COVID-19: UAE reports 1,550 new coronavirus cases, 5 deaths
Health|: Abu Dhabi: The UAE on Thursday reported the detection of 1,550 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths and 1,508 new recoveries. The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the new cases were detected after 302,236 PCR tests were conducted the country over the past 24 hours across as part of its plan to expand the scope of screenings. With the newly detected cases, the total number of coronavirus infections in the country has increased to 677,801, while fatality tally has risen to 1,1939, and total recoveries have now touched 655,183. The ministry expressed its regret and sincere condolences to the deceased’s families and wished patients a speedy recovery. The ministry reiterated its call on community members to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to precautionary measures and abide by social distancing for everyone’s health and safety.
Man jailed in Dubai over seizing woman in his villa, abusing her
Crime|: Dubai: A man has been sentenced to two years in jail in Dubai over charges of raping a woman after they met on a social media platform. According to the Dubai Court of First Instance, the 24-year-old expatriate woman met the defendant in April last year on SnapChatt. After months of chatting, the duo decided to meet in July last year at a hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. The woman claimed that both of them had consumed alcohol before the defendant asked the woman to join his friends at a villa in Jumeirah Village Circle. Villa visit “I asked one of his friends to drive my car as I don’t drink and drive. It was after midnight when we reached the villa. I went to the bathroom on the second floor and then wanted to sleep as I was tired,” said the woman on record. The defendant then locked the door, stripped naked and jumped on to the bed. The defendant resisted him and begged him to leave her, but he slapped her on the face and threatened to bring all the other men in the villa over and have her raped if she refused to engage in a sexual act with him. The woman claimed that she was terrified with the threat and so allowed him to have his way. Claim of consensual sex “For three months he was polite while chatting with me and he had told me that it was his villa. I was speaking in Arabic with him as I’m from an Arab origin,” added the woman. The defendant finally allowed her to leave the villa and it was only then that she reported the incident to Al Barsha Police Station. Read more Dubai Police arrest gang involved in Dh13 million burglary of jewellery and watches Gang jailed for stealing iPhones from Dubai shop UAE joins hands with Interpol’s Operation Liberterra Abu Dhabi court sentences nine people to ten years in jail and fines each Dh10 million for money laundering, cryptocurrency trading The defendant claimed, on record, that he had had consensual sex with the woman. Dubai Public Prosecution has charged the defendant with kidnapping, sexual abuse, threatening and rape. The verdict has been appealed and the first hearing at Dubai Court of Appeal will be next month.
UAE stresses importance of two-state solution at UNSC Meeting on Palestine
UAE|: NEW YORK: The UAE has stressed that the only sustainable solution to overcome the deteriorating conditions in the Palestinian territory is to achieve a two-state solution through the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions, the Madrid reference, and the Arab Peace Initiative. This came in a written statement submitted by the UAE to the UN Security Council quarterly open debate on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”. The statement drew attention to the difficult humanitarian, political, and economic challenges facing the Palestinian people, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the obstruction of the political process. Read More Mohamed bin Zayed receives the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa lauds Abraham Accord between UAE and Israel Urgent support The UAE stressed that strengthening the international community’s tangible, practical, and urgent support for vital sectors in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the health and education sectors, must be an immediate priority. In this regard, the UAE highlighted the food and health aid it recently provided, reflecting its historic commitment to the Palestinian people. UAE aid Between 2013 and 2020, the UAE has provided more than US$840 million to finance vital sectors and support development efforts in the Palestinian territory. This is in addition to the US$2.6 million in food aid recently sent to thousands of Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip, the delivery of more than 30 ambulances, and other medical assistance since the onset of the pandemic. The UAE affirmed that the international community must help maintain the recent ceasefire and encourage efforts to prevent escalation and advance negotiations. It also emphasised the need to protect the prospects for the two-state solution and to break the deadlock by relaunching a credible peace process. Accordingly, the UAE affirmed its support for regional and international efforts to advance this process, particularly the efforts of Egypt and Jordan in helping to reach a ceasefire. The UAE also underscored the need to stop all illegal practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which threaten the two-state solution and violate international law and relevant Security Council resolutions. These activities include building and expanding settlements, confiscating and demolishing Palestinian property, and forcibly displacing the population. Legal status The statement also asserted the importance of preserving the legal status of East Jerusalem, ensuring Palestinians can practise their religious traditions, and of respecting the historic role of Jordan as the custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem. The UAE reaffirmed its commitment to continuing working with regional and international partners to end the cycle of conflict in the Middle East based on its belief that the people of the region deserve to enjoy a decent life in stable countries and secure societies, where tolerance and prosperity prevail, and in which people can realise their hopes and aspirations.
