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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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UAE-based bank Emirates NBD begins operations in India

Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, has marked the commencement of operations in India with the inauguration of its first branch in Mumbai. The Mumbai branch, centrally located in Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, marks the bank’s fifth international branch outside of its UAE network. The branch will offer a range of services to corporate, SME and institutional clients including trade finance, treasury services, bilateral and syndicated loans in addition to supporting non-resident Indian customers looking for cross-border wealth management solutions. Shayne Nelson, Group CEO of Emirates NBD, said, “We are delighted to expand our footprint to India, building on the UAE’s strong historic, cultural and commercial ties with the country. As a key trading partner of the UAE and as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India represents an important and strategic growth market. “Emirates NBD is the only UAE-based bank with physical presence…

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Indian expat on Saudi-India flight dies in Abu Dhabi

An Indian expatriate on an India-bound flight from Saudi Arabia died in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday after the plane made an emergency landing in the UAE capital. 35-year-old Mohammed Salim, a native of Malappuram in Kerala, died of cardiac arrest at Mafraq Hospital, minutes after he was rushed for emergency medical care. Air India Express flight IX-322 from Riyadh to Calicut made an emergency landing after the passenger complained of chest pain and vomited blood, Khaleej Times quoted Airport duty officer Sreenath S. as having said. “They were trying to divert the plane to Dubai. But the situation got worse when the passenger vomited blood, and plane made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi,” he said. The duty officer said the plane landed in Abu Dhabi at 3.51 and by 4.15 the passenger was shifted to the ambulance and rushed to the hospital. However by 5.10, he was pronounced dead…

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Abu Dhabi Tourism Week attracts huge crowd in Mumbai

A tourism delegation promoting the best of Abu Dhabi has ended its highly successful first leg of a two-city tour to India in Mumbai and has now moved to Delhi. Led by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, partners and stakeholders including Etihad Airways, Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Cruise Abu Dhabi, showcased the attractions, culture and heritage across all three regions of the emirate in a first of its kind ‘Abu Dhabi Week in India’. The three-day event at MMRDA Grounds – Bandra Kurla complex in Mumbai drew to a close on Sunday night after attracting thousands of visitors, trade officials, tour operators and media. The promotional tour will now move to Delhi until Sunday. Since the start of the year until the end of September, 256,418 Indians have stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments, making India the…

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Dubai named leading tourist destination at World Travel Awards

Emirates bagged the title of the region’s leading airline and Dubai was named the region’s leading tourist destination at the World Travel Awards for the Middle East. The event took place at the Armani Hotel Dubai over the weekend and attracted 400 travel and tourism leaders. The winners were shortlisted based on the votes of travel professionals, industry leaders and consumer travelers. The Jumeirah Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah, designed in the style of a royal Sheikh’s residence, took top honors in the hotel category for its architectural tribute to Arabia and accommodations that define luxury. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was named the leading tourist attraction. Winners from theWorld Travel Awards for the Middle East will further participate in the World Travel Awards Grand Final to be held in place in Vietnam on December 10. Published on 1 November 2016

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UAE-India Partnership Summit strengthens bilateral relations

The UAE-India Partnership Summit opened in Dubai on Monday with a large number of Indian company executives and government officials attending the two day event. The summit was attended by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy who delivered a speech before the summit during which he affirmed that the visit paid by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to India earlier this year reflected the UAE’ s keenness to boosting bilateral relations to a higher and more privileged level of distinction. A number of strategic partnership agreements were signed during the visit to boost cooperation across multiple domains between the two nations, said the minister. “This summit proves that the national economic and trade agendas developed by the two nations have several areas in common, especially with regards to primary sectors,” said…

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Sharjah Police cancels black points, offers 50% traffic fine discount

Sharjah Police on Wednesday announced a 50 per cent discount on traffic fines issued in the emirate. The implementation of the discounts will begin on Thursday, October 19, and will be applicable on all fines incurred until October 18. The fines are payable until December 31, the police said in a post on their official Instagram account. All black points accumulated till October 18 will be cancelled, Brig. Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, said. The initiative is part of the police’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of operations. The fines are payable either through the website of the Ministry of Interior, or police stations across the emirate. Published on 18 October 2017

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India working closely with UAE to address worker issues

India’s Ministry of External Affairs is working closely with the UAE government to resolve cases of exploitation and abuse faced by its migrant workers in the Gulf nation, a top official said on Sunday. “We work very closely with the UAE government to make sure that every single case that comes to us is addressed. “We run a shelter for domestic workers, especially women who have faced problems are rescued and put in the shelter until we can obtain their passport or issue fresh travel documents to them so that they can safely go back to India,” India’s High Commissioner to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navdeep Suri told PTI in an interview. He said the Ministry of External Affairs is working actively with state governments to see how it can improve the scenario for migrant workers. However, Suri highlighted that when one looks at the 2.7 million Indian population in…

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Emirates flight from Dubai diverted after passenger dies on board

An Emirates flight from Dubai to Munich was diverted to Kuwait after a passenger died on board, the airline said on Wednesday. The flight — EK049 — had to be diverted to Kuwait International Airport shortly after taking off on October 10 after a passenger developed health complications. The passenger, who received immediate medical attention upon landing, unfortunately could not be saved. “Emirates can confirm that flight EK049 from Dubai to Munich was diverted on October 10, 2017 to Kuwait International Airport due to a medical emergency,” Emirates said in a statement. “The passenger received immediate medical attention upon landing, but unfortunately was pronounced dead by an emergency doctor on the ground. “Emirates would like to express its condolences to the family of the deceased. The flight continued its journey to Munich where it landed approximately 2.5hrs behind schedule,” the statement added. The statement did not mention the nationality or…

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Indian wins $1 million days after retiring from UAE

An Indian national who spent 37 years in Dubai finally struck gold when his ticket No.0338 in Series 253 won him US$1 Million (Rs 6.53 crore) in the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw. Kalapparambath Mohamed Ali Musthafa, a 58-year old father of three, who recently retired as a sales representatives for Gulf Target Holdings LLC, is now back in Kerala, India after being with the company for 17 years. He bought his third ticket for the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in August, just a few days before flying back home to India for his retirement. The winner said he has no immediate plans yet on what he will do with the money, but he quickly added that he will definitely share it with his family. “I am very grateful to Dubai Duty Free for this new fortune which I will share…

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Sharjah Ruler orders to release prisoners involved in non-criminal offences

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has announced amnesty for prisoners serving sentences in Sharjah jails in financial and non-criminal cases. “Indian nationals and others serving prison terms in Sharjah for non-serious crimes would be released,” he announced during a public event in India. Dr Shaikh Sultan, who is currently visiting Kerala, was responding to a request by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that several Keralites are in jail in Sharjah in labour-related and visa cases and should be released so that they can return home. Al Qasimi, deviating from his prepared speech, said there were people in Sharjah jails who were not only from Kerala, but from many other countries. “Those who have not committed serious crimes, but indulged in minor offences like quarrels, will all be released,” he said. According to media reports, the amnesty applies to 149…

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