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“UAE Compassion” receives great response from Private school students in Dubai

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“UAE Compassion” receives great response from Private school students in Dubai


489The “UAE Compassion” initiative that has been launched by UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received great response and support from students in private schools across Dubai. Dubai Cares has been working with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and private schools in Dubai over the course of the campaign to manage the collection of donated winter clothing, blankets and food items from the students and deliver them to Dubai Cares at its main collection point in Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai.

Among schools that contacted Dubai Cares to arrange for the drop off of donations were Al Mawakeb School, Ambassador Kindergarten, Bradenton Preparatory Academy, BUDS School, Choueifat International School-Dubai, Dubai American Academy, Dubai International Academy, GEMS Wichester, Greenfield School, Gulf Model School, Kindergarten Starters, Mirdif Private School, Mizhar American Academy, NORD ANGLIA School, Taaleem schools, The Children’s Garden, Uptown School Mirdif, Westminster School and many others.


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MoL receives feedback on issues affecting domestic workers

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MoL receives feedback on issues affecting domestic workers


457In a bid to protect the rights of employers and domestic workers in the Kingdom, the Labor Ministry moved to engage for the first time in a dialogue with domestic workers and their employers to address their grievances.

The two-day dialogue included the participation of Labor Minister Adel Fakeih and senior officials from 10 ministries and various government agencies which discussed a wide range of subjects in the domestic help sector. The aim of the dialogue was to explain the recruitment procedure for greater transparency and ways to improve the work environment for domestic workers, according to officials.

The dialogue also welcomed more than 150 Saudi citizens who shared their practical experience on the issue of domestic workers. The second day of the dialogue concluded Saturday with debates on several burning issues in the presence of senior officials.

Chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission and a senior diplomat of Sri Lanka, a major domestic worker-exporting country, also participated in the dialogue.

“We intend to involve all stake holders including Saudi citizens in policy decisions related to the labor market in general and domestic workers in particular,” said Fakeih.

Addressing the forum, the minister said that he was keen on providing the attendees with an opportunity to express their views prior to framing a policy.

The minister noted that the Labor Ministry’s role is not confined to issuing visas but extends to ensuring that the working environment for domestic workers adheres to specific standards with an effective mechanism to address any issue.

Bandar Al-Iban, chairman of the Human Rights Commission, commended the ministry for initiating the dialogue and for putting in place a mechanism to ensure the protection of the workers’ and employers’ rights. “The Kingdom hosts a large number of domestic workers from different parts of the world and it is imperative that there is a mechanism to protect the rights of all stakeholders,” he said, adding that the Kingdom has issued a charter which specifies the rights and responsibilities of domestics and their employers.

The chief of the Saudi Human Rights Commission also observed that exploitation of domestic workers was not acceptable, adding that human dignity and justice is a prerequisite of the Islamic law.

The meeting expressed concern over the increasing cost of domestic workers. Participants also debated the functioning of 338 recruitment offices and 19 mega companies, the selection criteria of workers and contract modules. The ministry’s Web portal www.musaned.gov.sa was cited as an exclusive portal for the recruitment of domestic workers.

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University of Dubai receives international HRM certification

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University of Dubai receives international HRM certification


4The University of Dubai announced today that its Human Resources Management Major at Faculty of Business Administration (BBA) received the high profile certification by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). The Association, which is the world’s largest of its kind devoted to human resource management, is a US accredited organization.

The certification comes as good news for all University of Dubai students and alumni who studied Human Resources Management (HRM). The international organization announced that University of Dubai’s HRM curriculum “fully aligns with SHRM’s curriculum guidebook and templates”.

This additional global recognition helps graduates and current undergraduate students at the university studying HRM to directly apply for the SHRM professional examination and certification. Throughout the world, only 365 similar programs have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates.

Dr. Eesa M. Bastaki, President of University of Dubai, congratulated the Faculty of Business Administration (BBA) on this academic achievement, and reflected on a previous achievement when BBA received similar acknowledgement by the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) in UK. Bastaki said SHRM certification is equally and highly valued by many employers globally. He urged students to take advantage of international recognitions, especially in the field of human resources management.

