Saleh Al Sharqi issues Resolution appointing Deputy Director-General of Fujairah Port Authority

FUJAIRAH, Sheikh Saleh bin Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Fujairah Department of Industry and Economy, has issued Resolution no. (1) for 2021, on the appointment of Khalil Ibrahim Hassan, as Deputy Director-General of the Fujairah Port Authority.

The Resolution is effective from the date of issuance.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Arab Maghreb Union for Dentists joins UAE’s ‘Waterfalls’ initiative

DUBAI, Arab Maghreb Union for Dentists has joined the “Waterfalls Initiative”, a UAE project which has benefitted 271,861 people from 197 countries around the world since its launch.

The announcement was made in a session moderated by Anas Al Madani, Vice Chairman and Group CEO of INDEX Holding.

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Executive Chairman of the Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education from UAE to the World, and Executive Chairman of “AEEDC Dubai” and the “Global Scientific Dental Alliance” in his opening speech said, “The pursuit of education does not stop, and the COVID-19 pandemic cannot prevent those who seek knowledge from finding it. From this perspective, the ‘Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education’ was born, and we must extend a helping hand to those in need. The UAE has always been amongst the first to offer help and support.”

Colonel Abdulrahman Ali Al Mansouri, Director of the Executive Office in the Department of Behavioural Rewards at the Ministry of Possibilities said, “We would like to thank you for your participation in this initiative launched under the theme ‘From the UAE to the World’, which is an initiative that aims to empower one million doctors, enabling us to actively deliver the message of frontliners to the world.”

He added, “We have seen the great role of frontliners, which was more evident in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the tremendous efforts made by the medical sector around the world. Therefore, we have thought of ways that allow us to support workers in the health and medical sectors and empower them to perform their lofty mission with our strategic partner INDEX Holding. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of communication and continuous education has become even more significant, and doctors and specialists around the world must share their expertise and knowledge, which is a fundamental requirement in scientific research at this time.”

Mohamad Jarrar, President of the Arab Maghreb Union for Dentists said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to re-examine the definition of traditional education and adopt more modern methods of teaching, based on modern technologies to accelerate the development of our educational system in the Maghreb countries. Remote learning and education allows dentists to acquire the skills and competencies needed to use modern communication and information technologies and tools, and spread technology in the medical community in general, and dentistry in particular, and give a broader concept of continuous education, as well as help create a society capable of keeping up with recent developments.”

“I would like to thank the UAE and its wise leadership, and everyone involved in the ‘Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education.'” he said as he concluded his speech.

During his speech, Gerhard Seeberger, President of FDI World Dental Federation said, “When initiatives are based on commitment and passion, growth and development will not be linear, and this is what we see in the Waterfalls initiative and Tawassol Dentists Group where the cooperation between these two initiatives will result in tremendous growth and great benefit.”

Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya, President-Elect of FDI, said, “The Waterfalls initiative witnesses the key role of continuous education, and indeed, all professionals must participate in continuous education policy, as it is very important today to stay up to date with the latest developments, information and technologies to increase professional and clinical competencies to better care for patients.”

Dr. Majd Naji, Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Founder of Liberty Medical group said, “Through the Waterfalls initiative, we were able to benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic, and bring together doctors and professionals, regardless of physical distance. I am very happy that a group of Moroccan dentists joined this unique initiative, as this cooperation will provide an opportunity for dentists around the world to benefit from the great experiences of dentists in the Maghreb countries.”

Dr. Kamal Benmansour, Director of the Tawassol Dentists Group, Treasurer of the Arab Federation of Dentists, General Secretary of the Maghreb Union for Dentists, said, “Such humanitarian educational initiatives from the UAE are always welcome, and on behalf of the Tawassol Dentists Group team, I would like to express our absolute happiness with this session that is at the heart of our group’s interests, which is his continuous training in the field of dentistry and the empowerment of everyone most efficiently and effectively.”

Dr. Chouaib Rifki, Dean of Faculty of Dentistry, University of Casablanca, said, “Continuous education is a right of every person on earth, and every doctor, and we are always called to search for knowledge from cradle to grave, and through this valuable initiative, education has become available to specialists everywhere.”

In addition, Dr. Dib Mohamed Reda, President of the National Council of Dental Ethics in Algeria said, “We consider this initiative to be a bridge and link between the countries of the Maghreb and the Arab countries. It is an honourable initiative for us, and we would like to thank all those involved in it for their tremendous efforts.”

Dr. Bassem Maatar, President of Tunisian Dental Syndicate for Private Sector said, “We offer our support to this unique initiative, and we are confident of the great benefit that will result from this collaboration for all participants, as doctors from the Maghreb countries, will be able to share their expertise and knowledge through the lectures.”

Lastly, Dr. Mohamed El Moustapha Brahim, President of the National Syndicate of Mauritanian Dentists said, “The UAE has always been able to make the impossible possible, and through these initiatives, the UAE has provided an impressive model that cannot be underestimated in the field of knowledge and education.”

The session was attended by a number of academics from Morocco and Algeria.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Emirates Food Security Council holds its first meeting for 2021

DUBAI, The Emirates Food Security Council has convened virtually its first meeting for 2021, hosted as part of the UAE’s commitment to advancing the food supply chain ecosystem in the country and to explore developments in food trade in the UAE and around the world.

Chaired by Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security, the meeting discussed the necessary measures to strengthen the food system in the country, with the council reviewing an action plan for 2021 and exploring ways to achieve the goals of the National Food Security Strategy.

The meeting was attended by council members represented by the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry Of Industry and Advanced Technology, Abu Dhabi Agriculture & Food Safety Authority, Dubai Municipality, Sharjah Health Authority, Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman, Environment Protection and Development Authority in Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah Municipality.

