A Rare ‘Super blue blood moon’ will be visible in Dubai tonight

The unusual lunar event will be visible to the naked eye on the evening of January 31.

An incredibly rare lunar event called a ‘super blue blood moon’ will be visible across the UAE skies tonight

Described as a lunar trifecta, the rare phenomenon occurs when three events happen at the same time; a blue moon, a super moon and a total lunar eclipse. It’s set to be visible just after 6pm, with the optimum time for UAE viewing at 6.04pm.

The eclipse will last for approximately three minutes, Hassan Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group, told Gulf News, but the moon coming out of the eclipse will last for around an hour. The super moon will be visible all night.

So, what is the lunar trifecta?

A blue moon is arguably the most common, and is used to described the second full moon within a calendar month.

The super moon is less common. It’s used to describe when a full moon is the closest distance to Earth in its elliptic orbit. This resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the moon as seen from Earth.

And as the super moon rises, it will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers a total lunar eclipse. While the moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”

Although the super blue blood moon will be visible to the naked eye, if you’re after some expert commentary to go along with your viewing, join the Dubai Astronomy Group at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Mushrif Park. They’ll be gathering from 5pm to 9pm, with entry priced at Dhs20 for adults and Dhs10 for children.

UAE Mourns as Sheikh Khalifa Loses Mom

Rulers of the emirates and other Sheikhs, ministers, top officials and citizens came together to offer a funeral prayer following the death of Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the mother of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The prayer was offered after Duhr prayer at Al Mu’tareed Mosque in Al Ain on Sunday.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, were among those who performed the prayer.

Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman and Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla of Umm Al Quwain were also present for the funeral prayer.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has declared a three-day official mourning period starting Sunday, during which the UAE flags will be flown at half mast.

UAE leaders took to social media to express their condolences to Sheikh Khalifa.

“My deepest condolences to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and all the people of the UAE, on our loss of his mother Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan. May she rest in peace,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid tweeted.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his sorrow over the death by tweeting: “From God we come and to Him we return. With great sorrow and sadness, we mourn the loss of the President’s mother. May God give her recognition for her giving – to her family, UAE people and the country. May God bless her soul and grant her paradise, and grant us all the strength to endure and persevere.”

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, tweeted: “My deepest condolences to the President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan over the loss of his mother. We ask God to bless her soul and grant her abode in Paradise, and grant Al Nahyan family forbearance.”

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, tweeted: “From God we come and to Him we return. We ask God to have mercy … May God bless her soul and grant her abode in paradise, and recognise her good acts.”

Rulers express grief

Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates are mourning the death of Sheikha Hessa. In separate statements issued on Sunday, the Rulers expressed their deep condolences to Sheikh Khalifa.

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah; Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman; Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah; Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla of Umm Al Quwain; and Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah, extended their sincere condolences to Sheikh Khalifa. They also prayed to Allah to rest Sheikha Hessa’s soul in peace.

The Rulers’ courts also announced a three-day mourning, when the UAE flags will be flown at half mast.

Here are 18 new things coming to the UAE in 2018

All the things you need to keep an eye out for…

2017 has been a huge year for the UAE, with exciting new projects and openings announced almost every week – so many, in fact, that it’s hard to keep up.

But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here – and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.From brand new attractions to flying taxis, here are 18 things we can look forward to in 2018…

1. The Year of Zayed

2018 will mark 100 years since the birth of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan, so it makes sense that the year will be dedicated to the UAE’s founding father. The year will not only be about remembering all that Sheikh Zayed did to form the UAE of today, but will also be about instilling his values across the community.

2. VAT

That’s right, 2018 is the year in which value-added tax will kick off in the UAE. This will see a small rise in the cost of living, with a 5 per cent tax on good and services including food, water and electricity (though public transport, international air travel, education and healthcare will be exempt).

3. Dubai Frame

It’s been proudly framing the city from its spot in Zabeel Park for quite some time now, and next year we’ll finally be able to step inside the picture-perfect attraction. When complete, a panoramic elevator will take visitors up to the 150-metre-high glass bridge, where they can admire the views over both old and new Dubai.

