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Abu Dhabi keeps the Smart City dream alive


By Tripti

‘Smart City’ is one of the many ambitious projects of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that is aimed at altering the urban backdrop of the nation by making cities all-inclusive and livable, in addition to driving the growth in economy here. Under this program, every selected city, which falls under this scheme, will get central government’s assistance of around Rs 100 crore every year for a period of around five years.

The 2015 federal budget also includes provisions for the ‘smart living and smart practices’, with around USD 1 billion allotted for this Urban Rejuvenation Mission and approximately USD 84 million reserved for the development and habitation of these 100 selected smart cities. The budget is forecasted to enhance investments into tourism, infrastructure, innovation, renewable energy, and livability, consistent with the sharp focus on the smart cities.

If it all goes according to the government’s plans, all states will, in due course, will have at least one ‘Smart City’.

The prime minister has started bringing this plan to action. He has been talking to a number of countries like Japan, Singapore, and France etc. who all have extended their help in transforming cities and states like Nagpur, Varanasi, and Andhra Pradesh into smart cities.

The latest addition in the cities that have come forward to help this transformation is Abu Dhabi.

A real estate company based in Abu Dhabi has gone into a strategic partnership with Indian builder firm to institute ‘Smart City’ projects in the country. Every chosen city under this scheme will get a central funding help of Rs 100 crore every year for development and maintenance afterwards.

Abu Dhabi’s real estate giant, Tasweek Real Estate Development’s newly formed Strategic Partnership with the MAMS Holdings Group, has established itself as an international construction and development company to communally pursue investment and business projections in the GCC and India.

The member states of GCC are the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain. To shape the partnership, MAMS Holdings Group and Tasweek officials, recently, met the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav to talk about various investment prospects related to the ‘Smart City’ and the urban development that can be initialized in U.P.

The Chief Minister said that he is interested in delivering affordable smart residential solutions and constructing 2,00,000 low priced houses in the state in some years. The terms of agreement mentioned that the partners will predominantly pursue commercial, residential, and mixed-use construction empowered with all the ‘smart’ technologies of India.

They also plan to focus on the investment prospects in the affordable housing concept, as part of their agreement.

The CEO of TASWEEK Real Estate Development, Masood Al Awar, said that their partnership with the MAMS Holdings is very strategic and timely as they have access to the local market ‘know-how’ and expertise on how to back the affordable but ‘smart living’, starting with U.P. and reaching other states of India like Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kolkata, and Telangana.

He added that they will continue discussing breaks with their partner in association with the long-term development agenda of India.

While the naysayers still doubt how Modi will be able to carry it off, the transformation has already started with examples like Gujarat’s GIFT City leading it.


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World’s Heaviest Woman 36-year-old Eman Ahmed Loses 65 kg in UAE

Eman Ahmed
Eman Ahmed at the latest press conference held in Abu Dhabi. Twitter

Saudi Arabia, July 28, 2017: Once known to be as the world’s heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed (500 kg) was bed-ridden for a long time due to various ailments. On Monday, she was a completely different person at a press conference in Abu Dhabi.

Eman wore a red dress and was able to speak full sentences. She was seen waving to the press at the conference. A hospital statement said she has managed to lose 65 kgs ever since she entered the hospital as an inbound patient, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 36-year-old is currently admitted to Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Hospital. She is now able to sit straight in bed and is able to move her arms. Her daily diet consists of four meals. She will undergo liposuction and abdominoplasty in August to further cut down the excess fat. The process will be followed by plastic surgeries to shape her skin around arms, stomach, and face.

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Dr Yassin Shah, medical director at Burjeel Hospital told to Indian Express that Eman will be admitted in the hospital for at least a year and that they will now focus on her leg movements.

Eman suffered from a disruption of glands and elephantiasis disease, which causes a huge amount of water to be retained in the body.


Eman’s sister, Shaimaa courted controversy in the past claiming that Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital was not taking proper care of her sister. She claimed that Eman was stressed because of what happened in India.

On February 11, Eman was brought to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital and later shifted to Abu Dhabi on May 4 after her sister’s allegations of being ill treated in India. Eman lost around 321 kgs in India weighing from 498 kg to 177 kg.

