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'Quantum Of Solace', Daniel Craig

'Quantum Of Solace' film - 2008
Daniel Craig's James Bond is revived with all of his ruthlessness but none of the sympathetic traits that made him compelling in <i>Casino Royale</i>.

The name is Bore, Big Bore

Two years ago, in the autumn of 2006, the modern Bond producer par excellence Barbara Broccoli, the daughter of the Bond maestro Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, sat fretting in a plush European hotel. She had been on Bond sets her whole life, but the latest movie, Casino Royale, was her boldest, most audacious manipulation of the franchise yet. For succour, she invoked the words spoken to her by her father when he handed the franchise over to her and her stepbrother, Michael G Wilson, in the early Nineties.

"Cubby said to us, 'Listen, it's the golden goose and don't let them screw it up. It's fine, you guys can screw it up, because it's your baby, but don't give into pressure from somewhere else.'" Broccoli ruminated upon this for a moment, then added, "I think that was very liberating. You've got to take risks, you've got to make changes, otherwise you'll shrivel up and die." Flash forward to the present, and Broccoli and Wilson are once again attempting a Bondian reinvention with their new outing, Quantum of Solace. Their fears about the performance of Casino Royale - over the critically admired but commercially untested Daniel Craig, the bone-crunching action that had more in common with the Bourne movies than the suave, tongue-always-slightly-in-cheek Bond canon, and the grittier, darker edge that could have infuriated loyalists - have since proved ill-founded. That movie has grossed nearly $600 million (Dh2,203 million) making it the most successful Bond movie ever.

And yet this time round, ironically, even though the risks they've taken with the formula seem less daring, and even though the continuity with Casino Royale is continually underscored, Quantum of Solace might well be the movie to finally justify that deeply founded fear of failure. For a start, everything that was brash and arresting about Casino Royale has become leaden and wearisome in Quantum of Solace. Bond is back, yes, but he is a changed man. Gone are the flirtatious exchanges with the likes of Eva Green's Vesper Lynd that softened the tougher new carapace of Daniel Craig in his debut outing. Gone is the wit and self-deprecation of the infamous "Speedo" moment (this Bond keeps his trunks under wraps). Gone, too, is the haunted and conflicted Bond who stared into the mirror at his own perplexed visage halfway through Royale's card-playing finale to contemplate the loss of his own humanity in violence and murder. Gone too, in fact, is a Bond who can converse fluidly, or express emotion through anything other than a dyspeptic grimace.

In a movie of emotionless punches, kicks, butts and smacks, we are reminded of how different is Craig's Bond, but also of how delicately balanced it is between sympathy and brutality, and how easy it can slip into the latter category. In Casino Royale, Craig immediately claimed his place in the character's pantheon as the toughest Bond since Sean Connery, perhaps even tougher. There was none of Roger Moore's camp mockery or Pierce Brosnan's self-reflexive amour propre. Instead, like Ian Fleming's written hero, he was "cold and ruthless", and seemingly willing to dispatch his luckless victims with bare-handed glee (Casino Royale's opening bathroom murder is a particularly stark introduction to the re-imagined Commander Bond). And yet what made Craig such a draw here and such an appeal to a demographic that included both men and women (teenage boys alone cannot account for a $600 million haul) was that same sensitivity and the aforementioned charm that lifted him above the bestial.

Quantum's Bond, however, in some simplistic and ill-advised attempt at conveying primal bereavement (Vesper Lynd died at the end of Casino Royale), has no such appealing facets. Here, hot on the trail of the man who betrayed Lynd, he is led, via punch-ups and shoot-outs in Haiti, Austria and Bolivia, to a shadowy organisation that deposes dictators, runs governments and controls national assets. Along the way, Bond is nothing less than a mechanistic killing machine, a humourless modern terminator without expression or seeming emotion (and one, presumably, who will be a major disappointment to the franchise's newly converted female followers). Of course, both the director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball) and Craig have already laid the groundwork for this performance in the press. "In a way, the most interesting place for a James Bond movie to go is inward - deeper into Bond himself," said Forster, explaining this episode's perplexing shift in mood.

