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Abu Dhabi organises COVID-19 vaccine campaign for People of Determination

Social service in Abu Dhabi has started providing COVID-19 vaccines to People of Determination and to their families at Zayed Higher Organisation headquarters. ZHO secretary said that the COVID-19 vaccine is safest means to ensure and control COVID-19 pandemic hazard for Public safety. Al Ain and Al Dhafra region will also be covered in a later stage of the campaign, "Make Vaccination Your First Choice”.

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UAE: Many areas witness lowest temperature & foggy weather on Thursday

UAE reported lowest temperature of 5.4°C in Al Rakhna of Al Ain with thick fog in interior areas that lasted for over 5 hours. Some areas in the coastal and inland region witness decrease in visibility to less than 1,000 meters. In Arabian Gulf, the turbulence in sea waves reached a height of 6-8/10 feet. National Centre of Meteorology assumes the formation of light fog again on Monday.

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UAE reports 3,529 new COVID-19 infections

UAE health ministry reported 3,529 new COVID-19 cases, taking the national tally to 267,258 infections since the start of the pandemic. 3,901 individuals recovered from the infection, while four lost their lives in the last 24 hours. 84,919 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were also administered over the period. UAE has rolled out 2,246,069 vaccine jabs to date.

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46-year-old becomes 1 million Dollar winner in Dubai Duty-Free draw

46-year-old Indian national became a USD 1 million-dollar winner in Dubai duty-free latest draw for Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire. Amit S is a businessman who runs a computer shop and is involved in equity trading in Bangalore. “I will pay off my debts and invest more into equity trading”, said Amit. He purchased online ticket number 0518 in Millennium Millionaire Series 348.

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Dubai Tourism suspends all entertainment permits in the Emirate

Dubai Media Office has announced that all entertainment permits issued will be on hold effective immediately to ensure public health and safety. It added that in past 3 weeks Dubai Tourism issued over 200 non-compliance violations and closed nearly 20 establishments. Dubai Tourism will continue evaluating progress with health authorities of the Emirate.

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UAE weather: Fog alert continues in Emirates, speed limit reduced

Concerning heavy fog across UAE on Thursday, authorities reduced speed limits on major roads to 80kmph. Police urged motorist to take caution while driving in unstable weather conditions. Visibility has been reduced to a minimum in different parts of the country, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah airports as alerted by the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM).

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Teen discovers 'Pink Lake' in UAE's Ras Al Khaimah

A 19-year-old Emirati student Ammar Al Farsi captured stunning photos of a ‘Pink Lake’ in UAE's Ras Al Khaimah. His social media post on the 'discovery' has since gone viral. The pictures were taken with a drone. The lake is around 100 metres off the sea coast, Al Farsi said. In October 2019, fishermen in Ras Al Khaimah also reported to have sighted ‘red water’ near the emirate’s coast.

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UAE announces drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination centres

Department of Health today announced drive-through COVID-19 vaccination drive. The centres will be operated by Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services and support the ongoing efforts to strengthen immunity within the community. The move is part of UAE's aim of vaccinating 50% of its population by the end of March. UAE conducted 162,945 tests and reported 3,506 new infections in the last 24 hours.

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European Parliament welcomes cooperation with Higher Committee

President of European Parliament David Maria Sassoli welcomes key international organization cooperation with Higher Committee of Human Fraternity. Sassoli signed the Document on Human Fraternity proving that means of material alone are not enough for solving the world's problems. The corporation stressed the support for Committee’s initiatives, particularly those related to dialogue with younger generations.

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Infinity des Lumières gifts digital art experience at the Dubai Mall

InfinityArt and Culturespaces Digital have announced their partnership in bringing the Infinity des Lumières to Dubai. The biggest and most advanced digital art gallery in GCC region, InfinityArt will introduce a completely innovative, technology-driven art and cultural platform, contributing to City of the Future. The Infinity des Lumières’ Boutique will be accessible directly from The Dubai Mall.

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UAE's vaccination drive cruising at 20.88 doses per 100 people

UAE has distributed over 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in record time since starting a nationwide inoculation drive on 14 December 2020. The Ministry of Health and Prevention administered 93,846 vaccines in the last 24 hours, with the dose rate reaching 20.88 doses per 100 people across the country. UAE has reported 260,223 COVID-19 cases so far including 756 fatalities.

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Indian PM Modi releases financial aid of INR26.91 billion under PMAY-G

Indian PM Narendra Modi Wednesday released INR26.91 million financial support to 610K beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G scheme). The first instalment will be released to 530K beneficiaries whereas second instalment will be for 80K beneficiaries. Modi in a virtual conference also released figures that around 20 million houses have been built in rural areas of UP.

