27th Dubai World Cup meeting to take place Saturday at Meydan Racecourse

DUBAI, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) — The Meydan Racecourse is gearing up to host the 27th edition of the Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday, 25th March, which will bring together the world’s finest racehorses, jockeys, and trainers. The prestigious event, which offers a total prize money of US$30.5 million, including the coveted US$12 million Dubai World Cup race, and its equally important undercard races, is expected to attract a massive crowd at the 80,000-capacity venue. Since its establishment in 1996, the Dubai World Cup has strengthened the city’s position as one of the world’s top locations for international sporting events. Chairman of the Dubai Racing Club, Sheikh Rashed bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, said, “We are delighted to welcome the global equestrian community to the 27th Dubai World Cup meeting. The atmosphere will be absolutely electric. The quality of the horses, trainers, owners, and jockeys who have assembled is better than ever, and we are looking forward to a superb day of racing with our guests from around the world.” Dubai’s excellent infrastructure for horse racing events, coupled with its world-class hospitality and rich heritage in horse riding, make it an exceptional venue for hosting such a global tournament. With its crucial role in supporting the growth of the horse racing industry, Dubai continues to be a significant focal point for the global equestrian fraternity. The nine-race card features the G1 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, as its highlight, with a strong field of horses that includes defending champion Country Grammer, who is aiming to become only the second dual winner of the race. Panthalassa, the Saudi Cup and joint Dubai Turf winner, is among the eight Japanese runners in the race. Algiers, trained by Simon and Ed Crisford, carries local hopes, having graduated through the Dubai World Cup Carnival. The US$6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic is one of the main supporting races on the card, featuring a lineup of seven Group 1 winners, including defending champion Shahryar and fellow Japanese star Equinox. Preceding that race is the US$5 million Dubai Turf (sponsored by DP World), where Lord North, who was the joint-winner in 2022 and outright winner in 2021, is aiming to secure the title for a third time. He faces a tough challenge from the strong Japanese contingent, which includes 2022’s third-place winner Vin De Garde and Japanese Derby winner Do Deuce. The card also features two sprint races: the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen (sponsored by Nakheel) and the G1 Al Quoz Sprint (sponsored by Azizi Developments). The former race, run over 1,200 metres on dirt, has a strong American presence, including Breeders’ Cup Sprint second CZ Rocket and G2 winner Gunite, who will be taking on defending champion Switzerland. The Al Quoz Sprint, over 1,200 metres on turf, has an international field that includes Al Dasim, trained in the UK, and US raider Cazadero, while Godolphin’s Al Suhail carries local hopes. In addition, there are three Group 2 races on the card, including the Dubai Gold Cup (sponsored by Al Tayer Motors), which has attracted 2021 winner Subjectivist, and the G2 Godolphin Mile (sponsored by ONE ZA’ABEEL), featuring last year’s winner Bathrat Leon. Race five is the Group 2 UAE Derby (sponsored by Atlantis The Royal), which sees Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien attempting to win the title for the fourth time with Cairo, while Bob Baffert sends Worcester over from California. The opening race of the day is the G1 Dubai Kahayla Classic for Purebred Arabians (sponsored by EMAAR), where the last two winners, Deryan and First Classs, face off in a fascinating showdown. side from the racing, there is plenty of entertainment on offer for guests, with the Style Stakes sure to be a hotly contested event, while racegoers can win cash prizes in the Faces At The Races and My Lucky Six competitions. It’s worth noting that this year’s Dubai World Cup is being held during the Holy Month of Ramadan for the first time in the event’s history.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAQ Ruler briefed about work of volunteers participating in ‘Bridges of Giving’ campaign

UMM AL QAIWAIN, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain,today visited the “Bridges of Giving” campaign headquarters at the Al Etihad Hall in Umm Al Qaiwain, during which he was briefed about the work of the campaign’s volunteers . The UAE, represented by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), launched the campaign in cooperation with various ministries, charities and humanitarian organisations to rescue people affected by the recent earthquake that hit Syria and Turkiye. Sheikh Saud was accompanied by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of Umm Al Qaiwain, and several officials. During his visit, Sheikh Saud toured the hall and learnt about the work of its various sections, including packing and shipping parcels. He also helped volunteers prepare rescue parcels. Sheikh Saud lauded the community’s efforts to assist brothers and sisters in Syria and Turkiye, in response to the UAE’s call to support those affected by the earthquake in February. He then signed a letter of support to the earthquake victims expressing his solidarity with them. Dr. Hamdan Mussallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the ERC, expressed his happiness at the visit of Sheikh Saud to the campaign’s headquarters, as well as his support, adding that he is a key supporter of the ERC and its local and international programmes. mjad Saleh

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DMCC concludes six-month Impact Accelerator Programme

