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 Lionel Richie performed many of his hits from the 1970s and 1980s at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Jaime Puebla / The National

Lionel Richie dishes out the hits to Dubai crowd

At his Dubai concert on Thursday, Richie greeted the audience with “Yalla habibi” – a statement of intent as his energy rarely let up.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 Roberto Martinez is daring Everton to dream. Paul Ellis / AFP

Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

Roberto Martinez’s positivity made him the perfect choice in 2013 to manage Everton and to build on the solid foundations David Moyes had left.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

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Number of labour strikes in Dubai falls almost 25%

Officials say that although the number of incidents declined last year, there were more workers – 25,788 – involved in the strikes, with wage delays cited as the primary reason for industrial action.

Headlines

  • Easy off-plan payment plans spark fears of another Dubai
    property bubble
  • In Iran’s most troubled province, Rouhani hears pleas for change
  • Emirati women cautious about London in aftermath of brutal hammer attack
  • 12 news Mers cases discovered by Abu Dhabi health authority

Divers recover first bodies from submerged South Korean ferry

Captain of capsized vessel defends evacuation delay after being arrested with two other crew as divers battling strong currents and poor visibility managed to recover three bodies from the Sewol.

Dubai Desert Triathlon is ‘first of its kind’ in the Middle East

Triathlons traditionally involve swimming, cycling and running, but the event organisers, Dubai Sports Council and Meydan, replaced the swimming component with equestrian endurance race instead.

Gujarat’s Muslims uneasy about Modi

Critics of Narendra Modi say he is deeply anti-Muslim, a perception that has followed him into the Indian elections.

Cricket fans from far and wide descend on Dubai for IPL action

As cricket action moves down Sheikh Zayed Road from the capital to Dubai this weekend, fans in the emirate are turning out in force to cheer for their favourite teams.

Five of the FNC’s boldest moments

Questioning members of the Government and the pressure of knowing all eyes are upon them, FNC members have had some memorable moments this term.

End Somali poverty to end piracy: UN ambassador

Increased security and economic growth have led to decrease in attacks since 2012, says the UN ambassador to Mogadishu while on a visit to Abu Dhabi last week.

Portrait of a Nation: Your junk is Faisal Khan’s business

He has been called the country’s Robin Hood because the Ajman-based businessman helps poor families – yet he also makes a living from the goods he recycles, writes Martin Croucher

Hamas and the unhelpful language of ‘resistance’

Hamas leaders like Ismail Haniyeh can’t win over many West Bank residents with appeals to attack Israel, argues Hussein Ibish

Afghanistan’s future is brighter than you might imagine

Over the past 12 years, Afghanistan has accomplished a great deal, writes Rod Monger

The forces of commercialisation have hijacked Easter

Events like Easter are of central importance to Christian theology. But what have chocolate eggs and bunnies got to do with all that? Justin Thomas wonders

 A Bloom Gardens model on display at Cityscape in Abu Dhabi on April 17, 2013. Sammy Dallal / The National

Aldar chairman: Stable Abu Dhabi economy is driving property sector

Matured outlook of the property industry, measures to rein in speculation and an emphasis on rapid growth are fuelling Abu Dhabi’s building boom, says Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri.

Happiness in the sand dunes at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort in the Liwa Desert, describes his typical day.

Tourism chiefs hope Nu Skin event will lure more Chinese visitors to the UAE

Nu Skin's 14,500 person corporate jaunt has whetted the country's appetite for further Chinese tourism revenue – so the country's tourist boards are heading to China.

Time to plan ahead for
rising interest rates

It is now over five years since the majory central banks slashed interest rates to record low but that is all about to change. So, how will rising interest rates affect you?

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greeted by university students as he leaves Sistan University in Sistan and Baluchestan’s provincial capital of Zahedan on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

In Iran’s most troubled province, Rouhani hears pleas for change

Hassan Rounani aims to connect with residents of far-flung Sistan and Baluchestan province.

