Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed attends TVET Leaders Forum

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    ABU DHABI, 22nd April, 2024 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Court for Development and Fallen Heroes’ Affairs, has attended the TVET Leaders Forum, running alongside the 15th EmiratesSkills National Competition 2024, organised by Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET).

    H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed witnessed UAE national youth showcase technical and vocational skills and commended efforts to empower and upskill youth in technical and vocational skills to become future leaders.

    UAE President holds dinner banquet at Qasr Al Watan in honour of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq

    ABU DHABI, 22nd April, 2024 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan hosted a dinner banquet today at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi in honour of his brother, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, Sultan of Oman, as part of the state visit to the UAE by His Majesty.
    During the banquet, His Highness the President exchanged friendly conversations with His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and guests, underscoring the strong fraternal ties that bind the two countries and their shared aim to continue advancing relations.
    The banquet was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court; H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region; H.H. Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Court for Development and Fallen Heroes’ Affairs; 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; in addition to a number of other sheikhs, several former UAE ambassadors to the Sultanate of Oman and senior officials.
    The banquet was also attended by the delegation accompanying His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.

    Gulf Air and BAS Forge Strategic Partnership to Enhance Aircraft Maintenance Training Experience

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    BAS Aircraft Engineering Training Center (BAETC) has partnered with Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, during which Gulf Air’s Technical Affairs Division will equip BAETC students with essential maintenance experience required to complete the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 License. The agreement aims to bolster the competency and skill sets of Bahraini talents, particularly focusing on the development and empowerment of future aircraft engineers within a rapidly growing aircraft engineering and maintenance industry world-wide.

    Under the agreement, Gulf Air will provide BAETC students with essential maintenance experience across several batches. The students will gain the necessary expertise by participating in maintenance activities carried out by the Gulf Air Technical Division, which will include Line Maintenance, Base Maintenance, and Workshop Maintenance to complete their EASA Part 66 Modules. On the occasion, a delegation from Gulf Air’s Technical Affairs Division and the BAS management team conducted an orientation visit to the Center. This induction program signifies the beginning of the project, which is anticipated to last for the next two years.

    Commenting on the collaboration, Ms. Hana Abdulwahed, Chief Human Capital Officer at BAS, said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with Gulf Air to extend our expertise to their employees through internationally accredited and reputable training courses from BAETC. This agreement builds on our longstanding partnership with Gulf Air to provide high-quality training services approved by European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). BAETC continues to assist in forging the next generation of aviation specialists through a wide range of programs designed to establish leading professionals in the field.”

    On his end, Mr. Mazin Saleh, Chief Technical Officer at Gulf Air, expressed: “We are delighted to be working alongside BAETC to equip their students with the skills they need to navigate the industry and prepare them for their EASA Part 66 License. Our partnership agreement with BAETC will serve to strengthen our well-established business ties with BAS, as we continue to invest in the training of future Bahraini aviation engineering and maintenance professionals.”

    BAS Aircraft Engineering Training Centre is an internationally recognised and technologically advanced provider of formal aircraft engineering maintenance training. BAETC is the second training organisation outside the European Union and the first in the Middle East and Asia to have received Europe Aviation Safety Agency Approval for its training centre to deliver a wide range of EASA-approved courses, in addition to specialised courses. BAETC is also recognized by the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA).

    Samsung Unveils New Three-Part Docu-Series Celebrating the Skateboarding, Breaking and Surfing Communities on the Road to Paris 2024

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    Samsung Electronics, a Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner, today launched a new documentary series designed to spotlight skateboarding, breaking and surfing on the Road to Paris 2024. The series, produced in collaboration with the Street League Skateboarding (SLS), Pro Breaking Tour (PBT) and World Surf League (WSL), will feature three short docu-series: “Concrete Dreams,” “Breaking Boundaries” and “The Next Wave.”

    The first in the series, “Concrete Dreams,” which spotlights the skateboarding community’s journey to the Olympics, is now live on Samsung’s YouTube Channel and will be screened for fans at the SLS San Diego championship tour event on April 20. The breaking and surfing series will be released on April 25 and May 21, respectively, and premiere at PBT’s Atlanta event and WSL’s event in Tahiti.

