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Dubai Customs’ Director General: Full Readiness for an Exceptional Season during COP28 and Aviation Exhibition

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai
Customs, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, has confirmed that Dubai
Customs is fully prepared to welcome delegations, participants, and visitors for an extraordinary
period during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 28 hosted
by the United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 12, 2023. He also highlighted the
Dubai Airshow, which brings together over 1400 exhibitors from 148 countries and more than
300 international speakers. This statement was made during his visit, along with the leadership team, to Al Maktoum
International Airport, Al Maktoum Cargo Center, and Dubai Logistics City, as part of the field
visits program to customs centers in Dubai. The visit aimed to assess the progress of customs
services and development, emphasizing the need to facilitate services for clients and travelers,
aligning with Dubai’s economic agenda and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum.

Badr Al Harmoudi, the Inspection Manager at Al Maktoum Airport, presented the procedures to
facilitate the passage of visitors and delegations participating in COP 28 and the Dubai Airshow.
He highlighted coordination with operating airlines and relevant authorities, applying best
practices to ease passenger movement at Al Maktoum International Airport.

Khalfan bin Yado, Senior Inspection Manager at Al Maktoum Cargo Center, reported that the
center successfully processed 29,768 customs transactions in the initial nine months of this
year, indicating a 5.25% growth compared to the 27,832 customs transactions during the same
period last year. The count of customs declarations for imports for the first nine months of the
current year stood at 12,000 declarations, contrasting with 11,787 customs declarations for the
corresponding period last year. Concurrently, the customs declarations for exports amounted to
13,153, in contrast to 12,645 customs declarations. He emphasized that Al Maktoum Cargo
Center offers innovative customs services and procedures, contributing to the enhancement of
air cargo operations for various companies, including those in e-commerce.

The visit also showcased exceptional services provided by Dubai Logistics City Customs Center
for global humanitarian shipments, contributing significantly to the timely arrival of aid and
supplies to crisis-affected countries. Sami Issa, Senior Inspection Manager at the center,
emphasized their commitment to Dubai Customs 2021-2026 strategy, accelerating business
operations and providing smart customs services to save time and costs for companies.

The center completed 234,520 customs transactions from January to October, supporting global
companies, especially those responsible for humanitarian services. The centers efforts, in
collaboration with Dubai South Management, involve expediting customs procedures through
remote inspection. The recent launch of the”Remote Inspection Project”at GITEX, the first of
its kind in the region, aims to shorten customs inspection time. This is achieved by utilizing
advanced technologies and artificial intelligence for clearance agents and clients approved by
the Authorized Economic Operator program, providing an additional advantage for participating

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Intermobility Expo 2023 Kicks Off with Grand Opening by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer

Informa Connect, the global leader for events in the Middle East region has successfully
concluded the day one of the most awaited events of its calendar, the Intermobility Expo
2023 started on 21 st November at World Trade Center, Dubai.
The 22 nd edition of the Intermobility Expo 2023, which was known as the Gulf Traffic, the
largest Intelligent Transport and Future Mobility Summit of the Middle East, Turkey, and
Africa was officially launched by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of
the Board of Executive Directors at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), at an exciting
opening ceremony in the presence of industrial experts and government delegates.
On day one of the largest transport expo, key players in the Middle Easts transport industry
came together to discuss how new technological advancements that can be leveraged to
address road hazards and enhance safety, which is a critical factor in managing dynamic cities
in the GCC and beyond. Enriching discussions on topics like Driving Change: Governments
Role in Mobility, underscoring the vital influence of the government in molding the
trajectory of mobility, saw enhanced participation from the attendees.
H.E. Sheikh Nasser Majid Al Qasimi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Infrastructure
and Transport Regulation Sector at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, also
graced the occasion with his esteemed presence and commended the UAEs unwavering
dedication to reimagining transportation. He highlights, “;The country envisions a smart and
interconnected transport system, integrating advanced technologies, autonomous vehicles,
smart infrastructure, and a strong emphasis on green mobility, as showcased by the Global
Market for Electric Vehicles initiative. Recognizing the strategic importance of an integrated
transport system for economic growth, social harmony, and environmental sustainability, the
UAE stands as a global leader in adopting ambitious initiatives.”

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Dulsco Group and clients root for climate change action in mangrove tree plantation drive

Dulsco Group has reinforced its commitment to spearheading
and supporting environmental initiatives by bringing together 100 team members from its
portfolio of businesses comprising Dulsco Environment, Dulsco People, Parisima and
Advance Global Recruitment, and corporate clients like BRF, ENOC Link and Fischer to
plant 300 mangrove trees to help in the fight against climate change.
Part of Dulsco Group’s sustainability agenda in the run up to COP28, the event was held to
support the UAE National Carbon Sequestration Project, which Dulsco proudly signed up for
in 2023. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment project aims to plant 100 million
new mangrove trees across the country by 2030.

Each participant in the Dulsco drive planted three trees at Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary, run
by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG). And, thanks to new technology and
virtual reality, the trees’ progress and contribution to carbon savings can be monitored
through the EcoMatcher app, which promotes transparency and traceability in tree planting.

Mangrove trees play a key role in conservation, by stabilising and protecting coastlines,
preventing erosion, supporting wildlife within the ecosystem and serving as a habitat for
thousands of species. They also reduce harmful greenhouse gases by isolating up to 13.6
kg of carbon each year. This means that the 300 trees planted on 16 November – and the
120 planted by Dulsco last year – will collectively capture 5,712 kg of carbon dioxide

The UAE is currently home to 60 million mangrove trees that span 183 sq km and capture
43,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. An additional 100 million trees will mean
115,000 tons of CO2 will be sequestered every year.

John Grainger, Chief Operating Officer at Dulsco Environment, said: “As a leading
force in environmental solutions, Dulsco is proud to support initiatives that preserve and
enhance our planet. Following our first mangrove tree planting initiative with our
employees last year, we made this year’s event bigger and better by bringing together our
valued team members and clients across our businesses as one, reinforcing our joint
commitment to creating a better future for our people and the world we live in.

“The EMEG does a wonderful job in protecting marine life at Jebel Ali, and we are delighted
to play our part in enhancing the sanctuary’s natural eco-system and biodiversity.”

Dulsco’s tree planting initiative also included a beach clean-up drive that resulted in
collecting 1,246 kilos of waste, in line with the company’s continued commitment to
protecting the environment and encouraging more green thinking among team members, key
stakeholders and the public.

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UAE President issues federal decree appointing Under- Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, For Emiratisation

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahya ,

the President of UAE, issued a Federal
Decree appointing H.E. Aisha Mohamed Ahmed Belharfia, as Under-
Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, For
Emiratisation. Belharfia served previously as Acting Under-Secretary for Emiratisation
Affairs and Assistant Under-Secretary for Labour Affairs at MOHRE.
She also taken responsibilities related to Labour offices and licenses,
and contributed to the development of laws and legislation regulating
the Labour sector. Belharfia launched various projects and initiatives
aimed at raising the efficiency of the Labour market.

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