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    Corona Virus: A Curious Guide for Courageous Kids

    Art Jameel teams up with science association Pleiadi and the network of Italian Children’s Museums to produce a bilingual free guide for children      Dubai, United Arab Emirates  | March 31, 2020 – Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East and beyond, today releases Corona Virus: A curious guide for courageous kids the first bilingual (Arabic/English) free guide on the health crisis for children. It is produced in collaboration with the science association Pleiadi and the network of Italian Children’s Museums to encourage responsibility, curiosity, creativity and positivity in the younger generations, in light of the current challenges faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is available online now and is free to download for ......read more

    Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi launches new incentives for AFZ companies

    Ajman Free Zone has more than 8,000 companies and more than 30,000 investors     Ajman, United Arab Emirates - March 30, 2020:  His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Free Zone (AFZ), issued a decision to introduce a package of economic incentives for AFZ, China Mall, and its affiliates. The aim is to alleviate the economic effects the world is experiencing today and its implications for business.   These incentives include several features such as reducing and eliminating certain fines and fees, as well as adding new facilities. These will also serve the emirate's economy and will ensure the continuity of businesses of all sizes.   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi expressed his keen desire to create a business environment in the Free Zone that can ......read more

    Dubai Cares Joins UNESCO's Global Education Coalition to Provide a Unified Response to the Need for Distance Learning for All Children and Youth Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

    Dubai, UAE, 30 March 2020:   Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has joined the UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition for COVID-19 Response to help countries find solutions for distance learning in order to minimize educational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The global coalition, which is a multi-sector partnership, brings together international organizations, private sector and civil society to fast-track advice on technology, pedagogy and content to allow countries to set up digital learning solutions, in order to provide children and youth an alternative to school.   As a member of UNESCO's global Futures of Education initiative’s Advisory Board, Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares initiated strong advocacy to act in a ......read more

    Lootah BCGas and Dubai Chamber Announce AED 15 Million Covid-19 Support Programme

    Initiative will support more than 50,000 homes and nearly 500 businesses in UAE    • Lootah: We are keen to be part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s strategy to support business continuity and stimulate the national economy • Buamim: This is a timely initiative that reflects the contribution of the private sector as a partner in Government’s efforts to meet the current challenges • The programme offers discounts of up to 20% on the cost of gas consumption   Dubai, UAE, 29/03/2020: Lootah BCGas, a subsidiary of S.S. Lootah Group, the leading provider of gas utility and infrastructure services in the United Arab Emirates, announced a Covid-19 support programme worth AED 15 million in cooperation with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The programme aims ......read more

    Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Announces Global COVID-19 Relief Efforts

    “It is in the spirit of togetherness that we will rise.” — Ralph Lauren     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 30, 2020:    In response to COVID-19, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, formerly known as the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, is committing $10 million to help our teams, our partners and our communities impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.    “At the heart of our Company, there has always been a spirit of togetherness that inspires our creativity, our confidence and most importantly our support for one another. In the past weeks and months, that spirit has never wavered,” said Ralph Lauren, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer.  “We believe that no matter who you are or where you are from, we are all connected. That is why ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Launches Electronic Attestation Service and Enhances Its Range of Smart Services

    • Buamim: We intend to implement the concept of smart chamber in alignment with the vision of smart Dubai and to develop and enrich customer experience • With the launch of the electronic attestation service, 98% of Chamber’s core services are now available online • The whole process of electronic attestation from submission to payment, to approval will not exceed four hours     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 30, 2020:    As part of  commitment to the vision of Smart Dubai, and to facilitate business operations for customers through smart transformation,  Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced the launch of the electronic attestation service and the authentication of signatures on documents, which raises the percentage of smart transformation of core services ......read more

    SCCI Provides Online Attestation Services for All Transactions

    Sharjah, March 28, 2020:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, SCCI, has recently revealed the activation of online attestation services for all transactions through the chamber’s website or the smart application instead of coming in person to the customer happiness centers. The move comes as part of the precautionary measures adopted by the SCCI to combat the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications on the business sector and to ensure the health and safety of customers while maintaining business with the same level of efficiency. The SCCI explained that the online transactions include ratifying the signature, individual sponsorship, minors permission, a certified true copy, guardian approval, and external transactions, in addition to the possibility of online payment via credit card or prepaid from the ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Closes All Cultural Sites in the Emirate

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 25 March 2020: In line with precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has decided to temporarily close all cultural sites in the emirate starting from today until further notice. Closed cultural sites include Bait Al Oud, Berklee Abu Dhabi and Al Qattara Art Centre. Those sites offered limited art classes, with restrictions according to health and safety measures. DCT Abu Dhabi had already closed other cultural sites in the emirate including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, Culture Foundation, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort and Qasr Al Muwaiji. The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance. We will update you once the cultural sites resume normal ......read more

    Expo Centre Sharjah Adopts Several Precautionary Measures at Headquarters and in Dhaid & Khor Fakkan Branches

