Dubai Police Command and Control Centre Received 15,263 phone calls during Eid Al Fitr with 1,346 Accidents Recorded

Major Ahmed Abdul Rahman Aqeel, Acting Director of the Command and Control Centre at the General Directorate of Operations of the Dubai Police, said that the centre received 15,263 phone calls during the Eid Al Fitr holidays, while 1,346 traffic accidents were registered during the same period.

He stressed the keenness of the Dubai Police’s General Command to launch security and traffic awareness campaigns among community members by organising programmes and workshops, as well as campaigns that target all segments of the community to encourage them to adhere to the traffic safety rules and laws, especially motorists and road users.

He advised the public to call 999 in emergency cases only, and call 901 for inquiries about the services provided by Dubai Police such as criminal and traffic inquiries, questions related to issuing criminal status certificates, “to whom it may concern”, burial permit certificates and how to subscribe to the housing security programme, as well as other inquiries related to cardiac disease services.

Major Aqeel reiterated that 999 is only for emergency cases while 901 is allocated for other inquiries.

Abu Dhabi Police receive 21,065 calls during Eid Al Fitr holiday

The Command and Control Centre at the Abu Dhabi Police’s General Directorate for Central Operations received 21,065 calls during the Eid Al Fitr holiday on the toll-free number 999, of which 13,291 were from Abu Dhabi, 6,642 from Al Ain, and 1,132 from Al Dhafra.

Colonel Nasser Sulaiman Al Maskari, Director of Operations at the General Directorate for Central Operations, said that all the calls received by the centre have been dealt with. This is taking into consideration the response time for the arrival of competent police squads to the sites of contact to perform their tasks with accuracy and professionalism.

He added that the department provides services to the public in accordance with the highest standards and quality requirements, which is the policy of the General Command of the Abu Dhabi Police.

The centre is equipped with the latest methods and advanced technologies and employs a qualified cadre of officers, non-commissioned officers, and personnel.

Sharjah Police Central Operations Room receives 12,716 phone calls during Eid Al Fitr

The Central Operations Room of Sharjah Police received 12,716 phone calls, including criminal and traffic related issues, under the framework of the Ministry of Interior’s strategy that aims to make local roads safer.

The Traffic and Patrols Department also managed to control traffic and reduce the numbers of serious accidents and deaths in Sharjah, during Eid Al Fitr.

Brigadier Ali Salem Al Khayyal, Director-General of Central Operations at Sharjah Police, stated that the Central Operations Room received 10,099 phone calls during the Eid Al Fitr holidays through the “999” hotline for emergency cases, and 2,617 non-emergency phone calls on the “901” hotline, including general inquiries.

He noted that the Central Operations Room classifies reports according to their importance while taking the necessary procedures and transferring them to relevant authorities.

Al Khayyal added that the traffic during Eid Al Fitr was smooth on all local roads, due to the efforts of traffic patrols across the emirate, which reached 90 daily patrols during Eid, to avoid accidents and secure road users. He also noted that the number of serious accidents did not exceed three, while there were only minor and medium injuries.

He highlighted the role of all media outlets, including visual, audio, readable and smart media, in conveying their messages to the public, as well as the field awareness and traffic culture campaign that started to emerge among roads users, leading to the rise of positive indicators related to the traffic situation all over the emirate.

Adisco Slapped with Aquinas still in Awe after NSMQ Defeat to Prempeh

One of the longest running TV programme was back on our screens and of course the enthusiasm was really high. I mean the National Scirnce and Maths Quiz. With most schools finding the exit the door early in the competition after embarrassing defeats, the rest of the competition was rested on the shoulders of Prempeh College, Adisco and St. Thomas Aquinas.

With the stage set and the national theatre filled up, everyone was eager for the commencement of the competition which at end saw Prempeh College carrying the day with Aquinas and Adisco trailing behind.

This was the result:

Prempeh- 53 points
Aquinas- 51 points
Adisco- 31 points

Who is who? Prempeh, Aquinas and Adisadel face off today at the Grand Finale of #NSMQ2017

Today (June 29) at the National Theatre in Accra, the grand finale of National Science and Maths Quiz will take place.  The finale features the three schools that beat the odds: Prempeh College, Adisadel College and St. Thomas Aquinas School.

The competition which began on June 5, at the University of Ghana saw about 108 schools participating in 38 contests. Three schools competed in each of the 38 preliminary stage contests, and winners of these stages joined seeded schools from the 2016 contest to compete for a position at the finale.

