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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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Abu Dhabi Film Festival announces its call for entries

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

Movie timings

A round-up of showtimes for movies playing around the UAE.

80% of Emiratis want their culture portrayed in more films, study shows

A study conducted by the Northwestern University in Qatar found that more Emiratis want to see their own culture on the big screen compared to their counterparts in the region.

In pictures: Fast & Furious 7 filming in Abu Dhabi

The cast of Fast & Furious 7 have come to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to shoot scenes for the upcoming movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III

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

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.

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.


Tyrese to collaborate with Mehad Hamad

Also, Sigma top music chart.

When the worlds of Bollywood and cricket collide

With the first game of the Indian Premier League beginning today in the UAE, we explore the league’s Bollywood connections, which are as glitzy as they are controversial.

In pictures: Highlights from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Highlights from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California.

French explorer Gibran Hasnaoui globe-Trots to combat Anti-Islam sentiment

The self-taught videographer Gibran Hasnaoui discovered Islam in Dubai in 2010, and has since created video projects and a film festival with the purpose of a more positive portrayal of his religion

Ranbir Kapoor has football on the mind

Also, Marilyn Monroe earrings auctioned for $185,000.

Tribute to Fast & Furious’s Paul Walker at MTV Awards

Jordan Brewster introduced special tribute to her former Fast & Furious co-star, Paul Walker, at MTV Movie Awards.

Stars out for MTV Movie Awards

Stars come out for the MTV Movie Awards. The big winner of the night was the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.