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Centre to counsel UAE families

Posted on 09/01/2003

Hundreds of families are expected to benefit from the free counselling services provided by the Family Guidance Centre which opened in Sharjah recently, "Gulf News” reported today. The centre, which began operating two months ago, is being supervised by the Family Development Administration, part of the Supreme Family Council. Moudhi Al Shamsi, Director of Administration, said the centre was established on the instructions of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Excellence Programme launches website

Posted on 29/12/2002

The Dubai Government Excellence Programme has launched its website – http://www.dubaiexcellence.com - in cooperation with Dubai e-Government. The website includes comprehensive information about the programmes, its objectives, categories and standards. Mohammed Al Gergawi, secretary general of the programme, pointed out that its targets and requirements enable individuals and departments to achieve the best results. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi municipal bills likely to go up

Posted on 27/12/2002

Monthly bills of every household in the capital are expected to go up by Dh100 with the handing over of municipal services to private companies by the Abu Dhabi Municipality. Disclosing this to Khaleej Times, an official source said that the handing over has already commenced in some sectors. "Once they take over, these companies will add Dh100 against municipal services like general health services (including cleaning of public utilities, sewerage and collection of municipal waste) to ...  >>MORE

Customs exemptions offered through Net

Posted on 16/12/2002

Factories registered with the UAE Ministry of Finance and Industry may apply for their tax exemptions through the ministry's online service at its web site, egov.uae.gov.ae. Under UAE federal law No.1/1979, industrial units importing raw materials or half-manufactured materials are exempted from UAE taxes. The duty exemption online service, Dutex, is free of charge and was developed in-house by UAE nationals in five months, said Saeed Abdullah Mohammed Al Rokn, assistant manager, UAE ...  >>MORE

Dubai Police introduces new service for transporting premature babies

Posted on 10/12/2002

The Aviation Division of the Dubai police has introduced a new service of transporting premature babies between hospitals by aeroplane. The service is part of the Dubai police keenness to provide better health and security services to the public. Lt. Colonel Abdullah Al Shehi, Director of the Division, said the plane is equipped with a special type of an incubator, linked to a wheeled stretcher that can be used for taking the baby from the plane to a hospital ward. The incubator is powered by a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free launches mega raffle

Posted on 01/12/2002

To celebrate the festive season, Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) has launched a mega raffle, beginning today. The mega raffle includes a draw for Dh1 million, in addition to five prizes of Dh100,000 each. The seasonal mega raffle has been announced to mark the National Day anniversary, Eid Al Fitr and the New Year. Tickets, priced at Dh 500 each, will go on sale from today until December 31, and the draw will be conducted on January 4. The raffle has increased in popularity every year, with a ...  >>MORE

Dubai considers road tax, curbs on driving licences

Posted on 23/10/2002

Dubai is considering new measures to control traffic including tolls, taxes and driving licence restrictions, said a senior government official. Dubai Municipality is again seriously considering a third bridge connecting Deira and Bur Dubai which will be built across the creek from the Sheraton Dubai Hotel. The municipality concluded a study, R-700, last year to assess the future traffic scenario. It projected the number of registered vehicles will rise to one million in 2020, up from the ...  >>MORE

World Bank praises ZCCF

Posted on 20/10/2002

Jean-Louis Sarbib, The World Bank's Vice President in charge of the Middle East and North African Region, has commended the conclusion of the conference on Industrial Civilization and Economy, convened by ZCCF and attended by renowned international economists, the representative of Arab League Secretary General, as well as academicians and researchers, a press release from the ZCCF said. In his letter to the ZCCF, Sarbib said the discussions held and conclusion reached at the conference were of ...  >>MORE

Saudi Magazine highlights the role of Khalifa bin Zayed

Posted on 12/10/2002

A Saudi Magazine published in Riyadh has highlighted the pivotal role played by H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, both before and after the UAE federation. In a comprehensive report by its Abu Dhabi-based correspondent, the magazine said Sheikh Khalifa shouldered enormous responsibilities during the pre and post UAE federation era, thus contributing to his popularity which, said the magazine, is an extension of ...  >>MORE

