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Good morning from The National on October 7, 2022.

Here is your morning digest of what's making the headlines in the Emirates.

Talks were held online and in person on the UAE's bid to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Victor Besa / The National

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has backed the Middle East as “part of the solution” to the pressing environmental challenges facing the world.

The Microsoft co-founder praised the UAE for its ambitious efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, highlighting the significant progress being made at the Barakah nuclear power plant.

He stressed the region's key role in the global fight against climate change in a video address broadcast at the Countdown to Cop27 event on Thursday, at Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi.

You can read more about Bill Gates's comments here.

Sarah Forster
Deputy News Editor


Sheikh Mohammed pays tribute to his father Sheikh Rashid on eve of death anniversary

Sheikh Rashid, right, and his son, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, on a visit to the British prime minister's headquarters in 1972.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, paid a heartfelt tribute to his father a day before the anniversary of his death.

He shared a video on Twitter honouring Sheikh Rashid, who died on October 7, 1990.

“Thirty-two years ago, my father and Dubai's father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed, left us,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“His fingerprints did not leave our lives. His projects did not leave our streets. His lessons did not leave our minds.”

Read more about the touching tribute here.


Newsrooms have a duty to tell the truth on climate change, AFP chief says

Sophie Huet-Trupheme, AFP's global editor-in-chief, was speaking at the Arab Media Forum in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Climate change stories can be depressing, cause anxiety and lead to news avoidance but journalists have a duty to keep telling the truth, a senior media chief has said.

Sophie Huet-Trupheme, global editor-in-chief of Agence France-Presse, said it was important to show solutions to the crisis so people did not feel completely powerless.

She spoke at the Arab Media Forum in Dubai and you can read more from her interview with The National here.



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Myna birds can learn to mimic human voices or any sounds they choose, with the word “myna” deriving from the Sanskrit “madana”, meaning joyful or delightful.



Updated: October 07, 2022, 2:25 AM