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Yas Island’s Experience Hub, Israel’s Amsalem Tours and Travel partner to boost destination visitation

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ABU DHABI, 13th December, 2021 (WAM) — Experience Hub, the trade and promotion arm of Yas Island Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s leading leisure and tourism destinations has today announced a comprehensive business development partnership with leading Israeli travel management company, Amsalem Tours and Travel.

The collaboration will capitalise on the growing inbound tourism market from Israel to the UAE, and boost travel to the destination, with Amsalem Tours and Travel becoming Experience Hub’s first and only strategic alliance partner in Israel. The partnership will see the two entities work together on a structured programme focused around engagement, training and incentivisation of Amsalem’s network of travel agents and sales representatives. The programme aims to develop staff loyalty to the unique leisure and entertainment destination, in order to boost tourism from Israel to Yas Island, and support the recovery of the travel and tourism sector.

One year on from the first commercial flight between Tel Aviv and the UAE, the collaboration between Yas Island and Amsalem Tours and Travel is expected to deliver upon Experience Hub’s vision to develop the inbound Israeli tourism market and introduce Yas Island as Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure and entertainment destination to travellers from Israel through travel trade industry collaboration.

Liam Findlay, CEO of Experience Hub, said, "We are delighted to announced our business development partnership with Amsalem Tours and Travel Ltd, which will generate awareness and stimulate loyalty amongst Amsalem’s extensive travel network. During the last 12 months since the first commercial flight between UAE and Israel, more than 250,000 Israeli travellers have visited the UAE, with more than thousands expected to visit during the next 12 months. Now is an ideal time for Israel holidaymakers to discover Yas Island as we continue to expand our offerings on the destination, including the recent opening of the world’s first Warner’s Bros-branded hotel, The WB Abu Dhabi, and the new DoubleTree by Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences in November. The future for Yas Island Abu Dhabi is bright as we strive to boost the travel and tourism sector in the UAE’s capital. We look forward to further cementing our relationship with Amsalem and welcoming new guests to Yas Island from Israel."

Yacov Amsalem, CEO of Amsalem Tours and Travel Ltd, said, "We are very happy to cooperate with Experience Hub and are honored to be the first and only business development partner in Israel. From day 1, Amsalem has recognised the magic that Yas Island has to offer Israelis – endless experiences, award winning theme parks, world-class hotels, safety and wellness, an overall exciting leisure and entertainment destination, and all within a short distance from Israel. For me to be visiting Yas Island for the first time, especially during such an action-packed period, with Formula1, is a highlight in my life. Amsalem Team remains dedicated to driving exposure, providing full support in promoting the uniqueness that Yas Island has to offer."

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AECHRIL condemns Houthi attack on civil facilities in Abu Dhabi

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OSLO, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Arab-European Centre of Human Rights and International Law (AECHRIL) has condemned the Houthi attack on civilian facilities in Abu Dhabi, which led to the death of three civilians and several injuries.

In a statement on Thursday, AECHRIL called on the international community to condemn these terrorist attacks, describing them as "a serious violation of international law".

Dr. Aihan Jaf, Secretary-General of AECHRIL, said the Houthis’ targeting of civilians and residential areas in the UAE and Saudi Arabia confirms it is a terrorist group seeking to compromise the security and stability of the region.

He also stated that the attack revealed the real intentions of the Houthi militia, which is to disrupt the peace process in Yemen and the efforts of the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to the country.

Dr. Jaf called on the international community, including the UN and the Security Council, to hold the Houthis accountable for their crimes and take measures to bring their leaders to justice.

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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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