NEW YORK - APRIL 08:  Actress Elizabeth Hurley attends The Breast Canceer Foundation's Hottest Pink Party at The Waldorf Astoria on April 08, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
The actress Elizabeth Hurley attends the Breast Cancer Foundation's Hottest Pink Party, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in April.

Largest human chain to mark breast cancer awareness drive

DUBAI // Dubai will mark International Breast Cancer Awareness Month by trying to break another world record - assembling 4,000 people to form the largest-ever human version of the movement's pink ribbon. The emirate set a record for the largest ribbon shape last year, when organisers gathered 105,000 pink carnations measuring 29 metres. The record to beat for a human-chain formation is 3,640 people, set in Germany two years ago. More than 2,500 people have already signed up to try and beat that, and earn recognition from Guinness World Records, at the Emirates Golf Club a week on Friday.

The Burj Al Arab and Grand Hyatt Dubai hotels have pledged to illuminate their exteriors in pink to support the campaign. "The pink ribbon is now something everyone associates with breast cancer awareness," said Norma Zoghby, who is helping to organise the human chain. "This event in Dubai is another exciting way of fund-raising, in a new way, and spreading the message about regular mammograms and ways to look out for breast cancer."

The pink ribbon was born in 1992, when Self, a US women's health and fitness magazine, put out a special issue marking National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Evelyn Lauder, an executive at Estée Lauder, and the founder's daughter, worked with Self's editor, Alexandra Penney, on the issue. Independently, a breast cancer survivor in the US came up with the design for the ribbon. The two parties joined forces, the ribbon became a symbol - as did the colour pink - and now each year events are held around the world in October to raise awareness of the disease.


Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024


Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).


Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).


Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

Afghanistan fixtures
  • v Australia, today
  • v Sri Lanka, Tuesday
  • v New Zealand, Saturday,
  • v South Africa, June 15
  • v England, June 18
  • v India, June 22
  • v Bangladesh, June 24
  • v Pakistan, June 29
  • v West Indies, July 4
Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices


Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)


Saturday, April 20: 11am to 7pm - Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival and Para jiu-jitsu.

Sunday, April 21: 11am to 6pm - Abu Dhabi World Youth (female) Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Monday, April 22: 11am to 6pm - Abu Dhabi World Youth (male) Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Tuesday, April 23: 11am-6pm Abu Dhabi World Masters Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Wednesday, April 24: 11am-6pm Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Thursday, April 25: 11am-5pm Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Friday, April 26: 3pm to 6pm Finals of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Saturday, April 27: 4pm and 8pm awards ceremony.

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