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‘We’re prepared for future emergencies’ says UAE as Covid cases pass 1m

Sheikh Sultan pointed to the creation of the Frontline Heroes Office as one of the many legacies of our leadership’s work to help ensure the UAE is always protected by a world-class healthcare system…reports Asian Lite News

Public commitment has enabled the UAE leadership to deliver on its pandemic management strategy by following testing protocols, practicing social distancing and mask wearing, quarantining when required and committing to getting both vaccines and boosters, according to Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Frontline Heroes Office.

Sheikh Sultan underscored that the UAE is recognised as one of the most resilient countries in the world for pandemic response and management, consistently ranking high for government efficiency, quarantine system, healthcare management, vaccination rates and other key aspects of pandemic response.

“Surpassing the one million mark for positive COVID-19 cases reaffirms the UAE’s future emergency preparedness network and continued social and economic prosperity. Our people responded by acting together as one. As a result, the UAE consistently ranked as having one of the lowest infection and mortality rates of any country in the world. And that’s what it’s all about, protecting the health and wellbeing of our people,” he said.

Sheikh Sultan stated, “This week, the UAE is expected to exceed the 180 million PCR test mark and we are rapidly approaching 25 million COVID vaccines administered. These milestones speak directly to the high level of trust in government that exists across the country. Our leadership set out a clear path for protecting our people during the pandemic and moved quickly and efficiently to put in place massive infrastructure and deploy essential and well-trained Frontline Professionals.”

“All of these elements of the UAE response are also why as a nation we were able to achieve such incredible economic resilience throughout the pandemic, with recent reports showing the UAE economy is set to post its strongest annual expansion since 2011 after growing by 8.2 percent in the first three months of 2022,” he added.

Sheikh Sultan pointed to the creation of the Frontline Heroes Office as one of the many legacies of our leadership’s work to help ensure the UAE is always protected by a world-class healthcare system as well as a robust, resilient and always-ready network of Frontline Professionals well-trained and prepared to protect against any future emergency situation.

“While the 1 million COVID-19 case mark itself is nothing to either fear or celebrate, there is so much behind it that speaks volumes about the UAE and our bright future together. How we apply the critical experiences and learnings from this shared journey we’ve all been on in reaching these milestones will greatly affect our ability as a nation to ensure we are well-prepared for any future challenges. And we all trust in our visionary leadership to chart the course of our nation to ensure that our future generations are well-prepared to sustain and build on the great legacy of the UAE for years to come,” Sheikh Sultan concluded.

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New gen UAE passports to be issued from Sept 1

These passports are issued as part of the new generation of Emirati passports and national ID card project which was launched in June 2021…reports Asian Lite News

A new generation of the Emirati passports will be issued from 1st of September 2022, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), has announced.

It represents a new technological leap in line with the directions of the wise leadership to consolidate the movement towards the smart government to maximise the civilised status of the UAE within the various government services provided and for fulfillment of the modernist security and technological requirements in proving the personal identity, ICP added.

These passports are issued as part of the new generation of Emirati passports and national ID card project which was launched in June 2021.

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Ali Muhammad Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, said that the new generation of the UAE Passport is part of achieving the UAE government’s vision to reinforce the UAE identity using the latest technologies, and to provide distinctive services for the identification of personal identity in accordance with the best international standards.

“This project aims to enhance the flexibility of doing business related to individuals in various institutions of the UAE, in order to improve the quality of life and provide a travel experience that strengthens the leading position of the UAE,” he added.

He confirmed that the Authority will continue to improve and develop its services in line with the future directions of governments worldwide.

The new version of the Emirati Passport enjoys unprecedented technical characteristics and very complex security specifications to restrict the attempts of forgery or falsification. It is also featured with printing the identification page of its holder using the polycarbonate instead of paper, which increases the efficiency of specialised printing supported by photos and security marks characterised by its thickness, to prevent damages. The passport will be easily processed at the ports, and is characterised with high quality due to the usage of laser technologies and three-dimensional tangible elements.

Raising the security criteria of the Emirati Passport and supporting it with the leading technical specifications in the field of travel, promotes the requirements of security and safety when moving or passing through the international travel points, and supports diplomatic efforts of the UAE, which succeeded in highlighting the firmness of the Emirati Passport over the past years until it became the most powerful passport in the world.

