Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Defence Minister, cuts the ribbon at the inauguration of the JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai. – Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1993 - Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Defence Minister, inaugurated the JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai. A large choir led by the hotel’s pianist broke in with We Are The World number that also formed the theme of the opening ceremony. Another group poised on the balconies on the first level showered Shaikh Mohammad and the accompanying dignitaries with flower petals as they proceeded to take a tour of the five-star property.

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1981 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated during a military parade.

2003 - Israel attacks Syria, the first air raid in 30 years.

2005 - UAE and Turkey sign a $5 billion (Dh18.39 billion) joint cooperation agreement in Istanbul.

2017 - Anti-nuclear campaign ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize.