Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger (R) and director Martin Scorsese. Sean Gallup / Getty Images
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger (R) and director Martin Scorsese. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Jagger and Scorsese to work on new HBO drama

Rock star Mick Jagger and film director Martin Scorsese have teamed up for a new music-based drama series. Debuting on HBO in 2016, Vinyl is set in 1970s New York and follows the rise of the fictional record label American Century Roads in the vibrant disco and punk era. Bobby Cannavale of Boardwalk Empire fame, House star Olivia Wilde and Jagger's son James will also be a part of the project. The Sopranos and The Wolf of Wall Street writer ­Terence Winter has been hired to work on the script. The project marks Jagger's and Scorsese's second collaboration after the 2008 Rolling Stones music ­documentary Shine a Light. – The National Staff

New animation festival coming to Dubai in December

The dates for the first edition of Animate Dubai, the GCC's first international festival of animation, have been announced, following a postponement earlier in the year. The festival will now take place from December 3 to 5 in Dubai's new Design District and promises a weekend packed with animated films, talks, fun activities for all ages and a chance to meet animation pioneers from around the world. The festival is the brainchild of Lina Younes, founder and director of Dubai's Animation Chamber. "In the past three years, we have grown and looked after a dormant sector here in the UAE, cropping up considerable talent and stimulating creative potential across a range of animation practices and techniques," she said. "The time has come to bring a punctual, tangible showcase of quality animation to UAE-based makers and fans alike." Animate Dubai is supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and has partnered with d3, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Film and TV Commission, and some of the world's greatest animation festivals, such as Annecy (France), Ta7rik (Tunisia), and Cyber Sousa (China). Animate Dubai will also work with UAE universities to encourage the participation of emerging local talent. Submissions are open until August 20. Visit – The National staff

Mission: Impossible 6 in the works

With the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise due to release in the UAE on Thursday, Tom Cruise has already confirmed that a sixth instalment is on the way. Speaking on The Daily Show with Jon ­Stewart, Cruise said: "We're ­starting to work on it now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer." There is no word yet on who will take the director's chair for the new film. The Mission: Impossible movies boasted a new director for each part with Brian De Palma, John Woo, J J Abrams, Brad Bird and, most recently, Christopher McQuarrie at the helm for each version, respectively. Check out Arts & Life on ­Thursday for our review and an interview with the cast of Mission: ImpossibleRogue Nation and director McQuarrie. – The National Staff

Paul McCartney praises the late Cilla Black

Tributes have poured in honour of British singer and television personality Cilla Black who passed away on Sunday. Paul McCartney, who first met Black following a Beatles performance at Liverpool's famed Cavern described her as possessing "a fun-loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around". Sir Cliff Richard said: "I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart." After establishing herself as a music star during the 1960s, Black went on to host popular and long running entertainment programs in the United Kingdom such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise. She passed away at the age of 72 in her home in Spain. – The National Staff.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to make screen comeback

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is returning to the big screen after a five year break with Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa. The actress praised the cast for making her feel at home after her long absence. "You will see me more often now," she said when asked about her reason of not doing films for so long. Bachchan was in Mumbai to walk the ramp for designer Manish Malhotra at the grand-finale of Amazon India Couture Week. "It's lovely working with everyone in Jazbaa as the cast is so wonderful. From Irrfan Khan to Shabanaji (Shabana Azmi), everyone was lovely. I never felt the gap," added Aishwarya, who took a four year- break from the big screen to raise her daughter Aaradhya. The actress was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish in 2010. — IANS

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8


Name: Akeed

Based: Muscat

Launch year: 2018

Number of employees: 40

Sector: Online food delivery

Funding: Raised $3.2m since inception

Our legal consultant

Name: Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

Navdeep Suri, India's Ambassador to the UAE

There has been a longstanding need from the Indian community to have a religious premises where they can practise their beliefs. Currently there is a very, very small temple in Bur Dubai and the community has outgrown this. So this will be a major temple and open to all denominations and a place should reflect India’s diversity.

It fits so well into the UAE’s own commitment to tolerance and pluralism and coming in the year of tolerance gives it that extra dimension.

What we will see on April 20 is the foundation ceremony and we expect a pretty broad cross section of the Indian community to be present, both from the UAE and abroad. The Hindu group that is building the temple will have their holiest leader attending – and we expect very senior representation from the leadership of the UAE.

When the designs were taken to the leadership, there were two clear options. There was a New Jersey model with a rectangular structure with the temple recessed inside so it was not too visible from the outside and another was the Neasden temple in London with the spires in its classical shape. And they said: look we said we wanted a temple so it should look like a temple. So this should be a classical style temple in all its glory.

It is beautifully located - 30 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi and barely 45 minutes to Dubai so it serves the needs of both communities.

This is going to be the big temple where I expect people to come from across the country at major festivals and occasions.

It is hugely important – it will take a couple of years to complete given the scale. It is going to be remarkable and will contribute something not just to the landscape in terms of visual architecture but also to the ethos. Here will be a real representation of UAE’s pluralism.

Coal Black Mornings

Brett Anderson

Little Brown Book Group 

J Street Polling Results

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The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat


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Memory: 8GB

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Sunday, January 20
3pm: Jordan v Vietnam at Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
6pm: Thailand v China at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
9pm: Iran v Oman at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Monday, January 21
3pm: Japan v Saudi Arabia at Sharjah Stadium
6pm: Australia v Uzbekistan at Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
9pm: UAE v Kyrgyzstan at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, January 22
5pm: South Korea v Bahrain at Rashid Stadium, Dubai
8pm: Qatar v Iraq at Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices

Our legal consultant

Name: Dr Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.


Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5


Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

The specs

Engine: 77kWh 2 motors
Power: 178bhp
Torque: 410Nm
Range: 402km
Price: Dh,150,000 (estimate)
On sale: TBC


Director: Carla Gutierrez

Starring: Frida Kahlo

Rating: 4/5

Company profile

Date started: May 2022
Founder: Husam Aboul Hosn
Based: DIFC
Sector: FinTech — Innovation Hub
Employees: eight
Stage: pre-seed
Investors: pre-seed funding raised from family and friends earlier this year

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
Company profile

Company: Wafeq
Started: January 2019
Founder: Nadim Alameddine
Based: Dubai, UAE
software as a service
Funds raised: $3 million
Investors: Raed Ventures and Wamda, among others


Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets

The Land between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees
Tom Sleigh, Graywolf Press

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through and