Browsing: UAE

Selected news stories from the United Arab Emirates. The must read and most discussed news from the seven emirates in UAE – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaima, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain.

UAE
14 Indians arrested in Sharjah for group fight that left 2 dead

14 Indian workers, who were involved in a fight, which left two people dead, have been arrested by police. Two people died and two suffered injuries when a fight erupted between Indian workers in the Emirate’s Al Sajaa industrial area on January 3. The group was involved in a fight over some financial dispute, Colonel Ebrahim Al Ajel, Head of Criminal and Investigation Department at Sharjah Police, said on Tuesday. Police officers said they received a call for assistance on Sunday and when they arrived they found a large crowd as well as two men in a pool of blood. The deceased were fatally stabbed with an unidentified blunt weapon. A number of men at the scene who witnessed the incident were summoned by police to be questioned. The injured were shifted to Al Qasimi and Al Kuwait hospitals for treatment. The police arrested the suspects from various places and they confessed to…

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Dubai airport is the world’s busiest, for second consecutive year

Dubai International airport will keep the crown of the world’s busiest airport by international traffic for the second consecutive year in 2015. In 2014, Dubai airport overtook London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest airport. In 2015, Heathrow handled 69.76 million international passengers. Dubai airport’s latest data shows that passenger traffic rose to 6.01 million passengers in November from 5.57 million a year earlier, taking the total so far in 2015 to 70.96 million. It confirms that Dubai airport’s 11-month passenger traffic is higher than Heathrow’s full year traffic. Largest increase from Indian subcontinent The largest increase in passengers came from the Indian subcontinent from where new flights were launched -including SpiceJet’s services to Kozhikode and Amritsar. The most significant growth was driven by Eastern Europe and North America, the latter where Emirates added new destinations. 6.5 million monthly passenger growth Figures show that the Dubai airport witnessed an average…

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8-year-old Indian child dies after falling out of car

In a tragic incident, an eight-year-old Indian boy died in UAE after falling out of car, while going on a picnic with his family. Vismaya Chandran, a grade three student of the Indian School in Ras Al Khaimah, died on Sunday night after falling through the window of the vehicle. The accident happened after 4.30pm while the family members were on their way to a picnic at Jebel Jais, media reports say. The boy’s father Sajeesh Chandran was driving when the accident happened near Al Rams, about four kilometres away from Ras Al Khaimah. The boy’s mother Deepa and younger sister Thanmaya who were also in the vehicle survived with minor injuries. The boy was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. “It skidded off the road and stopped in the middle of rocks and rubble. The glass window was locked, but somehow it opened and he fell out. He…

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Air India launches Dubai-Kochi daily flights from tomorrow

Air India will be introducing non-stop flights everyday from Dubai to Kochi and from Kochi to Dubai, effective from tomorrow 11th January, 2016. The announcement fulfils a long standing demand of UAE passengers, said Melwin D’Silva, regional manager – Gulf, Middle East and Africas. Flight AI934 on the Dubai-Kochi sector will depart from Dubai at 13:30hrs and arrive in Kochi at 19:10hrs local time. On the return leg, AI933 will depart from Kochi to Dubai at 09:35hrs and arrive in Dubai at 12:35hrs local time. Air India will be operating the Dubai-Kochi sector with a brand new A320 aircraft, with a cap of 180 seats and is offering an introductory promotional fare of Dh330 one way and Dh785 return with 30kg free baggage allowance. Further, passengers can now check-in directly for Air India flights and book a seat of their choice from the comfort of their homes/offices prior to 24hours…

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Indian Consulate helps 23 Indians who lost passports in The Address fire

At least 23 Indians affected in the New Year’s Eve fire at the Address Downtown Hotel have left the country on emergency exit papers issued by the Indian Consulate in Dubai after they lost their passports in the blaze. Commendable response by Indian Consulate The Indian Consulate had set up a special helpline to address queries and published the helpline numbers on their website, a report on Khaleej Times says. The mission had assigned a team of officials to assist the fire victims, and helped many hotel guests leave the country by issuing an emergency certificate, also known as out-pass. According to the hotel management, at least 72 occupants were Indian nationals, but not all of them required help with travel documents. The Indian mission issued out-passes for those who lost their passports. Only 23 applications came in for these emergency certificates. The applicants had produced soft copies of their damaged or…

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New speed limits, radar settings for some roads in Dubai

