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 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

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 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.


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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.

Executive travel: airlines extend the VIP experience

April 6, 2014

First class is no longer enough for wealthy travellers, forcing airlines to up the ante once more. But, the new mode of VIP travel has little to do with fancy meals or comfy chairs.

Saudi Arabia opens its doors to tourism

April 2, 2014

Saudi Arabia is ramping up its tourism infrastructure, including airports and hotels, to cater to the rising demand from both domestic and foreign tourists.

Middle East airlines plugging in for internet connectivity

March 11, 2014

Accessing the web is now such a part of many people’s lives that being disconnected for hours while airborne is a serious concern. Carriers are plugging in to demand and increasingly offering internet services on their aircraft.

Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways defend cabin crew rules

March 8, 2014

Carriers defend their policies on pregnancy and marriage. Emirates has a policy whereby female cabin crew who become pregnant in the first three years have to leave.


New Doha airport by mid-year, says Qatar Airways chief Al Baker

February 25, 2014

New Hamad International airport set to be opened in two stages between budget and full-service airlines.

Kuwaiti and Saudi carriers move to modernise fleets

February 20, 2014

Kuwait Airways and Saudi Airlines strive to modernise their fleet, but still face hurdles to catch up with the big three: Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates.

Rivals set to replicate Qatar Airways all business class flight

February 19, 2014

Qatar Airways' plan to fly a daily all business class aircraft between Doha and London is food for thought for its Gulf rivals.

The best airports to lounge around at

December 29, 2013

This year’s top 10 included three lounges from Middle East airlines.

Qatar Airways begins flights to Hangzhou as Arabian Gulf carriers target China

December 26, 2013

Qatar Airways will fly four times a week to Hangzhou, which is its seventh route in China.

Middle East to lead global aviation growth

December 10, 2013

The Middle East is predicted to lead global aviation industry growth over the next three years.

Etihad gains premium boost as UAE carriers win global accolades

December 1, 2013

Etihad Airways’ premium offerings helped it win accolades at the World Travel Awards, giving the Abu Dhabi carrier a boost in the fast-growing upmarket segment.

The lie-down on business class airline seats

November 22, 2013

Three of the best business class airline seats on offer.

Mubadala Aerospace strikes deal on engines with Rolls-Royce

November 19, 2013

Rolls-Royce will support Mubadala in establishing a Trent XWB engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, which will be the first in the Middle East.