Dubai news roundup: January 16

UAE football, diesel price hike, shopping award and more Dubai news

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The price of diesel is set to rise by as much as 17 per cent in parts of the UAE. This is the seventh price hike in the last 18 months.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

The UAE are left struggling to get to the next stage of the Asian Cup after conceding an own-goal in injury time at the end of last night’s match in Doha.
Full story: Sport 360

Dubai is the world’s best shopping destination for Arab shoppers according to a new survey conducted by Yahoo! The city beat Paris into second place, with Beijing coming in third place.
Full story: WAM

UAE employers are monitoring staff using hi-tech surveillance equipment. Although secret filming is forbidden by UAE law firms and families are turning to security firms to help them monitor potentially dishonest employees.
Full story: 7 Days

UAE residents who are sponsored by their spouse can now take up employment without applying for a work permit according to Ministry of labour officials.
Full story: Arabian Business

A new machine that converts domestic waste into household energy could cut bills by as much as 90 per cent. The Arabic expatriate inventor claims it can heat a bath without using any further electricity.
Full story: Khaleej Times

A new government initiative will tax the rains of youngsters around the city as the third edition of the Dubai Short Story competition is announced. The competition is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development to raise awareness of cultural diversity.
Full story: Khaleej Times

Bollywood beauty Lara Dutta prepared for her imminent wedding to tennis ace as she was thrown a surprise bachelorette party by friends on Palm Jumeirah this weekend.
Full story: Gulf News

The British Film Council will host an 8 week movie marathon at the Picturehouse in Dubai Mall. Highlights of the film season include screenings of Brassed Off, Nowhere Boy and Made in Dagenham.
Full story: Gulf Today

UAE-based fast food franchise Just Falafel plans to open as many as 75 outlets in the next five years. The company sold more than one million falafel in 2010.
Full story: Hotelier Middle East

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