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Anwar Ahmad

The National

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Past articles by Anwar:

Indonesia will not change UAE maid ban

Ambassador says its block on domestic staff in the UAE will continue because Jakarta wants to export skilled workforce. → Read More

Traders say Abu Dhabi livestock prices ‘will not increase for Eid’

With Eid expected to fall on Sunday, many visitors descended on the bustling Mina Animal Market. → Read More

My Ramadan: Abu Dhabi neurosurgeon remains dedicated to work despite fasting

Dr Mohammed Qazafi Memon knows that performing operations on people during Ramadan is a particular challenge but he is well versed enough in both his work and Ramadan to be able to handle it. → Read More

Pedestrian bridges in Abu Dhabi removed as roadwork is completed

The removal of the pedestrian bridges in Al Zahiyah area of Abu Dhabi led to breaches of road safety rules. → Read More

Unsung heroes who make free iftar meals that feed thousands at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

About 1,000 people work around the clock at a huge, two-storey kitchen to produce the free iftar meals for the legions of worshippers who break their fast at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque each evening during the Holy Month. → Read More

Steer clear of Iranian waters, sailors warned

Owners of trawlers and other boats have been told their vessels will be impounded and their crews held in detention rather than warned. The Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi issued the alert and said crews could expect 'arrest or their lives endangered'. → Read More

UAE leads battle with cholera in Yemen

Emirates Red Crescent links up with World Health Organisation to stop outbreak, with 3 million Yemenis at risk. → Read More

Visa ban against Bangladeshis looking to work in the UAE ‘will be lifted very soon’

The ban has meant that Bangladeshis in the UAE have been able to continue working, but no other citizens have been able to find work. → Read More

Abu Dhabi hospital cares for abandoned baby awaiting new home

Universal Hospital has looked after the child named Sebastian for the past nine months since his mother from the Philippines absconded. → Read More

Pedestrians risking their lives by running across road in front of Abu Dhabi Mall

Pedestrians are risking their lives as well as being fined by running across a busy road in the capital after three footbridges were removed as part of construction works. → Read More

Bangladeshis urge review of visa ban

Professional workers say they are taking the fall for the bad reputation their countrymen had several years ago, as they are unable to move jobs and employers often make them pay for visa renewals. → Read More

Development projects to bring homes and jobs to outskirts of Abu Dhabi

The Dh4 billion Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City is 90 per cent complete and will open later this year, while construction is under way on a Dh2.6 billion Emirati housing neighbourhood near Abu Dhabi International Airport. → Read More

Abu Dhabi is the safest city on the planet with lowest crime rate:

Residents back up online index by saying that safety is one of the capital's biggest selling points. → Read More

Biodiesel production coming to Abu Dhabi

Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi, will provide permits to companies allowing them to produce the environmentally friendly alternative to regular diesel for use in trucks, buses and lorries. → Read More

Abu Dhabi homeowners told to alter value of homes to avoid municipality fee

The extraordinary advice came from Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, the utilities provider that collects the fee on behalf of the municipality by adding it to tenants’ power and water bills. → Read More

Families must take lead in UAE reading culture shift

Parents, families and the society have to play a key role in transforming the society towards reading and can help the Emirates make its dreams come true for making reading a way of life in the Emirati society by 2026. → Read More

Abu Dhabi property owners wrongly billed for municipality fees

Some homeowners, who are exempt from the 3 per cent municipality fee, have been billed for 11 months to cover last year, and monthly payments this year. → Read More

UAE Portrait of a Nation: ‘I’m different, but more than able’

Majid Abdullah Al Usaimi wants to show people with disabilities can still contribute much to society. → Read More

Rahal card system to buy cheap gas being exploited by consumers in other emirates

People are smuggling gas from Abu Dhabi to Dubai after illegally stocking up on cheap LPG cylinders by using the e-gas cards of the capital’s residents. → Read More

Abu Dhabi tenants in limbo over Tawtheeq system

More than three weeks since old Tawtheeq system was replaced with new technology, but still hundreds of Abu Dhabi residents are facing delays to register for a Tawtheeq stamp. → Read More