Boy Attacked by Snake as Photographers Watch. Real or Hoax?

A photograph shows a child apparently being attacked by a snake as cameramen stand by and film without helping the young victim. One version of the photo shows a National Geographic logo. Is this photo real or is it a hoax?

IT IS A FILM WHICH DRAMATIZED AN ATTACK. 

The photo is actually a still photo from the Discovery Channel series Nature’s Deadliest which aired back in 2008. This specific scene is from episode 4 entitled Africa 2. The scene actually shows a girl – not a boy as many readers assume. In the dramatization, the girl is attacked by an African Rock Python and her friend runs to get help. A man comes to assist, fights the snake off of the girl, only to have the snake turn on him. The man is then killed in the attack.

To reiterate, the entire scene is merely a dramatization and did not actually happen and the child is merely acting. Below are a couple of screen shots taken from the same episode of Nature’s Deadliest.

The show began with a disclaimer that the episode may be disturbing to some viewers.

Let’s take a look at the photo which has been circulating since around 2010. The image has often been accompanied by angry commentary covering topics such as class and racial warfare. What is perhaps missed in the discussion, aside from the fact that the scene is a work of fiction, is that it shows a white man dying while rescuing the child. It should also be noted that National Geographic had nothing to do with this show, and the logo was apparently superimposed on the graphic later.

Things then go wrong for the rescuer as the snake then focuses its attack on the man and kills him.

BOTTOM LINE

The image showing a child being attacked by a snake while photographers watch is a disturbing scene. The photo, however, is taken out of context and merely shows a scene being filmed for a dramatization. The Discovery Channel episode in question may be available online, as it was available for instant streaming on Netflix as recently as 2013.

The Incredible Facts about the Crown Prince of Dubai-Sheikh Hamdan

Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, or Sheikh Hamdan, or just Fazza, is a 33-year-old Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He’s handsome as all hell, has more money than you can imagine and is fond of things and activities that aren’t usually typical for the royalty, like, falconry, F-1 racing and snowboarding.

Sheikh Hamdan, has over 3,000,000 followers on Instagram and has been chosen as one of the top 100 ‘global personalities’ on Snapchat.

His glorious Instagram feed tells us a bit more about his life. We see that he loves traveling, unusual adventures, nature, and animals. Is it me or does that sound a lot like Disney’s Aladdin, actually? Anyway, here are some very curious facts about Fazza every fan should know!

Sheikh Hamdan is the 3rd of 23 kids to his father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. After one of his elder brothers died of a heart attack, Fazza was appointed hereditary Crown Prince of Dubai, as everyone thought he was more suited for the role.

Fazza studied at the Rashid School for Boys and the Dubai School of Government. After that his father sent him to Sandhurst Military Academy in the UK, where Prince William and Prince Harry used to hang out. He later enrolled in a few specialized Economy courses in London’s School of Economics.

It is no surprise that Fazza loves photography, but did you know he actually founded the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) in 2011? In 2015 the reward pool was $120,000!

Fazza got the gold medal in a 160km bike run, where he competed with 227 riders, from 41 countries. But that’s not all, have you seen the shots of him freediving, swimming, snowboarding, running and playing all sorts of games? His love for extreme sports is even greater – from wing walking, flyboarding, ziplining past the Burj, flying in an Airbus next to Jet Man, taking a selfie from the top of the Burj Khalifa, diving with elephants, trekking on glaciers… Yeah, this guy knows how to have fun!

Speaking of sports, he wants to revive the ancient art of falconry, which is an integral part of Emirati cultural heritage. The sport became less popular due to all the constructions around Dubai and a loss of desert land in recent years.

“Fazza” is the pseudonym Hamdan uses to publish his poetry. Why “Fazza” you ask? When he just started to write Nabati poetry (a local form of Arabic) he used the name “Fazza” as a reference to a legendary Arab knight. You can also find his poetry online and already translated!

