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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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Emirates Airline to take Dh1 billion hit during Dubai airport runway upgrade

April 17, 2014

The 80-day programme of work will start on May 1, with Emirates taking the brunt of reductions in flying, with the airport authorities saying earlier this week that 26 per cent of traffic would be cut during the runway work.

Fourteen airlines to use DWC while Dubai International Airport runways are closed

April 13, 2014

The upgrade work, which is designed to improve safety, service and capacity levels, will begin on May 1 and is set to last for 80 days.

Dubai Airport passenger growth proving a bane for London Heathrow

April 12, 2014

Dubai has overtaken Heathrow, which is seeking a third runway, in the last two months meaning the UK will soon no longer have the world’s No 1 airport for international passenger traffic.

Dubai airport must double up on runway use, says UAE aviation chief

April 8, 2014

Currently the two runways at the airport are too close to each other, prohibiting the usage of both at once, according to Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, the director general of General Civil Aviation Authority.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport surpasses Heathrow in February

April 3, 2014

Dubai is on track to overtake the world's busiest airport by 2015, after data showed it surpassed Heathrow with the highest number of passenger traffic in February 2014.

Dubai Duty Free sales up 10% to Dh1.75bn in the first quarter

April 2, 2014

Terminal 2, which focuses on low-cost and predominantly regional air traffic, had the best performance as sales grew 23 per cent after its recent expansion and upgrade last year.

Emirates Airline the clear winner in Qantas partnership

March 31, 2014

Emirates is already a bigger winner in an alliance that resulted in a switch of the stopover for Qantas long-haul flights to Dubai from Singapore.

Emirates’ business lounge in Dubai airport a class of its own

March 30, 2014

Executive travel: How to make the most of the Emirates Airline business class lounge at Dubai International Airport.

Expanding Emirates Airline could outgrow Dubai hub

March 15, 2014

Emirates Airline has said that it is expanding so rapidly that Dubai International Airport in its current form will not be able to accommodate all of the aircraft it has ordered.

Emirates Airline: A million passengers a week and flying higher

March 15, 2014

As Emirates adds its eighth American destination with a daily service to Boston, its president speaks about how the carrier manages its rapid growth and surging passenger totals and its plans for additional expansion.

Seasonal rush helps Dubai International Airport to new passenger record

February 26, 2014

Passenger traffic reached 6.4 million during January, a 15.1 per cent increase year-on-year, with India the top destination country and Mumbai the busiest destination.

Drake & Scull wins contract for Dubai International Airport passenger rail system

February 24, 2014

The Dh35m deal is part of plans announced in 2011 to expand Dubai International to increase capacity to 90 million passengers by 2018 by building a fourth concourse at Terminal 1 and enlarging Terminal 2.

Customs officers seize 12 fake European passports at Dubai airport

February 19, 2014

The fakes were found in a secret pocket of the man's luggage after officers became suspicious of his behaviour.

Sales ring up a record at Abu Dhabi Duty Free

February 11, 2014

Sales at Abu Dhabi Duty Free grew 13 per cent to Dh912.7 million last year compared with Dh809.5m in 2012.