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The National Policy for Empowering People with Disabilities was launched in April by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. They’ve been called “people of determination” ever since. People of determination enjoy certain privileges, such as free entrance to public parks.… Read More

A number of world records have been made in the UAE this year, including the longest line of photographs as well as the largest flower installation. In fact, you will find the latter alongside new attractions at the Dubai Miracle Garden. Just recently, the country has set yet another world record: the largest human image of a… Read More

Mattel is best known for creating Barbie, which has delighted millions of girls around the world for decades. Recently, the American toy manufacturing company has launched a new doll that is already becoming viral on social media: Hijab Barbie. Imagine strolling around the malls in Dubai, trying to think of a nice gift for your… Read More

In the Philippines, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit is in full swing. The country is currently hosting the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits from November 12-14, 2017. Leading the summit is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who happens to be the Chairman of ASEAN 2017. It can be recalled that he topped… Read More

Once again, the Dubai Miracle Garden is presenting new and beautiful attractions in the coming months. Known as the “largest natural flower garden” in the world, this is one enchanting place that you definitely shouldn’t miss this coming winter season! The Dubai Miracle Garden currently holds the record for having the “world’s largest flower installation,” an… Read More

A massive earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border recently was felt all the way here in Dubai! According to the US Geological Survey, the 7.2-magnitude quake struck 103km southeast of Sulaymaniyah. The epicentre was located near Halabjah city in Iraq, along its border with Iran. The earthquake caused tremors not only in Iran and Iraq,… Read More

Earlier this year, we mentioned that the UAE will be introducing value-added tax (VAT) next year. Sure enough, the Federal Tax Authority has recently published a set of draft executive regulations on the matter. Starting 1st January, 2018, certain goods and services will be taxed. Water and electricity bills will be subject to 5 percent VAT, as they… Read More

The emirate of Dubai — and the UAE in general — is no stranger when it comes to awards, especially when it comes to lifestyle. Just this year, Dubai was hailed as the most “liveable” city in the Middle East and the best city for expats. These are very impressive awards, indeed! Recently, the UAE gained… Read More

As the year comes to a close, here are the remaining UAE public holidays for 2017: Commemoration Day on November 30th, Birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on November 30th (subject to change depending on moon sighting), and National Day on December 2nd. At the same time, we can look forward to the holidays in the coming… Read More

As of November 1st, typing centres in Dubai are no longer able to process visa applications. They will be replaced by Amer centres, which are “one-stop” service centers, instead. The Amer centre is the latest government service to go “online.” In August, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched one-stop medical fitness centres. These enable people to… Read More

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, recently launched the tunnel drilling of Route 2020, which would connect the Dubai Metro to the Expo Metro Station at the Expo 2020 Dubai site. The Ruler of Dubai was welcomed at the site by… Read More

Ever since it first opened in 2015, Dubai Garden Glow has been enchanting visitors from all over the country. And now, our favorite “glow in the dark” garden is back for its third season — with a brand new and exciting “frozen” attraction! Situated at Zabeel Park Area B, Dubai Garden Glow showcases installations created… Read More

Last month, we reported about two women who went on trial in Abu Dhabi for getting pregnant out of wedlock. One of them was an Ethiopian, while the other was a Filipina. Recently, another Filipina, a saleswoman in Dubai, has gone on trial for getting pregnant after a one-night stand. After delivering her baby, the woman… Read More

Great news for Sharjah motorists! As part of their Golden Jubilee celebrations, Sharjah Police has announced a 50 percent discount on traffic fines incurred until October 18, payable until the end of the year. Meanwhile, black points accumulated until the same date shall be canceled. The announcement was made by the Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police,… Read More

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently updated their Smart Drive app, which helps provide navigation along city roads. This latest move comes as part of the agency’s Smart Dubai strategic goal and the government’s Smart City initiative. The RTA has always been active in launching new technologies for motorists and commuters. Earlier this year,… Read More

A friendly reminder to all expats and residents: saying bad words about Islam and Muslims could land you in jail, not to mention a hefty fine. A tourist in Dubai learned this lesson when he was arrested for getting drunk and cursing Muslims, Islam, and even God. There are several dos and don’ts in the… Read More