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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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Omar Al Olama meets Colombian Minister of Science



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



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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Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi publishes ‘Our Sheikhs, Our Role Model’ in braille for visually impaired students



ABU DHABI, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — A new book for visually impaired students detailing the inspiring role of the UAE’s leadership has been published in braille by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

‘Our Sheikhs, Our Role Model’, has been produced by MAKTABA, the library management department at DCT Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO), represented by its Department of Care for the Blind.

The book features students’ creative writings on topics related to the principles and values of the UAE’s leadership. It covers various topics about national identity, as well as students’ ideas inspired by the leadership’s vision, principles and creativity.

Through the initiative, which is part of the ninth edition of the Little Writer in the Big Book competition, MAKTABA aims to enable visually impaired students to participate in the competition and deepen their knowledge of the history of the UAE.

Naema Al Mansouri, Member of the National Federal Council and Director of the ZHO’s Department of Care for the Blind, said, "Issuing a braille edition of ‘Our Sheikhs, Our Role Model’ will enrich the National Blind Libraries with additional resources, while enabling students to participate in the Little Writer in the Big Book competition to stimulate their creative writing skills."

Shaikha Mohamed AlMehairi, Library Management Department Director at DCT Abu Dhabi, said, "We thank our partners for their valuable contribution to this initiative that expands reading capabilities. Over its past editions, the Little Writer in the Big Book competition has inspired children and teenagers’ writing and creativity by offering them an ideal platform to unleash their storytelling skills. In this year’s edition, MAKTABA widens its target audience by giving those students with visual impairment greater access to books and inspiring them to learn more about our nation’s history and values."

MAKTABA will announce the winners of the ninth edition in the Little Writer in the Big Book competition on 6 February 2022, before posting the stories and creations of the entrants on the Digital Library’s website. The winning stories will be compiled and printed in one book, which will be distributed to libraries and public and private schools across Abu Dhabi.

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