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Dubai set to become international hub for 3D printing

posted on 31/07/2016

Dubai's active initiatives toward encouraging 3D printing are set to make it the world's leading destination in this additive manufacturing technology, a leading 3D printing expert has said.

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has recently launched the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy', a unique global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030. Dubai has also launched the world's first fully 3D printed office.

Dominic Wright, Business Development Director at Generation 3D, a 3D printing specialist company, said during his presentation at the monthly CIOMajlis session that Dubai's initiatives toward encouraging 3D printing will revolutionise its construction sector as well as witness major innovations across other sectors particularly medical and oil and gas.

"Dubai has already taken major steps toward using 3D printing. It's the world's first to have a 3D Printing strategy and its measures to have clear plans in different sectors have already laid a strong foundation for the further growth of 3D printing across various sectors including construction, oil and gas and medical," he said during the CIO Majlis session, attended by more than 25 CIOs from different industry sectors including oil and gas, infrastructure, logistics, finance, energy and IT from across the UAE, at Nakheel Headquarters.

Ahmed Al Mulla, Chairman of CIOMajlis, who is also Senior Vice President, Corporate Services at Emirates Global Aluminium, said, "We have already started to see the transformative impact 3D printing is creating. An integration with other technologies opening further wide room for innovation across all sectors and guided by the vision of our leadership, Dubai is set to lead this transformation."

According to Canalys, a market research firm, the global market for 3-D printers and services will grow from $2.5 billion in 2013 to $16.2 billion in 2018, a CAGR of 45.7 percent.

Factors such as 3D printing evolving from developing prototypes to end-user products, mass customisation, production of complex parts, government investments in 3D printing projects, and improvements in manufacturing efficiency are expected to drive the growth of the 3D printing market, according to another market research, which expects the 3D printing market to reach USD 30.19 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 28.5 per cent between 2016 and 2022.

"A significant change has already taken place in Dubai with the initiatives by our leadership. Dubai has the most proactive government, which translates into very proactive society. In terms of focusing on 3D printing, I would say Dubai is the best place to be. The government has definitive plans. Dubai in 3D printing will be one of the biggest players in the market- everything whether it is market for 3D printers, companies who use the technology," said Wright.

The major benefits of 3D printing, explained Wright, come in the way of cost saving, design flexibility and time effectiveness.

"You are not constrained to old methods, you can build shapes and designs that did not seem possible earlier. All you need to have is the design, in the right scenario, you can build something in one-tenth of the time and save even up to 80 per cent in costs especially because you save a lot in terms of set up costs involved in manufacturing," he added.

"Companies need to start looking where it can be integrated and whether it is going to be relevant to their industry. Don't fall behind and let this pass you by but also don't use it where it's not necessary."

Among the challenges the industry in Dubai need to be prepared for are technical support and availability of skilled manpower in this new industry.

Talking about the shift in the nature of employment, he said, "There will be a higher demand for 3D designers, 3D engineers, 3d printing engineers, hardware engineers. People in the related industries should keep themselves updated," recommends Wright.

Ahmad Al Ahmad CIO of Nakheel, said, "Dubai already has a robust construction sector. Being a frontrunner in using 3D printing for buildings, will further take Dubai ahead of other markets in this sector and set an example globally for others." - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395298334078.html


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Jawaher Al Qasimi attends Sharjah Business Women Forum in London

posted on 31/07/2016

LONDON, 31st July, 2016 (WAM) -- Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of H.H the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) and Honorary Chairperson of the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC), has participated in the opening ceremony of the Sharjah Business Women Forum in London, UK.

Organised by NAMA and held at the capital city's Royal Automobile Club, the forum was established as a platform to discuss ways of strengthening joint cooperation between British and Emirati businesswomen and entrepreneurs. Among those attending were Ameera BinKaram, Deputy Chairperson of NAMA and Chairperson of SBWC; Alya Al Mazroui, Wife of the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to United Kingdom; Dr. Afnan Al Shuaibi, Secretary General and CEO of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce; Haifa Al Kaylani, Founder Chairperson of the Arab International Women's Forum and Noura Al Noman, Chairperson of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.

