Sharif, Zardari talks on judges restoration continue in Dubai

Asif Ali Zardari & Nawaz SharifDubai, Apr. 30 : A second round of talks between Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chief Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief, Nawaz Sharif, has begun.

After a first round of talks, both parties have agreed to keep their coalition intact.

Asif Zardari said their coalition has even got stronger than before.

However, no decision came to light in connection with the deadline of judges restoration.

Earlier, Zardari welcomed Sharif when he arrived at the hotel, the venue for the meeting. (ANI)

Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari decisive meeting over judges' restoration issue in Dubai today

Islamabad, PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N leader Nawaz SharifApr 30: PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif are scheduled to meet in Dubai today for a final dialogue between the two parties over the judges restoration issue.

A deadlock has been prevailing between the two parties over the issue, even as Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz Sharif had been negotiating with the PPP. PML-N sources confirmed that Nawaz had already flown to Dubai to break the impasse. Zardari is already camping in Dubai for the past few days.

Middle East tourism demands 1.5 million staff by 2020, experts say

Middle East tourism Dubai - The Middle East tourism industry will require at least 1.5 million workers by the year 2020, the organizers of a Dubai-hosted hotel investment conference said Tuesday.

Jonathan Worsley, co-organizer of Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) said in a statement that "staffing levels are one the biggest challenges facing the global industry."

InterContinental Hotels' Tom Mayer said that with the massive growth in the hotel industry in Dubai it has been hard to recruit talented local employees.

Voltas secures order worth Rs 280 crore from Dubai-based firm

Voltas Limited, diversified Tata group company, has bagged an order worth Rs 280 crore (Dh 260million) from Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation for the construction of a cooling plant at the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Spread over 110 acres, the Dubai International Financial Centre is the world’s fastest growing international financial centre, being developed on the lines of other global centres such as in New York, London and Hong Kong.

Under the contract, Voltas will complete civil, mechanical, electrical and plumbing works in addition to the construction of the 66,000 refrigeration tonne (RT) district cooling plant.

Seamec signs contract with Dubai-based Workboat International FZCO

Seamec Ltd Vessel
Seamec Ltd, a subsidiary of Cof lexip Stena Offshore (Mauritius) Ltd., has entered into a contract with Dubai-based Workboat International FZCO for the deployment of vessel SEAMEC PRINCESS in Persian Gulf / Middle East for a period of six months with an option for extension of three months.

The vessel is likely to be mobilized towards the end of November / early December immediately after the completion of existing charter with Sime Darby Engineering Sdn. Bhd.

The contract value during the period will be about US $12.30 million.

Flint arrowhead discovered near Abu Dhabi dates back to late Stone Age

Abu DhabiDubai, March 17: Archaeologists have discovered a flint arrowhead about 3 cm long dating back to the late stone age or neolithic period, near a Abu Dhabi oilfield.

Discovered just south of the Sahil oilfield, 120 kms south-west of Abu Dhabi city during work undertaken for the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the arrowhead was discovered by Rafique Punathil, a field assistant with the team from GRM International, undertaking the Abu Dhabi Emirate Soil Survey.

According to a leading expert on the UAE’s Late Stone Age, arrowheads of this type were widely manufactured locally between the 6th to 4th Millennium BC.

Sarovar Hotels to raise Rs 75 - 100 crore for expansion

Sarovar Hotels
Sarovar Hotels and Resorts, India’s largest chain of hotels operating in the mid-market segment, is in talks with strategic investors to raise about Rs 75-100 crore to fund its expansion plans.

The company is planning an initial public offer in two-three years and it also plans to acquire a 250 room five-star hotel in a metro city.

2,200 pupils write CBSE exams in Dubai

CBSE LogoDubai, Mar 1 : As many as 2,200 students are appearing in Dubai for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations that began today.

There are over 110 schools affiliated to the CBSE in the Gulf countries of which 52 are in the UAE.

Mary George, convenor and the principal of Indian school Ras al Khaimah, said that each centre will have a superintendent and an assistant superintendent for holding the examinations.

"The number of assistant superintendents is based according to the strength of pupils giving exams from each centre," the Gulf News quoted Khaimah as saying. (ANI)

Archaeologists unearth ancient Sumerian 'Mona Lisa'

Archaeologists unearth ancient Sumerian 'Mona Lisa'Dubai, Feb 9: Archaeologists have unearthed the 'Sayedat Al Warkaa' – a famous long-lost piece of ancient art in Iraq, which is know among the archaeological community as the Sumerian ‘Mona Lisa’.

