Archive for May, 2006

Dewa bill payments by mobile phone soon

Etisalat subscribers will soon be able to pay their utility bills through mobile phones.

The move is part of the telecom service provider’s efforts to retain its customer base as the UAE’s second operator du prepares to launch its services this year.

Etisalat is in the final stages of negotiations with Dewa on introduction of the new service through mobile phones and the internet.

Some banks offer online utility bill payments. Etisalat’s move will help more subscribers use the latest technology.

Etisalat, with 4.7 million subscribers, is planning to create new promotions for professional groups.

It intends to divide its subscribers into segments based on the talk time they utilise and offer services which specifically address their needs.

Temporary bridge over Dubai Creek

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Probably the most joyful news in a long time related to traffic conditions:

A floating bridge will be constructed over Dubai Creek to ease traffic congestion on Al Maktoum Bridge.

The bridge, which will be built about half a kilometre from Al Maktoum Bridge, will link Omar Bin Al Khattab Road in Deira to Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road in Bur Dubai.

A permanent bridge will replace the floating structure once the RTA completes the design for the former.

It will be the fourth bridge over Dubai Creek after the Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges and the Ras Al Khor bridge, which is under construction. Details of the floating bridge project will be announced by the authority tomorrow.

Abida Parveen live in Dubai today

Abida Parveen is performing live at the Jumeirah Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Hotel today.

Cheaper calls on the way?

Yo ho ho and a bottle of date-juice, Etisalat “may launch internet telephony”..

Only problem is they’ve rather missed the boat. Every man and his camel with access to Internet City has already downloaded Skype, and masses of others have persuaded elderly parents to get on MSN chat.

However if it finally means more affordable calls for the boys in blue, it will be a really positive thing.

Farewell to The Reporter

It’s very sad to see 7Days’ The Reporter hang up his hat. It’s been one of the best columns in Dubai, a sharp, often cruel, usually funny analysis of the local media, with plenty of gossip:

“After a year and a half of exploring the comical underbelly of what is so often a very serious city, I am hanging up my hat, and going to get a proper job.”

Those suffering withdrawal symptoms should try Dubai Media Observer, a very interesting insider blog on the media scene here.

Dubai Summer Surprises

The 10 themed weeks of the Dubai Summer Surprises running from June 21 to September 1 will see Nature Surprises making its debut and Food Surprises with its international cuisine staging a comeback.

Ice Surprises:
Organized by : Department of Electricity & Water Authority
First Week: 21 – 28 June 2006

Arts Surprises:
Organized by : Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department
Second Week : 29 June – 05 July 2006

Food Surprises:
Organized by : Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
Third Week : 06 – 12 July 2006

Adventure Surprises:
Organized by : Department of Health and Medical Services
Fourth Week : 13 – 19 July 2006

Cartoon Surprises:
Organized by : Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Fifth Week : 20 – 26 July 2006

Nature Surprises:
Organized by : Dubai Police
Sixth Week : 27 July – 02 August 2006

Knoweldge Surprises:
Organized by : Land Department
Seventh Week : 03 – 09 August 2006

Flower Surprises:
Organized by : Dubai Municipality
Eighth Week : 10 – 16 August 2006

Heriatage Surprises:
Organized by : Dubai Customs
Ninth Week : 17 – 23 August 2006

Back to School Surprises:
Organized by : Department of Economic Development
Tenth Week : 24 August – 01 September 2006

Source and more information of DSF Website.

Rock Legends arriving in Dubai

Status Quo, one of the longest surviving rock band in the world shall be performing in Dubai on Wednesday, 17th May 2006, at the Dubai Tennis Stadium.

Surely enough, their concert has a different ambience to it and worth attending.

Ticket information is not available as of now.

National Birds of Dubai

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Cranes are visible on every horizon and have been nicknamed the national bird of Dubai by residents. According to statistics available, about 125,000 tower cranes are operating worldwide. Industry experts cautiously estimate that 15 to 25 per cent of them are in Dubai.

The free standing crane used at Ski Dubai measured 92.5 metres. The highest crane here [in Festival City] is 156 metres high.

The crane at Burj Dubai will eventually be 750 metres above ground level. It’s probably going to be a record height and I wonder if it would attract Guiness Book people.

The number of tower cranes overlooking the site is breathtaking and when you think you have counted them all, you suddenly see one more.

Plastic cups banned, paper cups not so…..’cuppy’

The use of plastic cups to serve drinks have been banned by the UAE health ministry due to obvious health reasons.

Any cafe or office still using plastic cups is to be reported to the ministry.

Our office has also discarded all its inventory of plastic cups and replaced them with ‘thermocole’ paper cups.

There is however, one issue here: these paper cups are not a good idea for hot drinks.

Today morning, as I returned to my seat with the morning coffee in the new cup, it ‘melted’ under the hot beverage, ruining my clothes.

Important note: make sure that you use atleast 2 of those cups when using for hot beverages.

Hijacked Ship returns home

The UAE flagged ship MV Al Taj, hijacked by pirates calling themselves the ‘Somali Marine’, finally arrived safely at Al Hamriyah Port yesterday morning.

Relating their ordeal, Captain Mohammed said, “We were on our way to Kismayu after unloading part of a general cargo in El Maan port. At about 3pm, a 15-member gang of pirates came up to the ship in speedboats and fired at us. We had no idea what was happening. They used grappling hooks and ladders between the vessels and boarded the Al Taj. Captain Mohammed said the men were armed with pistols and other guns. One crewmember Jumma Osman was killed and two others were badly beaten, kicked and punched during the attack.

In addition to the crews’ belongings and money, the pirates also removed some of the cargo. The remaining cargo is still in the ship’s hold.

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