Dubai to spend over $75.4m on landscaping projects for Expo 2020 site

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Dubai to spend over $75.4m on landscaping projects for Expo 2020 site

Dubai to spend over $75.4m on landscaping projects for Expo 2020 site

Dubai Municipality has delivered 863,117 plants ahead of October 2020 launch

Dubai to spend over $75.4m on landscaping projects for Expo 2020 site

An area of 220,000 square metres has been allocated for a nursery with plants and trees within the Expo 2020 site.

The cost of Dubai Expo 2020’s irrigation and landscaping projects is expected to be over AED277 million ($75.4m).

 

Taleb Abdulkareem Jilfar, executive director of the Infrastructure Services Division at Dubai Municipality, revealed an area of 3.57 square kilometres is expected to be ready before the official launch of the exhibition in October 2020.

 

The municipality has delivered 863,117 plants, valued at more than AED22.5m ($6.1m), according to a report by Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The event’s location, which includes 86 multi-purpose buildings, will feature large areas for open-air celebrations, decorated by plants that rely on drip irrigation techniques, including the Al Fursan Park that accommodates 2,500 people, and the Jubilee Park that accommodates 15,000 people.

Ahmed Al Khateeb, CEO of Development and Real Estate Development at the Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The expo will not only feature buildings and pavilions that will impress visitors, but also trails, fountains and parks that will capture their attention, as well as the Al Wasl Dome, which will serve as a giant screen.”

Al Khateeb said that an area of 220,000 square metres has been allocated for a nursery with plants and trees, which will cultivate 12,157 trees, including palm trees, over 256,000 shrubs, thousands of flowering plants and herbs, in cooperation with Dubai Municipality.

He added that selected plants are either indigenous or are adaptable to Dubai’s environment, noting that expo has employed eco-friendly methods in the design and construction stages of the nursery – solar-powered lights were installed along the main road and the nursery’s team relies exclusively on organic fertilisers and recycle the nursery’s waste.

Treated wastewater provided by Dubai Municipality is used to meet the majority of the nursery’s irrigation needs and clean drinking water is only used for seed development during the first stages of plant development, said Al Khateeb.

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How Dubai motorists can now avoid paying their traffic fines

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How Dubai motorists can now avoid paying their traffic fines

Dubai motorists can avoid having to pay traffic fines if they stay trouble-free for 12 months under a new initiative announced by Dubai Police.

The initiative, announced during the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, is part of a drive towards increasing customer satisfaction and happiness levels in the UAE.

 

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said the initiative is a result of thorough studies and research of what is happening in reality and a true representation to the meaning of tolerance where laws and customs are set to serve humanity, not just to discipline violators.

“Not only this is the year of tolerance with the other, but also the year of reconciliation with self,” he added.

The initiative applies to all vehicles registered in Dubai, on condition that the driver abides by traffic laws and regulations and does not commit any violations for a full calendar year starting from February 2019.

In a tweet, the police stipulated the discount rates, saying that if motorists follow the rules for 3 months, they get 25 percent discount on their fines.

If they follow the rules for 6 months, they get 50 percent discount while for 9 months, they get 75 percent discount and for staying out of trouble for a year, they can write off the fine.

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what is the penalty for a bounced check in uae

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what is the penalty for a bounced check in uae

Unlike other countries worldwide, the laws of the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) allow for criminal penalties to be imposed on those persons drawing bounced cheques. Article 401 of the UAE Federal Penal Code provides that the drawer of a bounced cheque should be sentenced to detention or fined. Such detention is for a period not less than one month and not more than three years, while the fine is for an amount not less than AED 1,000 and not more than AED 300,000 (fines are payable to the Court Treasury and not to the beneficiary of the bounced cheque).

Due to the severity of penalties, it has always been practical for creditors to obtain cheques from their debtors to secure payment. Such an approach adds a powerful deterrent to prevent non-payment in addition to the civil remedies already available to the creditors upon the default of their debtors. This is complemented by the fact that criminal proceedings are free of cost and are generally faster than civil proceedings.

When a debtor actually defaults, the creditor will have the right to file a criminal complaint for the bounced cheque along with a civil case for recovery. Although, as mentioned this approach gives creditors more security in recovery, it also has the additional consequences of allowing for extreme punishment for low value non-payments and placing stress on the UAE’s criminal legal system and its authorities due to the sheer quantity of bounced cheque cases.

Recent developments

The UAE legislators have always been well known for being proactive in recognizing market practices and practical issues. In a move to adjust the volume of cases which places stress on the Police, Public Prosecution and Criminal Courts, and to address the severity of penalties in low value claims, the UAE legislators have (a) created a new process to address minor crimes such as bounced cheques in an expedited manner by the establishment of “One Day Courts”; and (b) amended the circumstances in which certain bounced cheques are to be punishable by detention.

With regard to the One Day Court, laws have been enacted which provide that certain simple crimes (including bounced cheques) should be dealt with expediently and a decision on such crimes should be issued within 24 hours (hence the name). These courts have been established in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah and appear to have been successful in significantly lessening the load on the Criminal Courts which will have the impact of allowing those more serious crimes to move through the system.

In addition, the Emirate of Dubai has introduced a new law concerning “Criminal Orders”. This law allows the Dubai Public Prosecution to issue criminal orders to sentence offenders of certain “simple crimes” to fines only (without detention). Objections may be filed to challenge such orders within 7 days. Such objection will refer the matter to the Criminal Courts and the normal procedures shall be applicable.

In practice, the bouncing of a cheque of AED 200,000 or less is categorized as a “simple crime” holding the penalty of a fine not exceeding AED 5,000 to AED 10,000. Accordingly, the drawers of bounced cheques for a value of AED 200,000 (or less) can be sentenced by the Dubai Public Prosecution directly (without being referred to Courts), however, the sentence shall be for a fine only which does not exceed AED 5,000 to AED 10,000 (in practice).

It is not difficult to see the reasoning behind this taking into account the majority of cheques for an amount of AED 200,000 or less would typically be personal cheques (for rent for example) or cheques drawn by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for small business transactions where a more limited penalty can be said to be suited to the crime taking into account the value.

Practical advice

One of the main reasons cheques are widely trusted and used in the UAE is the fact that such cheques are criminally protected with a potential detention (or a fine). This compels cheque drawers to strive to honour their cheques upon their maturity. Since bounced cheques for amounts of AED 200,000 (or less) are no longer punishable by detention in the Emirate of Dubai, the power in holding these cheques has been limited.

To maintain this power, and where appropriate, it would be sensible to ask business counterparts to only provide cheques for amounts higher than AED 200,000 in order to maintain the potential detention sentences warranted to bounced cheques

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