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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.

 Roberto Martinez is daring Everton to dream. Paul Ellis / AFP

Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

Roberto Martinez’s positivity made him the perfect choice in 2013 to manage Everton and to build on the solid foundations David Moyes had left.

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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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.