Hello from The National’s newsroom in Abu Dhabi.
The wait is almost over. Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi will be unveiled to the public at Louvre Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, September 18. Lost for centuries, the work was authenticated as a genuine Leonardo in 2011, and was acquired by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism in December. Read Melissa Gronlund’s report and check out our interactive guide to the painting.
In regional news, Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi has rejected an offer that would have placed the port of Hodeidah under UN supervision and allowed the Iran-backed Houthi rebels to remain there, according to reports. And Ali Mahmood reports on the plight of fishermen in Hodeidah. At least 20 fishermen have been killed by the Houthis since 2014.
Elsewhere, Sofia Barbarini reports from the charred and understaffed hospital in Ramadi, Iraq that still bears the scars of ISIS.
In UAE news, the municipality fee for Abu Dhabi tenants has been set at the revised level of five per cent. A prominent education provider has warned that the popular video game Fortnite exposes children to violence and inappropriate language, as well as other dangers. Food waste is also under scrutiny. The average UAE resident produces 2.7 kilograms of waste per day, according to Dubai Carbon.
In business, an enquiry to our homefront column asks for advice when a landlord loses your rent cheque, particularly a high value cheque, do you write another one?
Bahrain, the GCC's smallest economy, is set to receive support from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait to ensure fiscal stability of its financial institutions as the Arabian Gulf state pressured by high external borrowings struggles to recover from a three-year slump in oil prices.
In sport, we have the latest from the World Cup. In Wednesday’s dramatic action, Brazil, Switzerland, Mexico and Sweden made it through to the knockout stages. The major casualty of the day, and thus, the major talking point was Germany. The current world champions finished bottom of their group after being beaten by South Korea. And the desk looks forward to today’s action and files the latest on Diego Maradona’s health scare.
In opinion, read Rashmee Roshan Lall’s engaging column on migration, check out Michael Lambert’s view on the education landscape in Dubai and read the editorial board’s view on the UAE’s aid support for Yemen and the recent discovery of an 8,000-year old village outside Abu Dhabi.
In arts, Saeed Saeed interviews Moroccan American rapper French Montana, our timeframe column remembers a visit by Britain’s Prince Charles to Al Ain in the 1980s (his eldest son, Prince William, has been in the Middle East this week) and we reflect on the life of Joe Jackson, who died yesterday. He was 89 years old and had been suffering from cancer.
Finally, our lifestyle desk has been checking out some interesting custom-made shoes and our multimedia desk has filed on the story this newsletter began with: the arrival later this year of Salvator Mundi in Abu Dhabi
All this and more in The National today – look out for the print edition, visit TheNational.ae, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.
Have a great day,
Assistant Editor in Chief