Hamdan attends Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship finals

Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the final matches of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City.

The championship was held under the patronage of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed handed out medals to the winners in the presence of HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Abdulmunem Al Sayed Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union and Vice President of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation; and Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Secretary-General of the Asian and International Federations. 

'Fate of the Furious' on pace for record global opening weekend

The eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World."
Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that "The Fate of the Furious" would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.
If the figures hold, it will just inch past the previous record holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which launched to $529 million in December of 2015 without China.
The film broke the record for biggest international weekend ever, with $432.3 million. The previous record holder was "Jurassic World" with $316.7 million.
"There is no market that hasn't had a strong reception," said Duncan Clark, Universal's president of international distribution. "Whatever culture, whatever language, whatever country, we seem to have found a home."
The China opening alone brought in a record $190 million followed by $17.8 million from Mexico and $17 million from the U.K. and Ireland.
An estimated $100.2 million of the global total comes from 4,310 North American theaters — a second best for the franchise and enough to easily top the domestic charts, but well below the $147.2 million opening of "Furious 7" in 2015.

1."The Fate of the Furious," $100.2 million ($432.3 million international).
2."The Boss Baby," $15.5 million ($36.8 million international).
3."Beauty and the Beast," $13.6 million ($22 million international).
4."Smurfs: The Lost Village," $6.5 million ($16.4 million international).
5."Going in Style," $6.4 million ($4.3 million international).
6."Gifted," $3 million.
7."Get Out," $2.9 million ($1 million international).
8."Power Rangers," $2.9 million ($2.7 million international).
9."The Case for Christ," $2.7 million.
10."Kong: Skull Island," $2.7 million ($3.8 million international).

Mohammed bin Rashid among top 10 most followed and effective leaders on Instagram

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was listed among the top 10 most followed and effective world leaders on Instagram, with followers reaching 2.35 million.
A report, published by PR firm Burson-Marsteller, revealed which leaders are the most followed on Instagram.
Interaction with Sheikh Mohammed’s account surpassed 6.6 million likes and comments, putting His Highness among the top 10 official accounts of 325 world leaders and governments.
This follows earlier reports that Sheikh Mohammed was among the top world leaders on various social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google Plus).
His Highness’s followers on Twitter alone exceed 7.75 million

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid tops winners list at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid tops winners list at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the president of Al Nasr club and one of the most influential figures in the world of horse racing, tops a star-studded list of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award winners for 2016, which was announced on Monday.

Sheikh Hamdan, the deputy ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, has been named winner of the Sports Figure Contributed to the Enrichment of Local Sports Movement Award, while Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the president of the Jordan Football Association, has won the same award at the Arab level.

    Cyclist Yousuf Mirza, who represented the UAE at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has been named as the Outstanding Local Athlete and he, along with all the other winners, which includes a number of medal winners from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will receive their award at a ceremony on January 9, 2017.
    "The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award have become truly global award," said Matar Al Tayer, chairman of the board of trustees of the award. "In this eighth edition of the awards, we witnessed great competition, at both the local and the Arabic level, receiving 198 entries compared to 180 in the previous year.

      "The entries included most of the Arab athletes who took part in the Rio Olympic Games and this reflects the significance of the awards. I congratulate all the winners and, of course, we thank all those who sent in their entries."
      Atef Odaibat, vice-chairman of the adjudicating committee, said: "We, as the jury, faced something unprecedented as the majority of Arab athletes who took part in Rio applied for these awards.

        "When you have so many great achievements, you have an additional pressure as members of the jury. This was a challenge, but it was positive. We also noticed the number of young athletes who applied has increased."
        Sports Figure Contributed to the Enrichment of the Local Sports Movement Award
        • Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
        Sports Figure Contributed to the Enrichment of the Arab Sports Movement Award

          • Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein (President, Jordan Football Association)
          Local Administration Award
          • Naser Mohammed Al Tamimi (secretary general of the UAE Wrestling, Judo and Kick Boxing Federation)
          Local Referee Award
          • Khamis Al Shamsi (Fifa futsal referee)
          Local Coach Award
          • Ismail Al Jazeri (Equestrian, has trained a number of champion jockeys)
          Local Organisation Award
          • UAE Paralympic Committee (UAE won seven medals at the Rio Paralympic Games)

