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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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Dubai Mall is world’s most visited destination as shoppers flock in their droves

January 29, 2014

New figures show the Dubai Mall became the world's most visited destination for the third consecutive year in 2013 as footfall figures rose 15 per cent to 75 million while Dubai International Airport reported that annual passenger numbers rose 15.2...

Majid Al Futtaim in five-year plan for Dh3bn Dubai investment

January 27, 2014

Majid Al Futtaim Holding, the company behind some of the Middle East’s biggest malls, plans to invest more than Dh3 billion across its Dubai business over the next five years.

Jacky’s Electronics to rebrand two UAE outlets as Samsung shops

January 19, 2014

The move highlights the rapidly expanding market share of the South Korean company driven by smartphone sales.

Win a Bentley at Dubai Shopping Festival

January 1, 2014

The Mall of the Emirates announces bigger prizes and entertainment for this year's Dubai Shopping Festival.

Flying toys fly off the shelves in Dubai

December 23, 2013

Things that fly are hot sellers in Dubai's toy world this Christmas, but the classics hold their ground.

UAE online retail sales surge in festive season

December 21, 2013

But the UAE’s mega malls should not be too fearful, because consumer traffic continues to surge, driven by rising tourist arrivals and improving consumer confidence.

Majid Al Futtaim looks to double sales through $5bn investment

December 17, 2013

The UAE developer behind the Mall of the Emirates targets new openings across Africa in countries that include Mozambique, Angola, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Dubai shoppers loosen purse strings in celebration of National Day

December 2, 2013

Anything in UAE colours was causing a queue at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates as residents took to the shops to celebrate National Day.

The evolution of UAE retail: From corner shops to mega malls

November 26, 2013

The central souq was Abu Dhabi's heart of retail in the 1970s, and dominated by street sellers. The situation was much the same in Dubai, which had been a trading hub since 1894. But there have been changes since the UAE was founded 42 years ago.

Majid Al Futtaim’s bid for Egypt’s top supermarket chain collapses

November 25, 2013

The deal was previously described as being at the “due diligence” stage, implying that it was close to completion.

Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates to get Dh1 billion ‘evolution’

September 29, 2013

Mall of the Emirates, is to undergo a Dh1 billion renovation, which will create a new fashion district, luxury retail and sports and leisure precinct, as well as new restaurants and the expansion of Vox Cinema.

Dubai's Mall of the Emirates to get Dh1 billion 'evolution'

September 10, 2013

Mall of the Emirates, is to undergo a Dh1 billion renovation, which will create a new fashion district, luxury retail and sports and leisure precinct, as well as new restaurants and the expansion of Vox Cinema.

The once and future kings of retail

August 12, 2013

Abu Dhabi's Hamdan Centre was seen as the epitome of modernity when it opened in the early 1980s - but such has been the speed of change in the country that just 30 years on, it and others face an uncertain future as bigger, brighter malls open, as...

Dubai Summer Surprises: Shopping festival eyes China and Russia as countdown begins

June 3, 2013

This year’s Dubai Summer Surprises hopes to tap into the almost Dh532 billion spent by Chinese and Russian tourists worldwide last year.