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WAM: Mansour bin Zayed approves personal status claims guidelines at Abu Dhabi Courts

Mansour bin Zayed ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, ADJD, issued a resolution to approve guidelines for personal status claims at the Abu Dhabi Courts.

The guidelines aim to support the emirate’s judiciary system in the area of personal status, through standardising alimony estimation, to achieve the required balance between the obligee and the obliger.

It also aims to standardise procedures of relevant cases, starting from the family guidance sessions to the closing verdict.

Yousef Saeed Al Ibri, Under-Secretary of the ADJD, stated that the approval of the guidelines is a step is another step closer to enhancing the emirate’s judicial system, as it ensures the smooth process of the judicial system.

The guidelines will also lead to the adoption of a system for estimating alimony and its various components, including basic alimony, housing rental, service allowance and school fees, as well as personal status-related procedures, family guidance. They also deal with conflicts arising from alimony claims like housing, visitations, family reconciliation counselling, and other claims.

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WAM: Five more coronavirus patients recover in UAE: Health Ministry

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ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention today announced the “full recovery” of five further cases from the coronavirus (COVID-19) following hospitalisation.

The ministry said in a statement on Monday that two Emiratis, two Ethiopians, and a Thai national are the latest to recover from the virus, bringing to 12 the total recovered cases in the country.

The Ministry affirmed that the UAE’s handling of the cases – from diagnosis until recovery – reflects the strength of its health care system, thanks to the support of the leadership and its concern to provide the highest levels of health care for all.

It added that infected individuals are being dealt with according to the highest health standards, and are kept under observation and the care of specialised medical teams that conform to the standards of the World Health Organisation.

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WAM: Mohammed bin Rashid inaugurates DEWA’s R&D Centre at Solar Park

DUBAI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s, DEWA, Research and Development, R&D, Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, one of the key projects at the solar park.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid visited the sections and labs of the R&D Centre, which covers 4,400 square metres. The centre contributes to building and localising knowledge and expertise and employs around 70 percent Emiratis.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council; and Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, attended the event. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, and senior officials from the public and private sectors were also present.

DEWA’s R&D Centre is the only centre in the UAE that focuses on renewable energy, smart grid technologies and energy efficiency.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Al Tayer about the R&D Centre’s areas of work. The centre has various internal and outdoor labs to study the performance and reliability of PV panels. Key internal labs include the Electrical Characterisation Lab, the Mechanical Characterisation Lab, the Materials Characterisation Lab, the Solar Simulator Lab, and the Accelerated Aging Lab. The outdoor labs include testing different solar panel technologies and performance, as well as a safe zone for testing drones.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed also met a number of the R&D Centre’s researchers and experts. The centre was granted one patent, with five more under process.

“The wise leadership attaches great importance to R&D. At DEWA, we work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who once observed, ‘We are seeking to make the UAE an efficient and influential part of the international academic and research community.’ We are committed to anticipating and shaping the future of energy and water,” Al Tayer said.

The R&D Centre received a Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the US Green Building Council.

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WAM: International Prize for Arabic Fiction cancels its 2020 awards ceremony

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — The International Prize for Arabic Fiction has cancelled its 2020 awards ceremony, which was due to take place in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 14 April, for the preservation of public health.

According to the organisers, the decision to take this precautionary measure stems from international recommendations. Further details about the prize process will be announced in due course through the website and in coordination with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

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WAM: Air Arabia introduces new modification fee waiver policy

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SHARJAH, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Air Arabia has announced that it is offering more flexibility to its customers by introducing a new modification fee waiver policy in light of the current travel restrictions and to allow customers the choice of changing travel dates.

According to a press release issued by Air Arabia on Monday, the new waiver policy offers passengers the flexibility to modify their travel bookings without charge and reissuance fees, further underlining Air Arabia’s commitment to providing flexibility and prioritising the convenience of its customers.

Air Arabia customers can change their existing and new bookings made until 31st March, 2020, for travel until 31st December, 2020, up to 72 hours prior to departure. This applies to all flights across the Air Arabia network from its hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt.

Customers will only need to pay the fare difference, if any, at the time of rebooking their flights. Air Arabia’s dedicated call centres and sales offices available throughout their entire network will assist customers with their bookings and enquiries.

