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Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates.
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Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, and Karen DeYoung at Washington Post

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

The Seychelles encounter, which one official said spanned two days, adds to an expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump — contacts that the White House has been reluctant to acknowledge or explain until they have been exposed by news organizations.

“We are not aware of any meetings, and Erik Prince had no role in the transition,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

A Prince spokesman said in a statement: “Erik had no role on the transition team. This is a complete fabrication. The meeting had nothing to do with President Trump. Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?”

Prince is best known as the founder of Blackwater, a security firm that became a symbol of U.S. abuses in Iraq after a series of incidents, including one in 2007 in which the company’s guards were accused — and later criminally convicted — of killing civilians in a crowded Iraqi square. Prince sold the firm, which was subsequently re-branded, but has continued building a private paramilitary empire with contracts across the Middle East and Asia. He now heads a Hong Kong-based company known as the Frontier Services Group.

Prince would probably have been seen as too controversial to serve in any official capacity in the Trump transition or administration. But his ties to Trump advisers, experience with clandestine work and relationship with the royal leaders of the Emirates — where he moved in 2010 amid mounting legal problems for his American business — would have positioned him as an ideal go-between.

The Seychelles meeting came after separate private discussions in New York involving high-ranking representatives of Trump with both Moscow and the Emirates.

The White House has acknowledged that Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s original national security adviser, and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in late November or early December in New York.

Flynn and Kushner were joined by Bannon for a separate meeting with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who made an undisclosed visit to New York later in December, according to the U.S., European and Arab officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

In an unusual breach of protocol, the UAE did not notify the Obama administration in advance of the visit, though officials found out because Zayed’s name appeared on a flight manifest.

Officials said Zayed and his brother, the UAE’s national security adviser, coordinated the Seychelles meeting with Russian government officials with the goal of establishing an unofficial back channel between Trump and Putin.

Officials said Zayed wanted to be helpful to both leaders, who had talked about working more closely together, a policy objective long advocated by the crown prince. The UAE, which sees Iran as one of its main enemies, also shared the Trump team’s interest in finding ways to drive a wedge between Moscow and Tehran.

Zayed met twice with Putin in 2016, according to Western officials, and urged the Russian leader to work more closely with the Emirates and Saudi Arabia — an effort to isolate Iran.

At the time of the Seychelles meeting and for weeks afterward, the UAE believed that Prince had the blessing of the new administration to act as its unofficial representative. The Russian participant was a person whom Zayed knew was close to Putin from his interactions with both men, the officials said.

30 April 2013 | Queen Elizabeth II awaits the arrival of UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his Ceremonial Welcome in Windsor, England. President Sheikh Khalifa begins a State visit to the UK today, the first for a UAE President in 24 years. Sheikh Khalifa will meet the British Prime Minister David Cameron tomorrow at his Downing Street residence. © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

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سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ولي عهد دبي يرافقه سمو الشيخ طحنون بن زايد آل نهيان مستشار الأمن الوطني يشهد منافسات دورة ند الشبا الرياضية ٢٠١٧.
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Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, accompanied by H.H Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, attends the Nad AlSheba Sport Tournament (NAS) 2017 2017/06/13 (at NAS Sports Complex)

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Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates convicted of human trafficking in Belgium
Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court on Friday.
By Charlotte Steenackers and Elizabeth Miles, Reuters

 “BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of  human trafficking by a Belgian court on Friday and were given  suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their  treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years  ago, their lawyer said.

 The Brussels criminal court handed the eight women from Abu  Dhabi’s ruling al-Nahyan family 15-month suspended sentences for  human trafficking and degrading treatment, the lawyer, Stephen  Monod, said.

 He said the defense was pleased the case was finally resolved  after nearly a decade.

 "Belgian justice has appropriately assessed this case which has  generated many misconceptions,“ he said in a statement.

 The defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of  inhuman treatment but also ordered to pay a fine of 165,000 euros  ($184,000), with half the sum suspended.

 The eight accused did not appear in court throughout the  proceedings.

 The case was brought after a servant of the family slipped out of  the hotel where the women stayed for several months in 2007 and  2008 and complained to Belgian police.”

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The United Arab Emirates is comprised of seven emirates, which occupy the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Each emirate, unique and rich in tradition, is an essential component necessary for making up the whole.

