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Fears over mobile phone mast metres from homes prompts petition
United Arab Emirates Created: 12 May 2010
Residents of a villa community on the outskirts of Dubai have petitioned against a mobile phone mast that is being built just metres from their homes.

Foundations for an Etisalat transmission tower are being laid over what was once a small children’s park in the Cedre Villa community of the Government-owned Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Concerned that it will be an eyesore and a potential health hazard, 99 local residents sent a petition to the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), which oversees the free zone. They demanded a halt to the project, warning that otherwise many of them will not renew their leases.

The petition claims the mast “will be very dangerous to the health of everybody”, adding that it “is clear to everybody that this kind of antenna can be responsible for cancer, especially [in] children”.

Some studies have shown that people living near mobile phone masts suffer ailments including nausea, loss of appetite and a greater tendency to depression.

Dr Aladdin Maarraoui, an oncologist at Mafraq Hospital, said little is known about the health effects of mobile phone towers. The World Health Organisation said more research is needed.

The DSOA said municipality inspectors had ruled that the tower was 250 metres from the main children’s playground at Cedre Villas. However, several villas are much closer. “This thing will be about 15 metres across from the driveway,” said an American resident.

“The kids have been playing in the park for the past few months. Put the thing outside the development. Don’t put it in the park, right smack bang in the middle of everything.”

The man, a pilot for Emirates Airline, said he would move his family back to the United States if the tower was erected.

“I have a 10-year-old and a seven-year-old. I’m not willing to risk a disease because of this thing.

“My wife is going to take them back home, and I’m going to follow. The airline industry is turning around in the States, and I’ll just apply for a job there.”

Chrissie Surin, 41, a British primary school teacher who lives in an adjacent villa, said: “It’s only about 20 metres away from where I park the car.” She said construction on the tower began as soon as most of the residents in the area had paid their landscaping fees – typically around Dh10,000 per villa.

“They’ve waited for every house to do their gardens and everything, and then they do this. My husband has asked for us to be moved to another location and for them [Dubai Silicon Oasis] to reimburse us our landscaping as well.” She said that the DSOA had not responded to their request, made in late April.

Asked to clarify its position about the location of the tower, an official at the DSOA did not comment further. Residents accused the authority of ignoring their concerns.

This month, slogans protesting against the tower were spray-painted on the white construction barriers around the site. One addressed to Dubai Silicon Oasis read: “DSO! Please don’t give away our park for a harmful cell phone tower.” It was painted over by construction workers the following day.

Another Emirates pilot from the US said the petitioners had attempted to contact the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and Etisalat about their concerns. The names of both entities, as well as the Government of Dubai, are listed on construction documents at the building site.

He said a TRA official “told us that this would never be allowed outside in any of the public areas of Dubai where the TRA is giving authorisation for these towers to be built”.

He added: “But because we are in a free zone, he told us it doesn’t really fall under their jurisdiction because it’s owned by Silicon Oasis.”

TRA officials did not respond to inquiries. Ahmed bin Ali, an Etisalat spokesman, said: “Whatever we build, if it’s a base station, we have to get the necessary approvals, including from the TRA.”
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Source: The National, Hugh Naylor, 11 May 2010

Doctor calls in warning
United Arab Emirates Created: 8 Nov 2009
Millions of mobile phone users in the UAE could be at risk of developing brain tumours, according to a leading expert on electromagnetic radiation, who will release his findings in Dubai today.

Dr Howard Fisher, who has conducted dozens of studies and written three books on the subject, says there is a definite link between prolonged mobile phone use and health problems such as brain cancer and low fertility.

He says there is a growing acceptance of the danger of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in other countries and says he hopes to raise awareness among the 7.2 million mobile users here.

“September 2009 saw the US Senate host a major conference on the subject whilst the French government is stepping up its efforts to limit the use of cell phones by children,” said Fisher.

He says doctors are currently in a difficult position when it comes to convincing the mobile phone industry and governments to act, because although there is some proof of a link between usage and health risks, experts have so far been unable to say exactly what causes that link.

