Sheikh Nahyan attends the graduation event.
Dear Friends of Canada,
Thank you for your interest in being part of Canada’s contribution to Expo 2020. We would like to announce that the formal tender to design, build, construct and dismantle the Canada Pavilion has been published. It will run for 55 days, expiring on May 7, 2019. You are invited to submit bids at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-FG-369-76751.
Future RFPs for other products and services necessary to operate the pavilion will be posted publicly in the coming months and will be tendered and contracted through the Government of Canada’s regular procurement process: open, transparent, and merit-based. You can sign up for alerts about Expo procurement processes and opportunities on the Procurement website: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tenders.
Thank you again for your support and partnership,
The World Games ended last Thursday night. Earlier that day, bocce medalists Kerry (one silver, one bronze) and Neil (two silver) visited the elementary students at the Canadian International School in Abu Dhabi to talk about their experience and show them their medals! Everyone wanted to try them on and all were in awe of these champions.
Later on that day, the athletes participated to the Closing Ceremony and everyone was on the dance floor! SO Team Canada left the UAE on Saturday morning and the athletes are currently arriving back to their hometown.
To call the Games a success for SO Team Canada would be an understatement. Our athletes won a total of 90 gold, 37 silver and 28 bronze medals, which is the highest number of gold medals of any of the nations participating in the Games! This shows that we had a well-rounded team of motivated athletes. The medal tally doesn’t take into account all of the personal bests beaten, the friendships made and the once-in-lifetime experience of being an Olympian.
I would like to take this time to thank you all for your support for our athletes and for this initiative. You truly are all #unifiedchampions!
Special Olympics Coordination Officer – Coordonatrice pour les Olympiques spéciaux
The Emirates ranked highly in the Positivity Index of Nations because of its focus on future generations.
The UAE has ranked 8th on an index that measures countries' positive effect on the world and their ability to prepare its young people for future challenges.
The Positivity Index of Nations is an annual global report published by the Positive Economy Institute since 2013.
This year, the UAE was included as a non-OECD country for the first time and outperformed 27 of the 34 OECD member countries listed, including the UK, US, France and Australia. Iceland came out on top with other Scandinavian countries also making the top 10. The UK just missed out, ranking 11th and no other Arab countries were listed among the 30 nations listed.
The index assesses countries on their positive effect regionally and globally and their efforts to anticipate future opportunities and challenges in vital sectors.
The UAE appears to have ranked highly because of its focus on empowering young people, building their capabilities and preparing them for the future.
The index tests countries through three main dimensions that are measured using 30 indicators.
The first dimension, "Educate and Finance Future Generations" tests positive finance, positive education and positive solidarity. The second dimension, "Preparing Adequate Infrastructure for Future Generations" tests positive resources and positive connections. While the third dimension "Building a Consensus for Future Generations" covers indicators of positive governance, positive dynamics, positive inclusion and positive participation.
Headed by French economist Jacques Attali, the Positive Economy Institute was established in 1998 with the aim of building a better world for future generations by encouraging international commitment to developing a sustainable economy.
Source: The National
RAS AL KHAIMAH, 22nd February, 2019 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, attended the Terry Fox Run on Friday, a charity race to support cancer research centres.
Some 4,500 people took part in the Run, which has become one of the most popular events nationwide, amid enormous participation its the sponsors.
Held for the 10th year in a row, the Run also aims to boost solidarity between institutions and the community to encourage the raising of funds for cancer research.
Among others present were Sheikh Omer bin Saqr Al Qasimi; Marcy Grossman, Consul-General of Canada in Dubai; Dr. Akima Umezawa, Consul-General of Japan in Dubai and a number of Sheikhs, heads of departments, and fans.
Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox (28th July, 1958 - 28th June, 1981), after whom the race has been named, was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced Fox to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 km (3,339 miles), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce received a trade mission from Canada led by the Consul General of Canada in Dubai, Marcy Grossman that was attended by leading F&B importers from Dubai and Canada. Over 130 meetings were held between them as a result.
