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Editorial Message

                Along with the other countries of the world, the UAE celebrated on 8th March the International Women’s Day. This year’s theme
                is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.” This theme is intended as a recognition of women’s role
                in the fight against this vicious virus whether as doctors and nurses in the health institutions or as mothers in their households.
                On this occasion, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid
                Al Maktoum tweeted. “In the UAE we are proud to recognize [women] for their inspiration and great contributions.” H.H.
                Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed
                Forces said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has further demonstrated how women’s strength, courage and leadership are integral to
                safeguarding the present and future of the UAE.”

                In fact, sine 2015, the UAE has decided to launch its own day for support of the role of women in society. 28th August was
                declared as the Emirati Women’s Day, an annual event that celebrates inspiring Emirati women, supported by government and
                welcomed by community at large.

                H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah has once asserted that the
                Emirati Women “are equal partners in all walks of life, they share the same experiences as their male counterparts and should
                never be at a position of disadvantage. This is our vision.” His Highness regarded women’s empowerment as a national priority.
                It is worth mentioning, that the UAE has decided that 50% of the country’s parliament, the Federal National Council (FNC),
                should be occupied by women. Relevant to this is that Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, in an historic vote, was elected the speaker
                of the Federal National Council’s 2015-2019 term. She has become the first female to chair a parliament in the Arab World.
                In this March issue of Al Tijara, we will read that despite the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, the value of Sharjah
                imports & exports during 2020 amounted to about AED. 21.5 billion, while certificates of origin issued by the Sharjah Chamber
                during the same period totalled 71,961 certificates.
                We will read that Sharjah Airport Free Zone (Saif Zone) signed an agreement with the Spanish international group Torrecid
                for setting up their regional headquarters in the Saif Zone. This issue also contains an article about the business investments of
                the Sharjah-based Crescent Enterprises. The company activities span over numerous sectors including, among others, ports and
                logistics, energy, engineering and aviation.

                The cover story of this month sheds light on the recovery of the UAE economy following easing of restrictions imposed due to
                the spreading of Covid-19 last year.

                Read the above and many interesting articles and stories in this March issue of Al Tijara.

                Happy Reading!

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