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 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.


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The hot list: Artful tabletop accessories

October 24, 2013

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September 19, 2013

Revamp your space starting from the bottom up. Here's our pick of the rugs and carpets that are bound to bring some life to your floors.

Trendspotting: Smart technology transforms homeware design

April 26, 2012

Materials that react to light, touch and changes in temperature are quietly being integrated into life-changing products for the home.

Trendspotting: Bring Mad Men style into your home or office

April 21, 2012

The television drama is influencing interiors as well as fashion, and many home furnishing products out there make the look easy to achieve.

Trendspotting: Accessorise with jewellery-like furnishings

April 12, 2012

More and more, jewellery experts and furiture designers are collaborating to create striking statement pieces.

Trendspotting: Move away from minimalist styling

April 5, 2012

A simple design aesthetic is still in favour, but eccentricity is creeping in. Watch for things like ornate Baroque patterns and stronger retro influences.

Trendspotting: Mix yellow and white for a fun spring palette

March 29, 2012

Yellow brings energy, warmth and a sense of intelligence, which white keeps the look clean and neutral.

Trendspotting: Make a trendy antique buy

March 22, 2012

If you can anticipate the next big thing in home fashion, you might be able to snag a stylish antique before the price becomes inflated.

Trendspotting: What to watch for at Design Days Dubai

March 10, 2012

The exhibition is your opportunity to see up close many items that embody some of the season's hottest trends.

Trendspotting: Hi-tech tools create new angles on design

March 1, 2012

Scientific developments are allowing designers to create new sculptural, faceted and fractured surfaces.

Trendspotting: Surfaces take on rich textures and handmade effects

February 23, 2012

Last year's cold minimalism has been superseded by natural materials, pronounced irregular textures, burnished surface finishes and understated metallic effects.

Trendspotting: Art deco makes a bold comeback

February 18, 2012

The simple, elegant style is taking on a lasting, timeless appeal.

Trendspotting: Show some personality with a statement chair

February 9, 2012

The right chair can bring a whole interior together as well as say a lot about the owner.

Trendspotting: Tectonic Plates breathe new life into collecting

February 2, 2012

The plate maker The New English is applying illustration, mixed media and other innovative techniques to make ceramic plates a collector's item for a new generation.