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MISCELLANEOUS - GENERAL ARTICLES

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

Traffic accidents second biggest cause of deaths

Posted on 10/03/2001

Police statistics show that traffic accidents were main cause of death in the UAE after heart diseases in 1998, 1999 and 2000, a top official has said. Police, he said, will soon provide decision-makers with latest reports on the traffic situation in the UAE for action to be taken to curb accidents and reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from them. Last year's accidents claimed 673 lives, 35 per cent of them being youths, and 14 per cent under the age of 29, said Colonel (Dr) Khalifa ...  >>MORE

Posted on 19/02/2001

A UAE national who entered the Guinness Book of World Records last week has unofficially broken his achievement just five days after receiving the certificate. Suhail Al Zarooni, General Manager of Al Zarooni Real Estate, won the recognition after gaining the title for the world's biggest model car collection with his mini showroom of more than 1,500 limited edition autos. But since being notified of his achievement, he has amassed even more, and says he now owns closer to 2,000 tiny cars. ...  >>MORE

No place for corruption: Mohammed

Posted on 13/02/2001

Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has described the officials who were recently arrested on corruption charges as "weeds who should be rooted out to let the crops grow.” Commenting to Al Khaleej on the arrests of senior officials on charges of administrative and financial corruption, Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the chief of Dubai Police and Public Security, expressed his sorrow over these happenings. He asserted that " there is no ...  >>MORE

Information Ministry withdraws ban on cigarette promotion

Posted on 30/01/2001

The Ministry of Information and Culture today said that it withdrew a circular it issued earlier which banned all kinds of advertising and promotion of cigarette and other tobacco products. Saqr Ghobash, Ministry's Under Secretary, said that there were deliberations underway on the best way to implement the resolutions of the cabinet and the Municipalities secretariat general with all related parties. He said that the Ministry decided to withdraw the circular after it received a number of ...  >>MORE

Cultural Foundation library's readers on increase

Posted on 24/01/2001

The number of people who visited the Cultural Foundation's library rose 4.6 per cent in 2000 to 184,710. Juma Al Qubaisi, Assistant Librarian, said that those readers had used 403,217 books in 2000 compared to 519,327 books in 1999, a decrease of 22.4 per cent. As for categories of readers, he noted that male accounted for 67 per cent, female 33 per cent, students 36 per cent employees 34 per cent, higher schools students 32 per cent and under-graduates 29 per cent. He said that the number of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed orders companies to transport workers in buses

Posted on 13/01/2001

Dubai Crown Prince, UAE Defence Minister and Head of Police and Public Security in Dubai, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued an order urging companies to transport their staff only in buses from April 1. According to the order, companies should switch to buses and ensure the safety of their employees from road accidents. The order was issued following a rise in the number of accidents where unequipped pick-up trucks transporting workers were involved in fatal traffic ...  >>MORE

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