Radio Mirchi in UAE rebrands to ‘Kadak FM’ with fresh, strong and original content

ABU DHABI, 4th July, 2020 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Media, ADM, has announced the rebranding of its popular Hindi Radio offering Radio Mirchi, in the UAE, to ‘Kadak FM’, in line with its vision to provide innovative and modernized content across all platforms.

With a fresh sound and a new brand, ‘Kadak FM’ will offer content that is vibrant, contemporary, positive, informative, local and fun. The name ‘KADAK’ finds its origins in the Indian subcontinent, an expression that evokes happiness and satisfaction, and has become an integral part of the local parlance among residents in the UAE.

“The launch of Kadak FM reflects ADM’s commitment to offering quality content, and will help further strengthen its position as an original content creator and leader, especially amongst South Asians in the UAE,” said AbdulRaheem Al Bateeh Al Nuaimi, Acting General Manager at ADM.

New content on the station includes re-branding of the weekday breakfast show to ‘Kadak Mornings’ with RJ Mohit. The show will feature special segments like ‘Sunny side up’, and ‘Yalla, Let’s Talk’, bringing you happy stories & your daily dose of infotainment from the UAE & beyond.

Hot on the heels of the morning show is KADAK FM’s ‘Mid Day Mohabbat’ with RJ Yachna, the only show in the UAE that plays three hours of love songs. The new segments include feel good content, a little dose of poetry & chatting up with musical guests in lines with the show promise.

The station’s Bollywood show, ‘Total Filmi’ with RJ Nikky will continue to bring the latest from Bollywood including celebrity interviews and scoops in the afternoons.

‘KADAK FM’ is also all set to present a funnier ‘Bumper to Bumper’ with RJ Vikrant and his brand new hilarious ‘avatars’ on the show. Akin to four hours of stand-up comedy, the show is sure to tickle the funny bone of listeners, making it the perfect companion for evening drives.

Kadak FM’s night offering of ‘Purani Jeans’ is the only Bollywood retro show in the UAE, where RJ Fahad will bring to life unheard stories and trivia, as well as behind-the-scenes from the yester years of Hindi cinema. New addition on the show includes creating Radio movies of Bollywood classics that is sure to keep listeners wanting for more.

Sandeep Sud, head of Kadak FM said, “Our main focus through the new brand is to provide our audience with UAE centric content and the best of Bollywood. The offering will be underpinned by the 3Cs of entertainment – Cinema, City and Cricket, bringing the best of content, music, concerts and events to our listeners in the country.”

KADAK FM will continue to broadcast on 97.3 FM in Abu Dhabi, 88.8 FM in Dubai and 95.6 in in Al Ain. Listeners can also tune in online or via streaming apps across the UAE.



Islamic economy experts set to discuss future of Halal industry at second webinar of GIES Virtual Series

DUBAI, 4th July, 2020 (WAM) — The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, DIEDC, in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and in strategic partnership with Refinitiv, today announced the second session of the GIES Virtual Series webinar that will provide an outlook on the future of the halal industry, amid the supply chain disruptions caused by the measures taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Scheduled for Tuesday, 14th July, 2020, at noon (UAE time), the webinar will host Dr. Rehab Faraj Al Ameri, Secretary-General of the International Halal Accreditation Forum, IHAF, Asma Nishat Ahad, Director of Halal Market Development at The Islamic Food And Nutrition Council Of America, IFANCA, and Professor Ir Sukoso, Director-General of Badan Penanggulangan Jaminan Produk Halal, BPJPH, the Indonesian Halal Product Assurance Organising Agency. Rafi-uddin Shikoh, Founder and CEO of Dinar Standard, will moderate the webinar titled “What will be the ‘new normal’ for the Halal Industry?”
In response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak, countries across the globe have taken strict lockdown measures concerning internal and cross-border movements. These steps have affected the logistics sector, in addition to massively impacting international trade, travel and tourism. Furthermore, supply chain processes have slowed down considerably due to the additional stringent sterilisation procedures. The halal industry is not immune to this ripple effect, and most of the halal products are processed and distributed at multiple locations globally, causing severe supply chain disruptions.
The panellists will delve into these challenges, among others that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought in its wake, as well as examine the potential they hold in terms of opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs to innovate solutions that address these concerns.
All those interested in joining this global conversation can do so through registering on the GIES Summit website (direct registration link here).
Under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and General Supervisor of the Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy initiative, the fifth edition of the Global Islamic Economy Summit, GIES 2021, the largest convention of Islamic economy stakeholders and experts will take place from 1st to 2nd November, 2021, during Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo ever to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region.
In drumming up support for the upcoming edition of GIES next year, DIEDC is organising the series of virtual sessions until end-2020, to further strengthen Dubai’s position as a pioneering destination and a global capital of the Islamic economy.