Dubai to have virtual land map

Posted on 12/10/2002

It is now possible for landowners or real estate brokers to locate their property in Dubai by double-clicking on a virtual map, courtesy Land Department. This revolutionary service, linked to the Department's website (http://www.dubailand.gov.ae), will be launched in time for the inauguration of GITEX 2002 on October 13. The Land Information System was used internally for a few months to ensure its efficiency and that ...  >>MORE

Zayed tours Abu Dhabi's Eastern Region

Posted on 07/09/2002

H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Emirate yesterday toured the Abu Dhabi's Eastern region to acquaint himself with the agricultural and developmental projects that are currently underway in the area. The tour comprised the suburban towns of Al Wajan and Al Dhahira in Al Ain. During the tour, Sheikh Zayed was briefed by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Abu Dhabi's Eastern Region and Deputy Chairman of the Abu ...  >>MORE

UAE citizen wins IDB prize for research on Islamic Banking

Posted on 22/08/2002

The Islamic Development Bank, IDB, has announced Ahmed Saeed bin Ahmed Lotah, a UAE citizen, as the co-winner of the IDB Prize in Islamic Economics for the year 2001. A Bank statement obtained by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, said that Lotah would share the prize, which consists of a citation and a cash award of 30,000 Islamic Dinars, approximately USUS$ 40,000, with a British professor, John Presley. The prize is annually awarded to researchers who make academic or practical contribution of ...  >>MORE

Over 140,000 travel from UAE annually by bus in region

Posted on 09/08/2002

Over 140,000 people travel in and out of the UAE every year through buses to different Gulf and Middle Eastern destinations, according to a top industry official. About 62 companies have developed a UAE-wide network of operations to tap the market since 1994, when Saudi Arabia relaxed its land transit law to allow passenger movement across its territory. Due to a greater awareness among the Arab expatriates on these services, more and more people are currently availing these services, source ...  >>MORE

Emarat reports 32pc rise in sales

Posted on 23/07/2002

The 'Win What You Want at Emarat' promotion running exclusively at all Emarat stores entitles the shopper at Emarat stores a chance to Scratch and Win and enter a daily draw of Dh5,000 in gift vouchers and a grand prize draw of Dh100,000 in cash, for just Dh20 worth of purchases. The Scratch and Win prizes alone are worth Dh2 million, and for the gift vouchers, Emarat has linked up with some of the top UAE brands, including Emirates, Emirates Holidays, Plug-Ins, Damas, BurJuman and Jumeirah ...  >>MORE

Licence plates raise Dh4.5m

Posted on 04/07/2002

Some 180 'distinguished' licence plates, which went under the hammer yesterday at the Dubai Traffic Department in Deira, raised Dh4.5 million, said a senior police officer yesterday. Brigadier Abdul Rahman Rafee, Director of Dubai Police Traffic Department, said 72 three-digit plates were auctioned off. These plates, each valued at Dh50,000, include numbers 120, 130, 140 and 150. Seventy-two four-digit plates, each valued at Dh20,000 and 18 four-digit plates each valued at Dh40,000, were ...  >>MORE

Sharjah prohibits use of mobiles during working hours

Posted on 02/07/2002

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler issued a circular here today , prohibiting the use of mobile phones by government employees during the working hours. "All employees of local and federal government departments, whose nature of work require them to deal directly with the public, are hereby prohibited from using mobiles phones during the working hours” said the circular which was sealed by Sheikh Sultan, who is also Chairman of Sharjah ...  >>MORE

Dubai experiment proven successful - Mohammed

Posted on 19/06/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister has said that the achievements realised by Dubai through its modern development and investment projects was an integral part of a comprehensive UAE development programme under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. Sheikh Mohammed, who said this in a comprehensive statement to the Kuwaiti Arabic daily, "Al Siyasa”, which would also be published in full by the Dubai-based ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid receives Bill Clinton

Posted on 12/06/2002

Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received in Dubai former US President Bill Clinton. During their meeting, Sheikh Mohammed and Clinton discussed various issues including the stalled Middle East peace process, the current situation in the Sub-continent and war against terror in Afghanistan. Clinton expressed hope that the US administration under President George Bush would be able to contribute to global peace and stability by ...  >>MORE

