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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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Hamilton has sympathy for fans hung out to dry with wet tyre rules

April 19, 2014

The Briton takes his career's 34th pole - the most by a British driver - but sympathises it was not ideal for the ticket-paying public.

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.

‘I have wasted a lot of points in this race,’ Vettel says after Australian GP

March 16, 2014

The German four-time defending world champion, along with Mercedes’ 2008 winner Lewis Hamilton both only lasted a handful of laps in the season-opening race won by Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes.

Hamilton delighted by matching Mansell’s British record with Australian Grand Prix pole position

March 15, 2014

Lewis Hamilton secured Sunday's pole for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, while right behind him was a Red Bull Racing driver – not Sebastian Vettel, though. It will be Daniel Ricciardo will lining up second at the race.

‘For this race’ Mercedes the favourite, says Vettel, but ‘there’s along way to go’

March 13, 2014

Sebastian Vettel grants that Mercedes have looked like the top team through winter testing, and admits he expects them to win the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. But, he adds, 'I'm confident we should progress as the season goes on.'

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.

‘I don’t fear any animosity’ with Vettel, says Red Bull’s Ricciardo

March 12, 2014

New Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo says he's not worried about the kind of poor relationship that often characterised Mark Webber's partnership with Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso, Hamilton, Massa more ‘marketable’ than Vettel, according to report

March 11, 2014

The report, issued by research firm Repucom, found Fernando Alonso to be Formula One's most internationally recognised and marketable figure, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa before Sebastian Vettel.

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.

Double points in Formula One finale: Reviewing impact on past seasons

March 10, 2014

With Abu Dhabi set to host the first double points race in Formula One history in November as a bid to add more excitement to the season finale, Gary Meenaghan looks at how the format could have altered the outcomes of recent title fights.

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.

‘Just getting to the finish would be a success’ at Melbourne, says frustrated Vettel

March 4, 2014

'If half the drivers fail to finish, then maybe we could take a few points,' said disgruntled Sebastian Vettel as the new F1 season approaches with Red Bull Racing reeling under new changes to the sport.

Red Bull dismiss reports of Vettel ‘hissy fit’ amid testing woes

March 1, 2014

Team trying to put positive spin on pre-season struggles

Sebastian Vettel says Red Bull working ‘flat out’ to try and rectify RB10’s problems

February 19, 2014

The reigning four-time Formula One world champion endured yet more pre-season problems at the start of the second test in Bahrain as the troubled RB10 managed only 14 laps before catching fire on track due to a rear-brake glitch.