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 Thai anti-government protesters blow whistles during a rally at the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Bangkok, Thailand. Rungroj Yongrit / EPA

Best photography from around the world April 23

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

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on from the dug out during the Champions League semi-final first leg match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Paul Gilham / Getty Images / April 22, 2014

‘Now the game of our lives is at Stamford Bridge’ says Mourinho after Chelsea, Atletico draw

After Tuesday's scoreless draw, Jose Mourinho revealed Petr Cech's season was over and John Terry was also done unless they could reach the Champions League final.

 Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College students participate in the 2014 Innovation Challenge. Delores Johnson / The National

In pictures: the UAE Innovation Challenge 2014

The engineering competition brought together almost 100 students from across the country competing in teams to build the best unmanned aircraft.

 Former Manchester United manager David Moyes, right, speaks to Manchester United's Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs during a training session at the team's Carrington training complex in Manchester, north-west England on April 22, 2014. Andrew Yates / AFP

Giggs a better fit for Manchester United than Moyes

The winger, who has played 962 games for the club, has been placed in interim charge of the first team and will be assisted by his former Manchester United teammate Nicky Butt.


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From mischievous Belgian boy to a floral design superstar

April 17, 2014

Mark Colle says he cherishes the challenge of working with flowers nobody else likes anymore, and is not opposed to picking up five random bunches of blooms at a petrol station and creating something unexpected, Selina Denman reports

Abu Dhabi’s heritage as guide to future

April 9, 2014

A month-long journey from Abu Dhabi to the Venice Biennale started last night with a walk down Electra Street, an architectural memory lane.

An Abu Dhabi family happy to live in the past

March 12, 2014

Abu Dhabi has been transformed in the past half century but you can still find traces of its origins. One such relic is an old single-storey house that may look hopelessly outdated but for one family it is part of their history and holds a special...

Building on tradition at Qasr Al Hosn

February 27, 2014

Using simple materials and skills handed down through generations, a team of craftsmen from Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority show visitors to the Qasr Al Hosn Festival that building the traditional way has a great future.

Siemens shows it knows green design inside out at new Masdar HQ

January 21, 2014

Nick Leech talks to the designers of the new Siemens Building, the latest addition to Masdar City, and discovers a project that turns the normal operating procedures of architecture on their head.

Abu Dhabi: the city that is looking up with its ever-changing skyline

January 16, 2014

Thanks to a building boom, Abu Dhabi has a very different profile and now boasts four of the tallest buildings in the Middle East, Nick Leech writes.

On the Market: A five-bedroom villa in the heart of Abu Dhabi

January 16, 2014

This recently renovated five-bedroom villa boasts a private pool and great outside space.

Home improvements: Turn song lyrics into special pieces of art

January 16, 2014

Make personalised artwork from song lyrics that are close to your heart.

New London properties take luxury living to the next level

January 16, 2014

A husband-and-wife team is keeping history alive inside two London residences, Selina Denman finds.

The hot list: Stylish retro finds for your home

January 16, 2014

Introduce a touch of vintage into your home with these stylish retro finds.

Louvre Abu Dhabi architect Jean Nouvel sees his creation come to life

January 3, 2014

In an exclusive interview on his recent visit to the capital, the architect Jean Nouvel discusses the design of Louvre Abu Dhabi with Nick Leech at a crucial stage in the project’s development.

House of the Week: Tranquil escape

January 2, 2014

Rasheda Khatun finds the perfect pallette for her well-lit Dubai Marina home

Ombre: from Hollywood hair salons to a home near you

August 16, 2013

Ombre, or the art of blending colours, is no longer restricted to fashionable Hollywood hairdos, writes Pallavi Dean. Here are some simple ways to introduce the trendy gradient effect in your own home.

On the Market: New from Nakheel

August 16, 2013

A three-bedroom villa in Jumeirah Park offers a large garden and plenty of space but not much in the way of general amenities.