UAE FNC gets first woman speaker today

UAE FNC gets first woman speaker today

In the first precedence in UAE's parliamentary life, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), will tomorrow chair the sixth sitting of the Second Ordinary Session of the 15th Legislative Chapter.
Speaker of the (FNC) Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr is in Khartoum to take part in the 8th conference of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States.

The move demonstrates the success of UAE woman and her active engagement in decision-making in light of the leadership's commitment to empower woman and mobilise all resources to expand her participation in various walks of life.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is leading a national empowerment programme to enable women to take up senior positions in various sectors in completion of the State's strategy to educate woman as an incubator of upbringing children and as active partner in nation building and development.

In the 2011 FNC elections, one woman was elected and other six were appointed to the FNC membership. The election of a woman to the first deputy speaker of the house underscored the infinite confidence in her abilities and her effective role and contribution in advancing the national action. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs publishes book to enhance political participation

The Ministry of Federal National Council Affairs (MSFNCA) published a book entitled "Political Participation Culture Establishment and Empowerment", as a part of MSFNCA's vision to raise awareness about political participation among members of the community.

The book comprises two parts; the first focusing on electronic empowerment bulletins that have been widely circulated among various segments of the society, and the second containing all the information about Political Awareness Development Forum for universities students. The book also includes a number of political events, activities and initiatives, implemented by the Ministry in 2012.

"The publishing of this book is in line with the keenness of our leadership to develop political empowerment gradually, according to the requirements of the UAE's community," said Tariq Hilal Lootah, Director General of Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

He pointed out the Ministry was keen to raise political awareness among all categories of the community, considering it an important tool to create a generation which is aware of the latest political developments and situations.

The first part of the book documents all the previous online empowerment bulletins, containing a series of topics related to parliamentary life in the country, as well as information and messages aimed at improving political awareness.

The book addresses the four releases of empowerment bulletins which contain information on FNC Elections 2011, parliamentary diplomacy in FNC work, Empowerment Programme Book, women in parliamentary life, parliamentary terms, political awareness building for children, history of parliamentary life in the country, political awareness session, parliamentary experiences in the United States of America, etc.

The second part includes, in detail, all the elements of Political Awareness Development Forum for university students, organised by MSFNCA in cooperation with UAE University, such as H.H Sheikh Khalifa's vision to enhance the political role of women, empowerment, and political participation of youth.

The book also highlights paper works on FNC elections 2006-2011, the law framework of the elections, the role of social media in raising political awareness for youth, the role of media in supporting political culture, etc. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


UAE hospital treats more than 30,000 Syrian refugees in five months

In the five months since it opened, the UAE's field hospital in Mafraq on Jordan's border with Syria has treated more than 30,000 patients.

It has cared for up to 600 refugees a day, many with war wounds that have festered for months.

The UAE Red Crescent had been working in the country for months before the hospital was built, searching for refugees who had not found shelter in the Zaatari camp.

"We found one family living in a public toilet," said Ahmad Al Mazrouie, who chairs the charity. "Imagine. They would eat, sleep, and do everything there."

The Red Crescent helped them with camp accommodation, as well as furniture, blankets and food.

The UAE has also provided the International Organisation for Migrants with six buses to transport refugees from the border to the camps, and two ambulances.

Two mobile field clinics have also toured areas outside the camps where refugees had congregated.

"The field hospital is the first to operate everything electronically," Mr Al Mazrouie said. "You can do operations there, there is an ICU. We help every vulnerable person, with whatever they need. When they need us we will be there. – The National


Masdar and Moroccan Energy Ministry agree to Framework for Renewable Energy Cooperation

Masdar yesterday announced the signing of a framework agreement with the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco that will enable them to have a thorough cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

The agreement was signed during the sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a global platform that addressed the future of renewable energy and sustainable development in the Middle East and the world.

With ambitious clean energy targets and large solar and wind power potential, Morocco is one of the Middle East and North Africa's most promising clean energy markets. Morocco's aim is to reach 42 percent of its total power capacity installed from renewable sources by 2020.

