UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation supports ‘Bridges of Goodness’ for quake-hit victims

ABUDHABI, 18th March, 2023 (WAM) — The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation said the proceeds of registration in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2023 will be allocated to supporting the “Bridges of Goodness” campaign in solidarity with the quake-hit victims in Syria and Turkiye. “We are proud of our partnership with the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, and we are keen to be among the influential participants in its relief and humanitarian campaigns that reflect the role of the UAE and its leadership in providing aid to others,” said Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of the Asian Ju-Jitsu Union, and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City is hosting the international sporting event from March 17 to 19. Hatem Mohamed

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah receives ministers, high-ranking officials

RAS AL KHAIMAH, March 18th 2023 (WAM) H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has received a number of ministers, senior state officials and UAE citizens of the emirate, out of his keenness to constantly communicate with various segments of society. During the reception, which took place at the Ruler’s lounge at Jebel Jais, Sheikh Saud engaged the guests in friendly discussions about a variety of economic and social issues concerning decent living and social stability. The Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah hosted a luncheon in honour of his guests, which was attended by a number of high-ranking officials in the emirate. Hatem Mohamed

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sheikha Bodour honours dedication of AUS staff

Sharjah24: Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), has paid tribute to long-serving AUS employees, as the university marks its Silver Jubilee.

Fifty-five members received recognition at the annual Staff Appreciation Dinner, which was held outdoors on the AUS plaza with 480 AUS staff attending. The annual event celebrates the hard work and dedication of AUS staff members throughout the year.

Sheikha Bodour applauded 30 staff members and three agency cleaners who have worked at AUS for 25 years, and 22 staff who have given 15 years of service.

Sheikha Bodour said: “Whether it’s 25 years of service or 15, what we’re really celebrating is the commitment, dedication, and positive influence these employees have had on so many young minds. Over the past quarter of a century, the AUS staff have been instrumental in making the university what it is today: a cradle of learning excellence that prepares young adults to be the future change-makers and leaders the world needs.”

“The annual Staff Appreciation Dinner is a special occasion because it is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how hard you have all worked throughout the year and for AUS to extend its utmost gratitude for all that you do. Your dedication and relentlessness give me great pride and continue to inspire us all. You are an integral part of the AUS story, particularly that we are celebrating today the pioneering staff members who have served this institution since its inception. There is nothing more rewarding than to consistently work with a reliable professional team who is committed to the success of this institution. Thank you for everything you do and I look forward to continuing this journey with you as AUS embarks on breaking new ground in the future,” said Dr. Susan Mumm, Chancellor of AUS.

The event opened with the recently debuted AUS anthem sung by students from the Performing Arts Program, directed by Dr. Darren Dandridge, Assistant Professor in Performing Arts. It also features a digital art gallery highlighting staff artwork, a staff talent performance by the AUS Academic Support Center’s Wency Villamora, and a vibrant dance performance by the Indian Student Cultural Club.

“AUS is home to me. I started in 1998 when AUS was one year old. I lived the flourishing of this young, yet dynamic, educational institution day in and day out. I am honored to be one of the pioneers who lived to witness its current glory. The progress in my work since I started until today motivated me and it is a confirmation to others with big dreams that places like AUS can make their dreams come true. I would like to thank AUS, and my department, for all the support and for the honor of being recognized for my years of service in AUS. As I said, AUS is home, where my dreams came true,” said Sartaj Saifi, Civil Services Supervisor in the Department of Facilities.

For Dorothy Moras, Registration Officer at the Office of the Registrar, her 25 years of AUS have been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.

“It has been a great journey to witness AUS’ impressive growth throughout this time. No one thinks about how long they plan to stay in a place of work, but from the very first day, I have never considered leaving because of the fantastic supportive and nurturing environment that has become second nature to us. This acknowledgement of my long-standing service by AUS makes me feel even more valued and appreciated as an employee, and it brings me great joy to know that the efforts of the institution’s pioneers are being recognized,” she said.

Source: Sharjah eGovernment (Sharjah24)

Al Shamsi inaugurates vehicle inspection centre at Al Rostamani

Sharjah24: Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, inaugurated a new center for vehicle technical inspection in cooperation with Arabian Automobiles Company, “Al Rostamani”.

