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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

Space Adventures to launch first UAE National from RAK Spaceport

Posted on 29/03/2006

Vienna, Virginia, USA, - Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, announced today that Adnan Al Maimani will be the first national from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to launch from the future commercial spaceport to be located at the Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport. The company, which organized orbital flights for all of the world's private space explorers, announced last month plans to locate a spaceport in the UAE that will be funded by various parties, ...  >>MORE

Award for Dubai Zoo chief for research works on UAE's wildlife and birds

Posted on 11/03/2006

Head of Dubai Zoo, Dr Reza Khan, has recently won two awards for his outstanding research works on birds and wildlife in the UAE and Bangladesh. The Environment Ministry of Bangladesh Government and the Jahangir Nagar University pf Dhaka has conferred on him the "Bird Fair Award 2006" in recognition of his extensive research works on birds in Bangladesh. The award is one of the two awards instituted by the government body as part of its annual Bird Fair (Pakhi Mela). The other award is ...  >>MORE

Top UK colleges to honour Hamdan bin Rashid

Posted on 15/02/2006

The three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, namely those of London, Glasgow and Edinburgh are due to confer their respective Honorary Fellowships to Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, in appreciation of his contribution to the practicing of medicine both locally and globally and for his encouragement to medical progress and research. "The contributions that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has made to medical practice and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to build new premises for central library

Posted on 13/02/2006

Dubai Municipality is currently finalising designs for a new premises for the Dubai Central Library that will come as a boon to book-lovers in the city and give a major boost to the cultural scenario of the emirate. According to Essa Al Maidour, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for General Projects Affairs, the new book-shaped building, to be constructed on the banks of the picturesque Al Mamzar Lagoons, will include extended facilities. The central library is currently ...  >>MORE

Burst pipe floods the street and keeps taps dry in Al Rashidiya

Posted on 05/02/2006

Residents in Al Rashidiya and Nad Al Hamr complained on Saturday of a disruption to domestic water supplies after a main water pipe burst near Al Rashidiya. The residents jammed the phone lines of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to complain, DEWA sources told Gulf News yesterday. The burst pipe also flooded areas of Al Rashidiya, inconveniencing motorists and residents. Municipal water tankers worked until the evening to mop up the water on the roads. A DEWA source said they ...  >>MORE

Hijacked ship is not UAE: official source

Posted on 28/01/2006

A ship hijacked in Somali waters does not belong to the UAE nor is it registered under the UAE flag, a source at the UAE Communications Ministry has emphasised. 'The Al Manara is registered in St Kitts and carrying its flag,' said the source in a comment on some local media reports that armed pirates had stormed a UAE cargo ship off the Somali coasts last Sunday, holding 20 of its crew hostage and demanding a ransom for their release. 'The Ministry has taken decisive measures and resolutions ...  >>MORE

UAE balloonists shine over Alpine

Posted on 27/01/2006

CHATEAU D'OEX (Switzerland) — The UAE team won the first place in the 28th International Hot Air Balloon Festival, which was held in this Swiss city. The team captain, pilot Abdul Aziz Al Nassir, dedicated the victory to the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He also expressed his gratitude for the gracious support rendered to the team by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and ...  >>MORE

UAE Hot Air Balloon Team wins international competition

Posted on 23/01/2006

Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland - The UAE team won the first place in the 28th International Hot Air Balloon Festival being held in this Swiss city. The team captain, pilot Abdul Aziz Al Nassir, dedicated the triumph to President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He also expressed his gratitude for the gracious support rendered to the team by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and by Lt. General Sheikh Saif ...  >>MORE

Floating book fair docks in attempt to nurture 'cultural understanding'

Posted on 22/01/2006

The world's oldest active ocean-going passenger ship docked at Abu Dhabi's Free Port yesterday morning. MV Doulos, a floating book fair, visits port cities around the world in a bid to encourage inter-cultural understanding, all the while supplying literary resources. The Doulos will mark its official Abu Dhabi opening tonight, and will remain at the Free Port until February 3. Purchased in 1977 by Gutte Bucher fur Alle (Good Books for All, GBA), a non-profit charitable German organisation, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Corniche made safer with new security

Posted on 21/01/2006

About 20 security guards from Emirates Security Services are now on duty from 2pm to 2am at the recently renovated West Coast Corniche that stretches from the Sheraton to the Hilton hotel – a course of about 12 kilometres. The Abu Dhabi Municipality has outsourced security of its parks, gardens and other properties to the private security firm. Considered one of the most beautiful seaside promenades in the region, the first phase of the Dh1 billion project stretching from the Al Khaleej ...  >>MORE

A 12-metre-long Baleen Whale was found dead on Al Mamzar beach with its belly ripped open yesterday.

