UAE minister highlights private sector’s role in national food security agenda 

UAE minister highlights private sector’s role in national food security agenda 
The event is held at the Dubai Exhibition Center within the World Expo site. (AN)
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Updated 19 October 2021

UAE minister highlights private sector’s role in national food security agenda 

UAE minister highlights private sector’s role in national food security agenda 
  • The UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam bint Al-Mheiri is opening the first day of the 2-day forum

DUBAI: The private food and beverage sector in the UAE has played an important role in the country’s response to supply chain pressure during the pandemic, a minister said, highlighting its part in achieving bigger food security goals. 

“The UAE is putting efforts to transition into more sustainbale food systems. This is where [the private sector’s] role is so important,” Emirati Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam bint Al-Mheiri said. 

The minister said the government will work hand in hand with key players in the private sector to tackle issues including reducing food waste, creating healthier food options, and empowering local sources. 

The comments were made at the ongoing Future Food Forum held in Dubai, where top executives in the food and beverage sector are also participating. 

Al-Mheiri, whose ministry plays a key role in the UAE’s national food security agenda, said the Gulf country will focus on two major goals.

“We want to be pioneering as a food hub for food trade, but we also want to be less dependent on net food imports,” she explained.

At the same time, Al-Mheiri said the UAE also has ambitions to be a center for knowledge and innovation in food technology, particularly in growing food in hot and arid climates. 

The Future Food Forum will run until October 20 at the Dubai Exhibition Center within the World Expo site. 


Soudah Development joins United Nations World Tourism Organization

Soudah Development joins United Nations World Tourism Organization
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Soudah Development joins United Nations World Tourism Organization

Soudah Development joins United Nations World Tourism Organization

RIYADH: Soudah Development, a closed joint-stock real estate development company owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, became an affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization – the United Nations agency responsible for promoting tourism as a key driver of economic growth and environmental sustainability, it said in a statement.

As an affiliate member of the UNWTO, Soudah Development will be able to work with more than 500 global companies, educational and research institutions, destinations, and NGOs. It will provide a platform to establish dialogue, share information and take further action to promote tourism and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

It becomes only the 25th company in the Middle East to join an alliance of more than 500 global members and joins some of Saudi Arabia’s leading tourism destination developers including NEOM, Qiddiya, the Red Sea Development Company, and the Royal Commission for Alula.

Soudah Development is developing a luxury mountain destination in a unique and authentic setting among the clouds at 3015 meters above sea level.  Its sensitive sustainable quality development strategy is fully aligned with its goals of protecting natural environments and wildlife, empowering local communities and showcasing the extraordinary centuries old culture and heritage in Soudah and parts of Rijal Almaa.

Husameddin Almadani, CEO of Soudah Development, said: “Building powerful and effective partnerships with like-minded organizations is an important part of our ongoing efforts to create a luxury mountain tourism destination high above the clouds.”

“We are delighted and enormously proud to have already achieved this exciting and prestigious affiliate membership of the UNWTO.  It is the latest in a series of strategic ties we have established with local, regional and global stakeholders to further our goals. It demonstrates our commitment to operate according to the highest global standards and working with the best in the business in Saudi Arabia and internationally and position Soudah and Rijal Almaa as a year-round destination that will attract more than two million visitors throughout the year by 2030.”

 


Renewables will provide 95% of power capacity growth in next five years: IEA

Renewables will provide 95% of power capacity growth in next five years: IEA
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Renewables will provide 95% of power capacity growth in next five years: IEA

Renewables will provide 95% of power capacity growth in next five years: IEA

Jeddah: Renewable energy will make up 95 percent of total global power capacity growth in the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency.

The IEA’s executive director Fatih Birol said when it comes to renewables, solar power plays the most significant role.

“Solar is the new king of the global power markets,” he said.

About 55 percent of all power plants installed in the world will be solar, and while all countries will increase their renewable facilities, the lion’s share will be in China and India, he highlighted.

“These two giants account for about half of the entire renewable capacity installations,” he said, adding: “China, especially driven by solar power, alone provides about 40 percent of the global growth.”

One of IEA’s concerns is the high commodity prices, which will also result in an increase in renewable energy prices.

Birol added that India is well in line with the 500 gigawatt target, as mentioned at the COP26. 

He also said the southern Asian country is witnessing a huge growth in biofuels, and in the next five years the IEA expects India to become the third largest market in the world after the US and Brazil.

“Even though we are breaking a record in renewables transition, we still need to double that pace in order to be in line with our renewable targets as well as our net zero targets,” he said.

Electric cars are estimated today to amount to 10 percent of all the cars sold this year, compared to 2 percent in 2019.

Pointing to the two-year jump regarding renewable energy and electric cars, the executive director said: “We can clearly say that a new global energy system is emerging.”


Saudi tourism minister urges global coordination to tackle omicron

Saudi tourism minister urges global coordination to tackle omicron
Updated 01 December 2021

Saudi tourism minister urges global coordination to tackle omicron

Saudi tourism minister urges global coordination to tackle omicron

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister on Wednesday called for a coordinated international response to omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus.

“The lesson of the pandemic is that we need more international coordination and a greater recognition of the critical role of tourism in our economies,” Ahmed Al-Khateeb wrote on his official Twitter account. 

The minister called on the UN’s World Tourism Organization to address the latest strain. He also warned against the new variant’s impact on the Kingdom’s tourism sector. 

“Over the last few months, I have met with more than 100 tourism ministers (from around the world), and we share a consensus that the sector needs stronger support and international coordination,” he added. 

Saudi Arabia confirmed its first case of omicron on Wednesday. A passenger coming from a North African country was tested positive for the new strain.


OPEC+ sees worsening oil surplus Q1, 2022 - document

OPEC+ sees worsening oil surplus Q1, 2022 - document
Updated 01 December 2021

OPEC+ sees worsening oil surplus Q1, 2022 - document

OPEC+ sees worsening oil surplus Q1, 2022 - document

LONDON: OPEC+ sees the oil surplus worsening to 2 million barrels per day in January, 3.4 million bpd in February and 3.8 million bpd in March next year, an internal report seen by Reuters showed.

"Generally, the impact of Omicron seems to be jet-fuel related for now, particularly in Africa and Europe," the report said.


NY-based crypto firm plans to raise $500m in debt

NY-based crypto firm plans to raise $500m in debt
Updated 01 December 2021

NY-based crypto firm plans to raise $500m in debt

NY-based crypto firm plans to raise $500m in debt

CAIRO: Galaxy Digital, a New York-based crypto investment company, intends to raise $500 million in the debt market, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

The firm seeks to utilize the funds to expand the business.

“Galaxy is seeking to become the Goldman Sachs of crypto,” Financial Times reported on behalf of Novogratz, a former Fortress Investment Group executive.

“The company is growing quickly, with net income rising in the third quarter to $517 million, from $41.5 million in the same three months last year,” he added.

Galaxy detailed that the deal will only serve persons who qualify as professional investors.

The convertible note deal is expected to close this year, subject to Toronto Stock Exchange approval, where Galaxy’s shares are listed.