Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets with Indian Minister of External Affairs in New Delhi
Government|India|: NEW DELHI: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Indian Minister of External Affairs, to discuss the historic UAE-India friendship ties and ways of enhancing joint cooperation and partnership to serve the mutual interests of the two countries and their people. The two ministers reviewed the cooperation and coordination between the two countries in facing the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to support global efforts to ensure the delivery of vaccines to all countries. The two sides also discussed regional and international issues of common interest and exchanged views on them. Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the depth of the Emirati-Indian relations and the UAE’s keenness, with the support and patronage of its wise leadership, to strengthen and develop them in all fields. Dr. Jaishankar hosted a lunch in honour of Sheikh Abdullah and his delegation. Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE Ambassador to India, also attended the meeting.
UAE expands Yemen aid, commits $230 million in additional support
Government|Yemen|: ABU DHABI: Expanding on its longstanding commitment to the people of Yemen, the UAE committed $230 million, ahead of the United Nations Pledging Conference co-hosted between the Swiss Confederation and the Kingdom of Sweden. This support is in addition to ongoing bilateral UAE assistance efforts and will help fund international programmes that meet the medical, nutritional, and food security needs of the country. It will work with the stakeholders and address the needs as set forward by the UN Humanitarian Response Plan. Since 2015, the UAE has provided more than $6 billion in assistance to Yemen, which has focused mainly on supporting the humanitarian situation, as well as providing public services to ensure continuity of education in schools, medical programs, and vital services such as energy and transportation. The UAE has also been one of the largest international contributors to Yemen’s COVID-19 response. "Over the course of the pandemic, the UAE has sent 122 tonnes of medical supplies to Yemen to boost the efforts of some 122,000 healthcare workers to contain COVID-19, as well as provided health-enhancing food and supplements through the World Food Programme, and support to other sectors such as education, health, and water," Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, said. Al Hashemy noted that the UAE is conducting an ongoing review of the humanitarian situation in Yemen in coordination with international organizations, in particular monitoring indicators of health, food security, and malnutrition. This latest commitment will meet the food needs of 6 million Yemenis, including 1 million children, in response to the food security risks observed in some areas of Yemen. "The UAE also acknowledges recent international efforts to ensure that critical aid is not obstructed from reaching the most vulnerable groups in society, specifically women and children," she said. "We look forward to working with humanitarian actors on the ground, from both the UN as well as the INGO community to ensure that aid is delivered to those that are in most need." Moreover, she noted that since the UAE ended its military engagement in Yemen, it has continued to support a comprehensive political solution and the efforts of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths: "While this contribution comes at a critical moment for Yemen, it cannot replace broader efforts to achieve a political solution for the benefit of the Yemeni people, who have for too long suffered the impact of the worsening humanitarian situation. The international community must come together to intensify efforts to bring about a sustainable solution for Yemen." The minister reiterated that the UAE welcomes the implementation of the Riyadh agreement between the legitimate, internationally-recognized government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council. She expressed hope that this formation will be a step towards a political solution and accelerate the end of the Yemeni crisis, despite the current challenges resulting from continued violations by the Houthi militia, who bear responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Yemen since their coup in 2014.
COVID-19: Dubai Health Authority approves 10-week interval between two doses of Oxford vaccine
Health|: Dubai: Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has approved a ten-week interval between the first and second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. DHA said this was based on recent studies from the University of Oxford on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and as per the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). In a tweet published on its official page, the authority said: “Recent studies from the University of Oxford on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine showed a higher efficiency and higher acquired immunity when the dosing interval between the first and second dose was increased. Based on recent studies from the University of Oxford on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and as per the recommendations of WHO, DHA has approved a ten-week interval between the first and second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.” All those who are due for the second dose of this vaccine will receive a text message with the date and location for their vaccination appointment, the authority said. The move comes at a time when the UAE is still reporting 3,000-plus COVID-19 cases daily. Just today, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced 16 deaths and 3,498 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of confirmed infection in the country to 385,160 and fatalities to 1,198. Also today, Dubai’s Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management, headed by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced that the COVID-19 precautionary measures introduced in the beginning of February will be extended until the start of Ramadan in mid-April. The decision was based on an evaluation of the evolving COVID-19 situation and with data supporting the effectiveness of intensified safety measures and the recommendations of frontline authorities. Read more COVID-19: UAE hospital introduces new antibody treatment COVID-19: Dubai Health Authority conducts inspection of over 7,700 medical facilities COVID-19: UAE reports 3,498 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths UAE vaccinates more than 3.48m against COVID-19 The Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management said the country’s response to the pandemic is part of an integrated plan to combat COVID-19. Commending the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention for their success in coordinating counter-pandemic measures, the committee said it will continue to monitor local and international developments to ensure optimal response.
