Daily Archives: February 7, 2019

Special Day for Students with Special Needs Held within Schools Olympic Program

DOHA, The organizing committee of the Schools Olympic Program organized Wednesday the competitions of the Special day for student with special needs, at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium at Qatar Sports Club with the participation of a large number of students.

A total of 76 schools form different parts of Doha took part in the various games of the competitions, which were opened by HE Secretary-General of Qatar Olympic Committee Jassim Rashid Al Buainain.

The Special day draws great attention mainly of the Qatar Paralympic Committee which seizes this opportunity to identify the talents and sponsor them to join the national teams, in order to participate in the various Paralympics games, in which Qatar has made great achievements.

The organization of a Special day for student with special needs aims to develop the capabilities of this category through the Schools Olympic Program, which is a means of change in the society that goes beyond being a sports event to be a social, cultural and health event.

HE President of Qatar Sports School Federation (QSSF) Rabia Al Kaabi praised the activities of the Special day which represents a precious category that has been keen on taking part in the community, being effective and achieving remarkable successes.

He added that champions of this category has achieved many successes and accomplishments through their participation in different foreign tournaments, stressing that the Schools Olympic Program is keen of allocating a special day for their competitions as an important part of the society.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar Total Open 2019 to begin on Monday

DOHA, Former world number one and 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki has received a wild card entry to participate in the Qatar Total Open 2019 to be held from February 11 to 16 at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.

The 28-year-old Dane, a two-time finalist here (2011 and 2017), will be joining the likes of world No. 1 and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan, world No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania, 2017 champion and world No. 5 Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber; a three-time Grand Slam champion and 2014 finalist as well as Netherland’s Kiki Bertens among others for the week-long fiesta of tennis at the Premier 5 WTA Tour event.

Besides Wozniacki, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur and Fatima Al Nabhani of Oman will also be featuring in the main draw as wild card entrants.

Currently ranked 56, the 24-year-old Jabeur, a winner of seven singles on the ITF Women’s Circuit, is one of the best-known Arab players on the WTA Tour. She won the girls singles title of the 2011 French Open having already reached the final of the same event the previous year.

Nabhani, on the other hand, has a win-loss record of 13�7 playing for Oman at the Fed Cup. The 27-year-old has 10 ITF career titles under her belt and she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 362 on October 4, 2010.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s Mubaraka Al Nuaimi and Julia El Baba of Lebanon will have the opportunity of playing in the main draw should they successfully navigate the qualification stages. The two players have been given wild cards to participate in the qualifiers to be held from February 9 to 10.

Held since 2001, the Qatar Total Open has grown to become one of the biggest WTA Tour events in the region and it has consistently featured the world’s top ten players on a regular basis.

The last edition was won by Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova who recorded her 13th consecutive victory by beating Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 3�6, 6�3, 6�4 in a highly entertaining encounter.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Sharjah Ruler visits Cairo International Book Fair.

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, visited on Tuesday the 50th Cairo International Book Fair.

Upon his arrival at the Exhibition Centre, the Ruler of Sharjah was greeted by Dr. Inas Abdel Dayem, Egyptian Minister of Culture, Haitham Al Haj Ali, Head of the General Egyptian Book Organisation, and Mohamed Rashad President of the Arab Publishers Association.

Dr. Sheikh Sultan toured the main hall of the exhibition and visited several pavilions, including the Egyptian Book Organisation, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence, the Arab League, the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the Sharjah Book Fair pavilion, and the UAE Publishers Association.

During his tour, His Highness met with representatives from a number of Arab publishing houses and libraries, and discussed with them a number of topics pertaining to the world of publishing.

The Sharjah Ruler was accompanied by Jumaa Mubarak Al-Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Egypt, Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi, Head of Protocol and Hospitality Department, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of Sharjah Institute for Heritage, Ahmed bin Rakad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, and Dr. Amr Abdel Hamid, Director of the Sharjah Research Academy.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed receives President of Eritrean.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today received Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea, who is currently visiting the country.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed and President Afwerki discussed fostering the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two friendly countries in addition to an array of issues of common interest.

The meeting addressed prospects of economic and investment cooperation between the two countries and ways of advancing relations to higher levels.

The two leaders exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Ministry receives copy of credentials of Mauritanian Ambassador.

Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei, the Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, today received a copy of the credentials of Mohamed Al Hayba, the Ambassador of Mauritania to the UAE.

Al Mazrouei wished the new Ambassador success in carrying out his duties in enhancing the close cooperation relations between the UAE and Mauritania.

For his part, the Mauritanian Ambassador expressed his delight at representing his country in the UAE due to its prestigious regional and international standing, thanks to the policies of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Qatari Player Rashid Nawaf Secures Second Place in Le Petit AS Tennis Tournament in France

PARIS, France, Qatar’s promising young tennis player Rashid Nawaf secured the second place in the French Le Petit AS tennis tournament held in France in cooperation with the European Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Federation ITF.

Le Petit AS is one of the most prestigious tournaments in Europe and in the world because it attracts a large number of international players, as well as the stars who have won the titles in previous years, such as Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Swiss Martina Hingis and Belgium’s Kim Clijsters.

The tournament witnessed the participation of 64 players in the main rounds of individual boys from all over the world, where about 7,000 tennis players participated in the pre-qualifying rounds and then only 350 qualified for the final stage.

On the same level, Qatari player Rashid Nawaf secured ninth place in the European rankings after his successful participation in Le Petit AS tournament.

Nawaf will start his first tour of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the first time in March in Doha with the aim of winning his first spot in ITF category and he intends to participate in the U-14 World Championship qualifiers.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

President, VP, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulate New Zealand’s Governor-General on National Day.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of congratulations to Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand, on the occasion of her country’s National Day (Waitangi Day) which is observed on February 6th.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also dispatched similar messages to Ms Reddy and to New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the occasion.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed attends Third Forum of UAE’s Ambassadors.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today attended part of the Third Forum of UAE’s Ambassadors and Representatives of Diplomatic Missions, which started on February 2nd and will wrap up on Thursday.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed attended panel sessions on women’s empowerment in developing countries; accelerating FDI inflows to UAE; and strengthening the role of foreign diplomatic missions in achieving strategic objectives.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince expressed satisfaction with the performance of the country’s ambassadors and diplomatic missions representatives and hailed the role of the forum in enhancing communications between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the country’s representatives across the world.

He underlined the foreign missions’ success in promoting the country’s prestigious status globally under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, affirming the country’s determination to continue to solidify basis of trust and mutual respect with various world countries.

“The rapid developments occurring on the regional and international stage require a positive and efficient approach to protect the national and strategic interests of the country and its gains,” he added.

Sheikh Mohamed wished continuing success for the ambassadors in performing their tasks and meeting their responsibilities under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

For his part, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah praised H.H. Sheikh Mohamed’s participation in the forum, saying that the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s presence helps enrich the ambassadors’ knowledge and experience.

The forum was attended by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, the Undersecretary of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs