Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

Ajman ruler receives Eid greetings

_: HH. H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Ajman and H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, crown prince of Ajman received senior officials, dignitaries, businessmen, nationals and expatriates who flocked to Al Zaher Palace to offer Eid greetings.

Among these are the Federal National Council (FNC) Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Minister of Education Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash and Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, Secretary General for the Federal Supreme Council.

A number of sheikhs were present at the meetings.

On the occasion, the visitors expressed their best wishes for Sheikh Humaid, the UAE, the Arab and Muslim nations.

RAK Ruler receives Eid well-wishers

_: H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras al-Khaimah today at Khuzam Palace exchanged Eid greetings with Consul Generals of Arab, Muslim and other countries.

Sheikh Saud also received greetings from dignitaries, senior officials, businessmen, nationals and expatriates who expressed their best wishes for Sheikh Saud, the UAE and the Arab and Muslim nations.

A number of sheikhs were present at the meetings.

MoF releases its annual statistical report on Gulf Common Market – 2011

Abu Dhabi: In line with its continuous efforts to strengthen and deepen financial and economic cooperation between the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG), the Ministry of Finance (MoF) recently issued its annual statistical report on the Gulf Common Market (GCM) – 2011. The report featured numbers and rates, highlighting efforts taken towards enhancing financial and economic cooperation of GCC states.

The report revealed an increase in the registered property contracts of GCC nationals in the UAE by 32% amounting to 44,902 contracts in 2011 compared to 34,029 contracts in 2010. It also presented an increase in the number of traded and registered properties for GCC nationals in the UAE, where the number of registered contracts increased from 4,604 contracts in 2010 to 10,873 in 2011, confirming the UAE as an attractive investment centre in the real estate market.

Commenting on report, Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid Al Tayer emphasised the UAE’s determination to continue applying and activating plans of GCM, aiming to strengthen the trade capacity of the GCC nationals by providing all the possible trade facilities that support them in their economic activities within the UAE.

“The United Arab Emirates placed tremendous efforts towards the application of various resolutions related to the GCM, which is reflected through the promotion of the Gulf nationalship principle and the full equality achieved in professions and trades and economic and investment activities within the UAE in order to attain the maximum benefit possible for the GCC nationals.”

“The UAE has managed to provide many economic and investment opportunities to GCC nationals in 2011, which has helped to attract more to invests in various economic, educational and social sectors. This has enhanced the UAE’s competitiveness across the gulf region,” he added.

MoF’s report pointed out that the number of licenses granted to GCC nationals to practice economic activities within the UAE has recorded a cumulative increase of 28,909 license in 2011 compared to 26,233 license in 2010 form, which equals to an increase of 10.2%.

Furthermore, the report presented an increase in the total number of GCC nationals who are covered in the social insurance within the UAE that amounted to 5,242 employees in 2011 comparing to 4,190 employees in 2010.

The UAE played a prominent role towards the implementation of all resolutions relevant to the GCM, which was highlighted in the report through the remarkable increase in the number of GCC employees in the public sector in the UAE with a rate of 22%, where the number of workers increased from 789 employees in 2010 to reach to 963 employees in 2011. In addition, the number of GCC employees in the private sector increased by 4%, amounting to 3,031 employees in 2011, compared with 2,907 employees in 2010.

With regards to the educational sector, MoF’s report has included a survey of the numbers of students from the GCC in various educational stages. The number of students enrolled in public schools in the UAE increased to 5,044 in 2011 compared to 4,891 students in 2010. While the number of secondary level students decreased by 257 students, where the total number of students amounted to 4,057 students in 2011, comparing to 4,314 students in 2010. Additionally, the report showed the increase in the number of high school students in public schools of the UAE from 2,886 students to 2,969 students between 2010 and 2011.

According to the report, public higher education institutions witnessed an increase in the number of GCC nationals amounting to 765 students in 2011 compared with 723 students in 2010. Whereas the private higher education institutions witnessed a continuous growth in the number of enrolled students from the GCC reaching 6,984 students compared to 6,843 students in 2010.

Moreover, the report highlighted a rise during 2011 in the number of investors from the GCC that invested in public shareholding companies which are registered in the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) with shares accessible to GCC nationals; where their number reached 212,020 investor in 2011 comparing to 208,316 investor in 2010.

MoF coordinated with a large federal agencies and local communities in the UAE in the process of preparing this report, such as the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi Education Council, as well as cooperating with the Central Bank of the UAE, the Federal Authority For Government Human Resources, National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority, Securities and Commodities Authority, the General Pensions and Social Security Authority, chambers of Commerce and Industry, economic development departments, in addition to municipalities departments and departments of land and property.

UAE Ambassador to Jordan inspects field hospital

_: Ambassador of the UAE to Jordan Nasser Sultan Al-Ameri today inspected the Emirates World Mobile Humanitarian Hospital which was deployed in Mafraq City, north of Jordan, to provide free medical care for Syrian refugees.

During the visit, the diplomat met with the Jordanian doctors, health professionals and technicians, administrators and volunteers who jointly run the mobile clinics to serve more 20000 Syrians who were displaced to the Jordanian northern city.

Operating this field hospital reflects the strong relations between the UAE and Jordan, the ambassador said in remarks during the visit.

He praised the Jordanian authorities and aid agencies for facilitating the deployment of the mobile unit to alleviate the suffering of refugees.

Head of the Jordanian Red Crescent Dr Mohammed Al Hadeed hailed the efforts by the UAE team and expressed appreciation of the support extended to the refugees by the UAE, under the able leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

UAE Cardiologist Adel Al Shameri, Director of the Hospital, said the hospital is now ready to receive 500 patients daily for screening and treatment. People with almost all diseases are served by the hospital which also has a psychological support unit and a care center for children and old people, he added.