    Starring sport legends Shaun Tomson, Eric Koston and David “Kid David” Shreibman alongside Olympic athletes Johanne Defay (Surfing, France), Sky Brown (Skateboarding, Great Britain), Grace “Sunny” Choi (Breaking, U.S.) and many more, the project celebrates the communities that lie at the heart of each sport as they get set to open themselves to the world this summer.

    This new project is a key part of Samsung’s Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 campaign, ‘Open always wins,’ which claims that with an open mind, anything is possible — a motto these communities live by every day. Produced in collaboration with the SLS, PBT and WSL, the docu-series explores the iconic subcultures of each sport, their shared belief in openness and the impact that being part of the Olympic Games has on their communities — past, present and future.

    The synopsis of the skateboarding documentary unveiled today is as follows:

    • Concrete Dreams: From the birth of street skateboarding in the 1980s to its consecration at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, this is the story of a community built on one unspoken rule — respect. It encourages you to see the world in a different way, to go create and always get back up, no matter how often you fall.

    The synopses of the next documentaries in the series are as follows:

    • Breaking Boundaries: As breakers get ready for their Olympic Games Paris 2024 debut, this is the story of a global community born from the streets and shooting for the stars. It is a celebration of breaking as an explosion of energy and soul that gives you a sense of expression and belonging and encourages you to do something we’ve never seen before.
    • The Next Wave: Surf legends and icons in the making share their story as they embark on their journey to Paris 2024. It is the ultimate love story between them and the ocean as they prepare to take that leap and a celebration of surf as a way of life, passed down to generations, and a culture that has not only survived but gotten stronger.

    “Samsung is excited to support the skateboarding, breaking and surfing communities on their incredible journey to Paris 2024,” said Stephanie Choi, EVP & Head of Marketing of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re honored to tell their stories and help shine light on these communities to wider audiences through this docu-series. We hope they inspire many to push boundaries, support each other and always stay open.”

    “We were really excited to partner with Samsung on this docu-series and share our story and our culture with the whole world,” said Tim Greenberg, WSL EVP, Content Strategy and Production. “Surfing is unlike any other sport on the planet. This is such an amazing opportunity to open up our community and celebrate what brings us all together.”

    “This is a big year for us and our sport. The future of women surfers is really bright, and the Olympic Games give us that long-term vision,” said Johanne Defay (Surfing, France). “They are a chance for us to really show the world what surfing is all about. Not only our skill on the waves but what we stand for as a community — committed to giving back to our sport and our planet — and ‘The Next Wave’ truly honors that.”

    “Everyone looks out for each other, that’s the special thing about having this small community,” said John John Florence (Surfing, U.S.). “It’s exciting to be able to open our community to the world with this documentary.”

    “Finding skateboarding was like falling in love for the first time,” said Rayssa Leal (Skateboarding, Brazil). “I’m so excited to share our story with this documentary and show young girls what skateboarding is all about.”

    “Skateboarding is a chance for people to show 100% of themselves and really push their own limits,” said Jagger Eaton (Skateboarding, U.S.). “What if you’re one morning away from making all your dreams come true? You never know how close you are to success. Hope you guys love the documentary as much as I did! I’m stoked to share our journey with you.”

    “Skateboarding is all about freedom, you can just pick up your board and go anywhere. It’s like becoming a kid again,” said Aurelien Giraud (Skateboarding, France). “I hope our story inspires you to pick up that skateboard and enjoy the ride.”

    “Breaking is special. When I’m dancing, it’s like nothing matters in the world except for me just being me,” said Grace “Sunny” Choi (Breaking, U.S.). “There’s going to be a lot of great opportunities coming out of the Olympic Games from the added awareness and hopefully also more parents wanting to put their kids into breaking. I hope this documentary makes you as excited as we are to share this culture with the world.”

    “This was such an exciting project to be a part of,” said American skateboarding icon and entrepreneur, Eric Koston, who lent his perspective to “Concrete Dreams.” “Our sport has such a deep connection to film. To see these voices come together to celebrate our sport, our journey and our heritage is huge.”

    In addition to the screenings at SLS, PBT and WSL events, the docu-series will go live on Samsung’s YouTube channel. Visit here to watch “Concrete Dreams” and check out the trailers for upcoming documentaries.

