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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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Abu Dhabi Spanish oil unit Cepsa acquires stake in Liberian exploration block

April 9, 2014

The move into West Africa comes as part of the Madrid-based company’s expansion into emerging markets.

Mexican state oil producer Pemex seeks Arabian Gulf partners

March 22, 2014

Talks with Ipic and rich joint-venture promise from shale and deepwater fields.

Abu Dhabi’s Ipic mulls financing options for two oil refineries

February 20, 2014

The developments come after the state-controlled investment company last week said it planned to triple its workforce.

Ipic plans to hire 500 UAE nationals in next three years

February 10, 2014

The Abu Dhabi government owned Ipic plans to hire 500 Emiratis for positions at its various subsidiaries.

Gulf petrochems exports on track to rise

February 2, 2014

GCC producers export about US$53 billion worth of the raw materials for plastics a year, mainly to manufacturing hubs in the East.

Ipic-owned Cepsa and Cosmo to work together

January 21, 2014

The Spanish oil producer Cepsa and Japan’s Cosmo have agreed to work together to pursue concessions under a deal arranged by their shared owner, Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company.

Chemaweyaat and Indorama in joint venture to build plastics plant at UAE chemicals city near Ruwais

December 26, 2013

Chemaweyaat, the Abu Dhabi chemicals joint venture, has recruited its first tenant for a multibillion-dollar complex in the Western Region.

Fujairah seeks port expansion investment for oil projects

December 14, 2013

Land to be reclaimed from navy base to Vopak storage terminal.

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.

Global equity recovery helps Ipic post 6.7% profit rise in first half

December 3, 2013

Net income rose to Dh3.2 billion from Dh3bn in the same period the previous year, the Abu Dhabi-owned overseas energy investment holding company said.

Mubadala Petroleum aims to be $20bn firm in next decade

November 13, 2013

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Mubadala Petroleum have agreed to cooperate on exploration and unconventional technologies in the emirate and abroad.

Peru minister tells of his country’s energy needs during UAE visit

November 10, 2013

Peru looks to the UAE for expertise to develop its renewables sector.

Oil company Cepsa plans $10bn expansion in next five years

November 3, 2013

Abu Dhabi-owned Cepsa to expand its exploration and petrochemical businesses in North Africa, South America and South East Asia.

Asset sales help OMV to avoid sharper profit drop

August 14, 2013

Strong performances in refining and marketing have helped to boost second quarter results of Austria's OMV and Hungary's MOL, two companies part-owned by UAE investors.