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Federer wins in Dubai to begin latest bid for 100th title

Dubai(AP/UNB) – Roger Federer’s latest attempt to win his 100th ATP singles title made a shaky start at the Dubai Championships where he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Monday. Federer entered the first-round match with a 13-0 record against the German, and broke in the first game to run through the first set. But Kohlschreiber forced a third ... Read More »

Dubai’s RTA to deploy 368 ‘smart’ school buses to increase safety

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it will deploy 368 “smart” buses to transport about 8873 students in 17 schools during the new academic year that begins in September. The school service is operated by the RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC). The ‘environmental-friendly’ buses are fitted with safety and security features such as surveillance cameras that are ... Read More »

UAE firm begins producing ‘affordable’ generic medicines in Dubai

Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, a UAE-based pharmaceutical company, has begun production of “affordable generic medicines” in its manufacturing facility located in Dubai Science Park. The Dhs125m custom-built factory has a current annual capacity of over 200 million tablet and capsule dosage forms, which will increase in the next three to five years to over 800 million, a statement said. The facility received ... Read More »

Dubai deports Swedish woman who ‘insulted’ airport officials

A Swedish national who attempted to enter Dubai on an expired passport and later “insulted” airport officials was deported with all the charges dropped against her. The Dubai Public Prosecution has completed investigations and closed the case, Esam Issa Al Humaidan, attorney general of Dubai said. The incident started when Ellie Hollman arrived in Dubai airport with her daughter from ... Read More »

British tourist racks up Dhs170,000 fine in three hours in Dubai

A British tourist in Dubai racked up Dhs170,000 in traffic fines in three hours while driving at twice the speed limit in a Lamborghini Huracan on Sheikh Zayed Road. The tourist rented the supercar worth Dhs1.3m on July 30 from vehicle rental dealership, Rent a Car, according to local media reports. Early morning on July 31, he was caught speeding ... Read More »

Dubai tourist arrivals flat in first half of 2018

Dubai saw relatively little growth in overnight international tourist visitors in the first half of the year, according to figures from the emirate’s tourism body. Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said there were 8.10 million visitors in the first six months of 2018, up 0.5 per cent on the 8.06 million seen in the same period ... Read More »

$5.25m HondaJet Elite now available in Dubai

In the 80s, a young Honda engineer – Michimasa Fujino – began doodling the silhouette of a small private jet. Apparently, the inspiration came from a Ferragamo stiletto that was playing on his mind. Back then, Honda was primarily a car- and bike-manufacturer, but that didn’t stop Fujino from dreaming up a completely tangential product. Nearly three decades later, those ... Read More »

Dubai to host world’s longest desert ultra marathon

Dubai is set to host the world’s longest desert ultra marathon later this year at the recently launched Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. The reserve, which was unveiled in January, is home to 40 hectares of shrub and fertile land, 10sqkm of wetland, 204 species of native birds, 158 species of migratory birds, 26 species of reptiles, nine species of ... Read More »

UAE announces visa fee exemptions for tourists

The UAE Cabinet has approved a decision to exempt dependants under the age of 18 from visa fees during the summer months. The exemption will stay in effect from July 15 to September 15 every year and is applicable to “accompanying dependents of foreign tourists,” official news agency WAM reported. The decision comes as part of efforts to boost tourism ... Read More »

Dubai beaches to have all-women rescue teams

Dubai is soon planning to deploy all-women rescue teams at its beaches. Currently, 12 women are being trained to respond to emergencies, with the police planning to increase the number to 18 by the end of the year, official news agency WAM reported. The move is part of a two-month long beach safety campaign which aims to raise awareness about ... Read More »

Virgin Atlantic to halt Dubai-London flights

British carrier Virgin Atlantic has announced it will withdraw flights between Dubai and London Heathrow from next year. The airline said in a brief statement that the suspension was made after “conducting a thorough review of its network”, which found the route was “no longer economically viable”. “It‘s never an easy decision to withdraw a route, and we’d like to ... Read More »

Smart gates open at Dubai airport’s Terminal 2 to cut queues

A total of 18 new smart gates have been launched at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 2 aimed at enabling passengers to pass through immigration quickly, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) revealed. The new gates – including 10 at the arrivals area and eight at the departures area, will allow passengers to clear the immigration ... Read More »

Dubai among world’s most expensive cities for expats

Dubai is among the most expensive cities globally in terms of cost of living for expat families and the price of a cup of coffee but performs more favourably for purchasing power and millennial products, according to a study by Swiss bank UBS. The emirate stood behind only Geneva and Brussels in a 13-city cost of living list, which measured ... Read More »

Dubai Safari to close for five months

The Dhs1bn (US$272.2m) Dubai Safari is to close its doors for upgrade work just six months after opening. The attraction began welcoming visitors in December after originally being scheduled to open at the end of 2017. Operator Dubai Municipality recently signed a management deal with government-linked developer Meraas, which in turn selected Madrid-based animal parks operator Parques Reunidos to oversee ... Read More »

Dubai airports to cut passport clearance time to 10 seconds

Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has announced plans to speed up passport clearance at the emirate’s airports to as little as 10 seconds. General director assistant of the airport immigration department at GDRFA, brigadier Talal Ahmad Al Shanqeti, said a new system will vet travellers 48 hours before they fly to process them more quickly upon ... Read More »

Dubai denies rival hyperloop project

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has denied the validity of plans for a rival hyperloop system connecting the city’s Al Maktoum International Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The denial comes as Dubai and Abu Dhabi compete to be the first to introduce a commercial system using hyperloop technology, which involves the use of pressurised tubes to transport human ... Read More »

Dubai’s RTA trialling hydrogen-powered taxis

Dubai’s Roads and Transports Authority (RTA) is trialling the region’s first hydrogen-powered electric vehicles, according to the Dubai Media Office. The Toyota Mirai will be put to the test as part of Dubai’s taxi fleet, in collaboration with Al Futtaim Motors, making Dubai Taxi Corporation the first taxi operator in the Middle East to deploy a hydrogen fuel cell electric ... Read More »