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25 nations to join Arab Reading Challenge ceremony
DUBAI: Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is set to attend the award ceremony of second edition of the Arab Reading Challenge, which will take place on Oct.18 at Dubai Opera. The Arab Reading Challenge was launched by Sheikh Mohammed in September 2015. The ceremony will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed, who will crown
 
 
Happiness is priority, says Mohamed Bin Zayed
ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has met a delegation from the National Happiness and Positivity Programme to discuss the programme’s initiatives, achievements and future objectives. Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, was also in attendance. Speaking during the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE’s
   
Human Rights group flays Qatari freeze
DUBAI: The Emirates Association for Human Rights (EHRA) has denounced Qatari authorities’ freezing of all assets of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Thani as a flagrant violation of human rights that has become “a systematic approach of intimidation adopted by the State of Qatar.” Qatar’s freezing of Sheikh Abdullah’s assets and funds is a blatant infringement of personal and human rights and an illegal, condemned action that
 
 
Military takes full control of Raqa from Daesh
RAQA: US-backed forces took full control of Raqa from the Daesh militant group on Tuesday, defeating the last extremist holdouts in the city. “Everything is finished in Raqa, our forces have taken full control of Raqa,” Talal Sello, the spokesman for the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said. He said the SDF was combing the city for any remaining militants who had not surrendered or been killed.
   
Two pilots’ martyrdom announced
ABU DHABI: The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces has announced the martyrdom of Major Pilot Ali Saeed Saif Al Mesmari and First Lieutenant Pilot Badr Yahiya Mohammed Al Marasheda as their plane fell after sustaining a technical failure while carrying out their duties as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s “Operation Restoring Hope”1 in support of legitimacy in Yemen. The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces offered
 
 
Motorist fined Dhs1 million for traffic violations
RAS AL KHAIMAH: Major General Ali Abdullah Bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, revealed that the radar detected a driver on RAK’s roads, committing traffic violations amounting to Dhs1 million. Bin Alwan explained the driver committed a series of violations, including exceeding speed, besides others. He pointed out that this amount is a record and the largest seized on the roads during the past
   
Dubai plans ban on e-cigarettes
DUBAI: Dubai Municipality has emphasised its seriousness in implementing a ban on electronic cigarette smoking in public places and shopping malls, both indoors and at the entrances of the malls. “The municipality has noticed that there are some shopping centres that allow violations of the indoor smoking ban, especially so-called electronic cigarettes, and allow smoking at the entrances of shopping centres,” said Redha Salman,
 
 
Etihad Airways weighs cheaper fares on key routes
ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways is testing a new hand baggage-only “Deal Fare” on two key routes this winter season, for bookings between Oct.18 and Dec.18, allowing travellers to purchase lower cost seats in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required. The trial fare includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights
   
Malaysian walks away with $1m DDF winning ticket
DUBAI: Prabhakaran NS Nair, a 73-year old Malaysian national, won the $1 million Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire Promotion on Tuesday. DDF conducted the draw in Series no.254 with ticket no.1348 in Concourse B of Dubai International Airport. Nair is a regular participant of this popular promotion. Commenting on his win,
 
 

 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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