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

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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Mohammed bin Rashid receives credentials of new ambassadors to UAE

DUBAI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, today received, at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, the credentials of 16 new ambassadors to the UAE.

The ambassadors, whose credentials His Highness Sheikh Mohammed received, included Nicolas Niemtchinow, Ambassador of the French Republic; Lorenzo Fanara, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy; Radha Krishna Panday, Ambassador of Canada; Dr. Richard George Kay, Ambassador of New Zealand; Karen Grigorian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the UAE; Alfonso Ferdinand, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines; Vacaba Diaby, Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire; Babacar Matar Ndiaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal; Guy Ibrahim Membourou, Ambassador of the Republic of Gabon; Sorayut Chasombat, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand; Avondale Paul, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica; Ivan Jordanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria; Udaya Indrarathna, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Norberto Escalona Carrillo, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba; Younos Abdul Karim, Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi; and Yin Bon, Ambassador of the Union of Myanmar.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE Government will provide all the support needed for the newly appointed ambassadors to perform their duties, as part of the country’s commitment to strengthening international cooperation.

His Highness also highlighted the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in enhancing collaboration with all friendly nations.

In turn, the ambassadors conveyed the greetings of their countries’ leaders to the UAE and its people.

The ceremony was attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State; and other senior government officials.

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Museum of the Future opens new shop with AI-driven audio

DUBAI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Museum of the Future has opened a physical store with an AI-driven audio offering limited-edition and exclusive items including replicas from some of its most popular exhibits.

Many of the items are inspired, designed, and made by local designers as well as internationally renowned artists, including Jason Bruges and Ally Powell.

The range includes a miniature version of “The Centre”, a creative piece of artwork inspired by the Al Waha exhibit. It also features an exclusive brass replica of the “Monument to the Pioneers”, a gallery art piece – in the form of the solar system and inspired by the OSS Hope exhibit.

Majed Al Mansoori, Deputy Executive Director of the Museum of the Future said that the stocking a wide range of exclusive, limited-edition products and memorabilia including unique items from local designers, offer everyone the chance to take home a piece of the future.

Around half of the products available are entirely bespoke to the museum, including those inspired by the cursive Arabic script, or Thuluth, that decorates the façade. These special collections celebrate both Arabic calligraphy and the 3D-printing technology used in the museum’s construction. In addition, there is a range of products, such as keychains, magnets, tote bags, coin purses, pouches, scarfs, books, and coffee sets.

Visitors can purchase clothes made from recycled materials, high-quality educational games inspired by the future, and limited-edition creations by local Emirati designers. For younger visitors, gifts for children inspired by the Future Heroes exhibit can also be found at the shop.

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ADPHC, ZHO sign cooperation agreement

ABU DHABI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO) has signed a joint cooperation agreement with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), activating the telehealth services initiative for People of Determination.

The agreement stipulates providing ZHO with data on People of Determination, the names of current health service providers and those with whom the organisation deals, and how to communicate with them to activate the proposal for the telehealth initiative for people of determination.

The agreement was signed by Abdulla Abdul Alee Al Humaidan, Secretary-General of ZHO, and Matar Saeed Al Nuaimi, Director-General of ADPHC, in the presence of leaders from both entities.

The agreement aims to start developing the remote care platform with the Centre’s partners from the Department of Health as the main officials of the programme, activate the new service, train providers and beneficiaries, and develop educational and training content.

This is in line with the needs of People of Determination to educate them about the programmes and services available to them, and to cooperate to fully implement awareness and training workshops for service providers with the main partners, provided that the pilot phase of the telehealth initiative proposal is implemented for a period of six weeks, after which an evaluation of that phase is conducted, and then providing service at wider application

Al Humaidan welcomed the signing of the agreement with ADPHC, the first of its kind in the region, which aims to establish a public health system that leads to preserving the health of the emirate's residents and ensuring the safety of its workers through promoting the concepts of public health and preventive health, indicating that the agreement is a continuation of the services that ZHO is providing within the various care and rehabilitation system that it provides to its members, and based on the strategic goals and common vision regarding social responsibility in achieving sustainable social development and building a sustainable healthy society in light of the efforts exerted in the fields of health coverage and humanitarian care for the organisation’s affiliates of People of Determination.

He added that ZHO affirms its commitment to supporting initiatives that serve various groups of People of Determination, and that it harnesses all its capabilities to provide a better future for them, and is working to move forward to develop the services provided in all its care and rehabilitation centres at the level of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in line with modern global trends. In this field, it is also keen, in parallel, to implement a series of awareness and education programmes for families and parents of People of Determination, in a way that serves the vision of the organisation and helps achieve its mission to empower and integrate them into society.

For his part, Al Nuaimi commented, "Our primary goal in ADPHC is to connect People of Determination with health care providers and train them with important tools to ensure their access to comprehensive health services remotely. ADPHC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of every member of the Abu Dhabi community and people of determination are an important part of it.”

In accordance with the terms of the agreement, data is provided to ADPHC through the electronic link system through the Abu Dhabi Network (ADNET) in accordance with the standards and regulations specified by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), and the data provided by ZHO to ADPHC electronically according to the structure and the entity agreed upon between the two parties, provided that the frequency of providing data is in accordance with the agreed timetable, with the direction towards providing data in shorter periods of time.

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