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The UAE has become the first country in the world to process PCR tests on behalf of other nations.

The Idex defence fair has wrapped up with contracts worth almost Dh21 billion agreed in the course of the week.

The Omani driver of a bus which crashed into a height-restriction barrier two years ago, killing 17 people, has had his jail sentence reduced from seven years to one.

Children must be at least three years old to start school in the UAE, it has been announced.

A street in one of Dubai’s oldest areas is to be renamed in honour of the late emir of Kuwait.

CORONAVIRUS BLOG

Follow our live blog for the latest coronavirus news from the region and beyond.

GLOBAL CASE NUMBERS

Total cases: 113,070,525

Total deaths: 2,506,504 

Total recoveries: 88,686,867

As of midnight GMT

IN OTHER NEWS...

What’s it like to have an antibody test? Our writer takes a stab at explaining.

Check out our property of the week - a Dh49 million Dubai mansion built for entertaining.

And, from Spanx and Skims to M&S: where to find shapewear in the UAE.

Dan Gledhill
Deputy Editor-in-Chief

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Hello and welcome to the ‘Best of the Week’, your guide to some of The National’s most compelling, informative and entertaining content of the past seven days.

We revealed the major new step Iran has taken towards developing nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

‘Like visible ghosts’: our Jordan correspondent reported on the plight of Palestinians enduring the privations of life in a refugee camp.

Read our dispatch from West Virginia on how America’s coal heartlands hope to capitalise on the new US President’s climate change plan.

Find out how tech-savvy Rwanda took control in its fight against Covid-19.

One of the leading brains behind the UAE’s space programme told us that the Hope probe was ‘only the beginning’ of the country’s journey into space.

And the sailors who had been marooned off the UAE coast for 43 months revealed their joy at finally going home - and getting paid.

In Sightline, Tim Marshall explored whether Joe Biden wants to return the Golan Heights to Syria.

Meet the Abu Dhabi resident who caught Covid-19 twice in the space of a month.

And see Bahrain’s first female firefighters in action.

In our Pocketful of Dirhams podcast, Amber Waheed, author of ‘The Great Fraud Fightback’, offered advice on how to spot dishonest financial advisers.

Business Extra looked ahead to Abu Dhabi’s Idex defence fair.

And remember to get all the essential news you need in The Daily Update.

Lord Rees, Britain’s Astronomer Royal, explained his excitement about the three Mars missions that promise to shed new light on the Red Planet.

Will Joe Biden pass his first real test in Iraq, asked Mina Al-Oraibi.

And Sholto Byrnes ventured what the EU could learn from Asean.

Dan Gledhill
Deputy Editor-in-Chief

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Good morning from The National in Abu Dhabi.

Here is your morning newsletter.

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People sit at a coffee shop in Kuwait following the cancellation of National Day and Liberation Day festivities, due to the pandemic. EPA

IRAQ

Iraqi President Barham Salih said yesterday that “pockets” of ISIS threaten to re-emerge across the divided country, and emphasised the role of US and Nato military support in combating extremism. Meanwhile, the Iraqi leader of an ISIS network in Germany was sentenced to jail for 10 and a half years for his role in recruiting youngsters at his mosque to send to Syria. Also, Iraq’s Finance Minister hailed a "sea change" in relations with Saudi Arabia as he welcomed growing trade links between the countries.

YEMEN

The UN described yesterday the growing international anger at Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels for again stalling repairs to a decaying oil tanker that could cause an environmental disaster by spilling its million-barrel load into the Red Sea.

EGYPT

The developer of the Cairo Eye project said construction of the giant Ferris wheel on the small island district of Zamalek would continue, despite an outcry over concerns about the negative effect it would have on traffic, the environment and the site’s heritage.

UAE

A two-day high-profile ministerial retreat concluded yesterday with a new National Agenda being formed to help shape the country's developments for the next half century. The Ruler of Dubai said a 'new and clear 50-year vision' for the UAE had been set out to encourage a more agile form of governance and promote sustainable development across economic and social sectors, while cementing the UAE's place on the global stage.

QATAR

Delegations from Qatar and Egypt met in Kuwait for the first time since the signing of an agreement last month to revitalise regional diplomacy, following a similarly meeting on Monday between Qatar and a UAE delegation. Since the agreement, air and travel links have resumed between Qatar and the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

BAHRAIN

A procurement process for a driverless metro system linking Bahrain’s new international airport with residential areas will be launched  in early March, through a virtual forum that will introduce potential partners to the metro project that aims to be operational by 2027.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a successful surgical procedure to eradicate appendicitis laparoscopically yesterday morning.

