epa06366478 A general view of the foreign ministers meeting ahead of the 38th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, at Bayan palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, 04 December 2017. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Foreign Ministers held their 144th meeting ahead of the 38th Summit on 05 and December.  EPA/NOUFAL IBRAHIM
A general view of the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit happening in Kuwait City. EPA

Top UN court asked to rule in Qatari air space row



The fight between the Arab quartet and Qatar took a new twist on Friday as three Middle Eastern countries asked the UN's top court to resolve a dispute with Doha over sovereign airspace.

Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to quash a decision in Qatar's favour, handed down by the UN's global civil aviation body.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) last week ruled it had the jurisdiction to determine a dispute brought by Qatar, accusing its neighbours of violating an agreement that regulates the free passage of passenger planes through foreign airspace.

The three countries now want the Hague-based court to nullify the ruling by ICAO, saying its decision was "manifestly flawed and in violation of fundamental principles of due process and the right to be heard."

"The ICAO council is not competent to adjudicate", the countries said in papers filed before the ICJ.

They sought a declaration that the ICAO's decision is "null and void and without effect."

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Thursday's filing is the latest salvo in the increasingly rancorous battle between Doha and its Gulf neighbours which erupted a year ago.

Then Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and other allies severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism and Iran, and imposed wide-ranging punitive measures which included banning Qatari planes from their airspace.

In other measures, Saudi Arabia's land border with Qatar was closed and Gulf states ordered Qataris to leave within 14 days as well as calling home their own citizens.

Last month Doha claimed at the ICJ that the UAE has passed laws or orders relating to the expulsion of Qataris from the Emirates.

The UAE has refuted the claims and said that the ICJ has no authority to hear Qatar’s case.

The ICJ – the UN's highest legal body – was set up in 1946 to rule in disputes against states, but it can also give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by other UN organs and specialised agencies.

All diplomatic efforts have proved fruitless in resolving the crisis.

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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)

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Source: Emirates

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May 11: US coastguard recovers $80 million heroin haul from fishing vessel in Gulf of Oman

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UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

Company profile

Company: Zywa
Started: 2021
Founders: Nuha Hashem and Alok Kumar
Based: UAE
Industry: FinTech
Funding size: $3m
Company valuation: $30m

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Most countries now actively want a weak currency to make their exports more competitive. “China seems happy to let the renminbi drift lower, the Swiss are still running quantitative easing at full tilt and central bankers everywhere are actively talking down their currencies or offering only limited support," says Mr Mould.

This is a race to the bottom, and everybody wants to be a winner.

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