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Emirati doctor co-authors two medical books

Posted on 12/12/2011

Dr. Saleh Saif Fares Al-Ali, a consultant in Emergency, Prehospital Care and Disaster Medicine at Zayed Military Hospital Emergency Department, collaborated on two world-class medical textbooks with doctors from the United States of America and Canada. The first book titled "Five Minutes Emergency Medicine Consults" was supervised by an elite group of professors from American leading universities such as Harvard, Colorado and Emory, with input from a number of other officials from American ...  >>MORE

Ocean race Emirati prepares for adventure

Posted on 22/09/2011

Sacrifice, hard work and life-changing experiences are all part of the adventure for the first Arab to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race. Adil Khalid, the father of a three-month-old boy, hopes to be an inspiration for his young family by competing in the gruelling around-the-world yacht challenge. At the start of the year, Adil was one of 120 Emiratis vying for a single berth on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's 21-metre yacht, Azzam. Since then he has discovered training and fatherhood have ...  >>MORE

Emirati to walk to Makkah for special needs children

Posted on 05/09/2011

Emirati Jalal Bin Theniyah is taking his humanitarian mission to the next level. Bin Theniyah plans to undertake a 2,000km walk for charity to Makkah with the aim of raising funds for children with special needs. The 25-year-old has successfully undertaken extreme missions in the past — a 600km walk across the UAE, a vertical marathon wherein he climbed 2775 floors of skyscrapers in 12 days and another 550km journey to the Empty Quarter — all for the welfare of children with special needs. ...  >>MORE

Teen wizard of the stocks world

Posted on 04/09/2011

It all started with a hunch for Amer Bin Braik, who first invested Dh200 on the stock market in shares of a local gas firm — based on a news tip. He was 13 years old at the time and the money was a gift he had received from his family on Eid. Bin Braik, now 19 and a third-year university student, is financially advising senior investors on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). He dispenses his advice for free through a YouTube channel where, until now, ...  >>MORE

Emirati singer Bukhatir mesmerises Beirut

Posted on 04/09/2011

Beirut: At the recent Nights of Tripoli Festival, renowned singer Ahmad Bukhatir treated his audience to a beautiful performance. "It was truly a delight to perform in front of people from Lebanon, and it was an inspiring occasion to see so many brothers and sisters turn out to be part of the festival. It was a blessing to perform live before such a large crowd of people,” Bukhatir said. Bukhatir performed seven songs which were released in his latest album Moments with Allah. He also ...  >>MORE

Sultan Al Darmaki, an Emirati shoe designer, is recognised by V&A

Posted on 08/08/2011

When the unexpected email arrived from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London requesting that Helen Persson, the museum's curator of textiles in the Asian department, be allowed to view Sultan Al Darmaki's first-ever collection of women's shoes, the Emirati designer was careful to keep his cool. As Persson scrutinised them, he continued to hold his excitement in check. It was only after she left, having asked Al Darmaki whether the V&A might be able to acquire the Lydia shoe to represent ...  >>MORE

Girls with designs on the abaya

Posted on 20/06/2011

Sara Al Madani is a young woman aiming to bridge the gap between tradition and fashion in the abaya and galabiya world. At 24, she is already the owner of three fashion shops. She has one in Dubai, one in Ajman and last week she opened her third store called Rouge Couture in Sharjah with her Chinese partner, Apple Wang. With the support of the Sharjah Business Women Council, the "abaya engineers" hope to inject a pinch of modernity into old-fashioned Emirati clothing. "We thought, why can't ...  >>MORE

UAE student wins UK dentistry prize

Posted on 17/05/2011

A young UAE student studying dentistry in Britain, Sultan Al Ameemi, has been awarded a prize for his excellence in his studies by the British Endodontic Society, one of the top organisations in the field. The prize is the Tom Pitt-Ford Undergraduate Prize in Endodontology, named after a former editor of the society's journal, Professor Pitt-Ford. Al Ameemi is a student at the School of Dentistry in Scotland's Dundee University. The British Endodontic Society was founded in 1963 to promote ...  >>MORE

UAE filmmaker bags Fulbright scholarship in US

Posted on 08/05/2011

Rashid Al Merri joined the ranks of an elite group of future leaders when he recently won a Fulbright scholarship to study at an American university in August this year. The UAE national, who is a filmmaker and producer with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, is bound for New School in New York to pursue a master's degree in Media Studies. Al Merri, 24, is a recent graduate in Applied Media studies at Dubai Men's College (DMC). Of the four candidates who were selected for the Fulbright programme, ...  >>MORE

