United Arab Emirates - March 04, 2021: The e-commerce industry has come a considerably long way from its simple buy-sell model. In 1991 the World Wide Web was created and just 5 years later, over 40 million people had access to the internet with global online sales surpassing $1 billion for the year. This jump gave clear signals of the industry’s later growth but even so, no one could have predicted the $25 billion in online sales reported in 2000.
Today, over 4 billion people are connected to the internet and almost half of them can attest to the convenience of online transactions. By 2040, around 95% of all purchases are expected to be via e-commerce. With this, it’s no wonder that this mega $3.5 trillion industry continues to attract retailers from around the world, both established in-store players ......read more
• New report explores the expectations of UAE’s citizens and residents from future Smart Cities
• Nearly 79% of residents would be happy living in a smart city
• More than half (53%) of UAE residents highlighted living in a sustainable city as the most exciting innovation for smart cities
4 March - 2021; Dubai, UAE: Mastercard, Smart Dubai and Expo 2020 Dubai have collaborated to launch its Building the Cities of the Future report to better understand the pulse of UAE citizens and residents in shaping the future development of smart cities.
The virtual launch of the report was addressed by H.E. Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai & CEO, Dubai Data Establishment, and featured a panel discussion with industry experts from Mastercard, Smart Dubai and Expo ......read more
Dubai, 02 March 2021: Dubai Municipality has carried out intensive campaigns on stores and warehouses that sell tobacco and its products in the emirate to verify their commitment to the approved health and safety controls and requirements.
In coordination with the Federal Customs and Tax authorities, more than 416,744 packs of cigarettes that do not conform to the approved UAE specifications and do not bear a digital tax stamp were confiscated in one of the warehouses located in the Ras Al-Khor area. In the same warehouse, more than 26 tons of banned pan products were confiscated.
The inspection campaign was carried out due to the Municipality’s concern for the health and safety of the society and in pursuit of achieving the strategic public health objectives of the Emirate of Dubai and also within its control ......read more
Dubai – 02 March 2021: Celebrating the Month of Reading, Dubai Customs organized 12 events and initiatives under the theme ‘Al Furdah Reads”, which target employees, clients and society at large with the aim of spreading the love of reading. Every year, March is observed as the month of Reading in the UAE; it is marked by a rich and diverse calendar of engaging activities and sustainable initiatives that motivate the community to read. The aim is to transform reading into a daily habit for everyone and equip, with knowledge, a future generation capable of driving the perpetual growth journey of the UAE.
“We launched a number of diverse initiatives to celebrate the Month of Reading and to encourage our employees, clients and the society at large to read more,” said Khalil Saqer bin ......read more
Dubai, 01 March 2021: Dubai Municipality has submitted 170,267 ideas it received through its unified Suggestion Scheme and the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Council from its beginning in 2008 until 2020. Out of them 17,545 were feasible ideas, through which, the scheme has so far achieved financial savings amounting to approximately Dhs105 million.
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality emphasized that the Corporate Suggestion Scheme is a program in which all entities, including employees, customers, partners, and community members participate, with the aim of improving and innovating all of the Municipality’s work, and this is one of the most important pillars of the innovation charter that was launched to adopt the foundations and practices of innovation in the Municipality.
“Many lessons have been ......read more
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, 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
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
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
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 - 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
• 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
• ‘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
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 – 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
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
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
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 – 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
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
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, 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
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
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 – 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
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 & ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
• 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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
• 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 ......read more
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 ......read more
• 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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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, ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
- 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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more