Aalmeen News https://english.aalmeen.com Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:43:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 TORRENTE SETS SIGHTS ON FIGHTBACK VICTORY AFTER CARELLA TAKES OPENING WIN IN CHINA https://english.aalmeen.com/torrente-sets-sights-on-fightback-victory-after-carella-takes-opening-win-in-china/ https://english.aalmeen.com/torrente-sets-sights-on-fightback-victory-after-carella-takes-opening-win-in-china/#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:43:44 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32350 Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning world champion ready for big assault on second part of double header

Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente is primed for a major assault on the Grand Prix of China tomorrow to move back on track for back-to-back drivers’ titles in the UIM F1H2O World Championship after a difficult day in Xiamen.

Reigning champion Torrente, who arrived in China with a three-point championship lead and was fastest in yesterday’s official practice, had to settle for fourth place in today’s Grand Prix of Xiamen as Italian four-times former world title holder Alex Carella claimed his first race win for two years.

Torrente goes into the second part of the Grand Prix double header in China tomorrow just three points behind Sweden’s Jonas Andersson in the title race, with the Team Abu Dhabi mechanics working flat out overnight to help him claim back the advantage.

Team-mate Thani Al Qemzi will be looking for a complete turnaround in fortunes after being forced out of action on the 12th of 32 laps today with engine problems.

Al Qemzi and Torrente had started the Grand Prix of Xiamen from seventh and ninth places after both failed to make the third stage of qualifying, the Emirati driver missing out after picking up a time penalty for a lap infringement.

He drops to fourth in the championship, but the vast experience of the Team Abu Dhabi drivers will tell them how quickly prospects can change in F1 powerboat racing, and both will be going all out for a ninth career Grand Prix victory tomorrow.

In the F4-S series, Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al Mehairbi put in a strong start-to-finish challenge in the first of the weekend’s two races before finishing third behind German winner Max Stilz and Britain’s Harvey Smith. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Remeithi was placed ninth.

Grand Prix of Xiamen results

  1. Alex Carella Maverick F1 Racing
  2. Jonas Andersson Team Sweden
  3. Marit Stromoy Emirates Racing
  4. Shaun Torrente Abu Dhabi
  5. Peter Morin CTIC F1 Shenzhen China
  6. Greg Foster Blaze Performance

UIM F1H2O World Championship standings

  1. Jonas Andersson 47pts
  2. Shaun Torrente 44
  3. Marit Stromoy 28
  4. Thani Al Qemzi 27
  5. Alex Carella 25
  6. Peter Morin 9 23
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TORRENTE SETS EARLY PACE IN CHINA https://english.aalmeen.com/32331-2/ https://english.aalmeen.com/32331-2/#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 07:59:41 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32331 Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning world champion fastest in official practice for tense Grand Prix double header


Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente underlined his determination to clinch a second successive drivers’ title in the UIM F1H2O World Championship today by setting the early pace at the start of a tense race weekend in China.

Carrying a slim three-points lead over Sweden’s Jonas Andersson into tomorrow’s (Saturday) Grand Prix of Xiamen, Torrente was comfortably fastest in the two-hour official practice session with a lap of 55.41 secs on the 2,516m Wuyan Bay circuit.

With Norway’s Marit Stromoy (56.39) and Italian former four-times world champion Alex Carella (56.37) clocking the two next best times, Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al Qemzi (56.39), lying third in the world title race, was fourth fastest.

While this year’s F1H2O World Championship concludes in Sharjah in December, developments in the Grand Prix double header in China in the space of 24 hours could decide the major issues.

The boats return to the water at 9.45am tomorrow morning for another practice session before the pole position race at 11am for the Grand Prix of Xiamen to follow at 4pm.

The frantic race programme continues with an identical schedule on Sunday culminating in the Grand Prix of China. Team Abu Dhabi’s Torrente and Al Qemzi, starting the weekend with eight Grand Prix career victories each,  hold a 32 pts lead over Team Sweden in their bid to retain the world team title.

