UAE becomes third largest contributor of Bahrain FDI stocks

MANAMA, 20th June, 2024 (WAM) — The UAE contributed 10 percent of Bahrain’s foreign direct investment (FDI) stocks, taking the third place, according to the latest figures.

A statement issued by Bahrain Economic Development Board (Bahrain EDB), said Bahrain has secured a record US$6.8 billion FDI inflows in 2023, according to the latest World Investment Report (WIR 2024) by the United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Marking one of the highest ratios in the world, Bahrain’s FDI stocks relative to GDP stood at 99.7 percent as of the end of 2023, a figure significantly higher than the global average of 46.9 percent.

According to Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority, the top countries contributing to Bahrain’s FDI stocks as part of a diverse portfolio include Kuwait (36 percent), Saudi Arabia (23 percent) and the UAE (10 percent).

The figure tops the previous record set in 2022, marking a huge increase of 148 percent from US$2.8 billion. This contributed to the growth of cumulative inward FDI stocks, which climbed from US$36.2 billion in 2022 to US$43.1 billion in 2023.

Noor bint Ali Alkhulaif, Minister of Sustainable Development and Chief Executive of Bahrain EDB, said, “The milestone FDI inflows attracted in 2023 reflects the strength of Bahrain’s value proposition and continued standing as a trusted destination of choice for regional and global investors seeking best value operating costs in a strategic location that serves as an ideal gateway to the region and beyond.”

UAE takes second place globally in new FDI projects at 1,323 in 2023

GENEVA, 20th June, 2024 (WAM) – The UAE took the second place after the United States in greenfield FDI project announcements in 2023 at 1,323, an increase of 33 percent compared with 2022, according to the World Investment Report 2024, published today by the UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD).


In terms of FDI inflows in 2023, the UAE attracted US$ 30.688 billion compared to US$ 22.737 billion in 2022, a y-o-y growth of 35 percent.

The UNCTAD report showed that FDI outflows stood at US$ 22.328 billion compared to US$ 24.833 billion in 2022.


FDI outflow stock grew to US$ 262.208 billion in 2023 from US$ 239.880 billion in 2022.


The United Arab Emirates gained two places in the ranking of top destinations for greenfield projects, after entering the top five in 2022.

UAE President receives Eid Al-Adha congratulations phone calls

ABU DHABI, 19th June, 2024 (WAM) – President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received several phone calls today exchanging congratulations on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.

The calls were received from His Excellency Bashar Al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic; His Excellency Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; and His Eminence Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar.

His Highness exchanged greetings and best wishes with Their Excellencies and His Eminence, praying that God grants prosperity and wellbeing to their countries and peoples, and peace, security, and prosperity to all Arab and Muslim nations and the world.

UAE leaders congratulate President of Iceland on National Day

ABU DHABI, 17th June, 2024 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Guðni Jóhannesson of Iceland on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, sent similar messages to President Jóhannesson, and to the Icelandic Prime Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson.

Ambassador Faisal Niaz Tirmizi Meets UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation


June 14, 2024

Ambassador Faisal Niaz Tirmizi met HE. Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulmannan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation

Ambassador Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Pakistan’s Envoy to United Arab Emirates held a meeting with HE. Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulmannan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) in Dubai.

Ambassador Tirmizi conveyed regards and gratitude on behalf of Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Chaudhry Salik Hussain to HE. Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulmannan Al Awar.

The meeting focussed on issues of mutual interests especially those pertaining to Pakistani diaspora working in multiple sectors in UAE. Ambassador Tirmizi lauded and thanked the leadership of UAE for reposing great trust in Pakistan as a brotherly and friendly country. He appreciated the government and people of UAE for hosting about 1.7 million Pakistanis who are supporting their families and country by sending remittances back home.

Both sides underlined the significant role played by Pakistanis in the development of UAE and the tremendous potential and opportunities for further enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields. In view to facilitate Pakistanis seeking jobs in UAE, the meeting focussed on enhancing mutual collaboration aiming efficiency in visas processing, screening, documents attestation, etc.

Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation offered all possible assistance in streamlining the visas aligned services, especially sharing the best technological practices minimizing human interactions and ensuring transparency. He said that Pakistanis will continue to play their role in the progress of UAE and both sides will work together to mitigate the challenges, if any.

Ambassador Tirmizi also discussed health insurance for Pakistani workers, and it was agreed that both sides will work closely to address related issues and encourage workers to opt for health insurance schemes.

The meeting was also attended by senior officials from both sides.

‏أمام محمد بن راشد، وبحضور مكتوم بن محمد، ثلاثة من أعضاء السلطة القضائية يؤدون اليمين القانونية في دار الاتحاد بدبي

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‏أمام محمد بن راشد، وبحضور مكتوم بن محمد، ثلاثة من أعضاء السلطة القضائية يؤدون اليمين القانونية في دار الاتحاد بدبي

Introducing Apple Intelligence, the personal intelligence system that puts powerful generative models at the core of iPhone, iPad, and Mac

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today introduced Apple Intelligence, the personal intelligence system for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that combines the power of generative models with personal context to deliver intelligence that’s incredibly useful and relevant. Apple Intelligence is deeply integrated into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia. It harnesses the power of Apple silicon to understand and create language and images, take action across apps, and draw from personal context to simplify and accelerate everyday tasks. With Private Cloud Compute, Apple sets a new standard for privacy in AI, with the ability to flex and scale computational capacity between on-device processing and larger, server-based models that run on dedicated Apple silicon servers.

