Middle East & Africa
UAE Embassy in Seoul Fetes 35th National Day in a Reception
Amb. Abdulla Muhammad Al Maainah of the UAE Embassy in Seoul hosted a reception to celebrate the 35th National Day of the country at Hotel Lotte in downtown Seoul on Dec. 4, 2006.The function was attended by more than 400 prominent Korean and foreign guests including members of the foreign diplomatic corps accredited to Korea.Among those who joined the function were Eyptian Ambassador Reda El-Taify, Kwon Hyuk-in, assistant minister of headquarters for local administration of the ministry of government administration and home affairs, Alfredo Ungo, El Salvadoran ambassador and dean of the diplomatic corps in Seoul; Tunisian Ambassador Moncef Baati and Omani Ambassador Moosa Hamdan Al-Taee.
|UAE Ambassador to Seoul Abdulla Muhammad Al Maainah (center) is ready to cut the cake with VIP guests in a reception held in a Seoul hotel on Dec. 4, 2006 to mark its 35th National Day.|
The historical achievements of the UAE during its 35 years do speak for themselves. Yet, the proclamation of the UAE federation stands out as the most important landmark in the history of the nation, said Amb. Abdulla Muhammad Al Maainah.In Abu Dhabi and elsewhere in the country, flag-waving and decorative illumination marked the festive spirit among locals and expatriates. Many cultural activities were organized in the Heritage Village such as serving coffee and bread in the traditional way, music, traditional dance, and conventional and modern weddings. A report from Abu Dhabi said thousands of people filled the streets of the capital on Friday and continued revelry late in the night to mark the UAE National Day. People dressed up in the colours of the UAE flag celebrated the day with much enthusiasm as they rode in their cars, singing and waving flags. It was party time and the residents enjoyed it to the hilt.The UAE is now celebrating the 35th anniversary of its establishment, presenting one of the most successful experiences of development and awakening in the world. The clarity of orientations, firm belief in principles, and success in modernization policies have made the UAE what it is today.
|UAE Ambassador to Seoul Abdulla Muhammad Al Maainah |
The country managed to make constant successes and historic achievements, which have brought respect and esteem for the UAE by different peoples and nations. This was achieved by the firm determination and honesty of the founding fathers, continued and maintained by the leader of the march President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his brothers Their Highnesses the members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates. To highlight these achievements, the Information Affairs Office, under the wise directions of H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister, is eager to provide the world with the visions and perspectives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa on vital issues of development, and to underline the prosperity and progress witnessed by the UAE in different areas of political, economic, and social development, as well as in achieving equality and social justice for its people. The Office has done this through the activities it held and the studies it published in various languages, with the aim to promote friendship, love, and tolerance among different peoples and nations, and to give an overview of the UAE renaissance and present the world with a bright image of the country.
|Mr. Ibrahim Almansouri (second from right), minister plenipotentiary of UAE Embassy in Seoul, talks with Korea Area Manager Lee Sang-Jin of Emirites Airlines (right). Second from left is Mr. Khalifa Almarzouqi, consul and second secretary of the UAE Embassy in Seoul, and left is UAE Amb. Abdulla Mohammed Al-Ma'ainah in UAE National Day reception in Seoul on Dec. 4, 2006.|
Within this framework, the Information Affairs Office has published many interesting books documenting the march of the President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, tackling his visions and strategies for development and building, his political philosophy, and his constant efforts in developing the UAE foreign relations. Here is some of these books and activities organized by the Office: "Khalifa Bin Zayed and Economic Development.," which tackles the role of His Highness in formulating the economic polic in the country. The study displays the developmental experience in all its dimensions, its plans, and goals, as well as its achievements in the fields of urban awakening. It says that as Chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council, His Highness personally directs the works of the Council in order to serve national interests.
|H.H. President Khalifa Bin Zayed |
The book touches upon His Highness' initiative of opening oil industry, through putting in place ambitious plans to manufacture oil and natural gas, and building solid bases for petrochemical industry. "Khalifa Bin Zayed and Oil" published in three languages, Arabic, English, and French, deals with His Highness' vision on the field of energy and oil industry, describing this vision as comprehensive in its assessment, practical in its analysis, and realistic in its dealing with the requirements of development and the responsibility of contributing in building international peace and stability.
The study quotes His Highness as saying, Our national policy regarding oil sector has been grounded in preserving national interests, through the optimum use of this wealth."
|Prof. Hwang Hae-Jin (center) of Ewha Woman's University poses with other guests. |
"Khalifa, the Pioneer and Leader" contains the proceedings of a symposium organized under the same title to display the efforts of the late leaders Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The book also tackles the pioneering efforts of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in bringing prosperity and progress to the country."Khalifa: The Leader," published in Russian, contains the proceedings of a symposium organized by the Office on the President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa and his achievements. In his introduction to the book, H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister states that, "H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is one of the distinguished leaders whose lives intertwined and identified with those of their nations, and whose feelings intermingled and merged with those of their peoples. So, he managed to make from the aspiration of his citizens a vision that brings progress, and realizes achievements.""Special Publication on the Occasion of the Visit of H.H. President of the State to France." This book tackles the landmarks in relations between the United Arab Emirates and France, and exhibits the development of the relations between the two countries, relations which have been built on the principles of mutual respect, and which encompassed many fields and sectors, as France has contributed effectively to development efforts and nation building in UAE.
"Special publication on the occasion of the visit to Egypt by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the state." The publication sheds lights on the relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Arab Republic of Egypt, giving prominence to the different aspects of these relations –politically, economically, and culturally. It documents many visits and meetings held between the leaders of both countries as an embodiment of the strength and firmness of these relations. "Special Publication on the Occasion of the Visit of H.H. President of the State to Morocco." which displays the various aspects of relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Morocco, and the level of affinity and congruity that holds the two countries together in all spheres – officially and popularly. It also sheds lights on the historical ties uniting late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Moroccan late King Hassan II."HH President of the State Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's tour to Egypt, France, and Morocco." The study tackles the decisions taken during this tour, which took place from July 15 to July 25, and in which H.H. President Sheikh Khalifa met with H.E. President of Egypt Mohammed Husni Mubarak, H.E. President of France Jacques Chirac, and H.M. King of Morocco Mohammed VI."Symposium on Zayed: The Man." It contains the proceedings of a symposium on "Zayed: The Man," organized by the Office to commemorate the first anniversary of late Sheikh Zayed's death, a symposium which was attended by a number of world prominent thinkers. In his introduction to the book, H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister states that the "the legacy of H.H. Father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan has been an example of goodness and generosity."
|UAE Ambassador to Seoul Abdulla Muhammad Al Maainah (fourth from left) poses with Prof. Hwang Hae-Jin (third from left) of Ewha Woman's University and other guests. Third from right is Chairman Yun Ik-Han of The Seoul Times and far right is Korea Area Manager Lee Sang-Jin of Emirites Airlines. |
"Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum," which honors the rich march of the late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his historic contribution to the achievements realized in the country. It displays his vision and thought, and sheds lights on his political march as well as his great role in strengthening the Federation, consolidating development in the UAE, and supporting the joint Arab and Gulf action."The March and Achievements made by the Late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait." The book was published in recognition of the achievements made by late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in Kuwait, as well as his effective role in strengthening brotherly relations on the regional and Arab levels, and his fruitful contributions in establishing international relations based on mutual respect, justice and equality."United Arab Emirates and Information Technology." It displays the efforts of President of the State H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in employing this technology in the country's development plans. The study says that the United Arab Emirates's constant progress in various fields of infrastructures explains the extent to which the country's rational leadership has managed to bring about a quantum leap in providing the state's institutions and facilities with technologies, which enable them to cope with the rapid developments the world is witnessing. Tunisian Ambassador Moncef Baati "Artificial Satellites." It deals with the types, components, development stages, usages, systems and future of satellites, which acquire a special importance in the age of information technology.
|Malaysian Ambassador Dato' M. Santhananaban (left) poses with Korea Area Manager Lawrence Liew Kok Cheon (right) of Qatar Airways. At the enter is the wife of Lawrence Liew Kok Cheon.|
"Small and Medium-Scale Projects," which sheds light on the role of these projects in the economic development. It touches the potentials of these projects, and factors behind developing them. It also deals with the concept of small and medium-scale projects and the importance for business development. "Linguistic Phenomenon: Origin, Evolution, and Future." It deals with the results of research on linguistic phenomenon: hypotheses of origin, evolution, and future aspects. The study traces the various attempts of reducing language sounds to written forms, starting from logographic, through ideographic, to the most developed alphabetic system. It indicates that language is characterized, from its very beginning, by its tendency toward diversity, as a result of diversity of societies, places, times, and races, which in itself led to the increase in linguistic boundaries among peoples and groups. The Information Affairs Office of Deputy Prime Minister hosted the Senior Advisor to the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Frederick C. Dubee who praised the wise policy of H.H. President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who considers man the real wealth in building the state. Mr. Dubee highlighted the great attention paid by the United Arab Emirates to human resources, through developing human potentials, improving living standards and using wealth to the benefit of the people. Mr. Dubee said that His Highness's words "are supported with powerful examples which can be seen in tremendous investments that are being made in education, in the training of national cadres" for developing their "proficiency and competency."
|UAE Ambassador to Seoul Abdulla Muhammad Al Maainah (second from right) poses with other VIPs. |
The Information Affairs Office also organized a symposium on "Khalifa: The Leader of the Nation," to commemorate the second anniversary of the Accession Day of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with a group of researchers participating in it.The Information Affairs Office also hosted the former World Olympic champion Said Owita who praised the sport reality in the United Arab Emirates, mentioning the great potentials the UAE has for making real champions in sports.
|Foreign ambassadors in Seoul pose for camera.|
Owita talked about the relation between politics and sports. He affirmed that sport greatly affects the economy, especially tourism, as it helps provide potential tourists with information about peoples and nations they want to visit, and acts as a means of cultural communication among nations. The Office organized a symposium on "Extracting Fresh Water from Undersea Springs," under the auspices of H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister. An elite of specialists in water technology, specially a French research group headed by Pierre Becker, chairman of the board of Geocean Group, participated in the event.
The Information Affairs Office Also organized a symposium on "Internet and Its Future." in which a group of specialists participated. The researchers noted that the consequences of the "digital gap" is the lack of the strong representation of languages and cultures on the Internet.The Information Affairs Office organized a scientific symposium on "The Origin of Oil and Its Future." The symposium raised questions about the origin of oil. The Main speaker at the symposium was Mr. Konstantin P. Dudarev, the Russian expert in oil and gas, who presented a research paper entitled "Oil and Gas: Are They Forever? He talked about the origin of oil and its future, saying that researchers and academic scientists have long been in dispute over what is known as the issue of the origin of petroleum and other hydrocarbons. He pointed out that there are two major groups: the first one shares the view of the "organic origin" theory, which assumes that oil was formed in a very remote past in the process of transformation of dead organic matter.The second, "inorganic" or "abiogenic" theory assumes that hydrocarbons have always been produced as the result of synthesis of carbon and hydrogen deep down in the Earth.
|Wives of foreign ambassadors serving in Seoul|
The Information Affairs Office hosted Prof. Ashok M. Raichur, Associate Professor at Department of Metallurgy, who talked about a clean method for extracting metals from ocean nodules, using indigenous microorganisms. He explained the origin and availability of the nodules and why they are important. He defined ocean nodules as "deposits precipitated from seawater as a result of chemical reactions, some of which may be assisted by bacteria." adding that the nodules are predominantly made up of manganese dioxide (MnO2) and iron oxide (Fe2O3) with an average content of 30% manganese and 20% iron.
|Deputy Head of Mission Abdelkader Jaouhar of Embassy of Morocco in Seoul poses with his wife.|
He also explained many kinds of leaching methods, including leaching with mineral acids, leaching with the metabolite of Bacillus M1, saying that chemical leaching showed that high concentrations of acid is needed to leach metals from nodules.