group of participants at the local, Arab and international levels.  The symposium shed light on the concept of green recovery, the experience of the countries participating in green recovery, and how to benefit from the experience of each country, in addition to screening films related to the field of environment that showcase the concepts of environmental recovery. Dubai Municipality participated in the celebrations of the 23rd National Environment Day under the slogan "Nature-based solutions," which reinforces its vision of building a happy and ......read more

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

    United Arab Emirates -  February 07, 2021:  The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, and the Federal Minister of Peace of the Government of Ethiopia, Muferihat Kamil, completed a joint visit to Mekelle in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, aiming to highlight the need for strong partnership to rapidly scale up a Government-led collective response to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of people in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region.  Mr. Beasley commended the emergency food assistance that the Government and partners have already provided to the people of Tigray since the onset of the crisis, reaching almost 1.7 million people with emergency food distributions. 26,000 Eritrean refugees residing in two camps ......read more

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

    A total of 1,762 vessels registered in the easy-to-use mobile app   DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 06 FEBRUARY 2021: “NAU by DP World”, a digital marketplace and an aggregator of cargo ‘dhows’, traditional wooden vessels, has achieved a shipping volume of more than 255,000 tonnes in 2020, with 1,762 dhows registered in the application.  Launched officially in February 2020, NAU connects Dhow owners  with traders allowing them to search, negotiate and book shipments.  The platform represents a digital transformation of the traditional industry, effectively ushering in a new era of smart trade that DP World enables and promotes. The app uses the latest AI technologies to connect traders with the boat captains.  This has increased the number of cargo operations through the ......read more

    Dubai Customs discusses more trade cooperation with Germany

    Dubai – 05 Feb 2021: HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs held a videoconferencing meeting with a German delegation headed by H.E. Holger Mahnicke, German Consul General to Dubai to discuss means of enhancing mutual economic cooperation and trade between Dubai and Germany, the role of Dubai Customs in supporting supply chain and the customs facilities provided. The two sides covered major matters including the stimulus packages launched by the Federal Government and Dubai Government to support the business activity and to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. They also talked about the measures taken by Dubai Customs to back the global supply chain and the business and trade groups in Dubai. The meeting was attended by Mr. Oliver Oehms- head of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & ......read more

    Chairman of DP World visits Dubai International Airport

    Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem: Dubai is a central hub for storing and distributing Covid-19 vaccine Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: 13.6m items of luggage, 820 seizures in Dubai Airports in 2020 iDeclare boosts Dubai airport’s reputation worldwide   Dubai – 3 February 2021: In a visit to the Dubai International Airport, H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation Stated that the UAE has been among the top countries in supporting international efforts to curb the spread of the covid-19 virus since the start of the crisis.  “The UAE is the world's top humanitarian donor of aids and logistics related to combating the virus in the region and beyond. The country has put all its advanced infrastructure and deep-rooted experience in ......read more

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

    Dr. Saif Al Qassim co-authored landmark study on molecular motor responsible for transport of cellular cargo in the human body with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania  United Arab Emirates -  February 01, 2021:   Dr. Saif Al Qassim, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) has become the first Emirati scientist to be featured in Nature Communications, one of the world’s most eminent peer-reviewed scientific journals, for his work on a breakthrough study on molecular mechanisms in the human body.  Dr. Al Qassim and a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania conducted the research titled ‘A tunable LIC1-adaptor interaction modulates dynein activity in a cargo specific manner’ on Dynein, a molecular ......read more

    Dubai Customs Wraps Up Successful 4th UAE Customs Week

    Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: “UAE Customs Week” gained international reputation with the participation of WCO United Arab Emirates -  February 01, 2021:  H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs said the UAE Customs Week has gained global reputation with the active participation of the World Customs Organization in the 4th UAE Customs Week, held from 24-28 January 2021.  The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) HE Kunio Mikuria, in a televised speech on the opening of the Week, said customs in the UAE is an example to follow and the sector’s digital transformation is reflective of the huge advancement that takes place in the field.   The UAE has strong and solid relationship with the WCO that was translated into giving the UAE the honor of ......read more

    Henkel Donates Hand Sanitizers to Emirates Red Crescent

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; January 28, 2021: In solidarity with those facing uncertainties brought on by the Coronavirus, Henkel, one of the leading multinational FMCG companies, donated 75,000 pieces of Fa Hand Sanitizers to Emirates Red Crescent.   The initiative followed the transformation of Henkel’s production facilities to produce disinfectants, part of the Germany-headquartered company’s global solidarity program.  Malek Dardour, Cluster Head of Beauty Care Retail for GCC, Maghreb, Egypt, Lebanon, said: “We were able to produce Fa hand sanitizers locally in the UAE in the Summer. The first batch was donated to hospitals and key areas in the Emirates that needed support the most. Alongside it’s primary objective of protection against viruses, the product also provides them with a little ......read more