“We’re thrilled to introduce a new chapter in Apple innovation. Apple Intelligence will transform what users can do with our products — and what our products can do for our users,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our unique approach combines generative AI with a user’s personal context to deliver truly helpful intelligence. And it can access that information in a completely private and secure way to help users do the things that matter most to them. This is AI as only Apple can deliver it, and we can’t wait for users to experience what it can do.”

New Capabilities for Understanding and Creating Language

Apple Intelligence unlocks new ways for users to enhance their writing and communicate more effectively. With brand-new systemwide Writing Tools built into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, users can rewrite, proofread, and summarize text nearly everywhere they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps.

Whether tidying up class notes, ensuring a blog post reads just right, or making sure an email is perfectly crafted, Writing Tools help users feel more confident in their writing. With Rewrite, Apple Intelligence allows users to choose from different versions of what they have written, adjusting the tone to suit the audience and task at hand. From finessing a cover letter, to adding humor and creativity to a party invitation, Rewrite helps deliver the right words to meet the occasion. Proofread checks grammar, word choice, and sentence structure while also suggesting edits — along with explanations of the edits — that users can review or quickly accept. With Summarize, users can select text and have it recapped in the form of a digestible paragraph, bulleted key points, a table, or a list.

A user opens the Writing Tools menu while working on an email, and is given the option to select Proofread or Rewrite.
A user opens the Notes app and chooses the Summarize tool for their notes on holistic health.
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In Mail, staying on top of emails has never been easier. With Priority Messages, a new section at the top of the inbox shows the most urgent emails, like a same-day dinner invitation or boarding pass. Across a user’s inbox, instead of previewing the first few lines of each email, they can see summaries without needing to open a message. For long threads, users can view pertinent details with just a tap. Smart Reply provides suggestions for a quick response, and will identify questions in an email to ensure everything is answered.

The Priority Messages feature is shown on iPhone 15 Pro.
The email preview summary feature is shown on iPhone 15 Pro.
The Smart Reply feature is shown on iPhone 15 Pro.
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Deep understanding of language also extends to Notifications. Priority Notifications appear at the top of the stack to surface what’s most important, and summaries help users scan long or stacked notifications to show key details right on the Lock Screen, such as when a group chat is particularly active. And to help users stay present in what they’re doing, Reduce Interruptions is a new Focus that surfaces only the notifications that might need immediate attention, like a text about an early pickup from daycare.

Priority Notifications are shown on iPhone 15 Pro.
The new Reduce Interruptions Focus is shown on iPhone 15 Pro.
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In the Notes and Phone apps, users can now record, transcribe, and summarize audio. When a recording is initiated while on a call, participants are automatically notified, and once the call ends, Apple Intelligence generates a summary to help recall key points.

iPad Pro shows the ability to record and transcribe audio in the Notes app.
iPad Pro shows the ability to generate a summary from recorded audio.
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Image Playground Makes Communication and Self‑Expression Even More Fun

Apple Intelligence powers exciting image creation capabilities to help users communicate and express themselves in new ways. With Image Playground, users can create fun images in seconds, choosing from three styles: Animation, Illustration, or Sketch. Image Playground is easy to use and built right into apps including Messages. It’s also available in a dedicated app, perfect for experimenting with different concepts and styles. All images are created on device, giving users the freedom to experiment with as many images as they want.

The new Image Playground app is shown on iPad Pro.

With Image Playground, users can choose from a range of concepts from categories like themes, costumes, accessories, and places; type a description to define an image; choose someone from their personal photo library to include in their image; and pick their favorite style.

Pause playback of video: Image Playground Creation

With Image Playground, users can choose from a range of concepts from categories like themes, costumes, accessories, and places.

With the Image Playground experience in Messages, users can quickly create fun images for their friends, and even see personalized suggested concepts related to their conversations. For example, if a user is messaging a group about going hiking, they’ll see suggested concepts related to their friends, their destination, and their activity, making image creation even faster and more relevant.

iPhone 15 Pro shows how Image Playground works in Messages.
In Messages on iPhone 15 Pro, an Image Playground-generated image shows the user’s mom stylized as a superhero.
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In Notes, users can access Image Playground through the new Image Wand in the Apple Pencil tool palette, making notes more visually engaging. Rough sketches can be turned into delightful images, and users can even select empty space to create an image using context from the surrounding area. Image Playground is also available in apps like Keynote, Freeform, and Pages, as well as in third-party apps that adopt the new Image Playground API.

Pause playback of video: Image Wand in the Notes App

With Image Wand in the Apple Pencil tool palette, users can select empty space to create an image using context from the surrounding area.

Genmoji Creation to Fit Any Moment

Taking emoji to an entirely new level, users can create an original Genmoji to express themselves. By simply typing a description, their Genmoji appears, along with additional options. Users can even create Genmoji of friends and family based on their photos. Just like emoji, Genmoji can be added inline to messages, or shared as a sticker or reaction in a Tapback.

