Dubai Chamber webinar examines legal aspects of data privacy in UAE

DUBAI, Dubai Chamber, in cooperation with PwC Middle East, recently organised a webinar updating businesses on the legal and practical aspects of data privacy in the UAE.

The webinar was attended by 277 participants, including business owners, managers, lawyers, legal practitioners, corporate counsel, IT professionals, HR managers, risk and compliance professionals, and contract administrators representing a wide range of economic sectors.

Moderated by Phil Mennie, Middle East Data Privacy Leader at PwC Middle East and Richard Chudzynski, Middle East Data Protection and Privacy Legal Leader at PwC Middle East, sessions covered the fundamentals of data privacy and its legal aspects, risks related to non-compliance, and the effects of developing data privacy policies within organisations and companies.

In addition, the speakers explained the UAE’s data privacy laws and elaborated on the rights and responsibilities of companies, as well as the legal implications of using data for business purposes.

Jehad Kazim, Vice President – Legal Services at Dubai Chamber, said that the protection of data should be a top priority for businesses of all sizes and sectors, and noted that such matters have become more important following the digital transformation of various industries.

“Data privacy and protection plans continue to evolve globally and now the UAE has launched several digital initiatives designed to prepare the country for the future. A new data law for the UAE was recently announced as part of the forward thinking ‘Projects of the 50th’ and clearly illustrates UAE’s commitment to creating a safe and transparent data environment for its citizens and businesses” said Phil Mennie, Middle East Data Privacy Leader, PwC Middle East.

“That being said, it is truly an exciting time to be working in data protection in the UAE and to be building trust, delivering sustained outcomes and transparency for private, public institutions and people” Mennie added.

Dubai Chamber regularly organises training seminars and workshops to raise awareness about important matters and issues impacting the business community in Dubai. These events fall in line with its strategic objectives of creating a favourable business environment and supporting business growth in the emirate.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Customs tops IdeasUK and IdeasAmerica’s indexes 2021

DUBAI, In conjunction with the launch of EXPO2020 Dubai, Dubai Customs achieved another feat and topped the IdeasUK Platinum Index obtaining 12 platinum accreditations, including nine with full mark, an unprecedented achievement in public and private sectors worldwide.

Dubai Customs enhanced this performance by winning the Idea of the Year and nine other international awards from IdeasAmerica 2021. The leading Government Department won six golden awards, which is the first time Dubai Customs has won so many golden awards in IdeasAmerica’s finals.

The awards include the golden award for best CEO supporting corporate innovation, to Dr. Abdullah Busnad, Executive Director of Customs Inspection Division at Dubai Customs, the golden award for the Idea of the Year for creating a virtually managed counterfeit goods recycling process. The golden award for Best Environmentally Friendly Innovation went to Mansoor Al Malik, Executive Director for Policies and Legislation Division, and Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department. The Creative Employee Award went to Saeed Al Katbi and the team of the IPR Department.

In addition, Dubai Customs won the Best Safety and Security golden award, which went to Eng. Adel Al Suwaidi, Director of Technical Support Department. The golden award for Best Communication Coordinator went to Maitha Khalaf, and the Golden award for Best Coordinator of Corporate Innovation Systems went to Majid Al Zarouni.

Dubai Customs also won the IdeasAmerica 2021 special annual award, which went to Hussain Al Fardan, Dubai Customs’ Innovation Centre Senior Manager and Khalid Al Zarouni, Innovation Officer.

The launch of the 4th phase of the first Innovation League by Dubai Customs has catapulted creative ideas.

“Innovations and breakthroughs are gaining more important here, especially after hosting EXPO2020 Dubai, the greatest show in the world and the celebration of human creativity,” said Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Director-General of Dubai Customs.

“We keep pace with this magnificent event following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which calls for creating an environment conducive to creativity and innovation, essential to human prosperity. This helps Dubai outstand in providing unparalleled services to traders and investors. In our 50th year and Golden Jubilee, we move steadily to achieve the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071 and other national plans. Our leadership has paved the way through the launch of 50 bold projects.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

World Green Economy Summit 2021 concludes with announcement of 7th Dubai Declaration

DUBAI, The 7th World Green Economy Summit (WGES), held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, concluded today.

The summit, held under the theme, “Galvanising Action for a Sustainable Recovery,” brought together many prominent international speakers, in addition to dignitaries and representatives from government organisations, academics, experts and the media.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Chairman of WGES, announced the Dubai Declaration 2021 at the end of the summit. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation at His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for his patronage of the event and thanked H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, for his presence at the summit’s opening ceremony. He also thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the summit.

“The summit’s seventh edition was held amidst exceptional events and activities, under the theme, ‘Galvanising Action for a Sustainable Recovery,’ in conjunction with the historic Expo 2020 Dubai held under the theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’ These two themes are consistent with the UAE’s efforts to promote innovation and develop creative solutions to support the country’s sustainable development goals and overall economic growth,” Al Tayer said.

