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UAE condoles India over victims of Air Force helicopter crash

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ABU DHABI, 8th December, 2021 (WAM) — The UAE has expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with the friendly Republic of India over the crash of an Air Force helicopter in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India that killed many people, including General Bipin Rawat, India's Chief of Defence Staff, his family and a number of army officers.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its profound condolences and sympathy to the Indian government and to the families and relatives of the victims in this great loss.

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

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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

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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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Hamdan bin Mohammed appoints Salem Humaid AlMarri as Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

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DUBAI, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — Dubai Crown Prince and President of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a decision promoting Salem Humaid AlMarri, Deputy Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), to the position of Director General of the Centre. The Decision is effective from the date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

With over 15 years of experience, AlMarri has been responsible for ensuring the success of various programmes within the UAE National Space Programme including Mars 2117, Emirates Mars Mission, UAE Astronaut Programme, and the UAE Satellite Programme. AlMarri has also overseen the expansion of MBRSC into new scientific and technical fields alongside ensuring continuous developments in the space sector.

AlMarri received the UAE Pioneers Award in 2014 for being the first project manager of the UAE satellite DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2. He was the head of the bidding team that won the rights to host the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Dubai and was also the lead of the organising committee (LOC Chair) for the global event held for the first time in an Arab country in Dubai from 25-29 October 2021. AlMarri has represented the UAE and MBRSC in numerous international conferences and organisations worldwide, including the United Nations, the International Astronautical Federation, and others. In 2016, he was elected as the first UAE member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

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