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UAE Sets Up New Cybersecurity Body, Appoints Climate Change Envoy

UAE Sets Up New Cybersecurity Body, Appoints Climate Change Envoy

Sunday, 29 November, 2020 - 14:45
The UAE cabinet met on Sunday and took several important decisions. WAM

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday approved the establishment of a new national cybersecurity council, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President and ruler of Dubai, said.

The UAE Cybersecurity Council aims to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and create a safe and strong cyber infrastructure in the country.

The Council will be chaired by the head of Cyber Security for the UAE government and will contribute to create a legal and regulatory framework that covers all types of cybercrimes, secure existing and emerging technologies and establish a robust ‘National Cyber Incident Response Plan’ to enable swift and coordinated response to cyber incidents in the country.

The cabinet of the UAE government also appointed Industry and Advanced Technology Minister and head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Sultan al-Jaber as a special envoy for climate change.

Al-Jaber is also the chairman of Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company known as Masdar.

He has held several positions and advisory roles on issues related to energy, economics and sustainable development.

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