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UAE a model for women's empowerment: Minister

posted on 29/08/2016

Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, stressed on Sunday that the UAE has become a global model for women's empowerment in various sectors including the judicial authority.

In a statement on the occasion of Emirati Women's Day, observed on 28th August every year, he said there are Emirati women working in public prosecution and administrative jobs, thanks to the initiatives and efforts of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

Today, Emirati women account for 66 per cent of government jobs and 30 per cent of leading positions in the decision-making circles, including in the Ministry of Justice, he said.

At the ministry, women occupy more than 40 per cent of administrative jobs and 30 per cent of oversight jobs, he added.

On the occasion, the minister greeted the UAE leaders, namely, 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, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Member and Rulers of the Emirates.

He noted that they have adopted women's empowerment as a national priority. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299274514.html


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ADNOC announces pledges in celebration of Emirati Women’s Day

posted on 29/08/2016

As part of a wider strategy to enhance performance, profitability and efficiency, the ADNOC announced on Sunday three women empowerment pledges on the occasion of Emirati Women's Day.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the Minister of State and CEO of ADNOC, said, "ADNOC is proud to be making commitments to help realise the vision of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (Mother of the Nation), aimed at ensuring that Emirati women play a greater role in the UAE's economic prosperity."

He added, "ADNOC has always played a valuable and crucial role in the UAE's socio-economic development, and we remain dedicated to empowering both, our Emirati women and men."

At the end of the event held for ADNOC employees, Dr. Al Jaber announced that ADNOC will seek to appoint one female CEO across its group of operating companies. He also set a target to ensure 15 percent of its senior managers will be women, and added a third goal of increasing the number of new Emirati women recruits to 30 percent by 2020.

In the Middle East, three percent of employees in the oil and gas sector are female. At ADNOC, that number is 10 percent, of which 71 percent are Emiratis. ADNOC, across its group of companies, has several existing measures in place to advance women through their careers, and the launch of the new goals will further reinforce the Group's lead on empowering women in the oil and gas sector in the region.

Dr. Al Jaber said, "At ADNOC, we recognise the value of gender equality and women empowerment, not only because it's the right thing to do, but also because it makes business sense. Firms with more women are more profitable, and as ADNOC strengthens its business with a focus on people, performance, profitability and efficiency, investing in women's inclusion and empowerment will form a core component of our People Strategy."

ADNOC's women empowerment strategy is based on secondary research that shows when both men and women are well represented in leadership positions, women bring different perspectives, impact, and diversity of experience to the workplace, leading to more innovative business solutions.

A study by Credit Suisse found that companies with more than 15 percent women in top management achieve significantly higher return on equity and valuation than companies with less than 10 percent women in leadership positions. Studies have also shown that a more diverse workforce has resulted in higher levels of productivity and creativity.

Alongside the three goals, Dr. Al Jaber unveiled four enabling initiatives, including an ADNOC oil and gas asset to be managed by women. The asset under consideration is Al Rumaitha oil field.

The other three initiatives announced are the creation of a Gender Policy Framework; the setting up of ADNOC's first Women's Network; and a Women's Leadership Development Programme. The Women's Network will enable women's views to be channelled through the company on business and career specific matters, and the Women's Leadership Development Programme will focus on accelerating the leadership growth of women through a wide range of learning activities.

Dr. Al Jaber said, "We are focussed on cultivating a performance driven organisation and on recruiting, retaining and advancing both, women and men, from the UAE, ensuring that we enable them to attain their full potential. In the process, we will create opportunities for future generations, thus forging a lasting legacy of growth, increased prosperity and a stronger society.

"Gender diversity in leadership positions contributes to innovative thinking that drives competitive advantage. We believe in leading by example, and we want ADNOC women and men to be leaders across all areas of science, engineering and management," Dr. Al Jaber added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299263882.html


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FCSA launches "Emaratiyah - the UAE’s Inspiring Women" book

posted on 29/08/2016

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairwoman of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, FCSA, has unveiled "Emaratiyah - the UAE's Inspiring Women", a special edition book that documents the journey of 24 inspiring Emirati women who contributed to the development of the UAE and prospered in different domains of life such as economic, cultural, scientific and social.

The women featured in the book attended the launch event that took place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai yesterday, along with the independent judging panel that worked on the selection criteria, media representatives and FCSA team members who worked on the production of the book.

Al Hashimy welcomed the audience with a special keynote speech, and extended congratulations to the leadership of the UAE headed by 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 their highnesses the Rulers and Crown Princes of the Emirates on the occasion of the Emirati Women's Day.

Al Hashimy also extended congratulations to H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

In her address, she stressed that women's empowerment has always been one of the key indicators of a nation's social and economic progress and development. She also highlighted that societies simply cannot sustain a comprehensive development agenda without the full and active participation of women in the community. She also indicated that the role of Emirati women has rapidly expanded and evolved since the establishment of the union and their contributions are visible in all aspects of UAE life.

Quoting His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's note on how the UAE enables its society via the empowerment of women, Al Hashimy said that the Emirati women's journey towards success and prosperity in the UAE was inked by the principles laid down by the country's leadership, underlined by true belief and conviction of the significant importance of women's role as a key partner in building the future of the country.

