Dubai news round-up: July 5

Diab is richest Arab pop star, Shiekh to take Premier League investment to $1bn, delightful art in Dubai and more …

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Egypt’s Amr Diab is the richest Arab pop star, with a fortune of $41m, according to a new survey by Arabian Business.

The 49-year-old singer and composer is also the best selling Arab artist of all time, with 50 million albums sold world-wide. Diab has released 25 studio albums since 1983, whilst he has worked on collaborations with 14 international artists, and his songs have been featured in six different movies. A huge part of his fortune is also understood to have come from touring, with Diab performing concerts in the Middle East, Australia, US and Europe.
Full story: Arabian Business

The UAE’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s investment in English Premier League club Manchester City is set to exceed $1bn as the club’s management look set to spend millions more boosting the FA Cup-winning squad this summer.

Research by Arabian Business shows Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour has invested £339m ($545m) in new players for the squad, starting with the record £32.5m ($52.2m) signing of Brazilian player Robinho.
Full story: Arabian Business

I would describe my work as surrealist art of the imagination," begins Dubai-based artist Sindhu Jumani. "I like to think that I take my audience to a place of dreams and fantasy through the canvas."

That is in fact exactly what Jumani, originally from Pakistan, does. Using swathes of pronounced hues paired with delicate detail, her celestial pieces are both tribal and modern, thought-provoking and peaceful.
Full story: Gulf News

The number of violations by the food outlets in Dubai dropped by nearly 50 per cent last year, according to a Dubai Municipality report presenting an overview of food safety in 2009 and 2010.

The recently released report also shows a similar decrease in the number of food establishments which were temporarily closed down in 2010 as compared to those in 2009.
Full story: Khaleej Times

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