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Sharjah Scouts Mission supports flood victims in Sudan

SHARJAH, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — The Sharjah Scout Mission announced that it handed over, at its headquarters in Al Badie, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, in-kind support for relief of those affected by floods and torrents in the brotherly Sudan.
The support was delivered in the presence of officials from both sides. The ERC thanked the Mission’s officials for their distinguished efforts and constant cooperation with ERC to contribute to charitable and humanitarian work and all areas of relief.
The officials at the Sharjah Scout Mission appreciated the joint cooperation with the ERC, stressing the continuation of giving and cooperation in all areas of humanitarian work and community service.

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‘We believe in need for joint collaboration between nations to strengthen security and stability, and provide goodness for humanity’: Al Bowardi

ABU DHABI, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — Increasing use of emerging technologies and faster digital transformation will help support the recovery of aerospace and aviation. That was one of the key points of agreement amongst international experts on day one of the Global Aerospace Summit 2020, which began today in a virtual format.
The Summit included a line-up of industry leaders from across the world who addressed audiences online regarding the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors’ biggest tests and future prospects.
Addressing the summit, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, said that wherever there is ambition, innovation and creativity, humanity will find the ability to overcome difficulties, achieve the impossible and rise again.
He added that the UAE has developed a unique model for dealing with this crisis to ensure the continuity of work and the resumption of normal life.
Al Bowardi highlighted that the aerospace industry plays a fundamental role in the world economy and that industrial investments in the aerospace sector represent a great portion of the major industrial countries' investments.
He said, "The UAE is the capital of ambition and the source of determination towards achieving the dreams of the coming generations in a prosperous future. The UAE is planning for the next fifty years, while embracing the principles of tolerance and peaceful existence. We believe in the need for joint collaboration between nations, across all sectors, to strengthen security and stability, guarantee peace, and provide goodness for humanity."
He indicated, "I call on you today to learn from the difficult experience that the world is currently facing in dealing with the global pandemic. We must strive to overcome the challenges it has brought and to continue working towards promoting the aerospace industry. The UAE has developed a unique model for dealing with this crisis to ensure the continuity of works and the resumption of normal life."
The UAE’s ambition has exceeded the human dream in achieving prosperity and happiness into scientific, practical and tangible facts. In light of the fourth industrial revolution and in the age of digital technology, the UAE has been keen in keeping pace with scientific progress and development in all fields and sectors, he noted.
The minister reaffirmed that the country aims to be the capital of artificial intelligence in the next decade, while cooperating with friendly countries and international partners.
For her part, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and Chairwoman, UAE Space Agency, highlighted that growth in the space sector is being driven by the need to develop new design concepts and that seemingly traditional roles in space are changing with government enabling the private sector to facilitate industry growth.
Al Amiri added that new players entering the space sector are focussed on the development of capabilities and technological advancements.
Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries, GAMI, explained how GAMI has created a framework to streamline the investment landscape so that there are no barriers to foreign investors who are interested in entering the market, as long as they partner with the Kingdom in its promising journey towards localising the industry through building on the mutual interests and common goals.
Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace, Renewables & ICT, Mubadala Investment Company said that the industry is in survival mode and facing extremely tough new decisions.
He added that as an industry of innovators, leaders will have to use this mode to transition to a more agile and sustainable business mode.
Faisal Al Bannai, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, EDGE addressed the effects, opportunities and lessons of disruption time and how to manage supply chains in the Arab region.
He spoke about how the aerospace industry is going through further iterations and evolutions with autonomous technology. Examples include the increasing use of drones, which bring more security to human workforce.
Jim Taiclet, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation highlighted how the organisation’s partners are looking to leverage emerging technologies for the benefit of their men and women in uniform and their citizens – technologies such as artificial intelligence, 5G telecommunications, quantum and distributed computing.
He added that the industry should actively seek opportunities to partner with commercial technology companies and academia to bring some of these game-changing technologies into the 21st century battlespace, and build and empower the next generation of talent.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group described how leadership in aviation and aerospace is going to be more important in difficult times like this than any time before.
He spoke about how Etihad is navigating the greatest crisis in aviation history and talks of the importance of wellness, technology and sustainability as drivers for the future.
Hosted by Mubadala Investment Company and EDGE, the Summit analysed how the aerospace and aviation industries can quickly recover and where efforts must be made to support the regeneration of those sectors. The international thought leadership forum has been organised by Streamline Marketing Group and Tarsus F&E.