“We are not sure whether it is the cell phone itself, the carrier [network provider] we have, the information we are receiving through the phone or a combination of all three,” Fisher, who will be presenting his body of work to the Dubai Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, explains.

His studies have included examination and observation of patients who have a history of prolonged mobile phone use, as well as laboratory tests.

One of his most significant findings came from a simple experiment that involved three samples of brain cells.

The first sample was left alone, the second had a mobile phone attached to it for one hour and the third was exposed to a mobile phone fitted with a radiation guard.

Fisher said: “We talked to two of the samples for 60 minutes. In the first, without the intervention device, we saw a 10.71 per cent decrease in the growth of the cells. This is no longer a myth.”
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Source: 7Days, 08 Nov 2009

Ruler talks are sought
United Arab Emirates Created: 7 Apr 2008
Concerned parents at Dubai British School in The Springs said yesterday they are going to approach Sheikh Mohammed’s office in a bid to have an unwanted mobile phone mast removed from next to their childrens’ playground.

“We want to submit a petition to the ruler telling him in detail about the concerns raised by the parents,” said one worried mother. “We are not going to keep quiet until the mast is removed… School premises are certainly not the place to have a mast,” she added.
But telecommunications company du said there was nothing to worry about. “The mast has not been activated. However, we are in consultations with the school management to find a solution to the problem,” du said in a statement.
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Source: 7Days, 07 Apr 2008

Mast may move on
United Arab Emirates Created: 24 Mar 2008
Parents and teachers who want a mobile phone mast removed from beside Dubai British School in The Springs are hopeful of achieving their goal after du’s management visited the site. School principal Peter Moore met the telecommunications company’s representatives on Wednesday and said they assured him they would move the mast, which is disguised as a palm tree if they were provided with a suitable alternative by property developer Emaar.children.jpg
“We are optimistic that the mast will be relocated. The talks with du have been good and they are ready to shift if Emaar will give them permission to install the mobile mast at an alternative location,” Moore said. “Our concern is that the mast is directly above an area where 130 children spend 30 hours a week. Most of the children are young and parents are worried about the affects of radio waves on the health of their children.”
A concerned parent, whose son studies at the school, said: “It’s good that du is taking the issue seriously and is holding discussions. We hope the mast will be removed as soon as possible.”
A source at du said the company fully understood the anxieties of the parents, adding that they were looking at possible alternatives. “We are holding discussions with the school at the moment and we are hopeful of finding a solution to the problem,” he said.

Last week, one concerned parent started an online petition to remove the mast, and thousands of people signed up. Studies have shown significant health effects on people living within 300 metres of mobile phone base stations due to radio wave emissions.
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Source: 7Days, 21 Mar 2008

Petition wants mast out
United Arab Emirates Created: 18 Mar 2008
An online campaign to remove a mobile mast from close to a Dubai school is gaining momentum, with more than 1,000 people already signing up. 7DAYS reported last week that parents and teachers at Dubai British School in The Springs were worried about the childrens’ health due to the proximity of the mast.

Some studies have pointed to the ill-health implications that these base stations can have, with some showing increases in cancer for people who live close to them. And this week, a British woman named Mati, who is believed to have a child at the school, launched the campaign to get the mast, which
is disguised as a palm tree, removed. The site has been inundated with posts from concerned residents who feel the mast, which is run by telecoms company du, could make people ill.
“I feel that they have to put them somewhere else. I’m sure there are better places to shove them and protect the health of children,” said one poster, who identified themselves as beniegenie. Another wrote: “The mast is in the Spinneys car park just overlooking the school. We would like everyone to help us make du move the mobile mast from the school for the health of our children and the children and families who live (here).”
Peter Moore, head teacher at Dubai British School, said he was extremely worried about his pupil’s health as well. “I am worried about the long-term affects of the radiowaves on the children… I feel that the base station should be removed immediately.”
Meanwhile, posters have questioned why the mast was put next to the school in the first place. “Why was the mast erected without the schools knowledge? What do we understand about these masts? What research has been done? du has a responsibility to answer these questions,” said one worried mother.
A spokesman for du said yesterday that the company’s CEO had tried to contact Moore and would be personally visiting the school to discuss the matter further.
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Source: 7DAYS, Fareed Rahman, 14 Mar 2008

Health scare over mobile phone masts
United Arab Emirates Created: 12 Aug 2007
Dubai: Residents living near mobile phone transmission masts have voiced their concerns over the possible health risks because of the proximity of their homes to the base stations.

