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Twins drowned in UAE pool as their bicycles fell on them

The bicycles trapped the boys under water till they breathed their last. Hassan Al Awadhi, the uncle of the Emirati twins who drowned on Friday at Khuzam area in Ras Al Khaimah, said the duo was safely riding their bikes late on Thursday when they found the door of their neighbour’s villa open.  “My 2.5-year-old…

Twins drowned in UAE pool as their bicycles fell on them

The bicycles trapped the boys under water till they breathed their last.

Hassan Al Awadhi, the uncle of the Emirati twins who drowned on Friday at Khuzam area in Ras Al Khaimah, said the duo was safely riding their bikes late on Thursday when they found the door of their neighbour’s villa open. 

“My 2.5-year-old nephews rode in and fell into the swimming pool of neighbour’s villa past 10pm as it was dark.”

2.5-year-old twins drown in neighbour’s pool in UAE

What made the situation worse was that the two bikes fell onto the two little boys, he added.

“They tried to get out of the shallow pool, but the bikes trapped them down into the water and they breathed their last.”

Mansoor Al Awadhi, the distraught father of the twins, identified as Abdullah and Zayed, said he “cannot force their neighbour to keep the door of his villa close but he should have sealed his swimming pool or kept it safe”.

The father does not plan to file a lawsuit against the neighbour. 

“All kids are observed and attended to either by family members or domestic helpers, but my boys suddenly went missing, and the housemaid could not locate them.”

When their mother came back home after buying some stuff, she also could not find them, the father explained.

“All family members and neighbours started searching for the missing boys at 10pm, when they were finally found drowned in neighbour’s swimming pool at about 11.30pm.”

Nobody had expected the children to enter the neighbour’s villa, which was three houses away.

“We only knew about the sorrowful drowning of my kids when the Ras Al Khaimah Police told us they found them dead in the neighbour’s pool.”

Brigadier Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, director general of the central operations room, RAK police, said they were alerted about the two missing kids at 10.10pm on Friday.

However, 83 minutes later, at 11.33pm, the Central Operations room of the RAK Police received another report on the drowning of the two missing baby boys, according to Major Tariq Al Sharhan, Chief of the Ambulance and Rescue Section, RAK police.

“The rescue team fished the two boys out from the swimming pool and tried all ways to resuscitate them, but unfortunately they were declared dead on the spot.”

The duo was shifted to the morgue of the nearest hospital. The drowning file was referred to the bodies concerned for completing legal procedures. 

Brig Humaidi urged all families to always keep an eye on their children, particularly the young ones. “They should never ever be kept alone or unattended. All corridours, doors, or paths, leading to the swimming pool should be strictly closed down,” he added.

“So, none can have access to the pool which should also be tightly sealed.” 

The two boys have been handed over to their family for burial procedures.

The funeral prayers were performed for the twins at Sheikh Zayed mosque in Ras Al Khaimah following the Friday prayer, while the duo was later buried at the Hudaiba Cemetery.

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Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.

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GEMS Education’s longest-serving teacher dies in UAE

Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972. After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher. Omran had recently retired…

GEMS Education’s longest-serving teacher dies in UAE

Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972.

After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher.

Omran had recently retired as an Arabic Supervisor from Our Own English High School – Sharjah after serving more than 44 years at GEMS Education. The school announced her death on Friday, August 16. Former students, teachers and the school community in Sharjah have expressed their shock at Omran’s passing as she was a well-loved member of staff.

Sunny Varkey, chairman and founder of GEMS Education issued a statement on Friday, and said, “Our deepest condolences go out to Zakiya’s family. She was a big part of the GEMS Education community and a pillar of our society. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all.”

Asma Gilani, the principal of Our Own English High School Sharjah said, “Zakiya Omran joined GEMS as a young Arabic teacher in 1972 in the first school at Bastakiya. Her journey of growth and learning is closely tied with the history of GEMS.”

She joined Our Own English High School, Sharjah, in 1991, according to school sources. Asma said, “We appreciate her deep commitment to her profession and will forever be indebted to her for her valuable contributions in ensuring Arabic became an integral part of every students’ life. She epitomised loyalty and commitment. Her legacy will live on throughout GEMS. She was a passionate teacher who was respected by all. Our hearts go out to her family.”

Originally from Palestine, Zakiya moved to Dubai in 1972 and worked for Mariamma Varkey at Our Own English High School, Dubai. She later worked at Cambridge School where she was Head of Arabic before moving to Our Own English High School Sharjah where she diligently served as Arabic Supervisor till her retirement.

