UAE ranks 23rd in the world for network readiness

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Dubai: The UAE moved one position up in network readiness index (NRI) and leads the ladder in the Gulf rankings due to the government’s continued vision to drive the development of information and communication technology (ICT) decisively and to expand it to all segments of the economy and society.

NRI, produced by the World Economic Forum in cooperation with Insead annually, measures the preparedness of an economy to use ICT to boost competitiveness and well-being and tracks the development of ICTs around the world.

Solar Impulse test flight dedicated to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

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Bertrand Piccard dedicated his first Solar Impulse 2 test flight on Monday to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Mr Piccard, Solar Impulse co-founder and pilot, said the Crown Prince had supported the project since its beginnings.

UAE reforestation scheme begins

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About 1,000 ghaf trees will be planted by children across the country in a scheme run by Dubai Municipality, Middle East hotel operator Accor and environmental portal Goumbook.

The reforestation plan will be launched this month as part of the Plant for the Planet Campaign, which will support Goumbook’s Give a Ghaf Tree initiative.

UAE weather warning: high winds hitting the Emirates

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Forecasters have issued a weather warning saying winds are stirring up dust and sand, creating poor conditions on the country’s roads.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said the weather will reduce visibility and has urged motorists to be cautious while driving.

The NCMS called on drivers to reduce speed and leave enough space between vehicles.