Daily Archives: April 27, 2019

UAE delegation participates in Kazan Summit 2019.

A commercial and business delegation from the UAE attended the Russia-Islamic World International Economic Summit (Kazan Summit 2019) in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan.

The delegation is headed by Juma Al Keet, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Trade at the Ministry of Economy, and includes representatives from the economic departments, chambers of commerce and industry and investment authorities.

The summit, opened by President Rustam Minnikhanov, is being attended by 3,000 delegates from 53 countries and 27 Russian Federation regions.

In his speech, Al Keet praised the growing economic relations between the UAE and the Russian Federation. Non-oil trade between the UAE and Russia reached US$3 billion in 2018, a 21 percent increase when compared to 2017, he added.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid witnesses launch of ‘Traders Market’ in Dubai from Chinese capital.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that the UAE plays an integral part in pushing forward international efforts to enhance global economic growth due to its strategic location at the centre of trade routes connecting East and West.

HH Sheikh Mohammed’s remarks came during the launch ceremony of the 60-million square feet ‘Traders Market’, an international station for the Belt and Road Initiative in Dubai. The Chinese partner in the new market, located opposite the Expo 2020 site, will invest $2.4 billion in using the station to store and ship Chinese products from Jebel Ali to the world.

The mega project further highlights the UAE’s key role as a strategic partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It will include wholesale and retail outlets that help enhance regional and international trade through Jebel Ali.

During his state visit to the People’s Republic of China as the head of the UAE’s delegation to the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in the Chinese capital Beijing, His Highness attended the signing ceremonies of two agreements. The first was signed by DP World’s Group Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, and Wenge Zhao, Chairman of Zhejiang China Commodities to use the ‘Traders Market’ to store and ship Chinese products to the world from Jebel Ali.

The second agreement was signed by DP World’s Group Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, with Ma Xuezhong, President of China-Arab Investment Fund Management Co. (Ningxia); Yu Zhiqiang, President of Winland Investment Holding Co.; and Hu Wei, China CO-OP Group President of Ocean Economic Development Co., to create a US$1 billion ‘Vegetable Basket’ project in Dubai to import, process, pack and export agricultural, marine and animal products to the world through the new Silk Road.

The signing ceremonies were also attended by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group; Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future;Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashiemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Mubadala Investment Company; Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai’s Protocol and Hospitality Department; and Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Qatar lead GCC Swimming Championship in Kuwait

Kuwait, Qatar swimming team claimed the first place in age groups competitions at the 2019 GCC Swimming Championship in short course (25 meters) held in Kuwait on Friday.

Qatar clinched 27 medals including 16 gold medals, 10 silver medals and one bronze medal.

The Qatari team included Abdulaziz Al Obaidli, Yousef Al Khulaifi, Fares Al Saidi, Ahmed Samara, Mohammed Mahmoud, Omar Ashraf, Mohamed Fahd, Khaled Fahad, Karim Salah, Tamim Mohammed, Ali Al Naimi, Abdullah Ahmed, Saif Adel, Ibrahim Ahmed, Abdulrahman Al Khunji, Abdullah Al Khunji and Walid Dalloul. The Qatari delegation will be headed by Khalid Abdullah, member of the board of directors of the Qatar Swimming Association, along Ibrahim Al Rumaihi as manager of the team, coaches Nasser Al Saqiri, Omar Khadash, Anton Rodionov and Shukri Al Qafasi.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar beat Oman in GCC Tennis Championship

DOHA, Qatari tennis team defeated Oman in the GCC Tennis Championship being held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Friday.

The championship is organized by the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) in cooperation with the GCC Tennis Organizing committee.

In addition to Qatar, the tournament features the participation of Kuwait and Oman.

The Qatari team began their campaign in the tournament with two victories over Kuwait in Men’s and Juniors under 16 years events.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Shooters display high skills in HH Amir Shooting Cup

DOHA, The competitions of the prestigious HH Amir Shooting Cup Championship 2019 continued successfully at Losail Shooting Range on Friday.

Shooters both men and women made impressive performance in Archery, Trap and Rifle. In Men’s Archery event , Ali Al Yazidi grabbed the gold medal , Ibraheem Al Mohannadi claimed the silver medal, while the bronze went to Abdulaziz Al Ebadi.

