From left Muna Al Dhaheri,Lateefa Al Sawaidi,Fatema Al Qubaisi,Khulood Sugaa, Fatima Al Ali, Mariam Al Mazrouei, UAE's Ice Hockey team, during The 4th International Conference of Sports for Women ,which held at ADNEC , Abu Dhabi,UAE, Vidhyaa for The National
The UAE's National Ice Hockey team. They earned the silver medal at the Challenge Cup of Asia in Malaysia this month. Vidhyaa for The National

Emirati women make great strides in sports participation

Emirati women have made great strides in sports with 23,000 nationals participating in events and activities last year and 7,000 taking to Yas Marina Circuit every week.

The increase is particularly evident in the number of Emirati women footballers that has climbed from 800 players in 2014 to 2,300 players this year, boasting the first Emirati female football coach to boot.

At the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Emirati swimmer Nada Al Bedwawi raised her country’s flag at the opening ceremony becoming the first Emirati woman swimmer to represent the country at this level.

At the fourth International Conference Of Sports For Women held in Abu Dhabi on Monday, under the theme of inspiring generations, the message was clear – women have become empowered in sport.

Emirati women are no longer in need of a government initiative or a push to achieve their goals, according to Shamma Al Mazrui, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs. “They have taken their future into their own hands,” she said.

The purpose of the conference, she said, was to spread the message that women have a leading role in inspiring future generations.

“We talk about empowering women, a topic that began dozens of years ago with the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. A few years ago people believed women couldn’t achieve in various areas, but our sisters and mothers have proven that it is not the case. Women today in the UAE have no need to wait for an invitation to make an achievement or seize an opportunity - women in the UAE are seizing the opportunities for themselves,” she said.


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Twenty-one-year-old Maryam Al Mazrouei is an ice hockey player. She is one of around 20 Emirati women who play the sport. “My father fully supported me. He was an ice hockey player when he was in college in the US.” The team participates in regional and international tournaments and will next compete in Canada in February. What they are asking for is financial support and recognition.

“We play ice hockey for free. It is a hobby and we really would like more ice time and to pursue this as a profession,” Fatima Al Ali, 27, said. They get only two days a week on ice since the only ice rink in Abu Dhabi is booked for the male team.

Football player, Amal Al Rabeea said only a few people turn up to watch their games compared to the men’s games. The 26-year-old began playing football when she was in the sixth grade. Since then she has gone on to play in international and regional tournaments. “It is more acceptable in society for Emirati women to play football,” she said.

“Support and acceptance is no longer an issue,” said the first Emirati football coach, Houriya Al Taheri. “We are now preparing a new generation of young female coaches and we have reached to a level where we are now training men to become coaches.”

The two-day conference was opened by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of State for Tolerance, who explained the crucial role that sports plays across the country in addressing key societal challenges.

“Women’s sports reflect the commitment of women to grow mentally, physically and to create happiness and contribute positively to society,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

“No wonder, therefore, that this leading conference, which includes elite participants from across UAE and around the world, is organised under the patronage of the Mother of the Nation, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak”

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood also launched “Professional Trainer”, on Monday - a sports program for women which promoted women’s empowerment in sports. Rym Al Falasy, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood announced the launch at the conference.

The program allows women trainers to obtain an international certificate in basic sports training, comprehensive sports training, or health and nutrition training for the following categories: Children’s Sports Trainer; People of Determinations’; Sports Trainer; Elderly’s Sports Trainer; Women’s Personal Sports Trainer; Military Sports Trainer and Sports Club Trainer

“The UAE empowers, provides opportunities and facilitates all means of success for women locally, regionally and internationally. This is part of its strategy to guarantee women's rights and support their creativity, thus contributing to the progress of the its society,” said Ms Al Falasy.

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Fuel consumption, combined: 7.0L / 100km

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The flights

Flydubai flies to Podgorica or nearby Tivat via Sarajevo from Dh2,155 return including taxes. Turkish Airlines flies from Abu Dhabi and Dubai to Podgorica via Istanbul; alternatively, fly with Flydubai from Dubai to Belgrade and take a short flight with Montenegro Air to Podgorica. Etihad flies from Abu Dhabi to Podgorica via Belgrade. Flights cost from about Dh3,000 return including taxes. There are buses from Podgorica to Plav. 

The tour

While you can apply for a permit for the route yourself, it’s best to travel with an agency that will arrange it for you. These include Zbulo in Albania ( or Zalaz in Montenegro (



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2. Prayer

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4. Shahada

5. Zakat 

DMZ facts
  • The DMZ was created as a buffer after the 1950-53 Korean War.
  • It runs 248 kilometers across the Korean Peninsula and is 4km wide.
  • The zone is jointly overseen by the US-led United Nations Command and North Korea.
  • It is littered with an estimated 2 million mines, tank traps, razor wire fences and guard posts.
  • Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un met at a building in Panmunjom, where an armistice was signed to stop the Korean War.
  • Panmunjom is 52km north of the Korean capital Seoul and 147km south of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital.
  • Former US president Bill Clinton visited Panmunjom in 1993, while Ronald Reagan visited the DMZ in 1983, George W. Bush in 2002 and Barack Obama visited a nearby military camp in 2012. 
  • Mr Trump planned to visit in November 2017, but heavy fog that prevented his helicopter from landing.
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Born: Mukalla, Yemen, 1979

Education: UAE University, Al Ain

Family: Married with two daughters: Asayel, 7, and Sara, 6

Favourite piece of music: Horse Dance by Naseer Shamma

Favourite book: Science and geology

Favourite place to travel to: Washington DC

Best advice you’ve ever been given: If you have a dream, you have to believe it, then you will see it.

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  • Intense pain behind your eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle and joint pains
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If symptoms occur, they usually last for two-seven days

Pakistan World Cup squad

Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez(subject to fitness), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain      

Two additions for England ODIs: Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali

What went into the film

25 visual effects (VFX) studios

2,150 VFX shots in a film with 2,500 shots

1,000 VFX artists

3,000 technicians

10 Concept artists, 25 3D designers

New sound technology, named 4D SRL


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Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Produced by: Dharma Productions, Azure Entertainment
Directed by: Anubhav Singh
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra



Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

Developer: Tribute Games
Publisher: Dotemu
Consoles: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4&5, PC and Xbox One
Rating: 4/5

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Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
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