The Urology Conference kicks off in Dubai, attended by 2,500 doctors from 75 countries

The Urology Conference kicks off in Dubai, attended by 2,500 doctors from 75 countries

Dubai,28 September 2023

The activities of the Emirates Urological Association Conference and the 20th Asian Conference were launched in Dubai this evening, which Dubai is hosting for the first time in the Middle East and the Gulf, with the participation of more than 2,500 doctors from more than 75 countries at the Conrad Dubai Hotel.

Dr. Abdul Qader Al Zarouni, President of the Emirates Urological Society and Chairman of the Conference, welcomed the hosting of the Asian Conference, which Dubai is hosting for the first time, stressing that the discussions that will be conducted by the doctors participating in the conference, whether through lectures and research or sessions and discussions, will result in positive results that will benefit the participating doctors and patients in a great way. Oh

Dr. Yasser Al-Saeedi, Vice President of the Society, indicated that the conference will focus on developing clinical skills and training on the latest technologies and modern devices in all subspecialties in kidney diseases and urinary tract surgeries.

He added that the conference will discuss over three days approximately 1,000 working and research papers, most of which will be reviewed in separate sessions to encourage medical personnel to research and scientific publication, in addition to holding 14 workshops for training, work and practice using the latest modern technologies such as robotics and modern technology in urology.

Dr. Younis Al-Shamsi, Secretary of the Urology Society, expressed his happiness at hosting the twentieth Asian Urology Conference, expressing his hope that the conferences will produce results that will benefit all participants in developing their scientific and practical expertise to serve urinary tract disease.

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Nahyan bin Mubarak attends Call From Space event with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyedi

Nahyan bin Mubarak attends Call From Space event with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyedi

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 August, 2023: His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, has attended the Abu Dhabi edition of A Call from Space, a live interactive session with astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi from the International Space Station (ISS), organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in partnership with the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The event was attended by students, government officials and space enthusiasts who engaged in a real-time interaction with the UAE’s representative in space.


His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said: “We are incredibly proud of you, Sultan. Your accomplishments have ignited a beacon of inspiration for our younger generations. There is no doubt that this experience will create opportunities and open scientific horizons for the Arab youth. Your mission not only serves as a catalyst for a growing interest in science and technology but also as a compelling call to engage with the intriguing field of space science.


“Our nation remains steadfast in its pursuit of excellence in science and future-centric industries, fulfilling the dreams of our late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Space exploration and the advancement of scientific research encapsulate our national vision and embodies our commitment to serving humanity.


“Indeed, this is a dream transformed into reality, made possible by the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. His consistent advocacy for fostering a culture of scientific exploration and innovation, along with the creation of opportunities for young aspirants like yourself, has been a guiding force. Our youth, nurtured on the core values of love, goodness, mutual respect, and harmonious coexistence with diverse cultures and beliefs, stand poised to carry forward this legacy of exploration and innovation.”


Sultan Al Neyedi said: “Thank you, your excellency, for your kind words. You have been, and still are, one of the biggest advocates of culture and tolerance in the UAE and the Arab world. Our nation is making big strides in all fields. Our presence on the ISS stands as a powerful testament to the fact that nothing is impossible. This ethos is the motto of our beloved country, and with the support of our wise leadership and the aspirations of our youth, we will continue to achieve more accomplishments.”


The Abu Dhabi edition also had a surprise for Al Neyadi, with his father Saif Al Neyadi attending the event in person.


His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman of MBRSC, said: “We are deeply grateful to His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for gracing this pivotal event with his esteemed presence. His support significantly bolsters the growth of the space sector in the UAE and echoes across the Arab world. Sultan’s accomplishments in space and his journey represents our nation’s aspirations and its relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation in space exploration, while also inspiring a new generation to look up to space and contemplate its endless possibilities.”


His Excellency Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of MBRSC, said: “We extend our heartfelt appreciation to His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for gracing this event. We also thank Louvre Abu Dhabi for their continued support and collaboration. This series of conversations with Sultan has been an incredibly inspiring journey for all of us. Sultan’s mission has significantly elevated the interest in space, science, and technology among the youth of the UAE. His endeavours are stimulating curiosity and ambition, planting the seeds for the future astronauts, scientists, and innovators of our nation.”


Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “It is truly an honour for Louvre Abu Dhabi to be chosen as the venue for A Call from Space with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, here in Abu Dhabi. This is an extraordinary moment that speaks volumes of the importance of engaging with young and curious minds, inspiring them to make a profound impact on our world and beyond, and that is precisely what we aspire to do with Picturing the Cosmos exhibition. In collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE Space Agency and the partnership of Mubadala, we are able to deliver an awe-inspiring exhibition that showcases the limitless wonders of the cosmos and builds a bridge between the museum, art history, science and the UAE vision of space exploration.”


Approximately 300 people attended the event at Louvre Abu Dhabi listening to Al Neyadi’s who providedinformation and insights into his mission, which is the longest Arab space mission in history. Responding to various queries, Al Neyadi discussed about the importance of the suit he wore during the spacewalk, the effect of the microgravity environment on his body, and how he maintains his immunity on the ISS, among others.


The current mission, marking Al Neyadi’s sixth month in space, has achieved numerous firsts for an Arab astronaut, such as conducting a spacewalk, performing scientific experiments, and more. As the A Call from Space series nears its conclusion, it has granted close to 10,000 attendees the unique opportunity to connect with Al Neyadi, gaining an understanding of his mission, life aboard the ISS, and space exploration in general.


The MBRSC-Louvre Abu Dhabi collaboration extends beyond A Call from Space, recently announcing a partnership for the interactive exhibition, Picturing the Cosmos, which is currently on display at the museum. The exhibition seeks to inspire children through a compelling adventure exploring celestial space through its artistic representations across time and cultures.


The UAE Astronaut Programme is one of the projects managed by MBRSC under the UAE’s National Space Programme and funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), which aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the UAE and promote the country’s integration on the global stage.

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UAE Society of Engineers opens registration for second edition  of Excellence and Creative Engineering Award

UAE Society of Engineers opens registration for second edition of Excellence and Creative Engineering Award

Under the Patronage of Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 July 2023: The UAE Society of Engineers has announced the opening of registration for the 2nd Excellence and Creative Engineering Award under the patronage of Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Supreme President of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance. The Award, which primarily aims to promote and encourage a culture of excellence, innovation, and creativity and highlight the significance of national engineering work, seeks to ignite a spirit of competition, leadership and excellence in various engineering fields to keep up with the fast-paced advancements globally.

The Excellence and Creative Engineering Award, initiated under the directives of the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may he rest in peace, is the first of its kind in the UAE. It is designed to highlight the best practices and innovative engineering models that have proven successful to further develop engineering projects across diverse fields.

“I am pleased to officially announce the launch of the second edition of the Excellence and Creative Engineering Award, which will accept entries until October 17th. This Award is a testament to our commitment to promoting innovation and excellence in engineering across the UAE. Aligned with the UAE’s Centennial Plan 2071, which considers innovation as one of the national priorities, this Award is part of the efforts to achieve a diverse knowledge-based economy led by competent Emiratis, ensuring sustainable prosperity by keeping pace with the continuous development in the engineering sector and adopting and implementing


innovative projects and ideas,” Eng. Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, President of the UAE Society of Engineers, said.

He added: “The Award honors the outstanding contributions and achievements in the engineering sector, and inspires the next generation of engineers to push the boundaries of what is possible and make a positive impact on society. It also seeks to adopt winning projects and innovative ideas in the sector, motivating and encouraging engineers to innovate and provide sustainable and innovative solutions and practices. Furthermore, the Award plays a role in enhancing the ability of institutions, companies, and individuals to adopt an active, competitive, and inspiring environment for exploring new horizons, achieving leadership and excellence, and unprecedented achievements in the engineering fields, contributing to ensuring a sustainable and better future.”

The Award’s organizers have also announced the addition of new sub-categories for the competition this year, bringing the total number to 11 sub-categories, compared to seven last year. These include the Pioneering Engineering Project Award, Best Engineering Consultancy Company Award, Best Engineering Services Company Award, Best Construction Company Award, and Best Industrial Company Award. The awards for Best Startup Engineering Company and Best Scientific Research in Engineering Field were recently added to the list.

The Pioneering Engineering Project Award, meanwhile, will be given to the Best Mega Project, Best Medium Project, and Best Small Project.

For the Individual category, there will still be the Leading Personnel, Outstanding Engineer, Outstanding Student, and Rising Engineer awards. The Rising Engineer Award is the new name given to last year’s Future Engineer Award.


Those who are eligible to join are Government and Ministers, Consultants and Engineering Services Providers, Industrial Companies, Engineering Start-ups, Contractors, Students and Professors in Educational Institutes, Research Centres, Project Owners, and Project Management Companies.

