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 Thai anti-government protesters blow whistles during a rally at the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Bangkok, Thailand. Rungroj Yongrit / EPA

Best photography from around the world April 23

The National View's photo editors pick the best of the day from around the world

 Thomas Heatherwick, the designer of Al Fayah park, unveiled his dream of a recreation area that is truly Abu Dhabi at Cityscape 2014 in the capital on April 22, 2014. Fatima Al Marzooqi / The National

Abu Dhabi’s new Al Fayah Park: putting other green space in the shade

Nick Leech speaks to Thomas Heatherwick, the designer of Al Fayah, a park commissioned by the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation that hopes to redefine Abu Dhabi's urban landscape.

 Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on from the dug out during the Champions League semi-final first leg match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Paul Gilham / Getty Images / April 22, 2014

‘Now the game of our lives is at Stamford Bridge’ says Mourinho after Chelsea, Atletico draw

After Tuesday's scoreless draw, Jose Mourinho revealed Petr Cech's season was over and John Terry was also done unless they could reach the Champions League final.

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College students participate in the 2014 Innovation Challenge. Delores Johnson / The National

In pictures: the UAE Innovation Challenge 2014

The engineering competition brought together almost 100 students from across the country competing in teams to build the best unmanned aircraft.

 Former Manchester United manager David Moyes, right, speaks to Manchester United's Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs during a training session at the team's Carrington training complex in Manchester, north-west England on April 22, 2014. Andrew Yates / AFP

Giggs a better fit for Manchester United than Moyes

The winger, who has played 962 games for the club, has been placed in interim charge of the first team and will be assisted by his former Manchester United teammate Nicky Butt.


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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.

Funding an Oscar winner: The Great Beauty’s Oscar triumph has lessons for Gulf filmmakers

March 12, 2014

The Abu Dhabi-based Alessandra Priante is the vice president of Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s fund for European co-productions, which, alongside Priante’s employer, the Italian Ministry of Culture, was one of the main funders of...

The gravity of the Oscars: Mark Sanger on winning for co-editing Gravity

March 12, 2014

We catch up with Mark Sanger, co-editor of the Oscar-winning drama Gravity, in Dubai for the Cabsat conference.

Gravity shows London VFX scene is major rival to LA

March 12, 2014

In the years since Harry Potter, Britain has snatched much of the high-profile visual effects business from Hollywood - including the Oscar-celebrated space film Gravity.

Gravity’s Mark Sanger talks Oscar win in Dubai

March 11, 2014

Film editor Mark Sanger, who won an Academy Award for co-editing Gravity, talks about his Oscar win while in Dubai.

Newsmaker: Matthew McConaughey

March 6, 2014

The Hollywood actor completed a transformation from forgettable romcom frequenter to generation-defining actor this week, accepting Best Actor at the Oscars for his role in Dallas Buyers Club with trademark eccentricity, writes Kevin Hackett.

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.

Dallas Buyers Club and Frozen take early Oscars

March 3, 2014

The first Oscars of the 86th Academy Awards were bestowed on Sunday to heavy favourites, with Jared Leto named best supporting actor and Frozen best animated film, in a night expected to yield few surprises apart from the tight race for best picture.

12 Years a Slave wins best picture

March 3, 2014

The slavery drama 12 Years a Slave won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry's highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.

Video: ‘12 years’ takes Oscar best pic trophy

March 3, 2014

"12 Years a Slave" becomes the first movie from a black director to win the film industry's highest honour as its scoops the Oscar for best picture.

In pictures: Best moments from the Oscars

March 3, 2014

Our pick of the best moments from the 86th Academy Awards.

In pictures: the only 12 EGOT winners

March 3, 2014

Winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for Let it Go (from the animated family film Frozen) makes the Robert Lopez of only 12 people to score an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award - termed the EGOT and immortalised in a 2009 episode of 30...

Five strange, wonderful Oscar moments

March 3, 2014

From pizza delivery to a corpsing Jessica Biel via Kim Novak's dazed delivery - we select this year's best water-cooler moments.

In pictures: Winners room at the Oscars

March 3, 2014

A gallery of the winners at the 86th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood.