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Masdar – Protecting environment, limiting effects of climate change prioritised by UAE

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ABU DHABI, 5th December, 2021 (WAM) — Protecting the environment and limiting the effects of climate change are prioritised by the UAE and its leadership.

Since the formation of the UAE, it has been keen to adopt leading initiatives and projects benefitting future generations and contributing to sustainable development.

The establishment of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) in 2006 resulted from the country's significant efforts to protect natural resources and reduce carbon emissions.

Masdar is a vital supporter of the country's work to promote clean energy solutions, strengthen sustainable development and address climate change.

It is also a leading developer and investor in renewable energy, clean energy technologies and sustainable urban development.

The Mubadala Investment Company is currently active in nearly 40 countries, encouraging innovation in clean energy technologies to reduce emissions and reinforcing the leadership of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, in general, in this field.

Since its establishment, Masdar has assisted the efforts to address climate change and global warming. The company currently invests in sustainable projects valued at over US$20 billion, with a production capacity exceeding 13 gigawatts. It has also helped offset over 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahy, CEO of Masdar, expressed his pride in the UAE's overall achievements, most notably in the renewable energy sector, which has achieved recent progress and reinforced the country's leadership in this area.

"Masdar has enhanced its stature as a leading international company in promoting clean energy solutions around the world, helping to promote the diversification of the economy and energy sources," he said.

Masdar's clean energy sector and sustainable urban development journey are full of achievements and significant local and international projects. In 2013, the company established the Shams Solar Plant, one of the Middle East's most important renewable energy projects.

The company completed Phase III of the 800-megawatt Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Energy Park in Dubai, developed through an alliance led by Masdar, in cooperation with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and ADF Renoplus.

Masdar developed Al Tufaila Wind Power Plant in Jordan, the first commercial wind power project in the Middle East.

In Oman, Masdar constructed the Dhaffar Wind Power Plant, the first large-scale wind power project in the Arabian Gulf, producing 50 megawatts of clean energy for nearly 16,000 houses, helping prevent about 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Internationally, in 2011, the Gemasolar CSP Plant was inaugurated in Spain, the world's first solar utility energy project.

The company also launched three projects in the United Kingdom, including the London Array, one of the world's largest offshore wind power plants that prevent the emission of 925,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, and the first Hywind Scotland plant.

Masdar has made several international key investments, including Future Hero Energies, India's leading clean energy company.

Masdar also leads green hydrogen development initiatives and sustainable fuel programmes for transport, shipping, and aviation. The company launched initiatives to support the development of a green hydrogen economy in Abu Dhabi, including a pilot plant project in Masdar City that will explore opportunities for developing green hydrogen, sustainable fuels, and producing kerosene from electricity for transportation and aviation purposes, in cooperation with local and international partners.

Masdar City is the only specialised and accredited research and development complex in Abu Dhabi. It currently houses more than 1,000 companies, ranging from international companies and institutions to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and local start-ups.

The city also houses the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the first intergovernmental organisation based in the Middle East, and the UAE Space Agency, Siemens and Honeywell.

The city also hosts the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, the first graduate university specialising in artificial intelligence research globally. It offers specialist postgraduate programmes for students from the UAE and the rest of the world. The G42 Healthcare has one of the largest laboratories that conduct tests to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

To promote awareness and exchange knowledge on significant sustainability and clean energy challenges, Masdar has been keen to hold knowledge platforms, events and strategic initiatives since its establishment to raise awareness of sustainability issues. It also hosts the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week annually.

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Ministry of Health authorises new ECG app with 95% accurate, instant results

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DUBAI, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) –The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in cooperation with ProCardio Medical Equipment Company, is showcasing at the Arab Health 2022 the latest ECG interpretation and analysis smart app, with 95% accurate and instant results.

This comes as part of the ministry's efforts to help healthcare providers and patients to use the latest innovations in reading and diagnosing the electrocardiogram (ECG) results accurately and instantly, leading to a better and faster diagnosis, especially for critical cases.

The app is now available for use in the UAE after having been licensed by the ministry's Health Regulatory Sector. The app can accurately and quickly read, analyze, and diagnose the patient's condition, which would be particularly important in dealing with critical cases, such as cardiac arrhythmia "an irregular heartbeat".

