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UAE: Abu Dhabi To Launch Major PPP Infrastructure Projects

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Abu Dhabi is launching two major infrastructure public-private partnership (PPP) projects under the Partnership Projects framework issued by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), for the procurement of three new schools and Phase Two of its street lighting upgrade programme. Potential bidders can now submit expressions of interest for the two projects, said a statement from ADIO. These PPP projects will enhance opportunities for private sector involvement in the delivery of infrastructure projects and public services, while improving liveability, access and quality of services for Abu Dhabi residents. ADIO Director General Dr Tariq Bin Hendi said; "Collaboration with the private sector is an integral part of the Abu Dhabi leadership’s vision to drive long-term economic growth in the emirate. In 2020, ADIO laid the foundations to supercharge collaboration between business and government." "With Abu Dhabi’s PPP framework firmly established, we are launching new major infrastructure projects as part of a pipeline of PPP projects that will strengthen sustainable private sector-led economic growth in the emirate," he noted. The Zayed City Schools PPP project will provide three new schools with a capacity of 5,360 students in Abu Dhabi. The project, structured in a collaboration framework between ADIO and the Abu Dhabi...

Emirates commences IATA Travel Pass trials for COVID-19 requirements

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Emirates has commenced trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass– a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. The first passengers travelling from Dubai to Barcelona on EK 185 today trialed the ‘digital passport’ to verify and share their pre-travel COVID-19 test status with Emirates. The trials are a step towards making travel more convenient, enabling travellers to manage COVID-19 related documentation digitally, safely and seamlessly throughout the travel experience. In the future, travellers will also be able to share vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel. Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer said: “The ability to process passengers’ COVID-19 relevant data for travel digitally will be the way forward. We are pleased to have been pioneers and partner with IATA in trialing this initiative in real time and soon will be launching other initiatives to further enhance our customer experience.” The trial is being done on selected Emirates flights from Dubai to Barcelona and London Heathrow to Dubai; and will soon be expanded to include other routes. Eligible passengers are being personally invited to download the app and enroll for the...

In conversation with Aurelio Giraudo Cluster General Manager – Banyan Tree Doha & La...

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Your career spans almost 40 years, with many of the world’s luxury hotel chains and groups. What motivated your initial choice and what drives your motivation day by day?  While growing up I always wanted to be part of the hospitality industry. As a young kid I was always intrigued with hotels and restaurants. I loved skiing, football and used to play football regularly for my school and college. My time on football field taught me lessons that helps me even on the hotel floor. Whether playing sports or serving guests, everyone on the team has to come together to meet the same goal. There will always be ‘best days’ and ‘worst days,’ but success comes from learning today and working harder tomorrow. When everything and everybody is going in the same direction, it creates magic for the guests. Creating that magic is what inspires and motivates me. Regardless of the pandemic, what has been your approach to discovering, nurturing and motivating talent?  I like people who think out of the box and come up with ideas. I always consider the personality type and professional demeanour of any potential candidate. To create a truly effective and balanced team, it is imperative that...

Top Health Official Assures Residents that UAE has the “Best Vaccines in the World”

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According to Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases, all COVID-19 vaccines available in the country are among the “best variants” of antidotes in the world against the raging contagion. READ ALSO: UAE Top Official: Residents May Need to Take COVID-19 Vaccine Every Year She added that the nation’s wise and visionary leadership has embarked upon a policy to ramp up the number of vaccinated people to reach a critical mass of “acquired immunity”, which could lead to a drastic reduction in the spread of the viral outbreak. UAE Has the “Best Vaccines in the World” – Top Health Official This was announced during a virtual session on the COVID-19 pandemic, which was organised by the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, the Khaleej Times reported. Dr. Al Hosani highlighted the UAE’s robust justice sector and complimented it for emerging as a leading partner that helped the country win over the COVID-19 challenge. She also emphasized the importance of precautionary measures, despite the nation’s impressive record in rolling out a vaccination drive. She urged parents to take care of their children, especially toddlers amid the viral outbreak. She also took this opportunity to appeal...

UAE Views Climate Challenge As Economic Opportunity In Virtual Atlantic Council Session Ahead Of...

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UAE Minister for Industry and Advanced Technology, and Special Envoy for Climate Change,His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, today highlightedhow the UAE’s commitment to progressive climate action can lead to greater economic opportunity. In a conversation with Fred Kempe, the President and CEO of the  prominent US think-tank theAtlantic Council H.E Dr. Al Jaber remarked: “Progressive climate action is not only necessary, it can also be a powerful economic driver, and if we do it right, it can actually put the world on a new low carbon/high growth development trajectory. So we need to start looking at the climate challenge as an opportunity.” His Excellency noted that the commercial case for investing in renewable energy has never been stronger, citing recent data from IRENA that confirmed that 2020 saw the largest increase in installed renewable capacity in the history of the sector, with 260 GW added, despite the economic headwinds caused by the global pandemic. The UAE is leveraging these commercial realities and its record of leadership in clean technologies to rally regional support for accelerated climate action ahead of COP 26. Speaking days before the White House convenes a Leaders Summit on Climate that will bring together...

Mubadala and Siemens Energy Sign MoU to Accelerate Green Hydrogen Capabilities in Abu Dhabi

Mubadala and Siemens Energy Sign MoU to Accelerate Green Hydrogen Capabilities in Abu Dhabi - FuelCellsWorks ...

New Executive Sous Chef at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel has appointed a new Executive Sous Chef, who joins the property’s culinary team under Executive Chef Idin...

84,852 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in UAE during past 24 hours

ABU DHABI- The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced that 84,852 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in the past 24...

Coronavirus: Some Dubai schools switch to distance learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Several schools in Dubai have moved to 100 per cent online learning, following an increase in Covid-19 cases. The UAE has been reporting 3,000-plus...

UAE fog: 24 traffic accidents recorded in 3 hours in Dubai

The Dubai Police Command & Control Centre on Sunday recorded 24 traffic accidents — including two major ones — between 6am to 9am, due...

Here’s your chance to win a rare supercar in Dubai

As part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, a mega raffle was announced and the top prize is a supercar worth 6 million AED....

Dubai will have a new kind of taxi next month

From next month, RTA Dubai will be putting the London taxicab service through trials with the black taxis being made available at the...

Dubai sees 132% increase in demand for e-commerce licence

Many new fledging entrepreneurs in Dubai have started an online business over the last 12 months when online shopping and e-commerce accelerated as a...

COVID-19 Impacts Foreign Students Enrollment in Morocco

Spread the loveRabat – COVID-19 has not only impacted socio-economics in Morocco but also the education sector. The pandemic delayed the dreams of thousands...

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