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Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network Members Conduct Awareness Workshop on Road Safety for Commercial Drivers and Supervisors

Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2017:   As part of their “Be Responsible – Drive Safe” campaign launched in 2014, the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network, in partnership with RTA and Roadsafetyuae.com, and as part of its efforts to support and promote the UAE’s Year of Giving initiative, conducted “Road Safety Awareness Workshop for Commercial Drivers and Supervisors” at the Chamber premises on Thursday.  The seminar, organised by Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business’s Sustainability Network Road Safety working group designed by Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), provided commercial drivers the knowledge and skills as well as the best practice and advice to effectively create an accident-free environment and culture. The Seminar also touched upon a deeper ......read more

UAE wins Silver Level award in UPU's EMS Performance Awards

Dubai, March 29, 2017:  The UAE has won the Silver Level in the EMS Performance Awards which recognize excellence in EMS among postal operators globally, thus becoming the first Arab country to win the award since the launch of the Awards in 2001, adding one more accolade to the UAE's list of international achievements. The award was received by Acting CEO of the Emirates Post Group, Abdullah Mohammed Alashram, at Universal Postal Union (UPU) headquarters in Berne, Switzerland. On this occasion, Chairman of Emirates Post Group, H.E. Mohammed Sultan Al-Qadi, congratulated HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates, on earning ......read more

Earth Hour 2017 - Youth call for a zero carbon future

Dubai, UAE, March 27, 2017:  Our planet faces an uncertain future due to the threats posed by climate change. The consumption of fossil fuels continues to be the largest contributor to this global warming and it is imperative that we move irrevocably to natural, clean sources for our energy needs .  Thus, Earth Hour, which is celebrated the world over on 25th March, is an event of immense significance as it reminds civil society to move to a zero carbon lifestyle.  With this objective in mind, Green Hope Foundation, our youth organisation, founded on the principles of sustainability and green economy took part in DEWA’s (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority) Earth Hour campaign at Bay Avenue Park. Several of our youth volunteers spent several hours spreading awareness amongst the thousands of visitors who ......read more

Dubai Land Department is a strategic partner at the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition (DIGAE) 2017

Bin Mejren: “We are proud of our achievements in providing smart services for the real estate market” Dubai - United Arab Emirates, March 26, 2017:  Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced its participation as a strategic partner in the fifth edition of the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition (DIGAE) 2017. The exhibition is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and organised by the Dubai Government Excellence Program with sponsorship from a number of government entities including DLD as a strategic partner. The event will take place from 2 - 4 April at the Dubai World Trade Centre under the theme ‘National Government, Global Achievements.’  His Excellency Sultan Butti ......read more

IGCF 2017: Government Communication Award Ambassadors Hold Interactive Session for Communication Professionals

Sharjah, UAE: 26 March, 2017:  The sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017), which is currently underway in Sharjah under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, hosted a special interactive session with Sharjah Government Communication Award Ambassadors. The session was attended by government communication professionals from UAE government organisations and discussed two main topics: spokespersons in UAE government organisations and social media communication security. Asma Al Juwaied, Manager of the Sharjah Government Communication Award, said such sessions reflect the award’s functions and goals. We aim to introduce government organisations to the importance of professional communication which helps build a healthy relation ......read more

IGCF 2017 Hosts Workshop on ‘Global Media Trends in Coverage of Sustainable Development'

Organised by the United Nations, Session Draws Participation of Government Communication Specialists  Sharjah, UAE: March 24, 2017:  Held under the partronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the 6th edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) hosted a specialised workshop on ‘Global Media Trends in Coverage of Sustainable Development’ for government communication specialists on day one of the Forum. Organised by the United Nations, the workshop attracted government communication specialists from different public sector entities across the UAE. Two main objectives were set for the workshop - the first being to create awareness for the global Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations for 2030, and ......read more

Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Honours Winners of Fourth Sharjah Government Communication Award

