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MISCELLANEOUS - GENERAL ARTICLES

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

UAE to mark Arab Towns' Day

Posted on 15/03/2007

The UAE will mark the "Arab Towns Day" which will be observed across the Arab world tomorrow. The event will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Arab Towns Organisation (ATO) which was founded in 1967. In a statement on the occasion, Dr. Jouaan Salim Al Dhaheri, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture in Abu Dhabi hailed the efforts undertaken by Arab towns since the inception of the ATO four decades ago. In the UAE, he said, the country's leadership has ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince inspects corrective and punitive institutions

Posted on 08/03/2007

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces inspected yesterday the Directorate of Corrective and Punitive Institutions at Al Wathba Prison in Abu Dhabi to acquaint himself with the situation of cells and inmates the level of services provided to them. Sheikh Mohammed was received upon arrival Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher ...  >>MORE

Beachgoers urged not to meddle with sea snakes

Posted on 03/03/2007

Sea snakes rarely wash up on shore and will probably be dead by the time anyone finds them, but residents are urged not to pick them up or throw them back into the sea. According to a zoologist sea snakes are the most venomous snakes, more so than land snakes, but they rarely bite humans. Dr Reza Khan, director of Dubai Zoo, said it is not very common but some sea snakes have been found washed up on the shore. "We don't really know the reason why and in my experience of the last few ...  >>MORE

Rare glimpse of Sharjah Ruler in his youth on display

Posted on 27/02/2007

An exhibition of photographs of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, was inaugurated on Sunday at Qanat Al Qasba. Entitled "A Glimpse of His Life", more than 40 photographs of the Sharjah Ruler in his youth are being displayed for the first time, drawn from the Ruler's personal collection. The exhibition runs until March 8 from 10am to 10pm daily at Maraya Al Qanat, and admission is free. The photographs span the ...  >>MORE

Urban climbing feat captivates capital's residents

Posted on 25/02/2007

Thousands of residents in the capital flooded downtown streets to see the 'Spiderman', Alain Robert, conquer another tall building in Abu Dhabi in his third appearance in the city. The French adventurer climbed the new 38-storey and 185-metre Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower on the Corniche. The event was sponsored by the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) as part of its fourth biennial Education Without Borders International Students Conference, which will open today. Thousands of ...  >>MORE

Emirati honoured for long journey

Posted on 22/02/2007

The Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) honoured the first Emirati to walk on a journey across the UAE determined to raise awareness and money for children with autism. Jalan Bin Thaneya set off on January 3. The 20-year-old student studying at Middlesex University at Knowledge Village said that he undertook the 603km walk around the UAE in 23 days. DAC board member Tawheed Abdullah said: "On behalf of all children with autism ... allow me to extend our deep gratitude and thanks to this wonderful ...  >>MORE

K9 Friends still to find home as calls flood in

Posted on 22/02/2007

Organisers of embattled dog welfare group K9 Friends say they have been "overwhelmed" with offers of support after revealing they are going to be evicted. No one, however, has yet come forward to offer the society a new home following the announcement that they are being evicted from their Al Barsha kennels at the end of May. Chairwoman Jackie Ratcliffe said the response from the public to the appeal for assistance, reported in Gulf News yesterday, had been "great". She added: "People ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed attends poetry event

Posted on 15/02/2007

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces attended yesterday the 10th episode of "Poet of the Million" poetic contest which was aired live by Abu Dhabi TV Channel from Al Raha Beach resort. A host of senior officials, ambassadors, diplomats and members of the press were also present at the event. On the sidelines of the event, Sheikh Mohammed met with individuals with special needs from the Zayed Higher ...  >>MORE

Four-metre whale shark attracts crowd of admirers in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/02/2007

A striking whale shark, spotted along the quay at Port Zayed in Abu Dhabi yesterday, drew a small crowd of admirers and environmental enthusiasts - and one onlooker got into the water to try to swim with it. However, the four-metre long shark, with its characteristic white spots, was quick to shy away. Mohana Rao, a marketing executive who alerted Gulf News about the sighting, was in the Port Zayed area around 1pm when she heard about the gentle giant. "It is such a beautiful animal and ...  >>MORE

