Sir Paul McCartney will play at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Joel Ryan / AP
Sir Paul McCartney will play at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Joel Ryan / AP

Sir Paul to sing at Olympics ceremony

Sir Paul McCartney announced he will be the closing act at the London Olympics opening ceremony. "I've been booked," he told the BBC on Monday. The line-up for the ceremony, overseen by the Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and themed "Isles of Wonder", remains a closely guarded secret. The Olympics take place from July 27 until August 12. * AP

Olsen twins get fashion's big prize

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took home the biggest prize at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. The former child stars were selected on Monday as the top womenswear designers in the US. "I'd like to thank you - you," Mary-Kate said, turning to her twin. Billy Reid won best menswear designer and Reed Krakoff best accessories designer. Jessica Chastain, Jessica Paré and Matt Bomer were among the presenters at the ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers. Vogue's Anna Wintour presented a lifetime achievement award to Tommy Hilfiger. * AP

Russian YouTube crooner dies at 77

Eduard Khil, a Russian crooner who had a career revival in his later years via a viral video nicknamed "the Trololo song", died on Monday at 77. He launched his career in the 1960s, but in 2010 gained global fame when bloggers picked up a video of him performing a song about an American riding across the prairie to his sweetheart. Khil decided to replace the words with nonsense syllables, fearing their content would not pass the censors. * AFP

Springsteen favoured to write new US anthem

Twenty-two per cent of Americans think Bruce Springsteen should compose a new national anthem to replace The Star-Spangled Banner, according to an online poll organised by the TV show 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair magazine. Nineteen per cent think Dolly Parton is up to the task, and 18 per cent favour Stevie Wonder. Eleven per cent named Bob Dylan, eight per cent voted for Jay-Z and five per cent named Madonna. * AFP

Mads Mikkelsen cast as TV's Hannibal

The Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, who won the best actor prize at Cannes recently, has been cast in NBC's new high-profile series Hannibal, where he'll step into Anthony Hopkins's shoes to play Dr Lecter, opposite Hugh Dancy's inquisitive FBI agent.

Spartacus to end run next season

The swords will swing no more. Starz network announced on Monday it is ending its successful Spartacus saga next season, while it's still a big hit. On its third season the series drew six million US viewers, an enormous number for a cable channel. * AP


Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures


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


Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

Starring: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo


Dr Amal Khalid Alias revealed a recent case of a woman with daughters, who specifically wanted a boy.

A semen analysis of the father showed abnormal sperm so the couple required IVF.

Out of 21 eggs collected, six were unused leaving 15 suitable for IVF.

A specific procedure was used, called intracytoplasmic sperm injection where a single sperm cell is inserted into the egg.

On day three of the process, 14 embryos were biopsied for gender selection.

The next day, a pre-implantation genetic report revealed four normal male embryos, three female and seven abnormal samples.

Day five of the treatment saw two male embryos transferred to the patient.

The woman recorded a positive pregnancy test two weeks later. 



'Falling for Christmas'

Director: Janeen Damian

Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Chord Overstreet, Jack Wagner, Aliana Lohan

Rating: 1/5

In-demand jobs and monthly salaries
  • Technology expert in robotics and automation: Dh20,000 to Dh40,000 
  • Energy engineer: Dh25,000 to Dh30,000 
  • Production engineer: Dh30,000 to Dh40,000 
  • Data-driven supply chain management professional: Dh30,000 to Dh50,000 
  • HR leader: Dh40,000 to Dh60,000 
  • Engineering leader: Dh30,000 to Dh55,000 
  • Project manager: Dh55,000 to Dh65,000 
  • Senior reservoir engineer: Dh40,000 to Dh55,000 
  • Senior drilling engineer: Dh38,000 to Dh46,000 
  • Senior process engineer: Dh28,000 to Dh38,000 
  • Senior maintenance engineer: Dh22,000 to Dh34,000 
  • Field engineer: Dh6,500 to Dh7,500
  • Field supervisor: Dh9,000 to Dh12,000
  • Field operator: Dh5,000 to Dh7,000
Expo details

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia

The world fair will run for six months from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.

It is expected to attract 25 million visits

Some 70 per cent visitors are projected to come from outside the UAE, the largest proportion of international visitors in the 167-year history of World Expos.

More than 30,000 volunteers are required for Expo 2020

The site covers a total of 4.38 sqkm, including a 2 sqkm gated area

It is located adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South

Dengue fever symptoms

High fever (40°C/104°F)
Severe headache
Pain behind the eyes
Muscle and joint pains
Swollen glands

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Director: James Wan

Starring: Jason Mamoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II 

Rating: 2/5


South Africa 66 (Tries: De Allende, Nkosi, Reinach (3), Gelant, Steyn, Brits, Willemse; Cons: Jantjies 8) 

Canada 7 (Tries: Heaton; Cons: Nelson)

Living in...

This article is part of a guide on where to live in the UAE. Our reporters will profile some of the country’s most desirable districts, provide an estimate of rental prices and introduce you to some of the residents who call each area home.


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

Know before you go
  • Jebel Akhdar is a two-hour drive from Muscat airport or a six-hour drive from Dubai. It’s impossible to visit by car unless you have a 4x4. Phone ahead to the hotel to arrange a transfer.
  • If you’re driving, make sure your insurance covers Oman.
  • By air: Budget airlines Air Arabia, Flydubai and SalamAir offer direct routes to Muscat from the UAE.
  • Tourists from the Emirates (UAE nationals not included) must apply for an Omani visa online before arrival at The process typically takes several days.
  • Flash floods are probable due to the terrain and a lack of drainage. Always check the weather before venturing into any canyons or other remote areas and identify a plan of escape that includes high ground, shelter and parking where your car won’t be overtaken by sudden downpours.



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)

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


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