Daily Archives: August 11, 2019

Strong earthquake hits north Philippines

HANOI, An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale shook the Luzon island in north of the Philippines on Sunday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Philvolcs.

The quake occurred at 13:28 (local time), Vietnam News Agency, VNA, quoted the Philvolcs as saying. Its epicentre was 161 km deep and 5km southwest of Batangas province on the Luzon island, according to the institute.

Office workers and students in the capital of Manila were briefly evacuated from their buildings after feeling the swaying and shaking, but no damage was reported.

The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 6.2 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was 168km deep.

The Philippines lies on the Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, said the VNA report.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Hajj pilgrims stone Jamrat Al-Aqabah on first day of Eid Al-Adha

MINA, Since the dawn of the first day of Eid al-Adha, masses of Hajj pilgrims began the ritual of throwing pebbles at Mina holy site by throwing seven consecutive pebbles at a special stone monument called “Jamrat Al-Aqabah”.

The movement of pilgrims was smooth as per the pre-prepared plan, the Saudi Press Agency,SPA, reported on Sunday.

Pilgrims moved with convenience and ease in the four floors of the giant facility of Jamarat in a secured environment with foolproof security, health services, ambulance and civil defence services. Security men organised the movement of pilgrims in the courtyards of Jamarat Bridge and through the entrances and exits.

Around 2.49 million pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, including about 1.86 million pilgrims from outside the Kingdom and 634,379 domestic pilgrims of whom 67 percent are non-Saudis, according to the Saudi General Authority for Statistics, GAS.

The number of pilgrims this year, 1440 AH, increased by 117,731, compared to last year, 1439 AH, that witnessed the arrival of around 2.37 million pilgrims, the SPA quoted the GAS as saying.

Source: Emirates News Agency

41.3 million passengers travel through Dubai International in H-1 2019

DUBAI, The Dubai International (DXB) welcomed 41.3 million passengers in the first half of 2019, maintaining its position as the world’s largest international airport by traffic volume. The closure of one of DXB’s two runways between 16th April and 30th May for a complete rehabilitation programme reduced the airport’s capacity, contributing to a decline in traffic of 5.6 percent year on year.

A total of 41,277,749 customers travelled through DXB during the first half of 2019 (-5.6 percent). The closure of the southern runway for refurbishment halved the hub’s runway capacity, leading to a reduction of 32 percent in passenger flights over a 45-day period, according to a DXB press release issued on Sunday.

A total of around 1.04 tonnes of airfreight was handled at DXB during the first half this year, down 18.3 percent. A significant portion of the cargo traffic at DXB is bellyhold, which was impacted by the southern runway rehabilitation programme.

Total passenger flights during the first six months of 2019 totalled 178,383, down 11.6 percent from last year, also due to the 45-day closure of the southern runway.

India remained DXB’s top destination country by passenger numbers, with traffic for the first half reaching 5.7 million customers � propelled mainly by top city destinations Mumbai and Delhi. Saudi Arabia was number two on the list with 3.1 million customers, followed closely by the United Kingdom with 2.8 million customers. Other destination countries of note, include Pakistan (1.9 million customers), the U.S. (1.5 million), and China (1.2 million).

The top three cities were London (1.6 million customers), Mumbai (1.1 million) and Jeddah with just over 1 million.

Thanks to DXB’s advanced operations centre that uses real-time information to improve service and efficiency, as well as the smart gates that help speed customers through immigration, wait times were reduced by 25 percent in the first half of 2019.

A total of 35 million bags (-3.9 pc) passed through the airport’s advanced 175-km long baggage system during the first half of the year, said the press release.

Source: Emirates News Agency