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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

 Walter Zenga is one win away from claiming silverware for the first time in the UAE. Karim Jaafar / AFP

Walter Zenga seeks early retribution at Al Jazira in Arabian Gulf Cup final

A victory over Al Ahli in the Arabian Gulf Cup final will help prove the Italian has turned around the fortunes of the capital club.

 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: Special needs driver an exemplary example in the UAE

April 16, 2014

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

It’s puppy love at the UAE’s new animal therapy centre Sense

January 9, 2014

Rym Ghazal visits a centre in Sharjah that will use animal interaction to improve human well-being.

Abu Dhabi to host UAE's first conference on special needs

July 25, 2013

The forum of international academics and medical specialists will discuss increasing inclusion of special-needs people in schools and workplaces.

Abu Dhabi unveils new taxi service for the disabled

June 26, 2013

The Dh250,000 vehicles fitted with special features to accommodate the needs of passengers with special needs went into service yesterday.

Assistance for UAE special needs air passengers ‘shouldn’t come at a cost’

June 24, 2013

Take our poll: Travelling with a passenger with special needs is difficult enough, parents say, without having to pay extra fees for additional services.

Passengers with special needs to get better deal in UAE

June 24, 2013

Take our poll: With 230,000 reduced mobility passengers a year passing through Abu Dhabi airport, the UAE mulls regulations to help them overcome problems related to air travel.


2,000 disabled Emiratis learn about agriculture

June 12, 2013

Students from the Al Ain Centre for Care and Rehabilitation will be training at a farm in Al Yahar.

UAE zoo celebrates National Day with the disabled

November 26, 2012

The Emirates Park Zoo will be celebrating UAE National Day by granting free admission to people with disabilities.

Taxi for special needs passengers launched in Sharjah

September 7, 2012

Sharjah Transport introduced only one cab but more will come, depending on demand from passengers.

The Paralympic athletes moving from battlefield to sports field

August 30, 2012

Maimed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a heroic group of athletes have a new battle to fight - winning gold at the London Paralympics.

Money&Me: Rewarding work that needs constant support

July 7, 2012

Dr Lina Owies runs Senses Care Home for Disabled Children in Dubai, a non-profit centre offering 24-hour residential care to 90 children with special needs.

Centre creates options for parents of autistic children

June 16, 2012

Dubai facility aims to help children with disabilities integrate into mainstream education.

Special-needs education 'even further out of reach'

May 31, 2012

As the regulations stand, schools that score good marks can apply for a bigger fee increase if they offer special-needs support.

Disabled 'could learn from Arab Spring'

May 22, 2012

Summit hears use of social networks could greatly improve lives.