1⃣ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi, by far the largest emirate, is ruled by the Al Nahyan family. It occupies 67,340 square kilometres or 86.7% of the total area of the country. The emirate is primarily a vast desert area with about two dozen islands in the coastal waters, including the island where the city of Abu Dhabi is located, plus six sizeable islands further out in the Arabian Gulf. The population of the emirate is concentrated in three areas: the capital city, Abu Dhabi; Al Ain, an oasis city located near the Hajar Mountains; and the villages of the Liwa oases.
Traditionally, the population along the coast relied on fishing and pearling for their livelihood, whilst those in the hinterland relied on date plantations and camel herding. Through remarkable leadership and personal commitment, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan developed Abu Dhabi into an influential, fully modernised state. Upon Sheikh Zayed’s death in November 2004, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

2⃣DUBAI

Dubai, the second largest of the seven emirates, is ruled by the Al Maktoum family. It occupies an area of approximately 3,900 kilometres, which includes a small enclave called Hatta, situated close to Oman, amongst the Hajar Mountains. Dubai, the capital city, is located along the creek, a natural harbour, which traditionally provided the basis of the trading industry. Pearling and fishing were the main sources of income for the people of Dubai. Under the wise leadership of its rulers, Dubai’s focus on trade and industry transformed it into the leading trading port along the southern Gulf. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current ruler of Dubai.

3⃣SHARJAH

Sharjah, which shares its southern border with Dubai, is ruled by the Al Qasimi family. It is approximately 2,600 square kilometres and is the only emirate to have coastlines on both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. In the nineteenth century the town of Sharjah was the leading port in the lower Gulf. Produce from the interior of Oman, India and Persia arrived there. Sharjah’s salt mines meant that salt constituted an important part of its export business, along with pearls. In the 1930s when the pearling industry declined and trade decreased due to the creek silting up, Imperial Airways’ flying boats set up a staging post for flights en route to India, which benefited the residents of Sharjah. Today, under the leadership of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Sharjah is the cultural and educational centre of the UAE and takes pride in preserving the country’s cultural heritage as well as promoting Arab culture and traditions.

4⃣AJMAN

Ajman is the smallest emirate, comprising only 260 square kilometres. It is ruled by the Al Nuami family. Surrounded mostly by the emirate of Sharjah, Ajman also possesses the small enclaves of Manama and Musfut in the Hajar Mountains. Along the creek dhow building was the specialised trade. Fishing and date-trees provided the local population with their primary means of sustenance. Ajman benefited greatly from the union of the emirates, a fact that is reflected today in their stately buildings and infrastructure. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuami has been the ruler since 1981.

5⃣UMM AL QAIWAIN

Umm Al Qaiwain is ruled by the Al Mualla family. It is the second smallest emirate, with a total area of around 770 square kilometres. Positioned between the emirates of Sharjah and Ajman to the south and Ras Al Khaimah to the north, Umm Al Qaiwain has the smallest population. Fishing is the local population’s primary means of income. Date farming also plays a significant role in the economy. After the union of the emirates in 1971 Umm Al Qaiwain developed into a modern state, and continues to progress under its present ruler, Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla.

6⃣RAS AL KHAIMAH

Ras Al Khaimah, the most northerly emirate, is ruled by another branch of the Al Qasimi family. It covers an area of 1,700 square kilometres. Thanks to the run-off water from the Hajar Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah has a unique abundance of flora, so it is no surprise that agriculture is important to the local economy. The emirate also benefits from its stone quarries, and fishing, which is plentiful in the rich waters of the Gulf. The city of Ras Al Khaimah, situated on an inlet, has a rich history. It was renowned for its prosperous port and for its exquisite pearls, which were famous as being the whitest and roundest available anywhere. Ras Al Khaimah’s current ruler is Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

7⃣FUJAIRAH

The only emirate without a coastline on the Arabian Gulf is Fujairah, which is ruled by the Al Sharqi family. Situated along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah covers about 1,300 square kilometres. Unlike other emirates, where the desert forms a large part of the terrain, mountains and plains are its predominant features. Fujairah’s economy is based on fishing and agriculture. Like Ras Al Khaimah, the land in Fujairah is irrigated by rainwater from the Hajar Mountains, making it ideal for farming. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi is the present ruler.