Mohammed bin Rashid issues law regulating drone activity in Dubai

DUBAI, 4th July, 2020 (WAM) — In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued Law No. 04 of 2020, outlining the regulations governing drone activity in Dubai.
The Law aims to reduce risks associated with drone activity and specifies the duties and responsibilities of relevant authorities. The new Law also seeks to help Dubai promote itself as a hub for drone manufacturing, smart transportation and innovation in the sector, and enable public and private entities to use drones and provide drone-related services.
The Law applies to the activity of all types of drones across Dubai and its free zones. Drones that are used for military purposes are exempted from this Law. However, they should coordinate with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to ensure safety and avoid endangering civil aviation operations.
According to the Law, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Law and managing all related operations and activities in line with federal legislations and international treaties and conventions. This also includes monitoring and controlling drone activity in their designated airspace and outlining the conditions and procedures for issuing permits and conducting trials.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is also tasked with identifying and approving the designated areas and heights within which the operations and trials of drones can be conducted.
Dubai Air Navigation Services is tasked with streamlining the activity of drones within Dubai’s airspace and demarcating the airspace within which they can operate in order to support Dubai Civil Aviation Authority in monitoring drone activity.
Dubai Air Navigation Services is also tasked with providing air navigation services and air traffic movement and meteorological information to drone operators so that they can operate safely.
Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects is tasked with setting specifications, standards and conditions for ‘Drone Airports’ and presenting them to the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority for approval. Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects is also tasked with ensuring the design and plans of ‘Drone Airports’ are aligned with urban plans and transportation regulations in the city.
The Law tasks Dubai Police with managing all the security aspects of drone activity and coordinating with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to put in place security measures to prevent the illegal
use of drones and crimes committed by using drones, as well as measures to deal with the loss of control of drones, especially when they are flying outside their designated areas and not complying with regulations.
According to the Law, all drone-related operations require a license from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. The Law outlines the conditions for the use of drones and various permitted drone activities including those that are related to government operations, commercial activity, scientific and research activities, leisure, or activities specified by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s Managing Director. The DCAA Managing Director is also in charge of listing the permitted categories for drone operations in Dubai. Anyone who possesses a drone should register it with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, in coordination with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, is tasked with outlining the procedures for the use of radio frequencies for drones and their systems and remote-control stations.
As per the Law, a permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is required for developing infrastructure for the operation of drones. The permit will be issued in coordination with the Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and other relevant authorities, in accordance with relevant regulations and conditions.
The Law prohibits any person from establishing or operating airports for drones or making any modification on such facilities before obtaining a permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. This permit will be issued in coordination with the Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and other concerned authorities. When using airports and airstrips, drone operators must comply with the rules and safety standards set by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
In accordance with the Law, a permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is required to supply drones with fuel or power. This permit will be issued in coordination with the Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and other relevant authorities. Prior to operating drones, its systems and airport strips, operators are required to obtain an operational safety certificate.
The Law specifies the guidelines that operators, pilots, supervisors and crew members should comply with including safety requirements and procedures, manufacturer’s instructions, and security requirements set by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority in coordination with the Dubai Air Navigation Services and relevant authorities.
The airspace and areas designated for drones will be determined by the Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. The Dubai Air Navigation Services is responsible for determining the air routes in which drones may fly according to pre-planned and approved procedure set out by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
In accordance with the Law, all individuals, other than authorised personnel, are prohibited from operating drones in controlled airspaces designated for civilian or military aircraft. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority may allow select drone operations in controlled airspace in accordance with specific regulations, provided they do not affect civil aviation.
All individuals are prohibited from operating drones in restricted and dangerous areas. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority in coordination with Dubai Police may allow government agencies to use drones for security, rescue, firefighting, surveillance or other purposes that are in the public interest. Subject to the approval of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, government authorities may use drones for providing public services, control and inspection processes, data collection and statistics, ambulance services, firefighting, traffic monitoring, conducting monitoring required for environmental, health, planning and construction compliance, infrastructure, ports, beaches, sea ports, air surveys, and search and rescue operations, in accordance with the regulations adopted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
According to the Law, acts of unlawful interference, which endanger the safety of civil aviation and air transport include illegal seizure of drones, illegal control of their operating systems, any act that is deemed illegal as per regulations, and installation of any weapon, device or dangerous substance or prohibited materials on drones. Any individual who carries out any of these acts is subject to legal action.
According to the Law, anyone who uses a drone must take all necessary measures to avoid violating the privacy of individuals, as well as the privacy of private property and commercial assets and maintain the confidentiality of legally protected data.
Using recording, photography or remote sensing equipment to violate the freedom and privacy of individuals or families, as well as photographing facilities, buildings and restricted or prohibited areas without authorisation from concerned entities, and installing any equipment to collect information and data illegally, are strictly prohibited by Law.
Without prejudice to any other legislation, tough penalties including imprisonment and/or fines, could be applied to anyone who endangers the safety and security of the airspace, or designs, manufactures, assembles or modifies drones and its systems, and develops simulation and training systems, or imports or sells drones, parts or systems in the Emirate without permission from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, as well as anyone who operates drones in violation of the provisions of the new Law.
Any individual causing damage due to drone operations shall be responsible for damage compensation and removal of the cause of damage during the period determined by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. In case of delay, the Authority is authorised to remove the cause of damage, in addition to charging the person or party responsible for the damage 20 percent of the cost of removing the damage.
Anyone with a grievance may submit a written appeal to the Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, DAA, against the decisions, procedures or measures taken against him or her in accordance with this Law, within 30 days of the date of the actions. The grievance will be reviewed within 30 days of its submission by a committee formed by the Director-General of the Authority.
Apart from decisions made by the Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai in accordance with the provisions of this Law, the Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority shall issue the decisions required to implement the provisions of this Law. Any provisions of other legislations that conflict with or contradict the provisions of the new Law shall be considered void. The Law will be published in the Official Gazette and is effective from the date of its publication.


