Posts Tagged ‘Abu Dhabi’
Abu Dhabi, Dec 8 (IANS/WAM) The Indian economy, which is “stuttering”, needs to be shored up, and development is the prudent way forward even as the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “has lived to fight another day”, a leading UAE daily has said.
The vote in the Lok Sabha ensured that the decks were cleared for Manmohan Singh to introduce foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector and thereby show the people that the government was firm on reforms, The Gulf News said in an editorial.
“In truth, however, despite (Manmohan) Singh’s best intentions, he is eight years too late”, the paper said.
It said the reforms have largely been seen as a “desperate gamble” by the government to secure the voters’ trust after having failed on numerous counts, “including honesty and good governance”, ahead of the 2014 general elections.
Its effects, therefore, will only be short term if at all, it said.
“The government must also desist from setting bad precedents such as putting executive decisions to vote in parliament”, the paper said.
Even though it (Indian government) has triumphed this time, allegations of horse-trading have mauled its credibility.
The goal now should be for the government to do everything it can to take prompt decisions. Time should not be spent debating in parliament, if it is allowed to convene at all, thanks to an obstructionist opposition, the paper added. Meanwhile, the opposition must gather its wits and focus on the bigger picture. Its ideologies have wavered thanks to the focus on government bashing, it said.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 7 (IANS/WAM) UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has set a new Guinness World Record with the largest identity card, which is 20 times the size of the actual National ID card in the country.
The card — with Sheikh Khalifa’s name and picture — is 1.4 metres long and 0.86 metres wide. Guinness said the UAE currently holds 110 world records.
Regional director of Guinness World Records, Talal Omar, said the largest ID card was an identical copy of the original National ID card which meets all the standards required to set a world record.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 6 (IANS/WAM) Temporary contractual Indian workers in the UAE have a remarkable impact on the living conditions of their families back home in India, says a report by a US organisation.
The study was conducted by the Centre for Global Development (CGD) in the US.
A seminar was held at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research in collaboration with the ministry of labour and the CGD.
The seminar discussed the findings of the study which aimed to measure the developmental impact of Indian workers in the UAE.
The Indian community in the UAE, numbering around 1.75 million, constitutes 30 percent of the total population of the country. It is the largest expatriate community in the UAE. However, only 15-20 percent of the Indian community is made up of professionally qualified personnel, while 65 percent are employed in construction, municipalities and agricultural farms, according to the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 6 (IANS/WAM) Top officials of the UAE and Britain have held discussions on ways to enhance ties between the two countries.
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan met British National Security Adviser Nigel Kim Darroch, who is currently on a visit to the country.
Mohammed Mahmoud Al Khaja, director of the UAE foreign minister’s office, and British Ambassador to the UAE Dominic Jermey were also part of the meeting.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 6 (IANS/WAM) The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), since its establishment four decades ago, has provided loans and grants for 323 development projects in 58 developing countries at a total value of 29 billion dirhams.
Loans and assistance offered by the ADFD and the government of Abu Dhabi throughout 2012 stood at 393 million dirhams.
The ADFD was established in 1971 as a leading national entity to provide development aid to developing countries in the form of concessionary loans and grants on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government.
The ADFD encourages the private sector in recipient countries to play an essential role in accelerating the economic development process.
The fund has given special importance to the development of infrastructure, agriculture, industry, transportation, water and electricity.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 5 (IANS/WAM) Around 12,500 houses built before 1990 across the UAE will be replaced with new ones at a cost of 10 billion dirhams.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered officials to replace the old houses in Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain and Fujairah.
The president’s orders come as part of an effort to enhance the living conditions of the UAE citizens.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 5 (IANS/WAM) Alyazia Jihad Ismail, a 10-year-old autistic girl, who last year made a 20-metre-long UAE flag using 13,000 painted pebbles, planted seven trees, each carrying the name of an emirate of the UAE.
Alyazia planted the trees as part of the celebrations of the 41st UAE National Day.
Last year, she made a 20-metre-long UAE flag using around 13,400 painted pebbles, in front of her school run by the Al Dar Academy in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 4 (IANS/WAM) UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the planting of 41,000 date palm seedlings at schools and mosques across the country.
The seedlings were produced by laboratories of the Date Palm Development Research Unit of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of higher education and scientific research, and chancellor of UAEU, hailed the initiative of the UAE’s leaders as an expression to bring together national feelings, sentiments and attitudes with symbolic work that reflects loyalty and love for the homeland.
Abu Dhabi, Dec 2 (IANS/WAM) The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Project has produced a documentary film entitled “Spirit of Solidarity”.
The film will be broadcast on UAE’s 41st national day anniversary, it was announced Saturday. The film highlights the work of the assistance programme launched by the UAE to assist Pakistan.
Humanitarian programmes were carried out in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South Waziristan and Bajour regions of Pakistan as part of the project. The film will be in Arabic and English languages.
Abu Dhabi, Nov 29 (IANS/WAM) UAE’s foreign trade will grow by 10 to 15 percent in 2012, Foreign Trade Minister Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has said.
India was the top trade partner of the UAE last year, as trade between the sides stood at $53 billion, followed by China at $14 billion.
The growth rate of UAE’s foreign trade in 2011 was 23 percent against 14 percent in 2010, surging by 47 billion dirhams (over $12 billion), minister said.
The country’s foreign trade policy focuses on the expansion of non−oil sector and boosting ties with its trade partners in five continents, she added.
She was speaking to foreign journalists at Grand Millennium Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi, Nov 29 (IANS/WAM) The UAE and Argentina have discussed ways to boost cooperation in the agricultural sector.
UAE Environment Minister Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad and Argentine Agriculture Minister Norberto Yauhar Wednesday led the discussions for the respective sides.
The UAE minister said Yauhar’s visit will help share information in the field.
Abu Dhabi, Nov 28 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) economy is strong and registering the highest growth rates in all the economic and social sectors, according to UAE Central Bank governor Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi.
“The banking system in the UAE is stable and has a high solvency sheet in accordance to the “Basel 3″ criteria,” he said.
Al Suwaidi also noted that the number of national banks in the country had reached 23 banks; 807 branches and 28 electronic units, while the foreign banks reached 22; 83 branches and 52 electronic units. This is in addition to six Gulf banks with one branch each.