Posted on 20/01/2006

Reda Al Salman, Head of the Environment Protection and Safety Section at the Dubai Municipality, said inspectors went to the site after 4pm. "It was difficult for us to identify the exact species of the whale because it was lying on its back, due to the weak lighting and because it carried severe cuts and injuries in the stomach and the mouth." He said they are working on the logistics to remove the whale because the Shamal wind and strong waves prevented them from doing so. "However, we ...  >>MORE

Work on world’s largest carpet to be started soon

Posted on 18/01/2006

Work on the world's largest carpet – to be installed in the prayer hall of the Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi – is set to start soon. "We are looking to begin our work here in Iran shortly,” said Seyed Jalal Eddin Bassam, managing director of the Iran Carpet Company. It will take nearly a year for the first phase of weaving, repair and finishing of the carpet, which will measure some 6,000 square metres when completed. But Bassam said he could give no guarantees as to how long the ...  >>MORE

Last of the five missing UAE Haj pilgrims found

Posted on 16/01/2006

Makka — Ahmed Ismael Al Bisk, the last of the five pilgrims from the UAE who went missing during Haj was found here yesterday. The other four pilgrims were found on Saturday and Sunday. Al Bisk, a UAE national, is with Al Fajr Haj contractor. He went missing at the Jamarat on the last day of the Haj. Meanwhile, the two UAE women — Halima Sulaiman and Mona Ali Hassan — who were believed to be in the pilgrims' hostel, which collapsed in the holy city of Makkah during the Haj, are still ...  >>MORE

One UAE pilgrim dead, another missing in Mina stampede

Posted on 14/01/2006

The official UAE Hajj Mission has announced that two pilgrims from the UAE were among the casualties in the stampede that killed yesterday in Mina 345 pilgrims and maimed 289 others during the ritual of stoning the devil. Mubarak Saeed bin Tahi Al Rashidi, a UAE national, was pronounced dead, while an Egyptian woman on pilgrimage from the UAE was declared missing in the accident. According to Musabbah Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary for Financial and Administrative Affairs at ...  >>MORE

Two UAE citizens in new class of young global leaders

Posted on 12/01/2006

Two UAE citizens were yesterday named in the 2006 Young Global Leaders list by the Forum of Young Global Leaders, a foundation that mobilises a multi-stakeholder community of the world's most extraordinary young leaders committed to jointly working towards a better future. "Reem Abdullah, 36, the founder of the Women's Charitable Organisation for Elimination of Poverty in Dubai, and Omar Bin Sulaiman, 32, Director-General of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), were among the 200 ...  >>MORE

Injured Emiratis Airlifted Home

Posted on 08/01/2006

Makkah - The three UAE Nationals who had sustained injuries in Thursday's collapse of a building here returned home last night and admitted to the hospital for treatment. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces had ordered air evacuation of the UAE injured pilgrims. The Head of the UAE Hajj Mission Mosbeh Al Suwaidi lauded the noble gesture of Sheikh Mohammad. He said the three injured- Sheikha Al Afari, Khadeeja ...  >>MORE

Spectacular start to 2006

Posted on 02/01/2006

A huge fireworks display at the Burj Al Arab welcomed the new year in Dubai. The high-powered pyrotechnics gave a roaring start to 2006. (The Emirates Today) ...  >>MORE

Angelican Church celebrates Christmas

Posted on 26/12/2005

Senior UAE officials yesterday attended the Christian community's Christmas celebrations at the Arab Angelican Church here. Ahmed bin Mubarak Al Kindi, Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs' Assistant Under-Secretary for Mosques Affairs; Ali Al Hashmi, an advisor at the Presidential Court; and Mohammed Saad Obaid, Egypt's Ambassador to the UAE, were received at the Angelican Church by Provost Esam Attiyah Barsoum. Advisor Ali Al Hashmi said Jesus Christ's birth anniversary should remind ...  >>MORE