Also in attendance were members of SBWC and over 200 business women from across various sectors in the UK and UAE.

"The UAE has always stressed the importance of empowering and supporting women out of its belief in the vital role they play in contributing to the advancement of the community. Women are essential partners and play a crucial role in building the state, and achieving the comprehensive sustainable development. We will continue to provide them with all forms of support to enhance their involvement in public life, and create more achievements that will be added to the UAE's record of accomplishments," said Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.

"At NAMA we strive to build and nurture women's capabilities and elevate their achievements, continuing the vision and efforts of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. These efforts have yielded the results we see in all Emirati women today. They now have greater ambition, the ability to highlight their innovation and creativity and the skills to overcome any obstacle," added H.H.

H.H. invited the British business women and entrepreneurs to visit Sharjah and learn more about the emirate's pioneering experience and efforts advancing women in the economic sector. She said, "Sharjah offers ideal investment and business opportunities, and its business market is characterised by the having a large and stimulating investment facilities. We emphasise that British businesswomen have great opportunity to forge strategic partnerships with the Sharjah Business Women, to launch joint development projects which are beneficial for both of them."

Held for the second consecutive year, the SBW Forum in London featured two discussion panels on ways to empower women and strengthen their role in economic and social life. The event enabled participants to outline their experiences in the field of entrepreneurship and highlighted the successes they have achieved with their own businesses.

Attendees praised the generous patronage that Sharjah's businesswomen enjoy from H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and the great support they receive from his wife, Sheikha Jawaher, which has greatly contributed to strengthening the position of Sharjah as an attractive investment emirate and one that encourages women to enter into the world of entrepreneurship.

Ameera BinKaram reviewed the business environment in Sharjah and the facilities and services offered by the emirate to businesswomen and entrepreneurs. She highlighted the most important projects and activities carried out by NAMA and the entities and initiatives that fall under its umbrella to enhance the emirate's business environment for women.

BinKaram pointed to the strong relationship between Sharjah and the UK and reiterated that the main goal of the forum was to attract British businesswomen who are looking for opportunities in various fields in the Middle East. She stressed the forum's role as a platform to exchange views, identify needs and facilitate partnerships between UAE businesswomen and their counterparts in the UK, saying that it was an important annual event that facilitates the building of long-term business relationships between the two countries. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics-emirates/1395298319342.html


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Ohood Al Roumi launches first of its kind training programme for Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers

posted on 31/07/2016

Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, has announced the selection of 60 Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers representing federal and local government entities.

The candidates will undergo a practical, comprehensive, and intense training programme, the first of its kind on a global level, as of September, to become the first generation of Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers in the UAE Government.

Al Roumi explained that selecting these talented young nationals to the newly created role mirrors the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who called for the creation of happy and positive work environments in all government entities. All ministries need to be ministries of happiness when it comes to their policies, programmes, and services, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed noted, and to contribute to the establishment of a happy and positive society.

The Minister of State for Happiness went on to assert that training the Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers reflects the future-oriented thinking of the UAE Government, which firmly believes that building the future requires foresight and knowledge, and anticipates its challenges by launching initiatives, policies, and programmes, as well as training generations of specialists in various fields.

She said the principles of happiness and positivity are gaining traction around the world as a response to the rapid changes we're witnessing, and stemming from a new understanding of government work as a means to instil happiness in society. The UAE is the first country in the world to create the position of Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers, and the first to develop a training programme of this kind.

As part of the preparations to launch the Happiness and Positivity Training Programme, Al Roumi signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California – Berkley, to train the Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers to understand the ‘science of happiness' and implement it.

The Minister of State also signed an agreement with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University, to train the candidates on how to employ mindfulness principles to spread happiness and positivity.

The Minister of State for Happiness stressed the importance of forging partnerships with top scientific institutions and global organisations to promote positivity and teamwork in the government sector and make happiness and positivity a staple of the government and the community, underlining the vital role that the Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers can play in this area.

Al Roumi went on to thank the various government departments for their cooperation with the projects and initiatives of the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity, and their swift implementation of the Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers initiative, all of which is intended to make the UAE one of the happiest countries in the world.

The Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers play a key role in coordinating the government's efforts towards the adoption and implementation of initiatives aimed at creating a happier society. They work to implement the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity and coordinate between the internal ‘Happiness Councils' established by and within each ministry and government department.

The programme was designed to equip a new generation of national leaders with world-class knowledge and practical skills in the field of happiness, allowing them to implement initiatives that promote happiness and positivity as a culture and an approach to government work. It mixes cognitive and practical aspects to equip the Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers with the necessary skills to turn abstract ideas into tangible projects, and to coordinate efforts within their respective departments in order to turn happiness and positivity into a daily practice and launch initiatives that can change people's lives.

The programme consists of five pillars (top-tier international partners were chosen to implement each of them): the science of happiness and positivity, mindfulness, leading a happy team, happiness and policies in government work, and measuring happiness. The programme will be implemented in a timespan of five months starting in September of this year, and concluding in January 2017.

The programme includes lectures, seminars, educational benchmarking visits to see the best global practices and experiences in the field, and a set of applications and workshops. Participants will design and implement projects to promote happiness and positivity in government departments and society at large.

The National Programme for Happiness and Positivity has received nearly 200 nominations from federal and local governments, and has selected Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers from among them on the basis of qualifications and professionalism, as well as positivity, energy, and ability to influence people and spread happiness. Candidates underwent a series of tests and interviews to assess their leadership skills and their ability to implement happiness and positivity initiatives.

Al Roumi signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California – Berkley to implement of the Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers training programme, and develop national capacities in the field of happiness and its practical applications. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298310684.html


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EPAA centres attracting increasing visitors this summer

posted on 31/07/2016

The wildlife and environmental conservation centres run by Sharjah's Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) are attracting huge numbers of visitors this summer.

A series of EPAA programmes, activities and events have been credited with raising the profile of wildlife protection and environmental conservation, across Sharjah, with the authority continuing to play a role in building awareness among UAE citizens and residents.

Classified as centres of environmental tourism, the EPAA's protected areas are also becoming a key attraction for a growing number of eco-tourists. With the increasing number of visitors recorded this summer, so far, the EPAA has announced that it has enhanced the visitor experience by offering more air conditioned areas, in order to alleviate the hot temperatures, at this time of year. This will clearly allow for a more comfortable environment and enjoyment for visitors, during the summer months.

In terms of the summer events programme, the EPAA's Sharjah Desert Park, is an attraction that is home to many species of animal and has evolved into a complex that fuses elements of scientific enquiry, culture and entertainment.

Other centres, such as the Arabian Wildlife Centre, which was officially opened in 1999 by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum, offer visitors the opportunity to "travel through the ages" and discover the age of the dinosaurs, as well as to learn about the natural beauty, diversity and evolution of Sharjah's indigenous fauna and flora over millions of years.

In addition, the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife (BCEAW) is a base for scientific studies and research into the conservation of bio-diversity in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Islamic Botanical Garden is also the first of its kind in the Middle East and lends a focus to essential Islamic teachings and perspectives, based on the contemplation of Quranic verses and their meaning, in connection with modern science.

At the Children's Farm, visitors will discover a diverse environmental, educational and entertainment garden geared specifically towards families and students. The Botanical Garden contains 87 species of local plants, distributed in flowerbeds representing the different indigenous environments of Sharjah.

The EPAA seeks to translate its strategy for the conservation of its natural bio-system and, where relevant, encourage biodiversity via several programmes, initiatives and ideas that assist and develop the nature reserves under their management.

The key centres managed by the EPAA include the Wasit Wetland Centre, Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, and Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre. As educational and entertainment destinations, they each provide recreational offerings, as well as imparting knowledge and information to all visitors on the natural sciences, in general, and the desert environment in particular.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the EPAA, said, "We are keen that EPAA centres play a key role in raising awareness and through various activities, programmes and events we hope that such initiatives, aimed at promoting conservation of the environment, becomes a productive and ultimately interactive process between the public and their natural habitat." - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298308368.html


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Abdullah bin Zayed, Kerry discuss latest regional and international developments

posted on 31/07/2016

WASHINGTON, D.C: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, yesterday discussed with US Secretary of State John Kerry cooperation and bilateral relations between the UAE and the US in various fields and ways to enhance them in the light of the strong bilateral ties and the joint strategic interests.

