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Emirates Airline has won World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award for a record 13th year at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.

The airline also picked up the award for Best First Class Comfort Amenities.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are considered a global benchmark of airline excellence. This year’s results were decided by 19.8 million customers across 105 countries. The survey reviewed over 320 airlines from August 2016 to May 2017.

Emirates’ inflight entertainment system, ice, was launched in 2003 and has continually led the industry since, winning best in class for 13 years running.

Today, ice features over 2,500 channels of entertainment, including the latest blockbuster movies, award-winning television box sets, live TV, music and computer games. Emirates’ commitment to providing a superior inflight experience is anchored in continued product enhancement. In the last year, 28 per cent more entertainment has been added including more varied content giving customers more choices than ever. #emirates #airline #aircraft #people #sports #picoftheday #emiratescrew #designer #newspages #airlines #worldbest #flight #entertainment #enjoy #life #newsoftheday #storyoftheday #customer #airlineoftheyear #thegulftoday @emirates

The UAE participated in observing the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the General Commands of Police nationwide organised various activities on this occasion. The activities highlighted the problems associated with drug use, and the risks they pose to individuals and communities.

Exhibitions were organised to raise the awareness of the community about the drugs and their dangers.

Colonel Saeed al-Suwaidi, Director-General of the Anti-Drug Federal General Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, stressed the keenness of the ministry in eliminating drugs suppliers as part of its national strategy to fight illicit drug trafficking and put in place measures to identify and prevent the drugs smuggling.

He said the number of people arrested for drug-related crimes had increased by 25 per cent in 2016 to reach 5,130 persons, compared with 4,113 captured in 2015. #uae #abudhabi #drugs #heroin #cocaine #captagon #pills #narcotics #arrested #development #localnews #police #report #newspages #newsmaker #newsoftheday #storyoftheday #happeningnow #abuse #smuggling #children #lifestyle #trend #money #business #thegulftoday @moiuae

Sharjah Police organised traffic and security to assist worshippers on the night of 27th of Ramadan in Sheikh Saud Mosque. Police also provided buses to transport worshippers to and from the mosque. #sharjah #police #worshippers #happiness #happeningnow #mysharjah #security #safetyfirst #ramdan #tahujjudprayer #27thramadhan #mosque #muslim #islam #pride #holymonth #greetings #celebration #ceremony #bestvideos #picoftheday #viral #viralvideo #royals #thegulftoday #newspages #newsoftheday #thegulftoday @shjpolice

The Ashti camp in Iraq's northern city of Arbil celebrated the return of a girl whose abduction by extremists three years ago sent shockwaves through her Christian community.
Joy filled the prefab unit that is now the home of six-year-old Christina Ezzo Obada's family, who were forced to flee the town of Qaraqosh, which lies between Arbil and Mosul and was taken over by the Daesh group in mid-2014. "Seeing my daughter is a miracle," said her 46-year-old mother Aida. "I was shocked because she has changed so much, I didn't recognise her." They were on a bus with other displaced people when extremist fighters took her daughter from her in August 2014.

More than five months after her abduction by Daesh, Aida heard through acquaintances that her daughter had ended up with a family of 12 in the Tenek neighbourhood of west Mosul.

Iraqi forces retook all of east Mosul earlier this year and have been battling die-hard extremists in west Mosul since February. #iraq #family #mosul #children #kids #militant #extremist #terrorist #leaders #daughter #news #newspages #storyoftheday #feature #rescue #reunion #happeningnow #happiness #pride #christian #minority #world #soldier #father #mother #unitednations #unicef

From the softest and saddest of ditties to the most energetic of Rock-and-Roll and Bhangra-style numbers, Mohammed Rafi rendered everything with delightful ease and unerring precision, writes Saibal Chatterjee exclusively for The Gulf Today on the singer’s death anniversary today. #mohammedrafi #singing #singer #india #legend #happeningnow #picoftheday #photography #art #special #designer #artist #newspages #newsoftheday #legend #honour #voice #deathanniversary #tribute #respect #thegulftoday #rocknroll

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From the softest and saddest of ditties to the most energetic of Rock-and-Roll and Bhangra-style numbers, Mohammed Rafi rendered everything with delightful ease and unerring precision, writes Saibal Chatterjee exclusively for The Gulf Today on the singer’s death anniversary today. #mohammedrafi #singing #singer #india #legend #happeningnow #picoftheday #photography #art #special #designer #artist #newspages #newsoftheday #legend #honour #voice #deathanniversary #tribute #respect #thegulftoday #rocknroll

A huge amount of smoke was seen billowing into the sky after a massive fire broke out in an oil plant located in Sharjah industrial area number 10.

Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, Director of the Sharjah Civil Defence, said the fire was huge and spread rapidly. The Civil Defence received a notification at around 3 pm after which fire brigades from various Civil Defence centres rushed to the site and controlled the blaze before it could spread to neighbouring warehouses and outlets. The main cause of the fire is still unknown and will be revealed by the forensic laboratory after the completion of the cooling process.

With scorching weather conditions witnessed nowadays, more fire accidents are likely to occur in case rules are not strictly implemented. Owners of shops and warehouses are urged to strictly implement fire safety and security rules to avoid fire-related incidents that causes huge financial, and in some cases human, losses. #fire #sharjah #uae #emarat #happeningnow #civildefence #localnews #picoftheday #newspages #newsoftheday #news #industrialarea #smoke #police #report #shjpolice #tragedy #thegulftoday @shjpolice

With five months to go until the start of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017, the Official Mascot of the tournament, the gazelle nicknamed 'Dhabi,' was unveiled at the Yas Mall, in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday.

Crowd favourite 'Dhabi', the UAE's FIFA Club World Cup Mascot in earlier 2009 and 2010 editions, returned to be a part of the tournament, set to take place in Abu Dhabi from December 6 - 16. The Mascot's name, meaning ‘gazelle', was inspired by the UAE capital which literally translates to 'Father of Gazelle'. In a ceremony attended by Major General Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of the Higher Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017, and Aref Hamad Al Awani, tournament director of the LOC, the young and charismatic face of the 14th edition of the Club World Cup, ‘Dhabi’ was introduced to hundreds of fans and media representatives. #mascot #mascotdhabi #uae #abudhabi #yasmall #happiness #happeningnow #newspages #newsoftheday #storyoftheday #fifaclubworldcup #celebration #ceremony #football #uae #players #emarat #takent #thegulftoday

The UAE participated in observing the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the General Commands of Police nationwide organised various activities on this occasion. The activities highlighted the problems associated with drug use, and the risks they pose to individuals and communities.

Exhibitions were organised to raise the awareness of the community about the drugs and their dangers.

Colonel Saeed al-Suwaidi, Director-General of the Anti-Drug Federal General Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, stressed the keenness of the ministry in eliminating drugs suppliers as part of its national strategy to fight illicit drug trafficking and put in place measures to identify and prevent the drugs smuggling.

He said the number of people arrested for drug-related crimes had increased by 25 per cent in 2016 to reach 5,130 persons, compared with 4,113 captured in 2015. #uae #abudhabi #drugs #heroin #cocaine #captagon #pills #narcotics #arrested #development #localnews #police #report #newspages #newsmaker #newsoftheday #storyoftheday #happeningnow #abuse #smuggling #children #lifestyle #trend #money #business #thegulftoday @moiuae

Captain Megan Couto became the first female infantry officer to command the troops protecting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, as a Canadian battalion took over guard duties on Monday.

Based in the central province of Manitoba, The Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry has been invited to Britain to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of modern Canada.

Queen Elizabeth is the head of state of Britain, Canada and 14 other realms including Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand.

Couto, 24, has been given the prestigious role of Captain of The Queen's Guard, responsible for guarding the London palace. "I'm just focusing on doing my job as best I can and staying humble. Any of my peers would be absolutely delighted to be Captain of The Queen's Guard and I'm equally honoured," she said.

