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Queen Rania wins the European Council on Human Rights Award

  March 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm by

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah has won the European Council on Human Rights award. The award will be awarded to Queen Rania in a ceremony which will be held in the premises of the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon on March 16. Winning the award along with the Queen Rania was the former Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio.

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Thai King checks into hospital for check-ups

  March 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm by

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej has checked into Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital for a few check-up which is scheduled to start today Thursday, said a hospital official. The official did not say how long the 81-year-old king will stay in hospital. The King checked into hospital late Wednesday. He was accompanied by Queen Sirikit and a few members of the royal family. “This is a personal visit by His Majesty to the … Continue reading

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Protest over site in Greenwich for the Olympic equestrian events in 2012

  March 11, 2009 at 9:50 am by

A high-profile crusade has been launched to stop the Olympic equestrian events taking place at Greenwich in 2012. NOGOE accuses the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) of being “inconsistent and inept” and says that to close Greenwich Park for six to eight weeks while the cross-country course and a 23-seat arena are being built is “socially unjust in a relatively deprived inner-city area” and would cost £17 … Continue reading

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Queen Rania Reviews Early Childhood Development strategy

  March 11, 2009 at 9:28 am by

During a visit on Tuesday to the Ruseifa Secondary School for Girls, Her Majesty Queen Rania reviewed the Early Childhood Development (ECD) strategy at the Ruseifa Secondary School for Girls. Her Majesty discussed how efforts exerted in the area of ECD benefit children, improve their learning process and raise ECD policies and standards at a meeting with 26 officials from the ministries of social development and education, UNICEF and the … Continue reading

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Mohammed speaks at Education Forum

  March 11, 2009 at 6:14 am by

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said at the Global Education Forum (GEF) organised by the Ministry of Education Investment in education is a priority for the UAE leadership in development plans based on developing human capabilities and expertise. “The UAE government spends around 23 per cent of the 2009 federal budget on education,” Shaikh Mohammad said … Continue reading

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Abdullah To Attend Qatar Arab Summit

  March 11, 2009 at 3:46 am by

King Abdullah of Jordan accepted an invitation to the attened the Qatari 21st Summit of the Arab League when he received a letter from the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, which was delivered by the Qatar Head of State Abdullah Ben Khalifa Atiyeh. The Jordan sovereign also told Atiyeh of his hopes that the meeting will contribute to a position that takes into account the urgent challenges and threats … Continue reading

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Crown Prince meets 24 Ex-Prisoners

  March 10, 2009 at 3:47 am by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in presence of Saif bin Zayed, the Minister of Interior met with 24 former prison inmates who had completed a professional rehabilitation programme implemented by the Higher Colleges of Technology in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior. Sheikh Mohammed said white addressing the former prisoners that the real wealth of the nation … Continue reading

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Pope to visit Jordan in May

  March 9, 2009 at 10:02 am by

Upon an invitation by His Majesty King Abdullah II, Pope Benedict XVI will start a four day visit to Jordan starting May 8. This will be the Pope’s first trip to the region as head of the Catholic Church. During the visit, King Abdullah will discuss the relations between the Kingdom and the Vatican as well as issues related to promoting inter-faith dialogue and Muslim-Christian coexistence. The visit will be … Continue reading

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Haya at Rugby Finals

  March 9, 2009 at 3:31 am by

An estimated of over 30,000 rugby fans turned out to watch the final matches of the womens and mens rugby World Cup Sevens 2009. The trophies were presented to the winning teams by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Australia won the women’s World Cup when they beat New Zealand … Continue reading

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Mohammed Bin Rashid attends poetry evening

  March 8, 2009 at 10:10 am by

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended on Saturday the poetry evening that featured the recital of poems by Dubai’s Crown Prince, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The poems of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed … Continue reading

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Malaysian King & Queen to visit Vietnam

  March 8, 2009 at 9:51 am by

Malaysian King Sultan Tuanku Mizan and Queen Tuanku Nur Zahirah will start a state visit to Vietnam starting March 12 -15, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visit is being made by the invitation of Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet.