Israa Shaheen, a graduate student of University of Dubai, said: “The SHRM certification is certainly a great source of happiness for students of HRM and comes as another feather in the cap of University of Dubai. I congratulate the university on this remarkable achievement. With this certification in place, the university has made it possible for students like me to easily apply for the SHRM professional examination.”



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Prince of Riyadh receives delegation from Saudi Friends

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Prince of Riyadh receives delegation from Saudi Friends


4114His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah, Governor of Riyadh region received in his palace delegation from Saudi Friends from Brazil during their visit to Saudi Arabia, accompanied by members of Eye of Riyadh and One Hand Volunteers.

HRH Prince Turki bin Abdullah welcomed the visiting delegation and thanked them, while at the same time highlighting the importance of showing the bright side of Saudi Arabia through its people and culture. He also noted that he aspires to be Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia a starting point for this initiative to spread care and love messages to every person around the world.

In addition to the visit, the Brazilian delegation also paid a visit to the Mishkat Interactive Exhibition which stimulates and depicts the future energy in the Kingdom. They then toured the national museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center to get a glimpse of the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Finally visited Athriyah Traditional Village and were briefed on the main mud palace and its contents, and attended a number of folkloric shows. Concluding the visit, the delegations had lunch which was held on this occasion.

The members of the delegation praised what they have seen of presentations and priceless artifacts highlighting the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the Kingdom.

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Prince Sultan receives ASE Order and Award

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Prince Sultan receives ASE Order and Award


489The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) awarded Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), ASE’s Order and Award in recognition of his extensive efforts made in the field of space.

The award was conferred on the prince on Wednesday in Beijing during its 27th Assembly.

A statement from SCTA’s media head revealed that Prince Sultan is the first to receive the prestigious award for an astronaut outside of the United States and Russia.

As a founding member, Prince Sultan was recognized for his efforts in the field of space and serving the organization in realizing its goals and objectives for the benefit of the members and the astronauts’ organisation.

The high-profile event was held under the auspices of the vice premier of China’s State Council, Ma Kai, and attended by nearly 100 astronauts from 19 countries including China, the US, Russia, Mongolia and Malaysia.

Founded in 1985, the ASE Assembly, with 350 astronaut members from 35 countries, aims to improve dialogue and communication among the astronauts and support space science. It also seeks to promote environmental awareness and encourage international cooperation in human space exploration, besides the provision of grants and studies in the area of space work.

Prince Sultan was on a five-day visit to take part in the conference. He was received by Saudi Ambassador to Beijing Yahya bin Abdul-Kareem Al-Zaid and Chairman of the ASE’s organizing committee Yang Liwei, who is the deputy director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office and is also the country’s first astronaut.

The Kingdom hosted the 25th ASE conference in 2012 under the aegis of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, which was held on the sidelines of the Saudi International Conference for Space and Aeronautics Technology in Riyadh in 2012.

In 1989, the Kingdom was the host of the organization of the Fifth conference under the aegis of the late Crown Prince Sultan. The conference was the largest gathering of astronauts.



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AUC Professor Mohamed Swillam receives state award for design of optical nanoscale devices

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AUC Professor Mohamed Swillam receives state award for design of optical nanoscale devices


473Mohamed Swillam, assistant professor and associate chair of the Department of Physics at The American University in Cairo (AUC), recently received the state award in the Advanced Technology field for his work in nanoscale device fabrication and optical research, commonly known as nanophotonics. Swillam was recognized alongside 43 other distinguished Egyptian scholars, out of a total of 350, who received state awards in science and technology this year.

Swillam has focused his research efforts in the last three years on the fabrication of nanophotonic devices, which transfer data at a high speed using light pulses rather than electrical signals, with promising applications in the fields of computing and telecommunications. These high-quality nanophotonic devices are primarily made using plasmonics, which incorporate electronic transfer of data at optical frequencies, thus allowing the rapid transmission of huge amounts of information over tiny wires, as opposed to bulky ones.

