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Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities Board of Trustees holds first meeting, adopts multiple strategic decisions

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — The Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Zayed University for Humanities, which was launched on International Day for Tolerance 2020, held its first meeting at the university’s campus in Abu Dhabi.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Hamdan Muslim Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and was attended by the full board: Sarah Awad Issa Musallam, Vice President, Maryam Eid AlMuhairi, Mohamed Najim AlQubaisi Dr. Yousif Abdulla Majed Alobaidli, Omar Habtoor AlDarei, and Dr. Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri.

Hamdan welcomed the board members and praised the leadership’s efforts in meeting the community’s needs by establishing prestigious academic institutions, which continue to advance humanity with the same visionary approach initiated by the UAE founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan.

Hamdan emphasised that the university would play a pivotal role in building knowledge, creating future leaders, and serving humanity. Supported by Abu Dhabi leadership, the university aims to strengthen the UAE’s higher education system by providing academic programmes in undergraduate and postgraduate studies and finding links between academic research and the community.

Hamdan said: “In addition to the honour of having the name of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and representing the great values embodied by His Highness, the university is proud to have assembled an esteemed list of scholars and thinkers. This includes one of the most prominent Sunni scholars of our time, Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, President of the university’s Higher Academic Council, which aims to establish the university as a global academic centre in the field of humanities.”

In their first meeting, the board members discussed a series of strategic decisions designed to enhance the status of the field of humanities as central to building a cohesive society; strengthen the values of human fraternity; and promote coexistence and building bridges of communication between cultures and civilizations.

The board adopted the university’s academic plans and programmes, which aim to achieve the university’s vision of excellence. The most prominent of these programmes is the world’s first bachelor’s degree in tolerance and coexistence studies, and the Middle East’s first philosophy and ethics programme. The programmes are designed so students graduate with a combination of knowledge and values and are able to contribute to sustainable social development.

The board adopted the university’s visual identity, inspired by distinctive cultural and historical elements. The logo reflects the university’s vision to spread the values of coexistence, tolerance, and human fraternity. A tree with three intertwined roots, symbolising the shared origins of the Abrahamic religions, extends into water as a reference to the words of the almighty and the fact we all rely on water. An open book at the foot of the tree is a reference to knowledge and intellectual openness, while the symbol for ‘Phi’ – the root of the word ‘philosophy’ – also translates to an appreciation for knowledge.

The board also adopted plans to launch an annual Week of Tolerance, which will coincide with the anniversary of the university’s establishment on the International Day for Tolerance, observed on 16 November. The week will include a series of initiatives and events that strengthen the university’s role in supporting Abu Dhabi’s position as the global capital of tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

The board also discussed a series of strategic plans and made decisions that serve the university’s efforts to achieve its vision and strategic goals.

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Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi receives honorary PhD from University of Sharjah

SHARJAH, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — Under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, President of the University of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, was conferred an honorary PhD. by the Board of Trustees of the University of Sharjah (UoS).

This comes in recognition of her humanitarian and social achievements locally, regionally and internationally, and its pioneering and qualitative initiatives, including its establishment of the Sharjah Women’s Club and the Supreme Council for Family Affairs that serve the social sector in the Emirate of Sharjah.

The Supreme Council for Family Affairs participates in decision-making processes and in legislation related to women, children, the family and youth, and the council also supervises vital institutions, including Sharjah City for Human Services, Family Development Centers, the Department of Culture and Information, the Child Safety Department, the Health Education Department, in addition to many associations.

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi has also established over the past decade many institutions such as: the “Riyada” Training Center for Training and Development, the Sharjah Businesswomen Council, and The Big Heart Foundation, in addition to its support for many humanitarian institutions.

This came during His Highness, Ruler of Sharjah presiding over the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of Sharjah, Monday afternoon, at his office at the university.

His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah praised the excellence performance of the University of Sharjah in overcoming the negative effects of the Covid-19 virus epidemic on educational systems.

His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah, welcomed the new members of the Board of Trustees, noting that they will form an addition to the university’s march and its progress by activating and expanding their roles and creativity in a wider manner in proportion to the position that the University of Sharjah has attained from progress and success. His Highness also thanked the members whose membership in the Council had ended.

His Highness thanked Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and his work team for their contribution to the development and progress of the university at the local, regional and global levels and in its various works, especially in the fields of scientific research.

His Highness expressed his pride in the many achievements of Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology, which is supervised by the University of Sharjah, which he said included the discovery of two asteroids and the accreditation of the Sharjah Astronomical Observatory as a global observatory relied upon by the International Astronomical Union in monitoring small celestial bodies.