The passports of the previous generation are considered valid and their holders can use them for travel until the expiry date of the passport approaches, while an application for renewal can be submitted to obtain the new generation upon entering within the renewal of crediting period which is designated with 6 months before the expiry date recorded in the document, demonstrating that the new passport is deemed an extension of the previous one without any change in the prescribed fees or the channels allocated for providing services of issue or renewing the passports through the website www.icp.gov.ae or the UAEICP smart application.

The holders of passports shall verify the validity of their documents for a period of no less than 6 months before they travel, with the possibility of issuing passports while being abroad through the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation represented by embassies and consulates of the State.

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OPEC sees lower oil demand growth in 2022

Explaining the downward revision, OPEC cited “weaker second-quarter growth in the major economies and an observed soft trend in some key economies”…reports Asian Lite News

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has further revised down its forecasts for this year’s global economic growth and oil demand, following a previous downward revision in May.

The oil alliance said on Thursday in its monthly report that the world economy is expected to grow by 3.1 per cent in 2022, compared to its forecast of 3.5 per cent in the previous three months.

Explaining the downward revision, OPEC cited “weaker second-quarter growth in the major economies and an observed soft trend in some key economies”.

In its May report, OPEC had already lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year from 3.9 to 3.5 per cent. This projection was maintained until July, Xinhua news agency reported.



Risks facing the world economy include ongoing geopolitical tensions and supply chain issues, the continued Covid-19 pandemic, rising inflation, high sovereign debt levels in many regions, and expected monetary tightening by central banks in the US, Britain, Japan and the Euro zone.

The oil-producer group has also forecast that global oil demand will average around 100 million barrels per day (bpd), down from the previous months’ estimate of 100.3 million bpd.

The revised oil demand forecast is due to “expectations of a resurgence of Covid-19 restrictions and ongoing geopolitical uncertainties” in the second half of this year.

According to OPEC’s August report, some of its members have continued to struggle with meeting their monthly output quotas. Nigeria and Angola fell significantly behind their production targets in July, the report showed.

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UAE banks can weather global shocks

The CBUAE also conducted risk-based supervision and solvency and liquidity stress tests to assess potential vulnerabilities…reports Asian Lite News

The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) has issued its Financial Stability Report for 2021, which outlines the measures taken by the CBUAE to support the national economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and safeguard the stability of the financial system.

Among these key steps were the CBUAE’s gradual exit strategy from the Targeted Economic Support Scheme (TESS) as the UAE economic recovery commenced, with the first phase completed by the end of 2021, and the second phase concluded by the end of June 2022. The CBUAE will maintain the final third phase of TESS measures during the second half of 2022.

The CBUAE also conducted risk-based supervision and solvency and liquidity stress tests to assess potential vulnerabilities. Overall, these tests indicated that the UAE banking system had adequate capital and liquidity buffers to withstand severe shocks.

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The report outlines the risks for the banking system, which stem from the potential deterioration of assets quality and insufficient change in banks’ business models in light of the global digital transformation, climate change and the rising governance requirements.

The response by the UAE government to the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the rebound in overall UAE economic activity. The CBUAE measures supported the resilience and recovery of the nation’s banking system and the broader financial system to pre-pandemic levels.

Furthermore, the report covers the CBUAE’s payment systems that proved to be robust during 2021. With the acceleration of digitalisation of financial services, the central bank further improved its systems, enhanced digital transformation, and ensured cyber resilience.

Khaled Mohamed Balama, Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, said, “The Financial Stability Report records the CBUAE’s approach to identifying and mitigating potential systemic risks and safeguarding the stability and resilience of the UAE financial sector. The report projects a positive outlook for the country’s economy and financial system in 2022.

“The global macro-financial outlook, however, could be affected by supply chain disruptions, rising inflationary pressures, and further escalating geopolitical tensions. We will continue to monitor evolving global vulnerabilities closely and stand ready to take additional measures if needed.