DUBAI, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) DMCC, the flagship free zone and Government of Dubai Authority for commodities trade and enterprise, and Companies Creating Change (C3) have awarded AED 180,000 in cash prizes to three winners of the ‘DMCC Impact Scale-Up Programme Powered by C3’. The six-month programme supports the growth of impact-driven businesses that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and it represents a part of DMCC’s ESG strategy. As the UAE prepares to host COP28 and lead the conversation that drives the global sustainability agenda, the programme comes to an end. Fifteen impact-driven SMEs addressing some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges pitched their companies to a panel of business experts from PwC, Global Ventures, Astrolabs, and Brunswick in a pitch day that marked the end of the program. The winners of the programme are Grocedy, a Nigerian FoodTech platform that aggregates micropayments from low and middle-income earners towards a monthly food subscription and other micro financial services, EatCloud, a Colombian start-up that uses AI and blockchain technology to redistribute surplus food worldwide, reducing waste and supporting food banks globally, and Chefaa, an Egyptian GPS-enabled pharmacy benefits platform that allows patients to order, schedule and refill recurring prescriptions as well as all pharmacy needs. Feryal Ahmadi, Chief Operating Officer, DMCC, said, “As DMCC continues to place Dubai at the heart of global trade, it is essential that we also use our platform to have a positive impact on society. This is a momentous year for the UAE where sustainability is centre-stage, and it is also integral to DMCC’s strategy. With 15 companies tackling some of the most pressing environmental and social issues we face today, the first edition of the DMCC Impact Scale-Up Programme marks a great success in working towards this goal. Congratulations to all the participants in the programme we are excited to see your successes and your positive impact in the coming years.” Khalid Kalbat, Director of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Department at the Ministry of Economy of UAE, added, “This programme is a testament to the UAE’s commitment to social and environmental impact and to promoting entrepreneurship in the region. I commend DMCC and C3 for their efforts in enabling participating businesses to establish a presence in the UAE and leverage our local ecosystem as a launchpad to successfully expand across the MEA region.” ll SMEs participating in the programme became part of DMCC’s fast-growing community of over 22,000 member companies, receiving a bespoke 70% discount on licence fees and flexi-desk space for two years. Further discounts on licence renewals will also be offered for the following three years. longside a range of other initiatives aimed at enhancing environmental sustainability across its community, DMCC currently offers up to a 30% discount on licences to any company that becomes a member of the UN Global Compact to fight climate change.

Source: Emirates News Agency

SEC approves 1st batch of beneficiaries of housing subsidy 2023

SHARJAH, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council (SEC), chaired on Tuesday the Council’s meeting, during which the council approved the first batch of housing subsidy beneficiaries in 2023 that includes 502 beneficiaries with a total of AED378 million. The first batch included the loans and grants categories in all regions of Sharjah, and is distributed across new construction, completion and maintenance, and ownership of government housing. The meeting also saw the approval of the list of those exempted from repaying housing loans, amounting to 41 beneficiaries, at a cost of AED29 million. The SEC discussed the report on the legislative system and its impact on the emirate’s economy and its contribution to enhancing its competitiveness. Over the past years, legislation had multiple amendments to keep pace with Sharjah’s growth, enhance government performance, and provide better opportunities for investors. Moreover, the Council reviewed the Department of Town Planning and Survey’s digital transformation report, including the past years’ efforts in digital transformation and benefiting from international practices to improve the customer experience. It also reviewed the department’s digital transformation strategy for 2022-2024. The meeting was held in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Vice Chairman of SEC, and H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Vice Chairman of SEC. mjad Saleh/ Tariq Al Fahaam

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Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority concludes 8th edition of ‘Sustainable Trees Initiative’

SHARJAH, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) — The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) in Sharjah organised the closing ceremony of the eighth edition of ‘Sustainable Trees Initiative’ yesterday at the EPAA’s headquarters. The ceremony took place in the presence of Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, who honoured the winning schools and collaborating parties. The honouring ceremony also included a special exhibition, where students and members from winning schools presented their activities undertaken during the 10 consecutive day-long initiative. EPAA had launched the annual initiative under the slogan ‘Sustainable trees are a national treasure, in cooperation with the Emirates Foundation for School Education, the Sharjah Private Education Authority, and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, with the participation of 123 public and private schools. The initiative included school children of all age groups, from kindergarten to secondary education. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi said, “The initiative launched by EPAA aims to spread a culture of awareness of the importance of preserving our local beloved Al Ghaf tree, and the role of mangroves in reducing climate change, in addition, to educate and introduce students to the types of long-term trees that inhabit the local environment in the Emirate of Sharjah and across the UAE. We continue to work diligently to establish a culture of environmental awareness among all age groups of students, deeming it a vital part of the educational process.” The initiative targeted all educational levels, as the special activities programme in each stage included various activities, including planting Al Ghaf tree seedlings, acting dialogues, writing short stories about mangroves, designing brochures and posters, and writing articles about mangroves tree, visits to Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre, and other activities. t the closing ceremony of the initiative, EPAA announced the winning schools across all dominions, namely: Victoria International School from the central region in the kindergarten division, which won first place, and Sidra Private School second place. l-Sidra Private School won first place, and the National Charity School for Boys and Girls of Sharjah Al- Nasserya won second place, respectively in the first grade division. Third place in the same dominion went to Masar Private School. For the second class division, the American School of Creative Science in Maliha won the first place, while the Leaders Private School was awarded second place, and the NIMS New Indian Model School won the third place.

Source: Emirates News Agency