UAE Rulers congratulate US President on Independence Day

ABU DHABI, 4th July, 2020 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Donald Trump of the United States of America, on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day, which is marked on 4th July.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also dispatched similar messages to President Trump on the occasion.


UAE citizens and residents are now able to travel

ABU DHABI, 3rd July 2020 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates, represented by the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, has today announced that all citizens and residents in the UAE are now able travel in accordance with the health preventive and precautionary requirements enforced within the UAE’s airports and the destinations’ regulations.
The UAE’s national carriers, as well as international carriers, will operate their flights according to a classification system, based on several health and safety standards.
The UAE’s travel protocol will apply in accordance with the destination and will be dependent on factors such as public health, health checks upon arrival at the destination and when returning back to the UAE, quarantine and self-monitoring of the health of the traveller. In addition to this precautionary guidelines and procedures will apply.
Compulsory requirements must be adhered to before departure and upon arrival from all travel destinations. Only UAE nationals must register with ‘Twajudi’ to facilitate communication with them while traveling. Citizens and residents must perform a Covid19 examination before travel, depending on the health regulations at the desired destination. This may require a test result within 48 hours of the travel period.
The results of the examination should be presented either through the Al Hosn application or by showing a medical certificate as proof of the negative result, in order to prove that the individual is free from Covid19 to the authorities at the arrival destination.
Travel will only be permitted if the individual receives a negative result and they must obtain international health insurance, which is valid throughout the period of travel, and covers the desired destination.
Returning residents must ensure that there is no violation of the declared regulations and procedures, the most important being the pre-examination in the countries where laboratories are available, before they return to the UAE.
It is not advised for people over the age of 70 or for those with chronic diseases to travel due to the increased risks associated.