Traveling is probably Fazza’s most favorite activity of all. Europe, the US, New Zealand – you name it, he’s been there. Thanks to his travels, the loyal Instagram and Snapchat followers can sort of take part in the adventures themselves. And who wouldn’t want to travel along a prince, right?

“I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid…” Do you see it now? He’s totally Aladdin! All he needs is a magic carpet, but I guess a private jet will do.

Trump on arming Teachers

President Donald Trump called for paying bonuses to teachers who carry guns in the classroom, embracing a controversial proposal to curb school shootings hours after offering a full-throated endorsement of the National Rifle Association.

Trump told state and local officials gathered at the White House on Thursday to discuss school safety that “you can’t hire enough security guards” and teachers could carry concealed weapons and “nobody would know who they are.” He said that teachers would go through “rigorous training” and could get “a little bit of a bonus.”

His support for arming educators comes a week after the massacre of 17 people at a high school in Florida. The president and lawmakers are now struggling to respond to public demands for action, mindful of the clout gun-rights enthusiasts hold in the Republican Party, which controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

The NRA, which has been one of the most powerful political opponents to gun control, received lavish praise from Trump just minutes before its chief executive officer, Wayne LaPierre, took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference. LaPierre proceeded to blast school officials, local law enforcement and the FBI for failing to prevent school shootings.

President Donald Trump calls for paying bonuses to teachers who carry guns in the classroom.

It was a jarring contrast for Trump just a day after his emotional meeting with students and parents affected by recent school massacres. Earlier Thursday morning, before a tweet praising the NRA, Trump went the furthest he’s ever gone on gun control, saying he’d push for tougher background checks that screen for mental health, raising the minimum age of buyers to 21, and ending the sale of bump stocks.

Trump also suggested to local officials at the White House meeting that schools concentrate more on hardening facilities to withstand rifle fire. But he opposed mandating active shooting drills — which have become increasingly common — saying that rehearsing for a possibly violent event could upset students.

“Active shooter drills is a very negative thing, have to be honest with you,” Trump said, “I’d much rather have a hardened school.” He added that he wouldn’t want his son to be told he was going through an active shooter drill. “I think it’s very bad for children.”

LaPierre called for more armed security at schools and criticized the notion of making schools “gun-free zones,” which he said are targets for potential shooters, echoing comments Trump has made.

The NRA chief lashed out at Democrats including Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who has long pushed for tighter gun laws, for “politicizing” the Florida shooting. He said “elites” want to “eradicate all individual freedoms.”

“They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America’s mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI,” LaPierre said.

The NRA is one of the biggest spenders in elections, ranking 9th among all outside groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2016, the NRA’s political arms spent $54.4 million influencing elections, Federal Election Commission records show, including $19.8 million attacking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and $11.4 million promoting Trump. The NRA also spent $500,000 or more on 7 Senate races, including in battleground states Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Trump was endorsed by the NRA and has routinely touted his support for the organization, and his campaign said he opposed expanding the background check system or imposing new restrictions on gun and magazine bans. Trump is expected to speak at the CPAC event on Friday.

Gun stocks rose Thursday after declining the two prior days. Shares in American Outdoor Brands Corp. rose 2.8 percent to $10.34 and Sturm Ruger & Co. was up 5 percent to $49.55 at 1:30 p.m. New York time.

Background Checks While Trump said he would push “comprehensive background checks” with an emphasis on mental health, an Obama-era gun rule aimed at preventing people with serious mental illness from buying guns was one of the first targets of Republicans in Congress last year. Lawmakers used a special procedure under the Congressional Review Act to do away with the rule.

Trump announced Tuesday he would propose regulations to ban “bump stocks” used to allow semi-automatic rifles to fire like automatic weapons. He signaled support for bipartisan legislation to improve data collection for the federal gun-sale background check system.

Trump said he called many lawmakers Wednesday evening to discuss background checks and that many prior opponents of toughening them have changed their minds.

Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli reports on President Trump’s meeting with Florida school shooting survivors.

His support for arming teachers would eliminate the gun-free zones in and around schools enshrined in a nearly three-decade-old federal law.

