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UAE: Dubai Expo 2020 to unveil Terra Sustainability Pavilion

Dubai Expo 2020 will unveil Terra - The Sustainability Pavilion in a premiere from 22 January to 10 April 2021. The pavilion is based on the idea of sustainability, and will be revealed in its full glory to the masses. It will focus on world’s current issues which can be solved by a sustainable approach, and the agenda of protecting and preserving the world.

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Expo Centre Sharjah hosted 20 exhibitions

Expo Centre Sharjah hosted 20 specialised exhibitions in 2020, while adopting stringent measures to ensure everyone’s safety in view of COVID-19. Nine exhibitions were organised in the first two months of the year attracting thousands of visitors. Sharjah International Book Fair, world’s largest cultural event was also conducted, and was attended by over 1,000 publishers and witnessed 382,000 visitors over 11 days.

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UAE: 3rd Al Ain Film Festival is set to screen 378 films

The third Al Ain Film Festival is set to screen 378 films from prominent professionals and young talent from all genres. The festival continues to support local and Gulf filmmakers by implementing new initiatives, various programs, distinctive shows and agreements. The festival is to honour great contributions to the advancements of art. The Film Festival will take place in Al Ain from 23 to 27 January.

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RTA all set to host 30th edition of ITS World Congress in 2024

Roads and Transport Authority will play host to the World Congress of Intelligent Transportation Systems in 2024. It will be for the first time that the ITS World Congress, since its inception in 1994, will be held in the region. "Hosting the ITS World Congress 2024 in Dubai underscores the rising global standing of the Emirate in the field of ITS", said His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer.

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ED attaches assets worth INR720 million in PMC Bank scam

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth INR720 million belonging to Maharashtra resident Pravin Raut whose wife's transaction with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's spouse is being probed in over INR4.3 billion PMC Bank scam. Sanjay Raut's wife Varsha has sought more time to appear before ED. Sanjay Raut has threatened legal action against BJP leaders for linking his family’s name to the scam.

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In a first, Burj Khalifa to broadcast New Year celebration on Zoom

World's tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa will host first-ever New Year Eve globally LIVE on video-telephony software Zoom at 8:30 pm, local time. UAE residents can enjoy the celebration from home while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. The festive celebration includes grand fireworks and a light and laser show in Downtown Dubai virtually. Around 50,000 people across the world will be invited for New Year Eve.

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Dubai Airshow set to return in live format next year

The 17th edition of Dubai Airshow will showcase and analyse future of global aerospace industry. Set to be held 14-18 November 2021, the event will provide a platform for re-thinking strategies, navigating uncertainty, and scaling up operations to ensure the smooth re-establishment of the aviation industry. It will also highlight Dubai’s 'leading response to the COVID-19 pandemic'.

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Get ready for Dubai Shopping Festival starting today!

Dubai shopping festival (DSF) 2020 to commence today. The 26th edition will showcase world’s biggest and longest-running retail carnival with a COVID-19 safety approach, said DFRE CEO Ahmed Al Khaja. The shopping festival will run for 45 days, starting today until 30 January with 3,500 outlets offering savings of between 25 percent to 75 percent at Burj Park in Downtown.

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UAE reports 1,154 new COVID-19 cases as total reaches 183,755

UAE reported 1,154 new Coronavirus cases on 12 December, bringing its total tally to 183,755 infections. Two deaths due to complications resulting from the virus infection were also reported during the day. 156,513 tests were conducted to detect infections. The country also recorded 613 recoveries taking the total number of recoveries to 163,048.

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Dubai Shopping Festival returns with artist Tamer Hosni's presence

The annual event of Dubai Shopping Festival is coming back for another season, bringing everything from deals and discounts to concerts and comedy acts. The festival begins on 17 December 2020 in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, where fans can enjoy artists Tamer Hosni, Hussein Al Jasmi, and Atif Aslam. DSF will run for 45 days and will witness 3,500 outlets offering savings from 25% to 75%.

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Get ready for big discounts as 'Dubai Shopping Festival' inches closer

Bigger and better than ever before, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will kick start on 17 December, a week after the conclusion of GITEX Technology Week on 10 December. Usually celebrated in January, DSF is arriving early this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will be observed following proper health guidelines. Big discounts and enthralling entertainment will be the highlights of the festival.

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Saudi International Airshow 2021 delayed amid Coronavirus pandemic

Saudi Aviation Club postponed 2nd version of International Expo for Aviation and Space "Saudi International Show" 2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled to take place at Riyadh-based Al-Thirmama airport in 2021 beginning. Saudi Aviation Club wanted to ensure safety of participants and visitors amid resurgence of second wave of COVID-19.

