Abu Dhabi Terminals improves global connectivity with the MSC and 2M ‘JADE’ service

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) – Abu Dhabi Terminals, ADT, the managers and operators of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, recently welcomed yet another new main line service to its growing network. The JADE service which forms part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, MSC, and 2M alliance networks, provides ADT customers with additional direct coverage and fast transit times from the Mediterranean and Red Sea into Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi into South East Asia and North Asia.
The first vessel call on this new service to Abu Dhabi took place on Monday, 8th June when MSC Maya made her maiden call to Khalifa Port Container Terminal. The containerships deployed on the JADE service are some of the largest containerships in the world and the largest in the MSC fleet. On 23 June and 28 June ADT hosted the two largest containerships to ever call a terminal in the Arabian Gulf, the MSC SIXIN (23,656 TEU capacity) and the MSC GÜLSÜN (23,756 TEU capacity).
Ahmed Al Mutawa, Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Chief Executive Officer commented: “Our excellent relationship with MSC and the 2M alliance partners enables us to provide unrivalled connectivity to global markets for our customers. The newly added JADE service is a clear testament to the importance which MSC and its 2M alliance partners place on being able to offer the Abu Dhabi and UAE markets the very best service levels and connectivity to and from Khalifa Port.
The addition of new services, such as the JADE service, coupled with the ongoing expansion of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which will double our annual handling capacity to 5 Million TEU by the end of this year, shows our continued commitment to offer the best possible logistics solutions for our customers.”
The service rotation for the JADE service is: Gioia Tauro, Barcelona, Valencia, Gioia Tauro, Port Said East, King Abdullah, Salalah, Khalifa Port (ADT), Jebel Ali, Singapore, Yantian, Qingdao, Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Nansha, Yantian, Singapore, Port Said East, Gioia Tauro.

Ajman Ruler hails new government structure

AJMAN, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, welcomed the new structure of the UAE Government.
The new structure reflects the UAE’s new priorities and challenges and aims to preserve the country’s achievements and reinforce the development process, to make the UAE the most competitive country in the world.
In his statement on the occasion, Sheikh Humaid said that the UAE’s development process is based on several foundations, most notably the presence of a strong and efficient federal government, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
He added that the new structure confirms the leadership’s keenness to take care of the affairs of citizens, provide them with stability and employment, and rationalise the use of financial and human resources, as well as to support services and humanitarian foundations, improve government performance, and closely monitor all details to ensure a prosperous future.
The UAE Government, led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is trustworthy, as he has set an example of loyalty and wisdom in addressing issues, as well as patience and persistence, to achieve the nation’s ambitions, Sheikh Humaid said in conclusion.

Health Ministry conducts more than 41,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 683 new cases, 440 recoveries, 2 deaths

ABU DHABI, 5th July 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, announced on Sunday that it conducted over 41,000 additional COVID-19 tests, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
In a statement, the Ministry affirmed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP detected 683 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 51,540.
According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and are receiving the necessary care.
MoHAP also announced two deaths as a result of COVID-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 323, it added.
The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished current COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.
MoHAP also noted an additional 440 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 40,297.

First scheduled Wizz Air flight lands at Abu Dhabi International Airport

ABU DHABI, 5th July 2020 (WAM) – Wizz Air and Abu Dhabi Airports have celebrated the arrival of Wizz Air’s first scheduled Wizz Air Hungary flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Marking a great milestone in Wizz Air’s history and further strengthening of Abu Dhabi’s connectivity and accessibility as a destination of choice for business and leisure travel, the first Budapest-Abu Dhabi flight landed in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on 1 July 2020.
The inaugural Wizz Air route from Bucharest will be followed in September by flights from Sofia, Katowice and Cluj-Napoca. With these services, Wizz Air will connect these exciting European cities with Abu Dhabi and will provide countless opportunities for travellers to visit the exciting Emirate of Abu Dhabi and discover its rich array of cultural, historic, culinary and entertainment-oriented tourist attractions.
George Michalopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer of Wizz Air, said: “I am delighted to celebrate the first scheduled Wizz Air flight to Abu Dhabi. Wizz Air is committed to growing the airline’s network to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Our new sanitising protocols will give our customers the confidence that they can safely rely on Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares to visit Abu Dhabi on board one of the world’s greenest fleet. Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares and route network will contribute to the further growth of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector.”
Khalil Lamrabet, Senior Vice President of Aviation Development at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to welcome Wizz Air’s first flight to the UAE’s capital at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The arrival of Wizz Air is a testament to the strength of the Abu Dhabi market and a reflection of the success of our investments in transforming Abu Dhabi International Airport into a strategically positioned global hub for airlines from across the world.”
“Abu Dhabi Airports has implemented comprehensive health and safety measures across its facilities and is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all passengers and employees. As commercial flights resume and the international aviation industry continues to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, we are looking forward to introducing visitors to everything the UAE’s capital and the surrounding Emirate of Abu Dhabi have to offer,” added Lamrabet.
The celebration coincides with a new dawn of intensified sanitisation measures, which have recently begun at Wizz Air. The airline introduced a range of enhanced hygiene measures, to ensure the health and safety of its passengers and crew. As part of these new protocols, throughout the flight, both cabin crew and passengers are required to wear facemasks, with cabin crew also required to wear gloves. Wizz Air’s aircraft are regularly put through an industry-leading disinfection process with an antiviral solution and, following WIZZ’s stringent daily cleaning schedule, all of the airline’s aircraft are further disinfected overnight with the same antiviral solution.
Sanitising wipes are handed to each passenger upon entering the aircraft, onboard magazines have been removed from the aircraft, and any onboard purchases are encouraged to be made by contactless payment. Passengers are requested to follow physical distancing measures introduced by the local health authorities and are encouraged to make all purchases prior to the flight online (e.g. checked in luggage, WIZZ Priority, fast security track), to minimize any possible physical contact at the airport. Click here to view Wizz Air’s new health and safety video, for more information.