Festive cheer pervades all over

Posted on 26/12/2005

Christmas, aside from being a religious celebration, is also a time of showing those around your love and affection. People all over Dubai took part in festive celebrations on Sunday and gift swapping, regardless of religious beliefs or faith. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE citizen obtains an MA degree on Emiratisation from UK University

Posted on 18/12/2005

A UAE citizen gained a Master degree from Robert Gordon University in the UK in Managing and Organizing Knowledge. The subject deals with relation between Emiratisation and transferring of Knowledge at UAE's institutions. In his dissertation, researcher Waleed Hassan Al Naqbi, discussed mechanisms adopted by the UAE towards employment of UAE citizens. It also explored obstacles which impeded the process of Emiratisation and ways to find solutions to them, in addition to methods for ...  >>MORE

Postcard views from the edge

Posted on 06/12/2005

The best postcard view of Dubai can be had at its picturesque 14km long creek, that snakes through the city dividing it into two parts. If you are looking for a unique tourist experience, go on board one of the shimmering dhows that are docked at the creek in the evening. You could choose a sumptuous tea or dinner cruise and discover the maritime pleasures of this ancient port city. The view of the tall buildings, their neon lights creating a riot of colour on the rippling waters adds a ...  >>MORE

First UAE medical doctor to receive membership of International academy

Posted on 29/11/2005

Professor Najeeb Al Khaja, Director of Dubai-based Medical and Heart Surgery Centre, was accorded membership of the Scientific Academy for Developing Countries, hence becoming the first UAE citizen ever to gain such an honour. Al Khaja explained the importance of this membership of the Academy, saying that the Academy was one of the most powerful academies of its kind in the entire world. That it comprised over fifteen specialisations in various Health Sciences as well as including prominent ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler receives honorary doctorate

Posted on 21/09/2005

Armenia - H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah was awarded an honorary PhD by the National Academy of Science of Armenia (NAS RA). The decision to award the degree to Sheikh Sultan was made by the members of the Academy's Senate, in recognition of his contributions to the cultural and intellectual activities across the world. Dr. Fadey T. Sargsian, President of NAS RA said in a speech that Sheikh Sultan was among 60 personalities awarded ...  >>MORE

Armenian President decorates Sheikh Sultan with Saint Mesrob Order

Posted on 20/09/2005

Yerevan - Armenian President Robert Kocharian conferred the Order of Saint Mesrob Mashtots on H.H Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who is currently on an official visit to Armenia. Saint Mesrob order is the highest order in Armenia and was conferred on Sheikh Sultan in recognition of his contribution to the UAE Armenian relations in addition to his role in the fields of education and culture. During a meeting with President Kocharian, ...  >>MORE

Whale shark rescue mission planned

Posted on 07/09/2005

Whale shark sightings have become a regular event at Dubai Marina and the authorities and environment groups are debating whether to move them out.At least three whale shark sightings have occurred since the first sighting around eight weeks ago when Dubai Police and the Emirates Diving Association (EDA) worked together to lead the whale shark out to the open sea. However, it eventually found its own way out. With more sightings of different whale sharks reported, the most recent three days ...  >>MORE

King of pop tours Dubai

Posted on 29/08/2005

Michael Jackson, the king of pop, has been wowing his fans in Dubai and has pledged his first visit definitely will not be his last. The megastar has toured the main sights in the city and is said to be mulling over whether to buy a property in one of the cutting-edge new developments. Jackson has also enjoyed a bite at the Hard Rock Café and the Burj Al Arab. Those accompanying the singer said he made no complaints about the heat despite visiting during August. Jackson flew into Dubai about ...  >>MORE

Eight UAE nationals in 50 richest Arabs list

Posted on 27/08/2005

Of the 50 richest Arabs in the world, eight are UAE nationals, combining for a staggering US$21.26 billion (Dh78.02 billion), reported Khaleej Time on Friday. Number one on the list compiled by ITP's Arabian Business was Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud worth an estimated US$26 billion (Dh95.42 billion). The list is dominated by 16 Saudis, with UAE nationals being the second largest number on the list closely followed by Kuwaitis with 6 people on the top 50 list. All in all the top 50 ...  >>MORE

