UAE wheelchair basketball team participates in the final qualifiers for Hangzhou Asian Para Games

ABU DHABI, 7th May, 2023 (WAM) – The UAE wheelchair basketball team will on Monday participate in the final qualifiers for the 4th Asian Para Games to be held in Hangzhou, China, from October 22-28 in 2023. The multi-sport championship features 22 Para sports, which will be contested over seven days. The Asian Qualifiers, which will be held in Thailand from 8th to 13th May, will see the participation of six teams from UAE, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Philippines, Hing Kong and Taiwan. Three teams will qualify for the Games. The UAE team will play five matches. This is the second time China will host the Asian Para Games after the successful staging of the first edition of the Games in Guangzhou in 2010. Tariq Al Fahaam

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Hamdan bin Mohammed, Maktoum bin Mohammed pay tribute to Dubai Civil Defence firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty

DUBAI, 7th May, 2023 (WAM) – H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, on Saturday, expressed their deepest condolences to the family of the Emirati firefighter Sergeant Omar Khalifa Salem Al Ketbi, who died in the line of duty while responding to a fire in Al Awir area in Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Dubai Civil Defence’s brave men who selflessly put their lives on the line to protect lives, property and the safety of the country. In the tweet, Sheikh Hamdan emphasised that Dubai will always honour the memory of Sergeant Al Ketbi. H.H. Sheikh Maktoum also shared his tribute on social media. His Highness offered condolences to the family of the fallen hero, and said that Sergeant Al Ketbi’s memory would live on in the hearts of the people of Dubai due to his courageous deeds. A Dubai Civil Defence spokesperson said that the Operations Room was first notified about a fire incident in the Al Kabayel Centre in Al Awir area at 12:32 pm yesterday (Friday). A team from the Al Mizhar Fire Station arrived at the site of the accident at 12:38 pm. Additional support teams were then dispatched from the Rashidiya Fire Station and the Nad Al Sheba Fire Station to provide assistance. Despite the Dubai Civil Defence teams bringing the fire under control, part of the roof of the building collapsed during the cooling phase at around 7:20 pm, resulting in the unfortunate demise of Sergeant Al Ketbi, aged 29. He had been a member of Dubai Civil Defence since September 2017. Lieutenant General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence, also expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the fallen hero.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick leads a provocative tour into Al-Aqsa

Led by extremist Israeli rabbi Yehuda Glick, scores of Israeli settlers guarded by police today broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, according to local sources. Witnesses told WAFA that scores of Israeli settlers entered the compound in groups and performed rituals there under the protection of Israeli police officers. Glick is known for advocating for the presence of Jewish settlers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest place of worship. In the meantime, Israeli occupation forces arrested a Palestinian employee working in the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Department of Agriculture. Since 2003, the Israeli occupation authorities have been allowing settlers into the compound almost on a daily basis, with the exclusion of Friday, the Muslim day of rest and worship. Israel captured East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the Six-Day War in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.

Source: En – Palestine news & Information Agency – WAFA

Settlers set up a new colonial outpost northeast of Jerusalem

Extremist Israeli settlers placed caravans last night on a Palestinian land near the town of Mekhmas, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, ushering in a new settlement outpost, according to local sources. Witnesses told WAFA that scores of Israeli settlers occupied a Palestinian-owned land in a strategic area near the town where they erected caravans and other structures in a prelude to establish a new settlement outpost. Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank are illegal in international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention which expressly prohibits the relocation of the civil population of the occupying power to the land of the occupied.

Source: En – Palestine news & Information Agency – WAFA

QCB Foreign Reserves Surge 12.51 Percent in April 2023

International reserves and foreign currency liquidity of the Qatar Central Bank jumped last March to reach QR 237.095 billion, an increase of 12.51 percent, compared to QR 210.716 billion in the same month last year.

The figures issued by the Qatar Central Bank today showed an increase in its official reserves at the end of last Month, compared to what it was at the end of the same month last year, by about QR 25.486 billion, to reach QR 178.885 billion, driven by the increase in the central balances of bonds and foreign treasury bills. About QR 16.685 billion, to the level of QR 136.389 billion in April 2023.

The official reserves consist of major components, which are foreign bonds and bills, cash balances with foreign banks, gold holdings, special drawing rights deposits, and Qatar’s share in the International Monetary Fund.

In addition to the official reserves, there are other liquid assets (Foreign Currency Deposits), so the two together constitute what is known as the total foreign reserves.

On the other hand, gold stocks increased by the end of April 2023 by about QR 9.603 billion to reach QR 21.378 billion.

Meanwhile, the State of Qatar’s shares of SDR deposits at the IMF decreased by the end of March 2023 with a value of QR 131 million compared to April 2022, reaching QR 5.320 billion.

Balances in foreign banks also declined by about QR 689 million to reach QR 15.797 billion at the end of April 2023.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Somalia President Renews Call for Halting Clashes in Sudan

The President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met on Sunday with the Special Envoy of the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan Ambassador Dafallah Al-Haj Ali, Somali National News Agency (SONNA) reported.

During the meeting, they discussed relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen and develop them.

President of Somalia renewed his call for stopping the clashes in Sudan, engaging in negotiations and seeking a peaceful solution, stressing Somalia’s support for stability of Sudan.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Kuwait Bourse Closes Higher

Kuwait Bourse closed up on Sunday as the All Share Index gained 0.03 points to reach 7,033.56 points.

As many as 97.8 million shares valued at KD 28.6 million (roughly USD 86.6 million) were traded via 6,055 transactions.

The Main Market Index went up by 4.17 points to reach 5,564.49 points, an increase of 0.07 percent, through 28.9 million shares done via 1,874 transactions valued at KD 2.9 million (roughly USD 8.7 million).

The Premier Market Index went down by 1.2 points to reach 7,777.96 points, a decrease of 0.02 percent through 68.8 million shares done via 4,181 transactions valued at KD 25.6 million (roughly USD 77.5 million).

Meanwhile, the bourse Main 50 Index increased by 9.2 points to the level of 5,595.50 points, up by 0.16 percent, through stock volume of 25.6 million shares done in 1,371 deals at a value of KD 2.6 million (roughly USD 7.8 million).

Source: Qatar News Agency

Third Khalifa Squash Complex Open to Kick off Tomorrow

The 3rd Khalifa Squash Complex Open tournament, organized by the Qatar Tennis, Squash, and Badminton Federation (QTSBF) kicks off tomorrow and is set to conclude on May 11.

Around a 100 players will compete under age and gender-based categories: Girls U-15 and Boys under 11, 13, 15, and 17 years old, in addition to the men’s, the women’s, and the champion categories.

QTSBF Executive Director and Tournament Director Saad Al Mohannadi said in a statement that this tournament is part of BTSBF’s efforts to organize an array of local tournaments that enable national team players as well as regular squash practitioners in the State of Qatar to practice and improve their skills, in addition to increasing the sport’s popularity.

Al Mohannadi asserted that the Federation is committed to hosting the tournament in accordance with the highest of standards, and hopes for a heated and exciting tournament.

Source: Qatar News Agency