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dubai municipality wins best government initiative award


dubai: the dubai municipality on tuesday won the best government initiative for 2017 in the ‘hamdan bin mohammad programme for smart government’.its winning service was montaji (my product), a smart app that allows residents to scan the barcode of products - such as cosmetics, perfumes, supplements, detergents and others - and learn if they are registered and approved by the municipality.khalid sharif al awadi, assistant director general, environment, health and safety control, dubai municipality, told gulf news shortly after the win: “the montaji saves time for registration by importers of the daily use consumer products. for the consumer, he or she can use it to check if the product is registered and safe or not. if it’s not, the app will reveal it and they can alert authorities....






smart government award to be given on monday


dubai: dubai the model centre (dtmc), part of the dubai executive council, has said the winner of the hamdan bin mohammed smart government award will be announced at the hamdan hub on monday.the award is part of the hamdan bin mohammad programme for smart government, and the winning entry, which will receive the “hamdan flag” to keep for an entire year, was chosen from among eight finalist government initiatives by popular vote on the centre’s website.this year’s nominees include dewa’s one step initiative; robotic process automation — smart refund by dubai customs; montaji by dubai municipality; dubai health authority’s dammi application; rta’s smart transportation initiative; female responder by dubai corporation for ambulance services; community airport application from ...






dubai lamp bags ideas arabia award


dubai: dubai municipality has won the grand idea award for its dubai lamp project at the ideas arabia 12th international conference recently. the municipality also received the award for the best suggestion coordinator through wejdan abbas al farisi, suggestion coordinator at its customers and partners relations department.eleven winners of the ideas arabia competition were honoured and dubai municipality received the award for dubai lamp for managing sustainability and renewable energy applications, the civic body said in a press release on tuesday.






mohammad’s books to be filmed in sign language


dubai municipality to make short films to translate books for people with hearing disabilitiesdubai: people with hearing disabilities will soon be able to read excerpts from the books of his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, thanks to a dubai municipality initiative.the civic body is making short films in sign language based on his books and several other books under the new initiative titled “dubai municipality reads for the people of determination”filming of stories with translation in sign language will be done by dubai municipality employees, who know sign language.a number of volunteers have also joined in making these stories available to all children through dubai municipality website, its knowledge p...






dubai municipality distributes iftar kits to farm workers


dubai: dubai municipality’s environment department distributed iftar kits to several farm workers in al aweer area, the civic body said on thursday.the awareness team of the department led by aliah al harmoudi, director of the department, distributed a variety of food items for ramadan in reusable, recyclable and environmentally friendly bags.this was done in cooperation with marhaba vegetables and fruits company and al marai, said a press release.al harmoudi said the initiative complements the municipality’s efforts to spread a culture of charity in line with the year of giving initiative and stems from the social responsibility of the municipality.she stressed that since the launching of the year of giving initiative, the municipality has conducted many activities. “these activitie...






dubai municipality film on heat stress wins global award


health and safety department’s project wins international media festival for prevention award in singaporeredha hassan salman (sixth from left) and raed al marzouqi (centre) at the award function in singapore.dubai: dubai municipality’s health and safety department was declared a special winner at the 10th international media festival for prevention (imfp) awards 2017 held in singapore this week.the department’s public awareness film on heat stress was selected as one of the nine best media productions from 235 entries received for the triennial world congress on safety and health at work.the winners were selected by an international jury and dubai municipality was declared as a special winner in the humour, animation and emotion category and presented with the international media aw...






now, walk and drink from ramadan fridges in dubai parks


dm, al rawabi partner to provide juices, dates and dairy products to walkers at night thirty fridges have been placed in 22 parks, thanks to an initiative launched by dubai municipality and al rawabi dairy company.dubai: after ramadan fridges in mosques and communities, dubai is taking the food charity initiative to parks.dubai municipality on sunday announced a new initiative called ramadan walk in cooperation with al rawabi, which has provided special fridges in dubai’s public parks packaged with juices, as well as dates and dairy products to benefit walkers.a total of 30 fridges have been distributed in 22 parks, mohammad mubarak al mutaiwei, assistant director general for communication and community sector in dubai municipality said in a press release.he said it was launched in line ..