Abdulla Lootah, Director General of the FCSA, said that the authority produced that book following instructions from Reem Al Hashimy and in recognition and appreciation of the role of Emirati women in supporting the UAE's competitiveness in both individual and institutional levels. The book documents the journey of a group of inspiring Emirati women that have contributed to the development of the nation, and their progress in many different fields and domains, including economic, social, cultural, scientific and entertainment, and who have achieved ranks and accomplishments that are on a par with the most advanced nations in the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -

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NMC launches Customer Satisfaction Index

posted on 29/08/2016

The National Media Council, NMC, has launched the Customer Satisfaction Index in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

On the occasion of the launch in Al Ain, Mansour Al Mansouri, Acting Director-General of the NMC, highlighted the importance of listening to customers' views and their expectations to provide them with the best services.

He urged NMC staff to innovate in the provision of services, submit ideas that will promote customer satisfaction and improve overall services provided by the National Media Council.

He added that the NMC seeks to implement the goal of the federal government to improve the services provided and increase customers satisfaction. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395299242693.html


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Ministry of Economy to launch Tourism Leadership Programme in October

posted on 29/08/2016

The Ministry of Economy will hold its ‘Tourism Leadership Programme' from October 30 to November 3, 2016, in collaboration with the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Themis Foundation.

The programme falls under the framework of the Emirates Host initiative launched recently by the ministry, and aims to enhance capabilities of the tourism sector and support the preparation for a strategic integrated five-year development plan. The plan seeks to raise the efficiency of the UAE's tourism workforce, improve service levels, and build local capacities.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, said, "The development of the tourism sector and the enhancement of its contributions to the national economy are among the main pillars supporting economic diversification and promoting policies for a post-oil economy."

The minister also emphasised that the ministry would continue to work on developing a national tourism strategy that covers plans, initiatives and programmes at the federal and local levels over the next five years. The strategy will promote and market the UAE as a tourism destination by creating a unified destination identity and supporting and strengthening each emirate's unique tourism potentials.

Mohammed Khamis Al Muhairi, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Economy, added that the ministry is coordinating with the UN World Tourism Organisation and Themis Foundation, which is responsible for implementing training and educational programmes, to prepare an extensive tourism training plan, which will include many of the training programmes and interactive workshops tailored for citizens working in the tourism sector.

The Tourism Leadership Programme is an intensive training course focussed on strengthening the foundations of leadership and communication in tourism through theoretical and practical approaches. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics-international/1395299257339.html


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Sharjah Summer promotional campaigns boosts hotel sector performance

posted on 29/08/2016

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, SCTDA, has said that this year's international summer campaign had a positive impact on tourist numbers in the emirate.

The promotional campaigns played a major role in the revitalisation of the tourist season as the number of visitors booking accommodation in the emirate increased in the summer season, with travellers from the GCC still topping the charts.

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, said that the campaign launched by SCTDA and other government entities formed a strong collaborative strategy to promote Sharjah as a leading family destination in the region throughout the year.

He explained that the campaigns organised by Sharjah Tourism in cooperation with the emirate's hotels, which included a 20.6% deduction on accommodation rates, came as part of a promotional campaign launched halfway through this year under the name, ‘Sharjah, My Family Destination'.

The latest Sharjah Tourism statistics reported that hotels in the emirate received AED378 million in revenues during the first half of the year, a 7% increase from the same period last year. Occupancy rates during H1 2016 reached 62%, as 878,006 hotel guests spent a total of 1.99 million nights across all establishments, a 19% increase compared to the first half of last year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299240542.html


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Mubadala and ADSC sign MoU

posted on 29/08/2016

The Mubadala Development Company, Mubadala, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, ADSC, to strengthen and expand its community outreach programme.

The agreement includes the addition of two community cycling competitions in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, a long-distance running event, the expansion of the Mubadala Football Tournament, to be renamed as Mubadala Community Football League and the expansion of the Mubadala Community Tennis Cup season, which will now run for 3 weeks.

Speaking at the signing, Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of ADSC, said, "We are always keen to activate partnerships with governmental institutions, which contribute to strengthening the development of sports and the community. We look forward to working with our partners at Mubadala to build on the successes they have already achieved through their community engagement programme, by expanding this even further."

Khaled Al Qubaisi, Group Chief Human Capital Officer and Community Wellbeing Ambassador at Mubadala, said, "Through our programmes and partnerships, our aim is not only to empower UAE nationals to realise opportunities in various business sectors which serve Abu Dhabi's economic diversification, but also to support the development of a well-rounded generation."

The MoU includes cooperation between Mubadala and ADSC in events covering tennis, football, cycling and long-distance running, mostly taking place at Zayed Sports City. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/sports/1395299240348.html


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New group of female recruits to join on 17th September

posted on 29/08/2016

The National and Reserve Service Authority has announced that the new fifth batch of Emirati female recruits will join on 17th September at Khawla Bint Al Azwar Military School for Girls.

