Dubai news round-up: May 2

Expats to take medical tests at home, Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF and more …

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Expatriate workers coming to work in Dubai will have to first get their medical tests done in their home countries.

But to make sure that job-seekers do not try to beat the system and show fake medical test results, the new expatriates will also be re-tested here to see the test results are in order.
Full story: Gulf News

More than a week has passed since the squeaks and the shrieks of the girls on “Paris Hilton – My New BFF Dubai” have fascinated many a viewer, and angered several in the sheer frivolousness of a reality TV show that sees the American heiress out on the prowl for a new ‘Best Friend Forever’.

Two episodes, 13 eliminations and a migraine later, one thing is for sure is that the catfights and the drama are quite low-key compared to the international version.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

From just a handful of universities ten years ago, Dubai has seen an exponential growth with 52 higher education institutions and almost 40,000 students currently in the emirate.

The current student enrolment is a two per cent increase from 2009 and a 10 per cent increase in Emirati students. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) recently released these figures in The Higher Education Landscape in Dubai 2010 report, which gives a snapshot of the total enrolment.
Full story: Gulf news

Alas, relief has been short-lived for some stranded sailors of a South Korean shipping company. Another ship, a tanker named Samho Dream lies stricken off the Dubai coast with 26 crew members on board.

Samho Shipping has reportedly filed for court protection to help tide over its sinking financial condition. Khaleej Times had highlighted the plight of the sailors of the first ship, the Samho Crown only last month.
Full story: Khaleej Times

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