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1001 Titles Launches Consultancy Service for Publishers

Aims to establish a legal environment to boost the publishing sector in the UAE Event announced on the side-lines of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival Sharjah, April 24, 2017 The ‘1001 Titles’ initiative has launched a consultancy service for publishers on the side-lines of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2017). The new service from the Sharjah-based initiative that aims to publish 1001 Arabic book titles will provide UAE-based Emirati and Arab publishing houses with consultancy and support, as well as establish a legal environment to boost the publishing sector in the UAE. Launched in collaboration with DEAIFIS Advocates & Legal Consultants (DEAIFIS), the new service will deliver a package of premium consultancy services, most notably drafting and reviewing contracts between authors ......read more

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Bans Import of Vegetables, Fruits from Select Countries

Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen must produce certificates of analysis of pesticide residues for produce not already on list by May 15 Dubai-UAE: 24 April, 2017 – The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has banned imports of certain vegetables and fruits from select countries with effect from May 15, 2017 as those products have been found to contain pesticide residues in excess of permissible limits. The counties that will be impacted by the ban include Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen.  The maximum permitted levels of pesticide residues in foods are stipulated by regulatory bodies in the UAE. Exposure of the general population to such residues most commonly occurs through the consumption of treated food sources. Many of these residual chemicals, especially derivatives of chlorinated ......read more

Dubai Land Department Launches Its Annual ‘Why Do We Keep It?' Campaign

This year's campaign is gaining momentum to coincide with the UAE’s ‘Year of Giving 2017’ initiative Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2017: Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced that the ninth edition of its annual charity campaign – ‘Why Do We Keep It?’ – will run for five days from 7th to 11th May 2017 in cooperation with the Dubai Charity Association and the Youth Sports Club. The campaign encourages Dubai government employees, relevant stakeholders, public and private school students, and the public to donate items they no longer need for a good cause.  Thanks to its proactive and forward-thinking organisation of the campaign, DLD has secured the support of over 80 stakeholders for this year’s edition, including government agencies, private companies and schools ......read more

Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi: Sharjah Biennial at the Heart of Region's Cultural, Artistic Movement

REGION’S MOST POPULAR ART FESTIVAL NOW BOASTS AN INSTITUTIONAL  FRAMEWORK AND SHOWCASES BEST OF INTERNATIONAL TALENT SHARJAH/Sharjah Government Media Bureau, April 24, 2017 – HE Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Art Foundation, has described Sharjah Biennial as an essential part of the artistic and cultural movement in the region. “Sharjah Biennial has grown as a manifestation of collective experience and interaction in harmony with the changes and developments in the art scene in the region since 1993, providing a unified vision of the experiences and approaches by artists at the Arab and international levels, in terms of style and forms,” she said.     Explaining the spectacular success and popularity of the Sharjah Biennial, being held from March 10 to June ......read more

Sharjah Chamber Signs Certificates of Origin International Recognition Agreement

Aims at Enhancing Sharjah Exports Sharjah, 23 April 2017: Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has signed an agreement with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its capacity as the representative of the International Certificates of Origin Council, according to which CoOs issued by Sharjah Chamber will be awarded international recognition. The agreement aims to allow scaling of international commercial exchange, facilitating investments, and allowing national products to enter international markets. The agreement was signed at Dubai Chamber by His Excellency Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri, Director- General of SCCI, and Atiq Juma Faraj Nasib, Senior Director of Commercial Services Sector at Dubai Chamber, and Deputy Chair of the International Country of Origin Accreditation Committee of the ICC World Chamber Federation. The ......read more

The opening of the tenth Autism Week at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan The tenth Autism Week is held at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi In collaboration with Emirates Center for Autism and Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry  22 April 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development of the UAE, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (The Mall at WTCAD), the community mall in the heart of Abu Dhabi, has partnered with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Emirates Autism Center to host its tenth Autism Week, from 20th-24th. The aim of the interactive five-day children’s festival is to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder, which currently affects 1 in 68 children worldwide. Therefore, to ......read more

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center Concludes Third and Final UNESCO Workshop and Announces Immediate Work on Inventorying

