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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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Dubai set to draw Trump card with new luxury golf club

March 3, 2014

US realty tycoon's first Middle East venture scheduled to formally open next spring

Tiger Woods’ starring role in guest appearances at golfing events

February 5, 2014

The world No 1 has changed his business model and raked in the money in Middle East and Asia even in his slump, writes Steve Elling.

How fans in Dubai were cheated by the Tiger Woods show

February 5, 2014

The world No 1 admitted he may have not taken his game seriously during the off-season break and that is harsh on the fans who paid to watch him at his best.

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.

McIlroy says ‘Anything that could go wrong did’ at Dubai Desert Classic

February 2, 2014

At the turn, the Northern Irishman shared the top spot with three others then three bogeys in four holes effectively ended his championship hopes, writes John McAuley.

Woods’ strong start and finish not enough at Dubai Desert Classic

February 2, 2014

World No 1 sprung out of the blocks Thursday then played his next 60 holes in a largely forgettable one-over par and, coupled with the fast finish, eventually tallied at six-under overall, reports John McAuley.

Stephen Gallacher rebounds on back nine to win Dubai Desert Classic

February 2, 2014

Scotsman sank four birdies on the back nine after hitting four bogies on the front nine to finish 16-under and win the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, the first time anyone had done so in successive years, writes Steve Elling.

Woods says he ‘wasted a lot of opportunities out there’ with third-round 70

February 1, 2014

Tiger Woods left himself with little chance on Saturday of making a final-round charge, after a 2-under, third-round 70 left him 5-under overall and well off the lead pace at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Koepka holds his own alongside Woods at Dubai Desert Classic

February 1, 2014

European Tour rookie non-plussed about another star pairing, although his Dubai Desert Classic bid stuttered on back nine, writes John McAuley.

Gallacher one round away from repeat title at Dubai Desert Classic

February 1, 2014

Gallacher is seeking to become the first player to win back-to-back titles at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after he blew past Rory McIlroy and rookie Brooks Koepka to take a two-stroke lead on Saturday, writes Steve Elling.

In Pictures: Tiger Woods on the course in Dubai

February 1, 2014

Images of Tiger Woods through the first three rounds of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.

Koepka on the path less taken after choosing to play in Europe

January 31, 2014

American thriving after embarking on scenic route rather than staying in United States

Stenson rises up Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard after rediscovering top form

January 31, 2014

Swede loving life in the desert again after Abu Dhabi slip-up

Couples OK with missing Super Bowl to spend weekend at Omega Dubai Desert Classic

January 31, 2014

Seattle native willing to swap prime seat for two more days in Dubai