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 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.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

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

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

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Breakfast in Abu Dhabi, lunch in LA? That’s Virgin Galactic’s goal

April 7, 2014

Point-to-point space travel to dramatically reduce long-haul travel times.

Arabtec wins Dh1bn bid to build Emaar’s Reem project in Dubailand

March 5, 2014

Arabtec has said that its subsidiary Arabtec Construction has won a contract from Emaar to build 1,582 townhouses located between Emaar's Arabian Ranches and Global Village.

Arabtec shares boom as company expands

February 9, 2014

The Dubai-listed company’s shares closed at Dh5.08 yesterday, up 3.04 per cent from Thursday’s close and 77 per cent for the year to date.

Arabtec expands energy portfolio with bigger stake in Target Engineering

November 26, 2013

Arabtec is to increase its stake in oil and gas construction specialist Target Engineering Construction from 60 to 98 per cent as the company attempts to expand its presence in the region's lucrative energy sector.

Falcon Private Bank swoops on Private Bank Zurich

June 28, 2013

Falcon Private Bank, which is owned by Abu Dhabi investment fund Aabar, yesterday said it acquired the Central and Eastern Europe wealth management activities of Hyposwiss Private Bank Zurich for an undisclosed sum, as the Swiss boutique firm...

Dubai developer Arabtec's shareholders approve capital raise

April 14, 2013

Shareholders of Dubai-based developer Arabtec approved a $1.8 billion capital increase program, paving the way for its regional expansion plans.

Aabar to limit stake in Arabtec to 21%

March 3, 2013

Abu Dhabi investment fund Aabar will not increase its 21 per cent stake in Arabtec, the builder's managing director said.

Arabtec moves staff to Abu Dhabi after Aabar raises stake in company

February 12, 2013

Arabtec Holding has moved employees to neighbouring Abu Dhabi after a firm backed by the UAE capital increased its stake and took seats on the board last year.

Abu Dhabi bank Falcon on the hunt for acquisitions

December 11, 2012

Falcon Private Bank is seeking to invest as much as $4bn to grow its emerging market business.

Bankís F1 sponsorship gives high rollers what money canít buy

November 15, 2012

The Life: You would think that private banking is too genteel an industry to be sponsoring a Formula One team. But it made perfect sense for Falcon Private Bank.

Abu Dhabi bank to acquire Clariden Leu Europe from Credit Suisse

October 5, 2012

Falcon Private Bank is to acquire part of one of the most famous marques in Swiss banking.

Arabtec wins contract to build Gazprom headquarters in Russia

October 1, 2012

Arabtec yesterday won a Dh453 million contract to help build Europe's largest office tower, the future headquarters of the Russian gas producer Gazprom.

Profit fears hurt Arabtec

September 25, 2012

Arabtec Holding declined for a third day, bringing its total losses to more than 6 per cent so far this week.

alizz IPO in Oman whets Islamic investors' appetite

September 17, 2012

Islamic investors are abuzz about alizz, which is seeking to raise as much as 400 million Omani rials in an initial public offering on the Oman stock exchange on Saturday.