Dubai Ruler swiftly responds to Emirati ridiculed on radio for wanting ‘decent home’

Sheikh Mohammed ordered authorities to meet the housing demands of Ali Al Mazrouei and his family within 24 hours. (Reuters)
Updated 07 April 2018

Dubai Ruler swiftly responds to Emirati ridiculed on radio for wanting ‘decent home’

  • Al Mazrouie was ridiculed when he called a live radio program on Ajman FM, over the weekend, complaining about rising home prices and their impact on the living standards of UAE citizens.
  • The Sheikh invited Al Mazrouei to attend the Cabinet meeting on Sunday to review plans by the Ministry of Community Development on helping low-income people in the UAE.

Cairo: Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has swiftly stepped in to respond to an Emirati citizen who was ridiculed when asking for a ‘decent home’ during a radio call.
Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered authorities to meet the demands of Ali Al Mazrouei and his family within 24 hours.
The Sheikh also invited Al Mazrouei to attend the Cabinet meeting on Sunday to review plans by the Ministry of Community Development to help low-income people in the UAE, local news reports have said.
Al Mazrouie was ridiculed when he called a live radio program on Ajman FM, over the weekend, complaining about rising home prices and their impact on the living standards of UAE citizens.
But as he was voicing his complaints the radio anchor Yaqoob Al Awady interrupted him several times while refuting his concerns; saying he was speaking for himself.
The presenter also did not give Al Mazrouei sufficient time to clarify his point. Ajman FM decided to suspend the anchor over the incident.


Jordan calls on Israel to release woman on hunger strike

Updated 16 October 2019

Jordan calls on Israel to release woman on hunger strike

  • Heba Al-Labadi was arrested Aug. 20 at the Allenby Bridge
  • She is being held in administrative detention without formal charges

AMMAN: Jordan is calling on Israel to release a Jordanian woman detained for over a month without trial on security charges.
Heba Ahmed Al-Labadi’s attorney said Wednesday that she was arrested Aug. 20 at the Allenby Bridge crossing (also known as the Al-Karameh crossing) between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has been on a hunger strike since Sept. 26.
Al-Labadi, 32, who is of Palestinian descent, is being held in “administrative detention,” an Israeli policy that permits detaining people for months without formal charges.
Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency says she is detained “because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations,” without elaborating.
Jordan’s Foreign Ministry says the hunger strike “makes the need for her immediate release more urgent.”
Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to have made peace with Israel.