In an earlier interview with Khaleej Times in 2016, Zakiya had said, “Sometimes my former students come to meet me and I am happy to realise that they are doing so well and are all successful. There are times when I’ve taught my children’s children, and in rare cases, their grandkids,” she said. “I think that the future of education is bright, and I want to see more Indian children speak Arabic.”

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Indian flag to be displayed on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tonight

Showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will light up with the colours of the Indian flag tonight. The event was confirmed by an Indian consulate official to Khaleej Times. The display of the Indian flag on Burj Khalifa will take place at 8:44pm, the consulate said.…

Indian flag to be displayed on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tonight

Showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will light up with the colours of the Indian flag tonight.

The event was confirmed by an Indian consulate official to Khaleej Times.

The display of the Indian flag on Burj Khalifa will take place at 8:44pm, the consulate said.

Also read: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to light up with Pakistan flag tonight

The showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15.

Earlier, the tricolour was not displayed following a technical snag.

“We have just learned from our friends in Emaar that on account of a major technical snag they won’t be able to light up Burj Khalifa with the Indian tricolour tonight,” Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian ambassador to the UAE, said on Thursday.

Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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Indian crew aboard Iranian oil tanker released in Gibraltar

Indian minister tweets all 24 Indian crew members have been released. The police proceedings against four Indian crew members, including the captain, aboard an Iranian oil supertanker has ended and they were released by authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday, even as the US Department of Justice made a last-minute claim on the vessel. “I am…

Indian crew aboard Iranian oil tanker released in Gibraltar

Indian minister tweets all 24 Indian crew members have been released.

The police proceedings against four Indian crew members, including the captain, aboard an Iranian oil supertanker has ended and they were released by authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday, even as the US Department of Justice made a last-minute claim on the vessel.
“I am grateful and thankful for my release. And I am grateful to all who have facilitated my release in my legal team,” the Captain of the Grace 1 tanker said in a statement.
A spokesman for Gibraltar’s government also confirmed that police proceedings against four members of the crew had ended.
The arrested Indian crew members – the Master, Chief Officer and two Second Mates – were aboard the Panama-flagged supertanker that was detained off Europa Point in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory on the Spanish coast, last month.
The Gibraltar authorities had said the vessel is loaded to capacity with crude oil enroute to Syria, in breach of European Union (EU) sanctions.
However, the Gibraltar authorities have since been given assurances from the arrested crew members and Iran that the ship was not on its way to Syria.
A total of 28 crew on board the vessel include majority Indians but also Russians, Latvians and Filipinos, who have spent over a month in detention on board the ship since it was seized in early July.

The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs tweeted that all 24 Indian crew members had been released:

Spoke to our High Commission @HCI_London on VLCC Grace 1. They confirmed all 24 Indian crew aboard VLCC Grace 1 have been released by Gibraltar authorities and are free to return to India. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @AmitShah @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @VMBJP
– V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) August 15, 2019

Their further course remains unclear and complicated as a result of the US intervention to request the seizure of Grace 1, which is set for a hearing in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar later on Thursday.
“The US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered. The matter will return to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar,” noted a statement from the government of Gibraltar.
The UK Foreign Office has declined to comment on the US request and said that “investigations conducted around the Grace 1 are a matter for the government of Gibraltar”.
The Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies had detained the supertanker and its cargo on July 4 during an operation conducted by the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP), Customs and Port Authority with the support of British Royal Marines.
A Gibraltar government statement noted: “The detention of the vessel relates to the suspected destination of the cargo, the Banyas refinery in Syria, which is owned by a company, the Banyas Oil Refinery Company. This company is the subject of European Union sanctions under EU Regulation 36/2012, which is directly applicable in Gibraltar.
“The investigations of the Royal Gibraltar Police continue and the vessel remains detained under an Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.”
However, following the assurances given by Iran and the captain of the ship, the Gibraltar government was all set to allow the vessel to set sail before the US demand, which is reportedly part of the Trump administration’s efforts to intensify the effect of existing Western economic sanctions on both Iran and Syria.
Tehran blames the US for arranging to have its ship seized in the wake of sanctions imposed against Iran with the aim of halting all its oil exports. European countries do not have sanctions against Iran but have had them in place against Iran’s ally Syria since 2011.

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