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  • Dh2 million prizes up for grabs at Gov Games in Dubai

       March 5, 2018     
    Come next month, it will be the ultimate test of physical and mental aptitude as government employees across the UAE will battle it out for Dh2m in prize money. On April 26, 27 and 28, Kite Beach Dubai will play host to the country's first ever 'Gov Games', an initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Princ
  • Live Oscars 2018: Gary Oldman is the best actor

       March 5, 2018     
    This year has proven to be a time of representation and many, many firsts. As the celebrities get ready to walk down the red-carpet before the 90th Academy Awards kicks off on Sunday evening (US Pacific time; Monday early morning UAE time), Gulf News tabloid! gets ready for conversations about #TimesUp, red-carpet blackouts and the rise of diversity both in front
  • UAE banks need to be in step with Fed hikes

       March 4, 2018     
    The US federal funds rate, which saw only two hikes between 2009 and 2016, witnessed a dramatic change in trend during 2017. The rates were increased on three separate occasions owing to the strengthening economic growth in the United States. As the UAE dirham is pegged to the US dollar, the change in Fed rates translated to a proportional increase in the country's policy rates. The hik
  • Virtual reality park opens at Dubai Mall

       March 4, 2018     
    A new entertainment complex that combines augmented reality and virtual reality (VR) has opened at The Dubai Mall. "The park will send visitors into unforgettable rides, journeys and games," according to Emaar Entertainment. The 7,000-square metre park is located on level 2 of the mall. Some of the VR games that blur the lines between perception and reality at the park include the Burj
  • Dubai teen collects winter supplies for Syrian refugees

       March 3, 2018     
    A kind-hearted teenager in Dubai has managed to collect a truck-full of food items, winter clothing and school supplies for Syrian refugees. Their charity drive, which is in partnership with the Emirates Red Crescent, was a month-long initiative to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Saher Kapadia, a 16-year-old student at the Raffles World Academy, s
  • Reading initiative to supply a million books to schools

       March 3, 2018     
    A total of one million books will be supplied to school libraries across the UAE, thanks to a new initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed said that the effort aims to establish reading as a habit in the country. "Today, we are announcing an in
  • Pakistani kid wins gold in global mathematics competition

       March 1, 2018     
    Islamabad: An exceptionally bright student and a mathematical genius from Pakistan, Syed Jaffar Raza, has won the gold medal at an international maths competition, beating 600 participants. Speaking at the Global Business Forum Latin America 2018, Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama, said while Dubai is the centre for the Middle East, Africa and India, Panama plays the same role in
  • No increase in UAE federal fees for next three years

       March 1, 2018     
    Public services fees in the UAE will not be increased for a period of three years, the UAE Vice-President announced on Wednesday. "We decided not to increase the federal fees during the next three years to restore the economic and social stability of the state and to support our industrial and commercial sectors and attract more foreign investments," said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bi
  • UAE, Latin America keen to expand trade ties

       February 28, 2018     
    The UAE and Latin America (LatAm) have strong potential to further expand trade and investment ties in the fields of agriculture, energy, technology and other sectors in order to reach a wider consumer base in Asia, Africa and Americas, top officials said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Global Business Forum Latin America 2018, Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama, said while Dubai is th
  • New mosque in Ajman with 1k capacity opened

       February 28, 2018     
    A new mosque was inaugurated at Al Bustan area in Ajman on Saturday with a capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 worshippers. Al Shafie Mosque, which was built at a cost of Dh4.7 million, has an area of 1,457 sqm, according to a senior official at the Dar Al Ber Society. Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, executive director of Dar Al Ber, said the new mosque, donated by philanthrop

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