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EU praises UAE's drive for renewable energy

posted on 30/04/2016

BRUSSELS: Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC) met here today with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

They discussed ways to strengthen co-operation between the UAE and the European Union in the fields of energy and scientific research.

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi said the UAE's strategy for energy enjoys the full support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

She briefed the European Commissioner, about the UAE's plans to expand seawater re-use to achieve around 40 percent saving in daily consumption.

On renewable energy, she detailed plans to set up the world's largest environment friendly water desalination plant in Ras Al Khaimah at a total cost of US$196 million. She added that the plant, which will be operational by early 2017, will produce 22 million gallons of fresh water per day.

Moedas said he was impressed with the UAE's endeavours in clean energy, adding that the country had become a role model in sustainability and investment in renewable energy.

He also lauded the UAE's transparency in its drive to develop a peaceful nuclear energy programme, and its commitment to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.- Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Amal Al Qubaisi meets President of democratic socialist party in EP

posted on 30/04/2016

BRUSSELS: Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC) met here today with Gianni Pittella, President of the Democratic Socialist Party in the European Parliament (EP).

They discussed ways to enhance co-operation, particularly in the matter that relate to religious tolerance, rejecting violence and promoting dialogue among different cultures.

Pittella expressed condemnation of all forms of racism and discrimination and rejection of any attempts to link terrorist acts with religions, especially the religion of Islam.

He added that cultural dialogue is the key tool to correct any misconceptions about Islam and the Muslim communities.

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi thanked Pittella for the efforts made by his party to promote peace and to reject violence and extremism, saying that both the UAE and EP have identical views on the importance of spreading peace and security in the world.

She added that the UAE made huge efforts to counter terrorism and to reject discrimination among different beliefs and races. She added that the UAE passed legislations to enhance values of tolerance, justice and security in the country, which hosts people from more than 200 nationalities, who live in peace and tolerance.

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi discussed with Pittella the developments in the Gulf and in the Arab world. She referred to the UAE's participation in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen, which is aimed at fighting terrorism, restoring peace and protecting the region from the Iranian interventions.

She called on the European official to support UAE's just cause for regaining legitimacy on its three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, which are occupied by Iran, and to back its call to resolve the issue wither through direct negotiations or by referring to the International Court of Justice.

At the end of the meeting, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi extended an invitation to Pittella to visit the UAE.. Emirates News Agency, WAM -


U.S. Under-Secretary of State Department for Diplomatic Affairs hails UAE values

posted on 30/04/2016

The UAE is imbued with values, ideals and ideas that should be exchanged and disseminated worldwide, the U.S. official has said.

Richard Stengel, U.S. Under-Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs was delivering a lecture entitled: "Public Diplomacy and the role of Social Media" to Zayed University students.

It was attended by Dr. Riad Abdul Latif Al Muhaidib, Vice President of Zayed University, Professor Marilyn Roberts, Acting Provost of the University, and a number the administrative and teaching staff, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and students.

Stengel is a prominent writer and journalist who became the editor of Time Magazine for seven years. He was appointed to his current post in 2013. Stengel authored a number of books, including one he co-authored with Nelson Mandela in writing his biography.

He told the students of Zayed University that their "digital voice" can contribute to shaping the future of the UAE.

The U.S. official emphasised that the social media can be more effective tool in the hands of young Arabs to fight extremism and violence if properly used since it is an effective soft power that can spread the message of tolerance, understanding and modernity on a larger scale, and enhance the impact of their countries in various global arenas.

He pointed out that the public diplomacy is a soft power because its represents the culture of a country and its ideas against rough military force. "Your country is imbued with values, ideas ??and ideals that you should exchange and disseminate worldwide," Stengel said. He explained that as a diplomat he consistently talks about the values, ideals and ideas adopted by his country.

In response to a remark by one of the students that it is difficult to differentiate between the public diplomacy and propaganda, Stengel said that the two things are different: in public diplomacy, "we use facts based on information, while the propaganda is in an attempt to convince people and influence them by using false or erroneous information."- Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE supplied Japan with more than 29 million barrels of crude oil in March 2016

posted on 30/04/2016

TOKYO: Japan imported from the United Arab Emirates 29.06 million barrels of crude oil according to data released by the Agency of Energy and Natural Resource in Tokyo.

This accounts for 26.3% of Japan's total crude imports, the agency that belong to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

Saudi Arabia provided 33.7 million barrels, or 32.1% of the total, while Kuwait, Qatar, Russia and Iran provided 9.4%, 9%, 7.6% and 5.6% respectively.

Japan imported a little more than 2 million barrels from Iraq in March, and 313,000 barrels from the USA in March.

Arab oil accounted for more over three quarters, or 80.3%, of Japan's petroleum needs in March.

Japan's crude oil imports in that month amounted to 110.38 million barrels, the agency said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abdullah bin Zayed honours winners of Emirates Novel Award

posted on 30/04/2016

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has honoured the winners of the third cycle of the Emirates Novel Award at a grand ceremony held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

The Emirates Novel Award was launched in 2014 and powered by twofour54 to acknowledge and support Emirati talents in literature, highlight the literary culture of the Emirati society and educate the community on the importance of reading and writing.

Maryam Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of twofour54, and Jamal Al Shehhi, Secretary General of the Award, attended the award-presentation ceremony.