A user creates a Genmoji of a person named Vee, designed to look like a race car driver.
A user selects Genmoji options based on the prompt, “Smiley relaxing wearing cucumbers.”
In Messages, a user is presented with an array of Genmoji options based on the contents of their conversation.
In Messages, a user is presented with an array of Genmoji options to use as a Tapback.
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New Features in Photos Give Users More Control

Searching for photos and videos becomes even more convenient with Apple Intelligence. Natural language can be used to search for specific photos, such as “Maya skateboarding in a tie-dye shirt,” or “Katie with stickers on her face.” Search in videos also becomes more powerful with the ability to find specific moments in clips so users can go right to the relevant segment. Additionally, the new Clean Up tool can identify and remove distracting objects in the background of a photo — without accidentally altering the subject.

Pause playback of video: Photos Clean Up Tool

The new Clean Up tool in Photos can identify and remove distracting objects in the background of a photo — without accidentally altering the subject.

With Memories, users can create the story they want to see by simply typing a description. Using language and image understanding, Apple Intelligence will pick out the best photos and videos based on the description, craft a storyline with chapters based on themes identified from the photos, and arrange them into a movie with its own narrative arc. Users will even get song suggestions to match their memory from Apple Music. As with all Apple Intelligence features, user photos and videos are kept private on device and are not shared with Apple or anyone else.

Three iPhone 15 Pro screens show how users can create Memory Movies.

Siri Enters a New Era

Powered by Apple Intelligence, Siri becomes more deeply integrated into the system experience. With richer language-understanding capabilities, Siri is more natural, more contextually relevant, and more personal, with the ability to simplify and accelerate everyday tasks. It can follow along if users stumble over words and maintain context from one request to the next. Additionally, users can type to Siri, and switch between text and voice to communicate with Siri in whatever way feels right for the moment. Siri also has a brand-new design with an elegant glowing light that wraps around the edge of the screen when Siri is active.

A user types to Siri on iPhone 15 Pro.

Siri can now give users device support everywhere they go, and answer thousands of questions about how to do something on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Users can learn everything from how to schedule an email in the Mail app, to how to switch from Light to Dark Mode.

On iPhone 15 Pro, Siri answers a user’s question about scheduling a text message.

With onscreen awareness, Siri will be able to understand and take action with users’ content in more apps over time. For example, if a friend texts a user their new address in Messages, the receiver can say, “Add this address to his contact card.”

Pause playback of video: Siri Adding an Address to Contact Card

With onscreen awareness, Siri makes it easy to perform an action related to information on the screen, such as adding an address received in Messages to a friend’s contact card.


With Apple Intelligence, Siri will be able to take hundreds of new actions in and across Apple and third-party apps. For example, a user could say, “Bring up that article about cicadas from my Reading List,” or “Send the photos from the barbecue on Saturday to Malia,” and Siri will take care of it.

Siri finds a friend’s book recommendations for an iPhone 15 Pro user.

Siri will be able to deliver intelligence that’s tailored to the user and their on-device information. For example, a user can say, “Play that podcast that Jamie recommended,” and Siri will locate and play the episode, without the user having to remember whether it was mentioned in a text or an email. Or they could ask, “When is Mom’s flight landing?” and Siri will find the flight details and cross-reference them with real-time flight tracking to give an arrival time.

Pause playback of video: Siri Intelligence Based on On-Device Information

Siri is able to deliver intelligence that’s tailored to the user and their on-device information, like locating details on an upcoming flight or keeping track of a dinner reservation.

A New Standard for Privacy in AI

To be truly helpful, Apple Intelligence relies on understanding deep personal context while also protecting user privacy. A cornerstone of Apple Intelligence is on-device processing, and many of the models that power it run entirely on device. To run more complex requests that require more processing power, Private Cloud Compute extends the privacy and security of Apple devices into the cloud to unlock even more intelligence.

With Private Cloud Compute, Apple Intelligence can flex and scale its computational capacity and draw on larger, server-based models for more complex requests. These models run on servers powered by Apple silicon, providing a foundation that allows Apple to ensure that data is never retained or exposed.

Independent experts can inspect the code that runs on Apple silicon servers to verify privacy, and Private Cloud Compute cryptographically ensures that iPhone, iPad, and Mac do not talk to a server unless its software has been publicly logged for inspection. Apple Intelligence with Private Cloud Compute sets a new standard for privacy in AI, unlocking intelligence users can trust.

ChatGPT Gets Integrated Across Apple Platforms

Apple is integrating ChatGPT access into experiences within iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, allowing users to access its expertise — as well as its image- and document-understanding capabilities — without needing to jump between tools.

Siri can tap into ChatGPT’s expertise when helpful. Users are asked before any questions are sent to ChatGPT, along with any documents or photos, and Siri then presents the answer directly.

An iPhone 15 Pro user enters a prompt for Siri that reads, “I have fresh salmon, lemons, tomatoes. Help me plan a 5-course meal with a dish for each taste bud.”
On iPhone 15 Pro, Siri replies to a user’s prompt with “Do you want me to use ChatGPT to do that?”
On iPhone 15 Pro, ChatGPT’s results are presented through Siri. The first course — tomato and basil bruschetta — is detailed in a bullet.
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Additionally, ChatGPT will be available in Apple’s systemwide Writing Tools, which help users generate content for anything they are writing about. With Compose, users can also access ChatGPT image tools to generate images in a wide variety of styles to complement what they are writing.

