PODCAST: UAE in a minute for January 7, 2018

Making today's headlines: a fire in Abu Dhabi, Coptic Christmas and choppy seas

DUBAI. 16th Dec.2008. A lifeguard on duty at a deserted Madinat Jumeirah beach in Dubai yesterday(weds) as cloud and rain kept the holiday makers indoors. Stephen Lock  /  The National.   *** Local Caption ***  SL-cloud-003.jpgSL-cloud-003.jpg

About 200 labourers have lost their homes and belongings after a fire ripped through their accommodations at Al Reef on Saturday.

Fire destroys worker accommodation at Al Reef

Today is Christmas Day for Copts and most Orthodox churches. On Saturday night, more than 3,000 worshippers attended the Christmas service at St Anthony’s Orthodox Cathedral for Coptic Egyptians in Abu Dhabi. They prayed for tolerance and peace on earth.

Thousands gather to celebrate Coptic Christmas service in Abu Dhabi

Forecasters have issued a swimming ban in the Arabian Gulf sea until Monday due to extremely rough conditions.

UAE weather: 'turbulent' waves prompt swimming ban