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UAE Balloonists embark on Arab tour

Posted on 09/09/2007

Coming fresh from the international open balloon festival in Germany, the UAE's Hot Air Balloon team embarked today on a whirl-wind tour of Arab World. Flight Captain Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Mansouri, President of the UAE balloon Team, said the tour of the will start from Libyan capital, Tripoli. "The Arab World tour which will commence from the Arab Maghreb, will be launched under the theme 'The World Will Not Forget Zayed,” he added. He paid tribute to General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

Emirati crowned 'Prince of Poets'

Posted on 09/09/2007

After 10 weeks of enthusiasm and live competition, Abdul Kareem Matouk, a UAE national poet, bagged the title of 'Prince of Poets' on Friday evening at Al Raha Theatre in Abu Dhabi. General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander Of the UAE Armed Forces attended the competition. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Consultant of National Security, crowned the five finalists in the presence of Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, President of ...  >>MORE

Freed South Koreans leave Dubai for Seoul

Posted on 02/09/2007

The 19 South Koreans freed by the Taleban in Afghanistan, who arrived in Dubai on Friday night, left for Seoul yesterday by the Korean Air flight at 4:40 pm. A South Korean official told Khaleej Times that during their stay in Dubai, the ex-hostages who had arrived on board a Kam Airline aircraft were transferred to Dusit Dubai Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. But they were so fatigued and shocked that they refused to leave their hotel rooms and even declined to go on a city tour of Dubai along ...  >>MORE

UAE orders withdrawal of Mattel toys

Posted on 29/08/2007

The UAE Ministry of Economy on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of Mattel toys from the market. A senior official on Tuesday said the ministry reached an agreement with Al Shula General Trading, distributor of the Mattel toys in the UAE, committing it to withdraw the hazardous products from the market, and to reimburse the consumers who hold valid receipts. "The distributor has agreed to withdraw all products from the UAE market, and to make a public announcement requesting buyers to come ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid inspects schools in remote areas

Posted on 27/08/2007

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai stressed on the need for decentralising administrative and financial affairs of UAE public schools adding that centralism blocks progress and developments efforts in all areas. Sheikh Mohammed also gave orders to the Minister of Education Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali to meet all the needs of schools and provide them with all possible support. He also gave orders to provide all UAE public schools with computers and ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline resumes flight after bomb threat

Posted on 15/08/2007

Tehran - Passengers on Emirates Airline have resumed their journey from Tehran to Dubai after a bomb scare that prompted officials at the Imam Khomeini airport to conduct a thorough luggage search. The airport Manager Hossein Baqerian said that the authorities received an anonymous warnings that a bomb was on board which prompted the officials to search the luggage. A source at the Emirates Airline said that the flight arrived safely in Dubai at 6 PM. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Why this summer is hotter than ever

Posted on 13/08/2007

Temperatures are soaring to record levels in the UAE, with the average minimum temperature for this month set to be the highest ever recorded in Dubai. The sweltering weather this month continues the long-term trend of temperatures in the UAE climbing decade on decade. Figures released by the meteorological office at Dubai International Airport show that the average minimum temperature so far this August is 32.5C. If this is maintained until the end of the month, then this August will have ...  >>MORE

Huge whale shark spotted by divers

Posted on 21/07/2007

Khor Fakkan: A huge whale shark was spotted by a group of divers on their dive at Martini Rock and Inchcape 2 in Khor Fakkan recently. "We were at the safety stop after our first dive yesterday and there she was. We spent what seemed like 10 minutes with this amazing creature," said Kevin Gleeson, a hydrographic surveyor and dive enthusiast. The diver claims that such a sighting is not common. "To put things in perspective, a friend of mine, a first class diver and one time instructor, has ...  >>MORE

Final Potter book hits UAE

Posted on 21/07/2007

Happiness and sadness ruled the wee hours of Saturday as children, parents and adults vied for their copy of boy wizard Harry Potter's final adventure. Excitement was high as die-hard Potter fans started showing up at Mall of Emirates as early as 8pm on Friday to ensure their spot in the queue for the final book in author J.K. Rowling's super-successful seven-book series. "I came alone at 8 pm. They basically let me spend the night at the mall," said 19-year old Nikhat Alam, a Potter fan. ...  >>MORE

