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Afghan Laila Qiamudin wins this year’s annual IHC scholarship

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The International Humanitarian City in Dubai (IHC) and the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) have announced the laureate of the “IHC scholarship in the Master of International Relations” for the second consecutive year.
After a thorough review of 19 applications, Laila Qiamudin emerged as the laureate of the scholarship, given her academic performance, interest in humanitarian action, and the quality of her application essay. Qiamudin will receive full funding for UOWD’s Master of International Relations program.
The International Humanitarian City hosted the award ceremony in the presence of UOWD President Professor Mohamed Salem and Dr. William Gueraiche, Program Director of the Master of International Relations.
The scholarship is available yearly, the result of a partnership between IHC and UOWD to offer an in-depth understanding of the relations between nations and regions across areas such as globalization, diplomacy, economics, international law, labor migration, culture, media, environment, and security within the context of humanitarian work.
The announcement of the award comes at a time when the world is facing increasing challenges in addressing multiple enduring and emerging humanitarian crises.
“This is a whole-of-IHC endeavor to promote excellence in the humanitarian field by providing access to knowledge and expertise in line with the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Giuseppe Saba, CEO of IHC. “Education and humanitarian work are a key foundation of the UAE leadership’s vision, and this partnership mirrors our commitment to it. As a pioneering humanitarian hub in Dubai and a key international humanitarian assistance facilitator, we support the efforts of the whole aid community in emergency preparedness and response, innovation, and sustainable actions. We also aim to develop future leaders in the humanitarian field.”
Professor Mohamed Salem, President, UOWD, said: “This collaboration between a parastatal entity and a higher education institution is a way to deepen the SDG n° 17 (Partnerships for the goals). We have notably tried to promote one of its sub-targets, “effective partnership between the public and private sector.”. Indeed, since we began to work together, we have shared resources and experiences. Both our students and different members of the IHC community have benefitted enormously from this close cooperation.”
Dr. William Gueraiche, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of International Relations at UOWD, said: “The collaboration between IHC and Wollongong University has reached a new level. IHC has become a meeting place for professionals in the non-profit and higher education sectors. Sharing resources has helped both organizations to benefit from our diverse and complementary experiences.”
Laila Qiamuddin is an Afghan national. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UAE University in Finance and Banking. Upon completing her master’s degree, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and work with renowned international organizations. When asked why she was so passionate about pursuing a career in the humanitarian sector, Laila said that it was about making the world a better place: “As a foreign child in a foreign land, I believe in diversity and creating peace and prosperity.”
In early 2020, the International Humanitarian City and the University of Wollongong in Dubai signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and draw on academic and field perspectives to strengthen engagement in humanitarian work, given the ever-changing needs of the sector.
The partnership between IHC and UOWD facilitates the transfer of knowledge. It raises awareness about critical humanitarian issues as well as the humanitarian work of the UAE through IHC, the largest humanitarian logistics hub in the world.

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Inaugural edition of Lanka T10 to kick off in December 2024

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The inaugural edition of the Lanka T10 League will be held from December 12 to December 22, 2024.

The tournament, which was initially planned to be held in June 2023, was shifted to December, as SLC deemed the ‘December window’ as the most appropriate to conduct the league, as the timing will complement Sri Lanka’s Domestic and International Cricketing Calendar.

Lanka T10 League, Sri Lanka’s newest addition to its annual cricket calendar will feature some of the finest international stars along with Sri Lanka’s top international stars.

The action-packed competition will also provide opportunities for the brightest young talents in the country to mix, mingle, and play along with international stars.

” I have full confidence that this tournament will be a resounding success, contributing to Sri Lanka Cricket’s ability to stay current with the evolving trends in the game.,” said Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

Adding more thoughts on the Lanka T10 December tournament, Mr Shammi Silva added, “We foresee that this event will not solely captivate cricket enthusiasts, but also serve as a catalyst for popularizing the tournament broadly.”

Mr Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO, IPG Group shared, “This is a great stepping stone for us as we get to organise another exciting chapter in Sri Lankan Cricket. Our league unites the top international stars and local talent on an exciting platform for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Together, we aim to make history and elevate the game with every thrilling match.”