Dubai extends COVID-19 precautionary measures until start of Ramadan
UAE|: Dubai: Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Friday announced that the COVID-19 precautionary measures introduced in the beginning of February will be extended until the start of Ramadan in mid-April. The decision is based on an evaluation of the evolving COVID-19 situation, data showing the effectiveness of intensified safety measures and the recommendations of frontline authorities. The Supreme Committee said the country’s response to the pandemic is part of an integrated plan to combat COVID-19. Commending the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention for their success in coordinating counter-pandemic measures, the Committee said it will continue to monitor local and international developments to ensure the optimal response. The committee praised the pace of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in Dubai and the UAE. As of 25 February, more than 5.8 million vaccine doses and over 30 million tests were administered in the UAE. The country has one of the highest vaccination and testing rates globally. These figures demonstrate the strength and preparedness of the UAE’s healthcare system, the Committee said. What will the measures cover? Precautionary measures that will be extended until the start of Ramadan include: • Indoor venues, including cinemas and entertainment and sports venues, will continue to operate at 50% of maximum capacity and under intensified precautionary measures. • Visitors allowed in shopping malls, and guests in hotel establishments and inside swimming pools and private beaches in hotels, will be limited to 70% of total capacity. • Restaurants and cafes will be required to close by 1.00 am. • Pubs/bars will remain closed • Intensified monitoring and inspection campaigns will continue to ensure strict compliance with measures including physical distancing and wearing of facemasks. Public commitment sought The committee urged the public to continue observing precautionary measures, stressing that their commitment is critical to counter the pandemic. Observing preventive protocols and safety guidelines remain the most effective ways of combating the virus, the Committee added. Members of the community are encouraged to report violations of COVID-19 precautionary measures by individuals or establishments through Dubai Police’s Call Centre 901 or its ‘Police Eye’ service in the Dubai Police Smart App.
We must remain enthusiastic to develop country, Sheikh Mohammed says
Government|: Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stressed the importance of enthusiasm in developing the UAE. “We must remain enthusiastic to develop country,” Sheikh Mohammed said. In the latest “LeadershipFlashes” shared on his Instagram account, Sheikh Mohammed made it clear that no project or idea is launched in the UAE unless he is totally convinced about it. “We must always support and follow up on the development of our country. Mohammed bin Rashid is not working alone. We have teams, we have young people who work relentlessly, we have a leadership and we have a vision. There is no project or idea launched in the UAE unless I am totally convinced with it,” Sheikh Mohammed said. Earlier, last January, Sheikh Mohammed had launched the hashtag, #LeadershipFlashes, on his Instagram account, to share part of his life and practical experiences with his followers, as well as his experiences and leadership vision. In the previous video, which was published earlier this month, Sheikh Mohammed had stressed the need to remain active and energetic. He stressed that he wanted the people of the UAE to have a high level of physical fitness because it was strongly linked to productivity at work because lazy people can’t be productive at all. Read more Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid visits IDEX 2021 and NAVDEX UAE President appoints Under-Secretary of Ministry of Industry UAE rulers congratulate King Salman on Saudi Crown Prince's successful surgery Watch: Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid orders renaming of Al Mankhool Street in Dubai in honour of late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Sheikh Mohammed noted that a physically-fit person is useful to society, while an inactive person will just get out of the race of excellence after his inactivity turns into laziness, and then he or she will become miserable. Sheikh Mohammed added: “I want my people to have a high physical fitness, the elderly and the young alike. If you are physically good, you will be useful... Now you must be the best, do not sit idle. Otherwise, you will be out of the race and you will be miserable. The lazy cannot produce anything.”