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Burj Khalifa to set the stage on fire on UAE National Day

On the occasion of 49th UAE National Day, Burj Khalifa in Dubai will celebrate the occasion with spectacular light shows. The eye-grabbing light shows will run till 3 December. The world’s tallest building's official Twitter handle tweeted a video giving a glimpse of the upcoming shows with a caption that read: "Progress, growth, determination and equality, this is the UAE!"

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4th yearly FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival set to begin virtually on 24 November

Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) will welcome big names from FinTech community at this year’s FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival (FinTech AD). Set to go live from 24-26 November, it will host local, regional and international government officials, policymakers, and other industry people. They will address issues on transformation of UAE and MENA region’s regulatory FinTech landscape.

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Ajman Cricket Council (ACC) all set to hold T10 Talent Hunt League

From 30 November to 4 December, Ajman Cricket Council (ACC) will conduct the Ajman T10 Talent Hunt League. Incorporating two groups of five teams each, the league will transpire at Eden Garden Ajman Ground and feature 23 matches. Top performers are said to get a chance of playing alongside the likes of Sohail Tanveer, Eoin Morgan, and other international cricketers at the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament in Jan-Feb 2021.

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Lil Wayne supported Donald Trump for money: Rapper 50 Cent

Rapper 50 Cent has claimed that Lil Wayne backed Trump for money. "I always felt Wayne was capable of supporting a candidate for money, and 'Oh yeah, I'm sure. Easily. He got paid," said 50 Cent. The rapper also revealed how he was offered USD1 million to visit Trump's inauguration. Rumours of Wayne's girlfriend, Denise Bidot, dumping him because he backed Trump for money are also doing the rounds.

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#SheikhZayedFestival 2020: ITC Abu Dhabi to offer free bus services

On the auspicious occasion of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2020, the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), Abu Dhabi, will provide visitors with free bus services to and from the festival venue. Free bus services between four pick up locations and the festival will be available from 3 PM to 11:30 PM (local time). Additionally, visitors will also have the choice of booking taxies using the Abu Dhabi Taxi application.

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The Weeknd to perform at Super Bowl’s 55th Halftime Show on February 7

3 time Grammy winner, The Weeknd is all set to perform at the Super Bowl’s 55th Halftime Show on 7 February 2021. With this performance, the 'Blinding Lights' singer will join the likes of Michael Jackson and become one of very few Black male performers to grace the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Recently, Time magazine had named The Weeknd as one of the most influential people of 2020.

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No plans for New Year 2020? How about attending Sunburn festival this year?

Sunburn has announced its 14th edition in Goa, to go live on 27-29 December 2020 at Vagator, Goa. Karan Singh, COO of festival organiser Percept Live, made the announcement, stating that it will be a Limited Capacity, super safe event following global best practices and all applicable guidelines. It will also be AV broadcast to people wishing to watch it from their homes.

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Who won 'Guinness World Record' for most videos in music medley?

Dubai's Global Village broke a new Guinness World Record for most videos in music medley during a virtual rock concert 'Global Gig'. This biggest rock concert in history, aims to break 24 records more amid the Silver Jubilee anniversary of Global Village festival. Record breaking concert had 1000 international and regional musicians while 'Now United' pop group gave a LIVE performance.

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10th edition of Wedding Show 2020 to kick off on 29 October 2020

Over 70 exhibitors from different emirates of UAE will begin tomorrow 29 October 2020 in 10th edition of Wedding Show 2020. It will kick off at Expo Khor Fakkan and brings the most famous Emirati brands specialised in fashion and various fields related it. The 4-day event seeks to provide a unique shopping experience, where visitors can find the bride's need.

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UAE: DEWA to organise latest conservation innovations on Green Week

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA is organising a variety of events and activities on Green Week virtual platform at 22nd Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition. WETEX and 5th Dubai Solar Show have held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai Ruler. The event aims to encourage awareness and importance of energy conservation.

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Abu Dhabi: N2N Gallery showcases art with Spirit Animals exhibition

N2N Gallery Abu Dhabi and Coya Abu Dhabi have launched an art exhibition with works from Ukrainian artist Nina Murashkina. The event, running from 17 October to December end, shows Nina’s exploration of animals and their symbolic role. Her artwork doesn’t contain any explicit human figures, and animals play an important role. She says that her vision vaults the form of old symbol with new practices of contemporary art.

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Dubai: Global Village opens with new safety features

Global Village reopened on October 25 with a wide range of health and safety measures in place. With more than 600 sanitizer stations and thermal screening at every entrance, the attraction is ready to welcome guests. People are required to wear masks and follow social distancing at all times. Global Village is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.