"Bond doesn't have a girlfriend because his girlfriend has been killed," added Craig recently. "He's looking for revenge, to make himself happy with the world again." Overlooking the sheer preposterousness of treating James Bond as if he'd just emerged from the pages of Ibsen or Strindberg, the fundamental flaw here, and with much of Quantum of Solace, is the presumption that our acquaintance with every plot machination of Casino Royale, from major to minor, is enough to propel us through this new movie without the support of freshly created motivation and new character complexities.

Thus, a banknote that was once laundered by Casino Royale's baddy, Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), plays a key part in the early narrative of Quantum. Similarly, the former film's second tier baddy, Mr White (Jesper Christensen - remember him? No, me neither), has a key role in the new film. As does Giancarlo Giannini's Italian fixer, Rene Mathis. In all this incessant cross-referencing of the two movies, the filmmakers have made a telling mistake. They have been so blinded by the success of Casino Royale that they lost touch with why audiences flocked to it in the first place - not because of its hardly fascinating plot, but because of how it rejuvenated and revived a flagging cultural icon (Die Another Day, the last Pierce Brosnan Bond movie, made lots of money, but it was a critically derided dud).

Naturally, any quibbling about narrative ineptitude and character motivation would be academic if Forster knew how to handle his action scenes - they do, after all, utterly dominate a movie that at times seems almost nervously resistant to anything other than pell-mell kinetics. For example, in an early harbour scene in Haiti, Bond noisily and needlessly drives a motorcycle off the end of a pier and crashes it into a nearby trawler, just so he can commandeer a small dingy that he could have easily just stepped onto from the same pier. Tragically, Forster, famed for the art house intimacies of Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland, seems uneasy here. Great swathes of action are simply lost in jump cut frenetics and shaky camera hysteria. It's as if Forster watched the Bourne movies, said "copy that", and forgot to note that the action contained therein, though busy, was intelligible.

Here, an opening car chase around Lake Garda is utterly meaningless and conveys only the fact that Bond is driving an Aston Martin, that the villains are driving Alfa Romeos, and that everyone's going very fast. Which, strangely, is also a way of telling us that the most important information in many, if not most, Bond scenes is the nature of the product placement. This has always been a conspicuous feature of the franchise, but in Quantum of Solace, the most heavily "placed" movie so far, it has reached epidemic proportions.

In other words, the alleged $79 million (Dh290m) worth of product placement (the figure, according to The Scotsman newspaper, that companies have paid to the Bond producers for a precious chunk of screen time) can be seen, frame after frame, in the broad and clumsy use of Sony laptops, Omega watches and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. In the latter case, in a scene unworthy of his character, Bond repeatedly takes pictures of international crime bosses using his mobile phone, wielding it like a happy-slapping teenager.

This crassness, combined with a profound lack of storytelling skill, is mildly distracting at first, but midway through the movie, the tedium begins to take over. It's hardly surprising that the critic for the London Sunday Times, among many other disappointed viewers, was forced to wonder aloud, "Bond aficionados must now face a new question - is Quantum of Solace the most boring Bond film ever?" While other critics have been more enthusiastic ("Really, nobody does it better than the new 007," wrote the critic for the London Times), it has not met with anything like the critical plaudits that greeted Casino Royale.

Finally, perhaps the biggest disappointment in Quantum of Solace is the villain, Mathieu Almaric's corrupt industrialist Dominic Greene. As Roger Moore repeatedly proved in adventures such as The Spy Who Loved Me and The Man With the Golden Gun, you can get away with a lot in a Bond movie if the villain is worth the price of admission (in those movies, respectively, Richard Kiel's Jaws and Christopher Lee's Scaramanga perfectly fit the bill). Yet Greene is a white-collar drone who dresses in open-necked shirts and chinos, and whose master plan involves taking over the water supply of Bolivia and, gasp, charging very high prices for it.

