Monday, March 19, 2018

Authority will also distribute Nol cards and freebies at Dubai International Airport.

Hundred lucky tourists landing at the Dubai International Airport will get free taxi rides to their destinations as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) marks the International Day of Happiness on March 20. Tourists will also be given a chance to go kayaking for free at the Hatta Dam lake. Some can even hop aboard the 'happiness bus' that will take them to major destinations like the Global village, La Mer and Dubai Parks and Resorts.
The authority will also distribute Nol cards and freebies at Metro, tram and bus stations and taxi ranks at the Dubai International Airport.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said the UAE leaders are concerned with embedding positivity as a core value in the UAE community and turning government entities into happiness hubs through policies, programmes, services and work environment.
Yousef Al Rida, CEO of corporate administrative support services sector, said several buses and taxis will be wrapped by the Happiness Week logo. "Internal events include distributing 1,600 chocolate cans with positive messages to employees, 2,500 Hala phone cards, meals to public bus drivers, and 600 payment vouchers to parking inspectors. There will also be some events about happiness and positivity for employees of the public transport agency, and gifts to employees of customers' happiness centre," he said.
"Fourteen categories of employees and clients will be rewarded in a ceremony in recognition of their efforts to improve the RTA's service offering."

The Dh14 billion phase will also have the largest thermal storage capacity.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, gave the green light on Monday to start the world's largest investment in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project that will provide clean energy to 270,000 homes.
The fourth phase of 700MW Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park will officially commence to meet the park's target of a planned total production capacity of 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. This will make it the largest single-site solar energy project in the world.
Photo by Dhes Handumon/Khaleej Times
The fourth phase will help reduce about 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually and also include the world's tallest solar tower measuring 260 meters.
The Dh14 billion phase will also have the largest thermal storage capacity.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, said the project is part of Dubai's efforts to redirect the economy into a fuel independent one.
Photo by Dhes Handumon/Khaleej Times
Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually and power 800,000 homes by 2030. The solar park is a total investment of Dh50 billion.
Photo by Dhes Handumon/Khaleej Times
The project serves as part of the Clean Energy Strategy. Dubai is looking to have 7 per cent of its total power output from clean energy sources by 2020, followed by 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050.

The UAE's open arm policy when it comes to international migration is a big factor contributing towards the happiness of residents here.

Last week, we heard the UAE claimed bragging rights yet again for being the happiest country in the Arab world. But what is it exactly that the UAE is doing right when it comes to keeping us, the residents, happy?
After analysing the 'World Happiness Report 2018', it seems the UAE's open arm policy when it comes to international migration is a big factor contributing towards the happiness of residents here - both locals and expatriates alike.
In 'Chapter 1: Happiness and Migration', the report states that in some richer countries, like the UAE, the proportion of immigrants is very high. And interestingly, many countries that rank high on the index report boast higher than average numbers of immigrants.
For instance in Western Europe, most countries have immigrants at between 10 and 15 per cent of the population, as does the USA. While Canada, Australia and New Zealand have between 20 and 30 per cent. Looking at the UAE, this figure sits at more than 70 per cent.
Measuring the happiness of both the migrants and 'those already living in the area of destination' (Emiratis), the report shows that the UAE scores high on the index relating to 'quality of life for locals', securing an impressive 7.2; a number that ranks it eleventh worldwide when it comes to the happiness of locals.
Foreigners living in the UAE were ranked as the nineteenth happiest people in the world, coming ahead of countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, France and Belgium. Yet, more proof which establishes the UAE's position as hosting and supporting an environment fit for foreign arrivals.
Looking at the migrants themselves, it shows that by making the move abroad it has, in general, shifted people from "less to more productive work, and from lower to higher incomes"; two factors which add to their happiness levels.
Though some migrants experience difficulties relating to issues like an increase in distance from loved ones, overall the income they are able to earn in somewhere like the UAE is often more than double than what they do back home.
For the fourth consecutive year, the 'World Happiness Report 2018' (put together by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations), ranked the UAE as the happiest nation in the Arab world, and twentieth worldwide.
However, upon analysing the 19 core indicators of the report, the UAE marked high in many of the measures - securing a top position in six of the 19 international indicators.
When measuring happiness relating to suitability of country for foreign arrivals; rate of adults in full-time employment; satisfaction of government's efforts for environment protection; degree of good health to perform daily tasks; satisfaction with streets, highways; and the availability of mobile phones for personal calls, the UAE came out on top in all areas.
Additionally, it achieved second spot in two indictors: satisfaction with availability of quality healthcare; and belief that children in the country are treated with respect.
It also ranked third when measuring peoples' perceptions on how economic conditions are improving in the country and fourth in four indicators (the improved standards of living; comfort; willingness to recommend the UAE to friends; and access to Internet).
In three of the 19 indicators, the UAE came out fifth, including in satisfaction with the city individuals live in; satisfaction of life over the next five years; and the degree of satisfaction with freedom.
Ranking sixth and seventh in the final three indicators, the UAE scored well in regards to current living conditions, as well as availability of education for children, and satisfaction with public transport, respectively.
In conclusion, in countries like the UAE where immigrants are welcome and integrate well into society, this can have a huge impact on a country's happiness.


