ABU DHABI -- The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced today that a 73-year-old has passed away after contracting MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Friday, January 29, 2016
DUBAI -- The Organizing Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good, launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has announced that the Voting Platform for the awards received more than 250,000 votes until today from all around the world.
DUBAI - Dubai attracted over 14.2 million overnight visitors in 2015, recording a strong 7.5% increase over 2014 - double the United Nations World Travel Organisation's (UNWTO) projected 3-4% global travel growth for the same period, annual figures released by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) showed.
Friday, January 22, 2016
ABU DHABI -- The Future Build, Masdar’s online green building products’ portal and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council’s, QCC, Environmental Performance Trustmark Certification Schemes, have announced a strategic partnership to create the largest database of products certified to UAE sustainable building requirements.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
DUBAI --- The value of real estate investment transactions made by overseas buyers in Dubai in 2015 exceeded AED135 billion, up 24 per cent from AED109 billion of transactions reported in 2014, the Dubai Land Department said in its annual report.
Abu Dhabi: The Federal National Council (FNC) this month is expected to review a draft law proposing more than three years in prison and a fine of up to Dh2 million for IP address forgery with criminal intent.
The bill, which introduces changes in Federal Law No 5 of 2012 on combating cyber-crimes, seeks to crack down on people using a fraudulent computer network protocol address with criminal intent.
Under the current law, IP address forgery is a minor offence punishable with a jail term of between 24 hours and three years, and a fine of up to Dh500,000.
IP address forgery, also known as IP address spoofing, or a host file hijack, is a hijacking technique in which a cracker masquerades as a trusted host to conceal his identity, spoof a website, hijack browsers, or gain access to a network.
The hijacker obtains the IP address of a legitimate host and alters packet headers so that the legitimate host appears to be the source.
“The proposed amendment shows that the UAE authorities are keen to crack down on so-called IP spoofing by imposing harsher penalties for offenders,” said Dino Wilkinson, legal expert in Abu Dhabi.
Wilkinson added that the relevant article states that it is an offence to use a fraudulent computer network protocol address by using a false address or third party address for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery.
It is therefore important to note that there must be a crime committed or concealed, in addition to the IP address spoofing activity, for a person to be liable under this provision of the law.
This could be a hacking or denial of service attack, for example, which are criminalized under other provisions of the cyber-crimes law.
Privacy of information
The Cyber Crimes Law protects privacy of information from any misuse whatsoever by electronic or IT means in a host of areas.
How it is done
Forging an IP address involves changing the header of an internet protocol address (that allows servers to know where information is coming from) to match someone else’s IP.
If your IP address is spoofed, this may cause you to be associated with illegal activities like hacking websites, and may also provide a hacker with access to systems that read your computer as ‘trusted’.
How you can report it
To report a spoofed Facebook page, go to the spoofed profile, click the button next to ‘Message’ and select ‘Report/Block’. Then click, ‘This profile/timeline is pretending to be someone or is fake’, followed by ‘Pretending to be me’ and finally, ‘Continue’.
If you are spoofed on Twitter, file a report here.
Do not share your password: To avoid having your own Facebook or Twitter account hacked into never share your password with anyone and make sure to sign out of each service before you close the tab or window.
Anonymous your address: Your IP address is most at risk when you are using public internet hotspots at places such as airports or coffee shops. When using these, it is a good idea to use an IP anonymous such as Hotspot Shield, which temporarily assigns you a random IP address so that your computer’s own IP address is not compromised.
Cyber-crimes law protects against online predators
Federal Law No 5 of 2012 on combating cyber-crimes covers a host of crimes such as forging or producing duplicates of credit cards or civil cards, or using information technology to extort or threaten people online. Key crimes covered are:
This involves creating or operating a website to send, transmit, publish or promote pornographic material, gambling activities and other indecent acts.
Attempting to, or helping others solicit prostitution, or urging, or enticing others to engage in an act of prostitution.
Using an electronic network or information technology to violate privacy by eavesdropping; intercepting, recording or disclosing conversations, communications, audio and video material; taking photographs; creating electronic photos of others, disclosing, copying or saving them; publishing news, electronic photographs or photographs or scenes, comments, data and information even if they are authentic.
Creating or running a website to promote any terrorist groups and any unlicensed society, organization or body, to facilitate contacts with their leaders or to solicit new members, promote the thoughts thereof, to finance their activities, to provide funds and actual help for its activities, or, for that matter, to promote the making of incendiary devices, explosives or any devices used in terrorist acts.
Creating or running an electronic site to raise online or through any information technology means, calling for the raising of donations without authorization from the competent authorities.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
ABU DHABI - Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has launched the second edition of the UAE State of Green Economy Report, during the Ministry’s participation in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) which is taking place from January 18 to 21, 2016 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The participation comes in line with the UAE’s efforts towards adoption of the Green Economy approach as one of the key pillars of sustainable development, following the UAE Green Growth Strategy. The approach is part of the UAE Vision 2021 which is inspired by the National Work Programme of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to become amongst the best countries in the world by 2021.
Monday, January 18, 2016
ABU DHABI – Government officials from more than 150 countries and representatives from 140 international organizations will gather in Abu Dhabi tomorrow for the opening of the sixth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). As the first intergovernmental meeting after the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, the Assembly will bring together energy leaders to set the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the ongoing global energy transition.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The UAE’s energy minister on Tuesday rejected a call for an emergency Opec meeting over the latest slump in oil prices, saying that the strategy of letting market forces deal with the world oil glut was working.