Using the Compose tool in Pages, a user enters a prompt about writing a bedtime story about a 6-year-old named Annie who’s great at solving riddles.
Using the Compose tool in Pages, a user accesses ChatGPT image tools to generate an image. The menu shows a range of styles suggested by ChatGPT: “Add a magical impressionist image,” “Add a photorealistic image of the story,” and “Include a backstory for the caterpillar.”
In Pages, a user’s Compose-generated bedtime story and accompanying image are shown.
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Privacy protections are built in for users who access ChatGPT — their IP addresses are obscured, and OpenAI won’t store requests. ChatGPT’s data-use policies apply for users who choose to connect their account.

ChatGPT will come to iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia later this year, powered by GPT-4o. Users can access it for free without creating an account, and ChatGPT subscribers can connect their accounts and access paid features right from these experiences.

Availability

Apple Intelligence is free for users, and will be available in beta as part of iOS 18iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia this fall in U.S. English. Some features, software platforms, and additional languages will come over the course of the next year. Apple Intelligence will be available on iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and iPad and Mac with M1 and later, with Siri and device language set to U.S. English. For more information, visit apple.com/apple-intelligence.

Emirates powers flights with SAF from Singapore

Dubai, UAE, 13 June 2024: Emirates has begun using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as part of its fuel agreement with Neste on flights departing from Singapore Changi Airport, marking its inaugural SAF investment in Asia. Approximately 3.3 million litres of blended SAF have been integrated into the fuelling system of Changi airport over the course of the last few weeks.

Emirates is tracking the delivery of SAF into the fuelling systems, accounting for and assigning its environmental benefits through widely used and accepted industry methodologies. Earlier this year, the airline closely collaborated with Neste for the supply of 2.6 million litres of neat SAF in the fuelling systems of Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

The SAF being provided by Neste is produced from sustainably sourced and 100% renewable waste as well as residue raw materials, including used cooking oil and animal fat waste. SAF used as part of this agreement can be safely used in existing Emirates aircraft and airport fuelling infrastructure, and in neat form reduces lifecycle carbon emissions (CO2) by up to 80%* compared to using conventional jet fuel. 

Adel Al Redha, Deputy President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates said: “Emirates’ investment into Neste-produced SAF in Singapore marks a first step forward in our SAF adoption in Asia, a region that is primed to become a leading supplier of SAF, which continues to be in short supply. While the activation of this agreement marks a milestone in our SAF journey in a new region, there’s still a lot of work to do. And as we procure SAF for the short term, we’ve got our sights set on longer-term agreements to help scale up a steady supply of SAF for our operations.”

Alexander Kueper, Vice President Renewable Aviation Business, Neste said: “We are excited Emirates has started using our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Changi Airport as the next step in our cooperation. It makes Emirates the first international visiting carrier using SAF at the airport produced at our Singapore refinery and supplied into the airport via our integrated supply chain. We are looking forward to continuing working together on scaling up the supply of SAF for Emirates’ operations.’

Emirates’ multi-faceted SAF strategy focuses on exploring opportunities to use SAF operationally wherever it is available in its network, share emissions reductions with corporate customers or freight forwarders where feasible, cooperate on longer-term SAF projects with reputable partners and support SAF ventures in the UAE with the potential to supply sustainable aviation fuel at its hub in the future.

Emirates currently operates flights from Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris, Lyon and Oslo with SAF. The airline also integrated SAF into the fuelling systems at its Dubai hub late last year. In 2023, Emirates was also the first airline in the world to operate two landmark demonstration flights from Dubai on the Boeing 777 and A380 with 100% SAF in one engine in partnership with Neste and other committed partners, supporting future certification where 100% drop in SAF is approved for commercial airline operations.  Currently, SAF is approved for use in all aircraft, but only in blends of up to 50% with conventional jet fuel.

The airline has also committed USD$200 million for research and development (R&D) projects focussed on reducing the impact of fossil fuels in commercial aviation, and last month became an industrial partner of the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), based at the University of Cambridge. Emirates intends to play an active role in sharing its knowledge and data, as well as insights with AIA to support the development of cutting-edge tools and solutions to reduce the long-term impact of commercial aviation.

The airline is a member of the Solent Cluster in the UK, an initiative focused on low carbon investments with the potential to create a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) plant that can produce up to 200,000 tonnes (200 kt) per year if operational by 2032.

Emirates is also a founding participant of the UAE research consortium Air-CRAFT, focused on developing, producing, and scaling sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technologies for the industry.

*When used in neat form (i.e. unblended) and calculated with established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, such as CORSIA methodology

UAE participates in Oslo Forum for reinforcing peace

OSLO, 12th June, 2024 (WAM) — Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State, participated in a discussion panel at the Oslo Forum, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, to exchange knowledge and experiences, and discuss strategies for conflict resolution and peacemaking.

The panel also aimed to highlight the importance of mediation efforts on national and international levels.

Al Kaabi affirmed the UAE’s steadfast belief in the crucial importance of coordinated joint global action, multilateral cooperation, dialogue, and building bridges as a critical part of shaping innovative and lasting solutions to contemporary challenges. These principles have always shaped the UAE’s path since the country’s founding.

Al Kaabi emphasised that the UAE favours diplomacy over conflict, partnership over unilateralism, dialogue over confrontation, and urges respect for the principles of good neighbourliness and non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, while seeking to develop existing alliances and bolster foreign relations to support international stability and peace.

She affirmed that due to the significant changes witnessed in the international landscape, the coming decades require increased communication, integration, and cooperation across various fields including politics, economy, technology, health, food, and climate change.

