Sunday 11 December 2016

Switzerland to open world's longest train tunnel

Switzerland is set to open the world's longest and deepest train tunnel - the Gotthard Base Tunnel - following the completion of its exhaustive safety and technical tests by The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). A 17-year pioneering project which extends for 57 km down to a maxim


Bahrain chocolate expo draws over 100 firms

More than 100 chocolate and cake makers from the region including the UAE and Jordan along with African nations including Ethiopia are taking part in The ‘Chocolate and Coffee Exhibition’ being held in Bahrain. The event is being held under the patronage of Bahrain To


Palestine to launch 2017- 2022 development plan

Palestinian government is set to launch its new five-year plan for the 2017 to 2022 period in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said a report. The government has created a national team to steer and co-ordinate efforts to achieve the Sustainable Develop


1,200 exhibitors for Intersec expo in Dubai

More than 1,200 exhibitors from 52 countries, as well as 31,000 visitors from 128 countries are expected to attend Intersec 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, next month in Dubai, UAE. The 19th edition of the event runs from Janu


World’s largest solar power plant launched in India

India is now home to the world's largest solar power plant with the launch of its 648-megawatt (MW) facility at Kamuthi in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Funded by Adani Green Energy, a part of India’s leading business house Adani Group, the solar power plant in Kamu


Dubai hosts biggest international event on quinoa

Leading scientists and industry experts are in Dubai to attend the biggest international conference dedicated to quinoa, considered one of the world's most popular health foods. The three-day ‘Quinoa for Future Food and Nutrition Security in Marginal Environments,'


Al Dahra opens rice factory at Kizad

Al Dahra Holding and Abu Dhabi Ports have launched the Gulf region’s largest and only rice factory of its kind at Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the UAE capital. Owned by Al Dahra Kohinoor, a subsidiary of Al Dahra Holding, the factory spans a total area of 100,106 sq m


Over 10,000 refugees benefit from coding course

More than 10,000 Middle East refugees and youth boosted their digital economy career prospects with coding courses, as part of the inaugural Refugee Code Week held recently in Beirut, Lebanon. Across Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey – which are among the world’s lar


Top Indian leader J Jayalalitha dies at 68

J Jayalalitha, the chief minister of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and one of India's most influential politicians, has died at 68. The chief minister suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time (18:00 GMT) on Monday, Chennai's Apollo Hospi


Dubai Crocodile Park launch delayed to 2017-end

Dubai has postponed the launch of its ambitious crocodile park, a 20,000-sq-m development coming up in Mirdif area of the emirate, to the end of 2017, said a report. The annoucement comes from Dubai Municipality at a time when only 43 per cent of the work has been completed, repo

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