F1H20 leading official practice times

  1. Shaun Torrente UAE    55.41 secs
  2. Marit Stromoy NOR 56.36
  3. Alex Carella ITA 56.37
  4. Thani Al Qemzi UAE    56.39
  5. Peter Morin FRA    56.43
  6. Jonas Andersson SWE    56.74
  7. Phillippe Chiappe FRA    56.89
  8. Erik Edin             SWE    57.20
  9. Bartek Marszalek POL    57.39
  10. Alberto Comparato ITA 57.91
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BIG NAME STARS UNVEILED AT THRILLING PLAYER DRAFT https://english.aalmeen.com/big-name-stars-unveiled-at-thrilling-player-draft/ https://english.aalmeen.com/big-name-stars-unveiled-at-thrilling-player-draft/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:00:41 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32313 MOHAMMAD AMIR SELECTED AS NO.1 PICK OF TOURNAMENT



The players who are set to light up Zayed Cricket Stadium for the inaugural Abu Dhabi T10 were locked into place at a glittering ceremony last night. The annual player draft in the nation’s capital saw 110 players allocated to eight teams, as well as a host of superstars unveiled for the first time.

The drama-filled event allowed franchises just three minutes to select the players that would make or break their teams’ success in the showpiece 10-day tournament. With big name cricketers up for grabs such as Mohammed Hafeez, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik and Adil Rashid, tension crackled as players were snapped up by the franchises.

Speaking on the side-lines of the draft, CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, Matthew Boucher, said: “It has been an electrifying evening filled with a lot of anticipation and excitement. The teams had to make quick and snappy decisions about who they feel could steer their team to glory next month, and there have been some closely guarded strategies across the course of the night.

“The lists of names have now grown into some formidable team sheets, and with everything now assembled, we can’t wait to experience the drama and passion of T10 cricket with local fans and those around the world.”

Defending champions Northern Warriors opted for a strong West Indies side in the draw, with Darren Sammy already confirmed as the team’s icon player. The famed Andre Russell joined Sammy with three other of his compatriots, bringing the West Indies’ contingent of the team to five. Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz’s expertise was brought on board thanks to his fast-paced bowling, as part of a line-up focused on providing speedy deliveries. The Northern Warriors will begin their title defence against the Maratha Arabians on November 15.

The newest addition to the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament, Team Abu Dhabi, made some well strategized decisions during the draft, placing an emphasis on a strong bowling side. With Moeen Ali already selected as the team’s icon player, the team had successful coups with Sri Lankan powerhouse Niroshan Dickwella, Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson, and left-handed fast bowler Mohammad Amir. The team will present a stiff bowling line-up for its opponents.

Revealed as the mystery eighth team, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and will be trained by former England coach, Trevor Bayliss, and coach of the UAE National Cricket Team, Dougie Brown.

The Maratha Arabians chose a balanced team, opting for a mixture of a fast bowling attack and a strong batting line-up. With icon player and right-handed big hitter Chris Lynn at the helm, the team brought in the iconic Lasith Malinga in the first round of draws, ensuring the team would garner a strong following with Sri Lankan fans. West Indies heroes Dwayne Bravo and Chadwick Walton were brought on board, bringing a strong and diverse team to the table.

The West Indies all-rounder, Kieron Pollard, was quickly snapped up by the Deccan Gladiators. With Shane Watson as the icon player, the Gladiators favoured a team that was strongly led by all-rounders, with five eventually making it into the team. With a bowling line-up that mixed experience in the shape of Fawad Ahmed and the UAE’s Zahoor Khan with young talent such as England’s Mason Crane, the Deccan Gladiators adopted a varied line-up, allowing the team flexibility as they build up for the showpiece event.

The Gladiators’ first opponent on November 15 will be the Delhi Bulls, led by world-cup winning captain, Eoin Morgan. The Bulls pulled in former Pakistan captain, Shoaib Malik, to further buoy their strong batting line-up, which also includes Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera, and Pakistan’s Aamer Yamin. England’s leg-spinning magician, Adil Rashid, was chosen to lead the bowling, which contains a variety of pace and spin. The team chose players from all corners of the globe, including Irishman Paul Sterling, the Dutchman Tobias Visee, and American Ali Khan, presenting a team with a strong mix of both batting power and bowling talent.

