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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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Nokia X smartphone launches in the UAE, selling for less than Dh500

March 23, 2014

Nokia is pinning its hopes on the highly competitive mid-range smartphone segment, expected to grow 20 per cent this year, as it launches its first Android phone.

Apple iPhone 5 beats Samsung S3 as UAE’s most popular smartphone

March 9, 2014

Data from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority shows that 51 per cent of handsets registered in the last three months of the year were smartphones, up from 46 per cent in the third quarter.

In pictures: Top 10 most popular mobile handsets in the UAE

March 9, 2014

Here are the top 10 mobile handets in the UAE by specific model for the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the Telecommunications Regulation Authority.

Nokia Lumia 1520 review: a worthy alternative to Samsung Galaxy Note 3

February 24, 2014

Nokia's new Lumia 1520, with a 6-inch display, is the brand's first foray into the phablet segment. So, how did it size up?


Nokia X Android smartphones unveiled at Mobile World Congress

February 24, 2014

The Nokia X will retail for about  Dh450  and will be available in select markets immediately. The X+ and XL will retail for Dh500 and Dh550, respectively, and will be available early in the second quarter.

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Windows Phone and Nokia X

February 24, 2014

BlackBerry today announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that its mobile messaging app BBM will be made available to Windows Phone and Nokia X customers in the coming months.

Chatting, texting, surfing on the smartphone – and also working

October 27, 2013

As BlackBerry’s one-time success story quickly unravels in the public eye, consumers are looking elsewhere in the North American mobile marketplace. And analysts point toward other trends that have been stealing the spotlight.

Nokia launches first tablet, Lumia 2520, and new line of smartphones

October 22, 2013

Nokia, taken over by Microsoft this year, today announced a line up of six new devices in Abu Dhabi.

Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone just a little too serious

October 21, 2013

Lumia 1020 is a phone for the photography enthusiast who does not wish to carry a camera.

BlackBerry and Nokia look to Middle East for succour at Gitex Technology Week

October 19, 2013

The BlackBerry Z30 and Lumia 1020, along with other devices most likely to be on display at Gitex Technology Week, come from manufacturers that have struggled to sell their wares in North America often despite of positive product reviews.

All eyes turn to the Emirates for Gitex Technology Week

October 19, 2013

The Gitex Technology Week opens in Dubai today and the good and the great from the world of high-tech will be on hand to show off their wares.

Nokia shares surge on $7.2bn Microsoft deal

September 4, 2013

Nokia stock surged by as much as 48 per cent yesterday after Microsoft said it would buy the Finnish company's mobile business in a US$7.2 billion deal.

Nokia unveils bigger-screen version of low-price Lumia

July 24, 2013

Nokia launched a bigger-screen version of its low-price Lumia smartphone on Tuesday, aiming to close the gap with market leader Samsung which sells handsets in a wide range of sizes.

Fallen giant Nokia pins future on software

July 16, 2013

Tom Farrell, the vice president of Nokia Middle East, talks exclusively to The National about how the company is trying to move forward.