UAE health-care heroes take part in fashion show
UAE|: Dubai: Health-care heroes in Dubai took part in a fashion show — a first-of-its-kind in the region. Gulf Medical University (GMU), along with DCOM designs, Root Square and PaintBrush Art Community, Dubai, had organised the event called Walking Art. It was a tribute by the artists’ community in the UAE to our frontline heroes. The programme was attended by Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of GMU, who was the chief guest at the function, along with Dr Bu Abdullah, the Chairman of BU Abdullah group, and Uttam Chand, Consul of Visa and Community Affairs, Consulate of India in Dubai, who were the guests of honour. The fashion show began with an opening act by GMU alumni, led by Dr Ramita and comprising Dr Afrah, Dr Kajal and Dr Sandra as participants. Health-care heroes in Dubai took part in the first-of-its-kind fashion show in the region. Image Credit: Supplied The next act was the Fashion Walk, performed by Dr Shanthi and Dr Dhvanthi, along with the nursing and support staff of Thumbay University Hospital. Doctors, staff members, alumni and students from GMU, Thumbay University Hospital and the Thumbay Group took part in the event. The final performance was the first-ever ‘White Coat Fashion Show’ in the region. The white coats were painted in 27 different designs by the following artists: Anjini Laitu, Lalita Sharma, Sonal Purhohit, Sughat Priadarshi, Sana Moin Ahmed, Varsha Saju, Rishu Gosain Roy, Jyoti Singhala, Anil Kamble, Afsan Qureshi, Adelina Maria Prabita Rajesh, Mohd Wadood, Ahmed Al Awadi (Rukni), Jasmine Rizwi, Anjini, Iti Sethi, Paani Sagar, Akshay Arora, Archana, Anjini, Sonal Madan, Nupu and Shobha Iyer from the PaintBrush Art Community, Dubai. Read more 92% of COVID-19 survivors in Abu Dhabi reported no persistent symptoms after testing negative, survey shows Video: Two-year-old Yemeni girl treated in Abu Dhabi hospital for rare congenital anomaly COVID-19: UAE infections falling, says disaster management authority COVID-19: New rules to enter Identity & Citizenship offices in UAE Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU, said: “We are proud to host this event, which is a tribute from the UAE, Gulf Medical University and the team to the health-care heroes of the world. Today, our superheroes don’t wear capes, they wear white coats.” The Student Affairs Department of GMU helped coordinate the event.
Dubai to become a leading centre for the education and treatment of people with autism
UAE|: Dubai: In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued Decree No. (26) of 2021 pertaining to Dubai Autism Center. The new decree seeks to make Dubai a leading centre for the education and treatment of people with autism. The legislation outlines the roles of the Center, whose key aim is to integrate children with autism into the community through holistic educational methodologies and therapeutic interventions. The Chairman of the Board will issue the decisions necessary to implement this Decree, subject to the approval of Board members. Read More COVID-19: Abu Dhabi’s latest 'Green List' with 31 countries includes Bahrain and the Maldives Reader in Dubai asks: Can the accused seek a pardon even after being sentenced in a bounced cheque case? Emirati wins Dh1 million in Al Ansari Exchange draw As part of implementing the new Decree, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai issued Executive Council Resolution No. (22) of 2021 appointing the Board members of the Dubai Autism Center. Board Members The Board will be chaired by Hesham Al Qassim and its members include Dr Alia Bint Humaid Al Qassimi, Dr Hind Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani, Sami Al Reyami, Salha Khalifa bin Thiban Al Falasi, Dr Sheikha Ahmed Al Raisi and the Director General of the Center, who will be appointed by a decision issued by the Chairman of the Board. The Centre’s sources of funding include revenues from fees charged for its services and programmes as well as donations, grants and endowments approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Council of Dubai may also approve other sources of funding. The new decree The new Decree replaces Decree No. (21) of 2001 and annuls any other legislation that may contradict its provisions. Decisions issued to implement Decree No. (21) of 2001 will remain in place until new decisions replacing them are issued. The Centre’s headquarters are based in Dubai. The Board of Directors can issue decisions to open branches and offices for the Center both within and outside the emirate. Decree No. (26) of 2021 and Executive Council Resolution No. (22) of 2021 are effective from their date of publication in the Official Gazette.
Emirati, Filipina, Russian share Dh1 million prize purse from Mahzooz draw in Dubai
UAE|: Dubai: An Emirati, a Filipina and a Russian struck it rich after winning the Dh1 million second-tier prize in the latest Mahzooz draw. They matched five out of the six winning numbers (19, 29, 30, 40, 41 and 43) and took home Dh333,333 each. Thirty-nine year old Emirati F. Ahmed said her reason to participate in Mahzooz was the charitable aspect of the draw. She noted: “When I came to know about Mahzooz, I was so intrigued by the idea of entering the draw by simply donating a bottle of water to the needy. So, participating in Mahzooz has always been a win-win situation for me. I have won the Dh35 fourth prize multiple times and the Dh1,000 third prize once, but winning Dh333,333 is a different story. I really feel happy and blessed,” added the mother of two, who said the prize money was a great gift for her family. She also said that the money will be put in an investment. Right timing For Rea, the 41-year old Filipina winner, the prize came at the right time. She said: “My mum has come to visit me here in Dubai, but she couldn’t fly back to the Philippines due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. This prize money is a blessing because she can stay longer with me here now.” Rea, who has lived in Dubai for 13 years and works as an analyst for a food packaging company, added that her mum was her lucky charm. “Last Sunday, I was having my morning coffee with my mum. I then checked my emails and came across a message from Mahzooz saying that I had won Dh333,333. I simply couldn’t believe it. I showed the email to my mum and we both shed tears of joy,” she added. Securing family’s future For the Russian winner named Muslim, 42, a father of five, winning the second prize in Mahzooz will “secure his family’s future”. He said: “My wife and kids are so excited about this win that has transformed our lives in the blink of an eye.” How to participate The next Mahzooz draw is scheduled for July 31, at 9pm (UAE time). Tickets are priced at Dh35. Entrants can participate by registering on the Mahzooz website. The live weekly draw is hosted by Lebanese presenter and TV personality Wissam Braidy, and Indian model, presenter and entrepreneur Aishwarya Ajit. Read more Dubai Police caution motorists after accident on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to visit Austria on Thursday Dubai-based Canadian wins $1 million in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw More than 18,000 Abu Dhabi workers get Dh300m in unpaid salaries Paediatric programme Meanwhile, Ewings, the managing operator of Mahzooz, has signed a contribution agreement with Al Jalila Foundation to support its paediatric ‘Farah’ programme, which provides life-saving treatment to children suffering from heart diseases, cancer and other chronic illnesses. The funds raised through the Farah programme are invested in medical treatment and research. “We collaborated with Al Jalila Foundation and supported their A’awen programme earlier this year. We are building on this successful partnership as we believe in the noble causes carried out by the Foundation. Contributing to the Farah programme gives us immense pleasure as every child deserves a happy and healthy life,” said Farid Samji, CEO of Ewings.