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

    Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: We developed 237 new customs innovations in 2020 based on young employees’ innovative ideas Saeed Mohammed Al Nathari: Turning dialogue into a daily practice is a priority, and we organized 3,000 discussion panels that targeted 3,000 young people    Dubai – 28 January 2021: Dubai Customs organized a youth’s panel discussion as part of its activities in the 4th UAE Customs Week in conjunction with the World Customs Day on 26 January. The panel discussion was organized in cooperation with the Federal Youth Authority to discuss the youth’s role in the future customs, in the presence of HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Nathari, Director General of the Federal Youth Authority.  Mr Musabih and Mr Al Nathari talked ......read more

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

    United Arab Emirates -  January 28, 2021:  His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence announced the launch of the first edition of the Festival of Human Fraternity.    Organized by the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence and in collaboration with the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, the festival will be held annually on February 4, marking the United Nations’ recently declared ‘International Day of Human Fraternity’.     Proclaimed recently, the ......read more

    Dubai Municipality and Land Department Launch Unified Comprehensive Land Map Project

    • Enhances governance of procedures to ensure customer convenience and save time • Establishes centralized geographic database between various licensing bodies   Dubai, 25 January 2021:  Dubai Municipality and Dubai Land Department have launched a project for unified comprehensive map for lands in the Emirate of Dubai. The project was launched in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, with the aim of strengthening the governance of procedures, ......read more

    RDC Launches Two New E-Services in Line with its Service Automation Plan

    Dubai, UAE, 25 January 2021:  In line with the directives of the wise leadership to accelerate the pace of digital transformation in the emirate, the Rental Disputes Center (RDC) at Dubai Land Department (DLD), has launched two new e-services developed by Emirates Real Estate Solutions Company (ERES). This step aligns with RDC’s comprehensive plan to automate its services and provide them through digital channels, across electronic platforms. The first service is the registration of the first instance lawsuits for joint ownership issues, allowing the owner or any party to ......read more

    Dubai Customs kicks off UAE Customs Week activities with WCO and FCA Participation

    Sultan bin Sulayem: Enhanced Customs work boosts Dubai's position as a regional and international hub for global trade and logistics Kunio Mikuriya: The UAE has shown leadership in implementing the WCO instruments and programmes Dubai – 25 January 2021:  Dubai Customs kicked off its program of activities as part of the 4th UAE Customs Week 2021 running from January 24-28 under the theme, ‘Dubai Customs: Sustainable Operations’. A virtual opening ceremony was held with the presence of Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World Group and Chairman ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop holds first meeting for leadership team to discuss 2021 work plan

    Government excellence and smart transformation part of DGW’s top priorities this year UAE, 24 January 2021: The Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) recently held its first leadership team meeting this year to review the results of the organization’s 2020 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the prominent aspects of its 2021 action plans. The attendees also took a closer look into the benefits of the ‘Smart System of the Government Excellence Model (GEM),’ in addition to tackling the future of its work procedures to ensure DGW’s leadership in the areas of service ......read more

    Sharjah builds on its FDI appeal in 2020; attracts $220 million in investments & creates 1,117 new jobs

    • Sharjah becomes home to 24 new FDI projects, with a 60% increase between Q3 and Q4    • The new investment projects are worth $220 million for 2020 • Mohamed Al Musharrkh: “The key lesson learned in 2020 is that we must focus on innovation-driven companies and SMEs”     Sharjah, January 23, 2020   2020 was arguably one of the most challenging years in human history. The onset of COVID-19 strapped the global economy on a roller-coaster ride, affecting both lives and livelihoods of people worldwide. On the business side ......read more

    EWINGS Donates AED 100,000 and Signs Agreement with Friends of Cancer Patients

    18 January 2021, Dubai:  EWINGS, Managing Operator of Mahzooz, has signed a financial contribution agreement with Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) and has donated a generous amount of AED 100,000 to the civil society organisation. FOCP is dedicated to alleviating the burden of cancer in the UAE through awareness, access to early detection facilities and providing financial aid to cancer patients who need help with covering high treatment costs.  “Our support and financial contribution agreement with Friends of Cancer Patients works towards achieving one of our collective ......read more

    Al Ain Municipality Collaborates with MBRSC to Analyse Palm Tree Cover using Artificial Intelligence

    •         45,000 palm trees were detected, with an accuracy of 98.7%, using AI technology developed by MBRSC •         The technology helped analyse the quantity and health of palm trees in various regions of Al Ain •         The collaboration supports the UAE’s efforts towards agricultural productivity Dubai, UAE, 17 January 2021:  In line with the UAE’s efforts to increase agricultural productivity, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) developed AI technology that helped ......read more

    A 97-year-old citizen receives the first dose of the Covid 19 vaccine at a “SEHA” center.

