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Dust storm hits UAE, to continue till Saturday

A dust storm hit several areas of the UAE on Thursday morning, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said. In a cautionary message, NCMS warned residents of strong winds and dust storms. The dust storms are expected to continue until Saturday night.

Second batch of cows to fly-in this month, number to reach 4,000 by August

Qatar’s ‘Baladna Farm’ project on Wednesday announced the arrival of the first batch out of the 4000 cows scheduled to come before mid-August. The flying-in of the cows is part of Qatar’s dairy products expansion plans and it is in accordance with the efforts of the country to find alternatives to the products hitherto imported from the siege countries. It was after setting up air-conditioned pens that can house as many as 10,000 cows that the first batch of 165 was flown-in, said John Joseph Dorr, Head of the farm. The cows arrived from Germany via Hungarian capital Budapest, last night. Another batch of 130 cows will arrive in the next two weeks and by mid-August, the number will reach 4000, John Joseph said. The production is to start by the beginning of November 2017. The farm aims to bring in more than 25,000 cows in total, he said. The…

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Abu Dhabi Police warn drivers against using unsafe tyres

The Directorate of Traffic sector of Abu Dhabi Police Central Operations, has urged drivers to have their tyres thoroughly inspected, especially during the summer season. Car drivers are urged to ensure that their car tyres are in good condition to prevent the risk of explosion, particularly from summer heat. Those using unsafe tyres could receive a Dh500 fine, four black points as well as have their vehicle confiscated for one week.

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Indian-origin boy in UK dies of allergy after cheese forced on him

A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy with a dairy allergy died in the UK after suffering a severe reaction to a piece of cheese allegedly forced on him by a schoolmate, prompting the Scotland Yard to launch a probe. Karanbir Cheema died on Sunday after suffering a severe reaction to a piece of cheese allegedly forced upon him at school last month.

Processing UAE residency permit now needs 50% less time

UAE’s ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Health and Prevention, and Human Resources and Emiratisation and Emirates Identity Authority have announced measures to reduce by 50 per cent the time required to process a transaction for the issue of a residency permit. The move is part of the world’s first government accelerators, a new government approach that will accelerate the achievement of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the accelerators have multiple tasks and responsibilities to boost the pace for achieving the goals of the National Agenda and projects. The government bodies will also be tasked with implementing joint projects in record time to transform government services to advanced standards by 2021. Dr. Hussain Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for Health Centres and Clinics, Ministry of…

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Saudi King appoints Mohammad Bin Salman as Crown Prince

Saudi king Salman Bin Abdul Aziz has named his 31-year-old son Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud as the Crown Prince, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms him as next ruler of the kingdom. According to a royal decree issued by the official Saudi Press Agency, Mohammed bin Salman was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his post as minister of defence. The appointment of Mohammed bin Salman caps a tumultuous two years since Salman, 81, ascended the throne and named Mohammed bin Salman deputy crown prince, or second in line to the throne. Mohammad Bin Nayef pledges allegience to new crown prince Former Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, 57, has pledged allegiance to the newly-appointed Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran law enforcer well-regarded in the west for his efforts to combat Al-Qaeda,…

No shortage of medicines and medical supplies, confirms HMC

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) confirmed that the health services offered by all its hospitals in Qatar are functioning normally, as there is no shortage of medical supplies or medicines because of the blockade imposed on Qatar by a number of GCC countries. In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Executive Director of the Corporate Communications Department at Hamad Medical Corporation, Ali Abdullah al-Khater, said Hamad Medical Corporation has a supply of medicines and other important medical supplies for many months. If some of the supply routes are stopped, HMC will definitely find new suppliers of medicines and medical supplies, al-Khater stressed, adding that there is no risk on public health because there is no shortage of medicines or medical supplies in Qatar. He explained that all HMC hospitals continue to provide the necessary healthcare to all patients, regardless of their nationalities or countries of origin. With regard to the…

Eid Al Fitr holidays for private sector in UAE announced

The first and second days of Eid will be paid holidays for private sector employees in the UAE, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced on Saturday. Earlier, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and authorities in the UAE will begin on Saturday, Ramadan 29 (corresponding to June 24). If Eid falls on Sunday, June 25, work will resume on Wednesday, June 28. If Eid falls on Monday, June 26, the holiday will still begin on Saturday, Ramadan 29, with work resuming on Sunday, July 2. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources conveyed greetings to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and…

Fly to India for free with Mövenpick Hotel Doha

Mövenpick Hotel Doha has launched a giveaway contest for one return ticket to India in partnership with Jet Airways to make this Ramadan truly memorable. Anyone willing to try their luck has to follow three simple steps in order to participate in the draw: Guess the name of the dish using hashtag #IftaratSeasons (Every day the hotel will post one special dish on their Facebook page) Add a number to your answer in numerical order Tag as many friends as you want to bring with you Participants can double your chances to win by following @MovenpickHotelDoha on Instagram and Facebook. The contest will run until June 21, 2017 and the winner will be chosen by the General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Doha, the hotel said in a statement. “Mövenpick Hotel Doha encourages everyone to participate in this social media contest, and is pleased to provide a wonderful opportunity for the winner to…

India releases official statement about Qatar diplomatic crisis

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has released an official statement about the recent developments in Gulf region which was initiated by some countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar. “India believes that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the countries in the region,” the statement said, urging all parties to solve differences through constructive dialogues. MEA reaffirmed that it is closely following the situation in the Gulf region and is in regular contact with regional countries. “Their authorities have assured us continued support for welfare and well-being of the resident Indian communities,” the statement said. MEA has advised Indian expatriates in the region to contact the Indian Embassy or Consulate concerned should they require assistance or advise consequent to the developing situation. Here is the full text of the official statement: India’s official statement following the recent developments…

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