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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.

 Jennifer Grout will compete against seven other celebrities in Your Face Sounds Familiar. Joseph Eid / AFP

Jennifer Grout on competing in the new show Your Face Sounds Familiar and her rise to fame

Jennifer Grout is set to wow Arab audiences once again in the new MBC talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar. Saeed Saeed speaks to the American about her success story

 From left to right: Greg Churchouse, Roy Stride and Peter Ellard of Scouting For Girls. Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Sandance returns in May

Sandance is heading back to Dubai in May with a line-up that includes Arrested Development, Scouting for Girls, the Pet Shop Boys and Fatboy Slim, plus the Saudi DJ Omar Basaad and local acts.

 Jedi Master Yoda in 'Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith'. Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox / AP

Star Wars shooting in Abu Dhabi rumours gain traction

What started out on Sunday as an optimistic rumour that Star Wars Episode 7 is set to shoot in Abu Dhabi is seemingly gathering traction as the week progresses.

 A boy waters plants in the yard of a restaurant in the Colombian village of Aracataca. Yellow butterflies make an apperance in the book. Eitan Abramovich / AFP photo

Mourning and memories in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s languid hometown

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

 Shah Rukh Khan plays a shot during a friendly match between the members of the support and administrative staff of Royal Challengers Bangalore and his Kolkata Knight Riders cricket team. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

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.


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Drew Barrymore welcomes second baby girl

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Sarah Geronimo brings her star power to Abu Dhabi this weekend

Ahead of her Abu Dhabi concert on Thursday night, we take a look at the Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo’s extraordinary career.

John Travolta to appear at Indian film awards

Also, illness spoils Lorde’s Australian tour; Hanks and Spielberg to make Cold War thriller.

In pictures: Highlights from Coachella Music Festival

Taking a look back at the highlights from the 2014 Coachella Music Festival.

Album review: Pindoll – Twisted Times

Pindoll's debut album is an arresting collection of dynamic rock songs.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis head to Abu Dhabi

Ahead of his performance with Macklemore at du Arena on Friday, Ryan Lewis speaks to us about their rise from indie artists to full-fledged global pop stars.

Album review: Chet Faker – Built On Glass

A very trendy record with the Aussie crooning over Dam-Funk-edged lounge pop with synthesisers playing soul-inspired melodies.

Album review: Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love

Caustic Love is the Scottish singer's 'mature album' - one that sets him up for a new phase of his promising career.

Salman Khan in daring stunt for new film

Also, Canada’s Kiesza tops UK charts; Arrest made in connection with Aamir Khan defamation case; Whedon releasing film online; Celina Jaitley to sing for the United Nations; Kevin Sharp dies at 43; McCartney wows Uruguayans in packed stadium...

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.

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.

In Pictures: Tyrese Gibson’s Dubai concert

We take some backstage pictures of Tyrese Gibson performing at Dubai's XL Beach Club.

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.

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.