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Dubai Cares unveils its Ramadan campaign titled, “Gaza In Our Hearts” to provide emergency relief aid to children and families in Gaza

Dubai Cares unveils its Ramadan campaign titled, “Gaza In Our Hearts” to provide emergency relief aid to children and families in Gaza Published Wednesday, February 28, 2024 By E247 Dubai Cares, a civil society organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, has launched “Gaza In Our Hearts”, a Ramadan fundraising campaign that mobilizes the UAE community to raise vital funds for the provision of the emergency relief for the people of Gaza. The campaign recognizes the increasingly depleting supply of necessities needed by the people of Gaza, as well as the heightened sentiment of compassion among the UAE community, and a shared desire to extend more support. Building upon the ongoing success of the UAE’s “Tarahum for Gaza” initiative, the campaign will raise funds for concrete emergency support, with all donations going towards the delivery of hot meals, food baskets, as well as waterproof and fire-resistant tents. To ensure the prompt and efficient supply of this emergency relief, Dubai Cares has entered into a strategic partnership with its longstanding partner, Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid). As the implementing partner, Anera will work closely with UN, diplomatic and non-governmental organization partners to open aid corridors to enable it to urgently deliver life-saving aid. Speaking about the significance of the campaign, His Excellency Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares, said: “The UAE’s response to the war in Gaza was immediate, with the entire country, including the UAE government, charitable and philanthropic organizations, businesses, and the wider community, joining efforts to provide life-saving aid. With the conflict entering its sixth month, access to food and shelter has become critically low, leaving many Gazans facing severe food insecurity reaching catastrophic levels. Through the ‘Gaza In Our Hearts’ campaign, we are providing members of the community the opportunity to unite and respond to this urgent need with a sense of responsibility and empowerment. We hope that through this campaign and our strategic partnership with Anera, we will not only alleviate hunger and suffering, but also nurture hope, resilience, and dignity.” Members of the community can directly contribute to this campaign by: Donating via SMS by texting the word “donation” to 9030, 9090, 9300, 9600 and 9900 to donate AED 30, AED 90, AED 300, AED 600 or AED 900 respectively through Etisalat by e& and du Making online donations at www.dubaicares.ae Launching their own campaign on the Dubai Cares crowdfunding platform: https://fundraising.dubaicares.ae/ Making a direct financial donation through bank deposit to Dubai Cares’ account or with a cheque addressed to Dubai Cares As of February 2024, up to 1.7 million* people (over 75 percent of the population) have been displaced across Gaza, some multiple times. Since 7 October 2023, at least 29,313 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, with 70 percent of those killed being women and children. Moreover, 69,333 Palestinians have been reportedly injured and up to 280 government schools and 65 UNRWA-run schools have been destroyed or damaged. Sean C. Carroll, President and CEO of Anera said: “At this crucial time, going into the holy month of Ramadan, we know people are looking to meet critical humanitarian needs and have a positive impact in Gaza. With support from the people of the UAE, through our strategic partnership with Dubai Cares, and our on-the-ground capacity in Gaza, Anera will ensure that all donations go to where they are needed most. Since October 7, Anera has delivered nearly 20 million meals in Gaza, and with your support we will deliver at least 5 million more during Ramadan. We will not stop there; we will keep working to meet emergency needs and eventually witness recovery and reconstruction.” Since 1968, Anera has been providing humanitarian assistance and sustainable development to advance the well-being of refugees and other vulnerable communities in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. The organization mobilizes resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Since the beginning of the war, Anera has been delivering millions of meals, medical treatments and supplies, hygiene kits, water, blankets, mattresses, tents, psychological support and other aid to the population of Gaza. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News. Email Facebook Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Linkedin

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Hamdan bin Mohammed attends trailblazing Dubai Jet Suit Championship

Eight daring participants including Emirati Ahmed Al Shehhi enthrall fans watching live and TV audiences worldwide as they make history with first of-its-kind air race in the world – Stirring competition sees British trio of Issa Calvon, Paul Jones and Freddie Hay making a sweep of the top three spots – Event organised by Dubai Sports Council and air racing pioneers Gravity Industries in cooperation with Skydive Dubai Club and XDubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, attended key stages of the race during the Dubai Jet Suit Championship, the first event of its kind anywhere in the world, which was held at Dubai Harbour today. Organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and Gravity Industries, the pioneer in promoting the sport of air racing, the event was held in cooperation with the Skydive Dubai Club and XDubai. