UAE renames major road after King Salman in lasting tribute

UAE renames major road after King Salman in lasting tribute
The newly named King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street runs from Abu Dhabi’s corniche to the popular marina area. (File/ Shutterstock)
Updated 25 September 2019

UAE renames major road after King Salman in lasting tribute

UAE renames major road after King Salman in lasting tribute
  • The UAE renaming one of Abu Dhabi’s main highways after the Kingdom’s monarch
  • Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, also lightened with the Saudi flag

DUBAI: The UAE marked Saudi Arabia’s National Day with a lasting tribute on Monday, renaming one of Abu Dhabi’s main highways after the Kingdom’s monarch.

The newly named 4.6 kilometer King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street- formerly known as Al Marsa Street – runs from Abu Dhabi’s corniche to the popular marina area.

The move came on the on the instruction of Sheikh Hazza Bin
Zayed Al Nahyan Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

But it is not the first time a UAE road has been renamed after King Salman.In 2016, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ordered that the coastal road running through the Al Sofouh district of the city, take the Saudi king’s name.

The UAE also marked Saudi national day by lighting the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, with the Saudi flag, while the Dubai Frame was shrouded in green.


UAE and Britain powering ahead to green energy targets

UAE and Britain powering ahead to green energy targets
Updated 10 January 2021

UAE and Britain powering ahead to green energy targets

UAE and Britain powering ahead to green energy targets
  • The UAE has shown foresight in the greentech space by laying out its ambitious Energy Strategy 2050

LONDON: With climate change and resource scarcity looming, the global green technology sector is leading the charge to create a cleaner energy future. 

Green technology (greentech) is a broad term for innovative companies that are working towards carbon-neutral solutions for a sustainable planet.

In tandem with its historically hydrocarbon-powered economy, the UAE is now a pioneer in energy diversification, launching some of the world’s most innovative solar, wind and waste-to-energy projects.

Home to a growing population and rising energy demand, the UAE is leveraging its abundant renewable resources and global technology partners to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint. Chief among its collaborators is the UK, which has a long history of greentech expertise and implementation.

According to Sarah Heineman, head of renewable energy at the UK Department for International Trade, there is vast potential for investment and cross-collaboration between the UK and UAE within the greentech industry.

“The British energy sector has one of the most advanced energy systems in the world. It is at the forefront of the transition to decarbonize power generation and has attracted significant private investment into innovation,” she said.

“Over the last five years, relative power emissions in the UK have fallen faster than in any other G10 nation,” Heineman noted, adding that Britain was the first major economy to pass laws for net zero carbon emissions.

Ambitious UAE energy vision

The UAE has shown foresight in the greentech space by laying out its ambitious Energy Strategy 2050. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, green energy has advanced rapidly in the GCC countries since 2014.

The Gulf project pipeline reached almost seven gigawatts of new power generation capacity by 2018, after record-breaking bids in renewable energy auctions in the UAE and Saudi Arabia made solar power cost-competitive with conventional energy technologies.

As well as being home to the world’s largest single-site solar park, Dubai is pioneering waste-to-energy innovation with the Al-Warsan project — which has the capacity to process 1.9 million tons of municipal solid waste per year and power around 135,000 homes.

The UAE’s transition to cleaner energy is helping Britain make the shift to net zero in the UK too. Abu Dhabi-owned energy firm Masdar is leading investment, research and development, and commercialization of renewables in the UAE, and has made multi-billion pound investments in three offshore wind farms in the UK. It has also invested millions in Britain’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Clean energy innovation

A 2018 UN report revealed that global investment in renewable energy and green technology processes surpassed $200 billion in 2017; $2.9 trillion has been invested in sources like solar and wind power since 2004.

In the UK, academia and research centres work closely with greentech companies to develop and commercialise innovative technologies to meet global demand. As the government continues to invest in the sector, Britain has inked hundreds of patents for leading environmental solutions.

“The UK — with its strong pedigree in renewables — is well-placed to help the UAE power ahead with its innovative energy vision and achieve its ambitious targets,” said Patrick Moody, British Ambassador to the UAE. 

UK greentech startups

British startups have already made significant inroads in helping to shape the UAE’s greentech sector. Northern Ireland-based Kiverco has been chosen to design and build the solution that will recycle all waste from Expo 2020 Dubai — a global event staged over six months that will see 25 million visits.

Kiverco installed the plant in early 2020, which will divert the highest percentage of landfill waste than any previous Expo. The recycling solutions will recover ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, plastic bottles, plastic film, paper and cardboard. Organic waste from the sprawling Expo 2020 Dubai South site will be converted into fertilizer, and construction material will be reused in roads.

Global sales manager at Kiverco, Con Gallagher, said: “The UAE is leading the charge when it comes to sustainable policies. Kiverco now has five active plants in the Gulf region. We are seeing more and more interest as governments turn their focus to mass-recycling strategies.”

UK-based Solar Water Plc, the world’s first carbon-neutral hydro-infrastructure dome, designed to produce clean water for municipal and industrial consumption, is in talks with the UAE government to implement its innovative glass technology.

The dome houses vast parabolic mirrors that capture the sun’s heat; this energy evaporates incoming seawater, which condenses and precipitates as fresh water, creating a constant water cycle within the dome. Salt is extracted from the brine as a by-product and sold commercially, ensuring that neither salt nor brine is returned to the ocean.

“In the last nine months, even amid the coronavirus pandemic, we have created a pipeline of projects in the Middle East,” said David Reavley, CEO of Solar Water. “I think there will be enormous demand over the next two or three decades. We are solving a big problem as the world progresses into climate change vulnerability.”

