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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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Restaurant Review: Take a wok on the wild side at Smoking Doll

April 2, 2014

The new Asian fusion restaurant Smoking Doll, located in Reem Island, offers focused cooking and several standout dishes that transcend gimmickry.

In pictures: Cupcake ATM opens in NYC

March 26, 2014

The Cupcake ATM, created by Sprinkles bakery, has opened in New York City.

Grace under pressure: behind the scenes at awards night at Gourmet Abu Dhabi

February 22, 2014

We go behind the scenes and into the kitchens on awards night at Gourmet Abu Dhabi.

Restaurant review: Caramel Restaurant & Lounge at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

February 19, 2014

With its heady mix of fine dining and well-heeled revelling, Caramel succeeds in almost everything it aspires to be.

Dubai Food Festival is a step up the culinary ladder

February 18, 2014

The inaugural Dubai Food Festival kicks off with a two-day carnival featuring celebrity chefs, cooking competitions, food tents and live entertainment ranging from stand-up comedy to musical performances.

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro is looking to bring his slice of family life to the Middle East

February 16, 2014

TV's much-loved baker Buddy Valastro, aka Cake Boss, was in Bahrain this weekend. We chatted with him about the success of his long-running cake-themed reality show – and plans to extend his chain of bakeries in the region.

This Valentine’s Day, love is on the menu

February 12, 2014

Boasting spectacular views and great food, Pierchic in Dubai may well be one of the most romantic restaurants in the UAE, with multiple marriage proposals made within its premises. We sneak a peek at its V-Day dishes and get the chef to share...

Dubai leg of Gelato World Tour gives a taste of the cream of the crop

February 10, 2014

All you need to know about the Gelato World Tour. Dubai is the only city in the Middle East to host the tour – a three-day event that starts on Thursday.

Everything you need to know about Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2014

February 2, 2014

We highlight all the celebrity chefs, notable events, dinners and happenings at this week's Gourmet Abu Dhabi food festival.

Experiencing Etihad’s first-class suites

January 21, 2014

Flying Etihad first class is nothing less than a once-in-a-lifetime trip, where an exclusive restaurant meets a five-star hotel in the sky. One of their in-flight chefs shares some first-class recipes you can prepare at home.

1,001 Arabian bites: The fine line between eating your freebie and buying it too

December 31, 2013

It’s the traditional Arabic sweets shops' wares that I tend to favour – dated storefronts with modest interiors, concealed from street view and found on the ground floors of old residential buildings.

The Style List: Crème de la ganache

December 12, 2013

The Hermès of chocolate is now available in Dubai.

Cocosia’s sweet, chocolate creations are a home-grown treat

December 9, 2013

A Pakistani-Canadian chocolatier has opened one of Dubai’s newest homegrown concepts, Cocosia.

Emirati recipes for National Day

November 24, 2013

A UAE-based chef teaches us three Emirati dishes to serve at a National Day feast.