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 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

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

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

 A model of the plans for Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District, which was on display at the Global Cityscape exhibition at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre last year. Ali Haider / EPA

Building the future on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island

Nick Leech meets Jassim Al Hammadi, the engineer charged with providing the services that will make the Saadiyat Cultural District tick.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 From left: Alex Ritman, his favorite waiter and friend Andy Tillett at Baithal Ravi in 2009. Courtesy Alex Ritman

Lamenting Bur Dubai’s Baithal Ravi Restaurant

When I heard that a fire had ripped through the restaurant known as Ravis in the Bur Dubai district of Dubai, my outburst was met with echoed monosyllabic despair among numerous friends on social media.

 Screen shot from Vin Deisel's facebook page of he and Michelle Rodriguez in Abu Dhabi for the filming of Fast & Furious 7. April 2014

Fast & Furious in Abu Dhabi, a social media frenzy

Fast & Furious 7 wraps up an eventful and much-anticipated week of filming in the capital. Let's take a look at what went on via the key players' social media, while they were enjoying the delights of the desert.


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Iranian leaders defy Twitter, Facebook ban #contradiction

March 19, 2014

Iran's leaders use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to spread their message, despite a nationwide ban on such websites. Many young people are also avid users, outsmarting the heavy filtering of Iran's internet.

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.

Sheikh Saif joins Twitter to announce birth of his son

February 26, 2014

Thousands quickly followed Sheikh Saif bin Zayed on Twitter when news broke that he joined the social media service to announce the birth of his fourth child.

Facebook, Twitter and other social media give a voice to those with a message

February 24, 2014

Across the region, social media networks are booming. From connecting people in Saudi Arabia to an outlet for the lovelorn or a marketing tool for businesses, Mena-based users of Twitter, Facebook and the like are leading the way.

WhatsApp suffers outage just days after $19bn Facebook deal

February 23, 2014

Popular app, which has about 450 million users globally and has been adding a million users daily, went down for three hours on Saturday.

UAE telecoms regulator requests Twitter verification for government accounts

January 28, 2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority says the move is to ensure the public gets access to authentic and reliable information and news.

Snap-happy residents tweet best shots of Abu Dhabi

January 27, 2014

Online photo sharing website Instagram is catching on across the UAE. One resident has taken it upon himself to compile the best snaps from around the capital.

In pictures: Best of Abu Dhabi from the eyes of residents

January 27, 2014

“If I could take everyone’s pictures and put them all in once place, everyone in the world can see what Abu Dhabi is like,” says resident Rami Abuarja, who was inspired to set up the Twitter account to collect snaps from around...

CNN focuses on social media with Arabic website relaunch

January 20, 2014

The company doubled its staff last year to help build the new website and if audiences respond positively, it will invest further in hiring local talent to drive growth.

#MyDubai: Shiekh Hamdan launches social media autobiography of Dubai

January 5, 2014

Meanwhile Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has jumped three places to rank as the seventh most engaging world leader on Twitter for 2013.

Saudi fan jailed, faces 80 lashes for Twitter libel of Kuwaiti singer Shams

January 2, 2014

RIYADH // A Saudi court has sentenced a man convicted of defaming a Kuwaiti singer by accusing her on Twitter of adultery to three months in jail and 80 lashes, according to news reports in the kingdom.The Saudi national, apparently a fan...

Twitter stake of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal worth more than $1bn

December 29, 2013

Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) originally invested $300 million in Twitter, accounting for about 3 per cent of the company in December 2011.

UAE citizens take to Twitter to raise educational and health concerns

December 8, 2013

Issues range from studying Arabic in schools to highlighting the neglect of mental health and the rising costs of health and education in the UAE.