Dubai holds record for largest inflatable balloon in the world

Posted on 05/02/2007

The record for the world's largest inflatable balloon now belongs to Dubai. The giant balloon, made by National Trading and Developing Establishment (NTDE), featured at the Record Breaking Festival held at Safa Park from January 28 to February 4. The record being targeted was the largest inflatable bal loon in the world by volume. To achieve this the NTDE manufactured a 500-kilogram balloon from fire retardant material, estimated to be as tall as an eight-storey building. It was almost ...  >>MORE

Flame welding blamed for deadly tower blaze

Posted on 02/02/2007

Police have solved the mystery of Fortune Tower fire which left two workers dead and dozens injured last month. Flame welding was the main cause behind a fire that broke out at Fortune Tower on January 18, a senior police official said yesterday. There were about 300 workers in the 35-storey tower when the fire broke out. The fire started at 12.30pm and soon plumes of smoke billowed from Fortune Tower, a commercial building located in the Jumeirah Lake Tower development on Shaikh Zayed ...  >>MORE

Sales of LG flat screen TVs touch unprecedented 7,000 in Dubai

Posted on 02/02/2007

LG reports strong growth in LCD TV with sales in Dubai touching an unprecedented 7,000 units in December, up 300 per cent from the year before. Riding the wave of attractive discounts and promotional campaigns, consumer electronics companies across Dubai are reporting significant increase in sales during the region's annual shopping extravaganza - the Dubai Shopping Festival. Plasma TV sales were up 80 per cent over the same period last year. Demand for notebooks peaked at 15 per cent, ...  >>MORE

Emirati talent brought into sharp focus

Posted on 28/01/2007

Three Emirati sisters from Abu Dhabi believe they have their hands on a snapper of an idea. According to them, the business venture they have embarked upon could give a face to the many gifted, often unknown, Emirati photographers in the UAE. "You put so much effort and time in your picture, so why not get credit for your work and make money?” asks Laila Youssef Al Hassan, 25, one of the business partners. Their venture, >>MORE

Abdullah supports Watani drive

Posted on 25/01/2007

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday received members of the Emirates Cultural Club at the American University in Sharjah. He printed his thumb impression on the UAE flag as part of the Watani (My Homeland) campaign organised by the club as part of the country's National Day celebrations. The campaign is aimed at collecting 200,000 thumb impressions of nationals, including their Highnesses and Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, ...  >>MORE

Lubna thumb print on World Largest Flag

Posted on 24/01/2007

The Minister of Economy Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Tuesday, has praised an initiative by the Emirates Cultural Club (ECC) of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) to prepare the World Largest Flag with thumb prints of prominent personalities, common citizens and residents imprinted on it. The ECC team met with Sheikha Lubna at the ministry's premises in Abu Dhabi and took a thumb impression of her. Sheikha Lubna said "the initiative reflects the unconditional love of our youth and our ...  >>MORE

UAE youth treks on despite blisters and hunger

Posted on 22/01/2007

young UAE national who set out on a 500-km charity walk across the Emirates said yesterday blisters and hunger made him more determined than ever to complete the trek. Jalal Bin Thaneya, whose mother is British, said he suffered muscle and joint pain on several occasions, and had to cut off blisters from his foot. He has had only three showers since January 3 - one at a petrol station and two offered by strangers who took an interest in his cause. He has been living on canned food and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airship reaches Athens

Posted on 03/01/2007

The Spirit of Dubai airship has reached its last major European destination on its landmark journey from London to Dubai by flying over some of Athens's greatest landmarks. The airship's journey is marking the first residents moving into The Palm Jumeirah. The leg from Italy to Greece, and then on to Egypt, is probably the most challenging of the 7,000 kilometres journey. The Spirit of Dubai will continue its journey taking in the historic Pyramids of Giza near Cairo before arriving in Dubai ...  >>MORE

