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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.

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Indian expat wins $1 million at Dubai Duty Free raffle

Dubai-based Indian expat, Nowshad Subir, has become the latest $1 million winner in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion with ticket number 0520 in Series 286. Subir bought his lucky ticket online and shared the ticket cost with his nine other colleagues – seven Indians, one Syrian and one Filipina. Each of the expatriates will be bringing home approximately Dh360,000. Commenting on his win, Subir said, “Buying a ticket to win $1 million has become a habit for us in the company. We are delighted to have finally won and can call ourselves lucky people. Our win makes us feel more secure so thank you so much Dubai Duty Free!” 137th Indian national to win A resident of Dubai for 20 years, Subir is the 137th Indian national to win in the promotion since its inception in 1999. Meanwhile, three more Dubai expats have reason to celebrate as they…

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Abu Dhabi Corniche Park named the best public park in the world

The Abu Dhabi Corniche Park has been named the best public park in the world, based on views and reviews of the public about its services, facilities, and serene environment, as well as the public health, safety and security standards in place. The result was announced following the poll conducted by the UK-based Green Flag Organisation. Around 12 countries from three continents and more than 100 qualified sites with stylish quality parks outside the UK competed for the award. The park raised the Green Flag last March, while Abu Dhabi emirate raised the Freen Flag in Dalma, Umm Al Amarat, Khalifa Park and Rahba Park. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality says that the recent award is a clear manifestation of the sound planning and the unlimited support of the leaders to provide better recreational facilities and bring parks on par with international standards. The municipality is among the leading municipalities…

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Everything you need to know about UAE’s new visa policy

UAE has launched some major changes to its visa policy that will not just benefit expatriates, but boost the local economy as well. The new visa rules that allows visitors and tourists to apply for new UAE entry visas without leaving the country, and also grant one-year residency extensions to widows and divorced women, has come into effect this Sunday, October 21. Here are the major changes to the visa rules: 1) 60 days renewal for visit visas Visit visa holders will be able to apply for 30-day extensions twice without having to leave the country. A Dh600 fee is applicable for each extension. Previously, visitors had to leave the UAE after the expiry of their three-month visit visas or one-month tourist visas. Those found violating or delaying in applying under the new rules will be granted a 10-day grace period, after which they will be fined AED 100 per…

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E-approval required before bringing medicines to UAE

Residents and tourists who need to carry personal medicines to the UAE will have to first fill up an electronic form, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced. The form can be downloaded for free on the MoHAP website (www.mohap.gov.ae) or its app. The quantity of medicines to be brought to the country should not exceed a personal use period of three months for non-controlled medicines and one month for controlled and semi-controlled ones. Guidelines for carrying of personal medicines with travelers in to the United Arab Emirates Applicants need to submit a prescription issued by the attending physician, a medical report approved by health entities and a copy of Emirates ID or passport. Once they submit the form along with the required documents, the officer concerned in the drugs department examines the request and issues the approval. Published on 16 October 2018

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Dubai airports unveils ‘smart tunnels’ for faster passport control

General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has launched the pilot phase of Smart Tunnel at Dubai Airports’ Terminal 3 to enable Emirates Airlines passengers to finish passport control procedures in less than 15 seconds. The initiative, a first of its kind in the world, is currently available to first and business class travelers of Emirates Airlines. How the system works As per the new system, the traveller simply have to walk through the tunnel and look at the camera, equipped with biometric recognition technology. The Smart Tunnel assesses passengers data accurately using machine learning in order to facilitate and accelerate the process of transit through Dubai airports without the need to use any travel documents or boarding card as in the use of “smart gates”. The tunnel will work hand in hand with the smart gates, equipped with latest face-recognition software, that allow residents to use…

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Gandhi Jayanti: Burj Khalifa to have special LED show

Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa on Tuesday will showcase special LED screenings to mark the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. The special LED show, jointly organised by the Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi, Indian Consulate in Dubai and Emaar Properties, will take place at 8:20pm and 8:40pm on Tuesday, the consulate announced. Gandhi Jayanti (Gandhi’s birthday) on October 2, a national festival in India, is also celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence. Speaking on the occasion, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri, said: “I am delighted that we are celebrating one of the tallest personalities the world has seen by screening his image on the iconic building.” “I am sure that the events that we will organize over the next few months will not only remind all of us about the enduring message of Mahatma Gandhi but also motivate us to put some of his lessons into…

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Indian expat in UAE wins Rs 23 crore jackpot

An Indian expatriate became the new multi-millionaire of Big Ticket raffles after winning AED 12 million (Rs 23 crore), the biggest jackpot of Big Ticket raffle in Abu Dhabi. George Mathew, who purchased ticket number 175342 at Big Ticket Abu Dhabi, was announced as the winner of the bumper prize on Monday.  “It has been last 6 months since I started purchasing Big Ticket along with my 6 friends and finally it is our lucky day today. I am really happy and surprised as well by the call from Big Ticket. God blessed me after with 12 Million Dirhams and thank you Big Ticket Team for such wonderful news,” he said. George Mathew, who lives in Ajman with his family since last 9 years, works for Gulf News. The Dream 12 Million Raffle Draw Series 195 was announced Monday morning at the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s arrivals hall at 10am. Interestingly,…

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India to be Guest of Honour at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2019

The Department of Tourism – Abu Dhabi has announced that India will be the guest of honour at next year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). The fair, which runs from April 24-30 2019, will celebrate cultural and literary output in the UAE, while also embracing Indian literature, music, cinema and dance. An Indian Pavilion will host authors and literary scholars who will discuss the culture of their country. Saif Saeed Ghobash of DCT – Abu Dhabi said: “India’s selection as the Guest of Honour of the 29th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair underscores the deep ties between India and the Arab world and the long-standing UAE-India relationship, which preceded the UAE’s foundation in 1971. “Inspired initially by trade, these relations expanded to encompass cultural and literary products and scientific and artistic marvels, offered by a country in which 24 official languages ​​and hundreds of dialects coexist. “India’s power is…

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UAE-based bank donates AED 5 million for Kerala flood victims

The Dubai Islamic Bank confirmed on Monday that it has set aside Dh 5 million (Rs 9.5 crore) to help with the relief efforts in southern India. The funds are coursed through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment (MBRCH), which is tasked to undertake international humanitarian and charity work in disaster-hit areas. Ibrahim Boumelha, Counsellor of the Ruler of Dubai for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MBRCH, said: “This generous contribution (from the Dubai Islamic Bank) is fully dedicated to the relief of our Indian brothers in Kerala.” Abdullah Al Hamli, Board Member, DIB, said the bank remains committed to the government’s goals in supporting humanitarian efforts across the globe. “The DIB, being a premier Islamic financial institution, is proud to partner in such initiatives aimed at alleviating suffering and building a better future for humanity at large.”…

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UAE denies report of Houthi drone attack on Dubai airport

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) denied reports on Monday that the Iranian-aligned Houthis in Yemen had attacked Dubai airport with a drone, and said operations were unaffected. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority: Air traffic movement in the UAE is normal with no disruptions; Houthi media claims regarding Dubai International Airport are untrue. — Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 27, 2018 The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority “has denied Houthi media claims on the Dubai International Airport, affirming that the UAE air traffic operates business as usual,” the authority said in a statement by state news agency WAM. Houthi-run media said earlier that a Sammad-3 drone had targeted the facility, but did not provide any evidence and there were no reports of damage or casualties. Published on 28 August 2018

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