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Lebanese Author wins Al Owais Cultural and Scientific Achievement Award

Posted on 27/12/2011

The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation has announced that novelist and author Amin Maalouf is the winner of its Cultural and Scientific Award in the twelfth session (2010-2011). Abdul Hamid Ahmed, Secretary General of Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, said that the decision was made after several meetings of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, who reviewed and discussed the 162 candidates nominated in the twelfth session of the Award and finally Amin Maalouf was declared ...  >>MORE

Fujairah bags fourth world record with longest sword

Posted on 26/12/2011

The emirate of roundabouts, Fujairah, has recently been bestowed a fourth Guinness World Record. It hosts the longest sword in the world. This distinction has been made possible owing to the newly unveiled Al Saif Roundabout, at the heart of which stands the much-coveted 14.94-metre sword. Although the sword was unveiled on December 2 to coincide with the UAE's 40th National Day celebrations, the award was announced on December 16 at the grand finale of the Al Saif (traditional sword) ...  >>MORE

Sultan’s gesture to Egypt’s academy hailed

Posted on 25/12/2011

The initiative of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to rebuild the Egyptian Scientific Academy, which got partially destroyed in a fire in the recent riots in Cairo, has rekindled the faith and confidence among various segments of the society about the importance of their cultural wealth, said president of the Egypt-Gulf Solidarity Foundation Khalid Al Sarraf. The Ruler, making a call from Paris to Egypt's Dream 2 TV ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler pledges to rebuild gutted Egyptian Scientific Academy

Posted on 21/12/2011

HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has pledged to rebuild the Scientific Complex in Cairo that was partially destroyed by fire during the recent riots. The Ruler also pledged to donate rare manuscripts, maps, and a book titled "Describing Egypt" to the National Archives of Egypt that were burnt earlier this week during the riots. The announcement was made during Sheikh Dr. Sultan's address from Paris to Egypt's Dream 2 TV ...  >>MORE

UAE leads Middle East in records, says Guinness official

Posted on 18/12/2011

The UAE is in the lead in terms of breaking world records in the whole region, the Guinness World Records Adjudications Manager Talal Omar told The Gulf Today in an interview at the opening ceremony of the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Awafi Festival on Friday. The emirate celebrated on Friday a key milestone by entering the Guinness Book of Records with the largest gathering of four-wheel drive vehicles. Flagged off from the Etihad University parking lot, the largest parade of Toyota cars affirmed ...  >>MORE

QE2 set to light up Dubai New Year's Eve in style

Posted on 15/12/2011

The New Year's celebration in Dubai won't be the same again this year as the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), one of the most elegant vessels ever built, will be the venue for an exclusive New Year's Eve celebration in her new home Dubai. This will be the first time she has been opened to the public for such an event. Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, was launched in 1969, and ran the transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton, UK, to New York, USA, breaking ...  >>MORE

Hayes, 2 Emiratis end Thesiger expedition

Posted on 14/12/2011

A British explorer and two Emiratis on Tuesday completed a 44-day trek across one of the world's largest deserts, the Empty Quarter, in the footsteps of the late traveller Sir Wilfred Thesiger. The three men riding two camels were welcomed with a large round of applause from crowds who were waiting for them at Abu Dhabi's Corniche, marking the conclusion of their 1,600-kilometre trip. Following closely the route taken by the British explorer in the 1940s, the team began the trip in late October ...  >>MORE

Arabian sands of time run out as explorers enter Al Ain

Posted on 11/12/2011

The explorers' trek from Jebel Hafeet to Al Jahili Fort looked like a wedding parade, with people beeping their car horns and taking pictures of them all along the way. It was a world away from Wilfred Thesiger's original 1940s desert trek that the UAE explorer Adrian Hayes is recreating. Mr Hayes arrived at his penultimate stop yesterday afternoon with two UAE army officers, Saeed Al Mesafry and Ghafan Al Jabry, accompanying him. The group is expected to arrive at their final ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality wins Organisation of American Ideas Awards 2011

Posted on 29/11/2011

Dubai Municipality has won the award for Best Communication Plan and Promotion of Proposal System for the third year consecutively since 2008 in the Gold category. The competition was organized by Organisation of American Ideas where Municipality won recently eight categories announced during the 69th annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, received the awards in the presence of assistant directors and number of officials. ...  >>MORE