Fireworks and celebrations usher in New Year

Posted on 02/01/2007

The country saw in the New Year in style with a host of events marked by fireworks and celebrations during a fun-packed night. New Year's eve gatherings attracted bumper crowds although for some that meant getting home afterwards proved to be a trial. Among the most popular events was the fireworks display near Burj Al Arab hotel, which was attended by thousands. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Rashid to receive UNESCO's highest medal

Posted on 27/12/2006

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -UNESCO- will confer tomorrow its highest accolade on Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, announced an official source yesterday. Sheikh Hamdan will be presented with the prestigious UNESCO's medal in recognition of his outstanding efforts and initiatives launched by him in support of education, science and to further promote the culture of peace worldwide in line with ...  >>MORE

Sultan Al Qasimi receives honorary doctorate from Tubingen University

Posted on 31/10/2006

The German University of Tubingen has bestowed the honorary doctorate on H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah in recognition of his leading role in developing higher education in the UAE in general and the Emirate of Sharjah, in particular. The degree was presented to Sheikh Sultan at a special ceremony at the University's campus in the historical city of Tubingen, south of Stuttgart. Tubingen University is one of four of the most ...  >>MORE

More Than 4000 People Walk to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer

Posted on 28/10/2006

More than 4000 people participated yesterday in the 3rd BurJuman 'Pink Walkathon'. The charity walk is one of the major events in BurJuman's Safe and Sound campaign, now a year-long initiative aimed at raising funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Men, women and children of all ages and fitness levels wearing Safe and Sound T-shirts and caps, joined senior BurJuman officials and breast cancer survivors in the 3.6-kilometer walk, which began at 8.00 am at BurJuman. This ...  >>MORE

Religious festival honours Sheikh Abdullah

Posted on 28/10/2006

Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan was yesterday honoured as personality of the year by the festival of awards on prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in recognition of his great support for the Burda (hymnody on the prophet) Award. Before the ceremony, Sheikh Abdullah toured an exhibition staged on the sideline of the festival showcasing calligraphic works revolving around the character of the prophet Mohammed, Quranic verses, the holy city of Medina and the prophet's mosque there. ...  >>MORE

UAE sets record in poverty campaign

Posted on 19/10/2006

The people of the UAE became world record breakers yesterday when the official figures for the Stand Up Against Poverty campaign were released. A staggering 23,542,614 people stood up all over the world as part of the global awareness campaign to eradicate poverty. A total of 20,003 people, came together across the UAE as more than 21 simultaneous "Stand Up” events took place in the country. The benchmark set by worldwide officials from the Guinness Team was set at 10,000 globally, however, ...  >>MORE

UAE students Stand Up to help eradicate global poverty

Posted on 17/10/2006

Thousands of students across the UAE took part in events yesterday to "Stand Up" and be heard on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. With early estimates of 1.6 million participants worldwide, the campaign clearly surpassed the figure needed to set a Guinness World Record for the highest number of people to "Stand Up" against poverty. Students from 17 schools throughout the UAE were among all those worldwide taking part in the landmark campaign, a collective ...  >>MORE

UAE residents in pledge to fight poverty

Posted on 16/10/2006

Scores of people met at the open beach at Umm Suqueim yesterday in the run up to the international day for eradicating poverty tomorrow. As part of the Make Poverty History campaign, for a 20-hour period, which began yesterday at 2pm, people all over the world will take a few minutes to get together to make their pledge to fight poverty. It is also being monitored by the Guinness Book of World Records. If more than 10,000 people take part across the world, it could create a world record. (Gulf ...  >>MORE

Dubai from the sky: Palm Jebel Ali and The World

Posted on 03/10/2006

The Palm Jebel Ali will be the second of Nakheel's three palm projects to be completed, with construction set to finish in 2010.Dubai has excelled itself in imagination and ambition with The World, a cluster of 300 man made islands shaped like a map of the world. The project, being developed by Nakheel and due for completion in 2010, represents an investment of more than Dh3bn. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