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WAM: DIEDC, UNDP launch new partnership in support of SDGs

DUBAI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, DIEDC, and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to enhance their collaboration and align the DIEDC’s stakeholders with the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

The agreement provides a framework to leverage the natural synergy between the two organisations with a focus on generating knowledge and research related to the Islamic economy and the SDGs, as well as on using the UNDP’s SDG expertise in the DIEDC’s initiatives across the Islamic economy sectors and helping the DIEDC’s stakeholders align their activities with the SDGs. The agreement builds on the UN Secretary-General’s call to action on financing, including through the promotion of new partnerships to unlock Islamic finance for the SDGs.

Commenting on the MoU, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of DIEDC, said, “Under the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and the supervision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and General Supervisor of the Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy initiative, we are committed to fulfilling the objectives of Dubai’s Islamic economy strategy and creating an enabling environment for sustainable development and responsible investment.”

He added, “By boosting our ability to engage with stakeholders around the globe, this MoU empowers us to widen our horizons and maximise the potential of the Islamic economy.”

“The UNDP is proud to launch this new partnership with the DIEDC, which will bridge the gap between development and finance partners to help accelerate progress towards the SDGs. Leveraging Islamic finance instruments will be vital to protect the planet while ensuring shared economic prosperity, and we look forward to working together to translate the instruments into SDG-aligned investments and impact,” said Marcos Neto, Director of UNDP’s new SDG Finance Sector Hub.

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of DIEDC, said, ” We are confident that our partnership with the UNDP will facilitate the integration of sustainable practices into the activities of our stakeholders and bolster the global reach and impact of the Islamic economy. This agreement reaffirms our shared commitment towards building a sustainable future and I look forward to future collaborations in unlocking opportunities to enhance global sustainability.”

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WAM: WCO Global AEO Conference rescheduled to run next February in conjunction with Expo 2020

DUBAI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Acting on the request of the Dubai Customs and the UAE Federal Customs Authority, the World Customs Organisation Secretariat has agreed to reschedule the 5th WCO Global AEO Conference in Dubai from 15th to 17th February, 2021, in conjunction with Expo 2020, making it a better opportunity for all parties to exchange expertise and the best practices in trade, economy, culture and innovation.

The conference was initially planned from 10th to 12th March, 2020.

Since the first edition of the WCO Global AEO Conference held in Korea in 2012, the WCO has brought together customs administrations, the business community, policymakers, legal and academic representatives, as well as other government bodies to build capacity, enhance cooperation and foster a global public-private dialogue for the implementation of AEO programmes worldwide.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director-General of Dubai Customs, said, “The conference gains international recognition and attention for the many opportunities it provides in facilitating customs procedures and legitimate trade and cross-border passenger traffic. It is a translation of the UAE’s efforts in consolidating international cooperation to promote and develop the customs system worldwide.”

He added, “Organising the AEO Conference in conjunction with Expo 2020 will be an added value to the 5th edition. It will also increase participation, as we expect more than 2,000 delegates to attend the conference. It will, of course, enhance the UAE’s position and its strong presence on the world trade map thanks to its competitive infrastructure, safe and attractive investment environment and highly developed customs system.”

The number of AEO member companies has risen to 70. The AEO programme is a partnership between the trade community and customs, in which actors in the global supply chain can apply for an AEO status to receive trade facilitation benefits and, at the same time, verify and increase their level of compliance and security.

The UAE signed a mutual recognition agreement with South Korea in 2017, and it came into force in October 2018. The time required for customs clearance dropped 83 percent and companies that joined the programme were exposed to less inspection and more streamlined customs procedures.

Similar agreements were signed with Saudi Arabia in May 2019, with China last July, and with India last October.

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WAM: 5 Emirati women employees of ENOC Group complete leadership programme at Scotland Summer School

5 Emirati women employees of ENOC Group complete leadership programme at Scotland Summer School

DUBAI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Five Emirati women from the ENOC Group, completed a four-week multicultural leadership academic programme at the Scotland Summer School in Dundee, accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The employees, Fatima Saleh Alichla, Hind Al Shamsi, Marwa Abdulla, Amna Banihashem and Naaima Al Falasi, all attended the programme to learn about diverse subjects including civilisational dialogue, Scottish history and culture, leadership, management and Scottish politics.

They were part of the fourth batch of Emirati employees to participate in the programme, which concluded on 21st February, 2020.

The initiative was also aimed at challenging and expanding the intellectual skills and approach of Emirati women working at ENOC, enabling pro-active engagement with students from other cultures, designed to empower them with the knowledge and skills required for active multicultural links.

Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, said, “On behalf of the ENOC Group, we would like to thank H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, for his forward-thinking vision towards the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education for giving this opportunity to our employees.”

“At the ENOC Group, we believe in building a future-ready workforce that can create innovative solutions to overcome problems. Our young talented Emiratis are the business leaders of tomorrow and we remain committed to providing the necessary tools, training and opportunities to further enhance their skills,” Al Falasi added.

The programme allows students to immerse themselves in an exciting cultural exchange with course topics including Multiculturalism, Globalisation and Muslims, Leadership and Management, Civilisational Dialogue and Ethics, and Diversity and Entrepreneurship. Till date, the ENOC Group has sponsored 14 students to attend the programme.

As a national oil company, the ENOC Group invests in initiatives to support talented Emiratis in the energy sector, including partnerships with universities, as well as introducing training and development modules to elevate local talent.

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WAM: Health ministry reports 14 new coronavirus cases

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ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE has recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said on Monday, bringing the total number of reported cases to 59.

In a statement, the health ministry said the cases involve four Emiratis, three Italians, two Bangladeshis, two Nepalese, a Russian, an Indian and a Syrian national.

It added that the latest cases were discovered following an “active and continuous investigation” and the testing of those who came in contact with previously confirmed infected individuals who were quarantined.

The ministry affirmed that since the emergence of the epidemic in China, UAE authorities have spared no effort in monitoring the spread of the virus in the country and handling it according to the highest medical standards.

It added that several precautionary measures have been put in place, including the installation of detection thermal imaging systems and health checks at the country’s border entry points, and isolating confirmed and suspected cases.

The ministry urged members of the public to adhere to preventative health measures and to refer to the tips offered on its website to prevent the spread of the disease.

“The ministry and local health authorities recommend members of the community to adopt healthy habits that help protect individuals from infectious diseases, including washing hands well with soap and water, and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs and viruses,” the statement said.

People with respiratory symptoms were also advised to avoid mixing in crowded places, while members of the public were told to avoid misinformation and rumours by referring to official sources for information.

 

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WAM: RAK Ruler receives Armenian Ambassador

RAS AL KHAIMAH, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has received Mher Mkrtumyan, Ambassador of Armenia to the UAE.

Sheikh Saud welcomed the Armenian Ambassador, and wished him success in carrying out his duties to enhance mutual cooperation between the two friendly countries across various sectors.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral ties between the UAE and Armenia and means of boosting them for the interest of their peoples.

Ambassador Mkrtumyan thanked the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah for his warm welcome and praised the distinguished level of bilateral relations that bind the two friendly countries in all fields.

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WAM: UAE, Uganda discuss enhancing cooperation

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ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, received today Henry Oryem Okello, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Uganda, and discussed cooperation relations between the two countries.

During the meeting, Al Bowardi stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation to serve the two countries’ mutual interests. The two sides also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of common concern.

The meeting was attended by Matar Salim Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, as well as a number of top military officers and officials.

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WAM: EDGE, Tawazun collaborate to offer opportunities to outstanding UAE nationals in defence and security

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — EDGE, the advanced technology group for defence and beyond, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tawazun Economic Council, the defence and security industry enabler responsible for the creation and development of a sustainable industry in the UAE.

The agreement will enable EDGE to offer exceptional UAE nationals the prospect of participating in development programmes, and benefiting from job placement opportunities and internships in the advanced technology, defence and security domains through the Sustain & Enhance Emiratisation in Defence and Security, SEEDS, programme.

The MoU was signed between Dr. Fahad Al Yafei, President – Platforms & Systems, EDGE, and Matar Ali Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer of Tawazun Economic Council.

Part of the latest initiative under the Tawazun Economic Programme, SEEDS will empower EDGE to bring together and train talented UAE nationals from Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, United Arab Emirates University, and the Higher College of Technology, who are pursuing degrees in engineering and computer science. SEEDS will also help facilitate EDGE’s presence in universities, allowing the company to showcase its capabilities.

Speaking on the announcement, Dr. Al Yafei said, “EDGE is striving to build a secure and safer world, and talent is a critical component for us to achieve this objective. We are therefore delighted to collaborate with Tawazun on the landmark SEEDS programme. While allowing us to tap into the best local talent, it offers UAE nationals the unique opportunity to develop their skillsets, shape disruptive solutions, and pioneer the future, as they work to help build the nation. At EDGE, we take enormous pride in developing programmes and placements that both stimulate and reward the brightest minds.”

