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    Dubai seeking to add 20km to metro lines, adding 11 stations


    by Olivia Morris
    4 hours ago

    A little over a decade after first opening, the emirate of Dubai appears to be seeking to significantly extend its metro network.
    According to The National, a project notice has been issued by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to contractors about widening the metro – which first launched in 2009 – network area in the emirate.
    Entitled ‘Project in Dubai for Dubai Metro Green Line Extension’, the proposed extension of the city’s green line would add more than 20km more track to the metro and would include 11 new stations, terminating the line at Academic City.
    Meanwhile, the metro’s red line also seems to have plans for an extension by 3.5km for the line to finish at Mirdif City Centre.
    With the updates of new visas and Dubai positioning itself as a global business hub, it’s a move that would greatly help residents and tourists alike.
    The current population of Dubai is estimated to be around 3.5 million, but is expected to nearly double in less than 20 years’ time.
    The city estimated earlier this week the population of Dubai will reach 5.8 million by 2040.
    Given the rising popularity of Dubai for business and tourism, a metro extension would be more than welcome by citizens, residents and visitors.
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    Saudi Arabia to host Asian Winter Games in 2029


    by Olivia Morris
    1 hour ago

    Saudi Arabia is set to host the Asian Winter Games in 2029.
    The Kingdom won the bid to host AWG at Neom’s manmade mountain resort Trojena – a project which is yet to be built.
    Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, Minister of Sports for Saudi Arabia, announced the news via his official Twitter page.
    “With the unlimited support by the Saudi leadership and the Crown Prince to the sports sector, we are proud to announce we have won the bid to host AWG Trojena 2029 as the first country in western Asia, which will continue to place the kingdom as one of the leading countries in sport,” he said.

    With the unlimited support by the Saudi leadership & HRH Crown Prince to the sport sector we are proud to announce we have won the bid to host AWG TROJENA2029 as the first country in west Asia,  which will continue to place the kingdom as one of the leading countries in sport
    — عبدالعزيز بن تركي الفيصل (@AbdulazizTF) October 4, 2022

    Saudi Arabia’s winning bid for the games comes after the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC) submitted a letter of interest in August to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) about hosting the games.
    What is Trojena?
    While the games are set to take place at Trojena, the project is still yet to be completed.
    Located in the area of Neom, an area of major development in the Kingdom, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, announced the plans for the project back in March.
    The new tourist hub in Neom is set to open in 2026 and will entice keen skiers as well as adventure holidaymakers.
    Trojena will be a year-round destination for tourists which will include ski slopes, ski village, luxury resorts, restaurants, mountain activities, a man-made freshwater lake, hiking trails, watersports and much more.

    This is #TROJENA, the peak of innovation, technology, wellness and sustainable living.
    — TROJENA (@NEOMTROJENA) September 9, 2022

    According to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is also the Chairman of Neom, Trojena will “redefine mountain tourism” around the world.
    “Trojena will redefine mountain tourism for the world by creating a place based on the principles of ecotourism, highlighting our efforts to preserve nature and enhance the community’s quality of life, which is aligned with the goals of the kingdom’s Vision 2030,” he said of the new project.
    The entire project of Neom was first announced in 2017 and the first section is set to open in 2025. Located north of Tabuk, Neom covers a total area of 26,500 km2 and is set to be fully sustainable using solar power, will feature a new high-tech city and much more.
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    UAE fuel prices drop in August after reaching highest rates in 2022 in July


    by Team Emirates Woman
    31 mins ago

    The UAE has announced a drop in fuel prices for August 2022.
    This comes after prices reached an all-time high in July, crossing the Dhs4 per litre mark since the fuel price deregulation in August 2015.
    However, Emarat announced the petrol rates for August which has seen a drop of up to 62 fils per litre, with 95 special and 91 E-Plus falling back below Dhs4 per litre.
    ALSO READ: This is exactly how much petrol prices have increased since January
    Throughout August 98 Super is now Dhs4.03 per litre; 95 Special is now Dhs3.92 per litre; Diesel is now Dhs4.14 per litre; and 91 E-Plus is Dhs3.84 per litre.