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan named Influential Media Personality in Government Communication  Sharjah, UAE, March 23, 2017:  His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, last night (Wednesday, March 22) honoured the winning government entities and individuals in the fourth Sharjah Government Communication Award (GCA 2017) held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council. The winners received their trophies during the closing ceremony of GCA 2017 that took place at Al Majaz Amphitheatre on the first day of the Sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017).  Several senior government officials, government communication directors ......read more

IGCF 2017: Highlights Human, Economic Impact of Conflicts

Media, private sector play crucial role in changing current situation Women, children require special attention  Sharjah, UAE: 24 March, 2017:  The impact of conflict on refugees, host countries and the Arab region in general was discussed at an afternoon session on day two of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017), currently underway in Sharjah. Titled ‘Impact of Conflicts and Refugees on Arab Development’, the panel discussion, chaired by Houssam Chahin, Senior Private Sector Partnerships Officer for the MENA Region at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), discussed the issues facing the millions of displaced people around the world due to conflicts and crises. Topics included the role of women during the crisis, the role of the media in changing the ......read more

IGCF 2017: Experts Emphasise Role of Science and Research in Nurturing Innovation in Arab World

Panel discussion urges unified vision between governments, schools Mishal Kanoo: Private sector can support development by creating opportunities for youth Hanan Al Hroub: Technology has redefined teachers’ role Sharjah, UAE, March 23, 2017:  In recent years, the Arab world has placed unprecedented emphasis on development with a special focus on achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, amidst an increasingly challenging economic and political climate, how can governments ensure that key stakeholders, such as the media, civil society and non-government organisations are collaboratively participating in this development journey? A panel of experts grappled with this question in a session titled ‘Government Communication and Development Goals in the Arab World’ at ......read more

IGCF 2017: Workshop by BBC Explains How Governments Can Consolidate National Brands, Enhance Global Reputation

Richard Pattinson:  Governments must be authentic - if you have a problem, talk about how you’re tackling it.  Singapore increased tourism from 9 million to 16 million in the last decade, positioned itself as a hub for arts and culture  Sharjah, UAE, March 24, 2017:  In a world dominated by the forces of marketing and advertising, even countries and cities are considered global brands today. The phenomenon of nation branding, whereby governments manage their country’s global image, has emerged as a popular and effective commercial practice in recent decades. In fact, nation-branding experts have found that the benefits of a strong national brand are both reputational as well as tangible, as they can increase tourism and foreign investment.  Richard Pattinson, Senior Vice President, BBC ......read more

IGCF 2017: Empowered Youth Can Reach Great Heights

Sharjah, UAE: 24 March, 2017:  An interactive session entitled ‘Youth Energy’ discussed initiatives that support and empower youth in the UAE on the second day of the International Government Communication Forum 2017 (IGCF 2017), currently underway in Sharjah.  Attendees included His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah, and Sheikh Theyab bin Khalifa bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, as well as Saeed Al Nuaimi and Amira Al-Marzouqi, participants of the South Pole Energy Challenge. The UAE Armed Forces team that climbed Mount Everest was also among the guests. His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani said: “This session gathers many of the UAE’s adventurers under one roof. Despite our different journeys, what ......read more

Dubai Customs' Director of Communication Department wins the Sharjah Government Communication Award

Dubai, UAE, 24 March 2017:  Dubai Customs’ Director of Corporate Communication Department Khalil Saqer bin Gharib won the Sharjah Government Communication Award (GCA) in the award ceremony held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah under the patronage of HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.    Khalil won the award under the category:  best graduation project/research on government communication in 2017.   His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman, Sharjah Media Centre presented the award to Khalil Saqer bin Gharib.  Khalil bin Saqer entered the competition with an academic specialised thesis on communication; the first of its kind at the UAE government level. The thesis paper covers internal ......read more

IGCF 2017: HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi Welcomes International, Regional Participants in Keynote Address

