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Over 100 Indian companies establish presence in Dubai in 2012 so far

News4u - News Desk : DUBAI: The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) — licensing authority for theJumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) Free Zone — has announced that it has registered 612 companies in the first four months of 2012, of which over a 100 are from India.

JLT has attracted entities such as Reliance Industries, Veedol International, Raj Petrochemicals, Malayalam Communications and Simbhaoli Sugar, the authority said.

The JLT Free Zone which registered a record 184 new companies in March and another 200 new companies in April is firmly focused on India as part of its business development strategy. There are currently over 4,200 companies registered with the Free Zone, over 700 of which are from India.

James Bernard, Business Development Director, DMCC said, “India is a huge market for us and over the past months and years we have been fortunate enough to attract a large number of Indian businesses and entrepreneurs to Dubai.”

The JLT Free Zone will also launch its 2012 India road show with several events in New Delhi and Mumbai between May 8-May 11, it said.

The aim of the event is to highlight Dubai as Middle East’s leading business and trade hub, and assist Indian companies in setting up their businesses in the Emirate, it added.

JLT offers infrastructure, value added products and services, and incentives such as zero per cent tax guarantee for 50 years and 100 per cent business ownership, as well as being the fastest growing free zone in Dubai. PTI

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4-year-old Indian girl wins half kg gold in Dubai

News4u-News Desk- Dubai, A four-year-old Indian girl has won half a kilogramme of gold at a promotional draw lined up for the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Jase Elma Mathew won the prize in the ongoing ‘Bag of Fortune’ campaign launched by Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF).

Her father, Saju Mathew, entered Jase’s name on several raffle coupons that he received on purchase of gold jewellery.

“This is the first time that anyone in our family has won in a raffle draw of the DSF. Needless to say, our happiness is beyond words and little Jase is excited too. We look forward to taking part in more such winning opportunities that make the DSF so special,” Mathew said.

Jase’s mother, Elma Mathew, plans to save the gold for her future and perhaps for Jase’s wedding one day.

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‘Woman gives birth in Dubai airport toilet, kills baby’

News4u - News Desk : A woman gave birth in a toilet at Dubai airport, then allegedly strangled the newborn, and dumped the corpse in a bin, before catching a flight out of the country, a media report said.

Police are now looking for the mother, believed to be an Ethiopian in her thirties, who was identified using close-circuit security camera footage at Dubai International Airport, after the infant’s body was discovered by a cleaner.

The woman allegedly severed the baby boy’s umbilical cord with her bare hands and strangled him with a cloth before dumping him; traces of blood led to the bin where the baby was found, soaked in blood, tied up with his umbilical cord in a tightly wrapped plastic bag, ‘The Khaleej Times’ reported.

“At around 3.35 AM I went to the toilet to clean up the blood around a toilet bowl. PTI

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‘Brighten your Christmas’ drugs seized in Dubai

News4u-News Desk-Dubai, (AFP) Dubai customs today said it has seized marijuana and cocaine smuggled in Christmas cards bearing the message, “This brings a special wish your way to brighten up your Christmas day.”

“Dubai customs’ inspectors at (the) general post office foiled a bid to smuggle 1,751 grams of marijuana and cocaine into the United Arab Emirates… hidden cunningly inside parcels containing Christmas cards,” the department said in a statement.

The cards were “coming from one Asian country and heading towards another Asian country via Dubai,” according to the statement.

Dubai customs occasionally announces drug seizures in the emirate where narcotic use is strictly prohibited.

Drug trafficking carries the death penalty in the United Arab Emirates, but the sentence is usually commuted to life in prison.

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Explosive recovered from U.S. bound cargo in Dubai

News4u-News Desk-Police in Dubai said on Saturday that the bomb discovered there in a shipment of air cargo from Yemen that was bound for the United States contained the powerful explosive PETN and bore the hallmarks of al-Qaeda.

The white powder explosives were discovered in the ink cartridge of a computer printer, said a police statement carried by official state news agency.

The device was rigged to an electric circuit, and a mobile phone chip was hidden inside the printer, the statment said.

The bomb, sent from Yemen in a FedEx shipment, was prepared in a “professional manner,” police said.

PETN is the same chemical used in the failed attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas Day. That plot has been linked to al-Qaeda’s offshoot in Yemen.

“The plot style carries features similar to previous attacks carried out by terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda,” the Dubai police said.

“Swift action has enabled Dubai Police to foil a potential act of terror in the place the package was bound to,” the statement said.

The police said they were tipped off to the device by a call from abroad, but did not name the country.

The tip warned of the possibility of an explosive device hidden in postal packages onboard the FedEx flight originating from Yemen to Dubai, according to the statement.

