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Dubai sets Covid-19 safety guidelines for Diwali

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, the official said that “every effort has been made to ensure that venues hosting Diwali celebrations are cleaned and sanitised and that reduced capacity rules are strictly followed”…reports Asian Lite News

A top Dubai city officials have urged Indian expats, as well as all residents, to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines while celebrating Diwali on Saturday.

Speaking to Gulf News in an exclusive interview published on Friday, Mohammed Feras Arayqat, director retail registration, retail and strategic alliances, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “Every member of Dubai’s diverse community of nationalities is invited to join in with the celebrations for the annual ‘Festival of Lights’ and experience the wide range of entertainment on offer while following all of the social distancing rules, wearing a mask and taking all safety and precautionary measures.

“As well as enjoying the outdoor entertainment and the perfect winter weather, revellers can also explore Dubai’s malls, which are offering lots of great retail deals on a wide range of traditional Diwali gifts as well as big name brands and much more.”

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, the official said that “every effort has been made to ensure that venues hosting Diwali celebrations are cleaned and sanitised and that reduced capacity rules are strictly followed”.

“It is important that face masks are worn at all times and social distancing rules are observed in order to keep everyone safe and well during this special time of the year.”

According to Arayqat, there were a number of celebrations, entertainment and activities across the Dubai, which include traditional fireworks displays at The Pointe on Friday at 9 p.m., and also a special performance at The Palm Fountain.

Also on Friday and Saturday, there will be fireworks shows at the Global Village, along with a fun-packed carnival of Diwali-themed entertainment, he told Gulf News.

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Dubai, Israel discuss bolstering economic ties

The two sides discussed the foundations for cooperation and the ways to benefit from the commercial and investment opportunities provided by the UAE, the Emirate of Dubai and the free zone….reports Asian Lite News

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) welcomed a senior economic delegation from Israel.

The visit aims to discuss the prospects for strategic relations in various fields to encourage and increase foreign investment flows. This initiative will enhance joint action to explore promising opportunities that await DAFZA and the Israeli economic and commercial entities represented in the delegation.

Dr. Mohammad Al Zarooni, Director General of DAFZA along with senior officials welcomed the delegation, which was led by Uriel Lynn, President of The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and President of the Tel-Aviv & Central Israel Chamber of Commerce.

The Israeli delegation included also a number of high-ranking officials such as David Castel, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Haifa and the North, Amir Shani, Vice President Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and Ze’ev Lavie, VP International Relations & Business Development Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce.

It also includes Adiv Baruch, Chairman of the Israeli export and International Cooperation Institute, Gadi Ariely, Director General of the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, Ron Tomer, President manufacturers association of Israel, Hagai Edri, VP SME & Government Relations at Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI) and Avshalom “Abu” Vilan, Secretary General, Israel Farmers Federation.

The two sides discussed the foundations for cooperation and the ways to benefit from the commercial and investment opportunities provided by the UAE, the Emirate of Dubai and the free zone. This initiative comes in line with the memorandum of understanding the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority recently signed with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce.

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Dubai Crown Prince launches AED500 million stimulus package

The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched an AED500 million economic stimulus package to support various business sectors across the economy.

The new package brings the total value of stimulus packages introduced by the emirates’ government in 2020 to AED6.8 billion.

The deal came under the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The stimulus package is aimed at mitigating the impact of the current global economic situation on businesses and support them to overcome the current exceptional circumstances.

“We strive to support the business sector while working together to counter the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The business sector is at the heart of our economy. We are keen to revive the business environment and open new horizons for entrepreneurs and investors in line with Dubai’s future aspirations,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

Highlighting the importance of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), He said: “We are working as one integrated system, and our main goal is to accelerate the pace of recovery and ensure that the economy can tide over this phase.”

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Dubai hosts first post lockdown marathon race

The first mass running event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic took place on friday in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – the destination where business and lifestyle meets.