this is how rta will save dh31,000 in electricity bills


authority set to install 700 dubai lamps supplied by dubai municipality to cut energy consumptiondubai: dubai municipality has supplied 700 dubai lamps to the roads and transport authority (rta), helping the authority to save an estimated dh31,000 in electricity bills per year.the move follows the agreement signed by the civic body last month with a number of government and private organisations and strategic partners for the installation of dubai lamp on their premises. the entities are switching to the “world’s most energy-efficient commercially available led lamps” that have been manufactures by philips in collaboration with dubai municipality.the rta is the first strategic partner of the municipality to install the dubai lamps in its buildings and facilities, dubai municipality s...






first of six new dubai parks opens


dubai municipality celebrated the 37th uae plantation week with the opening of a new park at al warqa-3 in the presence of dr thani bin ahmad al zeyoudi and hussain nasser lootah.dubai: the greening of dubai continues as the first of six new parks in dubai was opened on sunday by dubai municipality to mark the plantation week march 12-16 across the uae.constructed at a cost of dh22 million, the 27.1-hectare al warqa-3 park was declared officially open by dr thani bin ahmad al zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment, flanked by hussain nasser lootah, director-general of dubai municipality.the opening was held under the theme of “let’s plant a greener emirate together”.as part of the activities of plantation week and the 2017 year of giving initiative, dubai municipality wi...






dubai municipality showcases achievements at digae exhibition


the civic body is participating in the dubai international government achievements exhibition (digae) 2017, which is held from april 2-4 by the government of dubaidubai: the civic body is participating in the dubai international government achievements exhibition (digae) 2017, which is held from april 2-4 by the government of dubai under the patronage of his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.”our participation in this important global event is part of our support to the dubai government excellence program,” said mohammed mubarak al mutaiwei, assistant director general of dubai municipality for communications and community sector.he added that in the exhibition the municipality highlights the most important ac...






dubai chefs asked to reduce salt, oil in food


dubai municipality workshop urges chefs to help fight obesity, diabetes, hypertensiondubai: dubai municipality has asked chefs to keep an eye on the salt and oil content in the dishes they prepare, a step that will contribute in reducing obesity, diabetes and hypertension among the residents of the city.the municipality’s food safety department conducted a daylong healthy food workshop on monday at miele gallery for chefs working in food service businesses in the emirate.the event, organised in support of the “eat healthy, live healthy” initiative of dubai municipality, is part of a number of workshops to be organised by the municipality in partnership with right bite and miele gallery, the civic body said in a press release on tuesday.the municipality said it has planned to organise...






car free day drive generates dh200,000


dubai municipality donates dh4 per participant to support charity and special needs groupsdubai:dubai residents who ditched their cars for a day have helped donate dh200,000 to support needy people and persons with special needs in the emirate.dubai municipality yesterday donated the amount as part of a year of giving initiative linked to the car free day it observed last month.hussain nasser lootah, director general of dubai municipality presented cheques for dh50,000 each to two charity organisations and two support groups for people with special needs, a senior official told gulf news.khalid badri, director of corporate marketing and relations at dubai municipality, said lootah presented the ceremonial cheques to senior representatives of dar al ber society, beit al khair soceity, dubai






winners of dubai government excellence programme honoured


dubai: his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum vice president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai yesterday honoured the winners of the 20th edition of the dubai government excellence programme (dgep).shaikh hamdan bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, dubai crown prince and chairman of dubai executive council, and shaikh maktoum bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, deputy ruler of dubai, also attended the award ceremony at the dubai world trade centre.shaikh mohammad honoured the winners of the award in various categories, including individuals and organisations. ahmad mohammad darwish from dubai municipality and shaikha nasser juma from the legal department received the distinguished new employee award.the winners of the best customer service employee are laila shahm