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    About Samsung’s Involvement in the Olympic Games
    Samsung has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner since the Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998. For over 25 years, athletes and fans have trusted Samsung’s transformative mobile technology to share the Olympic spirit globally and continue to shape the digital future of the Olympic Games for Paris 2024 and beyond. The company’s commitment to the Olympic Movement soon faces its fourth decade of partnership and extends through Los Angeles 2028. Samsung’s purposeful innovations in the wireless communications and computing equipment category, including equipment that features artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and 5G will change the way the world experiences the Olympic Games.

    About Samsung’s Involvement in the Paralympic Games
    Samsung is a Worldwide Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the wireless communications and computing equipment category. Starting from Paralympic Winter Games Torino 2006, the company has proudly supported the Paralympic Movement and enabled athletes and fans around the world to share the excitement and inspiration of the Games through Samsung’s transformative mobile technology. Samsung’s commitment to the Paralympic Games will extend through to Los Angeles 2028 and be celebrated through innovative mobile and computing experiences powered by purposeful innovations in the wireless communications and computing equipment category, including equipment that features artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and 5G.

    About World Surf League
    The World Surf League (WSL) is the global home of competitive surfing, crowning World Champions since 1976 and showcasing the world’s best surfing. The WSL oversees surfing’s global competitive landscape and sets the standard for elite performance in the most dynamic playing field in all of sports. With a firm commitment to its values, the WSL prioritizes the protection of the ocean, equality, and the sport’s rich heritage, while championing progression and innovation. For more information, visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

    About Street League Skateboarding
    Since its inception in 2010, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) has propelled street skateboarding from a collection of independent standalone events to a renowned global series. As pioneers of street skateboarding’s premium qualification system and competition format, SLS offers an amateur-to-professional pathway and creates thrilling live events across the globe. The SLS Championship Tour is recognized as the world’s premier professional street skateboarding competition. Events take place on custom-built, one-of-a-kind, SLS-certified plazas in major cities around the world, with the best in the sport competing for the highest stakes. For more information, visit StreetLeague.com.

    About Pro Breaking Tour
    The Pro Breaking Tour stands at the forefront of elevating Breaking, hosting premier competitive events that celebrate the dance form’s artistry, athleticism, and cultural heritage. Through our meticulously organized competitions, we aim to provide a dynamic platform for breakers to showcase their talents, while fostering a community rooted in respect, unity, and creative expression. Our mission is to spotlight the vibrancy of breaking on a global stage, encouraging growth and appreciation for this dynamic element of hip-hop culture. For more information, visit ProBreakingtour.com.

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    Full Cast

    Concrete Dreams
    Sky Brown (Skateboarding, Great Britain), Team Samsung Galaxy
    Jagger Eaton (Skateboarding, U.S.), Team Samsung Galaxy
    Aurelien Giraud (Skateboarding, France), Team Samsung Galaxy
    Rayssa Leal (Skateboarding, Brazil), Team Samsung Galaxy
    Chris Cote, Journalist
    Eric Koston, Professional skateboarder

    Breaking Boundaries
    Sunny Choi (Breaking, U.S.), Team Samsung Galaxy
    Karam Singh (Breaking, Great Britain), Team Samsung Galaxy
    David “Kid David” Shreibman, B-Boy
    Ken Swift, B-Boy
    ROOKIE, FlowXL, Breaking crew
    Wonyoung Baek, Breaking legend
    Cheoljong Jeong, Breaking legend
    Chris “CrosOne” Wright, Breaking legend

    The Next Wave
    Johanne Defay (Surfing, France), Team Samsung Galaxy
    John John Florence (Surfing, U.S.), Team Samsung Galaxy
    Jack Robinson (Surfing, Australia), Team Samsung Galaxy
    Shaun Tomson, Surf legend
    Moana Jones Wong, Professional surfer
    Leah Dawson, Surfer
    Ashton Goggans, Journalist

    Apple cuts greenhouse gas emissions in half

    Apple has reduced its overall greenhouse gas emissions by more than 55 percent since 2015, the company shared today in its 2024 Environmental Progress Report. The milestone marks important progress on the journey toward Apple 2030, the company’s ambitious goal to become carbon neutral across its entire value chain by the end of this decade. The goal centers on cutting emissions by 75 percent from 2015 levels.

    “The proof of Apple’s commitment to climate action is in our progress: We’ve slashed emissions by more than half, all while serving more users than ever before,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “More hard work is ahead of us, and we’re focused on harnessing the power of innovation and collaboration to maximize our impact.”

