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Towards Fifty, UAE Celebrates its Golden Jubilee National Day 2021



The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), H. E. Obaid Saeed Aldhaheri, writes to Việt Nam News on the Golden Jubilee National Day, on December 2.

On December 2, 2021, the Emirates celebrates the golden jubilee of the establishment of the Union and the launch of a fifty-year journey of achievements. On this day in 1971, the UAE began its first steps towards progress and development to achieve its pioneering ambition in all fields as an embodiment of the “UAE Vision 2021”, which aims to place UAE among the best countries in the world by the fiftieth anniversary of its founding.

Since the dawn of the Union, the UAE has been following the principle of promoting security, peace and sustainable development in various parts of the region and the world, taking this principle as a basic dimension in the foreign policy of the United Arab Emirates in accordance with what was established by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and follows in his footsteps by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the State. Hence, the country has achieved great success at the external level.

A view of Dubai. Photo courtesy of the embassy

Year after year, the UAE is witnessing more achievements that are achieved within a comprehensive development vision that opened the way for the younger generations of citizens to contribute effectively to the realisation of these achievements.

Emirati women demonstrated their ability to assume leadership in political and diplomatic positions and manage the most vital projects in various sectors of the economy and advanced space science within the framework of the UAE’s vision to empower youth and women, achieve gender equality, and actively participate in all aspects of civil and political life.

The UAE is a young, resourceful, and progressive nation that constantly seeks to better itself and the world around it. It is founded on the values of tolerance, equality, inclusion, moderation, resilience, and generosity. The UAE has developed a unique model that empowers women, embraces diversity, encourages innovation, and welcomes global engagement.

Over the past fifty years, the UAE has rapidly moved from a simple economy based on the pearl industry to a modern, diversified economy, world-leading in technology, science and sustainability focusing on innovation and education, and an important hub for trade and logistics thanks to its unique location.

The UAE is wide open to the outside world and has established international strategic partnerships that strengthened its position in the international community. The UAE economy achieved exceptional performance thanks to the state’s keenness to adopt a development policy based on diversifying sources of income, supporting non-oil sectors and infrastructure that supports stable and balanced performance despite regional and international challenges.

And while most countries still refer to 2020 as the horrible year, in the UAE it was the ‘Year of Preparations for the Next 50 Years’ with an upbeat approach that explains how a country so young has achieved so much.

In September 2021, the UAE launched a package of strategic projects and initiatives within “Projects of the 50”, which aim to provide the impetus for investment in digital economies, AI-based sectors, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The “Projects of the 50” also aims to enhance the economic competitiveness of the UAE and attract US$150 billion (AED 550 billion) in foreign direct investment in the next nine years across key sectors, including the digital economy, entrepreneurship, advanced skills, space and advanced technologies. Hence, the vision for the next fifty years is to make the UAE the global capital for investment and economic innovation, an integrated incubator for entrepreneurship and emerging projects, and an advanced laboratory for new economic opportunities and to enhance its position to compete with strong economies.

UAE ambassador Obaid Saeed Bintaresh Al Dhareri (right) meets PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc at the Investment Promotion Conference of Thái Nguyên Province in June 2018.   Photo courtesy of the embassy

The UAE is going to implement its vision in the next 50 years through its support for international institutions, the UAE seeks to reinforce the rule of international law, and to support the implementation of international conventions, protecting the interests of the small, the weak and the powerless. Foreign aid targeting poverty reduction, education and public health is a priority as well.

The UAE is constantly working to enhance the economy’s competitiveness as a leading intellectual powerhouse in science and technology, and to provide new investment opportunities in these areas, as well as space, food security and the medical sector. The UAE seeks to ensure the availability of resources necessary for its continued progress, including natural, human, medical and other resources, and a sustainable model for food and water security

As the UAE celebrates the golden jubilee the international community acknowledges its efforts, which were reflected in the country’s winning of non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for the period 2022-2023, and membership in the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024 and winning the hosting of the Conference of the Parties to Climate Change COP 28 in 2023, and the presidency of Interpol (2022-2025).

Furthermore, the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai in early October 2021 as a unique event in the region that includes an unprecedented number of countries and diverse cultures is the culmination of the great efforts of past years and a symbol of the beginning of the next fifty years in the march of UAE achievements.

The UAE affirms that it will move forward in its path to stand by rightful issues and will spare no effort to advance international cooperation in all fields and harness its potential to face current and future challenges, and enhance that vision by continuing to play a positive role to enhance cooperation and resolve differences through dialogue, diplomacy and constructive participation in handling the climate change’s urgent issues, and will continue to support efforts to contribute to every effort that serves the achievement of these goals, as it always stands by any movement or initiative aimed at achieving development, peace and prosperity.



Ho Chi Minh City installs solar-powered trash cans to boost waste classification



The People’s Committees of District 5 and District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City have joined forces with Green Resources Technology Company to place 200 solar-powered rubbish bins at key spots to encourage residents and tourists to sort garbage.

