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  • Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed Iran's foreign minister at his palace, state media agency WAM reported.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed bilateral relations and regional developments with the Sheikh, in a sign of warming ties between the nations.

    Sheikh Mohammed also received an official invitation  to visit Tehran from Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani which "he accepted and appreciated," WAM said.

    United Arab Emirates' Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (2nd R) meets with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd L) in Dubai April 15, 2014 in this handout provided by WAM. REUTERS/WAM/Handout via Reuters (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE


    In an interview with BBC earlier this year, Sheikh Mohammed called for easing of sanctions against Iran.

    Asked if the time is now ripe to lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Sheikh Mohammed said: "Iran is our neighbour and we don't want any problem."

    Zarif also met with UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.


    Iran and the UAE have longstanding trade ties but differ over several issues, including Tehran's control over three Persian Gulf islands claimed by both countries.

    With input from AP

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  • This is the heartwarming moment a mother was reunited with her nine-year-old daughter after three years.

    Dubai Police reunite mother and daughter.


    The photo, which was released by Dubai Police on Wednesday, shows the unnamed Asian mother embracing her daughter after officials helped bring them together.

    The mother was forced to leave the UAE after she divorced the girl's father and her visa was cancelled. She learned about Dubai Police's Victim Outreach Program from a newspaper and asked for their assistance.

    She came to the UAE on a tourist visa and was helped by a team at Naif Police Station who tracked down her ex-husband and reunited the family within 24 hours.

    Dubai Police convinced the girl's father to bring her to the police station where she met her mother.

    Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant to the chief commander at the Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation Affairs, praised the Naif Police Station for their efforts.

    The mother thanked police for their assistance.

    The Victims Outreach Program helped

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  • London police have arrested four people in connection with the attack on three Emirati tourists, The Guardian newspaper reported.

    The three UAE sisters were attacked in the middle of the night in their hotel room by a hammer-wielding assailant early on Sunday.

    One woman is in critical condition in hospital, while the other two sustained minor injuries.

    Three men, aged 56, 34 and 32, were arrested in Islington, north London, a Metropolitan police spokesman was reported as saying, while a woman, 31, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

    The attack took place on the seventh floor of the Cumberland Hotel in London. The intruder is said to have attacked one of the women with a hammer before turning on the others and fleeing the hotel in bloody clothes.

    The father of the women told The National he was heartbroken and was praying for their safe return.

    “My heart is broken to a million pieces and I can’t do anything except to pray that they return safely,” Jaffar Nasser Al Najjar,

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  • Get set for some major traffic diversions in Dubai.

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday that traffic diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road will commence on October 25 as part of phase one of the Dubai Canal project.

    Under the project, a one kilometre 16-lane bridge will be built on Sheikh Zayed Road with the proposed Dubai Canal underneath it. The 3km-long canal project will cost a total of AED2 billion and will link Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf via Jumeirah Beach and Safa Park.

    The diversion will affect 800 metres of Sheikh Zayed Road but officials say traffic will not be impacted.

    “Traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road will not be disturbed. The diversions are being planned in a way that the movement of traffic continues to be free-flowing," Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA) told Gulf News.

    This map shows the constuction of the Dubai Canal project.

    The project also includes the diversion of the utility lines which will be impacted by the course of the canal and lighting and fountain works for

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  • Heavy rain caused traffic chaos across the UAE on Wednesday, as forecasters say the wet conditions are expected to continue.

    Two accidents were reported in Dubai in the morning, one on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and another on Sheikh Zayed Road, The National reported. Delays were also reported on Al Ittihad Road, Sheikh Zayed Road and near the Dubai Marina area.

    Police warned drivers to excercise caution on the roads, leaving space between cars and be aware of water puddles.

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also warned drivers to be careful.  “Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the ground through it — you could be swept right off the road,” it said in a tweet.

    In Abu Dhabi, congestion was reported after Al Samha Bridge and flooding occurred in Al Reef area, according to the report.

    The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said unstable weather is expected to continue across the emirates.

    Conditions will remain cloudy and dusty, with chances of

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  • Here's a round-up of the most buzzworthy, popular and downright entertaining videos of the week.

    BURJ KHALIFA DISAPPEARS IN DUBAI STORM

    A video shot by Sultan Bin Al Sheikh Mejren showing a storm engulfing the Burj Khalifa has received millions of views on YouTube.