Road crashes claim one in 5,191 in 2001

Posted on 21/05/2002

A study on traffic accidents compiled by the Dubai Department of Traffic Engineering and Road Safety, reveals that one in every 5,191 Dubai residents were killed last year in traffic accidents. One out of every 3,310 UAE nationals in Dubai lost their lives that same year. A total of 163 traffic accidents took place last year that claimed the lives of 185 persons, and in 1,296 accidents 2,286 people were injured. These traffic accidents in total were 101,149 as compared to 87,851 in 2000. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi gets Toy Town

Posted on 08/05/2002

Abdullah Fouad Group, a Saudi Arabian conglomerate,, has entered the UAE by opening a Dh17 million amusement centre in Abu Dhabi. The Toy Town is the latest attraction at the Abu Dhabi Mall offering adventure, creativity and edutainment. With this, around 170 outlets, out of the 200 at the mall, have been occupied. The theme of the Abu Dhabi amusement centre is based on the Amazon jungle, set on a sprawling area of around 3,500 square metres. Designed to reflect the jungle theme, the innovative ...  >>MORE

118 smuggled poisonous snakes seized at Dubai cargo village

Posted on 18/04/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture intercepted a large illegal consignment of reptiles at Dubai airport on 17 April. The consignment included 118 snakes, including five deadly cobras. The reptiles have been taken to the Dubai Zoo. The shipment is believed to come from Cairo and the snakes were to be used for performing ‘black magic' according to an official at Dubai Zoo. ...  >>MORE

UAE is host for Date Palm Global Network

Posted on 11/04/2002

The UAE has been chosen as the host country for the UN backed Date Palm Global Network, or (DPGN) and UAE University will be the host institution for the network. The DPGN has been set up in Al Ain. The Date Palm Research and Development Project is a UAE University programme run in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will provide technical support and sponsorship. Dr Abdelouahhab Zaid, UN Chief Technical Advisor for the ...  >>MORE

UAE warns beekeepers against diseased beehives

Posted on 04/04/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has warned beekeepers that infected hives have been coming into the UAE. In March 330 hives out of 3,381 carried diseases, harmless to humans but which affect bee productivity. Abdullah Al Amiri, Director of Plant Protection at the Ministry, told beekeepers to check for any diseased hives and ‘that infected consignments must be destroyed or returned to the originating country. The UAE will cover any costs incurred'. ...  >>MORE

UAE, U.S. experts to present views on library issues

Posted on 29/03/2002

Librarians from the UAE and the U.S. will present their views on library issues at Zayed University here on Sunday from 3 to 5pm. The issues to be addressed are the balance between print and electronic collections, the advantages and disadvantages of consortia relationships, professional development in an ever changing world, and preparation for the accreditation process. Around 60 professional directors of libraries and librarians from various universities such as Zayed University, the ...  >>MORE

13 dead, many missing, in major Dubai Dry Docks accident

Posted on 28/03/2002

The worst accident to ever happen at Dubai Dry Docks occurred on 27 March when two gate panels ruptured and seawater rushed into the dock, drowning at least 13 people. 23 others were still missing on 28 March and feared dead. A total of five ships in the dry dock were damaged as seawater flooded in, trapping many of the men working on them. A full-scale rescue operation involving divers, police, army, dockworkers and helicopters were quickly at the scene of the accident. The injured were ...  >>MORE

Thirteen die in Dubai Drydocks accident

Posted on 27/03/2002

At least thirteen people died early Wednesday (27th March) after a gate collapsed at Dubai Drydocks, one of the world's largest ship repair facilities, the official Emirates News Agency, WAM, has reported. It quoted Brigadier Nasser Al Sayed Abdul Raziq, Dubai Police's Deputy Commander- in-Chief for Operations Affairs, as saying that thirteen people had been confirmed dead when rescue operations were suspended for the night at 2100 local time (1700 GMT). A further twenty-three workers at the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Chamber set to launch unique discount cards

