Sep 18, 2017

Holiday declared for Islamic New Year in UAE

Public and private sectors will be given a holiday for the Hijri year 1439 on the first day of Muharram

Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced in two separate circulars on Sunday that public and private sectors will be given a holiday for the Hijri year 1439 on the first day of Muharram to mark the Islamic New Year.

First day  of Islamic new year will either be on September 21 or September 22 depending on the moon sighting.The circular was issued by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

World’s best youth hub opened in Dubai

Vice-President and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince open Youth Hub dedicated to inspiring youth creativity
Dubai: Emirati youths deserve the best and are expected to give the best as we bet on them for better future for our nation, said His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Shaikh Mohammad’s remarks came yesterday (Sunday) as he along with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, inaugurated the world’s best youth hub in Dubai.
The Vice-President and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince were accompanied by Shamma Suhail Faris Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth, who supervised the development of the youth centre in collaboration with Emirates Youth Councils. They toured the new facility, which was designed by Emirati youths under 30 years.

The centre comprises areas designated for young media professionals, entrepreneurs, young researchers and programmers. It houses offices and meeting halls for young people, spaces for young entrepreneurs a library to enrich their knowledge, a laboratory to develop solutions and host brainstorming sessions, a youth cafe and a theatre for youth events.
While opening the new centre, Shaikh Mohammad said, “My brother Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and I are very pleased to open the youth centre. We are here to send message to the nation’s youths that they have a big responsibility lying ahead. We also meant to communicate a message to all officials that they need to pay special attention to young people and give them a role in shouldering part of the nation’s responsibilities.”
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed issued directions to expand the model of the newly-opened youth centre across the country where young Emiratis be offered an environment that stimulates their creativity and innovation, helps them design their future and foster their skills and talents.
“We want youth centres to serve as mediums and platforms that inspire young Emiratis to be more creative and better serve their nation. Youth centres should offer creative spaces for youths that help them shape their own future and contribute greatly to their nation’s future,” the Vice-President said.
Speaking through a closed-circuit television to the Emirates Youth Council in the US, Shaikh Mohammad told them: “You are the ambassadors of your country and on a national mission to return to home with the best education, science, practices and research, in order to better serve your nation and take it to greater heights and advanced ranks.”
Also speaking via the CCTV, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed expressed his pride in Emirati students studying abroad as they carry out their national duty in their quest to fulfil the ambitions of their people and their nation’s future.
“All our youths have the responsibility to serve their nation, but our young citizens, who study abroad, have a double responsibility. This is because they represent their country-with its ethics, identity, values and sublimity, and it is their duty to be the best envoys of their country,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed said,
He added: “The centre is yet another addition and serves as an incubator for young people to foster their skills and talents. Investing in their potential is a key pillar for the development of our country.”
“Since its foundation, the UAE has advanced greatly thanks to its people’s solidarity. It has become an exceptional model by laying the foundations for a supportive environment that empowers young people to work, excel and innovate”, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed said.
He wished all Emiratis the best and success in serving their nation and strengthening the march of giving to raise the nation’s profile and stature.

About the Youth Hub

• Located at Emirates Towers, the Youth Hub aims to inspire young Emiratis.
• Designed by youths under 30 years.It is the brainchild of the Emirates Youth Council, under the supervision of Shamma Suhail Faris Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth
• It offers an environment conducive to young people.
• It serves as an incubator to inspire and nurture youth creativity and innovation
• It comprises areas designated for young media professionals, entrepreneurs, young researchers and programmers.
• It houses offices and meeting halls for young people and spaces for young entrepreneurs.
• It includes a library to enrich young people’s knowledge and a laboratory to develop solutions and host brainstorming sessions.
• It houses a youth cafe and a theatre for youth events.
• It has a dedicated exhibition area for youths to showcase their achievements
• It houses areas designated to foster youths’ skills and boost their knowledge.
• It allows young entrepreneurs a space to showcase their projects

Shaikh Mohammad opens world's first smart police service centre in Dubai

24/7 centre at City Walk to offer 27 key services including reporting of crimes and traffic incidents


Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday opened the world’s first smart police service centre at City Walk.
The smart centre will operate without human intervention and be open 24/7 to offer 27 key services, including reporting of crimes and traffic incidents and community services. It will also provide 33 fully automated sub-services.

Shaikh Mohammad issued directives to replicate the experience in all residential and commercial areas in the future and provide the finest smart police services to facilitate access to police for the public and save their time and effort.
Shaikh Mohammad expressed his delight at the accelerated development Dubai is witnessing at all levels and the leadership’s keenness on providing all necessary services and facilities to the public in all fields.
Lt-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security, and Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, were present.
Maj-Gen Al Merri said Dubai Police, under the follow up of Lt-General Dahi Khalfan, will remain the watchful eye on the security, safety and happiness of the community and will continue playing its leading role by keeping up to date with the latest developments, in implementation of Shaikh Mohammad’s vision.
Also present were Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, director-general of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department, and Abdullah Ahmad Al Habbai, chairman of Dubai Holding and Meraas Holding, as well as other senior officials.

Dubai traffic fine


Online-only Sharjah car registration renewal and issuance soon Sharjah Police will not accept any manual request from October 1



Sharjah: The Sharjah Police announced on Sunday that issuance and renewal of vehicle registration, including applications to replace lost or damaged registration cards, will soon be issued online only.
Colonel Ali Bualzod, Director of Vehicles and Drivers’ Licensing Department at Sharjah Police, said that police will start online-only issuance and renewal of vehicle registration at licensing service centres starting on October 1.

