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Severe weather in the UAE; beachgoers warned

posted on 15/03/2011: 743 views

Weathermen have asked beachgoers to stay away from the sea Tuesday as strong north-westerly winds have been raising waves 10 to 12 feet high in the Arabian Gulf.

"It's dangerous," warned a forecaster when asked about the sea on Tuesday.

Anybody paying no heed to the warning, including fishermen, joyriders, or people travelling in ferries or any other small vessels, would be in the trouble, he added.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) confirmed the windy and very rough state of the sea.

The winds would also be strong over land at times, kicking up sand and dust. The horizontal visibility would also be affected. The NCMS has also issued a similar warning for the general public.

The weather will be hazy and partly cloudy at times especially over the western areas.

The centre also hinted about a significant fall in the daytime temperature in most of the areas across the emirates. There are, however, no chances of rain anywhere in the country.

It was cold, windy, and humid in last night in the coastal and desert areas. The condition was quite misty with sky becoming whitish grey after midnight in Al Ain and its surrounding areas. There was, however, no fog.

The temperature Tuesday is expected to hover between 15 to 31 degree centigrade in the coastal areas, 11c to 35c in the internal, and 11c to 24c in the mountainous areas. – Gulf News

DM re-launches web portal

Dubai Municipality yesterday re-launched its web portal with a new design, the fourth since 1998, which was the first launch to create an e-audience for Dubai Municipality on the Internet.

Now, the change is based on the new trends in the field of technology, especially Internet-related and consistent with the requirements of the public who deal with the Municipality on a daily basis.

Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said Dubai Municipality has worked to develop the site in terms of form, content and sections so as to ensure ease of use. It has also taken care to provide more information and to add new channels to achieve the goal of customer satisfaction and support their requirements.

He said it was in line with the call given by the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for e-transformation. "It was a pioneering effort to transform all the services offered to the public to electronic. By 2009, about 500 services were automated and the process of development in the portal is still continuing as services never stop and come to an end and the world of Internet is a vast sea without any limit or stop," said Lootah.

"We have realised that the future stages will demand an interactive portal and this is why we launch a new portal for Dubai Municipality, which underwent a trial and developmental period that lasted for more than a year. We had a qualified Advisory Panel consisting, monitoring all stages of its construction and we have been satisfied with the fact that we have completed the first phase and are ready for launch. It is also capable for improvement and development, and we have set our eyes to do it when required," he stated.

He said all the criteria of the Government of Dubai in developing e-government portals have been applied to support the "Zero Visit" initiative, and to integrate and unify all the portals of the departments of the Municipality in the main portal. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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