“These devices are now utilized to build integrated optical communication systems and can be used for transferring data over the Internet, for example,” explained Swillam. “The primary benefit of optical nanodevices is that they are very small, but can hold very large amounts of data without taking up a lot of space. This will help in the use of optical interconnect systems that will make the computation speed of computers much faster, as the data will be sent over the motherboard as light pulses. Our aim is to make optical devices as tiny as the transistor in current technology. Once we do this, we can replace the electronics with optical circuits and use light to carry the data in consumable devices such as laptops and cell phones, which will be faster and more functional.”

Swillam and his team are also using these devices to make a complete laboratory on one chip, a technology called lab on chip. “This technology requires very sensitive sensors with a compact size to integrate many sensors on the same chip,” he said. “It can be utilized to analyze a complete blood picture using only one drop of blood. We are making it smaller and more sensitive with our novel designs using plasmonics waveguides.”

One important area of Swillam’s research addresses the challenge of designing high-quality nanophotonic devices on such a minute scale with subwavelength dimensions. “The process is very complicated because the dimensions of the given device can only be about 500 by 500 nanometers, and it still has to have excellent performance,” he noted. “This, of course, requires very high-tech fabrication and testing facilities, which is a challenge in Egypt at the moment, but AUC’s facilities and funds have helped tremendously in this respect.”

The state award took into account five research papers that Swillam submitted –– which he described as milestones in his career –– in addition to the full body of his work in the area of nanophotonic devices and his contributions in advancing the field. “This is the first time that I’ve had my work recognized by the Egyptian government,” Swillam said. “I am very pleased that my efforts in fabricating and measuring nanodevices have been recognized, especially since most of the five papers I submitted were written after I joined AUC in 2011. During this time, my team and I proposed many novel optical devices with nanoscale dimensions and superior functionalities. We created silicon nanowires, which can be used for solar cells, optical sensing and have very good potential for use in telecommunications. These wires are so small that the diameter of a single one measures only about 20 nanometers, or a maximum of few atoms of silicon.”

Swillam’s work in developing silicon nanowires is groundbreaking in several ways, but primarily because he found that the silicon nanowires contain different properties due to their limited number of atoms. “We made these silicon nanowires and tested them and found that they have new, very interesting properties,” Swillam said. “What this means is that the property of a material changes when it is composed of only five or six atoms, for example, rather than an infinite number.”

In addition to this recent recognition by the state, Swillam’s research has received past awards from Masr El Kheir Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and McMaster University. He has also recently been awarded two international research grants and one from the Egypt-based Information Technology Industry Development Agency to further fund and support his research in using silicon in optical nanoscale devices and optical communication.

Highlighting the significance of this research, Swillam noted, “Our work tackles problems that will have to be addressed in another five or six years, and that’s why it is so important. When I submitted my papers to be considered for the award, I was concerned because the optical science community in Egypt is small. This award is very special to me because it highlights a research field that is so greatly underdeveloped in Egypt.”

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PepsiCo-Jordan receives Pepsi-Cola International’s Donald M. Kendall Award

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PepsiCo-Jordan receives Pepsi-Cola International’s Donald M. Kendall Award


4102PepsiCo-Jordan has received Pepsi-Cola International’sglobally-renowned DonaldM.Kendall (DMK)Award, under the category of Small Emerging Beverages Market, for the fourth time in six years. In celebration of this achievement, the Company held a celebratory event for its employees. This prestigious Award recognizes excelling beverage companies based on a thorough evaluation process and preset criteria that cover quality standards, customer service, corporate social responsibility and growth scope, among others.

The event was attended by PepsiCo-Jordan General Manager Eng. Nidal Hamam who shared the Company’s latest updates and honored several employees who have demonstrated strict adherence to general safety principles in the workplace.

During his speech, Eng. Hamam expressed his gratitude towards the PepsiCo-Jordan team for their dedicated efforts, unwavering loyalty and commendable teamwork, all of which were key to receiving the Award.





