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  • A horror crash involving multiple cars occured in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning, as thick fog blanketed the UAE.

    Abu Dhabi newspaper The National reported dozens of cars were involved in the collision on the Shahama-Mafraq highway.

    The daily reported scenes of vehicles piled up on top of each other, quoting witnesses describing the horror of the crash.

    “It was a horrible. It was just a massive car accident that went on and on and on,” witness Zaina Yousaf told The National, adding: “As we drove it just got worse and worse. I have never seen anything like it in my life. One car after another smashed."

    Another witness estimated a 100 cars were involved in the accident.A scene of the crash in Abu Dhabi.A scene of the crash in Abu Dhabi.

    Abu Dhabi police posted photos from the scene of the accident on Twitter.

    Police said traffic had returned to normal by noon on Thursday. No injuries have been

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  • A car crashed into the Dubai Tram at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) on Wednesday night, prompting the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to issue a fresh warning of strict penalties.

    The driver reportedly jumped a red signal and slammed into the tram at about 8pm.

    "Minor accident between Dubai Tram and a vehicle that crossed a red light in JBR. No injuries were sustained," RTA tweeted from their offical account. Operations resumed soon after.

    Dubai resident Rami Saad posted a picture of the incident on Twitter. Photo: @RamiSaad/TwitterPhoto: @RamiSaad/Twitter

    There are strict fines for incidents involving the tram, with fines up to AED 30,000.



    However, this is not the first accident involving the tram. One month before operations officially launched, a car slammed into a tram car during a test run. The accident took place near the Dubai College on Al Sufouh Road. Neither the driver nor anybody else was hurt in the incident.

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  • Farzan Athari, a Swedish-Iranian male model serving time for possession of cocaine with intent to promote.Farzan Athari, a Swedish-Iranian male model serving time for possession of cocaine with intent to promote.A Swedish-Iranian model caught outside the Burj Khalifa with 21g of cocaine has released a rap song asking Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid for a pardon.

    Farzan Athari, 29, has been in prison since his arrest on May 14, 2013. He was sentenced to life in prison (which amounts to 25 years under UAE law) for possession of drugs with intent to promote. The sentence was later reduced to 10 years.

    “I got entrapped,” Athari claims on his Tumblr blog. “I ask for Mercy because everybody has made a mistake at some point in their life.”

    The song, titled Save My Life – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, was recorded from a phone booth in Dubai Central Prison.

    “Save my life, save my life. I need you to forgive me. I’m asking you Your Highness,” Athari sings on the video dedicated to Sheikh Mohammed.

    The song transitions into a rap in which he extols the virtues of Dubai and explains how he was living in the Burj Khalifa after achieving success in the emirate by modeling and presenting on TV for two years.

    Farzan Athari's modelling portfolio.Farzan Athari's modelling portfolio.


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  • Whoever said man was not meant to fly — at least without an airplane — has never met Yves Rossy.

    The 55-year-old former Swiss fighter pilot, whose nickname is Jetman, makes a habit of strapping on a 7-foot-wide, 120-pound jetwing and taking it for a spin over some of the most beautiful and desolate regions of the planet.

    In this stunning 4K video, Rossy teams up with aerobatics champ Veres Zoltán for an acrobatic arabesque high in the sky over the sands of Dubai.

    The jetwing uses four small jet engines to achieve a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour. Rossy uses a handheld throttle to control the wing and a parachute to land.

    Jetman DubaiJetman Dubai

    This is not Rossy’s first air rodeo. The aerialist has made similar trips over the Alps, the English Channel, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Fuji, racking up an impressive number of frequent-flyer miles. You can view most of these trips on the Jetman Dubai YouTube channel.

    Information about how much the wing cost to develop, or whether mere mortals will one day be

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  • Abu Dhabi police have a suspect in custody in connection with the fatal stabbing of an American woman in the UAE capital this week.

    Minister of Interior Sheikh Saif bin Zayed said at a press conference on Thursday that a 38-year-old Emirati woman has been arrested after an elaborate investigation detailed in a newly released video. Police made the arrest within 48 hours of the crime.

    In the shocking incident, which took place on Monday in Boutik Mall on Abu Dhabi's Reem Island, the woman, clad in an abaya and niqab, stabbed the American teacher to death.


    Police also said the same suspect plotted to place a makeshift bomb outside the home of another American resident in Abu Dhabi in a separate incident. Colonel Rashid Borshid of the Abu Dhabi police's Criminal Investigation Department told the press conference the bomb was dismantled and no one was hurt.

