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Mohammed bin Rashid meets with President of Costa Rica at Expo 2020 Dubai

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DUBAI, 6th December, 2021 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met with Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica, at the country’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, was also present at the meeting.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed welcomed President Quesada and his accompanying delegation during the tour.

The two leaders discussed ties between the UAE and Costa Rica and explored ways to enhance bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The meeting also discussed recent regional and global developments, including efforts to accelerate sustainable development, and strategies to overcome the key challenges facing the global community in diverse sectors.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid praised the significant growth in ties between the UAE and Costa Rica and the common desire of the two countries to enhance cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, agriculture, industry and technology.

The President of Costa Rica also commended the constructive cooperation between the two countries. He extended his congratulations to the UAE on its 50th anniversary and expressed his best wishes for the nation’s continued prosperity and progress.

During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed and President Quesada were briefed about the Pavilion’s exhibits that highlight the country’s achievements in the fields of sustainability, social investment, peace and tolerance.

Located within the Mobility District, the Costa Rica Pavilion showcases how the country has emerged as one the world’s leading tourist destinations due to its natural beauty and biodiversity. Immersive displays also reveal how the country obtains 99 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources and how it reversed deforestation.

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Nahyan bin Mubarak receives Ambassador of Algeria

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ABU DHABI, 24th January, 2022 (WAM) — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, has received Khemissi Arif, Ambassador of Algeria to the UAE, in his palace.

At the start of the meeting, Sheikh Nahyan welcomed Arif and congratulated him for assuming his new position, wishing him success and a good stay in the country.

Both sides also discussed the strategic relations between the UAE and Algeria and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Sheikh Nahyan stressed that the two countries share deep-rooted ties supported by their leaderships. Algeria’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai underscores the strategic ties between the two countries, he noted, adding that Expo 2020 Dubai is the most important cultural event in the world, gathering 192 countries in one place, aimed at creating a better future for humanity.

For his side, Arif highlighted his country’s keenness to cooperate with the UAE in all areas and capitalise on the strategic partnership between the two countries. He lauded the successful organisation of Expo 2020 Dubai by the UAE and highlighted the ongoing efforts to boost their bilateral ties.

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Zee Stores becomes Ghitha Holding in strategic expansion

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ABU DHABI, 24th January, 2022 (WAM) — Zee Stores, the trading and distribution firm listed on the ADX Second Market, has announced that it will rebrand to Ghitha and expand its strategy to become a Key Player in the food industry, which will support the UAE’s food security agenda.

The holding company will add a number of related businesses to its existing portfolio, through future acquisitions and subsidiaries’ formation, which will enhance its core capabilities in wholesale importing and trading fresh and canned foods; packaging; and providing food services to industrial sites such as gas and oil fields. Its ticker symbol will then change to GHITHA from ZS.

The new strategic direction will enable Ghitha Holding to become one of the largest and most important players in the regional food trading sector.

Mohammed Somar Ajalyaqin, Chairman of Ghitha Holding, said, "With the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy aiming to make the Emirates the world’s most food-secure nation by 2051, expanding operations in food and agriculture presents an ideal opportunity to deliver shareholder value through commercial success while supporting the national development agenda. This transformation of Zee Stores into Ghitha Holding represents the next stage in the company’s journey, and through our growing operations we will continue to play an even greater role in this sector."

Ghitha Holding is a subsidiary of International Holding Company (IHC), the Abu Dhabi-headquartered multi-sector conglomerate which has implemented an ambitious strategy of consolidating and listing subsidiaries to transform them into powerful multi-sector operators. IHC holds an extensive portfolio in its Agriculture and Food & Beverage verticals and has developed deep expertise in food farming, trading and processing, empowering it to make significant contributions to the UAE’s food security strategy.

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26,189 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered during past 24 hours: MoHAP

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ABU DHABI, 24th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced that 26,189 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in the past 24 hours.

The total number of doses provided up to today stands at 23,339,861 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 235.99 doses per 100 people.

The vaccination drive is in line with the Ministry's plan to provide the vaccine to all members of society and acquire immunity, which will help reduce the number of cases and control the spread of the virus.

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