The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continues until May 3. Satish Kumar / The National
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continues until May 3. Satish Kumar / The National

Embracing books



In a recent interview with The National, Minister of State Noura Al Kaabi gave her perspective on the joys of reading. "I believe reading defines a society and its progress," she said. Judging by the amount of book-related events taking place this week, we are progressing very nicely indeed.

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continues until May 3. In ­Dubai, 15 public libraries have been targeted for renovation in a partnership between Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and ­Dubai Municipality. A similar refurbishment programme has begun in the Northern Emirates, and workplaces throughout the country have been encouraged to open libraries for their employees. This paper meanwhile continues its year-long campaign to give away more than 40,000 books to schools.

Upgrading library infrastructure and investing in public events such as book fairs are sure-fire ways to encourage reading. We encourage everyone to get involved and get stuck into a good book. The benefits will be felt for years to come.

Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

Dubai World Cup factbox

Most wins by a trainer: Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor(9)

Most wins by a jockey: Jerry Bailey(4)

Most wins by an owner: Godolphin(9)

Most wins by a horse: Godolphin’s Thunder Snow(2)

HIV on the rise in the region

A 2019 United Nations special analysis on Aids reveals 37 per cent of new HIV infections in the Mena region are from people injecting drugs.

New HIV infections have also risen by 29 per cent in western Europe and Asia, and by 7 per cent in Latin America, but declined elsewhere.

Egypt has shown the highest increase in recorded cases of HIV since 2010, up by 196 per cent.

Access to HIV testing, treatment and care in the region is well below the global average.  

Few statistics have been published on the number of cases in the UAE, although a UNAIDS report said 1.5 per cent of the prison population has the virus.

The biog

Mission to Seafarers is one of the largest port-based welfare operators in the world.

It provided services to around 200 ports across 50 countries.

They also provide port chaplains to help them deliver professional welfare services.

How to register as a donor

1) Organ donors can register on the Hayat app, run by the Ministry of Health and Prevention

2) There are about 11,000 patients in the country in need of organ transplants

3) People must be over 21. Emiratis and residents can register. 

4) The campaign uses the hashtag  #donate_hope

MEDIEVIL (1998)

Developer: SCE Studio Cambridge
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Console: PlayStation, PlayStation 4 and 5
Rating: 3.5/5

Naga

Director: Meshal Al Jaser

Starring: Adwa Bader, Yazeed Almajyul, Khalid Bin Shaddad

Rating: 4/5

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

Springtime in a Broken Mirror,
Mario Benedetti, Penguin Modern Classics

 

ICC T20 Rankings

1. India - 270 ranking points

2. England - 265 points

3. Pakistan - 261 points

4. South Africa - 253 points

5. Australia - 251 points

6. New Zealand - 250 points

7. West Indies - 240 points

8. Bangladesh - 233 points

9. Sri Lanka - 230 points

10. Afghanistan - 226 points

RESULT

Fifth ODI, at Headingley

England 351/9
Pakistan 297
England win by 54 runs (win series 4-0)

Water waste

In the UAE’s arid climate, small shrubs, bushes and flower beds usually require about six litres of water per square metre, daily. That increases to 12 litres per square metre a day for small trees, and 300 litres for palm trees.

Horticulturists suggest the best time for watering is before 8am or after 6pm, when water won't be dried up by the sun.

A global report published by the Water Resources Institute in August, ranked the UAE 10th out of 164 nations where water supplies are most stretched.

The Emirates is the world’s third largest per capita water consumer after the US and Canada.