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  • 26 October 2017 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prime Minister Trudeau met UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed in 1983

    Leaders inspire leaders. When a young Justin Trudeau accompanied his father Pierre, the 15th prime minister of Canada, on a state visit to the UAE in 1983 he met the country’s Founding Father Sheikh Zayed.

    It wouldn’t be for another 33 years that Mr Trudeau would follow in the footsteps Sheikh Zayed and his father to lead his country as one of the most progressive prime ministers of Canada.

    A photograph of an 11-year-old Trudeau shaking the hand of the late Sheikh emerged last week when Dr Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, shared the image from his archives on Twitter.

    A 35-year-old Dr Nusseibeh also seemingly attended the meeting.

    Last year, the roles were reversed with the son of Sheikh Zayed, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, visiting Mr Trudeau in Canada. 


    Source: The National

  • 29 October 2016 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bilateral trade figures have skyrocketed since 2005. Canadian Consul General explains why he wants to see it grow more

     Dubai: Bilateral trade between the UAE and Canada has surged over the last decade, but Canadian Consul General Emmanuel Kamarianakis is keen to encourage more.

    Trade between the two countries grew from $564 million (Dh2.06 billion) in 2005 to $2.6 billion in 2014, according to UAE figures, a rise of 361 per cent, but Kamarianakis sees further opportunities for Canada in transshipment, services and agricultural products.

    “I think people back home in Canada are realising the huge amount of opportunity that’s coming out of a place like Dubai, the UAE,” he said in an interview in his Dubai office. “We’re realising that there’s a lot of Canadian companies that are based here, using this as a foundation. We don’t have a lot of cities in the world that have this many expatriate Canadians and as many Canadian companies — it’s a significant presence.”

    That presence comprises around 45,000 expats and more than 150 companies doing business in the UAE (a conservative estimate, Kamarianakis said). But he wants to see more trade, more investment.

    “We have gone through, as governments do sometimes, this exercise to identify and allocate key priorities, and we identified the UAE as one of our key priority markets,” Kamarianakis said. “Saudi Arabia is also very important to us, as are other markets in North Africa, but the UAE was allocated priority status for us.”

    Positive

    Explaining the attraction, he said, “If you look at what’s happening in this region, this is an economic bright spot. I mean, there’s so much economic activity and also a very positive, diverse, tolerant, open and transparent climate that it makes it a natural staging point both to do business here and to do business in the region.

    “So we recommend, when we speak to our companies back home and when we speak to our government, that the UAE be given a particular profile, a particular priority, because very much within this region it’s the natural hub for doing business.”

    But aside from a few notable names — Tim Horton’s, BlackBerry, Beaver Tails and the like — Canadian firms are not especially well known to the UAE public.

    “I think what happens sometimes is that we don’t really have the profile, because a lot of our companies may not be as well known,” Kamarianakis said. “A lot of our businesses are B2B {business to business] sometimes. Our brands aren’t necessarily out there, but there is a lot happening, there’s a lot of bilateral trade, a lot of bilateral investment.”

    Container ports

    He cited the development of the $1 billion ICD Brookfield Place tower in Dubai International Finance Centre, a joint venture between Canada’s Brookfield Properties and the Investment Corporation of Dubai, as an example of Canadian investment in the UAE, and a string of UAE investments in Canada, including three container ports operated by DP World, UAE investment in Alberta petrochemical firm Nova Chemicals.

    “Both sides are seeing real votes of confidence in investment,” he said.

    The UAE’s growing role as a regional trade hub drew many Canadian companies aiming to do business outside the UAE, or ship goods through it, “A lot of our trade comes through here, and will sometimes end up in another final destination,” he said, noting that this made it difficult to arrive at a firm figure for bilateral trade.

    While Canada is known for its massive prairie wheat farms, Canadian Trade Commissioner and Regional Agricultural Counsellor Andrew Maharaj said the largest share of the country’s agricultural exports to the UAE were canola seed and pulses such as lentils.