Dh100m 'floating villa' option for World owners

Posted on 12/10/2011

A Dubai-based joint venture claims to have the answer to the need of a home for some of the "frustrated owners” of the 300-odd islands that form part of the emirate's The World project – a floating villa, or 'Ome, as its designer-developer are calling it. The JV between Palmerstone and Donald Starkey Designs has developed the 'Ome, a floating villa on a monocoque type structure, which can be manoeuvred between Dubai's coast and The World, the company said in a statement. The 32m in-diameter ...  >>MORE

Dubai's Emaar Properties showcases gallery of Guinness World records

Posted on 05/10/2011

Emaar Properties PJSC, Dubai's global property developer, has showcased for the first time ever its impressive gallery of Guinness World Records. At an event held at At.mosphere, located in Burj Khalifa, Emaar showcased four of its Guinness World Records - the Tallest Building and Tallest Man-made Structure Ever for Burj Khalifa; Largest Shopping Centre for The Dubai Mall and Highest Restaurant from Ground Level for At.mosphere. Emaar also holds the Guinness World Record for the Single ...  >>MORE

UAE group break dances to success

Posted on 03/10/2011

The United Arab Emirates crew "Over Boys” won Braun Battle of the Year Middle East Championships in Dubai on Sunday. In the Emirate of Dubai, the Middle East's melting pot, 11 dance crews from as far as Jordan, Oman and Kuwait battled for the only group ticket available to represent the region at the grand final of the Braun Battle of the Year 2011 in Montpellier, France on Nov. 19. All three levels of the ‘Star Atrium' in Dubai Mall were crowded with people enthusiastically cheering the ...  >>MORE

Robot waiter arrives in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 22/09/2011

It may sound far-fetched but robots could soon be taking your luggage to your hotel room or showing you around the shopping centre. A company in the capital is promoting a new, all-purpose service robot and says it has already attracted interest from a wide range of businesses. "It can work in a hospital, in a hotel, in a museum or an airport," said Sheraz Siddiqui, the project director for PAL Technology, which owns the robot's developer PAL Robotics. "There are as many applications as you ...  >>MORE

Malaysian Magazine: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture

Posted on 15/09/2011

A prominent Malaysian Magazine - Aswaq - has said that the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is one of the most radiant masterpieces of Islamic architecture in the world. The magazine said in an illustrated article prepared in cooperation with the Directorate of External Information at the National Media Council of the UAE that this edifice, that is representative of the Islamic world civilisation, reflects the philosophy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the ...  >>MORE

Photography competition begins in Al Ain

Posted on 14/09/2011

An international photography competition has been launched inviting professionals and amateurs to explore the beauty of UAE's Oasis city with camera lenses and submit their finest works to Al Ain Municipality. The top five pictures will be awarded cash prizes of Dh190,000, including Dh50,000 for the best picture chosen by an official jury. Members of the public will also get to vote for their favourites through the competition's website. The runner up will win Dh30,000, while those in ...  >>MORE

Doner Restaurant Dubai" Achieves A New Guinness World Record By Preparing The Largest Doner

Posted on 30/08/2011

Doner Restaurant" has achieved a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest Doner, Tarika Vara, Official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, has announced. The Doner weighed 468 KG with a height of 295 cm and a width of 60 cm. In an act of goodwill the Doner was distributed among charity organisations in Dubai feeding more than 3,000 people. This event took place at the restaurant's venue, on Jumeriah 3 beach road; everyone who was there took part in enjoying this festive meal. The ...  >>MORE

US astronauts 'Touch Down' in Dubai

Posted on 23/08/2011

Three US astronauts touched down in Emirates' First Class Lounge on this week before lifting off again on Emirates' flights to Houston and New York. Neil Armstrong - the first man on the moon, Jim Lovell - Commander of the Apollo 13 mission and Gene Cernan - the last man on the moon met with Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President Flight Operations, Captain Alan Stealey in Emirates' Terminal 3 First Class Lounge to exchange anecdotes on flying, the advances in aviation technology and where ...  >>MORE

Fashion industry seeks council to promote talent

Posted on 22/08/2011

Fashion industry specialists in Dubai seek a dedicated council and financial support for promoting the best local talent to compete with global labels. This was agreed at a meeting, which was organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Playing its strategic role as a leading business facilitator, the chamber hosted its first roundtable discussion about fostering the Dubai fashion industry. The meeting was attended by prominent fashion designers and provided an ideal platform for ...  >>MORE

