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2020-08-10

The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has held an online workshop entitled: ‘Preparatory Steps for Post-Coronavirus Year.’ Attendees included Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency and Chairman of DTC Supervisory Board; Dr Yousef Al Ali, CEO of DTC, and several members of the Board and leaders of DTC.  The workshop discussed two key topics. The financial sustainability and excellent …


Whether you’re looking for a companion or want to be part of a community in a city, being a dog or cat owner can bring a whole new dimension to your life. Dubai has never been more pet friendly with many eateries and even beaches allowing dogs into their facilities, but pet abandonment is still common so you have to know exactly what you’re getting into if you want to bring in a new member into the family.....


2020-08-09

• Featuring 114 villa and townhouses, Sarab 2 follows the successful sell-out of the first Sarab community• Launch brought forward to meet strong demand for new units in Aljada• Residents to benefit from world-class leisure facilities Arada has announced the launch of a new premium garden villa community at Aljada, the 24 million square foot mixed-use destination in the heart of New Sharjah. Featuring 114 villas and townh…


2020-08-09

The Board of the Central Bank of the UAE, CBUAE, has decided on additional measures within the Targeted Economic Support Scheme, TESS, launched initially in March 2020 to further enhance the capacity of the banking sector to support the economy. A press statement issued by the Bank on Tuesday said that these measures consist into reviewing the existing thresholds of two prudential ratios: the Net Stable Funding Ratio, NSFR, and the Advances to St…


Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib on Saturday reviewed the “Sama Abha” project. He was briefed about the tourist and investment components of the project located north of Abha.The project, which costs more than SR12 million, is part of the initiatives to improve the urban landscape of the Asir region.With other government officials, the minister then visited the historical Shamsan Castle. It is a large rectangular building with t…


Every Jeddawi has an obsession with their city; the elderly reminisce about historic Jeddah in the old days, while the youth romanticize the modern city through photography and social media. One Saudi artist, Zaina Hassan, 23, who goes by the name ZHA on social media, chose to express her attachment to Jeddah by reimagining it through ’80s pop art....


Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry to a halt, five young Saudi women have found a silver lining. The Traveling Panther (TTP), a Riyadh-based bespoke travel experience company, has turned to remote and forgotten areas of Saudi Arabia to display the country’s rich history and heritage....


In the wake of the devastating blast that took place in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday evening, many stars have come forward to share their devastation, and many have also taken the opportunity to donate money to helping those who have been severely affected. One brand that is leading the way to help raise money for the Lebanese Red Cross is jewellery house Repossi.....


One of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s favourite Dubai restaurants is set to open its doors in London in 2021. According to The National, popular DIFC hotspot Gaia is set to open in Mayfair in the second quarter of next year.....


just outside Hegra is Hejaz Railway Museum, which showcases part of the Hejaz Railway network that once ran through the Hejaz, or western Saudi Arabia.Guests can learn how important the transportation system was to Islam and view some of the remains of AlUla station, including original tracks and trains. The original station, which was bombed by the British in 1917, still stands in AlUla. Tourists can take photos of the c…


Maha Al-Nuhait is the general manager of the sustainability program at Saudi Telecom Co. (STC). She is a board member of public and private institutions, and a member of the Youth Business Council in Riyadh. Al-Nuhait has over 20 years of working with the public, private and third sectors, in addition to being a full-time mother, working as an entrepreneur, and mentoring at nonprofit bodies.....


A young Saudi is setting the pace by becoming the only woman working at a manufacturing plant as a digital transformation consultant for GE Digital in the Kingdom. Rawan Abukhaled, 23, has paved the way for hopeful young Saudi engineers to not be afraid of being the only woman in the room....


On Thursday, two years after the historic currency crisis of August 2018, the Turkish lira hit a new record low against the US dollar and the euro despite the months-long failed interventions of state banks and Turkey’s Central Bank (CBRT) to prop up the currency and keep it pegged. While dollar/lira parity was just 1.31 in 2008 and 2.83 in 2016, it now reached 7.31 on Friday morning, passing beyond the psychological threshold. The CBRT ann…


BP is preparing to sell a large chunk of its oil and gas assets even if crude prices bounce back from the COVID-19 crash because it wants to invest more in renewable energy, three sources familiar with BP’s thinking said. The strategy was discussed at a BP executives meeting in July, the sources said, soon after the oil major lowered its long-term oil price forecast to $55 a barrel, meaning that $17.5 billion worth of its assets are no long…


2020-08-08

Dubai Land Department (DLD), through the Real Estate Licensing Department of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), has announced the launch of its ‘Green List’ project, which seeks to provide additional services to the real estate professionals and empower the sector. The project is a new addition to a range of comprehensive services provided by ‘Dubai REST’, a smart real estate application by DLD.   In order to b…


2020-08-08

The inaugural edition of the d3 Architecture Festival is set to run from 11 to 13 November 2020 on the sidelines of Dubai Design Week, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Curated with Juan Roldan, Associate Professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah under the theme ‘Identity, Conte…


