The world's tallest building - Dubai's Burj Khalifa - was illuminated with Tricolour on April 25 with a message "Stay Strong India". Indian Embassy in the UAE stated, "As Indian battles gruesome war against COVID19, its friend UAE sends its best wishes." Another landmark building in UAE, the Adnoc headquarters in Abu Dhabi, was also lit up in the colours of Indian flag, expressing solidarity with India against COVID-19.
Due to the record rise in COVID-19 cases in India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to stop all flights between India and the middle-eastern nation from April 25. Reportedly, the travel ban will be re-evaluated after a period of 10 days. However, people travelling from India through other countries must stay for at least 14 days in that third destination.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on April 19 denied the alleged India-specific agenda behind his UAE visit. Qureshi stated that the agenda of visit was about Pakistan-UAE bilateral relation. However he welcomed "third party mediation" between the India and Pakistan issue. Interestingly, Qureshi’s UAE visit also coincides with Indian External-Affairs minister S. Jaishankar's visit to UAE on April 18 while focusing bilateral… read-more
Courtesy: The Economic Times
UAE’s Nora al-Matrooshi created history as being the first Arab woman to be selected for astronaut training in NASA. The 27-year-old, a mechanical engineering student will soon join NASA's 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class in US. Based on the practical, physical, psychological & scientific abilities, Matrooshi was selected among 4,300 candidates. Notably, expanding its space sector, the UAE government in 2017 had launched a National Space… read-more
Courtesy: Times of India
UAE's 'Al Amal' (Hope) spacecraft has transmitted an image of Mars on February 14, just nearly a week after entering the red planet's orbit. Snapped from a distance of 25,000 kilometers, the picture was taken from Hope's camera named Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI). The yellowed semicircle image highlights Olympus Mons, the solar system's largest volcano, along with three other volcanoes in Tharsis region of Mars. The space mission intends … read-more
Becoming first for the Arab world, UAE's spacecraft ‘Al-Amal’ (meaning 'Hope' in English) entered the Mars orbit on February 9 after seven months of launch. Interestingly, the UAE became the only fifth nation, after the US, Soviet Union, Europe and India, to successfully reach Mars orbit. Launched from Japan’s Tanegahima Space Centre on July 20, 2020, the mission will probe how neutral atoms of hydrogen and oxygen leak into space.
Probes from UAE, China and the US, launched in July 2020, would arrive on Mars just days apart in February. Reportedly, UAE's Amal (Hope) will reach Mars on February 9 and installed in orbit at 22-44,000 kilometres. In contrast, China's Tianwen-1 reaching 24-hours-later will remain paired in the path only to land on Mars in May 2021. Additionally, NASA's most-anticipated Perseverance carries… read-more
Courtesy: First Post
The Ministry of External Affairs on February 4 stated that nearly 7,139 Indians are imprisoned globally. Reportedly, Saudi Arabia topped the list with 1,599 Indian prisoners while the UAE (898) and Nepal (886) were next in the line. Besides, 548 and 536 Indians are jailed in Malaysia and Kuwait respectively. However, the ministry said that the total number includes undertrials also and many countries refrain from providing accurate… read-more
Andhra Pradesh's export of bananas has skyrocketed as the figures grew from 246 metric tons in 2016-17 to 45,000 metric tons in 2019-20. While Andhra’s growth-engine crop has reached the Gulf countries including UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, the state’s horticulture department cites enhanced value-chain development behind this. Reportedly, adoption of modern agriculture methods like tissue culture cropping, drip irrigation and the Kisan Rail helped… read-more
Courtesy: The New Indian Express
A Dubai-based NRI Ramkumar Sarangapani has achieved his 19th world record by making the largest pop-up greetings card. 100-times bigger than a regular greeting, Ramkumar’s creation measures 4-meter long, and 2.05-meters wide with an area of 8.20 square meters. The card features a photomontage of UAE Vice-President and PM and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Besides, Ramkumar also holds the highest number of Guinness World Records in the… read-more
Courtesy: Tribune India