The Excellence and Creative Engineering Award is based on the highest international standards for excellence and innovation in the engineering sector and operates with complete transparency and a rigorous evaluation process, overseen by a committee of experts in various engineering fields. The evaluation process assesses the quality of the project and the extent to which innovation and technical excellence are employed throughout the project life cycle, from the design concept, engineering, and construction, to their impact on society and the environment. Participants can submit any previous, current, or future projects.

Launched in March 2022, the Excellence and Creative Engineering Award was intended to foster a culture of creativity and enhance the pace of innovative competition in the field of engineering designs and projects. This initiative is in line with the country’s vision, strategies, and national projects, which are focused on achieving leadership, quality, and excellence across various sectors and fields.

The UAE Society of Engineers, which organizes the Award, has been in existence since 1979 and has attracted over 65,000 engineers and engineering companies to its membership. Over the years, the association has made remarkable progress in the field of engineering certification, organizing professional practices, standards and specifications, and developing the skills and qualifications of all engineers in the UAE through its Accreditation Committee.

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Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed receives The Regent of Pahang

Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed receives The Regent of Pahang


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 24 July: His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has received His Royal Highness, Prince Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, Regent of Pahang, son of His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia.


During the meeting at the offices of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Khaled welcomed Prince Hassanal Ibrahim to the UAE and discussed the close relations between the UAE and Malaysia, as well as opportunities for collaboration across fields of mutual interest to serve the interests of the people of both nations.


The meeting was held in the presence of His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and Mansour Al Dhaheri.

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SCCI, Costa Rica discuss ways to expand industrial, commercial ties and cooperation

SCCI, Costa Rica discuss ways to expand industrial, commercial ties and cooperation

Sharjah, 18 July 2023

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has discussed ways to advance bilateral economic relations between the Emirate of Sharjah and the Republic of Costa Rica.

The Chamber also held fruitful discussion to strengthen commercial and industrial cooperation and investment among the private sector organisations, institutions, and events within the framework of the friendly relationship that combines both nations.

This was discussed during the meeting held at SCCI’s headquarter, between His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, SCCI Chairman; His Excellency Francisco J. Chacon Hernández, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to the UAE, and Her Excellency Karina Molina, Trade Commissioner for the Middle East at Costa Rica Embassy.

His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, SCCI Director General; Abdulaziz Mohammed Shattaf, Assistant Director General for Communication and Business Sector; and Fatima Khalifa Al-Muqrab, SCCI Director for International Relations, we’re also present on the occasion.

In order to encourage Costa Rican business community to increase its investments in Sharjah, SCCI reviewed the incentives, privileges, and various forms of support and assistance offered by the Emirate to foreign companies operating in the sectors and fields consistent with Sharjah’s economic vision and future directions towards achieving sustainable development.

His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais welcomed the delegation and praised the friendly ties between the two nations, as well as their strong partnership which spans a variety of economic and trade spheres. This partnership has created a strong framework for expanding trade and investment opportunities and horizons between the business communities of the UAE and Costa Rica. This is in line with a goal shared by the leaders of the two nations that were recently represented by conducting negotiations and discussions to eventually sign a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which will usher in a new era of trade and investment cooperation in a variety of fields and support the two nations’ sustainable economic growth.

For his part, H.E. Francisco J. Chacon Hernández expressed his sincere gratitude to the SCCI for its ongoing commitment to enhancing bilateral ties and promoting investment in crucial industries. He also highlighted the need to continue efforts to enhance cooperation in many areas of shared interest, including the agricultural and food sectors, etc. Chacon urged the SCCI to take part in the business buyer exhibition, which will be held in Costa Rica from September 27 to 28, 2023, and the education exhibition, which will be held from September 25 to 26, 2023. These events will cover topics such as specialized education issues, sustainability, agriculture, and biodiversity.

In a way that served their shared interests, Chacon also extended an invitation to the Emirati business community to travel to Costa Rica and learn about the investment prospects it offers.

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BNI Expo 2023 Concludes Empowering Business Connections and Growth

BNI Expo 2023 Concludes Empowering Business Connections and Growth

06 July 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Business Network International (BNI®) UAE proudly concludes its highly anticipated BNI Expo UAE 2023, held on June 24th, at the prestigious Le Meridian Hotel & Conference Centre. With the agenda ‘Get Ahead of the Curve,’ the event brought together a diverse range of business professionals, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders, providing an invaluable platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and business growth. The event was graced by the esteemed presence of K. Kalimuthu, Consul (Economic, Trade & Commerce) at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, addressing the attendees on the growing importance of strategic partnerships in the thriving Dubai market for sustained success.

