Heatwave to persist through first day of Eid

Amman: A significant rise in temperatures is expected on Thursday, with readings soaring 8-9 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department. This spike is attributed to a heatwave caused by an influx of extremely hot and dry air from the Arabian Peninsula.

The weather will be dry and hot over the high mountainous areas, and very hot across the rest of the country. Some clouds will appear at medium altitudes in the eastern regions. Moderate northeasterly winds will pick up in the afternoon and shift to northwesterly by evening.

The Meteorological Department’s report includes several warnings, advising people to avoid direct exposure to sunlight and take measures to prevent dehydration, as there are significant health risks associated with high temperatures, particularly for patients and the elderly. The risk of fires in forested areas is heightened, and leaving children inside closed vehicles, even briefly, is extremely dangerous. Storing perfumes, sanitizers, a
nd flammable materials inside vehicles is also cautioned against.

For Friday, the weather will remain dry and hot over the high mountainous areas and scorching in other regions. Winds will be moderate and northeasterly, becoming active in the afternoon and turning northwesterly by evening.

On Saturday, the heatwave will continue to impact the kingdom, bringing dry and hot conditions to the highlands and plains, and extremely hot weather to other areas. Winds will be moderate and northeasterly, shifting to northwesterly by evening.

Sunday, the first day of Eid al-Adha, will see a slight dip in temperatures, though they will remain 5-7 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average. The weather will be hot in most regions and extremely hot in the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba, with moderate northwesterly winds occasionally becoming active.

Today’s temperatures are expected to range as follows: East Amman 40-27 C, West Amman 38-25 C, the northern highlands 35-24 C, the Sharah highlands 34-22 C, the Dead
Sea 45-30 C, and Aqaba 46-31 C.

Source: Jordan News Agency

UAE, Azerbaijan explore partnerships at Ministerial Experience Exchange Forum

BAKU: The governments of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Azerbaijan have concluded the Ministerial Experience Exchange Forum, where representatives explored strategic partnerships to foster the exchange of government experiences.

The two-day event took place in Baku and was attended by ministers and senior officials from both governments, with leaders participating in a series of ministerial dialogues as part of a program of more than 20 sessions and meetings. The forum aimed to promote bilateral cooperation and communication between government leaders as well as encourage the exchange of experiences and success stories from each government.

The UAE’s delegation included Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and The Future, Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Director-General of Community Development Authority in the Government of Dubai (CDA), Younis Haji Al Khouri, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Abdulla Lootah, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for
Competitiveness and Experience Exchange, Abdulla Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy (MoE), Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Hawi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Investment (MoI), Sharif Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Affairs in the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Mohamed Al Qassim, Director-General of Emirates Schools Establishment, and Laila Obaid Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR).

Mohamed Bin Taliah, Chief of Government Services of the UAE Government, Hanan Ahli, Managing Director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC), Dr. Amer Sharif Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Health and President of the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), Prof. Dr. Alawi Asheikh-Ali Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Academic Officer, Dubai Health. Provost, Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), and Hamdah Bin Kalban, Director of Gover
nance at the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai also joined the UAE delegation.

Azerbaijan’s representatives included Ulvi Mehdiyev, Chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Vusal Huseynov, Chief of State Migration Service, Elnur Aliyev, First Deputy Minister of Economy, Umayra Taghiyeva, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Hasan Hasanli, Deputy Minister of Science and Education, Nadir Zeynalov, Deputy Minister of Health, Anar Karimov, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, Bahram Khalilov, Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the State Examination Center (SEC), and Jeyhun Salmanov, Deputy Chairman at the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations.

In her opening remarks, Al Roumi highlighted that the relations between the UAE and Azerbaijan are strong and solid, pointing to a recent visit by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nah
yan, to Azerbaijan in January 2024, where several agreements were signed and activated.

“In line with the UAE leadership’s vision, the government has made shaping the future a strategic priority. Today’s rapid global changes have made it clear that emerging trends have a critical role in shaping our future. The world is entering a new era defined by new trends, such as digitalisation, technological advancement, smart public services and government accelerators, and sustainability,’ she added.

For his part, Mehdiyev pointed out that the relations between Azerbaijan and the UAE are on an upward trajectory. ‘Economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE has reached new horizons, especially in the field of green energy. Our partnership represents a forward-looking, proactive approach to development in various areas of common interest,’ he said.

Hessa Buhumaid highlighted the key objectives of the Dubai Social Agenda 33; the government’s comprehensive plan for its community, saying, ‘Traditional social se
rvices are unsustainable in this rapidly evolving world. In the UAE, our approach focuses on strengthening social cohesion and bolstering the economy through strategic investment.’

Lootah emphasised the importance of promoting friendly relations between the two countries, touching on the Year of Sustainability announced by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2023 and extending into 2024. This initiative raised awareness of the need for sustainability and defined some of its key principles in support of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, on revitalising global partnerships for sustainable development. He also discussed the significant role of the Ministerial Experience Exchange Forum in supporting sustainable development by sharing the UAE’s expertise in creating a future-ready government model.

