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Desert Spring Festival kicks off in Sharjah

The 23-day festival is targeted to provide a natural and recreational outlet to enable police staff and residents to spend the best time with their family.

The Sharjah Police launched the second Spring Desert Festival on Wednesday at the desert park in Dhaid city’s Al Batayeh area.

The 23-day festival is targeted to provide a natural and recreational outlet to enable police staff and residents to spend the best time with their family. It also includes cultural and community events, which are organised at the theatre of the new park established by the Sharjah Police in the heart of the desert and is surrounded by majestic sand dunes in Al Kihaif.

The first day of the festival witnessed a number of entertainment activities, cultural competitions, theatre performances, folklore and popular competitions while the police band created an atmosphere of fun for families and children.

The activities are designed to strengthen the ties between the members of the family and to enjoy the beauty of nature, away from the routine of work.

The festival on its first day welcomed visitors of different categories who expressed their happiness for what they have seen from a variety of innovative activities. The police also distributed prizes for the winners of the competition.

Brigadier Abdullah Mubarak bin Amer, deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, said that the second Spring Desert Festival said that the park was inaugurated last year by Brigadier Saif Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police.

He said the desert park is the “first of its kind in the country”. “It has been established as part of the police’s efforts to make its staff happy. It will give opportunities for families of the police staff and the general public to camp in the desert in a safe environment that offers the best facilities.

The park is equipped with a children’s play area, a cycling area, desert train, and separate majlis for men and women, designated grilling areas, food corners, a small zoo and football and volleyball courts.

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Several flights delayed as thick fog engulfs Abu Dhabi

Visibility was between 500m to 1km, the National Center of Meteorology said

Residents in the Capital woke up to a dense cover of fog on Friday. The weather conditions affected both incoming and outgoing flights from the airport.

Entire Abu Dhabi City and western regions of Madinat Zayed, Ruwais, Sila and Ghayathi areas of Al Dhafra region were covered in fog. Visibility was between 500m to 1km, the National Center of Meteorology said.

With changing weather conditions, the NCM has urged residents to be on the alert.

“Residents should be careful while on the road and engaging in any outdoor activity,” the NCM said and urged residents to comply with advice issued by the authorities.

Making a forecast, the NCM said: “It will be fair to partly cloudy in general and hazy at times. There will be light to moderate winds. The relative humidity will increase during the night and early morning over some internal and coastal areas, with a chance of fog and mist formation.”

The Arabian Sea and Oman Sea are set to be slight to moderate.

Several flights delayed

There was overnight fog formation over Abu Dhabi International Airport and it affected travel plans of holidayers and weekend flyers as most of the flights got delayed.

Flights departing to Jeddah, Bahrain, Muscat, Cairo, Khartoum, Islamabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Colombo, Manila, Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, Dallas, Dusseldorf, Seychelles, Paris, Puket, Athens, Rome, Dublin, Beirut and Amsterdam got delayed.

Also, flights arriving from Jeddah, Muscat, Bahrain, Kuwait, Cairo, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Brisbane and Dhaka were late by half-an hour to few hours.

“Abu Dhabi Airport experienced operational disruption early on Friday due to low visibility weather conditions,” Etihad Airways spokesman said.

“The airline continues to monitor the weather conditions and has contingency plans in place should there be any further disruption to its flight schedule.”

Passengers are advised to contact the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000 for information.

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Dubai Govt Ban visas services for Pakistani passport holders

Dubai : To celebrate the beginning of the new year and Christmas, 300,000 Pakistani reached Dubai, however, the rest aspiring to are in for disappointment as new applications for visit visa are being denied, according to Chairman Travel Agents Association Naeem Ashraf

The association chairman said that the applications sent to Dubai visit visa on Monday were rejected without reason.

He said that the applicants have been issued a notice,advising not to file new applications.

Vice President Nadeem Ashraf  said that due to a huge number of Pakistanis being already present in Dubai, the new applications will not be accepted for now especially the time around new year and Christmas.

The restriction is temporary and will be lifted in January, said Ashraf.