During the meeting, held in Washington, they also reviewed a number of regional and international issues, especially the Yemeni crisis, the situation in Syria, fighting terrorism, and enhancing security and stability in the region. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298307886.html


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Higher Colleges of Technology, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus sign cooperation agreement

posted on 31/07/2016

MINSK: The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), the largest higher education institution in the UAE, and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NAS), have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of science and research training.

Sealed by Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of HCT, and Professor Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the Presidium of NAS, in Minsk, the agreement provides for the exchange of scientific information, mutual visits of scientists and researchers, organising joint seminars, workshops and training programmes to promote research in areas of mutual interest, as well as the training of the academic staff at the level of master's and PhD programmes besides making provision for appropriate scholarships.

The Agreement's signing is part of the efforts made by the UAE to achieve by 2021 a sustainable and diverse knowledge economy by making investments in human capital development and training of students with modern skills.

Al Shamsi said the five-year agreement would focus on scientific research which plays an important role in building knowledge wealth.

For his part, Professor Gusakov said the agreement would open up new avenues to conclude additional partnerships for advanced training programmes and post-graduate scholarships.

Founded in October 1928, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is the guiding research centre of Belarus, which unites the highly-skilled scientists of different specialties and dozens of research, scientific-production, design and inculcation organisations. The staff of the Academy of Sciences includes more than 18,000 researchers, technicians and supporting personnel. There are about 5,870 Researchers, 482 Doctors of Sciences and 1,822 Candidates of Sciences (equivalent to Ph.D.), 247 Professors and 506 Associate Professors among them. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298322718.html


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Musanada and ADEC complete schools rehabilitation project in Western Region

posted on 31/07/2016

Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) has announced that rehabilitation works of Khonoor and Al Huweiteen Schools are almost completed and that both schools would eventually be handed over to Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) at the start of the new 2016/2017 academic year.

This comes as part of Musanada's efforts to realise the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to carry out the projects that capture the attention and close follow up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, aimed to provide advanced educational facilities supporting the creation of well-informed and educated generation.

"The Khonoor and Al Huweiteen Schools rehabilitation project has attracted close attention and follow up by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, as the leadership is keen on delivering facilities and institutions that will provide high-quality, advanced educational programmes, to create and establish a knowledge community through a nurturing educational environment which will be appropriate for future generations," noted Saeed AlMehairbi, Buildings Director and Acting Education Director, at Musanada.

"Works in the AED17.5-million rehabilitation project started immediately while students leaving the school after school hours, in order to deliver the project within the scheduled timeline and to maintain privacy of the female students during school hours," he added.

For his part, Eng. Khalid Al Ansari, Infrastructure Acting Director at ADEC, stated that Abu Dhabi Education Council is keen to provide the appropriate educational environment to our male and female students, ensuring continuous maintenance and rigorous follow up of school buildings, in addition to setting out plans for development, rehabilitation and improvement of school buildings in line with latest international standards regarding educational facilities and ADEC's vision to make schools a main hub for learning, knowledge and development of creative capabilities.

Al Ansari added that ADEC ensures that school buildings meet sustainability requirements and HSE criteria, and that they are properly designed for all categories of students, particularly those with special needs.

Musanada managed to deliver this project with a built up area of more than 2,000 square meters within a record time of less than six months. The internal yards of classroom sections were encircled and closed, installing an alternative A/C system to create a clean and healthy environment, preventing high temperature and dust at times of storms.

In addition, special shades were installed to surround the internal yards, facilitating the physical activities of female students while maintaining complete privacy, and replacing the floor of the corridors leading to classrooms, in line with a well-devised process that managed to preserve raw materials and reduce construction time. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298319763.html


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SEWA to cut water leakage by 30%

posted on 31/07/2016

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is planning to reduce wastage of water by 30 per cent, said a top official.