In the vibrant setting of the BNI Expo, around 900 attendees, including key industry delegates, exhibitors, and visitors from various nationalities, came together to forge connections, foster collaboration, and stimulate business growth through strategic networking opportunities. The event had approximately 75 trade booths exhibiting new-age business innovation and unique offerings catering to various sectors. Additionally, the event served as a pivotal platform for SMEs offering ample opportunities for collaboration and business expansion.

India and the UAE share a strong and enduring relationship not only in terms of business partnership but also due to geographical proximity and cultural familiarity.

Speaking about the long-standing partnership between the two countries, Mr. K. Kalimuthu, Consul (Economic, Trade & Commerce) at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, said, “The UAE government has consistently taken the lead in introducing initiatives to enhance trade and investment. Given that the UAE is our third-largest trading partner, it is imperative for both countries to cultivate a harmonious business environment. The recent launch of their ambitious plan, D33, which aims to double foreign trade and investment by 2023, revitalizes our efforts to strengthen our trade relations. In line with this, organizations like BNI play a vital role. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to BNI UAE for a successful year. The Expo event has truly showcased the vibrant business landscape and the potential for sustained success in the UAE market. It has brought businesses of diverse nationalities and regions together to connect and grow, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and supporting the development of a diverse and resilient economy.”

Organized by BNI UAE, the BNI Expo presents a unique opportunity for professionals to blend innovation with referrals and establish invaluable business connections. Over the course of 18 years, BNI UAE has cultivated a thriving community of over 1,000 members, whose contributions have significantly fostered a conducive business environment in the region. Their combined efforts have generated business worth over 2.5 billion AED. Presently, the organization operates through 22 strategically connected BNI chapters across the region. In 2023, BNI UAE recorded over 30% growth in its membership and generated over 48% more business compared to the previous year.

Speaking about the growth of BNI UAE, Bijay Shah, National Director of BNI UAE, said,In today’s dynamic business landscape, establishing strong connections and harnessing the power of collaboration is essential for achieving success. We take immense pride in being part of this journey towards business excellence. The remarkable response to the BNI Expo 2023 is a testament to the significant impact of referral-based business and its vast potential for individuals and organizations in the UAE. Moreover to that, considering the impressive growth of BNI UAE earlier this year, we are pleased to announce our decision to expand BNI UAE chapters within Dubai, as well as in Oman and Bahrain, starting from July 20th.

The event featured an impressive lineup of speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and interactive sessions, covering a wide array of topics crucial to business success in the ever-evolving landscape of the UAE. Adding to the stellar lineup of speakers, Fahed Bizzari, a leading ChatGPT thought leader, brought valuable perspectives on the intersection of artificial intelligence, technology, and business growth.

Attendees of the BNI Annual Networking Event experienced a day filled with engaging conference content, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities. They had the chance to gain valuable insights from industry experts, learn about emerging trends, and acquire practical strategies to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities in today’s competitive business environment.

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Bango, TPAY, and Etisalat Egypt launch Direct Carrier Billing with Google 

Bango, TPAY, and Etisalat Egypt launch Direct Carrier Billing with Google 

To Enable IN-APP Purchases and Subscriptions for over 30 million Subscribers

10 May 2023 — TPAY, the leading payment provider for the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa (META), today announces, through its partnership with Bango and Etisalat Egypt, the launch of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) with Google for over 30 million subscribers. The collaboration will create an easier experience for Android users to purchase apps, games, and digital content on their devices on Google Play.

This partnership provides Etisalat customers the ability to pay for in-app purchases and services subscriptions through their mobile number (Direct Carrier Billing), bringing Google Play Store’s content within reach of more than 60% of Egypt’s population who do not have access to traditional payment methods (e.g. credit/debit cards). This launch reinforces TPAY’s mission to accept online payments easily and securely within the META region and facilitate fast and smooth cross border settlements.

With the introduction of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) with Google, customers can now perform any online purchase transaction through the Google Play Store by paying for their purchases via their mobile phone balance without the need of using their credit cards.

Paul Larbey, Bango CEO, said, “This is an important launch for carrier billing, providing phone users in Egypt with an easy payment opportunity in the world’s biggest app store. Our partnership with TPAY brings Bango Payment technology together with TPAY’s operational expertise, enabling developers to monetize their apps more successfully.”