    Sheikh Saif warned that severe deterrent penalties await whoever tries to tamper with the security of the UAE.Sheikh Saif warned that severe deterrent penalties await whoever tries to tamper with the security of the UAE.

    When asked if the police considered this sequence of events to be a terrorist attack, "This is under investigation now, and

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  • UAE private sector workers will have a one day holiday on Tuesday, December 2 to mark National Day, the Ministry of Labour has announced.

    The announcement was made via a circular issued by the UAE Minister of Labour Saqr Gobash, according to the official news agency WAM.

    It was earlier announced that government and public sector workers will be off from Tuesday to Saturday, enjoying a five day break and returning to work on Sunday, December 7.

    December 2 is the UAE's 43rd National Day, celebrating the union of the seven emirates and the formation of the federation.

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  • iTunes gift cards are available in 3 options.iTunes gift cards are available in 3 options.Good news for Apple fans - the tech giant has officially launched iTunes Gift Cards in the UAE.

    The cards will be sold at three major retailers - Carrefour, Sharaf DG and iStyle - and will allow customers to purchase apps, music, movies and more from the iTunes store. This was previously only possible via a credit card.

    The gift cards, which have been unofficially available in the UAE for some time now, will likely be a popular way to purchase items on the store and to give as presents to family and friends.

    The cards work like gift certificates and are available in three options - AED 100, 250 and 500, providing prepaid credit that can be redeemed on apps, games, music or films only at the UAE iTunes store.

    They are expected to be popular amongst parents who would like to monitor their children's purchases on the store. They can also set up an allowance of store credit to be redeemed monthly.


    Cards can be purchased from the official retailers and then redeemed using a

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  • Before we all start moaning about Dubai Canal construction traffic…

    Let's take a second to stop and think about it.

    We’re just about done with all the traffic drama caused in Dubai Marina by the tram construction work. But before we’ve even had a chance to recover, Sheikh Zayed Road is getting a 1-kilometre diversion from October 25.

    An extra eight lanes have been built across Safa Park to allow construction work to begin on a 16-lane flyover for the Dubai Canal project.

    Now before we all starting moaning about the newest road snarls, could we take a moment to talk about this? Here’s some of what New York went through in 1877 to become what it is today:

     And don’t even get us started on London:

    We take something like Business Bay for granted now, but can you remember how long it took to get to Sharjah while they were building that bridge?

    And everyone had an opinion to offer about the Palm Jumeirah when it was being built. But it's still there – nope, it hasn't sunk yet.

    Dubai Marina? The Walk is one of the best spots in the emirate.

    And can you even remember what life was like before the Metro?

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  • It's already the tallest building in the world, but now the Burj Khalifa can add another feather to its cap - world's highest observation deck.

    At The Top Sky, a brand new lounge located on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, is now the highest man-made observation deck on the planet, at a staggering 555.7m above ground, Guinness World Records announced on Tuesday.

    This is the second viewing platform to open to public, following At The Top located on the 124th floor, and now the fourth-highest in the world.

    At The Top Sky is billed as a premium experience, offering food and drinks to the guests. It has dethroned China's Canton Tower in Guangzhou which measures 488 metres high.

    This is Burj Khalifa's sixth world record:

    •  Tallest building
    • Highest number of storeys
    • Highest occupied floor
    • Tallest service elevator
    • Highest outdoor observation deck
    • Elevator with the longest travel distance
    • Tallest free-standing structure
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  • Five big things to see at Gitex Shopper 2014

    The UAE's biggest tech event is back and as usual it doesn't disappoint. With a host of new gadgets on offer, plus deals galore, there's something for everyone. We joined the guys at to take a tour of the event and here are the five biggest things that caught our attention.

    Phones, phones, phones

    This month has been all about mega phone launches, from Samsung's new Note 4 to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Not far behind are Blackberry with the square Passport phone, and not to mention the latest devices from Lenovo and HTC. All these phones are on display at Gitex, so head over to check them out.
    Phones, phones and more phones at Gitex.Phones, phones and more phones at Gitex.
    But, if you were planning on getting your hands on the devices, you're going to have to wait: Samsung fans can pre-order the Note 4 for AED 2,799 while most of the major retailers have already sold out the new iPhones.

    Buy a TV, get a BMW

    If you've got a 100,000 dirhams to spare, why not splurge on a TV and drive away in a brand new BMW?

    Sharaf DG is back with its popular free-car

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