September 8, 2020

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE's pioneering global award in sustainability, has announced the postponement of the 2021 Awards Ceremony, which was scheduled to take place in January, as part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). Entities that have submitted their applications this year will be automatically moved to the 2022 cycle.

The decision was made due to travel restrictions for different countries and to ensure international participants’ safety and well-being in light of the unprecedented global challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


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September 3, 2020

People around the world looking to have a distinct retirement life can start their new chapter in Dubai. Residents or any foreigner aged above 55 years can apply for a five-year retirement visa on, it was announced on Wednesday.

The retiree has to have a monthly income of Dh20,000 from investments or pensions; or Dh1 million in savings; or property in Dubai worth Dh2 million.

The region's first-of-its-kind scheme was launched by Dubai Tourism and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) as per directives issued"...

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August 31, 2020

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, said the continuous development of the emirate's legislative framework is crucial to the achievement of Dubai's strategic objectives. The enhancement of the legal framework is a vital element in enhancing the growth prospects of various sectors, he stressed.

'As part of implementing the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to accelerate economic development and promote investments, Dubai places high importance on creating"...

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August 20, 2020

DUBAI, 19th August, 2020 (WAM) -- In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued Law No. (9) of 2020 regulating family-owned businesses in Dubai. By providing a clear legal framework for family ownership in the emirate, the new Law seeks to protect families’ wealth, enhance the contribution of family businesses to economic and social development and foster the growth of family businesses.

The Law is optionally applicable to existing and new family ownerships, including corporate equity securities and proprietorship. Family ownership in public joint"...

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August 18, 2020

DUBAI, 17th August, 2020 (WAM) -- The AgriTech Sector Development Team, a newly established team comprising public and private sector stakeholders from the UAE’s growing agricultural technology sector, convened for a workshop to explore proposed interventions to promote the adoption of technology in agricultural sub-sectors.

Led by Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, the workshop began with an overview of the progress made by the team, which, so far has made strides in studying international best practices; conducted an in-depth situation analysis of the agriculture sector, identified recommended solutions and"...

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August 10, 2020

ABU DHABI, 9th August, 2020 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has reviewed the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development’s, ADDED, Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

The plan places strong focus on the execution of projects, programmes and initiatives that aim to enhance the Abu Dhabi Government's efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and increase the competitiveness of the emirate's economy by enabling non-oil sectors to lead the local economy.


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August 6, 2020

ABU DHABI, 5th August, 2020 (WAM) -- The official portal of the UAE government (U.AE) has seen a steady increase in the number of its visitors, achieving an upward growth of 50 percent in the first half of the year to 5.5 million, according to UAE Government Portal User Analysis released by the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector, TRA.

Figures showed that the portal has been visited nearly eight million times, with more than 12.5 million page views.

The portal provides information and services of interest to citizens, residents, visitors"...

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August 4, 2020

ABU DHABI, 3rd August, 2020 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ADCCI, has organised 16 webinars with more than 6,000 participants taking part, under its Chamber Talk Initiative since early June, which brought local businesses and the biggest consulting firms at one place.

There are 23 webinars in total while the remaining ones are scheduled to take place over the next month.

Mohamed Helal Al Mheiri, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, said that the Chamber was one of the first establishments to support businesses since the beginning of the"...

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July 20, 2020

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development is launching a basic industries project aimed at making the emirate 'self-sufficient in the production of basic and consumer commodities'.

The project, being undertaken by the department’s Industrial Development Bureau, will look to strengthen investment in four major sectors.

They are food production, medical supplies, power generation and important materials such as iron, aluminium and cement.

The project is in response"...

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July 18, 2020

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and We Mean Business, a global nonprofit coalition working with businesses to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, today announced they have partnered to establish the world’s most comprehensive effort to drive companies to adopt more ambitious carbon emissions reduction goals. The We Mean Business coalition works with over 1,200 companies, with a total market capitalization of more than $24.8 trillion, to drive business action and policy ambition on climate change and increase chances of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

The partnership will: