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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

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 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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Passenger numbers up 15% to 1.41m in February at Abu Dhabi airport

March 31, 2014

The top five routes from Abu Dhabi were Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha, Manila and London Heathrow.

Abu Dhabi airport closes south runway for improvements

March 13, 2014

Abu Dhabi International Airport expects construction to be down on the south runway by the end of the year.

Adac to upgrade fuel-related facilities at main airports in deal with Adnoc Distribution

March 12, 2014

Adac’s total fuel capacity will increase to 130 million litres, from its current level of 47 million litres, upon completion of the work.

Flights resume at Abu Dhabi Airport after ‘technical failure’ grounds planes

March 6, 2014

Airlines warn passengers to expect some delays on Friday as the Abu Dhabi Airport had only just resumed limited operations.

French oil major Total to take Abu Dhabi airports advertising spots

February 24, 2014

The decision to unveil the airport advertisement strategy in Abu Dhabi indicates the strength of the oil giant’s “long-standing commitment” to the emirate.

Abu Dhabi airport passenger traffic tops 1.5 million in January

February 18, 2014

The airport’s top five routes by number of passengers were Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha, Manila and London Heathrow.

Sales ring up a record at Abu Dhabi Duty Free

February 11, 2014

Sales at Abu Dhabi Duty Free grew 13 per cent to Dh912.7 million last year compared with Dh809.5m in 2012.

Busy month for Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport

February 2, 2014

The airport reported an 18 per cent year-on-year increase in visiting aircraft traffic.

UAE travellers welcome new US customs checkpoint in Abu Dhabi

January 26, 2014

The facility in Abu Dhabi is the first in the Middle East and joined by about 20 others, including in Canada, the Caribbean and Ireland.

Abu Dhabi’s new Midfield Terminal set to feature metro link to airport

December 9, 2013

Abu Dhabi Airports Company is in talks with the Department of Transport to provide road and railway connectivity to the new Midfield Terminal project.

Etihad Airways to boost capacity for Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route

November 28, 2013

Abu Dhabi is becoming a busier hub for long-haul flights between Asia and the West.

Abu Dhabi airport on target to exceed last year’s traffic

November 5, 2013

The number of passengers at Abu Dhabi airport in September grew over the same period last year.

Major milestone reached at Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal project

October 21, 2013

A major construction milestone has been achieved at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new terminal which will become one of the world’s largest when it opens in 2017.

Unrest threatens Middle East aviation

September 5, 2013

Although Middle Eastern carriers have again outperformed their peers elsewhere, oil prices and related political tensions in the region carry the risk of disruption.