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Sultan bin Ahmed honours winners of ALECSO-Sharjah Award

SHARJAH, 18th December, 2021 (WAM) — Under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Supreme President of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, attended, on Saturday, a ceremony honouring the winners of the 4th edition of ALECSO-Sharjah Award for Language and Lexical Studies at Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi delivered the speech of the Ruler of Sharjah, in which he praised God and sent blessings to Prophet Muhammed, his kin, and kith. "We started this award four years ago in coordination with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation to say ‘thank you’ to researchers in the matter of the Arabic language, and Arab academics and university professors in the Arabic language departments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your great services toward the Arabic language," Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed quoting H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed pointed out that currently Arab intellectuals, undergo a hardship path. They need a helping hand, someone who appreciates their efforts and raises their morale. "Here we are extending our hands to you and will not leave you alone on the field, in gratitude and appreciation of your efforts and your persistent and constant endeavour to serve the Arabic language," His Highness the Ruler said.

He added, "Once again, the Award appears to all linguists in the world in its new form. I will not be exaggerating if I say: it is the continuous specialised Arab award that made its way to success four years ago, and the intellectuals await it every year with passion. In this year, 67 researchers and specialists were nominated for the award, despite the pandemic, yet the contestants' will and determination remained strong. The nominated researches in linguistics and lexicography were examined, and the arbitration resulted in four winners, two in linguistic studies, and two in lexical studies, and today you gather to honour them."

H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the judging committees of senior scholars and those in charge of the Award.

He announced the Award’s axes for next year which are stylistic studies in the analysis of the Qur’anic discourse, in linguistics, and Specialized lexicography, in lexicology.

He concluded his speech by emphasising that the Arabic language is a trust, asking God Almighty to grant everyone success in fulfilling this trust.

Dr. Abdulmalik Al Murtad, Dr. Ma’moun Wajih, and Dr. Mohamed Shandoul expressed their gratitude and showed appreciation to His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah for his limitless efforts and support regarding the Arabic language.

On the occasion, The poet Abdullah Al Shehhi delivered a poem in which he addressed the importance of the Arabic language, its cognitive and linguistic richness, and the challenges it faces.

After the speeches, the honouring ceremony took place where Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi honoured the winners of the award categories.

Dr. Shukri Mohamed Al Sadi won first place in the linguistic studies category, while the second place was won by Dr. Mohamed Abdelaziz Abdeldayem Al Rifai.

In the category of lexical studies, Dr. Mohammad Shandoul won first place, and Dr. Mohammad Abdelsabour got second place.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed presented the Award’s Shield of Honour to Dr. Abdulrahman Al Asmi, Director General of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States.

The honouring ceremony was attended by: Jamal Al Tarifi, Chancellor of Al Qasimia University, Abdullah Mohammad Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah Department of Culture, Dr. Khalifa Musabah Al Tunaiji, Chairman of the Holy Qur’an Academy, Ali Ibrahim Al Marri, Chairman of Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre, and Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director-General of Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, and Dr. Mohamed Safi Al Mosteghanemi, Secretary General of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah, And several senior officials of institutions concerned with the Arabic language.

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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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