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Kingdom to build world’s largest desalination plant

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation yesterday announced its plan to establish the world’s largest desalination plant in Rabigh, northwest of Jeddah, with a capacity of 600,000 cubic meters of water daily. “Work on the project will start in the first ...

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$ 8 bn: Arab Spring fund flows to UAE

The UAE has received about 30 billion dirhams ($ 8.2 billion) from Arab Spring countries over the past two years, but it has invested much higher in them. It was revealed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, premier of ...

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Strict measures to be taken against illegal visa traders

JEDDAH:The Ministry of Labor has stepped up its efforts to contain the menace of illegal visa trading in the Kingdom with the help of foreign consultancy companies. “The ministry is currently seeking the cooperation of international consultancy companies to conduct ...

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Dubai fully opens world’s first A380 facility for business

Dubai Airports and Emirates have announced the successful completion of the phased launch of Concourse A – the home of the A380 and the world’s first purpose-built facility for the aircraft at Dubai International. Concourse A boosts capacity at Dubai ...

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Air India manager dies at work at Abu Dhabi airport

Abu Dhabi: A manager of Air India, India’s government owned airlines, died on Saturday while he was on duty at his office at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Rajesh Navnit Parekh, 53, has been working with Air India in Abu Dhabi ...

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Boy, 14, wins UAE spelling bee

DUBAI: After nine hours of fierce competition, Pranathi Mahesh Rao, 14, was crowned the UAE’s national spelling champion yesterday. Her grand prize included Dh25,000 and a free trip to Washington in May to see the United States Scripps National Spelling ...

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Woman gives birth to child on board flight from Dubai to Manila

Flight diverted to Kolkata where mother and child were sent to hospital for further care Dubai: A woman gave birth to a child on board an Emirates flight from Dubai to Manila, Gulf News has learnt. The flight was diverted ...

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Pay by Nol or credit cards on Dubai taxis

Dubai: Payment of taxi fares will get hassle free in the next couple of months as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) enables Nol card and credit card payments on the cabs, Gulf News has learnt. A senior RTA official told Gulf News that ...

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No school fee hike in Dubai

DUBAI— Parents can breathe a sigh of relief as private schools in Dubai will not be allowed to increase fees this year. The decision by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) will freeze fees for the academic year 2013-14. ...

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Sultan to open Sharjah Light Festival tonight

SHARJAH — His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will formally open the Sharjah Light Festival 2013 tonight at Al Qasba. Hosted by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority ...

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Best employers in the UAE named

UAE ranks as the eighth-best nation for trust in the workplace Dubai: Microsoft Gulf, Marriott and FedEx Express are the top three companies to work for in the UAE, a training and consultancy firm revealed on Tuesday. The Great Place ...

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38,505 illegals leave the country by Tuesday

The violators of the entry and residency law who left the country by Tuesday were 38,505 out of total 61, 826 who turned up so far to the competent authorities to get the departure warrants. Major General Nasser Al Awadi ...

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Saudi cleric wants veils for baby girls to prevent ‘sexual harrassment’

RIYADH // A Saudi cleric has said baby girls should be veiled to avoid sexual harassment, in remarks broadcast on television that sparked outrage in the conservative kingdom. “Girls should wear the veil from the age of two,” said Abdullah ...

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Abu Dhabi speed cameras: Police release map of new radars

  Abu Dhabi Police are reminding drivers to observe the speed limit. A new map, released today, shows the location of 14 new radars in the capital, capable of recording speed violations. The radars are already operational and recording offenders. ...

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