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Poll reveals overwhelming support for Dubai Expo bid |

Dubai: Almost all Dubai residents believe the emirate deserves to win the right to host the World Expo 2020, a government-hosted survey revealed on Sunday.Results of the ‘We Deserve It’ survey by Dubai Statistics Centre said 99.57 per cent of Emirati respondents believe that Dubai is a strong candidate city to host the event, with 99.41 per cent supporting the bid. Non-Emirati residents displayed similar opinions. Some 99.12 per cent of them said they believe Dubai is a strong contender and 98.67 per cent of them support the bid.The centre surveyed 64,802 respondents over a 10-day period this month to measure community awareness and support, in coordination with the higher committee of Dubai’s Expo 2020 Bid. More than half of the respondents were Emiratis while the rest represented expatriates.Reem Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State and the committee’s managing director, said the survey results are encouraging.

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Dubai Airshow opens with orders worth almost $200b |

Dubai: The 13th edition of the Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday with aircraft order deals signed to the tune of a whopping $199.2 billion for a total of 573 aircraft a mix of Airbus and Boeing between the three big Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, in addition to Dubai’s budget carrier, flydubai.These include Emirates’ $99bn order for 200 planes 150 Boeing 777X planes and 50 additional Airbus A380s in addition to purchase options for 50 purchase rights for B777-X; a $67bn order from Etihad Airways for a total of 199 planes 117 Airbus family planes and 82 Boeing aircraft besides 294 engines; Qatar Airways’ $21.8bn order for of 63 aircraft, including options, comprised of 50 Boeing 777-9X valued at $19bn and 13 Airbus planes five Airbus A330-200 freighter aircraft, and eight options.Meanwhile, flydubai ordered a total of 111 planes from Boeing including 100 B737MAX planes and 11 B737-800s at a total value of $11.4bn.Emirates’ order includes 35 Boeing 777-8Xs, which is expected to enter service around the end of this decade, and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs.

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Dubai on track to roll out Arab world’s first supercar |

Dubai: Dubai is all set to become the manufacturing hub of the Arab world’s first luxury supercar brand — the Lykan Hypersport, Ralph R. Debbas, CEO and Managing Director of the Lebanese car manufacturers W Motors, told XPRESS.

“We moved our offices to Dubai at the beginning of this year. The design centre is here, the office, engineering are all based here and next year we are moving the factory here as well from Italy. Now that we have built our first car, we know how to do it. We can proudly say that the company is 100 per cent Arab,” said Debbas giving an exclusive tour of the first ever Lykan Hypersport, a gunmetal grey 2014 edition showcased earlier this year at the Qatar Motor Show and unveiled as a concept car at the Dubai Motor Show last year.

Dubbed the most exclusive car in the world, the Lykan Hypersport will be eventually limited to only seven individuals in the world, all priced upward of $3.4 million (Dh12.4 million).

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Emiratis in private sector ‘must rise’ |

With more than 25,000 Emiratis looking for jobs in the UAE, the role of companies in the private sector in accommodating and employing the national workforce will be the main focus at Sharjah’s Second Conference on Human Resources, which will take place on December 11-12.Tariq Bin Khadim, Chairman of Human Resources Directorate in Sharjah, said at a press conference that it has been noted that the role of the private sector has grown in recent years, and organisations in the sector will continue to have a social responsibility to reduce unemployment among UAE citizens and support human resources.“The private sector needs more participation in bodies, committees and councils concerned with upgrading the quality of education, and technical and vocational training, and contributing actively in designing and funding curricula and training programmes,” he said. Bin Khadim also urged organisations to diversify their investments by including non-conventional development sectors such as scientific and technological research. With the private sector holding a capacity of four million jobs, Bin Khadim further highlighted the importance of attracting national talent to the private sector and ensuring that they continue to serve private organisations through training programmes.

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Over 500 stunning cars for Dubai Grand Parade on Friday |

Over 500 stunning cars for Dubai Grand Parade on Friday |

Dubai: More than 500 privately-owned super and luxury cars and bikes will create a convoy during the inaugural Dubai Grand Parade on Friday.The first multi-brand parade of its type in Dubai is part of the debut Dubai Motor Festival, a week-long motoring extravaganza held in conjunction with Dubai International Motor Show, which is running at Dubai World Trade Centre DWTC until Saturday.The parade vehicles’ total value is anticipated to reach more than Dh500 million. The fleet includes more than 350 brands and models such as Bugatti Veyron, the world’s fastest street car; Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Maserati, Shelby Super Cars, Harley Davidson and Ducati.The parade will be led by the 2013 Formula One constructors’ champion Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Car, which will deliver a brief performance when it leads the parade from its starting point — the Trade Centre Roundabout on Shaikh Zayed Road — to the first interchange.

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Man Utd launches Arabic Twitter account – Culture & Society –

Manchester United Football Club has launched a dedicated Twitter account in Arabic in a bit to expand its presence in the Arabic world, it was confirmed at the weekend.“Fans around the world can now access official Arabic-language Manchester United news on Twitter. The club’s latest Twitter account launched today Sunday 3 November at The Arabic feed will provide translations of the English account’s key posts, as well as unique content for its followers,” the club said on its official website.

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