EDB reaffirms commitment to industrial advancement at 3rd Make it in the Emirates Forum


ABU DHABI: Emirates Development Bank (EDB), the key financial engine of economic development and industrial advancement in the UAE, has announced its participation at the third edition of Make it in the Emirates Forum as Diamond Sponsor, reaffirming its commitment to advancing the UAE’s manufacturing sector.

Organised by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s (MoIAT) in partnership with the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Forum takes place from 27th – 28th May 2024 at the Abu Dhabi Energy Centre.

Commenting on the participation, Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, Chief Executive Officer of EDB, said, ‘As a key financial enabler of the UAE’s Industrial Development Strategy, we look forward to participating in the Make it in the Emirates Forum in its third edition. This is a unique opportunity for industry leaders, investors, and innovators from around the world to have comprehensive dialogues and forge new partnerships and deals to redefine the
UAE’s industrial landscape.

‘In an era where AI is defining industry 4.0 and shaping economies of the future, manufacturing remains one of the most important sectors to the UAE’s sustainable development and diversification agenda. This vital sector is a strategic priority for us at EDB and we are committed to enabling advanced manufacturing and boosting the in-country value across key industries in the UAE. Our aim is to ensure our financing contributes to sustainable economic growth and promotes the Made in UAE brand as a mark of the country’s manufacturing excellence and global competitiveness.’

EDB’s CEO will take part in a panel discussion titled ‘Crafting economic success: Smart incentives for sustainable manufacturing growth and securing global leadership in key sectors’, to be hosted on Day 2 of the Make it in the Emirates Forum. The Bank will also showcase its innovative financing solutions and accelerator programmes supporting manufacturing companies and entrepreneurs as well as the wide range of f
lexible financial and non-financial solutions the Bank offers to enable key sectors that are crucial for building a diverse, resilient, and sustainable economy in the UAE.

Source: Emirates News Agency

ADAFSA showcases efforts to support development of Emirati honeybee species


ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Emirati beekeepers by providing them with high-quality queen bees of the local Emirati honeybee breed. This initiative aims to increase the production of premium local honey varieties such as Sidr, Samar and Ghaf, while ensuring the sustainability of the country’s beekeeping sector. The announcement coincides with the annual celebration of World Bee Day on 20th May.

Last March, ADAFSA successfully bred and produced 2,693 queen bees from the ninth generation of Emirati honeybee queens. These efforts are part of the authority’s ongoing commitment to develop the Emirati honeybee species, produce high quality honey and reduce dependence on imported bee colonies.

ADAFSA has continued its distribution efforts, providing 2,283 ninth-generation queens to local beekeepers, and breeding activities are ongoing. The target is to produce 3,000 queens during the spring breeding season (March to mid-May 2024
) and an additional 2,300 queens during the autumn breeding season (October to mid-November 2024). This will result in a total production of 5,300 queens from the ninth generation of Emirati honeybee queens.

The authority indicated that a total of 13,217 queens from eight generations of Emirati honeybees were produced from 2016 – 2023, of which 10,703 queens were distributed to beekeepers across the country.

To promote local honey globally, ADAFSA organised the Al Wathba Honey Festival in Abu Dhabi from 26 January to 8 February 2024. Held in conjunction with the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Agricultural Excellence Award, the festival was attended by 60 beekeepers and companies involved in honey production. It included various honey competitions and prizes for participants.

ADAFSA also conducted scientific workshops and seminars on beekeeping and honey production. Topics covered included preparing honey samples for local and international competitions, the quality and importance of local propolis, best practice
s in rearing Emirati honeybee queens, and interactive sessions with beekeepers to discuss challenges in the sector and potential solutions.

In an important step, ADAFSA has published a scientific book titled Bees and Beekeeping in the UAE. This marks the first publication in the UAE focusing on all aspects of bees, honeybees and beekeeping in the country, including wild and managed bee species. It highlights their significant role as pollinators of flowering plants in nature and crops. Written to appeal to a wide audience, the book blends general knowledge about the diversity, importance and conservation of bees with in-depth insights into challenges unique to honeybees (Apis mellifera) in the UAE.

Key topics covered in the book include sustainable beekeeping practices, managing hives in hot and arid environments, and identifying and addressing major pests and diseases. Special attention is given to the wild dwarf honeybee (Apis florea), a prevalent species in the UAE.

