Daily Archives: August 11, 2019

Arab League condemns Benghazi terror car bombing attack

CAIRO, The Arab league strongly condemned, Sunday, the terror car bomb attack that occurred Saturday in Benghazi, Libya, which caused several casualties.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmad Abul-Gheit called on all parties to respect international humanitarian laws, especially during Eid Al Adha.

He added that to achieve permanent peace in Libya all parties involved in the Libyan conflict should follow international humanitarian law and abide by agreements to protect civilians.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi welcomes first flight from new King Abdulaziz International Airport

ABU DHABI, Abu Dhabi International Airport, AUH, welcomed the Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia, flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport, KAIA, in Jeddah on Saturday. As one of the first international flights from the new airport, it demonstrated the strong links between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport took flight on Saturday 10th August at 14:44 local time. The flight, an Airbus A320 operated by Saudia, landed in Abu Dhabi International Airport at 18:17 local time, and was greeted by Abu Dhabi Airport officials, along with a customary water cannon salute.

The new King Abdulaziz International Airport, which has been soft-launched in 2019, will be able to process 30 million passengers per year, with over 800,000 square metres of airport lounges, and the world’s largest aviation air traffic control tower, standing at 136 metres. Saudia will be operating a daily flight from Jeddah to Abu Dhabi and vice versa.

Speaking of the flight’s arrival, Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “It has been our pleasure to welcome this flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport. The new airport in Jeddah is both an impressive engineering feat and a breath-taking piece of architecture. I am delighted that Abu Dhabi International Airport was one of the first international destinations for flights from the new airport.”

Thompson continued: “The UAE has enjoyed historically close relations with Saudi Arabia, and the city of Abu Dhabi is a top destination for tourists from across the Kingdom looking for a short break in the GCC. Those visiting us from Jeddah will be able to experience all that Abu Dhabi has to offer, whether that is the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, or the recently opened Presidential Palace, Qasr Al Watan. Saudi nationals who transit through Abu Dhabi to destinations in the United State of America will also be able to make use of our US Immigration pre-clearance facility, allowing travellers to the US to clear the American border before they fly,” he said.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Germany plans to ban plastic bags

BERLIN, A German federal minister said she was working on laws to ban plastic bags, German news agency DPA reported on Sunday.

“My ministry is currently working on the legal regulations for a plastic bag ban,” German’s Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Svenja Schulze told the Sunday edition of the Bild newspaper.

Schulze said a voluntary agreement with businesses since 2016 to reduce the number of plastic bags had been a success.

“We can now secure that [success] with a ban,” she said. The report did not say when the draft laws would be completed.

In July, Markus Soeder, the state premier of Bavaria and head of Germany’s conservative Christian Social Union, CSU, said he was launching a Germany-wide push for a plastic bag ban.

The Environment Minister had previously expressed skepticism towards laws banning plastic bags, arguing that they would require more time to initiate than voluntary steps. Under a voluntary agreement, supermarkets charge customers for plastic bags.

Schulze is planning to secure a further agreement that will require businesses to reduce plastic packaging, especially for fruit and vegetables, said the DPA report.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE Rulers congratulate President of Chad on Independence Day

ABU DHABI, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of congratulations to President of Chad Idriss Deby on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have also dispatched similar cables of congratulations to Chadian President on the occasion.

Source: Emirates News Agency