United Arab Emirates - Dubai - Jan. 16, 2009:
Zahraa Al Khalisi (cq-al), 22, of Abu Dhabi, stretches out before competing in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2009 10km Road Race in Dubai on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Amy Leang/The National  

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Zahraa al Khalisi stretches before her 10km run.

'The last kilometre was a breeze'



Zahraa al Khalisi of The National tells her experience of the 10km run I had told everyone my goal was to finish the 10km event of the Dubai Marathon in under an hour. But to be honest, I had not run in about a month and I do not even remember the last time I ran a 10km so my real target was to finish in under an hour and 10 minutes. Making sure I woke up at 5am in my Dubai hotel room and didn't sleep through the alarm clock was my first challenge. Getting ready in the pitch-black, I realised I had forgotten my digital watch. If there is one thing a runner should not forget it is a digital watch. It was not a good start.

I left with my brother in a taxi for the start of the race which was on the blocked roads across from Dubai Media City. It was still dark as we warmed up - the sun was not going to rise for another hour. As we watched the marathon runners set off, I began to wonder whether I would manage the full distance. Fifteen minutes later we were at the start line, standing behind the crowd of participants. Then we were off.

As we began I took it slow, worried that I might not have any energy left to complete the race. My brother, who started by my side, was already ahead of me. After two kilometres the gap widened and I could no longer could see him in the distance. I thought I could possibly catch up to him in the final stretch, but I was wrong. The course was exciting. I was surrounded by so many runners cheering each other on. The highlight was seeing the sun rise above Dubai's skyline. As I turned back and took a drink of water at the five-km point, I felt energised.

Then something happened that I had never known in all the many races I have run in the UAE over the past 10 years - it started raining. It did not last long, but it did add a refreshing perspective. By the seventh kilometre I started picking up my pace. I was hoping to catch my brother, but he was nowhere to be seen. I ran faster as I passed each kilometre mark and the excitement grew as the finish line approached. The last kilometre was a breeze.

I sprinted in the last 300 metres wondering what my time was. Just a leap away from the finish line, I looked at the official watch above me - 1:04:45. Not bad. I was content. I saw my brother, who finished the run in just under an hour, waiting for me. We received our finishers' medals and headed off towards the stands to cheer home Haile Gebrselassie at the marathon finish line. * The National

A new relationship with the old country

Treaty of Friendship between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United Arab Emirates

The United kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United Arab Emirates; Considering that the United Arab Emirates has assumed full responsibility as a sovereign and independent State; Determined that the long-standing and traditional relations of close friendship and cooperation between their peoples shall continue; Desiring to give expression to this intention in the form of a Treaty Friendship; Have agreed as follows:

ARTICLE 1 The relations between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United Arab Emirates shall be governed by a spirit of close friendship. In recognition of this, the Contracting Parties, conscious of their common interest in the peace and stability of the region, shall: (a) consult together on matters of mutual concern in time of need; (b) settle all their disputes by peaceful means in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.

ARTICLE 2 The Contracting Parties shall encourage education, scientific and cultural cooperation between the two States in accordance with arrangements to be agreed. Such arrangements shall cover among other things: (a) the promotion of mutual understanding of their respective cultures, civilisations and languages, the promotion of contacts among professional bodies, universities and cultural institutions; (c) the encouragement of technical, scientific and cultural exchanges.

ARTICLE 3 The Contracting Parties shall maintain the close relationship already existing between them in the field of trade and commerce. Representatives of the Contracting Parties shall meet from time to time to consider means by which such relations can be further developed and strengthened, including the possibility of concluding treaties or agreements on matters of mutual concern.

ARTICLE 4 This Treaty shall enter into force on today’s date and shall remain in force for a period of ten years. Unless twelve months before the expiry of the said period of ten years either Contracting Party shall have given notice to the other of its intention to terminate the Treaty, this Treaty shall remain in force thereafter until the expiry of twelve months from the date on which notice of such intention is given.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned have signed this Treaty.

DONE in duplicate at Dubai the second day of December 1971AD, corresponding to the fifteenth day of Shawwal 1391H, in the English and Arabic languages, both texts being equally authoritative.

Signed

Geoffrey Arthur Sheikh Zayed

ABU DHABI'S KEY TOURISM GOALS: BY THE NUMBERS

By 2030, Abu Dhabi aims to achieve:

• 39.3 million visitors, nearly 64% up from 2023

• Dh90 billion contribution to GDP, about 84% more than Dh49 billion in 2023

• 178,000 new jobs, bringing the total to about 366,000

• 52,000 hotel rooms, up 53% from 34,000 in 2023

• 7.2 million international visitors, almost 90% higher compared to 2023's 3.8 million

• 3.9 international overnight hotel stays, 22% more from 3.2 nights in 2023

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Diriyah project at a glance

- Diriyah’s 1.9km King Salman Boulevard, a Parisian Champs-Elysees-inspired avenue, is scheduled for completion in 2028
- The Royal Diriyah Opera House is expected to be completed in four years
- Diriyah’s first of 42 hotels, the Bab Samhan hotel, will open in the first quarter of 2024
- On completion in 2030, the Diriyah project is forecast to accommodate more than 100,000 people
- The $63.2 billion Diriyah project will contribute $7.2 billion to the kingdom’s GDP
- It will create more than 178,000 jobs and aims to attract more than 50 million visits a year
- About 2,000 people work for the Diriyah Company, with more than 86 per cent being Saudi citizens


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