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Fitness Coach


A moving

photo of


prompts Saudi

nurse to donate

her liver



the culinary


At Hyatt


Dubai creek





From obscurity to excellence


Emergence and rise of the Free Syrian Police


A move to revive Arab art and culture to combat terrorism


Highlights From Milan Men’s Fashion Week
















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VOL: 330 — ISSUE NO: 14366 — SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017, 23 RABI II — 1438



Half a century of

driving success

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sworn in

Friday as the

45th president

of the United

States, taking

power over a divided country after

a savage campaign and setting the

country on a new, uncertain path

at home and abroad.

In a ceremony that draw

900,000 people, including protest-

ers, Trump and his vice president,

Mike Pence, took the oath of of-

fice at midday (1700 GMT) out-

side the domed US Capitol, with

US Chief Justice John Roberts


Security was tight around the

White House and Capitol. Streets

near the president’s home were

blocked to traffic by empty buses

and dump trucks or temporary

pedestrian security checkpoints

where law enforcement offi-

cers and National Guard troops

checked people’s bags.

Some 28,000 officers were in

place to secure the roughly 8 sq.

km area of downtown Washing-

ton. The National Mall in front of

the Capitol opened early to begin

admitting guests, who were barred

from bringing selfie sticks, coolers

for beverages, and long umbrellas

despite the rainy weather.

Trump, 70, enters the White

House with work to do to bolster

his image. During a testy transi-

tion period since his stunning No-

vember election win, the wealthy

New York businessman and for-

mer reality TV star has repeatedly

engaged in Twitter attacks against

his critics, so much so that one

fellow Republican, Senator John

McCain, told CNN that trump

seemed to want to “engage with

every windmill that he can find.”

An ABC News/Washington

Post poll this week found only

40 percent of Americans viewed

trump favorably, the lowest rat-

ing for an incoming president

since Democrat Jimmy Carter in

1977, and the same percentage

approved of how he has handled

the transition.

His ascension to the White

House, while welcomed by

Republicans tired of Democrat

Barack Obama’s eight years,

raises a host of questions for the

United States.

Trump campaigned on a

pledge to take the country on a

more isolationist, protectionist

path and has vowed to impose

a 35 percent tariff on goods on

imports from US companies that

went abroad.

Trump’s desire for warmer

ties with Russian President Vladi-

mir Putin and threats to cut fund-

ing for North Atlantic Treaty Or-

ganization nations has allies from

Britain to the Baltics worried that

the traditional US security um-

brella will be diminished.

In the Middle East, Trump

has said he wants to move the US

embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv

to occupied Jerusalem, at the risk

of angering Arabs. He has yet to

sketch out how he plans to carry

out a campaign pledge to “knock

the hell out of” Daesh (the so-

called IS) militants.

The inaugural festivities had

a more partisan edge than usual,

given Trump’s scorching cam-

paign and continuing confronta-

tions between him and Democrats

over his take-no-prisoners Twitter

attacks and pledge to roll back

many of Obama’s policies.

More than 50 Democratic


HERE are eerie tales about ‘Georgios

G’, a mysterious British-made cargo

ship that ran aground off the coastal

city of Tabuk, north-west of Saudi

Arabia, almost four decades ago and

the bizarre circumstances which surrounded ef-

forts to salvage the cargo of the vessel.

The wreckage of the ship, dubbed by some

Saudis as the ‘Saudi Titanic,’ is one of the main

tourist attractions in Hakal province, Sada Ta-

buk reported.

‘Georgios G’ was built in England after the

end of the Second World War, and in 1958 was

launched as a cargo liner owned by several indi-

viduals and companies.

The vessel was owned by a Greek com-

pany during its doomed trip, when it got

stranded on corals off the Saudi coast in

1978 carrying a cargo of flour.

The ship, caught on the corals of the coast,

was stuck due to the narrow route available to

navigate. The steep, mountain edge rising from

the sea made the passage through the valley dif-

ficult to maneuver through.

Saudi businessman Amer Mohamad Al-

Sanousi had purchased the vessel before the ac-

cident. However, unfortunate to him, the vessel

caught fire after the crash caused by an ignition

spark while technicians were trying to restart

the engine. The flames lasted several days until

they subsided, after which they destroyed every-

thing in the ship, except iron parts.

‘Georgios G’ now remains in its place on

the reef after the tragedy, and has become to be

known as the Saudi Titanic.

— Al Arabiya English

Pageantry and

protests mark

beginning of

Trump’s tenure

The United States Capital building stands on the morning of the inauguration day in Washington, D.C. — AFP photos

lawmakers stayed away from the

proceedings to protest Trump,

spurred on after he derided US

Representative John Lewis of

Georgia, a hero of the civil rights

movement, for calling him an il-

legitimate president.

Thousands of anti-Trump pro-

testers were among the inaugura-

tion crowd. Many demonstrators

will participate in the “Women’s

March on Washington” on Satur-

day. Protests are also planned in

other cities in the United States

and abroad.

Trump’s critics also point to

the conclusion of US intelligence

agencies that Russia used hack-

ing and other methods during the

campaign to try to tilt the election

in the Republican’s favor. Trump

has acknowledged the finding —

denied by Moscow — that Russia

was behind the hacking but said it

did not affect the outcome of the


To his supporters, many of

them working-class whites, trump

is a refreshingly anti-establish-

ment figure who eschews political

correctness. To critics — includ-

ing Obama who during the cam-

paign called Trump temperamen-

tally unfit for the White House —

his talk can be jarring, especially

when expressed in tweets.

But while a Wall Street Jour-

nal opinion poll showed a major-

ity of Americans would like trump

to give up on Twitter, the new

president said he would continue

because the US news media does

not treat him fairly.

— Agencies

‘Georgios G’ now remains in its place on the reef after the tragedy, and has become to be known as the

Saudi Titanic. — Photo courtesy: Sada Tabuk

The story behind

Saudi Titanic

Protesters at the National Mall in Washington, Friday.