In a speech marking the United Arab Emirates’ 42nd National Day, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan announced an extra 20 billion dirhams ($5.5 billion) of spending on development projects and launched a new scheme to build 10,000 houses for UAE citizen.
This year’s celebrations are the most joyous throughout the UAE’s history as they come five days after Dubai won the historical achievement of winning the right to host the 2020 World Expo.
Meanwhile, the International Fair of Tripoli in Lebanon is witnessing a national humanitarian massacre that generally targets Lebanese citizens and particularly Tripoli’s citizens. The country is being dragged into civil war for no substantial reason. This is happening to confirm that Lebanon’s fate is linked to that of the Assad regime. Instead of hosting international exhibitions, the Tripoli Fair is hosting political fairs and funerals and turning into a hotbed for outlaws.
The dispute in Tripoli is on the Syrian situation as people there are divided between regime supporters and opponents. This dispute transformed into armed fighting among the sons of the city. Those who became fighters have never thought about their future or they might have felt that they have no future or that they have nothing to lose. Frustration, contempt for life and desperation have dire consequences.
Statements and condemnations are no longer enough because the raging fire in Tripoli will expand to burn the entire country. No one will be safeNayla Tueni