Again, Forster has defended this choice, describing how appropriate it is in our time to depict a corporate villain with corrupt governmental officials in his pockets (in Quantum, both the British and American governments offer tacit approval of Greene's expansionist ambitions). But this is perhaps the greatest flaw of them all. To imagine that a Bond movie - a format that's rooted firmly in the fantastical - will benefit from a dose of reality is a crippling delusion. To hope that the mention of duplicitous modern governments and corporate domination will generate a contemporary frisson of excitement that will intrigue prospective viewers is naive indeed. And to risk the very recent successes of a gloriously re-imagined Bond with this gloomy dash of realpolitik is a risk too far. Despite the initial commercial success of Quantum, which broke box office records on its opening weekend in the UK, without a drastic future volte-face, it could fulfil the fears of Barbara Broccoli by bringing the entire franchise to a withering, shrivelling death.

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Director: Blitz Bazawule
Starring: Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo
Rating: 4/5

Key figures in the life of the fort

Sheikh Dhiyab bin Isa (ruled 1761-1793) Built Qasr Al Hosn as a watchtower to guard over the only freshwater well on Abu Dhabi island.

Sheikh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab (ruled 1793-1816) Expanded the tower into a small fort and transferred his ruling place of residence from Liwa Oasis to the fort on the island.

Sheikh Tahnoon bin Shakhbut (ruled 1818-1833) Expanded Qasr Al Hosn further as Abu Dhabi grew from a small village of palm huts to a town of more than 5,000 inhabitants.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Shakhbut (ruled 1833-1845) Repaired and fortified the fort.

Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoon (ruled 1845-1855) Turned Qasr Al Hosn into a strong two-storied structure.

Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa (ruled 1855-1909) Expanded Qasr Al Hosn further to reflect the emirate's increasing prominence.

Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan (ruled 1928-1966) Renovated and enlarged Qasr Al Hosn, adding a decorative arch and two new villas.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan (ruled 1966-2004) Moved the royal residence to Al Manhal palace and kept his diwan at Qasr Al Hosn.

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Processor: Apple M3, 8-core CPU, up to 10-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine

Display: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina, 2560 x 1664, 224ppi, 500 nits, True Tone, wide colour

Memory: 8/16/24GB

Storage: 256/512GB / 1/2TB

I/O: Thunderbolt 3/USB-4 (2), 3.5mm audio, Touch ID

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3

Battery: 52.6Wh lithium-polymer, up to 18 hours, MagSafe charging

Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD

Video: Support for Apple ProRes, HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10

Audio: 4-speaker system, wide stereo, support for Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio and dynamic head tracking (with AirPods)

Colours: Midnight, silver, space grey, starlight

In the box: MacBook Air, 30W/35W dual-port/70w power adapter, USB-C-to-MagSafe cable, 2 Apple stickers

Price: From Dh4,599


Display: 6.1" Super Retina XDR OLED, 2532 x 1170, 460ppi, HDR, True Tone, P3, 1200 nits

Processor: A15 Bionic, 6-core CPU, 5-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine 

Memory: 6GB

Capacity: 128/256/512GB

Platform: iOS 16

Main camera: Dual 12MP main (f/1.5) + 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4); 2x optical, 5x digital; Photonic Engine, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4, Portrait Lighting

Main camera video: 4K @ 24/25/3060fps, full-HD @ 25/30/60fps, HD @ 30fps; HD slo-mo @ 120/240fps; night, time lapse, cinematic, action modes; Dolby Vision, 4K HDR

Front camera: 12MP TrueDepth (f/1.9), Photonic Engine, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4; Animoji, Memoji; Portrait Lighting

Front camera video: 4K @ 24/25/3060fps, full-HD @ 25/30/60fps, HD slo-mo @ 120fps; night, time lapse, cinematic, action modes; Dolby Vision, 4K HDR

Battery: 3279 mAh, up to 20h video, 16h streaming video, 80h audio; fast charge to 50% in 30m; MagSafe, Qi wireless charging

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC (Apple Pay)

