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Federal Supreme Council holds meeting in Hatta, Dubai



DUBAI, 2nd December, 2021 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today held a meeting, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the Sheikh Rashid Palace in Hatta, Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; 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; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman.

At the start of the meeting, Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates exchanged greetings on UAE's Golden Jubilee, expressing their happiness and pride at celebrating the country’s 50th National Day, and their best wishes to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is leading the UAE following in the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Founding Fathers.

Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates then congratulated the UAE’s citizens and residents, wishing the UAE and its people further prosperity.

They also thanked frontline workers across various sectors in the UAE, most notably in the health sector, the Armed Forces and security departments, who have set an example of giving, sacrifice and dedication in facing the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the UAE showed a high level of professionalism and efficiency.

They then saluted the nation’s martyrs, who went down in history after making the ultimate sacrifice for the country, serving as a beacon of light for future generations, while extending their appreciation and gratitude to the families of martyrs’.

During the meeting, Their Highnesses stated that the UAE leadership will continue to treat driving the UAE's growth and development, supporting its institutions and meeting the aspirations of the Emirati people as their top priorities in the upcoming period, noting the importance of teamwork to ensure the success of the UAE in achieving further prosperity.

They also underscored the importance of establishing a sustainable economy and utilising the country’s resources to serve the community, as well as enhancing its regional and international relations to advance its overall interests, and help achieve peace, stability and further development in the region.

Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members said that the official and people's UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations highlight the cohesion of the UAE and its people’s strong sense of national pride and belonging to the UAE.

On the occasion, Their Highnesses recalled the efforts made by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Founding Fathers to lay the foundations of the country and its institutions, as well as to unite the people within a framework of noble values, ethics, principles and national identity.

They also expressed their appreciation to Arab and world countries and peoples who joined the UAE in celebrating its 50th National Day.

Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members explained that the council’s meeting this year is of special significance as it was held on the country’s Golden Jubilee, which marks a new brighter phase and a stepping stone towards a more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow, in addition to being held following several pioneering achievements, most notably the International Space Station welcoming the first Emirati astronaut, the Hope Probe reaching Mars, and the announcement of a plan to explore Venus, among many others.

They then wished the Emirati people success in enhancing the UAE's standing in this area and serving humanity, noting that the UAE is currently hosting Expo 2020 Dubai, which is a first in its history.

At the end of the meeting, the council praised the efforts of the government at federal and local levels and its remarkable performance towards establishing a sustainable future based on excellence, leadership and international best practices.

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UAE Cabinet approves restructuring of Securities and Commodities Authority’s Board of Directors



DUBAI, 20th January, 2020 (WAM) — The Cabinet has approved a decision to restructure the Board of Directors of the Securities and Commodities Authority, under the chairmanship of Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi.

The decision is part of developing the system and workflow in the federal government in support of the UAE’s vision, and enabling the Securities and Commodities Authority to perform its plans and roles in promoting the performance of the financial markets in the country, according to systems that lay the foundations for flexibility and legislative sustainability, as part of the country’s directives to support and develop highly efficient and flexible financial markets.

As part of its duties, the Board will work to strengthen and develop the legislative and administrative system for the financial markets in the country, and support the supervisory and regulatory systems in accordance with best practices, to consolidate the UAE’s stature and its global leadership in this field.

The three-year membership includes Dr. Ali Mohammed Bakheett Al Rumaithi, Board Member of Central Bank of the UAE; Dr. Abdulla Al Khatib, Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Law – UAE University; Alyazia Ali Saleh Al Kuwaiti, Executive Director-Upstream & Integrated Business at Mubadala Investment; and Faisal Yousef bin Sulaiten, Executive Director of the Economic Security Centre of Dubai, along with representative of the youth category to be nominated by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet.

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WAM, Mexico media entities discuss media cooperation



MEXICO CITY, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — A delegation from the Emirates News Agency (WAM) has discussed ways to enhance media cooperation with a number of media entities in Mexico.

The discussion took place during the delegation's visit, led by Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of WAM, to Mexico, at the end of a tour to Latin America, which included Brazil and Colombia. This tour is part of WAM's efforts to partner with international media institutions.

During the tour, the delegation met with the officials of Cuartoscuro, a magazine that specialises in photography and press information, established in 1986. The two institutions discussed opportunities to enhance media ties and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to exchange and share media content between them.

The delegation also visited the headquarters of TV Azteca, a Mexican multimedia conglomerate owned by Grupo Salinas. It is the second-largest mass media company in Mexico after Televisa and broadcasts its programmes to 13 countries. The two sides explored means to develop media cooperation, news exchange, and the group's participation in the Global Media Congress, an event that will be hosted by Abu Dhabi next November.

The WAM delegation also visited Canal 11, a Mexican educational television network with 1,500 employees, and one of the most famous channels nationwide and in Latin America, that is fully funded by the Mexican government. The widespread network's daily followers reach nearly 30 million viewers and 3 million followers in the United States of America.

Canal 11 focuses on the most critical world news, local news, and educational programmes for children. Both sides agreed to broadcast a weekly article about the UAE, with materials provided by WAM in Spanish.

The delegation also visited "El Universal", a famous Mexican newspaper established 100 years ago, which is considered one of the most essential content makers in the media sector with over 240 journalists worldwide. They agreed to sign an MoU to exchange news in light of the desire of the Mexican side to increase its news about the UAE.

Al Rayssi stressed the importance of this visit in exploring broader horizons to enhance media cooperation with Mexican media, which has a history full of professional achievements.

He added that WAM is looking forward to building strategic relations with media establishments in Mexico due to the continuous cooperation between the two countries.

WAM Director-General expressed his aspiration for the participation of the Mexican media in the Global Media Congress in Abu Dhabi next November. He added that the Congress will provide a significant platform for building partnerships and fostering ties between media institutions worldwide.

Al Rayssi concluded by thanking all officials from the UAE Embassy in Mexico, commending their efforts to provide all forms of support to the WAM delegation during its stay in Colombia, which played a crucial role in making the visit a success.

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Foreign Minister of Pakistan affirms his country’s full solidarity with UAE



ISLAMABAD, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, has received in his office Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan.

Qureshi expressed his strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on civil facilities in the UAE. He considered the attack a threat to international peace and security, expressing regret for the civilian casualties, including a Pakistani citizen, due to the cowardly terrorist attack.

He added, "The UAE and Pakistan have solid historical relations, and we reiterate our full solidarity with the UAE in all the measures it takes to preserve the security and safety of its citizens and the sovereignty of its territories."

The Pakistani Foreign Minister also extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack and his wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

In turn, the UAE Ambassador thanked the minister for the firm Pakistani position, condemnation and sincere solidarity with the UAE and its people with regard to this heinous attack, which is inconsistent with all international norms and laws.

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