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan met with champion Emirati air racer Ahmed Al Shehhi and Richard Browning, Founder and CEO of Gravity Industries, before the start of the competition, and praised all the participants participating in the novel competition for having made history. The stirring contest saw the British trio of Issa Calvon, Paul Jones and Freddie Hay making a sweep of the top three spots. The winners were crowned by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council; and Nasser Jamal, representative of Imtiaz Real Estate Development Company, one of the sponsors of the tournament, in the presence of Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of DSC. Issa Calvon won the title following the daredevil manoeuvres of the eight contestants that amazed the thousands of fans who had gathered alongside visitors to the Dubai International Yacht Show, besides millions of viewers on international television networks following the awesome spectacle of competitors zooming through the air using specially designed suits propelled by jet engines aligned on the hands and backs of the contestants. The contestants represented various countries, including the UAE’s young gun Ahmed Al Shehhi, who had undergone several weeks of specialised training in Great Britain to meet stringent eligibility criteria set for those participating in the competition. HE Hareb congratulated the winner, noting that the innovative championship had further enhanced Dubai’s position on the global sporting scene while creating history. He also congratulated Al Shehhi, who etched his name in the record books as the first Emirati and Arab sportsperson to achieve the unique feat of participating in the contest that demands physical strength, supreme aerial agility, and tremendous adeptness with cutting-edge technology. HE Hareb also congratulated all the other participants who had staked claim to be pioneers of a sport requiring courage and skill of a high order alongside the real-time synchronisation of human capabilities and technological innovations. The eight participants were divided into two groups for the preliminary rounds. Each contestant had to manoeuvre through 12 traffic points placed along a 700-metre long race course. The best two from each group made it to the semi-finals. The champion was declared following a breathtaking final matchup. Sponsoring the event were several Dubai-based, national and international companies, including Imtiaz Real Estate Development, Mai Dubai and Pocari Sweat. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Ahmed bin Mohammed opens 5th UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2024

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, the 5th UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2024 was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The event, hosted by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in partnership with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), runs for three days at the Dubai World Trade Centre under the theme ‘Sustainable Mobility and Wellbeing’. The congress has attracted more than 2,000 participants, including government officials and transport professionals, alongside 65 speakers that include public transport experts hailing from 22 countries. The event is complemented by a public transport exhibition featuring the participation of 50 entities from 20 countries. Upon arrival, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was welcomed by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority; Her Excellency Renée Amilcar, President of the UITP; and His Excellency Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary-General of the UITP. Attendees also included heads of major authorities, government departments, and private entities, alongside a large gathering of world-renowned transport experts and specialists. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the audience watched a movie on the accomplishments of the past five editions of the congress and the exhibition. The documentary illustrated the enduring engagement of sponsors, and the key issues addressed, contributing to the evolution of the event into a hub for transport stakeholders. Global platform Her Excellency Renée Amilcar, President of the UITP shared her delight in hosting the 5th UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2024 in Dubai and seeing this event evolving into an international hub, drawing in experts, researchers, enthusiasts, and decision-makers to engage in shaping an improved future for public transportation. “My first visit to Dubai as the President of the UITP fills me with excitement to engage in this premier event on sustainable urban mobility in the region, themed ‘Sustainable Mobility and Wellbeing.’ Together, we can pledge to forge an enhanced future for public transportation through the exchange of discussions, concepts, and perspectives at this congress, and by examining the model practices put into action to foster a better and healthier world,” said Renée Amilcar. “Dubai’s role as the host for UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition showcases its global prominence and strengths in areas of innovation, technology, urban mobility, and fostering the wellbeing of residents and international visitors. The emirate adopts cutting-edge technologies to achieve a brighter future,” she added. Transport Summit 2026 The President of the UITP revealed that Dubai is set to host the biggest global event in public transport development, the Global Public Transport Summit, in 2026. “Dubai is set to host this prestigious event for the second time, following its successful hosting of the 59th UITP World Congress and Exhibition in 2011. Recognised as the premier global forum in transportation, the event is set to bring together over 1900 members from 100 nations, including heads of organisations, legislators, developers, operators, and manufacturers from the transport industry to converge and explore forward-looking solutions for public transportation. The event is expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees. “Public transport across the world is a vital element for enhancing urban livability worldwide. Its evolution and upgrade carry profound impacts on economic growth, environmental sustainability, cultural enrichment, and social well-being. International forums and dialogues are instrumental in driving progress toward a future that is greener, healthier, and more inventive for all,” added the President of the UITP. Senseable Cities In the keynote address of the congress, ‘Senseable Cities: Data and Society’, MIT’s Professor Carlo Ratti explored the pivotal role of strategic urban planning in shaping the cities of tomorrow. His talk underscored the necessity of leveraging