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Dubai Chamber highlights technologies enhancing visitor experience at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, 7th February, 2022 (WAM) — New technologies are creating a seamless and integrated visitor experience at Expo 2020 Dubai as shown in the latest instalment of the En Route to the Expo – Dubai Chamber of Commerce’s video series, which offers insights on various features and aspects of the mega event.

In the latest video, Sergio Maccotta, Senior Vice President, SAP Middle East South, discusses how Expo 2020 Dubai is setting the agenda for technology as the lynchpin for advancing innovation, sustainability, business and global trade.

"Expo 2020 Dubai is indeed a large scale event and is record breaking in terms of visitor numbers, with a total of almost 6.3 million visitors as of December 13. The theme of the event ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is the testament to the vision of Dubai and also the wider United Arab Emirates towards sustainability, technology and ingenuity for better living," said Maccotta.

"One thing that is really impressive is that the technology that is being used to run the expo is becoming a major attraction point that is creating a platform for new business deals, for innovation and for digital transformation. I really, truly feel that Expo 2020 Dubai can catalyse and enhance global trade ties. It's setting new goals in sustainability and it's also paving the way for a collaborative and innovative future," he added.

With SAP the Innovative Enterprise Software Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai and its first international premier partner, Maccotta drew attention to his company’s software at the exhibition that he said is ensuring the very best experience for visitors.

"Expo 2020 Dubai is running in real time on an SAP solution, with our priority on visitor experience and the latest innovative technologies. SAP’s focus is to ensure a seamless, integrated experience for organisers, participants and visitors, and enhancing the overall customer journey – from the journey planning to the positive end follow-up. The insights from the SAP integrated real time technology tailor the visitor experience to their preferences, such as informing them of the quickest route to their preferred pavilion. It highlights stops on the way and can even be directed to show the latest technology and advances," he said.

Maccotta concluded by pointing to SAP’s commitment to sustainability that he said is in alignment with both Expo 2020 Dubai’s and the UAE government’s initiatives in the same area, such as the country’s pledge for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and its considerable investment in renewable energy.

"SAP recently launched the SAP Cares Environment, Social, Governance Network during the Expo 2020 Dubai Climate and Biodiversity Theme Week. This is bringing to the nation and the SAP Control Tower monitoring and improving carbon impact across the entire private and public sectors. I really feel that Expo 2020 Dubai is the greatest show ever, not only for the technology which surrounds it, but also for the different angles, ideas and showcases from the 192 countries that are proudly participating in it," he said.

"In my opinion, everybody should visit the expo more – one visit wouldn't be enough. Expo 2020 Dubai is a platform to experience today the technology and solutions of tomorrow. Every pavilion is a representation of what that country or that brand offers, enabling visitors to absorb more knowledge about the world around them, with every visit ever," he concluded.

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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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