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Remote learning system extended an extra week: UAE Government media briefing

ABU DHABI, 12th January, 2021 (WAM) — Hazza Al Mansouri, Official Spokesman of the UAE Education Sector, announced, during UAE Government media briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, the extension of the remote learning system for schools and universities for an extra week from 17th to 21st January, 2022, and the postponement of all in-person exams to 28th January, 2022.

Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, Official Spokesperson of the UAE Health Sector, highlighted the importance of the community’s adherence to preventive measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

She explained that the UAE has presented a pioneering model in terms of dealing with the pandemic from the onset, which is the product of the close cooperation between all relevant authorities to implement the directives of the UAE’s leadership to ensure public safety and accelerate recovery.

She noted that the health sector is continuing its efforts to achieve acquired immunity by providing vaccines to all eligible individuals and added that 100 percent of the population had received the first dose of the vaccine while 92.76 percent are fully vaccinated.

Dr. Al Ghaithi explained that vaccines, both primary and booster shots, can significantly help reduce infection, hospitalisation and death rates and curb the spread of variants. In addition, she urged eligible individuals to take booster shots, especially the elderly and those with chronic diseases, as it helps address national efforts to contain the virus and its variants.

"We urge the community’s members to be cautious and perform the necessary tests if they present with symptoms, especially respiratory symptoms associated with seasonal flu. PCR tests are necessary in these cases to confirm infections," she stressed.

Al Mansouri presented the latest information on the procedures and directives of the Ministry of Education related to updates of the COVID-19 preventive measures.

He then stressed that the educational sector is ready and has taken proactive measures for prompt action in emergency cases, in line with the sector’s keenness to maintain the continuity of the education process by closely monitoring the situation.

The pandemic is being closely monitored to facilitate the safe return of students, teachers and administrative staff to educational establishments and ensure their safety, he added.

He pointed out that the remote learning system has been extended for one week for schools and universities from 17th to 21st January, 2022, while in-person exams have been postponed for schools and universities to 28th January, 2022.

"This decision applies to educational establishments nationwide, with local authorities and teams having the authority to regulate its implementation," Al Mansouri noted.

The administrations and cadres of educational establishments have demonstrated a high sense of professionalism in their flexible handling of the situation from the onset, he further added.

At the end of the briefing, he stressed the importance of adhering to the precautionary measures to ensure the community’s safety.

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UAE stands in solidarity with Pakistan and Afghanistan, offers condolences over earthquake victims

ABU DHABI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — The UAE has expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with Pakistan and Afghanistan over the victims of the earthquake that struck the two countries and resulted in numerous deaths and injuries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) expressed its sincere condolences to Pakistan and Afghanistan and their peoples, as well as to the families of the victims of this tragedy. It also wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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Muslim Council of Elders condemns statements by Israeli Minister denying existence of Palestinian people

ABU DHABI, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — Under the Chairmanship of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Muslim Council of Elders strongly condemned statements by Israeli Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich in which he denied the existence of the Palestinian people.

The Council also condemned his use of a map of Israel that includes lands from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Muslim Council of Elders reiterated its categorical rejection of the Israeli occupation’s attempts to distort realities whilst committing repeated infractions against the Palestinian people.

The Council also called on the international community to take a decisive stand in support of the Palestinian people to rightfully achieve statehood with Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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UK publishes roadmap for reaching tech superpower status by 2030

LONDON, 22nd March, 2023 (WAM) — The UK has today published a roadmap for reaching tech superpower status by 2030 through a new International Technology Strategy.

The Foreign Secretary and the Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary set out at the launch in London how the UK will build on the strength of its tech sector, which is already the largest in Europe and the third highest valued in the world after the USA and China, said a press release issued by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The UK, guided by four principles – to be open, responsible, secure and resilient – will shape the future of technology in a way that promotes its use positively, and drives innovation and UK tech leadership, while boosting its security from new and emerging threats.

The UK Government will work closely with Governments, academia and industry to leverage the UK’s world-leading strengths in technology through international partnerships with established and emerging science and technology powerhouse nations.

The Prime Minister has made growing the economy, creating better paid jobs and opportunity across the country, one of his five priorities. Investing in the UK's thriving tech sector will directly contribute to that. The sector was worth US$1 trillion in 2022, and the UK is home to more than 85,000 start-ups and scale-ups. More investment was generated in the UK tech sector last year than in France and Germany combined, creating and sustaining high quality jobs around the country.

The International Tech Strategy will boost growth in this sector, strengthening the country's position on the world stage while forging long-term links that will promote the UK as place for investment and collaboration in the technologies of the future.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said, “Now more than ever, it is important that the UK steps up to promote British tech excellence worldwide.”

He added that this strategy will help deliver on the UK's ambition to be a tech superpower by 2030, backing UK businesses and helping the country solve the challenges of tomorrow through innovation and international collaboration.

Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said, “We are a top-class breeding ground for emerging tech, but being a superpower means working with our international partners to turn these nascent technologies into global industries."

Donelan added, “Our International Tech Strategy will ensure we deepen collaboration with our allies on the technologies of tomorrow, driving growth and prosperity for the UK while strengthening our national security.”

As part of the strategy, the UK will also work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Technology to engage with the international community on how to better use technology.

“We will also build on the UK’s success in securing a seat on the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), working together with partners to increase worldwide connectivity, and provide clear leadership in the telecoms sector,” said the press release.

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