Patrick Moody, British Ambassador to the UAE, concluded: “The UK’s thriving renewable energy sector has the expertise and practical know-how to harness the UAE’s abundant renewable resources and futuristic sustainability vision. I see great potential for collaboration between the UK and the UAE.”


UAE reports 1,967 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

UAE reports 1,967 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
Updated 06 January 2021

UAE reports 1,967 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

UAE reports 1,967 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
  • UAE says 1,866 have recovered over the past 24 hours
  • Kuwait records 312 cases, Bahrain reports 229 cases

DUBAI: The UAE on Tuesday recorded 1,967 new coronavirus cases and three virus-related deaths.
Officials from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the total number of cases since the pandemic began had reached 216,699. The death toll is 685.
It was also announced that 1,866 people had recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. The total number of recoveries is 193,321.
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources issued a circular urging all federal authorities to implement several procedures related to their employees and all personnel who work for them, state-run WAM reported.
The circular says “employees of ministries and federal agencies must perform a nasal swab test or PCR test every 14 days; at the employee’s own expense, with the exception of employees who have obtained the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Elsewhere, Kuwait reported 312 new coronavirus cases, raising the total number to 152,027. The death toll remained at 938 after no coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the previous 24 hours.

Oman’s health ministry confirmed 190 new cases and no deaths, bringing the totals to 129,774 and 1,502, respectively.

In Bahrain, zero deaths was reported, keeping the death toll to 352, while 229 new infected cases were confirmed.


One killed, three soldiers injured in Israeli attack in Syria- SANA

One killed, three soldiers injured in Israeli attack in Syria- SANA
Updated 30 December 2020

One killed, three soldiers injured in Israeli attack in Syria- SANA

One killed, three soldiers injured in Israeli attack in Syria- SANA

CAIRO: One person was killed and three soldiers injured as a result of “Israeli aggression” in the Damascus countryside, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Wednesday, quoting a military source.
The source said the “Israeli enemy” carried out an attack from Northern Galilee and targeted an air defense unit in the Nabi Habeel area, said SANA.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli military declined to comment on the SANA report.


Oman relaxes COVID-19 measure for tourists

Oman relaxes COVID-19 measure for tourists
Updated 11 December 2020

Oman relaxes COVID-19 measure for tourists

Oman relaxes COVID-19 measure for tourists
  • Tourists must register for a coronavirus polymerase test which they are required to take upon arrival

DUBAI: Tourists traveling to Oman are now exempted from self-isolation and coronavirus testing before arriving to the country, local daily Times of Oman reported.
“The ministry would like to inform you that, based on the instructions received from the Ministry of Health, it has become possible to exempt tourists from quarantine and polymerase testing (PCR) before coming to the Sultanate, provided they adhere to the procedures that include a compulsory international health insurance that covers the costs of treatment of COVID-19 disease during their residency in the Sultanate,” the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism said in a statement.
However, before departing for Oman, tourists must register for a coronavirus polymerase test which they are required to take upon arrival to the Sultanate’s airports.
The registration must be submitted on emushrif.om.covid19, and the Tarassud Plus program of the Ministry of Health must be downloaded, the statement said.
“As for those coming through the land ports, they are required to present a medical certificate of a negative PCR result that is reported for a period not exceeding 72 hours before entering the Sultanate due to the lack of the required medical examination at the land ports at the current period,” it added.
Tourists’ residency period in the country must not exceed two weeks and they must follow the rules of their place of residence and are not allowed to share rooms or mix until their test results come out, the report said.
The statement also said: "Tourist groups were also excluded from the requirement of the decision to gather in tourist sites for no more than 5 people from the same family while adhering to the health condition of COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, Oman will exempt nationals of 103 counties from needing an entry visa for a stay of up to 10 days, police said on Wednesday, in a move to support tourism and shore up its struggling economy.
Visitors must have a confirmed hotel reservation, health insurance and a return ticket, Royal Oman Police said on its Twitter account.


UAE’s Barakah Unit 1 reaches 100% power capacity, commercial operations to begin early 2021

UAE’s Barakah Unit 1 reaches 100% power capacity, commercial operations to begin early 2021
Updated 08 December 2020

UAE’s Barakah Unit 1 reaches 100% power capacity, commercial operations to begin early 2021

UAE’s Barakah Unit 1 reaches 100% power capacity, commercial operations to begin early 2021
  • Achieving 100 percent power is one of the final steps of the Power Ascension Testing phase

DUBAI: The Barakah nuclear energy plant has achieved full capacity at its unit 1 operation, and is now capable of supplying 1,400 megawatts to the UAE’s power grid, the largest single source of electricity in the country.
This major milestone brings the Barakah plant one step closer to commencing commercial operations, scheduled in early 2021, state news agency WAM said in a report.
Achieving 100 percent power is one of the final steps of the Power Ascension Testing phase of the start-up process for Unit 1. Nuclear operators will carry out a series of tests before the reactor is safely shut down in preparation for the check outage.
During this period, the Unit 1 systems will be carefully examined, and any planned or corrective maintenance will be performed to maintain its safety, reliability and efficiency prior to the commencement of commercial operations.
The Barakah nuclear facility, located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new build projects in the world, with four APR-1400 units.
Construction of the plant began in 2012 and has progressed steadily ever since. Units 3 and 4 are in the final construction stages at 93 percent and 87 percent completion respectively, while the Barakah complex as a whole is now more than 95 percent complete.