In the runup to @gulfood, we recently received a trade mission from Canada led by the Consul General of Canada in Dubai, HE @MarcyGrossman that was attended by leading F&B importers from Dubai and Canada. Over 130 meetings were held between them as a result. pic.twitter.com/ud624DMviG— Dubai Chamber (@dubaichamber) February 19, 2019
In the runup to @gulfood, we recently received a trade mission from Canada led by the Consul General of Canada in Dubai, HE @MarcyGrossman that was attended by leading F&B importers from Dubai and Canada. Over 130 meetings were held between them as a result. pic.twitter.com/ud624DMviG
Canada has formally announced its participation at Expo 2020 Dubai. The Request for Information (RFI) for the design, build, construct and dismantle of the Canada Pavilion, including the exhibition component, has been published in Public Works and Government Services Canada website. Please click here. This will be followed by a full request for proposal (RFP) expected to be posted by March 31, 2019.
All major contracts for the supply and service of Canada’s presence at EXPO 2020 will be tendered and contracted through the Government of Canada’s regular procurement process; guided by an open, transparent, and merit-based process. This may include, inter alia, communications, hosting, gift shop and other products and services necessary to operate the pavilion. These opportunities will be posted publicly in the coming months.
Expo 2020 continues to grow bigger as Canada has confirmed its participation in the upcoming mega event set to be held in Dubai next year.
The G7 nation's participation was sealed during two separate high-level meetings between Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of International Trade Diversification, Mohammad Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Mohammed Al Shaibani, director-general of the Ruler's Court, Government of Dubai, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
"The UAE is a hub for important global events like the Expo that will help contribute to a brighter global future. We are working hard to ensure greater international cooperation to enhance the future of humanity, founded on the strong relationships that we enjoy with countries around the world, including Canada," said Al Gergawi.
"It is welcome news that Canada is rejoining the Expo movement to participate at Expo 2020 Dubai. We are looking forward to leveraging the Expo platform to continue to build on investment ties with Canada, Canadian companies and the Canadian community here who call the UAE their home," said Al Shaibani.
Expo 2020 Dubai will mark Canada's first participation in a World Expo since Expo 2010 Shanghai China, and will see the country showcase its economic, social and cultural contributions to a global audience of millions.
Carr said with the eyes of the world on Dubai, Canada's presence at Expo 2020 affirms the vitality of Canada-UAE relations, while showcasing the best Canada has to offer. "We only need to look at the lasting effects that hosting two world fairs has had on the fabric of our own nation to understand the potential this represents for Canada and for Canadians."
A total of 190 countries have already confirmed their participation for Expo 2020. Among the countries that have confirmed their pavilion plans include Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and the UAE.
During the six-month long exhibition, Canada will also be able to further promote its trade diversification strategy through the next World Expo. Canada has a long history of participating in World Expos and has hosted two previous editions: Expo 67 in Montreal and Expo 86 in Vancouver.
Canada and the UAE already enjoy strong bilateral relations and Expo 2020 Dubai will offer a unique opportunity to boost them further. The UAE is Canada's largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa region, with merchandise exports valued at $1.6 billion in 2017.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 9 January 2019 — Canada has today officially become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Canada becomes the Agency’s 160th member to join the global intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the widespread adoption of renewable energy.
Canada’s membership comes on the eve of IRENA’s ninth and largest Assembly. More than 120 ministers are expected to join 1,200 delegates from 150 countries in Abu Dhabi, to accelerate the deployment of sustainable sources of energy.
“The growing green economy is among the greatest economic opportunities for Canada in a generation,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Becoming an IRENA member will accelerate Canada’s efforts to build a clean energy future which will bring new economic growth and thousands of new, well-paying jobs.”
“We are delighted to welcome Canada as a new member of the IRENA family,” said IRENA Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin. “Canada has vast renewable energy resource potential and long-standing experience in low-carbon development that it can share through international cooperation.
“We look forward to working with the Canadian government as well as the private sector and research institutions to advance energy transformation,” continued Mr. Amin. “Canada’s membership firmly underscores the leadership it can demonstrate in renewable energy technology, sustainable development and global energy decarbonisation.”
Renewable energy accounts for two-thirds of Canada’s power generation and just under 20 per cent of its total final energy supply thanks largely to significant hydropower resources, which make it the second largest producer of hydropower in the world. Renewable power generation in Canada increased from 78 gigawatts (GW) in 2009 to 99 GW in 2017. In addition to plentiful hydro resources, Canada also has significant wind, biomass, solar, marine and geothermal energy potential. For example, today, wind accounts for 5 per cent of electricity generation in Canada.
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