The members of the Board of Trustees thanked His Highness, Ruler of Sharjah, President of the University of Sharjah, for the interest he attaches to supporting the university and its development.

The council approved the minutes of its previous meeting, for the council to approve the external auditor’s report for the year 2019/2020, and the university’s financial report.

It also adopted a proposal on research grants for interdisciplinary research “large projects”, and a proposal on a project to attract, interest and develop the skills of Emirati youth graduates of postgraduate studies, especially PhDs, through various training and social aspects to become scientists, researchers and innovators. It also approved the strategic plan of the University of Sharjah, and the scientific research process in University of Sharjah, continuing education and business in the fall semester 20/21 and a report on Sharjah Oasis for Technology and Innovation.

The Board approved the report of the Compliance and Internal Audit Committee and the Charter of the Compliance and Internal Audit Committee, as well as a number of promotions for faculty members and a number of proposed new academic programmes.

The Board of Trustees also approved a proposal to establish a medical journal at the university, another proposal on the subject of a practicing professor as an academic rank, also proposal on the recognition of the final qualification in the specialisation for academic ranks, and the graduation of students who completed graduation requirements for bachelor’s and diploma programmes in the summer and fall semesters was approved.

The council listened to a report on the latest developments and achievements of the University of Sharjah, and the report referred to the university’s five-year strategic plan 2019-2024, which was launched by the university in the fall of 2019/2020.

Then the report touched on the University of Sharjah’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, indicating that it successfully dealt with this sudden and unusual situation and continued in all its activities and work by adopting various technological methods and working remotely.

During the meeting, the latest construction developments that took place at the university were reviewed that the university was classified according to the international evaluation organisations for universities with excellent performance in international appearance and a stable performance in industry income for research and development.

Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, reviewed the achievements of the University of Sharjah, including Scopus statistics for the published research of the University of Sharjah compared to the most important universities in the country, which showed that the University of Sharjah is in the very advanced centers in scientific research.

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Longest suspension bridge in Northern Emirates takes shape in Ras Al Khaimah

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RAS AL KHAIMAH, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — Ras Al Khaimah has secured a new architectural landmark that will add to its tourist destinations.

The longest suspension bridge in the Northern Emirates has been established in the emirate, linking together the two buildings of the new Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island.

The 36m long bridge will feature eight hotel rooms, and vantage viewing points, opening to spectacular views of Al Marjan Island.

The bridge is supported by four main trusses, each weighing 55 tonnes. Each truss is 4 metres high and installed at a height of 44.2 metres.

With intermediate beams and composite floor deck, the bridge structure was assembled at the ground floor in two pieces comprising two trusses each, and lifted in place using a 650-tonne crawler crane.

The bridge is fabricated using 310 tonnes of structural steel. From design to installation, the bridge project was completed in around 65 days by over 55 professionals and skilled workers.

Its installation process was completed following all safety procedures, including traffic management, to ensure the safety of the public and staff. All COVID-19 precautionary measures were followed during the construction and installation process.

The suspended bridge is one of the stand-out features of the Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, which is being developed at a cost of AED543 million. The hotel will be delivered as planned by September 2021.

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Abdullah bin Zayed, FM of Cyprus review advancing cooperation

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Nikos Christodoulides, Foreign Minister of Cyprus, have reviewed the prospects of advancing relations between the two friendly nations across all fronts.

This came as the two top diplomats met in Abu Dhabi today and underlined the steadily growing cooperation between their countries.

They addressed the recent regional and international developments, primarily the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, and ways of ensuring security and stability in the region.

The two ministers also discussed the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of enhancing international cooperation to ensure fair and equitable access to the vaccine for every country in the world.

Sheikh Abdullah reaffirmed the depth and width of the UAE-Cypriot relations and underscored the Emirates’ determination to foster cooperation in the common interests of their peoples.

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Saqr Ghobash discusses bilateral ties with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), highlighted the bilateral cooperation and friendship between the UAE and the Republic of Cyprus, which are witnessing significant overall advancement, due to the continuous support of their leaderships.

He made this statement during his meeting with Nikos Christodoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, and Yannis Michaelides, Ambassador of Cyprus to the UAE, at the headquarters of the FNC in Abu Dhabi.

During the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral ties and ways of strengthening them in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areas. They also exchanged views on several regional and global issues of mutual concern.