    Sharjah, March 24, 2020: In an effort to ensure the highest levels of prevention for employees and customers and in support of the urgent measures taken by the country and Sharjah government in particular to curb the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the Expo Centre Sharjah has recently carried out a number of precautionary and preventive measures at the centre headquarters and its branches in Al Dhaid and Khor Fakkan cities. These measures include the daily sterilization and disinfection of all buildings and exhibition halls, sterilizing the surfaces and all work tools as well as the reception area and other internal and external facilities. All the materials used are with high efficiency of combating viruses and germs, besides the availability of hand sanitizers while urging employees to use them continuously to ensure ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Urges the Private Sector to Implement Remote Working for Their Employees' Safety and Business Continuity

    • Chamber launches campaign #BeSafeWorkSmart    • Buamim: The private sector needs to show its commitment to the precautionary measures implemented by the Government, by facilitating remote work for its employees   • Buamim: Working remotely has become easier and faster with the advanced technical infrastructure available in the UAE   • The Chamber has implemented “ work from home” and has a wide range of e-services to ensure that business continues uninterrupted    Dubai, UAE: In a video message to the private sector, His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, called on the Dubai business community to cooperate with the relevant government authorities in implementing preventive and precautionary measures ......read more

    Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group Pledges AED 10 Million to DHA to AID Covid-19 Prevention Measures

    Group’s Charity Foundation donation to Dubai Education Zone will aid E-learning Dubai, UAE 24th March 2020:   Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group (ESAG), the leading Dubai-based multidivisional conglomerate, has announced a multi-million-dirham package to support the UAE Government initiatives and efforts amidst the ongoing social and economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In support of the UAE Government initiatives and to help the community, ESAG will contribute AED 10 million to Dubai Health Authority for medical supplies, while the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation will provide a further AED 3 million to Dubai Education Zone, an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Education, to facilitate enhanced e-learning and education. Dr. Raja Al Gurg, Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Activates Its Role as the Voice of the Business Community to Support Public - Private Partnerships

    • The Chamber strengthened its partnership with the Ministry of Economy    • Coordinated a meeting of the fruit and vegetable traders working group with the Ministry and reached an agreement to establish an emergency committee covering all supply and distribution chains to monitor the smooth flow of goods   • Discussions were held with government departments to provide incentives and put in place exceptional measures   • Had a discussion with our members to understand their concerns and reassure them of the measures being put in place to support them   • Buamim: We  created a productive interaction between the public and private sectors and will continue our efforts to maintain business continuity and contain the  repercussions of global challenges on the ......read more

    Ajman Sewerage Cuts Service Fees by Up to 100 Percent

    Ajman, UAE, March 21, 2020:  Under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, Ajman Sewerage Private Company Limited (ASPCL) has announced today that it will offer discounts starting from 20% up to 100% of the service fees on some of its services, effective May 1st, 2020.  This move follows an announcement by H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council aimed at ensuring health and safety of the community while safeguarding the sustainability, efficiency and continuity of service delivery to the residents of Ajman.  H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Head of the Municipality and Planning Department in the Emirate of Ajman and Chairman of the ASPCL, also praised the effective role that ASPCL ......read more

    Sea Cruises, Desert Camps, Safaris and Floating Restaurant Activity Suspended with Immediate Effect

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 19 2020: In line with recommended preventative measures for Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi is instructing all tour operators in Abu Dhabi Emirate to immediately suspend services and activities for all sea cruises, desert camps, safaris and floating restaurants.  The suspension of activities and services comes into force with immediate effect and will be in place until further notice. In order to guarantee the health and safety of all residents, visitors and employees of these services, DCT Abu Dhabi will deploy teams of inspectors to ensure the ban is being enforced.  All operators are expected to comply with the ban, with penalties to be issued to any entities not adhering to the new rule. 

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    Senior Citizens and People of Determination to Benefit From Free Delivery by Emirates Post

    • PO Box owners over the age of 60 to receive bi-weekly, contactless home deliveries starting March 21st  • People of Determination with a PO Box subscription can also avail of this service by contacting Emirates Post Customer Contact Centre team   Dubai, UAE, Thursday March 19, 2020: As part of its ongoing efforts to combat the transmission of the COVID-19, Emirates Post will ensure all PO Box owners over the age of 60 years and People of Determination will receive their mail as well as small parcels delivered free of charge to their home on a bi-weekly basis.    Commencing on Saturday, 21 March for an initial period of one month, all incoming mail as well as small packages for senior citizens and people of determination will be screened and sanitized prior to home delivery to avoid ......read more

    Emirates Post Announces Stringent Measures to Protect the Wellbeing of Its Customers and Staff and Introduces Contactless Deliveries

    In line with UAE government directives to protect the public and limit the spread of COVID-19, Emirates Post has announced a series of precautionary and rigorous measures to safeguard the health and wellbeing of its staff and customers across the organization and limit the spread of the virus in the UAE.   • Introduction of contactless postal deliveries  As of March 17, all deliveries of postal items by Emirates Post will be contactless. To limit contact, delivery drivers will now place all items outside the intended recipient’s door. From a safe distance, couriers will ask recipients to confirm their identity using their full name and ID details in lieu of signatory proof.       • Increased capacity Emirates Post will increase its ecommerce parcel delivery capacity due to ......read more

