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MISCELLANEOUS - GENERAL ARTICLES

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

150 Ras Al Khaimah companies issuing fraudulent visas

Posted on 10/01/2002

Brigadier General Hader Khalfan Al Muhairi, Head of the Naturalisation and Immigration Department at the Ministry of Interior, said on 7 January that, '150 fraudulent companies in Ras Al Khaimah have used their commercial licences to only issue and trade in visas, and not to run any kind of business'. In measures to control this fraud nationals must now give detailed information about all the employees provided with visas by them or face penalties. ...  >>MORE

'Pottermania' comes to Dubai

Posted on 13/12/2001

The worldwide hit film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', was launched in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday 12 December. Kellogg's invited children from the Dubai Charity Association and schoolchildren to a preview on Monday 10 December in Dubai. The film has broken box office records on both sides of the Atlantic, and promises to be a hit in the Middle East with this timely launch just before the Eid and Christmas festivities. >>MORE

UAE to head Group of 77

Posted on 06/12/2001

The Arab group in the Group of 77 has consensusly nominated Dr. Hussein Ghobash, UAE'S Ambassador at the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, to head the 130-member Group, which was established in 1964. The Group of 77, an influential group in the UNESCO, which is made up of four major groups, including the Latin American Group, the African Group, the Asian Group and the Arab Group, forms a majority in UNESCO. Each of the four groups, in turn, nominates a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to have single driving school

Posted on 26/11/2001

Private driving institutes in the capital will soon be replaced by one large single company that will provide quality training with the highest international standards. Emirates Driving Company, a semi-government organisation, invited contractors yesterday to register for the construction of its head office building and training field, stretching over an extensive piece of land in Mussaffah. The public stock company was established about a year ago. The owners of major private driving ...  >>MORE

World's tallest flagpole in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 24/11/2001

Abu Dhabi added one more feather in its cap after work on the world's tallest flagpole got completed. The 122-metre-high pole is set in steel and placed on the Corniche breakwaters where a gigantic UAE national flag, measuring 20x40 metres, will be unfurled on the country's 30th National Day on December 2. Work on the pole, which was erected in July, began early this year and involved 30 sub-contractors to complete it using a 1,200 tonne crane, the biggest in the Middle East, according to ...  >>MORE

Heavy rain fall on East Coast

Posted on 15/11/2001

The first rains of the winter season fell heavily in Fujairah and the East Coast on 13 November resulting in road flooding, and flooding in the valleys of Wadi Ham and Wadi Sahm and many villages. More rain and thunder is expected over the next few days. ...  >>MORE

Habtour opens FNC website

Posted on 13/11/2001

Information on the Federal National Council (FNC), the country's legislative body, and access to its law-making procedures will now easily be available after the launch of the Council's official web site yesterday. The web site was inaugurated by FNC Speaker, Mohammed Khalifa Al Habtour, at the Council Secretariat building in the capital. The Speaker said the launch of the web site is a milestone in exchanging information and expertise with the world community. The web site has been planned ...  >>MORE

UAE's tallest flagpole to be ready by National Day

Posted on 03/11/2001

The Dubai Municipality is setting up the UAE's tallest flag pole in the Dar Al Ittihad (Union House) complex at a total cost of Dh4 million. It is expected to be ready in time for the UAE 's 30th National Day celebrations on December 2. Talking to "Khaleej Times”, Mohammad Ahmad Al Zarooni, Head of Projects Construction Section at the General Projects Department, said a private company has been given the contract for the fabrication and installation of the 120-metre-tall flagpole at the ...  >>MORE

14 prisoners die, 18 other injured in Dubai jail fire

Posted on 01/11/2001

A fire at a detention cell in Bur Dubai Police Station caused the death of 14 prisoners and injuries to 18 others including 3 policeman. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister and Head of Dubai Police and Public Security visited the jail, on 30 October and ordered a special committee to investigate the fire. Police claim that the fire was started deliberately by a group of prisoners to create a diversion for them to escape from the cell. ...  >>MORE

