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‫Unity Homes تطرح 1200 منزلاً في مدينة تاتو

مشروعات بقيمة 4,5 مليار شلن كيني تسهم في مشروعات الإسكان متوسط ومنخفض التكلفة لإنجاز جدول أعمال الأهداف الأربع الكبرى.  

نيروبي، كينيا، 31 من مايو 2019 /PRNewswire/ — بدأت Unity Homes، المطور العقاري للمجتمعات السكنية الشاملة في كينيا، مشروعًا لإنشاء 1200 منزل بمدينة تاتو. يوفر المشروع الذي يتكلف 4,5 مليار شلن كيني وحدات سكنية تتكون كل منها من غرفتين، ويبدأ سعر الوحدة من 4,2 مليون شلن كيني، ما يجعلها في متناول أصحاب الدخل المتوسط والمنخفض. تمثل تلك الوحدات جزءًا من خطة كبرى وضعتها مدينة تاتو لإنشاء ما يربو على 30 ألف منزل على مساحة المشروع البالغة 5000 هكتار بموجب اتفاقات تعاون وعقود مماثلة.

وقد صرح سعادة/ ريلا أودينجا،  الممثل الأعلى للجنة الاتحاد الأفريقي لتطوير البنية التحتية  وضيف الشرف خلال وضع حجر أساس المشروع، قائلاً: “هذا المشروع سيوفر وظائف. وهذه هي الوسيلة التي تمكننا من نقل شعبنا من الفقر إلى الرفاهية.”

وقد انضم إلى السيد/ أودينجا كل من السيد/ تشالرلز هنجا، كبير أمناء الهيئة الوطنية للإسكان والتطوير العمراني؛ والسيد/فرديناند وايتيتو، محافظ مقاطعة كيامبو؛ إضافة إلى مفوض المقاطعة وسفراء الولايات المتحدة والمملكة المتحدة والنرويج ونيوزيلندا.

وقد ألقى الأمين العام للإسكان الضوء على الدور الذي تنهض به اتفاقيات التعاون والمشاركة المبرمة مع شركات خاصة كمدينة تاتو في دفع عجلة النمو الاجتماعي والاقتصادي للبلاد.

وقد أفاد هنجا بأن كل منزل يتم بناؤه تنشأ معه 3-5 وظائف جديدة، مضيفًا أننا “ندعم القطاع الخاص من خلال إجراءات طموحة للغاية منها سن تشريعات وإجراء تغييرات على السياسات.”

وقد قطع المحافظ وايتيتو وعدًا مفاده “التعاون التام لتطوير مدينة تاتو. وأردف: “سنعمل على تيسير الأمر بالنسبة لكل من يرغب في الاستثمار وتطوير ممتلكاته.” كما أعلن المحافظ عن تشكيل لجنة التخطيط سريع المسار وإصدار الموافقات المرتبطة بالبناء لمدينة تاتو.

ونظرًا لوجود عجز يبلغ 1,9 مليون بيت تقريبًا، يقع ما نسبته 70% منها ضمن شريحة الدخل المنخفض والمتوسط، فإن مشروع Unity Homes يسهم في تحقيق هدف الحكومة المتمثل في إنشاء 500 ألف منزل.

وقال جايسون هورساي، المدير التنفيذي لشركة Unity Homes،: “نفخر بتقديم الدعم للحكومة لتنفيذ جدول أعمال الأهداف الأربع الكبرى. نريد أن يعيش كل مواطن كيني في بيت مريح يتناسب مع قدراته المالية في إطار مجتمعات عمرانية آمنة وحديثة.”

وأما السيد/ ستيفن جيننجز، مؤسس شركة Rendeavour ومالك ومطور مدينة تاتو، فقد ثمَّن الدعم الذي تقدمه الحكومة كما توجه بالشكر لشركة Unity Homes لاختيارها مدينة تاتو. “تمثل هذه اللحظة بالنسبة لنا فخرًا كبيرًا وإنجازًا بالغ الأهمية لأن مدينة تاتو قد أصبحت مدينة حقيقية وواقعًا ملموسًا نرى فيها المدارس والكيانات التجارية فضلاً عن خدمات إسكان متاحة كتلك المقدمة من Unity Homes”.

