Month: November 2008

Photo Speaks – Mumbai Terror attack

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ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ വെടിക്കെട്ട് അബുധാബിയില്‍ – 2nd December – UAE National Day

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ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ വെടിക്കെട്ട് അബുധാബിയില്‍ – 2nd December – UAE National Day
ഡിസംബര്‍ 2 നു രാത്രി 8:30 മണിക്ക്.

UAE National Day യെ വരവേല്‍ക്കാനായി വീഥികളും വാഹനങ്ങളും അണിഞ്ഞൊരുങ്ങി

Big fireworks show for National Day

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Big fireworks show for National Day
WAM Published: November 29, 2008

Abu Dhabi/Dubai: The world’s largest and record breaking fireworks display will light up the Abu Dhabi sky on December 2.

The fireworks display is part of a line-up of events organised by the Emirates Palace to celebrate the 37th National Day of UAE.

The fireworks will begin at 20.30 hrs lasting for 45 minutes, and will be visible along the Abu Dhabi Corniche and across the Emirates Palace Marina, said a statement from the Emirates Palace.

The hotel also announced a breathtaking colourful line up of entertaining cultural, musical and artistic events in celebration of the UAE’s 37th National Day.

On the eve of National Day, December 1, a unique laser show will light up the night sky commencing at 18:00hrs. The show will run every evening until December 3.

Recognising the achievements of the founding father of the nation late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, The Emirates Palace’s Dome will be hosting an exclusive public showing of an original painting of Shaikh Zayed by Roland Van Merbeck. The work will be on display until December 4.

Time to Shine Abu Dhabi Vision to Reality painting and photography exhibition will be staged from today through December 4.

Taking the essence of the glorious day, the Emirates Palace will be displaying UAE’s biggest Greeting Card, a 7.5-metre-high Card in the Dome.

Abu Dhabi Arts Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will be organising a series of national concerts in the West Park over the period December 2-4, featuring celebrated artists such as Mohammad Abdo, Elissa, Hussain Al Jasmy and Ahlam together with some of the most popular Arabic singers.

The Emirates Investments Group is sponsoring an event at the University of Sharjah’s Community College today in accordance with His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah.

The event will include a display by a military marching band, a poetry recital, screening of films on UAE history, traditional dances, horse riding, and a falcon show and the venue will offer traditional shops selling souvenirs, a henna corner and traditional coffee.

The Abu Dhabi Transportation Department will provide a complimentary shuttle bus service to take music fans at the national day free-to-attend concerts being staged in at the Emirates Palace Garden.

Free-to-attend concerts will also be staged in Al Ain, in the desert setting of Bida Bint Saoud with seating for 2,500, and at the Cultural Centre in Bida Zayed in Al Gharbia which can accommodate 1,500.

Dubai Festival City will host a Heritage Zone and feature kiosks displaying various arts and crafts. Three local bands will perform traditional music for visitors.

Nakheel scales back projects, announces job cuts

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Nakheel scales back projects, announces job cuts
By Saifur Rahman, Business Editor GULF NEWS Published: November 30, 2008

Dubai: Dubai’s real estate master developer, Nakheel, on Sunday said it has made 500 people (15 per cent of its global workforce) redundant while scaling back projects, as the market slump bites into Dubai’s fast-growing real estate market.

“Dubai’s master developer, Nakheel, announced on Sunday 30 November 2008 that it was scaling back work on some of its projects and that it has adjusted it staffing requirements accordingly to accommodate the current easing market conditions,” a Nakheel statement said.

Nakheel spokesperson described the decision as a responsible action in light of the current global market conditions.

“We have the responsibility to adjust our short term business plans to accommodate the current global environment. The redundancies are indeed regrettable, but a necessity dictated by operational requirements which are in turn dependent on demand,” added the spokesperson.

This is the second biggest confirmed job cut in the UAE so far, and comes after two developers, Damac and Omniyat confirmed a total of 269 – 200 by Damac and 69 by Omniyat.

All the affected employees were provided a redundancy package, which includes outplacement support services to assist in this time of transition.

All other major developers have earlier said they are revising headcount downwards, as business activities in Dubai’s real estate has come close to a near halt.

Analysts say this is the beginning of a massive job cut across the real estate market.

“This is not the end, but the beginning and we do not know when it will end,” said property analyst Sudhir Kumar, managing director of Realtors’ International.

“In a situation like this, when lack of funds cut short economic activities, companies have to tighten their belts.

“We anticipate others will follow suit in announcing more job cuts.”