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 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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.

 Al Maryah Island will host the 114-hectare Abu Dhabi Global Market free zone. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Al Maryah Island rises in Abu Dhabi

Al Maryah has been chosen as the site for Abu Dhabi’s first financial free zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market, and construction activity in the island has been at a fast pace.


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In pictures: Final day at Dubai Sevens

December 1, 2013

See the best images from the final day of Dubai Sevens.

Fiji dispatch New Zealand and South Africa to win first Dubai Sevens title

November 30, 2013

Fiji stormed past New Zealand 44-0 then took care of South Africa 29-17 in the final to break their Dubai Sevens duck.

Sevens elementary success for Marcus Watson

November 30, 2013

Marcus Watson reminded the English rugby community that there is more than one Watson to be excited about after stealing the show for the sevens side in Dubai this weekend.

One final at Dubai Sevens that transcended any winning or losing

November 30, 2013

J9 Legends had lost 17-14 to Xodus Steelers in the International Veterans final, but it mattered nought. This was a celebration of rugby, and one former great in particular.

Murray Strang has switched sides but still comes out as a winner

November 30, 2013

Murray Strang especially enjoyed the winners’ ceremony, cheering frantically when his captain was presented the trophy. Yet what made it all the more mystifying was that a group of Abu Dhabi Harlequins diehards, who serenaded Strang from the...

UAE women earn country’s first win in trophy tournament at Dubai Sevens

November 29, 2013

Natasha Robinson scored four tries to lead UAE women past the Swiss Barbarians 31-15 in their International Trophy pool encounter on Friday, reports Paul Radley.

Fiji coach Ryan takes no pleasure in win over England at Dubai Sevens

November 29, 2013

New Zealand, Argentina, Kenya, Scotland, South Africa and Wales are also in quarter-finals at the Dubai Rugby Sevens, reports Paul Radley.

Samoa rugby coach says laziness is to blame for opening losses

November 29, 2013

Another notable absentee from the quarter-final line-up is Australia, who paid the price for defeat against Scotland in the opening match of the day, writes Paul Radley.

One final trophy to complete the set for Fiji rugby star Waisale Serevi

November 29, 2013

Rugby Sevens title in Dubai is the only thing missing from Serevi's career trophy mantel but he and J9 Legends will get their chance on Saturday, writes Paul Radley.

Rugby referee Chyna Howlett holding her own at Dubai Sevens

November 29, 2013

Female referee earns respect from 'big, burly men' on the pitch at Dubai Rugby Sevens and may even supervise a Saturday final, writes Paul Radley.

In pictures: Dubai Rugby Sevens Day 2

November 29, 2013

Action from the Dubai Rugby Sevens on day two where the main world sevens series gets under way at The 7evens stadium in Dubai.

In pictures: Spectators enjoy a sunny Dubai Rugby Sevens

November 29, 2013

Spectators enjoy the action from the Dubai Rugby Sevens on day two of the weekend tournament.

In pictures: Dubai Rugby Sevens day one

November 29, 2013

Action from the Dubai Rugby Sevens on day one where local sides, former rugby legends and the woman's world series gets under way at The 7evens stadium in Dubai.

Brazil women’s rugby players sowing seeds of growth for 2016 Olympics

November 28, 2013

The Summer Games hosts want to make use of every opportunity to raise the profile of the sport.