Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities partners with Holy Qur’an Academy in Sharjah

ABU DHABI, 1st March, 2023 (WAM) — The Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities and the Holy Qur’an Academy in Sharjah have signed an agreement to establish a strategic partnership, support academic cooperation, and facilitate knowledge transfer that will mutually boost beneficial initiatives and have a meaningful social impact.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Khalifa Al Dhaheri, Chancellor of Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities, and Dr. Khalifa Musabah Al Teneiji, the Head of the Holy Qur’an Academy in Sharjah, in the presence of Dr. Sherzad Abdul Rahman Taher, Secretary-General of the Holy Qur’an Academy in Sharjah, as well as senior officials from both parties.

Among the stipulations of the agreement include the exchange of expertise and experiences, the completion of joint studies and research, sharing of learning resources and databases available to both parties, and the creation of a unified index of scientific and academic references.

Both parties have also agreed to cooperate in terms of sharing logistical and technical services, including educational halls, libraries, e-learning, distance education, scientific, educational and training events as well as for the establishment of cultural and academic activities along with community service projects to enhance national identity, encourage a culture of reading among members of society, provide opportunities for vocational, scientific and human training and knowledge exchange. In addition, the two institutions likewise agreed to conduct exchange programmes for students, faculty members and researchers.

Dr. Al Dhaheri stressed that the strategic partnership will enhance Qur’anic studies and boost the university’s programmes in this field.

He said, “Qur’anic studies is a field of specialisation for the university and through this agreement we hope to enhance our expertise and boost our capabilities further in delivering world-class programmes in this particular field as well as in Islamic Studies, Arabic linguistics, and literature, philosophy, tolerance and the humanities, while at the same time preserving the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”

In addition, Dr. Al Dhaheri said that both parties have committed to work towards achieving the goals set out by the agreement. “It is the start of a truly strategic cooperation between the two sides, and a model to be followed in the field of scientific, academic and knowledge partnerships. We will spare no effort in ensuring the objectives of the partnership are achieved,” he added.

Dr. Al Teneiji stated, “This strategic partnership comes within the framework of our academy to establish relations with scientific and academic institutions, to support research and studies of the Holy Quran, explore its history, and to develop the skills of those interested in working in the fields of Quranic studies and the humanities, whether in the academy or in educational institutions, in order to share the true meaning of the Qur’an and Islamic culture, and help spread the values of tolerance, respect for human rights, moderation and openness to the different cultures of the world.”

The agreement also embodies both parties’ commitment to corporate social responsibility and supports the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, according to Dr. Al Teneiji.

Meanwhile, Dr. Taher emphasised that the agreement is aligned with the Emirate of Sharjah’s aspirations to fully enhance the capabilities of its people, expand their knowledge and enhance the culture of research in the field of Qur’anic studies. In addition, the agreement will serve to highlight the diversity of the academy’s technical and scientific resources as well as its precious and rare collections that make It a distinguished centre for Qur’anic studies and be an excellent partner for educational institutions, as well as the larger community in ensuring sustainable development is achieved, based on a knowledge economy that is on par with international standards.

Source: WAM – Emirates News Agency

Watch and Jewellery Middle East Show sets new participation record

SHARJAH, 1st March, 2023 (WAM) — The 51st edition of the Watch and Jewellery Middle East (WJME) Show is set to begin in Sharjah on 8th March.

The largest trade fair of its kind in the UAE and the region, the WJME show is organised by Expo Centre Sharjah (ECS) with the support of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).

The event’s reputation plays a crucial role in attracting hundreds of the largest and most famous companies and brands in the world of designing and manufacturing watches, jewellery and gold work from 21 countries.

The event’s new edition, which runs until 12th March, boasts new international participation from South Korea, Russia and Switzerland for the first time in the exhibition’s history, in addition to leading players and renowned brands from Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Yemen, as well as dozens of Emirati companies.

Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, SCCI’s Chairman and ECS’s Chairman, said, “The continuous successes of WJME Show in its previous editions – especially the 50th edition – truly reflects the great efforts that have been made by SCCI and ECS to reinforce the leading regional and global position of the Emirate of Sharjah in organising local and regional exhibitions specialised in gold and jewellery, and to keep pace with the record growth of this sector in the UAE, which topped the Middle East countries in the volume of gold sales in the last year.”

Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of ECS, highlighted the WJME Show’s success in attracting new countries, which are joining in with a huge number of exhibitors from all over the world, indicating that the said success clearly shows the global eminence of the event and how famous it is to major manufacturers and producers of gold and jewellery as it gives them a can’t-miss chance to promote their products to large numbers of visitors, grow their business in the region’s markets, strike deals and build partnerships.

Al Midfa stressed that ECS welcomes visitors and new exhibitors from all over the world, and affirms its endeavour to provide the best platform that meets the aspirations of visitors who are looking for everything new in the world of jewellery, watches, diamond and precious stones works, enabling international manufacturers, traders and brands to make successes and enhance their presence in the UAE markets and those of the region.

The exhibition opens to visitors from 13:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 15:00 to 22:00pm on Friday.

