Daily Archives: January 18, 2020

Sharjah Media City recognises journalists

SHARJAH, Sharjah Media City, Shams, has honoured a group of journalists and media representatives for their outstanding efforts in covering the city’s activities on various audio, visual and print media outlets.

The media representatives were invited at Shams headquarters in Sharjah, where Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Shams Chairman, highlighted the role played by the media in delivering accurate news and information to the public.

Al Midfa expressed his gratitude to the media representatives for their outstanding efforts, in promoting all initiatives and projects by Shams’ which are aimed at bolstering economic development in the Emirate of Sharjah, nurturing talents and inspiring creativity and excellence. He described the media as a vital source in building the community and strengthening cultures by providing valuable information.

Shihab Al Hammadi, Director of Sharjah Media City, said that the meeting with media representatives aligns with Shams’ vision to strengthen partnerships with members of the media. “Shams is striving to communicate closely with the media and utilise their feedback in further enhancing their services,” he added.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sanad Powertech awarded Shams Power Company maintenance contract

ABU DHABI, Sanad Powertech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, has been awarded a contract for the maintenance, repair and overhaul, MRO, operations of the steam engine and power generator of Shams Power Company, one of the largest operational concentrated solar power plants in the world.

The contract was signed during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, held from 11th to 18th January 2020.

The project within the domestic portfolio of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala, covers 2.5 square kilometres and has a capacity of 100 megawatts.

Equipped with a matrix of 768 parabolic trough collectors, the solar field generates clean, renewable electricity from solar heat rather than light. Through a system of parabolic mirrors which serve as solar thermal collectors, electricity is generated using conventional steam-powered turbines.

Khaled Al Qubaisi, CEO of Aerospace, Renewables and Information Communications Technology at Mubadala, said, “This collaboration between two leading companies in power and clean energy is a major step in our efforts to maximise joint business opportunities among all Mubadala companies. Sanad Powertech’s ability to provide competitive and high-quality services to an important future sector, such as clean energy, is a key advantage of this new contract.”

For his part, Mansoor Janahi, CEO of Sanad Powertech, said, “The award of the new service contract is further evidence of Sanad Powertech’s technical excellence that enables it to continually expand its scope of work. Having successfully delivered high-level services to the local energy sector over the past 18 years, the new contract will provide a strong opportunity for Sanad Powertech to enter the clean energy sector, one of the most important sectors of future growth, through partnership with Masdar, a key player in the renewable energy industry on local and global levels.”

Majed Al Awadi, General Manager of Shams Power Company, said, “Our contract with Sanad will have positive effects on the quality performance of the solar power station given the company’s long experience and advanced human expertise in maintenance.”

Shams Power Company is a key contributor toward achieving Abu Dhabi’s objective of generating seven per cent of the emirate’s required energy from renewable resources by 2020, and the UAE target of generating 27 per cent its electricity from clean energy sources by 2021 and 50 per cent by 2050.

Source: Emirates News Agency

MBRU faculty performs surgery to treat rare swallowing disorder

DUBAI, The Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, MBRU, faculty has performed a complex ‘Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy’ surgery to treat a patient with Achalasia, a serious condition that affects the oesophagus.

Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean of Innovation and the Future, Dr. Homero Rivas, who performed the surgery at Mediclinic City Hospital in Dubai, explained, “This type of disorder is extremely rare and there’s no known reason as to why it happens. The myotomy is a non-invasive procedure.”

“We divide the circular muscle fibres around the oesophagus, which are the ones that cannot relaxed, preventing food to reach the stomach. By cutting those fibres, we release the pressure and patients usually feel immediate relief when swallowing,” he added.

The patient, a man in his 30s, was suffering from Achalasia, an atypical condition that affects only three in every 100,000 people where the oesophagus is unable to move food into the stomach. The man was unable to swallow food, surviving only on a few liquids.

This latest innovation in endoscopic surgery is a non-invasive procedure whereby there are no incisions in the chest or abdomen and involves an endoscope inserted through the mouth.

Matthew Dronsfield, Hospital Director at Mediclinic City Hospital Dubai, added, “We are proud to support our clinicians in providing an environment which encourages innovation for the benefit of our patients and enables us to provide world-class healthcare in collaboration with our partners at MBRU. ”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Police reports no jewellery store robberies in 2019

DUBAI, No robberies were reported in Dubai-based gold and jewellery stores during 2019, Dubai Police has revealed on Saturday.

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al-Jallaf, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, attributed this achievement to Dubai police efforts and utilisation of smart technologies to guard the stores since 2018.

“During the last year, we have set a time-limit for 321 business licences to implement the new security conditions in a step to achieve zero percent on the robbery crime index,” Al-Jallaf added.

Brig. Al-Jallaf said that Dubai Police pays excellent attention to the Gold Souq and jewellery stores considering the significant role they play in the economy and tourism markets in the emirate. Dubai Police is keen to establish strict security measures that ensure the application of safety procedures following international standards and the latest technologies supported by artificial intelligence systems, he noted.

Source: Emirates News Agency