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Mohammed bin Rashid issues six Decrees regulating Dubai Chambers, their Boards of Directors

DUBAI, 9th January, 2022 (WAM) — In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has approved legislations aimed at creating a new legal framework for Dubai Chambers and their Boards of Directors. The legislations are aimed at helping Dubai Chambers achieve their strategic objectives, reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global economic hub, and supporting the business community in the emirate.

The legislations include a Decree establishing Dubai Chambers as a new entity that replaces the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and appointing HE Juma Al Majid as the Honorary Chairman of Dubai Chambers. Another Decree establishes the Board of Directors for Dubai Chambers and appoints HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair as its Chairman.

Other Decrees establish the Board of Directors for Dubai Chamber of Trade, the Board of Directors for Dubai Chamber of International Trade with Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as Chairman, and the Board of Directors for Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy with HE Omar Sultan Al Olama as Chairman.

The Decrees, which reflect Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision for enhancing Dubai’s economy, establish three specialised chambers to cater to new requirements resulting from the emergence of new economic sectors. The new legislations help create the fundamental structural changes necessary for Dubai Chambers to operate effectively in an evolving environment, going beyond traditional models.

The legislations also enable Dubai Chambers to map out a clear vision for the future by adding more roles and powers, which allow the new organisations to raise their effectiveness and strengthen their role in developing sectors like digital economy and international trade.

As per the new legislation, Dubai Chambers' main responsibility is to develop plans and policies to enhance the emirate's global status as an economic hub and create an attractive business environment.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also issued a Decree forming the Board of Directors of Dubai Chambers under the Chairmanship of HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. Members of the Board include Faisal Juma Khalfan Belhoul, the Vice Chairman; HE Khalid Juma Al Majid Al Muhairi; HE Omar Sultan Al Olama; Omar Abdullah Al Futtaim; Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem; HE Helal Saeed Al Marri; Buti Saeed Mohammed Al Ghandi; Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg; Dr. Amina Abdul Wahed Al Rostamani; Tariq Hussain Khansaheb; Raji Patrick Chalhoub; and Ghassan Ahmed Yahya Al Kibsi.

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Chambers and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Chamber of Trade, said that the new Decrees enhance Dubai Chambers’ ability to contribute to the emirate's strategic economic objectives and establish Dubai's leading position in the global economy, while keeping pace with changes in the digital economy and international trade.

Furthermore, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid issued a Decree forming the Board of Directors of Dubai Chamber of Trade under the Chairmanship of HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. Members include Faisal Juma Khalfan Belhoul, the Vice Chairman; Khalid Juma Al Majid Al Muhairi; Omar Abdullah Al Futtaim; Majid Hamad Rahma Al Shamsi; Mohammed Abdulghaffar Hussain; Buti Saeed Mohammed Al Ghandi; Tariq Hussain Khansaheb; Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg; Dr. Amina Abdul Wahed Al Rostamani; Hind Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash; Raji Patrick Chalhoub; Shehab Mohammed Abdulkhaliq Gargash; Saeed Saif Ahmed Al Ghurair; and Hisham Abdullah Mohammed Al Shirawi.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also issued a Decree forming the Board of Directors of Dubai Chamber of International Trade under the Chairmanship of Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. Members of the Board include HE Helal Saeed Al Marri, the Vice Chairman; Dr. Habib Mohammed Mulla; Ahmed Ali Mohammed Al Khalafi; Nabil Habayeb; Ghassan Ahmed Yahya Al Kibsi; Mohammed Nadir Khalid Al Haffar; Rani Raad; Stephen Colin Moss; Mark David Willis; Remi Agil; Sanjiv Kakkar Bhavani; Elissar Farah Antonios; Julia Elizabeth Thomas; May Nasrallah-Merville; Rola Butros Zakaria Abu Manneh; Anuj Ranjan; and Shukri Ali Shukri Eid.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Chamber of International Trade highlighted the importance of the Decrees for Dubai and the organisation’s commitment to meet the aspirations of the emirate’s business community, realise Dubai’s strategic vision, support the interests of companies, businessmen and investors and contribute to achieving the emirate’s economic objectives.

In addition, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a Decree forming the Board of Directors of the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy under the Chairmanship of HE Omar Sultan Al Olama. Members of the Board include Ahmad Abdullah Juma bin Byat, the Vice Chairman; Hamad Obaid Al Shaikh Al Mansoori; Khalid Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer; Rashid Abdullah Ahmed Al Ghurair; Fadi Ali Ismail Ghandour; Mona Haidar Ataya; Hend Abdul Hameed Siddiqui; Rashid Mohammed Ali Al Abbar; Mansoor Khalifa Sultan bin Habtoor; Ronaldo Mashhour; Muddathir Elias Shaikha; Elissa Freiha; and Dany Farha.

Omar Sultan Al Olama, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, noted that the Decrees reflect Dubai’s clear strategic economic vision and the emirate’s keenness to keep pace with developments in the digital economy. The Decrees will create a supportive legislative framework and an attractive environment for specialised entities and the development of advanced logistical capabilities.

The Decrees also create strategic frameworks for Dubai Chambers to work to advance Dubai's economic growth and provide effective support to all traditional and emerging business sectors. Furthermore, the Decrees highlight Dubai's commitment to supporting national and family corporations by providing a fertile ground for their growth and development into competitive global companies. The Decrees also seek to develop new generations of trained and qualified businessmen and entrepreneurs who can support the national economy in expanding its global horizons and contribute to achieving Dubai’s ambitious economic vision.

The new Decrees gives businesses and foreign investors an opportunity to contribute to the development of trade policies, regulations and legislations for various sectors, further strengthening the public-private partnership that has underpinned Dubai’s exceptional growth and achievements.

