Dubai news round-up: July 12

Big-spenders keep on spending big, fruit and veg market ups its game and rain to come today

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Big spenders in the UAE and other Gulf countries are shrugging off the financial crisis and splurging on luxury cars, private air travel and pricey gems.

Rolls Royce yesterday announced that its sales in the Middle East in the first half of this year are up more than 40 per cent on the same period in 2010. And a top executive at jeweller Tiffany & Co told 7DAYS that its Dubai boutiques have already seen big spending this year.
Full story: 7days

Produce sits in neat rows in the shade at the main fruit and vegetable market in Ras al Khor, and Sven Mostegl is pleased. The few vegetables that have been cut to show their quality are covered with plastic film and none of the produce is in direct sunlight.

It is a far cry from the market in the past. Five years ago, the market wasn't like this," says Mr Mostegl. "It looked totally different. It's much cleaner now. There are no vegetables on the floor and there are even fans inside."
Full story: The National

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology said the eastern region of the country can expect rain on Tuesday as unstable conditions are expected to continue.

“Hazy condition will be less, but there are chances of rain over eastern and mountain regions, and this may extend over northern areas,” he said. Internal and western parts of the country may face dusty conditions due to moderate winds blowing over 
the areas. This is expected to reduce visibility from time to time. So motorists are urged to drive carefully.
Full story: Khaleej Times

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