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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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Slowdown in emerging markets threatens Gulf economies

March 31, 2014

Trade between the GCC and emerging markets, particularly those in Asia, has intensified in recent years at the expense of Europe, the US and Japan.

Mumbai fishermen squeezed out by giant trawlers

January 25, 2014

Fishing communities in Mumbai are struggling to compete against big trawlers, pollution and dwindling catch. To make matters worse, the better-educated younger generation is not keen on joining the family business and are looking for jobs elsewhere.

The life of a traditional fisherman

January 25, 2014

A day in the life of Vasu Turbhekar, 54, a traditional Koli fisherman in Worli, Mumbai.

Political tensions that bedevil China-Japan relations

January 14, 2014

China and Japan are clearly important business partners, with trade between the two thriving. But underlying tensions have not gone away.

Japanese companies relish China’s one-child policy reform

January 14, 2014

When China's one-child policy reforms were announced, shares in Japan’s baby-related industries immediately surged on expectations that demand would spike.

GCC again India’s top remittance source

December 11, 2013

The GCC remained the largest source of remittances to India in the last financial year, accounting for 37 per cent of the total remitted amount, a study shows.

Huawei: Chinese technology beacon fades in US

December 11, 2013

Huawei has engineered an enviable position in the tech industry and become a symbol of forward thinking and innovative development, as its R&D arm shows. But policymakers in America claim it has become a risk to national security.

UAE proves a major draw for China as trade grows

December 7, 2013

The largest regional exhibition for Chinese home products companies in Dubai showed just how strong bilateral business has become between this country and the world’s second-largest economy.

Indian manufacturing revives after four-month slump on new orders

December 2, 2013

The figures lifted the rupee to a two-week high yesterday, touching 61.96 against the US dollar after closing at 62.44 against the greenback on Sunday.

Mumbai housing market in ‘dire circumstances’, says Knight Frank

November 27, 2013

Unsold stock of homes in Mumbai has reached 130,000 units and Knight Frank expects the market will need nine quarters to exhaust existing stock.

Manmohan Singh launches India’s first state-owned bank for women

November 20, 2013

India's prime minister Manmohan Singh inaugurates the first state-owned bank for women, Bharatiya Mahila Bank, in Mumbai yesterday.

Rupee see-saws on Indian and US central bank comments and inflation data

November 14, 2013

The Indian rupee yesterday strengthened before giving up some of these gains after higher-than-expected inflation data was reported for October.

China’s third plenum to set out agenda for deeper reforms

November 10, 2013

The leaders of the world's second-largest economy are meeting this week with a view to overhauling financial and business practices and regulations as Beijing looks to move away from a reliance on exports to domestic consumption.

Outlook generally sunny as China’s third plenum takes place

November 10, 2013

Observers see hope as Chinese leaders meet to discuss major overhauls of the financial and economic arena's that will shape the country's destiny for the next decade.