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How the famous French Champs-Élysées avenue has a Saudi touch

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The tie between the ever-famous Champs-Élysées avenue in France and Saudi Arabia dates back to more than quarter of a century ago. In a recent interview with Sultan Shawli, the Saudi undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry for Mineral Wealth, he revealed to Al Arabiya.net that some parts of the avenue have been tiled with Saudi granite of the Brown Najran type. Shawli explained that this type of granite has been extracted from the ministry’s mining site reserve ...

WATCH: Saudi crown prince makes joke about French food at gala dinner

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron held a gala dinner at the Elysee Palace for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday in the presence of a number of French and Saudi officials. At the beginning of the dinner, the Saudi crown prince delivered a speech about Saudi Arabia’s plans then jokingly said that he had a bottle of barbecue sauce in case he did not like the food. He said that while he was in Texas meeting with President George H.W. and son George W. Bush, they gave him ...

Dubai’s ‘Smart Bail’ system will not require passports

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Dubai Prosecutor General Ali Humaid Bin Khatem said on Monday, that suspects involved in particular delinquencies can very soon obtain an electronic bail without having to leave their passports or their guarantors’ in the possession of the Dubai Public Prosecution. The decision comes as part of a ‘Smart Bail’ initiative, as well as falls within the Dubai Government’s plan to turn to a smart and paperless government reported Gulf News. Bin Khatem said that these suspects ...

Smart number plates will soon alert police and ambulances in Dubai

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

By next month, Dubai will be the first city in the world to run a pilot of smart plates on the road with the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Tag2Connect (T2C) platform. Soon the wired smart plates will replace the existing metal ones and vehicles will have digital screens equipped with GPS, transmitters and a microprocessor chip, reported Gulf News. Abullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency said that the system is part of 10X and a first in the world. He added that ...

Female Holocaust survivors honored for their heroism

Monday, 9 April 2018

A group of female Holocaust survivors in Israel have been treated to a pampering "makeover" in advance of the country's annual remembrance day. Seventy survivors, representing Israel's 70th anniversary, were treated on Monday to manicuring, hair styling and make-up as part of an event titled "Beauty Heroines." Organizers said it was a gesture towards Israel's elderly survivor population who endured the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II when six million Jews died. ...

WATCH: Elderly Saudi woman happily sings while driving in the rain

Monday, 9 April 2018

An elderly Saudi woman expressed her joy for driving in the rain on one of the kingdom's highways by singing old folklore songs in the driver’s seat of her car. A video of the telling yet funny incident went viral on social media platforms. The video, which was shot by the woman’s friend who was in the passenger’s seat, received a lot of attention where Twitter users noted that it shows that women can indeed control a moving vehicle, even in less-than-ideal weather situations. ...

Dubai policeman helping woman with broken down car gets run over by motorist

Monday, 9 April 2018

A Dubai policeman who was helping a woman with a broken down car on the side of a major highway got run over by a motorist earlier this month where he still remains hospitalized. According to The National, details about the driver who hit Saeed Mohammed Shakal, who works in the Search and Rescue department of Dubai Police, were not disclosed, neither were the extent of Shakal’s injuries. Dubai Police released an image of Shakal in a hospital bed with a cast on his right arm and a soft cast ...

Dubai school implements ‘no homework’ policy

Monday, 9 April 2018

The Dubai-based Rising School has implemented a ‘no homework’ rule citing a Stanford University study that states that giving students homework could have a “detrimental” impact on their overall learning experience.According to Gulf News, the American curriculum school implemented the ‘no homework policy’ for several reasons, including the effects it can have on the physical wellbeing of students, the high stress levels it causes them, and that parents are not ...

FBI uses DNA to solve mystery of 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Scientists from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have solved a century-old mystery after using forensic DNA evidence to discover the identity of a 4,000-year-old head from ancient Egypt.In 1915, American archaeologists recovered a mummified severed head from a hidden tomb while excavating an ancient necropolis in Egypt’s Deir el-Bersha.The head was found on top of a cedar coffin inside a tomb at a limestone chamber, which looked like it had been looted in old times, a report by ...

India’s runaway train rolls for 12 kms without engine

Sunday, 8 April 2018

India’s railway ministry said Sunday a “ghastly” accident was narrowly avoided after 22 train coaches carrying some 1,000 passengers became detached from the engine and sped backwards for miles before being stopped. The runaway carriages in the eastern state of Odisha rolled for 12 kilometers before being brought to a shuddering halt by rocks placed on the tracks by railway staff. A spokesman for the railway ministry’s eastern division said none of about 1,000 passengers ...

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