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Share of manufactured exports in RAK’s total exports up 58 pct in 2019: Study

RAS AL KHAIMAH, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — Ras Al Khaimah’s manufacturing exports grew 32 percent between 2017 and 2019, hitting AED3.803 billion in 2019, Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry revealed in a study recently issued by the Department of Studies and Commercial Cooperation.
"The share of manufactured exports in the emirate's total exports increased from 41 percent in 2017 to 58 percent in 2019, which underscores the key role of the manufacturing sector in the economy of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah," said Mohamed Hassan Al Sabab, Acting Director General of RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"The manufacturing sector represents the safety valve that protects the economy against any repercussions, with the sector’s capacity to maintain its sustainability, generate income and continue to offer job opportunities. The steadiness of these productive industrial sectors is that they are closely associated to the basic essential consumer needs, despite the decline which may occur under the economic crisis, such as the current one," he added.
Al Sabab further said: "The export industries and the industrial exports in Ras Al Khaimah have a great role in maintaining the economic stability, with the diversity of the production sectors continue to lead Ras Al Khaimah economy scene as a key player and an effective engine that strengthen the emirate’s competitiveness, as these industries represent a key pillar for the sustainable economic growth, while the industrial policies continue to play a great role in supporting the foreign investment in the industrial sector, which in turn enhanced the sector role in maintaining the economic stability".
Eman Al Hayyas, Assistant Director General of the Commercial Services and Business Development Sector in Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated that the local exports memberships represented 56 percent of the total industrial exports of RAK.
Of these, the industrial zone represented 41%. The qualified industrial zones which include Al Jazeerah Al Hamra, Al Ghail and Khor Kuwair contributed 87.7 percent of the total exports. These exports strengthened the trade relations with the emirate’s international partners, led by GCC countries which contributed with 51 percent of the emirate’s total industrial exports.
Al Hayyas added the countries that import the emirate’s products reached 137 countries from various regions across the world, supported by foreign and local investments which recorded the value of billion and AED741 million at the time of companies’ registration, and provided job opportunities to over 34,000 individuals.
The number of industrial companies exporting reached 370, running business in five main production categories, including (metal products, transport equipment, normal metals, video and audio recording systems, products of stone, gypsum or cement) which contributed 75 percent of the total industrial exports. On the other hand, the industrial exports represented 81 percent of the total of 19,886 certificates of origin, which represented the number of deals concluded by the companies.
Additionally, Saudi Arabia topped the countries which received exports from Ras Al Khaimah worth AED994 million representing 26 percent of the total industrial exports of the emirate, followed by Kuwait at AED384 million, with 10% exports; India at AED343 million, represented 9 percent; followed by the USA with 5 percent, amounted to AED176 million; Oman represented 4 percent with AED140 million, and Iraq with AED134 million represented 3.5 percent. Bangladesh, Egypt, Russia, Bahrain, Pakistan, Singapore, Ethiopia, Sudan and Algeria, respectively along with the rest of 137 countries across the world accounted for the rest.

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UAE taking proactive steps to reduce food waste: Mariam Almheiri

DUBAI, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, stated that reducing food waste and loss within the food supply chain is a strategic objective that will strengthen the UAE’s food security.
She also noted that supporting relevant partners in the public and private sectors, as well as individuals, is among the key tools for achieving this objective.
In 2019, the 74th United Nations General Assembly designated 29th September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, recognising the fundamental role that sustainable food production plays in promoting food security and nutrition. Doubtless, this new International Day faces a lot of challenges to achieve goals of "Responsible consumption and production", which will contribute to the fight for Zero Hunger and against Climate Change.
On the occasion of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, she said, "Food loss and waste is one of the major global challenges that requires practical solutions, to ensure the world’s capacity to produce healthy and sustainable food that will meet the needs of the world’s population and help end hunger."
"Currently, around one-third of manufactured food is being wasted while over 850 million people are suffering from hunger around the world. If half of the wasted food can be utilised, the world can eliminate hunger," she added.
The UAE is prioritising the issue of food loss and waste, Almheiri further added, noting that the development of a comprehensive food waste reduction system is one of the main objectives of the National Food Security Strategy.
She also stressed that all relevant national authorities are working to achieve the vision of the UAE’s leadership to raise the public’s awareness and educate them about food rationalisation.
The world is facing significant food challenges caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic and the UAE has taken many proactive steps to reduce food loss and waste, most notably the formation of the National Food Loss and Waste Reduction Committee, a branch of the Emirates Food Security Council, which aims to launch initiatives to reduce food loss and waste by 15 percent by the end of 2021, Almheiri further said.
Many programmes and initiatives will be launched soon to reduce food waste, she explained while urging relevant partners and community members to find practical solutions to reduce food loss and waste, rationalise food consumption and promote sustainable health and nutrition, to enhance the community’s contribution to establishing a flexible national food system capable of meeting the country’s future food needs.
The UN says celebration of the first ever observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste comes during the global COVID-19 pandemic, that has brought about a global wake-up on the need to transform and rebalance the way food is produced and consumed.
FAO estimates that 14 percent of food is lost this way, valued at US$400 billion annually. In terms of greenhouse gas, GHG, emissions, the food that is lost is associated with around 1.5 Gt of CO2 equivalent