Breathtaking new image of Dubai's future made public for the first time

Posted on 19/07/2007

The future of Dubai is revealed in a never-seen-before rendering of what the city will look like from above in the coming years. It was released by Nakheel, the region's largest developer and a key force behind its most iconic developments, including world-famous man-made island The Palm Jumeirah. The image was created by super-imposing renderings of the Nakheel's projects onto a recent satellite image of Dubai. It shows the changing face of Dubai's shoreline as the emirate's famous man-made ...  >>MORE

Sultan bin Khalifa receives UAE Balloon Team

Posted on 01/07/2007

Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman oft he Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club received yesterday at his palace the UAE Balloon Team headed by pilot Abdul Aziz Al Mansouri. Sheikh Sultan hailed the achievements accomplished by the Team all around the world under the slogan " the World will never forget Zayed." He also pointed out the important role the Team plays through its participation in local and international sports activities, assuring that the success achieved came ...  >>MORE

Yellow balloons around the world to mark kidnapping of Madeleine

Posted on 23/06/2007

Fifty yellow balloons were released yesterday near Burj Al Arab to mark the 50 days since Madeleine McCann was abducted from her parents' holiday apartment in Portugal. In Dubai, families gathered at Jumeirah Beach yesterday morning to show their support for the McCann family. An organiser said the objective was to highlight the plight of the family and to show that the four-year-old is not forgotten. To mark this sad anniversary, her parents wanted to arrange for the release of 50 yellow ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets first ice lounge

Posted on 22/06/2007

There may be no better way to escape the searing summer heat in Dubai than a visit to the Chill Out lounge, a new subzero experience from Sharaf Group.Owners of the ice bar, situated in the new Times Square Centre shopping mall, are hoping it will be a hit with tourists and residents alike, and in the process draw in business to the Sharaf Group's new shopping centre. The bar, which charges a Dh60 entry fee that comes with a beverage, is made entirely of ice – including an ice bar, ice ...  >>MORE

Discovery crew begins filming in Dubai

Posted on 19/06/2007

The Discovery Channel has begun filming a documentary series in Dubai on vehicle customisation stars and experts, the West Coast Customs. The show will follow their daily trials and tribulations as they meet deadlines and face complicated challenges and customisation requests and will include, in detail, their work on the cars of UAE's high status individuals, according to a press release. The show will be similar in theme and structure to the Discovery Channel's popular shows Orange ...  >>MORE

Kharbash chosen as senior research fellow at Harvard

Posted on 17/06/2007

The University of Harvard has chosen Dr. Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Finance and Industrial Affairs as one of its senior research fellows. In an official invitation by the university, Dr. Kharbash was asked to join Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a senior research fellow. This fellowship was offered to Dr. Kharbash as a token of appreciation for his significant contribution in forging successful partnerships between the private and sectors, said Gowher ...  >>MORE

UAE second largest consumer of bottled water

Posted on 14/06/2007

The UAE is the world's second largest consumer of drinking bottled water in 2006, according to a National Geographic report. The report put Italy on the lead with 203 litres per person, followed by the UAE at 197 litres, and Mexico (191 litres) while the USA ranked tenth with 104 litres. According to the report, the world demand for bottled water surged from 28 billion gallons in 2000 to 47 million in 2006. The report lamented a lack of public awareness to the importance of recycling bins. ...  >>MORE

Juma Al Majid Centre to help preserve monastery's collection

Posted on 06/06/2007

A senior church leader in the Middle East has praised a Dubai cultural centre for offering to preserve Christian heritage. Archbishop Damianos of Sinai, the Abbot of St Catherine's Monastery in Egypt, has thanked the Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage for saying it will assist in taking copies of the monastery's well-known collection of manuscripts. Some of the manuscripts at the Greek Orthodox monastery date back 1,500 years and the Juma Al Majid Centre will provide expertise and ...  >>MORE