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UAE weather alert: Abu Dhabi declares restrictions due to dense fog

Abu Dhabi Police declared ban on trucks, heavy vehicles, and buses on internal and external roads of Abu Dhabi as dense fog limited the visibility. This was to ensure traffic safety and enhance public safety in line with strategic priority to make roads safer. Violating the rules will lead to a fine of AED500 and four traffic points as per article No.104 of Decree No. 178 of 2017.

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UAE reports 3,491 new COVID-19 cases, vaccine jabs cross 2 million mark

Tally of vaccines doses distributed in the UAE crossed the 2 million mark after the country rolled out 93,846 jabs in the last 24 hours. Besides, 3,491 new infections were reported across the country, while 5 individuals succumbed to the infection. Health Ministry also reported 3,311 recoveries from the infection in the last 24 hours.

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Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities adopts multiple decisions

Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Zayed University for Humanities recently held its first meeting at the university's campus in Abu Dhabi. The meeting was chaired by Dr Hamdan Muslim Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Members discussed and adopted a series of strategic decisions designed to enhance the status of the field of humanities.

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Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi awarded honorary doctorate

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, was conferred an honorary PhD by the Board of Trustees of University of Sharjah. This comes in recognition of her humanitarian and social achievements locally, regionally, and internationally. HH Sheikha Jawaher has established several social institutions over the past decade.

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UAE to advance global sustainable development, says Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2021, a global platform for accelerating sustainable development started from 18 January until 21 January 2021. Masdar is hosting the virtual setting where global leaders from policy, industry, and technology to explore various opportunities. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince on the same vowed to advance global sustainability development.

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One dead, 8 injured in 19 vehicle pile as heavy fog covers Abu Dhabi

An Asian national died in a 19-vehicle pileup in the Maqatara area in Abu Dhabi. Eight others were also injured in the accident that took place on Tuesday morning. The accident occurred as drivers did not keep sufficient space between vehicles when there was poor visibility due to fog. Abu Dhabi Police has called for caution while driving as heavy fog engulfs the emirate.

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UAE authorities issues traffic alert due to dense fog

UAE witnessed dense fog in several areas encouraging authorities to issue traffic alerts for motorists as visibility reduced to 100 meters. Police patrols were dispatched to major roads and roundabouts to manage the traffic flow. As per UAE’s weather report, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah underwent a thick fog. The temperatures touched around 5°C in the mountainous areas in UAE.

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Here's why UAE suspended Israel’s visa-free travel deal?

UAE has postponed the implementation of a visa-exemption agreement with Israel. The move comes as Israel ordered people entering from the Gulf state to be quarantined as a COVID-19 precaution. Israel's Foreign Ministry said its UAE counterpart had "suspended" the waiver agreement until July 1 "given efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus".

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Crown Prince reveals results of Dubai happiness index

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, announced the results of indicators of happiness for customers and employees of Dubai government. Dubai Police ranked number 1 in the customer happiness category scoring 91.6 percent. It was followed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) with 90.1 percent and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) with 88.5 percent.

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UAE: Critically-ill children to see their wishes come true

Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in conjunction with the 'Make a Wish Foundation', will work to make wishes of children aged 3 – 18 years come true. Children receiving treatment at MoHAP's hospitals will benefit from the MoU between the two organisations. Dr Youssif Al Serkal, Director-General of the Emirates Health Services Corporation, and Hani Al Zubaidi, CEO of Make a Wish Foundation, signed the agreement.

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Functional COVID-19 vaccination center in 72 hours: Dubai

Dubai Health Authority opened a vaccination centre with 4,000 visitor’s capacity in 72 hours record time. Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management Sheikh Mansoor urged community members to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is free of cost to both citizens and residents across the Emirate. This is to ensure efforts to promote a sustainable recovery from the pandemic, said Mansoor.

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COVID-19 test mandatory in every 14 days: Sharjah private schools

The Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) issued a circular saying private educational institute workers in the Emirates are required to take a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test every 14 days. The test will be on the expense of individual and exception for those who have received the vaccine. In cases like illness or a health condition, they need not to pay for their own tests.

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NYU Abu Dhabi opens Hilary Ballon Centre for Teaching and Learning

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) announced the official opening of Hilary Ballon Centre for Teaching and Learning (HBCTL) to promote excellence and innovation in teaching. HBCTL will explore new teaching approaches and encourage experimentation, technology integration, and new pedagogies. The centre's extensive resources and tutorial will help students in remote areas to make choices about their learning.