Over 400 runners took part in either the half marathon (21km), 10km or the 5km races – the event included a range of innovative measures from contactless temperature checking, no touch sanitization and water distribution and staggered start times to ensure the safety of all participants. 

The organisers of the event co ordinated with relevant partners and Government bodies including the Dubai Sports Council and the Supreme Committee on months of planning to ensure that the first mass running event this season met all the strict safety measures.

Steven Matthijs of Promoseven Sports Marketing said: “We’re delighted with the outcome of this mornings’ event and we’d like to thank the Dubai Sports Council, the RTA, the Dubai Police and our title partner, Mai Dubai for working so closely with us during the difficult climate we are all facing – without them, this event would not have been possible.”

Alexander van ‘t Riet, CEO of Mai Dubai, said: “The marathon was a success in many ways and the participation it witnessed is a reflection of the rising awareness on the importance of physical activity and of course, hydration.”

Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council, the race route started and finished in front of The Gate Building and looped around the picturesque Dubai International Financial Centre, providing runners with breathtaking views of the city’s well-known architectural marvels.

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Dubai’s palm fountain secures Guinness World Record

Normal 0 false false false EN-IN X-NONE X-NONE The Palm Fountain at The Pointe, Dubai’s premier lifestyle and dining destination by Nakheel, has secured the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Fountain after a breathtaking launch streamed live across the world. The magical show was attended by distinguished guests, residents and tourists, who watched in awe as The Palm Fountain broke the record in tune to an exclusive song – Dubai is another planet, produced to reflect the city’s vibrant and inspirational spirit. A celebration of Dubai’s creativity and ambition, The Palm Fountain is spread over 14,000 sq ft of sea water and is the only multi-coloured fountain in the city. Its super shooter stands tall at 105 metres and comes alive with over 3,000 LED lights. Omar Khoory, Managing Director of Nakheel Malls, which operates The Pointe, said: “Nakheel extends its gratitude to Dubai’s leadership as we secure the coveted title of World’s Largest Fountain. This is an historic moment which further underscores our commitment to bringing new and unique experiences to the city for the benefit of all stakeholders. As pioneers of retail and lifestyle destinations in Dubai, we look forward to the inspiration it will bring to visitors at The Pointe, residents of the UAE, our retailers, tourists and the international community.” The Palm Fountain launch, during which strict health and safety protocols were observed, included an array of live entertainment including a magical firework display. Two of the Middle East’s much loved and award-winning Disney songs – Let It Go from Frozen and A Whole New World from Aladdin – were also played for the momentous occasion, and are part of the fountain’s regular programming. The fountain is open to the public year-round from sunset to midnight, delighting visitors with over 20 bespoke shows with five different variations swaying to an array of popular songs including Khaleeji, pop, classic and international. Shows last for three minutes and are performed every 30 minutes. To commemorate its launch, The Pointe has also unveiled an Instagram-able water swing open daily from 1 pm to 10 pm until 29 October.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, DFRE, said: “The launch of The Palm Fountain marks yet another exciting milestone as Dubai continues to welcome visitors to its world-famous landmarks. Securing another Guinness World Records title for Dubai further solidifies the city’s status as a must-visit destination where guests from around the world can experience the best sights and sounds as well as unrivalled retail and tourist spaces. The Pointe’s standing as one of Dubai’s premier dining and leisure destinations has been further elevated with the unveiling of this record-breaking new attraction and we look forward to welcoming the many new tourists who will visit.”

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Dubai’s non oil external trade hits AED551 bn in H12020

Dubai recorded AED551 billion worth of non-oil external trade in the first half of 2020. The emirate’s ability to minimise the impact of the pandemic-induced global economic slowdown on its trading sector reflects its exceptional logistics infrastructure, which enabled it to maintain uninterrupted trade flows and a streamlined supply chain.

Imports accounted for AED320 billion, exports AED77 billion, and re-exports AED 154 billion. A total volume of 44 million tonnes of goods were traded through Dubai including 30 million tonnes of imports, 8 million tonnes of exports and 6 million tonnes of re-exports.

Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, said the emirate’s external trade sector is capable of overcoming the strong headwinds facing global trade thanks to the depth, resilience, diversity and flexibility of the Dubai economy.

“External trade is one of the key pillars of our economy. We are today reaping the fruits of the vision of our country’s founding leaders and our strong strategic planning, backed by decades of hard work in creating a robust trading and logistics infrastructure.

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Dubai’s external trade sector has shown a high level of preparedness in dealing with the crisis. It has provided exceptional trading facilities and services to help businesses around the world overcome the challenges of the current period,” he said.

Dubai’s external trade showed considerable growth in May and June compared to April 2020, a period in which widespread lockdowns were enforced across the globe to combat the pandemic. Dubai’s external trade grew in May compared to April by 17.2 percent to reach AED75 billion, and again grew 20 percent in June compared to May to reach AED90 billion.

The latest external trade figures for H1 2020 show strong integration between different modes of shipping: land, sea and air. Airborne trade accounted for AED250 billion, accounting for 45 percent of total trade. Sea trade reached AED212 billion (39 percent), while land trade touched AED89 billion (16 percent).

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Direct trade totalled AED320 billion, representing 58 percent of Dubai’s external trade, while trade through free zones reached AED227 billion (41 percent), and customs warehouse trade weighed in at AED4 billion (1 percent).

China maintained its position as Dubai’s largest trading partner in H1 2020 with AED66.4 billion worth of trade. India came in second with AED38.5 billion, followed by the USA in third place with AED31.7 billion, and Switzerland with AED24.3 billion. Saudi Arabia continued to be Dubai’s largest Gulf and Arab trade partner and its fifth largest global trade partner with AED24.1 billion worth of trade.

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Dubai to host opening leg of HERO World Series 2021

Registration for the HERO Dubai 2021 is now open at www.heroworldseries.com in various categories including professional riders, amateurs and children…Reports Asian Lite News

The Dubai Sports Council announced that HERO Dubai Hatta 2021, the opening race of the HERO World Series 2021 international mountain bike circuit, will be held at the idyllic Hatta Nature Park on 5 March 2021.

A major biking tournament featured in the International Cycling Union’s international calendar, HERO Dubai 2021 will be held alongside the HERO Bike Festival, a three-day mountain biking-themed programme of events taking place from 3 to 5 March 2021 in Hatta.

Hosting the event is aligned with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai to transform Dubai into a bicycle-friendly city and strengthen its position as the world’s most preferred venue for international sporting events.

Registration for the HERO Dubai 2021 is now open at www.heroworldseries.com in various categories including professional riders, amateurs and children.

Participating athletes can make the most of the run-up to the competition by taking part in training sessions at the Hatta Wadi Hub. These sessions provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the routes of the contest and be ready for the kick-off on 5 March, 2021, at 9.00 am.

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Switzerland takes part in Pre-Expo 2020 Dubai

The Expo offers a significant opportunity for the Swiss Pavilion to showcase Switzerland’s technological expertise and to promote Switzerland as a fertile ground for scientific research and innovation…Reports Asian Lite News

Switzerland Pavilion is taking part in the first Pre-Expo event on 5−6 October 2020, reaffirming its commitment to the success of the Expo 2020 Dubai. Expo will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

The Expo offers a significant opportunity for the Swiss Pavilion to showcase Switzerland’s technological expertise and to promote Switzerland as a fertile ground for scientific research and innovation. In this regard, the Swiss Pavilion joins the Pre-Expo Space Week, the first online event of the programme series ahead of next year’s Expo.

“Switzerland is not only a tech nation, but also a space nation! The pre-Expo Space Week is an excellent opportunity to highlight Switzerland’s strength in innovation, research and education in the field of space”, says Manuel Salchli, Commissioner General of the Swiss Pavilion and Chairman of the Steering Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai.

