The way forward: on the agenda in the UAE for 2013

The National looks at some of the key items on the news agenda in 2013.

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Agriculture - Technology helps camel milk come closer to meeting local demand

Ensuring the country can feed itself, whether through imports or local produce, will be a pressing issue this year. Read more

Dubai Courts - Attempted suicide cases spark debate over whether to punish

A number of cases of attempted suicide were highlighted and debated in the media in 2012, putting the spotlight on the UAE's legal and judicial system. Read more

FNC - Human-rights committee forms in response to EU criticism of UAE

For the first time in 41 years, the Federal National Council will this year aim to deal with human-rights issues in the UAE. Read more

Piracy - Need to keep up fight against pirates despite dip in attacks

Despite fewer attacks last year, seagoing nations are being urged not to forget the hostages still held captive by Somali pirates, and to continue to support task forces fighting the raiders. Read more

Children - Prevalence of abuse to be unveiled by first nationwide survey

The results of the UAE's first nationwide survey about violence against children are expected this year. Read more

Dubai Municipality - City recycling project to be rolled out across emirate

The huge success of the "My City, My Environment" recycling programme has prompted the municipality to expand it to other parts of the emirate ahead of schedule. Read more

Nuclear - Power plant to apply for licence for second reactor

The biggest story this year will continue to be the development of the UAE's nuclear power plant. Read more

Transport - New taxi fleet improves service, but buses are the route ahead

Gold-and-white taxis will disappear from the streets of the capital today. Read more

Consumer - BlackBerry bets on new technology, while gamers are hopeful of better consoles

The new year promises exciting technology from a string of companies that have much riding on their success. Read more

Dubai Police - Drivers with clean sheets are in line for gifts worth a minimum of Dh500

Many well-behaved drivers who have no traffic or Salik fines will receive gifts in February as part of a new "white points" initiative launched by Dubai Police's traffic department. Read more

Sport - Get into the swing of more sporting events

Golf fans are looking forward to the world No 1 Rory McIlroy teeing his season off against Tiger Woods at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championships this month. Read more

RTA - Automated fare system to keep people on the move

A new automated fare system means taxis in Dubai will begin charging Salik toll fees again this year. Read more