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UAE keen to contribute to global efforts to protect environment: Hamdan bin Zayed

ABU DHABI, 4th February, 2022 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), said the UAE is keen to participate in the international efforts to protect the environment and achieve the sustainable development goals, on the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

In his speech on the occasion of the 25th National Environment Day, held under the theme, "Climate Action Now", he said the UAE’s leadership realised, at an early stage, the growing risks of climate change and was among the first countries to join the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other climate conventions, including the Paris Agreement.

Sheikh Hamdan stressed that the UAE is implementing several projects that aim to reduce emissions and counter climate change, including renewable and nuclear energy projects, improve energy efficiency in the oil, gas and industry sectors, and transition to low-carbon vehicles.

The UAE is financing sustainable development projects in a number of countries, he, noted. "Abu Dhabi Fund for Supporting Renewable Energy" is one of the country’s contributions to the global efforts to address climate change, he added.

He also stated the UAE aims to implement several plans, which include increasing the contribution of clean energy, improving production and supply management efficiency, developing carbon capture and storage systems, supporting agricultural innovation to protect the environment, and leading hydrogen production to support local low-carbon industries.

Sheikh Hamdan then pointed out that the UAE has declared several national contributions to help address climate change, including plans to reduce emissions by 23.5 percent in 2030, and has drafted the National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017–2050 based on three pillars, which are managing emissions while maintaining economic growth, reinforcing capacities to adapt to climate change and reduce risks, and driving the UAE’s economic diversification agenda through innovative solutions.

The UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative crowns a series of successes achieved by the country in its local and international efforts to address climate change. The UAE is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa and the first oil-producing country to announce this initiative, which is appreciated globally, he further said.

The EAD is committed to carbon neutrality and will draft realistic long-term projects and initiatives to achieve the country’s vision, he opined. It also aims to enhance the emirate’s capacity to address climate change and mitigate the risks facing the environmental and economic sectors.

The emirate of Abu Dhabi’s climate change efforts are aligned with the vision of the UAE’s leadership, and the EAD prioritises air quality and climate change, Sheikh Hamdan explained, stressing that the EAD is leading a number of initiatives to reduce emissions and address climate change, raise knowledge and awareness of monitoring climate change, reduce emissions, improve ambient air quality, and lower heat stress. This will lead to better public health and encourage the community’s participation in climate action, by engaging all relevant individuals, companies and government agencies, and boosting the stature of the EAD and Abu Dhabi in the area of climate action both regionally and internationally.

As part of its five-year strategy for 2021 to 2025, the EAD will encourage the adaptation of climate change measures among economic sectors and infrastructure projects to promote an integrated approach to climate change, under the framework of accurate and clear policies and goals, he stated. The emirate’s climate change task force, headed by the EAD and with the membership of the Department of Energy and relevant local authorities, will play a major role in emissions management and adapting to climate change.

Since 2010, the EAD, with the support and participation of all sectors, has been sharing an emissions inventory report based on the best international methodologies, which includes the results of the fourth inventory of greenhouse gas emissions issued in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year, and the outcomes of the emirate’s greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

Sheikh Hamdan noted that the UAE is preparing to host the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UNFCCC, adding the EAD will play an active role with its strategic partners to ensure the success of the event.

"The UAE is serious in its efforts to lead the region to address this global threat. We must create a better world for future generations. Hosting major events, such as COP28, will place us on the right track," he said at the end of his speech.

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Dubai Police warns against Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicles

36 children have been rescued since January 2022

 The Dubai Police General Command has issued an advisory to parents and motorists on the deadly consequences of leaving children unattended inside vehicles, especially during hot weather, when temperatures can reach 70°C in parked vehicles.

The Land Rescue Teams at the General Department of Transport and Rescue confirmed that since the beginning of the current year (2022), 36 children had been rescued from locked vehicles which had posed a severe threat to their lives.

The Dubai Police urged parents and children guardians never to leave children alone unattended inside cars either by mistake or to run errands, even for a short period, noting that failing to protect and ensure children’s safety is punishable by the Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 on Child Rights.

Butti Al Falasi, Director of the Security Awareness Department at Dubai Police, confirmed that Dubai Police works tirelessly to analyze and tackle all safety and security-related issues all year round.

