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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Russians have found it: Extra-terrestrial life in outer space

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Scientists stumbled upon a unique discovery in outer space. A team of Russian experts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) discovered extra-terrestrial life during a routine cleaning and polishing mission of the outside surface of the ISS, reported

Itar-Tass news agency quoted the chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev as saying that they have “found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on the illuminator surface”.
Plankton in these stages of development could be found on the surface of the oceans, he added.
Meanwhile, studies do reveal the ability of the extra-terrestrials to exist in zero gravity, extreme temperatures, while being belted by cosmic radiation and despite a lack of oxygen.

Lady Gaga wants to wed in space

Singer Lady Gaga wants to wed actor-boyfriend Taylor Kinney in space in early 2015.

The 28-year-old singer wants to have a commitment ceremony with Kinney while onboard the Virgin Galactic flight, reports

“Gaga and Taylor want to make a pledge for life, and think the space flight is too big an opportunity to pass up,” said a source.

“It would be typical of her to have the least conventional wedding ever.
While the wedding ceremony is yet to take place, the “Applause” hitmaker is set to perform during a trip to space on the special flight - which will cost $250,000 per seat - and she is looking forward to using the opportunity to spread a “message of love”.

She said: “Performing in space is such an honour. I want to challenge myself to come up with something that will not only bring everyone together but will also have a message of love that blasts into the beyond.”

Dubai poised to become centre of family tourism

The UAE is positioned high in the new emerging travel market since family values are embedded in the country’s culture. — KT file photo 
Family tourism has emerged as a major segment of the Islamic economy, accounting for as much as 12.5 per cent of the $1.07 trillion global tourism market in 2012, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has stated in its latest research note based on Thomson Reuters data.
The size and potential of this market can be estimated from the fact that it is larger than the world’s largest conventional tourism market, the United States, which is only 11.4 per cent of the global market. The report has been released as part of the preparations for the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum, or WIEF, which will be organised by the Dubai Chamber and the WIEF Foundation in Dubai from October 28 to 30.
“Family tourism is one of the most vibrant areas of the global tourism industry and a key element of the Islamic economy. With Muslim travellers constituting a major segment of the global tourism traffic, the priorities of families have become critical to the tourism industry’s growth and have redefined the focal areas for tourism activities,” said Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, chairman of the Dubai Chamber.
“The findings of the Dubai Chamber report are of much significance in light of the ‘Dubai Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative launched in 2013, which has identified family tourism as an important pillar and a major growth area. Dubai is strategically positioned to become a centre of family tourism as it aims to become the capital of the Islamic economy and builds its tourism infrastructure to create family-oriented hospitality services and facilities in accordance with Islamic practices

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Which country in Europe UAE residents most want to see

UAE tourists would like to visit Turkey as their next European holiday destination in new research which looked at past and future travel behaviour across the Middle East and Far East.
The Muslim Travel Index Europe 2014, released on Monday, has shown that Turkey is the number one country of choice for tourists in UAE as a future place to visit.
According to a detailed study of UAE residents, Turkey topped the list with 39 per cent of the vote, with England in second place (38 per cent), followed by Spain (37 per cent) and France (36 per cent). Italy also made the top five with 35 per cent of the vote.
The biggest reason tourists said they wanted to travel to Turkey (71 per cent) was to visit the country for the first time and experience what it had to offer. This was followed by 59 per cent wanting to know about its Islamic heritage.
The research found England was the most popular destination previously with 42 per cent having visited the country.
The Index also revealed the importance of adhering to Islam while travelling abroad with a huge 93 per cent of Emiratis saying it was important that the country they were visiting had facilities that catered for a halal lifestyle.
The Muslim Travel Index Europe 2014 looked at the attitudes and behaviour of majority Muslim populations to tourism in the future and their experiences of countries they have already visited in Europe.
The halal tourism sector was worth €103 billion in 2013 representing around 13 per cent of global travel expenditures.
This figure is expected to reach €141 billion by 2020.

Dubai tenant can be evicted for 3 main reasons

This is a non-renewable contract and you will have to vacate the apartment on expiry of the contract.” A number of landlords in Dubai are putting this clause in the rent contract addendum.
Emirates 24|7 has reported that such clauses stand invalid legally and a tenant can file a complaint with the Rental Dispute Settlement Center  (RDSC) of Dubai Land Department.

But, does that mean landlords can’t evict their tenants, at all?

“A landlord must have a legitimate reason to evict a tenant and the notice periods depend on the reason for the eviction,” says Ludmila Yamalova, Managing Partner, HPL Yamalova and Plewka JLT.

Only three reasons qualify or give the right to the landlord/property owner to evict a tenant:

1. Breach of tenancy agreement or violation of a law
2. Landlord wants to sell the property
3. Landlord wants to self-occupy the property