Biometrics: Face ID

I/O: Lightning

Cards: Dual eSIM / eSIM + SIM (US models use eSIMs only)

Colours: Blue, midnight, purple, starlight, Product Red

In the box: iPhone 14, USB-C-to-Lightning cable, one Apple sticker

Price: Dh3,399 / Dh3,799 / Dh4,649


Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others


Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Timothee Chamalet, Zendaya, Austin Butler

Rating: 5/5


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

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Director: Rusty Cundieff
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Morgan Freeman, Greg Germann, Lovie Simone
Rating: 2/5


Display: 6.7” LPTO Amoled, 2412 x 1080, 394ppi, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2, octa-core; Adreno 730 GPU

Memory: 8/12GB

Capacity: 128/256/512GB

Platform: Android 13, Nothing OS 2

Main camera: Dual 50MP wide, f/1.9 + 50MP ultrawide, f/2.2; OIS, auto-focus

Main camera video: 4K @ 30/60fps, 1080p @ 30/60fps; live HDR, OIS

Front camera: 32MP wide, f/2.5, HDR

Front camera video: Full-HD @ 30fps

Battery: 4700mAh; full charge in 55m w/ 45w charger; Qi wireless, dual charging

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC (Google Pay)

Biometrics: Fingerprint, face unlock


Durability: IP54, limited protection

Cards: Dual-nano SIM

Colours: Dark grey, white

In the box: Nothing Phone (2), USB-C-to-USB-C cable

Price (UAE): Dh2,499 (12GB/256GB) / Dh2,799 (12GB/512GB)

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


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5


Engine: 4-litre V8 twin-turbo
Power: 630hp
Torque: 850Nm
Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic automatic
Price: From Dh599,000
On sale: Now

Company profile

Company: Splintr

Started: May 2019

Founders: Mohammad AlMheiri and Badr AlBadr

Based: Dubai and Riyadh

Sector: payments / FinTech

Size: 10 employees

Initial investment: undisclosed seven-figure sum / pre-seed

Stage: seed

Investors: angel investors


1. Black holes are objects whose gravity is so strong not even light can escape their pull

2. They can be created when massive stars collapse under their own weight

3. Large black holes can also be formed when smaller ones collide and merge

4. The biggest black holes lurk at the centre of many galaxies, including our own

5. Astronomers believe that when the universe was very young, black holes affected how galaxies formed

If you go...

Etihad flies daily from Abu Dhabi to Zurich, with fares starting from Dh2,807 return. Frequent high speed trains between Zurich and Vienna make stops at St. Anton.


Name: DarDoc
Based: Abu Dhabi
Founders: Samer Masri, Keswin Suresh
Sector: HealthTech
Total funding: $800,000
Investors: Flat6Labs, angel investors + Incubated by Hub71, Abu Dhabi's Department of Health
Number of employees: 10

Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.


2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.


3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 


4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.


5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

UAE v West Indies

First ODI - Sunday, June 4
Second ODI - Tuesday, June 6
Third ODI - Friday, June 9

Matches at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. All games start at 4.30pm

UAE squad
Muhammad Waseem (captain), Aayan Khan, Adithya Shetty, Ali Naseer, Ansh Tandon, Aryansh Sharma, Asif Khan, Basil Hameed, Ethan D’Souza, Fahad Nawaz, Jonathan Figy, Junaid Siddique, Karthik Meiyappan, Lovepreet Singh, Matiullah, Mohammed Faraazuddin, Muhammad Jawadullah, Rameez Shahzad, Rohan Mustafa, Sanchit Sharma, Vriitya Aravind, Zahoor Khan


Liverpool 4 Southampton 0
Jota (2', 32')
Thiago (37')
Van Dijk (52')

Man of the match: Diogo Jota (Liverpool)

Milestones on the road to union


October 26: Bahrain withdraws from a proposal to create a federation of nine with the seven Trucial States and Qatar. 

December: Ahmed Al Suwaidi visits New York to discuss potential UN membership.


