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 A supporter of India’s ruling Congress Party wears a mask of leader Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Mumbai, India. Kevin Frayer / Getty

Best photography from around the world, April 21

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Bloom Properties' Al Bateen Waterfront project in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy Bloom Properties

Bloom Properties starts work on Al Bateen Waterfront project

The development will feature 225 residential apartments of one to four bedrooms, a 200-room five-star hotel with 57 serviced apartments, and a 3,000 square metre retail space

 David Moyes has led Manchester United to seventh in the Premier League, six points behind sixth-placed Tottenham. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Manchester United require ‘radical surgery’ from top to bottom

'Moyes is not a bad manager ... However, he is doing a spectacularly bad job at United' writes Richard Jolly of Manchester United, arguing wholesale changes at the club are now necessary.

 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

In pictures: Where Abu Dhabi rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Abu Dhabi have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

 Jia Ruhan sang as a guest singer in famous pianist Robert Wells's concert 'rockabilly-medley' in November 2012. Handout

Meet the pop star who is key to China’s superpower ambitions

Before Beijing can achieve its ambitions to be a superpower it will need to become a respected soft power. That's where Jia Ruhan comes in.

 Screen shot from Vin Deisel's facebook page of he and Michelle Rodriguez in Abu Dhabi for the filming of Fast & Furious 7. April 2014

Fast & Furious in Abu Dhabi, a social media frenzy

Fast & Furious 7 wraps up an eventful and much-anticipated week of filming in the capital. Let's take a look at what went on via the key players' social media, while they were enjoying the delights of the desert.

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‘There is hope and I have a future’, says recovering alcoholic in the UAE

Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping those suffering with drinking problems in the UAE since 1977.

Headlines

  • Smartphone obsession drives UAE household electronic spending to Dh4,875 a year
  • Mers: WHO confirms 2 new cases in UAE
  • Stowaway teen survives flight from California to Hawaii
  • Labourer caused roommate’s death over phone light spat, Dubai court hears

Aldar introduces strict resale restrictions as it reveals Abu Dhabi housing projects

Developer plans to build 233 homes at its Al Hadeel scheme in Al Raha Beach, a first phase of 546 homes overlooking Yas Links, plus it will release 140 plots of land near Al Bateen for UAE Nationals.

Lamenting Bur Dubai’s Baithal Ravi Restaurant

When I heard that a fire had ripped through the restaurant known as Ravis in the Bur Dubai district of Dubai, my outburst was met with echoed monosyllabic despair among numerous friends on social media.

The park will supply fresh fruits and vegetables to local cafes and restaurants. Photo courtesy Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
 The park will supply fresh fruits and vegetables to local cafes and restaurants. Photo courtesy Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
Designed by London-based Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick studio, the park will feature an outdoor cinema, an organic garden, picnic areas and cafes and restaurants. Photo courtesy Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
Al Fayah Park will be located on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street opposite the Dome@Rawdhat. Photo courtesy Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation

Futuristic Abu Dhabi park to be built in the desert shade

Spread over 125,000 square metres, Al Fayah Park, on Airport Road, will be covered by a sand-coloured canopy, 20 metres high, with the appearance of cracked desert land from above.

Emirati dialect faces threat of decline, UAE experts warn

While the emphasis in recent years has been on teaching Arabic-speaking Emiratis to master English, the balance, at least in Dubai, has now swung the other way.

Dubai charity to raise awareness of children’s rights and child abuse prevention

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children's 'Protect Childhood, It’s Precious' initiative was launched in Dubai on Monday.

UAE anti-money laundering draft law amended

The first draft included four activities considered criminal offences – transferring, depositing, transmitting or replacing money with the purpose of hiding or disguising its illicit origin.

Reflective paint could cut rooftop temperature by 20 per cent, UAE scientists claim

Masdar Institute is developing a paint that will significantly reduce surface temperatures and make air-conditioning units more efficient.

Saudi’s Prince Bandar did not fail Syria: the West lost its nerve

History may not judge the policy of Saudi Arabia well. But it will perhaps record the countries that really sought to end the Syrian conflict, while others merely talked of doing so

All is not lost for Palestinians even if talks hit the buffers

Israel and the Palestinians will face renewed pressure over the next few days to save Washington’s face by spinning out the peace process a while longer, writes Jonathan Cook

There are flaws in the fabric of the UAE’s education system

The high-rate of school dropouts among young Emirati males is a reflection of those deficiencies, writes Peter J Hatherley-Greene

 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

In pictures: Where Abu Dhabi rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Abu Dhabi have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

Private sector eager to hire Emiratis at Careers UAE

Total number of vacancies at this year's Careers UAE event could run into the thousands.