800-year-old olive tree finds home in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 16/08/2011

On the side of a busy highway in the capital, a lone tree with silvery grey leaves stands guard. The olive tree, a native of the eastern Mediterranean coast, has been in the UAE for only nine months. But it is already spreading its roots in its new home, and drawing the attention of everyone who passes by it. The 800-year-old specimen is one of the few olive trees in the UAE, and serves as a piece of art. Brought into the country to beautify the surrounding landscape, the tree today occupies ...  >>MORE

Abdullah lauds UAE Balloon record of achievements

Posted on 14/08/2011

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister, has lauded spectacular achievements the UAE Balloon team made at international hot balloon events. Sheikh Abdullah marvelled at the team's impressive and breakthrough flying over the court of the holy shrine in Mecca. Sheikh Abdullah, who made his remarks during a meeting last night with the UAE Balloon team led by Captain Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Mansouri, endorsed a creative design for a new flag balloon. Al Mansouri, who ...  >>MORE

UAE Scouts makes cultural presentations in Sweden

Posted on 07/08/2011

The UAE Scout Association members participating in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree being held in Sweden made an impressive presence in the cultural events organised as part of the Jamboree on Friday. The Jamboree at Rinkaby in Southern Sweden was officially inaugurated with over 38,000 participants from all over the world on 27th July and will continue until 8th August. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

National Geographic Store London to host expo on Abu Dhabi

Posted on 04/08/2011

The National Geographic Store on London's Regent Street - one of the UK capital's busiest shopping streets, will later this month host a photography exhibition dedicated to Abu Dhabi. Forty photographs belonging to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and shot by a number of leading international and regional photographers will be on show in the National Geographic Store Gallery for a week from Monday, August 29. The 40 images depict a variety of scenes from Abu Dhabi reflecting its ...  >>MORE

King of Sweden meets UAE Scouts team

Posted on 03/08/2011

HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden met with the delegation of the UAE Scout Association during their participation in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree being held in Sweden. The Jamboree at Rinkaby in Southern Sweden was officially inaugurated with over 38,000 participants from all over the world on 27th July and will continue until 8th August. The King praised UAE's support to the Scout Movement, and said that it reflects the faith of the country's leaders in the importance of the movement as ...  >>MORE

Emirati awarded oldest civic honour in Japan

Posted on 01/08/2011

A distinguished Emirati geographer spoke yesterday of his delight at being given Japan's oldest civic honour. Hamad Mutawah, a former deputy minister of agriculture and fisheries, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan for his contribution to the promotion of relations between Japan and the UAE in fisheries and agriculture. The award, Japan's second-highest honour, was presented by Takashi Ashiki, consul general of Japan, at a ceremony on Saturday. Mr Mutawah ...  >>MORE

Yalla Walk initiative raises funds for charity with each step

Posted on 31/07/2011

Yalla Walk initiative raises funds for charity with each step A project for residents to raise funds while getting fit was launched at Zabeel Park yesterday evening. Hussein Lootah, the director general of the municipality, said the "Yalla Walk - Every Step is a Reward" programme is expected to raise about Dh500,000 for charity. "The campaign aims to help the needy and promote walking," Mr Lootah said. "Every walker is going to be fitted with a pedometer and at the end of the campaign we ...  >>MORE

President sends condolence to King of Morocco

Posted on 27/07/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday sent a cable of condolence to His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the victims of the military aircraft crash. Sheikh Khalifa expressed UAE's sympathy with the Moroccan leadership, government and people. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Burj Al Arab billows into bold new seas

Posted on 14/07/2011

It is one of the city's best known and most instantly recognisable symbols, a unique and daring structure that helped to put the UAE on the world map. But according to its architect, the Burj Al Arab hotel would probably not be built that way if it were being designed today. "In 1993, a huge sail-shaped building seemed like a great idea," Tom Wright said. "In today's austere world, perhaps we would discard the idea as being too extravagant. "It is a building of its time; it says a lot ...  >>MORE

UAE authorities recover fugitive in connection with charges of corruption, breach of trust

Posted on 13/06/2011

The competent authorities in the UAE recovered the accused in the corruption and breach of trust case, who had been wanted by Dubai World Group. The accused was extradited from Thailand on June 7, following an international track down. According to a statement issued by Abdul Qader Obaid Ali, Chairman of the Department of Internal Audit at Dubai World Group, the case of the accused Michael Brian Smith, " is one of the issues that has exhausted time and effort", indicating that the case was ...  >>MORE