new responsibilities for three dubai officials


dubai: shaikh hamdan bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, crown prince of dubai and chairman of the dubai executive council, has issued three new resolutions transferring and appointing three officials at government bodies.resolution no 8 of 2017 transfers mohammad mubarak mohammad eisa al mutaiwe’e from the dubai crown prince’s office to dubai municipality where he will work as assistant to the director-general of dubai municipality in the communication and society sector.resolution no 9 of 2017 transfers ahmad obaid mohammad ali al falasi from dubai customs to dubai municipality where he will work as assistant to the director-general of dubai municipality in the corporate support sector.resolution no 10 of 2017 appoints saeed ahmad thani al tayer as executive director of the programme...






now, markets offering maintenance services in dubai neighbourhoods


lootah approves municipality’s study to set up professional markets catering to household needsdubai: neighbourhoods to have markets offering maintenance serviceslootah approves municipality’s study to set up professional markets catering to household needsdubai: dubai residents having difficulty in finding maintenance services in their neighbourhoods will benefit from a new initiative planned by the civic body.residential neighbourhoods in dubai are set to get specialised markets that will offer services of all household needs, dubai municipality said on wednesday.hussain nasser lootah, director general of dubai municipality has approved a study prepared by the municipality’s assets management department to set up markets for urgent household needs in residential neighborhoods, the ...






dubai neighbourhoods to have maintenance service markets


lootah approves municipality’s study to set up professional markets catering to household needsdubai: dubai residents having difficulty in finding maintenance services in their neighbourhood will benefit from a new initiative planned by the civic body.residential neighbourhoods in dubai are set to get specialised markets that will offer services of all household needs, dubai municipality said on wednesday.hussain nasser lootah, director-general of dubai municipality, has approved a study prepared by the municipality’s assets management department to set up markets for urgent household needs in residential neighbourhoods, the civic body said in a press release.“these markets will cater to professions related to urgent maintenance needs of homes such as electricity, plumbing, stitching...






dubai residents go car-free for eighth time


tens of thousands ditch their cars to join dubai municipality's green initiative hussain n er lootah, director general of dubai municipality, major-general mohammad al merri, director general dnrd and officials from different departments travelling by dubai metro to observe the 8th edition of car free day in dubai. dubai: dubai's eighth car free day drive saw a vibrant start this morning with top officials leading the residents in ditching their cars and using public transport. tens of thousands of cars were off the roads in dubai as employees of about 2500 entities including 200 major government departments and private firms took part in the annual drive of not driving for a day. and this time, it was for an additional cause of contributing to donations for charity organizations and tree






dubai residents go car-free for eighth time


dubai: dubai's eighth car free day drive saw a vibrant start this morning with top officials leading the residents in ditching their cars and using public transport. tens of thousands of cars were off the roads in dubai as employees of about 2500 entities including 200 major government departments and private firms took part in the annual drive of not driving for a day. and this time, it was for an additional cause of contributing to donations for charity organizations and tree plantation by dubai municipality.hussain n er lootah, director general of dubai municipality, led a team of directors and top officials of government departments in riding the metro from the etisalat station to the union station.the officials later joined hundreds of municipal employees and residents at a huge exhib






dubai owners asked to clean up their pets’ waste on streets


the veterinary services section in the public health services department of dubai municipality organized a cleanliness initiative called “pamper your dog and do not forget the cleanliness of your city” as part of this year’s clean up the world campaign.dubai: pamper your dog, but do not forget the cleanliness of your city. this is the message pet owners in dubai were given as part of a recent cleanliness awareness drive.the veterinary services section in the public health services department of dubai municipality organised the initiative as part of this year’s clean up the world campaign, the civic body said in a press release.the initiative was aimed to convey the municipality’s message to the pet owners to take care of the cleanliness of the city as an individual responsibility...






