The World Future Energy Summit is the leading international event accelerating sustainability and the global transition to clean energy.
Energy industry leaders and policymakers from around the world will participate in the three-day event at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from January 16 to January 18.
The summit is the centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, a global initiative by the UAE & Abu Dhabi's clean energy company Masdar to push sustainable development and advance economic, social, and environmental progress.
Exhibition, technology showcase, investment incubator and business forum all rolled into one event, the summit convenes leaders, innovators and global thinkers to share ideas that are creating the blueprints for a sustainable future.
To register go to www.worldfutureenergysummit.com
THE 80th GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS 2023!
The Golden Globes are back after much controversy!
Here are the biggest highlights of the night:
The Banshees of Inisherin was the biggest winner on the night, winning Best Motion Picture — Musical / Comedy, Colin Farrell a Best Actor — Motion Picture — Musical / Comedy and another for Martin McDonagh, for Best Screenplay — Motion Picture.
Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans took home two awards, for Best Director — Motion Picture and Best Picture — Drama.
Everything Everywhere All At Once also bagged two awards, one each for actors Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh, who made history as the first Malaysian actor to win the Golden Globe!
Telugu-language film RRR also made Globes history as the first Indian tune to take Best Song — Motion Picture.
The full list of winners:
Best Picture (Drama) - WINNER:The Fabelmans
Best Picture — Comedy /Musical - WINNER:The Banshees of Inisherin
Best Picture — Animated - WINNER: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Best Picture — Non-English Language - WINNER: Argentina, 1985, Argentina
Best Actor — Motion Picture — Drama - WINNER: Austin Butler, Elvis
Best Actor — Motion Picture — Musical/Comedy - WINNER: Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Best Actress — Motion Picture — Drama - WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Tar
Best Actress — Motion Picture — Musical/Comedy - WINNER: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting Actor — Motion Picture - WINNER: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting Actress — Motion Picture - WINNER: Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Best Director — Motion Picture - WINNER: Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture - WINNER: The Banshees of Inisherin, Martin McDonagh
Best Score — Motion Picture - WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, Babylon
Best Song — Motion Picture - WINNER: Naatu Naatu by Kala Bhairava, M M Keeravani, Rahul Sipligunj, from RRR
Best Drama Series - WINNER: House of the Dragon
Best Musical/Comedy - WINNER: Abbott Elementary
Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture - WINNER:The White Lotus
Best Television Actor — Drama Series - WINNER: Kevin Costner, Yellowstone
Best Television Actor — Musical/Comedy Series - WINNER: Jeremy Allen White, The Bear
Best Actor — Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture - WINNER: Evan Peters, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Best Television Actress — Drama Series - WINNER: Zendaya, Euphoria
Best Television Actress — Musical/Comedy Series - WINNER: Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Best Actress — Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture - WINNER: Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout
Best Supporting Actor — Television Series - WINNER: Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary
Best Supporting Actor — Television Limited Series/Motion Picture - WINNER: Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Best Supporting Actress — Television Series - WINNER: Julia Garner, Ozark
Best Supporting Actress — Television Limited Series/Motion Picture - WINNER: Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
RONALDO AL NASSR UNVEILING
Cristiano Ronaldo last night described himself as a "unique player" at his Al Nassr unveiling. He insisted his career was not over, in fact he ‘’wants to break records’’ while at his new club in Saudi
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid & Juventus player has signed a 2 ½ year contract, which is rumoured to be worth more than $200 million a year once commercial & sponsorship tie-ins are factored in
Ronaldo added "I had many offers in Europe, many in Brazil, Australia, the US, even in Portugal. I'm coming here to win, to play, to enjoy, to be part of the success of the country & culture of the country"
IT'S GETTING BUSY IN DUBAI!
Dubai Airports have released that traffic of nearly 2 MILLION passengers is expected over the next few days. Monday, Jan 2nd, is believed to be the busiest day, with traffic exceeding 257,000 passengers! Wow!
Will tourism hit an all-time high in 2023? We will find out soon.