Trump said in a tweet earlier Thursday that 20 percent of teachers “would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this.”

The idea prompted sharp rebukes from some Democrats and misgivings from at least one prominent Republican.

Murphy said on CNN that the proposal was “a recipe for disaster,” adding that there was no evidence that it would prevent shootings.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, told a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday that he opposed arming teachers.

Trump on Thursday tried to explain his rationale for arming school staff members. “History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes,” Trump tweeted. “It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!”

“If a potential ‘sicko shooter’ knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!” Trump wrote.

Trump has signaled support for a bipartisan Senate bill that would strengthen current laws requiring federal agencies to report information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The House passed a similar bill in December, but added legislation that would require states to recognize concealed carry licenses from other states. House conservatives would likely balk at separating the two issues, while the House version of the bill would likely fail in the Senate.

A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday found 97 percent support for universal background checks, while 67 percent backed a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Watch the video below:

Trump Suggests ‘Bonus’ for Gun-Trained Teachers, Praises the NRA

King Salman Orders arrest of Prince because of this Video

One of the victims, records a message to the government (which is included in the video) pleading for justice because he was beat up for stopping his car in a location that angered the Prince.

The video also shows the Prince going so far as to assaulting two women and calling them horrible names.

King Salman has stated that anyone may file a case against any member of the royal family with evidence and that there will be no tolerance for corruption.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has also officially commented that: “He will not get away with these regardless if he is a Prince or Minister, anyone with evidence against him will be accountable”

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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…

Revealed:The 20 Richest People in the Philippines

Philippines, the exotic Island surrounded by the Philippines Sea and the South China Sea, has its own multi-billionaires and tycoons. Here’s the 20 Richest People in the Philippines of 2016, according to Forbes rich list.

#20 Roberto Ongpin

Source Of Wealth: Diversified, Self Made

Net Worth-$900 million(₱42,227,550,000.00)

High profile, controversial tycoon settled long-standing dispute last June with UK fund Ashmore, his partner of 9 years in property developer Alphaland. The deal, brokered by fellow rich lister and nephew Eric Recto, slashed his debt and sent his net worth soaring.

#19 Betty Ang

Source of Wealth: Food
Net worth: $905 million(₱42,462,147,500.00)

President and founder of food manufacturer Monde Nissin, which has grown dramatically over the last 5 years, in recent months scooping up Australian firms such as Menora Foods and Black Swan. The new product offerings complement their famous Lucky Me! Brand of instant noodles and Nissin and M.Y. San Biscuits. Monde Nissin was the first firm in country to sell pouches of dry noodles to make instant soup, and currently boasts more than a 60% share in the market and more than 30% of the biscuit sector.

#18 Oscar Lopez & family

Source of Wealth: Media
Net worth: $1 Billion (₱46,919,500,000.00)

Chairman emeritus of Lopez Holdings. Interests lie in banking and power generation and distribution but the company is best known for its publicly traded ABS-CBN Broadcasting subsidiary. The firm’s film production outfit, Star Cinema, had a banner first half of 2015 with the release of 8 movies and stellar earnings. Also has a controlling stake in First Gen Corporation, one of the country’s leading renewable energy producers with geothermal, hydro and natural gas plants. It manages publicly listed firm Energy Development Corporation, one of the world’s largest integrated geothermal power producer.

#17 Dean Lao

Source of Wealth: Chemicals
Net worth: $1.27 Billion (₱51,611,450,000.00)

Lao’s listed D&L Industries, which specializes in food, plastics, and aerosol industries, announced net income growth of 27% in 2014 thanks to low crude oil prices, a surge in commodities and exports of specialty plastics. It also acquired the remaining stake in agro-chemical firm Chemrez Technologies that it didn’t already own.

