Apple UAE has 18 job posts up for grabs today

If you are on the hunt for a new job in retail or marketing, here is your chance to score an employment opportunity from Apple Inc.

The Cupertino-based company is hiring for several positions for its offices and stores across the UAE.

As posted in the Apple’s official website, several openings are available for interested and qualified applicants in the country.

The positions listed are mainly for retail, sales, marketing and finance. Some high-profile positions are also up for grabs.

Overall, there are 18 opening currently available at Apple branches both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Google makes Dubai parking easy

Do you usually have a hard time locating your car in Dubai parking lots? Worry no more, Google will help you find where you actually parked your car.

Courtesy of a new feature from Google Maps,’ you will be able to find just where you left your car without the hassle of manually looking for it.

Just park your car, open up Google Maps, and tap on the blue location dot. You’ll see a new menu offering to “save your parking,” which lets you store all the information you need to find your car again.

Once your location is saved, the app provides options like adding parking notes, photos, nearby area and time to remind you how long you have parked the car, local news said.

This feature is currently available for android users only.

Resident, expats to join hands for #EarthHourUAE

Today, March 25th, the world will hold the annual Earth Hour starting at 8:30 pm marking the 10th year of the event.

Much like in other countries, the United Arab Emirates regularly participates in the massive organized event.

This year, both private and public entities in the country have been urged to join Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF (EWS-WWF) who takes care of the series of events across the country in light of Earth Hour.

World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Nature’s Earth Hour was first celebrated in Sydney Australia back in 2007 with 2.2 million people participating. And over the course of the years, it has become a global phenomenon which almost all countries participate in.

Today, almost 7000 cities and tens of millions of people worldwide will power down on Saturday night in an effort to promulgate the cause. Since it debuted, the WWF’s for Earth Hour has been a way to shed a light and eventual appropriate measures to address the growing concerns about climate change and our environmental impact on the planet.

The organization urges everyone worldwide to show their support to #EarthHourUAE by switching off unnecessary lights at 8.30pm on the 25th.

Furthermore, the EWS-WWF will also be leading its ‘Green Goals’ campaign. Using the hashtag #EarthHourUAE social media users will be asked to post their personal pledges in helping the world transition to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Your ultimate guide to #EarthHourUAE activities

Have you ever wondered how mother Earth sustains its life with all these technologies operating 24/7? Mother Earth seems to be so busy nowadays. How about we treat her now?

Switch off now to switch on the future because our actions today can change the future of the next generation. Be your own hero by joining this year’s Earth hour celebrations across the UAE.

1 Dinner in the dark on the beach
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Time: 8:30 –9:30 pm

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The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal will join the global Earth Hour celebrations by switching off all non-essential lights at the resort for one hour while organizing a blind dinner on the beach.

The three-course dinner will feature a secret menu prepared with energy saving methods and organic ingredients.

The funds will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. The little ones can join daily activities at Ritz Kids to raise awareness of the environment and create a sustainable world from March 19. Kids will get the chance to create floating paper boats that will be set in the pool when the lights will be switched off.

2 The Walkathon
Where: Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay
Time: 8:30 –9:30 pm

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Switch off and join the Earth Hour walk to change climate change. This is a free admission event for the whole family brought to us by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Come and witness Burj Khalifa turn off its dazzling lights for one hour and participate in Earth Hour’s Walk.

3 Earth Hour Treasure Hunt
Where: Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay
Time: 4:00 – 10:30 pm

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This activity will also be initiated by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inspired by the theme of sustainability. The game will take the players on an exploration voyage around old Dubai, where every stop will give them the opportunity to relive history while understanding the different aspects of sustainability.

The players must overcome interesting challenges to be able to receive the clue that leads them to their next challenge until they eventually find the hidden treasure.

4 Earth Hour Festivals at Al Majaz Waterfront
Where: Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah
Time: 5:30 –9:30 pm

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Sharjah is all set to be a part of the Annual Earth Hour Global Report. This special event is initiated by Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), in collaboration with Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa).

Within the event, the Bee’ah School of Environment will carry out various activities for children like glow in the dark painting workshops and much more.

5 Stargazing
Where: Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah
Time: 8:30 –9:30 pm

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Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel, is inviting guests to celebrate the Earth Hour with a stargazing activity, while the resort switches off non-essential lights.

Families will enjoy the initiation to astronomy taking place on the resort’s dedicated stargazing platform.

6 Moonlight Yoga
Where: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Time: 8:30 –9:30 pm

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With over 6600 Earth Hour events taking place around the globe, UAE’s flagship St. Regis brand address invites UAE residents and in-house guests to participate in its complimentary yoga session on the moonlit pristine sands of Saadiyat.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort will activate a range of energy-saving measures during Earth Hour.

Mum wants footwear company banned in Dubai after son’s toe was ripped off

The mother of a five-year-old boy who lost his big toe while wearing Crocs has warned parents that the footwear is “potentially lethal” for children.

Helen Wood’s son Stanley sustained “life changing injuries” when his shoe was dragged into a moving escalator at a hotel in Dubai last month.

In a Facebook post, the British mum said Stanley’s “horrific injuries” included extensive tissue and ligament damage to the underside of his foot.

“One day he was running and skipping, the next he was in an emergency ward with life changing injuries,” she wrote.

“He will need multiple operations to reconstruct the remaining part of his foot.”

Mrs Wood said in a Facebook post campaigning for awareness of the risks of soft rubber sandals and escalators: “We were not aware of the dangers as it has not been widely publicized and now we think it needs to be something that is more commonly known.”

Following the unfortunate event, the Dubai Municipality has issued a warning to those who have a penchant of wearing soft rubber shoes, especially during this rainy weather.