Ghobash commended the FNC’s friendship with the parliament of Cyprus, noting that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on their parliamentary cooperation is required, in addition to reinforcing the role of joint parliamentary friendship committees.

He also pointed out that a parliamentary friendship committee between the two countries will hold a meeting in the first quarter of 2021, stressing the importance of improving their coordination during global parliamentary events.

Christodoulides highlighted the importance of the visit to strengthening the bilateral ties and promoting further cooperation between the two friendly countries while stressing the keenness of Cyprus to consolidate its overall relations with the UAE.

He then lauded the UAE’s leading regional and international stature, noting that it is a strategic partner of his country.

He also conveyed the invitation of the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus to Ghobash to visit Cyprus as head of a parliamentary delegation, to discuss ways of reinforcing their parliamentary ties.

Christodoulides lauded the UAE’s significant overall efforts to counter the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while praising the efficiency of its adopted measures in mitigating the economic and social effects of the crisis.

The meeting was attended by several senior officials.

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Hamdan bin Mohammed approves results of Dubai Customer Happiness and Employee Happiness Index

DUBAI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, said Dubai seeks to enhance excellence and innovation as part of its strategic development approach, guided by the objective of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to promote happiness as a core value in the community.

Sheikh Hamdan further said the Dubai Government supports all programmes and initiatives that aim to promote happiness, which is one of the highest priorities of the government.

He directed government entities to develop its services to meet customer aspirations so that Dubai can become the happiest city in the world.

His Highness’s remarks came as he approved the results of the 2020 Government of Dubai Customer Happiness, Mystery Shopper and Employee Happiness Index surveys. The surveys are part of The Executive Council’s Dubai Government Excellence Programme, which evaluates the service quality of government entities.

His Highness commended the efforts of the entities ranked among the top three in each Index and encouraged them to continue their efforts to achieve the highest levels of excellence.

“Happiness is a core value for us as it is an integral part of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. To ensure this vision is translated into reality, we decided in September 2019 that the results of the Government of Dubai Customer Happiness, Mystery Shopper and Employee Happiness Index surveys will be released annually on 18 January. I would like to congratulate the top three ranked entities in the Customer Happiness Index which include Dubai Police, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). We also congratulate the winners of the Employee Happiness Index surveys including Dubai Statistics Centre, Dubai Police and Dubai Public Prosecution,” His Highness said.

“Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai Government exceeded expectations in the Customer Happiness survey with an average customer happiness rating of 84% and an average customer confidence rating of 95.1%. Today, I announce a new system for the Mystery Shopper Index to become an independent survey that we will conduct among government entities. We will send quarterly reports featuring the results of the Mystery Shopper survey to every entity to help them develop and improve their services,” His Highness noted.

“At a time when governments and companies have held off on assessing employee happiness and satisfaction due to the COVID-19 situation, we have continued to measure it through our annual survey. We are proud of the results achieved by Dubai Government entities who attained an average Employee Happiness rating of 89%,” His Highness added.

“Furthermore, achieving a 92% rating in the index that measures the responsiveness of government entities in dealing with the COVID-19 situation, demonstrates our exceptional crisis preparedness. I would like to thank Dubai Government taskforces for their resolute efforts. I urge everyone to continue working hard in a spirit of teamwork and collaboration so that the Dubai Government can create the happiest and most excellence-driven environment possible in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan also commended the distinguished performance of the Dubai Statistics Centre, which maintained its top place in the Employee Happiness Index for the ninth year in a row.

His Highness issued directives to exempt the Dubai Statistics Centre from participating in the Employee Happiness Index for the next two years. Dubai Statistics Centre was ranked first in the Employee Happiness Index with a rating of 97.44%, followed by Dubai Police with 96.68%, and Dubai Public Prosecution with 95.86%.

Dubai Police ranked Number 1 in the customer happiness category achieving a rating of 91.6%, followed by the RTA with 90.1% and DHA with 88.5%. The scores in the Index were based on customer feedback surveys that were designed according to the specific nature of each entity. Both face to face and phone surveys were conducted among customers. In addition, the Dubai Government Excellence Programme trained people from different nationalities to participate in the Mystery Shopper survey.

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Mansour bin Zayed: ‘UAE is gaining increased global attention; national media required to build influence, convey our fascinating story to the world’

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, has stated that the UAE has become a global media magnet thanks to the strategic, landmark projects and initiatives adopted by the nation across 2020, primarily the launch of the Emirates Mars Mission ‘Hope Probe’, and Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, the signing of the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, and the successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic despite its repercussions on the global economy.

