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MoIAT, MBZUAI boost UAE’s industrial capacity in 4IR

ABU DHABI, 12th December, 2021 (WAM) — The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), in collaboration with Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), has concluded a new advanced workshop designed to enhance the nation’s industrial capacity in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies.

The course, Industry 4.0 and AI for Industrial Leaders, aims to develop knowledge and skills around the incredible power of AI in smart manufacturing and how it helps the implementation of the UAE’s industrial strategy. The program’s developers aim to raise awareness on Industry 4.0’s core elements, concepts, trends and values.

The key objectives of the program are to help participants gain an understanding of I4.0 and the role of AI in industry; to position I4.0 and AI in the UAE Vision 2071 from a business leadership perspective; to acquire the necessary knowledge and methods to incorporate I4.0 in strategy development; and to build a long-term productive relationship with industry leaders and business owners.

Spanning three days, the virtual workshops included the study of successful case studies applied in the UAE, and ways to educate on the basic elements of AI, its trends, and its impact. Moreover, it emphasised the role of advanced technology in the industrial sector through the Industry 4.0 program launched by MoIAT as part of Projects of the 50, which is designed to stimulate the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution solutions in the UAE industrial sector.

Mohammed Al Qasim, Director of Science and Technology Adoption and Development at MoIAT, said, "It is our mandate to help companies in the industrial sector innovate and adopt advanced technology solutions, in collaboration with strategic partners such as the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence.

Al Qasim continued, "The workshop is aligned with the ministry’s goals of building an active economy, achieving digital, technical and scientific excellence, and positioning the UAE as a hub for talents and investments. It will play a crucial role in sharpening capabilities in the industrial sector and honing the skills of leaders in both public- and private-sector entities."

The workshop has been designed to help achieve the objectives of UAE Industry 4.0, which aims to raise the level of industrial productivity in the UAE by 30 percent and add AED25 billion to the national economy over the next 10 years, enhancing the country’s global competitiveness.

MBZUAI President, Professor Eric Xing, commented, "The big picture is that implementation of AI systems promises to improve the quality of industrial inputs and increase regional and international competitiveness. There is massive capacity for the impact of machine learning in the space of intelligence manufacturing as well–as systems get smarter, waste can be reduced, and smart human decisions can be supplemented with big data.

"Workshops such as this help put governmental and industrial decision makers in direct contact with global experts who can help illuminate how AI can be a competitive advantage, and they can help kick off the kind of peer communities needed to make implementation of AI a sustainable force for the country’s continued progress."

Participants in the workshop included leaders involved in various industry verticals and leaders looking to target AI product development, service delivery, policymaking, or potential industries. Leaders came from areas most likely to be impacted from AI, including manufacturing and industry executives and leaders, manufacturing business owners, and digital transformation leaders in industry.

Two faculty members from MBZUAI led the sessions, Associate Professor of Machine Learning, Dr. Martin Takac, and Assistant Professor of Computer Vision, Dr. Mohammad Yaqub. Keynote speakers included the Head of Technology Adoption at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, Tariq Al Hashmi; the Director of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Office, Saqr Binghalib; and the Director of MBZUAI Professional Services, Dr. Ahmed Dabbagh.

Industrial trainers included the Head of XR Healthcare and the Munfarid President – VRAR Association MENA, Dr. Sana Farid; the Head of AI and Smart Data at Etisalat, Dr. Abdel Kader Es Slami; and the Founder and CEO Immensa Additive Manufacturing, Fahmi Al Shawwa. Guest speakers included the the EVP of Technology & Advanced Materials, Dr. Abdelqader Abusafieh; IBM Chief Data Scientist Dr. Ahmad El Sayed; and the Head of Digitalisation MENA at DHL, Praveen Sashi.

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Hamriyah and Deira ports record AED 12.133b in customs declaration value for first nine months of 2023

Dubai Customs plays a crucial role as the frontline defense for community security, consistently advancing its customs centers to safeguard and facilitate maritime trade. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of
Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, recently visited Creek Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center to evaluate progress and oversee ongoing efforts for continuous customs service development. During this visit, several executive directors, department heads, and customs center managers were present.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, accompanied by Rashid Al Dhabah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Seae Customs Centers Management, conducted inspections at Khor Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center. Managers Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Salman and Majid Salem Al Tawilah provided insights into workflow progress and accomplishments. Over the first nine months of this year, 62,454 customs declarations were processed, totaling AED 12.133 billion, with 19 seizures recorded during the same period. A visit to Hamriyah Port Customs Center showcased an advanced container X-ray inspection device, supporting increased inspection operations.