    Trade Bank of Iraq Donates Us $ 5 Million to the Iraqi Ministry of Health to Help Combat Coronavirus

    Baghdad/ Dubai, 17 March 2020: Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI), today announced US $5 million in funding to support Iraqi Ministry of Health’s efforts to combat the threat of COVID-19. Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman & President of Trade Bank of Iraq signed off the relief fund to help the Ministry of Health acquire appropriate resources in response to the coronavirus. Ministry of Health will use the funds to curb the spread of the virus by early detection and effective quarantine efforts. Faisal said: “This fund is our way of supporting the Ministry of Health to enhance their efforts on restricting the spread of the coronavirus. “TBI was built to work towards the welfare of the people of Iraq and we feel it’s our duty to help the government’s efforts to protect the Iraqi citizens from this ......read more

    HE Mohamed Al Khalifa Al Mubarak Says 'Ghadan 21' Programme Will Enhance the Capital's Competitiveness and Accelerate Its Economic, Social and Developmental Growth

    HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) comments on the launch of the “Ghadan 21” programme: “We would like to express our gratitude to HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his vision and national efforts, especially with the launch of the new stimulus package as part of the ‘Ghadan 21’ Accelerator Programme. This stimulus package will help bolster economic growth and facilitate a rapid recovery from the effects of the global health crisis, thus strengthening the tourism sector, which is a major constituent of the diverse economy that Abu Dhabi is working towards building in preparation for the next 50 years. The new initiatives contribute to ......read more

    Important Public Circular from FEWA

    “The Federal Electricity and Water Authority request its valued customers to apply for its services through its Mobile Application and Website, as part of the precautionary measures aimed at maintaining public health and safety.”    

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    Dubai Chamber to Tap Into Smart Services, Partially Implement ‘Remote Work' Plan as of Tomorrow

    - The measures help ensure business continuity and the safety of employees and customers. - The Chamber offers a bundle of smart services for its customers, having transformed 97% of its services to smart services.   Dubai, UAE, 15/03/2020 – The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be launching a partial  ‘Remote Work’ programme tomorrow (Monday, March 16, 2020), as part of the preventive measures undertaken to address the risks of Coronavirus (COVID-19).   Taken in coordination with relevant government entities, the measures add to the Chamber’s efforts to ensure the safety of employees and customers, as well as business continuity. The Dubai Chamber has been a trailblazer in implementing smart services, successfully transforming 97% of its core services into smart ......read more

    More Than 47,000 Beneficiaries of Services Offered by IACAD in 2019

    • 54 services were offered in 2019 • Islamic Affairs Sector services had the highest number of beneficiaries, as 44,286 customers benefited from it • IACAD ranked eighth according to the results of the 2019 Government of Dubai Customer Happiness and Mystery Shopper Index surveys, achieving a percentage of 87.1%   Dubai, 15 March 2020: The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) announced that the number of beneficiaries from its services reached 47,381 in 2019. Beneficiaries received 54 services from IACAD across various sectors during the past year. This is part of IACAD’s commitment to satisfy customers and meet their requirements.   Commenting on the results, His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director General of IACAD, indicated that ......read more

    Dubai Airport Freezone Authority Contribution to Dubai's Foreign Trade Jumps to AED 164 Billion

    - 12.6% growth in the total value of DAFZA foreign trade  - Trade surplus of AED 19.4 billion  - 36.6% growth in revenues of multinational companies  - 135% growth of total space occupied by multinational companies   Dubai, UAE, March 15, 2020: Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) played a key role in boosting Dubai's economic growth, with a 12% contribution to the emirate’s foreign trade in 2019, compared to 11.2% in 2018, out of a total trade value of AED 1.37 trillion recorded last year. This came as a direct result of the incentives and business facilitation services provided by DAFZA that have enhanced the attractiveness of the free zone to foreign investors.   DAFZA's foreign trade exceeded AED164 billion in 2019, compared to AED146 billion in 2018, with a 12.6% ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Remains Committed to Activating Public-private Sector Partnership to Deal With Global Challenges

    • Dubai Chamber meets Business Groups and Councils to evaluate economic landscape and to focus on building economic competitiveness  • Buamim: The economic incentive package is reflective of our wise leadership’s commitment to the interest of the investors and to support the business community in the face of global challenges    Dubai, UAE:  His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, affirmed that the Chamber is committed to strengthening the partnership of public and private sectors to face global challenges and enhance the competitiveness of the business environment in the emirate, keeping in mind that this partnership is strategic and fundamental to the role of the chamber as a representative and supporter of the interests of the business ......read more

    Dubai Chamber Presents 35 Businesses with CSR Label for Their Efforts in H2 2019

     Since its launch in 2010, the Label has been awarded to 413 organisations by Dubai Chamber    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 11, 2020:    Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry honoured 35 companies and organisations with its Dubai Chamber CSR Label for the second half of 2019.   The Chamber organised a ceremony at its headquarters to highlight these companies’ outstanding performance in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR). In total, the Chamber has honoured 413 organisations since the Label was launched in 2010.   Demonstrating their commitment to CSR and  benefits they gain from applying for the Label, many of the entities honoured at the ceremony have received the Dubai Chamber CSR Label before, namely, Qurum Business Group accepted the award for the ninth ......read more

    Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance Announces Winners of the 22nd Cycle of Its Annual Award

    The Award featured 114 winners in the local and gulf categories   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 March 2020:   The Board of Trustees of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance chaired by H.E. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, announced the results of the 22nd Cycle of the Foundation’s Awards. The Award featured a total of 114 distinguished winners from the education sector, with 95 winning the local competitions and 19 winning the GCC competitions. The winners will be honoured at the end of April 2020 at the closing awards ceremony to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center. The 22nd cycle of the award, received 420 entries. The entries were evaluated by 53 judging committees during the period between December 2019 and February 2020.The ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Government, Legal and Humanity
     
    Dubai Police Academy launches 'Touching Mother's Heart' initiative for the third consecutive year

    Initiative recognizes important role of mothers in raising future leaders Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the graduation ceremony of 27th batch of students Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 25 December 2019:Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and following the directives of Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police; the Dubai Police Academy has announced its 'Touching Mother's Heart' initiative in conjunction with the graduation of the ......read more

    Dubai Customs discusses bilateral trade cooperation with Beninese Consul General

    Dubai, UAE, 25 December 2019: Director General of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih held a meeting with His Excellency Adamu Aba Bajnan, Consul General of Benin in Dubai. The two discussed means of boosting cooperation between Benin and Dubai especially in bilateral trade and customs.    “It’s very important for us to boost ties of partnership with Beninese diplomatic missions and businesses. We have priorities which include delivering a leading customs expertise to the world” said Musabih. “Benin is an important trade partner to Dubai. The total ......read more

    Khalifa Fund throws spotlight on four successful projects at Al Dhafra Festival 2019

    Fund’s ‘Sougha Establishment’ showcases its diverse portfolio of traditional products at annual event Abu Dhabi, 24 December 2019: The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) is throwing the spotlight on four local projects during its participation in the 13th edition of Al Dhafra Festival, which aims to highlight the rich culture and heritage of the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula. The Fund is also showcasing the diverse portfolio of locally handcrafted products under the social initiative, ‘Sougha Establishment.’ KFED's presence at the annual ......read more

    Ministry of Economy announces plans for the SME sector for the year 2020

    Dr. Adib Al Afifi: The plan includes training programs to empower entrepreneurs; new channels to connect with global and regional markets; and extensive participations in specialized exhibitions Abu Dhabi, 24 December 2019: The National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy, the executive arm of the UAE SME Council, announced its plan to support and stimulate the country’s SME sector and promote entrepreneurship during the year 2020. The details of the strategic plan were announced today (24 December 2019) during a press conference held by the ......read more

    UAEU Scientists, physics department are part of the team that discovered highest energy ever released from the most powerful cosmic explosion in the Universe.

    The researchers Dr. Aquib Moin and Saleh Nasri , Physics Department ,UAEU, with an international team of astronomers have detected record-breaking energy release from an extremely violent and powerful explosion. This is the highest energy radiation that has ever been detected from a cosmic explosion in the Universe. The source of this radiation was a “Gamma-Ray Burst”, an extremely powerful explosion which occurred in a distant galaxy about 4.5 billion light-years away. “Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the most powerful explosions in the Universe that are thought be ......read more

    Dubai Customs discusses more cooperation in governance with Singaporean counterpart

    Dubai – 24 December 2019: Strategy and Corporate Excellence Department at Dubai Customs discussed best governance practices with their counterparts in Singapore. During her official visit to Singapore, Samira Abdul Razzak, Senior Manager of Quality Assurance at Dubai Customs touched upon the latest practices and frameworks of governance in Singapore Customs, and the latest programs and initiatives adopted by the international firms in Singapore.  The two sides exchanged experience and knowledge in customs transparency and governance. This comes within Dubai Customs efforts in ......read more

    SLC introduces the Dubai government structure and discusses linguistic rules for drafting legislation with the participation of a number of Dubai government entities

    UAE, 23 December 2019 – In support of its continuing efforts to enhance the legislative system in Dubai and spread awareness about the legal sector, the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) organised an event to introduce the current government structure in the Emirate of Dubai with the participation of 36 government entities. In addition to that, the SLC organised a training programme for legal employees working in 38 government entities on the ‘Linguistic Rules for Drafting Legislation’. Senior Legal Advisor, Mohammed Al Etawi, Head of the SLC ......read more

    Dubai Government Workshop organizes introductory workshop on Global Stars Rating Program

    December 23, 2019: Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) recently organized a special introductory workshop covering the use of the Global Stars Rating Program (7 Stars). Present during the event were H.E. Fahad Ahmed Al Raeesi, Deputy CEO of Dubai Government Workshop, accompanied by the workshop's management and service teams. The workshop was aimed at educating participants about the Global Stars Rating Program, which grades performance based on a ‘two to seven’ star rating system. The workshop also looked towards classifying the services offered by the DGW--including the ......read more

