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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.

Expert astronomers predict Ramadan to begin on June 18

UAE based expert astronomers have predicted that this year’s Ramadan will likely start on Thursday, June 18, Gulf News has reported. Rohan Roberts, lead astronomer and founder of Café Scientifique Dubai, said about 3 per cent of the new moon will be visible on the eve of June 17 before it sets over the western horizon at 7:54 pm, making June 18 the first day of Ramadan. “It seems very likely that Ramadan will be declared to start on 18th June,” Rohan Roberts told Gulf News. According to Roberts Eid Al Fitr will possibly fall on Friday, July 17, with the new moon setting by 7:21 pm on the eve of July 16. On May 29, the Sharjah Planetarium also predicted that Ramadan this year is likely to start on June 18 and that Eid al-Fitr would fall on July 17. No official announcement has been released on the dates of Ramadan and Eid, which…

Indian in UAE gets 1 year jail for anti-Islamic Facebook status

A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced an Indian national to one year in jail for posting a “blasphemous and slanderous” status on social networking site Facebook. The Dubai Court of First Instance found the 41-year-old man SG guilty of cursing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed in his status update on Facebook after he watched a video about the Iraq war in July last year, various media reports from UAE says. SG was reported to police by an Indian salesman, SF after he received a WhatsApp message with a screen shot of the post. “Once I saw the message, I reported it to police,” said SF, 24. During interrogations, SG confessed to posting insults after watching the footage. No details were given on the content of the video. Reports shown in court noted that SG’s mobile phone had the Facebook app which was logged into the same account where…

Travelling to UAE ? Make sure to apply visa online

Expatriates who reside in GCC countries like Qatar can now apply online for entry permits to visit UAE through Dubai. The service aims to expedite passenger movement at airports and relieve GCC residents of the hassle of waiting in queues for their visit visas, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs has announced. The online visa application system also features an online payment method which will help passengers avoid the long queues to pay visa fees. As of now, the online system is not compulsory but merely an option for those who would like to complete the visa issuance procedure before arriving to the country. However, officials said that from October 1, all visa application processes for GCC residents must be completed online. Gulf Times reports that the new online system which would be soft launched today applies only to expatriates who were eligible to avail the visa on arrival…

Lulu donates 20 million NPR for Nepal earthquake relief

In an effort to support relief efforts in earthquake-hit Nepal, Lulu Group has handed over 20 million Nepalese Rupees to the Nepal Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. Dhananjay Jha, Ambassador of Nepal to the UAE received the cheque from Yusuff Ali MA, Managing Director of Lulu Group, in Abu Dhabi. Yusuff Ali MA said: “UAE has always been in the forefront in providing relief to those affected by natural calamities and I urge each one of us to support this in whatever way we can and show our solidarity with the visionary and humanitarian leaders of this great nation. “This earthquake is one of the worst disasters in the history of Nepal that resulted in the loss of a huge number of lives and property. The world community has responded by supporting the people of Nepal with an open heart and this gesture by Lulu Group is much appreciated and…

Sachin Tendulkar and Aster offer Rs 1.69 crore for needy

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and an NRI founded healthcare facility in Middle East have committed to offer Rs 1.69 crore to support the needy and the downtrodden in India. Inaugurating the 150th outlet of Aster Pharmacy in Abu Dhabi, Tendulkar, who is the brand ambassador of Aster DM Healthcare’s Aster Pharmacy vertical, said, “In fact, I debuted for India in 1989 which happens to be the same year that Aster Pharmacy opened its first outlet and both of us did well from there on”. “I am particularly impressed about responsible and responsive manner in which Aster DM Healthcare touches the lives of thousands of people around the region,” he said. The legendary cricketer and recipient of Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian award, Tendulkar and the Aster DM Healthcare have committed to offer 1 million dirhams (1.69 crore rupees or USD 2.72 lakh) on various initiatives to support the needy and…

The NRI who has collected 2,000 phone cards

Hameed Kunnippar Paika also has a collection of over 3,000 newspaper clippings of major news articles and over 1,900 stamps and inlaid postage. Collecting is a popular hobby but collecting items that most of us discard on a daily basis is a unique thing to do. Indian national and Dubai resident Hameed Kunnippar Paika, who works as a store clerk in a shipping firm located in Bur Dubai, has one such unique interest and collection of telephone cards. He is also an avid collector of regular collector’s items like stamps, coins, currencies, and newspaper clippings. Phone card collectors or ‘fusilatelists’ were a rage in the 90s. However, with the introduction of the electronic dispensers for phone credit, phone cards have become a bit rare, or redundant. With a collection of over 2,000 telephone cards which were made in the UAE, Paika now finds it hard to find the cards, because…

Dubai to build world’s largest airport

To further secure its position as the world’s aviation hub, Dubai Airports is building a whopping USD 32-billion greenfield airport at the upcoming Dubai World Central, 30 km off the present international airport which already is the second busiest in the world. The proposed new airport will become the world’s largest aviation facility on completion and will have five runways which all will be simultaneously operational, all A380-compatible with a length of 4.5 km each. “We are planning a US $32-billion brand new airport at the Dubai World Central at Al Maktoum, 30 km off the present Dubai facility. In the first phase, the new airport will be able to handle 120 million passengers, which will go up to 200 million by 2020, when the project is completed,” Dubai Airports Corporate Communications Head Julius Baumann told PTI. “On completion, the new airport will be the world’s largest airport, with each…

5 year boy crushed to death by elevator in Sharjah

A boy died on Friday evening after he was crushed between a wall and an elevator at his father’s new shop in the gold souq, Sharjah, Gulf News has learnt. Sharjah Police confirmed that the five-year-old Yemeni victim, identified as A.R.A.A., was pinned between the elevator and the wall of his father’s new shop. The incident happened after the elevator collapsed. The boy was with his family when the incident took place. The family had gone to the shop to celebrate its opening. Police investigations revealed that the elevator is unlicensed and only designed to carry goods to the upper floor and is not suitable for use by customers. By the time the police reached the scene, the victim was dead. The civil defence workers removed the elevator to pull out the boy’s body. The body was crushed, officials said. Police are investigating the cause of the elevator collapse. Sharjah…

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