Subsequently, visits to Khor Customs Center and Deira Port highlighted achievements, including a notable seizure called the “Wheelhouse,” which successfully prevented an attempt to smuggle 243 kilograms of narcotics into the country. Commending customs employees, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih emphasized the pivotal role of maritime customs centers in ensuring community security and facilitating trade. The department collaborates for efficient goods clearance and acknowledges employee efforts
during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the department’s support for global efforts to revive maritime navigation and international trade.

Musabih clarified that the department’s advanced capabilities in monitoring and inspection enable it to keep pace with the UAE’s rapid foreign trade growth. Supporting Dubai’s economic agenda D33, the department aims to double foreign trade and enhance economic partnerships with key global markets. Efforts to boost customs inspector efficiency continue through training courses, ensuring their ability to thwart smuggling attempts. Continuous development of X-ray scanning
devices and the K9 customs dog unit further enhances contraband control achievements. Rasheed Al-Dabah explained that the forthcoming period will witness the advancement of new initiatives and mechanisms in the realm of inspection and examination. These initiatives are grounded in a forward-looking perspective to introduce cutting-edge technologies utilized in examining maritime transport vessels, wooden ships, and ships engaged in fish trade.

He remarked, “Our endeavors are harmonized to enhance performance in sea customs centers, concurrently focusing on bolstering monitoring, tracking, and technical support activities to yield optimal outcomes through continuous and productive collaboration among all specialized teams within the department. The Customs centers in Deira, Al Khor, and
Hamriyah Port Customs Center shoulder their vital responsibilities in safeguarding society and facilitating maritime trade through Dubai Creek and Hamriyah Port, supporting the ongoing growth of the national economy.”

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Dubai Customs Hosts Sharjah Housing Delegation to Strengthen Government Communication Ties

Dubai Customs, represented by the Corporate Communication Department, warmly welcomed a delegation from the Sharjah Housing Department. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegation with the duties and responsibilities of the
Corporate Communication Department and its affiliated divisions. The delegation also aimed to explore the awards received by the department, notably the recognition as the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award for 2023.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, along with department managers, extended a cordial reception to the Sharjah Housing delegation, which included Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication, Nada Sivan, Head of the Public Relations and Events Department, and Hamad Saleh Al Hamadi, Head of
the New Media Department. Bin Gharib highlighted the department’s commitment to strengthening communication with government entities to exchange practical experiences and knowledge. The delegation was briefed on Dubai Customs exceptional performance in customs operations and other facets.

The meeting delved into discussions on potential avenues for collaboration, with the Sharjah Housing delegation. Emphasis was placed on the crucial role played by Dubai Customs’ Corporate Communication Department, customs administrations, and centers in ensuring security and safeguarding society. The delegation was presented with an overview of the department’s working mechanisms, awareness campaigns, events, and activities conducted internally and externally, aligning with Dubai Customs esteemed reputation.

Furthermore, the Sharjah Housing delegation acquired an understanding of the best media practices adopted by the Corporate Communication Department, showcasing its outstanding performance in enhancing knowledge and media dissemination to all partners. This has resulted in the department establishing and fortifying relationships with local and international media
entities. The presentation also encompassed the factors contributing to the department’s receipt of the award for the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication at Sharjah Housing, expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dubai Customs Corporate Communication Department, acknowledging its excellence and significant contribution to enhancing the department’s standing. Dr. Al Nuaimi affirmed Sharjah Housing’s commitment to fostering ongoing visits and meetings with Dubai Customs, aiming to achieve the highest level of coordination and benefit from the Corporate Communication Departmen’s experience in securing numerous local and international awards.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2025 cycle

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions.  Submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2024 through the Prize’s online portal. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and high schools with sustainable solutions are invited to submit an entry for consideration in one of the six categories of Heath, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. Commenting on the launch of the 2025 submissions cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and COP28 President, said: “Since 2008, the
Zayed Sustainability Prize has honoured the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by fostering inclusive sustainable and humanitarian development around the world. In this decisive decade for climate change, these values are more important than ever. I am optimistic that the Prize will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which will pave the
way toward an effective response to the Global Stocktake decision.” In response to the pressing climate crisis, and to further support the UAE’s efforts to accelerate practical solutions needed to drive climate action and uplift vulnerable communities around the world, the Prize has increased its funds from US $3.6 million to US $5.9 million. The Prize will reward US $1 million to each winner in the organisational categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action. Within the Global High Schools category, which is split into six world regions, each school can claim up to US $150,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. The most recent Zayed Sustainability Prize winners were recognised at an Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE. To encourage a broader range of organisations and high schools to participate, the Prize will be accepting submissions in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. This will ensure that innovative solutions from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be recognised. For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, organisations should prove that they are improving access to essential products or services in their targeted communities and are able to implement a long-term vision for better living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, projects should be led by students, and must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges. The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a rigorous, three-stage process. First, due diligence is conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria of Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners across all six categories.   Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during the 2025 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

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