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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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PCB serves Afridi notice for World Twenty20 ‘negative approach’ comments

April 9, 2014

Shahid Afridi, who said Pakistan failed at the World Twenty20 'due to our negative approach' could be fined or otherwise reprimanded by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

What’s a good name for a UAE-based IPL franchise?

April 3, 2014

Alliteration-happy Paul Radley knows what potential teams from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah can be called if these cities have teams in the Twenty20 competition.

‘Nobody can stop Afridi’ as Pakistan enter Asia Cup final

March 4, 2014

Pakistan all-rounder scores second-fastest half-century as hosts Bangladesh are beaten.

Shahid Afridi, Seed Ajmal, Tamim Iqbal confirmed for Lord’s bicentenary match

March 3, 2014

The trio were announced as three more cricketers to play in the 200th anniversary match of Lord's which will see Marylebone Cricket Club play a Rest of the World XI.

Degrees of separation have failed to dampen India-Pakistan cricket rivalry

March 2, 2014

A thrilling one-wicket victory in the Asia Cup thriller proved that world cricket only stands to gain if Pakistan and India play more, says Osman Samiuddin.

Blue moon rises for red-hot Shahid Afridi

December 12, 2013

Cameo helps Pakistan to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka as the all-rounder completes double of 1,000 runs and 50 wickets. Osman Samiuddin reports from Dubai.

Savour wins against West Indies, Shahid Afridi urges Pakistan

July 31, 2013

Pakistan all-rounder doesn't want any attention paid to story by British newspaper that claimed the one-day matches could be investigated by the sport's international anti-corruption unit.

Zulfiqar, Afridi lead Pakistan to last-ball win over West Indies

July 28, 2013

Star all-rounder scores crucial 46 but concedes newcomer man of the moment in two-wicket victory.

Shahid Afridi steers Pakistan to a 126-run win over the West Indies

July 15, 2013

All-rounder scores brisk half-century before taking seven wickets on his international comeback.

Movie on cricketer Shahid Afridi to be released in Pakistan for Eid

July 8, 2013

Film inspired by career of Pakistan all-rounder will also be out in India as well as in the Middle East.

Misbah-ul-Haq reason for being dropped, says Shahid Afridi

May 1, 2013

But Pakistan all-rounder will work harder to stage a comeback to national team.

Time is right for Misbah-ul-Haq to step aside

January 6, 2013

The Pakistan captain has revived his team's fortunes, but with age and form against him, the batsman must make way for a younger player, writes Osman Samiuddin.

Nasir Jamshed sets up Pakistan win

September 23, 2012

Fifty puts his side's score 177 for six past New Zealand's reach as Saeed Ajmal takes four wickets at World Twenty20.

A woeful run for Misbah-ul-Haq's Pakistan

August 29, 2012

Captain blames batting problems for hosts' poor ODI form this year and why they are 1-0 down in the series against Australia, writes Ahmed Rizvi.