Growing date palms and lettuce, UAE’s Mars mission to reach another level

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

UAE has literally taken its space plan to another level by adding new objectives to it – growing palm tree and lettuce. According to a BBC report, the main objective is to create agricultural space – where you can pick your strawberries/grow your fruits. While the date palm was chosen for its symbolic links with the region, the other three produce have been chosen as scientists have already established that they might grow on Mars. “There are similarities between Mars and the ...

UAE firm basks in Marcos Ramirez’s Spain MotoGP-3 glory

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Dubai-based firm that owns a team in MotoGP-3 is basking in the glory of the triumph of Marcos Ramirez, who managed to reach the winners’ podium in Spain earlier this week. Riding a KTM bike, Marcos Ramirez – owned by Platinumbay Real Estate Dubai – took over at the top of the timesheets in Moto3 FP1 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, in Valencia on Sunday, November 12. Ramirez beat compatriot Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) as action opened for the final weekend of the ...

UAE and Egypt discuss Lebanon crisis, aggression against Saudi Arabia

Monday, 13 November 2017

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry on Monday in Abu Dhabi. The latest developments in the region, especially the situation in Lebanon and the missile targeting of Saudi Arabia by Houthi militias, and the explosion of the oil pipeline inBahrain, were among the issues addressed. The meeting was also attended by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Egyptian minister stressed the importance of ...

UAE minister: Iranian missiles fired at Saudi a ‘dangerous escalation’

Monday, 13 November 2017

Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate on Sunday, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash described Iranian-made missiles fired from Yemen at the Saudi capital earlier this month as a “dangerous escalation.” Gargash said that the UAE will not stand idle amid the rising threats. He also stressed that the UAE will continue to stand with the Saudi-led Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen. The minister noted that the emergence of a new Hezbollah in ...

Arab league to meet on Iran at Saudi request

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, said the document shown to AFP by diplomats on Sunday. Tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including over League members Qatar and Lebanon. ...

UAE enters $1.6 bln deal with Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-16 fighters

Sunday, 12 November 2017

United Arab Emirates’ Defence Ministry announced a 6 billion dirham ($1.63 billion) deal with Lockheed Martin Corp to upgrade F-16 jet fighters, a spokesman said on Sunday. The deal is to upgrade 80 F-16 jet fighters, Major General Abdullah Al Sayed Al Hashemi, Chief of the Military Committee and the spokesman of the UAE Armed Forces, told a news conference.  

Macron unveils 1-bn euro joint investment with UAE

Thursday, 9 November 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced a one-billion euro joint investment platform with the UAE whose funds are to be invested in France. This agreement “will allow us to mobilise our economy with the investment strength of the Emirates”, Macron told members of the French community in Dubai on the second day of a visit to the UAE, his first as head of state to the Middle East. The agreement was signed by Abu Dhabi-based sovereign fund Mubadala and the French Caisse ...

UAE policemen break world record of heaviest aircraft pulled by a team

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dubai Police have broken the Guinness World Record of pulling an A380 Emirates aircraft for 100 meters as part of the 30-days Fitness Challenge. The team consisted of 56 police officers who pulled the 302.68 tonnes aircraft to break the former record which was 218.56 tonnes for a Boeing 747 aircraft pulled in Hong Kong International Airport by 100 people in 2011. A delegation from the Guinness World Records handed Guinness certificate to Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, ...

Macron arrives in Saudi Arabia, meets Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Thursday, 9 November 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Saudi Arabia on a surprise trip, Thursday night, coming from the United Arab Emirates and met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who welcomed him at the airport, reported Saudi Press Agency. Macron said he made the decision earlier in the morning about heading to Saudi Arabia, in part over Houthi militia in Yemen launching a ballistic missile that targeted Riyadh, the Kingdom’s capital and to discuss issues concerning Iran. He bluntly blamed ...

The sliding scale of salaries across Arab countries

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

As international and Arab institutions begin to reduce and rationalize the cost of operations due to current economic conditions, the average monthly salary of the employees in 16 Arab countries is about $1,202 per month. Data and figures collected by indicate that the average employees' salaries range between $3,235 per month in the UAE, while in Syria it rounds up to a $100 per month. According to available figures, the total monthly salary in 16 Arab countries amounts to about ...

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