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Japan to celebrate Japan Day at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, 10th December, 2021 (WAM) — Japan will celebrate its National Day on 11th December 2021, as part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s continued efforts to promote its participants’ cultural diversity. An extensive calendar of entertainment will showcase Japan’s multi-faceted traditions as they continue their efforts to drive their global cultural agenda. Hosted by Expo 2020, the official ceremony will be attended by a delegation from Japan as well as the UAE. Official flag hoisting will be officiated with speeches by representatives from Japan and the UAE, after which Japanese cultural performances will welcome guests and visitors alike.

A dramatic welcome awaits visitors as they encounter Japanese culture at all main gates of Expo 2020. SHOTEN, Japanese taiko drumming troupe, will usher guests into the wonderful world of tradition at 2020 Plaza, while at Sun Plaza, students from Japanese School in Dubai will perform Nanchu Soran to Japanese folk song "Soran-bushi". Guests will enjoy "Sumi-e and Calligraphy" at Sea Plaza and watch an artist draw letters and pictures on a large sheet of Washi paper using ink and water, combining the traditional calligraphy called Shodo with the Asian art of ink wash painting called Suiboku-ga.​ At Earth Plaza, masterful demonstration of Aikido, Japanese martial art, by members from Zanshinkan Aikido Dubai will take place giving visitors a rare view of this technique of self-defense.

Marching through the Expo site, visitors will witness Japan’s unique and distinctive culture as uniformed attendants from Japan Pavilion join traditional performers, taiko drummers, Aikido and Shodo artists.The parade will express the rich culture of Japan, where the next Expo will be hosted in 2025, and will bridge connection from Dubai to Osaka, Kansai.

Japanese culture will become a focal point of the Japan Day festivities at Expo 2020 Dubai. Visitors will experience a fascinating line-up of traditional programs including "Ikebana", art of Japanese flower arrangement and "Go" an abstract strategy traditional board game hosted by The Nihon Ki-in. "Go" ,founded over 2500 years ago, is believed to be the oldest board game in the world yet remains popular to the present day.

Sight and Sound of Japan by Takekawa Gakuen and Tomoe-kai will present multiple workshops incorporating music, dance, flower as well as fascinating presentation of Japanese bride and Yukata, a summer Kimono.

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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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Dubai Taxi to become fully eco-friendly by 2027

DUBAI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a plan to transform taxis in Dubai (Dubai Taxi and franchise company taxis) into becoming fully environmentally friendly (hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered) by 2027.

The move meets the requirements of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the Green Economy drive, and the Dubai Government's strategic directions toward comprehensive environmental sustainability.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said, “The plan to transform taxis into environmentally-friendly vehicles translates the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to optimise energy usage and promote environmental sustainability in the UAE. RTA has taken decisive action toward creating a safe, clean, and sustainable environment that befits Dubai's reputation. This initiative supports the Dubai Government's efforts to introduce green vehicles and promote a cleaner environment."

RTA has made remarkable progress in this regard, successfully transforming 72 percent of the taxis in Dubai into environmentally friendly vehicles, comprising a total of 8,221 hybrid vehicles.

This significant accomplishment aligns with the overarching goal of optimising energy usage, creating a sustainable environment, and positioning Dubai as a leader in promoting green transportation.

“The 5-year plan (2023-2027) aims to switch the entire taxi fleet into fully environmentally-friendly (hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered) within five years at a rate of 10 percent per annum to achieve the targeted 100 precent by 2027. The plan is aligned with RTA’s roadmap for transforming public transport means into emission-free by 2050,” Al Tayer explained.

“The results of experiments on eco-friendly vehicles, which RTA started trialling in 2008, confirmed the environmental benefits of reducing carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and maintenance costs, as well as decreasing noise levels. Hybrid vehicles also have a longer lifespan compared to regular vehicles and cost less in the long run. They are characterised by lower purchase prices, maintenance fees, fuel expenses, insurance premiums, and other associated costs that potentially could be as low as 50 percent of regular vehicles,” he further added.

Dubai's infrastructure is key in promoting the use of eco-friendly vehicles and increasing their demand. The fast pace of technology, coupled with the reduction in electric vehicle charging time from 8 hours to less than 1.5 hours, indicates that the charging time will continue to shorten in the future given the wide spread of hydrogen refilling stations as an environmentally friendly alternative.

Dubai's initial plan to transform 50 percent of its taxi fleet into eco-friendly has produced a remarkable reduction in carbon emissions by as much as 420,000 tonnes annually, equivalent to 70,000 tonnes per year. This has stimulated local automotive companies to roll out a range of hybrid vehicles tailored for the Gulf region

RTA was a pioneer in the region when launching the trial of hybrid vehicles powered by fuel and electricity for its Dubai Taxi fleet in 2008. It marked the start of RTA's dedicated efforts to transform the infrastructure of public transport networks to make them environmentally friendly.

The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) boasts the largest fleet of eco-friendly vehicles with hybrid vehicles accounting for over 34 percent of the taxis fleet in Dubai.

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Osool Smart Applications signs MoC with UAE Society of Engineers

SHARJAH, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) – Osool Smart Applications, owned by Sharjah Asset Management Company, has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the UAE Society of Engineers to provide its first phase of digital services to the association.

The memorandum was signed by Ali Al Amiri, Manager of Osool Smart Applications – ‘Buraq’, and Tariq Dimas, Director-General of the Society of Engineers – UAE.

This partnership will provide the "Buraq" mobile application for document and certificate delivery services throughout the UAE through smart delivery solutions. The agreement is in line with the country's drive for technological renaissance and digital transformation. The "Buraq" application offers a range of smart, innovative, and convenient services, including fast and accurate document delivery and receipt, which aims to improve institutional work between government agencies and increase customer satisfaction. The app has already been utilised by several government agencies, including the Central Finance Department of the Government of Sharjah and Sharjah Police.

Osool Smart Applications specialises in providing a range of digital services, including document delivery and logistical services to support the needs of local institutions and communities.

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