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Emirati youth capable of making success: Hazza bin Zayed

ABU DHABI, 12th August 2020 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has expressed pride in the Emirati youth who have proven that "the word impossible is not in their vocabulary."
In a statement he made today on the occasion of the International Youth Day, which falls on 12th August, Sheikh Hazza said thanks to the leadership’s continuous support and to their determination and resolve, the young men and women of the UAE, have played a key role in UAE’s recent achievements, including the successful launch of first Arab mission to Mars and the start of operations at Barakah, the first peaceful nuclear energy reactor in the Arab world.
"There are no limits to ambition. The UAE’s wise leadership has always counted on the youth in its vision for sustainable development," he added. Source

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ADDED launches ‘Industrial Sector Sustainability’ project in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI,12th August 2020 (WAM) – The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has launched the ‘Industrial Sector Sustainability’ project, an initiative aimed at adopting a sustainable approach to all manufacturing operations of industrial facilities in Abu Dhabi.
The project will also help improve the efficiency and quality of industrial products, in line with the Abu Dhabi Government’s sustainable development plan and its efforts to protect the environment as part of the emirate’s bid to become globally competitive and a leading model for regional and international sustainability-based industries.
The ‘Industrial Sector Sustainability’ project will issue an instructional guide on industrial sustainability to owners and managers of buildings, industrial warehouses and manufacturing firms, storage areas, administrative buildings and offices with an area of less than 2,000 square meters. The first phase will see the application of the standards included in the instructional guide, and it will cover 21 industrial facilities operating across seven different manufacturing segments in Abu Dhabi.
Furthermore, the new project is set to assess the current sustainability practices in Abu Dhabi's industrial sector. The process involves collecting and evaluating data; conducting normative studies; identifying objectives and opportunities; developing sustainability guidelines specific for the sector; and spreading awareness on the required sustainability measures across the industry.
Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of ADDED, affirmed that the Abu Dhabi Government will continue to respond to the directives of the wise leadership to enhance the industrial sector based on the latest global sustainability trends and provide innovative solutions to help instill sustainability in all sectors. The directives are aimed at transforming Abu Dhabi into a global hub for sustainability.
Al Shorafa said: "The industrial sector plays a key role in the local non-oil economy. We work closely with our partners to increase the sector’s contribution to Abu Dhabi’s gross domestic product (GDP) by implementing projects, initiatives and development programs that support and attract investments to this strategic sector."
"The ‘Industrial Sector Sustainability’ project is one of the most significant initiatives through which we seek to achieve the highest level of sustainability in the industrial sector, as well as upgrade all industrial production mechanisms and enhance industry efficiency and quality. Over the coming period, we also aim to expand the project’s scale to include as many industrial facilities as possible across Abu Dhabi," Al Shorafa added.
He called on the cooperation of all target entities and facilities as IDB begins to implement the project in line with its goals of optimal use of resources, rationalized energy and water consumption and proper management of resources within the industrial sector.
Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, explained that the project aims to achieve the key performance indicators (KPIs) set for 2020-2040. The main targets include reducing energy consumption by 15 per cent by 2040; managing the water consumption in industrial operations by 100 per cent by 2025; achieving water wastage to zero; reducing and diverting industrial waste away from landfill by 75 per cent by 2030; reducing carbon dioxide emissions of industries by 15 per cent by 2030; and training employees and raising awareness on sustainability by 100 per cent.
Al Balooshi explained that the project will also offer incentive programs to encourage industries to implement the industrial sustainability measures, in addition to plans aimed at organizing a training program for industrial facilities on industrial sustainability, green product manufacturing, circular economy and sustainable financial mechanism.
For the project’s next phase, Al Balooshi said that the IDB is now preparing a well-established control mechanism using modern technologies, including a digital platform, to develop sustainability-related capabilities of the industrial sector. It will also implement the government incentive programs that are aimed at rewarding industries applying the sustainability measures. The IDB will also urge the industrial sector to invest in industrial sustainability measures and prepare training programs on technologies relevant to improving energy efficiency and reducing water consumption and waste generation.
Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of ADDED’s IDB, said that the Bureau will conduct more normative studies and widen the study on industrial sustainability to include other industrial segments and minimize the impact of the industrial sector on the environment.
Al Mansouri added that the IDB will encourage industrial facilities to perform detailed audits of energy and water consumption to improve their utilization and encourage industries to start maintaining data about their by-products and how to recycle and best reuse them. This will be achieved through the establishment of a steering committee for sustainability whose members will include industrial developers and owners of facilities tasked to implement guidelines for industrial sustainability.
He noted that the project will also include an industrial sustainability model designed to enhance the development of innovative products and digital sustainability processes, as well as to find new ways to reduce water consumption and build capabilities in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG).
The ‘Industrial Sector Sustainability’ project covers key resource requirements to ensure efficiency and excellence and attain environmental sustainability across all manufacturing operations. It contains 50 sustainable measures, which include the establishment of electronic boards to control and monitor the consumption of energy and water resources as well as the implementation of a monitoring system to ensure compliance of facilities’ internal operations with environmental standards and conditions.
During the implementation of the project’s first phase, the IDB will focus on 21 industrial facilities operating in seven industries, namely iron and steel; aluminum; paper and pulp; construction materials; cement; plastic; and food. Meanwhile, data on the manufacturing operations of the seven industries were studied to develop analysis and cost measurement standards and determine the extent of the industrial sector’s compliance with and application of the industrial sustainability measures across their production processes.
To achieve the project’s objectives, the initial phase will focus on six KPIs, which are energy consumption; water consumption; disposal of waste and by-products; greenhouse gas emissions; indoor air quality in the workplace; and occupational indoor noise level. Source

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Asia’s FIFA World Cup 2022, Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers rescheduled

