Dubai news round-up: July 27

650 inmates released for Ramadan, US rapper converted to Islam after Dubai call-to-prayer, supercar-owners taking up $16,000 clean in Dubai and more …

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More than 650 inmates are to be released from prison and their debts settled for Ramadan under the orders of the President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE’s official news agency WAM reported that 676 Emirati and expatriate prisoners who are serving jail terms of various lengths will be released.
Full story: 7days

A US rap artist who converted to Islam after hearing the call to prayer in Dubai will discuss his spiritual journey in one of several events during Ramadan.

Amir Hawkins was part of P Diddy's Bad Boy Records, where he released an album under his stage name, Loon, and enjoyed other commercial successes, according to his Facebook fan page, which has more than 51,000 "likes".
Full story: The National

Some drivers who love their Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins are willing to pay for an “all-inclusive” treatment up to about $16,000 to have their pride and joy cleaned.

The Monza Ultimate Detailing and Protection facility (carwash) in Dubai is particularly appreciated by car loving British customers living in the UAE.
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Dubai’s two flagship global companies — DP World and Emaar — on Tuesday recorded positive first-half performance, underscoring the emirate’s business resilience.

DP World, world’s third largest container terminal operator, reported that cargo volumes at its ports worldwide rose 11 per cent to 26.2 million standard 20-foot shipping containers in the first half as trade surged at home and in other markets. That compares with the 23.7 million it lifted in the first half of 2010.
Full story: Khaleej Times

Get out your lederhosen, it’s time to party in the city's biggest Oktoberfest festivals

Sponsored: Hendrick’s DXB Cucumber Day is fast approaching

This week’s episode of the Time Out Dubai podcast rolls up its sleeves

The al fresco theme park will be opening its gates with a new show

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch


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