HH Ruler of Sharjah Urges Societal Participation for Inclusive Development International Government Communication Centre, Government Communication Fund Launched Guest of Honour Emphasises Contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sharjah, UAE, March 22, 2017:  The Sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) was officially inaugurated with keynote speeches from His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, and HE Ali Ahmadov, Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. Present on the occasion were HE Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), HE Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan ......read more

IGCF 2017: Unifying Public, Private Sectors Can Fast-track Socio-Economic, Environmental Change

Prominent panellists discuss joint capabilities of public, private sectors in creating sustainable change, generating opportunities  Dr Muhammad Yunus: Youth should be job creators, not job seekers Jeffrey Sachs: UAE has excelled at placing people at heart of public policy, global governments must develop effective public sector leadership Badr Jafar: Private sector, entrepreneurs can be change-makers through understanding sustainability, corporate governance business case Sharjah-UAE: 23 March, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, today attended the second session of the opening day of the sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017), being held from March 22 to 23 at Expo Centre Sharjah. Eminent speakers taking part in the ......read more

Strong brand drives growth for RSM

RSM reports 7.6% fee income growth in 2016, after its first full year operating as a unified, global brand 20% increase in cross-border services to internationally-active middle market clients Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 22, 2017:  Leading audit, tax and consulting network, RSM, has reported growth in global fee income of 7.6% for the year ending 31 December 2016. Total fee income for the period increased to US$4.87billion. Following its successful global brand launch in late October 2015, RSM firms around the world have used the past year to embed and strengthen the RSM brand in their national markets, focusing on a unified vision to be the provider of choice to middle market businesses worldwide. A single, consistent and identifiable brand has significantly raised the profile of RSM’s global capability ......read more

Salma Humanitarian Relief Program Launches Two New Food Products at DIHAD 2017

Dubai-UAE: 21 March, 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has launched two new food products as part of its acclaimed salma Humanitarian Relief Program that distributes ready-to-eat halal meals to those affected by wars and disasters worldwide. With this move, the Foundation seeks to expand the available food options to increase the scope and number of its beneficiaries as well as the program’s geographical footprint.  AMAF unveiled the products at the 14th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD 2017), held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 21 to 23. The Foundation’s exhibition stand introduced participants and visitors to the salma program and its latest developments.  The new additions to the Salma halal menu comprise a ......read more

Emirates Post issues stamps featuring the symbols of National Program for Happiness and Positivity

To boost happiness and positivity on International Happiness Day Dubai, March 20, 2017:  Emirates Post Group has issued a set of commemorative stamps that feature 8 designs included in the National Program for Happiness and Positivity: the sun, UAE flag, smiling face, family and friends, the sea, the date palm, the cloud and the flower. Her Excellency Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for Happiness, lauded Emirates Post Group’s initiative of issuing the commemorative stamps, which capture the vision of the UAE government to spread the culture of happiness and positivity in UAE society. She said such creative initiatives enhance interaction among people and spread happiness and positive values to enable converting government agencies into happiness departments through policies, programs and working ......read more

World Celebrates a Decade of Earth Hour for a Future of Climate Action

Individuals and organisations across the UAE unite in global effort to prevent climate change with a myriad of events Dubai, UAE, March 20, 2017:  Ten years after the world’s first Earth Hour in Sydney put climate change in the spotlight, WWF’s landmark movement is set to once again unite millions of people around the globe to shine a light on climate action. The world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, which mobilizes individuals, communities and organizations globally to do their part to help change climate change, will take place on the 25 March and is being led locally by Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF (EWS-WWF). To mark Earth Hour in the UAE, individuals and organizations are invited to join EWS-WWF, and millions of people across the planet, to support #EarthHourUAE by switching off the ......read more

Seventy Leaders from UAE Government Entities Conclude Dubai Data Compliance Course

Dubai-UAE: 19 March 2017 – The Dubai Data Establishment (DDE) announced the conclusion of the Dubai Data Compliance Course that was designed in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) and targeted leaders from 14 government entities in the UAE. The course focused on topics pertaining to data classification, publication and exchange among collaborating entities to boost customer experience and analyze performance in a way that can enhance Dubai’s competitiveness and improve the happiness of its citizens and residents. His Excellency Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of MBRSG, said: “The nature of today’s government work, which is characterized by a growing global tendency towards digitization, forces us to make fundamental changes to data management and classification ......read more

US Scholar to Address Feminism Under Islamic Law

Doha, Qatar – March 19, 2017 – Distinguished scholar and Islamic and US constitutional law expert Asifa Quraishi-Landes will host a special session on women’s empowerment and rights under Sharia law, at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), on Wednesday, March 22.  Quraishi-Landes currently serves as assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in Islamic law and U.S. constitutional law. Her session, "How not to talk about Muslim Feminism," is the first of a series of interdisciplinary lectures, that are part of NU-Q’s newly introduced Middle East Studies minor.  The minor at NU-Q provides students with a critical understanding of the region’s cultures, histories, societies, politics, intellectual contributions, and mediated ......read more

Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation to Highlight Achievements of salma Humanitarian Relief Program at DIHAD 2017

Dubai-UAE: 19 March 2017 - Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) will showcase the achievements of its acclaimed salma Humanitarian Relief Program that supports the world’s most vulnerable people by providing them pre-packed halal meals that do not require cooking or refrigeration and can be stored and used over an extended period of time, as part of its outing at the 14th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD 2017). Set to run at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 21 to 23, AMAF’s stand at the definitive event will offer visitors detailed insights into the program’s efforts at ensuring continued food relief to victims of wars and natural disasters in the world’s hot-spots, without discrimination based on ......read more

Sharjah Government Communication Award Jury Holds Final Round of Evaluations to Select Winners in 11 Categories

GCA registers 36% increase in submissions this year receiving 179 entries compared to 132 in 2016  ‘Best Government Social Media Engagement’ category receives largest number of submissions Sharjah,UAE: 16 March, 2017:  The Sharjah Government Communication Award’s (GCA) judging panel convened for its concluding round of evaluations to finalise winners in 11 categories that will be announced at a special ceremony on day one of the sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017). To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, IGCF 2017 will take place from March 22 to 23 at Expo Centre Sharjah under the theme ‘Societal Participation…Comprehensive Development’.  Held at ......read more

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Dubai Cares join UNICEF in calling for investment in Early Childhood Development

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 March 2017:  Dubai Cares, the global philanthropic organization based in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and UNICEF, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), came together today in Dubai at a two-day event to urge greater investment in early childhood development (ECD). The event kicked-off with the official Middle East and North Africa launch of the Lancet Series Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale, one of the world’s most renowned medical journals, which revealed that an estimated 43 percent of children under-five in low-and middle-income countries are at risk of poor development and emphasized the importance of nurturing care -- nutrition, stimulation and protection -- for all children in the earliest ......read more

Sharjah Business Women Council: Supportive initiatives to create a work conducive environment that inspires and motivates women

Local and international events organised to explore opportunities that help support and inspire women entrepreneurs  Hind bint Majid Al Qassimi: Sheikha Jawaher's support is the main driver for SBWC's milestones We continue to develop women's entrepreneurial spirit SBWC has 1296 members in various business areas Businesswomen represent 39%, while professional women comprise 40% of SWBC’s total members Sharjah, 16 March 2017:  Since the UAE gained its independence in the 1970’s, Emirati women have worked side-by-side with their male counterparts towards the nation’s advancement and achievement. The invaluable efforts and sound guidance by the UAE’s wise leadership to uplift women’s status have led the UAE to topping global ranking in terms of treating women with respect and ......read more