Carrying her sword and wearing a scarlet tunic and white Wolseley helmet, Couto marched her troops to Buckingham Palace from the nearby Wellington Barracks in the historic and colourful ceremony. #royal #guard #government #happeningnow #newspages #newsoftheday #storyoftheday #canada #soldier #megancouto #queen #palace #buckinghampalace #female #firsttime #history #leaders #captains #newsmaker #thegulftoday #london #world

At least 153 men, women and children were burnt alive and dozens others injured when an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur, Pakistan, on Sunday.
A large number of people had gathered to collect petrol from the overturned tanker which later exploded gripping these people in the inferno, police and rescue officials said. Many bodies were burned beyond recognition. “According to initial reports, somebody tried to light a cigarette,” said rescue services spokesman Jam Sajjad Hussain. Army helicopters helped evacuate the wounded.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief and directed provincial officials to provide “full medical assistance.” A large number of motorcycles and vehicles were also burnt in the huge fire.
Police said that oil tanker carrying 40,000 liters of oil was on its way from Karachi to Lahore when it slipped from road and overturned in Kachi Pul area, some eight kilometres from Ahmedpur Sharqia town. #pakistan #asia #tragedy #news #picoftheday #horror #mourning #funeral #eidalfitr #eid #news #newsmaker #newspages #eidmubarak #newsoftheday #storyoftheday #oiltanker #burning #burns #death #thegulftoday

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum offered Eid Al Fitr prayer at Zabeel Mosque.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Land Department, and other Sheikhs, dignitaries and officials attended prayers alongside Sheikh Mohammed.
Dr Omar Mohammad Al Khatib, from the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, led the prayer and delivered the Eid Al Fitr sermon. He congratulated the wise leadership, Emiratis and Muslims on the occasion. He spoke about giving, which is deemed one of the noble deeds in Islam, as well as other noble values. #mohammedbinrashid #uae #eidalfitr #emirates #dubai #mydubai #prayer #sermon #zabeelmosque #news #newspages #picoftheday #newsoftheday #picoftheday #eidalfitr #eidmubarak #celebration #storyoftheday #thegulftoday @hhshkmohd

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has dispatched congratulatory cables to Heads of State of Arab and Muslim countries on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.
In the cables, Sheikh Khalifa wished for continued good health and wellbeing for the leaders, further progress and prosperity for their peoples, and further glory for the Arab and Muslim Nations.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, sent similar cables on the occasion to the Arab and Muslim leaders. #uae #abudhabi #dubai #news #newspages #newsoftheday #picoftheday #royalty #eidalfitr #eidmubarak #thegulftoday #emarat #greetings #celebration #celebration

At least six people were found dead and over 100 remained missing hours after a massive landslide buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday as rescuers frantically scoured through rocks for survivors.

A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after 62 homes in Xinmo village were swallowed by boulders when the side of a mountain collapsed, according to the Maoxian, or Mao county, government.

The Maoxian government said on its Weibo social media account that six bodies were recovered while 112 people remained missing. State media had earlier revised the number of missing people down from 141 to over 120.

The early morning landslide, which officials believe was triggered by heavy rains, blocked a two-kilometre (one-mile) stretch of river and 1.6 kilometre of road, according to state media.

Rescuers and local residents used ropes to move a boulder while dozens of others, aided by sniffer dogs, searched the rubble for survivors, according to videos posted online by the Maoxian government and state broadcaster CCTV.

Bulldozers and heavy diggers were also deployed to remove boulders, while villagers and soldiers lifted rocks with their bare hands. #china #landslide #residents #rescue #picoftheday #tragedy #horror #death #mourning #love #buried #asia #happeningnow #newsoftheday #newspages #hospital #ambulance #local #army #rescuedog #police #thegulftoday

The rich variety in shapes of the eggs that birds lay -- elliptical, pointy, spherical -- seems to be linked to how well a given bird flies, researchers report.
The study released in the US journal Science stems from the most extensive research yet on a mystery that has flummoxed biologists for centuries. "In contrast to classic hypotheses, we discovered that flight may influence egg shape. Birds that are good fliers tend to lay asymmetric or elliptical eggs," said Mary Caswell Stoddard, a biologist at Princeton University and one of the lead authors of the study.
Another finding is that the flexible inner membrane of the egg, not the hard outshell, is what generates the diversity of eggs out there in nature.
Until now, scientists have put forth a variety of theories about the variety of egg shapes. One says that the place where a bird nests is what determines the egg shape.
This line of thinking held that birds that nest near a cliff often lay eggs that are cone-shaped so that if they roll, they do so in a tight circle and do not fall off the precipice. #study #birds #birdsofinstagram #eggs #eggshape #flight #physiology #behaviour #colours #beauty #science #technology #love #expert #news #newspages #newsoftheday #storyoftheday #picoftheday #birdshape #thegulftoday

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