• 29 October 2018 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The most sophisticated satellite built by the UAE was successfully launched from an island off the southern tip of Japan this morning, in a new landmark for the country’s space programme.

    KhalifaSat, the first satellite designed, tested and manufactured entirely by Emirati engineers, took off shortly after 8am UAE time.

    The launch was hailed by the UAE's leaders as an "unprecedented Emirati achievement".

    A team of engineers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre travelled to Tanegashima island, some 40km south of the Japanese mainland, to monitor the launch.

    There was relief all round at the Tanegashima Space Centre 10 minutes after blast off, as the satellite soared out of view, when it was announced that the flight path was “proceeding as expected”. Almost two hours later, KhalifaSat successfully jettisoned from the launch rocket, beginning its orbit around the Earth.

    The announcement was made to cheers from the Japanese engineers at the space station.

    KhalifaSat was designed and built at the Space Technology Laboratories, at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai.

    Its role will be to beam high-quality images to the ground station in the emirate. The pictures will help governments and private companies across the globe with climate changes, disaster relief, urban planning, and more.

    On Sunday night, a spectacular moving image was projected onto the Burj Khalifa to celebrate the launch. It displayed the message: “100% Emirati-developed satellite, from space to serve Earth.”

    Ahead of the launch, Amer Al Sayegh, the KhalifaSat project manager, said the project had helped the UAE create partnerships across the globe.

    “It’s not only the technical work that we are doing with our Japanese colleagues, it’s the bonding of two teams and two cultures working together for the same vision," he said.

    "The UAE now has a highly qualified team equipped with knowledge, expertise and strong teamwork for the new missions for the UAE.”

    The launch, which was streamed live on the internet, saw the satellite loaded on to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-2A rocket.

    Attention will now turn to an even more ambitious project — to send a probe to Mars by 2021 to coincide with the UAE's 50th year. As part of a 100-year plan, it is hoped that a city will be established on the Red Planet by the year 2117.

    The UAE plans to send its first two astronauts to the International Space Station next year.

    Source: www.thenational.ae
  • 25 October 2018 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sharjah 24 – WAM: Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador Extraordinaire to Canada, has welcomed a group of Canadian high school students, teachers and parents, at the mission's headquarters in the capital Ottawa. Mohammed Al Shamsi, Acting Cultural Attache, was also present at the meeting.

    During the visit, which is part of the embassy's 'Year of Zayed' initiatives, the students were introduced to the history of the UAE since its establishment by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

    Source: www.sharjah24.com

  • 25 October 2018 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canada to Impose Provisional Steel Safeguards

    Effective October 25, 2018, provisional safeguard measures apply to seven categories of steel products imported into Canada from most countries. These provisional safeguard measures take the form of tariff rate quotas (TRQs), with a 25% over access surtax that will apply to imports for 200 days from October 25, 2018, to May 13, 2019.

    During this 200-day period, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) will conduct a global steel safeguards inquiry. Following this inquiry, the CITT will report its recommendations to the Government of Canada, which will then decide whether or not to extend the application of safeguards for up to four years (to October 2022).

    For further information, you can download the full report from Bennett Jones here.

  • 21 October 2018 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DUBAI, 21st October, 2018 (WAM) -- Abdulrahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, Director of the Dubai office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has received the credentials of Marcy Grossman, the new Consul-General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

    Al Mutaiwee welcomed the new envoy and wished her success in her new assignment, hailing the political, economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.

  • 27 September 2018 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation held talks with Justin Trudeau in New York

    Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, met with the Prime Minister of Canada in a bid to forge closer links between the two nations.

    Sheikh Abdullah held talks with Justin Trudeau during the ongoing 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

    Sheikh Abdullah shared the greetings of the UAE's leaders with Mr Trudeau, who also wished the country further success.

    The pair spoke about ways to improve co-operation in the areas of politics, economics, investment and trade, and discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to state news agency Wam.

    The meeting was also attended by Canadian Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr and Masud Husain, the Ambassador of Canada to the UAE.

    Source: The National
  • 30 July 2018 4:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Who will need to give fingerprints and photo (biometrics)?

    • a visitor visa
    • a work or study permit (excluding U.S. nationals)
    • permanent residence, or
    • refugee or asylum status

    Depending on your nationality, you may need to give your biometrics as soon as this summer

    • Starting July 31, 2018 – applicants from Europe, Middle East and Africa
    • Starting December 31, 2018 – applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas

    There are some exemptions:

    • Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents
    • visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as tourists who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
    • children under the age of 14
    • applicants over the age of 79 (there is no upper age exemption for asylum claimants)
    • heads of state and heads of government
    • cabinet ministers and accredited diplomats of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on official business
    • U.S. visa holders transiting through Canada
    • refugee claimants or protected persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a study or work permit
    • temporary resident applicants who have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident application that is still in progress

    Temporary exemption: Applying in Canada

    If you are applying for a visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence in Canada – you are exempt until the in-Canada service is established.

