Mohammed bin Rashid chairs Dubai Executive Council meeting
May 9, 2005 - 08:39 -
Mohammed bin Rashid chairs Dubai Executive Council meeting Abu Dhabi, 9 May 2005(WAM)--The Dubai Executive Council held its regular meeting here today under the chairmanship of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence.
The council discussed a number of issues pertaining to upgrading of performance in Dubai government institutions.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed ordered that plans be developed to effect training of young UAE nationals so as to be able to start their own businesses.
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Mohammed, Italian Defence Minister discuss situation in region
May 9, 2005 - 04:31 -
Mohammed, Italian Defence Minister discuss situation in region Dubai, 9 May 05 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, reviewed in a meeting here today with the Italian Defence Minister, Antonio Martino, current situation in the Gulf and Middle East and ways of safeguarding peace and stability.
The meeting also touched bilateral relations in military domain.
Martino praised the UAE for its "peaceful role" in the region and world over.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and President of Emirates Airlines, Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, General Commander of Dubai Police and Dominique Pedata, Italian ambassador to UAE.
WAM Dubai: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday visited the rest home in Al Mamzar, Dubai. He was accompanied by his wife Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain.
The Dubai Crown Prince inspected various facilities at the house and spent over one-and-a-half hour talking to the residents.
He directed those in charge of the rest home to provide a family atmosphere to its guests and deal with the elderly in a respectable manner.
Shaikh Mohammad ordered to expedite the work on the new house for the aged in Al Safa.
"Arrange sightseeing trips for the residents of the rest home to make them familiar with the achievements of their country in various domains," he said.
The Al Mamzar rest home was built in 1993 with an accommodation capacity of 45.
Only 28 persons are now living in the rest home where 75 nurses are alternately taking care of them.
Mohammed bin Rashid to patronise first mass wedding for people with special needs
May 14, 2005 - 08:13 -
Mohammed bin Rashid to patronise first mass wedding for people with special needs Dubai, 14 May, 05 (WAM) - A senior official today praised General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister for patronising the first mass wedding for people with special needs will be held here on Wednesday 25 May.
The wedding, which will see 40 couples tying the knot, is organised by the Arab Family Organisation (AFO) and it will be the first of its kind in the region.
"The wedding, will be celebrated as part of the campaign themed 'No disability with willpower'," Jamal Obeid Al Baih, Director General of the Marriage Fund and AFO Chairman said in a press conference held here today.
Al Baih added that Sheikh Mohammed's patronage of the event "has given it a new glitter as 50 top Arab personalities are expected to attend, including Amr Musa, Secretary General of the Arab League." Each couple will get Dh 70,000 as a gift from the event's patron Sheikh Mohammed, who will also bear the wedding's all expenses.
On Saturday, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited DubaiMunicipality.
Sheikh Mohammed reviewed road-related projects. He complimented officials on a job well done after he was briefed on the progress of the Dubai rail project, which is being implemented to meet the forecasted demand for transportation and to minimise traffic jams.
DubaiMunicipality’s Director-General Qassim Sultan and Khalifa Sulaiman, Director of Dubai Protocol Department, attended the presentation.
Build public, private partnership to absorb graduates: Mohammed bin Rashid
May 16, 2005 - 09:18 -
Build public, private partnership to absorb graduates: Mohammed bin Rashid Dubai, 16 May, 05 (WAM) - General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, today urged public and private sectors to initiate a partnership and to intensify coordination for the recruitment of the increasing numbers of UAE citizens who graduate from universities, colleges and institutes.
In a statement he made after opening the Career UAE 2005 exhibition, Sheikh Mohammed called on national students to carefully select field of specialisation according to the job market's requirements.
"About 95 percent of national graduates manage to get jobs in the public sector. The remaining five percent are not interested in jobs. Students should carefully scan the job market in both public and private sectors and decide their fields of specialisations according to the market's needs to make sure that after graduation, they will get the right opportunity to excel," he said.
Sheikh Mohammed also called for spreading emiratisation culture within the private sector and expressed the hope that private businesses will respond to the nation-wide efforts to achieve this goal.
He stressed the importance of on-the-job training as an essential tool for enhancing national graduates' capabilities and acquiring experience.
"Well educated and skillful youth is considered a valuable asset to the country that spared no effort in providing best educational standards to its citizens." Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, toured the exhibition's pavilions and met with students attending the event.
Sheikh Mohammed announced sending over 30 female students from the media department at the Higher Colleges of Technology's Dubai Women's Collage to attend a training course in the United States on his own expense.
Reem Al Tunaiji, a student at the college, thanked Sheikh Mohammed on behalf of her colleagues and pledged to put the knowledge they had acquired in the service of their country and fellow citizens.