authentic data, anticipated population growth, and construction spaces to design cities that are both logically organised without overlap and reflective of future realities. Ratti stressed the need to integrate contemporary transportation solutions into the urban development framework, with a focus on fostering social integration and minimising overall travel durations. Furthermore, he pointed out the importance of ensuring pedestrian-friendly environments and universally accessible public amenities, adhering to global standards for urban landscapes of the future. Recognition of speakers and sponsors His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai, honoured Her Excellency Renee Amilcar – UITP President, and Professor Carlo Ratti of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the keynote speaker of the Congress. His Highness also felicitated the primary and strategic sponsors of the congress, including Swaidan Trading LLC (part of Al Naboodah Group), FAMCO and Volvo (under Al-Futtaim Motors Group), Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), United Motors and Heavy Equipment Company, Hyundai (from Juma Al Majid Company), Etisalat, Salik Company and Arabia Taxi. During the event, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, escorted by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, toured the exhibition being held as part of the event, featuring 50 exhibitors from 20 countries. Exhibits included the latest technologies, projects, and initiatives designed to transform transportation systems and advance sustainable transportation solutions. Strategic partnership His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, shared his pride in the partnership with the UITP that had been initiated right from RTA’s inception in 2005. “This collaboration was taken to a new level with Dubai hosting the inaugural UITP Transport Congress and Exhibition in 2011, which marked the event’s debut in the MENA region. The partnership was further cemented with the establishment of the MENA Centre for Transport Excellence and the hosting of four editions of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition,” said Al Tayer. “Looking ahead, Dubai is set to host the UITP Summit in 2026 for the second time in history. This upcoming event underscores Dubai’s status as a favoured venue for global gatherings. It also underscores the international community’s trust in Dubai’s exceptional standing and capabilities to successfully organise and execute major events. This acknowledgement also affirms the high quality and efficiency of Dubai’s public transport infrastructure,” he added. Discussion Topics Themed: ‘Sustainable Mobility and Wellbeing’, the congress spotlights cutting-edge technological advancements and international practices in transportation, urban mobility innovations, and achieving zero emissions by 2050. It also tackles the importance of sustainable mobility in addressing urgent environmental issues and promoting eco-friendly transportation methods for healthier urban environments. Through constructive dialogue, the event aims to formulate actionable strategies that place community well-being at the forefront. Participants will delve into a range of key issues, such as artificial intelligence, green mobility and alternative energy sources, adaptable infrastructure, leveraging big data for urban planning, and improving public transport’s positive image and well-being. Additionally, the congress serves as a platform for sharing experiences and global best practices as well as making concerted efforts towards realising sustainable urban mobility objectives. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Dubai’s Gov Games raises stakes to new heights with race to the top of the world’s tallest building

The Gov Games took its fifth edition to unprecedented heights this year with a new, bonus round of the competition featuring teams from around the world competing in a race up the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The contest held today, a day ahead of the fifth edition of the Gov Games (29 February – 3 March), saw teams from Kutná Hora, Czech Republic; Oviedo, Spain; and Copenhagen, Denmark achieving 16 bonus points, recording 27:39.51 minutes, 27:39.90 minutes, and 28:18.85 minutes, respectively. The event designed to push the limits of human endurance, strategic thinking and teamwork formed part of the ‘Battle of the Cities’ category. By introducing the Burj Khalifa Climb to its roster, the Gov Games – which has become known for its innovative and challenging events – offered global competitors the unique opportunity to earn pre-event bonus points. The new contest ensured that this year’s Gov Games gets off to an electrifying, high-octane start. The Burj Khalifa challenge featured international teams, each consisting of five athletes tethered together by a single rope as they climbed the 160 floors of the 828-metre tall megastructure. The competing teams, which have qualified for the Gov Games Finals, represented cities across four continents, including London, Brisbane, Colorado, and Copenhagen. Marwan bin Essa, Director of Gov Games, said: “The Burj Challenge takes our competition beyond a physical challenge. It stands as a symbol for how competitors can push their boundaries and break new barriers when they work together with a shared bond and drive that can take them to the top. “At the Gov Games, we believe that the pursuit of health and fitness, can turn the seemingly impossible into the possible. The Burj Challenge is a testament to the unconquerable human spirit and our determination to set our sights high, climb higher and achieve more than we knew we were capable of. He added: “We are excited to see the 2024 Gov Games teams work together in this new, exciting challenge in the competition, and achieve great things together.” Bin Essa also expressed his gratitude to Emaar for supporting the first Burj Challenge for teams, emphasizing that the efforts they provided contributed to giving the event additional momentum. For the bonus Gov Games event, The Burj Challenge, a time limit has not been set. Instead, the organisers are focusing on fostering teamwork, encouraging strategy and encouraging the ultimate goal of making it to the top as one team. Teams were scored based on the time of the last arriving team member, ensuring that every step taken is a collective effort. Any points awarded during the Burj climb will be added to the team’s scores in the ‘Battle of the Cities’ category of the Games. In its fifth edition, Gov Games is hosting international teams in the Battle of the Cities category, representing the UAE, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, Uzbekistan, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, France, and Portugal. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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DMCC Signs Strategic Partnership with KISED to Deepen UAE-Korean Collaboration and Drive Global Start-Up Growth