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‘Life on Mars will be revolutionary, start a whole new line of thinking,’ NASA scientist tells MENA Innovation Technology Transfer Summit

SHARJAH, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — Why and how can we take humans to Mars? This radical question and other interplanetary space explorations were answered by some of the world’s leading scientists and engineers during the inaugural MENA Innovation Technology Transfer Summit, MITT Summit, organised by the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park, SRTI Park.
The inaugural MITT Summit shed light on the Mars exploration and other interplanetary space explorations with the participation of the world’s leading scientists and engineers.
Dr. James Green, Chief Scientist at National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, said life on Mars will be revolutionary and will start a whole new line of thinking.
Green noted Mars has water – millions or billions of years ago, and in the present, in underground aquifers and frozen glaciers. Life in Mars could have started there, he said and added that NASA, which will land on the Red Planet in February 2021, may find potential evidence of past life on Mars.
Green, who has been NASA's chief scientist since 2018, having been with the space agency since 1980 and directed its Planetary Science Division, said during the MITT Summit that is important to study the atmosphere of Mars. "It was a blue planet and maybe now down of its 13 per cent of the amount of water is used to have, it is a wonderful resource to explore the planet."
Earlier, in a different forum, he said one promising indication of life on Mars is that every summer, the planet gets gassy, with the amount of methane gas present at the surface increasing dramatically. The Curiosity Rover on Mars also detected molecular oxygen, which increases each spring and summer by up to 30 percent before dropping again in the fall. "That tells us life may be underground during the summer the soils heat and therefore loosen up such that the methane can leak out. We have all kinds of circumstantial observations that perhaps Mars has microbial life too," he explained.
Dr. Douglas Terrier, Chief Technology Officer at NASA, also spoke about his leadership roles at NASA, including the development of spacecraft for NASA’s human exploration programme.
Terrier said NASA revealed this week its latest plan to return astronauts, including the first woman, to the Moon in 2024.
The first flight, Artemis I, is scheduled for launch on November 2021 but will be unmanned. This will be followed by Artemis II in 2023 with astronauts onboard but will not land on the Moon before sending the first woman and the next man on the surface to the South Pole of the Moon in 2024.
Terrier said, "Any exploration will be an international collaborative effort – such as the ISS (International Space Station), where astronauts are deployed in space for a long period. Our next step is to go back to the Moon with the Artemis programme in 2024 for a longer and sustainable stay on the Moon."
For Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of Emirates Mars Mission, EMM that sent the Hope Probe (the first Arab interplanetary mission to Mars), space exploration is about inspiring the youth.
He noted that Hope Probe, which is expected to reach Mars’ orbit next year in time for the UAE’s golden jubilee means the pride of the nation and the whole region.
Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Centre for Remote Sensing at Boston University, said he shared the same views as Sharaf that space exploration will benefit and inspire the youth to take space studies.
Dr. Fabienne Casoli, President of the Paris Observatory, meanwhile, shared her experience in the world of administrating research within major French decision-making bodies concerning astronomy and astrophysics.
MITT Summit is a historic marathon online conference that connected Sharjah, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New York and major players in the world of technology.
Organised by SRTI Park, UAE’s premier research and innovation hub, it brought together global investors, government and private sector representatives, experts, entrepreneurs, academics, and other relevant stakeholders for 14 hours of discussions on how to best shape the future of innovation and promote sustainability.
Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, expressed delight over hosting MITT Summit.
"MITT Summit is in line with "the vision that anticipates the future" being advocated by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The Middle East is becoming the world’s fastest-growing marketplace for business and technology transformation," Al Mahmoudi underlined.
He noted the MITT Summit has strengthened the position Sharjah and the UAE as centre of innovation and technology transfer in the Middle East Region. It has also instituted STRI Park as an ideal platform for technology development, technology transfer as well as venture creation and venture building.

