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Anwar Kargash to CNN: Relations with Russia a “calculated risk” in increasingly polarized world



Anwar Kargash to CNN: Relations with Russia a “calculated risk” in increasingly polarized world

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Russia’s biggest economic forum, which has been shunned by the West since its invasion of Ukraine, hosted a high-profile guest at the last minute on Friday, the president of the Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During his working visit to Russia, the UAE President briefly toured the country’s pavilion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

As of Friday morning, most of the foreign officials listed in the audience were mostly at the ministerial level, representing countries that are neutral in Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed told Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I am delighted to be here today with Your Excellency, and we want to develop this relationship and trust you to do so.”

The forum was held in Putin’s hometown and was once one of Russia’s main international summits.

However, the event has seen no Western presence since the Ukraine war, and the emergence of a prominent Emirati president threatens to anger the United States and Europe, who are bent on isolating Russia on the international stage.

For the UAE, it’s a “calculated risk,” part of the Gulf state’s policy in an increasingly polarized world, he told CNN in exclusive comments.

“This polarization must be broken,” said Dr. Anwar Kargash, diplomatic adviser to the UAE president. “Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is meeting with many Western leaders and it is important that he hears from President Putin. He can support the joint efforts of the international community,” he added. “We are trying to listen to all sides” to overcome the current polarization, he added.

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Kargash described the UAE president’s visit to Russia as part of that policy to ensure channels remain open with Putin.

In their televised meeting, Putin thanked Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for his efforts to “resolve humanitarian issues in the context of events related to the exchange of prisoners in Ukraine.”

The official Emirates News Agency (WAM) said Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed spoke to Putin about speeding up efforts to “mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the crisis and support prisoner exchange efforts on both sides”.

Gargash said, “Instead of taking the traditional view of moving away from a crisis that overwhelms everyone … we really need to think about making a positive difference.”

In December, the United Arab Emirates brokered the release of American basketball player Brittney Griner in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bode.

A senior Emirati official told CNN in December that Sheikh Mohammed’s meeting with Putin last October was part of Britney Greener’s release.

“The UAE is building its influence globally through mediation,” said Tina Esfandiari, senior adviser to the International Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa program.

“He’s in a good position to do that because he’s maintaining his relationship with Russia, he’s also talking to the United States,” Espandier told CNN.

A year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Gulf state’s balancing act shows a broader policy of prudent neutrality across the Middle East, as well as the inability of the United States to align its allies in the Middle East with the Western bloc. against its enemies.

The United Arab Emirates maintains 5,000 US troops at Al Tafra Air Base outside its capital, Abu Dhabi.

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Over the past three years, the UAE has developed close ties with Israel, becoming one of its closest allies in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, bilateral trade with Russia is expected to grow by 68% to $9 billion in 2022, mostly Russian exports to the UAE.

This still pales in comparison to China, which reached $72 billion in non-oil trade alone, or its largest trading partner, the United States, which is expected to reach $23 billion by 2021.

The UAE continues to open communication with Iran, expand trade ties with China and mend strained ties with Turkey.

But the UAE’s policy towards Russia has called on the US to issue warnings about individuals and companies that allow Russia to evade sanctions, as it risks losing access to G7 markets.

The United Arab Emirates is this year’s country “guest of honor” at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and is represented at the 4-day event by the ruler of one of the seven emirates that make up the federation. With Abdullah Bin Duq Al-Marri, Emirati Minister of Economy.

Espandiari said the UAE would “examine the situation before going to extremes with Russia”.

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Abu Dhabi Police school bus drivers must adhere to 5 rules



Abu Dhabi Police school bus drivers must adhere to 5 rules

Abu Dhabi Police requires school bus drivers to observe five rules, ensuring the safety of students while taking them to and from school, not using the phone while driving the school bus, maintaining the legal speed, maintaining the bus before moving off, and using the stop lever when students board and disembark. and Fastening the Belt.Student Safety.

Pay attention and pay attention while driving, pay attention to pedestrians, road signs and its surroundings, follow the instructions of traffic workers and follow them, and avoid accidents. Promote positive behavior among drivers and introduce laws and regulations to protect the safety of students on their way to and from school.