Police said tests showed the printer cartridge also contained lead azide, an explosive compound that can be used in bomb detonators.

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India among Dubai’s most important export markets

News4u-Business Desk-Dubai, India and Pakistan in South Asia remain Dubai’s most important export markets, says a Department for Economic Development (DED) survey.

The DED survey also revealed that firms in the South Asian region have been trading with Dubai companies for many decades and their proximity makes them the first foreign market for exports. Distant markets tend not to be very important as far as firms are concerned.

The survey found that Dubai firms intend to use their existing portfolio of goods and services to enter new foreign markets.

The general view is that product development is both an expensive and risky affair.

The survey is part of an extensive programme of conducting regular business surveys to track the level of economic activity in the previous and upcoming quarters of the year.

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Indian in Dubai accused of stabbing ex-girlfriend?

News4u-News Desk-Dubai, A 41-year-old Indian computer programmer has been accused of premeditatedly attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend, stabbing her 27 times in a frenzied attack that she survived miraculously.

Prosecutors accused the man, identified only as MN of repeatedly stabbing the 23-year-old Filipina, identified as MS with a knife and also attacking her two Indian workmates who tried to intervene, the Gulf News reported.

The man, however, denied that he had pre-planned the attack, claiming that it happened under the influence of liquor in a spurt of the moment.

“I did not have any intention to kill her. The incident happened so suddenly and I did not preplan the whole matter… besides I was under the influence of liquor,” M N said, pleading not guilty before the Dubai Court of First Instance.

According to the charge-sheet, MN repeatedly stabbed her with a medium-sized kitchen knife.pti

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S Arabian legislature approves extradition treaty with India

News4u-News Desk-Saudi Arabia’s legislative body, the Shura Council, has approved the draft agreements of an extradition treaty and a prisoner exchange deal with India inked during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Riyadh early this year.

“The two draft agreements were approved following detailed discussions by the members,” the council said in a statement.

The agreements, the council agreed, should be executed for better security and stability of the two countries.

“This would help the two friendly countries not only strengthen bilateral relations but also serve the interests of the citizens of the respective countries who are living in each other’s states,” he said.

During Singh’s visit to the Kingdom in March this year, five bilateral agreements, including an extradition treaty and the agreement on transfer of prisoners, were signed.

The extradition treaty is part of efforts to step up bilateral cooperation in the area of security and will help in apprehending wanted persons in each other’s country.

It will be in line with the standard format followed across the world and will be governed by international law, an official said.

The agreement on prisoners will facilitate the transfer of Indian prisoners back to India where they will be able to serve the remaining part of their sentences given by a Saudi court.

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RAK Airways plans flights to Dubai, Calicut

News4u - News Desk : UAE’s now relaunched RAK Airways has announced to resume services in two new routes, Calicut (Kozhikode) and Jeddah, by next month.

The re-birth of the airline would play a pivotal role in the promotion of the emirate as a destination in its own right, RAK Airways Chairman, Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi said.

The new brand of RAK Airways was also unveiled at the launch to coincide with the re-launch.

Flights to the new destinations are scheduled to start on 10thOctober.

The airline said that future destinations are being considered in the GCC, Levant, Indian sub-continent and Commonwealth of Independent States.

“Although our fares are extremely competitive we are focused on providing a value offering that differentiates itself from the low cost carriers. For instance, on every flight to and from Jeddah and Calicut, seats will be priced starting from AED 10,” RAK Airways Chief Executive Officer Omar Jahameh said.

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Over 13,000 have embraced Islam in Dubai since 1996

News4u-News Desk-Dubai has witnessed over 13,000 conversions to Islam over the last 14 years particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, a senior official has said.

Huda Al Kaabi, head of the New Muslims Section at the Islamic Affairs Department, said as many as 13,946 people from 72 nationalities have embraced Islam in Dubai since 1996.

“These include 10,450 new Muslims from 2005 to 2009,” Al Kaabi was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying.

“When people come to Dubai, they know better about the bright image of Islam, and how it tolerantly meets man’s needs in all places and times,” she said.

While 3,043 people converted to Islam in 2009, the first half of 2010 saw 1,373 new Muslims — most of them were from the Philippines, Russia, China and India.

“The nationality of most new Muslims differs from one year to another,” Kaabi said, adding that more women than men opt for Islam.

“This year among the converts, 1,098 are women and 275 men. Likewise, 984 of the 1,365 new Muslims in the first half of 2009 were women, and 576 of the 878 people who embraced Islam in the first six months of 2008 were women,” she said.

Some 391 people from 35 nationalities converted to Islam last Ramadan. According to her, the New Muslims Section provides fully integrated and free services to Muslims, new Muslims and non-Muslims.

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