EU sets up international centre in Abu Dhabi



ABU DHABI // An international centre set up by the European Union in Abu Dhabi will help ensure the Gulf’s readiness to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents.

The EU CBRN Centres of Excellence regional secretariat will include cross-border cooperation between Gulf countries to establish an incident response strategy.

“The centre will help the EU mitigate the risk from incidents happening outside the union,” said Maciej Popowski, deputy secretary general of the EU external action service. “Events such as Chernobyl or Fukushima show that a regional response is important.”

Hamad Alkaabi, UAE ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said: “The centre will act as a coordination point to support regional cooperation.It will support development of national and regional capabilities to counter the risks associated with nuclear, chemical and biological material and it complements UAE national activities so the choice to open it in the UAE is a recognition of the active role the UAE plays regionally and internationally in this area.”

The centre will be inaugurated by Mr Popowski, Dr Mihai Stuparu, the EU ambassador to the UAE, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Dr Jonathan Lucas, director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.

“The Gulf is a key partner for the EU and the UAE authorities kindly offered to host the secretariat,” Mr Popowski said. “The Centres of Excellence initiative is based on a voluntary, bottom-up approach. The centre responds to your and our interests.”

The initiative involves more than 45 countries and has been launched in eight regions, including central Asia and north Africa. Such an initiative is crucial to protect critical infrastructure and industrial installations.

“It will act as a focal point for regional CBRN activities, and roundtables will help design and review projects,” he said. “The networks and project implementation will reduce CBRN risks.”

Local and international experts will meet in Abu Dhabi at least twice a year after the inauguration to discuss readiness and responses to such threats.

“Gulf counterparts are here,” Mr Popowski said. “Partners who join see that value of regional cooperation to combat risks which do not respect borders.”

Nuclear experts view the centre’s establishment as an excellent idea.

“In countries near Abu Dhabi, significant levels of instability can be noted, with insurgency groups fighting against governments and among themselves,” said Paul Wilke, a senior research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations. “Presently, these groups are fighting with conventional weapons, but it is clear that they have very little regard for human life and humanitarian law. There is little doubt that, given the availability, these groups would not hesitate to employ non-conventional weapons.”

He said terrorism was plaguing many countries and so far terrorists have used conventional explosives.

“If they were to employ non-conventional means, the costs in terms of human lives and societal disruption would be enormous,” he said. “The interest in the region to develop nuclear energy would introduce materials which could be misused by insurgents or terrorists with terrible consequences. A CBRN centre in Abu Dhabi could do very useful work in order to promote the safeguarding of dangerous materials, improve detection techniques and promote adequate response systems.”

The next step will include a reinforcement of regional contacts and national efforts to combat CBRN risks assessed.

“Further roundtables to discuss future projects should assure practical outcomes,” said Mr Popowski, who also plans to discuss wider security issues. “The UAE is an important player in anti-piracy activities, particularly in the Gulf of Aden, so reinforcing these contacts is really important for both sides as it helps increase our mutual understanding and better meet the challenges.”

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Another way to earn air miles

In addition to the Emirates and Etihad programmes, there is the Air Miles Middle East card, which offers members the ability to choose any airline, has no black-out dates and no restrictions on seat availability. Air Miles is linked up to HSBC credit cards and can also be earned through retail partners such as Spinneys, Sharaf DG and The Toy Store.

An Emirates Dubai-London round-trip ticket costs 180,000 miles on the Air Miles website. But customers earn these ‘miles’ at a much faster rate than airline miles. Adidas offers two air miles per Dh1 spent. Air Miles has partnerships with websites as well, so booking.com and agoda.com offer three miles per Dh1 spent.

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New process leads to panic among jobseekers

As a UAE-based travel agent who processes tourist visas from the Philippines, Jennifer Pacia Gado is fielding a lot of calls from concerned travellers just now. And they are all asking the same question.  

“My clients are mostly Filipinos, and they [all want to know] about good conduct certificates,” says the 34-year-old Filipina, who has lived in the UAE for five years.

Ms Gado contacted the Philippines Embassy to get more information on the certificate so she can share it with her clients. She says many are worried about the process and associated costs – which could be as high as Dh500 to obtain and attest a good conduct certificate from the Philippines for jobseekers already living in the UAE. 

“They are worried about this because when they arrive here without the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation] clearance, it is a hassle because it takes time,” she says.

“They need to go first to the embassy to apply for the application of the NBI clearance. After that they have go to the police station [in the UAE] for the fingerprints. And then they will apply for the special power of attorney so that someone can finish the process in the Philippines. So it is a long process and more expensive if you are doing it from here.”

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Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

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How to keep control of your emotions

If your investment decisions are being dictated by emotions such as fear, greed, hope, frustration and boredom, it is time for a rethink, Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at online trading platform IG, says.

Greed

Greedy investors trade beyond their means, open more positions than usual or hold on to positions too long to chase an even greater gain. “All too often, they incur a heavy loss and may even wipe out the profit already made.

Tip: Ignore the short-term hype, noise and froth and invest for the long-term plan, based on sound fundamentals.

Fear

The risk of making a loss can cloud decision-making. “This can cause you to close out a position too early, or miss out on a profit by being too afraid to open a trade,” he says.

Tip: Start with a plan, and stick to it. For added security, consider placing stops to reduce any losses and limits to lock in profits.

Hope

While all traders need hope to start trading, excessive optimism can backfire. Too many traders hold on to a losing trade because they believe that it will reverse its trend and become profitable.

Tip: Set realistic goals. Be happy with what you have earned, rather than frustrated by what you could have earned.

Frustration

Traders can get annoyed when the markets have behaved in unexpected ways and generates losses or fails to deliver anticipated gains.

Tip: Accept in advance that asset price movements are completely unpredictable and you will suffer losses at some point. These can be managed, say, by attaching stops and limits to your trades.

Boredom

Too many investors buy and sell because they want something to do. They are trading as entertainment, rather than in the hope of making money. As well as making bad decisions, the extra dealing charges eat into returns.

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Company name: Tuhoon
Year started: June 2021
Co-founders: Fares Ghandour, Dr Naif Almutawa, Aymane Sennoussi
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Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
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Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices

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The Pope's itinerary

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Rome to Abu Dhabi
1pm: departure by plane from Rome / Fiumicino to Abu Dhabi
10pm: arrival at Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport


Monday, February 4
12pm: welcome ceremony at the main entrance of the Presidential Palace
12.20pm: visit Abu Dhabi Crown Prince at Presidential Palace
5pm: private meeting with Muslim Council of Elders at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
6.10pm: Inter-religious in the Founder's Memorial


Tuesday, February 5 - Abu Dhabi to Rome
9.15am: private visit to undisclosed cathedral
10.30am: public mass at Zayed Sports City – with a homily by Pope Francis
12.40pm: farewell at Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport
1pm: departure by plane to Rome
5pm: arrival at the Rome / Ciampino International Airport

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