Ahmed Yehia, Etisalat Egypt Chief Consumer Officer, added, “We are delighted to enable Direct Carrier Billing for our customers – the fastest, easiest, and most convenient way to pay for the vast range of content and services available on the Google Play store. Customer satisfaction is our key focus and DCB adds even more value for our customers.”

Raj Soni, TPAY COO, commented: “We are committed to provide our merchants with the most convenient/secure payment method for micro payment transactions and the best-in-class payment journey to help them sustainably grow their business in our region, which is evidently the next growth frontier for global merchants. Our partnership with Bango – a global leader and innovator in online commerce – remains a significant milestone in TPAY’s journey, reiterating our vision to be the leader in payments across the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa”.

The Google Play store is the official application store for Android smartphones and tablets. Google makes software applications, music, movies, and books available for purchase and download through the store. The Google Play store, which comes pre-installed on Android devices, allows users to purchase, download and install applications from Google and third-party developers.

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e& Joins Dubai FinTech Summit as Headline Sponsor

e& Joins Dubai FinTech Summit as Headline Sponsor

Dubai, 06 May 2023: e& – one of the world’s largest technology and investment groups, has joined the first-ever Dubai FinTech Summit as the Headline Sponsor to share its expertise and collaborate with other industry players for building a more innovative and efficient financial ecosystem.

Taking place on 8th  and 9th  May under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE; and President of the Dubai International Financial Centre, the summit will convene 5,000 global FinTech and technology experts to discuss innovations and challenges in the sector, as well as connect start-ups, investors and industry leaders.

Founded in Abu Dhabi over 47 years ago, e& has a rich legacy as the pioneer in telecommunications in the UAE. Today, its footprint spans 16 countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, making it a leading player in the industry. Innovation is ingrained in e&’s DNA to create an unbreakable bond between communities using cutting-edge digital solutions, smart connectivity and advanced technologies.

Commenting on the partnership, Mohammad Alblooshi, Head of DIFC Innovation Hub and FinTech Hive, said: “The signing up of the leading tech and investment group e& as the headline sponsor is a major endorsement for the Dubai FinTech Summit. FinTech has become DIFC’s fastest growing sector, and research shows that the MENA’s USD91 bn digital economy is set to grow to over USD251 bn by 2027[1]. Events like this are vital to help collaboratively build frameworks and partnerships that will elevate the industry to new levels.”

Beyond providing thought leaders to debate and exchange ideas, innovators, and entrepreneurs will also have an opportunity to meet with over 1000 pre-qualified investors during the two-day summit.

Khalifa Al Shamsi CEO e& life said: “We are pleased to partner with the Dubai Fintech Summit that is aligned with e&’s overarching strategy particularly for e& money – the fintech arm of e& life. This financial super app marketplace is designed to revolutionise the customer experience, making this partnership a fitting opportunity to showcase e&’s innovative approach to fintech.”

AlShamsi added: “The recent acquisition of a majority stake in Careem is in line with our strategic ambition of scaling up consumer digital offerings and accelerating e& Group’s transformation into a global technology and investment group. We will continue to push boundaries in product innovation and customer experience by collaborating with key players in the fintech ecosystem to capitalise on opportunities as they arise.”


Organised by DIFC, the leading international financial hub in the MEASA region, the summit will spotlight all things impacting the future of finance – from Web 3.0, metaverse and blockchain to decentralised finance, regulation and policymaking, and the greater need for increased financial inclusivity.

Taking place at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, the event will host esteemed local voices such as H.E. Abdullah Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy and H.E. Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC. The impressive roster of speakers at the summit includes Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC; Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple; Melissa Guzy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures; and Michael Shaulov, CEO of Fireblocks; among others.

Visitors can now purchase tickets for the Dubai FinTech Summit.

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Hannover Messe: UAE, Germany explore partnerships to build on industrial ties and climate efforts

Hannover Messe: UAE, Germany explore partnerships to build on industrial ties and climate efforts

Hannover, Germany. 20 April 2023 – A delegation from the UAE met with representatives from almost 30 German companies on Tuesday during a roundtable. The objective was accelerate industrial collaboration and build on joint efforts in promoting sustainable industrial development, de-carbonization and energy security.

The roundtable co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) during Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industry trade fair, was attended by representatives from the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), ADNOC Group, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, KEZAD Group, and Dubai Industrial City.

