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MISCELLANEOUS - GENERAL ARTICLES

UAE among safest nations in the world

Posted on 09/06/2004

The UAE is one of the most secure and stable countries in the world, thanks to the visionary policies and sound directives of the leadership, Major-General Khalifa Hareb Al Khiaili, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior for Administrative and Planning Affairs said yesterday. Addressing a ceremony held by the ministry to honour participants in the National Security Awareness. Khalifa, who is also Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee, said the drive a was a big success, attributing ...  >>MORE

British diplomat lauds Zayed's support to humanitarian causes

Posted on 03/06/2004

Stephen Davis, Consul at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi yesterday commended the efforts of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in supporting humanitarian causes worldwide. The British diplomat further lauded the keenness of President Sheikh Zayed and that of H.H Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's wife and Chairwoman of the UAE General Women's Union (GWU) to provide the needs of UAE nationals and resident expatriates. Davis made his remarks during a visit yesterday to ...  >>MORE

RCS launches roses for cigarettes campaign

Posted on 02/06/2004

The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, yesterday commemorated the International Anti-Smoking Day by launching a campaign of swapping cigarettes for roses. Working in co-operation with youth and sports clubs and the police, the RCS kicked off the "Roses for Cigarettes" campaign to raise awareness against the health risks of smoking and the beauty of giving it up. Dr. Hamdan Muslim Al Mazroui, RCS Deputy Secretary General for Local Affairs, said that the Society was making great efforts to ...  >>MORE

Arab expats heap praises on cityscape

Posted on 30/05/2004

The highly developed infrastructure of Dubai has been as source of captivation for expats working in one of the most advanced emirates in the Gulf region, as well as tourists who have fallen in love with some of the city's prominent landmarks. The impressions of tourists, or expats, living in Dubai, run almost along similar lines. From the sky rises to the advanced road network, from the municipal services and public hygiene to the high sense of security and safety, they have nothing but praise ...  >>MORE

Mohammed declared Young Arab Leaders’ chief patron

Posted on 19/05/2004

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence has been declared as the Chief Patron of the Young Arab Leaders, YAL, community. The declaration was made at a special meeting during the three day annual World Economic Forum which concluded on May 17 at the Dead Sea tourist resort in Jordan. Sheikh Mohammed is known to cultivate and nurture young leaders in both the public and private sectors in the UAE. Now as YAL's Chief Patron, he will play ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Sultan honoured by McMaster University in Canada

Posted on 16/05/2004

Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi attended the ceremony held in his honour by the McMaster University, one of the deep-rooted universities in Canada and in the world. During the ceremony, Sheikh Sultan talked about the academic co-operation between the University of Sharjah and Canada's McMaster University. He talked about the process of scientific and academic development witnessed by the UAE in general and Sharjah in particular. (The Gulf ...  >>MORE

UAE enjoys economic, cultural openness: Finnish intellectual

Posted on 15/05/2004

A Finnish intellectual has praised the spirit of cultural and economic openness and tolerance prevailing in the UAE under the leadership of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Professor Garno Peltonen, President of the Finnish Arts and Culture Foundation said: 'The UAE is making great efforts to preserve its cultural identity and protect its local indigenous heritage. This underlines the leadership's adherence to originality while approaching other human cultures and ...  >>MORE

RCS donate medical device to UAE University

Posted on 08/05/2004

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS), Al Ain branch, has donated a half-a-million dirham medical device to the Emirates University's Faculty of Medicine. The device will be used to train future doctors on how to diagnose acute bleeding and bruises. Officials of the Faculty have hailed the RCS for its "generous donation", which comes as part of the charity organisation's drives to support local educational and health authorities. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Flying boat lands on Creek

Posted on 25/04/2004

Iren Dornier is on a round-the-world charity flight to raise funds for disadvantaged children. Motorists stuck on Al Garhoud Bridge during the morning rush hour yesterday got a shock when they saw a plane heading straight towards them or apparently ditching in the water. Mobile phones were picked up and hundreds of excited calls went out as a three-engine Dornier seaplane slowly banked and skimmed across the water before coming to a halt. But unknown to many, there's a lot of history to ...  >>MORE

Motorists narrowly escape as crane collapses

Posted on 04/04/2004

Impact of the crane's collapse left a one-metre deep trench across the road. A giant crane supporting a high rise building under construction in Abu Dhabi collapsed last night, killing its Asian operator and badly damaging the seaside Corniche road. Engineers and workers at the site near a five-star hotel and a key government gas company prevented a disaster when they noticed the 130-metre crane was moving and immediately blocked the main road and halted the flow of hundreds of vehicles. "I ...  >>MORE

Visionaire inaugurated

Posted on 29/03/2004

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of the Higher Colleges of Technology, yesterday officially inaugurated the [email protected] in Jebel Ali, in the presence of Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. Sheikh Nahayan along with Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and several other dignitaries including Ambassadors & Consuls and leading business people of Abu Dubai and Dubai, took a personal ...  >>MORE

Cooperative societies bag in Dh1.972 billion sales

Posted on 27/03/2004

Cooperative societies throughout the country have witnessed a sharp rise in sales in 2003 with total sales surpassing Dh1.972 billion as against Dh1.699 billion in 2002. This represents a rise of Dh273 million and a growth of 10.5 per cent per annum, according to a report from the Association of UAE Consumers Cooperative Societies' board, presented by the Association's Chairman, Dr. Sulaiman Musa Al Jasim, during the annual meeting of the Association's general assembly, held recently at the Abu ...  >>MORE

Tree that grew out of rock attracts visitors

Posted on 19/03/2004

A 50-year-old tree that grew out of the heart of a rock which split in two halves is set to become a popular attraction for visitors. UAE nationals of Wadi Al Beeh in Ras Al Khaimah have recommended that the tree, which has survived against all expectations, be hailed as one of the wonders of the UAE. Locals have urged the emirate's authorities to take better care of this tree and study the way the roots have flourished inside the huge rock. According to local reports, the tree is estimated ...  >>MORE

Diplomats accredited to UAE visit a natural reserve

Posted on 19/03/2004

For the second successive week, a group of 26 heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the UAE and their wives yesterday toured Sir Bani Yas Island and viewed development features there. A natural reserve, the Sir Bani Yas Island contains 3.5 million trees, more than 26 species of animals and 86 of birds. The tour came on the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The group of diplomats said they were impressed by what ...  >>MORE

USS George Washington docks at Jebel Ali Port

Posted on 17/03/2004

USS George Washington, the aircraft carrier which is part of the fifth fleet of US Navy currently deployed in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, has called at Jebel Ali during her routine surveillance operations. The ship, considered to be the finest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the US Navy and referred to as the "Spirit of Freedom," docked in Jebel Ali on March 14 and is expected to leave Dubai in a few days. The ship has a 5,000-strong crew, 20 per cent of whom are females. A ...  >>MORE

Maktoum to receive honorary membership tonight

Posted on 16/03/2004

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai will receive an honorary membership certificate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, RCSI, in a grand ceremony to be tonight in Rashid's hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Ministry of Health in collaboration with RCSI has prepared the programme of the ceremony to be attended by a number of sheikhs, ministers, prominent personalities and senior education and academic officials in the ...  >>MORE

Diplomats hail the natural splendour of Sir Bani Yas

Posted on 16/03/2004

The natural splendour and pristine nature of the Sir Bani Yas Island has received a yet another commendation, but this time from the diplomatic community in the UAE. "The fact this island had been transformed from a once inhospitable and arid environment into a truly exotic place and home for many of the world endangered wildlife species is a near miracle” several ambassadors who had been to the island recently said. The ambassadors also hailed the vision of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin ...  >>MORE

Self checkout service in Dubai public libraries

Posted on 23/02/2004

Dubai Municipality has introduced a new service called Self Checkout Service in its public libraries across the emirate. Special equipment will be provided for the public to lend and return books all by themselves. Mohammed Jassim Al Eraidi, Head of Public Libraries Section, said that this pioneering step comes part of the municipality's move towards strengthening setting up of electronic services that are provided by the public libraries and also for strengthening the e-Government services ...  >>MORE

Dutch globetrotter arrives in Dubai

Posted on 16/02/2004

A Dutch woman globetrotter has arrived here from the Iranian capital, Tehran, trudging the 4,000 mile journey on foot in six months. Lillian Donderz, who is in her sixties, arrived here with her Syrian companion, Ghassan Saleh, and four camels, with whom she made the tedious and dangerous journey, which took her through the Iranian town of Bandar Abbas before crossing the Gulf by boat. They landed on the shores of Ras al-Khaimah then continued their journey by land to Al Ain then Muscat ...  >>MORE

