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Qatar
Highlights from Qatar Emir’s address to the nation

Qatar’s ruler said Friday that the Gulf emirate is ready for talks to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led bloc so long as his country’s sovereignty is respected. “We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems,” so long as Qatar’s “sovereignty is respected,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in his first public comments since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with the gas-rich emirate. “Any settlement of the crisis must be based on two principles,” he said in a televised speech. Here are the key points from the speech: The spirit of solidarity, harmony and defiance that had prevailed in the people of Qatar frustrated the hopes of those who banked on the opposite side. All those who live in this country have become spokespersons for Qatar. The people have seen through the heavy curtain of concoctions and incitement, to impose capitulation on this…

India
India to become the largest milk producer by 2026

India is set to be the largest producer of milk in the world by the year 2026, the official report released by the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has projected. India is also expected to triple its total milk production over the first quarter of the 21st century. “Over the course of the outlook period alone, milk production in India will grow by 49 per cent; in 2026, India will be the world’s largest milk producer, with an output one-third above that of the second largest producer, the European Union,” said the report by the UN and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. India to be most populous country by 2026 The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 said the world’s population will increase from 7.3 to 8.2 billion over the course of the next decade with India and Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 56 per cent…

Qatar
Air India Express to fly more flights to Doha from August 15

Air India Express is set to expand its services to Doha, and as the next step, will start direct flights on Cochin-Doha sector starting next month, The Peninsula has reported. From August 15, Air India Express will start three direct flights a week from Cochin to Doha and they will add one more from September 15 making it 4 direct flights a week from Cochin. The new flights will be operated on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The flights will leave Cochin airport at 10:00 am and will arrive at Hamad International Airport, Doha at 11:45 am. The flights will leave Hamad International airport at 12:45 pm and will land at the Cochin airport at 7:40 pm. This is the first time the airline is operating direct flight services to Doha from Kochi. Currently Air India offers a Cochin – Calicut – Doha route. The airline currently operates 14 flights per…

UAE
Dubai Municipality is now distributing free umbrellas to protect from heat

Dubai Municipality on Sunday began distributing free umbrellas to the public so they could protect themselves from the summer sun. Khalid Mohammed Badri, Director of Corporate Marketing and Relations Department said in a press release that the municipality distributed more than 1,000 umbrellas on the first day of the campaign. He said places with high density of population were selected for distribution of umbrellas to the public. Omar Al Marri, head of public relations at the Municipality said a team will be handing out umbrellas at metro stations, parks and beach for a few days at peak heat hours. “Our employees distribute the umbrellas to everyone with a smile by telling them: Dubai Municipality is with you to overcome the heat of the sun because you are in Happy Dubai,” he said. A Year of Giving initiative of the civic body which also showcases its responsibility towards the community, Badri…

Qatar
Demand to shut down Al Jazeera TV dropped: UAE minister

The Gulf countries blockading Qatar are to drop their demand that the Al Jazeera television network be shut down as they seek a compromise over the dispute that has ruptured relations across the region, media reports suggest. In an interview published by The Times newspaper on Wednesday, Noura al-Kaabi, the UAE minister for the federal national council, reportedly said the Emirates sought “fundamental change and restructuring” of Al Jazeera rather than to shut it. The United Arab Emirates backed away from threats to step up sanctions on the tiny Gulf nation, which was cut off diplomatically and economically by its neighbours last month. “The staff at the channel can keep their jobs and Qatar can still fund a TV channel but not one which provides a platform for extremists and where the English channel is a protective shield for the much more radical Arabic one,” Kaabi told The Times. She…

UAE
Use your Emirates ID to climb Burj Khalifa for just Dh 65

Emaar Properties has joined hands with the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) to the mark the ‘Year of Giving’ by providing all UAE residents the opportunity to visit At the Top, Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s iconic attraction at a rate of Dh65 per person. Emaar and the RTA on Thursday announced that all UAE residents are eligible to visit At the Top, Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s iconic attraction, at a cost of only Dh65 per person. Adding value to Dubai Metro users, the exclusive opportunity will enable visitors to tour Levels 124 and 125, and take in sweeping views of the city and beyond. How to make use of the offer Emirates ID holders can access At the Top, Burj Khalifa, ordinarily priced Dh125, for just about half the price by claiming discount vouchers from all 47 Dubai Metro stations, with the campaign to be held throughout July and August for tours…

UAE
Dubai-based teenager bags NRI of the Year Award

A Dubai-based Indian teenager, Simran Vedvyas, has bagged the NRI of the Year Award 2017 in Mumbai, India. Simran Vedvyas, 18 received the prestigious award given on Tuesday in Mumbai, India. The NRI of the Year Awards, now in its fourth year and presented by Times Now, ICICI Bank and Global Indian International School, gives recognition to expat Indians who are considered as “heroes who make India proud and inspire millions back home to further hone their skills and chase their dreams.” Currently pursuing her undergraduate honours degree at the University of Toronto, Canada, Simran was born and raised in Dubai. She bagged the award in the Academics Category in the award’s fourth edition, said a press release. “Simran is persuasive, ambitious, dependable, an achiever who thoroughly enjoys executing anything with a big impact,” the jury noted. The youngest recipient of Emirates Women of the Year – Young Achiever for…

UAE
Sharjah Airport launches Smart Gates to avoid long queues

The Sharjah Airport Authority on Sunday launched a new Smart Gates system at its passport control that will help avoid long queues for having entries and exits stamped. The system had a soft launch as a trial in November last year with 8,500 passengers using the system successfully, Gulf News reported. As many as 16 Smart Gates are available at passport control, eight at the arrivals and eight at the departures, where registered passengers can just scan scan their passports and boarding cards and leave. Passengers will have to do a one-time registration to avail the system, which can be done either at the arrivals or departure. Registration counters are also available at Sharjah Immigration offices. “The system was introduced as part of our efforts to ease the passage through Sharjah International Airport right from parking to boarding,” said Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority. More than…

Qatar
Lulu Hypermarkets in Qatar now importing fresh milk from UK

Qatar’s Lulu Hypermarket Group has started import of all categories of fresh milk from world-renowned suppliers of United Kingdom twice in a week on a regular basis to ensure uninterrupted supply in all their outlets across the region. The major categories of fresh milk that made available on shelves from prestigious dairy brands such as Graham’s, a2 and Countrylife etc. are: sterilised whole cow’s milk, skimmed cow’s milk, semi-skimmed cow’s milk, organic whole cow milk, skimmed organic milk and semi-skimmed organic milk etc. in 1L and 2L containers. All these categories of fresh milk have an average shelf life of 7 days. Rich in taste, nutritional contents The Management of Lulu Group indicated that the fresh milk which is being imported from UK is rich with good taste and great nutritional contents such as Calcium, Carbohydrates, Fat, Phosphorous, Potassium, Iodine, Vitamin B, Zinc and Protein etc. It is much better…

UAE
Indian expatriate to reunite with family after 35 years

An Indian expatriate in the UAE, who has not seen his family for nearly 35 years, will soon be reunited with his brothers back home, Gulf News has reported. Jai Singh, 67, had lost contact with his family over the years and three years back, due to being an illegal, he ended up in jail. Singh, who speaks only Marathi and broken Arabic, has forgotten the contact details of his brothers back home, the report says. According to officials, the man had initially worked as a newspaper delivery boy in the first seven to eight years of his stay in the UAE. After he lost the job due to salary disputes, he could not renew his visa and he also lost his passport. Finally, he was arrested for overstaying in the country. After his case was notified by the jail authorities to the Indian Consulate in Dubai for assistance for…

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