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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

Emirati inventor to unveil high-speed solar powered car

Posted on 16/08/2008

The desire of an Emirati young man to make things from nature without depleting it, has made him develop the fastest car on earth that runs using the light from the sun. Working for many years in pain, penchant and determination, Saqar Bin Saif is about to unveil his new invention; the high-speed solar powered car. Saqar exhibited the first model of his car earlier at the Dubai Motor Show, thus igniting the curiosity of many car manufacturers around the world. BMW officials marvelled at the ...  >>MORE

DIFC governor honoured for development of Islamic capital markets

Posted on 27/06/2008

Governor of the Dubai International Financial centre (DIFC), Dr Omar bin Sulaiman, yesterday received the award for outstanding contribution to the development of Islamic capital markets at the 2008 Sukuk Summit awards of excellence in London. At a gala dinner held on 25 June in, London, Nasser Al Shaali, CEO of DIFC authority received the award on behalf Sulaiman. The award acknowledges Sulaiman's leadership in developing key initiatives aimed at promoting the growth of the Islamic finance ...  >>MORE

19 year old Emirati student to address world leaders at the WEF

Posted on 12/05/2008

Noor Kamali, a student at the Higher College's of Technology in Al Ain (where she is the President of The Toast Master Club and The Student Council Association and the Vice president of HCT Council has been elected by fellow young UAE nationals to represent the views of young UAE people at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, later this month (May 18-20). 19 year old Noor is one of 20 young people presenting the views of Arab youth along with ...  >>MORE

Al Ain girl to represent UAE at world forum

Posted on 28/04/2008

In less than a month's time, Noor Kamali will be standing before the world's leaders to represent the views of UAE's youth at the World Economic Forum on Middle East. Noor was chosen as the UAE's representative at the ‘Learning from the Future' workshop which concluded on Thursday. It was attended by 120 youths from 13 Arab countries, the UK and others. "I am really happy but at the same time I feel a great responsibility because I am representing the UAE,” Noor said. The Al Ain Women's ...  >>MORE

Sultan bin Khalifa honoured by Washington University

Posted on 23/04/2008

Washington International University has presented Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan with a certificate on the occasion of the opening of the Gulf Oncology Centre in Abu Dhabi. The opening ceremony was attended by Dr Ali Abdul Razek, Executive Director of the Gulf Oncology Centre and Dr. Huda Elias, Head of the International Office of the Washington International University and oncologist Prof. Robert Siegel. Meanwhile, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the centre and the ...  >>MORE

Salma Hareb tops 2008 Forbes Arabia list

Posted on 23/04/2008

Chief executive of Dubai's Economic Zones World and Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority Salma Hareb has been named the Arab World's leading female executive. She tops the 2008 Forbes Arabia list of the 50 most powerful Arab businesswomen. Hareb became the first woman in the Middle East and North Africa to head a free zone in September 2005 when she became the boss of Jafza. In 2007, with the creation of Economic Zones World (EZW), her responsibilities expanded to include Jebel Ali Free Zone ...  >>MORE

Sky's no limit for plane simulator

Posted on 16/03/2008

Emirati student Ahmad Al Baloushi has built the UAE's first external dynamic simulator for aircraft and is currently designing a helicopter simulator and will follow that with light reflectors for cars. As part of a project requirement as an electronics engineer, Al Baloushi designed a C160 Aircraft Simulator but due to its unique features and success, he was encouraged to take part in additional projects. It took him and another student two semesters to complete the project. Al Baloushi is ...  >>MORE

Emirati student develops low-cost prosthetic hand

Posted on 31/12/2007

An Emirati engineering student has developed an artificial hand known as the Myoelectric Hand Prosthesis. The prosthetic hand costs just Dh500 whereas a similar device would cost Dh30,000 in Europe. Abdul Hafidh Al Zubaidi, who is in his twenties and set to complete his senior Bio-Medical Engineering project, was inspired to design a prosthetic hand after seeing some of his friends who lost their limbs in car accidents. "The prosthetic hand I created is available in the UAE but it is mass ...  >>MORE

100% Emirati

Posted on 14/08/2007

In a small corner on the second floor of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), aka the Cultural Foundation, is an invincible time machine. As you step through this time machine you are transported to a time in the UAE when television, the internet, chairs and other modern-day luxuries did not exist. Veiled women sit cross-legged in a woollen tent sipping freshly brewed Arabic coffee. One woman is quietly weaving a traditional dress with gold lining. After the dress is ...  >>MORE