    Online registration for EXPO 2020 exhibitors from Dubai Customs

    Dubai – 23 December 2019: As part of its efforts in developing services delivered to exhibitors and participants of EXPO 2020, in fulfilment of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Customs appointed and approved the customs clearance system as an authorized economic operator in coordination with EXPO office. Dubai Customs is working now on a customs procedure guide to help EXPO 2020 exhibitors learn about the different services available for them.  Commenting on this, Abdullah Mohammed Al ......read more

    Cooperation between ESMA & Dubai Chamber to involve the private sector in reviewing legislation

    Dubai, December 22, 2019 – The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), that will see the two entities collaborate, share knowledge and involve the private sector in reviewing legislation with the aim of ensuring ease of doing business.  Under the terms of the agreement, business groups and business councils established under the umbrella of Dubai Chamber will evaluate policies issued by ESMA and provide feedback and suggestions for improving them. Working groups would ......read more

    More countries join the standardisation initiative of International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)

    • 37 recognised accreditation bodies worldwide have made their standardisation commitments with IHAF, and the number continues to grow • Top 4 out of 5 halal exporting countries are IHAF members • 5 out of 10 top countries in the global Islamic economic indicators of halal food are IHAF members   Dubai, UAE, December 22, 2019: The credibility of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF), the world’s first halal accreditation network, is highlighted even further as the number of countries and international organisations that are joining its ......read more

    TORRENTE RETAINS WORLD TITLE IN DRAMATIC STYLE AS ANDERSSON WINS GRAND PRIX OF SHARJAH

     Team Abu Dhabi’s defending champion edges out Swede on countback after Chiappe’s last lap slide   Sharjah, UAE, 21st December, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente retained his UIM F1H2O World Championship title in the most dramatic fashion today, edging out Sweden’s Jonas Andersson on a countback after the Swede won the Grand Prix of Sharjah.   Andersson looked set to claim the F1H2O crown for the first time until a damaged trim on the last lap for three-times world champion Philippe Chiappe saw Torrente squeeze past the Frenchman to ......read more

    Emiratis top 20th Fazza Championship for Youlah qualifying rounds

    Dubai, 21 December 2019:   Emirati Yuweels (Youlah performers) dominated the first two qualifying rounds of the 20th Fazza Championship for Youlah, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) at Global Village’s Meydan Fort every Friday.   The UAE’s very own Abdullah Ali Al-Ketbi topped the first group with an almost perfect score of 49 out of possible 50 points. Al Ketbi hit the sensors four times and was able to catch the rifle three times. His Ghutra or traditional headdress fell during the performance but that did not affect his over-all ......read more

    Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi discusses cooperation between UAE and Nicaragua in land and marine sectors

    FTA – Land & Maritime receives Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua in Abu Dhabi UAE, December 19, 2019: H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime (FTA), received an official delegation recently from the Republic of Nicaragua led by H.E. Denis Moncada Colindres, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua recently at the UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. H.E. Dr. Al Nuaimi welcomed the Minister of ......read more

    Al Zarooni Inaugurates WFZO Regional Office in Serbia and Discusses the Role of Freezones with the Serbian Finance Minister

    - National Company Industrial Zones (NCIZ) in Bulgaria appointed national point of contact for the Bulgarian Free Zones 21 December 2019, Belgrade, Serbia: His Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Chairman of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO) recently met with Serbian Minister of Finance, Siniša Mali in Serbia. The meeting was held to explore the role of Serbian free zones in advancing Serbian economic growth and managing the growth and sustainability of foreign direct investment through Serbian free zones. The agenda of the meeting included a set of proposals ......read more

    UAE Ministry of Health Senior Officials Conduct Inspection Visit to Globalpharma

    Inspection tour part of the MoHAP’s strategy aimed at implementing national standards Dubai, UAE, 21st December 2019: GlobalPharma, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC,  hosted His Excellency Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practice and Licence Sector in the UAE Ministry of Health and Chairman of the UAE Supreme National Blood Transfusion Committee, and his accompanying delegation, Dr Ruqaya Al Bastaki, Director of Drug Department, Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP); and Dr Rita Al Shalouhi, Expert in Pharmaceutical Policies; ......read more

    Emirates Steel signs Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club

    - Emirates Steel employees will receive chess training and equipment from the club, alongside supporting one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest cultural institutions Abu Dhabi, UAE – 21 December 2019: Emirates Steel, the only integrated steel plant in the UAE and a subsidiary of the General Holding Corporation (SENAAT), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club. The MoU seeks to develop chess playing abilities amongst employees at Emirates Steel, alongside supporting the growth of community activities in the heart of Abu Dhabi.  The MoU ......read more

    Glnl accredits Dubai Customs as first innovative customs organization in UAE and worldwide

    Dubai Customs receives “Leader” level accreditation from GInI Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: Unprecedented achievement in support of Dubai’s competitiveness Dubai – 21 December 2019: Dubai Customs has received a “Certified Innovative Organization”- Leader level certificate from the Global Innovation Institute to be the first customs organization in the UAE and worldwide to be graced with this accreditation.   Certified Innovative Organization is a unique certification reserved exclusively for businesses and government agencies. Through a process ......read more

    DLD concludes awareness project on ‘Dubai REST' application in government entities