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Gulf Bank receives ‘Best Domestic Retail Bank’ and ‘Best Human Resources Development’ awards from Banker Middle East

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Gulf Bank receives ‘Best Domestic Retail Bank’ and ‘Best Human Resources Development’ awards from Banker Middle East


499Gulf Bank has announced that it has been honored with the ‘Best Domestic Retail Bank’ and ‘Best Human Resources Development’ awards for 2014 from Banker Middle East, the region’s leading banking industry magazine. The Bank received the awards at a ceremony at the Emirates Tower Hotel in Dubai on the 3rd June 2014 during a gala dinner attended by senior industry representatives and their guests.

The awards are testaments to the great progress made by the Bank’s management, staff and human resources team in delivering superior services to customers and in developing employees’ knowledge and abilities.

César González-Bueno, Gulf Bank’s Chief Executive Officer said: “It’s a tremendous accomplishment and honor for Gulf Bank to receive these two prestigious awards.  We are proud of our growing reputation for excellent customer service and in talent development; we also know that we must continually seek to exceed customers’ expectations, in terms of innovation and uniquely designed financial products and services, as well as continuing our investment in our Learning & Development department for the benefit of the Bank and its staff. Gulf Bank would not have received these awards were it not for the dedication of the whole Gulf Bank team.”

The Banker Middle East Awards are held each year to recognize businesses in the region that have excelled in providing exceptional levels of customer service and innovation across a range of sectors, from basic banking products to high-end investment services.


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Qatar Rail Receives a Set of Four New TBMs for Doha Metro

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Qatar Rail Receives a Set of Four New TBMs for Doha Metro


470Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the much-anticipated integrated railways network, has received 4 more tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro.

The four TBMs Al Mayeda, Al Khor, Lehwaila and Al Wakra were manufactured by Germany’s Herrenknecht and will be used for the Red Line North and South Underground projects.

Al Mayeda and Al Khor will be used for the Red Line North Underground. The Design and Build (D&B) for this project will be undertaken by a joint venture (JV) led by Italy’s Salini Impregilo and comprising South Korea’s S. K. Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, and Qatar’s Galfar Al Misnad Engineering & Contracting W.L.L. A total of 4 TBMs (named Lebretha Al Mayeda, Al Khor and Al Bidda) (already on site ready to be assembled) are proposed to bore the required rail tunnels for the Red Line North project.

Lehwaila and Al Wakra will be launched into service for the Red Line South Underground project. The Design and Build (D&B) for this project will be undertaken by a JV led by the French-Qatari company QDVC and comprising of South Korea’s G. S. Engineering and Construction and Qatar’s Al Darwish Engineering. Five TBMs (named Lehwaila, Al Wakra, Mushaireb, Doha and Al Zubara) will be utilised for the tunnelling on the Red Line South Underground project.

Each TBM will travel a distance of between 7-9 km and will take approx. 2 years to complete their respective journeys. The TBM average speed will be between 12m/day to 21m/day, depending on ground conditions. Daily excavation quantity will be over 600m³, with an estimated predicted total excavation quantity of over 5,000,000m³.

Each of the TBMs for the Doha Metro measures 7.05m in diameter and 120m in length, therefore to ensure transportation is successfully managed from the Doha Port to the respective construction sites, the TBMs are dismantled into smaller sections which enable easier transportation.

It will take a few months to re-assemble all 4 TBMs into complete machines and Qatar Rail will provide regular updates in the newspapers on the progress and everytime we receive delivery of a new TBM.

TBMs are ideal for Doha; they interfere very little to the vibrant and active city life. Needing only one point of entry, they can tunnel below the city streets, practically unknown to the population above. They are also ideal for longer lengths of uninterrupted tunnelling, as is required for the Doha Metro project.

Qatar Rail extends its appreciation and special thanks to the Qatar Rail team working on the Red Line North and South projects, and also to the Doha Port team who unloaded each of the sections; the Customs Department for their quick response in clearing all necessary formalities; and to the Civil Defence who safely escorted the sections to the construction sites.

The scope of work for Red Line North Underground comprises the design and construction of approx. 13.4km twin-bored tunnel, including seven underground stations, between the proposed Msheireb Underground Station and Doha Golf Course via Doha West Bay. The tunnels will be built at an average depth of approx. 20 meters below ground.

