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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Dubai Airports takes top spot for international passenger traffic

Dubai Airports said on Tuesday the total passengers in 2014 totalled 70.47 million, up 6.1 per cent on year, taking over as the top spot for international passenger traffic, and expects 79 million passengers this year.
The airport witnessed robust passenger traffic growth of 7.5 per cent in December with 6,498,573 passengers passing through the facility compared to 6,047,126 recorded in the corresponding month last year, it said in a statement.
“The shared goal is to make Dubai a global centre of aviation and we are nearing that goal thanks to an open skies policy, a friendly business environment, Dubai’s growing attractiveness as a centre for trade, commerce and tourism, growing network connectivity due to the rapid expansion of Emirates and flydubai and timely investment in aviation infrastructure,” said Shaikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said Dubai International would boost its annual capacity to 90 million passengers this year with the opening of Concourse D - a new hall for arrivals and departures.

UAE licence and vehicle registration card on mobile

 Driving without carrying a licence or vehicle registration card won’t be an offence now as the new Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) mobile application makes the cards available on the go.
RTA has added m-store to its Drivers and Vehicles app that will have any Dubai-issued licence and vehicle registration card or distinguished number plate stored.
A motorist has to sign in with his or her RTA registered ID and password on the app to have all the details on the screen.
“Once signed in, the application will display the fines issued on the registered vehicle number or the licence number, and on m-store inside the app both the registration cards and licence cards will be available,” said Ahmad Hashem Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.In case a person does not have a registered online profile with RTA, it can be done through the app or on RTA’s website,, and the same ID and password can be used to access all RTA applications.
To access the registration cards and licence on the go, the motorist has to create a profile and link the profile with his or her traffic file.
“All the vehicle registration cards have a traffic file number which can be seen on the back of the card. Once a person keys in the traffic file number all the data, including the registration card, licence and all the number plates registered under the particular traffic file, will be available on the app,” said Behroozian.
In the long run, Nol cards as well as seasonal parking cards registered under a person’s name will also be available on the app.
Behroozian clarified that the cards displayed on the app can be used for all official purposes but the original cards will not be substituted by the e-cards for now.
“We have informed the Dubai Police and the Ministry of Interior about the new development and they will accept the cards on m-store in case of accidents as official documents during accidents or for any cases, but the e-cards won’t replace the original cards for now,” added Behroozian.
Another key feature of the app is that it enables people to share their registration cards and licence through email and social media if required for any official purpose.
Behroozian, who is also the head of the RTA Team Overseeing Roadmap for Transition to Smart Government, said that the initiative is part of efforts to transform Dubai into the smartest city worldwide within the next three years.
RTA is on track to launch at least 200 smart services via smartphones by the end of 2015.

raining jobs in UAE

It seems 2015 is a good time for UAE employees as a vast majority of companies in the country are looking to hire.

According to a new survey by recruiting firm Reach, demand for talent is still on the rise in the UAE and 91 per cent of the companies who took part in the survey intend to strategically recruit additional employees in 2015.

The survey, which polled over 200 companies this month, reveals that sectors such as banking & finance, retail, hospitality and healthcare express the highest need, with sales, operations and technical functions among the most sought-after proficiencies.

And this projected increase in headcount is despite falling oil prices. Even the oil & gas sector still sees demand as does the government sector following the release of the deficit-free UAE Federal budget for 2015.

world's longest gold chain

Gold shoppers not only get a chance to win more gold and diamonds at the 20th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), they also get a chance to be part of history.

Residents and tourists can buy a segment of the world’s longest handmade gold chain.

Titled ‘Dubai Celebration Chain’, it entered the Guinness World Record at 5.522km in length, and approximately 256kg in weight.

Read: 60% of Dubai Celebration Chain sold out

As DSF enters its final week, shoppers have the opportunity to double their chances of winning 100kg of gold and 40 carats of diamonds at the Gold and Jewellery Mega Raffle. For every Dh500 spent on the ‘Dubai Celebration Chain’, shoppers will be entitled to two raffle coupons.

The 22ct gold chain is available for booking in options of 8 grams (bracelet size), 20, 22, 24 and 25 grams.

Pieces of the chain can be bought at the current 22ct jewellery price plus Dh15/gram as the making charges.

The chain has more than 4 million links and was manually linked by 100 craftsmen over 45 days for 10 hours each day.

The manufactures who joined hands with the Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group to make the Dubai Celebration Chain a reality are Siroya Jewellers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Sky Jewellery, Joyalukkas and Emerald Jewellers DMCC in addition to the support of over 500 retail jewellery partners.

The Gold and Jewellery Mega Raffle offers shoppers spending Dh500 at any of the participating outlets, the chance to win up to Dh15 million in prizes.

Shoppers will be entitled to one raffle coupon for gold purchases of Dh500 or more, and two raffle coupons for every Dh500 spent on diamonds.

Dubai's Dh30bn project with 10,000 affordable expat housing units

Dubai Municipality has allocated 10,000 residential units in its Dh30-billion Desert Rose master development for affordable housing for expatriates, according to a senior government official.

“We will have 30,000 dwellings in the project of which 20,000 will be for Emiratis and 10,000 will be affordable housing for expatriates,” Abdulla Mohammed Rafia, Assistant Director General for Engineering and Planning Sector, DM, said addressing the Destination Dubai 2020 conference on Tuesday.

The new 'satellite city', located between Al Ruwaya and Al Aweer areas across the Emirates Road, will cover an area of 4,000 hectares and house 160,000 inhabitants on completion.

The plan to build the 'smart sustainable city' was approved by the government in May 2014, with the design being inspired by the desert flower.

“The date for completion is 2025 timeline, but we are ready to deliver it before 2020. However, we are leaving the timescale to the government, if they decide to accelerate we can do it and if they want to decelerate we can still work it out.”