March 1:  Alex Douglas Hume, Conservative foreign secretary confirms that Britain will leave the Gulf and “strongly supports” the creation of a Union of Arab Emirates.

July 12: Historic meeting at which Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid make a binding agreement to create what will become the UAE.

July 18: It is announced that the UAE will be formed from six emirates, with a proposed constitution signed. RAK is not yet part of the agreement.

August 6:  The fifth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed becoming Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with official celebrations deferred until later in the year.

August 15: Bahrain becomes independent.

September 3: Qatar becomes independent.

November 23-25: Meeting with Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid and senior British officials to fix December 2 as date of creation of the UAE.

November 29:  At 5.30pm Iranian forces seize the Greater and Lesser Tunbs by force.

November 30: Despite  a power sharing agreement, Tehran takes full control of Abu Musa. 

November 31: UK officials visit all six participating Emirates to formally end the Trucial States treaties

December 2: 11am, Dubai. New Supreme Council formally elects Sheikh Zayed as President. Treaty of Friendship signed with the UK. 11.30am. Flag raising ceremony at Union House and Al Manhal Palace in Abu Dhabi witnessed by Sheikh Khalifa, then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

December 6: Arab League formally admits the UAE. The first British Ambassador presents his credentials to Sheikh Zayed.

December 9: UAE joins the United Nations.

The bio

Job: Coder, website designer and chief executive, Trinet solutions

School: Year 8 pupil at Elite English School in Abu Hail, Deira

Role Models: Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk

Dream City: San Francisco

Hometown: Dubai

City of birth: Thiruvilla, Kerala

SPECS: Polestar 3

Engine: Long-range dual motor with 400V battery
Power: 360kW / 483bhp
Torque: 840Nm
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
Max touring range: 628km
0-100km/h: 4.7sec
Top speed: 210kph
Price: From Dh360,000
On sale: September

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
What you as a drone operator need to know

A permit and licence is required to fly a drone legally in Dubai.

Sanad Academy is the United Arab Emirate’s first RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) training and certification specialists endorsed by the Dubai Civil Aviation authority.

It is responsible to train, test and certify drone operators and drones in UAE with DCAA Endorsement.

“We are teaching people how to fly in accordance with the laws of the UAE,” said Ahmad Al Hamadi, a trainer at Sanad.

“We can show how the aircraft work and how they are operated. They are relatively easy to use, but they need responsible pilots.

“Pilots have to be mature. They are given a map of where they can and can’t fly in the UAE and we make these points clear in the lectures we give.

“You cannot fly a drone without registration under any circumstances.”

Larger drones are harder to fly, and have a different response to location control. There are no brakes in the air, so the larger drones have more power.

The Sanad Academy has a designated area to fly off the Al Ain Road near Skydive Dubai to show pilots how to fly responsibly.

“As UAS technology becomes mainstream, it is important to build wider awareness on how to integrate it into commerce and our personal lives,” said Major General Abdulla Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief, Dubai Police.

“Operators must undergo proper training and certification to ensure safety and compliance.

“Dubai’s airspace will undoubtedly experience increased traffic as UAS innovations become commonplace, the Forum allows commercial users to learn of best practice applications to implement UAS safely and legally, while benefitting a whole range of industries.”


Friday (all kick-offs UAE time)

Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin (10.30pm)


Freiburg v Werder Bremen (5.30pm)

Paderborn v Hoffenheim (5.30pm)

Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund (5.30pm)

Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen (5.30pm)

Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt (5.30pm)


Schalke v Augsburg (3.30pm)

Mainz v RB Leipzig (5.30pm)

Cologne v Fortuna Dusseldorf (8pm)




Engine: Two-litre four-cylinder turbo
Power: 235hp
Torque: 350Nm
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Price: From Dh167,500 ($45,000)
On sale: Now