Its sideline activities include many programmes, workshops and specialised activities related to the gold and jewellery industry, giving participants the opportunity to learn about the best international practices and gain new practical experiences, and increase their chances to be leaders in the industry.

Source: WAM – Emirates News Agency

Souq Al Jubail fish sector received 3.1 million visitors in 2022

SHARJAH, 1st March, 2023 (WAM) — The Fish Sector at Souq Al Jubail, a project of Sharjah Asset Management, the investment arm of the Government of Sharjah, reported nearly 3.1 million visitors to the Fish Sector for both Souq Al Jubail and Souq Al Hamriyah during 2022. The increased demand for the Souq’s services is a result of the excellent selection of fish available in the markets which cater to the various different tastes of shoppers and merchants from within and outside the Emirate of Sharjah.

Sales volumes at Souq Al Jubail and in Souq Al Hamriyah reached more than 7,190 tonnes of local and imported fish and seafood during the same period. The Souq offers competitive rates for its fish stock, in light of the great abundance of local and imported fish.

Ahmed Al Musharrekh, Chief – Hospitality Officer at Souq Al Jubail, said: “Since the opening of Al Jubail Fish Sector (Asmak Al Jubail) in Souq Al Jubail, it has become one of the most prominent and important attractions at the Souq, witnessing a remarkable turnout by visitors due to a tremendous variety of the finest types of live, fresh, local and imported local fish we offer to meet the various tastes of shoppers. The Souq is highly convenient for shoppers looking to avail multiple services under one roof, in accordance with the highest standards of hygiene and quality and utilising the latest international safety systems.”

Al Musharrekh added: “Each year, we are keen to enhance the services and facilities provided to visitors of the Fish Sector. In 2022, the Fish Sector branch in Souq Al Hamriyah was opened to meet the needs of residents and visitors of the region, and to be a qualitative addition the Fish Sector in Souq Al Jubail. This contributes to strengthening the position of Souq Al Jubail as a vital and attractive destination for shoppers locally, regionally and internationally.”

Al Musharrekh stressed that the opening of Al Jubail 1441 Restaurant & Café in Souq Al Jubail is among the most important pioneering achievements in 2022, due to the restaurant’s unique mix of seafood and flavours that combine traditional Emirati character with a modern twist. Chefs at the restaurant receive the finest fresh seafood directly from the fish market in Souq Al Jubail, and have curated a wide selection of multiple internationally famous and well-loved Eastern and Western breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu items that present Emirati flavours in a modern style, to cater to the varying tastes of restaurant visitors…

The fish grill section at Soup Al Jubail also contains a waiting area for visitors and designated areas for preparing and seasoning fish, as well as a space that houses fish grills and ovens for cooking. These sections of the Souq are equipped with the latest innovative technologies that eliminate unpleasant odours, provide central ventilation and air conditioning, and ensure a suitable and comfortable environment for shoppers. All fish and marine products are subject to health examinations by specialised staff from the Sharjah Municipality to ensure compliance and passing of established health requirements in the UAE.

The Fish Sector contains several facilities, including 40 shops selling fish and seafood (the Souq’s largest section), in addition to fish cleaning and cutting sections, where more than 70 expert and highly technical fish cleaner/cutter work daily to meet customer requests at nominal prices. The Souq also boasts its own section for grilling and barbecuing fresh fish, extending over an area of 365 sq. m. The fish market auction is held in the designated auction area daily after the Asr prayer, emulating traditional cultural ways.

Among the most prominent features of the Fish Sector is the employment of advanced technologies and the use of central ventilation systems to prevent the spread of unpleasant odours, in addition to the availability of acceptance of services for mobile payment and smart applications. It also contains waste disposal devices that operate in accordance with the highest set health and hygiene standards.

Source: WAM – Emirates News Agency

BioGX Ships First Batch of pixl(TM) Real-Time PCR Platform to US Laboratories

BIRMINGHAM, AL / ACCESSWIRE / February 28, 2023 / BioGX, a global provider of easy molecular diagnostic solutions since 2007, has announced fulfillment of multiple initial orders for its portable pixl™ real-time PCR platform to customers across the U.S., with immediate plans to scale production to meet market demand.

“We’re very impressed with the response to the launch of our novel ‘pixl’ qPCR platform. Pixl is accelerating validation and adoption of our vast multiplex RUO syndromic panels available in our unique Xfree and Sample-Ready lyophilized formats,” said Shazi Iqbal, Ph.D., BioGX CEO.

The pixl instrument is a compact, 4-channel, 16-well, real-time-PCR instrument that supports rapid turnaround times for batches of up to 16 samples, with integrated results analysis. Previously, in 2022, the U.S. FDA authorized the pixl platform use with the BioGX Xfree COVID-19 Direct RT-PCR EUA test.

BioGX offers an extensive menu of RUO lyophilized multiplex syndromic panels for laboratory validation on the pixl platform, including the extraction-free Direct-Sample-to-Answer assays: Xfree Human Monkeypox (hMPXV), Xfree HSV1/HSV2/VZV and Xfree Treponema pallidum (Syphilis). The Xfree assay format is compatible with most transport/collection media types and can be validated for a wide variety of clinical sample collections.

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