The driving license centres will not receive any request that isn't done through online application starting October 1.
The new service works if a vehicle has an up-to-date test certificate and insurance, Colonel Bualzod said.
Motorists have to log on to the to obtain their vehicle registration.
The initiative aims to facilitate services to customers and enable them to complete their transactions through smart applications.
The public can avail of the service anytime and anywhere he said.
The Ministry of Interior’s application can also be downloaded on mobile phones.
Motorists will receive an electronic registration on their mobile phone, and the courier company will deliver the document within 48 hours of receipt of the request.

Nov 29, 2016

New Guinness World Record set by GEMS Education students as UAE National Day tribute


To celebrate the 45th UAE National Day, 2,223 students from GEMS Education schools in the UAE, gathered to form the ‘World’s Largest Transforming Human Image’ and set another Guinness World Records title in the process.
With a majority of students coming from Our Own English High School, Sharjah Girls, all the students were dressed in the colours of the UAE flag, and they created an image of an open hand and then transformed into the iconic three-fingered salute introduced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The three-finger salute created by the Dubai Ruler in February 2013 during the Government Summit in Dubai, symbolising ‘Win’, ‘Victory’ and ‘Love’, is an innovative trademark to inspire youth in work, ethics, success and love of the nation.
The record was validated by Guinness World Records officials at the GEMS Modern Academy sports grounds.

Dino Varkey, Managing Director and Board Member, GEMS Education, said: The UAE has transformed itself over the last 45 years into a dynamic modern nation that is admired by the rest of the world for its ability to evolve and change with the times.
By creating the ‘World’s Largest Transforming Human Image’ we wanted to pay tribute to the rulers of the UAE for their visionary leadership which served as a catalyst for the growth GEMS Education in this land.
“We want to thank our parents, teachers, students and the government authorities for their support and enthusiasm in creating such a memorable occasion.”
This is the third world record attempted by students of GEMS Education and the second record that they have created as a category.
Previously in 2015, GEMS students paid tribute to the UAE for National Day by creating the record for the world’s largest human sentence. In 2014, students of 119 nationalities from GEMS Education sang the UAE national anthem at one time, creating a new world record.

Dubai breaks another 'Guinness' World record



The crowning achievement to an already great week witnessed Dubai breaking the Guinness World Record under the guidance of The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai and The Good Move initiative, part of Dubai Plan 2021 launched earlier this year in partnership with Emirates and Meraas promoting health and fitness to all members of the community; the event was in partnership with TechnoGym and UAE Cycling Federation and for the most mechanical energy produced in one hour, generating 8.999 watts.
‘Pedal to Guinness World Record’, saw 300 participants cycling for one hour on 100 stationary bicycles while results and updates were reflected on the tallest building in the world ‘Burj Khalifa’.
This thrilling, event was open for participation to all members of the community, Saturday November 26, 2016 at The Innovation Hub in Burj Park Downtown Dubai on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
he previous record for the most mechanical energy produced in one hour by pedaling on static bicycles is 8,369.8 watt within an hour, at Stoke Park in the United Kingdom.

ENOC open modern service station at Dubai Academic City



To fulfil the demand for a gas station in the Dubai International Academic City area, ENOC opened a new service station designed to provide customers with optimal fuelling time and the most modern facilities to date.
The opening marks the launch of ENOC’s service station expansion programme aimed at building 54 service stations over the next four years to deliver on the Group’s strategic direction to expand its operations and invest in the infrastructure required to facilitate the nation’s growth and its growing energy needs.
Commenting on this occasion, His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, said: “Our service station expansion programme is part of ENOC’s wider growth strategy over the next few years to cater to the growing demand of our valued customers. We continue to innovate in implementing new technologies to promote sustainability, enhance customer experience and ensure the highest standards of health and safety.
“Earlier this year we announced our retail expansion plan that falls with ENOC’s long-term strategic objectives which are aligned with the Dubai Plan 2021 of creating a ‘Smart & Sustainable City’ for ‘Happy, Creative & Empowered People’. With the opening of the Academic City service station we are delivering on that promise and supporting the city in its preparations for major events such as Expo 2020.”
The new station offers ENOC’s customers several unique services which ease their refuelling experience.
The entrance and exit to the station were designed to implement the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) guidelines for safe manoeuvring of vehicles and to reduce traffic on the exit road, thus easing congestion within the station.
New pump dispensers contain a fuel system designed to have maximum flow rate as per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) safety standards which is an international standard for safety as fuel stations.
To factor in the waiting time inside the service station, dispensers are built with retractable hoses to enable refuelling cars from both sides to reduce waiting period.
A double wall fuel piping with automatic fuel leakage detection and secondary containment also safeguards any environmental contamination.
“The site is built to best global practices in the retail fuel industry with full retail automation and modern construction standards. We have adhered to the new Dubai Municipality compliance for Green Build regulations and invested in a number of solutions to enhance energy efficiency and resource management. The Academic City service station is a model of a sophisticated service station that makes our customers’ lives easier and minimises environmental impact,” added Al Falasi.
Various energy conservation and green initiatives have been implemented with the innovative Vapor Recovery System (VRS) which prevents fugitive emissions during refuelling vehicle.
The VRS technology also works when ENOC tankers are filling in the underground tanks in order to maximise recovery of emissions at the station.
Other energy-saving include full LED lights installed at the site reducing energy consumption by 50% compared to conventional stations. 
The station also uses the VRF technology for the air conditioning (AC) system which saves 35% compared to conventional package AC system.
On the retail front, a modern touchless automatic carwash and water recycling system, which uses recycled water for 80% of water consumption, enables faster and efficient methods for vehicle cleaning services.
Other retail facilities at the station include ZOOM convenience store with Pronto, Autopro, Papa Murphys Pizza, Popeyes Chicken and McDonald’s, offering ENOC’s customers a variety of selections.