Dubai News round-up: May 4

Burj Al Arab wins top honour again, Dubai to have ‘world’s busiest airport’, road safety push and more …

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The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai has been voted the best hotel in the Middle East for the eighth year in a row.

The plush property was one of a host of winners at this week's World Travel Awards' Middle East ceremony, the first in a whistlestop World Travel Awards tour which will see further regional ceremonies in Antalya,
Turkey; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Bangkok, Thailand and Montego Bay, Jamaica before the year is out.
Full story: The Independent

The CEO of Dubai Airports has predicted Dubai International will become the busiest airport in the world for international passenger traffic as early as 2015.

Paul Griffiths said that the number of passengers travelling through Dubai’s two main airports is expected to increase to 98.5 million by 2020.
Full story: Arabian Aerospace

Dubai has so far attracted bids of about $1 billion to secure financing for infrastructure projects, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, with banks given until mid-month to make final bids.

Dubai's department of finance hired local and international banks last month to raise $800 million through the securitisation of road toll receipts.
Full story: Reuters

Not maintaining a safe distance while driving is the major cause for accidents, according to Dubai's top traffic official, who suggested that speed limit buffers be reduced.

Major-General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Head, Traffic Department, Dubai Police, said: "The 20kph allowance over the speed limit on Dubai roads will be considerably cut down."
Full story: Emirates 24/7

An increasing number of UAE citizens are diagnosed with asthma during the past year according to a specialist at Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Dr. Jamal Abdul Razzaq, specialist in chest diseases, said children less than 10 years of age are most susceptible to asthma, and more than 50 per cent of them shall be naturally cured when they reach adolescence.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

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