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UAE government entities discuss information security; call for coordinated efforts to ensure business continuity

ABU DHABI, 30th November, 2021 (WAM) — UAE government entities, representing nuclear regulation, emergency preparedness and public health sectors, underscored the importance of information security, emergency preparedness and mental health to protect the community and ensure that entities can maintain their mandates, especially in times of emergencies.

These views were made during a one-day workshop, organised by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in cooperation with the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) to discuss the importance of information security and business continuity challenges during the pandemic, and lessons learnt.

The workshop brought together national experts and decision-makers to share knowledge and expertise regarding information protection and business sustainability. During the workshop, they presented their case studies to illustrate best practices to eliminate information security threats; promote information security culture among the UAE government entities.

In his opening remarks, Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), stated, "At the time, the world experienced unprecedented challenges, disrupting businesses, trade, industries and others due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE, thanks to its wise leadership, has successfully managed the pandemic, ensuring public safety and continuing business. FANR took swift actions to ensure its staff safety and wellbeing and continue its essential regulatory oversight. During such times, we achieved historic milestones for the UAE when we issued operating licenses of Units 1 and 2 of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, making the nation the first Arab country to operate a nuclear power plant."

Meanwhile, Dr. Taher Al Ameri, Spokesperson for the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) stressed that business continuity is mandatory for government entities to carry out their duties. He presented various stages of emergency preparedness and coordination mechanism across the government to ensure the smooth operation of the workplace.

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Executive Director of Communicable Diseases Sector in Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) and Official Spokesperson for Health Sector in the UAE, maintained that physical and mental health during pandemics is critical to ensure public safety. She said that it is imperative to maintain resilience by building connections, seeking help and embracing healthy thoughts in workplaces.

Dr. Naill Al Momani, Head of Crisis Management Department in the Dubai Police Academy, presented a case study on "Are we prepared for future disasters?". He stressed that business continuity is required for business functioning, underscoring that preparedness leads to better performance. In addition, he underscored the roles of individuals and organisations in developing and supporting business continuity to ensure the smooth operation of the business.

The participants stressed that community awareness plays an important role in supporting government efforts to ensure business continuity and information security, especially in crises.

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Breaking / Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President

ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was unanimously elected as the President of the UAE to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have reaffirmed their keenness to continue implementing the authentic values and principles laid down by the late deceased, Sheikh Khalifa, following on from the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These have consolidated the UAE’s status at both regional and global levels.

The Federal Supreme Council expressed its full confidence that the people of the UAE will remain, as Sheikh Zayed and the founders believed, “a faithful guardian of the Union and its gains at all levels”.

Their Highnesses wished H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan success in serving his people and country.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his appreciation for the precious trust placed in him by his brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, praying to the Almighty to guide and help him to bear the responsibility of this great trust and to fulfil its tasks of serving his country and people.


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wasl properties announces the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan Arts Competition

News of Emirates – wasl properties, one of the largest real estate development and management companies in Dubai, has announced the launch of the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan competition that seeks to reward its creative and artistic tenants with exceptional prizes.

The annual competitions welcome participation from all ages, with a painting challenge for wasl tenants’ children and a photography contest for adults.

wasl’s Ramadan Painting Competition is designed for younger tenants of up to 13 years old, and participants will be required to paint a piece reflecting the true meaning of Ramadan. With an iPad up for grabs every week, artworks must be uploaded to the website for them to be voted on publicly and judged by the wasl committee. At the end of the holy month, one winner out of the four selected over the course of the competition will be awarded the grand prize of a scholarship of up to AED 25,000.

For adults, wasl launched the Ramadan Instagram Photography Competition, which invites anyone over the age of 13, even non-tenants, to capture the true meaning of the holy month by taking a selfie with one of Dubai’s landmarks. Those interested in participating must share their photographs on Instagram using #waslRamadan2022 and mentioning @waslgroup. Each entrant can upload an unlimited number of photos, and the wasl committee will decide which lucky entrants will win one of four Apple Watches every week.

wasl properties launched the ‘Ramadan Competition’ for the first time in 2011, and it has expanded over the years to become an anticipated annual contest.

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Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, UAE are ‘terrorist actions’: Kosovo PM

PRISTINA, 17th February, 2022 (WAM) — Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, has condemned the Houthi attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, labelling the militia as a terrorist group.

"We were appalled by these images and all these attacks. Absolute violence against civilians, which has nothing to do with respect for human dignity, human rights, society and community. This is something that we can never tolerate and it is our task to always condemn it," Kurti told Saudi English language newspaper Arab News.

Asked whether he agrees that as a result of targeting civilian targets the Houthi militia should be designated as a terrorist group, Kurti said, "Yes, I think that all these attacks on civilians are terrorist actions."

On 17th January, the Houthi milita attacked a fuel tank storage facility near Abu Dhabi International Airport, killing three and injuring six.

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