4. The world’s longest zipline

Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah will soon be home to the world’s longest zipline, set to open to the public in January. While its exact length will remain a secret until the opening, it is expected to break the current world record held by ‘The Monster’ in Puerto Rico, which is 2,200 metres long.

5. Mohammed bin Rashid Library

Ok, we are so excited about this one. Construction is underway on a huge new world-class library, located in Al Jaddaf (across the Creek from Dubai Festival City). The seven-storey building has been designed to resemble an open book sitting on a rehl – a traditional lectern which holds the Quran. All going well, it should be finished by mid-2018.

6. Cityland Mall

Yes, another mall for Dubai – but with this one, at least we’ll have the excuse that we’re spending time in nature. Cityland Mall – which is being developed by the same people behind Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden – is described as the world’s first “nature-inspired” shopping mall, packed with botanical wonders. It’s expected to be in full bloom next year.

7. Bluewaters Island

If you’ve been hanging out at JBR this year, you’ll have noticed things starting to take serious shape across the water at Bluewaters Island. Its enormous centrepiece, Ain Dubai, is expected to become the world’s largest observation wheel when it opens in 2018.

8. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened its impressive doors in November – so could this spur the launch of another long-awaited cultural attraction on Saadiyat Island, The Guggenheim? While no official completion date has been given for the Abu Dhabi outpost of the New York art museum, we’re hoping we’ll see at least some progress next year.

9. Deira Night Souk

By the end of 2018 there should be a brand new spot where you can haggle for all your spices, souvenirs and scarves. The Deira Night Souk will be located on the Deira Islands, and will be the first major completed project on the development (which was previously known as the Palm Deira). The souq will only open after sunset, and will stay open past midnight.

10. Aladdin City

It’s been a while since we’ve heard word of this magical new development at Dubai Creek, but Aladdin City is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018. The development, inspired by the ancient legends of fictional heroes Aladdin and Sinbad, is made up of three golden structures designed to look like glimmering genie lamps.

11. Warner Bros World

Abu Dhabi’s newest theme park is on track for a 2018 opening, with 29 rides inspired by classic Warner Bros characters such as Scooby Doo and Bugs Bunny, as well as heroes and villains from the DC Universe like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. You’ll find it just down the road from Ferrari World on Yas Island.

12. Self-flying taxis

Dubai’s much-hyped Autonomous Air Taxi took to the skies this year for its first test flight. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has teamed up with German drone firm Volocopter to develop the two-seater vehicle, and while no firm date has been given for when we can start hailing the futuristic cabs, we’ll definitely be hearing more about them in 2018.

13. The world’s tallest indoor climbing wall

Extreme sports are about to get even more extreme in the capital. CLYMB, a Dhs367 million indoor attraction on Yas Island, will break two world records when it opens in 2018 – not only will it feature the world’s tallest climbing wall, but the world’s largest flight chamber as well. The climbing section will offer spaces for beginner, intermediate and expert climbers.

14. A swag of new hotels

If there’s one thing you can count on in the UAE, it’s that five-star hotels will always be popping up faster than you can say ‘room service’. December saw the opening of the ritzy Renaissance hotel in Downtown Dubai, as well as the Bulgari Resort on Jumeira Bay. 2018 will see the arrival of the likes of the W Hotel on The Palm, the two-tower Rosemont Hotel and Residences in Barsha Heights, and the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Beach.

15. Reem Central Park

Reem Island off Abu Dhabi is getting its own park – and it’s a biggie. The outdoor space, which is scheduled to open to the public in 2018, will cover an area of 1,000,000 square feet and feature a mosque for 2,000 worshippers, restaurants, shops, a skate park and play area for kids and ‘interactive water features’.

