Daily Archives: August 22, 2012

HH the Emir Sends Condolences to Ethiopian President

Doha, August 22 (QNA) – HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to President Girma Wolde-Giorgis of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. (QNA)

HH the Deputy Emir Condoles Ethiopian President

Doha, August 22 (QNA) – HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to President Girma Wolde-Giorgis of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. (QNA)

HE the Prime Minister Condoles Ethiopian President

Doha, August 22 (QNA) – HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani has sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to President Girma Wolde-Giorgis of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. (QNA)

HH the Emir Meets French President

Paris, August 22 (QNA) – HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani met at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday evening with President Francois Hollande of the Republic of France. During the meeting, they discussed ties of cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways of consolidating them, in addition to reviewing a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, particularly the situation in Syria. (QNA)

GEW Qatar Board to Organize Week of Activities to Promote Entrepreneurship in November

Doha, August 22 (QNA) – Qatar will join over 100 other countries in participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide initiative that celebrates the innovators and job creators who launch startup businesses and drive economic growth. This will be the first year in which Qatar has had a formal Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign. First held in 2007, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is led by the Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to promote job creation, innovation and economic advancement through entrepreneurship. In 2012, Global Entrepreneurship Week will be held November 12-18.
Within Qatar, Global Entrepreneurship Week is being organized by the GEW Qatar Board, a group of local organizations involved in the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic development within the country. Participating organizations include Bedaya Center, Enterprise Qatar (EQ), Entrepreneurs  Organization (EO), ICT Qatar, Ministry of Business and Trade, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and The Youth Company. Silatech is the official Host Organization for Qatar, and chairs the GEW Qatar Board.
Silatech CEO Dr. Tarik Yousef said: “By combining our efforts together, we can create a far greater effect than our individual organizations would have by promoting entrepreneurship individually. Participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week gives us the opportunity to link with an established worldwide network to advance skills such as problem solving, creativity, and resourcefulness that are valuable to everyone, not just aspiring entrepreneurs.”
In 2011, over 24,000 participating organizations hosted a broad range of over 30,000 events, activities and competitions, reaching over 7.4 million people worldwide.
During the week of November 12-18, the GEW-Qatar Board will be working with a wide range of organizations, in both the private and commercial sector, to provide a program of activities, workshops and seminars promoting entrepreneurship in Qatar.
Silatech is a Qatar-based social initiative that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. The organization promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development. Founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Silatech finds innovative solutions to challenging problems, working with a wide spectrum of development organizations, governments and the private sector to foster sustainable, positive change for Arab youth. (QNA)

Foreign Ministry discusses bilateral ties with Kenya

_: Director of African Affairs at the Foreign Ministry Abdullah Sulaiman Al-Hamadi met today with Kenyan ambassador Mohammed Abdi Gello.

They discussed issues of mutual concern and the ways to enhance bilateral relations between UAE and Kenya.

Etihad airways to fly daily to Casablanca

_: Etihad Airways, will increase its services to Casablanca to provide daily flights from next year.

Etihad currently flies five times a week between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca and in June, 2012 celebrated the seventh anniversary of operations to the Moroccan capital.

The daily service from March 28 will support traffic growth between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca and connecting traffic to many popular onward GCC destinations including Jeddah, and a choice of Asian cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Sydney. The additional services will improve the connectivity in Abu Dhabi by 50 per cent.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Moroccan capital has been a successful destination for us and retains strong volumes of business and leisure passengers throughout the year. We believe there are good prospects for further growth in the region.

“Abu Dhabi’s geographical location makes it ideal as a gateway for air travellers from Morocco to connect to markets in Australia, the Far East and throughout the Arabian Gulf easily and quickly.” The daily service will also strengthen connectivity with code share partner, Royal Air Maroc, allowing Etihad Airways passengers more choice to connect to domestic Moroccan destinations and other points in West Africa.

Etihad Airways operates a three cabin A330-300 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca, configured to carry eight passengers in Diamond First class, 32 passengers in Pearl Business class, and 191 passengers in Coral Economy class.

Abandoned buildings will be demolished: DM

_: The demolition unit of Dubai Municipality has demolished and removed 40 buildings and abandoned yards since the beginning of the current year until the end of second quarter.

The demolished buildings had posed health threat, security risk and distortion of the aesthetic view of the emirate, said Eng. Jabir Ahmed Abdullah, Head of Building Inspection Section of Building Department at Dubai Municipality.

“The buildings are demolished due to the lack of response from the owners after proper notification by the building inspection section, in addition to the warning through the newspapers and TV and radio channels.”

Jabir said the negative effects and risks caused by these buildings and yards are many. Some of them have been used for different types of crimes, delinquencies and harbouring infiltrators and fugitives. it is dangerous to the environment, public health and causes to the accumulation of waste and spread of insects and rodents.

In addition, these places are exploited for the practice of illegal economic activities (as warehouses for storing goods or unauthorized manufacturing). Moreover, it obstacles the re-planning and development of the structural plan of urban areas.

He urged the owners of remaining abandoned buildings and yards to cooperate with the civic body and to response to its instructions for the maintenance works as well as to close it firmly.

Currently there are 368 buildings and yards to be demolished as per the latest survey. The demolition unit has recently executed 44 application for demolition to remove different building violations such as removal of additions and random facilities like tents, caravans and umbrellas, in addition to 27 demolitions by authorized companies,’ he said.

He noted that the municipality would spare no effort to correct the status of building violations whose owners do not respond to the directives of the municipality posing many negative effects on society.

He praised the role played by DEWA and Dubai Police with Municipality to correct the status of building violations and thanked the strategic partners from other service departments which helped DM to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the city. He also urged the public to cooperate with the civic body reporting such violations by calling its hotline: 800900.