Archive for April, 2007

Ram-Raid gang arrests

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Photo:Devadasdan/Gulf News

Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim and Brig. Al Mazeina address the media to announce the arrest of three suspects behind the Wafi City mall jewellery theft that shocked the nation. The jewellery has also been recovered, and is shown in the photograph on the tray in front of the officers.

Two weeks ago, as I reported at the time, we had our first-ever ram-raid when a prestigious jewellery store in a major shopping mall was robbed. Within days Dubai police indicated that they knew the identity of the gang and expressed confidence that they would soon be arrested.

Now they have announced three arrests, two in the UAE and one in Eastern Europe – so obviously they have been working closely with Interpol and perhaps other police forces in Europe.
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Huge Dubai Creek extension approved

A 13 kilometre extension to Dubai Creek, which will more than double its length, was approved yesterday by the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It will run from Ras Al Khor, which is the wetland at the end of the natural Creek, into the Gulf at Jumeirah, giving it two outlets to the sea.

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WAM picture from Gulf News
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Dubai in shock over ram-raid

It’s not all that unusual in other cities around the world, but Dubai has had its first ram-raid and it’s big news.

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Photo by Gulf News reader Hussein.

Front page in all the papers, first item on the radio news, the talk of the town. Dubai’s first ram-raid. In the luxury Wafi Mall, the target was the most expensive jewellery shop in the city.

Reports vary wildly so it’ll be a few days before we get the accurate details. What we do know for sure is that two stolen cars were driven through the front doors of the mall, one reversed into the jewellery shop frontage, in less than two minutes the raiders, at least one of whom was armed, got away with millions of dollars in diamonds. All in front of evening shoppers.
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Burj Dubai at world record storeys

Burj Dubai, which will be the world’s tallest building, now has more floors than any other building in the world.

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It is currently only just over half its final height but is already one of the world’s five tallest buildings, at 422.5 metres. Its 120 floors are more than any other building. The final details are being kept secret, but rumours are that it will be around 800 metres and over 200 storeys when complete.

It will be the tallest building in the world in all four categories recognised by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, which ranks buildings on the basis of spire height, the highest occupied floor, roof height and pinnacle height.
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Bike Week

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Everyone, whatever you’re planning to do, forget it!!

The 3rd Annual Bike week is here and its gonna be one of memorable weekends.

Schedule and dates after the jump!
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