RTA receives 31 thousand reports of items lost in taxis, cases resolution rate hits 99.9%

DUBAI, The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, revealed that the Lost & Found Unit at its Call Centre, Customers Happiness Dep’t received 31,073 reports of items lost in Dubai Taxis during the period from January to September 2020. The resolution rate of these reports within the specified time was as high as 99.9%.

“RTA considers customers and service recipients a top priority in line with its third strategic goal ‘People Happiness’. From January to September this year, we found and returned a diverse cast of lost items including AED618,700 in cash, 836 mobile phones, 1,201 electronic devices, 453 passports, 254 laptops, 53 jewellery items, and 41 iPads/tablets. Overall, we have received 31,073 reports of lost items and the signing-off rate amounted to 99.9%,” said Mehailah Al Zahmi, Director of Customers Happiness Department, Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector, RTA.

“We return the lost items to their respective owners once we receive reports from them. This achievement is credited to the cooperation of our taxi drivers who display high levels of integrity and honesty in line with RTA’s professional ethics in this vital field,” she noted.

“Taxi drivers who report items left by customers in their vehicles are honoured and motivated to encourage them to continue with this moral and civilised conduct. It will also have a positive bearing on their careers, and contribute to attracting more riders to this service, which offers privacy and comfort to customers in line with RTA’s vision as ‘The world leader in seamless & sustainable mobility’,” Al Zahmi concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Mubadala healthcare backs drug trial for COVID-19 patients with diabetes

ABU DHABI, In line with its drive to strengthen the UAE’s leading role in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic on an international scale, Mubadala Healthcare is part-funding the trial of an immune-dampening drug in the UK that will help patients with diabetes overcome the effects of the virus.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Agency approved the trial, known as ARCADIA, following preclinical research that suggests a glucose kinase activator (AZD1656) could help diabetes patients with COVID-19 by dampening the overactive response of the immune system that is typically acute in those patients with raised blood glucose levels.

The trial commenced on 29th September 2020, and involved hospitalised patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. If successful, the compound could ultimately be prescribed by a primary care physician for people with diabetes presenting with early COVID-19 symptoms.

Abdulla Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Head of Mubadala Healthcare, said, “We are delighted to be involved in this collaboration as it has great potential benefit for the UAE. There are more than one million people living with diabetes in our country, and this group is identified as being particularly vulnerable to effects of the COVID-19. This investment is one of many Mubadala Healthcare is making to enable the UAE government and population to mitigate the effects of the disease, and provide the resources needed to support local and international efforts that will lead to solutions for this pandemic.”

The compound was initially developed by Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals group, AstraZeneca, for another clinical purpose, but research by UK-based biomedical research charity St George Street Capital Limited, SGS, discovered its immune-dampening effects. As a result, agreements were signed whereby SGS has the right to conduct the clinical trials. The trial will be conducted by Excalibur Medicines Limited, EML. Mubadala Healthcare, Excalibur, several private partners, and the UK Government through the UKRI/Innovate UK programme is providing the research grant for the anticipated drug.

EML founder Prof Sir Chris Evans said, “The funding from Mubadala Healthcare and our other partners will allow us to fast-track this research. All of us supporting this trial recognise this drug has the potential to make a huge difference to people with diabetes who are unfortunate enough to contract coronavirus and we foresee a significant impact on the level of fatalities in the future. Treatments such as this could be vital as we are likely to be living with this virus for some time to come.”

David Tapolczay, CEO of SGS, said, “Given the current crisis, we have paused all our current research programme to focus totally on this clinical trial and evaluate this potentially life-saving new drug. Our charity was set up to accelerate the delivery of treatments to patients and this ethos is needed now more than ever before. We want to do everything in our power to ensure patients recover from this terrible virus.”

Prof John Martin, Chairman of SGS and Principal Investigator on the grant awarded by UKRI, said, “Novel research thinking in an interdisciplinary group combined with the financial support of Mubadala, the drive of the charity and the excellent relationship we have with AstraZeneca have produced the potential for a great therapeutic leap. This also has potential for non-diabetic patients with COVD-19.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

ADIPEC 2020 Virtual opens tomorrow

ABU DHABI, ADIPEC 2020 Virtual – the world’s largest online gathering of oil & gas industry players – opens tomorrow with global governments, decision-makers and financial markets keenly awaiting insights into the sector’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Held under the patronage the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ADIPEC, the world’s largest annual oil and gas exhibition and associated conferences, hosted by ADNOC, has entered the virtual realm this year to adhere to Abu Dhabi’s coordinated COVID-19 response.