KUALA LUMPUR, 12th August 2020 (WAM) – In light of the current COVID-19 situation in many countries, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021.
In a statement released today and posted in its official website, AFC said: "With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches. Further details on the new dates for the next round of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023 will be announced in due course." Source

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Second phase of Resident Return Programme launched to ease travel restrictions

ABU DHABI, 12th August 2020 (WAM) – In line with directives issued by the country’s top leadership, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) approved the second phase of the Resident Return Programme.
As of Wednesday August 12, 2020, ICA registrations and approvals currently in place will no longer be mandatory for UAE residents to return to the country, and pre-approvals for residents’ return will be automatically granted.
The decision comes with the nearing end of summer vacations, as the beginning of the new academic year draws near and restrictions ease on trade, services and leisure across the country.
To facilitate the return of UAE residents, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has taken the initiative of replacing its registration and approvals with automatic pre-approvals, foregoing the need to submit an application.
The Authority advises residents to ensure their personal data (UAE ID number, passport number, nationality) is up to date by visiting uaeentry.ica.gov.ae, to facilitate travel procedures. This step is optional and intended for residents who wish to verify travel documents previously submitted and tied to permits previously granted.
To return to the UAE, residents must take a mandatory Covid-19 nasal swab test (PCR) through accredited laboratories in the country they are in, showing negative test results for a period not exceeding 96 hours prior to departure. Travelers must exhibit said negative results to the airlines upon check-in.
All precautionary and preventive measures apply to UAE residents upon their arrival to the country, in accordance with protocols in effect, including taking a PCR test on arrival, adhering to the approved quarantine period and downloading the Al-Hosn application for health and safety purposes.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship will persevere in launching national initiatives to support government efforts, in line with the directives issued by the UAE’s wise leadership, to ensure the safety and security of all residents in the country. Source

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Shuaa Capital reports AED164 million net profit for H1

DUBAI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — Shuaa Capital today reported a net profit attributable to shareholders of AED5 million and an EBITDA of AED125 million in the first half of 2020.
Excluding unrealised mark-to-market losses on portfolio investments, the H1-2020 net profit came in at AED164 million and EBITDA at AED284 million, the asset management and investment banking platform said in a statement today.
SHUAA’s first half financial results for 2020 affirmed the company’s ability to sustain its resilient revenue growth amidst severe global economic, financial and social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and other market disruptions.
Commenting on SHUAA's H1-2020 results, Jassim Alseddiqi, Chief Executive Officer of SHUAA Capital, said: "In this unprecedented time, our first priority was and still is the health and safety of our employees. I am very proud of how our team has responded, by seamlessly transitioning to remote working and by continuing to put our investors and clients at the heart of what we do.
"We managed to remain profitable in the first six months of 2020 on the back of the dedication and commitment of our employees to continue on our strategic agenda. Whilst COVID-19 as well as the economic and geopolitical challenges will continue to impact overall business and market activity for some time, our business model is calibrated around seizing opportunities across economic cycles, geographies and products. Our pipeline of investment banking mandates has strengthened, and the launch of scalable new investment funds has commenced. We stay firm on our promise to deliver value for our clients and shareholders."
The company reported an operating income of AED86 million in Q2-2020, up by 19% quarter-on-quarter, as the Group continues to progress on improving the breadth and quality of its revenues. SHUAA has maintained disciplined working capital management while working closely with portfolio companies to ensure appropriate funding, as well as protecting client assets through the crisis.
The company’s operating businesses, asset management and investment banking, showed a strong sequential recovery in profitability in Q2-20 with EBITDA of AED41 million and AED8 million respectively.
SHUAA's asset management business maintained its solid base, with assets under management standing at USD 13.0 billion at the end of Q2-2020 compared to USD12.8 billion in the first quarter of 2020, furthering the company's ongoing plan to increase its stable and recurring revenue streams through permanent capital vehicles.
SHUAA’s investment banking business continues to increase its focus on capital raising and restructuring mandates while continuing to build on the success of its fixed income trading desk. During H1 the team acted as lead or co-lead arranger on transactions successfully raising over USD 500 million while executing fixed income flow in excess of USD 1.5 billion (20% year-on-year growth).
The investment bank’s model remains resilient despite periods of crisis and uncertainty and is actively involved in capital restructuring and raising mandates in excess of USD2 billion. Source

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Mohammed bin Rashid praises launch of global initiative to train one million medical staff worldwide remotely

DUBAI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, praised the launch of the "Waterfall Initiative," a virtual initiative for continuous learning and specialised training to be launched by the UAE.
The largest of its kind, the initiative will be implemented under the follow-up and supervision of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and will offer a virtual medical training across 14 medical sectors.
"With the follow up of my brother, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE today has launched a health initiative to provide distance training in medical field and ambulance services for million trainees across the world," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
"The initiative is launched in partnership with 140 experts and 67 academic institutions and training institutes from around the world in line with its responsibility to support the global medical sector," he added.
"The UAE is an active part of the world’s healthcare system and aims to empower medical cadres around the world. The initiative is the UAE’s gift to the health and medical cadres from around the world, through which we will offer them the best advanced medical training," Lt. General Sheikh Saif said, and added that the UAE believes international cooperation is the best way to counter the pandemic, and the initiative is a part of its contribution.
"Medical cadres have proven that they are a national wealth in their countries, and we must protect them and reinforce their capacities to fight the coronavirus," he added.
Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education from UAE to the world is a global project that aims to deliver continuous education for around 1 million doctors, physicians, pharmacists, technicians, and specialists in the hospital management sector and the humanitarian field.
This unique project is an initiative from the UAE Ministry of Possibilities and INDEX Holding and in cooperation with Aqdar World Summit to support our front-liners across all medical and humanitarian fields, through a number of specialised webinars presented by a number of well-renowned local and international speakers and lecturers from across the world.
Within the Waterfalls platform, those affiliated with the initiative will obtain a training certificate and approved hours from the international scientific and academic bodies participating in the initiative, and they can benefit from it in the scope of their work or in their research, or in completing their scientific studies through continuous distance education without having to leave their jobs or Leaving their workplace or bearing any financial burdens, through the initiative link https://waterfalls.ae/. Source

