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 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

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.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

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 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.


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The knowledge economy: Zia Haider Rahman’s debut novel is epic in scale and reach

April 16, 2014

This hefty novel about a banker and his long-lost college friend is stuffed full of ideas, discourses and bravura prose.

Shorter and sweeter: Mai Al-Nakib’s debut collection of short stories hits the mark

April 16, 2014

With her grasp of the dynamics of life in the Gulf, Al-Nakib is a new voice worth attending to.

Bitter sweet: how small Cambodian farmers are paying the price for the West’s sugar policies

April 16, 2014

Someof the country's poorest people have had their lives turned upside down by global sugar companies - aided by the government.

Animal magnetism: PEN/Faulkner winner Karen Joy Fowler discusses ethics, experiments and the novel she was always meant to write

April 16, 2014

Fowler's new novel challenges our deepest preconceptions about family, love and parenthood.

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.

Counter intelligence: the West’s silly and sinister approach to radicalism

April 16, 2014

The West’s approach to identifying potential terrorists has been somewhat absurd, argues Arun Kundnani in his new book, which suffers itself from being insufficiently argued.

It’s a funny business, as Saudi Arabian comedians get ready to visit the capital

April 16, 2014

Saudi Arabia's comedy scene is booming - and some of the nation's leading laughter merchants are on their way to the capital for a show at du Arena next weekend.

What female police officers in Dubai think of their abilities

April 10, 2014

A new study in a British academic journal asked female police officers in Dubai what they thought of their jobs, their skills and their duties.

Indie filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is riding high on a wave of unexpected success

April 10, 2014

Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is somewhat overwhelmed by the hype around her debut feature, but simply achieving recognition as a woman and an outsider in the US film industry is a remarkable feat.

War is a friend only to the undertaker? Historian Ian Morris thinks war has been good for humanity

April 10, 2014

Morris's contentious thesis is that, far from being completely negative, war has on balance been a boon to humanity, advancing progress and prosperity.

Over the threshold: Israel’s new ‘governability’ laws entrench the settlements even further

April 10, 2014

Israel’s new suite of laws – the ‘governability bill’ – has made it harder for smaller parties to gain access to power and entrenches the settlements even further.

A murder and a drowning give Linn Ullmann’s Nordic noir a route into family secrets and stresses

April 10, 2014

Ullmann’s latest isn’t strictly a crime thriller, but it does contain much of what we’ve come to enjoy from Scandinavian outings in the genre.

The inescapable past: novelist Kamila Shamsie unearths some beauty from the darkness of history

April 10, 2014

Shamsie's new novel moves across continents and across history to tell a story of how the past effects the present.

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.