DMCC – the world’s flagship free zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise – has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development (KISED), embarking on a long-term collaboration aimed at fostering innovation and empowering entrepreneurship. With a focus on startup growth and innovation, this latest move also solidifies DMCC’s business network in South Korea, further deepening the flow of trade, investment, and commercial opportunities between both regions. The agreement follows key partnerships announced by DMCC in 2023 with the Korea Blockchain Industry Promotion Association (KBIPA) and Seongnam City. Ahmad Hamza, Executive Director – Free Zone, signed the agreement on behalf of DMCC, while KISED was represented by Janghoon Lee, Vice President, KISED. The signing ceremony took place today in the presence of high-level government officials from both the UAE and Korea, including H.E. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member and UAE Minister of Economy, and Daehi Lee, Deputy Minister – Ministry of SMEs and Startups, at Investopia in Abu Dhabi. The strategic agreement encompasses a wide range of important initiatives for startups, including cross-border development opportunities through mentorship programmes and participation in international events, in addition to the exploration of new joint ventures and partnerships. DMCC is also sponsoring a dedicated programme for exceptional Korean startups to enter the UAE market, organised by AGCC. Ahmad Hamza, Executive Director – Free Zone, DMCC, said: “This strategic partnership with KISED is further testament to DMCC’s commitment to driving global innovation and entrepreneurship through international collaboration. By creating a platform for exchanging knowledge and expertise, we are not only building an environment ripe for startup success but also laying the groundwork for sustainable economic growth. Together, we will unlock new commercial opportunities, empowering entrepreneurs to shape the future of business on a global scale.” The partnership between DMCC and KISED seeks to provide comprehensive support and assistance to startups. Through facilitating the exchange of knowledge, expertise and resources, both parties aim to achieve business growth while promoting innovation and economic development. Janghoon Lee, Vice President, KISED, added: “We are delighted to collaborate with DMCC, a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Middle East and beyond, in line with our shared dedication to making a meaningful impact on the global startup ecosystem. Leveraging the expertise and resources offered by DMCC, we are poised to elevate our support to startups, providing them with access to a wide range of new markets and opportunities.” DMCC has continually strived to create an environment that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, from offering bespoke business packages and tailored support programmes to providing access to a wide network and opportunities. Complementing these offerings are specialised hubs like the DMCC Gaming Centre, Crypto Centre, and the upcoming AI Centre, which provide a comprehensive ecosystem for high-growth industries and play a pivotal role in nurturing startups and facilitating their expansion into international markets. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Ahmed bin Mohammed witnesses signing of MoU between Dubai Police’s Transport Security Department and flydubai

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai, witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Transport Security Department of Dubai Police and flydubai, aimed at strengthening mutual strategic cooperation. The MoU, which was signed on the sidelines of the fifth UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2024, hosted by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in partnership with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), seeks to establish partnerships in training, exchange of expertise and provision of security and technical services, and facilitate access to the latest global practices in service delivery. The MoU was signed by Brigadier Obaid Al Hathboor, Director of the Transport Security Department, and Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer of flydubai. Brigadier Obaid Al Hathboor, said the MoU with flydubai will enhance communication and cooperation, aligned with Dubai’s vision to advance safe mobility and enhance the integration of transportation systems. Hamad Obaidalla said the MoU strengthens cooperation between the two organisations in areas like development, training, exchange of expertise, security, and technical services, in line with flydubai’s commitment to enhancing aviation security and further expanding Dubai’s global connectivity. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Mohammed bin Rashid honours Arab Hope Makers

