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Currency Swaps Through Renminbi Clearing Centre Boost UAE – China Trade

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 19 July 2018:   As part of joint efforts to foster a closer trading relationship and develop increased investment opportunities, the Central Bank of the UAE and the People’s Bank of China signed a bilateral currency swap agreement and an MOU to establish a Renminbi (RMB) Clearing Centre in the UAE in December 2015. Swaps through the Center grew consistently, increasing a further 42% in H1 2018, compared to levels recorded at end of 2017. Growing transfers through the Center reflect the continued overall growth in trade between the two countries. China is the UAE’s largest trading partner, accounting for 12% of total imports to the UAE, with a total value of AED 79.9 billion in 2017, a growth of 14.7% from 2016. China accounted for 3.3% of total UAE non-oil exports with a total value of AED ......read more

Dubai Municipality and Veolia successfully Commissioned Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility

Constructed by Veolia subsidiary Veolia Water Technologies, the hazardous liquid waste treatment plant is set to treat 600 cubic meters per day of Hazardous liquid waste.  Dubai, UAE, July 18, 2018:  Veolia, the global leader in optimized resource management, through its subsidiary Veolia Water Technologies, and Dubai Municipality successfully commissioned the Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility, which is set to treat 600 cubic meters of hazardous liquid waste per day. In support of the Dubai Integrated Waste Management Master Plan 2030, which is driving effective sustainable waste management, Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department selected Veolia Water Technologies in June 2016 to complete the supply, installation, and commissioning of the treatment facility. The move was made in readiness for ......read more

Middle East Immigration News Flash 60/2018

Validity of Residence Permits under Personal Sponsorship Extended Dubai, UAE, July 17, 2018:  The Ministry of Interior has issued a decision extending the validity of residence permits under personal sponsorship in Bahrain for up to five or ten years.    The Ministry of Interior has issued a decision extending the validity of residence permits under personal sponsorship in Bahrain for up to five or ten years. Previously, such a visa was issued with a maximum validity of two years.  The government fee for the two-year residence permit under the personal sponsorship program remains the same (BHD 200); the five-year permit costs BHD 400; and the ten-year permit is BHD 600.  Background Foreign nationals in Bahrain can obtain a residence permit through personal sponsorship under the following ......read more

The Dubai Business Women Council looks to enhance economic relations with Serbia

Dubai, UAE, July 17, 2018:  The Dubai Business Women Council held a meeting to discuss ways to enhance the economic relations between business women of Dubai and Serbia, and enact joint economic and trade partnerships. The meeting was recently held between Dr Raja Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council; and HE Stanimir  Vukicevic, the Ambassador of  Serbia in the UAE, at the premises of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was also attended by Mrs. Faiza Al Sayed, Vice President of the Dubai Business Women Council. The two sides reviewed possible avenues of cooperation and the various investment opportunities that are available in both countries. The two sides also stressed the importance of benefitting from the strong political ties that exist between the UAE and Serbia to enhance the ......read more

Dubai Government Workshop successfully holds training workshop aimed at enhancing technical skills of its employees

UAE, 15 July, 2018 - The Dubai Government Workshop (DGW), in cooperation with leading tire safety company Dunlop, successfully organized a two-day training program on tire technology at the workshop's training centre. The sessions were held as part of DGW's continuing efforts to enhance the technical skills of their employees--allowing them to further improve their abilities to carry out their duties, which in turn can greatly contribute to reinforcing individual performance of the employee and the overall level of the workshop. The event is part of a series of workshops and training programs to be organized by DGW that look towards at transferring new knowledge and sharing the latest developments across various technical aspects of car maintenance like tire repairing, tire alignment testing and other emerging ......read more

Khalifa Fund signs MoU with the Crown Prince Foundation in Jordan to promote entrepreneurship and SME Development

Abu Dhabi, July 15, 2018: In accordance with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the instructions of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to support the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Crown Prince Foundation to support entrepreneurship and development projects in Jordan. This initiative falls in line with its mission to promote entrepreneurship, encourage innovation and achieve sustainable growth of SMEs while harnessing its experience and replicating its successful model to develop SMEs at the regional and global levels and act as a major catalyst for economic growth in these countries. H.H. Sheikh Mohamed ......read more

