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Vatican and Al-Azhar standing against extremism

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Earlier on Monday, the Vatican and Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque and university had signed a document regarding the fighting against extremism.

The signing took place in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Pope Francis to the Arabian peninsula, a visit that is considered to be a historical one; that attempts at outreaching Muslims on his behalf.

The Pope is the first leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to visit the Arabian Peninsula, and his visit also included the attending of an interfaith meeting in the UAE.

Today, the country expects its largest public gathering ever, that includes an open-air mass for 135,000 of the Muslim country’s million Catholic residents.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed expressed his delight in meeting the pontiff and described Abu Dhabi as the ‘homeland of tolerance”.

He also tweeted, “We discussed enhancing cooperation, consolidating dialogue, tolerance, human coexistence and important initiatives to achieve peace, stability and development for peoples and societies.”

 

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UAE’s Mission to Mars is Closer Than You Think With Expected Launch on July 15th

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The UAE is set to establish its entry into the space industry soon! As the Emirates Mars Mission prepares to become the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission and enhance its capabilities in space science and engineering!

The Dubai-based space mission’s control team (operating out of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre), is working alongside Japan to send the unmanned probe into Mars’ orbit. It is expected to reach there by February 2021.

The final preparations for the UAE’s Mars-bound ‘Hope Probe’ are underway, and is expected to launch on July 15th at 00:51:27 UAE time!

Just yesterday, it has been announced that the spacecraft that will carry the UAE’s Hope Probe to outer space has already been fueled and is almost ready to make history.

“The Hope Probe embodies the culture of possibilities deeply rooted in the UAE’s approach, philosophy and journey of accelerating development since the foundation,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The unmanned ‘Hope Probe’ will launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre, it has already undergone several extensive testing operations with a team that includes Emirati engineers supervising the probe’s pre-launch preparations.

This is not just a prideful moment for the UAE, but for the entire Arab world.

“Our journey to space represents a message of hope to every Arab citizen that we have the innovation, resilience and efforts to compete with the greatest of nations in the race for knowledge.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added.

 

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Dubai Reopens Beaches And Major Parks This Friday

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Dubai Municipality announced on Thursday night that several beaches, major parks and the Dubai Frame will all reopen on Friday for Visitors.

Following a complete lockdown that lasted for months, the public can now finally enjoy visiting JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim beaches.

Major parks and the Dubai Frame will also be open from Friday onwards.

There are of course some rules that the public must abide by for their own safety, the municipality asked ‘all to adhere to the public safety measures and guidelines to ensure the health & safety of all.”

Precautionary measures include visitors to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. No masks are necessary while in the water.

Gloves are not necessary in open beaches, however they must be worn in parks and closed areas such as the Dubai Frame and Ski Dubai.

According to Dubai Municipality’s contact centre, children under the age of 12 and adults above 60 are allowed on the beaches and parks.

It was also announced last night that Dubai’s museums will reopen in a phased manner, starting from Monday, June 1.

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Gyms, Cinemas, Businesses and More to Reopen in Dubai

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Shout out to Dubai residents, we know that the lockdown is driving you insane but we have got some exciting news for you!

Dubai is expected to reopen gyms, cinemas and other businesses as of this Wednesday, in light of its efforts to ease the restrictions that have been imposed amidst the spread of coronavirus.

Nightly restrictions will be pushed back from 8pm to 11pm and be lifted at 6am each morning.

Besides gyms, sports academies and fitness clubs, as well as cinemas will also be reopened with continued social distancing and regular disinfection.

However, gyms will have to operate at 50 per cent of capacity, require the wearing of masks at all times and must install plastic dividers between machines, while changing facilities will remain closed.

Entertainment and leisure attractions, such as Dubai Ice Rink, will reopen.

According to a protocol update by Dubai Economy, offices in Dubai can start working normal operating hours with an increased occupancy ceiling of 50 per cent in common areas and within the premises.

The announcement was made at a meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

“Everyone is responsible,” Sheikh Hamdan reminded the public, in a news release on Monday night.

“What makes us different is our ability to deal positively with changes and our agility,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

“We have all the elements necessary to adapt to these challenging circumstances.

“I am confident that all members of the society will come together to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.” He added.

Let us all abide to the safety measures and hope that together, we can get through this.

 

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