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CBUAE sheds light on Youth Council’s strategic role in its first year

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — On the occasion of the CBUAE Youth Council first anniversary and International Youth Day, the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) released a statement highlighting the strategic role and achievements of its Youth Council.
"Embodying the vision of the Central Bank in promoting monetary and financial stability towards sustainable economic growth, CBUAE launched the Youth Council to enable Emirati youth talents and provide them with regulatory and supervisory tools and national and international knowledge. The Council aims to create a platform for Emirati youth representation and collaboration between them and the youth in the banking and financial sector. This will be reflected through awareness workshops and initiatives on financial literacy. These workshops are specifically designed for the youth to help them understand the importance of the role they play in the financial and banking sector," reads the statement issued today.
On this occasion, Abdulhamid M. Saeed Alahmadi, Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, said: "Our support for youth follows the wise leadership of the UAE to empower Emirati youth and to engage them in the decision-making; it also emerges from our belief in their effective role in building a sustainable knowledge and innovation based economy. We offer them opportunities to be exposed to the best international practices".
Under the CBUAE strategic plan to develop the Emirati youth, several internal and external programmes have been designed to equip them with leadership skills and give them the opportunity to work with some of the foremost financial and regulatory experts in key CBUAE’s projects, along with the recently launched "Young Economists Program" which is in partnership with the Federal Youth Authority. Source

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Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed reviews results of Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s strategy

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, today paid an official visit to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and officially endorsed the strategy for the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, which is part of DCT Abu Dhabi.
During his visit, His Highness was accompanied by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, and Saood Al Hosani, Acting Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, and was briefed by Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, and Abdulla Majid Al Ali, Director of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, on the Centre’s plans and strategies to promote the Arabic language. His Highness was also briefed on the legislation needed to encourage Arabic’s use for formal and official interactions in the emirate, in coordination with concerned entities.
Sheikh Khalid urged DCT Abu Dhabi officials to continue expanding the Zayed Poetry Encyclopedia to become a leading reference for the Emirati dialect, which the Centre is currently compiling. It will feature the late Sheikh Zayed's poems from a new perspective to highlight Emirati culture. He also proposed launching a comprehensive online platform and a competition, covering stories, poetry, recitation, calligraphy and visual arts, alongside an interactive exhibition that narrates the story of Arabic poetry and Sheikh Zayed’s unique association with this deep-rooted art in Emirati culture.
The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre plays a crucial role in setting policies for reviewing Arabic language curricula, conducting relevant research and periodically assessing implementation, as well as for organising specialised workshops, scientific and intellectual forums, and exhibitions. The Centre also promotes book publishing and translation from and into Arabic, as well as providing support to non-Arabic speakers. It also focusses on enhancing Arabic digital content, and establishing an investment fund for developing Artificial Intelligence solutions to promote Arabic and its use in all cultural and educational aspects.
Al Mubarak said: "The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre represents a significant addition to DCT Abu Dhabi, as it complements its mission in supporting the sustainable endurance of the emirate’s culture, and confirms Abu Dhabi’s interest in enhancing the role and use of Arabic in our society."
The Centre's strategy is to make a notable impact locally and globally over a period of five years, improving reading amongst school students, increasing the number of papers, research and reports written, and supporting more than 5,000 writers, translators and publishers. The Centre will also launch the first global, standardised Arabic language test for non-native speakers.
In line with the Centre's strategic goals, H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed instructed for multiple programmes to be developed to achieve its objectives. These programmes would be targeted at children, school students, Arabic linguists and academics and innovators, as well as non-Arabic speakers and those interested in Arabic and Arabic culture around the world.
He also officially unveiled ‘History at Home’, a new interactive online experience which will bring UAE history to life for children and young people. With its innovative virtual platform, this initiative reflects DCT Abu Dhabi’s efforts to find new ways to educate and entertain children in their homes and also further the digital transformation strategy of the emirate.
The immersive ‘History at Home’ edutainment platform uses artefacts and videos to teach users about UAE history in a fun and interactive way. Quizzes and games are designed with an inventive motivational and incentive system. As users gain points for completing activities and uploading creative sharable content, they have the chance to win real-life prizes including passes to Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Hosn, exciting experiences at Yas Island, and the chance to work on a real archaeological dig for a day.
The content draws upon History of the Emirates, the flagship documentary series produced by Atlantic Productions and presented by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and the rich collection of Zayed National Museum, which is currently under construction.
The website will update and present new artefacts periodically. Each piece of new content will be accompanied by a quiz and a creative task that will allow children to acquire points, ‘level up’ in the game, and share their creative generated content.
Sheikh Khalid also commended DCT Abu Dhabi's recent efforts to ensure the health and safety of visitors to Abu Dhabi despite the restrictions on travel and mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the UFC Fight Island activities on Yas Island.
DCT Abu Dhabi established an 11-square-kilometre safe zone for the event, exclusively for staff and participating UFC athletes – amounting to approximately 2,500 people, over a period of five weeks. The event was exceptionally organised, and fights were broadcast on UFC channels with over 22 million viewers tuning in.
HH Sheikh Khalid was briefed on the current state of the tourism sector, and praised DCT Abu Dhabi on its plans to revitalise the sector, especially with initiatives such as the recently launched Go Safe certification, a stringent safety accreditation to award to hotels and tourist establishments in the emirate for adhering to the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitisation.
In addition, DCT Abu Dhabi published a comprehensive preventive measures guidebook to ensure the health and safety of workers in the tourism and hospitality sectors as well as for visitors. The measures included mandatory periodic COVID-19 tests for all employees. DCT Abu Dhabi has also launched the Discover Abu Dhabi campaign, which features attractive offers for hotel stays and visits to distinctive tourist attractions in the emirate throughout summer.
Sheikh Khalid gave directions to DCT Abu Dhabi on its plans to develop tourism infrastructure and to diversify visitor experiences, including desert experiences, as well as focus on sustainability in the culture sector to enhance the social and economic impact of cultural initiatives.
He discussed DCT Abu Dhabi's five-year plan to develop the culture sector, which aims to drive sustainable development, especially through job creation, capacity building, and developing local businesses. The Department’s culture strategy is built around supporting content creation, adopting results-driven benchmarks for success that leads to positive social and economic impact, and expanding the sector's value chain to achieve greater revenue and more jobs.
DCT Abu Dhabi is committed to preserving and promoting Abu Dhabi's cultural heritage, fostering creativity by supporting art and culture programmes, and building capacity across the sector through its 19 strategic initiatives, 72 joint initiatives, and 11 cultural and community sites.
Despite the COVID-19 preventive measures, DCT Abu Dhabi has helped drive the sector's momentum by supporting key players, and digitising its cultural activities, offering virtual content to ensure viewer engagement, and studying public reactions during the pandemic to prepare programmes that are aligned to social needs.
DCT Abu Dhabi also launched the "Culture for All" platform to provide insightful cultural content via social media. This includes virtual cultural discussions, workshops and other interactive activities that gained appeal from across the world.
"Despite the challenges of the pandemic, growth prospects across the tourism and cultural sectors remain promising, especially through virtual interactions, which have led to new trends for audiences," added Al Mubarak. "We are considering these new trends even for the period after we resume natural operations. Revitalising the tourism sector is closely tied to resuming regular cultural activities, and Abu Dhabi offers distinctive tourism experiences, combining rich heritage and cultural elements, modern leisure attractions and environment-inspired experiences. These capabilities provide Abu Dhabi with a lot of potential to boost its momentum for recovery and growth in the tourism and cultural sectors." Source