It has been exciting times for students and old school alumni of the competing schools as many have placed their bets hoping for their school to take coveted trophy.

Social media played a big role in the support of the competition this year, and the finale looks to be widely covered by many media houses as well as interested old students.

UAE President Appears in Video over 3 Years after Stroke

The president of the United Arab Emirates has made a rare public appearance on state media to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan suffered a stroke on Jan. 24, 2014, and underwent emergency surgery. He has rarely been seen in public since, fueling speculation about the state of his health.

The state-run WAM news agency released a video Sunday showing Sheikh Khalifa seated in an ornate room at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Palace alongside ruling family members gathered to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

On his left was Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the federation’s vice president and prime minister.

The video carried no sound but showed the president speaking at one point.

New UAE Traffic fine: Dh3,000 for Speeding

Police authorities across the UAE are all set to enforce the changes in the federal traffic law, which come into effect on Saturday. More than 90 patrols will be deployed across five of Sharjah’s most dangerous roads in the first few weeks following the implementation of the new rules to ensure compliance.

The police have been carrying out awareness campaigns since April to educate residents about the amended traffic laws.

On Saturday, special police patrols will be deployed in Dubai and Sharjah to ensure residents are abiding by the new rules. The patrols will penalise motorists who don’t comply with the new rules.

Back in March, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minster of Interior (MoI), had issued a ministerial decision, amending the federal traffic law.

The law includes 17 articles which focus on re-examining traffic violations in terms of black points and raising the number of points for some of the serious offences. The MoI issued the decision in a bid to make the UAE one of the safest countries in the world.

Many of the new rules relate to child safety in cars, window tinting, speeding, crowding around accident sites, failure to stop at a red signal, jaywalking and failure to wear seatbelts.

However, the penalties for some violations have been increased due to the sheer number of offences recorded in the past.

Inspections go smart

Smart radars and cameras will monitor many of the new violations. Additional footfall on the ground from the traffic police departments will play a pivotal role in making the UAE roads safer.

Referring to the time period between the announcement of the new traffic rules and its implementation, Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, assistant commander-in-chief of Dubai Police and chairman of the Federal Traffic Council, said three months were enough to educate the public about the new rules. He stressed that the awareness campaigns will continue even after the rules are implemented.

Brigadier-General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, said the police are “well-prepared to enforce the rules from July 1”.

“Inspection campaigns will commence on July 1 to ensure that motorists are abiding by the new rules. More than 90 patrols will be deployed across the emirate – especially on roads that witness a large number of accidents,” he said.

During their campaigns, the police distributed awareness publications, conducted lectures and sent messages to the public through social media channels about the amended articles of the federal law.

Lauding the new rules, Thomas Edelmann, founder and managing director of RoadSafetyUAE, told Khaleej Times: “This is one of the most wonderful news we have had in a long time with regards to improving road safety in the UAE.”

The amended law is expected to reduce traffic deaths from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people to 3. The number of road fatalities last year reached an alarming 725 – up from 675 in 2015.

RAK Police educate motorists about new rules

With the new traffic rules coming into effect on Saturday, the Ras Al Khaimah Police have urged motorists to abide by them for their own safety.

“The new rules are meant to curb traffic violations and casualties and enhance road safety across the country,” said Brigadier Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, director-general of the central operations room, RAK Police.

To increase residents’ awareness about the new rules, the police have launched a special campaign called ‘Let’s share responsibility’, which targets all segments of the society.

“The initiative, which is being carried out in collaboration with five entities here, will help boost traffic awareness. It will help us have an accident-free society,” said Brig Dr Al Humaidi.

He said brochures with the new rules have been distributed among motorists. “More lectures will be delivered at various institutions to reach more people. These will focus on the most common reasons for traffic accidents and the best way to steer away from them.”

As part of the campaign, all reception and customer service staff will wear scarves with the logo of the scheme ‘Let’s share reasonability’ on them, he explained.

“Up to 300 scarves with logos have been distributed to the customer care staff of the five participating government entities,” he said. “The move will help remind the public about the new traffic amendments.”

UAQ Police distribute 2,000 awareness booklets

The Umm Al Quwain police have distributed 2,000 booklets about the about the new traffic rules.

Col Saeed Obaid bin Aran, director of traffic and patrols department of the UAQ Police, urged all drivers to adhere to the laws. “The new traffic amendments are meant to enhance road safety and reduce traffic accidents and casualties to the minimum level possible,” he said.

“We have organised four workshops to train traffic police inspectors about the new regulations,” he told Khaleej Times. “The amendments are aimed to curb traffic accidents and casualties.”

