UAEBBY, Menassah cooperate to distribute Etisalat Award books

SHARJAH: The UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and Menassah Distribution Company have signed an agreement of understanding that allows the company to access the list of winning books of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, organised by UAEBBY and sponsored by e and , and to explore the prospects of entering into partnerships to distribute and provide these books to children and adolescents inside and outside the UAE.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, whose activities continue until 12th May at the Expo Centre Sharjah.

The agreement provides Menassah the opportunity to communicate with publishers whose publications have won the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature from 2009 until now, to discuss the prospects of entering into partnerships and agreements with them; to distribute the award-winning publications in different distribution outlets, including libraries, stores, festivals, exhibitions, and events that the compa
ny organises or participates in, during which it will be keen to allocate a corner to promote and sell these books with the aim of facilitating their access to young readers, teachers, and segments of the public.

Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of UAEBBY, said that the board is pleased to sign the agreement, which contributes to increasing the presence of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature and supporting the spread of the winning books over the past editions in various parts of the world, which enhances the opportunity for children and young people to access these publications.

Al Arqoubi added that such publications are distinguished by the quality of its content, graphics, production and printing, which encourages youth to read more books and discover the beautiful world of reading. At the same time, the agreement achieves the goal of publishers, authors and illustrators by making their publications available in more locations and in various exhibitions and events in which Menassah participat

Rashid Al Kous, General Manager of Menassah Distribution Company, stressed Menassah’s keenness to support the Emirati publisher and Arabic content, in addition to providing facilities for all publishers working in the UAE to reach new markets and distribute their publications at various distribution points and platforms, which contributes to attracting readers and making books accessible to them in easier and faster ways.

Al Kous pointed out that cooperation with the publishers who won the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature would contribute to achieving a greater spread of these books, which deserved appreciation for their high level of quality.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Municipality opens registrations for first edition of DM Food Elite programme

DUBAI: Dubai Municipality has opened submissions for the first edition of the DM Food Elite, Dubai Municipality’s latest programme to honour food establishments in the Emirate for their excellence in standards for food safety, nutrition, sustainability, social responsibility, and innovation.

The primary goal is to encourage these food enterprises to continue surpassing and raising the standard of living in the emirate.

Sultan Al Taher, Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality, emphasised that the programme is the result of the Municipality’s continuous efforts and steadfast commitment to creating a sustainable food system.

Al Taher also confirmed that the food system incorporates exceptional health and food safety requirements that strengthens Dubai’s position as a sustainable city ensuring excellent living standards as well as guarantees compliance with the highest international standards for safety and sustainability.

The programme’s primary objective is to honour and recognise food orga
nisations and entities that have made significant contributions to the advancement of this system and bolstering Dubai’s status as a global trade hub in support of the objectives of the Dubai Food Security Strategy.

Al Taher stated, “The programme will recognise food businesses from three distinct categories. Three restaurants each will be selected from independent dine-in restaurants; restaurants that are a part of hotels; and fast-food outlets and cafeteria. The food establishments will be evaluated and selected based on five specific criteria, which include measures taken to foster a robust food safety culture, commitment to nutrition, health and sustainability initiatives of the government, and measures such as digital adoption and innovation in business.’

The sustainability standard entails indicators, including environmental responsibility, social impact, and governance practices. Meanwhile, the standard for food safety excellence culture incorporates indicators such as management commitment to food s
afety, proactive measures taken to ensure food safety all along the supply chain. Technology and innovation criteria will food on the efforts taken by the food businesses to maintain advanced traceability and transparency in food supply, data-driven insights, and decision-making.

The programme is open for submissions until 30th June 2024, and can be accessed through the registration link at

DM Food Elite programme was launched by Dubai Municipality during the 17th edition of Dubai International Food Safety Conference, which was held between 11th and 13th December 2023, under the theme ‘Impact of Climate Change on Food Safety’.

Source: Emirates News Agency

‘Joint Assessment Team” declares end of adverse weather conditions in UAE

ABU DHABI: The Joint Weather and Tropical Assessment Team has declared the end of the weather event that affected the UAE over the past few days.

The team stated that they had intensified monitoring and follow-up operations over the past few days to ensure that the necessary measures have been taken to deal with the weather event in a proactive, professional, and flexible manner by the relevant authorities.

The team held a series of meetings chaired by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) with the participation of the Ministry of Interior, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), and a number of competent government agencies. The meetings focused on discussing all scenarios to develop preventive and precautionary measures after studying and evaluating the conditions in the areas affected by the weather event in the country.

For their part, NCM confirmed the end of the weather event that affected the country, as the severity of the event gradually subsided from late Thur
sday evening and was limited to the north and east of the country. The centre said their teams are working around the clock to provide effective and continuous weather forecasts and information, which contributes significantly to the safety of citizens and residents.

For their part, the Ministry of Interior affirmed that the central operations centres and rooms, field and specialist teams are present and on high alert to deal with the weather event proactively to ensure the safety of life and property.

The competent committees and teams were also in continuous session during the weather event to ensure a rapid response to all emergencies and the continuity of business operations. The teams will continue their field tasks and work to ensure the smooth flow of traffic on all roads affected by the weather event.