     

    SINGER CLAIMS TO HAVE FOUND MISSING JET

    Self-described not-aviation expert Courtney Love believes she spotted an oil slick and the remnants of an airplane a mile away from the island of Pulau Perak, the last known location of Malaysian Air Flight 370.

    "I'm no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick," Love wrote on her official Facebook page. "Prayers go out to the families #MH370 and its like a mile away [from] Pulau Perak, where they 'last' tracked it 5°39'08.5"N 98°50'38.0"E but what do I know?" she asked her Facebook fans.

     

    WOMAN ON PHONE HAS LUCKY ESCAPE
    This is the reason why you shouldn't walk across a busy street while talking on your phone.

     

    WHAT IT'S LIKE FACING THE FASTEST BOWLERS IN THE

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  • UAE's Armed Forces have joined the search for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing on March 8.

    A source told state news agency WAM, the UAE has sent two search and rescue aircaft to join the extensive search effort, stretching from the Indian ocean to Australia as well as south and central Asia. No other details were given.

    The UAE is among 26 countries who are participating in the search operation.

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 carrying 239 people aboard disappeared without a trace on March 8.

    Australia's maritime safety agency said on Tuesday it had sharply reduced its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner to a 600,000 sq km (230,000 sq mile) corridor in the southern Indian Ocean, but that is still roughly the size of Spain and Portugal combined.

    Strong currents and high seas are making the task more daunting, it said.

    In the northern hemisphere, a separate search area is along an arc stretching from Malaysia through northern Thailand, Myanmar and China to

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  • The UAE's national weather bureau has denied rumours of a series of dangerous thunderstorms heading towards the Emirates.

    "The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has denied rumors being circulated through social networking sites and text messages that the UAE would be hit by thunderstorms, lightning and severe rain with hailstones from Monday and for 13 days," state news agency WAM said.

    The UAE witnessed rough weather including hailstorms and hazy conditions over the weekend.

    The rumours cited a US Navy report saying the UAE would experience thunderstrorms, lighting and severe rain. But the NCMS were forced to dismiss them calling the information "incorrect and baseless".

    Meanwhile, weather conditions on Monday remained clear. NCMS said Tuesday's weather would be fair and partly cloudy, with temperatires rising gradually.

    There will be a chance of fog at night and early morning.

    WATCH: Sheikh Hamdan's timelapse of the Burj Khalifa storm

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    Relief team sent to

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  • Picture this - it's a dark stormy night, you see the tallest building in the world and suddenly a moving storm sweeps through, engulfing it in its midst.

    No, that's not a scene from the next Mission Impossible movie, but a three-minute video that has literally taken the web by storm.

    In just over two days, the clip shot by Sultan Bin Al Sheikh Mejren, has received over 2.8 million views on YouTube and turned the man behind it into an online star.

    TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO

     

    But Mejren is no stranger to storms of this nature. The 44-year-old Emirati has been hunting storms for well over 20 years, and this video is just the latest taste of his adventures.

    "I shot the video on Friday night after 7pm. The storm first hit Sharjah but I missed it. I had lost hope of getting any footage near the Burj Khalifa and was about to pack up and leave," he told Yahoo Maktoob. "I thought the storm is gone, the clouds have disappeared, everything is gone.

    STROKE OF LUCK

    "But then I saw lightning near

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  •  ‘Dubai is back.’ Ever since the recession hit, people have been mumbling those three words; perhaps with hopes that repetition would result in conviction. We first heard the phrase uttered as early as 2010. While such assertions may have seemed weak in years gone by, the micro-indicators of 2014 lend credibility to the conversation. Consider our top seven reasons why Dubai could be back. 

    #1. You consider filing for bankruptcy after renewing your rental contract

     Remember the days when the Dubai rental scene was a tenant’s market? After the financial slowdown, rents plummeted across the board in Dubai. Landlords were pulling out all the stops to get tenants: from offering free TV and Internet, some landlords even covered the cost of relocating. Nowadays, with rents climbing a steep 15%, you would be lucky if your landlord didn’t leverage the rental calculator to the maximum to get every last dirham out of you while he can. Assuming you even find a place that ticks all the boxes, good

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