More than 130 UAE filmmakers will vie for the top
awards at the Emirates Film Competition that kicked off at the
Cultural Foundation last week.
The competition will continue till March 7. On its
fourth year of running, it is the first-of-its kind competition ever
conducted in the UAE to encourage serious film making in the country.
To participate in the competition, all the films
should have a UAE-based theme, and at least one of those involved in
the project should be a UAE national. All the entries will be screened
at foundation's grand auditorium during the one-week festival. A
four-member jury, including Mohammed Asli, Abdul Sattar Najji, Jasim
Jaber, and Ibrahim Salim will decide the winners in different
categories. "Ever since its inception, the competition has grown,
both in terms of viewership and the number of participants," said
Dr Rajah Balakrishnan, technical director for the competition.
"It is an encouraging trend to see more and
more locals taking up film-making seriously, and this is an apt
platform for them to learn more about all aspects of film
making," added Dr Rajah. Besides, the competition, there will be
a screening of movies and TV films of various genres, including
fiction and documentaries. A total of 283 movies from around 33
countries will be screened during the one-week festival. The movies
screened on the opening day include Mohammed Asli's 'In Casablanca,
the Angels Don't Fly', Baz Shamoun Al Bazi's 'Where is Iraq, Where is
Iraq', 'About the Other', 'Afghan Days', 'Thread After Thread', 'The
Rise of the Doing', 'Unveiling Dubai' etc.
$2 BILLION DEAL LIKELY TO BUY 60 TRAINER JETS FROM
South Korea's sole aircraft maker Korea Aerospace
Industries (KAI) has nearly closed a deal to sell 60 supersonic
trainer jets worth $2 billion to the UAE. KAI is adjusting the deal's
price tag after working out most of the other terms with the UAE, the
Maeil Business newspaper said quoting KAI chief Jung Hae-Joo.
If KAI closes the deal to sell its T-50 trainer
jets, South Korea would become the world's sixth largest exporter of
supersonic trainers, it said.
"We expect to reach a deal at the end of the
year on exporting 60 T-50s to the UAE," Jung was quoted as
saying. "Negotiations with the UAE are under way in a final
stage." Jung said UAE's air force chief Khalid Bin Abdullah
Mobarak Al Buainnain "expressed satisfaction in public"
about T-50s when he visited KAI's assembly plant last month. South
Korea's air force has offered to help the UAE train pilots and
mechanics if the Middle Eastern country buys the jets, according to
the Yonhap news agency.
The KAI has built T-50s since 1997, and plans to
provide 94 T-50s by 2011 to the South Korean air force, Yonhap said.
KAI was launched in 1999 after the aerospace
affiliates of South Korea's three business conglomerates — Samsung,
Daewoo and Hyundai — merged under the government-led industry
NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY
A national health insurance scheme is not far off,
as the UAE Ministry of Health, the Dubai Department of Health and
Medical Services (Dohms), and other local government departments, work
together on establishing a health insurance system, according to
Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and UAE
Minister of Finance and Industry.
Shaikh Hamdan, who spoke to reporters after
inaugurating the 10th International Dental Conference and Arab Dental
Exhibition (AEEDC 2005), said that comprehensive change in the system,
such as the introduction of a country-wide health insurance scheme
requires time, but said it would not be too long before the health
insurance scheme becomes a reality.
AEEDC 2005, which this year marks its tenth
anniversary, is 35 percent bigger than last year's show. It is being
held at the Dubai International Convention Centre (DICC). The show and
conference have attracted over 2,500 specialists in the dental field
from all over the world, and 350 companies from 57 countries who are
exhibiting the latest dental technologies available.
"Health insurance is vital. The MoH and the
Dohms, along with other local departments are proceeding towards
setting up a system for health insurance. The area must be ready for
this change. To carry out such comprehensive change takes time, but it
won't be too long," said Shaikh Hamdan.
Asked about the privatization of both federal and
local public healthcare sectors, Shaikh Hamdan said: "To date,
there is no move towards privatization. We are first proceeding to
implement health insurance, and after that, we would consider
Shaikh Hamdan said that Dubai has earned a major
position in the world today as a result of the huge progress and
development achieved by the UAE. He said Dubai is attracting
investments as a direct result of the facilities extended to companies
and investors, a fact which is drawing companies to Dubai.
MUNICIPAL COUNCILS IN SHARJAH
Nationals from different walks of life have
welcomed the setting up of municipal councils in Sharjah emirate,
saying they are necessary for better public participation in
Mohammed Butti Al Abdouli, a member of the Sharjah
Consultative Council, said elections have become necessary because
they give general public the opportunity to choose their
"They will make possible interaction between
the leaders and the people. Effective interaction is essential as it
is the basis for building the nation, its protection and defense,
safety and security," said Al Abdouli.
"During this phase of the country's
development, elections have become necessary as a complete generation
has become capable of taking up the responsibility and sharing in
"The country has developed in economic,
cultural, scientific, social and educational fields. This requires the
induction of more nationals in councils for better support."
Progress, he pointed out, is only possible by sharing power with the
people, who have become aware of the necessity of development.
"Elections also contribute to trust both ways — between the
ruler and the people and motivates people to contribute more to the
country's development," he noted.
Courtesy Khaleej Times
Edited by Amanullah Bashar