“The CBUAE’s vision is to become among the top central banks globally in enhancing monetary and financial stability and supporting UAE’s competitiveness. We share this determination with the UAE leadership and licensed financial institutions, and together we are implementing an ambitious transformation strategy to achieve this.”

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‘UK-UAE ties important for the world’

Both leaders have exchanged views on the international repercussions resulting from the Ukraine crisis, especially with regard to energy and food security, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

UK-UAE cooperation on global priorities including Ukraine, regional stability and climate change is hugely important for the world, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a phone conversation.

The leaders tackled a number of regional and global issues of mutual interest. They agreed that great strides have been made in the UK-UAE relationship in recent years, 10 Downing Street said in a statement.

They have exchanged views on the international repercussions resulting from the Ukraine crisis, especially with regard to energy and food security, stressing the significance of working to develop the foundations of peace and stability at the regional and global levels.

During the call, Johnson praised the President Mohamed bin Zayed success in bringing prosperity to both the UAE and the Gulf more generally. President MBZ paid tribute to the role the Prime Minister Johnson has played in driving trade and investment between both countries, the statement added.

The Prime Minister said UK-UAE cooperation on global priorities including Ukraine, regional stability and climate change is hugely important for the world. He expressed his confidence that this cooperation will continue in the years ahead.

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Meanwhile on Wednesday, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE Federal export credit company, and UK Export Finance (UKEF) announced that they have jointly supported a major project in the Republic of Senegal to strengthen its national emergency response infrastructure.

This national emergency response project, called the Redco Project Senegal, will see the supply and building up of emergency services from fire fighting vehicles, airport firefighting and rescue vehicles, ambulances and medical vehicles, rescue boats, water trailers, cranes with cargo trucks and other safety equipment in Senegal.

The project, worth AED540 million, is funded by Standard Chartered Bank along with partial direct lending by the UKEF and is backed by the ECI and UKEF under a reinsurance arrangement with the ECI’s participation worth AED334 million.

Etihad Credit Insurance, in partnership with the UKEF, has provided guarantees for the loan obtained by the Senegal Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation.

The emergency services equipment will be provided by NAFFCO, a UAE-based manufacturer and exporter of firefighting products and fire protection engineering.

This trade finance support is in line with Etihad Credit Insurance’s goals to boost the exports of Made in the UAE products and services as part of the “Operation 300bn” strategy, which aims to develop the UAE’s industrial sector and enhance its role in stimulating the national economy.

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Deputy Chairman of ECI’s Board of Directors, said, “The long-standing bilateral relationship between the UAE and the United Kingdom (UK) is built on the shared vision of both countries to promote sustainable development and economic prosperity across the globe. The UAE has been keen on engaging in such remarkable projects that can transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

This new agreement between our export credit agencies is part of the UAE’s relentless commitment to advance key segments such as emergency services, healthcare, environment, and technology. This collaboration is based on an effective public-private partnership framework that will also bring about substantial investment opportunities for the UAE companies around sustainability, which is becoming the norm for the next generation developmental strategies.”

Meanwhile, Mike Freer, UK Minister for Exports, said, “The UK can provide a leading role when it comes to exporting fire safety equipment. This deal demonstrates how British ingenuity coupled with the UAE’s proactiveness can better protect communities abroad and shows how joint government initiatives can help businesses export their best-in-class equipment and services.”

The Federal Export Credit Company’s trade finance support is a response to the UAE’s Africa initiative and Senegal’s call for aid to enhance and strengthen its firefighting and emergency response capabilities.

Recently, the UAE sent an aircraft with emergency medical supplies to Senegal to mitigate the damage after the neonatal department at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the city of Tifwani, north of the capital Dakar, caught on fire, killing 11 new-borns.

“Our collaboration with the British export credit agency, UKEF, to support the emergency service sector in Senegal signifies the UAE’s strategic vision and leadership mission for sustainable development in the world.,” said Sir Massimo Falcioni, CEO of Etihad Credit Insurance.

Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance, said, “Senegal is a unique market for UK exporters to tap into. I have seen how the UK and Senegal can work together to unlock projects in the country with our financing and open new trade routes for UK companies. We are grateful to the UAE federal export credit company for their support for this project that will pave the way for similar collaborations benefitting the exporters of both countries.”

