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  Hundreds of thousands of Germans showed their admiration and adoration for their World Cup winners in a victory parade to the Brandenburg Gate yesterday. The players, in matching black T-shirts bearing “1”, lapped up the love by playing up to the estimated 400,000 people packing the “fan mile” in front of the Berlin landmark. >>  
  Australia has lined up friendlies against Belgium, the UAE and Qatar to build on its progress at the World Cup and prepare for the 2015 Asian Cup, officials said Tuesday. >>  
  A – Anthems
It started at the Confederations Cup and carried into this summer. Brazil – team and fans – used the national anthem to release their emotions. When the music stopped, everybody in the stadium kept singing. Last year, the players rode this wave of patriotism to victory. This year, the emotion seemed to overwhelm them. >>
  Oakland A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes defended his home run derby title in dominating style on Monday, joining Ken Griffey as the only players to win back-to-back crowns. >>  
  Lewis Hamilton believes his British Grand Prix victory has provided him with “a fresh start” as this season’s challenge for the Formula One championship heads into the second half of the campaign. >>  
  When the French-American tennis professional Marc Massad brought his US-based sport coaching company to the Emirates three years ago, he found a specific section of society being excluded from structured physical activity – children with special needs. >>  
  Louis van Gaal arrives for his new job at Manchester United on Wednesday on a wave of expectation following the World Cup finals in Brazil where his reputation was greatly enhanced. >>  
  'Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together'.
- Woodrow T. Wilson, late US President
UAE remembers Zayed 10 years after his passing
Several activities will be taking place on Ramadan 19th marking the 10th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed’s passing. >>
First day of Eid announced by Sharjah Planetarium
Sharjah Planetarium has announced that it expects the first day of Eid Al Fitr, first day of Shawwal, to fall on July 28. >>
UAE to send first Arab spaceship to Mars
The UAE has entered the space race with a project to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 in the Arab World’s first mission to another planet. A new UAE Space Agency will be created to coordinate the UAE’s growing space technology sector and to supervise the mission. >>
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways lands in Rome with bigger target in sight
Etihad Airways landed its first flight in Rome yesterday morning, but its plans for Italy include a capital infusion of another sort. >>
Dh25m donation from Vice President to UAE Water Aid Campaign
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has made a personal donation of Dh25 million to the UAE Water Aid Campaign, on behalf of the citizens of the UAE. >>
Food-disposal machines could reduce waste going to UAE landfills
The amount of food waste that goes to landfill in the UAE could be significantly reduced if more people used food-disposal machines in their homes. >>
Screening campaign finds 300 infected with Hepatitis C in the UAE
About 300 of more than 8,000 people screened for Hepatitis C as part of a nationwide campaign have tested positive for the potentially deadly virus. >>
Get a recap (Al Noor Hospital’s Paediatrician initiative : June 26, 2014) and view the pics from the past week's events!
Make a date with Liwa Date Festival this week
A beauty pageant of a different sort is taking place this week on the edge of the Empty Quarter, where hundreds of local farmers are gathering for the annual Liwa Date Festival. encid/ac7/opt/local_news_catch/offset/0
Picture it – contest to show beauty of Liwa
A competition has been launched to find the best photograph that captures the natural beauty of Liwa or the activities at the continuing date festival. encid/ach/opt/local_news_catch/offset/5
A History of the World In 100 Objects: Inca gold llama
It might be diminutive in stature, but this llama tells of a large portion of history. encid/acb/opt/local_news_catch/offset/10
Ramadan ‘N’ Art at Art Couture, Dubai ties in the Holy Month with UAE elements
“Ramadan is a time of giving, a time of reflection, a time of prayer, a time of peace and a time to slow down and think about things that matter,” says Cynthia Richards as she shows me around the annual Ramadan exhibition at Art Couture, the gallery she founded that is housed at Al Badia Golf Club in Dubai’s Festival City. /encid/acc/opt/local_news_catch/offset/10
Sheikh Zayed Book Award receives more than 500 nominations
More than 526 writers from all over the world have submitted their work for the ninth edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. /encid/acj/opt/local_news_catch
Ramadan Cannon at Jahili Fort
For the first time, a Ramadan cannon is being fired in Al Ain, each evening at sunset to herald the breaking of the day’s fast and at dawn to observe the beginning of the day’s fast.

The Ramadan Cannon is a tradition carried out in many Muslim countries. Its origins date back to the 15th century - Hijri year 859 – when a Mamluk sultan of Egypt wanted to test a new cannon he had just received. He fired a ball which coincided exactly with the Maghreb time during Ramadan.

People thought it was the sultan’s way of telling them it was time to break the fast and they went to thank him for this great innovation. He was delighted with their reaction and decided to fire the cannon each day of Ramadan to mark the breaking of the fast.

To witness this wonderful tradition which comes to Al Ain for the first time, head down to Jahili Fort each evening before sunset.
Al Ain Zoo
See the stars of the Night Zoo

Al Ain Zoo invites you to watch the animals come alive when the sun goes down this summer at the Night Zoo.

There will be night vision goggle excursions and a series of other activities to keep the family entertained and educated. There are 2 for 1 tickets all summer and a special Wet and Dry combo ticket in association with Wadi Adventure.