Contact lens solution pulled from shelves

Posted on 01/06/2007

A multi-purpose contact lens solution, which has been linked to a blindness-causing parasitic infection, has been withdrawn from the UAE market as part of a worldwide initiative. Complete MoisturePlus Multi-Purpose contact lens solution, made by Advanced Medical Optics, has been linked to 138 confirmed cases in the United States of Acanthamoeba keratitis, an extremely rare but serious microbial infection. Abu Dhabi-Health Authority banned the contact lens solution in the emirate on ...  >>MORE

Egypt's First Lady honoured

Posted on 30/05/2007

Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, during her official visit to Dubai, was accompanied by the Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein to the International Humanitarian City (IHC) premises where they met with various stakeholders from major UN agencies, and international and regional humanitarian NGOs registered at the City. During the visit, Princess Haya and Mubarak toured the premises and ...  >>MORE

Suzanne Mubarak receives humanitarian prize

Posted on 30/05/2007

Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak called on nations to give up their weapons and work together for peace, after receiving her humanitarian personality award from a leading special needs centre in the UAE. Recognised by the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre for her work for women's, children's and family rights, Suzanne reminded the audience that wars and problems were still rife in the Middle East and the rest of world. The award was presented by Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

Cost of living in Dubai will continue to increase

Posted on 30/05/2007

Living costs in Dubai are set to surge for a fourth straight year as demand for accommodation, education and healthcare outpaces supply, according to a Dubai-based recruitment consultancy. Rental costs for two-bedroom apartments in the emirate rose as much as 47 per cent during the last year, with rentals for three-bedroom apartments now US$4,000 per month - just 13 per cent less than the average of the best areas in Geneva, Kershaw Leonard it said in a report. Living costs rose between ...  >>MORE

Suzanne Mubarak visits Rashid Centre

Posted on 29/05/2007

Princess Haya bint Hussein, wife of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President , Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai received in Dubai yesterday Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, wife of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Princess Haya received Mubarak at the Rashid Centre for children with special needs. Mubarak will be honoured today for winning the Sheikh Rashid Humanitarian Personality Award for 2006. She was named the personality of the year for her distinguished contributions to the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler Founding member of University of Exeter

Posted on 16/05/2007

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and Chancellor of both the University of Sharjah and the American University of Sharjah, has been inducted as a founding member of the University of Exeter. The Ruler was inducted during a special ceremony the University held here last night at the Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies in recognition of his unstinting support to the university. Sheikh Sultan was dressed in the official robe of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality opens beach after clean-up of oil spill

Posted on 07/05/2007

Dubai Municipality opened the beach for swimmers after cleaning up the oil spill yesterday, said a senior official. However, it is still investigating the cause of the oil spill, which washed ashore on Friday, polluting the beach along Umm Al Suqueim. "We are conducting investigations in cooperation with the UAE Coast Guard to find out reasons for the oil spill on Umm Suqueim beach," said Hamdan Al Sha'er, Director of the Environment Department at Dubai Municipality. In a statement, Al ...  >>MORE

Oil spill forces swimmers off beach

Posted on 06/05/2007

The authorities are investigating the cause of an oil spill that forced swimmers off the sea near Umm Suqeim on Saturday. Approximately forty workers gathered to clean oil that had washed up on the beach following what is believed to be a spill from a nearby ship. "We're not sure of the exact level of pollution yet but there will be an investigation," said an official from the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality who was on site, adding that the spill was "not major" and that the ...  >>MORE

Houbara nests found

Posted on 03/05/2007

The National Aviation Research Centre (NARC) announced Tuesday the first captive-bred Houbara bustard nesting in the deserts of the country after decades. According to NARC, a unit of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), the discovery of three Houbara chicks in the desert has proven that the bird can breed in the country's wild. Mohammad Ahmad Al Bowardi, Managing Director of EAD, confirmed the discovery of the first three chicks from a female Houbara in the desert. The Houbara was ...  >>MORE

UAE’s first man in space

Posted on 03/05/2007

Business magnate Ibrahim Sharaf is to boldly go where no Emirati has gone before. For he may become the first UAE national in space when he blasts off in 2009, it was announced yesterday. Sharaf, 58, has paid Dh730,000 to be one of the people to take a sub-orbital flight with Virgin Galactic, the space travel division of the travel and retail group owned by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson. Sharaf's thirst for adventure has previously taken him to the North Pole and across the wilds of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler named 'Personality of the Year' by Al Fahim Award

