Daily Archives: August 9, 2012

Mohammed bin Zayed meets Emir of Qatar

Tahnoun receives ADMC delegation

AL AIN: Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region has received a delegation from the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) who called on him to offer Ramadan greetings and best wishes.

ADMC’s delegation includes heads of TV channels and the news center staff members.

In remarks at the meeting, Sheikh Tahnoun hailed the role the media plays in service of the community through highlighting humanitarian and social activities as well as the progress the UAE is making under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

Abdullah Bin Zayed condemns attack on Rafah border

ABU DHABI:H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has condemned last Sunday’s attack on the Rafah border post in Sinai which killed sixteen Egyptian border guards and injured another seven.

The minister denounced the abominable crime and expressed the UAE’s sympathy and solidarity with Egypt against extremism and terrorism.

He emphasized the UAE’s rejection of these ugly criminal acts.

Sheikh Abdullah expressed heartfelt condolences to the Egyptian government and the families of the martyrs and sympathy with the injured whom he wished rapid recovery

Abdullah Bin Zayed attends event on Sheikh Zayed’s 8th anniversary

ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister tonight attended the “Night of Loyalty to Sheikh Zayed” which was held at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on the anniversary of the death of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Zayed who passed away eight years ago on 19th day of Ramadan, 1425 hijri, corresponding to 2 November 2005 A host scholars, ministers, senior officials, diplomats and nationals and expatriates attended the night which is organized by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) and the Ministry Of Presidential Affairs.

UAQ Ruler receives well-wishers

UMM AL QAIWAIN:H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council member and ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain has received senior officials, businessmen, nationals and expatriates who called on him to offer Ramadan greetings and best wishes.

In attendance were sheikhs and senior officials.

Ali Al Jabri named Festival Director at Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Abu Dhabi:The Abu Dhabi Film Festival today announced that Ali Al Jabri will be its Festival Director. He has been with the Festival for 5 years and was previously the Director of the Emirates Film Competition – a key element of the Festival’s programme.

Al Jabri worked closely with Peter Scarlet, who has led the Festival for the past three years when managed by ADACH.

Speaking on Al Jabri’s appointment, Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54, said, “Today is a very important milestone in the event’s history. Ali has been instrumental in developing the Emirates Film Competition and we are sure he will bring the same level of passion and enthusiasm to his new role.” “I am both proud and excited about the new role,” commented Ali Al Jabri, Festival Director, Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

“This shows the tremendous opportunities that are now opening up in the media industry for UAE Nationals and I hope that I can encourage a new generation to want to be a part of such an exciting industry as we position Abu Dhabi as a creative hub for film production in the region.” Since the decision was taken in March this year to transfer the Film Festival from the former Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) to twofour54, the two entities have been working to integrate and transition the Festival into its new home. The first stage of the integration saw the Festival team move office location to twofour54′s Khalifa Park campus where they have become part of the growing media industry community there.

The move to twofour54 is a positive for both organizations as they work to showcase regional and international cinema, support the development of emerging Arab cinema, Arabic media and entertainment content to establish Abu Dhabi as an international centre of excellence. It follows the integration of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission under twofour54 in 2011.

ADEC gains first place at International ESRI’s GIS Competition

Abu Dhabi:Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has scored the first place at the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Competition at the International Education User Conference, San Diego, USA.

The event was organized by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) from July 20th until the 27th 2012, and attended by more than 15,000 participants from all over the world.

ADEC’s winning GIS application is called “i-ADEC”, a mobile application developed as an external portal not only for ADEC staff but also for parents and community members. The application provides school search capabilities, access to latest ADEC publications, news, and videos and allows users to send concerns and suggestions to ADEC’s central operation in different multimedia format where appropriate actions are taken.

Dr. Mugheer Khamais Al Khaili, ADEC’s Director General, said that the award recognizes the team efforts over the past years to apply the latest GIS/IT technologies in most of the academic and administrative areas.

Organizations and GIS specialists from all over the world contested over four GIS application categories, namely Web GIS, Mobile GIS, Desktop GIS and Map GIS where ADEC won the 1st place in Mobile GIS applications.

Dr. Alaaeldin Aly, a Division Director of Knowledge Management at ADEC participated in the conference commented that “Participants were impressed by i-ADEC application features due to its easiness of use and utilizing GIS features to present valuable information. The application is bilingual and provides simple, easy and multiple ways to find a school and browse its general information through interactive maps. The application detects the GPS location of the user and finds the shortest route to the located school. Users of i-ADEC are able to browse latest news, videos, and documents published by ADEC. This way, parents and members of the community can access ADEC’s latest news anywhere anytime from their mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad”.

Currently, ADEC is in the process of integrating the GIS with its Students Information System (eSIS) to maintain accurate students’ addresses and catchment areas for each school, which will help in automating the process and operation of students’ admission and transportation.

Dubai Customs foils bid to smuggle over 1 kg of heroin

Dubai: Dubai Customs inspectors at Dubai International Airport (DIA) have foiled a bid to smuggle more than 1 kg (1,166 grams) of heroin, concealed in the guts of an Asian traveller coming into the country from an Asian country through DIA Terminal 1.

Ali Saleh Al Maghawi, Director of Passenger Operations Department at Dubai Customs, said customs inspectors suspected a passenger who after having completed the passport procedures seemed confused, nervous and anxious.

He was asked to go through the body scanner, which is when the customs inspectors noticed some murky substance inside his guts. When questioned, the passenger said that they were capsules containing a narcotic substance, and that he knew nothing about it. Later, it was found that there were a total of 110 plastic capsules, containing 1,166 grams of the narcotic substance heroin.

Al Maghawi elaborated that after the inspectors of the Passengers Investigation Department at Dubai Customs questioned the passenger, he admitted that he received a narcotic substance from someone in the airport before departure. He swallowed the capsules there to extract them later after arriving to the country. He was supposed to contact a person living in Dubai and deliver the capsules to him.

As per the joint cooperation and coordination between Dubai Customs and the General Department of Anti-Narcotics at Dubai Police, the passenger and the seized drugs were transferred to their office to proceed with necessary legal actions.

The official said that Dubai Customs seeks to continuously be armed with highly professional inspectors, who have wide expertise and knowledge of smuggling methods. Dubai Customs continuously works on improving its inspectors’ skills by introducing training courses on inspection techniques, drugs and prohibited material detection and body language, in an effort to help them acquire knowledge about human behaviour, motivation and spontaneous reactions. Moreover, Dubai Customs equips them with the most advanced technical inspection and detection technologies, which have greatly contributed to the realization of the Department’s vision, corporate values and responsibilities.

The protection of the society against the risks of smuggling drugs, and prohibited and restricted substances is one of the key missions of Dubai Customs, which is responsible for foiling all smuggling bids using innovative and diverse techniques and later handing over the smugglers to specialized security authorities for follow-up as per the joint cooperation and collaboration.