Burj Khalifa enters LEGO Architecture series

Posted on 26/05/2011

A LEGO model of Burj Khalifa was launched as the latest edition to the LEGO® Architecture series on Wednesday. To mark the retail launch of the Burj Khalifa LEGO model exclusively at the ‘At The Top' store, a 2.7-metre tall display constructed using 141,971 unglued LEGO bricks will be displayed at the Star Atrium until May 29. Designed by Adam Reed Tucker, one of the 13 LEGO-certified architects in the world, the Burj Khalifa model joins the prestigious line-up of the LEGO® Architecture ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to launch Yalla, Walk the World campaign

Posted on 25/05/2011

In support of the World Food Programme, under the patronage of UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City (IHC), HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, Dubai Municipality has announced the launch of ‘Walk the World' campaign on May 27 in Zabeel Park at 6 PM. The event aims to raise awareness and funds to fight global hunger, the most serious ...  >>MORE

NASA educative video uplink for aspiring Emirati astronauts

Posted on 12/05/2011

The world could soon see the first Emirati in space, as the Global Space and Satellite Forum 2011 (GSSF) on Wednesday focused on developing the regional space industry's experts of the future. During the final day of the forum, senior representatives from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) delivered an interactive UAE Space Career and Exploration video uplink to a gathering of aspiring Emirati astronauts and space industry hopefuls. Appearing live in the video ...  >>MORE

Hanif Hassan heads walkathon to support leukaemia cancer patients

Posted on 12/05/2011

Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali, UAE Minister of Health, will open on Saturday the walkathon to support children with leukaemia cancer. The walkathon will be attended a number of public figures and health officials and was called by Nadine Essa, 14 year old student. The ministry's blood transfusion and research centre in Sharjah will provide blood donation buses to encourage the community members for blood donations and bone marrow in support to the international network for bone marrow donators which ...  >>MORE

Sights soar high at aircraft competition

Posted on 05/05/2011

While struggling with tough mathematical and scientific principles in engineering classes at college, Saeeda Hussain has thought several times about where she can use all her knowledge. A competition to design, build and a pilot remote-controlled aircraft gave her the answer. Saeeda was one of the participants at the first Unmanned Systems Rodeo (USR) in the UAE, which was organised at HCT, Cert Technology Park in Abu Dhabi yesterday. USR, the first event of its kind in the Middle East, ...  >>MORE

Over 300 Emirati at Abu Dhabi Classics special concert

Posted on 03/05/2011

More than 300 young Emirati experienced a unique performance by one of the world's most renowned opera houses, Italy's Teatro La Fenice at an Abu Dhabi Classics "Young People's Concert". A special version of Giaocchino Rossini's opera Barbiere di Siviglia", one of the masterworks of opera literature, was introduced to students last Thursday from institutions such as Sheikh Zayed University, Al Ain Women's College, Abu Dhabi Men's College, Abu Dhabi Women's College, Al Ittihad Boys School, Al ...  >>MORE

RAK Crown Prince lays foundation stone for the largest Party Hall in the Middle East

Posted on 28/04/2011

Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi laid on Tuesday, the foundation stone for the Ras Al Khaimah Centre for celebrations. Once completed, the centre will become the largest facility for parties and celebrations in the Middle East region. The project owned by the RAK government, as represented by the RAK Sports and Cultural Club, will be managed by the Corniche Wedding Hall. The Crown Prince praised the care and attention given by President His Highness ...  >>MORE

UAE students discover new companions in nature

Posted on 27/04/2011

Outside their homes students are used to seeing people, vehicles and buildings. But after taking part in an environmental competition, they are eager to find nature in their surroundings. "We started watching the nature around us closely after doing a group field research for the environmental competition conducted by the Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD)" Jessica Fernandez, an eighth grade pupil at Al Ain Indian School, told Gulf News. "On the way from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi to attend this ...  >>MORE

Sand Sheikh is standout sculpture

Posted on 27/04/2011

Visitors strolling along the Corniche last night were greeted by a massive sand likeness of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the President of the UAE, along with the message "Kulluna Khalifa" ("We are all Khalifa"). Next to him were sand horses, camels and castles, all entries to the first Emirates International Sand Sculpture Festival. At the entrance of the venue was a traditional Emirati dhow, moulded by Ahmad Haylooz, the Palestinian artist who organised the competition on behalf of the ...  >>MORE

