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Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award Extends Nominations Deadline to 15 January



News Of Emirates – The International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) has extended the last date for nominations for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award to 15 January 2020. The move comes in response to the high uptake from individuals and entities with outstanding achievements in promoting tolerance worldwide. 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the initiative in 2019 in line with the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.

The Award seeks to recognise those who champion tolerance within their communities and across the globe as a means of fostering intercultural communication, encouraging interfaith dialogue and highlighting the true image of Islam as a religion of peace. 

Interested participants can register on in accordance with the criteria and conditions approved by the Award’s Board of Trustees that reflect the highest standards of accuracy, transparency and integrity.

His Excellency Dr Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani, Managing Director of IIT, said: “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award seeks to promote the value of tolerance that the UAE holds dear, and reflects the keenness of the country’s leadership to celebrate global efforts to instil positive values in society.” 

For his part, His Excellency Major General Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award, said: “The high number of nominations emphasises the importance of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award as a global initiative that unifies international efforts to renounce intolerance, prejudice and hatred.” 

He noted that extending the deadline will provide more individuals and entities with the opportunity to submit their nominations for this first-of-a-kind initiative. 

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award aims to develop youth leadership capabilities through carefully designed programmes to shape a new generation of ambassadors of tolerance who dedicate their time and effort to building a cohesive and inclusive global society that believes in diversity as the pillar of a brighter future. The Award also seeks to encourage entrepreneurship and excellence in establishing new benchmarks of tolerance at the national and international levels.

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Circ Reports a Phenomenal Start in Abu Dhabi with 500,000km Travelled on E-Scooters in 2019 and Zero Reported Injuries



News Of Emirates – Circ, the micro-mobility champion that took the UAE by storm in July 2019, has revealed that riders have travelled over 500,000km on Circ e-scooters over the company’s first 150 days of operation in Abu Dhabi. The traction in the UAE capital is one of the highest for the company worldwide, with the distance travelled on its fleet equating to riding around the world 12 times over.

With Abu Dhabi as the pioneer of micro mobility in the region and under the guidance of the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), Circ is contributing to Abu Dhabi’s smart city initiatives around sustainability, innovation and efficient transportation solutions.

Having the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the Middle East, Circ has made a large investment to support Abu Dhabi’s Environmental Vision 2030: Circ rides to-date have eliminated 114 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that would have been generated by cars and other vehicles.

As a sign of its broad adoption across the Emirate, Circ has enabled more than 250,000 rides for over 50,000 unique riders. The service has addressed a variety of use cases showing promising signs that people are willing to substitute the car for short distance trips. It starts with leisure rides to explore Abu Dhabi, closely followed by personal errands and then either first-mile / last-mile or office commutes.

Jaideep Dhanoa, Circ MENA Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, says: “Circ’s purpose-built e-scooters have received extraordinary customer feedback since we began operation in July, which is a testament to the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transport that we’ve providing to the city.  As the number one most-downloaded travel application on the UAE iOS App Store and Google Play Store, we’ve successfully embedded micro-mobility into the daily lives of Abu Dhabi residents and visitors. The city’s adoption of affordable micro-mobility transportation options is improving connectivity, facilitating local commerce, enabling access to opportunity, and alleviating traffic congestion and pollution.”  

Bader Al Kalooti, Circ MENA Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, says: “We’ve seen that half of our users (49%) are millennials between the ages of 26 and 35, and yet a large portion (16%) falls within the 40+ age bracket, which indicates that our e-scooters are having a positive impact on the community as a whole. We will therefore continue to lead and grow the market for micro-mobility through investing heavily in technology, operations and best in class hardware.” 

Furthermore, Circ e-scooters were also effective in supporting Abu Dhabi’s mega cultural, touristic and sporting events.  This includes the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019, which was the first event of its kind globally to be serviced by a micro-mobility operator as Circ launched its services on Yas Island ahead of the highly anticipated Race Weekend.  Through collaborative partnerships with leading real estate developers and community stakeholders across the capital city, Circ is currently operational in 13 communities. 

With safety at the core of its operations, Circ has hosted 12 ‘Circ Safety Academy’ sessions since its inception, which serves to educate users about the safe and effective use of the e-scooters.  Going forward, Circ will continue to invest in educating users to adhere to safety precautions, such as driving safely only on cycle paths, wide sidewalks and minor roads, and where and how to park the e-scooters in a responsible way that doesn’t impair pedestrian access, roads or building entrances.  As part of its responsible approach, Circ also provides comprehensive insurance for all its e-scooter rides.

