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Egypt Minister of Higher Education Receives AEEDC Education Cairo Delegation in Egypt

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His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research of Egypt received yesterday at his office, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Executive Chairman of Global Scientific Dental Alliance GSDA, AEEDC Dubai, and AEEDC Education Cairo, accompanied by Dr. Raafat Hassan Anwar Reyad, Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces Oral and Dental Health Care Services, Dr. Tariq Khoory, AEEDC Education Cairo Conference Chairman, and Eng. Anas Al Madani, Vice Chairman and Group CEO – INDEX Holding. This visit comes as Egypt is hosting the launch of AEEDC Education Cairo Conference and Exhibition, held from 12-14 December 2019 at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski in Cairo.

During the visit, His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar expressed his keen interest in AEEDC Education Cairo Conference and Exhibition and praised the remarkable success of AEEDC Dubai which he attended previously and admired greatly. His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar also enquired about the latest preparations and the conference details of AEEDC Education Cairo and way of expanding and improving it in the future while also continuing cooperation with AEEDC Education Cairo Conference and Exhibition and INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding, to support future scientific and educational projects in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

From his side, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani extended his gratitude to His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar for his patronage of the first edition of AEEDC Education Cairo stressing out that such collaboration is a reflection of the strong relationship between the UAE and Egypt, which led to organizing scientific and medical events in Egypt, such as AEEDC Education Cairo. Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani briefed His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar about the activities and the program of the event and that it is a proud extension for AEEDC Dubai which was recently announced as the largest dental event in the world.

On the sidelines of the visit, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, awarded His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research in Egypt for his patronage of the first edition of AEEDC Education Cairo. While, His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research in Egypt felicitated Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani and thanked him for his great efforts in elevating the level of the medical and healthcare sectors all over the world. The award ceremony was attended by Dr. Raafat Hassan Anwar Reyad, Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces Oral and Dental Health Care Services, Dr. Tariq Khoory, AEEDC Education Cairo Conference Chairman, and Eng. Anas Al Madani, Vice Chairman and Group CEO – INDEX Holding.

It is worth mentioning that AEEDC Education Cairo is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding, UAE, and will run for 3 days at the at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski in Cairo.

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18th Edition of Gulf Traffic Opens as ‘Road Safety’ and ‘AI in Transport’ Take Centre Stage

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The Gulf Traffic Exhibition and Conference, which takes place until 11 December at the Dubai World Trade Centre, was officially inaugurated today (9 December) by H.E Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in the presence of H.E Eng. Nadia Musallam Khamis Alnaqbi, Minister Deputy Asst. for Support Services – Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MOID) and other dignitaries.

Officially under the patronage of the UAE’s MOID, government representatives are on hand to talk about current and future tenders, projects and innovations – including smart technology, artificial intelligence and how the UAE plans to integrate this in to the governments smart city goal.

The 2019 conference agenda, which runs throughout the three-day event, will focus on infrastructure, artificial intelligence in transportation, road safety, transpotech and parking. Speaking at the opening session this morning ‘Artificial Eyes in Infrastructure’, Eng. Noura Ali Alhouli, Senior Architecture Engineer & Road Project Manager, MOID said; “One of our two initiatives within AI is the first customised humanoid robot that will act as an expert consultant engineer, well-versed in deep learning, machine learning, and predictive analytics. The robot will help in project planning, design, execution until closing, and finally, operation and maintenance.

Our second project which implements AI is within the safety of residential communities, which uses cameras and facial recognition to track unauthorised visitors, wrongly parked vehicles and even children wandering too far from a community playground. The system is set up to alert the relevant authorities or residents to ensure any issue is dealt with appropriately and efficiently.”

To highlight the importance of road safety, there will be a dedicated content stream and feature area showcasing a number of on-going initiatives. The road safety conference taking place on day two will look at topics such as; The Future Driver – Augmenting the Learning and Certification Journey with Digital Technology with Ahmed Awad, Regional Business Development Director – Transport, IDEMIA; Preventing accidents before they happen using AI-based capabilities with Mohamed Sadek, CEO/Founder COM-IoT Technologies and a keynote speech from Yousuf Harib, Director of Operations at ENOC who will be showcasing their current road safety initiatives road safety. 

