Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, meets with Abdrahbu Mansour Hadi, President of Yemen, at the Presidential Airport. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, meets with Abdrahbu Mansour Hadi, President of Yemen, at the Presidential Airport. Show more

UAE’s support of Yemen to remain unflinching



As war heroes’ bodies came home, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces told Yemen: ‘We are with you until the mission is accomplished’

The UAE on Saturday buried its war heroes, began three days of mourning for their sacrifice and pledged unceasing military and humanitarian efforts to restore peace,security and stability to Yemen.

The bodies of the 45 soldiers who died in a Houthi rebel missile strike in Yemen on Friday were flown early on Saturday to Abu Dhabi, where they received an honour guard of senior military officers at Al Bateen air base. Their funerals took place later across all seven emirates, whose rulers led the tributes. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said the servicemen embodied the UAE's Arab and Islamic identity in their determination to defend and support human values and principles, and in their defence of the "distressed people" of the world.

Flags throughout the country flew at half-mast, and radio stations broadcast classical music and quotes from the Quran out of respect for the dead soldiers.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, received a phone call from the US president Barack Obama offering his condolences. There were also messages from Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and France.

The president of Yemen, Abdrabu Mansur Hadi, visited Sheikh Mohammed in Abu Dhabi to pay his respects to the Emirati soldiers who gave their lives for his country. The UAE’s support, Mr Hadi said, “will remain etched in the minds and hearts of the people of Yemen”.

Sheikh Mohammed said this support would remain unflinching despite Friday’s loss of life. “Such events will not deter us from carrying out our fraternal and humanitarian duty towards our brothers, but will increase our resolve and strength to achieve our security and humanitarian objectives,” he said.

“Our Armed Forces’ heroes in the battlefield are more resolved and determined to liberate Yemen and flush out the scum … we will not hesitate … we are with you until the mission is accomplished. Yemen is not your country alone, but we share common history with you. We pray to Almighty Allah to bless our impending victory.”

In Yemen on Saturday the UAE launched a wave of air strikes on rebel targets in Sanaa, in the Houthi stronghold of Saada in the far north and the central city of Ibb.

Coalition warplanes also bombed the rebel position from which Friday’s missile was fired.

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US PGA Championship in numbers

1 Joost Luiten produced a memorable hole in one at the par-three fourth in the first round.

2 To date, the only two players to win the PGA Championship after winning the week before are Rory McIlroy (2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) and Tiger Woods (2007, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational). Hideki Matsuyama or Chris Stroud could have made it three.

3 Number of seasons without a major for McIlroy, who finished in a tie for 22nd.

4 Louis Oosthuizen has now finished second in all four of the game's major championships.

5 In the fifth hole of the final round, McIlroy holed his longest putt of the week - from 16ft 8in - for birdie.

6 For the sixth successive year, play was disrupted by bad weather with a delay of one hour and 43 minutes on Friday.

7 Seven under par (64) was the best round of the week, shot by Matsuyama and Francesco Molinari on Day 2.

8 Number of shots taken by Jason Day on the 18th hole in round three after a risky recovery shot backfired.

9 Jon Rahm's age in months the last time Phil Mickelson missed the cut in the US PGA, in 1995.

10 Jimmy Walker's opening round as defending champion was a 10-over-par 81.

11 The par-four 11th coincidentally ranked as the 11th hardest hole overall with a scoring average of 4.192.

12 Paul Casey was a combined 12 under par for his first round in this year's majors.

13 The average world ranking of the last 13 PGA winners before this week was 25. Kevin Kisner began the week ranked 25th.

14 The world ranking of Justin Thomas before his victory.

15 Of the top 15 players after 54 holes, only Oosthuizen had previously won a major.

16 The par-four 16th marks the start of Quail Hollow's so-called "Green Mile" of finishing holes, some of the toughest in golf.

17 The first round scoring average of the last 17 major champions was 67.2. Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen shot 67 on day one at Quail Hollow.

18 For the first time in 18 majors, the eventual winner was over par after round one (Thomas shot 73).

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The flights

Air Astana flies direct from Dubai to Almaty from Dh2,440 per person return, and to Astana (via Almaty) from Dh2,930 return, both including taxes.

The hotels

Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Almaty cost from Dh1,944 per night including taxes; and in Astana the new Ritz-Carlton Astana (www.marriott) costs from Dh1,325; alternatively, the new St Regis Astana costs from Dh1,458 per night including taxes.

When to visit

March-May and September-November

Visas

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