    Canola seed accounts for about half of Canada’s $400 million worth of agricultural exports to the UAE, with pulses another $100 million, much shipped on to Pakistan, South East Asia and as far as China.

    “However, we are also a major producer and exporter of high-quality finished products, value-added products,” he said. “I think there’s potential here — and when I say here I mean not just the UAE but the Gulf — for meat, beef in particular, and we have a very clean natural environment, so our lobster, our crab, our salmon are very appreciated all over the world.”

    Innovation

    Canada’s industrial sector, with large capacity in aviation and auto parts manufacturing, aligned with UAE needs, and the two countries had synergy in their emphasis on innovation, Kamarianakis said.

    “We have really made a focus on the concept of innovation as a key driver of economic growth, as a key driver of productivity,” he said. “And so we are looking at collaborating with the UAE. As an example — I think it’s a great government-to-government collaboration — we had three visits this summer in Canada with an innovation focus from the UAE government. We had a delegation from Abu Dhabi and two from the Dubai system.”

    He also points out the presence of Canadian business councils in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and the opening of both a UAE-Canadian Business Council and a UAE consulate general in Toronto as evidence of the importance both countries place on increased trade and investment.

    “Things are snowballing,” he said. The corners of his mouth twitched. “That’s a Canadian phrase.”


    Source: www.gulfnews.com

  • 29 October 2016 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    TORONTO, 29th October, 2016 (WAM)-- UAE Consul-General in Toronto Sultan Ali Al Harbi and Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation at the provincial government of Ontario to discuss the unique bilateral relations between the UAE and Canada, and Ontario province in particular.

    Canada's experience in dealing with indigenous people and reconciliation endorsed by the federal government were covered by the meeting which took place at the provincial ministry The UAE's experience in tolerance and coexistence among faiths and peoples, which enhanced its international stature as one of the most tolerant in the world, was also discussed.

    Source: www.wam.ae

  • 23 October 2016 4:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Masud Husain, the Canadian ambassador to the UAE, says the two countries have shared values. Delores Johnson / The National 

    Masud Husain, a lawyer who studied in Quebec and at Montreal’s McGill University, assumed his first position as an ambassador a couple of months ago before presenting his credentials on Sunday last week.

    ABU DHABI // Born in Ottawa to Indian and German parents, married to a Moroccan woman with children born in Jordan, the new Canadian ambassador to the UAE is the perfect representation of his country’s multicultural embrace.

    Masud Husain, a lawyer who studied in Quebec and at Montreal’s McGill University, assumed his first position as an ambassador a couple of months ago before presenting his credentials on Sunday last week.

    With previous postings in New York, Jordan, Syria, the United Nations and the Netherlands, Mr Husain hopes to work closely with the UAE on issues of security and education.

    “One of the key concerns for us in the region is going to be security,” he said. “There are conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, so we are looking to work closely with our partners and the UAE is an extremely important partner for us on the security side. Security and stability in the region is important for all of us and it impacts all of us.”

    The UAE recently announced it would take in 15,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, as have countries such as Jordan and Lebanon, and Canada was no exception.

    “We have shared values in terms of diversity,” Mr Husain said. “The message of tolerance that the UAE is sending is an extremely important one for Canada. Finding a way to live peacefully in the region is going to be extremely important; we are going to need voices and models of peaceful coexistence and I think the UAE is a great model for that.”

    With up to 45,000 Canadians living in the Emirates — Canada’s largest community in the Middle East — the ambassador is hoping to increase the number of Emiratis studying in the country from only a few hundred. “We should be having far more than that,” he said. “Canada is a great place to go to university and it’s going to be those connections that will make our relationship grow. It’s a very secure and welcoming place for people from this region.”

    Between 15 to 17 Canadian universities will tour UAE schools in a couple of weeks as part of an education fair. “People tend to look to the US and the UK but we want to change that a bit and get people to think about Canada,” Mr Husain said.

