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Nahyan bin Mubarak opens ‘Tolerance Without Borders’ Forum

ABU DHABI, 20th September, 2023 (WAM) – Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, said that the wise and strong leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made the United Arab Emirates a country of progress, prosperity, and stability.

“Ours is a country committed to helping people everywhere to live together in peace and harmony. We are also a country that has seized opportunities and is moving aggressively into a sustainable future. COP28 will be an opportunity to showcase, in front of the whole world, our achievements as a socially cohesive and economically sustainable country,” the minister said while delivering the inaugural speech of the 'Tolerance Without Borders' Forum today.

“Today, we are living in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world – a world characterised by change and driven by continued advances in technology. Members of the Tolerance Clubs, and their fellow students, are demonstrating a global spirit and a willingness to be engaged, using available technology to be effective agents of change in a world without borders," he added.

“You, the young people who are here today, affirm our hopes and optimism for the future. I admire your enthusiasm. I am impressed with your determination to immerse yourselves in the important issues of the day. You will become the leaders of tomorrow with the opportunity, as well as the responsibility, to use your education, your intelligence, and your dedication to strengthen your communities and build a better world for us all.”
The minister added: “Tolerance without Borders”, the initiative you are discussing today, brilliantly reflects the highest and best ideals of a global society that measures its success by the quality of cooperation, dialog, and peaceful interaction among all its citizens. These values are at the core of our national vision for the present and the future of the United Arab Emirates. We are a peaceful country that takes quite seriously its role in fostering regional and global peace, tolerance, and cooperation. Under the historic leadership of our founding president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, and continuing with the wise leadership of our president, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates is a society that has moved away from viewing others through the lens of ignorance, suspicion, stereotype, and intolerance. We are a society with solid foundations, committed to the peaceful pursuit of solutions to the conflicts and problems of humankind."

Much of the world’s growth and development during the last century has come at the expense of caring for our natural environment, he noted, adding that “natural resources are being depleted at an astonishing rate. The amount of ‘greenhouse’ gases is increasing in the earth’s atmosphere. Water pollution is a concern. If these and similar trends continue unabated, young people of today will live in a time when rising ocean levels submerge coastal regions, agricultural patterns shift, drought conditions increase, and major outbreaks of diseases infect many regions of the world. How we will avoid these problems is a massive challenge of global dimensions.But there is hope in the research and development efforts, as well as in the actions and initiatives underway in many regions of the world, to address these issues.”

Sheikh Nahyan encouraged youth to help achieve the goals and objectives of ‘Tolerance without Borders’: “I encourage you to continue to explore how to build global connections that can foster the creation and sharing of ideas and knowledge. In particular: how can you work with your peers to promote peace and understanding around the world? How can these international connections help you develop into independent and life-long learners? How will they enable you to think critically about the opportunities available to you for development and growth? How can you continue to learn from the new friends and relationships forged through this initiative? How might you convey to your friends and colleagues at home and abroad the essence of what Tolerance without Borders entails? How would you present to them the successful model of the UAE in tolerance and sustainability? How can you help others to appreciate the value of technology as a way to extend communications far beyond local and regional borders, and to create a global learning network? And in this Year of Sustainability, and with COP28, later this year, how can you help with enhancing global awareness of the field of sustainable development?”

He concluded by affirming his belief that believe that the energy, education, vitality, and enthusiasm of young people can and will move the global community to focus on issues of common concern and to seek solutions to the most important problems of the current times.

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Hamriyah and Deira ports record AED 12.133b in customs declaration value for first nine months of 2023

Dubai Customs plays a crucial role as the frontline defense for community security, consistently advancing its customs centers to safeguard and facilitate maritime trade. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of
Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, recently visited Creek Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center to evaluate progress and oversee ongoing efforts for continuous customs service development. During this visit, several executive directors, department heads, and customs center managers were present.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, accompanied by Rashid Al Dhabah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Seae Customs Centers Management, conducted inspections at Khor Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center. Managers Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Salman and Majid Salem Al Tawilah provided insights into workflow progress and accomplishments. Over the first nine months of this year, 62,454 customs declarations were processed, totaling AED 12.133 billion, with 19 seizures recorded during the same period. A visit to Hamriyah Port Customs Center showcased an advanced container X-ray inspection device, supporting increased inspection operations.

Subsequently, visits to Khor Customs Center and Deira Port highlighted achievements, including a notable seizure called the “Wheelhouse,” which successfully prevented an attempt to smuggle 243 kilograms of narcotics into the country. Commending customs employees, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih emphasized the pivotal role of maritime customs centers in ensuring community security and facilitating trade. The department collaborates for efficient goods clearance and acknowledges employee efforts
during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the department’s support for global efforts to revive maritime navigation and international trade.

