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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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They meant well: how the West lost in Afghanistan

One of the lessons of the war in Afghanistan is that negotiating tribal politics in a country like Afghanistan requires a lifetime of knowledge of local history and proficiency in the language, Alan Philps writes

Alan Philps

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Israel’s supporters seek to restrict the freedom of speech of America’s academics

The growing success of the Palestinian BDS movement, writes Iymen Chehade, has so alarmed pro-Israelis that they are now seeking to restrict one of our most cherished values in America, freedom of speech

Iymen Chehade

I do my best work while I’m pretending to listen

Some writers need solitude to write. Others prefer to scribble their notes in coffee shops. I’m most productive when I’m supposed to be paying attention to something else, says Rob Long

Rob Long

Hirsi Ali’s simplistic view of Muslims

The idea propagated by the Dutch activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali that “all Muslims are the same” is dangerous and must be tackled head-on, says Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

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Israel’s supporters seek to restrict the freedom of speech of America’s academics

April 19, 2014

The growing success of the Palestinian BDS movement, writes Iymen Chehade, has so alarmed pro-Israelis that they are now seeking to restrict one of our most cherished values in America, freedom of speech

Comment

Denial does not alter the truth that Iran helped Assad regime to survive

April 17, 2014

What the Arabic press is saying about the future of the Syrian regime.

Comment

They meant well: how the West lost in Afghanistan

April 17, 2014

One of the lessons of the war in Afghanistan is that negotiating tribal politics in a country like Afghanistan requires a lifetime of knowledge of local history and proficiency in the language, Alan Philps writes

Comment

More so than ever, Egypt needs a lively political landscape

April 17, 2014

Opinion polls last year indicated that political parties of every persuasion were incredibly unpopular. This is not quite what political forces after the 2011 uprising envisaged, writes HA Hellyer

Comment

Giving to charity is good, but community service is better

April 17, 2014

The experience is beneficial not only to those who receive the service, but to those who partake in it, says Fatima Al Shamsi

Comment

I do my best work while I’m pretending to listen

April 18, 2014

Some writers need solitude to write. Others prefer to scribble their notes in coffee shops. I’m most productive when I’m supposed to be paying attention to something else, says Rob Long

Comment

Hirsi Ali’s simplistic view of Muslims

April 18, 2014

The idea propagated by the Dutch activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali that “all Muslims are the same” is dangerous and must be tackled head-on, says Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

Comment

The Assad regime blends paranoia with brutality, to the cost of Syrians

April 15, 2014

Al Hayat columnist Hassan Hyder looks into the paranoia shown by the Assad regime. Other writers: Tayeb Tizini (Al Ittihad) and Christian Merville (L'Orient Le Jour).

Comment

Shamefully, Hizbollah has abetted Assad’s worst acts

April 15, 2014

What Mr Al Assad really means is that he intends to resolve Syria’s problems by drowning the uprising in more blood, writes Michael Young

Comment

Student protests expose Taiwan’s anxiety over China

April 15, 2014

As a nation in political limbo and economically becalmed, democratic institutions are all that Taiwan has left to resist the giant sucking sound from across the straits, writes Jaime Kenny