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 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 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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Aldar mulls initial public offering for maintenance unit Khidmah

April 6, 2014

Aldar shares rose 5.67 per cent yesterday after Aldar unveiled a new strategy of floating Khidmah, a company which manages rentals as well as building maintenance.

Aldar sells 100 homes in Alghadeer project close to Dubai Expo 2020 site

March 24, 2014

Aldar hopes its proximity to the site of the planned expo will compensate for the remote location of its Alghadeer project.

Aldar announces plans to build 2,300 homes worth Dh5.7bn for Emiratis

March 10, 2014

The projects, funded by the Government of Abu Dhabi, are scheduled to be completed in 2016 and include 1,020 villas on Yas Island, 996 villas in Al Falah and 275 villas at Al Ghuraibah in Al Ain.

Aldar Properties to save even more than expected with Sorouh merger

March 4, 2014

Aldar said that it had revised its predictions for the amount of cost saving synergies it would be able to make from Dh90 million - Dh100 million to Dh145m - Dh150m a year.

Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island comes of age – but will tenants be priced out?

January 21, 2014

Reem’s reputation as a pleasant and affordable location has attracted growing legions of tenants. But price rises seem inevitable with the removal of the rent cap, and for many that will determine whether they stay or go.

Aldar raises $750m from first sukuk issue since Sorouh merger

November 27, 2013

Aldar Properties has raised US$750 million through its first sukuk issue since its merger with Sorouh Real Estate in June as the developer seeks to reduce its borrowing costs.

Moody’s gives Aldar a big upgrade

October 23, 2013

Moody’s has marked Abu Dhabi's Aldar up three full notches, the second time this week a rating agency has raised its estimate of the company’s creditworthiness.

Abu Dhabi's merged Aldar and Sorouh to begin trading on June 30

June 23, 2013

Abu Dhabi developers Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate will trade as a merged entity from June 30 with a capital of Dh7.86 billion, the Abu Dhabi exchange said in a statement on Sunday.

Mergers and acquisitions across Middle East roar in Q1

April 3, 2013

A $6.4bn buyout of Egypt's Orascom Telecom by Altimo is the region's biggest announced M&A deal so far this year, while the merger of Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate has been the largest in the UAE.

Arqaam says it is a buy for company created by Aldar and Sorouh merger

March 10, 2013

AldarSorouh Properties, the company to be created through the merger of Abu Dhabi's two largest developers, was rated buy at Arqaam Capital.

Abu Dhabi shares retreat as investors take profits; Dubai index gains

March 4, 2013

Abu Dhabi shares yesterday dropped to their lowest in almost a week as investors speculated a rally this year prompted by higher 2012 results was overdone and after oil prices fell in New York.

Abu Dhabi stock index at three-year high as investors buy up bank shares

February 28, 2013

Abu Dhabi's benchmark index rallied to the highest level in more than three years as investors snap up banking stocks.

Sorouh and Aldar shares gain as merger progress expected

February 19, 2013

Shares in Sorouh Real Estate rises to their highest level in more than two years as expectations build about progress in a potential merger with Aldar Properties.

Tenants of Abu Dhabi courtyard collapse will not be forced to return

January 31, 2013

Adec says moving back or selecting Al Rayyana as a housing location is an option to any of its staff but none will be forced back there if they donít want to be there.