School Transport Systems (STS) will be showcasing their Smart Safety Bus – a special interactive vehicle tailored to deliver traffic awareness messages to students and encourage them to travel safely. The Smart Safety Bus is one element of the STS’s extended classroom program to educate the wider community and create safety advocacy among children.

“We have a holistic experience for our visitors and exhibitors this year. Our free-to-attend content platform is packed full of engaging sessions from industry leaders and is covering all aspects of the transport industry. A number of leading road safety initiatives will also be at the event including the Smart Safety Bus and the Road Safety Awareness campaign by Emirates Driving Institute, and we have a newly formed Tech Zone featuring all of the latest innovations and solutions from a number of tech start-ups,” said Rahul Rawat, Exhibition Director, Gulf Traffic.

Gulf Parking, which is now entering its third edition and running adjacent to Gulf Traffic, further adds to the brands offering by widening the focus to support other key industry sectors. With a keen focus on smart mobility, Gulf Parking caters to the latest in smart payment and intelligent access control solutions from across the world, creating a new avenue for companies to showcase their latest product range to the traffic and transport industries.

Officially supported by the Saudi Ministry of Transport, Gulf Traffic will host over 150 exhibitors and attract approximately 3,000 industry peers from 50 countries, both across the Middle East and beyond.

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Why AU Students Play Basketball on Wheelchairs?

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Ajman University (AU), as part of its social responsibility, has run a special basketball match for determined people with mobility impairment.

The match, organized by the College of Mass Communication, was part of the graduation project of a student of graphic design.

The match, attended by AU Chancellor, Dr Karim Seghir, Vice-Chancellors, and large audience, saw a stiff competition from the two teams.

“What was interesting about the match was the high spirit and real competition between a team with mobility impairment of the Dubai People of Determination Club and AU sound students on wheel chairs.”

The project submitted by AU student Firas Al Ash’hab under the supervision of Dr Basma Fuda, was aimed to share and feel the mobility challenges the determined people face.

“It does help develop the awareness of the community about the people of determination and their inner strengthens and potential.”

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SANS Global Online Cyber Security Conference, KringleCon, To Start This Week

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Free Virtual Conference Will Deliver Impressive Speaker Line-Up of Industry Experts

KringleCon Participants Can Take Part in Thirteenth Annual SANS Holiday Hack Challenge

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, invites cyber security practitioners and hackers around the world to take part in KringleCon (@KringleCon) 2019. This fun, free, seasonally-themed virtual conference features world-class speakers sharing tips and tricks on how to win the cyber battle.

Immediately following the conference SANS will host its thirteenth annual Holiday Hack Challenge. This year’s capture-the-flag (CTF) event will include new offensive and defensive challenges, featuring a variety of cutting-edge technologies, including machine learning.

KringleCon boasts an extensive line-up of speakers, including IBM Security’s Stephanie Carruthers, Black Hills Information Security’s John Strand, Ian Coldwater from Heroku/Salesforce, Dave Kennedy from TrustedSec, and Lesley Carhart from Dragos, to name a few.

“There are many unique elements to this conference and it starts with an overarching storyline,” explains Ed Skoudis (@edskoudis), director of SANS Cyber Ranges and Team-Based Training and creator of KringleCon, “A nefarious villain tries to hack the conference to cause it to be cancelled. Last year, the evil hacker locked up Santa’s castle and held conference attendees inside the castle. This year’s theme will be equally thrilling. The addition of offensive and defensive machine learning challenges is especially exciting, as we believe this to be the first time that machine learning is used in a CTF event.”

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P&G 2019 Citizenship Report Highlights Commitment to Community Impact, Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability

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Company’s Focus on Being a Force for Good and Force for Growth is Underpinned by Higher Reputation Rankings

The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today released its 2019 Citizenship Report, detailing progress in its Citizenship focus areas of Community Impact, Diversity & Inclusion, Gender Equality and Environmental Sustainability built on the foundation of Ethics and Corporate Responsibility.

From reaching its 2020 goal of providing 15 billion liters of clean water through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program, to using its voice to spark conversations about gender and racial equality, 2019 was a year in which P&G’s leadership made a meaningful impact in the community and with the Company’s employees.

“We’ve built Citizenship into our business, and it’s not only doing good, it’s building trust and equity with consumers, and driving growth and value creation—allowing us to be a force for good and a force for growth,” said David Taylor, P&G’s Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s not a separate thing we do on the side—it’s how we do business every day around the world.”