Louis Moinet donates Luxury Timepiece to help orphans in India

Dubai, March 15, 2017:   Ateliers Louis Moinet has donated a luxury timepiece worth Dollars Ten Thousand (approximately) to help improve the lives of orphans in India. The luxury Swiss watchmaker has donated a Limited Edition Twintech Chronograph LM-16.10.50 luxury timepiece to www.educateanorphan.org – the world’s first virtual charity developed by two teenagers to raise awareness about the plight of orphans and not plead for funds. The superbly-elegant Twintech Chronograph is a triumph of ergonomic watchmaking design, with its rectangular shape and unique dial setup. From the elegant case to the intricate dial, you’ll see that a great deal of dedication and time has been devoted into the development of the Twintech Chronograph.  The automatic movement with three sub-dials has no less than 150 moving ......read more

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Smart Dubai board holds its 8th meeting amidst more successes achieved locally and globally…

UAE, February 28, 2017 - The Board of Directors of the Smart Dubai Office held its 8th meeting, which was presided over by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board. The meeting complements the efforts exerted to implement the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with a ......read more

Statement from the Office of the Attorney General of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE…

Ras Al Khaiamah, UAE: 28 February 2017:  Seeking to actively enforce its pivotal role in the eradication of corruption hotbeds, over the last two years the Department of Public Prosecution initiated investigations into a number of offenses of fraud committed against public funds, and misfeasance in public office, in addition to other related crimes. The investigations follow legal ......read more

UAE wins award for best pavilion at OTM 2017 Exhibition in India…

Abu Dhabi, February 27, 2017: The UAE won an award for best pavilion at Outbound Travel Mart (OTM) 2017, the latest edition of India's biggest travel trade show held recently in the city of Mumbai. The pavilion organized under the theme ‘Visit UAE’ scored the highest marks for decoration and design. The UAE delegation to this year’s OTM included representatives from the ......read more

H.E Ahmad Bin Shafar appointed as Special Advisor to UN Environment on implementing District ...…

Recognizing Dubai as global role model within the “global district energy in cities” initiative: Dubai, 27 February 2017:  HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of the Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), has been chosen by the United Nations Environment to become the special advisor on district cooling within its “global district energy in cities” ......read more

6th Edition of International Government Communication Forum to Bring Together Top Diplomats in UAE…

Meeting on Sidelines of IGCF in Sharjah to Discuss Unsustainable Development Goals, Explore International Best Practices  SHARJAH, UAE, February 27, 2017:  The Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) today announced that the sixth edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) will organise a special meeting with members of the diplomatic corps in the UAE ......read more

Sharjah Girl Guides Raises AED 23,000 through Cookie Sales…

100-year international guiding tradition continues to inspire community spirit Sharjah, 25 February, 2017:  Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG) has successfully concluded its annual ‘Cookie for a Cause’ campaign, which took place from 12-16 February, raising AED 23,000 for orphans through Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation, while highlighting the importance of community values and ......read more

Emirates Environmental Group organizes 20th annual UAE ‘Can Collection Day' campaign…

February 25, 2017- In line with efforts to promote sustainability, the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) recently organized its 20th annual Can Collection Day campaign. More than 150 entities from across the UAE, representing from every segment of the society joined the environmental friendly nation-wide initiative. Surpassing its annual target of recycling 27,000 kg of aluminum cans for the ......read more

38 EPG managers officials honoured for successfully completing Al Tomouh management development ...…

Dubai, February 22, 2017:  The Human Resources Department of Emirates Post Group honoured 38 managers for successfully completing the Tamouh management development program in 2016.  This is the first batch to complete the intensive training program which consisted of 8 modules, covering key elements of effective management, including training, research and discussions on many ......read more

UAE Gender Balance Council hosts three-day workshop at 2017 World Government Summit, to accelerate ...…

As part of ‘SDGs in Action @ WGS’  SDG 5 team wins third place during closing ceremony, for innovative ‘GAME–IN’ solution  Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2017:  HE Mona Al Marri: “Innovation is at the heart of the UAE’s development strategy, and we’re confident that the SDG 5 working group’s ‘GAME-IN’ campaign ......read more

Dulsco to plant 270 ghaf trees across UAE…

Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2017: Dulsco, a regional pioneer in waste management services and human resource solutions has come forward to plant 270 ghaf trees across UAE. As part of Year of Giving, Dulsco decided to plant ghaf trees for every sustainable message that was posted on the plastic bottle wall during EcoWaste 2017 Exhibition. Dulsco received 270 messages and the company will be planting ......read more

