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Emirates News

Mohamed bin Zayed receives TCA delegation

ABU DHABI, 28th February, 2017 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has received a delegation from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA, led by Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak and Saif Saeed Ghobash, Chairman and Director-General of the TCA, respectively. During the meeting also attended by H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince was briefed...

ADFD delegation studies progress of two Bangladesh projects valued at AED225 million

ABU DHABI, 28th February, 2017 (WAM)--Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has dispatched a delegation to Bangladesh to review and study the current status of its two funded projects – the Sikalbaha Power Station and the South Asia Sub regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Project (SASEC). Having toured the Sikalbaha Power Station, the delegation confirmed that 90 percent of works have been completed. In 2011, ADFD allocated a concessionary loan worth AED115 million to finance the project that aims to strengthen and stabilise the...

RTA bars car rental companies from keeping passport or identity card of renter

DUBAI, 28th February, 2017 (WAM) -- The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has announced new stipulations for issuing permits for car rental business in Dubai. "No private documents relating to the renter shall be retained such as the passport or identity card," said Nasir Al-Haj, Director of Commercial Transport Activities, RTA’s Licensing Agency. "The new conditions aim to improve the business practices of this sector, curb offences and risks, and define the roles and responsibilities of parties associated with this sector," he added. The regulations...

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World News

King of Jordan to begin UK visit Wednesday

AMMAN, 28th February, 2017 (WAM) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan will start a working visit to the UK on Wednesday for talks with British Prime Minister, Theresa May, as well as heads and members of a number of committees in the British parliament. According to the Petra News Agency, the talks will touch on the latest developments in the Middle East and ways to promote bilateral ties between Jordan and the UK. [Image Source: The Jordan Times]

UN calls on Myanmar Government to end suffering of Rohingya population

NEW YORK, 28th February, 2017 (WAM) -- The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has called for urgent action by the Government of Myanmar to end the suffering of the Rohingya population in the country. Concluding a four-day visit to parts of Bangladesh, where she met with members of Myanmar's Rohingya community who fled the violence there following attacks on a border post in early October, and the ensuing military operations, she said, "The magnitude of violence that...

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Malaysian Defence Minister discuss relations

KUALA LUMPUR, 28th February, 2017 (WAM) -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Malaysian Minister of Defence, Hishammuddin Hussein, have reviewed the latest developments in the region. According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, the meeting, which took place at the Saudi King's residence in Kuala Lumpur, touched on bilateral relations and prospects of cooperation between the two countries. King Salman arrived in Malaysia as part of a tour that includes Indonesia, Brunei, Dar...

Thousands of Emiratis join national service in 7th intake

ABU DHABI, 7th January, 2017 (WAM)-- Thousands of male Emirati workers and university graduates today enlisted for national service, reporting for duty at four training camps across the UAE, as part of a seventh batch of recruits. Members of this intake will undergo military and physical training programmes, designed in line with the highest global standards reflecting the Armed Forces GHQ's keen interest in ensuring it meets its strategic goals. The fact that parents were enthusiastic, and proud of their sons who joined national service,...

Human feelings serve as emerging benchmark of good governance, Global Dialogue for Happiness learns

DUBAI, 11th February, 2017 (WAM)--The science behind human happiness and feelings is being increasingly used to formulate government policy, said Professor Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, during the Global Dialogue for Happiness held in Dubai ahead of World Government Summit 2017. Prof. Oswald, who studies job satisfaction, human happiness, unemployment and other topics that impact human life, was presenting a speech titled ‘Is Happiness the New GDP?’ at the full-day event dedicated to...

National Vision to make UAE one of the world's happiest countries: UAEU

AL AIN, 10th February, 2017 (WAM)--Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University, UAEU, has stressed that the National Vision aims to make the UAE one of the happiest countries in the world as per the strategic vision of the wise leadership to enhance the National Charter for Happiness and Positivity. He added that this vision is a commitment to creating the happiest environment in the country in a manner that reflects a set of inherent values of Emiratis in terms of...

Al Hammadi, Al Roumi visits Ammar Bin Yasser School in Masfout

AJMAN, 8th February, 2017 (WAM) -- Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, visited the Ammar Bin Yasser school in Masfout area in Ajman and were briefed about the school’s programmes and initiatives to promote happiness and positivity among its students, administrative staff and teaching staff, as part of the "100 Days of Positivity" initiative. The initiative was organised for the nation’s schools under the "National Programme for Happiness and Positivity" by the...

Connection between government and customers essential for achieving happiness: Minister of State for Happiness

DUBAI, 6th February, 2017 ( WAM) -- The role of frontline employees from Customer Happiness Centres is essential for achieving happiness for society, as they are an important connection between the government and customers, said Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office. Her statement was made during her participation in a seminar by the Emirates Government Service Excellence Programme, as part of a series of talks to introduce training programmes that will educate frontline employees...

Sports News

World’s elite athletes return to UAE capital for annual World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

ABU DHABI, 27th February, 2017 (WAM) -- The 9th successive Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will be returning to the IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City from 10th to 23rd of April 2017. As the pinnacle of sporting championships, the event was officially launched today by organisers, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, in front of the world’s media, sporting...

Over 190 athletes to compete in World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai

DUBAI, 26th February, 2017 (WAM) -- From 27th February, a total number of 194 athletes from 33 countries will be competing in the Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2017, which will serve as a qualifier for the World Powerlifting Championship to be held in Mexico in September this year. The 8th Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2017 will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of...

German Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2 of Abu Dhabi Tour, Cavendish retains lead

ABU DHABI, 24th February, 2017 (WAM)-- German Marcel Kittel today claimed the second stage (Nation Towers Stage) of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour, being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) finished the 153km race, from Al Maryah Island to Al Marina at the Breakwater, in 3h28’11", with an average speed of 44.095km/h He beat Australian Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) and Briton Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) in a...