Beat by the heat: Horror stories of summer in the Emirates (By The National)

1. While it’s not quite a UAE rendition of the Stephen King cult favourite, there are many aspects of summer in Dubai that strike panic, fear and an unrelenting resolve to book outward-bound flights into the hearts of UAE residents as soon as it hits May.

2. Forget frying an egg on the pavement, how about using your vehicle as a kitchen appliance.

3. Things we never thought could melt do, sweat emanates from pores we didn’t even know we had, and the season that evokes frolicking outdoors for days on end elsewhere in the world, becomes one where we’re confined to endless days of Netflix marathons – a scenario we’d long associated with winter.

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Food for thought: UAE ambassador’s hacked mails feed crucial policy debates (By HuffPost)

1. The mails disclosed by The Intercept as well as The Gulf Institute, a Washington-based dissident Saudi think tank, showed that a UAE donation of $20 million to the Washington-based Middle East Institute (MEI) involved funds funnelled through Tawazun, a Abu Dhabi-based investment company, and The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) that is headed by UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, that had been paid to the UAE in cash rather than projects by defense contractors as part of agreements to supply military equipment.

2. Taken together, the leaked emails involving multiple other issues, including the UAE’s military relationship with North Korea as well as its competition with Qatar to host an office of the Afghan Taliban, serve not only as a source for understanding the dynamics of the Gulf crisis, but also as case studies for the development of more stringent guidelines for funding of policy and academic research; greater transparency of military sales and their offset arrangements; and the place of small states in the international order as well as the factors that determine their ability to maintain the independence and at times punch above their weight.

3. Similarly, Mr. Al-Otaiba is unlikely to see merit in the fact that his email exchanges raise serious questions, including the role and purpose of offset arrangements that constitute part of agreements on arms sales by major defense companies as well as the relationship between influential, independent policy and academic institutions and their donors.

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UAE ambassador says ‘whole of Saudi Arabia is cuckoo’ in leaked email (By The Independent)

1. 10/105 11 August 2017 A North Korean flag is seen on top of a tower at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, as a South Korean flag flutters in the wind in this picture taken near the border area near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea Reuters.

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Secularism.. the UAE Style (By HuffPost)

1. The recent affinity between the two effective heads-of-state, Mohamed bin Zayed (MBZ) and Mohamed bin Salman (MBS), to the Emirates and Saudi, respectively, has made its first strike on June 5th after cutting ties with Qatar and expelling Qatari nationals from their countries.

2. According to the State Department’s annual report on human rights, the UAE’s three most significant human rights problems were the inability of citizens to choose their government in free, fair, and regularly-occurring elections; limitations on civil liberties, including the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and association; and arrests without charge, incommunicado detentions, lengthy pretrial internment, and mistreatment during incarceration.

3. Emirati Attorney General, Hamad Al Shamsi, warned that these measures will be taken against anyone who “objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form.

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Need-to-Know United Arab Emirates Travel (By Travel Agent)

1. A dozen other high-end properties will open in Dubai in the next couple of years, including The Corinthia at Meydan Beach, Paramount Tower Hotel & Residences, Langham Place, Downtown Dubai, Delano Dubai, ME by Meliá Dubai and Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Beach.

2. Along with the city’s landscape, the cultural scene has expanded with the opening of Dubai Opera, a multi-format performing arts theater, as well as new museums, the Saruq Al Hadid Archaeology Museum and the Etihad Museum, which chronicles the era before the UAE’s founding in 1971.

3. The sales guide also previews new hotels and attractions in Abu Dhabi, which is experiencing a tourism boom.

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‘Qatar was a hub for anti-UAE operations’ (By gulfnews.com)

1. The 30-minute episode entitled, “Qatar’s terrorism support files,” featured the confessions of Eisa Khalifa Al Suwaidi, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was a senior member of the organisation’s “Majlis Shura Al Jama’a,” or the advisory board.

2. Al Suwaidi said Qatari national, Mahmoud Al Jeeda, provided financial and moral support to the fugitives in Doha.

3. Al Suwaidi spoke in detail about Doha’s support for questionable organisations with direct and indirect links to international groups that were active in training youths, including Emiratis, to destabilise security in their respective countries.

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Iraqi Shiite cleric’s Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik (By Washington Post)

1. In this Sunday, August 13, 2017 photo released by Emirates News Agency, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, center right, and other officials, meet with influential Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada Al-Sadr, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

2. Muqtada al-Sadr’s trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran’s influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields.

3. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers’ deadly attacks on U. S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf.

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The United Arab Emirates and the Taliban (By New York Times)

1. A. E. Competed With Qatar to Host Taliban Embassy, Leaked Emails Show” (news article, Aug. 1) had only half the story about how the Taliban came to call Qatar their second home.

2. The Taliban refused all three conditions, and the U.

3. At the encouragement of the United States, the United Arab Emirates was prepared to host a Taliban presence in Abu Dhabi.

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