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Dubai Police bicycle patrols arrest 83 in 18 months

Established just 18 months ago, by Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, the 26-member Dubai Police bicycle patrols have been able to arrest 83 wanted, prevent potential crimes, and contribute to the arrest of residency violators and promoters of counterfeit goods who hide in residential and touristic alleys.

 Their rapid movement, mobility, and prompt response to reports are the most prominent features of the teams who contributed to finding lost children and uniting them with their parents in record time, apart from carrying out social tasks and engaging in community events to serve community members and visitors of tourist areas.

 Maj-Gen Al Marri praised Dubai Police bicycle patrols for demonstrating high efficiency and performance thanks to their high fitness levels and professional training. He also lauded their keenness to enhance the security and safety of the emirate of Dubai, and their valued contribution in establishing the reputation of Dubai Police in providing quality services to the public.

For his part, Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Criminal Investigation Affairs, revealed that the cycling squad managed to arrest 83 wanted criminals in 18 months. He added that last year, the team carried out a campaign in cooperation with the Tourism Police Department in Umm Suqeim area near Burj Al Arab to achieve a zero crime rate which has succeeded in realising the required indicator during the specified period.

  Brigadier Jamal Salem Al-Jallaf, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigations, said that Dubai Police aim to provide high-quality security services that testify to the reputation of Dubai Police as a world-class police force.

The Head of Bicycle Patrols, First Lieutenant Mohammed Aman Al Zarooni, explained that Dubai Police have always been proactive in offering constructive, sophisticated and distinctive ideas that enhance the emirate’s overall security and safety.

Lt. Al Zarouni said the cycling teams consisted of 26 personnel and four reservists, dispatched across in several vital and crowded areas, namely, La Mer, City Walk, Deira Souk, Bur Dubai, JBR, Al Muraqqabat, and Al Raqqa. They are also present at many sessional events and initiatives such as the Global Village and the Dubai Horse Racing.

 Lt. Al Zarouni added that members of the unit joined many courses to qualify them for specialised tasks, including courses in self-defence, crowd control and public order, first aid, firefighting, using taser guns, monitoring violations, CPR, shooting while moving on the bicycles, and descending on stairs. They are also required to undergo different refresher courses every three months, and to cycle for long distances not less than 20 kilometres to maintain their fitness.

It was very easy for Corporal Rashid Salim, from Naif Police Station, who joined the Dubai Police Bicycle Patrols after years of serving for vehicle patrols, to spot the difference between both security approaches. “The nature of reports received by regular patrols differs, in type and seriousness, from those received by the bicycle patrols.” “We receive less serious reports and geographically limited as we have the advantage to move across narrow alleys and unpaved streets” Corporal Salim explained.

Policeman Ahmad Al Saadi, from Al Muraqqabat Police Station, said it was crucial for police bikers to have accurate security intuitions and the skills to read the body language of offenders and fugitives. He recalled being in Al Murraqabat area when he and his teammates spotted two Asians walking suspiciously around shops wearing backpacks. “We stopped them and inspected their backpacks, and we found robbery tools and bolt cutters. Investigations showed that they were planning on robbing one of the neighbouring shops,” Al Saadi explained.

He added that Dubai Police bicycle patrols, with the assistance of security personnel at the Burj Khalifa area, were able to find an eight-year-old child and return him to his mother in record time despite the dense crowd in the area.

 Corporal Jassim Al Razi from Bur Dubai Police Station said Dubai Police bicycles are equipped with some smart devices and communication technologies that enable them to exchange information quickly and track locations through smart applications.


AI, enabling humans to be more human

There is no reason for the world to get intimidated nor frightened of Artificial Intelligence (AI), said an official from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) office of a Finnish company, which began as a single paper mill in 1865 and transformed the world’s telecommunication system with the introduction of the first GSM mobile phone in 1991.

Dubai-based Nokia-MEA chief technology officer Aji Ed said: “Any technology must be used judiciously. There is no exception to this rule in the case of AI. We believe AI is a boon for automation and efficiency as long as we are the master of it.”

“We believe that we are at the cusp of a new productivity revolution powered by what we call Networked Augmented Intelligence, an era of human and machine collaboration that will result in ‘economic benefits and ‘creation of time,’ enabling humans to be more human,” he added.

Gulf Today interviewed Ed as Nokia would be among the 130 globally-known and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) from Finland participating in the “Expo 2020 Dubai.”

Construction of Finland’s “Snow Caped (Lumi)” Pavilion situated at the Mobility Sector of the Expo 2020 site commenced on Aug.28, according to Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai-Communications and Marketing director Pirkko Autio.

At the world Expo, a landmark in the region, the company will “demonstrate its technologies and professional services to Communications Service Providers as well as public and private sector enterprises and help them realise their vision towards a fully digitalised world.”

Five journalists from the UAE, Bahrain and the UK were given a snapshot of this strategy during the Aug.20, 2019 Press Visit of the corporation’s Espoo headquarters in Finland.

Discussed at the tour was the entry of the “5G Technology” which according to Nokia-Dedicated Wireless Networks head Jane Rygaard Pedersen, through and with AI, will be a lot of help in areas such as air and water (sea) pollution measurements and patient-centric services, as achieved as well, is “faster decision-making” through all industries.

Followed through, Ed said: “There is no bound to the number of machines getting connected. There is a need to hyper-scale tomorrow’s networks.”

He explained: “AI is part of digital transformation together with big data, analytics, automation and customer experience. It has a huge potential for economic and business value creation. It provides dramatic cost reduction of prediction and brings a new business model with learning. Its applications create user value in multiple dimensions including reducing the waste, saving/creating time, creating personalized experiences and creating new knowledge. AI can open new unprecedented opportunities in this highly complex digital environment as there is a huge amount of information available to process and by processing this information, AI can enable personalised services delivered in digital time.” He echoed Pedersen on the company mission:”We create the technology to connect the world.”

Recently, at a forum, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama said: “Add artificial intelligence to every single sector and you will find a successful model that is going to change the world.”

Meanwhile, asked by this reporter regarding the rise of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit across Finland, the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment-Undersecretary of State for Economy Petri Peltonen, at the Aug.19 Press Meet in Helsinki, said the phenomenon is a “spin-off from big companies such as Nokia and current SMEs at 300,000: “It is a very straightforward set-up. There have been a lot of digital start-ups. Government policies are supportive of SMEs such as restaurants, construction, cleaning and all kinds of business.

Among the entrepreneurs is Ricky Carranza, a permanent resident from the Philippines who first established a dance school in Helsinki in the 1990s and have been into various businesses related to the arts and film industry.

He said that among the 10,000-strong Filipino community, five so far set up their own Philippine restaurants.


Businesswoman jailed for Dhs100,000 bribe

A businesswoman who offered a Dhs100,000 bribe to a bank employee to obtain a Dhs250,000 loan has been incarcerated for one year and fined Dhs100,000.

The Asian defendant, 34, wanted to swindle the loan in the name of an Emirati woman. She presented counterfeit documents to the Pakistani employee, 28, in June and offered to bribe him to get things done.

She forged copies of a passport and Emirates ID for the Emirati woman, counterfeited a loan application form, a salary certificate, a salary transfer certificate, a bank statement and a cheque worth Dhs100,000.

On the documents she claimed the Emirati woman was working at a municipality. She then duplicated a municipal seal that she used to fake a salary certificate. Records showed she confessed upon arrest.  Prosecutors demanded a tough penalty.The Criminal Court jailed and fined her and ordered that she be deported after serving the penalty. She has appealed. The Appeals Court has set Sept.29 to look into the case.

On the record, the employee said he had got in contact with the defendant a year ago when the latter was working at another bank. It was in Ramadan when the defendant showed up at the employee’s workplace.

“She claimed she had a client who wanted to open up a bank account and obtain a personal loan. I told her the client should come with required documents. She claimed the client was in Al Ain and unable to come.

“I told her there was a branch in Al Ain,” explained the employee, adding that two weeks later, the defendant contacted telling him that the client managed to open an account and that she worked at a municipality.

The defendant then told the employee that the client was not aware an account was opened in her name and using fake documents. “She told me she wanted a loan in the client’s name,” added the employee. The defendant offered to give him Dhs100,000 to process the transaction. He told her to give him some time. He immediately alerted the bank’s legal affairs section. The management advised him to lure her into a trap.

They contacted police. The employee contacted her pretending to have accepted the offer. She showed up at the bank with forged documents, filled in bogus data in a loan application form and fixed a bogus signature.

She also filled in bogus data on the cheque. Police stormed the place and arrested her.


Pakistani national charged for molesting minor Indian girl in Dubai

Pakistani man has been charged by a Dubai court for molesting a minor Indian girl inside the elevator of a residential building, a media report said.

According to the prosecutors on Thursday, the 35-year-old man, who was a delivery worker by profession, inappropriately touched the 12-year-old Indian girl inside the residential building’s lift on June 16 while on his way to drop a package, the Khaleej Times reported.

The Pakistani national, however, denied the accusation in the Dubai Court of First Instance, it said.

The incident was reported at the Al Rafaa police station.

During the probe, a 34-year-old Indian housewife said the girl came to her house for their usual private tutorial session in mathematics.

“She had to go back to her place to bring some papers she had forgotten. However, when she came back, she looked pale and she was crying and shaking,” the report quoted the woman as saying.

The girl then told her how the delivery worker walked inside the lift and groped her while asking about a certain address.

The woman then requested a neighbour to check the surveillance cameras in the security guard’s room.

The CCTV footage showed the man heading to the fifth floor to drop a package. But he changed his way and followed the girl without delivering it.

The man was subsequently arrested and produced before the court.

He will be sentenced on September 16.


Arab fathers’ role key to shaping children’s future

Arab fathers have a significant role to play in shaping the self-esteem and educational success of their children, according to a new study unveiled by the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.

The findings of the research were presented at the Foundation’s ‘Global Trends in Parental Involvement’ symposium held in Dubai on Wednesday and Thursday. The study highlights the benefits that Arab fathers’ involvement can have on their child’s self-esteem and educational outcomes, calling for a less constricted definition of the paternal role and for more fatherly involvement.

In the Arab world and especially in the Gulf, fathers have a distinct and central role in the family. Fathers in the region are often regarded as the family’s key ‘breadwinner’ as well as the moral role model. However, the study shows their influence is far greater than that.

According to the research, children had greater self-esteem and better academic performance if they perceived their fathers as being more positively and responsibly engaged in their lives, more emotionally responsive, did household chores, were accessible, and showed paternal affection than those who did not.

The lack of paternal involvement was also associated with poor self-esteem as well as academic performance, especially among male children in the Gulf. Participants rated their fathers highest on the family’s financial provider role but ranked them lowest on the responsible paternal engagement role on a scale of different parental involvement behaviours. GCC fathers were perceived by their adult children as good providers and moral role models, however they were less involved in their schooling and in their day-to-day life.

According to the study, 49 per cent of GCC fathers showed a strong interest in their children’s schoolwork, compared to 56 per cent of other Arab fathers and 61 per cent of western fathers. Furthermore, only 28 per cent of GCC fathers attended school activities regularly, compared to 40 per cent of other Arab fathers and 55 per cent of western fathers.

Dr Natasha Ridge, Executive Director at the Foundation, said that parents play an incredibly decisive role in the socio-emotional wellbeing and self-esteem of their children.

“From our research, we know that higher self-esteem is linked to higher educational outcomes. Despite this, there is limited research measuring the impact of parental involvement in children’s development and educational outcomes in the Middle East. In an effort to address the shortage of research on this topic, the Al Qasimi Foundation and our partners have curated this symposium to provide a platform for academics, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share a deeper understanding of parental involvement and discuss solutions,” added Ridge.

Survey findings also suggested that Emiratis were more likely than non-Emirati Arabs to feel close to their fathers during childhood and adolescence. Emiratis also reported that their fathers took them on activities and to doctors’ appointments more often than non-Emirati Arabs.

The study also sheds light on the different forms that paternal involvement takes for GCC fathers in the family setting. This includes 83 per cent of fathers in the GCC are mostly or always present around their family. In the home, 33 per cent of GCC fathers are reported to regularly help clean the house compared to 28 per cent of other Arab fathers and 25 per cent of western fathers. In the home, 44 per cent of GCC fathers are reported to regularly cook meals compared to 32 per cent of other Arab fathers and 28 per cent of western fathers.

The symposium underscored various aspects of parental involvement, including stimulating children’s development in early childhood and supporting parents in the 21st century; caregiver perceptions of early childhood socio-emotional development: cultural attitudes towards parenting; developmental screening;  creating an accepting environment for 21st century parents; engaging parents in school programmes; connecting school programmes with student employability; parental involvement in building resiliency: enhanced emotional and academic support utilising a range of techniques.


Emirates Aims to Stay Put for a Decade as New Dubai Hub Falters

Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, aims to stay at its Dubai International Airport base for another decade as the sheikdom reviews the future of a partly built super-hub costing $36 billion.

Dubai International, which attracted 90 million passengers last year, could conceivably eke out annual capacity of as many as 115 million travelers, Emirates President Tim Clark said at a briefing in London Wednesday. Transferring other airlines to the newer Al Maktoum airport would give Emirates and sister carrier FlyDubai room to expand at their existing home, he said.

Both Dubai International and Al Maktoum, which can now handle 25 million to 30 million people a year, are state-owned. So are Emirates and FlyDubai, which gives Clark more say about airport location than a typical airline chief.

The aviation veteran, who has made Emirates the dominant player on inter-continental routes, said a review of Al Maktoum — designed to serve as many as 250 million passengers — must assess if it will be suited to a time when everything from check-in to baggage processing and security will be done remotely or with little physical infrastructure. He said Dubai can’t have an “Jurassic” hub.

Clark’s comments follow a Bloomberg report last week that construction at Al Maktoum had been halted and financing frozen as Gulf economies falter. Capacity at the facility, which opened in 2013 but serves only 11 passenger airlines, was due to reach 130 million once the first phase was built. Completion has already been pushed back by five years.


Ministry receives students of determination

The People of Determination Centres of the Ministry of Community Development received students in the new academic year titled “Welcome back” with a number of interactive activities and attended by parents, teaching and administration staff of the centers.

Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development shared with the students of Dubai Welfare & Rehabilitation Centre for People of Determination their back to school joy. Organised yesterday morning, the new academic year 2019/2020 ceremony was attended by officials from the Ministry, teaching and administration staff, parents and students. Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence and Red Crescent in Dubai also took part in the event. The Assistant Undersecretaries also attended the new academic year ceremony of the centres in different emirates.

Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid was very keen to share the students’ joy, interests and desires at the celebration, and escort them in the activities of the event. She also noted the importance of the joint efforts of all community entities and members in providing support to the education and inclusion of people of determination and enrich their knowledge, educational, behavioural and social skills to provide the best possible future for them. Such actions implement the directives of the UAE wise leadership and instructions of the Ministry to promote the inclusion of these categories and achieve their vision, aspirations and ambitions in the future. At the same time, they apply what the National Policy for Empowering People of Determination has stated in its goals and pillars concerning education, vocational rehabilitation and social protection.

The UAE Minister for Community Development interacted with the people of determination students during the new academic year ceremony which began by the flag salute accompanied by a police band, opening the exhibition “Make your Future”, and enabling the people of determination students to take a ride in Dubai Police luxury cars.

The Ministry of Community Development considers that celebrating the return of students to schools is a necessary duty for all of us; schools promote personal challenges, enhance confidence and will among the students of determination. They always actively seek participation in any societal activity; this step supports their ambitions towards more rehabilitation and education. The centres are also keen to involve different institutions and entities in all events aimed at introducing happiness and pleasure in the students of determination. The back to school activities included the distribution of badges for administration, teaching and support staff, portrait frames for all the students, the firefighter character show, interactive workshops for students of determination and the participation of cartoon characters.

Recently, a joint cooperation was established between the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO) and the Muslims Council of Elders to raise awareness among people of determination over the Human Fraternity Document, which was translated into Arabic and English Braille to serve the visually-impaired, and also converted into sign language-recorded texts in cooperation with the UAE Deaf Association, according to WAM.

The ZHO People of Determination sought to translate the document into Arabic and English Braille and print 100 copies to spread the document’s mission, which includes calling for tolerance, cooperation and co-existence among all segments of society, including People of Determination (persons with disabilities).

In this context, the hearing-impaired people of determination completed the translation of 17 key missions of the Human Fraternity Document into the adopted, Arabic sign language, in cooperation with the UAE Deaf Association members, thus aiming to raise awareness over the importance of the translation of the document into the English sign language, and other global languages.

Videos have been posted on various social media platforms to kick-start the activation of the awareness initiative, and ensure the dissemination of the document’s objectives among various segments of the society inside and outside the UAE in different international languages.


Dubai to host bio-fuel concert in November

Dubai-based environmentalists-entrepreneurs have bonded together to come up with the first-ever regional zero carbon concert wherein plastic containers and bottles used by the audience shall be spun into T-shirts as well.

Purpose is the restoration of a huge swathe of denuded rainforest in the Philippines. 

The project was announced recently by Neutral Fuels founder/chief executive officer (CEO) Karl Fielder whose company has been into the conversion of waste cooking oil into the pollution-free bio-diesel, extensively utilised by a number of companies across the Gulf.

Project partner is DGrade-Plastic Recycling CEO Karl Barber who converts used plastic bottles and containers into yarn and fabrics sewn into T-shirts and other garments.

“Plastics are not that bad but we have to use these properly,” he said.

Barber added it takes eight to 10 bottles to produce one regular-sized t-shirt: “We have to reduce, re-use, recycle.” 

Fielder raised two reasons for the choice of the Philippines as the beneficiary of the Dubai concert “Rock the World-Save the Planet” on Nov.15 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, in partnership with Dubai-based entrepreneurs Eventologist Dubai Jonathan Gumaltico and Animo Events owner Jeffrey Amparado.

While the world rose up in arms against the Amazon wildfires, Fielder believes that there are other places which must be given much attention as well, such as the Philippines: “Deforestation rate in the country has been one of the fastest in the world.”

According to the Philippines’s Forest Management Bureau, 9.8 million hectares of forest cover had been lost from 1934 to 1988, and of its 21 million hectares of woodland in 1900, this was down to 6.5 million hectares in 2007, an aftermath of extensive commercial logging, infrastructure development, agriculture, cattle ranching, and fuelwood gathering. 

Another factor for Fielder’s concern for the Philippines is his workforce, majority of whom are Filipinos.

Fielder told Gulf Today the reforestation project will be carried out in collaboration with local government units and with the global One Tree Planet non-profit environmental charity.

The concert featuring Fielder’s own Sandstorm—he is the vocalist with Filipino guitarist Roy Corda—alongside Philippine-based bands Cueshe, Razorback, Wolfgang, and Urbandub—will be fuelled by biodiesel.

“We will measure the carbon footprint used during the concert and from it, we expect to restore 247 acres of deforested land into rainforest within the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape, and to provide habitat to many endangered species such as the Philippine tarsier (the world’s smallest primate) and Philippine eagle, and bring back biodiversity,” said Fielder.

“Almost a decade ago, our company was the first to pioneer 100 per cent pre, European-compliant net zero biofuel for use in cars, trucks, buses and generators. Now governments and businesses around the globe have caught up and realised that we all have to stop using environmentally-damaging fossil fuels,” he said.

Fielder explained the reforestation initiative, which includes the rebirth of a major watershed, is also in support to the community-based project of the B’laan indigenous tribe, the inhabitants, with the conservation group Endangered Species International.

“The B’laans will gain vital benefits by restoring their ancestral lands by bringing back rainforest. They will be able to revive and continue their livelihood activities related to rainforest conservation.”

Mt. Matutum is an active volcano, 2,286 metres high, located in Tupi, South Cotabato Province in Mindanao Island, south of Manila in Luzon Island, via the Pan-Philippine Highway.

Dubai’s Biggest Bank Seeks to Increase Foreign Ownership Limit

Emirates NBD PJSC, the biggest bank in Dubai, plans to open up to more foreign shareholders as the United Arab Emirates eases rules to attract international investors.

The lender intends to seek approvals from shareholders and regulators to boost its foreign ownership limit to 40%, according to a statement. The bank will also implement an immediate increase in its foreign ownership cap to 20% to 5% after having obtained regulatory approvals.

Emirates NBD’s plan comes after First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC in July proposed removing a cap on the foreign ownership limit on its shares. The Dubai lender’s first-half profit jumped 49% as it benefited from the sale of a stake in its card payments processing unit.

Foreigners currently hold 5% of Emirates NBD shares and Dubai’s government 55.76%, according stock exchange data. The shares have gained 29% this year compared with a 9% increase in the benchmark Dubai index.

The increase in FOL “will strengthen the U.A.E.’s proposition as one of the most attractive economies for foreign direct investment and contribute to increased liquidity and depth in the U.A.E.’s capital markets,” Emirates NBD Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in the statement.


Fugitive in the dock for threatening compatriot

The Public Prosecution in Dubai on Sunday referred a European (fugitive) to the Criminal Court over the charge of threatening his boss, a compatriot woman. The defendant reportedly sent messages to the plaintiff blackmailing to chase and defame her by sending someone to disclose her private life to her family. The defendant was also accused of insulting his boss, in addition to stealing two mobile phones that belonged to her after he used her car without her permission.

According to the plaintiff, the details of the case date back to the time when she intended to travel to France and handed her car to her friend to keep it in his possession until she returned. But she was surprised that the defendant sent messages from several numbers through WhatsApp, in which he told her that he took her car from her boyfriend and seized her mobile phones that contained private photos of her.

He also sent her some of those photos to make her believe he was serious. He abused her and threatened that he would send those pictures of her with her boyfriend to her family and friends if the boyfriend failed to pay him the money he borrowed from him or she paid Dhs4,000, the Court heard.

In another development, a female teacher sustained multiple injuries after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the street in Al Sarooj, Al Ain, at the end of the first school day. A police patrol and an ambulance rushed to the scene of the accident and transferred the teacher to Al Ain Hospital for medical treatment.

According to the teacher’s relative, the accident took place after the teacher had got down from the bus that she used to reach her vehicle in the parking lot on the other side of the street.

While crossing the street from the zebra crossing after the vehicles on the first and second lanes had stopped, the teacher was surprised by a vehicle coming on the third lane and hitting her.