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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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This week: tours with your own private photographer and new trips to Tibet

April 17, 2014

This week: tours with your own private photographer, a hotel reopens in Dubai and new trips to Tibet.

On freedom’s trail in Boston

April 17, 2014

Lucy Barnard takes the Freedom Trail in Boston.

My Kind of Place: Auckland, New Zealand

April 17, 2014

Kipat Wilson's guide to Auckland, New Zealand.

Seeking hatha in the Himalayas

April 10, 2014

Ann Marie McQueen balances out her dosha with a luxury spa excursion in the Indian state Uttarakhand

In pictures: Luxury hideaway on Sir Bani Yas island

March 19, 2014

The new Al Yamm and Al Sahel villas — at once cosy and spacious, but, above all, quiet — are both wonderful choices for a weekend getaway.

Book by March 31 for 50 per cent off Dragoman trips and stays at Corinthia hotels

March 16, 2014

Book by March 31 and get 50 per cent off Dragoman overland trips and stays at Corinthia hotels.

Can a Dubai course help overcome a fear of flying?

March 6, 2014

Clare Dight goes to Dubai to take a course to tackle her fear of flying.

Travel deals: a new luxury lodge in Uganda, comedy holidays in Greece and a Malaysian resort gets a revamp

January 30, 2014

Plus, from the east coast of Malaysia to comedy breaks in Greece, there's a travel deal for everyone this week.

My Kind of Place: Baltimore

January 30, 2014

My kind of place: Maryland’s largest city has vibrant new art scene flourishing within its industrial-era facades, writes Ashley Lane.

On the trail of endangered gorillas and people in Uganda

January 23, 2014

Nick Boulos treks in the Ugandan jungle to track the central African nation’s endangered gorillas, but finds the area’s indigenous Batwa people, initially excluded from their land, equally fascinating.

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Rough roads but glittering architecture on the Silk Road in Uzbekistan

January 9, 2014

Uzbekistan is a fascinating country that spans the opulence of the Silk Route through to the environmental disaster of the Aral Sea. John Henzell paid a visit.

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Travel news: Take a new guided food tour

December 5, 2013

Plus, a new road in Sri Lanka reduces travel time and Secret Compass launches epic adventures in the Middle East.

Thiruvananthapuram is India's evergreen destination

December 5, 2013

My kind of place: A mix of foliage-filled hills and thriving commercial hot spots, Kerala’s capital always delights, writes Shoba Narayan.

Travel news: Malaysia Airlines sale from Dubai to around Asia

November 28, 2013

Plus, a new adventure trip that goes deep into the heart of North Korea.