Archive for December, 2007

Regulations on Smoking and Sheesha Joints

The Dubai Municipality has announced a period of 1 year for all Sheesha Joints to take steps to abide by the new regulations relating to smoking.

As per the regulations, a sheesha joint needs to provide an area of at least 50 square feet for cleaning and preparation of sheesha, a stainless steel table for preparation and a separate wash basin (sink) for washing sheeshas only.

Garhoud Bridge partially opened

The expansion of Garhoud Bridge, which started in February 2006 with a completion date of March 2008, will have 14 lanes when completed, with a total capacity of 16000 cars per hour, compared to the existing 8000 cars per hour.

4 out of 14 lanes were opened to traffic the day before yesterday for traffic from Bur Dubai to Deira. Commuters travelling the other way still use the old Al Garhoud bridge.

However, the motorists will have to pass through the Salik Toll gates to use the new bridge.

Traffic diverted through the newly opened four lanes of the New Al Garhoud Bridge will break up at the end of the bridge into three lanes bound for Al Qusais and Sharjah, and the remaining lane will lead to four lanes, two of which will lead to Al Rebat Road outbound to Al Rashidiya and Nad Al Hammar, and the other two lanes to Casablanca Road outbound to Dubai International Airport.

Meto Progress…….Closer to reality!!

The Rail Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the first two Metro trains have been transported out of the factory to undergo driverless operation and climatic testing in various locations in Japan.

The first train underwent dynamic tests at a speed of up to 60km per hour as well as signalling tests for the purpose of driverless operation.

The tests conducted were functional dynamic test, automatic speed control, emergency braking and other safety-related tests. These were carried out at Mihara Test Track which is located near Hiroshima.

The second train was at Nippon Sharyo facilities, located in Nagoya, and went through climatic testing, which would determine the suitability of the train’s air-conditioning system to Dubai’s climatic conditions.

Following the completion of these tests, the two trains will go through final pre-shipment inspection.

Source: khaleej times

Busy, busy Dubai

It’s been just about impossible to get a hotel room in Dubai over the last few weeks. In fact I know of business people who’ve had to postpone their visits because they literally couldn’t find one room for the nights they needed to be here.

It’s the tourist season of course, the weather being perfect now and the ideal get-away from the freezing cold of northern Europe and North America.

But in addition to that we’re in the middle of the events season. We’ve had the huge Dubai Air Show, the Big 5 construction exhibition, powerboat championship at Mina Seyahi and many other events happening together or one right after the other.

Now we have the Fourth Dubai International Film Festival, with stars from Hollywood, Bollywood and elsewhere plus hundreds of producers, directors and all the other back-room people who make movies possible.

There’s plenty on that, with photos of the stars, at the Gulf News website. Here are some links:

Clooney, Sharon Stone

Ready to roll

Festive preparations

National Day

December 2 marks the 36th year of the federation of Gulf emirates into the country called the United Arab Emirates.

And united they are – I believe it’s actually the longest-lasting federation in the Arab world.

The UAE flag.

When the British pulled back from the area, in what was known as the ‘east of Suez policy’, most of what had been the Trucial States joined together in federation, Bahrain and Qatar deciding to go-it-alone.

In 1971 six of the emirates became the UAE, with Ras Al Khaimah joining a year later.

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