Five tasks have been identified for male and female invigilators to ensure that the students are seated, to remain calm while the bus is running, to monitor their safety while boarding and alighting the bus, and to contact the concerned authorities in case of emergency. Students were ejected from the bus during its final stop.

Abu Dhabi Police has called on school bus supervisors and drivers to adhere to traffic laws, noting that they have conducted several awareness workshops for school bus drivers and supervisors.

The Directorate of Traffic and Patrols at the Abu Dhabi Police General Command implemented the “Back to School” initiative at the start of the academic year within the framework of a nationwide federal campaign under the slogan “Our Children Hope”.

It emphasized its interest in improving traffic awareness among drivers by implementing activities and traffic awareness programs as part of efforts aimed at improving responsibility for following traffic rules and regulations and reducing the causes leading to traffic accidents and resulting deaths. Serious injuries.

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He emphasized on the need to observe complete stopping of vehicles when the stop arm is opened for buses at a distance of not less than five meters (in both directions) to avoid penalty. Dh1,000 and 10 traffic points for buses carrying school children if drivers do not stop when they see a stop sign.

It also stressed the importance of raising awareness among families on traffic safety and the importance of providing a safe environment for school students, awareness programs on pedestrian safety, focusing on nothing but the road, and wearing seat belts while driving. Leave adequate safety distance when standing behind school buses.

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Urology conference discusses development of clinical skills and training in techniques



Urology conference discusses development of clinical skills and training in techniques

Dr. Abdul Qader Al Jarouni, President of the Emirates Urological Society and Chairman of the 12th Emirates Urology Conference and 20th Asian Conference, confirmed Dubai’s efforts to host it for the first time in the Middle East and Gulf countries. Especially due to the lack of female elements, pointing to a comprehensive vision and training the current generation of doctors in the right scientific foundations, he pointed out a significant increase in the number of specialized doctors at that time.

He told Al-Bayan at the opening ceremony of the conference held yesterday in front of 2,500 doctors from 75 countries at the Conrad Dubai Hotel and modern equipment in all sub-disciplines in kidney diseases and urinary tract surgeries. Lectures on the use of robotics, fertilization, artificial intelligence and pediatric diseases.

Al Jaroni touched on prostate cancer, which mainly affects people over 50 years of age or those with a family history, considering early detection as the most important means of complete treatment and recovery, especially when treatments are available in the country. .


Touching on the objectives of the conference and its expected outcomes, he said, “One day it is absolutely necessary to intensify the work on day surgery and emphasize the importance of prevention of diseases related to urinary tract. field through the exchange of experience among doctors and experts from different countries of the world.”

He said that the conference will be accompanied by a special scientific exhibition in which more than 65 international organizations will participate to showcase the latest scientific discoveries in the field of urology and a men’s health conference in mid-December. One of the important conferences on the map of health events in the country.

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Dr. Yasser Al-Saeedi, vice president of the association, said the conference, which will end today, focuses on developing clinical skills and training on the latest technologies and modern equipment in all subspecialties in kidney diseases and urinary tract surgeries.

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HR forum discusses future jobs in Dubai



HR forum discusses future jobs in Dubai

At the third session of Human Resources Forum 2023, organized by the Human Resources Department of the Government of Dubai, participants discussed the future of jobs and skills in the Government of Dubai, and several experts gave a summary of their ideas and experiences on jobs. and future capabilities.

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During the forum attended by HR officers from Dubai government departments, a panel discussion was organized in which many experts participated. They talked about future skills and employment opportunities in the Dubai government and lessons learned from best practices. Many lectures. Presented by experts from the United Arab Emirates: Focusing on the future of work, future skills for leaders and future skills.

Abdullah Ali bin Saeed Al Falasi, Director General of the Human Resources Department of the Government of Dubai, stressed that Smart Leadership pays more attention to human resources and is keen to train the Emirate’s people to lead future government jobs. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and President of the United Arab Emirates, confirms the Dubai Cabinet and Ruler, “may God protect him”.

He said that the Human Resources Department of the Government of Dubai is keen to develop the necessary strategies and plans to adapt to future changes and prepare sustainable pioneering talent in line with its vision focused on supporting the future visions of the Emirate of Dubai. , with innovative talents, outstanding minds, and global competitive expertise, to lead and develop the HR sector, develop smart solutions, flexible and innovative policies and transform the sector into a central organization by developing skills and minds that support competitiveness in the Emirate of Dubai.