Dubai, 20 April, 2017: Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) has concluded its third and final workshop in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) within the framework of the ‘2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)’. Right after culmination of workshop, the CEO of HHC, H.E. Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmook, announced putting into action immediate work plans on inventorying the country’s elements of intangible cultural heritage in collaboration with the respective local communities. The 5-day workshop was held from 16 to 20 April 2017 at the JW Mariott Marquis in Dubai. The third UNESCO workshop titled “Developing Safeguarding Plans for Preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Dubai” was attended by 20 ......read more

Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre Welcomes Senior Delegation from Chechen Republic

•    Chairman of Vnesheconombank leads delegation on visit to gain understanding of DIFC structure  •    Chairman of Emaar Properties PJSC His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar in attendance  •    Visit explores ways to strengthen relations between UAE and Chechen Republic  Dubai-UAE: 20 April 2017 – His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), welcomed a senior delegation yesterday from the Chechen Republic led by Gorkov Sergey Nikolaevich, Chairman of Vnesheconombank, the Russian state-owned development bank. His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties PJSC, was also in attendance. The objective of the Chechen delegation’s trip to Dubai was to explore ways to enhance bilateral relations between ......read more

Dubai Municipality Opens First UAE Foodbank Branch

Over 96 hotels and 240 food shops across the UAE sign on Dubai, UAE: 19 April, 2017 The first branch of the UAE Foodbank opened today in the Al Quoz area in Dubai. At the opening, Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, the Chairman of the UAE Foodbank Board of Trustees said, “I am extremely proud to see the first branch open only three months after the announcement of the UAE Foodbank initiative in January. The site is equipped with all the necessary technical and logistical amenities to provide support and sport the launch of the foodbank’s operations.”  Sheikha Hind praised the effort put into ensuring the success of the UAE Foodbank, and into reflecting UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to ......read more

Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Inaugurates 18th Annual Regional Audit Conference

Abdulqader Obaid Ali: Technological transformation to change the future of internal auditing More than 700 internal auditing professionals, decision-makers participate in the conference  ABU DHABI, UAE, April 19, 2017: The UAE Internal Auditors Association is playing a key role in facilitating education of internal auditors in our country by offering an invaluable training and education to its almost 2,000 members and working effectively to increasing the number of Emirati auditors.  These words came from His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, who inaugurated the 18th Annual Regional Conference, organised by the UAE IAA in Abu Dhabi today. His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan said: “Our great leader His Highness the President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ......read more

Dubai Chamber Hosts High-Level Delegation from Azerbaijan

- Visiting delegation led by Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Economy H.E. Sahil Babayev -Meeting focused on enhancing economic cooperation and potential to expand trade ties in agriculture, retail, logistics, transport and tourism sectors 19 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a high-level delegation from Azerbaijan on Wednesday (April 19th) at its head office, which was led by H.E. Sahil Babayev, the country’s Deputy Minister of Economy. The visiting delegation, which included 28 representatives from the country’s public and private sectors, was received by H.E. Majid Al Shamsi, Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber, and H.E. Mohammed Al Shehhi, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs for the UAE Ministry of Economy. Delegates met with H.E. Al Shamsi, H.E. Al Shehhi, and a group ......read more

Empower Awards AED 62million New Contracts in the First Quarter of 2017

“This is another important milestone in reinforcing our presence and progress. These contracts will further support our commitment to increase environmental efficiency,” says H.E Bin Shafar. Dubai, UAE, April 19 2017:Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, announced that it has awarded contracts valued at AED 62million in the first quarter of the year. According to Empower, the main reason behind the increase in the number as well as the value of contracts is the customers’ growing trust in the district cooling service, in terms of its efficiency compared to conventional cooling services. The company recently announced that the number of its customers has increased to reach 65,000 at the end of 2016. Empower underscored that the number ......read more

Dubai Chamber Hosts Workshop on Legal Aspects of UAE Residency

- Workshop aimed to raise awareness about key legal and practical matters related to UAE residency and employment  - Discussions covered a variety of topics, including short and long-term visit and employment permits, business travel, residency compliance, and residency violations 19 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a one-day legal workshop on Tuesday (April 18th) at its head office in cooperation with Taylor Wessing (Middle East) LLP and Fragomen (UAE) LLC to provide local businesses and employers with more clarity on key legal and practical aspects related to UAE residency. Entitled ‘Key Legal & Practical Aspects of UAE Residency’, the workshop was attended by Dubai Chamber Members, Legal Experts, Human Resources Professionals, Business Owners, General Managers, ......read more