    Teams across Apple and its global supply chain have contributed to Apple 2030 and the company’s environmental efforts, driving innovations in clean energy and energy efficiency, materials, carbon removal, water stewardship, zero waste, and recycling. As Apple celebrates Earth Day with its customers around the world — including through curated environment-focused collections on podcastsbooks, and more — here’s a look at 10 innovations, partnerships, and activities engaging customers and advancing global climate and environmental progress.

    Paving the Way for Recycled Critical Materials

    Apple’s work toward making products using only recycled and renewable materials has spurred innovation in sourcing and design — while driving major reductions in the company’s carbon footprint. This includes materials critical to the clean energy transition. Last year, 56 percent of the cobalt shipped in Apple batteries came from recycled sources, more than double the year before.1 That includes the MacBook Air with M3, the first-ever Apple product to be made with 50 percent recycled material. And in another first, 24 percent of the lithium shipped in Apple batteries last year came from certified recycled sources. For both lithium and cobalt, Apple is sourcing from post-industrial scrap and post-consumer scrap from end-of-life batteries. The company has also made strides with copper, using 100 percent recycled copper in key thermal applications in iPhone 15 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the Taptic Engine and printed circuit boards across many product lines in the last year. The progress demonstrates real potential for recycling to help meet the growing demand for critical materials in the future.

    A worker uses an overhead projector-based augmented reality systems to disassemble MacBook and recycle components.

    Slashing Manufacturing Emissions with Suppliers

    The ongoing transition to clean electricity across Apple’s supply chain has driven the majority of emissions reductions so far, with Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program now supporting over 16.5 gigawatts of renewable energy around the world. And by prioritizing energy efficiency in collaboration with Apple, more than 100 supplier facilities achieved over 2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity savings last year. Together with additional energy savings — primarily associated with heat — these facilities avoided nearly 1.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions, up 25 percent from 2022. Apple is also working to address the direct climate impact of industrial processes, such as the manufacturing of flat-panel displays, which emits highly potent fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-GHGs). Every display supplier has committed to a high standard of F-GHG abatement, and Apple is engaging with them to track emissions and deploy state-of-the-art abatement equipment at manufacturing sites.

    Designing to Remove Plastic

    Apple’s journey to remove plastic from its packaging is fueled by innovation, using fiber-based plastic alternatives that still provide an unmatched unboxing experience for customers. In the last year, Apple reached a milestone with the release of its first-ever 100 percent fiber-based packaging in the new Apple Watch lineup and for Apple Vision Pro. Across every product Apple shipped last year, only 3 percent of the packaging was made from plastic. Teams continue to innovate — this week, Apple published a new white paper with the University of British Columbia’s BioProducts Institute that analyzes the challenges with current consumer packaging and explores more sustainable future solutions through the use of advanced fiber-based materials. And in partnership with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Apple announced the development of a fiber-based alternative to the protective foams widely used in many types of packaging.

    A worker on an assembly line works on product packaging.

    Partnering with Communities to Drive Change

    As Apple accelerates work to address climate change, the company is also focused on supporting efforts led by communities experiencing disproportionate impacts. Through its Strengthen Local Communities program, Apple is providing a series of new grants to organizations worldwide that are taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of their communities. In the U.S., Apple is also supporting the growth of Justice Outside’s Network for Network Leaders program to promote the outdoors, environmental education, and environmental justice. Apple has also worked with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya to support water harvesting and climate-smart agriculture by funding a rainwater catchment system at the Lewa school in Mutunyi and drip irrigation kits for farmers working to encourage more sustainable agriculture practices in their communities. This year, the company will build on this work with new support for Lewa’s community water access programs. And in Australia, Apple will extend its funding for the Karrkad Kanjdji Trust (KKT), an organization led by the traditional owners of Warddeken and Djelk Indigenous protected areas. Apple’s grant will support KKT’s Indigenous Women Rangers Program and conservation activities across the protected areas.

    Josephine Austral extinguishes her drip torch after conducting ground burning in the Mimal Land Management area.
    Everlyn Mardi establishes a fire break near Emu Springs before wildfire season begins.
    Maureen Namarnyilk in the Nawarrdeken Academy classroom in the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area.
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    Spurring Industrywide Change with Reusable Filters

    As part of the company’s commitment to zero waste, last year Apple completed the installation of reusable air filters at every one of its data centers worldwide. The shift avoids sending 25 tons of dirty filters to landfills each year — enough to fill an entire football field — and cuts fan energy use by 35 percent. Working together beginning in 2019 at Apple’s Reno data center, Apple and automotive filtration and technology company K&N prototyped and tested 20 versions of an all-new reusable filter design to meet high standards of performance and efficiency. Today the reusable filters are quickly becoming standard, not just for Apple but industrywide. Innovations like this have contributed to significant progress: In the last five years, Apple increased the diversion rate from its data centers from 64 percent to 90 percent.

    Innovating for the Future of Recycling

    Apple has engineered entirely new technologies to advance the field of electronics recycling — including disassembly robot Daisy, which can now take apart 29 models of iPhone into 15 discrete components, and recycling machines Dave and Taz, which are now deployed with a recycling partner in China. This year, Apple introduced a new product sorter to its asset recovery center in California, with the goal of automating the process to improve efficiency and productivity. Apple is committed to sharing the technology with recycling partners around the world as a low-cost, time-saving solution. As an additional efficiency improvement, the asset recovery center now employs autonomous mobile robots to help transport products and components around the facility. Through academic partnerships with institutions such as Carnegie Mellon, the company is also working to further harness the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and automation in recycling.

    A close-up of one of Apple’s iPhone recycling robots.

    Building for a Greener Future

    Apple’s commitment to design with the environment in mind extends beyond products and includes the construction of its buildings. Today, more than 100 of Apple’s retail stores, corporate offices, and data centers worldwide are certified through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), two internationally respected accreditation processes for sustainable buildings. The number continues to grow — currently, Apple is developing more than 18 million square feet of green building space globally. In 2023, a building in Apple’s Culver City, California, campus achieved LEED Platinum status, the highest possible rating, for significant energy and water savings, renewable power, and waste diversion. And the new Apple Battersea campus and retail store, located in London’s historic Battersea Power Station, diverted 99 percent of construction waste from landfill, while employing sustainable design elements and low-carbon materials.

    An interior shot of an Apple Store location, with customers and employees interacting.

    Investing in Nature with High-Quality Carbon Removal Projects

    In the roadmap to achieve its Apple 2030 climate goal, Apple is prioritizing direct emissions reductions across all operations and its supply chain. For residual emissions that are difficult to avoid with today’s available solutions, the company is investing in high-quality, nature-based carbon projects, including through its innovative Restore Fund. Building on a strong portfolio of sustainable forestry projects in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Conservation International, Apple has launched a new phase of the Restore Fund with Climate Asset Management, focused on creating a portfolio that pools regenerative agriculture projects with ecosystem conservation and restoration projects. This year, Apple suppliers TSMC and Murata joined the fund’s second phase with their own investment commitments. And today Apple is announcing the first set of regenerative agriculture projects the fund has invested in, which includes the development of olive and almond farms in Portugal, an almond farm in Spain, and a farm in Australia that is being converted from sugarcane to macadamias. The projects adhere to strict protocols to ensure water security and efficiency, and employ proven measures to improve soil quality and promote biodiversity.

    Engaging Customers and Employees in Global Recycling

    Last year, nearly 12.8 million devices and accessories were sent to new owners through AppleCare and programs like Apple Trade In — more than ever before. As of today, iPhone 7 still offers Trade In value. Apple will responsibly recycle products that no longer have value, and recover the valuable materials inside so they can live a new life in future products. From reboxing old devices to send back to Apple, to organizing a collection drive, to simply passing on an old iPhone to a family member, there are so many ways customers can contribute to Apple’s environmental goals. Customers can drop off their used Apple devices at any Apple Store location, or by visiting apple.com/recycle.

    An image representing Apple Trade In shows a customer exchanging their old iPhone for a new one in a box.

    Celebrating Earth Day with Education and Action 

    Across Apple’s ecosystem, the company is offering opportunities for users to educate themselves on climate change and other environmental issues, take meaningful action in their communities, and celebrate Earth Day. On April 22, Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition award by completing any workout of 30 minutes or more.

    Apple Watch Series 8 shows the limited-edition award Apple Watch users can earn on Earth Day.