Dr Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of the authority, said that with the support of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the SEWA is planning to implement best practices in the field of water conservation. The authority, in coordination with international companies, is working on reducing the water wastage due to leakages in pipelines in order to achieve 30 per cent of water consumption rationalisation.

Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a meeting held on Sunday with a visiting Singaporean delegation to discuss the methods of upgrading water networks and reducing the wastage due to leakage, Dr Al Leem said that the authority is making great efforts to achieve sustainability and declare Sharjah as city of rationalisation.

He said that as part of its strategic plan and vision of 2020, the SEWA works on evaluating the function of water networks to minimise the wastage. "The water networks in Sharjah stretch over 3,000km and carry 110 million gallons daily. It works based on international technical standards using environment-friendly materials to ensure quality of water," he said.

Highlighting the innovative projects that aimed at achieving sustainability in the field of water supply, Dr Al Leem said that the first project includes a system of storing ground water in spread areas, which could be used in the time of high demand or emergency. The second innovative project includes devices to detect the internal leakages in residential buildings and on premises of government and private institutions.

He noted that the authority is implementing international standards in water production and distribution. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/sharjah/sewa-to-cut-water-leakage-by-30


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DP World takes over Canada container terminal

posted on 31/07/2016

DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, has signed a long-term lease agreement for the expansion and operation of Canada's multi-purpose Rodney Container Terminal at Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada.

It will start running existing operations on January 1, 2017, and work in partnership with the Saint John Port Authority on a planned expansion programme expected to be completed in 2021, with the lease continuing for 30 years after.

DP World already operates the Centerm terminal in Vancouver, the Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert and the Duke Point Terminal in Nanaimo. Its entry into Saint John will focus on Canada's trade with Europe and Latin America, increasing sector competition in eastern Canada.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO, DP World, said: "We believe that the future growth prospects for the port are strong. Our investments and commitment to Canada are for the long term, contributing to trade and the development of its national and local economies as well as providing employment for people with a leader of world trade. Our international experience and expertise will be further enhanced with this project."

Jim Quinn, CEO, Saint John Port Authority, said: "The commitments that DP World has made to invest in equipment and systems, commercial promotion and sustainability are critical for the long-term success of the project."

DP World's involvement in Saint John is expected to bring significant benefits to importers and exporters in New Brunswick and the Maritimes, a region of Canada that also includes other Atlantic provinces Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The Rodney Container Terminal is a multi-purpose terminal handling container traffic in Saint John, the only Atlantic Canada port that is served by the country's Class I railways, Canada National Railway and Canada Pacific Railway (CP) and is CP's only Atlantic gateway port.

The lease will follow the Port Authority's completion of the expansion works, which will create a 350-metre deep-water berth, an enhanced stacking area and a 12,000 foot intermodal rail yard capable of handling a full train. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/local/dp-world-takes-over-canada-container-terminal



SEWA to cut water leakage by 30%

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is planning to reduce wastage of water by 30 per cent, said a top official.

Dr Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of the authority, said that with the support of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the SEWA is planning to implement best practices in the field of water conservation. The authority, in coordination with international companies, is working on reducing the water wastage due to leakages in pipelines in order to achieve 30 per cent of water consumption rationalisation.

Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a meeting held on Sunday with a visiting Singaporean delegation to discuss the methods of upgrading water networks and reducing the wastage due to leakage, Dr Al Leem said that the authority is making great efforts to achieve sustainability and declare Sharjah as city of rationalisation.

He said that as part of its strategic plan and vision of 2020, the SEWA works on evaluating the function of water networks to minimise the wastage. "The water networks in Sharjah stretch over 3,000km and carry 110 million gallons daily. It works based on international technical standards using environment-friendly materials to ensure quality of water," he said.

Highlighting the innovative projects that aimed at achieving sustainability in the field of water supply, Dr Al Leem said that the first project includes a system of storing ground water in spread areas, which could be used in the time of high demand or emergency. The second innovative project includes devices to detect the internal leakages in residential buildings and on premises of government and private institutions.