Enviroserve UAE to Set up World's Largest Integrated Electronics, Waste Recycling Plant at Dubai Industrial Park

•    Swiss Government Export Finance Agency backs one of the largest foreign direct environment investments in UAE •    AED120 million e-waste recycling facility with 39,000 tons processing capacity to span 228,000 square feet •    Region’s first renewable energy-powered recycling facility with zero air, liquid emissions Dubai-UAE: 19 April, 2017 – Enviroserve UAE, a global leader in the delivery of niche waste and environmental solutions, has signed an agreement with Dubai Wholesale City for the construction of a 228,000 sq ft electronics and specialized waste recycling plant at Dubai Industrial Park, the dedicated industrial hub within Dubai Wholesale City.  The signatories included Abdulla Belhoul, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Wholesale City, and ......read more

Dubai Customs signs cooperation agreement with BUiD, and unleashes innovation

Dubai, UAE, 18th April 2017:  Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs pointed out that the innovation policies and programs adopted at Dubai Customs are based on the national innovation strategy and the strategic development plans. 97% client happiness, 89% supplier happiness, and 90% partner happiness were the fruits of adopting these plans and programs.  During his participation in an event organized by Dubai Customs under the theme “Unleash Innovation” Musabih reaffirmed the Department’s commitment of providing a positive workplace conducive to innovation.  He added:” Our innovations have raised Dubai Customs’ profile as a leading customs administration. We were accredited by the Global Innovation Institute thanks to 11 unprecedented innovations the Department has put forth. ......read more

Dubai Electronic Security Center partners with Comae Technologies to Deliver OPCDE

OPCDE is the first of its kind cyber security event in the Middle-East   Students at OPCDE will demonstrate their technical ability as part of “The UAE National Cyber Security Capture The Flag!” Competition  18 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC), a Dubai government entity whose mission is to make Dubai the safest electronic city in the world, entered in strategic partnership with award-winning UAE-based cyber security start-up, Comae Technologies to support them to deliver OPCDE, the first of its kind cyber security event in the Middle-East. The exclusive cyber security conference will take place on April 26-27th, 2017 at the futuristic Dubai Future Accelerator Space, in the Emirates Towers. This conference brings together security researchers and professionals from the ......read more

Dubai Chamber opens eighth representative office in Brazil

São Paulo office is the Chamber’s first within Latin America  Office will aim to boost trade and investment flows between Dubai and Latin America H.E. Al Ghurair: Office opening falls in line with the Chamber’s international expansion plans and efforts to enhance economic cooperation with promising markets H.E. Buamim: This move demonstrates Chamber’s strong commitment to expanding trade ties between Dubai-based businesses and their Latin American counterparts Brazil is Dubai’s top trading partner in Latin America with bilateral trade valued at AED 6 billion in 2016 Dubai's non-oil trade with Latin America reached AED 17.4 billion in 2016, a 29% growth rate compared to AED 13.5 billion in 2010 Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2017:  The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced on ......read more

HE Rashed bin Lahej Al Mansoori receives Michael J. Saylor President & Chairman of MicroStrategy to discuss opportunities for cooperation

Underlines the position of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a global ICT hub Abu Dhabi, April 18, 2017:  His Excellency Rashed bin Lahej Al Mansoori, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Systems &Information Centre , the pioneering Government entity responsible for the ICT agenda in Abu Dhabi , recently received in his office Michael J. Saylor , President, Chairman and CEO at MicroStrategy® (Nasdaq: MSTR) Incorporated, one of the world's leading company in the field of analytics technology for companies and mobility solutions and information security.. HE Al Mansoori thanked Mr. Saylor for his visit, adding that it confirms that International companies are interested in the technological developments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. HE stressed that the Center is ready and looking forward to strengthen bonds of cooperation ......read more