    He also praised the UAE’s openness and tolerance. “It’s a country that is so open to different people and wants to get expertise and experience from the best in the world,” he said. “That struck me. There’s also an incredible desire to innovate here; they are willing to take risks, invest and think forward into the future.”

    A number of political trips are planned between both countries, with Canada’s foreign minister expected to visit the UAE within the next six months.

    Relations between the countries have rebounded after disagreements a few years ago over landing rights for flights to Canada.

    “The UAE is Canada’s largest trade partner in the region today and it continues to grow,” said Sabahat Khan, senior analyst at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. “The UAE can serve as a critical launch-pad and operating base for Canadian businesses as they expand into new markets in the Middle East and Asia.”

    Political analysts say Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has been promoting a more tolerant country and one that is less “pro-Israel” than it was two years ago.

    “All this opens up new opportunities for cooperation between the UAE and Canada,” said Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences. “This is the time to increase the level of cooperation on all [fronts], whether security, defence, cultural or economy.”

    He called Canada a vital partner for the UAE, with a lot of interest in the Gulf. “We expect it to be more involved in Gulf issues,” he added. “This also comes out of the [UAE’s] need to diversify our security portfolio, no matter how small or big the contribution is, it is needed now more than any other time.”

    cmalek@thenational.ae

    Source: www.thenational.ae

  • 19 October 2016 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Photo Caption, from left to right: Mr. Hugo Blomfield, Canadian player Captain of the Scorpions team and Development Manager at Miral Asset Management; Mr. Ali Kaddas Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Hockey League; Mr. Khaled Al Qubaisi, Abu Dhabi Ice Hockey Federation; H. E. Mr. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE; Mr. Norm Labbe, General Manager of the Scorpions team; Juma Al Dhaheri, UAE player and Captain of the Storms team.

    ---

    H. E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), opened an Ice Hockey Game between Storms and Scorpions, which featured some of the UAE’s top ice hockey players and Canadians living in the UAE.

    The exciting game was filled with action and several scoring chances, with Canadian defenseman Paul Kelly Ryan, Senior Specialist at Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), earning player of the game honors. The hard fought game ended with a Scorpions win over the Storms, 6-3, on October 19th at Zayed Sports City Ice Rink.

    The Abu Dhabi Scorpions schedule, game updates and photos are found at their Facebook page “Scorpions Abu Dhabi Ice Hockey Team” (ScorpionsADhockeyteam).

  • 09 October 2016 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the Canadian ambassador, Masud Husain, at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi yesterday morning. The ambassadors of Germany, Austria, Poland, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey and Portugal also presented their credentials. Image Credit: WAM

    Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday (Sunday) received the credentials of new ambassadors of several countries to the UAE, at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi this morning.

    Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, were present at the meeting.

    Shaikh Mohammad welcomed the new ambassadors, wishing them success in boosting cooperation and friendship between the UAE and their respective countries.

    Shaikh Mohammad received the credentials of the ambassadors of Germany, Austria, Canada, Poland, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey and Portugal.

    “The UAE is your second home, and you and your families will live among a diverse Muslim community that believes in values of tolerance, justice and equality between different members of society without any discrimination. Everyone in the UAE shares a noble and humanitarian cultural and social bond,” added Shaikh Mohammad.

    Shaikh Mohammad then held discussions with the ambassadors on ways to bolster relations with their respective countries. He stressed that the doors of the UAE leadership, government and concerned bodies are always open if they ever feel the need to exchange views and hold discussions regarding topics that can expand avenues of cooperation between the UAE and their nations.

    The ambassadors extended to Shaikh Mohammad the greetings of their countries’ leaders to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and their wishes for more progress and happiness for the people of the UAE. Also present were Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and other shaikhs and ministers.

    Source: www.gulfnews.com

  • 28 September 2016 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The first joint economic committee of the United Arab Emirates and Canada successfully concluded its first preparatory meeting in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy and the Honorable Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of International Trade. The event also witnessed the participation and attendance of senior government officials from both countries.

