Germany´s Grand Order of Merit with Star to Ruler of Sharjah
On July 2, 2015, Ambassador Dr. Lübkemeier presented the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
Ambassador Dr. Lübkemeier paid a courtesy visit to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Prominent topic of the discussions were activities an...
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The Bobs: DW honors courageous defenders of free speech
In a global television broadcast and in front of a live audience of 2,000 international guests from the fields of diplomacy, journalism and other segments of public life, DW Director Peter Limbourg honored imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi with the Freedom of Speech Award and encouraged participants of the Global Media Forum to demand "the release of online activists in custody around the world."
The honoured winners of "The Bobs"
On 14 June, 2015, Ambassador Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier met the second crew of UAE Youth Ambassadors. The students have been taking German classes at the Goethe-Institute since February 2015 and are currently preparing for their visit to Germany in August. The UAE Youth Ambassadors Programme with Germany was established in 2014 and runs under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. More than 40 students take part in the programme. Ambassador Dr. Lübkemeier: “We feel honoured that Germany has been chosen to be part of this outstanding programme. People-to-people contacts form the essence of a German-Emirati partnership based on trust and mutual understanding. In their own and unique way, the UAE Youth Ambassadors will create lasting personal bonds between our two countries.”
UAE Youth Ambassadors Program
Germany and the UAE are role models for the mental and social transition towards renewable energies as future energy supply. The UAE are a country blessed with one of the world’s largest reservoir of natural gas and oil, but it has taken the path towards a sustainable diversification of the country’s energy mix for a future beyond oil and gas. Germany set the new course with its energy transition (“Energiewende”), as a result of which renewable energies already generated 28 % of its total electricity demand in 2014. In this regard, Ambassador Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier called Germany and the UAE “leaders by example” in an op-ed on the occasion of the ninth meeting of the council of the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi on 10/11 June 2015 and the European Climate Diplomacy Day. Read the full text of the op-ed on the website of the daily
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On 6 May the EU and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a short-stay visa waiver agreement.
The new visa regime provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of the UAE and for citizens of this country when travelling to the EU, for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.
In order to benefit from visa-free travel, citizens from the EU and the UAE must be in possession of valid ordinary, diplomatic, service/official or special passport. Visa-free travel applies to all categories of persons and for any kind of purposes of travel (for instance tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits, business etc.), except to persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity.
The agreement will now be sent to the European Parliament with a view to obtaining its consent before it can be concluded. However, it will apply on a provisional basis as from 6 May 2015.
Ireland and the United Kingdom will not be subject to the application of the agreement, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime to these member states remains subject to their national legislation.
UAE - Schengen visa waiver agreement
Starting June 22, 2015, Deutsche Welle will broadcast its new TV-Channel including German-language news program "DW Nachrichten" around the clock. The newly structured TV channels will include among others DW in English, Spanish and Arabic.
DW's new TV programming
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