Money exchange sector to flourish during Dubai Summer Surprises

Posted on 30/06/2001

Dubai's money exchange market has recorded a brisk growth as demand for Dirham jumped sharply boosted by huge flow of GCC and foreign holiday-makers into the emirate for Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS). Money exchangers predict a high demand for the local currency in early July as indicators show that demand may exceed 5 per cent during the DSS compared with same period last year. They said that demand for Dirham from the DSS's first Week to the last Week of June grew by 5 to 7 per cent. August, ...  >>MORE

Emirates youth ship to sail next month

Posted on 25/06/2001

The General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare was putting the final touches to the Emirates Youth Ship as part of the summer activities programme for 2001. The ship is expected to set sail on July 15 from Mina Rashid with 400 youth aged between 16 to 25 years on board. ' We would like to model our ship's concept to that of the world's youth in terms of objectives and mechanisms of undertaking activities, said the Head of voyages committee. He said that the committee had drawn an attractive ...  >>MORE

Complaints box set up at economic department

Posted on 23/06/2001

Mohammed Alabbar, Director-General of the Department of Economic Development (DED), inaugurated yesterday a special box for suggestions and complaints at the department for its customers. The new system aims to improve the department's quality of service, at the same time monitoring the needs and expectations of its customers. It allows customers to provide suggestions and complaints freely. In addition to an e-government system, the department will provide 11 channels for receiving ...  >>MORE

Car plates' auction fetches Dh733,000

Posted on 20/06/2001

The fifth auction for customised car number-plates fetched Dh733,000 on Tuesday. The auction, which was held at Dubai Police Officers Club and online, failed to sell many number plates. Bidding started for the first batch of numbers 181, 282, 383, 484, 585 686, 787, 878, and 979. The nominal value for these numbers was Dh80,000. The highest fetching number of this group was 181 which went for Dh 86,000. Number 282 was sold for Dh82,000. The second batch consisted of round numbers 4000, ...  >>MORE

4 Dubai Men’s College students to be part of Raleigh expedition

Posted on 20/06/2001

Four nationals from the Dubai Men's College (DMC) will rough it out in the jungles of Belize, trek the Gobi desert in Mongolia and do community work in Namibia when they leave for a 10-week expedition with Raleigh International during the second week of July. Three of the students have been sponsored by the HSBC Middle East Foundation while one has been sponsored by the British Business Group. The "venturers" who will work with over 200 Raleigh participants will be involved in various ...  >>MORE

Motorists in Dubai can now own number plates

Posted on 14/06/2001

Motorists in Dubai will soon be able to own number plates with unique numbers and distinguishing features for their cars under a new scheme which was endorsed by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence, who is also head of Dubai Police and Public Security. It took Dubai authorities about two years to finalise details of the scheme. After approving the scheme, Sheikh Mohammed bought the first number plate and made on-the-spot payment. A ...  >>MORE

DSS TV commercial a big hit

Posted on 13/06/2001

This year's Dubai Summer Surprises television commercial has become a big hit in the Arab world, thanks to world-class animation techniques used in the 98-second commercial created by an international digital animation company that has currently undertaken work for Walt Disney and Warner Brothers. The commercial encapsulates the 10 different "Surprises' of DSS with the animated story of Modhesh, the festival mascot who takes two children through a 72-day journey of fun and excitement during the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to issue silver coin to promote heritage awareness

Posted on 12/06/2001

Dubai Municipality will issue a commemorative silver coin as part of its programme to enhance public awareness on Dubai's heritage. It has also lined up a host of other activities including an exhibition and a seminar. The commemorate silver coin with a face value of Dhs50 would be issued soon in co-ordination with the UAE Central Bank. Printed on one side of the coin is the front-view of Al Ahmediya Secondary School. This school, built by the late Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmouk in 1912, was the ...  >>MORE

Zayed lauded for releasing 6,000 from jail

Posted on 12/06/2001

The UAE Cabinet held its ordinary weekly meeting at the Presidential Court on Monday morning. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Cabinet praised President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan for releasing 6,000 prisoners found guilty in various cases as to grant them an opportunity to rejoin the community and become useful citizens. The Cabinet reiterated that the noble deed of Sheikh Zayed comes in the framework of his wise policy ...  >>MORE