The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour and social Affairs, Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director of Dubai Information Department, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Department and President of the Emirates Airlines, Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment For Young Business Leaders, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of the Dubai Police, Qasim sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality, dignitaries, ministers, departments heads and officials.
Mohammed bin Rashid receives Wahba Dubai, 16 May 2005(WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence received here today Marcelle Wahba, Former US Ambassador to the UAE and currently an advisor to the US National Military Academy.
Sheikh Mohammed and Wahba discussed a number of issues relevant to UAE-US relations , particularly in the area of academic training. Wahba hailed the quality of the UAE cadres and the excellent training that they have received, adding that this training is reflected in the performance of public and private sectors.
Mohammed bin Rashid receive Singaporean official Dubai, May 17, 2005 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, received here Monday Goh Chock Tong, Senior Minister and Chairman of Monetary Authority of Singapore and accompanying delegation.
Sheikh Mohammed and the Singaporean official exchanged views on a number of issues of common interest, including ways to explore new avenues of mutual cooperation between the UAE and Singapore and exchange of expertise, particularly in area of economic investment.
The Singaporean official expressed his country's desire to take advantage of the Dubai unique experience, a fact he said which made Dubai experience an example to be followed at the globe level, noting in this respect that Dubai has taken the first place on the list of international countries that succeeded in attracting international giant companies to establish their regional offices in the UAE.
The meeting was attended by a number of sheikhs and senior officials.
Mohammed bin Rashid visits shows at DWTC Dubai, May 17, 2005 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, on Monday visited Epoc Messe Frankfurt Shows, which concluded its activities here today at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
More than 850 international companies participated in the three-day exhibition, showcasing the latest products in bathroom, kitchen and electronic sectors.
Sheikh Mohammed toured various pavilions and acquainted himself with the displayed exhibits.
Dubawi, a son of the late and much lamented Dubai Millennium, gave Dubai's Godolphin stable an emotional victory yesterday in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
In a battle of Europe's top two racing stables, Dubawi ran out an effortless two length winner from home hope Oratorio. Democratic Deficit finished in third, six lengths further back in the eight-strong field.
General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, and the inspiration behind the Godolphin team, was clearly moved in the paddock to see the much touted son of Dubai Millennium show his real class.
"God took him but gave us his progeny," Shaikh Mohammad told reporters after a jubilant Frankie Dettori leapt off Dubawi in his traditional flying dismount.
"Of course it was a great day because of Dubai Millennium and how he went. You can see his father's face in Dubawi's eyes," Shaikh Mohammad added.
Dubai Millennium succumbed to grass sickness and died in his first year at stud in 2001 after a racing career of nine wins out of 10, including the 2000 Dubai World Cup. Asked if yesterday's victory was one of the sweetest moments ever for his Godolphin racing empire, Shaikh Mohammad replied: "Yes, definitely. This is history."
Dubawi, never at ease on the fast ground when a disappointing fifth in the English 2,000 Guineas last month, was much happier on the easier surface at The Curragh, headquarters of Irish racing.
"When I pressed the button, the acceleration was amazing. He is fantastic," said the Italian, inevitably remembering his great victories on the majestic Dubai Millennium.
Dubawi was immediately cut from 12-1 to 4-1 second favourite for the Epsom Derby on June 4 but Shaikh Mohammad would not be rushed into making a decision on whether to run him.
"I think he'll get a mile and a quarter and sometimes mile-and-a-quarter horses win the Derby," he said.
Asked what went wrong at Newmarket when Dubawi failed behind the O'Brien winner Footstepsinthesand, Shaikh Mohammad said: "He's just like us flesh and blood. Anything can go wrong. This, today, was the real Dubawi."
Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1)
(3yo only) Distances 1mile
1) Dubawi 7-4 Fav (ridden by L Dettori) trained by S Bin Surour; 2) Oratorio 7-4 (K Fallon) A P O'Brien; 3) Democratic Deficit 13-2 (K J Manning) J Bolger; 4) Rebel Rebel 7-1 (O Urbina) N Callaghan.
Distances: 2lengths, 6L, 2L.
Winning time: 1:41.60 secs.
Winner owned by Godolphin and trained in Newmar
CURRAGH, IRELAND - MAY 21: Frankie Dettori greets owner Shiekh Mohammed after the Godolphin trained Dubawi landed The Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas Race run at The Curragh Racecourse:
General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence, has instructed work to begin on a housing project for UAE nationals in Dubai on a fast-track basis. Shaikh Mohammad's orders were made while he was reviewing the project's master plan yesterday.
The project, part of the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Housing Programme, involves construction of 10,000 housing units in selected areas in Dubai at a cost of Dh10 billion.
The areas selected for the construction of the buildings are Al Warqaa 4 (523 plots); Oud Al Mateena (942 plots) and Jebel Ali (5,500-7,000 plots).
