Middle East

Dubai, April 23: His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today announced an integrated strategy to establish the UAE as a global ‘centre of excellence’ for Arabic language. The announcement was made at the opening session of the first Mohammed Bin Rashid Policies Council, a new channel of communications with the community and

Sharjah, April 23: A Dh1.5m civil case against 17 Indians, who had earlier won a reprieve from death sentence, has been adjourned to May 7. The Sharjah Civil Court of First Instance on Sunday adjourned the civil case filed by two Pakistani brothers, who had claimed that they were assaulted by the 17men during a group fight of bootleggers in which another Pakistani expatriate, Misri Nazir Khan, was

Riyadh, April 23: Defense Minister Prince Salman yesterday opened the Prince Nasser bin Abdulaziz Autism Center that belongs to the Saudi Charitable Society for Autism. Prince Turki bin Nasser sent his thanks to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his support for the center, which adheres to international standards. Prince Turki said: “Prince Salman’s dedication to this center

Dubai, April 22: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash has called on Iran to enter into negotiations with the UAE over the three islands occupied by Tehran and to refrain from using arrogant language. “The UAE today is not that small baby born on 2nd December 1971, rather it’s a key state with huge potentials,” Gargash reminded, calling on Iran to be a mature state and to

Dubai, April 21: Dozens of protesters clashed with police across Shiite villages close to the circuit where Bahrain's controversial Formula One Grand Prix takes place this weekend, witnesses said on Saturday. Dozens of people took to the streets late on Friday and set alight tyres near the villages of Damistan, Karzakkan, Malkiya and Sadad, all less than four kilometres from the Sakhir circuit

Jeddah, April 21: Thieves who illegally encroach on government lands will come under electronic surveillance by a number of government departments using aerial photos taken by satellites, local Arabic daily Al-Watan reported yesterday quoting the director of the media center of the Jeddah municipality. "The aerial photos are updated daily by the Geographical Data System Department (GDSD) which is

Dubai, April 20: The Second consultative ministerial meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue II today unanimously adopted the ‘The Manila Communique’ at the conclusion of its work at the International Convention Center here in Manila. In a speech at the closing session, UAE Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash expressed thanks and appreciation of UAE’s leadership and government to the Philippines President

Riyadh, April 19: The Ministry of Labor has set four conditions for foreign workers to transfer their iqamas from red or yellow companies to green companies, taking advantage of the Nitaqat Saudization program. Only those workers who have been in the Kingdom for over six years can avail of this, a ministry source told Arab News. It is also required that the worker must complete at least two years

Jeddah, April 18: Civil Defense chief said yesterday that 18 people —16 Saudis and two Sudanese — died in flash floods as a result of torrential rains in different parts of the country over the past week. Lt. Gen. Saad Al-Tuwaijri urged Saudis and expatriates to keep away from valleys at times of flooding. “Crossing flooded valleys in vehicles is a dangerous act,” he said, adding that no force can

Abu Dhabi, April 18: A 10-year-old Indian boy in the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) is doing his own bit to save the environment. Every day, he makes paper bags and distributes them to supermarkets, stores and malls. Abdul Muqeet started his project when he was only eight. Abdul's father explained to him the negative impact the non-biodegradable plastic bags have on nature. This led Abdul to think