In a major leap towards ‘smart’ transformation, Dubai Courts has announced that its first smart application, comprising a collection of 110 services, is now available directly to its individual and corporate customers involved in judicial cases. The move will result in a significant rise in the use of legal and judicial smart services in line with the vision and directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to increase the usage of smart services to 80 per cent by 2018 and reduce the number of walking-in customers.

H.E. Eng. Mariam Mohammed Saeed Hareb, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Water, reported that the heavy rains experienced last Sunday (August 2, 2015) has led to water harvesting estimated of 54,000 cubic meters of water or equivalent to 12 million gallons in the reservoirs of dams and breakers located in the Eastern Region.

The UAE Ministry of Education has announced that the second batch of 100 elite citizen students has left for Ireland on August 2, 2015 to engage in the qualitative practical training camp and program. The program aims to give students practical, scientific and life skills in some of the finest smart cities and best international scientific and industrial institutions. The move complements the Ministry’s plan to send over 400 male and female students to the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Ireland, and Singapore.

The Ministry of Environment and Water’s Innovation Executive Committee held its first meeting recently at the Ministry’s headquarters in Dubai to discuss the committee’s strategy and implementation plan for 2015 to 2016. The Committee was established by Ministerial Decree No. 184 for the year 2015 forming the Innovation Executive Committee under the slogan "Eureka". The Committee is tasked with promoting innovation in all projects and environmental initiatives launched by the Ministry in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the UAE, and the 2015 declaration of state for the implementation of UAE Vision 2021.

The Ministry of Environment and Water has discussed different ways of cooperation with the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Punitive and Correctional Establishments in the move to increase more awareness on the environment and environmental education. The statement was released after a delegation from the Ministry of Environment and Water, headed by Engineer Aisha Al-Abdooli, Director of Awareness and Education Department, visited the General Department of Punitive and Correctional Establishments at the Ministry of Interior's headquarters in Abu Dhabi.