Doctors in Abu Dhabi are aiming to bring Eman’s weight less than 100 kilos, reports Gulf News.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Abu Dhabi is the Top Spot in the List of Destinations where Indians Will Prefer to Stay: Survey

According to a study conducted by Ipsos, given an opportunity Indians would prefer to live in Abu Dhabi, followed closely by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, London, Paris, Sydney, New York, Zurich, and Los Angeles

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Abu Dhabi. Wikimedia
  • The study conducted by Ipsos shows that if given an opportunity, Abu Dhabi would be the first preference for most Indians
  • In the survey, People from 26 countries worldwide were asked which one, from a list of 60 global cities, was best to live in, do business in, and visit according to them
  • Globally, New York was chosen best for business, Paris is best for tourism and Zurich is the choice for the destination to live in

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: In a recently conducted survey, Abu Dhabi has grabbed the top spot in the list of destinations where Indians would prefer to stay, followed by other cities including Mumbai, London, Singapore, Delhi.

The study conducted by Ipsos shows that if given an opportunity, Abu Dhabi would be the first preference for most Indians, followed by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, London, Paris, Sydney, New York, Zurich, and Los Angeles.

In the survey, People from 26 countries worldwide were asked which one, from a list of 60 global cities, was best to live in, do business in, and visit according to them. The scores from the three questions were added together to complete the Ipsos Cities Index.

According to the statement of Ipsos India CEO Amit Adarkar, “Indians love their very own commercial capital Mumbai and Delhi and would love to stay in either of the mega cities of India due to abundant career opportunities; quality of life and entertainment options.”

 “Globally we see the power of the New York brand with its appeal to people across the world, young and old. But the rise of Abu Dhabi and the weakness of Sydney among younger people remind us that no city can afford to rest on its laurels,” he added.
According to PTI reports, Globally Delhi was occupied the 40th position followed by Mumbai in 41st position out of 60 global cities which Ipsos Top Cities 2017 study considered.

This year Abu Dhabi managed to leapfrog London and Paris into second position, when Tokyo, Sydney and Zurich ended up on the same score in equal fifth, the survey said.

When it comes to business, New York remains the most popular city to do business in, with 23 per cent of the global sample selecting it from the list. Here Abu Dhabi takes the second position with 21 per cent, followed by London and Hong Kong (both on 16 per cent), and Tokyo (15 per cent), it said.

In case of tourism, Paris is seen as the best city to visit as 21 percent feel it is one of the best destinations for travelling. Rome overtakes New York, which scored 16 percent this year, and comes second on this measure on 20 per cent.

According to the study, Zurich is the global choice as the top destination to live in, selected by 18 percent of the sample. It is narrowly ahead of Sydney, the city that also came second on this measure in 2013, which is on 17 percent.

Abu Dhabi has successfully moved from seventh to third on this measure over the same period, it said.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Kerala Tourism to organise promotion event in Abu Dhabi to attract cash-rich Arab Travelers

Kerala Tourism Department, along with retail chain Lulu is about to organise an event at Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi, to appeal to Arab tourists

Kerala tourism, Wikimedia

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18, 2017: To attract cash-rich Arab travelers, the KeralaTourism Department along with retail chain Lulu Group, is organising a four-day ‘Explore Kerala@ Abu Dhabi’ event from February 22.

“Considering tourist arrivals to Kerala from the Middle East, UAE is the second biggest market after Saudi Arabia. KeralaTourism has identified the potential of the ever growing UAE tourism market,” said State Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran.

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According to Kerala Tourism figures, in 2015 more than one lakh tourists from the Middle East visited Keralaand it included 71,500 from Saudi Arabia 20,000 from the UAE and 17,924 from Oman.

The event, being conducted at Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi, will also feature colourful cultural performance including Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Theyyam and Thayambaka.

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Head of Lulu group, Keralite businessman M.A. Yusuf Ali said they will engage in promotion of KeralaTourism at all their Lulu Hypermarkets and shopping malls in the Middle East.

Leading tourism players from Keralawill show case their products in the event which will be inaugurated by Executive Director of Abu DhabiTourism Sultan Hamad Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri, among others. (IANS)