    Customers can also attend Today at Apple programming featuring environmental leaders and visionary organizations in select Apple Store locations worldwide. In all stores globally, Apple Retail will also host a Pop-Up Studio titled Photograph Earth Like a Pro on iPhone, demoing features like macro photography and more on iPhone 15. This year, Apple will again collaborate with Dolores Huerta, social justice advocate and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, as part of the Challenge for Change learning series. Learners of all ages can participate in the challenge Create a Better World Through Environmental Justice, which offers thought-provoking discussion guides. And a new resource — 30 Creative Activities to Help the Environment — is designed to inspire new ways for people to take action in their communities.

    On iPad, a screen shows the Challenge for Change series Create a Better World Through Environmental Justice.

    On Earth Day and every day, Apple is committed to taking action to protect the planet and to inspire others — including Apple customers — to do the same.

    British Airways resumes daily flights between Abu Dhabi, London

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    ABU DHABI, 21st April, 2024 (WAM) — Zayed International Airport has welcomed the first British Airways flight to Abu Dhabi as it touched down this morning, following a four-year pause of the route.

    The new route connecting London and Abu Dhabi adds the growing list of international carriers now operating from the state-of-the-art terminal at Zayed International Airport.

    Further strengthening trade and tourism links between the UAE and UK, the new route caters to the growing demand for further flights connecting the global tourism and business hubs of London and Abu Dhabi.

    London Heathrow is one of the top five destinations for passengers count at Zayed International Airport with 290,000 passengers flying this route in the first quarter of 2024.

    Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “We extend a warm welcome to British Airways as they start operating at Zayed International Airport with a daily schedule that promises to enrich connectivity and invigorate both business and tourism between the UAE and the UK. Our new award-winning and cutting-edge terminal offers visitors an unparalleled experience to the vibrant UAE capital, where they will be greeted with Emirati hospitality at its finest.”

    Calum Laming, Chief Customer Officer at British Airways, added, “We are really excited to be celebrating our Abu Dhabi route launch. The new daily British Airways flight connects Abu Dhabi with London Heathrow and beyond provides our customers with another amazing destination within our expansive global network, further growing our connections with the UAE. With four cabins to choose from, including First, we are confident customers will enjoy our exceptional and original British Airways service brought to life by our incredible colleagues.”

    The UAE and the UK have enjoyed historically long standing ties, and the launch of daily British Airways flights between Zayed International Airport and London Heathrow further solidifies this relationship, strengthening the cultural and economic bonds between the two countries.

    Second Industrialists Career Exhibition launches in Abu Dhabi

    ABU DHABI, 21st April, 2024 (WAM) — The second edition of the Industrialists Career Exhibition began today in the presence of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Ghanam Butti Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis), and Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT).

    The exhibition, organised by MoIAT in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre), the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis) and ADNOC Group, runs from 9am to 4pm from 21 until 23 April. It aims to empower Emirati talent to join the private sector through quality employment and training opportunities with national companies and institutions.

    The second edition of the Industrialists Career Exhibition for jobs in industry and advanced technology aims to provide more than 800 jobs for Emaratis from over 80 industrial, technological and service companies in addition to training opportunities at some of the country’s leading training centres. For the first time, the exhibition aims to create 150 jobs for people of determination.

    Additionally, the platform also aims to promote enablers and incentives offered under the National In-Country Value (ICV) Programme, which supports localization of supply chain and Emaratisation. The exhibition is organized in line with the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology, Operation 300bn, the National ICV Programme and the Make it in the Emaratis initiative to enhance the role of the private sector as well as national talent in the UAE’s economic growth.

    Empowering Emirati nationals

    Al Suwaidi said: “Under the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology, the ministry is committed to boosting the growth and competitiveness of the national industrial sector through capacity building. This includes empowering and upskilling Emirati talents and providing them with a wide range of job and training opportunities, helping them to secure quality jobs and ultimately contributing to the national economy.”

    “The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is committed to working with Nafis and ADNOC Group , as well as government agencies and national companies to implement projects that enhance the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the industrial sector. The Industrialists Career Exhibition is an integrated platform that brings together companies, training institutions, and Emarati jobseekers with the aim of filling vacancies within local industrial companies.”

    He noted that the initiative aims to provide more than 1,000 new job opportunities before end of the year, including 800 jobs in the current second edition.

    Al Suwaidi added: “We call on Emaratis to visit the exhibition, explore the wide range of jobs, and benefit from the training opportunities that open new horizons for development and job opportunities. This initiative strengthens the UAE’s efforts to become a global center for sustainable and advanced industries, which are among the most important strategic sectors contributing to the country’s GDP.”

