UAE women: A Journey of Empowerment

ABU DHABI, 27th August 2016 (WAM) – The empowerment of women has been one of the notable success stories of the UAE. The UAE firmly believes that progress on issues relating to women’s rights is essential for building a tolerant and modern society.

Brand new city in heart of Bahrain thanks to AED374m ADFD grant

ABU DHABI, 24th August, 2016 –Bahrain’s housing shortage due to its growing population and economic boom is soon to come to an end thanks to an AED 374m grant from Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the UAE’s international development arm (ADFD).

Meeting on Arab human rights begins in Tunisia

TUNIS, 24th August, 2016 (WAM) — Human rights officials at Arab interior ministries today began their second conference in Tunis to discuss several issues relating to human rights and security.

Pan-Arab, pan-African parliaments discuss cooperation

CAIRO, 24th August, 2016 (WAM) — Speaker of the pan-Arab Parliament, Ahmed Al Jarwan, and Speaker of the Pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang, today met to discuss ways of promoting cooperation to serve the interests of Arab and African peoples.

Arab Human Rights Federation condemns Houthi-Saleh militants’ crimes against civilians

GENEVA, 24th August, 2016 (WAM) — The Arab Federation for Human Rights has strongly condemned the crimes being committed by the Yemeni rebel Houthi group and militants loyal to the now-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh against civilians in Yemen and Saudi border areas, and called upon the international community to bring perpetrators to justice.

Taiz months-long siege broken: Governor

TAIZ, 24th August, 2016 (WAM) — Governor of Taiz, Ali Al Muammari, announced on Wednesday that the first stage of a military operation, being carried out to break a months-long siege laid on Taiz by the rebel Houthi group and militants loyal to the now-deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, was a success.

Kuwait spends KD 1.71 bn on biofuel project

KUWAIT, 21st August, 2016 (WAM) – CEO of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) Mohammed Ghazi Al-Mutairi announced Sunday that a collective KD1.71 billion has been spent on a bio-fuel project, which was locally and internationally financed.

Tunisian premier names government

TUNIS, 20th August 2016 (WAM) — Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed named his new government on Saturday, appointing 24 ministers, including eight women, and keeping the previous foreign and defence ministers in their posts.

Russia says backs Yemen’s legitimate government, rejects rebel coup

RIYADH, 20th August, 2016 (WAM) — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, today reiterated that Russia's support for Yemen's legitimate government is unwavering, a position that was made clear by the statement of ambassadors of the group of 18 states sponsoring peace efforts in Yemen.

UNHCR preparing for huge displacement from Iraq’s Mosul

GENEVA, 23rd August, 2016 (WAM) – Displacement in Iraq may be about to worsen dramatically with the focus of military action turning towards retaking Mosul, the country’s second largest city, the United Nations Refugee Agency, said today.