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January 2023
# Cop28
Focus must be on lower emissions, says heavily criticised UAE's climate talks leader
Sultan Al Jaber’s appointment earlier this week to head COP28 drew fierce criticism from environmental activists.
Last year
# energy security
United Arab Emirates agrees to supply Germany with gas and diesel
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is on a visit to the UAE as part of a Gulf tour that also includes stops in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
# Road to Qatar
Australia beat UAE to claim place in World Cup playoff against Peru
Australia are trying to qualify for a fifth straight finals.
# monkeypox
UAE becomes first Gulf country to announce monkeypox case, further cases in Europe and UK
Transmission of monkeypox occurs through close, sustained skin-to-skin contact with someone who has an active rash.
# Frozen Out
Taoiseach welcomes move by United Arab Emirates to freeze assets of Kinahan gang members
Dubai said it will continue to work with Irish, US, UK and Spanish authorities to investigate the gang.
# Iran
UAE cargo ship with 30 crew members sinks off Iran
All but one of the crew members have been rescued, with searches continuing for the final missing crew member.
# Off the Mark
Harrington four off the lead after strong rally in UAE
The Dubliner finished on three-under par 69 to stay in the mix heading into the second round.
All time
Tanker ‘safe’ after hijack reported in Gulf of Oman
The Royal Navy’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said the incident was ‘complete’
# crude and unusual
Oil prices look set to rise sharply. Why and what does it mean for Irish motorists?
The collapse of OPEC talks this week could turbo-charge price increases.
# Princess Latifa
UN group is yet to receive proof that Dubai princess is still alive
Sheikha Latifa said in a video that she was being help captive and feared for her life.
# Princess Latifa
Taoiseach says government will 'engage' with Mary Robinson over case of Dubai princess
Mary Robinson says she was ‘horribly tricked’ by Dubai princess’ family.
# Dubai
Dubai royal family says princess being 'cared for at home' after UN demands proof of life
The princess has not been seen in public since she attempted to escape from the emirate by sea in 2018.
# mars or bust
Next stop Mars: Three spacecraft arriving at Red Planet in quick succession
Both the UAE and China are newcomers to Mars, where more than half of Earth’s emissaries have failed.
# Shut Doors
Dubai closes pubs and bars following spike in Covid-19 cases
Crowd limits are being imposed in cinemas, hotels, shopping centres and other locations.
Ireland crush UAE to square series, with Singh on song
A remarkable all-round display from the Leinster all-rounder helped Ireland beat the UAE by 112 runs in Abu Dhabi.
# Cricket
Stirling stars with unbeaten century but Ireland suffer first-ever ODI defeat to UAE
Ireland lost out by six wickets in Abu Dhabi today.
# Spain
Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos confirmed to be in UAE after going into exile earlier this month
Juan Carlos announced on 3 August that he was leaving Spain.
# agreement
Trump hails 'historic' deal as Israel pledges to halt annexation of land in West Bank
Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said on Twitter that the deal perpetuates Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
# Space race
Bad weather delays launch as UAE races China and US to Mars
Earth and Mars are unusually close at the moment, a mere hop of 55 million kilometres.
# uae ufc
Aldo suffers at the hands of Yan, Usman grinds win over Masvidal at UFC 'fight island'
Usman’s professional display brings his record to 12-0.
# Séan Ó Fearghaíl
Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked that €7,700 Rolex watch gifted by UAE be donated
The Rolex had been given to the Ceann Comhairle by the President of the Federal National Council of the UAE, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi.
# Princess Haya
Estranged wife of Dubai ruler asks UK court for forced marriage protection order
The couple are locked in a legal battle in London over the welfare of their two children.
# Joe McHugh
Education minister's UAE 'fact-finding mission' on what will bring Irish teachers back home
More than 2,000 Irish people are employed in the education sector in the UAE.
# too expensive
Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official
The watch, believed to be worth close to €8,000, may be sold and the money used for charitable purposes.
# Papal Visit
Pope Francis makes historic visit to United Arab Emirates
His trip culminates tomorrow with the first-ever papal Mass on the Arabian Peninsula.
# politically charged
Qatar book first-ever Asian Cup final berth but win marred by sandal-throwing UAE fans
The 2022 World Cup hosts will meet Japan after an ill-tempered semi-final against the tournament hosts.
# carlow rising
'I was working at a chocolate factory in Carlow. Two years later I’m at the Fifa Club World Cup alongside Real Madrid'
Former Wexford Youths winger Eric Molloy discusses moving to New Zealand and playing at last month’s Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
# runaway princess
Princess who flew Mary Robinson to Dubai says the Latifa saga is 'a private family matter'
Princess Haya says she wanted counself from the former Irish president.
# dubai princess
'Missing' Dubai princess not seen since March reappears in photos with Mary Robinson
She failed in her attempt to flee the UAE in March.
# Irish Abroad
Carlow's Eric Molloy set to become first Irish player since 2008 to play in Fifa Club World Cup
Molloy moved to New Zealand in 2016 from Wexford Youths and currently plays for Team Wellington.
# London
British man arrives home from UAE after having spy conviction pardoned
Matthew Hedges had been sentenced to life in prison.
# matthew hedges
UK 'grateful' after UAE issues pardon to British man it had sentenced to life in prison
Hedges had been sentenced to life in prison just last week for spying.
# Life Sentence
Wife of British researcher jailed for life in UAE 'remains hopeful' he'll be released
“Until I have him safe, back home with me, I will not rest,” Daniela Tejada said.
# kerala
India rejects UAE govt's $100 million flood disaster fund offer
India has a record of refusing foreign aid after disasters, turning down foreign help after the 2004 tsunami.
# Mystery
'Admit she was kidnapped' - Concerns raised over disappearance of Dubai princess captured at sea
Human Rights Watch has urged the Dubai authorities to reveal the whereabouts of the princess.
# Francis Matthew
British former newspaper editor jailed for 10 years in Dubai for killing wife
Francis Matthew had faced the possibility of the death penalty for the July 2017 killing of Jane Matthew.
# GoFundMe
Irish teacher (26) who suffered 3 cardiac arrests in UAE begins to show signs of consciousness
Aisling Brady (26) moved to the Gulf state last year after taking an extended break from her hometown job in Trim, Co Meath.
# aisling brady
Over €100,000 raised for teacher who suffered cardiac arrests in UAE
26-year-old Aisling Brady suffered the medical crisis last month and remains in hospital.
# crisis in the gulf
Qatar told to close Al-Jazeera and accept other demands or face 'divorce' from gulf neighbours
The Qatar-based broadcaster denounced the move as an attack on media freedom.
# hit for six
Ireland find their groove at the right time to coast through to desert semi-finals
John Bracewell’s side are finding their form after a sluggish start to the year.