#16 Andrew Gotian

Source of Wealth: Real estate, Self Made
Net worth: $1.27 Billion (₱59,587,765,000.00)

Founder and chairman of conglomerate Filinvest Development, with interests in real estate development, sugar, hospitality, power generation and banking. Subsidiary East West Banking Corp is the fifth largest credit card issuer in the Philippines. Started the business 60 years ago with wife Mercedes and 8 employees, offering appliances and financing for second-hand cars. Today daughter Josephine runs it all. His Andrew Gotianun Foundation invests in education.

#15 Alfredo Yao

Source of Wealth: Diversified
Net worth: $1.27 Billion (₱60,995,350,000.00)

Ran errands for his street vendor mother at age 12. His journey to businessman began with a printing press to shrink-wrap biscuits and candies. Soon his homemade fruit juice, packed in innovative stand-up pouches, became a hit. Today his Zest-O brand juices are sold in 44 countries. Now in an aggressive expansion mode: investments span banking, real estate, airlines, food, pharmaceuticals and hospitality.

#14 Yap family

Source of Wealth: Banking
Net worth: $1.4 Billion (₱65,687,300,000.00)

Fortune is shared by the heirs of Emilio Yap, who passed away last year. Family has announced that it does not intend to break up the family empire, but otherwise has kept a low profile. The largest piece of their fortune stems from a stake in Philitrust Bank. They also own the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp., responsible for the country’s second oldest leading newspaper, the Manila Bulletin. Son Basilio Yap was named chairman of Manila Bulletin, while grandson Emilio Yap III serves as Vice Chairman and Executive VP of President-Advertising.

#13 Manuel Villar

Source of Wealth: Real Estate,Self Made
Net worth: $1.49 Billion (₱69,910,055,000.00)

Manuel Villar, a former presidential candidate and current senate president, has stakes in Starmalls (operates what name suggests: huge malls) and Vista Land & Lifescapes (a homebuilder). Wharton-educated son Paolo runs Vista. As a kid, Manuel helped mom sell seafood in a Manila market.

#12 Robert Coyiuto, Jr.

Source of Wealth: Power
Net worth: $1.65 Billion (₱77,417,175,000.00)

Robert Coyiuto chairs Prudential Guarantee & Assurance, one of the largest insurance firms in the Philippines, started by his father in 1981. Coyiuto also holds a 30% stake in National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, the privately-held firm consortium responsible for the power grid for the entire country. He is also chairman and owner of PGA Cars, a Filipino auto distributor of luxury brands like Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley. As part of his involvement with PGA Cars, Coyiuto established the first Porsche training facility outside of Germany, allowing underprivileged Filipinos to become elite technical specialists for Porsche vehicles, or “Mechatronics.” Brother Miguel, former president of PGA Cars, passed away in 2013.

#11 Enrique Razon, Jr.

Source of Wealth: Ports
Net worth: $1.65 Billion (₱145,720,150,000.00)

Enrique Razon chairs and runs International Container Terminal Services, the Philippines’ largest port operator. His grandfather began with a port in Manila in 1916. Razon’s dad rebuilt the business after World War II. Razon started out in the port business with his dad in Manila and transformed it into a global giant with presence in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Americas, where ICTSI is among the largest port operators. His hospitality firm, Bloomberry Resorts Co., includes its crown jewel, the Solaire Casino and Resort in the Philippines.

#10 Lucio and Susan Co

Source of Wealth: Retailing
Net worth: $1.81 Billion (₱84924295000.00)

Husband and wife team started with one hypermarket in 1998; closed 2015 with 274 stores, making them the country’s second largest retailer, after Henry Sy’s SM Group. The network of hypermarkets, supermarkets and discount stores continues to expand. The Co family also has money transfer company, retail pharmaceuticals, office supplies, gaming, hotels, wine distribution, property development. In September 2015, the Philippines’ Supreme Court cleared the company of liability in a $58 million tax case involving alcohol and tobacco imports.

#9 David Consunji

Source of Wealth:Construction
Net worth: $3.2 Billion (₱150,420,800,000.00)

Consunji, a former concrete inspector, founded construction company DMCI in 1954. Now the company gets most of its income from power generation, real estate and infrastructure. He also has stakes in the country’s largest coal miner, listed subsidiary Semirara Mining. His son Isidro heads DMCI Holding and Semirara. Consunji shares his fortune with his children.

