Dubai news round-up: July 25

Astronomer predicts August 1 start for Ramadan, Gulf workforce up to 70 per cent, Balotelli infuriates Man City boss with back-heel attempt and more …

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The moon will set before the sunset on July 30, making it virtually impossible to sight the crescent moon on that day and thus the month of Ramadan will begin only on August 1, predicted an astronomer.

Months in the lunar calendar start only after the sighting of the new moon and Islamic tradition make it mandatory that the crescent should be sighted after sunset to announce the beginning of the holy month.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Foreign nationals constitute, on average, nearly 70 per cent of the labour force in the six oil-rich Arab Gulf countries — a percentage that many economists stress should be brought down.

But how and by when? Is it feasible for the growing economies of the GCC to decrease the number of expatriates?
Full story: Gulf News

Mario Balotelli’s failed trick shot sparked a heated row with manager Roberto Mancini that took the lustre off Manchester City’s penalty shootout win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.
The Italian striker with a hot-headed reputation scored the lone goal in regulation for City but was relegated to the showers by the time the teams went to a penalty shootout to decide the exhibition match.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Protect Your Mom (PYM), a zero-cost breast cancer awareness campaign, was founded by marketing professor Premi Matthew and her daughter earlier this year in a bid to apply advertising strategies to get the message across.
“If fast food companies and leading brands can market their goods to adults by targeting children, why can’t we spread awareness of a curable disease through the same concept?” Premi said, outlining the concept of the ‘pester power.’
Full story: Khaleej Times

Sunrise sessions are back at At The Top

Celebrate Opera Gallery Dubai’s tenth anniversary with Urban Poetry
Art

DIFC’s gallery to bring a stand-out street art exhibition

Music favourite set for November launch in DXB

Ahlan rolls out lounge and meet and greet discounts

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