Al Wasl Road bridge in Dubai to open on Friday

DUBAI // The Al Wasl Road bridge will open this Friday as part of phase two of the Dubai Canal Project. The Roads and Transport Authority project features two lanes in both directions as well as a lane for traffic coming from Al Wasl Road to Al Aathar Street. The bridge is eight metres above the canal, allowing for free flow of traffic 24 hours a day. It will also improve traffic flow on Al Wasl Road, and for vehicles travelling to and from Jumeirah 1 towards Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3 and Park Street. Once open, work underneath the bridge will be completed, with new sub-roads and walkways. Elsewhere, work on the Southern Bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeirah Street Bridge should be completed by mid-July. newsdesk@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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Residents voice demands at Abu Dhabi neighbourhood meeting

ABU DHABI // Residents of Abu Dhabi neighbourhoods have asked municipal authorities for improvements such as trash bins and boat slipways. Residents of Al Bateen, Al Mushrif and Al Zaab neighbourhoods made the requests during a residential meeting, Abu Dhabi Municipality said on Wednesday. Al Mushrif residents demanded the modification and maintenance of footpaths in their area, better organisation of waste collection, and the installation of trash bins along Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street and in front of Al Mushrif Cooperative Society. Residents of Al Zaab asked for authorities to change the location of the exit for the petrol station in their neighbourhood, saying it causes an inconvenience to residents and congestion. Al Bateen residents asked authorities for an update on previous demands for boat slipways and trailer parking areas. The meeting was part of the Residential District Councils Initiative, which is intended to promote the participation of the community ...

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Abu Dhabi Police seize 38kg of hashish hidden in coffee packaging

ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi Police have seized more than 38 kilograms of hashish stored in coffee packaging. The drugs were found hidden in the boot of a vehicle belonging to a 24-year-old from a Gulf country and his female companion of the same age and nationality, who were driving around the city, police said on Wednesday. The man had been under surveillance by the anti-narcotics team after investigations showed he possessed drugs, said Col Sultan Al Darmaki, head of the anti-drug section at Abu Dhabi Police. Police said they found 38.8kg of hashish in the car boot, as well as pills, joints and other suspicious material for drug abuse. The suspect confessed to owning the seized items and his companion confessed to knowing that he abused drugs, police said. The suspects and seized items have been referred to the relevant authorities to continue the investigation. newsdesk@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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Camels die after eating pesticide-contaminated grass in Western Region

ABU DHABI // Fifteen camels died in the Western Region after eating grass contaminated with pesticides while grazing alongside a road on a farm. The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority announced that the camels had died from eating the grass and not from feed distributed to farmers. Owners had previously reported the sudden deaths of the camels, which were worth about Dh3.5 million, reported Aletihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National. The camels had shown signs of weakness, atrophy, fatigue and loss of appetite prior to their deaths. Samples taken from the camels revealed the cause of death. Meanwhile, more than 60 sickened camels are gradually improving with treatment, said Mubarak Al Atash Al Masoori, one of the camel owners. He called on people who collect grass to feed to camels to first make sure the grass has not been contaminated with pesticides. The food control authority said it ...

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Gang 'stole more than Dh800,000 worth of watches from Dubai villa'

DUBAI // A Chinese gang allegedly stole more than Dh800,000 worth of watches from a villa in Umm Suqeim. At Dubai Criminal Court on Wednesday the five men, aged between 24 and 38, denied the charges claiming they did not steal anything and that they were innocent. Prosecutors said that on July 14 last year, the Emirati villa owner left the country with his family and returned two days later to find the iron safe in his main bedroom broken. “The safe contained 13 valuable watches, Dh60,000 in cash, US$2,000 and £1,000 – it was all gone,” said the 30-year-old, who called police to report the theft. A week later the Emirati was contacted by police to come to the criminal investigations department to identify his belongings after the suspects were arrested and some of the items retrieved. “We received tips that Chinese men are involved in the theft and ...

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Men accused of having sex with male prostitute then stealing from him

DUBAI // Two jobless men are accused of having sex with a male prostitute then knocking him down with a car and stealing from him, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Wednesday. Prosecutors charged a 29-year-old Filipino cook with working as a male prostitute, which he denied in court, and two Emiratis are charged with having consensual sex with the cook. “I did so but I was alone,” said the 21-year-old defendant, while his co-accused, 25, denied the sex charge and the theft and assault. “I didn’t steal from him and, as for the assault, each one of us assaulted the other,” said the 25-year-old. On November 30 last year, police received a call from the cook reporting that he was assaulted by two men. “When we arrived to Al Barsha 2, where the cook was, we noticed swelling in his face. We asked him what happened and he said a ...

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UAE weather: Fresh and strong winds keep temperatures cool

ABU DHABI // A pleasant day is forecast with fresh breezes blowing inland from the sea keeping temperatures cool. Residents living along the coast can expect temperatures to hover between 26°C and 35°C with a range of 23°C to 39°C expected inland. Those living in mountainous regions of the country can expect cooler temperatures ranging between 18°C and 31°C. Humidity will remain low throughout the day but will increase overnight leading to potential mist on Thursday morning. Partly cloudy skies will keep the sun at bay while haze from blowing dust may reduce visibility slightly in exposed areas, such as motorways. Those heading to the beach are warned against very rough waters in the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman and strong winds. newsdesk@thenational.ae Powered by WPeMatico

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A 65-million-year trip back through Abu Dhabi's geological history

Far from the deserts of today fossil finds reveal that the UAE was once a fertile savannah populated by huge animals such as the four-tusked elephant, sabre-toothed cat and a primitive horse – many of which have left their marks. When was the last time you travelled through time? On Wednesday evening, an archaeologist and a geologist will take to the stage at Manarat Al Saadiyat and invite their audience to do just that. They will take the audience on a journey from the UAE’s very distant past to a moment in its near future, taking in the broad sweep of Abu Dhabi’s geological history and the possible contents of the forthcoming Zayed National Museum. The 65-million-year trip will challenge even the most fertile of imaginations. Because of this, the scientists plan to use fossils to help their audience on their improbable journey, from a time when the Arabian Peninsula ...

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Lack of basic services has Fujairah's Wam village gasping for breath

FUJAIRAH // To the casual outsider, the remote settlement of Wam may seem a million miles away from the modern cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But to many of the 300 families clustered around the centre of the close-knit village, 10 kilometres from Dibba, it has been home since the late 1970s. Yet little has changed in the ensuing decades and now many residents are calling for basic services, such as street lighting, a park, a school – and even paved roads. In particular, they say dust is a health hazard to children and elders. “I’m tired of complaining and talking about the issues we face here as no one seems to care,” said Mohammed Al Hafiti, 45. “I have five children and they all have respiratory problems and almost all the families have a nebuliser device at their houses, along with the inhalers.” The village is near a ...

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Muslim pupils in UAE to fast during exam time

DUBAI // A desire to succeed and a sense of duty to honour their Islamic faith means many pupils will be fasting when sitting their examinations over Ramadan. But they are determined to rise to the challenge and are not put off by having to fast from dawn to sunset each day during the holy month. Zainab Khan, a 17-year-old Briton, is preparing for her three final-year A-level exams during Ramadan, which starts next week. “In previous years I’ve not fasted when I’ve had to take exams and made up the days after Ramadan. But this time I will be,” said the Dubai British School pupil. She said it was going to be a challenge but she was prepared for it. “The exams are all about two hours long but the good thing is that they are in the mornings, so I should have more energy then,” Zainab said. “It’s ...

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