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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 February 2019

The National Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to the "Best of The National", your guide to our most compelling and important content from the past seven days.

 

This was the week when hundreds of delegates – heads of state, global officials, titans of industry and academics – descended on Dubai for the annual World Government Summit.

Over three days, ideas and innovations were shared and presented to thousands of guests in the hope of informing global thought and building a better future for everyone.

Among the wide variety of speakers were Hollywood actor and environmental activist Harrison Ford, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Arianna Huffington and pop star and entrepreneur Will.i.am.

Later in the week, the Milken Institute hosted its Mena Summit in Abu Dhabi, at which high-profile senior executives, government officials, sovereign wealth fund directors and philanthropists discussed the most pressing topics in the region. We spoke exclusively to Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, caught up with billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson and listened to Napster founder and former Facebook executive Sean Parker.

Elsewhere, we marked the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, with interviews with regime critics and survivors of the US embassy hostage crisis.

We looked at Riyadh and Tehran’s fight for influence in Lebanon, where we also spoke to the country’s new interior minister, Raya Al Hassan, the first woman in the Arab world to hold such a post.

From New York, we reported how US foreign policy – which diplomats say is "made at random" – is posing a threat to European security.

Locally, members of the dolphin family called false killer whales were seen off the coast of Fujairah for only the second time in 25 years.

Business lamented the demise of the A380 superjumbo, an aircraft that over the past 12 years has become the defining aircraft of the Emirates fleet and redefined air travel for millions of people.

From Sport, meet the teams looking to dethrone champions Islamabad United in the PSL 2019 as Season 4 of Pakistan in the UAE gets under way.

And if you missed your copy of our beautiful large-format Luxury magazine, the highlights are online here, featuring Alain Ducasse, Serena Williams and fashion in Tokyo.

United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa spoke exclusively at length to The National and warned of impending climate-change disaster unless there was a “complete societal shift”.

Also from the World Government Summit, our multimedia team caught up with international bright young things at the Global Universities Challenge  – and heard their solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing problems.

 

More than 60,000 Abu Dhabi Government employees will be provided access to 3,000 online courses from the world’s top universities to give people the skills needed in a workplace being changed by emerging technologies. In the latest episode of Beyond the Headlines, we spoke to Solveig Nicklos, dean of Abu Dhabi School of Government, and Jeff Maggioncalda, chief executive of e-learning company Coursera, about how the ability to keep learning is crucial for working life.

In Business Extra, Chris Nelson and Mustafa Alrawi from The National talked about next week’s International Defence and Exhibition Conference and the Naval Defence Exhibition, both of which are being staged in Abu Dhabi, and examined the military industry from a local and global perspective.

This week on The Cricket Pod, co-hosts Paul Radley and Chitrabhanu Kadalayil previewed the Pakistan Super League Twenty20 competition, which got under way in Dubai on Thursday. Is AB de Villiers the biggest star to sign up for the league? And will Sandeep Lamichhane continue to riddle opposition batsmen like he has done so consistently over the past year?

Maryam Eid AlMheiri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Government Media Office and chief executive of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, says that as traditional business models struggle, strong relationships between the media and government are vital.

Mustafa Alrawi says his grandfather’s stories of old Iraq have given him renewed hope for the future of the region.

And Kareem Shaheen says returning Syrians face a bleak future of poverty, hunger, queues for fuel and frequent blackouts because the Assad regime is ill-equipped to provide basic services.

Have a great weekend,

Nic Ridley
Night editor

 

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<p>Saudi-India relations, Manchester City, Idex, Anwar Gargash and more </p>

Hello from our newsroom in Abu Dhabi. 

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been in India on a two-day visit, having travelled to Pakistan and met Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier in the week against a background of rising tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad. The Crown Prince talked trade and investment with PM Narendra Modi, and said that the kingdom is ready for increased intelligence and political co-operation with India. Saudi Arabia is looking to tap into more than $100bn in investments in India over the next two years. 

Yemen's government officially has confirmed that its troops are to withdraw from the port city of Hodeidah. Separately, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that Houthi rebels must demonstrate a willingness to act beyond their own interests as the UN monitors the terms of the Stockholm agreement brokered last year. 

City Football Group, the owner of Manchester City, has expanded its investments to seven football clubs around the world with the purchase of Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China, as it looks to tap the huge potential for the game in the globe’s most populous country.

Here’s a taste of what else we’ve been working on.

IDEX 2019 The UAE Armed Forces awarded Dh2.8 billion worth of contracts on day four of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, with the four-day total beating figures achieved during the whole of the 2017 event. And check out a vehicle fit for a world leader. The Aurus Senat limousine has been on show this week. It can withstand bomb blasts, sniper fire and is impervious to chemical and gas attacks. Vladimir Putin was its first customer.