Dubai Police on Thursday announced new speed limits on certain roads in the emirate. Colonel Saif Al Mazroui, Director of the General Directorate of Traffic at Dubai Police, announced the new speed limits as below : Dubai-Al Ain Road (First interchange) Previous speed limit : 120 km New speed limit : 100km Previous radar speed limit : 140km New radar speed limit : 120km Umm Suqeim Road Previous radar speed limit : 110km New radar speed limit : 100km Dubai Police Academy flyover on Shaikh Zayed Road New speed limit : 80km New radar speed limit : 100km Al Sufouh Road Previous speed limit : 80km New speed limit : 60km Previous radar speed limit : 100km New radar speed limit : 80km Al Qudra Road New speed limit : 90km New radar speed limit : 110km Some road in Oud Metha New speed limit : 90km New radar speed limit : 110km The move comes in line with Dubai Police’s strategic…

Qatar
Emirates launches global sale for New Year

Emirates has launched a limited-time global sale on business and economy class fares to mark the New Year, the airline said in a statement. To enjoy the offer, passengers will need to book the tickets before January 18, for travel between January 15 and November 30, 2016. Dubai to Indian cities – Lowest fares for return tickets All-inclusive economy class fares from Dubai to Indian cities start from: Ahmedabad – AED 1,205 Bengaluru – AED 1,185 Chennai – AED 1,015 Delhi – AED 1,045 Hyderabad – AED 1,265 Kochi – AED 925 Kolkata – AED 1,585 Mumbai – AED 1,025 Thiruvananthapuram – AED 1,215 Click here for more fares from Dubai Doha to Indian cities – Lowest fares for return tickets All-inclusive economy class fares from Doha to Indian cities start from: Ahmedabad – QAR 2,100 Bengaluru – QAR 1,440 Chennai – QAR 1,170 Delhi – QAR 1,170 Hyderabad – QAR 1,270 Kochi – QAR 1,180 Kolkata – QAR 1,630 Mumbai – QAR 1,130…

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Three persons, including an Indian, arrested for ‘preaching religion’

Three persons, including an Indian, were arrested by the Sharjah Police for preaching a religion other than Islam which is a violation of the Sharia Law. The 41-year-old Indian, along with two Filipinos, allegedly offered money to Muslims and distributed pamphlets and books to change their religion. The Indian suspect worked as a building cleaner, while one of his accomplices, the 38-year-old Filipino, worked as mobile phone technician. The third suspect, a 27-year-old Filipino, worked at a petrol station, a report on Khaleej Time says. According to the Public Prosecution, the trio went to the house of a Muslim Arab national M.A.H on May 27 and asked him to leave Islam and convert to their religion. M.A.H alerted the police about the same and the police arrested the suspects and found with them books, publications regarding preaching their religion and envelops containing money to lure others to embrace their religion. On being interrogated, the…

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NRI returning home after 32 years dies at airport

An Indian businessman who had been running cafeterias in the UAE for more than three decades was going home after saying good bye to his friends and relatives, but did not reach, as he died of a heart attack at the airport. Shahul Hameed, 58, had been living in the UAE for more than 32 years and just after calling it a day, he was all set to fly home from Abu Dhabi, with boarding pass in hand. According to a report on Emirates 24|7, he developed chest pain before he could board the plane, and died at the airport itself. Shahul Hameed, who hails from Tirur Vailathoor, used to run a cafeteria at Hilton Road, Al Ain. “He said goodbye to his friends and relatives on Saturday and was waiting to board the flight to Calicut on Saturday evening when he suddenly developed chest pain and a strong heart attack. He…

UAE
Emirates ID will be your health insurance card in 2016

UAE residents will be able to soon use their Emirates ID cards to avail insurance benefits at healthcare centres in Dubai. According to a top official at the Dubai Healthy Authority (DHA), the plan to replace medical insurance cards with Emirates ID card will unfold through 2016. Few months ago, during the launch of Saada insurance scheme, officials had said the Emirates ID card will be used instead of a conventional insurance card to offer comprehensive mandatory preventive care programme. Saada, Enaya insurance customers make switch So far nearly 90 per cent Emiratis and nearly 70 per cent of expatriates in Dubai have been brought under the mandatory insurance cover under Saada and Enaya insurance schemes . “Our aim is to ensure that the entire population under medical cover can use their Emirates ID when availing medical care,” said Dr Haider Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding at DHA. “Those…

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