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Ducab Group announces profitable H1 2020 despite COVID-19

DUBAI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — Ducab Group has announced that overall profitability for the first six months of 2020 has been maintained as compared to same period last year, due to the resilience of its diversified cables and metals business with all manufacturing based in the UAE.
Commenting on the company’s performance, Dr. Ahmad Bin Hassan Al Shaikh, Chairman of Ducab, said: "The current COVID-19 pandemic has tested businesses around the world including the manufacturing sector. Resilience and business continuity have been the cornerstones of Ducab’s strategy, supported by strong supply chain partners and the deep commitment from each member of the team. Ducab cables and metals businesses have thus remained profitable during an extremely challenging time. All of this has been possible while upholding stringent health and safety standards, ensuring that customer service remains unimpeded. Prudent financial management and effective cost control measures across all business areas enabled the group to partially offset the effects of margin pressures. Moreover, strong cash flows allowed debt levels to reduce in the core business, a result of which Ducab has brought down the total borrowings by an impressive 43% compared to the levels in H1 2019."
Jointly owned by ADQ (through Senaat) and ICD, with six manufacturing facilities across four sites in the UAE, today Ducab group has a manufacturing capability of over 115,000 metal tonnes of high, medium, and low-voltage cable solutions, an upgraded production capacity of 180,000 tonnes of copper rod and wire per annum, complemented by 55,000 tonnes per annum of aluminium rod and overhead conductor.
Ducab Cable Business, the largest part of the group, delivered a flat sales volume of just under 40,000 MT of conductors vis-a-vis last year and with the operations running uninterrupted during the pandemic, DCB continued to supply cables and accessories to customers in over 22 export markets. UAE being the home market, consumed the largest share of the cable and wire production with demand from Utilities, building construction industry and Oil and Gas sector fared better than expectation.
During the first six months of 2020, Ducab High Voltage (DHV) cable systems set a new H1 volume record by delivering 25% more kms of HV cables as compared to the same period last year. Highlights included successful installation activities associated with a 220kV cable order to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) whilst supervising the one-year pre-qualification test in a European-based test laboratory.
External sales of copper rods from Ducab Metal Business (DMB) grew by over 15% in H1 of the current year. Ducab Aluminium Company (DAC), also posted an impressive performance, having increased its supply of aluminium rods and overhead conductors to global customers by more than 2%, compared to the same period last year, keeping the Abu Dhabi based plant running flat out as a result of this demand.
Ducab group continues to export 60% of its overall rod, wire, and cable production around the world. A diversified customer base, matched with the ability to reach new regions, was a fundamental contributor to the company’s impressive H1 results.
"We fully understand that the global COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has impacted significantly on businesses and our communities. Ducab’s sales and operations teams have offered tremendous support to maintain the supply of cables to various project sites of ours in the UAE without any manufacturing delays during the COVID-19 pandemic," noted spokesperson from Samsung Engineering Abu Dhabi..
"Our colleagues both in offices and factories have been excellent in adapting to the new normal in a very short period of time. Taking an early, prevention-based approach to ensuring employee wellbeing was critical. Their incredible performance has meant that we have been able to continue to meet our customers’ expectations with minimal disruptions, for which I cannot thank them enough," added Dr. Al Shaikh.
"Moreover, on behalf of everyone at Ducab, I express my utmost thanks to the leaders of the UAE for the robust measures implemented to keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic." Source

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Emaar Properties reports H1 revenues of AED9 bn; AED2 billion net profit