            The Arab Athlete Award
            • Ahmed Abu Ghaush (Jordan, winner of a taekwondo gold at the Rio Olympic Games)
            • Fehaid Al Deehani (Kuwait, won a shooting gold at the Rio Olympics)
            Arab Referee Award
            • Ahmed Koura (Egypt, archery)
            Arab Coach Award
            • Ali Al Zahrani (Saudi Arabia, karate)
            Arab Team Award
            • Royal Endurance Team of Bahrain
            Arab Organisation Award
            • Sheikha Al Thani (SATUC — Sheikha Al Thani Charity for Underprivileged Children)

              International Organisation
              • Badminton World Federation
              • National Paralympic Association
              • British Paralympic Association
              Local Junior Athlete Achieved Tremendous Success in the Field of Sports (Nominees)
              • Mai Al Madani (Weightlifting)
              • Abdulrahman Al Ketbi (Taekwondo)
              • Reem Al Shamaa (Fencing)
              • Mahra Al Rumaithi (Chess)
              • Abdullah Al Nuaimi (Motorcycles)
              • Rima Al Heloo (Golf)
              Athlete Achieved Success within Major Humanitarian Challenges — Disabled Category

                • Maroua Brahmi (Tunisia, won two gold medals at the Rio Paralympics)
                The best applied scientific/intellectual sports production/innovation
                • Mohanned Kamel (Iraq)
                An Athelete/Administrator Achieved Outstanding Success
                • Inas Boubakri (Tunisia, Fencing)
                • Marwa Amri (Tunisia, Wrestling)
                • Hedaya Malak (Egypt, Taekwondo)
                • Sarah Samir (Egypt, Weightlifting)
                An Outstanding Media Initiative Promoting Sports

                  • Arab States Broadcasting Union
                  Outstanding Local Athlete
                  • Yousuf Mirza (cycling)

                  Dubai Parks and Resorts unveils 45th UAE National Day offers

                  This year, Dubai Parks and Resorts will celebrate the 45th UAE National Day with 4,500 tickets for Dh45 per person per park from (1st December – 3rd December) at LEGOLAND Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai.
                  As the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, Dubai Parks and Resorts is a destination that the UAE can be proud of and it is only fitting to mark UAE National Day annually in a truly memorable way.
                  The #DPRNationalPride tickets will go on sale at www.dubaiparksandresorts.com from November 26th and a limited number will also be available over the National Day Weekend (1st December – 3rd December) at the park gates. Families looking to celebrate National Day together at the destination are encouraged to go online or to the parks early to avoid disappointment.
                  Guests can visit either LEGOLAND Dubai or Bollywood Parks Dubai and enjoy over 76 interactive rides, shows, attractions and experiences, many of which have never been seen anywhere else in the world before. 
                  Some of the many highlights include MINILAND in LEGOLAND where families can admire UAE landmarks made from 20 million LEGO bricks and, in the world’s first Bollywood theme park, see big screen Bollywood movies brought to life via cinematic rides and thrilling 3D and 4D simulations.

                  Ibn Battuta Mall expansion completed By Nakheel today

                  A new link connecting Ibn Battuta Mall with the Dubai Metro was officially opened today by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah, marking the completion of an Dh135 million expansion at the world’s largest themed shopping mall.
                  The Mall-Metro link is the second element of Nakheel’s Ibn Battuta phase one expansion, which also includes a 300,000 sq ft extension to the mall that officially opened earlier this year.
                  A second, 4.7 million sq ft expansion, is under way.
                  The two-storey, 210 metre walkway means Dubai Metro and bus users can now directly access the mall and its 400 shops, restaurants and attractions.

                  The link itself features 90 new retail and dining outlets including a food court – the second at Ibn Battuta Mall – with around 20 restaurants.

                  The Emirates A380 blossoms at Dubai Miracle Garden

                  A new botanical wonder has taken root at the heart of the world’s largest natural flower garden in Dubai. Emirates Airline has teamed up with Dubai Miracle Garden to construct the world’s largest floral installation through a life-size version of the Emirates A380, covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants.
                  When in full bloom, the aircraft structure will have an unprecedented total stem count of 5 million flowers and will weigh over 100 tonnes (take-off weight of an actual A380 is 575 tonnes). Learn more about what went into creating this incredible aircraft installation.
                  Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand said: “The Emirates A380 is a statement making aircraft that is tremendously popular with passengers around the world, and we hope that through our collaborative efforts with Dubai Miracle Garden we will inform, inspire and delight visitors through the sheer scale and beauty of the floral A380 installation. Aviation affects all of our lives, and the A380 on showcase will offer visitors the opportunity to get up close to the double-decker. The progressive environmental initiatives and methods of building and planting the Emirates A380 installation are also in harmony with the eco-efficiency of the aircraft.”