now, trade in waste for food in dubai


dubai municipality launches ramadan initiative with emirates cooperative societydubai: this ramadan, dubai residents can trade in recyclable waste material for food coupons.dubai municipality’s waste management department launched the community initiative called ‘recover the value of your waste’ to raise awareness about the importance of reducing waste through recycling.residents can visit emirates cooperative society in al twar 3 to hand over recyclable material at the designated site and receive coupons for food stuff.talib julfar, assistant director-general at the municipality’s environment and public health services sector launched the initiative at the emirates cooperative society premises in the presence of abdul majeed abdul aziz al saifaie, director of the waste management ...






winners of dubai government excellence programme honoured


dubaihis highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum vice president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai yesterday honoured the winners of the 20th edition of the dubai government excellence programme (dgep).shaikh hamdan bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, dubai crown prince and chairman of dubai executive council, and shaikh maktoum bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, deputy ruler of dubai, also attended the award ceremony at the dubai world trade centre.shaikh mohammad honoured the winners of the award in various categories, including individuals and organisations. ahmad mohammad darwish from dubai municipality and shaikha nasser juma from the legal department received the distinguished new employee award.the winners of the best customer service employee are laila shahmar






more green champions grow their food in dubai


dubai: students, families and the workforce in the emirate have cultivated more than 300kg of over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables as part of dubai municipality’s ‘grow your food’ campaign.the municipality had launched the second edition of the green initiative in september last year, encouraging dubai residents to cultivate vegetables and fruits in balconies, terraces and backyards of their homes.“this year, the participation from educational institutions has been tremendous,” said khalid mohammad sharif al awadhi, assistant director-general of dubai municipality for health, safety and environment control.“the number of schools increased from 15 to 50, and the overall number of participants increased from 100 to 1,600. they have cultivated more than 300kg of crops, which...






hamdan bin mohammad visits dubai municipality


dubai: emirati housing is very important to us and is part of our social development efforts to provide a dignified life for all, said shaikh hamdan bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, dubai crown prince and chairman of dubai executive council.shaikh hamdan made the statement on monday during a visit to dubai municipality headquarters. shaikh maktoum bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, deputy ruler of dubai, accompanied him.upon their arrival, they were received by hussain nasser lootah, director-general of dubai municipality.shaikh hamdan instructed the municipality to work on preparing housing plans for emiratis in a way that meets their expected requirements for the next 30 years. he ordered the municipality to coordinate with all relevant authorities to guarantee the success of the hou






2,000 mosques in dubai to switch to dubai lamp


dubai: more than 2,000 mosques in dubai will switch to the dubai lamp, which is considered to be the most energy-efficient led lamp in the world.manufactured in a joint initiative by philips lighting and dubai municipality, duba lamp is the world’s first commercially available 200 lumen per watt led lamp.the municipality on monday signed energy and water conservation agreements with the islamic affairs and charitable activities department, dubai world trade centre, ministry of climate change and environment, roads and transport authority and shaikh zayed housing programme.the agreement will involve these five entities installing various models of dubai lamp in their existing buildings and facilities and/or upcoming projects according to their respective lighting requirements and needs. d..






dubai municipality to stop conducting occupational health tests, dha to take ove


dubai: dubai municipality clinics will stop conducting occupational health and other medical tests for residency visas from sunday, the civic body announced on thursday.“dubai municipality decided to discontinue receiving any requests related to the new [occupational] health card, the renewed ones, or medical fitness and free-of-diseases certificate requests starting from next sunday," the announcement posted on the municipality’s social media accounts said.all such clinical tests, which until now was conducted by the department of public health services of the civic body, will now be moved to the dubai health authority (dha).this is in line with the implementation of the dubai executive council decision no. 17 of 2017, the municipality said.the move is also part of the municipality??...






