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Abdullah bin Zayed participates in GCC FMs' meeting with Kerry, Ellwood

posted on 26/08/2016

JEDDAH: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, took part on Thursday in the joint meeting between the GCC Foreign Ministers and the United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry and British Minister for the Middle East and Africa Tobias Ellwood.

The meeting, presided over by the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir, was attended by the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the GCC Secretary-General, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

The meeting discussed the latest developments in Yemen and the current efforts to bring about peace there.

The GCC ministers renewed support to the UN envoy's efforts to reach a consensus on a road map, in the lead up to a comprehensive political and security solution in Yemen, in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiatives and the outcome of the national dialogue. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


President, VP and Mohamed bin Zayed express condolences to victims of Italy earthquake

posted on 26/08/2016

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to President Sergio Mattarella of the Italian Republic, expressing his sincere condolences and sympathies to victims of the Italy earthquake, which hit the Lazio region and resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.

He also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and the friendly people of Italy and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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, dispatched similar cables to the Italian President. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Arab League commends UAE women's achievements

posted on 26/08/2016

CAIRO: The Emirati women have made their presence felt in different walks of life thanks to the relentless efforts made by 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, in areas of development and empowerment, an Arab League official said.

'The UAE has and still been making tremendous efforts to advance and empower women who today take senior roles, especially in the decision-making process,' Enas Makkawi, Director of Women, Family and Children's Department at the League of Arab States, told the state-run news Agency (WAM) in a statement ahead of the second Emirati Women's Day on 28th August.

She noted that Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi was elected Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), the first woman to occupy the post in the Arab World, and Shamma bint Sohail Faris AlMazrui was named Minister of State for Youth Affairs, becoming the youngest female minister in the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UK Ambassador receives first Emirati students joining University of Aberdeen's Medical School

posted on 26/08/2016

The UK Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Philip Parham, received at the embassy in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday the first group of Emirati undergraduate students who will enrol in the world renowned Medical School at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The first group of five Emirati students will be admitted to a custom designed pre-medical year, which upon successful completion, leads directly to a reserved seat on the Bachelor of Medicine programme the following year.

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding last month between the University of Aberdeen and the UAE Embassy in London.

The agreement allows the allocation of five undergraduate places per year exclusively for Emirati students to study for the Bachelor of Medicine degree at the University of Aberdeen, where Medicine has been taught for over 500 years. The students are nominated by the UAE Embassy to the UK.

At the reception, the UK Ambassador said he was delighted that the University of Aberdeen has been able to develop such a unique partnership with the UAE. "This is a further testament to the strong ties between our two countries."

"This academic and medical partnership between the UAE and Aberdeen is set in the context of a relationship which is solid and dynamic, historic and modern. I am very impressed by the students' enthusiasm, ambition and sense of adventure. I am sure they will have a rewarding academic experience in Scotland. UK universities are world class. We are delighted that the UAE government has chosen Aberdeen Medical School to train a future generation of Emirati doctors," Ambassador Parham added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mexico confers decoration on UAE Ambassador

posted on 26/08/2016

BUENOS AIRES: Fernando Jorge Castro Trenti, Ambassador of Mexico to Argentina, has conferred the Order of the Aztec Eagles on Saeed Rashid Obaid Saif Al Za'abi, UAE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Argentina, a former ambassador to Mexico, to mark the end of his tenure in Mexico.

The decoration comes in recognition of the efforts made by Al Za'abi in boosting bilateral relations and his achievements since the opening of the UAE Embassy in the Mexican capital.

Al Za'abi thanked the Government of the United Mexican States and the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's decision to confer the order on him, which is the highest Mexican order awarded to foreigners in the country. He also highlighted the keenness of the UAE to develop bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE is an example for diversification of income sources: Minister of Energy

posted on 26/08/2016

Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, has said that the OPEC's current market share is at good level despite different views on the oil market.

Tweeting on his official twitter account on Saturday, he added, "We acknowledge and understand the market challenges but in my view our sector is resilient to overcome them and achieve stability soon. I believe that any future decision will require full participation from all OPEC members plus major oil producers."

Al Mazrouei said the UAE with its leadership vision, "is putting action plans for an economy that will depend less on oil revenues, a plan that others can follow for sustainable economy for future generation." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Investment in clean energy tops agenda at WETEX 2016

posted on 26/08/2016

Investing in clean energy will top the agenda of discussions during the 18th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2016) which will be organised under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

DEWA, organisers of the event to be held from 4-6 October, announced that the 18th WETEX 2016 is expected to see over 23,000 visitors and the participation of over 1,900 companies from around the globe. The key objective of the exhibition is to show the latest and major technologies and international practices of clean and renewable energy to save the environment for generations to come and preserve their right to live in a clean, healthy, and safe environment and a happy community.

Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum, aims to provide 7 per cent of Dubai's total power output from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said. "Organising WETEX under the umbrella of Green Week and in conjunction with the inaugural Dubai Solar Show will have an instrumental role in boosting investment in clean energy and raising its returns on economy and environment. We will also benefit from the position of WETEX as an international platform to highlight ideal investment solutions in this industry and its major investment opportunities in Dubai," said "UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Plan 2021 have set the roadmap that includes ambitious initiatives and development projects, which clearly define government strategies, most importantly in sustainable development," Al Tayer added.

During the exhibition, DEWA's stand will feature major renewable energy projects regionally and globally. These projects include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site project to generate electricity from solar energy in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, and total investment of US$13.6 billion (AED 50 billion) to save approximately 6.5 million tonnes per annum in emissions.

Moreover, DEWA will show the potential of cooperation with specialised companies in energy performance contracts, and with suppliers of equipment and green technologies through DEWA's Etihad Energy Services Company (ESCO).

Other pioneering initiatives that will be presented by DEWA this year are Shams Dubai, which allows customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power and connect them to DEWA's grid, the Green Charger initiative, and the Smart Applications via Smart Grids and Meters.

"The UAE attaches great importance to the diversification of its energy mix, and increasing the share of renewable and clean energy. In Dubai, we have adopted the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model to drive economic prosperity and increase investments in energy," Al Tayer concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


ERC earns Guinness World Record

posted on 26/08/2016

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has, for the third time in a row, earned a Guinness World Record after it broke the world record for collecting the largest number of clothing items, totalling 295,113 pieces.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarouni, Director of the ERC office in Dubai, said, "The collection process was implemented as part of a Ramadan humanitarian campaign carried out by the Dubai branch from early June to the 6th of July."

Al Zarouni explained that the ERC aims to strengthen its role in humanitarian areas and promote the culture of philanthropy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE to treat 1500 people injured in Yemeni war

posted on 26/08/2016

Some 1,500 people who sustained injuries in the war in Yemen will receive medical care in hospitals in the UAE, Sudan and India, the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) announced on Thursday.

The ERC in a press statement said that the humanitarian medical gesture is in implementation of directives given by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and is followed by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The move, which comes under the close follow up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, and the ERC President, underlined the continuous support provided by the UAE to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and strengthen their resilience to face the difficult circumstances they were enduring as a result of the ongoing crisis in the country.

The ERC in co-ordination with the Yemeni government has put in place all facilities required to immediately airlift the wounded to the designated hospitals.

'Fifty critical cases will be immediately airlifted to receive much-needed medical care and treatment in the UAE hospitals, while the remaining groups will be taken to hospitals in Sudan and India. A treatment programme has been prepared to treat each case according to the assessment of its health condition,' the ERC added.

The wounded are currently being cared for in Yemeni hospitals. Given the deteriorating conditions of hospitals there, particularly in terms of facilities and health cadres, the ERC has undertaken to provide medical care to these cases as part of the UAE's consistent efforts to support the legitimate government and the Yemen people.

The ERC will also bear the expenses of the health escorts travelling with the wounded as part of its psychological and moral support programme for the patients.

The ERC is also providing medical assistance to the Yemeni health sector as part of its efforts to remove obstacles it was facing and enable it to deliver healthcare services to the Yemeni people. ERC is deploying its aid workers in Yemen to assess requirements needed by the health sector and secure them.

The ERC has previously provided treatment to scores of Yemeni people injured in the war and sent medical and relief convoys in support of the Yemeni people. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE's Khalifa Foundation launches relief effort for Sudan's flood victims

posted on 26/08/2016

KASSALA: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation on Thursday launched a campaign to deliver relief to victims of the massive floods which recently swept the state of Kassala, eastern Sudan.

The move was in response to directives issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the follow-up of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa Foundation.

Ambassador of the UAE to Sudan, Hamad Mohammed Al Jenaibi, inaugurated the campaign by delivering 35 trucks carrying 330 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the local authorities.

In a speech at the inauguration, Deputy Governor of Kassala, Khedher Al-Basheer, noted that the aid will be distributed to 50,000 people accounting for 75 per cent of those affected by the floods.

Praising the UAE for the initiative which comes as part of continuous help for the people of Sudan, the official said, "The aid is not unusual for a state that is at the forefront of delivering relief to people in need. H.H. Sheikh Khalifa is walking in the steps of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan."

The ambassador of the UAE, commended the excellent relations with Sudan, the role being played by Emirati humanitarian agencies and the leaders' keen interest in humanitarian action and philanthropy. He stressed that the UAE takes a great interest in helping victims of natural disasters across the world.

Deputy Chairman of the government's committee for floods, Abdullah Adam Abbas, said the convoy was the largest to enter the state recently.

On Wednesday, a plane carrying 40 tonnes of medical aid and shelters donated by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation landed at Kassala Airport.

In addition, a convoy of 22 trucks carrying 290 tonnes of food aid procured from local markets was sent by the foundation to the Gedaref state, 250 kilometres south of Kassala. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -