Dubai

Vanuatu appoints first-ever Consul-General to Dubai

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade (MOFAET), Marc Ati announced the appointment today.

The appointment of a Consul-General marks another important development in Vanuatu's diplomatic and consular representation abroad.

Dubai is one of the major business hubs in the Middle East and globally renowned for attracting investments and a world leader in innovation and technology.

Dubai is also the current host of World Expo which Vanuatu is participating in with the support of the United Arab Emirates.

Vanuatu National Day commemorated at World Expo in Dubai

The day was packed with events including a flag raising ceremony, the playing of the national anthem and a fabulous cultural performance which thrilled the many spectators.

There were reciprocal tours of the Vanuatu and UAE Pavilions by dignitaries according to a release from the Vanuatu Pavilion.

As part of the National Day on Tuesday, Expo2020 visitors were treated to a spectacular series of video projections of the Vanuatu flag moving across the gigantic dome of the Al Wasl Plaza, located in the very centre of Expo.

Imperious South Africa and Australia storm to victory in Dubai as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returns

The Blitzboks defeated 2018 Dubai runners-up USA in Saturday’s final with a crushing 42-7 victory to clinch a third consecutive Series gold medal, after taking down Australia and Argentina in the knockout stages and winning all their Pool matches.  

Neil Powell’s side, crowned 2021 Series champions in September after winning in Vancouver and Edmonton, broke their record 16-match Series winning streak from 2008/09 by ending the tournament with an 18th consecutive victory.

Vanuatu to build trade links at Expo after tourism hit by Covid-19

The country, made up of 83 islands, is one of the few in the world to be free of the coronavirus. It is currently rolling out its vaccination campaign to reopen its borders, with more than 70,000 people fully vaccinated.

Vanuatu took its first steps towards rebuilding its tourism industry this week with the first of 154 seasonal workers from the islands, including Tonga and Samoa, taking advantage of a one-way travel bubble with New Zealand.

Blast rocks Dubai port causing a large fire

There were no reported deaths or injuries and the fire is under control, authorities said. "A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze," Dubai Media Office said in a tweet on their official account.

The Dubai Media Office posted a video of firefighters putting out the blaze at the port.

Vanuatu to participate at 2021 World Expo in Dubai

ACTIV, EAU DES ÎLES, Tanna Coffee, Fine Foods and Vanuatu Bijouterie and Vanuatu Handikraft have loaded up their produce in a container for the expo that is held every five years.

These local businesses were invited to participate through the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and 6 expressed interest to participate.

Facebook's Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked

The hacking group OurMine posted on the Twitter and Instagram accounts for Facebook and Messenger, writing "even Facebook is hackable".

The accounts have now been restored.

OurMine claims its attacks are an attempt to show cyber vulnerabilities. In January it hijacked over a dozen accounts for teams in the US National Football League.

The group posted a statement on Facebook's Twitter account. "Hi, we are OurMine. Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better then Twitter."

SMART Sistas participate in First Global Robotic Challenge

SMART Sistas, is a community-based organisation that reaches out to communities especially girls, encouraging them to take up technology courses as part of a career pathway into the future.

The SMART Sistas Vanuatu team has been eagerly preparing for the 2019 FGRRC which will be held from 24-27 October 24 – 27, 2019 at the Coca-Cola Arena.

The FIRST Global Challenge theme for 2019 is “Ocean Opportunities”.

Every year millions and tons of wastes generated by human activities are drawn into the ocean or make their way into the world’s oceans.

Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest.

Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities.

The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans.

"We are not going to replace our police officers with this tool," said Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, director general of smart services at Dubai Police.

Dubai becomes first city to get its own Microsoft font

The typeface, designed with Microsoft, comes in both Latin and Arabic script, and will be available in 23 languages.

Government bodies have been told to use it in official correspondence.

But given the human rights record of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, eyebrows will be raised at claims it is a font of "self-expression".

 

'Create harmony'

Dubai's Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum said he had been personally involved in "all the stages" of the development of the font.