DUBAI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — Emaar Properties has revealed H1 revenues of AED9 bn and over AED2 billion in net profit, according to a statement by the real estate Dubai-based giant today.
Mohamed Alabbar, Founder of Emaar, said: "Our performance in the first half of 2020 has demonstrated our fundamental ability to retain strength and act with agility and speed in the face of the challenges presented by Covid-19. Emaar’s performance is a testament to the products we introduce and the people behind these innovations.
"Each year we set the bar higher, raising the expectations across all our businesses to ensure every Emaar touchpoint is met with the same standard of excellence," he added.
In the meantime, Emaar Development, said revenue stood at AED4.818 bn in H1, with half-yearly net profit of AED1.036 bn.
Until June this year, Emaar’s delivery track record includes more than 64,700 residential units in Dubai and other international markets, with over 43,500 units delivered in the UAE. Over 29,000 residences are currently being developed in the UAE, alongside 11,000 units across international markets. Source

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Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank reports H1 2020 net profit of AED587.6 million

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) today reported a net profit of AED587.6 million and AED 2.5 billion in net revenue for H1 2020.
In a statement today, the Bank said the net revenue for H1-2020 decreased to AED2,556.6 million from AED2,887.1 million in H1 2019.
Jawaan Awaidah Al Khaili, Chairman of ADIB, said: "This period demonstrated the resilience of the bank’s businesses and the dedication of our employees as we remained focused on delivering uninterrupted services to customers amidst a very challenging environment. At the same time, we took mitigating steps to manage our risk while continuing to invest in initiatives that will support the growth of our business over coming years.
"While cost of credit and the challenging macroeconomic environment largely impacted our profits in the first half of 2020, we have been able to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic reasonably well. Our levels of capital and liquidity continue to remain strong, with both our common equity Tier-1 ratio and advances to deposits ratio increasing from the end of the previous quarter.
"As a bank that puts customers at the heart of everything we do, we have taken proactive steps to alleviate the financial pressure on individuals and businesses during this time, in line with the Central Bank of the UAE’s Targeted Economic Support Scheme in response to COVID-19. We have supported our customers through the deferral of finance repayments, while waiving certain fees to help individuals and businesses manage the difficulties they may be facing.
"ADIB’s investment into its digital transformation strategy has yielded substantial benefits including strong customer and transactional growth. In the first half of the year, we recorded high levels of digital adoption across our retail and corporate banking, and nearly 60% of all our customers are now banking digitally.
"In response to heightened interest from international investors in ADIB’s stock, the bank raised the percentage of foreign ownership to 40%, from 25%, which will accelerate efforts to broaden and diversify the bank’s investor base at a critical time.
"While the economic outlook remains uncertain globally, I am confident that the decisive actions taken by the UAE Government to re-open the economy in a phased and safe manner will lead to improvements in the domestic operating environment. We are already seeing a resurgence in business volumes, as demonstrated in ADIB’s 4% growth in customer financing, and believe that this trend would continue as the recovery gathers pace in the second half of the year."
Mohamed Abdelbary, Group Chief Financial Officer, added: "ADIB reported net profits of AED 587.6 million for the first half of 2020, a decrease of 52% from the same period last year due to the impact of a challenging operating environment, which saw lower economic activity, lower rates and a higher cost of credit. Despite the low rate environment, ADIB was able to maintain one of the highest net profit margins in the market of 3.6% in H1 2020. This was helped by the positive impact of a low cost of funds, supported by higher CASA
balances which comprised 76% of our total customer deposits." Source

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Abdullah bin Zayed, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister discuss developments in Eastern Mediterranean region

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — During a telephone call, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, discussed, with Nikos Dendias, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, bilateral ties between the UAE and Greece and developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Both sides also denounced any procedures that will threaten the Eastern Mediterranean region’s stability and stressed the importance of respecting international law.
Sheikh Abdullah congratulated Dendias on the signing of an agreement to demarcate the maritime borders between Egypt and Greece, adding that it will help achieve stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
He also highlighted the strong friendship between the UAE and Greece and their ongoing cooperation, supported by their leaderships. Source

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Latifa bint Mohammed embarks on a series of visits to Dubai’s cultural and creative sites

DUBAI, 12th August 2020 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of the Dubai Council, today (Wednesday) started a series of engagements with the creative sector with a visit to the Dubai Design District (d3).
HH Sheikha Latifa visited a number of design spaces within the d3 community and met with creative entrepreneurs and designers to discuss prospects for the design industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visits planned across key locations in Dubai’s cultural and creative ecosystem over the upcoming period of time are in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to facilitate the revitalisation of sectors across the economy and support their sustained growth.
"The past few months have brought challenges to all sectors including the creative and cultural sectors," said Sheikha Latifa. "However, I am proud to see the agility the sector has shown in mitigating the repercussions of the crisis and developing innovative solutions to move forward and stay engaged with the public. This is yet another story of resilience in the face of the crisis coming out of Dubai."
"As we embark on dealing with the new normal, it is imperative that we work closely with our key industries to navigate the challenges brought by this period. We believe that two-way conversations are important in enhancing the existing infrastructure and facilitating innovative solutions. This will support us in achieving His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision of Dubai as a leading global cultural hub and a safe ecosystem promoting growth and sustainability for all who are a part of, and will become a part of our creative economy." she added.
"I look forward to seeing first-hand how the sector is handling the ‘new normal’ created in the wake of the crisis. I call on key players in the cultural and creative sector from creative talents and professionals to institutions and government bodies to come together and engage in continuous conversations to explore opportunities and collaborations that can strengthen the cultural and creative landscape."
Participants in the discussion Sheikha Latifa had at d3 included Al Joud Lootah, Khulood Sharafi, Aya Al Bitar, Khalid Al Shaffar, Abdulla Al Mulla and Ammar Kalo.
Sheikha Latifa's visits in the upcoming period will see her conduct numerous conversations with creatives in the fields of art, design, literature and innovation. The visits, which aim to assess the industry’s resilience, will include meetings with leaders and professionals shaping the cultural and creative sector. During the engagements, she will discuss opportunities and challenges that have emerged in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and ways of overcoming them to create a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for the cultural sectors.
With the resumption of various economic sectors and reopening of international tourism, cultural and creative sites across the emirate have started to welcome visitors. The creative community has also resumed its activities and started reconnecting with the public.
Museums, libraries and other cultural destinations in the emirate including Alserkal Avenue, Art Jameel, d3 and DIFC are welcoming visitors with a series of cultural events set to be held in the months ahead, chief among which is Dubai Design Week in November 2020. Source