MoHAP conducts over 54,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 672 new cases, 489 recoveries, one death

ABU DHABI, 3rd July 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Friday that it conducted over 54,000 additional COVID-19 tests, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
In a statement, the Ministry affirmed its aim to expand the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP detected 672 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 50,141.
According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and are receiving the necessary care.
MoHAP also announced one death as a result of COVID-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 318, it added.
The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished current COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.
MoHAP also noted an additional 489 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 39,153.

Coalition destroys four Houthi drones launched towards Kingdom

RIYADH, 3rd June 2020 (WAM) – The Arab Coalition intercepted and destroyed four explosive-laden drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia towards Saudi Arabia, the coalition’s spokesperson Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said on Friday.
“Joint Coalition Forces intercepted and destroyed this morning (4) bomb-laden UAVs launched by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia toward the Kingdom, (3) of which were dealt with in Yemeni airspace,” Al-Maliki said.
Al Maliki also stated, the coalition’s forces have proved highly efficient when “confronting and thwarting” Houthis’ threats, as displayed by the interception and destruction of the explosive-laden UAVs on Friday.

Final checks under way ahead of the Hope Probe’s launch on July 15

TANEGASHIMA, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — The final checks and tests on the Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Probe are currently under way as it prepares for its voyage to the orbit of the Red Planet.
Scheduled for launch on Wednesday, 15 July 2020 at 00:51:27 UAE time from Tanegashima Space Centre, TNSC, in Japan. The final checks are being led by an impressive team of young Emiratis.
The EMM team comprises Ahmed Al Yammahi, Mahmood Al Awadhi, Mohammed Al Aemri who are responsible for mechanical operations including lift onto the rocket; Essa Al Mehairi, mandated with the responsibility of battery charging and spacecraft monitoring; Yousuf Al Shehhi entrusted with MLI closing; Omar Al Shehhi responsible for Aliveness Test & spacecraft monitoring; and Khalifa Al Mehairi who has responsibility of spacecraft monitoring.
The Probe has undergone a series of tests since its arrival at the Tanegashima Centre in April. These tests, which are done over a period of 50 working days, entail functional tests of the spacecraft subsystems that include electrical power, communication, altitude control, command and control, propulsion, thermal control and software systems.
The process also includes filling the fuel tank with about 800 kilogrammes of hydrogen fuel and ensuring that there are no leaks. It also requires moving the probe to the launch pad, installing the probe on the rocket, and ensuring the batteries are fully charged prior to liftoff.
After fueling, the Emirates Mars Mission, EMM, team will ensure that the Multi-Layer Insulation, MLI, and the Arming Plugs are properly sealed. This will be followed by joint operations with the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, MHI, on powering the spacecraft for Aliveness Test, confirming the preparations as well as charging the spacecraft batteries and setting it for takeoff. This stage comprises three main tests, including Battery Charging, Aliveness Test, and Spacecraft Monitoring.
As part of its endeavour to ensure that the plans are on schedule, the core of H-IIA, H2A, launch vehicle was recently transported from the Nagoya Space Systems Toshibima Plant in the Aichi Prefecture to the launch station at Tanegashima Space Centre in the Kagoshima Prefecture. The state-of-art Tanegashima Space Centre contributes to the exceptional successful launch by MHI, the strategic partner that is responsible for launching the Hope Probe.
The Hope Probe is set to liftoff on 15th July, 2020. The scheduled launch date represents the opening of the launch window for the Mission, which extends to the 3rd August 2020 – in order to ensure that the Probe reaches its desired orbit in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible energy. The liftoff process will comprise two stages. The first begins with the solid fuel impeller raising the rocket after separating from the launch platform – this part automatically separates after completing its mission. This leads to the second stage until the third stage – which lasts until the probe reaches its orbit around Mars. The MHI H2A launch vehicle weighs 289 tons and is 53 meters long.
The MHI H2A platform was chosen as a result of its proven expertise and reputation in space technology around the world, and its high success rates in launching spacecraft and satellites globally. The UAE, for its part, has previously collaborated with MHI to successfully launch the Khalifa Sat satellite. The Hope Probe is anticipated to enter the Mars orbit in February 2021, coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations to mark the historic union of the Emirates.
“The commencement of the final checks and tests on the Hope Probe in line with our schedule reiterates our commitment and detailed planning process to ensure the success of this Mission. We are grateful to the wise leadership of the UAE for their unstinted support, and the relentless efforts and dedication of the team working on the project to complete this mission successfully,” said Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency.
He said that the team has time and again overcome the challenges to achieve the set milestones. “Achieving success against all odds reflects the UAE’s strong legacy and identity that ‘Impossible is Possible’, which is embedded in the culture of the young men and women of this country,” he added.
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul reiterated that the Hope Probe is representative of the ambitions of the UAE and its positive message of hope to the region and the world. “The core message is to strive passionately and overcome obstacles to find solutions that benefit the humanity at large, which exemplifies the UAE leadership’s vision. We are confident of the Hope Probe reaching the Mars orbit in February 2021, coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations,” he said.
Suhail AlDhafri, Emirates Mars Mission Deputy Project Manager and Spacecraft Lead said: “The final checks are important steps to ensure that all systems are functioning and meeting the requirements before the fueling. Getting these parameters are vital prior to getting the Probe ready for the liftoff as per our launch window.”
A team of Emiratis is leading the operation and supervising every aspect of the Probe’s preparation for its launch. The team includes Omran Sharaf Al Hashemi, Project Director of Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe, Suhail Al Dhafari Al Muhairi, Deputy Project Manager of the Probe Development Team, Omar Al Shehhi, Launch Team Lead, Mohsen Al-Awadhi, Risk Manager, Youssef Al-Shehhi, Thermal Systems Engineer, Khalifa Al-Muhairi, Communication Systems Engineer, Issa Al-Muhairi, Power Systems Engineer, Ahmed Al-Yamahi, Mechanical Systems Engineer, Mahmoud Al-Awadhi Mechanical Systems Engineer, and Mohammed Al-Amri Ground Support Systems Engineer.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team working on the Mission as divided into three sub-teams – considering the challenges on transportation, travel, logistics and adhering to the health procedures. While the first set of team members reached Japan on 6th April and underwent the mandatory quarantine and health checks, the second team arrived on 21st April.
The third team is still in the UAE, offering the necessary back-up support to the Mission. The transportation the Hope Probe from Dubai to the launch site on Tanegashima Island in Japan spanned more than 83 hours and underwent three major stages.

