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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...

Immerse yourself in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

October 29, 2013

Assassin’s Creed takes the next adventure of its ‘historical tourism’ series to the high seas with Black Flag.

Expats' essential items from home

September 11, 2013

For an expat, nothing beats the ritual of packing a suitcase at the end of a trip home with little delights you know are tough to come by here. We ask a few Abu Dhabi-based expats what they bring back from the holidays.

Porterhouse Steaks & Grills in Dubai is for serious carnivores

September 4, 2013

The meat is excellent, but the sauces and side dishes - and the attentive staff - steal the show.

Max's - a Filipino institution in Abu Dhabi

July 24, 2013

Affordable and hearty Filipino fare can be had at Max's Restaurant.

SQOOM: The no-needle Botox

July 23, 2013

Katie Trotter tries out SQOOM, a revolutionary facial system that provides a facelift without the pain and expense.

Vi serves a stylish fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine

July 17, 2013

One of the UAE's best gluten-free menus is offered at the colonial French-Vietnamese restaurant Vi.

Take a turn for the better with primal fitness

July 10, 2013

We sent Nadia El Dasher to try out Haddins' 28-day Advanced Primal Transformation. Did it work?

BiCE restaurant offers an upmarket selection

July 10, 2013

This sleek, upmarket Italian affair is worth going back to.

Feel invigorated at Dubai's LIME Spa with a full-body mask treatment

July 7, 2013

Sarah Ferguson tries out a moisturising, full-body spa treatment ahead of a beach holiday.

Tips to make the most of the sweltering UAE summer

June 27, 2013

The thermostat may be hitting those terrible highs, but fear not our experts have come up with some advice on how to keep cool this summer.

Gaucho: an la carte Dubai brunch option

June 25, 2013

Ditch the buffet this Friday and head to a restaurant where you can order a la carte to your hearts' content.

Float your way through a facial and body treatment

June 24, 2013

The Aesthetic Skincare Centre in Abu Dhabi offers a unique, instant-waterbed type experience, billed as "dry flotation."

Yoga at the Top, Burj Khalifa

June 24, 2013

It just might be the highest yoga class ever taught.

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