• 25 June 2018 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul-General of Canada to Dubai, leaving mission for Canada in August.

    Derek Baldwin, Chief Reporter

    Dubai: A new consul general will soon be measuring the curtains in the large corner office at the Canadian Consulate in Dubai and Northern Emirates overlooking Shaikh Zayed Road from Emirates Towers.

    Come early August, Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul-General of Canada to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, will be reassigned to a new posting in Canada’s capital of Ottawa later this year.

    One of the more popular Canadian diplomats to advance the Canadian bilateral mission in the UAE in recent years, Kamarianakis’ departure from his four-year term in Dubai is being met with a sense of loss at the consulate and within the Canadian expatriate community now numbering 40,000 strong.

    Kamarianakis, 50, was a regular fixture at a string of community events ranging from annual Canada Day gatherings and Canada’s 150th sesquicentennial celebrations organised by the consulate in 2017 to visits by trade and business groups to the UAE.

    The veteran diplomat has nothing but praise for his UAE and Dubai hosts as he looks back at a career starting in the early 1990s which saw Kamarianakis named to embassy outposts down through three decades such as Tehran, Athens, Mexico City and Rome.

    When he was assigned to the Canadian mission in Tehran from 1995 to 1998, Kamarianakis said he made a number of quick jaunts across the Gulf to visit Dubai for getaways from the every day.

    “That was the first time I visited Dubai — we used to come for little trips, to go out, do some shopping and to experience this great city,” he told Gulf News.

    While he is eager to work in his home country after a long tour of duty, he said he will definitely miss the UAE.

    “One of the things that made a strong impression on me is how much ‘Canada’ there is in the UAE. We estimate over 40,000 Canadian citizens live here, there is a very large community of Canadian companies based in the UAE, we have a dynamic and successful Canadian Business Council with over 500 members and we are fortunate to have many Emiratis who collaborate regularly with Canadians in business, cultural and government circles,” he said.

    Canadian expats are fortunate, he said, to have many tastes of home in Dubai thanks to a large presence of Canadian food brands.

    “I admit that we enjoy access to the many Canadian brands available here in Dubai. I don’t think there are many (if any!) cities outside of Canada that have Tim Hortons, Second Cup Coffee, Big Smoke Burger, Beavertails, Pita Pit, Lululemon, Felix & Norton Cookies, Aldo Shoes, Eggspectations, etc. There are also great Canadian food products in Dubai’s amazing restaurants and supermarkets,” he said.

    One of the reasons Canadian expatriates enjoy such a high quality of life is due to the UAE’s open-minded, innovative approach to the future and international relations, he said.

    “I’d add that a particular theme that has resonated with me has been the commitment of the UAE and of Dubai to the concept of innovation. In everything from government services to technology accelerators in fintech and health care to philanthropy. It is impressive to see this country invest in globally-significant ventures and to see it dream big such as the UAE’s planned mission to Mars,” he said.

    “Canada is proud to be an innovation partner for the UAE and I was particularly happy to see the UAE Space Agency recently sign a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Space Agency during the visit of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan [Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation] to Canada in May 2018.”

    Kamarianakis thanked Canadian Ambassador Masud Hussain and mission staff, noting: “I would like to thank my colleagues at the Canadian Consulate in Dubai for all that they do, every day, to help Canada and Canadians. I may be a bit biased, but I think they are the best consulate in Dubai.”

    Source: www.gulfnews.com

  • 06 June 2018 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABU DHABI, 12th June 2018 (WAM) -- The United Arab Emirates and Canada signed on Tuesday an agreement on consular affairs and services, with the aim of consolidating cooperation in all consular services and related affairs between the countries.

    The agreement calls for setting up a joint consular committee to provide consular services to citizens of the two countries.

    Ahmed Al Ham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, signed the agreement at the MoFAIC headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

    Commenting on the agreement, Yasser Al Shemaili, Director of Consular Services at the MoFAIC, stressed the importance of cooperation in the area of consular services given its pivotal role in strengthening bilateral relations.

    He referred to the positive developments in the UAE-Canadian ties, following the recent signing of an MOU that allows UAE citizens to visit Canada without entry visas from 6th June 2018.

    Ambassador Masud Hussain praised the UAE's leading position at regional and international levels and its vital economic and commercial role.

    WAM/Hassan Bashir

    Source: Emirates News Agency

  • 02 June 2018 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Higher frequency of flights will further strengthen business ties between the two trading partners.