Virtual ride around Dubai on the way

Posted on 12/04/2006

A revolutionary technology will enable internet users to locate buildings, roads and districts of Dubai according to a UAE daily. The Dubai-based 'Emirates Evening Post' said that as of next July, the map of Dubai will not only be available on the Internet, with three levels of navigation to deliver information about the different areas of Dubai, but also with a locator system for 300 buildings, roads and districts. Three thematic maps will also be available with themes of government, free ...  >>MORE

US artist pays giant tribute to Maktoum

Posted on 12/04/2006

An American artist has created a massive two-acre organic portrait of the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum in a field in Kansas in the United States. Renowned earth artist Stan Herd told Emirates Today that he had been inspired by the way the Maktoum family reached out to the West through horse racing and said he "liked their smiles” when he looked the family up on the internet. The artwork, near Stan's home town of Lawrence, is made of soybean stubble and ploughed earth, with the ...  >>MORE

Two UAE nationals invent new use for Bluetooth technology

Posted on 11/04/2006

Two young UAE nationals have invented a new way to employ Bluetooth technology in advertising and other social services. The "Blue Mark” service, as inventors Rashid Khalfan and Fawaz Al Hashimi call it, provides mobile phones, other electronic means and cars with a chip that has a sole international identification number. The new service can be used to detect culprits sending nuisance messages through Bluetooth. This is made possible by placing a number of small sensors to identify how far ...  >>MORE

Past perfect

Posted on 20/03/2006

Faces from the past stare out from a time younger generations can only imagine, in a new exhibition in Dubai. Up to 100 black and white photographs capture the past to the present day in the UAE Ancient Roots and Present Photographs Exhibition now open at the Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage in Deira. The collection was unveiled by the centre's founder Juma Al Majid and visiting Patriarch Ignatius the Fourth Hazim, Patriarch of Greek Orthodox in Antioch and All East. It ...  >>MORE

Two UAE nationals get patent

Posted on 14/02/2006

Two UAE citizens have clinched an exclusive patent for manufacturing a new agricultural soil made of plant and household waste material that is capable of keeping fertility and humidity in harsh weather. Khaled Mubarak Saeed and Hadi Al-Mansouri based their new technique on an invention by the American-Egyptian scientist Mofdi Morjan. The two UAE inventors stated that the alternative soil was ideal for keeping continuous fertility and up to 80% of irrigation water, and that it was very ...  >>MORE

An oasis in the heart of Al Ain

Posted on 10/10/2005

Al Ain Oasis, one of the city's seven oases, is attracting tourists from all over the country. A big date palm oasis located in the heart of the city has been emerging as a new attraction in Al Ain, luring tourists and young adventurers from all over the country Al Ain Oasis, one of the city's seven oases, has been protected and developed for its tourism potential. It has eight entrances, some of which have arched gates. The oasis has been maintained in a way that highlights the country's ...  >>MORE

A traditional treat for tourists

Posted on 01/10/2005

Hassan Mohammad explains the benefits of olive oil from Palestine to a tourist from England and her children, at the UAE Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi. Hassan says about 40 tourists visit the village daily during summer. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

The cable guys

Posted on 13/09/2005

With three specialist ships, E-marine, an Abu Dhabi-based company, maintains 17,000 kilometres of cable across the Gulf and Indian Ocean. Disaster now crosses the Indian Ocean at the speed of a modem. In July a monsoon storm sunk a ship off Mumbai. Within moments UAE computer-users were snarling at their monitors as the information superhighway started to flow like lumpy custard. As ill luck had it, the sunken ship had collided on the sea floor with one of the cables that pumps bytes between ...  >>MORE

Taking it to heart

Posted on 04/09/2005

He may be just 35, but Dr Adel Al Shamry, the UAE's youngest heart surgeon, has big plans. The founder of Emirates World Heart Foundation talks about his hopes of making the world a better place. Dr Adel Al Shamry has a double board certification from the Canadian Medical Board. He is also chairman and founder of the Emirates World Heart Foundation – an organisation that has a panel of eminent international heart surgeons who are on on-call to carry out complicated heart surgeries, free of ...  >>MORE

UAE globetrotter drives from Eastern Russia to West

Posted on 31/08/2005

A UAE globetrotter has made by road a distance of 12,595 kilometres by driving from the Far East Russian island of Sakhalin in the Pacific Ocean to St. Petersburg at the far western end of Russia. Dr. Ibrahim Sharaf, a businessman, made the journey in 24 days beginning and ending the journey in this month. 'I made the journey by driving my car for 24 days non-stop crossing all Russian soil from the far east to the far west. I only stop at night to sleep,' Dr. Sharaf told Russia's Novosti ...  >>MORE

When the Sun goes down ...