There is an ongoing debate on the effect of masts if placed in residential communities, and opinion is divided.

Assaheh Asvedi, an Iranian housewife who lives across the street of a mast in Jumeirah, says health risks have always been a worry since the mast was erected three years ago.

"I am always worried that my family's health is being affected by the radiations, but the real problem is that we do not really know if there is a real risk or not," she said. "Now there is a school being built."

Ahmad, a UAE national student who also lives near a mast in Jumeirah, says he is worried as he keeps hearing more theories about the dangerous radiations.

"I think the authorities should conduct serious investigations on the risks of the raditaions and their effect on people. We have the right to know what effects these towers have on the community," he said. "But to be fair, I have been living near a mast for three years, and I have not had any related health issues."

An Indian marketing executive says he is convinced that there is a direct link between a mobile mast and cancer. "The problem is that mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives and we just cannot let go them it," he said.

However, Kelvin, a British accountant who lives 20 metres away from a mobile mast, said: "If I do not mind using the mobile phone more than 20 times a day then I am sure that the radiations ... should not be a problem."
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Source: Gulf News, Wafa Issa, 09 Aug 2007

Experts investigate dangers
United Arab Emirates Created: 10 Aug 2007
Our comment: In this article Dr Mike Clarke of UK HPA demonstrates how he just doesn't understand the concept of how different radio frequencies and modulations affect health - and the age old trick of comparing TV transmitters to mobile phone masts is evoked.

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Dubai: Though there is no concrete evidence of health risks related to mobile phone masts, experts continue to investigate.

Michael Clark of the National Radiological Protection Board, UK, told Gulf News in a phone interview that there is no hard evidence that phone masts located in residential areas affect health.

Clark and Sir William Stewart, Chairman of the Health Protection Agency and Chairman of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones and Health, were asked by the UK government to undertake research on the health effects caused by mobile phone masts due to public concern.

Paradox of concern

"There are no health risks involved with mobile phone masts. There is a big study at the moment regarding health risks from mobile phones, however phone masts show nothing cancerous or medically risky," said Clark.

Clark described the topic as a "paradox of concern" since from a scientific sense holding the phone close to ones ear is far more harmful than a mast. He believes the whole phone mast issue is psychological since radio waves have existed for hundreds of years whereas mobile phones are in comparison, a new invention.

"You obviously need networks, thus phone masts are necessary if you have a mobile phone. Phones are generally new and people are still alarmed with the idea of holding a transmitter close to the head, which they should be. However phone masts are not a concern," he said.

However, experts in the UAE show a concern regarding mobile phones and masts. Najam Ali Mirza at the Shaikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences in Dubai, believes that "scientific evidence" regarding mobile phones or masts doesn't prove anything, as most real research carried out is done by the industry itself. "Some of us can actually feel pain even when putting mobiles to our ear, let alone next to a mast. If they're perfectly safe, how come mobile companies also sell us "radiation guards," said Mirza.

Arguments for and against exposure

* There is no known risk from being near a phone mast. Radio waves have been around for 100 years or more, and the power of signals from TV stations and radio stations broadcasting thousands of watts is two or three orders of magnitude higher than the 100W limit of a modern mobile phone mast - but TV signals don't harm people.

* The risk from using mobile phones could be higher, because the amount of radio signal you're exposed to from a phone right next to your head is much higher than from a mast down the road.

* Since children have smaller heads and thinner skulls than adults, it is conceivable that they are more vulnerable to the heating effect of mobile phones, and therefore, a sensible parent will try to limit their exposure.