what’s the truth on baskin robbin’s rumour in dubai?


dubai: its hot, the temperature’s above average, and the last thing you need is mould on your ice cream.a video has been circulating on social media recently, an alleged resident of dubai claims to have found mould in their tub of baskin robbins ice cream.in the video, the so-called resident also blames dubai municipality for not implementing stricter rules against food establishments.in response, dubai municipality launched an investigation into the allegations and announced that this rumour is completely false.on its official facebook page, dubai municipality confirms that the video was filmed in one of the gulf countries and not in dubai, or the uae.“dubai municipality confirms that it has an integrated system consisting of strict procedures to ensure control of all traded food in t...






dubai neighbourhoods to have markets offering maintenance services


dubai: residents having difficulty in finding maintenance services in their neighbourhoods will benefit from a new initiative planned by the civic body.residential neighbourhoods in dubai are set to get specialized markets that will offer services of all household needs, the dubai municipality announced on wednesday.hussain nasser lootah, director general of dubai municipality has approved a study prepared by the municipality’s assets management department to set up markets for urgent household needs in residential neighbourhoods.“these markets will cater to professions related to urgent maintenance needs of homes such as electricity, plumbing, stitching, air conditioning, electrical works of cars, and necessities related to pharmacies and bakeries, facilitating the services to be prov...






region’s first beach library opens in dubai


dubaithe region’s first beach library has been inaugurated in dubai to help spread knowledge and culture among beachgoers, it was announced on saturday.dubai municipality launched “the beach library initiative”, which involves opening eight on-beach libraries at umm suqeim, jumeirah 1 and al mamzar beach, to mark the conclusion of its activities during the month of reading.mohammad mubarak al mutaiwei, assistant to the director general of dubai municipality for the communication and society sector, inaugurated the first of eight libraries at umm suqeim 1, which operates using solar energy and self-lighting systems to conserve energy, in the presence of eng alia al harmoodi, director of environment department at dubai municipality and mariam ahmad bin fahd, director of knowledge manag...






dubai municipality offers workers welfare measures


upcoming dh200m residential complex, free umrah trips, leisure trip, breakfast, wifi, gifts among amenities available for themdubai municipality celebrates international workers’ day.dubai: dubai municipality on monday celebrated international workers’ day by honouring the best performing workers.the special ceremony to mark the occasion, organised by the human resources department, was held in the city hall of the municipality in the presence of hussain nasser lootah, director-general of dubai municipality and other officials.lootah said the municipality joined the rest of the world in celebrating the international workers’s day because it believed that its workers are its true wealth.“without their dedicated efforts to serve the city and their keenness to carry out their tasks, t...






dubai municipality collects one million plastic bottles


the bottles were collected from the public in five days as part of giant bag initiativedubai: dubai municipality managed to collect nearly one million plastic bottles in five days as part of an initiative involving the community.the drinking water bottles, collected by the waste management department of the municipality from the public, amounted to about 2,000 kilograms of waste.the move was part of the “giant bag” initiative implemented at lulu hypermarket in al barsha from november 21 to 25. the initiative was aimed at spreading and establishing a waste sorting culture and enhancing environmental awareness and behaviour.a large number of shoppers at lulu hypermarket brought plastic bottles throughout the five days of the event, which also witnessed a great deal of interaction between...






dubai air quality stations receive certification


air quality monitoring stations of dubai municipality earns european certificatedubai: the air quality monitoring stations network of dubai municipality (dm) has received the prestigious european standard compliance certificate. hussain nasser lootah, director-general of dubai municipality, stressed that the municipality has been keen to enhance air quality database on an ongoing basis with reliable data from different sources.“the municipality has been communicating and coordinating with the national aeronautics and space administration (nasa) of the united states to provide us with information on concentrations of different air pollutants found with the upper layers of the atmosphere, captured by nasa’s satellites,” he said.






what’s the latest food rumour in dubai?