Taima Abdullah Al Omari Crowned Winner of Arab Reading Challenge in Kuwait

Minister of Education honours ARC participants and winners Kuwait: 18 April, 2017 Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) participants were honoured at a ceremony held under the patronage of the Minister of Education His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulatif Al-Fares and ARC Secretary General Najla Al Shamsi at the Kuwait National Library. His Excellency honoured Taima Abdullah Al Omari, the Kuwait ARC champion who is in the 11th grade at Al Ratqa High School, and Dr. Mubarak Raja Al Otaibi, the winner of the distinguished supervisor award for the state. His Excellency stated, “We are proud of our schools and students, who made excellent progress at the second round of the Arab Reading Challenge. We congratulate Taima Al Omari and Dr. Mubarak Al Otaibi, and wish them success as they enter the fourth and final stage of the challenge on ......read more

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi visits Tadweer and learns about the latest waste management projects

Abu Dhabi, 18 April 2017 - His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, visited Tadweer (The Center of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi), where he was greeted by H.E. Eng. Saeed Al Mehairbi, General Manager of Tadweer. The visit comes in line with the Ministry’s objective to contribute to creating a sustainable environment in accordance with the UAE Vision 2021.  During his visit, H.E. Dr. Al Zeyoudi toured around all departments of Tadweer and was given a clear and detailed explanation about Tadweer’s projects and services, including Strategy, Public Awareness, Collection and Transportation of Waste, Public Health Pest Control, Projects, Licensing, Tariff and Customer Service and products of recycling plants.   Tadweer is the leading government entity ......read more

CRA Managed Increased Demand for Spectrum Licenses & Frequencies in 2016

Number of spectrum licences issued up by 145%, frequency assignments by 117%, type approvals requests remained unchanged    Doha, April 18, 2017: In 2016, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) met full and diverse range radiocommunication spectrum needs for the State of Qatar issuing a total of 4,059 (up by 145% from 1,654 licenses in 2015) spectrum licenses during the year. The number of frequencies assigned also increased significantly to 2,538 (up by 117% from 1,167 in 2015).Type approval certificates issued for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) remained relatively unchanged at 1,114 (from 1,212 in 2015).  In 2016 CRA also finalized the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) with appropriate consideration to planning of projects in sectors that are critical to Qatar’s economy. ......read more

Dubai Smartpreneur Competition Attracts More than 700 Submissions

-Second edition of competition sees 100% increase in number of submissions  -Top three winners to receive cash prizes, access to training and support  -Al Zaabi: Response to competition has been very strong and Dubai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem remains a major force driving its economy 18 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has started assessing entries for the second edition of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, which was recently launched by the Chamber in cooperation with the Smart Dubai Office. The competition aims to strengthen the role of entrepreneurs in contributing to Dubai’s strategic plans by giving them an opportunity to support the emirate’s transformation to a global smart city. The Chamber received more than 700 innovative ideas in the second ......read more

Emirates Auction, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Organize Auctions Worth AED58.5 Million

Dubai-UAE: 17 April, 2017 – Within less than two years of the partnership between Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) and Emirates Auction, 230 assets owned by minors under the Foundation’s care have been sold for a total value of AED58.5 million. The assets that have been auctioned include properties worth AED50,951,975 million, as well as distinguished number plates worth AED4,071,800 million, vehicles estimated at AED2,819,600 million, and other shares and assets valued at AED710,148. As a preliminary step, these assets were carefully evaluated by Emirates Auction to preserve the rights of their owners and achieve a fair selling price. His Excellency Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary General of AMAF, said: “We always take utmost care of minors’ assets through preserving and investing them to help meet ......read more

Dubai Customs says Yes to Positivity, distributes 1,000 copies of ‘Reflections on Positivity and Happiness' at City Walk

Dubai – 17 April 2017:  Dubai  Customs has wound up its weeklong ‘Yes to Positivity’ initiative, which aimed to promote the spirit of positivity among the community. This supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who wants to build a truly positive society with motivated individuals and a high performance environment. The initiative was carried out by DC’s Training Center as part of its operational plan for this year which focuses on nurturing the culture of positive thinking.   The program of events was concluded this weekend with the distribution of 1,000 copies of the recently-published inspirational book Reflections on Positivity and Happiness by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to visitors of City ......read more

International Audit Standards Board Revises Internal Auditing Standards, Introduces 10 Core Principles