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Abu Dhabi Customs announces 'digital transformation' of all services

Abu Dhabi Customs announced the digital transformation of all its services through ‘TAMM’ platform. The 100% completion is to ensure customs system upgrade and customer satisfaction. Around 40 integrated core services is part of Abu Dhabi Customs, reflecting operational flexibility and innovate technology. It's digital channels received over 2.7 million visits and customer satisfaction reached 95% during 2020.

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Al Ain Zoo offers visitors new experience with penguins parade

UAE-based Al Ain Zoo introduced new experience that allows visitors to get close with penguins. For the first time, the zoo will have Humboldt penguins parading around birds exhibit area in groups or individually and enjoy environment that resembles their habitat. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the penguins parade daily for free at 4:30 (local time).

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UAE weather: Commuters face delays as thick fog blankets Dubai skyline

Thick fog engulfed UAE Sunday morning, which led to clogging at key Dubai-Sharjah roads. National MET issued fog alert, reducing speed limits and restricting the use of hazard lights except for emergencies. The weather in UAE will remain cool with an expected increase in temperature, motorists are urged to follow traffic rules and take alternative routes if possible.

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Dubai outlet closed after found flouting COVID-19 rules

Dubai Economy has ordered the closure of a business for not adhering to COVID-19 precautionary measures. No fines or warnings were issued on the day, as 53 other businesses were found compliant with the safety measures. Yesterday, nine Dubai outlets were fined for violating the safety rules. On the same day, Dubai Municipality had ordered the closure of 13 outlets.

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RTA announces DTC London taxi version with unique specs

RTA announced that the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) would launch the London Taxi version service using hybrid electric and fuel. The taxi design is fitted with a satellite-based navigation system with unique specs like voice command, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning in addition to a WIFI network. The service will be available at the Dubai International Airport.

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Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Sawant first to be vaccinated in Mumbai

Former Maharashtra Health Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant and his wife were the first to start the vaccination in Mumbai. His wife, a doctor, was first woman to be vaccinated in the city. They received the vaccine in Mumbai’s Cooper hospital, from where the drive began in the city. Mumbai’s bulk of vaccination efforts will be handled by four medical colleges Sion, KEM, Nair and Cooper.

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Abu Dhabi announces continuation of e-learning for 3 more weeks

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has announced further continuation of e-learning for all academic levels. E-learning will continue for 3 more weeks starting 17 January 2020. The committee has also urged parents, guardians, academic and administrative staff in all schools to vaccinate against COVID-19 to protect themselves against the virus.

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Abu Dhabi Police seize drugs worth AED1 billion in last quarter of 2020

In last quarter of 2020, Abu Dhabi Police seized 1.4 tonnes of narcotics worth AED1 billion and arrested 22 people of different nationalities. The accused belonged to drug trafficking rings, and police also nabbed 8 suspects in money laundering resulting from drug trafficking. Police officials stated that information was obtained about existence of various gangs running drug operations from outside the country.

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UAE: Classroom learning for Cycle 3 students postponed

UAE Ministry of Education has decided to postpone resumption of classroom learning for Cycle 3 students until further notice. It was scheduled to start on Sunday, 17 January 2021, and Ministry has stressed necessity for schools to notify parents not to bring their children to school on Sunday. Schools have also communicated with parents, informing them of the change.

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Ajman: 50% traffic fine to end today

Ajman Police’s initiative to reduce traffic fines registered before 23 November 2020 by 50% is ending on 15 January 2021. The offer also includes cancellation of all traffic points and vehicle impoundments. Ajman Police also called on public to use the grace period from 2 December 2020-21 January 2021, and fines can be paid via service center, Sahl Device, Ministry of Interior app and Ajman Police app.

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97-year-old Emirati citizen receives COVID-19 vaccine

97-year-old Emirati citizen received first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Neama Health Centre. Nakheera Obaid Saeed Al Dhaheri first went through check ups before the vaccination, says sources. His son urged, encouraging the residents and his community members especially elderly people to take the COVID-19 vaccination to protect themselves. He also advised to trust the officials and not listen to the rumours.

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Dubai criminal court remands 28-year-old Asian for forgery

Dubai’s criminal court imprisoned a telecom company’s Asian employee for an attempt to forgery. 28-year-old victim misused his authority to access the company’s data from another individual’s ID to sell a SIM card and benefit from it. The company’s director revealed to the criminal court who is to take legal action. Earlier, Police arrested the 34-year-old Arab manager for embezzling Dhs787,000 and using dud cheques.

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Al Quwain Police arrests several people for reckless driving

Al Quwain Police arrested several people for driving heedlessly without a licence on Emirates Road. The Judicial authorities seized all the vehicles and will take legal action. The person involved in the incident uploaded the video on social media. Ministry urged the public not to publish and that such recordings should be reported immediately. The police to act on the safety of the residents.

