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Dubai wows the world with stunning changes

From a small fishing town of 50,000 people in the 1960s, Dubai is now home to around three million people of various nationalities. Dubai has been recognised as “one of the top five cities that have made stunning transformations” in recent years, according to a list revealed by the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. From…

Dubai wows the world with stunning changes

From a small fishing town of 50,000 people in the 1960s, Dubai is now home to around three million people of various nationalities.

Dubai has been recognised as “one of the top five cities that have made stunning transformations” in recent years, according to a list revealed by the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.

From a small fishing town of 50,000 people in the 1960s, Dubai is now home to around three million people of various nationalities and some record-breaking structures, including the world’s tallest tower and the world’s longest driverless metro system.

While Dubai came second, topping the list of transformative cities was Shenzhen, China’s first special economic zone for trade and investment, that has seen a 1,200,000 per cent rise in gross domestic product since the 1970s.

Coming behind Shenzhen and Dubai was Medellin, a city in Colombia that has made a turn-around from a dirty drug war and was cited as the world’s most innovative city in 2013. The fourth place went to Melbourne, followed by Mumbai.

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Dubai’s Burj Khalfa lights up with Oman flag

Omani flag displayed on the world’s tallest building. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was lit up with the colours of the Oman flag tonight. The display of the Omani flag was shared on the Burj Khalifa’s official Twitter handle. “Burj Khalifa lights up in honour of the 49th National Day of Oman,” the tweet said. ?? ????????…

Dubai’s Burj Khalfa lights up with Oman flag

Omani flag displayed on the world’s tallest building.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was lit up with the colours of the Oman flag tonight.

The display of the Omani flag was shared on the Burj Khalifa’s official Twitter handle.

“Burj Khalifa lights up in honour of the 49th National Day of Oman,” the tweet said.

?? ???????? ??? ????? ????? ????? ???? #???_????? ??????? #?????_??????_??????? ?????? ?????????#??_?????_?????49#BurjKhalifa lights up in honor of the 49th National Day of Oman! #OmanNationalDay pic.twitter.com/P0NRk7C1wy
– Burj Khalifa (@BurjKhalifa) November 18, 2019

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Video: Mother lets six-year-old drive on highway at 130kmph

His mother uploaded the video. Russian authorities are investigating a mother after she uploaded a video of her allowing her six-year-old son to drive on a motorway at 130 kmph. According to the Daily Mail, 29-year-old Agina Altynbayeva let her son drive her Hyundai Solaris on an empty highway. The shocking footage shows the tachometer…

Video: Mother lets six-year-old drive on highway at 130kmph

His mother uploaded the video.

Russian authorities are investigating a mother after she uploaded a video of her allowing her six-year-old son to drive on a motorway at 130 kmph.

According to the Daily Mail, 29-year-old Agina Altynbayeva let her son drive her Hyundai Solaris on an empty highway. The shocking footage shows the tachometer touching 80 mph (130 kmph).

After receiving backlash, the mother has become very defensive online, even swearing at her critics. “I do everything right, and if you think that I am not right, it is your problem,” she wrote.

Police and childcare authorities have initiated a preliminary investigation, confirmed the Tatarstan Interior Ministry.

“First of all, the inhabitant will be interviewed by GIBDD (Russian traffic police) officers and certain measures will be taken. in case these measures turn out to be insufficient, we will consider inviting the mother to a meeting with the juvenile affairs commission.”

Altynbayeva was previously criticized for a video in which she drove with a baby on her lap.

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Man who caused 14 deaths at Dubai detention centre released

He said he longed to meet his mother and seek her forgiveness. An Emirati – who was serving a life term for starting a fire at a police detention centre that killed 14 prisoners – has been released before seeing out his full sentence. The 40-year-old secured an early release based on a plea he…

Man who caused 14 deaths at Dubai detention centre released

He said he longed to meet his mother and seek her forgiveness.

An Emirati – who was serving a life term for starting a fire at a police detention centre that killed 14 prisoners – has been released before seeing out his full sentence.

The 40-year-old secured an early release based on a plea he had filed and his good conduct in prison.

A public prosecution source told Khaleej Times that the case dates back to 2001. The convict and four others caused chaos inside the detention centre in Bur Dubai before it culminated in the tragic incident. “They were in jail on different charges – mostly drug-related. On the incident day, they started a fire and the victims died because of smoke inhalation.”

In his plea, the inmate said imprisonment had changed him for the better. He said he longed to meet his mother and seek her forgiveness for everything he made her go through.

How the tragedy unfolded

Explaining the case, a lawyer, whose client was among the victims, said: “There was a group of inmates, who caused disturbance inside the detention centre because the administration did not meet their demands for certain food items and medicines. On the day of the incident, they set their mattresses ablaze with a lighter and smoke engulfed the cells. The inmates died of inhalation and many others were hospitalised in a critical condition.

“Sadly, one of our clients, a trader in his fifties, who had been there for two or three months, was among the victims.”

In 2003, Dubai’s hightest court found the defendant, two Emiratis, an Omani and another resident guilty of the charges. They were sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay Dh2.1 million in blood money to the victims’ families. The court also ordered them to pay Dh210,000 as compensation for the damage they caused to the Bur Dubai police detention centre.

According to the prosecution source, for a convict to be allowed to walk out of jail before serving his term, he has to file a plea to the Dubai Courts and the public prosecution. “The public prosecution studies all the circumstances surrounding the case and his conduct behind bars; how he had been behaving; how imprisonment had affected him; whether he is sick; etc.

“The prosecution gives its opinion as per the law and refers it to the courts. The courts then decide,” the source said.

According to the lawyer, the prison administration can file a plea on behalf of a certain inmate regarding his early release. “The inmate could be under probation and watch for some time. The plea has to go through the public prosecution, which gives its recommendation. It is then the courts’ call.” 

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Marie Nammour
Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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