* Campaigners claim that the pulsing waves from the masts interfere with electrical signals in the body, damaging the immune system. Especially significant among children, since they have thinner skulls that are still forming and tests have shown they absorb more radiation than adults.
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Source: GulfNews, Dina El Shammaa, 09 Aug 2007, w. comment by H.Eiriksson, mast-victims.org

Will their planes fly empty, but for a few "Wireless Must Have, Wifes"?
United Arab Emirates Created: 10 Nov 2006
One of the last bastions of sanctuary from the bleeping mobile phone has finally crumbled.
Air passengers will now be able to safely use their handsets on flights thanks to a deal announced by Emirates.
The Dubai-based airline, whose flights includes services between London and Dubai, is introducing the technology across its entire fleet from early January.
It has pipped rivals - including Air France and Ryanair - who are also planning to allow mobile phones in flight, though British Airways is so far resisting the trend.
It means millions of passengers who found flying a welcome relief from the office or family calls will now have to contend with the inevitable in-flight chorus of: 'I'm on the plane.'
But it will be a welcome boon to workaholics who suffer withdrawal symptoms every second they are deprived of their mobile phone connection or their lap-tops.
Under the deal with telecoms company AeroMobile, Emirates will introduce the new facility from January 2007, starting with a Boeing 777.
It is promising calls from personal mobile phones for around £2 a minute - cheaper than the cost from on-board phones which start at around £3 a minute but an be much higher.
Phones may only be used at cruise altitude above 20,000ft - not during take-offs, landing and during climbs or descents.
Flight crews will ensure that phones are switched to text-only mode to prevent noise on overnight flights. The system can block voice calls at certain times.
Passengers will be instructed and encouraged to switch phones to silent or vibrate-mode at all times throughout the flight. Up to five calls may be made on any one plane at any time.
Passengers can send and receive text messages.
It said charges would be 'in line with international roaming rates.' It said operating the system at 'affordable rates' would mean it would be well used.
Emirates plans during 2007 to add internet and other satellite capabilities to allow passengers to use popular BlackBerrys - nicknamed 'crack-berrys' by users because of their addictive nature - Palm Pilots and lap-tops.
An Emirates spokesman said:'We want to ensure that passengers who wish to communicate can do so conveniently and discreetly while preserving the privacy of fellow travellers.'
Emirates said its customers were already making more than 6,000 calls a month from dedicates phones in their seats:'So we will be making life easier for those for whom staying in touch using their mobile phone has become an indispensable part of their everyday lives.'
The system uses five small electronic 'black boxes' hidden from view behind the plane's inner casing. These boxes are connected to two half-inch-thick wires - each running the length of the plane, above the windows and luggage bays.
Each wire, in close proximity to passengers' seats, acts as internal antennae allowing phones to operate at very low power levels.
The wire effectively channels all the mobile phone signals into the plane's own satellite system, which in turn connects to the ground.
The system also blocks out stray signals from outside the plane by channelling all calls to and from the plane via the super-antennae.
Experts said using a mobile phone in a plane without this channelling low-power system has the 'potential' to interfere with sensitive avionics equipment such as radar and flight controls, though most of this is now shielded on modern planes.
Banning the use of mobiles during take-off and landing is more to do with eliminating distractions than with electronic interference, say experts.
Emirates chairman and chief executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: 'We are delighted to offer the choice of mobile phone use to passengers who would like to make contact with friends, family or colleagues while flying with us.
'The option of mobile phone use will be available under guidelines that recognise and respect the privacy of all our customers.'
AeroMobile president David Poltorak said: 'This is a historic step forward for the aviation industry.
'We believe that the ability to communicate efficiently, easily and safely when on board flights will become an essential feature of business and leisure travel. '
It was talking to 'a number of other airlines' about extending the service to their fleets.
The news comes just months after Ryanair announced it planned to launch a similar service in mid-2007 - subject to regulatory approval.
The Sussex-based company believes the in-flight mobile calls market could be worth £1.5bn by 2010.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdotti. From the Daily mail


