Dubai news round-up: July 11

Unstable weather in UAE, shunts not always fault of rear driver, rents falling in Dubai and more …

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The UAE is experiencing unstable weather conditions that will continue until Tuesday as a result of rising ground heat and a cooler atmosphere.

An official at the Centre of Meteorology and Seismology said: "These conditions began yesterday at around noon with the development of clouds over the western Al Hajar mountain range [located along the UAE-Oman border]. In the late afternoon, they began to release rain.”
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Rear-ending a car that has stopped suddenly is not always the fault of the driver of the vehicle at the back, especially if the car in front comes to an unexpected halt on a fast road, a senior police official said yesterday.

Speaking at the opening of a traffic awareness campaign under the slogan "Commit", Colonel Ali Ganem, Director of Bur Dubai Police Station and head of the campaign, said drivers who fail to observe simple traffic rules will be fined, and black points will be given for causing minor accidents and blocking traffic.
Full story: Gulf News

Affordable communities such as Discovery Gardens and International City saw rents falling 11 per cent and four per cent, respectively, in the second quarter 2011 compared to the first quarter, while upmarket locations such as Palm Jumeirah, Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah Beach Residence remained relatively stable, according to a new report.

Asteco, a Dubai-based property management company, said apartment rents fell two per cent on average for a number of areas across the emirate as large number of tenants started moving from two and three-bedroom apartments to townhouses, or small villas.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Jalila Al Nuaimi marvelled at the abilities of the Philadelphia Independence women's football team. Ms Al Nuaimi, 22, a striker for the UAE women's squad, said watching the players of the top team in the Women's Professional Soccer League in the United States perform rendered her speechless.

"I want to keep training that hard. I want to play at that level soon," she said last Thursday, while on a three-week tour of the United States with 19 of her teammates and their coach.
Full story: The National

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