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Leadership’s expectations, vision for wellbeing constitute trust, responsibility towards future: Hessa Bint Buhumaid

DUBAI, 15th December 2021 (WAM) – Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, Chairperson of the Wellbeing Council, presided over the third meeting of the Wellbeing Council of 2021 held by the Ministry's National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing in Expo 2020 Dubai, to discuss the wellbeing files, government developments, and the latest development successful stories, together with a number of proposals and initiatives based on futuristic vision to achieve a better wellbeing for the coming years, and to create adequate conditions and realities on the ground to embody national goals and government aspirations in this regard.

The meeting was attended by members of the Wellbeing Council from undersecretaries of ministries, officials of government agencies and institutions, officials in the executive councils at the level of the emirates, in addition to the officials in charge of the wellbeing file in the Ministry of Community Development.

In her speech during the meeting, Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid asserted the importance and significance of the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may Allah protect him: "the achievements of the UAE during the current year of 2021 were amazing in all aspects." This message has great moral impact on the wellbeing initiatives in the UAE. The Emirati passport is ranked as the most powerful over the world, our country is the safest, and people's confidence in the government is the highest over the world.

Buhumaid stressed the importance of aligning and keeping pace with the visions, plans and initiatives of the Wellbeing Council with the expectations of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. His Highness said: "My personal expectations are that 2022 will be better, more beautiful and greater with our cadres, our youth, and our determination as a country that enters the new fiftieth with confidence and readiness."

She stated that "the message of the leadership is crystal clear. We all have the responsibility of building our future. We are required to work more to achieve greater results, especially that this meeting is held during times when our country is achieving exceptional and remarkable developments, whether with respect to the pandemic recovery achievements or in terms of the great success of organizing Expo 2020 Dubai, the most important and largest world event, or even with regard to the approval of the new weekly working system for the UAE and its happy impact on the wellbeing of the individual, family and society.

Buhumaid added: "The UAE has always been a cradle of success, and will always remain a role model of wellbeing in the Arab world, regionally and globally. Every day, people of the country will tell new successful stories marked with hope, excellence and pride in our last and future achievements."

Within the agenda of the Wellbeing Council meeting, Hanan Ahli, the Director-General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC), delivered a speech about the results of the UAE’s competitiveness in global indicators, summarizing the UAE’s exceptional development experience over the past 50 years that the UAE is the first globally in 152 indicators, among the top 5 in 274 indicators, and among the top 10 countries in 425 global indicators. In addition, the UAE achieved great accomplishments in the infrastructure and legislation in order to achieve its leadership. In the UAE, there are 900 national and open data sets and 2,562 lawful legislations that enhance its global competitiveness.

For her part, Laila Obaid Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, reviewed the new weekly working system for the UAE government, the new mechanisms for dealing with it, and the most prominent advantages and opportunities that this system provides for the employee, family and society.

The meeting included also presentation of the results of the Chief Happiness and Wellbeing Officers Government Network meeting, which was held few days back in the presence of 50 CEOs from 50 government agencies and came up with 12 main ideas and discussed more than 100 sub-ideas.

The third Wellbeing Council meeting also discussed the plan of the 2021 Virtual Forum for Wellbeing, the schedule of meetings of the Wellbeing Council 2022, as well as the coming steps that aim for enhancing joint work efforts in support of the wellbeing file at the State level.

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Dubai Police warns Against Using Police Emergency Strobe Lights

The Dubai Traffic Police has recently warned motorists against using police and emergency vehicle warning lights, after two vehicles were spotted on the road taking advantage of the exclusive entitlement of the police to be given way in case of emergency.

Colonel Juma bin Suwaidan, Acting Director of the General Traffic Department, urged road users to adhere to traffic laws to avoid facing legal liabilities and prevent endangering their lives and others.

Col bin Suwaidan stated further that the police patrols had impounded two vehicles on two separate occasions for illegally fitting their vehicles with using emergency warning lights similar to the police, giving other motorists a false impression of authority to give way.

“We have spotted one at the Emirates Road and the other at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Reports were filed against the two, and their vehicles were confiscated and fined,” he added.


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Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan announces the launch of the “Emirati Miniatures initiative” from the Courtauld Gallery in London.

“Art is the mirror of history and a true reflection of the extent of the civilised development of society.”

I feel a special state of spiritual and intellectual transcendence. ” Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma expressed her conviction in the value of the arts and their being a title for advanced people and civilizations. This statement came during Her Highness’ visit to the Gallery in the British capital, London, at the beginning of her meetings and her visit as part of Her Highness’s cultural and knowledge programme for knowledge and human communication.

The Courtauld Gallery is interested in the history of the arts through different ages and human civilizations, and many of the senior art historians in the British scientific community belong to it. The Museum: Edouard Manet, Vanessa Bell, and Lucas Cranach (Painting of Adam and Eve), as well as the French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, the Dutch artist Van Gogh, and many other artists.

Her Highness and the accompanying delegation were welcomed by Professor Deborah Salo, Director of the College; Dr. Karen Sears; Mrs. Francesca Hoyt and Mrs. Camilla Knight, where Her Highness and the accompanying delegation accompanied Professor Debrois on a tour between the various pavilions of the museum and the exhibition.

Her Highness held a meeting with the director of the gallery and the work team, where she thanked and appreciated them for their good reception. During the meeting, ways of cooperation between Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan’s cultural and educational institutions and between the Courtauld institutes were discussed, and experiences were exchanged in the field of presenting. There were lectures and technical workshops between the Emirati technical cadres and the technical cadres of the college, and Her Highness announced during the meeting the launching of the (Emirati Miniatures) initiative, which will be launched next October. It is an initiative dedicated to Emirati artists, using palm fronds as a basis for drawing accurate artistic miniatures that express the Emirati and human heritage. Her Highness invited them to attend the exhibition of the artworks participating in the initiative. Professor Deborah was very impressed with the idea of the initiative, especially the use of date palms, as they represent a heritage value in desert communities.

At the end of the meeting, Her Highness gifted the college a set of publications that talk about art in the United Arab Emirates, as part of the (Knowledge for Humanity) initiative launched by Her Highness last year, which aims to make the world know the Emirati civilization and its ancient folk heritage by donating museums and universities. To be among its holdings, with knowledge sources of books and technological means that define the UAE between the past, present, and future.

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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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