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Sharjah Ruler calls on Arabs to support Lebanon; Direct Line raises AED30.74 million on live TV event

SHARJAH, 12th August 2020 (WAM) – Less than 24 hours after The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a Sharjah-based global humanitarian charity, announced a global campaign to provide emergency relief for victims of the devastating explosion that struck Beirut last week, a 90-minute live fundraising event hosted today on Sharjah TV’s popular Direct Line (Al Khat Al Mubasher) programme, has successfully raised AED 30.74 million with dozens of charitable individuals and organizations calling in to make generous contributions.
In a passionate plea made on Tuesday, August 11, at the launch of ‘Salam Beirut’, an emergency aid and relief campaign from Sharjah, H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of TBHF and Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children at UNHCR, had called upon individuals and organizations in the UAE and around the world to stand in solidarity with Lebanon and to extend their moral and humanitarian support to the victims of the Beirut port blast.
A total of AED 30,741,000 was pledged on the show with Sharjah Islamic Bank donating AED 6 million; while Bank of Sharjah, Humaid Jaafar, and an anonymous philanthropist donated AED 5 million each.
H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, called on Arab countries to stand up and support the Lebanese people in their ordeal so they are not left as other countries were, pointing out that Arabs can heal their wounds with their own hands and that Lebanon was and is still part of the Arab nation and not absent from it.
"I thank Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of The Big Heart Foundation and Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children at UNHCR, for her leading efforts in garnering overwhelming support for our brothers and sisters in Lebanon. I pay tribute to the precious lives lost to this tragedy and wish those who were hurt a speedy recovery," His Highness continued.
"We thank everyone who has come forward to help Lebanon cope with this unprecedented tragedy through their good deeds and words. This is the time to stand with the Lebanese people, not the time to meddle with politics or past issues. We will be there until you get back on your feet. We are with all those who are calling for reform to end the turmoil in Lebanon," the Sharjah Ruler added.
"Lebanon, the land of culture and giving, the nation that was once home to all Arabs and has given us numerous poets and artists, is not unknown to anyone," His Highness continued.
"We are rooting for you Lebanon. We will never abandon you," HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi asserted.
His Highness concluded the address with the message: "I hope whoever hears my words will support, even if it is with the word. We need to feel that we can heal each other’s wounds, support each other. I wish all of you success until we meet at the celebration that will mark Lebanon’s freedom. That day will come "
Following the launch of the ‘Salam Beirut’ campaign, Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA) announced the unification of broadcasting on all its channels and radio stations on Wednesday, August 12, through the live The Direct Line (Al Khat Al Mubasher) show in support of the efforts to help those affected by the disaster. Accordingly, this popular platform devoted its broadcast hours from 1.30pm to 3pm exclusively to raise funds for this noble initiative.
Renowned personalities and leaders of the Arab world came on air expressing their grief at the disaster and urged their fellow compatriots to lend a helping hand to the ‘Salam Beirut’ campaign, prompting an outpouring of compassion as people phoned in or texted to donate their contributions.
Fouad Chehab Nabih Dandan, Lebanese Ambassador to the UAE, extended the gratitude of Lebanon’s citizens and residents to HH Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi for quickly responding to the situation with the ‘Salam Beirut’ aid and relief campaign.
"Through such deeds, the UAE and it’s leadership epitomize the true spirit of brotherhood and humanity. We laud your nation’s rapid humanitarian response and we equally share the love and sincerity your people have for Lebanon and its people. The UAE has always firmly stood by the Lebanese people through tragedies they have experienced. What you are doing for our people today comes as no surprise to us, and we thank this each and every individual and organization in this generous country who contributed," he added.
Popular Lebanese soprano singer, Majida El Roumi, remarked that despite living through several trying times in Lebanon, the aftermath of the Beirut explosion is "nothing like what I have seen or experienced before." "Beirut is devastated. The spirit and hopes of the Lebanese people are crushed," she added, saying "I look forward that to seeing these charitable donations contributing to reconstructing the homes of people that were damaged before winter, preserving Beirut’s heritage and history and preserving its identity."
"This campaign, Salam Beirut is not uncommon, coming from Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi and Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi. Her Highness said ‘our [Arab] communities are inseparable’, which is a profound message. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi is calling for the unity of the Arab world, and if one part is hurt, the rest is bound to suffer," she concluded.
Mariam Al Hammadi, Director or TBHF emphasized that the entire world, not just the Arab region, was deeply saddened by the Beirut incident. "The innocent victims of this tragedy were caught in a deadly explosion as they were labouring to provide for their families, just going about their day. In seconds, their lives turned upside down."
"The campaign launched by Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi aims to bring emergency aid and relief to the affected, and represents our humanitarian duty towards Lebanon – a nation that has played a key role in shaping the history, literature, art, culture, and the sciences in the Arab world," she added.
"We are working meticulously with on-ground organizations and agencies in Lebanon to ensure all donations directly reach the affected. The first phase of Salam Beirut is focusing on providing medical aid, food and water supplies and shelter to victims, and includes rubble removal, the provision of essential services such as electricity, sanitation and plumbing. We thank Sharjah Broadcasting Authority for extending its platform to the Emirati and Arab people to express their solidarity and affirm their principled and proactive role towards benevolence, giving and altruism when it comes to a humanitarian situation of this size," she concluded.
In an unprecedented show of support, UAE residents and organizations came forward to donate amounts ranging from AED 5,000 to AED 6 million during the 90-minute The Direct Line programme broadcast from Sharjah.
The main donors and funds raised for the ‘Salam Beirut’ campaign are as follows: AED6 million Sharjah Islamic Bank AED5 million Bank of Sharjah Humaid Jaafar, Founder and Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies Anonymous Philanthropist AED2 million Sharjah Broadcasting Authority AED1.5 million Majid Al-Junaid, CEO of Sharjah Coop AED1 million Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Charity International Sharjah American International School AED500,000 Sheikha Maryam bint Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Sheikha Nora bint Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi Nama Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) Chamber of Commerce and EXPO Farouj Narkizian, General Manager of Bank of Sharjah Anonymous Philanthropist AED250,000 Fathi Afana, CEO, Fast Building Contracting company Beeah Sharjah Environment Company LLC (Bee'ah) AED100,000 Rashed Al Mehyan, Chairman of the Parents' Council in the Central Region
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Mansour bin Zayed echoes UAE leaders’ directives to make giant leaps in services, mega projects for coming 50 years

