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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

 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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Stop diabetes in its tracks

April 13, 2014

Are you pre-diabetic? A quick look at what it means, the preventive steps and getting tested for it.

WHO: Lack of exercise in UAE a key disease factor

February 24, 2014

Studies by the World Health Organisation show lack of exercise to be a more disturbing factor than obesity in its effect on health in the region.

Abu Dhabi health expert warns diabetics over Ramadan fasts

January 28, 2014

Education is key to preventing complications from diabetes during the Holy Month, according to Dr Aly B Khalil, a consultant diabetologist at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi.

UAE health alert for 300,000 people with hidden diabetes

November 14, 2013

The condition can lead to blindness, leg amputation and kidney and heart disease if not treated early.

Act fast or risk losing a limb, UAE amputee urges diabetics

November 13, 2013

An Emirati who had to be amputated below the knee is calling for others to get checked for diabetic foot to avoid the ordeal he went through.

UAE events to mark World Diabetes Day

November 13, 2013

A slew of events have been planned for World Diabetes Day which will be on 14 November this year.

Diabetes: UAE’s ‘new health challenge’

November 12, 2013

The Rashid Centre for Diabetes Research is hosting a regional conference held to coincide with World Diabetes Day on Thursday.


Get a $60,000 backup service for the body as Scéil opens in the UAE

October 16, 2013

The biotech firm Scéil offers a service that allows people to back up their healthy cells so they can potentially benefit from regenerative therapies as they are developed.

10,000 UAE residents work out at Dubai parks in weight-for-gold campaign

August 19, 2013

Dubai Municipality has organised three days of exercise classes in various parks for the close to 10,000 residents trying to shed their extra kilos.

Waist size matters, UAE health authority tells Emiratis

August 6, 2013

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi is giving out free measuring tapes to Emiratis in a bid to raise awareness about diabetes.

Eid feasts can be a struggle, admits UAE diabetic

August 5, 2013

Temptation is all around at Eid but one diabetes sufferer knows to exercise control.

Avoid eating too much sweets during Eid, UAE diabetics told

August 5, 2013

High blood-sugar levels can lead to serious health issues for people suffering from diabetes, such as poor blood flow to internal organs and dehydration.

Calls for uniform medical guidelines to curb 'doctor shopping' in UAE

June 30, 2013

Health experts say the measures, called clinical care pathways, would help protect patients and increase transparency between healthcare providers and insurance companies.

Set healthcare rules 'will prevent abuse of system' in Abu Dhabi

June 30, 2013

Standardising health care treatment will benefit patients, doctors and insurance companies.