    Sultan Al Mansouri, the UAE Minister of Economy, has met with the Canadian Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, and discussed ways to develop joint cooperation in the air transport field, WAM reported on Saturday. Delores Johnson / The National

    The UAE and Canada are exploring the possibility of increasing the number of direct flights between the two countries in a bid to further strengthen their existing business ties.

    Economy Minister Sultan Al Mansouri has met with the Canadian Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, and discussed joint co-operation in air transport, the official news agency Wam reported yesterday.

    There is a need to develop aspects of co-operation in the field of aviation and air services, to keep abreast of the current development in bilateral relations between the two countries and to enhance the investment opportunities offered in many vital sectors, Mr Al Mansouri told the meeting, which was also attended by Fahad Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada and a number of senior Canadian officials.

    He said increasing the number of direct flights will shorten geographical distances and achieve better communication between the business community and investors, and increase the volume of trade and tourism.

    Effective June 5, Emiratis will be able to enjoy visa-free travel to Canada. The change will allow UAE nationals to stay for up to six months for business or tourism. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced the provision during a meeting with the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed last week.

    The UAE, which is home to two of the major Middle East carriers, is strengthening economic and trade relations with Canada.

    Both countries have taken steps to “create the necessary legislative structure” to increase private sector co-operation and opening up of the markets through a number of agreements.

    Establishment of the Joint Economic Committee and the formation of the UAE-Canada Business Council are also part of these steps, according to Wam.

    Source: www.thenational.ae

  • 31 May 2018 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MONTREAL, Quebec, 31st May, 2018 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has visited the office of the Canadian Space Agency, CSA,  in Quebec as part of his official visit to Canada. He was accompanied by Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UAE Space Agency; Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence; and Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada.

    H.H. Sheikh Abdullah heard a presentation given by CSA President Sylvain Laporte on the agency's work and programmes.

    The UAE Minister and his accompanying delegation proceeded to tour the Agency's facilities, which were equipped with advanced systems used to contribute towards developing Canada's national space sector.

    Sheikh Abdullah lauded the Canadian space programme which is administered by the Agency, recognising Canada as one of the leading industrial countries in the field of space science advanced innovations.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs also expressed the UAE's interest to further boost cooperation with Canada in the sector, in light of yesterday's signing of an Memorandum of Understanding between the space agencies of both countries.

    Canada's space programme dates back to the post-World War II period, and the country's government agencies continued their commitment to develop and boost the progress of the sector to meet national requirements, hence making it one of the leading countries in its use of innovative technology in the field of space science and the telecommunications satellite industry.

    Source: Emirates News Agency

  • 30 May 2018 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    He also visited the headquarters of CAE, a Canadian manufacturer of simulation technologies, modelling technologies and training services.

    Shaikh Abdullah experiences a simulation system during tour of the CAE headquartersin Montreal. The UAE foreign minister also visited the headquarters of Element AI.

    Montreal: Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has visited the headquarters of “Element AI”, a Canadian artificial intelligence company, within the framework of his official visit to Canada.

    Shaikh Abdullah also visited the headquarters of CAE Inc, a Canadian manufacturer of simulation technologies, modelling technologies and training services.

    He was briefed on the mission of “Element AI” and its most prominent programmes, and lauded its work in AI research and development. Element AI was founded in 2016 by leading AI researchers in Montreal, and is pioneering an ‘AI-First World’ by turning the world’s most important AI research into transformative business applications.

    While touring CAE Inc facilities and was briefed about its most prominent programmes that it offers as well as its simulation systems provided to customers, which will contribute to preparing qualified human resources to work in the aviation sector.

    The UAE Minister also expressed the UAE’s interest to strengthen cooperation with these companies in order to exchange expertise and achieve mutual benefit that lead to the development of the AI and aviation sectors in both countries.

    Shaikh Abdullah was accompanied by Dr Ahmad Bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada.

    Source: www.gulfnews.com

  • 30 May 2018 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    30 May 2018 

    Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

    Positive stories are easy to overlook among all the turmoil in the Middle East. The UAE, an Arab nation only a generation old, has worked hard to ensure that every woman has a chance to play a leading role in public and political life, that every girl receives an education and that women and girls are protected from the pernicious ideas propagated by extremists.

    While admittedly starting from a low bar, women’s rights have improved in recent years elsewhere in the Middle East. This growing momentum in the region deserves to be acknowledged and fostered. It also needs to be protected from powerful forces in the region that still resist change and seek to push back against women’s rights. The costs of failure will be severe.