Furthermore, Al Kaabi emphasised the importance of resolving conflicts between countries through dialogue and peaceful means, and contributing to supporting international stability and peace, as well as co-existence, while supporting multilateralism and partnerships. These endeavours aim to mitigate tensions and enhance international cooperation, affirming the importance of prioritising economic prosperity, relations between nations, and de-escalation on regional and international levels.

UAE President receives credentials of new ambassadors to UAE

ABU DHABI, 12th June, 2024 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today received the credentials of newly appointed ambassadors from various countries, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Presidential Court.

The UAE Ambassador to Mongolia, His Excellency Mohammed Sultan Al Qurtasi Al Nuaimi, also took the oath of office before His Highness.

During the reception ceremony at Qasr Al Shati in Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed warmly welcomed the ambassadors and wished them success in their missions, encouraging them to strengthen ties between their respective countries and the UAE across various sectors. He assured them of the support and cooperation they would receive from the relevant UAE authorities to facilitate their work.

His Highness affirmed that the UAE is committed to strengthening relations with countries worldwide, founded on mutual respect and collaborative efforts to achieve development and prosperity for all.

His Highness received the credentials of the following ambassadors: HE Cornelius Walegerea, Ambassador of the Solomon Islands; HE Nabil Abdul Khalek, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; HE Nguyen Thanh Diep, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; HE Najmedin Muhametaliuly, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan; HE Mohamed Hussain Shareef, Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives; HE Carolin Konther Lopez, Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay; HE Hussein Halane, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Somalia; HE Esono Anusogo Hassan, Ambassador of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea; HE Stephanie Stefansson, Ambassador of Iceland; HE Elisabetta Boschi, Ambassador of the Republic of San Marino; HE Feliu Hanushek, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia; HE Augustine Ntshumane, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana; HE Suman Manan, Ambassador of the Republic of Cambodia; HE Mojaidou Soumanou Issoufou, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin; HE Denis Toscano Amores, Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador; and HE Peter Adelbay, Ambassador of the Republic of Palau.

The ambassadors conveyed to His Highness the greetings and best wishes of their respective leaders, wishing further progress and prosperity for the UAE. They expressed their delight to be representing their countries in the UAE and their commitment to strengthening relations at all levels.

The ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State; Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State; Khaled Belhoul Al Falasi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a number of officials.

Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed chairs meeting of Executive Committee of ADNOC Board of Directors

ABU DHABI, 12th June, 2024 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has chaired a meeting of the Executive Committee of the ADNOC Board of Directors.

During the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Khaled endorsed the final investment decision (FID) for ADNOC’s lower-carbon intensity Ruwais liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and the award of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the project valued at approximately US$5.5 billion (AED20.2 billion). The project, located in Al Ruwais Industrial City in Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi, will be the first LNG export facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to run on clean power, making it one of the world’s lowest-carbon intensity LNG plants.

H.H. noted that the project will reinforce ADNOC’s position as a reliable global natural gas supplier and accelerate the development of Al Ruwais Industrial City by attracting investments and boosting the local industrial ecosystem. The project will procure highly specialised equipment and materials and will see 55 percent of the EPC award value flow back into the UAE’s economy under ADNOC’s In-Country Value (ICV) program, stimulating economic and industrial growth and skilled private-sector jobs for Emiratis.

During the meeting, H.H. commended ADNOC’s recent strategic acquisitions in major lower-carbon LNG projects in the United States (US) and Mozambique, was briefed on growth projects across ADNOC’s value chain and gave directives to continue focusing on targeted growth bothlocally and internationally to meet growing energy demand.

Sheikh Khaled also reviewed ADNOC’s strategy to further integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and technology across its business to generate greater value and deliver smarter, cleaner and safer energy to the world. As part of this strategy, ADNOC is leveraging its portfolio of low carbon energy to power the growth of AI whilst accelerating the integration and deployment of AI solutions across its value chain to unlock further value, lower emissions and keep people safe.

The Ruwais LNG project EPC contract was awarded to a joint venture led by Technip Energies, with JGC Corporation and NMDC Energy. The Ruwais LNG project will consist of two 4.8 mmtpa LNG liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 9.6 mmtpa, more than doubling ADNOC’s existing UAE LNG production capacity to around 15mmtpa, as the company builds its international LNG portfolio. The facility will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and the latest technologies to enhance safety, minimise emissions and drive efficiency.

Other members attending the meeting included Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO; Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director and Group CEO of Mubadala Investment Company; and Jassem Mohammed Buatabah Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance.