Posted on 01/05/2007

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah was named "Personality of the Year" by the Abdul Jalil Al Fahim Award for Scientific Distinction. In a press conference held yesterday by the Award's Board of Trustees, Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim praised the support given by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to ...  >>MORE

Microsoft's Xbox officially launched in UAE

Posted on 27/04/2007

Microsoft officially launched its next generation console - Xbox 360 - in the UAE yesterday. The estimated retail price of the third-generation 20GB hard drive console is Dh1,799. The highlight of the three-day event, which kicked off at the Galleria in the Mall of the Emirates, offers X-perience competition, where participants will have a chance to take home a spectacular prize package and be named Xbox 360 ME Gamer of the Year. Registration is open to all and the winner will be ...  >>MORE

Abdullah receives UAE Air Balloon team

Posted on 26/04/2007

Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, received at his office in Abu Dhabi yesterday the UAE Air Balloon team, led by Captain Abdul Aziz Nasir Al Mansouri. During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah reviewed with the team the latter's programmes, activities and plans for the future. Al Mansouri gave the Foreign Minister a detailed briefing about the team and its activities. Sheikh Abdullah re-affirmed the commitment of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to continuous ...  >>MORE

Kublai Khan's pearl up for grabs

Posted on 26/04/2007

One of the largest saltwater pearls in the world insured for US$5 million (Dh18.4 million) will be auctioned next month in Abu Dhabi and is expected to attract bids up to US$8 million (about Dh29.5 million). The pearl, which weighs 115 grams and is 575 carats, dates from the 12th century and originating from Mongolia according to Abdullah Abdul Qadir Al Muaini, head of the gemstone unit at the Dubai Central laboratory. Money raised from the sale of the pearl, named Arco Valley pearl, ...  >>MORE

Mansour bin Zayed leads blood donation exercise

Posted on 25/04/2007

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, yesterday led the Ministry's staff in responding to a blood-donation campaign organised in coordination with the Ministry of Health. Sheikh Mansour, who was the first donor in the two-day campaign, said such initiatives were instrumental in enriching the voluntary work and community service culture, which ranked high on the Government's strategic objectives. He urged all public and private institutions to organise similar ...  >>MORE

Progress of cities rely on coexistence of cultures: Lootah

Posted on 15/04/2007

Istanbul - The cities that define innovation, progress and development in this age are living examples of multicultural blending and understanding, said Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director General of Dubai Municipality. He made the remarks while attending the Fourth World Mayors' Summit, which is currently held in the Turkish city of Istanbul and will conclude today, as the head of a high-level Dubai Municipality delegation. The summit is attended by mayors of more than 100 cities from ...  >>MORE

Al Gergawi honours Coelho

Posted on 14/04/2007

Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, honoured yesterday award-winning author Paulo Coelho with a memento featuring Arabic calligraphy, epitomising Arabic culture. The honour marked the end of Coelho's visit to Dubai for the launch of his latest book, "The Witch of Portobello". His visit also reinforced Dubai's position as a cultural pioneer in the region. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Muslims and West must find a 'common ground'

Posted on 09/04/2007

Finding a common ground between Muslims and the West is not an option but a necessity, it was revealed at a multiculturalism symposium held in Abu Dhabi yesterday. "Civilisational dialogue is of crucial importance to the future of the world. We should not subscribe to the thesis of the clash of civilisation. It is crucial that we find more useful ideas of understanding, cooperation and peaceful co-existence in this interdependent world," said Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of ...  >>MORE

Life in Al Ain a rich experience

Posted on 07/04/2007

To some, the UAE's appeal lies in its breathtaking skyscrapers and phenomenal development. To others, the appeal lies in the melting pot of cultures that the UAE has become. On one side of the spectrum are the monuments of an ancient culture and civilization, the castles, the gardens, and on the other, the rich cultural life of the Emirates what with the mega malls and mega entertainment events outpacing each other. Mahmoud Mohammed Mahmoud will give anything to settle for the cultural ...  >>MORE

