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Emirates News

Dubai fourth most popular city in the world: Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017

DUBAI, 26th September, 2017 (WAM) -- Dubai has retained its ranking as the fourth most popular travel destination in the world, according to the ninth annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index. The emirate welcomed 14.87 million international overnight visitors in 2016, with an expected continued growth of 7.7 percent for 2017. Dubai continues to be the city with the highest international overnight visitor spend, amounting to US$28.50 billion in 2016. Abu Dhabi, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate, CAGR, of 18.9 percent between 2009 and...

UAE Ambassador meets with Mufti of Lebanon

BEIRUT, 26th September, 2017 (WAM) -- Hamad Saeed Sultan Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon, has met with Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, Mufti of the Republic of Lebanon, at Dar al Fatwa headquarters. Al Shamsi congratulated the Mufti of Lebanon on the new Islamic year, wishing all Arab and Islamic nations peace and security. They also discussed current developments in Lebanon and the region. Derian expressed his thanks and appreciation to the UAE for its stand alongside Lebanon in various fields, especially providing assistance to displaced...

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi named new President of International Biennial Association

SHARJAH, 26th September, 2017 (WAM) -- Sharjah Biennial Director and Sharjah Art Foundation President and Director, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, has been announced as the new President of the International Biennial Association, IBA, in an appointment that will transfer IBA headquarters to Sharjah. Since its establishment in 2013, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi has served as an active member of the IBA board, which brings together prominent international art professionals that organise periodic festivals and events and collectively explore Biennial models. Commenting on the announcement, which...

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Egyptian President leaves UAE

ABU DHABI, 26th September, 2017 (WAM) -- President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt today left the UAE after a two-day state visit. The Egyptian President was seen off at the Presidential Airport by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He was also seen off by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun...

UAE concerned about lack of debate on human rights violations in occupied Palestine

GENEVA, 26th September, 2017 (WAM) -- The United Arab Emirates has expressed concerns over the lack of debate in the Human Rights Council on the human rights violations taking place in the occupied Palestinian territories. Obaid Salem Saeed Nasser Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, referred to these concerns in a speech during the 36th session of the Human Rights Council which began in Geneva on 11th September. He also spoke about the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian...

Deputy Speaker Saudi Shura Council and British delegation discuss parliamentary cooperation

RIYADH, 26th September, 2017 (WAM) -- The Deputy Speaker of the Saudi Shura Council, Dr. Mohammed bin Amin Al-Jafri, and a delegation from British Parliament led by Conservative Party MP Leo Docherty, have discussed means of boosting joint parliamentary cooperation between the two sides. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the meeting touched on bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields. The parties also discussed ways of activating the role of parliamentary friendship committees in the two countries for supporting and enhancing cooperation...

Mansour bin Zayed chairs Mubadala Executive Committee Board of Directors meeting

ABU DHABI, 25th September, 2017 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Vice Chairman of the Mubadala Investment Company, on Monday chaired the 2nd meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Mubadala Investment Company, at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. During the meeting, the committee adopted the financial data for the first half of 2017. It also reviewed the progress of the company, in addition to a number...

Ajman Crown Prince inaugurates "Happiness Station" at Ajman Preventive Medicine Centre

AJMAN, 28th August, 2017 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and President of the Executive Council, today inaugurated the "Happiness Station" at the Preventive Medicine Centre in Al Hamidiyah, which aims to save the time and effort of its customers and complete all their transactions in one place, and within a deadline of five days instead of 10. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid and his accompanying delegation toured the various sections of the Happiness Station, which was launched as...

Al Jalila Children’s Hospital launches inspirational volunteering programme

DUBAI, 19th August, 2017 (WAM) -- Al Jalila Children’s Hospital has launched its volunteering programme, 'Abtaal Al Jalila', or Al Jalila Heroes Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, signing up as the first volunteer of the initiative. Abtaal Al Jalila was initiated by the hospital in line with the Year of Giving and is aimed at involving the wider community in contributing to children’s health and happiness. The 'superheroes' theme was envisioned to highlight the fact that volunteers are true heroes...

Smart Dubai organises trip for Happiness Champions for service quality training at Disney Institute in Orlando

DUBAI, 17th August, 2017 (WAM) -- Smart Dubai is organising a trip for Happiness Champions from various government entities in Dubai to attend a training course on the ‘Quality of Service’ at the Disney Institute in Orlando, USA. This is part of Smart Dubai’s efforts to achieve the goals of the Happiness Agenda and to further promote training and education, as well as nurture the skills of Emirati human resources professionals to provide the best level of services to the public. The training course will...

Dubai Chamber hosts motivational workshop on happiness and positivity

DUBAI, 16th August, 2017 (WAM) -- The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Centre for Responsible Business yesterday organised a motivational workshop in collaboration with the Team Angel Wolf initiative, which focused on the importance of instilling positivity and happiness as core values within the local business community and wider society. The event, hosted at the Chamber’s premises, was attended by ENGAGE Dubai corporate members who represented nearly 20 UAE-based companies from various sectors. Speaking at the session Nick Watson, Founder of Team Angel Wolf,...

Sports News

Fuller among five shortlisted for H.H. Sheikh Mansour Festival-sponsored Women of the Future Sport Award

LONDON, UK, 25th September, 2017 (WAM) -- Briton’s amateur flat and national hunt jockey, Page Fuller, 22, has been shortlisted to receive the coveted 'Women of the Future Sport Award' sponsored by the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. Nominated to receive the award in 2016 together with fellow jockey and category finalist Alice Mills, Fuller will now progress to the final judging stage with GB Short Track athlete Elise Christie, GB Rowing athlete Emily Craig, GB Goalball...

Cyclist's medal raises UAE's tally to 17 medals in Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

ASHGABAT, 24th September, 2017 (WAM) -- Yousif Mirza, the UAE national team cyclist, said that the bronze medal he won at the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games was a result of complete co-ordination between the team and their technical staff. Although the medal was for the Singles competition, it showed how the team co-operated to win the medal and record an achievement for the UAE. Mirza made the statement after he won the bronze medal by scoring 131 points, bringing the country's medal...

SWSF explores ways of forging partnerships with Russia

SHARJAH, 24th September, 2017 (WAM) -- A delegation from the Sharjah Women’s Sport Foundation, SWSF, led by Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Director-General of the SWSF, recently visited the Russian Federation to learn valuable lessons from its world-class sporting bodies. As part of the SWSF’s vision to support women in Sharjah and the UAE in various sports, the trip focussed on potential collaborations with Russian institutions, in a bid to benefit from the best practices in women’s sports. In a meeting with Boris Grishin, Representative of...