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Arab League condemns Iran's occupation of UAE islands

CAIRO, 19th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The Arab foreign ministers condemned the continuation of the Iranian occupation of the three UAE islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa - in a resolution they issued on Sunday at the end of an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss Iran's intervention in the Arab countries' affairs. The resolution expressed its support for peaceful measures and means the UAE may take to restore sovereignty over its occupied islands as per international law. The emergency Arab foreign...

Arab Coalition Forces' operations in Yemen consistent with international humanitarian law: Joint Incident Assessment Team

RIYADH, 19th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The procedures implemented by the Arab Coalition Forces to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen in terms of dealing with its military objectives, namely the sites used by the Houthi and ousted Saleh's militias are consistent with the international humanitarian law and its customary rules, the Joint Incident Assessment Team, JIAT has affirmed. The Saudi Press Agency quoted the JIAT Spokesman and Legal Advisor Mansour bin Ahmed Al-Mansour, as saying at a press conference at King Salman Air Base here today,...

Emirates Red Crescent continues to restore education sector in Hadramaut, Yemen

HADRAMAUT, 19th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, today inaugurated a meeting hall and health facilities at the Tarim Secondary School for Boys in Hadramaut, following its maintenance and restoration, as well as provide it with furniture, as a continuation of the support offered by the UAE in rehabilitating vital sectors in Yemen that were destroyed by the coup militias, most notably in the education sector. Shawqi Al Tamimi, Supervisor of the ERC’s Projects in Hadramaut, inspected the equipment provided to the...

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Kuwait strikes $42.5 m loan agreement with Egypt

KUWAIT,19th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, KFAED, on Sunday signed a loan agreement with Egypt worth KWD12.5 million (US$42.5 million) to fund a project that will provide drinking water in the Sinai Peninsula. The project is targeting some of Egypt's most underdeveloped areas, including the Sinai Peninsula's capital city of Al-Arish, which suffers from a dearth of drinking water, KFAED's Director General Abdulwahab Al-Bader told media after the loan deal was sealed. He was quoted by the Kuwait News...

Arab Monetary Fund to host high-level policy forum on venture finance in the Arab world in Morocco

RABAT, 19th November, 2017 (WAM) -- Morocco will host a high-level policy forum, entitled "New Venture Finance in the Arab World," on 20th and 21st November, 2017. The two-day event is being jointly organised by the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Abu Dhabi-based Arab Monetary Fund, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The conference will bring together high-level government authorities, including representatives from ministries of...

Fujairah Social and Cultural Association to be guest of honour at "Literature and Poetry Summit" in Paris

FUJAIRAH, 19th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The Fujairah Social and Cultural Association will participate as the guest of honour at the 4th Literature and Poetry Summit, which will be held by the Overseas Poets Forum, CPMP, in the French capital, Paris, on 25th November. During the forum, Emirati author Khaled Al Dhanhani, Chairman of the Fujairah Social and Cultural Association, will present poetry readings, along with a group of Arab poets from various host and Arab countries. The programme for the Fujairah Social and Cultural...

Injured Yemenis arrive in India for treatment at UAE expense

By: Krishnan Nayar New Delhi, 19th November, 2017 (WAM) – Scores of Yemenis injured in a war launched by the Houthi militias arrived in the Indian capital this evening for treatment at the expense the UAE’s humanitarian assistance programme in Yemen. The arrival of the latest group of patients marks a significant expansion in the UAE’s charitable initiatives in Yemen by adding a fourth hospital in India to accommodate injured Yemenis. The latest arrivals in New Delhi will go to Fortis Hospital in India’s National...

'Change a Future' initiative raises over AED2 million for children

DUBAI, 19th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The National Happiness and Positivity Programme's "Change a Future" initiative, part of the "Happiness is Giving" campaign to improve the lives of children across the UAE and abroad, has raised over AED2 million. The National Happiness and Positivity Programme organised the fund-raising drive in collaboration with the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, Etisalat, du, as well as the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Department of Economic Development. The initiative was created following the 25th May directives of the Vice President, Prime...

Dubai Culture launches musical performances as part of ‘Melodies of Happiness’ initiative

DUBAI, 12th November, 2017 (WAM) -- Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Culture, the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has launched ‘Music from Around the World in Dubai’, a happiness initiative that centres on a collection of musical performances from different cultures across the globe. In addition to fulfilling its mandate to spread happiness among all citizens, visitors and residents of Dubai, the Authority also sought to organise creative shows involving young people and celebrities who have influenced the city with their...

95% of employees believe they would be more productive if they were happier

DUBAI, 8th November, 2017 (WAM) -- In an effort to help employers understand what motivates employees to be more productive, Oman Insurance Company, OIC, and Bupa Global, the international private healthcare insurers, conducted a study to find out how much workplace productivity hinges on personal happiness, and what businesses can do to help. The findings of the study will be discussed amongst decision makers and employers attending tomorrow’s SME Beyond Borders 2017 Conference at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai. According to the research,...

Ohoud Al Roumi: UAE has developed world’s first ‘Happiness Policy Manual’

DUBAI, 28th October, 2017 (WAM) -- Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, has affirmed that the UAE’s ‘Happiness Policy Manual’, developed by the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity, is the first instrument of its kind in the world, describing it as a benchmark for government entities to align their policies and ensure they prioritise people’s happiness. According to the minister, the manual seeks, first and foremost, to introduce the "science of happiness" to the policy-making process, proposing innovative...

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Casablanca-Anfa Racecourse to host final leg of 24th President of UAE Cup Series for Purebred Arabian Horses

CASABLANCA, 18th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The Casablanca-Anfa Racecourse will see the final leg of the 24th President of the UAE Cup Series for Purebred Arabian Horses on Sunday. Morocco is hosting this race for the second consecutive year as part of the grand prix of the annual King Mohammed VI of Morocco's Festival for Purebred Arabian Horses. The race will be held under the patronage of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin...

Over 60 female swimmers to compete in Sheikha Hind Women's Sports Tournament

DUBAI, 16th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The swimming competition of the 5th edition of the Sheikha Hind Women's Sports Tournament will take place at the swimming pool of Al-Wasl Sports Club on Friday, 17th November, with the participation of 62 female Emirati and resident swimmers. About 40 female swimmers from the UAE are participating in the competition. The 5th edition of the Sheikha Hind Women's Sports Tournament, the greatest of its kind, is being organised by the Dubai Sports Council from 9th to 25th November,...

UAE Rugby Eden Park Sevens to be played Friday

DUBAI, 16th November, 2017 (WAM) -- UAE Rugby today announced the 2017 edition of the UAE Rugby Eden Park Sevens tournament. The 1-day tournament will be played at The Sevens Stadium on Al Ain Road in Dubai this Friday. "All rugby-focused eyes, across the UAE, are heavily fixed on the popular 7’s format of our game at this time and we are very pleased to bring this tournament to the clubs, and the rugby-loving community, to prepare, and enjoy as they embark on their Dubai...