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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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World’s first smart police service centre opened in Dubai

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday opened the world’s first smart police service centre at City Walk. The smart centre will operate without human intervention and be open 24/7 to offer 27 key services, including reporting of crimes and traffic incidents and community services. It will also provide 33 fully automated sub-services. Shaikh Mohammad issued directives to replicate the experience in all residential and commercial areas in the future and provide the finest smart police services to facilitate access to police for the public and save their time and effort. Shaikh Mohammad expressed his delight at the accelerated development Dubai is witnessing at all levels and the leadership’s keenness on providing all necessary services and facilities to the public in all fields. Lt-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security, and Major-General…

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UAE to give visa on arrival for Indian citizens with UK and EU residency

The UAE on Wednesday approved a decision to grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visa from UK and the European Union. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum himself announced the decision through his twitter handle. واعتمد المجلس أيضامنح رعايا جمهورية الهند الحاصلين على تأشيرة الإقامة من المملكة المتحدة ودول الاتحاد الأوروبي إذن دخول من جميع منافذ الدولة— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 13, 2017 The decision to have a simplified visa process is aimed at advancing the UAE-India relations in economic, politics, and trade, said officials. Earlier this year, the UAE Cabinet had approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival. The announcement…

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Free entry to IMG Worlds Dubai on August 31

IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai, the world’s largest indoor theme park, is giving away free entry on August 31 to celebrate its first anniversary. The first 365 guests to arrive won’t have to pay, and every 365th guest to visit will win an annual pass to the park, giving them unlimited access for a year. To make things sweeter, those born on August 31 can avail a 50 per cent discount on birthday packages that day, though terms and conditions apply. Live dance performances, a parade, Arabic entertainment and Marvel and Cartoon Network characters will welcome guests inside. In-park celebrations will continue through Eid Al Adha holidays. IMG Worlds of Adventure is a 139,354-square-metre theme park with 22 rides. Published on 21 August 2017

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Paid parking to start in Al Ain from August

The Integrated Transport Centre announced today that it would implement Mawaqif parking services in Al Ain from August. The move is part of the centre’s commitment to provide world-class solutions to effectively manage parking requirements in the Abu Dhabi, and to resolve the parking problem in Al Ain due to the growing population and significant increase in the number of registered vehicles. Mohammed Hamad Al Muhairi, Deputy General Manager of the Integrated Transport Centre and head of the Traffic and Parking Team, said that the Mawaqif paid parking scheme would help ease the shortage of parking spaces in some of Al Ain’s congested areas. It would also help stop the misuse of limited parking spots and improve the overall aesthetic appearance of Al Ain city, he said. Work on painting the Mawaqif spaces and installing payment machines has already begun in preparation for the implementation of the system next month.…

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Indian expat in coma for 2 years in UAE brought home

An Indian expatriate, lying in coma for more than two years at an Abu Dhabi hospital following a road accident, was finally repatriated to his native place on Tuesday. The move came following a sustained effort from the Indian embassy and patient’s relatives to help Chithiravel Vinaitheertha Udaiyar, from Tamil Nadu, return after a long-fought compensation case. The Indian embassy persuaded Udaiyar’s employer to file a case against an insurance company, which was trying to wriggle out from paying compensation. The court subsequently issued a judgment ordering compensation for his family, Times of India reported. Chithiravel was brought to Chennai by a scheduled Air India flight on Tuesday morning and later taken to Salem by road. Chithiravel, employed as a wiring electrician assistant in a private company in Abu Dhabi since 2014, was travelling in a vehicle arranged by his sponsor to the work place on June 27, 2015, when the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Indian nurse found dead in Dubai apartment

A 30-year-old Indian nurse, hailing from Kottayam district in Kerala, was found dead inside her flat in Dubai. The deceased has been identified as Santhi Thomas, who was living with her husband Jobi (Antony) in Karama. According to media reports, Joby found her hanging from the fan in the bedroom when he got back from work on Saturday. Santhi, who was working with a private hospital, was the daughter of KV Thomas, the former vice president of the Payippad panchayat in Changanassery.  Santhi had been married to Joby for four years and joined him in Dubai around two years ago. The couple has a three-year-old daughter, who has been living with Joby’s family in Kerala. The Dubai Police have begun investigation into the death and interrogated Joby as her relatives alleged foul play. “Santhi’s parents said the couple had some discord between them and the child is living with her…

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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…

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