Sunny forecast for UAE economy



Higher oil production and hikes in public spending is helping underpin strong growth prospects as the economy enters the second half of the year.

Greater visitor flows to hotels and shops have also fuelled the economic pick-up as the country benefits from unrest elsewhere in the Middle East.The rosier outlook has prompted Emirates NBD, the country’s biggest bank, to raise its GDP forecast.

It expects the economy to expand by 4.6 per cent, rather than the earlier forecast of 4 per cent.

“Increased oil output this year will be reflected in stronger overall economic growth,” said Khatija Haque, GCC economist at Emirates NBD.“Oil production had been expected to be around 3 per cent higher for the year but it is already 6.2 per cent.”

The UAE economy has proven a safe haven from instability which has left other Middle East nations facing dwindling foreign reserves or falling tourist numbers.
Activity has risen particularly strongly in the UAE's oil and services sectors.

Like most other Gulf states, the UAE has lifted oil production since March to offset a decline in supply from Libya.

Dubai World Cup Carnival Thursday race card

6.30pm: Dubai Millennium Stakes Group Three US$200,000 (Turf) 2,000m
7.05pm: Handicap $135,000 (T) 1,600m​​​​​​​
7.40pm: UAE Oaks Group Three $250,000 (Dirt) 1,900m​​​​​​​
8.15pm: Zabeel Mile Group Two $250,000 (T) 1,600m​​​​​​​
8.50pm: Meydan Sprint Group Two $250,000 (T) 1,000m​​​​​​​
9.25pm: Handicap $135,000 (D) 1,400m
10pm: Handicap $135,000 (T) 1,600m

Kill

Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

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 www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

The specs: 2018 Jeep Compass

Price, base: Dh100,000 (estimate)

Engine: 2.4L four-cylinder

Transmission: Nine-speed automatic

Power: 184bhp at 6,400rpm

Torque: 237Nm at 3,900rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 9.4L / 100km

RESULTS

6.30pm UAE 1000 Guineas Trial Conditions (TB) US$100,000 (Dirt) 1,400m

Winner Final Song, Christophe Soumillon (jockey), Saeed bin Suroor (trainer).

7.05pm Handicap (TB) $135,000 (Turf) 1,000m

Winner Almanaara, Dane O’Neill, Doug Watson.

7.40pm Handicap (TB) $175,000 (D) 1,900m

Winner Grand Argentier, Brett Doyle, Doug Watson.

8.15pm Meydan Challenge Listed Handicap (TB) $175,000 (T) 1,400m

Winner Major Partnership, Patrick Cosgrave, Saeed bin Suroor.

8.50pm Dubai Stakes Group 3 (TB) $200,000 (D) 1,200m

Winner Gladiator King, Mickael Barzalona, Satish Seemar.

9.25pm Dubai Racing Club Classic Listed Handicap (TB) $175,000 (T) 2,410m

Winner Universal Order, Richard Mullen, David Simcock.

The National selections

6pm: Go Soldier Go
6.35pm: Man Of Promise
7.10pm: Withering
7.45pm: Mawj
8.20pm: Falling Shadow
8.55pm: Law Of Peace
9.30pm: Naval Power
10.05pm: The Attorney

MADAME WEB

Director: S.J. Clarkson

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tahar Rahim, Sydney Sweeney

Rating: 3.5/5