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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 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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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince discusses Kerala relief efforts with Modi

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has discussed the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala during a telephone call with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. During the call, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to the Prime Minister and discussed the relief efforts underway. He tweeted about the conversation and expressed his condolences to the affected families. I spoke to the Indian Prime Minister about the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala. My sincere condolences to the families of the victims. We stand with the Indian people. Our relief and charitable institutions are helping with relief efforts.— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) August 21, 2018 Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE was prepared to extend all help during this humanitarian crisis in which hundreds have been…

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UAE extends aid to Kerala floods relief

The UAE government has extended financial assistance to rebuild the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday. “The UAE government is sharing our grief. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The UAE has offered assistance.” Vijayan said during a media briefing in Kerala. “Malayalis from all corners of the world have offered help. Millions of those Malayalis treat the Gulf countries as their second home,” he added. He noted that the UAE has stood by Kerala in its hour of need. The chief minister lauded the benevolence shown by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Khaleej Times…

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Kerala Floods: NRI businessman donates Rs 50 crore

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of UAE-based VPS Healthcare, has donated AED 26 million (around Rs 50 crore) towards the relief campaign for Kerala in the aftermath of the most devastating floods to affect the South Indian state in over a century. The floods have so far led to hundreds of deaths and the displacement of thousands of people. The extremely heavy rainfall has also caused unprecedented loss to property, with considerable damage to the infrastructure across the state. Dr Vayalil’s generous contribution comes as part of the emergency relief campaign launched by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) in line with the directives of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown…

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UAE stands with Kerala flood victims

A total of AED10 million has been collected by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation through UAE-based Indian tycoons and businesses for Kerala flood victims, a few hours only after the Foundation had launched its relief campaign in response to the directives of UAE leaders to form a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the flood-striken Indian state. Indian businessmen Yusuff Ali M.A., owner of the Lulu Hypermarket chain worldwide, and Dr. B. R. Shetty, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman of NMC Health PLC, have donated Dh5m each, in response to the UAE emergency campaign for standing by the flood-hit victims. Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, Mohammed Haji Al Khouri, commended the generous support, provided by the UAE-based Indian businessmen in the country and their rapid response to the UAE leadership’s directives. “The rapid response reflects their sincere belief and trust in…

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India wins six-nations Kabaddi tournament in Dubai

Putting up yet another superlative show, India thrashed Iran 44-26 to emerge champions of the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai, in Dubai on Saturday. In a battle between the top two sides of the world, the three-time world champions did not give Iran any ground to recover with captain Ajay Thakur (nine points) and youngster Monu Goyat (six) leading the raid charts. India inflicted two all-outs on Iran, en route the massive victory. The final had its share of hiccups as lights went off, disrupting the match for 10 minutes in the first half, while in the second half Iran captain Amirhossein Maleki, who came in as a substitute, claimed “rough play” by the Indians but referee dismissed the protests. Both the teams last met in the World Cup 2016 final in Ahmedabad with Thakur playing a key role in handing them a slender nine-point victory. Having given the captaincy baton…

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Emirates warns passengers of new baggage restrictions

Passengers on US, Australia or New Zealand flights will be subject to new enhanced security screening measures, Emirates has warned passengers in a new advisory. Powders under 350 ml/grams subject to additional screening According to the advisory, under the new directives of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), powder-like substances in containers equal to or above 350 millilitres or grams will have to checked-in and will not be allowed in carry-on belongings or cabin baggage. Baby formula, prescription medicines and cremated human remains (ashes) are exempt from the restrictions. Powder-like substances purchased in airport duty free shops must be placed in sealed tamper evident bags along with proof of purchase. “These items will be confiscated at Dubai (DXB) as well as Milan (MXP) and Athens (ATH), depending on the last point of departure,” the advisory added. Security measures will also be implemented restricting powder-like substances in the carry-on belongings or…

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