President approves new structure of UAE Government

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved the new structure of the UAE Government.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, after consultations with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced the new ministerial structure through several tweets published on his official twitter account. He also praised the support given by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the new structure.
The new structure includes the closure of 50 percent of government services centres and their transformation into digital platforms within two years, and the mergers of around 50 percent of federal authorities with other authorities or ministries, in addition to the appointments of new ministers of state and CEOs of specialised sectors.
The new structure revealed today is in line with the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid at the end of the UAE Government meeting held remotely in May, under the title, “The Preparations for the Post-COVID-19 Period,” which witnessed the participation of 100 government officials, as well as international experts and researchers.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed then stated that the government’s size and structure will be revised, changes will be made and some ministries will merge, noting that the post-COVID-19 world requires more flexible and proactive governments that are capable of adapting, in addition to the need to ensure readiness, reassess national priorities, develop a comprehensive proactive approach that foresees the features of this era, and innovate solutions to address future challenges.
The new ministries include the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, which will develop the country’s industrial sector. Three ministers will also be appointed under the Ministry of Economy, as well as a Minister of State for Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence and Remote Work Applications while a UAE Government Media Office will be established.
The new structure of the government includes the merger of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Infrastructure to become the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the merger of the National Media Council, NMC, and the Federal Youth Authority to the Ministry of Culture, the merger of the General Pension and Social Security Authority and the Ministry of Community Development, the merger of the National Qualifications Authority and the Ministry of Education, and the merger of the Insurance Authority and the Securities and Commodities Authority.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed posted a series of tweets that stated, “Brothers and sisters, after consultations with my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, who approved the new government structure and directed those concerned to harness all resources to preserve our achievements and accelerate the process of national development, and after the approval of my brother, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, we announce, today, the new structure of the UAE Government. Our objective is to create a government with faster decision-making capacities that is capable of keeping pace with the latest developments, making the most of opportunities, and addressing this new era of our history, and a flexible government that aims to continue the nation’s achievements.”
“Today, my brothers and sisters, we announce the mergers of ministries and authorities, the re-allocation of powers and responsibilities, and the restructuring of the UAE Government. We are closing 50 percent of government service centres and turning them into digital platforms within two years, merging 50 percent of federal authorities with other authorities or ministries, and appointing new ministers of state and CEOs of specialist sectors,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed then highlighted the establishment of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, which will aim to develop the national industrial sector, and its merger with the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, ESMA, explaining that the Minister of State for Advanced Sciences will work under its umbrella. He also announced the appointment of Sultan Al Jaber as Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and the establishment of the “Local Content Centre” to help local businesses follow the ministry.
He noted the transfer of the “Quality of Life and Happiness” portfolio to the Ministry of Community Development, the transfer of the Federal Human Resources Authority to the UAE Cabinet Office, and the appointment of Ohoud Al Roumi as Minister of State for Government Development and the Future.
Sheikh Mohammed announced the merger of the Ministry of Energy with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development to become the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, with the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme and the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime being assigned to this new ministry, as well as the appointment of Suhail Al Mazrouei as Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
He also announced the merger of the National Media Council, NMC, and the Federal Youth Authority to the Ministry of Culture to become the Ministry of Culture and Youth, which will have two ministers, Shamma Al Mazrui as Minister of State for Youth and Noura Al Kaabi as Minister of Culture and Youth, noting that the Emirates News Agency, WAM, will be transferred to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, while the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, the Emirates Post Group, the Emirates General Transport and Services Corporation and the Emirates Real Estate Corporation will be attached to the Emirates Investment Authority, EIA, as well as the drafting of a new government investment strategy.
The new government structure also includes the merger of the National Qualifications Authority to the Ministry of Education, and the merger of the Insurance Authority to the Securities and Commodities Authority, to be chaired by the Minister of Economy, and the appointment of Sultan Al Jaber as President of the Emirates Development Bank.
”Merging the General Authority for Pensions and Social Security within the Ministry of Community Development .. and forming a sector within the Ministry to provide modern services for pensioners .. and the establishment of the National Social Security Fund to manage security funds under the supervision of brother Obaid Al Tayer and under the umbrella of the Emirates Investment Authority.”

“Appointing three ministers within the Ministry of Economy: Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, was appointed as Minister of Economy, along with Ahmed Belhoul as Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Thani Al Zeyoudi as Minister of State for Foreign Trade. Our national economy is an absolute strategic priority.”
“The creation of the portfolio of Minister of State for Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence and Teleworking Applications and appointing brother Omar Al Olama to be responsible for this portfolio.
”The future work environment in medicine, education and trade will change dramatically. We seek to be at the forefront of these changes and to be the best model globally,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said.
“The appointment of brother Hamad Al-Mansoori as head of the digital government in the UAE . The goal is to have one digital window for the government .. and a comprehensive and complete digital transformation. Recent changes have proven that digital government is an indispensable strategic option .. and economic security for business continuity in any circumstances.”
”Brother Ahmed Jumaa Al Zaabi appointed Minister of Supreme Council Affairs .. Appointment of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak as Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Minister of State for Food and Water Security, sister Mariam Hareb Almheiri, to Presidential Affairs Ministry,” His Highness tweeted.
His Highness said, “Brother Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi appointed as Minister of Climate Change and Environment … and Sarah Al Amiri appointed as President of the Emirates Space Agency. Sarah has led the scientific mission of the Mars probe so diligently … We wish her success in her new assignments. She will start duties at the beginning of August.”