Posted on 24/03/2002

Nationals and residents in the country can avail of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry's "Dhabi Discount Card", which can be used in the local retail market. "The chamber has completed all preparations for its new project, the Dhabi Discount Card, the first of its kind in the country," said Mohammed Mehanna Al Qubaisi, assistant director general for finance and administration. The card provides discounts to purchasers and encourages companies and establishments to realise ...  >>MORE

UAE experts to participate at workforce development summit in Morocco

Posted on 12/03/2002

Dr. Isam Zabalawi, Chancellor, University of Sharjah and Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Director of Community Relations and Manpower Development at the Higher Colleges of Technology, will make presentations at the three-day summit titled "Higher Education in the Arab World: Preparing for the Global Marketplace,” to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from March 13 to 15. The conference is hosted by AMIDEAST (American Mid- East Educational and Training Services Inc.). A US based non-profit organisation that ...  >>MORE

DNRA bans veils during office hours for women employees

Posted on 07/03/2002

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Administration, DNRA, has banned all female employees in the administration, including civilian and police personnel, from wearing veils on the face during working hours. Saeed Matar bin Bleilah, Administration Director, said that the role of the department is to define the identity of both the nationals and the residents and the face is considered the most important part to identify the person. "We cannot ask passengers and those who apply for ...  >>MORE

First major camel beauty contest in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/02/2002

More than 500 Arabian camels from across the UAE came to Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi on 26 February. They met to take part in a camel beauty competition, organised to increase interest in traditional events. Camel owners from Abu Dhabi and across the UAE adorned their animals to try and win a share of the Dh400, 000 ($109,000) prize donated by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The prize went to 14 winners in different categories. A committee made up of veteran camel ...  >>MORE

Dubai Road deaths fall

Posted on 28/02/2002

Dubai saw a decline in the number of road deaths in 2001 against 2000, according to a report from Dubai Traffic Department on 25 February. According to the report 102 people died and 1,300 were injured in 87 road accidents in Dubai in 2001. A senior official at the department said that ‘speeding was high on the list of causes, and Sheikh Zayed Road registered the highest number of accidents'. He stressed that ‘the department has taken measures to minimise the high accident rate'. >>MORE

RCS distributes sheep to needy families

Posted on 23/02/2002

In line with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Red Crescent Society, RCS, the Society today distributed slaughtered sheep to the needy families in Fujairah. Suhail Rashid, Director of the RCS, Fujairah Branch, said that on the occasion of Eid Al Adha the society distributed here today 400 sheep. The society will continue distributing 1000 sheep over the coming two days to the needy families in ...  >>MORE

Dubai Terry Fox Run attracts 6,000

Posted on 21/02/2002

An estimated 6,000 people completed the 8.5-km Dubai Terry Fox Run in Dubai on 15 February raising funds for cancer research. http://www.terryfoxrun.org ...  >>MORE

Dubai building Dh250million ($68 million) ‘Knowledge Village’

Posted on 14/02/2002

Dubai will become the region's leading centre for learning and innovation when the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone's Dh250 million ($68 million) ‘Knowledge Village' is completed near Dubai's Internet City in 2002. The Knowledge Village is being built under directive from General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE Defence Minister and Chairman of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone. The centre will have a Media Academy, an Innovation Centre, e-learning ...  >>MORE

UAE, Kuwait lead in life expectancy

Posted on 09/02/2002

People in the UAE and Kuwait live longer than other Arab citizens, while the death rate in the Emirates is the lowest in the region as a result of great improvement in education and health services, according to an official report. Life expectancy in the UAE averaged 75 years in 1999, the second highest in the 22-nation Arab League, and the level was expected to improve further in the following years. Kuwait's average stood at 77 years. Life expectancy has steadily improved in the UAE since ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah mosques must remove satellite dishes

Posted on 24/01/2002

Sheikh Omar bin Abdul Aziz Al Qasimi, head of the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, issued a circular on 17 January ordering the removal of all satellite dishes from the roofs of mosques and the houses of imams and muezzins. This is to ensure that the appearance of mosques remains in keeping with Islamic customs and traditions. http://www.muslimweb.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Government gives three month amnesty to 'illegal' expatriates

