UAE marks 41st National Day

Updated 02 December 2012
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UAE marks 41st National Day

The Seven Emirates of the UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah celebrated their 41st National Day. Six of the emirates gained independence in Dec 1971, while Ras Al Khaimah was the last to join them in 1972.
For this joyful occasion, Dubai Events & Promotions Establishment (DEPE) planned various events and activities across the city.
A digital photo exhibition “Many Faces, One Nation” is taking place in some of the largest shopping malls in Dubai, like Mirdif City Center, Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Center.
The Global Village is also participating on this occasion by creating a union festival including, traditional folk shows, concerts by Emirati singers, shows by Emirati and international dancers, a Ukrainian fire show, fireworks and a parade.
Another parade is taking place at Emaar Boulevard, Downtown on Dec. 2nd from 3 p.m. till 5 p.m.
The Heritage Village, Bur Dubai participated in the festival spirit by taking its visitors for a journey through the history of the UAE, by organizing an exhibition for old cars, a poetry evening, traditional crafts, local bazaar, traditional band shows and a historical photo exhibition.
Children were not forgotten, as various ‘customized’ events were planned to suit different ages and interests at Children’s City. Aiming to reinforce the UAE’s union spirit and the children’s knowledge of the UAE’s culture and traditions, Children’s City planned a traditional guest-greeting event. In addition a photo shoot with falcon was available, a traditional fashion corner and a traditional Emirati mock wedding were all staged. They also hosted a traditional band and organized a ‘Spirit of the Union’ kids Q&A.


20 killed in suspected militant attack in Mali: sources

Updated 8 min 35 sec ago
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20 killed in suspected militant attack in Mali: sources

  • The deaths came after more than 100 people including many civilians, particularly from the Fulani and Tuareg communities, died in recent months as a result of attacks by rival armed groups in the region
  • The French military has said the militant group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) is using the border region as a haven

BAMAKO: Around 20 people including civilians were killed in a suspected militant attack in northeastern Mali near the border with Niger, sources said.
The deaths came after more than 100 people including many civilians, particularly from the Fulani and Tuareg communities, died in recent months as a result of attacks by rival armed groups in the region.
A local official in the town of Talataye — where Saturday’s attack took place — said late Sunday that the assailants arrived in three vehicles and on a motorcycle.
Khalil Toure, a teacher, added: “They opened fire on a group of people resting under a tree, killing five people on the spot and wounding two.”
Militants have also ramped up their activities in central Mali in recent months, targeting domestic and foreign forces in violence once confined to the country’s north.
France intervened militarily in Mali in 2013 to help government forces drive Al-Qaeda-linked militants out of the north.
But large tracts of the country remain lawless despite a peace accord signed with ethnic Tuareg leaders in mid-2015 aimed at isolating the militants.
The violence has also spilled over into both Burkina Faso and Niger.
The French military has said the militant group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) is using the border region as a haven.