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More than 1.5 million people from the UAE and other countries will benefit from the Emirates Red Crescent's (ERC) Eid Al Adha Sacrificial Meat (Adahi) campaign this year.
The ERC announced that the campaign’s budget and the number of beneficiaries may increase depending on the support and response from philanthropists and contributors.
Some 100,000 people from the UAE and more than 1.4 million from 56 countries worldwide will be benefiting from this initiative.
Salem Al Ameri, ERC Deputy Secretary-General for Local Affairs, said that sacrificial meat coupons will be delivered to beneficiaries to avoid overcrowding keeping in mind the precautionary measures adopted by the country to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Fahad Abdulrahman bin Sultan, ERC Deputy Secretary-General for International Development and Cooperation, said the annual sacrificial meat campaign is taking place amidst complex conditions resulting from the crises and disasters happening around the world, as well as the rise in poverty and food scarcity.
A few travel agencies in the UAE are planning charter flights from UAE to cities in India at affordable prices, during the peak summer travel months, Khaleej Times has learnt.
Given the high airfare prices for Indian destinations during the July – August school vacation, travel agencies are offering passengers one-way seats to popular Kerala sector destinations on budget airlines for prices as low as Dh 1,070.
Dubai-based travel agency Equator Travel Management LLC confirmed to Khaleej Times that they are organising a Ras Al Khaimah to Kozhikode Air India Express charter flight on July 5 for Dh 1070 per adult ticket. Infants will be charged Dh 250. Agency officials said they were able to sell out tickets on this flight within a week.
The prices on these charter flights are affordable compared to the current market prices. Air India officials in the UAE also confirmed to Khaleej Times that this charter would be operating on July 5. The prices include bus transport from other Emirates to Ras Al Khaimah, said the agency.
Starting July 1, return airfares to Kozhikode bound flights from the UAE have hit Dh 2,900 and above, according to travel aggregator SkyScanner. The cheapest one-way trip to Kozhikode on July 1 is on Air India Express, where tickets are currently priced at Dh 1,889.
Airfares to destinations such as Kochi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Coimbatore only go below Dh 1,500 after July 25. Most Indian families with plans to travel during this time booked their tickets months in advance.
According to Surendranath Menon, director of sales and marketing at Equator Travel Management, the agency took up the responsibility to organise the charter flight following requests from Indian community members.
“We received requests from many members of the Indian community to organise an affordable travel option to destinations in the Kerala sector. Apart from the school summer vacation time, people are also celebrating Eid-Al-Adha during this time,” he said.
Menon explained, “However, since these are the first summer holidays where passengers can travel to India without any travel restrictions, the demand and price during this time are very high.” Since the prices from Ras Al Khaimah are not as competitive as other airports in the country, clients of Equator Travel Management were able to secure seats on the charter flight.
“We aimed to help people travel at a good price after facing challenges for three years,” he added. Menon said the agency is also working on organising a return flight for the same set of passengers.
Afi Ahmed, the managing director of Smart Travels, said their agency is also planning charter operations to Kerala sector cities Kozhi and Kozhikode on July 5, 6 and 7. The agency is planning to charge passengers approximately Dh 1,150 for a one-way ticket.
“We are awaiting approvals from airline and civil aviation authorities, which we should receive in a day or two. Our main aim is to help people who have not been able to travel for the past three years as the fares are very high. Most middle to low-income groups cannot afford to travel during this time given the high prices,” explained Ahmed.
Many other agencies in the UAE are planning similar charter operations to assist passengers to travel home during the holidays for an affordable price.
In an earlier interview with Khaleej Times, Rupinder Brar, additional director general at the Indian Ministry of Tourism, said she hoped the governments of both countries would work towards adding more flights in this sector post-pandemic.
“We look for a far more robust demand driving more flights because ultimately, it’s all a formula of demand and supply. So, we do look forward to many more flights working between both regions as we look at a post-Covid world.”
The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) on Tuesday imposed administrative and financial sanctions on a finance company operating in the UAE for not adhering to the rules and regulations of the regulator.