Sheikh Mohammed greets cyclists on UAE Tour
UAE|: Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended part of the third edition of UAE Tour, a main stop for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour, in which 140 professional riders representing 20 world teams took part. His Highness, accompanied by Director General of Dubai’s Protocol Department Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, greeted the cyclists as they headed towards Burj Khalifa before completing course to Palm Jumeirah. The UAE Tour is set to conclude tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. His Highness said that the participation of world’s elite cyclists and international teams in the UAE Tour is a testament of the confidence in UAE’s ability to organise major sports events. Joining him in greeting the cyclists were Secretary General of Dubai’s Sports Council Saeed Mohammad Hareb and the General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council Aref Hamad Al Awani.
Sharjah Civil Defence personnel honoured for rescuing injured woman from Khor Fakkan mountains
UAE|: Khor Fakkan: Colonel Sultan Saeed Al Shehhi, Director of the Civil Defence Department in the Eastern Region of Sharjah, on Thursday honoured the head staff and two firefighters at the Khor Fakkan Civil Defence Center for carrying out a successful rescue operation for an injured woman who was stranded in the mountainous path of Al Rabi. The rescue team provided the necessary medical and psychological support to the injured woman and transferred her back to safety with the help of National Ambulance. Lieutenant Colonel Hani Al Dahmani, Director of the Media and Public Relations Department, told Gulf News on Thursday that the incident had occurred on February 19. The Asian woman in her 30s suddenly sustained a sprained ankle and she was rendered immobile in the middle of her trip on the Al Rabi zip line. The woman was with her family on a trekking trip in the Al Rabi Mountains in Khor Fakkan when the incident occurred. Read more COVID-19: Dubai Municipality closes 4 shops, fines 5 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid visits IDEX 2021 and NAVDEX UAE rulers congratulate King Salman on Saudi Crown Prince's successful surgery Watch: Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid orders renaming of Al Mankhool Street in Dubai in honour of late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah The woman’s family members and the other visitors with her then called Civil Defence for help to rescue the woman. She was stuck at a height of 600 metres. They Civil Defence personnel used a turntable ladder and rope to pull the woman out to safety. She was later handed over to National Ambulance. Fortunately, apart from a leg injury, she had no other injuries.
Free on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test for passengers from UAE to Kerala
UAE|: Dubai: The government of the south Indian state of Kerala has made the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test free for those coming from abroad, including passengers from the UAE. Kerala Health minister K.K. Shailaja made the announcementand in Kerala and said all international passengers will continue to be tested on arrival as per the latest travel protocol announced by India’s federal government. The new requirement of mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR test came into effect on February 23, following which, several expats in the UAE had sought exemption from the test fee, which is charged at different rates at different airports in India. In Kerala, the cost of the test was capped at Rs1,700 (Dh84.74). As reported by Gulf News, Indian expats’ demand for exemptions in COVID-19 tests for travelling to India from UAE had gathered steam with social workers and community groups joining the campaign. Social workers had begun campaigning for government funding for the test while some expats had delayed travel expecting change in rule for kids. Read more COVID-19: UAE hospital introduces new antibody treatment COVID-19: Dubai Health Authority conducts inspection of over 7,700 medical facilities COVID-19: UAE reports 3,498 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths Though the test has been made free of cost, the minister has clarified that all international passengers will still have to be tested due to the high number of cases and the spread of new variants of coronavirus. Social workers in the UAE have welcomed the government’s move. “Kerala is the first state to announce free on-arrival test for expats. I congratulate minister Shailaja teacher and the government for making this welcoming decision. This will be a big relief to the expatriates,” said K.V. Shamsudheen of Sharjah-based Pravasi Bandhu Welafre Trust, who had written a letter to Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan to stop the “self-paid” test on arrival in India.
