Emirati students studying abroad to get advice from post graduates

ABU DHABI // The Ministry of Education will support students planning to study abroad by connecting them with postgraduates already outside the country. Each year, the ministry offers 200 to 300 scholarships to Emiratis travelling to countries such as Australia, Great Britain, Japan and the United States. Now the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Ahmad Belhoul, said he wanted to make sure the right decisions were made before teenagers left home. “As might be the case elsewhere around the world, many high-school graduates have not chosen their discipline or may not be aware of the nuances that differentiate studying in the UK vis-a-vis the US, for example,” he said. “Many find they can’t continue their studies because when they get there they struggle, academically, socially, or have a difficult time adapting to their new environment.” Many students also change their major well into their first year, another factor Dr Belhoul ...

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed restructures ADFD board

ABU DHABI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has issued a resolution to restructure the board of directors of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed as Deputy Chairman. The resolution named the following as members of the board of directors: Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Saeed Eid Saeed Al Ghafli, Fares Mohamed AL Mazrouei, Mohammed Najm Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al Qubaisi and Alyazia Ali Saleh Al Kuwaiti. newsdesk@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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Jimmy Carter gives Sheikh Mohammed a painting in thanks for UAE's pledge against disease

ABU DHABI // Jimmy Carter, a former president of the United States, gave Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed one of 50 limited-­edition prints of his painting, White Dove. The gift was a thank-you for UAE’s help in a campaign by the Carter Centre to eradicate the debilitating Guinea-worm ­disease. A Dh18.4 million pledge was made to the Carter Centre last year by Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the UAE was one of the first countries to participate in the campaign, with a financial commitment by the Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, in 1990. President Sheikh Khalifa also pledged Dh36.7 million to the Carter Centre in 2012. “For more than two decades, the UAE has been an instrumental partner in the Carter Centre’s global effort to eradicate Guinea-worm ­disease, an ancient ­affliction,” said Mary Ann Peters, chief ­executive of the non-profit ­organisation. ...

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Dubai transit passenger caught with more than 1kg of cocaine must see out sentence

DUBAI // A 30-year-old transit passenger who was caught with more than a kilogram of cocaine wrapped around his waist will have to see out his 10 years in jail after Dubai Court of Appeal upheld the verdict against him. Dubai Criminal Court handed out the sentence in April and fined him Dh50,000 after finding him guilty of attempting to ­carry 50 capsules of ­cocaine through Dubai to Nigeria. The Nigerian was arrested in Terminal 3 at Dubai ­International Airport on December 19 last year. A police officer suspected the man and asked for his passport after which the man became tense. “Therefore I asked him to accompany me to the inspection room,” said the policeman, 60. The passenger refused to undress in the inspection room. “The area around his waist was bloated, but he refused to uncover it,” said the officer, who then called a senior officer from the ...

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Technical issue delays Etihad flight for almost 12 hours

ABU DHABI// An Etihad Airways flight to New York was delayed for nearly 12 hours on Thursday after their plane experienced a technical problem before take-off. Flight EY103 was scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi for John F. Kennedy International Airport at 3:35am on Thursday. The flight finally took off just before 3pm. Passengers took to social media to complain they had to wait for about four hours on the plane before they were allowed to disembark to wait at a gate. An Etihad spokesperson said the flight was delayed because of a “technical issue”. “We apologise for any inconvenience this delay may have caused our guests but safety remains the airline’s highest priority,” said the spokesperson. Apart from the disruption for passengers aboard EY103, an Abu Dhabi airport spokesperson said the airport was running smoothly in the lead up to what was expected to be a busy weekend before ...

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UAE Friday sermon: A special night for prayer

ABU DHABI // A special night is coming soon in which prayer is worth more than 1,000 months at other times of the year, worshippers will be told on Friday. Laylat Al Qadr (the Night of Decree) falls in the last 10 days of Ramadan, during which all the events of the year are recorded. So, worshippers will be told to strive in prayer and good deeds to gain merits. Laylat Al Qadr is the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. While it is not possible to specify when exactly it will fall, it is likely to be on one of the odd-numbered nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. “On this blessed night, doing good and performing Qiyam [night prayer] is better than that of a thousand months. That is, it is better than over 83 years,” the sermon will say. As the ...

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Emiratis and expats to pay more for health care as cover is reduced

ABU DHABI // Emiratis and expatriates in Abu Dhabi will have to pay more for health care at private facilities after changes to insurance cover were announced by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (Haad). The changes in cover apply to the Thiqa plan for Emiratis, and for those expats and their families who are covered by Daman insurance’s Abu Dhabi Basic Plan, who seek treatment at private hospitals. Procedures at government hospitals are unaffected. Under the new rules, Thiqa cardholders will need to pay 20 per cent of the cost of treatment at private hospitals. Previously the plan fully covered the cost of all procedures at private health centres. This has now been reduced to 80 per cent. But cardholders will continue to receive full coverage at all ­government hospitals in the emirate, while outside Abu ­Dhabi Thiqa will cover 50 per cent of the cost of treatment, down from ...

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Dubai explorer begins 150 km journey for charity

DUBAI // The drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai can seem a daunting task for some, so you can just imagine what they would make of the idea of making the 150-kilometre journey on foot. Oh, and doing it while fasting. But for Italian Max Calderan, who calls himself “the son of the desert”, it is an opportunity not to be missed – even in the midday sun and temperatures of 45°C and higher. He began the 24-hour-plus journey on Thursday night, running along on the hard shoulder of the country’s busiest road, to raise money for the Al Jalila Foundation, a children’s charity that carries out medical education and research. The starting point was at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, after iftar, and the destination is midnight at Dubai’s Jumeirah mosque on Friday night. Having gone days without food or sleep while crossing some of the most barren desert terrains ...

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Khalifa Foundation provides 9,000 meals at Al Aqsa mosque

A project to provide 9,000 meals at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to fasting families was launched by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation. On Wednesday, 2,500 meals containing basic food items such as rice, chicken, dates, water and juice, were served to Palestinian families. The initiative was carried out under the directive of President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, supported by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and chairman of the Foundation. The families expressed their gratitude to the UAE and its leadership, according to Wam, the state news agency. newsdesk@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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Abu Dhabi family lose Dh75,000 rent money by 'gang of con artists'

ABU DHABI // A family of six say they are weeks away from being homeless after “a gang of con artists” pretending to represent an Emirati landlord falsi­fied papers and duped them out of a year’s rent. Abu Dhabi resident Feda Jarad and her husband Aiman Awad, who has stage four kidney disease, said they and their four children would be left without a roof over their heads at the end of July after the scam, which left them Dh75,000 out of pocket. “We are not given housing allowance by our employer, and have to scrimp and save the ­entire year to collect our rent money,” Ms Jarad said. “Now, that’s all gone. “We don’t have money to pay for rent and our current lease is up in the last week of July. We don’t know what we will do.” Ms Jarad said the fraudsters took advantage of the death ...

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