Tottenham face tricky trip to Liverpool, Barca host Real Madrid – five games to watch

Another fascinating round of matches to look forward to on TV in the UAE this weekend.

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PRIMERA LIGA: Barcelona v Real Madrid, beIN Sports, Saturday, 10.30pm

Camp Nou will be in sombre mood on Saturday with Barcelona players and fans expected to pay tribute to Johan Cruyff, their legendary former player and coach, who died last week of cancer age 68. The Dutchman’s fingerprints are all over Luis Enrique’s team – and indeed the club – and it seems fitting that his life should be remembered with a clasico against Barcelona’s greatest rivals. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co arrive in Catalonia 10 points behind their rivals at the top of the league and probably still scarred by the chastening 4-0 drubbing in the first clasico of the season that ultimately led to the sacking of Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid coach.

ARABIAN GULF CUP FINAL: Al Wahda v Al Shabab, AD Sports, Friday, 7.20pm

With Al Ahli kicked out of the Arabian Gulf Cup final for fielding an ineligible player in the semi-final victory over Al Shabab, it is Shabab who will now line up against Abu Dhabi side Al Wahda to contest the UAE season’s first piece of silverware. Shabab largely relied on the goals of Brazilian striker Jo during their cup campaign, but with the former Manchester City striker now plying his trade in China, hopes of a first domestic trophy since 2011 falls on the shoulders of Luvannor Henrique, who has four goals in this season’s competition. Al Wahda, who have never one this competition, boast one of the country’s most prolific finishers in the Argentine Sebastian Tagliabue.

BUNDESLIGA: Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg, beIN Sports, Friday, 10.30pm

Traditionally a high-scoring fixture between two Bundesliga stalwarts. The past five encounters dating back to September, 2013, has produced 25 goals, with Wolfsburg ahead on aggregate 15-10 with four wins to Leverkusen’s one. Wolfsburg head to the BayArena on the back of a three-game winning streak while Bayer’s pursuit of a top-four finish has faltered in recent weeks. Though only two points off fourth-placed Schalke, Leverkusen’s patchy form could see them fall out of the running. Fourteen-goal top-scorer Javier Hernandez has seen the goals dry up of late, Leverkusen could do with the Mexican rediscovering his goal touch in this match.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, beIN Sports, Saturday, 8.30pm

Tottenham Hotspur resume their quest to hunt down Leicester City at the top of the Premier League with a trip to Liverpool on Saturday, knowing the Merseysiders have something of an Indian sign over the North Londoners. Liverpool have won five and lost none of their past six Premier League games against Tottenham, with Spurs victorious only once in their past 21 trips to Anfield. The quadrant of Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane enjoyed productive outings in the recent international friendlies for England and their manager Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping star centre-back Toby Alderwiereld can overcome a bout of illness to marshal the Spurs defence.

SERIE A: Lazio v Roma, beIN Sports, Sunday, 5pm

Roma won the first Roman derby of the season – a 2-0 victory at Stadio Olimpico in November – and head into the match against bitter city rivals Lazio as one of Serie A’s form teams. Since losing 1-0 to Juventus on January 24, Roma have embarked on a nine-match unbeaten run to propel themselves up into third in the standings. In contrast Lazio have won only once in the past five league games and were eliminated from the Europa League last-16 stage last month after suffering a 3-0 defeat at home to Sparta Prague at the last-16 stage. Egyptian winger January signing Stephan El Shaarawy has helped breathe life back into Roma’s season with five goals since arriving on loan.

The specs

Engine: 6.2-litre V8

Transmission: seven-speed auto

Power: 420 bhp

Torque: 624Nm

Price: from Dh293,200

On sale: now


Director: Abu Bakr Shawky 

Starring: Omar Alatawi, Tulin Essam, Ibrahim Al-Hasawi 

Rating: 4/5

All We Imagine as Light

Director: Payal Kapadia

Starring: Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya Kadam

Rating: 4/5


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

Tomb Raider I–III Remastered

Developer: Aspyr
Publisher: Aspyr
Console: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4&5, PC and Xbox series X/S
Rating: 3/5

Sam Smith

Where: du Arena, Abu Dhabi

When: Saturday November 24

Rating: 4/5


Company name: Alaan
Started: 2021
Based: Dubai
Founders: Parthi Duraisamy and Karun Kurien
Sector: FinTech
Investment stage: $7 million raised in total — $2.5 million in a seed round and $4.5 million in a pre-series A round


Name: Enhance Fitness 

Year started: 2018 

Based: UAE 

Employees: 200 

Amount raised:+$3m 

Investors: Global Ventures and angel investors 

Stage 5 results

1 Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 3:48:53

2 Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana Pro Team -

Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott - 

4 David Gaudu (FRA) Groupama-FDJ  0:00:04

5 Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) CCC Team 0:00:07

General Classification:

1 Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 20:35:04

2 Tadej Pogacar (SlO) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:01

3 Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana Pro Team 0:01:33

4 David Gaudu (FRA) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:48

5 Rafał Majka (POL) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:11


Company name: Clinicy
Started: 2017
Founders: Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman, Abdullah bin Sulaiman Alobaid and Saud bin Sulaiman Alobaid
Based: Riyadh
Number of staff: 25
Sector: HealthTech
Total funding raised: More than $10 million
Investors: Middle East Venture Partners, Gate Capital, Kafou Group and Fadeed Investment

Race card

1.30pm: Handicap (PA) Dh 50,000 (Dirt) 1,400m

2pm: Handicap (TB) Dh 84,000 (D) 1,400m

2.30pm: Maiden (TB) Dh 60,000 (D) 1,200m

3pm: Conditions (TB) Dh 100,000 (D) 1.950m

3.30pm: Handicap (TB) Dh 76,000 (D) 1,800m

4pm: Maiden (TB) Dh 60,000 (D) 1,600m

4.30pm: Handicap (TB) Dh 68,000 (D) 1,000m

Non-oil trade

Non-oil trade between the UAE and Japan grew by 34 per cent over the past two years, according to data from the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre. 

In 10 years, it has reached a total of Dh524.4 billion. 

Cars topped the list of the top five commodities re-exported to Japan in 2022, with a value of Dh1.3 billion. 

Jewellery and ornaments amounted to Dh150 million while precious metal scraps amounted to Dh105 million. 

Raw aluminium was ranked first among the top five commodities exported to Japan. 

Top of the list of commodities imported from Japan in 2022 was cars, with a value of Dh20.08 billion.

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