The apex bank said it imposed a fine on the finance company on May 18, for failure to submit its audited financial statements by the deadline, and failure to abide by its guidelines.
However, it didn’t disclose the name of the company and the amount of fine imposed on it.
In addition, the company failed to comply with the Consumer Protection Regulations and Complaint Management System rulebook and the Central Bank instructed the company to remedy its shortcomings within a month of the notification.
Earlier, the regulator had fined financial companies for not adhering to anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and illegal organisations (AML/CFT).
Through its supervisory and regulatory mandates, the Central Bank works to ensure that all licensed financial institutions operating in the UAE, including finance companies, abide by UAE laws, regulations, and standards adopted by the CBUAE to safeguard the transparency and integrity of financial companies and to enhance the efficiency of the UAE financial system.
Kuwaiti visual artist and professor at New York University- Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Tarek Al Ghoussein died in New York City on Saturday, aged 60.
Al Ghoussein was a professor of visual arts at NYUAD and taught photography and documentary photography subjects.
NYUAD Arts Centre issued a statement on Twitter following the death of their professor: “We’re in shock about this awful news about our friend, Tarek Al Ghoussein, artist and educator. It’s a huge loss for the arts in the UAE, across the region and the world, but also personally for so many individuals at NYUAD.”
Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, also took to Instagram to pay tribute to the great artist, who worked relentlessly to promote art in the UAE.
"Our sincerest condolences to his family, loved ones and the NYU Abu Dhabi community,” Al Kaabi said on Instagram.
Lateefa bint Maktoum, Founder and Director of Tashkeel, said in an Instagram post: "A man I had the pleasure of knowing. A man who mentored me through the exhibition "Emarati Expressions" in 2011 right before I showcased my photography work in the Venice Biennial that same year. He was a brilliant photographer, a professor and to many students a father figure. He may not have had his own children but I know that the students that he taught will mourn his loss as if they lost their own father. The faculty of both NYU Abu Dhabi and American University in Sharjah will mourn him like they mourn a brother."
Al Ghoussein was a professor at the American University of Sharjah before he joined the NYUAD. He represented the UAE at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and Kuwait in 2013.
The Kuwaiti artist produced a large number of works including "Self Portrait Series" (2003).
Saturday will be dusty in general, and will experience a gradual decrease in temperature.
According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), mercury will hit 38°C in Abu Dhabi and 37ºC in Dubai.
Moderate to fresh winds, reaching 45 km/hr, will blow over the sea causing blowing and suspended dust. This may reduce the horizontal visibility and moderate winds over the East coast.
Some low clouds will appear over Eastern coast by morning.
Conditions at sea will be rough with wave height reaching 8 ft in the Arabian Gulf.
It is dangerous and illegal to transport gas cylinders, goods, and drive with a double seat on e-scooters, an Abu Dhabi police official has warned.
Brig Salem Al Dhaheri, Deputy Head of Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Department, said e-scooters are not toys on which to have a fun ride, as thousands of residents now use these vehicles to travel to work, studies and to go short distances.
He said many ‘fast and furious’ wannabes drive rashly, weaving in between vehicles, putting their own lives and those of others in danger.
“While we encourage the use of e-scooters - especially given that they are environmentally-friendly - we urge riders to refrain from wrong driving practices for their own safety and that of other road users,” said Al Dhaheri, during a recent nationwide police event on the safety of e-scooters.
The officer pointed out that the UAE is a civilised country, with strong laws that everyone must abide by, and said authorities cannot allow wrongful behaviour on the roads.
“Police leaders under the umbrella of the Ministry of Interior are keen to educate people about the dangers of e-scooters and how to stay safe,” said Al Dhaheri.
“Social media posts by residents on e-scooter stunts or rash riding are closely monitored and necessary measures are taken against violators.”
Earlier this month, the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi had launched a public awareness campaign urging cyclists and e-scooter riders to adhere to the safety requirements and instructions on signboards while driving.
The ITC said the campaign aims to educate cyclists/e-scooters users on the importance of riding safely, and the necessity of following safety requirements recently stipulated for bicycles and electric bikes.
