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 Lionel Richie performed many of his hits from the 1970s and 1980s at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Jaime Puebla / The National

Lionel Richie dishes out the hits to Dubai crowd

At his Dubai concert on Thursday, Richie greeted the audience with “Yalla habibi” – a statement of intent as his energy rarely let up.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 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

 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.

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Golf sponsor unhappy with Tiger Woods skip

February 26, 2014

American's refusal to commit could cost golf lucrative sponsorship, writes Steve Elling.

PGA’s lack of judiciary balance to be laid bare in Vijay Singh case

February 12, 2014

Depending upon the timbre of a judicial hammer, the Vijay Singh case against the PGA Tour could soon get very interesting. And, for the world’s richest tour, potentially embarrassing.

Tiger Woods in position to gain as Dubai, Abu Dhabi events vie for appearance

February 3, 2014

Tiger can expect a big pay day in coming years from the UAE tournaments in a situation that Dubai Desert Classic tournament director Adrian Flaherty admits is an every-man-for-himself situation, writes Steve Elling.

HSBC thinking over another round of golf

January 20, 2014

The next few months should prove interesting for a certain division of the global banking giant HSBC, and not just because only one year is left on the sponsorship contract with the popular Abu Dhabi event on the European Tour.

In Pictures: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship final round

January 20, 2014

See the best images of champion Pablo Larrazabl, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy (with a cameo from Caroline Wozniacki) and others from Sunday’s finale at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Larrazabal edges McIlroy and Mickelson to Abu Dhabi title

January 19, 2014

Spaniard emerges winner on unpredictable final day at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after finishing one shot ahead of celebrated duo.

Exit, stage left for Phil Mickelson

January 19, 2014

The organisers of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship this week picked “expect the unexpected” as the promotional hook, and with the mercurial Phil Mickelson in the field, it ended up being positively providential.

Rory McIlroy will not let ‘negative’ ruin start of his year

January 19, 2014

This is Rory McIlroy's third runner-up finish at Abu Dhabi, where he was seeking to become the first player to win all three European Tour events staged in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi Golf Championship: far from a good walk spoiled

January 19, 2014

Sports such as tennis are easy to follow, but could a stranger to golf ever consider spectating? Kevin Hackett finds out at a local tournament

Resurgent Mickelson lives up to his billing in Abu Dhabi

January 18, 2014

American makes good on his reputation for both genius and madness

McIlroy left seething over costly ‘bit of white paint’

January 18, 2014

Two-shot penalty drops Northern Irishman into joint-fourth place

Gaganjeet Bhullar not excited but his fans are

January 18, 2014

After shooting a bogey-free 66 to move to 10 under and within two strokes of the lead, Gaganjeet Bhullar is high atop the leaderboard at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Head up and driver working, McIlroy struts his stuff again

January 18, 2014

Northern Irishman's confidence is back after 2013 filled with personal and professional difficulties

Brotherly love pays dividends for Lee at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

January 18, 2014

Scotsman shares lead with Cabrera-Bello while Willett makes big move up leaderboard