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 Shah Rukh Khan performs at the IPL Gala dinner to open IPL VII at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi.

In pictures: Shah Rukh Khan stars at IPL Gala dinner in Abu Dhabi

The superstar entertainer Shah Rukh Khan on stage last night at a gala dinner to launch the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

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 When this 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York on June 17, it is expected to attract a world record bid for a single stamp of up to $20 million (Dh73.4m). Courtesy Sotheby’s

Rare 1856 stamp up for auction at Sotheby’s

This is one of the world’s rarest stamps and when it goes up for auction in June it should fetch $20million. Its history since it was issued in 1856 is fascinating – and includes one murderous chapter, as Jonathan Gornall reports

 Residential buildings near the Al Qasba area in Sharjah. Pawan Singh / The National

Sharjah rents rise as Dubai property crunch drive residents north

Apartment rents jumped 7 per cent from the previous quarter, taking the annual increase to 38 per cent according to a report from Asteco.

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets supporters after his arrival in Zahedan, the regional capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. During Mr Rouhani's two-day visit, he will tour several other cities and hold meetings with local scholars and entrepreneurs. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

On the road with Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president is touring some of Iran's most underdeveloped provinces. Foreign correspondent Yeganeh Salehi is traveling with him.

 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi plays with a rugby ball during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona in Sant Joan Despi, April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

In pictures: Barca play a little rugby before Copa del rey final

Barcelona and Real Madrid will play in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night but the day before the match, Braca players played a little rugby during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training camp, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Barca meet Real Madrid on Wednesday at 11.30pm (UAE time) and the match will be on BeIn Sports.

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Sports revenue an untapped resource in India

April 12, 2014

Potentially lucrative market which is largely unexploited in the country, analysts say.

IPL 2014: Money-making media beast or financial drain?

April 12, 2014

The IPL roadshow rolls into town this week, laden with star names and corporate sponsorship. Thanks to the faster-paced Twenty20 format the sport’s popularity is growing and companies are keen to get aboard.

Low-profile GAC is a moving force in shipping

April 10, 2014

The company are the logistics providers for the Extreme Sailing Series, transporting all the boats to all the nine different venues throughout the series.

Sports sponsorship brings rewards for Dubai-based shipping agency

April 10, 2014

Gulf Agency Company backs a number of prominent teams and individual sportsmen, and is eager to add to its portfolio.

Motor City developer wants Dubai to get back on track with Formula One

April 8, 2014

Union Properties, which owns the 35 million square feet Motor City project said that it has been holding discussions with the Dubai Government about bidding to attract the motor sport extravaganza.

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In pictures: Playing polo in Dubai

March 31, 2014

Saudi businessman Abdelrahman AbdAllah Abbar, or “Dr A” as he is known on the polo circuit, is known locally as a connoisseur of the sport, and well connected among the more elite players of this increasingly popular game.

Etihad links up with US Major League Soccer as official carrier

March 25, 2014

Etihad and MLS are to work together on a number of initiatives including community programmes and promotions for flights and holidays for the league’s fans.

In pictures: Zayed Sports City through the years

March 24, 2014

Monster trucks, Kidsfest and WWE wrestling helped Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City to report higher visitor numbers and revenues for 2013 as the emirate’s push to attract more tourists pays off.

UAB scores a winner with Barcelona club partnership

March 6, 2014

UAB's sponsorship of Barcelona FC boosts inflow of new customers in football-crazy UAE.

An Abu Dhabi colt champs at the bit

March 5, 2014

It is not just the world’s best sailors who are waking up to the attraction of the tour. Commercial partners are realising great value from promoting their brands so widely across the GCC states.

Royal Jet plans more sports packages after success of Manchester City-Barcelona event offer

February 25, 2014

The visitors were flown on a private Boeing Business Jet from the company’s private terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, hosted at the five-star, Hilton Manchester Hotel and were seated at the VIP corporate box at the Etihad Stadium.

European football teams find refuge from winter in the Middle East

February 15, 2014

The climate in the Middle East provides a haven for European football teams for winter training, which means a boost for hotels and excitement for the region's fans.

Globalisation, thy name is the sports tourism industry

February 15, 2014

Football has realised the potential of “glocalisation”, which can be observed on a daily basis, from players to sponsors and from owners to local affiliations.

Poaching the name of the game for Gulf hotels

February 15, 2014

Hotels are having to get staff any way they can as the hospitality sector in the Arabian Gulf heats up.

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