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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

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UAE celebrates 47th National Day, Dh18.3bn in housing initiatives for Abu Dhabi citizens and 'US trying to divide Palestinians'

Leaders from all seven of the UAE’s emirates have paid tribute to the strength of the federation and its people on the eve of the country’s 47th anniversary. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said the UAE had made “quantum leaps” since its birth and was “awash with hope” as it approached its Golden Jubilee year. Seven Emiratis from the seven emirates, united by a love of country, have urged future generations to learn lessons from the UAE's "miracle" transformation to a land of prosperity. Aircraft from Etihad Airways, Emirates, flydubai and Air Arabia will join the Emirates' aerobatics demonstration team today for a flypast from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi as part of National Day celebrations. Read our guide for 47 dishes to try, deals to look out for and food facts to know this National Day.

Abu Dhabi will grant Dh18.3 billion worth of new loans, homes and residential land in the emirate to thousands of its citizens, said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The UAE's passport has been named as the world's strongest - with holders now able to enter 167 countries without pre-visa requirements.

The G20 summit in Buenos Aires ended with a joint statement admitting that the global trading system was flawed and needed reform.

Former US President George HW Bush, the father of George W, has died aged 94. President Donald Trump led the tributes to his "unflappable leadership" of America through the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf War conflict against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.

The US administration is trying to divide Palestinians to further the aims of Israel’s hard-right government, says the Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. In a rebuttal to criticism of the Palestinian leadership by Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Mr Erakat writes in our opinion pages that economic desperation is being used to force a normalisation of the Israeli occupation.

Alan Greenspan may be in his 90s, but the former Federal Reserve chief is still a riveting speaker, capable of dazzling audiences with his insights. However, a confluence of events worries him: the powerful pressures exerted by both globalisation and digital innovation, writes Damien McElroy in our opinion pages.

Marriott International has said that hackers accessed up to 500 million customer records in a cyber-attack on the guest reservation database of its Starwood unit. The fallout from the Marriott data breach should put anyone who has stayed at a Starwood hotel property in the last four years on alert but there are some practical steps you can take to protect your devices.

Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, the couple behind Bangladesh's art revolution, will next year open the Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park – a stunning 100-acre development some 250 kilometres north-east of Dhaka, and nestled in the shadows of India’s Hills of Assam.

Fifa proposals designed to limit the number of football players allowed to be loaned out to rival clubs will mean that Manchester City will have to adapt its business model, says Pep Guardiola.

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Mustafa Alrawi

Assistant Editor-in-Chief