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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 end of writing post-dated cheques nears: UAE banks could offer direct debit service ‘by next week’

September 29, 2013

The new system will revolutionise retail banking in the Emirates and herald the end of writing reams of post-dated cheques for car loans and other transactions.

Credit scores to be available next year

May 1, 2013

The Al Etihad Credit Bureau is preparing to begin trials in two months' time, but that is only the start of its plans to overhaul credit assessment in the UAE.


Central Bank ready to introduce UAE's direct debit system

April 11, 2013

Bounced cheques: All of the UAE's banks and finance companies are to adopt the service, allowing borrowers to fund repayments from their bank account when instalments are...


Man 'forced to sign bounced cheque', Abu Dhabi court told

April 8, 2013

Bounced cheques: An employee claims his boss made him sign a Dh233,000 cheque against his will.

No savings for one in three Emiratis and a fifth of UAE expats

March 11, 2013

Survey compiled by Souqalmal.com says high living costs, the perception of being rich and little education on how to manage income and debt is contributing factor for lack of savings.


Bank warns of hurdle to success of UAE credit bureau

February 13, 2013

Bounced cheques: Banks urge sharing of internal credit scores with each other as the creation of a federal credit bureau moves closer to reality.

UAE banks to present plan on bounced cheques

February 13, 2013

The banking industry group plans to submit recommendations to the Central Bank on how the Government can do away with criminal penalties for bounced cheques.

UAE banks fear 'no jail for bounced cheques' and call for credit bureau

February 12, 2013

Bounced cheques: HSBC warns that decriminalising security cheques could lead to a drop in bank lending if the Emirates does not press ahead with a federal credit bureau.

Calls for loan checks and UAE credit bureau grow despite bad debt ruling

January 8, 2013

Without a credit bureau to check on loan practices, experts say unscrupulous lending practices will continue.

UAE bounced cheque decree 'broke my chains of debt'

January 8, 2013

Bounced cheques: For scam victim Jad Al Qubati, Sheikh Khalifa's decree to exempt Emiratis from prosecution over bounced cheques, and therefore avoid prison, has changed...


Bouncing loan cheques in the UAE no longer a crime

December 31, 2012

Bounced cheques: Expatriates jailed for defaulting have been released from prison and federal courts no longer accept bounced cheques as evidence of a crime, which...


UAE banks need more time before bounced cheques decriminalised

November 23, 2012

Bounced cheques:  Banks must have a viable alternative to cheques before a full decriminalisation can become reality, says the head of the banking industry trade body.

UAE takes first step on road to ending jail for bounced cheques

November 12, 2012

Bounced cheques: The government is studying the full decriminalisation for bounced cheques as it plans a federal strategy for consumer protection for the next four years.


UAE Central Bank looks to direct debits as alternative to cheques

November 8, 2012

Bounced cheques:  The Central Bank moves towards a national pilot programme for direct debits, which bankers say will help move the UAE away from reliance on cheques.