2020-08-08

In terms of legal forms of the active licences in Jumeirah, Limited Liability Company (LLC) ranked first at 49.5%, followed by Sole Establishment (36.6%), and Civil Company (5.3%). The legal forms also included One-Person Limited Liability Companies, Branches of Companies based in other Emirates, General Partnership, Branches of Foreign Companies, Limited Partnership, Private Joint-Stock Companies and others.   The number of stockholders in …


2020-08-08

The Central Bank of the UAE and the Arab Monetary Fund, AMF, announced the signing of an agreement to offer clearing and payment settlement services in Emirati Dirhams, AED, through the "Buna" platform for Arab payments, after the completion of technical link operations. The announcement concludes the efforts of teams from the bank and platform to link their systems, as well as perform tests and conduct procedures aimed at making the AED the plat…


2020-08-08

Orient Source Hong Kong Group of Companies, OSHK, the International Commodity Trader and Project Investor, has made its foray into the UAE by launching its state-of-art 247,570 ft2 Multi-Functional Offshore & Repair Facility at the Port of Hamriyah in Sharjah along with a Trading Platform with Hamriyah Free Zone. The inauguration of the new facility was announced during a ceremony held recently to ink a partnership agreement with Hamriyah Fre…


2020-08-08

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) welcomed a delegation headed by HE Dawood Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality , in Moro Hub (Data Hub Integrated Solutions), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA.   The visit aimed to discuss the opportunities of the joint cooperation between the two parties, where the municipality can enhance its capabilities by adopting more digital technolo…


2020-08-08

The race is on to unlock the best of Dubai for a summer filled with great games, prizes and more across the entire city!Residents can unlock the best of what Dubai has to offer by taking part in Summer Unlocked, an exciting new race against the clock challenge that promises a summer filled with citywide adventures, family fun and super prizes.Summer Unlocked is an action packed, ever expanding, fast-paced and dynamic challenge that gives particip…


2020-08-08

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), one of Dubai’s most sought-after lifestyle destinations, has partnered with Dubai Tourism for their revered Dubai Summer Surprises extravaganza. With more than 150 restaurants and seven beautiful art galleries available at the Centre, the partnership will offer visitors to Gate Avenue an array of promotions, events and surprises. Taking place throughout August, shoppers can take advantage of incr…


Air India Express aircraft from Dubai to Kozhikode with 191 passengers crashed after overshooting the runway and going into the valley at Kozhikode. 17 people have been confirmed dead. At least 17 people, including the pilot, DV Sathe, died when an Air India Express aircraft from Dubai to Kozhikode with 191 onboard crashed after overshooting the runway at Karipur Airport on Friday. "Seventeen people, including the pilot, lost their…


With serene white sands, deep blue waters and hidden coral reefs, one Saudi Arabian governorate on the Red Sea coast has become this summer’s hottest destination. The hidden gem of Umluj gained wide recognition as a tourist destination when domestic travel became highly recommended due to the continued suspension of international flights. Visitors never imagined the Kingdom was home to such a unique destination, boasting both beaches and mo…


Planes carrying tons of medicine, shelter kits and food items have landed in Lebanon following the massive explosion that devastated its capital. The aid was sent through Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).  At least 149 people have died and more than 5,000 were injured in Tuesday’s explosion of a huge pile of ammonium nitrate in a port warehouse. Hundreds of thousands of people have been lef…


Lebanon could face a repair bill of up to $15 billion in the aftermath of a cataclysmic chemical blast at Beirut port, according to a top government adviser. The explosion, which was felt as far away as Cyprus, killed at least 100 people, wounded thousands and left an additional 300,000 Beirut residents homeless. ....


Hikma Pharmaceuticals revised its annual sales outlook for two of its biggest divisions on Friday and reported higher first-half profit, as hospitals and distributors stocked up on critical medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic.....


2020-08-07

  Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that more than 400,000 residential customers are enrolled in the ‘My Sustainable Living Programme’ since its launch in October 2018 and until the end of July 2020. These positive results stem from DEWA’s efforts to promote conservation among different customer segments, especially the residential sector, and help them adopt a sustainable lifestyle innovatively and …


2020-08-07

Etihad Airways has provided details of its half-year 2020 performance, which saw a strong start to the year, with the airline progressing well ahead of its transformation plan targets. In a statement by the airline on Thursday, Core operating loss for this period increased by US$172 million to US$758 million, driven by a 38 percent drop in revenues, which stood at US$1.7 billion. This was partially off-set by a 27 percent reduction in direct oper…


There is no major risks in Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd's latest RM1.47 billion contract to build a data centre in Abu Dhabi, said Kenanga Research. "Most of the works required seem to be fairly low in complexity (e.g. civil works, building works, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing works) and should fall comfortably within Serba Dinamik's expertise,' the firm said today. The Abu Dhabi job is the company's fourth contract announcement this year…


The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and his aides used dedicated cycle paths and wore face masks Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was seen cycling around the emirate with his aides before stopping to pray on the roadside. The images, shared widely on social media on Thursday evening, showed Sheikh Mohammed and his associates cycle past Dubai Water Canal and using a dedicated cycling path......