Posted on 24/08/2005

A view from the top of Jebel Hafeet, which stands to the south of Al Ain, close to the border with Oman. A road was built up the mountain and at night the lighting makes it appear as if it leads into the sky. The lights on Jebel Hafeet are visible from many kilometres away. ©Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Leading the way

Posted on 12/07/2005

At 28, Khalid Al Zahed has a clutch of degrees, but he considers being chosen in the Mohammad Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development as his greatest achievement. For Khalid Al Zahed learning has become a major part of everyday life. With a diploma in civil engineering, a degree in engineering management, a Masters in coastal engineering and a PhD on the boil, you'd think it was time to call it a day Khalid is part of the third batch of Mohammad Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership ...  >>MORE

Last sunset of the year

Posted on 02/01/2005

A couple walks on Dubai's Jumeirah beach as the sun sets for the last time in 2004. ©Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Winning Image

Posted on 04/09/2004

In the eye of the camera: Row upon row of dhows anchored in Dubai creek were captured in this image by Gulf News photographer Kiran Prasad. It won the prestigious Fuji Film 'Eyes of the Emirates 2004' photo contest. The competition, organised by the Dubai Press Club and the Arab Union of Photographers, attracted several hundred entries from UAE-based amateur and professional photographers. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE national manufactures first indigenous road train

Posted on 26/07/2004

"Ride a train made in the UAE”. If you need a road train for our island resort and find the market price highly exaggerated the world over, what will you do? Make your own road train of course. A train of thought businessman and former UAE Airforce fighter pilot Omran Sultan Matar Al Halami pursues in life. However, manufacturing trackless road trains – a series of connected road vehicles in the shape of a railway train – on his won steam, without any tie-up with an established foreign company, ...  >>MORE

The first UAE national chef in a hotel kitchen

Posted on 03/06/2004

He loves food and everybody around loved what he cooked. Growing up among the mountainous beauty of Hatta, Musabeh Al Ka'abi gravitated towards the culinary magic woven in his family kitchen – a place where the hear and hearth came together to create gastronomical delights. The young UAE national boy decided to experiment with what he learned watching in the women in his family. On camping trips with his friends, he would make elaborate barbecues and fragrant rice preparations such as biryani. ...  >>MORE

Expressions of patriotism

Posted on 03/06/2004

Abdul Rauf Khalfan's charcoal drawings are expressions of his deep love for the heritage and culture of his country. He draws special inspiration from the wind tower houses in Bastakiya area of Dubai and from the flacons and Arabian horses of this region. And he loves to do portraits of dynamic leaders of the UAE. Abdul has no formal training in art, but his lifelike portraits of the UAE's leaders, his amazing attentions to detail and the skilful play of light and shadow in his charcoal ...  >>MORE

Four nationals build desert car

Posted on 17/02/2003

Four UAE nationals from Al Rams of Ras Al Khaimah have built a 175-horsepower car that can perform like a four-wheel drive vehicle on desert terrain. Ali Sultan Al Zaabi, one of the builders, said the car was first intended to be amphibious, but the team of builders changed their minds at the last minute and decided to make it only a land car that would enable them to cross the sand dunes. Desert rallying is their hobby. The car is 4.5 metres in length and 2.2 metres wide, and powered by a ...  >>MORE

UAE national lawyer invents smart cheque

Posted on 31/07/2002

After three years spent in researching, inventing, filing and testing, Moussa Issa Al Amri, a UAE lawyer specialised in handling economic crimes, has registered, in 110 countries and the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo), his smart cheque invention that will provide a much-needed solution for the bouncing cheques phenomenon in the UAE and abroad. Al Amri also registered his invention at the UAE Ministry of Finance and Industry and is now looking for partners to ...  >>MORE

UAE surgeon forms non-profit body

Posted on 25/04/2002

A young national doctor has formed a non-profit organisation of world famous heart surgeons to provide free medical services to needy people around the world. The brainchild of Dr Adel Al Shamry, Consultant Cardio Thoracic Surgeon at Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre and Zayed Military Hospital, the 'Emirates World Heart', a unique forum in the region, is a non-profit organisation based in the UAE. The organisation works with local and international medical staff to provide first-hand surgical ...  >>MORE

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