The forum covered key topics including economic diversification and investment, ecology and green energy in relation to the pursuit of low-carbon economies, education, health, social
wellbeing, public service and innovation, regulatory frameworks, and creating a business-friendly environment in both Azerbaijan and the UAE. Discussions touched on the UAE’s successful hosting of COP28 and Azerbaijan’s preparations to host COP29 later this year. Delegates discussed the development of the education systems, stressing the importance of future skills and international cooperation. They also explored trends in the health sector, with a focus on improving infrastructure, accessibility, and promoting quality through technology. Finally, the forum addressed questions around social care and wellbeing, before exploring smart public services and cooperation between the two countries in this field.

In November 2022, the UAE and Azerbaijan launched a strategic partnership to promote the exchange of government expertise across seven pillars, including government excellence, government services, capacity building, competitiveness and statistics, policies and strategies, government accelerators, and gover
nment performance.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Islamic Affairs Ministry Implements Volunteer Initiative for Pilgrims in Central Area Mosques of Makkah

Makkah, The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, represented by its branch in the Makkah region, carried out a three-day volunteer initiative for the pilgrims in the central area mosques of Makkah.

During this initiative, they distributed sun umbrellas and chilled water bottles and organized the entry and exit in women’s prayer areas to prevent overcrowding and ensure their safety.

Implemented by a team from the branch assigned to the Hajj plan, along with a group of 25 female volunteers, the initiative benefited over 18,000 male and female pilgrims.

These initiatives are part of the ministry’s mission and general objectives, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety and health of the pilgrims and protecting them from the sun, especially given the high temperatures in Makkah.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

UAE GBC participates in OECD Forum on Gender Equality in Paris

DUBAI: The UAE Gender Balance Council (UAE GBC) participated in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on ‘Gender Equality: Navigating Global Transitions,’ held in Paris on 10th and 11th June. This vital forum brought together leaders from governments, the private sector, international organisations, experts, and civil society from around the globe.

The forum’s mission was to devise strategies that promote gender equality amidst global shifts in sustainability, energy, climate, and the rapid pace of digital transformation. Over two dynamic days, discussions focused on the unique challenges and opportunities related to gender. Innovative strategies and policies were explored, emphasising the importance of collaboration and development to ensure gender equality in both the digital era and sustainable initiatives.

Harnessing government tools and data

Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, participated in the OECD session on ‘Leveraging Governmen
t Tools and Data for Inclusive Global Transitions.’ This session delved into how governments can adapt to green and digital transformations to achieve gender equality and overcome related challenges. It highlighted the obstacles and opportunities these transitions present, offering practical steps governments can take. Key points included how policies, programs, initiatives, and advanced technology can help bridge gender gaps and ensure effective budgeting for enhancing green and digital agendas alongside gender balance initiatives.

The session featured an impressive lineup of speakers, including Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile, Elsa Pilichowski, Director of Public Governance at OECD; Elisabeth Baume-Schneider, Federal Councillor of Switzerland; Renata Vargas Amaral, Secretary for International Affairs and Development, Ministry of Planning and Budget, Brazil (G20); Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum; MarĂ­a del Pilar Garrido Gonzalo, Director for Development Coo
peration at OECD; and Susan Snider, Vice-President of Strategy, Innovation, and Impact at Equality Fund. British TV presenter and journalist Femi Oke expertly moderated the discussion.

Mona Al Marri underscored the UAE Gender Balance Council’s commitment, led by H.H. Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to forge impactful global partnerships. She emphasised the UAE’s dedication to advancing gender balance globally, particularly in technology, environment, sustainability, and the green economy. She also highlighted efforts to increase women’s participation in leadership and decision-making roles, aligning with the UAE’s significant contributions to international sustainable development goals.

Advanced technology and sustainability

Al Marri pointed out that the UAE has fostered an environment conducive to women’s participation and leadership in green and digital transformations through various policies and initiatives. The UAE’s comprehensive strategy focuses on enhancing Emirati women’s empowe
rment and gender balance across multiple sectors, including the green and digital economy. This strategy encompasses initiatives to promote women’s roles in decision-making, education and training, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

She also highlighted the “Framework for Gender Balance in the 4th Industrial Revolution” initiative launched by the UAE Gender Balance Council. Developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, this pioneering initiative is a global guide to help governments, the private sector, and academia effectively achieve gender balance and create a more equitable future.

Al Marri discussed the UAE’s efforts to bridge gaps in the technology, green transformation, and sustainability sectors. The government has launched the “National Program for Coders,” which aims to build the capabilities of 100 Emirati women in artificial intelligence technologies. Additionally, the “Women in Sustainability, Environment, and Renewable Energy (WiSER)” initiative supports talented women and prepare
s them to become sustainability and renewable energy leaders. Over 100 women from 30 nationalities have graduated from this initiative, and an annual forum is held to encourage innovative solutions for female sustainability leaders. The UAE boasts one of the highest rates of female enrollment in STEM majors and programs, with women constituting 56 percent of public university graduates in these fields.

Mona Al Marri underscored that women’s representation in leadership positions in these areas is crucial for attracting more women to these fields. She noted that Sarah Al Amiri serves as the UAE Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, and Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak Al Shamsi holds the position of Minister of Climate Change and the Environment. Now, women comprise about 29 percent of the ministerial portfolios in the current UAE government, reflecting a high level of female representation.