    The Middle East, where 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30, captures only a part of the vast potential of a young and increasingly well-educated population. We can tap into more of that potential by paying attention to the challenges women in the region face and by providing them with equal opportunity, equal pay and a strong voice in our societies.

    Through the opportunities provided to women, the UAE has set an example for the region and aims to send a message of hope to the younger generation. The wasting of women’s talents must cease, and the status quo must change.

    First, governments must place the empowerment of women at the top of their reform agendas. While commitment alone is not enough, it sets the stage for positive changes that can pave the way for women to pursue the same opportunities as men. This is why the UAE adopted a strategy for the advancement of women in 2015, which has set goals for achieving further equality in the workplace. Our commitment to women’s empowerment is also embedded in our constitution and other national plans, including strategies on youth and education.

    The other solution we see as critical is that we do everything we can to remove the obstacles that are preventing women from accessing the same opportunities as men. Barriers can be brought down in many ways, including through affirmative action and temporary quotas, implementing new and revamped legislation, or promoting role models.

    Indeed, through such policies, the UAE has opened opportunities that were previously not widely available to women.

    In government, Emirati women occupy two-thirds of jobs, which is one of the highest percentages worldwide. The UAE has elected the first female speaker in any Arab parliament, setting an important precedent for the rest of the region. Nine ministers in our cabinet are women.

    In the private sector, the UAE was the first Arab country and one of only a few nations around the world to pass legislation that makes it mandatory for Emirati women to be represented on the boards of all private companies. Several years later, the percentage of women board members in the private sector is getting closer to the global average.

    We realize that increasing women’s participation in the labour force, with equal opportunity and pay to men, is crucial to the growth of our economy. This is why the UAE passed a law this year, which ensures that men and women receive equal pay for equal work, and further reaffirms our commitment to women’s empowerment.

    Women and girls are a critical pillar of the UAE’s development assistance to other countries. By putting women at the heart of our assistance to rural communities, for instance, we have seen pockets of prosperous communities develop in some of the most difficult parts of the world. The UAE has also taken a strong stance for girls’ rights to education and will continue to ensure that its education-assistance policy is sensitive to gender barriers.

    These are but a few examples of the UAE’s ongoing commitment to the empowerment of women. These results, and others, demonstrate that breaking down barriers for women and girls will help achieve positive and lasting change in the long run.

    The measures we have taken were borne out of a conviction that, unless we support women, our country will not be able to reach its true potential. Prosperity is only achievable if men and women contribute as equal partners in development. And that when young people see the tangible and positive contributions women bring to society, they, too, will fully embrace this conviction.

    In a region in which young people are particularly vulnerable to the forces of globalization and extremism, the empowerment of women cannot be a cosmetic development, but a more significant and enduring trend. We must continue working together to maintain the current momentum for women’s rights. As we see it in the UAE, every step we can take to empower women is a step in the right direction.

    Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

  • 29 May 2018 6:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence of Canada.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed cooperation ties between the UAE and Canada especially in the military, security and defence industry sectors. They also exchanged views on the latest developments in the region and discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

    Sheikh Abdullah reaffirmed the depth of relations between the two countries and the continued eagerness to strengthen them.

    In turn, the Canadian Defence Minister praised the strong ties between the UAE and Canada, emphasising his keenness to enhance joint cooperation across various areas. He also praised the UAE's pioneering status at the regional and international levels and its initiatives to support the international community to bring stability and peace to the world.

    The meeting was attended by Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada.

    Source: www.mofa.gov.ae

  • 29 May 2018 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OTTAWA, 29th May, 2018 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Navdeep Bains, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

    During the meeting, which was held as part of Sheikh Abdullah's visit to Canada, the two sides discussed UAE-Canada relations and means of boosting them across various sectors including education, innovation, artificial intelligence, and space sciences.

    Sheikh Abdullah reiterated the UAE's keenness in enhancing mutual cooperation with Canada across all domains, and praised the bilateral ties between the two countries In turn, Bains welcomed the visit of Sheikh Abdullah, affirming the depth of cooperation between the UAE and Canada and the efforts of the two countries' leadership to develop them. He also praised the great cultural renaissance witnessed by the UAE and expressed his hope that the visit will contribute in reinforcing mutual ties.

    Sheikh Abdullah and Bains witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the UAE Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency regarding cooperation the field of exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes.