Mohammed bin Rashid congratulates newly married Emiratis with simple wedding parties

DUBAI, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has surprised dozens of newly married Emiratis who organised simple and low-cost wedding parties in their homes as a result of COVID-19 pandemic with special greeting cards signed by him.
At a time when wedding parties have witnessed a new culture and became simpler and affordable with costs that focused on priorities and the happiness of families, relatives and friends, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid decided to congratulate his sons and daughters and stressed that the true value of marriage aims at building a coherent, interconnected UAE family which is filled with love and synergy.
Simplicity deepens all values of marriage and is greater than the variables and circumstances, he added.
The Federal Youth Authority, through its digital platforms, has surveyed point of views of around 5,000 Emirati male and female youths on social media platforms about the future of marriage, where more than 90 per cent of the participants expressed their support and tendency towards simple celebrations, and the importance of focussing on values and principles that establish a successful marriage and build a coherent family.

Abdullah bin Zayed, French counterpart discuss regional developments, COVID-19 countermeasures

ABU DHABI, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and France’s Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, discussed the strategic ties between the UAE and France and the prospects of cooperation in various fields.
In a phone call, Sheikh Abdullah and Le Drian tackled the latest regional developments and various regional and global issues of mutual interest including Syria, Libya and ways to enhance security in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
The two top diplomats emphasised the support for efforts to reach a political solution of the Libyan crisis, which is the only solution to achieve security and stability in Libya and preserve its unity and integrity.
They also underscored their support for the Egyptian Initiative to end the crisis and rejected the Turkish interference that would undermine the efforts of the international community to reach a political solution.
The ministers exchanged views over the latest developments related to COVID-19 and the efforts made by the two countries to control its impact and repercussions.
Sheikh Abdullah spoke of the strategic UAE-French relations supported by the leadership of the two friendly countries, and their keenness on developing horizons of cooperation in all domains.
The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wished safety and prosperity to the friendly people of France, commending the precautionary measures and procedures taken by France to limit the impact of COVID-19.