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, has echoed the directives of the UAE leaders to prepare the UAE for the coming 50 years by making giant leaps in services and mega projects on the federal and local level as the country approaches its Golden Jubilee in 2021.
"The UAE government is staunchly adhering to the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 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, to develop a comprehensive, innovative approach to address the multifaceted, rapid changes ensuing from the exceptional circumstances all the countries of the world are going through," Sheikh Mansour said as he chaired a meeting today of the Ministerial Development Council at Qaṣr Al-Waṭan. It is the first physical meeting convened by the Council since its restructure recently.
The meeting kicked off with a review of the nation's strategic food reserve, and the attendees reiterated the UAE leadership's directives that food security is a red line. On this score, the council's members were briefed on a number of food security-oriented initiatives and an overview of the country's reserve of essential food commodities.
The council also deliberated a new approach to regulate marriage and family formation, where a study has been reviewed on the necessity of premarital tests, including testing for genetic, infectious and blood transmitted diseases to ensure healthy offspring and ultimately promote a safe society. The council in this regard directed a review of all mechanisms and tools conducive to enhancing the country's competitiveness rankings in global family indicators.
The council also discussed a mechanism on installing firefighting systems at the houses of Emiratis and expatriate residents alike in order to reduce fire accidents and protect the life and property of every and each one.
A number of agreements signed by the UAE with GCC states on customs, economic affairs, and trade cooperation were reviewed as well during the meeting to bolster joint action among GCC states. Source

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LUdeS awards Sheikha Fatima an honorary PhD in Social Studies

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — The Board of Directors of the University of Human Sciences and Technology, LUdeS, in Lugano, Switzerland, has granted H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), an honorary PhD in Social Studies, in recognition of her efforts to promote social work and the values of tolerance.
The university also granted Sheikha Fatima a certificate of appreciation for her humanitarian efforts during the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, through her various projects and initiatives.
Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, received the PhD and certificate on behalf of Sheikha Fatima, in the presence of Manuela Sotgiu-Di Martino, President of the University, who participated remotely, in addition to Shehab Ahmed Al Fahim, Assistant Under-Secretary for Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Hamad Khalfan Al Shamsi, Director-General of Sheikha Fatima’s Private Department, and others.
On the occasion, Al Shamsi delivered a speech that conveyed the greetings of Sheikha Fatima to the university for honouring her and granting her the certificate.
The honour is a recognition of Sheikha Fatima’s efforts to support women, children and the elderly for decades, as well as to promote family stability and community cohesion, and discourage discrimination among peoples based on gender, religion or belief, Al Shamsi said.
Sheikha Fatima’s initiatives in the areas of women’s empowerment, education, health and social care, and humanitarian work are based on the values of coexistence, peace and tolerance, she noted.
In her speech, Al Shamsi highlighted Sheikha Fatima’s local and international work to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
On behalf of the university’s administrative and teaching staff, Sotgiu-Di Martino thanked Sheikha Fatima and stressed that the honouring is a turning point in the history of the university, as Sheikha Fatima deserves the honour due to her social role in promoting tolerance and for her humanitarian work.
Sheikha Fatima has always prioritised vulnerable people around the world, especially women and children, she added, noting that her global humanitarian campaigns cover the poorest areas of the world. Source

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Dubai to host 1st Healthcare Future Summit

DUBAI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) –Dubai will host virtually the 1st edition of Healthcare Future Summit, a conference dedicated to all medical professionals, ministries of health, government authorities, and academia.
Running under the theme "Bringing Healthcare Communities Together", the summit will be taking place from 6th-8th of December, 2020, focusing on the increased demand and the significant social expectations in healthcare delivery due to the global pandemic that is threatening the whole world today.
The event is built on the foundation of eight main pillars: patient safety, future of healthcare, innovation & technology, healthcare finance, big data, pharma in healthcare and wellness & medical tourism.
Around 500 participants are expected to attend the conference that will be hosting more than 45 reputed regional and international speakers.
Speaking about the key highlights of the healthcare summit, Dr. Ramadan Alblooshi, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation, DHCR, & Head of the Scientific Committee of Healthcare Future Summit mentioned, "We are bringing healthcare communities together to deliver the best care to our patients. We aim to position healthcare at the lead of the global industry by introducing innovative regulations and providing platforms to share the best practices and to assess demands. Being one of the healthcare regulators in the region, we have a deep sense of responsibility to serve the people and look into the future by elevating the healthcare standards."
He added, "In line with Dubai Plan 2021, we share a unifying voice and continue to work closely with various authorities to help and execute a strong regulatory framework, which will build a more reliable healthcare industry in order to safeguard citizens, residents and visitors in the country. The well-founded infrastructure and the overwhelming government support make the UAE more equipped to compete with international standards and achieve high satisfaction in care delivery."
Commenting on hosting this summit, Anas Al Madani, Vice-Chairman and Group CEO of INDEX Holding said, "I am looking forward to the Healthcare Future Summit to discuss with experts the future of the healthcare system in the post-coronavirus phase, which has a crucial impact on every aspect of our lives." Source

