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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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.

 Omar Al Miskini was honoured as Outstanding Male Driver with Special Needs at last month’s Gulf Traffic Week.

In pictures: Special needs driver an exemplary example in the UAE

Photos of Omar Al Miskini, 40, who was named exemplary male driver with special needs by Abu Dhabi Police during the Gulf Traffic Week


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Fashion: confidence can overrule dress code any day

April 17, 2014

The term 'smart casual' is thrown around all too often with a distinct air of nonchalance – don’t be fooled, for there is a somewhat arched tone to the term that tends to suggest otherwise, Katie Trotter writes

Top takeaways from Fashion Forward and where to find them

April 14, 2014

The ideas and designs that caught our attention and where you can learn more

Five standout collections seen at Fashion Forward

April 13, 2014

Five stand-out collections at Fashion Forward

Beulah’s beauty is in its detail

April 12, 2014

The London-based womenswear label Beulah employs women in India to do embroidered detailing for the dresses – a source of employment that's helping these women escape the dark trade of trafficking.

Fashion: Make blacks mysterious, not monotonous

April 10, 2014

Look for deep languid silks, inky leathers, vintage lace and even a touch of patent or knitwear to offset the monotony.

Fashion Forward is back in Dubai for a third season

April 8, 2014

With 18 designers scheduled to showcase their latest lines, parties aplenty and pop-up shops, there’s something for everyone at this weekend's Fashion Forward.

A Clutch of Colour and Craft at Baraboux

April 3, 2014

Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud's latest collection of clutches are now available from her creative label, Baraboux.

Trend: Get the finishing touch to your workwear with vibrant ties

March 27, 2014

Summer is all about bold colour, even at the workplace. Try some loud, printed ties to add a little fun to your everyday look.

Experience the Dubai World Cup in true VIP style

March 24, 2014

An estimated 80,000 people will attend the Dubai World Cup on Saturday. So where are the international jet set staying, feasting and partying on the big day? We chart a day in the life of the racegoers.

Fashion Forward 2014 is bigger and better than before

March 23, 2014

Fashion Forward returns for its third season next month. Here are the local and regional designers to look out for.

Abeer Al Suwaidi debuts Taboo collection

March 22, 2014

We caught up with the avant-garde Emirati fashion designer Abeer Al Suwaidi, who showcased her latest ready-to-wear and couture collection in Dubai on Tuesday

Dubai-based entrepreneur tells how Spirit of Arabia takes online shopping to a whole new dimension

March 15, 2014

Could the emergence of 3-D virtual shopping sound the death knell for high-street retailers? We speak to one Dubai businessman who has launched his own store, Spirit of Arabia.

Rock around the clock

March 13, 2014

The 1950s sets the stage for menswear this season, where contrasting shades of black, white and red incorporate into the ultimate rockabilly look.

Trend: Life on Mars with space-inspired metallic shades

March 6, 2014

Let outer space inspiration amplify your summer wardrobe with eclectic designs in metallic shades of cobalt, orange and silver.