5 incredible things that happened this week

From the opening of the Dubai Water Canal to a sinkhole in Japan and more.

Meryl D'Souza November 10, 2016

It’s been a rollercoaster of a week. This week Andy Murray claimed the number one spot for the first time in his career. In doing so he dethroned Novak Djokovic who ruled the roost for nearly two years. Though that’s something we couldn’t really cover this week because speaking of things that ruled the roost for nearly two years…

Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America

After pulling off one of the most improbable political upsets in US history, Donald Trump is the 45th President of the USA – just like The Simpsons and Professor Allan Lichtman predicted. Trump, a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience, was carried to victory by Americans fed up with the political system and mistrustful of Hilary Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state.

India bans currency notes overnight

In a surprise move, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 500 (AED 27.6) and 1,000 (AED 55.3) rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from the financial system overnight on Tuesday. The move was an initiative to crackdown on corruption and illegal cash holdings. New 500 and 2,000 rupee denomination notes were issued to replace those removed from circulation.

Toblerone is not what it used to be

Chocolate maker Mondelez International Inc. has decided to change the shape of a version of its Toblerone chocolate bar. Now, the gaps between the chocolate peaks have been lengthened. The design change has led to the bar’s weight to drop from 170 grams to 150 grams while the pricing has remained the same. The company blamed the rising cost of “many ingredients” for forcing the changes.

Sinkhole swallows road in Japan

An enormous sinkhole opened up dangerously close to commercial buildings in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka. The 20-metre wide sinkhole is believed to have opened up at about 5am local time and started to fill with water by midday. The city’s government said it believed the collapse was connected to construction work on a nearby underground train line.

Dubai Water Canal opens In Dubai

Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, officially opened the Dubai Water Canal on Wednesday. The 3.2-kilometre Dubai Canal flowing into the Arabian Gulf has turned major parts of Dubai into an island. The second phase of the 12-kilometre, AED 3.7 billion waterway was celebrated during an event at a peninsula near Jumeirah Beach Park.