من المنتظر أن يستمتع مشترو وحدات Unity Homes بجميع وسائل الراحة المتاحة في مدينة تاتو بما في ذلك المدارس التي بدأت عملها بالفعل.  يوفر مشروع Unity Homes مرافق سكنية تشمل مركز لياقة بدنية وحمام سباحة ومطعمًا ومحال تجارية ومنتزهًا ترفيهيًا.

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UAE confirms status as global tolerance centre: Report

ABU DHABI, The UAE has continued to promote values of cross-cultural and religious interaction, tolerance, harmony and peaceful coexistence, during the month of May.

The country launched various programmes and engaged in numerous activities and events to confirm its status as a global centre of tolerance.

The Emirates News Agency, WAM, shed light on the major events during the month.

Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, has affirmed during an audience at the Vatican with Sara Almahri, Acting Charge d’Affaires of the UAE Embassy in Madrid, that tolerance and the UAE are ”two sides of the same coin”.

Pope Francis commended the UAE’s vision for promoting values of coexistence and tolerance, the results of which he himself had witnessed in the Arab region and other parts of the world.

On 24th May, the country launched a major campaign to help support hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who were forced to flee Myanmar.

The nationwide drive was aimed at assisting those from the minority Muslim group who are now surviving in camps in India, Bangladesh and elsewhere.

Under the initiative, organisers hoped to provide education, food, health services, sanitation and shelter to some of the more than 1.2 million people.

The figure includes an estimated 720,000 children, 240,000 women, and 48,000 elderly persons.

“The UAE has always been proactive in its solidarity with the Rohingya refugees, especially children and women, and has worked from the very first moment to support them,” said Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent.

“We are now in a new phase of the UAE’s humanitarian response to them. This is a continuation of the previous stages and in keeping with the challenges posed by the worsening refugee situation and the escalating crisis.”

Until Friday, 30th May, the nationwide campaign raised a total of AED65 million.

On the occasion of Ramadan, the UAE leaders pardoned 4,449 prisoners of different nationalities serving various jail sentences, after an order from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa also pledged to settle the financial obligations of the 3,005 released prisoners in a gesture that reflects his willingness to provide prisoners with an opportunity to start a new life and alleviate the hardships of their families.

Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has thanked the UAE’s rulers for pardoning hundreds of Pakistani prisoners in the spirit of Ramadan.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa ordered the release of more than 3,000 inmates, including 572 who hail from Pakistan.

The UAE traditionally grants a large number of prisoners their freedom during the period, to give them and their families a chance for a fresh start.

Khan expresseed his gratitude to President High Highness Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, for their generosity.

A statement issued by the office of the Pakistani Prime Minister stated that his country appreciates the initiative, which would contribute to further enhancing friendly bilateral relations.

In a practical translation of ”The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, launched in Abu Dhabi last February, the Ministry of Interior held 70 Ramadan majlis’ under the theme ”Human Fraternity” addressing many tolerance-related issues including values of peace, combating hatred and discrimination, east-west relationship, the UAE and making of tolerance and countering terrorism.

The UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia, launched its annual Ramadan campaign to provide drinking water to mosques and iftar tents throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.

This campaign is running in partnership with Mai Dubai and cooperation with 14 local charities. For the second consecutive year, Suqia’s Ramadan campaign spans different countries around the world in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment.

Objectives of this year’s campaign are aligned with 2019 Year of Tolerance in establishing the values of communication and co-existence in society, while positioning the UAE as a global model for tolerance.

The Ramadan campaign has reached 13 countries around the world.

In addition to the distribution of drinking water, the campaign highlights the drinking water crisis around the world and urges members of the society to donate to ensure clean water to the needy who spend their time looking for water instead of using it to fulfil their basic needs such as education, work, taking care of their families, and improving their living conditions.