Aldar introduces strict resale restrictions as it reveals new Abu Dhabi housing projects

Developer plans to build 233 homes at its Al Hadeel scheme in Al Raha Beach, a first phase of 546 homes overlooking Yas Links, plus it will release 140 plots of land near Al Bateen for UAE Nationals.

Futuristic Abu Dhabi park to be built in the desert shade

Spread over 125,000 square metres, Al Fayah Park, on Airport Road, will be covered by a sand-coloured canopy, 20 metres high, with the appearance of cracked desert land from above.

 Jia Ruhan sang as a guest singer in famous pianist Robert Wells's concert 'rockabilly-medley' in November 2012. Handout

Meet the pop star who is key to China’s superpower success

Before Beijing can achieve its ambitions to be a superpower it will need to become a respected soft power. That's where Jia Ruhan comes in.

Algeria leader promised security but ‘attacks never stopped’

The killing of 14 soldiers underscores the challenges facing Algeria as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ages.

Qaradawi attempts to soothe Gulf rift

The ageing cleric used unusually placatory language about Qatar’s neighbours, some of whom he has accused of a variety of failings including being insufficiently Islamic.

Voices on Afghanistan: Political participation defies Taliban

Afghan journalist Mariam Aman said that people in Afghanistan are eager for a change from the violence and corruption of the last decade.

 David Moyes has led Manchester United to seventh in the Premier League, six points behind sixth-placed Tottenham. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Manchester United require ‘radical surgery’ from top to bottom

'Moyes is not a bad manager ... However, he is doing a spectacularly bad job at United' writes Richard Jolly of Manchester United, arguing wholesale changes at the club are now necessary.

‘We are on track to make changes ... we are rebuilding’ says Moyes of United

Manchester United's 2-0 loss to Everton punctuated David Moyes' disappointing debut season on Sunday and he sought afterward to explain the direction of the club.

Wawrinka on the rise after topping Federer for Monte Carlo Masters title

The Australian Open champion suggested he is not just a one-major wonder as he bounced back to beat Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday for his first Masters title.

‘Dinosaur’ Brooklyn Nets roaming ominously in NBA play-offs

Brooklyn's veterans found their form toward the end of the season and now pose a threat in the East, writes Jonathan Raymond.

 From left: Alex Ritman, his favorite waiter and friend Andy Tillett at Baithal Ravi in 2009. Courtesy Alex Ritman

Lamenting Bur Dubai’s Baithal Ravi Restaurant

When I heard that a fire had ripped through the restaurant known as Ravis in the Bur Dubai district of Dubai, my outburst was met with echoed monosyllabic despair among numerous friends on social media.

Essa on Fashion Forward, Kanye West, Victoria Beckham and more

We sit down with the straight-talking, Dubai-based designer Essa Bhagoorwala

S*uce celebrates 10 years of style

As they celebrate their 10th anniversary, the founders and staff of the made-in-the-UAE boutique S*uce look back at their fashion success story.

5 things to do today: Sign up for a yoga workshop at Urban Yoga and check out three of the UAE’s newest retail concepts

Plus, make plans to attend an introduction to the Viora treatments at the Euromed Clinic; attend a lecture on piracy; and hear a talk by Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum

 Omar Al Muflahi and Maxine De Vere, unit production manager in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy twofour54

Fast and furious lessons

The local interns at the Fast & Furious 7 shoot in Abu Dhabi look back at their experience.

Tatooine trivia and connections with the Arab world

Given that the UAE is going to – probably – be the setting for Tatooine in the next Star Wars, here are a few interesting facts about the iconic home of the Skywalkers.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis head to Abu Dhabi

Ahead of his performance with Macklemore at du Arena on Friday, Ryan Lewis speaks to us about their rise from indie artists to full-fledged global pop stars.

British Museum exhibition on Saadiyat Island shows history using significant objects

On Saadiyat Island, the British Museum presents an exhibition that captures the entire history of the world in 100 objects.

The National Conversation
  • Nothing Vettel can do about car, but Ricciardo’s superiority should be worrying

  • China shows how to manufacture pop stars

  • The tricky question of GCC’s over-reliance on energy subsidies is hard to answer

  • Encouraging small innovations has big benefits for the UAE

  • Improving Arabic at UAE’s private schools

  • Saudi’s Prince Bandar did not fail Syria: the West lost its nerve

  • All is not lost for Palestinians even if talks hit the buffers

  • There are flaws in the fabric of the UAE’s education system

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