With operations in about 70 countries serving nearly five billion people, the Company leverages its scale, innovation and talented employees, along with the reach of its 65 leadership brands, to do good every day. P&G’s contributions have been recognized externally with higher 2019 rankings on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies and the Axios Harris Poll 100.

In addition, more than 80% of P&G’s employees expressed a favorable opinion about the Company’s Citizenship efforts, making Citizenship a high-scoring index in the Company’s 2019 annual survey.

Highlights of the P&G 2019 Citizenship Report include:

  • Community Impact: P&G provided disaster relief kits filled with its products to families affected by more than 25 natural disasters including wildfires and hurricanes that devastated parts of the U.S., flooding in the Indian state of Kerala, and the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia. Additionally, the Company, through its CSDW Program, made a new commitment to delivering 25 billion liters of clean drinking water by 2025.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: P&G was a platinum sponsor of World Pride in New York with 50 sites around the world showing support through various Pride activities. The Company launched “The Look,” the sequel to the Emmy Award-winning film “The Talk,” to continue the conversation about racial bias. P&G also established neurodiversity programs at four Company sites to provide opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Gender Equality: Well on the way to P&G’s goal of 50/50 representation at all levels, the Company’s senior leadership team and Board of Directors are now composed of more than 40 percent women. P&G’s Always brand launched its #EndPeriodPoverty Campaign to help keep girls in school, and Secret donated more than $500,000 as part of the brand’s ongoing support for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s fight for equal pay.
  • Environmental Responsibility: In April, the Company marked its one-year anniversary of Ambition 2030 – a set of bold sustainability goals encompassing P&G’s brands, supply chain, society and employees. P&G also partnered with TerraCycle to introduce the “milkman” concept of reusable packaging with Loop. Along with many steps the Company is taking to help solve the global issue of plastic waste, it joined forces with more than 40 companies to form the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and committed to reduce global use of virgin petroleum plastic in product packaging by 50% by 2030.

This is the 20th consecutive year P&G has issued a report on the Company’s efforts to have a positive impact on the world, beginning with P&G’s first Sustainability Report in 1999. The Executive Summary, a 24-page overview of the progress and stories, is available online as well as a 140+ page detailed version of the report.

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PAKISTAN NAVY SEIZES LARGE NARCO CACHE AT KANDRI NEAR PASNI

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Pakistan Navy in coordination with Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), conducted an Intelligence Based Operation (IBO) near Pasni ,Balochistan and seized approximately 1200 Kg of Hashish which was being transported to foreign destination through sea.  The cache was subsequently handed over to ANF for further disposal.

The successful execution of the operation against narcotics smuggling is the result of effective monitoring/ surveillance and demonstrates Pakistan Navy’s perseverance to deter, disrupt and deny use of our sea/ coastline for any unlawful activities. Pakistan Navy will continue to fulfill its national responsibilities with highest level of commitment and dedication.

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GEMS Education breaks new Guinness World Record on the occasion of UAE National Day

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Created the ‘World’s Largest Mosaic Mural Made of Plastic Bottle Caps’ forming the phrase ‘Zayed’s Ambitions Embrace Space’

Attended by esteemed guests Sheikh Jumuah Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Abdul Rahim Bin Shafi’a and Mohammed Al Harmi from Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre

To celebrate the 48th UAE National Day, students, faculty members and parents from GEMS Education, gathered to form the ‘World’s Largest Mosaic Mural Made of Plastic Bottle Caps’ forming the phrase ‘Zayed’s Ambitions Embrace Space’ and set another Guinness World Record.

Sheikh Jumuah Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Abdul Rahim Bin Shafi’a and CEO, GEMS Education Dino Varkey, along with Mohammed Al Harmi from Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre joined the momentous event held on 26 November 2019 at GEMS Al Barsha National School for Boys.

The Guinness World Record was achieved by collating 13,434 bottle caps, breaking the current record set in Japan where 5,009 caps were used. The mosaic theme demonstrates GEMS Education’s commitment to supporting and celebrating the achievements of the UAE and the success of the National Agenda.

Celebrating this remarkable achievement aligns with GEMS Education’s mission to provide a vibrant learning community committed to delivering the highest standards of academic excellence in all areas.