                  Part-time jobs help UAE students' career prospects

                  Most students in the UAE dream to acquire some work experience and earn while still in university. More than 20,000 students enrolled in institutions licensed by the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) can now fulfil it.
                  University students in Dubai are allowed to work part time with pay, in thousands of companies within the nine free zone clusters including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City, as per DCCA’s announcement last month. Before this regulation, gaining professional work experience during university years was challenging for students. And due to lack of practical work skills, many graduates found it difficult to find a good job as a newbie entering the employment zone. 

                  Soft skills gap

                  According to job site InternsME’s UAE Student and Graduate Survey 2016, 52 per cent of students and graduates feel their universities have not focused enough on employability. Up to 2,319 verified students and graduates living in the UAE participated in the survey by email. 
                  “It was important to put a legal system into an otherwise unstructured space so both students and employers feel more comfortable working together,” says Jean-Michel Gauthier, CEO, InternsME.  “The regulation will do a lot to tackle the soft skills gap since education isn’t limited only to the academic institutions.
                  “A typical internship ranges from Dh3,000-Dh5,000 per month, which depending on tuition fees could help parents meet higher education costs in some small way. However, students with more work experience under their belt are more likely to land full-time jobs upon graduation, which will certainly help with financial burdens on the family, for example, tuition loan payments,” he adds.

                  Abu Dhabi license plate No 1 sells for Dh31m

                  In collaboration with Emirates Auction, Abu Dhabi Police, profited over Dh99 million during the public auction which sold off 50 VIP vehicle license plates, class 50. To mark its 50 anniversary, AD police organized this distinguished auction.
                  With the attendance of 750 bidders, AD Company License plate No 1 broke the record as the most expensive, fetching a whopping Dh31 million in a fierce bidding in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The auction was held in Emirates Palace.
                  License plate No 7 came second, sold for Dh13.4 million, in an auction held under the motto of 50 golden years & 50 VIP license plates).
                  The third record went to plate No 50 that sold for Dh6.8million.
                  After a fierce competition of more than 25 bidders, license plate No 11 shot up to Dh6.15 million.
                  The auction #39 success reflects the nationals #39; joy of the Golden Jubilee anniversary of AD government.
                  It #39 an echo of their proud of the milestones and world records accomplished at the hands of The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God have mercy upon him), the founding father of the United Arab Emirates and Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, and Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, Commander-in- Chief of Abu Dhabi Police.
                  We take this opportunity, on this great anniversary, to express our profound appreciation, commend and thank Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, along with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for all their great accomplishments which transformed the UAE into its current unprecedented position all along its journey, Al Mannaei said.
                  Al Mannaei pointed out that winners of the plate auction will be granted a certificate of ownership, upon which they have the right of wavering ownership to others.
                  He went further to express his appreciation to the wonderfully joyful atmosphere that prevailed the auction in a way that reflected deep sense of loyalty and proud to our country and its leadership.
                  Registration plate No 22 was sold for Dh4.65million
                  Registration plate No 10 was sold for Dh4.55million
                  Registration plate No 66 was sold for Dh4.4million
                  Registration plate No 111 was sold for Dh2.3million
                  Registration plate No 11111 was sold for Dh1.88million
                  Registration plate No 1111 was sold for Dh1.1million
                  Registration plate No 501 was sold for Dh630K
                  Registration plate No 2016 was sold for Dh120K
                  Registration plate No 1966 was sold for Dh120K

                  Abu Dhabi number 1 car licence plate auctioned for....

                  Abdullah Al Mahri, a 32-year-old Emirati in Abu Dhabi, just got his hands on the exclusive number 1 vanity number plate for a whopping Dh31 million.

                  "I am very proud and happy to get number 1," Al Mahri told reporters after the auction of distinguished number plates on Saturday evening at Emirates Palace. The auction was held by the Abu Dhabi Police and Emirates Auction.
                  Another exclusive number plate sold during the auction was the number 7, which was sold for Dh13.4 million.
                  During the bid, the auctioneer said: "Seven is a significant number in life, we have seven days, we have seven emirates."
                  Emiratis and residents who bagged numbers for whopping amounts told Khaleej Times why having an exclusive number plate was important to the buyers.

