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DEWA expands its energy production capacity

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that the total production capacity of energy has reached 14,117 megawatts (MW) after adding 700MW…reports Asian Lite News

This includes 600MW from the Hassyan Power Complex, which runs on natural gas, and 100 MW from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels at the 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which DEWA is implementing. It is the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.

By adding 100MW from the 900MW fifth phase, the current production capacity of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, has reached 1,627MW using PV panels. DEWA is implementing other projects at the Solar Park with a total of 1,233MW using PV and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said, “We work in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide an advanced infrastructure that contributes to consolidating Dubai’s position as a preferred destination for living, working, investing, and visiting. It also meets the growing demand for electricity and water services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency, and quality. DEWA has outlined expansion plans for the energy and water infrastructure based on demand forecasts until 2031. We will continue to implement pioneering projects to diversify Dubai’s clean and renewable energy sources to include all available technologies in Dubai to achieve the wise leadership’s vision for a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come.”

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Al Tayer noted that the clean energy share in Dubai’s energy mix has reached 11.5 percent and is expected to reach 14 percent by the end of 2022. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

The current production capacity of the Hassyan Power Complex has reached 1,800MW, using the IPP model. A further 600MW will be added in 2023. This will raise the capacity of the Complex to 2,400MW. The Hassyan Power Complex, which runs on natural gas, adds to the Jebel Ali Power Plant and Water Desalination Complex, which is one of the key pillars to providing Dubai with electricity and water services according to the highest standards of reliability, efficiency, and quality. Jebel Ali has a total production capacity of 9,547MW of electricity.

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Latest phase of Dubai Destinations campaign kicks off

The latest phase of the #DubaiDestinations campaign, focused on highlighting the city’s exceptional summer experiences, has kicked off, inviting local and international audiences to enjoy an epic summer in the emirate…reports Asian Lite News

Running till the end of August, the new campaign encourages residents and travellers to discover the city’s diverse leisure, dining, adventure and family-friendly activities that make Dubai a one-of-a-kind summer destination.

Aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the world’s best city to live and visit, the #DubaiDestinations initiative was launched in December 2021.

The start of the latest phase of the campaign was marked by the release of two interactive #DubaiDestinations summer guides focused on children’s activities. The first guide lists a vast range of indoor destinations for children and adults who want to rediscover their inner child. From having breakfast with penguins and riding on giant rollercoasters to painting up a storm in art cafes, the activities featured in the guide offer something for all children.

The list covers activities offered at 115 destinations spread across malls, retail complexes, theme parks, beaches and esplanades, among other locations, making it a handy reference for families to plan their leisure activities during the Eid-Al-Adha holidays and the rest of the summer season.

A total of 20 theme parks and 28 retail complexes are covered by the guide. The second guide features a list of around 40 exciting summer camps for children that will enable them to challenge themselves, forge new friendships and pick up a new skills. The release of the guides coincides with the start of school summer holidays.

Available in both English and Arabic, the guides can be accessed on Brand Dubai’s digital platforms including its website, and its Instagram account @branddubai.

Shaima Al Suwaidi, Director of Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said: “The latest phase of the #DubaiDestinations campaign invites local and global audiences to explore the unique destinations, hidden gems and exciting activities that make the emirate one of the world’s most popular destinations. We are releasing a series of interactive guides designed to help people learn more about Dubai’s top-rated experiences during the summer. The campaign is being implemented by Brand Dubai in cooperation with other government entities, industry stakeholders from both the public and private sector and the creative media community. We seek to tap the power of collaborative storytelling to further raise Dubai’s profile as the world’s best place to live and visit.”

Top summer attractions in Dubai include indoor theme parks like IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts, where the entire family can go on adrenalin-pumping thrill rides, meet their favourite superheroes and cartoon characters, get up close and personal with dinosaurs and mythical creatures, and splash their way through water slides and tunnels, in addition to enjoying live entertainment, delectable food and play areas.

This summer, children also wouldn’t want to miss out on Modesh World, one of the region’s best summer indoor entertainment facilities, offering a multitude of activities catering to families and children featuring new Modesh and Dana experiences including mall appearances, stage shows and much more.

