Titanic replica set to dock in Dubai

A rendering of the original Titanic. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Titanic replica set to dock in Dubai

DUBAI: A duplicate of the Titanic is being constructed in China and is set to dock in Dubai in 2022, according to reports.

Australian firm Blue Star Line is creating the Titanic II that will be modeled on the original.

The ship is set to feature guest rooms with three different classes — first, second and third, just like the original — restaurants and dining rooms. The construction of the Titanic II is estimated at $500 million.

The ill-fated original ship sunk in 1912, in an accident that saw 1,503 people killed. It was the largest ship ever built at the time and had 2,229 people on board when it sunk on its international voyage.

The new ship will sail from China to Singapore and will then head to Dubai on a two-week journey in 2022, according to an interview with the firm's chairman Clive Palmer. From Dubai, the Titanic II will travel to Southampton before leaving for New York, as the original Titanic attempted to do in 1912.


Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

Updated 19 April 2019
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Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

  • President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated
  • Black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area

MONROVIA, Liberia: A spokesman says Liberia’s president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office.
Deputy press secretary Smith Toby tells The Associated Press that former international soccer star and President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated. He is expected back in the office on Monday.

Weah was a superstar on the pitch in the mid-1990s, particularly during his spell in Italy with AC Milan. (Getty Images)

The black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area. Liberia is home to poisonous snakes and officials are not taking chances.
The deputy press secretary says the fumigation has begun to take care of “crawling and creeping things.”
Weah, who was FIFA’s 1995 player of the year, assumed the presidency in January 2018.