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 Hajer Almosleh, the winner of the last year's short story competition, at her home in Dubai. Duncan Chard for the National

Get involved with The National’s short-story competition

Writers have two weeks to craft a winning submission, under the title and theme "The Turning Point".

 It is believed that the desert-like planet of Tatooine is being recreated for Star Wars: Episode VII. Could that be where filming in the UAE comes in? Courtesy Lucasfilms

Could the force be with us? The search for Star Wars truth

On the hunt for the Star Wars: Episode VII set, which a growing number of people are sure is in Abu Dhabi, but no one can seem to find.

 With an estimated 18,000 comic and film fans having already paid a visit to this weekend’s Middle East Film and Comic Con, organisers are hopeful they will have surpassed last year total, of 21,000, by its close. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

In pictures: Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai

Dubai's World Trade Center was awash with people visiting this weekend’s Middle East Film and Comic Con. Here's some of our best pictures.

 Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, presents Quincy Jones with the Abu Dhabi Festival Award as the Admaf founder Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo applauds. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Festival.

A candid talk with Quincy Jones about the UAE, Lil Wayne and the Abu Dhabi Festival award

The Abu Dhabi Festival honoree Quincy Jones discusses his legendary career as a music producer, the return of Dubai Music Week and why he can’t handle the rapper Lil Wayne.

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Wellington Military Terminal on an RNZAF 757 from Sydney on April 7, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

In pictures: Will and Kate visit Australia and New Zealand

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge are on a tour Down Under for three weeks.

 A protester gives a victory sign during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo in November 2011. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Street life: humanity’s future depends on ability to negotiate and sustain public space

Negotiating our ever more crowded cities and maintaining vibrant public spaces are among the major challenges facing humanity in the coming decades.


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What Star Wars fans say is going on in Abu Dhabi’s desert

We may still not know exactly what The National caught pictures of in the Abu Dhabi desert last week, but the online community has had plenty to say. Here are some of the best bits.

Stars talk in Dubai about their Bollywood film that deals with cross-cultural romance

We talk to Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, the stars of the cross-cultural romance 2 States, out now in UAE cinemas.

Sharjah book fair this week features books, also programmes on issues such as child abuse

The festival has a line up of activities designed to keep children away from electronic games, plus workshops that make science, maths and astronomy fun.

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.

Hugh Jackman promotes event at Ski Dubai

Plus: Gwen Stefani might join The Voice; Jack White releases vinyl in hours; Michelle Obama to appear in Nashville.

Mourning and memories in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s languid hometown

Mourning and memories in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s hometown of Aracataca, Columbia.

Tyrese: ‘UAE whole ‘nother level’

'The UAE takes it to a whole ‘nother level baby. Y’all know it, right?' said the Fast & Furious actor Tyrese at his XL Beach Club gig on Saturday.

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 –...

Cannes film festival line-up features wide mix of world and Hollywood films

The Cannes lineup, which includes films from India, Turkey and Syria, highlights the international breadth of what artistic director Thierry Fremaux called 'cinema's great rendezvous'.

Gabriel García Márquez book sales soar

Plus: Miley Cyrus ill, postpones tour; Williams may reprise Mrs Doubtfire role; White House on deport Bieber: no comment.

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...

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.

The life and times of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature and popularized the genre of magical realism has died at the age of 87.

AC/DC rock on without guitarist Malcolm Young

Also, Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on The View; Neil Young raises $6M in Kickstarter campaign for PonoMusic; playwright Phillip Hayes Dean dies.