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Dubai to welcome 2012 with fireworks at Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa fireworks celebration 2012

Dubai is all set to welcome year 2012 with a bang, and largest fireworks of them all will be organized at Burj Khalifa, world tallest building.

The fireworks can be viewed from Downtown Dubai as well as a designated location within Meydan area.

Visitors can revel in the celebrations from Burj Park, an island overlooking Burj Khalifa, set on Burj Lake. Visitors can also enjoy the celebrations from the Waterfront Promenade lining the adjacent Dubai Mall, Burj Plaza, the 3.5km Emaar Boulevard, The Pavilion in Downtown Dubai, and other areas in Downtown Dubai, in addition to a drive-in designated location in Al Meydan area.

This year millions of spectators can also view a live broadcast of the fireworks, thanks to Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). The event will be broadcasted on Dubai Media Incorporated’s Dubai TV, Dubai One, and Dubai FM.

Dubai’s fireworks display, 4 hours after Hong Kong and 3 hours before Central Europe will neatly complement broadcasters’ programs carrying the New Year celebrations from the world capitals.

To take part in the celebrations, visitors are encouraged to be in Downtown Dubai by 10pm on December 31. Alternative parking with RTA feeder buses will be available at Meydan, Za’abeel Park and Dubai World Trade Centre, in addition to parking at various Metro stations.

From: Emirates 24×7

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Rains create havoc in Dubai

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Rain, thunder and hail storm are becoming a routine fixture for Dubai. Just last month there was strong rain fall in Dubai and UAE. Now, the residents of Dubai have experienced another burst of thunder with rains that are falling cats and dogs.

There were four deaths reported due to rain affected damages. Among other incidents, the Indian pavilion in Global Village collapsed, killing one and injuring many.

The heavy rains caused leaks in the Mall of the Emirates. The area around Ski Dubai was cordoned off and buckets placed to catch the drips.

At Dubai Mall, the car parks and taxi bays were still mostly in shallow water a day after the rains. A convenience store was closed after the plasterboard on its ceiling partly fell away.

Khaleej Times reported reported water-logging and flooding in some areas in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim that are close to seashore. Low lying parts of Al Quoz Industrial Area also had waterlogged roads.

The worst hit was Emirates Road, which saw a partial closure as several cars submerged in the floods.

Around 275 civic staff and more than 25 tankers with different capacities were involved in the operations, according to Abdul Latif Ali Al Jallaf, Head of Operations with Irrigation Maintenance Network Section of the Municipality.

The emirates of Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khamiah are also badly hurt by the rains.

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The Day Dubai Aquarium Leaked

Dubai Mall Aquarium leaked

Fear not. There was no flood. However, media and public were frenzied when a “small leak” was found in the aquarium at Dubai Mall.

Water poured out of the structure but none of the 33,000 sea creatures advertised as living inside, got out. The aquarium has the capacity to hold 10 million litres of water.

The lower-ground and ground floor areas were cordoned off and cleaners were seen mopping the floor. Most shops in the vicinity were also shuttered.

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Bloomingdale coming to Dubai Mall

Bloomingdale in DubaiBloomingdale’s, the famous New York department store, will open in The Dubai Mall on February 1.

The two stores – a 146,000 sq ft fashion and accessories store spread over three floors, and a 54,000 sq ft home store – will open in partnership with the UAE-based Al Tayer Group.

The launch marks the start of Bloomingdale’s first overseas venture, Arabian Business reports.