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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

PODCAST: Beyond the Headlines episode 6 - Torch tower, Qatar and ASEAN

The sixth edition of our new current affairs podcast

The Torch, one of the tallest towers in Dubai, after a fire blaze ripped through it early on Friday morning. AFP / Karim Sahib
The Torch, one of the tallest towers in Dubai, after a fire blaze ripped through it early on Friday morning. AFP / Karim Sahib

The Torch tower in Dubai erupted in flames this week, the second time it has done so in little over a year. The National's Ramola Talwar tells Naser Al Wasmi how new UAE building standards might help avoid fires like the one that happened in one of the world’s largest residential buildings. On Qatar, Mishaal Al Gergawi, the founder of Delma Institute, talks about the irreparable damage the crisis might be causing to the idea and the identity of an Arabian Gulf national. And finally, Jo Tan, an editor at The National, interviews a former Singaporean diplomat on how Golf and a tropical beach shaped ASEAN.

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