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DUBAI NEWS

RTA opens new Dubai Ferry line to boost tourist marine transport
The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority, is launching on Monday Sept 1st a new Dubai Ferry line.

Hamdan bin Mohammed Claims World Equestrian Games Gold
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, landed the World Equestrian Games gold medal.

RTA Employees Obtain Asset Management Certification From Britain
A number of employees from the Roads and Transport Authority RTA have obtained international certification in Asset Management from the British Institute of Asset Management IAM after passing the relevant tests which were coordinated with the IAM.

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DUBAI FEATURES

DP World’s like-for-like profit grows 41pc in H1 2014

Global marine terminal operator DP World has announced strong financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for the six months to 30 June 2014, delivering profit attributable to owners of the company before separately disclosed items of USUS$332 million, 40.8% ahead of the first half of 2013 on a like-for-like basis.



Foreign investors purchased AED 2.5 bn worth of shares on Dubai Financial Market

Dubai Financial Market announced that the value of shares bought by foreign investors, or non-U.A.E. nationals, from 24th to 28th August, 2014, reached about AED 2.5 billion, while value of stocks they sold stood at AED 4.45 bn, with net foreign investment on the market reaching AED 47.4 million during the period, as aggregate buy.



Dubai Sees Surge in visitors during DSS

The Dubai economy has been given a significant boost during the first two weeks of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), with shopping malls and retailers across the emirate reporting major increases in numbers of both visitors and sales compared to last year, and hotels registering high occupancy levels.



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ABU DHABI NEWS

Blood Drive At The Special Security Forces
Leadership of the Special Security Forces at the Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health represented by the Sharjah Blood Bank, organized a blood drive.

ADP Traffic And Patrols Directorate Calls For Boosting Community-Based Efforts To Reduce Accidents
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police called for increasing community-based efforts to reduce traffic accidents.

Increasing Capability Of Organ Transplantation To Drive UAE Medical Tourism Leadership
As the United Arab Emirates moves to facilitate a burgeoning medical tourism sector, the increasing capability of organ transplantation within the country is likely to enhance it, according to the senior advisor of Spanish pharmaceutical company, Cinfa.

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ABU DHABI FEATURES

Cyber Gear Publishes White Paper on ’Google Rankings Algorithm’

Cyber Gear, the leading web design agency in the Middle East has published a white paper on 'Google Rankings Algorithm'. The document provides a detailed insight for web site owners and digital marketing professionals on how to drive traffic to their web site through improved organic rankings.


Abu Dhabi Real Estate Pricing Update

While studio prices in the emirate stand at AED 689,000, a one bedroom in the city costs AED 1.3 million and a two bedroom apartment, AED 2 million. “We’ve released this data based on for-sale homes and rentals listed on our site. Topping the list of places for buying property in Abu Dhabi is Al Reem Island, followed by Al Reef and Al Raha Beach. Al Ghadeer enters the top 10 this quarter; its appeal seems to be rising as it did not make the list in Q2 2013 and 2012,” said Michael Lahyani, CEO and Founder of propertyfinder.ae, the UAE’s leading property site.



Abu Dhabi real estate market experiences growth

JLL, the world's leading real estate investment and advisory firm, has released its second quarter (Q2 2014) Abu Dhabi Real Estate Overview report, whichprovides the consultancy's perspective on the latest trends in the office, residential, retail and hotel sectors in the Abu Dhabi market.



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SHARJAH NEWS

 
Sharjah Container Terminal Records 14% YOY Growth In Volume During H1 2014
Gulftainer, the largest privately owned terminal operator in the Middle East, recorded a 14 per cent year-on-year growth in container volumes in the first six months (January to June) of 2014 at its Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT).

Heart Of Sharjah To Be Restored By 2025
From just rubble and historical footprints of the 1800s, Heart of Sharjah, a four-phase 15-year historical restoration project is to recreate the traditional heritage areas of Sharjah making it a tourist and trade hub.

Coral Beach Resort Sharjah Listed As One Of The Top Hotels In The Emirate By Tripadvisor
The Coral Beach Resort Sharjah has bbeen awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by TripAdvisor and ranked as one of the top six hotels out of 75 in the emirate of Sharjah.

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SHARJAH FEATURES

New book features unique collection of Islamic textiles from Sharjah

One of the world’s most important collections of Islamic textiles from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation is being celebrated in a new publication created by Sharjah Museums Department (SMD).



Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
Established in 1996 by the Government of Sharjah, the SCTDA has been in the forefront of promoting and taking Sharjah to the world with its relentless efforts and unmatched enthusiasm. The Authority constantly explores possibilities and avenues of promoting and developing tourism and commercial sectors in the emirate through special events, activities and festivals at home and around the world. It pursues its goals by planning and drawing up strategic plans to promote and develop tourism sector in all its forms. It conducts social and economic research and studies as well to evolve its strategies and pursue its goals. And as part of its strategy to promote Sharjah, SCTDA participates in local, regional and international exhibitions, focusing on the factors of distinction and exclusivity.

The Economist praises Sharjah’s efforts in water conservation
The Economist, a weekly international news and business publication, has confirmed that Sharjah s per capita consumption of water is consistent with the recommendations of the United Nations, pointing to the emirate’s numerous efforts in water conservation. A report by Sharjah Media Centre mentioned that the magazine in its recent issue titled "The World in 2014", commended on the fact that daily water consumption in Sharjah is estimated at around 200 liters per person, which is the average recommended by the UN.

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