Al Shamsi stressed Sharjah Police’s keenness on sustainability in providing its services to society to enhance customer satisfaction.

He added that the opening of the new inspection center is added to the series of inspection service centers in Sharjah, hitting 17 centres in total. He pointed out that the service is available to Arabian Automobiles customers and others who wish to benefit from it.

Source: Sharjah eGovernment (Sharjah24)

Al Shamsi honours Nadia for winning Excellence for handicapped

Sharjah24: Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, honoured Sergeant Nadia Al Baroudi for winning first place in the category of Excellence for People of Determination, as part of her participation in the “World Police Summit 2023” awards, launched by Dubai Police on March 11, at the Dubai Exhibition Center at Expo Dubai 2020.

Al Shamsi was pleased with this achievement, stressing that Sharjah Police is keen to adopt its distinguished teams and qualify them to reach the top following the highest international standards.

Al Baroudi expressed her appreciation to the Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, stressing that the success reflects the tremendous support of the police and its empowerment of its cadres in a sustainable manner.

Source: Sharjah eGovernment (Sharjah24)

“Saned” Participates in Sharjah Building Safety Forum

Sharjah24: Saned Integrated Facilities Management, which is associated with Sharjah Asset Management, recently took part in the Sharjah Building Safety Forum. The forum was organised in partnership between Saned, Sharjah Prevention and Safety Authority, and Sharjah Civil Defense Authority and was held at the American University of Sharjah. The primary aim of the forum was to inform attendees from real estate companies, real estate developers, landlords’ associations, maintenance companies and facilities management companies about the latest developments, laws and safety procedures pertaining to buildings in Sharjah.

Eng. Sultan Al-Ketbi, CEO of SANED said: “We are participating in this forum to achieve our vision of becoming the leading company for managing service providers in the Middle East. Our goal is to influence the facilities management industry with the highest quality and most advanced practices, utilising the latest global technologies and top human resources, all while pursuing sustainable business practices.

Al Ketbi continued: Our aim in participating is to introduce Saned’s work, which encompasses managing integrated facilities as well as various aspects of health, safety, and environmental management. This includes developing fire prevention strategies, conducting HSE and training, integrating safety systems, implementing building and structure designs and providing other technical services relevant to both sectors. We hope to familiarise all participants, including government and private agencies, real estate owners, and landlords, with the full scope of our work.”

Al Ketbi stressed that, through the forum, they seek to encourage all participants to install a safety system. We will seek to reach and comply with 100% of the owners of real estate investors and facilities in the Emirate of Sharjah to which the decision to install and connect a safety system for the protection of buildings from fires and accidents is applicable. The installation of a “safety” device is compulsory for all facilities in the Principality, applying the highest levels of protection and safety.

According to Sultan Al-Ketbi’s statement, it is necessary for all personnel working in facilities management, security, and safety in both government and private sectors in the Emirate of Sharjah to enrol at the Salama Institute. The purpose of this enrolment is to ensure they are qualified and familiarised with accident prevention methods, fire safety awareness, emergency response plans, and reduce wrong practices that may lead to injuries at work sites.

Prevention and Safety Authority and Saned showcased a safety device during the meeting that links fire systems in facilities to both the General Directorate of Civil Defense’s operating room and Saned’s own operation room. This is aimed at decreasing the response time to deal with fires, to safeguard members of the community from the potential danger of fire. The device features an alarm system that triggers in the event of fire or other emergencies.

Saned and Prevention and Safety Authority evaluated the function of the Salama Institute, a collaborative venture between them. Its primary objective is to raise awareness of health and public safety in Sharjah by offering training on occupational safety practices across various workplaces.

Source: Sharjah eGovernment (Sharjah24)

At IFALC, ALA explores translation’s cultural impact

Sharjah 24: The symposium “Role of translating Italian literature in enriching Arab readers’ culture” was organised by the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah (ALA) as part of the Emirate of Sharjah’s participation in the activities of the sixth edition of the International Festival of Arabic Language and Culture (IFALC).

