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DUBAI RULER SHOWS UP IN NEWLY OPENED “BAKU CAFE” IN DUBAI

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Dubai: City Walk isn’t an exclusive place for A-listers to go to for dining or shopping, but one restaurant in the area got to serve the ultimate VIP guest.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, surprised some diners recently as he stepped out to enjoy a meal at a cafe with his wife Princess Haya bint Al Hussein.

The ruler of Dubai, wearing the traditional Emirati dress, has just been photographed inside Baku Café at City Walk. The restaurant serves contemporary Azerbaijani cuisine and has just opened its doors recently.

It posted a photo of the royal guest on its Instagram account five days ago.

“HH Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum graced us with his presence today,” the restaurant said. “We are delighted to host his highness and hope to see more of citizens and guests of the marvellous city of Dubai.”

Shaikh Mohammad has occasionally been spotted showing up in public places. Earlier this year, royal watchers saw him in Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi and Farzi Café, also in City Walk.

Baku Café markets itself as a “stylish” dining venue offering “exquisite” Azerbaijani dishes. Products used in the restaurant are said to be delivered to Dubai by plane straight from Baku.

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European film festival in Baku: a Dutch cat, a Hungarian horse and a ‘faceless’ French artist

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The 9th European Film Festival has officially begun in Baku.

The event is organised by the European Union in Azerbaijan and will end on 21 October, until which time the public is invited to view 19 European films free of charge.

Here are some of the films we recommend:

The documentary film Wild Amsterdam, accompanied by director Mark Verkerk and producer Ignas van Schaick, will be screened at the festival. The film centres around the animals of Amsterdam, but not in a way you might expect: the story is told from the perspective of a cat, who shows us how squirrels, pigeons and waterfowl live in Amsterdam’s canals and parks.

The directors say that the consultation with ecologists and other specialists took half a year by itself. The film is a viewing wonder, dynamic and modern. For example, one scene depicts the retrieval of bicycles from the bottom of the canal with the help of special machinery. The scene looks as if it has been cut right out of a thriller because of how it traumatises the crabs living on the bottom.

The film Kincsem – Bet on Revenge is from Hungary, and also concerns the fate of an animal – a racehorse who belongs to a broke aristocrat forced to earn money through racing. However, the film is not about horseracing, but rather about competition between members of high-class society in the Austrian Empire. The film’s action revolves around the young aristocrat who becomes involved in a dispute with an Austrian officer, whose daughter later falls for the main character.

Barbara, a film by Christian Petzold, is a drama shot in 2012 which takes viewers back to 1980 when Germany was still divided by the Berlin Wall. The main heroine of the film lives in the German Democratic Republic and dreams of leaving. Forced to work in the country and under constant surveillance, she methodically prepares her plan to escape. At first it seems everything will work out and that nobody can prevent her from leaving, including the all-powerful Stasi. However, an inconvenient and unexpected attachment to one of her colleagues jeopardises her escape.

Latvian film Dream Team 1935 by Aigars Grauba was also shot in 2012 and also offers an excursion into the past – to the pre-war period of 1935 when the first European Basketball Championship took place in Geneva. Participation in the championship was a great chance for national teams to go down in sports history. The Latvian team seizes the opportunity, though young trainer Baumanis soon comes to understand that it is far more important to overcome oneself than one’s enemy…

Halima’s Path is the work of Croatian director Arsen Anton Ostoyich, and is dedicated to one of the bloodiest wars of the second half of the 20th century – the war in former Yugoslavia. The action takes place in the post-war years in Bosnia. A woman by the name of Halima who lost her husband and son (though not biological) dreams of finding their remains in order to give them a proper burial. She is only able to do this with the help of DNA analysis. While she is able to find her husband’s remains, she finds it difficult to do so in the case of her son. Halima must then go through some hardship to find the biological mother of her son in order to find him.

The French film See You Up There is also devoted to war and its consequences. This time, the action takes place during World War I. The story begins in the final days of the war, when two young soldiers – an artist from a wealthy family, Edouard, and a former bank employee, Albert – are forced to go to their certain deaths on the orders of a malicious captain. Edouard, whose face has been disfigured, saves Albert, which firmly binds the two friends together: now Edouard is an ‘invisible’ artist, and Albert his impresario.

In addition to film screenings, the festival includes workshops and discussions with European directors.

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Azerbaijani mullahs given cars by the state

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Fourteen mullahs have received Khazar SDs, locally made cars, as a gift from the state in Azerbaijan.

Seven more will receive the same gift in November. According to the deputy chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organisations, Sayyad Aran, the gifts were given to some of the country’s most authoritative and respected religious figures.

However, the executive director of the Foundation for the Promotion of Cultural Values, Mehman Ismailov, saysthe vehicles are meant to improve the material and technical base of religious communities, that is, it is not a gift to them personally, but to help them in their work.

The keys to the automobiles were only given to men, despite the fact that there are female religious figures in the country. However, Aran says only a few of them have official status.

This has already happened before in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Four local mullahs received NAZ Lifan 330s.

This case has caused a mixed reaction among the public.

For example, economist Natiq Jafarli says that such “generosity” from the state violates not only ethical norms, but also the principle of the separation of church and state. Moreover, Jafarli says, this poses a serious danger to Azerbaijan, since religious people, seeing the closeness of religious figures to the state, may lose confidence in them, move away from them and start looking for spiritual leaders in other countries.

Theologian and journalist Rasul Mirhashimli disagrees with him. In his opinion, such a gift is not fraught with any problems: “These religious figures will continue to work in the same way as they did before receiving these gifts.”

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Deadly bus accident most discussed topic of the week in Azerbaijan

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Two people died and forty were injured earlier this week when a bus crashed into a freight train at a railway crossing. The incident occurred in one of Baku’s suburbs.

The accident has been discussed all week by the public, who were shocked to hear that a public transport worker was at fault. Apparently, the bus driver did not apply the brakes while approaching the railway crossing nor did he notice the train as it bore down on him.

As a result, the bus driver, Alikhan Shiraliyev, and the bus company’s dispatcher, Mubariz Farajev, have been arrested.

Shiraliyev was arrested for not undergoing a medical examination before heading out on the bus, while the dispatcher was taken into custody for allowing him to do so.

A number of rumors arose during the investigation. One version of events goes that the bus driver was a former convict who was under the influence of drugs when the accident occurred. Another rumor says that the mother of a boy who was killed in the crash had committed suicide. However, the boy’s relatives have denied this rumor.

Around 750 people died in car and transportation-related accidents in 2017 in Azerbaijan.

Facebook users have been discussing the transport sector as a whole in Azerbaijan, noting that drivers often ignore the rules of the road and do not ensure the safety of their passengers:

“I wonder how many more of these accidents and deaths we need for the city authorities to seriously take care of issues in municipal transport – specifically, lawlessness.”

“None of the passengers support you if you mention an issue to the driver. People don’t even have the elementary instinct of self-preservation. In this case, the driver is of course guilty. But the passengers themselves are also responsible.”

“Of course the train tracks shouldn’t have been laid right here – right in the middle of the street! Those who built the tracks are guilty.”

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