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Thirsty to thriving? Parched Pakistani port aims to become a new Dubai

GWADAR, Pakistan: For over a decade, Pakistani officials have dreamed of transforming the small but strategically located fishing port of Gwadar into a duty-free port and free economic zone – Pakistan’s answer to Dubai. The aim is for Gwadar – located on the Arabian Sea near Iran and the mouth of the Persian Gulf –…

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Dubai scraps 2018 film festival

Dubai: The Dubai International Film Festival, the top cinematic event in the Arab world, has been cancelled for 2018 but will be staged from 2019 every two years, organisers said Thursday. The announcement came a day after neighbouring Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the United Arab Emirates, unveiled its first cinema after a decades-long…

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Kushti – a way of life for Pakistani workers in Dubai

DUBAI: Every Friday evening in Dubai’s bustling Deira district, a sandy lot is transformed into the ring of champions. It is kushti wrestling night and Kala Pehlwan is ready to fight. As the sun sinks below towering palm trees, dozens of men — many in tunics, others in T-shirts — begin to form a perfect…

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Pakistani comic book creators go to Dubai fiction convention

DUBAI: AzCorp comics, Pakistani comic book creators, are displaying their comic books at the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai. AzCorp Entertainment creates meaningful, thematic, and entertaining content for kids, teens, and young adults. Comic books are available for sale at MEFCC. Titles available include the launched issues of Sheeba and the Private…

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Bahrain makes largest oil discovery in its history

Dubai: Bahrain on Sunday announced it has discovered the largest oil and gas field in the history of the small kingdom, which unlike its Gulf neighbours is not energy-rich. Authorities estimate the newfound reserves at “many times” the volume of Bahrain’s only other known oil field, the state-run BNA news agency said. BNA did not give…

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Kevin Pietersen to not play PSL 2018 matches in Pakistan

DUBAI: English cricketer Kevin Pietersen said on Saturday that he will not be playing Pakistan Super League matches in Pakistan. “It is with a sorry heart to leave Dubai and going back to London now. Wish I could travel but unfortunately family’s very important family decision and I hope you can respect my decision and…

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Rising star Shaheen Afridi wins Twitter after spectacular performance

Lahore Qalandars’ quickie Shaheen Shah Afridi has managed to win Twitter after his lethal bowling helped engineer a Multan Sultans’ batting collapse that helped the green shirts secure their maiden victory in the third edition of the tournament.  Here’s how the greats of the game as well as others reacted on Twitter to Shaheen’s match-winning…

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PSL 2018: Here’s where the teams stand after phase one concludes

  Multan Sultans lead the PSL points table after the first phase of the tournament concluded a day earlier, with each side having played five matches apiece.  With three victories in their kitty and only one loss, Multan Sultans are sitting pretty at the top with seven points. Karachi Kings come in at number two…

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Investigators continue probe into Sridevi’s death

DUBAI: Investigators continued their investigation into the death of Bollywood star Sridevi as they questioned the hotel staff and her husband on Monday. According to Indian website Times of India, the investigators are creating a sequence of events leading to her death by asking questions from her relatives and the staff of the hotel in…

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Sridevi died of accidental drowning: Dubai police

The official handle of Dubai Police has announced that following the completion of post-mortem analysis, it was revealed that the death of leading Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness. “Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal…

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Hotel staff, not Boney Kapoor, found Sridevi in washroom: newspaper

MUMBAI: Bollywood’s veteran actress Sridevi has shocked her fans with her untimely demise leaving her family devastated and the nation mourning the loss of an icon. According to Pinkvilla, the veteran suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. However, a gulf-based newspaper contradicted the report that she was with Boney Kapoor in…

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Sridevi’s last video in Dubai is going viral

Veteran Indian actress Sridevi died on Saturday night in Dubai after suffering a cardiac arrest. In UAE to attend a family wedding, she spent her last days surrounded by friends and family. Sridevi was joined by her husband Boney Kapoor, younger daughter Khushi and also the biggest names in Bollywood such as Sonam Kapoor, Anil…

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Indian actress Sridevi dies at age 54

DUBAI: Indian renowned actress Sridevi passed away at age 54 on Saturday night after a heart attack in Dubai. According to Indian media, Sridevi brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor confirmed her death. She was in UAE with her family to attend the wedding ceremony of Mohit Marwah. Sridevi Kapoor (born 13 August 1963) was an Indian film…

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In focus: Here’s why Islamabad United can repeat PSL glory all over again…

BY SHAHJAHAN KHURRAM DUBAI: Islamabad United will certainly be hurting when it comes to losing Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Mohammad Asif after the infamous fixing scandal that rocked PSL last year. However, if it is one thing we have learned about the men in red so far–and their daunting skipper–it is NEVER wise to…

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Pakistan has high hopes to hold next PSL edition at home

KARACHI: The Pakistan Super League launches its third edition in Dubai on Thursday, adding a sixth team, more international stars and with hopes that the Twenty20 tournament can be staged entirely on home soil from 2019. The new Multan Sultans and the confirmation of a slew of international greats such as Shane Watson and Brendon…

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PSL 2018: Players to watch out

DUBAI: Here is what you need to know about the key players of the six franchises in third season of Pakistan Super League Twenty20 competition, with just two days remaining. It is worth noting that two of the three Pakistan players who make the cut are still emerging talents whose best days are ahead of…

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PSL 3 trophy unveiling ceremony held in Dubai

DUBAI: The HBL PSL trophy ceremony was underway in Dubai, two days before the third edition of the cricketing event is set to take place. The excitement, drama and anticipation cannot be more higher as only two days are left for PSL 2018 to begin. All the captains of the respective franchises are taking part…

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Only two days remain till PSL 2018 commences

DUBAI: Only two days remain in the start of the coveted Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018, Samaa reported. The third edition of the tournament will begin on Thursday, 22nd February 2018 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The opening ceremony will feature a live concert in which national and international singers will perform followed by a…

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Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi in practice match

DUBAI: Quetta Gladiators defeated Peshawar Zalmi by eight runs in their practice match days before the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicks off, Samaa reported. Peshawar Zalmi will kick off their PSL 2018 campaign against new comers Multan Sultans in the first match of the tournament while Quetta Gladiators will play begin their…

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Get fit and make money

DUBAI: Want to get fit and make money? You can get Dh500 per every kilogramme you lose, by simply participating in a 10-week fitness challenge co-launched by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the RAK hospital. The ‘RAK Biggest Weight Loser Challenge’ – open to all Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) residents over the age…

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Here’s how Pakistanis can get good character certificate for UAE work visa

DUBAI: The UAE government recently made good character certificates mandatory for getting a work visa in the country. As per a decision of the Council of Ministers No. (1/8) of 2017, which has been adopted recently by the Dubai Police Coordination Committee, the applicant should provide the certificate from the home country or from the…

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