The GEMS Wellington Academy — Silicon Oasis (WSO) Nursery gives children the right start in life
Education|: The Foundation Stage programme at GEMS Wellington Academy — Silicon Oasis (WSO), rated ‘Outstanding’ for eight consecutive years, has always been centered on child-led pedagogy, moving away from ‘cookie cutter’ worksheets and learning to focus instead on developing children as individuals and allowing them to exercise their creativity. The WSO Nursery takes this approach even further, with a complete focus on each child as an individual while embracing the true Reggio Emilia approach, says Ami Maclennan, Nursery Director. Excerpts from an interview. What are the key principles of the Reggio Emilia approach? How does enrolling a child in nursery following this approach give them a head start in life? Reggio Emilia is a popular approach to teaching and learning around the world. Children are given the opportunity to engage in authentic ways with the world around them, and encouraged to question, wonder and explore. Reggio Emilia allows children from a very young age to use their voice in their own lives and learning. Teachers, as observers and facilitators, need to be flexible, knowledgeable and creative in how they respond to each child and understand their place in the classroom. Experiences are set up for children and their reactions lead to a specific topic or theme. What is the GEMS group’s vision behind launching this specialised nursery, especially in terms of the location, in Silicon Oasis? We are dedicated to our families and the wider community. The WSO Nursery will extend this family even further, providing the first steps for a child’s educational journey. We want to give every child the best possible start, and we believe the Nursery will achieve this by getting children ready for school in a way that will not only prepare them but also, more importantly, nurture them in a way that only attending this setting can provide. Teachers, as observers and facilitators, need to be flexible, knowledgeable and creative in how they respond to each child and understand their place in the classroom. Ami Maclennan, Nursery Director What facilities — both infrastructurally and academically— does this nursery provide over its competitors? Within the Reggio Emilia approach, the environment is considered to be the ‘third teacher’. The WSO Nursery classrooms are designed to avoid plastic toys and resources that stifle creativity, focusing on natural materials that encourage children to use their imagination and decide for themselves how they would like to interpret different resources. Resources are not limited to typical pre-school toys, but extended to include a selection of real-life objects such as clay tools and basic cooking utensils. All children grow and become ready at a different pace, and this is where we will create individual learning plans based on our deep knowledge of the developmental milestones and readiness levels. Please tell us a little more about the indoor discovery hub and the outdoor learning environment that the nursery provides? This is designed as a complete, natural playground, bringing the outdoors indoors. Children can explore to their heart’s content, developing physically, socially and emotionally. Due to where we live in the world, outdoor learning opportunities can be somewhat limited, so this is one of our main philosophies — to encourage a love and relationship with nature in a way that promotes confidence and builds resilience. The Nursery will also have its own outdoor learning area where children can explore water, sand and mud, engage in their own imaginary play and even plant and grow their own crops. How will your nursery prepare children with all the skills needed to transition into FS1 and beyond? By combining our ‘Outstanding’-rated Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) British curriculum with the Reggio Emilia approach, children will experience an integrated, holistic learning experience that will develop their own personalised interests but also enable them with the skills needed to make a flying start into FS1. Come along to our Open Day on Wednesday, August 18, where you can find out more and register free! Event attendees will receive a free uniform set worth Dh600 when enrolling on the day.
UAE fuel prices for August 2021
UAE|: Abu Dhabi/Dubai: Fuel prices have been announced for the month of August and here's what motorists will pay next month (from August 1): Super 98: Dh2.58 a litre. Special 95: Dh2.47 per litre. Diesel: Dh2.45 a litre. Fuel prices for the month of August 2021 were announced on Thursday by the UAE fuel price committee. Current fuel rates for July 2021 are the following: Super 98: Dh2.47 per litre Special 95: Dh2.35 per litre Diesel: Dh2.42 per litre
Dubai Police caution motorists after accident on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road
Government|: Dubai: Dubai Police issued an alert for motorists after an accident on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed (SMBZ) Road today in the morning. Following the accident, there were reports of a traffic pileup on SMBZ Road towards Abu Dhabi. The accident occurred after the Mirdiff City Center Bridge, in the direction towards Abu Dhabi. In a tweet issued earlier today, Dubai Police advised motorists to drive with caution. Read more Dubai Taxi control centre gets an upgrade Video: Orphan children choose new clothes for Eid Al Adha — thanks to Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority Ropeway: RTA explores to develop aerial transport network in Dubai Video: RTA uses artificial intelligence to improve bus services in Dubai Details to follow.
Reader in Dubai asks: Can the accused seek a pardon even after being sentenced in a bounced cheque case?
