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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

PODCAST: UAE in a minute for January 8, 2018

Making today's headlines: VAT revenue, DP World and Farida Mohammed Ali

Farida Mohammed Ali kicks of a three-night concert series tonight in Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi
Farida Mohammed Ali kicks of a three-night concert series tonight in Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi

Seventy per cent of the revenue collected from VAT will be used to fund "better local services, greater community development and wider support for our citizens,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said on Sunday.

> Sheikh Mohammed: 70% of VAT revenue to be used in local projects

DP World, the world's fourth largest ports operator, which looks after Port Rashid and the Dubai Cruise Terminal, has spoken to The National about its expansion plans in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

> Exclusive: DP World to maintain about $1bn capex for next three years

We spoke to Iraqi Maqam singer Farida Mohammed Ali and Tunisia folk singer Lotfi Bouchnak ahead of their appearances at the Umsiyat music festival in Abu Dhabi, which kicks off tonight.

> Farida Mohammed Ali and Lotfi Bouchnak on preserving the heritage of their homelands