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Abu Dhabi Blue School initiative integrated into Alhosn App: ADEK

ABU DHABI, 30th December, 2021 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Alhosn National Health System have announced that the emirate’s pioneering Abu Dhabi Blue School initiative has been integrated into the Alhosn App.

The initiative’s integration into the official COVID-19 testing channel for health authorities in the UAE reflects ADEK’s commitment to collaborate with all partners and government stakeholders to foster transparency, encourage optimal vaccination rates, and ensure the health and safety of the Abu Dhabi school community.

As of 30th December, Abu Dhabi parents can update their Alhosn App through the AppStore and GooglePlay, add their children to their personal accounts, and access updated school information through the Abu Dhabi Blue Schools feature. To ensure student privacy, school and classroom vaccination insights will appear as anonymised percentages and numbers.

On this occasion, Amer Al Hammadi, ADEK Undersecretary, said, "After working closely with parents to ensure maximum transparency in numerous education continuation decisions throughout the last academic year, and the first term of the current year, our commitment to the health and safety of Abu Dhabi’s student and school communities remains our primary priority."

"Our objective is to deliver maximum transparency; by integrating Abu Dhabi Blue Schools as a dedicated feature in the Alhosn App we are enabling parents to view accurate vaccination rate data across their children’s classrooms, macrobubbles and schools. We believe this honest, responsible and private utilisation of data will afford increased visibility and encourage more parents to play their role in fostering health and safety across the emirate’s education ecosystem," he added.

"The emirate’s leading response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to Abu Dhabi being named the MENA region’s safest city by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cites Index," Al Hammadi said. "Our globally regarded response is the result of close cooperation among all relevant stakeholders, as evidenced by ADEK’s collaboration with the Alhosn National Health System team, which demonstrates how data utilisation and cutting-edge technology can boost transparency and reassure parents about the health and safety of their children."

"While vaccination of students below 16 years old remains optional, we are confident that parents will continue to foster health and safety of school communities with further vaccination uptake in the new year," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Alhosn National Health Team said, "Our team is committed to working with all relevant stakeholders to ensure our communities remain safe and healthy during the pandemic. By working with ADEK to integrate transparent vaccination rates across the Abu Dhabi school community within the Alhosn App via Alhosn National Health System, we are underlining exactly why the emirate’s collaborative response to the pandemic continues to set new global benchmarks."

With the launch of the Abu Dhabi Blue Schools feature on the Alhosn App, school’s vaccination numbers and percentages for in-class students will be updated every fortnight.

Launched in October 2021, the Abu Dhabi Blue Schools initiative encourages immunisation of all students to increase protection against COVID-19 and its variants. The initiative offers Abu Dhabi schools a clear roadmap to normalcy by providing customised privileges based on student vaccination rates.

Since its launch, the initiative has helped drive increased vaccination uptake among Private and Charter School students, with 45 of schools already moving to the Yellow tier, 22 to the Green tier, and 2 schools to the Blue tier after achieving 85 percent vaccination rates for students attending schools physically.

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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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wasl properties announces the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan Arts Competition

News of Emirates – wasl properties, one of the largest real estate development and management companies in Dubai, has announced the launch of the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan competition that seeks to reward its creative and artistic tenants with exceptional prizes.

The annual competitions welcome participation from all ages, with a painting challenge for wasl tenants’ children and a photography contest for adults.

wasl’s Ramadan Painting Competition is designed for younger tenants of up to 13 years old, and participants will be required to paint a piece reflecting the true meaning of Ramadan. With an iPad up for grabs every week, artworks must be uploaded to the website for them to be voted on publicly and judged by the wasl committee. At the end of the holy month, one winner out of the four selected over the course of the competition will be awarded the grand prize of a scholarship of up to AED 25,000.

For adults, wasl launched the Ramadan Instagram Photography Competition, which invites anyone over the age of 13, even non-tenants, to capture the true meaning of the holy month by taking a selfie with one of Dubai’s landmarks. Those interested in participating must share their photographs on Instagram using #waslRamadan2022 and mentioning @waslgroup. Each entrant can upload an unlimited number of photos, and the wasl committee will decide which lucky entrants will win one of four Apple Watches every week.

wasl properties launched the ‘Ramadan Competition’ for the first time in 2011, and it has expanded over the years to become an anticipated annual contest.

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Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, UAE are ‘terrorist actions’: Kosovo PM

PRISTINA, 17th February, 2022 (WAM) — Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, has condemned the Houthi attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, labelling the militia as a terrorist group.

"We were appalled by these images and all these attacks. Absolute violence against civilians, which has nothing to do with respect for human dignity, human rights, society and community. This is something that we can never tolerate and it is our task to always condemn it," Kurti told Saudi English language newspaper Arab News.

Asked whether he agrees that as a result of targeting civilian targets the Houthi militia should be designated as a terrorist group, Kurti said, "Yes, I think that all these attacks on civilians are terrorist actions."

On 17th January, the Houthi milita attacked a fuel tank storage facility near Abu Dhabi International Airport, killing three and injuring six.

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