In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to be India’s richest man. Forbes estimates his net worth at over $43 billion. The groom, Anand Piramal, is the relative pauper. His father, industrialist Ajay Piramal, is thought to be worth $10 billion. Ambani's sons Anan (left) and Akash (right) ride on horses during the wedding of their sister Isha. Chairman Mukesh Ambani (center left) walks with his brother Anil Ambani during the wedding of his daughter Isha. Indian Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan (right)emirates247.com
Leonardo DiCaprio has been ordered to return an Oscars statue given to Marlon Brando in 1954 because of an ongoing investigation involving Jho Low, who gifted him the trophy. The 44-year-old actor - who ended a long career journey when he was named best actor for his role in 2015's 'The Revenant' - was gifted Marlon Brando's 1954 trophy for 'On The Waterfront', and he will have to hand it over to authorities due to an ongoing court case. As reported by the New York Times, Malasian financier Jho Low gave Leonardo the award after originally buying it at an auction for $600,000. Low - who financed the actor's movie 'The Wolf of Wall Street' in 2013 - is accused of committing fraud against an investmentEgypt Independent
DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Even before taking over Qatar’s energy policy in a government reshuffle last month, Qatar Petroleum (QP) CEO Saad al-Kaabi had long wanted the Gulf state to leave OPEC. Kaabi was concerned OPEC membership could be a stumbling block for QP’s ambitions in the United States, where it has one of the world’s biggest LNG terminals, and a distraction as Doha doubles down on gas production, three industry sources said. Proposed US legislation known as NOPEC (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act) could expose members of the oil exporters club to antitrust lawsuits, a risk for QP at a time it is planning to invest billions more in the United States. The sources said Qatar’sArab News
DUBAI: Here are some gift ideas for this holiday season. Long-distance love Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger ($100) A 21st-century version of the classic love letter - perfect to let distant loved ones know you’re thinking of them. When you send a new message through the app, the heart on the recipient’s box revolves and your message is displayed on the screen inside. Point-and-click. And print HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer ($160) This smartphone-sized instant camera also lets you print your Instagram pics while you’re on the move. So now you can let disinterested strangers in the real world, too, know just how perfect the presentation of your smashed avocado toast was this morning. For theAl Jazeera
There is no dearth of reasons for tensions between Russia and the United States. However, they have now found a new battleground - Venezuela. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the Russian Tu-160 bombers' arrival in Venezuela on Monday for a joint training mission, calling it two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer. Russia responded by calling the US criticism inappropriate from a country which, it said, could feed the whole of Africa with half its defence budget. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has consistently accused the US of plotting to overthrow him. Al Jazeera's Daniel Schweimler reports.CNN
The demand for luxury cars, supercars and hypercars is stronger than ever, but this year an appetite for practical luxury took hold, as marques like Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce ventured into the world of SUVs. And, of course, the time-honored combination of of high horsepower and lavish interiors dominated at the ultra-high-end range, complimenting the march towards hybrid and electric alternatives. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Next year, Lamborghini is rolling out the Aventador SVJ, their fastest car you can buy new. Helping make use of all 759bhp and 531lb/ft of torque is a new active aerodynamics system, which allowed it to set a production car lap record of 6:44.97 at Nürburgring, oneArab News
JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate). The American University in Cairo Press (AUC) made the announcement on Wednesday. The awards are announced annually on the birth anniversary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate. Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010. In her acceptance speech, Al-Khamis paid tribute to Naguib Mahfouz and described him as a great writer who taught the “magic and craft of” storytelling.