#8 Andrew Tan

Source of Wealth:Diversified
Net worth: $3.4  Billion (₱112,815,600,000.00.00)

Andrew Tan, son of a factory worker, built his fortune developing large apartment complexes in and around Manila. He put himself through college doing odd jobs and saved money earned as a kitchen appliance salesman to buy a distillery; he then made his first fortune in brandy. Tan’s holding company, Alliance Global, has interests in food and beverage, gaming and real estate. He also owns the Philippines’ McDonalds franchise. In November of 2015 his group’s liquor arm, Emperador, agreed to buy Beam Suntory’s brandy business in a $297 million deal. Alliance Global also launched five new township developments that same year. In 2016 the company says it plans to accelerate office and retail projects.

#7 Jaime Zobel de Ayala & family

Source of Wealth:Diversified
Net worth: $3.5 Billion (₱164,522,750,000.00)

Family’s Ayala Corp, which he chaired until retiring in 2006, was founded 181 years ago. Juggernaut conglomerate booked a record $400 million in profits last year, spurring 8% boost in stock price. Started with small distillery in Manila; later expanded into banking, real estate, hotels, telecommunications, utilities, education. Listed in 1976; now one of country’s largest conglomerates and holding company for publicly traded Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Manila Water. In July Ayala Corp bought a 50% stake in drug store chain Generika for an undisclosed sum. His seven children control more than one third of company. Jaime II, eldest, is chairman and CEO; son Fernando is president and COO. Started working at company as executive assistant after graduating from college. Amateur photographer.

#6 Aboitiz family

Source of Wealth:Diversified
Net worth: $3.6 Billion (₱169,223,400,000.00)

Family controls Cebu-based publicly listed conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV), with interests in power, transportation, banking, food and property. AEV was founded by Paulino Aboitiz, the son of a Spanish farmer, in the late 1800s after he migrated to the Philippines. It began as an abaca-trading and general-merchandise business and later moved into interisland shipping, transporting goods across the Visayas. In 1994 the family took AEV public on the Philippine Stock Exchange, but it retains private interests in construction and shipbuilding. Nineteen family members, mostly fourth- and fifth-generation, are involved in day-to-day operations. The family, known to hold reunions for 400-plus relatives, has a constitution and formal process for those descendants interested in joining the company and/or working their way up to management.

#5 Tony Tan Caktiong & family

Source of Wealth:Fast Food
Net worth: $4.2 Billion (₱197,427,300,000.00)

From Saudi Arabia to the borough of Queens in New York City, Tony Tan Caktiong’s fast food restaurants dot the globe. His publicly traded Jollibee Foods marked its entry into the mainstream burger market with a 40% acquisition of food chain Smashburger in October of 2015. Jollibee Foods is the fastest-growing Asian restaurant chain in the world. They sell Filipino, Chinese, American and European recipes adapted to a modern, quick serve, affordable format. His younger brother Ernesto Tanmantiong is CEO. Tony is charting a new course building community malls in partnership with fellow rich lister Edgar Sia II.

#4 George Ty & family

Source of Wealth:Banking
Net worth: $4.25 Billion (₱206828600000.00)

At age 19 George Ty was refused a bank loan to start a business. The difficulties spurred him to start his own bank at 29, with no financial training or experience. Today Metrobank is the country’s second-largest bank in terms of assets. The serial entrepreneur has gone on to set up power plants, distribute Toyota vehicles, sell insurance, develop real estate and other ventures. He has been consolidating nonfinancial businesses under GT Capital. The group is looking to expand deeper into infrastructure, business process outsourcing and retail. Son Arthur stepped down in 2014 as chairman of GT Capital to become co-vice chairman as the company brought in outside professionals to help it consolidate. His other children are also involved in the business. Ty’s Metrobank Foundation runs Manila Tytana Colleges in memory of his late mother. Ty collects Chinese ink paintings and Filipino art.