UAE|: Bounced cheque case Question: A month ago, Dubai Supreme Court sentenced my friend to one year in jail in a bounced cheque case. The court order was final. My question is: According to UAE criminal law, 1) Do we have any chance to have the jail sentence waived off? 2) In case the aggrieved party agrees to drop the case, can a pardon be worked out? Please advise. Answer: According to Article 20 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, a criminal case will be considered as terminated under the following circumstances: — The death of the accused. — Issuance of final judgement. — Waiving of the legal suit by the one who has the right to do it. — A comprehensive pardon. — Repealing the law that punishes the act. — A criminal case shall expire after the lapse of 20 years in the articles of felonies for which he or she shall be sentenced to death or imprisonment; by the lapse of ten years in the materials of other felonies; by the passage of three years in the articles of misdemeanour; and by the lapse of one year in the material of the offence — all from the day of the crime. The period of time for the criminal case to expire shall not be suspended for any reason. As for bounced cheques, Article 401 states the ways in which a criminal case is ended in the third paragraph of Federal Law No 34 of 2005, amending some of the provisions of the Federal Penal Code No 3 of 1987, that states: ‘The criminal case in the crime of giving a cheque in bad faith will expire by payment, or by the victim’s waiver after the crime occurred, and before a final ruling is reached. If the payment or waiver is done after a final judgement, then the execution of the judgement shall stop immediately.’ This was implemented by the Federal Supreme Court in Dubai on May 1, 2017, stating that: The criminal lawsuit will lapse if payment or waiver occurs after the crime has occurred and before a final ruling has been reached. It is mandatory to rule the end of the criminal case in the crime of bounced cheque by waving off or making a payment before a final ruling is issued in the case, which is what we achieve by the most appropriate law for the accused in the provision of Article 13/1 of the Federal Penal Code No 3 of 1987. The Federal Supreme Court also confirmed that the criminal case for the crime of giving a cheque without a balance does not end except by full payment of the cheque amount or wavier by the victim. But, if the payment is incomplete, there is no place for the judiciary to close the case. This came through in the merits of a case that was examined by the federal Supreme Court, in which the court refused an appeal in the crime of issuing a cheque without sufficient balance and the Appeals Court sentenced the accused to one month in prison. Public Prosecution referred the accused to criminal trial, because he had issued, in bad faith, to the beneficiary a cheque for Dh127,400 that was not matched by sufficient withdrawable balance. A first-degree court sentenced the accused to one month in prison and the sentence was upheld by the Court of Appeal. The accused did not accept this ruling and again appealed against it. Payment of the cheque amount by the accused or waiver by the victim and stopping the execution of the court order or ending the case should be done through Public Prosecution. The Supreme Court confirmed this in Dubai on February 24, 2014, when the appellant submitted a document of assignment in the case documented by Dubai Notary Public dated 2/2/2014 and issued by the complainant. This was submitted to Public Prosecution with a request for exemption from punishment Then, pursuant with Article 401, the third paragraph of the aforementioned law, the court ordered termination of the criminal lawsuit. Read more Dubai Police arrest gang involved in Dh13 million burglary of jewellery and watches Gang jailed for stealing iPhones from Dubai shop UAE joins hands with Interpol’s Operation Liberterra Abu Dhabi court sentences nine people to ten years in jail and fines each Dh10 million for money laundering, cryptocurrency trading Dismissal of a company manager Question: According to UAE Commercial Law, what is the procedure to dismiss the manager of an LLC company? Does it make any difference if the manager is a partner in the company? Does one need to appoint a new manager immediately? Please advise. Answer: Article 85 on ‘Vacancy of the office of the manager’ states the following conditions: 1. Unless the Memorandum of Association of the company or the contract appointing the manager provides otherwise, the manager shall be dismissed by a decision of the General Assembly, irrespective of whether the manager is a partner or not. The court may dismiss the manager at the request made by one or more of the partners in the company, if the court deems that such dismissal is justified. 2. The manager may file a written resignation to the General Assembly, with a copy to the competent authority. The General Assembly shall decide within 30 days from the date of submission of his or her resignation. Otherwise, his or her resignation shall be effective upon the expiry of this period — unless the Memorandum of Association of the company or the contract appointing the manager states otherwise. The company shall notify the competent authority about the termination of services of the manager within no later than 30 days from the date of termination of service. The company is free to appoint another manager during such period.
Trusity's Super 6 programme builds the next generation of entrepreneurs
Education|: Trusity, the one-stop learning space, is proud to announce the launch of its integrated holistic development programme, the Super 6. It aims to provide youth with the ability to build knowledge and skills that are necessary to be confident, independent and future-ready. It is designed in a progressive manner covering Innovation, Communication and Entrepreneurship. The programme has been designed and developed by a team of successful entrepreneurs and is intended to motivate and empower young minds to make a difference in the world. “At Trusity, we believe in buillding children to be better prepared to confidently face the future. By integrating Innovation, Communication and Entrepreneurship, the Super 6 programme enables youth to develop the necessary knowledge and future-ready skills such as effective communication, problem-solving, risk-taking, planning and leadership. It is also aligned with the recently launched National Programme for Coders in the UAE that aims to enhance the digital economy, nurture and enable talent locally and drive the country forward as an innovation and digital hub.” said Praveen Sharma, Co-founder and CGO, Trusity. Phase 1: Innovation The innovation phase of the programme provides a hands-on training in coding, robotics and artificial intelligence. The learners explore technology to understand the conceptualisation and application of ideas. It is curated to build early computational aptitude in young minds. Phase 2: Communication Trusity’s Art of Communication programme is a three-level learning journey designed to develop the communication skills of young adults for personal life and in readiness for their work life. The programme aims to develop the skill of exchanging ideas, thoughts, knowledge, and information such that the purpose or intention is fulfilled in the best possible manner. Phase 3: Youngpreneurship Trusity’s Youngpreneurship programme is aimed to provide youth with the ability to recognise opportunities and build their confidence and self-esteem through reflective self-evaluation of their entrepreneurial ability. The programme will teach them how to commercialise a concept, test the soundness of that concept, develop a business plan, and initiate a business venture. Through the integrated Super 6 programme, Trusity aims to support youngsters in building futuristic projects by providing training, mentorship and a platform that could help them kick-start their start-up ventures. For more information, visit Trusity.com or call/WhatsApp on +971 55 1411403.
