Sport used to put the UAE on the map

Soccer has the largest profile with multi-billion-dollar firms falling over themselves to be associated with the top teams. Etihad, aside from the new shirt deal with Manchester City, is already involved in a sponsorship deal with Chelsea as the team's official airline. It is not the only firm to have its name emblazoned across the chests of English Premier League teams: Emirates Airline has the same tie-in with Arsenal. The club's home is the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium. Emirates also has a number of lucrative sponsorship deals with international clubs such as the Italian giants AC Milan, the German team Hamburg SV, French club Paris St Germain and the Greek team Olympiakos CFP. It also sponsors the Asian Football Confederation and a two-day pre-season fixture, the Emirates Cup. According to recent figures, Emirates spends 2.7 per cent of its total budget on marketing. The telecommunications provider Etisalat signed a four-year, US$16 million (Dh59m) deal with the Spanish club FC Barcelona in February.

Emirates Airline has also been keen to raise its profile among rugby fans, backing a series of international tournaments.

The airline co-funded the construction of a purpose-built stadium in Dubai, to host the 2009 World Cup Rugby Sevens tournament, and has announced plans to back the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The firm will also sponsor the International Rugby Board (IRB) referees and match officials, the Sevens World Series and International Sevens Teams and the Western Force, a rugby union team based in Perth, Western Australia. In July, 2007, Etihad announced that it would become the main sponsor of the London-based Harlequins rugby club in a deal that saw the east stand of the team's home ground, the Twickenham Stoop Stadium, renamed the Etihad Stand. The agreement also saw the Etihad logo painted on the roof of the stand, which is on the flight path of Heathrow airport.

With the large number of workers from India and Pakistan and the sport's large and dedicated fan base, the UAE has backed several international and domestic cricket fixtures, with Emirates Airline signing several large deals for international cricket.

The firm is the official sponsor of Cricket Australia, formerly known as the Australian Cricket Board, which is the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in the country. It also pays to be linked to the Lord's Taverners, an English charity dedicated to the promotion of cricket among young people, and is the title sponsor of the Pro ARCH Trophy, an annual competition between six English county sides. It is also the major sponsor of the King's XI Punjab cricket team in the Indian Premier League, the largest Twenty-20 cricket tournament in the world.

The UAE has in recent years taken a keen interest in motorsport and has looked for tie-ins. In the summer of 2005, Mubadala Development Company, the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi Government, bought a five per cent stake in the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari and became a key sponsor of the firm's F1 team. Mubadala became the first non-financial institution shareholder, other than Fiat and the Ferrari family, to own a stake in the firm.

A condition of the four-year deal ensures the Mubadala logo features on the Ferrari F1 cars competing in the World Championships as well as on the caps of its drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. Etihad also agreed a three-year deal with Ferrari in March last year to become a title sponsor of Ferrari, with the airline's logos appearing on F1 cars' rear wings, on their turning vanes and on the drivers' helmets. The company is also a key sponsor of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November, along with the Abu Dhabi-based developer, Aldar Properties.

Aldar is also active in golf sponsorship, having signed a deal in April 2007 with Britain's Paul Casey, one of Europe's leading golfers and winner of the 2007 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The firm is also behind big-budget projects such as the UAE-based Ferrari World theme park and the Yas Marina Formula One race circuit, specially designed for this year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Emirates Airline also sponsors a dozen golfing events around the world including the Dubai Desert Classic, the Dubai Ladies' Masters, the Malaysian Open, the Hong Kong Open, the BMW International Open, the Austrian Open, the Volvo Masters of Asia, the Hero Honda Open, the Australian PGA Championships, the Africa Open, the Volvo China Open, and the HSBC Champions. India's top professional golfer, JM Singh, is also sponsored by the course development firm Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Leisurecorp, a subsidiary of the Dubai Government's investment wing, Dubai World, announced in November 2007 that it would put in US$10m annually for the European Tour Order of Merit golf competition, to be renamed The Race to Dubai. The group also announced that it would sponsor the inaugural Dubai World Championship, the world's richest tournament, with a $10m prize fund, which will be held in November.

As befits a seafaring nation, Emirati companies back several watersports teams and events. Emirates Airline sponsors Emirates Team New Zealand, which has enjoyed success in the Americas Cup, as well as the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. Sharjah-based Air Arabia sponsors the Bahrain sailing team. Horseracing receives big investment, with Emirates sponsoring the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Godolphin Stables and the Australian Jockey Club, as well as races such as the Dubai World Cup, Melbourne Cup, Champion Stakes, Newmarket, Yorkshire Cup, York, and The Singapore Derby.

