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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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Power and respect - and a dry run for The National

March 23, 2013

When George W Bush came to visit the UAE in January 2008, it was a chance for our reporters and photographers to practise their skills - even though the paper was some months from launch.

Time Frame: Abu Dhabi Corniche ablaze with light

September 8, 2012

When it was built in the late 1970s, the Union National Bank building, reported to be the first in the capital to be faced in glass, dominated the Abu Dhabi shoreline.

Time Frame: Sheikh Zayed in a quiet moment during Ramadan

August 11, 2012

Taken sometime during Ramadan in the 1970s, this image shows Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, then President of the United Arab Emirates, reading the Quran during Ramadan.

Time Frame: A presidential Ramadan iftar with Sheikh Mubarak

August 4, 2012

A look back at a very grand iftar with the UAE's first ruler in the 1970s.

Time Frame: prayers on an Abu Dhabi beach in 1960

July 28, 2012

The Holy Months in the early 1960s were in January and February, which made gathering on the beach for prayers a more comfortable experience.

Time Frame: UAE makes grand entrance on Olympic stage in Los Angeles

July 7, 2012

Fourteen nations boycotted the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, but the event went on despite being overshadowed by the Cold War.

Barastis: A vanishing way of life

May 5, 2012

This photo of "two barastis perched on the smooth back of a small dune" was taken by the oil exploration worker Ronald Codrai in 1953 is featured in a new edition of the book Abu Dhabi, An Arabian Album.

Time Frame: Some food for thought

April 13, 2012

How expatriates found a taste of home in the early days of the UAE's oil industry.

Time Frame: across an ocean, a memento of home is always welcome

April 6, 2012

In the entertainment-starved wilderness of the desert, the men of Seismic Party 5 no doubt gave To Paris, With Love a better reception than movie critics.

Time Frame: Booming Mina Zayed port takes a shiny yellow delivery

March 30, 2012

This picture, taken by the French photographer Alain Saint-Hilaire in 1975, shows shiny new Mercedes lorries being unloaded at Mina Zayed.

Time Frame: After Empty Quarter crossing, a calm morning on the water

March 23, 2012

In this photo taken by the explorer Wilfred Thesiger after he crossed the Empty Quarter in 1948, a group of men launch a fishing boat from what is now the Corniche.

Time Frame: Drilling for water, team struck oil at Habshan

February 24, 2012

An Abu Dhabi Petroleum Company worker took this photo of oil exploration workers drilling for water at Habshan, the site of several major oil and gas discoveries between 1958 and 1962.

Time Frame: Boarding ships the hard way in Dubai Creek

February 3, 2012

This photo, taken in the mid-1950s by the oil worker John Vale, shows passengers boarding an India-bound ship that is moored offshore because the Creek was unnavigable.

Time Frame: Oil documentary charts path to discovery

January 13, 2012

The New Explorers depicted the beginnings of the oil industry in Abu Dhabi.

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