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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.

 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

 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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Matt Prior determined to make up for Ashes drop

March 19, 2014

Wicketkeeper, who is in Dubai with the Sussex side, is focused on England Test comeback. Ahmed Rizvi reports.

England coach Flower indicates struggling Matt Prior may be dropped

December 18, 2013

England coach Andy Flower called it 'a possibility' Prior would be replaced with Jonny Bairstow for the remaining two Ashes Tests after Australia's victory on Tuesday.

England batting collapse hands momentum to Australia at the Gabba

November 22, 2013

Recalled paceman Mitchell Johnson returned to his brutal best as Australia blew away England for just 136 to turn the first Ashes Test on its head.

Johnson a possibility for Australia, Prior banged up for England ahead of Ashes

November 11, 2013

Mitchell Johnson could see a recall after being rested from a Sheffield Shield match on Sunday, while Johnny Bairstow will replace Matt Prior in a four-day warm-up fixture against an Australian Invitational XI.

Pietersen takes ‘English only’ Wilshere to task

October 10, 2013

South African-born England batsman confronts Arsenal football star on Twitter, making case for non-English players representing England in international sport.

Michael Clarke annoyed as hopes of Australia victory in Ashes Test fade

August 5, 2013

Officials were once again at the centre of controversy in this Ashes series when they took the players off the field for bad light on the fourth day of the third Test at Old Trafford.

England survive tense final day to snatch series draw against New Zealand

March 26, 2013

Matt Prior's unbeaten 110 and a six-hour last stand from Ian Bell saw England dig in to secure a draw at Eden Park and avoid their first Test series defeat against New Zealand in nearly 30 years.

England face struggle to save Test despite New Zealand stumble

March 24, 2013

The hosts decided against forcing England to bat again after dismissing them for 204, then suffered their own wobble on the Eden Park pitch.

India claim first Test victory as England crumble on final day

November 19, 2012

Alastair Cook's nine-hour stand at the crease proved fruitless as India won by nine wickets in Ahmedabad.

A remarkable yet predictable script in India-England Test so far

November 18, 2012

Osman Samiuddin is not surprised that India have an edge in Ahmedabad while the England captain Alastair Cook has shown a lot of pluck even as some of his teammates struggled to play spin.

Pakistan complete whitewash in Dubai

February 7, 2012

England beaten by 71 runs to lose three-Test series 3-0.

England require another 288 runs for Dubai Test win

February 5, 2012

The tourists end day's play on 36-0 after being set 324 to win third and final match of series.

Dravid and Laxman key to Indian hopes of draw

July 25, 2011

Pair have to bat for much of Monday to save Lord's Test after Prior's century puts England in strong position to go 1-0 up in four-match series.