His Highness also announced the establishment of the media office for the UAE government, affiliated to the Council of Ministers, and chaired by Saeed Al-Attar. It included the Public Diplomacy Office, the Government Communication Office and the Media Identity Office for it. It supervises internal and external media communication for the government of the UAE.
“Food security will remain a priority through two ministers .. The Minister of State for Food and Water Security to follow up on our national food stock and invest in food technology and international relations in this field .. and the Minister of Environment in supporting farmers and caring for and developing our fish and animal wealth,” His Highness added.
“The appointment of brother Mohammed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti as head of cybersecurity in the government of the UAE .. The security of our digital government is an essential part of our comprehensive national security .. and the protection of our digital national borders is an integral part of protecting our entire national soil.”

”Sister Hoda Al Hashemi has been appointed as the head of government strategy and innovation in the UAE government .. Hoda has been part of my team for more than 10 years and my trust in her is high .. and the appointment of brother Mohammed Bin Taleya as head of government services to lead the federal service system to be among the best in the world.”
Mohammed Sultan Al Obaidli was appointed as head of legal affairs and Mariam Al Hammadi as secretary-general of the Cabinet and Ahmed Majed Al-Badawi as assistant secretary-general.
“They have a mission to develop the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers… My confidence in them is great,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
”The new government has one year to achieve its new priorities. Continuous changes will be the headline of the new phase until we achieve the best governance model for the new era; and until we achieve a government that fulfils the ambitions of the Emirati people,” Sheikh Mohammed said in conclusion of his tweets.
The new UAE Government structure

1. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense

2. H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior

3. H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs

4. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Cabinet Member and Minister of Finance

5. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

6. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence

7. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future

8. Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of Federal Supreme Council Affairs

9. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Cabinet Member, Minister of Health and Prevention and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs

10. Dr. Anwar bin Mohammad Gargash, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

11. Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Financial Affairs

12. Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation

13. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Cabinet Member and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

14. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and the Environment

15. Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

16. Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Justice

17. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Education

18. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Defence Affairs

19. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Youth

20. Jameela bint Salem Al Muheiri, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education

21. Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Cabinet Member and Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation

22. Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Cabinet Member and Minister of Community Development

23. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy

24. Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State

25. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs

26. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade

27. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and The Future

28. Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs

29. Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State

30. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security

31. Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology

32. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications

33. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State

CEOs of UAE Government

Mohammed Sultan Al Obaidli, Head of Legal Affairs

Mohammed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security

Saeed Al-Attar, Head of Government Media Office,

Hoda Al Hashemi, Head of Government Strategy and Innovation

Hamad Al-Mansoori, Head of the Digital Government

Mohammed Bin Taleya, Head of Government Services


Sharjah Asset Management joins forces with largest engineering consulting firm in Malaysia

SHARJAH, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — Sharjah Asset Management, SAM, the investment arm of the Sharjah government, has announced the launch of a new company through its partnership with the largest engineering consulting firm in Malaysia, CHSS. The new alliance, called Asool CHSS, will work to provide the most effective levels of engineering solutions in order to support and enhance the development of infrastructure and urban projects in the emirate of Sharjah.
Walid Al Sayegh, CEO of SAM, said, “Thanks to the support of the Emirate of Sharjah, under the guidance of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the emirate is rising as a preferred option for investors and investments. This is apparent through the increase in international companies seeking to enter the region’s markets, such as the engineering consultancy firm CHSS, which is the largest engineering company in Malaysia.”
He added, “The joint venture will constitute a major value to projects in the Emirate of Sharjah, which is always keen to adhere to the policies of the open market and provide all the facilities necessary to support investment and companies of all sizes and sectors.”
Tan Sri Ir. Kuna Sittampalam, Executive Vice Chairman, HSS Engineers said, “We are excited to join hands with SAM and look forward to a productive business relationship. We are eager to welcome the UAE fresh engineers as they visit our group in Malaysia to get first-hand experience and knowledge of the process of managing large scale projects. This will be in the form of short programmes or long internships which will allow the engineers to return home with a wealth of experience to benefit their local society.”
“I believe governments will accelerate the projects to jumpstart the economy. We foresee the construction industry, particularly the infrastructure space to play a major role, as this will provide the necessary larger downstream multipliers to the economy. As a key player already involved in existing nation-building projects, for example, the East Coast Rail Link, Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 2, Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit project and Langat 2 Water Supply Scheme, we will leverage on our expertise and track record to remain involved in all future projects,” added Tan Sri Ir Kuna.
George Saeed Khuraish, General Manager of CHSS, said, “It is our pleasure to enter into an alliance with Sharjah Asset Management, and we will do our utmost to provide the best possible engineering solutions for future projects. With our working relationship with government agencies and private companies in the Emirates spanning over the last decade, we are certain that this alliance will contribute to strengthening these relationships even further.”
Abdulaziz Fikry was appointed CEO of the new company, which will serve the Emirate of Sharjah through its amassed experience, studies, and research. Fikry said, “There are many investment opportunities provided by Sharjah in various sectors, including the real estate sector, and the construction and infrastructure sectors, so we expect great success for this new entity during the coming period, especially in light of the facilities provided by the emirate to investors from all over the world.”
The Emirate of Sharjah is witnessing continuous economic and urban growth thanks to the guidance and vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and the support of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council, SEC.
CHSS Consultants has implemented projects in many countries around the world and has a staff of up to 2,100 people including 1,000 specialized engineers.