Nigeria’s oil minister, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who is current president of Opec, had said earlier on Tuesday that “a couple of countries” in the group had requested an emergency meeting for February or March, ahead of the regularly scheduled ministers meeting in June, to deal with the oil price crisis.
Asked about those comments, Suhail Al Mazrouei said he didn’t see any point to such a meeting.
“What are we going to agree? I’m not convinced Opec alone can solely, unilaterally change this strategy just because we have seen a low in the market.”
He said previous efforts at cooperation had failed and it was decided to follow a market strategy, which was working the way it was supposed to.
“We were assuming some level of cooperation when we tried [at previous] meetings but everyone said ‘it is not my problem’, and that left it to the market and I think that was the wise thing to do,” said Mr. Al Mazrouei.
Both ministers were speaking at the Gulf Intelligence UAE Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi yesterday and addressing the oil market conditions, which have taken a turn for the worse since the start of the year.
Recent losses added to the sharp decline that began 18 months ago – world benchmark North Sea Brent crude futures were up 25 cents at US$31.63 per barrel in late afternoon trading Arabian Gulf time on Tuesday, but that was down 15 per cent since the start of the year and near the lowest since 2003. The cumulative loss since summer 2014 is more than 70 per cent.
Mr. Al Mazrouei echoed statements from Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Ali Al Naimi, who has consistently said that the only effective policy to deal with the glut that arose when production from shale plays doubled US output from 2010 to 2015, is to let prices force cuts from the highest-cost producers.
The rise in US oil output has been stemmed and the US government’s forecaster expects output to decline to 8.8 million bpd this year from a peak last spring of 9.6 million bpd.
“My assessment of that strategy is that it is working,” said Mr. Al Mazrouei. “We have seen a major reduction in the yearly production of non-Opec – it is a fundamental change,” he added, noting the billions of dollars of higher-cost projects that have been cancelled globally.
The UAE minister said he couldn’t tell how long it would take to bring the market back into balance, but he said he expects that in the first half of this year there will be continued pressure on the market.
“It might take one to two years depending on whether we are going to see cooperation or not – the glut is still there,” Mr. Al Mazrouei said. “There is hope during this year, 2016, we could see a correction [to the upside] but it is not going to be first or second quarter – the first six months is going to be tough.”
The UAE, in fact, is on track to raise its own capacity this year to about 3 million bpd, he said, up from about 2.8 million bpd last year.
Mr. Kachikwu said he expected Nigeria’s output capacity to rise this year to 2.5 million bpd form 2.1 million bpd last year. He said he anticipated that extra output would be absorbed by the country’s expanding refinery capacity and growing internal demand.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
DUBAI -- The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, HIPA, has announced that the Dubai Photo Exhibition in 2016, its inaugural year, will present a global perspective on photography from 16th to 19th of March, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon, Chairman of the Department of Transport, Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority Abu Dhabi and Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council, and Ali Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, all took to two wheels to demonstrate their passion for cycling.
The second annual #cycletoworkuae day takes place on Tuesday, when commuters are encouraged to use pedal power rather than horsepower.
Sheikh Sultan said the event carried the important message that people should make exercise part of their daily routine.
“It’s a great initiative to promote a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Sheikh Sultan.
“There’s a heavy reliance on using cars, as the residents are capable of purchasing cars and the infrastructure makes driving the most attractive option of transportation. However, we want to improve public transport and biking.”
The UAE’s hot summers make cycling more difficult, he said.
“Yes, we do have three or four months where the weather does not help,” he said. “However, there’s nothing stopping us from using other forms of transportation – weather permitting.”
Cycling, and exercise, is a passion for Dr. Al Khaili and one he hopes others can introduce to their lives. “As a young nation, our lives have changed significantly – we went from a life full of physical activity to one of sedentary existence after our modernization,” he said of the transition from more traditionally physical work to office jobs.
“There was no doubt a change in the pace of life, and in that exercise was lost.”
Cycling, he said, was a great way to weave physical activity back into our lives.
“We hope that people encourage themselves now to get more involved in exercise.”
Statistics showed that only 20 per cent of the adult population in the UAE engaged in the daily recommended 30 minutes of exercise and only 40 per cent of young people did the 60 minutes of physical activity that is considered healthy.
The genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes in Arab people was made worse by sedentary lifestyles, Dr Al Khaili said.
While all types of sport are recommended, Dr. Al Khaili believed cycling had advantages over other kinds of exercise.
“Biking is immensely enjoyable because it doesn’t focus on just the exercise aspect but also places a heavy emphasis on social connections,” he said.
Cycling also benefited mental health as well as the physical as it helped people wind down and relax said Dr. Khaili.
“Today, with the stress of work and the challenges of modern life, we are constantly trying to make the best use of our time and we are turning to the fastest mode of transportation at the cost of neglecting ourselves.”
He added that the more people that took up cycling, the more it would become acceptable.
“Maybe we are a community that is at first surprised of new ideas, but I think at the same time we are very welcome to adapt beneficial changes,” he said.
“An idea that was weird or new a few years ago has now become adopted, and I think cycling can become that.
“To that person who is thinking of cycling but is unsure, yes the first time you might feel hesitant, maybe embarrassed at first, but once you try, I think it not only becomes addictive but a passion.”