UAE philanthropic ear surgeon wins OFID award for development

Posted on 13/04/2011

Vienna - The Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, announced Dr. Mazen Al-Hajri as the recipient of the 2011 OFID Award for Development on 7 April 2011. The Award was announced on the sidelines of a series of high-level meetings conducted between the Director-General and Obaid Humaid Al-Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and other government officials, regarding the upcoming 32nd Annual Session ...  >>MORE

Emiratis are 'inspired' after Antarctica voyage

Posted on 24/03/2011

Five Emiratis have returned from a voyage to Antarctica as "environmental converts" and now plan to share their insights into climate change with their compatriots. The group was part of an expedition organised by the veteran polar explorer Robert Swan. During the 14-day journey, they witnessed melting ice caps, islands populated by penguins and a sprawling desert of ice. The trip was designed to forge a group of environmental ambassadors who would learn in-depth about climate change and pass ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed named Dubai Lynx Advertising Person of the Year

Posted on 17/03/2011

The Dubai International Advertising Festival has named Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline & Group, who has been instrumental in establishing the company as a global brand, as the 2011 Dubai Lynx Advertising Person of the Year Award. The Advertising Person of the Year Award honours someone who by their efforts, energy and dedication, has lifted the presence and profile of the region within the international advertising, marketing and communications ...  >>MORE

Emirati on Antarctica expedition reminded of 'purity of the dunes'

Posted on 14/03/2011

A little more than a week after setting off on an environmental expedition to Antarctica, a group of Emiratis have already sailed through five-metre-high waves, spotted penguins and camped on the frozen land. The team, which includes executives from Dubai International Airport and Etihad Airways, is being led by Robert Swan, a veteran adventurer of both the north and south poles. The purpose of the visit is to raise awareness about the effects pollution is having on Antarctica. One of the ...  >>MORE

World Economic Forum honours Badr Hamid Jafar as Young Global Leader

Posted on 10/03/2011

World Economic Forum has honoured Badr Hamid Jafar, Executive Director of Crescent Petroleum and Co-Initiator of the Pearl Initiative, the Young Global Leader (YGL). Every year, the World Economic Forum recognises the most exceptional young leaders worldwide as YGL honourees, having been identified among the world's most outstanding leaders for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring ...  >>MORE

Green mission drives Emirati to South Pole

Posted on 02/03/2011

A 37-year-old mother of five will become the first Emirati woman to explore Antarctica as part of the annual 2041 Expedition founded by polar explorer and environmentalist Robert Swan. The 2041 initiative seeks to raise awareness about preserving the Antarctic environment after the international treaty banning mining and drilling in the south polar region expires in 2041. The concern led by Swan aims at reversing the effects of climate change and protecting Antarctica, its pristine ...  >>MORE

Al Thani climbs Mount Aconcagua

Posted on 24/01/2011

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, a co-founder of Musafir.com has commenced his 3-week journey to climb Amercias' highest mountain to raise funds for "Reach Out To Asia", or ROTA, charity. Three other climbers, from Dubai, Kuwait and Palestine, are accompanying Al Thani on the journey which started on January 16th. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 m (22,841 ft). It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the Argentine province of Mendoza. The aim is, ...  >>MORE

Emirati completes 40,000km of world tour on motorcycle

Posted on 04/01/2011

After spending approximately 195 days on the road and covering around 40,000km, an Emirati world traveller has finally returned home. "I have to head to Oman first in order to officially complete the first phase of my journey around the world, but thank God I have completed the first phase safely," said the 27-year-old Ebrahim Sulaiman who is considered one of the first Emirati motorcycle adventurers. Sulaiman, embarked on his ‘Voyage for Love and Peace' on May 1. He began his journey armed ...  >>MORE

Emirati to place UAE flag on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted on 02/12/2010

Ali Dawood, an Emirati adventurer, has embarked on his sixth trip to the Mount Kilimanjaro but this time on a patriotic mission: To place a UAE national flag on the Uhuru peak on December 2 to commemorate the country's National Day. "I want to dedicate this climb to the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Both the leaders have been supportive to ...  >>MORE

Haider Taleb sets on journey across emirates in solar-powered wheel chair

Posted on 22/11/2010

Haidar Taleb will set off today on a journey that will take him across all seven emirates in a solar-powered wheel chair. Haidar, who built and designed the wheelchair himself, will travel more than 350km to promote innovation and renewable energy across the UAE in the run up to the National Day. Starting in Fujairah, his 11-day journey will take him to schools, universities, police stations, and social centres for people with disabilities, before he finishes in Abu Dhabi's Corniche on 2 ...  >>MORE

