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Vatican and Al-Azhar standing against extremism

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Earlier on Monday, the Vatican and Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque and university had signed a document regarding the fighting against extremism.

The signing took place in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Pope Francis to the Arabian peninsula, a visit that is considered to be a historical one; that attempts at outreaching Muslims on his behalf.

The Pope is the first leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to visit the Arabian Peninsula, and his visit also included the attending of an interfaith meeting in the UAE.

Today, the country expects its largest public gathering ever, that includes an open-air mass for 135,000 of the Muslim country’s million Catholic residents.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed expressed his delight in meeting the pontiff and described Abu Dhabi as the ‘homeland of tolerance”.

He also tweeted, “We discussed enhancing cooperation, consolidating dialogue, tolerance, human coexistence and important initiatives to achieve peace, stability and development for peoples and societies.”

 

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UAE Ranked as The World’s Best Travel Destination

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The UAE has been ranked as the world’s best travel destination according to a new research conducted by the online travel agency, Love Holidays.

The agency did it research and looked into more than 3,000 destination awards that countries from across the world have won in the last five years, then divided the countries to six categories, travel, hospitality, destination, business, entertainment and conservation as to decide on the most award-winning city.

After which, the UAE has made it to the top of the list!

The agency also discovered that Burj Al Arab had won he World Travel Awards’ Middle East’s Leading All Suite Hotel award every year from 2015 and up until 2019! I mean talk about the most luxurious stay, it only makes sense to have the hotel at the top of every list.

For the full list of winners, click here.

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Hazza AlMansouri Receives NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal

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UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri has received the “Distinguished Public Service Medal” from NASA, the medal is of highest honor and previous recipients of the award included pioneers such as physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Al Mansouri received the prestigious award in recognition of his “contributions during Expedition 60 aboard the International Space Station”.

The astronaut acknowledged the help of UAE’s leaders and thanked the team at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) for encouraging him and for being a part of his successful mission.

The astronaut made it to space and became the first Emirati to do so and the very first Arab to work on the International Space Station (ISS). The trip took off last September.

Al Mansouri also shared with his followers an image of the medal and certificate on his official Twitter account.

 

 

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Al Qubaisi Sister: UAE’s First Female Race Drivers Ready to Compete in the F4UAE series

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This year has proved the true power of Arab women on the race track and now two female Emirati race drivers are getting ready for the  F4UAE Trophy Round happening this weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Meet Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi, children of the UAE’s very first motorsport star, Khaled Al Qubaisi, who are proudly taking in the footsteps of their father and leaving a mark of their own on the race track.

 

Amna was the first female Emirati race driver to break out into the single-seaters ranking in 2018, she also competed in the Italian F4 championship, and was one of nine females to take part in the testing of a Formula E car for Envision Virgin Racing, soon after Saudi women were allowed to drive.

Her sister is quickly following in her footsteps and at the age of 17! She appeared twice alongside her sister during the Italian rally that happened this year.

Watch and support the thriving sisters race as teammates in the F4UAE series, proudly representing their homeland.

For more details, click on this link.

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