Field studies show that in 80 per cent of traffic accidents, the motorists are to blame. About 15 per cent are caused due to glitches in vehicles and the rest due to bad roads.

The rules are in best interests of motorists

The traffic fines and rules that will come into effect from Saturday are in the best “interests of road users”, the Abu Dhabi Police have said.

Brigadier-General Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, director of central operations, Abu Dhabi Police, called on motorists to adhere to the new rules and regulations.

He said the implementation of these measures will motivate drivers to abide by the laws and enhance the efforts by the Abu Dhabi Police to make roads safer.

Brigadier Al Dhaheri said the police will also provide an opportunity for drivers to correct their violations through an initiative that cancels registered traffic violations. The leeway does not cover violations related reckless driving, running red lights, exceeding speed limits, causing danger to the lives of the public and driving under the influence of alcohol.

What do the authorities have to say?

“The police will provide an opportunity for drivers to correct their driving violations through an initiative that cancels registered traffic violations.”-Brig-Gen Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Abu Dhabi Police

“Three months are enough to educate the public about the new rules. The awareness campaigns will continue even after the laws are implemented.”-Maj-Gen Saif Al Zafeen, Dubai Police

“Inspection campaigns will commence on July 1 to ensure that motorists are abiding by the new rules. More than 90 patrols will be deployed across the emirate.”- Brig-Gen Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Sharjah Police

“To increase residents’ awareness about the new rules, the police have launched a special campaign called ‘Let’s share responsibility.”-Brig Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, RAK Police

“The new traffic amendments are meant to enhance road safety and reduce traffic accidents and casualties to the minimum level possible.”-Col Saeed Obaid bin Aran, UAQ Police

How Castro died after Disrespecting my Brother-Gyan makes stunning Revelation

Asamoah Gyan says he believes that Castro is dead and that it was his destiny to die at Ada in 2014 – In an interview on the Delay Show, the star footballer said Castro had earlier ruled himself out of the trip because he had a funeral to attend in Kumasi

He said on the day of the trip, they left Accra without Castro, who had told them the previous day that he was heading to Kumasi for the funeral.

Gyan said when they reached the Tema Motorway, however, Castro called that he had changed his mind and that he would go with them.

He said the musician later joined them after making them wait for him on the motorway Click here to get the latest trending news in Ghana. Asamoah Gyan has said that sometimes he feels that it was the destiny of Castro to die at Ada, where the star musician went missing in July 2014.

He said he believed Castro’s life was lost forever, although he had not been declared officially dead. In a wide-ranging, no-holds-barred interview with Deloris Frimpong Manso on the Delay Show, Gyan fought back widespread claims that he used Castro as a spiritual sacrifice to enhance his football career. The Black Stars skipper, who is reported to earn over $200,000 dollars weekly, said Castro was not originally meant to travel with he and his friends to Ada for a weekend getaway.

He explained that every year, when he returns to Ghana at the end of the football season between June and July, he and his close friends travel to Akosombo for a weekend fun trip. He said they would go cruising on the Volta River using a yacht.

Gyan narrated that in 2014, however, they received information that the yatch at Akosombo had broken down, so they opted to go to the Aqua Safari Resort at Ada.

He said a week before he returned to Ghana from Europe, Castro, the man responsible for the hit songs Toffee and Bone Shaker, called him to rule himself out of the Ada trip.

Castro, Gyan said, had a crucial funeral at Kumasi would coincide with the date of the Ada trip, so he decided to opt out and attend the funeral of his friend’s father. The footballer said a day before the trip (Thursday), Castro came to his house to inform him that he was leaving for the funeral at Kumasi, so they bid the musician farewell.

The next day (Friday), Gyan said he and his friends took off for the trip using the Tema Motorway. He said while still on the motorway, they got a call from Castro, telling them that he had changed his mind and that he would be available for the trip. The musician, he said, asked them to wait for him on the motorway and that he was on his way there from Accra.

The captain of the Black Stars told Deloris Frimpong Manso that they parked at a petrol filling station and waited, adding that his presence at the filling station drew a crowd to the place. He said Castro later joined them and, together, they made for Ada, arriving there in the evening.

He said they were told that the Aqua Safari resort had been fully booked, so they headed to another facility that was three minutes away. The footballer said he and his friends were tired, so they listened to live band music and retired to bed. He said the next day Saturday), he and his friends took a boat to Aqua Safari, where they hired some jet skis (ski boats). He said Castro did not join them because he was still sleeping.