COVID-19: UAE reports 3,498 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths
Health|: Dubai: UAE reported 16 deaths and 3,498 new coronavirus cases on Friday. The Ministry of Health and Prevention also announced that 2,478 recoveries were made over the past 24 hours. As part of UAE's commitment to stomp out COVID-19, 187,176 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours leading to the detection of the new cases. In total, 30,254,113 have been conducted in the UAE since the pandemic began. The new cases brings the number of infections caught in the UAE to 385,160. The fatalities take the death toll to 1,198. UAE, which has one of the best percentages of recovery in the world when it comes to the novel coronavirus, reports total recoveries in the UAE number 377,537.
Missing Indian girl found hiding on roof of her house: Dubai Police
UAE|: Dubai: Indian girl Harini Karani, who was reported missing following a morning walk in Dubai on Thursday morning, was found by Dubai Police on the roof of her parent’s house last night. According to a Dubai Police official, the 15-year-old girl was hiding on the roof of the house in Umm Suqiem as she was “feeling sad after her parents took her mobile phone as a kind of punishment for getting low school grades”. “The family alerted police about their daughter going missing since the morning and they rushed and sought people’s help too by sharing the incident on social media platforms. Her parents were afraid that their daughter might harm herself,” the official said. Dubai Police managed to solve the mystery in a few hours and found the girl hiding on the roof. She later returned to her family safely. Harini’s family confirmed to Gulf News that she was found around 11:30pm on Thursday. Harini’s aunt Prerena earlier said the family sought help from the public to find her niece. Harini is a student of a British curriculum school in Al Barsha, the aunt said.
1,500kg of aluminium cans collected during EEG’s recycling campaign in Dubai
Environment|: Dubai: A total of 1,500kg of aluminium cans were collected during the 25th Cycle of the Can Collection Day by Dubai-based Emirates Environmental Group (EEG). Around 200 entities — including companies, hotels, academic institutions and families — have participated in the event that helped reduce 23 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and save 341 million thermal units of energy as well as 36 cubic metres of landfill space, according to EEG. Gulf News is the media partner of this Can Collection Campaign. Habiba Al Mar’ashi, chairperson of EEG, said: “Since the initiation of the Can Collection Campaign in 1997 as the first community-based annual recycling programme to be launched in the UAE, EEG has managed to collect 344,216kg of aluminium cans, which has resulted in several environmental benefits such as the mitigation of 5,167 metric tonnes of CO2, saving 8,356 cubic metres of landfill space and energy conservation of 78,338 million BTU. “In celebrating the silver jubilee of this national programme, we express our gratitude to the UAE society and appreciate the hard work, dedication and commitment that have resulted in the massive growth of this programme over the years — both in terms of number of participants and the quantities collected,” she added. Perfect recyclable material According to EEG, “most people don’t realise that aluminium is a perfect recyclable material. Out of the most common recyclable materials that clog our landfills, such as glass, paper, metals, plastics, aluminium is the only material that’s endlessly and 100 per cent recyclable”. “In fact, it takes 95 per cent less energy to recycle aluminium cans than extracting aluminium from its bauxite ore. Every year, more than 500 million aluminium beverage cans are sold in the UAE, but 93 per cent of these cans end up in the landfills, which has a detrimental impact on the environment,” EEG noted. Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium, said: “Aluminium has a key role to play in the development of a more sustainable society because it is light, strong and infinitely recyclable. In fact, about 75 per cent of all the aluminium ever made is still in use today. Putting aluminium in landfill is a real waste of this important material for human progress. We are pleased to support EEG in its work to highlight what each of us can do to recycle aluminium cans.” Al Mar’ashi also thanked Dubai Municipality and Dubai Tourism for supporting the programme and expressed gratitude to Gulf News for supporting the campaign since its inception. Read more Abu Dhabi explores social innovation in waste management and environment protection Watch: Cycling underpass at Dubai’s Al Qudra, renamed as Houbara Tunnel Recycling: Some key facts — Aluminium is a permanently available resource. It is 100 per cent recyclable; carbon savings increase every time it undergoes recycling. — 95 per cent energy is saved by recycling aluminium instead of producing it from raw materials. Also, 97 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. — Recycling one tonne of aluminium saves nine tonnes of CO2 emissions and four tonnes of bauxite. Remember: One tonne of CO2 is equivalent to driving a vehicle for 4,500km. — Making aluminium cans from recycled metal is 20 times more energy-efficient than using primary material. The can recycled today that will pass through the recycling process can come as a brand-new can after 60 days.
Look: Abu Dhabi reopens refurbished Al Gurm Corniche
UAE|: Abu Dhabi: A vibrant new public space – Al Gurm Corniche - has opened up in the capital. Often referred to as the Mangrove Waterfront, the area, which lines one side of Sheikh Zayed Street, has been under development for the last two years. Now accessible to all, it features dedicated areas for rest, exercise and leisure, the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has announced. Edutainment Among its features is a history-themed zone that tells the story of modern Abu Dhabi. Other edutainment features include a telescope and reading nooks. Exercise There are exercise and yoga platforms to cater to visitors, as well as 3.5 kilometres of walking and cycling tracks. Visitors can also enjoy kayaking. Leisure For young children, there is a range of play equipment. The area’s famed Dolphin Park has also been refurbished, and now includes barbeque stations and public washrooms. New public spaces Al Gurm Corniche joins Abu Dhabi’s offering of new public spaces catering to families and tourists; others include Al Fay Park on Reem Island and Marsa Mina, alongside the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal. Alongside these, the DMT has also refurbished its family parks and destinations over the last few years so that families have a range of options to enjoy the outdoors.
Housemaid in Dubai jailed for stealing around Dh1 million in cash from sponsor
Crime|: Dubai: A housemaid was sentenced to one year in jail for stealing around Dh1 million from her sponsor. The court ordered to deport the defendant after she had served her jail term. She was additionally fined Dh979,947. The Dubai Court of First Instance heard that according to records, the 26-year-old maid from Uganda had stolen Dh760,000, $50,000 (Dh183,900) and 3,000 Kuwaiti dinars (Dh36,000) — totalling Dh979,900 — from her sponsor. The sponsor, a 43-year-old Lebanese housewife, testified that the accused was working at her house in Bur Dubai since March last year. “She was stealing small amounts of money. I confronted her and told her to stop the theft. On the day of the incident, my husband saw the defendant going to the first floor and then returning with a black bag and stepping out of the house. The next day she escaped,” said the Lebanese housewife on record. Dubai Police arrested the maid after two weeks from a house in Ajman, where she was hiding and waiting to leave the country. A policeman said that the maid admitted to have carried out the theft and said she had handed over the money to another suspect who had fled the country with the money. The verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days.
COVID-19-vaccinated residents can donate blood, says Abu Dhabi health authority
UAE|: Abu Dhabi: Residents who have received COVID-19 vaccine can donate blood just two weeks after getting either dose. The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) has therefore urged residents to continue donating blood because it can saves lives. Seha has assured that there is no risk of COVID-19 transmission during the donation process. “Vaccinated people may donate blood 14 days after the first or second dose. Each donor contributes to saving the lives of at least three people,” Seha has said in a statement. “It is vital for all members of our community to regularly donate blood. Blood is our lifeline and our blood banks need a consistent supply of blood to protect the interests of the entire community, especially our brothers and sisters who require life-saving transfusions. There are currently no substitutes for blood therapy and it is crucial that all members of the society consider the possibility when a friend or family member may need a blood transfusion,” said Dr Marwan Al Kaabi, acting group chief operations officer at Seha. Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services aim to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of blood inventory at the blood banks to support the needs of 50 public and private hospitals in the emirate. Image Credit: Supplied Regular need Some patients, including those diagnosed with thalassaemia or sickle cell anaemia, require blood therapy every three weeks. Blood transfusions are also essential in saving the lives of those involved in accidents or incidents that cause major blood loss. “We have ensured that the blood donation process is safe and efficient, in line with global best practise for donors. During COVID-19, we introduced additional, robust, safety and precautionary measures at the blood banks. The process is not only completely safe for donors, but there is also no risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus during donation. We urge all members of the community to donate blood, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone must commit to donate as this is a public health matter,” Dr Al Kaabi said. Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services aim to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of blood inventory at the blood banks to support the needs of 50 public and private hospitals in the emirate. Donors speak Saif Al Harthy has donated blood 50 times so far. He strongly believes that donating blood is a humanitarian act. Ali Hassan Muhammad Abdul Latif Al-Jamadi has been donating at the Zayed Military Hospital, a Seha facility, since 1990. He has continued to donate as many as three times a year, and has so far donated 45 times in total. He believes donating blood is a duty towards the UAE and its community, it is a humanitarian act that seeks God’s pleasure. Muhammad Munther Nasr is a Palestinian resident of the UAE, who has so far donated blood 55 times. Nasr’s blood type is O+, a blood type that is in very high demand, and he explained his decision to donate every quarter. “Donating blood is a humanitarian cause and my personal way of expressing my gratitude to the country where I was born and have lived. My father donated blood very regularly, and he strongly influenced my choice to continue with this tradition. Besides the charitable element, blood donation is not harmful to our health, contrary to some misconceptions,” Nasr said. Imad Abu Angela, a Jordanian national who has been a resident of the UAE for 14 years, has also committed to donating blood every two to three months, and has so far donated 35 times. “Donating blood is very rewarding and fills me with happiness as I know I am contributing to saving the lives of other people,” Abu Angela said. Who is in need of blood donations? A number of people end up needing blood donations, including accident and fire victims, anaemic patients, people with blood disorders like thalassaemia, patients undergoing surgery, and cancer patients. Each unit of blood can be separated into several components — red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate. So, a single donation can save multiple lives. Are there any benefits for the donor? Donating blood may reduce the risk of heart diseases and strokes. It may also stimulate the bone marrow to produce new blood cells and prevent iron accumulation. In addition, the human body compensates the donated volume of blood within 24 hours. Who can donate blood? Any healthy adult aged 18-65 who weighs at least 50kg can donate. This includes those who have received COVID-19 vaccines, as long as 14 days have passed after their vaccine shots. Are there any groups of people who should not donate blood? — People who have had recent surgery or are taking certain medications. — Anyone with a chronic medical condition or infectious disease. — Pregnant women and women who have given birth in the past few months. You will be assessed for donation eligibility once you visit the blood bank. Could I get sick because I have donated blood? It is not possible to acquire any disease because new disposable sterilised equipment is used for each donation at Abu Dhabi blood banks. How often can I donate blood? Whole blood can be donated every two to three months and donation of plasma or platelets requires only a month’s wait. What do you need to bring to donate blood in Abu Dhabi? Just a valid Emirates ID. How long does a blood donation session take and what does it involve? The process takes around 45 minutes. A blood withdrawal session removes about 450ml of blood, or eight per cent of total blood volume for an average adult. Donors are then served some refreshments to supply quick energy. The entire process at the Abu Dhabi or Al Ain Blood Bank takes about 45 minutes. Do I have to take care after a donation session? Donors are advised to drink plenty of fluids for the next 24 hours and to not lift heavy objects. They are also told not to smoke for at least six hours and to avoid being in high places as they may feel dizzy.
UAE rulers congratulate King Salman on Saudi Crown Prince's successful surgery
Government|Saudi|: Abu Dhabi: Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have separately sent messages of congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, on the successful surgery undergone by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi of Sharjah, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla of Umm Al Qaiwain, and Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah, also congratulated Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the successful surgery. Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers also sent similar congratulatory messages to both King Salman and Prince Mohammed.
UAE weather: Rain to hit some parts of Dubai, and Sharjah, partly cloudy in Abu Dhabi
Weather|: Planning of doing some outdoor activities this weekend? Be prepared and always carry an umbrella as it might rain across the emirates today. Today’s weather condition, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), will be partly cloudy to cloudy and hazy at times with a chance of light rainfall especially over some Eastern and Northern areas, with a significant drop in temperatures. There was light rain fall yesterday evening in Al Lisaili, Dubai and Al Dhaid, Washah in Sharjah. Motorists are advised to drive carefully and slowly to avoid accidents as the roads will be in slippery conditions when wet. The NMC added that it is going to be humid by night and Saturday morning with a chance of mist formation over some internal and Eastern areas. We can expect some moderate Northwesterly winds, freshening at times causing blowing dust and sand during daytime and slight over the internal areas by night, with a speed of 15 – 20 km/hr, reaching 50 km/hr. Sea state Image Credit: NCM/Instagram The sea is predicted to be rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf and moderate and rough by night in Oman sea. Current temperature in Dubai is 25 °C. The maximum temperature in the country is expected to be between 24 and 29 °C. And, the lowest will be between 15 and 19 °C.
Valiant Clinic and Hospital sets new standards in luxury medical care
Health|: Dubai’s increasing attraction as a health and wellness destination has paved the way for private healthcare to flourish in the emirate, offering the highest standards and quality care for medical visitors from the region and across the world, not to mention an existing community of citizens and residents with discerning preferences. Emerging as one of Dubai’s most luxurious medical care facilities providing a first-class environment for diagnostic and wellness pursuits is Valiant Clinic and Hospital. The hospital is boldly setting a trend in the luxury healthcare segment to meet the needs of patients who have the penchant for details when it comes to getting their treatment done. The boutique clinic and hospital, located within Dubai’s new and upscale destination and retail complex City Walk, is making way for its patients to access a premium multi-specialty facility, served by physicians, surgeons and health professionals experienced in evidence-based healthcare in line with the international standards of ethics and quality. As a community-based and patient-centred healthcare network, Valiant Clinic and Hospital adheres to the highest standards in safety and the national precautionary measures, ensuring patients and visitors a comfortable experience while maintaining the health protocols against the spread of the Covid-19. Image Credit: Supplied The modern facility has an evidence-based design with green spaces and visual aesthetics as a part of its commitment to provide a healing environment and ease any visitor from worry as they enter the spacious environment in a 15,000-square-metre facility. It caters to patients seeking consultation experiences in an exclusive and luxurious environment that meets their specific needs. Valiant Clinic and Hospital hails from the Belhoul Lifecare, which has established its name as one of the most reputable in the UAE and the region’s medical community in the past 25 years. The clinic and hospital offer a holistic healthcare experience from the moment they enter the door of Valiant Clinic and Hospital to their complete recovery. Its patient-centric approach is supported by state-of-the-art medical technologies and internationally trained and Western board-certified medical experts, backed by highly experienced allied staff in the field. Suite of wellness Overall wellness is one of the main highlights under Valiant’s care where individuals can benefit from a suite of health services for any of their concerns. The wide range of services enable patients to avail premium services and facilities through Valiant’s special packages programme with easy payment schemes, which are valid until March 31, 2021. Image Credit: Supplied Allergy skin test such as six or eight times of skin prick test for respiratory allergens is available for a minimum of Dh345. Cervical screening, which involves specialist consultation and pap smear, comes to only Dh300. For weight loss programme involving Elipse Balloon, patients are treated with gastric balloon placement (non-surgical), abdominal X-ray, gastroenterology consultation, six months of dietary coaching within eight sessions, and use of a smart scale application to track progress, for a total cost of Dh13,999, while other custom-designed obesity and weight-loss programme comes for only Dh1,500. For Invisalign dental services, which cost Dh15,999, patients are provided with comprehensive exam, panoramic, Invisalign records, use of KOR double syringe only, and retainer. Taking care of aviators Valiant Clinic and Hospital also brings home to Dubai unique and emerging specialties such as aviation medicine, which has been gaining importance in recent years. “Due to the rapid transmission of communicable diseases while inflight, as well as the range of preventive, occupational, environmental, and clinical aspects for inflight personnel, medical services for the aviation sector becomes even more important, especially in strategic flight hubs such as Dubai,” says Dr Mustapha Rashid, Specialist Family Medicine & Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). “The availability of this specialty at Valiant Clinic and Hospital meets the emirate’s busy aviation sector’s needs for world- class diagnostic and medical examination centre.” Valiant’s Aviation Centre offers aviation medical examinations that meet the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) medical renewal for pilots and air traffic controllers, as well as GCAA medical renewal and initial test for cabin crew. It also conducts aviation cardiology examinations for all airline professionals as well as for crew with licence restrictions. Other tests available include ENT examinations and drug screening services for all aviation purposes. Holistic pain management Managing pain can be challenging for many sufferers and the hospital has taken a