The specs

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo

Power: 201hp at 5,200rpm

Torque: 320Nm at 1,750-4,000rpm

Transmission: 6-speed auto

Fuel consumption: 8.7L/100km

Price: Dh133,900

On sale: now

Company Profile

Company name: myZoi
Started: 2021
Founders: Syed Ali, Christian Buchholz, Shanawaz Rouf, Arsalan Siddiqui, Nabid Hassan
Based: UAE
Number of staff: 37
Investment: Initial undisclosed funding from SC Ventures; second round of funding totalling $14 million from a consortium of SBI, a Japanese VC firm, and SC Venture


Company name: Bedu

Started: 2021

Founders: Khaled Al Huraimel, Matti Zinder, Amin Al Zarouni

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: AI, metaverse, Web3 and blockchain

Funding: Currently in pre-seed round to raise $5 million to $7 million

Investors: Privately funded

Should late investors consider cryptocurrencies?

Wealth managers recommend late investors to have a balanced portfolio that typically includes traditional assets such as cash, government and corporate bonds, equities, commodities and commercial property.

They do not usually recommend investing in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies due to the risk and volatility associated with them.

“It has produced eye-watering returns for some, whereas others have lost substantially as this has all depended purely on timing and when the buy-in was. If someone still has about 20 to 25 years until retirement, there isn’t any need to take such risks,” Rupert Connor of Abacus Financial Consultant says.

He adds that if a person is interested in owning a business or growing a property portfolio to increase their retirement income, this can be encouraged provided they keep in mind the overall risk profile of these assets.


Display: 6.7" Super Retina XDR OLED, 2796 x 1290, 460ppi, 120Hz, 2000 nits max, HDR, True Tone, P3, always-on

Processor: A17 Pro, 6-core CPU, 6-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine

Memory: 8GB

Capacity: 256/512GB / 1TB

Platform: iOS 17

Main camera: Triple: 48MP main (f/1.78) + 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2) + 12MP 5x telephoto (f/2.8); 5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 10x optical zoom range, digital zoom up to 25x; Photonic Engine, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4, Portrait Lighting

Main camera video: 4K @ 24/25/30/60fps, full-HD @ 25/30/60fps, HD @ 30fps, slo-mo @ 120/240fps, ProRes (4K) @ 60fps; night, time lapse, cinematic, action modes; Dolby Vision, 4K HDR

Front camera: 12MP TrueDepth (f/1.9), Photonic Engine, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4, Portrait Lighting; Animoji, Memoji

Front camera video: 4K @ 24/25/30/60fps, full-HD @ 25/30/60fps, slo-mo @ 120/240fps, ProRes (4K) @ 30fps; night, time lapse, cinematic, action modes; Dolby Vision, 4K HDR

Battery: 4441mAh, up to 29h video, 25h streaming video, 95h audio; fast charge to 50% in 30min (with at least 20W adaptor); MagSafe, Qi wireless charging

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC (Apple Pay), second-generation Ultra Wideband chip

Biometrics: Face ID


Durability: IP68, water-resistant up to 6m up to 30min; dust/splash-resistant

Cards: Dual eSIM / eSIM + eSIM (US models use eSIMs only)

Colours: Black titanium, blue titanium, natural titanium, white titanium

In the box: iPhone 15 Pro Max, USB-C-to-USB-C woven cable, one Apple sticker

Price: Dh5,099 / Dh5,949 / Dh6,799

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• Agreements on energy and water supply

• Applied service fees

• Customer data and information privacy

• Prohibition of service disconnections

• Customer complaint process

• Management of debts and customers in default

• Services provided to people of determination and home care customers

Our legal consultants

Name: Hassan Mohsen Elhais

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

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

How does ToTok work?

The calling app is available to download on Google Play and Apple App Store

To successfully install ToTok, users are asked to enter their phone number and then create a nickname.

The app then gives users the option add their existing phone contacts, allowing them to immediately contact people also using the application by video or voice call or via message.

Users can also invite other contacts to download ToTok to allow them to make contact through the app.


The specs

Engine: 6.5-litre V12 and three electric motors
Power: 1,015hp
Torque: 1,500Nm (estimate)
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
On sale: Early 2024
Price: From Dh2 million (estimate)

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