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Pope Francis Did Not Say Hell Does Not Exist: Vatican

Call it fake news, or maybe just wishful thinking. A Thursday story claiming that Pope Francis had denied the existence of hell spread like, well, hellfire. In an alleged interview for Italian journal La Repubblica, the pope told atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari that bad souls “are not punished” and that …

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Dubai’s developers aim big with ‘co-living’ spaces

A younger buyer profile is starting to figure more prominently in Dubai developers’ plans. And “co-living” spaces are what the developers are building for them where buyers and tenants could aim to live and work within the same neighbourhood. Emaar has launched the “Collective”, where one-bedroom units start from Dh671,888 …

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Track your water bottles in Dubai

Residents in Dubai can gain access to all the information related their five-gallon drinking water bottles straight from their mobile phones. Dawood Al Hajiri, director general of Dubai Municipality, said that as of April 1, 2018, all five-gallon drinking water bottling companies and factories that produce or sell in Dubai …

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CBSE re-exams to impact 11,000 students in UAE

Over 11,000 Indian students in the UAE in Grades 10 and 12 will be impacted adversely after India’s Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision on Wednesday to hold a re-examination in mathematics and economics. The board examinations started on March 5 and are to conclude on April 12. On …

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Dubai Internet City sees start-up applications boom

Dubai Internet City, the city’s technology freezone, said on Wednesday that it had seen applications for its start-up programme boom since it introduced the in5 system back in 2013. The initiative allows small firms to register in the technology park for Dh14,500 annually, providing entrepreneurs with a trade licence, four …

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Fuel prices in UAE for April 2018

he Ministry of Energy and Industry has announced new petrol prices for the month of April in the UAE. The prices announced on Wednesday include VAT (5 per cent). The per-litre fuel prices for April are as follows: Super 98 — Dh2.33 (Dh2.33 in March), Special 95 — Dh2.22 (Dh2.22 in March), E-Plus …

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Masdar, South Korea to collaborate in renewables

Masdar and Korea Energy Agency (KEA) are exploring collaboration in the energy sector by boosting investment in renewables. The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday coinciding with the visit of the South Korean President Korea Moon Jae-in to the UAE. Under the terms of the agreement, …

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#MeToo offers lessons for Arabs too

Did we Arabs ever wonder how we would have dealt with our own Harvey Weinstein moment, if there was one? Have we ever spared a thought for sexual assault victims in the region? Human rights groups and legal correspondents say Arab women keep their nightmares hidden behind closed doors and …

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Mohammad Bin Rashid receives Moon Jae-in

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday received South Korea President Moon Jae-in. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, and Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of …

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Emirati-owned SMEs bagged Dh1.5b in contracts in 2017

The total value of contracts awarded to Emirati-owned small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the emirate since the Government Procurement Programme was begun in 2002 is Dh5 billion, Dubai SME has said. The total value of contracts awarded in 2017 was Dh1.5 billion — the first time the scheme has generated contracts …

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IMF boss urges ‘rainy day fund’ for Eurozone

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said Monday that Eurozone countries should set up a “rainy day fund” that could cushion members when they hit economic hard times. “For a relatively modest cost … a central fiscal capacity could reduce the negative effects on output by more than 50 …

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UAE’s first nuclear power plant now completed

The UAE’s first nuclear power plant at Barakah has been finally completed, after nine years in the making. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were welcomed at Monday’s …

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City Centre in Masdar to open in Q2 2019

The Majid Al Futtaim group has broken ground for the construction of a shopping mall in Masdar City with an investment of Dh340 million, the company said in a statement on Monday. My City Centre Masdar will feature more than 77 stores across 18,800 square metres (sqm) of gross leasable …

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Hamdan hails Dubai Investment Week

The Fourth edition of Dubai Investment Week will be held from October 7 to 11, 2018, according to the directives of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The event is dedicated to familiarising people with Dubai’s strategic features …

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Founders Memorial reveals details of 250-tonne centrepiece

The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent national tribute to the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on Sunday revealed details of the centrepiece of the memorial ‘The Constellation’, which is a monumental public artwork that honours Shaikh Zayed’s enduring legacy. Located at the intersection of first and second street along …

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NATO’s AWACS give U.S. eyes in the sky over Syria

The smell of jet fuel flooded the cabin and a tremendous roar made it difficult to talk as a near-windowless military plane rumbled down a runway in southwestern Turkey. Sitting along rows of computer screens under the dim overhead lights, a multinational crew of 19 monitored hundreds of miles into …

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Former Brexit volunteer alleges campaign ‘cheated’

An individual who volunteered for a Brexit campaign effort said the organization broke the law, and in turn, is arguing the referendum vote “wasn’t legitimate,” according to the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News. Shahmir Sanni told Channel 4 that the organization “Vote Leave” coordinated spending over the legal limit, using …

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Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Journalist

Israeli soldiers stationed at the al-Karama Border Terminal between Jordan and Palestine abducted, on Thursday, a Palestinian journalist working for Palestine TV, while he was heading back home after receiving a journalism award in Egypt. The journalist, Bakr Abdul-Haq, was returning to Palestine from Cairo, after receiving a journalism award …

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