March of time has failed to dim Rashid's passion for his first love

Posted on 31/03/2007

Reams of images stored in countless boxes and cabinets, depict some of the world's most iconic figures - from Nelson Mandela and Yasser Arafat, to Anwar Sadat and Mohammad Ali. In many of the shots one face continues to crop up, usually embracing the famous figures and ageing as the photos become more recent. The familiar face is that of Nour Ali Rashid - the grandfather of photography in the UAE who at the age of 78 continues to work as the UAE's royal photographer. From documenting ...  >>MORE

Dubai Government offers K9 Friends land to build dog welfare shelter

Posted on 29/03/2007

The Dubai Government has offered K9 Friends a lifeline by providing land to build a purpose built dog welfare shelter, said Jackie Ratcliffe, the group's chairwoman. "We received a telephone call from the Dubai Government office at 11am on Tuesday and by 4.30pm it was all done. The new shelter will be located in Al Quoz and will be funded by the Dubai Government," said Ratcliffe. She said the government has shown real concern for animal welfare in the region and has pledged to help the ...  >>MORE

Youngsters draw UAE's largest Mother's Day card

Posted on 21/03/2007

More than 100 schoolchildren from private and public schools participated in drawing the UAE's largest greeting card to mark Mother's Day. Titled For My Mother With Love the greeting card was drawn by the schoolchildren along with their counterparts with special needs from the Dubai Handicapped Rehabilitation Centre. The event was organised by Dubai Municipality in cooperation with Children's City, and with the support of the Saleh Bin Lahej Group, out of respect for mothers and their high ...  >>MORE

Hamdan dazzles people of all ages with poetry

Posted on 17/03/2007

A room filled to capacity greeted Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, at a poetry reading event at the World Trade Centre on Thursday. An audience of about 700 filled Rashid Hall at the first event of its kind for Sheikh Hamdan, during which he recited his own poetry on subjects ranging from the UAE, his equestrian interests and his father, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE ...  >>MORE

Lend a hand to set world record

Posted on 17/03/2007

The world's largest national flag created from fingerprints is quickly taking shape in the UAE, with some 180,000 people already having left their mark on the canvas. The project, which is likely to enter the Guinness World Records book, is the idea of students at the American University of Sharjah, who are also members of the Emirati Cultural Club. The flag consists of 49 large pieces of white canvas, which the students take to shopping malls, cultural venues and offices and invite ...  >>MORE

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UAE Balloonists embark on Arab tour


Emirati crowned 'Prince of Poets'


Freed South Koreans leave Dubai for Seoul


UAE orders withdrawal of Mattel toys


Mohammed bin Rashid inspects schools in remote areas


Emirates Airline resumes flight after bomb threat


Why this summer is hotter than ever


Huge whale shark spotted by divers


Final Potter book hits UAE


Breathtaking new image of Dubai's future made public for the first time


Sultan bin Khalifa receives UAE Balloon Team


Yellow balloons around the world to mark kidnapping of Madeleine


Dubai gets first ice lounge


Discovery crew begins filming in Dubai


Kharbash chosen as senior research fellow at Harvard


UAE second largest consumer of bottled water


Juma Al Majid Centre to help preserve monastery's collection


Contact lens solution pulled from shelves


Egypt's First Lady honoured


Suzanne Mubarak receives humanitarian prize


Cost of living in Dubai will continue to increase


Suzanne Mubarak visits Rashid Centre


Sharjah Ruler Founding member of University of Exeter


Dubai Municipality opens beach after clean-up of oil spill


Oil spill forces swimmers off beach


Houbara nests found


UAE’s first man in space


Sharjah Ruler named 'Personality of the Year' by Al Fahim Award


Microsoft's Xbox officially launched in UAE


Abdullah receives UAE Air Balloon team


Kublai Khan's pearl up for grabs


Mansour bin Zayed leads blood donation exercise


Progress of cities rely on coexistence of cultures: Lootah


Al Gergawi honours Coelho


Muslims and West must find a 'common ground'


Life in Al Ain a rich experience


March of time has failed to dim Rashid's passion for his first love


Dubai Government offers K9 Friends land to build dog welfare shelter


Youngsters draw UAE's largest Mother's Day card


Hamdan dazzles people of all ages with poetry


Lend a hand to set world record