Emirati photographer pursues his passion to distant corners of the world

Posted on 21/11/2010

You probably have heard a lot about photography lovers and how much they are attracted to various fields such as landscape, portrait, or depicting the daily life. However, Emirati photographer, Rashid Al Beloushi is an exception as he appreciates and finds beauty in whatever he sees through his lens. He has travelled to Iran, Australia and Singapore in an attempt to document the beauty of the world. "To me photography is a way of life, far away from a mere hobby. It is fate. It identifies ...  >>MORE

Masdar sponsors world record attempt to more than 100 km in solar-powered wheelchair

Posted on 11/11/2010

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy initiative, yesterday announced it is sponsoring Haidar Taleb, a UAE national who will work towards setting a Guinness World Record for the greatest distance ever covered in one day with a wheelchair powered by solar panels. Taleb will undertake his challenge on 11 November and take off from Masdar City at 6.00a.m. He will aim to arrive at Al Thiqa Club for the Handicapped in Sharjah around 8.00p.m. "Setting the record is an important milestone as it ...  >>MORE

Emirati traveller reaches Egypt on motorcycle in world tour

Posted on 24/10/2010

Cairo - The UAE traveller Ibrahim Ahmed bin Suleiman, who reached Egypt on motorcycle from Libya and on his way to Jordan, said he was in world tour to highlight urban progress and prosperity of the UAE under its prudent leadership. He told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in a statement in Cairo that he aimed through a tour that would take him to 18 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa, to introduce the UAE peace loving and tolerant people to the world. Suleiman said his journey began on the first ...  >>MORE

UAE globe-trotter arrives Geneva

Posted on 22/08/2010

Geneva - Obeid Salem Al Za'abi, UAE Permanent Representative to UN's European Headquarters in Geneva, received UAE traveller Ibrahim Ahmed Sulieman, who is travelling around the world on a motorbike. Al Za'abi lauded the young Emirati explorer for his challenging ambition. 'The trip delivers a message of openness and communication from the UAE, the land of love and fraternity, to the world community and mirrors a bright image of progress in the UAE under its wise leadership,' he said. ...  >>MORE

Aviation students go on US Airventure

Posted on 12/07/2010

A select group of Emirati aviation students will travel to the weeklong Experimental Aircraft Association's Airventure in the US later this month to take lessons from the industry's leading lights. The 18 students from Abu Dhabi Men's College (ADMC) will travel to Oshkosh, in the US state of Wisconsin, on July 24 to attend one of the world's biggest aviation trade fairs. There, they will attend workshops by experts and have the chance to network with industry executives. Emiratis are ...  >>MORE

'Voyage for Love and Peace': Emirati adventurer arrives in Munich

Posted on 23/06/2010

Munich - The UAE's first world motorcycle adventurer Ibrahim Ahmad Suleiman arrived in Munich on his way to cross over to 35 countries in three continents. UAE Consul General in Munich Mohammed Ateeq Al Rumaithi received the adventurer, who started his journey earlier last month from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest man-made edifice in Dubai. In his 'Voyage for Love and Peace', the young Emirati will convey to the countries he visits, the message of tolerance and peace the UAE upholds. ...  >>MORE

Young musicians honour Chopin

Posted on 20/06/2010

Ibrahim al Junaibi, a 28-year-old Emirati who hopes to become the country's first major composer, was one of eight promising young pianists from the capital who performed at a recital yesterday to mark the 200th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin's birth. The young musicians, aged eight to 29, each played a short sample of their well-practised pieces to an audience of around 100 at the event at the residence of the Japanese ambassador, Tatsuo Watanabe. It was organised by the senior diplomat's ...  >>MORE

Carman Roadster revs up for launch

Posted on 15/06/2010

No, Batman hasn't arrived in the United Arab Emirates. Rather, the man stepping out of the dark Batmobile-styled sportscar is Nadeem Dweik, international sales manager of Capital Manufacturing, a Dubai-based automaker. A smile breaks out on his face as he glances at the racing lines of the newest Made-in-the-UAE sports car dubbed the Carman Roadster. "This isn't a kit car," says Dweik. "Our new cars are much more sophisticated. The big difference is that we manufacture everything in this ...  >>MORE

