Father of senior Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh poses with his son's picture at his family house in the northern Gaza Strip January 29, 2010. Israel assassinated al-Mabhouh, who played a major role in a Palestinian uprising in the 1980s, in Dubai, an official in the Islamist group said on Friday. Israeli officials had no immediate comment. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST IMAGES OF THE DAY) *** Local Caption ***  SJS02_PALESTINIANS-_0129_11.JPG *** Local Caption ***  SJS02_PALESTINIANS-_0129_11.JPG
Mahmoud al Mabhouh holds a picture of his son, a senior Hamas commander killed in Dubai, at his family home in Gaza yesterday.

Senior Hamas leader murdered in Dubai hotel



A senior member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has been found murdered in a Dubai hotel. Hamas accused agents from Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, of assassinating Mahmoud al Mabhouh, a founder of their military wing, the Ezzedeen al Qassam Brigades.

The Israeli government has not commented on the claims. Dubai Police confirmed that the body of al Mabhouh, 50, was found on January 20, a day after he entered the country from an unnamed Arab state. A statement said the suspects were mostly European passport holders and members of an "experienced criminal gang" who had been monitoring al Mabhouh's movements. The suspects fled the country before al Mabhouh's body was found in a room in a hotel, which police sources last night identified as Al Bustan Rotana in Al Garhoud.

Dubai Police are co-ordinating with Interpol on the case in an attempt to track down the killers. Hotel staff, speaking anonymously, confirmed that a Palestinian man had been found dead on the premises "about a week ago". Speaking to Al Jazeera from the Gaza Strip, al Mabhouh's brother, Fayeq, said the family had been informed by Hamas and "people close to the UAE authorities" that his brother had been murdered.

"The information we have is that he was assassinated inside his hotel room," he said. "He first received an electrical shock on the head and then he was strangled." According to a Hamas statement issued from Damascus yesterday, al Mabhouh "died a martyr in Dubai on January 20, 2010 in suspect circumstances that require an inquiry in co-operation with the United Arab Emirates authorities". The statement vowed that Hamas would "retaliate for this Zionist crime at the appropriate moment".

Ahmed Yousef, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, said last night that the killing showed that Israel "does not respect international law. It does not respect the sovereignty of other states. The country wants to show its hands can reach anywhere without being held accountable." Al Mabhouh was born in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza and was reportedly a key military planner in Hamas. Some sources suggest that he was a pivotal figure in attempts to procure weapons for Gaza.

Hamas said he had been involved in the capture and subsequent killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989, when he was exiled. Since then he had been based in Damascus, where he was reportedly close to the exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Al Mabhouh spent his life in and out of Israeli detention and was one of the state's most wanted men. The Israeli army destroyed the al Mabhouh family house in Gaza by way of retaliation, a common form of punishment by Israel.

On Thursday, his body was flown to Syria and yesterday a funeral was held in Al Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Mr Meshaal told thousands of Palestinians who turned out to mourn al Mabhouh that the "resistance will go on" and described him as a "great man" who fought the Israelis for 30 years. "I say to you Zionists, do not rejoice. You killed him, but his sons will fight you." Over the years a number of Hamas leaders have been killed in Israeli assassinations, or what Israel calls "targeted killings".

The founder of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, a quadriplegic, was killed in Gaza when two missiles struck his wheelchair as he returned from morning prayers in 2004. A month later, Abdel Aziz Rantissi, who succeeded him, was killed in a similar attack. Since then, the Hamas leadership has divided responsibilities between those within the occupied Palestinian territories and those in exile. Overall leadership now rests with Mr Meshaal, who, in 1997, was himself the target of an unsuccessful Israeli assassination attempt in Jordan.

Al Mabhouh's assassination comes as a fragile truce is holding in and around Gaza. Hamas has been largely successful in ending the rocket fire against Israel, wary of a repeat of Israel's fierce attacks on the impoverished strip last year. * Additional reporting by Eugene Harnan

EMIRATES'S REVISED A350 DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE

Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

COMPANY PROFILE

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

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

Top 5 concerns globally:

1. Unemployment

2. Spread of infectious diseases

3. Fiscal crises

4. Cyber attacks

5. Profound social instability

Top 5 concerns in the Mena region

1. Energy price shock

2. Fiscal crises

3. Spread of infectious diseases

4. Unmanageable inflation

5. Cyber attacks

Source: World Economic Foundation

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UAE medallists at Asian Games 2023

Gold
Magomedomar Magomedomarov – Judo – Men’s +100kg
Khaled Al Shehi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -62kg
Faisal Al Ketbi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -85kg
Asma Al Hosani – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -52kg
Shamma Al Kalbani – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -63kg
Silver
Omar Al Marzooqi – Equestrian – Individual showjumping
Bishrelt Khorloodoi – Judo – Women’s -52kg
Khalid Al Blooshi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -62kg
Mohamed Al Suwaidi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -69kg
Balqees Abdulla – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -48kg
Bronze
Hawraa Alajmi – Karate – Women’s kumite -50kg
Ahmed Al Mansoori – Cycling – Men’s omnium
Abdullah Al Marri – Equestrian – Individual showjumping
Team UAE – Equestrian – Team showjumping
Dzhafar Kostoev – Judo – Men’s -100kg
Narmandakh Bayanmunkh – Judo – Men’s -66kg
Grigorian Aram – Judo – Men’s -90kg
Mahdi Al Awlaqi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -77kg
Saeed Al Kubaisi – Jiu-jitsu – Men’s -85kg
Shamsa Al Ameri – Jiu-jitsu – Women’s -57kg

Results

Stage 3:
1. Einer Rubio (COL) Movistar Team - 4h51’24”
2. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step - 14"
3. Adam Yates (GBR) UAE Team Emirates - 15"
General classifications:
1. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step
2. Lucas Plapp (AUS) Ineos Grenaders) - 7"
3. Pello Bilbao (ESP) Bahrain Victorious - 11"

Elvis

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge

Rating: 4/5

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

The biog

Siblings: five brothers and one sister

Education: Bachelors in Political Science at the University of Minnesota

Interests: Swimming, tennis and the gym

Favourite place: UAE

Favourite packet food on the trip: pasta primavera

What he did to pass the time during the trip: listen to audio books

COMPANY PROFILE

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)

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

Founders: Ines Mena, Claudia Ribas, Simona Agolini, Nourhan Hassan and Therese Hundt

Date started: January 2017, app launched November 2017

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Private/Retail/Leisure

Number of Employees: 18 employees, including full-time and flexible workers

Funding stage and size: Seed round completed Q4 2019 - $1m raised

Funders: Oman Technology Fund, 500 Startups, Vision Ventures, Seedstars, Mindshift Capital, Delta Partners Ventures, with support from the OQAL Angel Investor Network and UAE Business Angels

Family reunited

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was born and raised in Tehran and studied English literature before working as a translator in the relief effort for the Japanese International Co-operation Agency in 2003.+

She moved to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies before moving to the World Health Organisation as a communications officer.

She came to the UK in 2007 after securing a scholarship at London Metropolitan University to study a master's in communication management and met her future husband through mutual friends a month later.

The couple were married in August 2009 in Winchester and their daughter was born in June 2014.

She was held in her native country a year later.+

The Color Purple

Director: Blitz Bazawule
Starring: Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo
Rating: 4/5

Awar Qalb

Director: Jamal Salem

Starring: Abdulla Zaid, Joma Ali, Neven Madi and Khadija Sleiman

Two stars


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