The Zoo opens each evening from 6pm to 12pm during Ramadan.
Al Ain Zoo Arabian Arts & Animals Camp 2014
In August, Al Ain Zoo will be offering children from ages eight to 12 the opportunity to learn about Arabian Arts and Arabian Animals in the exciting, fun and stimulating setting of Al Ain Zoo.

The Summer Camp will offer a full range of recreational and informative experiences and activities, including: Arabian art workshops; Visits to the Sheikh Zayed Desert learning centre; a trip to Al Qattara Arts and Crafts Centre; Giraffe feeding and reptile handling; Zoo Keeper activities; Gardening and tree planting and team building exercises.

The Camp runs from August 10 to 14 and then from August 17 to 21 from 8am until 1pm.

The cost per child is Dh300 which includes all activities, excursions, equipment, snacks and drinks. Reserve a place for your child by calling the Al Ain Zoo’s Learning & Discovery department on 799 2444 or emailing Registration closes on August 5.
Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club
The Shooting Club is hosting the Open Holy Month of Ramadan Shooting Competition. This event features Sporting for Seniors and Juniors, Rifle for Seniors and Juniors, Pistol 9mm for Men and Pistol 0.22 for Women. The event runs until the 27th day of Ramadan.

The shooting starts at 9.30 each evening and continues until 2am.

For more information, call 702 6500.

"Iftars and Suhours"
Until the beginning of Eid, the following hotel venues will be hosting Iftars and Suhours. Here is a taste of what is happening in Al Ain until the last day of Ramadan…

At Ain Al Faida One to One, Iftar buffet will be served in The Glass House for Dh89++. Groups will be offered special prices. Suhour will also be served at the Glass House for Dh49.

At the Danat Al Ain Resort, Arabesque will be hosting daily Iftars for Dh129++. Children from six to 12 eat at half price. The Danat also invites you to relax at Layalina Café. While enjoying traditional Ramadan snacks and beverages, listen to the soothing sounds of Ali Mahmoud, the famed Egyptian Qanoon player.

The Rotana Al Ain has opened Al Zaeem Village, a Ramadan Tent, where Iftar is being served throughout the Holy Month for Dh140++. Suhour in Al Zaeem Village, at Dh49, includes wifi, Arabic sweets, juices and raffle draw tickets.

Hilton Al Ain will hold its Iftars in Flavours restaurant for Dh109++. Groups sharing Iftar are eligible for a special offer – buy 10 Iftars and receive two free on the same day. Suhour will be served in Makani: a minimum charge of Dh50 applies.

At Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, Iftar buffets are being served in Elements for Dh111++ including soft drinks and Ramadan juices. Group bookings of 20 guests and above receive a special price each of Dh90++. A special Suhour menu is available on the Elements Terrace for Dh50++ from 9pm to 2am. Shisha is also available.

The Ayla Hotel’s Ayla Restaurant, is serving a traditional Iftar buffet for Dh110++ inclusive of refreshments and juices. There are special discounts for groups and advance bookings, and each week there are prizes to be won, including airline tickets and gifts from Bawadi Mall. The Ayla has also just opened Sky 5, an Arabic Chill-out lounge serving shisha, which offers a place to relax and enjoy the views of Al Ain, after the Iftar meal.

Le Belvedere at Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet is serving Iftar buffets at Dh95++.

New Season Restaurant at City Seasons Hotel is serving Iftar for Dh79++ and a savoury Suhour menu is priced at Dh50. There is a discount for bookings of eight people when the Iftar is booked in advance. City Seasons is also offering guests the choice of taking Iftar and Suhour in the traditional setting of one of its Ramadan tents.

Al Rikab at AESGC is serving a traditional Iftar spread for Dh85 while Suhour is priced at Dh45.

Paco’s at Hilton Al Ain is also staging a Burger Mania promotion until the beginning of Eid, from 7pm. Prices start at Dh50.
Summer Season in Abu Dhabi at AESGC

Until the end of August, the restaurants at AESGC – Al Rikab, Shooter’s and Amblers – are promoting Summer Season in Abu Dhabi with 15 per cent discount. In addition, there’s also 15 per cent membership discount on its sporting disciplines – equestrian, shooting, golf and rugby.

A young singer/songwriter, despite being married, becomes involved with her new guitarist, who she soon discovers has a dark past and may be a danger to her and those close to her.
Fast Track
Danny Krueger is a 20-year old drag racer who plays by his own rules. After winning a scholarship to the prestigious Fast Lane Racing Academy, Danny finds himself competing against some of the fiercest young drivers in the world. Tension soars on and off the track, and a terrible incident leaves Danny without a racing partner. Facing dismissal from the academy, Danny is forced to team up with an old rival. The pair must learn to set aside their differences as they vie for rookie spots on a professional racing team.
Million Dollar Crocodile
A 36 foot crocodile goes on the rampage in Beijing after being moved from a peaceful Crocodile Farm and onto the menu of a local gangster.

Grand Cinema – Al Ain Mall 751 1228
Rotana Cinema 754 4447
Oscar Cinema – Al Foah Mall 784 3535
Grand Cinema – Bawadi Mall 784 0300


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