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Dubai has approved a record AED 56.6 billion budget for 2018, with a focus on infrastructure projects led by Expo 2020 as well as social development programmes. It’s the largest-ever in the emirate’s history with a 19.5 per cent year-on-year increase in overall spending, creating a AED 6.2 billion deficit. Spending on infrastructure makes up […]

Abu Dhabi Police have busted a major drug-trafficking gang in Al Ain, following an undercover operation code-named ‘sharp eye’. Officers seized 2.5 million Captagon pills and arrested four suspects who had been under surveillance. Their hideout was raided as the men were packaging the pills to sell them in different parts of the country. The […]

UAE businesses should avoid using the introduction of VAT as an excuse to manipulate their prices. The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy said it is monitoring market activity to ensure retailers are not making unjustifiable price increases on their products before VAT officially kicks in next January. Ahmad Al Zaabi, […]

A truck driver has been arrested in Dubai after he was involved in a deadly hit and run accident involving pedestrians on Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. According to Dubai police officials, the incident happened on Friday at 9:45pm on the Sharjah bound lane of the highway. One person died while the remaining victims sustained severe […]

HSBC says they’ve reversed transactions on their UAE customers’ Visa debit and credit cards after a technical glitch at the bank saw some card holders accidentally overcharged. Customers who used their HSBC cards on December 2, took to social media to voice their anger, with some claiming they were charged up to three or four […]

A 60 year-old Emirati man has been rescued by Abu Dhabi Police from the deserts of Nahel Area in Al Ain. According to officials, an emergency helicopter was sent out to find the stranded man whose car was stuck between two dunes. Upon his rescue, paramedics also carried out the necessary safety checks to ensure that […]

Dubai Metro service between Ibn Battuta and Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) stations will be suspended from next month. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that operations will stop on January 5, and will remain closed until the middle of 2019. The closure on Red Line will be in place to facilitate work on […]

A new study found that 87 per cent of parents in the UAE did not know that diet is a crucial contributing factor to a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI). The report by King’s College Hospital London in the UAE also revealed that 72 per cent think their child’s BMI matched the recommended BMI for their […]

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) year-end auction on Saturday raised a total of AED 12.75 million, as 10 ‘AA’ number plates went under the hammer. The AA10 plate was the top earner, fetching AED 3.12 million.  The AA12 plate was the second most expensive plate at AED 2.72 million, while AA50 came in third at AED1.84 […]

Sticking ‘random advertisements’ and posters on buildings in Dubai will cost you AED 1,000 in fine. In a video tweeted on Saturday, the Dubai Municipality warned residents against putting up illegal advertisements in residential areas.  Putting up unlicensed adverts and signboards in Abu Dhabi could cost AED Dh1,000 in penalty, while in Ras Al Khaimah, it […]

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