Gyan said of all his friends, he was the only one that had experience riding a Jet Ski, so he fired the machine powerfully towards the Ada estuary, with his friends following him. He said as he approached the estuary, he became scared, and fearing for his life, he turned the Jet Ski around, against the advice of his life guard for him to move forward. He said he beckoned to his friends to also turn around, as he felt the location around the estuary was a dangerous place to cruise.

Gyan said they returned to Aqua Safari and parked the jet skis although the time for which they paid to use it had not elapsed. Shaken by his experience around the estuary, the footballer said he warned his friends not to ride towards the estuary. He said they all resolved that the next time they hired the Jet Skis, they would play safe by cruising along the bank of the river.

Gyan said his elder brother, Baffuor, and some of their friends, including females, who were scared to cruise on the river, sat under two summer huts, drinking. He said they realised, after cruising for a while that it was time to play volleyball, so they parked the jet skis and began heading back to their hotel. He said Castro did not park, but rather turned around for another round of cruising. Gyan said that was the last time he laid his eyes on the talented singer.

He said his brother, Baffour, however, saw Castro return to the river bank to pick up a female friend, Janet Bandu. He said Janet had earlier tried to join Castro on the jet ski but Baffour stopped her, so when the musician arrived at the bank the second time, he hurriedly picked Janet and they both sped off. Gyan said because Castro knew that Baffour would try to stop him, he did not bother picking a life jacket for his female passenger. Baffour, he said, desperately shouted at Castro to return and pick a life jacket for Janet, but the musician ignored him and sped towards the estuary. That, Gyan said, was the last time Baffour also saw Castro.

He said later while they were playing the volleyball, Baffour arrived, complaining angrily that he had been disrespected by Castro and that the musician does not listen to advice. Baffour added that he would deal with Castro when he returned, according to Gyan. Gyan said Baffour’s action created a scene and so he (Gyan) calmed his brother down and told him to wait for Castro’s return. He then returned to the volley ball game, which he said had drawn a lot of spectators because of his pedigree as an international footballer.

The footballer narrated that further searches for Castro and his female friend on the river yielded no fruit, and so someone suggested that they consult a powerful native priest in a village near Ada. He said they got on a boat and went to meet the priest and after paying a GHc100 consultation fee, the priest performed rituals and concluded that Castro was dead. He said the priest told them that while Castro and Janet were cruising, Janet fell into the river and Castro tried to save her, but died with the lady in the effort.

Gyan said another priest his friends went to also told them a similar story. He said based on what he saw at Ada and what the two native doctors said, he was convinced that Castro’s life was lost. He said he was tempted to believe that it was Castro’s destiny to die at Ada because the musician was not meant to have joined them for the trip in the first place.

Discover The Latest Richest African Soccer Players In 2017

Footballers are generally well placed financially. They are leading celebrities with regard to their luxurious and lavish lifestyle. These legends of football make envy all the youth of the continent

Here are the richest African soccer players in 2017:

1. Samuel Eto’o

 The Cameroonian striker plays for the Turkish club of Antalyaspor. Aged 35, he is the richest and most decorated African player of all time.

Samuel has scored over 100 goals in five seasons with FC Barcelona, ​​and is also the record holder in the number of appearances of an African player in the La Liga.

The former Indomitable Lions captain was the highest-paid player in the world when he moved to Anzhi Makhachkala, where he earned 20 million euros ($ 25 million) a year after taxes.

Eto’o is now one of the richest footballers in the world. He is the richest footballer in Africa with a net worth of $ 95 million.

2- Didier Drogba

He is the top scorer, and former captain of the national football team of Côte d’Ivoire.

Drogba is best known for his career in Chelsea, during which he scored more goals than any other foreign player. He is currently the fourth top scorer of the club of all time. “The Drug” was also named African footballer of the year twice. He won the award in 2006 and 2009. Didier’s enormous fortune is impressive, considering that he did not win a jackpot before his transfer to chelsea, but after having had various lucrative contracts.

The striker now plays for a D2 club in the US and his fortune has a net worth of $ 90 million.

3- Yaya Touré

Touré is a professional Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Premier League club Manchester City. He is the former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. Its net worth is close to $ 70 million.

The 34-year-old is one of the best players in the world. He has also been elected African Footballer of the Year 4 consecutive times. The experienced midfielder helped Côte d’Ivoire qualify them for victory in 2015; And he also helped City win his first league title after 44 years.

4 Emmanuel Adébayor

Togo’s top scorer had well-paid contracts in various clubs where he played in the English Premier League. While in the city of Manchester, the striker earned $ 268,000.

