Celebrate Flag Day with “UAE 1971”

Flag standard and measurements to be followed


DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be celebrating Flag Day on Friday, November 3. The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has announced the proper standards when displaying the UAE flag.

uae flag day

The authority advised everyone who is preparing to celebrate the Flag Day this weekend. The right size and textile structure must be followed.


The UAE was formed in 1971 and the UAE Cabinet has approved the mandatory standard that bears the “UAE 1971”.


“The UAE standard specifies the requirements of the UAE flag, a mandatory list, which includes specific color grades used in the four colors that make up the flag, approved main measurements, textiles used in manufacturing, and respect for weather, temperature and humidity,” Engineer Khalaf Khalaf, Director of the Standards Department at ESMA, said.


Private and public buildings in the country decorate the UAE flag during the Flag Day and National Day celebrations. ESMA wanted to make sure that there is a unified general image of the country’s flag.


The flag should have the right measurements of lengths and dimensions, textile structure, and consistency of color when exposed to water, light or heat.


“The minimum weight made of [ordinary] polyester material should not be less than 155 grams per square meter and made of nylon and the weight should not be less than 122.5 grams per square meter,” the director added for temporary facilities where UAE Flag Day celebrations or festivals will be taking place.


Meanwhile, Sharjah and Dubai will be hosting two separate events to celebrate the special day. Sharjah will be hosting the biggest national gathering to raise the UAE flag on 11 a.m., Thursday, November 2, on Flag Island under the theme “The UAE of Giving and Generosity”.


Dubai Festival City will also attempt to create the largest human UAE flag on the same day on the waterfront at Festival Bay. Everyone is welcome to attend which will take place from 8 a.m. onwards.



Bench is now open in Al Ghurair Centre

Familiar Philippine brand now in Dubai


DUBAI – One of Philippines’ most loved brand is now in Dubai. Bench, a well-known retail store in the Philippines, has just opened a branch in Al Ghurair Centre. To mark the special day, Julia Montes flew to the emirate to open the new store on Thursday, October 26.


Together with officials from the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates such as Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, Dr. Yasmin Balajadia-Cortes, Labor Attache Felicitas Q. Bay, and Commercial Attache Eric C. Elnar, the Philippine actress took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the store.


Hundreds of Filipinos, mixed of Montes’ fans and the Bench store fans flocked to the scene as early as 5 p.m. to get a glimpse of the Filipina actress and to purchase products from their beloved store.


The Bench connection


Nica Antonio and Kay Abrigo were one of the first few customers to buy at the new Bench store in Dubai.


“We have been fans of Bench since we were in the Philippines,” the two friends said.


According to the two, they were ecstatic to finally find familiar products in Dubai. Being avid Bench customers for many years, they love the quality of the products such as their undergarments and slippers.


“It is made from the Philippines after all,” they added.


Lining up behind them was Florinda Dimla. The Filipina, who has been in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for six years, said that Bench products are cheap and reliable. She bought undergarments and slippers.


Located on the first floor at Al Ghurair Centre, it was announced that the store has an opening promotion of 20 percent off on all items until Saturday, November 4.


Some of the customers have shared that they were sad to not see their favorite colognes or perfumes in the shop.


Bench family


Julia Montes shared that she was overwhelmed by the amount of people who turned up for the Bench store opening.


“I have been part of the Bench family since my Mara Clara days,” she mentioned.


According to the 22-year-old, she said that Bench helped launch her career. In the Philippines, almost every famous artist had been a part of the Bench family and to be asked to represent Bench internationally, Montes said she was more than honored to do so.


She thanked all her fans and the Bench management for trusting her to represent the brand abroad. The Filipina actress invites everyone to the new store in town.


Montes added that she has a close connection with her fans abroad as she knew they really watch her shows despite their hectic work schedules. She thanked all of them for their constant support.

Kabayan Corner to extend services to Filipinos in Dubai and NE

The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates have launched a new project to extend their services to Filipinos living in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.


Dubbed as “Kabayan Corner”, the new service will allow Pinoys who do not have access to the internet or phone may now reach out to the PCG when they are in dire need of help.




Kabayan Corner



“Ask Atty Barney / Isumbong mo kay Con Gen” has a tablet for individuals to send their legal enquiries to Gulf Law’s Barney Almazar while a drop box is placed in front for people to drop their concerns or ask for help from the PCG.


To know more here is a full report that I have written. I am glad that even though the government may not be perfect, at least, they are trying to accommodate as much as they can.




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New PH passport

The Philippines just released its new passport design and I had the opportunity to see it first hand. Below is my report on it. My favorite part is its illustrations of multiple Philippine sites.

PCG shows new passport equipped with upgraded security features

The lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” are also available inside!

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Let’s vote!


With a few days left to go, it is important for every Filipino to exercise their right to vote. The Philippine Consulate in Dubai has extended their timings for overseas absentee voting.


Take note also of the free bus rides to the Consulate (see second image above).


Let’s vote!