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‘Culture key driver of UAE’s socio-economic growth’

The four speakers shared their experiences promoting culture as the main driver of economic growth and social progress…reports Asian Lite News

Mubarak Al Nakhi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, participated in the fourth edition of the Global Forum on Arts, Culture, Creativity and Technology (G-FACCT) held in the city of Medellín, Colombia.

The event brought together some of the most prominent players in the creative economy from around the world.

Al Nakhi spoke at length about the UAE’s cultural and creative industries and how the nation was prioritising them as key drivers of its socio-economic growth, at a panel discussion on 22nd July, 2022, as part of the three-day conference. In the panel, he was joined by José Igancio Argote, Deputy Minister of Heritage and Regional Development from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and Carolina Pereira, Executive Secretary of Creative Economy of the Ministry of Arts, Cultures and Heritage of Chile. Victoria Contreras, General Director of Conecta Cultura Mexico moderated the panel.

The four speakers shared their experiences promoting culture as the main driver of economic growth and social progress. The discussion revolved around the strategies undertaken by the four governments to incentivise cultural and creative productions within their territories and their achievements and challenges.

Al Nakhi elaborated on the critical points of the UAE’s National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries (Creative UAE) and explained how the UAE presents a unique model in terms of culture with its strong Arab and Emirati identity and welcoming diversity. He also spoke about the incentives the country was offering to talents and creatives such as free zones and creative clusters while also providing opportunities to nurture their skills and present their creations on national and international platforms.

“Talent is at the heart of any cultural project, and it is very important to foster talent for a thriving cultural sector for sustainable growth,” he said.

“The UAE has been driving the cultural agenda forward with strategies, incentives and plans for the cultural and creative sector for years, and with the launch of a national strategy, we are able to streamline various efforts at the local and federal levels,” he added.

Commenting on the importance of international platforms to share knowledge and exchange ideas, he said, “In today’s hyperconnected world with a highly globalised economy, international commitment and cooperation are imperative to the successful implementation of any project, and culture projects are no exception.”

Al Nakhi further added that culture holds the key to many problems faced by humanity today and is a way to achieve sustainable development.

“Culture not only gives us a sense of belonging, fostering connections between people, but it also has answers to most of the issues our planet is facing today. Cultural Diplomacy is yet another area that is very relevant in today’s conflict-ridden world. When the world struggles with conflict and sustainability issues, culture has the answer to many problems.”

He explained how the UAE acknowledges the role that cultural diplomacy plays in forging international partnerships, giving the example of EXPO 2020 Dubai as the biggest celebration of culture and how it promoted friendly cultural ties with 192 participating countries of the world.

When asked whether interest in culture was here to stay or was a passing phase, Al Nakhi said, “Culture is not a new source of development, but the world is rediscovering its potential more than ever. Human-centric skills are at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. Formalising the economy of culture is still work in progress and requires gathering data, building capacities, policy support, international cooperation, and financial and technological support. Culture supports sustainable growth, and interest in culture is here to stay.”

The 2021 edition of the G-FACCT took place virtually in Colombia with 418 national and international experts on screen and a digital reach of over 286,000 viewers worldwide. This year the conference was held with in-person participation from various countries worldwide, including the UAE, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

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WFP, IFRC ink deal to boost climate response in MENA

The event emphasised the ongoing importance of acting early ahead of climate-related disasters, through anticipatory action….reports Asian Lite News

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have signed a regional Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support joint advocacy, capacity development, and resource mobilisation for the coordinated national-level implementation of anticipatory action (AA) in response to climate shocks in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The signing took place at the conclusion of “Road to COP27: Anticipatory Action Milestones and Way Forward in MENA”, an event that was hosted by the International Humanitarian City (IHC), Dubai, and attended by high-level speakers and representatives from the UAE government, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, WFP, IFRC, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and national societies, regional and international humanitarian organisations, including UNDRR, FAO, Start Network, REAP.

The event emphasised the ongoing importance of acting early ahead of climate-related disasters, through anticipatory action. Anticipatory action is an effective way of mitigating the worst consequences of predictable climate risks, which are expected to become more frequent and intense because of climate change and conflict in the MENA region.

