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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.

Share your ideas with Sheikh Mohammed through virtual majlis

The Ruler of Dubai wants people to help build the “best city in the world” by sharing their ideas in a virtual majlis. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, said the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Majlis, a website where people can submit ideas and comments, will be under his direct supervision. Sheikh Mohammed tweeted: “Our traditional majlis is open, our smart majlis is open, the door is open for everyone to make their mark on Dubai’a future. “Building successful societies is a continuous process of development, government is part of the team and not the whole team. Ideas and comments are appreciated to build the best city in the world,” he added. Smart council for brainstorming Representatives of 30 government authorities will also form a ‘smart council’ and carry out smart brainstorming sessions as part of the initiative. “Our goal is to offer an…

Dubai-Abu Dhabi roads to have ‘smart gate’ radars for foggy conditions

A new speed control method called the smart gate will be installed on the main roads connecting Abu Dhabi to the rest of the country. The gate functions as a fog censor, which will send a signal to the control room, which will then send the directive of an adjusted speed limit, Emirates 24|7 has reported. The smart gate was presented by Abu Dhabi Police at the recently concluded Gitex Technology Week 2015, and is already operative at one location, that being in front of Al Rahma Mall on Dubai-Abu Dhabi Road. In total, 69 smart gates will be installed on Dubai – Abu Dhabi Road, Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Road and Abu Dhabi – Western Region Road. Smart gate will dictate the reduced speed limit When there is reduced visibility, the smart gate will dictate the reduced speed limit depending on the visibility at that time and place. The…

UAE set to become first country to roll out 5G network

A senior official of UAE telecom operator Etisalat has said that the UAE is set to lead the world into the future by becoming the first country to see a nation-wide rollout of the 5G network in time for the Expo 2020 exhibition, Emirates24|7 has reported. “We are ready to take the big leap into the future of the telecom industry with the UAE becoming the world’s first nation to roll out the 5G network,” Ahmad Julfar, CEO of Etisalat Group, said yesterday. He made these comments at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Middle East conference on ‘Building Connected Societies’. First and smartest district of the future Julfar confirmed that Etisalat is in official discussions to transform the Expo 2020 site as the first and smartest district of the future. He added that the operator has the extensive ICT expertise and digital value proposition to provide end-to-end, scalable and innovative…

Dubai Indian gets jail for molesting 8 year old girl

A building watchman in Dubai has been sentenced to six months in jail for luring an eight-year-old girl to his room and molesting her after he showed her an indecent video on his phone, local newspapers have reported. The 37-year-old Indian guard lured the Syrian girl as she was playing on her bike in front of her apartment building in the Muraqabbat area on July 27. Records said the watchman kissed the girl and groped her after he made her see an illicit movie on his phone. The girl’s father coincidentally discovered what had happened to his daughter when he found Dh 2.25 in her hand that she had taken from the accused after the sexual abuse. The girl’s father saw his daughter holding the coins and asked her about them and she told him what happened. “She went down to play. When I returned home around 4.30pm, I found…

School bus tragedy : Court orders payment of blood money to NRI family

The Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation has upheld most verdicts issued by the Court of Appeals in the Al Worood Academy Private School case involving the death of kindergarten student Nizaha Ala’a on board a school bus in 2014. The Cassation Court ruled that the onus of paying Dh100,000 in blood money to the victim’s family, will be shared by the school’s principal, the bus driver and the bus attendant. The school bus driver and attendant are serving six-month and one-year jail sentences each respectively. Nizaha Ala’a died last October as a result of heat exhaustion after being locked inside her school bus for four hours after the vehicle’s uncertified attendant, who was hired by the school as a cleaner, failed to perform a thorough check to ensure that no students were left behind. The Court of Appeals had overruled the lower court’s decision to close the school and had…

Coming soon : Robots to issue visas at Dubai Airport

Imagine being greeted at an airport by a robot, who would answer queries and even issue a visa for you. Well, that might soon be a reality. Dubai Airport are planning to introduce robots around its terminals for answering visa-related inquiries, renewing and issuing visas to transit passengers. The robot was unveiled at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) stand at the 35th edition of the Gitex technology week, which began on Sunday. According to officials, the robot needs some more developments and testing before introducing to airports. The robot is being designed to answer any immigration-related questions a traveller may have. It can also renew visas and issue transit permits to travellers at the airport. The robot, called the Amer Robot, was developed by a Korean technology company in cooperation with the GDRFA.

Dubai bans smart balance wheels in malls

The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) on Monday asked all malls in the emirate to prohibit the use of smart balance wheels within their premises after growing consumer complaints and concerns from shopkeepers. Smart balance wheels are battery-powered two-wheelers that move according to the user’s weight distribution. Although it doesn’t hover, users, mostly young adults, teens and pre-teens call it hoverboards. The malls have been directed not to allow the use of balance wheels inside malls to ensure a safe and healthy shopping environment in Dubai and protect the right of shopkeepers to conduct business without fear of loss or danger. The ban comes a week after a six-year-old Emirati child died when he was run over by a car while on a balance wheel. Although the incident happened on the road and not in a mall, authorities clarified that balance wheels can only be used in designated areas…

Revealed : The richest countries in the Middle East

Qatar and UAE are the two richest nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with the average adult owning more than half a million in local currency, according to a new report. The Credit Suisse Research Institute released its sixth annual Global Wealth Report, which looks at how the middle class has developed over the years, or since the turn of the century. The MENA region is home to 330,000 millionaires, up by more than 240 per cent since 2000. By 2020, the millionaire population in the region is forecast to reach 500,000, up by another 52 per cent. Qatar ranks first, UAE comes second Qatar ranks first, in terms of how much fortunes MENA residents have acquired, with the average wealth per adult pegged at $ 157,000 (QR 571,500) in mid 2015, rising by 0.8 per cent from the same period last year. Qatar also ranked 21st…

Dubai bus stops to become smarter with free Wi-Fi and coffee counters

Waiting at Dubai’s bus stops will soon get less boring as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) plans to install free Wi-Fi at 100 bus stops, local newspapers have reported. Each air conditioned ‘Smart Shelter’ will have free Wi-Fi, a mobile charging station, a snack counter, a smart kiosk and a screen that displays real time information on buses’ locations. The RTA is rolling out 100 shelters across Dubai, with 50 to be ready by the end of December, and the other 50 to be made available by the end of January 2016. Commuters will be able to sip their coffee or tea from the small cafes that will be available inside the bus stops, while browsing the internet or paying bills through the smart kiosk. Fifty more will be ready by the end of January. From the existing 656 air-conditioned bus stops located across the city, 100 will be selected from…

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