Number plates auction nets Dh9.19m

Posted on 11/06/2001

The third auction of ‘distinguished' car number plates took place at the Dubai Police Officers' Club yesterday netting a further Dh9.19 million in sales. The three groups of numbers which came under the auctioneer's hammer were of matching three digits such as 111, 222 and 333; numbers in round hundreds such as 100, 200 and 300; and numbers with the same digit and a zero such as 101, 202, and 303. The first group has a minimum price of Dh150,000, the second Dh140,000 and the third Dh130,000, ...  >>MORE

Second auction fetches Dh31.85m

Posted on 06/06/2001

The second auction for customised car number plates held by Dubai Police fetched Dh31.85 million. The highest price paid, Dh1.24 million, was for the number 10 and was bought by Abdullah Bin Eisa Al Sarkal. The first auction which was held on Sunday fetched Dh12.39 million. The bidding, which took place simultaneously at the Dubai Police Officers' Club and on the Internet, was not as heated as that of the first day. The auction was for two sets of numbers of two digits, the first one being ...  >>MORE

Auction of number-plates fetches Dh12.39m

Posted on 05/06/2001

The first open auction for an initial selection of customised car number-plates, held in Dubai yesterday, fetched a total of Dh12.39 million. The highest price, Dh1.24 million, was paid for number '2' by Abdul Rahman Amanullah Kamali who bought two other numbers, '9' for Dh1.2 million and '11' for Dh840,000. The lowest amount paid at yesterday's auction was Dh480,000, for '55'. The bidding took place simultaneously at the Dubai Police Officers' Club and on the Internet. The auction was two ...  >>MORE

Auction of number-plates fetches Dh12.39m

Posted on 05/06/2001

The first open auction for an initial selection of customised car number-plates, held in Dubai yesterday, fetched a total of Dh12.39 million. The highest price, Dh1.24 million, was paid for number '2' by Abdul Rahman Amanullah Kamali who bought two other numbers, '9' for Dh1.2 million and '11' for Dh840,000. The lowest amount paid at yesterday's auction was Dh480,000, for '55'. The bidding took place simultaneously at the Dubai Police Officers' Club and on the Internet. The auction was two ...  >>MORE

Motorist to receive traffic updates by mobile phone

Posted on 30/05/2001

Motorists may soon receive up-to-the-minute traffic updates through WAP-enabled mobile phones as part of a "smart" traffic strategy being introduced by Dubai Police. Col. Taresh Eid Mohammed Al Mansouri, Director of the General Administration for Planning and Development, said the information provided by the Operations Room will allow drivers to determine which roads are congested and thus avoid them. The police are also putting the finishing touches on their e-police project which will ...  >>MORE

Sultan urges adherence to Islamic architecture

Posted on 23/05/2001

Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi urged all UAE municipalities to adhere to Islamic architectural designs in town planning and construction of buildings, sustaining Islamic heritage and the unique age-old style. Sheikh Sultan made the call after attending the inaugural ceremony of a two-day seminar on Islamic Architecture - Ideas and Application, at the Qasba canal-side auditorium in Sharjah on Tuesday. Sheikh Sultan, who ...  >>MORE

Applications invited for number plates

Posted on 23/05/2001

Dubai Police will start receiving initial applications for the auction of the first batch of new car number plates to be sold to the public from today. The first batch of numbers to be auctioned will be single digit numbers, matching two digit numbers such as 11, 22, 33 and two digit numbers in units of ten such as 10, 20 and 30. People wishing to take part in the first auction, scheduled to take place at the beginning of June, should submit an initial application including their name and ...  >>MORE

EMARAT launches safe-driving campaign

Posted on 20/05/2001

Inline with its commitment to contribute to the UAE community, EMARAT has launched a public service campaign to spotlight an extremely vital issue – safe driving. The start of the campaign coincides with the launch of the Corporation's website – http://www.emarat.co.ae – that goes online today. Besides a print media campaign, EMARAT has taken the public service programme a step further, incorporating it as an online game competition on its website to test visitors' road safety and driving ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Centre opened near London

