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DUBAI NEWS

NOL Card Sales Soar By 52% In First Half Of 2014
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that the sales of NOL cards continued to soar considerably since the launch of this service in August 2009.

First Release Of ’Akoya Oxygen’ Sold Out
DAMAC Properties announced that the first release of houses at its green master devlopment ’AKOYA Oxygen’ were sold out yesterday in record time.

ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Named Pr Agency Of The Year In The Middle East And Africa, Collects A Record Ten International Business Awards
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, the region’s leading public relations consultancy, has won ten awards at the 11th Annual International Business Awards 2014, including the prestigious Public Relations Agency of the Year in the Middle East and Africa, for the fourth year.

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DUBAI FEATURES

Dubai to be the World’s Most Visited City by 2020

HE Helal Saeed Almarri is a man with a mission: to attract 20 million visitors to the


Property sector in UAE remains vibrant this summer

The property sector across the UAE has remained vibrant and active during this summer. Chestertons stated that Dubai in particular, has witnessed impressive growth levels across different master developments. The company believes that both Dubai and Abu Dhabi will witness a buoyant market through the last quarter of 2014 due to a range of commercial and residential property options that are available at a globally competitive price range.



AED 37.5 Billion Invested in Dubai Real Estate Market in H1 2014

Dubai Land Department has reported that total of 17,289 real estate transactions worth AED 37.5 billion were conducted in the first half of this year. The government organisation accompanied their announcement with a breakdown of nationalities making property investments in the first six months of 2014, which revealed that Jordanians topped the list of Arab investors, with Indian nationals ranked first for foreigner investment.



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ABU DHABI NEWS

NBAD MENA Income And Growth Fund Delivers 2.40% Semi Annual Dividend
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) distributed 2.40% dividend to NBAD MENA Income and Growth Fund investors with the option to reinvest the dividend in lieu of a cash payout.

United Nations Of Comedy Features Global Arab Acts
Seven of the world’s most famous Arab comedians are set to perform in of ’"United Nations of Comedy II", at Emirates Palace auditorium, from August 28th-29th.

Mezyed Vehicle Inspection Center In Al Ain Provides Licensing Services For The Public
According to Colonel Mohammed Mayouf Al Ketbi, Head of the Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department at Abu Dhabi Police, the Mezyed Vehicle Inspection Center in Al Ain is already operational and has started providing its services to the public.

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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

 
SMC Activates Sharjah’s First Government Communication Network
As part of the plan to improve work mechanisms and upgrade government communication in the emirate, Sharjah Media Centre (SMC) has adopted a strategic plan to activate the Government Communication Network (GCN), a first-of-its-kind network involving all government entities in Sharjah.

Sharjah’s Beach Hotels Attract 180,000 Tourists In First Half Of The Year
Hotels and beach resorts across Sharjah have been witnessing a heavy turnout of international tourists and visitors, from amateur water sports and leisure enthusiasts to families seeking rest and relaxation on the shores.

Air Arabia Launches Flights To Chittagong, Bangladesh From Ras Al Khaimah
Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), has announced that from September 2, 2014 it will run three flights per week from its new hub in Ras Al Khaimah to Chittagong, Bangladesh, further strengthening its connectivity with a core growth market.

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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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