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2017/6/25 H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum receiving well wishes on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr at Dubai Palace, UAE.

Last 2 pictures with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during the reception for their Highnesses, Rulers of the 7 Emirates, Crown Princes and deputy rulers at Al Mushrif palace, Abu Dhabi.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Grand Mosque was commissioned to be built by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His intention was to build a building that unites the cultural diversity of the Islamic world. Intricate designs of plants and flowers adorn the marble columns and walls of the mosque, a tribute to the Sheikh’s love of nature. 

anonymous asked:

Hi how are you? Who is mamanoora exactly? I scroll down her feed she post picture with sheikh mohammed and one picture is with sheikh saeed - hamdan uncle. In Arabic it's caption but I translated to English and says with my dear son. Is she sheikha hinds mum? I don't trust internet translate lol that's y. N why she only post pic of sheikha hinds children not sheikh Mohammed's other child's thank you in advance :)

Hi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Almaktoum’s mother’s name is Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan and Sheikhs Hind’s mother’s name is Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, if I’m not wrong the mother of Sheikha Hind died few months ago, may she rest in peace, so both aren’t alive anymore. As uncle Sheikh Saeed has the same mother as Sheikha Hind, I think it’s just a common calling “my son” many elder people do 😊 but Mamanoora is a very close & important person to them, like substitute mother/nanny and I saw Sheikh Mansoor I think with her too, but maybe she helped raising Sheikha Hind’s children more / is related more to her, but she obviously spends a lot of time with the Almaktoum daughters’ children in 3rd generation already, like a gran or aunt 😊 I have such person too, my mother raised up with 💕

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صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم وصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان بحضور سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم يتبادلان الحديث حول عدد من القضايا التي تهم الوطن والمواطنين خلال لقائهما في العاصمة أبوظبي.
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H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the presence of H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, discuss a number of issues of related to overall development in the UAE during their meeting in Abu Dhabi 2017/07/02 (at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi, built between 1996-2007. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and was initiated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to bring together cultural diversity, and both historic and modern values of art. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayyan’s final resting place is in the grounds of the mosque. As can be seen, it is an amazing place to shoot!

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           The Amazing Architecture of Sheikh Zayed  Mosque - Abu Dhabi                           by  Anushka Eranga , Beno Saradzic  and Julian John ©

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and is considered to be the key for worship in the country. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late president of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure which unites the cultural diversity of Islamic world, the                      historical and modern values of architecture and art.

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List of people named in the Panama Papers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A partial list of individuals named in the Panama Papers as shareholders and directors of offshore companies.

The Panama Papers are a massive set of leaked confidential documents detailing the activities of the law firm Mossack Fonseca. Firms like MF help government officials around the world hide secret activities and financial assets by setting up front companies in offshore accounts.

This allows these officials facilitate acts of bribery, secret arms deals, drug trafficking, financial fraud, and tax evasion. Officials are even implicated in heinous acts such as supplying fuel to the authoritarian Syrian air force, and enabling child sex trafficking.

The following is a partial list of individuals that conduct business in these offshore companies. Though not all named individuals are necessarily taking part in illegal activities, MF is nevertheless helping politicians and officials around the world hide their heinous and deplorable activities in offshore tax havens.

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Heads of state and government

Current

  • Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
  • Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • Salman, King of Saudi Arabia
  • Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi
  • Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine

Former

  • Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Ayad Allawi, Acting Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Ali Abu al-Ragheb, Prime Minister of Jordan
  • Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
  • Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Ahmed al-Mirghani, President of Sudan
  • Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
  • Ion Sturza, Prime Minister of Moldova

Other government officials

Algeria

  • Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines

Angola

  • José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum

Argentina

  • Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús

Botswana

  • Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General

Brazil

  • João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies

Cambodia

  • Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice

Chile

  • Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, intelligence agency associate

Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Jaynet Kabila, Member of the National Assembly

Republic of the Congo

  • Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC

Ecuador

  • Galo Chiriboga, current Attorney General
  • Pedro Delgado, former Governor of the Central Bank

France

  • Jérôme Cahuzac, former Minister of the Budget

Greece

  • Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras

Hungary

  • Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly

Iceland

  • Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance
  • Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior

India

  • Anurag Kejriwal, former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch

Kenya

  • Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Malta

  • Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health

Nigeria

  • James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State

Palestine

  • Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy

Panama

  • Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank

Peru

  • César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service

Philippines

  • Imee Marcos, Governor of Ilocos Norte and daughter of former President Ferdinand Marcos

Poland

  • Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw

Rwanda

  • Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency

Saudi Arabia

  • Muhammad bin Nayef, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia

United Kingdom

  • Michael Ashcroft, retired member of the House of Lords
  • Michael Mates, former Conservative MP
  • Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords

Venezuela

  • Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army
  • Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA

Zambia

  • Atan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States

Relatives and associates of government officials

Argentina

  • Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner

Azerbaijan

  • Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of President Ilham Aliyev

Brazil

  • Idalécio de Oliveira, potential briber of President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha

China

  • Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, the wife of former Minister of Commerce and Party Secretary of Chongqing Bo Xilai, and convicted murderer
  • Deng Jiagui (邓家贵), brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping
  • Jasmine Li (李紫丹), granddaughter of former Chairperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin
  • Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng

Ecuador

  • Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo

Egypt

  • Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak

France

  • Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy

Ghana

  • John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor

Guinea

  • Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté

Honduras

  • César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal

Ireland

  • Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael’s former Director of Organisations and Strategy

Italy

  • Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri

Ivory Coast

  • Jean-Claude N'Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo

Kazakhstan

  • Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Malaysia

  • Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak

Mexico

  • Juan Armando Hinojosa, “favourite contractor” of President Enrique Peña Nieto

Morocco

  • Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI

Pakistan

  • Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Russia

  • Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin

Senegal

  • Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade

South Africa

  • Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma

South Korea

  • Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo

Spain

  • Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I
  • Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, wife of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and former Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Syria

  • Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousin and father of President Bashar al-Assad

United Kingdom

  • Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron

United Nations

  • Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Footballers

Named individuals connected with the world governing body of association football, FIFA, include:

  • Eugenio Figueredo, former President of CONMEBOL and Vice President and member of the ethics committee of FIFA
  • Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentinean businessmen also implicated in the 2015 FIFA corruption case
  • Juan Pedro Damiani, member of the FIFA Ethics Committee
  • Michel Platini, former President of UEFA
  • Jérôme Valcke, former Secretary General of FIFA

Football players include

  • Lionel Messi, footballer for Barcelona and the Argentinean national team
  • Iván Zamorano, retired Chilean football striker, account during Real Madrid years 
  • Darko Kovacevic, Nihat Kahveci, Sander Westerveld, Tayfun Korkut, Valeri Karpin, Gabriel Schürrer and Mattias Asper ex-footballer at Real Sociedad (Spain) had accounts created by the club and its president(s) principally Iñaki Otegui, under the leadership of José Luis Astiazarán, Miguel Fuentes, María de la Peña, Juan Larzábal and Iñaki Badiola 
  • Gabriel Iván Heinze, Argentine former footballer, account (with his mother) during Manchester United years 
  • Leonardo Ulloa, Argentine professional footballer 
  • Marc Rieper, retired Danish international 
  • Brian Steen Nielsen, former Danish international and sports director of Aarhus Gymnastikforening 

Other notable people

  • Vinod Adani, Elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group
  • Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor
  • Agustín Almodóvar Caballero, Spanish film producer and younger brother of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian actress and model
  • Hollman Carranza Carranza, son of Víctor Carranza
  • Jackie Chan, actor
  • Franco Dragone, theatre director, known for his work for Cirque du Soleil
  • Nick Faldo, English professional golfer on the PGA European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst 
  • Solomon Humes, Bahamian Bishop of a small denomination (also deceased)
  • Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian industrial and politician
  • Marianna Olszewski, American financial author and life coach.
  • Nico Rosberg, Formula 1 driver at Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque | Photographer Julia Wimmerman | 500px

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi, built between 1996-2007. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and was initiated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to bring together cultural diversity, and both historic and modern values of art. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayyan’s final resting place is in the grounds of the mosque. As can be seen, it is an amazing place to shoot!

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, AL-AIN : Jockeys compete in a camel race during the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan herithe festival, held at the Shweihan racecourse in Al-Ain, on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, on February 12, 2016.
The festival includes a camel beauty contest, a traditional souq, a camel auction, and competitions for traditional handicrafts. / AFP / KARIM SAHIB