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Pope Francis to join UAE council at Cairo peace conference

ABU DHABI // Pope Francis will join hundreds of religious and political leaders, including the UAE’s Muslim Council of Elders, this week for a peace conference in Egypt. Among the topics to be addressed at Al Azhar’s International Peace Conference, starting in Cairo on Thursday, are misinterpretation of religious text and the culture of peace in religion. Global peace and …

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Expo 2020 will alter misconceptions about Dubai, organisers say

DUBAI // Expo 2020 could change preconceptions people may have about Dubai, say event organisers and residents. “We look at the Expo as an opportunity for the region,” said Marjan Faraidooni, a vice president of the Dubai expo team. Deirdre Wells, chief executive of UKinbound, who worked on the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, said the expo was a …

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Power cut at The Dubai Mall leaves shoppers in the dark

DUBAI // Shoppers were plunged into darkness when The Dubai Mall experienced an apparent power outage on Monday night. Dubai Media Office said authorities were working to restore power in a few minutes. Social media users posted dim pictures of hundreds of shoppers wandering the halls in the dark. One Twitter user, Misbah Al Khadem, wrote: “Just passed by Dubai …

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Deal struck for Emiratis to have visa-free travel to Japan

ABU DHABI // Emiratis travelling to Japan will soon be able to visit the country visa-free once pre-registered, according to the country’s embassy in the UAE. The announcement comes shortly after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said it would sign visa-free travel deals with 18 countries this year alone, including with Brazil and Argentina. Japan announced the …

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Dubai Ruler attends Arabian Travel Market; Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed visits Abu Dhabi Global Market – in pictures

A look at the happenings across the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, at the Arabian Travel Market. Wam Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of the Emirates Group, visit …

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Dubai Ruler attends Arabian Travel Market; Sheikh Abdullah meets Japanese prime minister – in pictures

A look at the happenings across the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of the Emirates Group, visit the Emirates stand at the Arabian Travel Market. Courtesy Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President …

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Campaign helps UAE pupils recycle used cooking oil

Pupils at UAE schools have been collecting used cooking oil from their homes to recycle it into ­biofuel. The programme was set up by Blue waste management company in Dubai and has involved pupils from nursery age through to high schoolers. Delhi Private School in Sharjah collected 162 litres of used cooking oil, and its pupils taught their parents about …

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