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Abu Dhabi economy expands 11.2%

The quarterly GDP growth rate reached its highest value in six (6) years during the second quarter of 2022 which hit 11.7 percent compared to the same quarter last year…reports Asian Lite News

Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) has announced statistical data that show expansion of Abu Dhabi’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first half of 2022, reaching 11.2 percent compared to the same period last year. The growth reflects the Emirate’s robust performance and the ability of the economy to maintain competitiveness and sustain growth despite global economic challenges.

According to estimates announced by SCAD, the quarterly GDP growth rate reached its highest value in six (6) years during the second quarter of 2022 which hit 11.7 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

At the end of the first half of 2022, the real GDP value (at constant prices) exceeded AED543 billion, and the value of the non-oil sectors’ GDP increased AED28.4 billion compared to the same period last year to reach AED273 billion in total.

Key Economic Activities that Grew at Constant Prices

The statistical estimates show that all non-oil economic activities and sectors showed positive growth rates at constant prices during the first half of 2022, most notably, the health and social work activity rising at a rate of 29.9 percent, followed by accommodation and food services at a rate of 29.3 percent, and professional, scientific and support services at a rate of 27.2 percent, wholesale and retail trade activity at a rate of 23.7 percent, real estate activities at a rate of 19.1 percent, and electricity, gas, water, and waste management at 18.0 percent, followed by 13.8 percent for transportation and storage.

Economic activities’ contribution

According to the results, the leading economic activities that contributed to the GDP of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi at constant prices during the first half of 2022 included manufacturing activities with the contribution of 8.1 percent, while showing a growth rate of 10.2 percent. In addition, the construction and building activity contributed to the real GDP with 7.7 percent, and achieved a growth rate of 6.9 percent, followed by the wholesale and retail trade activity that contributed 5.9 percent to the GDP. The financial and insurance activities contributed 5.5 percent to the GDP, with a growth rate of 9.1 percent during the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year.

Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), said, “Economy’s positive growth rates in Abu Dhabi reflect the profound strength and success of the economic diversification policy, which contributed to the economy’s resilience and ability to address global changes posed by geopolitical and economic factors that directly affected strategic sectors such as energy and international trade.”

“The Abu Dhabi economy continues to reap the benefits of the effective policies guided by the wise leadership to strengthen the pillars and foundations of the economy, maintaining a competitive performance while attracting investments with more initiatives to achieve the strategic objectives of Abu Dhabi,” he added.

Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, said, “The vital performance of the Emirate’s economy over the last few years resulted in remarkable growth rates in the non-oil sectors during the first half of 2022, reflecting a competitive outlook of Abu Dhabi’s business ecosystem. Abu Dhabi implemented economic programmes in recent years to facilitate the establishment and operation of new businesses across the Emirate giving the necessary factors that can stimulate growth in various sectors.”

Ahmed Mahmoud Fikri, Director General of the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi, said, “Statistical estimates reflect the ability of Abu Dhabi’s economy to sustain rapid growth and respond quickly to plans and efforts to diversify the economic base and stimulus packages. The strategic plans and stimulus packages have produced huge growth, as most economic activities continue to expand with full alignment of economic sectors at the emirate level.”

Contribution of oil and non-oil sectors

According to data released by SCAD, the mining and quarrying activities (including crude oil and natural gas) contributed 49.7 percent to the real GDP of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the first half of 2022, which means non-oil activities contributed 50.3 percent at constant prices defying the noticeable increases of global oil prices during the same period. The increase in the non-oil sector’s contribution to the real GDP proves the success of the ambitious strategic plans for diversifying the economic base in Abu Dhabi.

SCAD produces regular estimates of the GDP based on several statistical indicators and administrative records according to international standards and scientific methodologies to measure the effectiveness of economic programmes and strategic plans to assist decision-makers in meeting the requirements for sustainability and economic growth.

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FIDA WC: Abu Dhabi opens biggest fan zone on Yas Island

Featuring football-themed activities for all, non-stop family entertainment, and ample space for up to 2,000 fans a day, visitors will be able to watch their favourite teams live on one of the largest outdoor screens…reports Asian Lite News

The ultimate venue for football fans in Abu Dhabi to catch all the action of the FIFA World Cup 2022 has opened on Sunday, as the Yas Island Fanzone – FIFA World CupTM Viewing Experience kicks off at Yas Links.

The 10,000 sqm dedicated fan space is ready to welcome residents and visitors from around the world to cheer on their teams in four action-packed zones; the main viewing zone, the activation zone, the F&B zone and the VIP lounge zone.

