Abu Dhabi Police Launches “Students Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” Campaign

WAM ABU DHABI, 9th September, 2013 (WAM) — Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police, inspected the flow of traffic at major intersections in Abu Dhabi City this morning. He also surveyed areas around public and private schools on the first day of the new school year.

Al Harithi said: “Deploying traffic patrols at intersections and around schools limits traffic jams.” During his tour, he inspected traffic flows, educated parents on the appropriate methods for children to board and exit vehicles and buses, and explained ways to guarantee that children can safely cross streets.

Al Harithi announced the “Students Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” campaign at the Khalifa City “A” School. Hameed Abdullah, Head of Students Affairs Department at the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), was present. The campaign, which covers the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is organized by the Abu Dhabi Police in cooperation with ADEC.

He toured the school’s different classes and congratulated students, their parents, and the educational and administrative boards for the beginning of the new school year. He stressed the Abu Dhabi Police’s commitment to ensuring the safety of students and preventing traffic accidents. He urged students to follow the “Golden Rule” for using school buses. “Namely, moving 10 steps ahead of the bus when exiting the bus and avoid bending down near the bus without the driver’s knowledge,” he explained.

Al Harithi, Hameed Abdullah, and the school’s education board handed traffic awareness letters to pupils to be delivered to their parents. The letters call upon parents to take part in the campaign and follow traffic laws and regulations.

The Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate warned parents against allowing their children to descend from the left side of the vehicle, urging them to follow laws and regulations and to let them out of the right door of the vehicle only. He called upon parents to drop kids off at designated areas, and ensure their children cross the road at the designated areas and to keep an eye on them while they are doing so.

He also advised schools and institutions responsible for pupil transportation to refrain from overloading school buses, while providing a seat for each child. He stressed traffic control, saying that each violation will be fined. He reiterated the need to inspect the mechanics of their buses and equip them with safety requirements.

The website features information on the campaign and awareness programs, as well as awareness films. The campaign includes visits and lectures in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region. Around 200 lectures will target students, drivers and bus supervisors. A total of 150,000 copies of brochures and coloring books will also be distributed as part of the campaign, in addition to gifts, traffic toys, schools bags, and other school supplies.

Al Harithi said: “This year, we are presenting new awareness initiatives. These initiatives will be carried out under the sponsorship of Al Futtaim Motors. They will run throughout the year as part of the Abu Dhabi traffic program to put a limit to traffic accidents �Together’ on social media websites such as: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. These initiatives aim to spread traffic awareness among all societal categories.” “The new initiatives will include the launch of traffic activations that targets students across all school levels. It aims to engage them and raise their traffic awareness. It has three main aspects: traffic research, which includes a traffic film produced by students, a traffic photo album and traffic flyers; a traffic gallery; and an awareness idea that will help educate students. The directorate has devoted valuable awards for winners,” he added.

The programs include producing five educational traffic films that focus on traffic safety rules such as: crossing roads and using seatbelts in addition to the “Golden Rule” for using the school bus. Additionally, the programs will broadcast awareness messages via digital radio on Facebook.


Read More

"Abu Dhabi Police Launches “Students Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” Campaign"

TRA participates in GCC Government Social Media Summit 2013

WAM DUBAI, 26th August, 2013 (WAM) — The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced its participation in the second annual edition of the GCC Government Social Media Summit. Held in the Ritz Carlton, Dubai from September 2-3, 2013, this year’s event focuses on the increasing relevance of social media as a communication and engagement tool between Government and its citizens.

“In the Arab world specifically, there are over 55 million active users of Facebook and 3.7 million on Twitter. Furthermore, recent research suggests that globally, the Arabic language continues to be the fastest growing language across the various social media platforms,” said Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General. “In short, social media is experiencing remarkable growth in the Middle East. Factoring in such platforms to connect with the public is no longer optional but a necessity for any effective government communications strategy. ” he added.

Hamad Al Mansoori, TRA Deputy Director General of Information and e-Government said that “The UAE also has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world and recently launched the mGovernment initiative which centers on the provision of government services across mobile platforms. The security implications surrounding the increasing use of mobile devices and the rapid growth of online activity is immense. Events such as the GCC Government Social Media Summit are fundamental to increasing awareness of safe online practices and preparing those on the ground to guarantee the safety of our online communities. The mGovernment initiative is led by the TRA under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs,”.

In the Arab World, social media has been growing exponentially with data from the first quarter of the year indicating that the UAE continues to have the highest Facebook penetration rate amongst all Arab countries with 41%, ahead of Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and Tunisia. In terms of Twitter usage, the UAE has 401,000 active twitter users, the third highest number in the region. LinkedIn penetration also remains highest in the UAE with a rate of 16.5%.

A TRA delegation of three will be speaking at the summit, Hamad Al Mansoori, TRA Deputy Director General of Information and e-Government on “mGovernment and Social Media”, Eng. Khalifa Alshamsi, Monitoring, Incident Handling ‘&’ Response Analyst n �Cyber Security and Social Media’ and Noor Shamma, Acting Director of Corporate Communications on “The role of Women in Social Media”.

The 2nd GCC Government Social Media Summit 2013 will bring together over 300 local Government communication and social media decision makers, international and regional thought leaders and online security experts. The TRA’s participation in the summit coincides with the UAE mGovernment Initiative launched in May of this year by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


Read More

"TRA participates in GCC Government Social Media Summit 2013"

Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development launches third Entrepreneurship Diploma

WAM DUBAI, 25th August, 2013 (WAM)– The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Small and Medium Enterprises Development of the Dubai Department of Economic Development, today announced it will open registration for its third Entrepreneurship Diploma programme from Monday for one week.