dubai municipality addresses latest rumour surrounding tea bags containing carcinogenic substances dubai: the municipality has responded to the latest food rumour circulating on social media lately, which questions the safety of tea bags in dubai.authorities on wednesday issued a statement responding to the rumours, assuring residents that all tea bags are safe for consumption.eman al bastaki, director of food safety department at dubai municipality, said that the rumours claimed that a material called epichlorohydrin was used to make tea bags, which is a substance used in making pesticides.“the laboratory tests conducted by the municipality have proved that the tea bags are free from this material,” said al bastaki.the municipality confirmed that it has tested different samples of tea...






sheri, safi fish back in dubai markets


dubai municipality thanks fishermen and traders for 100% compliance to ban on fishing during breeding seasondubai: sheri and safi fish will return to dubai markets from tuesday after a two-month ban imposed by dubai municipality in implementation of the special ministerial decree to protect these fishes during their breeding season.the decree no. 501 of 2015 regulates fishing and marketing of these varieties of fish in their breeding season during the period from march 1 to april 30 of each year.dubai municipality, as the competent authority in the emirate of dubai, has been keen to implement the federal laws and regulations governing the exploitation of marine resources and prevent their depletion, hussain nasser lootah, director general of dubai municipality said in a press statement.he






how dubai can detect rain 200km away


dubai municipality has launched a weather radar that can detect raindrops in cloudsrain clouds in dubai on a winter day.dubai: raindrops as far as 200 kilometres away can now be detected in the uae, thanks to a new radar technology now being used in dubai.with the recently launched meteorological radar project, dubai municipality’s radar can not only pinpoint rainclouds but also identify the types of thunderstorms and its time of occurrence and direction.hussain nasser lootah, director general of dubai municipality, said the project was implemented as part of the development of the early warning system for weather forecasting, in addition to monitoring climate change and its impact on all regions in the emirate of dubai.the meteorologists can then analyse radar observations, and predict...






public collects 2 tonnes of recyclable waste


dubai: people in dubai have donated two tonnes of recycle materials within 15 days of a new waste campaign being launched.the initiative, which was launched during the fasting month of ramadan, asked people to bring recycled material to the emirates cooperative society supermarket in al twar 3.there, in exchange for their recyclable materials, they would then receive the value of the waste in free food. more than 520 free food bags were distributed to participants.the initiative “activates the community participation,” said talib julfar, a dubai municipality official.“this culture carries a unique meaning that helps personality development, which enhances social responsibility and thus achieving sustainable development,” he added.dubai municipality launched the drive to raise aware...






dubai zoo to close on november 5


dubai: the 50-year-old jumeirah zoo will now be closed in preparation for the opening of the dubai safari project, dubai municipality announced on wednesday.in a press release, khaled al suwaidi, director of leisure facilities department at dubai municipality, said the zoo will be closed on november 5.he said the municipality has moved most of the animals in the zoo to dubai safari, the  first of its kind safari park in the middle east, which is slated to be ready by the end of november."the zoo has been a testimony to the leadership's commitment and keenness all these years to be ahead in wildlife conservation and providing entertainment services to the local community,” said al suwaidi.as part of our preparations for the opening of the dubai safari project and the closure of the ...






md. house votes to override hogan’s veto of stronger renewable-energy goals


maryland’s house of delegates voted 88 to 51 on tuesday to override gov. larry hogan’s veto of a bill calling for stronger renewable-energy standards, leaving the democratic-majority legislature one key vote away from enacting the legislation without approval from the republican chief executive.the senate, which p ed the bill last year with a veto-proof majority, is expected to vote on overriding the veto on thursday.the legislation, sponsored by del. c. william frick (d-montgomery), would require maryland to buy 25 percent of its energy from renewable-energy sources, such as wind and solar, by 2020, accelerating existing standards that call for 20 percent renewableenergy by 2022.house democrats argued tuesday that the measure would help combat air pollution and climate change while creati