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 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.

 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.

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

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 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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Abu Dhabi Film Festival announces its call for entries

April 17, 2014

Entries are open for all categories – feature length or short narrative, animation and documentary films – until July 15, 2014.

Hany Abu-Assad’s new chapter is a love story

April 12, 2014

The Palestinian film director and two-time Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad steps away from politics for his next film: a love story set in America.

Indie filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is riding high on a wave of unexpected success

April 10, 2014

Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is somewhat overwhelmed by the hype around her debut feature, but simply achieving recognition as a woman and an outsider in the US film industry is a remarkable feat.

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.

Dubai Comic Con thrives in new venue at Dubai World Trade Centre

April 6, 2014

The Middle East Film & Comic Con has survived a potentially tricky move to a new venue at Dubai World Trade Centre. Here are some of our favourite highlights from this year’s show.

Khaled Abol Naga on his film that caught the spirit of the Arab Spring like no other

April 2, 2014

The Egyptian screen legend Khaled Abol Naga on Egyptian cinema, the Arab Spring and why we shouldn't spent too much time chasing Middle Eastern Oscar winners.

Dubai’s Gulf Film Festival 2014 postponed

April 1, 2014

The seventh edition of The Gulf Film Festival has been postponed.

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.

Festival of French and international cinema is a real tour de force

March 25, 2014

The Francofilm Festival will be bringing the best of French, francophone and world cinema to Abu Dhabi and Dubai this week. A UAE-produced short film will be screened before each of the nine feature films, too.

Viola Shafik on her film Arij – Scent of Revolution

March 16, 2014

In Viola Shafik’s Arij – Scent of Revolution, the accounts of a Coptic activist, a socialist writer, a young cyberspace designer and the biggest collector of photo negatives in Egypt are combined to form a complex portrait of history...

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.

Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja back to push movie limits

March 4, 2014

Chris Newbould talks to the Emirati film director Nayla Al Khaja, whose next feature is set to court controversy.

Dubai-produced animation Daddy ABC has eye on prize

March 4, 2014

The Emirati animator Hamad Alawar's film Daddy ABC has been chosen to screen next month at a film festival in California, one that is a key step on the road to the Oscars.

The Dubai-based director behind a brief basketball diaries

March 3, 2014

Ferdinand Godinez talks to Patrick Fronda, who is representing the UAE in a global film prize.