Dubai news round-up: Tuesday, May 31

Saying no to cigarettes today, Disney’s ‘no Dubai plans’, Blackberry Playbook delayed and more

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Taking a puff in Dubai will be a bit difficult for smokers today unless they have enough stock of cigarettes with them. The reason — shops in Dubai are saying a big NO to cigarette sales for a day to mark the World No Tobacco Day.

The Dubai Municipality (DM) launched the public health initiative aimed to spread awareness about the dangers of cigarette smoking last year by tying up with some 50 petrol stations in the city. Their staff wore
T-shirts depicting the theme of the occasion and distributed leaflets urging smokers to quit smoking.
Full story: Khaleej Times

US entertainment giant Walt Disney Company said it has no plans to open a resort in the Middle East, but said Dubai was an “attractive” market for development.

The company was mooted as a potential partner for stalled entertainment resort Dubailand, which last week said it was in talks to agree four deals with leisure firms by end-2011.
Full story: Arabian Business

The UAE launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer has been delayed until June 25. The device's Dubai-based distributor, EMS, declined to give a reason for the postponement.

Last week, Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian maker of the popular smartphone, said the PlayBook was scheduled to go on sale here on June 12. The product was showcased during a glitzy function at the Privé nightclub in the Armani hotel at the Burj Khalifa.
Full story: The National

Watchmen and security guards are doing lifeguard duties at swimming pools in hundreds of residential buildings across Dubai and Sharjah. Forget CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid certification - many don't even know how to swim.

Following a spate of deaths among children by drowning in pools, XPRESS visited several residential buildings in the two emirates to see if basic safety features were in place at their pools.
Full story: Gulf News

This week’s episode of the Time Out Dubai podcast rolls up its sleeves

The al fresco theme park will be opening its gates with a new show

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January

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Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

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