ADAFSA has also developed a special b
ooklet on beekeeping and honey production for children, which aims to teach them how honey is made, and the terminology associated with bees and beehives.

This year, the authority issued a brochure on bee-eaters which feed mainly on bees, making it one of the most significant threats to bee populations, explaining the most effective prevention methods to reduce the impact of bee-eaters on bees. The bee-eater is one of the migratory bird species whose hunting or killing is prohibited by law.

Some of ADAFSA’s projects in the pipeline include a project to monitor pests and diseases affecting honey bee colonies in the country. The authority aims to develop a management programme to safeguard honeybee populations and ensure the sustainability of beekeeping in the UAE. The results of this project are expected by the first quarter of 2025.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Kuwait Amir offers condolences over demise of Iranian Pres. Raisi


His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent on Monday a cable of condolences to Acting President of Iran Mohammad Mokhber over the demise of President Ebrahim Raisi and his accompanying delegation in a helicopter crash.

His Highness the Amir also expressed similar sentiments to the families of the deceased, wishing them and the Iranian people patience and solace.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

227 days of war on Palestine


Gaza – Together – Israeli aircraft continued their bombing of various areas of the Gaza Strip on the 227th day of the war, leaving dozens of martyrs and wounded.

The Israeli occupation committed eight massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, claiming 70 martyrs and 110 injuries during the past 24 hours, bringing the toll of the Israeli aggression to 35,456 martyrs and 79,476 injuries.

In the south of the Gaza Strip,

the Israeli occupation forces pushed more tanks into the neighborhoods of Rafah.

The occupation tanks advanced towards Salah al-Din Gate, south of the city of Rafah, and towards the Brazil neighborhood adjacent to the border with Egypt, while destroying more homes in the al-Salam neighborhood.

Other tanks are stationed in the vicinity of the Martyr Abu Youssef Al-Najjar Hospital.

An Israeli raid on the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah, led to the death of three citizens from the Khafaja family, including the Deputy Director of Tal al-Sultan Police, Ayman Hamdan Khafaja.

Eight
citizens were also injured in the same raid and were taken to the Kuwaiti Hospital in central Rafah.

In Khan Yunis, the occupation aircraft launched a series of air strikes east of the governorate.

In the middle of the Gaza Strip,

efforts are continuing in the Nuseirat camp to retrieve the martyrs from under the house of the Hassan family, after 31 martyrs were recovered.

The occupation army killed the deputy director of investigations in Deir al-Balah along with one of his assistants.

The occupation aircraft carried out a raid in the vicinity of Al-Qastal Towers, east of Deir Al-Balah, and another raid east of the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Gaza and the North:

The operation to invade Jabalia camp continues for the second week in a row.

The occupation forces forced a large number of displaced people to leave the displacement centers in the camp under a barrage of gunfire.

Two citizens were martyred in the bombing of the Al-Mutawaq family home on Old Gaza Street in Jabalia Al-Balad
.

Six martyrs from the Labad family died after an apartment in the Beit Lahia project in northern Gaza was targeted.

The martyrs were the citizen Zahi Abed, his wife and four of his children.

There were martyrs and wounded in the bombing of a house for the Al-Arouqi family in the Abu Iskandar area in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, north of Gaza City.

An Israeli raid on a house in the vicinity of Sheikh Zakaria Mosque in the Daraj neighborhood led to the death and injury of a number of citizens.

Source: Maan News Agency

A decision to remove the Governor of Jerusalem from the West Bank for the sixth year in a row


Jerusalem – Ma’an – Today, Monday, the occupation intelligence summoned the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, for interrogation at the Al-Maskobiyya Center, “Rooms 4.”

The Jerusalem Governor’s media explained that the intelligence handed the Jerusalem Governor a decision with the intention of the “Commander of the Central Region” to renew the decision to remove him from the West Bank, for the sixth year in a row.

Since Jerusalem Governor Ghaith assumed his duties, he has been subjected to arrests, summonses, and various decisions that limit his movement and work. He was imposed on house arrest after an indictment was filed against him, which was preceded by a decision to impose house arrest on him, in addition to preventing him from entering the West Bank.

Source: Maan News Agency