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First Emirati female judge takes oath in Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has sworn in four new DIFC Courts judges, including the first ever Emirati female judge.

The virtual swearing-in ceremony was attended by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid affirmed the importance of raising the capabilities of the UAE judiciary and providing more leadership opportunities for young Emiratis in one of the government’s most important sectors. He said developing Emirati talent in the judicial sector supports the government’s objectives of protecting the community and safeguarding people’s rights.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the role of Emirati female in shaping the future of the country, saying they have repeatedly proven their competence in high-level positions.

The four DIFC Courts judges sworn in include Court of First Instance Judge Nassir Hashim Nasser Abdulalla Al Nasser; Court of First Instance Judge Maha Khalid Mohammed Al Mheiri; Court of Appeal Judge Lord Angus James Scott Glennie; and Court of Appeal Judge Sir Peter Henry Gross.

Judge Maha Al Mheiri is the first Emirati female judge to be appointed in the common law in the UAE. Judge Al Mheiri and Judge Al Nasser are graduates of the Emiratisation programme of DIFC Courts launched ten years ago to support the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Emiratisation efforts across its sectors.

VP RECEIVES SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTER: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday received in Dubai, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and her accompanying delegation.

Also present were Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid welcomed the Spanish Minister and reviewed with her a number of economic and political issues, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his confidence and hope in Allah Almighty to overcome this difficult time that has negatively affected the global economy as well as social and cultural communication.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the importance of international cooperation and coordination between countries to curb the impact of the pandemic.

He pointed out that the UAE is dealing with this pandemic carefully with well-thought-out plans including vaccination of all citizens and residents free of charge and without discrimination; and at the same time extending a helping hand to countries in need with medicines, vaccines and logistics to enable them to confront this virus.

For her part, the Spanish Minister commended the efforts and measures taken by the UAE government in combating the coronavirus pandemic and limiting its negative impact on its economy and society. She noted that her country is proceeding with preparations for the opening of the Expo 2020 Dubai, which has been postponed until this year along with taking all necessary measures to receive participants in this global event and protect its guests from the repercussions of this pandemic.

Laya confirmed Spain’s participation in the Expo 2020 Dubai despite the emergency circumstances, believing in the importance of reviving the economy, describing this event as “a light of hope at the end of a dark tunnel.”

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council; Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs; Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, along with Antonio ?lvarez Barthe, Spanish Ambassador in UAE.

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