Successful Trials in Saudi Arabia Prove Satellites, Aerial Sensors Can Save Date Palms…

Experts at Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture to showcase game-changing solutions for regional date palm farmers Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 February 2017:  As the progressing lethal infestation of the red palm weevil beetles continues to threaten date production across the region, scientists are preparing to present the successful results of Saudi Arabian trials at the upcoming Global ......read more

Dubai Customs hosts unified IPR workforce…

Dubai, UAE, 19th February 2017:  Dubai Customs’ Intellectual Property Rights Department (IPR Department) hosted a meeting for the Unified IPR Workforce which coordinates IPR activities among ministries and relevant authorities in the UAE.   Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department at Dubai Customs headed the meeting in Dubai Customs main building in the presence of ......read more

International ATIBT Forum to highlight the importance of improved international cooperation to ...…

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6,000 tons of waste collected during ‘Clean Up UAE' drive in Umm Al Quwain…

February 18, 2017 – The Emirates Environmental Group’s and the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al-Quwain organized a ‘Clean Up UAE’ Campaign in Umm Al-Quwain Fishing Village where 6,000 tons of waste were collected over a period of 5 days. This year’s drive was aligned according to the UAE Government’s move declaring 2017 as the ‘Year of ......read more

Two innovations from Dubai Customs accredited by GII…

Dubai, UAE, February 18, 2017:  Dubai Customs received accreditation from Global Innovation Institute (GII) on its innovations: the (Enterprise Connected View) and the (Enterprise Capability Management). This is indicative of Dubai Customs’ persistence to revolutionize the way customs work is done.  The Global Innovation Institute is an international organization providing ......read more

Give Back with Virgin Megastore and Emirates Red Crescent…

The Buy One, Give One Initiative   Dubai, UAE, February 18, 2017:  In partnership with Emirates Red Crescent, Virgin Megastore is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of the Buy One, Give One initiative, a socially responsible project that seeks to raise awareness for the global refugee crisis. For every item purchased within the campaign, Virgin Megastore will donate a similar ......read more

Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre in Al Ain Receives Delegation from Sharjah Call Centre…

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Tawazun Economic Council's ADIOC Concludes to Resounding Success…

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Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Donates Over AED2.5 Million to UAE Charity Organizations…

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The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company Give Back $106 Million to More Than 230 ...…

Community contributions equal 1.2 percent of company’s 2016 operating income Dubai, UAE, February 15, 2017:  The Coca-Cola Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company together donated more than US $106 million to more than 230 organizations in 2016. These contributions will directly benefit communities across more than 200 countries and territories, with approximately 97 percent of the ......read more

Minister of Economy calls for stronger UAE-Kazakhstan ties in ICT, innovation & smart cities…

UAE, February 15, 2017 - H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, called for stronger cooperation between the UAE and Kazakhstan in the areas of information systems, innovation, and smart cities during his meeting with Kazakh Minister of Information and Communications. Dauren Abayev. Their discussions revolved around the creation of joint mechanisms for facilitating ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid directs government departments to place Dubai 10 years ahead of all other cities…

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WGS 2017: SDG Closing Ceremony Announces Three Innovative Solutions to Support Implementation of UN ...…

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WGS 2017: Living by True Values is Key to Sustainable Future…

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WGS 2017: Governments Must Prepare Citizens for Advent of Artificial Intelligence…

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WGS 2017: As More Nations Pursue Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security Remain Top Concerns…

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WGS 2017: 21st Century Could See Political Borders Fade as New World Order Emerges…

Only borders based on connectivity will actually matter, argues leading global strategist Parag Khanna Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  The 21st century could witness a defining chapter in world history when the world acts to phase out political borders in favor of economic integration even as connectivity replaces sovereignty as the organizing principle of a new world order, said ......read more

