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    2000 02 13 : Sunday

  • DESERTIFICATION CONFERENCE
  • ABU DHABI IS 1,000 YEARS OLD-STUDY
  • ENOC UNVEILS NEW LOGO
  • CBD POST RECORD PROFITS
  • 313 INFILTRATORS ARRESTED THIS YEAR
  • ABU DHABI PHONES TO GO SEVEN DIGITS
  • STOCK EXCHANGE AT OLD POST OFFICE
  • ORDER ON ARABIC BEING ENFORCED IN SHARJAH
  • ISO CERTIFICATE FOR MINISTRY'S DRUG LAB
  • MOH TO OPEN MORE NO SMOKING UNITS
  • DSF TO HOLD WORLDWIDE CONTEST
  • LATIFA WINS NOVICE RIDER SECTION
  • TOP FIELD FOR ENDURANCE RACE
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    DESERTIFICATION CONFERENCE

    General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, inaugurated an exhibition related to Dubai World Conference on Desertification 2000. He made a tour of the various exhibits which included environment, protection and agricultural development equipment. Sheikh Mohammed later inaugurated Dubai World Conference on Desertification, organised by Dubai International Environment Award and some other local departments. Sheikh Mohammed conveyed his appreciation and gratitude to President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his keen interest in preserving the environment and his role in combating desertification. Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE, under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has become among the leading countries in the world which succeeded to combat desertification and spread greenery. He said that one million palm trees had been planted in various parts of the country under the patronage and supervision of Sheikh Zayed. All world countries which are represented at the United Nations confirm that the UAE is the first among other countries which have succeeded to combat desertification, Sheikh Mohammed told reporters. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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    ABU DHABI IS 1,000 YEARS OLD-STUDY

    Recent research by ADIAS into the patterns of human settlement on Abu Dhabi's coast and islands has provided widespread evidence of occupation during the early to mid 1st Millennium AD, according to an ADIAS spokesman. Over the last thirty years, the rapid development of Abu Dhabi city has meant that very little of the original land surface of the island remains, and most evidence of early occupation has now disappeared. ADIAS has, however, also confirmed the presence of occupation in the 18th century AD, from the discovery of typical Late Islamic pottery on the surface of an early graveyard in the Bateen area. The capital's residents can now be certain, however, that they are living on an island whose history stretches far back into the pre-Islamic period, the spokesman said. The Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, was established in 1992 on the instructions of President H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. Operating under the patronage of Chief of Staff Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, it is charged with responsibility for surveying, recording and, where appropriate, excavating archaeological sites on the coast and islands of Abu Dhabi. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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    ENOC UNVEILS NEW LOGO

    Emirates National Oil Company, ENOC, has unveiled a new corporate logo and announced the opening of a new ENOC chain. The new ENOC stations will cost Dh5 to 6 million and the petroleum major will open 30 outlets in the next two years in Dubai and Northern Emirates ploughing in Dh180 million. The new corporate logo with a white torch set on the vertical axis of a circle 'reflects the needs of a vibrant retail market entrant. (The Gulf Today)

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    CBD POST RECORD PROFITS

    The Commercial Bank of Dubai, CBD has achieved record results last year according to its annual reports distributed to shareholders. The balance sheet which will be endorsed at the bank's AGM showed that the bank's profit grew by 2.2 per cent compared to 1998. It its annual report CBD's board has recommended distribution of cash dividends of 30 per cent amounting to Dh123 million to the shareholders. The balance sheet showed that net revenues from the bank's operations grew by 6.5 per cent form Dh304.6 million in 1998 to Dh324.2 million in 1999, while revenue generated from interests grew from Dh224.6 million in 1998 to Dh250.1 million in 1999. Charges and commission rose from Dh36.9 million in 1998 to Dh45.6 million in 1999. (The Gulf Today)

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    313 INFILTRATORS ARRESTED THIS YEAR