HR holds the key to driving innovation and digital transformation in UAE's public sector

Giving HR a seat at the executive table is vital to meeting digital workplace needs Abu Dhabi, 15 July 2018:   The global HR tech industry is worth an estimated USD 400 billion, according to Bersin by Deloitte. The Middle East contributes a sizeable and growing share to the global market, and increasingly, uptake of HR tech solutions in the region is being driven by public sector organizations looking to transition into the digital age and build organizations of the future, with GCC states such as the UAE leading the charge. However, for government and public entities in the UAE to adequately prepare their organizations for the workforce of the future, they might need to assign a larger role for HR in driving and managing the transformation strategy. “To support the implementation of Vision 2021 and the National ......read more

PCFC and GDRFA helped 511 employees tie the knot over last 7 years

Dubai, UAE, July 14, 2018:  Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) reinforced its continual efforts towards more social cohesion through the mass wedding initiative which it has organized consecutively for the last seven years.   It is part of PCFC’s efforts to promote happiness, and to help families and couples with the wedding expenses and the start of their lives. The initiative, which is held in partnership with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) has seen increasing number of beneficiaries during the last seven years which involved 511 employees. The first mass wedding started in 2011 and involved 53 employees. In 2018, a total of 127 employees tied the knot in an impressive grand mass wedding. These mass weddings saw the birth of 137 babies so ......read more

Outstanding Guide programme launched by Sharjah Museums Authority

Girl Guides to tour museums as part of  week-long training programme. Sharjah Museums Authority in collaboration with Sharjah Girl Guides delivers ‘The Outstanding Guide’ programme. Sharjah, July 11, 2018:  The Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) has invited a group of youngsters from Sharjah Girl Guides to learn more about the emirate’s museums and historic sites and to discover what it takes to become an expert museum guide. Organised by the SMA, for the 9th consecutive year, the week-long programme ‘The Outstanding Guide’ collaborates with Sharjah Girl Guides with the aim to teach up to 30 girls aged between 8 and 11 years old the important role museums play in the local community and provide them with a fun and educational activity during the school summer holidays. Beginning ......read more

Dubai Business Women Council witnesses 28.3% growth in total membership during first half of 2018

Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2018:  The Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), the UAE’s leading platform for the personal and professional development of women in the Emirate of Dubai, disclosed that its total membership has increased by 28.3% during the first half of the year. The council added 167 new members during this period, which brings the total number of DBWC members up to 758. The increase in membership reflects the growing desire of the emirate’s business women to benefit from the initiatives and services that the council organizes, and highlights the important role that the council plays in supporting business women and in enhancing their competitiveness in the country’s labour market. The council announced that it had organized 31 workshops and seminars during the first half of the year. 900 participants ......read more

Planning for life and dealing with death – how legal tolerance in the UAE offers a more secure future By Sean Hird

DIFC Wills Service welcomes new visa rules reducing the vulnerability of women following death or divorce Dubai, UAE, July 10, 2018:  Picture an important new construction taking shape in the UAE.  Although carefully designed and crafted for the future, you can’t see it on the skyline.  But it’s even more valuable than the tower blocks on Sheikh Zayed Road or in downtown Abu Dhabi. And in the past week, another key piece of that structure has been lowered into place. This critical building block is the UAE’s announcement that widows and female divorcees will now be issued with a year-long visa, requiring no sponsor, on the completion of their divorce or the death of their husband. For many of the country’s hundreds of thousands of female foreign residents who rely on their husband for ......read more

Emirates Post Group supports ‘My Blood for My Country' initiative with blood donation drives

Dubai, 09 July 2018:   Since the 2nd and until Wednesday 11 July Emirates Post Group, the UAE’s leading postal and express provider has organized a series of blood donation drives at its central post offices across the nation: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Prevention's Blood Bank, the drive supports the “My Blood for My Country” initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. "The campaign has received a positive response from our employees and customers," noted Obaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Post Group. "The drive is also aimed at reinforcing the values that the late Sheikh ......read more

Dubai Cares honors philanthropist Sunny Varkey for fulfilling his AED 100 million commitment over 10 years