He noted that the authority is implementing international standards in water production and distribution. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/sharjah/sewa-to-cut-water-leakage-by-30


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Emirates Auction, Al Jalila Foundation sign cooperation agreement to boost Humanitarian Work

posted on 31/07/2016

Emirates Auction, the world leading company in hosting, organising and managing public auctions of all kinds, and Al Jalila Foundation, the leading institution in support of education and research in the medical sector, signed a cooperation agreement that aims at consolidating their partnership in organising and conducting auctions dedicated to humanitarian work in line with the foundation line of activities.

The agreement reflects both sides' efforts and anticipations in consolidating noble values and community objectives in social responsibility. The agreement is expected to activate and utilise both sides' efforts and experiences in strengthening and expanding the culture of giving and caring among society's individuals so it becomes more effective in developing education and fostering scientific and medical-focused research.

The agreement was signed by in Dubai by Dr. Abdulkareem Al Olama, Chief Executive Officer of Al Jalila Foundation, and Abdulla Matar Al Mannai, Executive Director of Emirates Auction, with the attendance of various directors and executives from both sides.

Cooperation between both sides will include the handing of "Guinness World Records" certificates that were received after some collectibles were sold at the charity auction that the foundation and Emirates Auction have hosted in November 2015 for bringing support to medical research.

Dr. Abdulkareem Al Olama said: "As a non-profit international leading body, the foundation exerts its efforts in elevating the level of life of individuals whom represent the pillars of any society through empowering them in education and strengthening research in medical and healthcare areas to foster treatment capabilities and qualifications in the UAE that come in line with the wise vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum."

Al Olama expressed his gratitude to Emirates Auction and his confidence in its capabilities in organising series of charity auctions urging various segments of society, individuals and institutions, to donate to possess big sets of collectibles that are put on display for the interested public who cares.

From his side, Abdulla Matar Al Mannai stressed that signing the agreement and announcing the "Guinness World Records" certificates represent a strong support from Emirates Auction to Al Jalila Foundation, which sponsors and supports healthcare research dedicated to curing various intractable diseases such as Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer and Heart that deserve the kind of support for its noble goals.

Al Mannai added: "Emirates Auction will work in coordination with Al Jalila Foundation in organising charity auctions that will contribute in supporting humanitarian and medical work and consolidating social responsibility, in line with the directions of the UAE and its wise leadership in boosting the culture of giving, caring and supporting charity work and initiatives." - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298322995.html


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ERC renovates health centre in Broom directorate, Hadramout

posted on 31/07/2016

AL MUKALA: Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has face-lifted the health centre in Broom directorate in Hadramout Governorate, Yemen.

The move comes within the framework of the ERC's drive to restore and normalise the lives of people in the wake of recent events in Hadramout governorate.

The UAE ERC team confirmed that the authority has completed the first phase of the restoration and maintenance of the building and provided interior equipment. The team said the opening of the health centre, the only one in the directorate, will cater to a large segment of the people.

Technical Director at the Health Centre, Ahmed Bazarah, thanked the United Arab Emirates and the ERC for their efforts in the rehabilitation of infrastructure in Hadramout and the health centre that serves residents of the directorate and its neighbouring areas.

The renovation of this centre is part of the ERC's wider programme to restore damaged infrastructure. Several health centres have been so far rehabilitated and delivered to competent authorities to offer badly needed medical services. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –

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Big Heart Foundation provides food to 17,000 people in Gaza

posted on 31/07/2016

Sharjah-based humanitarian project The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), has teamed up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to meet the vital food needs of 17,000 of the poorest non-refugees in the Gaza Strip for one month.

Through this partnership TBHF will help WFP transfer funds in the form of food electronic cards to families in need. The food card allows families to buy the nutritious food of their choice at retailers in their neighbourhoods partnering with WFP.

Food e-cards or WFP's Cash Based Transfers (CBTs) contribute to supporting the local economy including 75 local retailers and food producers and processers. More than US$110 million were invested in Palestine's economy through CBTs since 2011.

