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 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

 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.

 Children walk past an Indian voter awareness mural in Mumbai ahead of the sixth phase of India’s national elections. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP

Inside India: Election, Promoting the Vote

A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent for the week of April 10, 2014.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.


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Egyptian film Factory Girl gets UAE release

March 26, 2014

The DIFF-funded Factory Girl sparks a new dawn for Egyptian films in the UAE.

Iraqi films dominate Enjaaz short film funding

March 8, 2014

Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, the publisher and owner of The National, also partners with DFM to offer production support for the selected films.

Waleed Zuaiter talks about Omar, the Oscars and everything after

March 2, 2014

As the delegation for Hany Abu Assad's Academy Award-nominated Palestinian thriller Omar gets ready for Sunday's show, Waleed Zuaiter, star and producer, remembers just how hard it was to get the film made.

Emirati director Nawaf Al Janahi is on a mission to educate

February 17, 2014

The Emirati director Nawaf Al Janahi has launched the Emirati Cinema Campaign, hoping to raise the profile of the local movie scene.

Bigwig’s hairpiece is the real American Hustle

February 12, 2014

David O Russell on his big Oscar contender, American Hustle: 'It’s an opera in a way. People sing right into the camera.'

The shocking omission of Wadjda from Oscars rundown

January 5, 2014

Saudi Arabia's Wadjda has been shockingly omitted from the Oscars Foreign Language shortlist. A great opportunity to shine a light on the country had been missed.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star Naomie Harris ‘inspired’ by leader

December 26, 2013

Kelly Ann Crane talks to the actress Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Mandela in the new biopic of Nelson Mandela’s life, about the challenges of presenting the great man’s story.

Shekhar Kapur labels world leaders hypocrites over Mandela

December 26, 2013

Shekhar Kapur, who is one of four directors who attempted to make Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, tells Jessica Hill about working on the early stages of the film and meeting the late South African leader.

A holiday movies list for children, and adults

December 23, 2013

Inspired by the DIFF movie A Story of Children and Film, we asked moviegoers for their favourite films when they were kids, giving inspiration for ones to watch over the holidays.

Disney’s wintry fairy tale Frozen, starring Kristen Bell, is out in UAE cinemas

December 18, 2013

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the directors of Disney's Frozen, talk to us about the struggle to bringing The Snow Queen to animated life.

Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins project gets boost after winning IWC Filmmaker Award at DIFF

December 16, 2013

We chat with the 38-year-old Ras Al Khaimah film fanatic who won the IWC Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival.

David O Russell on fake sheikhs and real performances at the Dubai International Film Festival

December 15, 2013

The American director jets into the Emirates to screen his latest film at the closing of the Dubai International Film Festival. American Hustle is a dramatic caper that wraps up a rapid-fire trilogy and a dark period in Russell's own life.

Pakistani film Waar looks at recent history from a different perspective

December 15, 2013

The singer and actor Ali Azmat talks about his latest film, Waar, Pakistan’s first English-language action thriller - and the country's highest-grossing film of all time.

Raveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Kapoor introduce Gunday at DIFF

December 14, 2013

Cast of Gunday gathers at the Dubai International Film Festival to release the official trailer. See trailer and picture gallery here.