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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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Islamic lenders lead the day on UAE bourses

April 16, 2014

The Dubai and Abu Dhabi indices both went up by 0.9 per cent on Wednesday, a slight recovery over the previous day's drops.

MSCI guest list grows as UAE shares soar

April 12, 2014

The UAE’s bourses have been booming over the past year, and this has pushed up the number of stocks that will satisfy criteria for inclusion on the index.

Nasdaq Dubai chief in pole position on Islamic finance

April 8, 2014

Hamed Ali feels the bourse he heads is at an advantage after unveiling a new trading platform.

Merger of UAE stock markets agreed in principle, top Dubai official says

April 7, 2014

The agreement has been reached between the two - there is a dialogue but it is not yet finalised, according to Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, head of Dubai’s Supreme Fiscal Council.

Strong showing for UAE real estate and banks in March

April 6, 2014

The real estate and construction sector remained in the limelight on the back of many positive project announcements.

UAE banks should be a prime beneficiary of MSCI upgrade

April 5, 2014

With share prices that have lagged overall index gains this year, banks are expected to be prime targets as new investors swoop in.

Drake & Scull shares take a wild ride after decision not to give dividends

April 1, 2014

DSI shares fell 4.6 per cent during early trading on Tuesday, their greatest decline in three weeks, before rallying to close at just 0.58 per cent down on the previous day.

UAE stocks surge in first quarter but face IPO test in second quarter

March 31, 2014

Analysts expect the retailer Marka to list on the DFM after the company’s founders subscribed to 225 million shares. In June, Emaar’s retail unit is expected to list on Nasdaq Dubai.

Shuaa Capital mandated to run IPO of Able Logistics Group

March 30, 2014

Shares of the Dubai investment bank rally as much as 15 per cent Sunday morning, after announcing it will be the the exclusive financial advisor, lead manager and book runner for Able Logistics Group.

MSCI upgrade could lead to equity diversity in the UAE and Qatar

March 29, 2014

EFG-Hermes, the Egyptian investment bank, said that the MSCI upgrade in June would net the UAE exchanges US$538 million and Qatar US$475m.

Best week in nine months for emerging-market stocks

March 29, 2014

Reaction to ECB member's remarks, strong data from US and expectations for China.

Arabtec and Shuaa gain

March 27, 2014

Shuaa Capital recorded a second day of robust gains, having climbed 31 per cent since its close on Tuesday.

Marka founders take up 45% of company ahead of Dubai IPO

March 26, 2014

Marka is planning to list on the Dubai Financial Market, the bourse’s first IPO in five years. It would also make Marka the first listed retailer in the UAE.

Dubai stock market leads world as rally stretches to seventh day

March 23, 2014

Dubai's stock market index takes crown as world's best performer this year as property developer Emaar announces retail business spin off.