Up to 10,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries are due online for the ADIPEC 2020 Virtual programme, which runs until November 12th and features the exhibition with associated strategic and technical virtual conferences and the coveted ADIPEC Awards programme, which will involve a virtual ceremony for the first time in its 10-year history. More than 100 companies will virtually exhibit solutions designed to address the pressing needs of a rapidly transforming energy landscape.

ADIPEC Virtual 2020 exhibitors view the online event as a source of insightful invention for a quick industry rebound. Sibichen Thomas, General Manager of Marjan Industrial Development, MID, the oil and gas arm of the UAE’s prestigious Al Fahim Group, believes the oil and gas sector has been the worst affected industry while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, but sees hope on the horizon.

“The pandemic has impacted all industries across the world and has forced many oil and gas companies to either stop or curtail their physical operations, impacting production in both upstream and downstream operations. Perhaps the most significant impact on the downstream oil market has been the price crash of crude oil within a short period. Despite current setbacks and decrease in global demand for oil, studies forecast that a greater growth is expected to gain momentum shortly with the intervention of OPEC and leaders of countries across of globe,” he said.

“We are exerting all efforts to extend support to operating companies and stakeholders in their efforts to build supple business models that could lead to long-term resilience as the world resurfaces from the coronavirus crisis while navigating the challenges. We are diversifying our verticals considering the industry’s needs.”

MID is planning to introduce smart technology, digitalisation and AI solutions to optimise processes, improve planning and increase profitability in the oil and gas industry, at ADIPEC 2020 Virtual.

“Innovative solutions will provide unparalleled and superior products and services to maximise productivity and value. As we innovate, we are keen to acquire new systems and technologies through our partners to introduce cost-effective solutions to specific areas of the upstream sector, renewable energy sources, plant reliability and asset integrity management systems,” added Thomas.

Innovation and understanding are high on the agendas of both the ADIPEC 2000 Virtual Strategic Conference and its associated Virtual Technical Conference, which will be the largest industry online knowledge sharing events of their kind with more than 700 speakers and over 100 hours of content.

The full annual ADIPEC exhibition and conferences will resume physically from November 8th to 11th, 2021 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

Source: Emirates News Agency

DCFHW reinforces COVID-19 pandemic response initiatives

DUBAI, The Dubai Council for the Future of Humanitarian Work, DCFHW, is continuing to enlarge the scope of its humanitarian initiatives aimed at reducing the effects of the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic on individuals, families and communities around the world.

During its recent meeting, the DCFHW presented various initiatives carried out by its member organisations, as well as its future plans to encourage humanitarian action aimed at containing the global implications of the pandemic.

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the DCFHW has been monitoring the national response and various international cooperation programmes aimed at countering the effects of COVID-19 on all sectors, which will strengthen the pioneering role of Dubai and the UAE in related local and global initiatives.

The meeting, which took place via video conferencing, was chaired by Saeed Al Eter, Assistant Secretary-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, MBRGI, and President of the DCFHW, and was attended by Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares; Khalid Al Awadi, Deputy CEO of the International Humanitarian City; Ahmed Darwish Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Charity Sector at the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department; Dr. Manal Taryam, Executive Director of the Noor Dubai Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Health Care Services Sector; Abdulsalam Al Madani, Chairman of Index Holding; Mousa Khoury, Head of Shari’a Management at Dubai Islamic Bank; and Dr Waleed Al Ali, Advisor at the MBRGI.

The meeting was also attended remotely by Gerhard Putman, Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, and Director of the International Scientific Advisory Board at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development, DIHAD.

During the meeting, Al Eter lauded the rapid local and international response of charity and humanitarian organisations in Dubai and the UAE to the COVID-19 pandemic, and commended the humanitarian programmes of the DCFHW’s member organisations, noting that they dispatched some 75 percent of the World Food Programme’s food aid to the most needy communities via Dubai.

Putman also highlighted the UAE’s key global role and its support for international humanitarian efforts to reduce the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable segments of the community.

Al Gurg pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the education sector around the world, forcing over 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries to stop attending school. In the UAE, Dubai Cares launched the “Education Interrupted” campaign, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, as well as the “Inspiring Humanitarian Initiative,” he added.

Al Awadi stressed that the International Humanitarian City was the international entity that responded most rapidly to the pandemic.

Dr. Taryam noted that the Noor Dubai Foundation conducted its efforts effectively during the pandemic, especially its testing and diagnosis services in Nigeria and Senegal, saying that the cooperation between all sectors at local and federal levels supported both the local and global response.