Mobile telephony in Dubai – or – things are done differently there!
United Arab Emirates Created: 25 May 2006
From 17th April to the 1st May, I spent 2 weeks on holiday in Dubai.
I did not actually want to hear anything more about mobile telephony, but an Arabian acquaintance requested me to take my measuring equipment case with me, a mobile phone transmitter that was situated opposite his office at almost the same vertical height was causing him some concern.
I had been in Dubai the previous year and i was unable to detect levels higher than 50 µW/m² anywhere, even when in close proximity to mobile phone transmitters.
When we moved into the hotel room on the 4th floor, I first of all went onto the balcony and what did I see at a distance of 100 metres but as a fake palm tree that was actually a mobile phone transmittter! Before we unpacked our suitcases, we unpacked the measuring equipment and I took it onto the balcony. There, my measuring equipment indicated a level of 150 µW/m². Here in Kirchheim, we live about 150 metres from the mobile phone base station and our home is situated far below the level of the transmitter and yet we measure here up to 4,100 µW/m²!
In the hotel room, levels from 150 µW/m² to 0.0 µW/m² usual, so nothing. We slept wonderfully well for 2 weeks.
Then, we were invited to the barbecue at the home of my Arabian acquaintances, he lives in a villa with his family directly next to the Gulf. From his home, we could see the warships as they passed by, so we expected that Radar would be present. And, you will not believe it but the ‚exposure level’ was 0.0 µW/m²!
Nothing! None of those who were present could believe it, they all have full mobile phone reception and assumed that there must be detectable [radiation] exposure levels present there. I explained that a mobile phone only needed 0.001 µW/m² in order to function perfectly. My measuring equipment was ’only’ missing a number behind the decimal point.
I left my measuring equipment there, my acquaintance wanted to measure the levels in several areas of Dubai. He returned my measuring equipment several days later.
In his entire house there was no exposure, 0.0 µW/m². In his office, directly opposite a mobile phone transmitter, the exposure was 0.0 µW/m². In his mother’s house the exposure was 0,0 µW/m², at the airport the exposure was 0,0 µW/m². He was quite shocked that he had measured an exposure of 180 µW/m² on the car park of his Beach Club, there was a transmitter erected there. Ridiculous on a car park.

An acquaintance from Germany , who does business in Dubai, asked if he could borrow my meter, he wanted to measure his home. As we were booked onto the same return flight, I gave him the measuring equipment case at the airport.
I took out the equipment and turned it on in order to show him how it worked. I expected high levels at the airport, but this was not so, even there my measuring equipment only indicated 20µW/m².

In Dubai können Sie überall telefonieren, in jedem Aufzug, in jeder Tiefgarage, einfach überall! Warum nun geht in Dubai was bei uns scheinbar nicht geht? Handytelefonieren ohne nennenswerte Belastung für die Bewohner?
In Dubai, you can telephone from everywhere, in every lift, in underground garages, simply everywhere! Why then, is it possible to do in Dubai what it is supposedly impossible to do here [in Germany]

Es gibt dort nur ein Handynetz, von UAE Etisalat. Wir in Deutschland haben 8 (!) verschiedene Handynetze! Völliger Irrsinn!
There is only one mobile network here, that belonging to UAE Etisalat. In Germany, we have 8 (!) different mobile networks! Complete madness!
There is a network of transmitters every 3-4 kilometres at a great height. It is difficult to estimate the height, i think it is about 50 metres high. And, they are installed so that every one can telephone but they do not give off more radiation. And, as you will gather from my report, in order to telephone from either inside or outside a building high exposure levels are not necessary.
How do those in Dubai manage to do what is supposed to be impossible for us to do?
This report will be sent by me to all those responsible, our Government and technicians should provide me with an explanation. You may pass on this report and publish it.
Perhaps, someone from the mobile telephone operators, the German Radiation Protection Board or our Minstry for the Environment could fly to Dubai and ask the Arabs to explain just how they make mobile telecommunications compatible with health.
Best wishes,
Marianne Buchmann

P.S. My work can be easily checked, you can be in Dubai in 6 hours and repeat the measurements.
Marianne Buchmann
Kreuzstraße 6 • 85551 Kirchheim
Tel. 089/90199030
Kirchheim, 8. Mai 2006
Translated from German by Margaret White
Source: Marianne Buchmann/ Margaret White