Russia reports 6,718 new coronavirus infections

MOSCOW, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — Russia on Friday reported 6,718 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the nationwide tally of infections to 667,883, Reuters reported.

The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said 176 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 9,859.


OPEC daily basket price stood at $42.89 a barrel Thursday

VIENNA, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — The price of OPEC basket of thirteen crudes stood at $42.89 a barrel on Thursday, compared with $42.66 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.
The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Djeno (Congo), 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).

Kuwait confirms recovery of 886 COVID-19 patients

KUWAIT, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health said on Friday that 886 more Coronavirus patients had recovered in the past 24 hours.
This brings the country’s overall count of recoveries from the viral illness, known as Covid-19, to 39,276 so far, the ministry said in a statement to Kuwait News Agency, KUNA.
Lab analyses and tests showed that the patients had already recovered from the virus, the ministry added

UAE leaders congratulate President of Belarus on Independence Day

ABU DHABI, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day, which is marked on 3rd July.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar messages to President Lukashenko.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed dispatched similar messages to Roman Golovchenko, Prime Minister of Belarus

Bahrain supports Saudi security and stability

NEW YORK, 3rd July, 2020 (WAM) — The Kingdom of Bahrain has renewed its firm and supportive stance on everything that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is doing to maintain its security and stability and confront Iranian hostilities.
It also emphasised the need for the Security Council to take firm steps to deter Iran and extend the arms embargo that expires next October.
This came in the letter sent by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Jamal Fares Al-Ruwaie, to the President of the Security Council, within the framework of the 9th report issued by the UN Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 2231 (2015) on the Iranian nuclear file, according to Bahrain News Agency, BNA.
He called on the UN Security Council to take firm steps to deter Iran and extend the arms embargo until it complies with international laws and norms and reconsiders its subversive plans that threaten regional and international peace and security.

Abu Dhabi Ports promotes global supply-chain resilience in times of international trade challenge

ABU DHABI, 2nd July, 2020 (WAM) — Supply-chain resilience will play a pivotal role in determining whether companies engaged in global trade are able to weather the logistical challenges presented by COVID-19, said Abu Dhabi Ports in a white paper launched at a recent high-level expert webinar hosted by the company.

According to industry experts from around the world who contributed their insights and perspectives to the white paper entitled “Ensuring Supply-Chain Resilience in 2020 and Beyond”, supply-chain resilience is vital to the sustainability of any business, as it determines its ability to maintain operations in the event of disruption. They pointed out that companies with superior resilience tend to not only defend and maintain their businesses during disruptive times, but also benefit from the opportunities that emerge once the crisis has abated.

The global logistics experts also shared their views and experiences on how companies can cope with external trade shocks, and even realise competitive advantage during the unprecedented logistical turbulence brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Echoing the sentiment, Abu Dhabi Ports believes that companies with resilient supply-chains position themselves for greater success based on their appetite for risk, establishment of a risk management culture, investment in technology, willingness to use and act on data, and acceptance of views of external experts.

Robert Sutton, Head of Logistics Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “This white paper captures contemporary thinking from some of the leading minds in the complex world of supply-chain management. We are eager to share their findings, and our own insights, with our entire eco-system of Abu Dhabi Ports’ stakeholders, from Brazil and the United States to the UK, Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

“Our organisation aims to provide complete, end-to-end supply-chain support solutions to our increasing list of global customers, and helps them realise competitive advantage and growth, especially during challenging times. Therefore, it is important that we regularly take time to actively listen and consider how to calibrate and position ourselves to the rapidly evolving dynamics of the world’s trade community.

“Through our research, we have validated that companies which have invested in the requisite assessment and preparation phases of supply-chain risk mitigation have been able to meet the challenges presented thus far, and will be able to continue to do so in the near term.”