Khalfan Hareb, Director of the Dubai Ruler's Court, said Shaikh Mohammad issued his directives to build housing units that conform with the economic and social requirements of citizens.
"According to Shaikh Mohammad's directives, the project will include houses reflecting the UAE's Islamic and Arabic identity, mos-ques, social and cultural centres and entertainment facilities," Hareb said.
He said applications will be received from UAE nationals from June 4 at the main office of Emaar Properties on Shaikh Zayed Road.
Emaar's shares shot up on the Dubai Financial Market yesterday in heavy trading activity worth more than Dh600 million.
Security Group launch today
Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will launch the First Security Group at the Grand Hyatt Hotel today. Founded by former Dubai Police officials, the Group will offer a range of security-related services.
Police suspect arson at Darley’s Church Hall Farm near Newmarket
A fire this week that caused significant damage at Darley’s Church Hall Farm, a satellite farm of Dalham Hall Stud, near Newmarket, is being investigated as a case of suspected arson.
Racing Post reports that three separate fires broke out at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Church Hall Farm, which is used primarily for mares and foals. No people or horses were injured as quick-thinking staff led group-winning mare Papering and her Singspiel (Ire) foal to safety moments before flames engulfed a large hay shed. Two other buildings also were severely damaged.
More than 50 firefighters from Newmarket and surrounding towns fought the blaze. "We were very lucky that nobody and no horses were injured," Darley Stud Manager Liam O’Rourke told Racing Post. "The blaze was very promptly attended to by alert staff, as well as local brigades, who brought it under control swiftly, so we were fortunate."
Mohammed’s horse claims award
From A Correspondent
23 May 2005
QUEENSLAND — An Australian based endurance horse owned by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, scooped the coveted award for Best Condition in the 160-km 3-Star FEI ride at Gatton in Queensland recently.
His eight-year old Arabian gelding, Jordanvale Red Cloud, ridden by Kristie McGaffin, a member of the Australian slver medal team, narrowly missed winning the ride by a mere nose.
The crews and spectators saw two riders emerge out of the darkness holding hands as they rode the last few metres. In true racing fashion the grey mare China Doll stuck her nose out as she crossed the finish line to claim first place for her rider and owner Meg Wade.
This leading duo are both trained by Wade and rode the 160 km together. With temperatures just above freezing, 41 riders lined up at the start of the 1 ride at 5am in the morning.
In customary fashion, Howard Harris, riding Harmere Turfan, went to the front over the opening 40km but he had a bunch of riders on his tail which included Wade and McGaffin.
By the end of the second leg of 33-km, Harris had built up a ten minute lead but shared it with Bill Ward on Flashing Ra who was vetted out lame after the next stage of 34-km.
Over the fourth leg of 24-km, Harris lost his advantage and was one of five riders travelling at the front, he went on to finish fourth. A quick presentation by the wining duo gave them the advantage at the start of the penultimate leg of 17-km which they maintained and started the final stage of 12-km with six minutes in hand over Robert Sutton on Zenith Park Quigley.
But Sutton’s horse was full of running over this final stage finishing four minutes behind the winners. It could have been a closer call as Wade admitted after the finish. ”We thought it was impossible for Robert to make up six minutes over 12-km but we got quite a shock when we saw the light of his helmet closing on us, so we pushed really hard then.” Just 15 riders completed, many of whom rode in the dark for a considerable time. The last home was the Japanese rider Yuko Hori in a ride time of 15.06.34 compared to the Wade and McGaffin time 9.39.00.
The 90-km FEI 2-star ride attracted a massive entry of 91 who left at 10 am just as the temperature was creeping up to the high twenties. The winner was New Zealander David Marshall, ex assistant trainer at the Royal Stables Abu Dhabi. Marshall took the ride wire to wire in a ride time of 5.34 on the Arabian gelding Brasch. Amongst the other 57 riders who finished was another New Zealander Trevor Copeland, 29th on Sergi owned by Shaikh Fiasal bin Saqr Al Qasimi. The last rider to finish was Joy McLean on Fernside Chenoah Tatanya in a ride time of 10.38.49, almost double the time of the winner.
Brasch owned and trained by Sue Crockett won the award for Best Condition.
At the prize giving, attended by the Mayor of Gatton, gratitude was extended to FEI Rides sponsor Gheerulla Stable
Mohammed bin Rashid attends Al Muwakib graduation ceremony
Jun 7, 2005 - 09:04 -
Mohammed bin Rashid attends Al Muwakib graduation ceremony Dubai 7 June, 2005 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister has attend3d here today the graduation ceremony of 220 students ,staged by Al Muwakib private school.
Nuboukh Nasr , principal of the school, lauded Sheikh Mohammed's concern and support of education and rehabilitation of young UAE citizens to be able to face contemporary challenges.