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$272m Dubai children’s hospital underway

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Construction of a new AED1bn ($272m) specialist children’s hospital in Dubai is underway, the official news agency WAM reported.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai laid the foundation stone of the Jalilah Specialised Paediatric Hospital on Sunday.
The 200-bed specialist centre is located in the grounds of the Al Wasl Hospital and is set for completion in 2010.

Dubai restaurants advised to improve hygiene standards

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Restaurants in Dubai are under pressure to improve their food and hygiene standards with the Dubai Municipality intensifying monitoring after an uproar over the recent deaths of two children through food poisoning.

Following a few cases of food poisoning reported from Dubai, the most famous of which resulted in the deaths of siblings Chelsea and Nathan D’Souza last month, the Dubai Municipality has stepped up its inspection of restaurants and other eateries and advised many of them to improve quality standards. The municipality also recently conducted a food safety awareness campaign under the banner “Food Safety is our Priority”.

Dubai claims first cloned camel

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Dubai, the second-largest sheikdom in the United Arab Emirates, said it has cloned a camel for the first time and called it Injaz, or “achievement” in Arabic.

The female camel was born on April 8, the Camel Reproduction Centre financed by the ruler of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, said this week.

The first animal cloned from adult cells was Dolly the sheep, born in the U.K. in 1996. Since then, others have included mice, cattle, goats, rabbits, cats, mules and pigs.

"This significant breakthrough in our research program gives a means of preserving the valuable genetics of our elite racing and milk-producing camels in the future," Lulu Skidmore, scientific director of the Camel Reproduction Centre, said in an e-mailed statement.

Injaz was created by cells harvested from the ovary of an adult camel which were grown in culture before being frozen in liquid nitrogen, the centre said.

The cells were then injected into a camel egg from which the nucleus had been removed. The egg and the embryo were fused using an electric current and chemicals were used to split them like a normal fertilized egg.

The embryo was cultured for a week before it was transferred to the uterus of a surrogate camel. The camel was deemed pregnant 20 days later and gave birth after just over a year.
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