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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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Multi-billion Dirhams Infrastructure Projects Defy Recession in Dubai

Amidst the rumors of recession and global downturn, multi-billion dirhams infrastructure projects are on full swing in Dubai.

Three major road projects worth Dh2.9 billion were approved recently by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Also, work has begun to expand the combined passenger capacity at Dubai’s two airports – Dubai International and Dubai World Central – to 240 million, from the 190 million initially planned.

The RTA projects, approved by Shaikh Mohammad, include upgrades of Al Wasl Road, Al Khail Road and Umm Suqeim Road.

New underpasses will be built on Al Wasl Road and the number of lanes on Al Khail Road will be increased from the existing four to six in each direction, in addition to roundabouts being replaced by interchanges. The Trade Centre roundabout will also be replaced by flyovers and a signalized intersection to ease congestion.

Meanwhile, Dubai International Airport’s Concourse 3 – the last major project at the region’s biggest aviation hub – will be completed by the end of 2011, which will help increase its passenger handling capacity to 80 million from the initially planned 70 million.

When completed, the airport will have three terminals and three concourses, two mega terminals for cargo, an airport free zone, an expo centre with three exhibition halls, a major aircraft maintenance hub and a dedicated flower centre to handle perishable goods movement.

The Dubai Government is investing Dh15 billion for the expansion of Dubai International, and the initial cost for the development of Dubai World Central – the world’s largest integrated aviation hub – has been estimated at Dh30 billion.

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Red Tide brings Gloom to UAE Beaches

Red Tide in UAERed tide is a common name for a phenomenon more correctly known as an algal bloom, an event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column. These algae, more specifically phytoplankton, are single-celled protists, plant-like organisms that can form dense, visible patches near the water’s surface. Certain species of phytoplankton contain photosynthetic pigments that vary in color from green to brown to red. When the algae are present in high concentrations, the water appears to be discolored or murky, varying in color from purple to almost pink, normally being red or green.

Not all algal blooms are dense enough to cause water discoloration, and not all discolored waters associated with algal blooms are red. Additionally, red tides are not typically associated with tidal movement of water, hence the preference among scientists to use the term algal bloom.

Recently the Red Tide phenomenon has reached the beaches of UAE. So far two beaches in Dubai, one near Burj Al Arab and another one located close to the Umm Suqeim Park have been closed by the Dubai Municipality as traces of Red Tide are found here.

Last year, the Red Tide caused havoc at UAE’s east coast (near Dibba). In Sharjah, it caused the closure of Khor Khan desalination plant at the coast of Khor Fakkan.

The fact that most of UAE’s new found land is taken from the islands, Red Tide could be nature’s way of taking its revenge on human intervention in the eco-system.

So far no deaths of humans have been attributed to Red Tide, but people may experience respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing, and tearing) when the red tide organism is present along a coast and winds blow its toxic aerosol onshore. Swimming is usually safe, but skin irritation and burning is possible in areas of high concentration of Red Tide.