Abdulqader Obaid Ali: New standards to enhance transparency and role of internal auditors in UAE’s government and private organisations All government entities required to establish an internal auditing unit DUBAI, April 16, 2017: The International Internal Audit Standards Board (IIASB) has revised the international standards for internal auditing and has introduced 10 new core principles to the new International Professional Practice Framework (IPPF).  The UAE Internal Auditors Association (UAE IAA) has asked internal auditors to enhance their skills and be more extensively involved in the functioning of organisations as that these revisions also impact internal auditing in public and private organisations across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and widen the role of internal auditors, requiring an increased ......read more

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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 ...…

A report titled Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade – Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses stated that forestry crime including corporate crimes and illegal logging accounted for up to $152 billion every year The Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade indicates that around 30 per cent of the world’s timber is coming from illegal forest conversion  Dubai, ......read more

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…

Abu Dhabi, UAE. 16 February 2017:  The Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (ADIOC) concluded today after successful meetings, presentations and discussions with a participation from government official, the local and international defense sectors in addition to delegations from 25 different countries. The event, organized by Tawazun Economic Council, under the patronage of His Highness ......read more

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

Contribution is in Line with Year of Giving Initiative Dubai-UAE: 16 February, 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has donated more than AED2.5 million from the endowment of the late Emirati philanthropist Ahmed Baghlaf to several charity organizations that take care of the underprivileged segments of society, including widows, orphans, and the elderly. The donations are in ......read more

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 ...…

Three of the best ideas were selected from an intensive two-day period of workshops, addressing the UN’s 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Ideas pitched for SDG 3, SDG 10 and SDG 5 will be showcased in New York in May 2017  Dubai to support the implementation of new ideas Dubai-UAE: 15 February, 2017:   At the SDG closing ceremony on the last day of the ......read more

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

Prime Minister of Slovenia highlights the necessity to integrate sustainability in our way of life Dubai-UAE: 15 February, 2017:  On the final day of the fifth World Government Summit (WGS 2017), His Excellency, Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, spoke about the global challenges facing mankind and the rapid social progress we have witnessed.  In a session entitled ......read more

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

Experts discuss universal basic income as compensation for job loss due to automation Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  Waves of new technology that disrupt every aspect of our lives will continue to be the norm throughout the 21st century, and governments and policy makers need to refine their strategies to harness this trend to maximum advantage, participants of the World Government Summit ......read more

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

Nuclear energy can help offset reliance on fossil fuels as global demand for power projected to hit record levels Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  Nuclear power can make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy security, while delivering energy in the large and growing quantities needed to sustain an expanding world population and foster ......read more

Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water of Resources of Singapore, visits The ...…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 14 2017:  His Excellency Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water of Resources of Singapore, visited The Sustainable City – the first Net Zero Energy city in Dubai and the Middle East’s first operational sustainable community.  The Ministry party was led by His Excellency Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, who was joined by HE ......read more

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

WGS 2017: Fall of Multi-lateral Organizations and Rise of Nationalism to Define Fabric of World on ...…

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

TRL and Qatar's Ministry of Municipalities and Environment launches new innovative building block ...…

February 12, 2017: TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility and Qatar's Ministry of Municipalities and Environment (MME) has announced the launch of ‘VegeBlock’, a new innovative building block designed to help increase sustainability across the country's construction segment, in a special seminar held at the Ministry of Municipality & Environment ......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

WGS 2017: Governments Should Recognise Power of Individual When Applying Happiness Policies to ...…

Professor Meike Bartels: One size does not necessarily fit all when creating happiness programs; Dr Roderick Hanson enlightens participants on governments hardwiring the idea of happiness  Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2017:  Professor Meike Bartels and Dr Roderick Hanson today provided insights into how governments should not apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach when ......read more

WGS 2017: International Survey Highlights Impact of Job Satisfaction, Education on Happiness…

Dr Mattia Romani discusses key factors that have led to increased life satisfaction in European ‘transition countries’ Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2017:  “Money may not make you happy but it sure helps,” quipped Dr Mattia Romani, Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), highlighting the ......read more

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Launched the ‘Private Sector Platform' of World Green Economy ...…

In Presence of Officials, Media and Private Sector Representatives:  Platform aims to establish partnerships, enable dialogue and knowledge exchange among countries, public and private sectors, UN Agencies, financial institutions and civil organisations, to accelerate transition to green economy says Chairman of WGEO Dubai, UAE, 11 February 2017:  HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al ......read more

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