Dubai College of Tourism provides innovative virtual internships to its students

DUBAI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — Dubai College of Tourism, DCT, is adapting to the changing global realities by providing a range of innovative virtual internships to students who have just finished their academic year.
With the health and safety of students being the key priority of DCT amid current pandemic, the virtual internships were designed to help successful participants of the college’s year-long certificate programmes in five core specialisations – Tourism, Events, Hospitality, Retail Business and Culinary Arts – prepare for the next stage of their career without any disruption to their studies or affecting their mentorship and training opportunities.
Each virtual internship offered across the five key disciplines was one month in duration and all interns received live training and mentoring by experts in their chosen fields.
DCT partnered with Hilton in providing the virtual internships to students that completed the certificate courses in Hospitality and Culinary Arts. These internships, which commenced at the beginning of June, underscore DCT’s ability to leverage its strong connections and continuous collaboration with stakeholders to help build a highly-skilled workforce for Dubai’s tourism industry and other sectors featuring multiple tourism touch points. Dubai Tourism also supported DCT’s students by providing remote internships this year to participants of DCT’s certificate programmes in Tourism, Events and Retail Business.
Commenting on the internships, Essa bin Hadher, General Manager of DCT, said, “With the current situation upending our plans to provide conventional industry internships at the end of the academic year, Dubai College of Tourism has nevertheless secured several virtual internships to honour its commitment to students who have completed certificate courses in the five core specialisations at DCT.”
“The strong spirit of collaboration that exists between DCT and its stakeholders has led to the kind of partnerships that are of immense benefit to our students, such as the significant number of virtual internships provided this year by Hilton, a world leader in the hospitality sector. Working with our industry partners enabled us to provide an invaluable experience for those on the course and ensure that successful completion of these internships will serve as a springboard to exciting career opportunities for all candidates, enabling them to enter the tourist-facing workforce with practical experience and valuable industry knowledge,” he concluded.

GCC holds workshop on ‘Future of Renewable and New Energy’ and impact of coronavirus

RIYADH, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — Electricity and Water Department, an affiliate of the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, held here today a virtual workshop entitled “The Future of Renewable and New Energy in the GCC Countries and the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic”, SPA reported.
Representatives of the Ministries of Electricity and Energy in the GCC countries, and experts from the GCC Interconnection Authority, GCCIA, and the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network took part in the event.
During the workshop, a number of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the future of renewable energy in the GCC countries were discussed.

UAE emphasises importance of addressing health crises to maintain peace and security

NEW YORK, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE underscored the significant role of health in peace and security during the UN Security Council’s open debate on the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic on global security matters.
In a written statement submitted to the UN Security Council, the UAE stated, “We have long viewed health and security as part of a nexus, with one affecting the other and requiring close multilateral attention and cooperation. This understanding has informed the UAE’s international response to COVID-19, including our endorsement of the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire, contributions to the UN World Health Organisation and UN World Food Programme, and bilateral delivery of more than 1,000 metric tons of medical supplies to over 70 countries, including many on the Security Council’s agenda.
“This understanding is also reflected in our domestic actions, where we have committed to transparent public data and free testing and treatment for citizens, residents, and visitors alike.  We believe in the adage that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”
The UAE welcomed the Council’s recent adoption of resolution 2532 (2020) which called for a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations on its agenda and a durable humanitarian pause, echoing the call made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the outset of the pandemic. The UAE was one of the first countries to endorse the appeal, citing the potential of ceasefires to limit the spread and impact of the disease, particularly by improving humanitarian situations.
“Resolution 2532 (2020) is expected to be a key precedent for future UN Security Council action on pandemics,” it said.
Additionally, the UAE recognised the important role peacekeeping missions could have in response to health crises, noting the precedent established during the response to Ebola when peacekeeping missions lent vital support to medical and humanitarian operations in West Africa. The UAE welcomed the steps taken to protect peacekeeping staff from the pandemic and recommended that medical commodities stockpiles for peacekeeping and other staff in the UN’s supply depots be used for quick, needs-based deployment around the globe.
The UAE also highlighted the importance of gender-mainstreaming in the Security Council. COVID-19 has led to increased rates of sexual and gender-based violence, SGBV, around the globe, as well as disproportionately affected women in conflict-affected communities, the UAE accordingly called for the Council to be systematically briefed on the status of women and SGBV in the issues under its consideration, and for the Council’s peacekeeping and political missions to have sufficient resources and incentives to deliver results for women.
Furthermore, given border closures in many countries, the UAE underlined the crucial importance of humanitarian access in crisis situations, stressing that the Security Council can be in a position to encourage the flow of essential medical and humanitarian supplies to serve those most in need. “The UAE plays a critical role in maintaining humanitarian logistics during crises, with Dubai International Humanitarian City having processed some 80 percent of personal protective equipment, PPE, in the World Health Organisation’s global response to COVID-19,” it concluded.  

1,036 new e-commerce licences issued in UAE in 6 months

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — A total of 1,036, new e-commerce licences were issued in the UAE during the first six months of 2020, according to National Economic Registry of the Ministry of Economy, indicating a growth in the sector.
The statistics showed that the number of e-commerce licences issued in May and June 2020 amounted to 112, a 12.1 percent rise compared to April 2020.
The Ministry noted that in light of the growing interest of investors in e-commerce activities, many specialist studies expect this sector to grow in the future. “The demand for online shopping has witnessed a significant increase by over 300 percent,” it added, while quoting statistics issued by major shopping centres around the country.
“This continuous growth may lead to a surge in the sector’s value to over AED72 billion by the end of 2020,” the data showed, referring to estimates by relevant national authorities, including the ministry.
“Many of the UAE’s competitive advantages will contribute to the future development of e-commerce, most notably the country’s advanced telecommunications and e-services infrastructure and the significant rise in the use of the internet and smartphones,” according to the Ministry.