    How often you need to give your fingerprintsand photo

    Visitor visa, study and work permit applicants

    You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. You don’t need to give your biometrics until the 10-year period expires.

    If you’re from one these 29 countries/1 territory and you have a valid visitor visa, or a study or work permit, when you submit an application:

    • BEFORE July 31, 2018, you must give your biometrics again (even if you gave them in the past).
    • ON or AFTER July 31, 2018, you don’t need to give your biometrics again if they’re still valid.
      • Your biometrics will stay valid for 10 years from the date you gave them.

    Permanent residence applicants

    You will need to give your biometrics and pay the fee, regardless of whether you gave your biometrics in the past to support a visitor visa, study or work permit application, or a different permanent resident application. 

    How much it costs

    • Individual applicants: CAD$85
    • Families applying together at the same time: maximum total fee of CAD$170
    • Groups of 3 or more performing artists and their staff who apply for work permits at the same time: maximum total fee of CAD$255

    Why the Government of Canada collects biometrics

    Biometrics collection is recognized globally as a reliable, accurate tool for establishing identity. More than 70 countries around the world are using biometrics in their immigration programs.

    Biometrics collection allows the Government of Canada to effectively manage identity, facilitate application processing and simplify entry for travellers with legitimate identities. It helps deter, detect and stop the entry of those who pose a risk to the health, safety and security of Canadians.

    How the Government of Canada uses collected biometrics

    Biometrics will provide immigration officers with additional information to help make decisions on a person’s admissibility and by simplifying the travel of low-risk individuals.

    The fingerprints are stored by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on the National Repository and checked against its immigration and criminal records. The biometric check confirms if someone applied to enter Canada before using the same or a different identity, has a previous Canadian criminal record, or has been removed from Canada before.

    Biometrics-based information sharing with the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will further support the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, in a manner that respects Canada’s privacy laws, civil liberties and human rights commitments, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    At the border, the Canada Border Services Agency will be able to quickly and accurately confirm whether a traveller’s identity is legitimate. This will contribute to more efficient and timely entry for travellers.

    At 8 major Canadian airports, fingerprint verification will be automatically conducted at a primary inspection kiosk.

    At other airports and land ports of entry, discretionary fingerprint verification will be conducted by a border services officer upon referral to secondary inspection, where the traveller’s identity will be verified to ensure that the person seeking entry to Canada is the same person who was approved overseas.

    Source: www.canada.ca

  • 27 July 2018 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From visiting friends and family to getting goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on a robust aviation industry with diverse international air services. Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allows airlines to improve their service offerings, which means more options and convenience for passengers and businesses.

    The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced the successful conclusion of expanded air transport agreements with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

    The Canada-Egypt air transport agreement has been expanded to allow designated airlines to operate up to seven passenger flights per week, up from four. In addition, designated airlines now can serve any city in the other country’s territory.

    The expanded Canada-United Arab Emirates air transport agreement allows each government to allocate 68 per cent more capacity among its designated air carriers (i.e. the number of seats that carriers can sell). This agreement also now contains four dedicated frequencies for all-cargo flights for the first time.

    The new rights under the expanded agreements are available for use by airlines immediately.


    “These expanded air transport agreements with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are a positive development for air transport relations between our countries. We are pleased to expand these relationships with additional flexibility for airlines to serve these growing markets. These expanded agreements will continue to facilitate tourism, trade and investment between Canada and these countries and help our businesses grow and succeed.”

    The Honourable Marc Garneau
    Canada’s Minister of Transport

    “Canada’s commercial relationships with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are strong and growing. These expanded agreements will help Canadian companies grow and diversify their markets by making the movement of goods and people faster and easier."

    The Honourable Jim Carr
    Minister of International Trade Diversification

    Source: www.canada.ca

  • 18 July 2018 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Amarjeet Sohi, centre, stands with Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette after being sworn in as minister of natural resources Wednesday. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made significant changes to his cabinet, bringing five new ministers to the table and creating new portfolios for seniors, intergovernmental affairs and border security.

    The retooled cabinet signals the government's intent to ease trade dependence on the U.S., address concerns about border control, and bolster political forces in key regions in the run-up to next year's federal election.

    In one surprise move, Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who has been the government's point man on the marijuana legalization file, was appointed minister of border security and organized crime reduction. He will also be in charge of managing the hot-button issue of irregular migration with asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the U.S.