The Secretary General of the Arabic Language Academy, Dr. Mohammed Safi Al-Mostaghanemi, spoke at the symposium on the importance of translation as a cultural bridge between the world’s many different civilisations and the close relationship between literature and translation.

ALA’s participation in the festival held in Milan, Italy by the “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ” under the theme “How Translation Contributed to Building Civilisations” was part of its mission to increase awareness of the Arabic language on the international cultural stage and to shed light on the contribution of the Arabic language to the development of human civilisation.

Over the course of three days, people who attend the sixth annual “International Festival of Arabic Language and Culture” will be able to take part in a wide range of cultural sessions and activities that show how important translation is in helping people from different backgrounds understand each other and get along in a class by itself, being beyond of time and space.

Source: Sharjah eGovernment (Sharjah24)

Breaking Barriers and Bridging Cultures at Sharjah Heritage Days

Sharjah24: Art is a universal language that has the power to break down barriers and bring people together. The Sharjah Heritage Days (SHD) event has been successful in creating a platform where different cultures can come together and celebrate what makes them distinctive and similar. Through art, we can create a dialogue that transcends language, culture, and geography. We can learn from each other’s differences and appreciate each other’s similarities.

This year’s SHD features Hungary as one of its distinguished guests, exhibiting the nation’s exceptional art and culture. Hungary is widely recognized for its traditional folk-art forms, such as embroidery, pottery, and painting, while the UAE is celebrated for its contemporary and modern art scene, heavily influenced by Islamic art. Despite their geographic separation, Hungary and the UAE’s mutual love for art has united them, with each country’s artistic expressions reflecting their distinct history and heritage.

One of the companies that were present at the SHD event was Zsolnay, a porcelain manufacturer from Hungary. For 170 years, the Hungarian porcelain manufacturer Zsolnay has been synonymous with beauty, art, and innovation. With 7 verticals, including art, fashion, interior design, restoration, cutlery, jewellery, cars, and yachts, Zsolnay is a brand that pays attention to detail and has intricate designs that are impossible to ignore. At the Sharjah Heritage Days event, the company displayed its porcelain creations, leaving the visitors in awe of their beauty and craftsmanship.

The company’s journey began in 1853 when Miklós Zsolnay established his ceramics factory in Pécs, Hungary. Quickly it gained a reputation for its exquisite designs and artistic quality. In 1878, Vilmos Zsolnay, Miklós’s son, invented a new type of porcelain that was heat-resistant and could be used in building facades. This innovation propelled the company to new heights and earned it a place among the most prominent European ceramics manufacturers of the time.

Today, Zsolnay continues to push the boundaries of porcelain design, with a focus on innovation. The company has expanded its product offerings to include jewelry, cutlery, and even cars and yachts, all made from the same high-quality porcelain that has made the company famous.

Zsolnay has proven to be a hit in the Middle East, especially in the Oman market, where its products are highly sought after. The company is now looking to expand its market to Dubai, hoping to introduce its exquisite porcelain creations to a wider audience. With its focus on innovation, artistic quality, and sustainability, Zsolnay is a brand that is sure to captivate the hearts of art lovers and collectors around the world for many years to come.

“Zsolnay has truly enjoyed being welcomed to Sharjah Heritage Days, as it has given us the opportunity to connect with the rich cultural heritage of the UAE. The Middle East is a great place to be, and the hunger for culture and knowledge here is palpable. Connecting these two cultures, the Hungarian and the Emirati, is a powerful experience that highlights the importance of cultural exchange and understanding.” – Dr. Oussama Mansour, Vice President International at Zsolnay.

Art has the power to connect cultures, and the SHD event is a prime example of this. Hungary and the UAE may be different in many ways, but their shared love of art has united them. Companies like Zsolnay are bringing their unique art to new parts of the world, creating new opportunities for cultural exchange, and understanding. As we continue to celebrate art and culture, we can build a more inclusive and connected world.

The presence of Hungary and the UAE at the SHD event has created an opportunity for these two cultures to connect and learn from each other. Furthermore, this event has served as a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving our cultural roots and passing them down to future generations. It has encouraged people to reconnect with their cultural identities and take pride in their heritage, while also promoting mutual respect and understanding between different communities.

Source: Sharjah eGovernment (Sharjah24)