The bottle caps were stuck on a customised wooden board of size of 14m x 2.20m using glue guns. The caps were coloured black, red, white and green, reflecting the colours of the UAE National Flag.
The event reinforced the commitment of GEMS Education to strengthening national pride in the students. In addition, teachers used this opportunity to explain to students about the importance of finding creative ways to recycle and reuse plastic and disposable items to protect our environment.

The record was validated by Guinness World Record officials at the Al Barsha National School for Boys premises.

Dino Varkey, CEO, GEMS Education said: “The UAE has transformed itself over the last 48 years into a dynamic modern nation that is admired by the rest of the world for its ability to evolve and change with the times. By creating the ‘World’s Largest Mosaic Mural Made of Plastic Bottle Caps’ we wanted to pay tribute to the rulers of the UAE for their visionary leadership which served as a catalyst for the growth GEMS Education. We want to specially our guests Sheikh Jumuah Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Mohammed Al Harmi and Abdul Rahim bin Shafi’a for being part of this significant event. Thanks to all the parents, teachers, students and the government authorities for their support and enthusiasm in creating such a memorable occasion.”

 

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Grey Doha earns triple honors at 2019 MEPRA awards

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Grey Doha full-fledged agency for Public Relations and Advertising proved once again its commitment to creating famously effective work by leading communication strategies and impactful campaigns for its local, regional and international brands.
Last week, Grey Doha grabbed triple honors at the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) Awards Gala event, following its unique execution of #ICarryHerName (#be7mol2esma) cultural campaign for Galler Chocolatier Lebanon, a premium Belgium chocolate brand leading quality chocolate production worldwide.

The agency’s campaign for the boutique chocolatier, made a silver in the “Best Use of Digital PR in the Middle East”, a Gold in the “Best Food and Beverage Campaign in the Middle East” and another equally esteemed Gold in the “Best Campaign in Lebanon” category.

By tapping into patriarchal rules and gender inequality in Lebanon, the campaign challenged a cultural taboo and a facet of masculinity on Father’s Day earlier in June. While gender inequality is deeply rooted in the Lebanese laws and social life, only sons’ names are proudly carried by their fathers, symbolically stamped with the “Abou” (the Father Of) label, a father’s very pride and virility. A label they are too shy to name after their daughters.

Galler wanted Lebanese fathers to take the first step for a big change and celebrate their pride in their daughters by joining their “Abou” to their name. The PR and Social Media campaign involved key celebrities and the broader public in Beirut through teasers, revealers and a call to buy chocolate packages made for the occasion.

Krikor Khatchikian, Managing Director of Grey Doha, said: “Every time we are nominated for an award, we feel proud of the hard-working team whose pioneering ideas and unfettered energy make this agency so unique. The three new MEPRA awards are a testament to our ability to continue creating original, results driven campaigns for our clients and reinforce our drive to deliver on our promises. What is more satisfying to note is that our work positively carried the spirit of social activism and was successful in reaching out to new audiences at an interesting time of change for Lebanon”.

Grey Doha manages Galler’s communications in both Qatar and Lebanon markets. #be7mol2esma was especially tailored to the local audience in Beirut where women empowerment is on the rise – a movement that is in line with Galler’s belief in equality.

Denise Yammine, Director of Public Relations, Social Media & Events at Grey Doha said during the ceremony: “We are thrilled that our work with Galler Chocolatier was chosen for three prestigious MEPRA Awards, a regional platform that recognizes every year an exceptional crowd of industry peers. Our campaign came to life, through PR, social media and in-house production, and has shown effective results being rooted in culture and built on a great insight. The combination of creative, community management and celebrities’ involvement, drove a real dialogue in the digital space, sparked interest in our brand and impacted sales of limited-edition products. It is interesting to see different communication tools coming together with limited cost to translate one solid idea to the target market while generating return on investment”.

Today, traditional publicity and social media meet in the middle of public relations campaigns. Building on strategic approaches that are based on communication and conversation at once, public relations contribute today to social change and transformation of perceptions.

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Middle East public relations industry. MEPRA’s purpose is to highlight the strategic role of public relations in the Arab world and help set high standards for quality and ethical conduct by consultancy firms.

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Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs Visits Qasr Al Watan to Celebrate UAE National Day

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The Ministry sought to introduce its employees to the country’s cultural and humanitarian achievements.

A delegation from the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MFNCA) visited Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi as part of the Ministry’s celebrations to mark the UAE’s 48th National Day.