The Human Resources Department of the Government of Dubai is preparing for the future, aiming to adopt high-performance work methods, develop innovative solutions to future challenges and lead pioneering thinking by harnessing the best entrepreneurs. Practices, in order to raise its readiness to meet current and future challenges, as well as through its strategy, focus on attracting renowned national and international talent, aligning the Emirati’s capabilities with national and local strategic directions, developing skills to qualify employees, and creating an optimal environment for working in the Government of Dubai.

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He also explained that the Dubai Government Human Resources Department aims to achieve leadership in the management system by launching four strategic projects as the first plan revolves around the future aspects of the workforce in Dubai. To ensure human capital and talent, preparedness, flexibility and preparedness… Human capital and workforce in the Emirate of Dubai face rapid changes in the economy, technology and labor market dynamics.

He pointed out that the second strategic plan of the Human Resources Department of the Government of Dubai is Workforce Planning, a strategic initiative aimed at anticipating the future needs of workforce and talent, ensuring preparedness and flexibility, and ensuring readiness. As the Government of Dubai addresses the challenges and needs of the labor market, the third project is the Dubai Future Skills Centre, a common framework for qualifying human resources, a strategic initiative aimed at making Dubai and its Government the best in the world. The fourth project is Engineering the Jobs of the Government of Dubai, a strategic plan to prepare an empowered workforce with specialized skills that are future-ready and globally competitive. Designing a human resource infrastructure that provides the foundation for human resource practices for departments, institutions and organizations affiliated with the Government of Dubai, including, but not limited to, compensation and payroll systems, career development and workforce planning.

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The nature of work is changing rapidly and continuously, and the key challenge is to develop the skills students need, such as problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and interpersonal communication skills such as empathy and synergy, he said. They will create fields of work that include artificial intelligence, robotics, automation and advanced manufacturing.

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He explained that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has imposed a new reality full of opportunities, challenges and new skills. While it will provide new types of work that did not exist before, it will eliminate many traditional jobs and move towards acquiring new skills. Through future challenges and growth.The greatest technology the world will witness.

Future skills

In his speech during the forum, the Director of the Center for Future Studies, University of Dubai, Dr. Saeed Al Taheri spoke about future capabilities and quoted the late founding father Sheikh Saeed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. God rest his soul,” when he said: “Future generations will live in a world “that is completely different from what we are used to, so it is necessary to prepare ourselves and our children for that new world.”

What we need for the future is a mindset of growth, resilience, learning and high performance and technical and specialized skills such as visioning, programming, data science, machine learning and soft skills, he emphasized. Tools such as creative thinking, complex problem solving, effective communication, leadership, working within a team, emotional and social intelligence, and other skills as per the need of the hour are needed for life-long learning, learning agility and artificial intelligence that can be developed tools, etc., data analysis and methods.

He said that 42% of jobs will be automated by 2027, and the skills of the current workforce will suffer over the next five years, with 6 in 10 workers needing training before 2027.

As artificial intelligence and automation control many tasks, he pointed out that creative thinking is the most important skill in life, and we must focus on imagination, creativity and innovation so that we do not lose our jobs, individuals and companies. Creative thinking is highly capable of innovation and resilience. At the Human Resources Forum’s third session for the current year 2013, Saeed Mohammed Al-Nazari of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development spoke about the future capabilities of leaders and recently focused on the importance of building people. Regarding the importance of personal characteristics, which are one of the most important skills required by an employee, 78% of jobs require personal characteristics, such as being proficient in managing a work team and having expertise in creative thinking.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, established the Leadership Development Center, considered one of the most important centers in the region, and it was completed. Since 2003, 850 leaders have been created.

During the forum, Willis Towers Watson Dubai Head of Work and Reward Yun Shing Lee also spoke about managing future talent and said that a successful strategy is to be very clear about the goal you want to achieve. At the same time being too flexible in how to achieve the goal. Constant change and changes have a negative impact on employee experience, participation, well-being and productivity.

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