With perfect weather conditions now and in the next few months, Dubai will definitely be the ultimate winter escape!
UAE UNEMPLOYMENT SCHEME
Enroll for the Involuntary Loss of Employment before June 30 or face a fine
The Involuntary Loss of Employment (ILOE) Scheme is a form of social security that will provide workers with up to 3 months of compensation if they lose their jobs. The compensation is calculated at up to 60 per cent of the employee’s salary.
It came into effect on Jan 1, but there is a grace period of 6 months (until June 30). Failing to subscribe before then, could land you with a fine from the Ministry of Dhs400
Workers with a basic salary of AED 16K or less will need to pay a monthly insurance premium of AED 5 (AED 60 annually)
Those with a basic salary over AED 16K will need to pay AED 10 per month (AED 120 annually)
This can be paid on a monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, or annual basis, but to claim the benefits, the monthly premium must have been paid for at least 12 consecutive months.
The popular Netflix "Bridgerton" series has released the first look at young Lady Agatha Danbury in the prequel series, "Queen Charlotte."
Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton,” reads the limited series’ logline.
Executive producer Shonda Rhimes invested in Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) on a larger scale. She teased the first look via Instagram in March 2022. While the series does not have a confirmed title just yet, the first episode is called, “Queen to Be.” Rhimes penned the script.
In an interview, Rosheuvel revealed that there will be lots of DRAMA - "You're going to see young Queen Charlotte, young Lady Danbury, young Violet [Bridgerton], young Brimsley. It's gonna be in the world of Bridgerton, so you're gonna see how they got to where they are now."
We can't wait to see what unfolds! Stay tuned for updates.
WORLD RECORD-BREAKING FIREWORKS!
The UAE has done it again!
Ras Al Khaimah welcomed the New Year with impressive fireworks displays to musical rhythms.
They used more than 600 drones to break two Guinness World Record titles:
Largest number of operated multi-rotors/drones with a simultaneous fireworks display
Largest aerial sentence formed by multirotors/Drones. The message was ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023’
The fireworks display covered a 4.7km stretch along the waterfront between Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra Village, with a 12-minute pyro musical fireworks display at a height of 1,100 metres.
MESSI MOST LIKED IG POST
Lionel Messi now has the most-liked Instagram post of all time, Guinness World Records confirmed.
The series of photos celebrating Argentina’s World Cup win posted by the soccer star having reached 68 million likes and counting.
Within a day of Messi putting up the photos, the post surpassed the previous recordholder, an account called @world_record_egg whose photograph of a single egg has received 57 million likes since a 2019 campaign to make it the most-liked post on the platform went viral.
Messi also has gained 25.8 million Instagram followers in the past 30 days since the World Cup tournament kicked off! That’s a 200% jump over the previous month!
Messi now has 405 million Instagram followers, and surpassed Kylie Jenner to become the second most-followed user on the platform.
Messi also became the soccer player with the most FIFA World Cup matches player (26), the most matches as a team captain (19), most Man of the Match awards at the World Cup (11) and most tournament appearances (five) and became the first player to make an assist at five different World Cup tournaments.
Wow, congrats Messi on all these incredible accomplishments!! You are truly the ‘GOAT’!
ELON MUSK STEPPING DOWN?
Elon Musk said he will resign as chief executive of Twitter once he finds a replacement, in response to the poll he himself launched that revealed users wanted him to step down.
"I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!" Musk tweeted, saying he will then run software and server teams at Twitter.
Can’t predict if he is serious or being sarcastic but I guess time will tell.
NEW MEGA COASTER
Ferrari World's latest attraction is set to launch in January 12, 2023!
Get ready for a new 5D "immersive mega coaster" that combines special effects with stunning sets. It will also be the world's first roller coaster that drops sideways!
The ride will be called Mission Ferrari, and to mark the launch, annual pass holders to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be given exclusive access to Mission Ferrari, starting January 5.
For all you trill seekers...you won't want to miss this!