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
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
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 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 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
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.
A reactor operator is... Read More
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
Roger Federer has hit yet another milestone in his career today. The 37-year old has now won 100 matches at Wimbledon and is the first player to do so! Quite the feat.
To get to 100, he faced the always dangerous Kei Nishikori, who came out firing and captured the first set. Roger found his bearings in the second set and looked more relaxed as he dictated and controlled the tempo for the rest of the match. Roger was victorious 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and into the semifinals to face his... Read More
The Emirate of Dubai is now offering a free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists, a move that ensures visitors will not be penalised for breaking the law.
Alcohol retail outlet Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI), a subsidiary of the Emirates Group, has a separate segment on its website instructing tourists on the process of applying for the license. The free alcohol tourist licence is valid only to visitors who are non-Muslim and 21 years and over.
Tourists are... Read More
The National – The Arianespace company today announced that the European Vega rocket, carrying the UAE's 'Falcon Eye 1' satellite, deviated from its orbit after two minutes of blast off, and the satellite has been lost in space.
A statement issued by the company today said, "Detailed analysis [reasons of the unsuccessful launch] is still underway."
Flight VV15, a Vega rocket by Arianespace, lifted off from Guiana Space Centre, in French Guiana on the eastern coast of South... Read More