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PODCAST: UAE in a minute for January 10, 2018

Making today's headlines: economic growth, missing girl and charity hair donations 

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are the first Arabian Gulf states to introduce VAT as part of a raft of reforms aimed at shoring up dwindling government income from oil.  Mona Al Marzooqi / The National
The UAE and Saudi Arabia are the first Arabian Gulf states to introduce VAT as part of a raft of reforms aimed at shoring up dwindling government income from oil. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

The UAE economy is expected to grow 3.9 per cent in 2018, a senior official at the Ministry of Economy said on Tuesday. The outlook has been boosted by government efforts to diversify its income sources, including the introduction of a 5 per cent VAT.

> UAE economy to grow 3.9 per cent in 2018, predicts Ministry of Economy

The body of a missing 5-year-old Emirati girl was found in a drainage duct in Ajman on Monday night. The girl, named only as Amal, was reported missing by her family on Sunday after she disappeared from her backyard.

> Body of missing Emirati girl discovered in a drain

For female cancer patients, losing their hair during aggressive treatment can be traumatic. Abu Dhabi patient care charity Rahma makes affordable wigs to help women recover their self-esteem and they’re looking for donations.

> Charity that makes wigs for cancer patients calls for hair donations