Football lovers in the UAE are planning flying visits to Qatar in the weeks to come to cheer on their heroes at the World Cup. “I really want Argentina to win as this is Messi’s last World Cup. “How can we miss this World Cup when it is happening so close by? I want to have the experience of watching a World Cup match from the stadium." “We are going because the World Cup is the most prestigious sporting event in the sporting calendar,” he said.
Emerging Asia is set to become the Gulf region’s biggest trading partner by 2028, according to a new report. Trade between the two blocs is expected to reach $578bn by 2030, says the Asia House Research team. Having recovered from the shock of coronavirus faster than anticipated, trade between Asian and the Gulf states is predicted to surpass that between Gulf countries and advanced economies by 2028. GCC-China trade is driving emerging Asia’s trade with the Gulf, having doubled from $90.6bn to $180bn between 2010 and 2021. And Gulf sovereign wealth investment into Asia is growing in return.1 month ago The National
Iran claims it has built a hypersonic missile, sparking concern across the international community. But, a hypersonic missile differs from a conventional missile in that it travels much closer to the earth, eliminating the arch into the atmosphere. While all missiles are complex technology ― it is rocket science ― making hypersonic missiles is more complex. The US Air Force successfully tested two Lockheed Martin hypersonic missiles in July 2022, fired from a B-52 bomber. Japan's Defence Ministry is also preparing hypersonic missiles by 2030 to boost deterrence, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.21 days ago The National
They were also interviewing witnesses to find exactly when and where the crowd surge started and how it developed, said the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. A team comprising police officers and government forensic experts was set to conduct a joint investigation in the Itaewon area, according to local media reports. The Itaewon area, famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, is the country’s hottest spot for Halloween-themed events and parties. Police said in a statement they fielded 137 officers to maintain order during Halloween festivities last Saturday — much more than the 34 to 90 officers mobilised in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The crowd surge was South Korea’s deadliest disaster since 2014, when 304 people, mostly high school students, died when a ferry sank.1 month ago The National
Russia is retreating from the key city of Kherson with commanders already abandoning troops following “spectacular changes in the territorial control”, western officials have revealed. The loss of Kherson would prove deeply humiliating for President Vladimir Putin as it is the only major city that Russia managed to capture since its 24 February invasionIts loss now appears imminent with troops left without senior commanders. The planned withdrawal was to bring Russian forces back across the 1,000 metre-wide Dnipro river to form strong defensive lines on its east bank. “Could Russian forces be trapped? ReutersAnother official confirmed US intelligence reports that North Korea had supplied a “significant number of artillery shells to Russia”.29 days ago The National
If that isn’t evidence that the much-touted “Asian century” is upon us, I don’t know what is. Meanwhile, countries in the Asia Pacific have declared time and again that they do not wish to side with China or the US against the other. Both the East Asia Summit and Apec grew out of Asean meetings, for instance. But with divisions threatening to turn into chasms, it often feels as though Asean is trying to paper over cracks. Otherwise, the G20 statement could come to be seen as the “peace in our time” of the 21st century.17 days ago The National
The South Korean military said two B-1B bombers trained with four US F-16 fighter jets and four South Korean F-35s jets on Saturday during the last day of the Vigilant Storm joint air force drills. It said North Korea will respond with the “toughest counteraction” to any attempts by “hostile forces” to infringe on its sovereignty or security interests. B-1B flyovers had been a familiar show of force during past periods of tensions with North Korea. The planes last flew over the Korean Peninsula in December 2017 during another series of North Korean weapons demonstrations. South Korea also on Friday sent up about 80 military aircraft after tracking about 180 flights by North Korean warplanes inside North Korean territory.27 days ago The National
Winter sun is calling and Airbnb travellers are seeking trips near and far. Indonesia’s Bali tops the list, with Kuta on the south-western coast of the island the most sought-after locale by Airbnb users around the world. Kuala Lumpur is the second most searched for destination this winter on Airbnb. Photo: AirbnbHaving the right amenities is also ever-important, with Airbnb travellers filtering their searches to find listings with swimming pools, Wi-Fi, kitchens, Jacuzzis and free parking. As part of its winter update, Airbnb also announced that it will add new categories of accommodation to the site.15 days ago The National