Appreciation of efforts

During her speech, Mona Al Marri emphasised the importance of recogn
ising institutions that integrate gender balance policies into their strategies. Such recognition is crucial in inspiring other organisations to do the same. She highlighted the UAE’s National Gender Balance Index, which annually honours individuals and entities that support gender balance nationwide. Additionally, she mentioned the “SDG 5 Pledge to Accelerate Women’s Leadership in the UAE Private Sector’ initiative, signed by over 64 international and local institutions across various economic sectors. This pledge commits to increasing women’s participation in leadership roles to 30 percent by 2025.

She also discussed how leveraging advanced technology can help governments worldwide identify and address gender balance gaps in the public and private sectors. By proposing tailored solutions for each institution, these efforts can ensure the integration of women in green and digital fields. The commitment to sustainability and renewable energy in the UAE has created an environment that enhances women’s contrib
utions to green initiatives. Women in the UAE have actively participated in renewable energy projects, environmental conservation, and sustainable urban development. Their presence was notably significant at COP28, hosted in Dubai last November.

She stressed that the UAE continually enhances data collection and analysis on gender gaps in various fields, including the green and digital sectors. This data is vital for measuring progress and helping decision-makers implement effective policies to promote gender balance.

Gender Responsive Budgeting

Addressing the critical measures needed to ensure budget effectiveness in advancing green and digital transformations alongside gender balance, Mona Al Marri emphasised that incorporating gender balance into these budgets positively integrates women’s needs and requirements. She highlighted the importance of allocating funds to educate women in STEM fields and train them as leaders in green industries, thereby creating gender-inclusive budgets. At the national level
, the UAE Gender Balance Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, has been working on a gender-responsive budget project.

Cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

On the forum’s sidelines, Mona Al Marri met with Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. They discussed strengthening the partnership between the UAE Gender Balance Council and the OECD, building on their cooperative relationship since the Council’s inception in 2015. Key initiatives include the launch of The Gender Balance Guide, featuring globally applicable tools to enhance women’s participation, and their collaboration with the Global Council for Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals to develop a toolkit for advanced global gender balance practices. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining close relations and advancing efforts to enhance gender balance regionally and globally.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Prime Minister of Niger Leaves Madinah

Madinah, Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger Ali Mahamane Lamine Zeine left Madinah today after he visited the Prophet’s Mosque and performed prayers there.

At Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, he was seen off by the Director General of the Royal Protocol Office in the Madinah Region, Ibrahim bin Abdullah Berri and other officials.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

DGHR, DCAI partner to support world’s first, largest AI prompt engineering initiative

DUBAI: The Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR) and the Dubai Center for Artificial Intelligence (DCAI) have announced a partnership to support the ‘One Million Prompters’ initiative. This collaboration aims to bolster Dubai’s position as a global hub for AI talent and a premier destination for AI investment.

The partnership was announced at the AI Retreat 2024, held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, on 11th June, at the Museum of the Future and AREA 2071, Emirates Towers, Dubai.

Aligning with the objectives of the Dubai Universal Blueprint for Artificial Intelligence (DUB.AI) designed to expedite AI adoption across all sectors, this partnership aims to directly support the goals of the ‘One Million Prompters’ initiative, launched in May by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to upskill one million indiv
iduals in prompt engineering over the next three years.

Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR), stated, ‘AI has created a quantum leap in technological advancement, especially over the last two years. It is a powerful tool that supports professionals across every industry and sector. At the DGHR, we are proactively integrating AI, training employees, and raising awareness about the importance of AI’s ethical and responsible use. By doing so, we aim to unlock AI’s potential to create innovative and advanced solutions. We are proud to partner with the Dubai Future Foundation in supporting the One Million Prompters initiative.’

Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said, “Partnerships can empower talent and drive the expansion of AI applications across key sectors that form the foundation of Dubai’s future. This readiness enhances Dubai’s position as the world’s most future-ready city and a global destination for AI talent, innova
tion, and investment. The ‘One Million Prompters’ initiative supports this vision of our leadership to accelerate the adoption of AI applications and upskill a generation equipped to utilise AI to enhance the quality of life. We are pleased to collaborate with the DGHR to support this strategic initiative.”

The two parties are collaborating to build the skills needed to create algorithms and guide AI in generating content and devising solutions through well-engineered prompts. They will provide a supportive environment for trainees, offering access to experts in AI and prompt engineering.

The partnership underscores the AI Retreat as a platform for major announcements and strategic collaborations. Jointly organised by the DCAI and the National Programme for Artificial Intelligence, the retreat aims to drive the adoption of AI in areas such as digitalisation, knowledge, data, logistics, research, development, innovation, and more.

With more than 2,500 decision-makers, experts, and industry leaders from the
government and private sectors, as well as global tech giants, the AI Retreat 2024 served as a platform for direct and open communication. It was also a chance to share future insights, innovative ideas, projects, best practices, and partnership opportunities between the public and private sectors.

Source: Emirates News Agency