Featuring football-themed activities for all, non-stop family entertainment, and ample space for up to 2,000 fans a day, visitors will be able to watch their favourite teams live on one of the largest outdoor screens in the country in the main viewing zone. Fans will also be able to take part in loads of fun competitions, sample delicious bites from a selection of food trucks and stalls from home-grown popular favourites and enjoy an entertaining line-up of stage shows, DJ sets, and roaming artists.

An intimate VIP Lounge will also offer next-level comforts, with a second screen for games and a shisha lounge with visitors also able to purchase official FIFA-Licensed merchandise including World Cup Trophy replicas and nation-themed footballs.

The fanzone will also feature football games and activities which will encourage the crowd to get involved, with FootPool, Fast Feet and Targeted Kick screens available. The fanzone will also host daily FIFA 23 gaming tournaments.

The Yas Island Fanzone – FIFA World Cup TM Viewing Experience, which has been created in partnership with Miral and AB INBEV, will be open throughout the football tournament, which will run from 20th November to 18th December.

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Abu Dhabi real estate transactions over AED21.04bn in Q3 2022

The DMT’s quarterly showed that the emirate recorded 1,995 real estate sales worth AED 5.39 billion, and 2,446 mortgage transactions worth AED 15.64 billion…reports Asian Lite News

Abu Dhabi’s real estate market witnessed continued growth in the third quarter of 2022, recording a total of 4,441 transactions amounting to over AED 21.04 billion, according to the latest report published by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT).

The DMT’s quarterly showed that the emirate recorded 1,995 real estate sales worth AED 5.39 billion, and 2,446 mortgage transactions worth AED 15.64 billion.

Yas Island topped the list logging transactions worth AED 1 billion, while Al Saadiyat Island coming in second with transactions worth AED 929 million. With a total of AED 641 million in transactions, Al Shamkha ranked third, followed by Al Reem Island with AED 541 million, and Khalifa City with AED 208 million. Meanwhile, Mohammed bin Zayed City recorded transactions worth AED 182 million.

Dr. Adib Al Afifi, Executive Director of the Real Estate Sector at DMT, said, “The real estate market in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi continues to achieve outstanding results and continuous and sustainable growth. By providing more options for investment in the real estate market and increasing the transparency of this vital sector contributes to the strengthening of Abu Dhabi’s global position as one of the most lucrative destinations for real estate investment.”

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Abu Dhabi-based startup tie up with Royal Family

For IllumiShare SRG, this partnership represents an important milestone in their goal of becoming a leading player in the global cryptocurrency market…reports Asian Lite News

Abu Dhabi-based startup IllumiShare SRG announces a historic business alliance with the Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan from the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. The partnership aims to lead the way for crypto market expansion efforts globally.

The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan with IllumiShare SRG is embracing the foundation of a new economic model, driven by innovation and blockchain technology.

Ahmed Elmetwally, CEO/General Manager Private Office of Sheikh Monamed bin Ahmed bin Hamadan Al Nahyan stated with pride that, “Together we will make the world a better place, where money will give the people both stability & opportunities.”

The new alliance will see IllumiShare SRG working to open the crypto market to the masses based on a digital gold standard. According to company CEO and co-founder  Ben Sharon, “This is an amazing opportunity for us to work with one of the most influential families in the world and help them enter into the digital currency space.” For IllumiShare SRG, this partnership represents an important milestone in their goal of becoming a leading player in the global cryptocurrency market.

This partnership is one of the first since the Abraham Accord’s signature which established diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the State of Israel in September 2020 with a series of joint normalization statements.

In the world of cryptocurrency, UAE and Israel are both countries that have a reputation for being technology hubs, with Israel regularly ranking as one of the top countries in innovation. The UAE has also made significant strides to position itself as a global business center, including adopting blockchain technology at the governmental level.

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Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell and team visits UAE

In Abu Dhabi, the delegation met with senior representatives from the Ministry of Education, Khalifa University, Mubadala and New York University…reports Asian Lite News

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester – one of the world’s leading universities – has visited the UAE for the first time, having led a University team that focused on ongoing and potential future research and other collaborations with UAE institutions. The delegation* included the University’s leaders in international relations, strategic partnerships, and the CEO of Graphene@Manchester.