    Other new ministers added to the cabinet today:

    Ministers with new or changed duties:

    • Dominic LeBlanc moves from Fisheries and Oceans to Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.
    • Amarjeet Sohi moves from Infrastructure to Natural Resources.
    • Carla Qualtrough, remains minister of public services and procurement and gets the added portfolio of Accessibility.
    • Jim Carr moves from Natural Resources to International Trade Diversification.
    • Mélanie Joly goes from Heritage to minister of tourism, official languages and la francophonie.
    • François-Philippe Champagne moves from International Trade to Infrastructure and Communities.
    • Treasury Board President Scott Brison also becomes minister of digital government.
    • Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has "northern affairs" dropped from her title.
    • Government House Leader Bardish Chagger is no longer in charge of tourism and small business.

    In a news conference after the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall, Trudeau said the focus on innovation and trade is a response, in part, to the constantly changing international context.

    "There is certainly a level of clarity for Canadians, for businesses, for everyone across this country that we need to diversify our markets. We need to ensure that we are not as dependent on the United States," he said.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet today at Rideau Hall 2:02

    Calling it a "desperate attempt" to hit the reset button before the next election, Deputy Conservative Leader Lisa Raitt said the shuffle is an acknowledgement that the government has failed to deliver results on trade, pipelines and infrastructure.

    "It's the last-ditch attempt to finish that homework at the last minute, to try and get the approval when they go to the election next time," she said.

    Canadians will judge

    "I don't think it's going to make one whit of difference. Canadians are going to judge upon what is being delivered."

    Francois-Philippe Champagne, left, touches the arm of Pablo Rodriguez as he waits to be called forward to be sworn in as minister of Canadian heritage and multiculturalism. Bill Blair, right, watches during the swearing-in ceremony. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

    LeBlanc's new job will be to smooth the waters in a changing domestic political landscape with a new premier in Ontario, elections on the horizon in New Brunswick, Quebec and Alberta, and simmering disputes over pipelines, carbon taxes and interprovincial trade.

    With several issues of potential tension with new Ontario Premier Doug Ford, LeBlanc said the federal and provincial governments share a common interest in strengthening the economy and creating more jobs.

    "There'll be a lot more, I think, that we have in common than we may disagree on, and my job will be to work with all of these leaders in a way that advances the interests of Canadians," he said.

    The cabinet shakeup boosts the number of ministers from Ontario and Quebec, where the Liberals need to win more seats in the next election to offset potential losses elsewhere.

    Read more at www.cbc.ca

  • 15 July 2018 3:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE's Minister of Energy & Industry, who was joined by His Excellency Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Canada, visited Calgary in Canada's western Province of Alberta from July 8-11, to attend the inaugural Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC) Symposium, the Stampede Investment Forum, and serve as the key-note speaker at the TD Securities Calgary Energy Conference.

    Minister Al Mazrouei met with officials from the Canadian federal government, including Canada's Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, Alberta's Premier Rachel Notley, the province's Minister of Energy Margaret Ellen McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Agriculture Oneil John Carlier, as well as several other federal and provincial parliamentarians, and the Canadian business community to explore ways to improve the already strong relationship between the UAE with the Province of Alberta and Canada.

    In the presence of Minister Al Mazrouei and Ambassador Al Raqbani, Alberta's Minister of Economic Development & Trade Deron Bilous announced that the Government of Alberta will be opening a representational office in the UAE (in the fall) to broaden Alberta-UAE ties.

    His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei commended the Alberta decision and remarked, 'We welcome this step from the Alberta government to establish a representation office in the UAE, which will promote new opportunities."

    Minister Bilous spoke of the establishment of this new office as a next step in UAE-Alberta bilateral relations following his impressive visit last year to the UAE, and stressed the importance of the UAE market for Alberta; referring to the UAE and Canada as 'natural partners'.

    Minister Al Mazrouei emphasized to  government officials and the business sector of the importance of the Alberta and Canadian relationship for the UAE. He pointed out that the current relationship just touched 'the tip of the iceberg', and discussed key sectors which could be enhanced between the two countries from innovation, AI, food security, to green technology.

    Minister Al Mazrouei also encouraged Canadians to take advantage of the $150 billion of investment opportunities available over the next five years in UAE.

    Minister Al Mazrouei also highlighted the value of the UAE's unique global positioning as a gateway to the broader regions of Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East - with the UAE being just an eight hour flight from two thirds of the world's population; encouraging Alberta and Canada to take full advantage of this.

    His Excellency emphasized that the true mark of successful bilateral relations is when both sides have reciprocal investment relationships in each other's country market.

    Minister Al Mazrouei extended his appreciation to the Government of Alberta for their hospitality during his visit, and looked forward to future visits and cooperation from various levels of government between the two countries.

    Source: www.moei.gov.ae

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