    The MoU was signed by Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, and Sylvain Laporte, President of the Canadian Space Agency.

    The meeting was attended by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence.


    Source: Emirates News Agency

  • 29 May 2018 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From: Global Affairs Canada

    May 29, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

    Creating the right conditions for Canadian companies to compete internationally is an important part of the Government of Canada’s progressive trade agenda. ‎Expanding and diversifying Canada’s trade and investment relations contributes directly to the economy and benefits hard-working Canadians.

    The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of negotiations toward a bilateral foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (FIPA) between Canada and the U.A.E.

    The economic relationship between the U.A.E. and Canada has deepened ‎over the last 12 months, with increased investments, transportation links and ties between peoples. The FIPA is another step in further developing Canada’s strategic relationship with the U.A.E.

    During the visit of Sheikh Abdullah, on which he was accompanied by four other U.A.E. cabinet ministers, ministers and officials from both Canada and the U.A.E. discussed how this new agreement, once in force, will deepen economic ties and expand investment opportunities for businesses in both countries.

    A bilateral FIPA will provide greater predictability and certainty for Canadian investors considering investments in the U.A.E. and for U.A.E. investors in Canada, while also ensuring that Canada’s progressive trade agenda is supported. In the coming months, Canada and the U.A.E. will take the necessary domestic procedures to prepare for signing and entry into force of the agreement.


    “The conclusion of the negotiations toward a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement will further strengthen the economic partnership between Canada and the U.A.E. and is another important step in solidifying our growing bilateral relationship. Diversifying our trade and investment ties with a strategic partner such as the U.A.E. is central to Canada’s progressive agenda and will contribute to the growth and prosperity of both our countries.”

    François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

    Quick facts

    • On July 8, 2014, Canada and the U.A.E. agreed to begin negotiations toward a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement.

    • In 2017, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and the U.A.E. totalled $1.8 billion.

    • Foreign direct investment is a key area of common interest with the U.A.E., with investments in Canada totalling $3.9 billion in 2017.

    • The U.A.E. is Canada’s largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa, and is Canada’s 21st-largest export market globally.

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    Source: www.canada.ca

  • 29 May 2018 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    But Emiratis must still file an electronic travel authorisation to be screened before travelling

    Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a meeting with Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Ottawa. The UAE delegation included by Sultan Bin Saeed Al Manso uri, Shamma Suhail Faris Al Mazroui, Omar Sultan Al Olama, and Fahd Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada.

    Dubai: The UAE passport has another feather in its cap as one of the world’s most powerful passports following a Monday decision by the Canadian government to lift pre-entry visa restrictions on Emiratis travelling to that country.

    Now ranked as the 23rd most powerful passport, visa-free access to Canada now enables UAE citizens to travel to 155 countries around the world without obtaining pre-entry visas.

    Canada is the ninth country this year to lift visa restrictions for UAE nationals following countries such as China, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Uruguay, Guinea, Tonga and Honduras.

    Citizens of the UAE can now obtain a visa upon arrival when visiting Canada, said officials following a high-level meeting on Monday between Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmad Hussen.

    The new travel rules take effect on June 5.

    Emiratis who study or temporarily work in Canada will still need to apply for a study or work permit as the new rules apply only to visitors and those transiting through the country on international flights.

    “United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner and lifting the visa requirement will help reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries. It will also promote increased tourism, cultural, academic and study exchanges, as well as foster new business, trade, and investment opportunities,” said Hussen in a statement.

    Canada enjoys a growing relationship with the UAE where 40,000 Canadians live and work.

    As many as 150 Canadian companies do business in the UAE as well.

    The new visa announcement follows Hussen’s first visit in May 2017 to the UAE on a formal mission to boost Canada’s destination profile abroad and introduce a fast-track strategy to attract educated, skilled workers to Canada.

    At the time, Hussen met with high-level UAE government and education officials in Abu Dhabi and was front and centre at a low-key, meet-and-greet gathering alongside Masud Hussain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE

    “The UAE is a very important country for Canada and I am here to reinforce that message,” Hussen told Gulf News during his visit. “In that capacity, I am here to encourage more tourism from the UAE, more international students from the UAE and more business travellers from this country.”

    The ministry said on Monday that the travel visa exemption was reached after extensive review and was based on “a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the UAE against Canada’s visa policy criteria. The evaluation found that the UAE meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption”.

    (With Reports from Abdulla Rasheed, Abu Dhabi Editor)

    Source: gulfnews.com

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