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Mandatory health care rules for Dubai a good move: UAE paper

DUBAI: New regulations from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) making the presence of fully-equipped and staffed health clinics in Dubai’s private schools mandatory will come as a great source of comfort for parents, commented a UAE daily.

This is an important development because it means that were there to be a medical emergency at a school, a child will be assured of immediate access to expert medical care and parents can rest assured that their child will be provided timely medical assistance, the Gulf News wrote in its today’s editorial.

The new ruling is comprehensive and pertains to every aspect of health care at school, including the size of the clinic based on the number of students, the modalities of providing emergency aid to children, presence of appropriate medical equipment at the clinic and a confidentiality clause that provides every child the right to privacy.

“School clinics are also expected to maintain a child’s medical records. These are excellent provisions that will ensure no child suffers due to lack of competent medical care, a situation that can often have severe consequences for all the stakeholders in a child’s education the school administration, parents and most important, the child,” the paper concluded.


UAE outgoing Ambassador meets Thai Prime Minister

BANGKOK: Mohammed Ali Omran Al Shamsi, the UAE’s outgoing Ambassador to Thailand, has met with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime minister of Thailand to mark the end of his tenure in that country.

The ambassador expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Thai prime minister and the government for all the cooperation given during his stay as well as fruitful cooperation in promoting bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.

On the occasion, Al Shamsi conveyed greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the UAE to the Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, wishing him good health and more welfare and prosperity to the people of Thailand.

Thai Prime Minister reciprocated good wishes of Thai government to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa and the UAE, stressing his country’s desire to enhance bilateral ties with the UAE.

General Prayut Chan-o-cha also extended thanks to Al Shamsi for his cooperation during his tenure in the country, wishing him good luck and success in his future assignment.


KF team implements 2nd phase of aid to people affected by cold wave in Tunisia

TUNIS: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyna Foundation (KF), yesterday implemented the 2nd phase of its winter aid to the victims of cold wave that hit Tunisia recently.

KF team, in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Tunisia and the Tunisian Union of Social Solidarity, has continued its field tour in Siliana, Northwest of Tunis, which is the second governorate among 12 affected by the cold wave.

KF official source said that the foundation’s team distributed parcels to hundreds of Tunisian families in the governorate where around 5,000 families will benefit from the aid out of 37, 000 families covered by the assistance.

The source added that parcels which were delivered to the underprivileged and affected families included food, winter clothing, blankets, heaters and fuel oil.

Tunisian officials and beneficiaries welcomed the KF team and hailed initiative of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide assistance to needy Tunisian families.


New group of Masdar Institute Young Future Energy Leaders join ranks of sustainability pioneers at ADSW

ABU DHABI: The 2015 members of the Young Future Energy Leaders, YFEL, programme, a Masdar Institute of Science and Technology outreach initiative – will be inaugurating their year-long experience at the annual World Future Energy Summit, WFES, the flagship event of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, taking place from 19th–22nd January.

“The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week sets in motion what promises to be an immersive year of experiences, engagements and exposure for the talented members of YFEL. Thanks to the UAE leadership’s continued support of this and other Masdar Institute programmes, new doors of opportunity will open for these young leaders. I am confident that the YFEL members of 2015 will take full advantage of the opportunities available at ADSW to learn, network and innovate,” said Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs, Masdar Institute.


Dubai Customs’ Mass Wedding Committee holds educational courses for newlyweds

DUBAI: In collaboration with the Mass Wedding Committee in the Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs, and the Al Nahda Women Association, Dubai Customs is holding a series of awareness courses for employees on the threshold of tying the marital knot.

The Successful Marriage Programme is due to be held from the 18th to the 22nd of January at Dubai Customs Training Centre ahead of the forth Mass Wedding of DC employees to be organised on March 8th-9th of this year.

A group of elite lecturers, experts and specialists in the fields of sociology and domestic relations will deliver the five-day educational programme with the ultimate goal of creating awareness on the rules of forging marital bonds, and ultimately achieving domestic tranquillity.

The lectures are set to address a number of issues, including achieving harmonisation between parents in raising children, how to deal with marital disputes, personal financial management skills and spousal rights and obligations.

Director of the Corporate Communication Department, Khalil Saqer Bin Gharib, said, “Organizing of the fourth cycle of the Mass Wedding at Dubai Customs and the second in line with the DNRD comes in line with DC’s commitment to serve the local community in partnership with other government entities.” He added that the launch of this awareness programme for participants in the second cycle of the mass wedding is geared up toward helping people who are about to get married to be better equipped and prepared to face any issues that they may face in their marital lives.