The Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, left, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Punit Paranjpe / AFP
The Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, left, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Punit Paranjpe / AFP

Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya in film together?

Shah Rukh Khan might star with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Rohit Shetty's next project. According to Absolute India, the director has approached the actress to play a lead role in the film. Bachchan hasn't been seen on the big screen since her daughter, Aaradhya, was born in 2011. She last starred with Khan in Devdas in 2002. – The National staff

Craig David and French Montana kick off new clubbing season

The clubbing scene is ramping up. The Moroccan-born American rapper French Montana, responsible for the hip-hop hit Pop That, will launch the latest season of VIP Room On Air club nights at Dubai's J W Marriott Marquis on Thursday. Doors open at 9pm. For bookings, call 052 881 8888, or email In Abu Dhabi on the same night, the British R&B crooner Craig David will showcase his DJ skills on at People by Crystal Abu Dhabi, at The Collection within The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. For more information, call 050 826 9698 – The National staff

Thai youth orchestra to play at Emirates Palace

Siam Sinfonietta will give a free concert at Emirates Palace on Sunday. The internationally acclaimed Thai youth orchestra, consisting of 60 musicians, will perform a repertoire blending classic western compositions and pieces by Thai composers. The orchestra have performed at the Los Angeles International Music Festival, New York's Carnegie Hall and Konzerthaus Berlin. Led by Somtow Sucharitkul, the orchestra will debut the conductor's latest piece From the Life of Abu Nuwas, inspired by the life of the well-known Arabic poet. For reservations, call 056 112 1348. – The National staff

Jazz at St Regis offers fun for the whole family

Jazz and food aficionados in Abu Dhabi will have plenty to savour at the inaugural Jazz at St Regis festival. Organised in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and the St Regis Abu Dhabi, the Corniche hotel will host a three-day programme featuring performances, fine food and family activities. The opening notes will be sounded on October 15 with a midnight-supper performance (doors open at 7pm, show ends by midnight) featuring the Emmy award-winning jazz and blues vocalist Gregory Generet, supported by the night's host, the trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center ambassador Dominick Farinacci. Tickets cost Dh450, including beverages. The following afternoon is the St Regis Family Jazz Day, at which families can meet musicians and children can try playing the instruments. The festival closes on October 17 with the Journeys With Jazz Gala concert featuring the acclaimed vibraphonist Christian Tamburr. Tickets are priced from Dh500 and include soft drinks. For more information, call 02 694 4553 or email – The National staff

Newspaper hits back at actress Deepika Padukone

The war of words between The Times of India and Deepika Padukone rumbles on. It started a few weeks ago when one of India's largest daily newspapers tweeted a year-old video of the actress in a low-cut dress with a sensational headline drawing attention to her cleavage. The actress and others criticised the newspaper for its attitudes towards women. Now the paper has hit back with a story bashing the actress for lashing out and talking about the incident to other publications. It suggested that because she has posed in revealing outfits, she had no reason to criticise the newspaper. The actress has yet to respond to the story. – The National staff

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The National Archives, Abu Dhabi

Founded over 50 years ago, the National Archives collects valuable historical material relating to the UAE, and is the oldest and richest archive relating to the Arabian Gulf.

Much of the material can be viewed on line at the Arabian Gulf Digital Archive -

Company profile

Company name: Tuhoon
Year started: June 2021
Co-founders: Fares Ghandour, Dr Naif Almutawa, Aymane Sennoussi
Based: Riyadh
Sector: health care
Size: 15 employees, $250,000 in revenue
Investment stage: seed
Investors: Wamda Capital, Nuwa Capital, angel investors

The specs: 2018 Nissan 370Z Nismo

The specs: 2018 Nissan 370Z Nismo
Price, base / as tested: Dh182,178
Engine: 3.7-litre V6
Power: 350hp @ 7,400rpm
Torque: 374Nm @ 5,200rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
​​​​​​​Fuel consumption, combined: 10.5L / 100km

Things Heard & Seen

Directed by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton


The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat 

The biog

Full name: Aisha Abdulqader Saeed

Age: 34

Emirate: Dubai

Favourite quote: "No one has ever become poor by giving"


Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

The BIO:

He became the first Emirati to climb Mount Everest in 2011, from the south section in Nepal

He ascended Mount Everest the next year from the more treacherous north Tibetan side

By 2015, he had completed the Explorers Grand Slam

Last year, he conquered K2, the world’s second-highest mountain located on the Pakistan-Chinese border

He carries dried camel meat, dried dates and a wheat mixture for the final summit push

His new goal is to climb 14 peaks that are more than 8,000 metres above sea level


Director: Abu Bakr Shawky 

Starring: Omar Alatawi, Tulin Essam, Ibrahim Al-Hasawi 

Rating: 4/5

The specs: 2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410

Price, base / as tested Dh395,000 / Dh420,000

Engine 3.5L V6

Transmission Six-speed manual

Power 410hp @ 7,000rpm

Torque 420Nm @ 3,500rpm

Fuel economy, combined 9.7L / 100km

The specs

Engine: 2.3-litre 4cyl turbo
Power: 299hp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 420Nm at 2,750rpm
Transmission: 10-speed auto
Fuel consumption: 12.4L/100km
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh157,395 (XLS); Dh199,395 (Limited)

Porsche Macan T: The Specs

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo 

Power: 265hp from 5,000-6,500rpm 

Torque: 400Nm from 1,800-4,500rpm 

Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch auto 

Speed: 0-100kph in 6.2sec 

Top speed: 232kph 

Fuel consumption: 10.7L/100km 

On sale: May or June 

Price: From Dh259,900  

Match info

Premier League

Manchester United 2 (Martial 30', Lingard 69')
Arsenal 2 (Mustafi 26', Rojo 68' OG)


Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE.

Part three: an affection for classic cars lives on

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative 

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE

12 restaurants opening at the hotel this month

Ariana’s Persian Kitchen
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Estiatorio Milos
House of Desserts
Jaleo by Jose Andres
La Mar
Ling Ling
Little Venice Cake Company
Malibu 90265
Nobu by the Beach
Resonance by Heston Blumenthal
The Royal Tearoom 

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