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Latifa bint Mohammed visits Maiden at Port Rashid ahead of its world voyage

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DUBAI, 8th December, 2021 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), visited the iconic racing yacht Maiden at Port Rashid ahead of its world tour that is aimed at empowering women and girls through education.

During her visit, accompanied by Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director DP World UAE & Jafza, H.H. Sheikha Latifa, who is the ‘Patron of Hope’ for the Maiden voyage, held a discussion with students from Al Mawakeb School on the future of girls’ education and the key role youth play in shaping the future of the UAE. As part of the session, one of the students also shared a message of hope and empowerment.

Following the session, H.H. Sheikha Latifa and the students took a tour of the Maiden yacht, where they met with the crew and were briefed about Maiden’s mission and its impact on the world.

During its upcoming world voyage, Maiden, which is being sponsored by DP World, will sail with an all-female crew, calling at ports to inspire and encourage girls and young women to participate in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) subjects, particularly equipping them for careers in transport and logistics.

Education and Women are two of the legacy areas of DP World’s "Our World, Our Future" sustainability strategy, which aims to create a better, more equitable world. The departure from Dubai in the coming weeks will be a return to the sea for Maiden after her world voyage was halted by the pandemic. Maiden had sailed more than 33,000 nautical miles, visiting more than 23 destinations in 12 countries.

Maiden became famous when she took part in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race with the first all-female crew ever to attempt a circumnavigation. Captained by Tracy Edwards MBE, she confounded sceptics to come second overall in her class, the best British result since 1977 and unbeaten to this day. After the race, Maiden was sold and disappeared. Tracy Edwards found the boat, by then dilapidated, in 2014 in the Seychelles. Maiden was restored and relaunched to tour the world inspiring girls and young women.

"We are pleased to be part of this historic event with The Maiden Factor in Dubai’s iconic Port Rashid – a place which is a beacon of hope and a contributor in redefining Dubai’s role as a regional hub for trade, maritime and logistics. We hope that together, we will be able to make a meaningful difference and reach out to young women to instill the confidence they need to allow them to advance in the fields of STEAM, opening doors for them to explore new frontiers that will shape their lives and careers," said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World.

Tracy Edwards MBE said, "We are delighted to be joining forces with DP World to resume Maiden’s world tour. Maiden is a Global Ambassador for the empowerment of girls through education and there a strong synergy between our mission and goals and those of DP World. Working together we will continue to raise funds and awareness for the right of every girl to 12 years of quality education. Encouraging girls into STEAM subjects gives them access to greater career opportunities and life choices.''
Port Rashid opened in 1972 and has played an instrumental role in Dubai’s development as an international centre for trade and commerce. A decade later, Port Rashid’s expanded operations and deployment of cutting-edge technologies has positioned it as a major world port hub, connecting the emirate to the rest of the globe.

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UAE condemns terrorist attack in Lahore

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ABU DHABI, 22nd January, 2022 (WAM) — The UAE has condemned the terrorist attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore, which killed of a number of people and left others injured.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation emphasised that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts, and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilising security and stability, while in contravention of all human values and principles.

The Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences to the victims' families of this heinous crime and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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Gargash meets with U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen

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ABU DHABI, 22nd January, 2022 (WAM) — Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President, met today with U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, who conveyed U.S' solidarity with the UAE regarding the Houthi terrorist attack.

Dr. Gargash stressed the need for the international community to take a firm stance against these hostile and terrorist acts that threaten international peace and security, emphasising that the terrorist militia carried out a blatant attack, and that the UAE will not hesitate to defend its sovereignty and national security, as it has the legal and moral right to respond and prevent any aggression on its territory.

The Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President said that the position of the UN Security Council, which unanimously condemned the Houthi's terrorist attacks on civilian facilities in Abu Dhabi, represents a serious international position towards the militia's aggressive behaviour, encroachment on the security of the countries of the region and the Yemeni people, as well as its continuous threat to international maritime navigation.

Dr Gargash called for the need to exercise appropriate international pressure to reach a ceasefire and find a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, and to prevent Houthis from continuing to manipulate the future of Yemen and the region. Noting, in this context, that the re-designation of Houthis as a terrorist group enhances the pressing international diplomatic approach towards finding a solution to the Yemeni crisis, and undermines Houthi's intransigence as they have never committed to any agreements, and will not do so without clear international pressure.

He further stated that the Houthis utilise the Port of Hodeidah as a military facility for financing, arming, and introducing missiles and drones into Yemen to threaten the security of countries in the region, stressing the need for international action to stop these terrorist activities, as the Houthis proved when dealing with the Stockholm Agreement, that they do not abide at all with any charters.

Dr. Gargash re-affirmed his appreciation towards the US position, which condemned and denounced the terrorist attack of the Houthi terrorist militia on civilian areas and facilities in the UAE, calling for increased action with the United States and the international community to stop the Houthi's disregard for the security and stability of the region.

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MoI stops drone flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts

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ABU DHABI, 22nd January, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of Interior (MoI) is currently stopping all flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts of drones, including drones and light sports aircrafts.

This encompasses also air and sail spots. This was put in place in coordination with the General Authority for Civil Aviation and in line with the relative guidelines.

The decision came after the misuse spotted recently, not limiting the practice of these sports to the areas identified in the user permits and trespassing into areas where these types of activities are prohibited.

The MoI asked individuals and the community to respect the authorities directives namely issued by the MoI, and the General Authority for Civil Aviation, in order to ensure the safety of lives and property, preserving them from unsafe bad practices. Hence, air activities will be suspended as of Saturday, January 22, 2022.

Entities that have work contracts or commercial or advertising projects that rely on filming using drones must communicate with the permit authorities to take the necessary exceptions and permits to carry out their work and projects during this period to avoid any consequences that affect the timing of these projects.

MoI reminded users that anyone performing these activities during that period and disregarding guidelines will be subject to legal liabilities

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