Dubai Economy manual highlights 5 elements to ensure transparency, best practices

DUBAI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — The Commercial Compliance Manual, issued recently by the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection, CCCP, sector in Dubai Economy as part of its efforts to ensure best practices and competitiveness across business activity in the emirate, highlights five key elements that merchants must adhere to in order to maintain transparency in dealing with consumers as well as the authorities concerned.
The five elements identified are part of a set of touchpoints listed in the manual to enhance ease of business and protect the rights of merchants as well as their consumers.
The manual complements the efforts of CCCP by instating clear foundations for more than 2,921 commercial activities to ensure transparency, sincerity and honesty in interacting with stakeholders across various processes, including in displaying and selling products, and enhancing the work environment.
Abdul Aziz Al Tannak, Director of Commercial Control in CCCP, said, “We continuously strive to educate merchants on how to protect their commercial activities and avoid violations as outlined by Dubai Economy with the aim to enhancing competitiveness in the emirate and protecting the rights of both merchants and consumers. The Commercial Compliance Manual includes the most prominent elements and conditions that merchants must be aware of and uphold. Merchants should also commit to co-operating with the competent inspection and control teams to ensure the success of the system.”
The five elements of doing business listed in the manual include consumer care, storefront, shop’s activity, location of the facility, and the Dubai Economy inspections.
“All merchants should focus on fostering a culture of flexibility in dealing with consumers to help improve their shopping experience in Dubai, remembering that communication is key to customer loyalty. Merchants should also avoid disturbing pedestrians by marketing their services and products outside their stores and must ensure that the store’s policy regarding purchases and exchange, among others, does not conflict with consumer protection laws and is displayed at the cashier desk or at a prominent place in the store. The invoice prices should be aligned with those displayed on the shelves,” according to the manual.
The manual states that the merchant must document the terms and conditions of a consumer’s purchase on the invoice or in a contract signed between the two parties. In addition, the merchant must abide by the information of the products and services mentioned in the company announcements; avoid practices that violate laws and regulations, such as misleading the consumer or selling counterfeit products; and commit to displaying the guidelines for consumer protection channels that are available at “Merchants must clarify the warranty/extended warranty details on a product or service and its validity as well as document the condition of the products upon receipt for maintenance or repair, with confirmation of the same by the consumer. The merchant is also bound to co-operate with consumer protection authorities to resolve consumer complaints,” read the manual.
The manual emphasises the importance of proper storefront signage, with the store name correctly mentioned, including in Arabic language. “The storefront must not be tinted more than 50 percent, only permitted trademarks must be used and a prior permit must be obtained for any additional signage,” it explained.
“Each merchant is issued one commercial licence for each authorised store, site, or booth, and the merchant must adhere to the approved type of activity and place to practise the activity, unless an addition or permit is obtained. Every commercial licence has a specific date and validity, which the merchant must renew in order to continue the activity. They must also refrain from selling or displaying publications, goods, or means that violate morality, Islamic teachings, or those deemed offensive by the country, customs, or traditions. Official working hours in Dubai are from morning to midnight, and additional permit must be obtained from Dubai Economy for any extension, before announcing the same via posters or flyers,” it noted.
Other business licences may be added to the facility’s location based on prior approvals from Dubai Economy. “It is prohibited to sell products off-site and a merchant must commit to selling in authorised locations only. Additional offices may be opened under an existing licence with the approval of Dubai Economy, in the same building registered as the location on a licence. Kiosks may be opened in different locations as permitted by Dubai Economy, along with a permission to place game stations, ATMs, or any other device in or out of the shop,” according to the manual.
Regarding Dubai Economy inspections, the manual clarifies that store representatives should be transparent and co-operate with the field inspector whose mission is to clarify the foundations of doing business, including protecting the interests of the merchant and the consumer. Merchants must display all the required data and documents pertaining to the store and ensure that they are always present in the store whenever the inspectors would require access, including in the event of seizing or confiscating goods.

China launches satellite for space environment study

JIUQUAN, China, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — China successfully sent a satellite for space environment study and related technology experiments into the planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The satellite, the second of the Shiyan-6 series, was launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 7:44 a.m. (Beijing Time), according to the center.

Sunday’s launch was the 338th by the Long March rocket series.


Zaki Nusseibeh lauds cultural diplomacy, international cooperation at launch of UAE-China virtual culture week

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE Minister of State, today launched the UAE-China virtual culture week, a five-day online event featuring talks, musical performances, and cultural masterclasses in both countries.
Delivering opening remarks at the launch event, Zaki Nusseibeh remarked, “We are blessed in the United Arab Emirates to live in a country that enjoys stability and prosperity and is characterized by its spirit of optimism and openness to the world. The extraordinary circumstances facing the world community today however, unleashed by the outbreak of a pandemic that poses existential challenges, can only be overcome through global cooperation and solidarity. This means that we need to build on cultural and public diplomacy to help in removing divisions between nations and peoples to promote a renewed and invigorated sense of global responsibility and empathy that empowers our international community to work together in addressing the major political, economic, and social challenges before us.”
“To succeed in this endeavour, it is imperative that we work to build bridges of trust and understanding between us. Sustainable international cooperation, the prerequisite foundation for long-term partnerships, can only be achieved through the better understanding of each other’s culture and values,” he added.
“Cultural exchange is one of the ways we can use to build trust and understanding between us. The cultural heritage of every nation, expressed in its arts, its films, its literature or music, underlines despite its rich variety and complex diversity our common roots in one humanity. In sharing, promoting, and understanding the works of our creative artists, we help to convey to one another our culture and values, overcoming the barriers of language.
“We are all proud of the solid and historic relationships of friendship and cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the People’s Republic of China, a relationship that goes back to the Silk Road era, the trade route that connected China, Central Asia, Arabia, and the Mediterranean,” he noted.
Moreover, Nusseibeh commented that this relationship took a new form after the establishment of the UAE as a state in 1971. Basing its foreign policy on the need to build bridges of understanding and cooperation with all nations that share its values, the UAE set as a priority objective the maintenance of strong relations with China in every domain, beginning with the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in November 1984 and visit by Chinese President Yang Shangkun to the UAE in December 1989.
Those ties were crowned by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, on his historic visit to China in 1990. Cultural exchange was central to that visit, which resulted in the establishment of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
“Our ties were further strengthened through frequent mutual visits by the leaders and officials of the two countries. In March 2008, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, visited China, and in 2015 a similar visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, took place to consolidate and develop our strategic partnership,” he stated.
In order to encourage and promote cultural exchange between China and the UAE, the first school of its kind in the region teaching the Chinese language officially opened in Abu Dhabi in 2010, and the University of Dubai has established the nonprofit Confucius Institute on its premises to promote the language and culture of China. Meanwhile, the UAE Ministry of Education is planning to integrate the Chinese language into its curricula and to establish specialised schools for that purpose.
A number of cultural events helped in enhancing a rich exchange programme between the two countries, including the UAE’s participation at the Expo Shanghai in 2010 and in the 2019 Asian Civilizations Exhibition held under the patronage of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Chinese Spring Festival was celebrated in Dubai in 2015, and in conjunction with the ‘Year of Tolerance’ and the celebration of the ‘Chinese New Year’ in 2019, several events were launched as part of the “Hala China” initiative, while the Dubai-based China-Arab Radio continues to explore both national and Chinese communal and cultural values.
“I am confident that the launching of today’s UAE-China marathon will be a further step in the consolidation of the relations of friendship, solidarity, and understanding between our peoples,” he concluded.