The authority noted that those eligible for this recruitment are candidates between ages 18- 30, and they should submit applications at Al Nahyan camp in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain camp in Al Ain, Liwa camp in Western Region, Al Rahmania camp in Sharjah, and Al Manama camp in Ajman.

The authority noted that the training programme has been updated to ensure the achievement of goals that benefit the recruits and contribute towards building effective and strong characters, capable of defending the homeland and preserving its gains whether at times of peace or war. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299255890.html


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National women doctors launch initiative to treat a million women

posted on 29/08/2016

A group of national doctors with the Zayed Giving Initiative have launched a humanitarian campaign to treat one million women in various countries as part of the UAE's interest in backing women both locally and globally.

Announced on the occasion of Emirati Women's Day, observed on 28th August every year, the campaign will be run in partnership with the Saudi German Hospitals Group, the Arab Foundation for Humanitarian Work and the Emirates Volunteer Centre.

The campaign is in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

A group of national and international medical doctors will participate in the year-long campaign.

Head of the Zayed Giving Initiative, Dr. Adel Al Shameri, said the UAE leadership, namely President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, takes a keen interest in the role women play in society as well as in their success in various sectors.

CEO of the Saudi German Hospital Dubai, Dr. Reem Osman, who is also Humanitarian Ambassador for the Sheikh Zayed Giving Initiative, said the new campaign is aimed at curbing the spread of chronic diseases among women. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international-aid/1395299271416.html


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Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road opened in Hadramaut

posted on 29/08/2016

MUKALA: Major General Ahmed Saeed bin Brik, Governor of Hadramaut, yesterday opened the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Road, which links Ghayl, al-Suda' and al-Shahr.

It is an international route that links the governorates of Hadramaut and Al Mahrah, as well as the Sultanate of Oman.

The move is part of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (ERC) campaign to rebuild the infrastructure and to restore normal life in Yemen.

The event was attended by Mattar Al Ketbi, Chief of the ERC Team in Hadramaut, and a number of Yemeni officials.

Major General Brik thanked the ERC for its outstanding contributions to various projects in Hadramout, especially the rebuilding of infrastructure, and carrying on the relief, health, education and other projects.

He praised the UAE's backing of Yemen, citing the continued humanitarian assistance to Yemen that dates back to the days of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a legacy sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and followed up by 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.

Al Ketbi said the ERC supervised the project to ensure it was completed on time, and as per the agreed upon specifications to alleviate the suffering of the citizens, facilitate their movement between villages and serve many agricultural areas.

The project is the first major infrastructure project by the UAE in Hadramaut, which was executed on schedule within three months of the ERC signing the contract to pave the Ghayl-Al Shahr Road, with Bin Malik Foundation in the beginning of June. The project was implemented at a total cost of over US$2.9 million. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395299270620.html


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UAE delivers more security vehicles to Yemen

posted on 29/08/2016

HADRAMAUT: The UAE has delivered a fifth batch of vehicles to the Yemeni security forces in Hadramaut as part of efforts to bolster security and stability in the Yemeni south-eastern governorate.

Director of General Security, Colonel Ahmed Omar Bajoh, who took delivery of the vehicles, thanked the UAE for extending logistic support as part of the Arab Coalition's backing for legitimacy in Yemen.

He said the UAE's initiatives help alleviate the sufferings of people affected by the events in Yemen. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international-aid/1395299265829.html


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ERC renovates three schools in Yemen's Dhala province

posted on 29/08/2016

DHALA, YEMEN: Fadl Al Ja'adi, the Governor of Yemeni province of Dhala, attended on Sunday the re-opening of three schools which were renovated by the Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC).

The school were partially damaged during the assault launched against the province by the Houthi militia and their allies, the forces of deposed President Saleh.

In a speech made after the re-opening, Al Ja'adi praised the role played by the ERC in restoring the educational infrastructure through renovation, maintenance and furnishing work.

Muhsin Al Hanq, Director of Education at the province, said the ERC is currently renovating 16 schools and will begin work to repair another 15 schools in the province. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-arab/1395299262073.html


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ADMAF takes part in New York University meeting on classical music

posted on 29/08/2016

Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, ADMAF, has recently participated in the second meeting of a major study regarding the direction and development of Western classical music as it enters the 21st century.

Initiated in 2015 by the Global Institute for Advanced Study, GIAS, at New York University, the research project, ‘The Future of Classical Music', is a three-year study which will culminate in the publication of a major report in 2018.

Held in Florence, Italy, the meeting's two-day programme generated discussions on major issues affecting the direction and development of classical music, such as the impact of the digital universe, the changing demographics of listeners, music education and the influence of economic factors on production, performance and appreciation.

ADMAF founder, Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, the working group's sole representative from the Arab world, gave a lecture on, ‘The Current State of Play: UAE and Middle East'. She outlined the development of classical music performance and practice in the countries of the Levant, North Africa and Arabian Gulf from the early 20th century to the present day.

She said, "Our histories are united through music. The universality of classical music should not be taken for granted. It is not just a well-meaning ‘line'. It is a rare treasure to be nurtured, respected and shared. This belief is at the heart of ADMAF, which creates meaningful experiences and memorable encounters that allow each and every person to take the next step on their individual, classical music journeys." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395299240960.html


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