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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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Chief executive Iyad Malas aims to double Majid Al Futtaim Holding’s size in five years

January 28, 2014

The company has doubled in size every five years for 20 years, and Iyad Malas hopes to maintain that pace. And as it grows, MAF might even build a big new mall in Abu Dhabi.

World Economic Forum: jobs, millions of them, are needed in Middle East

January 23, 2014

Unemployment in the Middle East has become one of the central concerns of the leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani to attend Davos WEF summit

January 20, 2014

Alongside the regular participants – such as Bill Gates, the former United States vice president Al Gore and Jordan’s Queen Rania – one newcomer threatens to grab the limelight at the power-broking hub.

WEF founder urges governments to take long view at Abu Dhabi summit

November 18, 2013

More than 1,000 global leaders gather to discuss the agenda for the forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January.

Social issues oust euro zone as top of agenda at WEF summit in Abu Dhabi

November 16, 2013

Social and political issues in the Mena region will be at top of the agenda of the World Economic Forum summit in Abu Dhabi.

Middle East executives expecting staff count and salaries to rise

May 27, 2013

Top bosses in the Middle East are less confident than they were a year ago, but are still more optimistic than any their counterparts in any other part of the world.

European Central Bank chief puts shine on 2013 forecast

January 26, 2013

The euro zone should see recovery in the second half of the year, Mario Draghi said yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

UAE economy on course for 4 per cent growth

November 13, 2012

Minister of Economy Sultan Al Mansouri says boost will be fuelled by government investment and broader sources of income.

Euro zone number one worry for WEF delegates in Dubai

November 13, 2012

The prospect of the euro zone breaking up is the main fear among the experts assembled in Dubai for the World Economic Forum's global agenda councils.

Dubai forum takes on the whole world

November 12, 2012

Dubai is hosting three days of brainstorming with the WEF global agenda summit. And there is no shortage of issues to debate.

Turkey draws plaudits and doubts for World Economic Forum

June 3, 2012

Turkey is hosting the World Economic Forum starting today, having won praise for its economic strategy and political deftness. But its current-account deficit worries the IMF, and some say it does not warrant "Bric" status.

Davos forum calls for balancing consumption and environmental impact

February 11, 2012

Eco-money The World Economic Forum leaned on private companies and governments to shoulder more environmental responsibility.

Euro crisis a threat to Asia-fuelled recovery

January 29, 2012

Davos: The final message from some of the world's leading financial and economic advisors is that the euro-zone crisis threatens to derail the global economy.

Capitalism 'does not solve everything', says Bill Gates

January 27, 2012

Davos: Bill Gates believes governments and charities, not the free market, are the ones to solve problems facing the world's most vulnerable.