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 8 July 2018:   Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, received Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education and Founder of the Varkey Foundation. During the meeting, Mr. Al Gurg honored Mr. Varkey for fulfilling his commitment of AED 100 million that he pledged to Dubai Cares in 2007 over a period of 10 years in support of the global philanthropic organization’s efforts toward securing children's right to education. The high profile meeting also presented a strategic opportunity for both parties to discuss the impact of their long-lasting partnership on the lives of children, their families and their communities, as well as share their outlook for the philanthropic sector and the challenges that lie ahead. During the meeting, Mr. Al Gurg shed light on ......read more

Director of Dubai Customs discusses fostering business with South Korean Consul General

Dubai, UAE, July 07, 2018:  His Excellency Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs received in his office His Excllency Jion Yung Wok, newly appointed South Korean Consul General. The meeting was attended by of Edris Behzad, Director of Client Management Department and Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department. Musabih and Wok discussed the best means of cooperation to promote mutual trade.  Musabih reaffirmed the importance of enhancing cooperation with the South Korean diplomatic mission, business council and Korean companies.  Dubai non-oil external trade with South Korea grew 8.4% in 2017 compared to 2016 to touch AED 27.43 billion. The value of imports reached AED 22.1 billion, while exports and re-exports amounted to AED 4.47 billion and AED 886 million ......read more

Official Statement Issued Regarding Entry and Residency of Qatari Citizens

Dubai, UAE, July 07, 2018:  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has clarified the official stance of the United Arab Emirates regarding entry and residency of Qatari citizens.    In its latest announcement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has clarified the official stance of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding entry and residency of Qatari citizens.    According to the MOFAIC’s statement, Qatari citizens who currently reside in the UAE are not required to apply for any permission to continue their residence in the country. However, they are encouraged to obtain a prior approval for re-entry into the country should they decide to depart. Qatari citizens overseas, seeking entry into the UAE must obtain entry clearance prior to ......read more

ENEC Hosts Knowledge Sharing Forum to Share Best Practices with Local and International Entities

More than 300 attendees discussed strategy, performance management, innovation, business continuity, risk management and stakeholder management     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 4 July 2018:   The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) today hosted a Knowledge Sharing Forum in Abu Dhabi City. The forum brought together more than 300 delegates representing a diverse range of Abu Dhabi governmental, semi-governmental entities and entities from outside the UAE to learn about the best practices used to develop, manage and implement the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, and how these can be applied to other sectors.   The forum is an integral component of ENEC’s ongoing efforts to support the UAE’s transition to a knowledge-based economy by engaging with local stakeholders, driving growth, ......read more

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Teams Up with Key Partners to Deliver Unbeatable Deals in Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2018

In partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Al Masaood Automobiles, Zomato, Rayna Tours, MBC Group, Yak Events, Xceed Events and Envie Events  Abu Dhabi, 4 July 2018:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has teamed up with eight organisations in the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi to offer the best edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season.  The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED), Al Masaood Automobiles, Zomato, Rayna Tours, MBC Group, Yak Events, Xceed Events and Envie Events are all collaborating with DCT Abu Dhabi to offer visitors and residents a unique line-up of events and promotions to enjoy throughout the summer. HE Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of the Tourism Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: "We would like to thank our ......read more

Linde and Evonik enter into strategic partnership for membrane-based natural gas processing

Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  The technology company The Linde Group and the specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries have concluded an exclusive cooperation agreement on the use of membranes for natural gas processing. The two companies will jointly promote membrane technology – Evonik on the membrane and polymer side and Linde’s Engineering Division as the system integrator for the complete membrane package units. Evonik’s established membrane technology will serve as the basis. The joint product will be marketed by Linde as the “HISELECT™ powered by Evonik” high-performance membrane package unit.   Tobias Keller, head of the Adsorption and Membrane Plants Product Line of Linde’s Engineering Division, says: “We’re delighted to be extending our successful collaboration ......read more

AUS research team to convert organic wastes into soil amendments

Sharjah, UAE. July 4, 2018:   Researchers from the American University of Sharjah’s College of Engineering have embarked on a two-year research project to investigate the conversion of commonly available organic wastes (such as food and agricultural wastes) into biochar. AED 630,000, was allocated for the project. Biochar is a highly stable form of carbon that does not contribute to the greenhouse effect and that is used worldwide to improve soil properties for plant growth. It can be produced from nearly any organic material. The AUS team will determine how to use many different organic materials to create designer biochars that have high water- and nutrient-holding capacities.  The AUS Biochar project is the first project that comprehensively investigates the conversion of many different organic waste ......read more

Emirates BWC and NAMA Highlight the Need for Better Integration of Women in Economy at Kazakhstan's Global Silk Road Forum

Farida Al Awadhi: Women are essential to the realisation of UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Centennial Plan 2071 Reem BinKaram: Women constitute 70% of university graduates in the UAE  Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  The Emirates Business Women Council (Emirates BWC) and NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) have represented the UAE at the Forum of Mayors of the Cities of the Silk Road Countries “Global Silk Road”, which took place in Astana on July 2 and 3, marking the 20th anniversary of Astana becoming the capital of Kazakhstan. The two-day event presented these entities an opportunity to explore new ways to stimulate international cooperation in trade with a particular focus on the role of the Arab region situated at the intersection of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative (BRI) that connects Asia, ......read more

Ideal Standard offers down-to-earth tips to save water at home

Backed by water conservation technologies and products   Dubai, UAE, July 03, 2018:  Water is a precious commodity and today, more than ever before, increasingly erratic weather patterns, population increases and changes in lifestyle have put pressure on our water supplies. Hence, it is important that we use water carefully. Ideal Standard, one of the leading providers of innovative bathroom solutions,is a keen believerin taking practical steps nowthatwill ensure there is enough water to go around for years to come.   With building regulations now emphasising the importance of being green, water conservation has also become a vital factor in the final design of bathrooms. The fact is almost 49% of water used in a home is in the bathroom. Backed by its emphasis on revolutionary technologies Ideal Standard offers ......read more

1.75m passengers used Hatta crossing last year

Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:  A total of 1.75m passengers travelled through the Hatta border crossing in 2017, and more than 152,000 declarations were carried out, and 3904 seizures.   Mohammed Al Muaini, Director of Land Customs Centers Management at Dubai Customs said that Hatta border crossing plays a major role in enhancing trade and passenger movement between Dubai and Oman and has become a main point for land transport. Al Muaini said that Hatta’s border is important due to the services and facilities it offers to passengers and traders, goods and trucks. “Hatta Border Post has become one of the most important border crossings linking UAE with Oman and Oman with the rest of the GCC region. Thanks to the most advanced services and the great facilities provided to passengers, dealing with this heavy ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund announces Financial Support for Lamsa

Lamsa is the largest Arabic language children’s education app in the region To encourage youngsters to continue expanding their knowledge through new avenues of creativity, in line with the UAE National Agenda 2021 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – July 2, 2018:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), operated by the Emirates Development Bank (EDB) explores funding in innovative businesses in the fields of renewable energy, transportation, education, health, water, technology and space. EDB today announced its financial support for Lamsa brand and platform for children. The first of its kind in the region, Lamsa delivers diverse interactive content focused on education and entertainment for children, overseen by Finnish experts in the fields of early childhood education.   The app’s ......read more

Jafza and GDRFA simplify and speed up transactions for free zone companies

Over 150,000 Jafza-based employees to benefit with visa transaction time cut to 24 hours Sultan Bin Sulayem : New phase of cooperation to enhance processes Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2nd July 2018:  Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the region’s trade enabler and leading business hub, today signed a cooperation agreement with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to further simplify existing visa procedures and improve customer experience. Under the agreement, the GDRFA will provide enhanced services to companies operating in Jafza and the National Industries Park (NIP), both DP World subsidiaries, through the recently completed electronic link that will directly benefit more than 150,000 people working in over 7,500 Jafza-based companies. The time taken to process visas and ......read more

PCFC discusses means of growth with businesses in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, June 30, 2018:  Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) augmented its partnership with trade and business groups in Dubai through an open dialogue with them in the quarterly Consultative Council organized recently.  The Dubai Customs Consultative Council meeting was headed by Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. The meeting was attended by heads of business groups, investors and businessmen in different economic sectors in Dubai, and Dubai Customs’ senior management including Juma Al Ghaith, Executive Director of Customs Development Division at Dubai Customs, Abdullah Mohammed Al Khaja, Executive Director of Clients Management Division, and Farid Hassan Al Marzouqi, Executive Director, Human Resources, Finance and ......read more