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Website on Qaboos wins two awards

  March 8, 2009 at 9:41 am by

A website on Oman’s visionary leader, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has won two prestigious awards at the Oman Web Awards 2008. Website designer Hamoud Mohd Alazri said about the award “We are very delighted to achieve this distinction in our maiden attempt and would like to dedicate this award to His Majesty in earnest sincerity.” The winner website is ..:: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said ::.., and … Continue reading

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Haya to award winners at rugby finals

  March 7, 2009 at 6:04 am by

Princess Haya will hand out the trophies in the finals of the first Ladies Rugby championship which is held in Dubai. The event is held Under the patronage and attendance of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. 16 women team and 24 men’s team took part in the championship at … Continue reading

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Queen Noor at the Women’s World Awards in Vienna

  March 6, 2009 at 4:43 am by

On March 5, Queen Noor of Jordan attended the Women’s World Awards in Vienna, Austria. This year’s awards was presented to the winners by Queen Noor of Jordan in the “Style” category. Queen Noor who was the recipient of the foundation’s Tolerance Award in 2006. The Women’s World Awards are presented by the World Award foundation in 12 different categories to “extraordinary women from throughout the world whose achievements contribute … Continue reading

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Sheikh Hamdan on official visit to Singapore and Indonesia

  March 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm by

The UAE Deputy Prime Minister, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will start an official visit to Singapore and Indonesia on Saturday, March 7. Sheikh Hamdan will meet with senior officials of the two South-East Asian countries to discuss with them ways to boost bilateral cooperation between the UAE and the two respective countries in the areas of politics, economy, and trade. Sheikh Hamdan is being accompanied on the … Continue reading

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Janadriya Festival Kicks Off with Colorful Start

  March 5, 2009 at 3:57 am by

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, yesterday inaugurated the National Heritage and Culture Festival at Janadriya village, 45 km north of Riyadh. In the first time of the Janadriya 25 year history, it has opened its doors to families, including women. The festival started with a camel race in which about 500 contestants took part in which King Abdullah handed prizes to the winners of the first … Continue reading

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Mohammed opens Poetry Festival

  March 5, 2009 at 2:41 am by

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai opened the seven-day poetry festivel. The festivel is Dubai’s plan to bring different poets from across the globe to help build bridges of understanding across the great cultural divide. The festivel kicked off yesterday, Wednesday March 5 at World Trade Centre surrounded by well-known names in Arabic and international poetry … Continue reading

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Rania praises the ambition of Arab women

  March 5, 2009 at 2:25 am by

Queen Rania is a proud Arab women who is married to King Abdullah for ten years and has four children. In an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine, Queen Rania praises the women of Jordan saying “When it comes to women in my region, we can’t be generalised. Women have jobs ranging from taxi drivers and hairdressers to pilots, plumbers, architects, CEOs, judges and government ministers.” Queen Rania went on saying … Continue reading

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Hamdan Awards name Sultan Distinguished Personality of the Year

  March 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm by

The Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Awards for Distinctive Academic Performance has named Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Distinguished Personality of the Year in recognition of his initiatives to enhance and spread education and knowledge at local, Arab and international levels. Minister of Education and Chairman of the Award’s Board of Trustees Dr Hanif Hassan said: ”The … Continue reading

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Will the Emir dissolve Parliament?

  March 4, 2009 at 2:00 am by

Al Jazeera television reported on Tuesday that Kuwait’s ruler has decided to dissolve parliament after Islamist lawmakers asked to question the prime minister over his government’s handling of the economic crisis. Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kuwait quoted parliamentary sources as saying Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, who has the last word in politics, would issue a decree to dissolve parliament. This is not the first time the emir dissolves a … Continue reading

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