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Saudi Arabia unveils $295b budget
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday announced a 1.11 trillion Saudi riyal ($295 billion) budget, the kingdom’s biggest ever, and said the government will move ahead with economic reforms. “We are determined to go ahead with economic reforms, achieving fiscal discipline, improving transparency and empowering the private sector,” the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said in a televised speech.
 
 
Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival opens today
SHARJAH: The Cultural Affairs Department at the Sharjah Department of Culture has announced that the 21st edition of the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival will open on Wednesday, under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The festival will run until 19th January, 2019 under the theme “Horizon” and will serve as a concept to unite artists and art
   
WTA offer on returning mothers
Paris: The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) will offer greater rankings protection to mothers returning to the tour after giving birth and introduce a modernised dress rule as part of new rules announced on Monday for next season. The changes address issues that came up in 2018 when former world number one Serena Williams, who returned to action after giving birth, was unseeded for some events and caused an uproar with a black,
 
 
British Airways to restart Pak flights
Islamabad: British Airways (BA) will resume flights to Pakistan next summer, the carrier announced on Tuesday, in a major vote of confidence from a Western airline a decade after suspending operations due to widespread security fears. The British carrier, which halted services in 2008 after the deadly Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad, will return in June 2019 with three weekly flights from London’s Heathrow airport to the
   
Dubai detects 1,034 forged travel documents
DUBAI: The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai revealed that as many as 1,034 forged travel documents were detected in 2018. The Document Examination Centre at Dubai International Airport disclosed the cases. Expert Aqil Ahmed Al Najjar, a document examination consultant at GDRFA, said the GDRFA seeks to be abreast of all forgery techniques and how to detect them through the use of modern
 
 
Strong steps urged on e-cigarettes
WASHINGTON: The US Surgeon General on Tuesday called for “aggressive” action against e-cigarette use, which he said has exploded to epidemic proportions among youth and puts their health and brain development at risk. “We must take aggressive steps to protect our children from these highly potent products that risk exposing a new generation of young people to nicotine,” the top US doctor, Jerome Adams, said in a rare public
   
Messi wins 5th Golden Shoe
Barcelona: Lionel Messi collected a record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for finishing last season as the top goalscorer in Europe. The striker scored 34 goals in 68 games for Barcelona, putting him ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award four times, hit 26 goals in 52 matches for Real Madrid. After being prsented with his latest prize in Barcelona,
 
 

 IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, who passed away in Sharjah on Thursday at 66, was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr Abdullah as Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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