For those looking to enjoy the natural world in an indoor location, the Dubai Butterfly Garden, the “world’s largest covered butterfly garden” gives children the opportunity to spend time in climate-controlled domes housing 15,000 butterflies of over 50 varieties.

Other popular destinations covered by the guide include the Dubai Indoor Kartdrome Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and the Dubai Dolphinarium.

Upcoming #DubaiDestinations guides, set to be released later during the campaign, will help people discover many attractions in the emirate covering exciting summer and weekend activities, seaside dining options, and other businesses running exciting programmes during the season.

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Brand Dubai will be partnering with several content creators and influencers to develop videos and promotional content that highlight the top activities, experiences and events in the city and where to find them. The latest phase of the #DubaiDestinations campaign coincides with the Dubai Summer Surprises.

The campaign is being rolled out over digital, broadcast, print and outdoor media to ensure it reaches large sections of local and international audiences.

Key partners in the #DubaiDestinations campaign include: the Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai; Dubai Municipality; the Roads and Transport Authority; the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority; Dubai Sports Council; Dubai Ladies Club; Emaar; Dubai Holding; Nakheel Properties; Majid Al Futtaim Group; and Merex Investment Office.

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Tesla Model 3 to join Dubai Taxi fleet on trial basis

These vehicles recorded positive indicators in operational efficiency, especially in terms of zero carbon emissions and a high customer satisfaction rating…reports Asian Lite News

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that Tesla Model 3 had been added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s taxi fleet on a trial basis, following the huge success of operating 172 Tesla vehicles in the limousine service since 2017.

The trial operation aims to verify the efficiency of the vehicle when deployed on the taxi fleet in the emirate.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, RTA, said, “The usage of Tesla electric vehicles in Dubai taxi fleet is an exceptional experience, which contributes in realising His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s Green Economy for Sustainable Development Initiative. It also supports Dubai Government’s energy and low carbon strategy aimed to make Dubai a model to be emulated in the efficient use of energy and reduced carbon emission.”

“In 2017, RTA started the operation of 172 Tesla vehicles as part of the limousine fleet of the Dubai Taxi comprised of 80 Tesla Model S, 50 Tesla Model X, and 42 Tesla Model 3. These vehicles recorded positive indicators in operational efficiency, especially in terms of zero carbon emissions and a high customer satisfaction rating.

“The success of that experiment prompts us to widen the scope of using electric vehicles as part of the Dubai Taxi fleet over the upcoming years. It supports the initiative of converting 90% of the limo fleet in Dubai into eco-friendly vehicles (hybrid/electric) by 2026. The initiative is the first of its kind worldwide in adopting a semi-total transformation of limousines into environmentally-friendly vehicles,” Al Tayer added.

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UAE sends food aid to Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria

The number of refugees in Bulgaria is estimated at more than 90,000…reports Asian Lite News

The UAE on Thursday sent a plane carrying 52 metric tons of food supplies to support Ukrainian refugees in the Republic of Bulgaria as part of the continuous relief provided by the UAE to alleviate the humanitarian impact faced by Ukrainian refugees in countries neighboring Ukraine. The number of refugees in Bulgaria is estimated at more than 90,000.

The dispatch of this plane comes in response to the talks that took place between Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Teodora Genchovska, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, who underscored the strength of bilateral relations and the UAE’s efforts to provide relief to Ukrainian refugees.

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Sultan Al Kaitoob, UAE Ambassador to Bulgaria, affirmed the country’s keenness to “actively participate in humanitarian relief efforts in light of the leadership’s directives to provide support and assistance to Ukrainian refugees in neighbouring countries,” and in line with the approach of the UAE Government and people to stand by other countries and peoples during crises.

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Community to convert single-use plastic into reusable bags

The Sustainable City in Dubai, the first fully sustainable development in the region, announced a new community initiative to eliminate plastic pollution and divert single-use plastic waste from landfills…reports Asian Lite News

The Plastic for Fabric campaign encourages residents of Dubai’s most eco-conscious community to collect and convert their single-use plastic to make reusable shopping bags. This has a double purpose – to reduce waste and to support the nation-wide tariff on single-use plastic bags that will be introduced on 1st July, 2022.

