UAE marks 47th anniversary of ‘dream that became reality’

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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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Kuwait participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
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Kuwait participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
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Saudi Arabia participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
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Saudi Arabia participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
Updated 03 December 2018
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UAE marks 47th anniversary of ‘dream that became reality’

DUBAI: UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on Sunday on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. 
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed hailed the establishment of the country in 1971 as a “dream” that became a “bright reality” for the citizens, the nation and the world. 
In a statement to ‘Nation Shield’, the UAE Armed Forces’ magazine, Sheikh Khalifa said: “Today, we celebrate the glorious 47th anniversary of the announcement of our Union and the establishment of our country, a dream that became a bright reality for our people, the nation, the region and the world at large.”
The Union was a reflection of a “deep desire” held by the citizens and the country’s leadership, he added. 
Sheikh Khalifa described the establishment of the country as a “groundbreaking” initiative by the UAE’s founding fathers, under the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said UAE’s National Day has gained special momentum this year, as it coincides with the 100th birth anniversary of the founding father. 
“If not for Sheikh Zayed, our Union would not have seen the light; nor would our nation have been able to survive the challenges that beset his drive to establish the Union,” Sheikh Mohammed said in a statement to the magazine. 
2018 was the ‘Year of Zayed’, which celebrated 100 years of the late Emirati leader’s birth. It was an occasion to highlight the extraordinary leader’s achievements and showcase his efforts, and insight for the nation. 
Also speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that celebrating National Day is a “message of duty and a renewal of loyalty” to the nation and its founders, in recognition of their efforts to realize the dream of the Union.
“It is a message of determination to continue working to preserve the achievements of our united nation, strengthen its pillars and always fly its flag high,” he said.
He added that the leadership believes that the true wealth of the country lies in its human capital, noting that the UAE is entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the age of artificial intelligence, “armed not with money and oil, but rather with educated and qualified Emiratis who possess the skills of the time.”
Several events were held across the country to celebrate Emirati tradition and culture, such as Yola and Al Ayala dances, henna, falcon displays, as well as live traditional music performances by Emirati musicians. 


Terror funding has ‘new face,’ warns Saudi Arabia's attorney general

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Terror funding has ‘new face,’ warns Saudi Arabia's attorney general

  • Financial crimes a rising threat to global economy, MENA forum told

JEDDAH: The changing dynamics of terror financing and money laundering posed a growing problem for countries and organizations seeking to halt their spread, a regional conference in Cairo was warned.

Saudi Arabia's Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mua’jab told the first Middle East and North Africa conference on countering terrorism that new forms of transnational terror funding and money laundering demanded greater cooperation between states and organizations.

The conference, organized by the Egyptian Public Prosecution Office, aims to bolster international unity in the face of the escalating threat of terrorist financing and money laundering operations.

“Saudi Arabia has spared no effort in combating these two crimes,” Al-Mua’jab said.

He said money laundering and terror financing are at the “forefront of global criminal phenomena,” and often complemented each other.

“One of the most important steps the world has taken through its international and regional systems is to engage in initiatives and agreements to combat terrorism financing and money laundering as the artery of the criminal body that strikes the global economy,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia is a key partner in the international coalition against the so-called Daesh terrorist organization and leads, together with the US and Italy, the Counter Daesh Finance Group. It has also implemented laws and procedures aimed at combating money laundering and terrorist financing,” he said.

Al-Mua’jab said the September 2018 report of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Saudi Arabia had praised the Kingdom’s commitment to the recommendations of the group.

“Saudi Arabia has spared no effort in combating these two crimes,” he said. “It was one of the first countries in the world to be affected by terrorist acts. Its experience of combating the crimes has been exemplary.”

He said measures taken by the Kingdom included the 2017 “Law of Combating Crime and its Financing,” regulation of charities and the establishment of a standing committee to investigate money laundering.

The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution Office recently released a manual outlining steps to counter money laundering, including measures for seizure and confiscation, tracking of funds and details of international cooperation. 

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority has also issued a guidebook for Saudi banks to combat money laundering. 

A recent Saudi Cabinet meeting outlined strategic objectives for reducing the risks of the two crimes, he said.