Dubai International Airport passenger traffic hit 32.6 million

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Dubai International’s passenger traffic hit 32.6 million in the first half of this year, making it the busiest six months in the airport’s record-studded history, according to the traffic report issued today by airport operator Dubai Airports.

According to the report, Dubai International handled a total of 5,537,908 passengers in June, a robust growth of 17.5 per cent from the 4,714,746 who passed through the airport in June 2012. Following seven consecutive months of five million-plus traffic, the year to date traffic reached 32,662,103 up 16.9 per cent from 27,931,639 in the first half of 2012. The average monthly passenger traffic recorded in the first six months of the year stood at 5.44 million compared to 4.65 million during the corresponding period in 2012.

In June, the top five country destinations in terms of passenger volumes were India, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Australia and Pakistan. Spurred by the launch of Qantas operations into Dubai in April, Australia (+44.4%) tops the list in terms of percentage growth, followed by Saudi Arabia (+35.0%), the UK (+21.9) and India (+21.0%). The AGCC continued to top the list of regions with the largest increase in total passenger numbers (+198,779 passengers), followed by Western Europe (+170,782), and the Indian subcontinent (+158,161). South America was the only region recording a fall in traffic (-5,508) in June.

Aircraft movements in June totalled 30,191 up 10.1 per cent from 27,428 registered during the same period in 2012. Year to date aircraft movements totalled 182,911, an increase of 7.4 per cent compared to 170,249 recorded during the first half of 2012.

Dubai International handled a total of 202,077 tonnes of freight compared to 194,992 tonnes in June 2012, an increase of 3.6 per cent. During the first half of 2013, air cargo volumes rose 10.2 per cent to 1,196,894 tonnes compared to 1,086,456 tonnes during the same period in 2012.

“The first half this year has been very satisfying with double-digit growth across all markets, boosted by the launch of 84 new services to 25 destinations. A major driver of growth was Emirates airline’s tie-up with Qantas and consequent launch of the Australian carrier’s operations into Dubai. A number of major events are lined up for the remainder of the year – including the opening of the passenger operations at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International in October followed by the Dubai Airshow 2013 in November – making the second half even more promising,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International is expected to surpass 65.4 million in 2013.

source: dubaiexpo2020facebookpage

Arab Idol Live Tour 2013 Live in Dubai

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Watch Arab Idol Live Tour 2013 Live in Dubai on August 15, 2013

Arab Idol finalists for the year 2013, Mohammad Assaf, Ahmad Jamal, and Farah Youssef will perform three concerts this summer for the Arab Idol Live Tour. The first of the trio of concerts will be held in Dubai on August 15, 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Singer Ragheb Alameh will join the three finalists on stage.

Tickets can be purchased at Mercato mall or online at Ticketingco. All tickets excluding the standing ticket category include dinner at the event.

Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 9pm.
Video- Laurel plane crash injures pilot

Video- Laurel plane crash injures pilot

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A small plane crashed into a mobile home this morning in Anne Arundel County.

The Federal Aviation Administration has released a statement saying they’ve been told by Maryland State Police that the ill-fated plane was described as a Beechcraft BE 23.

Local police believe that the pilot was unable to gain enough altitude after lift-off, but in order to determine the exact cause of the Laurel plane crash, FAA and NTSB personnel are going to the crash site to investigate.
'The Fifth Estate' showing in UAE

'The Fifth Estate' showing in UAE

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Catch 'The Fifth Estate' showing in UAE. "The Fifth Estate," is the new film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks that Disney is set to release on Oct. 18.

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?"

News anchor Tori Campbell sorry for 'serious mistake'

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In a statement posted on NTSB’s website, the Office of Public Affairs apologized “for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.”

KTVU Channel Two and news anchor Tori Campbell have both apologized for misreporting the ill-fated Asiana Flight 214 pilots’ names.

“Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for the error,” said KTVU, a CNN affiliate in Oakland, California, during the broadcast.
YouTube stop monetizing new uploaded  videos- all under review

YouTube stop monetizing new uploaded videos- all under review

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YouTube stop monetizing new videos at some account- all new videos were tagged under review, what to do?

I was wondering: 

1) Is NOBODY getting new videos monetized anymore?

2) Did everybody finally get all videos monetized last time (the June Under Review "bug")? I know I did, and I posted the good news at the time.

3) Has YouTube ever confirmed that previous Under Review issues were caused by bugs?

4) Could it be that YouTube is implementing new algorithms from time to time for automatically selecting videos for Reviewing? Maybe it takes some days before new algorithms have been fine tuned.

I am trying to understand why a 20 second video of my garden without any music or copyrighted content stays stuck under review all day. It MUST be something else than the video itself.

One comment from the forum says:

"Really big partners get preferential treatment so that they won't take their valuable business elsewhere. Literally no professional with a well-established fanbase and the ability to create a profitable infrastructure around their work would stay on Youtube if they were subjected to the same problems we on the lower rungs are forced to deal with. It just goes to show that Youtube knows their system is broken, but this is still their preferred method of operation."

Read more from the fprum board, please click HERE!

Woolly Mammoth on display at Yokohama, Japan

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Catch Woolly Mammoth on display at Yokohama, Japan. 

WebProNews reports that the three-month exhibition ends on September 16, 2013.

The remarkably well-preserved female mammoth, a specie of the extinct elephant genus Mammuthus, has a strange liquid found around its carcass, which was publicly speculated by North-Eastern Federal University mammoth expert Semyon Grigoriev as blood.

If the preserved blood contains viable cells, as what is believed, there’s possibility that the woolly mammoth will be resurrected through cloning. Russian scientists are reportedly teaming up with South Korean researchers for the project.

The 39,000-year-old woolly mammoth found in Siberia last year, goes on display for public viewing in Yokohama, Japan on July 13.