DM launches information kiosks

Posted on 23/08/2005

Dubai Municipality's customer service centre has launched new electronic information kiosks where customers can get information electronically just by the press of a button. They can request information on a variety of civic services, fill out application forms and get them printed. Khalid Ali Bin Zayed, director of the municipality centres department, said the new facility, which would also be available in DM centres located in Al Karama and Al Twar, would enable customers to complete their ...  >>MORE

Aerosvit makes emergency landing in Dubai

Posted on 03/08/2005

Ukrainian Airline, Aerosvit, made an emergency landing here yesterday. Flight no. VV247 was directed to the Minhad Military Air strip where it successfully landed with 123 passengers and six crews on board, it was announced today by the Dubai Civil Aviation Department. A statement issued by the Department said that the emergency landing followed a distressed call by the captain of the flight who reported to the control tower that he suspected one of his Boeing 737-300 plane's tyres has burst ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Manal's art to form basis of UNICEF's Eid greetings

Posted on 24/07/2005

The art works executed by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, have been selected by a UNICEF to create this year's Eid Al Fitr greetings cards. "The selection of my arts works by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is an honour for the United Arab Emirates and for the women of my country as well as for me personally," said Sheikha Manal, who is also the President of the Dubai Ladies Club. Her address to the press was read out by Mona Al Marri, ...  >>MORE

Stranded whale shark leaves marina unaided

Posted on 18/07/2005

A stranded whale shark, which attracted more than a thousand bystanders to peer into the waters of the marina for a glimpse on Saturday, has left the harbour. After several failed attempts to drive the harmless creature out with sound barriers and nets, the authorities decided to let it find its own way out. Captain Hussain Al Rahoomi, rescue director in charge at Dubai police, said yesterday the shark had left the harbour. "We are not sure when ... early this morning I received a call ...  >>MORE

Whale shark seeks way out of Dubai waterfront

Posted on 17/07/2005

A whale shark remains trapped at Dubai Marina since early yesterday morning after various attempts to guide it back out to the Gulf failed. Authorities have thus decided to let it find its own way home. Security staff at the marina spotted the shark at around 7am swimming in the waters close to Spinneys. Police and coastguard boats created sound barriers with their launches to try and drive the shark away but after a few attempts, it was decided to try and put the shark in a net and drag it ...  >>MORE

Potter fans left sleepless in the UAE

Posted on 17/07/2005

Harry Potter weaved his spell on his fans judging by the mass sleep deprivation afflicting them. Less than 24 hours after the release of the sixth instalment of the successful series on the boy wizard, several fans said they had not had much sleep since they got their copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at 3am yesterday. Many vowed to read through the night. "I'm not going to sleep until I finish it," said Gowri Rekha, a nine-year old Potter fan. She said she had been reading ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free gets set for Potter mania

Posted on 13/07/2005

The sixth Harry Potter book will be on the shelves of Abu Dhabi Duty Free outlets from early Saturday morning. The sale of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will begin from 3am on Saturday and will be available to both travellers and non-travellers. "Harry Potter fans at Abu Dhabi Airport Duty Free on July 16 will be happy to know there will be no queuing, no pushing and no arm-wrestling to get their hands on one of the sought after copies of the sixth book in the J.K. Rowling series. ...  >>MORE

Fuel tanker flips over in Dubai

Posted on 25/06/2005

An over-speeding tanker truck carrying 10,000 gallons of fuel overturned last Wednesday on a bridge intersection point near Dubai's Abu Kadra area and burst into flames. Rescue teams from Civil Defence and Dubai Police were able to contain fire. The truck driver sustained minor injuries. Colonel Ali Al Matroushi, Director of Dubai Civil Defence Department, said that quick action by his department and the police and their cooperation as one team has helped in averting a major fire that could ...  >>MORE

A step against hunger; Dubai walks with the world to transform the lives of underprivileged children

