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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

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 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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End of Abu Dhabi’s oil concession nigh but partners to stay on behind the scenes

January 8, 2014

The four majors – ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total – will retain staff as secondees in the fields’ operating company, the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations

Energy economics compel Iran and GCC’s mutual engagement

December 8, 2013

In energy, Iran and its Arab neighbours are compelled by the logic of resources and economics to engage. They have both conflicting and complementary interests, but potentially collaborating to great mutual benefit in joint energy projects.

Eni deal to restart Libyan crude

August 30, 2011

Eni, Italy's leading oil company, has signed a deal with Libya's interim leaders to restart crude production.

Rebels welcome oil partners from Qaddafi regime

August 26, 2011

The Libyan rebels seek to reassure foreign companies that they will honor Qaddafi-era contracts, part of their strategy for a swift oil industry restart.