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Emirates expands network further with restart of flights to Muscat, Entebbe

DUBAI, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — Emirates today has announced it will restart services to Entebbe, Uganda (1 October) and Muscat, Oman (2 October), bringing the total number of cities served by the airline to 94. Emirates is gradually resuming operations and rebuilding its network to provide more opportunities for travel, sparing no effort to ensure the highest standards of health and safety for its customers and employees at every travel touchpoint.
Services to both cities will be operated by the Boeing 777- 300ER. Tickets can be booked on emirates.com, the Emirates App, Emirates sales offices, via travel agents as well as online travel agents.
Emirates will operate to Entebbe with three weekly flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The addition of Entebbe expands Emirates' African network to 20 destinations, enabling customers to safely and easily connect to destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, the Middle East and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.
Flights from Dubai to Muscat will operate twice a week on Sundays and Fridays.

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‪Muslim Council of Elders a key institution for promoting global peace: Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Bahrain

‪MANAMA, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — ‪Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of Bahrain, who is a member of the Muslim Council of Elders, expressed his appreciation for the role of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, in supporting the values of tolerance and dialogue, stressing that the Muslim Council of Elders, under the presidency of Dr. el-Tayeb, is one of the key institutions that promotes peace globally.
‪He made this statement while receiving Mohammed Abdulsalam, Secretary-General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity and Advisor to the Muslim Council of Elders.
‪During the meeting, Abdulsalam stated that the selection of Sheikh Abdulrahman for membership in the Muslim Council of Elders reflects Bahrain’s role in spreading the principles of moderate Islam, as well as and the council’s appreciation of the role of His Royal Highness King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, in supporting human fraternity.
‪Both sides also discussed topics of mutual interest and ways of reinforcing their cooperation in implementing the Human Fraternity Document, by launching initiatives that will help achieve peace and stability in all communities.

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18 establishments fined, 12 warned for violating COVID-19 precautionary measures, says Dubai Economy

DUBAI, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — The field inspection teams from the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection, CCCP, Sector in Dubai Economy conducted 755 site visits across the emirate yesterday to ensure compliance with the precautionary measures currently in force to limit the spread of COVID-19.
During yesterday’s tours, Dubai Economy imposed fines on 18 commercial establishments, 6 of them in the retail sector, two trading in readymade garments, four in textiles and fabrics, and one in each from the perfumes, mobile phones, electronics, and computers trade. Two violating gyms were also fined in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council.
The violating businesses were from various shopping centres, as well as Dubai International City, Al-Daghaya, and Ayal Nasir. The inspectors also fined 16 commercial establishments for employees’ lack of commitment to wearing masks, and two, for not adhering to physical distancing. Warnings were issued to 12 commercial establishments for not placing the physical distancing stickers as required. Overall, inspections yesterday found that 725 commercial establishments fully complied with the precautionary measures.
Dubai Economy called on everyone to cooperate and contribute to keeping the emirate’s economy moving forward in spite of the pandemic threat. Compliance is critical to the gradual return to safe and normal commercial activity that Dubai has achieved, leading to the opening of all sectors and the economic reset in the emirate, Dubai Economy reminded, adding that stern action will be taken against any non-compliance found during its inspections, or that may be reported by consumers and the public.
Dubai Economy also urged everyone to report any non-compliance to the precautionary guidelines through the Dubai Consumer app available on the Apple, Google, and Huawei stores, by calling 600545555, or by visiting the Consumerrights.ae website.

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Etihad Airways continuing to promote sustainability, protect environment

