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On January 15, 2012, Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the launch of a long-term national initiative to build green economy in the UAE under the slogan "A green economy for sustainable development".

Sheikh Ali Gomaa is the Grand Mufti of Egypt since September 2003 and one of the highest ranking and respected religious authorities throughout the Sunni world. He holds the second highest religious position in Egypt, after that of Sheikh al-Azhar. As the Grand Mufti, he oversees the premier institution throughout the Muslim world for religious legal direction, Dar al-Iftaa. It turns out his educational approach is also very “green”.

Sheikh Ali Gomaa (Ali Gomaa Muhammad Abdel Wahhab) was born on March 3, 1952 in Bani Suwaif in Upper Egypt. After graduating from college, Sheikh Ali Gomaa enrolled in al-Azhar University. In 1988, he obtained a PhD from the al-Azhar University’s Department of Shari’ah and Law.

On December 7, 2010, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the leading public environment fund dedicated to developing countries, unveiled a groundbreaking project in the planned city of Boughzoul in Algeria that will be built with an innovative clean energy focus designed to integrate climate change responses into urban development plans.[1]

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) presented its program on Arab Green Economy at a special session held during the Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which convened in Nairobi In February 21-24, 2011. AFED Secretary General, Najib Sa'ab, presented the Arab Green Economy Initiative, which aims at "transitioning from virtual economy based on real estate and financial speculation and depletion of resources, to the real economy based on sustainable growth combined with productive investment which creates new job opportunities".

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) presented its program on Arab Green Economy at a special session held during the Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which convened in Nairobi In February 21-24, 2011. AFED Secretary General, Najib Sa'ab, presented the Arab Green Economy Initiative, which aims at "transitioning from virtual economy based on real estate and financial speculation and depletion of resources, to the real economy based on sustainable growth combined with productive investment which creates new job opportunities".

On February 20, 2010, Mohamed H. A. Hassan, executive director of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, and President of the African Academy of Sciences, said that "Nanotechnology could aid the future of development of the Arab region". He said that at a panel session called "Re-emergence of Science, Technology and Education as Priorities in the Arab World", taking place at the AAAS's annual meeting in San Diego. He further said that "the Arab region, home to some 300 million people, faces a host of daunting development challenges. Three of the most fundamental involve ensuring adequate supplies of water, energy and food". Advances in nanotechnology could help achieve progress by helping to address each of these challenges".[1]

On April 22, 2010, during the celebration of Earth Day's 40th anniversary, which was held in Rabat, Morocco on April 17 - 24, the Kingdom of Morocco announced an unprecedented National Charter for Environment and Sustainable Development. This is the first environmental charter of its kind in Africa as well as in the Arab and Muslim world. The charter will form the framework for national environmental laws as well as for future environmental policy.[1]

After looking at “The Forum of the Ornithological Society of Kuwait and at the Saudi Green Blog, and at The Oman Eco Group Blogs, we are continuing our trip through the Gulf Countries and arrive this week at the UAE Environment & Life Blog. This is a new blog, which has been active since June 2010. It is written mostly in Arabic and its aim is to update its readers in all the “new scientific researches and activities which are connected to agriculture and environment.” This is a personal blog administered by Dr. Magd Juratly, who according to his biography is an agricultural engineer. His expertise lies in organic technology and consulting in agricultural issues. He has a PhD in Agricultural Sciences.

After looking at “The Forum of the Ornithological Society of Kuwait and at the Saudi Green Blog, we are continuing our trip through the Gulf Countries and arrive this week at the Oman Eco Group Blog. This blog has been active since July 2008 and is administered by the Environmental Co-Op Group (ECO-Group). This group, as written in the blog, “has been the first environmental group founded in Oman consisting of teachers and students.” Its aims are to “make people aware of the environment” and to “share ideas and experience with people around the world in the field of environment & discuss environmental issues.”

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