Rise of Petrochem CEO Yogesh Mehta: From a monthly salary of Dh2,000 to owning a billion dollar firm in Dubai
Dubai: From a salary of Dh2, 000 a month to owning a billion-dollar company, the rise of Yogesh Mehta, 61, CEO of Petrochem Middle East - the largest chemical distributor in the Middle East - has been phenomenal. Mehta, who came to UAE in 1990, runs this family-owned business along with his son Rohan, 32, and a team of dedicated professionals. When it all started Bitten by the entrepreneur bug right from a young age, Mehta started his first business when he was 19 years old. “I ventured into some trading business. Some of it worked some did not.” Yogesh Mehta got married to Falguni when he was 24. “By the time I was 28, I had lost all my money. My business had collapsed. I was educated but nothing was going right in my career. So, with practically no money in my pocket, I set foot in Dubai on March 15, 1990. “When I landed here, I was pretty much down and out. I thought I was done with life. Although I was married with a son who was almost a year old, I felt I had reached the end of my career. I needed a boost, another opportunity to start life anew. So I thought I must give it a shot at trying a job in Dubai,” said Mehta. Yogesh Mehta with this wife Image Credit: Supplied And Dubai did provide him with the opportunity. Dubai – the land of opportunity Back in the early 90s, Dubai was not as developed as it is today. “But there was promise in the air. The positive vibes were unmistakable.” “When I was contemplating a career change in my life, many people said that Dubai is a land of opportunity. I came to try my luck here, but I did not know the massive growth potential that was waiting for me.” “Back in the days, we had two-lane highways. Everyone knew everyone,” he said. Mehta started work almost immediately after landing in Dubai. He worked as a partner for a small business dealing with chemicals – similar to what Petrochem is doing today. As the business grew, he separated from his old partner in 1994 and formed Petrochem with a British expatriate living in Dubai. “My dream was to be a business magnate. I wanted to be rich.” “Last year, the turnover was $1.5 billion. We are the largest chemical distribution company here in the Middle East and are ranked number 12 in the world,” said Mehta. Petrochem has businesses worldwide including in London where Mehta owns a large home. Other branches are in Singapore, Taiwan, China, India, Egypt, London and Amsterdam. The company is headquartered in Dubai. The company has a staff of 230 worldwide of which 145 are working in the UAE. Making it big in the UAE "Petrochem grew big because back in the days it was easier to get agencies to distribute chemicals. We wanted to create state-of-the-art distribution terminals, so we formed a team of professionals. We hired the best chemical engineers. They made it happen for Petrochem. It was great teamwork, end of the day,” said Mehta. "One of the biggest challenges we faced was the 2007 economic crisis. That was one of the worst times we faced. From the height of the boom we enjoyed in 2001. The stock market crashed, then gold. We almost felt that the world was coming off. But, as professionals, it was not the time to give up. We knew a downturn had struck, but we also knew it was the time for some innovation.” Mehta said he and his team went down to the drawing board once again. “We sat down as a team and listed things we could do and not do. One critical outcome of the brainstorming was the decision not to change our line of business, but we decided to change the way we did our business. Our strategies were revamped,” Mehta said. Yogesh Mehta with members of the Abu Dhabi Hindu Mandir committee Image Credit: Supplied The pandemic: the ups and downs Mehta said that after Lehman Brothers' collapse and the subsequent economic recession faced by the world, the next big blow to the economy has been the recent pandemic. “It has been a severe blow. In 2020 when the pandemic struck, it was sad seeing lives lost. Work came to a halt. Lockdowns and closures added to the woes. Luckily for us, we are in the chemical industry business. For example, we have products that are used in sanitisers. Demand for our products has grown because sanitisers are in huge demand now.” Running a successful family-owned business Mehta said that as the Petrochem business grew in 2018, his erstwhile British partner offered to sell his share of the business. “David came up to me one day and said it is better to run the company as a family-owned one since my son was already in the business. So we parted as good friends.” “In 2018, he left, and my son acquired the shares in the company. Today, we own this company jointly.” Taking a risk at 29 Mehta was 29 when he landed in the UAE. “I had nothing to lose as I had already lost everything. I had a wife and son to look after. I knew I had to take the chance. I set foot in Dubai hoping my life would improve. Little did I know it would change 180 degrees for the better,” Mehta said. Once in Dubai, he did a whole lot of research on the chemical industry business here. “I studied about various chemicals – like which ones get imported into the UAE and which were exported from here. I made a business file to show the potential investors. I strongly felt it was important at that time to have a business case and know really what made sense to bring to the UAE market.” Yogesh Mehta in his office Days of struggle Mehta said the first six months of his arrival into the UAE was a period of struggle. He came on a salary of Dh2,000. He had a wife and son to take care of. Thanks to his hard work, Mehta was given a raise of Dh2,000 by his former boss. His total salary stood at Dh4,000. “My wife was a Montessori-trained teacher and so I asked her to go and find a job. I told her that I would look after my son while she works at the school. We had to have a good, steady income flowing as there were expenses to pay like rent, food and other day-to-day expenses.” “I had a burning desire to grow. There was blood in my eyes,” he said. The right business partner Mehta said one of the key factors behind the success of Petrochem was having the right business partner. “David Lubbock was my business partner at Petrochem. Together we started the company. We parted as friends and today he is like a brother to me.” The duo shared great chemistry when it