Mobile telephony in Dubai – or – things are done differently there!
United Arab Emirates Created: 25 May 2006
From 17th April to the 1st May, I spent 2 weeks on holiday in Dubai.
I did not actually want to hear anything more about mobile telephony, but an Arabian acquaintance requested me to take my measuring equipment case with me, a mobile phone transmitter that was situated opposite his office at almost the same vertical height was causing him some concern.
I had been in Dubai the previous year and i was unable to detect levels higher than 50 µW/m² anywhere, even when in close proximity to mobile phone transmitters.
When we moved into the hotel room on the 4th floor, I first of all went onto the balcony and what did I see at a distance of 100 metres but as a fake palm tree that was actually a mobile phone transmittter! Before we unpacked our suitcases, we unpacked the measuring equipment and I took it onto the balcony. There, my measuring equipment indicated a level of 150 µW/m². Here in Kirchheim, we live about 150 metres from the mobile phone base station and our home is situated far below the level of the transmitter and yet we measure here up to 4,100 µW/m²!
In the hotel room, levels from 150 µW/m² to 0.0 µW/m² usual, so nothing. We slept wonderfully well for 2 weeks.
Then, we were invited to the barbecue at the home of my Arabian acquaintances, he lives in a villa with his family directly next to the Gulf. From his home, we could see the warships as they passed by, so we expected that Radar would be present. And, you will not believe it but the ‚exposure level’ was 0.0 µW/m²!
Nothing! None of those who were present could believe it, they all have full mobile phone reception and assumed that there must be detectable [radiation] exposure levels present there. I explained that a mobile phone only needed 0.001 µW/m² in order to function perfectly. My measuring equipment was ’only’ missing a number behind the decimal point.
I left my measuring equipment there, my acquaintance wanted to measure the levels in several areas of Dubai. He returned my measuring equipment several days later.
In his entire house there was no exposure, 0.0 µW/m². In his office, directly opposite a mobile phone transmitter, the exposure was 0.0 µW/m². In his mother’s house the exposure was 0,0 µW/m², at the airport the exposure was 0,0 µW/m². He was quite shocked that he had measured an exposure of 180 µW/m² on the car park of his Beach Club, there was a transmitter erected there. Ridiculous on a car park.

An acquaintance from Germany , who does business in Dubai, asked if he could borrow my meter, he wanted to measure his home. As we were booked onto the same return flight, I gave him the measuring equipment case at the airport.
I took out the equipment and turned it on in order to show him how it worked. I expected high levels at the airport, but this was not so, even there my measuring equipment only indicated 20µW/m².

In Dubai können Sie überall telefonieren, in jedem Aufzug, in jeder Tiefgarage, einfach überall! Warum nun geht in Dubai was bei uns scheinbar nicht geht? Handytelefonieren ohne nennenswerte Belastung für die Bewohner?
In Dubai, you can telephone from everywhere, in every lift, in underground garages, simply everywhere! Why then, is it possible to do in Dubai what it is supposedly impossible to do here [in Germany]

Es gibt dort nur ein Handynetz, von UAE Etisalat. Wir in Deutschland haben 8 (!) verschiedene Handynetze! Völliger Irrsinn!
There is only one mobile network here, that belonging to UAE Etisalat. In Germany, we have 8 (!) different mobile networks! Complete madness!
There is a network of transmitters every 3-4 kilometres at a great height. It is difficult to estimate the height, i think it is about 50 metres high. And, they are installed so that every one can telephone but they do not give off more radiation. And, as you will gather from my report, in order to telephone from either inside or outside a building high exposure levels are not necessary.
How do those in Dubai manage to do what is supposed to be impossible for us to do?
This report will be sent by me to all those responsible, our Government and technicians should provide me with an explanation. You may pass on this report and publish it.
Perhaps, someone from the mobile telephone operators, the German Radiation Protection Board or our Minstry for the Environment could fly to Dubai and ask the Arabs to explain just how they make mobile telecommunications compatible with health.
Best wishes,
Marianne Buchmann

P.S. My work can be easily checked, you can be in Dubai in 6 hours and repeat the measurements.
Marianne Buchmann
Kreuzstraße 6 • 85551 Kirchheim
Tel. 089/90199030
Kirchheim, 8. Mai 2006
Translated from German by Margaret White
Source: Marianne Buchmann/ Margaret White

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