Newspaper review: UAE shocked by footballers’ driving deaths; Saudi King praised

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UAE newspaper review

Tuesday’s papers reflect on the unfortunate death of two promising UAE footballers who died in two separate tragic road accidents within the last 48 hours, leaving the public and football fans in a complete state of shock.

Gulf News said the death of football stars puts fresh focus on speeding. The paper revealed that initial investigations suggest Diab Awana died due to excessive speed and reckless driving. The paper added that he was driving back home after offering condolences to the family of Saeed Al-Nooby, 19-year-old Dhafra club player, who also died in a car accident on Saturday.

Khaleej Times has published a photograph that shows the wreckage of Awana’s car which got badly smashed in the accident. The paper reported that around 5,000 people, including Lt-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior & President of the Bani Yas Football Club, attended the funeral prayers for Awana. ?We all need to stop this unacceptable rate of casualties,? KT quoted the UAE deputy PM as saying after the funeral.

The National has published the statement of UAE’s rally legend Mohammed bin Sulayem who placed the responsibility on the whole society instead of just him, his family, the police or Ministry of Interior. He also blamed the diversity of the UAE for imposing acceptable standards of driving more difficult.


Sheikh Mohammed, UAE Vice President and ruler of Dubai emirate, inaugurated the new headquarters of Dubai Department of Economic Development and gave new initiates to reach out businesses.

Khaleej Times said he also urged the Dubai Chamber of Commerce to come up with constructive ideas and initiatives to attract international companies to Dubai.

Gulf Times reported DED aims to take three initiatives which include creation of a single portal for dealings with investors, encourage companies to offer e-services and set up a Small and Medium Enterprises fund for Emirati youth.


Emirati newspapers have welcomed the recent landmark announcement of Saudi King Abdullah.

Gulf News said Saudi women’s franchise is a step in the right direction and Riyadh’s encouragement will play an important role in changing attitudes of the Saudi society. The paper warned that the conservatives, both men and women, will resist such moves seeing it as part of a general falling of standards and erosion of traditional values. The editor, however, insisted a gentle encouragement by the government will play an important part in changing Saudi society’s attitudes in the long-term.

Khaleej Times, in a similar tone, described King Abdullah’s decision as ground-breaking and believes it will have a major impact on Saudi civil society. The article outlined the huge impact women’s vote in municipal elections will have on Saudi politics and are likely to change forever. While highlighting the role played by Saudi women, who sit at the top of many business councils and economic institutions, the editor says it will be a further proof of the capability of Saudi women to work for their country and contribute towards its advancement.

By Moign Khawaja ~ Editor – Arabian Gazette

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