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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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Saeed spurs Sharjah to victory and third place in Arabian Gulf League

April 12, 2014

Tagliabue scores four as Al Wahda keep eyes set on Asian qualification

Al Shabab miss chance to pull closer to Al Ahli at top of Arabian Gulf League table

March 28, 2014

Al Wahda move up to fifth place in table with 3-1 defeat of Al Wasl

Ten-man Al Shabab narrowly edge Al Dhafra

March 21, 2014

Arabian Gulf League club maintain pressure on Dubai derby rivals Al Ahli at the top of the table. John McAuley reports.

Al Shabab and Al Dhafra both trying to keep pace in Arabian Gulf League

March 20, 2014

Shabab, second in the Arabian Gulf League standings for much of this term, return to league action on Friday against Al Dhafra knowing anything less than victory will tighten Al Ahli’s grip on the top-flight trophy, writes John McAuley.

Al Jazira coach Zenga praises his squad’s courage in League Cup fightback against Dhafra

March 15, 2014

Abu Dhabi side need every second of 10 minutes of second-half stoppage time

Player of the week: Makhete Diop (Al Dhafra)

February 26, 2014

Makhete Diop topped Al Dhafra's scoring charts for the past two seasons and the tall Senegalese striker was again their hero.

Arabian Gulf League: January transfer window ins and outs

February 4, 2014

Ahmed Rizvi provides the full list of Arabian Gulf League moves at the close of the winter transfer season.

Al Ahli get late winner from Jimenez and return to President’s Cup final

January 30, 2014

Luis Jimenez scored in the 112th minute to leave Al Ahli one match away from retaining the President’s Cup, writes Amith Passela.

In Pictures: Brazilian footballers in the UAE

January 30, 2014

Fifa released a report on Wednesday that revealed Brazilians are the most the most-transferred footballers in the world. The UAE was the third-leading importer of Brazilians in 2013.

Confidence not lacking with Al Dhafra in President’s Cup semi-final against Al Ahli

January 29, 2014

Victorious twice over Al Ahli already this season, Abdullah Misfir is confident his Al Dhafra team can make it three in a row and advance to the final of the President’s Cup for the first time in their history on Thursday.

Quite a draw for Al Ain’s new Hazza bin Zayed Stadium

January 24, 2014

Opening of Al Ain's new stadium ends in disappointment. Garden City club waste numerous goal-scoring opportunites, and are left to rue a bad decision from the officials.

Al Dhafra level the field to dampen Al Ain’s party spirit

January 24, 2014

Hosts left aggrieved by disallowed goal that replays show should have stood

Quique Sanchez Flores wants Al Ain to be inspired at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium

January 23, 2014

Quique Sanchez Flores, the Al Ain coach, has urged his team to “be part of history” and begin life at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium with a victory.

Al Ain FC to face Western Region rivals to mark launch of Hazza bin Zayed Stadium

January 12, 2014

Al Ain Football Club is to play Al Dhafra January 24 in the opening match to mark the opening of the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.