Shahid Afridi was joined by his fellow Pakistani teammate, as Team Qalandars opted to bring in “The Professor” with Mohammad Hafeez. Hafeez and Afridi joined a team comprised of 10 Pakistani players, with Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf also entering the fray. The team presents a bombastic batting line-up, capable of smashing balls far beyond the boundaries of Zayed Cricket Stadium, and setting high targets for teams to chase. Chris Jordan will bring his skills with the ball to a bowling squad comprised of both spin and speed. Tickets will be scarce when Team Qalandars meet Team Abu Dhabi on the opening night of the Abu Dhabi T10 on November 15.

Similar to Team Qalandars, the Bangla Tigers opted to focus on big hitting as their strategy for a chance to clutch the Abu Dhabi T10 Trophy, bringing in 12 players with impressive batting skills. Former limited overs captain, Sri Lankan Thisara Perera, serves as the team’s icon player, and will be joined by names such as West Indies’ Andre Fletcher and South Africa’s Colin Ingram. The Tigers’ batsmen will be looking to pounce against the Deccan Gladiators in their first match of the tournament on November 16.

The Karnataka Tuskers took the opposite strategic tactic to the Tigers, opting for a team that places a heavy emphasis on a predominantly speedy bowling line-up. With icon player and big hitter Hashim Amla in attendance at the draw, the Tuskers brought on bowlers such as Nepalese Sandeep Lamichhane, promising English talent Pat Brown, and the slow-left orthodox Emirati player, Ahmed Raza. With batsmen joining Hashim at the crease including Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles, the Tuskers made sure they also had a strong batting powerhouse to provide stability in a format that can twist at each and every turn.

Tickets for the Abu Dhabi T10 start from the special price of AED 10, and will allow spectators to watch up to three matches a day. To book tickets, or to receive hospitality information, please visit: https://www.q-tickets.com/abudhabit10

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Minister of Climate Change and Environment: UAE to Pass Federal Law on Climate to Mainstream Adaptation, Resilience across Sectors https://english.aalmeen.com/minister-of-climate-change-and-environment-uae-to-pass-federal-law-on-climate-to-mainstream-adaptation-resilience-across-sectors/ https://english.aalmeen.com/minister-of-climate-change-and-environment-uae-to-pass-federal-law-on-climate-to-mainstream-adaptation-resilience-across-sectors/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:54:39 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32306 On the sidelines of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York,His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, announced that the UAE will pass a federal law on climate that sets out an inclusive framework for climate action.

The law will require authorities to assess and mitigate climate risks prior to proceeding with projects, thus effectively mainstreaming climate adaptation and resilience across sectors.

He made the announcement at a session of the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), hosted by His Excellency Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, together with the Commission’s co-chairs, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, Her Excellency Kristalina Georgieva, and Bill Gates.

In his speech, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi announced the UAE’s decision to join GCA that aspires to advance climate adaptation solutions.

He said: “We are delighted to join GCA and bring our perspective as a climate-vulnerable Middle Eastern country and a global donor. In this context, we have begun to mainstream resilience into UAE foreign aid. Our US$50 million UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund has seen power plants built to Category 5 hurricane standards and relocated out of vulnerable zones. The Fund also ‘builds back better’. A prime example is the newly announced green, resilient power system for Barbuda in the wake of Hurricane Irma that is planned under an innovative partnership between Antigua and Barbuda, the UAE, New Zealand, and the CARICOM Development Fund.”

He added: “We propose to partner with GCA during the world’s largest event championing sustainable development – Expo 2020 in Dubai. With 25 million expected visitors and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its heart, Expo 2020 will provide a powerful platform to promote GCA and its recommendations.”