In Abu Dhabi, the delegation met with senior representatives from the Ministry of Education, Khalifa University, Mubadala and New York University. In Dubai, the team met with the British University in Dubai (BUiD), Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai International Academic City, social responsibility partner – Dubai Cares, staff at the University’s Centre and senior alumni. The delegation also visited UAE cultural destinations and participated in a mangrove planting social responsibility event with Emirates Marine Environmental Group, along with staff, students and alumni.

The University of Manchester is already collaborating with Khalifa University on the applications of graphene, the revolutionary advanced material first isolated in Manchester and which has the potential to deliver transformational technologies and help address some of the world’s key challenges, from clean drinking water to supporting a circular ‘green economy’. The delegation met with Khalifa University’s leadership committee and toured the Abu Dhabi campus.

The Manchester delegation visited the University’s Middle East Centre in Dubai to meet staff and commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Centre, which has embedded the University in the region and developed a series of collaborations with corporate and social responsibility partners. Dame Nancy congratulated Middle East Director Randa Bessiso and her team on their success in growing and supporting a vibrant regional community of students and alumni, and saw the potential to expand further the Centre’s role across research relationships and business engagement in the region.

Speaking at the University’s Middle East Centre in Dubai, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “Personal contact is so important and I have been enormously impressed by the warmth and openness of the people in the UAE, and encouraged by the interest in our University. Academic and industry partnerships are critical to successful research, teaching and innovation, and the UAE is making a major impact through the graphene development work with Khalifa University and our Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, supported by Masdar. We found strong mutual interests in addressing the world’s major challenges across our three pillars of teaching and learning, research and social responsibility. Our visit has opened new opportunities for further collaborations, building on the work of our very successful Middle East Centre and a very engaged regional community of students and alumni. I am already looking forward to my next visit.”

The Middle East Centre is part of the University’s international network comprising five hubs in key business cities around the world. It has students of over 100 nationalities. The Middle East Centre has supported over 3,000 part-time master’s students based in the region and has graduated more than 2,000 master’s students since opening in 2006.

The University of Manchester is ranked among the world’s top 50 universities and one of the world’s leading universities for impact towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Abu Dhabi govt showcases 100 digital initiatives at GITEX Global

It comes in line with efforts to enable an integrated digital government based on innovation and creativity to serve all members of society in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi while strengthening partnerships between government entities and the private sector…reports Asian Lite News

The Abu Dhabi Government today officially kicked off its participation at GITEX Global 2022, which is being held from 10 to 14 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In its eleventh year of participation, and under the theme of ‘Leading the Digital Future’, the Abu Dhabi Government is showcasing more than 100 innovative digital initiatives and projects in the field of digital transformation, all of which aim to create a unique experience for visitors by providing a unified platform that includes all government entities in Abu Dhabi.

More than 30 government and academic entities are present at the Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion, showcasing their latest digital innovative projects, initiatives and applications that aim to enhance the quality of life for the community in Abu Dhabi and support the digital transformation journey of the Emirate.

The participation of the Abu Dhabi Government at GITEX Global 2022 comes under the supervision of the Higher Committee of Digital Government in Abu Dhabi as part of its efforts to implement a governance framework across the Abu Dhabi government and make a fundamental change in the concept of government services, moving towards a digital future. It comes in line with efforts to enable an integrated digital government based on innovation and creativity to serve all members of society in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi while strengthening partnerships between government entities and the private sector.

GITEX Global 2022 offers the Abu Dhabi Government an opportunity to showcase the initiatives of government entities that were launched within the key pillars of the Abu Dhabi digital agenda, which includes government services, digital government solutions, data and artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and digital ecosystem enablement.

His Excellency Ali Rashid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Department of Government Support – Abu Dhabi, said: “The importance of GITEX Global 2022 lies in it being a global platform to enhance strategic partnerships between public and private sectors, explore new opportunities for meaningful cooperation with academia and major global technology companies to support Abu Dhabi’s digital agenda. GITEX is a great opportunity to exchange experiences and share knowledge about emerging technologies and global initiatives, thus contributing to accelerating digital transformation in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

H.E. Al Ketbi added: “with its participation at GITEX Global 2022, the Abu Dhabi Government aims to showcase the achievements of the emirate in the areas of digital transformation and how we have built on those achievements, the latest of which was the transfer of all Abu Dhabi government services to the Abu Dhabi unified government services ecosystem TAMM. Through TAMM, government services were transformed to become 100% digital services, allowing the community in Abu Dhabi to easily access all government services in the Emirate and achieve their transactions smoothly and quickly.”

