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US pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai set for completion in November, says ambassador

UAE|: Dubai: The US pavilion at Expo 2020 is set for completion in November this year, US Ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta confirmed during an online Press briefing on Tuesday. Rakolta said: “The construction of the pavilion is progressing according to our schedule. We look forward to building completion sometime around November 15.” See More News in pictures: UK COVID restrictions, Tesla in Singapore?, man killed over Dh15 in India, Vatican-China deal, prisoner digs tunnel and escapes, race to save whales in Australia… Coronavirus dampens seasonal cheer in China's Christmas production hub In Pictures: Learn how to make a sofa or a bed at a traditional furniture factory in Sharjah When asked by Gulf News regarding the cost of the pavilion, Rakolta noted the UAE government has contributed US$60 million (Dh221M)) in the initial phase of the construction of the US Pavilion and the remaining amount needed for the building completion will be raised by various American organisations. However, he did not reveal the total cost of the pavilion. Expo is top priority “Expo is one of our top priorities. We look forward to the very best of American participation. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate the UAE’s golden jubilee and many achievements of this nation,” Rakolta underscored. US Ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta speaking during an online press briefing on Tuesday The ambassador who just returned from Washington after witnessing the signing of historic Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, said the Israeli participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will show “the inclusiveness of not only the UAE but of the entire region as well, and how the country is moving towards a more inclusive society.” “Expo 2020 will bring all kinds of additional benefits — the biggest ones, of course, in trade and investments, tourism, job opportunities, and peace,” the American ambassador added. Life, Liberty and Pursuit of the Future The main theme of the US pavilion, according to Rakolta, is ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Future’ in line with the “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” theme of Expo 2020 Dubai. He said the US pavilion will showcase a cultural programme, bringing in artists and performers from across the US. “They will represent their territories and regions as America’s Cultural Ambassadors at the Expo, Rakolta said, adding that the cultural programmes will display “the geographic and cultural richness of the United States and its territories.” US pavilion The US pavilion, which will be located in Al Forsan (North Park), will showcase American freedom, ideals, enterprise, and innovation. Space and technology will also be a key component at the US pavilion with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) memorabilia and replica of American-made space rocket adorning the exterior of the pavilion.

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Dubai expat embezzles Dh235,000 from woman with false promise of marriage

Crime|: Dubai: A Dubai expatriate illegally obtained more than Dh235,000 from a woman with false promise of marriage, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Tuesday. The 45-year-old Yemeni defendant lured the Emirati woman into sending him money with a promise to marry her, until she reported him to Al Barsha Police Station. See more COVID-19: In photos, From open-air gyms to walking in the park, see how UAE residents stay fit UAE-Israel peace deal signing ceremony in pictures News in pictures: Amazon to hire 100,000 people, Kerala gold smuggling, Sally to hit Mexico, Russia vaccine, UAE mid-day break, Delhi COVID tests… The 32-year-old Emirati victim testified that she had met the defendant through an arranged marriage website and he offered to marry her in April 2019. “He told me that he was an Emirati and gave me a different name. After some time, our relationship developed and we exchanged numbers as I trusted him,” said the woman in records. The defendant then asked for money from the victim to help him clear his rent. She wrote cheques to him until he threatened to contact her brother and tell him about their relationship. He blackmailed her using her private picture that she had sent him. “I sent him money and cheques as I was afraid of him. He used to call me around my salary date. I had sent him about Dh235,000 in total. I used to transfer amounts between Dh1,000 and Dh2,000 to his bank account,” she added. She alleged that 11 cheques issued by her were bounced by him and the bounced cheques were presented at Ajman Court. “He threatened to inform my brother about our relationship. Finally, I reported the incident to police.” Dubai Police summoned the defendant for questioning. He claimed the cheques were a payment for an amount of Dh50,000 that he had lent the victim. He said during interrogation that she had told him to buy clothes for Dh190,000 and sent the cheques as guarantee. Read more UAE ranks first globally in number of COVID-19 tests conducted per day Woman in Dubai commits suicide by putting her face in a water pot Hospital in Ajman introduces music as therapy for long term care patients Dubai Public Prosecution has charged the defendant with illegally obtaining money, issuing threats and insulting the victim via WhatsApp. The trial is scheduled to resume on October 13 to hear the defence.

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UAE ranks first globally in number of COVID-19 tests conducted per day

Health|: Abu Dhabi: In a media briefing on Tuesday, UAE authorities said that UAE had ranked first globally in the number of COVID-19 tests conducted per 100,000 of the resident population. UAE conducted 2,018,274 tests in August to detect new coronavirus cases. The UAE also ranked highest in number of tests daily (per 100,000 people) in July at an average of 47,857 coronavirus tests daily which translates to 483.9 tests a day per 100,000 people in the country. This was the highest in the world. See more Dubai’s five-year Retirement Visa: It just got easier to apply COVID-19: Wedding, funeral protocols that need to be followed in the UAE COVID-19: The guidelines you need to follow for desert safari, camping in Abu Dhabi UAE: Can my employer enforce a non-compete clause against me? Dr Omar Al Hammadi, spokesperson for the UAE government, revealed these statistics on Tuesday adding that August surpassed July by 36 per cent in terms of number of coronavirus tests. More than 2 million tests in August also saw UAE at the eight position globally in total number of tests conducted by any country in a month. In terms of confirmed cases, on average, 305 cases were recorded each day in August - which translates to 3.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. August also saw a 21 per cent drop in confirmed cases when compared to July, Hammadi confirmed. The death rate was 0.01 per cent in 100,000 people. The number of deaths decreased by 5.7 per centy between July and August. When compared to tests conducted, confirmed positive cases were just 0.47 per cent in August and 0.81 per cent in July. COVID-19 cases in the UAE Dr Hammadi also spoke about COVID-19 cases in the UAE. Incubation period for cases recorded ranged from 2 to 14 days, most people showing symptoms 5 days after contracting the virus. He added that symptoms seemed to be delayed in elderly individuals or those with chronic illnesses. Hammadi asserted that diabetes medications have no proven complications when coupled with COVID-19. He added that stopping or reducing medicines, insulin or other treatments without a doctor's advice could have serious complications for those who have the disease. He said, "People with diabetes, people with type 1 diabetes and those with gestational diabetes are more likely to have complications associated with COVID-19."