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Sunday, 20 July 2014

97m more people using Dubai public transport


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  • Dubai Metro remains the most popular mode of transport. It transported 81.40 million riders in the first six months of the year, averaging 452,000 riders daily.


Dubai: Commuters are increasingly opting to use public transport with riders surpassing 260 million during the first half of the year — more than 130 times Dubai’s current population.
Dubai’s public transport ridership increased by 97 million (37 per cent) from January to June this year at 262.56 million from just 165.52 million users from the first half of last year, according to statistics released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday.
The ridership in the first half of the year is only about 40 per cent short of last year’s total ridership of 440.667 million.
Every day from January to June, some 1.45 million commuters used the Dubai Metro, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis. Last year, daily ridership was pegged at 1.3 million.

Water-saving equipment for Dubai mosques soon


The authority on Saturday said it has launched, for the second year, its annual campaign during the holy month of Ramadan under the theme, ‘This Ramadan, let your good deeds outweigh your consumption.’
The awareness campaign is aimed at promoting rational consumption of electricity in line with Dewa’s strategy to raise awareness among individuals and organisations in Dubai on rational consumption of power and water, conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.
As part of the campaign, several mosques in Dubai will be retrofitted with high-tech water reduction equipment to lower water consumption. Dewa is collaborating with the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities to execute this initiative.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Beit Al Khair Society, and Etihad Energy Services Company, Dewa will also visit a number of low-income households to replace old appliances with newer more efficient ones to reduce their energy and water costs.
During the initiative, Dewa’s Marketing and Corporate Communications Department is organising educational programmes in government departments, mosques, shopping malls, co-op societies, markets, Ramadan tents and iftar tents for labourers.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Dubai's grand plan for 'Mall of the World'

UAE Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum looks at plans for the 'Mall of the World'. AP Photo / Dubai Holding
UAE Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum looks at plans for the 'Mall of the World'. AP Photo / Dubai Holding
Dubai is planning to build a temperature-controlled city featuring the world's largest mall and an indoor park, as well as hotels, health resorts and theatres, the developer says.
Already home to one of the globe's biggest indoor shopping complexes, Dubai Mall, the glitzy emirate known for its love of grandiose projects said it is now planning to build the "Mall of the World".
The all-pedestrian complex would occupy a total area of 4.45 million square metres, said Dubai Holding, the developer owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
The project "will comprise the largest indoor theme park in the world" under a glass dome that would be opened during winter, it said in a statement.

Mall Of The World In Dubai Will Be A 48 Million Square Foot, Climate-Controlled Indoor ‘Pedestrian City’


Mall of the World
Dubai Holding announced the Mall of the World which will cover 48 million square feet.                                            
 
Dubai Holding announced it wants to build the world’s largest mall and indoor park in a massive climate-controlled “pedestrian city” they call the Mall of the World. According to the announcement, the mall could host more than 180 million visitors per year.


Dubai Holding, “a global investment holding company that develops and manages an extensive portfolio of companies focused on hospitality, specializing in business parks, real estate, telecommunications, investments and financial services,” is owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
The Mall of the World complex will cover 48 million square feet will be connected via  tram system and includes the world’s largest indoor family theme park, 100 hotel buildings and an event district which can host 15,000 visitors. The Mall of the World will also feature a wellness district where individuals can get cosmetic surgery, spa treatments, clinics and outpatient surgery.
According to Dubai Holding, the Mall of the World complex will also feature a cultural district with theaters based on New York’s Broadway and London’s West End, as well as streets and shopping districts based on Spain’s la Rambla, Oxford Street and Rodeo Drive. The mall itself will be the world’s largest, covering 8 million square feet, while the Wellness District will cover 3 million square feet. The climate-controlled retail streets will cover 7 kilometers (4.3 miles).


“The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai’s tourism infrastructure as soon as possible," Sheik Mohammed said in a statement. "This project complements our plans to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the 2 billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision.”
According to the Mall of the World press release, tourists can stay a week in the complex without needing to use a car or leave for any reason. The promenade and dome, which encloses the theme park, are retractable and will open during the winter. Ground level parking can hold 50,000 vehicles and there will also be business and conference centers throughout the Mall of the World complex. The cost and construction date for the project were not announced.
A video of the Mall of the World, courtesy of Dubai Holding, can be viewed below.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

The world’s most expensive smile: Dubai dentist crafts diamond-encrusted dentures worth $152,700


The pricey teeth are encrusted with 160 sparkling diamonds.Cover Asia PressThe pricey teeth are encrusted with 160 sparkling diamonds.
A Dubai dentist has created the world's most expensive dentures worth a staggering $152,700.
With ten grams of 24 pure carat gold and 160 sparkling encrusted diamonds it will certainly provide that most wanted glittering smile.
And its creators, the Liberty Dental Clinic, have even acquired the authenticity and clarity certificate from the World Diamond Institute in Belgium.
However, the owner of such a mouth piece wouldn't be able to show off their sparklers at dinner — the dentures are a pure fashion piece and not to be worn while eating.
These 24-carat-gold dentures go for about $152,700.Cover Asia PressThese 24-carat-gold dentures go for about $152,700.
Dr Majd Naji, of Liberty Dental Clinic, in Dubai, said he designed the dentures to try and raise money for a children's charity Dubai Autism Centre.
He added: 'Last year the people of the United Arab Emirates had bagged the title of having the World's Happiest People. I then thought of designing this beautiful piece and enhancing the smile of not just the owner but also a charity.
'We'll donate a large chunk of the proceeds from the sale of the denture to the children's charity.'
The fashion-only mouth pieces can't be worn while eating.Cover Asia PressThe fashion-only mouth pieces can't be worn while eating.
To bag these gorgeous fixtures it takes just two appointments and does not require any drilling or filling teeth.
And it's already popular amongst the rich in the UAE. One woman from the royal family has put in an order and Dr Majd is already making another piece for a Qatari customer but is hoping to get more orders from around the world.
'This is a gorgeous brace and I'm hoping that more and more women will flock to my clinic to get the dentures. Who doesn't want a sparkling smile?' Dr Majd added.