Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

The National

Vladimir Putin visits the UAE today, Expo 2020, Tunisia elections and more

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed the UAE as a very "close and promising partner" before his landmark visit to the country today. The Russian leader will arrive in the Emirates from Saudi Arabia with a delegation of ministers, trade representatives and officials. A spectacular celebration of Russian culture will take place to mark the visit, which is the first by Mr Putin since 2007.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said today’s “historic” visit by Mr Putin will cement joint efforts to boost global prosperity, combat extremism and explore space.

In regional news, foreign ministers from across the European Union warned about the danger of a resurgent ISIS amid the ongoing Turkish military campaign against Kurdish forces in Syria. You can follow the latest from Syria here, with our live updates.

Here’s your guide to what else is on the agenda today:

ARTS & LIFESTYLE Airbnb has revealed its top 20 travel destinations for 2020. We have the complete list here. And find out more details of the One Year to Go concert later this week, which will mark 365 days to go until Expo 2020 opens in Dubai.

BUSINESS Air Arabia, the UAE's only listed airline, expects to make a decision on an order for up to 120 planes by early next year as it continues discussions with both Boeing and Airbus.

Dubai’s Mashreq Bank has announced a changing of the guard at the Al Ghurair family-controlled lender, as its founder and chairman Abdullah Ahmed Al Ghurair bows out.

OPINION HA Hellyer offers his take on the Tunisian presidential election run off, describing its political experiment as the biggest winner in the country’s democratic transition and Gavin Esler explains why a ban on snacking in public might be good for all of us.

SPORT Bert van Marwijk says the UAE are ready to face one of the toughest teams in Group G as his side get set to battle both Thailand and the elements in today's football World Cup qualifier near Bangkok.

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.

Have a great day,

Nick March

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

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Updated: October 14, 2019 11:30 PM

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