16. Azizi Riviera

Dubai is getting another waterfront suburb, and this one is going to be inspired by the French Riviera. Located within the Meydan One development, Azizi Riviera will feature 69 residential buildings, two luxury hotels and a new retail district. The first phases of the project are expected to be complete by December 2018.

17. Al Qana

Described as a new tourist and entertainment destination for Abu Dhabi, Al Qana will be home to a 5,000 square-metre aquarium and Abu Dhabi’s first standalone cinema. It will also have a family entertainment area, a marina, picnic areas, restaurants and shops. It’s expected to be finished in the second quarter of 2018.

18. New restaurants galore

New attractions and developments are nice and all, but if we’re being really honest, we’re most excited about the new restaurants we’ll be able to dine at in 2018. Our mouths are already watering for Beefbar in DIFC, the first PizzaExpress Live restaurant outside of the UK in Business Bay, and we’re very interested to see Dolce Sky in the Address Boulevard Hotel (pictured), where wait staff are set to double as aerial performers.

9 Countries With The Most Handsome Men

Have you ever wondered which country has the most handsome men? I mean, it’s all a question of preference and personal taste, but we think it’s fun to speculate. Thanks to Hollywood we’re all too familiar with the most handsome American men. They’re all over the media and it creates this impression that American men are the hottest ones. But let’s not forget that America is a country of immigrants, so chances are all those famous actors and models and singers have roots all over the world. So we thought it would be interesting to talk about 9 countries with the most handsome men.

1.South Korea
South Korea has the prettiest men out there, if you don’t mind us saying so. Yes, “pretty” isn’t a word that’s often used when describing men, but South Korean guys are so flawless and good looking, and charming and adorable and just pretty. It’s just a word, you know, get over it.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Released from Detention

The Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been released after nearly three months in detention at a luxury hotel as part of an anti-corruption sweep.

The prince was released on Saturday from the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, where he has been held since 4 November. A senior Saudi official said he had been freed after he reached a financial settlement with the attorney general.

“The attorney general has approved this morning the settlement that was reached with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, and the prince returned home at 11am [0800 GMT],” the official told Reuters, without giving details of the terms.

Alwaleed is the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, which has investments in Twitter, Lyft, Apple and other western companies. He was detained in November along with at least 10 other princes and dozens of prominent Saudi businessmen and officials suspected of corruption.

His release came hours after he told Reuters that he expected to be cleared of any wrongdoing and be freed within days.

The decision to free him along with several other well-known tycoons on Friday suggested the main part of the corruption probe was winding down after it sent shockwaves through Saudi Arabia’s business and political establishment.

A Gulf banker who deals with Saudi Arabia said the authorities appeared keen to conclude the probe partly because foreign investors were concerned their assets or local business partners could be targeted. “The government is signalling that it wants to move to a new phase now, away from the crackdown and into other economic reforms,” the banker said.

The detention of Alwaleed along with dozens of other senior officials and businessmen was part of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to reform the oil superpower Saudi Arabia and consolidate his position.

The attorney general said this week that 90 detainees had been released after their charges were dropped, while others traded cash, real estate and other assets for their freedom. The authorities were still holding 95 people, he said. Some are expected to be put on trial.


83-Year-Old Virgin Finally Ties the Knot to His 90-Year-Old Love

What age were you when you broke your virginity?

An 83-year-old virgin from Uganda called Naomi has decided to get married to a 90-year-old Ugandan man identified as Rwakaikara. That’s right. Naomi has never had sex in her life.

Naomi wedded her new bae at St. James Cathedral in Hoima District area of Uganda. The wedding was presided over by the retired Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa.

The delighted Bishop told the congregation that it was not too late to get married and thanked the couple for patiently waiting for their special day. But the big question is “What was she waiting for?”

Husband and wife.

The man of God praised the couple for challenging the young generation to be holy and focussed.

He also revealed that he had never seen a couple wed at such a late age but it was still a blessing;

It’s my first time since I started work as Bishop to wed an old virgin woman as Naom. This is amazing and the world will read and learn a lot about you.