Iranian plane with 40 aboard crashes in Sharjah

Posted on 11/02/2004

Forty-three passengers has now been confirmed dead, while three survivors are now receiving medical treatment at the Al Qasimi Hospital here in Sharjah. Sources from the Sharjah International Airport yesterday announced that an Iranian Fokker 50 plane, belonging to the Kish Airline, crashed before landing at the Sharjah International Airport. The plane, flight no. IRK 7170, from the Iranian island of Kish, carrying 40 passengers, including one child, in addition to six crew members, crashed ...  >>MORE

No distress call was received from plane before crash: Al Hajiri

Posted on 11/02/2004

The Director General of the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department and the Sharjah International Airport has said that the Airport's Control Tower did not receive from the Iranian Kish Airline Fokker 50 plane any distress call before it crashed in an isolated area, five kilometres north of Sharjah Airport at 11:00 am yesterday, killing 43 of the 46 passengers and crew members on board the flight IRK 7170 coming from the Iranian island of Kish. Speaking at a press conference, Dr. Ghanim Al Hajiri ...  >>MORE

Drifting cargo vessel rescued from crashing into rocks

Posted on 09/02/2004

The Coast Guard and the Port authorities in Sharjah yesterday saved an Iranian cargo vessel from crashing into the coast after high winds and rough seas caused it to drift off Khalid Port. The vessel, which was not carrying any cargo at the time, was anchored off the port after it developed engine trouble on Saturday night. The captain called the port authorities to tow the ship to the port, but it could not be done because of the inclement weather. The operation was put off to the next ...  >>MORE

Dwarf billy goat draws many curious visitors

Posted on 24/01/2004

A six-year-old dwarf billy goat weighing just 8kg is luring curious visitors from all parts of the emirate to Shamal. Veterinarians say he should weigh between 30 and 40kg. His parents, who were also midgets, were swept away by the recent rain that lashed this emirate. Khalid Mohammed Hassan Al Shomaili, a UAE national and proud owner, says father, mother and son were kept in his mountain house. But ever since the goat's parents died, the six-year-old has been brought down to his house in ...  >>MORE

UAE RCS comes to the rescue of Tajik pilgrims

Posted on 21/01/2004

The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, has come to the rescue of 480 Tajik pilgrims, stranded for two days at the Sharjah Airport as they failed to get entry visa and other necessary documents which would allow them to pass through the UAE to the holy lands of Mecca and Medina to perform the Haj. The Sharjah branch of the RCS quickly dispatched an emergency assistance to alleviate their sufferings and facilitate the necessary transactions needed to get them through. In a press release, Sanaa ...  >>MORE

Documentary calendar revives memories of elderly people in Ajman

Posted on 17/01/2004

The elderly people at Ajman Elderly Department have shown pleasure and gratitude at receiving the new year calendar presented to them by the Ajman Elderly Department, which contained their reminiscences, social and entertainment activities. This symbolic gesture has left great impact and unforgettable impression on them. They demonstrated their gratitude to those who initiated this noble act, which revived their memories and stirred pleasure in them. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Local girl in Guinness World Record for designing world’s largest envelope

Posted on 14/01/2004

Alia Al Jarah, the youngest journalist in United Arab Emirates has designed a 4mx2m envelope made of cardboard. The envelope which can contain 10,000 letters took two and a half months to finish. Al Jarah is now in the process of designing a postage stamp also dedicated to His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. She said that this achievement is something very simple in comparison to Sheikh Zayed's generosity. Al Jarah is a student in Roqia Secondary School in Sharjah. She is the ...  >>MORE

Study initiated to enhance safety practices for beaches

Posted on 06/01/2004

Dubai Municipality has initiated a beach safety study as part of a multidisciplinary project. "This study is all about developing a beach safety management system that is specific to the needs of Dubai and will also make recommendations based on best practices followed worldwide," said Khalid Al Zahed, head of Marine Works Unit in General Projects Department. The study, being conducted by a West Australian consortium of coastal and legal experts, comes in line with Dubai's overall coastal ...  >>MORE

