We have a channel here - Dubai One - which is a very popular mainstream channel, rather than an obscure satellite channel. Perhaps it could be the region's BBC1. Every night, we sit down to watch Emirates News - a half hour round up of the day's headlines.
I have to include this as a separate entry on my blog, as Emirates News consistently provides and equal amount of entertainment and frustration for Tim and I.
I am providing you with tonight's stories - the programme is 30 mins long and these are the stories that were reported on - I have left nothing out. These are in order of being reported:
- The President of the UAE is heading to Saudi Arabia tomorrow to participate in a meeting of government officials of GCC
- Vice president of the UAE (and Ruler of Dubai) is off to France tomorrow to meet President Sarkozy
- Vice president of the UAE today received US Secretary of Education
- Dubai customs today announced recommendations “to reinforce war against counterfeiting and piracy”
- Dubai construction companies are warned to follow midday break rules – 2 hour break at heat of the day for all employees
- Bakery fined 1000 Dirhams (£140) for an insect in the bread (incidentally it didn't say whether it was a mosquito or a beetle)
- A study has been published on human trafficking in the UAE – the ultimate result being that there is no evidence of trafficking in the UAE. However, there is a Human Rights office in Dubai to support and repatriate any possible human trafficking victims . . (but they must be really quiet because officially it doesn’t exist, right?)
- Ajman (a northern Emirate) is cracking down on tobacco products – there is now a ban on import and sale of all kinds of chewing tobacco and tobacco products – penalties are 10,000 (£1400) if violated
- Bird-strikes. How is the UAE going to cope with the anticipated threat of bird-strikes and the increasing air-traffic within the UAE
- Watersports in the Dubai – watch out for strong winds and waves
- Today’s market and currency prices (yes, the dollar is still weak)
- Weather outlook for tomorrow: go on, I dare you, have a guess . . !
So, the crisis in China, or Burma . . . not a bean . . . absolutely nothing worldwide at all - just happy, jolly, Emirates News!