Middle East & North Africa

WGES 2018 to outline green economy strategic roadmap

By WAM
The Organising Committee of the 5th World Green Economy Summit, WGES, 2018, held a press conference today to announce its readiness to hold the summit, which aims to support the UAE’s efforts to achieve sustainable development and consolidate Dubai’s position as the global green economy capital.

Fifty nine government, private entities showcase services at Smart Dubai pavilion at GITEX Technology

By WAM
Smart Dubai’s pavilion at the GITEX Technology Week 2018 – held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 14-18 – is set to host 59 Government entities and private companies in Dubai, exhibiting their latest smart services to the public.

WETEX 2018 documents UAE’s drive towards green energy reliance

By WAM
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, is keen to promote all forms of green energy as a clean alternative to conventional energy derived from environmentally friendly fossil fuels, in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, and with DEWA’s vision to be a sustainable, innovative, world-class utility.

Experts highlight urgent need to plan for net zero cities at 7th Annual EmiratesGBC Congress

By WAM
Regional and international experts on sustainable built environments came together at the 7th Annual Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) Congress to discuss best practices and immediate strategies to transition to net zero cities within the coming decade to curb the damaging effects of carbon emissions.

Dubai Cares kicks off three-year ‘School Enterprise Challenge’ programme in Nicaragua

By WAM
Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, kicked off a three-year programme in Nicaragua, in partnership with Teach a Man to Fish, a non-profit organisation supporting schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish student-led enterprises that are both educational and profit-making.

WGEO, GGGI launch joint initiative for the funding of smart green cities

By WAM
The World Green Economy Organization, WGEO, and the Global Green Growth Institute, GGGI, signed a partnership agreement today in Dubai to fast-track green investments into bankable smart city projects.

UAE adopts comprehensive approach in supporting refugees: UAE Permanent Representative in Geneva

By WAM
The UAE pursues a comprehensive approach in supporting world refugees with special emphasis on women and other members of vulnerable groups, said Obaid Salim Al Zaabi, the UAE Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva.

Investing in Arab and Asian Youth For a Sustainable Future

As the youth population has increased to unprecedented levels in Arab and Asian regions, governments need to do more to invest in them.

UAE extends AED3 billion economic aid package to support Jordanian economy

By WAM
The UAE today signed an agreement with the Jordanian government to extend an economic aid package worth AED3 billion (US$833 million) to stimulate and support economic growth in Jordan. The allocation will be managed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD.

OFID stresses importance of energy, partnership in pursuit of SDGs

By WAM
A high level delegation from the OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID, on Tuesday, attended the 11th Arab Energy Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, under the theme ‘Energy and Arab Cooperation’.

Central Region dams retain over 100,000 cubic metres of rainwater

By WAM
Rains fell on 29th September, have boosted the amount of water stored by reservoirs of dams in the counrry's Central Region to 106,500 cubic metres, according to figures released by the Ministry of Energy and Industry.

WETEX, Dubai Solar Show attract world’s largest companies

By WAM
The issue of potable water scarcity around the world has led several companies operating in this sector to invest in research using new technologies for water production and storage, limiting water wastage and rationalising consumption. Global research and developmental efforts have led to a qualitative shift in water desalination, reducing costs, wastewater treatment, and introducing alternative clean energy sources to desalinate water, such as solar power and other innovative technologies.

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment assesses adaptation to climate change in UAE

By WAM
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has conducted an overall assessment of climate adaptation in the health context in the UAE. Through surveys and a stakeholders’ workshop, MOCCAE outlined the direct and indirect climate-related health risks and the existing and possible actionable solutions for public health adaptation.

Muslim Allies In the Fight Against Extremism

With the rise of violent extremism worldwide has come the stereotyping of an entire religion. In many countries and across many borders, Muslims have been vilified for events they are just as outraged at.

Water Scarcity and Poor Water Management Makes Life Difficult for Egyptians

Local residents in Cairo are becoming concerned and discontent as water scarcity is reaching a critical point in the capital and the rest of the country.

US$34.5 million confirmed in grants under UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund

By WAM
Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, today confirmed that the UAE is proceeding with grants totalling US$34.5 million (AED126.7 million) to fund renewable energy projects in the Caribbean that are built to withstand Category-5 hurricanes and located for enhanced resilience. This amount builds on $15 million of projects announced last year as part of the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy under Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation.

Experts to discuss Net Zero Cities at 7th EmiratesGBC Congress

By WAM
Regional and international experts on sustainable built environments will come together at the 7th Annual Emirates Green Building Council, EmiratesGBC, Congress to discuss best practices and strategies to go beyond net zero carbon buildings, and explore the significance of net zero cities in ensuring the viability and liveability of our cities in the future.

UAE sets nine goals as major priorities of its participation in UNGA 73

By WAM
The United Arab Emirates has set nine priorities to it will seek to highlight during its participation in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73), an event held amidst a high-profile presence of world heads of state, government leaders, and foreign ministers of UN member states.

SDO launches blockchain-based ‘Payment Reconciliation and Settlement’ system

By WAM
The Smart Dubai Office, SDO, today launched the "Payment Reconciliation and Settlement" system, in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Finance, which is a blockchain-based upgrade to its financial system.

OFID’s Governing Board approves over US$270m for operations in developing countries

By WAM
The Board of Governors of the OPEC International Development Fund (OFID) has approved US$270 million financing plan for projects supporting sustainable development in many developing countries worldwide.

Freezing Inside UAE’s High Rise Buildings While Temperatures Soar Outside

“Look at these tall, beautiful buildings. I have worked as a mason during the construction and was one of those who laid [the brickwork] brick by brick,” says Mohammed Akhtar* who has been working as mason for over a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).Akhtar has seen the evolution of Dubai’s skyline over time. “It has been an overwhelming journey.”  When asked what has changed in the last 10 years, Akhtar smiles and says the weather.

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