Safety preparations for UFC Fight Island underway on Yas Island

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — Preparations are underway ahead of UFC FIGHT ISLAND, set to take place on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island this summer from 11th to 26th July.
More than 1,500 event personnel and Yas Island employees have been stationed within Yas Island’s ‘safe zone’ to employ strict COVID-19 precautionary measures.
To ensure the safety of the UFC staff, event personnel, Yas Island employees and the wider Abu Dhabi community, all attendees of the UFC Fight IslandTM have been quarantined for 14 days at Yas Island hotels. This safety clearance serves as a precautionary measure that will ensure a risk-free safe zone and an enjoyable event for all.
All UAE-based personnel and Yas Island support staff reported to Yas Island hotels in the past few weeks, following complete and comprehensive sanitation of all hotels. Strict measures, including scheduled check-in times allowing for only four people at a time were taken to ensure the utmost protection and security.
Following a 14-day hotel quarantine and a negative test result, individuals are now permitted to leave the hotel and move around Yas Island’s safe zone, now known as UFC Fight IslandTM. The zone sits within roughly 11km on Yas Island and includes the venue, the hotels, the training facilities and the dining establishments. Only UFC athletes and their coaches, UFC staff and event personnel, along with Yas Island employees will be provided access to the safe zone. None of these individuals will mix with Abu Dhabi residents at any point during their stay.
In addition to the more than two thousand COVID-19 tests taken over the past week, significant progress has also been made on the event site. A crew of 740 are working with 350 tonnes of steel and 18km of cable to turn the 640,000sqm area into a venue fit for the famous Octagon, where the best fights in the world will take place this year.
“DCT Abu Dhabi has taken extreme and outstanding preparatory measures for the much-anticipated UFC event, more rigorous than any event ever held in Abu Dhabi,” said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. “Abu Dhabi has demonstrated significant expertise as far as hosting major sporting events in the past goes, but during these challenging times, we must continue to set global standards for hosting major events and unite our governmental entities to create a new roadmap for sports and tourism while ensuring everyone’s safety.”
UFC will hold four events on Yas Island, including one Pay Per View — UFC 251– and three Fight Nights. The action-packed schedule begins with UFC 251 at 02:00 local time (18:00 ET) on Sunday, 12th July, and will be followed with successive ESPN Fight Night events to be held on Thursday, 16th July from 03:00 local time (19:00 ET); Sunday, 19th July from 01:00am local time (17:00 ET); and Sunday, July from 01:00am local time (17:00 ET).
UFC events are broadcast in 175 countries in 40 different languages and reach approximately one billion TV households. In the UAE and throughout the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, UFC Fight Island events will be broadcast on UFC Arabia, UFC’s first Arabic-language subscription service in the region. “UFC Arabia” can be downloaded through Apple Store and Google Play and is available on web, smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs.

4,500 Holstein cows arrive in Abu Dhabi to enhance food security

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — The first shipment of some 4,500 Holstein cows, one of the best breeds for milk production, have arrived at the Khalifa Port from the Republic of Uruguay.
The shipment was sent through ZAIN 1 specifically designed for shipping livestock between continents, on the directives of the leadership of the UAE to enhance food security in the country.
The import of the Holstein breed is done within a record time of fewer than 40 days from the date of the import to the arrival of the shipment at the Khalifa Port, where federal, local government and international companies joined forces to receive the shipment. These included the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Food Security Office, Abu Dhabi Ports, Khalifa Port, General Command of Abu Dhabi Police, Gladinor Co., Mira International Shipping Co. under the supervision and management of Emirates Future Co. and Al Ain Farms.
This shipment is the first of the scheduled shipments, and many more will follow in the upcoming period. They are the beginning of an ambitious launch for the largest dairy cattle breeding project in the UAE to enhance food security locally.
Speaking on the occasion, Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, said, “The UAE has a strong and flexible food system and can cope with all current and future changes. The wise leadership devotes the utmost importance to increase local food production, by enhancing cooperation and partnerships with various relevant local and global entities within the framework of the National Food Security Strategy, aimed at increasing possible local production via technology.
“The arrival of the first Holstein breeds shipment is a perfect step in strengthening the country’s efforts to enhance local production and place it in all UAE markets.”
Emirates Future Co. had completed the import after verifying that all health requirements were fulfilled and laboratory tests for livestock were carried out based on the instructions of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. The company, in cooperation with partners, also studied the health reports of the World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, in all countries, and ensured that the epidemiological situation of the coronavirus does not affect the safety and timing of import of the living livestock.
The cows were also transported through an integrated fleet of transport trucks intended for transporting livestock to the port in Uruguay, while they were received at shipping and follow-up points at the port, and then they shipped onto ZAIN 1. The cows were distributed to the barns designated for them on the ship with safety standards followed and OIE requirements for transporting livestock fulfilled. After completing the shipment of the cows and issuing the necessary reports to start the stage of maritime shipping, the ship headed to Abu Dhabi.
On arrival, the cows were examined by the specialised veterinarian to make sure that there were no pathological symptoms, the necessary samples were taken and sent to the laboratory for the cows to be quarantined for the prescribed period. They would be released once the results were declared ensuring their safety.
In terms of completing the veterinary examination, the ministry has adopted various rapid examinations of some diseases and provided quick release services if the safety of the shipments is confirmed.
During the current global circumstances, the government has proved its worthiness and the effectiveness of its strategy in taking all necessary measures to achieve food security within the country in various food fields and sectors and ensuring the continuity of supply even during emergency conditions.

