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Perseids meteor shower 2023: How to watch it in the UAE

The Dubai Astronomy Group is hosting a viewing event at Al Awir desert on Saturday, August 12, from 10pm to 3am

DFSA FIU sign Mou to fight financial crime

UAE: DFSA, Financial Intelligence Unit join hands against financial crime

The agreement aims to enhance co-operation, co-ordination and information sharing between the DFSA and FIU to fulfill their respective obligations related to AML/CFT compliance

Dubai Police adds Mercedes EV SUV to fleet Image Dubai media Office Dubai Police twitter

Dubai Police has added this new luxury EV to its fleet

The luxury EV features a 516hp dual-engine capable of accelerating from 0-100kmph in just 4.3 seconds

Hilton to open over 50 properties in Saudi Arabia onrad Riyadh Laysen Valley

Hilton to quadruple its presence in Saudi Arabia, aims to open over 50 new hotels

Hilton currently operates 16 hotels in Saudi Arabia, including Waldorf Astoria Jeddah – Qasr Al Sharq, Conrad Makkah, and Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences

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End of summer 2023: Sighting of the Suhail star indicates cooler days

The rising of the Suhail star is a celestial event tracked by astronomers across the Middle East as it marks the end of the extreme heat and heralds the approach of temperate weather

Dubai maritime authority introduces new decision on transparency of local sea container chaerges Image courtesy WAM

Dubai: Transparency of local sea container charges improves with new rule

The decision outlines five important changes which will help ensure the adoption of global best practices across Dubai’s maritime ecosystem

McDonald's UAE Umm Suqeim All-female Team at restaurant launch Image McDonald's UAE

McDonald’s UAE opens first outlet with all-female staff, features partial solar PV roof, EV charging ports

The latest venue features another ‘first’, as the branch has also introduced curbside ordering, allowing customers to place orders digitally from designated parking spaces

Russia to issue e-visa for 19 countries including India from August 1 Image Getty Images GettyImages-877839566

Russia to issue e-visas to Indian passport holders from August 1

In February, the Russian Prime Minister signed a decree approving facilitated visa regime for citizens of 19 countries, including India and the Philippines

Abu Dhabi DMT announces H1 real estate transactions Image Abu Dhabi DMT

Abu Dhabi real estate sector records over Dhs46.33bn in deals in H1 2023

Al Saadiyat Island topped the list with transactions worth Dhs3bn, with Yas Island coming in at second place with transactions worth Dhs2.6bn

UAE MoF announces penalties for Corporate tax violations -Photo-courtesy WAM

UAE announces penalties for corporate tax violations

Under Cabinet Decision No (75) of 2023, penalties will be imposed on taxable persons who do not comply with the UAE corporate tax law effective from August 1

ETIC reports Q2 2023 results Image: Du EITC

UAE telco du sees Q2 net profit rise 31.2%

On the basis of the Q2 2023 results, the company’s board of directors has approved the distribution of an interim half year cash dividend of Dhs0.13 per share

Dubai Government mulls implementation of Common Law in Free Zones Dubai Airport Free Zones Image Dubai Media Office

Dubai explores implementation of common law in free zones

This potential adoption aims to bolster the emirate’s appeal for investors and Dubai’s global competitiveness

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Earthquakes strike central Turkey; Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara

The earthquake’s epicentre was in the country’s Adana province and tremors were felt across the eastern and southern parts of the country

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UAE public holidays: When is the next long weekend in 2023?

The UAE Cabinet has granted the public and private sector equal official holidays in order to streamline work

DIFC Courts sets new record with AED 15 billion in claims in H1 2023 Image: DIFC Courts

DIFC Courts reports Dhs15bn in claims value in H1 2023

There was an increase in the total number of cases across all divisions, with 455 cases filed

UAE and Turkey sign deals worth $50bn Image courtesy WAM

UAE, Turkey sign accord, strategic agreements valued at $50.7bn

The countries signed a joint accord to establish a high-level strategic council, further cementing ties between the UAE and Turkey

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Dubai, Abu Dhabi announce free parking, no toll fees for Islamic New Year holiday

Motorists will not have to pay public parking fees and toll charges on July 21

MOHRE fines 441 companies for fake Emiratisation tactics

UAE’s MoHRE fines 441 private companies for false Emiratisation tactics

The ministry said penalties and administrative procedures were imposed on the companies that violated Emiratisation targets


UAE announces Hijri New Year holiday for financial markets

While ADX and DFM will close for trading on July 21, Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange will remain open and continue to operate under normal trading hours

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Islamic New Year 1445: Saudi Arabia announces the first day of Muharram

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced the first day of Muharram for Hijri New Year 1445 as July 19

Dubai issues first construction licence for 3D-printed villa Image Dubai Media Office

Dubai issues first construction licence for 3D-printed villa

The villa is expected to be completed by October and will be built entirely from locally sourced concrete

RTA to launch V coded number plates Image RTA

Dubai’s RTA to offer ‘V ‘coded number plates

These plates will be offered through direct sale on RTA’s website and the Dubai Drive app on smartphones  of various operating systems

Dubai Aviation City x Dubai South sign agreement with dubai insurance

Dubai South introduces new employee protection insurance programme

The programme covers unpaid salaries, gratuity, repatriation costs of return for its employees or their mortal remains and unreimbursed expenses

sharjah roads closure Image courtesy SRTA Sharja Police

Sharjah: SRTA announces partial closure of key road from July 17

The road works will be carried out in two phases according to the emirate’s roads and transportation authority


UAE records 50.1 degrees C temperature in Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi: NCM

The highest recorded temperature in the country was 50.1 degrees C in Bada Dafas of Al Dhafra region for two consecutive days

Dubai Police response rate in q2 2023

Dubai Police answers over 2.1 million calls in Q2 2023, here’s its response time

Dubai Police enhanced their response time, answering 2,143,796 calls within 10 seconds

Masdar and Iberdrola leaders discuss global renewable energy growth Image Masdar

Masdar, Iberdrola discuss bolstering renewable energy growth

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Masdar chairman and COP28 President-Designate, has been meeting global leaders to build consensus toward solutions that can deliver an equitable energy transition

UAE announced Hijri new year holiday

Islamic New Year 2023: UAE announces holiday dates for public and private sector

The UAE government has announced the holiday dates for the Hijri New Year

UAE chases 7% growth to double economy to over $800bn

UAE sets target to achieve 40% cut in carbon emissions by 2030

Sectors such as power and water generation, heavy industry, transport, waste, buildings, and agriculture will reduce emissions as per specific sectoral targets


Kuwait announces holiday dates for Islamic New Year

The government of Kuwait has declared a two-day holiday to mark the Hijri New Year