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15 December, 2006

World's oldest man dies in UAE

Apologies to the late Benito Martinez (126) and Elizabeth Lizzie Bolden (116), both reported to be the world's oldest people when they died.

You weren't. That honour apparently goes to Fujairah's Ali bin Abdullah bin Ezab (140), which also makes him the world's oldest person anywhere ever, beating France's Jeanne Calment who died at a comparatively youthful 122:

FUJAIRAH — A Fujairah resident, said to be the oldest man in the emirate, passed away yesterday. He was 140 years old. The man, Ali bin Abdullah bin Ezab, hailed from the town of Dhadna, 70km from Fujairah.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A Fujairah resident, said to be the oldest man in the emirate,"

So he was only the oldest man in Fujairah?

and i thought KT was supposed to improve after Marg left.........

15 December, 2006 11:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

140? Yeah right. He might have just looked 140 due to decades baking in the sun. Even if he was exceptionally old, its hard to prove as they probably didn't issue birth certificates until the UAE became a country.

15 December, 2006 11:25  
Blogger rt said...

that is so unbelievable!!! i wonder how the uae was back in the late 18th century???? how did they manage anything....being a desert n all!!his testimony to the country's development would be really something..

15 December, 2006 11:29  
Blogger فهد المحمود said...

Which newspaper reported this?

15 December, 2006 19:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering that he was an arab, most likely his age was being calculated according to the islamic calendar.

I believe that means for every 11-13 years of the Georgian calendar, it adds one year for the islamic calendar.

16 December, 2006 09:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are really sad. You sound as though you don't believe the report. What good is it having a newspaper then?

IF anyone bothers to read carefully, it only said that he was "said to be" the oldest person in the Emirates. Doesn't mean he was the oldest. Sure, he was 140, but there could easily be older people than him in Fujairah. It's just a matter of discovering them.

16 December, 2006 12:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's sad is not not believing the story. You are a jackass if you think that the point of having a newspaper is to take everything at face value. Anyone with even a shred of intellectual curiosity knows that newspapers are generally not reliable sources of "factual" information. As conscientious readers, we must take the information the media gives us with a grain of salt and make our own informed judgments of what to believe and what to be skeptical about.

16 December, 2006 19:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oink Oink - you forgot the [sarcasm] tags and now a tiresome argument is going to begin.

17 December, 2006 02:31  
Blogger Jassim said...

i agree with the last comment, but we didnt have accurate birth records 140 years ago. Plus this is Fujairah and they still dont have accurate birth records today. (Thats a joke btw, coz i like Fuejierans...they are nice folk :-p

With that said...he probably is the oldest man to have died now, coz even if wasnt exactly 140 years old he probably still is somewhere above 130.

17 December, 2006 11:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too sad, this guy could be another '-est' for UAE. They have made him....emmm.... discovered him too late.

Unfortunately this is one of those '-est' thingees that money cannot buy. With the rate of obesity, smoking and fast food culture, holding this title alive for UAE is really hard!

17 December, 2006 15:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u guys dont know anything..
theres a cave in fujairah full of old ppl who are around 200 years old. This guy was a young un.

18 December, 2006 00:05  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

I suppose "World's oldest man dies" should strictly read "World's oldest man is now somebody else".

(An idea I stole from the BBC).

19 December, 2006 13:42  
Blogger Stained said...

which newspaper was this news published in....curious

20 December, 2006 14:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever. Don't believe everything you read...especially coming out of a country with questionable integrity...

20 December, 2006 21:24  
Blogger Ahsan Ali said...

I remember reading around ... 6-7 years ago ... about another 140 year old Bedouin that died in the UAE.

Gulf News' did an entire Tabloid feature on him.

24 December, 2006 18:32  

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