    • The first campaign covered five government entities with customer satisfaction exceeding 95% Dubai, UAE, 21 December 2019: Dubai Land Department (DLD) announced the conclusion of the awareness project for the Dubai Real Estate Self Transaction (REST) smart application that it launched at government entities. The project constituted the participation of five government entities, whose services are linked to the Real Estate Registration and Services Sector, including Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme (SZHP), Dubai Municipality Al Twar Center, Dubai Courts - Personal Status Court, ......read more

    Community Development Authority Launches Study to Create Impactful Strategies to Enhance Social Responsibility in the Emirate of Dubai

    December 18, 2019: The Community Development Authority (CDA), has embarked on a journey to strengthen social development in Dubai, while simultaneously achieving the goals of Dubai’s Strategic Plan. The aim of this journey is to provide CDA, and the emirate of Dubai, with insights into the current practices that are taking place within the social sector as well as to notice any gaps in the sector that should be attended to. Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, Social Planning and Development Sector at Dubai Community Development Authority noted, “With every milestone we achieve, our ambitions ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber highlights the latest developments of exporting food products to Saudi Arabia

    • Meeting discussed the future of the industrial sector and ways to improve its performance • Workshop organized in cooperation with Saudi Food and Drug Authority • Al-Awadi: Saudi’s participation reaffirms UAE-Saudi constant cooperation and coordination in the economic sector      18 December 2019:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, today (Wednesday) held an expanded meeting with representatives of Sharjah industrial sector to introduce them to the latest developments with regard to exporting food products to Saudi ......read more

    Emirates Post issues commemorative stamp to celebrate Abu Dhabi Chamber's Golden Jubilee

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 December 2019:  Emirates Post issued a distinctive commemorative stamp to celebrate the golden jubilee of The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since its establishment 50 years ago in 1969, the Chamber has been supporting its members and guiding the commercial and industrial private sector in the emirate, as well as advancing and protecting their interests in all government agencies and official institutions.  Considered the private sector’s representative, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry continually works on ......read more

    DMT Welcomes Ambassadors and Officials to World Urban Forum Reception

    The event, hosted by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), aims to mobilise international support for the World Urban Forum in 2020 Abu Dhabi, 17th December 2019: A welcome reception for ambassadors of more than 30 countries was hosted by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Ambassadors and officials came together for the event, which aims to support the World Urban Forum (WUF10) that will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2020. The introductory reception highlighted opportunities available at WUF10 for the respective ......read more

    Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development receives accreditation for six ISO standards

    Abu Dhabi, December 17, 2019: The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) has revealed that it has successfully obtained accreditation for six International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, covering the Fund’s quality management systems. The accreditation was granted by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). KFED was able to receive international accreditation for ISO 9001, ISO 45001, ISO 14001, ISO 10001, ISO 10002, and ISO 10004. The recent accomplishment is part of the Fund’s efforts to contribute to achieving the Abu Dhabi government’s ......read more

    Dubai's Spectacular Line-up of NYE Celebrations

    The city’s state-of-the-art venues are set to host a variety of events to ring in the start of a new decade in true Dubai style    Dubai, UAE; 17 December 2019:   The city is gearing up for a new year to remember, and if you’re looking for a way to ring in the new decade, look no further than Dubai Calendar, the city’s all access pass to events not to be missed. With a line-up that promises to appeal to all tastes and budgets, New Year’s Eve 2019 is sure to be one for the record books!  Dubai residents and tourists are promised an ......read more

    Islamic Conference of Health Ministers officially inaugurated

    Abu Dhabi, 16 December 2019:   The 7th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) Health Ministers was officially inaugurated today (Monday) in Abu Dhabi with high-profile attendees featuring Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ministers of Health and high-level representatives from the OIC Member States and representatives of international organizations. Hosted by the UAE and organized by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) in cooperation with OIC, the conference is scheduled to run from 15 to 17 December under the theme ......read more

    Fujairah Terminals Continues Extensive Expansion with State-of-the-Art Cranes

    Arrival of Quay Cranes to Significantly Increase Handling Capability and Improve Operations     Abu Dhabi–UAE, December 16, 2019:   Fujairah Terminals, wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, today announced the arrival of two new quay cranes at Fujairah Port as part of its extensive expansion plans.     The brand new state-of-the-art Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, which are among the biggest currently available from manufacturers, were purchased from ZMPC China.     As part of the ongoing AED 1 billion expansion ......read more

    Dubai Police Academy announces date of graduation ceremony of higher education students and 27th batch of cadets

    Dubai,  December 15, 2019 - The Dubai Police Academy has revealed the completion of preparations being made for the coming graduation ceremony of higher education students, including the 27th batch of cadets, which is set to take place on January 15, 2020 at the Coca-Cola Arena located at City Walk. The announcement was made today (15th December 2019) during a press conference held at the Police Officers’ Club in Dubai. Aside from the coming graduation rites, the Dubai Police Academy also announced this year's pre-event activities 'Policeman Carnival,' which is set ......read more

    Dubai Customs organizes conversation around future of trade in coming 50 years

    Dubai – 15 December 2019:   In response to the leadership’s recent announcement of getting ready for the next 50 years in the UAE through developing leading projects and initiatives, Dubai Customs organized a customs meeting to discuss the future of trade and the latest trends in the supply chain.  Next year, 2020, has been announced to be the year of getting ready for the next 50 years in the UAE. UAE’s 50th anniversary falls in 2021, marking 50 years since the historic union of the emirates. In the meeting, HE Director General of Dubai Customs, ......read more

