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UAE mobile network changes name: Here's why

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Filed on February 11, 2020 | Last updated on February 11, 2020 at 03.49 pm
UAE mobile network, Etisalat, AQDAR SID, Aqdar

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Did you notice a change in your network name today?

Etisalat, the UAE's largest telecom operator, on Tuesday changed its network name to 'AQDAR SID' to mark the Safer Internet Day, an EU wide initiative, organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones.

UAE mobile network changes name: Here's why (KT23241211.JPEG)

The UAE has joined more than 100 countries worldwide, including all 28 countries of the European Union, in celebrating SID for the thirteenth year running. In the UAE, the day is being celebrated since 2011 under the patronage of Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

Organised by the Khalifa Empowerment Program - Aqdar, the campaign, which features the participation of more than 30 ministries and federal, local and private entities, aims at raising awareness of community members about the dangers of the Internet, equipping them with the proper methods for safe internet use, and strengthening moral values and positive behaviours for safe use of the Internet.

The campaign's logo will be posted on the Google search engine. Three short documentaries will be screened via local broadcasters.

UAE organisers say the global 'Safer Internet Day' is a manifestation of international organisations' efforts of spreading the concepts of safe internet usage and child protection through early education.

The ministry urges parents to be cautious and to prevent their children from falling prey to internet dangers, as they may not always be aware of the challenges and risks they face online.

With inputs from Wam

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