Mohammed bin Rashid honours Arab Hope Makers, affirms: ‘Hope making is life making and the only way we can overcome challenges is through collaborative efforts’ His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, crowned the 4 Arab Hope Makers finalists, awarding them a financial reward of AED 1 million each, in the presence of His Highness Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid awarded the title of Arab Hope Maker of the 4th season of the largest initiative of its kind in the Arab region celebrating philanthropists, to Tala Al Kalil who received the highest number of votes during the ceremony. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also directed that all four finalists be awarded the title of Arab Hope Maker, who are, in addition to Tala Al Khalil, Mohamed Al Najjar from Iraq, Amine Imnir from Morocco and Fathiya Al Mahmoud from Egypt. “In our part of the world, hope making is life making. The only way we can overcome challenges is through collaborative efforts,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said. “Hope for a better future is what keeps people going. Every new generation bears the responsibility of creating a better reality in their communities. On the other hand, spreading despair is our major challenge, which is why we need to continue to nurture hope, optimism and positivity among the new generation,” he concluded. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid awarded the top Arab Hope Maker title to Tala Al Khalil for her initiative to mentally support and heal children with Down Syndrome and cancer patients. The closing ceremony was attended by Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Arts and Culture Authority, alongside ministers, senior officials and a host of media representatives. Mohmmad Al Gergawi, Secretary General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives said the Hope Makers initiative reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of instilling the culture of giving across the Arab world, while celebrating those who launch life-changing initiatives that benefit communities and inspire the new generation to create a better future. “The 4th season of Hope Makers revealed a number of unique charity initiatives that serve Arab communities and help thousands of people around the world. More than 58,000 Arab hope makers have proved that our region enjoys a wealth of philanthropists who renew our faith in our ability to become a global model of giving and philanthropy, regardless of colour, race or religion,” he added. Al Gergawy affirmed that Hope Makers initiative will continue to support voluntary work aiming to improve quality of life across Arab communities, and to celebrate efforts to serve vulnerable populations and alleviate their suffering, in line with MBRGI’s objectives of promoting a culture of hope and nurturing innovative ideas that can be transformed into sustainable projects in the Arab World. The closing ceremony saw the participation of several Arab celebrities, including Ahlam, Hussain Al Jassmi and Assala, alongside artists and media personalities. Amidst a massive audience of 12,000 people, the closing ceremony at the Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai, showcased the inspiring stories of the four Hope Makers finalists Tala Al Khalil from Iraq, Mohamed Al Najjar from Iraq, Fathiya Al Mahmoud from Egypt and Amine Imnir from Morocco. 4 inspiring stories 37-year-old Dr. Mohamed Al Najjar from Iraq lost his leg in 2014. A fan of football since his childhood, he turned this tragedy into a driver of change and hope. While studying for his PhD in England, he joined the Portsmouth football team for amputees, excelled and made a name for himself, winning the title of the club’s best player in 2019. Upon returning to Iraq, he strived to recreate this experience in his home country, and managed to form a football team of amputees that went on to participate in international friendly matches, qualifying for the 2022 Amputee Football World Cup in Turkey just one year after its formation. Thanks to Al Najjar’s relentless effort to motivate his team members and help them out of despair due to their injuries, the Iraqi team now ranks 19th globally out of 70 amputee football teams. Al Najjar’s selfless drive to help amputees like him went beyond training and motivating the team to financial support, until the team was known enough to attract sponsors. From Morocco, the audience met Youtuber Amine Imnir, whose social media account ‘Faysboki’ strives to improve living conditions for underprivileged Moroccans. Heading the AFTAS Society for Development and Solidarity, Amine has sponsored a number of humanitarian initiatives and aid campaigns in his country, documenting his efforts through his Faysboki TV channel to help spread the culture of humanitarian work and motivate others to join. AFTAS’s list of achievements includes distribution of over 1,000 solar panels, more than 4,500 food parcels to poor families including widows and orphans, financing 217 surgeries in 2023 and the planting of 2,800 fruitful trees. Known as ‘the mother of orphans’ or ‘Mama Fathiya’, Egyptian hope maker Fathiya Al Mahmoud offers an inspiring example of selfless giving and nurturing hope. Failing to have children of her own since her marriage 30 years ago, she decided in 2005 to adopt 34 orphan girls. With the aid of her husband, they founded A Touch of Hope society to care for orphans, caring for raising, educating and inspiring 34 girls without any outside help. Realizing that raising that number of girls is a challenging endeavor, Fathiya dived deep into the world of nurturing children and how to care for girls’ physical and mental needs. In addition to their work in caring for orphans, Fathiya and her husband established a charity hospital that offers free healthcare to orphans and people of determination. Iraqi pharmacist Tala Al Khalil started his journey as a hope maker in 2015, when she started receiving young cancer patients in a special ‘caravan’ at the Basra Children’s Hospital to help them overcome challenges associated with their illness, including studying and inclusion in society. This initiative offered children with cancer a room for hope and optimism away from the hard reality of treatments and hospital wards. This was the start that inspired Tala to establish her Warriors Academy in 2018, to care for young people of determination who suffer various illnesses. Today, Tala personally cares for 200 children with Down Syndrome and cancer. Offering much-needed psychological support to the children who now call her ‘mama’, Tala is a strong believer in the role of good mental health in enhancing immunity and the body’s ability to fight illness. Operating under the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the 4th