Dubai Silicon Oasis collaborates with India Innovation Hub to promote Start-ups in the region

DUBAI, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, today welcomed Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai and Deputy Commissioner-General for India at Expo 2020 Dubai, touring the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec) and discussing collaboration opportunities between DSO, Dtec, and India Innovation Hub at the India Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai.

Dr. Aman Puri was welcomed by Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi, Director General of DSO, in the presence of Siddhartha Baraily, Consul, Head of Chancery, and Ghanim Al Falasi, Senior Vice President of Technology and Entrepreneurship at DSO.

The delegation included six Indian start-ups with a focus on travel and tourism, presenting their ideas to be incubated at DSO.

Dr. Aman Puri said, “The Government of India and the UAE are committed to working together to foster innovation between the two countries and contribute towards a sustainable world. India has emerged as an innovation hub with the world’s third-largest startup ecosystem with 42 Indian start-ups joining the Unicorn Club in 2021. The UAE is a global hub for expats and global businesses, which provides immense business opportunities for Indian talent. Innovation hub at India Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai has featured over 190 Indian start-ups. Elevate pitching series and interactions with prestigious organisations such as Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus, TiE Dubai among others, provided excellent opportunities for the Indian innovators to interact with investors, global counterparts for further networking and partnership.”

Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi said, “UAE and India share deeply rooted bilateral relations and have been key trading partners for centuries. In the last few weeks of 2021, both nations concluded negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement that aims to boost non-oil trade to at least $100 billion over the next five years. In contribution to this ambitious plan, we aim to be a key enabler and incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs, from all over the world, looking to expand into the region. Providing world-class facilities to streamline business set-up and operations, DSO is home to more than 1,000 companies from more than 75 countries.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Bahrain condemns terrorist Houthi militia’s launch of explosive-laden drones on Abu Dhabi

MANAMA, The Kingdom of Bahrain has strongly condemned the terrorist Houthi militia’s launch of explosive-laden drones on Abu Dhabi.

In a statement carried by the Bahrain News Agency, the Foreign Affairs Ministry stressed that the cowardly terrorist attack, which resulted in the death of three civilians and the injury of others, violates international humanitarian law and all other international laws and constitutes a blatant attack on the sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates, reflecting the insistence of these terrorist Houthi militias to continue their cowardly criminal attacks.

The Ministry affirmed that the Kingdom stands in solidarity with the United Arab Emirates and all the measures it will take to confront such cowardly attacks.

The Ministry further called upon the international community to take the necessary steps against the militias, whose hostile acts confirm that they are a terrorist organisation that poses a serious threat to the stability and security of the region.

Source: Emirates News Agency

ADNOC issues statement on incident at Mussafah Fuel Depot

ABU DHABI, At approximately 10:00 AM this morning, an incident occurred at our Mussafah Fuel Depot in Abu Dhabi which resulted in the outbreak of a fire.

Emergency response teams, including civil defence, fire and ambulance responders as well as an ADNOC emergency response team quickly attended the scene, and the fire was brought under control and extinguished.

ADNOC is deeply saddened to confirm that three colleagues have died.

A further six colleagues were injured and received immediate specialist medical care.

Professional support teams are supporting the families of all those who have been impacted.

At this time, the entire ADNOC family extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our colleagues who died this morning.

We are working closely with the relevant authorities to determine the exact cause and a detailed investigation has commenced.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Speaker of Iraqi Council of Representatives condemns Houthi attack on UAE civil facilities

ABU DHABI, Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), received a telephone call from Mohamed Al Halbousi, Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, who expressed strongest denunciation and condemnation of the attack by the Houthi militia which targeted civil facilities in the UAE.

Al Halbousi reiterated Iraq’s solidarity with the UAE and offered condolences to the families of the victims and speedy recovery to the injured.

Source: Emirates News Agency

US Secretary of State condemns terrorist Houthi attack on civil facilities in UAE in phone call with Abdullah bin Zayed

ABU DHABI, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, received a phone call from the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Antony Blinken.

During the phone call, Blinken affirmed the US’ condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack of the terrorist Houthi militia on civil areas and facilities in the UAE.

He also expressed his condolences to the UAE over the victims of this terrorist act and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Bahraini FM condemns terrorist Houthi attack on civil facilities in UAE in phone call with Abdullah bin Zayed

ABU DHABI, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, received today a phone call from Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

During the phone call, Al Zayani expressed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack by the terrorist Houthi militia on civil areas and facilities in the UAE.

He offered condolences to the UAE over the victims of this cowardly terrorist act and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

He also affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s full solidarity with and full support for the United Arab Emirates in the face of all threats to its security and stability.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ahmad Skaik to represent UAE at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

ABU DHABI, Ahmad Skaik is set to line up alongside Major winners Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Adam Scott at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, from 20th-23rd January, following an invite from Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) as the Number One ranked UAE National Amateur.

The Emirates’ Number One golfer Skaik will join fellow local amateur Josh Hill in the field competing to take home the iconic Falcon Trophy. Hill qualified following triumph in the Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship in December and will compete in the prestigious Championship for the second year running.