However, the Dubai Municipality stated that the incident was an accident, and that the global company has not withdrawn their products from the market.

“A mother launched a social media campaign to warn of the risks of buying ‘rubber shoes’ for children, after her child had an accident that led to the amputation of his toes during the family’s stay in Dubai. Crocs Inc. is a global company, and there has been no news of the withdrawal of their products from the market worldwide. The incident was an accident,” the statement said as posted in Facebook.

‘Prinsesa ng banyera’ graduates magna cum laude

Her determination to succeed is a great source of inspiration that has captured the hearts of many online. But her humbling experiences while finishing her college degree made her the talk of the town.

Regine Villamejor, whose Facebook post has recently gone viral, tells tales of how she’s able to finish a degree in college by selling fish in the market in Cebu. While others would try to hole up their situation, the girl proudly acknowledged her roots, as well as her parents’ hard work to help her realize her dreams.

“I’m not ashamed to sell fish. My friends know about it. But still, they accept me for who I am. I will always be a proud daughter of a fisherman and a fish vendor,” Villamejor posted on her FB account.

Villamejor came from the poor fishing village of Barangay Taloot, Cebu. Her father Raul is a fisherman and her mother Mary Jane is a fish vendor.

Every day, Villamor recounted, she would wake up at 5 am to help her mum sell fish in the market. It would require her to carry heavy blocks of ice for the fish.

They would usually earn around 700 pesos a day, just enough for their family to make ends meet.

The young graduate admitted there were times when her parents would argue about where to get money for her tuition fee in the University of San Jose Recoletos.

And when her mum had fallen ill, she carried the task of peddling her father’s catch on her own everyday.

Despite these curveballs that life fired her way at a young age, she never faltered nor thought of quitting amid the odds. She studied hard to get a scholarship, with half of her tuition fee covered by the university.

After four years of burning the midnight oil and pushing herself to the limit, Villamejor not only made it through but graduated Magna cum Laude in the degree Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Commerce major in Communication and Marketing (LIACOM). -KCO

du offers 2GB data and 25-75 minutes for free

Following their network outage over the weekend, Dubai-based telecom company du now offers free data for the interrupted services last March 19.

“As a token of appreciation for du customers affected by the [interruption] in some mobile services on March 19, 2017, we are offering our postpaid customers 2GB data and 75 national minutes, and our prepaid customers 2GB data and 25 national minutes for free,” the telco said in an official statement.

Prepaid customers can enjoy the offer for 1 day, while postpaid customers can enjoy the offer for 30 days, starting from their April bill cycle.

In order to activate the offer customers have to SMS ‘FREE’ to 5050, from 23-27 March 2017, the company detailed.

“Our customers’ satisfaction is a key priority, and we constantly look to raise our standards, to ensure that our customers are able to enjoy a superior and seamless user experience” du added.

Du’s network outage had lasted for nearly six hours last Sunday and some consumers reported that they have even experienced disrupted service a lot longer.

Dubai Municipality issues new rules for escalators

Dubai Municipality will give all shopping centers and other buildings a grace period of two weeks to check and adjust their escalators’ safety to prevent accidents involving children.

The circular listed new safety measures to protect children from accidents on escalators.

Redha Salman, Director of Health and Safety Department, said a minimum of Dh1,000 fine will apply for those who do not follow.

“It (fine) could be higher if other safety aspects are not found to be compliant,” he added according to local news.

The circular also pointed out that all elevators, escalators and moving passageways must have a certificate of examination and compliance with the safety requirements of a company accredited by the Emirates International Accreditation Center, according to Gulf News.

Buildings have been ordered to secure the escalators by installing a cover to protect the upper conveyor belt and provide the required protection at the starting area of the conveyor belt, where children sometimes cling or climb onto. -KCO

Dubai gets world’s fastest ambulance

With the maximum speed of 300 km/hr, the world’s fastest ambulance worth Dh1 million is now part of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS).

The ambulance is a Mustang car converted into an ambulance and it has been equipped with basic medical devices, alarms, and audio-visual systems.

This sports car turned ambulance will reach the patient or injured in four minutes and offer urgent first aid until the arrival of the ambulance van in eight minutes.

The luxury ambulance vans, according to DCAS, have been deployed in tourist areas like the Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Street and Jumeirah sidewalk. The vehicles will also be stationed at places where conferences and big festivals are held.

“The new ambulances will contribute effectively to boost the image of Dubai as one of the paramount important tourist cities, and much progressing in rendering the services to the visitors, Emiratis, and expatriates,” the Khaleej Times quoted Khalifa bin Derai, Executive Director of DCAS, as saying.

“It is not just for transporting the patients fast, but rather a moving hospital that is operated by an emergency technical team and qualified paramedics to handle the serious injuries as it is equipped with the most sophisticated equipment in the world,” he added.

The fast vehicles of DCAS have already transported as many as 10,000 persons suffering from heart problems over the last two years, and the number of cases in accidents stood at 44,000 last year, local news wrote.

In photos: Michael Cinco’s Impalpable Dream of Versailles collection

DUBAI: Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco has yet again mesmerized the Dubai fashion world with his glorious AW17 collection, The Impalpable Dream of Versailles at the opening day of Fashion Forward Season 9 at Dubai Design District on March 23, 2017.

The Hall of Mirrors, King’s Grand Apartments, Museum of the History of France, explore the Château de Versailles in Cinco’s latest collection.

Take a deep breath and appreciate his magnificent designs.

(Amazing shots by Filipino photographers Gilbert Belleza, Rod V Sky and AR Abnoy.)