"The Big Heart Foundation works to alleviate hardships experienced by Arab families across the globe and is continuously involved in assessing programmes that it could help with," said Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF's ‘Salam Ya Seghar' initiative. "We were attracted to this particular project because it provides food for those in need and, most importantly, it does so by providing them with choice. WFP's food e-cards empowers its recipients by letting them decide when and where to shop and what foods to choose."

WFP's CBT programme in Palestine is providing financial support to more than 170,000 non-refugees, including around 72,000 people living in the five governorates of the Gaza Strip. This includes the Gaza, Khan Yunis, North Gaza, Deir al-Balah (Middle Area) and Rafah.

"There is a real need for assistance in the Gaza Strip, as more than 75 percent of households that WFP assist include children and women. Women are sole or primary earners in approximately 25 percent of households WFP provides assistance to and many of them are elderly, have health issues or special needs. By teaming up with the WFP we know that we are working with an organisation that is best able to identify the families most in need for assistance," added Al Hammadi.

She also highlighted the other benefits of working with WFP, the world's largest humanitarian agency, through its CBT programme, revealing how the food e-card system has a multiplier positive effect on the local economy especially in the light of a struggling local economy.

In Palestine WFP is regularly providing basic food assistance to nearly 500,000 of the poorest people in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Assistance is delivered through in-kind food and CBTs in addition to nutrition awareness sessions.

"We are delighted to launch this new partnership with The Big Heart Foundation in support of the poorest Palestinians in Gaza," said WFP Representative and Country Director Daniela Owen.

"Poverty and food insecurity are linked to the protracted conflict in Palestine. They can be better fought through partnerships that support innovative and sustainable solutions. WFP`s assistance through the Cash-Based-Transfer ensures that poor people's basic food and nutritional needs are met, whilst also providing valuable impact of supporting small-medium businesses in the face of economic hardship," said Owen. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international-aid/1395298314468.html


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Over 270m riders used mass transit means in Dubai during the first half of 2016

posted on 31/07/2016

The ridership of public transport means (Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Dubai Bus, marine transit modes and taxis) in Dubai during the first half of this year clocked at 273,452,791 riders compared with 271,302,000 riders during the first half of last year, according to data revealed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) .

"The number of Dubai Metro commuters, using both the Red and Green lines had soared considerably during the first six month of 2016 to reach 96,486,495 riders compared to 88,252,034 riders during the same period of 2015. 61,204,743 riders recording a significant increase when compared with the number reported during the same period last year, which was 55,783,626 riders, used the Red Line during the first half of this year. Equally, the ridership of the Green Line jumped from 32,468,408 riders in the first six months of 2015 to 35,281,752 riders in the first six months of this year. A total of 2,535,429 riders used Dubai Tram in the first half of 2016 compared with 2,552,756 riders using this mode in the same period of 2015," Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said.

"Public buses have served 69,922,328 riders in the first six months of this year. Dubai Bus service has accounted for the largest share of bus ridership recording 44,835,999 riders, followed by metro stations feeder service that was used by 16,434,997 riders, and the intercity bus service, which lifted 5,566,279 riders. 3,085,000 riders used the rented bus service provided to public and private entities.

"The marine transit means, comprising abra, water bus, water taxi and Dubai Ferry had lifted 7,140,858 riders during the first half of this year. 6,714,884 riders used Abras, waterbus served 324,921 riders, Dubai Ferry carried 74,330 riders, and the water taxi served 26,723 riders. Taxis operating in Dubai (Dubai Taxi and franchise company taxis) made 48,683,977 trips during the first half of this year, lifting 97,367,954 passengers," added the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors.

Al Tayer was delighted with the great results reflected in increased ridership of public transport means, which are showing sustainable growth despite the public transport means have yet to be completed in the Emirate. The results epitomize the strategic drive of RTA to cut the use of private vehicles and augment the use of mass transit means in a bid to make them the favourite mobility choice of people in the Emirate. RTA strives to push the share of public transport means in the mobility of people to as high as 30 percent by 2030. The share of public transport in people's mobility has soared from 6 percent in 2006 to 15 percent in 2015, and the rate is expected to reach 16 percent by the end of this year. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298314190.html


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Abu Dhabi Total WRT take control of Rally Finland with Kris Meeke

posted on 31/07/2016

FINLAND: A perfect day's racing on the ultra-fast roads of Rally Finland left Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle top of the overall standings.

