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FAO sounds alarm on Desert Locust outbreak in northeast Africa and Saudi Arabia triggered by heavy rains

Increased vigilance, strict monitoring and early control needed to prevent further swarms forming and spread along both sides of the Red Sea

Heavy rains and cyclones have triggered a recent surge in Desert Locust populations, causing an outbreak to develop in Sudan and Eritrea that is rapidly spreading along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, FAO warned today. The UN agency called on all the affected countries…

Deutsche Post DHL
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DHL Global Connectedness Index: Globalization hits new record high

Mauritius is sub-Saharan Africa's most connected country

International flows of trade, capital, information and people all intensified significantly for the first time since 2007; Mauritius is sub-Saharan Africa's most connected country; Mozambique named as one of the countries where international flows most exceed expectations DHL (www.DHL.com) released the fifth edition of the DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI) yesterday –…

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DEAL 2019 in Dubai to unleash robots, drones, virtual reality concepts aimed at African markets

Newgame changers to bring further engaging and immersive experience in African Family Entertainment Centers (FEC)s and indoor theme parks

The entertainment concepts are evolving and have taken a completely new avatar with the growing popularity of virtual reality gaming concepts. Furthermore, drones and robots have also entered the fray and currently are in very high demand across FECs and indoor themeparks. Several such innovative technologies and concepts will be showcased…

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Legal battle for control of Djibouti Ports comes to Hong Kong

China Merchants Port Holdings controls the controversial 1,150-hectare Port of Hambantota, which Sri Lanka handed over to China on a 99-year lease

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative. FactWire (www.FactWire.org) has obtained a legal filing by United…

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Guterres calls for urgent climate action and increased ambition, as UN Weather Agency confirms record global warming

Middle East and North Africa region faces more extreme weather

In the wake of data released by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), showing the past four years were officially the ‘four warmest on record,’ UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent climate action and increased ambition, ahead of his climate summit in September. His reaction on Wednesday came…

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UAE funds four water pumping stations in Sudan

Adam Jama'a, the Governor of Kassala, expressed appreciation to the UAE leadership under Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohamed for the project, which, he said, is the first of its kind

The UAE has implemented four water pumping stations west of the Sudanese State of Kassala and signed contracts with the state government to drill 10 water wells, with work underway to establish additional pumping stations fed by Atbara River to address the severe drinking water crisis. The Abu Dhabi Crown…

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UAE Ambassador launches ‘Pulses’ to treat children with heart ailments in Morocco

This campaign, which was announced at a press conference, is aimed at examining 300 children with congenital heart deformities and performing more than 80 surgeries on poor patients, in the hospital

Ali Salem Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Morocco, yesterday launched "Pulses", an initiative in Marrakech city to treat children with heart ailments. This campaign, which was announced at a press conference, is aimed at examining 300 children with congenital heart deformities and performing more than 80 surgeries on poor patients,…

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African Innovators Shine during Zayed Sustainability Prize’s 2019 Awards Ceremony

With over 2,000 submissions from 130 countries, the highest number of applications came from Africa, which is a testament to the growing role African innovators are playing in global innovation

African innovators excelled at this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize (www.ZayedSustainabilityPrize.com) annual awards ceremony on January 14 2019, winning in three out of five categories including Energy, Food and Global High Schools.   The 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize, which is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability, honoured leaders whose work…

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President, VP, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed send condolences to Mauritania's President

In the cable, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed expressed his sincerest condolences, and prayed to Allah the Almighty to rest the soul of the deceased in Paradise

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a message of condolences to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, on the death of Mrs. Bint Moulay A'ala. In the cable, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed expressed his sincerest condolences, and prayed to Allah the Almighty…

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Marriott International announces Marriott Bonvoy – the new brand name of its Loyalty Program

Marriott Bonvoy invites members to explore the world with its leading hotel portfolio

Marriott International (www.Marriott.com) today unveiled Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty brand replacing the current loyalty brands – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – and reflecting the unmatched benefits, single loyalty portfolio and experiences announced last year. Marriott Bonvoy is built on the belief that travel…