About Circ

Circ was created by a team with a shared vision of safer, cleaner, better-connected journeys. Founded at the end of 2018, the company’s purpose-built e-scooters are now available in 12 countries and enjoyed by hundreds of people every minute. Circ is building a champion for responsible micro-mobility in Europe and beyond, working with city authorities, local communities and other road users to transform urban transportation. Circ is the first regulator-approved e-scooter operator to launch in the Middle East, commencing operations in coordination with Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) in the UAE capital in July 2019, with further expansion across the Middle East and North Africa planned for the coming months.

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WCO: Dubai Customs is an example that should be followed globally



News Of Emirates – The World Customs Organization has recently applauded the advanced procedures and services Dubai Customs delivers to its clients. 

Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization stated in his recent visit to Dubai Customs that the Department plays a noticeable part in developing customs work globally. 

The customs work system and methodology in Dubai Customs is a leading example that needs to be followed by other customs organizations in the world, he said. 

Chapa cited Mirsal 2 as a successful system that deserves to be presented before international conferences so that other customs departments learn from it. 

On the sidelines of the WCO Global Communication Strategies Conference which concluded in Brussels, Belgium on 9 October 2019, WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya said hosting the 5th edition of the WCO Global AEO Conference will take place in Dubai  from 10 to 12 March 2020 is an indication of the world-class level that Dubai Customs reached in all aspects.

The World Customs Organization has also confirmed in its Columbus Program that Dubai Customs enjoys a full-integrated strategy and a clear vision enriched with numerous smart initiatives. This has encouraged the WCO experts to consider Dubai Customs as a role model locally, regionally and globally. 

In its report, the WCO stated that Dubai Customs works seriously in line with the WCO vision of supporting legitimate trade and securing borders. 

Through its magazine, the WCO has highlighted the major role played by Dubai Customs in advancing the customs field, citing some impressive projects including the Virtual Corridor, Ideclare and the launch of the Authorized Economic Operator. 

Dubai Customs announced major upgrades on its smart risk engine which raise predicative capabilities by 80%. The AI Predictive Risk Engine uses machine learning algorithms into customs vertical systems to improve time spent by Dubai Customs executing legitimate declarations by implementing modules in risk prediction, fraud detection, valuation price assessment, HS CODE Classification, and exception automation.

Dubai Customs developed a number of programs and applications that facilitated work and reduced the time needed by clients to clear their shipments. These include Mirsal 2, Smart Risk Engine, and Smart Workspace Platform. Dubai Customs has also launched the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) which has seen rapid growth and development since its official launch under the aegis of the Federal Customs Authority (FCA) in October 2016. The AEO program helped catapult the UAE to top the world’s Efficiency of Customs Procedures Index at the annual report of the Global Competitiveness.

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Ras Al Khaimah marvels the world with spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala that clinches 2 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles



News Of Emirates – The world’s eyes were on Ras Al Khaimah as it captivated people all over with a spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala that set two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles. Thousands of spectators, including international tourists, witnessed the 13-minute long fireworks that also reached billions of people through live feeds online and telecasts by global television networks. 

Defining Ras Al Khaimah as the ‘Tourism Capital of the GCC,’ the event clinched the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles for the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’. These take the number records set for fireworks hosted by Ras Al Khaimah to five in three years. 

The first record was for the captivating firework display using 173 PyroDronesTM simultaneously. The fireworks ushered in the New Year by creating a visual ‘2020’ in the sky followed by an elegant chandelier draped with a cascade of pyrotechnic sparks ending with the recreation of Ras Al Khaimah’s monuments. 

The record for the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’ at 3,788.86 metres trumped the existing one set in Fukuoka, Japan, which was for a length of 3,517.23 metres. The fireworks, each at least 28 cm long and 3 cm in diameter, created a spellbinding effect on the audience. 

Crowds thronged the main venue of Al Marjan Island, the flagship lifestyle development by Marjan, the master-developer of Ras Al Khaimah, from early in the evening as well as at viewing decks along Al Hamra. For the first time, Ras Al Khaimah also hosted a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner headlined by multi-Platinum singer, songwriter, and fashion icon, Najwa Karam, and celebrity singer Waleed Al Shami. 

A spokesperson said: “The event underlines the vision of Ras Al Khaimah’s leadership to position the emirate as one of the world’s first choices for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Apart from setting the two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles, the celebration will have a phenomenal legacy effect as it defines Ras Al Khaimah as the region’s leading tourism, retail and leisure destination.”

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