Sheikh Mansour made the statements during the first meeting held by the National Media Team following its formation under a cabinet decision recently.

“Thanks to the fast-paced and multi-faceted developments and achievements made across all fronts over the past 5-10 years, the UAE is now boasting a distinctive media status at a time the world is witnessing historic changes in the field of media and information exchange,” he said, noting the steady and confident steps taken by the UAE national media to deliver the future and develop its mechanisms and tools in order to keep pace with the current global changes.

“The significant achievements made by the UAE require multilingual media platforms that can reach out beyond cultural, language and geographical barriers and communicate our values and ideas. We have a lot of successful and fascinating stories we need to convey to the entire world through our national media. We need to reflect to the entire world the environment of peace, co-existence, tolerance and decent life we have in the UAE. Therefore, we need a different media perspective that serves the objectives of our national development drive and goes in line with the State Policy.”

Sheikh Manosur expressed full confidence in the national media team and in all the cadres working in the national media field in the UAE and in their ability to maintain the credibility UAE national media enjoys on the regional and global levels.

Addressing the team, Sheikh Mansour said, “Your role as a national media team is to develop a new vision and plans that reflects our national values of peace and human fraternity. It’s considerable responsibility and we are behind you and we fully support you.”

Attending the meeting were Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Cabinet Affairs; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Youth; Mohamed Abdullah Al Junaibi, Head of Presidential Protocol; Saeed AlEter, Chairman of UAE Government Media Office, who is also Head of the National Media Team; Mohammed Jalal Alrayssi, Director-General of the Emirates News Agency; and Samira Murshid Saleh Al Rumaithi, Undersecretary for Presidential Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, along with the managers of media offices in the country’s emirates, heads of TV stations, the chief editors of local newspapers and representatives of federal departments concerned.

The National Media team is a committee operating under the management of the UAE Media Office, and is comprised of key influential players in the national media scene. They are tasked with developing a new strategic vision for the UAE media over the coming period in the light of the growing importance enjoyed by the nation on the regional and global scene.

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International leaders join UAE at migration and development summit, call for cooperation on COVID recovery partnerships

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — Global leaders today joined the UAE to call for international cooperation on recovery efforts to help migrants in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keynote speeches at the opening ceremony of the 13th Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which began today under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and is being hosted by the UAE, focused on the importance of partnerships in reviving economic development in the aftermath of a pandemic that has seen the worldwide movement of people plummet by up to 50 percent this year.

Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli, UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, opened the summit with a speech that urged the world to come together as one community to tackle urgent priorities.

He said, “Recovering from this pandemic will take a global effort in which we all have a part to play. We must find ways to partner together: government with business and civil society, national administrations with local administrations. Migrants, too, must be empowered to play their role. So many have the skills and the knowledge to help build up, once more, their communities, if they are allowed to do so. I hope that we will all, as a global community, take this opportunity to come together and look for ways to transform the future through innovation and cooperation.”

In particular, the minister noted that the UAE’s vaccination programme – which has already delivered over 1.8 million vaccinations – is available, at no cost, to residents and citizens alike and called on other countries to follow suit in ensuring free vaccination access.

Luis Gallegos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ecuador, the 2019 chair of the GFMD, reminded delegates of the challenges faced by governments over the last twelve months and the human toll of the pandemic. “The force and impact of COVID-19 have had a dramatic effect, of enormous intensity and cost to human lives. Maintaining safe, regular and orderly migration in the face of this has not been an easy task.”

But with vaccinations now becoming available, Al Hamli’s call was echoed by others, including the Director-General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), António Vitorino, who appealed to countries to intensify efforts to make vaccinations available to migrants.

In his speech, Vitorino noted that many governments made significant policy changes over 2020 to accommodate the needs of migrants in the face of the pandemic, including adjusting immigration procedures and finding alternatives to the detention of migrants. But he warned that the pandemic will have long-lasting consequences.

“Recovery will require ingenuity, openness and the capacity to innovate. We need to devise new policies and measures to ensure global mobility and health and safety are strongly coupled together while ensuring that no country, and no individuals, are locked out of international travel systems,” Vitorino added.

The Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD), Ángel Gurría, stated that although global growth is expected to rise by 4.2 percent this year and by 3.7 percent in 2022, the recovery will be only partial from the steep recession of 2021. Global mobility will not return to previous levels for some time, due to weaker labour demand, travel restrictions and increased remote working.

