Google joins UAE in celebrating the 48th National Day with a doodle

Updated 02 December 2019

Google joins UAE in celebrating the 48th National Day with a doodle

  • Only visible in the UAE, the doodle marked the union of the seven emirates

DUBAI: Google helped the UAE celebrate its 48th national day with a doodle of the Emirates’ flag featured on its homepage on Monday.

Only visible in the UAE, the doodle marked the union of the seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain, and Ras Al Khaimah.

The union was the vision of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – known as the father of the nation - in 1971.

The UAE is celebrating the occasion – combined with Commemoration Day - with a three-day holiday, with numerous events scattered across the country including firework displays and cultural performances.

Other doodles celebrating the UAE National Day:

The 2014 doodle featured the iconic Qasr Al Hosn, which holds the oldest structure in Abu Dhabi.

In 2012, Google featured falcons, which the UAE deems as a national symbol due to its importance in the Arab tradition and culture.

The 2017 doodle showed two young Emiratis in national dress, a falcon, and an oryx, a type of antelope that exclusively lives in the Arabian desert.


Russia expels Japanese journalist in military espionage row

Updated 28 January 2020

Russia expels Japanese journalist in military espionage row

  • The expelled journalist works for Japan’s Kyodo News agency
  • The reporter was told to leave Russia in 72 hours

MOSCOW/TOKYO: Russia said on Monday it expelled a Japanese journalist last month for trying to obtain secret information related to Russian military capabilities in the Russian Far East, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.
The expelled journalist worked for Japan’s Kyodo News agency, it said on Tuesday, denying the accusation of attempted espionage.
Kyodo did not identify the reporter but said he was detained on Dec. 25 in Vladivostok and released after about five hours of questioning.
The reporter was told to leave Russia in 72 hours, Kyodo said.
“For safety reasons, he left the country the following day. It is our understanding that he was engaged in standard reporting activities,” Kyodo said in an emailed statement.
Russia’s foreign ministry summoned a Japanese embassy official to make an official diplomatic protest over the incident, RIA reported.
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it could not comment on the matter.
Ties between Japan and Russia have been strained for decades by a territorial dispute over a chain of islands in the Pacific.
Known in Russia as the Southern Kuriles and in Japan as the Northern Territories, the islands were seized by the Soviet army in the waning days of World War Two.
The dispute has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a formal peace treaty and developing their relations.
“The Japanese citizen was detained by Russian law enforcement officers in Vladivostok on Dec. 25, 2019 trying to receive secret materials about Russia’s military potential in the Far East,” RIA quoted the Russian foreign ministry as saying.