Dubai claims first cloned camel

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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Dubai Airports clarify confusion over project date

June 19th, 2009

Dubai Airports has claimed the opening date of Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central is no different from the latest date slated in February 2009.

Confusion has surrounded the official opening date with media reports stating that the airport would be ready by June 2010, but a spokesperson from Dubai Airports said that this was the completion date for the first phase of the project and it had not altered from the original announcement.

“The first phase of Al Maktoum International is expected to be complete by mid-2010, but this has been the case since the announcement made by us in February 2009,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson told Aviation Business.

A completion date for the entire Dubai World Central complex is still to be announced.

Confusion also surrounds the completion date of Concourse 3 at Dubai International Airport.
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Al Habtoor Leighton Group Commences Main Construction Work on Dubai Pearl

June 1st, 2009

Pearl Dubai FZ LLC, one of the leading real estate developers in the UAE, announced the commencement of main construction work on Dubai Pearl, the AED15-billion (US$4 billion) integrated luxury development, following the completion of the enabling and piling works by Al Habtoor STFA Soil Group (HSSG).

The main construction is being undertaken by the Al Habtoor Leighton Group , which was awarded the construction work at the end of 2008.

Abdul Majeed Ismail Al Fahim, Chairman of Pearl Dubai FZ LLC, said: “The commencement of main construction work on the project strongly illustrates our commitment to ensure a timely transformation of this high-end landmark destination, which will set new industry benchmarks in the region.”

The Dubai Pearl site will witness around 200 workers at the start of construction, and the number is expected to reach 8,000 when work gets into full swing.

Santhosh Joseph, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Dubai FZ LLC said: “We believe we have selected the right partners to create this iconic development and shape it into a world-class destination.”
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