Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 16 October 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.

The week began with the news that President Donald Trump was withdrawing US troops from northern Syria. The move opened the way for Turkey to launch an offensive against America’s former allies in the war against ISIS, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces.

Russian president Vladimir Putin will visit Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to hold talks with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo for his work in establishing peace with neighbouring Eritrea. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated Mr Ahmed, describing the prize as “a well-deserved honour for an extraordinary leader".

Hopes for a last-ditch Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union were thrown a lifeline on Thursday as Irish leader Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met for “very positive” talks in Liverpool.

Dubai Creek will be transformed by a new 380-metre long Sky Garden Bridge that will feature cycling and running areas, shops and tree-lined shaded areas. It will connect Al Seef in Bur Dubai with the Deira side of the Creek and is due to be completed in early 2021.

UAE nationals can once again travel freely to Lebanon, for the first time since 2016. The announcement was made on Monday, shortly after a Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s visit to Abu Dhabi.

A record number of Emiratis went to the polls to take part in the Federal National Council elections. On Saturday, 117,592 voters turned out at 39 polling centres across the country. The successful candidates included a pioneering surgeon, a publisher of books for the blind and a law student. Seven women were elected this year while, in 2015, there was only one.

Flash floods hit parts of the Northern Emirates after a sudden storm deluged the area. Videos posted online show wadis overflowing, some roads cut off and surges of water.

K-Pop band SuperM released new music video Jopping, which was filmed in Dubai this summer. Within six hours of its premiere, the video had been viewed more than 3 million times.

Dubai taxis may soon be transformed into mobile billboards after plans were unveiled to display digital advertisements on vehicles.

In Beyond the Headlines, Foreign Editor James Haines-Young speaks to correspondent Kareen Shaheen, who has covered the Syrian war since its early days, and to author Michael Weiss, about the implications of Turkey's assault.

Following the news that HSBC may cut as many as 10 thousand jobs worldwide, The National’s Assistant Editor in Chief, Mustafa Alrawi, takes a look in this week's Business Extra at how banks in Europe are planning to make savings in a world rocked by the US-China trade war and Brexit.

Fatima Al Fahim argues that the revered ghaf, the UAE’s national tree, which can survive in the toughest of environments and support a wide range of ecosystems, is symbolic of the nation’s diversity.

Archaeologist and historian Timothy Power writes that Saudia Arabia’s historical sites are every bit as significant as those of its regional neighbours, following the introduction of a new visa by the kingdom. Since the announcement a fortnight ago, 24,000 visitors have poured into the country.

Con Coughlin believes that US President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in northern Syria shows that he views alliances merely as transactions and that he is only interested in what will help his re-election campaign.

Enjoy,

Stuart James

Production Editor

Updated: October 11, 2019 03:45 PM

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