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Exclusive: UAE mulls ‘man-made mountain’ in bid to improve rainfall

The UAE is currently in the first stage of a man-made mountain development project as the country mulls different approaches to maximising rainfall.Experts from the US-based University Corporation for...

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Posted by: riosh May 1, 2016 1:21 PM [UAE]

super interesting!

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Saudi Arabia plans new visa regulations to boost tourism

Prince Sultan bin Salman has said that the country would ease tourist visa rules, but that “it will not be totally open for everybody to just show up and come in,” according to AP.The kingdom’s new plan...

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Posted by: obaid May 1, 2016 1:21 PM [UAE]

Do anybody know - we heard road travel by private cars from GCC is not allowed anymore for Umrah ,now is it correct? As article says they want to boost tourism but we heard contrary. We planned last year to travel by road with family but at eleventh hour the news come out people coming back from border despite having visa.

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Dubai ruler launches $272m global drive to combat poverty, unemployment

Dubai has launched a global foundation, with an initial budget of AED1 billion ($272 million), which aims to combat poverty, unemployment and education challenges in the region.The Mohammad Bin Rashid...

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Posted by: M.Mustafa Junaid May 1, 2016 8:53 AM [Karachi, Pakistan]

Well, I lived in Dubai during 1971-77 and at that time Dubai looked like a village. The ruler was the father of Sheikh Mohammed HE Shaikh Rashed Al Maktoum and he too worked hard for betterment of his people.

Now when HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum is ruler of Dubai and a great leader of the UAE. He is working for the betterment of not only UAE people but also other people particularly the poor of the world. He is spending big money on education and development of the poor around the world.

I am very much impressed by way of his governess and his dedication for improvement in every walk of life. I hope and pray that Allah almighty gives HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum strength and dedication to keep going with his efforts in the right direction.

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No major issues with cladding in Dubai towers, says civil defence chief

The director of Dubai Civil Defence has said there is no fire safety issue with the exterior cladding on buildings in the emirates, unless they were of poor quality or improperly installed.Maj Gen Rashid...

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Posted by: Frankiejo May 1, 2016 8:52 AM [us]

Maj General Rashid Al Maltroushi states " No fire safety issues"

I will go with the opinion of the Indian billionaire who manufactured the cladding for the address along with many other UAE buildings. It appears these men have an opposite opinion

In an interview with the newspaper, Mulk revealed most of the cladding seen on buildings across the UAE consisted of older versions of the panels containing a high proportion of flammable plastic.

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UAE property markets to see further price declines in 2016

Real estate prices in the UAE are likely to continue declining in 2016, according to a new report by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.The agency said that it sees "no sign of market improvement"...

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Posted by: Red Snappa May 1, 2016 8:51 AM [Ireland]

There were lessons to be learned from the previous market crash as in we're building too much luxury property.

It strikes me this is the ideal economic market interlude, as in a period of falling prices, in which to build truly affordable homes aimed at 'bread-and-butter' lower to middle income Dubai dwellers, rent to buy schemes etc, etc.

For in truth the 'interlude' maybe a lot longer than we think!

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Why Saudi Arabia will struggle to kick its addiction to oil

"King Abdulaziz and the men who worked with him for the establishment of the state did not depend on oil and they established the kingdom without oil, and they ran this state without oil, and they lived...

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Posted by: Sal P May 1, 2016 8:50 AM [Canada]

All of these ambitious plan could be only partially achieved if a big cultural change is adopted by Saudi society.

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Dubai’s first-ever driverless vehicle is being tested

Dubai’s first-ever driverless vehicle is being developed as part of the emirate’s plans to transform itself into “the smartest city in the world”.The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced a three...

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Posted by: Riaz Apr 28, 2016 1:04 PM [UAE]

If driverless vehicles really solves human-error related problems and enhances security, we should surely go for such vehicles otherwise it's sheer waste of money plus it would create unemployment as well, although meagre.

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IMG's $5bn Mall of Arabia 'still in pipeline', says exec

The developer of the stalled Mall of Arabia shopping mall in Dubai has insisted the scheme is still in the pipeline and is likely to complete within the next decade.Mohammed Adnaan, group chief financial...

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Posted by: Jean Charles Apr 28, 2016 9:13 AM [France]

Perhaps the long-delayed City of Arabia project is still "in the pipeline" also? Are the hapless investors still waiting?

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Dubai's DIFC says $130m Gate Avenue project to open by end-2017

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has announced the launch of Gate Avenue at DIFC, a $130 million mixed use project for the financial hub.Officials said in a statement that the project is set...

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Posted by: waleed Apr 28, 2016 9:11 AM [uae]

there isn't a single mosque in the DIFC area, and now they make one that can hold 500 people ? that's not enough

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Emirates increases free baggage allowance on all Africa flights

Emirates Airline has increased its free baggage allowance for customers travelling on all its flights originating from destinations across Africa.All Emirates customers travelling in any of the airline...

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Posted by: Shahidul Islam Apr 28, 2016 9:10 AM [Saudi Arabia]

It's very good news. But we need know if Emirates will planning to apply same from All Riyadh to Dubai and Dubai to Asian countries (Bangladesh, India & Pakistan)?

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