came to propelling their business to great success. “David took care of the European part of the business I did the rest of the world. Together, we created value. We did some good business, secured good agencies, pushed Petrotech to be the best company it is today. In 2018, he felt it was fair that he sells his share of the business. His children were not keen to take over the business. My son Rohan was already active so he said it was time to make it a family-owned business. He is such a good man.” Education, family Yogesh Mehta is a graduate in chemistry. Yogesh Mehta, Founder and CEO, Petrochem Middle East Ltd., during an interview on 11th July, 2021. Photo Clint Egbert/Gulf News “My father was a Gujarati Brahmin and my mother a Sindhi. They met in 1954 fell in love with each other. It was a huge thing in those days. They got married in 1956 and my older sister arrived in 1957. I came two years later in 1959,” said Mehta who was born and brought up in Mumbai (formerly called Bombay). He said his father was a businessman of sorts, dealing in chemicals. He had a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry. "I am in the same line of business,” Mehta said. Yogesh Mehta said he could not have reached this far without the love and support of his wife Falguni, 61. “She has been my source of strength. We share a long history. We fell in love when we were 15. We got married when we were 24 and till today bank on each other for support. She completes me.” Yogesh’s son Rohan is married to Roshni, a British national. The family spends their summers in London every year. Yogesh Mehta with his family: son Rohan, daughter in law Roshni, wife Falguni and grandchildren. Image Credit: Supplied About Rohan Mehta “Rohan is a very talented young man. He is a doting husband and father of three children. I call him a good guy,” said Mehta with much pride for his son. Rohan graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, USA in 2011. He worked in Texas for two years before joining Petrochem. Rohan Mehta “I asked my son to join me in the business and he happily agreed.” There was no second thoughts, Rohan says. “Being brought up in Dubai for over three decades, the UAE is certainly home now. I was raised in a humble environment. I was just like any other kid growing up in the desert, playing football in the sand. Our family weekends were spent picnicking in parks in Hatta and Al-Ain,” he said. After graduating, he had the opportunity to work at a large multi-national company producing petrochemicals. “I was excited and packed my bags for my new adventure in Dallas, Texas. After an incredible amount of learning and experience, I decided to head home to Dubai and join Petrochem.” Today, almost eight years into Petrochem, Rohan said he finally feels settled. “It wasn’t an easy journey to start with. I faced challenges despite being in the family business. It was not an easy ride for me at all,” he said. “I jumped on the horse and learned how to ride it. There was a lot of learning I did on my own but there was also a lot I learned from the invaluable talent around me. My father has been a great source of strength and inspiration to me,” he says. “I feel I am extremely lucky to be surrounded by such mentors and experts here at Petrochem, the learning never ends and is a daily process. As a father myself, I look at running this company in the future and further building on this legacy to make my mark not only in this company but also in this region. The best is yet to come,” Rohan concluded.
COVID-19: Abu Dhabi’s latest 'Green List' with 31 countries includes Bahrain and the Maldives
UAE|: Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi updated its ‘Green List’ of countries, regions and territories, with the latest list effective from 2pm on Saturday, July 31, including 31 countries. Compared to the previous Green List effective since June 24, the new list includes Bahrain, Brunei, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Maldives, Poland, Serbia, and Ukraine. It leaves out Azerbaijan, Denmark, France, Israel, Malta, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Turkmenistan, and the Vatican City. Quarantine exemption Passengers arriving from countries on the ‘Green List’ will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR tests upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport. Travellers who are vaccinated need to then undergo a follow-up PCR test on Day 6, whereas those who are not fully vaccinated will have to undergo follow-up PCR tests on Day 6 and Day 12 — Day 1 being the day of arrival. In contrast, vaccinated travellers arriving from places not on the ‘Green List’ must quarantine for seven days, with a follow-up PCR test on Day 6. Those who are not yet vaccinated must be in quarantine for 12 days if they have returned to Abu Dhabi from a place not on the ‘Green List’, and undergo a follow-up PCR test on Day 11. Countries on the updated ‘Green List’: 1. Albania 2. Armenia 3. Australia 4. Austria 5. Bahrain 6. Belgium 7. Brunei 8. Bulgaria 9. Canada 10. China 11. Czech Republic 12. Germany 13. Hong Kong (SAR) 14. Hungary 15. Israel 16. Italy 17. Maldives 18. Mauritius 19. Moldova 20. New Zealand 21. Poland 22. Romania 23. Saudi Arabia 24. Serbia 25. Seychelles 26. Singapore 27. South Korea 28. Switzerland 29. Taiwan, Province of China 30. Ukraine 31. United States of America Read more 150 frontline COVID warriors fly back into UAE to report to work on Eid Al Adha UAE's healthcare must start thinking single specialty hospitals COVID-19: UAE infections falling, says disaster management authority COVID-19: New rules to enter Identity & Citizenship offices in UAE Applicable for arrivals The new ‘Green List’, announced by the tourism sector regulator in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), replaces the June 24 list. The DCT has also clarified that the ‘Green List’ only applies to where passengers have arrived in Abu Dhabi from the specified places, and is not based on citizenship. Inclusion on the list is subject to strict criteria of health and safety to ensure the wellbeing of the UAE community, it added. Travel corridors Quarantine exemptions are also offered in Abu Dhabi to people using travel corridors with Bahrain, Greece, Serbia and Seychelles as long as the travellers are fully vaccination, i.e., they have received their final vaccine dose at least 28 days before travel.