2020-08-07

DP World, the Dubai- based provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, has donated US$100,000 (AED367,250) to the Lebanese Red Cross to support its life-saving work in the aftermath of the explosion at Beirut Port. Hundreds of Lebanese Red Cross emergency medical personnel have been working in neighbourhoods damaged by the blast, treating the injured and taking them to hospital, and searching for survivors. Lebanon's Cabin…


2020-08-07

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that Dubai's public transit means and taxis lifted 2,853,710 riders during the holiday of Eid Al Adha 1441H (30 July to 2 August 2020).Meanwhile, RTA made every effort to ensure the compliance with the health and preventive measures in all public transport means for the safety of both riders and staff.During the holiday, the metro red and green lines lifted 909,106 riders, the tram lifted 42,608 rider…


2020-08-07

Emirates has announced it will resume its A380 operations to Toronto starting 16 August, taking its A380 network to six cities. The airline continues to gradually expand the deployment of its double-decker aircraft in line with market demand and operational approvals. The iconic Emirates A380 will begin serving travellers on flights to Toronto starting 16 August. The airline has so far resumed A380 operations to Amsterdam, Cairo, Paris, Lon…


Saudi Arabia’s largest tourism display, the Riyadh Travel Fair 2020, has been postponed for a second time because of safety fears over the coronavirus pandemic. Initially scheduled for March, the annual event was first shifted to September, but is now planned for March 15-18, 2021.....


Egypt and Cyprus plan to boost cooperation in developing gas infrastructure in the Easter Mediterranean. Egypt’s petroleum and mineral resources minister Tariq Al-Mulla on Wednesday discussed plans to convert the East Mediterranean Gas Forum to an intergovernmental organization with Cyprus’s Minister of Energy Natasa Pilides.....


Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), the Middle East’s biggest petrochemicals firm, said market conditions had started to improve after reporting a net loss of SR2.2 billion ($586.6 million) in the second quarter.Despite the downturn in the global plastics market from a slowing global economy and a decline in consumption linked to the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Yousef Al-Benyan said that the company had taken the maximum hit from the c…


2020-08-06

Hamdan bin Mohammed reviews KHDA’s preparations for the new school year-Schools given the option to choose the most suitable mode of education during the 2020-2021 academic year in consultation with parentsDubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that innovative measures are required to ensure the seamless delivery of education amidst the current glo…


2020-08-06

Dubai has successfully retained its leading position as the first city in the region to rank among the world’s top five destinations for the maritime industry in the International Shipping Centre Development, ISCD, Index for the third consecutive year, ranking ahead of Rotterdam, Hamburg, Athens, New York, New Jersey and Tokyo.   The emirate’s continuing status as a global hub for maritime shipping and logistics was revealed in a…


2020-08-06

Under the directives of Mohammed bin Rashid..UAE dispatches emergency medical aid to Lebanon- Reem Al Hashimy: “This swift move reflects the UAE's keenness to stand by brotherly countries in times of crises”Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE has dispatched emergency medical assistance to Lebanon to help healthcare faciliti…


2020-08-06

There is a lot more fun, games, deals and sales to enjoy each and every day with Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS). Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) has highlighted some of the best attractions, promotions and offers to make this a fun-packed weekend for everyone: LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT ●Foodies can log onto a virtual masterclass in the art of cooking tasty tapas and much more with the chefs at A Capella restau…


2020-08-06

Emirates Skywards is offering its members worldwide more than a thousand ways to earn Skywards Miles while shopping at popular UK and US brands online Visit skywardsmilesmall.com and watch your Miles accumulate with every online purchase made Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, has introduced a thousand new ways to earn Miles while shopping online with popular UK and US brands. Members can n…


2020-08-06

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Founder and Chairman of the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), has confirmed that DEWA will organise the 22nd WETEX virtually on 26-28 October 2020. The 3D exhibition is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, and it will provide a new experience for exhibitors and visitors from around the world. It will …


2020-08-06

The programme is based on a comprehensive implementation of agility concepts and practices Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the launch of a Corporate Agility Transformation Programme to foster a comprehensive implementation of agility concepts & practices and sustain them across RTA business areas. The step reasserts RTA’s leading role in adopting modern business models, keep pace with government and global tr…


Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs. The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers....


Firefighters from civil defence stations in Dubai, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain joined the Ajman force in battling the blaze.     A massive fire that broke out in a fruits and vegetables market in an Ajman souq on Wednesday evening has been put out. The blaze had been brought under control in three hours and no casualties have been reported, according to Major General Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the Ajman …


2020-08-05

Tawazun Economic Council has formed a collaboration with Airbus and the National Space Science and Technology Centre, NSSTC, from UAE University, to build and develop a Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing, AIT, Centre with the aim of manufacturing components and assembling, integrating and testing small to medium satellites. The AIT Satellite Centre will develop and build communication, navigation and hyperspectral satellites ranging in s…


2020-08-05

In a sign that bodes well for an eventual market recovery after the coronavirus, consumer spending in the UAE increased by 65 percent in June 2020 as compared to March, according to statistics released by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA). Hoteliers were among the top beneficiaries, as spending jumped 15 percent in June comparatively with April. The number of hotel establishments (hotels & hotel apartments) upped to …