    Abu Dhabi, 14 Jan 2021:Nekhaira Obaid Saeed Al Dhaheri, 97, received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at SEHA’s Neima Healthcare Center. Commenting on Al Dhaheri’s decision, his son said: “My 97-year-old father decided to join the rest of the family in taking the vaccine, we encouraged him to do so in line with the UAE’s leadership’s direction and in support of the nation’s efforts to beat the pandemic and protect the community. We visited Neima Healthcare Center where the doctor first assessed my father’s health to confirm his eligibility ......read more

    Dubai Customs Gives Certificate Issuance Authorization to Registered Ducamz Car Dealers

    Dubai – 13 January 2021:  HE Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation stated that Dubai has managed to contain the economic slowdown resulted from the spread of covid-19 pandemic and its negative effects on global trade and supply chain activities.  The emirate maintained a momentum in its external trade, with customs transactions growing 23% and customs declarations growing 30% compared to 2019.  Bin Sulayem said: “Dubai Government has put strong plans and programs to ensure quick recovery ......read more

    Jawaher Al Qasimi Approves SCFA's Strategic Plan 2022 and New Organizational Structure

    United Arab Emirates -  January 09, 2021:    Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), has approved the strategic plan of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) 2022 and the new organizational structure of its General Secretariat.  Developed in accordance with state-of-the-art institutional excellence standards, the plan is primarily focusing on enhancing the implementation of quality practices and performance efficiency in all ......read more

    Dubai Customs: Exceptional Achievements in 2020 Despite Coronavirus Challenges

    Dubai – 09 January 2021:  In support of the UAE’s sustainable economic development, Dubai Customs has been able to meet the challenges of the global economic recession arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic. The year 2020 saw new pioneering achievements for Dubai Customs in terms development of Customs work processes and innovation of new solutions and initiatives to ensure the smooth flow of trade and mitigate the impacts of the global pandemic.  This follows the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Launches Qoot Service for Food Sample Testing

    Dubai, 06 January 2021:   In an effort to preserve the safety and health of community members, Dubai Municipality has launched Qoot, a service that offers food sample collection and tests on the same site, by adopting the latest technology, to ensure fast results with high accuracy, in addition to enabling the customer to check the quality and safety of food products to ensure that it is free from disease-causing bacteria and harmful chemicals, and that it conforms to the approved local and international specifications, and immediate detection of food-borne pathogens. “This ......read more

    Dubai Culture Completes Inventory of Knowledge Assets at Dubai Public Library Branches

    - Investing modern technologies to raise the efficiency of corporate performance and enhance customer satisfaction. - Inventoried around 600 thousand knowledge items in record time using RFID technology.   Dubai, 05 January 2021:   Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) inventoried the knowledge assets at all branches of Dubai Public Library and the Hatta region using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which is considered the latest management and protection systems for groups in the current era. The Authority is keen to employ advanced ......read more

    Ministry of Economy & Family Business Council-Gulf agree on a roadmap to regulate family ownership in UAE in the next stage

    Bin Touq: “Family businesses are a main focus area in the ongoing transition to a more resilient and sustainable economy & we have a clear plan to enhance their leadership and competitiveness.” Abu Dhabi, 4 January 2021: H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy, emphasized the importance of developing the legislative structure to better organize the operations of family businesses in the country and ensure their continuity over successive generations. He noted that this should be achieved by considering the nature of these businesses and the rights of family ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Secures New Year Celebration Sites

    Dubai, 04 January 2021:   Dubai Municipality has secured all the sites of New Year celebrations in the emirate within the framework of the efforts exerted to secure New Year's events in a manner befitting the emirate's position regionally and globally in organizing the events and celebrations distinctively and impressively.  The Municipality harnessed all its capabilities, financial and human resources and smart technologies in cooperation with all its strategic partners to ensure health and safety in the emirate, and verify full compliance with all precautionary ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid: We Have a Long Journey Ahead; a Brighter Future Awaits Us. Our Journey for the Next 50 Years Is to Begin

