The National: New archive treasure trove to map the history of the UAE

The National: New archive treasure trove to map the history of the UAE. “The documents are part of the second phase of the Arabian Gulf Digital Archive ― a landmark digitisation project between the UAE and the UK ― that aims to shed light on the rich history of the Gulf. A vast collection of hundreds of thousands of files are expected to go live on the AGDA’s website later this year once they are catalogued, transcribed and translated into Arabic.”

United Arab Emirates: EAD undertakes hydrogeological mapping project to prepare digital maps, utilising geographical information systems

United Arab Emirates: EAD undertakes hydrogeological mapping project to prepare digital maps, utilising geographical information systems. “The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, is conducting a hydrogeological mapping project for the UAE, a unique project at the level of the Arabian Gulf region. The project aims to collect, classify, and analyse all available data on ground and surface water, which has been collected from well drilling, research, and reports. This information will be converted into digital data that can be utilised in preparing high-quality, accurate digital maps using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).”

Gulf News: Harsher penalties for creating fake social media accounts, emails, websites in UAE

Gulf News: Harsher penalties for creating fake social media accounts, emails, websites in UAE. “The punishment for creating spoofed accounts for others, emails or websites for government entities has become harsher in the UAE, thanks to new amendments in the Cybercrime Law. The new law presents tougher penalties for email fraud or impersonating others on social media platforms for fraud purposes.”

The National: Google glitch causes confusion about Indian rupee conversion rate

The National: Google glitch causes confusion about Indian rupee conversion rate. “A temporary glitch in search engine Google’s currency converter tool on Wednesday showed the dirham-Indian rupee conversion rate to be much lower than it actually is, sparking confusion among Indian expats in the UAE. The Indian rupee was shown to have briefly plunged to about 24.8 versus the UAE dirham on Wednesday, according to rates aggregated by Google.” The rupee was actually worth about triple that.

Google Blog: Discover Dubai’s Culture & Heritage with Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: Discover Dubai’s Culture & Heritage with Google Arts & Culture.”Today, I’m proud to unveil ‘Dubai’s Culture and Heritage’, launched in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, which will help you discover my hometown’s story and its vibrant art scene through more than 80 expertly curated stories, 5 audio stories, 25 videos, and over 800 high-resolution images of arts, crafts, heritage sites and much more.”

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel. “The National Archives (NA) of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem have signed an historic memorandum of understanding, which ‘commits the two organizations to work together in support of mutual and separate goals and for the benefit of the international cultural and documentary heritage sector,’ according to the agreement signed by the institutions’ directors.”

Emirates News Agency: DCT Abu Dhabi to launch three new cultural heritage initiatives

Emirates News Agency: DCT Abu Dhabi to launch three new cultural heritage initiatives. “The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced it will launch a new series of cultural initiatives, including the Abu Dhabi Register of Artisans, the Abu Dhabi Crafts platform, and the recently reopened House of Artisans at Al Hosn, to help safeguard and disseminate the intangible cultural heritage of the Emirate and support local artisans in developing their crafts and skills.”

Gulf Today: Sharjah spearheads huge project to chronicle 17 centuries of Arabic

Gulf Today: Sharjah spearheads huge project to chronicle 17 centuries of Arabic. “Heralding a new era for the Arabic language lexicon, Sharjah has embarked on a landmark project to chronicle 17 centuries of development in the Arabic language spanning five distinct time periods. The Historical Corpus of the Arabic Language is a monumental undertaking that will offer unparalleled insight into the world’s fifth most widely spoken language and serve as a linguistic resource for researchers, academia, linguists and students worldwide.” Sharjah is a city in the United Arab Emirates.

Khaleej Times: UAE coronavirus updates available on new website

Khaleej Times: UAE coronavirus updates available on new website. “The website is the result of a collaboration between three authorities: the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA). It provides the latest coronavirus news and statistics such as total tests, cases, deaths and recoveries.”

Gulf Business: UAE to begin Covid-19 vaccine trials with 15,000 volunteers

Gulf Business: UAE to begin Covid-19 vaccine trials with 15,000 volunteers. “The UAE government has confirmed that it is set to begin Covid-19 vaccine trials in 15,000 volunteers imminently. The trials have been approved by the Ethics Committee Scientific research in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said on Monday. Al Owais said that this Phase III stage includes testing two possible vaccines and added that the best scientific standards will be adopted when conducting the trials.”

Gulf News: UAE health ministry launches virtual information centre for COVID-19

Gulf News: UAE health ministry launches virtual information centre for COVID-19. “A national awareness platform disseminating information on COVID-19 has been launched by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The platform will seek to curb myths and provide authentic information on the pandemic in five languages with a ‘Virtual Doctor’ service to help assess the health condition of those who might have symptoms. Divided into six main sections providing scientific and health information, the virtual information centre provides the latest information about the virus, ways to prevent it, as well as updated statistics on the number of infected cases in the [United Arab Emirates].