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Masdar celebrates inauguration of first projects in Poland

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ABU DHABI, 9th December, 2021 (WAM) — Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, and Taaleri SolarWind II Fund, which invests in utility-scale wind and solar assets, formally inaugurated the wind farms that they jointly own in Poland.

The inauguration ceremony for the Mlawa and Grajewo wind farms was held at the Polish Pavilion at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, as part of the celebrations for Poland’s National Honour Day at Expo 2020 Dubai. The event was attended by Peter Ramsay, Chief Executive Officer of Taaleri Group, Niall Hannigan, Chief Financial Officer of Masdar, and Jakub Slawek, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Poland, along with other senior executives and officials.

In January, Masdar and Taaleri SolarWind II Fund announced that they had each acquired a 50 percent stake in the projects, marking their first investment in the Polish renewable energy market. The 37.4-megawatt (MW) Mlawa wind farm is located in Mazowieckie in northern Poland, while the 14 MW Grajewo project, which comprises two wind farms, is based in Podlaskie, in the north-east. Combined, the projects produce enough electricity to supply approximately 90,000 households in Poland, and offset 146,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

Niall Hannigan, Chief Financial Officer of Masdar, said, "This event marks a key milestone in Poland’s renewable energy journey and demonstrates Masdar’s commitment to the nation’s climate action objectives. We look forward to expand our presence in the Polish renewable energy sector and to strengthen our strategic partnership with Taaleri Energia through our joint venture, Masdar Taaleri Generation (MTG)."

"This investment in Polish wind is underpinned by the increasing demand for clean energy and by a combination of the Contracts for Difference scheme and the availability of commercial offtake contracts in the Polish market. It also further demonstrates the value of our joint venture with Masdar," said Taaleri Energia’s Managing Director, Kai Rintala.

Masdar and Taaleri, through MTG, are working together on a number of projects across Europe, with Masdar and Taaleri Energia announcing in May 2021 an agreement to co-develop a 65 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Greece. The project, marking the parties’ first investment in Greece, will be developed through a joint venture between the two companies, alongside two local partners. Masdar and Taaleri Energia are partners in the 158 MW Čibuk 1 wind farm in Serbia, and in the 200 MW Baynouna Solar Energy Project, the largest of its kind in Jordan.

The Polish projects were developed by Vestas, together with V-Ridium Power Services, which is providing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and technical and commercial management services during the construction and operational phases. Project financing is provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), DNB Polska and TFI PZU.

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Omar Al Olama meets Colombian Minister of Science

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DUBAI, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications, said that the UAE Government is advancing its international partnerships and cooperation with various governments, through sharing successful practices in various sectors.

He made this statement during his meeting with Tito José Crissien, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia, at the Colombian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

During the meeting, Al Olama stressed that the UAE is keen to share successful experiences and practices in advanced technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) with Colombia. It will help identify opportunities that will support the transformation to a sustainable knowledge-based economy, through deploying advanced technologies in business development.

He also lauded Colombia’s efforts to deploy advanced technologies in all areas of work and its role in teaching digital skills and developing human capital in this field.

In his meeting with Colombian officials, Al Olama presented the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the country’s related achievements and major programmes and initiatives recently launched, most notably the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, the first university of its kind in the world, and digital schools in developing countries which aim to end digital illiteracy.

The sides also discussed ways of encouraging the exchange of expertise and successful practices to face future challenges and utilising digital solutions and advanced technologies to establish new government action models that will support their comprehensive digital transformation.

The meeting then discussed ways of strengthening their partnerships and enhancing their cooperation in capacity building and exchanging expertise, in addition to holding training programmes for young students in Colombia.

The meeting presented Colombia’s achievements in identifying AI ethics and explained its sustainable development goals.

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UAE announces 3,014 new COVID-19 cases, 1,067 recoveries, 4 deaths in last 24 hours

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ABU DHABI, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 504,831 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement, the Ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 3,014 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 816,945.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced 4 deaths due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 2,204.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 1,067 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 764,731.

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Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi publishes ‘Our Sheikhs, Our Role Model’ in braille for visually impaired students

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ABU DHABI, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — A new book for visually impaired students detailing the inspiring role of the UAE’s leadership has been published in braille by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

‘Our Sheikhs, Our Role Model’, has been produced by MAKTABA, the library management department at DCT Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO), represented by its Department of Care for the Blind.

The book features students’ creative writings on topics related to the principles and values of the UAE’s leadership. It covers various topics about national identity, as well as students’ ideas inspired by the leadership’s vision, principles and creativity.

Through the initiative, which is part of the ninth edition of the Little Writer in the Big Book competition, MAKTABA aims to enable visually impaired students to participate in the competition and deepen their knowledge of the history of the UAE.

Naema Al Mansouri, Member of the National Federal Council and Director of the ZHO’s Department of Care for the Blind, said, "Issuing a braille edition of ‘Our Sheikhs, Our Role Model’ will enrich the National Blind Libraries with additional resources, while enabling students to participate in the Little Writer in the Big Book competition to stimulate their creative writing skills."

Shaikha Mohamed AlMehairi, Library Management Department Director at DCT Abu Dhabi, said, "We thank our partners for their valuable contribution to this initiative that expands reading capabilities. Over its past editions, the Little Writer in the Big Book competition has inspired children and teenagers’ writing and creativity by offering them an ideal platform to unleash their storytelling skills. In this year’s edition, MAKTABA widens its target audience by giving those students with visual impairment greater access to books and inspiring them to learn more about our nation’s history and values."

MAKTABA will announce the winners of the ninth edition in the Little Writer in the Big Book competition on 6 February 2022, before posting the stories and creations of the entrants on the Digital Library’s website. The winning stories will be compiled and printed in one book, which will be distributed to libraries and public and private schools across Abu Dhabi.

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