In the "Best Novel" category, "Guard of the Sun" by Eman Yousef, and "Cities and Women" by Saeed Al Badi shared the first-place, while "Days of the Memory of Sinmar" by Mansour Al Alawy received the second place in the same category and "What if" by Sara Al Abbadi received a Commendation award. Ayesha Al Alili received the first-place award in the "Best Short Novel" category for her novel, "Iron Swing", and "Naked Roots" by Hasna Al Salmi was named the winner of the category's second-place. "Citizen Sayfoul" by Salem Al Aghbari was awarded a Commendation award as part of the winners in the "Best Short Novel" category.

Al Mheiri expressed profound thanks and gratitude to HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed for his kind patronage of the Award, saying that his constant support provided a morale boost to Emirate novelists.

'twofour54 is proud to have instituted this coveted national award for encouraging the talented Emiratis as part of its core objectives for creating genuine media content and an incubator environment for innovation,' she said, noting that the award is the best way to develop content that 'promotes our culture and embodies our values and traditions.

'Over the three cycles of the award, we are proud that we presented 65 novels authored by Emirati writers,' she added.

She stated that twofour54 hosted workshops of the Novelists' Programme to teach aspiring Emirati novelists professional writing techniques. Seventeen of the 45 authors trained by this programme have penned novels and some of them had won the Award.

On his part, Al Shehhi said winners were selected from a pool of 25 submissions by members of a special jury.

He noted that competition among novelists sent a positive signal that promising creative novelists were emerging.

Novelists, he added, had demonstrated an incredibly sense of creativity.

The Emirates Novel Award aims to promote literature and novels among Emiratis looking to explore different avenues to document their stories and present them to the public. The award plays a significant role in recognising local talent and celebrating the winners. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mukalla liberation sends a stern message to sponsors of terrorism in Yemen: Arab Coalition

posted on 30/04/2016

ADEN: The liberation of the strategic city of Mukalla is a stern warning to all those who support terrorism in Yemen, the Arab Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen affirmed today.

Staff Brigadier Musallam Al Rashidi, Commander of UAE Force in Hadhramout, who is commanding the liberation battle in Mukalla, said the support provided by the Arab Coalition had been very instrumental in driving Al Qaeda militants out of the city, affirming the coalition's determination to pursue them wherever they were.

'Stability of Yemen means stability for the whole region,' the UAE commander told a joint press conference held by the coalition and the Yemeni national army, adding that Al Qaedi looted US$100 million (AED367mn) daily during its rule of Mukalla and after the liberation it lost its key funding sources.

'The liberation of Mukalla has proved how Al Qaeda was fragile,' he said, noting that air strikes carried out by the coalition had facilitated the mission of the Yemeni army.

Brigadier Al Rashidi indicated that the UAE force was training Yemeni army personnel who had proven their merit in the battleground.

According to him, tonnes of relief assistance from the UAE were on their way to the city.

Brigadier Auni Al Qurni, Deputy Commander of Mukalla's Liberation Force, said the operation had been carried out at the request of the legitimate government. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Hungary becomes latest stop for Sheikh Mansour Festival

posted on 30/04/2016

BUDAPEST: The HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is all set to break new ground when Babolna in Hungary stages the FEI Central European Endurance Cup 2016 international endurance rides on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The historic venue of Babolna forms the back-drop for a CEI Three star 160-km ride, a CEI Two-star 120-km Open ride, a CEI Two star 120-km ride for Juniors and Young Riders and two 80km rides, all FEI rides that will be held under the umbrella of the Festival under directions of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Riders from France, Poland, Austria, Czech Rep, Romania, Croatia, China, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Serbia and the host country Hungary will be taking part in the rides.

The 160-km Open ride will be run in five stages of 40kms, 20kms, 40kms, 20kms, 20kms and 20kms while the 120-km rides will be run in four stages of 40kms, 20kms, 40kms and 20kms. The two 80-kms rides will be over 40kms, 20kms and 20kms.

Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, "We are glad to bring the Festival's events to Hungary and to this area where the rides are held which has for over two hundred years been known for its Arabian horses and Arabian breeding."

"His Highness Sheikh Mansour has always directed us to take the sport of Purebred Arabian horses all over the globe and that is why we are here in Babolna, Hungary," Ms Sawaya said.

"Endurance as a sport in still growing in this part of Europe and we hope that by supporting these rides the number of Purebred Arabian horses increase in numbers," she said.

According to the organizers, it was in the year 1836 the famous stallion Shagya was brought to Babolna from Syria and his progenies are still valued in many countries even today.

The history of the stud yard commanders notes that the most notable was Fadlallah el Hedad Mihaly, who came from far away Syria to Hungary in 1857, driven by his love for horses, where he found a new home, and later he became, stud yard commander.

One of the stud yard commanders were Pettki-Szandtner Tibor, the founder of modern coaching, he was also the leader of the Egyptian king's stud after the II World War.

The present Arabian stud farm in Babolna has 268 horses; the core consists of 19 stallions and 51 breeding mares. Babolna is a traditional breeding centre for Purebred Arabian horses.

Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club said "the competitions will be a great experience and it will give us the chance to experience the terrain and challenges in this part of the world."

Babolna Stud Director Balazs Berci said, "We are very thankful to HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his support to our endurance rides. Hungary has a long-standing history of breeding Purebred Arabian horses and we are confident that such support will further boost the Arabian racing here in Hungary."

The HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -