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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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Seasoned advice on keeping your garden healthy this summer

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A few simple precautions will ensure that your garden makes it through the summer, says Nick Leech.

'Fertigate' your way to a greener, and cheaper, garden

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Thanks to the introduction of a system that simultaneously fertilises and hydrates plants and soil, Rob Hardaway's Arabian Ranches garden is lusher than ever.

Greenworks nursery: a breath of fresh air for serious gardeners

May 4, 2012

The nursery at the heart of the Al Barari development in Nad Al Sheba is now making retail overtures, offering the UAE's green thumbs something dramatically different.

Make your lawn thrive, even in the summer heat

April 7, 2012

Maintaining healthy grass through the UAE summer is no easy task. We get some professional advice from the groundskeeper at Yas Links.

Faking it: why artificial grass makes sense

April 6, 2012

In addition to a lower environmental impact, artificial turf is cheaper and easier to maintain than real grass.

Organic farmer gives eco-friendly tips for pest-free gardens

March 22, 2012

The owner of Abu Dhabi Organic Farm explains how he deals with unwanted predators and diseases.

Plant Library: Lantana camara

March 22, 2012

This beguiling plant is invasive and poisonous, but is easy to care for and thrives in full sun.

Technophile: Devices to wirelessly manage your garden's health

March 10, 2012

Curt Brandao reviews three devices that monitor the conditions in your garden or potplants and send updates to your smartphone.

Protect your plants when the weather turns harsh

March 1, 2012

Prevent wind from ruining your garden, or nurse your plants back to health after cool weather and sandstorms take their toll.

Plant Library: Tropical hibiscus

March 1, 2012

A steady succession of flowers ensures that this plant is colourful throughout the winter.

Keep your bouquets looking fresh and fantastic

February 23, 2012

Nothing brightens up a home like flowers, but a display can droop within days. Follow Ellie Tennant's tricks and techniques for keeping your blooms looking their best.

Plant Library: Jungle flame

February 16, 2012

This hardy ornamental flowering shrub enjoys tropical climates.

The right pot for your plant requires function and form

February 16, 2012

The health of your plants depends on what your containers are made of and where you place them.

Make your balcony beautiful for Dh500 or less

February 4, 2012

Nick's Garden With a little planning and patience, you can transform a drab outdoor space into a lush, blooming retreat, even in the UAE's harsh climate.