Dubai Sports Council honours winners of Pocari Sweat 10K Run

DUBAI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — Dubai Sports Council held a medals ceremony for the winners of the Pocari Sweat 10K Run at its headquarters on Sunday with Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, presenting them special-edition commemorative medals.
Organised jointly by Dubai Sports Council and Pocari Sweat, which is an Ion supply drink from Japan that replenishes and balances body fluids lost through sweating and hydrates longer than water, the Run attracted hundreds of participants of all age and ability from around the world.
Participants were free to choose from two distances – 5km and 10km – and prizes were given to the top three finishers in each of the eight categories – 5km for Male and Female, indoors and outdoors, and 10km for Male and Female, indoors and outdoors.
Congratulating and welcoming the podium-finishers to Dubai Sports Council in the presence of Manoj Allen, Manager Business Development at Al Maya FMCG, Saeed Hareb said: “It is a great pleasure for us to see events like Pocari Sweat 10K Run attract so many participants, not just from the UAE, but from around the region and the world. It is particularly pleasing to see Emiratis participating in these events, especially ladies, and it is good to see them finishing on the podium.
“We will continue to organise such events, where are all sections of our community can enjoy the thrill of competition, but in a completely safe setting. Community sports and wellbeing is a big part of Dubai Sports Council’s planning, and we have always focused on promoting a physically active and healthy lifestyle for all members of our community.
“We thank our friends from Pocari Sweat for supporting us in organising this event. They have been our strategic partners for many years and this event will only strengthen our existing bonds, as we work together to spread the message of physical activity in the community.
“And, of course, we will continue to bring such events for the members of our community, alongside our partners like Pocari Sweat.”
Moroccan Abdelali El Bouazzaoui topped the charts in the Men’s 10K Outdoor Run, finishing ahead of compatriot Mohammed Mira and Bahrain’s Mohammed Al Mareesi, while Frenchwoman Latifa Essarokh took the honours in the Women’s 10K Outdoor Run, ahead of Jordan’s Ruba Al Masri and Floragine Espino of the Philippines.
Afghanistan’s Abdullah Ahmad won the Men’s 10K Indoor Run, while Jordan’s Abeer Al Najjar took top place in the Women’s 10K Indoor Run.
Morocco had two winners in the Men’s 5K Outdoor Run as well, with Anouar El Ghouz taking top spot and Radwan Bouchemale coming in third, behind Abdulsalam Ibrahim Farah of Somalia. The Women’s 5K Outdoor Run was won by United States’ Yusra Mansur, who finished ahead of the Emirati duo of Ruqayya Mohammed Al Marzooqi and Noor Kuhail.
Palestine’s Ahmed Loulou was fastest in the Men’s 5K Indoor race, while Amel Majid Al Muhairi of the UAE took the honours in the Women’s 5K Indoor Run.
The podium-finishers received special edition of commemorative medals, which have been issued by Dubai Sports Council to honour heroes who were at the frontline of Dubai’s fight against COVID-19.
The medals pay homage to the selfless service of Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence through the COVID-19 crisis, alongside the staff of Dubai Health Authority, and the First Responders of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services. Together, they were at the forefront of Dubai’s fight to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, alongside volunteers from different segments of Dubai’s diverse community.
The medals are a continuation of Dubai Sports Council’s initiative to celebrate not just Dubai’s iconic landmarks, but her heroes as well and immortalise their story. In the past, DSC’s medals have featured some of the most famous cultural and tourist landmarks of Dubai like the majestic Dubai Frame and Burj Khalifa, the magnificent Museum of the Future and the stunning Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, alongside Hamdan Sports Complex, Tolerance Bridge and the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve.

Airport Show to launch webinar series from 7th July

DUBAI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) – Airport Show, the world’s largest annual airport industry B2B platform is launching a series of webinars starting on 7th July, 2020, to facilitate essential discussions between airport industry professionals on the challenging times triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The new Airport Show Insights webinar comes following the successful launch of the Airport Show Podcast series. The webinars will facilitate live panel discussions on trending topics and the latest developments in the global airport industry. This will be another platform for the airport professionals to share their expertise, best practices and case studies along with highlighting the latest innovations and solutions in Ground Handling, Air Traffic Control, Passenger Experience and Airport Security, among others.
The webinars are free to attend and Continuing Professional Development, CPD, certified.
The inaugural webinar on 7th July, will be on the topic “Preparing Ground Support Equipment for Post-Covid-19 Operations”. Panellists include Hervé Gueusquin, Owner and Founder of Air Business Consultants, Benjamin Violet, Area Sales Manager for the Middle East at ITW GSE, Lamis Al Kaati, Area Sales Manager GSE Middle East, JBT Aerotech and Vijaii Nair, Senior Manager, TrackIT. The one-hour online event will start at 15:00 UAE time.
The second topic in the webinar series will be “Air Traffic Control, ATC, Challenges and Opportunities to Support a Rapid Recovery of the Aviation Industry” beginning on 29th July at 14:00 UAE time. The ATC focussed webinar series will continue with sessions on 11th August and 22nd September, which will include a sneak preview of a live feed from an actual digital tower in Europe.
On 19th August, 2020, the third topic “Ensuring Passenger Satisfaction in the new Airport Environment” will debate ways to revive passenger confidence in air travel and the latest solutions in enhancing their journey.
The fourth topic will look at airport security under the title of “How COVID-19 will be the Greatest Airport Security Disruptor” of all times taking place on 8th September, 2020.
The 20th edition of Airport Show will take place over three days from 26th to 28th October, 2020, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group. Supporters include Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, and dnata, among others.