He added, “Nurturing the capabilities of local students and fresh graduates will also reinforce our commitment to developing a sustainable knowledge and innovation-based economy and demonstrate our promise to fulfil the objectives outlined in the broader Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.”

Matar Ali Al Romaithi said, “At Tawazun, we are contributing to the development of a sustainable defence and security industry by driving economic value, technology and innovation, and ecosystem growth. The Tawazun Economic Programme underscores the importance of attracting local and foreign capital to further enhance and develop the sector, while promoting technology and knowledge transfer.”

He added, “SEEDS is a key pillar of this programme, enabling emerging local talent to gain international exposure and the opportunity to undertake job training in what is usually a protected industry. Working with our strategic partners, we are providing students and fresh graduates with hands-on experience and access to leaders in the defence and security industry. As we further develop our capabilities, we will seek to accelerate the pace of Emiratisation, in line with the nation’s vision of creating a competitive knowledge-based economy.”

SEEDS aims to elevate national capabilities through offering opportunities for international exposure with leading global companies operating in the defence and security industry. With nine areas of priority, which include systems engineering and architectures, modelling and simulation, component and module technologies, RF sensor technologies and applications, among others – the programme presents fresh graduates with the option of pursuing an internship for a minimum of six months, and engineering students a two-to-six-month placement, dependent upon their university requirements.

 

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WAM: Etihad Airways offers flexible booking conditions

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Etihad Airways has announced that it is allowing travellers one complimentary date or destination change for all flights booked between 8th March and 7th April 2020.

In a statement today, the airline said the offer is valid for travel from 22nd March 2020, and is applicable to all fares including Etihad Guest redemptions and Etihad Holiday bookings.

Any fare difference arising from the rebooking/rerouting will be applied, it added.

 

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WAM: Supply of Vietnamese alumina to the UAE extended until 2023

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Emirates Global Aluminium, EGA, has announced the signing of a new three year contract with Vinacomin, a Vietnamese state-owned firm, extending the supply of Vietnamese alumina to the UAE until 2023.

Under the agreement, EGA will continue to buy up to 300,000 tonnes of alumina from Vinacomin each year. The deal extends an agreement that EGA and Vinacomin signed in late 2017 which was due to expire at the end of this year.

The agreement follows a visit by a senior commercial delegation to Vietnam in October, led by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy. Alumina is amongst the significant components of UAE-Vietnam trade.

Abdulnasser bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said, “We are pleased to extend the solid partnership between EGA and Vinacomin as part of the growing trade relationship between our two countries. We are looking forward to continuing to receive Vietnamese alumina for the years ahead, as well as exploring ways we can work together more broadly such as improving port infrastructure in Vietnam and exploring other upstream opportunities.”

Dang Thanh Hai, Vinacom’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “EGA is the world’s biggest ‘premium aluminium’ producer and we are glad to extend our alumina supply relationship with such an important company in the aluminium industry. For Vinacomin, this agreement is also in line with the directives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam to contribute to further strengthening the trading relationship with the UAE, our country’s most important trading partner in the Middle East and North Africa.”

Alumina is refined from bauxite ore and is the feedstock for aluminium smelters.

EGA’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to reach sustained production at nameplate capacity during the first half of this year, with production sufficient to meet some 40 percent of EGA’s requirements. EGA will continue to import alumina to meet its remaining needs.

 

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WAM: OPEC daily basket price stands at $48.33 a barrel Friday

VIENNA, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — The price of OPEC basket of fourteen crudes stood at US$48.33 a barrel on Friday, 6th March, compared with US$51.74 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.

The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Djeno (Congo), Oriente (Ecuador), Zafiro (Equatorial Guinea), Rabi Light (Gabon), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).

 

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WAM: Arabian Travel Market to be postponed

DUBAI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Arabian Travel Market, which was due to be held this April, has been postponed to June, the event’s organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions announced today.

In a statement on Monday, Reed said, “Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, the venue management, supporting associations, and in alignment with the advice from the UAE public health authorities regarding travel to and from impacted countries,” the decision was made to postpone the event to 19th – 22nd April, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“The announcement has been made at the earliest opportunity to give as much notice as possible to all stakeholders enabling them to make the necessary arrangements to reschedule their plans and ensure even stronger attendance in June,” it added.

