Cocaine smuggler died after bag burst
Football viewers get English commentary
Football fans have been assured that English commentary will be available when the UEFA Euro 2016 games kick off tomorrow night.
Etisalat and du said UAE viewers with beIN Sports subscriptions would be able to enjoy the entire tournament with the dual English-Arabic option.
The move came after fans complained they had to watch the full English Premier League season in Arabic, contrary to a beIN promise that English commentary would be available.
One 7DAYS letter writer, ‘Expat Eddie’, said repeated complaints to Etisalat and beIN Sports went unanswered.
“Every single non-Arabic speaker is getting a far inferior service,” he wrote.
“Nearing the end of the football season and we still have an issue here in Dubai via e-Life/Etisalat, that we can’t watch all the English football games in English.”
Another reader, Louie Tedesco, wrote: “It would make sense to have English subtitles on Arabic programmes to help us learn Arabic but these are missing.”
Du is charging a oneoff Dh255 subscription to watch the tournament, while Etisalat is charging Dh257.
But with the European football showpiece just a matter of hours away, fans had been wondering whether there would an option to watch matches in English.
One told 7DAYS: “Just been told there will be no English commentary for the Euros.”
A representative from beIN Sports, which has the broadcast rights for the region,
told 7DAYS: “Please con- firm your provider and we will contact them to make sure they are supplying the correct audio configuration for your viewing, as there is no reason why you should not have the option of English or Arabic commentary.” Du said in a statement: “Customers wishing to watch the 2016 Euro Cup with English commentary should use channel 533: ‘Euro3HD’. “Furthermore, the overflow of games will be broadcast in dual audio so that customers can watch these matches in their preferred language.” Etisalat said its beIN sports channel, dedicated to Euro coverage, also comes with English commentary, adding: “Our call centre is geared up for the event and is the best way to trouble shoot any problems.” Du said customers can subscribe to the dedicated Euro Cup Channels with beIN sports and secure the 2016 Euro Cup package by subscribing online at www.du.ae/euro2016 or by calling du’s call center on 155. Etisalat customers can call its call centre on 101 for more information. A suspected drug courier was arrested after a smuggler died in the seat next to him on a plane, writes Dubai Court of First Instance heard details of the mid-air death, which happened on April 9. The flight landed at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 and police were alerted. The suspect, a 29-year-old Nigerian, was acting nervously after his companion became ill and died, prosecutors said. Both men were found to have swallowed capsules containing cocaine, one of which burst inside the dead man. Police found 47 capsules weighing 772 grams. An Emirati police sergeant said: “The suspect was sitting next to the deceased looking muddled, nervous, and fearful. “After taking the suspect to the hospital, he admitted importing the drugs, but said the drugs were for personal use.” The man denied the charge. Judge Fahid Rashid Al Shamsi adjourned the trial.