Emirati in Daesh group gets 10-year prison sentence

(REUTERS)
Updated 24 April 2017

Emirati in Daesh group gets 10-year prison sentence

DUBAI: An Emirati previously convicted of being a member of the extremist Daesh group has had his sentence increased from one year in prison to a 10-year sentence.
The state-run WAM news agency reported Monday the Emirati, whom it only identified by initials, was previously sentenced by the Abu Dhabi federal court of appeal, but that prosecutors had appealed the sentence.
The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, has not seen the type of militant attacks that have plagued its Mideast neighbors. However, the staunch Western ally has convicted several Emiratis of belonging to the militant group that is fighting mostly in Iraq and Syria.
The UAE is part of the US-led campaign against Daesh and hosts some 4,000 American troops in the country.


Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

Updated 09 August 2020

Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

  • Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses
  • “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE,” a message attached to the roses read

DUBAI: Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses on Sunday in a heartfelt gesture of support following last week’s deadly blast. 
The 163 passengers boarding an Emirates airline flight who arrived at Dubai International Airport were gifted the roses from Dubai Customs workers. The flowers came with a message that quoted the founder of the UAE, the late President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan.
The message reads: “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE.”
Dubai Airport CEO Paul Griffiths said the act reflects the “spirit of kindness at the heart of the aviation community.”  
“I’m sure it has provided some measure of comfort for the Lebanese passengers during these very difficult times,” he said.
Like many other countries, the UAE has sent large shipments of aid to Lebanon since the explosion. 
The massive blasts at the Beirut port killed 158 people and injured 6,000.