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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.

 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

 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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Aldar chairman: stable Abu Dhabi economy driving property sector

April 19, 2014

Matured outlook of the property industry, measures to rein in speculation and an emphasis on rapid growth are fuelling Abu Dhabi’s building boom, says Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri.

Dubai on housing building spree in ‘secondary locations’, CBRE says

April 16, 2014

CBRE researchers estimate that developers in Dubai will complete around 17,000 new homes - most of which will be built in mega schemes on the outskirts of Dubai - while another 65,000 homes are planned to be completed over the next four years.

Dubai is ready for a ‘smarter’ boom this time around

April 15, 2014

Lessons of 2009 have been learnt, says the property consultancy JLL’s Middle East chief, Alan Robertson, who voices both confidence and caution towards Dubai’s rapid resurgence.

Sharjah rents rise as Dubai property crunch drive residents north

April 15, 2014

Apartment rents jumped 7 per cent from the previous quarter, taking the annual increase to 38 per cent according to a report from Asteco.


In pictures: Where Dubai rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

April 12, 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Dubai have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

How to send an eviction notice by public notary in Dubai

April 9, 2014

Property expert Mario Volpi offers a guide to landlords and tenants on the steps needed to notarise an eviction notice.

Dubai rent rises ‘unsustainable’ as first quarter figures revealed

April 9, 2014

Asteco report says more and more tenants may be pushed to relocate in northern emirates as rents rise 10 per cent in Dubai Marina and 13 per cent in The Springs during first three months of 2014.

IMF slightly trims UAE growth forecast to 4.4% for 2014

April 8, 2014

While the reason for the latest revision is not outlined in the report, the fund previously cited the extent of the property market rebound and the strength within trade, transport and tourism for its earlier upgrade.

Multiple occupancy of Dubai residential property not permitted

April 6, 2014

Owner of a one-bedroom apartment in International City wants to end tenancy agreement immediately after tenant breaches contract.

Al Reef Downtown rents rise 17% in the first quarter

April 2, 2014

Average anual rents for a one-bedroom apartment in Al Reef Downtown, about half an hour’s drive from Abu Dhabi city centre, currently stand from Dh75,000 to Dh80,000, according to the property broker Asteco.


Dubai landlord’s dilemma with a tenant reluctant to move out

April 2, 2014

Our property expert Mario Volpi answers a question from a property owner in the Springs, whose tenant signed a non-renewable contract.

Khalifa City is Abu Dhabi’s most sought after rental neighbourhood

April 1, 2014

Khalifa City, located on the Abu Dhabi mainland has long been seen by residents as a cheaper alternative to living in the city centre and has attracted droves of teachers working in the many nearby schools.


Seven steps to dealing with the removal of Abu Dhabi’s rent cap

March 27, 2014

Ben Crompton, managing partner at Crompton Partners real estate agency, lists seven steps to help Abu Dhabi tenants get a fair deal from their landlords.

Dubai property agents ‘demanding double commission otherwise no apartment’

March 26, 2014

Property expert Mario Volpi assists a tenant who is asked to pay commission twice by a real estate agent in Dubai.