Daily Archives: August 5, 2017

New rules permit Syrian refugees to work in construction, agricultural sectors in Jordan

AMMAN — Syrian refugees in Jordan will now be allowed to work in the construction and agricultural sectors following the enforcement of new rules.

According to the Jordanian state agency, Petra, the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU) has started issuing free work permits to migrant workers and Syrian refugees, as part of the efforts to regulate the sector and protect job opportunities for Jordanians.

GFJTU’s President Mazen Ma’aytah said that the federation had agreed to issue work permits to create job opportunities for Jordanians and prevent non-Jordanians from working in professions closed to “guest labourer.” The new move is in agreement with the International Labour Organisation and Jordan’s Ministry of Labour.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Culture holds workshops during Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre

DUBAI — Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced two workshops for the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre 2017.

Participants in the workshop will learn about theatrical make-up and theatre production from specialised experts.

The theatrical make-up workshops are running from 1st to 10th August and are being hosted by Dr. Faisal Mahmoud, who will guide participants on the use and benefit of visual effects; how to achieve realistic results with prosthetic limbs, wigs and other false additions; and the different types of characters that be can be captured with straight make-up.

During the workshops, participants also get to learn about how to create face masks with a variety of different tools to express theatrical personalities, and on the final day, the instructor will demonstrate how to apply make-up on actors. The workshops aim to develop the participants’ abilities to express the content of plays and capture the personalities of theatrical characters an essential part of any dramatic production.

The theatre production workshops will run from 19th to 24th August and will be hosted by Dr. Hisham Jamal, who will teach participants about every aspect of this art, from preparation to filming, right through to post-production. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the various types of media programmes, and how to identify the roles, tasks and specialities of production managers, as well as how to interpret the nature of their work.

Both workshops will be hosted in Dubai Media Production Zone, with each workshop welcoming over 40 participants from local theatre groups in the UAE, as well as university students and the public.

“These workshops are focussed on developing local theatre talent in the UAE and providing participants with important skills that will allow them to progress and thrive in the theatre sector. This year’s workshop programme has attracted a remarkably high turnout from university students and the public, and we are pleased that it has proven to be so popular,” remarked Fatma Al Jallaf, Head of Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre and Acting Events Manager at Dubai Culture.

The festival is open to participants aged 15 and above, who have the discipline to commit to the workshop hours, sufficient talent and desire to participate, and the ability to handle the pressures of intensive psychological and physical training. The authority also stressed that participants must be able to communicate with others through teamwork and be willing to follow the work ethic required during the practical and theoretical exercises. Interested participants can apply to the following email address: dfytworkshops@dubaiculture.ae.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Public transport ridership in Dubai touches 275m riders in 2017

DUBAI — Mattar Al Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), revealed that public transit means in Dubai comprising Dubai metro, Dubai tram, public buses, marine transit modes (abra, ferry, water taxi, water bus) and taxicabs (Dubai Taxi and franchise companies) have lifted 275.772,000 riders in the first half of 2017. Figures of RTA’s statistics Section indicate that public transport ridership in Dubai recorded in the first half of this year compare well with the same figures recorded during the same period last year, which was 273,452,791 riders. The daily ridership recorded in the first half of this year clocked 1.507 million riders.

Dubai Metro accounted for the lion share in public transport ridership in as much as 36.4 percent, followed by taxis (31.7 percent) ahead of public buses finished third (28 percent).Red and Green Lines of the Dubai Metro have lifted 100.558 million riders in the first half of this year, showing a healthy growth compared with the figures reported for the same period last year (96.486 m riders). The Red Line was used by 64.378 million riders, and the Green Line was used by 36.18 million riders. The Dubai Tram has lifted 3.087 million rides compared with 2.535 million riders during the same period last year.

The public buses have served during the first half of this year 77.695 m riders compared with 69.922 m riders during the same period last year. Marine transit modes, comprising abra, water bus, water taxi and ferry, have lifted 6.638 m riders. Taxis (Dubai Taxi, Hala Taxi and Franchise companies taxis) have lifted 87.792 m passengers in the first half of 2017, compared with 85.196 m passengers used taxis during the same period of 2016.

Al Tayer was delighted with the positive results of public transport ridership; which is experiencing steady growth, thanks to the integration of mass transit modes in the Emirate. “The public transport means have now become the backbone of people mobility in various parts of Dubai, and the preferred transit option for a huge segment of Dubai residents and visitors,” he noted.

“The huge and diverse projects undertaken by the RTA have contributed to the sustained increase in public transport ridership that has leapfrogged from 6 percent in 2006 to 16 percent in 2016, and if we add taxis, the share would shoot to as high as 24 percent. RTA is endeavoring to push the share of public transport (metro, tram, buses, and water transport) to 20 percent by 2020, and 30 percent by 2030,” explained Al Tayer.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi launches tourist court and prosecution

ABU DHABI — The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has opened a court and prosecution for cases related to the tourism sector at the Abu Dhabi International Airport as part of the department’s strategy to deliver high-quality judicial services and cope with the evolving tourism sector in the emirate.

Yousef Saeed Al Abry, Under-Secretary of the Department, who inaugurated the court along with Ali Mohammed Al Balushi, Attorney-General of Abu Dhabi, said the court, the first-of-its kind globally, will look into minor offences committed by tourists.

”The initiative will contribute to consolidating the emirate’s position as a globally sustainable tourism destination,” he stated.

Al Balushi said the tourist prosecution will work in co-operation with relevant authorities to provide quality services on par with international best practices while emphasizing adherence to the rule of law through justice and the maintenance of rights and freedoms.

“The initiative will help to create a clear database of legal issues tourists may face during their stay in the country,” he said.

Source: Emirates News Agency