#3 Lucio Tan & family

Source of Wealth:Diversified
Net worth: $4.3 Billion (₱202,127,950,000.00)

Lucio Tan’s LT Group has interests in banking, property development, beverages, spirits and tobacco. In 2014 Tan retained 100% control of Philippines Airlines, the country’s oldest airline. Tan, who mopped floors to pay for school, got his business start as a chemical engineer. He enjoys flying helicopters.

#2 John Gokongwei, Jr

Source of Wealth:Diversified
Net worth: $4.3 Billion (₱305,542,250,000.00)

Gokongwei started a cornstarch plant in the 1950s and transformed it into JG Summit with interests in food and beverages, airlines, telecoms, property development, banking, hotels and power generation. He owns a stake in publicly listed Robinson Retail Holdings and franchises for True Value, Top Shop, Toys R Us, Daiso. His retailers have more than 1,500 outlets. Gokongwei’s brother James Go chairs JG Summit. Gokongwei’s son Lance is president and his daughter Lisa runs Summit Media with more than 20 magazine titles including Forbes Philippines, which launched in 2014.

#1 Henry Sy & family

Source of Wealth:Diversified
Net worth: $15.5 Billion (₱728,600,750,000.00)

Henry Sy, the richest person in the Philippines, owns retailers and real estate throughout the country. His SM Investments Corp is the largest retailer in the Philippines with over 200 individual outlets around the country. It announced in February 2016 that it is merging all its retail-related businesses under SM Retail. The firm is also one of the country’s largest conglomerates with interests in real estate development, shopping malls and banking. Sy has a stake in privately-held electricity firm National Grid Corp., which supplies power to the entire country. Sy studied retail at his father’s elbow in the family convenience store. Not satisfied with merely filling dad’s shoes, he saved up to start a footwear shop, the humble origins of his empire.

The Richest Kid in Dubai and How he Spends his Money

The rich and famous have their own way of doing things. They put hard work in to earn their money and they enjoy life to the fullest. These are the things that inspire millions of people around the world to keep on pushing, keep on putting in more work. Our motto here at Alux is to inspire people to keep on pursuing their dreams by keeping them up to date with all the luxury news. After all it is easier to push harder when you have your goal in sight. One such inspiration is Rashed Saif Belhasa, popularly known as “the richest kid in Dubai”.

Rashed is the son of construction billionaire Saif Ahmed Belhasa. Saif  built his empire in Dubai with construction and then branched out to many different industries and found the Saif Belhasa Group. Saif is estimated to be worth an astounding $2.5 billion. It is only befitting his son to have such a life.

One of the most well known branch of the group is the Belhasa Driving School, a place where you can learn to drive in a Mercedes or Range Rover. This is where the rich kids of Dubai learn to drive.

The Lifestyle

Rashed, only 15 is living the life every teenager dreams of. He lives in one of the most expensive houses in Dubai. His house is famous for its’ farm which houses many exotic animals. You can find Bengal Tigers, super rare white tigers, Giraffes, Zebras and even Chimpanzees in his famous farm. No wonder all the celebrities visiting Dubai flock here.

Rashed at this young age has already met more celebrities than most of us would in our entire lifetime. Just check out his Instagram page and you will see what I am talking about.

 

Wizkhalifa visited him even before his 15th birthday. Wiz checked out his amazing sneaker collection.

 

 

Rashed has built an amazing collection of sneaker, one that every teenager dreams of. He has more than 2000 pairs of sneakers and he recently built a separate temperature controlled room with surveillance just for his sneakers. Celebrities who visit him make sure that they visit his sneaker collection. It is only befitting that the richest kid in Dubai has the best sneaker collection in the country.

Social Media Presence

Rashed has become enormously famous in social media. He is more widely known as the “richest kid in Dubai’. In just a few years he has amassed close to a million followers in his Instagram profile. His celebrity photos and photos his extravagant lifestyle has propelled him to internet stardom.