"Morocco is an ambitious supporter of the adoption of renewable energy projects," said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company. "By capitalising on its abundant solar and wind energy resources, Morocco is establishing a strong renewable energy industry that will drive economic development and diversify its energy portfolio. We look forward to contributing to the development of Morocco's renewable energy industry." Fouad Douiri, Morocco's minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, said: "With tremendous wind and solar resources, Morocco has already strong and concrete achievements in solar and wind capacity, thanks to its experienced local skills and within an attractive legal and regulatory framework. As a country focused on the development of its renewable energy, we see major benefits in building a valuable cooperation with renewable energy players, in particular with the industry.

"Masdar's portfolio of regional and international projects, combined with their experience in renewable energy project development and research and development activities, makes it a partner of excellence in renewable energy cooperation," added Fouad Douiri. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Emirates takes Dubai’s Expo 2020 bid to the skies

Emirates is putting the full force of its A380 fleet behind Dubai’s bid to land the 2020 World Expo.

The airline is attaching giant stickers to its A380 fleet, promoting the UAE’s bid to hold the event in Dubai in seven years time.  

The first aircraft to be dressed with the words “Expo 2020, Dubai UAE, Candidate City” was EK306, which left for Beijing in the early hours of Thursday morning. In the coming weeks, the airline’s entire A380 fleet — currently standing at 31 — will carry the Expo 2020 message.

World Expo, staged every five years and last held in Shanghai, attract millions of visitors. This would be the first time the event is held in the Middle East, and Emirates, one of Dubai’s great success stories, is a Premier Partner.

“The Emirates’ A380s are such a powerful symbol of progress and represent the rapid economic and infrastructural journey Dubai has undertaken,” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline. “Emirates operates the largest A380 fleet in the world and with the interest generated globally by these magnificent aircraft, they will be a powerful tool to further Dubai’s bid,” added Mr Clark.

Emirates has 31 A380s and the Expo message will eventually be taken to all of its A380 destinations — currently numbering 21. Most recently, A380 services have been launched to Singapore and Moscow.

The aircraft, known for its quietness, has changed the face of commercial flying. With more generous seats in Economy Class, industry leading mini-pods in Business Class and First Class Private Suites, along with Onboard Shower Spas and an Onboard Lounge, the A380 has generated fans across the world. Should the UAE secure World Expo 2020, the A380 will play major role in bringing visitors to Dubai.

Dubai is competing against four other candidate cities including Ayutthaya in Thailand, Ekaterinburg in Russia, Izmir in Turkey and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). – Khaleej Times


Etihad Airways offers free flights for 10 year olds in UAE

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is offering free flights for 10-year-old guests under certain conditions as a part of a year-long celebration of the airline's tenth anniversary.

Children turning 10 in 2013 are eligible for one free Coral Economy class return ticket to any destination on Etihad Airways' route network, when booked and travelling with a paying adult.

The offer is valid on bookings made between January 20 and February 7, for travel between January 20 and May 23, 2013. All travel must be completed by May 31, 2013. To book the offer, guests must visit an Etihad Shop.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' Chief Commercial Officer, said: "November 2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of Etihad Airways' first ever commercial flight. We intend to make this a full-year celebration, one which UAE nationals, our guests and staff will enjoy.

"As the 10-year-old flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, we are pleased and proud to extend our celebration to the people of the UAE and, with this offer, to our guests who share this special milestone with us. Stay tuned for more offers to come."  - Emirates News Agency, WAM

Mohammed bin Rashid receives champions of Gulf Cup 21; orders payment of Dh50 million bonus to Khaliji 21 champions

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, met yesterday at his Palace in Za'beel the members of the UAE National Football Team who won the 21st Gulf Cup title in Bahrain.

Present at the meeting was H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed received the Cup from the team's captain Ismael Matar, then shook hands with members of the management and technical staff and congratulated them on the great achievement that had, he said, brought thrills and happiness to the hearts of the UAE citizens as well as the GCC people.

''I was following your training from the beginning as well as your matches in Gulf Cup and particularly the final match with Iraq and I was happy to see that national cohesion among you on the pitch as well as between you and our people who supported you. This embodies the spirit of national belonging for this precious country,'' the Vice President said.

He also ordered the payment of Dh 50 million as a bonus to the members of the UAE national football team in appreciation to their achievement of winning the 21st Gulf Cup championship. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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