Using artificial intelligence technology, the ECG can be read and data analyzed by the paramedic teams within 10-30 seconds, whether during road accidents or at home. It can transfer the real image of the ECG reality to the hospital after analyzing it with an accuracy of up to 95%, which contributes to reducing time and effort and saving patients' lives.

The application has the ability to diagnose (45) heart diseases in less than 10 seconds, including cardiac arrhythmia, conduction disorders, myocardial infarction, ventricular and atrial hypertrophy, pericarditis, angina pectoris.

"The new project comes in line with the ministry’s efforts to attract, license, and register innovative medical products and advanced applications that support and facilitate the work of health care providers and members of society," said Dr. Amin Hussein Al-Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for the Health Regulation Sector. "We are also keen to promote the use of modern technology which plays a major role in producing medical and digital equipment and supplies.

Al Amiri asserted that the trend towards the use of cutting-edge technology would help enhance the country’s competitiveness by creating a legislative and investment environment keeping pace with international best practices, thus cementing the UAE's status as a global destination to attract global and digital medical companies and motivate them to open branches in the UAE.

Thanks to the UAE's success in preserving the intellectual property rights of manufacturing medical equipment and innovative medicines, the ministry seeks to encourage hundreds of international companies to choose the UAE as a regional headquarters for its logistical stock of medical and pharmaceutical products and items.

This would help support patients, the treatment system, and the medical tourism program, to attract patients from across the region to get their treatment in the UAE, Al Amiri said in conclusion.

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UAE resumes entry for travellers from 12 African countries, updates entry measures with another 3 effective January 29

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ABU DHABI, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) — The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced the resumption of all inbound flights for national and international carriers and transit passengers from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe in addition to updating the entry measures for travellers coming in from Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda, from Saturday, January 29, effective 14.30, while adhereing to all relevant precautionary measures in place.

Those coming from the above mentioned countries to the UAE have to have a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours from the approved labs in their respective countries of departure and a Rapid-PCR test at the airports of departure in addition to undertaking PCR test upon arrival while adhering to all relevant precautionary and preventative measures.

Those suffering COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to travel.

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Crown Prince of Fujairah visits sculpture placed between the sunset and sunrise of Al Haniyah desert

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FUJAIRAH, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, stressed the importance of creative arts in depicting human history and its development, building bridges of communication and tolerance between people and shaping their culture.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed paid the visit to Al Haniya desert of the Emirate of Fujairah with his children, to view the art of Italian sculptor "Jago" entitled "Look here", which was recently moved to Al Haniya desert in Fujairah.

He listened to statements about the art piece, it’s idea, and the journey of moving it from Italy to the UAE with the support of Fujairah Government. The artist conveyed his gratification the great media and society interest that the sculpture received after it was transferred from Naples, where it was exhibited previously for six months. It finally moved to its new tranquil home on the unique sands of Al Haniyah.

His Highness commended the efforts made to transfer the art installation to Al Haniyah desert in Fujairah, as this step constitutes the artistic and touristic importance of the emirate, and enhances the region’s aesthetic and biodiversity value. The sculpture also led to capturing innovative and creative expressions by the people who settled, took the time to search for it and document it through social media and art.

The sculpture, which is in the shape of the infant, attracted the attention of visitors and artists from all over the UAE. Citizens, expatriates and tourists flocked to experience the art through photography, picnics and painting workshops, which made Al Haniyah desert a trending and unique tourist destination. This unique terrain that combines mountains and desert had a new element of beauty added to it through the concept of human art expression and merging of different cultures.

The art project was launched late November of last year as a unique and innovative tourism and art experience to unveil the hidden desert of Fujairah that little was known of. The sculpture was intentionally placed at the meeting point of mountains and desert anonymously. This led to it being discovered by tourists and visitors turning it to a first of its kind tourism experience that has art, experimentation and exploration at its core. Tourists posted and tagged the newly launched official tourism social media platform @discoverFujairah.

Italian artist Jago thanked His Highness the Crown Prince of Fujairah for his support to art and artists, and for facilitating the execution of this art project and adding it to the rich culture of Fujairah. Jago expressed his happiness with the great interaction and interest the art sculpture has received from the UAE community and looks forward to future collaborations.

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