Park parched as Oman hold South Korea

DUBAI // Six days after his walk-on role in the so-called '"Match made in Heaven", Park Ji-Sung carried his weary limbs through a hellishly dull international for South Korea against Oman. It was the type of torpid fare that makes international friendlies such a turn-off, and ended goalless. Park, the Manchester United midfielder who is Korean football's most famous export, was there in body rather than spirit. He captained the side, yet was largely inconspicuous, before becoming one of a raft of half-time substitutions.

It was quite a come-down from the pomp and grandeur of last week's Champions League final, in which his United side were dominated so strikingly by the victors from Barcelona. Yet Park remains upbeat. He says there is little greater motivation for the Koreans than the chance to extend a proud record which has seen them play at every World Cup since 1990. They can seal their place in South Africa next summer if they beat the UAE on Saturday, and Park said: "This is a big challenge for Korea. Going to the World Cup the past sevens times is marvellous. We really want to win here so we can go to the finals.

"It was very disappointing [to lose the Champions League final], but I had to get over it quickly because this game is very important for us. "I have had to try to forget that as quickly as I can and concentrate on playing with these guys. "Sometimes players have to get over bad situations to become a better player. I have to get over that and look forward." Park was not the sole Premier League representative on show. Ali al Habsi, the darling of a small but vocal group of Omani fans at the Wasl Sports Club, gave further evidence that a starting place in goal for Bolton Wanderers should not be beyond him.

The former volleyball player has begun to lose patience with playing second fiddle to Jussi Jaaskelainen at the Reebok Stadium, and may seek a move away this summer. He proved his worth to his national team with a stellar performance against South Korea, which included a late penalty save to maintain parity. He said: "It was a very important save for the team, especially as it came in the last five minutes. That is what you are always trying to do as a goalkeeper.

"It was a very hard game for us, because we had five first-team players not playing, but our young players tried very hard. We got what we wanted from the game, and the four or fine young players we had have gained experience."


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Started: 2018
Founder: Rick Parish
Based: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Industry: Clean cooking
Funding: $10 million
Investors: Self-funded

Company profile

Date started: January, 2014

Founders: Mike Dawson, Varuna Singh, and Benita Rowe

Based: Dubai

Sector: Education technology

Size: Five employees

Investment: $100,000 from the ExpoLive Innovation Grant programme in 2018 and an initial $30,000 pre-seed investment from the Turn8 Accelerator in 2014. Most of the projects are government funded.

Partners/incubators: Turn8 Accelerator; In5 Innovation Centre; Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme; Dubai Future Accelerators; FHI 360; VSO and Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3)


Lahore Qalandars 186 for 4 in 19.4 overs
(Sohail 100,Phil Salt 37 not out, Bilal Irshad 30, Josh Poysden 2-26)
bt Yorkshire Vikings 184 for 5 in 20 overs
(Jonathan Tattersall 36, Harry Brook 37, Gary Ballance 33, Adam Lyth 32, Shaheen Afridi 2-36).

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Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

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Rating: ★★★★


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Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5


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Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

When: April 25, 10.45pm kick-off (UAE)
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich
Live: BeIN Sports HD
Second leg: May 1, Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid


Manchester City 5 Swansea City 0
Man City:
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Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

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Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
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Ground floor banquet hall: 370 square metres to accommodate about 750 people

Ground floor multipurpose hall: 92 square metres for up to 200 people

First floor main Prayer Hall: 465 square metres to hold 1,500 people at a time

First floor terrace areas: 2,30 square metres  

Temple will be spread over 6,900 square metres

Structure includes two basements, ground and first floor 


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The biog

Most memorable achievement: Leading my first city-wide charity campaign in Toronto holds a special place in my heart. It was for Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women program and showed me the power of how communities can come together in the smallest ways to have such wide impact.

Favourite film: Childhood favourite would be Disney’s Jungle Book and classic favourite Gone With The Wind.

Favourite book: To Kill A Mockingbird for a timeless story on justice and courage and Harry Potters for my love of all things magical.

Favourite quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

Favourite food: Dim sum

Favourite place to travel to: Anywhere with natural beauty, wildlife and awe-inspiring sunsets.


Uefa Champions League semi-final:

First leg: Liverpool 5 Roma 2

Second leg: Wednesday, May 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

TV: BeIN Sports, 10.45pm (UAE)


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Director: Amar Kaushik
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, Abhishek Banerjee
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Women’s World T20, Asia Qualifier

UAE results
Beat China by 16 runs
Lost to Thailand by 10 wickets
Beat Nepal by five runs
Beat Hong Kong by eight wickets
Beat Malaysia by 34 runs

Standings (P, W, l, NR, points)

1. Thailand 5 4 0 1 9
2. UAE 5 4 1 0 8
3. Nepal 5 2 1 2 6
4. Hong Kong 5 2 2 1 5
5. Malaysia 5 1 4 0 2
6. China 5 0 5 0 0

Thailand v UAE, Monday, 7am

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Gearbox: 7-speed automatic

Power: 211hp at 5,500rpm

Torque: 350Nm

Fuel economy, combined: 6.0 l/100 km

Price: Dh235,000

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3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat 


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