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ITC ROAD CLOSURE - ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi road closure: Al Maryah Street bridge to be shut in January

The ITC announced the Al Maryah Street bridge, will be sealed off to traffic, from January 8 until February 3

Oman holiday

Oman declares holiday for public and private workers on Jan 11

Workers in Oman will get a long weekend as January 11 is celebrated as Accession Day of Sultan Haitham bin Tarik

single-use plastic ban starts on Jan 1

Dubai ban on single-use plastic bags begins; more products to be added in 2025-26

From January 1, 2025, single-use plastic products, including items such as plastic stirrers, table covers, cups, styrofoam food containers, plastic straws, and plastic cotton swabs, will also be prohibited

Sheikh Mohammed issues law establishing Parkin PJSC to manage parking operations in Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed unveils ‘Parkin’ to manage Dubai’s parking operations

The newly established company will have financial, administrative and legal autonomy to fulfill its responsibilities

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Dubai’s number plate craze rakes in Dhs51m: Here are the top-selling ones

The top premium number plate was AA30 that sold for Dhs4,540,000

Dubai: Here's how many commuters used public transport on NYE 2024

Dubai: Here’s how many commuters used public transport on NYE 2024

Dubai Metro’s Red and Green lines transported 974,416 riders while the tram served 56,208 commuters

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UAE holiday calendar for 2024: When is the next paid leave?

According to the official holiday calendar released by the UAE government, workers in the country will enjoy atleast 13 public holidays in 2024

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Dubai Mall revamps parking with Salik’s platform: Here’s how it affects you

The system is expected to be operational in Dubai Mall by the third quarter of the new year

Neodymium, on periodic table. Rare earth metal in lanthanide series, with atomic number 60 and element symbol Nd, from Greek neos didymos, meaning new twin. Used for lasers and high strength magnets.

China bans export of rare earths processing tech over national security

China has significantly tightened rules guiding exports of several metals this year, in an escalating battle with the West over control of critical minerals

UK

Has UK economy entered a recession? Q3 data suggest so

UK Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt said the outlook for the economy was not as bad as the updated official figures suggested

Winter weather

UAE: Winter weather brings rain, mist with minimum temperatures dropping below 10 degrees C

Winter weather has set in with slight rain and mist along with windy conditions forecast for the weekend

abu dhabi road closure

Abu Dhabi: 8 hour-long road closure for ADNOC marathon on Saturday

The ITC has released details of the closure that will follow the path of the marathon

Tesla

Tesla recalls nearly all vehicles on US roads over lack of Autopilot safeguards

Tesla will roll out the update to 2.03 million Model S, X, 3 and Y vehicles in the US dating back to 2012

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WATCH: Ranil Wickremesinghe on resurrecting Sri Lanka’s economy

In this interview, Sri Lankan President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, talks in-depth about his country’s economic reforms and climate plans.

UAE cabinet approves green fuel guideline for aviation

In 2023, the UAE cabinet issued more than 60 policies, initiatives, and decisions to promote the nation’s efforts to combat climate change and its impact

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Kuwait announces long weekend holiday for 2024: Report

As Kuwait observes a Friday-Saturday weekend, the National Day celebration will give the workforce a four-day break come February

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Dubai Shopping Festival begins: Deals, discounts, fireworks, prizes on offer

Starting on December 8, the Dubai Shopping Festival will run until January 14

CYCLONE MICHAUNG

Cyclone Michaung: Dozens of flights affected at Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune airports

Heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Michaung has impacted international and domestic inbound and outbound flights across multiple airports in India

Cop28 Saudi Arabia clean energy focus Saudi Green Initiative Forum

Saudi Arabia sees 300% rise in installed renewables capacity

The Saudi Green Initiative aims to improve the quality of life and protect future generations by increasing reliance on clean energy

UAE unveils World Fire Emission Reduction Alliance Image Dubai Media Office

UAE unveils World Fire Emission Reduction Alliance at COP28

The signatories collectively represent over 56 countries globally, establishing a wide-ranging global alliance dedicated to reinforcing security, disaster prevention

Dubai Calendar events in December 2023 -Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace Dubai until 31 January

Dubai Calendar: Here’s a lineup of sport, festive, music, NYE events in Dec 2023

Dubai Calendar has revealed an exciting array of events in December, including DSF, Sole DXB, Winter Garden and other events

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COP28 UAE: Dr Sultan Al Jaber recaps key wins of first 4 days

“Tackling methane will have a massive near-term impact on keeping 1.5 within reach, and that’s why I am putting it at the top of my agenda,” Dr Al Jaber said during his briefing

UAE UNION DAY RULES

UAE: 14 rules you need to know for Union Day

The MOI published a notification on its social media accounts enumerating the rules that had been put in place to ensure a respectful celebration

WATCH: Accor’s Philip Jones on winning GB Company of the Year

Accor walked away with two recognitions at this year’s Gulf Business Awards, which were held at Dubai’s Palazzo Versace hotel.

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British monarch King Charles III visits Heriot-Watt University Dubai

The King, accompanied by British Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron, visited the Heriot-Watt Climate Hub

IN FULL: Sir Tim Clark’s speech at Gulf Business Awards 2023

Sir Tim Clark addressed over 250 guests at the Palazzo Versace in Dubai after winning the Business Leader of the Year at the Gulf Business Awards 2023.

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MoHRE: Midsize firms told to hire Emiratis or face Dhs96,000 penalty

Companies that fail to meet the new Emiratisation targets in 2024 face Dhs96,000 for each Emirati not hired

WATCH: Sir Tim Clark on the ‘third era’ for Emirates

In an exclusive interview with Gulf Business, the president of Emirates, Sir Tim Clark, outlined how he expects his airline to continue its strong growth into the future.

IN PICTURES: All the Gulf Business 2023 Award winners

The awards celebrated luminaries from across the region’s business ecosystem

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UAE Union Day 2023: 50% discount on fines announced by three emirates

Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm al Quwain have announced a massive traffic discount for a month starting December 1