ABU DHABI, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — Etihad Airways is continuing its ambitious strategy based on the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, which aims to promote sustainability and protect the environment, in light of Abu Dhabi’s prominent stature in the field of sustainability. The strategy also aims to accelerate the pace of development, by supporting partnerships, utilising modern technologies and adopting innovation to make travel more secure and sustainable. Etihad Airways has enlarged the scope of its strategic partnership with Boeing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, and Safran Aerospace, to promote the concept of sustainability in the aviation sector, especially in the area of aerial transportation, to protect the environment, lessen noise pollution caused by aircraft, and reduce emissions. In light of the exceptional circumstances witnessed by the entire world, Etihad Airways has shown the significant capacity and flexibility to turn these challenges into opportunities, by launching the programme, entitled, "EcoDemonstrator," in August 2020. It also started testing the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, which features special equipment that reduces emissions and noise. Under the framework of the programme, which is the outcome of the cooperation and partnership between Etihad Airways, NASA, Boeing and Safran, 1,500 sound sensors were installed on the outer fuselage of the aircraft to provide detailed information while flying around the world. The aircraft is also equipped with special devices on its landing gear to gauge noise levels in different conditions and limit aircraft noise, as well as reduce emissions and improve airspace efficiency. All EcoDemonstrator flights are fuelled by an equal blend of biofuels and regular fuel, with the former helping to reduce emissions by 80 percent during the fuel life cycle. The EcoDemonstrater and Greenliner programmes are part of the strategic partnership between Etihad Airways and Boeing. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Chief Operating Officer, said, "Etihad participating in this year’s ecoDemonstrator programme builds on our core innovation and sustainability tenets while supporting the research and development of our partners to bring innovation from the laboratory to a real world testing environment. "By choosing to take part in this programme we are proud to work with the likes of Boeing, NASA and Safran to test cutting-edge technologies and explore "blue sky" opportunities to improve airspace efficiency, reduce fuel use, lower noise for the community and cut CO2 emissions. ''The 2020 ecoDemonstrator programme on the 787-10 Dreamliner will conduct extensive sound measurements. These will validate community noise prediction processes and the noise reduction potential of a landing gear modified for quieter operations. These technologies will significantly contribute to how the industry lowers noise levels for the community. In addition, a flight will be conducted during which pilots, air traffic controllers and an airline’s operations center will simultaneously share digital information to optimise routing efficiency, reducing fuel and community noise,'' he said. ''Test flights will be flown on a blend of sustainable fuel, which significantly lowers aviation’s environmental footprint. This allows Etihad to continue to learn and evaluate the performance of Sustainable Aviation Fuels on operational flights,'' he explained. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said that achieving overall sustainability, supporting innovation, and employing modern technologies are the key cornerstones and strategies of the UAE, which aims to enhance its competitiveness and become among the best countries in the world, in line with the UAE Centennial 2071. "Sustainability cannot be achieved by only depending on the government’s efforts. It also requires partnerships between the public and private sectors and even individuals," Al Nuaimi added, highlighting the role of Etihad Airways in creating a comprehensive system to achieve sustainability and protect the environment in all its operations. Al Nuaimi also pointed out that similar initiatives adopted by companies and Etihad Airways have supported the efforts of the UAE and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to protect the environment. In his statement to WAM, Mohamed Mubarak bin Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Etihad Airways, said, "Abu Dhabi has a leading stature and achieved significant successes in the field of sustainability, and has accomplished many regional and international achievements due to its ambitious strategy and future plans, which are inspired by the directives of the UAE’s leadership and the Abu Dhabi Economic and Environmental Vision." He also pointed out that Etihad Airways’ programmes highlight the pivotal role of the aviation sector in driving sustainable development and economic diversification, through the adoption of leading innovative solutions in all areas aimed at reducing the use of regular fuels and promoting the use of biofuels. Al Mazrouei highlighted the fact that the UAE has a strong infrastructure and a series of legislation that support its capacity to handle different challenges and conditions. Al Bulooki said, "Etihad Airways has adopted an inspiring strategy related to sustainability and environmental protection, which has strengthened its pioneering role in reducing dependency on regular fuel and decreasing emissions" "Sustainability remains a priority for Etihad in spite of the current Covid19 crisis and this is just one initiative we’ve taken since the start of the pandemic to continue our drive for sustainable aviation. As far as Etihad is concerned, environmental sustainability shouldn’t be an option or fair weather project to be shelved when it’s not convenient against other challenges. "A recent example of driving sustainability in the face of COVID19 was an ecoFlight we operated to Dublin in March, with an optimised route profile for the entire roundtrip, optimised climb and continuous descent. When compared to a standard Boeing 787 flight on that route, we were able to reduce the journey time by 40 minutes, cut fuel by 800kg and CO2 by three tonnes. In comparison to the same flight on a different aircraft type 12 months prior, this flight cut fuel by eight tonnes and reduced carbon emissions by a staggering 26 tonnes. "Like the ecoDemonstrator, this initiative really speaks to the importance of industry collaboration and was done working with multiple Air Navigation Service Providers and airport authorities to deliver lower fuel consumption, noise and carbon emissions. "It’s also worth noting that during the grounding of our scheduled passenger flights, Etihad tested and implemented single-engine taxi-in on our Boeing 787 with the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit turned off for as long as practical, resulting in reduced fuel usage and noise. "We at Etihad are committed to sustainable development in aviation in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi and the UAE and we believe addressing aviation’s emissions is a challenge for the industry. As a prime example of industry collaboration towards sustainable aviation and innovation, the ecoDemonstrator programme is a unique opportunity to lead the aviation industry’s drive for a sustainable future," he added. Etihad Airways also uses a blend of sustainable fuel to operate its pilot test flights, which will reduce its carbon print, Al Bulooki noted, adding that its pilot project is expected to continue at the Boeing establishment in Montana, US, before the aircraft it ordered are delivered by the end of September 2020. Etihad’s fleet is one of the most advanced in the world, and it continues to invest in the most recent Airbus and Boeing aircraft and end the use of old and less efficient models. In 2014, Etihad Airways received the first Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which achieved progress in fleet technology in terms of airline operations. The first Dreamliner aircraft was mostly manufactured from lightweight composite materials that require less fuel than previous models. In line with the carbon reduction plan in the international aviation sector, Etihad Airways has been a key supporter of the use of alternative fuels, which can be produced for commercial use both inside and outside the UAE. Biofuels are made from plants that grow in the sea. The oil extracted from these plants are used to make biofuels through the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium, SBRC, which is a partnership between Etihad Airways, Khalifa University, Boeing, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, General Electric and the Power Resource Group. In January 2019, Etihad Airways operated the first commercial flight with a 787-9 aircraft from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam using sustainable fuel, which was produced and refined in Abu Dhabi. In 2012, Etihad Airways operated a flight using biofuel derived from cooking oil, followed by a flight in 2014 using biofuel derived from plants, which was also refined in Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways operated eco-flights from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane and another to Brussels, highlighting the carrier’s commitment to implementing sustainable practices on land and in the air to reduce carbon emissions. In April 2019, Etihad Airways became the first carrier in the Middle East to operate a flight with no disposable plastic materials from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane, Australia. Before the flight, the Etihad Airways Group used over 100 disposable plastic products on its flights. By the end of 2019, the carrier eliminated 41 products, representing 17 tonnes of disposable plastic materials. The carrier pledged to eliminate 80 percent of disposable plastic materials on its flights by 2022, compared to April 2019. In November 2019, Etihad Airways launched a global joint strategy with Boeing to deploy the 797 Dreamliner aircraft, to achieve sustainable aviation. Through this partnership, Etihad Airways and Boeing are performing tests on innovative technologies aimed at enhancing aviation efficiency, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.  

