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Mohamed bin Zayed receives religious clerics, officials
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Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi's title as UNHCR’s Eminent Advocate renewed for third term
2017 May 29 Mon, 02:36:02 pm
Smart Dubai’s accomplishments take centre stage at Smart Cities NYC Conference and Expo
2017 May 29 Mon, 02:13:34 pm
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi completes successful kidney transplant
2017 May 29 Mon, 12:40:53 pm
Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival explores international films at Cannes
2017 May 28 Sun, 03:02:34 pm
Dubai Font enriches visitors experience through giant alphabet letters on roads

Emirates News

ERC, Agthia Group to implement Ramadan tent project in Ajman, Fujairah

ABU DHABI, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) -- Aghtia Group will join Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) in implementing an Iftar project for those fasting, organised locally by the ERC during the Holy Month of Ramadan, by donating water bottles and sponsoring two Iftar tents in Ajman and Fujairah. The project is a response to the 2017 Year of Giving initiative, and aims to support the ERC’s humanitarian initiatives during the Holy Month. It is also part of the joint social responsibility between the ERC and many...

Regional workshop urges Arab countries to ratify international conventions on children’s rights

DUBAI, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) -- The Regional Workshop on "The Right of Children's Access to Justice" has urged the Arab states to ratify international child conventions and harmonise them with national legislations on the rights of children. The workshop was organised by the Emirates Association for Human Rights, in partnership with the Child Rights International Network (CRIN). Representatives of civil society organisations from many Arab countries and groups of international organisations working in the Arab region, such as the Defence for Children International, DCI,...

State Security Court confirms life sentence for man convicted of terrorist acts

ABU DHABI, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) -- The State Security Court of the UAE Federal Supreme Court rejected, during its session yesterday, the appeal by "A.M.J", a 30-year-old Emirati, and upheld the ruling by the Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court, to sentence him to life in prison while obliging him to cover all the costs of the case. The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court had convicted the Emirati of attempted murder with the intent of committing a terrorist act, attempting to join the terrorist Al...


World News

North Korea stages third missile test in 3 weeks

ABU DHABI, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) -- North Korea has fired a scud-type missile from the region of Wonsan on its east coast in an easterly direction, South Korea's army has said, according to the South Korean Yonhap news agency. The launch was immediately reported to South Korean President, Moon Jae In, who called a meeting of the National Security Council, the South Korean office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The North's Scud missiles, using liquid fuel, are known to...

Kuwaiti FM heads to NY for UN General Assembly session

KUWAIT, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) -- First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, left Kuwait for New York today to take part in the UN's General Assembly session. According to the Kuwait News Agency, the session will involve the elections of the Security Council's non-permanent members for 2018 - 2019, set to take place on 2nd June. [Image credit: Kuwait News Agency, KUNA]  

Kuwait, UNICEF sign agreements for Syrian refugees' education

KUWAIT, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) -- Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, KFAS, and UNICEF, have signed two agreements worth US$6 millions to provide education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, the Saudi News Agency has said. In a press statement, KFAS Director-General, Adnan Shihab-Eldin, said that the agreements are part of Kuwait's pledge to aid Syrian refugees with US$300 millions during the London Donors Conference for Syria in 2016. The pledge was made by His Highness the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad...

UAQ Ruler receives Ramadan greetings

UMM AL QAIWAIN, 28th May, 2017 (WAM) --H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, in presence of H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain, received this evening well-wishers who came to offer greetings on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The visitors included sheikhs, senior officials from local and federal government departments, dignitaries and members of the Arab and Muslim communities.

First batch of participants graduate from the Happiness and Positivity Programme

DUBAI, 22nd May, 2017 (WAM) -- "The main idea behind government partnerships with the private sector is to create an adequate environment for initiatives that foster inspiration and happiness in society," asserted Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, at the graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of the Happiness and Positivity Programme for the Private Sector. The course was organised by the National Happiness and Positivity Programme, in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, to train qualified...

Emirates Post kicks off ‘We Deliver Happiness’ project

DUBAI, 3rd May, 2017 (WAM) -- Emirates Post has started work on a project that is focused on giving its post-offices a more attractive and uniform look in order to make them customer-friendly under the theme, ‘We Deliver Happiness’. Sixteen post offices have been given the new look so far, and remaining offices will be refurbished in three phases. According to project plans, the initiative will see the entire network of 118 post offices sporting the new look by the end of 2018. "The main...

The National Happiness and Positivity Programme launches the ‘Friends of Happiness’ Platform

DUBAI, 18th April, 2017 (WAM) -- The National Happiness and Positivity Programme launched the "Friends of Happiness" platform, an electronic portal that seeks to encourage public involvement in the programme’s initiatives and to rally support for the government’s efforts to promote happiness and positivity. Othman Al Madani, Director of Happiness at the National Happiness and Positivity Programme, said, "The initiative seeks to spread awareness about the importance of happiness and positivity, as well as to establish partnerships between the government and the community, individuals and...

Smart Dubai Office launches ‘Vocal Emotions’ project to promote happy living

DUBAI, 4th April, 2017 (WAM) -- Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with leading Dubai’s transformation to a smart city, has signed an MoU, with Smartmedical, a company pioneering ‘Vocal Emotions’ technology. The MoU includes research on the concept and design of Vocal Emotions technology. This technology measures types of emotions people are experiencing at a given moment by analysing the tonality and other properties of their voice. According to the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in enhancing happiness in Dubai in line...

Sports News

UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc 11th in General Classification at 100th Giro d’Italia

ABU DHABI, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) --- The three-week Grand Tour has concluded with UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc in 11th place in the General Classification while Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb claimed the overall lead after a final-stage individual time trial. The 100th Giro d’Italia, one of the three three-week Grand Tours that includes the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, provided 21 challenging and testing stages for the UAE Team Emirates’ riders. "This is a Giro to remember for me....

Players with special needs to participate in Ramadan Women’s Sports Tournament

SHARJAH, 29th May, 2017 (WAM) -- The ninth edition of the Ramadan Women’s Sports Tournament will continue on Tuesday, after three basketball matches received great support from enthusiastic audience on the second day. A friendly basketball match is scheduled for Monday between a team comprising players with special needs and their able-bodied counterparts to highlight the skills of the former. "The Ramadan Women’s Sports Gathering is characterised by its excellent organisation and enthusiasm demonstrated by both the competitors and the audience. The contest is being...

Mohamed bin Zayed receives Special Olympics flag 1st add

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, accompanied by Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, met with the UAE team of 32 athletes who participated in several competitions during the Special Olympics World Winter Games. His Highness expressed his appreciation to Chancellor Kern and his country that succeeded in hosting this international event, adding that this success will continue and develop as the UAE will host the Special Olympics World Summer Games...