May 5 to May 8, PCG – 8 am to 12 midnight 

May 9, PCG – 5 am to 1 pm

*announced by Con Gen Cortes today*

Elections fever abroad

On Saturday, April 9, the overseas absentee voting officially kicked off to a good start. Compared to Philippines where the voting only lasts for one day, on May 9, overseas Filipinos have a chance to vote for their President, Vice President, Senators and Party list organization within a month from April 9 to May 9.


I personally have voted on the first day itself and I was surprised how seamless it went unlike the stories I have heard where there were a lot of difficulties to vote during elections.


The election fever is so infectious as everyone on their social media have utilized their posts to encourage others to further vote as some have not officially voted yet even though they are a registered voter.


As a Filipino it feels great to exercise my right to vote and I do feel everyone should do the same for their own country when they have elections. Best thing about voting is there is no wrong or right answer. What is important is you have practiced your own right to vote.


Here are articles I wrote recently about the current election fever in UAE. Enjoy!

Overseas voting starts in UAE

By Jekah Carillo

DUBAI—Overseas absentee voting (OAV) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) commenced on Saturday, April 9, with Filipinos full of excitement voting for their President, Vice President, Senators and Partylist organization.

Remigio Bernardo, who works as a family driver in Sharjah, took the opportunity to vote on the first day at the Philippines Consul General (PCG) office in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

“First ko lang na bumoto uli. Matagal na panahon hindi na ako naka-boto. . . sa Pilipinas pa. Kahit sa Pilipinas matagal na rin,” the 55-year-old Bernardo shared.

… read more http://kabayanweekly.com/oav-starts-uae/


Be cautious when campaigning for favored political candidates in UAE

By Jekah Carillo

DUBAI—Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes has stressed to those who are campaigning for their favored political candidates in the emirate right now to be extra careful.

“I urge all our kabayans here in the UAE to be a little bit more cautious and to be more circumspect, especially when they start giving out flyers, banners, or letters endorsing a political candidate. We all know that sort type of activity is not allowed here in the UAE and we do not want them to be accosted by the police or by CID simply because they are giving out flyers,” he told Kabayan Weekly.

… red more http://kabayanweekly.com/cautious-campaigning-favored-political-candidates-uae/


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#ChatWithRTA in Twitter

RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) announced a few days ago about having a live chat with it’s followers on October 5, 2015 at 12pm – 1pm. All you need to do is to tweet to @RTA_Dubai and use the hashtag #ChatWithRTA.

@RTA_Dubai tweet #ChatWithRTA

@RTA_Dubai tweet #ChatWithRTA

Numerous questions flooded in the twitter sphere. Some of the popular questions were whether they could make Friday a Salik free day like how Friday is a free parking day. “Salik is targeted to distribute traffic movement on the roads and Fridays witness intense traffic movement.”, @RTA_Dubai tweets.

The Al Maktoum Bridge Salik toll gate has applied an exemption of no toll fee charges between 10pm and 6am from Saturday to Thursday and until 9am on Friday. Some have suggested to do a similar exemption on Sheikh Zayed Road during non peak hours. It is a good idea and ideas like these are welcomed and not ignored by the RTA.

RTA did tweet about new road plans in place to improve the daily commute of the residents in communities like Jumeirah Village Circle and Dubailand. The authority did not comment on new Salik toll gates.

Humidity levels in the UAE

It is now October, Fall season for some countries but not for UAE. It is however the time where the temperature changes from the blazing Summer to prepare itself to a cool Winter. Over the past few weeks, there has been numerous reports and posts on social media that the thick fog in the mornings are at zero visibility at times. This is dangerous for carpools to people rushing to work. There has been accidents due to this.

Abu Dhabi weather forecast from National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology

Abu Dhabi weather forecast from National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology

The fog usually isn’t present during midday but during dawn or early mornings. It has been reported and forecasted by the National in August that the humidity levels are going to be very high, at 75%. Let’s look at how high it has reached today.

Dubai weather forecast from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology

Dubai weather forecast from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology

You can see from the two pictures above that the humidity level differences are very far away in numbers. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai are at humidity levels ranging from 25% to 90%. This causes thick fog blanketing the city roads.

Other than the visibility problems, respiratory health problems also occurs. Here is a report on the said problem by The National last month.

High humidity puts the body’s cardiovascular system under increased strain, placing heart disorder patients at higher risk.

Dr Ahmed El Hakim, a senior adviser to pharmaceutical firm Cinfa, said: “When temperatures rise, the body works hard to maintain a normal temperature of about 37°C.

“This is done through radiating the heat away from the body, and evaporating sweat molecules.

“Both of these natural methods of cooling down require the heart to pump faster and harder to eliminate the heat, and are made more difficult with high humidity levels.

“While people with normally functioning hearts can more easily adapt to these changes, cardiovascular disease patients must take precautionary measures to ensure their hearts are able to cope with the added strain.”

Warning signs of heat-related health problems include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache, disorientation and muscle twitches. If any of these symptoms appear, the sufferer must immediately be transferred to a cooler place and drink cold water. If the symptoms persist, professional advice must be sought.

Even though the temperature is cooling down now in the UAE, residents still need to drink plenty of water to keep their bodies cool and at the right temperature. The sudden changes of humidity levels will give a shock to the body leaving it helpless to normalize the body, making the person ill.