Adebayor helped Togo qualify for the 2006 African Cup of Nations, scoring 11 goals in the playoffs, more than any other player in the African qualifiers. The Togolese who is an attacker for the Turkish club of Istanbul Büyükşehir, has set up projects in Togo and across the continent.

His net worth is $35 million.

5- Michael Essien


The Ghana midfielder was the most expensive African footballer in history when he was transferred to Chelsea in 2005.

The Ghanaian was a great success in Chelsea by winning the Premier League and the Champions League among others, and would have earned $ 5 million a year. The 34-year-old now plays for the Indonesian club of Persib Bandung, and has a net worth of $ 25 million.


Eid Al Adha likely to Fall on September 1; three-day holiday in UAE?

This year’s Eid Al Adha will likely start on Friday, September 1, 2017, msdar_news tweeted on its Twitter page.

Astronomy and meteorology researcher Ibrahim Al Jarwan said Eid Al Adha is astronomically expected to fall on Friday, September 1, 2017. The new moon of the 21th lunar month of Zul-Hijjah will appear on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10:30pm. It shall disappear on Tuesday evening 35 minutes after sunset during which it will be visible on the Western skyline.

In UAE, employees usually get three-day holiday for Eid Al Adha.

The Arafat Waqfa Day will fall on August 31, considering that the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijja 1438 will begin on August 23. Arafat Day falls on the ninth of the month.

Arafat Day

The second day of the Haj pilgrimage when Muslims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafat, where Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) is said to have delivered his last sermon. The day after Arafat Day is Eid Al Adha.

Haj: Journey of a lifetime

Eid Al Adha celebrations come after the Haj – the important annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, the holy city in Saudi Arabia.

Haj is the most powerful unifying force in Islam. There is no greater display of Muslim unity than the Haj. It is a grand manifestation of Muslim brotherhood without social and national boundaries.

It provides once-in-a-life time opportunity to all Muslims who can afford it wherever he maybe to assemble at the holy city of Makkah where the holy Kaaba is located, for a five-day rituals of worship.

Muslims regardless of nationality, colour and creed get a unique opportunity to meet and exchange views. There is a will to forge the much-needed unity within the Ummah. We do perform all the rituals with religious devotion and spend most of the time in the worship of Allah.

UAE Considering New Sanctions against ‘stubborn’ Qatar

A Saudi-led bloc is considering fresh sanctions against Qatar that may include asking trading partners to choose between them or Doha, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Russia said.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, envoy Omar Ghobash said the expulsion of Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was “not the only sanction available” for the UAE and its allies.

“There are certain economic sanctions that we can take which are being considered right now,” Ghobash said in the interview, which was published on Wednesday.

“One possibility would be to impose conditions on our own trading partners and say; you want to work with us then you have got to make a commercial choice,” he added.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed sanctions on the country on June 5, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.

The four countries have not provided any evidence for their claim, while Qatar has repeatedly rejected the allegation.

Ghobash said that if Qatar “was not willing to accept the demands, it is a case of ‘Goodbye Qatar’ we do not need you in our tent any more”.

‘We don’t claim to have press freedom’

On Thursday, the Saudi-led bloc issued a 13-point demand list in exchange for the end of the anti-Qatar measures and gave a 10-day deadline.

The demands included, among others, that Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera media network, close a Turkish military base and scale down ties with Iran.

When asked if the closure of Al Jazeera was a valid demand, Ghobash told The Guardian that the UAE does not “claim to have press freedom”.

“We do not promote the idea of press freedom. What we talk about is responsibility in speech,” he said.

He added that speech in the Gulf “has particular context, and that context can go from peaceful to violent in no time simply because of the words that are spoken”.

Ghobash also said that the UAE is willing to hold itself to the same standards it is asking of Qatar.

He echoed previous statements by UAE officials that the Gulf states do not wish to escalate the conflict with military action.

“We can escalate with more information, because we are not going to escalate militarily. That is not the way we are looking at things.”

Mohammed bin Rashid Receives Well-wishers

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received on Sunday at Zabeel Palace Sheikhs, dignitaries, ministers, citizens and residents who came to offer greetings on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Along with Sheikh Mohammed, greetings were accepted by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation.

Greetings were also offered to Sheikh Mohammed by senior officers from the General Headquarters of Dubai Police, led by Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai.

Greetings were also offered to Sheikh Mohammed by senior officers from the General Headquarters of Dubai Police, led by Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed was also greeted on the occasion by senior officers from the General Headquarters of Dubai Civil Defence and Ministry of Defence.