ITAR-TASS issues Russian edition of Sheikh Mohammed's poetry

Posted on 31/12/2003

A Russian edition of the poetry of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, was released in Moscow. Translated by Victor lepabov, Director of ITAR TASS Bureau in the UAE, the anthology contains a rendition of Sheikh Mohammed's poetry, the first nabathi poetry to be translated into Russian. To commemorate the occasion, the Dubai-based Jawaher and Al Sada magazines held a ceremony attended by Russian Ambassador Sergey Yakovlev and a number of UAE ...  >>MORE

New Ismaili Centre symbol of peace, brotherhood - Aga Khan

Posted on 14/12/2003

Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Shiite Ismaili Muslims, yesterday said the Ismaili Centre in Dubai will be a symbol of confluence between the spiritual and the secular in Islam. "The centre in Dubai, the first in the Middle East, will be a place for contemplation and search for enlightenment where people come together to share knowledge and wisdom. The centre, a project likely to cost around $18 million, is being built on 13,200 sqm of land gifted by Sheikh Mohammed. It will be ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in World Summit on Information Society

Posted on 09/12/2003

The UAE will participate in the World Summit on the Information Society to be held in Geneva between 10-12 December 2003. Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications, will lead the UAE delegation to the summit, representing UAE President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Other delegation members will include Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, and Mohammed Saeed Al Ka'abi from the Foreign Ministry, Dr. Hassa Abdullah Lotah from the UAE University, Ibrahim Al Abed, Advisor at the Ministry ...  >>MORE

World's largest mural to showcase UAE growth

Posted on 27/11/2003

In a country that is planning the world's tallest building and a series of mammoth off-shore tourist attractions, it is only fitting that the UAE also looks set to create one of the biggest pieces of public artwork ever made. Especially when you consider that the work, a 1,500-foot mural, will represent the rapid development of the country into one of the leading players in the region. The artist bidding to put together the massive mural is Liaqat Ali Khan, a prominent Pakistani artist who ...  >>MORE

UAE residents can watch Leonid meteor shower tomorrow morning

Posted on 18/11/2003

Stargazers will be able to witness the annual Leonids meteor shower in the early hours tomorrow. According to Abu Dhabi-based amateur astronomer Abdul Karim Chalermthai, people can see and photograph the showers from 3 to 5:30am. "The best place will be an area that is very dark, for example places away from the cities, especially the desert. You need to look towards the east of the sky," he said. Chalermthai said from 10 to 50 meteors can be expected to be seen streaking across the sky ...  >>MORE

Kharbash elected chairman of Harvard-UAE Club

Posted on 16/11/2003

Dr. Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Finance and Industry, has been elected chairman of the Harvard-UAE Club, whose members are associated with public and private sectors. Kharbash said he was proud to be elected as chairman of " this great club," adding that he would work hard to make the club a platform of constructive dialogue, promote exchange of views and experience and enhance cooperation between "our aspirant country and the renowned Harvard University." The ...  >>MORE

Old Library faces uncertain future

Posted on 15/11/2003

A historic community library pre-dating the formation of the UAE federation is facing an uncertain future because of doubts over its accommodation. The Old Library, established in 1969 has been handed a deadline of March 2004 to vacate its current premises at the Dubai International Art Centre in the Jumeirah district. The Old Library, was set up as the Dubai Lending Library and is the oldest English-language library in Dubai. It is housed in a prefabricated building and is in jeopardy because ...  >>MORE

Contest to design monument gets underway

Posted on 06/11/2003

Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning Department yesterday kicked off a design competition for a new monument to be built in the city. The monument will commemorate the recent victory of Al Ain Sports Club in the Asian Super Cup Championship held in Thailand. According to Eng Salem Hamad Al Ameri, Assistant Undersecretary for Roads and Dams Section at the municipality, the monument will be built at one of the main roundabouts of the oasis city. The decision was reached in a meeting attended ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed presents e-business award to King Abdullah

Posted on 21/10/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, yesterday presented the e-business Pioneering Award to King Abdullah II of Jordan in appreciation of his leading role in supporting e-business in Jordan. Sheikh Mohammed also presented the e-learning Award to Sheikha Mooza bint Nasir Al Masand, wife of the Emir of Qatar. The Award for the youth e-achievement went to Rana Qutaina, while the Saudi Arabian Al Rajih Bank won the e-business Award in private ...  >>MORE

