Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, reacts to the announcement.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, reacts to the announcement.

UAE wins bid to house Irena headquarters



SHARM EL SHEIKH // Abu Dhabi will host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), it was announced today, after two European competitors withdrew from the race. Germany and Austria agreed to withdraw moments before a vote was to take place after reaching a compromise in which they would each house a satellite centre for the agency. IRENA will serve as a lobbying force and information centre for renewable energy policy worldwide, and its establishment in Abu Dhabi will represent the first time an international organisation headquarters is based in a developing country. The agency headquarters would receive the full support of the UAE government, pledged Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. "I would start by thanking Germany and Austria for their support for the UAE today, it certainly shows a lot of interest in our bid," Sheikh Abdullah said. "Because of the very fair, frank, competion we had very strong bids from all three countries." Details on the satellite agencies in Bonn, Germany and Vienna, Austria remained sketchy in the moments after the announcement. Germany said it would commit ?4 million to establish the centre and supply ?2-3 million annually for its operations. Austria also pledged to support for the development of a centre in its capital, but did not offer a firm financial commitment. Moments after the decision was announced, the UAE delegation of 55 members leapt to their feet with cheers and embraces. The win culminates a lengthy and aggressive diplomatic campaign by the UAE government to bring the headquarters to Abu Dhabi. The Masdar CEO Dr Sultan al Jaber said: "This is a historic agreement, we're very proud." "All countries appreciated our efforts we've had a strong support of all countries, all the countries agreed that the UAE is the best and the one who should host the agency." Dr Jabar also said there had been a consensus among the participant countries that the UAE was the best candidate. Asked what would be the next step, he said: "Execution, execution." cstanton@thenational.ae mhabboush@thenational.ae

Company Profile

Company name: NutriCal

Started: 2019

Founder: Soniya Ashar

Based: Dubai

Industry: Food Technology

Initial investment: Self-funded undisclosed amount

Future plan: Looking to raise fresh capital and expand in Saudi Arabia

Total Clients: Over 50

Traces of Enayat

Author: Iman Mersal
Publisher: And Other Stories
Pages: 240

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

The specs

Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo
Power: 261hp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 400Nm at 1,750-4,000rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch auto
Fuel consumption: 10.5L/100km
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh129,999 (VX Luxury); from Dh149,999 (VX Black Gold)

Kill

Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

Company profile

Company name: amana
Started: 2010
Founders: Karim Farra and Ziad Aboujeb
Based: UAE
Regulator: DFSA
Sector: Financial services
Current number of staff: 85
Investment stage: Self-funded

Coming soon

Torno Subito by Massimo Bottura

When the W Dubai – The Palm hotel opens at the end of this year, one of the highlights will be Massimo Bottura’s new restaurant, Torno Subito, which promises “to take guests on a journey back to 1960s Italy”. It is the three Michelinstarred chef’s first venture in Dubai and should be every bit as ambitious as you would expect from the man whose restaurant in Italy, Osteria Francescana, was crowned number one in this year’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Akira Back Dubai

Another exciting opening at the W Dubai – The Palm hotel is South Korean chef Akira Back’s new restaurant, which will continue to showcase some of the finest Asian food in the world. Back, whose Seoul restaurant, Dosa, won a Michelin star last year, describes his menu as,  “an innovative Japanese cuisine prepared with a Korean accent”.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The highly experimental chef, whose dishes are as much about spectacle as taste, opens his first restaurant in Dubai next year. Housed at The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will feature contemporary twists on recipes that date back to the 1300s, including goats’ milk cheesecake. Always remember with a Blumenthal dish: nothing is quite as it seems. 

UAE FIXTURES

Wednesday 19 April – UAE v Kuwait
Friday 21 April – UAE v Hong Kong
Sunday 23 April – UAE v Singapore
Wednesday 26 April – UAE v Bahrain
Saturday 29 April – Semi-finals
Sunday 30 April – Third position match
Monday 1 May – Final

The specs: 2018 Kia Picanto

Price: From Dh39,500

Engine: 1.2L inline four-cylinder

Transmission: Four-speed auto

Power: 86hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque: 122Nm @ 4,000rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 6.0L / 100km


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