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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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Box set of the seminal Spiderland by Slint blows away the cobwebs

April 16, 2014

Slint’s Spiderland - now remastered and reissued in a box set – was never going to top the charts, but it has proved profoundly influential in the decades since its release.

Sandance returns in May

April 15, 2014

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.

Does Nick Cannon’s album make him a savvy satirist, or an April fool?

April 14, 2014

In his first album in 11 years, Nick Cannon lampoons mainstream dance music, hoping to stir a conversation about race and soulless pop. But is the joke on him?

A sound of freedom: a compilation of Mestre Cupijó’s music introduces the Brazilian fusion of escaped slaves

April 10, 2014

In Brazil, escaped slaves founded their own communities and developed their own music, music which is celebrated in a joyous new compilation.

Album review: Shakira – Shakira

April 7, 2014

Shakira's 10th album features a varied collection of styles – ranging from dance, rock, reggae to country – but somehow gels together by her arresting voice.

Album review: Mobb Deep – The Infamous Mobb Deep

April 7, 2014

The New York hip-hop duo's eighth studio set gazes toward the past and the future. But at two hours, it might test your patience.

Album review: Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education & War

April 7, 2014

The English post-punk band's sound hasn't grown up.

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Richard Strauss’s Woman Without a Shadow draws on some old family scores

April 3, 2014

Autobiographical elements crop up again and again in the works of Richard Strauss, as a new production of one of his operas makes clear.

Festival finale pays homage to Arabic music

April 1, 2014

Michel Fadel closes the Abu Dhabi Festival concerts with a tribute to Arab music greats.

Album Review: Lift Your Spirit

March 31, 2014

A solid album that showcases the American soul-man's soft-as-butter voice, though it lacks some of the grit that made his 2010 debut Good Times a winner.

Album Review: The War on Drugs

March 31, 2014

A mind-expanding take on the classic heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.

Album Review: Liars

March 31, 2014

Initially a dance album, the latest release from the Brooklyn band is an interesting if bleak experiment in reimagining 1980s synth-pop.

ADF: A pitch-perfect festival

March 30, 2014

As the Abu Dhabi Festival's musical programme wraps up today, we take a look at seven highlights from this year’s concert offerings

New album from Liverpool’s We Are Catchers proves you can’t beat Mersey music

March 27, 2014

The eponymous debut album from We Are Catchers marks a revival of the endearing brand of music that began in Liverpool 50 years ago, Gemma Champ writes