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National Day celebrations

Hundreds of employees from Gulf Air gathered today at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq to celebrate the occasion of Bahrain’s 47th National Day and the anniversary of His Majesty the King's Accession to the Throne.

Employees from all departments of the airline joined the executive management team and participated in a series of activities including traditional live cooking, traditional handicrafts, food trucks and National Day themed Bahraini hospitality stands. - TradeArabia News Service

Shah Rukh Khan wows Muscat

Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan speaks to his fans media at Vox Cinemas City Centre Muscat. Khan also interacted with the Omani media in the MAX screen and answered questions about his upcoming movie, Zero, which releases on December 21. 

Mexican beauty is new Miss World

Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico was on Saturday (December 8) crowned as Miss World 2018 by outgoing queen Manushi Chhillar in the coastal city of Sanya, China.
 
First runner up was Thailand's Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration.
 
Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were also among the final five.
 
The 26-year-old smiled away with moist eyes as she folded her hands in gratitude to gesture the traditional Indian ‘Namaste’ greeting when Manushi placed the elaborate crown on her head.
 
Having pursued a degree in International Business, Vanessa is currently on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls and volunteers for ‘Migrantes en el Camino’. She is a speaker for the National Youth Institute as well as working as a model and a presenter.
 
“I can’t believe it, I really can’t believe it… And I think all the girls deserved it. I am proud to represent all of them. I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, everyone,” Vanessa was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
 
The 68th edition of the international beauty pageant witnessed a new format with the selection of top five beauty queens from the Continental Queens of Beauty. 
 
The Top 30 were trimmed down to Top 12. The Top 12 semi-finalists were grouped into five continents namely Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, Caribbean and Europe, reported The Daily Star.
 
Vanessa emerged victorious among 117 other hopefuls from around the world.
 
Contestant from Bangladesh Jannatul Ferdous Oishi had managed to move into the top 20 list, but got out of the competition during the top 12 selection phase, stated the report.
 
The colourful ceremony included US group Sister Sledge performing their 1979 disco anthem "We Are Family.

 

Modric on top of the world

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade, said media reports.

Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final.

Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it, reported BBC.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second, said the report.

Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe - both of whom won the World Cup with France - third and fourth respectively.

Victory caps a stellar year for Modric, who also was named the world's top male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards and received the Golden Ball award for the best player at the World Cup.

Modric's journey from Croatian war child to the world's best footballer was celebrated Monday when the Real Madrid midfielder hoisted the Ballon d'Or, said Sports24.

A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia's historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid's third straight Champions League trophy.

"It's a unique feeling. I'm happy, proud and honoured," said Modric, who also won the FIFA Player of the Year award in September.

Modric is on top of the world after winning the Ballon d'Or but his upbringing could not have been tougher.

When the Croatia and Real Madrid superstar was just six-years-old, his entire existence was rocked by the shooting of his beloved granddad at the hands of militant Serbian thugs and he was forced to live life as a refugee in his war-torn homeland, reported The Sun.

But despite such hardship, that didn't stop the ambitious kid from going on to become one of the best players on the planet and, now aged 33, a global superstar.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Modric dedicated the award to all of the other players who have missed out in the 10 years dominated by Messi and Ronaldo.

"Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi, Andres Iniesta or [Wesley] Sneijder but people finally now are looking at someone else," he added.

Soaring display of unity

Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia and Al Fursan took to the skies in precision formation yesterday (December 2) to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day, as well as commemorate the legacy and values of HH Sheikh Zayed.

The spectacular flypast - a world-first and a UAE civil aviation milestone - involved over 11 aircraft: a flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 (Zayed 1), an Air Arabia Airbus A320 (Zayed 2), an Etihad Airways Airbus A380 (Zayed 3) and an Emirates Airline Airbus A380 (Zayed 4), as well as seven Al Fursan aerobatic display jets from the UAE Air Force.

All of the commercial aircraft within the formation were emblazoned with ‘Year of Zayed’ decals. This is also the first time this unique combination of aircraft types fly in formation.

The carefully choreographed ‘stair step’ aerial formation began this afternoon at 1300hrs, when the aircraft took-off from Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport. Once all of the aircraft established their holding positions with altitudes ranging from 2,000 feet to 5,000 feet with a 1,000 foot vertical separation, the formation commenced.

Over the skies of Ras Al Khaimah, each aircraft adjusted its speed and turned to achieve a trail formation. The aircraft then descended into their positions and vertical separation was reduced to 300 feet.

Flying first in the ‘Year of Zayed’ formation was flydubai, cruising at an altitude of 1,000 feet and an airspeed of 210 knots, closely followed by Air Arabia, in line astern and stepped up at an altitude of 1,300 feet.

Next came the Etihad Airbus A380 double-decker, trailing the first two aircraft  and flying at 1,600 feet, stepped up by the Emirates Airbus A380 flying at the highest altitude at 1,900 feet to make room for the seven Al Fursan jets set in an arrow formation ready to release their signature smoke trails in the colours of the UAE flag.

Together, the stunning UAE carrier formation flew with impressive precision across the coastline of the UAE, starting at Ras Al Khaimah, continuing on to Um Al Quwain and Ajman, and then passing landmarks including the Sharjah Corniche, Dubai’s Palm and World Islands with the Burj Khalifa skyline in the background, and finally crossing the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, where all aircraft then split and continued on to their respective airports for landing.
 

UAE carriers plan formation for National Day

Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia will be performing a flypast today (December 2) over the UAE as a centrepiece performance to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day and the Year of Zayed.

All four UAE carriers will be taking their flagship aircraft to the skies from 1pm (local time) and will be flying with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team. Emirates has encouraged the public to take photos and videos however please remember not to put the formation at risk by using drones and to comply with all GCAA rules and ‘No Fly Zones’ for Unmanned Aircraft/Drones.

The flypast will be flying across the following emirates at approximately the below times:

    Ras Al Khaimah -  13:40hrs
    Umm Al Quwain - 13:48hrs
    Sharjah Corniche - 13:52hrs
    Dubai - Jumeira 1 -  13:55hrs
    Dubai - Palm Jumeirah / Atlantis- 13:58hrs
    Abu Dhabi -Ghantoot - 14:03hrs
    Abu Dhabi - Louvre - 14:12hrs
    Abu Dhabi Corniche - 14:15hrs
    Abu Dhabi - Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque-  14:25hrs


 

Etihad’s spectacular fly-past at Abu Dhabi F1

Minutes before the start of the Formula 1 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, race goers were thrilled by a spectacular Etihad Airways and Fursan Al Emarat fly past.

Etihad Airways’ all-new 10 Year Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Anniversary liveried Boeing 787-9 and Year of Zayed liveried Etihad Airways Airbus A380 led the aerial parade over Yas Marina Circuit’s start line at 16:57pm.

A crowd of 60,000 witnessed the impressive display that saw Eithad Airways’ two aircraft and the seven fast jets of Fursan Al Emarat flying at 400km per hour at 800 feet above race goers just prior to the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
 

Slash ready for Abu Dhabi F1 splash

Lead guitarist Slash from Guns N’ Roses making his way to Yas Marina Circuit on day three of the Formula 1 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
 
The band, which is set to perform at tomorrow’s (November 25) After-Race Concert, are already in the capital and are soaking up the race weekend atmosphere of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
 
Slash was earlier today seen mingling with race team members and waving at fans from the Mercedes team garage in the pit lane at the Circuit.-TradeArabia News Service