The move follows the successes attained by the first and second Entrepreneurship Diploma programmes. The innovative diploma programme aims to equip potential entrepreneurs with practical knowledge on launching their own businesses and managing them successfully.

Designed with the objective of �Changing mindsets to do business,’ the diploma programme focuses on exposing candidates to the real world of business and encourage them to adopt a hands-on approach to every aspect of conducting business.

The course faculty will be comprised of leading industry practitioners and successful entrepreneurs, thus ensuring a peer-to-peer learning and sharing of experience, as well as meaningful brainstorming between instructors and students.

Participants in the programme will learn to create well-defined business plans, translate them into actual projects and lead them to success through strategic management, marketing, and accounting. Towards the end of the programme, each candidate will also develop his or her own business plan, which will be assessed and graded by the instructors.

Abdul Baset Al Janahi, Executive Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME, said the third Entrepreneurship Diploma programme will see a lot of additions to serve potential entrepreneurs with practical knowledge.


Read More

"Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development launches third Entrepreneurship Diploma"

Mohammed bin Rashid offers clothing to additional 1.5 mn children

Dubai, 30th July 2013 (WAM) — Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler

of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has pledged to offer clothing to additional 1.5 underprivileged children, raising to 3 million the total number of beneficiaries under the humanitarian campaign he launched on 11 July to dress one million needy children across the world.

The initiative, concluded on 19th Ramadan, when the UAE marked the Zayed

Humanitarian Day and 9th death anniversary of the founding father, the late

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, raised funds for clothing 1.5 million children.

Sheikh Mohammed’s donation doubled the number of recipient children to 3 million

in more than 25 countries.

Commenting on the conclusion of the campaign, Sheikh Mohammed said:”

What make us extremely glad is the spirit of goodness which prevailed during the

Holy Month of Ramadan in our beloved State under amidst the death anniversary

of the late Sheikh Zayed. Interaction of the generous UAE people with the campaign

has resulted in bringing joy to 3 million children on the Eid in addition to slew of

of giving initiatives that will benefit other millions around the world, establishing the UAE as a capital of charity, a minaret of giving and a helping hand for relieving the destitute wherever they are.”

”The UAE will pursue its Islamic, humanitarian and civilisational role in supporting

deprived people, a drive launched by the founding fathers and we are staying that

course. We will also instill this sense in our children and our generations so as the march of giving remains the a key component of the development process in our State and

a main pillar of its future,” Sheikh Mohammed added.

The Vice President praised efforts made by the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), which is executing the campaign, and other organisations supporting the campaign. ”I’m proud of the results the campaign has generated which comes as a fruit of giving and generosity of the UAE citizens and residents. I’m also proud of all good efforts made during the campaign which clearly demonstrated the strength of and transparency of the UAE charitable work and its influential impact on the international scene.”


The campaign has elicited unexpected response and success, reaching out to needy

children in Bosnia, Albania, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Djibouti, Senegal, Zanzibar,

Tanzania, Malawi, Jordan, India, Pakistan in addition to Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon.

The RCA teams will provide clothes to children in the Philippines, Iraq, Somalia,

Ethiopia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Bangladesh.

Earlier, Shekh Mohammed has directed that the number of children beneficiaries to be increased after the campaign crossed the targeted one million mark.





WAM 1753 2013/07/30


Read More

"Mohammed bin Rashid offers clothing to additional 1.5 mn children"

UAE’s humanitarian aid for Syrians reaches AED 130.2 million

WAM ABU DHABI, 30th July, 2013 (WAM) — The UAE has provided AED 130.2 million in humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, both within Syria and in other countries, since the start of the current crisis, according a recent report by the UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD).

The UAE’s assistance to Syrians has been channeled via the Red Crescent Authority (RCA), Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Dar Al Ber Society and Sharjah Charity Association.

In 2012, the UAE provided humanitarian aid to a value of AED 56,675,934 million for Syrian refugees, the report says.

The report noted that on the 9th July 2013, H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, donated AED 36.7 million to provide food, medication, shelter and education to Syrian refugees under the �Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children’ campaign.

Also according to the report, 1.8 million Syrian refugees are displaced in five Arab countries, while a further 6.8 million inside the country have been affected by the crisis.

MICAD’s report, an update of the crisis information and indicators, shows that the crisis in Syria has been aggravated as 4.2 million people, 2.1 million of whom are children, are now homeless inside Syria.

The total number of Syrians affected by the crisis is now in excess of 8.6 million according to MICAD’s report, which describes the situation in Syria as the worst humanitarian crisis in the present time.

The report cites warnings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) that 4 million Syrians now suffer from “food insecurity”.

MICAD’s report also highlights the World Health Organisations warnings of the heightened risks of communicable disease outbreaks at refugee camps. These include water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and hepatitis and vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, which reappeared among displaced people due to a drop in national vaccination coverage.

It also noted a constant increase in the number of acute diarrhea cases, especially in rural Damascus, Idlib, Homs, Aleppo and Deir Ez-Zor.

Some medical supplies allocated to Aleppo, Idlib and rural Damascus have not been delivered yet because of a lack of security, MICAD’s report says.


Read More

"UAE’s humanitarian aid for Syrians reaches AED 130.2 million"

National Media Council and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) sign MoU

WAM ABU DHABI, 30th July, 2013 (WAM) — The National Media Council and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in areas relevant to the two parties.The Memorandum provides a gene…Read More

"National Media Council and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) sign MoU"