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.

Egypt comedian Bassem Youssef off air ahead of elections

Bassem Youssef's TV network says that his show is off air to avoid influencing voters.

Gujarat’s Muslims uneasy about Modi

Critics of Narendra Modi say he is deeply anti-Muslim, a perception that has followed him into the Indian elections.

 Al Ahli's Grafite holds off Al Jazira's Abdelaziz Barrada as Khamis Esmail moves to block his patch during the Arabian Gulf Cup final at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on April 19, 2014. Grafite hit the equaliser for Ahli at the 69th minute. Al Ittihad

Hassan and Esmail learn to keep friends close and an enemy closer in Arabian Gulf Cup

Playing together for the UAE national team over the years, Majed Hassan and Khamis Esmail have developed a close bond. They have great rapport and consider each other “good friends”. Saturday night, they had to put that friendship.

Kolkata Knight Riders lose way as Duminy sizzles for Delhi Daredevils

JP Duminy keeps his head as cameo at the death helps swing it in Delhi's favour in Dubai after captain Karthik plays the anchor role.

UAE step into the unknown ahead of Asian Five Nations

Performance manager Roelof Kotze will give 12 players their first experience of international rugby, but there is also minimal information on Singapore ahead of first Test in Dubai on Wednesday, reports Paul Radley.

Tottenham keep pace in chase for European places with victory over Fulham

Swansea appear to be safe after rallying past Newcastle while Crystal Palace continue their winning streak

 A beachside villa in Umm Suqueim for 800,000 AED pa.Courtesy Better Homes

On the market: a beachside villa in Dubai with a private swimming pool

Except for the price, there aren't any downsides to this villa that's located steps away from the beach, with multiple balconies, a private swimming pool, a walled garden and a roof terrace with stunning sea views.

BMW’s NightVision pulls dangers out of darkness

Via an onboard infrared camera mounted discreetly between the fins of the kidney-shaped grilles, BMW's NightVision system can detect large animals, such as deer and horses and pedestrians, from up to 100 metres away, even in complete darkness

In Pistorius trial, Blade Runner can’t outrun pit bull prosecutor

The person we’re all talking about at the moment is the prosecutor Gerrie Nel who, in front of countless millions of television viewers, has been seen systematically tearing apart the defence of Oscar Pistorius as if it’s a rag doll

My Kind of Place: Auckland, New Zealand

Kipat Wilson's guide to Auckland, New Zealand.

 Ahd Kamel stars as Areej in her short film Sanctity, which follows the story of a pregnant Saudi widow. Kamel also worked alongside Peter Berg in The Kingdom. Photo courtesy of Gulf Film Festival

Shining a light on Arab cinema with the British Film Institute’s Discover Arab Cinema

The British Film Institute's Discover Arab Cinema programme is dedicated to the late Sheila Whitaker, the former director of the London Film Festival who promoted cinema from the Arab region in the UK and was heavily involved with the Dubai International Film Festival.

Lionel Richie dishes out the hits to Dubai crowd

At his Dubai concert on Thursday, Richie greeted the audience with “Yalla habibi” – a statement of intent as his energy rarely let up.

Bollywood stars look beyond IPL to bag a sport league of their own

From Shah Rukh Khan making the most of his SRK brand to rake it all in with the Indian Premier League’s Kolkata Knight Riders to Abhishek Bachchan acquiring a kabaddi team, Bollywood has found a new outlet for its glamour and money – Indian sports leagues.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese posted on his social media accounts his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The National Conversation
  • Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

  • Afghanistan’s future is brighter than you might imagine

  • US Democrats will need to reconnect if they are to recover lost territory

  • IPL plays its part in UAE’s businesses

  • Pakistan library named after Osama Bin Laden

  • Emirati film could take culture global

  • Don’t demonise mothers opting for C-sections

  • The forces of commercialisation have hijacked Easter

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