    ⛽ Monthly Fuel Price Announcement:August 2022 fuel prices released by the #UAE Fuel Price Follow-up Committee
    — Emarat (امارات) (@EmaratOfficial) July 31, 2022

    The price drop will undoubtedly be welcomed by many across the country following prices increasing for two months consecutively in June and July 2022.
    It was found petrol costs had increased by a whopping 74 per cent up until July 2022, since the beginning of the year.
    The knock-on effect
    The rising petrol prices are also having a knock-on effect on big businesses too.
    In June, ride-hailing company, Uber Technologies Inc. announced price increases, announcing customers would now be charged as much as 11 per cent more for certain trips.
    With global petrol and diesel prices continuing to reach soaring highs, many parts of the UAE including Sharjah have seen a hike in taxi fares.
    To keep the low-income citizens in mind, the new allowance will provide a monthly subsidy of 85 per cent of the fuel price increase over Dhs2.1 per litre, as reported by WAM.
    Per the latest fuel subsidy scheme, the head of these families will receive a subsidy of 300 litres, while working wives will receive a subsidy of 200 litres. The announcement came as part of the UAE president’s directive to restructure its social welfare programme for low-income Emiratis, doubling its size to Dhs28 billion.
    Despite the increase in prices, the UAE continues to be the third-biggest OPEC producer followed by Kuwait.
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    UAE weather: Floods across northern emirates, workers encouraged to stay home


    by Team Emirates Woman
    1 minute ago

    We may be in the midst of the peak summer months, but over the last couple of days, the UAE has been engulfed in rainfall.
    While rainfall has varied across different areas of the country, some parts have been heavily affected by major floods occurring in northern emirates including Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah.
    The National Centre of Meteorology has forecast more heavy rain and storms across the emirates and the Ministry of Interior has issued a safety warning for UAE citizens and residents.

    #أمطار_الخير على #الفجيرة حالياً #أصدقاء_المركز_الوطني_للأرصاد #حالة_الطقس #حالة_جوية #جمعة_القايدي #عواصف_الشمال
    — المركز الوطني للأرصاد (@NCMS_media) July 27, 2022

    The Ministry has called on all drivers to be extra vigilant when driving on the roads and non-essential private and public sector employees in flood-affected areas have been encouraged to stay home.

    جهود الدفاع المدني في إنقاذ عائلة آسيوية في منطقة شيص في خورفكان بالمنطقة الشرقية#الامارات_أمن_وأمان #uae_safe
    — وزارة الداخلية (@moiuae) July 27, 2022

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also issued a directive for the Ministry of Community Development to accommodate those who have been displaced by the floods, providing them with temporary shelter.

    تعلن قيادة العمليات المشتركة عن تنفيذها عملية “الأيدي الوفية” في دعمها للسلطات المدنية في إمارة الفجيرة التي تعرضت ليلة البارحة الأربعاء لمنخفض جوي، وتركزت العملية علي إنقاذ العالقين في المناطق المغمورة بالمياه وإنقاذ المحاصرين داخل بيوتهم حيث تم اخلاءهم لمناطق الايواء دون خسائر
    — وزارة الدفاع |MOD UAE (@modgovae) July 28, 2022

    Emergency services and Civil Defense have been working tirelessly in order to help those in need and to help clear the overflow of water with flood pumps across the affected emirates.
    Stay safe everyone!
    In pics: Rain in the UAE

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    Watch: UAE President Sheikh Mohamed’s empowering address to the nation

    On Wednesday evening, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, addressed the entire nation in a live television and radio broadcast.
    In the speech, His Highness laid out his vision for the future of the UAE, whilst also paying tribute to “leader and father”, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former President of the UAE, as well as the late Sheikh Zayed, the father of the UAE.
    Sheikh Mohamed shared his pride in the nation and its continued “deep connection” with its people. He went on to outline the top priority for the country would be to empower the citizens and residents of the UAE, which has always been the top priority.
    Throughout his address, the UAE’s President touched upon key points including a continued vision to support peace in the region and around the globe; the thriving economy of the UAE and its continued success; the development of science and technology;  support with humanitarian aid to countries around the world; and the “wealth of young manpower” who will drive success for the UAE in the future.
    Read and watch Sheikh Mohamed’s full speech below.

