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WysiWyc – What you see is What you click – daily passionate clicks – Cadillac SRX

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WysiWyc – What you see is What you click – daily passionate clicks by Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

A Cadillac SRX 4×4 on display at Abu Dhabi Mall, waiting for a Year end promotion winner.
Have a great day.
Ramesh Menon
Tuesday, 27.12.2011

WysiWyc – What you see is What you click – daily passionate clicks

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WysiWyc – What you see is What you click – daily passionate clicks by Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

A foggy start to this new series, WysiWyc – What you see is What you click. Enjoy viewing my passionate clicks. Appreciate your comments.
However the authorities try, it is difficult to stop jay walking. There should be a sense of self responsibility for maintaining an accident free society. Especially, road accident free. Efforts are in by all, some distance covered, but more to cover.
26.12.2011

An example of excellent hygiene – Public Toilets for Abu Dhabi Science Fair at Abu Dhabi Corniche

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An example of excellent hygiene – Public Toilets for Abu Dhabi Science Fair at Abu Dhabi Corniche

Get to know Bu Tinah Island – Gulf News Community Report Dt 25.10.2011

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Get to know Bu Tinah Island – Gulf News Community Report Dt 25.10.2011

You can vote it one of the new seven wonders of nature
  • By Ramesh Menon, Gulf News Reader
  • Published: 00:00 October 25, 2011
Off the coastline of Abu Dhabi lies a unique wonder of Nature, wild and undisturbed by human activity, Bu Tinah Island. Not many people in the UAE are familiar with this natural treasure. It is now one of the 28 official finalists for the New7Wonders of Nature, a worldwide campaign where people can nominate and vote for the seven most remarkable, awe-inspiring natural locations and features on our planet.
Bu Tinah is host to critical marine habitats. Seabirds, such as the flamingo and osprey, diverse species of dolphins and critically endangered turtles like the hawksbill, can all be found in and around the island.
The island’s waters are also home to the planet’s second largest population of dugongs, a large marine mammal which is globally threatened.
It is rich in biodiversity and lies within the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, the region’s first and largest Unesco-designated marine biosphere reserve. Fishing and the collection of turtle eggs are prohibited on the island, which is closed to visitors, to ensure its continued survival and protection.

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A special campaign to make Bu Tinah one of the new seven wonders of nature has been initiated by the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD). People may visit http://www.vote7.com and use the “vote now” option to choose their seven wonders.
They have also organised an exhibition, which is held daily at the Abu Dhabi Corniche to create awareness about the campaign.
It is extremely interesting and informative for children and adults alike. Visitors can also vote in designated kiosks set up inside a dome-shaped replica of this natural wonder.

— The reader is a technical officer based in Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit Gulf News online.

You may also visit my blog link Vote for Bu Tinah to read more about it in different languages and see interesting videos.

Magical moments – Gulf Today – Short Take Dt. 22.10.2011

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Magical moments

School days are the wonderful period in our lives. I believe so now, not then. During my school days, we used to have a monthly cultural programme for students and we all looked forward to it.

It used to be a screening of a documentary movie (mostly Charlie Chaplin’s), a puppet show or a special event we all looked forward to — the magic show.

More than any other event, crowds would flock to this event because of the element of mystery surrounding the show. We never missed any opportunity. The memories of one or two such shows are everlasting in my mind. One was by PC Sorcar.

The magician came in his special magic dress and brought out many things from nowhere. A rabbit, a dove, and lots of chocolate.

He even “cut” one of his team members into two pieces. And he pocketed our teacher’s wristwatch using his magic wand. It was amazing for all of us.

Since then, I haven’t had a chance to watch a magic show. I hear that the Indian Social and Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi is organising a magic show by the famous Indian magician Professor Gopinath Muthukad on Oct.28 at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi.

He is a magician with a mission. He has a stupendous way to interact with children and captivates their hearts and instils good values in them.

I am looking forward to see him perform in Abu Dhabi. It adds more significance, when it is being held as part of a series of events held in commemoration of the 40th UAE National Day.

Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online.

Please also watch a promotional video on this event.

Vote for Bu Tinah as one of the new 7 wonders of nature of the world

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Ali Al Saloom EAD’s Environmental Awareness Ambassador with Ayesh Al-Blooshi, Aquaculture scientist and Marine Biologist of EAD and Dr Salim Javed, Biodeversity Assessment and Monitoring Expert of EAD.

Bu Tinah Island coverage on DubaiONE
Emirati Island -Bu Tinah in Abu Dhabi.wmv
Ali Al Saloom EAD’s Environmental Awareness Ambassador
speaking on the importance of preserving our environment.
Organisations and individuas in UAE are coming out with full support to make this dream come true in various. Here is an example of TOTAL UAE, naming one of their brand new meeting room as “Bu Tinah” after this prestigious and historic site now in contention for becoming the new 7 wonders of the world.

Vote for Bu Tinah as one of the new 7 wonders of nature of the world

Support Bu Tinah Text Bu Tinah to 3888 Vote online at http://www.n7w.com/ 
Visit The Bu Tinah Experience : http://www.butinah.ae/en/
Read how you can support us: http://www.butinah.ae/en/support.php
To see more pictures, please visit my album in Face Book
or bookmark a link of my blog section named Vote for Bu Tinah

UAE Today – 27 October 2010

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UAE Today – 27 October 2010

Saud is Ras Al Khaimah ruler as UAE mourns Shaikh Saqr

Ras Al Khaimah: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent his condolences after Shaikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, the late ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, died at dawn on Wednesday in Ras Al Khaimah.

The official mourning has been declared with effect from Wednesday for a week through which the flags will be flown at half mast.

For more information, please visit GULF NEWS online.

Adnatco takes delivery of first of 15 new vessels in South Korea

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company (Adnatco) said Tuesday it had taken delivery of the newly built M.V. Shah, a 37,000 metric tonne deadweight handy size bulk carrier, in South Korea.

This is the first of 15 new vessels to be delivered over the next 11 months.

For more information, please visit GULF NEWS online

Mohammed sets up Noor Dubai Foundation
(Wam) 27 October 2010
 
DUBAI — His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued a law setting up the Noor Dubai Foundation, a non governmental, non-profit corporate body.
It will enjoy legal personality and independent legal capacity to pursue all its actions and achieve all its purposes and objectives in fighting against eye diseases and blindness within the emirate of Dubai and beyond.
The Foundation which will be headquartered in Dubai, with branches opening inside and outside the emirate, aims at combating eye diseases and blindness in Dubai and beyond, said Article 7 of the law.
Other objectives of the foundation include contribution to finance and support of the projects on combating the ailments, provide medical and therapeutic assistance to patients who suffer eye diseases and blindness.
 
For more information, please visit Khaleej Times online.

UAE Today – 26 October 2010

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UAE establishes National Authority for Qualifications

National Authority for Qualifications will be affiliated to the Cabinet, have independent legal status and full legal capacity to act.

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a federal decree to establish a National Authority for Qualifications.

According to the Federal Decree No. 1 for the year 2010, the authority will be affiliated to the Cabinet, have independent legal status and full legal capacity to act.

Under this system, the authority will grant equivalent certificates and qualifications of higher, general, technical education and vocational training.

More info at GULF NEWS Online

Sports – Cricket – Pakistan vs South Africa – 1st T20 match in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: Pakistan seek to regroup after their recent troubles to take on a strong and in-form South Africa in the first of their T20 internationals at the Zayed Cricket Stadium Tuesday night.

More info at GULF NEWS Online.

South Africa draw first blood
27 October 2010,

It was tipped to be a perfect batting strip but it was the bowlers who stole the show as South Africa won the first Twenty20 International of the Cool & Cool Cup at the Shaikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium.
For more information, visit Khaleej Times online.

Dubai Mining firm strikes gold
Yemen is expected to announce a major gold discovery on a concession held by Thani Dubai Mining.

The company, a unit of the Dubai family-owned Thani group, is understood to be awaiting government clearance to announce proved reserves of about 2.2 million ounces of gold on its concession near the coastal town of Al Mukallah, southeast of Yemen’s famed Hadramaut region.

More info at THE NATIONAL Online.

UAE signs IRENA HQ agreement (Wam)

26 October 2010, ABU DHABI – The UAE on Monday (25 October 2010) signed the agreement for interim headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on the second day of the fourth session of the agency’s Preparatory Commission.

More information at Khaleej Times Online

Sharjah International Book Fair begins today (Wam)

SHARJAH – His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will open the 29th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair today.

The event is being organised by the Department of Culture and Information at Expo Sharjah.

This year’s event will feature over 200,000 titles from 53 countries.

For more information, visit Khaleej Times online