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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.

 Roberto Martinez is daring Everton to dream. Paul Ellis / AFP

Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

Roberto Martinez’s positivity made him the perfect choice in 2013 to manage Everton and to build on the solid foundations David Moyes had left.

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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F1: Nico Hulkenberg denies strike threat over wages ahead of Chinese Grand Prix

April 17, 2014

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg said it was 'not good for the sport' that drivers were kept waiting for their wages and said discussions were underway while Romain Grosjean confirmed he has finally been paid by Lotus.

Unhappy Alonso wants Ferrari to work ‘day and night’

April 8, 2014

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth and 10th at Bahrain Grand Prix.

With new engines, Hulkenberg and Perez have made Force India a force to be reckoned with

April 7, 2014

After snagging their first podium of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Force India are second in the F1 constructors championship behind the efforts of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix under the lights

April 6, 2014

It was Lewis Hamilton’s second win in a row and also a second successive one-two for dominant Mercedes as Nico Rosberg was second followed by Sergio Perez of Force India, writes Graham Caygill.

Force India chief praises Hulkenberg, Perez for putting team’s best foot forward yet

April 3, 2014

Force India enter the Bahrain Grand Prix fifth in the constructor standings, off to what team chief Vijay Mallya calls their best start ever, thanks to the efforts of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

Seeking answers to what lies ahead for teams in the 2014 Formula One season

March 13, 2014

Gary Meenaghan evaluates the main contending marques and where they stand ahead of the opening race, the Australian Grand Prix, on Sunday.

Hulkenberg hoping to turn Australian Grand Prix fortunes around with Force India

March 13, 2014

Nico Hulkenberg has emerged as a dark horse contender for this year's Formula One season thanks to Force India's adoption of the seemingly advantageous Mercedes engine.

In pictures: The 2014 Formula One teams and drivers

March 13, 2014

The 2014 Formula One season begins on Sunday with the Australian Grand Prix. Here are the teams that will be competing on the F1 circuit this year.

Changes abound for new F1 season and for good reason

March 12, 2014

New qualifying rules are in place, penalties attached and drivers are asked to pick an official racing number they will use for the rest of their careers, writes Graham Caygill.

In pictures: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez learn Australian Rules Football

March 11, 2014

Force India Formula One drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez met with Australian Rules Football players Will Minson and and Shaun Higgins of the Australian Football League's Western Bulldogs on Tuesday to learn the game.

In pictures: Six drivers to watch in the 2014 Formula One season

March 11, 2014

Graham Caygill highlights his six drivers - from title contenders to impact rookies to F1's most underrated wheel man - to keep an eye on for the 2014 Formula One season.

Will double points in Formula One finale make a difference?

March 10, 2014

New format with double points in season finale labeled a ‘gimmick’ and criticized by drivers but Abu Dhabi fans could benefit, writes Gary Meenaghan.

In Pictures: New Formula One cars for 2014 season hit track

January 29, 2014

At testing in Jerez, Spain this week, a number of F1 teams have shown off their new cars for the 2014 season.

Vijay Mallya pledges honesty with Force India drivers

November 21, 2013

Force India co-owner says he will not leave Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil hanging about future at Formula One team, but will announce decision only after Christmas.