The husband, Rwakaikara has 10 children, (40 grand children and 59 grand children) from his first (late) wife. Naomi, on the other hand, has never married before. Doctors have confirmed she is indeed still a pure first class virgin.

The Top 10 Biggest and Longest Limousines in World History

How will you know that a celebrity is approaching during a red-carpet premiere? When a limousine’s in view. That’s how stars make an elegant entrance—stepping out from a stretch limo and getting down to a crowd of reporters and fans. Limos make the scene even more brighter for them, and the luxurious feel these cars give make them even more like a star.

It’s hard to explain how limousines got the tag of being the most luxurious cars, but back when it was first introduced in 1902, they didn’t actually carry that description by default. They were designed like such so the driver can drive outside under a covered compartment. It was named after the region Limousin where shepherds wore a cloak with a raised hood that looked like the covered compartment of the first limos.

Limousines are also especially designed so the chauffeur couldn’t hear what the passengers are talking about—a good way to keep some private matters really private. Everyone knows limousines do not take the usual car size. As their name suggests, they are “stretched,” though they are originally just a sedan. But this list is not probably a common knowledge, because in here, we named the ten of the biggest limousines of all time. Time to know what are the most stretched stretch limousines in world history.

10. Corvette Limousine

Stretched seven meters long, this is the longest Corvette limousine. Just like any other luxurious limo, it has inside it a disco bar, fireplace, stuff to play music with, and many more. It took its makers eight months to complete it.

10 Lesser known Facts about Dubai

Think you know everything about the city? Think again…

We live in a unique city: around 20 years ago most of what we see today was just desert. But now Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the world’s biggest mall, the world’s most expensive this, and the world’s most ridiculous that…

These are all things we knew before though, so we set out to discover facts about Dubai that were hiding under the surface.

Here are 10 lesser known bits of Dubai info that you can cough up at that next dinner party (because everyone loves a bit of useless information).

1. Dubai was home to around 20 per cent of the world’s cranes during its construction boom.

2. The Palm Jumeirah is large enough that it took 10.5 million dump trucks worth of sand to create it.

3. The Burj Khalifa is so tall (828m), that those who live at the top have to wait 2 mins longer for the sun to set before they can break fast during Ramadan.

4. There were only 13 registered cars in Dubai in 1968, which is roughly 154,000 times less than there are today.

5. The Burj Khalifa is so large, it can be seen from 95km away. Which means that if it was located just outside of Doha, Qatar, you’d still be able to see it from the south of Bahrain.

6. Robot jockeys are used in camel racing instead of human jockeys.

7. 1,790m2 of 24-carat gold leaf covers the inside of the Burj Al Arab: that’s around seven full-sized tennis court’s worth of the glistening mineral

8. The local population of Emiratis only makes up 15% of Dubai’s population.

9. Dubai Metro is the world’s longest fully automated metro network at 75km.

10. 39 per cent of the Burj Al Arab is uninhabitable, with 405ft of empty space at the top. Without this it wouldn’t be considered ‘supertall’, a title only given to buildings above 900ft.

Photos: Getty Images


“I Lost my eyes because of Bleaching” – Woman shares Scary Experience on the effect of Skin Bleaching

For some ridiculous reasons, the bleaching among the youth has surged. The use of creams and pills to look fair has become too common and the people who patronize it claims they want to look more beautiful.

Some black skin people have the conception that the western world people’s skin color is the measure of beauty and as such are patronizing creams and drugs which has the adverse effect on their body in the long run.

It’s on the effects of skin bleaching that a Ghanaian woman has narrated how she was blinded as a result of prolong use of bleaching creams.

In a pre-recorded video that was shown by Berla Mundi on her show” The Late Afternoon Show”, the woman who is in her 60s explain that she started using bleaching creams in her 20s because she wanted to look more beautiful and fair.

Unfortunately for her along the line, the hydroquinone a bleaching agent in creams came in contact with her eyes rendering her partially blind.

It was until she underwent a surgery at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital at a cost of GHS8000 that she was able to see clearly again.