UAE President welcomes teams from UAE Pavilion at International Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

ABU DHABI, 12th June, 2024 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today welcomed teams that participated in the UAE Pavilion at the International Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha, which took place in Qatar from 2 October 2023 to 28 March 2024.
During the meeting at Qasr Al Shati in Abu Dhabi, His Highness expressed his appreciation for the teams’ efforts, which showcased the UAE’s rich legacy of environmental stewardship and agricultural innovation since the era of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He also commended their unique initiatives and future plans in developing sustainable agricultural solutions.
His Highness congratulated the teams on the pavilion’s achievement of receiving the Gold Award for the Best Self-Built Pavilion at the exhibition, emphasising that this success reflects the capabilities and expertise of UAE professionals participating in international exhibitions and events.
The UAE President praised the spirit of cooperation among the pavilion’s organisers, which contributed to presenting a positive image of the UAE and its vision in the field of sustainability, alongside innovation and investment in technology to protect the environment and its resources.
The organisers of the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2023 Doha expressed their pleasure at meeting His Highness, affirming that the success of their participation was the result of his continuous support and commitment to ensuring the UAE’s participation was distinctive and highlighted the country’s achievements on various levels.
They also extended their best regards to His Highness on the upcoming Eid Al-Adha, praying to God to protect him and bless him with continued health and wellbeing.
Last October, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended the opening of Expo 2023 Doha, inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, under the theme “Green Desert, Better Environment.”
The UAE participated in the exhibition with a pavilion themed “Nurturing Legacy,” overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and the National Projects Office. The UAE Pavilion was selected based on its alignment with Expo 2023 Doha’s themes, innovative landscape design, thoughtful plant species selection, use of sustainable materials, and engaging environmental and cultural programming. Additionally, the UAE Pavilion was recognised for its guest experience, which reflected the UAE’s culture and sustainable journey.
The pavilion design, which spanned an area of 2,290 square metres, was inspired by the Ghaf tree, the UAE’s national tree, following the path of its roots to its branches and leaves and featuring rammed earth walls built from locally sourced materials and a roof made with palm leaves. The pavilion also contained a garden with local plants, including fruit trees, flowers, spices, herbs, and medicinal plants, among others.
The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court, and a number of officials.

Mohammed bin Rashid presides over swearing-in ceremony of new members of Dubai’s Judicial Inspection Authority

DUBAI, 12th June, 2024 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, presided over the swearing-in ceremony of three new members of Dubai’s Judicial Inspection Authority.
His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, and Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council, also attended the ceremony that took place at the Union House in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed wished the new judges success in their roles, emphasising their crucial role in enhancing Dubai’s judicial efficiency. He also highlighted the vital part that judges play in upholding fairness, protecting society, and maintaining the rule of law.
Members of the Judicial Inspection Authority who were sworn in included Dr. Mostafa Ali Khalaf Mohamed Amin, Dr. Hussein Ali Saleh Al-Amri, and Dr. Nassar Mohamed Sabeitan Al-Halama. The newly appointed officials pledged to uphold justice, abide by the law, and perform their duties with integrity.
The ceremony was attended by Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council; Chancellor Essam Issa Al Humaidan, the Attorney General of Dubai; Dr. Saif Ghanem Al Suwaidi, Director General of Dubai Courts; and Judge Mohammed Mubarak Al Sabousi, Director of Dubai’s Judicial Inspection Authority.

تصريحات حمدان بن محمد خلال حضور “خلوة الذكاء الاصطناعي في دبي”

حمدان بن محمد: ‏شهدت اليوم خلوة الذكاء الاصطناعي بدبي التي جمعت أكثر من 2500 مسؤول حكومي ومدير تنفيذي وخبير متخصص ضمن 35 جلسة حوارية وورشة عمل، وتم خلالها إطلاق شراكات ومبادرات جديدة هدفها صناعة مستقبل واعد لهذا القطاع. خلال الحدث، التقيت عدداً من مديري ومسؤولي الجهات الحكومية بدبي والرؤساء التنفيذيين للذكاء الاصطناعي الذين اعتمدنا تعيينهم في 22 جهة حكومية، ووجهنا بتحويل مخرجات الخلوة لمشاريع ومبادرات ترتقي بريادة دبي في التوظيف الأمثل لتطبيقات الذكاء الاصطناعي والاستفادة من فُرصِهِ اللامحدودة.

Date Palm festival to be held in Pakistan this year. Ambassador Tirmizi

Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Secretary General, Khalifa International Award for Date Palm & Agriculture Innovation met Ambassador Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Pakistan’s Envoy to United Arab Emirates (UAE) today.

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss collaboration between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates aimed at strengthening Pakistan’s capacity in date palm cultivation,  production and processing technology. They discussed preparations in the context of upcoming Date Palm festival in Pakistan, scheduled to be held  in the last  quarter of 2024.

The Secretary General reaffirmed support of Khalifa Award for development and strengthening of date palm cultivation sector in Pakistan.

Ambassador Tirmizi appreciated the support of Khalifa International Award and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to collaborate for organizing the festival in Pakistan as well as implementation of earlier signed MoU between the two sides. Pakistan’s Federal Ministry of National Food Security & Research and Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agriculture Invocation UAE have signed an MoU in February 2024.

Sheikha Bodour urges graduating students to ‘stand up for what’s right’ at AUS Spring commencement ceremony

Sharjah, June 9, 2024: American University of Sharjah (AUS) celebrated the achievements of 753 of its graduating students in its Spring 2024 commencement ceremonies held on June 8. Her Excellency Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of AUS, conferred the degrees on graduate and undergraduate students during one session in the morning and another in the afternoon in University City Hall in Sharjah, recognizing their years of commitment to their education.

Addressing the gathering, Sheikha Bodour said that academic and material success were important in life, but that strength of character was the true measure of a person’s worth. 

‘Every action you take, whether in your family, your workplace, or your community, will contribute to shaping the world in which you and your children will live,’ she said. 

‘Character is about doing the right thing, especially when it’s difficult and when there’s no tangible reward (…) Have the courage to speak up and stand up for what’s right. Congratulations, Class of 2024, your journey is just beginning, and I’m eager to witness your positive impact on the world.’

