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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 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.

 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.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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.

 Al Maryah Island will host the 114-hectare Abu Dhabi Global Market free zone. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Al Maryah Island rises in Abu Dhabi

Al Maryah has been chosen as the site for Abu Dhabi’s first financial free zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market, and construction activity in the island has been at a fast pace.


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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.

Room with a stunning view in Dubai? It will come at a cost

March 25, 2014

Apartments overlooking Dubai's most prestigious landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountains and the spectacular Dubai skyline are selling for as much as 45 per cent more than those without.