Moreover, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi participated in a World Economic Forum-led session on ‘Scaling Solutions for Circular Plastics’ that brought together key players across value chains to identify practical solutions to global plastic pollution as part of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).

The Minister noted that the UAE government is implementing integrated waste management projects and initiatives across the country. A prime example is the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) facility that is currently in the works and is projected to treat an average of 1,200 tons of municipal solid waste daily.

The UAE government was also the first signatory to the World Economic Forum’s SCALE 360 initiative that aims to drive the transition towards a more circular economy while using less natural resources and reducing pollution to tackle climate change. The initiative advocates the adoption of a circular economy model that leverages Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to keep resources in use for as long as possible.

His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi highlighted some of the most prominent plastic recyclers in the UAE. These included Industrium Group, a pioneer manufacturer of plastic packaging for food products, Tadweer Waste Treatment, the first environmental company in the Middle East that offers integrated waste management solutions, CONSENT Plastic, a premier manufacturer of polyester straps and PET flakes with the largest production capacity in the Middle East, and Emirates Environmental Technology, one of the leading providers of high-tech environmental services for the waste management industry.

He also shared plans for the first high-impact post-consumer recycling facility for PET plastics in the country, to be established by Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS) in Abu Dhabi and set to become fully operational by 2021. In its first phase, the facility will have the capacity to recycle approximately 19,000 metric tons of post-consumer PET bottles and food containers into food-grade PET pellets.


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Al Ahli Holding Group’s NOMAD drives a regional creative movement from the UAE https://english.aalmeen.com/al-ahli-holding-groups-nomad-drives-a-regional-creative-movement-from-the-uae/ https://english.aalmeen.com/al-ahli-holding-groups-nomad-drives-a-regional-creative-movement-from-the-uae/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:34:52 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32286 NOMAD, Al Ahli Holding Group’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and community platform venture, is launching a series of initiatives to enable and grow young Arab media leaders and global talent within the creative industries.

Bringing together its partners, network of industry change makers and community ambassadors, NOMAD is sparking nation-wide dialogue around the importance of the creative economy in the region and the support required to propel UAE talent to international recognition.

Voice of NOMAD Music Panel Event

A ‘Voice of NOMAD’ music-focused panel session on whether ‘Sound is Associated to a Place?’ was held on Saturday 12th October 2019 at Dubai Outlet Mall. The discussion saw key opinion leaders and industry experts such as popular radio host Big Hass, Mike Fairburn, GM Sony Music Entertainment Middle East, singers Hamdan Al Abri and Omar Dean, homegrown producers and change-makers such as Mohammad Rayan Bailouni, Sarah Nabil and Waleed Shah, share insights on how music and cultures intertwine and what is needed to grow the local music industry.

In line with its mission to empower grassroots talent to scale to a global platform, NOMAD is running creative bootcamps during October-November with its industry-specific community ambassadors to offer youth and talent from music, film/content and gaming, the opportunity to enhance their skillsets and showcase through workshops, industry collaborations and event activations.

As part of its comprehensive infrastructure roll-out, NOMAD will launch a Phase I venue at 117 Live Arena late 2019 with co-working spaces, a recording studio, content studios, an eSports studio and event spaces. Operating as a global membership model, the NOMAD community has access to workspaces, production resources, business establishment, market access, capacity-building programs, events and group integration opportunities. NOMAD’s ecosystem is powered by partners including Dubai Future Foundation’s Area 2071, Sony Professional Solutions and SAE Institute with more to be announced soon.

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Samana Developers Wins Best Sustainable Residential Project Award https://english.aalmeen.com/samana-developers-wins-best-sustainable-residential-project-award/ https://english.aalmeen.com/samana-developers-wins-best-sustainable-residential-project-award/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:23:44 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32274 News Highlights:
  1. The 2019 edition of the Construction Innovation Awards saw an increased interest and entries from the UAE real estate developers.
  2. Key features that propelled the Samana Greens project to the top were Environmental-Friendly, Energy-Efficient and use of Green Appliances.
  3. Samana Greens’ introduction of air purifying systems in the common areas will help the air quality and the healthy community living.
  4. The property is green on wallet as well. A 9.25% return on investment is being promised for its investors.
  5. Developer revealed that it is currently designing more distinctive concepts that will make the life of its residents’ more enjoyable, luxurious yet affordable.

