UAE weather warning: high winds hitting the Emirates

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Forecasters have issued a weather warning saying winds are stirring up dust and sand, creating poor conditions on the country’s roads.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said the weather will reduce visibility and has urged motorists to be cautious while driving.

The NCMS called on drivers to reduce speed and leave enough space between vehicles.

Dubai to build Middle East’s first rainforest

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A tropical rainforest is set to be created in Dubai as part of a luxury housing development.

The Dubai Rainforest, described as an educational and cultural dome, will be housed within Damac Properties’ Akoya Oxygen master community and is slated to be completed ahead of Expo 2020.

It is designed to recreate the natural environment of rainforests, which cover 6 per cent of the world’s surface, said the developer.

UAQ targets marine conservation

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Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, toured the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Centre for Marine Research on Wednesday.

The centre is being built as part of President Sheikh Khalifa’s initiatives to protect fisheries and keep the marine environment free from pollution.

The Dh75 million centre is being built with a grant from the President.

RAK denies responsibility over public portable water dispensers

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Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has denied responsibility for the control of potable water dispensers in streets and residential areas.

The municipality attributed this to the lack of legislation on the matter, adding that the owners of these dispensers are unknown, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic language sister paper of The National.