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“World’s largest book sale” comes to Middle East at giant hangar in Dubai

A gargantuan touring book sale that touts itself as the world’s largest is making its first stop in the Middle East, filling a huge hangar in Dubai with stacks of 3 million discounted books, open around the clock.
The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, launched in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, has since regularly toured Asian cities including Jakarta, Manila, Cebu, Colombo, Bangkok and Taipei. Organizers hope to attract as many as 300,000 visitors during 11 days in Dubai.

Dubai Metro yields $18bn for economy in 8 years: study

Accumulated benefits of Dubai Metro in the period between its establishment in 2009 and end of 2016 reached Dh66 billion ($18 billion) compared to accumulated capital and operational costs of about Dh41 billion, i.e. the cost-benefit ratio reached 1.6 by the end of 2016, a report said.

Exhibition celebrating mosques from around the world opens in Dubai

A new photo exhibition celebrating some of the world’s most beautiful mosques has opened at Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai.
Mosques of the World, which features 32 photographs by people from 15 countries, focuses on the architecture and spiritual beauty of these buildings. It has opened to coincide with the Hajj season and will run until the end of October.

High-tech podcars to take to Dubai streets

Source : Gulf News / 07 May 2014

Dubai is set to have a new mode of public transport — high-tech podcars — in the next couple of years, a senior official announced at a conference on Monday.

The Zabeel area has been identified for the launch of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, which is currently operational only at London’s Heathrow Airport and in West Virginia in the US. In 2011 a similar system was also piloted at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.


Dubai cost of living rising at highest rate since 2009

Source : Agencies / 17 Apr 2014

Rising housing and food prices have pushed Dubai’s inflation rate to the highest since 2009, with the cost of living in March up 3 percent on the year before.

Housing and utility costs, which account for almost 44 percent of consumer expenses, were up 4.8 percent, and rose 0.4 percent month-on-month in March, Reuters said, quoting data from the Dubai Statistics Center.


Dubai Islamic affairs department launches e-services guide

By Ahmad Shaaban / Khaleej Times / 22 Mar 2014

The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai on Thursday launched its electronic services guide on its official website.


Dubai shoots up rankings for world's most expensive rentals

By Daniel Shane / Arabian Business / 15 Mar 2014

Dubai is home to some of the world’s most expensive high-end apartment rentals, according to a new housing index, with average prices increasing by about 30 percent in the last year alone.

Relocation specialist ECA International’s latest Accommodation report ranked the glitzy emirate as the planet’s 16th priciest rental market for expats, up from 35th place just 12 months ago.


World’s tallest hotel opens second tower in Dubai

Source : Arabian Business / 04 Mar 2014

The second tower at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel, is now open, with 294 new rooms bringing the total room count in the hotel to 1098.

The hotel, which opened 804 rooms in Tower 1 in November 2012, will offer 1608 rooms across the two towers when complete.


First smart mosque opens in Dubai

Source : IINA / 14 Feb 2014

The United Arab Emirates opened its first smart mosque in Dubai on Sunday. The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (DIACA) launched the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Mosque in Jumeirah 3, using the Quick response (QR) code technology which offers digital access to mosques. The mosque is now equipped with the QR code technology for the first time in government buildings and is part of Phase-I of developing smart mosques that also includes nine other mosques which will follow suit later this year, according to a report in Khaleej Times.


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