According to a report in Gulf News and Arabic daily Al Khaleej, the 'Sayedat Al Warkaa' is a Sumerian 20cm facial curving, which is more than 5,000 years old.

This ancient marble statue was found buried in the shallow mud in a garden after the police and occupation forces received a report about it.

Indian, Pakistani labourers enjoying Bollywood nites in the UAE

Bollywood SignDubai, Dec.31 : Indian and Pakistani labourers working in the United Arab Emirates are using their weekends to watch some of their favourite Bollywood movies.

A majority of these labourers enjoy these Indian film blockbusters on the wide screen for free.

For the past five weeks, the Millionaire Movie Nights have been organised by Postcard Millionaire as part of its community entertainment initiative. It includes screenings of well-known Bollywood movies at various labour accommodation sites, reports The Gulf News.

Seven Indians killed in Dubai bridge collapse

Dubai, Nov 9 : At least seven Indians were killed and 24 others injured when an under-construction bridge collapsed in Dubai on Thursday evening.

Forty labourers working at the construction site in Dubai Marina, a new city coming up in Dubai, were Indians.

According to an official at the Indian Consulate in Dubai, all the deceased and injured in the incident on Sufouh Road were Indians.

Seven vehicles and two helicopter ambulances were pressed into service to rush the victims to a nearby hospital.

The Indian officials visited the accident site and the hospital.

The process of identification is yet to begin, officials said.

Nawaz Sharif labels Musharraf as a terrorist

Dubai, Nov 3: Former Pakistan Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif termed the imposition of emergency in his country as
'unfortunate' and labelled President Pervez Musharraf as a 'terrorist'.

"Imposing emergency is another form of terrorism," Sharif said.

Urging the people to come out on the streets to protest against the emergency, Sharif wished he could return to Pakistan soon.

Sharif, who returned to Islamabad on September 10,
was first arrested and then forcibly sent back to Jeddah by President
Musharraf's regime.

Musharraf had overthrown Sharif in a bloodless coup in October 1999 and charged him with hijacking and terrorism charges.

PPP advises Benazir Bhutto not to come back

Lahore, Nov 2  : The Chief Election Commissioner of the PPP has suggested to party chairperson Benazir Bhutto not to return to Pakistan from Dubai, in case the Musharraf regime proclaims an emergency in the country.

A majority of the PPP leadership during the joint CEC and federal council meeting suggested to Bhutto that she should not return to Pakistan after her departure to Dubai, Aaj TV reported.

Earlier, on Thursday within hours after postponing her visit to Dubai, former premier Bhutto left Karachi for United Arab Emirates (UAE).

She left for Dubai in an Emirates flight, The News reported.

"I am going to Dubai to see my children and ailing mother," Bhutto reportedly told her party leaders.

Benazir Bhutto in Dubai, as emergency looms over Pakistan

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Karachi/Islamabad, Nov 1: Within hours after postponing her visit to Dubai, former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto today left Karachi for United Arab Emirates (UAE).

She left for Dubai in an Emirates flight, The News reported, quoting PPP sources telling Geo TV.

"I am going to Dubai to see my children and ailing mother," Bhutto reportedly told her party leaders.

Online poll to choose seven architectural wonders of the 21st century

Dubai, Oct 16 : A UAE-based international consultancy firm is all set to launch a global online poll competition to choose the millennium's modern seven wonders.

Announcing the initiative, the organisers said that the poll would be launched later this month and would be made an annual event.

“A total of 21 choices of global buildings and projects will be made available on the website, which will be announced at a later date," the Gulf news quoted Zacharias Joseph, Chief Ideations and Operations Officer at ZACH Multimedia, as saying.

The competition aims to allow the people across the globe to nominate the seven architectural and structural icons built in this century.

Dubai Plans $5 Billion Investment In MGM Casino

MGM MirageThe Dubai administration has stated that it would invest around $5.1 billion in MGM Mirage, giving the Las Vegas casino company an associate as it stretched into realty.

Gambling is prohibited in the UAE and Gulf states, comprising Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, because it contradicts Islamic Shariah law.

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