At the end of the opening leg, the British-Irish crew leads the rally by 18.1s. With Craig Breen and Scott Martin fighting for a place on the podium, it is fair to say that the Abu Dhabi Total WRT had a very positive day! Following Thursday evening's super special stage, Rally Finland got properly underway this morning with an opening loop made up of five timed stages: Mokkipera, Halinen, Jukojarvi, Surkee and Horka. On SS2, Kris Meeke did not seem to be too troubled by the damp conditions which were expected to make his starting position less favourable. The Abu Dhabi Total claimed the stage win to take the early overall lead. Craig Breen also got off to a flying start with the seventh fastest time.

Mainly challenged by Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tanak for the lead, Kris Meeke was initially involved in a close battle at the front. But his rivals' minor mistakes meant they were unable to keep pace with the Northern Irishman. After a second stage win on SS5, the Ulsterman's lead was almost twenty seconds at the mid-leg service.

Very comfortable throughout the morning, Craig Breen set a superb third fastest time on Surkee. He therefore moved ahead of Mikkelsen and Neuville to snatch fourth position. However, on the last stage of the morning loop, he opted to run straight on after braking slightly too late into a corner to avoid running the risk of going off. He lost a few seconds and therefore made it back to mid-leg service sixth overall. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/sports-international/1395298338830.html


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Modhesh World launches Young Author Award 2016

posted on 31/07/2016

The 17th edition of Modhesh World has just become a creative writer's haven for children who dream of becoming authors. This year the region's popular indoor theme park has launched the Modhesh World Young Author Award 2016, which aims to highlight the edutainment element of the theme park and boost creativity among children.

The novel competition is inspired by the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage the educational empowerment of the younger generation. This initiative will give children the opportunity to further enhance and develop their creative writing skills.

Started on July 28, and running till August 21, the competition is open to children from the age of seven to 13 who have a passion for writing and yearn to try their hand at penning their first story at Modhesh World. They will visualise their very own fiction story starring the loveable Modhesh while incorporating their thrilling experience of a plethora of rides, games and immersive activities in an indoor theme park setting.

All they have to do is register for the competition by visiting any Information desk at Modhesh World to collect their registration booklets during their visit, and then go back home and write out their story in not more than 350 words. Participants can submit their scanned stories to Modhesh World via email (to [email protected]), or by submitting their write-ups in Modhesh World's Media Centre located in hall No.6 of Dubai World Trade Centre.

Shortlisted stories will then be reviewed by prominent local writers and authors, the entries will be judged on the basis of handwriting skills, creativity, and language. Six winners - three in the English category and three in the Arabic category - will walk away with cash prizes, of Dh3,000, Dh2,000 and Dh1,000, for first, second and third place respectively on August 25, during the grand finale of the competition, set to take place in Modhesh World.

Highlighting the importance of this initiative, Laila Mohammed Suhail, CEO of the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), and the organisers of Modhesh World, said: "We are very pleased to launch the Modhesh World Young Author Award 2016, especially since it reflects His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision for offering valuable learning opportunities to the younger generation and to empower the youth of today with key educational elements and attributes. It also embodies our main objective of organising Modhesh World, which is inspiring young minds through fun and entertainment."

"Through this competition we aim to highlight the educational offerings at the theme park- where every step is not just an exhilarating adventure but it is also an invaluable learning opportunity" Laila Suhail added.

Since its launch in 2000, Modhesh World has been the ideal place for children of all ages and nationalities to make new friends, learn something new through various immersive activities, cherish family bonding moments and come away exhilarated after trying the various action packed offerings at the theme park. Modhesh World Young Author Award 2016 is just one of the many novel initiatives introduced at Modhesh World 2016.

For Competition registration: Visit Modhesh World's information desk and collect registration booklets inclusive of: Modhesh World background, Modhesh's Profile, list of Modhesh World attractions, registrations forms, and rules and regulations. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/local/modhesh-world-launches-young-author-award-2016


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