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Sharjah Police Workshop Emphasises Innovation Benefits for All…

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Hanadi Al Suwaidi: Zayed Al Nahyan Established Innovation by Unifying UAE…

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Calls for 7th Edition of World Government Summit ...…

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Dubai, UAE, 8 February 2018:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued Ministerial Decree No. 27 of the year 2018 concerning the registration and import of all types of pesticides (Chemical pesticides, biopesticide, organic pesticides, ready-to-use pesticides, pheromones, attractants, repellents, and additives for pesticide formulations). The resolution will ......read more

Etihad and Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs Mark UAE Environment ...…

Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 08, 2018:  Etihad Aviation Group and Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs have collaborated to commemorate UAE Environment Day.  More than 80 people participated in the event, which took place at a farm in Bani Yas, and included tree planting and harvesting as well as a clean-up of the local neighbourhood by Etihad employees along ......read more

Al Mansoori holds strategic meeting with Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry…

His Excellency Engr. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, stressed on the importance of enhancing the channels of cooperation between the UAE and Malaysia, especially in terms of trade and investment. Minister Al Mansoori shared that the significance of strengthening these ties is reflected in the key interest placed by UAE and Malaysian companies, as well as their respective ......read more

AI: Human History's Proudest Achievement or Frankenstein?…

Dubai, UAE, February 07, 2018:  On December 6 last year, TIME magazine announced its distinguished Person of the Year for 2017. Interestingly, and rather surprisingly, the #MeToo campaign and the people behind it grabbed the coveted honor.  Who could have predicted that ousted from the numero uno position would be the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin or Saudi Crown Prince ......read more

UAE -Malaysia Business & Investment Forum kicks off in Kuala Lumpur …

His Excellency Engr. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, said that the business and investment relationship between the UAE and Malaysia is established on a strong base given the similar trends and drivers of economic growth in both countries, including manufacturing, new technologies, service and international trade sectors, innovation, research and development, as well as ......read more

Department of Economic Development – Ajman receives three new ISO certifications…

UAE, February 6, 2018 - The Department of Economic Department – Ajman (DED-Ajman) has been awarded with three new ISO Certifications-- the ISO 9001:2015 Certificate for Quality Management Systems, the ISO 10002: 2014 Certificate for Customer Satisfaction and Guidelines for Complaints Handling in Organizations and the ISO 10004: 2012 Certificate for Guidelines for Monitoring and Measuring. ......read more

UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment on the 21st National Environment Day (Feb 4, 2018) ...…

Statement-His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi    Dubai, UAE, February 05, 2018:  The United Arab Emirates celebrates the 21st National Environment Day, observed annually on February 4th, under the theme “Sustainable Production and Consumption” for the second consecutive year to continue efforts to promote sustainable production and consumption patterns ......read more

Hospital signs an agreement with Dubai Health Authority to offer special concessions for dialysis ...…

Canadian Specialist Hospital to contribute AED 10.5 million in 2018 in support of the Year-of-Giving  Dubai, UAE, February 04, 2018:  In support of the Year-of-Giving initiative, Canadian Specialist Hospital will be contributing 10.5 million dirhams for the treatment of 175 patients for dialysis and cataract surgery in the year 2018. The hospital will be offering half the price to ......read more

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Bans Shark Fishing from 1st February 1 to June 30…

Period coincides with breeding season for sharks Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced that shark fishing is banned during the period from Thursday, February 1 until June 30, coinciding with their breeding season. The ban is pursuant to the Ministerial Decree No. 500 for the year 2014 on Regulating the Fishing and Trading of ......read more

Department of Culture and Tourism Organises Multiple Events to Celebrate UAE Innovation Month…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday 31 January 2018:  As part of the celebrations for UAE Innovation Month, which takes place throughout February, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has organised a series of unique events and initiatives which aim to showcase the state of cutting edge thinking in the UAE.  The annual showcase, which for the ......read more