The authority will publish a manual on technical conditions and requirements for the usage of bicycles and electric bikes in Abu Dhabi, which aims at providing instructions to bicycle and electric bike users.
It also consists of technical requirements and types of bicycles and electric bikes authorised for usage, and clarifies all fines that are related to non-compliance with the instructions, standards and safety requirements, and failure to adhere to roads, pathways and the authorised areas for bicycle and electric bike usage.
The manual also emphasises the importance of only one person using a bicycle or electric bike at a time.
The Abu Dhabi Police have reduced crime rates, decreases road fatalities and improves people’s welfare through measures it takes.
According to them, investment in basic, proactive, and preventive services has shown tangible results.
In the latest statement displaying its achievements in 2021, Abu Dhabi Police said it has always been committed to supporting the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. The vision focuses on making Abu Dhabi one of the world's best cities and achieving a high quality of life.
The force said it has employed integrated smart technology in detecting and preventing crimes to get strategic goals accomplished.
“Compared with the second quarter of 2020, the alarming reports for every 100.000 inhabitants have decreased by 13.84 percent,” said the police statement.
“Traffic accidents fatalities for every 100.000 inhabitants have decreased by 4.44 percent, with an improvement of 31.92 percent in response times for emergencies and 29 percent improvement in the National Index.”
The Abu Dhabi Police have gained a prestigious position among the international police community, due to their unwavering efforts to preserve security and stability in the country.
Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi Police stressed that the Emirate’s accomplishment is the outcome of the support of the UAE’s wise leadership and in compliance with its directives to "always be at the forefront" to further provide the best police services and ensure sustainable quality of life for the emirate's community.
Major General Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Police said that excellence and its requirements have been clear from the first step. The Abu Dhabi Police has laid out its future towards global leadership through an integrated government work system with efforts being focused on national priorities.
Abu Dhabi Police has accomplished remarkable achievements in all its sectors, thanks to the efforts and support extended by the country's leadership.
The Numbeo Safety Index 2022 ranked Abu Dhabi as the safest city in the world for the sixth consecutive year, reinforcing its position as a safe and secure place to live, work and invest.
According to Numbeo, Abu Dhabi’s crime rate decreased from 15.51 at the beginning of 2017 to 11.3 at the beginning of 2020, surpassing 300 cities in the world.
According to the report prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit, an analytical arm of The Economist magazine, Abu Dhabi moved from 29 and ranked 11 in the personal safety index, bringing the safest city of the world for the fifth consecutive year.
Safety and Security
Abu Dhabi Police achieved qualitative leaps in preserving the safety of the community members because of its constant efforts to use resources in an optimal way, fight and prevent crimes, keep pace with modern developments and employ the best equipment.
The force achieved a significant improvement of 57.10 percent in the rate of alarming crimes reported per 100,000 of the population. Electronic crimes, thefts, and narcotics crimes have decreased by 29.8 percent, 33.83 percent, and 47.1 percent respectively.
Quality of life and well-being of community
Abu Dhabi Police have worked to enhance the quality of life in the community and achieve positivity by achieving results and outputs that delight all concerned and contribute actively to the happiness of individuals and society and enhance their quality of life in a sustainable way, where the rate of response time for emergency reports decreased by 31.59 percent and the digital transformation of services
Emiratis and eligible expat students, who are enrolled in government schools, can apply to join in the ‘Ajyal (generation) Schools that are in the areas near their homes, according to the Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE).
The new model for government schools will be implemented from academic year 2022-23 in partnership with the private sector.
Parents have the right to choose an appropriate school for their children within the vicinity of their residential area.
According to the ESE, the school timings and calendar for the new model schools will remain the same as in public schools.
Also, there will be no additional fees paid by students as the government will bear students' fees and all operating expenses.
The new model will be applied to all students from grade one to four in 10 schools under the supervision of the Emirates Schools Establishment. The model will be extended to the fifth and sixth grades in 2024.
The establishment said it will communicate to parents when new classes from cycle-2 have been approved to be included in the new model.
The student can then move to government schools that follow the UAE curriculum at any time.
The ESE said no student will be affected by the new model as all their academic results and reports will be kept and they will be equated according to the institution’s marking system.