The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City Official Blog
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Ataya... a charity exhibition organized by the Red Crescent Authority under an initiative rolled out by the wife of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan; Assistant of H.H. the President of the Red Crescent Authority for Women Affairs.
The Fair will be held in Abu Dhabi Sports Club during the period 15 – 18 May 2012. The project aims to allocate the proceeds of renting the outlets as well as entry ticket sales & donations contributed by attendees, to a charity entity or charitable project. The Higher Organizing Committee selected the Children's Cancer Center in Lebanon as a beneficiary of the proceeds of this project for this year.
The Fair comprises a unique & diverse fashion collections, jewelry & household accessories designed by a crème of Arab innovators & craftsmen as well as international designers.
For more information please visit: adm.gov.ae/ataya
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The event marks the world's largest children soccer match against Al Wuhdah team
The Community Services Division at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, in conjunction with Al-Ihasan Charity Society in Ajman, staged the world's largest children football match against Al Wuhdah Football Team. The match, which was played at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi last Thursday, finished in a 2-2 draw.
Dr. Badria Al Dhahri, Director of Community Services, commented, "Organizing the world's largest children football match for the children of Al-Ihsan Charity Society, under the patronage of the Secretary General of the Society, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, against a UAE football team of the caliber of Al Wuhda, is a unique and unprecedented step at all levels, as no world organization other than the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City managed to assemble 110 children to play against a football team. There were other similar matches but they fell short of such a huge number of children, such as the Japanese National Team's match against 80 children, and Real Madrid match against 109 children from China.
"This event comes in line with the objectives of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City aimed at supporting the local community organizations, and in particular charitable foundations which are concerned with the welfare of children, orphans and people with special needs," added Al Dhahri.
She commended the sportsmanship and the excellent cooperation demonstrated by Al Wuhda Club, adding that this feeling of belonging, partnership and solidarity contributed to the success of the event. She also praised the excellent organization efforts of Takatuf; adding that the success of this event would not have been materialized without the collaborative efforts made to realize this humanitarian, social and noble objective.
To commemorate the event, during the half-time between Bani Yas and Al Wuhdah match, which took place of late at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, 110 children from Al-Ihsan Charity Society played against Al Wuhda Team. The fans exibited unrivaled support and enthusiasm for the Society's children, who emerged victorious over Al Wuhda, thus manifesting superb form and cooperation that overwhelmed the hearts of children & orphans with joy & happiness. It also reflected thehumanitarian & compassionate values, compassion, love and synergy among the UAE community members, as evidenced by Al Wuhda Team players heading towards the children to shake hands and warmly hug them.
Al Dhahri reiterated the Municipality Abu Dhabi City's keenness on realizing the objectives of the event by demonstrating commitment towards the community issues and underlining the importance of supporting the social groups in need of support, noting that such values were among the Municipality's core strategies and form an integral part of the Community Services Division's objectives. She lauded the great support provided by Al Wuhdah Club and its co-operation with the work team, who highlighted the importance of supporting charitable and humanitarian foundations.
Winding up the grand soccer finale, the Municipality's work team, which oversaw the event, presented certificates of appreciation to all children and posed for photos to memorize this discerning event, the first of its kind in the world.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development, has closed a supermarket in Bani Yas area, for failing to refrain from selling the banned Neswar drug, which poses adverse health impacts to users.
Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, Director of Public Health at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, stressed the Municipality's keenness on maintaining the health and safety of the community in keeping with its vision to ensure a superior quality of life and sustainable environment for the residents of Abu Dhabi city. He called for the concerted efforts of the community in combating these negative phenomena violating laws and impacting the public health, safety and environment, besides constituting a flagrant breach of sanitation and public health codes.
"The Municipality will not hesitate to take necessary actions against those found in violation of health stipulations in a way that may be detrimental to the health and safety of the community.
If any organization is found involved in trafficking or using any banned, expired substance, substances of unknown source, or containing harmful additives, the Municipality will immediately confiscate it and take appropriate actions against that establishment, which may end up with ordering the closure of the business, cancellation of the trade license, and banning the practice of the activity, besides slapping offenders with hefty fines," said Al Rumaithi.
Al Rumaithi cautioned against exploiting the free market environment to undermine the health of the community, adding that the "Municipality, in collaboration with all partners from the concerned authorities, is tightening the noose on offenders to prevent such practices".
"The Health Control Section at the Public Health Division, is the watchful eye in protecting the consumer's health and the public health of the community, as all staff remain on full alert while monitoring markets to verify the compliance with the rules and regulations of public health.
It is noteworthy that the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City spearheads campaigns, and carries out planned & surprise inspections on establishments to ensure their compliance with health stipulations, check the soundness of materials and ensure compliance with the overall standards.
It also attends to developing a health control mechanisms in all facilities and imposing stringent health measures on establishments, materials, and personnel as well as subjecting the tools in use to a thorough testing process.
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City's automated slaughterhouse has achieved "A" mark in the annual technical report on the veterinary facilities compiled by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority spanning all slaughterhouses in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in recognition of applying the quality standards, health stipulations and highest standards of animal welfare.
Engineer Mohammed Mahmoud Al Marzouqi, Head of Slaughterhouses Section received the Award from engineer Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Ali, Manager of Animal Products Safety Section at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, who commended the distinguished efforts and continued cooperation between the Municipality and the Authority, particularly with regard to the health and safety of consumers and the community at large.
Acknowledging the achievement, Al Marzouqi said, "This achievement testifies the Municipality's keenness on the health & safety of the community and recognizes the municipal efforts made in adopting the highest standards of health and applying advanced criteria for monitoring the slaughtered animals in all processing phases starting from the initial preparations up to the delivery of the finished products while assigning due attention to providing services in line with the international health specifications & stipulations."
Al Marzouqi reiterated the Municipality's commitment to the international standards of health and safety, saying "The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City assigns top priority to the health & safety of the community and works towards implementing the best standards of quality in all affiliated facilities & slaughterhouses including the automated slaughterhouse. The Municipality is also committed to adopting best-in-class technologies in processing, freezing and storing meat as per the highest health and safety standards and requirements."
The Municipality's slaughterhouses have been accredited by international bodies specialized in safety of procedures, and received a number of awards & certificates of appreciation. For instance the Automated Slaughterhouse was the runner-up in Projects' Excellence Award in 2008, and it also bagged the HACCP certificate in 2009 in recognition of applying the highest standards of quality, ensuring procedures of safety, and using advanced resources & technologies in slaughtering livestock and handling the processed meat.
It is noteworthy that Abu Dhabi automated slaughterhouse applies a series of standards and health stipulations as regards the production lines and tools used in the slaughtering process such as stainless steel knives; which have to be in line with the international standards. Other health stipulations in place include separating the first refrigerating devices for slaughtered animals from the cold stores by installing a door made of insulating materials as per the international standards fitted with an automatic apparatus for measuring the temperature around the clock, installing sterilization devices at the entrances of slaughtering areas, and designating a special entrance to the clean area together with other 2 entrances to the dirty area fitted with ventilation exhaust air turbines installed at the slaughterhouse barns to regenerate fresh air.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
In keeping with the keen attention of the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to cement the social fabric of the Emirati family, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is holding a mass wedding for 100 grooms under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council, on Sunday evening at the Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi.
This social event is also supported by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and is held in cooperation with the Marriage Fund, Abu Dhabi.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has brought the curtain down on the events of its environmental, recreational, sports and community-oriented initiative, branded as Smile Convoy, at Bani Yas Park, capping 20 days of exciting events hurtling between Al Khatam Park and Al Wathba Park. The Smile Convey activities are now moving up in its next phase to the new Shahama Park, where it will continue through next May.
This Convoy comes as part of a community-oriented sport, cultural and educational initiative launched by the Municipality that will roll on through December 2012, spanning all parks located off Abu Dhabi Island.
Dr. Badria Al Dhahri, Director of Community Services, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, said that holding successive events of the Smile Convoy was driven by the great success achieved in the first phase where the diverse events were well received by the public. The event elicited excellent participation from all community members who rushed to both Al Khatam Park and Al Wathba Park, given the diversity of activities and various communal events on offer, particularly those oriented to children and families, which fostered an attractive and safe environment conforming to all safety and health standards required for practicing these heritage, sports and entertainment activities and competitions.
"The Smile Convoy programs held at Bani Yas Park were hugely popular from day one, as the Municipality was keen on diversifying the entertainment sources & competitions, providing a plethora of activities as well as showcasing the features and indigenous cultural components of the UAE society. The Community Services Division, in collaboration with the strategic partners and sponsors of the initiative, also offered many entertainment options for children, including soapy playgrounds, inflatable bouncers, and safe & limited-speed bikes, in addition to many other interactive activities involving the participation of all community segments," added Al Dhahri.
Al Dhahri went on saying that the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City was keen on providing a safe & healthy environment for practicing such activities, therefore, it worked on securing the venue where these activities and events take place, and set out the standards of security, health & safety, particularly with regard to children. "In this context, the Municipality calls on all community segments to take part and enrich the objectives and values of this communal initiative," she further added.
Dr. Al Dhahri reaffirmed the Municipality's keenness on communicating educative messages through this campaign saying, "This campaign focuses on embedding the principles of sound norms & conducts that contribute to nurturing a generation fully aware of its environmental responsibilities; which contribute to the protecting the environment and preserving the city's modern appearance such as running recreational activities, and providing in place educational & technical means appealing to children. The Convoy has not ignored the importance of raising the health awareness of the entire family members, and stressed the importance of the community's involvement with the local service-providing organizations, particularly the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, and working hand in hand to achieve the overall objectives of bolstering the health standards and constructive environmental concepts."
“The Smile Convoy seeks to enhance the role of parks off Abu Dhabi Island, engage with all community segments, and enlighten all employees working in the educational field on the importance of observing the health, safety and environmental rules. It also attends to nurturing a cozy atmosphere, encouraging people to visit parks, inculcating the spirit of constructive competition among the youth, and diffusing the culture of benefiting from parks in holding communal activities. Realizing these objectives will turn the parks into preferred destinations as well as natural avenues for the community conforming to all security & safety standards, offering fun to the entire family members," continued Al Dhahri.
"The Smile Convoy continues to cover most parks and recreational facilities. After Bani Yas Park, the Convoy will move to the new Shahama Park, Bahya Park, Rahba Park, old Shahama Park, Al Maqta Park, Al Shamkha Park (Playgrounds number 5, 8, 9, and 10)," concluded Al Dhahri.