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid Al Askar, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, said: “We are pleased to organise the Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion at this year’s event, enabling Abu Dhabi Government entities to showcase their new digital initiatives, explore innovative ideas, and adopt digital technologies that help them advance and succeed in the field of digital transformation.”

H.E. Al Askar stressed the importance of the pavilion as a platform to enhance cooperation and partnership between government entities that participate under one umbrella and unite with one goal – to enhance the quality of life for the community and achieve happiness for all residents of Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion will showcase the latest projects and digital transformation initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life in the Emirate and highlight the important role that government entities play in developing fast, effective, and proactive digital government solutions that support enhancing the efficiency of government performance and contribute to enriching the customer experience.

During GITEX Global 2022, the Abu Dhabi government pavilion will also host a series of events, including a ‘Capture the Flag’ competition, which is one of the most known cybersecurity competitions in the world. The ‘ethical hacking’ competition aims to enhance the skills of ‘ethical hackers’, a group of cybersecurity researchers who work to penetrate websites, apps and computer networks to test their security levels and anticipate hacking attacks that companies and government entities could be exposed to.

Throughout GITEX Global 2022, the Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion will host a series of events, including the launch of innovative digital initiatives as well as the signing of agreements and MoUs to strengthen strategic public-private partnerships, facilitate the digital transformation process and secure important investment opportunities for private sector companies.

It is worth noting that more than 30 government entities are gathering under one umbrella to present innovative digital solutions and technologies utilised to enhance government performance to ensure Abu Dhabi’s leadership in this field, namely: Department of Community Development, Department of Municipalities and Transport, Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Department of Economic Development, Department of Education and Knowledge, Department of Culture and Tourism, Department of Finance, General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, Department of Government Support, Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority, Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, General Administration of Customs, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Council, Human Resources Authority, Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Authority, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, Abu Dhabi School of Government, Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, Social Care and Minors Affairs Foundation, Family Development Foundation, Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Abu Dhabi Chamber, Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, Statistics Center – Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), Khalifa University, and Abu Dhabi Youth Council.

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Vistara launches Mumbai-Abu Dhabi daily flights

The inaugural flight will depart from Mumbai at 1910 Hours (IST) and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 2040 Hours (GST)

Vistara, India’s full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, inaugurated non-stop, daily flights between Mumbai (India) and Abu Dhabi (UAE).

The inaugural flight will depart from Mumbai at 1910 Hours (IST) and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 2040 Hours (GST), making Vistara the first-ever carrier to offer the choice of Premium Economy class on the route, in addition to Business and Economy class.

Commenting on the start of the new international route, Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We have been steadily strengthening our presence in the UAE and the rest of the Gulf region, and are excited to add Abu Dhabi to our growing international network. UAE’s flourishing business, trade, and tourism make Abu Dhabi a perfect fit in our network. We are confident that travellers will appreciate the choice of flying India and South Asia’s best airline on this route.“

Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor, and it has been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards, besides being lauded for world-class cabin cleanliness and upholding high safety standards.

The airline has recently been recognised as the ‘Best Airline in India and South Asia’ for the second time in a row, ‘Best Airline Staff Service in India and South Asia’ for the fourth consecutive year, ‘Best Cabin Crew in India and South Asia’ for the second time in a row and ‘Best Business Class in India and South Asia’ at the coveted Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022.

In a short span of over seven years since starting operations, Vistara has recently crossed the milestone of flying 35 million passengers.

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Abu Dhabi T10 franchises assemble explosive squads

Cricket’s most exciting format has added two new franchises with American teams New York Strikers and Morrisville SAMP Army making it an 8-team carnival…reports Asian Lite News

The eight franchises have put their best foot forward, assembling strong and competitive squads, packed with exciting talent from all over the world, ahead of the sixth season of the Abu Dhabi T10 which tees off at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on November 23, with its final being played across UAE’s National Day weekend on December 4. 

Cricket’s most exciting format has added two new franchises with American teams New York Strikers and Morrisville SAMP Army making it an 8-team carnival. 

Defending champions Deccan Gladiators, who have Nicholas Pooran as their Icon player, have signed on some serious talent in Andre Russell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Wiese, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Luke Wood, Odean Smith, Josh Little, Will Smeed, Zahir Khan, Curtis Campher, Zahoor Khan, Adeel Malik, Sultan Ahmed, Jason Roy and Taskin Ahmed. 