Acknowledging the vital role played by SMEs and entrepreneurs in the national economy, the Decrees also seek to provide them tools to develop their business and opportunities to tap local and global markets.

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RAK Ruler receives Ramadan well-wishers

RAS AL KHAIMAH, 23rd March, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today received Ramadan well-wishers, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.

He received the greetings of Sheikhs, senior officials and heads of local government departments in the country, as well as dignitaries and Emiratis, who congratulated the Ras Al Khaimah Ruler on the occasion of the holy month and wished him good health and further progress for the UAE, as well as development for the Muslim and Arab nations.

A number of senior officials from the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah attended the receptions.

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Brand Dubai launches fourth edition of Ramadan Recipes Guide

DUBAI, 23rd March, 2023 (WAM) — Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), has partnered with Dubai-based chefs and restaurants and cafés from its “Proudly from Dubai” (PFD) network to launch the fourth edition of the Ramadan Recipes Guide, featuring 30 original recipes for 30 days.

As part of the collaborative initiative, Brand Dubai has collected and curated simple-to-prepare Ramadan recipes inspired by the menus of 10 outlets and 10 chefs to inspire culinary creativity among the community this Ramadan.

The initiative seeks to support members of the PFD network by raising their visibility and offering them a platform to connect with their audience in innovative ways.

Fatma Almulla, City Branding Executive at Brand Dubai, said, “We are extremely excited to launch another edition of the Ramadan Recipes Guide, which has now expanded in scope to feature recipes not only from restaurants and cafés from the PFD network but also from successful Dubai-based chefs who are extremely popular among Dubai’s food-loving community.

"Launched as an annual initiative, the Ramadan Recipes Guide seeks to showcase the creativity and culinary talent of our members while providing them with additional exposure among the public. Apart from highlighting the city's passion for culinary excellence, this initiative supports various entrepreneurs to contribute to the diverse and dynamic food scene in Dubai.”

The newly-launched guide, which provides delicious and traditional recipes for Iftar and Suhoor, celebrates Dubai's culinary diversity and unique cultural blend as well as its emergence as a gastronomic hub, she said.

Almulla added that many of the recipes featured in the guide this year are unique in their concept, with some blending traditional cuisines with modern twists and international flavours.

The recipes provide a detailed step-by-step guide for preparing scrumptious sweet and savoury dishes for the family, including starter plates, soups, salads, main courses, desserts, snacks and Suhoor meals. This year, the guide will also feature wholesome, nutritious recipes that are vegan and gluten-free.

The recipes appeal to a wide range of palates and are inspired by an eclectic diversity of cuisines including Mediterranean, Emirati, American, Italian, Mexican and Scandinavian.

Many of the recipes featured in the guide have been developed by celebrity chefs who have started their journey from Dubai and launched their own restaurants. The chefs, representing various nationalities, also have a huge social media following, with some even earning a Michelin star for their high-quality dishes.

“Proudly from Dubai” is an initiative of Brand Dubai that aims to tell local and global audiences the success stories of exciting and innovative homegrown businesses and talent.

It also seeks to tell the story of innovation and creativity shaping Dubai’s emerging business and entrepreneurial culture.

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Mariam Almheiri highlights UAE’s ambition to scale collective action, innovative solutions to address global water challenge

NEW YORK, 23rd March, 2023 (WAM) — Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, underlined the UAE’s ambition to scale collective action and develop innovative solutions to address the global challenge of water scarcity.

Presenting to the United Nation Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting at the UN 2023 Water Conference, Almheiri said, “The stress on our water systems is contributing in ever-more concrete ways to food shortages, farmer-herder tensions and migration, ultimately undermining stability in the most fragile areas. With impacts of climate change manifesting most concretely through water – via droughts, flooding, tsunamis – these trends are only likely to worsen. The UAE will continue to work with its partners to ensure that the Council focuses on practical ways to warranty that climate risks inform its decision-making.”

The UAE is an elected member of the Security Council and Almheiri is leading the UAE delegation at the UN 2023 Water Conference.

The conference aims to raise the importance of water on the global agenda and accelerate action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Co-hosted by the Governments of Tajikistan and the Netherlands, the conference opened on World Water Day, March 22.

The three-days-conference will feature several high-level official sessions, plenaries, special events and interactive dialogues organised by UN Member States, multilateral entities, and other stakeholders.

The UAE is developing more energy-efficient desalination plants; sharing knowledge to improve water harvesting; catalysing investment in water conservation technologies; raising awareness to change behaviours and consumption patterns; regulating to reduce the water footprint of homes and businesses; and forging international partnerships.

Almheiri will take part in the interactive dialogue, “Water for Climate, Resilience, and Environment: Source to Sea, Biodiversity, Climate, Resilience, and DRR”, co-chaired by Japan and Egypt.

The session will explore opportunities to strengthen convergence between intergovernmental processes and address the barriers to providing data and information for improved water management, climate resilience, early warning systems, and risk-informed decision-making.

Almheiri will participate in side events such as “From UN Water Conference to COP28: Accelerating Water and Climate Action” hosted by the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the UN, Netherlands, Tajikistan and UN Water. She will also take part in a session hosted by Egypt on"‘From COP27 to the UN 2023 Water Conf: Action on Water Adaptation and Resilience (AWARE)", where she will share the UAE’s experiences in addressing the challenge of water scarcity and climate change.

Almheiri will engage with global leaders, policymakers, and experts to identify innovative solutions to water challenges and advance progress toward sustainable water management, resilient ecosystems, and equitable access to water.

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