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 Lionel Richie performed many of his hits from the 1970s and 1980s at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Jaime Puebla / The National

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.

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.

 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.

 Roberto Martinez is daring Everton to dream. Paul Ellis / AFP

Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

Roberto Martinez’s positivity made him the perfect choice in 2013 to manage Everton and to build on the solid foundations David Moyes had left.

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

 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.


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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.