Al Qasba celebrates 6th anniversary of Etisalat Eye of the Emirates

Posted on 13/04/2011

Al Qasba, Sharjah's premier tourist, leisure and cultural destination, will celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Etisalat Eye of the Emirates from 7pm to 11pm on Thursday, 14 April. The landmark attraction's anniversary celebrations will take place under the theme "Smile and Be Part of It", and a range of fun-filled events and activities have been planned to mark the special occasion. The Etisalat Eye of the Emirates was launched in 2005, and stands out as one of the most prominent landmarks ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Paradise sets a new record

Posted on 03/04/2011

The Oasis city has once again set a new world record by displaying hanging baskets with millions of flowers, in the shape of a huge pyramid. Al Ain Paradise, as it is known, has found its way in the Guinness Book of World Records — which has recognised it as the world's largest garden — for the second time. Many visitors said it was a unique experience to see millions of flowers in different colours, types, and settings — in a city known for its desert dunes and an arid environment. The ...  >>MORE

Al Ain residents show off their green thumbs

Posted on 30/03/2011

Experts have started assessing home gardens in order to choose winners from 140 participants in the My Garden is my City competition. The contest was launched by Al Ain Municipality last month and was open until March 21. Both Emiratis and expatriates have taken part in the contest with their nicely designed and nurtured gardens. The evaluation of the gardens is the second phase of the contest and the results will be announced later next month. The contest aims to cultivate care among the ...  >>MORE

French Spiderman scales Burj Khalifa

Posted on 29/03/2011

Crowds of people gathered on the Dubai Mall Boulevard faced great disappointment as rumours circulated Alain Robert, the French Spiderman, would not climb Burj Khalifa due to windy conditions. Yet at 6.10pm on Monday evening Robert took his first foothold on the world's tallest tower with one aim — to reach the top. Half an hour later VIPs and dignitaries took their seats at Burj Island Park in downtown Dubai for the opening ceremony of the tenth annual Education Without Borders (EWB) ...  >>MORE

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Lebanese Author wins Al Owais Cultural and Scientific Achievement Award


Fujairah bags fourth world record with longest sword


Sultan’s gesture to Egypt’s academy hailed


Sharjah Ruler pledges to rebuild gutted Egyptian Scientific Academy


UAE leads Middle East in records, says Guinness official


QE2 set to light up Dubai New Year's Eve in style


Hayes, 2 Emiratis end Thesiger expedition


Arabian sands of time run out as explorers enter Al Ain


Dubai Municipality wins Organisation of American Ideas Awards 2011


Dh100m 'floating villa' option for World owners


Dubai's Emaar Properties showcases gallery of Guinness World records


UAE group break dances to success


Robot waiter arrives in Abu Dhabi


Malaysian Magazine: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture


Photography competition begins in Al Ain


Doner Restaurant Dubai" Achieves A New Guinness World Record By Preparing The Largest Doner


US astronauts 'Touch Down' in Dubai


Fashion industry seeks council to promote talent


800-year-old olive tree finds home in Abu Dhabi


Abdullah lauds UAE Balloon record of achievements


UAE Scouts makes cultural presentations in Sweden


National Geographic Store London to host expo on Abu Dhabi


King of Sweden meets UAE Scouts team


Emirati awarded oldest civic honour in Japan


Yalla Walk initiative raises funds for charity with each step


President sends condolence to King of Morocco


Burj Al Arab billows into bold new seas


UAE authorities recover fugitive in connection with charges of corruption, breach of trust


Burj Khalifa enters LEGO Architecture series


Dubai Municipality to launch Yalla, Walk the World campaign


NASA educative video uplink for aspiring Emirati astronauts


Hanif Hassan heads walkathon to support leukaemia cancer patients


Sights soar high at aircraft competition


Over 300 Emirati at Abu Dhabi Classics special concert


RAK Crown Prince lays foundation stone for the largest Party Hall in the Middle East


UAE students discover new companions in nature


Sand Sheikh is standout sculpture


Al Qasba celebrates 6th anniversary of Etisalat Eye of the Emirates


Al Ain Paradise sets a new record


Al Ain residents show off their green thumbs


French Spiderman scales Burj Khalifa