 
 

CORONAVIRUS LATEST

Jordanian authorities reimposed coronavirus curfew measures after sharp increases in the past three weeks of infections from the variant first discovered in Britain.

The number of active Covid cases in the UAE has dropped to its lowest level since November.

Israelis are flocking to the shops after the government took steps to reopen the economy after a third lockdown, with “green passports” granting privileges to immunised residents.

LIVE BLOG

Follow our live blog for the latest coronavirus news from the region and beyond.

GLOBAL CASE NUMBERS

Cases: 113,100,859

Deaths: 2,508,925

Recovered: 88,722,537

As of 06:00 GMT

 
 

PLUS…

The National reports the return of  "sticky bombs" in Afghanistan, becoming the weapon of choice for the Taliban during a campaign of assassinations that swept across country over the past year. The US military revived the term "sticky bomb" after encounters with the remotely detonated device during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The National Editorial teams looks at the fragile future of jobs in the Middle East for the region’s disproportionately young population.

Ahead of the Pope’s visit to Iraq, take a look at around the ancient city of Ur.

AND...

Listen to our podcast exploring how performance art has adapted to the pandemic.

All this and more in The National – visit TheNationalNews.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.       

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Mona Farag 
Arab Affairs Editor

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Hello from The National in Abu Dhabi and welcome to ‘The UAE Today’ newsletter. There is also 'The Middle East Today' newsletter – you can sign up below.

The UAE has become the first country in the world to process PCR tests on behalf of other nations.

The Idex defence fair has wrapped up with contracts worth almost Dh21 billion agreed in the course of the week.

The Omani driver of a bus which crashed into a height-restriction barrier two years ago, killing 17 people, has had his jail sentence reduced from seven years to one.

Children must be at least three years old to start school in the UAE, it has been announced.

A street in one of Dubai’s oldest areas is to be renamed in honour of the late emir of Kuwait.

CORONAVIRUS BLOG

Follow our live blog for the latest coronavirus news from the region and beyond.

GLOBAL CASE NUMBERS

Total cases: 113,070,525

Total deaths: 2,506,504 

Total recoveries: 88,686,867

As of midnight GMT

IN OTHER NEWS...

What’s it like to have an antibody test? Our writer takes a stab at explaining.

Check out our property of the week - a Dh49 million Dubai mansion built for entertaining.

And, from Spanx and Skims to M&S: where to find shapewear in the UAE.

Dan Gledhill
Deputy Editor-in-Chief

All this and more in The National – subscribe to the print edition, visit TheNationalNews.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.       

If you're on the go, don't forget our app – for iOS and Android – and also get news alerts sent directly to you or sign up for our Telegram service.  

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Hello from ‘The National’ in Abu Dhabi and welcome to your new ‘The UAE Today’ newsletter. We have also launched ‘The Middle East Today’ newsletter – if you wish to subscribe, please click the link below.

The UAE is set to celebrate the 50th year since its Foundation with the arrival of the Hope probe at Mars on Tuesday, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and the Ruler of Dubai.

The Emirati engineers behind the first Arab mission to Mars are anxious as the spacecraft nears its destination, with six years of hard work put to the test today when Hope attempts to make Mars orbit.

A key driver behind the UAE's stellar ambitions is Sarah Al Amiri, the young space agency chief. Looking ahead, Dr Patrick Noack from the Dubai Future Foundation also explains why we need a legal jurisdiction in the stars amid a flurry of new space activity.

In the latest coronavirus news, Dubai Police shut down a huge desert camp party that breached Covid-19 safety rules, and Amena Rakkuson, better known as the "Mama" behind popular family-run Dubai Thai restaurant Sticky Rice, has died of Covid-19.  

CORONAVIRUS LIVE BLOG

Follow our live blog for all the latest news on the pandemic.

GLOBAL CASE NUMBERS

Total cases: 106,977,968

Total deaths: 2,335,017

Total recoveries: 78,805,409

Correct at midnight GMT 

IN OTHER NEWS...

Tesla, the electric vehicle company, said it will soon accept Bitcoin as payment for its cars and has invested $1.5 billion in the biggest cryptocurrency. 

Lebanese Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nadine Labaki believes the Beirut port blast marks the "birth" of a new world. 

And Richard Jolly examines how Manchester City have transformed from also-rans to commanding leaders of the English Premier League. 

Dan Gledhill  
Deputy editor-in-chief 

All this and more in The National – subscribe to the print edition, visit TheNationalNews.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.       

If you're on the go, don't forget our app – for iOS and Android – and also get news alerts sent directly to you or sign up for our Telegram service.  

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