43rd Annual ISGP Meeting hosted by MBRSC commences

DUBAI: The 43rd Annual International Society for Gravitational Physiology (ISGP) Meeting hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and held for the first time in the Arab world has officially commenced at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).

The landmark event was kickstarted with an opening ceremony that was held in the presence of Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director-General, MBRSC; Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif, CEO of Dubai Academic Health Corporation and President of MBRU; Prof. Marc-Antoine Custaud, President of ISGP; Hazzaa AlMansoori, Astronauts Office Manager, MBRSC, other dignitaries and attendees.

During the opening ceremony, Salem AlMarri welcomed the attendees to Dubai and spoke about their shared enthusiasm for exploration. He further emphasised that the knowledge and experience accumulated through the Centre’s efforts in space exploration would enhance scientific progress and humanity’s understanding of space.

Prof. Marc-Antoine Custaud during his opening
address noted that the meeting holds much promise as it will feature more than 100 scientific presentations and foster cooperation among various entities.

Meanwhile, Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori, Astronauts Office Manager, while speaking during the opening ceremony underscored the role of space missions in enhancing international cooperation and our understanding of the universe based off his experience during the first Emirati mission to the International Space Station.

The event, being held until 30th May, brings together eminent scientists, representatives from space agencies, young researchers, as well as students to foster an exchange of knowledge on the biological and physiological effects of gravity on living organisms. These studies are crucial to overcoming the challenges of long-duration space missions and enhancing our understanding of life beyond Earth.

The meeting will further serve as a collaborative platform to announce new research and educational opportunities in the field.

Source: Emirat
es News Agency

UAE, France sign MoU on artificial intelligence

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology Council (AIATC) and the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding on artificial intelligence (AI).

This agreement builds on the strengths of the strategic partnership between the UAE and France and aims to develop the artificial intelligence ecosystems of both countries through a combination of investment programmes and collaborations that foster the responsible development and deployment of AI.

The agreement was signed by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and member of AIATC, and Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty.

The partnership will cover the following areas of collaboration:

Data centre and supercomputing infrastructure buildout: This initiative will make cost-competitive AI training and inferencing capacity availab
le to both French and European enterprises, as well as foster partnerships with international and local cloud and computing capacity operators to enable innovation and R and D.

Investment in the UAE, French, and global AI ecosystem: The UAE and France will explore investment opportunities in start-ups and investment funds focused on AI models, artificial intelligence applications in key sectors (health, financial services, software, retail, industry), and next-generation hardware.

Manufacturing and sourcing cooperation: The partnership will explore opportunities for the bilateral production and offtake of semiconductors, including leading-edge and essential chips for AI applications.

Talent pipeline: The two countries will explore an education initiative to offer best-in-class AI training to nurture and develop talent across the UAE and French AI ecosystems.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai to showcase digital transformation initiatives at GITEX Africa 2024

DUBAI: Digital Dubai on Wednesday announced the participation of Dubai in GITEX Africa 2024, which will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 29th to 31st May, with the participation of 130 countries.

Digital Dubai is organising the Dubai Pavilion at this event, featuring the participation of eight other government entities, including Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Digital DEWA, Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Customs, Security Industry Regulatory Agency and DP World.

The Dubai Pavilion will witness the unveiling of several qualitative initiatives and projects, in addition to organising a series of business meetings attended by representatives of participating government entities and decision-makers in private sector companies, aiming to discover prospects for cooperation and partnership.

Commenting on this distinguished participation, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of Digital Dubai, said, “Our attendance at this event comes in line with the UAE’s wise leadership v
ision, which prioritises supporting the efforts of our friends in the African continent aiming at enhancing the role of innovation and modern technology in realising a comprehensive and sustainable economic renaissance. This participation enables us to identify the opportunities within the realm of digital transformation in Africa and to discuss prospects for cooperation and investment between the UAE and other participating countries.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Studio City boosts regional creative economy at CABSAT 2024

DUBAI: Dubai Studio City announced that it is continuing to accelerate the growth of localised content production in the region with 358,000 minutes of original content recorded across its interconnected ecosystem in 2023.

The announcement came during Dubai Studio’s participation in CABSAT 2024, taking place in Dubai until 23rd May.

Dubai Studio City, part of TECOM Group and Strategic Partner of the 30th edition of CABSAT this year, hosted 198 calendar days’ worth of shoots and recording sessions across its sound stages as production activity levels continue to soar at the region’s largest facilities of their kind.

