Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 23 August 2019

The National Weekly Newsletter

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,

Nick March
Assistant Editor in Chief

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<p>US President Donald Trump prepares to decertify Iran nuclear deal and designate Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organisation</p>

We are awaiting a potential development of huge significance for the region, with US president Donald Trump preparing to announce that he is decertifying the Iran nuclear deal for the first time in two years — thus leaving its fate to congress. The White House is also likely to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation as Mr Trump lays out what aides call his "overall Iran strategy".

Progress is being made by UAE-trained government troops in Yemen, who have secured a key highway linking a southern province to the Saudi border. Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs criticised Qatari media for attempting to undermine its role in Yemen, where it is part of a coalition fighting rebels to restore the internationally-recognised government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

A behind the scenes split has taken place in the all-party parliamentary group set up to foster good relations between the Qatar and UK over the involvement of one of its chairmen with a controversial anti-UAE campaign group.

An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of senior Kurdish officials who organised last month's independence referendum, in a new bid to exert pressure on Erbil.

Trade between the UAE and US reached nearly $26 billion (Dh95.5bn) in 2016, said the president of the US-UAE Business Council at an event in Washington

Emirates is open to cooperation with Etihad Airways on areas including procurement, its president Tim Clark said

Six tonnes of rubbish were pulled from the waters of Dubai Creek with the help of more than 200 volunteer divers.

Be careful the next time you nudge over the speed limit while driving in Abu Dhabi, there could be a drone watching you. The Department of Transport revealed Al Gernas, an intelligent transport system, at Gitex this week.

The Turkish intervention in Idlib does not solve the issue of Hayat Tahrir Al Sham’s dominance, writes Hassan Hassan in our comment pages as he examines recent moves by Turkey in Syria and finds several points of contention.

Dutch lender ABN Amro is expanding its presence in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region and plans to hire more staff at its Dubai hub, Hugo Peek, the chief executive of corporate and Institutional banking for the region said.

French architect Arnaud Fontani has brought a curated collection of covetable, collectible, usable works of art to a pop-up store in Dubai Design District.

The failure of the United States’ men’s team to make the 2018 Fifa World Cup will have an impact beyond the football pitch as millions of Americans may choose not to watch the tournament on TV, affecting revenue and the popularity of game in country, writes Ian Hawkey

All this and more in The National today – visit TheNational.ae or follow us on @TheNationalUAE for round the clock updates

Have a great day.

Mustafa Alrawi

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

The National

We are awaiting a potential development of huge significance for the region, with US president Donald Trump preparing to announce that he is decertifying the Iran nuclear deal for the first time in two years — thus leaving its fate to congress. The White House is also likely to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation as Mr Trump lays out what aides call his "overall Iran strategy".

Progress is being made by UAE-trained government troops in Yemen, who have secured a key highway linking a southern province to the Saudi border. Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs criticised Qatari media for attempting to undermine its role in Yemen, where it is part of a coalition fighting rebels to restore the internationally-recognised government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

A behind the scenes split has taken place in the all-party parliamentary group set up to foster good relations between the Qatar and UK over the involvement of one of its chairmen with a controversial anti-UAE campaign group.

An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of senior Kurdish officials who organised last month's independence referendum, in a new bid to exert pressure on Erbil.

Trade between the UAE and US reached nearly $26 billion (Dh95.5bn) in 2016, said the president of the US-UAE Business Council at an event in Washington

Emirates is open to cooperation with Etihad Airways on areas including procurement, its president Tim Clark said

Six tonnes of rubbish were pulled from the waters of Dubai Creek with the help of more than 200 volunteer divers.

Be careful the next time you nudge over the speed limit while driving in Abu Dhabi, there could be a drone watching you. The Department of Transport revealed Al Gernas, an intelligent transport system, at Gitex this week.

The Turkish intervention in Idlib does not solve the issue of Hayat Tahrir Al Sham’s dominance, writes Hassan Hassan in our comment pages as he examines recent moves by Turkey in Syria and finds several points of contention.

Dutch lender ABN Amro is expanding its presence in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region and plans to hire more staff at its Dubai hub, Hugo Peek, the chief executive of corporate and Institutional banking for the region said.

French architect Arnaud Fontani has brought a curated collection of covetable, collectible, usable works of art to a pop-up store in Dubai Design District.

The failure of the United States’ men’s team to make the 2018 Fifa World Cup will have an impact beyond the football pitch as millions of Americans may choose not to watch the tournament on TV, affecting revenue and the popularity of game in country, writes Ian Hawkey

All this and more in The National today – visit TheNational.ae or follow us on @TheNationalUAE for round the clock updates

Have a great day.

Mustafa Alrawi

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Gargash slams Qatar for attempting to 'undermine' UAE's role in Yemen
'The campaign waged by Qatari media about UAE’s role in Yemen will fail,' says the UAE minister
Emirates chief open to working closely with Etihad
Tim Clark says there is value to be had working more cooperatively with Abu Dhabi carrier
Tonnes of rubbish hauled from Dubai Creek by volunteer divers
Drive aimed at clearing up treasured city old town
Trade between UAE and US booms to nearly $26 billion
Saud Al Nowais, commercial attaché for the UAE to the US, said there has been increased co-operation between the two countries in trade, education and health
US failure to make World Cup to have impact beyond the pitch
Millions of Americans may choose not to watch tournament on TV, affecting revenue and popularity of game in country
Split among parliamentary UK-Qatar relations group over anti-UAE event
Dissent behind the scenes of the All-Party Parliamentary British-Qatar Group.
The Big Picture
Once-molten metal flows from a vehicle parked at a home destroyed by wildfires raging near Napa, northern California. Flames whipped by powerful winds have swept through the area, where states of emergency have been declared by officials. At least 17 people have been killed and hundreds more are missing. Rich Pedroncelli / AP
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