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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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March 27, 2014

The Dubai resident Rami ElZeini and his 1968 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

My Car: a classic Morris Minor is a major hit for one UAE expat

October 17, 2013

A look at John Campbell of Dubai and his 1970 Morris Minor van.

My Car: One UAE Toyota Land Cruiser that's able to turn heads

May 24, 2013

For Max Stanton, owning a classic Land Cruiser is a dream come true.


My Car: 1973 Jaguar E-Type convertible

November 16, 2012

Why the classic E-Type Jaguar has a special place in the heart of one motorist.

My Car: For Mercedes enthusiast, love finds a way

August 17, 2012

The heart won over the usual guidelines for buying a used car, but Scott Hutton's 1985 Mercedes SL500 has been worth it every morning he commutes to work.

My Car: Riding high in a Chevy Silverado suits her just fine

July 20, 2012

The 2008 Chevrolet pick-up was the first vehicle Meriem Cheikh-Aissa bought, and the sight of the 24-year-old in her red truck still turns heads.

My Car: Classic Fiat 500 L is a head-turning Dubai misfit

June 29, 2012

Johnny Breinholt has extensively modified his pride and joy, and loves that seeing it "always makes people happy".

Classic cars can hit the road under new rules

June 4, 2012

A special vehicle registration has been created for cars older than 30 years which have not been authorised for operation on Dubai's motorways before now.

My Car: Small is beautiful for Emirati owner of classic Mini

June 1, 2012

Mechanical technician Khamis Al Mazrouei fell in love with the 1994 Mini Cooper when he saw it on the silver screen.

My Car: Property boss puts his black London cab to work in Dubai

May 10, 2012

Adam Price owns two hackney cabs, with one of them having served in the British capital, then on a tour by the British singer Robbie Williams.

My Car: Architecture director's Ford F150 suits his outdoor lifestyle

April 26, 2012

Director loves his Ford F150 so much he plans to take it home with him to California when he leaves Dubai.

My Car: Toyota Land Cruiser is part of student's social circle

April 20, 2012

Despite it being a "man's car", Amani Al Nahdi says her Land Cruiser is just like one of her girlfriends.


My Car: Rare Mazda MX-5 is ready for the track, or field

April 13, 2012

Osama Rashid uses his Mazda MX-5 for racing, but it also comes in handy for day trips.

My Car: a Knight's tale of his Pontiac Trans Am just like KITT

April 6, 2012

Ever since he was a child, Jehanzeb Abbas's dream has been to own his own KITT, and his wish came true in 2007 when he imported his Pontiac from the US.