As a Strategic Partner of CABSAT 2024, Dubai Studio City presents a full calendar of networking and educational activities. Today, it will organise a panel discussion exploring the region’s rise as a global film production hub, while on Day 3, it will feature a start-up concept discussion featuring in5 Media enterprises.

‘The future of entertainment will be led by content creators whose voices
and sensibilities are rooted in the local culture, and our industry has a moral responsibility to champion such creatives,’ said Majed Al Suwaidi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City at TECOM Group PJSC.

He added that Dubai Studio City highlights the wide and diverse talents and capabilities of the Middle East region.

Source: Emirates News Agency

CABSAT 2024 to kick off tomorrow in Dubai

DUBAI: CABSAT, the Middle East’s flagship event for content, broadcast, satellite, media, and entertainment, will launch its 30th edition at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday.

With more than 450 exhibitors and over 18,000 expected visitors, CABSAT serves as a key destination for networking, career advancement, and keeping up to date on the latest developments and insights into the industry and the content-driven ecosystems of the MEASA.

This year’s show also features a dynamic talks programme, with the return of the Content Congress, SATEXPO Summit, and NextGen Content, which enables screening of unreleased content to the region’s best content creators, distributors, and investors.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Registrations of eco-friendly cars up 46.8pct in Romania in April 2024

BUCHAREST: New cars registrations increased by 33.2 percent in Romania, in April 2024, compared to the same period last year, with the ‘electrified’ segment reporting a surge of 46.8% and a market share of 23.5% of the total market, reads data released by the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA) on Monday.

In general terms, new cars registrations increased by 38.3% y-o-y, and by 40.9%, respectively, compared to March 2024. By type of fuel, gasoline engine and mild hybrid eyed an increase of 29.9pct, in April this year, compared to the same month last year, reaching a share of 64,3pct in the total market.

Also, diesel plus mild hybrid engines recorded an increase of 27.4pct and a share of 12.2pct in the total market. On the other hand, ‘green’ vehicles, namely electrified ones (100pct and plug-in hybrids), as well as full hybrids held, in April, a market share of 23.5pct, which exceeds by 11.3pct the share held by diesel engines, which also includes mild hybrid diesel engines.

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Saqr Ghobash receives German, Swiss Ambassadors

ABU DHABI: Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), separately received Alexander Schönfelder, Ambassador of Germany to the UAE, and Arthur Mattli, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to the UAE.

During the meetings held at the FNC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, Ghobash and the ambassadors discussed ways of enhancing the cooperation and parliamentary relations between the FNC and the parliamentary councils of the two friendly countries.

The meetings also highlighted the importance of exchanging visits, knowledge, and parliamentary practices, as well as enhancing coordination and consultation on various issues of mutual interest between the UAE, Germany, and Switzerland.

Ghobash stressed the key role of parliaments through parliamentary diplomacy. Views were also exchanged on regional and international developments, especially in the Middle East.

Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the FNC, attended the meetings.

Source: Emirates News Agency

ADJD’s Committee for Rehabilitation, Correctional Policies discusses alternatives to imprisonment

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department’s (ADJD) Committee for Rehabilitation and Correctional Policies, established under Law No. 4 of 2024 regarding the regulation of rehabilitation and correctional centres in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, convened its inaugural session.

Chaired by Counsellor Youssef Saeed Al Abri, Under-Secretary of the Judicial Department, the Committee deliberated on a range of initiatives concerning penalties, alternatives to imprisonment, and restructuring procedures of rehabilitation and correctional centres linked to judicial processes.

Additionally, it reviewed proposals on optimal practices implemented in rehabilitation and correctional centres at the international level.

Counsellor Al Abri emphasised the Judicial Department’s focus on developing a comprehensive system to oversee rehabilitation and correctional centres adhering to the highest global standards in accordance with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister,
Chairman of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the ADJD, to improve the judicial system and enhance Abu Dhabi’s competitive position.

He highlighted that the Committee’s responsibility is to propose appropriate measures and mechanisms to enhance rehabilitation and correctional centres to achieve the goal of rehabilitating and reintegrating convicts as contributing members of society, in addition to suggesting ways to decrease prison sentences and broaden the use of alternative forms of punishment.

He also mentioned that the Committee works on adopting a plan, policy, and operational guide for rehabilitation and correctional centres, ensuring their alignment with the work plan of courts and prosecution offices in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and suggesting laws aimed at expanding the use of alternative measures to imprisonment for minor crimes, such as requiring convicts to perform community service tasks that achieve the desired goals of rehabilitation and discipline.

Source: Emirates News Agency