District 11 will install 84 solar-powered trash cans at sidewalks, the yards of state agencies, and schools.

These green rubbish bins are set to gradually replace the current public trash cans.

In the first quarter of 2019, the administration of District 5 piloted the installation of 21 hi-tech trash cans at 10 schools.

The district decided to expand this pilot program this year due to the positive results of the installation.

These bins have two compartments for organic waste and other rubbish.

Twenty-six solar-powered trash cans were placed at some parks and the headquarters of state agencies in the district in the first quarter of 2023.

In early June, the district will install 74 other hi-tech rubbish bins with three compartments for recyclable waste, food waste, and other garbage at administrative agencies, hospitals, schools, and bus stops and on sidewalks.

These trash bins consist of solar panels to activate advertisement signs and instructions that make it easier for people to throw trash into the right compartment.

Information about environmental protection also appears on the hi-tech bins.

The company will install these solar-powered trash cans free of charge in 10 years.

Many parts of Ho Chi Minh City such as Ben Nghe Ward and Pham Ngu Lao Ward in District 1 and Tan Thoi Hiep Ward in District 12 are facing difficulty sorting waste.

These districts are classifying waste into two kinds, including organic waste and others, while the government’s Decree 54 stipulates waste must be sorted into three types, including recyclable garbage, food leftovers, and other solid trash.

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Int’l Yoga Day to take place in 22 localities across Vietnam in late June



The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City will team up with the Vietnam Yoga Federation to roll out the 2023 International Yoga Day in 22 provinces and cities in Vietnam’s southern region at the end of June.

This edition will be the biggest ever since the yoga fest was first launched in the Southeast Asian nation in 2015, Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City Madan Mohan Sethi told a press briefing on Tuesday.

The yoga event is part of a wide range of cultural exchange, tourism, trade, and investment promotion events to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and India, said the consul general.

Speaking at the press conference, Sethi affirmed that Vietnam plays an important role in India’s Act East Policy, an effort by the Indian government to cultivate extensive economic and strategic relations with Southeast Asia.

India strongly believes in Vietnam’s support, he added.

“Both India and Vietnam see mutual respect and trust as the pivot of long-lasting relations between the two nations. We can make this partnership even stronger amid ongoing global uncertainties,” Sethi underlined.

Consul General of India to Ho Chi Minh City Madan Mohan Sethi and guests pose for a photo at the press briefing on May 30, 2023. Photo: The Consulate General of India

Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City Madan Mohan Sethi (R, 5th) and guests pose for a photo at a press briefing on May 30, 2023. Photo: Consulate General of India

Culture exchange acts as a boost for Vietnam – India ties

The exchange of culture traits, especially related to Buddhism and yoga, plays a significant role in the two nations’ relations, Sethi said.

Over the past few months, the Consulate General of India has initiated a host of cultural exchange events in 11 cities and provinces in southern Vietnam.

Apart from the upcoming yoga festival, a delegation of cultural experts from Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region will travel to India to deepen cultural cooperation in July.

Besides, the consulate general is planning to join hands with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts and the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association to promote traditional cultural exchange.

Stronger partnership in various fields 

The Indian diplomat expressed his high expectations for tourism growth between the two countries.

With the popularity of e-visas, Sethi predicted that 500,000 Indian tourists would travel to Vietnam in 2023, a three-fold surge year on year.

The representative of India also eyes deeper cooperation in education and manpower training for the technology-information, international trade, and pharmacy sectors, which are India’s strengths. 

The two nations will accelerate student exchanges to widen their skills and knowledge, Sethi said. 

He also called on technology students and startups in Vietnam to connect with India partners in this field to enhance tech cooperation between the two countries.

The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City will host a conference to beef up collaboration with the Mekong Delta region on June 28, with the participation of nearly 100 Indian enterprises.

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Trans-Vietnam railway world’s most incredible rail trip: Lonely Planet



Lonely Planet, the world-renowned travel guide, recently named Vietnam’s North-South Railway, also known as the Reunification Express line, as the most incredible train journey in the world.

The railway was described as one of Southeast Asia’s best-loved railways and the world’s most epic overnight train journey.

It stretches for 1,730 kilometers between the country’s two biggest cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City over the course of two days.

Some railways rattle through historic cities; others swoosh beside spectacular coastlines. A few have an epic history, and one or two are remarkable for the colorful characters onboard. The Reunification Express line fulfills all these criteria, said Lonely Planet.

“There is no more atmospheric way to haul into Vietnam’s twin metropolises. And there’s no better way of exploring all the glories in between,” the site added.

Besides Vietnam’s North-South Railway, Lonely Planet’s list of the most incredible train journeys includes the California Zephyr in the U.S., Lake Titicaca Railway in Peru, Beijing to Lhasa Express in China, Caledonian Sleeper in the UK, Bergensbanen in Norway, TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and Tazara Railway in Tanzania and Zambia. 

Vietnam’s North-South Railway was also listed in the 10 best train journeys in the world by Lonely Planet in 2018.

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