“But we must seize the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to change our approach to the global challenge of international migration. We need a broad, coherent and comprehensive approach. We need an international migration strategy that can address an array of complex challenges from pre-departure to return migration,” Gurría said.

Ylva Johansson, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, promised Europe’s financial support to the world to address people smuggling and support training programmes, while expanding migration opportunities to Europe, including to low- and medium-skilled workers.

Outlining details of a €38 billion European COVID-19 recovery package, as well as €8 billion for migration management and asylum, Johansson said, “It is my mission to build close, strong and mutually-beneficial partnerships. With the new European Pact on Migration and Asylum, we have the tools to build lasting partnerships to manage migration.”

Reflecting the UAE’s focus on regional perspectives, Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States, also noted the efforts to deal with the challenges of displaced people in Latin America resulting from the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis.

These speakers were joined in the opening ceremony by Carola Gunnarsson, Lord Mayor of Sala, representing local government, Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers, representing business, and Stella Opoku-Owusu, Deputy Director of the African Foundation for Development, representing civil society.

Against the backdrop of the challenges that the world faces, Al Hamli injected a note of optimism. “The UAE welcomes nearly one million new people every year,” he said. “That great flow of people, of every race and every religion, is what sustains us. This year, the UAE turns 50. In less than a lifetime, we have as diverse people but together as one community, transformed a corner of the Arabian Peninsula into the crossroads of the world. If you want to see the link between migration and development, look no further than the UAE.”

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Emirates Arabian Horse Breeders Championship 2021 to start tomorrow in Al Ain

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — On the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society (EAHS), the Emirates-Arabian Horse Breeders Championship will begin tomorrow at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club, under the supervision of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the EAHS.

The four-day championship, which highlights the keenness of the UAE’s leadership to promote traditional Emirati sports and the country’s historic heritage is being organised by the EAHS and will witness the participation of 336 horses belonging to 144 owners.

The championship’s total prize money amounts to AED4 million, a 50 percent increase compared to last season, with 18 prizes being allocated to citizen owners to encourage their participation.

The championship will be arbitrated according to the laws and conditions of the European Conference of Arab Horse Organisations (ECAHO), and horses qualifying for the first, second and third positions will participate in competitions for foals, colts, mares and stallions for gold, silver and bronze titles.

The championship will take place amidst the precautionary measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of participants, and everyone must wear face masks and practice two-metre social distancing. Only three persons will be allowed to sit on the same table, only horse owners will be able to attend, anyone below the age of 12 may not attend, and one attendant will take care of every three horses. Participants must also provide negative results for PCR tests conducted within 72 hours.

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Masdar, Taaleri SolarWind II Fund acquire two wind farms in Poland

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2021 (WAM) — Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, and Taaleri SolarWind II Fund, which invests in utility-scale wind and solar assets, have together acquired 50:50 stakes in two wind farms in Poland.

The 37.4 megawatt (MW) Mlawa Wind Farm is located in Mazowieckie in northern Poland and the 14 MW Grajewo Wind Farm is located in Podlaskie, in the north-east. Construction on both wind farms began in the second quarter of this year and the projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

“As one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, Masdar is proud to enter into the Polish market, which offers considerable scope for further growth and diversification of our renewable energy portfolio,” said Ahmed Al Awadi, Director, Business Development & Investment, Clean Energy at Masdar. “We look forward to supporting Poland’s renewable energy efforts, and to further strengthening our partnership with Taaleri Energia.”

With a combined installed capacity of 51.4 MW, the projects will together produce 192 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity annually. When complete, they will produce enough electricity to supply approximately 90,000 households with their energy needs and will offset 146,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

“This investment in Polish wind from the Taaleri SolarWind II fund together with Masdar is underpinned by the increasing demand for clean energy and by a combination of the Contracts for Difference scheme and the availability of commercial offtake contracts in the Polish market. It is also another example of the value of our joint venture with Masdar in the CEE region,” said Taaleri Energia’s Managing Director, Kai Rintala.

The projects were developed by Vestas, together with V-Ridium Power Services, which is providing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and technical and commercial management services during the construction and operational phases.

Project financing is provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and DNB Polska.

The acquisition of the two projects in Poland builds upon the success of Masdar and Taaleri’s ongoing activities in the Western Balkans. Masdar and Taaleri Energia are partners in the 158 MW Čibuk 1 wind farm in Serbia, and in the Baynouna Solar Energy Project, a 200 MW solar PV plant in Jordan, which will be the largest in the country.