Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Dubai leads regional, global rankings in IMD Competitiveness Report

(Dubai) – Dubai has ranked first in the Arab world in terms of government budget (as percentage of GDP), while globally the emirate ranked seventh in government efficiency and third in public finance, according to the Competitiveness Report 2018 issued by the International Competitiveness Centre of the International Institute for Management Development, IMD, based in […]

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Sisi sworn in for a second term

(Cairo) – The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has been sworn in for a second term. “Egypt can fit us all with all our differences. Accepting others and creating common ground will be important for us in order to create political development,” he told MPs who had gathered to witness his oath of office, following […]

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Mohamed bin Zayed, Putin review bilateral relations

(Moscow) – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin discussed the cooperation and friendship ties between the two countries along with an array of regional and international issues of common interest. […]

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IISS Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore

(Singapore) – Asia’s key defense forum opened in Singapore, with North Korea’s nuclear issue high on the agenda, at a time when regional security faces a potential turning point. The annual Shangri-La Dialogue comes amid cautious optimism about a historic breakthrough in efforts to denuclearize North Korea and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed meets French counterpart

(Paris) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister of France, in Paris, as part of his official visit to France. The two ministers discussed the friendship and cooperation between the UAE and France and the means of enhancing them […]

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Saif bin Zayed meets Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister

(Abu Dhabi) – H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, has met with Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Yemen Ahmed Al Maisari, to discuss ways of advancing security cooperation ties between the two countries. Attending the meeting were Ambassador of Yemen to the […]

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Visa waiver for travel between UAE, Brazil

(Abu Dhabi) – The UAE and Brazil have signed a visa exemption agreement whereby citizens of both countries will be allowed visa-free entry. “Holders of all types of UAE passports may travel, effective June 2nd, 2018, to Brazil without prior visa arrangements and stay for a maximum of 90 days each year,” said Ambassador Ahmed […]

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Google launches solar power service in UK

Google is offering a new service, which it says could help British homeowners save money by switching to solar power. The tech giant has released an online tool called Project Sunroof, in partnership with energy supplier Eon, that estimates savings using data from Google’s Earth and Maps apps. It first launched in the US in […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed meets Canadian Minister of Innovation

(Ottawa) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Navdeep Bains, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. During the meeting, which was held as part of Sheikh Abdullah’s visit to Canada, the two sides discussed UAE-Canada relations and means of boosting them across […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed meets Canadian Foreign Minister

(Ottawa) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Ottawa, Canada. During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral relations between the UAE and Canada and ways of enhancing and developing them in all domains. They also […]

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Canada exempts UAE nationals from entry visas

(Ottawa) – UAE citizens will be able to visit Canada without entry visas from 5th June 2018. The announcement came during a meeting between H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, in Ottawa. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed praised […]