The initiative is in line with Dubai Can, launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to eliminate single-use plastic bottles.

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The Sustainable City’s Plastic for Fabric bags are made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic, collected by children living in the community, and Sanad Village, the community’s rehabilitation centre for autism and other related disorders. Once collected, the plastic is sent for recycling and converted into fabric shopping bags. The bags are then distributed in collection points around the community and are going to be circulated for all The Sustainable City deliveries from Zoom Supermarket.

Salah Habib, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Developers, said, “We are proudly committed to supporting the national target to completely ban all disposable bags in the UAE by 2024. As a leading player in sustainability, we understand the importance of implementing sustainable best practices across all our communities. To date, we have already successfully eliminated all kinds of single-use plastic from restaurants in The Sustainable City and now, working closely with our partners, we are phasing out plastic bags. We will continue to positively impacting our communities, and play our role in making the nation one of the most sustainable destinations in the world”.

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UAE to buy minority shares in Pak govt companies

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday offered to buy Pakistan’s minority shares in publicly-listed government-owned companies at a negotiated price along with a seat on each of the firm’s boards…reports Asian Lite News

The offer comes as a response to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s request for a multibillion dollars bailout package during his visit to the UAE in April and it could give a big boost to the cash-starved government marking a departure from the traditional lender-borrower relationship between Islamabad and Abu Dhabi, The Express Tribune reported.

A delegation was sent by the UAE to meet PM Sharif in the first week of May in Lahore.

The development takes place after China decided to rollover another $2 billion Pakistani debt that matures from June 27 to July 23.

The UAE government has offered to acquire 10-12 per cent shares in government-owned companies that are listed at the stock market through its sovereign wealth funds, the local media reported quoting sources.

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said, “There is a proposal from a friendly country to purchase Pakistani companies’ stocks on buy-back basis, which means buying secured-loan based securities.”

Pakistani authorities have not been able to come up with a firm response due to confusion over legality of such negotiated transactions.

Confusion over the legality of such negotiated transactions has caused a delay in a firm response by the Pakistani authorities.

The government wants to add a provision where it will have a right to buy back these stakes after a certain period, The Express Tribune reported citing sources.

Pakistan’s economy has been struggling and the country is trying to lock out a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

On Friday, the Shehbaz Sharif government increased the tax rates for the salaried class to fulfil the demand of the IMF.

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The Ministry of Finance high-ups disclosed to The News that all IMF’s demands on the fiscal front were almost fulfilled and now it was expected that the Fund staff would share a draft of the Memorandum of Financial and Economic Policies (MEFP) next week on Monday.

According to sources, Pakistan failed to pay back USD $2 billion loans received from the UAE in February 2019 and as a result, Abu Dhabi was not inclined to hand over another cheque of $2 billion to Islamabad. The UAE rolled over $2 billion debt for one more year in March.

It also mentioned that several UAE sovereign funds, which include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and Mubadala Investment Company or the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), can take exposure in Pakistan. (ANI)

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Hamdan launches ‘Dubai Global’ initiative

50 integrated commercial representative offices for Dubai will be established in five continents across the world during the next few years, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, launched ‘Dubai Global’, an initiative to establish 50 integrated commercial representative offices for Dubai in five continents across the world during the next few years.

The initiative aims to strengthen Dubai’s position as one of the best business hubs in the world in addition to supporting companies based in Dubai by providing them with logistical support to expand their operations in more than 30 promising markets.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed noted that the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is the primary driver behind Dubai’s emergence as an international trade hub and a leader in today’s economic and commercial landscape. “Dubai provides advanced infrastructure, a flexible and effective legislative framework, and world-class services that ensure sustainability and growth for all companies operating in the emirate,” he said.

“Our goal is to globalise our national companies, attract global investments, and add new markets to our global business lines.

“Our goal is to open 30 new markets, attract thousands of investors, and build the world’s best economic environment,” he added.

“We will double our economy over the next few years, establish the best business environment in the world, and be No. 1 in quality of life,” he further said.