MoI praised the role of the relevant authorities and their efficiency in contributing to ensuring stability and safety in society, and commended the positive role of the community, which was reflected
in the public’s awareness and commitment to safety instructions, procedures, and instructions from the competent authorities.

With the end of the weather event, the Joint Weather and Meteorological Conditions Assessment Team commended the role of the various authorities and praised the rapid response taken on the ground to ensure the mitigation of the effects of the weather event. The team applauded the public’s high level of awareness and responsible behavior. By following official instructions and avoiding rumours, they significantly helped mitigate the impact of the weather event.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Israeli Occupation Still Keeps 53 Palestinian Journalists in Detention, Says Palestinian Institutions

The Israeli occupation forces still keep nearly 53 male and female journalists in detentions and camps among them 43 journalists who have been arrested after October 7, including 70 male and female journalists after October, specifically in the occupied Jerusalem, coupled with threats, field assaults and constant pursuit of them during their field press coverage, the Commission for Detainee’s Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, and the Addameer Foundation for Prisoner Care and Human Rights reported in a joint statement to mark the World Press Freedom Day.

Additionally, four journalists from the Gaza enclave have been forcibly disappeared, with the Israeli occupation soldiers refusing to account for their fate or give any information about them, among them two journalists who have been arrested at the beginning of the aggression, along with two others who have been arrested from Al Shifa Hospital following a large-scale offensive, the statement added.

The Israeli occupation conducted unspeakable crime
s against the Palestinian journalists amid the ongoing genocidal war in the enclave and large-scale assault on the Palestinians. This period represents one of the most brutal and bloody ordeals facing the journalists compared to previous periods that witnessed popular uprisings and martyrdom of 135 Palestinians, the statement read.

The statement pointed out that targeting the Palestinian journalists was and remains the most prominent policies pursued by the Israeli occupation in history, except the assassinations that have unprecedently increased. Also, since the beginning of the genocidal war, their targeting constituted a turning point in the history of Palestinian journalism, especially in Gaza.

It emphasized that the Israeli occupation forces not only targeted them, but systematically targeted their families with many of them being martyred during the genocidal war in vengeance campaigns and turning their families into targets and tools to frighten them in a persistent attempt to muffle their voices and
cover up the reality of genocide in Gaza.

Source: Qatar News Agency


During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Caretaker Minister of Agriculture, Abbas Haj Hassan, toured the ‘Arena’ center in Riyadh, where the annual “Environment and Agriculture Week 2024 Exhibition” is currently taking place.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of various segments of society in the Kingdom on local environments and the correct environmental behaviors that must be practiced to maintain the sustainability of their resources. It also aims to spread environmental awareness and community agricultural culture, achieve environmental sustainability, preserve natural resources, and reduce pollution of all kinds.

Haj Hassan’s tour came upon an invitation by the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, where he commended “the role that the Kingdom plays at home and abroad in working to mitigate global warming and expand green spaces, through internal projects carried out by the Ministry that are in harmony with the Green Middle East Project, which aims to plant 10 billion trees in Saudi Arabia and
40 billion trees in the Middle East.”

Source: National news agency – Lebanon

A settler was arrested on suspicion of killing the boy Omar Hamed from Ramallah

The Israeli police arrested a 35-year-old settler, resident of the Beit El settlement north of Ramallah, on suspicion of killing the Palestinian boy Omar Hamed on the twelfth of last month.

Hebrew sources reported that “the Israeli security services accuse the aforementioned settler of suspicion of murder on the basis of a terrorist act.”

The same sources said, “The settler, who has a license to carry weapons, was summoned for investigation at a police station, and then he was arrested and transferred for investigation by the General Security Service – Shin Bet.”

Hebrew media sources also said, “The settler is suspected of killing the Palestinian boy during the confrontations that took place at that time in various areas in light of the search for the Israeli boy Benjamin Ahmeir, who was later found murdered. These confrontations included an attack by settlers on Palestinian villages.” Including Al-Mughir and Douma. During these confrontations, 26 Palestinian homes were burned and 4 Palestinians were kill
ed during the confrontations.’

The two lawyers assigned to defend the suspect, Ariel Atari and Assaf Gonen, said, ‘Their client was arrested after he refused to cooperate with the Shin Bet men

Source: Maan News Agency

8 soldiers were injured in an Israeli bombing of Damascus

The Syrian Ministry of Defense said at dawn on Friday, “Israel launched an air attack targeting a site in the vicinity of the capital, Damascus, wounding 8 soldiers and causing some material losses.”

The ministry stated in a statement that the aerial bombardment was carried out from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan.

It indicated that the Israeli bombing took place at approximately 10:50 pm on Thursday, May 2, 2024

Source: Maan News Agency

Palestinian youth injured by Israeli army gunfire near Tulkarm

TULKARM: This evening, a Palestinian young man was injured by Israeli occupation forces’ gunfire west of the town of Zeita, located north of the city of Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

The sources informed WAFA that the young man was shot by Israeli occupation soldiers with live ammunition in the foot.

He was initially taken by the Israeli occupation army to the Taybeh checkpoint south of the city, and later an ambulance from the Palestinian Red Crescent transferred him to Thabet Governmental Hospital in Tulkarm.

Source: Palestine news Information Agency – WAFA