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US shot down Iranian drone close to American ship in Strait of Hormuz

US shot down Iranian drone close to American ship in Strait of Hormuz

19 Jul 2019

A US Navy ship has shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after its operators ignored warnings to stand down, US President Donald Trump said.

The drone came within 1,000 metres of the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, and the US took defensive action, Mr Trump said.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” he said from the White House. “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.

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Abu Dhabi and Dubai weather: Rainforest-like humid summer to continue

Abu Dhabi and Dubai weather: Rainforest-like humid summer to continue

19 Jul 2019

Over the past few days, the UAE has been hit with an extreme level of humidity — even by the often-gruelling summer conditions that residents have become accustomed to.

Air laden with water vapours blew in with the northwesterly winds that raked over the sea earlier this week and drove up humidity levels in the process.

Dr Ahmed Habib, a meteorologist at the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology, said the intense humidity is expected to continue for the remainder of the weekend... Read More

Vanished Strait of Hormuz tanker 'towed to Iran for repairs', says Tehran

Vanished Strait of Hormuz tanker 'towed to Iran for repairs', says Tehran

18 Jul 2019

An oil tanker that disappeared in the Arabian Gulf was towed to Iranian waters for repairs, Tehran has claimed.

It emerged on Tuesday that US officials feared the Panamanian-flagged, UAE-based Riah had been seized by Iran after it vanished in unexplained circumstances in the Strait of Hormuz.

The tanker had simply encountered technical difficulties and had been taken to be fixed, an Iranian defence official said, according to semi-official Iranian news agency ISNA.

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Dubai Expo 2020: UAE residents can take a free bus tour of the site this summer

Dubai Expo 2020: UAE residents can take a free bus tour of the site this summer

18 Jul 2019

All eyes will be on Dubai next year as the world prepares to descend on the emirate for Expo 2020.

And as the impressive pavilions continue to take shape, UAE residents will be offered a chance to see the site and structures before anyone else.

Taking place throughout the summer, free bus tours will transport residents around the 4.38 square-kilometre site as it nears its completion.

While images and impressions of various pavilions have been released, this will be the... Read More

Hospitality veteran Phillips named CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Hospitality veteran Phillips named CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

18 Jul 2019

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has named hospitality veteran Raki Phillips as its new CEO.

Phillips, who has won numerous accolades for his work within the hospitality industry, will lead a new phase of tourism development for the Emirate, which is known primarily for its world-class beaches.

There is a long list of renowned global brands Phillips has worked with, including Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Universal Studios... Read More

UAE cigarettes without these new markings are fake or illegal

UAE cigarettes without these new markings are fake or illegal

17 Jul 2019

Cigarettes will display new markings from next month to help tackle fraud in the tobacco industry.

Red stickers will feature on packets sold in the UAE from August 1 to show tax has been paid by the importer, while green stickers are to be placed on duty-free cigarettes.

The move will help to "protect consumers from low-quality products, combat tax evasion, and ensure that the Excise Tax due on these products has been settled," the Federal Tax Authority said.

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US official concerned Iran has seized UAE-based tanker

US official concerned Iran has seized UAE-based tanker

17 Jul 2019

US defence officials are concerned about the disappearance of a small tanker last seen drifting towards Iranian waters in the Arabian Gulf earlier this week.

The Panama-flagged oil tanker Riah stopped transmitting its location late on Saturday after leaving UAE waters heading towards Iranian waters.

US defence officials told the Associated Press that America “has suspicions” Iran has seized the tanker. The official said that the Riah was in Iranian territorial waters near Qeshm... Read More

Dubai International Airport terminal hit by temporary power outage

Dubai International Airport terminal hit by temporary power outage

16 Jul 2019

Dubai International Airport suffered a partial power cut on Monday leaving passengers sweating when the air conditioning shut down.

The system failure in Terminal 3 happened just after 11am and lasted half an hour, an airport spokesman said.

There were no reports of flight disruption and other terminals were unaffected.

“Dubai Airports can confirm that there was a power outage at Dubai International’s Terminal 3 at 11.04am due to a technical issue,” a spokesman said.... Read More

First Emirati nuclear operators certified ahead of Abu Dhabi plant launch

First Emirati nuclear operators certified ahead of Abu Dhabi plant launch

16 Jul 2019

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE’s nuclear regulator, has officially certified the first group of 15 Emirati reactor operators at Nawah Energy Company, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).

The certification is a key requirement for future receipt of the operating licence of the UAE's first nuclear power plant which is expected to start operating early next year. 

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid turns 70: A look back at his life

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid turns 70: A look back at his life

16 Jul 2019

1949 was a year of recovery for much of the world as countries began to show signs of economic improvement following the rampant destruction caused by the Second World War.

In the Gulf, the Emirates had yet to unite but were presided over by the British as the Trucial States. In the height of summer, on July 15, 70 years ago, Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, wife of the Dubai Ruler, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, gave birth to the couple’s third son in their home in Al... Read More

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