“In a region where climate hazards such as droughts, floods, and heatwaves are increasing humanitarian needs, anticipatory action aims to reduce or mitigate the impact of these hazards on the most vulnerable people,” said Mageed Yahia, WFP Representative to the GCC. “We are grateful for the strong representation from the UAE in this event today, an important ally in the quest to make the humanitarian system as anticipatory as possible,” he added.

Over the last few years, WFP and IFRC have been making progress in setting the scene for an AA approach in the MENA region for acting earlier ahead of disasters.

“Let us not forget that COP27 goals and vision are mitigation, adaptation, finance, and collaboration. Today we are addressing these four main elements, as Anticipatory Action allows for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change impacts,” said IFRC MENA Deputy Regional Director, Rania Ahmad. “This collaboration between IFRC and WFP will allow for increased sharing of experiences and financing and make the most vulnerable populations better prepared and enhance their resilience.”

During the event, WFP and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) also launched the “Anticipatory Action in the MENA Region: State of Play and Accelerating Action” report, supported by the Swedish government, which highlights the state of anticipatory action in the region, and its potential to help avoid and reduce the impacts of disasters.

Regional coordination and collaboration across all stakeholders will be necessary to complement efforts and engagements to scale up the anticipatory actions agenda in the region with tangible results.

To support this, IFRC and WFP are establishing the “MENA Anticipatory Action regional community of practice” as a space for technical and advocacy coordination, collaboration, learning exchange, and capacity strengthening on anticipatory action and acting earlier ahead of disasters in the region. The initiative will bring together UN agencies, the Red Cross Red Crescent movement, as well as international organisations, governments, NGOs, the public and private sector, and academia, to coordinate and work together to effectively scale up and deliver anticipatory action programmes as the threat of climate shocks continues to grow.

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UAE, UK join forces to back major project in Senegal

Etihad Credit Insurance, in partnership with the UKEF, has provided guarantees for the loan obtained by the Senegal Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation…reports Asian Lite News

Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE Federal export credit company, and UK Export Finance (UKEF) announced that they have jointly supported a major project in the Republic of Senegal to strengthen its national emergency response infrastructure.

This national emergency response project, called the Redco Project Senegal, will see the supply and building up of emergency services from fire fighting vehicles, airport firefighting and rescue vehicles, ambulances and medical vehicles, rescue boats, water trailers, cranes with cargo trucks and other safety equipment in Senegal.

The project, worth AED540 million, is funded by Standard Chartered Bank along with partial direct lending by the UKEF and is backed by the ECI and UKEF under a reinsurance arrangement with the ECI’s participation worth AED334 million.

Etihad Credit Insurance, in partnership with the UKEF, has provided guarantees for the loan obtained by the Senegal Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation.

The emergency services equipment will be provided by NAFFCO, a UAE-based manufacturer and exporter of firefighting products and fire protection engineering.

This trade finance support is in line with Etihad Credit Insurance’s goals to boost the exports of Made in the UAE products and services as part of the “Operation 300bn” strategy, which aims to develop the UAE’s industrial sector and enhance its role in stimulating the national economy.

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Deputy Chairman of ECI’s Board of Directors, said, “The long-standing bilateral relationship between the UAE and the United Kingdom (UK) is built on the shared vision of both countries to promote sustainable development and economic prosperity across the globe. The UAE has been keen on engaging in such remarkable projects that can transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

This new agreement between our export credit agencies is part of the UAE’s relentless commitment to advance key segments such as emergency services, healthcare, environment, and technology. This collaboration is based on an effective public-private partnership framework that will also bring about substantial investment opportunities for the UAE companies around sustainability, which is becoming the norm for the next generation developmental strategies.”

Meanwhile, Mike Freer, UK Minister for Exports, said, “The UK can provide a leading role when it comes to exporting fire safety equipment. This deal demonstrates how British ingenuity coupled with the UAE’s proactiveness can better protect communities abroad and shows how joint government initiatives can help businesses export their best-in-class equipment and services.”

The Federal Export Credit Company’s trade finance support is a response to the UAE’s Africa initiative and Senegal’s call for aid to enhance and strengthen its firefighting and emergency response capabilities.

