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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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Competition yachts to race from Sir Bani Yas Island to Dubai this weekend

April 17, 2014

The danger, the excitement, the romance – the ocean has it all, and this country is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and clean sea on the planet. So it is little wonder, then, that it proves such a draw to those with a...

Bob Geldof has endured more than his share of pain

April 10, 2014

Bob Geldof, the Irish musician and activist, has accomplished numerous humanitarian deeds but has also endured more than his share of personal loss, most recently with the death of Peaches, his 25-year-old daughter, writes Kevin Hackett

Travelling with kids: Alice Haine goes on a caravan holiday in France

April 10, 2014

Travelling with Kids: Alice Haine goes on a caravan holiday in France.

Married Life: Toddler imposes sleep-deprived torment 24/7

April 6, 2014

The very crux of parenting, the very secret of a happy marriage, the very basic need of a productive and competent individual, is, ultimately, sleep.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are blazing the trail for a new way of talking about divorce

March 30, 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow announced her separation from husband Chris Martin in a poignant message titled Conscious Uncoupling. But what does the phrase mean?

Women’s Majlis: Balance helps both mums and children

March 20, 2014

It's time to praise mothers for all their dedication and hard work

In pictures: Gift options for Mother’s Day

March 16, 2014

The National takes a look at gift options for Mother's Day.

Keeping it in the family too much can mean the death of fun for parents

March 2, 2014

Jennifer Senior says that changes in work and family structure have changed the nature of parenting - and not always for the better.

Stretching their minds: how yoga can teach your children important life lessons

February 24, 2014

PoseTivity, a programme that teaches children yoga, will host the UAE's first family yoga retreat on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island next month.

Anna’s story: the model student who was starving herself to death

February 24, 2014

The eldest of three, Anna was model student but was starving herself to death because of high expectations.

First borns face higher risks of developing eating disorders, UAE experts warn

February 24, 2014

Experts warn that some firstborns develop eating disorders as a way of clawing back some control in their life.

New parents need more support to give children a better start, UAE conference told

February 18, 2014

Finnish researcher tells conference that better government support services, benefits for couples becoming parents and improved leave from work are all good steps to take.

Expat parents in the UAE spend less than an hour a day with their children, survey reveals

February 9, 2014

Experts warn that children who receive little parental involvement and guidance could suffer from low self-esteem, poor academic achievement and social problems.

Macbeth for kids is a tale full of sound and fury

February 4, 2014

Get the children hooked on Shakespeare – take them to see a musical adaptation of Macbeth at Ductac on Thursday.