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 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

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 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.

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Saudi Prince Bandar promised a victory he could not deliver

Saudi Arabia's controversial intelligence chief stepped down this week after rumours that his policies on Syria had fallen out of favour.

Headlines

  • Abu Dhabi set to emerge as cultural citadel as tourist numbers soar
  • E-cigarettes being sold in a Dubai mall despite ban
  • Half of Emirati households in Abu Dhabi expect to spend
    more this year
  • Mers coronavirus: Filipino paramedic infected 10 colleagues, says the WHO

Kallis kicks off IPL 7 with fifty as Kolkata thrash Mumbai

South African legend shows class is permanent as Knight Riders beat defending champions by 41 runs. Osman Samiuddin reports from Abu Dhabi.

Pro-independence supporters wave the Saltire as they gather in Edinburgh for a march and rally in support of a Scottish independence referendum to be held in September. AFP / September 21, 2013
 Pro-independence supporters wave the Saltire as they gather in Edinburgh for a march and rally in support of a Scottish independence referendum to be held in September. AFP / September 21, 2013
From the shores of Scottish lochs, above, to the elegant waterways of Venice, from Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec to the far west Chinese region of Xinjiang, the desire for freedom from central power often runs deep. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images / April 16, 2014

How Ukraine’s crisis could give momentum to Europe’s separatists

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – a description that could be applied to most separatist quarrels in Europe.

What to consider when spending Dh6m on a luxury Dubai apartment

Property expert Mario Volpi explains the five key elements apartment buyers in Dubai should consider when property hunting to ensure they pick a pad that holds its value.

Abu Dhabi commuters feel the heat as air-con bus shelters fall into disrepair

Some are locked, others have chairs broken and several did not have any power and had rubbish dumped inside when The National inspected several last week.

Hammer attack suspects to appear in London court

The four will appear at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday after being formally charged on Friday last week.

Sharjah ‘hostage’ school owner banned from its premises

An investigation found that the female owner of the Sharjah school had taken up the position of finance and accounting manager and that she ordered the children's detention.

Maid accused of burning and knifing UAE employer’s children

The maid is said to have attacked the Emirati children – girls aged 16 and 14 and a boy aged 12 – after her employer refused to let her travel home.

Building classrooms is easier than crearting great schools

Abu Dhabi is preparing for 70,000 new school students by 2020, but the focus on building new schools has to be matched by also attracting outstanding teachers to the UAE.

Libya’s militias play their cards for a seat at the political table

The kidnapping of Jordan's ambassador to Libya highlights the use by militias of captives as bargaining chips

Personal banking is coming to Facebook but will you log in?

If Facebook is seeking to revive its popularity, it should think twice before moving into the post-crisis financial sector

 Wakaya Club, Wakaya Island, Fiji. Larry Dale Gordon / Corbis

Etihad signs agreement
with Fiji Airways

The interline agreement will allow each airline to sell seats for the other so that passengers can make easier travel and booking connections.

In pictures: Miele puts art
in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.

New Dubai mum’s big embrace of entrepreneurship with Bear Hugs by Cat

Mother launches start-up venture Bear Hugs by Cat, which hand produces teddies out of baby sleep suits as a memento for proud parents.

What to consider when spending Dh6m on a luxury Dubai apartment

Property expert Mario Volpi explains the five key elements apartment buyers in Dubai should consider when property hunting to ensure they pick a pad that holds its value.

 Prince Bandar bin Sultan in Riyadh on March 3, 2007. Hassan Ammar / AFP Photo

Saudi Prince Bandar promised a victory he could not deliver

Saudi Arabia's controversial intelligence chief stepped down this week after rumours that his policies on Syria had fallen out of favour.

Gaza’s Zayed City development provides solace to Palestinians

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip receive support from the UAE in the form of the $62 million Zayed City housing project.

How Ukraine’s crisis could give momentum to Europe’s separatists

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – a description that could be applied to most separatist quarrels in Europe.

Scores missing in South Korea ferry disaster

The ferry carrying 477 people, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea’s southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven.

 Jacques Kallis top-scored with 72 for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pawan Singh / The National

Kallis kicks off IPL 7 with fifty as Kolkata thrash Mumbai

South African legend shows class is permanent as Knight Riders beat defending champions by 41 runs. Osman Samiuddin reports from Abu Dhabi.

Late strike puts Al Jazira on verge of qualifying for the last 16 of Asian Champions League

All to play for across East Asia during final round of group phase.

Asian Cup expanding to 24 football teams in 2019

As part of a regional shake-up, the 2019 Asian Cup will climb to 24 teams but next month’s Challenge Cup in the Maldives will be the last, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced.

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Mar 31, 2014 - The last touch during preparations for a free tasting sessions at Sass restaurant located in Currency House, DIFC. ( Jaime Puebla / The National Newspaper ) anniversary issue

Sass Café opens in Dubai: Q&A with owner Samy Sass

Sass Cafe has been attracting the rich and famous set to its Monte Carlo location. Now, for the first time it has expanded - to Dubai.

Fast & Furious actor to rock Dubai this weekend

Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor and TV producer Tyrese Gibson will rock the XL Beach Club in Dubai this Saturday.

Shady deal: 10 men’s sunnies for summer

As summer beckons, here are 10 suave ways to beat the heat. Keep them in your chest pocket or glove compartment.

Available in stores and at MrPorter.com. For 10 more favourites, look out for Arts&Life’s print edition — The National’s special anniversary issue — on Thursday, April 17.

Natural high: a jumping revolution is headed for Dubai

Australian trampoline phenomena, Bounce, will be in Dubai in the coming months. A warehouse packed with more than 80 trampolines covering hte floors, walls and ceilings is currently being constructed at an undisclosed location in the Al Quoz Industrial Estate.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

Fast & Furious 7 filming well under way in Abu Dhabi

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 is in full swing and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

4 things you probably don’t know about Lionel Richie

From China to Iraq to South Africa, we dig up four things you probably don't know about Lionel Richie.

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III

Also, Goonies sequel is underway; Jennifer Aniston wants to take Friends to Broadway; Jennifer Love Hewitt goes blonde.

The National Conversation
  • Building classrooms is easier than crearting great schools

  • Libya’s militias play their cards for a seat at the political table

  • Personal banking is coming to Facebook but will you log in?

  • Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys calls for US attention

  • Emirati unmarried women a ‘burden’ on the state? Not a chance

  • Love it, hate it but IPL is too big to be ignored

  • UAE schools can recover unpaid fees without detaining students

  • Electric cars need connected thinking

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