Empower's Customer Service transactions reach up to 524,000 in 2017…

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, reported that the number of customers using its general as well as e-services are continuously growing. The company recorded a total of 524,000 transactions, out of which 285,000 transactions are done through digital platforms in 2017, compared to 255,000 e-transactions during the ......read more

DED-Ajman organizes VAT awareness campaign…

UAE, January 30, 2018– The Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) organized an awareness campaign for outlets in shopping malls, headed by H.E. Ali Eissa Al Nuaimi, Director General, DED-Ajman; H.E. Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Nuaimi, Assistant Director General for Economic Registration and Control; and several officials from DED-Ajman. The initiative aims to enhance the ......read more

Space Experts Convene at NYU Abu Dhabi to Discuss the Future of Space…

Nearly 20 global space experts come together for a three-day conference hosted by the NYUAD Center for Space Science on the Future Directions of Heliophysics Abu Dhabi, January 30, 2018:   The Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) convened a meeting of senior members of the UAE space sector and international scientists recently on Future Directions in Heliophysics. ......read more

Three International Organization to Unite Efforts to Save the Nature and Wildlife in MENA…

Dubai, UAE (January 30th, 2018) -   The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Birdlife International (BL) signed on the 10th of January 2018 at the IFAW MENA office based in Dubai, the agreement to cooperate in protecting the components of nature and wildlife ranging from species to populations of animals and birds, ......read more

United Arab Emirates scores top regionally in Ocean Health Index…

Ranking 1st in Asia and the Arab World and 28th globally Dubai, UAE, 30 January 2018 –  The United Arab Emirates outperformed all other Gulf and Arab countries and was ranked 28th in the world in the Ocean Health Index (OHI), a tailorable marine assessment framework to comprehensively and quantitatively evaluate ocean health. The UAE scored 77 points out of 100, although the ......read more

UAE Ministry of Economy organizes a high-level delegation to visit Malaysia and Singapore…

The UAE Ministry of Economy (MOE) has announced that it is organizing a high-level delegation from the UAE to visit Malaysia and Singapore to be led by H.E. Eng. Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy from February 5 to 8, 2018. The visit’s agenda includes the participation in the UAE-Malaysian Business Forum in Kuala Lumpur, which will be held on February 5 and 6 in cooperation ......read more

Ministry of Health and Prevention unveiled a new app for glucose monitoring using smart phones…

UAE, January 29, 2018 - The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) launched the LibreLink app from Abbott Laboratories, allowing diabetic patients to monitor blood glucose using smartphones. This is in line with its vision to provide personalized healthcare and self-management solutions using smart monitoring devices to test blood glucose levels, while also reducing possible complications ......read more

Passenger Operations Department at Dubai Customs awards its distinctive employees…

Dubai – 28 Jan 2018:   As part of 1st UAE Customs Week, The Passenger Operations Department of Dubai Customs organized an honouring event to celebrate the achievements of its distinctive employees which aims to inspire and urge them to more contribution and dedicated service.  The event was held under the theme “Happiness & Loyalty at Intercontinental Dubai ......read more

UAE encourages global solutions for supporting innovation, entrepreneurship & future economies at ...…

Innovation, entrepreneurship and future economies are key drivers for economic growth and improved productivity. Despite their importance, however, numerous challenges remain for governments, companies and civil society to converge towards knowledge- and innovation-based economies. To help address this challenge, the UAE organised a session to share experiences regarding successful innovation ......read more

Ministry of Economy: ECHA sets May as final deadline for registration of chemical exporters to ...…

The Ministry of Economy has issued a statement on the announcement of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that the deadline for the registration of exporters of materials and products that have chemical components to the EU in accordance with REACH (European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is on May 31, 2018. Exporters of non-registered ......read more

Minister of Health & Prevention issues ministerial decree for the registration of innovative ...…

UAE, January 24, 2018 - The Minister of Health & Prevention H.E. AbdulRahman bin Mohammed Al Owais has issued the Ministerial Decree No. (28) of 2018 which details the mechanism for registering breakthrough and rare medicines after having obtained final approval from one of the accredited international regulatory authorities, pricing terms and obligations of the marketing authorization holder ......read more

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