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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

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 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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Convenience stores boost Carrefour revenue in France

January 16, 2014

Carrefour, France’s largest retailer, reported fourth-quarter sales that met analysts’ estimates as revenue grew in all formats in its domestic market.

Flying toys fly off the shelves in Dubai

December 23, 2013

Things that fly are hot sellers in Dubai's toy world this Christmas, but the classics hold their ground.

Unilever joins hands with UAE firms to tap online market

December 22, 2013

Retailer has partenered with Souq.com and since July it has collaborated with the likes of Tejuri.com, and the online operations of Carrefour and Lulu.

Majid Al Futtaim’s bid for Egypt’s top supermarket chain collapses

November 25, 2013

The deal was previously described as being at the “due diligence” stage, implying that it was close to completion.

Carrefour operator Majid Al Futtaim raising $1.5bn credit line

September 3, 2013

Majid Al Futtaim, the operator of Carrefour stores in the Middle East, is raising more than US$1.5 billion from a revolving credit facility to replace a loan, according to a banker familiar with the plan.

Russian denies cyber attack on Abu Dhabi bank, Carrefour

August 14, 2013

A Russian man has pleaded not guilty to involvement in a string of cyber attacks targeting companies including Carrefour, Nasdaq, Visa Jordan and an unnamed Abu Dhabi bank.

Majid Al Futtaim eyes Spinneys stake after Dh2.5bn Carrefour deal

May 26, 2013

Majid Al Futtaim may buy part of the Spinneys supermarket chain after acquiring Carrefour's 25 per cent stake in its Middle East joint venture as it builds its retail business across the region.

Majid Al Futtaim in Dh2.5 billion Carrefour deal to buy hypermarkets

May 23, 2013

Majid Al Futtaim will own 100 per cent of Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets’ shares, the Dubai-based retailer said in a statement after buying Carrefour's 25 per cent stake for €530 million.

Prices in the UAE still cheaper than abroad

October 15, 2012

Shopping may be becoming more expensive in the UAE but the country remains cheaper than many other markets.

Bargain eating in Emirates, except for the crumpets

December 18, 2011

Although most of the UAE's food is imported, basic grocery items here are competitively priced compared with other countries.