The Samana Developers, the real estate arm of Dubai-based Samana Group of companies, has won the Best Sustainable Residential Project Award due to its compelling Environmental-Friendly, Energy-Efficient and Green Appliances features. The award category is part of the annual Construction Innovation Awards that are conceptualized and organized by the BNC Publishing, one of the leading publishing houses in Dubai.

Among 200 entries and 8 sustainable category competitors, the key features that propelled the Samana Greens project to the top were the Environmental-Friendly, Energy-Efficient and use of Green Appliances. Compliant with green building regulations, the property will use recycled grey water to irrigate the green spaces and landscaping at the property. Air purification systems in the common areas will help improve air quality and overall enhance the environment. The developer will use green appliances to ensure the building meets Dubai’s vision of becoming a sustainable city, as green appliances consume less energy, are more efficient and durable.

The 2019 edition of the Construction Innovation Awards saw increased interest and entries from the UAE-based real estate developers, contractors and companies from the related industries. The specialised Sustainable Residential Project of the Year Award category received 8 entries and Samana Greens competed to the finals and won annual award. The Project’s distinctive features reflected Samana Developers commitment to be a responsible developer, which judges say made an important contribution to its surroundings, demonstrated construction best practice, and showed how construction techniques and technology have contributed to its success.

To enhance energy performance the common areas for the entire building including corridors, reception, and gymnasium, all have motion sensors installed to ensure the lighting and cooling systems optimise operational efficiencies. In addition to which low voltage light features and energy saving appliances are being used throughout the property.

Alan James, General Manager at Samana Developers, said: “We are delighted that Samana Developers through its debut project Samana Greens has established its mark on Dubai’s real estate landscape as a responsible developer. It is a great honor and we are committed to the care of the environment as well as ensuring we optimise savings for our residents. Today, we have achieved a milestone, which puts us among the leading developers in Dubai.

“As developers, we have a responsibility to the local community and humanity in general to ensure everything possible is done to reduce emissions and we play our part in saving the planet for generations to come for a sustainable future. Samana Greens’ introduction of air purifying systems in the common areas will help the air quality and the healthy community living”, said Alan.

Samana Greens’ touristic destination also plays a major role in its popularity. The self-financed freehold project – Samana Greens – housing 116 residential units ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments is located near the Miracle Gardens in Arjan. Samana Greens sits on a total built-up area of 13,000m². To meet the daily shopping needs of its residents, the project has a dedicated space for six retail units, as well as a sauna, a gym, a children’s play area, shaded parking, landscaped areas and the leisure deck.

Samana Greens project is also green on the wallet offering 9.25% returns on investment, a particularly attractive proposition for investors. While 98% of the property has been sold, Samana Developers said it is determined to complete and handover the Samana Greens on schedule in line with its commitment to its customers.

Alan revealed that Samana Developers is currently working on designing more distinctive projects that will make its residents’ life more enjoyable, luxurious yet affordable whilst continuing its commitment to sustainability. ”

Wissam Younane, CEO of BNC Publishing, commented: “This season we’re overwhelmed by the volume and quality of entries that we received. It was a testing task for the judging panel to review and give their scores. Samana Greens project by Samana Developers had outstanding features beneficial for both environment as well as the residents.”

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Minister of Climate Change and Environment to Present UAE’s Climate Action Model at UN Climate Action Summit in New York https://english.aalmeen.com/minister-of-climate-change-and-environment-to-present-uaes-climate-action-model-at-un-climate-action-summit/ https://english.aalmeen.com/minister-of-climate-change-and-environment-to-present-uaes-climate-action-model-at-un-climate-action-summit/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:59:14 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32262 His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, arrived today in New York to participate in the UN Climate Action Summit, set to run in parallel with the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).