    50,000 school bags assembled by the UAE community last Ramadan delivered to underserved children in Senegal and Tanzania

    30,000 children in Senegal and 20,000 children in Tanzania receive bags assembled by 2,000 volunteers as part of the “Back to School” edition of Volunteer Emirates during Ramadan   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 December 2019:  50,000 school kits that were assembled by 2,000 volunteers as part of Dubai Cares’ “Back to School” edition of Volunteer Emirates last Ramadan, have reached their final destinations in Kaolack, Senegal and Zanzibar, Tanzania after crossing thousands of miles from their origin in Dubai. Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed ......read more

    Half-century roadmap launched to ensure the prosperity and wellbeing of the UAE and its people

    Statement by HE Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention.   Dubai, December 15, 2019:   HE Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, stressed that declaring 2020 as the year of preparations for the next 50 years by UAE leaders is yet another step forward in shaping the future that our wise leadership wants for its people.   Al Owais added: “Through this initiative, our country will witness the biggest national strategy of its kind. It will not only prepare for the coming 50 years on the federal ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid and Mohamed bin Zayed announce 2020: Towards the next 50

    Preparing for Golden Jubilee celebrations and developing plans for the next 50 years     Mohammed bin Rashid issues directives to form two cabinet committees to build a comprehensive 50-year development plan and oversee the Golden Jubilee celebrations    Mohammed bin Rashid: “Today, we announce 2020: Towards the next 50. We shall develop our plans and projects and reinvent new ideas.”   Mohammed bin Rashid: “50 years ago, the founding fathers shaped our life today, and next year, we will shape the coming five decades for the ......read more

    Community Development Authority raises community awareness about People of Determination's rights at work

    Campaign sheds light on successes at work and highlights importance of providing them with suitable job opportunities December 14, 2019: Dubai’s Community Development Authority (CDA) has launched a community campaign aimed at increasing awareness about of the rights of People of Determination at work. The campaign aims to highlight success stories and enhance the understanding in the society and business community on the importance of enabling People of Determination to work in accordance with jobs appropriate for them to encourage them to join various sectors without feeling ......read more

    Khalifa Fund to conduct foresight study aimed at exploring long term prospects of entrepreneurship

    Move complements Fund’s commitment to empower youth and instill a culture of innovation Abu Dhabi, 14 December 2019 : The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) has announced plans to conduct a foresight study aimed at providing a long term look at the prospective challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship in the UAE. The Fund has designated a team of experts to facilitate the research and identify the key factors to be focused on while conducting the study to yield credible results and practical recommendations. The foresight study is being made to help establish a ......read more

    Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Abu Dhabi Ports ink MoU in Brazil

    Agreement paves way for technical cooperation between both sides Signing takes place after ABCC-organized seminar in São Paulo December 14, 2019- The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ports, paving the way for more robust technical cooperation, port promotion, and joint business-related events and activities.   The signing took place after the conclusion of a seminar organized by ABCC in São Paulo. The seminar - which came following the state visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the ......read more

    WGEO and UNFCCC organize High-Level Forum on Climate Finance Strategies for NDC Implementation

    12 December 2019 - The World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) in cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held a high-level forum that discussed climate finance strategies for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and reviewed the measures and actions taken by countries under the framework of the Paris Agreement. The forum, which was attended by ministers, officials and representatives from many countries, provided a key platform for participants to exchange knowledge on the most important practices and effective ways ......read more

    RIPE NCC and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in United Arab Emirates Organise Roundtable Discussion on the Role of Arab Governments in Internet Development

    December 12, 2019- The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), in cooperation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in United Arab Emirates, organised a roundtable discussion dedicated to Arab ICT ministries and regulators on ‘The Role of Arab Governments in Internet Development.’ The discussion put the spotlight on current opportunities and challenges in the Middle East in managing Internet resources and highlighted new developments in the region. The roundtable was attended by representatives from several Arab countries, including: United Arab Emirates, ......read more

    Over 200 cyclists take part in NYU Abu Dhabi's second annual Ride for Zayed

     Riders, led by Emirati triathlete Faris Al Zaabi, aimed to complete 101 kilometers at Hudayriat Island  Seven cyclists completed 101 kilometers in commemoration of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan     Abu Dhabi – UAE, December 14, 2019:   NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) held its second annual Ride for Zayed cycling event today in honor of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.    Following the success of the inaugural ride last year, the second edition saw over 200 participants come ......read more

    Palm Tree Added to UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage as Shared Arab Heritage Element Between 14 Arab Countries

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi leads the efforts to have palm tree included on the list Abu Dhabi, 12 December 2019: The palm tree has been added to UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage after the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) led moves for its inclusion.  The decision to inscribe the palm tree into the list was made at the 14th annual meeting of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in Bogotá, Colombia from 9 – ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ports announces AED 4Bn expansion projects at Khalifa Port on its 7th Anniversary