    #MohamedbinZayed:UAE’s policy will continue to champion peace and stability in our region and the wider world, supporting others and advocating for wisdom and cooperation for the good of
    — WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) July 13, 2022

    “Peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you all.
    “Dear brothers and sisters, A few weeks ago, we lost our leader, our father, a wise and valued teacher who was loved by everyone. Yet we accept fate and this loss with patience and faith in God’s will. May God bless his soul.
    “Sheikh Khalifa, may his soul rest in peace, walked alongside the Founding Father Sheikh Zayed, God rest his soul, throughout the UAE’s development, and bore the nation’s trust after his father’s passing with sincerity and wisdom. He fulfilled his mission for his people, leaving an enduring legacy of generosity through his deeds in the region and around the world.
    “Today, we see our nation ranked among the most advanced nations globally, as well as being one of the best places to live and work. This was the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed and our founding fathers, and we thank God for this blessing. We will continue to follow their wise approach, drawing inspiration from their unfaltering leadership. Our history, identity, and cultural heritage will form an essential part of our plans for the future.
    “I thank my brothers, the Members of the Federal Supreme Council, who have vested in me a great responsibility. I pray to Almighty God to help me carry it out.
    “The deep connection that exists between us and our people, an unbreakable fellowship, and the rallying of our people around us will be, as it has always been, the source of our strength and the pride of our nation.
    “I extend my gratitude to the leaders of countries around the world who expressed their condolences and sincere sympathies towards the UAE and its people at our time of loss.
    “The people of the UAE, and striving to empower them, has always been and continues to be our nation’s top priority. Ensuring our people have everything they need to live fulfilled, comfortable, and happy lives, remains the basis of all our future plans.
    “Dear brothers, we are fortunate to have a nation of such people, who, before and after the union, and even through difficult times, have proven their spirit and determination to overcome the toughest challenges. Our pride in our people is infinite. Equally, we deeply appreciate the valued role of our residents who consider this country their second home, and their continued contributions in building and developing the UAE since its union.
    “The sovereignty and security of the UAE will remain a foundational principle that we will abide with, and we will not tolerate anything that could affect it. We extend the hand of friendship to all countries that share our values of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect, to achieve progress and prosperity.
    “Brothers and sisters, thanks to Almighty God and to the great leadership of my brother Khalifa, may God rest his soul, as well as that of the union’s founder, Sheikh Zayed, today the UAE has an advanced, sustainable and integrated ecosystem that has become an inspiration for people in the region around the world. We will ensure it continues to develop, thanks the efforts of our people, and those who have chosen to call the UAE home.
    “Today, the UAE economy is thriving and continues to grow at an impressive rate. We are blessed with many resources, especially our high skilled human capital, as the UAE possesses a distinguished wealth of young manpower. In addition, more than 200 nationalities are actively participating in the growth and development of our economy.
    “Brothers and sisters, further diversifying our economy is a key strategic focus of our future plans. It is therefore necessary to accelerate economic development efforts to continue building a leading global economy, to enhance our competitiveness, and to achieve the highest global rankings.
    “Our priorities also include further strengthening our people’s capabilities in science and technology, and develop it further to benefit all economic areas and the society. The role of the private sector is pivotal and it must be further activated through constant collaboration and diverse opportunities to increase its contribution to the growth of the economy.
    “Since its establishment, the UAE has built robust relations with countries around the world, based on solid foundations of openness and constructive cooperation. This has gained our nation a reputation regionally and internationally, by the efforts of our young men and women in the UAE and abroad, who we are very proud of.
    “During the next chapter, we will build on our reputation by establishing strategic partnerships with various countries. Continuing Sheikh Zayed’s approach, we will work to strengthen our role among the world’s leading countries by providing humanitarian aid, and by continuing to extend a helping hand to communities in need around the world, irrespective of religion or race.
    “We will also continue to consolidate our nation’s position as a reliable energy provider, and support global energy security as a fundamental driver of global economic growth and development.
    “The UAE’s policy will continue to champion peace and stability in our region and the wider world, supporting others and advocating for wisdom and cooperation for the good of mankind. We will continue our work to strengthen cooperation and enable positive, respectful dialogue between countries to achieve stability and prosperity for all.
    “Brothers and sisters, the UAE has secured a great number of exceptional achievements, particularly as a young country. But our ambitions are far greater, and it is imperative that we continue to strive to surpass our current success. Our responsibility is to secure a bright future for our youth, and achieving that depends on the work and effort we put in today.
    “The Founding Father, may God have mercy upon him, laid solid foundations for this country, and today we will redouble our efforts to maintain the UAE’s status and elevate its achievements. Our primary goal is the UAE and its people.
    “Our hope in God is great and so is our confidence in a bright future for our country, our people, and the path ahead. We pray to God Almighty to help us and to be the guardian of our success.
    “May God rest the soul of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, grant him eternal peace, and grant our country glory, safety, and blessings.”
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    Watch: Incredible time lapse shows Kuwait become engulfed in huge dust storm