Dubai Duty Free is the title sponsor of Newbury's important two-day Spring Trials, while in polo, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi sponsors the Habtoor Polo Cup. Emirates has also moved into the world of Australian Rules Football with its sponsorship of the Melbourne team Collingwood. Not to be outdone, Etihad Airways sponsors the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Hurling is an outdoor team sport of ancient Gaelic origin.

The banking group Emirates NBD has sponsored events including the Dubai Tennis Championship, the Al Ain Squash Tournament and the Abu Dhabi Women's Volleyball Tournament.

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, which can lead to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer.

There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E.

Hepatitis C is mostly transmitted through exposure to infective blood. This can occur through blood transfusions, contaminated injections during medical procedures, and through injecting drugs. Sexual transmission is also possible, but is much less common.

People infected with hepatitis C experience few or no symptoms, meaning they can live with the virus for years without being diagnosed. This delay in treatment can increase the risk of significant liver damage.

There are an estimated 170 million carriers of Hepatitis C around the world.

The virus causes approximately 399,000 fatalities each year worldwide, according to WHO.


The years Ramadan fell in May





The specs

Engine: 4-litre twin-turbo V8

Transmission: nine-speed

Power: 542bhp

Torque: 700Nm

Price: Dh848,000

On sale: now


1. Black holes are objects whose gravity is so strong not even light can escape their pull

2. They can be created when massive stars collapse under their own weight

3. Large black holes can also be formed when smaller ones collide and merge

4. The biggest black holes lurk at the centre of many galaxies, including our own

5. Astronomers believe that when the universe was very young, black holes affected how galaxies formed

Apple Mac through the years

1984 - Apple unveiled the Macintosh on January 24
1985 - Steve Jobs departed from Apple and established NeXT
1986 - Apple introduced the Macintosh Plus, featuring enhanced memory
1987 - Apple launched the Macintosh II, equipped with colour capabilities
1989 - The widely acclaimed Macintosh SE/30 made its debut
1994 - Apple presented the Power Macintosh
1996 - The Macintosh System Software OS underwent a rebranding as Mac OS
2001 - Apple introduced Mac OS X, marrying Unix stability with a user-friendly interface
2006 - Apple adopted Intel processors in MacBook Pro laptops
2008 - Apple introduced the MacBook Air, a lightweight laptop
2012 - Apple launched the MacBook Pro with a retina display
2016 - The Mac operating system underwent rebranding as macOS
2020 - Apple introduced the M1 chip for Macs, combining high performance and energy efficiency
2022 - The M2 chip was announced
2023 -The M3 line-up of chip was announced to improve performance and add new capabilities for Mac.


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to, 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 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

Managing the separation process

  • Choose your nursery carefully in the first place
  • Relax – and hopefully your child will follow suit
  • Inform the staff in advance of your child’s likes and dislikes.
  • If you need some extra time to talk to the teachers, make an appointment a few days in advance, rather than attempting to chat on your child’s first day
  • The longer you stay, the more upset your child will become. As difficult as it is, walk away. Say a proper goodbye and reassure your child that you will be back
  • Be patient. Your child might love it one day and hate it the next
  • Stick at it. Don’t give up after the first day or week. It takes time for children to settle into a new routine.And, finally, don’t feel guilty.

Argentina 0 Croatia 3
Rebic (53'), Modric (80'), Rakitic (90'+1)


Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Consoles: PC, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X and S
Rating: 4/5

Mountain Boy

Director: Zainab Shaheen

Starring: Naser Al Messabi

Rating: 3/5


Director: Jim Strouse

Stars: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, Celine Dion

Rating: 2/5

WWE TLC results

Asuka won the SmackDown Women's title in a TLC triple threat with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair

Dean Ambrose won the Intercontinental title against Seth Rollins

Daniel Bryan retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles

Ronda Rousey retained the Raw Women's Championship against Nia Jax

Rey Mysterio beat Randy Orton in a chairs match

Finn Balor defeated Drew McIntyre

Natalya beat Ruby Riott in a tables match

Braun Strowman beat Baron Corbin in a TLC match

Sheamus and Cesaro retained the SmackDown Tag Titles against The Usos and New Day

R-Truth and Carmella won the Mixed Match Challenge by beating Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox

The specs

Engine: Turbocharged four-cylinder 2.7-litre

Power: 325hp

Torque: 500Nm

Transmission: 10-speed automatic

Price: From Dh189,700

On sale: now

Super Mario Bros Wonder

Developer: Nintendo EPD
Publisher: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo Switch
Rating: 4/5

Mina Cup winners

Under 12 – Minerva Academy

Under 14 – Unam Pumas

Under 16 – Fursan Hispania

Under 18 – Madenat


Date started: February 2017

Founders: Amira Rashad (CEO), Yusuf Saber (CTO), Mahmoud Sayedahmed (adviser), Reda Bouraoui (adviser)

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: E-commerce 

Size: 50 employees

Funding: approximately $6m

Investors: Beco Capital, Enabling Future and Wain in the UAE; China's MSA Capital; 500 Startups; Faith Capital and Savour Ventures in Kuwait

The specs

Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo

Power: 217hp at 5,750rpm

Torque: 300Nm at 1,900rpm

Transmission: eight-speed auto

Price: from Dh130,000

On sale: now


Arsenal 2

Sokratis Papastathopoulos 45+4'

Eddie Ntkeiah 51'

Portsmouth 0




Victor Nunes (BRA) beat Siyovush Gulmamadov (TJK)

(Split decision)


Hussein Salim (IRQ) beat Shakhriyor Juraev (UZB)

(Round 1 submission, armbar)

Catchweight 80kg

Rashed Dawood (UAE) beat Otabek Kadirov (UZB)

(Round-1 submission, rear naked choke)


Ho Taek-oh (KOR) beat Ronald Girones (CUB)

(Round 3 submission, triangle choke)


Arthur Zaynukov (RUS) beat Damien Lapilus (FRA)

(Unanimous points)


Vinicius de Oliveira (BRA) beat Furkatbek Yokubov (RUS)

(Round 1 TKO)


Movlid Khaybulaev (RUS) v Zaka Fatullazade (AZE)

(Round 1 rear naked choke)


Shannon Ross (TUR) beat Donovon Freelow (USA)

(Unanimous decision)


Dan Collins (GBR) beat Mohammad Yahya (UAE)

(Round 2 submission D’arce choke)

Catchweight 73kg

Martun Mezhulmyan (ARM) beat Islam Mamedov (RUS)

(Round 3 submission, kneebar)

Bantamweight world title

Xavier Alaoui (MAR) beat Jaures Dea (CAM)

(Unanimous points 48-46, 49-45, 49-45)

Flyweight world title

Manon Fiorot (FRA) v Gabriela Campo (ARG)

(Round 1 RSC)

Company profile

Name: Khodar
Based: Cairo and Alexandria, in Egypt
Founders: Ayman Hamza, Yasser Eidrous and Amr El Sheikh
Sector: agriculture technology
Funding: $500,000
Investors: Saudi Arabia’s Revival Lab and others
Employees: 35

Film: Raid
Dir: Rajkumar Gupta
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D'cruz and Saurabh Shukla

Verdict:  Three stars 



Granada v Real Betis (9.30pm)

Valencia v Levante (midnight)


Espanyol v Alaves (4pm)

Celta Vigo v Villarreal (7pm)

Leganes v Real Valladolid (9.30pm)

Mallorca v Barcelona (midnight)


Atletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid (4pm)

Real Madrid v Eibar (9.30pm)

Real Sociedad v Osasuna (midnight)


Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Timothee Chamalet, Zendaya, Austin Butler

Rating: 5/5

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).


Uefa Champions League semi-final, first leg
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

When: April 25, 10.45pm kick-off (UAE)
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich
Live: BeIN Sports HD
Second leg: May 1, Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

UAE rugby in numbers

5 - Year sponsorship deal between Hesco and Jebel Ali Dragons

700 - Dubai Hurricanes had more than 700 playing members last season between their mini and youth, men's and women's teams

Dh600,000 - Dubai Exiles' budget for pitch and court hire next season, for their rugby, netball and cricket teams

Dh1.8m - Dubai Hurricanes' overall budget for next season

Dh2.8m - Dubai Exiles’ overall budget for next season

The specs: 2024 Mercedes E200

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cyl turbo + mild hybrid
Power: 204hp at 5,800rpm +23hp hybrid boost
Torque: 320Nm at 1,800rpm +205Nm hybrid boost
Transmission: 9-speed auto
Fuel consumption: 7.3L/100km
On sale: November/December
Price: From Dh205,000 (estimate)


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

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