                  "There are so many reasons why number plates are important to us. One reason is they are the number plates from the UAE's Capital. Another reason is that it's the 50th anniversary of the Government of Abu Dhabi," said bidder Ali Makki, who was able to purchase number 10 for his boss, Ahmed Rahma Al Masood, a businessman. He bought the number plate for Dh4.5 million.
                  "My boss is really excited that I got this number for him," said Makki. "It's not a big deal. He already has 110, 666 and 77. So it's more of a hobby for him to collect these.
                  "Having exclusive number plates is also a trend. Some people think of it as an investment, while others think of it as a luxury. Wherever you go, in each country, there is a certain trend. We love fancy cars and fancy number plates," he added.
                  Another bidder, Mosa Al Johari, also agreed that exclusive number plates are a significant trend, representing luxury and prestige.
                  "I have the number plate 77 at home."
                  "Whether it is a one-digit number plate or two or three, the bidders would have a certain limit on their minds," he explained.
                  A young bidder who wanted to remain anonymous, said that he came to get his hands on the number 999, which he plans to put on his Lamborghini. He bought it for Dh1.7 million.
                  "999 is a special number for me, which is why I'm willing to go up to two million for it. It is one of the most special numbers as it's the last number of three digits and it's the police's number.
                  "Number plates are important to many people, and we like to show them off."
                  Another bidder said he was keeping an eye on the number 99990 because it's an important number to him personally. In 2008, the UAE Capital broke the world record for the most expensive number plate, number 1, which fetched a whopping Dh52,200,000 in a fierce bidding.

                  Mystery as statue of Virgin Mary 'cries BLOOD' in shocking supernatural 'miracle' which left has churchgoers stunned

                  A man claims to have watched in horror as blood poured from the eyes of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

                  Virgin Mary cries blood
                  A Telemundo news report featuring the small figurine showed the woman's face caked in what appears to be dry blood.
                  The man, who has not been identified, told the programme he was there when blood poured down the figure's cheeks.
                  And images taken by the news channel showed the brown haired likeness, wearing a white shawl and crown, with blood caked across its face.
                  It appears the blood may have come from the figurines glass-like brown eyes.

                  It is unclear where the incident, which took place last year, occurred although the church is believed to be somewhere in south America.
                  In August, worshippers at a rural church were stunned to see another statue of the Virgin Mary also weep blood as they prayed.
                  The congregation have declared the incident a miracle at the remote venue in in the Manuripi-Heath Amazonian Wildlife National Reserve in the Pando Department in Bolivia.

                  5 things you should know about Dubai Canal

                  Ah, the Dubai Canal, the city's newest attraction that people are still figuring out how to access. But that hasn't stopped residents from figuring out on their own.
                  Despite the Canal being an attractive eyeful, there is more than meets the eye and we head out to the Dubai Canal to discover some interesting facts about its construction as well as some nuggets of knowledge you should know before ever going there.

                  Charging stations are EVERYWHERE

                  So you go to the Canal and obviously enjoy the marvelous view, take some photos but no! You run out of batteries, worry not, the Canal has charging stations around the vicinity and you can usually identify them by the black plastic looking protrusions on some of the lampposts, they even have a small table so you can put down your phone and enjoy the waterfalls on the side of Shaikh Zayed Road.

                  Streetlights in the Canal are solar-powered

                  As part of the sustainable city envisioned by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the streetlamps around the Canal are powered by solar panels to reduce the dependency on electricity.

                  Parking underneath Shaikh Zayed Road is PAID

                  Save yourself a couple of dirhams and avoid being fined by getting a parking ticket from one of the machines around the car park underneath Shaikh Zayed Road. There's even a number code already if you prefer paying for parking thru SMS.

                  The waterfalls start around 8:00pm and end at 10:00pm

                  You haven't been to the Canal if you haven't seen the water cascade along the sides of Shaikh Zayed Road. That being said, the best time to visit the Canal are between 8-10pm when the water starts flowing. Bonus Fun Fact: If any water transport passes through the waterfall, the water 'opens up' and makes way for the craft.

                  One of the bridges on the Canal is inspired by...

                  San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge in question is the one with the blue arc where cyclists can also cross. People can still walk on it, but one might feel a slight shake on the ground here and there, this is because the bridge is supported by suspension cables to keep it up.