Fire put out in Al Ain industrial area’s building

_: Al Ain Civil Defence, assisted by quick intervention corps of Abu Dhabi police, put out a fire that caught a building in Al Ain Industrial Area today. No injuries were reported.

According to the Director of Al Ain Civil Defence Lt. Colonel Rashid Hamarain Al Darmaki, the fire broke out in the building with several shops, including a carpentry and a plastic materials store.

Al Darmaki said the firefighters responded immediately and reached the scene 4 minutes after the fire was reported. They contained the fire in a very short time. He added that investigations were underway to establish reasons behind the fire.

Fujairah Ruler receives Eid well-wishers

_: H. H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Fujairah and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, crown prince of Fujairah today at Al Rumailah Palace received diplomats of Arab, Muslim and other countries who called on to offer Eid greetings.

Sheikh Hamad also received greetings from sheikhs, dignitaries, businessmen, nationals and expatriates who express their best wishes for Sheikh Hamad, the UAE, the Arab and Muslim nations.

A number of sheikhs were present at the meetings.

Nature reserve names new centre after UAE conservationist, says paper

Abu Dhabi: A leading UAE conservationist who passed away last year is to be commemorated by a major new visitors’ building at one of Britain’s top nature reserves, the Abu Dhabi-based the National reported.

A special display is planned to mark Aspinall’s commitment to conservation, both in Britain and the UAE.

The Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, announced last week, will be built at Cley, on the coast of Norfolk in eastern England, by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, wrote Peter Hellyer, a consultant specializing in Emirati culture and heritage, in the English language paper.

Founded 85 years ago, the Trust is the oldest such body in Britain, in charge of more than 50 nature reserves covering 4,000 hectares. The Cley Marshes reserve is among the largest and most important.

Aspinall’s home was at Cley and he was a frequent visitor to the marshes until shortly before his death in October from motor neurone disease.

Cley is renowned for its variety of habitats, including freshwater and saltwater marshes, a shingle beach, inter-tidal creeks and reed beds.

These attract huge numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and wading birds, making the area one of the most important places for birds in Britain.

With its sensitive ecology threatened by coastal erosion caused by sea-level changes, it is also an important centre for studying the effect of such changes and marine life.

The Cley Marshes reserve is listed as a wetland site of international importance under the 1976 Ramsar Convention and is also categorised in Britain as a site of special scientific interest. The new building dedicated to Aspinall will be an extension of the existing visitor centre, which attracts more than 110,000 visitors a year.

According to the Trust’s head of people and wildlife, David North, visitors include birdwatchers from Britain and beyond, families, holidaymakers and student groups.

But the centre lacks suitable facilities that would allow it to accommodate school and community groups and local businesses.

The paper quoted North as saying the new centre is in line with the Trust’s commitment to education on conservation issues and “would provide opportunities to connect these audiences with one of the most important coastal areas in Norfolk”.

The centre will include facilities for workshops and lectures, as well as state-of-the-art technology to present information to visitors.

The Trust said it would also serve as a “break-out” space suitable for younger school groups, as well as a location for small exhibitions.

A special display is planned to mark Aspinall’s commitment to conservation, both in Britain and the UAE.

He worked in the Emirates for 19 years, first as head of the wildlife management unit of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency. He then spent a decade as one of the country’s top environmental consultants.

During that period, Aspinall wrote or edited five books on the country’s birds and environment, including Field Guide to the Birds of the UAE, the first guide devoted to the birds of any country in the region, according to the paper.

He was also strongly committed to promoting an awareness of conservation and was a popular speaker with voluntary groups in the UAE, including the Emirates Natural History Group, which he chaired for several years. Aspinall was also presented with the Sheikh Mubarak bin Mohammed Award for Natural History, the Emirates’ premier conservation award.

Found to have motor neurone disease in 2007, Aspinall made his last visit to the UAE in late 2010 before returning to Cley, where he regularly visited the area’s marshes until shortly before his death at the age of 53.

Thanks to a generous offer of support from his parents, the Trust said, the new Wildlife Education Centre would “recognize Simon Aspinall’s love of Cley Marshes nature reserve and his commitment to conservation-focused learning”.

Further funding for the new centre is being sought through a public appeal, as well as through approaches to major British and European charitable trusts and funding agencies.

Subject to sufficient funds being raised – estimated in the region of Dh4 million – the centre should be open by late next year or in early 2014.

FEWA implements AED10b projects nationwide

Sharjah: Electricity and water projects nationwide worth up to AED10 billion are being implemented now by the Federal Electricity ‘&’ Water Authority of the UAE (FEWA) to meet increasing demand, Director General of FEWA Mohammed Mohammed Saleh stated.

“FEWA was able to adapt its projects to meet the increasing demand on power and water in the UAE,” Saleh said in statements to Al Ittihad Newspaper who said work is progressing, thanks to the directives and support from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In Phase-1 which was carried out last year, electricity projects worth AED5 billion were aimed to increase the transfer capacity of the grid to 7100 mega volts and for distribution grids from 4400 to 6600 mega volts. Phase-2, with a total cost of AED1.3 billion, covers Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Dhaid, Deba and Fujairah, Saleh told the Arabic language daily.

The Government of Abu Dhabi is working on meeting 95% of total demand on electricity in all emirates by 2013 and increasing desalination capacity from 30% to 41% by 2012, Saleh added.

The efforts also seek to decrease dependence of underground water from 24% to 9% by 2013 as well as to increase the share of desalinated water in total consumption from 76% to 9% by 2013.