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 A still from the 27-second black-and-white video that was taken using a satellite owned and operated by Skybox Imaging.

Burj Khalifa stars in HD video from space

A 27-second black and white video of a plane flying over Dubai's skyscrapers captures the imagination of some.

 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.

 JP Duminy played a cameo knock of 52 not out from 35 balls to tip the game in Delhi Daredevils' favour. Pawan Singh / The National

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.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

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.


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Abstraction is all about reality for artist Samia Halaby

April 15, 2014

Palestinian abstract artist Samia Halaby has been leading the way in her field for the last 50 years. Ayyam Gallery in Al Quoz is hosting a large retrospective of her work.

Sueraya Shaheen photo archive of Middle Eastern artists on display in the US

April 9, 2014

The Lebanese artist Sueraya Shaheen’s collection of photographic portraits of prominent Middle Eastern artists is currently on show in Texas as part of the Fotofest Biennial.

In pictures: Portraits of rising Middle Eastern artists by Sueraya Shaheen

April 9, 2014

Portraits of 19 promising Middle Eastern artists by Sueraya Shaheen.

Deconstructing carpets and culture

April 8, 2014

Intriguingly titled Palimpsest, Kamrooz Aram’s exhibition at Green Art Gallery is as much about destroying art as creating it.

Jeddah exhibition showcases extensive, impressive Saudi art

April 7, 2014

21,39 is an exhibition of art in Saudi Arabia spanning six decades. From the earliest painters to the most contemporary artists, we discover the rich history of art in the Kingdom.

A taste of Middle East Now in Florence, Italy

April 6, 2014

Middle East Now, running from April 9 to 14, features a full week's programme of film screenings, exhibits, food tastings and talks on the region's contemporary culture.

Emiratis are designing for the future – but with an eye on the past

April 3, 2014

For designers, inspiration can come at any time and in any place. Typically, the creative process starts with a drawing, but when Kholoud Sharafi welcomed ­Kieren Jones into her Dubai studio, it wasn’t pen and paper the...

Slavs and Tatars exhibit at The Third Line in Dubai strive to liberate words and art

April 1, 2014

Slavs & Tatars are one of the most popular art movements of the moment with a focus on the entire region between the Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China. The collective discusses their current show in Dubai.

Take a proper gander at the art and power of propaganda

March 24, 2014

Mahmoud Obaidi’s show at Meem Gallery questions the language of power with a carefully woven tale of propaganda.

As Art Dubai winds down for another year, we select the top 10 of this year’s event

March 22, 2014

As the largest edition of Art Dubai drew to a close yesterday, we bring you a round up of the top 10 highlights.

What is in store at Art Dubai 2014

March 18, 2014

Galleries and art enthusiasts from around the world are converging in the UAE this week for the eighth edition of Art Dubai. With 85 participating galleries and several non-profit programmes, there is something for everyone at the fair.

The fourth Sikka Art Fair highlights UAE’s emerging artists

March 17, 2014

The fourth edition of Sikka Art Fair is underway, with 50 UAE-based artists from 25 countries taking part.

Award-winning sculptures by Erin Meekhof

March 16, 2014

Erin Meekhof from NYU Abu Dhabi has been named the winner of the second annual Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award.

Three major art exhibitions come to Sharjah

March 12, 2014

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, was on hand to introduce the three exhibits by three artists to be shown over three months.