His Excellency António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, will convene the gathering on September 23 under the theme ‘A Race We Can Win: A Race We Must Win’. The event seeks to mobilize leaders to enhance their countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) by 2020 in line with reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero by 2050.

At the much-anticipated summit, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi will present the UAE’s climate action model and urge the international community to step up the scale and pace of its efforts to match the increase in the intensity and frequency of adverse weather events due to climate change. In addition, he will announce upgradess to the country’s NDCs and higher commitments on various fronts to fast-track climate action and help build a more sustainable future for the next generations.

Furthermore, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi will attend the Youth Climate Summit – the first UN climate summit for youth that aims to provide a platform for young leaders to share their solutions with the world and meaningfully engage with decision-makers.

He will also participate in a panel discussion on ‘Advancing Buildings and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure’ as part of the Local Action Track ‘Partnerships for Ambition: Unlocking the Full Potential of Local Climate Action’, organized by the Infrastructure Cities and Local Action (ICLA) Coalition.

Other items on his agenda include the meetings of the 11th High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, as well as the Global Commission on Adaptation, and a reception themed ‘Securing our Future: People, Food and Nature Solving the Planetary Emergency’.

As part of UNGA 74, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi will participate in a World Economic Forum-led session on ‘Scaling Solutions for Circular Plastics’, set to bring together key players across value chains to identify practical solutions to global plastic pollution.

He will also serve as a panelist at a breakout session on ‘How Climate Change Is Reshaping Agriculture’ at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum.

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UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Highlights Country’s Approach to Enhancing Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change at Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2019 https://english.aalmeen.com/uae-minister-of-climate-change-and-environment-highlights-countrys-approach-to-enhancing-agricultural-resilience-to/ https://english.aalmeen.com/uae-minister-of-climate-change-and-environment-highlights-countrys-approach-to-enhancing-agricultural-resilience-to/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:43:08 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32245 On the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, participated in a breakout session on agriculture and land use, climate change, and sustainable solutions.

The panel discussion was part of the Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2019 that convened leaders from the public and private sectors worldwide to explore the threats to economic prosperity posed by climate change and identify viable solutions.

In his role as a panelist, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi emphasized that the globalized nature of the food supply chain means no country, region, or continent can afford to ignore food insecurity. He explained that this challenge transcends national borders and is felt acutely in the Middle East, where growing populations in arid regions are placing pressure on the capacity of nations to feed their citizens.

The Minister said: “The UAE follows a systematic approach to ensuring the climate resilience of its agricultural sector. We rely heavily on innovation and state-of-the-art agricultural technologies to enhance food diversity and security in the face of environmental challenges, such as scarce freshwater resources and arable land, that are amplified by climate change. Modern farming solutions such as optimized greenhouse design, hydroponics, vertical agriculture, netting systems, and closed-system greenhouses significantly improve crop productivity and quality while reducing the environmental footprint.”

He added: “Diversification is the key to food security, therefore we have developed a food diversification strategy with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that focuses on the sustainable use of our precious natural resources, such as groundwater.”

Speaking on the country’s drive to boost local agricultural production through supporting farmers, he said: “We are implementing programs to encourage subsistence-level farmers to adopt commercial agriculture and embrace modern cultivation practices in order to increase their contributions to the local food supply. This is crucial to ensuring the long-term food security of the UAE.

“We offer farmers highly subsidized agricultural inputs at half the market price. These include high-quality crop seeds that are specially adapted to tolerate heat and consume less water while providing high yields. We also promote the sales of locally produced food commodities in both the domestic and international markets.”

Noting the vital role of R&D in ensuring food sustainability for any country, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “The UAE aims to make agriculture and food a priority for academic and research programs, and channel available funds into food-relevant R&D to develop solutions that are applicable to the local environment and conditions.”

Furthermore, he reiterated the UAE’s commitment to strengthening international cooperation to fuel concerted action on environmental issues. He cited the agreements signed between the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine as prime examples of synergies that facilitate the sharing of best practices in climate-smart agriculture.