Due to the directives and tireless efforts of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Dubai has maintained its bid to become the global capital of the green economy. The summit witnessed high-level dialogues, panel discussions and seminars on developing innovative sustainable solutions and stimulating innovation to support sustainable development. These centred around its four main themes, the youth, innovation and small technologies, green economy and policies, and green finance,” he added.

“The UAE has served as a global model of resilience in times of crisis. This is evident in its immediate successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to our leadership, the country has been steadily recovering from this global health crisis, with our nation emerging stronger and more resilient,” he further added.

We recognise that climate change is an urgent global threat with impacts that reach beyond the environmental agenda, to include economic, social and environmental challenges.

We acknowledge that sustainable and green recovery should steer our efforts to rebuild the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to limit the temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius while aiming for 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris Agreement “COP21.”

We encourage inclusive partnerships in which governments, businesses and civil society are part of collective action for current and future generations.

We encourage further support towards low carbon transition by developing a strategy and a roadmap for green hydrogen in Dubai.

The World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) will continue as the leading platform and partnership enabler for international cooperation, knowledge-sharing and technology transfer between developed and developing countries, considering the special needs and circumstances of the least developed countries and small island developing states, to promote the drafting and implementation of green economic policies at national, regional and global levels.

We look forward to fulfilling our commitments to the goals of the Paris Agreement while rendering our full support for a successful UNFCCC COP26, to be held in November 2021 in Scotland, UK.

We will coordinate and align the regional response to climate change for the effective implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other national climate strategies and policies through the UNFCCC WGEO Regional Collaboration Centre in Dubai during MENA Climate Week 2022, coinciding with the next World Green Economy Summit to be held at the Expo 2020 Dubai in March 2022.

Source: Emirates News Agency

AED 7.1 bn in week-long real estate transactions in Dubai

DUBAI, With sum of transactions was 1,959, the real estate and properties transactions valued at AED 7.1 billion in total during the week ending 07 October 2021, according to the weekly report issued by the Dubai Land Department (DLD) on Thursday.

158 plots were sold for AED 586.15 million, 1,307 apartments and villas were sold for AED 3.08 billion.

The top three transactions were a land in Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid sold for AED 33 million, followed by a land that was sold for AED 30.83 million in Madinat Dubai Almelaheyah, and a land sold for AED 33 million in Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid in third place.

Al Hebiah Third recorded the most transactions for this week by 52 sales transactions worth AED 126.61 million, followed by Al Yufrah 2 with 21 sales transactions worth AED 31.37 million, and Al Yufrah 3 with 13 sales transactions worth AED 13 million in third place.

The top three transfers for apartments and villas were an apartment was sold for AED 544 million in Marsa Dubai, an apartment was second in the list sold for AED 342 million in Burj Khalifa, and thirdly it was a villa sold for AED 263 million in Wadi Al Safa 5.

The sum of the amount of mortgaged properties for the week was AED 3 billion, with the highest being an apartment in Marsa Dubai, mortgaged for AED 1 billion.

125 properties were granted between first-degree relatives worth AED 340 million.

Source: Emirates News Agency

DP World calls on governments to stamp out illegal trade in wildlife

DUBAI, DP World is calling on governments around the world to commit to zero tolerance of wildlife trafficking.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, was the first to sign a pledge calling for the mobilization of public and private resources to stamp out the illegal trade by 2030. He did so alongside United for Wildlife at the Conservation for Hope summit at the DP World Flow Pavilion at Expo 2020.

DP World is a member and principal partner of United for Wildlife which was founded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. The session was organized in association with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and in partnership with Mozambique and the Zoological Society of London.

Illegal trade in wildlife is one of the top five most lucrative global crimes. Every year wild fauna and flora are poached or illegally collected and transported across the world. The cross-border crime is estimated to be worth $50-100 billion a year. In addition to damaging biodiversity and local communities, the illegal wildlife trade fuels other criminal activities including money laundering and international drug trafficking.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “Expo 2020 in Dubai is a platform for world thinkers, humanitarians, environmentalists and advocates to discuss some of the world’s pressing issues that need immediate action. Through Conservation for Hope, we are throwing down a challenge to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade which destroys biodiversity and damages our planet and local communities.”

DP World is already working on extensive measures to tackle the trafficking, including installing additional scanners at ports and facilities around the world to step up inspections. All staff around the world are going through training on the issue as well as provided with a toolkit, with specific sessions for scanner operators to learn what to look for.

DP World set up the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce which brings together airlines, customs authorities and other stakeholders in the region to disrupt supply chains for wildlife trafficking. The company works with partners including the Zoological Society of London to development best practices for ports Governments signing the pledge alongside DP World will commit to raise awareness of wildlife trade as a global crime. DP World with other partners will lead efforts in mobilizing public and private resources and put together enforcement strategies on trafficking cases to stamp the transport of illegal wildlife across borders.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ajman Ruler grants government employees 6-day paid leave to visit Expo

AJMAN, H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has directed to grant Ajman government employees a 6-day paid leave to visit Expo 2020 Dubai.

The move will enable the employees and their families to take in all the sights of the world fair and participate in enriching their experiences in this mega event, which runs in Dubai until March 2022.

Source: Emirates News Agency