Dr. Tod A. Laursen, Chancellor of AUS, congratulated the graduating cohort. 

“AUS takes pride in providing a deep and rigorous level of training in our students’ chosen area of study, delivered alongside a broad exposure to the liberal arts and the opportunity to explore passions and evolving interests. This results in a student experience that demands true dedication and passion, and I want to congratulate you all on not only succeeding in making it through a truly immersive experience, but excelling in your achievements and creative milestones, in so many ways,” he said.

Sheikha Bodour awarded Fatima Rashid Bintaliah, a finance major, the President’s Cup for the highest-grade point average, and Jawwad Imran Sheikh, a mechanical engineering major, the Chancellor’s Cup for an outstanding combination of academic excellence, general character and service to the university. 

During the morning ceremony, student speaker and mechanical engineering major Malek Bachir reflected on the university journey he and his fellow graduates embarked upon, highlighting the challenges they overcame and the triumphs they celebrated along the way.

Having overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and building a vibrant community upon returning back to campus, Bachir said that it is in struggles that true strength can be found.  

“Our journey has taught us that within every challenge lies an opportunity to grow, to learn, and to excel. Despite the physical distance, we came together, supported one another, and pushed the boundaries of what we thought possible. And once we came back on campus, this graduating class led initiatives that not only brought us even closer but also made a significant impact on our community,” said Bachir.

From volunteering at the world’s biggest climate change conference COP 28, impactful initiatives led by student clubs and organizations, to forming a united front at the “Tarahum for Gaza ” event to support people in need, Bachir highlighted the power of community.

Bachir dedicated her success to his late father, whom she lost during the COVID pandemic.

“Today we also remember those who— though may not be here with us physically—left a lasting impression on our lives…My father’s spirit and legacy inspired and will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life and I am eternally grateful for him. This sentiment, I know, is shared by many of us who have lost loved ones and are feeling their loss especially today. Together, we honor their memory, and carry their legacy forward with every step we take,” she said.

In the afternoon ceremony, student speaker and biology major Abdelhamid Khodja highlighted the challenges and triumphs of adapting to online classes and the perseverance required to continue their university studies amidst the COVID pandemic. He urged students to be proactive in creating their own opportunities. 

“As graduates equipped with the knowledge that we have today, we have a renewed sense of responsibility to enter the world and strive to make it a better place than we found it. I am reminded of a powerful saying by the great writer George Bernard Shaw: ‘Don’t wait for the right opportunity, create it.’ And in a world brimming with challenges and uncertainties, this principle has never been more relevant. Our society is facing pressing issues such as climate change, social injustice, public health crises, and the disruptive impact of artificial intelligence,” he said.

Khodja added: “I urge you to heed the call to action embedded within today’s theme: Wait not for opportunities, create them. Because the problems we face today require all of us to collaborate to find creative solutions. So, as we embark on this next chapter of our lives, let us be catalysts for change, architects of societal progress and champions of justice. Each and every single one of you possesses the power to shape the world in accordance with our shared values and aspirations. So let us seize this moment with courage and compassion, knowing that our actions today will echo far into the future.”

The breakdown of the Class of Spring 2024 is as follows:

Total graduating students: 753

Undergraduate students receiving degrees: 653

Graduate students receiving degrees (master’s and PhD): 100

Male graduates: 305

Female graduates: 448

UAE nationals graduating: 154

A breakdown of the graduating class by college/school is as follows:

College of Architecture, Art and Design: 114 undergraduates and 5 graduates

College of Arts and Sciences: 141 undergraduates and 13 graduates

College of Engineering: 224 undergraduates and 73 graduates

School of Business Administration: 174 undergraduates and 9 graduates

For more information on the Class of Spring 2024, click here.

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Bait Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al Qasimi Museum Unveils Exhibition of Historic Correspondence

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Sharjah Museums Authority is proud to announce the launch of its latest
exhibition, “Letters Exchanged: Correspondence of Sheikh Saeed and
His Family,” at the historic Bait Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al Qasimi
Museum.
This unique exhibition, taking place at the 125-year-old house reopened
last October after rejuvenation, marks the first public display of a
collection of rare letters exchanged between Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al
Qasimi, his family, friends and acquaintances.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr Al Qasimi,
Deputy Head of the Office of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah in
Kalba, in the presence of Aisha Rashid Deemas, Director General of
Sharjah Museums Authority, His Excellency Abdullah Ghanem Al
Zaabi، Chairman of AhyaKalba Council and a number of officials and
academic and cultural figures.
Included in the exhibition are noteworthy messages such as a heartfelt
letter from Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad bin Majid bin Sultan Al Qasimi,
Ruler of Kalba, to his daughter, Sheikha Aisha bint Saeed and another
to his cousin, Shaikha bint Saif Al Abdouli.

Furthermore, the exhibition features a letter from Latifa bint Ali bin
Darwesh, mother of Sheikh Saeed and aunt of Sheikha bint Saif Al
Abdouli, to her granddaughter Aisha bint Saeed. This particular letter
captures the grandmother’s joy upon the birth of her great-grandchild,
emphasizing the strong family ties that are a hallmark of Sharjah’s
heritage.