>20th in world for overall happiness
>11th in world for happiness of locals
>19th in world for happiness of expatriates
>1st in Arab world for overall happiness
>4th consecutive year UAE ranked happiest in Arab world
>70% (plus) immigrants in UAE
>7 indicators out of 19, UAE ranked number one

World Happiness Report

A landmark survey of the state of global happiness. In 2018 it ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants

The forum will bring together more than 128 children from 11 Arab countries

Sharjah: The 13th edition of Sharjah Arab Children Forum (SACF) will be held from March 24 to 28, the organising committee announced on Monday.
Announcing details at a press conference held at Mughaider Child Centre, Sharjah, the organising committee said the forum being held under the patronage of Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, is being organised by Rubu’ Qarn for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators.

This year, the forum will bring together more than 128 children from 11 Arab countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Mauritania, Comoros, Jordan and the UAE. The UAE delegation will include 84 Emirati children from a cross-section of organisations including Sharjah Children Centre, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, UAE Girl Guides Association and Emirates Scout Association.
This year’s forum runs under the theme ‘Hear us ... We Are The Future’, highlighting the importance of science and technology in children’s lives, and showing decision-makers across the Arab world how this field can stimulate thinking, innovation and creativity.
This edition also aims to promote the idea that Arab children belong to one nation with an authentic and distinct culture, while also highlighting the talents of Arab children, enabling them to exchange experiences and promoting their right to express themselves and their aspirations.
“The forum is a continuation of the great efforts towards supporting Arab children. Despite the diversity of the forum, its focus is on one central issue affecting the future of children in general and Arab children in particular, namely sustainable development,” said Ayesha Al Kaabi, Acting Director of Sharjah Children Centre and chairperson of the forum’s higher organising committee.
This year’s edition, which coincides with Year of Zayed, will also introduce Arab children to the UAE and educate them about the country’s cultural achievements, the important role of its founders and Sheikh Zayed’s legacy and values.
“The forum strengthens the reputation of Sharjah as a city that nurtures children and young people, and which, through its initiatives and programmes, is keen to safeguard the rights of children and strengthen the relationships between UAE children and Arab children,” said Al Kaabi.
Meanwhile, Reem BinKaram, member of the board of trustees for Rubu’ Qarn For Creating Future Leaders and Innovators, pointed out that for two decades the Sharjah Arab Children Forum has been a unique platform in the Arab world, empowering children and encouraging them to make their voices heard, motivating them to take the initiative and find solutions to the challenges they face.
This year’s programme includes training and entertainment activities in cooperation with community institutions, government agencies and private companies.
The opening session on March 24 which will help the attending children to build relationships, develop a spirit of teamwork and work on communication skills. The session will also help children represent themselves and their countries at the opening ceremony on March 25.
On March 26, the delegates will take part in the ‘Making the Future’ event, which uses cooking, technology, art and volunteering to develop their intellectual skills and hobbies. The ‘We Adventure and Learn’ initiative on the same day will instill leadership, cooperation, teamwork, confidence, health and well-being in the children.
The ‘Mleiha Discovery’ event on March 27 is a field trip to one of Sharjah’s most important landmarks, helping the children to discover archaeological treasures and develop research skills and learn about the history of the region through a treasure hunt.
On March 28 the children will participate in a session of the Sharjah Children’s Shura Council, as part of the International Government Communication Forum which will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah. The session will discuss the role of information technology in children’s education. ‘Your Talent is Your Passion’ event will allow the young ambassadors to highlight the cultures of their different countries, allowing the Arab children to exchange experiences and learn about their peers in the Arab world.

The Filipino beauty queen will be interacting with fans at a store in The Dubai Mall

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will return to Dubai on March 14. The Filipina beauty queen, who made the announcement on her Instagrapm page, will make an appearance at The Watch House in The Dubai Mall from 6 to 8pm.
“See you for a meet-and-greet with the Filipino community. Beyond excited,” posted the 28-year-old who last visited the city in 2016.

Wurtzbach, the third Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown, is also known for the infamous flub by contest host Steve Harvey, when he wrongly announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the crown. She’s all set to appear in her next movie, called My Perfect You, with heart-throb Gerald Anderson.
“I didn’t realise there’s a lot of [Filipinos] here,” Wurtzbach said in an interview during her last visit. “Even the people who are touring us around were Filipinos and they were very nice. It just feels that like home. It’s great.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to Saturday, November 18, 2017 
5 Days, Event Starts after 33 Days
Location : Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
Price : Not specified
Event Type : Exhibition 

Set to feature a fabulous collection of the world’s supercars, motorbike and automotive manufacturers, the Dubai International Motor Show will once again turn up the heat in latest car design, driving technology and custom gear. A benchmark event not to be missed, the show spans 5 incredible days of motoring workmanship and innovation from 14- 18 November. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Show is long regarded as a perfect reflection of the motoring passion within Dubai.
Stretching over nearly 5 exhibition halls, the show features over 150 of the world’s best manufacturers, the opportunity to see more than 600 cars on display, as well as several global and regional launches. Last year, visitors reveled in the fanfare of 10 global launches and 100+ regional launches over the course of the event.
Attracting over a hundred thousand attendees over 5 days in 2015, this year is set to be even bigger. Exhibitors for 2017 will include Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Porsche and a host of Asian manufacturers including Toyota and Mazda.
The ever-popular Boulevard of Dreams is sure to create a buzz, with a display of the most exotic and exclusive cars. From major brands to small manufacturers producing only a few units a year, the concentration of supercars at the Show continues on its unrivalled trajectory. For Biking enthusiasts, the show will also showcase the Biker’s Arena, for all the latest and exciting brands and features for anyone who has a passion for motor bikes.

Overall the Dubai International Motor Show is a fun day out for all car aficionados.

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