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Clouds of smoke as huge fire hits central Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city’s largest shopping mall. The blaze erupted around 6:30 am (0230 GMT) at the complex, which is near the …

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On collision course? Working out rules for drones

Paris, France | AFP |  As drones increasingly crowd the skies, the risk of collision with other aircraft has come to the fore. Here’s an overview of international regulation aimed at limiting the dangers. – How many incidents? – The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which sets global standards for …

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Dubai aims to launch hover-taxi by July

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP |  Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving hover-taxi, its transport authority said on Monday, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July. The test of the one-man electric vehicle comes as the city state in the …

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IMF’s Lagarde ‘optimistic’ about US economy

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP |  International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday voiced optimism for US economic growth under President Donald Trump but warned it could herald trouble for the rest of the world. “From the little we know, and I will insist on the little we …

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Verstappen ready to play desert ‘kingmaker’ in Formula One

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | AFP | A teenager who passed his driving test little more than a year ago, Max Verstappen is the extravagantly-talented ‘outsider’ set to create an upset in the final outcome of this year’s Formula One world championship this weekend. If the 19-year-old Red Bull …

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Six projects awarded Aga Khan architecture prize

Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates | AFP |  A dome-less mosque designed by a Bangladeshi woman architect and a Beirut institute by the late Zaha Hadid were among six projects awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Sunday. The prestigious prize was awarded at a ceremony in Al-Ain oasis city, in …

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Oil riches help keep alive bedouin poetry

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | AFP | The Middle East’s poetry equivalent of “Pop Idol” is helping to keep alive an age-old tradition using bedouin dialect, which is barely understood outside the Arabian Gulf. Apart from the glory, a Kuwaiti student took home five million dirhams ($1.36 million), the …

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