WGS 2017: UAE Approach to Tolerance is Key for Brighter Future, Says Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna…

Institutionalized approach to tolerance and happiness are better than leaving such important issues ‘to fate’   Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  The UAE’s policy of tolerance was highlighted as key to a brighter and safer future for the country’s youth, by Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance. In a ......read more

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Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  Offering a glimpse into humanity's next 100 years, Dr George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a geopolitical forecasting service, said that the 21st century will be humanity's most dramatic, and one that will bring unprecedented levels of opportunities and risks. He recounted instances from world history over the past 70 ......read more

WGS 2017: Future Computers to Grow Food…

Digital revolution in farming industry will fundamentally change global economy Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  The UAE imports 85 percent of its food at the cost of 15 percent of its GDP. Though this might be a scary thought, it is also an opportunity for this generation to make a real impact, said Caleb Harper on the second day of the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai. Harper ......read more

Emirates Post launches Dubai Police traffic fines payment service at post offices…

Dubai, UAE, February 13, 2017:  Emirates Post today announced that all post offices are accepting payment for traffic fines issued by Dubai Police, following the signing of an agreement between Dubai Police and Wall Street Exchange, a subsidiary of EPG.  “The launch of this service is in line with the Group’s strategy of delivering multiple services under one roof through ......read more

WGS 2017: Young Innovators Share Inspiring Perspective on Government's Role in Aiding Innovation…

15-Year Old Emirati ‘Teen-ovator’ behind Solar Bag, Fatima Al Kaabi, Aspires to be UAE Youth Minister Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Find a bigger cause to innovate, don’t innovate just for yourself. Innovate for your country, innovate for a problem you face – Innovate for a bigger goal than just yourself,” said Fatima Al Kaabi, the 15-year old Emirati ......read more

WGS 2017: There's a Universal Language that Connects Us All – ‘Face Reading'…

Face reading enables us to understand a person better, and can be used in our personal lives and work environment, says professional face reader Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Day 2 of the World Government Summit (WGS 2017) got off to an energizing start with a session on face reading titled ‘Wake-Up Call: The Universal Language We All Speak’, led by Eric Standop, a ......read more

WGS 2017: Breathing Exercises Unlock Pathway to Happiness…

Controlled breathing patterns can reduce need for anxiety medications Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  “Happiness is what matters at the end of the day,” said Max Strom at a talk he held on the second day of the World Government Summit in Dubai. The author and teacher expressed concern for the fact that most people go through their whole lives without understanding what makes ......read more

Smart Dubai Happiness Meter initiative joined by 68 private entities…

UAE, February 13, 2017 - As many as 68 private entities have joined the ‘Happiness Meter’ initiative developed by the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), which is a tool for measuring happiness in alignment with the Happiness Agenda. The agenda, which has been implemented under the supervision of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), aims to explore and measure the sources of ......read more

WGS 2017: Happiness is True Measure of National Well-being…

Editors of 'The World Happiness Report' urge global policy makers to focus on the science of well-being to ensure informed governance Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  A panel of experts speaking on the opening day of the World Government Summit 2017 concurred that the success of a government must be defined by its ability to facilitate the happiness and well-being of its ......read more

WGS 2017: Governments Must Lead by Example in Responsible Use of Cyber Data to Safeguard Personal ...…

Cyber Security Guru Bruce Schneier Calls Governments to Action, Advises Safe and Secure Data Collection for the Benefit of Society Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Governments must lead by example when it comes to striking the ethical balance in the use of personal data collected online, and also ensure that an individual's privacy and social prosperity are not compromised, ......read more

WGS 2017: Japanese Prime Minister Urges Governments to Harness Benefits of Diversity…

Main address at summit highlights benefits of investing in education, innovation Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe, complimented the United Arab Emirates for organizing the World Government Summit - a defining platform for prominent leaders from around the globe to shape a road map for its future. Speaking by video link on the ......read more

