Emirati-Hungarian artwork displayed during Arab Cultural Day in Budapest

The Embassy of the UAE in Budapest celebrated Arab Cultural Day, which was organized by Arab embassies accredited to Hungary at the Museum of Ethnography in the capital, Budapest.

The guest of honor, His Excellency Dr. Laszlo Cofer, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Hungary, inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of Arab ambassadors, parliamentarians, government representatives, and notable Hungarian and Arab individuals.

In his speech during the opening, His Excellency Cofer referred to his country’s historical relations with the Arab world, explaining that Hungary has established relations with all Arab countries over the years. He added that Hungary maintains a significant diplomatic presence in Arab countries and continues to engage in growing trade exchange.

Arab embassies participating in the event displayed their heritage, from antiques, collectibles, and popular foods. For its part, the UAE unveiled artwork that combined the cultures of the UAE and Hungary. The piece was made by Hungarian artists specializing in fine porcelain and will be displayed at the UAE Embassy in Budapest.

His Excellency Saud Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Hungary, said during the unveiling ceremony of the masterpiece: “Our aim was to display the connection between the peoples and cultures of the UAE and Hungary. Part of Emirati culture is believing that the ‘impossible’ is possible, and we always look to the future to overcome challenges. Part of Hungarian culture is their pride in history and the arts and their enduring craftsmanship in this field.”

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation


UAE President orders provision of $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukrainian civilians affected by crisis

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the provision of additional humanitarian relief aid worth US$100 million to Ukrainian civilians affected by the Ukraine crisis.

Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, underscored that the additional aid stems from the belief of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed in the importance of solidarity in times of war and conflict, and the UAE’s continued efforts to mitigate the humanitarian impact of the Ukraine crisis.

Al Hashimy also remarked that the UAE has provided similar relief aid in recent months to Ukrainian civilians affected by the crisis, in addition to sending planes carrying aid to Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Moldova in response to the urgent United Nations’ appeal and the regional refugee response plan in Ukraine.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation


Qatar participates in Ministerial Meetings of GCC’s Commercial and Industrial Cooperation Committees

The State of Qatar participated today in the 63rd meeting of the GCC Commercial Cooperation Committee, the fourth meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee for Standardization Affairs, and the 49th meeting of the GCC Industrial Cooperation Committee, which were held at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The State of Qatar’s delegation in the meetings was chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al–Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry.

The meetings featured discussing a number of topics and issues listed on the agenda, in addition to taking the appropriate pertaining decisions.

Moreover, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry participated in the inauguration ceremony of the Future Factories Program, which was launched on the sidelines of the meetings of the Commercial and Industrial Cooperation Committees at the headquarters of the Secretariat General under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry


UAE Embassy in Riyadh Organizes Discussion on UAE-Saudi Economic Cooperation and Integration

During a discussion organized by the UAE Embassy in Riyadh entitled “Prospects for Cooperation and Economic Integration between the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Saif Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, underscored the strength of strategic relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

These relations, His Excellency remarked, are based on solid foundations and are supported by the leadership of the two countries. In turn, he added, these ties serve to achieve shared developmental goals towards a more prosperous future.

In highlighting the importance of enhancing integration between the two countries, His Excellency pointed out that UAE-Saudi relations represent an exceptional model of cooperation and solidarity at all levels. His Excellency praised the development and growth of the Kingdom under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. Moreover, His Excellency noted the strengthening of strategic cooperation between the two countries and their joint efforts to leverage resources and capabilities.

The session, which was moderated by Mohammed Al-Qahtani, Head of the Commercial Affairs Department at the UAE Embassy, included a discussion on bilateral relations, Saudi Vision 2030, national economic growth, and the link between a knowledge-based economy and development. A number of topics of common interest were also reviewed, as well as emerging global issues. Participants discussed the political and economic impact of these events on the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as well as on regional economic growth.

For his part, Salman bin Muhammad Olayan, Member of the Saudi-Emirati Joint Business Council, President of the Olayan Group for Commercial Investment, and President and Founder of Jawab Center underscored the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two countries, which are the largest economies in the region.

Moreover, he discussed the Council’s activities and called for the formation of a committee focused on development.

In his speech, Olayan stated that Saudi Vision 2030 will boost prosperity throughout the region. He explained that human capital, and not material resources, is the main driver of national development.

Attendees also discussed the high level of cooperation between the UAE and Saudi Arabia and expressed hope that bilateral meetings and visits would contribute to realizing the shared ambitions of both countries.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation


Messi names France and Brazil as favourites to win World Cup

Mexico City, Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said defending champions France and Brazil are the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar as they have a core group of players who have played together for a long time.

Messi said Brazil, Germany, France, England and Spain are always labelled favourites to win but the 35 year old forward feels France and Brazil are the best two teams going into the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 tournament, Reuters reported.

“We always say the same great teams … but, if I have to choose, Brazil and France are the two great candidates to win the World Cup,” Messi told DIRECTV Sports.

“They’ve had the same group of players for a long time, working well. France, aside from the last Euros when they were eliminated in the last 16 and did badly, they have some impressive players.

“They have a clear idea and the same coach Didier Deschamps. Brazil is a bit the same, under Tite.”

Messi did not mention Argentina, who are unbeaten in 35 matches, among the favourites even though Lionel Scaloni’s side won the Copa America last year by beating Brazil in the final.

But Argentina have been recently hampered by injuries to key players Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria.

Scaloni described club football’s fixture congestion in October as terrible but urged his players not to hold back to avoid the risk of injury ahead of the World Cup.

“We are in quite a difficult stage. The players are playing a lot of games,” Scaloni told AFAestudio.

“There can be problems as there are injuries and suspensions. It’s part of being an elite player and a national team player.

“I worry, but there is little you can do. I believe that the player has to go out on the pitch to play and not think about what’s coming, it can be detrimental. Let them play naturally.”

Argentina face the United Arab Emirates in November in their final warm-up match before heading to the World Cup where they play their opening Group C game against Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22. Mexico and Poland are the other teams in the group.

Source: Bahrain News Agency