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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

The UAE in a minute for July 19, 2017

Making today's headlines: Abdullah Hayayei's burial, increased profits for Dubai banks, casting for a reality show and Mohammed Assaf speaking in Dubai.

An Emirati athlete who died in a training accident in London last week, will return home to be laid to rest today.

Dubai Islamic Bank, the emirate’s largest Sharia'a-compliant lender, said its net income rose 13.8 per cent in the second quarter. Emirates NBD, Dubai's biggest bank by assets, also saw an increase in its second-quarter with profit rising 5.8 per cent.

A British production company is looking for cast members with “big personalities and an interesting story to tell” to star in a new reality series, focusing on the glamorous lives of residents of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah.

Speaking from Dubai, 2013 Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf said he hopes his new album Ma Wahashnak will push him beyond his regional fan base to become a world music star.