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WAM: 75% of Dana Gas’ production is natural gas at fixed prices

SHARJAH, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Dana Gas has announced that natural gas currently constitutes 75 percent of the company’s production, which is sold under long term gas sale contracts with host governments at prices which are unaffected by falling oil prices.

In a press release issued by the company on Monday, it said that these gas sales account for approximately half of the company’s income, leading to sustainable revenues even in low oil price environments.

Commenting on the announcement, Patrick Allman-Ward, CEO of Dana Gas, said, “Since half of our income is protected in low oil price environments, we are competitive and opportunistic at the current environment. We are obviously monitoring the market closely and responding accordingly. The Company already has an excellent track record of cost control and we will obviously be looking at identifying potential areas for further cost reductions should the low oil price environment persist.

“In the meantime, the company will continue the implementation of its planned projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, KRI, which will lead to significant growth in both production and revenues in the years to come.”

 

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WAM: Dubai Asset Management expands offering to provide community management, property services

DUBAI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Dubai Asset Management, a real estate asset management company and member of Dubai Holding, on Monday announced the expansion of its footprint in Dubai by adding 11 freehold developments to its community management portfolio and boosting its scope of services to reach a wider segment of the city’s residents.

Having integrated Dubai Properties Community Management into its operations, Dubai Asset Management is now responsible for property management across all Dubai Holding residential communities, a press release issued by the company on Monday said.

The move has increased the number of units managed by the company to more than 41,000 across 21 communities that are home to over 170,000 people. The additional communities include, JBR, The Executive Towers, Mudon, Serena, Villanova and Bay Square amongst others.

The company continues to focus on sustaining long-term asset value through innovative property management strategies, digital integration, and a customer-centric approach, all aimed at providing holistic living experiences.

Arif Mubarak, CEO of Dubai Asset Management, commented, “Dubai Asset Management is driven by its purpose to enable the best possible lifestyle for anyone who wants to call Dubai home. Over the years, we have played a pivotal role in shaping Dubai’s residential communities through meeting the full spectrum of needs of our residents, and today we look forward to extending expertise to serve a wider customer base.

“Our current portfolio that includes residential rental and freehold assets will help establish the company as the preferred end-to-end residential partner in Dubai,” he added.

Dubai Asset Management focuses on the development, acquisition and operation of residential, corporate and community real estate.

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WAM: Etihad Airways suspends flights to Saudi Arabia

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Etihad Airways has announced that it suspended temporarily all flights between Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in response to a directive from the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia, to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The airline operates up to 12 flights per day between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, said a press release issued by Etihad on Monday, noting that it has cancelled a total of seven flights today between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina, and is now advising passengers who were booked to travel today.

Another four flights which were en-route to Saudi Arabia at the time of the directive were permitted to land. When flights arrived in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, nationals of Saudi Arabia were permitted to disembark but all other passengers remained on the aircraft, which will return to Abu Dhabi. The fourth flight operated to Medina to repatriate Umrah passengers.

Etihad Airways is working closely with regulatory authorities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and is continuing to monitor this situation closely.

For passengers impacted by the flight cancellations, procedures are in place for fare refunds or for flight changes when services resume. Etihad will continue to provide updates on the situation as information becomes available.

 

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WAM: Etihad Airways to launch new service to Vienna

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2020 (WAM) — Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch new daily scheduled year-round flights to Austria’s capital Vienna using a two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will initially operate with four weekly flights between 22nd May and 30th June.

Etihad is introducing the new service to provide greater choice and convenience for point-to-point business and leisure travellers between the UAE and Austria, and to promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the announcement, Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said, “Vienna is the largest unserved market from Abu Dhabi and the announcement of this route brings the number of our European passenger destinations to 22. Austria is an important trade and tourism partner for the UAE and the new flights will enable us to take advantage of the increasing business and leisure demand between the two countries.

“Trade between the UAE and Austria is strong and there are approximately 180 Austrian companies operating in the emirates. Tourism has been increasing in both directions with Austria becoming an increasingly popular year-round destination with UAE nationals and residents, attracted by the centuries old culture, breathtaking scenery, and famous ski resorts. Vienna itself has been consistently voted the world’s most liveable city. We are delighted to be initiating a direct service between both capitals in time for the Summer.”

 

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