SHARJAH - Children in the UAE are set to enter a fun new age of reading with the launch of the world's first virtual reality book. The service will be available in both Arabic and English, by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) as part of its campaign to promote the eighth edition of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), which will take place from April 20-30, 2016 at Expo Centre Sharjah.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Abu Dhabi: Graced by the presence of Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, the United Arab Emirates Sustainable Fisheries Programme was launched on Thursday by Dr. Thani Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Secretary General of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD). This programme, launched in recognition of the currently severely overexploited state of fisheries resources in the UAE, aims to ensure the UAE’s fishery is utilized sustainably, and will be implemented starting 2016 through to 2018.
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Friday, March 18, 2016
DUBAI // Better education and cultural awareness will be fundamental to empowering women and helping to ease the refugee crisis, delegates at a pupil version of a United Nations conference heard.
About 1,000 pupils from across the globe are taking part in the eighth Dubai International Academy Model United Nations, which started on Wednesday.
The Emirates Hill School’s three-day event provides pupils – or delegates as they will be known for the three days – hands-on experience in undertaking diplomacy and international relations.
The delegates are honing skills such as researching, public speaking and debating, critical thinking and leadership as they investigate the issues of women’s empowerment and the refugee crisis.
Speaking before the conference officially opened on Wednesday, Sara Atassi, 16, from Syria, a Dubai International Academy pupil and executive president of the model UN special committee in Arabic, said: “There are cultural and historical issues, particularly in Mena that in the past have made it difficult for women to reach their full potential but we need to do more. It’s often said that if you educate a woman, you are educating a whole generation and educated women lead to better educated children."
Women around the world faced “glass ceilings", she said, that prevented their progress and were, generally, in less well-paid jobs than men. “We would like to see equality in things like rights, pay and job opportunities ... and that have to start with education," Sara said.
The pupils agreed that women should at least have the option open to them to enter the workforce or not.
“At the moment, many, many women don’t have that option, but the more active a role they can play in public life, that will change," said Neha Rathi, 17, from India, who is the executive president of the model UN human rights committee and also a Dubai International Academy pupil.
Equality – or the perception of refugees as being equals, people who had jobs, lives, homes that were cherished – would go a long way to easing the tensions created by the refugee crisis, delegates found.
“There is a big misconception that refugees are poor," said DIA pupil Suhail Mayor, 17, from India, who is the president of the model UN general assembly.
“They have been dehumanized as a result of this. But in reality, they have lost their homes and are simply looking for safety."
Suhail recommended a campaign of information and education to help decrease the fear that the massive influx of refugees created in many European countries.
“The impression following the Paris terror attacks was that the people coming in were all terrorists, but that is simply not the case," Suhail said.
“The refugees and the people in the European countries should be given awareness of each other’s cultures, similar to what we have in the UAE, where people coming here are given information on the culture and the customs of the country.
“Maybe we can do that for refugees going to places like Germany so they know the rules, and vice versa, so Germans know a bit about the culture of the refugees."
He also suggested a demilitarized zone could be built where refugees could be cared for and helped until their home countries were safe to return to.
ABU DHABI - Ministry of Interior and the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters have signed AED 391,122,304 worth of contracts on the second day of the International Conference for Security and National Resilience (ISNR Abu Dhabi 2016).
The announcement was made by Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior and Deputy Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of ISNR Abu Dhabi 2016.
Major General Al Raisi noted that the contracts were signed upon the directives of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, to acquire the best technological security devices, equipment and vehicles, and to seek qualified personnel and training services to promote the skills of the MoI staff members according to the best international standards.
Major General Al Raisi said that the MoI, represented by the General Directorate of the Federal Criminal Police, signed 5 contracts to purchase handling, detection and specialized security vehicles, for a total value of AED 26,106,574. The most prominent contracts are as follows: a 12,428,147 AED worth contract with Al Hamra Trading Est.; a 9,487,110 AED worth contract with Eye ON Technology; a 1,846,489 AED worth contract with International Golden Group; a 1,742,828 AED worth contract with GulfNet Security Systems Company LLC; and a 602,000 AED worth contract with Qartaja Trading Est.
Major General Al Raisi added that the MoI also signed 4 supply contracts for a total value of 231,697,342 AED, notably a contract to supply, install and operate tools, equipment, software, training, and maintenance of e-Ports projects with Electronic Identity Management and Security Solution (EIMASS) worth 187,800,342 AED; two contracts with Atlas Communication worth 43,897,000 to supply, install, and operate the main station, base stations of Tetra System, with the training; and to supply, install, and operate visual communications network (LTE) and supply wireless devices. The MoI also signed a contract with Bin Salmeen Computers and Office Supplies, worth 6,494,455 AED to supply, install, and operate CCTV cameras on the digital network system.
According to Major General Al Raisi, the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters announced the signing of 11 contracts, for a total value of 127,318,388 AED. The contracts are as follows: four contracts with Electronic Identity Management and Security Solution (EIMASS); one to separate the MoI’s and Emirates Identity Authority (EIAD) fingerprint databases; two contracts for the iris recognition devices maintenance and technical support for central and supporting locations; one contract to implement a new system to connect all operating systems in the country’s different ports, for a total value of 44,683,694 AED. The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters signed three contracts with Emirates Solutions for Integrated Security (ESIS), to design, and supply three GIS mobile labs, and provide technical support and software for the operations rooms’ systems (IDS, STORM), as well as providing consultancy services in the field of security GIS systems worth 36,272,159 AED; and two contracts with Atlas Communications to renovate the wireless network (Tetra) worth 19,158,948 AED; and a contract with Emirates Photo Marketing, Abu Dhabi Branch, to supply the ink for the driving licenses and registrations for the Federal Traffic and Licensing system, worth 5,074,460 AED.
The press conference was attended by Brigadier Saeed Saif Al Nuaimi, Deputy Director of Finance and Services at the Abu Dhabi Police; Brigadier Jassem Al Mansouri, from the office of Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior; and Colonel Abdulla Al Masood Al Issaei, from Abu Dhabi Police.
ABU DHABI - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is one of the signatories to the Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products signed at Buckingham Palace yesterday.
Led by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the United for Wildlife initiative aims to support efforts to prevent the growing trade in illegal wildlife and products around the world. The taskforce for transportation has identified the specific role that the transport industry can play in helping to support the efforts of what The Duke of Cambridge refers to as ‘the race against extinction’.
The ambitious declaration documents eleven commitments which require signatories to commit to supporting global efforts to prevent illegal wildlife smuggling, through putting in place real measures where the transport industry specifically can help shut down routes exploited by traffickers.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, who signed the declaration on behalf of the airline, said: "We recognize the significant role that the airlines can play in preventing the smuggling of wildlife and products. Whilst the airlines cannot act as regulators, we are able to support enforcement authorities and assist in raising passenger awareness. We encourage others in this sector to sign up to this declaration to help prevent this abhorrent practice."
The declaration focuses on breaking the link between the demand for illegal wildlife products around the world and the escalating poaching crisis in places such as Africa. Airlines are seen as key partners, able to increase passenger awareness, provide capacity building at airports and work closely to support the efforts of customs and law enforcement authorities.
To address the commitments the airline will be working closely with IATA, the global airline association and another signatory to the Declaration, on shared initiatives.
Etihad Airways is also engaged with animal welfare on a broader scale, as part of its efforts to reduce its ‘Animal Footprint’.
The airline works in partnership with the international wildlife NGO, the Born Free Foundation to ensure the airline’s holiday activities and the transportation of animals have a minimal impact on animal welfare and conservation. It is developing policies and programmes to reduce this risk.