Sulaiman sets off on his motorcycle adventure

Posted on 02/05/2010

Ebrahim Ahmad Sulaiman, the UAE's first world motorcycle adventurer, began his journey on Saturday from the Burj Khalifa. "I wanted to start from the Burj for the sentimental significance it has to the citizens of Dubai and me personally," he said before the take off. Sulaiman bid farewell to his friends and supporters at the Burj, especially his many friends from the Desert Warriors motorcycle club of which he is a member. "The Desert Warriors members are my great supporters. They are ...  >>MORE

IT expert pens UAE's first Manga novel

Posted on 05/03/2010

Despite being an information technology specialist, he did not stay up night after night thinking about servers and their quirks, he instead looked to find his true passion — Manga novels. And graphic novel lovers were given a treat yesterday when the creator of the UAE's first Manga novel, Qais Sedki, was on hand to share his thoughts and experiences about working on his piece, The Gold Ring. "Actually, I studied information technology and worked in that field for over eight years but in the ...  >>MORE

Global honour for four young UAE leaders

Posted on 04/03/2010

Four young leaders from the UAE have been honoured as Young Global Leaders for 2010, the World Economic Forum announced yesterday. Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State of the UAE; Najla Al Awadhi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Media Incorporated (the parent firm of Emirates Business; Nabil Alyousuf, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dubai School of Government; and Riyad Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (Adaa) have been recognised for their professional ...  >>MORE

UAE Nationals graduate from Emirates sponsored study programme Three UAE National Emirates' employees have gradu

Posted on 11/02/2010

Three UAE National Emirates' employees have graduated with Honours in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University in the United Kingdom, after completing a one-year top up degree programme sponsored by Emirates. The three graduates, Ali Abutaleb Mohammad Saleh Abbasi, Fouz Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed and Khalid Walid Al Ardha, are currently Aircraft Engineers with Emirates and are the first group of students to complete the Emirates' sponsored study programme. Khalid Jasim, Emirates' ...  >>MORE

UAE national wins IYDE- 2009

Posted on 02/10/2009

A UAE national has become the first from the country to win the British Council's international Young Creative Entrepreneur programme award (IYDE- 2009). Rami Farook was presented with the award in an ceremony hosted in London, UK, in September. He was awarded the YCE trophy and a prize fund of ?5,000, which is to be invested in a design initiative that will further help to develop cultural relations between the UAE and the UK. Rami is founder and director of Traffic, a 7,000 sq ft. design ...  >>MORE

Emirati’s invention set to save lives on roads

Posted on 15/09/2009

The staggering figures of road fatalities in the UAE may soon decline if the invention of 18 year-old Emirati student, Khalid Mohammed Al Shammari is adopted in vehicles
in the UAE. Recent statistics by the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi reveal that the emirate has one of the world's highest road fatalities with 27.4 deaths for every 100,000 people. Khalid's novel idea of saving lives from car accidents is securing electronic wiring from the seatbelt and fastening and linking it to the car ...  >>MORE

Emirati in finals for design award

Posted on 05/08/2009

He has a furniture line, an impressive artistic pedigree and a gallery in Dubai. And now Rami Farook has designs on winning the International Young Design Entrepreneur Award as the competition's first Emirati contestant. The British Council, which runs the event, announced yesterday that Mr Farook had been chosen to represent the region. If he wins the 10-day competition in Britain, he will be awarded a grant of £5,000 (Dh31,000) and the chance to develop lucrative business links with ...  >>MORE

First Emirati students complete arduous trek to Everest base camp

Posted on 21/04/2009

A group of youngsters who braved sub-zero temperatures, tackled treacherous mountain tracks and fought dizzying altitude sickness have become the first Emirati students to reach the roof of the world. The determined teens from Rashid School for Boys in Dubai proudly waved their national flag as they arrived at Everest base camp after a 16-day trek through the Himalayas. Mohammed Al Mana, 17, said: "It was exhausting but it was really worthwhile. "I was very proud to carry my country's flag to ...  >>MORE

Sun’s the limit for young entrepreneurs

Posted on 05/04/2009

It can carry six passengers at speeds of more than 40kph without ever having to fill up at a petrol station, or even plug into an electric socket. But perhaps the most impressive thing about this solar-powered, fibreglass car, which went on display at Dubai Mall yesterday, is the age of the brains behind it: S Tarek al Zubair is just 16, while his cousin, Hamad bin Sulaiman, is two years younger. The boys, both students at the International School of Arts and Sciences, built the futuristic ...  >>MORE