World's largest collection box unveiled

Posted on 27/09/2006

The largest collection box in the world was launched today by Bait Al Khair Society, in cooperation with Ibn Battuta Mall. The 5-meter wide, 12 meter high box was unveiled today at the Chinese court of Ibn Battuta Mall. The box which is tipped to make an entry into Guinness Book of Records, targets collection of Dh 3 million in donations for the needy people in the UAE. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Queen Mary 2 to sail into Dubai next year

Posted on 27/09/2006

The second largest cruise ship will make its maiden call at Dubai next year. Cunard Line has revealed that the Queen Mary 2 will arrive at Dubai on March 11. The visit comes as part of QM2's first world cruise and follows several calls in Dubai of her much smaller and older sistership, the QE2. Eric Flounders, a spokes-man for Cunard, told Gulf News by telephone from London that he expected the visit to create quite a buzz. "It's very exciting for the ship to be coming to Dubai for the first ...  >>MORE

UAE Guinness record tally goes up to 25

Posted on 27/09/2006

Ski Dubai is the latest entrant in the Guinness World Records with the world's tallest ice sculpture carved out in April this year. The 2006 edition of the world records book, available in the market, shows that the 12.28 metre high sculpture was crafted by Michael Amann on April 20. The country has 25 records to its credit in the Guinness World Records 2007 set for an official launch on Friday. Distributed by Jashanmal's Bookstores, the latest edition lists 2,244 all-new records ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid attends graduation ceremony at Sandhurst

Posted on 12/08/2006

London - H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai attended here today the graduation ceremony of a new batch from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. Among the 300 cadet officers from the UK, the UAE and other countries from the Middle East, was Sheikh Mayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikh Mayed who was proclaimed as the top achiever of his batch, was awarded the "Sword of Honour" by King Abdullah II of Jordan, who attended the ...  >>MORE

UAE globetrotter arrives in Libya

Posted on 12/07/2006

Tripoli - Abdul Rahim Obaid Abdullah, a UAE globetrotter, arrived yesterday in Tripoli, the second leg of a journey that will take him to a number of Arab, African and European countries. He was received by UAE Ambassador to Libya Abdullah Sulaiman Al Hamadi. Abdullah said that he started the expedition to commemorate the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and to convey a message of love and allegiance to President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ...  >>MORE

Air crash averted

Posted on 26/06/2006

A disaster was averted when an Air Kish jet landed on a under-construction runway at Dubai International airport. No one of the 91 passengers and crew members was injured. A statement by the Department of Civil Aviation said that a human error caused the plane to collide into construction materials scattered over the runway which led to fuel leakage. Fire-fighters and ambulance units rushed to the scene and sprinkled chemicals on the leaking fuel to prevent fire or explosion of the plane. ...  >>MORE

Another whale shark swims into Marina

Posted on 26/06/2006

Dubai Residents and workers at Dubai Marina were stunned to see a whale shark swimming through the bay yesterday morning. The animal, which was about five metres long, attracted a crowd of onlookers as it swam close to the barriers at the edge of the pedestrian walkways. Among those lucky enough to see the creature, thought to be a juvenile because of its modest size, was Ania Sikora from Australia, who spotted it from her 14th floor flat. "It was swimming around the bay for about four ...  >>MORE

Power failures hit parts of Dubai

Posted on 19/06/2006

Power failures continued to hit Dubai on Sunday, with the worst blackout affecting the Al Barsha area, including the Mall of the Emirates. After several reports of power outages in recent weeks, Mall of the Emirates was plunged into darkness at around 2.15 on Sunday afternoon, according to mall officials. "Mall of the Emirates and most of Dubai's Al Barsha area was affected by a power failure on Sunday at around 2.15pm," Jim Badour, Vice-President of Mall of the Emirates, said in a ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler opens Khor Fakkan Community College

Posted on 29/05/2006

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah yesterday inaugurated the Community College campus in Khor Fakkan. He also attended graduation ceremony of the college's first batch. Sheikh Sultan, who is also Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, was received upon arrival to the College campus by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Seaports and Customs Department, Sheikh Saeed bin Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler receives copy of "Deep-seated Malice" from HCT

