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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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Tottenham keep pace in chase for European places with victory over Fulham

April 19, 2014

Swansea appear to be safe after rallying past Newcastle while Crystal Palace continue their winning streak

Sherwood expects Tottenham to continue attacking despite leaking goals

April 18, 2014

Spurs weighed down by absences of Vertonghen, Walker, Dawson, Lamela, Soldado and Capoue

Richard Jolly’s English Premier League Team of the Week 34

April 14, 2014

English football columnist Richard Jolly names his Best XI for Round 34 in the Premier League.

Fulham and Cardiff keep Premier League hopes alive

April 12, 2014

Hugo Rodallega hit the winner for Fulham as the Londoners edged their battle with another side in the scrap at the bottom, Norwich, at Craven Cottage.

Juan Mata influential as Manchester United brush aside Newcastle

April 5, 2014

Juan Mata was on target twice for Manchester United in 4-0 win away at Newcastle, while Fulham move off the bottom of the table after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Heat is on for bottom six in Premier League relegation scrap

April 4, 2014

Six teams are still embroiled in the scrap to stay in the top flight of English football, but it is looking ominous for Cardiff City, Sunderland and Fulham.

Everton are now feeling like Champions

March 30, 2014

The Goodison Park side are closing in the Uefa Champions League spots.

‘It’s important for Yaya’ says Pellegrini after hat-trick Toure powers City

March 23, 2014

Manchester City ran riot over Fulham on Saturday, with Yaya Toure's hat-trick the highlight in a 5-0 victory that kept Manuel Pellegrini's side on a Premier League title-challenge pace.

Sunderland and Crystal Palace draw 0-0 in ‘must-not-lose game’

March 15, 2014

Sunderland v Crystal Palace was the only fixture that did not feature goals in an action-packed Saturday of Premier League football.

‘I still believe in the miracle’ says Fulham’s Heitinga as drop looks inevitable

March 10, 2014

Fulham defender Johnny Heitinga hasn't give up on Fulham avoiding the drop this season, saying, 'It does not matter how we survive, but we have to find a solution to stay up and it needs to be quick.'

Richard Jolly’s Worst XI of the English football weekend

March 10, 2014

English football columnist Richard Jolly names his Worst XI on a weekend when both the Premier League and FA Cup were in action in England.

Cardiff score vital win over Fulham, Southampton victorious at Crystal Palace

March 8, 2014

Cardiff captain Steven Caulker led from the front with two goals as the Welsh club won a crucial encounter against fellow strugglers Fulham, while Jay Rodrigues's goal sealed all three points for Southampton at Selhurst Park.

In pictures: The top images of the Premier League weekend

March 3, 2014

Check out the weekend's best football action shots out of the English Premier League.

Mourinho silence at half-time may have spurred Chelsea to win

March 2, 2014

London club rebound from 'worst performance' in first half to beat Fulham in Premier League clash.