These handwritten letters, delivered by messengers, played a crucial role
in the social and political discourse of the time, providing deep insights
into the cultural and social milieu of Sheikh Saeed and his
contemporaries. They also poignantly illustrate deep familial bonds,
mutual care and respect.
In addition to the letters, the exhibition showcases various objects,
including women’s costume, materials of personal adornment and
household items that further enrich the narrative of the museum’s
namesake.
From May 29 to December 31, 2024, ‘Letters Exchanged’ offers a rare
glimpse into a pre-modern and not so distant era of communication,
before the advent of modern postal systems, emails and social media.
This collection of letters has been generously shared by the Bin Darwesh
family, courtesy of Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Darwesh.
For their preservation, meticulous copies of the letters are displayed
ensuring the longevity of the original invaluable documents for future
generations to appreciate and study.

These personal documents are part of a broader collection preserved by
Sharjah Museums Authority, offering visitors a window into the rich
tapestry of familial and social relations of Sharjah’s past.
This exhibition is a landmark event in the preservation and celebration
of Kalba city’s cultural heritage, inviting everyone to explore the rich
history and architectural beauty of the Bait Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al
Qasimi Museum, a cultural and historical hub attracting visitors locally
and from across the globe.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit
https://www.sharjahmuseums.ae/

Sharjah Aquarium Showcases Achievements and Initiatives on World Oceans Day

Since its opening in 2008, Sharjah Aquarium, under the Sharjah Museums Authority, has established itself as a leading recreational and educational center that significantly contributes to environmental awareness and marine life conservation. 

The Aquarium stands as a prominent example of continuous and dedicated efforts to protect the oceans and preserve marine biodiversity through its numerous initiatives and achievements.

Rashid Al Shamsi, Curator of Sharjah Aquarium, emphasized that the aquarium plays a pivotal role in promoting education and environmental awareness. 

“Throughout the year, it offers various educational programs targeting all age groups, from students to researchers and the general public,” he said. 

These programs include educational tours and interactive workshops that focus on the importance of the marine environment and the necessity of preserving it and its biodiversity.

Al Shamsi added that the aquarium’s efforts are highlighted through organizing numerous awareness campaigns, initiatives, and participation in scientific research aimed at protecting endangered marine species, improving environmental conditions of the oceans, and encouraging sustainable behaviors. 

“These efforts play a crucial role in preserving natural resources for future generations.”

As always, Sharjah Museums Authority, represented by Sharjah Aquarium, makes a significant and impactful presence in specialized global events. 

It joins the international community in celebrating World Oceans Day observed on June 8 each year, by participating in the “Beauty of the Marine Environment” initiative in collaboration with Khorfakkan University. 

This initiative showcases the latest environmental conditions of the UAE’s marine environment, highlights the secrets of its coral reefs, and emphasizes the diversity of its fish wealth.

The aquarium’s participation reflects its full commitment to protecting the marine environment and continuing efforts towards a sustainable future for the coming generations. 

It achieves this through various initiatives, workshops, campaigns, and unique programs under its social responsibility initiative “Because We Care,” which aims to educate the public on the importance of preserving the marine environment and raise awareness about the dangers of pollution caused by irresponsible behaviours, such as the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Release Program, the annual carnival, and the annual “Clean Up” campaign.

Additionally, regular workshops allow visitors to feed fish and touch marine creatures, bringing the public closer to the marine environment and encouraging better protection efforts.

As part of the initiative targeting different community members, including Khorfakkan University students, the aquarium offers two workshops: one for families and another for university students. 

The event also features characters interacting with the public, the use of interactive screens within the aquarium, and displays of diverse fish species along with entertaining activities such as face painting.

The celebration includes a lecture by Khorfakkan University titled “Under the Waves: Exploring the Hidden World of Coral Reefs in the UAE,” with university students participating in various activities and engaging in a specialized scientific lecture on marine and ocean environments during their visit to the aquarium.

The authority invites all community members, especially families with children, to seize this opportunity to learn about local fish species and their environment through display images, enjoy face painting, participate in family workshops, and interact with characters.

Through Sharjah Aquarium and its diverse activities and programs, SMA aims to enhance awareness of marine environmental issues among different community members, inform them about the UAE’s most important natural resources, and the role of coral reefs in maintaining ecological balance and providing natural habitats for many marine creatures. 

Furthermore, it highlights the importance of fish wealth as an essential part of the country’s natural and economic heritage. 

The Authority stresses the importance of public awareness in protecting the marine environment and preserving marine biodiversity by utilizing all available tools, including organizing events, interactive activities, and launching campaigns that actively contribute to a deeper understanding of marine environmental challenges and encourage sustainable practices to conserve these resources.

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Ambassador Faisal Niaz Tirmizi Meets with FCCI Chairman Abdulla Mohamed Al Mazrui to Enhance Economic Cooperation between Pakistan and UAE

Ambassador Faisal Niaz Trimzi, met with His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Mohamed Al Mazrui, Chairman of the UAE Federation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) at Abu Dhabi. This meeting provided an opportunity to discuss ways and means to strengthen economic, trade and investment cooperation between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Tirmizi invited the Chairman and the UAE busienss community to participate in Pakistan’s Food and Agriculture Exhibition (FoodAg 2024) to be held from 9-11 August 2024 at Expo Centre Karachi. The Chairman assured Chamber’s support in strengthing economic and business linkages between the two sides. He assured that the possibility of UAE’s delegation from various Chambers of Commerce in the Exhibition will be explored.