Karim Shariff, UAE-based Partner at Bain & Company, a leading global management consultancy, which contributed to the white paper research, said: “I would stress that when it comes to supply-chain resiliency, the most important factors to consider are adapting to the demands of customers, building an agile network, and having an empowered organisation with clear risk management across all levels. Finally, data is paramount. We are living in an age of an abundance of data, however, many companies aren’t able to make sense of it and focus on the wrong information, which leads to flawed insights and actions.”

Cathy Morrow Roberson, US-based Founder and Head Analyst at Logistics Trends and Insights said: “Every day, supply chain companies must navigate a world of risks. To do that successfully, requires flexibility and the agility to respond quickly to unexpected disruption. It is crucial that companies have the right technology, tools and partners to help them manage and mitigate both known and unknown risks. With the right systems in place, businesses can increase their chances of minimising disruption to trade and maximising success in the marketplace.”

The white paper was launched at a webinar, “Trade and Logistics in the Time of COVID-19”, organised recently by Abu Dhabi Ports with the participation of senior executive panellists from the banking, food, and logistics sectors, and hundreds of high-level participants from around the world.

Tom Harvey, Commercial Director, Spinneys Dubai, who participated in the webinar, said: “The fundamental process of supply chain management has not changed due to COVID-19. We continue to source goods both locally and from around the world, and this will not change as consumers continue to demand a wide variety of products. What has changed is the ways of working together.

“Never has it been more important to ensure excellent communication and information sharing with every part of our supply chain. Past performance cannot be the only parameter by which to predict future demand, both in the short and long term. Sharing of thoughts and ideas and collaborating as one supply chain is now more important than ever before as we navigate together to a successful recovery.”

For a complete copy of Abu Dhabi Ports’ white paper, “Ensuring Supply-Chain Resilience in 2020 and Beyond,” please visit the following link:


DP World reaches milestone with container High Bay Store proof of concept

DUBAI, 2nd July, 2020 (WAM) — DP World, the Dubai-based provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, has completed assembly of the world’s first container High Bay Store system, HBS, at Jebel Ali Port.
BoxBay is a joint venture by DP World and German industrial engineering specialist SMS group GmbH.
Real life test operations are due to start before September. The technology is set to dramatically change the way containers are handled in ports with smart innovation.
The patented High Bay Store is an automated container handling system that stacks containers up to eleven stories high. It delivers more than three times the capacity of a conventional yard with enhanced performance, so the footprint of terminals can be reduced by up to 70 per cent, and enables any container to be accessed individually without moving any other.
Traditionally containers are stacked one on top of the other, which means many containers have to be moved to access containers lower down in the stacks.
This week, the final major component of the system, a truck crane, was assembled on site. The automated truck crane is used to lift containers on and off external trucks. Containers for the landside operations move in and out of BoxBay on underground conveyor belts before being lifted to their slot in the rack by stacker cranes.
The HBS proof of concept provides 792 container slots. A full industrial HBS yard behind the two under construction berths of Jebel Ali Terminal 4 would be able to handle more than three million containers per year. The stacker cranes and truck handling cranes will be operated in full automation. The shuttle carrier will start testing with a driver at first during the pilot operation phase.
BoxBay is designed to be fully electrified and will be the only container yard that can be powered by solar panels on its roof.
Commenting on this important step forward, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “This is a major milestone delivered in our exploration of new and innovative technologies that add value for our operations and customers. In these challenging times, we are bringing container high bay store to the world’s supply chains, demonstrating our strengths as a global provider of smart logistics solutions.
With speed, efficiency and digital fitness being key aspects of the port and terminal business, we intend to deliver ‘life inventory’ to our importers and we are confident BoxBay will play a significant role revolutionising container storage in the years ahead”.
Mathias Dobner, Chairman and CEO of BoxBay, said: “We are proud to be able to transfer this disruptive technology into operation very soon. With BoxBay more capacity can be managed faster on the same footprint. In addition, this technology with its CO2-neutral operation is trend-settingˮ.

Ministry of Health announces over 56,000 additional COVID-19 tests, 400 new cases, 504 recoveries, one death

ABU DHABI, 2nd July, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, has conducted more than 56,000 additional tests for COVID-19 as part of plans to boost the early detection of cases, particularly among those who may have had been in contact with infected individuals.

The latest tests resulted in the detection of 400 new cases among patients of various nationalities, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 49,469.

The newly diagnosed patients are in a stable condition and undergoing all necessary medical treatment.

MoHAP also announced the death of one patient due to complications arising from COVID-19. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the UAE now stands at 317.

The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to patients currently undergoing medical care.

A further 504 people who were infected with the virus have now fully recovered after receiving all necessary medical attention, bringing the total number of recoveries to 38,664, MoHAP announced.

Members of the public are urged to adhere to all health guidelines and follow all instructions from relevant authorities, particularly those concerning social distancing, in order to ensure the health and safety of all.


Group 42 joins forces with Israeli Rafael and IAI to defeat Covid-19

ABU DHABI, 2nd July, 2020 (WAM) — Group 42 (G42), a leading technology company based in Abu Dhabi, announced today it has signed Memoranda of Understanding with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Rafael, and Israel Aerospace Industries, IAI, two leading Israeli technology companies, to explore collaborations in the research and development of effective solutions to combat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 disease.

Executives from each company took part in a signing ceremony held via video conference between the UAE and Israel.

During the event, they discussed how they might capitalise on their respective expertise and technologies to develop cutting-edge solutions and medical initiatives that would benefit, not only the populations of both countries, but humanity as a whole.

The CEO of Group 42, said: “At G42, we embrace international cooperation as a way to develop new and innovative technological solutions for the public good. The UAE has led by example in the global collaborative effort to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, and our company is privileged to follow the lead and share resources and expertise with Rafael and IAI for such a significant cause.”

This joint initiative brings together some of the most active players in the Covid-19 response in the region and aims to leverage their combined knowledge, human and technological assets, and other resources to accelerate the delivery of breakthrough solutions to safeguard the public health and support the global fight against the pandemic.

G42 has been at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Thanks to its expertise in AI-driven genomics, the company has recently announced the development, in partnership with UK’s Oxford Nanopore Technologies, of an end-to-end detection solution with ultra-high throughput to screen en masse and on demand, facilitating the re-opening of global economies.

In the UAE, G42 is also trialing the world’s first phase III clinical trial of a COVID-19 inactivated vaccine, under the supervision of the Department of Health of Abu Dhabi.



Abu Dhabi re-opens some public beaches, parks from tomorrow

ABU DHABI, 2nd July, 2020 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi will re-open some parks and public beaches from tomorrow, Friday, at a 40 percent capacity, with all generic precautionary and preventive measures and protocols to be strictly enforced to ensure public safety.

The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), in coordination with the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), said this first phase of re-opening will cover the Umm Al Emarat Park, Khalifa Park-Abu Dhabi, Salimi Park in Al Ain, and Madinat Zayed Public Park in Al Dhafrah. Included in the first phase as well are the Corniche Public Beach, Al Hudayriat Beach and Al Al Mirfa Beach in Al Dhafrah.

Other re-openings will be announced at a later stage via various media outlets, including social media platforms.

The two authorities outlined a number of restrictions all visitors of these sites have to comply with, including prior booking via the smart services platform (Smart Hub); presenting the COVID-19 testing result via Alhosn App upon entry; and taking body temperature upon arrival; those with over 37.5 C shall be denied access.

Visitors have to wear face masks all the times and ensure a safety physical distance of two metres; a maximum of four people are permitted to mingle in each group.

The DMP restricted the visitors’ capacity at these sites to 40 percent, and reduced the car park capacity to 50 percent. Thermal cameras will check people’s temperatures upon entry, with signage communicating physical distancing norms. Sunbath seats have to distanced in a way that ensures social distancing protocols.

In addition, F&B outlets will operate at 30 percent seating capacity, with a maximum of four people allowed per table; tables have to be distanced a minimum of 2.5m apart. The outlets must only serve food and drink using disposable cutlery, and hand sanitiser dispensers must be available. All rented equipment, seats and dining tables have to be regularly cleaned and sanitised after each use.

All working staff have to wear masks and gloves all the times, ensure taking their body temperatures regularly and keep a safety distance of 2 metres.