Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 10 December 2019

Weekly Saturday Newsletter

The Best of 'The National'

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

It was a week of celebrations. Citizens and residents united in celebrations to mark the UAE’s 48th anniversary. Aside from parties and fireworks across the seven emirates, leaders and tens of thousands of spectators visited a vast high-tech stage production in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the country’s heritage.

Also in Abu Dhabi, the eyes of the motorsport world turned to Yas Marina Circuit for the 11th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, won in style by the seemingly unstoppable Lewis Hamilton. Here’s the story of the day in pictures.

In more sober subjects, to mark World Aids Day, we spoke to three HIV patients in the UAE about how attitudes to the disease were at last changing.

Away from the UAE, we reported exclusively that members of the southern tribes of Iraq had taken up position around Al Hoot prison to ensure the ISIS fighter-inmates were not freed during ongoing unrest in the country.

We were on the ground at the Nato Summit in London as leaders Trump, Trudeau, Macron, Merkel and Johnson, to name but a few, tried to hold the alliance together amid obvious rifts.

And, in a great slice of life, we reported from Rio de Janeiro, where a free restaurant aims to cut waste, feed the poor and train future chefs – all under one roof.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, visited a girl at her home who missed shaking his hand during an event at the Presidential Palace this week.

Reporter Anna Zacharias and The National’s multimedia team tell the story of the UAE’s unofficial national pastime: rounding.

Locusts are plaguing western parts of Yemen this winter, severely damaging crops and negatively affecting people’s livelihoods in the war-ravaged country.

Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel talks to Books of My Life about ignoring bullies at school, moving to London as a young man and his global success on the stage.

In Business Extra, Mina Al-Oraibi and Mustafa Alrawi, respectively The National’s editor-in-chief and an assistant editor-in-chief, speak exclusively to Dr Rania Al Mashat, Egypt’s tourism minister, on the country’s plan to rebuild its industry on the back of its ancient treasures and natural wonders.

The global population will soon hit 8 billion and the rate of expansion appears unsustainable. In this week's Beyond the Headlines podcast we are talking about children, and how the size of your family matters when it comes to climate change.

Becky Anderson, who presents Connect the World on CNN International, looks at the past 12 months and says events such as the Papal visit and Special Olympics are strong indicators of the progress being made in an often-misunderstood part of the world.

Kareem Shaheen says the recent collapse of the Syrian economy is only one of many challenges faced by ordinary citizens as the winter approaches.

And Rashmee Roshan Lall turns her attention to the ongoing row over the return of artefacts looted from nations in the colonial era. France has taken the lead in returning antiquities, she says, but some issues remain unanswered.


Nic Ridley

Night editor

Updated: December 6, 2019 12:54 PM



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