I want a goody bag

Last night a number of lucky winners carted off little gold Oscar statuettes and were given the chance to cry in public and thank everyone from their mother to their masseuse. Even those nominees who were disappointed went home with a bag full of goodies said to be worth US$85,000, including a Fancy Feasts "Celebrate the Moment" gift package including a FlipCam Mino, a Tiffany crystal-studded cat collar and an assortment of Fancy Feast Appetisers for Cats, a holiday on the Turks & Caicos islands and an African safari with a private chef. A couple of years ago Sir Ian McKellan enthused about his loot: "I got two watches - one with 170 diamonds. A huge video instrument game, which I gave to the driver. Lots of goodies to eat and pamper yourself with. And earrings! Amazing!"

But such conspicuous consumption may not sit well with the message from one of Oscar night's most successful films. Avatar, the largest billing film in history, tells the story of the Na'vi tribe, who turn their back on consumerism and everything that Hollywood holds so dear, preferring instead to take their strength from mother nature and their profound connection with her. And very happy they are too. As Jake Sully, the hero of the film says: "There's nothing that we have that they want."

Not even a watch with 170 diamonds?


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5


Company: Vault
Started: June 2023
Co-founders: Bilal Abou-Diab and Sami Abdul Hadi
Based: Abu Dhabi
Licensed by: Abu Dhabi Global Market
Industry: Investment and wealth advisory
Funding: $1 million
Investors: Outliers VC and angel investors
Number of employees: 14

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat


Uefa Champions League final:

Who: Real Madrid v Liverpool
Where: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
When: Saturday, May 26, 10.45pm (UAE)
TV: Match on BeIN Sports

Company name: Farmin

Date started: March 2019

Founder: Dr Ali Al Hammadi 

Based: Abu Dhabi

Sector: AgriTech

Initial investment: None to date

Partners/Incubators: UAE Space Agency/Krypto Labs 

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