In 2018, Suqia assisted over nine million individuals across 34 countries.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE plays leading role in ensuring overall public health: Al Zeyoudi

ABU DHABI, Naming the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, as the host of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s sub-regional representation office, confirms the country’s pioneering role to develop international standards to ensure the overall public health and the well-being of animals, said Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.

The World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, recently named Abu Dhabi as the host of the OIE sub-regional representation, SRR, in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, ADAFSA. The move aims to strengthen collaboration between the OIE and the Member Countries of the MENA region, namely GCC countries and Yemen. It also supports the organisation’s efforts to improve animal health worldwide, by ensuring control of global animal diseases and developing international standards to facilitate safe trade in live animals.

Al Zeyoudi noted that the UAE is keen to intensify its cooperation efforts with international bodies and institutions that work to ensure animal development and health, that ultimately leads to regional food safety and sustainability and the bettering of overall public health, serving GCC countries and the Middle East region as a whole.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi Social Support Programme assists 3,200 Emirati families

ABU DHABI, The Abu Dhabi Social Support Authority announced that since launching in January 2019, 3,200 low-income Emirati families have benefitted from phase one of the Abu Dhabi Social Support Programme.

The Programme’s core objective is to improve living conditions for low-income Emirati families in Abu Dhabi by providing financial and employability support to partners for family members who can work. It was launched under directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and by order of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

In total, 19,248 individuals have now benefitted from the Programme’s support, demonstrating the implementation of the UAE leadership’s vision to ensure social stability and financial independence for Abu Dhabi families.

Commenting on the results, Hamad Ali Al Dhaheri, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Social Support Authority, said, “Our primary focus during the launch period (January � April) was to study all the applications the Programme received thoroughly. Digital integration with various government and financial bodies gave us access to all the information we needed to understand the families who applied. This insight enabled us to begin providing financial support to beneficiaries before the end of Ramadan.”

“Supporting these families, and empowering family members who are able to work, is a fundamental part of our wise leadership’s vision to support low-income families and ensure their social stability and financial independence,” Al Dhaheri continued, adding that the Programme will continue to receive applications from eligible families in an effort to reach every low-income family in Abu Dhabi.

He praised the Authority’s staff of more than 70 employees, for their hard work and dedication to implement the Programme’s vision to ensure Abu Dhabi families have the support they need to live a dignified life. The Director-General explained that each application was evaluated based on each family’s circumstances against standardised criteria and conditions, most notably, the ‘Approved Support Threshold’, which was based on studies of Abu Dhabi families’ average incomes and expenditure.

The Abu Dhabi Social Support Programme is part of the Government’s Accelerators Programme, Ghadan 21, falling under the Community Development category. In addition to financial support, and partnership with various government entities, the Programme seeks to empower individuals who can work by helping them to secure jobs which suit their potential and skills. Beneficiaries for this type of support are selected based on criteria such as age and health conditions.

The Programme is one of the numerous offerings available in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which seeks to provide appropriate housing and free healthcare in the public and private sectors; as well as to subsidise food items and other essential services.

Several UAE citizens expressed their gratitude to the UAE leadership’s continued support through various initiatives, most notably, the Abu Dhabi Social Support Programme.

“We thank our wise leadership for providing us with stability and happiness. Their support is a continuation of the approach which has been in place since the era of our country’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed,” said Hamda Saeed Al Mansouri. “We are proud of our country and its leadership who care deeply for its citizens and their concerns, seeking first and foremost to ensure we all lead a happy and dignified life.”

For his part, Abdullah Al Saadi said, “This is what the late Sheikh Zayed stood for: Helping and supporting everyone. The Founding Father established this approach, and our leadership continues to follow it to this day. The application process is simple: I submitted mine at one of the authorised centres, and someone reached out to me after a few weeks, informing me that my application met the Programme’s criteria and that my family and I will receive financial support.”

Another Emirati citizen, Mohammed Rashid Ali, added, “We thank God that we live in such a country where the leadership is always focused on its people, working to meet their basic needs and offering all the necessary support to ensure we have a high quality of life. I am grateful to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for their directives which launched this outstanding Programme.”

Source: Emirates News Agency