Posted on 15/06/2005

People of all ages turned out in force to show how one collective footstep can transform the lives of the world's poorest children. More than 2,000 adults and children from Dubai donned their walking shoes and put their best foot forward to raise money for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The crowd was also joined by over 200,000 walkers around the world in more than 240 cities which also took part. The WFP and its partner, global carrier TNT, teamed up with Dubai Municipality, ...  >>MORE

'Made in the UAE' competition launched

Posted on 13/06/2005

As part of its efforts to support local products and encourage the United Arab Emirates' manufacturing industry, The Ministry of Finance and Industry has launched the 'Made in the UAE' competition, which seeks a logo to distinguish UAE products from others in the market. The competition, 'Made in the UAE', is part and parcel of the Ministry's efforts to support and encourage local products as well as create an attractive economic and industrial climate. We conducted a thorough study which ...  >>MORE

Dubai hit by major power cut

Posted on 10/06/2005

Dubai was hit by a major power outage on Thursday which left the emirate without electricity for several hours. The massive power cut happened at 9.50am and affected the whole city - from Jebel Ali to Deira, and Bur Dubai to Mirdiff. Traffic light failures led to tailbacks across the city, with long jams being reported in Garhoud and on the Sheikh Zayed Road. Police officers were out in force at the major interchanges and roundabouts as vehicles battled their way through un-signaled ...  >>MORE

Jumbo ship makes port call at Jebel Ali

Posted on 31/05/2005

One of the world's largest container ships docked in Dubai's Jebel Ali port yesterday, dwarfing others and occupying the entire length of a berth ... and a tad more. MSC Rachele at 335 metres in length is reported to be the third longest ship worldwide, after the supertanker Knock Nevis (ex Jahre Viking, 458 metres) and the cruise liner RMS Queen Mary 2 (355 metres). In fact, should she be stood upright on her stern, she would tower over the Burj Al Arab (321 metres), slotting in neatly ...  >>MORE

Project to save manuscripts of Al Azhar library

Posted on 22/05/2005

In a large ceremony attended by a number of prominent personalities, religious figures, and academics in Egypt and the Islamic world, Cairo witnessed the inauguration of "The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Project to Preserve Al Azhar Scripts and Publish Them Online" on the website specifically developed for this purpose: http://www.alazharonline.org. The project's budget is US$5 million, the entire sum ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Classical Music Festival to become a major global event


Space Adventures to launch first UAE National from RAK Spaceport


Award for Dubai Zoo chief for research works on UAE's wildlife and birds


Top UK colleges to honour Hamdan bin Rashid


Dubai Municipality to build new premises for central library


Burst pipe floods the street and keeps taps dry in Al Rashidiya


Hijacked ship is not UAE: official source


UAE balloonists shine over Alpine


UAE Hot Air Balloon Team wins international competition


Floating book fair docks in attempt to nurture 'cultural understanding'


Abu Dhabi Corniche made safer with new security


A 12-metre-long Baleen Whale was found dead on Al Mamzar beach with its belly ripped open yesterday.


Work on world’s largest carpet to be started soon


Last of the five missing UAE Haj pilgrims found


One UAE pilgrim dead, another missing in Mina stampede


Two UAE citizens in new class of young global leaders


Injured Emiratis Airlifted Home


Spectacular start to 2006


Angelican Church celebrates Christmas


Festive cheer pervades all over


UAE citizen obtains an MA degree on Emiratisation from UK University


Postcard views from the edge


First UAE medical doctor to receive membership of International academy


Sharjah Ruler receives honorary doctorate


Armenian President decorates Sheikh Sultan with Saint Mesrob Order


Whale shark rescue mission planned


King of pop tours Dubai


Eight UAE nationals in 50 richest Arabs list


DM launches information kiosks


Aerosvit makes emergency landing in Dubai


Sheikha Manal's art to form basis of UNICEF's Eid greetings


Stranded whale shark leaves marina unaided


Whale shark seeks way out of Dubai waterfront


Potter fans left sleepless in the UAE


Abu Dhabi Duty Free gets set for Potter mania


Fuel tanker flips over in Dubai


A step against hunger; Dubai walks with the world to transform the lives of underprivileged children


'Made in the UAE' competition launched


Dubai hit by major power cut


Jumbo ship makes port call at Jebel Ali


Project to save manuscripts of Al Azhar library