Third UAE aid ship bound for Gaza arrives at Al Arish Port as part of Operation ‘Chivalrous Knight 3’


AL ARISH: The third UAE aid ship carrying 4,630 tonnes of relief supplies arrived at the Port of Al Arish, after being dispatched as part of Operation “Chivalrous Knight 3”, to provide further humanitarian support to affected Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

The shipment includes food and medical supplies, children’s formula, shelter materials, winter clothing, and other necessary supplies.

The ship was dispatched under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), to support the people of Gaza and meet their needs.

Present during the ship’s arrival at the Port of Al Arish, Rashid Mubarak Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of ERC, affirmed that this humanitarian aid batch aims to boost the UAE’s humanitarian and relief efforts aimed at supporting the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, launched as part of Operation ‘Chivalrous Knight 3’.

Al Mansouri explained a thorough plan has been developed, in co
ordination with ERC teams in the Strip, to distribute the aid shipment to beneficiaries in the most affected areas, noting that the ERC is exerting tireless efforts to keep pace with the humanitarian challenges in Palestine, especially in terms of food and other necessary supplies.

The third aid ship had departed from the Port of Fujairah on 23rd March, carrying 4,218.3 tonnes of food supplies, 370.2 tonnes of shelter materials, and 41.6 tonnes of medical aid, in addition to six water tanks, two septic tanks, and one diesel storage tank.

The ship’s cargo was supplied by the Emirates Red Crescent, the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.

The arrival of the third ship is a continuation of the UAE’s ongoing efforts to provide relief and humanitarian support to civilians in the Gaza Strip, as part of Operation ‘Chivalrous Knight 3’, to alleviate their suffering.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Budding diplomats journey through international diplomatic landscapes on AGDA’s global expedition


ABU DHABI: Budding Emirati diplomats currently training at the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy have recently completed a two-week educational trip across Italy, Switzerland, the United States, India, and Ethiopia.

This journey was an integral part of their practical training, designed to provide them with a unique and comprehensive learning experience.

The AGDA annual trip offers students the chance to acquire a hands-on understanding of diplomacy by exposing them to a diverse array of perspectives and concepts associated with international development, as well as the complexities of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and foreign policy.

Discussing the value of international visits, Nickolay Mladenov, Director-General of the academy, stated, “These trips are in line with our mission to equip a new generation of diplomats to address global challenges. By engaging our students in visits to major diplomatic centres such as Rome, Geneva, Washington, New Delhi, and Addis Ababa, we have given them a thorough
understanding of the realities of governance and foreign policy. Additionally, these experiences foster a sense of camaraderie and provide opportunities for diplomatic networking, which are instrumental in forging stronger connections among peers and in preparing them for their future academic pursuits.”

Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al Dhaheri, AGDA’s Deputy Director-General, added, ‘Our student trips are specifically organised to provide a wide and instructional opportunity for each cohort to witness different perspectives in diplomacy. For some, this may be their first experience of the world’s amazing diversity of culture, so our students learn first-hand about the complexities of modern diplomatic functions through the unique real-life experiences they get in these cities.’

Throughout the trip, the students participated in various functions, including meetings, social events, and guided tours, which greatly enhanced their knowledge and understanding of representing the UAE and engaging in foreign policy activit
ies. Their schedule included attending ceremonies for official agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, showcasing diplomacy in practice.

In New Delhi, students had the privilege of being hosted at the Indian Institute of Technology’s Research Innovation Centre and participated in discussions at the Ministry of External Affairs’ Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan. In Addis Ababa, they visited the African Union Headquarters and enjoyed a dinner hosted by the UAE Ambassador, which provided opportunities to establish valuable diplomatic connections. Additionally, the students engaged in discussions at the Institute for Foreign Affairs, where they discussed the priorities of Ethiopian foreign policy and significant regional developments.

In Rome, the students took a course on AI and Diplomacy at Luiss University and met with the World Food Programme (WFP). In Washington D.C., they met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Benaim and engaged in dialogue with the UAE-US Business Council. All these interactions a
llowed the future UAE diplomats to enhance their understanding of diplomacy and engage with practitioners from whom they can learn.

Mariam Al Mansoori, a student, shared her reflections on the trip, stating, ‘The trip was truly centred on immersing ourselves in the essence of each nation, grasping the subtleties of their diplomatic practices, and witnessing their challenges and achievements. All of this broadened my global outlook.’

Another student, Hamdan Al Naqbi, expressed, ‘It is remarkable how just a few weeks of hands-on diplomatic experience can broaden one’s perspective. This trip has taught me the importance of embracing diversity and provided me with a deeper understanding of how to navigate the complexities of our interconnected world.’

The academy equips students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to fulfil their duties as future diplomats and representatives of the UAE. As a premier institution for diplomatic education, the academy offers a distinctive learning experience tha
t combines region-specific programmes, thought leadership, and access to leading experts in diplomacy.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Tomorrow’s weather: Partly cloudy skies, possible light rain


ABU DHABI: According to the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), tomorrow’s weather outlook indicates predominantly partly cloudy skies. There is a possibility of isolated light rains impacting some western coastal areas and islands. These regions may also experience mid-level clouds.

Wind speeds are anticipated to range from light to moderate, occasionally becoming brisk. Wind direction will be south-easterly to north-easterly, with average speeds of 10 to 20 kilometers per hour and potential gusts reaching 35 kilometers per hour.

In the Arabian Gulf, wave heights are expected to be light, with occasional periods of moderate conditions. High tides will occur at 12:46 AM and 01:19 AM, with low tides at 06:59 PM and 07:21 AM.

In Sea of Oman, wave heights are forecast to be light. High tides are anticipated at 09:31 AM and 09:22 PM, with low tides at 03:21 PM and 03:55 AM.

Source: Emirates News Agency