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    Dubai opens supercar maker McLaren’s most high-tech showroom ever

    Dubai has become home to a new high-tech showroom for the British supercar maker McLaren as the company aims to build on a stellar 2016.

    McLaren Automotive and its sole retailer partner in the UAE, Al Habtoor Motors, have opened the new McLaren showroom in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road. The facility is the most technically advanced McLaren sales site globally, the car maker said.

    The opening comes nearly five years to"...

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    Excellence awards for UAE's healthcare heroesJanuary 16, 2017

    The thankless jobs of healthcare professions was the highlight of Monday's Annual Health Awards 2017, jointly hosted by Dubai's Department of Economic Development (DED) and Gulf Medical University (GMU)- led Health Magazine.

    The first-of-its-kind annual health awards showcased the outstanding work by health professionals and companies to improve the health and wellbeing of the country. The inaugural event aimed at inspiring healthcare professionals to create positive change in the community, with increased focus on improving public health, research and innovation. The event saw the participation of more than 600 UAE-healthcare leaders.

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    Gulf hotels respond to tough market conditions by rebranding and renovatingJanuary 16, 2017

    Hotel operators in the region will rebrand and renovate existing properties rather than taking on new ones as investment plans are reassessed in tough market conditions this year.

    The Arabian Gulf region’s ­hotel sector suffered last year from the strength of the US dollar, to which most Gulf currencies are pegged, making destinations expensive. Occupancy also fell amid an increasing supply of hotels and the regional economic malaise sparked by low oil prices.

    Already there are more than 158,000 rooms and 555 projects under contract in the Middle East, according"...

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    Yas Mall attracts 40 million visitors since opening

    Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall reported drawing about 40 million visitors in the near two-year period since it opened in Nov­ember 2014.

    "We are continually looking for new ways to engage with our visitors of all ages, including both tourists and residents … to enable Abu Dhabi to become one of the world’s leading retail destinations," said Mohamed Al Mubarak, the chief executive of Aldar Properties, which owns the mall.

    Last year, Aldar reported that from the end of 2014 to February 2016, the mall received more than 20 million visitors – 18 million of"...

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    Five diverse artists from the UAE to take part in Venice Biennale

    Beirut-born, Mumbai-raised artist Vikram Divecha, who has collaborated with municipal gardeners and rock-blasting engineers, and graphic designer Sara Al Haddad, from Dubai, whose chosen medium is crochet, are among the five artists chosen to represent the UAE at the world’s most prestigious art event.

    Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, the exhibition at the National Pavilion UAE during this year’s Venice Biennale, will run from May 13 until November 26

    The other chosen artists are award-winning filmmaker and poet Nujoom"...

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    UAE and Costa Rica sign protocol to amend visa waiver agreement

    The United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Costa Rica have signed a protocol to amend the agreement of mutual exemption from the pre-entry visa requirements for the holders of the diplomatic and special passports from the two countries.

    The amendment was made to add a clause on mutual exemption from pre-entry visa for holders of ordinary and special mission passports.

    The protocol was signed today by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Costa Rica.

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    West refinery at Takreer Refinery will come back online fully within 48 hours, affirms ADNOC

    Following the incident at the Takreer Refinery on 11 January 2017, ADNOC can confirm that only the west refinery was impacted, which will come back online fully within 48 hours.

    ''There were no casualties from the incident. The east refinery remained operational throughout the incident,'' ADNOC affirmed in a statement on Monday.

    The impact of the fire is marginally limited to propylene production, the statement said.

    ADNOC is taking proactive steps to prepare for a variety of scenarios and our priority remains to ensure we fulfil our commitment to support our customers."...

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