Dubai news round-up: Wednesday, June 8

Maradona appoints Emirati assistant, residence visa system ’premature’, Dubai ninth in world for visitors and more …

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Al Wasl Club has appointed Ali Hassan, an Emirati, as assistant coach for new manager Diego Maradona.

The appointment comes in accordance with instructions from Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council. A DSC decree calls for the appointment of UAE nationals as assistant coaches for all Dubai-based football clubs.
Full story: Gulf News

Dubai has not finalised any new residence visa system for property owners and the talks of granting residency visa are very “premature“, a senior government official told Emirates 24|7.

“At a recent meeting, ways of giving residency visas were discussed and one option was to allow people to register their properties as companies in free zone. This will then allow them to get residency visa. But, this was just a proposal and nothing has been finalised,” the official said on conditions of anonymity.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Dubai is now ranked ninth in the global top 20 destination cities by visitor arrivals, with an anticipated 7.9 million arrivals during 2011.

The report shows London is still the top city, Paris is second with Barcelona and Istanbul showing strong growth in Europe and Kuala Lumpur in Asia. One big surprise is the high volume of passenger traffic out of Dubai to Kabul, which is greater than London. The report also looks at the expenditure by visitors and in this aspect, despite being known as a shopper's paradise, Dubai ranks only 18th in the global top 20.
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Yahoo, the world’s premier digital media company, will continue its focus with more investment in the Middle East as the region has massive opportunity in the growth of the Web, Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz told a news conference in Dubai.

The company is planning to announce more new products in the region and the latest one is mobile product, which is coming next week. Another new product will be announced at the beginning of Ramadan that will focus activities of the Holy month, starting from August 1.
Full story: Khaleej Times

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