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UAE: Friday to stay partly foggy and cloudy

Various areas in UAE were covered by fog for 7-8 hours early on Thursday morning, and weather on Friday is also expected to be wet, with light fog in some inland and coastal areas. Winds are expected to be northwesterly to westerly, and may be light to moderate, with speeds ranging 10-20 km per hour. Police have also warned drivers to monitor weather status before driving and reduce speeds.

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COVID-19 shots won't inject 'coded chips' in body, official dispels rumours

UAE Health authorities are keen to deny all rumours and misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines, a top health official said. Several rumours related to the vaccines are doing rounds on social media sites. Dr Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand denied that the vaccine has a coded chip that is injected in the body. Another rumour claiming that the vaccine causes allergies is also not true, he said.

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Court orders company to clear dues of Dhs400,400 of former manager

The Supreme Federal Court orders to pay Dhs400,400 to a former financial manager as a return ticket to his home country. Earlier he filed a criminal labour lawsuit against the company when the company refused to pay his dues, Dhs600,325. The court instance obligated the company to pay the employee Dhs400,400, besides a travel ticket to his home country, and related fees and expenses.

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Oil storage tank catches fire in Sharjah

Al Sajaa Industrial area’s abandoned oil storage caught fire. The Sharjah Civil Defence teams brought the fire under control from burning of oil remnants in three abandoned warehouses. There were no recorded casualties and according to sources, the teams remained calm at the scene of fire in order to avoid more flames. The scene will now be handed over to the competent authorities for further investigations.

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UAE issues weather warning over poor visibility

UAE National Center of Meteorology issues weather warning with a chance of severe conditions prevailing over coastal and internal areas of country between 1am to 9:30am (local time). NCM urges motorists to exercise caution following notification of fog causing poor visibility. The rest of the day will be fair to partly cloudy.

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Dubai: Indians among 27 workers injured in accident

At least 27 people, mostly Indians, were injured when their minibus collided with a truck near Dubai Techno Park. Police patrols and ambulances rushed to the scene to provide medical and traffic aid for the injured. Director of the General Department of Traffic said the accident had taken place because drivers were not driving with enough safe space between the two vehicles.

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Dubai Customs adopts GPRS platform, joins 70+ govt entities

Dubai Customs is joining 70+ Dubai government entities in adopting the GRPS platform. The announcement was made Smart Dubai on Twitter. The integrated, secure, and unified platform of centralized back-office solutions gives employees access to 40+ systems and smart applications that elevate efficiency across various departments. It manages 95 percent of the Dubai government budget.

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COVID-19 vaccination in Fujairah: Crown Prince receives first shot

Crown Prince of Fujairah received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in support of the national COVID-19 vaccine program. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad stressed on UAE’s leadership to ensure the highest levels of safety for all segments of the community. He also complimented the medical staff and frontline workers in the UAE inspiring everyone to receive the vaccine.

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UAE reports 3,362 new cases as vaccination drive continues at pace

UAE health ministry on Wednesday reported 3,362 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours. A total of 2,588 individuals recovered from the infection, while six succumbed. The Burj Khalifa praised the UAE leadership and health care workers for successfully rolling out 108,401 vaccine shots in a single day. UAE achieved the milestone of administering over 1 million vaccine doses on 10 January itself.

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Abu Dhabi: N2N gallery exhibits fine art of building cultural bridges

Abu Dhabi’s N2N Gallery is hosting “Sociopolis” by Ukrainian artist Andriy Bludov. Andriy thrives to show how energy unites the city with invisible threads, tying everything around it to each other. Bludov’s technique is eye capturing and shall grace your walls, inviting a range of perceptions from any viewer. His works can be found in private collections in Russia, Ukraine.

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UAE's Etihad Airways awarded Diamond status in health & safety

UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways has been awarded Diamond status in the inaugural APEX Health Safety audit, for their efforts on ensuring cleanliness and sanitation standards. Etihad’s senior official said that Diamond status is atestament to strength of Etihad’s health and safety credentials and response to pandemic. He added that Etihad is world’s only airline to make COVID-19 testing mandatory before every flight.

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UAE health authorities to vaccinate elderly people at home

UAE health authorities to priorities elderly people with COVID-19 vaccine in their respective houses. NCEMA spokesperson Dr Farida Al Hosni told sources that vaccine is one of the most important solutions available to reduce impact of COVID-19 and severity of its spread. UAE continues to identify and monitor the follow-up procedures through contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine procedures.

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