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Health ministry conducts further 72,630 COVID-19 tests, uncovers 246 new cases in 24 hours

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, on Wednesday said it carried out over 72,630 additional COVID-19 tests in the country over the last 24 hours, using the latest testing methods.
The Ministry said in a statement that the intense testing drive uncovered 246 new cases of various nationalities, who are all in a stable condition and receiving the necessary medical treatment. This brings the total number of official cases recorded in the UAE to 63,212.
It also announced the recovery of an additional 232 individuals from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 57,193.
MoHAP said no new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. Source

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UAE, Singapore discuss enhancing cooperation relations

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, has received Kamal R Vaswani, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the UAE, to discuss ways of promoting bilateral ties between the UAE and Singapore. Al Bowardi welcomed the Singaporean Ambassador, wishing him success in carrying out his duties in bolstering the bonds of mutual cooperation between the two countries at all levels. The two sides also reviewed the latest developments of COVID-19 outbreak and the importance of coordinating and unifying efforts to contain its impact. Al Bowardi and the Singaporean Ambassador explored ways of enhancing cooperation relations between the UAE and Singapore across various fields. They also reviewed issues of mutual interest ad exchanged views on regional and international developments. The meeting was attended by Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence.   Source

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Louvre Abu Dhabi joins J. Paul Getty Museum in investigating ancient panel paintings

ABU DHABI, 12th August, 2020 (WAM) — Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced its participation in a global research project with the J. Paul Getty Museum and 47 other institutions to investigate Romano-Egyptian funerary portraits, considered to be some of the most spectacular artworks from the ancient world.
Launched in 2013 by the Getty Museum’s Department of Antiquities Conservation, the APPEAR (Ancient Panel Paintings: Examination, Analysis and Research) project aims to analyse and share the secrets of these funerary portraits, found in the collections of several major international museums. The objective of APPEAR is to expand the knowledge and critical understanding of the methods and materials used to create these paintings.
Louvre Abu Dhabi joined the APPEAR project in 2019 to analyse the artwork Funerary Portrait of a Man with a Cup (225–50 CE), a prime example of a Romano-Egyptian funerary portrait in the museum’s collection. Created as portraits of the deceased, these artefacts meld artistic methods and styles of the Greco-Roman period with the 2,000-year-old Egyptian funerary tradition.
The project is led by a team of researchers and scientists from Louvre Abu Dhabi with the support of NYU Abu Dhabi, NYUAD.
"APPEAR is one of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s most significant collaborations to date. Through this project, we seek to encourage scholarly studies, as well as contribute to international academic research," said Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director at Louvre Abu Dhabi. "It is an exciting and inspiring opportunity for the UAE to be a part of this global initiative of exchanging discoveries on some of the world’s most renowned antique artefacts. As one of many research and conservation projects we are working on, APPEAR speaks to the museum’s larger mission to be a platform for experimentation, and to offer significant academic insights into the artworks that have defined humanity."
APPEAR follows several scientific processes. At Louvre Abu Dhabi, for instance, an X-Ray Fluorescence, XRF, spectrometer has been used to detect and identify most of the chemical elements that lie on the painting’s surface. This data is then analysed to discover new information on funerary portraits, including how they were made, where they originated and who might have created them. The findings also shed light on the journey of the Funerary Portrait of a Man with a Cup throughout time by revealing sections that may have been painted over or restored as the artwork was handed down.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is in the process of building its first laboratory of material analysis on artefacts. For APPEAR, the museum’s scientists, Elsa Bourguignon and Pablo Londero, collaborated with colleagues from NYUAD, Francesco Arneodo, Professor of Physics, and co-Director of the NYUAD Dhakira Centre for Heritage Studies, Adriano di Giovanni, Research Scientist, and Rodrigo Torres Saavedra, Research Assistant. These scientists assisted with conducting the research and analysis to APPEAR using NYUAD’s portable XRF spectrometer.
"NYU Abu Dhabi is a liberal arts college and a research institution, where we highly value interdisciplinarity. Our application of techniques common in atomic and molecular physics to answer questions in the cultural heritage domain is a perfect example of what we love to do," said Arneodo. "The collaboration with Louvre Abu Dhabi on the APPEAR project is a wonderful opportunity and an example of how universities and museums can work together to answer questions and open opportunities for researchers and students."
Following the completion of the analysis of Funerary Portrait of a Man with a Cup, the results will be added to the APPEAR online database that is made available to other scientists and researchers. The first results of the findings will be published at the end of 2020.
In addition to the APPEAR project, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Research and Development department has recently launched several other research and conservation initiatives, elevating the museum’s academic contributions to the field of art history. These projects include programmes on medieval manuscripts and restorations of The Hunts of Maximillian tapestry and the Turkish 16th–17th-century rider and horse armour, which is on view as part of the museum’s recent exhibition, Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West.
Social sciences, as well as translation studies in the context of museums, are also a part of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s research programmes, developed in partnership with a network of UAE universities. Such extensive research projects aim to deepen knowledge of the museum’s collection and improve the process of restoring and preserving the key artefacts that have defined civilisations throughout history. Source