Dubai news round-up: May 15

Al Wasl could sign Maradona, Dubai beaten 111-0, man caught with monkey in suitcase and more …

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Argentina legend Diego Maradona, considered by many to be the greatest ever footballer, wowed fans at Dubai’s Pro League side Al Wasl during a visit to inspect its training facilities on Saturday.

El Diego’ received a rapturous welcome when he toured the club’s stadium, met players and was shown the medical centre and training facilities
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Japan made sure it really was a Friday the 13th for the United Arab Emirates as John Kirwan's team came away from Dubai with a 111-0 win in their HSBC Asian Five Nations clash.

The victory - Japan's 15th straight bonus-point win in the competition - also ensured the Brave Blossoms of their fourth-straight A5N title.
Full story: Yomiuri Online

A first-class passenger in Thailand was arrested after airport authorities found his suitcases were packed with a 'virtual zoo' of baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys.

The 36-year-old man, a United Arab Emirates citizen, was bound for Dubai with the animals, which had been drugged before travel.
Full story: Metro

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the payment of Dh26.372 million to Emiratis whose 6,593 taxicab number plates are operated by the Dubai Taxi Corporation and Taxi Franchise Companies at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

RTA Public Transport Agency will start distribution of the bonus to the entitled beneficiaries over and above their annual financial dues.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

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