She explained that after the surgery she was warned by the doctors to stay away from bleaching creams.The woman advised young people to stay away from bleaching creams more especially ladies who are the major users.

“There is no benefit in bleaching, only regrets and skin infection in the long run.”

Dr. Hannah-Lisa Tetteh who was on the show as a guest added that the hydroquinone a bleaching agent in creams is very dangerous on every part of the body it touches so people should desist from using such creams.



What Does Your Nose Shape Say About You?

Many experts believe that by looking at someone’s nose you can learn a lot about the person, their character traits and personality. It’s up to you whether you want to believe it or not, but we thought we’d tell you about different nose shapes and what they tend to imply about the person. You, in turn, can try to identify what’s your nose shape and whether the description matches your personality or perhaps do the same with your friends and family members.

1. Button Nose
Button noses are considered to be the cutest by many. People with button noses are usually quite creative and imaginative. They’re loving, caring and kind. They’re quite optimistic too. But they can also be emotional and tend to feel threatened by people with big personalities.

2. Greek Nose
A Greek nose is perfectly straight with narrow nostrils, you know, something you might see on a Greek sculpture. People with Greek noses are usually very intelligent, logical and dependable. You can always count on them.

3.Upturned Nose
People with an upturned nose are generally very optimistic, cheerful and adventurous. They lead very interesting and exciting lives. They’re also very loyal to their friends and family and are willing to protect them no matter what.

4. Wide Nose
People with wide noses tend to be natural leaders and have a very strong personality. They’re often successful in business. On the other hand they’re rarely calm and tend to be hot headed and get angry really quickly.

5. Fleshy Nose
A flashy nose is one that starts out quite narrow at the root but becomes wider and flashier towards the tip. These people tend to be quick thinkers and fast decision makers. They don’t like to waste time so they just do everything right away.

6. Snub Nose
A snub nose has quite a narrow base, but a fleshier, round tip that slopes up, so the nostrils are visible. People with snub noses are usually quite confident in their abilities. They also tend to have a good sense of humour and are always ready to cheer up their friends.

7. Bumpy Nose
People with bumpy noses tend to make their own path in life. They don’t like to follow the leaders and prefer to make their own decisions and mistakes along the way. They’re quite stubborn and don’t care about what others think.

8. Hawk Nose
A hawk nose is called that because it resembled the curve of a beak of a hawk or an eagle. People with hawk noses tend to be artistically talented and creative. They also usually have a very strong will and if they’re determined to do something – there’s no stopping them.

The Top 20 Most Played Music on Radio according to MUSIGA

The Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA at a press soiree on Friday, December 12 announced twenty most played songs on the radio in the year 2017.

According to the music body, the statistics were tabulated from the number of airplay these songs received in the year 2017, which they said the survey was conducted by Kisema, a logging system company in Ghana.

However, Female songstress Ebony topped the list with her song, Sponsor followed by music group Wutah with their hit single, Bronya.

See the full list of songs that received massive airplay in 2017.

20. Shatta Wale- Forgetii (ft Millitants & Pope Skinny)

19. MzVee – My Name

18. Becca- Na Wash (ft Patoranking)

17. Sarkodie-  Pain Killer (ft Runtown)

16. Stonebwoy- Come From Far

15. Kurl Songx – Jennifer Lomotey(ft Sarkodie)

14. Shatta Wale- Ayoo (ft Millitants)

13. Captain Planet – Wo Gye Obi Girl (ft Kofi Kinaata)

12. Kidi – Say You Love Me

11. Stonebwoy-  My Name

10.  Samini – My Own

9. Fancy Gadam- Total Cheat (ft Sarkodie)

8. Patapaa – One Corner

7.  King Promise – Oh Yeah

6. Shatta Wale – Taking Over

5. Kuami Eugene – Angela

4. Magnom – My Baby (ft Joey B)

3. Kidi – Odo

2. Wutah – Bronya

  1. Ebony – Sponsor