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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.

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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