WGS 2017: Humanization Another Path to Sustainability…

Morinosuke Kawaguchi: Cherish products as partners Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  In a breakout session on the opening day of the fifth World Government Summit (WGS 2017), Morinosuke Kawaguchi, Japanese futurist and innovation expert, addressed the notion of humanization – a widely accepted concept in Japanese culture.  In his talk entitled ‘Japanimation, ......read more

WGS 2017: Governments advised about ‘antidotes to radicalization' at World Government Summit ...…

Anthropologist offers insight into the minds of radicals and extremists  Explains how revenge has been mapped in the human brain Advises that wars with religious context are rare but costly Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Leading anthropologist Scott Atran attempted to explain the minds of radicals and offer suggestions on how to combat the situation at the World ......read more

WGS 2017: UAE Leads in 21st Century Positive Education…

IPEN signs memorandum of friendship with KHDA Students, educators, should lead charge towards positive education Positive education experts Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Sir Anthony Sheldon, Héctor Escamilla, Charlie Scudamore lead workshop Schools need positive education framework Global call for collaborative education efforts  Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The ......read more

WGS 2017: Experts Highlight How Innovation Will Positively Impact Governance Systems…

Experts: Technology can enable better policies, but not replace good policies Experts: Innovation enables governments to address citizens’ needs  500 out of 540 local governments in Indonesia implement e-governance solutions Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The future is often defined in terms of technology. However, while technology can enable better policies, it ......read more

WGS 2017: “Listen to what we have to say,” urge youth to their governments…

Establishing a trusting, open dialogue is key to youth engagement: UNDP, The World Bank and OECD reports  Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  There is no talking about the future without talking about the youth. And in the Arab world, comprising 22 countries, the youth demographic aged 15-29 years, constitute one-third of the population, pointed out Helen Clark, Administrator of the ......read more

WGS 2017: Panel Discussion to Launch 2017 World Development Report Mulls Relationship between ...…

Former Spanish Prime Minister Attributes Policy Success to Education, while Former Bolivian President offers Perspective that Policy is Largely Influenced by Society  Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The World Bank launched the 2017 World Development Report at the World Government Summit on the inaugural day of the annual event being held in Dubai.  Speaking as part of a ......read more

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development a Strategic Partner at the World Government Summit 2017…

ADFD participates in WGS 2017 activities  His Excellency Al Suwaidi: Summit will build solid partnerships and align goals towards enhancing tomorrow’s world Abu Dhabi-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  In the role of strategic partner, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) attended and participated at the fifth edition of the World Government Summit (WGS) 2017, running under the ......read more

WGS 2017: Governments Advised to Invest in Science for the Sake of Intrinsic Interest…

Leading particle physicist Dr Brian Greene highlights huge scientific discoveries that have helped drive mankind’s progress, explaining how these were not carried out for financial gain but rather in a spirit of discovery Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  An investment in science for the sake of intrinsic interest - rather than actual investment - is key for any real human development, ......read more

WGS 2017: Human Mind Needs Positive Ideas Inculcated through Concentrated Effort…

Ibrahim Al-Buleihi: Benchmark of Civilization is its Ability to Evolve  Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  “The human mind begins as an empty space, and the information that first reaches it has the power to control it,” said Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, writer and thinker and former member of the Saudi Shura Council. His remarks came during his presentation titled ‘The Ideology ......read more

WGS 2017: Long-running Study of Individuals, Adult Life Shows that Money, Fame are Not Answers to ...…

Harvard Professor of Psychiatry Robert Waldinger explains findings of ongoing 78-year study on adult life Enormous disconnect between what young people say they want, and what we know makes individuals happy Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  The Global Dialogue for Happiness learned today how the results of an ongoing 78-year-study by Harvard Medical School are providing real ......read more

WGS 2017: Global Policy-makers, Happiness Advocates and Experts Converge to Form Communities for ...…

Groups across 10 sectors including Public Policy, Governmental Happiness and Happiness Measurement discuss impact of their disciplines on happiness Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2017:  The role of governments is to create an enabling environment where people can flourish and achieve their dreams, stated Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for ......read more

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