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Director General of WHO visits International Humanitarian City

DUBAI, 12th December, 2021 (WAM) — Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), accompanied by WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, visited the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai.

The CEO of IHC Giuseppe Saba, along with senior IHC officials and the staff of the WHO hub in Dubai, received the WHO Director-General. During the visit, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus learned about the scope of the IHC’s work and the facilities provided to various humanitarian organisations in responding to emergencies.

Commenting on the occasion of his visit, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said WHO’s humanitarian hub in IHC has seen "impressive growth" over the last few years. "Not only are we covering 129 countries from here, the space has grown from 3,000 square metres to 20,000 square metres. Our expectation is that the growth will be more. We are now proposing to the UAE to make it a global logistics hub for health emergencies. When that materialises, we will see even more countries being supported from here in the UAE."

Giuseppe Saba said: "We were honoured by the visit of the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and were delighted to take him on a tour of the IHC. Over the years, IHC has been privileged to support WHO in delivering much-needed relief material and emergency supplies to countries in need across the world. This support is part of the humanitarian ethos of Dubai and its leaders, who are committed to extend the emirate’s resources to enable international humanitarian organisations support communities in need of emergency assistance across the world. IHC’s strategic location and logistics infrastructure allows members of the IHC community like WHO to respond to two thirds of the world's population within less than eight hours of flight."

During the visit, the WHO Director-General toured the warehouses and logistics office of the World Health Organisation at IHC, through which relief medical supplies are sent to all six geographic regions of WHO. He also visited IHC facilities such as its semi-automated Kitting Center and cold-chain facilities for medicines and vaccines.

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Breaking / Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President

ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was unanimously elected as the President of the UAE to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have reaffirmed their keenness to continue implementing the authentic values and principles laid down by the late deceased, Sheikh Khalifa, following on from the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These have consolidated the UAE’s status at both regional and global levels.

The Federal Supreme Council expressed its full confidence that the people of the UAE will remain, as Sheikh Zayed and the founders believed, “a faithful guardian of the Union and its gains at all levels”.

Their Highnesses wished H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan success in serving his people and country.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his appreciation for the precious trust placed in him by his brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, praying to the Almighty to guide and help him to bear the responsibility of this great trust and to fulfil its tasks of serving his country and people.

 

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wasl properties announces the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan Arts Competition

News of Emirates – wasl properties, one of the largest real estate development and management companies in Dubai, has announced the launch of the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan competition that seeks to reward its creative and artistic tenants with exceptional prizes.

The annual competitions welcome participation from all ages, with a painting challenge for wasl tenants’ children and a photography contest for adults.

wasl’s Ramadan Painting Competition is designed for younger tenants of up to 13 years old, and participants will be required to paint a piece reflecting the true meaning of Ramadan. With an iPad up for grabs every week, artworks must be uploaded to the website https://ramadan.wasl.ae/ for them to be voted on publicly and judged by the wasl committee. At the end of the holy month, one winner out of the four selected over the course of the competition will be awarded the grand prize of a scholarship of up to AED 25,000.

For adults, wasl launched the Ramadan Instagram Photography Competition, which invites anyone over the age of 13, even non-tenants, to capture the true meaning of the holy month by taking a selfie with one of Dubai’s landmarks. Those interested in participating must share their photographs on Instagram using #waslRamadan2022 and mentioning @waslgroup. Each entrant can upload an unlimited number of photos, and the wasl committee will decide which lucky entrants will win one of four Apple Watches every week.

wasl properties launched the ‘Ramadan Competition’ for the first time in 2011, and it has expanded over the years to become an anticipated annual contest.

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Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, UAE are ‘terrorist actions’: Kosovo PM

PRISTINA, 17th February, 2022 (WAM) — Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, has condemned the Houthi attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, labelling the militia as a terrorist group.

"We were appalled by these images and all these attacks. Absolute violence against civilians, which has nothing to do with respect for human dignity, human rights, society and community. This is something that we can never tolerate and it is our task to always condemn it," Kurti told Saudi English language newspaper Arab News.

Asked whether he agrees that as a result of targeting civilian targets the Houthi militia should be designated as a terrorist group, Kurti said, "Yes, I think that all these attacks on civilians are terrorist actions."

On 17th January, the Houthi milita attacked a fuel tank storage facility near Abu Dhabi International Airport, killing three and injuring six.

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