“We’ve spotted, on several occasions, parental negligence that thoughtlessly leaves children unattended inside cars either by mistake or to run errands unaware of the grave danger,” he added.

“Moreover, we urge parents and guardians not to leave their vehicles easily accessible and unlocked for children, so they do not climb into and lock themselves inside,” he continued.

It is worth noting that leaving children unattended inside vehicles could lead to suffocation, loss of consciousness and even death because of extreme heat and lack of oxygen.

 

 

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Do you know the man in the picture?

Dubai Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man in the picture.

The man, who was found dead in the jurisdiction area of Al Raffa Police Station, had no identification documents on him, and no one has reported him missing yet.

The body is currently at the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology to determine the cause of death.

Any information to help identify the deceased can be forwarded to the Dubai Police Call Centre (04)901.

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Mohammed bin Rashid: UAE’s non-oil foreign trade rises to more than AED one trillion in the first half of 2022

UAE- Abu Dhabi – 22 August 2022- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai affirmed that the UAE’s non-oil trade achieved a breakthrough during the first half of 2022, as it exceeded AED one trillion, recording a growth rate of 17% over the last half of the year 2021.

His Highness said: “For the first time, the UAE Non-oil foreign trade exceeds AED one trillion in just half a year.. We reached one trillion and 53 billion dirhams, recording an increase of 17% over the previous half year.

 

 Our economic growth is progressive, our trade environment and infrastructure are the best and our economic approach is stable, fair and open to everyone… The growth of our economy will continue its strong pace in the coming year.”

 

The UAE’s non-oil foreign trade recorded a new achievement in the first half of this year, amounting to one trillion and 53 billion dirhams, for the first time in its history. This number reflects a growth rate of 17% compared to the first half of 2021, and an increase of 25% and 35% compared to the same period in the years of 2020 and 2019 respectively.

These numbers reaffirm the success of the UAE’s strategic directions and visions in accelerating a full recovery after the overcome of the negative repercussions of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic on international trade.

H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, the UAE Minister of Economy, said that UAE is working nonstop to enhance its regional and global leadership and its position at the heart of the global trade networks by adopting commercial and economic openness and strengthening its infrastructure and legislative framework.

Bin Touq added that this outcome marks the beginning of an unprecedented phase of economic development in the history of the country, and it is the result of the integrated efforts and initiatives announced by the UAE government as part of the “Projects of the 50.”

 

 

 

 

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said: “The unprecedented performance demonstrated by the non-oil foreign trade can be attributed to the forward-looking vision of the wise leadership, which aims to expand the UAE’s trade with the world and position it as a major contributor to the doubling of the national economy by 2030.”

H.E. also explained that this achievement came as a result of the forward-looking plans and various initiatives undertaken by the UAE to develop and diversify its exports had a significant impact in achieving this record growth in trade performance in just six months.

During the first half of 2022, the UAE’s non-oil exports, achieved about AED 180 billion for the first time in its history. Recording a growth rate of 8% compared to the same period in 2021, an increase of 53% compared to the first half of 2020, 50 % compared to the same period in 2019, and a growth rate of 69% with the same period of 2018. It nearly doubled compared to what it had recorded during the same period in 2017.

In terms of re-export, the UAE recorded unprecedented achievement during the first half of 2022. It approached the barrier of AED 300 billion for the first time in its history. The results showed a high growth rates compared to previous years, as they increased by 20%, 51%, 16% and 23% compared to same periods in 2021 2020, 2019, and 2018, respectively.

Also, the UAE’s imports increased by approaching the barrier of AED 580 billion during the first half of 2022, for the first time in its history as well. It recorded a growth of 19% compared to the same period in 2021, 49% compared to the same period of 2020, 24% compared to the first half of 2019, and 25% compared to the same period in 2018.

On the other hand, the contribution of imports from the UAE’s non-oil trade, has decreased to 55%, while the share of non-oil exports became 17%. In addition, the share of re-exports reached 28%.

These results reveal that national exports have achieved great growth and remarkable activity, which increased its contribution to the country’s non-oil trade.

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