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India reports over 179,000 new COVID-19 cases

NEW DELHI, 10th January, 2022 (WAM) — India reported 179,723 new COVID-19 cases and 146 related deaths in the last 24 hours, with the Omicron variant tally exceeding 4,000, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday.

With this, the country's COVID-19 tally has risen to 35,528,004 while the death toll has mounted to 483,936, ANI reported.

The health ministry further said that there are 4,033 Omicron cases in India so far.

With the recovery of 46,569 patients in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients, since the beginning of the pandemic, now stands at 34,500,172.

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du hosts event bringing together ICT organisations to highlight the importance of gender equality

DUBAI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — The Gender Balance Council at du, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), collaborated with Aurora50 to host an event on gender equality for women in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

The event involved round table discussions, networking opportunities and different exercises to help participants to understand gender stereotypes and overcoming challenges in the workplace. du invited employees from various organisations in the ICT industry to be part of the conversation.

As a whole, the event provided strategies to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and emphasised the importance of creating a supportive environment for women to thrive in their careers. du’s Gender Balance Council aims to empower women in the ICT industry and promote gender equality across all sectors.

The event also featured an expert-led panel discussion on “imposter syndrome”, in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments. It was moderated by Diana Wilde, Co-Founder, Aurora50 and panellists included Hanan Ahmed, Chief Regulatory Affairs and Risk Officer, du; Fiona Fox, Finance Director MEA, Microsoft; and Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi, Co-Chair, Global Future Council for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum.

The session highlighted contributing factors, strategies to overcome it and ways to support fellow team members in the organisation.

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Integrated Transport Centre announces Ramadan schedule

ABU DHABI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi announced the working hours of its Customer Happiness Centres, as well as the timings of MAWAQiF paid parking service, Darb Toll Gate System, and public buses schedule during the holy month of Ramadan 1444 Hijri (2023), for the purpose of keeping the public up-to-date on its operations and services.

Customer Happiness Centres

The ITC said that Customer Happiness Centres in Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Al Ain City Municipality will be receiving customers during the holy month of Ramadan from Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 15:00, and on Friday from 09:00 to 12:00.

Furthermore, customers may continue to apply for ITC’s services online using ITC’s website:, Darbi and Darb websites and apps, and through “TAMM" platform for digital government services in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, customers may contact the unified Service Support Centre of the Department of Municipalities and Transport on 800850 or Taxi Call Centre: 600535353 to request services 24/7.

MAWAQIF Service, Darb Toll Gate

MAWAQiF parking fees will be applied during Ramadan as per the current timing from Monday to Saturday, from 08:00 to 24:00, and will be free of charge on Sundays.

The peak hours of the Darb toll gate system will be modified during Ramadan to start from 08:00 to 10:00 in the morning period, and from 14:00 to 16:00 in the evening period. The toll charges will be applied from Monday to Saturday, and will be free of charge on Sundays.

Public Buses Services

Public bus services will be available during the month of Ramadan in the city of Abu Dhabi and its suburbs throughout the week. The services will start operating in the city of Abu Dhabi starting from 05:00 and 06:00, and will last until 01:00. As for Abu Dhabi’s suburbs, the services will start operating from 06:00 until 22:00. Additionally, there will be a slight change in the frequency of some services provided.

As for the city of Al Ain, the public bus services during Ramadan will operate from 07:00 until 02:00. As for its suburbs, the services will be provided from 06:00 until 23:00, while some services will operate until 24:00. The majority of the suburban public bus services will remain unchanged, with a slight change in the frequency of a few services in the city of Al Ain.

The public bus service at Al Dhafrah during Ramadan will operate at the current service hours with minimal changes. The Public Bus Service will not be operational during Iftar time.

As for the Abu Dhabi Express services, the service will operate from 06:00 to 23:00 during weekdays and from 06:00 AM to 01:00 during weekends.

Finally, the on-demand bus “Abu Dhabi Link” service will be available from 06:00 to 23:00 throughout the week.

For further details about bus and public transport timings, please visit or contact the Service Support Centre of the Department of Municipalities and Transport on its toll-free number: 800850 or use the “Darbi” application.

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COP28 President-Designate urges climate ministers to unite behind ‘transformational progress’ for COP of Action, COP for All

ABU DHABI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — At the conclusion of the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President-Designate, urged global climate ministers to unite behind "transformational progress" for a COP of Action and a COP for All.

Dr. Al Jaber joined Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, COP27 President and Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, to co-chair the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial in Denmark – the first official meeting of climate leaders and ministers from around the world since COP27.

The event, which was hosted by the Danish government, also saw Dr. Al Jaber hold a series of one-to-one meetings with climate leaders, where he drove forward his agenda to secure commitment to an inclusive COP of Action and urged leaders to deliver "transformational progress" to keep 1.5 degrees alive.

The meeting was attended by climate ministers and senior government representatives from developed and developing countries including France, Japan, the Maldives, Samoa, the UK and USA. The Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Simon Stiell and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Action and Just Transition, Selwin Hart, were also in attendance.

During the two-day event, Dr. Al Jaber worked with Sameh Shoukry and Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister of Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, to lead efforts to deliver on the meeting's aim of securing the implementation of the results of COP27 while also setting the course ahead towards COP28 in the UAE later this year.

In his remarks, Dr. Al Jaber reminded ministers and climate leaders of the approaching Global Stocktake at COP28 and urged them to take action across a range of key areas to bring 1.5C within reach.

He said, " Yesterday’s IPCC report highlighted the significant challenges ahead and the urgent need to course correct if we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. But more importantly, the report identifies the opportunities and solutions that are available to reduce emissions and enhance resilience.”

Dr. Al Jaber emphasised the need to accelerate pathways to net zero by rapidly adopting renewable and zero carbon energies, decarbonizing the current energy system and investing in proven and new mitigation technologies. He said: “We have a short window of opportunity to deliver a system-wide transformation. But if we make the right investments, we can create a pathway for sustainable growth, where climate and economic progress go hand-in-hand.”

He also spoke about finance being the critical success factor across all pillars, saying, “We need to double adaptation finance by 2025 and we need a strong outcome on loss and damage this year, with clear recommendations from the transitional committee on the fund and funding arrangement.” Dr. Sultan in his closing remarks underscored the need to explore all networks to ensure the fund is fully operationalized by COP28.

While at the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial, Dr. Al Jaber played a key role in leading and facilitating a series of high-level plenaries and discussions. He also met with a range of climate minsters and leaders as well as representatives from the climate sector including Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister for China; Collins Nzovu, Minister of Zambia; Grace Fu, Minister of Environment for Singapore and Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary of Germany. Throughout all discussions, he emphasized the need for climate action and an ambitious COP28.

In concluding the visit, Dr Al. Jaber thanked ministers and climate leaders and welcomed their support for an accelerated energy transition, enabled by an inclusive approach that empowers private sector partners.

Ambassador Majid, Director-General of COP28, accompanied Dr. Al Jaber to Copenhagen, leading a roundtable with CEOs and business executives from Danish industry spanning renewable energy, heavy industry and transport, water systems, and energy innovation. In the meeting, Ambassador Majid linked COP28 to the real economy and discussed key components of the COP28 strategy, namely the Global Stocktake, the energy transition and partnership with the private sector in climate action.

Copenhagen was the latest destination in the COP28 Presidency's global listening tour – a series of international visits to meet with, and hear the views of, a range of partners across government, civil society, youth, the private sector and representatives of international organizations and NGOs. To date, Dr. Al Jaber and members of the COP28 leadership team have visited India, the UK, Germany, France and the US. Additional meetings are scheduled for both developed and developing countries.

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