comprehensive pain management approach to alleviate the conditions of patients. Dr Mohamed Salah El Toukhy, Consultant for Pain Medicine, says: “We have a supportive environment that empowers patients in facing the debilitating effects of pain on their physical and mental well-being. Patients suffering from acute and chronic pain can benefit from advanced treatment options, which enable them to control and reduce the associated stress, anxiety and depression caused by pain.” Image Credit: Supplied A combination of different therapies, which include medication, interventional procedures, and rehabilitation therapy through a specialised team of physiotherapists, help its patients who are suffering from low back/sacroiliac joint pain, leg pain and sciatica, herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease (discogenic pain), neck pain and headache, and nerve pain. High-profile orthopaedic experts For bones and joints surgery, patients can rely upon the expertise of known international experts in the field including Dr Milan Handl, a specialist orthopaedic surgeon who is experienced in treating a wide range of cases including musculoskeletal disorders and elective trauma situations for all patient age groups – from infants to the elderly – and in treating sports injuries. “Here at Valiant Clinic and Hospital, we are equipped with the most up-to-date procedures to treat joint cartilage repair including grafts, scaffolds utilisation, and intra-articular ligaments reconstruction,” he says. “We also consider total joints replacement as a proper solution for severe degenerative stages in all joints, in addition to employing the most advanced in treatment for muscles and tendons using PRP or mesenchymal stem cells.” Dr Charalampos Harris Zourelidis is an orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital who exercises the full spectrum of a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as sport injuries, joint pain, arthritis, acute and chronic back pain, and fractures. “Evidence-based care practice has become an essential aspect of treatment in modern medicine and brings in strong value for patients as they are first educated about their condition to enable them to thoroughly make informed choices of the suitable and most comfortable treatment options,” says Dr Zourelidis. “The multidisciplinary approach provides us with the opportunity to address and discuss difficult or highly unique cases.” For spine treatments, Dr Zbigniew J. Brodzinski, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, leads the team of spine experts notable for their abilities, having given care to some of the most difficult-to-treat conditions including degenerative scoliosis and other spine deformities, cervical (neck) spine problems, herniated discs, spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, spine trauma, vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis, spinal tumours, and acquired spine abnormalities. “Surgery is the last resort, but if needed, we have highly trained surgeons from the United States and Europe who can perform minimally invasive techniques, which use the latest operations equipment such neuronavigational and neuromonitoring devices, while for complex spine surgery, precision is of utmost importance, and we use a computer-assisted 3D spinal navigation surgery to ensure accuracy and optimize safety,” he adds. Complementing medical innovation and world-class experts with a strategic location and a modern and luxurious setting, Valiant Clinic and Hospital is set to pave a new path of healthcare excellence for Dubai’s pampered residents and visitors as they go through life-changing experiences towards revitalising and reviving their health to the optimum condition. To book appointments, call 800 8254268 or email email@example.com Valiant Clinic and Hospital accepts the following insurance: Bupa Oman Insurance, Mednet, Neuron, NextCare, Thiqa, AXA, Almadallah, Saico Health, Daman, Aetna & NAS.
UAE: Brothers killed in accident on Emirates Road
UAE|: Ras Al Khaimah: Two Emirati brothers, aged 17 and 27, were killed on Thursday in an accident on Emirates Road towards Shaml in Ras Al Khaimah. A third Emirati was seriously injured. Brigadier Ahmad Sum Al Naqbi, director of Traffic and Patrols Department of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said the deceased and the injured person were travelling in one car. Police received a report on Thursday at 5pm saying a vehicle had veered off the road and overturned on Emirates Road. One of the victims died at the scene, while the other died later in hospital. Brigadier Al Naqbi said police patrols and a national ambulance team attended the scene. Police said the driver had lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the road and overturn several times. Brigadier Al Naqbi called on drivers to pay attention while on the road and abide by traffic laws and regulations.