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.


Macron slams Turkey’s aggression in Syria as ‘madness’, bewails NATO inaction

Updated 12 min 57 sec ago

Macron slams Turkey’s aggression in Syria as ‘madness’, bewails NATO inaction

  • EU Council President Donald Tusk said the halt of Turkish hostilities as demanded by the US is not a genuine cease-fire
  • He calls on Ankara to immediately stop military operations,

BRUSSELS/ANKARA: Macron critizes Turkey's aggression in Syria as "madness', bewails NATO inaction

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has bemoaned Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria as “madness” and decried NATO’s inability to react to the assault as a “serious mistake.”

“It weakens our credibility in finding partners on the ground who will be by our side and who think they will be protected in the long term. So that raises questions about how NATO functions.”

EU Council President Donald Tusk said the halt of Turkish hostilities is not a genuine cease-fire and called on Ankara to immediately stop military operations in Syria.

Dareen Khalifa, a senior Syria analyst at the International Crisis Group, said the cease-fire had unclear goals. 

There was no mention of the scope of the area that would be under Turkish control and, despite US Vice President Mike Pence referring to a 20-mile zone, the length of the zone remains ambiguous, she said.

Selim Sazak, a doctoral researcher at Brown University, believed the agreement would be implemented and the YPG would withdraw.

“The agency of the YPG is fairly limited. If the deal collapses because of the YPG, it’s actually all the better for Ankara,” he told Arab News. “What Ankara originally wanted was to take all of the belt into its control and eliminate as many of the YPG forces as possible. Instead, the YPG is withdrawing with a portion of its forces and its territory intact. Had the deal collapsed because of the YPG, Ankara would have reason to push forward, this time with much more legitimacy.”