    The Frontier and Coast Guards have arrested 313 infiltrators of different nationalities so far this year, according to official figures. A total of 242 arrests were made in January and 71 arrests in February, so far. A total number of 350 infiltrators were arrested in the last three months of 1999, October, November and December, according to official figures. A total of 54 arrests were made in October, 58 arrests in November and 238 arrests in December. The arrests are part of efforts by the Armed Forces to put an end to the phenomenon of infiltration. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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    ABU DHABI PHONES TO GO SEVEN DIGITS

    Forty thousand telephone lines in Abu Dhabi will change over from six to seven digit numbers, starting this week and early next week, according to the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT. The change, which is part of ETISALAT's national numbering plan to move from six to seven digits, will cover Al Salam Clinic area, Mussallah area and South Area. Changeovers have already taken place in some UAE cities and areas. All the telephone lines in the Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Qaiwain have been successfully transferred to seven digits. In Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain, telephone numbers in many areas have been changed to seven digits. . (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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    STOCK EXCHANGE AT OLD POST OFFICE

    The Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange will be temporarily based at the old Post Office at the Old Airport road, announced the Stock Exchange Higher Committee. All joint share-holding companies registered within the UAE will be listed in the Stock Exchange. The companies should provide financial statements regularly to furnish the investors with updated information about their positions, performance and results. "This is aimed at ensuring transparency of information concerning performance of listed companies, as well as disclosure of data within the market. All board members should disclose ownership of equities in any company listed in the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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    ORDER ON ARABIC BEING ENFORCED IN SHARJAH

    Sharjah Municipality and the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry have started enforcing an order of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, about the use of Arabic language in government transactions and on signboards. A technical committee set up by the civic body and the chamber had worked out a mechanism for implementing the order regarding signboards of commercial establishments without burdening them with extra fees. (The Khaleej Times)

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    ISO CERTIFICATE FOR MINISTRY'S DRUG LAB

    The Central Drug Quality Control Laboratory of the UAE Ministry of Health has been awarded the ISO 9003 certification, the first to be awarded to an Arab country. The certificate was issued after inspection visits by ISO teams to the laboratories of the ministry. (The Khaleej Times)

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    MOH TO OPEN MORE NO SMOKING UNITS

    The Ministry of Health, MoH, plans to open a number of Quit Smoking Units this year in some medical districts across the country. The unit set up by the Abu Dhabi Preventive Health Department had achieved its target, with around 35 to 40 per cent of a total 300 smokers taken care in the unit since November 1998 kicking the habit. The Quit Smoking units are aimed at reducing the prevalence of smoking and associated illnesses and death, and to encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle, as well as to support smoke-free policies. (The Gulf Today)

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    DSF TO HOLD WORLDWIDE CONTEST

    The first online Computer Cubs Challenge, a competition which will test the homepage designing and computer skills of children from around the world. Winner will be flown in Dubai along with their mothers for a fully paid holiday. The competition is being held under the patronage of the Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone Authority, the newly established body under the chairmanship of Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The competition is being conducted on www.mydsf.com website. The last date for submitting entries is February 20. Winners will be flown in to Dubai on March 10. The entry forms for the competition are available on mydsf.com. (The Gulf Today)

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    LATIFA WINS NOVICE RIDER SECTION

    Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum ended the three day Dubai National Challenge Cup at the Dubai Equestrian Centre, in style by winning the Novice Rider section of the Fault and Out class, to complete a brilliant hat trick on her own horse, Hudson. She received her trophy from guest of honour Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. The Fault and Out class created quite a stir whereby riders had to complete as many jumps in a certain time scale. A stop and your out, a fence down and you lost points. (The Khaleej Times)

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    TOP FIELD FOR ENDURANCE RACE

    The first leg of the 200km CEI Category A endurance ride will be held at the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation' s village in Seih Assalem today. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister will lead the field which also includes his sons, Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Other UAE top riders including Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Matoum, Sheikh Juma'a Dalmook Al Maktoum, Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Hassan bin Ali, Abdulla Bilhab and Khalid Al Shafar will also vie for the honours. (The Khaleej Times)

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