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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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‘We have a very good chance’ at World Twenty20, says Pakistan’s Misbah

March 10, 2014

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said his side's showing in the Asian Cup gives him hope the side can repeat their success in Bangladesh for the World Twenty20 later this month.

Abdur Rehman to give Saeed Ajmal support in Sharjah Test

January 15, 2014

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq confirms two spinners will play, hoping Sharjah wicket will be competitive ahead of must-win final Test against Sri Lanka.

Misbah disappointed with ‘such flat tracks’

January 12, 2014

Pakistan captain not happy pitch had little to offer off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, writes Paul Radley.

Dubai Test hardly the right advertisement for cricket

January 12, 2014

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by nine wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, but Paul Radley explains why the long version of the game ended up losing.

Pakistan’s repair men Younis and Misbah back to the fore

January 10, 2014

Younis bats for the top order colleagues as another collapse leaves onus of saving Test on him and the captain in Dubai.

Saeed Ajmal’s turn key for Pakistan in Dubai Test

January 7, 2014

Pitch suits off-spinner's bowling but Sri Lanka have an excellent record against Pakistan's most experienced bowler, writes Ahmed Rizvi.

‘I think the Dubai wicket will be different’ says Misbah as Pakistan counting on spinners

January 6, 2014

The Pakistan captain is anticipating better spin conditions in Dubai for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting Wednesday.

Misbah backs competing with Sri Lanka regularly

December 30, 2013

Given how few Tests both sides play, Pakistan captain is happy to face all-too-familiar rivals Sri Lanka, writes Osman Samiuddin from Abu Dhabi.

Herath and Ajmal hold keys to Test series in UAE

December 30, 2013

Seamers will get some assistance from Abu Dhabi wicket during the first Test, which starts on Tuesday, but it will be the spinners who will likely dominate, writes Osman Samiuddin.

Sri Lanka could bat first on winning toss, says Mathews

December 23, 2013

Chasing is his side’s strength but Sri Lanka captain signals strategy shift ahead of fourth ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, writes Ahmed Rizvi.

Misbah-ul-Haq gets his wish as Umar Gul returns

December 21, 2013

Pakistan fast bowler’s experience at the death will be handy in third ODI against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Sunday.

Angelo Mathews respects Pakistan’s bowling

December 17, 2013

Sri Lanka captain cautious of a counter-attack from Misbah-ul-Haq's arsenal in first ODI in Sharjah on Wednesday.

Misbah says Pakistan’s inability to schedule home fixtures is ‘taking its toll on the players’

December 11, 2013

The Pakistan captain believes it's time for international cricket to return to his country, saying, 'There should be a lenient view of our country because a whole generation is going to suffer.'

Pakistan captain Misbah calls for coach to fix batting woes

December 2, 2013

Current squad bristle at criticism of recent struggles from former players