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Second tallest tower in U.A.E. nears completion

Posted on 23/07/2014: 97 views.

Poised to become the second tallest tower in the U.A.E., Marina 101 in Dubai is now 80 per cent complete according to its developer Sheffield Holdings. The 425-metre tower, which will trail only the 828m Burj Khalifa, is expected to be completed early next year. Dubai's Princess Tower is currently the second tallest tower in the U.A.E., standing at 413m, ahead of 23 Marina, which is 393m. "Visually, the tower will be a very distinctive mix-use tower in the midst of the Marina,” said project ...  Read More


Aldar ties up with Chalhoub for region’s biggest department store at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 23/07/2014: 87 views.

Aldar Properties has signed an agreement with the luxury brand retailer Chalhoub Group to create the region's largest department store, at Abu Dhabi's soon-to-open Yas Mall. Chalhoub, which opened the world's largest shoe store – the 96,000 square feet Level Shoe District in The Dubai Mall in 2012 ...  Read More

DXB resumes full operations after reopening northern runway

Posted on 23/07/2014: 84 views.

Dubai Airports has announced successful resumption of its full operations at Dubai International from yesterday following the reopening of the northern runway. The company says that flights that had temporarily moved to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) while the runway upgrades ...  Read More

Veteran space explorer praises U.A.E.’s space ambitions

Posted on 23/07/2014: 81 views.

"You can see Dubai's manmade Islands — The Palm and The World — very clearly from space, but you cannot see the Wall of China — it's a myth,” Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship, told Gulf News during his visit to Dubai yesterday. Colonel Hadfield, who ...  Read More

Mohammed bin Rashid launches Quran Printing Centre

Posted on 23/07/2014: 76 views.

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Tuesday evening inaugurated the Mohammed bin Rashid Quran Printing Centre, world's first of its kind to provide copies of the Quran in all typescript, writing styles and variant readings for ...  Read More

New book features unique collection of Islamic textiles from Sharjah

Posted on 23/07/2014: 67 views.

One of the world's most important collections of Islamic textiles from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation is being celebrated in a new publication created by Sharjah Museums Department (SMD). "Islamic Textiles: From the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation' was launched on 7 July. The ...  Read More

RAK Petroleum announces fifth consecutive year of profitability

Posted on 23/07/2014: 74 views.

RAK Petroleum Public Company Limited, the energy investment company, yesterday announced a net profit of Dh 58.1 million for the year ended 31st December 2013, marking a fifth consecutive year of profitability. The company's assets include a 42.8 percent shareholding in DNO ASA, the Oslo-listed oil ...  Read More

U.A.E. makes ‘Green Diesel’ mandatory

Posted on 23/07/2014: 77 views.

Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) yesterday announced that all service stations in the Enoc/Eppco network are now providing the ultra-low sulphur ‘Green Diesel.' This follows the U.A.E. Federal Cabinet decree aimed at raising the U.A.E.'s standards of diesel fuel from 500ppm to 10ppm, whereby ...  Read More

Abu Dhabi Police receive global recognition

Posted on 23/07/2014: 119 views.

Sheikh Saif commended the Human Resources team's efforts in achieving international recognition and urged them to continue striving towards excellence. Lt-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has received the ‘International Excellence ...  Read More

U.A.E. among top three in mobile banking adoption

Posted on 23/07/2014: 76 views.

The U.A.E. ranks as one of the world's top three countries in mobile banking adoption, according to a new global SAP study on technology in banking. Mobile banking is following a similar usage curve to online banking, with the U.A.E., China, and India leading in adoption. In emerging markets, ...  Read More

NBAD 1H net profits up 7.9% to Dh2.8 billion

Posted on 23/07/2014: 115 views.

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) earned Dh 2.829 billion for the half ended 30 June 2014, up 7.9% over first half of 2013. "In 2Q 2014, net profits were AED 1.424 billion, up 1.3% sequentially and 17.5% year-over-year. Results for both periods reflect improvement in underlying fee income and ...  Read More

FGB net profit up 21 percent in H1, 2014

Posted on 23/07/2014: 88 views.