In a COVID-19 context, the Expo is also an important economic platform: the Swiss Pavilion will turn on the spotlight on Swiss companies and the tourism sector to promote the country’s economic capacity and attractiveness in the UAE, which is Switzerland’s foremost trading partner in the Middle East.

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Dubai forms committee for govt sector development

The Decree supports the government in achieving strategic objectives including enhancing the governance of government entities in Dubai..Reports Asian Lite News

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Prime Minister of the UAE has issued Decree No. (29) of 2020 establishing the Higher Committee for Government Sector Development in Dubai.

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai will chair the Committee and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum will be the Vice Chairman.

The Committee also includes the Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Dubai, the Director-General of Dubai’s Department of Finance, the Director-General of the Dubai Government Human Resources Department and the Secretary-General of Dubai’s Supreme Legislation Committee.

The Decree supports the government in achieving strategic objectives including enhancing the governance of government entities in Dubai, ensuring the emirate’s strategic sectors are structured to maximise efficiency, strengthening the performance and resilience of government organisations, streamlining the responsibilities of government departments, enhancing cooperation between government entities and optimising the utilisation of government resources.

The Committee is tasked with approving the vision and the strategic objectives of the government sector development project under the supervision of the Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai; ensuring the project is progressing according to approved timelines and plans; aligning the project with the government’s priorities and objectives; and approving the project plan and execution phases, the roles and responsibilities of subcommittees and teams, and the project’s budget.

The Decree obligates all Dubai Government departments to fully cooperate with the Committee, and its subcommittees and teams, and provide them information, statistics and documents on request.

The Chairman of the Higher Committee for Government Sector Development will issue all the bylaws required to implement this Decree. The Decree annuls any other legislation that contradicts or challenges its articles. The Decree is active from its date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

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World’s largest fountain to launch in Dubai

The Palm Fountain will attempt to break a Guinness World Records title on Thursday,22nd October during its inaugural launch event…Reports Asian Lite News

The Pointe, Dubai’s premier lifestyle and dining destination by Nakheel Malls, is gearing up to launch the world’s largest fountain.

‘The Palm Fountain’, Palm Jumeirah’s latest waterfront attraction, will attempt to break a Guinness World Records, GWR, title on Thursday, 22nd October during its inaugural launch event, and the public is invited to witness the celebration.

Spread over 14,000 square feet of seawater, the fountain’s super shooter will stand tall at 105 metres and come alive with over 3,000 LED lights. The attraction is the only multicoloured fountain in Dubai and is a celebration of Dubai’s resurgence and ambition to aim for the sky. On the day of the launch, visitors of The Pointe are invited to enjoy an entire day of festivities, with all-day events and competitions from The Pointe’s restaurants and, starting at 16:00, an array of live entertainment including multiple DJ sets, dance shows, performers, a magical fireworks show.

Omar Khoory, Managing Director, Nakheel Malls, said, “As pioneers of retail and lifestyle destinations in Dubai, the launch of The Palm Fountain is a testament to our commitment to support retailers and push boundaries to provide our customers with unique experiences. We look forward to the inspiration this will bring customers at The Pointe, residents of Palm Jumeirah, our retailers, tourists and the wider community.”

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, DFRE, said, “The Palm Fountain is yet another incredible addition to Dubai’s list of world-famous landmarks and is sure to be a big draw among residents and visitors alike.”

From 20:00 on 22nd October, spectators can enjoy the breath-taking views of The Palm Fountain show from 30 different restaurants at The Pointe. The day-long event is open to the public through registration, and the first 5,000 customers who arrive will receive a free LED wristband.

The public is encouraged to RSVP for the launch event and join in The Palm Fountain’s Guinness World Records attempt via platinumlist.net. For guaranteed restaurant seating, the public is highly advised to book a table at any of the restaurants at The Pointe. Free shuttle buses will be available to take visitors from Nakheel Mall to The Pointe every 30 minutes.

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