edition of Hope Makers initiative attracted over 58,000 applications from across the region. Contributions to the 4th edition of the initiative covered its various themes of Community Service, Humanitarian Aid and Relief, Spreading Education and Knowledge, Empowering Youth, Inspiring Stories, Health and Fighting Disease and Arts and Culture among others. All nominations were subject to extensive evaluations according to several criteria that determined the winners for this season. Art Creates Hope In its 4th season, The Arab Hope Makers initiative teamed up with the ET Arabic platform, to launch “Art Creates Hope”, a campaign that aims to involve Arab celebrities and artists in various humanitarian projects and initiatives across the Arab world. The aim is to promote the values of kindness, generosity, and hope among the people and to foster a positive culture in Arab societies. Fight against despair H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the Hope Makers initiative first in 2017, when he posted a creative ad on his official social media accounts, offering a job for the position of Hope Maker for a reward of AED 1 million. The key mission of the initiative is to spread hope to support the fight against despair, cultivate optimism and instill a culture of giving that helps change makers translate their ideas and ambitions into reality on the ground. It targets all Arab individuals and institutions who have creative and impactful projects, programmes, campaigns or initiatives that aim to make a positive change and enhance the stability and social solidarity across Arab communities. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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UAE Braces for Unsettled Conditions with Rainfall and Temperature Drop

In a recent report from the UAE National Center of Meteorology, the country is set to experience a significant weather shift from Sunday, 25 February, to Monday, 26 February 2024. The main weather influencer is a surface low-pressure system stretching from the Southwest, coupled with the extension of an upper air depression. Additionally, a westerly trough will bring varying amounts of clouds flowing from the West intermittently. Here’s what to expect in terms of weather conditions during this period: Sky Conditions: The skies are predicted to be partly cloudy to cloudy at times, with a likelihood of light to moderate rainfall. Some Northern, Eastern, and coastal areas might experience heavy rainfall at times. Residents are advised to brace for a decrease in temperatures, especially in westward regions, as the low-pressure system and associated weather patterns take hold. Winds are expected to shift from Southeasterly to Northwesterly, ranging from light to moderate, with occasional fresh gusts. The presence of clouds could lead to blowing dust and sand, affecting visibility in certain areas. Mariners and beachgoers are urged to exercise caution as the sea is forecasted to be slight to moderate, occasionally turning rough, particularly in the Arabian Gulf and the Oman Sea. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Israeli Army Demolishes Three Homes Near Bethlehem | – IMEMC News

On Monday, Israeli forces demolished three Palestinian-owned homes and razed land, near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. In the southern West Bank, Israeli destroyed three Palestinian-owned homes in the village of Al-Walaja, northwest of Bethlehem. Israeli forces, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded the village and demolished 3 homes measuring 100 square meters, belonging to the citizens, Mahmoud Abu Khayara, Amin Al-Atrash, and Jamal Absiya. In the town of Husan, west of Bethlehem, Israeli forces razed Palestinian-owned land with the purpose of building a colonial road. According to Jamal Sabateen, the Husan Village Council Chairman, Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, leveled land with an area of 500 meters in length and 20 meters in width, in preparation for building a settler-only road. Israeli forces delivered demolition orders against a sports club and a primary school in Al-‘Isawiya town, north of occupied Jerusalem, Media sources said that demolition orders were delivered against the Al-Issawiya Sports and Cultural Club, and the Kindergarten Al-Majd School for children in the first and second grades.

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13,000+ Gazans killed since US vetoed last ceasefire; another veto expected this week – Day 135 | – IMEMC News

UN Security Council to vote on ceasefire (US will veto); Israeli snipers open fire on Gazans congregating for food aid; Khan Younis hospital sinking deeper into chaos; the Pope declines to pray for Israel after it badmouthed the Vatican; Israel plans 4-hour pauses in fighting so Gazans can stock up on food – but there isn’t any; Israel’s cabinet refuses to have a Palestinian state “imposed” on them; historic ICJ case starts Monday on the legality of Israeli occupation; estimate of how many Hamas fighters have been killed; risky plans to limit Muslim attendance at Al Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan; record hunger levels in Gaza; West Bank news, and more Associated Press reports: The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an Arab-backed resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, which the United States announced it will veto. In addition to a ceasefire, the final Algerian draft, obtained by The Associated Press, reiterates council demands that Israel and Hamas “scrupulously comply” with international law, rejects the forced displacement of Palestinian civilians, demands the release of all hostages taken by Hamas, and calls for greater humanitarian aid throughout Gaza. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that, should the resolution come up for a vote as drafted, it will not be adopted.” She claimed that the Algeria-led resolution would not achieve the “outcomes” that the US wants. Al Jazeera adds context: On October 18, the US vetoed a Security Council draft resolution calling for “humanitarian pauses” in the fighting in Gaza. On December 8, Washington vetoed a call for ceasefire. On December 22, the US abstained from a Security Council resolution calling for aid to Gaza after working behind the scenes to water it down. At the UN General Assembly, where no country has veto power, the US joined Israel and eight other (mostly tiny) countries on December 13 to vote against a nonbinding resolution calling for a ceasefire. That measure was adopted with the support of 153 countries. Al Jazeera reports: Footage verified by Al Jazeera shows hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza City rushing towards aid trucks on al-Rasheed Street before fleeing after Israeli forces open fire. Ramy Abdu, the Head of the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, commented on the incident in a post on X saying, “What our team documented on Al-Rasheed Street, west of Gaza City, is terrifying, painful, and brutal”. Previously, the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented four incidents up to and including 30 January, where the Israeli army fired on civilians as they waited for humanitarian relief lorries to arrive. This had resulted in 72 deaths and hundreds of injuries, some critical, according to Lima Bustami who heads the legal department at Euro-Med. Andalou Agency reports: At least 150 patients in need of medical care are crammed in rooms and corridors of the Nasser Medical Complex in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israeli occupation forces arrested 70 medical staff and refused to evacuate the patients so that they could receive treatment in other hospitals, the Gaza Health Ministry said in a statement. Among the patients are seven in intensive care, five undergoing dialysis, three children in the neonatal unit, as well as cases of burns, amputations, quadriplegia and childbirth, the statement added. The Israeli army has turned the hospital into military barracks, the ministry said in a previous statement on Sunday. The Israeli army on Thursday stormed the hospital, forcing everyone inside to evacuate and flee for their lives. Yet a small medical team stayed inside to take care of patients in critical condition, who were all held in one building of the hospital by the Israeli army amid a lack of basic needs. Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reports: Since the war began, B’Tselem’s field researchers in Gaza, Olfat al-Kurd, Khaled al-‘Azayzeh and Muhammad Sabah, have lost many family members to Israeli bombings. Two of them have lost their homes in northern Gaza and are now displaced. Nevertheless, they have worked hard to convey personal stories and difficult sights from the ground, in almost impossible conditions. To see several short videos describing the horrific abuse they were subject to in Israeli detention, and others speaking of their struggle to feed their children in a camp for the displaced in Khan Younis, go here. Middle East Monitor reports: The Pope called for peace in Sudan and Mozambique, and asked not to forget the conflicts in Africa and various parts of the world – but he left out Israel. “In Europe, Palestine and Ukraine… do not forget that war is always a defeat,” he added. Pope Francis has always included Israel in his traditional Sunday prayers and other important events. The Pope’s failure to include Israel in his prayers coincided with diplomatic tension that occurred a few days ago between the Vatican and Israel. On 13 February, the Vatican Secretary of State , Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said, “There is a demand that Israel’s right to defend itself be proportionate, and it is clear that this is not the case with the killing of 30,000 people.” The next day, the Israeli embassy to the Vatican issued a statement that strongly criticized Parolin’s statements, describing them as “shameful”, causing backlash from the Vatican. The Israeli embassy had to immediately retract the statement and issued another on 15 February, claiming it wanted to use the word “unfortunate” instead of “shameful”, and an error occurred while translating the original text of the statement, prepared in English, into Italian. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from occupied East Jerusalem: Israel plans to ‘pause fighting’ for 4 hours a day in one part of Gaza at a time. From Sunday to Friday, there will be a four-hour pause in fighting a day, from 10am to 2pm local time. These will be taking place in different parts of Gaza on each day. Hani Mahmoud from Rafah adds: Israel’s pauses in fighting are supposed to allow people to resupply. But we are looking at rubble-filled roads, we’ve seen children looking for scraps of food, and markets are empty in Rafah. If food is available, it is at a very high price. Not everyone has the means to buy food. With no pay for five months, their financial capabilities are drained. On top of that, the number of aid trucks that have been allowed into the Gaza Strip so far is not enough. Even if there were 300 trucks a day, it would still not meet the needs of an entire population that has been displaced, traumatized and without any essentials. In the northern part of Gaza, there is an actual famine. People have resorted to eating plants and animal feed. Reuters reports: Israel on Sunday formalized its opposition to what it called the “unilateral recognition” of Palestinian statehood, and said any such agreement must be reached through direct negotiations. Middle East Eye reports: “Palestinian Americans have been unable to help their families escape Israeli bombardment due to the Biden administration’s rigid definitions of family” The labyrinthine process was described by a lawyer from Boston who has refocused his work on helping Palestinian Americans get their families out of Gaza – as similar to “walking through mud while boulders are coming at you” “You have a population here that is literally in a cage,” he said, adding that the US government has much more leverage to get American relatives out of the besieged enclave than it lets on… An aerial shot showing the devastation of Gaza neighborhoods from Israeli attacks has received more than 30 million views on X, according to the social media platform. The photo, posted by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees yesterday, was captioned: “There are no words.” WEST BANK: Middle East Eye reports: Two Palestinian men, including a member of an armed group, were killed Sunday in an Israeli raid, while a third was shot at a checkpoint, in the latest violence in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry said the two, aged 19 and 36, were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds after the raid in the Tulkarm refugee camp, which the United Nations says houses over 27,000 Palestinian refugees. