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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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Wrestling faces being dropped from 2020 Olympics

February 12, 2013

The discipline has been dropped from the list of 25 core sports, and must battle for its inclusion from 2020 onwards with the likes of wakeboarding and baseball.

Dubai preparing to launch bid for 2024 Olympics

December 5, 2012

Take our poll: A member of the National Olympic Committee confirms to The National at the Host Cities Summit held at Meydan that they will be bidding for the 2024 Games.

Emirati bikers' hard road to the top

November 11, 2012

They compete with the best in the world - so why aren't the UAE's national cycling team household names?

The success of Indian summer in London is under scrutiny

September 7, 2012

The six Olympic medals from the nation of 1.2 billion has been hailed both a success and a disappointment.

Mahdi Ali starts on his 'final goal'

August 24, 2012

Building a strong squad in two years' time one the new senior team coach's top priorities.

Mahdi Ali confirmed as new UAE national coach

August 15, 2012

The coach behind the UAE Olympic squad's journey to London 2012 has been confirmed as the new manager of the country's national side.

Olympics: It was all fun and games in London

August 12, 2012

As the English capital prepares for life after the party, Paul Radley runs the rule over the Olympics, from proud parents to plucky participants, from sore losers to poor losers

Olympics: Shortcut to new sporting heights

August 10, 2012

Changing of nationalities is not just for the opportunist, it can be a way of inspiring future generations, writes Paul Radley.

In Pictures: Team UAE at London 2012

August 9, 2012

In Pictures: Team UAE at London 2012

Olympics: Darwish sets sights on 2016 Olympics in Rio

August 8, 2012

UAE triple jumper Mohammed Abbas Darwish has vowed to put his disappointment from London 2012 behind him and return to the big stage in four years' time.

Olympics: China's heartbreak at the hurdles

August 8, 2012

Liu Xiang falls at the first, ending the Olympic dream of the former world record holder.

Olympics: UAE athletics chiefs happy with Desaleyn performance

August 7, 2012

The UAE's first female track Olympian failed to finish among the qualifiers in her heat, but the Federation predicts a ‘bright future’ for the 20-year-old.

Olympics: UAE shooter Dhaher Al Aryani fails to hit finals target

August 7, 2012

The UAE's final hope of claiming a shooting medal at London 2012 has ended after Dhaher Al Aryani failed to qualify for the Men's Trap final.

Olympics: Darwish is now jumping for joy

August 6, 2012

The UAE triple jumper has come on leaps and bounds under the tutelage of his Bulgarian coach, writes Paul Radley.