The Minister visited the head office of New York University that has a satellite campus in Abu Dhabi, and Stevens Institute of Technology, a private research university with a mission ​to inspire, nurture and educate leaders in tomorrow’s technology-centric world.

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Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Launches Green Barjeel Project to Cultivate Indigenous Algae https://english.aalmeen.com/ministry-of-climate-change-and-environment-launches-green-barjeel-project-to-cultivate-indigenous-algae/ https://english.aalmeen.com/ministry-of-climate-change-and-environment-launches-green-barjeel-project-to-cultivate-indigenous-algae/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:38:56 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32237 The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) today announced the launch of the Green Barjeel research project that aims to leverage innovative methods to grow microalgae biomass with a high lipid content in tower-shaped structures.

Run in cooperation with American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Khalifa University (KU), the project involves collecting algae from the UAE’s desert ponds and cultivating them. The process offers a host of benefits, including sequestering CO2 and removing dust particles from the ambient air to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. In addition, the structures can serve as passive cooling systems for use in public spaces.

The research project also seeks to examine and classify the diverse indigenous algal strains and test the potential of using them to produce biofuel and biofertilizers. Furthermore, the scope includes an experimental study on the safe and sustainable removal of Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Sulfur oxides (SOx) from the atmosphere.

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “In line with the steadfast efforts of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage disruptive innovation across all sectors as the means to ensure a better future for current and next generations, we support environmental R & D and integrate the latest innovations to help achieve ecological sustainability and boost climate action.”

He added: “The Green Barjeel project aims to explore the prospects for using algal strains that have adapted to the UAE’s climate to provide an alternative source of energy and nutrients that enhance agricultural production. The participating scientists will capture the outcomes of the project in scientific literature that can be incorporated into educational curricula or built on in developing further innovations.”

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Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Issues New Decree Regulating Catching of Pelagic Fish Using Encircling Nets https://english.aalmeen.com/ministry-of-climate-change-and-environment-issues-new-decree-regulating-catching-of-pelagic-fish-using-encircling-nets/ https://english.aalmeen.com/ministry-of-climate-change-and-environment-issues-new-decree-regulating-catching-of-pelagic-fish-using-encircling-nets/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:33:33 +0000 https://english.aalmeen.com/?p=32230 Permitted fishing season from November 1 till April 30 of the following year

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) issued Ministerial Resolution No. 468 of 2019 regulating the catching of pelagic fish using encircling nets to preserve and ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.

The decree allows fishermen registered with the Ministry and running speed boats (Tarad) to use encircling nets that meet its specifications to harvest pelagic fish between November 1 and April 30 of the following year.

Per the decree, permitted fishing nets must have a length of up to 1,100 meters and a width of 20 meters in the western coast and 28 meters in the east coast, so they do not touch the seabed.

The fishing net must have one end tied to the boat and the other end attached to a light. Floaters must be two meters apart and showing the number of the fishing boat and emirate code once every ten meters.

Halima Essa Al Jasmi, Head of Fisheries Section at MOCCAE, said: “Giving fish time to replenish their stocks during their spawning season and grow to sizes that maximize their market value is critical to sustain the nation’s fisheries as well as fishermen’s livelihoods.”

The decree also prohibits fishermen from dumping damaged nets and dead fish at sea or on the shore, obliging them to dispose of them appropriately in the designated sites.

Moreover, the resolution permanently bans fishing using encircling nets in natural and man-made marine reserves, inland water bodies, such as natural and artificial lakes, waters within a 500-meter radius from petroleum fields safety zones, and all fishing waters of Abu Dhabi. The permanent fishing ban also applies in areas that fall within three nautical miles from military areas, islands, and critical coastal facilities, such as power stations and desalination plants.

The resolution stipulates that fishermen must pass through the checkpoints of the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) as they head out on and return from their fishing trips. They also need to inform the CICPA centers of the fishing port they are registered under and notify them in case of changing their ports.

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