RIT Dubai: Encourage students to experiment with hands-on projects
Education|: Technology is RIT Dubai’s expertise. The university concentrates on experiential learning as a lot of its courses depend on practical projects and not just on theory. “We work with students on projects and encourage them to participate in international competitions where they have to physically build prototypes and test various solutions” says a spokesperson of RIT Dubai. “Recently we had a group of students who participated in the Monaco Energy Board Challenge. They were the only team representing the UAE and the Middle East. This is the way we push our students to do hands-on projects with experiential learning. RIT Dubai now hosts several technological labs including a Robotics lab, a Smart Energy lab, a Human Factors lab and a Center of Excellence for Engineering, which provides the right space and ecosystem for experimenting and testing various solutions.” Like any other educational institute in the country, RIT Dubai also had to shift to online courses during the pandemic. Professors at the university have found creative ways to compensate for the physical/ project-based components. For instance, the requirement for any RIT graduate is to go through an intensive internship programme, but due to Covid this was not possible. RIT Dubai introduced the Entrepreneur Internship where any student with a business idea could do this internship, mentored by people from the industry, to teach them how to start their own business. “Some of our students have actually started their own business in Dtec,” the spokesperson says. RIT believes in giving students not only a degree, but a future. The university equips students with skills that makes them robust and connected to the industry as early as possible, through the unique internship programme that starts at the second year of the student’s academic journey. RIT Dubai has built an open ecosystem for all strategic partners and the community to use the campus for inventions, creating solutions and discussing opportunities. RIT Dubai is currently accepting applications for the Fall September 2021 intake and is working closely with the Ministry of Education to decide on the form of conducting classes. RIT Dubai is ready for all scenarios and is currently offering scholarships and financial aid plans. Residents of DSOA are offered a special scholarship. For further information, visit rit.edu/dubai or contact 04 371 2000/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Emirati wins Dh1 million in Al Ansari Exchange draw
UAE|: Dubai: Emirati Hazza Slayem Alderei is now richer by Dh1 million after winning the grand prize in Al Ansari Exchange’s summer promotion draw, which was held on Tuesday. Alderei, who qualified to join the draw after making a remittance of Dh300 from the Al Ansari Exchange branch located on Khalifa Street in Abu Dhabi, is the eighth millionaire of the company’s annual promotions. In January this year, Nina Elmina Sanchez from the Philippines had won Dh1 million in the Winter 2020 draw. Prior to that, in 2019, Bangladeshi expatriate Abdullah Al Arafat Mohammed Mohsin had won the Dh1 million jackpot, while compatriots Al Dizon Banzil and Gina Realuyo Soriano registered back-to-back wins for Filipinos in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Mohammad Bitar, deputy CEO at Al Ansari Exchange, said: “Another successful edition of our annual summer promotion concluded on a high note with a vast number of entries this year. We are delighted to continue holding the promotion, which positively impacts people’s lives. This success would not have been possible without the support provided by our strategic partners and the loyalty of our valued customers.” He added: “We would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2021 campaign. To our eighth millionaire — congratulations to you and we hope the grand prize will make a difference to your life.” Read more Dubai Police emergency call centre received 1.2 million calls in second quarter of this year Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to visit Austria on Thursday Dubai-based Canadian wins $1 million in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw More than 18,000 Abu Dhabi workers get Dh300m in unpaid salaries Other winners Mariam Saif Almazrooei won a brand-new BMW X2, while Noredah Asiimwe and Wafa Abdelaziz Ismail bagged half a kilo of gold each. Al Ansari Exchange also gave away latest iPhone 12 handsets during the promo’s weekly draw, while five more customers won Dh10,000 each. They were: Mellany Zabala from the Philippines, Muhammed Erasseri from India, Mohamad Nouri Ouf from Spain, Jesuscoro Maghamil from the Philippines, and Afaq Umair from Pakistan.
Philippine missions in the UAE to deploy five repatriation flights
UAE|: Dubai: The Philippine missions in the UAE will deploy five repatriation flights, including one on July 30 and four weekly government-led chartered flights in next month, Paul Raymund Cortes, the Philippine Consul-General in Dubai confirmed during a media briefing here on Wednesday. Cortes said close to 6,000 Filipinos have applied for repatriation, following travel restrictions imposed by the Philippine government since May. He added “the Philippine government is working on all possible options to accommodate these requests in the earliest possible time”. Six repatriation flights were jointly organised by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Philippine Consulate in Dubai on June 1, 16 and 30; and July 8, 17 and 26. Those who wish to apply for repatriation may send an email to email@example.com if they are from Abu Dhabi and to firstname.lastname@example.org for those residing in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Cortes noted around 350 people can be accommodated on each repatriation flight and the Philippine Consulate in Dubai had an allocation for only 200 passengers. Urgent appeal Paul Raymund Cortes during a Press conference in Dubai on Wednesday. Image Credit: Supplied Expired visas The top Philippines diplomat added that priority would be given to patients with no health insurance, pregnant women in their third trimester with no medical insurance, families with children and those with expired visas as well as those whose visas are nearing expiration and who do not have the capacity to apply for a temporary residence permit. Cortes also appealed to his countrymen to cancel their travel plans “if they are not really urgent”. He said: “I urge my kababayans — unless their need to go back home is extremely urgent — to please postpone it. Our neighbours in Southeast Asia — Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand — have recently seen a spike in COVID-19 cases and there are already cases of the Delta variant [of the virus] in our country. He further said: “I’m not saying that COVID cases come from overseas Filipinos, but we are hoping — because of the travel restrictions — that we will be able to accommodate only those with emergency needs.” Read more 92% of COVID-19 survivors in Abu Dhabi reported no persistent symptoms after testing negative, survey shows Video: Two-year-old Yemeni girl treated in Abu Dhabi hospital for rare congenital anomaly COVID-19: UAE infections falling, says disaster management authority COVID-19: New rules to enter Identity & Citizenship offices in UAE Extended travel ban The Philippine government had first imposed restrictions on inbound travel from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman and the UAE from May 15 until May 31, in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus that first emerged in India. The travel ban was first extended until June 15, before it was stretched until June 30 and prolonged further until July 30.
UAE weather: Hazy and dusty in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, partly cloudy in Fujairah, temperatures to go up to 49 °C
Weather|: Dubai: UAE residents can expect dusty skies with temperatures going up to 49 °C. According to the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), skies across the UAE are looking sunny to partly cloudy at times over some areas, especially eastwards – in Fujairah. Cloud formation is expected to especially increase in the afternoon. Hazy conditions are also expected across the UAE. Winds are expected to repeatedly blow, at a speed of 15 –25 km/h, reaching up to 40 km/h at times. The winds are expected to blow dust and sand into the air, especially during the day, getting stronger with the cloud activity. Drivers should be careful on the road as the dust might hinder visibility. Those who suffer from allergies should also take precautions when going outside. Temperatures are expected to remain hot, being in the low to high 40s on average with maximum temperatures hitting 46 °C ‐ 49 °C. Dubai is currently at 35 °C with sunny skies. Conditions at sea in the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea are expected to be generally calm. Similar weather conditions are expected over the weekend, with a slight decrease in temperatures on Friday.
Food Crowd launches a DIY cooking box: CookIT
UAE|: Exciting things are coming to the UAE to help you make the most of your cooking. Food Crowd has launched a DIY cooking kit (CookIT), curated with love by signature chefs, that enables customers to cook restaurant-quality meals from the comfort of their homes. CookIT will offer a new way of looking at grocery shopping by incorporating pre-measured meals for two to six people with a selection of 10 easy gourmet recipes with step-by-step instructions. Customers can order their preferred meal choices using the Foodcrowd app, website, or WhatsApp for as little as Dh49 and can choose from a variety of delectable meals from the chef's recipes such as cajun chicken pasta, Mexican-style tacos, tantilising Thai green curry, and many other equally compelling options. The ingredients, along with the recipe instructions, are then delivered free directly to their home in their brand new CookIT box that is sure to be a pleasant addition to any instagram feed. “We at Food Crowd are on a mission to help our customers reprogramme their relationship with food. One way we can do this is by offering them a wide selection of tasty dishes”, says Ronald Muzambe, Head of E-commerce, Food Crowd. Time is always of the essence and Food Crowd hopes to help families and friends spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with each other.” A factor that sets CookIT apart is that it does not require a long-term commitment. Foodies can order for a minimum of two days with same day or next day delivery as per their requests. Image Credit: Supplied Image Credit: Supplied Image Credit: Supplied Order now to get 30 per cent off your CookIT through www.foodcrowd.com, or on WhatsApp at +971 800 36632 and make sure you download the Foodcrowd app on App Store or Google Play. Food Crowd, the only crowd you want to be part of! Discover more about Food Crowd on Youtube and Instagram.
UAE expresses full support for Tunisia
Government|Mena|: Cairo: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, expressed the UAE’s full confidence and support for Tunisia in a phone call with his Tunisian counterpart, his office said in a tweet on Thursday. Sheikh Abdullah also expressed solidarity with Tunis in tackling the health and economic implications of COVID-19
UAE condemns Houthi attempt to target Saudi province of Jazan
Government|Saudi|: Abu Dhabi: The UAE has strongly denounced the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia’s systematic attempts to target civilians in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, with two booby-trapped drones and four ballistic missiles intercepted and destroyed by the Coalition Forces. In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) on Wednesday, the UAE said the continued threat of these attacks reflects its blatant disregard for the international community and all international laws and norms. The ministry also urged the international community to take an immediate and decisive stance to stop these repeated acts, which target vital civilian infrastructure and security in the Kingdom. The ministry further stressed that the continued terrorist attacks are fresh evidence of attempts to undermine security and stability in the region. MoFAIC reaffirmed the UAE’s full solidarity with the Kingdom over these terrorist attacks and reiterated its stance against all threats to the Kingdom’s security, stability, and the safety of its citizens and residents. The statement emphasised that “the security of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are indivisible, and that any threat facing the Kingdom is considered by the Emirates a threat to its security and stability.”