PHOTOS: Dubai records over 500 traffic accidents in 6 hours

Dubai police recorded a total of 564 accidents in 6 hours. (Abu Dhabi Police)
Updated 09 February 2018
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PHOTOS: Dubai records over 500 traffic accidents in 6 hours

Dubai police recorded a total of 564 accidents in 6 hours on Thursday morning due to foggy weather, UAE daily Gulf News reported.  
The Command and Control Unit said that it logged over 3,000 emergency calls during 6am and 12pm local time.
The most severe accident involved 28 vehicles that injured nine people were injured in the incident.
(Abu Dhabi Police)

“Heavy fog was the main reason,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said, explaining that the accident caused a tailback on Emirates Road towards Abu Dhabi.
Due to the accident, Dubai Police blocked the traffic on Emirates Road and diverted trucks to designated parking areas.
Patrols spread along the road to warn other drivers to slow down to allow ambulances and rescue patrols to get through.
(Abu Dhabi Police)

Fog continues to engulf many parts of the country, with poor and limited visibility reported on Friday, weather forecasters said.
Earlier in the week a lorry crash caused a 44-car pile-up that left 22 people injured. Footage captured the moment a man avoided being crushed under the lorry by just seconds before the big crash.
Another video showed the destruction left behind, filming crushed bodies of cars and debris littering the flood of the road in the thick fog.


“World’s largest book sale” comes to Middle East at giant hangar in Dubai

Updated 18 October 2018
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“World’s largest book sale” comes to Middle East at giant hangar in Dubai

  • The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, launched in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, has since regularly toured Asian cities
  • Organizers hope to attract as many as 300,000 visitors during 11 days in Dubai
DUBAI: A gargantuan touring book sale that touts itself as the world’s largest is making its first stop in the Middle East, filling a huge hangar in Dubai with stacks of 3 million discounted books, open around the clock.
The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, launched in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, has since regularly toured Asian cities including Jakarta, Manila, Cebu, Colombo, Bangkok and Taipei. Organizers hope to attract as many as 300,000 visitors during 11 days in Dubai.
Founder Andrew Yap said he expects the sheer number of books will lure in punters.
“In a mature market like Dubai, this will give variety to readers,” he told Reuters.
Roudha Al Marri, an Emirati co-author of a guide to life in the UAE whose own book was on sale at the fair, said a city such as Dubai needed such an event to help spur reading among a “tablet generation” preoccupied with screens.
“To hold a book, smell it, to return us to more beautiful days, to throw us into mazes of stories. Every generation needs this,” she said.