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Who doesn’t like to barbecue or sit by a bonfire in the UAE desert during winter? Of the multitude of camping destinations, one just got knocked off the list —  Al Qudra Lake.

Visitors to Al Qudra Lake will not longer be able to camp, barbecue or light a bonfire in the area as Dubai Municipality recently added signboards banning these outdoor activities.

About 35 warning signboards with illustrations of banned activities have been added in the Al Qudra Lake premises, which serves as a major winter desert camping attraction and weekend barbecue picnic spot.

Violators will face warnings and a Dh500 fine that will be tagged on the car number plate. The amount of fine will be doubled in case of a repeat offence.

Dubai resident Srijita Sreenivasan said the municipality issued her a Dh500 fine last week for building a campfire with a group of friends.

“We were fined for making a bonfire [...]

In the spirit of the UAE National Day, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has directed the Ministry of Interior to coordinate with all traffic and licensing departments across the country to reduce by 50 percent all traffic and impoundment fines nationwide.

The reduction will be on fines incurred from December 2nd 2017 and backwards, with the discounted fines to be paid within three months starting from the date of issuing the directives,  after which the full value of the fines shall be charged.

According the directives, motorists are strongly advised to comply with traffic rules and regulations and ensure safety of life and property.


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The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, ESMA, has confirmed that 99 percent of fuel metres in the UAE’s petrol stations are faultless in reading and measurement, and the percentage of non-conforming fuel metres at state-level fuel supply stations has dropped to one percent.

According to Abdulla Abdul Qader Al Maeeni, Director-General of ESMA, the authority is continuously conducting field visits in cooperation with its strategic partners in the local authorities concerned to state-owned gas stations to verify the accuracy of the meter readings.

The total number of fuel metres inspected in the first half of 2017 was 5,791 metres, while the audit revealed that the counters of non-conforming only 38 metres, a decent ratio compared to the same period last year, which saw 65 counter-matched, out of a total of 6,590 checked fuel metres, he added.

Al Maeeni went on to say that implementing these regular check-ups has achieved economic savings of AED13 million [...]

Sharjah Police on Wednesday announced a 50 percent discount on traffic fines issued in the emirate. The initiative is part of the police force’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of operations.

The implementation of the discounts begin today, and will be applicable on all fines incurred until 18th October. The fines are payable until 31st December, the police said in a post on their official Instagram account.

“All black points accumulated till 18th October will be cancelled,” the paper quoted Brig. Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, as saying.


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Starting from October 2017 

The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, and the General Headquarters of the Dubai Police have decided to reduce the speed limit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road from 120 kph to 110 kph.

New speed limit set on Kalba roads

Radar will catch motorists speeding at 101km/h or more on Kalba City roads

Sharjah: A new speed limit has been set on Kalba City Roads in line with Sharjah Police’s goal to maintain road safety and reduce traffic accidents.

The new speed limit on Kalba City roads, including Wadi Al Hilow, which is connected to Malihah Street and the newly opened Ring road, has been fixed at 80km/hr.

Radars will catch motorists speeding at 101km/h or more on these roads, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah Mohammad Al Yamahi, head of traffic and patrol police department at  Eastern Region Police, said the decision was made in accordance with the unified traffic system.


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