In the 17th edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, as well as facing off against McIlroy, Morikawa and Scott, Skaik will go head-to-head with a star-studded list of the world’s best including defending champion Tyrrell Hatton plus former winners Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Lee Westwood, in the first Rolex Series event of the 2022 DP World Tour season.

The 24-year-old Emirati has gone from strength to strength following his debut at the tournament two years ago, and he made history last November, firing an opening round of 68 at the Aviv Dubai Championship 2021, the best round by an Emirati at a DP World Tour event.

Skaik also triumphed in the 2020 UAE Presidents Cup, and heads into the tournament relishing the opportunity to play alongside some of the world’s biggest golf stars.

Skaik commented, “It is an honour to be invited to play in Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and to compete on the DP World Tour alongside these superstar names. I’m looking forward to taking on the Yas Links golf course, and I know it will be a different experience for lots of the players. Hopefully, I can use my local knowledge and experience to my advantage.

“I had a fantastic experience in the previous two years, and I hope to make more memories this week. I’m always looking to improve, and I feel in good form, striking the ball well. I’m thankful to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for this opportunity and I hope I can inspire the next generation of golfers in the UAE.”

Aref Al Awani, Secretary-General of ADSC, added, “We are delighted to welcome back Ahmad to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the third year running. He is the shining star of Emirati golf and destined to achieve great things in the future. We look forward to seeing how Ahmad fares alongside some of the greats at this year’s tournament and back him wholeheartedly as our local inspiration.”

After competing in Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, Skaik will also line up alongside stellar fields in both the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic from 27th-30th January and the Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital from February 3-6 as part of the DP World Tour Desert Swing 2022.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Breakbulk Middle East to promote women’s effective participation in the industry

DUBAI, Breakbulk Middle East (BBME), the region’s largest breakbulk and project cargo event, will host the ‘Women in Breakbulk Breakfast, as part of its commitment to increase female participation.

The forum will feature top female executives, who will discuss ways to overcome challenges they face in the sector. They will also offer insights and tips to aspiring female professionals on how they can move up the ladder and change the male-dominated narrative within the maritime, project cargo and breakbulk industry.

Due to be held under the patronage of the UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), on 1st and 2nd February at the Dubai World Trade Centre, BBME will bring together professionals including women from different sectors, enabling end-to-end supply chain dialogue.

Facilitating female participation in the dialogue about the future of the sector is essential for the development of the segment. By focusing on women leaders in the through the Women in Breakbulk Leadership Forum, the primary aim of BBME is to bridge the gender gap in the breakbulk and project cargo industry. It further aims to attract some of the brightest young female talents in this key segment.

Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport, Affairs, MoEI, said, “In a fundamentally male-dominated profession, we have seen quite a few women leaders rise to top management positions and even start their own ventures. This has largely been due to their individual efforts but also due to the support they have received. The UAE provides females equal opportunities as men to follow their dreams and establish their careers in the fields they choose. In line with our vision, I believe that Breakbulk Middle East has maintained an active role in inclusion of females through the Women in Breakbulk initiative, where aspiring professionals can witness first-hand the success stories of their counterparts.”

Nawal Yousef Alhanaee, Director of the Future Energy Department, MoEI, said, “Closing the gender gap is of utmost priority to enhance the business landscape. Introducing young female professionals to successful women in the sector will encourage them to be more enthusiastic about their field because they can envision themselves as top leaders one day. Breakbulk Middle East has introduced a wonderful platform to facilitate discussions on how the industry can encourage young women to choose a career in the sector. This will help develop local talent in the Middle East and create better organisational structures for the future generations.”

A 2021 survey conducted by Gartner Inc shows that women comprise 41 percent of the supply chain workforce in 2021, up from 39 percent in 2020. According to the survey, every leadership level saw an increase in representation, except the executive level that witnesses a slight decline. In 2021, women accounted for 15 percent of executive level roles, down from 17 percent in 2020.

Leslie Meredith, Marketing Director, Breakbulk Events and Media, said, “Bridging the gender gap is an ongoing challenge. Year after year, at Breakbulk Middle East, we ensure that we highlight this issue by addressing the challenges. Companies are becoming more aware due to the greater emphasis on Inclusion and Diversity; however, we still have to continue our efforts to spread awareness about roles in the industry that women can occupy, motivating them to be actively involved in the sector and excel at it. This year too, as part of the ‘Women in Breakbulk’ initiative, we will unite women leaders to share their perspectives on the skills that are important for continued success in the industry.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Global leaders to join climate virtual ADSW Summit tomorrow

ABU DHABI, The ADSW Summit, hosted by Masdar and part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, will take place virtually tomorrow, January 17 between 1:00pm – 9:00pm GST. The ADSW Summit will convene more than 80 global leaders, including heads of state, policy makers, and international business leaders, as the United Arab Emirates aims to take the agenda global sustainability forward and accelerate pathways to net zero.

The opening sessions of the ADSW Summit will include a head of state address from Halimah Yacob, President, Republic of Singapore who will stress the importance of collective climate action and highlight the far-reaching impact climate change is already having on the lives and livelihoods of people all around the world.

ADSW 2022 is the first major sustainability event after the COP26 climate change conference, and acts as a global catalyst for COP27, which will be held in Egypt in 2022, and COP28, which will be hosted by the UAE in 2023.

The wider agenda for the ADSW Summit includes important sessions on the global energy transition, the future of transportation, the health energy nexus, carbon capture and storage, the blue economy, and the increasing importance of environmental, social, and governance criteria in making decisions.

The ADSW Summit will feature keynotes, fireside chats and panel sessions with other global leaders including; Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands; Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of HM the King for Humanitarian Works and Youth Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, President, Bahrain Olympic Committee; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Group CEO & Managing Director, Mubadala; Ray Dalio, Co-Chairman & Co-Chief Investment Officer, Bridgewater Associates, LP; Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Thomas J. Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture; John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State.

Held annually since 2008, ADSW has become one of the latest sustainability platforms in the world, with more than 45,000 people from 175 countries participating in ADSW 2020. As a global platform supporting economic development, knowledge sharing and innovation, ADSW is aligned with the UAE’s ‘Principles of the 50,’ which chart a course for the nation’s prosperity over the next five decades.

As well as the ADSW Summit, events still to come at ADSW include the Opening Ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony, the World Future Energy Summit, Innovate, Youth 4 Sustainability Hub, WiSER Forum, and the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum.

Source: Emirates News Agency

EcoWASTE 2022 begins Monday featuring 35 local, international companies

ABU DHABI, The eighth edition of EcoWASTE 2022 Exhibition and Forum kicks off tomorrow under the slogan “exploring future opportunities for waste management to achieve a circular economy”.

EcoWASTE 2022 will be held as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and organised with the strategic partnership of the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer).

The Exhibition will be open until 19th January at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) across 1,100 square metres, with the participation of more than 35 local, regional, and international companies, 12 of them participating for the first time.

As a strategic partner in the exhibition, Tadweer has invited all companies and specialists to visit the Exhibition to learn about the latest technologies in the field of waste management. During the Exhibition, they will get to see the most prominent projects that the Centre is working on based on its pivotal role in achieving the objectives of the UAE’s circular economy policy by adopting new, more advanced, and effective mechanisms in the field of waste collection, transportation, and treatment.

Dr. Salem Al Kaabi, Director-General of Tadweer, said, “EcoWASTE 2022 Exhibition and Forum is an important event in terms of strengthening joint efforts for confronting the challenges of sustainable waste management. The Exhibition provides a comprehensive platform for participants to exchange expertise and learn about the latest developments in waste recycling technology, in addition to providing opportunities to improve cooperation among various sides to move in calculated steps towards sustainable economic development.

“Waste management and treatment is one of the most common challenges facing the countries of the world, including the UAE, due to the constant growth in the economy and the population. This requires taking pre-emptive steps and innovative strategies to confront these challenges by employing the latest technologies to turn waste from an environmental burden into energy and products that could be used in various sectors and contribute to the national economy. With our participation in the event, we will shed light on the Centre’s role in achieving a sustainable future for the UAE and realise its ambitions for transitioning to a circular economy,” added.

Dr. Salem Al Kaabi will participate in various panel discussions, which centre on managing food waste, managing medical waste during the pandemic, and circular economy, across the three days of the EcoWASTE 2022 Exhibition and Forum.

EcoWASTE Exhibition will host the Waste Management Solutions Forum, scheduled to be held on 17th January, the keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, in which he will focus on the importance of the event and the desired results. will also review the UAE’s experience in transitioning to a circular economy, and the importance of strengthening public-private partnerships to keep pace with the accelerating challenges facing the waste management sector. The Forum’s programme includes a series of panels with the participation of a group of industry leaders and company representatives on topics of great importance. These topics include circular economy; rethinking product manufacturing and packaging strategies; circular economy; enhancing employment opportunities through B Corp certifications; how to use technology to design waste management services; the future of waste management; landfill reduction strategies; the importance of applying approved safety standards in waste management; and other topics.

On 17th January, the Forum will host a panel entitled “Circular Economy: Making Waste Economically and Environmentally Sustainable”. The panel will discuss revitalising the circular economy and providing commercial incentives that give real value to sustainable waste economically and environmentally. The second day of the Forum will include a speech by Mohammed Saeed Al Dehhi, Head of Collection and Transportation Projects Department at Tadweer.

On the final day of the Forum, Dr. Salem Al Kaabi will participate in a panel on “Landfill reduction strategies”, which will shed light on the steps needed to drive change in sustainable waste management. The opening speech of the final day will be delivered by Husain Ahmed Al Amoodi, Director of the Licensing, Tariff and Customer Service Department at Tadweer.

To emphasise the importance of applying safety standards in waste management, Dr. Hani Hossni, Director of the Environment, Health, and Safety Department at Tadweer, will give a presentation showcasing the Centre’s expertise in this field, followed by another presentation entitled “Transforming Waste Into Biofuel” by Dr. Udayan Banerjee, Policies and Legislations Specialist at Tadweer.

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which will be held from 15th-19th January 2022, is a global platform hosted by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) with the goal of accelerating the pace of sustainable development.

Source: Emirates News Agency