Dubai news round-up: August 3, 2011

Maradona’s Dubai arrival still shrouded in secrecy, new beach club at JBR, ear drops make fast ‘invalid’ and more … Discuss this article

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Diego Maradona's arrival at Al Wasl remained shrouded in secrecy yesterday, with only the top officials of the club knowing the Argentine legend’s travel plans.

Maradona is expected to arrive this week, most probably tomorrow, to start his two-year tenure as head coach at the club. Few of the club's officials, however, are aware of the exact date of his arrival.
Full story: The National

Meydan Group, the Dubai developer behind the world’s biggest horse-racing complex, has signed a deal to manage a planned beach club at Jumeirah Beach Residence, Arabian Business has learned.

The news may indicate progress on the long-delayed club and gyms initially outlined in sales plans shown to landlords by Dubai Properties Group, developer of the AED6bn residences.
Full story: Arabian Business

A person's Ramadan fast will be rendered invalid by the use of medicinal drops in the ear or nose, according to a special series of fatwas issued by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) for the Holy Month.

However, the use of eye drops while fasting is deemed permissible as per the fatwa.
Full story: Gulf News

Is there such a thing as "low season" any more in Dubai? The emirate's mix of different nationalities means that somebody, somewhere will always want to be flying to or from DXB, and the supposed peaks and troughs have been evened out over the course of a year.

You might think, for example, that the furnace of a Gulf summer during the holy month of Ramadan would be decidedly low-season. Well, just check out the airline websites.
Full story: The National

By Jamie Goodwin
Time Out Dubai,

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