UAE Cabinet approves new Emirati passport and cyber-security council

Current UAE passports and ID cards will be gradually replaced

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Emiratis will receive new passports and ID cards that feature an updated design as well as more safety and digital features, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announced.

The Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai chaired a UAE Cabinet meeting on Sunday, during which the new documents were approved.

"In today's session, we approved the new generation of Emirati passports and national identity cards. [They have a] new design, more safety features and new smart digital features," he said.

Sheikh Mohammed said all UAE passports and ID cards will be gradually replaced.

The new documents will feature additional visual and electronic security features to combat identity fraud.

During the meeting, the Cabinet also approved the formation of a national media team, a cyber-security council and a new environmental policy that seeks to protect the country's natural landscapes and improve air quality.

Cyber-security Council:

The new council must develop a comprehensive cyber-security strategy and help create a safe and strong cyber infrastructure in the UAE, reported state news agency Wam.

It will help develop a legal and regulatory framework to cover all types of cyber-crimes, secure existing and emerging technologies and establish a robust National Cyber Incident Response Plan to enable swift and co-ordinated response to cyber incidents in the country.

National Media Team:

Sheikh Mohammed said the new media team will include influential media figures with great experience in the field. The aim of the team will be to use its experience to develop Emirati media.

"The growing strategic importance of the UAE regionally and internationally requires modern tools, new templates and different thinking," he said.

Operating under the chairmanship of the UAE Government Media Office, the team will suggest plans and initiatives to support the media sector. Team members include: director generals of the media offices for Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Shajrah as well as the editors-in-chief of the country's major newspapers, including The National, among other members.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 23, 2020.  The view deck at Jubail Mangrove Park, Jubail Island, Abu Dhabi.
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Jubail Mangrove Park, Abu Dhabi. Mangroves are abundant along the coastline of Abu Dhabi emirate and can sequester and store carbon for thousands of years. Victor Besa / The National 

Environment Policy:

The general environment policy approved on Sunday will serve as a comprehensive framework and reference point for all federal and local environmental policies, strategies and decisions.

It includes regulations for waste and chemical disposal, preserving the country's natural environment, helping to improve air quality, and overseeing the sustainability of agriculture and animal farming to ensure the safety of food products.

The policy includes more than 100 initiatives and 36 indicators that set out main objectives as a national guide.

"Environmental quality is a quality of life. Preserving it is preserving the future of future generations," Sheikh Mohammed said.

Human The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) has announced that Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology will be taking on the role of co-Chair of GMIS, alongside LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). GMIS aims to place manufacturing at the heart of economic regeneration and government policymaking, and to be a tool for global cooperation and collaboration. A virtual edition of the Summit (#GMIS2020) is scheduled to take place on September 4-5, 2020. Courtesy GMIS
Dr Al Jaber has long-standing experience of advocacy on environment related matters, having spearheaded a clean energy agenda for almost 15 years Courtesy: Adnoc

Dr Sultan Al Jaber named UAE special envoy for climate change:

The Cabinet also appointed Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, as a special envoy for climate change.

Dr Al Jaber, who is also group chief executive of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, will represent the UAE at international forums related to the environment and climate change. Sheikh Mohammed described the environment topic as vital and "at the top of the international agenda related to the world's future".

As special envoy, Dr Al Jaber will leverage efforts in key areas to encourage rapid and enhanced implementation of the UAE strategies on climate change, in the context of sustainable development.

Elderly Emiratis, women and fire safety:

Among Sunday's decisions was the adoption of a law related to the rights of senior or elderly Emiratis.

The Executive Regulation includes detailed rules, provisions and procedures to apply the law and offer Emiratis aged 60 and above an integrated care system and benefits to ensure they remain active and have access to government services.

The Cabinet also reviewed a study evaluating the participation of women in advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The study aims provide additional support to women willing to study or specialise in these fields and address any challenges they may face in the labour market.

A resolution that set out requirements and procedures for installing fire detectors in residential units was issued by the Cabinet. It included a series of fines for non-compliance.

And the Cabinet adopted a standard specification for personal protective equipment to ensure healthcare workers and anyone who uses such products be adequately protected. The resolution extends to face masks, medical gloves, protective clothing, eye protection, and sanitising fluids.

Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi is a landmark built to honour those who died while serving the UAE. Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Culture and Tourism
Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi is a landmark built to honour those who died while serving the UAE. Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Culture and Tourism

Commemoration Day and National Day: 

Sunday's meeting was held at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi a day before Commemoration Day and a few days before the country's 49th National Day.

Sheikh Mohammed took a moment to remember those who had sacrificed their lives in service of the country and for the "men and women who work night and day to build a better future in the UAE".

He also congratulated President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and all rulers of the emirates on the anniversary of the country's unification.

"May God protect them, these days and our path ahead. And to our loyal people, I give all my love, appreciation and wish them abundant goodness," he said.