Abdullah bin Zayed calls for attracting more volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to reflect the UAE’s diverse community

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Supreme National Committee for Volunteerism during Crises, chaired the meeting of the committee held remotely via video conferencing.
During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of diversifying the volunteering activities of the national campaign, titled, “,” and focus on the challenges facing the Emirati community, both citizens and residents.
He also directed everyone involved to attract more volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to reflect the UAE’s community, noting that the work of the committee is mainly connected to the efforts of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA.
Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the importance of benefitting from the UAE’s experiences and lessons, to help future generations to be ready and capable to address their challenges, as per the directives of the country’s leadership, stressing his personal support and that of the committee’s members if required.
A team from the campaign explained the progress of their work, supervised by the committee, in the presence of committee members Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State; Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing; Dr. Mogheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development-Abu Dhabi; Mohamed Abdulla Al Junaibi, Head of Presidential Protocol at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Abdulla bin Touq , Secretary-General of the Cabinet, and Obaid Al Hassan Al Shamsi, Director-General of NCEMA.
During the meeting, Dr. Al Jaber noted the work of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, “Virtual Council,” which held 58 remote meetings until the end of June 2020, under the umbrella of the campaign.
Al Roumi presented the “Happiness and Wellbeing Psychological Support Line,” “800HOPE,” available on phone or WhatsApp, adding that since its launch in 19th May, 2020, the line has received more than 1,000 calls from various segments of the community.
The team involved includes volunteers and psychological specialists, and it is currently being enlarged to address a growing number of calls and provide the necessary support.
Al Shamsi presented the latest developments to the campaign’s initiatives, which are being supervised by the committee, adding that since the launch of the campaign in April 2020 up to 30th June , it has attracted 21,847 volunteers from 134 nationalities from around the UAE, including 6,980 citizens and 14,867 residents while offering 185 volunteer opportunities, including 150 field opportunities and 35 virtual opportunities. 7,105 out of them were volunteers from frontline health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheikh Abdullah then invited a group of national volunteers involved in the campaign to participate in the meeting, and he was briefed about the nature of their duties and role in the field.
The volunteers thanked Sheikh Abdullah for giving them their opportunity and expressed their pride at participating in the campaign and serving their country.
During his conversation with the volunteers, Sheikh Abdullah said, “On behalf of the committee’s members and myself, I thank you for your significant efforts, time, persistence and initiative to join the campaign in such dire conditions. You have presented one of the noblest actions to your nation, families and community, and words cannot express how much we thank you.”
Those who wish to join the campaign can visit its website, or contact : VOLAE 800 (80086523) or [email protected]

Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council conducts over 1,200 tests for pesticide residues in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — Since the start of the year, the Central Testing Laboratory, part of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, QCC, conducted more than 1,260 tests to determine the maximum permitted levels for pesticide residues in agricultural and food products (fruits, vegetables and fodder) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
In a statement to Emirates News Agency, WAM, Eng. Abdulla Hassan Al Muaini, the Executive Director of Central Testing Laboratory, said that tests found that conformity of these products reached 85 percent of the quality standards and specifications approved by the emirates competent authorities.
The Pesticide Management Project is part of QCC’s ongoing efforts to adopt the most advanced international best practices in pesticide management in the emirate to enhance consumer trust in agricultural and food products. The project aligns with the Council’s mandate to ensure the safety and conformity of all products and services in the local market.

Gargash Chairs first meeting of National Human Rights Committee

ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2020 (WAM) — The National Human Rights Committee held its first meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and in the presence of representatives of numerous government agencies to discuss the latest human rights issues in the country.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Gargash underscored that the Committee’s establishment comes as part of efforts to strengthen the national human rights framework as a central mechanism following up on human rights developments in the UAE. Moreover, it plays a vital role in supporting national efforts to promote human rights, as well as reinforce regional and international partnerships.
During the meeting, the Committee reviewed the latest developments in human rights files in the UAE and discussed preparations for the national human rights plan that will serve as a comprehensive and integrated national human rights framework.
The Committee was also briefed on the establishment of the Independent National Human Rights Committee in accordance with the Paris Principles.
He noted in this regard that the Interim Committee entrusted with developing the structural and legal framework completed the draft law on its establishment and is pending the completion of procedures for the issuance of the law, after which the project is to be presented before the Federal National Council.
The Committee also reviewed the UAE’s obligations under international human rights conventions and adopted the fourth draft report on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee followed up on the implementation of recommendations accepted by the UAE as part of the Universal Periodic Review for human rights in January 2018 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In this context, Dr. Gargash stressed the UAE’s keenness to strengthen cooperation with various UN human rights bodies to fulfill its international obligations.
The Committee will organise a number of programmes, activities, and workshops to increase education, raise awareness, and build capacity in the human rights field.
The establishment of the National Human Rights Committee came at the discretion of the Council of Ministers in October 2019. The Committee was launched 10 years after establishing the Permanent Committee to follow up on the UAE Comprehensive Human Rights Report in 2010. This change reflected efforts to keep pace with human rights developments and requirements as part of the UAE’s commitment to strengthening national human rights mechanisms.
It will liaise between all human rights bodies in the country and supervise the implementation of a comprehensive national plan while developing policies and programmes to raise awareness and build capacity in the human rights field. It will also work on strengthening cooperation with regional organisations, UN human rights bodies, and other countries in this regard.