Source: Emirates News Agency

تطبيق الخدمات المصرفية الشخصية من كي كارد يوفر الراحة والأمان لإدارة الأمور المالية الشخصية

قم بتزيل تطبيق خدمات كي من مصرف الرافدين للوصول إلى الخدمات المصرفية الشخصية عبر الإنترنت

 بغداد، العراق, 8 نوفمبر / تشرين ثاني 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

 Qi Card، الحل المصرفي الإلكتروني الرائد وبطاقة الخصم/الائتمان الوطنية الافتراضية في العراق، للعملاء العراقيين أكثر تجربة مصرفية شخصية سهلة الاستخدام من خلال تطبيق خدمات كي من مصرف الرافدين. يمكن لحاملي بطاقة كي كارد وماستركارد الذين يتعاملون مع مصرف الرافدين إدارة التمويل بكل سهولة، على الأجهزة اللوحية والهواتف الذكية.

لم تكن الخدمات المصرفية الشخصية أسهل من أي وقت مضى مع بطاقة كي كارد.  تسمح خدمات كي (Qi Services) من مصرف الرافدين لحاملي بطاقة كي كارد وماستركارد الصادرة من مصرف الرافدين بأداء مجموعة من الإجراءات من أجهزتهم اللاسلكية. من بين أكثر الميزات المحبوبة ما يلي:

  • تطبيق التحقق من الرصيد Balance check: يمكن لمستخدمي التطبيق الاطلاع على رصيد حساباتهم ومراجعة المعاملات الأخيرة
  • تطبيق تحويل الأموال Funds transfer: لا حاجة لزيارة الفرع، يمكن لمستخدمي التطبيق تحويل الأموال عبر التطبيق
  • الوصول إلى الدفع بالتقسيط: يمكن لحاملي بطاقة كي كارد استخدام التطبيق للوصول إلى برنامج أقساطي الشهير، والذي يمكنهم من خلاله التعامل مع أكثر من 6,000 تاجر ودفع ثمن بضائعهم في كل الأوقات

 يتاح تنزيل تطبيق خدمات كي من مصرف الرافدين للهاتف المحمول عبر جوجل بلاي (Google Play) ومتجر التطبيقات الخاص بشركة آبل (Apple’s App Store). كل ما تحتاجه لتسجيل الدخول هو رقم هاتفك المحمول ورمز البلد ورقم التعريف الشخصي (MPin). إذا لم يكن لديك حساب بعد، فسجل الآن عبر التطبيق خدمات كي من مصرف الرافدين على https://bit.ly/2Mw1UqG .

تعتمد منتجات كي كارد وخدماتها على مبدأ الحماية القصوى وإمكانية الوصول وسهولة الاستخدام والشفافية الكاملة. كما تفتخر الشركة بخبرتها التي تمتد لأكثر من عقد في تسهيل المدفوعات الإلكترونية وتوظف أحدث إجراءات التحقق من القياسات الحيوية.

 ولمعرفة المزيد عن شركة كي كارد، الرجاء زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني www.qi.iq 

  نبذة عن كي كارد

 كي كارد هي حل رائد لخدمات الدفع الإلكتروني في العراق، وتستخدم كي كارد طريقة الهوية البيومترية كوسيلة للتحقق من حامل البطاقة. تتولى الشركة العالمية للبطاقة الذكية (ISC) تشغيل وإدارة شركة كي كارد، وتعد هذه الشراكة واحدة من أنجح الشراكات بين القطاعين العام والخاص في تاريخ العراق. وقد استطاعت الشركة، بمساعدة شريكيها المملوكين للدولة وهما بنك الرافدين وبنك الرشيد، إجراء عملية التوطين المصرفي لأكثر من 7 ملايين مواطن من خلال خطة الدفع ذات المقاييس الحيوية المتعددة للاستدلال على الهوية بنجاح. وخلال ما يزيد قليلاً عن 18 شهرًا، تمكنت ISC من صرف 3 تريليون دينار عراقي في شكل قروض لأكثر من 800,000 مواطن عراقي. وتمتلك الشركة العالمية للبطاقة الذكية (ISC) حاليًا منظومة تشمل 17,000 نقطة بيع وأكثر من 6,000 تاجر يتسنى من خلالها استخدام نظام كي “Qi” لتوفير القسط الفوري الممول من التاجر وأنشطة تجارية أخرى. تصدر شركة الشركة العالمية للبطاقة الذكية (ISC) وتستحوذ على بطاقات الدفع نيابة عن أربعة عشر مصرفًا تابعًا لها في العراق. وقد أصدرت الشركة إلى الآن، بفضل عضويتها في ماستركارد، أكثر من 1.8 مليون بطاقة ماستركارد وأصبحت أكبر مقدم لخدمات ماستركارد في العراق.