UAE appoints minsters for AI, Advanced Sciences in new cabinet reshuffle

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, has reshuffled the cabinet and announced new ministries on Thursday. The Dubai ruler tweeted that the new structural shake-up came after the Government’s recent annual meetings and launch of the UAE Centennial plan 2071. The new government appointment Omar Bin Sultan al-Olama, 27, as State Minister for Artificial Intelligence. “We want the UAE to become the ...

UAE: Two pilots killed as a result of plane crash in Yemen

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Two pilots from the United Arab Emirates have died in Yemen after their planes crashed as a result of technical failure. According to state news agency WAM, Ali al-Mesmari and Bader al-Marashdeh “were martyred as a result of the crash of their aircraft following a technical defect while performing their mission in the coalition forces in Yemen”. The UAE is part of the Arab alliance coalition fighting Houthi and Saleh militias in order to restore legitimacy in Yemen after a coup in ...

Does doubling of UAE cigarette prices only hit low-income smokers?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cigarettes and tobacco products have suddenly shot up in prices but is this enough to curb smoking? Saudi Arabia doubled the price of cigarettes and tobacco products in June and UAE has followed suit this month. The tax saw cigarettes go from 9-12 riyals to 18-24 riyals in Saudi Arabia while some of the popular brands cost about AED 22 in UAE now. Though experts approve of the step, they believe a comprehensive strategy is required to deter people from taking up smoking and encourage smokers to ...

‘Flame in UAE sky’ turns out to be Russian space debris

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Associated Press said that the light seen in the night sky over the United Arab Emirates likely was a discarded Russian rocket breaking up after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. Aerospace websites and others say it likely came from an SL-4 rocket from the launch of cargo spacecraft Progress MS07 on Saturday. The unmanned spacecraft, which blasted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan, carried 2.5 metric tons (2.75 tons) of water, food and scientific equipment ...

UAE strongly supports President Trump’s new Iran strategy

Saturday, 14 October 2017

The United Arab Emirates strongly supports President Trump’s new strategy to address the full range of Iran’s destructive actions. In a statement released Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said: For too long, the Iranian regime has spread destruction and chaos throughout the region and beyond. The nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – offered Iran an opportunity to engage responsibly with the international ...

UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans, ends diplomatic missions

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the UAE has decided to stop issuing new visas to North Korean citizens and has stopped issuing licenses to North Korean companies. It has also decided to end the mission of the UAE’s non-resident ambassador to North Korea as well as the mission of the non-resident ambassador of Pyongyang to the UAE. In a statement, the ministry said that it looked forward to cooperating with the international community to counter North Korea’s ...

What the West doesn’t understand about UAE foreign aid

Monday, 9 October 2017

In 2013, 2014, and 2016, the UAE was the world’s biggest international donor, as measured by official development assistance as a percentage of GNI, disbursing billions of dollars each year. In 2015, it had the fourth highest aid per capita in the world. Most westerners have no idea that the UAE is so active in foreign aid. Coverage of its aid by global media outlets is limited, except in 2015, when UAE foreign aid was cited as part of an ill-informed campaign to characterize the Gulf ...

UAE hopeful of extension to oil output cut deal

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui said on Sunday he was hopeful producers will reach a consensus on extending an oil output cut next month. “We are hopeful that the meeting in November will be a good meeting, that it will not be so difficult to reach consensus,” Mazroui told reporters in Abu Dhabi when he was asked about the prospect for an agreement on extending the oil output cut deal. He said he expected the oil market to recover in the ...

UAE’s Gargash: It’s time that Qatar’s leadership listens to its citizens

Sunday, 8 October 2017

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said it’s time that the Qatari leadership listens to its citizens’ opinion. “The poll which was published about the Qataris’ opinion indicates that there is a public opinion that’s wiser than the government’s orientation. It’s time that the command listens to its citizens’ opinion,” Gargash said in a series of tweets, adding that the poll was carried out by an American academic ...

UAE jails Iranian over international sanctions breach

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

A United Arab Emirates appeals court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against an Iranian convicted of breaching international sanctions against Tehran, state media reported on Tuesday.The State Security Court upheld the man's conviction on charges of "sharing intelligence with Iran, importing electricity generators and devices used in the Iranian nuclear program from the United Kingdom and attempting to illegally re-export these devices to Iran," the official WAM news agency reported ...

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