50 commercial representative offices The Dubai Global initiative is based on launching a wide network of 50 commercial representative offices for Dubai around the world. The network will operate as part of Dubai Chambers and in partnership with several government and semi-government entities in Dubai. The initiative aims to attract investment, talent, and new business to Dubai and support Dubai-based companies explore economic and commercial opportunities in 30 new global markets.

The commercial representative offices will provide specialised services, such as market research which includes detailed information about each market and its working mechanisms, and the legislative and procedural aspects to help companies take correct decisions.

The offices will also provide establishing and starting-up services, including logistical support and detailed information on commercial globalisation, aiming to “globalise” Dubai companies and promote their expansion in new markets.

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Dubai Global, a new vision The new initiative aims at developing ways to diversify trade by preparing exclusive studies on economic and commercial opportunities for many vital markets and establishing and maintaining reliable local and regional business relationships. In addition, its goal is to create cross-border business opportunities by organising business-to-business meetings, corporate and government meetings, and global and regional events such as international business forums. The offices also aim to attract more investments, talent and companies to Dubai.

Supporting the foreign trade sector By implementing an advanced strategy to diversify trade and target new markets, this new and vast network will contribute to the sustainability of economic growth in Dubai and the competitiveness and flexibility of the commercial sector in the emirate. The offices will also work through various channels and global partners to enhance the competitiveness of Dubai’s foreign trade.

These efforts strengthen the trade sector as one of the main pillars of Dubai’s economy by supporting export and re-export operations and helping the Dubai business community enter promising markets.

The office network will be responsible for cooperating with a large group of specialised international companies to enable Dubai businesses to expand in their target overseas markets successfully.

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UAE marks first-ever International Day of Women in Diplomacy at UN

The United Arab Emirates has marked the first-ever International Day of Women in Diplomacy at the United Nations…reports Asian Lite News

The UAE was one of the main sponsors of a UN General Assembly resolution adopted earlier this week, declaring 24th June as the International Day of Women in Diplomacy.

“Every day, women lead and make vital contributions to diplomatic efforts across the globe,” said Lana Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Political Affairs and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN.

“The UAE was proud to serve as one of the main sponsors of this historic resolution, ensuring that we recognise the critical roles and perspectives women bring to diplomacy and international affairs. At home and around the world, we will continue to encourage the interests of women in foreign policy, train women diplomats, and promote women into important diplomatic roles,” Nusseibeh added.

She continued, “Today, women make up 43 percent of the workforce at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Here at the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the UN, we have achieved gender parity across our diplomatic delegation as we strive to find common ground in our shared efforts to maintain global peace and security. However, worldwide, there is still more work to be done. The UAE’s delegation will continue to champion women in diplomacy and throughout the UN system because we cannot achieve peace until every member of our global community is given the opportunity to participate and engage meaningfully.”

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The resolution invites member states, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and others to observe the International Day of Women in Diplomacy every year, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Women have always been an integral part of political and diplomatic life in the UAE. The UAE will continue to place the empowerment of women and girls at the heart of its national and foreign policies.

At the launch of UN Women’s “HeForShe” campaign in 2014, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, became the first foreign minister in the Arab world to sign on to the campaign. HeForShe is a social movement that engages men and boys as advocates and agents of change to achieve gender equality. (WAM)

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First luxury sensory gallery to open in Dubai

Area Beige also aims to promote local talent of perfumers, designers, and artists…reports Asian Lite News

A play on senses, Area Beige opens as Dubai’s first luxury sensory gallery curated by well-known creative Emirati trio – Mohammad Badri, Issa Al Nuaimi, Noora Al Awar and other partners.

Located at Al Wasl, the studio offers a unique experience engaging the senses in a contemporary environment. It features three creative disciplines dedicated to exploring an eclectic and bespoke collection of Perfumes, Art, and Design on one platform.

Area Beige brings a first-of its kind multi-sensory concept to include:

Perfume: Led by Perfumer Mohammad Badri – featuring an olfactory journey, showcasing the creativity of fine and niche fragrances by local and international perfumers. It will also showcase a fully functioning perfume lab offering beautifully crafted scents in the future.

Art: Led by artist Issa Al Nuaimi (aka Issa Black), will feature mixed-media work (Painting, Sculpture, Digital, Photography, etc.) bridging a gap between tradition and modern culture and art. It will also provide a platform to empower other local talent and artists as well.