Posted on 19/05/2001

A three-storey Islamic centre, Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Centre, was today opened at the outskirts of London. Abdullah Sultan al Dhaheri, Director General of the Zayed Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works, inaugurated the centre in the presence of senior UAE and British officials and hundreds of the Moslem community in the area. The centre was built in two years at the cost of US$4 donated by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Zayed Mosque in RAK to be ready in August

Posted on 19/05/2001

Eighty per cent of works on the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan mosque in Ras Al Khaimah has been completed and the worship facility will be ready by August to coincide with the country's celebrations of accession day of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as Ruler of Abu Dhabi. According to a report published in the Arabic daily ' Al Ittihad', the Dh 11.9 million mosque, built on an area of 22,000 square metres, will accommodate 1,500 worshippers. The mosque is one of a series of mosques ...  >>MORE

Police to issue certificates for special number plates

Posted on 15/05/2001

Dubai Police Chief Major-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said it was decided to issue ownership certificates for special number plates of vehicles to the public at a maximum limit of Dh200,000 following the directives of Dubai Crown Prince, UAE Minister of Defence and Head of the Police and Public Security Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The numbers are ready but work is under way to launch the service on the Internet enabling the public to reserve the desired numbers online, he said. He ...  >>MORE

State-of-the-art driving school in Abu Dhabi soon

Posted on 06/05/2001

Driving schools in Abu Dhabi will soon face tough competition with the coming up of a state-of-the-art driving institute that is expected to cut down tuition fees and provide better services. The Emirates Driving Company, a project partly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi with a seed capital of Dh100 million, will be operational soon, according to government officials. The announcement was made by officials at the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Abu Dhabi Traffic and Licence Department. They ...  >>MORE

Vehicle inspection made easy in capital

Posted on 02/05/2001

The Abu Dhabi Traffic Police have unveiled a two-pronged strategy to enhance safety standards for light vehicles and guaranty safer technical conditions for heavy vehicles. Fourteen new centres for technical inspection will be set up, thus enabling motorists to complete inspection with ease, and from the nearest service locality. If technical vehicle inspection procedures were seen by motorists as unnecessary in the past, there will be no more hassles in the near future with the setting up of ...  >>MORE

World-class signboards for Sheikh Zayed Road

Posted on 17/04/2001

Dubai's golden boulevard -- the distance between the World Trade Centre and Intersection 1 of Sheikh Zayed Road -- will soon be adorned with elegant and impressive signs. Dubai Municipality has awarded BackLite International the exclusive rights to build twelve gantry signs of international standards, six on each side of the highway. "The twelve new Golden Signs with double-sided back-illuminated vinyl panels on uni-poles will be installed during May and June," said BR Bendeus, chairman, ...  >>MORE

Dubai resumes sale of pre-paid parking cards

Posted on 16/04/2001

Public will be able to buy pre-paid cards for using controlled parking zones in Dubai, as Dubai Municipality resumed its sale on Sunday after a gap of two months, during which the parking machines underwent a technical upgrade. The cards are now available for Dh50 and Dh100 denominations at Counter No.9 of the Customer Service Centre of the municipality headquarters and with most of the parking inspectors. Motorists could also avail of the seasonal subscription cards which will enable them ...  >>MORE

GCC residents shell out $27b for globetrotting

Posted on 15/04/2001

Bitten by the travel bug, residents of Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC, countries shelled out US$$27 billion while making 8.8 million trips across the globe between January to December last year, loosening their purse strings more than the Europeans. "GCC residents spend much more than the Europeans," said Rolf D. Freitag, executive director of the Munich-based travel research and marketing consulting firm, IPK International, which launched its Arabian Travel Monitor on Saturday along with the ...  >>MORE

UAE hosts Chernobyl disaster-hit kids

Posted on 14/04/2001

The UAE is hosting 60 children from the Ukraine, most of them from the area devastated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, "Gulf News” reported today. According to the Dubai-based English daily, the children were brought to the UAE by Liudmyla Kuchma, wife of Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma. The Ukrainian First Lady, who is also chairperson of the Ukrainian Charitable Organisation for Hope and Good, is on her first official visit to the UAE. Since her arrival this week she has met Sheikha ...  >>MORE

