‘Gulf-Middle East’ Articles
Dubai, Dec 10 (IANS/CMC) Bangladesh’s series win over the West Indies has put them within ten ratings points of the Caribbean side in the International Cricket Council’s One-day table.
The Tigers beat the West Indies by two wickets in the final ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium Saturday, to eke out a 3-2 verdict in the five-match series.
With the series win, the Tigers moved ahead of New Zealand into eighth spot on 78 points, with the West Indies still seventh on 88 points.
Had Bangladesh won the series 5-0 – they led the series 2-0 at one stage – they would have overtaken the West Indies in seventh.
The Caribbean side will have the opportunity to increase their lead over Bangladesh, however, when they tour Australia for five ODIs from January 20 to February 13 next year.
Sharjah, Dec 10 (IANS/WAM) Sharjah Ruler Sheikh Sultan Mohammed Al Qasimi ordered release of 75 inmates of different nationalities in various prisons in the emirate Sunday.
Prisoners, having shown a good conduct while serving their terms, are eligible for this amnesty and will be released before the maturity of their terms.
The gesture came as the UAE marked the GCC Unified Inmates’ Week.
Doha, Dec 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Poland has been officially named the host of the next round of UN climate talks in 2013.
The decision was adopted Friday by negotiators from over 190 countries who gathered two weeks ago in Doha, capital of Qatar, for the current round of talks.
Deeply divided on funding for poor countries and the fate of unused carbon emission permits, the participants of the Doha conference failed to yield a global climate pact to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.
Dubai, Dec 9 (IANS/WAM) Dubai and Hong Kong have signed an agreement to promote bilateral trade.
The memorandum of understanding was signed between Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED)- Dubai, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
The two sides have agreed to intensify their efforts to organise more activities to promote bilateral trade and enable businesses to leverage the strengths of Dubai and Hong Kong as regional gateways.
Dubai, Dec 9 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and European Union (EU) have discussed prospects of promoting bilateral economic cooperation.
The meet was held Saturday between UAE’s Minister for Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri and 18 EU ambassadors.
Al Mansouri told the ambassadors that the UAE economic policy would focus on promoting four key sectors of potential growth: Tourism, industry, innovation and knowledge-based economy.
The minister said these four sectors would provide viable drivers for sustainable economic growth.
Sharjah, Dec 8 (IANS/WAM) A total of 46 couples from Sharjah in the UAE were married at a mass wedding ceremony, the sixth mass wedding in the emirate in 2012.
The mass wedding, organised Thursday by the Marriage Fund at the Sharjah Expo, was atended by Sharjah’s deputy ruler Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salem Al Qasimi.
Sheikh Abdullah shook hands with all the bridegrooms and wished them a happy and prosperous life.
The Marriage Fund is a federal government institution that helps fund the ceremonial expenses of UAE citizens.
Dubai, Dec 7 (IANS/WAM) The Dubai municipality in cooperation with Dubai police has apprehended 250 street vendors, beggars and car-washers for violating the law.
Obeid Ibrahim Marzouqi, a senior official at the municipality, said the action taken in November also resulted in the seizure of several low-quality goods and pirated CDs.
As many as 140 street vendors, 85 beggars, 23 car-washers and two butchers and fish cleaners were caught. A total of 522 counterfeit products were seized. These included 250 ready-made garments, 263 food items, eight alcoholic drinks and over two tonnes of contaminated food.
Dubai, Dec 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Iran has said the US should carefully review its drone records, following Washington’s denial of Tehran’s claims that it had captured one of them.
“Sooner or later, the Americans will have to confirm that it was their aircraft,” spokesman of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Gen. Ramadan Sharif said in comments on Iranian state-owned Al-Alam TV channel.
The channel also aired a video featuring the unmanned device, reportedly brought down by Iranian forces.
Sharif said the seized ScanEagle, a small aircraft designed by Boeing, was collecting data over the Persian Gulf for several days, in violation of international airspace regulations.
White House spokesman Jay Carney earlier said that the US has “no evidence” to support Iran’s claims.
US Navy officials said there was no record on lost unmanned vehicles.
Last month, a US Predator military surveillance drone came under fire from Iranian warplanes. The US said the aircraft was in international airspace, while Tehran said it had entered Iranian airspace.
