A photograph of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad honouring the RTA chairman on successful completion of city’s Metro Green Line has featured on the main pages of today’s Gulf News and Khaleej Times. The National has published a snap of gun enthusiasts inspecting antique guns at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition.
Khaleej Times reported the deadline of Emirates ID card which ends on 31 October. The newspaper reminds citizens of AED20 late charges per day.
Gulf News highlights the warning issued by the Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski who fears failure of the eurozone could lead to the collapse of the EU.
Both Khaleej Times and The National announced double medical tests for new Sri Lankan and Indonesian workers who will be examined at approved clinics in their home countries and retested on arrival in the UAE.
The National also gave details of the release of 11 Indians from Dubai jail after the payment of AED600,000 in blood money contributed by the Indian expat community.
A Gulf News report says Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has asked Erdogan not to dominate Arab states quoting the deputy leader Essam Al Erian as saying: “Arab states do not need outside projects.”
Khaleej Times has published an interesting JFK widow memoir in which she expressed her rancour for former Indian Prime Minister Indra Gandhi. Jacqueline Kennedy expressed her disdain for civil rights leader Martin Luther King and French statesman Charles De Gaulle in an interview with former White House aide Arthur M Schlesinger Jnr.
The National editorial focuses on next week’s UN Convention to Combat Desertification in New York that will debate on sustainable land use in arid environments. The editor points out the fact that many countries in the world, especially in the Middle East and Gulf region, are facing new problems related to climate change and agricultural practices. He adds that despite mounting criticism over the UAE for pursuing desalination that has allowed ‘agriculture and a lifestyle out of sync with the climate’, the country has much more to offer to the debate.
Khaleej Times reckons landfills and sewage waste are becoming a 21st century environmental problem of which most of us are not even aware. The article laments the fact that most people have little or no understanding of recycling. “Our average throwaway is still too close to five kilo per person per day mark and that is a very dubious distinction,” the editor insists while criticising people for carelessly tipping rubbish in the bins.
Gulf News praises the Turkish model of democracy while declaring it worthy of adopting for being a combination of both moderate Islam and Secularism. The paper notes the ‘hero treatment’ Erdogan received in the past few days for taking a firm stand against recent Israeli misadventures. While highlighting the growing influence of Muslim Brotherhood in the revolutionised Arab states of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, Gulf News insists on drawing lessons from the Turkish democracy and warns vying Islamist groups of hijacking the popular uprisings.
By Moign Khawaja ~ Editor – Arabian Gazette