Wisdom through words: some Emirati proverbs

* Doun Al Halwa maash, wa doun Al zawali farash: You don't need that particular sweet to live or enjoy life, and you don't need that particular carpet or rug to rest upon. Stated to remind someone about contentment and not seek that one particular object that could be hard to get.

* Man Amarak? Man Nahanee?: Who ordered you to do this? Who stopped me from doing this? Story behind this is that there was a man stationed at a cemetery's gate who would ask to be paid a few rupees each time someone brought over a body to be buried. Families of the deceased would be too upset to question him over the fee. Then one day, someone told the sheikh of the tribe about this man, and he was brought over to him. The sheikh asked him who had ordered him to be stationed there and take the money, and that is when he replied, "no one stopped me". The sheikh then ordered him to stop, and he did.

* Al Darahim Marahim: Money is like an ointment, takes pain and problems away. It is said that this proverb goes back to the fourth Caliphate, Ali ibn Abi Talib. (656 -661 CE)

* Al Duniya Jafela, had yarouh, had yadwi: A bedu proverb, where life is compared to a caravan, someone leaves in the afternoon, and someone comes at sunset. Also refers to birth and death in life's cycle.

* Dana Taleaa min Kharaba: a coastal proverb, where a beautiful pearl had emerged from a bad oyster. Said to when there is a beautiful woman with great manners and poise that came from a bad home with a bad reputation.

* Al Zain moutalaa al ghoul min al sarb: a proverb from the mountains, where a wiseman was able to get the snake out of its hole, and kill it. Applied to when someone with good manners and kindness was so good that was able to gain the trust of a snake or someone bad and reform or convince them.

* Courtesy Dr Rashid Al Mazrouei

Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

From September 18-25, Abu Dhabi . The two finalists advance to the main event in South Africa in February 2023

Group A: United States, Ireland, Scotland, Bangladesh
Group B: UAE, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea

UAE group fixtures:
Sept 18, 3pm, Zayed Cricket Stadium – UAE v Thailand
Sept 19, 3pm, Tolerance Oval - PNG v UAE
Sept 21, 7pm, Tolerance Oval – UAE v Zimbabwe

UAE squad: Chaya Mughal (captain), Esha Oza, Kavisha Kumari, Rinitha Rajith, Rithika Rajith, Khushi Sharma, Theertha Satish, Lavanya Keny, Priyanjali Jain, Suraksha Kotte, Natasha Cherriath, Indhuja Nandakumar, Vaishnave Mahesh, Siya Gokhale, Samaira Dharnidharka

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Forced Deportations

While the Lebanese government has deported a number of refugees back to Syria since 2011, the latest round is the first en-mass campaign of its kind, say the Access Center for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization which monitors the conditions of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

“In the past, the Lebanese General Security was responsible for the forced deportation operations of refugees, after forcing them to sign papers stating that they wished to return to Syria of their own free will. Now, the Lebanese army, specifically military intelligence, is responsible for the security operation,” said Mohammad Hasan, head of ACHR.
In just the first four months of 2023 the number of forced deportations is nearly double that of the entirety of 2022.

Since the beginning of 2023, ACHR has reported 407 forced deportations – 200 of which occurred in April alone.

In comparison, just 154 people were forcfully deported in 2022.


Instances of violence against Syrian refugees are not uncommon.

Just last month, security camera footage of men violently attacking and stabbing an employee at a mini-market went viral. The store’s employees had engaged in a verbal altercation with the men who had come to enforce an order to shutter shops, following the announcement of a municipal curfew for Syrian refugees.
“They thought they were Syrian,” said the mayor of the Nahr el Bared municipality, Charbel Bou Raad, of the attackers.
It later emerged the beaten employees were Lebanese. But the video was an exemplary instance of violence at a time when anti-Syrian rhetoric is particularly heated as Lebanese politicians call for the return of Syrian refugees to Syria.


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Two-step truce

The UN-brokered ceasefire deal for Hodeidah will be implemented in two stages, with the first to be completed before the New Year begins, according to the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government.

By midnight on December 31, the Houthi rebels will have to withdraw from the ports of Hodeidah, Ras Issa and Al Saqef, coalition officials told The National. 

The second stage will be the complete withdrawal of all pro-government forces and rebels from Hodeidah city, to be completed by midnight on January 7.

The process is to be overseen by a Redeployment Co-ordination Committee (RCC) comprising UN monitors and representatives of the government and the rebels.

The agreement also calls the deployment of UN-supervised neutral forces in the city and the establishment of humanitarian corridors to ensure distribution of aid across the country.

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