    Promoting growth and prosperity

    Ghannam Al Mazrouei emphasised the importance of career exhibitions that specialize in highlighting jobs available to nationals in the industrial and advanced technology sectors.

    He said: “The Industrialists Career Exhibition proved a huge success in its first edition last year, providing hundreds of job opportunities for Emirati youth in addition to many training opportunities through some of the leading training institutes in the UAE.

    “The Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council offers all training programmes supported through the Industrialist Programme. It does this through the Nafis programme, which is an initiative led by the government to enable emaratis working in the private sector to develop their skills in line with international standards.”

    He added: “We develop the training programmes for technical and soft skills in cooperation with industrial companies and training institutions. This role significantly contributes to enhancing Emiratization and economic sustainability in the country.”

    Al Mazrouei praised the role of strategic partners in promoting emiratization programmes and commended MoIAT for launching initiatives that contribute to sustainable economic growth.
    He added: “Developing the national economy by building partnerships between the public and private sectors is one of the main objectives of the Nafis programme. The Industrialist is testament of these fruitful partnerships.”

    Employment and training opportunities

    Yaser Saeed Al Mazrouei, ADNOC Executive Director, People, Commercial and Corporate Support, said: “ADNOC is dedicated to bolstering the national economy and empowering Emirati talent through the In-Country Value Programme. Our strategy includes prioritizing Emiratization in major contracts and hosting career exhibitions to facilitate Emirati recruitment in the private sector towards ensuring sustainable employment opportunities for UAE nationals, fostering their active participation in the labor market. Additionally, it enhances our operational sustainability and competitive advantage by supporting companies that effectively incorporate Emirati talent in tender evaluations. We have successfully enabled over 11,500 Emirati talents in private sector roles in our supply chain, collaborating with our strategic partners.”

    He added: “Through initiatives, like the Industrialists Career Exhibition, we continue to empower talented UAE nationals and contribute to the advancement of the UAE’s economic growth and overall prosperity.”

    Building on the first edition

    The first edition of the Industrialists Career Exhibition was held in October 2023. The exhibition welcomed 3,000 Emiratis, offering on-the-spot interviews, training and recruitment opportunities. More than 73 companies and enterprises working in the industry and advanced technology sector participated in the first edition, providing more than 500 jobs to nationals.

    It is noteworthy that an MoU was previously signed between the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) and the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis) to collaborate to empower and upskill talent as well as provide job opportunities for UAE nationals as part of the National In-Country Value (ICV) Programme.

    Africa’s $824 billion debt burden, loans hinder its potential, African Development Bank President warns

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    ABIDJAN, 22nd April, 2024 (WAM) – Africa’s immense economic potential is being undermined by non-transparent resource-backed loans that complicate debt resolution and compromise countries’ future growth, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina said recently.

    “I think it’s time for us to have debt transparency accountability and make sure that this whole thing of these opaque natural resource-backed loans actually ends, because it complicates the debt issue and the debt resolution issue,” Adesina told journalist Yinka Adegoke at the Semafor World Economy Summit taking place on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank 2024 Spring Meetings.

    Adesina highlighted the challenges posed by Africa’s ballooning external debt, which reached $824 billion in 2021, with countries dedicating 65% of their GDP to servicing these obligations. He said the continent would pay $74 billion in debt service payments this year alone, a sharp increase from $17 billion in 2010.

    While acknowledging the fiscal pressures faced by African nations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, infrastructure needs, and rising inflation, Adesina emphasised the need to address the structural issues in Africa’s debt landscape. He pointed out the shift from concessional financing to more expensive and short-term commercial debt, with Eurobond debt now accounting for 44% of Africa’s total debt, up from 14-17% previously.

    COP28 President receives inaugural ‘Global Energy Transition Impact Award’ from World Energy Council

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    ROTTERDAM, 22nd April, 2024 (WAM) — Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President Dr. Sultan Al Jaber was recognised with an award by the World Energy Council for his leadership in advancing the energy transition through the delivery of the historic UAE Consensus.

    Dr. Al Jaber received the ‘Global Energy Transition Impact Award’– one of four inaugural World Energy Leadership Awards – at the Council’s Centennial Dinner, ahead of today’s World Energy Congress. The award was given in honour of his work on the UAE Consensus and for launching Net Zero energy transition alliances across multiple energy sectors.