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London’s Natural History Museum to open exhibition on Harry Potter

London’s Natural History Museum will open an exhibition on the creatures in Harry Potter by author JK Rowling. It will explore the legends and stories that were inspired by the natural world. The exhibition, titled ‘Wonders of Nature’, was set to open in May, but will now welcome visitors from 9 December 2020.

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How will Expo 2020 Dubai event protect nature?

Expo 2020 Dubai joined forces with global trade partner DP World and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to make an impact on animal and habitat conservation. The partnership will help in safeguarding the planet. Expo 2020 Dubai event is positioned to ensure environmental sustainability by means to focus on ecosystem restoration and conservation.

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Busan Film Festival kicks off but scaled down to closed-door ceremony

Busan International Film Festival is set to kick off today, October 21, for a 10-day run. People will witness scaled-down version of this festival this year amid COVID-19 pandemic globally. The opening and closing ceremonies, the outdoor greetings, and open-talk sessions will not be part of this festival this year.

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Dubai: Key tourist attractions set to reopen in October

Several key tourist attractions are opening up in October in a bid to offer diverse experiences to residents and tourists. The attractions opening up include The Palm Fountain, set to open on 22 October, which is the world’s largest fountain. It will attempt to break a Guinness World Record on opening day. Dubai Global village will reopen on 25 October, with newly planned website and mobile application planned.

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DEWA organises seminars and workshops for suppliers and SMEs

Virtual seminars and workshops for suppliers and owners of SMEs launched by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Seminar will focus on different key issues between DEWA and SMEs. On first day, it will focus on developing relationships between DEWA and SMEs. Innovative and new technologies will be discussed on second day. DEWA's supply chain and environmentally friendly products will be discussed on last day.

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Virtual WETEX & Dubai Solar Show set to begin on 26 October

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s 3D WETEX event and Dubai Solar Show will take place from 26-28 October 2020, using latest technologies to offer a unique experience. DEWA is organising the exhibition this year on a virtual 3D platform, and the carbon-neutral exhibition will be first-of-its-kind in Middle East. It will showcase latest developments in water, energy, sustainability, and innovation.

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Expo 2020: UAE is ready to host millions of visitors to build 'future'

Dubai is all set to host World Expo 2020 and federal government is excited to welcome millions of visitors from 190 countries. According to reports, progress at Expo 2020 has continued at pace and constructions have already been completed at site. Dubai will welcome a mega-event, which aims to reconnect people, cultures, and society following COVID-19 pandemic, next year in October 2021.

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Disney postpones its D23 Expo to September 2022

Disney has announced that it delayed its biennial D23 Expo to 2022. According to Disney, next edition of D23 Expo will be held between 9 to 11 September 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Event was originally scheduled to take place in summer 2021. During 2019 D23 Expo, event showcased previews of upcoming films Frozen II, Soul, Black Widow, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker among others.

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US pavilion construction at Expo 2020 expected to complete in November 2020

The construction of US pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be completed in November, John Rakolta, US Ambassador to UAE said. UAE has contributed USD60 million towards construction of US Pavilion and the remaining amount will be raised by various US organisations, Rakolta added. He also commented on Israeli participation in the Expo and said that 'it will show inclusiveness'.

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Austria completes basic structure of pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai

Austria reached another milestone as it has completed the basic structure of its pavilion for Expo 2020. UAE authorities' safety rules for construction sites in Dubai adhere to a pandemic, which was postponed until October 2021. The construction phase two will continue until beginning of 2021 and World Expo in Dubai will see more than 190 companies participating from across the world.

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UAE: Sharjah launches three-day Expo Electronics Exhibition

The three-day 'Expo Electronics Exhibition' has commenced at Expo Centre Sharjah after resumption of activities and events in Emirates on 17 September. According to reports, Expo is offering a wide range of exclusive deals and attractive discounts on high-quality products. Expo Centre aims for event as an opportunity for exhibitors to boost their sales, attract new customers and get new ideas about electronics.

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Dubai's Media Academy brings Hollywood writer for 'Storytelling Programme'

Dubai-based New Media Academy is launching 'Storytelling Programme' delivered by renowned screenwriting guru Robert McKee. The six-day programme will invite 1,001 storytellers from the Arab region. The programme schedule also includes an additional two days dedicated to three hours of Q&A sessions with McKee. According to reports, enrolment is now open to participate in programme that will kick start on 23 November.

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Sharjah: Watch & Jewellery Middle East Show postponed to April 2021

The Watch & Jewellery Middle East Show (WJMES) has postponed its 48th and 49th editions to April 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Centre stated that decision was made after discussion with competent authorities. According to the Board of Directors of Expo Centre Sharjah said that WJMES new date will enable industry leaders to set their plans in advance.

