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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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In pictures: Motor Village luxury car show opens in Dubai

March 30, 2014

The Motor Village luxury car show featuring eight brands and 21 premium cars opened on Sunday, March 30. View some of the cars on display, and visitors can test-drive, at the five-day event.

Maserati races ahead of luxury-brand rivals as Middle East sales jump 44%

February 15, 2014

Among its competitors, Porsche registered the next best increase in sales, of 26 per cent, followed by Rolls-Royce at 17 per cent and Mercedes at 16.7 per cent. Audi and BMW had increases of 16.3 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively.

Rolls-Royce Wraith sold out as Abu Dhabi sales soar

January 15, 2014

Sales of Rolls-Royce cars grew by 23 per cent at Abu Dhabi Motors last year placing the capital’s dealership in a four-way race for being the top global dealer of the year.

Road Test: 2014 Audi A8 4.0 TFSI

November 28, 2013

Kevin Hackett finds the A8 Audi has more to offer than just high-tech headlamps.

The Audi RS7 Sportback can scare you half to death while carrying the entire family

July 18, 2013

Kevin Hackett gets behind the wheel of the RS7 that was unveiled for the first time in January this year at the Detroit Motor Show.

Daimler likely to cut 2013 outlook on weak European demand

April 10, 2013

German premium carmaker Daimler is likely to cut its profit expectations for the year, after it said on Wednesday that its core European markets continue to weaken.

Audi aims to tackle BMW and Daimler overseas as 4x4s roar back

April 4, 2013

With the boom in shale oil the fear of the precious resource running out seems to have faded. And that is making itself felt in a resurgence in the popularity of the once-derided gas-guzzling 4x4.

Audi plans to double Middle East sales as UAE market accelerates

February 20, 2013

In contrast to the desperate state of the car sector in Europe, the Middle East is proving a driving force for manufacturers.

Road Test: 2013 Audi S8

January 25, 2013

Audi's S8 now has a smaller engine but still outpaces almost everything else.

Luxury cars leave the rest trailing

January 3, 2013

Despite the economic problems around the world, demand for premium brands such as Lamborghini, Daimler and Ferrari is accelerating.

European car makers dented by euro crisis

December 18, 2012

Some of Europe's most venerable car brands are facing a struggle for survival as a collapse in demand is forcing plant closures and staff cuts.

Road Test: 2013 Audi S7

December 14, 2012

Audi's new S7 manages to combine style. huge performance and an environmental conscience

Road Test: 2014 Audi R8

November 30, 2012

It's still just a hunch but I suspect that Audi is suffering from Italo-envy. This might sound ridiculous, but the evidence is starting to stack up.

Motor awards nominees released in Sharjah

September 21, 2012

Motoring awards to be announced in Sharjah at the International Automobile Show