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UAE sigh deal for 80 French Rafale Fighter Jets



The deal, which could be worth at least $15 billion, represents the biggest bulk purchase of Rafales made by Dassault. Other than by the French army, and follows deals in Greece, Egypt, and Croatia.

The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets on Friday. The largest order ever for the warplane. A multi-billion-dollar arms contract that deepens economic and political ties with France.

French President Emmanuel Macron began a two-day trip to the Gulf on Friday, and will also visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

His visit comes at a time when Gulf Arab states have voiced uncertainty about the United States’ focus on the region even as they seek more weapons from their key security ally.

The French leader has forged a good relationship with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (MBZ) with investments flowing between both countries. Paris has a permanent military base in the Emirati capital.

“In addition to the presence of three French military bases on UAE territory, this mutual trust translates into the acquisition of 80 Rafale planes, 12 Caracal helicopters, and associated elements,” the French presidency said in a statement after a signing ceremony between MBZ and Macron on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo 2020.




The deal, which could be worth at least $15 billion, is the biggest bulk purchase of the Dassault-made Rafale. Other than by the French army, and comes after deals in Greece, Egypt and Croatia this year.

The on-off negotiations for the Rafale fighter jets have been going on for more than a decade with Abu Dhabi. Publicly rebuffing France’s offer to supply 60 Rafale jets in 2011 as “uncompetitive and unworkable.” Abu Dhabi already has Mirage warplanes.

Defense sources said the Rafale would replace the Mirage 2000 fleet and is unlikely to displace the American F-35. As the UAE continues to hedge its security with two major suppliers, France and the United States.

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The Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar’s health is improving.



Instagram and Facebook are flooded with so many posts as Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar health fake news spreads. Many are even saying she is dead. The fact check is Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar’s health is improving. She is in Breach Candy hospital Mumbai. Her treatment is going on in ICU. 

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Dont believe in fake news of Lata Manageshkar’s death:

People of India want to see their Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar’s health improve faster. Many are in fear she might lose her life due to her age. The current age of lata Mangeshkar is 92. As soon as the news came, she is in the ICU. Many started to spread fake news about her death to gain likes and comments. The fact check is that Lata Mangeshkar is in ICU, and her health is improving as per the doctors of Breach Candy hospital Mumbai. 

According to a reports in India Today, one of Lata’s close family friends stated that while the legendary singer’s health is improving and is being monitored in the ICU. They are looking forward to her speedy recovery. “Lata Didi is showing continued signs of improvement from before and is under treatment in the ICU. Amazing team of doctors spearheaded by Dr Pratit Samdani  are working hard. We are looking forward and praying for her speedy healing and coming back home,” the family friend was quoted saying. this para is from Pinkvilla .

Here’s wishing the most loved singer of India, Lata Mangeshkar Ji speedy recovery from Arab Market news.

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Schools in Abu Dhabi look forward to classes



Schools will return to in-person instruction starting Monday

After three weeks of remote learning for Abu Dhabi’s public and private schools. Pupils will return to in-person instruction starting Monday. As a precautionary measure, schools opted to switch to online learning at the beginning of this month amid a surge in Covid-19 infections. Pupils in Abu Dhabi’s state-run schools will also return to in-person instruction starting next week.

For the first time since the winter break, students will be returning to their classrooms on Monday. January 24, and Monday, January 31, depending on their year group. “It will be wonderful to see the pupils again for the first time since the break.” Said Teresa Woulfe, head of secondary at The British School Al Khubairat.

“Our PCR checking system distanced seating and a staggered return of classes will ensure we recommence face-to-face learning successfully.”

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“Since social distancing has been occurring, such a greater number of pupils have lost. Some of their social interactions,” explained Lara Abu Ata, mother of three at BSAK. “I hope that my children will be able to engage in deeper learning. Since technology may often interfere with parts of lessons.”

BSAK twins Omar and Zain Tashamneh, who are in their ninth year of study. Said they are eager to return to campus “Distance learning is not the best way to learn as it restricts your social time. Decreases social interaction and makes it difficult to engage.” Said Omar “I am very excited to be reunited with former teachers and friends after a very long time,” he further added.

In a reaction to the news that children would return to school, Stephanie Jerron-Quarshie said it was reassuring. “My daughter is in Year 11 [at BSAK] and will be starting her mock exams this week, so it’s a critical period for her.”

“I feel like the school plans its distance learning day well. With engaging lessons and good well-being support. But it can still be a challenge for them to be at home and learn on their own.”

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In 20 years, Dubai will have nearly 6 million residents



Dubai’s residents will nearly double in the next 20 years

Experts predict that Dubai’s residents will nearly double in the next 20 years. Due to a renewed wave of immigration following the avian influenza outbreak. They expect the growth to require new schools and hundreds of thousands of new homes. With some immigrants expected to be Russian and African.

Population growth measured by Dubai Statistics Centre has reached 3.48million this week. It is on target to hit 3.5million within weeks or months.

The GCC recorded a four percent drop in population over 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. But, Dubai experienced the largest decline at 8.4 percent Today, the city’s population has risen nearly 100,000 since January 2020.

Dubai’s Vice President and Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, unveiled the 2040 Urban Master Plan last year as part of Dubai’s effort to become more sustainable.

Interconnected in anticipation of a population of 5.8 million. The National interviewed several leading population growth experts and compared the emirate’s rapid development to Dubai’s government data.

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Approximately 70,000 people lived in what is now the UAE in 1950, a fraction of what they had been a century earlier.

The collapse of the pearl industry had caused population declines. Oil discoveries, however, ushered in industry and development on a massive scale.

In the late 50s and early 60s, the UAE witnessed rapid economic and institutional development.

“The more development that happened in the UAE, that led to more people being needed to work in different sectors that were being developed,” says Aqil Kazim, an assistant professor at UAE University in Al Ain.

The UAE’s population peaked at 226,000 in 1970

The UAE’s population peaked at 226,000 in 1970 and quickly grew to 560,000 in just five years. Fast forward another five years and, thanks to soaring oil prices and the resulting demands for foreign labor and expertise.

It reached a population of more than one million in the 1980s. A landmark project such as Jebel Ali Port, which opened in 1979, further fueled the growth of the UAE.

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