Monthly Archives: July 2013

Eid al-Fitr holiday for private sector announced

Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, UAE Minister of Labour, has issued a ministerial circular announcing the first and second days of the month of Shawwal as Eid-al-Fitr holidays for all establishments in the private sector, to re-start work on the 3rd of Shawwal, 1434.

On the occasion, Mr. Ghobash congratulated the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and the people of the UAE on the occasion.

Abu Dhabi Tours During Eid can be booked online to celebrate the Eid or holiday season, for Dubai Tour operators are running special offers for Desert Safari Dhow Cruise dinners and Musandam Tours

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid grants AED5 million to UAE Writers Union

DUBAI, 24th July 2013 – Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered a grant of AED5 million to the UAE Writers Union to enable it to continue its activities in the UAE and its participation overseas.

The Chairman of Union, Habib Al Sayegh, thanked Sh. Mohammad for the generous gesture, and for his unwavering support and patronage for the cultural body serving the nation’s higher interests and helping the writers to accomplish their national mission.

Earlier Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received the chairman and members of the UAE Writers Union and a number of intellectuals who visited him at Zabeel Palace to offer their greetings on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid expressed his best wishes for the UAE literary and cultural movement, and his hopes that more activities will be organised to reflect the UAE heritage, its authentic Arabic culture and national identity.

The visitors expressed their best wishes for His Highness and for the leadership and people of the UAE.

At the meeting, poems were read by a number of writers in presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

In his 27-line poem titled “Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s Ramadan Majlis”, Dr. Aref Al Shaikh hailed the annual tradition of gathering under the auspices of his His Highness during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Another poem read by Ibrahim Bu Malha, Advisor to Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, praised Sheikh Mohammed’s wisdom, generosity and authenticity which all have become a guide for men and women of the UAE people towards glory.

The meeting was attended by H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ministers and senior officials.

Later, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid performed the Maghreb prayer along with his guests and then all had iftar.

The holy Quraan Theme Park in Dubai to attract GCC tourists

Dubai has no scarcity of attractions however the strict Muslims do find themselves a bit out of place here some times. Keeping this in mind by the end of next year, however, our glitzy emirate plans to open a unique public park project called Holy Quran Park which will definitely attract the regional tourists.

The Quran par was announced this week by Dubai Municipality (DM) announced. Eng. Mohammed Noor Mashroom, director of General Projects Department at the DM, announced the $7.4 million plan Thursday in honor of the one-thousandth meeting of the DM’s technical committee.

The DM said in a press release that the proposed park, to be located in Al Khawaneej, had been designed “from an Islamic perspective to introduce the miracles of Quran through a variety of surprises for the visitors.” Designs include an outdoor theater, fountains, lake, walking and biking tracks, children’s play area, Umrah corner and “areas for showing the miracles of the Quran.”

The 60-hectare park will also include a series of Islamic gardens featuring many of the 54 plants and trees mentioned in the text of the Quran, including fig, olive, leek, garlic, tamarind, basil and pomegranate. “A glass building will accommodate 15 items of plants, and other items will be planted in different specific gardens. These plants are expected to stimulate the visitors to think about the reason behind mentioning the names of these plants in the Quran,” Mashroom told the Emirates News Agency. The space allocated for the “miracles of Quran,” he added, would include an air-conditioned tunnel with stories on the walls.

The initial site preparation, including tracks and service buildings, has already been completed, according to DM. The second phase will begin in July 2013, while the third and final phase will last just one month between August and September 2014.

Several, people like Sheikh Mohammad al-Shanar, have called for more suitable places for Muslims to visit in the Dubai, the Holy Quran Park will definitely be appeased by the Muslims.

Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of strategy and tourism sector development at Dubai’s Department of Tourism Commerce Marketing, told Emirates 24-7 last month that heritage and religious tourism would be the new focus to drive the city to 20 million international arrivals per year in seven year’s time.

“In the past, the core strength in tourism has been beach holidays, shopping and sightseeing. To hit the 20m tourist figure, we are looking at different targets where gaps remain,” he explained. “Segments such as sport and heritage and culture tourism is where our feasibility study has led us and these are markets we are willing to pump money into and develop further.”

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