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UAE bow out of qualifiers for DP World Asia Cup 2022




DP World are the title sponsor for the 15th edition of the Asia Cup cricket for men to be played at Dubai and Sharjah from August 27 to September 11.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Winner of Asia Cup Qualifier will compete for the DP World Asia Cup 2022. A total of 13 matches will be played in Dubai and Sharjah. Star Sports will broadcast the tournament.

Commenting on the development, Jay Shah, the Asian Cricket Council president, said: “We are happy to have DP World as title sponsor of the Asia Cup 2022. The Asia Cup is a prestigious event and the participation of a respected
partner like DP World is welcome.”

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “We are delighted to announce our title sponsorship of the 2022 Asia Cup. The partnership offers a unique opportunity to be a part of one of the most prestigious cricket tournaments in the world, right here in Dubai, the new sports capital of the region. We cannot wait to watch the action unfold over the next few weeks and wish the tournament organisers, teams and players every success over the coming weeks.”

DP World is the leading provider of smart end-to-end logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. It has presence in 78 countries across six continents, powered by diverse professional team of more than 97,000 people.

The opening match of the tournament will be played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE. This is the fourth time that the Asia Cup will be held in UAE.


Hong Kong bowler Ehsan Khan took four wickets to derail UAE’s hopes in the Asia Cup 2022 Qualifiers at the Al Amerat Oval, in Muscat, Oman. Courtesy ACC

Hong Kong seal qualifying spot

Meanwhile, the hosts UAE lost to Hong Kong in the last match of the Qualifiers, which also allowed the victors to leapfrog from third and vault into the main draw.

Kuwait had upset the UAE in the first match at the Al Amerat Oval, Muscat, Oman, and were leading the table going into the final game yesterday after wrapping up an easy win against Singapore with the wooden spoon. The UAE needed to win big over Hong Kong and rally past on run rate.

Instead, they got off to a disastrous start with the bat. Muhammad Waseem and Chirag Suri, the top two run-getters before the start, were dismissed cheaply along with one-down Vriitya Aravind. They were 25-3 and 77-5 before some spine from CP Rizwan (49) and Zawar Farid (41) took them to 147 all out. Ehsan Khan (4-24) and Aizaz Khan (2-8) were among the wickets.

The Hong Kong top order batted sensibly at mostly run a ball and chased it down in 19 overs, losing just two wickets in the process.

Team M W L Pts NRR
Hong Kong 3 3 0 6 0.64
Kuwait 3 2 1 4 1.63
UAE 3 1 2 2 0.54
Singapore 3 0 3 0 -2.68

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Dubai Police to waive all traffic fines incurred by motorists on 16 April



All fines for traffic violations committed by motorists during the recent record rains, on April 16, will be waived in Dubai, police announced.

Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, made the announcement on Wednesday.

The decision to waive the traffic violations reflects Dubai Police’s commitment to the community and to ensuring their safety, especially during exceptional circumstances.

Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan, had earlier approved a series of initiatives and measures to urgently mitigate the impact of the severe weather in the emirate.

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Dubai Airports back to normal capacity



After the heaviest rainfall the UAE experienced in 75 years Dubai Airports is making remarkable strides in restoring and normalising operations at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said since yesterday, ahead of its recovery schedule, DXB returned to its normal flight schedule and is back to operating around 1,400 flight movements a day.

“With roads in and around the airport 100% clear of water accumulation, our manpower, logistics and facilities are operating as usual again. To have the airport back up and running is no small feat. 2,155 flights were cancelled and 115 were diverted. We had to work closely with our airline partners and service providers to rework schedules, boost manpower and look after all those who had been disrupted.

“I’m continuously amazed with the unwavering dedication of our Dubai Airports employees, airline partners, government agencies, commercial partners and service partners. It has been the most challenging adverse weather event we’ve had to navigate, and our people and partners worked tirelessly to keep the operation running and to assist our guests.”
31 flights were diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC) and by 19 April, all guests at the airport were successfully supported and continued onwards to complete their travel plans.
Guest welfare remained a key priority throughout the disruption and although there were initial challenges in transporting supplies with road closures around DXB and DWC, over 75,000  food packs were delivered across both airports.
“While certain challenges remain, including processing the baggage backlog, we’re working closely with our service partners but know there’s still more work to be done and once again thank guests for their patience while we work through this,” added Mr. Griffiths. 
“We’re deeply saddened by the ongoing impact of the heavy rainfall on affected communities and businesses across the UAE. We’re also supporting our own people who were badly affected by the weather and will continue to support wherever we can.”
As normal operations resume, guests should arrive at their terminal only three hours ahead of their flight departure time to avoid unnecessary congestion and facilitate smoother.

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SkyPower and ZETDC Sign landmark power purchase agreements for Zimbabwe’s largest solar project



In a historic event at the World Future Energy Summit, SkyPower and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) have signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), marking a significant milestone in the development of the largest solar project in the history of Zimbabwe. The agreements pave the way for the commencement of the Green Giant project, set to deliver 500 MW of solar power, capable of energizing approximately 2 million households.

As previously stated by His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe: “My presidential commitment is to enhance our energy sustainability through renewable energy by collaborating with world-class companies like SkyPower. Today’s signing is a landmark achievement for our nation, setting a robust foundation for our sustainable future.”

The signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi was witnessed by eminent personalities including the Honorable Edgar Moyo, Minister of Energy of Zimbabwe, Lovemore Mazemo, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the UAE, Eng. Abel Gurupira, Managing Director of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company, Mr. Mazambani Edington Tapera, Chairman of ZERA.

“This is a momentous day for Zimbabwe, demonstrating our commitment to transforming our energy sector and ensuring reliable power for our people”, stated by Eng. Abel Gurupira, Managing Director of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company. Kerry Adler, President & CEO of SkyPower, highlighted the project’s importance, “We are proud to kick off the initial phases of the Green Giant project at this prestigious summit. This partnership exemplifies our dedication to promoting sustainable energy development globally.

Upon completion, this project will stand as a testament to Zimbabwe’s commitment to renewable energy and economic growth.”

“The significance of today’s event cannot be overstated. As we align our efforts with global energy transitions, this project underlines our strategy to integrate renewable energy into our national energy mix significantly,” remarked the Honorable Edgar Moyo.

This accomplishment highlights the country’s favorable environment and underscores the exceptional teamwork and dedicated efforts from both parties.

This initiative is expected to boost Zimbabwe’s economy significantly by creating thousands of jobs and fostering infrastructure development. It is aligned with global efforts towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and enhancing the quality of life for millions of Zimbabweans.

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