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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 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.

 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.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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.

 Al Maryah Island will host the 114-hectare Abu Dhabi Global Market free zone. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Al Maryah Island rises in Abu Dhabi

Al Maryah has been chosen as the site for Abu Dhabi’s first financial free zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market, and construction activity in the island has been at a fast pace.


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Oil firms have ‘good chance’ of winning Abu Dhabi concession renewal

April 13, 2014

UAE Energy Minister Suhail Mohammed Al-Mazrouei says the likes of Exxon, BP and Total 'are the best in understanding the field because they have been there for 70 years and we hope they will be among the winners'.

Taqa shares slide after $884m Canadian gas writedown

March 25, 2014

Taqa said it took a Dh3.25bn non-cash impairment mainly linked to reserve revisions and lower anticipated production in North America.

Regional oil and gas deals increase by 15 per cent in 2013

March 10, 2014

Downstream activities such as refining and petrochemicals resulted in only five investments in 2013 although Ernst & Young said there was potential for some refinery upgrades and expansions to be finalised this year.

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.

ExxonMobil and Inpex win improved deal at Abu Dhabi’s Upper Zakum oilfield

January 21, 2014

The concession for the offshore field, one of the biggest in the world with an estimated 50 billion barrels of reserves, has been extended by an extra 15 years to December 2041.

World Future Energy Summit: last chance to pitch for Abu Dhabi’s oldest oilfields

January 19, 2014

A concession that accounts for 1.5 million barrels per day, or half the emirate’s production, is due to be awarded later this year.

End of a 75-year era of oil-fuelled progress for Abu Dhabi

January 8, 2014

The original concession deal for Abu Dhabi’s oilfields runs out on Friday. Signed in 1939, it heralded a new dawn for the emirate and helped to fuel the formation of the UAE. But in the early days, there were no guarantees and a few...


Prospective GCC deal for Occidental assets a step towards regional gas market

December 15, 2013

The partnership to buy a 40 per cent stake in Occidental’s Mena unit would be a major step for cross-border energy investment in the region.

Fujairah seeks port expansion investment for oil projects

December 14, 2013

Land to be reclaimed from navy base to Vopak storage terminal.

Energy economics compel Iran and GCC’s mutual engagement

December 8, 2013

In energy, Iran and its Arab neighbours are compelled by the logic of resources and economics to engage. They have both conflicting and complementary interests, but potentially collaborating to great mutual benefit in joint energy projects.

Energy powers growth of a nation

November 27, 2013

This UAE has gone from strength to strength on the back of its enormous fossil fuel reserves and as a future economy diversified from hydrocarbons beckons, nuclear and renewable electricity generation is set to take centre stage.

Abu Dhabi plans $14bn spending to boost oil output at Upper Zakum

November 11, 2013

The country’s largest field has oil reserves estimated at 50 billion barrels and is currently producing 585,000 barrels per day.

Adnoc hopes to finish oil concession bid evaluation in ‘three to four months’ for biggest onshore fields

November 10, 2013

Adnoc is now in the “early evaluation stage” of the bids submitted last month for the rights to the prized fields that together pump 1.5 million barrels per day of production.

Radiation levels in UAE to be regulated

October 23, 2013

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation is working on regulating companies that may expose workers to radiation residue.