Jawad Abbassi, head of MENA at GSMA;  Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser, group chief executive of STC; Hatem Dowidar, chief executive of Etisalat International and John Giusti, chief regulatory officer at GSMA during GSMA Mobile 360 in Dubai. GSMA
Jawad Abbassi, head of MENA at GSMA;  Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser, group chief executive of STC; Hatem Dowidar, chief executive of Etisalat International and John Giusti, chief regulatory officer atShow more

5G will not offer a huge change for consumers, Etisalat executive says

Avid technology users will have to wait two to three more years for the luxury of 5G speeds on their smartphones or home WiFi connection – and even then it won’t make a huge difference, according to the chief executive of Etisalat International.

“Let’s be very clear ... because we talk about 5G all the time, there is no consumer proposition for 5G,” said Hatem Dowidar, speaking on a panel at GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) Mobile 360 in Dubai. “So today there are no consumer devices for 5G.”

He predicted that next year there may be “one or two consumer devices that will work best with 5G”.

“In 2020 or maybe later, we will start seeing consumer devices for 5G.”

Mr Dowidar said that from a consumer perspective, 5G, or fifth-generation technology, will not be especially different from its predecessor 4G.

“The way 4G is evolving, it is providing excellent speed and low latency for most of the services,” he said.

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority allocated bandwidth to Etisalat and du this year to establish 5G networks in the agriculture, automotive, healthcare and education sectors in 2019.

5G will offer users three benefits: greater speed, lower latency and the ability to connect several devices at once. Its connectivity speed enables safe pursuit of robotics-led surgeries and self-driving vehicles.

“5G will be very important in the fields of tele-medicine, autonomous cars and in other industry applications like robotics and where almost real-time applications are needed,” said Mr Dowidar. “This is what we are going to see in the next two to three years.”

In 2017, the mobile industry contributed about $165 billion to the Mena economy, equivalent to 4 per cent of the gross domestic product, according to GSMA. This contribution is expected to increase to more than $200bn by 2022, driving new services across the region in fields such as robotics, AI and autonomous vehicles. By 2025, 5G will account for 16 per cent of total connections in these markets, GSMA added.


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“It is imperative that the region’s governments create a regulatory environment that allows 5G to flourish,” said John Giusti, GSMA chief regulatory officer. “This includes releasing sufficient spectrum, so that businesses and citizens can fully enjoy the innovative new services that 5G will deliver, as well as the resulting socioeconomic benefits.”

Telecom operators in the UAE stand to gain an additional $3.3bn in revenues by 2026 from the digitalisation of industries through 5G, according to a report from Swedish telecom company Ericsson.

GSMA is a trade body that represents the interests of mobile networks.


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Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Clarke, Jake Lacy
Rating: 3/5

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Toilet cleaner

1 cup baking soda 

1 cup castile soap

10-20 drops of lemon essential oil (or another oil of your choice) 


1. Mix the baking soda and castile soap until you get a nice consistency.

2. Add the essential oil to the mix.

Air Freshener

100ml water 

5 drops of the essential oil of your choice (note: lavender is a nice one for this) 


1. Add water and oil to spray bottle to store.

2. Shake well before use. 


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

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

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Third Test

Result: India won by 203 runs

Series: England lead five-match series 2-1

if you go

The flights

Etihad, Emirates and Singapore Airlines fly direct from the UAE to Singapore from Dh2,265 return including taxes. The flight takes about 7 hours.

The hotel

Rooms at the M Social Singapore cost from SG $179 (Dh488) per night including taxes.

The tour

Makan Makan Walking group tours costs from SG $90 (Dh245) per person for about three hours. Tailor-made tours can be arranged. For details go to www.woknstroll.com.sg


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Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)


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Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 424hp

Torque: 580 Nm

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Salah in numbers

€39 million: Liverpool agreed a fee, including add-ons, in the region of 39m (nearly Dh176m) to sign Salah from Roma last year. The exchange rate at the time meant that cost the Reds £34.3m - a bargain given his performances since.

13: The 25-year-old player was not a complete stranger to the Premier League when he arrived at Liverpool this summer. However, during his previous stint at Chelsea, he made just 13 Premier League appearances, seven of which were off the bench, and scored only twice.

57: It was in the 57th minute of his Liverpool bow when Salah opened his account for the Reds in the 3-3 draw with Watford back in August. The Egyptian prodded the ball over the line from close range after latching onto Roberto Firmino's attempted lob.

7: Salah's best scoring streak of the season occurred between an FA Cup tie against West Brom on January 27 and a Premier League win over Newcastle on March 3. He scored for seven games running in all competitions and struck twice against Tottenham.

3: This season Salah became the first player in Premier League history to win the player of the month award three times during a term. He was voted as the division's best player in November, February and March.

40: Salah joined Roger Hunt and Ian Rush as the only players in Liverpool's history to have scored 40 times in a single season when he headed home against Bournemouth at Anfield earlier this month.

30: The goal against Bournemouth ensured the Egyptian achieved another milestone in becoming the first African player to score 30 times across one Premier League campaign.

8: As well as his fine form in England, Salah has also scored eight times in the tournament phase of this season's Champions League. Only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, with 15 to his credit, has found the net more often in the group stages and knockout rounds of Europe's premier club competition.

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Know your Camel lingo

The bairaq is a competition for the best herd of 50 camels, named for the banner its winner takes home

Namoos - a word of congratulations reserved for falconry competitions, camel races and camel pageants. It best translates as 'the pride of victory' - and for competitors, it is priceless

Asayel camels - sleek, short-haired hound-like racers

Majahim - chocolate-brown camels that can grow to weigh two tonnes. They were only valued for milk until camel pageantry took off in the 1990s

Millions Street - the thoroughfare where camels are led and where white 4x4s throng throughout the festival

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  • High fever
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  • Nausea
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If symptoms occur, they usually last for two-seven days

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Director: Kangana Ranaut, Krish Jagarlamudi

Producer: Zee Studios, Kamal Jain

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, Danny Denzongpa, Atul Kulkarni

Rating: 2.5/5

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Company name: Namara
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Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

What went into the film

25 visual effects (VFX) studios

2,150 VFX shots in a film with 2,500 shots

1,000 VFX artists

3,000 technicians

10 Concept artists, 25 3D designers

New sound technology, named 4D SRL


Famous left-handers

- Marie Curie

- Jimi Hendrix

- Leonardo Di Vinci

- David Bowie

- Paul McCartney

- Albert Einstein

- Jack the Ripper

- Barack Obama

- Helen Keller

- Joan of Arc


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Founders: Ivan Zhiznevsky, Eugene Dugaev and Andrei Dikouchine
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