Children learn of their desert roots

Posted on 16/03/2009

The synchronised spins and deft skills of Yolla dancers bring cheers from a small crowd at sunset. Nearby, in a souq made from palm fronds, traditional Emirati goods such as baskets and perfumes are displayed proudly by their makers. It is a timeless desert scene evoking the spirit of a simpler, traditional life, and only the roar of aeroplanes and the lights of skyscrapers on the horizon remind us that it is the 21st century and Dubai is a bustling modern metropolis. After the Yolla dancers ...  >>MORE

Reviving the pearl’s lustre

Posted on 17/02/2009

A patch of sea off the coast of Ras al Khaimah holds the key to the rebirth of the long-lost pearl industry in the Emirates. Beneath the waters lie hundreds of thousands of pearls, but these are not the natural wonders for which Emiratis scoured the ocean floor hundreds of years ago. The natural process has been prodded along by technology in about one million oysters by the Al Rams-based Emirates and Japan Pearl Cultivation and Trading Company, the only organised cultured pearl farm in the ...  >>MORE

Racer urges women to ‘do the impossible’

Posted on 15/02/2009

With some help, Muoza al Mansoori lifts herself out of the white "ladies van” of the Abu Dhabi Club for the Disabled and into her wheelchair. If she is nervous, it does not show. No one would blame her if she were because she is the first female Emirati in UAE history to participate in an international wheelchair sporting event. The Al Ain International Wheelchair Meeting is the only event of its kind in the Middle East. The third edition, which concluded yesterday, attracted 47 athletes ...  >>MORE

Tradition blends with the modern in UAE

Posted on 25/01/2009

Poetry in crystal-like nomadic Nabati dialect of Arab herdsmen of the past being telecast using the modern satellite technology; is one of the many events that symbolise the harmony of the heritage and modernity in the civilisation of UAE. A visitor, who marvels at the magnificent modern edifices adorning the skylines of UAE, also will never miss to notice the power of the Bedouin heritage that flows as the undercurrent of the country's culture. Although the forces of globalisation has pulled ...  >>MORE

Bullfighting a big draw in Fujairah

Posted on 25/01/2009

On a typical Friday in Fujairah, a crowd gathers around a ring and distressed bulls strain against their ropes and bellow mournfully. A couple of bulls dig their hooves threateningly into the ground, apparently getting ready for the charge. Bullfighting may be a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, some cities in southern France, and several Latin American countries, but bullfighting also exists in the United Arab Emirates, especially in the emirate of Fujairah, as well as in the ...  >>MORE

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Emirati doctor co-authors two medical books


Ocean race Emirati prepares for adventure


Emirati to walk to Makkah for special needs children


Teen wizard of the stocks world


Emirati singer Bukhatir mesmerises Beirut


Sultan Al Darmaki, an Emirati shoe designer, is recognised by V&A


Girls with designs on the abaya


UAE student wins UK dentistry prize


UAE filmmaker bags Fulbright scholarship in US


UAE philanthropic ear surgeon wins OFID award for development


Emiratis are 'inspired' after Antarctica voyage


Sheikh Ahmed named Dubai Lynx Advertising Person of the Year


Emirati on Antarctica expedition reminded of 'purity of the dunes'


World Economic Forum honours Badr Hamid Jafar as Young Global Leader


Green mission drives Emirati to South Pole


Al Thani climbs Mount Aconcagua


Emirati completes 40,000km of world tour on motorcycle


Emirati to place UAE flag on Mt. Kilimanjaro


Haider Taleb sets on journey across emirates in solar-powered wheel chair


Emirati photographer pursues his passion to distant corners of the world


Masdar sponsors world record attempt to more than 100 km in solar-powered wheelchair


Emirati traveller reaches Egypt on motorcycle in world tour


UAE globe-trotter arrives Geneva


Aviation students go on US Airventure


'Voyage for Love and Peace': Emirati adventurer arrives in Munich


Young musicians honour Chopin


Carman Roadster revs up for launch


Sulaiman sets off on his motorcycle adventure


IT expert pens UAE's first Manga novel


Global honour for four young UAE leaders


UAE Nationals graduate from Emirates sponsored study programme Three UAE National Emirates' employees have gradu


UAE national wins IYDE- 2009


Emirati’s invention set to save lives on roads


Emirati in finals for design award


First Emirati students complete arduous trek to Everest base camp


Sun’s the limit for young entrepreneurs


Children learn of their desert roots


Reviving the pearl’s lustre


Racer urges women to ‘do the impossible’


Tradition blends with the modern in UAE


Bullfighting a big draw in Fujairah