Monday, April 24, 2017



Power outage reported at Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall experienced a power outage on Monday night. Dubai Media Office said “authorities are working to restore power in a few minutes.” A spokesperson for The Dubai Mall said: “We are working with the concerned authorities to address the situation. We regret the inconvenience caused and thank our ...

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RTA extends floating bridge closure on Fridays

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the Floating Bridge will remain closed on Fridays. The link will close at 10pm on Thursdays and open at 6am the following Saturday. The corresponding crossing over Al Maktoum Bridge will though be open and Salik-free. Authorities say the move will ...

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11% year-on-year increase in overnight visitors to Dubai

There has been an 11% increase in the number of overnight visitors to Dubai in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year. That’s according to officials at Dubai Tourism, who say the emirate welcomed 4.6 million visitors between January and March this year. Among the ...

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Taxi bookings made through dispatch centre on the rise

Taxi bookings in Dubai made through the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Booking and Dispatch Center are on the rise. According to officials, more than 7.3 million bookings were made through the system last year compared to 5.4 million in 2015. The figure marks a growth rate of more than ...

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Report outlines power reforms in MENA region

About AED 250 billion ($68 bn) worth of major power contracts were awarded throughout the MENA region between September 2015 and November 2016. That’s according to new research by the business intelligence firm MEED, which shows rapid population growth coupled with industrial and economic expansion are driving a sharp rise ...

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Dubai opens doors to Arabian Travel Market

The latest trends and challenges in the tourism sector are being discussed in Dubai. More than 40,000 industry professionals from over 150 countries are meeting at the 2017 edition of the Arabian Travel Market. Organisers say the four-day travel extravaganza will also focus on the theme of experiential travel and ...

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Travel, visa restrictions not likely to impact aviation industry

The recent travel and visa regulations introduced by some countries are not expected to have a negative impact on the aviation industry. That’s according to Tim Clark, the President of Emirates Airline, who says these restrictions could cause short-term inconveniences, but the economy will once again power through when the ...

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Food transport vans fined for violating safety regulations

At least 54 vans have been fined for violating food safety regulations at the vegetables and fruits market in Warsan. The violations were detected during checks carried out by Dubai Municipality in coordination with the RTA and Dubai Police, to coincide with the recent GCC Food Safety Week. More than ...

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NCMS to take ‘electrical seeding’ to next level

The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) is collaborating with a team of meteorologists to develop ‘electrical seeding’. Scientists are hoping to create thunderstorms by examining the electrical properties of clouds. They are also attempting to measure and modify the charges present in clouds using balloons and aircraft. ...

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Names of UAE martyrs to be sent to space

As part of the Martyrs Badge initiative, insignias decorated with the names of fallen Emirati soldiers are going to be sent to the international space station. The emblems will then be returned to Earth and to the Martyrs’ families. This is just one of the initiatives to be launched by ...

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