Electronic eyes ensure Sharjah malls are safe

Posted on 21/09/2003

Shoplifters beware - because closed circuit TV cameras are monitoring you, each time you step into a mall. Security in shopping malls has been beefed up, following some instances having been reported to the police. The tight security has deterred thieves and so far no major robbery has been reported, said Yasser Awad, Operations Supervisor at the huge Sharjah City Centre. He did not disclose the total number of cameras around the mall, but said there are more than 30 and that "each moment" ...  >>MORE

Vending machines find their way to city corners

Posted on 20/09/2003

They may talk to you in your native language and dispense a phone card, a parking ticket and, soon, maybe a ticket for a concert, movie or long-awaited sports event. Meet the next-generation interactive vending machines - also called 'information kiosks' - which also dispense discounts for car wash, audio and video titles and fast-food. "The concept behind this kiosk is to push entertainment to where the people go - and have fun in a box that also happens to dispense some things people need," ...  >>MORE

Friend recalls Thesiger's courage during Empty Quarter crossing

Posted on 02/09/2003

One of the closest friends of Sir Wilfred Thesiger yesterday conveyed condolences over the death of the British explorer and said he was saddened by the loss of whom he described as a courageous man. Salem bin Ghubaisha called on the British Ambassador, Richard Makepeace, to pass on his condolences following the recent death of Sir Wilfred. Bin Ghubaisha accompanied Sir Wilfred, also known as "Mubarak bin London", during his travels to the Empty Quarter in the 1940s. Speaking to Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Campaign against tobacco sale to children under 18

Posted on 31/08/2003

The Municipality here has intensified its campaign of forcing shops and other outlets to stop selling tobacco products to children under 18. The campaign includes the distribution of pamphlets, anti-tobacco literature and posters carrying the message: 'No tobacco for children under 18'. They will be distributed to groceries, supermarkets and all tobacco outlets and are meant as an initial warning before the new law is implemented. Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, Abu Dhabi Ruler's ...  >>MORE

President shuts down Zayed Centre

Posted on 30/08/2003

The Zayed International Centre for Coordination and Follow-up (ZICCF) here has been shut down following orders from President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for engaging in a discourse that starkly contradicted the principles of interfaith tolerance. In a statement last Wednesday, the President's Office said: His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has always been a strong advocate of interfaith tolerance and harmony among religions, as constantly reflected in his ...  >>MORE

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UAE among safest nations in the world


British diplomat lauds Zayed's support to humanitarian causes


RCS launches roses for cigarettes campaign


Arab expats heap praises on cityscape


Mohammed declared Young Arab Leaders’ chief patron


Sheikh Sultan honoured by McMaster University in Canada


UAE enjoys economic, cultural openness: Finnish intellectual


RCS donate medical device to UAE University


Flying boat lands on Creek


Motorists narrowly escape as crane collapses


Visionaire inaugurated


Cooperative societies bag in Dh1.972 billion sales


Tree that grew out of rock attracts visitors


Diplomats accredited to UAE visit a natural reserve


USS George Washington docks at Jebel Ali Port


Maktoum to receive honorary membership tonight


Diplomats hail the natural splendour of Sir Bani Yas


Self checkout service in Dubai public libraries


Dutch globetrotter arrives in Dubai


Iranian plane with 40 aboard crashes in Sharjah


No distress call was received from plane before crash: Al Hajiri


Drifting cargo vessel rescued from crashing into rocks


Dwarf billy goat draws many curious visitors


UAE RCS comes to the rescue of Tajik pilgrims


Documentary calendar revives memories of elderly people in Ajman


Local girl in Guinness World Record for designing world’s largest envelope


Study initiated to enhance safety practices for beaches


ITAR-TASS issues Russian edition of Sheikh Mohammed's poetry


New Ismaili Centre symbol of peace, brotherhood - Aga Khan


UAE participates in World Summit on Information Society


World's largest mural to showcase UAE growth


UAE residents can watch Leonid meteor shower tomorrow morning


Kharbash elected chairman of Harvard-UAE Club


Old Library faces uncertain future


Contest to design monument gets underway


Sheikh Mohammed presents e-business award to King Abdullah


Electronic eyes ensure Sharjah malls are safe


Vending machines find their way to city corners


Friend recalls Thesiger's courage during Empty Quarter crossing


Campaign against tobacco sale to children under 18


President shuts down Zayed Centre