    The award is “really a recognition of the vision and commitment of the UAE’s leadership” in promoting a responsible energy transition, the President said in his acceptance speech. “They rallied the world around climate change, and they were instrumental in achieving the UAE Consensus,” he said.

    “We are delighted to bestow the inaugural Global Energy Transition Impact Award to Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber for achieving a historic COP28 agreement known as the UAE Consensus and for the added achievements of launching Net Zero energy transition alliances involving multiple energy sectors,” said Dr. Angela Wilkinson, Secretary-General and CEO of the World Energy Council, who presented the award to Dr. Al Jaber.

    She added, “His personal commitment and persistence have set a new direction in world energy towards accelerating decarbonisation with justice and resilience, leaving a lasting and positive impact on both society and the environment.”

    Since COP28, the UAE Consensus has emerged as the defining point of reference for global climate action, giving clear direction to countries on how to keep 1.5°C within reach, while transforming agreements into tangible outcomes and ensuring global implementation.

    The groundbreaking agreement was “a truly historic moment for climate diplomacy,” Dr. Al Jaber told delegates, delivering a series of “firsts” – including a commitment from all Parties to transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly and equitable manner, time-bound targets to triple global renewable energy capacity, and being the first COP to proactively engage industry, particularly the oil and gas sector.

    At a time of geopolitical tension, “COP28 set a new standard for inclusivity,” the President said. “We moved the world beyond self-interest for the common good and we set clear direction, guided by science, for keeping our North Star of 1.5°C within reach. We now need to show that same solidarity in turning an unprecedented agreement into unprecedented action.”

    With this year’s Congress marking 100 years since the first World Energy event, Dr. Al Jaber highlighted how the global energy mix has already seen considerable change, with wind and solar energy seeing an eight-fold expansion.

    “The UAE has been at the forefront of this growth,” said Al Jaber. “In fact, if you sail from here into the North Sea, you will meet a white wall of windmills that the UAE, through Masdar, has invested in. Projects like the London Array, Dudgeon, Dogger Bank and Baltic Eagle are helping make Europe a world leader in wind power.”

    Even so, hydrocarbons still represent 80 percent of today’s energy mix, he pointed out, and with energy demand set to grow by almost a quarter in the next two decades, the world will need to replace the daily equivalent of over 270 million barrels of oil, gas and coal.

    “This is a massive political, social, economic, technological and engineering challenges at the same time,” Dr. Al Jaber said. “And every stakeholder has a critical role to play.”

    The President reiterated calls for countries to adopt comprehensive, economy-wide emission-reduction targets in their upcoming Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and for industries to collaborate on decarbonising both the demand and supply side of the current energy system.

    “Tripling renewable energy capacity is just the beginning,” Dr. Al Jaber noted. “We also need to expand nuclear, hydrogen, geothermal and other zero-carbon energies yet to be discovered or deployed.”

    The President also highlighted the need to maximise efficiency across the energy value chain, saying that adopting emerging technologies – especially artificial intelligence – will “make a game-changing difference.”

    Dr. Al Jaber called for an “integrated approach” to the energy transition, connecting “the biggest industrial consumers with the biggest producers, technology companies, the financial community, civil society and policymakers,” he said.

    “COP28 was a turning point in history,” Dr. Al Jaber said. “It was the moment that the world got serious about the energy transition and got real about what the transition will actually take.”

    The energy transition will “take time, it will happen in different places at different paces” he said, “and we cannot simply unplug the current energy system before the new one is built.”

    “That said, if we make the right investments, we can launch new industries, new jobs and a new low carbon economic pathway,” the President said in his concluding remarks, calling on “all stakeholders, government, private and civil society to unite around action that delivers real results. Action that follows the science to keep 1.5°C within reach. And action that advances human progress.”

    Gold prices retreat on Monday

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    WORLD CAPITALS, 22nd April, 2024 (WAM) — Gold prices dipped on Monday, with spot gold falling 0.9% to $2,369.97 per ounce as of 0451 GMT, Reuters reported.

    The US gold futures fell 1.2% to $2,383.80.

    Among other precious metals, spot silver fell 2.3% to $27.99 per ounce, spot platinum rose 0.3% to $934.03, and palladium fell 0.3% to $1,023.17.