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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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Veterans are lifting the early trophies in women’s tennis

March 31, 2014

Serena Williams looks invincible at the top but the other three of the women’s Big Four of 2013 – Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska – have been struggling, writes Ahmed Rizvi.

In pictures: Best women’s action from Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

February 23, 2014

Before the men take to the tennis court for the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Monday, take a look back at Venus Williams, who surged past Alize Cornet in the women’s singles final on Saturday evening, along with World...

Venus Williams rolls back the years to win Dubai Duty Free Championships

February 22, 2014

A timely win for Venus Williams sees the American claim her third Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title, writes Gary Meenaghan.

‘She was just better than me’ says Cornet after loss to Williams

February 22, 2014

Alize Cornet, who had stunned world No 1 Serena Williams in the semi-finals, failed to match the elder Williams sister, losing 11 of the last 12 games after breaking Venus for an early 2-1 lead, writes Ahmed Rizvi.

Venus Williams puts forth mature display in seeing off Wozniacki

February 21, 2014

Age no impediment as elder Williams sister marches into final

Venus Williams stamps her seniority with victory over Wozniacki

February 21, 2014

Big sister shows Serena how it is done in Dubai tournament.

Williams sisters say they want to meet in final at Dubai Tennis Championships

February 20, 2014

The American siblings have won 13 grand slam doubles titles and three Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles but they could find themselves on opposite sides of the net in Saturday's singles final, writes Gary Meenaghan.

Venus continues flawless form with win over Pennetta at Dubai Tennis Championships

February 20, 2014

Venus Williams advanced to the semi-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday, beating Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 7-5. She will face Caroline Wozniacki in Friday's semi-final.

Wozniacki has Venus Williams in her semi-final sights

February 20, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki, the No 8 seed at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, needed just an hour and two minutes to beat Sorana Cirstea and set up her first meeting with Venus Williams since 2008, writes John McAuley.

Venus Williams sends Ana Ivanovic packing at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

February 19, 2014

Venus Williams cruised through to the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a crushing 6-2, 6-1 victory against Ana Ivanovic, writes John McAuley.

In pictures: Early action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

February 19, 2014

The WTA event kicked off the Dubai Tennis Championships over the past two days, with stars such as Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki headlining things.

Crowd favourite Ivanovic brings some drama in late victory

February 18, 2014

Ana Ivanovic made her Dubai fans wait a bit longer than they wished, wasting three match points before booking a second-round clash with Venus Williams with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over Angelique Kerber, writes Ahmed Rizvi.

First round too easy but Venus Williams ‘taking no win for granted’

February 17, 2014

Former world No 1 beats Elena Vesnina but Sloane Stephens loses to Lucie Safarova in first round of Dubai Tennis Championships, reports Gary Meenaghan.

Venus Williams eager to regain Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title

February 15, 2014

Top four seeds get a first-round bye for the tournament, which starts on Monday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.