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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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Juan Mata influential as Manchester United brush aside Newcastle

April 5, 2014

Juan Mata was on target twice for Manchester United in 4-0 win away at Newcastle, while Fulham move off the bottom of the table after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Heat is on for bottom six in Premier League relegation scrap

April 4, 2014

Six teams are still embroiled in the scrap to stay in the top flight of English football, but it is looking ominous for Cardiff City, Sunderland and Fulham.

Nicolas Anelka stands by ‘quenelle’ gesture

April 4, 2014

French striker defends his character.

Sunderland and Crystal Palace draw 0-0 in ‘must-not-lose game’

March 15, 2014

Sunderland v Crystal Palace was the only fixture that did not feature goals in an action-packed Saturday of Premier League football.

West Bromwich Albion cut ties with Nicolas Anelka after he ‘terminates’ own contract

March 15, 2014

Anelka announced on via Twitter on Friday night that 'wishing to keep my integrity' he was nixing his West Brom contract. He did not have the actual legal authority to do so, but the club went along with it, sacking him later.

Hiring Pepe Mel proving to be costly mistake for West Bromwich Albion

March 13, 2014

'Soap opera' club so used to defying odds quickly falling off survival pace

Richard Jolly’s Worst XI of the English football weekend

March 10, 2014

English football columnist Richard Jolly names his Worst XI on a weekend when both the Premier League and FA Cup were in action in England.

Wayne Rooney among Manchester United goalscorers in 3-0 win over West Brom

March 8, 2014

West Bromwich Albion remain just a point above the relegation places after going down to goals from Phil Jones, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck at The Hawthorns.

‘We do know it is a crucial month to climb’ says Mata as Manchester United look for revival

March 6, 2014

Juan Mata said ahead of Manchester United's weekend match with West Bromwich Albion that, with fixtures coming up against Liverpool and Manchester City, this month will be their last chance to make a run.

Anelka disciplinary hearing over ‘quenelle’ salute to start

February 25, 2014

A three-man independent regulatory commission will hear the case which is expected to be completed by the end of the week for West Brom's French striker.

Richard Jolly’s Premier League Team of the Week 27

February 24, 2014

English football columnist Richard Jolly delivers his Best XI for round 27 in the English Premier League.

Wayne Rooney caps lucrative week with goal in 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

February 22, 2014

Chelsea are still top thanks to John Terry's late winner, West Ham United record fourth successive league win and Felix Magath's first game as Fulham manager ends in a draw.

Nigeria’s Victor Anichebe nets late equaliser for West Bromd

February 12, 2014

Anichebe scored for West Bromwich Albion in the 87th minute to snatch a 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

‘We’ll carry on playing like that’ says defiant Rodgers after Liverpool draw

February 3, 2014

Manager Brendan Rodgers said his side would continue to play from the back despite a mistake by Kolo Toure leading to West Brom's equaliser on Sunday. 'Sometimes that's the price you pay when you try to play football,' he said.