Ten most popular UAE stories in 2012

Freak sandstorm, the woman who racked up Dh201,140 in traffic fines and other most-read news in the UAE

Staff Report
16:37 December 30, 2012

1. Vendetta masks in UAE colours draw warning

Dubai Police warn people against wearing a mask that symbolises opposition to state authority during any celebrations connected to National Day. Read full story

2. Eid Al Fitr holidays announced for public and private sectors

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announces start date of Eid Al Fitr holiday in ministries and federal institutions in the country. Read full story

3. Stricter UAE visit visa rules to be implemented

Residency departments across the country have adopted stricter visa rules, banning tourist, visit and conference visas for workers from certain labour exporting countries. Read full story

4. Sandstorm rages across the UAE

Authorities dismiss reports of an earthquake hitting the northern emiratesas a sandstorm continues to rage across the UAE. Read full story

5. Rules change for residency renewal in Abu Dhabi

Residents of Abu Dhabi who wish to renew their residency permits are obliged to submit a valid tenancy agreement in addition to their recent residency’s utility bill. Read full story

6. UAE Vice-President blessed with a baby boy

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his wife Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain have been blessed with a baby boy. Read full story

7. Woman owes Dh201,140 in Dubai traffic fines

A woman in Dubai has got a record number of 257 traffic fines amounting to Dh201,140 within three months. Read full story

8. Fire breaks out at Tamweel Tower in Jumeirah Lake Towers

Police have started investigations into the cause of a fire at Tamweel Tower in Jumeirah Lake Towers in November. Read full story

9. Housewife's brutal murder shakes Bur Dubai residents

Tenants fear for their safety after killing in a busy neighbourhood where most buildings have little or no security. Read full story

10. Gas station attendant sacked over Dh10 tip

Strip searched down to his underwear, gas station attendant spills the beans on the shocking practice. Read full story