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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 April 2019

The National Weekly Newsletter

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

 

This was the week the world looked on aghast as the 850-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was badly damaged by fire. The destruction prompted outpourings from around the world and unprecedented offers of hundreds of millions of euros to underwrite its repair and reconstruction. As the full horror of the devastation became apparent, Colin Randall argued that the fire had managed to what President Emmanuel Macron had not: unite France.

Assistant foreign editor Campbell MacDiarmid, reporting from the former ISIS stronghold of Baghouz, told the heart-breaking story of ISIS’s forsaken children left in “hellish” Syrian camps – and the indifference of the international community. Sadly, there was more suffering too in Afghanistan where schools occupied by security forces are being targeted by militants.

In local news, there were seismic changes to property-ownership legislation in Abu Dhabi for non-Emiratis ­– described by experts as a "game-changer" for the capital. And, staying in the capital, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s under-construction cancer centre will provide free care for Emiratis and residents who cannot afford it.

Our Business team were busy at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, where we learnt Mubadala Real Estate is looking to monetise its UAE assets and Arada, a Sharjah real estate developer, is looking for partners in Dubai and Saudi Arabia and may spend as much as Dh2 billion to buy a rival company in Dubai.

A third former executive at the Abraaj Group was arrested and faces an extradition hearing in London on US charges along with the equity company’s founder, Arif Naqvi, who has been denied bail.

Baffled by the sheer scale of the Indian election, never mind the issues at play? Tim Marshall here explains the details involved, the parties in play, and the issues at hand a the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls.

A pilot project that aims to teach Abu Dhabi school children more about the UAE’s history was launched by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, on Wednesday.

 

‘Dr Doom’ Nouriel Roubini, the economist who famously predicted the financial crash, says there are seven reasons why the world economy could improve this year. In this week’s Business Extra podcast, he speaks to assistant editor in chief Mustafa Alrawi.

This week on The Cricket Pod, co-hosts Paul Radley and Chitrabhanu Kadalayil discuss the composition of India's Cricket World Cup squad. Was Rishabh Pant's exclusion in favour of the more experienced but ageing Dinesh Karthik harsh? What to make of Lokesh Rahul's selection ahead of Ambati Rayudu? And why was Ravindra Jadeja, who eventually got picked, not a shoo-in?

Aya Iskandarani says celebrities and public figures have an obligation to consider the message that their choices send as she argues why Madonna should not perform at the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv.

Rashmee Roshan Lall turned her attention to national polls in Israel, Indonesia and India. Divisive electoral politics and negative campaigns filled with chauvinistic nationalism are the order of the day, but some countries have already proved that it doesn't have to be this way, she says.

Abdelkader Cheref, looking at the popular uprising in Algeria, says protesters are “fed up with the three Bs” – Bensalah, Belaiz and Bedoui.

Enjoy,

Nic Ridley
Night editor

 

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<p>Sri Lanka, Ministry of Possibilities, Hoda Barakat and more</p>

Hello from The National's newsroom in Abu Dhabi

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka. The terror group, however, gave no evidence to support their claims. And find out how Sri Lanka is determined to recover after the deadly attacks.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has denied reports that he had predicted a war with Israel this summer and that he might be assassinated soon. “I did not say these words… I did not say there would be an Israel war with Lebanon this summer, I never even thought about it,” he said in a speech.

Domestically, Hoda Barakat scooped the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for her novel, The Night Mail, at a glittering ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The Lebanese author received $50,000 and a guaranteed English translation and publication of her winning work, which will be released next year. She is the first outright female winner of the award.

In government news, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced the formation of a new entity, the Ministry of Possibilities. Describing the new authority as “unconventional”, Sheikh Mohammed said the ministry will not be overseen by a specific minister but by a committee of Cabinet members. It will be tasked with tackling issues of particular national importance.

And if you’re wondering when Ramadan begins, look no further than here for the answer.

Here’s a taste of some of the other headlines this morning

ARTS Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened an exhibition of some of the earliest known photographs taken outside a Western context. Find out more here about  'A World of Exchanges, Photographs 1842 – 1896: An Early Album of the World’.

BUSINESS Oil prices could climb as high as $80 per barrel by the third quarter of the year, with Iran’s exports falling to as low as 300,000 barrels per day following the removal of sanctions waivers to Tehran’s oil clients, according to analysts.

LIFESTYLE Emily Price looks at the growing selection of businesses that cover the more bespoke side of the digital food market and find out how a picture of Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy Awards years ago inspired the creation of Google Images.

