Books on display


By Shamila Jamaluddin

THE Poetry Academy of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) has put new titles at the on going Abu Dhabi International Book Fair at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition centre.

Louvre Abu DhabiOne of the titles available at the fair is the first poetry collection of the late UAE poet Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Matroushi, who was born in the second half of the nineteenth century and died in the mid twentieth century.

The 330-page book titled “Al Matroroushi’s Poetry,” which was edited by Sultan Al Amimi, is the first poetry collection of Matroushi. The eighty-seven poems in the book give the reader a picture of Matrooshi’s poetic experience. The Poetry Academy has issued a number of poetry collections on Nabati poetry.

Waste management

AVERDA, an integrated waste and resource management company, has been awarded contract for the cleaning of Abu Dhabi city.

The win came after a fiercely competitive bid involving a number of well-recognised international waste management companies. The contract, set for five years, is part of the city’s development initiatives outlined in its Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision.

Hamed Al Ameri, general manager, The Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi, said: “We chose Averda to assist us in reaching our waste management strategic goals and making our city amongst the cleanest on the planet… We are certain that this contract will soon see Abu Dhabi being recognised as a world leader in waste management and one of the world’s top five cleanest cities.”

The contract includes amongst others solid waste collection and transportation services, manual sweeping, unscheduled (on-call) services as well as cleaning and street sweeping services.

Environment awareness

THE Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently announced a partnership with Ali Al Saloom, an Emirati presenter and cultural ambassador, to support EAD’s environmental awareness campaigns.

Al Saloom will be supporting the “Vote Bu Tinah” campaign. He will embarking on a tour of universities to spread environmental awareness among UAE’s student population.

Ali will be producing short documentaries to raise awareness about the UAE’s iconic wildlife species, including the Dugong, Hawksbill turtle, Socotra cormorants and the Greater flamingo. Al Saloom will produce a new book about the UAE’s environment.

“Our cultural identity is about more than just our traditions and customs. Our cultural roots are tied to nature. Not so long ago, it was a matter of survival for our ancestors to live in harmony with nature and they treated the environment with respect,” said Ali Al Saloom.

Auto festival

Al Hilal Bank, in the UAE, will unveil a motor festival catering to families, car enthusiasts and buyers during the third edition of its annual “Al Hilal Auto Festival” from March 24 to 27 at Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Road.

The unique and entertaining four-day auto festival will provide an open-space for visitors to view over 300 cars from more than 30 brands and consider buying their dream rides at highly attractive profit rates starting at 2.49 per cent.