Mohamed bin Zayed receives US Secretary of State

 Mohamed bin Zayed receives US Secretary of State

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday evening received at Emirates Palace US Secretary of State John Kerry and the delegation accompanying him.

Kerry is currently visiting the UAE as part of his first tour in the region.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince welcomed Kerry's visit to the country. The two sides reviewed the distinguished cooperation ties and friendship between the UAE and the US, as well as ways to strengthen them in all fields.

Attended by H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, the meeting discussed the latest regional and international developments. The two sides also exchanged views on a number of mutual issues of interest.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed underlined the political and humanitarian responsibility of the international community about dire situation being experienced by the Syrian people, and its repercussions on the stability of surrounding countries and the region as well.

He stressed on the need to resume peace efforts in the region to promote moderation and stability, noting that the UAE is keen to support all efforts to strengthen chances for peace, security and stability in the region. 

Sheikh Mohamed told Kerry about the strategy of the UAE, which is based on the values of cooperation, moderation and development, stressing that "these values are sufficient to achieve a quantum leap for young generation who are looking forward to future and trying to get out of the repeated crises that have impacted negatively on the region and its history.

For his part, the US Secretary of the State said his country is keen on boosting the joint cooperation with the UAE, citing the important humanitarian role shouldered by the UAE in the conflict zones. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


UAE's Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed second most powerful Arab in Gulf Business list

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group was named the second most powerful Arab in Gulf Business Magazine's list of Top 100 Powerful Arabs for 2013 which was topped by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KSA).

Also from the UAE, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, came sixth place while Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar, President of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF), who was fourth most influential Arab figure in science and technology, came in the 42nd place this year.

Al Najjar was recognised for his work and support to exceptional research activities conducted by scientists from the Arab region by attracting investments from around the world.

In the third place this year, came Khalid Al Falih (KSA) CEO of Aramco, followed in the fourth place by Ali Bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi (KSA) Petroleum and mineral resources minister, and in the fifth Moahmmed Al-Mady (KSA), CEO of SABIC.

In the seventh place came Mohammed El Erian (American of Egyptian descent) CEO of PIMCO, followed by Ahmad Mohamed Al-Sayed (Qatar) CEO of Qatar holding, Carlos Ghosn (Brazilian of Lebanese descent) CEO of Renault Nissan and finally Reem Asaad (KSA) women's rights advocate.

Last year, the young Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi, seen as a symbol of the revolution of Tunisia, ranked first in the list of Top 100 Powerful Arabs for 2012.  – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Ministry of Justice press release on trial opening

The Ministry of Justice has issued the following press release concerning the court case involving 94 Emiratis charged of membership of an illegal organisation, which opened yesterday.

"The State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court, yesterday, Monday 4th March 2013, held its first session to consider the case of the 94 individuals charged with belonging to a secret illegal organisation, which was uncovered through investigations, and which aims to oppose the basic principles of the State's system of government in order to seize power, as well as with contacting foreign groups and entities with the aim of executing this plan.

94 defendants were referred to trial yesterday, of whom 13 were women. 10 are still at large outside the UAE and are being tried in absentia.

Today's session was limited to procedural due process, to confirm the attendance of the defendants along with their respective defence lawyers.

The Public Prosecution read out the specific charges against the defendants and asked the Court to hand down to the defendants the penalties stipulated by the law under which they are charged.

At the end of this procedural session, the Court decided to adjourn consideration of the case to another session on 11th March, as the procedures of pleading are continuing, and to consider the pleas presented by the defendants' lawyers during yesterday's session.

Family members of the defendants, representatives of the UAE Human Rights Association, the UAE Legal and Lawyers Association, the UAE Journalists Association, the UAE Writers Association, the Social Workers Association as well as representatives of local news organisations attended the trial.

The Court confirmed that all guarantees for the defendants which are stated in the Constitution and law, in accordance with the highest standards to ensure a fair and just trial, are being provided. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi Air Expo opens today, over 70 countries participate

Under the patronage of Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013 will open its doors on Tuesday at Al Bateen Executive Airport, and will run until March 7, 2013, showcasing the latest products and services in the general aviation industry on over 80,000 square metres of exhibition space.

Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013 will provide double the exhibition area compared to its first show in 2012, where more than 160 aerospace-related organisations from across the UAE and from more than 70 countries, including: Canada, United States of America, Germany, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan, will be participating, representing a twofold increase compared to the number of nationalities that participated last year.

More than 100 aircraft will be on display from industry leading aviation manufacturers, including: Bombardier, Dassault Aviation, Boeing, Gulfstream, Cessna, Piper Aircraft, Cirrus Aircraft, and, Air Bus, at this year’s Expo.  Both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft will be on the runway at Al Bateen for aerospace enthusiasts to explore.  

Abu Dhabi Air Expo is also likely the only exhibition in the world this year that will exhibit aircraft both less than 100 kg (LSA or GYRO) up to 150 tonnes (Airbus A310-300) at the same event.

Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013 is organised and hosted by ADAC along with the support of many key Abu Dhabi organisations, including: ADNOC, UAE Armed Forces, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, Al Futtaim Group, Falcon Aviation Services, Royal Jet, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Mubadala, Rotana Jet, Etihad Airways, Jetex, Breitling, the Tourism and Culture Authority of Abu Dhabi and, the General Civil Aviation Authority.

ADAC is also eager to provide aviation enthusiasts from the region with a rare opportunity to enjoy the best products that the industry has to offer. Residents and visitors of Abu Dhabi will also be entertained by the various airshow displays planned to take place daily between 14:00-16:00.”

The air displays will include the famous Al Fursan Aerobatic team, the UAE parachute team and a thrilling performance by the acclaimed Guinness Record Captain Zoltan Veres. – The Gulf Today


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