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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

PODCAST: UAE in a minute for January 7, 2018

Making today's headlines: a fire in Abu Dhabi, Coptic Christmas and choppy seas

The Arabian Gulf is more than just a body of water. Stephen Lock / The National.
The Arabian Gulf is more than just a body of water. Stephen Lock / The National.

About 200 labourers have lost their homes and belongings after a fire ripped through their accommodations at Al Reef on Saturday.

> Fire destroys worker accommodation at Al Reef

Today is Christmas Day for Copts and most Orthodox churches. On Saturday night, more than 3,000 worshippers attended the Christmas service at St Anthony’s Orthodox Cathedral for Coptic Egyptians in Abu Dhabi. They prayed for tolerance and peace on earth.

> Thousands gather to celebrate Coptic Christmas service in Abu Dhabi

Forecasters have issued a swimming ban in the Arabian Gulf sea until Monday due to extremely rough conditions.

> UAE weather: 'turbulent' waves prompt swimming ban

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