Daily Archives: October 29, 2013

Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain discuss cooperation

Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain discuss cooperation
2013-10-29 14:04:34

WAM ABU DHABI, 29th October, 2013 (WAM) — Ali Mehad Al Suwaidi, Acting Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, has met with Gonzalo de Benito, the Spanish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and his accompanying delegation, today in Abu Dhabi, when the parties discussed the potential for strengthening bilateral relations between the U.A.E. and Spain.

Ali Mehad Al Suwaidi welcomed Mr. de Benito, and discussed with him a number of topics of common interest between the two countries and ways to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and exchange of experiences through mutual visits, especially in the fields of education.


Sheikh Sultan Opens Regional Showcase for Green Tech at Expo Centre Sharjah

WAM SHARJAH, 28th October, 2013 (WAM)–H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the third Green Middle East environment management and technology exhibition at Expo Centre Sharjah on Monday, 28th October.

Bringing together key global players and regional majors that are keen to explore the industry, the three-day event is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan and hosted by Bee’ah.

The opening was attended by Princess Basma bint Ali, Royal Family of Jordan ‘&’ Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan, Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water; Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah; Khalid Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah, – The Sharjah Environment Co., Ragheb Alama, Arab celebrity and UNEP goodwill ambassador, and government officials and industry representatives.

The show comes at a time when the UAE and the rest of the Middle East have succeeded in grabbing the attention of the global environment management and technology industry following the execution of several mega green projects and deals in the region.

The latest green project to share global limelight is the just-opened 1,000MW Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park project. Its first phase is generating 13MW of solar energy. In March this year, 100mw Shams 1, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, went operational, generating clean energy to power 20,000 homes.

“The support which Green Middle East Exhibition has received from the Ruler of Sharjah, reaffirms the UAE’s position as a leader in achieving the maximum in climate change and environmental sustainability regionally and globally,” said Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water.

“The growth of green technology sector is unstoppable. New technology and innovations are in constant demand due to rising population, increasing consumption of natural resources and looming water scarcity,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa.

“The green industry is broad-based in nature and multi-billion dollar investments by the UAE and the region have attracted the attention of global players. Most of these projects have had regional and international partners and I am happy to note that within three years Green Middle East has come a long way to effectively showcase opportunities in this sector,” he added.

The UAE’s move to invest up to US$1.6 billion in renewable energy in Britain in tandem with the country’s state-owned Green Investment Bank also caught the attention of the green industry, while, on the whole, water and renewable energy projects worth more than US$30 billion are being planned or executed in the Middle East.

Industry watchers also stressed that the country and the region’s robust and diverse energy and green industry policy has supported economic development and boosted foreign investment.

Al Midfa added: “In the region, mega projects are complemented by smaller ventures promoting sustainable energy, managing waste and controlling pollution. We have noticed strong demand for eco-friendly technology at the micro level too. The green wave has also benefited the corporate sector and us as individuals. We have launched a new segment to Green Middle East the �Middle East Green Products’ to cater to this market.” Co-organised by Vienna-based Concept Agentur fur Marketing ‘&’ Kommunikation’s marketing and distribution arm Select Economy, ‘Middle East Green Products’ is featuring over 40 European suppliers dealing in recycled and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products used at work and homes.

Another new segment, �Equip 4 Municipalities’ is showcasing green solutions for urban planning for civic authorities. This is apart from the regular individual segments such as Solid Waste, Waste Water, Air Pollution, Scrap Metal, Alternative Energy and Green Building.

Being held as an integral part of Green Middle East, the second Green Middle East Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented on October 30, the last day of the show, while the Forum for Environmental Change, held in association with IQPC and endorsed by Greenpeace, is being organized on October 28 and 29.

Apart from Princess Basma bint Ali and industry experts, the Forum for Environmental Change also featured Arab celebrity and UNEP goodwill ambassador Ragheb Alama as keynote speaker.

The exhibition will take place for 3 days till 30th October at Expo Centre Sharjah and the timings are from 10am to 6pm daily. Admission is restricted to trade and professional visitors only.


Mohamed bin Zayed meets Serbian official

WAM ABU DHABI, 28th October, 2013 (WAM)–His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today met at Al Bahr Palace Aleksandar Vucic, First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, who is currently visiting the UAE.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Serbian official and the delegation accompanying him. They discussed existing bilateral relations, focusing on the areas of cooperation and friendship between the U.A.E. and Serbia as well as ways to strengthen them in the best interest of both countries. Sheikh Mohamed and Vucic stressed the importance of communication, coordination and exchange of visits between the officials of the two countries.

They exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments as well as a number of issues of mutual interest.

The Serbian official expressed his pleasure on visiting the U.A.E., stressing the interest of his country in developing the bilateral relations in a way that meets endeavours of the two friendly peoples.

Present were H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Sheikh Hazza bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Under Secretary of the Ruler’s Representative in Eastern Region.


U.A.E. Embassy in UK says Emiratis are safe

U.A.E. Embassy in UK says Emiratis are safe
2013-10-29 18:03:35

WAM LONDON, 29th October, 2013 (WAM) — The U.A.E. Embassy in the UK has said that Emiratis, including students, the sick and tourists, in the UK are safe in the wake of the storm that hit southern Britain and suburbs of London.

It added that it has been in contact with Emiratis to ensure they were safe, noting that a team was set up at the consular section to receive calls from Emiratis.

The Embassy said it is in contact with the operations department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi. It thanked the U.A.E. leadership for its care on safety and security of Emiratis locally and abroad.

Four people died after the storm battered southern Britain, leading to many homes losing power, and major rush-hour disruption to commuters.


Abdullah bin Zayed stresses the importance of Qatari Emir’s visit to UAE

WAM ABU DHABI, 29th October, 2013 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, has said that the visit of the Qatari Emir, H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to his second country, the U.A.E., is considered a sincere expression of Sheikh Tamim’s keenness on strengthening the strong fraternal relations between the two brotherly countries and peoples.

Sheikh Abdullah said in a statement to the Qatari newspaper, Al-Sharq, in its edition to be published tomorrow, that the visit is of particular importance in light of the current circumstances and the latest regional and international developments and exchanging views and coordinating stances towards various issues of mutual interest.

The Foreign Minister said that bilateral relations between the U.A.E. and Qatar witnessed, as per the directives and keenness of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. the Emir of Qatar, positive developments and steady growth at all levels, both in terms of consolidating the bonds of fraternal bilateral relations or at the level of support for the march of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, as well as enhancing cooperation, coordination and integration between them within the framework of the GCC joint action.

His Highness said, at the conclusion of his statement, that the U.A.E. attaches greatest importance to the brotherly bilateral relations with Qatar and is keen to promote them to wider horizons for the interest and mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries and other GCC countries.