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, identified the elder of the pair as a local commander. His brother also called him “a member of the resistance”. Palestine Chronicle adds that the victims were identified as Nabil Atta, 19, and Mohmmad Fayez, 36. Palestine TV reported that Israeli forces surrounded a house inside the camp and prevented ambulances from reaching the area. WEST BANK: IMEMC reports: On Sunday evening, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian young man, Anas Jamil Dweikat, at the Beit Furik military roadblock, southeast of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank. WEST BANK: Al Jazeera reports: Issa Amro, the co-founder of the advocacy group Youth Against Settlements, says Israeli settlers in Hebron in the occupied West Bank are working to build a new illegal settlement inside the city. “They are taking advantage of the war to make the lives for Palestinian citizens more difficult – blocking checkpoints, imposing curfews, stopping services and banning all forms of social life in areas close to the settlements,” Amro told Al Jazeera. “The big problem for Hebron now is that the extremist settlers have been recruited to the Israeli army units operating in the city. They now control the lives of Palestinian residents.” He added that settlers have been assaulting Palestinians, vandalizing their property, restricting their freedom of movement and threatening them. A new audio recording of the child Hind documents the moments of horror she experienced while trapped alone amidst the Israeli tanks and the dead bodies of her relatives who were killed by Israeli soldiers around her. Hind was also killed alone as the occupation first bombed the… pic.twitter.com/r3DAyivPT0 — PRCS (@PalestineRCS) February 18, 2024 Israeli attacks have devastated Gaza’s infrastructure: 70% of it has been destroyed since October 7. Bisan Owda shows us how overflowing garbage, sewage on the streets and a lack of water are impacting people’s health, with respiratory and skin infections on the rise. pic.twitter.com/6wC1UsGTVX — AJ+ (@ajplus) February 17, 2024 The US plans to veto a ceasefire AGAIN at the UN Security Council’s vote on Tuesday, so Israel can keep mass murdering Palestinians in Gaza. Our government is beyond evil. The US has continuously blocked a ceasefire. Since the Dec. 8 veto, Israel has killed 13,000+ Palestinians. — USCPR #StopArmingIsrael (@USCPR_) February 18, 2024 “The enormous scale of humanitarian assistance and outreach this demands simply can’t happen without a sustained stop to the fighting and bombardment, and a dramatic increase in aid delivery to and within #Gaza.” The alarm bells are blaring. The time to act is now ⬇️… — Philippe Lazzarini (@UNLazzarini) February 18, 2024 STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – FEBRUARY 18: Palestinian death toll from October 7 – February 18: at least 29,169* (29,092 in Gaza* (over 12,660 children, 8,570 women), and at least 398 in the West Bank (100 children). This does not include an estimated 7,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 36,671 Palestinian deaths. About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced. Palestinian injuries from October 7 – February 18: at least 73,055** (including at least 68,883 in Gaza and 4,503 in the West Bank). It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza. Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – February 18: ~1,374 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~574 were civilians, 373 or 337 were security and/or military forces, ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 236 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza;, 10 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured. NBC reports: “According to the latest available IDF data… nearly 1 in 5, or 17%, of all Israel’s losses have come not at the hands of Hamas but from mishaps on its own side.” NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers. *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so. Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here. For more news, go here and here. Broadcast news from the region is here. No Access, No Information: Thousands of Gazans “Forcibly Disappeared” by Israeli Forces “Anti-cancel-culture” Bari Weiss has a history of working to cancel voices she dislikes These Are the Jewish Megadonors Helping Fund Biden’s – and Republican Congress Members’ – Reelection Campaigns If you love babies, this is a must-read A wave of new post-Oct 7th “antisemitism” bills completely miss the point CNN staff say network’s pro-Israel slant amounts to ‘journalistic malpractice’ Facts For Peace: the billionaire-backed campaign attacking the Palestinian cause Top military expert Col. Douglas MacGregor warns against attack on Iran (video) October 7th myths are still out there, killing Palestinians NYT: Where Is Hamas Getting Its Weapons? Increasingly, From Israel. 12 Essential Facts for Understanding the Current Israel-Gaza Violence Falk: Israel used Oct 7 attack as a pretext for its plan to expel Palestinians Synopsis of ICJ’s decision on Israeli genocide, reactions, and take-aways The West’s complete contempt for the lives of Palestinians will not be forgotten Israel has repeatedly rejected Hamas truce offers Why the Guardian’s ‘Hamas mass rape’ story doesn’t pass the sniff test Israel’s torture and humiliation of female and male Gazan prisoners Coverage of Gaza War in NYTimes & other major papers heavily favored Israel, analysis shows Two reports debunk New York Times ‘investigative report’ of mass rape on October 7th Israel’s Assault on Gaza Is Unlike Any War in Recent Memory US poised to give Israel $18 billion in aid this year Gaza Civilians, Under Israeli Barrage, Are Being Killed at Historic Pace

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