As the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas enters its fifth day, the US Department of Defense announced the suspension of drone reconnaissance flights over the Gaza Strip. In parallel, Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners as part of the ongoing ceasefire agreement. President Joe Biden has reportedly cautioned Israel against causing mass civilian displacement similar to the bombings in the northern part of the Strip, particularly in the anticipated attack in southern Gaza.
Fostering Diplomatic Relations
In other international news, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, awarded Saad Cachalia, the South African ambassador to the UAE, with the First Class Independence Medal. The award marks the end of Cachalia's tenure as ambassador. Sheikh Mohammed also extended his congratulations to Saudi Arabia upon the selection of Riyadh as the host city for Expo 2030.
Advancements in Technology and Construction
The UAE is also making significant strides in the technology sector. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi launched AI71, a company specializing in biometric data management. This launch is part of the advanced technology research council's initiatives. In the construction sector, Wasl Properties awarded a $1.2 billion contract to China's state-owned construction engineering company for the commencement of the Jazirah Resort project in Dubai. Another major real estate development in Dubai is the launch of Swaidan One, a premium office building.
Preparing for a Tourism Boom
As the Union Day holiday approaches, the UAE is preparing for a surge in tourism. Travel agency dnata has revealed the most popular holiday destinations for residents, with Thailand, the Maldives, and Turkey leading the list. The tourism sector in the UAE is expecting record visitor numbers and hotel bookings in December.
Anticipating a Busy End of the Year
Abu Dhabi Airports is gearing up for an influx of travelers, anticipating approximately 2.3 million visitors at the new Passenger Terminal A in December, with more than 22 million travelers expected within the year. In preparation for COP28, the UAE Banks Federation conducted a workshop on corporate tax in the UAE. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed sent a congratulatory message to the President of Mauritania on the anniversary of their independence. The UAE is also preparing for the 'Reach the Last Mile Forum' and industry leader discussions during COP28.