Design: Led by architects and designer Noora Al Awar, Fatima Al Zaabi and Afnan Amin, this section will offer consultancy and innovative interior design concepts for both residential and commercial spaces.

Mohammad Badri, Co-founder said, “Fragrance composition is sort of an artistic expression, as perfumers use olfactory notes to compose a fragrance. Area Beige brings a new concept bringing perfect harmony between perfume, art, and design in one store – engaging the senses to create an immersive experience and an unforgettable memory.”

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Noora Al Awar, Co-founder, Studio D04 said, “Area Beige is designed to create a dialogue between perfume, architecture, design, and art – intersecting from one area to another forming a multi-sensory trail. Our Design studio will bring an artistic dimension to interiors offering exceptional, innovative, and high-end services for both residential and commercial spaces.”

Issa Al Nuaimi, Co-founder said, “Each section offers a unique experience engaging our senses as well as our imagination. Our Art section will offer a spectrum of mixed media art and novelty items that are either quirky, modern, or traditional.”

The name Area Beige denotes a blank canvas with the intent to blur the boundaries between perfume, art/sculpture, and design/architecture highlighting a natural connection for customers. It will also offer an accessible, communal, and collaborative space to support local/ international artists and designers – bringing a new genre of creators, innovators, and thought leaders to gather and connect.

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14 Dubai govt entities sign pact to boost performance

A total of 14 government entities have signed partnership agreements as part of the programme, which will feature training, reporting and employee secondments…reports Asian Lite News

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, on Monday launched the “Partners for Pioneering” initiative, which aims to drive government excellence in all fields.

Elite government entities, such as DEWA, Dubai Police and RTA, will cooperate with other departments to facilitate the rapid exchange of knowledge and enhance public services through a whole-of-government strategic approach.

A total of 14 government entities have signed partnership agreements as part of the programme, which will feature training, reporting and employee secondments.

“Dubai is a city of pioneers and government entities have a responsibility to act with speed and efficiency to realise the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” said Sheikh Hamdan. “Greater harmony between all government departments will unlock new synergies that advance our shared goal of maintaining Dubai’s position as a leading global destination.”

“The launch of the ‘Partners for Pioneering’ initiative marks a new era for elite entities in the Dubai government team. It will see us go further and faster to promote close cooperation and partnership between various entities to take our performance to new heights. Real leadership requires effective partnerships, where all players advance with the same speed and efficiency towards achieving common strategic goals,” he added.

The initiative will operate under the umbrella of the Dubai Government Excellence Programme, part of the General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai.

“The Dubai Government Excellence Programme plays a vital role in spearheading government work and providing effective tools to improve performance and enhance efficiency and effectiveness,” said Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary-General of The Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Government Excellence Programme. “The Executive Council of Dubai will closely monitor the progress of the ‘Partners for Pioneering’ initiative and ensure it achieves its objectives in accordance with the highest standards of performance.”

The programme places entities in one of three levels based on scores received in their evaluation: Elite Level (600-plus marks), Excellence Level (450-600) and the Basic Level (fewer than 450). Leadership Partners will be selected according to the level of excellence, evaluation scores, nature of the entity’s work, size of budget and number of employees.

The programme will manage the initiative, select government entities from the Elite and Excellent categories, and link them with partner entities in the Basic Level to develop them through a two-year partnership agreement, which is extendable.

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Teams from participating parties have been instructed to hold meetings and create an integrated programme for self-assessment, provide training and identify priorities and opportunities for improvement. Elite entities will transfer knowledge, experiences, and success stories to those seeking to develop their performance through knowledge-sharing workshops.

Elite entities will review the details of the programme, initiatives and projects that contributed to their excellence and leadership and share them with those seeking to develop their performance through a series of seminars, meetings and field visits.

In its first edition, the Partners for Pioneering initiative witnessed the signing of seven partnership agreements between 14 government entities, including Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) with Dubai Government Human Resources Department; Dubai Police with Community Development Authority; Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) with the Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment; the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs with Dubai Culture; Dubai Customs with Dubai Government Legal Affairs Department; Dubai Municipality with Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation; and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Sports Council.