    H.E. Engineer Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Shehhi, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, and Christine Hogan, Deputy Minister of International Trade, headed various discussions in the presence of representatives from both UAE and Canadian officials of several government institutions and agencies.

    The meeting witnessed a discussion of the guidelines and framework for the increased cooperation between the two countries, especially across key sectors like small and medium enterprises (SMEs), innovation and investment. They also spoke about their strategic efforts to enhance cooperation in the fields of renewable energy, banking & financial services, education, healthcare, agriculture, food, cultural exchange and airline services.

    H.E. Al-Shehhi shared that the launch of the first joint economic committee of the two countries represents significant importance as it is tasked with the promotion of economic relations while also exploring potential opportunities in cooperation across common interest sectors – further reflecting a positive impact on the volume of trade exchange between UAE and Canada, wherein last year saw the achievement of over USD 2.1 billion in trade, including free trade zones.

    He also pointed out that the joint economic committee constitutes the appropriate framework for the development of bilateral relations in accordance with the interests of the two countries through the implementation of an efficient mechanism aimed at monitoring the decisions made in accordance to clear timetables, especially as they are held with the participation of a large number of government agencies and the private sector from both sides. Lastly, H.E. Al-Shehhi revealed that both countries are now also looking at ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of aviation and air transport.

    Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Hogan spoke about the importance placed on the joint economic committee, which is tasked with building and developing a solid foundation of economic relations and providing more facilities for cooperation among investors.

    Hogan explained that the two countries share similar visions on the further promotion of innovation and the development of the SME segment – adding that these two factors act as key drivers in the efforts to improve UAE-Canadian relations, particularly in strengthening cooperation and exchanging and sharing expertise.

    Source: http://www.theintelligentsme.com/

  • 26 September 2016 4:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Minister of Foreign Affairs held talks with Canada's leader on a visit to the country.

    OTTAWA // Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has held talks with Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau while visiting the North American nation.

    Sheikh Abdullah, who headed a UAE delegation, and Mr Trudeau discussed ways to boost cooperation and investment opportunities between the two countries.

    He also conveyed the greetings of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, state news agency Wam reported.

    Mr Trudeau welcomed Sheikh Abdullah to Canada, saying that his visit strengthens cooperation and is in the interest of both countries and their people.

    Also at the meeting was Mohammed Saif Hilal Al Shehhi, the UAE Ambassador to Canada.

    newsdesk@thenational.ae 

    Source: www.thenational.ae


  • 30 August 2016 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TORONTO: Emirati inventor Ahmed Abdullah Majan has won three gold medals and two silver medals in the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN 2016).

    Organisers Toronto International Society of Innovation & Advanced Skills (TISIAS) also awarded the Emirati inventor cup for the best inventor from the Middle East and the shield of excellence for the best invention.

    Majan harvested the largest number of medals by an individual inventor participating in the challenge. Majan has 34 inventions which won international recognition.

    Majan, who is member of the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA), has dedicated his landmark victory to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to the government and people of the UAE for the care, encouragement and support lent to innovation, creativity and scientific progress.

    Oragnisers said Majan was given three gold medals for his creative creations: the smart protective helmet, which also won the best invention from the Middle East, the smart saddle and the solar-powered animal tracking device, which harvested the shield of excellence for the best invention. He scooped two silver medals for his innovative works: solar-powered bicycle tracking device and the smart stick for the elderly people.

    iCAN 2016 provides all-around programmes including display and exhibition of inventions, and educational seminars followed by the awarding ceremony of recognisable invention entry applications. The event serves as a great opportunity for all participants to be recognised for creativity through their inventions and introduces their innovative products to the Canadian market.

    iCAN 2016 is arguably the first international event of inventions and innovative projects ever held in Canada and a celebration for all achievements made by talented inventors of today’s generation from multiple countries.

    Source: www.gulftoday.ae

  • 29 August 2016 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    H.E Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada, explains why Dubai is an important market for his country in a Business Breakfast interview with Dubai Eye.

    Click here to listen to the interview. 

    Source: www.omny.fm

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