    by Team Emirates Woman
    1 minute ago

    On Monday, all flights were grounded in Kuwait due to a huge dust storm which engulfed the country.
    Kuwait City was coated in a thick orange haze which, according to Kuwait’s State News Agency KUNA, the storm swept across the country and saw winds exceed 60 kilometres per hour and also led visibility to decrease to less than 500 metres in some parts.
    One individual managed to capture an incredible time-lapse of the entire storm engulfing an area of the country.

    In the footage, which has been making the rounds on social media, a huge dust cloud is seen in the background and slowly as the timelapse continues it edges closer to the city.
    During the 30 second clip, the storm charges towards the coastal area of Kuwait and completely engulfs the skyline, with only an orange hue to be seen on camera.
    While all commercial flights were grounded on Monday, they were rescheduled after the storm had passed.
    The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology has warned the storm could hit western parts of the country.
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    Meet the first Emirati woman to climb Mount Everest


    by Sarah Joseph
    1 minute ago

    Emirati women are continuing to break the mould and pave the way for future generations.
    Nayla Nasir from the UAE is a perfect example of this having recently become the first Emirati woman to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
    The Emirati-Uruguayan climber reached the astonishing height of 8,848.8 metres on May 14, 2022, officially making history in the UAE.
    After one week of harrowing human endurance, the Emirati mountaineer made it to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain.
    Upon reaching she hoisted the UAE’s flag and made the country proud, climbing her way into the history books.

    Conducted by Nepalese mountaineer, Chhang Dawa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, the expedition was completed sooner than expected due to the favourable weather conditions, according to the Seven Summit Treks Instagram.
    It’s not the first mountain Nasir has summited. She has previously climbed Turkey’s Mount Ararat at 5,140 metres and made it to the Summit of Cameroon at 4,090 meters high, hoisting the UAE’s flags on different summits.
    Besides mountaineering, Nasir is a multi-talented athlete being a scuba divemaster, free diver and horse rider.

    Nasir summited Mount Everest two days before Dubai-based athlete and former Emirates Woman cover star Manal Rostom became the first Egyptian woman to reach the top of the world’s tallest mountain. She marked the history-making moment on Instagram with a video of her “on top of the world”, fulfilling a long-time ambition of hers.
    Kudos to these inspiring women who are on a mission to empower women through the world of mountaineering.
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    In pics: Prince William meets with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed


    by Staff Writer
    May 17, 2022

    Following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, condolences have been sent in their masses to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
    Many dignitaries from around the world arrived in the UAE over the weekend to pay their respects to the new President of the UAE.
    Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was one of the many who touched down in the UAE to share his condolences with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in the wake of his elder brother’s passing.

    #UAE President receives more condolences from leaders of fraternal and friendly countries on passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.#WamNews
    — WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) May 16, 2022

    Queen Elizabeth II, who has been having some mobility issues as of late, issued a statement following Sheikh Khalifa’s passing on Friday.
    “I am saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi,” she said. “Your distinguished brother devoted his life to serving the people of the United Arab Emirates and his relationship with its allies and friends.
    “He will be long remembered by all who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and between faiths, and for the conservation cause. I offer Your Highness my sincere condolences and I extend my sympathy to the people of the United Arab Emirates.”

    The Queen has sent a message of condolence following the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi:
    — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 13, 2022

    Over the weekend, a council meeting was held at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, where Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was unanimously elected as President of the UAE.
    Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s election as president comes after the passing of his elder brother.
    Sheikh Khalifa, who was also the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, had been President of the UAE since 2004, following the passing of his father, the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nayhan, the Father of the UAE.
    Sheikh Khalifa was born in 1948 and was the eldest son of the late Sheikh Zayed.
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