The tournament will feature six men’s teams covering regional cricket picenters, with each team consisting of a squad of 16 players, along with six foreign players.

“We’re thrilled to bring T10 cricket to Sri Lanka, and we’re grateful to SLC for their support. This league holds added significance as it is formally endorsed by esteemed members like SLC, highlighting the credibility and excitement surrounding this new era in Sri Lankan cricket.” Shaji ul Mulk, Chairman of TTen Global Sports, representing the Event Rights Partner.

The matches will be played in some of Sri Lanka’s top international cricket venues and under lights.

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UAE fuel prices announced for March 2024

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The Fuel Prices Monitoring Committee has given the green light for an increase in gasoline and diesel prices for March 2024. The approved hike ranges between 15 and 16 fils per liter for gasoline and 17 fils for diesel, compared to February 2024 prices.

Fuel distribution companies have promptly announced the new prices, effective from Friday, March 1, 2024. The updated pricing includes a 5% value-added tax.

Specifically, the price per liter of super gasoline “98” is set to rise by 15 fils, reaching 3.03 dirhams in March, up from 2.88 dirhams in February. Special gasoline “95” will see an increase of 16 fils, from 2.76 dirhams to 2.92 dirhams, while E-Plus 91 gasoline will climb by 16 fils, reaching 2.85 dirhams from 2.69 dirhams. Additionally, the price of diesel will experience a 17 fils per liter hike, escalating from 2.99 dirhams in February to 3.16 dirhams in March.

This decision follows three consecutive monthly reductions in gasoline and diesel prices approved by the committee for January 2024. The reduction ranged between 13 and 14 fils for gasoline and 19 fils for diesel per liter compared to December 2023 prices.

Notably, the Ministry of Energy’s approved fuel price standards are subject to monthly adjustments based on the global average oil price, incorporating distribution companies’ operating costs.

New fuel prices are:

-Super 98 petrol will cost Dh3.03 a litre, compared to Dh2.88 in February.

-Special 95 petrol will cost Dh2.92 per litre, compared to Dh2.76 last month.

-E-Plus 91 petrol will cost Dh2.85 a litre, compared to Dh2.69 a litre in February.

-Diesel will be charged at Dh3.16 a litre compared to Dh2.99 last month.

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Glory International University honours global talents with Honorary Doctorates

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Glory International University (GUI), originally based in the United States of America, proudly recognized eminent personalities from diverse fields worldwide with esteemed Honorary Doctorates at a grand ceremony held at Dusit Thani, Dubai.

The event was graced by the esteemed presence of H.E.Vacaba Diaby, Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the UAE, as the Chief Guest.

The distinguished jury panel, comprising Prof.Pale Sansan Hermann, GUI President to Africa, Dr.Naser Sulaiman, the University’s National Director of UAE, and Dr.Anwar Al-Yasiri, Managing Director DST TV & Cinema,Dr.Abdulla Ali Salem Al Mubarak, Dr.Mohanad Al Awadiya bestowed the coveted Honorary Doctorates upon 23 deserving awardees hailing from nations including the UAE, India, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, among others. The honorees represent a spectrum of disciplines encompassing Business Law, Management,Literature, Arts, Musical Arts,Social Work,Business Administration,Agriculture,Digital Technology,and Telecommunications.

H.E.Vacaba Diaby, in his address, emphasized the significance of acknowledging and celebrating diverse talents and faculties across the globe.

Prof.Pale Sansan Hermann shared insights into GUI’s journey of evolution since 2015, highlighting the university’s burgeoning global stature.Additionally, he outlined the institution’s forthcoming plans to establish operations in the UAE as its third base after the USA and Burkina Faso.

Dr.Naser Sulaiman, the UAE director of the University commenced the ceremony with a warm welcome speech, setting the tone for an evening of recognition and celebration. He concluded the event with a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants for their contributions towards making the occasion a resounding success.The event was orchestrated by Srikanth Chittarvu and compered by Criza.

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