The meeting was also attended by a representative from the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).

Almheiri affirmed that the UAE is working to strengthen the food ecosystem through many innovative solutions that ensure food sustainability, facilitate food trade, and utilise the latest modern technologies to enhance local production and increase strategic food stocks.

“The UAE has many tools available to enhance its readiness for any future crisis that may occur, with the COVID-19 pandemic confirming that the country has the capacity to enhance its food security and increase a certain degree of self-sufficiency for some main food commodities, as well as the ability to diversify its sources of food and facilitate trade from various countries around the world,” she said.

“The cooperative and partnership approach between the various members of the Emirates Food Security Council facilitates the achievement of the council’s vital objectives. Continuous coordination enables us to reach the best solutions to develop the entire food value chain across all the emirates, both now and in the future, in order to contribute to achieving sustainable development in the UAE and to prepare for the next fifty years. We are confident in our ability to continue strengthening our food ecosystem to keep pace with the growth of local food demand and to transform the UAE into a leading global hub for innovation-driven food security – one of the key aims of the National Food Security Strategy,” the Minister added.

The Emirates Food Security Council operates through a mechanism that takes into account the common trends in managing the food security ecosystem in the country, which includes the elements of water security, energy security, emergencies and crises, strategic stocks, local agricultural production, food safety, foreign investment, diversification of import sources, and nutrition.

The Council’s meeting resulted in a number of key recommendations, including creating a mechanism to review and determine the price-cap for major food products in line with changes in the prices of agricultural inputs, including feed to support facilities for the production of poultry, eggs and fresh milk. The meeting also recommended commissioning the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) to prepare a model to forecast the impact of climate change and drought rates on local agricultural production as part of the future risk management on national food security.

The meeting also recommended working on utilizing the lessons learned that led to the revitalization of food export and re-export operations enhancing the country’s pioneering role as a global hub for food trade, in light of the increase in the activities of exporting by more than 20 percent and re-exporting by nearly 60 percent of food in the country in 2020 compared to 2019.

Moreover, the council members reviewed the developments and recommendations of previous meetings and the updates from the council’s national committees, as well as discussed the strengths and developments of the National Food Security Strategy and the achievements made during the year 2020, through which the country was able to successfully mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UAE’s food supply chains.

Also as part of the meeting, the Food and Water Security Office examined food trade data for the last year, as well as assessed a report on the rise in prices of grain and fodder, discussing their potential implications for the global food ecosystem. Juma Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary – Foreign Trade Affairs, Ministry of Economy, presented the work of the National Committee to Facilitate Global Food Trade and Diversify Food Import Sources, highlighting its important role in widening the UAE’s sources of food from abroad – another key strand of the National Food Security Strategy.

Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority presented the agricultural registry project for Abu Dhabi. In addition, the forward-looking model for the impact of climate change on agriculture in the UAE was presented by Dr Tarifa Alzaabi, Acting Director-General of ICBA.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Fujairah Ruler offers condolences to Emir of Kuwait following sister’s death

FUJAIRAH, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, has sent a message of condolences to Emir Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah of Kuwait, following the death of his sister Sheikha Nouria Ahmad Al Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah.

HH.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, also sent similar messages to the Kuwaiti Emir.

Source: Emirates News Agency

HFZA-based ATS Terminals greatly increase tank storage

SHARJAH, The Hamriyah Free Zone-based ATS Terminals FZE has increased its tank storage capacity from 42,000 CBM to 72,000 CBM, at a total investment of AED 55 million. The state-of-the-art terminal is completely automated with efficient and new-generation tank monitoring and loading systems, tank gauging systems, automated firefighting systems, and 24 /7 security surveillance.

ATS TERMINALS FZE offers services to clients that include bulk liquid storage and bulk transportation of chemicals and petroleum products.

ATS Terminals FZE will be planning its phase IV expansion to increase the storage volume to 100,000 CBM in 2022.

Such expansions are yet another testament to HFZA’s position as a key destination for foreign investors seeking to expand their businesses in the region.

Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, accompanied by HFZA officials and directors, toured the new facilities of the Indian company, where they were briefed on the phases of the new expansion and the procedures for the storage process, built according to the best international standards.

Al Mazrouei commended the company’s role in supply, distribution, transport and shipping chains, as well as the innovative mechanisms adopted in the process of storing liquid chemicals and petroleum products.

“Today, HFZA and the Emirate of Sharjah stand out as a global business and investment destination, thanks to the wise directives of H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Our main goal is to provide investors with a holistic experience with cutting-edge services, stimulating initiatives, and competitive benefits,” said Al Mazrouei.

Today’s announcement is a clear indication that we are on the right track to further strengthen the confidence of our investors and customers in HFZA’s business environment, he added.

In addition to offering industrial and commercial plots of land, HFZA, the second-largest industrial-free zone in the UAE, provides advanced infrastructure and modern facilities that strengthen external expansion plans for investors, especially in import and re-export to the world’s markets. It also provides countless competitive advantages, most notably a single-window operation that boosts the efficiency of performance and eases procedures of doing business, along with multiple tax exemptions, repatriation of capital and profits, full foreign ownership of businesses, and quick access to regional and global markets.

Source: Emirates News Agency

OPEC daily basket price stood at $61.63 a barrel Thursday

VIENNA, The price of OPEC basket of thirteen crudes stood at $61.63 a barrel on Thursday, compared with $61.61 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.

The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Djeno (Congo), Zafiro (Equatorial Guinea), Rabi Light (Gabon), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).

Source: Emirates News Agency