Red Line South Underground extends from Msheireb in the North to Hamad International Airport in the South. The scope of work for Red Line South Underground includes seven underground stations and the design and construction of approx. 14km twin-bored tunnel to be built at an average depth of approx. 25 meters below ground.

Qatar Rail is awaiting the delivery of a further 16 TBMs – these will arrive in a Qatar over the coming months, to be utilized between the Red Line North, Red Line South, Green Line and Gold Line Underground projects.

The Green Line – a JV led by Austria’s PORR Bau and comprising KSA’s Saudi Bin Laden Group and Qatar’s Hamad bin Khaled Contracting will receive six TBMs, whilst the Gold Line – recently awarded to a Design and Build Contract to a Joint Venture led by Greece’s Aktor SA and comprising India’s Larsen and Toubro, Turkey’s Yapi Merkezi Insat ve Sanayi Anonim Sirketi and Sezai Turkes Feyzi Akkaya Marine Construction and Qatar’s Al Jaber Engineering – will also receive six TBMs.

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DC Director receives Kuwait’s Consul General in Dubai

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DC Director receives Kuwait’s Consul General in Dubai


49HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, received HE Theyab Farhan Al-Rashidi, Kuwait’s Consul General in Dubai and UAE’s Northern Emirates. The meeting agenda with Kuwait’s newly-appointed Consul General included a discussion on the aspects of cooperation, trade growth opportunities and exchanging Customs experiences between Dubai and Kuwait, under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Accompanying Mr Al-Rashidi were Mr Salem Al-Jiran, Undersecretary in the Consulate General of Kuwait in Dubai and Northern Emirates, and Mr Abdullah Al Hajiri, Third Secretary at the Consulate.

HE Ahmed Mahboob welcomed Kuwait’s Consul General in Dubai and wished him a pleasant stay in the UAE and the best of luck in his newly-assigned duties. He stressed Dubai Customs’ commitment to enhance joint relations in areas of investment, trade and Customs, as well as deepen the cordial relations between two resilient nations that share deep historical ties on many levels.

HE Ahmed Mahboob said:” DC strives to keep open communication lines with Dubai’s trade partners, in particular the Gulf states which are brought together under the GCC Customs Union. The significance of the Dubai-Kuwait trade ties lies in the deeply-rooted relationship between the UAE and Kuwait. Dubai Customs is fully geared towards strengthening economic bonds with Kuwait. To that end, DC renders top Customs services and facilitations to traders from Kuwait and constantly coordinates with them”.

HE added that” Kuwait is one of Dubai’s strategic trading partners. In the last few years, a steady growth has been seen in trade figures between the two. In 2013, the Dubai-Kuwait trade was valued at AED 19 billion, compared to AED 16 billion in 2012, with a 19% growth rate.

Imports from Kuwait amounted to AED 4.6 billion last year, while Dubai exports to Kuwait reached AED 4.2 billion and re-exports  AED 10.1 billion.  Dubai Customs is committed to boost this kind of growth by rendering top-notch services and facilitations to Kuwaiti traders, allowing them to clear their consignments in record time and ensuring they get the best returns out of their operations with and through Dubai.

Mr Musabih noted that DC oversees Customs and trade affairs with all stakeholdersthough regular meetings with consulates, trade missions and business councils under the “Irtibaat” initiative, launched to constantly follow up with DC’s partners to offer them cutting-edge Customs services and facilitations.

On his part, HE Theyab Farhan Al-Rashidi, Kuwait’s Consul General in Dubai and UAE’s Northern Emirates, commended the great hospitality of Dubai Customs officials. He also stated that HE Ahmed Mahboob shared  with him a prolific brief on work procedures, smart consignments and goods clearance systems, and the DC preoperational plans for Dubai EXPO 2020, in addition to exploiting potentials for bilateral cooperation and exchange of expertise.

“We are proud of the world-class status attained by Dubai Customs in terms of successfully implementing e-transformation and globally reputed systems and business processes.  We are also happy that we have discussed experience exchange in various areas of Customs work, and fostering of bilateral trade with the United Arab Emirates,” he said.




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