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Approval for next UAE nuclear units

THE LEVANT – As regulatory approval is granted for the construction of Barakah units 3 and 4, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has stepped up efforts to develop a skilled Emirati workforce to staff the country’s growing nuclear sector. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) …

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Dubai flyover works begin

THE LEVANT – Diversion work for the construction of flyovers on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road will begin soon, even as work on all three phases of the Dubai Canal project is ongoing. A senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official told reporters that the layout for the diversion is being …

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UAE will provide potable water to Gaza

Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E.  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has instructed the U.A.E. Suqia Water Aid Foundation to give top priority to the provision of potable water to Gazans who are suffering acute shortage of water as a result of Israeli bombardment, and to act …

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UAE fights human trafficking

The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking organised a ceremony to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, launched by the United Nations to promote international cooperation to eradicate the crime of trafficking. The day is held every year on July 30. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anwar Mohammad …

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World wide web requires much more Arabic

The National,  a  local newspaper based in Abu Dhabi highlighted the need for more quality content in Arabic, the seventh most spoken language world wide, as an overwhelming majority of the estimated 140 million Arabic-speaking internet users would prefer to access information in their own language, and said that U.A.E. is in …

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Earthquake shakes UAE buildings

  Buildings shook in the UAE after a magnitude-5.6 tremor struck 30 miles off the coast of Kish Island early morning on Wednesday. UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has registered an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on Richter scale which hit South Iran, around 300km from Abu Dhabi …

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UAE hotels expect brisk business during Eid

THE LEVANT – Guests from Saudi Arabia and from within the UAE will keep hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi busy this Eid. Occupancies at both cities are expected to hit their peak during the week, especially those close to leisure attractions, said Rashid Aboobacker, a senior consultant with TRI Hospitality …

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

This large white mosque is located at the entrance of Abu Dhabi island, on Airport Road, just before Maqta Bridge when you come from city centre. It is truly immense, and its location (near the motorway) makes it immediately noticed by all visitors. Documentary of Sheikh Zayed Mosque Its construction …

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UNDP: UAE made historic human development gains

Human development is improving in Arab states, with some countries such as the U.A.E. showing very high development, the 2014 Human Development Report, which was released by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Tokyo today, said. The findings also stated that there are wide variations between countries. The report, …

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UAE PM orders air bridge to Gaza

  THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –   Upon the directives of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the cargo plane, Boeing 747, which was dispatched to Gaza carrying 114 metric tons of aid, landed at Marka International Airport in Amman early on …

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UAE Signs a $41m deal for Gaza reconstruction

  The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) signed a Dh150 million($41m) agreement with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to rebuild and reconstruct the Gaza Sector. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and President of the ERC, attended the signing …

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Hydroponics – UAE farming’s future

With its dry desert climate, the UAE may seem an unlikely place to find row upon row of succulent lettuces growing for the dinner tables. Yet there are farms in the country where these leafy vegetables are successfully being grown, although the methods used are often far removed from traditional …

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The Green Mosque

The Muslim faithful filled the grand and expansive Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque to its capacity at its official opening for Friday prayers . Located in Deira, the first environmentally friendly mosque in the Islamic world is Dubai’s largest, and Sheikh Salih Al Maghamsi, the imam of the famous Quba Mosque …

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UAE – Living the good life

Citizens in the UAE believe they enjoy a good quality of life with a rating that surpasses most of their European counterparts, according to Steve Hamilton-Clark, Chief Executive of TNS MENA, the world’s largest custom market research organisation. The firm recently conducted a nationwide survey, similar to the one conducted …

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UAE to conquer space

To steal a line from the popular television series Star Trek, the UAE plans to boldly go where no other Arab nation has gone before — by sending an unmanned spacecraft to Mars by 2021. And it indeed is a project that we all should support and be proud of. …

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Theater becomes popular in the UAE

Art For All founder Rania Kuzbari Ashur on what inspired her and the efforts it took to establish the emirates as a hub for performance arts. Nowadays, audiences in the UAE seem to be spoilt for choice when it comes to live performance arts, whether it is a theatre production, …

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Qatari nationals under arrest in the UAE

Qatar has confirmed the arrest in the United Arab Emirates of two of its citizens, described as “spies” by Emirati media, adding to tension between the Gulf neighbours. Hamad Ali al-Hamadi and Yousef Abdelsamad al-Mulla were arrested on June 27 at the Ghweifat border crossing between Saudi Arabia and the …

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