Posted on 21/05/2006

The Sharjah College of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has presented to H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah a copy of the English version of "Al Hiqd Al Dafeen" (Deep-rooted Malice) which he authored in Arabic. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the HCT was present at the ceremony. The book, which was published by the London-based Al Saqi Books Publishers, ...  >>MORE

The UAE respects its commitments to CWC

Posted on 08/05/2006

The UAE respects its international commitments including the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and this is out of the UAE's wise policy of adopting world peace and stability, said Foreign Ministry Under Secretary and Chairman of the Committee for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons Abdullah Rashid Al Nuaimi. In his opening speech at the to the GCC Regional Workshop on Chemical Weapons Convention which started yesterday in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality wins UN award

Posted on 01/05/2006

Dubai Municipality (DM) has won the United Nations' 2006 Public Services Award in the area of application of Information Technology and telecommunications in the government sector, e-Government. By winning the award, Dubai becomes the first Arab city to have won the prestigious award, which is one of the international prizes being award by the UN on public service. The award covers three major areas, including transparency, accountability and the public service's response to the basic needs ...  >>MORE

UAE team at Canberra balloon fiesta

Posted on 25/04/2006

The UAE balloon team is taking part in the Canberra International Balloon Fiesta — the biggest international gathering of local and international balloon teams. Captain Abdulaziz Nassir, head of the Emirates balloon team, said that the participation of the team comes under the slogan of ‘The world will never forget Zayed'. Captain Abdulaziz said that some international balloon teams confirmed their participation in the balloon fiesta, which is scheduled to be organised in the UAE in November. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Classical Music Festival to become a major global event

Posted on 10/04/2006

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Head of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, has said that Abu Dhabi's Third Festival for Classical Music, which will be held on the 17th of April, 2006, will be one of the most important International festivals in the coming years. He pointed out that this festival, themed "The Year of Mozart", is organized by Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation and will last for nine days. Sheikh Sultan, who is also Head of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, added ...  >>MORE

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Lend a hand to set world record


UAE to mark Arab Towns' Day


Abu Dhabi Crown Prince inspects corrective and punitive institutions


Beachgoers urged not to meddle with sea snakes


Rare glimpse of Sharjah Ruler in his youth on display


Urban climbing feat captivates capital's residents


Emirati honoured for long journey


K9 Friends still to find home as calls flood in


Mohammed bin Zayed attends poetry event


Four-metre whale shark attracts crowd of admirers in Abu Dhabi


Dubai holds record for largest inflatable balloon in the world


Flame welding blamed for deadly tower blaze


Sales of LG flat screen TVs touch unprecedented 7,000 in Dubai


Emirati talent brought into sharp focus


Abdullah supports Watani drive


Lubna thumb print on World Largest Flag


UAE youth treks on despite blisters and hunger


Dubai Airship reaches Athens


Fireworks and celebrations usher in New Year


Hamdan bin Rashid to receive UNESCO's highest medal


Sultan Al Qasimi receives honorary doctorate from Tubingen University


More Than 4000 People Walk to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer


Religious festival honours Sheikh Abdullah


UAE sets record in poverty campaign


UAE students Stand Up to help eradicate global poverty


UAE residents in pledge to fight poverty


Dubai from the sky: Palm Jebel Ali and The World


World's largest collection box unveiled


Queen Mary 2 to sail into Dubai next year


UAE Guinness record tally goes up to 25


Mohammed bin Rashid attends graduation ceremony at Sandhurst


UAE globetrotter arrives in Libya


Air crash averted


Another whale shark swims into Marina


Power failures hit parts of Dubai


Sharjah Ruler opens Khor Fakkan Community College


Sharjah Ruler receives copy of "Deep-seated Malice" from HCT


The UAE respects its commitments to CWC


Dubai Municipality wins UN award


UAE team at Canberra balloon fiesta


Abu Dhabi Classical Music Festival to become a major global event