ARTS & LIFESTYLE Find out how a Boeing Dreamliner flying from Los Angeles to London stunned the aviation world when it reached speeds faster than the speed of sound. Contrarian Chris Newbould, meanwhile, offers six reasons why The Favourite, hotly tipped to win big at this year’s Academy Awards, doesn’t deserve its 10 Oscar nominations.

BUSINESS Listen to the latest episode of our Business Extra podcast, in which Adnoc’s rating as the most creditworthy oil and gas producer in the world is under discussion.

OPINION Michael Young writes about the limits of US diplomatic power. The comment desk also presents columns on second acts in a pop star’s life and the changing face of digital news.

SPORT The first tranche of IPL fixtures have been released. Find out here who’s playing and when and catch up with the latest tennis action from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

All this and more in The National – look out for the print edition, visit TheNational.ae, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.

And if you're on the go, don't forget our new-and-improved app for your mobile device - available for Apple and Android – and get news alerts sent directly to you.

The National has also launched a WhatsApp service – sign up here to receive news alerts via the free messaging service.

Nick March
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

 

The National

Hello from our newsroom in Abu Dhabi. 

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been in India on a two-day visit, having travelled to Pakistan and met Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier in the week against a background of rising tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad. The Crown Prince talked trade and investment with PM Narendra Modi, and said that the kingdom is ready for increased intelligence and political co-operation with India. Saudi Arabia is looking to tap into more than $100bn in investments in India over the next two years. 

Yemen's government officially has confirmed that its troops are to withdraw from the port city of Hodeidah. Separately, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that Houthi rebels must demonstrate a willingness to act beyond their own interests as the UN monitors the terms of the Stockholm agreement brokered last year. 

City Football Group, the owner of Manchester City, has expanded its investments to seven football clubs around the world with the purchase of Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China, as it looks to tap the huge potential for the game in the globe’s most populous country.

Here’s a taste of what else we’ve been working on.

IDEX 2019 The UAE Armed Forces awarded Dh2.8 billion worth of contracts on day four of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, with the four-day total beating figures achieved during the whole of the 2017 event. And check out a vehicle fit for a world leader. The Aurus Senat limousine has been on show this week. It can withstand bomb blasts, sniper fire and is impervious to chemical and gas attacks. Vladimir Putin was its first customer.

ARTS & LIFESTYLE Find out how a Boeing Dreamliner flying from Los Angeles to London stunned the aviation world when it reached speeds faster than the speed of sound. Contrarian Chris Newbould, meanwhile, offers six reasons why The Favourite, hotly tipped to win big at this year’s Academy Awards, doesn’t deserve its 10 Oscar nominations.

BUSINESS Listen to the latest episode of our Business Extra podcast, in which Adnoc’s rating as the most creditworthy oil and gas producer in the world is under discussion.

OPINION Michael Young writes about the limits of US diplomatic power. The comment desk also presents columns on second acts in a pop star’s life and the changing face of digital news.

SPORT The first tranche of IPL fixtures have been released. Find out here who’s playing and when and catch up with the latest tennis action from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

All this and more in The National – look out for the print edition, visit TheNational.ae, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.

And if you're on the go, don't forget our new-and-improved app for your mobile device - available for Apple and Android – and get news alerts sent directly to you.

The National has also launched a WhatsApp service – sign up here to receive news alerts via the free messaging service.

Nick March
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

 

Orange robots clean up Dubai metro stations
Machines are being used on a trial basis
Can the UK cancel a person's citizenship?
Dual nationals and those whose parents are from an immigrant background could be at risk
Business Extra podcast: How Adnoc earned world's top oil and gas credit rating
Fitch has given a best assessment of creditworthiness on the back of company's 'high upstream output, significant reserves and strong profitability'
Homefront: 'Can a Dubai resident rent a holiday home in the emirate?'
The prospective tenant wants clarity on the regulations around the leasing of holiday homes to UAE visa holders
Hunt Slonem: the exotic appeal of the artist who paints birds, butterflies and rabbits
'It’s not like I decide I will now paint a rabbit with a smile or a scowl, or ears pointed this way or that, they just flow,' he says
Dubai Tennis: Belinda Bencic beats Aryna Sabalenka in epic clash
Swiss star joins Svitolina, Pliskova, Halep and Kvitova in quarter-finals as Kerber crashes out
The Big Picture
Finland’s Ilkka Herola, 23, during practice at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria, yesterday. Matthias Schrader / AP
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