FGB has announced its H1'2014 financial results, showing continued and solid performance across all business lines. The Bank's Net Profit stood at Dh 2,680 million, a 21 percent increase when compared with the same period last year (H1, 2013). FGB's net profit for the second quarter of 2014 rose by ...  Read More

Waha Capital reports record Q2 preliminary net profit of Dh 1.1 billion

Posted on 23/07/2014: 80 views.

Waha Capital PJSC, a leading investment company based in Abu Dhabi (ADX: WAHA), has reported a preliminary net profit of Dh 1.138 billion for the second quarter of 2014, up from Dh 38.4 million recorded in the corresponding period a year earlier. The record quarterly net profit for the company -- ...  Read More

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Princess Haya, JHCO to send 15 truck-loads of aid to Gaza

Posted on 23/07/2014: 76 views.

The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) has sent a new convoy carrying aid to the people in Gaza Strip, Jordanian News Agency (PETRA) reported on Tuesday. The relief material was provided by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...  Read More

Lubna Al Qasimi chairs first meeting of National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid

Posted on 23/07/2014: 79 views.

The National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid held its first meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and head of the committee. The committee discussed its action plans and reviewed ...  Read More

U.A.E. Human Appeal International continues humanitarian relief efforts in Palestine

Posted on 23/07/2014: 80 views.

The U.A.E.'s Human Appeal International, HAI, has distributed thousands of Iftar meals at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and 10 tons of food supplies to underprivileged families in towns and displaced people in camps in Palestine. Ibrahim Rashid, Director of HAI's Office in the West Bank, said that the ...  Read More

Zayed Programme approves Dh1.1 billion housing aid

Posted on 23/07/2014: 88 views.

The Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, SZHP, has approved the names of 1,369 beneficiaries of the 2nd batch of housing aid valued at Dh 1.157 billion. The names of the beneficiaries were approved during a meeting chaired by Dr. Abdullah Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of ...  Read More

Federal National Council okays tough anti-terror bill

Posted on 23/07/2014: 113 views.

The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved a landmark draft law to prevent and combat terrorist activities in the country and the region at large. The law, which was passed during an extraordinary meeting that began on Monday night and concluded in the early hours of Tuesday, is considered ...  Read More

Hamdan bin Mohammed launches Stars Rating System for Government Services Delivery Channels

Posted on 23/07/2014: 96 views.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, commissioned the launch of the Star Rating System for all service delivery channels in the Government of Dubai including Call Centres, Websites, Smart Applications, as well ...  Read More

Sharjah International Book Fair announces registration for first joint SIBF /ALA Library Conference

Posted on 23/07/2014: 90 views.

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) has announced that registration is now open for individuals and organisations working in the library sector, to participate in its first ever joint conference with the American Library Association (ALA), which is set to take place in November ...  Read More

Dubai Aquarium makes way for giant octopus

Posted on 23/07/2014: 87 views.

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is now home to a giant Pacific octopus that is found in the North Pacific Ocean and is the largest species among octopuses. Reaching 4.3 metres in height and weighing more than 70 kg, the giant octopus has almost no bones, allowing it to slip into very small ...  Read More

Timeless words in stainless steel creation by Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej

Posted on 23/07/2014: 78 views.

The curving pieces of steel that form the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej's sculptures are crafted in such a way that the cold, hard material seems fluid. His most recent work, Encyclopaedia, is set up in the Waterfall Atrium at The Dubai Mall. Made up of a series of circular pieces joined by deep ...  Read More

Emirati artist Zeinab Alhashemi combines her experience in graphic design with her love for art

Posted on 23/07/2014: 101 views.

It was with a certain reluctance that Zeinab Alhashemi accepted the title of artist. The 27-year-old studied graphic design at Zayed University in Dubai and when she graduated, started working for a bank. But after a serious car accident from which she took a year to recover, she began to make ...  Read More