Road tolls loom large in fundraising plans

Posted on 10/04/2001

Motorists could soon be paying tolls to use the UAE's roads. The introduction of tolls is one of three proposals put forward by a Gulf Co-operation Could, GCC, committee to generate additional funds for highway projects. The two other proposals are a large increase in fuel prices and an increase in the cost of registering a vehicle. The Committee for Transportation and Communications at the GCC Secretariat made the recommendations during their third meeting this March in Dubai. The panel of ...  >>MORE

Falcon theme for Zayed’s Chelsea entry

Posted on 08/04/2001

Having won two gold medals and a silver for his previous show gardens at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has taken a more traditional design for the "The Garden of Tranquillity, his fourth entry. Designed by Charles Funke of Charles Funke Associates of Godlaming, whose association with Sheikh Zayed spans many years, the theme for this year's garden is the beauty and grace of the imperial falcon. A hand carving set into the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah move to register pets

Posted on 07/04/2001

Director-General of Sharjah Municipality Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Fikri has issued Administrative Decision No. 9 of 2001 with respect to obligatory immunisation of domestic animals. Fikri has asked the public health section in conjunction with the public relations and media section to notify owners of domestic animals such as cats, dogs, and the like that it is necessary for them to register the animals with the public health within three months from the date of notification. Before being ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Co-op posts Dh61m net

Posted on 04/04/2001

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has posted a net profit of Dh60.8 million for full year 2000, down 28.32 per cent compared to the previous year. However, there has been marginal growth in revenues, total assets and shareholders' equity according to the directors' report. Cash dividends of 60 per cent of the nominal value shares (Dh6 per share) will be paid, the same percentage announced in the last six years. No bonus shares have been announced. The company's statement account showed total ...  >>MORE

Big haul of pirated good destroyed

Posted on 01/04/2001

Earthmovers arrived at the Ministry of Information & Culture's Dubai office yesterday on a mission to remove and destroy a massive haul of pirated goods. The ministry's message was clear – people who use or sell pirated videos or computer software will get caught and will be punished. The seized goods which were destroyed included 400,000 video games, 30,000 film on VHS and DVD, almost 10,000 computer programmes, nearly 8,000 video machines used to copy and nearly 40 personal computers. The ...  >>MORE

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


150 Ras Al Khaimah companies issuing fraudulent visas


'Pottermania' comes to Dubai


UAE to head Group of 77


Abu Dhabi to have single driving school


World's tallest flagpole in Abu Dhabi


Heavy rain fall on East Coast


Habtour opens FNC website


UAE's tallest flagpole to be ready by National Day


14 prisoners die, 18 other injured in Dubai jail fire


Money exchange sector to flourish during Dubai Summer Surprises


Emirates youth ship to sail next month


Complaints box set up at economic department


Car plates' auction fetches Dh733,000


4 Dubai Men’s College students to be part of Raleigh expedition


Motorists in Dubai can now own number plates


DSS TV commercial a big hit


Dubai Municipality to issue silver coin to promote heritage awareness


Zayed lauded for releasing 6,000 from jail


Number plates auction nets Dh9.19m


Second auction fetches Dh31.85m


Auction of number-plates fetches Dh12.39m


Auction of number-plates fetches Dh12.39m


Motorist to receive traffic updates by mobile phone


Sultan urges adherence to Islamic architecture


Applications invited for number plates


EMARAT launches safe-driving campaign


Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Centre opened near London


Zayed Mosque in RAK to be ready in August


Police to issue certificates for special number plates


State-of-the-art driving school in Abu Dhabi soon


Vehicle inspection made easy in capital


World-class signboards for Sheikh Zayed Road


Dubai resumes sale of pre-paid parking cards


GCC residents shell out $27b for globetrotting


UAE hosts Chernobyl disaster-hit kids


Road tolls loom large in fundraising plans


Falcon theme for Zayed’s Chelsea entry


Sharjah move to register pets


Abu Dhabi Co-op posts Dh61m net


Big haul of pirated good destroyed