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Zip wire nearly two miles long breaks world record

A zip wire almost two miles in length - the longest in the world - has opened in the United Arab Emirates.

Thrill-seekers can reach up to 93mph when launching themselves from the start point on the Jebel Jais mountain and enjoy panoramic views.

The ride along the 1.75-mile wire lasts around three minutes and costs £124.

Guinness World Records officials awarded the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah the title of longest zip wire on Wednesday.

Diego Maradona back in management

Diego Maradona has been appointed as coach of Al-Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

The former Argentina star, now 56, has been out of management since being sacked by Dubai's Al-Wasl in 2012 but has now found a new role in the UAE second division.

A statement on the club's Twitter feed on Sunday read: "Officially: Maradona as coach of Fujairah".

Maradona himself wrote on his official Facebook page: "I want to tell you that I'm the new coach of Al-Fujairah SC, in the second division of the United Arab Emirates."

Attaching a picture of himself posing with an Al-Fujairah shirt with his name and his famous number 10 on the back, he added: "Here are my new colours!"


UAE warplane missing after Yemen sortie

File photo: An F16 fighter jet from the United Arab Emirates at an airbase in Jordan. Credit: Reuters

A fighter aircraft from the United Arab Emirates taking part in coalition fighting in Yemen is missing, the country's armed forces said in a statement via a state news agency.

The armed forces statement said the warplane was taking part in a mission with the Saudi-led alliance was "lost" without releasing further details.

UAE 'ready to send ground troops to fight Islamic State'

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it is ready to send ground troops to Syria as part of an international coalition to fight against the so-called Islamic State group.

UAE Foreign Affairs minister says the country would send ground troops to fight the so-called Islamic State group. Credit: Reuters

Foreign Affairs minister Anwar Gargash told reporters: "Our position throughout has been that a real campaign against Daesh has to include a ground force."

"We are not talking about thousands of troops," he added but said US leadership would be a prerequisite for the UAE.

Last week Saudi Arabia said it was ready to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition decided to take such action.


Brit jailed for 9 years for carrying drugs worth £3 in UAE

A British student, who claims he was tortured by police after being arrested in the United Arab Emirates, has been jailed for nine years for possessing cocaine worth £3.

Ahmad Zeidan, 20, from Berkshire, claims he was tortured into signing a confession after being arrested in December.

Ahmad Zeidan, 20, claims he was tortured into signing a confession Credit: Reprieve

"I was made to sign documents in Arabic, a language which I cannot not read nor write. I now understand that I am being charged with possession of a narcotic substance with the intention to traffic," Mr Zeidan said in a statement.

Kate Higham, an investigator with the legal charity Reprieve, described the conviction at a hearing in Dubai as "the result of a shockingly flawed trial process.""The UAE must urgently reconsider Ahmad's case, while the British government must do all it can to push for his release," she said.

Mr Zeidan claims he was held incommunicado for several days when he was hooded, beaten, and threatened with rape.

The drugs - 0.04g of cocaine with a British street value of about £3 - were found in a bag in a glove compartment.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware that a British National has received a custodial sentence in the United Arab Emirates. We are providing consular assistance."

UAE president to begin visit under cloud of controversy

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomes the Queen on a visit to Abu Dhabi in November 2010 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will formally greet the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as he begins a two-day state visit today.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit comes at a fragile diplomatic moment after three British men, who allege they were tortured by police, were sentenced by a court in Dubai on Monday.

The president will join the royal couple for a state carriage procession to Windsor Castle before reviewing a Guard of Honour with the Duke. The Queen will also host a lunch in his honour.

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