 

Rashed’s Youtube page now has one million subscribers and it is growing fast. He also stars regularly in other famous Youtube vloggers videos such as Mo Vlogs and DJ Bliss.

 

Rashed is now working on making himself a business magnet like his father. However, the route he has taken is different. He is using his social media fame to start businesses. He has recently launched a clothing line which he co-owns with designer Ross Mackay. The streetwear line is called “Kings Ambition” which we found to be very appropriate. You can check out their merchandise online. He has also launched the “Moneykicks” online store which is selling some seriously lit bags, shirts, hoodies and other merchandise. Recently he even got his Ferrari covered in a Louis Vuitton and Supreme themed wrap as part of a publicity stunt.

 

 

World’s Tallest Hotel Opens in Dubai in Grand Style with 528 Rooms

The world’s tallest hotel has opened in Dubai, adding another skyscraper to the already towering skyline.

The Gevora Hotel stands at 356 metres and has 528 rooms. It is one metre taller than the previous record holder, the JW Mariott Marquis, which is also in Dubai.

It is situated next to the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, which at 333 metres was the tallest hotel before JW Marriot Marquis opened.

Guests will enter the Gevora Hotel through solid gold revolving doors and will also have access to four health clubs and two luxury restaurants.

The 75-floor all-gold hotel is 50 metres taller than the Shard in London and 56 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Dubai is also home to the world’s tallest building, which stands at 828 metres. It stands almost nine times higher than Big Ben.

The city-state, which is one of seven to make up the United Arab Emirates, is hoping to attract 20 million tourists every year by 2020.

The desert city has multiple luxury resorts, beaches, a marina and several shopping malls. It also boasts an indoor ski resort.

Here Are Some Interesting Insights

1. The guests enter the world’s tallest hotel in Dubai through gold-plated revolving doors. The decor  and ambience of the hotel is every bit luxurious.

2. At the rooftop of the world’s tallest building is a restaurant that gives panoramic view of the city. On the menu of the restaurant are international and local cuisines.

3. Another key attraction is that Gevora hotel has the highest pools overlooking the highest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa.

4. The hotel, located on the Sheikh Zayed Road near the Dubai International Financial Centre, has 528 guest rooms and suites and four restaurants. The Gevora Hotel has six elevators and a total of 3,859 stairs.

5. The world’s tallest hotel has all opulent comforts including pools, jacuzzis, health club and a luxury spa.

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Dubai Resident fails to suicide, gets 5000 AED fine and deported as well

Mental health is a topic that has not gathered enough awareness in the Arab region. Mental disorders ,such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), are taken very seriously in the west, specially by parents that would like to ensure their children have no growth or learning problems. This is very well justified, as studies show that almost 5% of all children would be diagnosed with ADHD, as an example. However, as we take a look at the case of the 28-year old Jordanian Dubai resident, that failed to commit suicide, we will find great irony in learning that if someone in the UAE with enough disorders to reach the point of killing themselves, they are to be handed a fine and deportation sentence.

The Jordanian, a consultant, was found unconscious and pale in her bedroom floor by her cleaner. She was rushed to a hospital and stayed in a coma for 40 days. The Dubai Police forensic medicine report shows that she had swallowed a quantity of pills enough to kill herself. After she woke up from the coma, and released, she booked a holiday, perhaps to de-stress herself and regenerate her mental status. However, she was stopped from travelling and directed to a police station, handed a 5000 AED fine, and sentenced to be deported (kicked from the country).

The UAE government insists that it is doing it’s best to combat mental illness and allocating more than enough resources, but further research would show this is more applicable to Emiratis, rather than expat residents. Does this mean that mental health is only important when it comes to the safety of their citizens, but not as mental health in general?

It is quite difficult, and illogical to understand how a human suffering from depression and anxiety disorders will benefit mentally from a crippling financial fine and deportation – an end to their career. It is also difficult to understand why this was not categorized as a health problem rather than a “crime”, and insurance companies made to cover expat residents’ mental health problems, similar to how they profitably cover everything else.

Source: UAEVIRAL.COM

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.