Recently, the UAE sent an aircraft with emergency medical supplies to Senegal to mitigate the damage after the neonatal department at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the city of Tifwani, north of the capital Dakar, caught on fire, killing 11 new-borns.

The UAE’s response, both on humanitarian and trade finance fronts, reflects the long-standing relations between the UAE and Senegal, which date back to the mid-seventies, across several economic and development fields.

Sir Massimo Falcioni, CEO of Etihad Credit Insurance, said, “Our collaboration with the British export credit agency, UKEF, to support the emergency service sector in Senegal signifies the UAE’s strategic vision and leadership mission for sustainable development in the world. This kind of partnership opens up numerous opportunities for the UAE, the UK, and Senegal to explore joint projects that will help domestic entrepreneurs and exporters secure access to international markets while safely securing their receivables. It will further solidify UAE companies’ presence in the global arena and reinforce its position as one of the most conducive global hubs for trade and business.”

Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance, said, “Senegal is a unique market for UK exporters to tap into. I have seen how the UK and Senegal can work together to unlock projects in the country with our financing and open new trade routes for UK companies. We are grateful to the UAE federal export credit company for their support for this project that will pave the way for similar collaborations benefitting the exporters of both countries.”

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Money laundering: UAE Court orders Asim Ghafoor to pay Dh5 mn

US authorities also requested an examination of the accused’s bank accounts through which he received transfers of the funds in question…reports Asian Lite News

The Abu Dhabi Money Laundering and Tax Evasion Court has convicted Asim Abdul Rahman Ghafoor, a US citizen, of committing money laundering crimes linked to a US-based tax evasion operation.

The court ruled in his presence to revoke the previously issued prison sentence and appealed verdict to an AED 5 million fine, as well as confiscate the funds linked to the crime, and his deportation from the UAE.

The case was initiated following an assistance request received from US authorities regarding their investigation into the accused’s involvement in tax evasion and suspicious money transfers in an attempt to conceal the illegal means by which the funds were acquired.

US authorities also requested an examination of the accused’s bank accounts through which he received transfers of the funds in question.

The Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi started its procedures in implementing the request for judicial assistance and verifying the nature of the financial transactions related to those accounts and bank transfers, in coordination with the concerned authorities, as it was found that there was a money laundering crime that occurred in the country, by the accused making international money transfers without proving their source.

The Public Prosecution ordered the referral of the case to the Abu Dhabi Money Laundering and Tax Evasion Court, which issued the previous sentencing of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of AED 3 million, followed by deportation.

The accused has the right to appeal the ruling rendered within the period specified by law.

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UAE calls for accelerated global counter-terrorism efforts

Ambassador Abushahab emphasised the need to prevent and counter terrorism in his statement, including by harnessing the power of emerging technologies…reports Asian Lite News

The United Arab Emirates has called for the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all terrorist groups, particularly Da’esh and its affiliates, during a United Nations Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

“Despite gains made in the elimination of Da’esh leadership, the transnational threat that the group and its affiliates pose to international peace and security is growing,” said Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab, Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN. “This underscores the continued need for the Global Coalition Against Da’esh to maintain pressure on the terrorist group and ensure its enduring defeat.”

Ambassador Abushahab emphasised the need to prevent and counter terrorism in his statement, including by harnessing the power of emerging technologies. “Technology has the potential to considerably improve the quality of people’s lives. However, it can also be a double-edged sword: rapid technological evolution and wide commercial availability challenges Member States’ efforts to prevent misuse by terrorist groups.”

He further stressed that the Council needs to pay greater attention to the capacity of terrorist groups – including Da’esh, Al-Shabaab, and the Houthis – to exploit technologies, especially drones, in their operations.

The UAE also underlined the issue of the exploitation of Islam by terrorist groups to justify their acts of violence and hate through self-proclaimed Islamic titles for their organisations.

“We must not permit Da’esh and other groups to hijack a religion of tolerance and give credence to their pretenses. I want to reiterate: there is nothing Islamic about terrorism,” Ambassador Abushahab emphasised.

Furthermore, the UAE called on the Security Council to use all available tools and instruments in addressing the gaps and emerging challenges in global counter-terrorism efforts.

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