Titled ‘Make it in the Emirates: The UAE as a Global Industrial Hub’, the roundtable introduced German companies to the UAE’s unique value proposition and vision for sustainable industrial growth. It also showcased the Make it in the Emirates initiative, which invites foreign industrialists, investors and innovators to benefit from the UAE’s competitive advantages.

Chaired by His Excellency Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, the roundtable highlighted how foreign companies can benefit from collaborating with UAE entities as well as from incentives and enablers introduced by the government, national champions such as ADNOC, and industrial zones.

Addressing delegates, HE Al Suwaidi said: “The UAE and Germany are making steady progress in vital fields such as hydrogen fuel, which will be critical to industries of the future. The partnerships between our government institutions and national enterprises are leading to pioneering innovation in sectors such as green steel. By combining our strengths, talents and resources, the UAE and Germany can pave the way for greater energy security and more sustainable industrial development in our respective regions.”

He added: “Our two countries are aligned on creating solutions to industry’s global challenges, and there is significant appetite for collaboration among our industrial communities. As a ministry, we are committed to supporting industrial companies in the UAE to work alongside international counterparts to achieve business growth and adopt best practices. In line with our national industrial strategy, we will continue to explore and facilitate collaborations between UAE-based companies and our international partners to attract investment and support the growth of green industries and renewable energy supplies.”

During Hannover Messe, HE Al Suwaidi co-chaired the second Energy Security and Industry Accelerator (ESIA) Steering Committee, which provided an update on the progress made across a number of projects since the ESIA agreement was signed in 2022.

On Wednesday, members of the UAE delegation participated in a panel discussion where they highlighted the UAE’s efforts in accelerating the transition towards greener and more sustainable industries. The panel, titled “Driving the Transition to a Sustainable and Diversified Economy: The Critical Role of Green Energy, Green Economy, and Innovation in the UAE” highlighted competitive advantages and enablers, including green financing, certified green energy supply, robust regulation infrastructure and access to markets through a growing number of free trade agreements.

Hannover Messe was also an opportunity for MoIAT to highlight how the UAE’s industrial decarbonization efforts and 2050 Net Zero strategic initiative represents an array of investment opportunities. These opportunities revolve around the UAE’s development of advanced technologies, green industries of the future and technologies to tackle climate change, such as carbon capture.

Technological and sustainable industrial development are a key part of the UAE’s COP28 agenda, which takes place in November 2023. Hannover Messe was a platform for the UAE to demonstrate how it is accelerating industrial decarbonization through a comprehensive, whole-of-a-value-chain approach.



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UAE Brands donate 50 tonnes of rice to UAE Food Bank to support the Three Million Meal Initiative in Ramadan

UAE Brands donate 50 tonnes of rice to UAE Food Bank to support the Three Million Meal Initiative in Ramadan

Dubai, UAE; 18 April 2023:

UAE rice brands, part of the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Group, have generously donated 50 tonnes of rice to the UAE Food Bank to support the Three Million Meals Initiative during the holy month of Ramadan. The initiative, under Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, aims to provide food to people in need within the country and beyond and to strengthen food security and the spirit of giving.

As rice is a staple food for the UAE’s diverse population and demand for this nutritious energy source continues to grow, the contribution of the country’s leading rice brands is particularly noteworthy. Participating brands include Sinnara, Gautam, Tilda, Daawat, Crown, Lal Qilla, and HK Gourmet, which are popular among UAE customers.

The donation was handed over to the Food Bank at an event in Dubai and was attended by representatives of the participating brands.

Mr. Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chairman of the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Group, commented:  “UAE food companies have always been responsible and aligned with the initiatives of the National Food Security Strategy, which demonstrates their commitment to social responsibility as partners in the country’s food sector in ensuring a safe and reliable supply of essential food to the market. Food security is achieved when all businesses in the value chain work together to ensure a consistent food supply. To this end, members of the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Group have worked closely with the government to ensure long-term food security and understand the needs of the market.”

Furthermore, Manal Obaid Yaroof, Chairperson of the UAE Food Bank Steering Committee expressed her gratitude for the collaboration with the food companies and stated, “The partnership with the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Group has been fundamental to the success of the Food Bank initiative. We are now effectively channelling corporate responsibility efforts and amplifying their impact. We are grateful to all donors for their invaluable support in supporting Food Bank’s mission to effectively manage surplus food and delivering it to beneficiaries locally and globally.”

Rice is a key item in the shopping basket in the region, as different nationalities in the UAE consume rice as part of their daily diet, and the strong presence of multiple global brands is a result of the country’s robust strategy to retain major food companies in the region.

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