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 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.

 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

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 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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Aerosol disinfectant to protect paramedics will be deployed in Dubai ambulances

April 17, 2014

A disinfection system that protects paramedics and patients from communicable diseases, including influenza, will soon be introduced on the emergency vehicles.

Experts call for calm after fatal case of Mers reported in UAE

March 26, 2014

The World Health Organisation reported two new cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in the UAE on Wednesday.

Stem spread of infectious diseases at UAE labour camps, health expert warns

January 27, 2014

Overcrowded labour camps without adequate sanitation, sewerage and ventilation systems 'create ideal incubators for communicable diseases to spread', warns a speaker at the Arab Health Congress in Dubai.

Rapid detection tests for TB could soon be available in Abu Dhabi

January 27, 2014

Abu Dhabi health officials hope to implement a test that would speed up the tuberculosis diagnosis process during visa screenings.

Arab Health Congress in Dubai to address challenges of Mers, diabetes and obesity

January 26, 2014

More than 500 internationally acclaimed speakers will address the conference, which is in its 39th year.

Seasonal flu cases in UAE surge 30% as temperatures dip

January 20, 2014

Teachers, workers and health experts report pupils absent from school, work colleagues taking time off and doctors’ surgeries in the Emirates crowded with people suffering from influenza-like symptoms.

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Private sector must be proactive against Mers in UAE, expert urges

January 2, 2014

The call comes following recent cases in Abu Dhabi and Dubai which has pushed the UAE into the second most prevalent country for the coronavirus.

Emirati, 68, dies in Dubai after Mers infection

December 31, 2013

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that the man's wife has also contracted the disease.

WHO calls for action on Mers following death in Abu Dhabi

December 5, 2013

Mers-CoV is not an international public health emergency yet but more awareness is needed, says the World Health Organisation during an emergency committee meeting on Wednesday.

Q&A on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

December 5, 2013

What is Mers? How does it spread? And who is most at risk? All are answered in this Q&A.

Baby born to UAE Mers victim is not infected

December 3, 2013

The baby's mother had been in a critical condition and was admitted to hospital on November 22, when she was 32 weeks pregnant.

UAE doctors must step up efforts against infectious diseases, expert says

December 3, 2013

With so many expatriate workers, doctors must step up efforts to control infectious diseases such as influenza, chicken pox and TB.

Emirati, 82, dies in Abu Dhabi after contracting Mers virus

August 30, 2013

The 82-year-old Emirati is the first confirmed death in the UAE of someone infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

Doctors treating Emirati at Abu Dhabi hospital also infected with Mers virus

July 19, 2013

Four news cases of the Mers virus have been diagnosed in the UAE, local and international health officials announced.