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UAE launches mini satellite MeznSat into space

ABU DHABI, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE's MeznSat, a national project in partnership between UAE Space Agency, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, AURAK, and Khalifa University, KU, lifted off aboard a Soyuz-2b rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
A nanosatellite, MeznSat weighs around 2.7kg, and measures 10cm x 10cm x 30cm. A team of KU postgraduate students and AURAK undergraduate students will monitor, process and analyse the data sent to the ground station at KU’s Yahsat laboratory and the supporting ground station at AURAK.
MeznSat aims to enrich scientific research and organise space-related activities while studying the Greenhouse Gas and red tide phenomenon in the UAE's atmosphere.
The UAE’s MeznSat will study and detect the Greenhouse Gas, GHG, concentrations, carbon dioxide and methane, using shortwave infrared spectrometer.
The students of Khalifa University and American University of Ras Al Khaimah will monitor, process and analyse the data from the primary ground station in Yahsat Space Lab in Khalifa University and the secondary ground station in AURAK.
The Agency confirmed completion of all special preparations for placing the satellite on the launch pad and successfully conducting experiments and final checks regarding the readiness of the satellite.
With this launch, "MeznSat" will join the 10 satellites launched by the UAE to develop the national capabilities, to enhance scientific research activities, and to regulate the activities of the national space sector.
The new satellite is scheduled to reach orbit next November, that is, a month after its launch. Once in orbit, the team of students will then monitor, process and analyse the data from a ground station in the UAE.
The processes and expertise involved in monitoring the atmosphere are similar to those employed during conventional earth observation programmes.
The project will support Emirati young people in developing the skills necessary for the UAE’s ambitious National Space Programme and its future projects.
Using a visible camera, as well as a shortwave infrared spectrometer, the satellite will measure the abundance and distribution of methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
It will also provide valuable insight into the concentration of nutrients in the coastal waters of the Arabian Gulf, which will allow for more accurate predictions of algal blooms and support the timely implementation of relevant precautionary measures.