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 Lionel Richie performed many of his hits from the 1970s and 1980s at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Jaime Puebla / The National

Lionel Richie dishes out the hits to Dubai crowd

At his Dubai concert on Thursday, Richie greeted the audience with “Yalla habibi” – a statement of intent as his energy rarely let up.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 Roberto Martinez is daring Everton to dream. Paul Ellis / AFP

Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

Roberto Martinez’s positivity made him the perfect choice in 2013 to manage Everton and to build on the solid foundations David Moyes had left.

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

 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.


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Abu Dhabi becoming a cultural citadel as tourist numbers soar

April 16, 2014

Tourism experts credit the growth to both the expansion in routes by Etihad, and significant foreign investment in Europe.

Etihad signs interline agreement with Fiji Airways

April 16, 2014

The interline agreement will allow each airline to sell seats for the other so that passengers can make easier travel and booking connections.

Etihad Airways revenues rise 27% in first quarter as network expands

April 15, 2014

The Abu Dhabi airline carried 3.2 million passengers in the first three months of the year, up from 2.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 – a gain of 14 per cent.

Australia looks to Gulf funds for A$700bn infrastructure investment

April 13, 2014

Potential investments could include urban rail, roads and tunnels across the country’s major cities as well as intensive agribusiness projects.

Air Seychelles profits from successful expansion strategy

April 10, 2014

Carrier realises a 171 per cent increase in net profit for 2103, demonstrating the success of Etihad's equity alliance strategy.

Mumbai Indians cricket team fly high on Etihad and Jet sponsorship

April 10, 2014

Etihad Airways's sponsorship of the Mumbai Indian cricket team is its first high-profile sports partnership in the region.

Next stage of airberlin partnership is close, says Etihad chief executive

April 7, 2014

Etihad already owns 29.2 per cent of the German airline. If it were to cross the 30 per cent threshold, it would, under German regulations, have to make an offer to other shareholders at the average stock price for the past 90 days.

High fliers gather for Abu Dhabi Global Aerospace Summit

April 6, 2014

More than 1,000 industry executives to attend, with astronaut Buzz Aldrin also in attendance.

Travel and tourism industry to add tens of thousands of jobs in UAE

April 5, 2014

Investment in the travel and tourism sector is forecast to jump by nearly 10 per cent this year, creating tens of thousands of extra jobs.

Etihad good partner for Alitalia, says Unicredit chief executive

April 5, 2014

UniCredit, which is one of Alitalia’s creditor banks, owns a 13 per cent stake in the airline after it took part in a €500 million share issue engineered by the Italian government.

Etihad Airways goes the extra mile with loyalty programme spin-off

April 2, 2014

Etihad said the programme’s spin-off would create “a separate legal entity” and is “designed to support its growth”.

Airberlin shares run into turbulence

April 1, 2014

Volatility as speculation continues over the German carrier's ownership.

Passenger numbers up 15% to 1.41m in February at Abu Dhabi airport

March 31, 2014

The top five routes from Abu Dhabi were Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha, Manila and London Heathrow.

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.