Musabih clarified that the department’s advanced capabilities in monitoring and inspection enable it to keep pace with the UAE’s rapid foreign trade growth. Supporting Dubai’s economic agenda D33, the department aims to double foreign trade and enhance economic partnerships with key global markets. Efforts to boost customs inspector efficiency continue through training courses, ensuring their ability to thwart smuggling attempts. Continuous development of X-ray scanning
devices and the K9 customs dog unit further enhances contraband control achievements. Rasheed Al-Dabah explained that the forthcoming period will witness the advancement of new initiatives and mechanisms in the realm of inspection and examination. These initiatives are grounded in a forward-looking perspective to introduce cutting-edge technologies utilized in examining maritime transport vessels, wooden ships, and ships engaged in fish trade.

He remarked, “Our endeavors are harmonized to enhance performance in sea customs centers, concurrently focusing on bolstering monitoring, tracking, and technical support activities to yield optimal outcomes through continuous and productive collaboration among all specialized teams within the department. The Customs centers in Deira, Al Khor, and
Hamriyah Port Customs Center shoulder their vital responsibilities in safeguarding society and facilitating maritime trade through Dubai Creek and Hamriyah Port, supporting the ongoing growth of the national economy.”

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Dubai Customs Hosts Sharjah Housing Delegation to Strengthen Government Communication Ties

Dubai Customs, represented by the Corporate Communication Department, warmly welcomed a delegation from the Sharjah Housing Department. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegation with the duties and responsibilities of the
Corporate Communication Department and its affiliated divisions. The delegation also aimed to explore the awards received by the department, notably the recognition as the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award for 2023.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, along with department managers, extended a cordial reception to the Sharjah Housing delegation, which included Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication, Nada Sivan, Head of the Public Relations and Events Department, and Hamad Saleh Al Hamadi, Head of
the New Media Department. Bin Gharib highlighted the department’s commitment to strengthening communication with government entities to exchange practical experiences and knowledge. The delegation was briefed on Dubai Customs exceptional performance in customs operations and other facets.

The meeting delved into discussions on potential avenues for collaboration, with the Sharjah Housing delegation. Emphasis was placed on the crucial role played by Dubai Customs’ Corporate Communication Department, customs administrations, and centers in ensuring security and safeguarding society. The delegation was presented with an overview of the department’s working mechanisms, awareness campaigns, events, and activities conducted internally and externally, aligning with Dubai Customs esteemed reputation.

Furthermore, the Sharjah Housing delegation acquired an understanding of the best media practices adopted by the Corporate Communication Department, showcasing its outstanding performance in enhancing knowledge and media dissemination to all partners. This has resulted in the department establishing and fortifying relationships with local and international media
entities. The presentation also encompassed the factors contributing to the department’s receipt of the award for the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication at Sharjah Housing, expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dubai Customs Corporate Communication Department, acknowledging its excellence and significant contribution to enhancing the department’s standing. Dr. Al Nuaimi affirmed Sharjah Housing’s commitment to fostering ongoing visits and meetings with Dubai Customs, aiming to achieve the highest level of coordination and benefit from the Corporate Communication Departmen’s experience in securing numerous local and international awards.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2025 cycle

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions.  Submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2024 through the Prize’s online portal. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and high schools with sustainable solutions are invited to submit an entry for consideration in one of the six categories of Heath, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. Commenting on the launch of the 2025 submissions cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and COP28 President, said: “Since 2008, the
Zayed Sustainability Prize has honoured the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by fostering inclusive sustainable and humanitarian development around the world. In this decisive decade for climate change, these values are more important than ever. I am optimistic that the Prize will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which will pave the
way toward an effective response to the Global Stocktake decision.” In response to the pressing climate crisis, and to further support the UAE’s efforts to accelerate practical solutions needed to drive climate action and uplift vulnerable communities around the world, the Prize has increased its funds from US $3.6 million to US $5.9 million. The Prize will reward US $1 million to each winner in the organisational categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action. Within the Global High Schools category, which is split into six world regions, each school can claim up to US $150,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. The most recent Zayed Sustainability Prize winners were recognised at an Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE. To encourage a broader range of organisations and high schools to participate, the Prize will be accepting submissions in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. This will ensure that innovative solutions from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be recognised. For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, organisations should prove that they are improving access to essential products or services in their targeted communities and are able to implement a long-term vision for better living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, projects should be led by students, and must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges. The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a rigorous, three-stage process. First, due diligence is conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria of Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners across all six categories.   Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during the 2025 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

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