Dubai, Dec 5 (IANS) Yousuf Yaqoob Alserkal, the vice president and chairman of the United Arab Emirate’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), said here that the sheikhdom still plans to bid for future Olympic Games, despite a withdrawal of a bid for the 2020 edition.
Speaking at the sidelines of the Emerging Host Cities conference, a two-day forum on hosting major sporting events which started Tuesday, Alserkal said the Dubai committee, which was formed in 2008 to work out Olympic bidding procedures, was still in place and he confirmed that the sheikhdom will effectively submit a bid for 2024, Xinhua reports.
Dubai has all sorts of required infrastructure for athletic sports, swimming, football, tennis or basketball, said Alkersal, “so we think in general we would be ready to host a multi-sports events.”
The UAE’s NOC vice president added that Dubai proved to be ready when it hosted the 7th FIFA Club World Cup in 2010 and the 9th Asian Swimming Championships last month, besides organising annually the Dubai Duty Free Tennis event.
However, temperatures rise up to 50 degrees Celsius during summer amid high humidity. This would force Dubai to move the summer games to the winter months, which might reduce the emirate’s chances against potential competing bidders.
Dubai was hit severely by the global financial crisis and was at the brink of bankruptcy end of 2009, which forced the government to put Olympic dreams on hold at that time. Dubai was financially saved by a $10 billion guarantee from neighbouring Abu Dhabi.
Dubai’s economy is now witnessing a strong comeback. According to Dubai department of statistics, in the first six months of 2012, Dubai’s real economy grew by 4.1 percent year on year, representing the highest half-year growth in five years.
Dubai, Dec 5 (IANS/CMC) Veteran West Indies’ cricketer Shrivnarine Chanderpaul has replaced Australia captain Michael Clarke as the top Test batsman in the world.
The reliable Chanderpaul leads Clarke by a single ratings point to regain his position at the top of the table, according to the latest ICC rankings, released Tuesday.
Chanderpaul’s return to the coveted spot follows his double century last month in the first test against Bangladesh, CMC reports.
He is now the top-ranked batsman with 879 ratings points while Clarke shadows him closely on 878 points.
Clarke has slipped to second position after regaining the number-one spot last week at the conclusion of the Adelaide Test.
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved within four ratings points of becoming the number-one ranked batsman.
Amla, who was declared man of the match in the Perth Test, has moved up two places to third position with 875 ratings points following his match-winning knock of 196 in the second innings of the series-decider.
Although four ratings points separate the top three batsmen, Clarke will have the first shot at regaining the number-one position when he leads his side in the first Test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Hobart Dec 14.
South Africa will return to the Test arena next year when they play New Zealand in the first Test in Cape Town Jan 2, while the West Indies is not scheduled to play a Test until March when they will host Zimbabwe for a two-match series.
Ras Al Khaimah, Dec 4 (IANS/WAM) Dubai crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the family of the first martyr from the UAE who was killed in 1971 while defending the country’s sovereignty.
Sheikh Hamdan visited the house of martyr Salem Suhail bin Khamis in Al Munaie district of Ras Al Khaimah.
He congratulated the martyr’s two brothers, and praised the courage of bin Khamis who was killed by Iranian forces while defending and firmly holding his country’s flag in November 1971 on the occupied island of Greater Tunb.
Dubai, Dec 3 (IANS) David Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council, Monday praised Australia’s Ricky Ponting at the end of his illustrious international career.
Ponting played his 168th and final Test match for Australia against South Africa in Perth having also appeared in 375 One Day Internationals (ODI) and 17 Twenty20 Internationals for his country.
Richardson, who was playing for South Africa against Australia when Ponting made his international debut in 1995, said: “His contribution to the international game has been immense and quite rightly he will be remembered as one of the true legends of the sport.
“He was the most successful captain in the history of Test cricket and was the first player to feature in 108 Test match victories. He also steered Australia to two World Cup triumphs – as well as playing in a third – during which time they set a record of 34 consecutive victories – yet another record. He was also captain for two successful Champions Trophy campaigns.
“Ricky was a team man but along the way collected many personal accolades and is the only player to have won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards for two years in succession (2006 and 2007). We wish him well in the next stage of his career and look forward to his ongoing involvement in the game beyond the boundary.”