In the men’s trap event, Abdulbaset Al Saadi won the gold medal, Masood Al Ezbah took the silver medal, while Masood Al Azbi seized the bronze.

In the Women’s rife – moving target event, Amal Mohammed won the gold medal, Saieeda Hameed clinched the silver medal , while the bronze medal went to Zamzam Saleh.

In a festive victory ceremony on Frdiay , Mohamed Taher, Head of organizing committee alongside Ibraheem Al Mohannadi and Anood Al Nuaimi crowned the top winners respectively.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed participates in Quad meeting on Yemen.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Adel Al Jubeir Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and David Satterfield, United States acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, met today in London to discuss the situation in Yemen.

At the end of the meeting, the Quad nations issued a statement in which they underlined their commitment to a comprehensive political solution for the conflict in Yemen and their endorsement of the agreements reached in Stockholm by the Yemeni parties in December 2018.

The Ministers underlined that the firing of Iranian made and facilitated ballistic missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by Houthi forces into neighbouring countries posed threats to regional security and prolonged the conflict.

The Ministers expressed full support for Saudi Arabia and its legitimate national security concerns and called for an immediate end to such attacks by Houthi forces and their allies.

The Quad members expect the Yemeni parties to start the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement immediately and in particular called on the Houthis to redeploy from the ports of Saleef, Ras Issa, and Hodeidah. The Quad members looked to the Security Council to review progress on such implementation when they meet on May 15, with the expectation that implementation will be underway at that point.

The four representatives noted that implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement would not only have an immediate and significant positive impact upon the lives of Yemeni people, but was a crucial first step towards the larger goal of an enduring comprehensive political settlement in the country.

In that regard, the Quad nations reiterated their full support for the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen in implementing the Hodeidah Agreement, which will give the opportunity to start a comprehensive, inclusive and enduring political process, in line with his mandate.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Emirates Diplomatic Academy draws attention to humanitarian challenges in Sahel region.

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, hosted a panel discussion on “Humanitarian Challenges in the Sahel and the Role of Diplomacy”.

Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development Affairs at MoFAIC, inaugurated the event in which diplomats and representatives of non-governmental organisations, as well as students, faculty and staff of the academy participated.

Dr. Sara Chehab, EDA faculty member and Academic Programmes Manager, moderated the discussion, with panellists including Bernardino Leon, Director-General of EDA; Patrick Youssef, ICRC Deputy Regional Director for Africa, and Jean-Nicolas Marti, ICRC Head of Delegation in Mali.

Comprising 10 countries and home to some 300 million people, the Sahel region in Africa is one of the most environmentally degraded areas of the world, with temperature increases, projected to be 1.5 times higher than the global average, according to the United Nations.

In his keynote address, Al Shamsi said, “For the past five years, the UAE has been one of the world’s largest providers of official development assistance relative to gross national income, GNI. In 2018, contributions to the least developed countries in Africa reached US$1.15 billion, corresponding to 15.3 per cent of the total disbursement of UAE foreign aid.

“Foreign assistance is not just a question of funding, but about finding a new way to deal with the complexities and tensions that surround humanitarian emergencies around the world, in particular for the Sahel crisis.”

Patrick Youssef said, “The Sahel is affected by overlapping and spreading conflicts. Climate change, food insecurity and violence are exacerbating humanitarian crises and disrupting traditional means of survival in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger Mauritania and Nigeria. In response, the ICRC is conducting major humanitarian efforts by providing food aid, clean water, medical care and the vital means of production to people. The ICRC constantly reminds all weapon bearers to protect the lives and dignity of civilians. Discussions, such as the panel hosted today by the EDA with MoFAIC, are the key in defining how we can improve the humanitarian situation in the Sahel, in the face of the ongoing challenges.”

EDA is a distinguished educational institution that serves as the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify Emirati talent for diplomatic careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives. The Academy brings international expertise and experience to the UAE to prepare its graduates to represent their country abroad at the highest levels.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UAE leaders congratulate President of Tanzania on National Day.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President John Joseph Magufuli of Tanzania on the occasion of his country’s Union Day anniversary.

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 sent similar messages to President Magufuli.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also dispatched messages to Kassim Majaliwa, Prime Minister of Tanzania, on the occasion.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs