Ocean tours from the comfort of a classroom may soon be reality in UAE

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Schoolchildren could soon be observing life beneath the ocean waves without getting their feet wet.

Coral reefs, seagrass beds and kelp forests can be viewed in real time from a classroom thanks to an educational programme that uses a network of underwater cameras.

The developers of the system – already used at three schools in the United States – yesterday met local educators and conservationists, hoping to introduce it in the UAE.

UAE Ambassador meets Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Corporation

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Abdullah Hamdan Al Naqbi, the UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands, has held a meeting with Mrs. Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

The two sides spoke on the trade exchange between the two countries and aspects of joint investments in addition to the exchange of official visits and encouraging the private sector in the two countries through participation in trade fairs and events held in both countries.

They also discussed the possibility of partnership in field of Development and International Cooperation.


UAE pledges to fight against desertification

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The UAE is 80 per cent desert but remains committed to international efforts to combat desertification, said Dr Rashid bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water yesterday.

"The UAE joins the rest of the world in celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification on June 17, and reiterates its commitment to its theme, 'Don't let our future dry up'," he said.

Bio-security tightly linked to UAE's vision of the future

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Besides the ecological footprint and natural resource development, bio-security is among the top issues on the UAE's environment agenda, the Minister of Environment and Water said yesterday, according to Wam, the news state agency.

"These issues are tightly linked to the UAE's vision for the future and to the government's strategic plan," Dr Rashid bin Fahad said in his first formal media briefing, as part of a new government drive to have ministers regularly update the news media on their projects.