The UAE celebrated its 45th national day on Friday (December 2) with great enthusiasm and in style with major buildings in the UAE lit up in red, green, white and black, the colours of the country's flag.
From car rallies and dance shows to air shows and splendid fireworks, the entire country celebrated the occasion in a grand manner.
A celebration was held at the Grandstand of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre under the patronage of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark the 45th UAE National Day.
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Shaikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; Shaikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; Shaikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, and Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah attended.
The grand ceremony was also attended by French President Francoise Hollande; Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi; Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi; Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other foreign leaders.
December 2 marks the country's formal nationalisation from the British Protectorate Treaties in 1971 and the unification of the seven emirates to create the modern-day nation.
Parades were held across the country where the soldiers paid tributes towards the UAE’s Armed Forces and its martyrs, with the theme of the country’s armed forces and their role in safeguarding the country and its residents playing a prominent role throughout the celebrations.
The country also showcased some of the country’s latest military equipment and vehicles, which drew large ovations from the crowd in attendance.
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Tribute to Chapecoense
Wembley Stadium's arch is illuminated in green, in London, Britain on November 29. The arch was lit in the traditional team colours of Brazilian football club Chapecoense after members of the team were killed in a plane crash in Medellin, Colombia on November 28. EPA/Will Oliver
Red Arrows in Kuwait
Members of the British Royal Air Force aerobatic display team, The Red Arrows, performing near Kuwait Towers, Kuwait on November 28. The British Ministry of Defence stated that The Red Arrows, are carrying out their biggest overseas tour in a decade. More than 20 displays and a series of flypasts will be performed across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions by the display team. EPA/Raed Qutena
Nico the hero
German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes AMG GP celebrates with his team after winning the Formula One World Championship 2016 at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE on November 27. EPA/Valdrin Xhemaj
A general view of the Taj Mahal hotel, one of the sites of the 26 November 2008 terrorist attacks, on the eighth anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks, in Mumbai, India on November 26. A total of 171 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured when 10 heavily-armed Islamist militants stormed the city, attacking a number of sites, including, two luxury hotels, Taj Mahal Palace, Oberoi hotel, and a popular tourist restaurant Leopold cafe and a Jewish centre Chabad House. EPA/Divyakant Solanki
Revving up the heat
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Emirates builds life-size floral version of A380
Emirates Airline has teamed up with Dubai Miracle Garden to construct the world’s largest floral installation through a life-size version of the Emirates A380, covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants.
When in full bloom, the aircraft structure will have an unprecedented total stem count of 5 million flowers and will weigh over 100 tonnes (take-off weight of an actual A380 is 575 tonnes). Learn more about what went into creating this incredible aircraft installation.
The flowers and plants used for the ‘living’ Emirates A380 installation were sustainably grown and harvested over a four month period at Dubai Miracle Garden nurseries in the UAE. The A380 installation comprises of seven varieties of flowers including the Petunia, Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), Marigold (Tagetes), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum), Viola, Geranium (Pelargonium) and Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata). A medley of over 9,000 flowers and plants made up the Emirates iconic logo, and 100,000 blossoms formed the enormous wings, which reach over 80.27 metres wide.
Over 200 installation crew members meticulously worked 10 hours a day for 180 days to build, layer and mount the textural foliage on the 30 tonne steel structure that makes up the Emirates A380. The life-size installation is over 72.93 metres long. The fuselage stands 10.82 metres from the ground and the tail at 24.21 metres from the ground. The aircraft structure even includes moving engine fans and other key design features that capture the essence of the original aircraft design.
The installation is the largest structure to ever be built at the garden and is set on a flowerbed of 7,460 s m, roughly 10 per cent of Dubai Miracle Garden.
Sustainable use of plant resources
Dubai Miracle Garden’s approach to sustainable horticulture and landscaping practices means it grows and transports flowers and plants with a minimal carbon footprint. Vertical plantation practices were used to minimise water consumption, with high quality hybrid seeds sewed into trays and then transferred to a special variety of soil, allowing for proper aeration and water retention. After the Dubai Miracle Garden season comes to an end, the soil will be used as an organic fertiliser.
The Emirates A380 structure was built from recycled materials and the flowers and plants are irrigated through a drip water system specially designed for the structure that will keep the A380 installation hydrated and lush throughout the season.
The Emirates A380 installation will be on display for the public from November 27 and can be viewed from a special platform comprising of two levels in the centre of Dubai Miracle Garden. – TradeArabia News Service
Two Iraqi boys play as Iraqi army forces from the ninth armoured brigade take up position during a military operation in the al-Intisar district, southeast of Mosul, Iraq on November 22.
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Murray seals No. 1 spot
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Kids Day Out at Pearl Qatar
Qatari developer United Development Company (UDC) hosted a winter fashion show for kids as part of its family entertainment series for the weekend at its iconic Island destination Pearl-Qatar in Doha.
The second Kids Fashion Show dedicated to children’s couture was held at the internal shopping arcade at 1 La Croisette on Friday.
Sponsored by Blue Salon Kids, Mimisol and Barcarola boutique for clothing and Trinity Talent Qatar for young models, catwalk training and music, the event featured little fashionistas who strutted the runway at the internal shopping arcade in 1 La Croisette, said a statement from UDC.
This show was hosted as part of UDC’s on-going efforts to build synergies with retail tenants at its flagship development, while maximizing exposure of their offerings to the increasing number of visitors during peak weekend hours.
A stunning showcase of talent staged by little stars of various ages and nationalities – the second Kids Fashion Show was seen by all retailers at The Pearl-Qatar as a spectacular treat for shoppers and a magnet for families.
After the show, the parents and children were allowed to visit Blue Salon Kids and Mimisol’s nearby stores and Barcarola boutique in 18 La Croisette to view the complete winter season’s collections.
While the collections for the runway, focused on warm winter colors, rich season fabrics and a mix of sporty and elegant fashion picks for boys and girls, the line-up was meant to encourage parents to embrace mix-and-match tips and tricks to dress up their little ones for any occasion.
Creative Party offered water, pop corn and cotton candy for the fashion show audience while KobecoConcept created a both elegant and joyful setup for kids and their families.
Makeup District extended hair and make up service for all children models and Hospitality Development Company offered event catering and gift vouchers for kid models.
All other children attending the event were treated to goodie bags sponsored by Tickles and Giggles and Cool de Sac at The Pearl-Qatar and Twyla Nursery participated with a table stand showcasing its unique, one-of-a-kind preschool concept in Qatar at The Pearl, said the statement from UDC.
The objective was to give children confidence and help instill in them the values of team work and discipline, alongside the opportunity to embrace the limelight within a fashion event of this caliber, it added.-TradeArabia News Service
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An Iranian woman walk in a park as smog obscures buildings in Tehran, Iran on November 16. Media reported about Tehran's air pollution, prompting the government to declare another one-day holiday for the kinder gardens and schools in Tehran, also they have warned elderly people to not go out for days. According to official news reports more than 400 people have died because of the air pollution in the past month. EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh
Day without fur
People wearing fox masks take part in the 'Day without fur' demonstration near the Polish Sejm headquaters in Warsaw, Poland on November 15. The demonstrators oppose breeding canine animals for gaining the fur. In this case the signatures for a petition were gathered and stored in the Chancellery of the Sejm. The slogan on the posters says: 'The victims of the Polish fur industry'. EPA/Bartlomiej Zborowski