Circular Economy Incubator Project Nurtures 30 Agricultural Startups

Balqa: The National Center for Agricultural Research concluded the Circular Economy Incubator Project, backed by the Jordanian Entrepreneurship Fund (ISSF) and executed by Advance Consulting in collaboration with the Organic Fertilizers Association.

Nizar Haddad, Director General of the Center, spoke on behalf of Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hanifat, highlighting the incubator’s success in nurturing 30 startup companies. He emphasized the pivotal role of stakeholders in supporting these startups and facilitating their integration into local and export markets.

Lamia Dabbas, Regional Director of Advance Consulting – Jordan, underscored the importance of leadership in promoting circular economy principles, underlining the need for economically sustainable entrepreneurial ideas, inclusive of women, and advocated for ongoing support for these companies beyond the project’s duration.

Acknowledging the Agricultural Credit Corporation’s provision of soft loans and the Cooperative Corporation’s services for you
ng entrepreneurs, Dabbas applauded their contributions to supporting startup initiatives.

Rose Qatatsha, Vice President of the Organic Fertilizers for Ecosystems Association and Director of the Circular Economy Incubator Project, highlighted the significance of leveraging available resources for sustainable projects, stressing the importance of persistence and continuity in achieving success within the framework of social relationships, a core tenet of the circular economy.

Qatatsha assured ongoing support from the incubator team, ensuring entrepreneurs are connected with beneficial opportunities.

Muhammad Muhtaseb, Executive Director of the Jordanian Entrepreneurship Fund, expressed pride in the partnership with the Organic Fertilizers for Ecosystems Association and the National Center for Agricultural Research.

He highlighted the fund’s contribution through grants to support entrepreneurship and foster startup growth, particularly in sectors vital to national strategies such as food security, agricultur
al technology, and the circular economy.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Prime Minister of Pakistan arrives in UAE, received by Mansour bin Zayed

ABU DHABI: Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, today arrived in Abu Dhabi on a working visit to the country.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, and a number of officials received Prime Minister Sharif upon his arrival at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Saudi Arabia restricts visit visa holders’ entry to Makkah during Hajj

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has announced restrictions on visit visa holders’ entry to Makkah during the upcoming Hajj, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday. The restriction applies to holders of all types of visit visas, from 23rd May to 21st June, 2024.

In a statement, the ministry said that visit visas do not grant permission to perform Hajj. Visitors currently in Saudi Arabia on visit visas are urged to avoid travel to Makkah during the designated period. Violators will be handed penalties as per the Kingdom’s laws and regulations, the statement added.

The authorities are implementing all required measures to ensure the safety and security of authorised pilgrims, allowing them to perform their rituals smoothly, the ministry emphasised.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ministers of State attend opening of new UAE embassy in Latvia

RIGA: The United Arab Emirates opened its new embassy in the capital of the Republic of Latvia, Riga, in a ceremony attended by a ministerial delegation which included Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, and Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade.

Al Sayegh, and Baiba Braže, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, unveiled a plaque for the new headquarters, to officially open the UAE diplomatic mission, which is situated in a historic building on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list. The ceremony was also attended by Hanan Al Aleeli, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia, Dana Goldfinca, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the UAE, and several senior government officials and heads of diplomatic missions.

Al Sayegh affirmed that the opening of the new embassy demonstrates the keenness of both countries to reinforce bilateral relations and enhance cooperation across all fields. He stated that the opening represents a key milestone on the path towards prosperous relations
between the two nations which has seen substantial advances in the past few years.

For his part, Al Zeyoudi affirmed that under the guidance of UAE’s wise leadership, the UAE is focused on bolstering relations with countries with whom it shares a vision for the future, based on stimulating economic development and comprehensive sustainable growth, through strengthening international cooperation and exploring opportunities in mutual fields.

Al Zeyoudi stated that the new mission headquarters reflects this strategy, particularly in light of strengthening trade relations and encouraging investment opportunities, which can be utilised to enhance bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of both business communities and peoples.

For her part, Braže affirmed that the opening of the UAE embassy’s new headquarters in Latvia serves to solidify bilateral relations, commending existing cooperation across various areas of growth and development.

Source: Emirates News Agency

MWL Welcomes Recognition of Palestine by Norway, Spain and Ireland


Makkah, The Muslim World League (MWL) has welcomed the favorable decision made by Norway, Spain and Ireland to formally recognize the State of Palestine.

In a statement issued yesterday, MWL Secretary-General and Chairman of the Organization of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa said the decision is a “pivotal shift in global awareness of the Palestinian people’s fundamental right to self-determination and statehood.”

He urged other countries to follow suit in support of the human and legal rights of the Palestinian people.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

A Batch of Pakistani Pilgrims Arrives in Makkah


Makkah, Mutawifs of Arabs Hajj Company (Ashraqat) subsidiary Rahlat wa Manafi Company has welcomed a batch of 1,200 pilgrims from Pakistan who arrived in Makkah for this year’s Hajj season.

Ashraqat CEO Ahmad Tamar said that the company is ready to serve the Pakistani pilgrims by providing them with the best services from the moment they arrive until their departure to their country.

Pakistani Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Chaudhry Salik Hussain visited Ashraqat headquarters and lauded Saudi Arabia’s effort to serve pilgrims from all over the world and ensure they easily complete their Hajj journey.

Source: Saudi Press Agency