Qasr Al Watan is a national landmark and an architectural masterpiece that embodies the history of the United Arab Emirates and sheds light on the progress of its cultural and human development in various fields and sectors.

His Excellency Sami bin Adi, the MFNCA’s Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector, headed the delegation, which included several heads of departments along with a group of the Ministry’s staff. The visitors were taken on a tour of the building’s hallways to explore its design, which emulates Arab and Islamic architecture, and features geometric forms inspired from the UAE’s natural environment.

“Qasr Al Watan is a prominent national landmark and an outstanding work of architecture and design,” said H.E. bin Adi. “It houses several facilities that embody the UAE’s rich history, represent its cultural and human heritage, and shed light on its many accomplishments. The structure tells the story of the UAE’s journey towards an advanced, modern state, whose foundations were laid by our Founding Fathers. It highlights our wise leadership’s approach to keep the momentum going and shape a prosperous future for current and forthcoming generations of Emiratis.”

“Our visit today is part of our National Day celebrations, where we reiterate our dedication to educating our employees about every significant historical milestone in the UAE’s journey, and about the approach established by our Founding Father, which revolves around the inclusive concept of ‘Shura’ to pursue the country and the people’s best interest,” H.E. concluded.

The visiting delegation were also introduced to the concept behind Qasr Al Watan and its main hall, designed to host formal events and receptions, as well as the ‘Spirit of Cooperation’ hall, created to host meetings of the UAE’s Federal Supreme Council.

The tour included a stop at the Qasr Al Watan Library, which is a prime academic and knowledge destination housing more than 50,000 publications on the UAE’s history and heritage. The Ministry staff finally visited the House of Knowledge, which contains displays and rare artworks that shed light on Arab civilisation’s golden age, as well as its contributions in science, art, and literature.

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Khalifa University to Host 48th UAE National Day Celebrations on 26 November

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Student-Sponsored Booths to Highlight Year of Tolerance, National Memories Museum, Evolution of UAE Medicine and UAE-Korean Corner

Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, today announced it will mark the 48th UAE National Day with several activities including student-led events on 26 November at its Main Campus and Sas Al Nakhl Campus.

The Khalifa University community will host its own activities led by students of various clubs. The activities will reflect the ‘Year of Tolerance’ which aims to raise the UAE’s status as a global frontrunner for acceptance and coexistence.

Other activities will include Zayed Legacy Show and a short film titled ‘Zayed Tolerance Pledge’ before the start of the Main Show by the ‘Theater and Emirati Club’.

In his UAE National Day message, Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “We are proud to host the student-led events to on the occasion of the 48th UAE National Day celebrations, demonstrating our commitment to the path of tolerance shown by the UAE Founding Father Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the current leadership. We believe the events at our campuses will not only illustrate the students’ extent of involvement in remaining part of the UAE’s heritage and success, but also in upholding the values directed by the leaders to ensure future progress.”

Celebrations at the SAN Campus will commence at 10.00am, while activities at the Main Campus will open at 4.00pm. Student-sponsored stalls will include the UAE-Korean Corner, the Year of Tolerance booth, the ‘National Memories Museum’ and a special booth dedicated to ‘Evolution of UAE Medicine’.

The newly-elected Khalifa University Student Council is taking part in the celebrations by organizing a photography competition titled ‘UAE Through The Eye of the Lens’. The competition will display eight to 10 professional photos taken by Khalifa University students under the theme ‘Landmarks of the UAE’.  On the day of the event, a panel of judges will be voting for first, second and third-place winners, who will walk away with attractive prizes.

The UAE-Korean Corner will host a UAE Majlis, a Korean Majlis, an Emirati-Korean Dukkan, an Engineering Challenge, Kids’ Area and a photo-booth to capture those special moments.

Reflecting the ‘Year of Tolerance’ theme, this booth will highlight how the UAE remains a global capital for tolerance since its establishment and a bridge of communication among the people of the world and their various cultures, in an environment of openness and respect that rejects extremism and promotes coexistence. The Khalifa University Student Council will also oversee the booth where international students will be highlighting the UAE’s contribution to tolerance, coexistence and openness to different cultures.

The campus activities to mark the UAE’s 48th National Day celebrations reflect the depth of commitment, reverence and dedication of Khalifa University students towards the country and its wise leadership. These activities also renew the students’ pledge of loyalty as the promising leaders of the UAE’s future, responsible for raising the profile and status of the country globally.

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