The Bangla Tigers, with Shakib Al Hasan as their Icon Player, have acquired the services of Evin Lewis, Colin Munro, Hazratullah Zazai, Joe Clarke, Benny Howell, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Amir, Matheesha Pathirana, Nurul Hasan, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Rohan Mustafa, Chirag Suri, Umair Ali, Dan Christian and Jake Ball. 

With Dwayne Bravo as the Icon Player, the Delhi Bulls are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for silverware and have brought on board the likes of Tim David, Rilee Rossouw, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Will Jacks, Dominic Drakes, Najibullah Zadran, Richard Gleeson, Keemo Paul, Mitchell Stanley, Shiraz Ahmed, Karnal Zahid, Ayaan Khan, Imad Wasim and Jordan Cox. 

Dasun Shanaka headlines the Chennai Braves squad, who have added some further muscle by picking Carlos Brathwaite, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Obed McCoy, Maheesh Theekshana, Ollie Stone, Ben Duckett, Sam Cook, Sikandar Raza, Ross Whiteley, Kobe Herft, Kartik Meyyappan, Vriitya Aravind, Sabir Rao, Laurie Evans and James Fuller. 

Two-time champions Northern Warriors have kept hold of Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and bolstered the squad with the additions of Sherfane Rutherford, Rovman Powell, Adam Lyth, Reece Topley, Kennar Lewis, Wayne Parnell, Adam Hose, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Gus Atkinson, Junaid Siddique, Usman Khan, Hamdan Tahir, Dushmantha Chameera and Mohammad Irfan.   

Team Abu Dhabi, who have named Chris Lynn is the Icon Player, have snapped up the services of Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Naveen Ul Haq, Tymal Mills, Jamie Overton, James Vince, Brandon King, Darwish Rasooli, Alishan Sharafu, Amad Butt, Ali Abid, Ethan D’Souza, Mustafizur Rahman and Peter Hatzoglou.

Meanwhile, newbies New York Strikers have gone in with the experienced Kieron Pollard as their Icon Player. And he will be supported by the likes of Eoin Morgan, Azam Khan, Paul Stirling, Romario Shepherd, Andre Fletcher, Wahab Riaz, Jordan Thompson, Kesrick Williams, Izharulhaq Naveed, Tom Hartley, Muhammad Waseem, Nav Pabreja, Muhammad Farooq, Akeal Hosein and Ravi Rampaul.   

The Lance Klusener coached Morrisville SAMP Army picked David Miller as their Icon Player and have further pencilled in Anrich Nortje, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Dwaine Pretorius, Johnson Charles, Chamika Karunaratne, George Garton, Andries Gous, Abraham Pienaar, Ibrahim Zadran, Ahmed Raza, Kashif Daud, Basil Hameed, Sheldon Cottrell and Karim Janat.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management said, “It’s been very nice to see the growth of the league over the years. I’m delighted about how the Abu Dhabi T10 Players Draft panned out on this busy Monday. The success of any event depends on partnerships and the teams working on the event and the Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub is unbeatable. I am sure that this season will be even more exhilarating than the previous years. The squads are all very competitive and I would like to welcome the cricketers here once more. May the best team win.” 

About Abu Dhabi T10 

Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub is home to the thrilling Abu Dhabi T10 – the world’s only 10-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).   It brings together over 120 of world cricket’s biggest names to compete in the game’s fastest format.   With the support of the Abu Dhabi Government, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub and T Ten Sports Management (TSM) have consistently grown the ADT10 and won worldwide acclaim for mounting a successful season in Jan/Feb 2021 despite challenging conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was safely delivered against a background of strict COVID prevention protocols and gained a global TV audience and praise as a world class event.  The sixth edition of this highly popular cricket spectacular will be held over 12 days from November 23-December 4, 2022. Past Abu Dhabi T10 champions include the Kerala Kings, Maratha Arabians and Northern Warriors who have twice taken the title.

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Cleveland Clinic introduces preventive surgery for cancer patients

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, making it the most prevalent form of cancer worldwide…reports Asian Lite News

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a Mubadala Health partner, has recently introduced bypass lymphedema surgery for breast cancer patients in the UAE, after findings show that one in five breast cancer patients is at risk of developing lymphedema.

Lymphedema is often triggered by cancer, axillary lymph node dissection surgery for cancer, or radiation treatment. It is a debilitating condition that manifests as acute swelling of the upper arm after metastasized lymph nodes are removed. The condition brings an increased possibility of infection, along with social, mental and physical implications for those already undergoing cancer treatment.    