OPINION Jonathan Gornall describes a tale of two fires - Grenfell Tower in London and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris - and the different responses the two tragedies stirred from the international community. The editorial board comments on the heart-warming and extraordinary case of the Emirati woman who woke up after spending 27 years in a coma.

SPORT The desk reflects on the life of Billy McNeill, former Celtic great, who has died, aged 79. McNeill, who spent the whole of his playing career with the Glasgow giants, was captain of the "Lisbon Lions" - the Celtic side that in 1967 became the first British team to win the European Cup. And get ready for the Manchester derby this evening with Richard Jolly’s analysis on how Manchester United must change and check out our gallery of five of the most memorable derby day clashes at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

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.

If you're on the go, don't forget our mobile app – for iOS and Android – and also get news alerts sent directly to you or sign up for our WhatsApp service.

Nick March
Assistant Editor in Chief

 

 

 

The National

Hello from The National's newsroom in Abu Dhabi

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka. The terror group, however, gave no evidence to support their claims. And find out how Sri Lanka is determined to recover after the deadly attacks.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has denied reports that he had predicted a war with Israel this summer and that he might be assassinated soon. “I did not say these words… I did not say there would be an Israel war with Lebanon this summer, I never even thought about it,” he said in a speech.

Domestically, Hoda Barakat scooped the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for her novel, The Night Mail, at a glittering ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The Lebanese author received $50,000 and a guaranteed English translation and publication of her winning work, which will be released next year. She is the first outright female winner of the award.

In government news, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced the formation of a new entity, the Ministry of Possibilities. Describing the new authority as “unconventional”, Sheikh Mohammed said the ministry will not be overseen by a specific minister but by a committee of Cabinet members. It will be tasked with tackling issues of particular national importance.

And if you’re wondering when Ramadan begins, look no further than here for the answer.

Here’s a taste of some of the other headlines this morning

ARTS Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened an exhibition of some of the earliest known photographs taken outside a Western context. Find out more here about  'A World of Exchanges, Photographs 1842 – 1896: An Early Album of the World’.

BUSINESS Oil prices could climb as high as $80 per barrel by the third quarter of the year, with Iran’s exports falling to as low as 300,000 barrels per day following the removal of sanctions waivers to Tehran’s oil clients, according to analysts.

LIFESTYLE Emily Price looks at the growing selection of businesses that cover the more bespoke side of the digital food market and find out how a picture of Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy Awards years ago inspired the creation of Google Images.

OPINION Jonathan Gornall describes a tale of two fires - Grenfell Tower in London and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris - and the different responses the two tragedies stirred from the international community. The editorial board comments on the heart-warming and extraordinary case of the Emirati woman who woke up after spending 27 years in a coma.

SPORT The desk reflects on the life of Billy McNeill, former Celtic great, who has died, aged 79. McNeill, who spent the whole of his playing career with the Glasgow giants, was captain of the "Lisbon Lions" - the Celtic side that in 1967 became the first British team to win the European Cup. And get ready for the Manchester derby this evening with Richard Jolly’s analysis on how Manchester United must change and check out our gallery of five of the most memorable derby day clashes at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

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.

If you're on the go, don't forget our mobile app – for iOS and Android – and also get news alerts sent directly to you or sign up for our WhatsApp service.

Nick March
Assistant Editor in Chief

 

 

 

Abraaj executive to face trial in New York in November
Mustafa Abdel-Wadood's detention sparked other arrests over fallen private equity firm
Expo 2020 Dubai: New drone footage shows site rising from the desert
The site is taking shape ahead of the launch next year
When is Ramadan expected to begin?
The holy month will begin next month but a start date is not yet known
Hope is a far more powerful force than confrontation when it comes to climate change
Extinction Rebellion has a point but should stop presenting the eco-warrior as an anarchist
Google Images exists because of that green Jennifer Lopez dress from 2000
Jennifer Lopez reflects on the lasting impact of fashion in a new YouTube series
Abu Dhabi World Pro 2019: Talib Al Kirbi looks on bright side after last fight ends in defeat
Emirati fighter, who will retire after event, goes down to Thiago Marques for fourth straight year in black belt 69kg final
The Big Picture
Senior Hindu priests are taken on a tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi by Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak. Mahant Swami Maharaj, third right, the spiritual leader of Baps Swaminarayan Sanstha, the organisation building the first stone temple in Abu Dhabi, and 50 sadhus – or priests – visited the Grand Mosque. Baps
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