    • New expansion projects to boost Khalifa Ports’ handling capacity • CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal now fully operational     Abu Dhabi–UAE, December 12, 2019:   After seven record years of operational growth, Abu Dhabi Ports flagship Khalifa Port is set for further expansion, say company executives.   Khalifa Port, strategically situated halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, was officially inaugurated on 12.12.12 by the President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.   Of particular note is the ......read more

    Dubai Chamber seminar examines global trade trends and market opportunities

    • Business seminar sheds lights on key economic trends expected to reshape global trading landscape in 2020 • Presentations identified high-potential market opportunities for Dubai-based businesses in ASEAN and African countries     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2019:    Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a seminar at its headquarters earlier today which identified key economic trends expected to reshape the global economy and trade landscape in 2020, as well as market opportunities offering the most potential for businesses in ......read more

    Dubai selected to host first-ever MENA Climate Week 2020 coinciding with Expo 2020

    11 December 2019: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) has announced that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has chosen Dubai, the United Arab Emirates to host the MENA Climate Week 2020, the first of its kind climate event to be held in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and will coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai. The announcement came during a press conference for the Regional Climate Weeks, which took place on the sidelines of the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25), which is ......read more

    Dubai Customs targets clients with financial services campaign

    Dubai – 11 December 2019:  Dubai Customs targeted its clients with a 3-day financial services campaign. The campaign aimed to raise awareness around the financial services available round the clock on the Dubai Customs website. The campaign, organized by the Financial Department, aimed to help clients easily access different services and to help them learn more about innovative services including online payments, debit account, e-wallet, virtual account, online account management, and securities, plus the Virtual Stock Guarantee initiative, which has recently been launched to ......read more

    Seha's Readiness Forum' Explores Network's Preparedness to Respond to a National Emergency

    • 59% of Abu Dhabi’s emergency cases are directed to Sheikh Khalifa Medical City  • Sheikh Khalifa Medical City receives Leader in Readiness Award 2019 • Attendees emphasize the importance of all involved entities working as one unit     Abu Dhabi, December 11, 2019:   Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates, has hosted a Readiness Forum. During the conference attendees exchanged knowledge, experience and best practice, while exploring the preparedness of Abu Dhabi’s ......read more

    Dubai Chamber-led advisory council outlines plans to boost economic competitiveness

    • Newly formed International Advisory Council recently held its first meeting which focused on efforts to stimulate business activity in Dubai   • Advisory council is among key stimulus initiatives launched by Dubai Chamber under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 09, 2019:   The newly formed International Advisory Council recently held its first meeting at the Dubai Executive Council’s headquarters ......read more

    Global Youth Forum in Abu Dhabi sets twelve recommendations for positive socio-economic impact on communities

    Hosted by the World Muslim Communities Council, the inaugural edition of the Forum, called for launch of a general secretariat for the youth of Muslim communities.    Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates – December 8, 2019:   Muslim leaders of non-Muslim countries in the world took to the stage in the UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi to promote tolerance and provide transformational tools for youth empowerment by setting twelve recommendations that focus on the core values of social inclusion with innovation, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. At the ......read more

    This Sophisticated Scanner is Used in all UAE ports

    Ajman-UAE: December 08, 2019:   “It is the first gadget in the world to scan and authenticate official documents and records in almost no time.” This is how 31-year-old Emirati national Amer Al Jabri, a brilliant alumnus of  Ajman University (AU), described his ‘7E Reader’ which “is meant to enhance the safety and security in the country.”  Al Jabri, who was well received and honoured by AU Chancellor, Dr Karim Seghir, said he could not imagine that his device would be adopted and used in all borders and airports of the ......read more

    Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman & MD, Aster DM Healthcare meets the Governor of Kerala, Mr Arif Muhammad Khan at Raj Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 07, 2019:   Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare Group met the Governor of Kerala, Mr Arif Muhammad Khan at Raj Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. They discussed about Aster Volunteers' Aster Homes initiative of constructing 250 houses for victims of the Kerala floods of 2018. The first phase of Aster Homes which includes handing over 100 houses to the flood victims is expected to be completed soon, informed Dr Azad Moopen. ...read more

    Listen to the youth facing different challenges, calls HE Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 07, 2019:  The inaugural edition of the global Youth Forum, hosted by the World Muslim Communities Council, kicked off in Abu Dhabi on Saturday witnessing participation of over 250 delegates from non-Muslim countries.    Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates – December 7, 2019: We live in an era of rapid change, in which challenges are constantly renewed that require creative and innovative solutions, says HE Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the World Muslim Communities Council (TWMCC).    Delivering his ......read more

    DP World joins forces with Dubai Cares in giving a new facelift to Umm Al Qura School in Um Al Quwain

    • 200 volunteers supported the initiative, which is set to benefit 1,200 students • DP World has generously sponsored this edition      Dubai, UAE, 7 December 2019:  Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, hosted on Saturday the last edition of Volunteer Emirates 2019, in support of Umm Al Qura School in Um Al Quwain. This edition, which was generously sponsored by DP World, witnessed an impressive participation of 200 volunteers who helped in the renovation of the school to enrich the learning environment for 1,200 ......read more

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