Sunday, January 19, 2014

Photograph public offences but do not publish on social media: Dubai Police Chief

Major General Khamis Matar Al Muzainah says photographs can be taken, but must be sent to the police

Major General Khamis Matar Al Muzainah said a decision to allow the public to be directly involved in supporting the emirate in its war on crime would be enforced this year as part of new initiatives for 2014 involving the launching of a police TV channel dedicated to educating the public on discipline on roads and other places.

Quoted by the Dubai-based Arabic language daily Al Bayan, Muzainah said police had already permitted the public to be involved in fighting crime through telephone calls, adding that police received more than 70,000 phone calls in 2013.

“Now we want to get the community to be involved in reporting traffic violations and security offences by allowing the people to take photographs and send them to the police. The decision will be enforced this year,” he said.

“But such photographs must not be published on social networks or any other sites that will lead to defamation of offenders. This new service is only intended to ensure a sort of self-control within the community and increase their sense of responsibility.

"The pictures will then be examined by the police to determine how serious and dangerous the offence is…in some cases, we will need personal information about the senders of those pictures so they could testify in court in case of a major and serious offence.”


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Emaar launches urban cosmopolitan, fully-serviced Vida Residence Downtown Dubai

Dubai, UAE Following the successful launch of Vida Residence, The Hills, Emaar Properties has launched the second serviced residence project under the upscale hotel concept Vida brand in Downtown Dubai, the company's flagship mega-development.
Defined by the urban cosmopolitan, avant-garde, and vibrant energy of Vida Hotels and Resorts, Vida Residence Downtown Dubai features 320 units, including 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom serviced apartments.

The 57-storey Vida Residence Downtown Dubai will be linked directly to Vida Downtown Dubai via an air-conditioned glass bridge, giving residents seamless access to the world-class hotel.
With all homes to be serviced by Vida Hotels and Resorts, Vida Residence Downtown Dubai combines stylish, world-class design with contemporary finishes and fittings, in an elegant architectural expression in stone and glass, inspired by 1920s New York art deco. Residents will have access to modern amenities including a swimming pool, fitness centre, and a dedicated area for children, set within the 3-storey podium.
The property is set apart by the exceptional views it offers to residents of Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the thoroughfare that encircles Downtown Dubai; The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination; Sheikh Zayed Road; Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and The Dubai Fountain, the world's tallest performing fountain.
Vida Residence Downtown Dubai will also provide residents with easy access to the diverse dining outlets and varied retail options that line Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, such as La Serre, the rustic Parisian Boulangerie and café.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties PJSC, said: "The Vida Residence brand has set a new benchmark in innovative design and aesthetics that appeal to discerning customers. Offering all outstanding amenities and the exemplary service provided by Vida Hotels and Resorts, Vida Residence Downtown Dubai will appeal to young professionals and families who will become part of a vibrant community, and one of the most sought-after lifestyle destinations in the city."
Emaar will launch Vida Residence Downtown Dubai in several cities on January 18, 2014, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, and Baku, along with a dedicated showcase in Riyadh.

Potential investors can register their interest for homes in Vida Residence Downtown Dubai online from January 15. The sales on January 18, for Dubai will be held at the Emaar Sales Centre in Emaar Square, Downtown Dubai and in Abu Dhabi, at the Emaar Sales Centre in Al Nahda Tower, from 1pm; at the InterContinental London Park Lane, from 9am; the Fairmont Baku, from 1pm; and the showcase in Riyadh will be held at Al Faisaliah Hotel, from 12pm.