Found this interesting article in Emirates Today. Something USEful to do for stay-at-home and even working mums in Dubai and Sharjah:

From their website : “

Creative Mumz is a group for mums living in Dubai and Sharjah, willing to share their skills and creativity. We meet with the motive of optimizing our creative energies and so indulge in interesting activities, presentations, art and craft demonstrations and workshops. All mums living in Dubai and Sharjah are welcome to join Creative Mumz meet ups to explore their talents. Even if you are not a mum yet, and would like to spend time with a bunch of creative and happy ladies, do join us in our up coming meeting.

More on Salik (Dubai Road Toll)

Here are two more useful stuff on Salik: 1) Salik Cards 2) Special Salik Installation Instructions for cars that I received from a friend:

1) Dubai – Salik cards go on sale

Last Updated : Tuesday 05 Jun, 2007

Dubai – Salik road toll system tags are now available at 287 outlets in Dubai including petrol stations, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced yesterday. Motorists can purchase the tags at 180 Emarat petrol stations, 70 EPPCO/ENOC stations and 37 branches of Dubai Islamic Bank across Dubai. The Salik welcome kit costs dhs100.

2) Special
SALIK Installation Instructions

New Library in Dubai

I love libraries! Here is the link to the under construction Dubai Municipality library website : (a bookmark might be useful in the future).

Dubai – New library is unveiled

Dubai – Dubai Municipality yesterday opened a new dhs10.4 million library in Al Towar. Mohammed Jassim Al Eraidi, head of Public Libraries Section at the municipality, said the new building, the seventh library in the city, covers 2,300 square metres and contains nearly 18,000 books.

For whom the bell tolls- Salik is here!

Well, the wait is over…I heard that the road tolls start from June 15th…but will this stop road trolls on the Dubai roads? The Gulf News reports today….

First toll gate installed near Garhoud

By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter

Dubai: The toll gate that will charge motorists when they cross Garhoud Bridge going towards Sharjah has been installed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.

The RTA is currently installing a second toll gate at the bridge for those travelling in the opposite direction.

And toll gates are also being introduced close to Interchange Four of Shaikh Zayed Road near Mall of the Emirates, ready for the system to go live on July 1.

Once the system, which is called Salik, is activated, motorists will have to pay Dh4 each time they pass through a toll gate.

Tags to go on sale

The toll gates will be tested before July 1 to ensure that they work properly, Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, chief executive of the Traffic and Roads Agency at Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, said yesterday.


Cool Software for ‘use’ locally!

Now, can they extend this concept to shopping and other local information services? This would be a great hit if the cost of mobile browsing drops even further!

Software keeps moviegoers updated

By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief

Al Ain: Cinema buffs will soon be able to keep abreast of film schedules through their Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) with the help of a software developed by a group of Emirati students.

The mobile application has been designed to update the latest information and services from a preferred movie theatre or all theatres in a given area with a single touch of the PDA.

The group, studying at the College of Information Technology (CIT) of UAE University, has yesterday displayed the application at the annual IT Senior Exhibitions in Al Ain.

Students involved in the development of the software are Alia Darmaki, Asma Falasi, Haifa Beloushi, Mariam Kaabi, and Shamma Ketbi who worked under the supervision of Dr Adel Serhani.

Explaining how the new software works, the students said it integrates the information systems of different cinemas through a web services technology. It has been given the name of Eivom Mobile Cinema Guide.

“The application can be considered an extension of the current web based systems that provide users with such information online,” said the group.

It, however, provides an additional value over conventional web systems as it plays an intermediary role between users and different cinema applications, in addition to providing users with some customised services that match their preferences.

Road closed till October next year

USEful info for regular users of Al Ittihad road from today’s Gulf News:

Published: 04/06/2007 12:00 AM (UAE)

Road closed till October next year

By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Motorists have predicted they will face extra headaches from the end of this month when further diversions are introduced on Al Ittihad road, which links Sharjah and Dubai.

Two weeks ago the stretch of the road between Al Mulla Plaza and the Al Qiyadah Interchange was closed off in the Dubai to Sharjah direction.

Afterwards, many drivers were stuck in congestion for several hours and some were left unsure as to which roads to take.

One big crawl

A similar situation is likely to affect those going from Sharjah to Dubai from the end of this month when diversions in that direction are introduced.

Motorists say the changes – which will allow for the expansion of the road – will further increase delays, especially at peak times. “For those who come from Sharjah to Dubai in the morning, it will be one big crawl. It will mean more delays,” said an Indian who resides in Sharjah and commutes to Dubai along Al Ittihad Road.

“It is always bad between about 6 and 11 in the morning and it will be worse because of this.”

However, he added that at least schools would be closed by the time the diversion was introduced, so the full effect on people who have to drop off their children would not be felt for a few months. “It is a blessing that the work is starting when the schools will be closed,” he said.

Another Sharjah-to-Dubai commuter said: “I always avoid peak times on Al Ittihad road – it’s very bad then. It will mean more delays and more time on the road.” The details of the Sharjah to Dubai diversions were revealed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority yesterday.

The diversions are scheduled to remain in place until work to expand the road as part of the Expressway project is completed, scheduled to be in October 2008. The size of the road is being increased to cope with heavy growth in the amount of traffic.

Authorities warn against using some toothpastes

Found this article in today’s Gulf News….definitely USEful info!



Published: 04/06/2007 12:00 AM (UAE)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday in its advisory had warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpastes labelled as made in China.

Authorities warn against using some toothpastes

By Sunita Menon and Abbas Al Lawati, Staff Reporters

Dubai: Consumers have been warned against using certain brands of Chinese toothpaste as the concerned authorities here were busy passing the buck.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday in its advisory had warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpastes labelled as made in China, and issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the US. The FDA has raised concerns that the products may contain – diethylene glycol or DEG or diglycol stearate, used in solvents.

While the Ministry of Health here said the responsibility of controlling a consumer product like toothpaste lies with the municipalities, a senior official from the General Secretariat of Municipalities (GSM) said a public warning is issued after it receives a notification of safety concerns about a particular product from the Ministry of Health.


Dr Eisa Al Mansouri, director of the Department of Drug Control at the ministry, said the chemical found in the Chinese toothpastes, diethylene glycol (DEG) was indeed poisonous and “could cause harm to those who ingest it”.

He said the responsibility of issuing a warning does not lie with the department since toothpastes are a consumer product which municipalities are responsible for.

Dr Ameen Yousuf, a food and safety consultant at the GSM, said public warnings are issued after it receives a list of products about which the Ministry of Health has safety concerns. He said: “The Ministry of Health has not forwarded us any notification on these toothpastes.”

Yousuf said there are hundreds of the products in the market which fall in the grey area – they are neither categorised under pharmaceuticals nor in food.

He said: “Usually we receive a list of such products from the ministry. We issue a public warning and then get the products off the market. Currently there is no specific body established to approve or disapprove products that fall in the grey area.”

Caution: FDA identifies Chinese brands

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the following brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG and are included in the import alert: Cooldent Fluoride; Cooldent Spearmint; Cooldent ICE; Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste; Superdent Toothpaste; Clean Rite Toothpaste; Oralmax Extreme; Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor; Bright Max Peppermint Flavor; ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste; DentaPro; DentaKleen; and DentaKleen Junior.

– Source: FDA News

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