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Global health crisis to be addressed by WHO Europe in virtual meet

All members of Health Ministry and high-level representatives of European Union will meet for 70th session of WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC70). The virtual meeting will take place on 14-15 September to discuss health issues. This meeting will focus on four flagship initiatives cultural and behavioural insights, mental health, digital health, and immunisation. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will also address RC70.

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Over 150 Italian events to take part in Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo will be first global event after COVID-19 pandemic and Italy will be a major player of culture during this event. Director of Italian Culture Institute, Ida Zilio Grandi, confirmed that over 150 events will take part in UAE, including ballet star Roberto Bolle and international dancers, orchestra of Accademia della Scala, and many more. The mega event will kick start 1 October to 31 March 2022.

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UAE: Sharjah’s MITT Summit to host participants from 100 nations

Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) is set to organise the MENA Innovation Technology Transfer Summit (MITT Summit) on 22 September. It will see 50 International speakers and 5,000 participants from 100 countries in attendance. The summit will span over 14 hours, covering discussions on innovation, technology, and sustainability.

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Breakbulk Middle East set to return to Dubai in 2021

Breakbulk Middle East (BBME) has announced that it will return to Dubai for 3rd consecutive year in 2021. BBME 2021 will take place from 9-10 February, with DP world serving as Host Port for the event. Breakbulk ME event director stated that COVID-19 has presented many challenges to industries and event sector, adding that they are working to leverage new initiatives to maintain the status.

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Over 100 speakers to discuss future manufacturing during GMIS2020

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of UAE agreed to convene Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit. GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit included more than 100 speakers from different fields to discuss future and shape of manufacturing. It's a two-day virtual summit, where speakers will explore how Fourth Industrial Revolution impact international economy.

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UN Chief to deliver keynote at opening of GMIS2020

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be giving a keynote address at the opening ceremony of Virtual Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS2020). The summit is set to take place on 4-5 September and will convene Heads of State of Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, and Jordan. They will discuss about fourth industrial revolution and how can it shape future of manufacturing.

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Desert Warrior Challenge to be held in Dubai in February 2021

Dubai based Desert Warrior Challenge is all set to return on 19 February 2021 at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. According to reports, Ultimate Warriors will be able to take on more than 22 obstacles over the course of the 10km race. While there will be a 5km race with 12 obstacles for Fearless Warriors. The registration for solo participants and teams is open now for the event.

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UAE: Expo 2020 teams up with Gates Foundation to help innovators

Expo 2020 Dubai has teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support grassroots innovators across the globe. The announcement came at the end of the fifth Expo 2020 International Participants Meeting (IPM) on 27 August 2020. The collaboration will promote innovation in global humanitarian and development response by identifying, co-funding, and upscaling ambitious innovative solutions.

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Dubai Customs to organize public auction at Cargo Village on August 27

Air Cargo Center Management at Dubai Customs will organize its first public auction since start of Coronavirus pandemic. The auction will take place at Cargo Village Customs Center on 27 August 2020 at 9 am local time. Strict COVID-19 precautionary measures will be implemented to ensure health and safety of participants. The goods to be auctioned include clothes, electronics, shoes, mobile phones, and medical accessories.

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Expo 2020 Dubai, participating countries show strong progress

Expo 2020 Dubai and its 190-plus participating countries have re-affirmed their commitment towards making strong progress with preparations for the global event. Expo 2020 Dubai is set to begin on 1 October 2021. Organisers, members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and BIE representatives, participants, and others will be convening virtually for the Fifth Expo 2020 IPM from 24 August to 27 August 2020.

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Are you ready for Sonu Nigam's first-ever social distance concert in Dubai?

Indian singer and composer Sonu Nigam gears up to perform in social distance live concert dubbed 'The Light Concert' in Dubai on 21 August 2020. Nigam shared his excitement by quoting that this is the world's first social distance concert of Bollywood. People from different countries like UK and Russia are also expected to attend this concert.

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UK hosts world's first 'socially-distanced' concert

UK recently held its first concert with social distancing measures in place. Around 2,500 people gathered to watch Sam Fender play in Newcastle's Gosforth Park. The concert is first of its kind since start of Coronavirus outbreak in March 2020. The venue featured 500 elevated metal platforms, each with a capacity of holding up to five attendees. They were distanced 6 feet apart to ensure social distancing.

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‘Hypercars - Evolution of Uniqueness’ exhibition at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has launched an all-new Hypercars exhibition. The year-long exhibition is part of lineup of new experiences in the lead up to Ferrari World's 10-year anniversary in November 2020. It showcases limited series cars that are currently on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Comprehensive COVID-19 precautionary measures have been placed across the park to ensure safety of visitors.

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