    United Arab Emirates -  January 04, 2021:  On the 15th anniversary of his Accession Day, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, highlighted the key milestones that have placed the UAE as a leading nation in the region and the world through an open letter he wrote to the people of the UAE.  Through celebrating 15 years heading the federal government, he addressed the major achievements that have transformed the UAE’s government work starting with the first federal strategy of 2007 to the ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Ready to Receive Paperless Purchase Orders

    Dubai, 03 January 2021:  Dubai Municipality has completed the implementation of the feature of receiving paperless purchase orders issued by the Municipality. With this, Dubai Municipality has become the first government department to implement electronic receipt of materials in cooperation with the Dubai Smart Government. This will contribute to saving approximately 32,000 papers printed annually by the Municipality and the same by the supplier. This move comes within the framework of Dubai Municipality’s continuous endeavor to develop its services in accordance with the ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Prepares to Keep City Clean and Tidy after New Year Celebrations

    Dubai, 30 December 2020:  In order to achieve its strategic plan of integrated waste management, Dubai Municipality has prepared a special plan to secure the New Year Eve celebration sites, as these celebrations are witnessed by large crowd from all over the world. Khaled Mohsen, Acting Director of Waste Management Department said that as part of its annual plan to secure the sites of celebrations, festivals, sporting and tourism events in the emirate, the Municipality has prepared an integrated plan for cleaning operations and the removal of waste resulting from the New Year ......read more

    Dubai Municipality Supports Business Sector Through Exemptions From Double Fines

    Collection of basic fines until mid-February Dubai, 30 December 2020:  As part of Dubai Municipality’s keenness to support the business sector and commercial activities and to ensure a flexible and smooth commercial environment, the Municipality is preparing to launch an initiative to exempt companies from paying double fines for their violations. The companies that violated the provisions of the legislations covered by decrees related to occupational health and safety violations, sewage violations, public hygiene violations and hotel violations, will be exempted from paying ......read more

    ‘Ask the Expert' Highlights Dubai Chamber's Role as a Business Facilitator

    United Arab Emirates -  December 29, 2020:    The invaluable role of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a business facilitator was the subject of the recent ‘Ask the Expert’, the monthly videos series, under Dubai Chamber’s Business Connect initiative. The latest instalment in the series saw Mohammed bin Sulaiman, Senior Manager, Business Relations, Dubai Chamber, outline how the chamber has been instrumental in helping companies connect with government entities during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as well as act as a conduit for UAE-based firms ......read more

    Dubai Customs gets GInI Innovation Lab Accreditation

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  December 27, 2020:   The Dubai Customs’ Future Center for Research and Development has received Accredited Innovation Lab (AInL) certification from the US-based Global Innovation Institute (GInI). The organization is now the first Customs administration in the world to get such a global accreditation.  GInI granted Innovation Lab accreditation to Dubai Customs based on a number of assessments which covered strategy, innovation support, design, infrastructure, security, resources, and innovation maturity. GInI operates the ......read more

    Dubai Customs Develops Inspection Managers' Competencies

    Dubai – 26 Dec 2020: As part of its efforts to develop the managerial skills of customs inspection managers, the HR Division in cooperation with the Customs Inspection Division at Dubai Customs organized a workshop. Dr. Abdullah Busnad, Executive Director of Customs Inspection Division at Dubai Customs, Mohammed Al Ghaffari, Acting Executive Director, Human Resources, Finance and Administration Division at Dubai Customs and heads of inspection at different customs centers attended the workshop.  Dr. Busnad applauded the role played by the HR Division in developing professional ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ports Makes Strong Case for Continued FDI in Increasingly Advanced Zones

    UAE Remains MENA Region Industrial Park Leader with 47 Zones   Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 24, 2020: The world’s most competitive industrial parks are also the most inviting and readily predictable for tenants, according to a whitepaper released by Abu Dhabi Ports, a port operator that owns, manages and operates 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea, as well as 555 sqkm of industrial and commercial land in the UAE under its Industrial Citites and Free Zone cluster. The ‘Key Considerations in Industrial Park Selection – Bringing Predictability to ......read more

    35% Increase in Requests for Dubai Municipality Bulky Waste Disposal Service

    Dubai, 21 December 2020:  Dubai Municipality has recorded significant increase in requests for bulky waste disposal service from the public during the year. From the beginning of 2020 until mid-December the Municipality received 13,002 requests for bulky waste disposal, while the number of requests for the same period last year was 9,602, which is an increase of 35%.    Eng. Abdulmajeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality said that the increased number of requests received by the Department shows the extent to which the public is aware of ......read more

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