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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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Home is where F1's HRT is with Madrid facility

June 23, 2012

HRT call their new home La Caja Magica, the Magic House. Already, it has magically taken personnel who previously worked all over Europe and put them under one roof.

Economic downturn is forcing Formula One to peer out its bubble

May 16, 2012

The impact of the economic downturn on F1 was highlighted by the Spanish Grand Prix, writes Gary Meenaghan

Pedro de la Rosa's problems of life as a tail-ender in F1

April 14, 2012

Pedro de la Rosa's move from reserve role at McLaren to Hispania Racing Team was seen as a patriotic decision on his part.

Q&A: Hispania driver Ma Qing Hua

April 14, 2012

Hispania new signee Ma Qing Hua talks about taking part in the young driver development programme and how his busy weekend in Shanghai is going.

Jenson Button thrilled by dominant victory in Australia

March 19, 2012

Sebastian Vettel finishes second behind 2009 champion as pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton has to be content with third place. Audio interviews

Michael Schumacher fastest as rain slows F1's parade in Melbourne

March 16, 2012

Michael Schumacher tops the time sheets at Albert Park but everyone is taking that result with a grain of salt as rain slows the opening practice for Formula One's season-opener, the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton lauds career drive to take Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 14, 2011

McLaren driver produces a sizzling performance to win at Yas Marina Circuit ahead of Fernando Alonso and teammate Jenson Button.

Vettel equals record by taking Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pole

November 13, 2011

Red Bull Racing's double world champion will start on pole position for the 14th time this season, after pipping the McLaren drivers in qualifying.

Hamilton tops final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice

November 12, 2011

Lewis Hamilton maintained McLaren-Mercedes' good form in Yas Marina Circuit as he topped the times in final practice ahead of qualifying later this afternoon.

Fight between Buemi and Alguersuari helps Toro Rosso improve

August 2, 2011

Among the five things we learnt from the Hungarian GP is that the internal battle between Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari is proving good for Toro Rosso.

Formula One's hurry up before the slow down: Teams start three-week break

August 1, 2011

With Hungary in the books, the Formula One teams have a three-week break in front of them, two of which they are not allowed to work on improving the car.