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Expo 2020 collaborates with Dutch company GSES System in efforts to host the most sustainable World Expo in history

Striving to be the most sustainable World Expo in history, Expo 2020 Dubai has collaborated with Dutch company Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES) under efforts to measure and report the sustainability performance of key stakeholders across the event.Specifically developed by GSES for Expo 2020, the tailored software platform measures the …

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UN vows to cut emissions to zero by 2050

The United Arab Emirates on Thursday (Oct 7) announced a plan for net-zero emissions by 2050, and would oversee 600 billion dirhams (US$163 billion) in investment in renewable energy. This makes it the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to launch a concrete initiative to achieve …

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Sheikh Mana bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum signs exclusive UAE partnership agreement with ‘Welcome to the UAE’

His Highness Sheikh Mana bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Mana Al Maktoum signed an exclusive local partnership agreement with Dubai based global travel platform Welcome to the UAE. The ceremony Monday coincided with World Tourism Day.Welcome to the World, is a new global travel and tourism initiative which promotes direct bookings by bypassing …

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2022 Film and Comic Cons slotted for Dubai

The organizers behind the Middle East Film & Comic Con have announced that the popular event is set to take place Abu Dhabi for the first time in March 2022. The festival, which is dedicated toward film, comic book and video game fans, will run from March 3-5 at the …

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UAE says no to European human rights probe

The United Arab Emirates rejected on Friday as “factually incorrect” a resolution passed by the European Parliament criticizing its human rights record and calling for the release of peaceful political activists. “Every country has its own laws and legal institutions, the UAE constitution and national legislation enshrines fundamental rights which …

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UAE investing across the board in UK

The UK Office for Investment and the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) Mubadala Investment Company are expected to sign an expansion of the Sovereign Investment Partnership (SIP) on Thursday, British PM Boris Johnson’s press office said in a statement. The deal will promote investments across Britain in life sciences, technology, energy transition and …

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Ex-intelligence men held in US over hacking for UAE

Three former US intelligence operatives who worked as cyber spies for the United Arab Emirates admitted to violating US hacking laws and prohibitions on selling sensitive military technology, under a deal to avoid prosecution announced on Tuesday. The operatives – Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke – were part of a clandestine unit named Project Raven, first reported by …

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Camel cloning to take off in UAE

Cloning is in high demand in the competitive world of camel beauty pageants, leaving scientists at a Dubai clinic working round the clock to produce carbon-copy beasts. Not every animal is blessed with sought-after drooping lips and a tall, elegant neck, but technology now allows wealthy clients to replace their …

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Arab League wants Iran to open all nuclear facilities to inspection

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt called for a “rapid and comprehensive inspection” of all Iranian nuclear sites on Thursday. Gathering on the sidelines of an Arab League session in Cairo, ministers from the four countries also discussed stopping Tehran’s destabilizing policies that threaten global security and stability. The …

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UAE second nuclear unit on line

The second unit of United Arab Emirates’ only nuclear power plant has started operations, UAE leaders announced on Twitter on Friday. “Operations started at Unit 2 at the Barakah nuclear energy plant,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler’s representative in the western region of Abu Dhabi. “This is a …

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UAE in space cooperation with Philippines

 Space agencies of the UAE and the Philippines met on Sunday to discuss possible collaborations between them, as the two countries marked 47 years of bilateral relations. Ibrahim Al-Qasim, the space science advisor of the UAE Space Agency hosted the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana. The pair talked …

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PopArabia moving into music rights management

Abu Dhabi-based independent music company PopArabia has announced the launch of ESMAA, a new UAE-based music rights management entity to facilitate music licensing in the Gulf region. ESMAA, which translates as the Arabic word for “listen,” works with both global rights holders and regional businesses to provide Gulf markets with …

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Afghan president now in UAE

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived in the UAE on “humanitarian grounds,” state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday. “The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds,” the statement said. …

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UAE happy about Tliban pronounciations

A senior UAE official said on Tuesday the statements of the Taliban are “encouraging”, in the first comment from the Gulf country since the fall of Kabul to the Islamist movement. “Nations are not built with revenge, but through amnesty, through dialogue and tolerance,” said Anwar Gargash, the diplomatic advisor …

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Arabs scaling new heights of space exploration

Last week, the UAE introduced Nora Al-Matrooshi as the first Arab woman to start training to be an astronaut as she could play a pivotal role in the country’s upcoming space missions. The UAE, considered a newcomer to the world of space exploration, sent the first Emirati into space as …

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No progress yet in UAE-Saudi OPEC talks

UAE is still in discussions with Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ members for better terms under the current agreement that will expire in April 2022, an informed source of the discussions told Arab News. Reuters said earlier that UAE has reached a compromise to assign the Gulf nation a quota of 3.65 …

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Iraq worried OPEC price war in the offing

The financial adviser to Iraq’s prime minister said that “in the absence of coordination and understandings between OPEC producers, the beginnings of a price war will be formed again,” the Iraqi News Agency (INA) quoted him as saying on Monday. Mazhar Mohammed Saleh added that “the increases in production within …

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Saudi, UAE disagree over OPEC policy

Oil held steady as tensions between Saudi Arabia and the UAE escalated over the weekend, leaving the market with few clues about how supply talks will proceed on Monday after discussions reached an impasse last week. The clash was unresolved just hours before Monday’s meeting was scheduled to start. The Saudis are standing …

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UAE artists learning to do without plastic

Creatives at a new UAE business center are playing their part in tackling climate change by encouraging the community to go green through a series of art and design projects. The initiative is being championed inside Niche, the sleek new four-acre ICD Brookfield Place in downtown Dubai’s multi-use community space. …

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Egypt enters green hydrogen league

Another week, another huge green hydrogen project announcement in the Middle East. This time, it was Egypt’s turn. The most populous Arab nation is planning to invest up to $4 billion in a project to create hydrogen through electrolysis powered by renewable energy, Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy …

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GCC wary of G7 corporate tax plans

The threat seemed clear. The low-tax countries of the Middle East would have to fall in line with the high tax-and-spend economies of Europe and North America, and impose big tax increases that would threaten their global competitiveness. But although initially hailed as “historic,” when the experts and policymakers got …

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