Posted on 24/01/2002

The government will soon announce a three-month amnesty for expatiates staying illegally in the UAE after their residence permits have expired. 'During this period they can sort out their documents or leave the country without incurring penalties,' said Lieutenant General Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Interior on 22 January. http://www.dubai.gov.ae >>MORE

Dubai accidents kill 102 in 2001

Posted on 24/01/2002

102 motorists and pedestrians were killed in 87 road accidents in Dubai in 2001, mainly caused by speeding according to Colonel Mohammed Seif Al Zafeen, Deputy Director of the Dubai Traffic Department. Most of these accidents occurred on the Sheikh Zayed Road involving drivers aged between 26 and 35 years old. Radar has now been installed to try and prevent speeding. http://www.dxbtraffic.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Dubai on alert for fake diamonds

Posted on 17/01/2002

Local diamond merchants warn customers of synthetic diamonds from Italy, Thailand and Russia. These synthetic diamonds, are 'grown' in machines, have the same composition as a natural diamond, and are impossible to detect without professional knowledge. A UAE diamond expert said that although 'it is legal to bring in zircon and synthetic diamonds. It is illegal to sell these stones as 'real' diamonds'. Experts say that to test a diamond for authenticity, you need special equipment. A ...  >>MORE

Fujairah studies wind energy

Posted on 17/01/2002

A feasibility study on the potential of wind energy in Fujairah was outlined at the Fujairah Free Zone's Business Club on 14 January by a Spanish company, Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra. Their scheme is for four wind farms. Two of the four wind farms will have two towers 45 metres above sea level, and the other two will be 15 metres above sea level. Together they will generate between 130 and 200 megawatts of electricity per year. The locations in Fujairah where the wind farms would be ...  >>MORE

School Certificate mandatory for labourers, and no visas after 60 years old

Posted on 10/01/2002

Labourers coming to work in the UAE must now have at least a high school certificate, and separately, visas will not be renewed for labourers over 60 years old, Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, announced on 8 January. Al Tayer added that 'exceptions will be made for those holding high positions and rare occupations'. Labourers already in the country with residency status will not be asked to submit educational certificates when labour cards have to be renewed, if ...  >>MORE

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Centre to counsel UAE families


Dubai Excellence Programme launches website


Abu Dhabi municipal bills likely to go up


Customs exemptions offered through Net


Dubai Police introduces new service for transporting premature babies


Abu Dhabi Duty Free launches mega raffle


Dubai considers road tax, curbs on driving licences


World Bank praises ZCCF


Saudi Magazine highlights the role of Khalifa bin Zayed


Dubai to have virtual land map


Zayed tours Abu Dhabi's Eastern Region


UAE citizen wins IDB prize for research on Islamic Banking


Over 140,000 travel from UAE annually by bus in region


Emarat reports 32pc rise in sales


Licence plates raise Dh4.5m


Sharjah prohibits use of mobiles during working hours


Dubai experiment proven successful - Mohammed


Mohammed bin Rashid receives Bill Clinton


Road crashes claim one in 5,191 in 2001


Abu Dhabi gets Toy Town


118 smuggled poisonous snakes seized at Dubai cargo village


UAE is host for Date Palm Global Network


UAE warns beekeepers against diseased beehives


UAE, U.S. experts to present views on library issues


13 dead, many missing, in major Dubai Dry Docks accident


Thirteen die in Dubai Drydocks accident


Abu Dhabi Chamber set to launch unique discount cards


UAE experts to participate at workforce development summit in Morocco


DNRA bans veils during office hours for women employees


First major camel beauty contest in Abu Dhabi


Dubai Road deaths fall


RCS distributes sheep to needy families


Dubai Terry Fox Run attracts 6,000


Dubai building Dh250million ($68 million) ‘Knowledge Village’


UAE, Kuwait lead in life expectancy


Ras Al Khaimah mosques must remove satellite dishes


Government gives three month amnesty to 'illegal' expatriates


Dubai accidents kill 102 in 2001


Dubai on alert for fake diamonds


Fujairah studies wind energy


School Certificate mandatory for labourers, and no visas after 60 years old