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, making it the most prevalent form of cancer worldwide. The WHO’s Global Cancer Observatory also cited that in 2020, breast cancer was the most common cancer in the UAE, with 1,030 new cases reported that year.

In partnership with Cleveland Clinic in the U.S., Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has introduced this preventive surgery to the UAE, having recently conducted the procedure on a local patient whose breast cancer had metastasized to her lymph nodes. The surgery, which is normally conducted in tandem with other primary cancer surgeries, such as a mastectomy, serves as a preventive measure for lymphedema and may negate the need for further surgery.

Dr. Raffi Gurunian, Department Chair and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi said: “Performing this lymphedema preventive supermicrosurgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will lay the foundation for greater access to this treatment and a better chance of a positive outcome, especially for post-operative breast cancer patients who have a higher risk of developing lymphedema. This type of surgery is part of our wider efforts at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to advance a healthcare model that focuses on patient-centered and preventive care. This approach aligns closely with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi’s increased focus and investment in preventive and precision medicine.

“Lymphedema is a physically and emotionally draining condition that often creates social isolation, along with mobility issues. While this bypass surgery may alleviate the condition, people need to also take care of their lifestyle choices to avoid developing further health-related complications. Obesity, and other preexisting comorbidities, increase the possibility of developing lymphedema after breast cancer surgery. Being able to manage both, the physiological and psychological effects of cancer and treatments are key to the patient’s success. Given the prevalence of breast cancer in the UAE, we anticipate performing more of these preventive operations on breast cancer patients to avoid developing lymphedema and help alleviate this stigma-inducing condition.”  

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Breast Health Clinic’s multidisciplinary cancer program continues to raise awareness around breast health and breast cancer prevention alongside the importance of regular screenings. For more information on breast cancer screenings or related tests, please visit Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Breast Health Clinic page.

To book an appointment at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, call 800 8 CCAD (2223) visit www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae or download the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Patient Portal App.

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Indians top travellers who visited Abu Dhabi in 2022

In terms of passenger volumes at the airport during the second quarter, the top five countries were India (764,000), Pakistan (231,000), the UK (203,000), Saudi Arabia (195,000) and Egypt (156,000)…reports Asian Lite News

Indians are among the top travellers who visited Abu Dhabi the most in the first six months of this year, according to a passenger traffic report.

The traffic report released by Abu Dhabi Airports – the operator of Abu Dhabi International, Al Ain International, Al Bateen Executive, Delma and Sir Bani Yas Island airports – stated that airports served 6.299 million passengers between January and June this year, as per Khaleej Times.

The report also announced the recording of 94,538 domestic and international flights from the five airports in the first half of the year.vNotably, Pakistanis are also one of the top travellers in the report.

Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, the CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports noted the passenger traffic results represent “another stride forward” for Abu Dhabi Airports and the wider industry.

“While 2021 was a successful year, the target for 2022 was always to build on that momentum”, Al Hashmi said as quoted by Khaleej Times, “by catering to higher numbers of travellers, and expanding our airline network with partners, while staying committed to the highest levels of service excellence. The resumption of regional and global markets, as well as successful efforts of airlines to accommodate demands safely and effectively, have been instrumental to achieving these figures. Looking ahead, our aim is to continue building on this success throughout the second half of 2022.”

According to Khaleej Times, the number of scheduled passenger flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport alone, increased by 94 per cent compared to the first half of 2021. The airport is connected to 101 destinations served by 23 airlines — compared to 76 destinations by 19 airlines in the same period last year.

The top five countries in terms of passenger volumes at the airport during H1 2022 are India (1.28 million), Pakistan (485,000), the UK (374,000), Saudi Arabia (333,000) and Egypt (283,000), as per Khaleej Times.

Meanwhile, the top five destination airports were London Heathrow (276,000), Delhi (225,000), Mumbai (221,000), Kochi (217,000) and Cairo (203,000).

In terms of passenger volumes at the airport during the second quarter, the top five countries were India (764,000), Pakistan (231,000), the UK (203,000), Saudi Arabia (195,000) and Egypt (156,000).

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The top five destination airports were London Heathrow (153,000), Mumbai (146,000), Kochi (126,000), Delhi (123,000) and Cairo (114,000).

Load factors also increased to 73 per cent, compared to 33 per cent only during the same period last year, as per the passenger traffic report cited by Khaleej Times.

India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was signed on February 18 this year. It came into force on May 1 this year. (ANI)

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