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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum | The Crown Prince Of Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is popularly known as Fazza, the name under which he publishes his poetry, which means “the one who helps” in Arabic. He is also an equestrian and is a multiple world champion at the World Equestrian Games. Sheikh Hamdan is married to Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum. On 21 May 2021, Sheikh Hamdan welcomed twins, a son named Rashid and a daughter named Shaikha. He has more than 12 million followers on his Instagram account. He posts pictures that showcase his hobbies, which include animals, poetry, sports, photography, and adventures.

Early life and education

Sheikh Hamdan was born on 14th November 1982. He is the second son of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma’a. He is the second son of their 12 children and the fourth of his father’s children. Sheikh Hamdan descends from the “Al Bu Falasah” clan of the “Bani Yas”.

Hamdan bin Mohammed studied in Dubai at the Rashid School For Boys and later at the Dubai School of Government. He continued his studies in the United Kingdom, where he graduated from Sandhurst in 2001. Later, he attended the London School of Economics. In his interview with he described how Sandhurst taught him the importance of self-discipline, commitment, virtue, responsibility, endurance, understanding, teamwork, friendship, and the benefits of hard work.

Sheikh Hamdan’s roles and positions

In September 2006, Hamdan became the Chairman of the Dubai executive council. On 1 February 2008, he became the Crown Prince of Dubai. While his brother Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum acceded to deputy ruler of Dubai. As the new hereditary prince, Fazza appointed new key personnel and financial advisors such as John Calverly, a global economist, as well as a hedge fund tycoon, James T Naeem. Fazza himself became head of HN Capital LLP. He is the head of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for young entrepreneurs. The Sheikh also sits on the Dubai sports council and the Dubai autism centre. He founded the Hamdan International Photography Award in 2011. During the Dubai World Expo 2020, he went to the top floor of the Burj Khalifa to wave the UAE flag.

Horsemanship and poetry

Sheikh Hamdan’s family highly values equestrian sports. Since childhood, riding horses was one of Sheikh Hamdan’s most treasured hobbies. He developed this hobby to clinching the titles of various international and regional endurance riding championships. The Sheikh rides for Godolphin stables. He won a gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. He led a team of five UAE riders at the Championships in Samorín on 17 September 2016. Coming to his poetry, Sheikh Hamdan has a number of published poems some of which are now famous songs. The Dubai Crown Prince has gained a fine reputation for composing Nabati poetry under the pen name ‘Fazza’. In the Emirati dialect, ‘Fazza’ means a person who speeds to the help and support of others. He is famous for his romantic and patriotic poems in Arabic.

He describes poetry as: “My identity and poetic character through which I humbly attempt to rekindle the joy in the hearts of people, alleviate their suffering in my own simple way. I express their hopes and aspirations.”


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Global Day of Education: Arab children fall behind due to digital poverty



40 percent of children did not have access to remote learning

A report by the World Bank and UN agencies Unicef and Unesco states more than 37 million. Students were not able to learn remotely during lockdowns in 2020. Due to a lack of devices and internet connections. However, In the Middle East and North Africa, 40 percent of children did not have access to remote learning. During the coronavirus pandemic, the report shows.

Unicef Middle East and North Africa regional chief of advocacy and communication. Juliette Touma noted that “this group of children had no access to smartphones, laptops or tablets.”

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“They often had no access to TV or radio,” she said. “Covid-19 has made things worse by making it harder for the children to attend school.”

Experts told The National that the dropout rate and lack of 21st-century schooling are contributing to the crisis of education in the Mena region. Which has one of the world’s highest proportions of students unable to access remote learning.

With 48 percent of children not receiving education

In addition, Only Western and Central Africa had a worse outcome. With 48 percent of children not receiving education. Eastern and Southern Africa had 49 percent. No access to remote learning was available to 31 percent of children in 2020.

Even before the pandemic, 15 million children in Mena didn’t attend school because of poverty and conflict,.Said Ms Touma, speaking before World Education Day on Monday.

The region has been dealing with the crisis of education for years. She said, and Covid’s implication has definitely exacerbated it. She said it was “good” that all governments in the region put online their curriculum for children, regardless of their circumstances.

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Omicron: 40 countries possess at least one ‘DANGEROUS’ version of Omicron



The rise of an Omicron descendant

The global medical community has been watching the rise of an Omicron descendant recently isolated from at least 40 countries, including the United States.

This variant of the coronavirus is known as BA 2. It is considered more stealthy than the original Omicron because of certain genetic traits. Some experts are also concerned that it may be more contagious.

Since mid-November, nearly 3 dozen countries have uploaded nearly 15,000 genetic sequences of BA2 to GISAID. A global platform for sharing coronavirus data As of Tuesday morning, 96 of the sequenced cases have come from the US Since mid-November.

Nearly three dozen countries have uploaded nearly 15,000 genetic sequences of BA2.  Including a handful from the US More than two dozen countries have uploaded genetic sequences across several other coronaviruses since last month.

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The mutant of Omicron appears to be much more common in Asia and Europe

“So far, we haven’t seen it spread” in the United States, said Dr Wesley Long of Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. Which identified three cases of BA.2 in the past month.

The mutant appears to be much more common in Asia and Europe – in Denmark. It accounted for 45 percent of Covid-19 cases at the end of January, up from 20 percent two weeks earlier. According to Statens Serum Institut, which falls under the Danish Ministry of Health.

Around 20 of the mutations in BA.2’s spike protein share common features with the original Omicron. Yet it has other changes peculiar to BA.2.

If a population has already encountered the original Omicron. It’s not clear how significant the additional changes are, said Dr. Jeremy Luban, a virologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Interestingly, the first two analyses of BA.2 do not reveal any difference in hospitalization rates between it and the original Omicron. “We have some indications that it may be as contagious as or slightly more contagious than Omicron,” Dr. Long said.

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Will Oil Prices touch triple Digits in 2022? If it reaches what will the effect on growing nations.



Oil slipped towards $84 a barrel, the first weekly loss in about two months.

The Crude has been hovering around $88 per barrel since the last 2021 ending. Can we see Oil Prices touch triple digits in 2022? If it goes there, what will impact growing nations like India and all?

oil price per barrel near 88

Market sentiments in the oil market are upbeat. Demand may rise as omicron’s fear is getting lesser with time. Now the question is will we see oil prices touch triple digits in 2022.

Last year from November 2022, we have to see the Global benchmark brent crude jump by 25%. It is around $88 per barrel from November 2022. Market analysts suggest demand will grow. Omicron’s fear is getting lesser now, which will spark demand, and Oil prices may increase in 2022.

However, prices fell towards the end of the year as new variants emerged, and conditions were placed again in several nations to contain the Omicron variant’s spread. Prices began rising at the close of the year, gaining permission from the record highs achieved in financial market indicators. Gains were supported by the reopening of economizing and anticipated faster economic development in the near term.

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